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Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (6/19/23)

Cleveland is Raw!

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Guess who’s back, back again!

WWE Raw returns to Cleveland, Ohio, and Logan Paul returns to WWE! What will The ImPAULsive Maverick have to say in his hometown?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE World Heavyweight Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???; No Contest.
  • The Miz VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.
  • Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance; Kayden & Katana win.
  • Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin; Indus Sher wins.
  • Matt Riddle VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ GUNTHER; Riddle wins.
  • The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan; The Viking Raiders win.
  • Rhea Ripley VS Natalya; No Contest.
  • Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Trish Stratus w/ Zoey Stark VS Raquel Rodriguez; Trish wins, by disqualification, and advances to MITB.
  • Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed; Bronson wins.
  • Six Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn; Cody, Kevin & Sami win.

PLAY BY PLAY

WWE World Heavyweight Championship Open Challenge: Seth Rollins VS ???

Cleveland sings along with The Visionary’s song as he struts his way down the ramp. And he’s ready for an Open Challenge! But FINN BALOR attacks!! So much for the open challenge! The Prince is after Rollins NOW! Finn TOSSES Rollins out but Rollins drags him out! Finn TACKLES Rollins onto the desk! Fans fire up, the ref reprimands, and Finn lets off to RAM Rollins into the post! And then he rains down fists! Fans chant “YOU SUCK! YOU SUCK!” but Finn keeps after Rollins! Finn kicks and stomps and refs rush out. Adam Pearce and producers show up, too, and they get Finn to leave Rollins alone.

Fans boo and Finn “apologizes.” Finn then jukes through the cluster to jump off the steps and DIVING STOMP!! Rollins sputters and Pearce is furious! Finn leaves this time, or not! DIVING STOMP off the desk!! Two Coup de Graces and fans boo even harder. Finn says he’s good, but then goes around the way! A THIRD DIVING STOMP!!! Now Finn is done because there’s no way Rollins can accept that open challenge! Will Rollins even be able to go to NXT tomorrow night? Or Money in the Bank in two weeks?

 

Raw returns and Rollins is raging backstage!

He wants after Finn but Pearce is telling him to calm down. But then Finn ATTACKS AGAIN! Finn throws Rollins into a table! And then into another table! And then he throws the table at Rollins! And then he drags Rollins up to throw into a road case! The case falls over! Finn stomps away on Rollins, then digs his boot in! “For seven years I’ve been waiting for this! And it’s coming home at Money in the Bank!” Producers get Finn to stop, but is the Prince far from through with The Visionary?

 

The Miz is here!

“Enough about Seth Freakin’ Rollins and his problems! I wanna talk about MY problems!” Seth Rollins promised an open challenge tonight, but he did not deliver. Miz was gonna accept that challenge and become World Heavyweight Champion! Miz is a GOD in this hell hole of Cleveland! And he was gonna give the people a chance to see one of their finest becoming champion , and that can’t happen now. So Miz is gonna issue his OWN Open Challenge to anyone here in Cleveland! Because Miz wants everyone to see what a winner looks like amongst a sea of losers. Miz waits, and… TOMMASO CIAMPA is here!!

The Miz VS Tommaso Ciampa

Miz is excited! Ciampa was a good pal of his when Ciampa was here, he’s hoping this will be a friendly competition. But then Ciampa DECKS Miz! Fans fire up and Ciampa says he doesn’t need Miz anymore! The bell rings and Ciampa fires off on Miz! Ciampa stomps away but the ref counts. Ciampa lets off but he’s all fired up. Fans are also fired up as Ciampa chase Miz out of the ring. Miz swings but Ciampa counter punches! Ciampa SMACKS Miz off the desk! And again! And again! Ciampa sets the desk hook up against the desk, to BACK SUPLEX Miz through it! Ciampa sits on the desk, and cheers himself!

Fans cheer as Ciampa pats himself on the back. Ciampa says not ONE message from Miz! Ciampa puts Miz in the ring, then runs in and clotheslines! And then an other clothesline! And then Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges to CLOBBER Miz! Fans fire up and Ciampa brings down the kneepad! Ciampa aims at Miz, but Miz dodges to kick the leg out! BASEMENT DDT! Cover, TWO! Ciampa’s tougher than that but Miz is mad. Miz rains down fists on Ciampa! Fans rally for Ciampa as Miz dribbles his head. Miz runs to basement BOOT! Miz finally throws his shirt off and he paces around. Miz drags Ciampa up but Ciampa CHOPS!

