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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/21/23)

Will Bron break the Maharaja?



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Will the burden of being champion break Bron?

The Modern Day Maharaja says Bron Breakker is going to crumble as NXT Champion, but will he be the one that breaks down before Roadblock?


  • Ilja Dragunov VS Trick Williams; Dragunov wins.
  • Chase U w/ Thea Hail VS The Dyad w/ The Schism; The Dyad wins.
  • Jacy Jayne VS Indi Hartwell; Jacy wins, by disqualification.
  • Gallus VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe; Gallus wins.
  • Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo; Tony wins.
  • Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley VS Alba Fyre w/ Isla Dawn; Fyre wins.
  • NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Jinder Mahal w/ Indus Sher; Bron wins and retains the title.


Ilja Dragunov VS Trick Williams!

The Czar returned again to go after the Irish Ace, but Carmelo Hayes’ hype man was collateral damage. Trick hast he mic as he makes his entrance to say, “Reporting to you live, the best entertainer alive has finally arrived. And tonight I came out here to prove to you that I can do more than just talk.” Trick says he can back up everything he says! So Dragunov can come out here in his long robe, call himself the Mad Dragon, and orchestrate an imaginary band. But tonight, “that big headed bum” gets beat into oblivion! Trick tells Dragunov that it’s good pain makes him feel alive. Because tonight, Dragunov will be on cloud nine as Trick orchestrates an ass whooping!

But speak of the Czar and he appears! Trick has a lot to prove, but will he see why Dragunov is #UNBESIEGBAR?

But while Dragunov enters the ring, Trick sucker punches him! Fans chant, and even sing, “Whoop That Trick!” and the bell rings! Trick runs at Dragunov, into a clinch and SLAM! Dragunov headlocks, Trick rolls it to a cover, TWO! Dragunov still grinds Trick, they go to ropes, and the ref counts. Dragunov lets off to KICK Trick! Trick gets up and he RAMS Dragunov into a corner! Trick grinds his forearms in, but the ref counts. Trick lets off at 4, swings, but misses! Dragunov CHOPS, CHOPS again, then headlocks. Dragunov grinds Trick down, but Trick fights up. Fans rally, Trick lifts but Dragunov hits a flying takeover!

Trick fights up, powers Dragunov to ropes and powers out to headlock back. But Dragunov hits a takeover even then! Dragunov grinds Trick, but Trick fights up again. Trick throws body shots, powers out again, but Dragunov RAMS him! Trick comes back, Dragunov sidesteps and hits another BIG takeover! Trick rolls to a cover, TWO! Trick DECKS Dragunov with another sucker punch! Trick drags Dragunov up, scoops, SLAMS, then mocks the conducting. But Dragunov KANGAROO KICKS, then gets up to SPINNING CHOP! Fans fire up, Dragunov runs in at the corner, forearm smash! Snapmare, cover, TWO! PEANLTY KICK!

Trick stands but Dragunov CHOPS, and CHOPS! Dragunov shakes out his hand, then clinches Trick, Trick throws body shots, CLUBS Dragunov, but walks into another CHOP! Trick whips, Dragunov reverses and runs in to KNEE Trick! Snapmare puts Trick in the drop zone and Dragunov climbs, but Trick kicks the leg out! Dragunov still throws elbows and kicks. Dragunov CLUBS Trick on the back! Fans fire up, Dragunov brings Trick up, and CLUBS him again! Dragunov eggs Trick on, kicks him around, and CLUBS him again! Fans fire up with Dragunov, he clinches, whips, and clotheslines Trick in the corner!

Dragunov throws Trick down but Trick kicks him again! Trick ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov throws hands again. But Trick SHOVES Dragunov down! Dragunov hits apron and then floor, but fans return to singing, “Whoop That Trick~!” But then JD McDonagh saunters out to ringside. Trick goes out after Dragunov, puts him in the ring and covers, TWO! JD lurks ringside while NXT goes picture in picture.

Trick drags Dragunov up, scoops him, but Dragunov slips off to shove and ENZIGURI! Trick staggers, Dragunov staggers, but Trick knocks Dragunov down! Trick stomps away, CHOKES Dragunov on ropes, then grabs legs for a CATAPULT GUILLOTINE! Dragunov sputters, the ref checks him, but Trick drags Dragunov up. Trick whips, Dragunov holds ropes, and he BOOTS back! Trick runs back in to ROCK Dragunov! And CHOP! Dragunov staggers to another side, but Trick bumps him off buckles. Trick stands Dragunov up to CHOP! Dragunov CHOPS back! Trick ROCKS Dragunov, stomps and fires off fast hands!

The ref counts, Trick lets off, and he drags Dragunov back up. Trick reels Dragunov in, but Dragunov blocks the lift! Trick wrenches and whips Dragunov hard into buckles! The ref again checks Dragunov but he’s still fighting back with kicks. Trick stomps Dragunov, drags him up again, and whips him hard into the other corner! Trick is certainly backing up his word right now as he stands over Dragunov. Trick stands Dragunov up, whips him again, but Dragunov stops himself! Dragunov ELBOWS back, CHOPS again, but Trick blocks the kick! Trick THROWS Dragunov into the ropes! The ref checks as Dragunov again clutches his neck.

Trick storms up on Dragunov, whips him to ropes, and POP-UP UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov is still in this and Trick grows frustrated. NXT returns to single picture as Trick clamps on a cravat neck wrench. Fans rally, Dragunov fights up, but Trick thrashes him around. JD is now on commentary and says his eye is almost 100%. Fans rally as Dragunov fights up against the cravat. Trick still thrashes Dragunov but Dragunov fights the hold! Dragunov breaks free, waistlocks, but Trick CLUBS him! Trick switches, but Dragunov throws elbows! Trick shoves Dragunov away, but Dragunov hits the CONSTANTINE SPECIAL!

Fans fire up while both men are down! Trick and Dragunov rise, and Dragunov CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Dragunov whips, Trick reverses, but Dragunov holds ropes again. Dragunov BOOTS Trick, fires off boxing elbows, and Trick falls! Trick kicks the leg out! Trick throws body shots, ROCKS Dragunov, but Dragunov PELES right back! Fans fire up again and Dragunov pushes himself up. “This is Awesome!” as JD says Trick better get moving. Dragunov runs in to KNEE Trick, snapmare, and go up! Third time’s the charm for the KING KONG KNEE DROP! Dragunov roars and fans fire up with him!

