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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (3/16/23)

ROH is a Proving Ground!

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ROH Wrestling 2023

The Blackpool Combat Club defends their gold!

While Clark Connors challenges Wheeler Yuta for the ROH Pure Championship. Claudio Castagnoli takes on Willie Mack in a Proving Grounds match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Willie Mack; Claudio wins and denies Mack a title opportunity.
  • Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Dante Martin w/ Darius Martin; Dante wins.
  • The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Metalik & Blake Christian; Metalik & Blake win.
  • Eddie Kingston VS Jeeves Kay w/ Slim J; Eddie wins.
  • ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Hyan; Athena wins and denies Hyan a title opportunity.
  • Silas Young VS Marcus Kross; Silas wins.
  • ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; The Embassy wins and retains the titles.
  • Trish Adora VS Madison Rayne; Adora wins.
  • Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS The Outrunners; Daniels & Sydal win.
  • ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Clark Connors; Yuta wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

ROH World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Claudio Castagnoli VS Willie Mack!

The Swiss Superman is looking for competition, but is blatantly ignoring the Mad King, Eddie Kingston. Instead, it is the return of The Mack! Will Willie prove himself worthy of a title opportunity?

The bell rings and we’re on the clock. Claudio and Mack circle, tie up, and Claudio grabs an arm. Claudio wrenches to a wristlock, but Mack spins, wrenches back, and hammerlocks to headlock. Claudio powers Mack down, pries free of the headlock and grinds the arm. Mack fights up, rolls, and slips through to wrench and hammerlock again. Claudio works on an escape but Mack toys with him a bit. Claudio reaches down, rolls Mack, TWO! Mack tackles Claudio, then runs. Things speed up but Mack trips Claudio’s hurdle! Claudio gets under the leap frog but Mack comes back to arm-drag! Claudio bails out and fans fire up as Mack builds speed!

Claudio steps aside, so Mack rolls back and drops it like it’s hot! Fans rally for “Willie! Willie!” but Claudio shoulders into him. Claudio CLUBS and BOOTS Mack, then eggs Mack on. Mack comes back, dodges and RANAS! Cover, TWO! Mack brings Claudio up, but Claudio blocks the suplex! Mack keeps trying, but Claudio suplexes Mack up and over! Fans fire up and Claudio drags Mack back up. Claudio ROCKS Mack, whips him to ropes, but Mack ducks ‘n’ dodges and LEG LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Mack brings Claudio up as fans rally, but Claudio fights the clinch. They end up in a corner, the ref counts, and Claudio lets off, to then ROCK Mack!

Claudio fires elbows and UPPERCUTs and body shots! The ref counts, fans boo but Claudio lets off. Mack goes to another corner, Claudio storms up on him and underhooks, but Mack fights the lift! Fans rally and duel, then Mack powers out! Mack ROCKS Claudio, whips him, but Claudio LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Claudio underhooks again and BUTTERFLY SUPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Claudio keeps on Mack with a chinlock and he grinds Mack down. Claudio shifts his grip to add an arm, but Mack fights up. Fans rally, Mack throws elbows, then shoves Claudio away to a fireman’s carry, SAMOAN DROP!

Fans fire up while both men are down! The standing count starts, the clock is ticking, and the count reaches 5 of 10. We reach 7 of 10, Claudio stirs, but Mack kips up at 9! And then STANDING MOONSAULTS onto Claudio! Cover, TWO! Claudio goes to a corner but Mack clinches him to EXPLODER! Mack covers, TWO! Fans fire up more, Mack drags Claudio up but Claudio ROCKS him! Mack ROCKS Claudio! The forearms go back and forth, Mack gets the edge, and then he winds up, but Claudio blocks! Claudio ROCKS Mack, runs, but into a POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Claudio survives but fans fire up for Mack!

Mack climbs up, he aims at Claudio, but Claudio moves! Mack rolls through, but turns around into an UPPERCUT! Cover, Claudio wins!!

Winner: Claudio Castagnoli, by pinfall (DENIES Willie Mack a title match)

The Swiss Superman beats Mack in under ten minutes, he is still without a challenger! But he does show Mack respect with the Code of Honor handshake. But who then will get their shot at Supercard of Honor in two weeks?

 

Mike Bennett w/ The Kingdom VS Dante Martin w/ Darius Martin!

With Mark Briscoe vacating the ROH World Tag Team Championships, everyone is getting to #ReachForTheSky! Will Miracle Mike represent for The Kingdom on to road to Supercard? Or will the #INHUMAN fly high on behalf of Top Flight?

Dante and Mike uphold the Code of Honor, though maybe reluctantly for Mike. The bell rings, fans rally for Dante as he and Mike circle. They tie up, Mike wrenches to a wristlock but Dante rolls, kips up and wrenches back. Mike rolls, wrenches, but Dante uses that to headlock! Mike powers out, Dante runs him over! Fans fire up while Mike backs off. Maria coaches Mike and Taven watches Darius. The two reset, they tie up, and Dante wrenches to a hammerlock. Mike switches that onto Dante, Dante fights it, and he wrenches through to a wristlock. Mike breaks free and CHOPS! Maria likes that but Dante just CHOPS back!

Mike grins and CHOPS! Dante CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, faster and faster! Fans fire up as Dante gets the edge! Dante ROCKS Mike, but Mike knees low. Mike hushes the crowd then runs, but into the DROPKICK! Fans fire up again and Mike bails out, Dante PLANCHAS! Dante rains down fists, drags Mike up and RAMS him into steel steps! Fans fire up more as Dante slides into the ring. Maria shields Mike but the ref tells her to back off. Dante drags Mike up, whips him at the ring, but Mike rebounds off ropes to CLOBBER Dante! Taven tells Dante he’s an idiot, and Mike drags Dante up, PILEDRIVER on the ramp!!