Miz shoves Ciampa, Ciampa ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a BOOT! Miz snarls, stalks Ciampa, and he puts Ciampa on ropes to CHOKE him! The ref counts, Miz lets off at 4, and stalks Ciampa to a corner. Miz stands Ciampa up to smother him! The ref counts, Miz lets off to fire off IT KICKS! Miz stands Ciampa up, but Ciampa ROCKS him with haymaker after haymaker! And a CHOP! And a CHOP! Ciampa whips, Miz reverses and then runs in, A-LIST LARIAT! Ciampa falls and Miz snarls again. Fans boo as Miz climbs the corner. Miz leaps, into a KNEE!! Miz is dazed and Ciampa fires back up!

Ciampa underhooks Miz, for the FAIRYTALE ENDING!! Cover, Ciampa wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall

The Blackheart is back! But is the song right? Will no one survive Ciampa’s return?

 

The Judgment Day heads to the ring.

Finn is pacing as he leads Damian Priest, Dominik Mysterio & Rhea Ripley to the ring. He already said a lot with his attack(s) on Rollins, what more does The Prince have to get off his chest? We’ll see, after the break.

Raw returns and Finn paces on stage. “Seth Freakin’ Rollins… Your little open match challenge is canceled. It’s canceled! It’s canceled because of me. Because I’m the only one who’s gonna take the World Heavyweight Championship from you. And as for you lot… Y’all like singing his song so much? Well, you’re all gonna be singing it at his funeral.” Fans sing “OH~ OHH~ OHHH~” but Rhea tells them to sit down, shut up, and respect the Judgment Day and their Mami. Because at MITB, the WWE Universe is all gonna be bowing at their feet! Because Finn is gonna bring that WHC home to the Judgment Day!

And Rhea has the Women’s Division on lockdown as the most dominant woman here in the WWE! And Damian Priest is gonna win the Men’s MITB briefcase, and Rhea’s Latino Heat, her Dom-Dom, is gonna put down their favorite, Cody Rhodes! Priest says, in Spanish, that there’s nothing you can do about it! At MITB, the briefcase comes home with him. And the contract inside will have the name “Damian Priest” written all over it! And speaking of MITB, Dom, Cody said Dom is getting gassed up for a fight he can’t win. Cody, Priest suggests you keep Dom’s name out your mouth, or else the Judgment Day will make it so Cody can’t fight anyone ever again!

Fans boo as Dom says, “Y’know…” Dom sighs, tries again, but the booing gets louder. Rhea calms him down, Dom lifts the mic, and the fans boo even more! Rhea tells them to have respect, and Dom tells Cody, “You’re gonna see what I’m gonna do at MITB, if you can find some partners tonight to face the united Judgment Day! Together, you and some two other guys, good luck!” Will the Prince, Punisher & Prodigal Son bring the pain to The American Nightmare and whoever he chooses as teammates?

 

Backstage interview with Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn.

Byron Saxton is with the Undisputed Tag Team Champions and wants their reaction to the Bloodline implosion we saw on Friday. Kevin stops Byron there. Why are they still talking about Bloodline? Every week, Bloodline, Bloodline, Bloodline. Kevin can’t take it! Sami has Kevin calm down, it is a fair question. No, it’s not. Why do they have to talk about Bloodline? Why? They don’t care! Sami didn’t wanna do this in front of people but they gotta talk. Enough is enough, Kev. OH, fine, it’s just the three of them. What’s Sami gotta say? Go on. Well, ok, he’ll say it. Sami thinks Kevin is a rageaholic.

A WHAT?! What did Sami just say? Kevin has an anger problem. No he doesn’t. Yes, he does. Sami is saying this as a friend, Kevin has an anger problem. Here’s a bet. If Kevin can go the rest of the night without any more tantrums, Sami will leave it alone. But if Kevin blows up even once, he has to at least admit something’s going on. Okay? And if Kevin doesn’t blow up? Then Sami will shut up about it. But just one outburst- Okay, okay, no problem. Bet. Okay. Okay. Okay! Kevin heads out, Sami apologizes to Byron. 20 years of this. But will Kevin win the bet made with his best friend?

