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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (5/19/23)

The champions meet face-to-face!

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The Bloodline is (not) fine.

Ahead of their Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championship match, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn meet NOT the Usos, Roman Reigns & Solo Sikoa face-to-face!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes; Pretty Deadly wins.
  • Asuka VS Zelina Vega; Asuka wins.
  • The Street Profits VS LA Knight & Rick Boogs; The Profits win.
  • Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz; Fyre & Dawn win.
  • The Usos VS Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar; Rey & Escobar win.

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Roman Reigns is here!

The Tribal Chief is in Columbia, South Carolina, and he walks out with Paul Heyman, Solo Sikoa, and no Usos! Roman raises the belts for the pyro, the introductions are made and the Bloodline continues to the ring. Roman raises the belts again for more pyro, and then Heyman has the mic. Heyman holds onto the belts, then hands the mic over to Roman. Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Roman just smirks. “That’s not how we start things here, no. Columbia, South Carolina. ACKNOWLEDGE ME!” Fans are torn between cheers and jeers, but here comes Kevin Owens! And of course, Sami Zayn is here, too!

Roman looks to be getting a headache already as the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions make their way to the ring. Fans cheer for “SAMI! SAMI!” as he and Kevin get mics of their own. Roman says this is perfect! The fans seem excited, and this was Roman’s plan all along. He was going to ask them out here, and there’s really only two things to do, and they can accomplish both right now. “Columbia already did it. Now it’s your turn to acknowledge your Tribal Chief. And when you’re done with that, you can drop off my titles and you can see yourselves out.” Kevin and Sami smirk, and fans rally behind them.

Kevin drops his mic, puts his belts aside, and looks ready to fight. Solo steps up but Sami and Roman have them calm down. Roman says it figures. “Fight Owens, Fight,” that’s all he does. But that’s fine. Roman addresses Sami, but can’t bring himself to say his name. “I’ve had a special career. I mean, I’ve experienced the highest of highs, and the lowest of lows. But I only have one regret. And that one regret is wasting my life on you.” Fans boo and Sami smirks again. Sami says that’s funny, because he has one regret: not blasting Roman with a chair sooner! It’s been a long time coming. They haven’t been in the ring together since Montreal and Elimination Chamber.

Sami thought for months, he’d never get this opportunity to stand here, look Roman in the eyes and say everything he’s wanted to say. He’s been dreaming about this for months. And now Roman’s greed has finally led us to this moment. And now that Roman is standing here, Sami has nothing to say. Except, Roman’s whole life, everyone’s told him he’s the best. He’s gotten everything he’s wanted, and now he wants the tag titles. But look at Sami, Roman. “At Night of Champions, you are not going to get them. And do you wanna know why you’re not gonna win the Undisputed Tag Team Championships? It’s because you’re just not as good as us.”

For that matter, Roman’s not as good as the Usos, either. Even Heyman is reeling from that! Roman tries to laugh it off and he says that’s how Sami feels, huh? That’s how Sami feels about the Tribal Chief? Roman says he took it easy on Sami! Roman gave Sami opportunity after opportunity, tried to serve it up, but wait! The Usos run in from behind and attack the champs! Jey takes out Sami, Jimmy has Kevin! Jimmy POSTS Kevin, Jey TOSSES Sami out, and the Usos DOUBLE SUPERKICK Sami over the desk! Roman seems surprised as the Usos join him in the ring. Fans boo and the Usos are fired up, but Roman refuses to celebrate with them.

Roman says this is HIS ring, and he didn’t tell the Usos to do that! It was a simple plan, it was HIS plan, and you don’t ever- Roman stops raging as he bumps into Solo. Roman leaves all by himself as fans boo. Is everything falling apart around the Head of the Table?

 

The Bloodline regroups in the private suite.

The Usos explain they were just trying to help. Roman says the Usos keep saying “we,” but it sounds like they were just talking about them! Is Roman a twin? Is Roman part of a “we?” This is US, the whole Bloodline! And who is the quarterback here? Roman. So why are the Usos running around doing random stuff? Roman had something he wanted to say! Roman gave a good portion of his life and career to that fool and he had something to say!! Does he get to say it? No. Why? Because the Usos did what they wanted to do. Not what’s been working this whole time, not what’s kept them in the Promised Land. Not just got them here, but kept them here, ON TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN!!