Dragunov stalks Trick, waistlocks, and lifts! Trick throws Dragunov away! Trick sweeps, Dragunov jumps over it, but Trick EDDY GORDO KICKS! Fans fire up again, Trick hits the SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov survives and Trick is beside himself! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow! Trick runs in, ROLLING- NO, Dragunov blocks the kick and makes it a POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO, FALLING FOREARM!! Fans are thunderous as Dragunov powers up and he waistlocks. Trick still fights, pries the hold open, but Dragunov Gotch lifts! SINGLE LEG SUPLEX!!

Fans fire up again as Dragunov roars! Dragunov goes back to the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Cover, Dragunov wins!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall

JD is furious, but Trick could not beat down The Czar like he promised! Dragunov glares at the Irish Ace, will these two look to stand and deliver on another grudge match?


Jinder Mahal speaks.

“I could’ve confronted Bron Breakker on my first night back, just like everyone else does. But I waited. In this business, timing is everything. The NXT Championship on Bron’s shoulder is getting heavier. The boos from the crowd are getting louder. And that frenetic energy that Bron has is getting weaker. And he’s falling into the same trap as last year. Stand & Deliver was in the distance and look what happened. This year, I’m the one who messes up all the plans.

“Tonight, there’s gonna be a lot of shocked faces in the audience. Get ready to see the same reactions when I became United States Champion at WrestleMania 34. The same reactions when I defeated Randy Orton and became WWE Champion. I’ve made a career out of shocking victories. And tonight, get ready for the next one, as I become the NEW NXT Champion.” The Modern Day Maharaja has made his proclamation, but will he fail to follow through?


Fallon Henley is on the phone.

She’s leaving a voicemail for Brooks Jensen to apologize for last week and Valentine’s Day. She promises she was coming from a good place, so she hopes he’ll text or call back. Josh Briggs walks in and knows he’s not answering. He said Jensen needs time. Well, did he tell Jensen that she wants to talk? He knows by the ten texts and five messages she’s left. Fallon sighs but Briggs tells her to listen. The two of them are all he’s got and he’s not getting in the middle of it all. But Fallon doesn’t understand! If Zack was Kiana’s brother, why did she let it go on for so long? Briggs tells her to stop, and yes it’s weird, but Fallon, you were wrong! You ruined Jensen’s big night!

But he won’t answer the phone! And… It was her tag partner’s big night. Fallon sees that. She wants to apologize to Kiana, in person. Will the Cowgirl make things right in the stable?


Meiko Satomura is with some NXT prospects.

“Today, you will learn to train my way. Can you survive?” They say yes, so they get set to begin. Roxanne Perez hurries over and asks if she can join in. Meiko says yes. They all do sit-ups, then push-ups, well into the double-digits. They then do circle squats, and fireman’s carries. One after another, the trainees drop out, but Roxie sticks with it. Next is 1000 SQUATS! Roxie sticks with it into the 700s but she’s the last one! She and Meiko make it to 1000, and she’s still standing. Roxie thanks Meiko for the session, but Meiko reveals it’s not done. Now, the real training begins! Roxie is game, but will she survive against the Final Boss?


Tyler Bate is here!

The Big Strong Boi is coming off a big strong win off Grayson Waller, and he goes to the ring to get the mic. “Hello, big strong boys and girls.” Fans duel, “We Want Waller!” “No We Don’t!” Bate says that a man of many words he is not, but he couldn’t help but sense the good vibes. He wants to come out here and share some gratitude. In sojourning the Atlantic to be here full-time in the USA, Bate must say, the love he’s received from most of the fans has infused in him a passion unbeknownst to his former self. He thanks us for that “spiffing support.” Even if it’s against Grayson Waller, Axiom, or Bron Breakker at World’s Collide.

But some things are just meant to be, right? Bate believes in the natural unfolding of things and in timing. So then, NXT, Bate will say this. Together, we are about to embark on a mystical journey! But then here comes the Schism! Joe Gacy tells Tyler, “We were preparing for Rip & Jagger’s match, and we couldn’t help but hear what you are saying. And we believe in some ways, that you and I are kindred spirits. We are forward thinkers.” Bate thanks Gacy for that, but he’ll pass on drinking whatever Kool-Aid he’s given his friends. Ava Raine says that The Schism may be kindred spirits with him in some ways, but not in all ways.

Gacy says Bate is funny, and he’s right. “The journey a man takes does matter. You just have to be careful who you surround yourself with. These people, they won’t help you. The Schism is a true family! While you left yours all the way across the ocean, groups like Chase U preach togetherness in the face of division. We gave Thea just a glimpse of what life could be like with us. And maybe, you would like to feel the power of our division right now. Heed our message.” Bate is all alone and surrounded. He has no one, but The Schism are four roots, one tree! But wait! Here comes Chase U! They chase The Schism off the apron, and it’s go time, after the break!

Chase U w/ Thea Hail VS The Dyad w/ The Schism!

NXT returns and the match is already going, with fans fired up for Chase U! Chase stomps Rip Fowler, tags in Duke Hudson, and they double whip Rip to ropes. They double elbow Rip down, Duke covers, ONE! Duke wrenches Rip, RAMS shoulders, then wrenches and RAMS him again. Fans stay fired up as Duke RAMS Rip again. Tag to Chase, they whip, trip and elbow drop! Cover, ONE! Chase stays on Rip with a facelock but Rip powers him to the corner! Jagger Reed tags in, he holds Chase in and Rip clotheslines! Rip short arm LARIATS, then Jagger fires off hands! Jagger CHOKES Chase but the ref counts.

Jagger lets off, the fans boo, but Jagger snapmares Chase to then stomp him down! Jagger drags Chase up, short arm LARIATS, and covers, TWO! Jagger clamps onto Chase to cobra clutch. Chase endures, fans duel, “FOUR ROOTS!” “CHASE U!” with the majority on Chase U’s side. But Rip tags in, The Dyad ripcord FOREARMS Chase down! “You think you’re a leader?” Chase throws body shots but Rip stomps Chase down. Rip gut wrenches for a SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO! Rip clamps onto Chase and grinds forearms into his face. Fans rally, Chase fights up, and Chase reaches out, only for Rip to drag him away.