 

Someone posted to TikTok.

It’s Chelsea Green going full Hot Mess. Multiple times. Like, MULTIPLE times. A coffee shop, a diner, working out at the gym, and even in traffic.

 

Sonya Deville & Chelsea Green VS Kayden Carter & Katana Chance!

The Complaint Department is ready to vent frustrations, such as not getting a shot at Ronda Rousey & Shayna Baszler themselves. But will they learn just why Carter & Chance were the longest reigning NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions ever?

Raw returns as KC Squared makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Katana starts against Sonya. They circle, but Chelsea distracts and Sonya BOOTS Katana down! Sonya drags Katana up, bumps her off buckles, and then stomps away. Tag to Chelsea, she digs her boots in, but lets off as the ref counts. Chelsea throws Katana by her hair, then taunts the fans. Chelsea sucker punches Kayden! The fans boo but Chelsea taunts them. Chelsea thrashes Katana round by her hair, but the ref counts. Chelsea whips, Katana & Kayden hit some SILLYS TRING! Tag to Sonya and Kayden!

Kayden rallies on the Complaint Department, whips them into the same corner, and then UPPERCUTS them both! Kayden then DROPKICK SPLASHES! Sonya swings, misses, and Kayden SUPERKICKS! Tag to Katana and Kayden snapmares Sonya. They springboard to LEG DROP MOONSAULT COMBO! Cover, Chelsea breaks it! Kayden SUPERKICKS Chelsea! A-LIST LARIAT from Katana! Kayden tags in, turns Sonya, and tags back. Katana goes up, for the AFTER PARTY!! Cover, KC Squared wins!

Winners: Kayden Carter & Katana Chance, by pinfall

Chelsea complains but what else is new? Katana & Kayden are having fun, but will they win their way to another shot at Ronda & Shayna?

 

Cathy Kelley is on stage.

She welcomes out the American Nightmare, Cody Rhodes! Fans cheer and sing the song as Cody has his pyro. Cody shakes Cathy’s hand, “WHOA~!” Cody then shakes hands with the front row fans, and Cathy says that was quite the entrance. But what is his response to the challenge by Dominik? Cody says Cleveland is on fire! And Judgment Day is also on fire. Rhea dominates, Priest is just a few ladder steps from history, and Finn might leave the UK as World Heavyweight Champion. “And then there’s Dom.” Fans boo and Cody says Dom wants him to go find some “two guys.” That shouldn’t be too hard. As far as the challenge for tonight, Cody accepts!

Fans cheer that, and Cody heads back out. Who can Cody find to fight against Judgment Day?

 

Indus Sher w/ Jinder Mahal VS Cedric Alexander & Shelton Benjamin!

The Modern Day Maharaja promised a rematch that would be more fair to the former tag team champions, so here we are. Will Veer & Sanga be more merciful while still manhandling their opponents? Or will PRIMED Alexander & The Gold Standard manage redemption?

The teams sort out and Shelton starts against Veer. But then Shelton KNEES Sanga off the apron and Cedric attacks Veer! Veer fights back, scoops Cedric but Cedric slips free! Cedric mule kicks Veer, and Shelton SUPERKICKS! Sanga gets up but Cedric BLASTS him! Shelton KNEES Sanga down again! And Cedric PLANCHAS! But Sanga catches him! Shelton hurries out to BLOCKBUSTER! Down goes Sanga and fans fire up! Jinder is there but Shelton tells him to back off. Jinder moves, Shelton gets in, but Veer hits a THESZ PRESS! Sanga hoists Cedric up to TOSS him onto barriers! Veer and Shelton steady themselves and Shelton throws hands!

Veer shoves Shelton, kicks low, and then THROAT CHOPS! Shelton sputters, Veer tags Sanga, and Indus Sher gets Shelton up. Suplex onto the ropes, for Sanga to BOOT Shelton down! Indus Sher shout “NAMASTE!” and Jinder nods. Sanga then kicks Shelton around, tags Veer back in, and Indus Sher coordinate again. MILLION DOLLAR ELBOW SLAM!! Cover, Indus Sher wins!

