NXTitle Match Tuesday!
Gallus defends the NXT Tag Team Championships in a Triple Threat while Wes Lee defends the North American title against Charlie Dempsey! Will there be new champions before Spring Breakin’?
- NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS The Dyad; Gallus wins and retains the titles.
- Noam Dar VS Myles Borne; Dar wins.
- Odyssey Jones VS ???; No Contest.
- Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark; Roxanne wins.
- Cora Jade VS Gigi Dolin; Cora wins.
- Apollo Crews VS DIJAK; Dijak wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Charlie Dempsey w/ Drew Gulak; Wes wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT Tag Team Championships Triple Threat: Gallus VS The Creed Brothers VS The Dyad!
Three teams that want after each other so bad, they don’t even wait for entrances! They’re brawling right at the start of the show! Who will come out of this chaos the NXT Tag Team Champions?!
Refs rush out to get this to sort out but the fans are loving it! Brutus Creed throws Jagger Reed in the ring then DECKS him! And the brawl follows them in! Julius KNEES Mark Coffey out, fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” In the end, the Creed Brothers stand tall in the ring, daring someone to step up. Rip Fowler steps in, as does Wolfgang, and this Triple Threat Tag has all teams legal at once! The bell rings, and the brawl is on between Julius, Rip and Wolfgang! Julius DECKS Rip, Wolfgang ROCKS Julius, then Wolfgang fires off in the corner. Rip pushes Wolfgang aside to get his shots in, but Wolfgang throws him away.
Julius kicks back but Wolfgang CLUBS him! Rip ROCKS Wolfgang, Wolfgang ROCKS Rip, but Julius goes up to MISSILE DROPKICK them both! Tag to Brutus, and the Creeds hammer away on the opposition! Brutus and Julius use double knuckle locks to throw and SLAM Brutus onto Rip! Julius gut wrench SLAMS Brutus on Wolfgang! Cover, TWO! Rip waistlocks Brutus, Brutus switches, but Jagger tags in. The Dyad trap Brutus to ELBOW him! Rip clotheslines, then feed to the WHEEL KICK! Rip keeps after Wolfgang, ripcord and FOREARM! The Dyad stomps Brutus, then Jagger rains down fists.
Fans boo but the Schism talks trash on Brutus. Wolfgang CLUBS Jagger, tags Mark, and they CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Gallus whip Brutus to ropes to kitchen sink and SENTON! Cover, TWO! Mark stomps Jagger, stomps Brutus, repeat! Joe Coffey talks trash while Mark DECKS Jagger. Mark brings Brutus up, ROCKS him, then whips him to a corner. Mark then sends Jagger in, but Brutus dodges! Hot tag to Julius! Julius clinches Mark for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Then one for Jagger! Julius kips up to OVERHEAD suplex Mark again! And then back to Jagger! Fans fire up with Julius, and he CLOBBERS Jagger!
Julius has a STRETCH MUFFLER on Jagger, but Mark CLUBS them down! Mark back suplexes Julius high and hard! Mark UPPERCUTS Jagger, UPPERCUTS again, then hoists him up top. Mark climbs up, Jagger resists, and Jagger headbutts Mark away. Julius springs up to get Jagger! Jagger slips under, so Julius just MOONSAULTS! Direct hit, and then a gut wrench POWERBOMB for Mark! High stack, but Rip AND Wolfgang break it! Fans rally up as Wolfgang and Rip brawl! Julius runs in, misses, gets a JAWBREAKER and UPPERCUT! Rip CLOBBERS Wolfgang, Brutus AX HANDLES Rip!
Mark CLOBBERS Brutus! Jagger SUPERKICKS Mark! Julius KNEES Jagger onto Mark! The ref is busy with the others, but then gets to the count, TWO!! Mark survives and fans are thunderous! Julius and Jagger sit up to brawl with forearms! Jagger knees low, whips Julius to a corner, then runs in to MONKEY FLIP! Julius lands on his feet!! And he DROPKICKS Jagger down! Julius brings Jagger to a corner and rains down fists! The fans count but Mark THROWS Julius down at five! Mark drags Julius up to whip and GAMANGIRI! Cover, TWO! Fans rally while NXT goes picture in picture.
Mark brings Julius up for uppercuts but Julius gives them back! Jagger joins in to trip Julius and drag him away. Jagger throws Julius down, turns him over, then stomps him in the neck! Jagger drags Julius up with a fishhook! The ref reprimands but can’t do much else. Mark shoves Jagger off Julius, KNEES Julius down, but Jagger says they can work together. Julius TACKLES Mark! Jagger rains down fists, stomps him, then jumps for an elbow drop! Mark pushes Julius down so he can drop an elbow of his own. Jagger and Mark bring Julius up to mug him with body shot after body shot, then a knee to the ribs!
Jagger and Mark pinball Julius around with knee after knee to the sides! Jagger brings Julius up but Julius fights back with haymakers! Julius DECKS Jagger, ROCKS Mark, but Jagger trips him up! Julius still reaches for Brutus, but Mark CLOBBERS Julius! Jagger whips Julius into Rip’s BOOT! But Mark drags Julius up to bump him off buckles. Julius flops down, and Mark and Jagger bring him back up. They double suplex, but Julius lands on his feet to DOUBLE NECKBREAKER! All three men are down and fans rally up. Jagger throws a forearm on Julius, Mark throws a forearm on Jagger, and Julius throws a forearm on Mark!
The forearms go around, but then Julius just starts swinging wild! NXT returns to single picture, Mark knees low, but then he ducks Jagger’s enziguri! POLISH HAMMER! DROPKICK from Julius! All three men are down again and the fans fire up! All three crawl for their corners, triple hot tags! Brutus dodges Rip to CLOBBER Wolfgang! Brutus dodges Rip, Wolfgang CLOBBERS Rip but Brutus CLOBBERS Wolfgang! The straps come down, and Brutus stacks his opponents to SMASH!! Fans fire up with Brutus and he CLOBBERS Wolfgang in a corner! Then he CLOBBERS Rip! Wolfgang runs in, is sent into Rip, O’Conner Roll!
Rip runs in, but Brutus catches him! NORTHERN LIGHTS! DOUBLE COVER!! MARK BREAKS IT!! Jagger runs in but into a knee! Mark TOSSES Jagger, then CLOBBERS Julius! Wolfgang hoists Brutus up, Mark runs, but the Dyad trip Mark up! Brutus slips free, Julius trips Wolfgang, and the Creeds mug Wolfgang on their end. They RAM Wolfgang into steps! The Dyad RAMS Mark into steel steps! Fans are thunderous as the Creeds and the Dyad meet in the ring. They brawl and fans are loving it! Jagger TOSSES Julius, Rip clinches Brutus, ENZIGURI! Then they double pump handle, COREALIS!
Julius returns, he fires off haymakers and elbows! Rip knees low, the Dyad brings Julius up, but Julius DOUBLE SUPLEXES first!!! Fans are thunderous again as Julius roars. Ava Raine distracts Julius, and Rip THRAOT CHOPS him! Julius staggers, Rip Electric Chairs and Jagger goes up! Fans boo but Brutus is back! Brutus and Jagger scrap on the corner, Ivy steps to Ava! Julius turns things around on Rip, Brutus DECKS Jagger, but Jagger falls on Ivy! Rip fights, Brutus leaps, BRUTUS BALL DOOMSDAY!! But they realize what happened to Ivy! In the distraction, Wolfgang scoops Brutus! Mark gets in, KNEE K O!! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)
Ava mockingly comforts Ivy while Joe Coffey celebrates with his firm. Gallus Boys On Top indeed, will nothing stop them from making NXT their kingdom?
NXT Media catches up with Dijak.
What are his thoughts on the WWE Draft? “If Raw or SmackDown want Hard Justice, they know where to find me.” Then what about that encounter with Ilja Dragunov last week? “Ilja Dragunov was the most feared man in NXT until I stepped in the ring with him.” Dijak is done with questions and he shoves the cameraman aside. Apollo Crews sees that and says that was completely unnecessary. Apollo says this guy was just doing his job. Dijak says to worry about yourself and stay out of his way. Apollo’s in Dijak’s way. Oh, okay. The Draft is coming, Apollo wants to show up and show out. Fine. Let’s go tonight. Apollo says his schedule’s wide open. Will we see WWE Draft boards change after these two collide?
Nathan Frazer presents: Hard Hitting Home Truths.
The British Skyrocket welcomes us to the very first edition of his brand new show! This is quite the shocker, isn’t it? Surprise, he’s more than a guy who can just flip. This will be a show where you learn a little bit about Nathan, and maybe a little bit about yourself. Now, back in October, he suffered a gruesome injury at Halloween Havoc. And since returning, it hasn’t been going so well. Going 1v1 with Wes Lee, being in a Battle Royal, going 1v1 with Dragon Lee, he comes agonizingly close but you can tell, something’s missing. It’d be easy to get sad or down in the dumps, but he came to a realization. And it doesn’t just apply to him, but to everyone on the NXT roster who’s lost matches.
“This place is freakin’ cutthroat, right? A locker room full of studs and… studettes.” Is that right? Well, go with it. But you fail for three seconds against a world-class athlete, and that’s okay! Everyone here is of such a quality that if you weren’t good enough, you wouldn’t be here. No need to bitch, moan or complain. Just look inward. That realization Nathan had is that he could never be sad or down if he never slows down. He doesn’t mean that because he moves insanely fast, but he means in life. Speed defies gravity. That’s how planes fly! They’re too fast to fall. If you’re constantly improving, attacking life, then unhappiness can’t catch you.
With that said, time to practice what he preaches and get back in that ring. But for now, he’s gotta love ya and leave ya. Until next time, this has been Hard Hitting Home Truths.
Noam Dar VS Myles Borne!
The Scottish Supernova, Mr. Supernova 11, the Heritage Cup Champion is finally getting back in the ring! Will this 11 keep it 100 and show us why he’s at the very top?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Borne puts Dar on the ropes. The ref counts, Dar shoves Borne away, then swaggers. But Borne rushes in to waistlock and SLAM! Borne facelocks, gator rolls, but Dar slips free to get around and headlock. Borne powers out, things speed up, and Dar avoids the hurdle to sweep the legs! Fans duel, Dar toys with Borne and throws knees. Borne catches Dar to RAM him into a corner! Borne fires off hands, the ref counts, and Borne lets off at 4. Borne whips but Dar blocks to kick, ROCK and then go up! Dar brings Borne in for overhead elbows!
The ref counts, Dar lets off and fans boo as Borne crawls to the apron. Dar drags Borne up and through the ropes, but then lets him go, to KICK him in the face! Borne flounders but he throws body shots in return. Dar KICKS and KICKS and KICKS, and Borne drops to his knee. Dar taunts Borne, BOOTS him, then KICKS him! Fans boo but Borne blocks a boot! Dar SLAPS Borne, but Borne ROCKS Dar! Borne DECKS Dar, DROPKICKS Dar, and fans fire up with Borne! Dar rushes in but into an OVERHEAD suplex! Borne hobbles after Dar, waistlocks, but Dar holds ropes. Dar throws back elbows to get free.
Borne rushes in but into a KNEE! Dar runs in to fake him out and BACK ELBOW! Borne is dazed, Dar runs in, NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Fans are torn but the technical savagery gave the Supernova a win. Will Dar reestablish himself at the very top of NXT?
“Zoey Stark. The WWE Universe knows you can go in the ring, and you definitely get your flowers for it. But that doesn’t give you free range to run people down the way you do. Preying on people who you perceive as weak just makes you the weakest one of all. Tonight, you’ll learn that character triumphs over talent every single time. On another note, I want to regain my NXT Women’s Championship from Indi, and Tiffany Stratton, I know you’re listening. You and your entitled, self-inflated opinion believes you’re the #1 contender. If I have to go through you to get my title back, then that’s exactly what I’ll do. Tonight, Zoey Stark, I shut you up.”
How hard will the Prodigy fight to prove she’s still the best in NXT?
Kiana James is hard at work.
Josh Briggs walks in and asks if she has a minute. Oh, she has more than a minute since she’s not tag team champion anymore because of Briggs and Fallon. Okay, yeah, sorry about that. But can she talk to Brooks Jensen about him? Why would she ever help him again? Remember that rough patch after Valentine’s Day? Briggs helped you two through that. And look at them now! Yeah, Kiana is the best thing that’s ever happened to Jensen. Please, Kiana. Sorry, Josh, but Jensen’s not gonna go for it. He didn’t wanna see Briggs last week, and he doesn’t wanna see him now. Briggs knows how Jensen can get but, they share a bond. They started together, took on the world together!
Whatever is going on, it can’t end like this. He needs Kiana on this. Oh, this is all her fault? No! Just please, talk to Brooks. Why not talk to him yourself? Because in walks the fully made-over Brooks Jensen! They let Briggs in this time, or did he have to break in again? Heh, good one. What is he wearing? Kiana says he looks great. Jensen thanks her for the compliment. And he tells Briggs that he should just go. Go? No! They gotta talk this out like family! Come back to the bar, have a cold one, and they can hash this out. Jensen yells at Briggs! They’re NOT family! Jensen is tired of being treated like some kid!
