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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/14/23)

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Love is in the air, but so is anger!

Last week, Jacy Jayne almost kicked the door down using Gigi Dolin! Will NXT still be toxic without Toxic Attraction as a unit? Or can Jacy do bad all by herself?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Grayson Waller VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
  • Thea Hail VS Tiffany Stratton; Tiffany wins.
  • Axiom VS Damon Kemp; Axiom wins.
  • NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone; Wes Lee wins and retains the title.
  • Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey; Dempsey wins.
  • Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Roxie & Meiko win.

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WWE mourns the loss of Jerry Jarrett.

 

Grayson Waller VS Tyler Bate!

The 21st Century Success Story was suspended a week for getting in Shawn Michaels’ face over not being seen as “the guy.” But maybe that’s because Waller just has to put up and shut up! Will he do just that here tonight? Or will the Big Strong Boi be the one to humble him?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Bate pushes Waller back but Waller turns it around to have Bate in a corner, and Waller ROCKS Bate with a right hand! Waller CLUBS Bate, Bate throws hands but Waller throws forearms. Bate hits back, Waller CLUBS Bate. Fans actually duel, Waller XLCUBS Bate but Bate throws hands. Waller DECKS Bate, then CHOKES him on the ropes! “This your boy, Shawn? This your boy?! You chose the wrong horse!” The ref counts, Waller lets off, but then Waller fires off fists. Waller lets off again and he tells Bate “SUCK IT!” Fans boo, Bate glares at Waller, and Bate DECKS him! And CHOPS him!

Bate HEADBUTTS Waller, UPPERCUTS him, then has him on the ropes. Bate headlock punches, Waller wobbles, and Bate headlocks again to smack Waller with his boot! Bate whips, DROPKICKS and covers, TWO! Bate clamps onto Waller, clamps on a chinlock and he thrashes Waller around. Waller endures, fights up, they go around, and Waller hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Bate is still in this but Waller KNEES him in the back! Bate hits back but Waller stomps Bate. Waller stands Bate up to CLUB him right on the neck! Waller mocks the pose, fans boo, but Waller cravats. Bate throws body shots and fans duel again.

Bate fights up, Waller throws knees! Waller KNEES Bate down, covers, TWO! Bate goes to a corner, Waller throws hands, but Bate throws them back. Waller ROCKS Bate, whips him corner to corner, but Bate reverses. Bate runs in but into an elbow! Waller runs in, but into a hip toss! And another DROPKICK! Bate clinches, EXPLODER! Bate kips up and fans fire up for the STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Waller scurries away and now he apologizes? Bate doesn’t fall for that, but Waller still throws him out of the ring! Waller grins, but Bate drags him out! Bate SMACKS Waller off the apron, then stalks him around the way.

Waller elbows low, but Bate elbows back! Bate SMACKS Waller off apron again! They go to commentary, around behind commentary, and Bate grabs Waller as he slides into the ring. But Waller BOOTS Bate into the desk! Waller builds speed, slides, and LARIATS! Fans are torn but Waller poses as NXT goes picture in picture.

Waller taunts the Bate fans, the ring count climbs, but Waller brings Bate up. Waller SMACKS Bate off the apron, pushes him in to the ring, and storms in after him. Waller drops a knee on Bate’s face! Then one into Bate’s side! Bate kicks from below but Waller stomps away! Bate still hits back, but Waller CLUBS him down! Waller drags Bate up to UPPERCUT him! Bate leans against ropes, Waller wrenches and whips but Bate ducks ‘n ‘dodges! Bate sunset flips, Waller stays up, and he turns Bate around to drop an elbow! Waller digs his knee in as he bends Bate back with a chinlock! Bate endures, so Waller drops another elbow!

Waller soaks up the cheers and jeers, drags Bate up, and fireman’s carries. But Bate fights free to roll Waller up, TWO! Bate runs in, into an UPPERCUT! Cover, TWO! Bate shakes his head, he’s not done, but Waller says he’s the guy! Waller scoops and SLAMS Bate, then runs, to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Waller is annoyed with Bate, kicks him around, but Bate scowls. Waller drags Bate up, reels him in, but Bate blocks the suplex. Waller throws body shots, but Bate still blocks the suplex. Bate then suplexes Waller up and over! Both men are down and fans fire up. Bate throws hands from the mat but Waller gives them back!

Bate and Waller brawl as they stand up, then Bate fires off forearms and CHOPS! Bate whips, Waller reverses but Bate ducks ‘n ‘dodges again! Only for Waller to scoop and hit a BACKBREAKER! Waller bends Bate against his knee as NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally up as Bate endures, and Bate pries Waller’s hand away. Waller powers Bate back down, but fans rally as Bate throws knees! Bate is free, he BOPS Waller, then ROCKS him! And CHOPS him! Waller knees low, whips, but Bate rebounds! Waller slides out, somersaults in, but Bate jukes to COMEBACKER LARIAT! Fans fire up as both men are down!

Fans cheer on “NXT! NXT!” for giving them this great opener. Bate goes to a corner, Waller runs in, Waller blocks a boot but not the knee! Bate goes up, FLYING UPPERCUT! Bate wrenches for the SAIDO! Bridging cover, TWO!! Waller escapes, but Bate fireman’s carries! AIRPLANE SPIN!! Fans count along, and Bate goes past 10 to get to 15, then 20, before the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO! Waller survives that ride and both men are down. Fans rally up again, Bate gets to a corner. Waller flounders around while Bate climbs up. Waller runs in, Bate leaps over, but Waller LEG LARIATS!

Waller goes to a corner, runs in, ROLLING UNPRETTIER! Cover, TWO!! Waller rains down fists, covers again, TWO! Grand Slam Tyler is frustrating Waller and fans continue to duel as he goes to a corner. Waller tunes up the band! Fans boo, he’s no HBK! Waller grins, aims as Bate rises, but Bate blocks the music! Bop up, BANG!! And SUPER- NO, Waller blocks! Waller puts his Bop up, but gets BANG from Bate again!! SUPERKICK from Bate! Cover, ROPEBREAK!!! Waller saves himself by fingertips! Fans are torn and Bate is beside himself! But then fans agree, “This is Awesome!” as Bate underhooks.

Waller fights out, rolls up, with tights! TWO!! Bate runs in, but he’s put on the apron! Bate shoulders in, slingshots and sunsets, but Waller sits on it, with ropes! The ref sees it! Bate rolls Waller, and BATE WINS!

Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall

Waller can’t believe it! But in the end, his cheating got him caught! The Big Strong Boi is back, but Waller is anything but humbled. Will Waller continue to complain until he gets what he wants? Or will Bate beat him to the golden goal?

 

Josh Briggs checks in on Brooks Jensen.

Valentine’s Day, baby! Is Jensen nervous? Yes, super nervous. Why? Jensen likes Kiana, Kiana likes Jensen, what’s the problem? He’s never… Uh… He motions with his hands and Briggs can’t understand what he means. Just spit it out, Brooks! Jensen has never… Oh, wow. Okay! Well it’s fine, you’re 22 years old. There are plenty of 22 year old guys who haven’t “hit the homerun” before. Jensen doesn’t feel better about that. He’s never even been on base… WHAT?! Not even a kiss?! NOT SO LOUD! Right, well, nothing to be nervous about it. 90-10! What’s 90-10? The guy goes 90% of the way in, the lady goes the other 10%. Oh…! She goes 90?

NO, you gotta make the move! It’s simple. Look, Briggs will demonstrate. What? No, don’t. Here goes. See? 90. Go 10. No, that’s 7! GO TEN! Jensen is trying not to laugh and then Fallon Henley walks in, asking what is going on here. Nothing! Just showing Jensen the 90-10. Why? Cuz he’s never kissed- HEY! That’s one more person, why not just tell the who NXT roster? Scream it in the parking lot! Jensen’s life is over. Fallon says that you need to know- YES! He needs to know everything! He wants this Valentine’s Day to go perfectly because Kiana is the woman of his dreams! He needs to get that kiss. He needs it!

Well, if it happens, which it might not, here’s a tip: when you walk Kiana to her door at the end of the night, if she plays with her keys, she wants the kiss. When you do that, 90-10. Okay, alright. He’s nervous but excited. Anything else? Nope. This is the night Jensen’s been waiting for. Have fun. Thanks! You guys are the best! Jensen heads out, will it all go according to plan?

 

Jacy Jayne heads to gorilla.

She passes by Waller shouting at HBK, but pays it no mind. She’s all about herself after last week. What will she say about her betrayal of Gigi Dolin?

Wait, speaking of that shouting, we focus on that as Waller SLAPS stuff off HBK’s desk! HBK tells him to calm down, A-Train gets involved, but Waller keeps calling HBK a stooge! HBK tells A-Train to get Waller outta the building, and he tells the cameras to cut to commercial. Has Waller done it now? What will the punishment be this time?

 

Apollo Crews speaks.

“Vengeance Day was my chance to get one step closer.” He throws down his journal to tell Dabba-Kato, “I felt that hug, I saw that smile. And then BAM, outta nowhere, and everything goes dark. Why? No call, no text. I tuned in last week to hear your reasons why, and all you gotta say is I know what I did? What the hell does that even me? What we did was travel the road together. What we did was share WrestleMania moments together. What we did was share family time together. Dabba-Kato, you have your reasons and now I have mine! I’m not focused on the future, I’m not focused on the past, the only thing that I’m focused on is revenge!”

 

Jacy Jayne heads to the ring.

Fans boo as the Toxic Traitor struts her way down the ramp, showing off the new shirt: a drawing of her booting Gigi through that door. Jacy gets the mic while fans boo, and says, “Last week was the end of the Toxic Attraction story, but the beginning of the Jacy Jayne story. And now, it’s all about me! And the proof is in the boot, because for the last seven days, I have been the talk of NXT. Not Roxanne Perez, Bron Breakker, Carmelo Hayes, and damn sure not Gigi Dolin. The name on the tip of everyone’s tongue is Jacy Jayne. ME! ME ME ME ME ME ME ME!” Fans duel, “Gigi’s Better!” “No She’s Not!”