Winners: Indus Sher, by pinfall

Even with the tables turned, these tigers tear into their opponents! Will nothing stop Veer & Sanga from hunting down a tag title opportunity?

 

Kevin & Sami talk more backstage.

Sami just thinks it’s for the best that Kevin learns to control his anger. But then a staffer bumps into them and spills his drink on Kevin! The man apologizes, Sami says Kevin hates getting wet, but Kevin keeps his cool. See? He doesn’t have an anger problem, just an idiot problem. That guy didn’t know what he was doing but- Oh, hey! Matt Riddle finds them! Sup, dudes? Sami says hey, tell them everything! Riddle says it has been one crazy Hot Bro Summer! But more importantly, has Kevin been watching movies? Honey, I Shrunk the Kids? Little Giants? OH MY GOSH, MATT!! Yes. Great movies! Great movies. Good luck, Matt. Thanks, bro!

Kevin heads out and Sami says Kevin’s going through something. Riddle says he can feel it. But will Riddle unleash some of his own rage against Imperium’s Impeccable German tonight?

 

Logan Paul is here!

And he’s already sitting on top of a ladder under the MITB briefcases. He wants the fans to get loud, because it’s always great to be in the state of Ohio. He feels the love. Walking down the aisle, seeing so many young kids full of ambition, untapped potential, and ready to achieve greatness just like he did. Y’all know but the best people come from Cleveland. LeBron James, Jerry Lawler, and Logan Paul. And when he looks back on his life here, he thinks about the moments that made him great. The moment that truly made him great, was when he left.

Fans boo but Logan says it’s true! When he left, he pursued his dream in Hollywood. They all stayed and froze their asses off in Winter. Logan came back, walked out, and it smelled like industrial steel. And LeBron is still stuck! But don’t boo that, cuz frankly, Logan is the best they have. No no no, you know! You know! Their people cannot stop losing! Jake Paul, his brother, just lost his last boxing match. Logan lost to Rollins at WrestleMania. Heck, The Miz just lost tonight! But mark his words, today is the day that Cleveland is done losing. Logan is going to singlehandedly put some respect back on this city’s name.

Fans are torn but Logan says that because he can, he called the WWE executives, and ya boi has a special invitation to MITB. Ladies and gentlemen, he will be IN the Men’s MITB Ladder Match on July 1st in London. He’ll win, cash it in, and take a title from whoever he wants, whenever he wants. Then he’ll come back to Cleveland, throw some shots back, and we go crazy! But wait! Here comes Ricochet! The King of Flight has a mic to tell Logan, “Wait, wait, wait, listen, listen. I just came out here, honestly, just to congratulate you. You are officially in the MITB ladder match. Congratulations.”

And yes, we all understand that Mr. Logan Paul has a very big social media presence. But check this. Ricochet knows, and everyone here knows, that the only reason Logan got added is cuz Ricochet does what he always does, and at the Royal Rumble, Ricochet made Logan Paul go viral! Fans cheer, but Ricochet has more. He doesn’t care how Logan got in, because it won’t change anything. It doesn’t change that Ricochet will walk out of London as Mr. MITB. And then after that- Here comes Shinsuke Nakamura! Nakamura says, “WOW~! Is this done deal? Logan Paul in the MITB Ladder match? Ricochet! Seriously? Did you say you don’t care? I CARE!”

Nakamura has more of a reason to win now. The King of Strong Style is gonna- LA KNIGHT!? Cleveland fires up as the Mega Star makes his way out. “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight looks at the ring and sees Ricochet, Nakamura and two guys as useless as basketball cleats. Then he sees a guy who makes video for 14 year old girls and calls himself a star! NAH NAH! There’s only ONE star. But here’s a gift for Logan. It’s a map. With this, Logan can follow it to find where to stick each and every one of those bottles of Prime. YEAH! That briefcase has Knight’s name on it! YEAH!! So what that means- IS THE LWO IS HERE!

