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Mitchell’s NXT New Year’s Evil Results & Report! (1/10/23)

2023 is EVIL!



The countdown is over!

The year’s only just begun but NXT is raising the bar! Will Bron Breakker still be champion after facing Grayson Waller on New Year’s Evil?


  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: DIJAK VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo; Dijak wins and will challenge Wes Lee for the title at Vengeance Day.
  • The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher; No Contest.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet: Gallus wins and will challenge the New Day for the titles at Vengeance Day.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller; Bron wins, by count-out, and retains the title.
  • Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
  • Julius Creed VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sanga; Jinder wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Gigi Dolin AND Jacy Jayne win and will challenge Roxanne Perez for the title at Vengeance Day.


Chase U starts a new semester!

Andre Chase welcomes Thea Hail, Duke Hudson, and all the other students to the new term, “Where everybody gets a fresh start! Even you, Barbash. Now, your homework for tonight is watch New Year’s Evil. Because outside of the protective gates of Chase U, are the mean streets of NXT, run by Tony D’Angelo. But Dijak wants to knock him off those streets. But whose form of justice will be served? Whose form of justice will be served?” Chase spooks Jeffrey for not paying attention! Chase says we’ll find out. And we’ll see if Pretty Deadly is good enough to run the gauntlet and earn an NXT Tag Team Championship rematch with The New Day.

Now what does this say? Chase points to the board. It says “Respect.” A wise man once said respect is earned, not given. So either the Creed Brothers or Indus Sher earn respect in their match tonight. Marcus says he’s looking forward to Hank Walker VS Charlie Dempsey. Gasp! Chase will pretend he didn’t just say that. Because the one he should be looking forward to is the NXT Championship match, Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller! Duke puts his money on Breakker, he hates Australians. Isn’t he Australian? Nah, mate, he’s American.

Thea is confused but Chase tells Marcus to GTFO! They don’t need that kind of stupidity around Thea ahead of her biggest match ever: a #1 contenders battle royal for the NXT Women’s Championship! Thea says she isn’t sure of her chances. There are going to be NINETEEN other women in that match and she is only 19, they’re all way more experienced and there will be arms and legs flying everywhere! She’s really nervous. Chase says that might be true, but none of them have Thea’s heart. She’s show all of Chase U that she has more heart than anyone else in NXT! Thea can send those 19 others flying out of the ring, because Chase U believes in her!

Thea fires up and she has the confidence! LET’S EFFIN’ GO!! The whole class is fired up, but will the top recruit be on top heading further into 2023?


DIJAK VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!

Hard Justice clashes with street justice with a golden opportunity on the line! Wes Lee is willing to give the winner their shot at his North American Championship, but it’s more than just that! Who wins here to DEFINE justice in NXT?

Wes Lee is on commentary and is looking forward to 2023 as these tow face off. Tony throws his hat at Dijak and the hands start flying! Tony backs Dijak down and clotheslines him out of the ring! Tony goes out, fires off hands, and he eggs Dijak on. Dijak smacks Tony off the apron! And shoves him into the steps! Dijak runs in but Tony dodges, so Dijak BOOTS the steps apart! Tony fires off on Dijak with hockey scrum body shots. The ref’s ring count is 5 of 10, Tony slides in, but Dijak drags him back out! Dijak CLOBBERS Tony against the apron! Dijak drags Tony up to throw him back in, but Tony DECKS Dijak at the apron!

Tony stomps away on Dijak, CLUBS him, and headlocks! Fans rally, Tony talks trash and he headlock punches! Dijak slips out to a hammerlock, and a SLEEPER! Tony picks Dijak up to RAM him into buckles! Tony runs in but Dijak ELBOWS him away! Tony CLOBBERS Dijak in return! Cover, TWO! Tony frowns but he stalks Dijak to ropes. Tony stands Dijak up, ROCKS him with hands, and he talks trash, “You know who you’re messing with?!” Dijak kicks Tony to then FLAPJACK HOTSHOT, and LARIAT! Cover, ONE!! Tony hangs tough but Dijak rains down fists! Cover, TWO! Dijak drags Tony up and fireman’s carries, but Tony throws elbows!

Tony is free, he goes to ropes, and he BOOTS Dijak! Dijak ELBOWS Tony, but Tony dodges the next one! Tony runs to clothesline Dijak and himself out of the ring! Fans fire up and both men rise. Tony drags Dijak up, CLUBS him, and throws haymakers! Dijak knees low, then he whips Tony at barriers! Stacks gets in the way to take the hit! Then Tony runs in to TACKLE Dijak! Tony says, “That’s what you get!” Fans fire up for Tony as NXT goes picture in picture.

Tony checks on Stacks but he’s okay. Tony rolls into the ring, Dijak crawls around the way, and the count is past 5 of 10! Tony gets impatient, he goes out to go after Dijak. But Dijak RAMS Tony into the post, then RAMS him into the announce desk! Tony falls, Dijak storms over and he brings Stacks up! Dijak CLUBS away on Stacks, then choke grips, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM! Dijak may have just broken Stacks’ back! Dijak grabs the handcuffs from his jacket and brings it over to clamp onto Stacks. He cuffs Stacks to the corner, then starts punching away! But Tony makes the save and fires hands on Dijak!

Dijak gets in the ring, Tony grabs a leg and drags Dijak back out! Tony CLUBS Dijak, smack shim off the desk, then puts him in the ring! But Dijak gets Tony in the ropes! DRAPING SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tony survives and Dijak is frustrated, but Wes looks very intrigued. Dijak drags Tony away from the ropes, sits him up and clamps on a cravat! Tony endures, Dijak keeps on the hold, but Tony fights up to his feet. Tony throws body shots but Dijak throws knees! Dijak grinds Tony back down and leans on the hold. Tony fights back up as fans rally back up, but Dijak shouts at him to give up!

New Year’s Evil returns to single picture and the fans continue to rally. Stacks does his best to coach Tony and Tony fights up to throw body shots. Dijak cranks the cravat and brings Tony down again, but Tony fights back up. Tony throws body shots, Wes loves the tenacity, and Tony starts rallying! BELLY2BELLY! Fans fire up with Tony and he runs in at Dijak to clothesline against ropes! Tony whips to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dijak stays in this but fans continue to support Tony. Tony fisherman’s but Dijak is a lot to lift! Dijak fights free with body shots, and then wrenches out to mule kick! Front kick! And- NO, Tony ducks the elbow!