ROMAN is that guy! ROMAN makes those choices! Get out. NOW. GET OUT! The Usos hurry away, Heyman is clearly worried, is the Island of Relevancy sinking by the second?

 

Pretty Deadly speak.

Kit Wilson says, “The WWE Universe has been asking us, what’s the recipe for Friday night’s two tastiest snacks in Pretty Deadly? Well, you’re in luck. Grab a bowl, and add in two cups of charisma.” Elton Prince says to add “two tablespoons on unrivaled tag team ingenuity. And then, a dash of good looks. But the most important ingredients are…” One Kit Wilson and one Elton Prince. And that makes the delicious Pretty Deadly.

Pretty Deadly VS The Brawling Brutes!

Kit Wilson & Elton Prince may be new to SmackDown via the draft, but they should know better than to rile up big bad bruisers like Ridge Holland & Pete Dunne. Will Pretty Deadly wish they were still sleeping with the fishes on NXT? Or will they say #YesBoy to a big debut win?

Sheamus is on commentary, and he gets to reunite with Barrett. The Fella hasn’t hit the pubs yet, the day only got going. The teams sort out, Dunne starts with Kit. They tie up, Kit headlocks, Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles, drops, and then CLOBBERS Kit! Fans fire up and Dunne brings Kit up to ROCK him! And again! Dunne wrenches but Kit throws Dunne by his hair! Tag to Elton, Pretty Deadly double kick and double CLUB, then they stomp the hands! They both Scott Hall finger at Dunne, but Dunne grabs all those fingers! Dunne brings them down to STOMP the hands!

Dunne double dropkicks Pretty Deadly, then ROCKS Elton with a forearm. Tag to Ridge, he feeds Elton to a DROPKICK! Sheamus loves it, and Ridge brings Elton back up. Ridge suplexes, but Elton knees back. Ridge keeps Elton up for the SLAM! Ridge drags Elton up, headlocks and grinds, but Kit tags in. Elton powers out and leaps over for Kit to DDT Ridge down! Ridge flops out of the ring while Pretty Deadly poses, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Elton UPPERCUTS Ridge. Tag to Kit, Elton RAMS Ridge and Kit runs to UPPERCUT! Kit then brings Ridge around to tag Elton back in. Kit ROCKS Ridge, but Ridge rebounds to DOUBLE SHOULDER Pretty Deadly! They rebound together to DOUBLE SHOULDER Ridge! “Yes, boy~!” and SPLASH LEG DROP COMBO! Cover, TWO! Elton CLUBS away on Ridge, covers, ONE!! Ridge hangs tough but Elton pie faces him. Ridge throws body shots, Elton CHOPS but Ridge UPPERCUTS! And UPPERCUTS! Elton kicks low, whips, Ridge reverses and then POUNCES! Fans fire up and so does Sheamus!

Ridge and Elton crawl, hot tag to Kit! Kit jumps on Ridge for a SLEEPER! Ridge is fading, but fans rally up. Ridge gets a second wind, storms his way forward, hot tag to Dunne! Kit runs back, Elton runs in, Dunne DROPKICKS each of them! Dunne GERMAN SUPLEXES Elton! And then GERMAN SUPLEXES Kit! Dunne GAMANGIRIS Kit in one corner, GAMANGIRIS Elton in the other! Knee drop onto Elton’s arm! STOMPS for Kit’s hands! X PLEX for Kit! Cover, TWO! Sheamus gets a “FIGHT NIGHT!” chant going and Dunne powers up. Dunne storms up but Kit BOOTS him! Kit goes up but Dunne GAMANGIRIS!

Dunne climbs up, throws hands on Kit, but Kit HOTSHOTS Dunne! Ridge tags in, he picks Elton up on the way and RAMS into Kit! Ridge has Pretty Deadly double stacked! DOUBLE SAMOAN DROP! Ridge CLOBBERS Elton, Dunne has him on the ropes! Ridge sits Kit up, for DOUBLE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN! Dunne gets some extra shots in, but Kit RAMS Ridge into Dunne! Elton gets free, SPILT MILK! Elton then goes back to being “trapped!” Kit covers, Pretty Deadly wins!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall

Kit “frees” Elton and they get away before Sheamus storms into the ring. No sense in crying over Spilt Milk, but will Pretty Deadly get going in the WWE Tag Division?