Kiana treats Jensen like a man. Briggs says he and Fallon never looked at Jensen any other way than as a brother. The man who pushed Briggs down, who is standing right here, Briggs doesn’t know this guy. Jensen says this is a man who makes his own decisions. And his decision is that Briggs should leave. Now. Briggs says he shouldn’t have come. Did we see two tag teams break up in the fallout of last week?
Odyssey Jones VS ???
#SoundTheAlarm, because we’re entering the O-Zone! WAIT! Bron Breakker SPEARS Odyssey outta nowhere!! Fans bark it up but others boo, why did the Big Booty Nephew attack Odyssey?! Bron gets a mic to ask Odyssey, “Does that hurt? That’s what happens when you get in my way!” Fans boo more but Bron says last week, he came out here to tell the fat rednecks that they’re gonna see a different side of him. And he couldn’t help it, he had to put a stop to that pathetic Chase U nonsense, where everyone gets a trophy nowadays. It’s pathetic! They’re all clowns! If you wanna be clowns, join the circus, because it won’t happen on HIS time anymore!
Bron says Odyssey just felt it. The NXT Champion, “I AM HIM~” felt it. And Andre Chase felt it. Bron is- “Keep Andre Chase’s name out your damn mouth!” DUKE HUDSON is here! He steps out from the Chase U student section, MVP trophy in hand. Did “Bronnie” hear Duke? Keep that name out your mouth! Bron made a very big mistake when he ruined Duke’s award ceremony! AND he tore the Chase U flag in half! He threw it down over Andre Chase! Why? Because Bron lost the title? Is Bron sad? Moping around the place, not liking anyone or anything now. Fans chant “LOSER~! LOSER~!” at Bron.
Duke says no one puts down Chase U and gets away with it, not even Bron Breakker! So here’s what’s gonna happen. Spring Breakin’, Duke has a challenge for Bron Breakker. Fans cheer that, and Bron says that’s funny. The last time he saw Duke, Duke grabbed his trophy and ran faster than anyone’s ever seen him move! Duke’s real tough with seven days to prepare. Fine, take those seven days. Take all the time he needs, because at Spring Breakin’- Oh wait, Bron thought Duke was done talking? That’s funny, too! He thought Duke was done! NO NO NO! The MVP is not done talking!!
Duke tells Bron to look at him. Fans chant “MVP! MVP!” for Duke, and Duke tells Bron that next week, it will be a battle of the giants! It’ll be Bron VS the legend, the beacon of hope, the beating heart of Chase University…!! Andre Chase. And Chase will give Bron a Chase U sized ASS WHOOPING! Bron tells Chase to enjoy these next seven days, because they will be the last seven days Chase has. At Spring Breakin’, Bron spears Chase in half and brings an end to Chase U! Did Professor Chase give Duke the OK to make this match? Or will Bron be in for a #TeachableMoment?
Backstage interview with Cora Jade.
McKenzie Mitchell is with NXT’s Punk Rock Mean Girl, and says it has been one week since Cora called out and cut down the top stars in the NXT Women’s Division. Does she regret any of those comments? What kind of question is that? That was Cora being nice. The only thing she regrets is Lyra Valkyria cutting her off before she could finish with the rest of the roster. Cora says there was a lot more she could’ve said about a lot more people. But speaking of interrupting, Gigi Dolin steps in! Cora didn’t “cut down” anyone. She showcased the displacement of her anger. And Gigi knows that because she learned to channel her anger into the ring.
That’s what’s in store for Cora tonight. Because this “big Instagram famous ass” is gonna kick Cora’s tonight. Gigi heads out, Cora snaps at McKenzie then takes her own leave. Will the Toxic Avenger tear into Cora twice as hard as Cora tired tearing into everyone else?
Backstage interview with Pretty Deadly.
McKenzie talks with Kit Wilson & Elton Prince about the back and forth with Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo. Things are escalating, and last week was a rather brutal ambush. Elton says after what those two did to Kit, their attack was justified. Kit loved how Elton smashed Tony into the wall. The only way to get through to those “animals” is to speak their language. Kit says Tony & Stacks beat him down, shoved him in a trunk, Kit was panicking for his life. But of course Pretty Deadly ends up the bad guys! Typical idiocy! Kit vows Elton won’t have to go through that again.
And you tell Tony & Stacks what happens when you take Pretty Deadly for just two good looking guys. You get left beaten down! And surely those two will want payback, so Pretty Deadly will hand out another beating. And they’ll even throw the rulebook out to play Tony’s game. Anything Goes! Next week, Tony & Stacks will be in the trunk and sleeping with the fishes. Will Elton & Kit get payback on The Don & Underboss? Or will they just have to fogedaboutit?
Roxanne Perez VS Zoey Stark!
The Prodigy may have lost her title but she hasn’t lost her fighting spirit. Will she show The Hunter who is really the prey? Or will this be a stark contrast to how things were before Stand & Deliver?
NXT returns and Stark makes her entrance. The bell rings, the two tie up, and Stark throws Roxie down! Zoey kicks Roxie around, wrenches the arm and YANKS it, then wristlocks. Zoey wrangles Roxie, Roxie kips up and arm-drags! Zoey is already mad and she kicks a buckle. Fans sing, “Oh~ Zoey is Angry~!” The two tie up, Roxie waistlocks then arm-drags, but Zoey blocks it! Zoey brings Roxie up but Roxie arm-drags from the other side! And arm-drags again! Armlock to cover, TWO, so it’s back to the armlock. Roxie brings Zoey up, wrenches, and YANKS the arm in return. Roxie wrenches and YANKS the arm again! And again!
Roxie headlocks, Zoey fights up but Roxie thrashes the hold. Zoey tries again but Roxie hits a flying takeover! They go around, Zoey headscissors, but Roxie pushes back and rolls back. Roxie pops free, hops on for a headlock, and fans duel. Zoey fights up, throws body shots, and she gets a leg! Roxie sunset flips out of the shinbreaker, but avoids a stomp. Roxie rolls Zoey up, TWO! Roxie waistlocks, Zoey bucks the O’Conner, and then Zoey runs Roxie over. Fans boo but things speed up. Zoey handsprings over Roxie but Roxie headlocks! Zoey powers Roxie to a corner but Roxie hits a TORNADO TAKEOVER!
Fans fire up as Roxie has Zoey down again. Zoey fights up, powers out, and they RAM shoulders. Roxie stays up, Zoey dares her to run so she does. Roxie RAMS Zoey, Zoey stays up so Roxie rebounds to wheelbarrow and sunset flip! TWO! Roxie eggs Zoey on, then dodges her to roll and head- NO, Zoey pushes the headscissor away to KICK Roxie in the side! Roxie sputters to ropes but Zoey is on her. “You asked for this!” Zoey throws elbows and uppercuts, then she snapmares. Zoey drops a knee on Roxie’s face! Zoey stands Roxie up to ROCK her with a forearm. Zoey whips, Roxie ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA!
Fans fire up as Zoey tumbles out of the ring! Roxie builds speed and DIVES, but into a fireman’s carry! SNAKE EYES off the apron! Zoey laughs and soaks up the heat as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again and Roxie throws body shots. Zoey kicks low, whips, but Roxie comes back to tilt-o-whirl into an IRON OCTOPUS! But Zoey powers her right out, and puts her in the Tree of Woe! Zoey stomps a mudhole in, then Roxie falls to the mat. Zoey gets the legs to CATAPULT Roxie into buckles! Roxie falls but Zoey clamps on a cravat. Zoey has the neck wrench but fans rally up. Roxie fights up, and jumps for a JAWBREAKER! Zoey comes back, but into an ELBOW! Zoey swings, Roxie counter punches! And again! Roxie gets the edge with furious fists! Roxie windmills on Zoey at the ropes!
Roxie whips, Zoey reverses and fireman’s carries, but Roxie fights free. Roxie shoves, THESZ- NO! Zoey catches Roxie to SLAM her down, and CATAPULT her again! But Roxie lands on the ropes! Roxie goes up and up and FLYING THESZ PRESS! Fast hands, too! Roxie roars and fans fire up! Roxie dodges Zoey, DROPKICKS her out of the ring, then builds speed! Roxie DIVES to take Zoey out at the ramp! Fans are all fired up as Roxie puts Zoey in the ring. Roxie climbs a corner, leaps, CROSSOBDY! But Zoey rolls it through to cover, TWO!! Roxie escapes the counter and hurries to her feet.
Roxie runs to V-TRIGGER Zoey! Roxie wrenches, hooks Zoey up, RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, TWO! Roxie CLUBS Zoey and Zoey goes to a corner. Roxie runs corner to corner, and UPPERCUTS! Roxie rolls, returns, but only gets buckles! Zoey bumps Roxie off buckles, then springboards, but Roxie gets clear! SOBAT! Roxie hops on, POP- NO, Zoey pops her off! SUPERKICK! HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO! Roxie survives and fans fire up! Zoey hurries to stand Roxie up, Z 3- NO, Roxie rolls it to a cradle, TWO! SUPERKICK from Zoey! Zoey whips, Roxie goes up and over, POP ROX!! Cover, Roxie wins!!
Winner: Roxanne Perez, by pinfall
A huge victory for the former champion and she’s on her way back up! Roxie gets a mic, but then Indi Hartwell makes her way out. Indi also has the mic to congratulate Roxie. Indi said a few weeks ago but she’ll come out and say it to Roxie’s face. Indi isn’t standing here champion if not for Roxie. And Indi wouldn’t be much of a champion if she didn’t return the favor to someone who didn’t really lose her title in the first place. Indi wants to be a fighting champion, so that means for Spring Breakin’, how about Indi VS Roxie for the title? Fans like the sound of that!
Roxie tells Indi, “You’re my friend inside and outside of this ring. But you and I both know when it comes to that title, it’s every woman for themselves. Spring Breakin’? You’re on!” Fans cheer as these two shake hands, only for Tiffany Stratton to walk out. “What did I just witness? Did I go blind or something? Another woman getting a title match instead of me? Shocker! Indi, why don’t you just call your title reign for what it actually is: pure dumb luck. You barely climbed up that ladder, and now you’re just handing out title matches to random, beatable opponents?”
Roxie cuts Tiff off there to say, “I’m sorry, beatable? Seems like Ms. Center of the Universe has some pretty bad memory, because I don’t know if you remember… But if I was so beatable, you would’ve beat me to win the Breakout Tournament, but you didn’t.” Tiff says that is so 2022. And do not spin this. Roxie is just excited to face the most beatable champion- Indi shouts “ENOUGH!” Indi tells Tiff that Indi is beatable, but screw it! “It doesn’t matter if you’re a former champion, or a bimbo who thinks she has my number. At Spring Breakin’, I’ll prove I’m worthy by beating both of you!” Fans fire up as the stakes are raised! Will Indi truly be impressive next week?
Backstage interview with Grayson Waller.
McKenzie is with the 21st Century Success Story, and his golden Shoey, and he asks if she saw that last week. He was holding his Shoey high in the sky. Yes, but she also saw a lot of people questioning how he became #1 contender, considering he lost to Johnny Gargano in an Unsanctioned match. Yeah, unsanctioned! Meaning, it is unofficial and unrecognized on the records. But he’ll translate it into American since it’s so hard to understand Australian: “Tha match, did not~, happen~.” People are preying on his downfall but it ain’t gonna happen, cuz Waller is back on top! He IS NXT!
And tonight on the Grayson Waller Effect, it’s very different. Waller usually dislikes his guests, but he likes Melo. Who’s better than Melo? Well, Waller knows one guy. But Waller is going to tell Melo to his face that he is taking that title. And then next week, Spring Breakin’, Waller physically takes that title from Melo! And that’s no prediction, that is the Grayson Waller Effect. Waller heads out, but will things really go his way both tonight and next week?
NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.
Von Wagner tried talking with Robert Stone about the stipulation. Von lost, he and Stone are done as a duo, but Von didn’t want Stone to leave him. Stone told Von no. But Von’s ready! Oh? Why is Von ready now? Because he lost the match? He’s finally going to open up now? Yes! Stone doesn’t believe that. Von is desperate, so he says, “My name is Von Wagner, and I always wanted to be in the WWE, because this is in my blood. And my dad was a Beverly Brother.” Stone smiles. He pats Von on the shoulder and says that’s a good start. So then, is Stone giving Von one last chance?
“When I look into the mirror, I don’t see a man behind the mask. I only see Axiom. Axiom is my identity. But Scrypts, you lurk in the shadows, disguise your voice, and talk in riddles. Why? To create fear? To intimidate? All superheroes have an archnemesis, a person they were destined to be intertwined with forever. You are not mine. When we meet, I will beat you, I will expose you, and I will be done with you. Sincerely, Axiom.”
Dani Palmer posts a video.
She captioned it, “So proud of my buddy, Tank. Now it’s my turn! Grateful to have such amazing people in my corner like Hank and Sol.” Sol & Dani do a dance together, but then Hank Walker has everyone cheer on Tank Ledger, NXT’s newest superstar! All the trainees cheer and hug it out. Dani says she was so excited for Tank, and he looked so good out there. How did it feel? It was unlike anything Tank’s experienced before. That energy was pulsing through him. And when Dani debuts, she’ll feel it. Dani is so excited, too! Mostly. Maybe. Dani, you bust your ass every single day. When she debuts, they’ll all watch as she crushes it.