But Dijak blocks a kick! Dijak choke grips, Tony breaks free, then blocks, but the SUPERKICK comes around! Choke grip, HIGH JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO!?! Tony survives and even Wes is shocked! Fans are thunderous for Tony as he and Dijak crawl to opposite corners. “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the first match! Stacks coaches Tony, “You can kick his ass!” Stacks gets in, saying he can finish this for the boss. But Tony tells Stacks he’s not the boss, he’s family! Tony shoves Stacks out of harm’s way, only to take the CYCLONE KICK! Cover, Dijak wins!

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

Wes stands up on the desk to let Dijak know that their title match is going down. Will the Must-See Kid face #HardJustice just like Tony D? Will he be able to survive Hard Justice?


Backstage interview with Toxic Attraction.

McKenzie Mitchell is with Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne and asks about the 20 Woman Battle Royal and their chance to go to Vengeance Day. Jacy says, “Chance? There is no chance, McKenzie. It’s a certainty. And how fitting of a name, that come Saturday, February 4th, it will be Vengeance Day for Toxic Attraction., And Roxanne is gonna pay for what she did to us!” Gigi says, “Everyone deals with pain different. Jacy screams it out, I take it out. I will have 18 other women to take it out on. In this battle royal, you will witness two caged beasts finally become unshackled and let into the wild.”

Then to address the elephant in the room- Oh, how McKenzie still has a job? No! What happens if it comes down to the two of them? Gigi says it is very simple: You will hear “Your winners, Toxic Attraction.” Umm, singles title battle royals don’t work that way… Will Toxic Attraction be in for a heartbreaking night one way or another? Or will vengeance by theirs?


The Creed Brothers VS Indus Sher!

Both sides have been itching for this showdown for months now, but Veer & Sanga were being gentlemen by waiting until both Julius & Brutus Creed were 100%. They are finally fit to fight, but will they have what it takes to stop these hungry tigers?

Wait, Sanga is entering alone? He has a mic, and he says, “Gentlemen, I have something to say.” Brutus gets a mic to shout, “Sanga, we don’t give a DAMN about what you have to say! It’s time to FIGHT!” Julius keeps Brutus back as Sanga goes to the ring. Sanga wants them to calm down. Veer is not here, but Sanga will honor this match, even if it’s 2v1. Julius gets the mic now to say, “You say this is about respect, but Veer doesn’t have enough respect to show up. We’re not gonna fight you two on one. We’re not gonna do that, that’s not-” WAIT! JINDER MAHAL attacks the Creeds from behind!! Fans are freaking out as Sanga has the Modern Day Maharaja by his side!

Sanga stomps Brutus out of the ring while Jinder drags Julius up to POST him!! Sanga then knees Brutus and TOSSES him into the steel steps! Jinder goes out to join Sanga as fans chant “JINDER! JINDER!” They mug Brutus, then Sanga CHOKE SLAMS Brutus on the steel steps! Jinder goes back to Julius in the ring, Sanga right behind him. They get Julius up for a KALLAS!! Fans are still going nuts, and Sanga gets a mic again to hand it to Jinder. “Veer and Sanga fight for respect. But I don’t.” Jinder drops the mic, and now Indus Sher is stronger than ever! Will they dominate all of NXT now that they are a trio?


Pretty Deadly talk backstage.

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince are finishing up with curling their hair, and Kit says they’re one step closer to the gold. Elton dabs a spot on Kit’s cheek, and they have 15 minutes left on the curls. But tonight’s the night! The New Day then walk in and wonder what the heck is all this! What do they mean? Well, that Creeds VS Indus Sher match just got canceled. That means the tag gauntlet is next. NEXT?! OH NO! DE-ROLL! DE-ROLL! Pretty Deadly get the rollers out and hurry to gorilla! They’re clearly not ready, and Woods was sure they always had straight hair. Will Kit & Elton have any chance of surviving to Vengeance Day?


Jinder and Sanga head backstage.

They speak in Hindi but Valentina Feroz storms over. Jinder lets them speak, and Feroz asks Sanga what he’s doing. What is this? Is this the real Sanga? Sanga says yes, it is. It is about him and his brothers now. Sanga leaves, and Elektra Lopez walks over to say Sanga is right. Sanga’s all about himself now. Maybe Feroz should be all about herself now. Especially tonight in the battle royal, where it is every woman for herself. Think about it. Lopez leaves, will Feroz find a way to finally go it alone?


NXT Tag Team Championships #1 Contenders Gauntlet!

Pretty Deadly wanted this challenge, and now they’re getting it! Three top teams in NXT are lined up to go against Kit & Elton, will one of them stop the rematch at Vengeance Day? Or will Pretty Deadly say #YesBoy to going on the road?

Before the match, Kit & Elton get the mics and Kit says, “There’s no time to talk, because it’s time to fight! But before that, we’ve got a quick little thing to say.” Elton says, “The New Day don’t think we deserve those tag team championships. So we picked three of the toughest teams in the whole of NXT, and we’re gonna run the gauntlet to prove it!” Kit says they are the best tag team here! And the time for messing about is over! And so, first out is… The Rockers?! What? That’s not HBK and Marty! It’s “Flyin’ Bryan Williams” and “Slammin’ Jammin’ Jimmy Jackson!” Pretty Deadly are fake scared as this match begins. Clearly, the messing around has just begun!

Pretty Deadly VS The Rockers 2023!

The teams sort out, Elton starts against Jimmy, and he CLOBBERS Jimmy from behind! Jimmy knocks down Bryan, Elton drags Jimmy over and tags in Kit! ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! Then Kit tags Elton back in, for SPILT MILK! Cover, Pretty Deadly ELIMINATE The Rockers! Fans boo as Pretty Deadly pretends to be tired out. But wait, the New Day comes out! Kofi and Woods say no, no, they knew this would happen. But fortunately, ya bois the NEW~ DAY~, are not gonna let Pretty Deadly slide that easily. NO BOY! Pretty Deadly must beat two actual top teams in NXT. And the New Day have those teams right here!

But Kofi, wait. Who (who who who) will those teams be? First up, EDRIS ENOFE & MALIK BLADE, BABYYY~! Fans like this a lot better! Will Edris & Malik prove they can get serious?

Pretty Deadly VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

The bell rings, Pretty Deadly rushes in but Malik & Edris dodge to then fire off haymakers! Pretty Deadly kicks low, uppercut, but then Malik & Edris DECK Pretty Deadly! Fans fire up as Edris & Malik run, to BOOT and LEAPING LARIAT! Fans fire up as Pretty Deadly bails out. Malik & Edris then build speed, to DOUBLE TOPE CONJILO! Double direct hits at the ramp, and fans are fired up as NXT goes picture in picture!