Jagger tags in, another ripcord FOREARM knocks Chase down! Cover, TWO! Jagger clamps onto Chase with another clutch and even JAMS his knee in! Chase endures, fans rally up again, and Chase fights up. Jagger ripcords, ROCKS Chase, and has the arm again. Chase throws hands in return! Chase reaches out but Jagger knees low! Jagger whips Chase away, Chase goes up and under and hot tags Duke! Duke rallies on The Dyad with big forearms! SIDEWALK SLAM for jagger! JAB, JAB, JAB for Rip! Flip, flop and “U!” ELBOW! SENTON! And then Duke RAMS Jagger into the corner again and again!

Duke TOSSES Jagger at Rip! Fans fire up and Duke drags Jagger up. Jagger JAWBREAKERS, but Chase tags in! Chase blocks Jagger’s kick, hands it off to duke, ENZIGURI and a whip, ELBOW and BOOT to a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Thea is a little panicked having Rip down on the floor outside by her, but Chase tags Duke back in. Duke turns Jagger, Chase runs, but Rip clotheslines him out! Duke CLOBBERS Rip! But Jagger rolls Duke! TWO!! Duke runs in but Jagger BOOTS! Rip tags in, Duke DECKS Jagger then DECKS Rip! But Rip drags Duke out of the ring! Duke DECKS him again! Only for Jagger to DIVE! Duke is sent into the desk, and NXT goes to break!

NXT returns again and Rip clinches Duke. Duke fights up but Rip brings him back down to chinlock. Duke fights up again and pries free to arm-drag! Rip turns around into a BIG back drop! Hot tags to Jagger and Chase! Chase rallies on The Dyad, CHOPS and ROCKS and atomic drops each of them! Chase tells Rip off but Jagger pulls hair! Chase ROCKS Jagger in return! Chase fires off haymakers in the corner, but Rip goes after him! Chase kicks low, brings Rip around, and even catches Jagger! COMPLETE SHOT DDT COMBO! Fans fire up, Chase whips Jagger but Jagger reverses. Chase BOOTS Rip, Jagger waistlocks but Chase switches.

Jagger elbows free but Chase dodges the punch to hit a NECKBREAKER! Chase goes up top, to SUPER MOONSAULT Rip! Chase goes back up and fans are thunderous! FLYING CROSSBODY! Cover, Rip breaks it! Fans are fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Chase crawls, Jagger brings him up and throws a haymaker. Chase throws it back, so Jagger throws another. Chase throws a haymaker, Jagger throws it back, repeat! They fight as they stand up, they go shot for shot and then Chase gets the edge! Chase even DECKS Rip for good measure! Jagger ROCKS Chase, but Chase is powering up!

Chase throws hands, Jagger whips but Chase turns it around to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Spell it out! C! H! A! S! E! U! What’s that spell? CHASE U!! But Ava creeps over to Thea. Chase tags Duke and shields Thea. Duke shoulders Jagger, then SLINGSHOT GERMAN SUPLEXES! But Rip sneaks a tag! Duke fireman’s carries Jagger, Rip throat chops Duke! Then DOUBLE CODE BREAKER!! Cover, The Dyad wins!!

Winners: The Dyad, by pinfall

The four roots used the numbers against Chase U’s “false family!” Duke gets mad and says Thea has to grow up and Chase has to let her grow up! “Is this a university or a charity?” Duke leaves in a huff while Thea hugs her cone. Thea blames herself but Chase tells her it’s not. Will Chase stop coddling Thea? Or is the trauma from The Schism too deep?


Robert Stone talks with Von Wagner.

Suit Man Stone asks Von if he’s made his decision yet. About what? Stone wants to know if Von is ready. Von asks what Stone expects from him. To share his deep, dark secrets? Von is here to kick ass and take names. Oh, good, real original, we’ve never heard that one before. But then Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo walks in. The Don asks if they’re interrupting. They are! Good, because they have a problem here. Last week, Von stole their North American title match from them! That doesn’t sit well with Tony or The Underboss. Von asks, “You talking to me?” Hah, clever. He should be a comedian.

But Stacks assures Von it won’t be funny when The Don throws a beat down on him! Oh, so they want a match? Now we’re talking. Stone wants Von to think. Don’t do this. Von agrees with Stone, and respectfully declines. Oh, respectfully? What? Stacks knew Stone was Von’s manager, but he didn’t know he was Von’s daddy, too. Stone has Von stand down but Tony tells Stacks that this is more like being a soccer mom. Stone’s probably got juice boxes and orange slices for Von and his imaginary friends. Stacks says instead of a contract, they should’ve brought a permission slip. Von gets mad now! They wanna fight? They’ve got one!

Tony says good, and he heads out with Stacks. Stone gets mad that Von just played into their hands! Von tells Stone to shut up, but will Stone be proven right? Or can Von still be a winner doing things his way?


Backstage interview with Charlie Dempsey & Drew Gulak.

McKenzie Mitchell is with these two gritty grapplers, and says everyone wants to know: Why did Gulak turn on his friend, Hank Walker, last week? Uh, friend? Are we reading the same dictionary here? Walker was not Gulak’s friend, he was some guy asking for help. Walker is the kind of guy who says he wants it, but that doesn’t mean he’ll get it. Gulak came to NXT not to hand out participation trophies, but to find the best of the best. And that is just not Hank Walker. That’s because Walker is a nice guy.

“To be successful here, you can’t be afraid to rip limbs from limbs. You can’t be afraid to step on people’s throats to get what you want, or tear their ligaments until you feel them snap. And that doesn’t describe Hank Walker. But do you know who that does describe? That’s Charlie Dempsey.” The two head out, will they tear limb from limb to become the best in NXT?


Sol Ruca speaks.