 

WWE mourns the loss of “Superstar” Billy Graham.

The Reflection of Perfection, from Paradise Valley, this WWE Hall of Famer was ahead of his time. Another intensity, another level, another color chart brighter than everyone else. He was constantly evolving and defining what was sports entertainment during his era. The man of the hour, man with all the power, too sweet to be sour, THE Superstar! Great physique, great work ethic, and an unrivaled charisma. In 1977, he shocked the world by defeating THE Bruno Sammartino to become WWF Champion. Billy Graham inspired Hulk Hogan, Ric Flair and Dusty Rhodes, among others.

Twenty years ahead of his time, the first ever sports entertainer. “What you see is what you get, and what you don’t is better yet.” RIP Superstar, and thank you for everything.

 

Asuka VS Zelina Vega!

The Empress of Tomorrow fired the first shot on Bianca Belair last week, wanting another shot at the Raw Women’s Championship. She’s got that shot at Night of Champions, but will Asuka be ready for La Muneca?

Vega is backstage, showing off her new LED helmet, and Kayla Braxton brings up this match. Vega knows where this is going. Is Vega ready for Asuka? Well, when Vega received that love and support from her people in Puerto Rico, she realized that she belongs with the top dogs of the Women’s Division. It doesn’t matter how much she is taken for granted, about her size or that she’s underestimated. Nothing matters. When she gave her all against Rhea Ripley, she showed that she can go toe to toe with the best of the best. Now, Asuka will see that Vega is ready! Will Vega prove that all right here and now?

The bell rings, and Vega ducks a roundhouse! She rolls Asuka, Asuka rolls through but Vega KICKS her! Vega brings Asuka up, Asuka shoves her back and pops her up, but Vega blocks knee into a takedown and cover, TWO! Asuka is disoriented and Vega DROPKICKS her to the ropes! Vega runs in, but Asuka ducks the 619! Asuka laughs, enjoying where this is going, and Vega goes out, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Asuka fireman’s carries and SNAKE EYES Vega off the desk! Asuka is having fun as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Asuka throws Vega by her hair! The ref reprimands, Asuka kicks Vega around, and toys with her. Vega blocks a kick, spins Asuka and ROCKS her! And ROCKS her again! And again! Vega whips but Asuka blocks. Asuka whips Vega to a corner, runs in, blocks a knee, but Vega reels her in for a shoulder! Vega then SHOTGUNS Asuka down! Vega runs but Asuka dodges. Vega dodges back and drop toeholds Asuka onto ropes! Vega redials, 619! Fans fire up and Vega goes up a corner. Asuka stands, Vega gives us some Latina Heat, to METEORA! Cover, TWO!! Asuka escapes and shocks Vega!

Asuka gets up, swings, but Vega gets around Asuka. Asuka pops the Destroyer away, waistlocks, but Vega victory rolls! Vega has the wrists for a cover, TWO, and Asuka tries to roll back. Vega traps her into the DOUBLE WRIST O’CONNER BRIDGE! TWO!! Asuka has Vega caught now, ASUKA LOCK!! Vega fights around, rolls back to a cover, TWO!! Asuka gets Vega with TRIANGLE HOLD! Then RINGS OF SATURN!! Vega verbally quits, Asuka wins!

Winner: Asuka, by submission

But Asuka makes her suffer! Fans boo, but here comes BIANCA! The RawEST Women’s Champion slides in, Asuka slips away, and Bianca helps Vega up. But Asuka comes back! Bianca sees her, almost has her, but Asuka SPRAYS THE MIST! Bianca just avoids getting hit in the eyes like last week, and she glares at Asuka. Will Asuka hit Bianca with a bull’s eye at Night of Champions?

 

It’s the SmackDown debut of the Grayson Waller Effect!

There’s spotlights all around, and a big introduction by Mike Rome: “Ladies and gentleman, please welcome the most talked about new sensation on Friday Night SmackDown, the man with the triple platinum tongue, the Viral Virtuoso, the Dynamite from Down Under, he is… the Moment Maker, the Aussie Icon, your host of the Grayson Waller Effect, Grayson! WALLER!” Waller is in the ring on set and he welcomes us to his show’s debut here on SmackDown. Fans boo but he says this is a treat to finally see this all in person. But right to it, his guest faces Seth Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship at Night of Champions. He is the Phenomenal AJ STYLES!