Jacy continues to say, “And for those of you who keep asking me if I regret stomping Gigi’s skull in, the only thing I regret is that I didn’t pull the trigger sooner. I’ve already watched the footage back 1000 times! But you know what’s better than 1000 times? 1001! Let’s see it again!” The replay package shows the moment that ended Ding Dong Hello and NXT last week, Gigi’s SUPERKICK to Gigi. It’s a highlight reel of their moments together, and then Jacy’s moment making it about herself, and her cheering herself on in the present. Plus, images of Gigi’s face after the fact. “Aww, boo-hoo~! Aww. And if I have to hear one more ‘Did you really have to kick her that hard~?’ YES! YES I DID!

Because all of you people wanna sit here and act like Gigi was the victim, but anyone who has two brain cells, which sadly eliminates every single person in this building, understands that I am the real victim here! Gigi, your days of doing half the work and taking all the credit are over. Sorry, Jannetty- I mean, Gigi. Everyone is gonna see you for who you truly are. Because your security blanket, aka ME, is done protecting you. I’m no longer going to be taking care of all of your mistakes. But Gigi, that’s enough about her, no one cares about Chucky anyway.

“But I want every single person in this building, everyone watching at home, to listen very, very carefully to what I have to say, because this is gonna be the most important thing I ever have to say. Screw. You. Because for the last two years, ever since Toxic Attraction form, you saw me as the one who didn’t belong. You called me the third wheel! ‘Which one isn’t like the rest? Why is Jacy Jayne even in this super group?’ Well that super group, Toxic Attraction, went on to be the most dominant female faction in WWE history. And look who’s the last woman standing! IT’S ME!!” Jacy says it’s always about her, but how long will that last?

 

Chase U meets up backstage.

Duke Hudson spooks Thea Hail as she’s deep in thought. Thea apologizes, she’s still jumpy. No, that’s understandable. Whenever she feels comfortable about it, she can tell them what happened with The Schism. They’re here for her. Andre Chase sits with Thea and says they can even get this match tonight pushed back. Thea says no, she’s good. She can’t back out, or The Schism wins, and they can’t let that happen. That’s not Chase U. She has to look fear dead in the face, and say, “Hi, Fear. I’m Thea. And tonight, you’re gonna get an Andre Chase University sized ass-whooping!” Thea has convinced herself, but will she really be ready to get back in the ring?

 

Sol Ruca speaks.

“I’ve been in NXT for less than a year and I still dig going into practice every single day. Being in the ring allows me to be creative and be a free spirit, and that’s who I am. Sol Ruca: free spirit. And I got that from my parents. My parents instilled that freedom in mee. See, we had a deal that if I was able to get a college scholarship, I could do whatever I wanted. When I was in high school, and if I wanted to go snowboarding or if I wanted to go surfing, I’d just text my mom and say, ‘Hey, can you get me outta class real quick?’ And she would say, ‘As long as your grades are good, I’ll get you out.'”

And so, she tried all sorts of things. From gymnastics to snowboarding to skateboarding, to learning guitar and even photography. She feels like everyone is so afraid of making mistakes, but no one is perfect. When Sol tried her Sol Snatcher the first time in practice, it sucked. But she kept doing it every single day. And you can just ask Zoey Stark just how good the move is now. Yes, Zoey won, but Sol wants a rematch. Any time Sol fails, she gets right back up, ready to go again. Will Sol manage to get back on her board and make sure Zoey Stark wipes out next time?

 

Thea Hail VS Tiffany Stratton!

Just as Chase U’s top recruit got in the face of Daddy’s Little Rich Girl, Ava Raine snatched her away! Who knows what Schism did to Thea, but that’s not going to be Thea’s focus tonight. Will Thea put Tiffany in her place? Or will Tiffany shine bright like the diamond she insists she is?

Fans chant “CHASE U!” and Tiffany shouts, “SUCKS!” The bell rings and Thea circles with Tiffany. They tie up, Tiffany wrenches the arm and wrangles Thea to the mat. Tiffany taunts Thea but Thea fights up, wrenches, ROCKS and arm-drags Tiffany! Then wheelbarrow to an arm-drag! And then an OVERHEAD arm-drag! And DROPKICK! Fans fire up for Thea and Thea high fives Chase. But then Rip Fowler & Jagger Reed appear in the crowd! Thea is distracted but fans boo. Tiffany turns Thea around, but Thea blocks the kick to roll Tiffany up! ONE, and Tiffany blocks an arm-drag to throw Thea by her hair!

Tiffany stomps away on Thea, drags her up, then whips her to a corner. Thea BOOTS back, goes out, but now Joe Gacy appears in the perch! Thea tells him to leave her alone, but Tiffany CLOBBERS Thea! Tiffany puts Thea in the ring, covers, TWO! Fans rally for Thea, Tiffany drags her up to CLUB her down! Tiffany then fireman’s carries, but Thea fights free! Thea whips Tiffany out to the apron! Thea runs in, brings Tiffany through ropes, but Tiffany HOTSHOTS Thea away! Tiffany springboards to SWANTON! Cover, TWO!! Thea survives and Tiffany throws a fit! Tiffany wraps on a chinlock but Thea fights up.

Thea arm-drags free, CLOBBERS Tiffany, and CLOBBERS her again! Tiffany bails out in a fit, but Thea roars! Thea runs, DIVES, and wipes Tiffany out! Fans fire up as Thea RAMS Tiffany into the apron! But wait, now Ava Raine is in the crowd! Ava’s creepy grin scares Thea back into the ring, Tiffany runs in but Thea dodges! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Thea hits ropes, Tiffany builds speed, HIP ATTACK! Tiffany fireman’s carries, for the ROLLING SENTON! And then she goes up top, blows a kiss, BEST MOONSAULT WHATEVER! Cover, Tiffany wins!

Winner: Tiffany Stratton, by pinfall

Thea couldn’t focus, but Tiffany doesn’t care. Will Chase U be able to help Thea get past this trauma? Will Tiffany go for the gold come Stand & Deliver?

 

Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley talk backstage.

Tatum assures Ivy she is innocent and Ivy says she believes her. But then Javier Bernal walks in and says, “Ladies, ladies! More specifically Tatum. Today is a very special day, and it only comes around once a year. And I’m about to give you a very big, special once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Tatum Paxley, will you be my Javitine?” A box of candies with his face on it…? Tatum says thanks but she’s taken. Taken? Hah! Your loss. Ivy, today’s a very special day- Javi, stop. Ivy would love to be his Javitine. Really? DIAMOND DRAGON SLEEPER!! The candy goes flying! But then Isla Dawn’s voice calling makes Ivy let Javi go.

Isla Dawn is coming in through the speakers. She says it’s nice for Ivy protecting Tatum, but you shouldn’t be chained to her. Isla can still sense Tatum’s feelings of being weighed down by Ivy. But maybe it’s safer to be in chains than to stand on her own. Ivy and Tatum say they aren’t going to listen to the mind games, and they head out. But will the Wicked Witch soon be proven right?

 

Axiom VS Damon Kemp!

The Undeniable Truth wants payback on the Golden Gopher for ruining his moment with Tyler Bate last week. Will Axiom use his skill and intellect to humble Damon? Or will Damon embarrass the European style with his American hybrid ability?

NXT returns and Kemp makes his entrance. The bell rings and Axiom rushes in to DROPKICK Kemp! Axiom fires off forearms and CHOPS in the corner, but he lets off as the ref counts. Axiom runs back in to basement dropkick! Fans fire up with Axiom and he runs at Kemp again, PENALTY KICK! Kemp wobbles, Axiom swings but Kemp avoids the buzzsaw! Kemp bails out but Axiom DIVES! Direct hit and fans fire up again! Axiom puts Kemp in, hurries to a corner and goes up top. Axiom leaps but Kemp gets under. Kemp runs in, Axiom wheelbarrows, but Kemp makes that a GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fans boo but Kemp waistlocks and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Axiom staggers up, Kemp waistlocks, another GERMAN SUPLEX sends Axiom tumbling! Kemp CLOBBERS Axiom out of the ring! Kempt hen goes out around the way to CLOBBER Axiom again! Kemp puts Axiom in the ring, rains down forearms, and he covers, TWO! Fans rally but Kemp drags Axiom up. Kemp ROCKS Axiom and Axiom falls to a knee. Kemp stands Axiom up to ROCK him again! But Axiom CHOPS back! And CHOPS again! Axiom whips, DROPKICKS and down goes Kemp! Fans fire up back up and Axiom runs back in, GAMANGIRI!

Axiom pushes Kemp aside, goes up top, and he CROSSBODIES! But Kemp rolls through, covers, with tights! TWO! Axiom SOBATS, runs in, but into a DISCUS LARIAT! Axiom gets flipped around! Kemp says he’s finishing this! Electric Chair, to HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Axiom survives but Kemp kicks him around. Kemp drags Axiom up, GERMAN SUPLEX, but Axiom lands on his feet! Axiom DECKS Kemp, then PENALTY KICKS again! Fans fire up as Axiom aims from the corner! GOLDEN RATIO!! Cover, Axiom wins!

Winner: Axiom, by pinfall

Kemp just got ratioed and Axiom is vindicated! Will this humble the Golden Gopher? Will Axiom soon be heading for gold?

 

Jensen shares pictures from date night.

From his Twitter, we can see he and Kiana got some drinks, and he’s telling his “Sugarpie honeybunch” that he had a nice time, she’s his “brown-eyed girl,” and that he’s taking his lady home after a great night. Will Jensen have that romantic kiss to make it a perfect night?

Fallon and Briggs see the pics.

Briggs tells her to stop with the comment threat, just look at how happy Jensen is. He’s having the time of his life! She knows, but she just can’t take it. She has to tell him! Tell him what? Fallon heads out, Briggs follows, is Fallon about to ruin Jensen’s chances?

 

Waller posts a video to Twitter.

He’s vlogging how he’s being ejected from the building! He says that’s “hilarious,” and that “HBK has no idea how to treat an actual superstar.” Waller says he’s the biggest star, and HBK is just a stooge! But how can Waller run NXT if he’s being kicked out?

 

Bron Breakker is here!

The NXT Champion is back and fans bark it up as he heads to the ring. Bron holds up the belt, then gets the mic to say, “Feels a little different in here tonight. Like, when one door closes, the next door opens. But this next challenge ahead of me is different. It feels… bigger. It seems to be the match that everybody wants to see, right? Me VS HIM!” But wait, Jinder Mahal heads out to the ring? He has Indus Sher with him as he stands at ringside, and Bron says this is not who he expected. Jinder says, “A great champion must always expect the unexpected.” Tell him something he doesn’t now, pal. Jinder will, just give him a second.