Malik & Edris regroup in the ring, they wait on Pretty Deadly, but Elton & Kit flank the ring. Kit slides in but Malik arm-drags him down! Malik has the armlock, he grinds Kit’s elbow, then CLUBS Kit in the chest! Kit scrambles away, but Malik wrenches the arm and tags in Edris. Edris drops ax handles on the arm and Kit goes to a corner. Edris storms over, Kit kicks back but Edris fires off hands! Kit stomps a foot, bumps Edris off buckles, and runs, only to get buckles! Off comes the durag! Elton tags in, but Edris rallies on him! Tag to Malik, and they STUNNER COMPLETE SHOT COMBO! Cover, TWO!! Elton survives and Malik is snarling!

Malik drags Elton up, CLUBS him, but Elton wants mercy! Malik looks to the crowd, then he storms in, but Elton YANKS him into ropes! And then BLINDSIDE LARIATS! Tag to Kit, Pretty Deadly mugs Malik in the corner! The ref counts, Pretty Deadly lets off, and Kit brings Malik up. Malik throws hands but Kit ROCKS him back. Malik ROCKS Kit back! And again! Kit kicks low, brings him around, and UPPERCUTS! And again! And again! Malik falls and Kit talks trash. Kit kicks Malik around, stomps him to ropes, then drags him up to wrench. Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly mugs Malik, then double CLUB to then stomp both hands!

Pretty Deadly taunt Malik with double Scott Hall fingers, and then Elton whips Malik to ropes. Elton CLOBBERS Malik, stomps him around, then drags him up. Malik throws body shots in return! Elton CLUBS Malik again, and again, but Malik throws more shots. Malik CHOPS Elton, ROCKS him with a right, but Elton knees low! Elton whips Malik to a corner, Malik stops himself, but heads collide as NXT returns to single picture! Fans rally as both men are down! Elton flops out of the ring while Malik crawls. Kit hurries to put Elton back in, and Elton crawls after Malik. Elton grabs a foot, drags Malik back, but Malik BOOTS Elton away!

Hot tags to Edris and Kit! Edris rallies on Kit, ducks ‘n’ dodges and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Elton runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Edris fires up, aims from a corner, and he runs in to KNEE Kit down! Cover, TWO!! Kit survives but Edris keeps his focus. Edris shows off the abs and he fireman’s carries Kit. Kit slips off, waistlocks, tag to Elton! Edris ROCKS Elton but Kit JAWBREAKERS! Elton spins Edris around, ASSISTED GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Edris survives and Elton is beside himself. Fans rally up but Elton calms himself down. Elton drags Edris up, ROCKS him, and hoists him up top.

Fans rally for Edris but Elton finishes positioning Edris. Elton throws hands, climbs up, but Edris throws body shots! Elton drops down, Malik sneaks a tag! Elton ROCKS Edris, goes up top, but Malik is on the other corner. Elton SUPERPLEXES Edris, but Malik FROG SPLASHES Elton!! Cover, TWO!?!? Elton survives and Malik can’t believe it! Fans argue the count on Malik’s behalf but he and Edris regroup. Malik tags Edris, runs to BLAST Kit, and then Edris fireman’s carries Elton. NECKBREAKER SAMOAN DROP! Cover, Kit breaks it! Kit hurries away but Malik TACKLES him out of the ring!

Edris and Elton stand, Elton suplexes but Edris turns it to a cradle! But Kit tips it! Elton has it, Pretty Deadly ELIMINATES Malik & Edris!! New Day returns to commend Pretty Deadly on that one. Heck of a match. However, this second tag team is both rough ‘n’ tough, and New Day know from experience. Give it up for Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen!! The Country Boys have faced New Day, they’ve faced Pretty Deadly, but wait! Someone’s attacked them backstage?! Who did this?! There are chairs all over the place, too! But wait! GALLUS IS HERE!!! Pretty Deadly are freaking out as Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take this one!

Pretty Deadly VS Gallus!

The bell rings and another brawl is on! Mark and Wolfgang have the edge, they TOSS Kit & Elton out, and then Wolfgang SMACKS Elton off the announce desk! Booker T can’t even but the fans are fired up for Gallus! Mark ROCKS Kit while Wolfgang pinballs Elton around! APRON BACK SUPLEX for Kit! Wolfgang ROCKS Elton, puts him in the ring, and Mark is there to HALF NELSON SLAM! “GALLUS BOYS ON TOP!” Fans fire up for Gallus but Elton UPPERCUTS back! Tag to Kit, he picks Mark up but Mark CLUBS Kit down! Mark CLOBBERS Elton, BOOTS Kit, and tags Wolfgang! Wolfgang scoops, ENZIGURI POWERSLAM! Cover, GALLUS WINS!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall

So then, no more suspension, and now Gallus stands on top! It wasn’t really the deal, but will Markus & Wolfie be the ones meeting The New Day at Vengeance Day? New Day seems up for that!


Julius Creed & Ivy Nile storm out of medical.

Ivy stops Julius and says Brutus will be okay. Will Julius be good? NO, he’s not! He is sick and tired of getting jumped! Time to send a message! Julius doesn’t care if Jinder’s a former WWE Champion or that he’s back in NXT, Julius wants to knock Jinder’s teeth out! Ivy wants Julius to stop already! When are they gonna learn!? They gotta move on! Julius asks Ivy what’s not clicking with her! There’s no moving on from this! Ivy needs to get ready for the battle royal, and Julius has to go ask management for this match. The two storm off in different directions, but will anything go right for Diamond Mine?


Carmelo Hayes is at the diner.

Melo mocks Apollo’s journaling as he narrates. “When it comes to the NXT title, Apollo Crews thought he had sniper vision. But last week, he truly saw that I am the past, the present, and the future. I am beyond the reach of everyone. I am Him.” Trick Williams ends up in Melo’s head, saying, “Can’t nobody see past Trick Melo Gang. We chiseled out of marble, about to reach legend status, while taking your girl out for a steak dinner. All at the same time.” Trick, the hell are you doing wearing a lucha mask? He doesn’t know, he can barely see anything in this! What? Stop ruining Melo’s train of thought and take the mask off! You look ridiculous!

Trick takes it off, throws it aside, and sits back down. How does Axiom see anything in those? Melo doesn’t know and he doesn’t care. Speaking of blinded, Apollo isn’t seeing the NXT title any time soon. Apollo can write in a diary and look out the window, but that title doesn’t have “Apollo” written on it. It has “Carmelo” on it. Trick says Melo doesn’t need to write it down, he just needs to speak it into existence. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. They toast and drink their coffee. But will they be saying cheers to Melo becoming THE Champion in the near future?