Sol gives Dani a lift, and Tank tries with Hank. They head out, but will Daredevil Dani prove she’s ready to level up?
Cora Jade VS Gigi Dolin!
These two are no strangers to each other. But after a toxic feud, both women have come out very different people. Will the #GenerationofJade make good on all the trash she talked? Or will Gigi make Cora eat all those words?
NXT returns and Cora makes her entrance. The bell rings and the two tie up. Cora gets around and pushes Gigi. Fans boo, they tie up again and Gigi gets around to full nelson, spin and snapmare Cora into a chinlock. Cora pulls hair, fights up and wrenches out. Gigi stands, rolls, bridges, and then kicks Cora! Cora goes toa corner, but Gigi runs in to forearm smash! Gigi snapmares Cora and PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO! Gigi spins Cora again, snapmares and KICKS her in the back! Fans fire up and Gigi runs in at the corner to BRONCO BUSTER! Gigi drags Cora out, jackknife bridges, TWO!
Cora scrambles but Gigi pursues. Cora BOOTS Gigi away and shouts, “I run this place!” Cora ELBOWS Gigi against ropes but fans rally up. Cora runs to IMPLODER STOMP! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Gigi keeps herself in this but Cora stomps her. Cora SMACKS Gigi off the mat, then clamps on a straitjacket stretch. Fans chant “CORA SUCKS!” and Gigi fights the hold. Gigi stands, turns things around on Cora, and then hits a STRAITJACKET BACKSTABBER! Cora staggers, Gigi fires off forearms! Gigi whips Cora, BOOTS her down, then keeps moving to ROUNDHOUSE! Gigi wrenches and ROUNDHOUSES again!
Gigi runs but Cora spins her through to ROCK her with a right! SHINING- NO, Gigi blocks the knee at the ropes! Cora holds ropes, slingshots around, but JACY JAYNE is here! Gigi avoids the boot but Cora has the cover! TWO! Gigi BOOTS Cora down again, Jacy talks trash, but Gigi TOSSES her into the ring! Fans fire up as Gigi storms up on Jacy and TACKLES her to the apron! Jacy hurries away, but Gigi catches her to send her into steel steps! Fans fire up as Gigi gives Jacy some Kawada Kicks! Gigi says this is what she gets, and then she TOSSES Jacy over the desk! Jacy wipes out Booker T!!
Gigi goes back to the ring, laughs at Jacy, but Cora SHINING WIZARDS at the ropes! FUTURE SHOCK!! Cover, Cora wins!
Winner: Cora Jade, by pinfall
Jacy gets up and now she laughs at Gigi! Jacy ruins another match for Gigi, but then Gigi chases Jacy out of ringside! Will this toxic grudge not end until only one is left standing?
As for Cora, she gets a mic to say, “Another vic-” WAIT! Lyra Valkyria is here! The Morrigan tells Cora from the perch that “The time for talking is over. Next week, your claim to be the savior of the women’s division will be tested when the two of us engage in battle, at Spring Breakin’!” Cora says she’s ready, but will the fate of #GenerationJade be changed forever?
Backstage interview with Eddy Thorpe.
McKenzie is with the Alpha Wolf, and says he has had quite the start here. What’s next? Eddy is still soaking it in that he’s here. When he left home, he traveled all over the US, Canada, the UK, and Japan. He slept on dusty gym floors, inside warehouses, and even in his car. Every day for eight years, he focused on enhancing his skill set and gaining knowledge to make sure he was more than ready for this moment to make his family proud. When people think of Native Americans, there are these stereotypes built in their minds. But Eddy is here now to succeed and- Damon Kemp walks over with a sarcastic clap, and says that was a powerful speech.
Eddy says that was no speech. Damon says easy now, he was just watching from afar. Damon was checking out the new guy and seeing what all the buzz was about. Oh, so he’s giving Eddy a look? What did Damon get? To be honest, he was very impressed. “Keep up the good work, kid. You might have something.” The Golden Gopher leaves, but will the Alpha Wolf prove he’s more than just potential?
Briggs returns to Fallon’s bar.
He just can’t make any sense of this. Briggs is trying to be the bigger man, but Jensen flat out said they’re not family. Fallon says Kiana has Jensen wrapped around her finger. Maybe once he cools off, Jensen will come around? They can only hope. But then Kiana and Jensen walk in. Jensen looks nice, what’re they having? Oh, they’re not drinking here. Well, okay. Briggs is happy Jensen is here. Jensen said some pretty rough stuff, and- Oh, no, no, Jensen meant every word of that. Briggs has been holding Jensen back since day one. And Kiana reminded Jensen that he was the star of the team.
As for Fallon, she was just jealous that Jensen and Kiana have a great relationship. So despite them ruining Valentine’s Day and breaking into Kiana’s office- Briggs stops Jensen there. If Jensen wants to run around with his cheating girlfriend, fine. But Briggs won’t let Jensen talk to Fallon or him like this. Why’d they even show up then? Kiana lets Jensen tell them. Jensen says he and Kiana are challenging Briggs & Fallon to a Mixed Tag Match for Spring Breakin’! Wow, Briggs never thought he’d see the day. But if that’s the only way to knock some sense into Jensen, then get ready for an ass kicking!
And Fallon’s fine with that. She’s been wanting to get her hands on Kiana for months now. If anyone’s handing out beatings, it’s Jensen & Kiana. They hold hands as Kiana says, “Did you hear that, honey?” Oh, okay. Kiana wanted #YeehawBitch Fallon, she’s got it! Challenge accepted! Now get the hell outta here! Aw, oh no. Bye. Jensen & Kiana don’t care about anyone else now that they have each other, but will they really get past their former friends so easily?
Apollo Crews VS DIJAK!
In standing up for what was right, Apollo ran across a man with his own sense of justice. Ideals aside, this is about physical superiority. Who proves themselves worthy of big opportunities here tonight?
NXT returns and Apollo makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Fans rally for Apollo and the two tie up. They go around, are in a deadlock, and they break. They reset, Apollo gets around to waistlock and SLAM Dijak down! Apollo facelocks, but Dijak slips out to hammerlock. Apollo fights up, Dijak tries for the crossface, but Apollo powers out. Apollo CLOBBERS Dijak and fans fire up! Dijak stands, into a headlock takeover! Dijak pushes forearms into Apollo’s face, but Apollo fights off the headscissors. Dijak claws at Apollo’s face, the two stand up, and Dijak pries the hold open.
Fans rally and Apollo powers the hold back onto Dijak. Dijak fishhooks Apollo, powers him to a corner, runs in but Apollo goes up and over. Apollo runs, hurdles, slides and waistlocks, but Dijak bucks the O’Conner. Things keep moving, another hurdle and drop before the DROPKICK! Apollo kips up and fans fire up! Apollo has another waistlock but Dijak fights to ropes. The ref counts, Apollo lets off slowly, and Dijak gets a cheap shot in! Dijak swings, misses, and Apollo GERMAN SUPLEXES! Apollo holds on, brings Dijak back up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! Apollo drags Dijak up again, for another GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!
Apollo looms over Dijak, eggs him on, and stalks him to ropes. But Dijak YANKS Apollo out of the ring! Apollo gets up but Dijak knees low. Dijak suplexes Apollo, but Apollo fights it! Apollo tries to suplex but Dijak fights it. They fight for control, and Dijak shifts to HOTSHOT Apollo instead! Apollo sputters, and Dijak BLASTS him off, and to the desk! Fans boo but Dijak grins as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns again and Apollo is on the apron again. Dijak CLUBS away on him, shifts, but Apollo fights the hotshot to HOTSHOT back! Dijak staggers away, Apollo hurries up a corner, and Apollo leaps to AX HANDLE Dijak down! Fans fire up with Apollo, and he LARIATS Dijak! Apollo whips and JUMPING LARIATS Dijak down! Apollo kips up, fans fire up, and Apollo runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Apollo shoves Dijak away, goes up, BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Dijak is still in this but Apollo keeps his focus. Apollo goes back to the corner and goes back up top. FROG SPLASH, but he has to bail out!
Dijak spins, but into a BOOT from Apollo! Apollo GERMAN SUPLEXES, but Dijak lands out of it! SUPERKICK! Apollo ENZIGURIS! Apollo runs, into a CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Apollo survives and fans fire up! Dijak checks his jaw as he stands back up, and he takes aim from a corner. “This is Awesome!” as Apollo stands. Dijak choke grips but Apollo KNEES free! Dijak falls back, Apollo BOOTS him down! STANDING MOONSAULT into the choke grip! Dijak stands for HARD JUSTICE!! Cover, TWO?!? Apollo survives and fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”
Apollo goes to a corner, Dijak runs in, but into an elbow! Dijak comes back, Apollo goes up, but Dijak catches him! Dijak says FEAST YOUR EYES!! Cover, Dijak wins!
Winner: Dijak, by pinfall
No good deed goes unpunished, and Apollo pays for simply being a Good Samaritan. But Dijak doesn’t stop here! He fireman’s carries Apollo, but here comes Dragunov! Dragunov CHOPS Dijak! Dijak choke grips, but Dragunov HEADBUTTS, then BOOTS Dijak out of the ring!! Fans fire up but refs and security hurry to keep this from escalating! Fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT!” but will this have to wait for another time?
NXT Media catches up with Jacy Jayne.
They ask why she keeps inserting herself into Gigi’s business, but Jacy says if Gigi thought her life was tough before, that is nothing compared to what Jacy will put her through. And Gigi forgot to mention that when she was 17, she abandoned her sweet baby brother, the one she claims to love and care for so much! She left him all alone to endure their mother’s abuse. The way Jacy sees it, Gigi’s no noble hero. Gigi would rather wrestle on the indies or couch surf than to save her baby brother from their drug addict mom. Just imagine leaving your seven year old brother fending for himself. Makes Jacy sick.
But when Jacy is done with Gigi, Gigi will run away from NXT, just like she ran away from her family. Talk about toxic… Will Jacy dragging Gigi through the mud only come back to bite her?
NXT North American Championship: Wes Lee VS Charlie Dempsey w/ Drew Gulak!
Tonight started with a big title fight, and now we end with one! The Cardiac Kid has been a fighting champion because he knows no other way to be. But will that only lose him his title sooner? Or can he survive the Son of the Gentleman Villain?
But as Wes makes his entrance, Gulak CLOBBERS him! The Philly Stretcher feeds the champion up to his protégé on a silver platter! The fans boo but Wes tells the ref he still wants this fight. The bell rings and Dempsey fires off forearms and UPPERCUTS! Dempsey knees low again and again, then UPPERCUTS Wes off his feet! Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Wes but Dempsey waistlocks, then shifts to a chinlock, then a cravat, then a cradle! TWO!! Wes escapes but Dempsey drags him up. Dempsey whips Wes to ropes, but Wes holds ropes to stop himself. Wes eggs Dempsey on, Dempsey rushes in and Wes jumps over.
Wes comes back, sunset flips, but Dempsey rolls through. Wes KANGAROO KICKS Dempsey, then reaches up to RANA! Dempsey comes back, into a DROPKICK! Dempsey bails out and Wes wipes blood from his mouth. Wes builds speed to FLY and takes out Dempsey! Fans fire up as Wes glares at Gulak, and NXT goes picture in picture.
Wes storms up on Dempsey, puts him in the ring, and hurries to cover, TWO! Wes headlocks, Dempsey powers the hold open, but Wes clamps it back on. Dempsey powers up and back suplexes! But Wes still holds on! Dempsey kicks and flails, but Wes has a tight grip. They move around, Dempsey fights up, but Wes uses ropes for a TORNADO TAKEDOWN! Dempsey kicks around and fights to his feet. Dempsey goes for a corner, Wes tries the tornado again, but Dempsey hits a BIG back suplex! Dempsey is free and he stomps away in frustration! Cover, TWO! Dempsey CLUBS Wes in the chest, then wraps on a chinlock.
Dempsey wraps his arm around his own leg for added leverage on the squeeze. Wes endures, throws hands from below, but Dempsey pushes him around into a facelock. They go around, Dempsey shifts and straddles Wes while also pulling on an arm! Wes endures, but Dempsey bends the finger! Dempsey tortures the arm, but Wes fights. Dempsey shifts to an ankle pick, and then a standing toehold! Wes fights but Dempsey SLAPS him! And SLAPS him again! Wes puts up his guard but Dempsey rolls to THROW Wes into a HEEL HOOK! NXT returns to single picture and fans rally up for Wes.
Wes endures, reaches out, but Dempsey keeps on that leg. Dempsey stands back up, stays between Wes and ropes, then rolls to THROW Wes away! Dempsey drags Wes up by his hair, has an arm, and wrenches it to WRING it out! Wes writhes but Dempsey stomps him down! Dempsey then gets the arm for a DOUBLE WRISTLOCK! Wes endures as the arm is twisted and bent back! The fans continue to rally but Dempsey puts as much pressure on the arm as he can! Dempsey throws in knees again and again! Fans still rally for Wes but Dempsey just thrashes around with that arm. Wes fights up, pushes through, but Dempsey whips him to a corner!