Fans cheer as Styles makes his entrance and goes to the ring. Waller welcomes Styles as he takes a seat, and Waller says this isn’t their first encounter. They crossed paths as Styles visited NXT, and Styles said something to Waller then. “Try being phenomenal for 20-plus years.” Waller thought about that, and Styles is right. All the titles, all the amazing matches all across the globe, Styles is without a doubt a first ballot Hall of Famer. And next week, Night of Champions, Styles VS Rollins, Styles can add one more accolade. What does winning the title mean to Styles?

Styles will first say this. The last couple months, Styles was out with injury. That was the longest he was out of the ring in his career. All Styles could think about was getting back in it. So when he got cleared, all he did was get after it. He trained so hard, you’ve never seen someone train as hard as him. Waller believes it and fans cheer. Styles says he knew at some point that an opportunity would come along, and he’d be the World Heavyweight Champion. Fans cheer that, and Styles says he wanted it more than the air he breathes. Waller has to be honest, he has goosebumps.

Styles says Rollins is on a movie set. Styles is happy for him, that is great. “But surely, he’s exercising, doing a little bit of training, so that he can be ready. Because I assure you, as the heart that is beating in my chest, I am.” Waller says that will be an instant classic! Seth Rollins VS AJ Styles, a stacked night at Night of Champions, but the WHC is the match he’s looking most forward to. Waller is going to be most excited for when the announcer says–and take notes, Mike Rome–“AND NEW…! World, Heavyweight, Champion…! SETH! FREAKIN’! ROLLINS!” Waller looks at Styles right there, and Styles gets up. The 21st Century Success Story is still salty, but is his prediction going to come true?

 

The LWO talks backstage.

Word on the street, the Usos are the greatest tag team in the world. But Santos Escobar politely disagrees. Fact: Rey Mysterio is a hall of famer. Santos is a future hall of famer. Latinos all around the world need to know what they are all about. Si or no? Cruz Del Toro y Joaquin Wilde agree. Wilde says the Usos are good, but tonight, the LWO proves they’re better. And Cruz wants a favor, please. Tonight, you kick the Usos’ asses! Rey says the Usos will find out what happens when you mess with the L W O! That settles that, right? Will the King and Emperor of Lucha put Jimmy & Jey in their place?

 

The Street Profits VS LA Knight & Rick Boogs!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins aren’t going to be let out of any tag team discussion, but they’re going to use actions to speak for them. Will the Profits be up? Or will it be a #BoogieKnight on SmackDown instead?

SmackDown returns and The Mega Star makes his entrance. He has the music cut so he can “talk to ya!” Knight told everyone when he walked in the door here, he’s looking for titles! And the tag team titles ain’t safe, either! But then he sees the Profits walk in on his territory, walk into SmackDown, talking all that stupid trash, and Knight thinks, “I can beat them with anybody. And that’s exactly what I’m gonna do, courtesy of the man they call The Mega Star, with everybody saying L! A! KNIGHT! I’m gonna lead this team to a W, with this man, Rick Boogs!” Boogs makes his entrance, and he’s already Boogin’ out!

The teams sort out and Boogs starts against Ford. Ford “puffs” himself up, walks around a la Vinnie Mac, then things speed up. Ford LARIATS, but Boogs stays up! Ford runs again, LARIATS, but Boogs is still up! Ford tries again, ducks Boogs’ lariat, but jumps into Boogs’ arms! Boogs says he’s BOOGIN OUT! Trophy lift, and some presses! The fans count along, Boogs gets TEN! He throws Ford, and “OH MY GAWD~! I’m BOOGIN OUT!” Dawkins tags in and says he’ll handle this. They tie up, Dawkins headlocks, but Boogs lifts Dawkins to the ropes! Then he powers out of the headlock, Dawkins hurdles but Boogs runs him over!