The ball is dropping!

Sure, it’s the tenth of January, but as Booker T calls it, this is the after party! The lights go down, lasers and sparkles shine, and out walks… TIFFANY STRATTON!? Of course Daddy’s Little Rich Girl would hyper herself up this much. Tiffany gets the mic and there are fans chanting, “Welcome Back!” Tiffany asks, “How badly did you guys miss me? I know you all totally probably missed me so much, it’s not even funny.” Tiffany says every single woman in the locker room is sweating “like a disgusting pig” because NXT’s biggest star is back! And Tiffany can’t blame them. She’s a revelation. In her first nine months of being here, she picked up this business better than any woman ever has.

And in the past five months, she’s watched every single woman fail miserably at trying to replace her. No one has her shine, her skills, or her style. “And now 2023 can officially begin, because the Center of the Universe is back.” Tiffany smiles and blows kisses, but will she truly be THE star of NXT in 2023?


NXT Media catches up with Tiffany Stratton.

Tiffany’s about to leave but they want to ask her something. She says NO, then pie faces the camera away. So Tiffany isn’t participating in the battle royal. Will she just wait on the other side of Vengeance Day to go after the champion then?


NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Grayson Waller!

The Big Booty Nephew has been able to break through many obstacles, but the 21st Century Success Story has been able to get the better of him in the past. Will Bron be the one to break here tonight? Or will Bron be immune to the Grayson Waller Effect?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if there will be a new champion in the new year!

The bell rings and fans are actually dueling! Waller and Bron circle, tie up, and go around. Bron shoves Waller away, but Waller keeps cool. They circle, tie up again, and Bron powers Waller back. Waller slips away this time, and he talks trash. Waller SLAPS Bron and says this is HIS house. Bron chases Waller out of the ring! And around it, and then back into it! Bron avoids the elbow drop, then ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Waller! Bron drags Waller up to suplex! Bron marches around with Waller before the SLAM! Bron kips up and then STANDING MOONSAULTS! Waller sputters, scrambles to ropes, but Bron shows slap!

Waller runs away, Bron barks at him! Waller swings but Bron counter punches! Bron throws haymakers, runs in but Waller BOOTS him! Waller runs but into a scoop! But Waller makes that a tilt-o-whirl DDT! Fans are torn, Waller facelocks to grind Bron down. Bron endures, fights up, and he picks Waller up, but Waller shifts to a cravat! Waller throws shoulders and knees into Bron, then brings Bron in for a GUILLOTINE! Bron is caught in the body scissors but he powers up! Bron reaches, powers things into a SUPLEX, but Waller fights free to BACK suplex! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this, but Waller shows off with push-ups.

Waller waits on Bron to sit up, and he JABS him! Bron shakes that off and Waller is stunned. Waller swings, but into a clinch! OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Waller flounders up, into another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Bron didn’t even have to fall for that one! Bron whips Waller into buckles, and then scoops him for a SLAM! Fans bark it up and Bron drags Waller up. Bron throws hands, whips corner to corner, but Waller reverses and Bron hits buckles hard! Waller then RAMS Bron into the buckle, and it pops loose!! The fans are shocked and the ref checks Bron while NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller grins as the ring crew hurries to put the second rope back together. But then Waller uses the rope to CHOKE Bron! The ref reprimands, Waller lets off, and he paces as Bron sputters. Waller drags Bron up, suplexes, and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally, Bron endures, and the second rope is almost back as Bron hits a JAWBREAKER! Waller tumbles out of the ring! Probably because there was no rope to stop him… Bron goes out after Waller, ROCKS him with a haymaker, and then RAMS him into barriers. Waller clutches his side but Bron hobbles a bit. Bron goes back for Waller but Waller dropkicks his leg out!

Bron crawls away while clutching his knee, but Waller smacks him off the apron! Waller gets in the ring but Bron drags himself in. Waller fires off knees and sends Bron back out. Waller goes to the apron, leaps, but into Bron’s clinch! Waller fights free with elbows, and then he brings Bron around, only for Bron to send Waller back into barriers! Both men are down, the rope is finally secured, and they both head for the ring. Waller slides in first, Bron follows, and Bron swings, but Waller spins him around into a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed and he throws off the elbow pads.

Bron crawls, Waller stalks him, and Waller brings Bron up. Bron throws body shots, then haymakers! Waller runs in to knee low! Waller reels Bron in, DDT! Cover, TWO! Bron is hanging tough, it’s how he’s lasted 282 days as champion. Waller pushes Bron around, drops elbows on him, then kicks him around to drop more elbows. Waller talks trash, then he grabs a leg for a HALF CRAB! New Year’s Evil returns to single picture as Bron endures and fans duel again. Bron fights up, turns over, and he grabs an arm to drag Waller down! FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Waller flails to get the ROPEBREAK! Bron lets go and fans continue to duel.

Waller throws hands on Bron but Bron gives him a forearm! Waller ROCKS Bron in return, but Bron ROCKS Waller! Fans rally and duel as the shots go back and forth! Bron eggs Waller on so Waller fires off forearms! Bron fires off haymakers! Bron ducks the elbow but the BLINDSIDE LARIAT takes him down! Waller flexes, then drags Bron around. Waller barks, and he mocks Scott Steiner! He drags Bron into the STEINER RECLINER!! But Bron is just pissed! Bron stands right up with Waller on his back! Bron THROWS Waller away, then runs to rally with big shoulders! Bron ducks ‘n’ dodges, and catches Waller for the SPINEBUSTER!

Fans fire up, Bron goes to the corner and climbs up carefully. Waller stands, for the FLYING BULLDOG! The straps come down and Bron roars! Waller flounders, Bron aims from a corner, and Bron runs in, but Waller runs out of the ring! Bron storms over but Waller HOTSHOTS him! Waller somersaults, but Bron is ready! WAIT, KNEE!?! Waller suckered Bron in!! Cover, TWO!!! Bron survives Waller’s change-up and fans can’t believe it! Waller is fuming, and he goes to a corner. Waller tests the middle rope as he walks out onto it, but it breaks again!! Waller falls right to the floor!! The ref starts a ring count and fans boo as Waller is victim of karma!

Waller staggers up, he flops back down, he’s counted out! BRON WINS!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by count-out (still NXT Champion)

Bron realizes what happened and is just as disappointed as the fans! Bron still has the title, but will he give Waller a second chance?


Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

McKenzie is with the NXT Women’s Champion and brings up the battle royal to determine her first challenger. Is Roxie rooting for anyone in particular? Roxie says that’s a tough one. She’ll go with Cora jade. Wait, seriously? No~! Hah! Anyone BUT Cora would be good. But jokes aside, this opportunity is huge. This is to go to Vengeance Day, NXT’s first standalone premium event on the road in three whole YEARS. And the roster is deep, Roxie could see Indi winning, Zoey winning, Alba Fyre winning, or- Any concern about Toxic Attraction given they’ve sworn revenge? Well, yeah. They’re definitely threats. Gigi & Jacy dominated the Women’s Tag Division for two years!

But Roxie says it is 20 women and only one can win. She can’t wait to watch! Who will we see defy the odds to take on the Prodigy in Charlotte?


Apollo Crews watches Melo’s promo.

But Axiom walks in to ask how he is. Apollo’s good. Axiom thanks Apollo for the save, and Apollo says of course, he has Axiom’s back. But Apollo just has to say, Trick & Melo just run their mouths way too much. They’ve got another thing coming. They both know how Trick & Melo are, they will never let Apollo hear the end of it when it comes to losing that match. Apollo can’t let this be a one-and-done! He can’t let it end here! Axiom calms Apollo down, and says Apollo can’t let Trick & Melo get to him. Axiom gets it, too, he beat Trick last week and yet Trick is still the most annoying person on Earth!

But Axiom doesn’t have to tell Apollo how he feels, it’s written all over his face. Right… But Axiom is a numbers guy, and since there’s two of them, and two of Trick & Melo… Oh, okay, Axiom sees what Apollo is saying. So is he in? Oh, he’s in. Then they’ll go make some calls. Will this dynamic duo be just the thing to take down Trick Melo Gang?


Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey!

The Blue Collar Brawler has been learning from the Philly Stretcher, but he’s also been getting mixed messages on how to handle things in the ring. However Walker chooses to fight this fight, will he be able to even survive the Son of the Gentleman Villain? Or will Dempsey break Walker’s spirit along with his bones?

The bell rings and the two circle. They feel out the grapple, tie up and Hank powers Dempsey to ropes. The ref counts, Dempsey turns things around, and Dempsey lets off with a body shot! Dempsey whips Hank to a corner, run sin but Hank BOOTS hiM! Hank storms up to spin, scoop and SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Dempsey hurries up and Gulak cheers Hank on. Dempsey kicks low, puts Hank in the ropes, and he CHOKES Hank! The ref counts, Hank pushes Dempsey away, but Dempsey HOTSHOTS Hank! The ref reprimands but Dempsey storms up to bring Hank around.,Hank picks Dempsey up to RAM him out of the ring!

Gulak is there to coach Hank and Hank stands Dempsey up for a haymaker! Hank puts Dempsey in the ring, hurries in, but Dempsey BOOTS Hank in the ropes! Hank stumbles to the apron, and Dempsey has a ROPE ASSIST CRAVAT! Dempsey lets go as the ref counts, and then Dempsey BOOTS Hank down! Hank drags himself up, crawls into the ring and Gulak coaches him, only for Dempsey to stomp Hank! Dempsey drags Hank up, Hank shoves Dempsey away, then Hank BOOTS Dempsey! Dempsey blocks the next boot to BRIDGING DRAGON SCREW! And HEEL HOOK! Hank throws haymakers but Dempsey SLAPS him down!

Dempsey clamps onto the arms and he has the DEEP BOW ‘N’ ARROW STRETCH! Hank endures, crawls forward, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Dempsey lets go but he storms back up. Hank BOOTS Dempsey, hurires to his feet, but Dempsye kicks a leg out! Dempey UPPERCUTS Hank, chinlocks and CLUBS him, then drags Hank back up. Dempsey HOTSHOTS Hank again, then reels him in for a clinch. But Hank arm-drags free! ARMBAR!! Dempsey flails, claws at the legs, crawls his way over, but GUlakt ells Hank to drag him back! Hank does as told, and he pulls on the ARMBAR!! Dempsey endures, bridges, rolls, and escapes!

Dempsey CLUBS away on Hank, crossface forearms him, then has the leg again. Hank resists but Dempsey gets the BOW ‘N’ ARROW!! Hank endures, crawls, but Dempsey clamps his hands together!! Hank fights, but Dempsey rolls him!! HANDS CLASPED! Hank taps!! Dempsey wins!!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by submission

Hank couldn’t tough it out, Dempsey takes the win! Gulak is disappointed but he encourages his student that he’ll get better. With as close as Hank came this time, is there hope for him yet?


Sol Ruca finishes her workout.

The Sol Surfer does her handstand push-ups, and then Alba Fyre walks over. Fyre says she was just thinking. They never did have that 1v1 match. Sol is bummed about that, too. Fyre says she owes Sol that match. Now that Isla Dawn is out of the way- No, Fyre doesn’t owe Sol anything. Plus, the battle royal is tonight. Does Sol want the match or not!? Fyre is giving Sol an opportunity here. Okay, Sol will take Fyre up on the match. Fyre says good, but then realizes how aggressive she was being. She will see Sol later on. Sol says that’s fine by her. Fyre heads out, is she alright? Or was there more to what Dawn was saying about that inner darkness?


Tyler Bate is on his way back!

The NXT UK Triple Crown Winner may have lost the UK title to Bron Breakker, but he has refocused, rested, and reflected. The Big Strong Boy is ready for new challenges, and to settle some scores. Will Tyler Bate return to the top of the mountain in the new year?


NXT_Anonymous shares another video.

They’re now watching as Scrypts leaves a message for Oro Mensah! NXT Anonymous says that even when you don’t see them, they have eyes and ears everywhere. Oro responded on Twitter about people creeping around his stuff, but should all of NXT be concerned about this cyber spy?


Julius Creed VS Jinder Mahal w/ Sanga!

What was meant to be a tag team grudge match turned into a blindside from a returning Modern Day Maharaja! Will Julius defend the honor of the Diamond Mine? Or will Jinder not be hindered now that he’s back again?

But as Julius makes his entrance, he rushes right at Jinder! The bell rings as Julius hits a SPINEBUSTER! Julius gives Jinder ground ‘n’ pound but Jinder scrambles to ropes. The ref has Julius back off, and Jinder resets. Julius blocks a kick to RAM Jinder into the corner! Julius RAMS into Jinder more and more, fires off hands, but lets off as the ref counts. Jinder kicks low, ROCKS Julius, and he whips Julius, only for Julius to reverse! SPINEBUSTER! Julius rains down more fists, then brings Jinder up to POST him! Fans duel but Julius POSTS Jinder in the other corner! Jinder staggers, and Julius clotheslines him out of the ring!