Fans chant as hard as they can, “What Side?” “WES SIDE!” Dempsey reels Wes in for a gut wrench and SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Wes gets his shoulder up but Dempsey keeps on him. Dempsey clamps onto the arm, bends it, and even chinbars. The fans boo Dempsey while Wes still endures. Dempsey pushes on that arm, but Wes rolls through and wants after Dempsey’s wrist! Wes throws body shots, but Dempsey CLUBS him! Dempsey ROCKS Wes, but Wes ROCKS him back! Dempsey UPPERCUTs, but Wes ROCKS him again! Dempsey fires off a flurry, but Wes mule kicks! Wes body shots, forearms, repeat!
Fans fire up as Wes fakes Dempsey out to fire off a strike fest! Snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans fire up again as Wes glares at Dempsey. Wes runs corner to corner but Dempsey avoids the knee. Dempsey gets a leg, to DRAGON SCREW! Wes writhes again, but Dempsey brings him around and underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Wes goes to a corner, Gulak taunts him, and Dempsey waistlocks. GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Wes turns over but Dempsey still has the waistlock! GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, turns into a EURO CLUTCH! TWO!!! Wes escapes again and Dempsey is furious!
Dempsey drags Wes up, whips him to a corner, then CLUBS away on his back! Wes holds ropes to fight the suplex! Dempsey powers through to GERMAN SUPLEX, but Wes lands on his feet! Wes BOOTS back, SUPERKICKS, and then JUMP KICKS! Gulak gets on the apron, Wes UPPERCUTS him! CARDIAC KICK!! Cover, Wes wins!!!
Winner: Wes Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
The fighting champion snatches victory from the jaws of defeat! But then Gulak CLOBBERS Wes! Gulak stomps away, fans boo, but Gulak drags Wes up. Dempsey and Gulak mug Wes, BOOT! They stomp away while the fans boo, but Gulak hits a POWERBOMB! Roll through into Dempsey’s full nelson! DRAGON SUPLEX!! Fans boo but Gulak holds up the title. Will the Philly Stretcher look to finish what he started here?
Tony D’Angelo & Channing Lorenzo have dinner.
But neither seems to be in a good mood. Tony says Pretty Deadly ripped Stacks’ jacket, and Stacks says they destroyed Tony’s hat. Mama gave Tony that hat. Pretty Deadly wants to end this with no rules, “We speak your language~.” What streets those boys ever been down? Maybe Tony & Stacks take ’em down to the docks. Tony likes where Stacks’ head is at, but he’s got a different idea. Like what they did to Bobby Montgomery back in the day. Remember that? Yeah, that was the toughest guy in the neighborhood. “The Big Freezer.” Wait, then Tony means…? Oh, yeah.
Pretty Deadly wants to play tough, no problem. Spring Breakin’, D’Angelo Family VS Pretty Deadly in NXT’s first ever Trunk Match! Paizon style! And when they’re done stuffing those two in the trunk, they’ll take Pretty Deadly for a nice long drive. Stacks likes that. To business! Cheers. Will next week be anything but a joy ride for Kit & Elton?
Oba Femi shows his strength.
Chucking everything from kegs to couches, Spring Breakin’ might see the debut of the most powerful superstar yet! Who will be the first to feel Femi’s ferocity?
NXT presents an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
Waller is already in the ring and already streaming as he welcomes us to his show. Time to talk Spring Breakin’! Loaded card with titles, a Mixed Tag, and a Trunk Match, whatever that is. But in the main event, it will be none other than Grayson Waller challenging the NXT Champion, Carmelo Hayes! Melo makes his way out, Trick Williams right behind him. Fans chant for “MELO~! MELO~!” as he and Trick go to the ring. Waller welcomes Trick Melo Gang, and Trick says, “The champ is here!” Waller likes the energy here. The vibe feels off, though. What? No, the vibe is right.
Well, everyone loves Melo, right? Rhetorical question, idiots. They’re talking business in the NXT title here. Bet you wish it was Bron Breakker sitting here now. No, it’s all good. Melo ain’t even mad. But Melo gives Waller credit. Despite all the losses he takes, he finds himself in the main event every time! #MainEventWaller. But look, listen. At this point, Melo doesn’t have to talk about it. Melo’s more decorated than a Christmas tree, while Waller’s got enough bricks to build an apartment complex outside the PC. But just saying, life is good. Melo stays winning. He’s cool. Oh, right, let’s get the list going, right?
Melo says the same stuff every week. The titles he’s won. But the difference between them is that in the past eight months, Waller has become as big a star without a title as Melo has with one. Trick scoffs at that, but Waller says he doesn’t need a championship, the championship needs Waller! Waller cuts Melo off by going to chat and the questions. Chuck3056 asks, “Carmelo, when you say ‘You are Him,’ what do you mean by that?” Waller does wonder that. Does HIM stand for He Is Mediocre? Trick asks them what they mean by what Melo means. Don’t start hating! Melo IS Him! Look at Twitter, at the main event, at title matches! That’s him.
Melo says every time he steps in the building, the people chant his name. If that ain’t HIM, then they don’t know what is. Fans chant for “MELO~! MELO~!” and Waller has them stop. Then, by saying he is HIM, what Melo is saying, is that he’s him. Melo wouldn’t have the title without the fans, the accolades, there wouldn’t be one banner without Trick Williams. Trick stands up but Melo has him calm down. It’s all good. They knew Waller would do this. They know Waller’s playbook. Fans chant “Whoop That Trick!” but Melo says it ain’t going down like that. They know Waller’s games.
And if Waller wants to talk about stealing, Waller stole every single opportunity he’s ever had. SNAKE! Let’s talk about greatness. There is greatness, there’s Waller just above that, and then there’s Melo above Waller. And something we need to face is that Waller is just not that guy. Waller is just not built for the title life. And y’know what, hold on. Melo wants to drop some banners for Waller real quick. Pull up Waller’s accomplishments. WA WA WA~! Waller has NOTHING! Okay, fine. Let’s talk Stand & Deliver. Melo was made by winning the title, but Waller stole the show.
In fact, the main event happened before Melo’s music even hit. Okay, okay. Six outta 10 is still more points than any girl Waller’s been with! Waller says he has an Aussie accent, we all know that gets him points. But good news for Melo: After Waller beats Melo for the belt, Melo can call up his boy, Montel Vontavius Porter, and start carrying Omos’ bags around. Though they’re also as big as Melo so… Melo says Logan Paul is looking for someone to wear the Prime mascot costume. Put him in that, he’s more relevant than Melo and Trick combined! Oh like every viral moment Waller’s ever had?
Well, how about next week? That’ll be the biggest viral moment of Waller’s career. At the end of the night, Waller will be carrying the NXT title in one hand, and the golden Shoey in the other. Waller is gonna pour that out over Melo’s body, #AndNew. How is Waller gonna do a Shoey when Melo puts his shoes in the powerlines? Melo stops Waller from talking to say #AndStill. Melo raises the belt but Waller raises his Shoey. This war of words is over, who will be the winner of the war in the ring? Who will truly be… HIM?
A great episode for NXT, and I almost forgot Spring Breakin’ was next week. This didn’t feel like the typical go-home, but hard to say if that’s a good or bad thing. NXT is always very talky, though, and that happened here, too. Good promos from Pretty Deadly and The D’Angelo Family to set up their rematch, and a (Car) Trunk Match is a very fitting match to have. Conceptually, it’s the same as the Jailhouse Street Fight, where you have to put someone inside something and close it to win. I feel like Tony & Stacks are going to win this. Pretty Deadly have already done as much as they can as a tag team in NXT, time for them to be called up via the Draft.
Speaking of the tag division, that Triple Threat Tag was a great way to open the show. We had a recap package that got cut off because of the brawl, and then we got a great match. Ivy Nile going down being a distraction for the Creeds was a clever way to keep them from winning and to keep the titles on Gallus. I’m thinking once Tony & Stacks are done with Pretty Deadly, they’ll get their shot at Gallus for Battleground. And just as I expected, we’re getting that Mixed Tag of Kiana & Jensen VS Fallon & Briggs. Good promos, and it fits that Jensen has a makeover to be more Kiana’s style. I would think therefore Jensen & Kiana win to build on Jensen’s Heel turn.
A talk show type segment is not what I expected for Nathan Frazer, but I suppose it is something to show he has depth. Really good return match for Dar, and of course he won. As I said last week, they should give us a Heritage Rules Tournament to lead to Battleground and the winner faces Dar for the cup. Bron attacking Odyssey outta nowhere was a wild moment, and really good promo from him and Duke. I should’ve known Duke was going to pull that swerve and make Chase face Bron. Chase VS Bron can be some really good stuff, but pretty sure Bron wins that. And a decent promo from Eddy and Damon, setting up their inevitable match.
Good video promo from Axiom, using a very comic book aesthetic to it. I especially like the line where Axiom disses Scrypts, saying Scrypts isn’t good enough to be Axiom’s archnemesis, aka longtime rival. Good video from Dani, Sol, Hank & Tank. Those are basically two new tag teams right there for NXT to build on the way to Battleground and beyond. And really good video for Oba Femi with just random items being tossed around. And in quite the twist, Von isn’t having to find himself all on his own, he just breaks down and opens up. Well, about as much as Von can break down. But this might actually make Von someone people wanna see.
Good promo from Roxie before her match with Zoey, which was great stuff. Roxie gets a great win, and I appreciate Indi still wanting to honor the rematch. But of course Tiffany had to insert herself, and she got on Indi’s nerves so much, we’re getting a huge Triple Threat next week. The Triple Threat might be the way to get the title off Indi without hurting her power level. The WWE Draft might also be the way they call Indi up so that she can join Gargano, Candice & Lumis on RawDown. Now, the problem is, if it goes back to Roxie, it’s like a weird reset. But if Tiffany wins, ugh. Tiffany is too good at playing her character, because the character is insufferable.
Cora and Gigi had a good promo together and a great match together. But of course Jacy had to get involved to make sure Gigi lost. And good to see Lyra calling Cora out to have their match at Spring Breakin’. Jacy’s promo was scathing, but also something I did think about myself. Gigi VS Jacy 2 needs to be No Disqualifications or something, and to essentially name the winner the next contender. But even then, the winner of that would depend on who is champion. Face VS Heel is always going to be a thing, so if the champion is Heel (Tiffany), Gigi can get her shot. If the champion is Face (Indi or Roxie), Jacy will get her shot.
Good promo from Dijak and Apollo but great match from the two of them. Dijak wins big but Dragunov saving Apollo was a good move. Dijak VS Dragunov itself should be an unofficial contender’s match, the winner going on to Battleground for something. Great title match from Wes VS Dempsey, and Wes wins big, but of course Gulak attacks. Wes VS Gulak is going to be next, and I would think Wes wins that, too. Then Wes can face just about anyone at Battleground. And really good Grayson Waller Effect. Both guys threw a lot of good lines at each other, though I don’t think it really tipped the scales towards anyone’s favor. Melo is surely going to retain, Spring Breakin’ is just free TV. Melo is gonna get his first defense in, and then move on to Battleground.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (9/29/23)
Eddie Kingston is on a Rampage!
Will the Mad King regret this gamble?
Before putting both belts on the line against Katsuyori Shibata at AEW WrestleDream, Eddie Kingston defends his NJPW Strong title against Rocky Romero! Will plans have to change all thanks to Azucar?
- AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party; The Acclaimed & Billy win and retain the titles.
- NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero; Eddie wins and retains the title.
- The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar; The Righteous win.
- AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida; Shida wins and will challenge Saraya for the title on Title Tuesday, October 10th.
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AEW World Trios Championships: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn VS The Hardy Party!
The open challenge was put forth, and it was answered very quickly! Will Matt, Jeff & Brother Zay DELETE the Scissor World Tour? Or will Max Caster, Anthony Bowens & Daddy Ass keep the party going?
But of course, Platinum Max has a diss track! “Acclaimed on the mic, ’bout to leave these dudes up in smoke! Y’know we comin’ like the Colorado Buffalos! Matt, I don’t want any heat! I don’t need your crazy ass wife sendin’ me tweets! It’s the one guy in Private Party! Nowadays, he gets tag teamed by the Hardys! Jeff, I’m a leave you black in both eyes! You gonna need these sunglasses like Coach Prime.” Bowens takes the mic to say “COLORADOOOO~! The Acclaimed have arrived! Scissor Me, Daddy Ass~!” And he does! The belts are raised, and we see who survives WrestleDream weekend!
The trios sort out and Bowens starts against Kassidy. They shake hands, tie up, and Bowens waistlocks. Kassidy drop toeholds, facelocks but Bowens slips free to wrench. Kassidy rolls, handsprings, wrenches and hammerlocks to a headlock. Bowens powers out to headlock but Kassidy powers out, only for Bowens to run him over! Bowens self-scissors, then things speed up. Kassidy hurdles, Bowens shoves then follows but Kassidy arm-drags! Bowens arm-drags! Bowens blocks Kassidy’s arm-drag to whip, but Kassidy wheelbarrows and arm-drags! Bowens stands, into a RANA! Kassidy then pounds the mat and fans fire up.