Jinder respectfully interrupts here, because he admires the fact that for almost an entire year, Bron has carried NXT on his back, he IS NXT and he IS the brand. But Jinder knows very well the weight that Bron carries on his shoulder. Bron, Jinder also knows the stress of the next challenger, of retaining the title. And not only that, Jinder completely understands all the press, all the late nights, the early mornings, the lifestyle that comes with being THE champion! As a former WWE World Champion to the current NXT Champion, is this the title reign Bron envisioned? Is this what he thought being champion would be like?

Bron says, “Damn straight! What the hell are you talking about?” Jinder says for almost an entire year, Bron has been NXT Champion, but he must be deaf. He doesn’t hear that small pocket of fans who once loved Bron, but now changing their tune. But it’s okay, Jinder knows better than anyone! “You either die a hero, or you become the villain.” Bron says the fans are allowed to have their opinions. Jinder says that is why he’s here! Because of that comment, of that arrogance! The fact that Bron doesn’t acknowledge what is going on around him, that the tides are turning and times are changing.

Bron cannot see that he is tired and vulnerable and weak! That is why JINDER is challenging Bron to a match! Next week, for THE NXT Championship! Fans like that, Bron likes that, too! Jinder didn’t need to come out here and waste everyone’s time with the new Three Man Band. Which one is the guitarist? Jinder holds Veer and Sanga back while fans chant “3 M B!” Jinder has everyone calm down. Jinder tells Bron that the people don’t like him, and he knows why Bron made that 3MB joke. It’s so that the fans will cheer him on! That’s for the fans to like him! But after Jinder takes the title, the fans still won’t Bron! They won’t even feel bad!

But don’t worry, Bron. Jinder will. The Modern Day Maharaja has spoken, but will he speak his title reign into reality? Or will Bron break Jinder’s hopes and dreams, too?

 

Kayden & Katana find Roxanne & Meiko backstage.

KC Squared have had time to think and they realize they were a bit aggressive last week. They were just pissed that they got screwed out of the titles, and that had nothing to do with Roxie. So that’s on them, and they’re sorry. Roxie accepts the apology. But is this them saying they don’t want to have a match? No, no, they want to have this match. Who wouldn’t want to go up against the Final Boss? KC Squared will bring it, and they say it is an honor. They bow in respect to Meiko and head out. Roxie thanks Meiko for coming so far to help her. Meiko says she has her reasons. With that, the main event is still on. Will the Prodigy and Final Boss make a powerful team here tonight?

 

Wes Lee heads to gorilla.

The Must-See Kid is ready to see who steps up to his Open Challenge, but we can see Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo creeping up from the shadows. Will The Don or Stacks be the one to go after the gold? Or will someone completely unseen snipe this opportunity from them?

 

Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.

McKenzie Mitchell says #IndiWrestling requested this time, what’s on her mind? Indi says that Toxic Attraction was pretty much despised by everyone else on the roster, and believe her when she says she enjoyed seeing Gigi’s head get kicked in. But sitting in the locker room, listening to Jacy’s “hot garbage,” and Jacy thinks she’s shooting up to the top? Well just like Toxic Attraction is dead and gone, Jacy is dead wrong. Indi tells Jacy, “The only place your gonna end up is behind me.” Indi heads out, will she be more than #Impressive on the Road to WrestleMania?

 

NXT North American Championship Open Challenge: Wes Lee VS ???

He made it through Vengeance Day and the #HardJustice of Dijak, but Wes is going to be a fighting champion! He has the mic to say, “OHHH YEAH~!” We all know why he’s here: It’s Open Season for the title, and he’s ready and waiting to see who steps up. So who who who will it be? Here comes The Don! But then Dijak snatches him into the hammerlock sleeper! Stacks goes after Dijak, it’s a brawl, refs rush out to stop it, but then someone sneaks in from behind! VON WAGNER boots Wes down! Robert Stone wants this to get going before Wes knows what hit him, but the ref has Von stand down.

The ref asks Wes if he still wants this fight, and Wes says yes! The bell rings, Von runs in, but into a SOBAT! Wes dropkicks a leg out, then dropkicks it again! Von choke grips Wes, powers him into a corner, and then hauls Wes up to BUCKLE BOMB him! And then RAM him back in! Von chokes Wes, TOSSES him across the way, and Stone likes what he sees. Von storms up on Wes, stands him up and RAMS him into another corner. Von RAMS into Wes again, then lets off as the ref counts. Wes goes to another corner, elbows Von back, but Von KNEES low! Von runs corner to corner but into BOOTS!

Fans rally for Wes, he dodges Von and fires off haymakers! Wes runs, returns, but Von catches Wes! Wes grabs ropes but Von DUMPS Wes up and out! Wes hits apron on the way down and Stone still likes what he sees. Von goes out after Wes, drags Wes up and RAMS him into the apron! Then SMACKS him off the desk! And again! Stone says not to beat Wes down here, get in the ring. The ring count climbs, but Von dribbles Wes’s head off the desk! Fans boo, Von puts Wes in and he tells Stone he has this. He slides in at 8 of 10, but Wes throws hands! Fans fire up behind Wes as he fires off again and again and again!

Wes ROCKS Von, runs, but Von CLOBBERS Wes! Cover, TWO!! Wes survives but Von snarls as he drags Wes back up. Von reels Wes in but Wes resists the lift. Von CLUBS Wes, lifts, but Wes fights it again. Wes slips under, RAMS into Von, but Von CLUBS Wes! Wes mule kicks, fires hands, and fans are thunderous! Von shoves Wes, Wes blocks the boot and trips Von, DOUBLE STOMPS to STANDING MOONSAULT! Von staggers up into a SHOTGUN dropkick! Von ends up in a corner, Stone coaches him up but Wes runs in to UPPERCUT! And GAMANGIRI! Wes pushes Von aside, goes up and FLYING- NO, Von catches Wes!

Von whips Wes away, pops him up, SLAM DUNK FLAPJACK! And then a BOOT! High stack, TWO!! Wes survives again and Von grows frustrated. Von drags Wes up by his hair, but fans rally up. Von trophy lifts Wes and aims for the desk! But Wes slips free, and SUPERKICKS! SUPERKICK again! HEEL KICK! Von wobbles around, into another SUPERKICK! Wes runs, to V-TRIGGER! Fans fire up again and Wes handsprings, CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, Wes wins!

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

Von got the drop on Wes but Wes just dropped Von! Will Wes continue to be that fighting champion all the way to Stand & Deliver?

 

Drew Gulak meets up with Hank Walker backstage.

Hank shows off his brand new singlet with his name on it and everything. Is he ready for tonight? Yes! Well, almost. His wrestling boots didn’t come in, he still has to wear his working boots… Gulak had a feeling that’d happen, so HE got Walker his old pair. Wow! Thanks so much! Gulak says it’s no problem, but he needs to lace up quickly, because he’s up next. Walker says, “Yes, sir!” But will new gear and borrowed boots be enough to help the Blue Collar Wrestler against the Son of the Gentleman Villain?

 

Hank Walker w/ Drew Gulak VS Charlie Dempsey!

The first time around, Dempsey put the “evil” in New Year’s Evil when he beat down and twisted Hank up. Will this just be a Valentine’s Day Massacre? Or will Hank be able to even the score now that he looks the part?

The bell rings and the two tie right up. Dempsey wrenches, wristlocks, hammerlocks, but Hank elbows back. Dempsey headlocks, but Hank powers out to RAM shoulders! Hank fires up, Dempsey fires forearms! Hank pushes Dempsey back, swings, but Dempsey dodges! they both ROCK each other, then they both BOOT each other! Fans fire up while both men fall! Gulak coaches Hank and Hank grits his teeth. Dempsey stands first but Hank gets his arm! Hank wrangles Dempsey for a FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Dempsey flails, fights his way over, reaches out, but Hank drags Dempsey away! FUJIWARA ARMBAR!

Dempsey endures, fights his way back over, but Hank again pulls Gulak back! But Dempsey uses that to drag Hank down! Dempsey has the leg, he has the crossface, but Hank reaches out! Gulak coaches Hank but Dempsey throws down elbows! Dempsey clamps on, BOW ‘N’ ARROW! hank TAPS, Dempsey wins!

Winner: Charlie Dempsey, by submission

That was even faster than last time! But now Dempsey goes for more, and he puts the BOW ‘N’ ARROW back on! Dempsey glares at Gulak, and Gulak backs away!? Fans boo as refs make Dempsey let Hank go! Gulak now gets up in Dempsey’s face, but then moves aside? Dempsey steps out onto the apron with Gulak, and the two leave together?! Is Gulak siding with Dempsey and not his own student?

 

Von is furious backstage, again!

Von says the title slipped through his hands, but asks if Stone has anything to say. Stone says he has plenty to say, but what would be the point? Von didn’t lose the match because he lacks in-ring ability. Von has plenty of that. But he lost because he doesn’t have a connection to Stone or to the fans, or anyone really. His walls are up! They gotta come down! Von has to break the walls down! Help Stone help Von! Stone keeps saying that, and then cools off. Stone doesn’t have time for someone with walls up. Von’s biggest claim to fame is being the “Come Tuesday” meme! But you know what Stone has time for? The guy inside Von! And there is someone inside Von.

Stone vows he will get Von where he wants to be, but Von needs to let Stone help him. Help Stone help Von! Stone leaves, but just what does Von have to do to connect?

 

Gallus is having a good time.

They’re in the pub again, playing pool and drinking pints. But then Pretty Deadly walk in. Are they lost? No, they’re here to observe, “since you two filthy boys did it to us last week.” Wolfgang says they’re just keeping an eye on their NXT Tag Division. Mark Coffey adds that’s because Gallus Boys- Yes, yes, Gallus Boys On Top, they know the catchphrase. But by the way, Gallus isn’t great, Pretty Deadly could beat them in the ring and in billiards. Uh, it’s called pool. Whatever! Just give them those sticks and Pretty Deadly will give them a good thrashing! Gallus throw the pool cues over, and the game begins.

Uh, Elton, Pretty Deadly is stripes, not solids. Well, establish the rules before they start! The game continue, and despite the finesse and charisma, Pretty Deadly loses. Gallus says not to worry, they remember their first time in a pub. How about a rematch and a refill? Sure, best two out of three. And if Pretty Deadly wins, they get a title match? That’s a big “if.” They’ll take it! Pretty Deadly get another round, Gallus drinks up, and Gallus keeps winning. So they keep drinking, playing, and winning. Pretty Deadly can’t even get a ball in working together. They’re down 7-0! Well, make that eight. Speaking of, eight ball, corner pocket.