Mike hurries away while Darius coaches his brother. The ring count is climbing, 7 of 20, and Dante finally stirs. Dante crawls his way back to ringside but we’re at 10 of 20. Dante staggers, falls, and Darius continues to coach him up. Dante gets to the steel steps at 13, sits up at 15, and slides in at 19! Mike is furious, he pushes Dante to a cover, ONE!! Mike drags Dante up to wrench and UPPERCUT the arm, but Dante SLAPS him back! Mike wrenches the arm, UPPERCUTS it again, but Dante SLAPS him again! Mike hammerlocks for the DDT! Dante writhes and fans boo but Mike taunts Darius.

Mike watches Dante rise, he runs in, but Dante jumps up and over! ROUNDHOUSE! Mike falls over and the Kingdom freaks out! Mike hurries after Dante, gets the arm, but Dante arm-drags free. Things speed up, Dante CLOBBERS Mike with one good arm! Mike blocks the whip, sends Dante into the corner, but Dante slips out and up and around to GAMANGIRI! Dante springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Dante hurries to drag Mike up, tucks him in, PACKAGE POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Mike survives but Darius coaches Dante to keep his focus. Dante and Mike stir, they both go to corners.

Mike storms up, in to a CHOP! Mike CHOPS, but Dante CHOPS! The CHOP fight continues, then they go to forearms! Dante CHOPS, Mike BOOTS! Dante BOOTS, Mike BOOTS! Dante ROCKS Mike with a forearm, Mike boots but Dante dodges! Things speed up again, Mike SPEARS Dante! And then fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! But Mike has the top wristlock! SHANGLY GATES!! Dante endures, reaches out, fights forward, and gets the ROPEBREAK!! Mike lets go in frustration, but the fans fire up! Mike drags Dante up the corner, but Dante breaks free to ROCK Mike with haymaker after haymaker!

Fans fire up as Dante just windmills off on Mike! Then GAMANGIRIS! Mike wobbles, Dante goes to the apron. Dante climbs up, but Mike throws body shots! Mike fireman’s carries Dante, but Dante pops free to SUPER STEINER!! A bit double-edged but both men stand up. Mike runs in, into a SUPERKICK! Dante goes right up top, FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Mike survives but fans are thunderous for Dante! The Kingdom panics but Darius coaches Dante. Dante half nelsons Mike as he stands him up, but Mike switches, shoves, and reels Dante in! But Dante back drops! Mike sunset flips, but Dante slips free, into Mike’s KIMURA!!

Dante bridges over! TWO!! Mike lets Dante go in time, spins, but into a BOOT! And the half nelson SIDE SLAM!! Cover, DANTE WINS!

Winner: Dante Martin, by pinfall

But Taven CLOBBERS Dante! Darius goes after the sore loser and throws him out of the ring! The Kingdom regroups and runs away, will they fail to #ReachForTheSky with Top Flight in their way?

 

The Trustbusters w/ Mark Sterling VS Metalik & Blake Christian!

Ari Daivari & Slim J found that they’re strongest as a duo, and it’s easier to cheat that way, too. But will they only cheat themselves thinking they can keep on winning? Or will they be able to take down the King of the Ropes and All Heart to head for Supercard of Honor?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the teams sort out. Blake starts against Daivari and fans rally for All Heart. They tie up, Daivari headlocks, but Blake powers out. Daivari runs Blake over, flexes, but Blake stands up. Daivari throws him down by his hair, but Blake kips up! Daivari headlocks, wrenches, wristlocks, but Blake rolls, cartwheels and wrenches back. Tag to Metalik and fans rally as he takes the handoff. Metalik wrenches, Daivari knees low and CLUBS Metalik. Fans rally for Metalik as he reverses the whip. Metalik runs in at the corner, is put on the apron and GAMANGIRIS! Then springboard CROSSBODIES!

Metalik keeps moving, he scoops Daivari to a BACKBREAKER! Daivari scrambles to a corner but Metalik CHOPS him! Sterling protests, but now Daivari reverses a whip. Daivari runs, into a BOOT! SLING-DOG! Metalik goes up and goes along the ropes to springboard MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Metalik drags Daivari up, fireman’s carries, but Daivari slips free. Daivari shoves Metalik but Metalik BLASTS Slim first! Only for Daivari to CLOBBER him! Daivari rains down fists as fans boo. Daivari drags Metalik over, tags in Slim, and Slim rains down fists now! Fans boo more, and chants, “Slim J Sucks!”

Slim tells them off, stands Metalik up and DECKS him! Fans boo more but Slim has Metalik on the ropes. Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters double suplex Metalik high and hard! Cover, TWO! Daivari praises himself, stands Metalik up, and CLUBS away on the back! Daivari back suplexes, but Metalik lands on his feet! Tag to Blake! Blake dodges Daivari to BLAST Slim, then he gets around to scoop, BACKBRAEKER and ENZIGURI Daivari! 619!! And then springboard to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Slim runs in, but into an Alabama Lift! ALABAMA SLAM, and a CTAPULT! Slim flies out of the ring!