“What I love about the ocean is that no two waves are the same. They’re big, they’re small, they’re unpredictable. The NXT Women’s Division is the same. And that makes it quite challenging, but that’s what also makes it so fun. How boring would it be if everything was easy? Every day, I pick something. Something in the ring, some crazy gymnastics or skateboarding thing I see on TikTok, and I try it. And at first, I suck at it, and I feel like the biggest loser. But I keep at it and keep at it. I don’t care if it takes me three hours, and I eventually start to get it and I’m super pumped. When I finally hit something, it is the best feeling ever. I feel like I conquered the world.

“That’s the feeling I chase in the ring. And that’s the reason why I want another match with Zoey. Because eventually, I’ll nail that flip, land that trick, and there will even be a day that I beat Zoey Stark.” The Sol Surfer is in it to win it, but how long will it take?


Jacy Jayne VS Indi Hartwell!

The Toxic Traitor says SHE is the attraction now. But she has to prove she can stand on her own two feet first. Will she be more impressive than #IndiWrestling? Or will Indi show NXT is no longer toxic?

NXT returns and Indi makes her entrance. The bell rings and Jacy circles with Indi. They tie up, Indi wrenches and YANKS the arm. Indi wrenches again but Jacy knees low! Jacy CLUBS Indi, CHOPS her, then ROCKS her! Indi shoves Jacy back, ROCKS her, CHOPS her, but Jacy knees low again. Jacy whips but Indi reverses. Jacy bounces off buckles, Indi whips her into more buckles! Indi then short arm LARIATS! Fans fire up as Indi short arm LARIATS again! Jacy ducks the third to hit a NECKBREAKER! Jacy runs to add a SENTON, then she SENTONS again! Cover, TWO! Jacy is frustrated and shouts that it’s about HER!

Jacy stands Indi up but Indi throws body shots! Indi ROCKS Jacy, whips her out to the apron and then brings her in, only for Jacy to slip away! Jacy HOTSHOTS Indi down, then slides in to stand Indi up. Jacy whips, RAMS and clinches to throw knees. Jacy snapmares to PENALTY KICK then MULE KICK! Cover, TWO! Jacy is shrieking but she clamps on a chinbar half nelson. Fans rally for “INDI WRESTLING!” but Jacy tells them to shut up as she leans on the hold. Indi endures, fights up, but Jacy hops on! Indi stays up, but then drops to a knee! Indi sputters, Jacy says she sucks! Then she tells fans to shut up!

Indi gives a thumbs up as fans rally, and she stands up again. Only for Jacy to throw her down! Jacy says SHE is impressive, then thrashes Indi around. Indi still fights up, Jacy hops back on, but Indi RAMS her into buckles! And again! Indi THROWS Jacy off, Jacy staggers up and runs back in, but Indi ROCKS her! And again! Indi kicks, CLUBS and DECKS Jacy! Fans fire up as Indi hits a SPINEBUSTER! High stack, TWO! Jacy survives but Indi keeps on her. Indi stands Jacy up to CLUB her. Indi puts Jacy in the ropes, UPPERCUTS and BOOTS her down! Indi brings Jacy up to a fireman’s carry, but Jacy slips off! Jacy POSTS Indi!

Jacy then THROWS Indi into buckles! Jacy screams, runs and CANNONBALLS! Jacy has a wild grin and she drags Indi back up. Jacy stomps away on the corner, the ref reprimands but Jacy tells him to back off. Jacy stands Indi up, gives her a kiss on the cheek, for a BOOT WASH!! “IT’S ABOUT ME!!” Fans boo but Jacy isn’t done with Indi. “You’re just another number!” Jacy sets Indi up again, but GIGI DOLIN APPEARS! She TACKLES Jacy and fans are thunderous!

Winner: Jacy Jayne, by disqualification

Jacy gets the win but Gigi gets revenge as she RAMS her into barriers! And then MORE barriers! Gigi stomps but misses! But Gigi pursues Jacy to the back! Jacy might be facing some Toxic KARMA here! Will Gigi get even with Jacy as we’re on the Road to WrestleMania?


Roxanne’s training with Meiko Satomura continues.

They tie up in the ring, break, and Roxie again thanks Meiko for training with her. But they’re wrestling in two weeks, so why- Meiko stops Roxie there. No talk, only train. Okay. They tie up again and again. They practice kicks, in that Roxie has the kick pads and Meiko kicks at her. And then they spar with some mat wrestling. Roxie gets her turn to kick, grapple, and run the ropes. Meiko is like a statue as Roxie rams into her! That last one did it, though! Meiko says that is all for today, and Roxie thanks her again. Meiko says that to win, it comes from the heart, not the muscle. See you in two weeks. Roxie nods, and she knows what she’s up against now. Will the Prodigy be ready for the legend?


Backstage interview with Zoey Stark.

McKenzie asks The Hunter about the in-depth look at Sol Ruca, but Zoey stops her there. “I don’t give a damn what Sol Ruca wants. If she loves the ocean so much, she can go there, stay there, and never come back.” Zoey won, she is done with Sol. But here’s a question for McKenzie: Why does Meiko Satomura just automatically get a title match?! Uh, because- Zoey stops McKenzie again to add more questions. “Is it because Roxanne is such a little fangirl that she buys her a flight from Japan, and then just says, ‘Oh let’s go ahead and have a title match.'” McKenzie says it’s because Meiko is a living legend, and perhaps one of the most recognizable women’s wrestlers in history.

Zoey says that should be HER match! But then all the other women are kissing Meiko’s ass to earn Meiko’s respect! There is a reason that some of the best in the business respect what ZOEY does. But she’ll say this: If Meiko were to step into the ring with Zoey, Zoey will show us who the REAL Final Boss is! Zoey storms off, but is she getting in over her head?


Gallus VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

Mark Coffey & Wolfgang agreed to give Pretty Deadly a tag title match, but as the theme song says, Malik & Edris are far from rookies. Will Malik & Edris earn their own tag title opportunity with a win over the champs? Or will we see Gallus Boys On Top even in non-title matches?