Julius talks trash as NXT goes picture in picture. Julius then goes out to fetch Jinder but Jinder kicks low! Jinder bumps Julius off the apron, ROCKS him with a right hand, but Julius blocks the steel step bump! Julius bumps Jinder off the steps, then puts him in the ring. Julius slides in, but Jinder CLOBBERS him! Jinder stomps Juilus, digs his knee in, but lets off as the ref counts. Juilus sputters, Jinder puts him through ropes and bends him back! The ref counts, Jinder lets off, but then bends Julius back again! The ref reprimands, Jinder CLUBS Julius down, and Jinder kicks Julius to the ropes.

Jinder drags Julius up, reels him in, but Julius blocks the suplex! Julius suplexes Jinder up and over! Both men are down, Sanga looks a little worried, and Julius runs up to KICK Jinder in the side! Julius fires off hands, Jinder uses the ropes for defense, but Julius just grab a leg! Julius drags Jinder from the corner, trips and SLAMS him, then covers, TWO! Julius drops an elbow, then another. Jinder staggers up but Julius storms up on him in a corner. Julius whips Jinder corner to corner, runs in, but Jinder dodges! Jinder CLOBBERS Julius! Jinder drags Julius up, whips him to ropes, but Julius reverses to DROPKICK him down!

Jinder crawls to the apron but Julius crawls after him. Julius fires off haymakers, Jinder wobbles, and Julius bumps him off buckles. Julius drags Jinder up to the top rope, but Jinder fires body shots! Jinder shoves Julius away, but Julius returns to ROCK Jinder! Julius climbs up to the very top, New Year’s Evil returns to single picture as Jinder shoves Julius away. Julius rolls, stands back up, and springs right up top! SUPERPLEX!! Both men are down and fans fire up! Julius crawls to the cover, TWO!! Jinder is still in this, he crawls to a corner, but Julius runs in to RAM into Jinder! And again! And again!

The ref counts, Julius lets off, but Jinder throat chops! Jinder headlocks, Julius powers out, but Jinder holds ropes. Julius runs in, to get a FLAPJACK HOTSHOT! And then a BOOT! Jinder grins and covers, TWO! Jinder looms over Julius, clamps on a chinlock, and then he puts Julius on the ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Jinder lets off, and then Jinder drops springboard knees! And again, and again! Jinder digs his knee in, the ref counts, but Jinder lets off at 4. Jinder grins and fans rally up as he sits Julius up. Jinder throws crossface forearms, then big forearms to Julius’ face. Fans rally, Jinder stands Julius up but Julius counter punches!

Julius kicks, whips, but Jinder reverses. Julius KICKS back, runs, but into a JUMP KNEE! Cover, TWO! Julius is hanging tough but Jinder stomps him down. Jinder JAMS his knee into Julius, throws down an elbow, then clamps on a half nelson chinbar. Julius endures, fans rally up, and Julius fights up to his feet. Julius pries the chinbar away, then the half nelson, but Jinder knees low! Jinder CLUBS Julius, puts him in the corner, and runs in, but into a clinch! Julius hits an EXPLODER! Fans fire up as both men are down. Jinder and Julius crawl to opposite ends, slowly rise, and then storm in!

Julius throws a haymaker, dodges Jinder’s, and then CLOBBERS Jinder! Julius scoops for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Julius and Jinder rise again, Julius shoots in but Jinder holds off the fireman’s carry. Jinder rains down elbow after elbow, but Julius still fireman’s carries! ROLLING SPINEBUSTER! Julius fires up, throws off his elbow pad, and then goes up top! But Sanga distracts from the apron! The ref reprimands, Sanga steps down, but Jinder avoids the shooting star! Julius hobbles, into the CRESCENT KICK! And then, KALLAS!! Cover, Jinder wins!

Winner: Jinder Mahal, by pinfall

The Modern Day Maharaja is not only back, he’s back in rare form with this win! Will the brotherhood of Indus Sher be unstoppable now?


Kiana James checks in on Brooks Jensen.

Fallon Henley is also there to check on him and Briggs, and Kiana asks why Gallus would do this to them. Briggs says it’s because Gallus are SOBs! And the Pub Rules Match last September. Weren’t they suspended? Yeah! Well, that’s clearly over. Yeah. But now, the ladies have the battle royal. Fallon assures the boys, she and Kiana will handle this. Yeah. But it ain’t as fun when you can’t see the action coming right at you. The medic asks where Briggs wants the ice pack, but Briggs says he’s good. Just look at Brooks! He got beat up left, right and all over. Fallon is looking, but she doesn’t like what she’s seeing in Kiana fawning all over him.

Fallon heads out, Briggs wishes her luck. Jensen tells Kiana to go, too, and also wishes her luck. Will either Kiana or Fallon be the one to move on to Vengeance Day? Or will they have about as much luck tonight as Briggs & Jensen?


The Fourth Dimensional Superstar is on her way!

Time and space mean nothing to Stevie Turner! She was just getting going in NXT UK, and now she’s watching her own highlight reel? Stevie says she’s the best! And she is live as a streamer! She says hi to chat, and her channel is up and running. If you remember who she is from NXT UK, thanks in advance for the views. And if not, she’s “your resident data collector,” and she will be giving you the details on everything that is the life of Stevie Turner. She’s traveled across the ocean to bring the world… herself! And remember, she is always two levels above and two steps ahead. Her stream is offline, but when will she hit the ring again?


NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!

It’s actually easier to see who is NOT in this match tonight. Cora Jade, Indi Hartwell, Zoey Stark, Nikkita Lyons and pretty much every name you can think of is fighting for that golden ticket. Who will be the one to rise up and head for Vengeance Day?

NXT returns, the rest of the competitors have arrived, with Zoey Stark the last to arrive. The bell rings, and it’s chaos! Cora goes after Lyra Valkyria, but Lyra whips and TOSSES Cora right out!! Lyra ELIMINATES Cora!!! Roxie already gets her wish! Cora is freaking out, the fans are loving it, and Lyra goes after Ivy Nile! Tatum brawls with Kiana, Kiana blocks a kick and she flips Tatum out to the apron. Kiana shoulders into Tatum, POSTS her, and Tatum falls! Kiana ELIMINATES Tatum, and then mocks her with “Boo-hoo!” Sol goes after Valentina Feroz but Feroz is a slippery one. Fallon holds onto ropes with her legs to stay off the floor!