Santos Escobar is all fired up and he says empty promises and lies are all he hears. Please excuse him. Logan, welcome to the party, papi. But none of that matters, cuz at the end of the day, at the end of MITB, the one who will represent LA RAZA and the L! W! O! But wait, it’s FIGHT NIGHT! Pete Dunne is here! Oh, so everyone’s got something to say? Logan doesn’t even know who Butch is! Dunne gets in to DECK LOGAN! And the brawl is on! Fans fire up as Santos TACKLES Ricochet outta the ring, Knight TOSSES Nakamura, and Dunne fires off on Logan! Knight leaps but Nakamura KICKS him outta the air!

Dunne rushes Logan but Logan throws him out to DECK Dunne in return! Dunne wipes out Santos and Ricochet, but then Logan FLIES! Direct hit on them all! Cleveland’s own is standing tall, and he takes a sip of Prime. Logan points to the briefcase, spits a la HHH, and then gets back in the ring. Logan sets up the ladder, climbs it, and enjoys the cheers and jeers as he touches the briefcase. The Maverick is ready to fly, but will he crash and burn in the UK?

 

Matt Riddle VS Ludwig Kaiser w/ GUNTHER!

The Original Bro took out the Pride of Italy, Giovanni Vinci, but there’s still another pawn between him and Der Ring General. Will Riddle remove the Impeccable German so that nothing can keep him from Gunther? Or will Ludwig say “NEIN” to Riddle going for the Intercontinental Championship?

Raw returns and Imperium makes their entrance. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Riddle powers Ludwig back but Ludwig turns it around. Ludwig swings, misses, and Riddle fires off kicks! Ludwig blocks one, but Riddle rolls and drags Ludwig down! ANKLE LOCK! Ludwig scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Riddle lets off to run in but Ludwig dodges. Riddle counter punches, but Ludwig blocks the kick to UPPERCUT! Gunther likes that as Ludwig bumps Riddle off buckles. Ludwig UPPERCUTS again, then puts Riddle in the ropes. Ludwig runs side to side to DROPKICK Riddle down!

Ludwig grins as he stands over Riddle, and then he drags Riddle up. But Riddle fires a forearm! Ludwig gives it back, they go back and forth, shot after shot! Ludwig kicks, CLUBS, spins, but into a GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Riddle drags Ludwig up to GUT WRENCH SUPLEX again! BROTON! Ludwig bails out, Riddle goes to the apron, PENALTY KCIK! Down goes Ludwig but Gunther creeps up. Riddle tells him to back off but Ludwig CHOP BLOCKS Riddle from behind! And then DRAPING HALF HATCH to the floor! Riddle writhes and Imperium stands tall as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns and Ludwig knocks Riddle off the corner. Ludwig grins and adjusts, but Riddle goes up after him! Riddle SUPER FISHERMAN SUPLEXES!! Fans fire up while both men are down! Gunther is upset with his lieutenant while both men writhe. Riddle crawls and fans rally up. Riddle and Ludwig stand, and Riddle CHOPS! Ludwig CHOPS! They CHOP back and forth, then go to forearms! Riddle fires off palm strikes and a BOOT! Ludwig comes back, into a spin and PELE! Ludwig staggers, Riddle kips up and powers up to forearm smash! Then runs side to side to forearm smash! BROSPLODER!

Riddle keeps moving, but Ludwig ducks the Penalty Kick and avoids the standing moonsault! BROTON onto knees! Fans rally for the Bro and he gets Ludwig with a headscissor to the outside! Springboard FLOATING BRO ATTACK! Gunther is upset as Riddle puts Ludwig back in and fisherman, BACK TO THE FUTURE! Cradle cover, TWO!! Ludwig survives but Riddle drags him back up. Gut wrench, but Ludwig slips free to shove and UPPERCUT! Riddle wobbles into an ENZIGURI! Ludwig brings Riddle in, but Riddle wrenches out to ROUNDHOUSE! FINAL FLASH! Springboard, but Ludwig SPINEBUSTERS! Cover, TWO!!