Boogs brings Dawkins up, pump handles and carries Dawkins, for some bicep curls! Boogs gets seven, takes a breath, and then FALL AWAY SLAMS! Even Knight is impressed, and then he tags in. Knight says they’re a team, so they double whip. They double shoulder Dawkins, Boogs high-fives Knight, and then Knight brings Dawkins up, only for Dawkins to JAWBREAKER! Dawkins runs in, Knight scoops to POWERSLAM! Fans fire up with the “L! A! KNIGHT! YEAH!” BIG elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Knight brings Dawkins up, tags in Boogs, and Knight coordinates the team They double back suplex, but Dawkins lands on his feet!

Hot tag to Ford! Ford goes up to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up, Ford dodges Knight to CLOBBER him! Ford swings on Boogs, Boogs back suplexes but Ford lands on his feet! Ford mule kicks, front kicks and ENZIGURIS! Boogs staggers, Knight returns, but Ford dumps him out to ENZIGURI! Boogs runs in, Ford sends him into Knight! Ford clotheslines Boogs out, then FLIES to take them both out! Ford puts Boogs in, Dawkins gives him the ANOINTING! Tag to Ford, and he climbs, to come in FROM THE HEAVENS! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

Knight may have overestimated his ability to gel with Boogs, and the Profits are indeed up! Will Comeback Season get going for the Summer? As for Boogs and Knight, Knight helps Boogs up, they shake hands and hug it out, but then Knight hits BFT!! Knight puts all the blame on Boogs, will Knight try a new partner next time?

 

Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.

Megan says after the very impressive debut against Baron Corbin last week, what’s going through his mind? Grimes says that a few weeks ago, if you told him his name would be associated with one of the fastest wins in WWE history, he wouldn’t have believed you. But being here on SmackDown, he’s living a dream. He made a huge splash last week with that quick win, but that won’t stop him from being determined, from being focused, and going straight to the top! In fact, do you know where he wants to go? Where? TO THE MOON~! WOO! Grimes is all fired up, will he cause Cave-In after Cave-In until he strikes gold?

 

Karrion Kross speaks.

“They say justice is blind. Surely, that must be the case. Because I am the imminent threat to justice, and it has absolute no idea. Do you, Alan?” Scarlett plays the next tarot card, and it has AJ Styles on it as “justice.” Tick tock. Will Styles make it to the Night of Champions with Doomsday coming for him?

 

Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn VS Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz!

The Unholy Alliance, the wicked witches of NXT, are making a SmackDown in-ring debut, but so are their opponents! Will the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions cast a spell on Friday nights?

The teams sort out, Leon and Fyre start. The two circle, tie up, and Fyre knees low. Fyre throws Leon down by her hair, then drops a knee right on her head! Fyre drags Leon, tags Dawn, and Fyre KNEES Leon before feeding her to Dawn’s TARANTULA! Fyre mule kicks Leon while the ref counts, and Dawn lets Leon go so she can run and METEORA! Dawn taunts Leon, drags her up and slaps her around. Dawn whips, Leon holds ropes and tags Feroz. Dawn BOOTS Leon but Feroz goes up the ropes, only for Dawn to THROW her down! Dawn KNEES Feroz down, tags Fyre in, and the two circle around Feroz.

Fyre drags Feroz up and puts her in the Gory Especial. Dawn joins in, BLACK MAGIC FACEBUSTER! Cover, Fyre & Dawn win!

Winners: Alba Fyre & Isla Dawn, by pinfall

Double, double, boil and bubble, the wicked witches and their wicked ways are still strong. Will the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions prove they’re even better than the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions? Speaking of…

 

BREAKING NEWS regarding the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships!

Liv Morgan wasn’t cleared to compete on Monday, and it seems the injury to her jaw is even worse than that. Therefore, the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships are for all intents and purposes vacated! And on the Raw after Night of Champions, it will be a Fatal 4 Way to crown NEW WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions! Bayley & Iyo Sky VS Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler VS Raquel Rodriguez and a partner of her choosing will all battle for the belts! Will Big Mami Cool find someone who can live large like Liv Morgan? Or will there truly be new champions holding onto those titles?

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.