Blake KNEES Daivari out of the ring! Blake runs, but Slim trips him up! Slim fires off forearms while fans boo, but then Slim scoops and SLAMS Blake on the floor! Slim rips off his A-shirt while Daivari BLASTS Metalik! Slim puts Blake in the ring, Daivari stomps him, then Daivari tags Slim. Slim stomps Blake, drags him up, but Blake throws body shots! Blake swings, but into a clinch! Slim fires off point-blank lariats! Then Slim knuckle locks, goes up and springboards to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Tag to Daivari, the Trustbusters mug Blake, then Daivari bumps Blake off buckles. Daivari brings Blake around for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!

Daivari KNEES Blake in the back and clamps on a chinlock. Fans rally as Blake endures and fights up. Blake JAWBREAKERS free! Daivari wobbles, fans fire up, but Daivari catches Blake’s leap! Daivari RAMS Blake into the corner! Daivari RAMS him again and again, then tags Slim. Slim CHOKES Blake, the ref counts, but Slim lets off at 4. Slim storms up on Blake, drags him up and snapmares, then kicks to ENZIGURI! Cover, TWO! Slim drags Blake up to snap suplex! Tag to Daivari, the mugging continues, and Daivari drags Blake up. Daivari CHOPS and Blake falls against the ropes.

Daivari brings Blake up, whips him to ropes, but Blake handsprings to NEURALIZER! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Blake and Daivari crawl, hot tags to Slim and Metalik! The King of the Ropes springboards, Slim gets under to kick and whip, but Metalik reverses. Slim holds on, headscissors, and he runs in at the corner, Metalik elbows Slim, goes up, but jumps into a DRPOKICK! Cover, TWO! Slim is shocked, but he goes up top MOONSAULT, but he FLOPS! Metalik goes up, MOONSAULT hits! Cover, Daivari breaks it! Blake goes after Daivari, but Daivari whips. Blake goes up, to the side, and then springboards to DOUBLE STOMP!

Fans fire up as Daivari falls out. Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Slim swings, misses, and Metalik SUPERKICKS! Fireman’s carry, spin and METALIK DRIVER! Cover, Metalik & Blake win!

Winners: Metalik & Blake Christian, by pinfall

The Kings of All Heart are victorious! Will this duo stick together to Reach For The Sky?

 

Mark Briscoe speaks.

“I don’t know if y’all remember, but it’s been many years and years now that I’ve been saying the same thing: The ROH World Television title is my destiny, baby! My destiny! And just last week, the challenge was accepted. Samoa Joe, long time brother, it’s me and you at the PPV, baby! Destiny will be fulfilled. But for now, I’ve got something else on my mind. Mark Sterling! I show up in AEW, I come here, make my brother proud, and the first time I show up, you interrupt me! Well let me tell you something, buddy! I am now making it my personal mission to bust the ass of every man you represent! First Josh Woods, now Tony Nese! It’s your turn, buddy!

“You understand what I’m saying? Next week, Mark Briscoe, Tony Nese, Honor Club! You’re in for a whole world of hurt, boy! You understand what I’m saying, Tony Nese? I hope you’re ready for this ass whooping, because it’s coming!” Will the Premier Athlete be beat down by the Sussex County Chicken?

 

Eddie Kingston VS Jeeves Kay!

The Mad King wants after the Swiss Superman, but it seems he has to fight his way to that spot. The Trustbusters are feeling pretty sore, will their butler end up feeling even worse?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and fans rally for Eddie. Eddie and Jeeves tie up, Eddie waistlocks, but Jeeves wrenches out. Eddie wrenches back, and wait! Claudio makes his way out to watch from the crowd. Eddie hits a headlock takeover, shrugs off the headscissors, and he grinds Jeeves down. Jeeves fights up, but Eddie holds onto the headlock. Jeeves fights to ropes, Eddie lets off, but Jeeves throws a sucker punch! Eddie doesn’t budge! Jeeves runs away, Eddie chases after and fires hands! Eddie grins at Claudio and whips Jeeves into the railing! The railing knocks Claudio over, and Claudio spills his drink on his nice white shirt!

Fans fire up as Eddie laughs at Claudio’s misfortune. Eddie dares Claudio to do something about it, but Claudio says he’ll just go change his shirt. And then Jeeves DIVES onto Eddie! Jeeves puts Eddie in the ring, hurries up the corner, and he FROG SPLASHES! Cover, ONE!!? Jeeves is shocked but the fans are loving it! Jeeves drags Eddie up, fireman’s carries, but Eddie slips off to SAIDO! Jeeves is dazed and Eddie says it’s time! STRETCH PLUM!! Jeeves TAPS, Eddie wins!

Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission

Eddie shakes Jeeves’ hand to keep the Code of Honor, but he also signals he wants that belt! Fans like that! Will the Swiss Superman have no choice but to meet the Mad King in LA?

 

Backstage interview with The Trustbusters.

Lexi Nair is with Mark Sterling, Daivari, Slim and Jeeves, and notes they just took tough losses tonight. Sterling says it’d be a tough loss if they loss fair and square. There were some tags in that match that were NOT legal! Sterling has served an injunction to get this match thrown out to keep Slim & Daivari undefeated. Secondly, the good news is that we did see a moral victory as Jeeves “went to the limit” with Eddie Kingston. That was Jeeves’ best match ever! Daivari has sterling stop there. This is not the time for thinking, this is the time for action! So Metalik, Blake, you wanna be proud of that BS win?! Then give them another shot!

They want a Six Man Tag! Daivari, Slim & Jeeves VS Blake, Metalik, and a third, which they won’t find because they have no other friends in this company! The Trustbusters head out, will they get the trios match they want?

 

ROH Women’s World Championship Proving Grounds Match: Athena VS Hyan!