The teams sort out and Malik starts against Mark. They tie up, Mark puts Malik on ropes, the ref counts and Mark lets off. They tie up again, Malik puts Mark on ropes, and Malik lets off. Mark shoves hard, they tie up again and Malik headlocks. Mark powers out, Malik cartwheels around but Mark avoids the dropkick! Mark TOSSES Malik, then tags Wolfgang. Wolfgang EuroUppers Malik, CLUBS him, but Malik hits back. Wolfgang UPPERCUTS again, hooks the arms, but Malik fights. Malik flips up and over, but Wolfgang CLOBBERS him! Tag to Mark and Gallus mugs Malik. Mark UPPERCUTS Malik but Malik hits back!

Mark ROCKS Malik, brings him around, fires off more uppercuts, but fans rally for Malik. Malik throws hands, but Mark ducks to half nelson SLAM! “Gallus Boys on top!” Mark drags Malik up again, wrenches and RAMS Malik, but wait. Who are these two bringing out a cake? They’re dressed like Pretty Deadly but aren’t, but Mark hurries to stop Malik! Malik rolls, throws Mark into buckles, and then ducks the boot to hot tag Edris! Edris rallies on Mark, DROPKICKS Wolfgang, and then dodges Mark to yoyo and LARIAT! Edris goes up and up and SWANTONS onto Wolfgang! Fans fire up as Edris hurries up top again!

Edris aims at Mark, to MACHO ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Pretty Doppelganger motion to the cake while Malik tags in. They suplex Mark, ENZIGURI BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives, Wolfgang TOSSES Edris! Edris gest up but Wolfgang CLOBBERS him! Malik throws Wolfgang out but Mark CLOBBERS Malik! Tag to Wolfgang, he drags Malik up! Gallus hit a FOREARM POWERSLAM COMBO! Cover, Gallus wins!

Winners: Gallus, by pinfall

#GBOT, but they are curious about the cake. “Happy Anniversary?” One of the messengers says, “On behalf of Pretty Deadly, we would like to congratulate you on your two-year anniversary of losing the NXT UK Tag Team Championships to Elton Prince & Kit Wilson.” Mark DUNKS the guy’s face into the cake! And Wolfgang BOOTS the other guy! Then they CLOBBER each of them and throw them both out HARD! But then the REAL Pretty Deadly attack from behind, with chairs! They focus on Mark, and they whip him into the steel steps! Wolfgang comes back but gets mugged, then sent into the steps!

Pretty Deadly whip Mark back in! Then they throw Wolfgang into Mark! They say they’re not about fun and games anymore, this is THEIR tag division! They get Wolfgang up, SPINEBUSTER on the steps!! Fans are torn as Pretty Deadly hold up the belts over Gallus. Elton & Kit are ready, but will they be able to take back the titles at Roadblock?


Dabba-Kato speaks.

“Apollo Crews. I can feel your anger. But that was me for over eight months! You were so busy looking into the future, you forgot about your own past. Let me remind you who helped you become the Intercontinental Champion at WrestleMania. For every big moment you ever had, I was there! You may have come back to NXT, but why? And where’s my call? Then on Vengeance Day, you thought like good old times, I came to help. I came to hurt. Apollo Crews can’t stand on his own. Without me, he has no future. APOLLO! Yeah, you might be the one who brought me into this world. But I will be the one who takes you out of it!”


Stevie Turner streams.

“Uh, hello, excuse me. Hi, guys! Stevie Turner here, and I am oh so excited for WrestleMania season. This week, I’ve been getting questions in on the NXT locker room, so I want to introduce my Stevie Randomizer! Oh, here we go. So who is it gonna land on? Lyra Valkyria! Get your questions in. Lyra is a woman of mystery, but she is no match for my fast fingers. Lyra follows the way of The Morrigan, a shapeshifting Irish deity associated with war. Sounds a bit freaky-deeky to me, but okay. Here’s a super chant from Charismatic Evan. ‘What’s with Lyra and her feathers?’

“It links back to the Morrigan. It takes the form of a raven in battle. Apparently, ever feather Lyra wears represents a battle she’s won. And here’s another super chat from Lil Clark. ‘How far do you see Lyra going?’ Well, Lyra is talented. But eventually, she will have to cross paths with me. And we know how that would go. She is no match for my forward thinking.” Vic Joseph wants to ask his own question, but Stevie apologizes, the stream is over. She signs off, but will all be answered when the Fourth Dimension collides with the supernatural?


Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Tony D’Angelo w/ Channing Lorenzo!

Suit Man Stone wants Von to open up and be more than a meme, but will Von end up the butt of the joke once again? Or will Von prove he doesn’t need to change to do better?

NXT returns and makes his entrance. The bell rings, fans rally for Tony D as he and Von tie up. Von pushes The Don to a corner but Tony turns it around to then throw hands. Von shoves Tony, Tony whips and ELBOWS Von down! Tony brings Von up for body shots, but Von RAMS Tony into a corner! Von RAMS into Tony again and again, throws elbows, then brings Tony around for knees. Tony wrenches to ROCK Von! Von swings, misses, but he KNEES Tony down! Stacks coaches Tony but Von drags Tony up to whip him to a corner. Von then runs in to clothesline! Von smirks, whips Tony but Tony dodges to TACKLE Von!

Fans fire up, Tony fires hands on Von, but Von HEADBUTTS back! Von runs, BOOTS Tony down, and fans boo. Stone takes a seat and Von asks what he’s doing! Stone says he’s waiting on Von. Von is annoyed but he goes back to Tony. Tony ROCKS Von! Tony whips, Von KICKS him, and Von LARIATS! Von rains down fists on Tony, then drags Tony up to CLUB away on him! Von scoops Tony to SLAM him, and then drops a BIG elbow! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Tony but Von stalks him to a corner. Von CLUBS Tony, then bumps Tony off buckles. Von knees Tony low, and again, then whips him corner to corner, for another clothesline!

Von whips Tony corner to corner again, hits another clothesline, and then eggs Tony on. Von taunts The Don, whips him again, but Tony dodges! Von hits buckles and falls! Stacks says that’s what he gets! Fans rally for Tony, he and Von both stand up slowly. Tony runs in to CLOBBER Von! And again! Tony clinches to BELLY2BELLY! Stone is disappointed as Tony ROCKS Von, whips him, and hits a SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up and Tony waits on Von to stand. BADA BOOM! Cover, Tony wins!