Kayla Braxton is with the now former champion and Raquel wants to give a shoutout to Liv. Even though they had to give up the titles, the way Liv pulled through in the match last week, there is no denying Liv is still a champion. And handing over the titles is the hardest thing Raquel’s had to do in her career. But she is NOT giving up. Liv is not replaceable, but Raquel will- But DMG CTRL walks in with sarcastic clapping. Bayley sarcastically says that’s so sad. But DMG CTRL give a shoutout to Dakota Kai who also got hurt but with a much more devastating and heartbreaking injury. Bayley blames Raquel for it!

So if Raquel can find that new partner in time for next week’s SmackDown, then Bayley & Sky will be waiting in the ring! Bayley laughs, but Sky seems just as surprised as anyone by this. Will the Role Model & Evil Genius take control no matter who, if anyone, joins Raquel?

 

Austin Theory is here!

The Now is here, still WWE United States Champion after surviving Backlash. But what does Theory have to say this close to Night of Champions? We’ll see, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Theory welcomes us to “Austin Theory Live!” Fans boo, but Theory says they know, their parents know, and their parents’ parents know who he is! But he has to say, coming to SmackDown last week, it wasn’t what he expected. He expected respect! Look at the list of legends he’s bodied! But what happened last week? Let’s talk about it, and he wants to boo it, too. Theory was “ganged up on” by former world champions in Bobby Lashley and Sheamus. He’s trying to figure it out. Both of those guys know that he would’ve gone on to beat Seth Rollins and become the NEW World Heavyweight Champion! And that’s not a theory, that’s a fact!

But he’s trying to figure it out. Lashley makes sense. Theory was on Raw, Lashley shows up. Theory moves to SmackDown, Lashley follows him. This is like a weird obsession. Lashley is jealous, duh. But Sheamus? Theory doesn’t understand. Theory thought he and Sheamus have something in common: They’re both tough, both strong, and both beat John Cena! The only thing is, Theory did it this year at WrestleMania, and Sheamus did that like 12 years ago. Theory was like 13 at the time. But that’s what he means! He- WAIT, Sheamus makes his way out! The Celtic Warrior storms right up to the ring and up to Theory.

Sheamus stares Theory down, pushes past him to get a mic, and then BROGUES Theory down! Mic drop, and Sheamus takes his leave. Is that Sheamus sending a message the best way he knows how?

 

The Usos hype up backstage.

They’re ready to show Roman what they can do. But Heyman walks over to say he’s got it under control. The Tribal Chief forgives Jey, and he forgives Jimmy. So he’ll be out there with them? Um… Excuse Heyman’s reach as he takes Jimmy’s hand. Because actually, no, Roman will not. Jimmy pulls his hand away. Heyman wants them to understand, Roman is the Tribal Chief. There’s a lot to go into that burden! The others don’t know what it’s like to have that. Roman has to go to Night of Champions to make a declarative statement. And then, two weeks from tonight on SmackDown, the 1000 DAY REIGN CELEBRATION!

Plus, c’mon! It’s the LWO! The Usos got this! They’re the greatest tag team of all come! They have this. But please, don’t make that a prediction, make that a spoiler. Yeet. Jey heads out first, Jimmy looks Heyman up and down, then says, “Yeet.” The Usos are ready, but will they get back in Roman’s good graces with this main event?

The Usos VS Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar!

SmackDown returns as the Usos make their entrance. The teams sort out and Jey starts against Rey. They circle, but Rey is wary of Jimmy. Jey RAMS Rey into the corner, RAMS in again and again, then tags Jimmy. The Usos mug Rey, then Jimmy UPPERCUTS Rey down! Jimmy says, “You know what time it is, Uce!” Jey shouts, “Get the W!” Jimmy stalks Rey to a corner, Jimmy whips him corner to corner hard, and then looms over Rey as he falls over. Jimmy fireman’s carries, but Rey fights free! Jimmy kicks low, runs, but Rey kicks back! Rey runs, tags Escobar and sunset flips to rewind for Escobar’s basement dropkick!

Rey TOSSES Jimmy out, dodges Jey, and Escobar clotheslines Jey out! Then Escobar whips Rey, the Usos narrowly avoid getting a 619! Rey hops onto Escobar’s shoulders, the LWO is in control, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Jimmy taunts Escobar while the fans rally up. Jimmy drags Escobar up, but Escobar throws hands! Escobar DECKS Jey, fires off on Jimmy, but Jimmy keeps Escobar from Rey! Escobar reaches out, Rey reaches out in return, but they’re fingertips away as Jimmy whips Escobar into a corner! Escobar bounces off buckles and falls back into a roll-up, TWO! Jimmy is frustrated, and the rest of the Bloodline is watching backstage. Jimmy stalks Escobar to a corner, throws hands, and the fans rally up. The ref counts, Jimmy talks trash in Escobar’s face, then he CHOPS!