Despite their past, Kiana actually pulls Fallon in! They’re both a bit confused, but then go off to brawl with other superstars. Kiana is after Lyra, Fallon is after Wendy Choo. Amari Miller KICKS and CHOPS Lash Legend! That had some stank to it! Lash is upset, she choke grips Amari, and then SHOVES Amari out to ELIMINATE her! Lash says “Bye bye!” to Amari before going after Feroz. Toxic Attraction toss Sol but she handstands to avoid elimination! Fans fire up as Sol steps on one foot, then pushes herself back up to keep going! Toxic Attraction goes after whoever else they can find, and Sol gets to the apron!

Sol hooks her feet, sits up, and she skins the cat! Fans fire up for Sol pulling off a Kofi Kingston worthy move! Sol CLUBS Jacy, ROCKS her, Feroz and Lopez work together to stave off Ivy Nile. But then Thea rushes in to TOSS and ELIMINATE Feroz! For the U! Thea then goes after Ivy while Lyons CLUBS Fallon. Lash picks up Arianna Grace, but Grace fights free of the bomb! Indi shoves Grace aside, but Lash whips Indi. Indi holds ropes, ducks the boot, and dumps Lash to the apron! Lash ROCKS Indi, but Indi BOOTS Lash and ELIMINATES her! Kiana dodges Lyra, stomps her in a corner, but Lyra headscissors her out to ELIMINATE her!

Kiana staggers into Lash and Lash gets mad at her. Kiana says it wasn’t even her fault, but then Stark lifts Grace to TOSS her onto them both! Stark ELIMINATES Grace as she bowls Lash and Kiana over! Lyra rushes Stark, blocks a kick, and then RVD WHEEL KICKS her! Fans sing, “OH~ Zoey is Angry~!” as Lyra runs up to clothesline Stark against ropes! Stark doesn’t go up or out so Lyra KICKS her! Fyre is after Fallon, Lyra stomps Stark, and Lyons helps out! But wait, Cora is back?! Cora is pissed, she runs at Lyra, but Lyra dumps her right back out! Does that count as a second elimination? Cora is upset again either way!

The refs tell Cora to leave while she’s shouting at Lyra. NXT goes picture in picture as #GenerationJade throws her tantrum all the way to the back. Lyra stomps Stark, Lyons is after Jacy but Gigi has Sol by the ear. Ivy helps Lyra drag Stark out of the way but Stark RAMS Ivy into the corner. Fyre is still after Fallon, Indi and Thea grapple on one end, and Wendy’s in the mix there somewhere. Fallon ROCKS Fyre, blocks a superkick, but Fyre spins Fallon around to hang her out to dry! Fallon HOTSHOTS Fyre, but Fyre mule kicks Fallon off the apron! Fyre ELIMINATES Fallon! Sol CLUBS Gigi, Stark throws Lyra up and out!

Lyra holds onto the ropes and rests on the apron, but Stark and Ivy stomp her! They kick at her but she clings to the ropes. Thea fires up as she has Jacy down, and she stomps it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? CHASE U!! But then Lopez TOSSE and ELIMINATES Thea! La Madrina taunts the college student while Sol gut wrenches Lyra. Lyra fights that off, trips Sol, and then stomps her down. Wendy gives Indi and Gigi some stomps, Lopez stomps Ivy, and Fyre is after Jacy. Lopez runs in at the corner but only gets buckles! Ivy has Jacy in the DIAMOND DRAGON, but Gigi DECKS her and ELIMINATES her!

New Year’s Evil returns to single picture as fans boo, but Indi picks Gigi up! Gigi headscissors and Jacy helps out, Toxic Attraction ELIMINATES Indi! Toxic Attraction laughs at Indi while Lopez brawls with Lyons. Fyre and Wendy both go after Stark while Sol CLUBS Lyra. Toxic Attraction work together on Fyre, dig their boots in, and Stark dumps Wendy out. Wendy stays on the apron, Sol dumps Lyra out there but Lyra HOTSHOTS her back. Lyons CLUBS Lopez, Wendy HOTSHOTS Stark, and Lyra gets back in safe. Lyons scoops Lopez but Lopez slips out to the apron. Lopez throws hands, but Lyons SOBATS Lopez down to ELIMINATE her!

Sol goes after Lyons now, Stark ROCKS Wendy! Stark SLAPS Wendy’s hands off the ropes, and Wendy lands on both feet! But on her body pillow! Wendy is safe, but Lopez YANKS the pillow out! Lopez ELIMINATES Wendy! Stark gives a thumbs up for the assist, but then turns around into hands from Lyons! Lyra is the odd one out as Gigi has Fyre and Jacy has Sol. Lyons swings a kick but Stark gets under! Stark clotheslines Lyons up and out and ELIMINATES her! Fans boo but the Hunter just took out her prey! But Sol is there to TOSS Stark out and ELIMINATE her!! Fans love it and now Stark really is angry!

Solo CLOBBERS Jacy, DROPKICKS Gigi, and fires up! Fyre kicks Sol low, whips her, but Sol reverses. Fyre ends up in the corner, Sol runs and handsprings in, but into a SUPERKICK! Lyra stomps Gigi while Fyre drags Sol up to TOSS and ELIMINATE her! And now we have our final four! Fyre, Lyra, Gigi & Jacy! But we know two of those are going to work together against the other two. Fans are torn between Toxic Attraction and not Toxic Attraction, and those are the battle lines drawn. Jacy brawls with Fyre and Gigi brawls with Lyra! Jacy knees low, whips Fyre up and out, but Fyre holds on! Jacy & Gigi mug Lyra but Fyre slides in safe.

Toxic Attraction double whip Lyra but Lyra DOUBLE SHOTGUNS them down! Lyra kips up, fires up, and fires off kick after kick on Jacy! AX KICK! Gigi runs in, Lyra dodges to ENZIGURI! Fyre storms in but Lyra gets around to headbutt low! Fyre goes to a corner, she dodges Lyra but Lyra headscissors! Lyra drags Fyre up and over! They’re both on the apron, Fyre tries to German Suplex! Lyra holds ropes, powers up, and she elbows Fyre away. They’re both still on the apron, Toxic Attraction rushes in! But Lyra and Fyre both shoulder those two away! Fyre slips in, elbows Gigi and BOOTS Jacy, but Lyra headscissors her up and out! Lyra ELIMINATES Fyre!!