Winner: Tony D’Angelo, by pinfall

Stacks celebrates with The Don and Stone asks Von why he even took this match. Kelly gets in the ring to interview Tony, asking about the continuing issues with Dijak. Tony says they could get into that, but Tony wants to talk about his guy’s loyalty. Stacks could’ve taken that Open Challenge with Wes Lee, or he could have Tony’s back. And Stacks chose to help Tony. Stacks says it’s family over everything. Tony appreciates that. Stacks gets it. But y’know who doesn’t? Mr. Street Justice Dijak! Tony tells Dijak that he’s been at this a couple of months, it is time to put this to an end. Kelly asks how Tony means that.

Funny she asks. He and Stacks have been going over some ideas, and Tony decided that he’ll handle it in the ring. “Dijak, listen. Me and you, one last time, NXT Roadblock, in a JAILHOUSE STREET FIGHT! Cuz listen, when it’s all said and done, I’m gonna be putting you in solitary confinement! You’ve got seven days to answer, don’t make me come find you.” The Don has thrown out the challenge, but will Dijak be more than happy to lock Tony up?


Backstage interview with Nikkita Lyons.

McKenzie says it is good to see her on the road to recovery, but also notes that no one has come forward as the attacker. Is there anything Lyons can tell us about that night? Lyons says her surgery was a success, that she’ll be out for 11 or 12 MONTHS, but her goal is to be back before a year is gone. She can’t tell us who it was, she was clipped from behind. One moment, she was walking outside, and the next, she was done. But in walks Tiffany Stratton. “Why is anybody still talking about you? All this is is a waste of TV time when it should be focused on The Center of the Universe.” Lyons says Tiffany sounds real sus.

Tiffany? Sus? Please! On the list of important things to do with her life, attacking Lyons in the parking lot is at the bottom of Tiffany’s list. Actually, even below the bottom. What’s below the bottom? Well, anyway, if it were Tiffany, Lyons wouldn’t be out a year. She’d be out PERMANENTLY! O M G, Tiffany Epiphany! What if Lyons vanishes from NXT for a full year? Ready, GO! Tootles. Tiffany leaves, Lyons is at a loss for words. Will Lyons make sure that no matter when she gets back, she starts her comeback with Tiffany?


Tatum Paxley is watching from the Diamond Dojo.

Ivy Nile walks in and asks about the Lyons situation. Still no idea who attacked her. We just know who didn’t. Is Ivy ready? Yep. Good luck out there. Wait, Tatum isn’t coming? No, she doesn’t wanna… Wait, is Isla getting to her? No, but- Tatum, c’mon, your Ivy’s partner. Isla is just doing this to get in their heads. Right, right. Ivy heads out, and Tatum looks to the Diamond Mine logo. Will Tatum crack under the pressure?


Carmelo Hayes checks on Trick Williams in medical.

He throws Trick a bottle of water and says he did the damn thing. But then smacks him a little too hard on the back. Melo is still proud of Trick. Trick says if they run it back, they know what time it is. Trick’s ready to get outta here and get some food, but Melo wants to watch the main event first, because he wants to see who comes out of it with the NXT Championship. Tyler Bate walks over to tell Trick that that was serious stuff in there against Dragunov. And dealing with a loss is always tough. But the journey has peaks and valleys. That said, good timber doesn’t grow with ease. The stronger the storm, the stronger the trees.

Trick likes that Dr. Seuss stuff! It’s like Bate is 25 and 75 at the same time. Thanks! Bate takes that as a compliment. Melo has a compliment here, and he doesn’t give those out that often. Bate is a strong minded dude, confident in who he is, but Melo knows who he is, because Melo is Him. Melo also points out to Bate that his journey has nothing to do with the NXT Championship. That’s all Melo. Trick Melo Gang head out, but will the Big Strong Boi show Melo the “natural flow” of things?


Ivy Nile w/ Tatum Paxley VS Alba Fyre w/ Isla Dawn!

The Diamond Mine has been under attack physically and always come out on top. But the sinister Scots have been getting at them mentally, and that might be a bit different. Will Fyre break the Diamond Pitbull? Or will the Diamond Pitbull put out the Fyre?

The bell rings and the two step up. They circle, tie up, and Fyre throws Ivy down! But Ivy fireman’s carries! Fyre fights free, shoves Ivy and SLAPS her! But Ivy just scowls, and TOSSES Fyre to a corner! Ivy fires off hands, Fyre pushes her back but Ivy ROCKS her! Cover, TWO! Fyre gets to ropes, Ivy whips but Fyre blocks. Fyre gets around, shoves Ivy into the ropes, and then stomps away! Ivy sputters, Fyre brings her up and suplexes to the GOURD BUSTER! Fans duel but Fyre PENALTY KICKS Ivy! Cover, TWO! Isla still smiles as Fyre clamps onto Ivy with a hammerlock. Fyre drags Ivy up and RAMS her into buckles!

Ivy staggers, into a LARIAT! Fyre snarls as she looms over Ivy. Fyre stands Ivy up, hammerlocks again, and she chinbars. Ivy pries that away but Fyre HEADBUTTS her! Fyre whips but Ivy reverses to send Fyre into buckles! Fyre staggers, swings, but Ivy counter punches! Ivy fires off hands, but Fyre knees low! Fyre whips, Ivy RANAS! Fyre ends up in a corner, fans fire up and Ivy runs in to CALF KICK! Ivy then scoops to carry Fyre, but Fyre slips free! Gory Especial, but Ivy sunset flips! TWO!! DIAMOND DRAGON!! But Isla distracts the ref! Tatum gets onto the apron to protest, but Fyre RAMS Ivy into Tatum!

Fyre snapmares Ivy away, SUPERKICKS, and then she drags Ivy back up! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, Fyre wins!

Winner: Alba Fyre, by pinfall

Tatum supported Ivy and ended up costing her at the same time! Will Fyre & Isla soon take over the NXT Women’s Division as the devious duo they are?


Fallon meets Kiana in her office.

Giana sends Fallon in and Fallon sees it’s a new office. Kiana says that’s because business is great. Good to hear. But, she knows she ruined Valentine’s Day. She’s been thinking, and… Fallon admits she was wrong about Zack. Kiana surely had her reasons, but she also could’ve just said Zack was her brother. Kiana says she just wanted Fallon to trust her, but look how that turned out. Fallon apologizes again, and says she wants to get past this so they can defend their NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships. Will Kiana accept the apology? Kiana says they’re all human, so of course she accepts. Jealousy is a human emotion, after all.