Escobar staggers, Jimmy whips him corner to corner, but Escobar comes back to DROPKICK Jimmy down! Fans fire up, both men crawl, and Jimmy hot tags Jey! Jey hurries past Escobar to UPPERCUT Rey! The ref reprimands but Jey goes back to Escobar. Jey drags Escobar up but Escobar cradles! TWO!! Jey escapes in time, and he UPPERCUTS Escobar down! Jey says right here, cover, TWO! Escobar is still in this and Jey grows frustrated. The fans chant “USOS SUCK!” and Jey throws hands. Escobar counter punches! Escobar throws more hands but Jey shoves him back to CLOBBER him!

Jey holds up the finger, then tags in Jimmy. Jimmy fires off on Escobar in the open corner. Escobar sits down, Jimmy raises the finger now, and says “UCE! SO!” Jimmy runs in to HIP ATTACK! Jimmy raises the finger again, and he goes corner to corner again. HIP- KNEE! Escobar takes Jimmy down and the fans rally up! Jimmy and Escobar crawl, hot tags to Jey and Rey! Rey fires off on Jey! Rey whips, Jey reverses but Rey tilt-o-whirls and RANAS Jey into ropes! Jey goes to a corner, Rey runs in but Jey puts him outside. Rey ROCKS Jey, goes up top, and SEATED SENTONS! Rey keeps moving, springboard CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!

Rey keeps his cool and brings Jey up, But Jey mule kicks! And UPPERCUTS! And whips, but Rey kicks back! Rey SOBATS, then hops on, SUNSET BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Jey survives but Rey calls the shot. Rey brings Jey up, throws forearms, whips, but Jey reverses. Rey holds ropes to stop himself, and he BOOTS Jey away! Jey distracts the ref and Jimmy ENZIGURI! Rey staggers, Jey brings him up, POP-UP NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Rey survives and Jimmy can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” but Jey says it’s done. Tag to Jimmy, the Usos drag Rey up, and they double suplex. Rey fights free with knees!

Rey goes to ropes, the Usos run in but he dumps them both out! Hot tag to Escobar! Escobar builds speed, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp and fans fire up! Escobar puts Jimmy in, he blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Jimmy whips, but Escobar JUMP KNEES! Jimmy staggers to a corner, Escobar shouts “L! W! O!” DOUBLE KNEES! Escobar puts Jimmy up top, climbs up after him, SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy survives and Escobar can’t believe it! Jimmy crawls to the apron, “This is Awesome!” as Escobar stalks him. Jimmy’s on the apron, Escobar KICKS him and has him in the ropes!

Tag to Rey, Escobar drags Jimmy out, LEG DROP NECKBREAKER COMBO!! Cover, JEY BREAKS IT! Escobar is frustrated, but Jey SUPERKICKS him down! Rey throws Jey out, and he dropkicks Jimmy’s legs! Jimmy’s on the ropes, Rey dials it up, but runs into a SUPERKICK!! Tag to Jey, USO SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! The Usos cannot believe it! Columbia can’t believe it, either! Jey calls to Jimmy, he tags in, and the Usos go up the corners. But here comes Kevin! The Usos are distracts, and Escobar ENZIGURIS Jey! Kevin distracts the ref, SAMI shoves Jimmy off the top! Rey RANAS Jimmy onto ropes!

Tag to Escobar and Rey dials it up! 619!! Escobar goes up while Rey SEATED SENTONS Jey! Escobar FROG SPLASHES! Cover, THE LWO WINS!

Winners: Rey Mysterio & Santos Escobar, by pinfall

A huge assist to Kevin & Sami, and the entire Bloodline is upset! But while the Usos are upset with Kevin & Sami for doing this to them, Roman looks upset with The Usos. But as Solo starts to get up, Roman has him stop. Roman says he’ll handle this next week. What does The Tribal Chief have planned for Jimmy & Jey?