The Fallen Goddess is still champion after beating down Willow Nightingale, but now that means she needs challengers, too. Will the returning Hyan be just what Athena needs? Or will she not last the round?

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe mockingly. The bell rings and we’re on the clock. Hyan and Athena step up, and then Athena DECKS Hyan! Athena celebrates, then she fires off on Hyan in the corner! Fans boo but Athena lets off as the ref counts. Athena snapmares and KICKS Hyan, then asks if the fans want one more. Fans do, but Athena just covers. TWO, but Athena drags Hyan up. Athena hooks Hyan up and clamps on a neck wrench. Hyan endures, fans rally, and Hyan throws elbows. Hyan rolls Athena up, TWO! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Hyan UPPERCUTS Athena down and fans fire up!

Hyan runs to PENALTY KICK! And PENALTY KICK! Hyan fires up, HAT TRICK!! Athena is down and fans fire up, Hyan covers, ONE!! Athena toughs it out, but Hyan CLUBS away. Hyan runs, but into a BLACK HOLE SLAM! Athena then dribbles Hyan off the mat! Athena CHOKES Hyan, but she lets off as the ref counts. Athena and the ref argue, but Athena calms down. Hyan sits up, Athena drags her up, but Hyan shoves her away. Athena BOOTS Hyan down! Fans rally and duel, Athena clamps on a chinlock. Athena claws at the eyes, but the ref reprimands. Athena shifts to a chinbar, but Hyan arm-drags free!

Athena is furious, she runs in, but into a BOOT! Hyan runs to CROSSBODY! Hyan fires up, rallies with clotheslines, then she fireman’s carries. WASTELAND! Fans fire up with Hyan, and she drops a leg, brother! Cover, ONE!! Athena is still in this but Hyan hurries to a corner. Hyan climbs, but Athena ROCKS her! Athena bumps Hyan off buckles, goes out to the apron, and then SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMBS her to the floor!! Fans are shocked but Athena grins. The ref wants Athena to get this back in the ring, so Athena drags Hyan up, to RAM her into steel steps! Athena puts Hyan back in the ring, covers, TWO!?!

Hyan is still in this, but Athena clamps on the CROSSFACE! Hyan taps, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by submission (DENIES Hyan a title match)

But Athena just makes Hyan suffer more! The ref counts, Athena lets off, and she gets in the ref’s face. The Fallen Goddess shows no mercy, and she sets the belt down. She drags Hyan up, fans boo but Athena SMASHES Hyan off the belt!! Athena laughs at Hyan, but fans chant, “YOU SUCK!” Athena just gets more upset, she shoves Hyan out of the ring and shouts at the fans that she’s the champ! Will anyone stop Athena’s reign of terror?

 

Backstage interview with Metalik & Blake Christian.

Lexi notes their big win over the Trustbusters, and Metalik says he is very happy in ROH’s new era. Blake says not only is he happy that Metalik is here, he’s happy to be here, and that they are here together. That’s why they beat the Trustbusters. But it seems they’re just running their mouths again. They want a third man, do it again in a Trios match, and Blake called up a buddy. He got A R FOX! Fox walks in, high-fives with everyone, and he says a new trio is born! Not only has a new trio been born, but this is what they need! In fact, the Six Man Tag Team titles are on the line tonight, so let’s keep a close eye on that. Will this amazing high flying combination soon be headed for gold?

 

Silas Young VS Marcus Kross!

The Last Real Man is back in ROH! And he’s up against the former DBZ cosplayer now looking for a new look. Will Silas show that no matter the era, he’s still surly?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, Silas wrenches to a hammerlock and he wrangles Kross to the mat. Kross fights up, moves around, rolls and wrenches back. Silas rolls, kips up and cartwheels to break free and CHOP! Silas headlocks, Kross powers up but Silas holds tight! Silas talks some trash, Kross throws body shots, powers out, but Silas pulls hair! Silas throws knees, then suplexes! Silas holds Kross up but Kross makes it a cradle, TWO! Silas sweeps the legs and covers, ONE! Kross sweeps the legs but Silas goes Matrix to Oklahoma Roll, TWO!

Kross jumps to wheelbarrow and victory roll, TWO! Silas and Kross stagger up, but Silas CLOBBERS Kross! Fans fire up and Silas mockingly applauds. Silas stomps Kross, Kross goes to a corner and Silas drags him up. Silas CHOPS Kross, follows him to another corner, and he whips corner to corner. Kross hits hard and bounces off buckles! Cover, TWO!! Kross survives that whiplash but Silas clamps on a motorcycle stretch. Kross endures, fans rally up, and Kross fights up. Silas knees low, whips Kross again, but Kross reverses. Silas hits buckles, Kross runs in but Silas put shim on the apron. Kross ROUNDHOUSES!

Kross goes up top, and CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up, Kross kicks, kicks and roundhouses, but misses! Silas full nelsons to KNEE SMASH, and then fireman’s carry! ROLLING SENTON! Silas goes up the corner to headstand and PEEWEEGEE PLUNGE! Cover, Silas wins!