But now Lyra is all alone with Toxic Attraction! And CORA returns again?!? Lyra avoids the sweep, but then Toxic Attraction BLAST Lyra off the apron! Gigi & Jacy ELIMINATE Lyra!! And Cora laughs right in Lyra’s face! Lyra scowls, and she fires off on Cora! They brawl, Cora knees low, refs reprimands, but Gigi & Jacy celebrate! They say they’re both winners, but that’s NOT how battle royals work!! Jacy & Gigi look to each other, and Jacy is going to give Gigi the win? Gigi says no, it should be Jacy, but Jacy goes to the ropes. Jacy then SUPERKICKS Gigi!! Jacy TOSSES Gigi, Gigi holds on, but Jacy runs in! Gigi begs Jacy but Jacy throws down fists!

Jacy kicks, Gigi punches back! Fans are on Team Gigi as she bumps Jacy off buckles! Gigi tosses Jacy up and over, but Jacy lands safe! They’re both on the apron, opposite sides of the corner, and Gigi climbs up. Jacy GAMANGIRIS! Gigi wobbles, Jacy climbs up, and she shrugs. Jacy wants to suplex!? Gigi fights that off, CLUBS Jacy, and they brawl up top! Fans rally as the forearms go back and forth! Gigi ROCKS Jacy, gets the edge, but Jacy sits back up. Jacy and Gigi have wild looks in their eyes, HEADBUTT AND FOREARM COLLIDE!! They both fall, and they both hit the floor!!! Each ref says they saw the other first, so who wins?!?!

Fans have no idea what to make of this, all the refs discuss this, and replay is brought in, too. After looking back at the tape, including a special ceiling cam, the refs come to a decision. Gigi and Jacy are both brought back into the ring, because it’s a DRAW!!

Winners: Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Women’s Championship)

It’s just as they said! Gigi & Jacy both get to win and they both get to go to Vengeance Day! Roxie appears and she holds up the belt. Roxie’s up for a Triple Threat, but is she biting off more than she can chew for her very first defense?


HBK has a meeting with Bron Breakker and Grayson Waller.

Shawn Michaels says what happened tonight is not how anyone wants a title match to come to an end. He wants there to be a definitive winner between them. Bron says so does he. Waller says that’s finally something they can agree on. Waller had Bron beat tonight, the title was going to be his! Bron gets heated but HBK stops them from fighting here. They all settle down, and HBK says there will be a decisive winner. On Saturday, February 4th, Vengeance Day, the title will be defended… in a STEEL CAGE MATCH!

Waller and Bron are all fired up again! Waller’s ready to be locked in with the dog, and he vows to get that title! But will Waller have his vengeance? Or will this dog have his day as NXT returns to the road?

My Thoughts:

This was, and yet also wasn’t, a really good night for NXT. For one, the NXT Championship match not being the main event should’ve told us all that something wonky was going to happen. As such, it’s actually hilarious how the second rope broke loose before the moment it was meant to. You could tell that was the case looking at how Waller reacted. But at the same time, it breaking the first time did help make the second and intended time more believable. However, that was a rather garbage way to protect Bron and extend this to Vengeance Day.

That combined with Melo & Trick taking a detour to face Apollo & Axiom as a tag team, it’s a shame that we won’t get a new champion for NXT’s first major event back on the road, unless Waller wins the rematch. A cage match does allow you to win without pinning or submitting the opponent, Waller can win by basically running away. I will say, good promo from Apollo and Axiom to set up the tag match, and I really liked Melo copying Apollo’s diner promo. Trick was ridiculous, though, for saying he couldn’t see in that lucha mask when those had classic eye holes, which were honestly bigger eye holes than most.

Another thing that was a bit off was that they didn’t outright call Dijak VS Tony and the Tag Gauntlet match traditional contenders matches. I ended up putting that in myself, but it just feels like that’s what should happen. Dijak won, Wes promised the winner their shot, Wes VS Dijak is a given. Pretty Deadly was hilarious in their promo with New Day, and I should’ve known when Pretty Deadly said they found teams that there were going to be joke teams coming out. I do like that HBK gave himself a shoutout by naming that jobber team “The Rockers,” he kinda poked fun at himself with Pretty Deadly going over that team.

Malik & Edris had a great showing even though they lost, and Gallus making a return here was awesome. I would love New Day VS Gallus at Vengeance Day, that should really be the match we get. Also, I like that Gallus is just the first of more NXT UK returns. Tyler Bate coming back is great timing, I hope he gets in on the top title conversation come WrestleMania Weekend with Stand & Deliver. Stevie Turner coming back is great, her being converted into a Twitch streamer isn’t. I suppose she really didn’t have a gimmick in NXT UK other than claiming she’s four-dimensional, but seeing through time and space is Apollo’s thing so she had to have something.

NXT_Anonymous keeps us guessing, at least, as now it was a male voice watching a male superstar (it was Reggie) plant the Scrypts card in Oro’s bags. Oro VS Scrypts would be some great stuff as far as in-ring, who knows who wins that one. Walker VS Dempsey was good stuff, and Walker got to look great, but I figured Dempsey was going to win. Gulak let this one slide, but I bet another loss will upset Gulak, and eventually Gulak faces Hank to see if Hank can really hang or not. And win or lose, I bet Gulak still turns on Hank and sides with Dempsey. The Creeds VS Indus Sher not happening was a rather confusing move, but I do like that Jinder is back.

Jinder looked great, and even with Sanga helping him get that win, it just makes sense that Jinder would win as the more experienced pro-wrestler. And now, we’re surely getting Creeds VS Indus Sher at Vengeance Day to really up things like with Bron VS Waller. Tiffany Stratton being the countdown person was a bit of a Dan Matha, but whatever, she had to return at some point. I kinda wish they’d blended the reveal with the battle royal, but then a loss in the battle royal would hurt her return, I guess. Good promos from Fyre and Sol to set up a rematch and tease more of Fyre’s Heel turn, as well as from Fallon and Kiana checking in on the guys.

The battle royal was great stuff, especially Cora being eliminated so quickly. That was great mostly because of the shock factor, but I should’ve expected Cora to be petty and go after Lyra multiple times. Lyra can definitely get good momentum off a feud with Cora, as I’m sure Lyra wins out in the end. And mainly, that was a brilliant way to give us two winners of a battle royal. Even if they can’t mention Mandy Rose, this is a fitting way for Toxic Attraction to go after Roxie without it being the usual outside interference attempt. That said, Roxie can find a way to pit Gigi and Jacy against each other and win out, as I don’t see Jacy or Gigi just letting the other be champion.

My Score: 8.3/10

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

The Czar and… HIM!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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


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


Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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


Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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


NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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


The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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


Ava Raine is on the phone.

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


Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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


Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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


The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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


DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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


Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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


Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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


Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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


Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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


Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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


Dijak argues with Ava.

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


Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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


Waves are rolling in.

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


BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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


Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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



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

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

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



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



Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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

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