Bowens kicks but Kassidy blocks to spin him. Kassidy kicks but Bowens blocks to flip him! Bowens then kicks, kicks and KOTARO KRUSHER! Fans fire up, “EVERYONE Loves The Acclaimed!” Bowens drags Kassidy up, tags in Caster, and they double whip. Kassidy holds ropes, TOSSES Bowens then BOOTS Caster! Tag to Matt and Matt BOOTS Caster! Kassidy hits a NECKBREAKER, Jeff tags in to go up, for the SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Jeff snapmares Caster to then NECK SNAPPER! Fans fire up with Jeff and he waits on Caster to stand. Kick but no Twist as Caster slips free! Jeff ducks the backhand to SPIN KICK!
Jeff CLUBS Caster, Caster scrambles away, tags to Billy and Matt! Fans fire up as Matt says “DELETE! DELETE!” Billy says “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” “DELETE!” “SUCK IT!” And repeat! Then Billy headlocks! Matt throws body shots, powers out, but Billy runs Matt over! Billy flexes and does a dance, and then he runs in. Matt ELBOWS Billy, BOOTS him, then bumps him off buckles! “DELETE! DELETE! DELETE!” Billy gets all three layers, and Matt tags Jeff. Jeff tags Kassidy, and the Hardys set up fort he classic POETRY IN MOTION! Then Kassidy adds PARTY IN MOTION! But The Acclaimed CLOBBER Kassidy & The Hardys!
Fans fire up as Caster has Kassidy up to scoop and SLAM! Billy helps get the legs, and Bowens goes up to SCISSOR ME TIMBERS! Kassidy squeals before impact! Cover, TWO! Kassidy survives but The Acclaimed have control as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Billy brings Kassidy up, bumps him off buckles, and he hears the fans singing. Billy ROCKS Kassidy with a right, apologizes to the ref, then tags to Bowens. Bowens drags Kassidy up to ROCK him with haymaker after haymaker! Bowens then brings Kassidy up to tag in Caster. They double suplex Kassidy, Caster covers, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Caster keeps Kassidy down with a chinlock while fans rally up. Kassidy fights to his feet, throws body shots, and he fires forearms as Rampage returns to single picture. Kassidy runs but Caster CLOBBERS him! Tag to Billy and they mug Kassidy.
Billy brings Kassidy to an open corner, stomps and ROCKS him on repeat, then lets off to smirk at the Hardys. He dares them to do something, but Matt tells Billy to suck it! So Billy DECKS Matt! Billy runs corner to corner but Kassidy dodges! The splash hits buckles and Billy falls back! Fans rally up as both men crawl, but Billy gets Kassidy’s leg! Kassidy stands up to ENZIGURI! Hot tag to Jeff! Jeff rallies on Billy, on Bowens, and on Caster! Fans fire up and Jeff clotheslines Billy up and out! Jeff CLOBBS Bowens, then catches him for a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Leg hook cradle! Cover, Caster breaks it!
Caster helps Bowens up, then runs in, but Jeff ELBOWS caster and ROCKS Bowens! Jeff goes up, WHISPER IN THE WIND! Jeff gets both Caster and Bowens but everyone is down! Billy returns, kicks low, says ‘SUCK IT!” and runs, but Jeff dodges! Matt kicks Billy for a TWIST OF FATE! Jeff hurries up top, fans fire up, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Bowens breaks it in time! Matt CLUBS Bowens, Bowens hits back, and Bowens calls to Caster. They whip Matt to a corner, forearm then ELBOW then forearm again! And a feed to the POWERSLAM! ROLLING ELBOW for Jeff! The Acclaimed regroup, and Billy crawls to the corner.
Fans fire up as Billy drags Jeff over. Jeff gets loose, hot tags to Kassidy and Bowens! Kassidy dodges Bowens to DROPKICK Caster! “This is Awesome!” as Kassidy BOOTS Bowens! Kassidy goes up, leaps, FLYING FLATLINER! Billy stands, runs in, but Kassidy dumps him out! Kassidy slingshots out then QUEBRADAS to take Billy down! Kassidy mocks the scissoring, then tells Bowens to get up. Kassidy springboards in, but Bowens dodges and Caster BACKHANDS Kassidy! Then Bowens BACKHANDS Kassidy! Bowens fires off the Five Tool Strike Fest! Caster hoists Kassidy up and Bowens helps, to give Kassidy the PLATINUM BOMB! Cover, The Acclaimed win!
Winners: The Acclaimed & Billy Gunn, by pinfall (still AEW World Trios Championships)
A huge win for the champions, and the Scissor World Tour continues! In fact, it is heading to Seattle for WrestleDream’s Zero Hour! TMDK’s Shane Haste, Mikey Nicholls & Bad Dude Tito are waiting, will they show The Acclaimed that The Mighty Don’t Kneel?
Eddie Kingston speaks.
“Well folks, tonight, it’s me and Big Rock, Rocky Romero, for the NJPW Strong Openweight Championship. Rock, I got nothing but respect for you, dawg, so it’s gonna be an honor and a pleasure to defend this against you. You’re the man that got me into the G1. You’re the man that got me-” Wait, Team Triple J is interrupting. Jay Lethal says that if we’re talking honor and respect, Eddie is standing here with two titles on his shoulders, and that is worth respecting. But Lethal can’t get behind how Eddie is the ROH World Champion. Lethal dedicated his life to that title! His blood, sweat, tears, all to honor a tradition that meant that every person to hold that title would be a pure athlete!
And Eddie, you are no pure athlete! Now as for this NJPW Strong Openweight title, Lethal doesn’t care if Eddie wins it or loses it here tonight. He really doesn’t. But he just cares that Eddie is unfit to be ROH World Champion! Eddie says okay, he’s got Lethal. But excuse his back, he’s gotta go beat up Romero. The Mad King leaves, but will he still have both crowns going into WrestleDream?
AEW shares an interview from after last week’s Collision.
Lexi Nair was with Andrade El Idolo after he was bandaged up from the beating Bullet Club Gold gave him. He almost won, but Juice Robinson interfered. What was that about? Andrade says everyone saw that Andrade had White beat. But the question for Juice is… “Do you have a problem with me? With Andrade El Idolo? Lemme tell you something. See you Saturday in Seattle!” Andrade wants his revenge on Rock Hard, will he get it on WrestleDream Eve?
NJPW Strong Openweight Championship: Eddie Kingston VS Rocky Romero!
The Mad King beat Kenta at NJPW Independence Day back in July to have his first singles title under the NJPW banner. And now he defends it against Azucar as a favor for getting him in the door. Will Rocky repay this favor by taking this title from Eddie? Or will Eddie still head to Seattle as a double champion?
The introductions are made, the NJPW belt is raised, and we see who is truly NJPW Strong!
The bell rings and fans rally up for “EDDIE! EDDIE!” The two circle, Rocky tests things with a kick but Eddie stays back. They feel things out, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Eddie waistlocks, Rocky wrenches, wristlocks, but Eddie clinches. Fans rally, Rocky keeps on the wristlock but Eddie powers through to wrench and wristlock back. Rocky rolls, breaks free and DROPKICKS! Fans are torn as Rocky swaggers, but he and Eddie reset. They feel things out, knuckle lock, and Rocky knees low. Rocky headlocks, grinds the hold, but Eddie powers up and out. They RAM shoulders, but Eddie stays up with a smirk.
Fans fire up as Rocky smirks back, but then pie faces Eddie! Rocky runs, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and RANAS! Eddie bails out, Rocky builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit but Eddie stays up, so Rocky goes again! DIVE and Eddie drops to his knees! Rocky keeps going, and he DIVES for the hattrick, only for Eddie to catch him! Stalling suplex, to the floor! Fans rally behind Eddie while Rampage goes picture in picture.
Eddie stands, stretches out his back, and then he gets Rocky up and into the ring. Cover, TWO! Eddie keeps cool, and also chooses not to rain down fists, instead clamping on a chinlock. Rocky endures as Eddie grinds him down, and fans rally up. Eddie cranks the headlock but Rocky refuses to give up. Rocky fights up, throws elbows, but Eddie knees him low! Eddie whips to knee low again, then whips for another knee! Eddie whips but Rocky rolls him up, TWO! Rocky BUZZSAWS Eddie, then TORNADO DDTS! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Rocky stirs at 3, crawls over, and he brings Eddie up.
Eddie pushes Rocky, runs, but into an IRON OCTOPUS! Eddie endures, pries at the hold, and pops free, only for Rocky to wrangle him with a ghost pin! TWO, and Eddie goes to ropes. Rocky storms up, KICKS Eddie in the back, but Eddie just grimaces. Eddie eggs Rocky on so Rocky KICKS him again! Eddie growls and eggs Rocky on more as Rampage goes picture in picture.
Rampage returns and Eddie suplexes, but Rocky knees free! Rocky knees low, Eddie rebounds, but into a JUMP KNEE! Eddie goes to ropes, Rocky storms over and brings him up through the ropes, to KICK! Eddie eggs Rocky on even though he’s stuck, so Rocky SLAPS Eddie! Eddie SLAPS Rocky! Rocky SOBATS! Then Rocky goes up a corner to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Eddie is still in this and Rocky argues the count but the ref says it was fair. Rocky drags Eddie up, cravats, but no Sliced Bread! Eddie runs in to clothesline in the corner! And MACHINE GUN CHOPS! Fans fire up and Eddie hoists Rocky up top!
Eddie climbs up behind Rocky, stands him up, but Rocky throws hands! Rocky CLUBS Eddie, cravats, and hits SUPER SLICED BREAD! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Eddie survives, and Rocky grits his teeth. Rocky pumps up and fans rally. Rocky runs in to clothesline! That’s one-ever! Two-ever! But URAKEN stops that! URAKEN again!! Eddie drags Rocky into the STRETCH PLUM!! Rocky taps, Eddie wins!!
Winner: Eddie Kingston, by submission (still NJPW Strong Openweight Champion)
Azucar could not dethrone The Mad King, but he still shows Eddie respect with a handshake and hug. Eddie is still NJWP Strong, but will he have to fight even harder to survive The Wrestler, Katsuyori Shibata?
Wait! That’s Shibata’s music! Shibata is HERE! He goes into the ring and shakes hands with Eddie. These two respect each other, and that means they will give it everything they’ve got! Will Eddie still be a two belt king? Or will Shibata become a TRIPLE CROWN Champion?
Aussie Open speaks.
Mark Davis says he is so tired. So tired of hearing the “top blokes” walk around here the last year, hubris unchecked, lying to the people that they are the best in the world. Kyle Fletcher says that for the last 365 days, everything Aussie Open has done has been to get back to FTR. When FTR beat them a year ago, it broke Fletcher. Fletcher felt like a failure and felt lost. So what he wants more than anything is to make FTR feel that pain. This Sunday, Aussie Open takes the AEW World Tag Team Championships, burns down the legacy of #7StarFTR, and from the ashes, rebuild a new empire that they will stand atop of to proclaim that THEY are the best tag team in the world!
The Aussie Arrow and Dunkzilla are ready to bring down Dax Harwood & Cash Wheeler, will they fulfill that WrestleDream?
The Righteous VS Caleb Crush & Gunnar!
Speaking of tag titles, Dutch & Vincent are aimed at the ROH World Tag Team Championships! However, Adam Cole will be out with injury so it’ll just be Maxwell Jacob Friedman meeting them in Seattle. Will this tune-up prove to be more than enough going into that tag title handicap match?
The teams sort out, but then Dutch just CLOBBERS Crush & Gunnar! Fans boo as Dutch says just a few more days and those titles will be theirs! Vincent rains down fists on Crush, then drags him up to UPPERCUT! Vincent bumps Crush off buckles, tags in Dutch, and the Righteous mugs Crush before the BOSS MAN SLAM! Gunnar staggers up but Dutch feeds him to Vinnie’s KNEE! Then Vinnie feeds him to a BOSS MAN SLAM! Tag to Vinnie, fans are torn as the Righteous pace around Crush. Vinnie snaps his fingers, then cravats, AUTUMN SUNSET! Cover, Righteous win!
Winners: The Righteous, by pinfall
A swift and dominant win, these are the two men coming for the tag titles! Will The Righteous purge ROH of the “false friendship” that is the brochachos? Or are even two Righteous men combined not on the level of the Devil?
Ortiz sits alone in a room.
He looks back on his career alongside Mike Santana. They were at the top of their game coming into AEW, but then it ended up going downhill. There’s even audio from Konnan touching on how Ortiz and Santana stopped talking to each other and how Konnan was saddened by that. Ortiz has the footage stop there. What will it take for him to get Santana to talk to him?
Darby Allin speaks.
After replaying what Christian Cage said just last Wednesday on Dynamite, the Relentless One reiterates that he is NOT losing in Seattle, Washington! Will Darby defend home turf against Captain Charisma?
Nick Wayne speaks.
He knows Darby has a lot to say about Christian Cage, and all of that will be part of the Countdown special. But Nick also knows Darby’s actions will speak louder than his words at WrestleDream. And although Darby told Nick not to be there ringside, Nick doesn’t really want to anyway because of what Christian & Luchasaurus are capable of. So, while they let Christian and Darby settle their business, how about Nick and Luchasaurus settle theirs? For months and months, Luchasaurus walked around here while another man held his title. And Luchasaurus followed Christian around like he was some kind of father figure.