Pretty Deadly are sick and tired of playing games. Wolfgang thanks them for picking up the tab, though. Oh no, that bill! Do they have iron livers?! Mark says that if they wanted a title match, all they had to do was ask. They’re not the New Day. Save yourselves the embarrassment, and they’ll have another go like in the UK. Gallus heads out, the match is on! Will the Gallus Boys still be on top? Or will Pretty Deadly get another #SidePlateCheck in before Stand & Deliver?

 

Backstage interview with Ilja Dragunov.

McKenzie asks The Czar how he feels being back after his four months away with injury. Dragunov says it was a difficult path to recovery, and he had internal bleeding even. But the pain helps to make you feel alive. Well one man who isn’t excited is JD McDonagh. Dragunov’s strike to his face sent JD to the hospital with a broken orbital bone! Dragunov says this is just the beginning! But Trick Williams has something to say! He’s in the ring, and he will not move until Dragunov meets him face to face! Dragunov excuses himself, and then heads to gorilla.

Trick won’t let Dragunov punk him out like he did last week! Dragunov is treated like the baddest man to come out of Europe, but Trick wants to find out for himself who is the baddest man, pointblank, period! He’ll drop Dragunov where he stands, drop him like a mixtape, and like JD did four months ago. Trick keeps talking trash, but Dragunov makes his way out as fans chant “WHOOP THAT TRICK!” Dragunov tells Trick, “Very entertaining. All the phrases, all the rhymes, you are the life of the party. But I didn’t come back to NXT to have fun. You felt what it’s like to try and keep me away from my mission.

“And I have absolutely no problem reminding-” Trick sucker punches Dragunov! But Dragunov ENZIGURIS Trick!! Fans fire up and Trick bails out! But here comes The Irish Ace! “DRAGUNOV! Dragunov, after last week, you shouldn’t be in that ring, you should be in jail after that sneak attack. You tore my retina! You should’ve listened to what I told you when you were on that stretcher. Do you remember? I told you, ‘Go home, Ilja. Go home and stay home.’ And now you’re back and talking retribution. You are gonna force me to show these people exactly what I’m capable of.

“And seeing as you tried to blind me, I have no problem telling you that this time, Ilja, I am gonna beat you so badly, that you’re not able to hold your son.” Dragunov is furious, but Trick sneak attacks Dragunov! Trick rains down fists but fans chant “WHOOP THAT TRICK!” Trick KICKS Dragunov in the side, and then he mocks Dragunov’s conducting the choir. Fans sing “WHOOP THAT TRICK~!” but Trick leaves. JD gets in the ring, but Dragunov stands back up! JD leaves, but the rematch is coming. Will The Czar and Irish Ace finally finish things once and for all?

 

Carmelo Hayes checks his phone.

He sees the news about Bron’s NXT Championship match next week and wonders, “Who skipped the line?” But then Trick walks in all fired up. Trick says he is feeling bad right now! He’s 6’4″, 235, all chocolate! These hands and feet are ready to eat up everybody! Melo says good, but Dragunov’s different. Nah, Trick’s different! This is his time! Okay, but does Trick now what he’s done? He woke up the dragon. Hey, Dragunov can throw his head at Trick, his shoulders, knees and toes. Trick is the meanest, prettiest and the baddest! That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gon’ be! Melo is down with that, but will #UNBESIEGBAR #WhoopThatTrick?

 

Jensen and Kiana arrive at her place.

They enjoyed the country music, and Jensen says Kiana should try line dancing next time. Kiana says they’ll see. But she had a great time tonight. Thanks for dinner, that was a great pick. Jensen agrees. The food was… food. Well, uh… Jensen looks up and sees the North Star. Interesting fact: the North Star is actually from the… Kiana’s playing with her keys! Jensen 90, Kiana 10, but Fallon interrupts! Briggs is freaking out but Fallon says Kiana is cheating on Jensen! What?! She was hoping Kiana would tell Jensen, but she should’ve known she wouldn’t. Kiana says it’s not true. Fallon brings up how Kiana said, “I love you, Zack!”

Kiana confirms, she does love Zack. Because Zack is her brother! What? Wow, Fallon. And speaking of, Zack opens the door. He says the dogs have been fed, and he’s gonna leave through the garage. Kiana thanks her brother for that, and Fallon flounders. Kiana says to save it. When is Fallon going to actually trust her? Kiana walks in, Jensen says good night, and Fallon apologizes to him. She was just… She didn’t want… Jensen says it’s all good, and leaves with Briggs. Fallon just stepped in it, how will she make it up to both her friend and her tag partner?

 

Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Prodigy accepted the apology from KC Squared, but this match of current and former champions is still happening. This time it will be a showdown of respect rather than anger, but will things stay respectful as NXT gets on the Road to WrestleMania?

The teams sort out and Kayden starts against Roxie. They circle, tie up, and Kayden headlocks. Roxie powers out, Kayden runs her over, and things speed up. Kayden pushes Roxie out of her dropdown to stomp her, then she tags Katana. KC Squared whip, trip, and basement dropkick to the slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps on Roxie with an armlock. Roxie endures, fights up, and fans rally. Katana whips, Roxie reverses but Katana goes up and over. Things keep moving, Katana RANAS but Roxie handsprings through! Fans cheer the standoff and Roxie throws off her sleeves. Katana drop toeholds Roxie and facelocks!

Kayden tags in, rolls Roxie up, TWO! Kayden keeps on Roxie with an armlock of her own, then wrenches to wristlock. Roxie rolls, kips up, wrenches back and brings Kayden over. Meiko tags in and fans fire up. Meiko and Kayden shake hands, then they each try kicks. Meiko blocks one, but she lets Kayden go. Kayden CHOPS, but Meiko BOOTS, KICKS and brings Kayden around to UPPERCUT! Kayden ends up in a corner, Katana runs in but Meiko sends her to Roxie for a spin and UPPERCUT! KC Squared are in the corners, Meiko and Roxie both run to UPPERCUT! They somersault to meet at the middle, and go back for more UPPERCUTS!

Fans fire up as the champ and the legend bring KC Squared around to DOUBLE UPPERCUT! KC Squared bails out, fans fire up as Roxie builds speed, and Roxie DIVES to take Katana out! Kayden storms over but Meiko FLYING FOREARMS from the apron! Fans fire up as the champ and legend stand tall in the ring, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Roxie and Meiko high five, then Meiko goes out to put Kayden back in. Meiko puts Kayden on the apron, steps over her, then brings her up. Meiko wrenches, wristlocks, and tags Roxie. Roxie climbs up to drop AX HANDLES on the arm. Roxie wrenches Kayden now, wristlocks again, and wrenches to an armlock. Then La Magistrol! TWO, but Roxie drags Kayden into a ghost pin! TWO, and Roxie wrenches. Roxie headlocks, Kayden powers out, things speed up and Roxie CROSSBODIES, but Kayden catches her! Kayden RAMS Roxie into the corner, tags Katana, and Katana hits DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO!

Katana keeps on Roxie, brings her away from Meiko, and she tags in Kayden. Kayden holds Roxie in place for Katana’s SHOTGUN! Kayden covers, TWO! Kayden drags Roxie away, traps an arm and has a seated cobra twist! Roxie endures, fans rally up, and Kayden digs her elbow into Roxie’s side. Roxie fights up but Kayden wrangles her back down. Roxie fights up again, powers through and throws body shots! Kayden ROCKS Roxie then fireman’s carries but Roxie slips off! CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Roxie crawls but Kayden drags her away! Tag to Katana, and Katana drags Roxie up to have a standing cobra twist!

NXT returns to single picture as Roxie endures. Fans rally, Roxie pries at the hold, and they move around. Roxie hip tosses Katana away! Katana comes back with a SHOTGUN! Cover, TWO! Katana keeps Roxie from Meiko and tags in Kayden. Kayden brings Roxie up and they go around, but Roxie rolls Kayden up! TWO, and Kayden storms up, into a JAWBREAKER! Kayden staggers, turns around and is spooked seeing Meiko there. Kayden turns around again, Roxie slides right under her! Hot tag to Meiko! The Final Boss grabs an arm and wrenches to a wristlock. Meiko wrenches again, sweeps the legs, then drops knees on the arm! Cover, ONE!!

Meiko runs to BLAST Katana, then KICKS Kayden! Kayden staggers up but into more KICKS! Meiko reels Kayden in, but Kayden fights with a headlock! Kayden throws down elbows, runs, but into a ROUNDHOUSE! Kayden drops to her knees, she ducks the buzzsaw but Meiko SPINNING BUZZSAWS! Cover, TWO!! Kayden survives but Meiko hauls her up to a fireman’s carry! DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Tag to Roxie, she stomps Kayden, rolls and HANDSPRING SENTONS! cover, Katana breaks it! Fans fire up but Roxie drags Kayden back up. Kayden ROCKS Roxie first! Roxie ROCKS Kayden back!

Fans duel, Kayden ROCKS Roxie but Roxie tilt-o-whirls and RUSSIAN- NO, Kayden fights the leg sweep! Hammerlock and clinch, and Kayden CLUBS away on Roxie! Then LARIAT! Both women are down, the fans duel even harder, and Roxie gets to ropes. Kayden goes to the opposite end, their partners call for them, and Kayden runs in! BOOT WASH! Tag to Katana, Kayden puts Roxie in the ropes for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO!! Katana facelocks to keep Roxie back, but Roxie fights up! Roxie powers Katana back step by step, wrenches out, and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Hot tag to Meiko!

Meiko wrenches, fireman’s carries, DEATH- NO, SUNSET FLIP! TWO, and Katana hits a CODE BREAKER! Meiko goes to the corner, Katana runs in but into an elbow! Meiko ELBOWS Kayden off the apron then goes up top. Katana goes up to ROCK her first! Katana and Meiko brawl, Kayden tags in! But Roxie reinforces Meiko, only for Katana to kick her away! Katana then CROSSBODIES Roxie down! Kayden and Meiko brawl, Katana tags back in. Kayden gives Katana the boost, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Meiko survives but Kayden tags back in. Kayden stands Meiko up and Katana climbs, but Meiko shoves Kayden away!