Winner: Silas Young, by pinfall

The Last Real Man continues right where he left off, and he gets the mic to say, “What’s the matter, Bobby? No congratulations? No ‘Job well done’ for your friend, Silas? It has been over ONE YEAR since I’ve stepped foot in an ROH ring. When you think about ROH, you think Silas Young! When you think about the greatest wrestling on the planet, you think about the Last Real Man! And when you think about the men who’ve come before and since myself, and represented ROH as the ROH World Television Champion, there isn’t a single guy in that locker room who measure sup tot he Last Real Man! Cuz when it comes down to it-”

Wait! Here comes SHANE TAYLOR! Fans fire up seeing Shane and he tells Silas, “You must’ve bumped your head if you’re saying something like that, homey. Because anybody who’s been a fan of those three letters knows that the greatest of all time is Shane Taylor.” Fans agree with that. “And if you need correction to that fact, then I say next week, Silas Young goes one on one with Shane Taylor, and I prove to you why I am Shane T. Boy, the baddest champion you have ever seen, boy!” Silas nods and that means challenge accepted! Who proves they’re the baddest man in ROH?

 

Backstage interview with Athena.

Lexi says that was a big win for Athena tonight, but what is next? Athena takes the mic because she can do this job better than Lexi. Here are some real questions. Where is Yuka Sakazaki? Lexi doesn’t know. Well Athena will say where: in Japan seeking medical attention. So why is Yuka still wrestling matches in Japan? Lexi doesn’t know. Athena says that’s because Yuka is afraid of Athena! She’s afraid! And why? Because Athena put Yuka’s leg in the steps and hurt her worse than anyone ever has. And now Athena has to see Yuka wrestling all over Japan because she’s too scared to come and face Athena.

So Yuka, Athena will tell you this loud and clear. Athena is ready to whoop Yuka’s ass all over LA! Supercard of Honor, if Yuka has the “lady balls” to show up, Athena challenges her to fight for the ROH Women’s World Championship. And don’t worry about magic. If Yuka does show up, Athena will be the one to make her disappear. The Fallen Goddess calls out the Wrestling Magical Girl, will this be a showdown of good and evil in Hollywood?

 

ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships: The Embassy w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!

This is a rematch a long time coming! Brian Cage, Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun took these titles off The Peacock and the Tate Twins, but now the Peacock and the Tate Twins have come back for revenge! Will Dalton find a way for him and the Boys to be golden again? Or will they simply be crushed by The Machine and the Gates of Agony?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if three Davids can defeat three Goliaths!

The Code of Honor is upheld, though maybe a little painfully from the Gates of Agony. The teams sort out and fans rally as Castle starts against Kaun. Fans rally as Castle and Kaun circle. They feel things out, tie up, and go around. Castle gets away but Kaun gets up in his face. Castle shoots in to get the leg and takedown! Castle waistlocks, he rolls Kaun around, brings him up, but Kaun elbows free. Kaun swings, into an EXPLODER! Kaun scowls but Castle is on him again. Tag to Brandon, tag to Brent, they send Kaun to the corner, The Boys double whip Castle to SPLASH, then he feeds to double shoulders, and double LARIATS! Brent covers, ONE!!

Kaun RAMS Brent into the Embassy corner! Tag to Liona, the Gates mug Brent, and then Kaun SLAPS Toa to fire him up! SPLASH and then Liona just shoves Brent down. Cover, TWO! Liona HAMMERS away on Brent, CHOKES him, but lets off at 4. Nana likes what he sees but the fans boo. Liona soaks up the heat, drags Brent up, and he whips Brent to ropes. Brandon tags in, GAMANGIRI, and then a do-si-do to a FLYING FOREARM! Liona stays up, he whips Brandon to a corner, but Brandon dodges! The Boys mug Liona, Castle tags in and he ROCKS Liona! The Boys dropkick the legs out to DOUBLE COMPLETE SHOT!

Castle SPLASHES down, covers, TWO! Castle hurries to facelock. Liona fights up, UPPERCUTS, and he runs in, but into a BOOT! Castle fights back but Kaun HOTSHOTS the arm! Liona runs in, Castle dodges! Tag to Cage and Brandon! Brandon jumps, into a POWERSLAM! Cage flexes and fans are torn. Cage then CLOBBERS Castle! Liona runs over to RAM Castle into steel steps! Cage RAMS Brandon into a corner, RAMS him again, then CHOPS! Cage stalks Brandon, brings him up and whips, to CLOBBER Brandon! And then KICK him in the back! Cage clamps onto Brandon to throw down CROSSFACE FOREARMS!

Fans boo but Cage swaggers and flexes. Cage drags Brandon over, tags in Kaun, and they mug Brandon. Kaun scoops Brandon to walk him, into a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Kaun clamps onto Brandon with a chinlock! He grinds Brandon down, Brandon fights up, and Brandon throws body shots. Brandon runs, sunset flips, TWO! Kaun CLOBBERS Brandon in return! Cover, TWO! Brandon hangs tough and fans rally up. Kaun drags Brandon up, CHOPS him, then hoists him up top. Kaun CLUBS Brandon, climbs up after him, and hits a TOP ROPE BACKBREAKER!! Brandon falls and Liona tags in.

Liona tags Cage, then he APRON SENTONS Brandon! Cage goes up the corner, deadlifts Brandon into the SUPERPLEX! Cage and the Gates soak up all the heat then Cage covers, but Brent breaks it! Brent slips away but Cage is annoyed. Cage whips Brent into the corner hard, then he tags Liona. Fans rally but Liona brings Brandon out. Liona scoops and SLAMS Brandon, then clamps on a claw into the shoulder! Brandon endures, fights up, fights free, and runs, into a POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Liona covers, TWO!! Liona is shocked, but he scoops Brandon to SLAM him down again!