And Nick isn’t sure what it is about Christian where he thinks he can even be such a figure to “us Lost Boys,” but Nick had a father. And he told Nick at a young age “to never leave your debts unpaid.” Nick owes Luchasaurus. At Wembley Stadium, Luchasaurus choke slammed Nick onto a skateboard and Nick never forgot it. Nick will repay Luchasaurus this Sunday during Zero Hour. And Nick will even hand Luchasaurus a receipt. Nick brings his own skateboard, will he grind it right into the Right Hand of Destruction?
BREAKING NEWS for Collision!
AEW is going to do it big for WrestleDream Eve as, with Zack Sabre Jr. on commentary, we see an 8 Man Tag! FTR teams with Bryan Danielson & Wheeler Yuta to take on Aussie Open, Ricky Starks & “Big Bill” Morrissey! Plus, Chris Jericho & Kenny Omega test their tag team chemistry against The Gates of Agony! Will The Ocho & The Cleaner survive Toa Liona & Bishop Kaun to take on the Don Callis Family? And Julia Hart gets in action to build some last minute momentum, will she be ready for Kris Statlander and their TBS Championship match set for Sunday?
Backstage interview with Zack Sabre Jr.
Renee Paquette is with The Front Man of TMDK, and says we’re just days away from WrestleDream, where ZSJ takes on The American Dragon, Bryan Danielson. ZSJ just came off a three week tour in NJPW and just got here to the States, is he worried at all about acclimating? ZSJ asks Bryan “Dragon Bullocks” Danielson, “Where are you, darling?” As Renee just said, ZSJ got off a 16 hour flight from Tokyo and is feeling fresh as a daisy. But perhaps this company’s keeping Bryan wrapped head to toe in bubble wrap, or keeps him in a giant Zorb ball. At this point, a strong gust of wind will knock Bryan over.
And is ZSJ supposed to be honored that Bryan chose him as part of the year long retirement tour? Newsflash: Bryan barely has a weekend. This Sunday isn’t just about finding out who the best technical wrestler is, no no. Bryan has retired once in Seattle, so ZSJ will make it final. Ya like that? The final retirement~! Submissions in Seattle, see you on Sunday. The NJPW World Television Champion has put Bryan on notice, but will he be able to slay the American Dragon?
AEW Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s match: Ruby Soho VS Hikaru Shida!
While the Outcasts stand at two members, Saraya is looking forward to a friendly showdown with the Runaway in a little under two weeks! But will Ruby make sure there is No Future for the Shining Samurai? Or will Shida take down one Outcast to go after another?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans fire up as Ruby and Shida step up, and they’re on Shida’s side. Ruby shoves, runs, and RAMS Shida, but Shida just fires up! Ruby headlocks, Shida throws body shots, and then she powers out. Shida then runs past Ruby to run Ruby over! Fans duel, Shida has the majority, and she goes to the corner. Shida climbs up but Ruby slips away before any fists can rain down! Shida is annoyed but she waits on Ruby to return. Ruby takes her time going to the apron, steps in at 6 of 10 but wants Shida to stay back. Shida gets annoyed as the ref keeps her back, but then Ruby pulls Shida’s hair to throw her down!
Ruby throws hands, puts Shida in the corner, then RAMS into her again and again! Fans boo but Ruby runs, only to miss! Shida ROCKS Ruby, then climbs up to rain down fists! Ruby gets away before three, runs back in but into a BOOT! Shida bumps Ruby off buckles, climbs up and rains down those fists! Ruby slips out at five to YANK Shida down! Ruby whips, Shida goes up and CROSSBODIES! Shida then drags Ruby up, puts her in yet another corner, and tries one more time! Shida rains down fists, and goes all the way to TEN! Fans fire up with Shida and she kicks Ruby out, to then MISSILE DROPKICK!
Fans fire up as Shida drags Ruby up, and Rampage goes picture in picture.
Ruby CLUBS away on Shida to stop the lift, then shoves her to a corner. Ruby runs in, Shida dodges, but Ruby ELBOWS her! Ruby goes up to hit DEADLY NIGHTSHADE! Ruby digs Shida into the buckles, lets off as the ref counts, and then brings Shida up to snapmare. Ruby covers, TWO! Ruby throws down fists now, but lets off with a smug smirk. Ruby puts Shida on ropes to CHOKE! The ref counts, Ruby lets off, and then Ruby has Shida in the ropes to throw knees! A shoutout to Saraya, and Ruby lets off at 4. Ruby stalks Shida, looms over her, and pushes her around. Shida pushes back but Ruby eggs her on.
Shida ROCKS Ruby, then fires again! Ruby claws Shida’s face! And throws her down by her hair again! The ref reprimands, but Ruby clamps on a straitjacket stretch! Shida endures, but Ruby grinds her into the mat! Fans rally, Shida fights up, and she arm-drags free! Ruby returns to CLOBBER Shida! Cover, TWO! Ruby is annoyed but Shida grabs at Ruby’s hair! Ruby CLUBS Shida, drags her up, and stomps a hand! Shida scrambles to a corner while the ref reprimands but Ruby stomps a mudhole in. Ruby lets off as the ref counts, and Ruby storms around. Shida drags herself up, but Ruby CHOKES her on the ropes!
The ref counts while Ruby BITES Shida’s ear! Ruby lets off at 4, drags Shida up, but Shida ROCKS her! And again! And again! And again! But Ruby knees low! Ruby talks trash, whips Shida to ropes, but Shida ducks ‘n’ dodges, and DOUBLE LARIATS knock both women down! Rampage returns to single picture as the standing count climbs. Fans rally, both women are down at 5 of 10 but Shida goes to ropes. Shida snarls, she and Ruby stand at 7, and they storm up. Shida fires a forearm, Ruby gives it back! Shida throws another, so Ruby gives it back! They go back and forth, harder and harder, faster and faster!
Ruby gets the edge, but Shida ROCKS her! And ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! Shida whips to JUMP KNEE! Shida then suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Shida fires up again and the fans are with her! Shida aims, KATA- NO, Ruby ducks and bails out! Fans boo but Shida goes out to pursue! Shida runs in, jumps off the steps, and DROPKICKS Ruby down! Fans fire up again and Shida stands Ruby up. Shida torture racks Ruby, then goes to the ramp!? Fans are thunderous but Ruby fights free! They throw forearms, and CHOPS! Shida CLUBS Ruby, Ruby throws body shots, but the count is climbing!
They both hear it’s 8 of 10 and start sprinting! They both slide in at 9.5!! Fans are thunderous and then Ruby swings, but Shida blocks! Ruby HEADBUTTS, blocks a kick, then KICKS back! SAIDO! Cover, TWO! Shida survives and Ruby grows frustrated. Ruby goes to a corner, and she takes Shida’s kendo stick for her own! The ref stops Ruby, takes the kendo stick, but then Ruby brings out the spray paint! Shida and the ref both block that and they’re all fighting over it! Down goes the ref!! Shida and Ruby are both stunned, but then Ruby HEADBUTTS! DESTINATION UNKNOWN! But no ref to count the cover!
Ruby is furious, she would’ve had this! But then she sees the kendo stick! Ruby grins as she wields Shida’s weapon! Fans boo, but Shida blocks the strike to kick and HEADSHOT! Then KATANA KICK!! Cover, but still no ref! Wait, here comes Aubrey! Aubrey slides in, counts the cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida fires up! Shida puts Ruby in a drop zone, goes up the corner, and she METE- NO! Ruby dodges to then STO! Ruby drags herself up the corner, goes to the very top, and STAGE DIVE SENTONS onto knees! And then FALCON ARROW! Cover, TWO!! Ruby survives but Shida won’t stop there!
Shida hauls Ruby up but Ruby wrenches to NO FUTURE KICK! But Shida rebounds to KATANA!! Cover, Shida wins!!
Winner: Hikaru Shida, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the AEW Women’s World Champion)
The Shining Samurai takes down The Runaway, but wait! Here comes Saraya! #TitleTuesday is coming, will that be a good Knight for the champ? Or will Shida take this belt back to become a historic THREE-TIME champion?
A great Rampage, especially as the go-home to WrestleDream. I figured the title matches would end with the champions retaining, but we got really good stuff out of Acclaimed VS Hardy Party and Eddie VS Rocky. As for their title defenses on WrestleDream, I don’t see TMDK taking the trios titles as this will be their AEW debuts. And as I’ve said a few times already, Eddie isn’t losing both belts he worked so hard to have so soon. Plus, it feels like there’s some tension between NJPW the company and Shibata, or else Shibata would already be NJPW Strong Openweight Champion and not one of ROH’s champs.
Speaking of Eddie, good promo from him before his match with Rocky, and good interaction with Team Triple J. I wasn’t exactly expecting Jay Lethal to be Eddie’s first actual feud for the ROH World Championship, but I suppose it does make sense as Lethal was a major player in ROH. I hope these guys actually show up on ROH programming, but also, Tony Khan wants this feud to be seen so it’ll end up on AEW programming instead. Y’know, just like all these other ROH title stories outside of the AEW Women’s title.
Good squash from The Righteous, and I’m really curious as to how the tag title match goes on Sunday. There’s a lot of stuff MJF still has to do with Cole, Roddy and The Kingdom, and now this intrigue with Jay White, Bullet Club Gold and the backstage attack at the end of Dynamite. I still feel it should’ve been The Kingdom in the PPV match anyway, but it seems they were going to drag this story out even before Cole hurt his foot. Good promo from Nick Wayne to call out Luchasaurus, but I feel like Luchasaurus ends up winning that match just to make a point of Nick not being able to show up ringside for Darby.
Good promo from Andrade to call out Juice for this week’s Collision, and I’m still wondering if/when La Faccion Ingobernable helps Andrade against Bullet Club Gold. For that matter, why can’t MJF be paying LFI to beat up on White and the BCG? He’s had business dealings with Andrade & Rush before, let’s strike that up again for some continuity. Really good promo from Aussie Open ahead of their tag title match, and from ZSJ to call out Bryan. That 8 Man Tag tomorrow night is going to be good stuff, and perhaps rather telling about where the PPV matches go. The only reason I don’t see Aussie Open winning against FTR is because of that big Fatal 4 Way tag contenders match, but who knows, maybe Aussie Open wins to bring the AEW belts to NJPW events as they take on like Goto & Hashi.
And of course, a great main event from Shida and Ruby. Seems a little silly to set up Ruby as a contender, wouldn’t that just end up in a Finger Poke of Doom situation with Saraya? Which therefore meant Shida was winning. Saraya VS Shida for this Title Tuesday Dynamite is going to be good stuff, but something makes me feel like Ruby is just gonna help Saraya retain. And not to be mean to Shida, but if she’s already a two-time champ, I don’t see her becoming three-time so soon. Why not get Shida in on the TBS Championship story? Britt Baker wants to be the first to have held both titles in AEW, but Shida should want that distinction, too. Then that lets us have Britt VS Shida as we should’ve gotten by now given everything else we’ve been seeing lately.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (9/29/23)
King VS Emperor to determine a champion!
One way or another, the US title belongs to the LWO!
Rey Mysterio defends his WWE United States Championship against friend and protege, Santos Escobar! But will things stay friendly between them?
- Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson; Jimmy wins.
- Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes; Theory wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar; Rey wins and retains the title.
- Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL; Charlotte wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Bloodline is here!
Fans boo as Jimmy Uso, Solo Sikoa & Paul Heyman head to the ring. And Jimmy is definitely hyped over how he and Solo took down AJ Styles and John Cena, putting the tag team match at Fastlane into question. Heyman has the mic to introduce himself, but the fans keep on booing. His name isn’t “Boo,” he’s Paul! Heyman! And tonight, a rare opportunity that he doesn’t have to do this into the phone but live to the world here from SmackDown, in the hell hole of Sacramento, California. “We ACKNOWLEDGE our Tribal Chief!” The Bloodline throws up the ones, and Heyman says, “And so do each and every single one of you!”
The fans boo, though some do raise the fingers. Heyman asks us why do they acknowledge Roman… Reigns? Because it is in Roman’s name that last week, the second greatest of all time, John Cena, took a beating at the hands of the Bloodline in a way Cena hasn’t taken in at least a decade. And to wit, Heyman calls our attention to the Bloodline version of the Zapruder Film. Heyman plays footage from just last week, where Cena was the only one who signed the contract to have a match for Fastlane. Cena hoped AJ Styles was going to be his partner, but then the Bloodline struck first and hospitalized AJ Styles.
And back to present, fans are booing but Jimmy’s almost cracking up. Heyman says not to get involved in Cena’s business, but a little birdie told Heyman that there are some transportation issues this evening. And while Cena is expected to make it here, you can’t see him because Cena is NOT here. But y’know who else ain’t here? AJ Styles! And why is that? Because he’s lying in a hospital bed, watching them on SmackDown and- Jimmy holds his hand out for the mic? Heyman says he wasn’t done but Jimmy snatches the mic. “Sacramento! The Bloodline is now in your city!” Heyman sighs while Jimmy raises the one.