Ludwig is shocked and Gunther shouts for him to keep going! Ludwig runs in at the corner, to CHOP! GAMANGIRI! HALF HATCH! Riddle flounders and Ludwig goes up the corner, to FLYING- GERMAN SUPLEX! Ludwig staggers up into the gut wrench, tuck and BRO DEREK!! Cover, Riddle wins!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

Gunther is stunned that The Bro beat his second-in-command! But then Gunther runs in at Riddle! Riddle fires off kicks first! Gunther blocks one to SWEEP the leg! Gunther shouts at Ludwig to go after Riddle! Ludwig rains down fists, fans boo, but Imperium still mugs Riddle! Ludwig traps Riddle’s arms so Gunther can drive a knee into Riddle’s leg! And then STOMP it! Imperium has avenged Vinci, but Riddle only come back with more rage?

 

Medical helps Riddle to the back.

That leg is hurting so they want him to take it easy. Will The Bro be able to even walk at this point?

 

Sami and Kevin talk some more.

Sami says Kevin’s interaction with Riddle was in a grey area. Kevin came close. When Riddle said, “Hot Bro Summer,” a vein started to pop in Kevin’s forehead. No, it didn’t! But then Ludwig & Gunther walk over. What? What? Why again? No one called them, no one wants to see them, why are they here? Ludwig tells Kevin not to get heated. He just wanted to be sure these two have seen what happened to Riddle out there. And if they did, then if Kevin & Sami aren’t really careful, the same exact thing will happen to them. Kevin asks if anyone’s ever told Ludwig he’s too long winded. Can’t he just get to the point?

Sami wants Kevin to cool off, they’re going to put this on pause. Sami shows Kevin his phone and says they have something to take care of. Kevin says okay. They head out and say they’ll deal with Imperium another time. Sami and Kevin clink their belts at Imperium, but what business could this be?

 

The Alpha Academy trains Maxxine Dupri.

Chad Gable shows her the “Gable Grip” and how to use it in a suplex. Bam! Perfect form! Except for the guy taking it. Go take a lap! Maxxine says she is so ready for whatever “Valhalla” is gonna throw at her this week. Gable says she did surprise everyone, because they underestimated Gable’s coaching abilities. But he is confident Maxxine needs to be ready. Don’t get cocky, don’t be arrogant, be prepared. Remember: it is all in the hips! Show ’em, Otis! HIPS! Great thrust. Now, here goes. Maxxine gets her training partner, facelock and waistband, and… Well, leaving us in suspense! Will Maxxine get to strut her stuff tonight?

The Alpha Academy w/ Maxxine Dupri VS The Viking Raiders w/ Sarah Logan!

The teams sort out, Gable starts with Erik in a rematch from a couple weeks ago. They tie up, Erik wrenches an arm to a wristlock but Gable rolls, bridges, handsprings and spins to headlock, spin and wrench again. Gable facelocks, suplexes, and fans fire up! “A THANK YEW~!” Maxxine says she saw the hips! Tag to Ivar, and Gable looks to Otis. Fans fire up as Otis tags in! The Dozer and the War Beard circle, tie up, and throw hands! Otis headlocks, Ivar powers out, but Otis CLOBBERS Ivar! Ivar goes to a corner, Otis runs in and SPLASHES! Ivar staggers, wobbles, and falls into the drop zone!

Fans fire up and Otis tears off the shirt! But Erik rushes in! Otis CLOBBERS Erik, but Ivar BOOTS Otis down! Ivar hobbles, hitting Otis that hard! Tag to Erik, the Vikings mug Otis, and then Erik drags Otis back up. Erik RAMS Otis into the corner, tags Ivar, and the Vikings mug Otis some more. Fans rally as Ivar facelocks Otis, but Otis powers his way forward! Fans cheer and the Alphas coach Otis on as he keeps moving. But Ivar KNEES and CLUBS Otis down! Ivar drags Otis back up, but Otis suplexes Ivar! Fans fire up as both big men are down! Otis and Ivar crawl, hot tags to Erik and Gable!