Katana leaps over Kayden and Meiko, comes back, but into a SOBAT! Meiko runs, to HANDSPRING KNEE DROP! But Kayden SUPERKICKS Meiko! Kayden brings Meiko up, Meiko slips off the fireman’s carry, but Kayden ROLLING ELBOWS! Meiko PELES! Hot tag to Roxie! Roxie SOBATS Kayden, hops on, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie & Meiko win!

Winners: Roxanne Perez & Meiko Satomura, by pinfall

The champ and the legend stand tall in a big team-up! But Meiko gets the mic to say that since she did something for Roxie, Roxie should return the favor. And she points at the title! Fans like the sound of that, and Roxie says it would be her honor. Roxie bows in respect, then holds up the title. Meiko wants the gold, but will the Prodigy bring out that gamer girl and defeat the Final Boss?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for NXT that sets up a lot for… Well, not for Stand & Deliver but for the build to it. I didn’t write it down but Vic Joseph just said the word “roadblock” so sadly, I think they’re only giving us Roxie VS Meiko as a TV match when that is Stand & Deliver material. At the same time, that’s the only place Bron VS Jinder belongs. Bron and Jinder had a decent promo, the pacing of it seemed a little odd, but Jinder had such a good point that Bron is no longer beloved by everyone. Jinder is definitely going to be one more win for Bron before he loses at Stand & Deliver to Carmelo Hayes and then moves on to RawDown.

Really good promo from Jacy to put herself over and talk down to the fans, and of course she calls Gigi the Jannetty to further the parallels to the barbershop segment. Indi had a good response promo to call her out. Jacy is probably gonna beat Indi in their match, but Gigi will surely show up to go after Jacy and set up a grudge match for Stand & Deliver. Then winner of that can go after the title in the post-Mania weekend phase. Great little promo segment from Ivy, Tatum, Javi and Isla. Javi is doing great stuff as a Heel, I hope he gets a post-Mania push. Also this is getting us closer to Ivy & Tatum VS Isla & Fyre, that’s going to be a fun tag match.

Gallus and Pretty Deadly had a hilarious segment, and I love the twist that the tag match is happening despite Pretty Deadly losing. That match is going to be great stuff, but I would think Gallus wins. Good promo from Apollo to respond to Dabba-Kato, but I figured Apollo himself wouldn’t understand Kato’s anger. But they’re going to have a great match either way. Great opening match from Bate VS Waller, and it was both a good move to have Bate win and also Waller get in HBK’s face. This isn’t usually how wrestler VS authority figure goes, but that in itself is a creative move. Waller could probably use this story as his way to go up to RawDown, where HBK just can’t deal with him anymore and makes Waller HHH’s problem.

Trick Williams calling out Dragunov was an interesting move, but of course Trick sucker punches Dragunov with JD’s distraction. Dragunov VS JD might end up a Roadblock match even though that’s also Stand & Deliver material. Maybe the winner of that moves on to the North American Championship. Good stuff from the Open Challenge segment, both Dijak stopping Tony and Stacks from doing anything, to Von stepping in only to lose. Von obviously hasn’t opened himself up and Stone is getting more frustrated with it, but I do love that Stone brought up the meme. I honestly can’t be sure where Von’s character goes from here, but it’ll probably be some great stuff.

Good promo from Hank and Gulak with Gulak giving Hank some old boots. The silver does go pretty well with the black and orange Hank had. I didn’t expect Hank VS Dempsey to be a squash match, and while I was figuring Gulak and Dempsey would eventually team up, I didn’t think it’d happen here. I know the Creed Brothers are top collegiate wrestlers turned pro-wrestlers, but Gulak & Dempsey are going to be the team that brings technical wrestling to the NXT Tag Division. If anything, NXT might set up another Fatal 4 Way match for the tag titles to maximize who is on the Stand & Deliver card.

Really good vignette for Sol for us to understand her origins, and clearly that’s a sign she’s going to go far. Really good match from Axiom VS Kemp, and I was actually surprised Axiom won. I thought Kemp was going to win to call out Bate, but maybe Kemp will just come back for more. Good stuff from Chase U and The Schism on top of Thea VS Tiffany. Tiffany gets a good win, even with it being because of distraction. Tiffany is also a frontrunner for facing Roxie for the title at some point, though Cora Jade and Lyra Valkyria need to settle their score first. And Thea would make for a great first opponent for Ava Raine as Ava has yet to get in the ring. Heck, make it a Mixed Six, let Duke, Chase and The Dyad do the heavy lifting of the match.

And of course, the major attraction of this Valentine’s Day NXT was Jensen’s romance with Kiana. Great promos all night, and I just knew Fallon telling on Kiana about Zack was gonna blow up in her face. I thought Zack was a cousin but Zack turned out to be her brother, either way Fallon looks awful. I don’t wanna say it’s because Fallon also likes Jensen, but that could be part of the twist. And whether it’s a love triangle or just the issues of distrust, this could be how Fallon and Kiana break down as a team and lose the titles to whoever comes for them at Stand & Deliver. My vote is for Isla & Fyre, though, as that’s a really strong team.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/24)

NXT Takes Care o’ Business!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Who reigns on the Road to WrestleMania?

Both the NXT Women’s and North American Championships are on the line tonight! It’s Lyra Valkyrie VS Shotzi and Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King; Oba wins and retains the title.
  • Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair; Roxie wins.
  • Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen; Briggs wins.
  • Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace; Jacy wins.
  • NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer; Chase U win and will challenge The Wolf Dogs for the title.
  • Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson; wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Lyra Valkyria VS Shotzi Blackheart; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT North American Championship: Oba Femi VS Lexis King!

The Ruler dominated the Breakout Tournament, cashed in on Dragon Lee, then retained against Dragon Lee at Vengeance Day. And The Drama King wants all the credit since he “softened up” the Boy Wonder first. Will Oba “thank” Lexis by making this quick and painless? Or will the King truly have his Coronation?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who truly reigns over NXT!

The bell rings and King dodges Oba to fire kicks! Oba blocks one, then SHOVES King to a corner! King dodges Oba, runs in to clothesline and CHOP! And SLAP! And CHOP! King whips but Oba blocks and reverses! King goes up, leaps, but bounces right off Oba! Oba whips King to ropes, then back drops him high and hard! The fans fire up as Oba hauls King up for body shots. Oba UPPERCUTS, then whips again, but King sunset flips! Oba spins out, but King avoids the elbow drop! King KICKS, and KICKS, then talks some trash. King BOOTS Oba, runs, but Oba grabs King to SHOVE him up and out!

The fans fire up again and Oba storms out after King. Oba hauls King into the ring, but King DROPKICKS Oba down! King huffs and puffs out after Oba, but Oba shoves him! Oba swings but only gets post! King SLAMS Oba’s arm into the post! Oba ROCKS King with the good hand! Oba brings King up, puts him in again, but King stomps Oba as he slides in! King CLUBS the bad arm, then clamps on with a top wristlock. Oba endures, fights up, but King grinds that shoulder. Von Wagner & Robert Stone watch this, and Stone says he’ll be right back. Where’s he going? Out there. Stone heads to gorilla but Von says it’s still not worth going after King!

As for in the ring, Oba fights up but King CLUBS the arm! King grinds the shoulder, but Oba whips him away! Then Oba scoops, but King slips free! King RAMS Oba into buckles, runs up again, but Oba puts him on the apron. King ROCKS Oba, goes up, but fans chant for “O~BA!” Stone is on the ramp as King DOUBLE STOMPS Oba’s bad arm! King runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then slides out to shove Stone down! Fans boo as King talks trash, then gets back in. Oba grabs King, but King breaks fere! King fires forearms and CHOPS, then more forearms! King runs, but Oba LARIATS! King flounders up, Oba has him for the FLAPJACK!

Oba storms up on King, scoop shim, and gives him SNAKE EYES! Oba then hauls King up, SHOT-PUT! Oba fires up, the fans rally behind him, and King stands into the POP-UP POWERBOMB!! Cover, Oba wins!

Winner: Oba Femi, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)

The Ruler keeps the King from taking the crown, and Stone gets some sense of payback. Will nothing stop Oba’s reign that is backed by destiny?

 

Thea Hail, Jacy Jayne and Jazmyn Nyx talk backstage.

Thea sighs, and they ask if she’s okay. Riley Osborne hasn’t answered her all week. Then please tell them she didn’t desperately text him. No, she did what Jacy said and played hard to get on the date. Yeah, Jacy knows that part. Just tell us what happened on the date. And we see Arianna Grace eavesdropping… Thea says he opened the door for her, she said not to do that cuz she’s a grown ass woman who can do it herself. Oh, okay… So, what next? They went to dinner, he asked what it was like first starting at Chase University, and she was on her phone most of the time so she wouldn’t be “too available.”

Jazmyn, Jacy and even Ariana see how the advice was backfiring, and Jacy says that’s not what she meant about any of that. Uh oh… And then Arianna walks over, pretending like she couldn’t help but overhear. But Thea, a true lady is never afraid to come off as daring. She for one has been on many, many dates, and it just sounds like she scared Riley away. What!? Jacy calms Thea down, and Arianna continues. “When a man opens the door for you, you welcome it. When he shows interest in the little things you do, you engage and reciprocate.” It isn’t too late. Just go talk to Riley. And then what? Come off desperate?

Jacy agrees with Jazmyn, but Arianna says respectfully, how would Thea look desperate? Thea looks to Jacy but Jacy says no, don’t look at her. Jacy didn’t mean it the way Thea executed it. Jacy can’t do everything! Right, sorry. Arianna says, “And she’s your best friend?” Jacy tells Ariana to stop filling Thea’s head up with stuff, and stay out of their business. Or else she’ll make an example out of you. Jacy has the group leave, and Arianna scoffs. Which side is the right side of this? Is there still hope for this Chase U romance?

 

Lyra Valkyria checks in on Tatum Paxley.

The Morrigan looks her superfan over, she took a pretty serious blow. Is she good? Well, yeah, everything hurts, and Tatum’s only been able to have soup the past week, but she’s just happy Lyra came to her rescue! That wasn’t what that was, but someone had to tell Tatum to just tap out. She shouldn’t try to be a hero. Well, Lyra is Tatum’s hero~! Well, Lyra does feel bad about last week, but if Tatum can do something for her tonight, Lyra promises to make it up to her. Anything! Attack Shotzi with a baseball bat? Hit her with green mist so she’ll match her green hair? No, none of that! But she does need Tatum to just stay away from ringside.