Liona clamps onto the shoulder again but Brandon fights up again. Fans rally, Brandon stomps Liona’s feet! And then JAWBREAKERS free! Brandon is in the corner, Liona runs in, but Brandon moves! Liona POSTS himself! Kaun tags in, gets a leg, but Brandon BOOTS him away! Hot tag to Castle! The Peacock rallies on the Embassy with elbows and boots! EXPLODER for Cage! EXPLODER for Kaun! Castle BOOTS Liona down! Fans are thunderous as Kaun fights the German Suplex. Kaun runs, Castle follows and ELBOWS him! Then SLING-DOGS! Cover, TWO! Castle goes to a corner, Cage storms in, but Brent intercepts!

Cage scoops but Brent slips free, but Cage SUPERKICKS! Castle runs in, but into a foreman’s carry! F5!! Brandon returns he ducks, rolls and headscissors, Brent DROPKICKS! the Boys rwench, SOLE FOOD and ENZIGURI! Then ASSISTED SLICED BREAD! Fans fire up, but Liona storms in to fireman’s carry and SAMOAN DROP Brandon! Brent runs in, dodges Liona, but Kaun CLOBBERS Brent! Nana says it’s time, and the Gates drag Brandon up. DOUBLE LARIAT SANDWICH! Brent goes up top, he leaps, but into Liona’s arms! Kaun helps with the ATOMIC SLAM onto Brandon! Cover, the Embassy wins!

Winners: The Embassy, by pinfall (still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions)

But they’re not done! Liona TOSSES Castle at the steel steps! Castle hits his knees, but Liona rains down fists! Liona BITES Castle’s forehead! Cage CLOBBERS Brandon, Kaun DECKS Brent! Castle is sent back into those steps! But wait! Here comes AR Fox and his new team! They snatch the belts! Fox, Blake & Metalik told everyone they want to go for gold, will the Embassy be under attack from above?

 

Trish Adora VS Madison Rayne!

The Afro-Punk had a great win in her return to ROH, but she’s still hungry for more. Will she get more than her fill against the veteran Queen Bee? Or is she biting off more than she can chew?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Adora powers Rayne to a corner. Rayne goes up the ropes, jumps and arm-drags Adora away. Rayne goes to arm-drag again but Adora blocks and whips. Rayne arm-drags to a cover, TWO! Rayne headlocks, but Adora switches around. Rayne switches back, Adora bucks her, and swings. Rayne dodges, comes back, crucifix, but Adora powers up! Rayne uses that to roll the other way, TWO! Adora hurries to waistlock, then she shoves Rayne right into buckles! Adora ELBOWS, and ELBOWS and ELBOWS and ELBOWS!

The ref counts, Adora lets off at 4, and she says, “No problem.” Adora stands Rayne up to whip corner to corner. Adora runs in, but Rayne BOOTS her! Rayne trips Adora, rolls her, and runs, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps moving, but Adora CLOBBERS her! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Adora drags Rayne up. Adora NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO! Rayne escapes but Adora has the wrist again. Adora Alabama Lifts, tucks, REVERSE NECKBREAKER, into an INVERTED OCTOPUS! Rayne endures, slips free, but Adora wrenches. Rayne kicks low to DDT!

Fans fire up while both women are down and the standing count begins. Rayne sits up first but Adora follows. They both stand, Rayne dodges the haymaker to ROCK with a left! Rayne BOOTS the lariat, fires off more forearms and CHOPS, but Adora blocks to spin Rayne. Rayne ENZIGURIS through! Fans rally, Rayne drags Adora up and wrenches to waistlock. Ripcord, CLOUD CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Adora goes to a corner. Rayne runs in but Adora gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Rayne and Adora rise up again, and Adora powers out. But Rayne crucifix DRIVERS! Cover, TWO!!

Rayne is shocked, but she hurries to facelock. Rayne dragon sleepers, but Adora powers free! Fireman’s carry, but Rayne fights off! Rayne shoves, Adora comes back but into a kick. Rayne runs, misses the boot, but she avoids the backhand! LARIAT TUBMAN!! Cover, Adora wins!

Winner: Trish Adora, by pinfall

Rayne gets wiped out! Adora shows her respect with the Code of Honor, but will Adora create her own women’s championship legacy?

 

Backstage interview with Top Flight.

Lexi says Dante & Darius seem to be building a saga with The Kingdom, as now Darius faces Matt Taven next week. Dante just came from the doctor’s, had his neck stretched and popped, all because of a tag team they thought they were done with! So Kingdom, Top Flight settles things next week! Step up or take flight! And correct Darius if he’s wrong, but we just saw what The Kingdom will do. The Coldest Tag Team in the Game has been on fire lately. Darius will light Taven’s ass up! This Kingdom is theirs for the taking!

 

Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal VS The Outrunners!

It’s hard to say which team is a bigger throwback. The Fallen Angel and the Airborne reunite after years apart, but Truth Magnum & Turbo Floyd are definitely trying to be like the teams of yesteryear. Will Daniels & Sydal open those third eyes and ascend to new heights?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the teams sort out, and Daniels starts against Turbo. Fans rally for Daniels, he and Turbo circle, but then Truth slips in! The Outrunners mug Daniels, deck Sydal, and then DOUBLE SCOOP SLAM Daniels! Fans boo but the Outrunners soak up the heat. Turbo bumps Daniels off buckles, elbows him, then BULLDOGS! Truth runs in to NECK SNAPPER! Cover, TWO! The Outrunners are upset already, but Turbo DECKS Sydal! Turbo drags Daniels up, tags Truth, and they send Daniels to a corner. Truth whips Turbo in but Turbo gets as BOOT! Truth runs in but only gets buckles!