Gable fires hands and chops and knees and uppercuts! Erik swings, misses and Gable mule kicks! Gable runs, ROLLING NECKBREAKER! Ivar returns, but into a clinch! Ivar fights the Exploder, Gable dodges the lariat, and Gable clohteslines Ivar up and out! Erik runs in, into the clinch! EXPLODER! The Vikings regroup outside and Cleveland says ‘A THANK YEW~!” with Gable! Gable goes up a corner, Sarah freaks out as Gable ARIHARA MOONSAULTS! Down go the Vikings, and Gable puts Erik in! Gable hurries back up top, takes aim, DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!!

Erik survives but Sarah is still beside herself. Sarah gets on the apron, but Maxxine storms over! Maxxine YANKS Sarah down, reels her in, and SNAP SUPLEXES! Fans are thunderous, Otis celebrates with Maxxine, but Erik gets Gable for a FULL NELSON SMASH!! Cover, the Vikings win!!

Winners: The Viking Raiders, by pinfall

Maxxine & Otis realize what happened and are stunned! Well, things are now split between these teams, not including Maxxine’s moral victories. Will Gable & Otis regroup and come up with a surefire way to get even?

 

The Judgment Day talks at gorilla position.

Dominik says it doesn’t matter who Cody has. At the end of the day, they’re not on the same page like the Judgment Day. Rhea asks if Finn and Priest are on the same page. Finn says, “Yeah, we’re cool.” Priest says their issues aren’t with each other. They’re good. Good. Because Rhea looks forward to them teaching Cody a lesson after he talked bad on The Judgment Day. But right now, she has her own business with Natalya. Rhea heads out, sans Dom. Will Mami do bad all by herself?

Rhea Ripley VS Natalya!

Raw returns and Cathy Kelley interviews The Queen of Harts at gorilla. After everything that happened at Night of Champions, how has she prepared differently for this match? What happened at NOC rocked Natty to her core. Rhea beat her dominantly and quickly. Natty is just still trying to figure out where she fits in. But tonight is a second chance for her to prove to Rhea that she belongs, and perhaps, most importantly, a chance to prove to herself that she belongs. Natty makes her entrance now, has she already lost before the bell’s even rung?

Rhea CLOBBERS Natty off the apron!! Rhea goes out after Natty, fires off hands and stomps and she kicks Natty around the way. Rhea drags Natty up to TOSS into barriers! And then she RAMS Natty into steel steps! Rhea drags Natty up and RAMS her into the apron! The ref reprimands but the match isn’t official yet! Rhea says Natty thinks she’s real smart to get in the ring with her again. HEADBUTT! Rhea puts Natty in the ring, drags her up, and the ref calls out back-up. RIPTIDE!! Rhea looms over the Queen of Harts but the refs and producers tell her to leave. Rhea grins, having done enough damage. Will anyone ever stop the WWE Women’s World Champion?

No Contest

 

Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.

Raquel glares at the screen showing Rhea talking trash as Cathy asks her how she feels about her Women’s MITB qualifier tonight. Raquel says it is always an honor to step into the ring with a legend like Trish Stratus. And though Raquel has her eyes on the MITB contract, she can’t help but bring up what Rhea just did to Natty. “That is not okay.” When Raquel does become Ms. MITB, she’ll make sure to cash-in on Rhea and remind her that she’s not the biggest fish- Oh, what was that, Raquel? Rhea walks in through the curtain to get in Raquel’s face. Raquel smiles and tells “Mami,” that she better hope Trish wins. Because Rhea ain’t ready for Raquel Rodriguez.

The two stare down, but Raquel’s music hits. Raquel moves on, will she get through a living legend to then go after this legend in the making?

 

Cody Rhodes stretches in the back.

And Akira Tozawa walks up. If Cody’s still looking for partners, don’t worry about it. He’s your man! Cody appreciates that, he’ll consider it. Thanks, Akira. Love the hair. Tozawa heads out, but then Sami & Kevin walk over. They got his text. If he’s got a problem with The Judgment Day, that means they’ve got a problem with the Judgment Day. He helped them on the Road to WrestleMania, they didn’t forget that. Any time he needs help, they have his back. Cody says Tozawa did just offer, but- Oh, no! They’re too late! C’mon, man, Kevin’s been holding in his temper, he’s been wanting to punch someone out, and now they can’t even do it!