My Thoughts:

A great episode for SmackDown here, and is kinda part one of the go-home for SmackDown since I think they’re going to prerecord next week’s episode because they have to travel to Saudi Arabia next week. That’s why the face to face was tonight. Great opening promo segment, and the Usos attacking without checking in with Roman was a good way of growing the dysfunction in the group. Roman is losing control of his anger just like he is losing control of the faction, and something about him bumping into Solo makes me think it might not even be the Usos but Solo who costs them the title. Solo can choose his brothers over Roman and they overthrow him as Tribal Chief as part of this story’s next chapter.

That is doubled down by how, in a great main event, there was some overbooking so that the Usos get screwed over and lose. Roman and Solo are both upset, but I feel like only Roman wants to punish the Usos. Well, Solo might still beat on The Usos for the greater good of the Bloodline, but Roman says he’ll handle it, so who knows. But this is also great for the LWO, they’ve badly needed wins. Rey & Escobar make a good tag team, but I feel like Cruz & Wilde need to get going so Rey and Escobar can be the singles title guys. Escobar being US Champion would be cool. Theory and Sheamus had a good promo segment, mostly because Sheamus didn’t say anything, he just gave Theory a Brogue. That’ll be a great title match, but I feel like Theory will screw Sheamus over like he has everyone else.

Zelina had a great match with Asuka, but of course Asuka wins. Bianca making the save to almost get misted was a good little bit, and their title match could go either way. WWE still needs to address the whole “Raw title on SmackDown, SmackDown title on Raw” conundrum, and with Rhea still the SmackDown Women’s Champion, it feels like Bianca will retain the Raw title so that Bianca and Rhea can sort things out themselves. NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions on SmackDown as still champions is also something they need to sort out, but Fyre & Dawn get a good win off the quietly called up Feroz & Leon.

A shame about Liv being out of action, that all undercuts what Ronda threatened Raquel with on Raw. The Fatal 4 Way will be great stuff, as well “next week’s” match of Bayley & Sky VS Raquel and… Shotzi? Tegan? Is there another call-up in the women’s division I’m not remembering? I mean, this would be a great way to get someone new going. Pretty Deadly got that with a good promo and a really good match against Brawling Brutes. That was a clever way to cheat when they didn’t really need to, but I feel like Pretty Deadly VS Brawling Brutes could keep happening in the background of the tag title picture until it’s the right time.

The Profits also got a great tag team win, Boogs & Knight were an impressive team, but obviously a new team wasn’t going to beat WWE Triple Crown Tag Team Champions. And LA Knight does to Boogs in one week what was building between Boogs and Elias for months. They team up, they lose, and Knight turns on Boogs. Knight VS Boogs could be a lot of fun, too, winner looking stronger in the midcard title chase. Grimes has a good promo that I was more surprised wasn’t interrupted by Corbin. Maybe that will pick up again in a couple weeks once we’re past Night of Champions and on to Money in the Bank. Grimes in the MITB ladder match would be some great stuff.

And then the Grayson Waller Effect debut here on SmackDown wasn’t quite as, well, Grayson Waller Effective as it is on NXT. They didn’t have him do his Instagram live stream, he didn’t read comments from “fans,” but I did appreciate that he was passive aggressive with Styles given their feud from back in NXT. Styles bringing up Rollins being part of a movie (Marvel’s next Captain America movie) was a surprise, but that was also Styles’ argument against John Cena when they feuded. Now, I would hope just for the sake of story and what WWE has been building, we still get Rollins winning at Night of Champions. Styles & The OC can’t go moving back to Raw, and the new WHC can’t be on SmackDown where Roman is. This role may just be a one-off anyway, so don’t go assuming Rollins is following Cena and The Rock into Hollywood.

My Score: 8.7/10


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

The Czar and… HIM!

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NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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

 

Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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

 

NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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

 

The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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

 

Ava Raine is on the phone.

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

 

Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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

 

Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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

 

The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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

 

DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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

 

Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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

 

Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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

 

Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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

 

Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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

 

Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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

 

Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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

 

Dijak argues with Ava.

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

 

Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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

 

Waves are rolling in.

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

 

BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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

 

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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

 

NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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

 

Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10


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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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

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

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

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

 

Ratings:

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

 

Results:

Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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


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