Uh, Fallon’s not jealous. Fallon, it’s okay to admit it. Jensen and Kiana are spoken for and- And Fallon is happy for them. Well, okay, Kiana will believe Fallon is telling the truth, so long as Fallon believes Kiana. As in she has a brother, right? As in, believe Kiana has Jensen’s best interests at heart. Partners? Partners. They shake on it, but will this trust go all the way past Stand & Deliver?


Backstage interview with Wes Lee.

McKenzie is with the North American Champion and says it was a bit of a chaotic start to the Open Challenge last week. Wes agrees, but loved every minute of it! Wes does have a sore neck, though, and he gives Von his props. Von brought it. With Roadblock coming up and Stand & Deliver after that, what is next for the champ? Wes says this is why he loves her, she always has the hard hitting questions. He’d love to make it to LA as the NA Champ, but he can’t look too far ahead or he’ll forget what’s right in front of him. And Wes knows the fans love the open challenge as much as he does, and that there are plenty of cats who want their shot.

So next week, he’ll do it again! Wait, really? Yeah! Wes in the ring at 8 PM Eastern, seeing who is gonna step up, is just perfect. Okay, okay, but this puts him at a disadvantage. Why does he continue to do this? Wes says it’s just who he is. Then McKenzie loves that. They high five and Wes heads out, but who will snatch up the golden opportunity?


NXT Championship: Bron Breakker VS Jinder Mahal w/ Indus Sher!

There’s no denying that one year ago, the Big Booty Nephew got a big shock at the hands of the Show-Off. But he’s also grown and learned since then. Will he learn from his mistakes? Or will the Modern Day Maharaja make history repeat itself in more ways than one?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Bron hits a roadblock two weeks early!

The bell rings and fans sing “BRON BREAKKER SUCKS~!” a la the John Cena chants. Bron and Jinder tie up, Jinder waistlocks and SLAMS Bron! Then he runs to run Bron over! Fans rally behind Jinder as he talks trash on Bron. Jinder and Bron circle, tie up, and Jinder waistlocks again. Bron switches, Jinder elbows free and runs, to run Bron over again! Jinder says he’s a real champion! Bron gets up and Jinder backs off. But then Jinder fires off forearms, whips, but Bron hurdles the back drop to run Jinder over! Fans bark as Bron runs Jinder over again. Things speed up, Jinder leaps but into a SPINEBUSTER!

Bron clamps onto Jinder but Indus Sher gets Jinder out of the ring! Only for Bron to FLY and bowl them all over! Fans bark it up and Bron puts Jinder back in the ring. Jinder swings but Bron blocks to counter punch! And then HOTSHOT! Bron gets in, runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, btu DOUBLE LARIATS take both men down! Indus Sher get on the apron, but THE CREEDS attack! Julius & Brutus go after Veer & Sanga, refs rush out, and the brawl is on as NXT goes picture in picture!

The brawling goes up the ramp, even as security and producers get involved. Jinder kicks Bron, CLUBS Bron, puts him in a corner, and whips corner to corner hard! Jinder runs in to RAM into Bron, and then he CHOKES Bron on the ropes. The ref counts, Jinder lets off, but then digs his knee in to dig Bron into the mat. The ref counts again, Jinder lets off to CHOP Bron. Bron CHOPS back! Bron ROCKS Jinder, wrenches his arm, and has a hammerlock. Bron RAMS Jinder into buckles, and stalks Jinder as he staggers away. Bron wraps the arm around ropes and pulls! The ref counts, Bron lets off, but he puts Jinder in another corner.

Bron RAMS into Jinder, and again, and again. Bron lets off as the ref counts, to then scoop and SLAM Jinder! Cover, TWO! Bron clamps onto Jinder’s arm and grinds the shoulder. Jinder fights up, Bron wrenches, but Jinder elbows him away. Jinder CLUBS Bron, whips him corner to corner, but Bron stops himself to go up and over! Bron then gets the arm, ARM CODE BREAKER! Bron facelocks, stands with Jinder, and wants the arm again. Jinder endures the armlock and NXT returns to single picture. Fans rally, Jinder stands, and he scoops, only for Bron to slip free. Bron picks Jinder up to TOSS him! Cover, TWO!

Bron clamps back onto the arm, but Jinder fights up to pull on Bron’s ears! Jinder puts Bron in the ropes, lets off, but then BOOTS Bron down! Bron falls to the floor, Jinder goes out and SMACKS him off the desk! And again! Jinder brings Bron around and RAMS him into steel steps! Fans fire up and duel while Jinder refreshes the ring count. Jinder RAMS Bron back into the steps! Jinder drags Bron up by his straps to put him in the ring, and then covers, TWO! Jinder rains down fists while digging his knee into ribs! Jinder lets off, fans are torn, but Jinder stands Bron up. Jinder reels Bron in, but Bron blocks the suplex!

Jinder throws body shots, CLUBS Bron again, then CLUBS him again and again! Fans duel, Jinder drags Bron back up and suplexes again. Bron blocks, to suplex Jinder high and hard! Fans fire up while both men are down, and the barking continues. Jinder stands, Bron throws hands but Jinder gives them back. Bron throws haymakers but Jinder throws body shots. Bron eggs Jinder on, and they go fast ‘n’ furious! Fans fire up, Bron gets around, GERMAN SUPLEX! And then another GERMAN SUPLEX! Bron then whips to SPINEBUSTER! Fans fire up again as the straps come down! Bron waits on Jinder to stand while he aims from the corner.

Jinder staggers, but he sees Bron gearing up so he bails out! Bron hurries out, he throws body shots on Jinder, and SMACKS him off the desk in return! Bron then brings Jinder around into the ring, but runs into Jinder’s JUMP KNEE! Jinder suplexes high and HARD! Cover, TWO! Bron is still in this, he isn’t still champion for no reason. Jinder fireman’s carries Bron, for the GUTBUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Bron continues to show his toughness but Jinder SLAPS him! Jinder stands Bron up, SLAPS him again, and then again! Bron RAMS Jinder into a corner! Bron throws shoudler after shoulder!