But! No buts! Keep your butt back here! That’s her one request. If Tatum can do that, then Lyra has a very special surprise for her. A surprise? Really? Yes, really. Okay, Tatum will stay right here. Great! Tatum sits down and says this will be the hardest thing she’s ever done. But can Tatum be patient and let Lyra handle things on her own?

 

Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin head to the ring!

The fans fire up as the Wolf Dogs, the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions, are here. And this is even after the Big Bad Booty Nephew signed with Friday Night SmackDown! They step into the ring, belts on and trophy waiting for them, and the fans chant, “You Deserve It!” Bron says wow, who would’ve thought way back in September, when these two were beating the hell outta each other at No Mercy, that they’d be here today in alligator skin boots and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! Corbin says yes, yes, yes, yes! He remembers No Mercy like it was yesterday, cuz didn’t Corbin win? Uh… Not funny. It’s a little funny.

Well alright, but then Corbin wouldn’t be here if not for Bron carrying the team. Corbin says if he remembers right, he did set Bron up pretty nicely. Boom, End of Days! Fans chant “Spear of Days!” and Bron says yeah, EOD was the set-up, he hit his Spear, and so just like the fans are saying, Spear of Days. The fans cheer that Spear of Days is a thing now. Corbin does love it. A couple A-Holes standing here with brand new hardware, and they are good with being the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! But wait, here comes Chase U! Andre Chase & Duke Hudson ask for everyone to hold on just a second.

Now, the Wolf Dogs might not care about who’ll be their next challengers, but Chase U certainly does. Should they spell it out for ya? Duke has to hand it to the Wolf Dogs. Beating seven other teams to win the Dusty Cup, then winning the titles, that’s not easy. But Chase U is back at 100%, and it is Chase U’s time to shine! Bron says take the school spirit and their calendars, and shove ’em! Easy now, easy now. What we have right here… IS A TEACHABLE MOMENT! Chase says the former champs promised a shot at those titles, and Chase U ain’t taking no for an answer! So, Wolf Dogs… Chase U will get their match, and will give them an Andre Chase U sized ass whooping!

But wait! Nathan Frazer & Axiom are here! And they say no no no! That’s not how this works! Hate to break it to ya, Mr. Chase, but that agreement with the former champions is therefore null and void. “And that, my friends, is a Hart-Hitting Home Truth.” Axiom adds that in case no one remembers, these two were the closest to beating the Wolf Dogs. So therefore, if there’s anyone that deserves this shot, it’s them! Frazer & Axiom storm up to the ring and add that Wolf Dogs went and jumped them from behind, so they’re gonna pay for that, “You pieces of sh-” Whoa! Hey! Axiom calms Frazer down and they get in the ring.

Duke mocks Frazer’s accent as he says, “I don’t know who invited you two to the party,” but seriously, good to see you. But grab a ticket, get to the back of the line, because the future TWO-TIME NXT Tag Team Champions are about to plant the Chase U flag firmly where it belongs. Corbin says hold on, listen. This sounds like a you guys problem, and the tag champs have stuff to do and places to be. They can take these problems and tell someone who cares. Ava Raine walks out and tells Baron & Bron that yeah, they’re right. It isn’t up to the Wolf Dogs about who their challengers. That’s up to her!

But it is so easy when she sees two very deserving teams right in front of her. So she feels it’ll be Frazer & Axiom VS Chase & Duke to decide the NEW #1 Contenders. The fans like the sound of that, and Ava says it will also happen tonight. The fans really like that, and now tonight is even bigger than before! #ThankYouAva, but who will rise above to then step to the Wolf Dogs?

 

Backstage interview with Roxanne Perez.

Kelly Kincaid says we are moments away from Roxie’s match with Wren Sinclair after their… heated altercation. Roxie says Wren shows a lot of promise, and reminds her a bit of herself. Y’know, all happy to be here. But once Wren’s been here awhile, just being “happy to be here” won’t cut it anymore. We’ll see others getting chances she deserves, the spotlight that was once on her being ripped away by every single girl in the locker room, and then as she tries to make sense of it all, it just won’t! Chances you work for an entire year, even your entire LIFE for, will be handed to main roster stars.

After awhile, she’ll build up a callous towards other people’s feelings, and realize that the only person she can make happy around here is herself. Roxie tells Shotzi and Lyra to watch her tonight. Because she’ll be doing the same for them. Is The Prodigy going to use her edge to cut down the future so she can once again be the present?

 

Another mysterious message plays.

“Men deny their truth. I will be a mirror to it.” And then someone smashes glass! Just what is making its way to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez VS Wren Sinclair!

NXT returns and Wren makes her entrance, still remembering that sucker punch to her left cheek. The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, Wren powers Roxie to ropes but Roxie turns it around and digs into Wren. The ref counts, Roxie lets off and then shoves Wren. Wren shoves Roxie, then trips her to rain down shots! Roxie turns that around and gives those shots back! The fans fire up as the two scrap, roll, then tumble out of the ring! Roxie fires off on Wren, lets off as the ref counts, and then Roxie pushes Wren in. Roxie storms up but Wren turns her for a backslide! TWO, and Wren rolls Roxie up, TWO!

Roxie is up, and she ROCKS Wren with that same haymaker! Roxie talks trash on Wren, whips her but Wren reverses to ROCK Roxie! And then wrench, scoop and BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Wren clamps on a facelock and grinds Roxie. Roxie endures, fights up, and WRINGS Wren’s arm out! Wren bails out, Roxie pursues, and Roxie wrenches again. Wren ROCKS Roxie again, but Roxie just gets mad! Roxie WRINGS Wren’s arm into the floor! Roxie SLAMS the bad arm, drags Wren up and SLAMS the arm on the apron! Then she SMACKS Wren off the apron, shoves her in, and covers, TWO!

Roxie is seething, but she stands Wren up to wrench and YANK! Roxie wrenches, then chinbars Wren. Wren endures and fights up, but Roxie wrenches and hits an STO! Then she drops a knee on the arm! Wren clutches the elbow, Roxie covers, TWO! Wren is showing toughness but Roxie pulls hair to sit Wren up. Roxie wrap son a cobra clutch and thrashes Wren about. The fans rally, Wren fights up, and Wren pries at the hold, but Roxie hits another STO! Roxie has a top wristlock, leans on Wren, but Wren fights up. Wren throws body shots, the fans rally, but Roxie cranks the arm. Wren arm-drags free!

Wren goes to a corner, Roxie runs in, but Wren ELBOWS her away! Roxie runs up again but Wren BOOTS her! Wren LARIATS, then LARIATS again! The fans fire up as Wren DROPKICKS! Roxie goes to a corner, Wren runs up, but Roxie boots! Wren blocks it and SLINGS Roxie down! Wren then suplexes, but Roxie fights free! The bad arm bothers Wren, Roxie WRINGS it out again! Then SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP ROX! And then lets off!? She puts Wren in a CROSSFACE! Wren taps, Roxie wins!

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

Roxie showed us some thing new: sadism! Will Roxie tear into whoever is champion after tonight so she can Stand & Deliver?

 

The Meta Four meets backstage.

Noam Dar says tonight, Lash Legend takes care of Kelani Jordan. But he and Oro Mensah need to figure out how to handle No Quarter Catch Crew. They want the Cup because of the sport and tradition, when both of those belong to Dar! Oro says to relax. They’re champions! Oh, wait, here comes NQCC! Not during the secret handshake, man! But Drew Gulak says hello to Miss Jackson and Miss Legend. Charlie Dempsey reminds Dar that the cup represents over 100 YEARS of British Wrestling. Yeah, shut up, Charlie, you’re boring. Dar’s from the UK and even he doesn’t to listen to a history lesson.

So less talky-talky, more walky-walky. This is two weeks in a row they’ve stunk up Dar’s lounge! Damon Kemp says once one of them wins the Cup, they won’t need to come back. Okay then, who IS Dar facing? Yeah, wouldn’t he like to know. Uh, duh, that’s why he asked! Kemp says Catch Clause means you find out once they’re all in the ring. So see you next week, bud. Catch Clause? What? Dar is confused. He has to prepare for ALL FOUR of them just because of this clause? How is that fair? NQCC might’ve just found a way to counter Meta Four’s numbers game. Will the Cup soon belong to someone who respects its Heritage?

 

Josh Briggs VS Brooks Jensen!

Country Strong went their separate ways in a mutual break-up, but not everyone in the trio was able to stand strong alone. Briggs told Jensen to grow up and toughen up, so here’s Jensen’s response! Will “little brother” Brooks show everyone that he’s a grown man? Or will he still just be Briggs’ sidekick?

The ref has to keep Jensen back, and Briggs smirks at Jensen’s fuming. The bell rings and the two tie up. They are in a deadlock but then Briggs headlocks. Jensen powers up and out but Briggs runs him over! Things speed up, and now Jensen runs Briggs over! Briggs gets up while fans rally for Jensen. Jensen runs in, but into a BOOT! Briggs runs up to CLOBBER Jensen! Cover, ONE!! Jensen is tough and Briggs knows it, but he reminds Jensen he asked for this. Briggs bumps Jensen off buckles, throws elbows, then brings him around. Briggs CLUBS Jensen, then whips him to a corner. Jensen reverses, blocks the boot and CHOPS!

Jensen fires CHOPS and clotheslines, then BULLDOGS! The fans rally as Jensen DROPKICKS Briggs down! Jensen hurries to get a leg but Briggs BOOTS Jensen out of the ring! Jensen flounders and Briggs steadies himself. Briggs goes to the apron but Jensen ROCKS him! Jensen drags Briggs out to CLUB him, fire forearms, and then CHOP! Jensen pushes Briggs in, fires forearms, but Briggs hits body shots. Jensen CLUBS Briggs, Briggs powers Jensen to ropes, but the ref counts. Briggs whips, Jensen hurdles and hits a RUNNING NECKBREAKER! The fans fire up with Jensen and Briggs bails out.