Jimmy tells the Wise Man, you are too kind. The real reason Cena isn’t here tonight is because he’s scared! Scared of one JIM USO! Jimmy says if Cena is smart, he’ll stay far, far away. If not, they’ll take care of him like they did the Phenomenal One! The one who built the house, place, face- KARL ANDERSON CLOBBERS SOLO! Then he TACKLES Jimmy! Jimmy gets up but Karl clotheslines him up and out! Fans fire up for Karl as he represents for The OC! Karl says he told Styles not to get in Bloodline business and now Styles is in the hospital. So now, this is OC business! Any one of them, get in the ring with him!
Fans fire up but Heyman has Solo stand down. Heyman whispers things to The Enforcer, and then Solo tells Jimmy to handle this or he’ll do it for him. Jimmy says he’s got this. Solo doesn’t return the high-five, but will Jimmy return fire on the Machine Gun?
Jimmy Uso w/ The Bloodline VS Karl Anderson!
SmackDown returns and the match is going as Karl bumps Jimmy off buckles! Then CHOPS! And fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Karl lets off but then stomps a mudhole! Karl lets off to tell Heyman & Solo they made this personal. Karl stands Jimmy up but Jimmy swings. Karl dodges to JUMP KICK! Karl says he told Styles not to get involved but too late now. Karl whips, Jimmy BOOTS back! Jimmy runs, but Karl gives him a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Heyman is worried but Solo is stoic as Jimmy survives. Karl storms up on Jimmy, UPPERCUTS him to the corner, then UPPERCUTS again!
Karl brings Jimmy up to the top rope, ROCKS him with rights, then climbs. Solo steps forward and that distracts Karl, as well as the ref. Jimmy CLAWS Karl’s eyes! The ref misses it but fans boo as Jimmy rains down fists on Karl. Jimmy snarls, goes to a corner, and he SUPERKICKS Karl down! Jimmy goes to the corner, climbs up, and scowls at the booing fans before the USO SPLASH! Cover, Jimmy wins!
Winner: Jimmy Uso, by pinfall
Heyman is relieved and he whispers something more to Solo. Jimmy may be getting himself into trouble, but he’s also getting himself out, will this get Jimmy back in the Bloodline?
Wait, Karl isn’t done! He gets up to throw more hands with Jimmy! Solo storms in to hit the SAMOAN SPIKE! Solo roars as Karl is down, no back-up even possible with both Styles and Gallows hurt. Is the OC no longer a problem for The Bloodline? Wait, Michin is here! She SLAPS Jimmy right down! Fans are thunderous as she storms to the ring. Jimmy asks what the heck! Mia Yim packs a punch, will that knock some sense into Jimmy?
Backstage interview with Santos Escobar.
Cathy Kelley is with The Emperor of Lucha, and says that he faces his mentor and LWO teammate, Rey Mysterio. Where is his mind at tonight? Santos says his mind is focused, but his stomach has butterflies. But this match is about heart. And Santos has already said this is a dream match for him, and he has been working his entire life for it. Now, with the whole world watching, he has a chance to make the dream come true. He never gives up on his dreams, and he will fight for them, so Rey is in for the fight of his life. May the best man win. Will it be Emperor or King of Lucha that reigns as the United States Champion?
The Bloodline regroups backstage.
Jimmy is fuming and he yells at a production staff member just for looking at him. He asks another if they saw what happened, then just shoves the guy down! Jimmy storms off, Solo follows and Heyman has the staff relax. Then he puts in a call to Roman Reigns. What will The Tribal Chief have to say about Jimmy’s attitude?
It’s an all new Grayson Waller Effect.
The Aussie Icon, the Moment Maker, the Dynamite From Down Under is already in the ring on his set, and he says what a wild night already. Cena may be the greatest of all time, but he ain’t the greatest at being on time! Hah! But don’t worry, because Waller is here to save the show. Fans boo but Waller thanks them. Waller’s guests just keep getting bigger, and this is literal given the physical specimen. He has done everything in the WWE as a performer, but not as a talent scout. But that’s alright, he gets what he’s always been missing: the Waller rub! Ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the All Mighty Bobby Lashley!
Fans cheer as Lashley makes his way out and Waller does some push-ups so he looks at least a little bigger standing next to him. They shake hands and then sit at the desk. Waller says he wasn’t lying when the guests keep getting bigger, right? How does he fit into the suit? But Waller appreciates Lashley being on the show, especially after the week he’s had. His boys, the Street Profits had a devastating loss last week. Lashley says he made a mistake. He was looking for the next big thing, he thought the Profits had what it takes to do whatever they want, but seems not. Back to the drawing board, huh?
Wow, that must be hard for the Profits to hear. But yeah, if you’re looking for a tag team, they need to be willing to do whatever it takes. A team with unbridled charisma! A team that is undefeated! Maybe a team like Austin Theory & Grayson Waller! Lashley’s stare makes Waller slow his roll. Lashley knows all about Theory, that’s a pass. Yeah, but Theory’s changed! If you get to know him, he’s a good bloke! And- Wait! Here come the Street Profits! Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins came dressed to match Lashley, and Lashley seems rather upset and confused. The Profits step into the ring, mics in their hands.
Lashley steps to them, and he stops Dawkins before he gets started. No excuses, no reasons. If they want something out of Lashley, they need to prove it. Lashley goes to leave, and then the Profits look to each other. They storm out after Lashley and get up in his face! Lashley says he told them what to do. Now go do it. He keeps on moving, and Waller says how awkward. Hey, light the beam for the 153 million hit man, Austin Theory! Theory makes his entrance, walking past Lashley on the stage, and then continues down the ramp. He smirks at the Profits and goes to the steps, with Waller being the only one cheering.
But will it be A-Town Down as Theory faces Cameron Grimes? Or will SmackDown go TO~ THE~ MOON~?
Austin Theory w/ Grayson Waller VS Cameron Grimes!
SmackDown returns, Theory is busy looking at NXT’s Dragon Lee watching from the front row, and the bell rings. Theory turns around into a BOOT from Grimes! Grimes fires off KICKS, UPPERCUTS, and then CHOPS! Grimes whips, Theory reverses but Grimes CLOBBERS Theory! Grimes keeps moving and he CLOBBERS Theory again! Atomic drop, then KICK! Then a KICK, run, and SHOTGUN dropkick! Cover, ONE! Another cover, ONE! Theory scrambles, Grimes has the leg, and Grimes drags Theory back. Theory kicks free, Waller coaches Theory up and Theory ELBOWS Grimes! And throat chops!
Theory throws down clubbing hands while fans boo, but Theory shouts at everyone. Theory brings Grimes up, talks trash, but Grimes eggs him on! Grimes fires off fists, body shots, then backs Theory to a corner. Grimes whips, Theory reverses, then Theory runs in. Theory blocks a boot but Grimes ENZIGURIS! Grimes goes up, leaps, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Theory hangs tough and Waller relaxes. Grimes aims, and he BUZZ- NO, Theory ducks! So Grimes backflips to deadlift GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Theory survives but Grimes storms up on him in the corner. Grimes KICKS Theory against ropes!
Grimes runs, then he clotheslines Theory out of the ring! Grimes goes to the apron, and he PENALTY KICKS Theory down! Fans fire up with the Carolina Caveman as he takes it to Mr. ATL. Waller talks trash, though, and Grimes stares him down. Theory POSTS Grimes in the distraction! Waller laughs, Theory drags Grimes up and in, and then Theory slingshots. Somersault SHOTGUN! Grimes staggers into the fireman’s carry, A-TOWN DOWN! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
Waller’s a baller with that assist to his boy, and The Now comes out on top! Will these two look to take over SmackDown one win at a time? Theory also talks some trash on Dragon, then pie faces him! So Dragon hits back! Fans fire up but the ref keeps Theory back. Dragon is here as a guest, but Waller says Dragon can’t do nothing anyway. Will this duo hope Boy Wonder stays away from this brand?
Backstage interview with Rey Mysterio.
Kayla Braxton is with the US Champion and says earlier tonight, Santos said this wasn’t just a dream match, but the fight of their lives. What is Rey’s response? Rey says LWO is familia and will always be that. But he knows how hard Santos has worked to get here. Heck, Rey grew up watching Santos’ father, El Fantasma. So Rey has nothing but love and respect for Santos. But be careful what you wish for. Every time Rey steps in the ring, he expects the best of his opponent and brings the best in return. So Santos, like they say, this IS the fight of their lives! May the best man win. Rey seems to feel the same way as Santos, but will either man still feel good after taking a loss?
The Bloodline is beating up Ashante THEE Adonis?!
B-Fab shouts for Jimmy to stop but Jimmy stops when he says he’s stopping! Refs and producers rush in and Jimmy says okay, his bad, he’s done now. Adonis crawls away, but Solo is there! Jimmy says finish this, Solo! UREANGE through the table!! Hit Row suffers the wrath of The Bloodline, but when and where will it stop?
WWE United States Championship: Rey Mysterio VS Santos Escobar!
SmackDown returns as Zelina is ringside for both men, and Santos makes his entrance. Santos says hola to Dragon before getting in the ring. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who holds gold for the L W O!
The bell rings and fans fire up as the two tie up. They go around, Santos waistlocks but Rey works on an escape. Santos holds tight, they sit down, and Rey moves around. Rey fights up, jumps, but Santos holds on during the flying mare! Santos shifts to go for an abdominal stretch but Rey fights it to have a toehold. Fans rally and duel, Santos chinlocks but Rey pulls on the leg. Santos uses that to body scissor, and he rolls Rey to a cover, ONE! Rey is still stuck in the scissors but he moves around. Rey claws at the hold, Santos shifts and has the back mount to then roll Rey again. Rey slips free and the two stand off.
Fans cheer as Rey and Santos reset. Santos trips Rey, blocks the headscissor, but Rey gets up. Santos wrenches, wristlocks, but Rey flips through! Santos whips, Rey reverses but Santos reverses again. Rey is on the apron but he RAMS into Santos! Rey slingshots but Santos stops the rana to GAMANGIRI! Rey falls, Santos PLANCHAS! Down goes Rey at the ramp and Zelina is worried for both men as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns again and Santos has Rey in a modified stretch. Rey endures, Santos shifts his grip, but Rey fights free. Santos has a hammerlock to keep Rey close, and Santos wrangles Rey down. Rey fights up, fans rally, and Rey jumps to hit that flying-mare! Fans fire up as Santos speeds things up and runs Rey over! Things keep moving, Rey dodges but Santos DROPKICKS him down! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Rey hangs tough, and Zelina is again torn. She rallies the fans more for the LWO than for either man. Santos waistlocks, Rey switches, but Santos switches back. They go to ropes and Rey bucks the O’Conner.
Rey ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Santos outta the ring! Fans fire up and Rey builds speed, goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Down goes Santos! Fans fire up with Rey and he hears the ring count. Rey drags Santos up, puts him in at 6 of 10, and then climbs the corner. Santos stands, Rey SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, and he CLOBBERS Santos! Both men are down and fans rally up more. But wait, Jimmy and Solo are still wreaking havoc backstage? SAMOAN SPIKE for security! Jimmy says that guy won’t be Cena’s partner, either! Back to the ring, fans rally for “619! 619!” as Rey goes to ropes.
Santos stands, he rushes in to sunset flip, but Rey rolls through to BUZZSAW! Santos is dazed, Rey calls his shot and he drop toeholds Santos onto ropes! Rey dials it up as fans go wild, but Santos SUPERKICKS Rey outta the ring! Santos takes aim, builds speed, ARROW FROM HELL!! Direct hit at the ramp and down goes Rey! Santos catches his breath while he stands back up, and then he goes up the barriers? To MOONSAULT Rey on the ramp! Zelina is worried again but Santos puts Rey back in the ring. Rey staggers and goes to the far side but Santos takes aim. “This is Awesome!” as Santos spells it out, “L! W! O!”
Santos goes corner to corner, DOUBLE KNEES! Rey wobbles, but Santos puts him back in the corner. Santos goes again, DOUBLE KNEES! Santos hoists Rey up top, climbs up after him, but Rey HEADBUTTS! Rey fires forearms and he knocks Santos down! Santos stands up while Rey steadies himself, but Santos GAMANGIRIS first! Santos climbs up again, goes to the very top, and he whistles for the SUPER STEINER! Zelina couldn’t even watch that, worried for both men. Santos goes to the apron, to SLINGSHOT SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Santos is a bit surprised as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns yet again and Santos has Rey against ropes. Santos CHOPS, and fans “WOO~!” as Rey staggers. Santos whips, BOOTS, and then brings Rey around. Santos picks Rey up into a GORY ESPECIAL! Rey endures being bent back, and Santos even pulls on the arms! Fans rally, Rey fights against the hold, and pops free to arm-drag! Fans fire up as REy goes to a corner, and Santos runs in, only to be put on the apron! Santos GAMANGIRIS, Rey staggers, and then Santos fires up! Santos climbs, leaps, but Rey dodges and the crossbody flops! Rey lines up a shot, runs and springboards but then Santos dodges!