The ref counts, Bron lets off, but Jinder BOOTS him! Jinder goes up, but Bron is right up after him! SUPER STEINER! Bron then hurries to stand Jinder up, suplex, POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!! Bron’s busting out some wild stuff but Jinder wasn’t a former champion for no reason, either! Bron goes back to the corner, he goes up top now, and leaps, but Jinder BOOTS him out of the air! Jinder calls for the end, he wraps Bron up, but Bron arm-drags free! SPEAR OUTTA NOWHERE! Cover, Bron wins!

Winner: Bron Breakker, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)

Jinder wanted to derail Bron’s Road to WrestleMania Weekend, but he was the one getting run over! But wait! Melo is in the perch! Bron looks up to see him, but wait, someone is taking over the controls? NXT Stand & Deliver is coming, yes, but- WAIT! WALLER?! Grayson Waller is hijacking the show! He tells HBK, “You won’t let me on the show tonight, huh? But that’s okay, I took a plan out of the old DX playbook, and I took over the production truck! Didn’t I, idiots? Do not press that button! Because I’m the main event. I’m the new Showstopper! You’re Mr. WrestleMania? Well I’m Mr. Stand & Deliver! And that’s gonna be my show.”

Waller won’t be held back, even though he knows they’re gonna try. So how about talking about it? Two weeks, at NXT Roadblock, a very special episode of The Grayson Waller Effect, with the special guest being SHAWN MICHAELS! Waller asks what HBK thinks about that? Waller pushes past the cameraman and says no one can stop him, HE runs this now! But will Waller regret riling up the living legend?

My Thoughts:

Really good NXT, but not much of a main event. And I don’t mean that because it was obvious Bron would win, but that they didn’t give it a lot of time. They shoved two promo segments in right before it, taking away from time that really should’ve gone to this match. Granted, Wes Lee is good on the mic and I do like that he wants another open challenge before Roadblock, and possibilities are endless right now. But at least in Bron VS Jinder, they had time for Indus Sher to get involved, only to brawl with The Creeds. And I also like Waller calling out HBK in this fashion, because as he said himself, it was very Degeneration X. I bet on next week’s talk show segment, HBK brings out his proxy for facing Waller at Roadblock.

The other promo shoved right in before the main event was also well-done. Fallon makes amends with Kiana, next week will surely set up a tag title match for Roadblock or even Stand & Deliver, and there are a lot of choices there, too. But I just feel like they could’ve waited to have that promo later. I guess we’re to believe that with Fallon having that promo with Briggs in the first hour, and then the promo with Kiana in the second hour, Kiana’s business is located just one hour away from the Performance Center. But what I also liked out of the promo is that Kiana said Fallon is jealous. She implied it more that Fallon is feeling lonely seeing Kiana and Jensen together, but how do we know it isn’t jealousy from seeing Kiana is the one with Jensen and not Fallon?

Great opening match from Dragunov VS Trick, probably the best match all night. Trick looked great even in losing, but of course JD McDonagh was ringside to keep his eyes on Dragunov. McDonagh VS Dragunov is of course going to happen, can’t wait to see that. Tyler Bate had a good promo but he was obviously just waiting at the end for The Schism’s music to hit. Good tease of Gacy VS Bate, but also great to have Chase U to back Bate up. That’d be a fun Mixed 8 Person Tag. We got a really good match from Chase U VS The Dyad, but of course Ava and Thea become a distraction. Dyad wins, Duke is upset with Chase again, this could put some real stress on the Mixed Six I thought they’d do.

Bate also had a good promo with Trick that then branched into setting up Bate VS Melo. Melo likely wins to give him momentum going into Stand & Deliver and the title match with Bron. Good match from Gallus VS Malik & Edris, but naturally Gallus wins. The Pretty Deadly delivery boys with the cake were a good fake-out for the real Pretty Deadly to attack from behind. I kinda hope that after using the chairs and steps, we get a No Disqualification type tag title match to up things from all the previous times we’ve seen these teams face each other. And good promo from Dabba-Kato to call out Apollo, I kinda want that to have a stipulation, too, since there’s so much animosity.

Really good stuff out of Von, Stone, Tony & Stacks. Von is basically one-dimensional on purpose because he doesn’t care to open up, though he oddly did show some character by using “You talking to me?” on Tony & Stacks. Von VS Tony was good stuff but of course Tony wins. Tony calling out Dijak for the Jailhouse Street Fight is cool, though that name doesn’t really work. How is it a street fight, aka a fight in the street, if it’s in a jailhouse? Just call it a Jailhouse Match. That match will be awesome no matter what, though, and could go either way. As for Von, still unsure where this is going but I’m sure they’ll make the ride worth it.

Good stuff from Jacy VS Indi but I did not think Gigi would show up tonight. And certainly not before Jacy’s match was over. But I guess Gigi and Jacy can have their grudge match for Roadblock, and then the winner moves on to something bigger at Stand & Deliver. Stevie Turner continues to deliver her livestreamer promos well, but I guess Cora is still out for undisclosed reasons. Maybe Lyra VS Stevie is interrupted by Cora and we get Lyra VS Cora for Roadblock or something. And good promo from Lyons to establish her recovery timeline, and fittingly mean response from Tiffany. Maybe the reveal of who attacked Lyons is part of Roadblock and it somehow makes a match between the culprit and one of Lyons’ only friends, like Indi or Lyra.

Sol Ruca had another good vignette, and Zoey Stark had a good response to it. Zoey calling out Meiko was rather surprising, and I’m pretty sure Meiko wins that match. Meiko and Roxanne had good stuff in the workout vignette. It established the difference in their power levels, making it clear Roxie is the underdog champion, but Roxie will definitely still retain the title. Again, doing such a big match for Roadblock is confusing, but again, we could get something that at least NXT sees as bigger for Stand & Deliver, like Roxie VS Cora or Roxie VS Jacy. If Roxie isn’t beating a legend at Stand & Deliver, Roxie needs to settle things with someone she has a personal grudge against.

My Score: 8.6/10

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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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