Hot tag to Sydal! HEEL KICK for Turbo! Sydal runs to RANA Truth! Fans fire up, Truth staggers about, into a KICK fest! SOBAT sends Truth to ropes! Sydal whips, Truth reverses but Sydal WHEEL KICKS! Sydal brings Truth up to fisherman BUSTER! Roll to a cover, but Turbo breaks it! Daniels runs in, Turbo fires hands! Turbo stomps Daniels, Truth mugs Sydal. The Outrunners whip, Sydal reverses, then he and Daniels send Truth into Turbo! STO for Turbo, QUESTION MARK KICK for Truth! Daniels kicks Truth low, underhooks, ANGEL’S WINGS! Sydal adds on the LIGHTNING SPIRAL! Cover, Sydal & Daniels win!

Winners: Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal, by pinfall

The inaugural ROH World Tag Team Champions win together again, will they bring back the glory days in this new era?

Wait, wait, here comes Aussie Open! Kyle Fletcher & Mark Davis are still in town, and Fletcher has a mic to say, “Christopher Daniels, the Fallen Angel, and Matt Sydal, it is a pleasure to see you back in the ROH ring, baby! The two of you, integral to the beginning of ROH. To the history of ROH. 2006, you were ROH Tag Team Champions together, when I was a mere 7 years old. But now, it is ROH 2023 and there is no better tag team int he world this year than AUSSIE FREAKIN’ OPEN!!” What Aussie Open wants is the ROH World Tag Team Championships. And there’s no better way to put their names in the hat than beating former champions.

So whenever, wherever, Aussie Open will see them and beat them, as they have- Fans chant “NOW! NOW! NOW!” Davis says it isn’t 2006, those two aren’t spring chickens, they’re gonna get time to rest so they can step to Aussie Open at their best! And at their best, no one beats Aussie Open. Fletcher & Davis run the world! Daniels gets a mic to say, “Okay, I guess surprises happen, even here in the new ROH. That young pimply faced man was right, Matt Sydal & Christopher Daniels were ROH Tag Team Champions in 2006. But let me tell you, the only difference between 2006 Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal and 2023 Christopher Daniels & Matt Sydal is damn, we’ve got a lot of experience, and we’re still damn good looking.

“So Aussie Open, if you’re looking for a couple of gentlemen to kick your asses in a ROH ring, I know two silver foxes ready to get that job done.” The challenge is accepted, but when and where will we see this generational battle?

 

ROH Pure Championship: Wheeler Yuta VS Clark Connors!

The Decoder was so cocky after defeating Timothy Thatcher, he talked a lot of trash on NJPW’s LA Dojo and Young Lion system. Yuta rolls with three of the greatest, but will he get rolled by the Wild Rhino? Or will being #ForgedInCombat prove to be superior to what Connors has been through?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and wrestling philosophies clash over the gold!

The judges ringside are Colt Cabana, BJ Whitmer & Dean Malenko, they will be important should this go the time limit. The Code of Honor is upheld, though with a glare. The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. They feel things out, Connors shoots in but Yuta gets around. They trade facelocks, Connors headlocks then facelocks. Yuta rolls but Connors stays with him. Yuta makes it a cradle, ONE! The two reset, feel things out and knuckle lock. Connors headlocks, Yuta powers out but Connors runs him over! Fans fire up, things speed up, and Yuta hurdles to kick low. Yuta forearms and CHOPS, runs, but gets run over!

Yuta is mad, he CHOPS, but Connors doesn’t flinch! Connors UPPERCUTS Yuta down! Fans fire up, Connors brings Yuta up and CHOPS! Yuta snarls, but Connors CHOPS again! Connors eggs Yuta on, so Yuta CHOPS again! And again! And again! Connors likes that, and he swings, but into a takedown! Armlock and chinbar! Connors reaches out, ROPEBREAK! Yuta lets off, but that’s one of three for Connors. Connors stands but Yuta CHOPS him! Fans rally, Connors DECKS Yuta! That was a forearm, so it’s okay. Connors suplexes but Yuta blocks. Yuta wrenches out, UPPERCUTS, but Connors ducks the enziguri!

Connors deadlifts, Yuta fights to switch but Connors switches and snap suplexes! Fans fire up, Connors covers, TWO! Connors hurries back to a corner and waits on Yuta. Yuta stands, Connors runs in, into a KICK! Yuta hooks Connors up into an IRON OCTOPUS! Connors endures, Yuta grinds the shoulder, but Connors fights his way over. Fans rally, Connors falls into the ROPEBREAK! Connors has burned through his second, he’s in a bad spot. Yuta stomps Connors but Connors throws body shots. Yuta throws his wrist tape away to distract the ref, so he can headlock punch Connors! Fans boo as Yuta gets away with cheating!

Yuta drags Connors up, fisherman’s suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect, but Yuta wrenches the arm to top wristlock, and STOMP it! Fans boo and chant “YUTA SUCKS!” but Yuta hammerlocks the arm, to RAM it into the buckles! Yuta pushes Connors to a cover, TWO! Connors hangs tough but Yuta waistlocks. Connors fights the lift, fans rally, and Connors arm-drags Yuta away. Yuta rewinds, but into the POUNCE! Fans are thunderous as Connors goes to the corner. Yuta goes to the other, Connors runs in to ELBOW! Connors whips, RAMS Yuta in the corner, then back drops him away!