Jensen pursues, brings Briggs around, and RAMS him into barriers! The fans fire up as Jensen DUMPS Briggs into the gap! Jensen hops over, rains down fists, and the fans fire up! Jensen stomps away and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Jensen stands on the barriers, fist bumps fans, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Jensen drags Briggs up and over the barriers, puts him back in the ring, and then storms up. Briggs RAMS into Jensen, but Jensen blocks the buckle bump! Jensen gives the buckle bump, goes up the corner, and FLYING AX HANDLES Briggs down! Jensen CLUBS Briggs down, covers, TWO! Briggs is still in this but Jensen keeps on an arm! Jensen CLUBS Briggs, then clamps on a chinlock! Jensen has a rear mount to put his full weight on Briggs, but Briggs fights up and reaches out. Briggs stands, powers Jensen to ropes, then powers out to ELBOW Jensen down! Jensen flops to the apron but Briggs stomps him.

Briggs digs his boot in, but the ref counts. Briggs lets off, paces, then brings Jensen up. Briggs whips, and scoops for a BOSS MAN SLAM! Cover, TWO! Jensen stays in this and Briggs grows frustrated. Briggs looms over Jensen, then eggs him on. Jensen throws body shots, but Briggs whips him hard into a corner! Jensen bounces back off buckles, then crawls by the ropes. The fans rally but Briggs drags Jensen back up. Briggs ROCKS Jensen with a shot right to the nose! Jensen clutches his face as he falls over, and Briggs eggs him on again. Briggs clamps on a chinlock and thrashes Jensen around! Jensen endures, even as Briggs leans on him.

Jensen fights around, reaches out, but Briggs squeezes tight. NXT returns to single picture and Jensen fights to his feet. Jensen throws body shots, gets free, and he ENZIGIRIS Briggs! Briggs wobbles and staggers, swings, but Jensen catches him for a backslide! ONE, but Jensen dodges Briggs to sunset flip! Briggs stays up, to NECK TWIST! Jensen scrambles to a corner and Briggs seethes. Briggs storms up to fire haymakers! The ref counts, Briggs fires more shots and fans boo. The ref backs Briggs off and Briggs paces around. Briggs storms back up to get Jensen to his feet. Briggs whips, scoops, and SIDEWALK SLAMS, to a SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Jensen survives, and Briggs even has to smirk at his former tag partner’s toughness. Briggs looms over Jensen, says he’s doing this to toughen Jensen up. “Show me that you’re a man.” Briggs kicks at Jensen, Jensen stands to SLAP him! Fans fire up as Briggs wobbles! Briggs grins and nods, and he even claps for Jensen. Jensen stands, blocks a shot to fire off more shots! The fans fire up as Jensen backs Briggs down! Briggs blocks the whip but Jensen SUPERKICKS! Jensen whips and LARIATS Briggs, then CLOBBERS him! And DROPKICKS him! Jensen hurries to go up a corner and takes aim!

Briggs stands, into a MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO!! Briggs is still in this but Jensen stays focused. Jensen CHOPS and clothesline Briggs in a corner again. The fans rally, Jensen BULL- NO, Briggs powers out, then BOOTS Jensen down! Briggs choke grips for the CHOKE SLAM!! Cover, TWO?!?! Jensen survives and shocks everyone! Briggs and Jensen slowly rise, and Briggs pushes Jensen around. Jensen fires a haymaker, Briggs hits back, these two brawl from their knees up to their feet! The fans fire up, Briggs CLUBS away on Jensen, then runs. Jensen BOOTS! Briggs rebounds to BOOT!

Jensen rebounds to WHEEL KICK! Then he suplexes Briggs high and hard! Cover, TWO!!! Briggs stays in this and “This is Awesome!” Jensen drags Briggs back up, reels him back in, but Briggs back drops free! But Jensen sunset flips it! TWO!! Briggs used a punch to get free, and now CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL!! But Briggs isn’t done, “I did this for you! I love ya, man!” CLOTHESLINE FROM HELL AGAIN!! Cover, Briggs wins!

Winner: Josh Briggs, by pinfall

Briggs then sits Jensen up to hug him, again assuring him this was all for the betterment of them both. Jensen did put up one hell of a fight, will he become a champion thanks to this tough love?

 

Joe Gacy’s still in a straitjacket?!

And he wakes up in some dark space. Gacy manages to sit up, and look who walks in. Dijak puts his nightstick on his desk and says there is no decency in Gacy. Gacy says he admires Dijak’s attempts to stop him, but this train is on a never-ending track. Dijak says he has many… “instruments of peace” to derail Gacy’s train. Gacy stands up, and there’s a Plexiglas window between them. Gacy fogs up the glass, and uses his nose to doodle a smiley face. Gacy laughs and staggers around the padded room. Luca Crusifino somehow finds this place, and says this is false imprisonment. Dijak tells him to go to hell, Dijak can do what he wants.

Okay, but this is still illegal. Dijak tells Luca that Gacy violated Dijak’s law! Luca says the world doesn’t work the way Dijak wants it to. Luca leaves, and Dijak glares at Gacy. Gacy grins and says this isn’t over. Gacy laughs again, is there no breaking the already broken?

 

Carmelo Hayes walks downtown.

He returns back to the barbershop, his favorite spot to visit with Trick Williams. But what’s he doing back there without Trick? We’ll hear from HIM after the break.

NXT returns and Melo wants Trick to see where he is right now. “This is where it all began. Trick Melo Gang. That’s all it is, and that’s all it’s gonna be. Good memories, great moments, but here I am, all alone. But I ain’t lonely. Let’s talk about it.” Melo is here to wear his pride, knowing his principles stay intact, and knowing he didn’t have to snake his boy out of his spot, or getting too big for his own boots. Melo says it is a shame, cuz Trick played his role so well. Melo wanted Trick to experience everything there was to being a top guy. Melo wanted to lift Trick up with him. And this is how Trick repays HIM? By trying to be the top guy?

Trick could’ve been number five, three, or even number two. But Trick wanted to come for the one of one. And when you come for the one of one, you realize Melo ain’t second to nobody. Melo let Trick stand beside him, put “Trick” before “Melo” in “Trick Melo Gang,” all to amuse Trick. In reality, it was amusing to Melo for anyone to think Trick was ahead of HIM. To stay at the top, you have to be ruthlessly ambitious, with that killer instinct. You think Melo is stupid? That Melo didn’t see the signs? Melo knew Trick would want his shine sooner or later. Melo saw Trick side-eyeing the title, he felt the envy with every accomplishment.

Melo is Trick’s biggest competition, so Melo knew that sooner or later, unfortunately, he’d have to get Trick before Trick got him. So Trick, wherever you at, stay there. Because your 15 minutes is up. Now back to business. Ilja, you wanna see me? Get in line. Because if you ain’t talking about that NXT Championship, we ain’t got nothing to talk about.” Melo has issued his mission statement, will he return to the top of the brand by any means necessary?

 

Jacy Jayne w/ Thea Hail & Jazmyn Nyx VS Arianna Grace!

They warned the Pageant Queen, but it seems they’re gonna have it out after all! Will this match help win the romance advice argument? Or will it just show Thea how to handle nosy eavesdroppers?

The bell rings, the two circle and tie up. Jacy wrenches and wristlocks but Arianna spins, wrenches, wristlocks back, and holds on tight. Jacy rolls, handsprings, and then wrenches to CHOP BLOCK! Cover, ONE, but Jacy storms up, Arianna body shots, snapmares, then runs to run Jacy over! Arianna blows kisses and tells Jacy to kiss the ring. Jacy WRINGS Arianna into ropes! Arianna tumbles out of the ring, feigning pain, and Jacy wants her girls to go after Arianna? This is still that toxic nature Jacy has to work on, as neither Thea nor Jazmyn want to do any of that. Jacy goes out after Arianna to shove her in and then she asks what the hecc.

Jacy gets in, storms up on Arianna but Arianna hits a SAYANAGI! Arianna scoops but Jacy slips fere to shove her into a corner. Jacy runs up to back body block, then she short arm LARIATS! Jacy says “SUCK IT!” then SENTONS! Cover, TWO! Jacy clamps onto Arianna with a chinlock but Arianna pushes back. Jacy holds off the pin, grinds Arianna, but Arianna pushes to a cover this time. TWO, and Jacy shifts to a ghost pin, TWO! Arianna staggers to a corner, Jacy runs up but Arianna dodges. Arianna scoops to SLAM Jacy, then she sets up to high kick and ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO!

Arianna clamps onto Jacy with a chinbar and armlock, and she says they know her advice is right! The fans rally as Jacy endures, and Jacy fights up. Jacy pries the chinbar away, then TOSSES Arianna up and out! Jacy storms back out after Arianna, but Arianna throws body shots! Arianna SMACKS Jacy off the apron but Jacy ELBOWS back. Jacy gets in, Arianna staggers around, and Jacy storms up again. The ref stops her so she says to do something! Jazmyn says fine, and she CLUBS Arianna! Jazmyn puts Arianna in for Jacy to ROLLING ELBOW! Cover, Jacy wins!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by pinfall

Thea wasn’t really into that finish, but she and Jazmyn- Er, well, Jazmyn pushes Thea aside to raise Jacy’s hand. Is Thea seeing Jacy’s true colors?

 

The D’Angelos meet.

Adriana Rizzo & Stacks sit with The Don. Rizzo says she gave everything she had out there last week. Tony knows. It was her first singles match, it was a great showing, don’t get down. Stacks takes the blame for last week, and vows they’ll get those tag titles back. Tony says no, they’re not. Not now. What? After that loss, Tony did some thinking. The past six months, he lost track of the bigger picture. What does he mean? They’ve been playing small ball. Taking bets from Chase U, fighting OTM over who runs the streets, and destroying the restaurant in the process. What the hell are they doing? They’re the D’Angelo Family!

Tony wants them to go in the right direction, a new direction. No more community stuff, no more feedbag, no more pinons, they do things his way. They do things his way, and if you don’t like it, tough. He needs them to let the rest of the family know, and if they don’t like it, let him know. It is time for Tony to truly be The Don of NXT. Rizzo & Stacks nod, but what is Tony planning for the future?

 

Ridge Holland has a sit-down interview.

Sarah Schreiber thanks him for taking this time. She recalls their previous sit-down about a month ago, where he poured his heart out. We got an inside look at his life, and some of the more unfortunate moments in his career. Now we’re back here after the Gallus Gauntlet, where he took a chair to all three men. What does he have to say a week after that? Ridge says when they spoke last, people saw a different side of him. But then he still can’t get that stench of misfortune off him. Gallus took Ridge’s surgically repaired leg, put it in a chair, and they smashed it. But that’s fine, right?