Rey and Santos are both down after those belly flops, and fans rally as both men rise up. Santos runs in, scoops Rey and hits a BACKBREAKER! Fans rally as Rey staggers up, but into a tilt-o-whirl torture rack! Santos runs around with Rey, then hits a RACK DROP! Cover, TWO!! Zelina is relieved again but Santos is surprised. Rey tells Santos to bring it on, there needs to be a winner. Santos storms up to CHOP! And whip, but Rey KICKS back! Rey runs to RAN- NO, Santos blocks that! Santos swings Rey up but Rey sunset flips! TWO!! Santos escapes and even Zelina is stunned! Fans fire up again, “This is Awesome!”
Rey runs in, Santos puts him on the apron but Rey ROCKS Santos first! Then Rey goes up a corner, brings Santos up to join him, and then adjusts position to fire off hands! Fans fire up as Rey calls the shot, but Santos drags Rey into a fireman’s carry! Rey fights with elbows, then pops up to SUPER RANA!! Fans are thunderous while Santos sits up in a daze! Rey DROPKICKS Santos onto ropes! Dial it up! 6 1 9 BLOCKED! Santos drags Rey into an Alabama Lift! But Rey holds the ropes for dear life! Rey then RANAS Santos back onto ropes, redials, and 619 HITS!!! Rey hurries up top, says hey to Eddie, and hit a FROG- NO!
Santos avoids the splash, CLUBS Rey, covers, TWO into the ghost pin! TWO!!! Both men escape by nanoseconds but Santos fireman’s carries! PHANTOM- TAKEDOWN! Rey has a spladle! REY WINS!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall (still WWE United States Champion)
And the greatest luchador of all time comes out the champion! Santos is stunned, but Rey offers him a handshake of respect. They are still familiar, aren’t they? WAIT! The Profits attack!! Dawkins & Ford mug Rey & Santos, this must be how they’re proving Lashley wrong! They hit Escobar with a BIG LARIAT! Fans boo but here comes Lashley! The All Mighty says that’s it! That’s what he wanted! But then here comes the rest of the LWO! Lashley CLOBBERS Wilde while Ford & Dawkins mug Cruz! But Dragon Lee wants to get in! Security keeps him back, he’s just here as a guest! So Wilde is fed to the REVELATION!
The fans boo but The All Mighty has his Profits! Will they soon run SmackDown with iron fists?
The LWO regroups.
They’ve all got icepacks in the medical trainer’s room, and Kayla walks in to congratulate Rey on the win. But before the team could celebrate the moment, they got jumped by The Profits. Santos says sorry, excuse him, but the Profits ruined the moment! Rey says they beat the Profits last week, and now Lashley and them act like they run SmackDown! LWO challenges Lashley & The Profits to a match at Fastlane! Let’s see how tough they are when it’s fair and square! What will happen when these factions go to war in Indianapolis?
WWE announces a huge signing!
Former AEW TBS Champion and rising star, JADE CARGILL, is now with WWE! She got 20 MILLION views on a video just for showing up at the Performance Center! Will a storm be coming for the WWE Women’s Division?
John Cena arrives backstage!
He pulls in rather fast and furious, and he storms right into the arena, that tag match contract in his hands! Will Cena find someone Jimmy & Solo haven’t destroyed to sign on the dotted line? Is there even anyone left?
Pretty Deadly has a video message.
“On July 14th, 2023, Elton prince suffered a devastating shoulder injury. Despite all odds, he is on the road to recovery.” It’s another rehab workout montage, but Elton is still in the wheelchair… Elton works on reaching out for hot tags, swinging chairs, ends up rolling downhill during a celebration, and can’t even poke eyes properly. But as he continues to work at it, he has the courage to stand up and tag in Kit! #YESBOY! #EltonStrong.
The Brawling Brutes are watching this.
Ridge Holland and Pete Dunne look at each other, and neither of them can even process this. Dunne feels maybe they should’ve broken Elton’s leg. The idiots. Will Elton & Kit hope they can stay far, far, far away from Northern Grit and the Bruiserweight?
Charlotte Flair VS Bayley w/ Damage CTRL!
The Queen did what she could to help The Empress of Tomorrow hold off the Evil Genius and her cohorts, but all that got them was a win for Iyo Sky and this rivalry rematch with the Role Model! Will Bayley make an example out of her fellow Horsewoman? Or will Charlotte make Bayley bow down?
SmackDown returns and Bayley makes her entrance, Iyo and Dakota right behind her. But then Charlotte has Bayley hold on so she can get a mic. Charlotte has a question for Bayley: What’s happened to you? Bayley is one of the Four Horsewomen, but now she’s just happy carrying Iyo’s bags. Bayley has become a stepping stone while Charlotte is still the measuring stick. And in the end, it doesn’t matter. Bayley is just in Charlotte’s way. She’ll beat Bayley tonight, and then challenge Iyo for the WWE Women’s Championship at Fastlane! Fans fire up for that, and the bell rings. Bayley CLOBBERS Charlotte!
Bayley fires off, all riled up after what Charlotte said. DMG CTRL cheers and high-fives Bayley. Bayley CHOPS Charlotte, bumps her off buckles, then stomps a mudhole in! Bayley ROCKS Charlotte, lets off, and brings Charlotte around to whip. But Charlotte reverses to send Bayley into the corner, and she CHOPS! Fans “WOO~!” and Charlotte CHOPS again! Charlotte whips, Bayley reverses but Charlotte goes up and out to BOOT Bayley down! Iyo swipes at Charlotte, then Bayley BLASTS Charlotte down! Bayley goes out to the apron, to then FLYING ELBOW Charlotte down! DMG CTRL is fired up as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Charlotte is up top, to CROSSBODY Bayley down! Fans fire up with Charlotte as she storms around. Bayley flounders to ropes, stands up, and Charlotte CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And CHOPS her! And then CHOPS again! Fans fire up as Charlotte says one more, then CHOPS Bayley again! Charlotte swings, Bayley dodges but Charlotte scoops! FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and fans fire up again! Charlotte handsprings to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley is still in this but Charlotte knows she’s tough. Bayley bails out to the apron, Charlotte storms over, but Bayley HOTSHOTS!
Bayley slides in, waistlocks, but Charlotte bucks the O’Conner, to then trip Bayley! Bayley scrambles, Charlotte steps over to drop a knee on Bayley’s knee! Bayley goes to a corner and Charlotte GAMANGIRIS! Bayley staggers, but she BOOTS back! But then Charlotte BOOTS back! Cover, TWO! Charlotte keeps her cool while the fans rally up. Charlotte steps on Bayley and goes to the corner, then goes up the corner, only for Bayley to YANK her down! Bayley puts Charlotte in the ropes, throw hands, then hits a STOCK DROP! Shoutout to another of the Horsewomen! Bayley then SUNSET BOMBS Charlotte into buckles! Bayley drags Charlotte to a cover, TWO!
Bayley tells fans to shut up, don’t cheer for her! Dakota and Iyo cheer her on, though, and Bayley fires forearms on Charlotte! Bayley mocks the “WOO~!” then CHOPS! Bayley CHOPS Charlotte again and again, runs, but Charlotte SPEARS her down! Cover, Charlotte wins!!
Winner: Charlotte Flair, by pinfall
DMG CTRL can’t believe it, but their Role Model lost! The Queen is already wearing yellow ‘n’ block to match Fastlane’s logo, will she take that gold off Iyo? Bayley gets a mic to shout, “Cut the music, you idiots!” Bayley won’t let Charlotte just cut the line! Bayley vowed to end Charlotte, and that’s what DMG CTRL is gonna do! The three surround the ring, but here comes ASUKA! The Empress joins the Queen to run off their common enemies! Asuka gets a mic to shout “OI OI OI OI!” What do you idiots think you’re doing?! She won’t let them do whatever they want! Bayley says okay, they want a Triple Threat for the women’s title?! Then they’ve got it!!
Wait, what? Iyo is confused, but Bayley says this is totally what Asuka said. No, Iyo knows what Asuka said and it wasn’t that! But Bayley says this is so they can teach both Asuka and Charlotte a lesson! Bayley sticks her foot in Iyo’s mouth again, will the Evil Genius have to really work hard on a plan to survive Fastlane?
John Cena heads to the ring!
Sacramento fires up as Cena storms out, saying we’re getting serious tonight! Cena slides into the ring, contract still in hand. Cena also gets a mic, and he tells Sacramento, “I hear ya out there!” Sacramento chants for Cena and so he knows they hear him. And he knows that because last week, he said he was back to compete and that he wanted a match. The Bloodline didn’t take too kindly to that, though. They left Cena knocked out, but they also left him with the contract. This is the contract for a match with them at Fastlane. Yeah, a little lukewarm, because there’s a problem: Cena doesn’t have a partner.
Cena says tonight is very important, because now he has a choice to make. He could rip up the contract and act like this didn’t happen. Fans boo that idea. Or he could stand and fight. The fans like that! So what do you think the man who wears the words “Never Give Up” is gonna make? They cheer the second so he says that’s damn right! He will honor this contract! And if he doesn’t find a partner by Fastlane, then he will fight The Bloodline by himself in a 2v1 Handicap! But speaking of, here comes The Bloodline! Jimmy grins as he has the mic again. “Well, look who finally showed up.”
Cena’s out here talking about Fastlane? Did he not just see what The Bloodline’s been doing all night? They were sending messages! If you team with Cena, you get got by The Bloodline! Fans boo, but Jimmy goes to the apron to tell Cena, “You’re not making it to Fastlane!” But then Cena DECKS Jimmy! Solo stares Cena down, fans fire up, and Solo gets in the ring! Cena throws off the shirt because it is go time! Solo swings, misses, and Cena fireman’s carries, but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him! Flashbacks to last week, HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Solo adds a HIP ATTACK in the corner! Then Jimmy whips Solo in for another HIP ATTACK!
Fans boo as Cena flops out of the ring. The Bloodline clears off the announce desk! They put Cena on it, and Jimmy raises the one. Jimmy goes up the steps but Solo stops him. Solo wants this one! Jimmy grins and nods and lets Solo climb. But L A KNIGHT is here!! Fans are thunderous as the Mega Star storms down, slides in, and he dodges Jimmy to BLAST Solo! And then he BLASTS Jimmy! Knight stomps a mudhole into Jimmy but Solo stops him! So Knight fires off haymakers! Solo TOSSES Knight, but misses the splash! JUMP NECKBREAKER! Jimmy is up, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM!
Fans fire up, and they spell it out, “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop for Jimmy! Cena is back and he TOSSES Solo! Knight TOSSES Jimmy! Mega Star and Greatest of All Time look to each other, and Knight picks up the contract! Fans are electric as Knight signs his name! Cena can’t believe it, either! He has a tag partner for Fastlane? YEAH!! Will Cena and Knight show The Bloodline whose game is it? With EVERYBODY saying… L A KNIGHT, YEAH!!
An awesome episode of SmackDown, especially with how fired up the Sacramento crowd was for everything. Great stuff with Bloodline and such, taking logical yet still exciting turns. Karl Anderson going after The Bloodline was good, because as much as Karl didn’t want Styles getting involved, but he also wasn’t going to let The Bloodline get away with this. Though, Karl didn’t really accomplish much as he got cheated in that match. That slap from Mia was great, though. Then Jimmy & Solo going on a rampage backstage was a great way to show how Jimmy is drunk with power all because he thinks Roman will have his back. Roman most certainly won’t now that Jimmy’s actions have brought LA Knight into the story. Great save from Knight, and he will make a great team with Cena.
Great “main event” match from Charlotte VS Bayley, and that black ‘n’ yellow gear is pretty cool stuff from Charlotte. DMG CTRL of course tries to help Bayley but that backfires. And then I actually like that we’re going back to Bayley talking big and putting Iyo on the spot. The Triple Threat title match is going to be great, and is actually some mad genius thinking from Bayley. DMG CTRL can now legally interfere to make sure Iyo wins against Charlotte and Asuka, but I feel like this can also bring in Shotzi or even Bianca to counteract DMG CTRL. Either way, it’ll be some great stuff to really up things in the SmackDown Women’s Division.
Hilarious vignette from Pretty Deadly, and good response from Brawling Brutes. That feud will definitely start up again after Fastlane and give us a SmackDown contender for the Undisputed Tag Team Championships. Really good stuff out of the Grayson Waller Effect with Lashley putting the pressure on the Profits. Almost thought they were gonna jump Theory since Lashley doesn’t like Theory, but I guess that would make this faction Faces since Theory is Heel. It was nice to see Grimes back, though he does lose to Theory. Dragon Lee being here tonight makes me think he is called up to SmackDown after he screws Dominik Mysterio out of the North American title tomorrow night.
And after just an awesome US Championship match, the Profits instead go after the LWO, a logical move given the back and forth between the factions. LWO wants a Six Man Tag, but does that mean it’ll be Santos, Cruz & Wilde? Or is Rey going to take one of the spots? Either way it’ll be a good time but it feels like the All Mighty Profits are going to take that one to build their momentum towards their own title goals. Lashley VS Rey for the US Championship with Santos helping feels like the move. Maybe there’s tension created as Santos costs Rey, or as Rey says Santos can’t be bending rules just to win. It just feels like something’s going to/has to change in the group dynamic.
My Score: 8.9/10
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