Fans fire up as Connors runs to BASEMENT BOOT! Fans fire up, Connors aims again and Yuta rises. Connors runs in, but drop toehold sends him into buckles! Yuta then atomic drops, ENZIGURIS, and Connors goes to a corner. Yuta runs in to A-LIST LARIAT! Connors staggers out, Yuta goes up, FLYING LARIAT! Yuta kips up and fans fire up but also boo. Yuta deadlifts Connors for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Connors staggers up, but he SPEARS Yuta down!! Fans rally and duel while Connors and Yuta stir. Connors and Yuta sit up, and Connors throws a forearm! Yuta throws another forearm!

The forearms go back and forth and fans rally up. The two stand, the forearms keep flying, Connors gets the edge then PPERCUTS! Connors whips, but Yuta SHOTGUNS him down! Yuta HAMMERS the bad arm, grabs the legs and ties those up, and then he twists the arm! Fans boo as Connors endures the torture. Connors SLAPS Yuta, SLAPS him again, and SLAPS and SLAPS and SLAPS! Yuta eggs Connors on but Connors says F it and DECKS Yuta! That’s the warning for the closed fist, but Connors is free all the same. Yuta flounders to a corner, but he comes back with a BLINDSIDE LARIAT!

Fans boo but Yuta tells them to shut up. Yuta DECKS Connors! That’s his warning, so Yuta again bends the rules to his advantage. Yuta sits Connors up and clamps on, for HAMMER ‘N- NO! Victory roll! TWO! Connors crucifix to sunset, ONE into the ANKLE LOCK! Fans fire up as Connors shouts out Ken Shamrock and Ryusuke Taguchi! Yuta endures, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! That’s one, but then Connors GERMAN SUPLEXES Yuta! And whips, to then POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with Connors, and he drags Yuta back up! TROPHY- NO, Yuta slips free and wrangles Connors by the bad arm! ARMLOCK CHINBAR!!

Connors endures, crawls forward, reaches out, but Yuta gets that arm! SEATBELT! Yuta wins!!

Winner: Wheeler Yuta, by pinfall (still ROH Pure Champion)

The Decoder got Connors to play right into his hand! Yuta still upholds the Code of Honor, and then he gets the mic again. “Well, well, well. Still your ROH Pure Champion, Wheeler Yuta. Now two weeks ago, I told everyone that the Blackpool Combat Club has the best training in the world. And not only did I just beat Timothy Thatcher, I just beat Clark Connors. Clark Connors, who comes from the LA Dojo, which is also supposed to be one of the greatest schools in the world. But seeing as I’m no longer a student, I think it might be time to, uh, go for the teacher. Which means I will not rest until I defeat for this ROH Pure Championship, Katsuyori Shibata!”

Yuta sits cross-legged just like Shibata, and here comes Claudio to applaud Yuta’s guts! Will Yuta keep the BCC golden? Or will he come to regret calling out The Wrestler?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for ROH here, really stacked with the titles and story progress. Opening with the world title Proving Grounds match was good stuff, Mack looked real good but it’s a shame they only get 10 minutes or less in those kinds of matches. Eddie Kingston of course squashes Jeeves, but great touch having him embarrass Claudio with that coffee spill spot. I’m thinking next week, we officially set up Claudio VS Kingston, the go-home on March 30th would be too late. Good Proving Grounds match for Hyan, though again of course Athena wins. Good promo from Athena to call out Yuka Sakazaki, though a rather random choice. That’ll still be a great match, but I feel like Athena will still win.

Good stuff out of Bennett VS Dante, I am a little surprised Dante won that, but naturally it brings out Taven VS Darius. Decent promo from Top Flight, but I think this doesn’t settle until we get the tag team match. At the same time, maybe we get both teams in Reach For The Sky, two birds one stone of settling the feud but also getting close to the titles. Really good match from Trustbusters, Metalik & Blake, and good win for Metalik & Blake. Escalating to a Six Man Tag was a bit surprising, but it helps bring AR Fox back into ROH. Fox has been teaming with Top Flight on AEW, maybe we get a big faction of flyers with all five of those guys.

Great ROH Six Man title match, but since Castle didn’t get to throw The Boys at the Embassy, I knew they were going to lose. Fox, Blake & Metalik are clearly going to get at the champions after beating the Trustbusters, but I don’t feel like they’re going to win the titles. ROH need a few more Trios, but I can’t be sure who they could bring in that could defeat the Embassy. Great win for Daniels & Sydal, and a bit surprising Aussie Open was back again, but that’s gonna be an awesome match because Aussie Open is an awesome team. As of right now, Mark Davis is in the New Japan Cup, but perhaps destined to lose to Evil. Aussie Open could definitely make it to Supercard of Honor to be in Reach for the Sky.

Good win for Adora against Rayne, but I must say again that Madison Rayne matches feel like they’re at half speed. Not that they’re plotting and slow on purpose, but like, if you sped the footage up, it’d look like a good match. Good win for Silas Young, and good promos from him and Shane Taylor. That is going to be a great match that could set up the next challenger for the ROH World TV Championship. Briscoe had a good promo to call out Joe, as well as Sterling’s stable. Briscoe VS Nese will be a good warm-up going into Supercard of Honor, and I feel like it’d be a great moment if Briscoe wins the title to finally achieve his “destiny.”

And great main event for the Pure title. Great stuff with Connors and Yuta both taking advantage of the closed fist rule. But of course Yuta uses more sneaky tactics, and that was a very clever finish to use the ropebreak rule to trap Connors. Yuta calling out Shibata, though, wow. He’s gonna get his ass kicked but he probably still uses the rules of the Pure title to survive. But a big title match like that on Supercard of Honor in LA as ROH takes advantage of WrestleMania Weekend would be a great way for Shibata to make progress in his comeback.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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