But when Ridge got that chair in his hands and used it, it is truly a weapon. He can’t even fight fire with fire without being judged. So he’ll try this once more. But not here. Sorry, Sarah. Next week, on NXT, Ridge will address the WWE Universe and apologize for all of his actions, “even if no one cares, even if no one gives a damn.” Because the man Ridge Holland is, chair in hand, is not the man Ridge is in everyday life. Ridge walks away, will NXT finally understand Yorkshire Grit?

 

NXT Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders Match: Chase U VS Axiom & Nathan Frazer!

From one half of Chase U to the other, Thea feels awkward about passing Riley Osborne without really saying anything. But will all things be A-OK after Duke & Mr. Chase win their way back to the tag titles? Or will the Undeniable Truth and the Jersey Island Rocket be the ones flying high on the Road to WrestleMania?

NXT returns as Frazer & Axiom make their entrance together. The teams sort out and Chase starts against Axiom. They circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Chase rolls back, wrangles Axiom with a top wristlock, but Axiom kips up to bridge. Axiom stands but Chase wrangles him back down. Axiom kips up and bridges again, then rolls and headscissors back. Chase fights around, Axiom holds tight, so Chase rolls Axiom and bridges out to tie the legs up. Chase armlocks, wrenches, and YANKS the arm. Axiom rolls, slips under and trips Chase to a toehold, then an ANKLE LOCK! Chase rolls but Axiom facelocks.

Chase wrenches, facelocks, but Axiom waistlocks. Axiom ties up the legs and has a BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Chase pops free to cover, ONE, and Axiom sweeps to cover. ONE, dropkicks cancel out and fans fire up as the two stand off! The two reset, tie up, and Chase headlocks. Axiom powers up and out, drops, but Chase rolls, runs up and hip tosses. Axiom handsprings through, arm-drags then DROPKICKS! Fans fire up, Frazer tags in, and they speed blitz on Chase! Clothesline then BASEMENT DDT! STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO! Frazer whips but Chase BOOTS Frazer down!

Tag to Duke, he and Chase double whip Frazer into the corner then body shot! High-ten and DOUBLE CLUB! Frazer drops to his knees, Duke wrenches and RAMS shoulders! Cover, TWO! Duke whips but Frazer slides under to headlock! Duke powers up and out, Frazer goes up an dover to headlock again. Duke powers up and out again but Frazer redirects, redirects again, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then keeps going to DROPKICK! Duke stays standing to CLOBBER Frazer! Duke drags Frazer up, tags Chase in, and they hit a DOUBLE BACK SUPLEX, but Frazer lands out! Tag to Axiom, BOOT to Chase!

Frazer helps Axiom DROPKICK Duke, then Axiom knuckle locks Duke for a CHOP! Axiom goes up and up and FLYING RANA ARM-DRAG COMBO! The fans fire up as Duke runs back in, but Axiom & Frazer dump him out! Axiom DIVES onto Chase, Frazer DIVES onto Duke! Then another DIVE for Chase! Another DIVE for Duke! The fans fire up as the fast ‘n’ furious duo stands tall and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Chase fights out of a chinlock. The fans rally as Chase hits an ELBOW BRAEKER, but Axiom shoves him to ropes. Axiom ROCKS Chase, tags Frazer, then Frazer GAMANGIRIS! Chase staggers back into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Then DOUBLE SUPERKICKS! Frazer shoves Chase toa  cover, TWO! Chase survives and the fans rally up! Frazer snarls as he clamps on a chinlock. Chase endures, fights up, and throws body shots. Chase reaches out but Frazer keeps him back. Frazer whips and trips Chase, then goes up the apron to springboard, into a SIDE EFFECT! Chase and Frazer are both down while the fans fire up!

Chase and Frazer crawl, hot tags to Duke and Axiom! The Chase U MVP rallies on the speedsters! Scoop and SLAM for Frazer, then a BOOT! Axiom leaps, into a kick! Duke hauls Axiom up, but Axiom slips free to SUPERKICK! Axiom runs up, into an “U~” Renage! Frazer runs up, is sent into buckles, and Duke JABS, JABS, JUABS! Flip, flop and “U~!” BIONIC ELBOW! Axioms taggers, Duke scoops, FALL AWAY GUTBUSTER SENTON COMBO!? Cover, TWO!! Duke almost had it there but Riley coaches him up. Duke drags Axiom up, reels him in, and Canadian Racks! But Axiom turns The River into a RANA!

Duke hits buckles and sputters in a daze! Frazer tags in, to SPRINGBOARD MISSILE DROPKICK! Tag back to Axiom, the speedsters RAM Duke into a corner! They put Duke up top, Duke fights free, but Axiom GAMANGIRIS! Axiom climbs back up after Duke, brings him to the very top, and fans freak out for the SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?!? Duke survives and no one can believe it! Riley can barely breathe and he’s not even in the match! Duke huffs and puffs and powers up, “This is Awesome!” Frazer tags in, he and Axiom KICK and KICK and KICK! And SUPERKICK! And DOUBLE SUPERKICK!

Duke roars and DOUBLE LARIATS!! The fans are thunderous and Duke tags in Chase! Chase goes up top, he aims at Frazer, CROSSBODY! Cover, Frazer rolls through! TWO!! ENZIGIRI! Chase URAKENS! And then sunset flip, but Frazer sits on it! TWO and Chase has the sunset! TWO!! Frazer goes to stack but Chase rolls it back to a cover, CHASE U WINS!!!

Winners: Chase U, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contenders to the NXT Tag Team Champions)

Frazer is stunned, but somehow, someway, Chase U really is better than ever! But the GOOD BROTHERS attack?! The fans go nuts as Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows beat down Chase, Duke, Axiom & Frazer! Riley runs into the ring but he gets an UPPERCUT and a BOOT! Gallows & Anderson get Duke up, for the MAGIC KILLER!! Fans fire up with “Too Sweet! WOOP WOOP!” Are the Machine Gun & Big LG about to run NXT?

 

Ilja Dragunov speaks.

“Carmelo Hayes. Since day one, I saw right through you. The jealousy of your best friend consumed you, and you pointed the finger at me! You are the complete opposite. You are a coward, attacking Trick from behind and doing the same thing to me. Melo, you are the lowest form of life. A rodent emerging under the cover of night. But I have what you seek. So I will see you at Roadblock, under one condition. Show up next week and meet me face to face. Melo, come for this championship, because I’m coming for something more important: Your soul.” The red eyes of the Mad Dragon stare HIM down, will Melo regret adding fuel to the fire?

 

Kelani Jordan VS Lash Legend w/ Jakara Jackson!

The Gym Princess may be on Kiana James’ radar, but the Meta Four doesn’t get it. Will Kelani spell it out for them in this match? Or will Legend simply #LashOut and bring Kelani down?

 


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.16.2024

Rich Swann…how dumb are you going to be? Do we see 0-4 in this current TNA incarnation?

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So let’s see if this will give us anything to talk about. Trent Seven will make his TNA ring debut technically, and Rich Swann is going to continue this reign of stupidity where he gets distracted from help. I can’t tolerate the level of babyface stupid Swann has looked during this. Who does this help? It ain’t Francis and it ain’t Rich. If we get an evil Rich payoff who just becomes a mega heel…maybe. But it’s painful.

Ratings:

  • Trent Seven vs Shera: Trent wins via BirmingHammer – ** 1/2
  • Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch –

 

Results:

Trent Seven vs Shera

So, Shera gonna be the jobbing gatekeeper of getting momentum for bigger matches. Either that, or Maclin interferes to give Shera a dirty win, but Shera eating the pin seems more likely to me.

Simple tie up that turns into Shera laying in the Shoulder Tackle, trying to bully Trent, but he slips a Slam attempt, lights up Shera with a few chops and then a Snap DDT. Shera powders after the DDT, makes space, slides in, Trent follows, and Shera runs the ropes, ducks the Lariat and a Big Boot sends Trent’s tooth flying and drops him. Shera starts manhandling Trent, running him from corner to corner, Stalling Suplex after the corner attack and Trent has had no offense. Shera goes for a goozle, Trent tries to fight back with some punches, bounces off the ropes and eats a Spinebuster.

Shera then goes to the top turnbuckle, looking for something big and unusual from him. So of course Trent cuts him off with Chops, Headbutts and a big Superplex finally gives Trent and opening. Overhand chop from Trent, tries another Suplex, but Shera blocks and rains down some clubbing forearms. Trent tries to fire, Pop & Bang, some apron battling but Shera gets the best of things, Chokeslam on the apron, rolls Trent back in and Trent kicks out.

Going for the frustration chokes, Shera is trying anything but Trent chops a few times, Backfist, Lariat, for…a near fall. Trent keeps slapping the back of Shera, BirmingHammer for the win!

Don West, You’ve Got to be Kidding Me! Trending Topics of the week:

5. MK Ultra getting their rematch

4. Trinity’s final TNA match

3. Moose & Alex Shelley’s stupid stipulation match

2. Simon Gotch’s revenge

1. Rebellion declaration for April 20th

“Around the Ring” with Gia Miller and her guest Xia Brookside. Apparently they bonded over accents and horses. So it seems like Xia just has an affinity for cowboys and stuff, so Gia was totally up her alley. They make a little country posse, its cute, but cringey…but cute. 

TNA+ Flashback Moment: Sting vs Mr Anderson vs Kurt Angle – No Surrender 2011

Always nice to see the classic stuff from the pinnacle of TNA. 

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Rich Swann vs John Skyler w/Jason Hotch

If Rich goes 0-4…I will be, AJ Francis shows up for commentary. Christ…Rich is gonna lose to the other Good Hand ain’t he?

Rich Swann and Skyler go back and forth but you’re always just waiting for the shoe to drop. Rich has the advantage, goes to the top for the Phoenix Splash, Hotch gets up on the apron and AJ Francis leave commentary and takes out Hotch. But for some stupid reason Swann is distracted by the assistance, then Skyler hits an Avalanche Forward Rolling Senton for the win.

I can’t even understand the level of moronic babyface Rich Swann is for this angle.

 

Overall Score: 4.5/10

This was…the definition of useless. Trent’s match was okay, but obvious because Shera is a gatekeeper to looking decent before a major match. Rich, as I’ve said many times, just looks unabashedly stupid. I’m over this, Rich needs to turn heel at No Surrender or within a week or so. All of this was cringey, stupid and a waste of time, especially Xia and Gia.

Ugh.


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