No, no, Cody didn’t accept Tozawa’s offer. Tonight here, he couldn’t ask for better partners than the Undisputed Tag Team Champions. O-Oh. He gets to punch people in the face? Let’s go! Kevin is all excited now, and Sami tells Cody, “See you in the main event.” They fist bump and the team is set! Will the American Nightmare and two Canadian Prizefighters take it to Finn, Priest & Dom?

 

Women’s Money in the Bank Ladder Match Qualifier: Trish Stratus w/ Zoey Stark VS Raquel Rodriguez!

Raw returns as Trish makes her entrance, her new protégé by her side. The bell rings and the two stare down. They tie up but Trish kicks low! Trish fires off hands from all slides, CLUBS Raquel then KICKS her! Raquel just scowls at Trish. Raquel swings, Trish dodges, but Raquel catches Trish’s Thesz Press into a bearhug! Trish fights but Raquel thrashes her around! Trish is almost a ragdoll as Raquel SLAMS her down! Raquel drags Trish up, scoops her, and carries her around before the SLAM! Raquel tells Trish to get up, then puts her in a corner. Raquel SPLASHES Trish, then drags her back up.

Trish holds ropes, Zoey protests and the ref has Raquel back off. Raquel rushes back in, gets Trish in a waistlock but Trish fires elbows. Trish SLAPS Raquel! Raquel frowns again and Trish says hold on. But Raquel RAMS her into a corner! And again! And again! And again! The ref counts, Raquel lets off to whip Trish corner to corner hard! Raquel runs in but Trish sends her into the POST! Zoey coaches Trish to keep going and Trish goes up to TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO!! Raquel survives but Trish covers again, TWO! Trish pulls Raquel’s hair, covers again, TWO! Trish is frustrated, so she dribbles Raquel off the mat.

Trish smothers Raquel into the mat, but lets off as the ref reprimands. Trish dribbles Raquel off the mat again, then runs to KICK Raquel in the side! Fans boo but Trish CHOKES Raquel on the ropes! The ref counts, Trish goes up and she brings Raquel up for a HANGING SLEEPER! At least, it would be hanging if Raquel wasn’t so tall. Raquel carries Trish out as a backpack, to RAM her into buckles! Raquel runs in but Trish dodge! Raquel’s leg gets stuck in the ropes and Trish RAMS into Raquel! And climbs up to pull the hair and pull Raquel against the ropes! But Raquel powers up to bring Trish out, only for Trish to RANA her into buckles!

Trish rolls Raquel up, TWO!! Trish is frustrated but Zoey says to use the ring. Trish has her HOF ring on her finger and she DECKS Raquel!! Then into the CAMEL CLUTCH!! Raquel endures, fans rally, but Trish fishhooks her! Raquel just powers up to carry Trish, swing her around and SIDEWALK SLAM!! Trish staggers up, but Raquel HEADBUTTS her to a corner! Raquel runs in to SPLASH! Raquel drags Trish back out, scoops her, and SNAKE EYES off the buckles! Raquel runs back in, but Trish dodges, only for the SOUTHPAW to hit! Fans fire up as Raquel hauls Trish back up!

Raquel scoops Trish for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Trish flops all the way outta the ring! The ref has Zoey stay back as Raquel storms out after Trish. Raquel puts Trish in, glares at Zoey, but Trish distracts the ref, talking about a bad neck. Zoey trips Raquel on the apron! Trish POSTS Raquel again! Trish drags Raquel in to cover, TWO!! Fans fire up because Becky Lynch is here! She CLOBBERS Zoey and tosses her all around! Trish goes out after Trish but Becky SLAMS Trish! THAT’S A DISQUALIFICATION!!

Winner: Trish Stratus, by disqualification (advances to MITB)

Becky can’t believe it! She just got outsmarted by Trish! But then she chases Trish off! Trish & Zoey regroup and retreat, because now they’re BOTH going to MITB! Raquel is upset with Becky but Becky says it was an accident. Will Becky just have to take down both Trish & Zoey in one match?

 

Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.

Cathy welcomes Bron and says reports are unclear if Seth Rollins is going to be able to compete on NXT tomorrow night, but he is still set to face him in a match for the World Heavyweight Championship? What are his thoughts on this? The Big Bad Booty Nephew says surely, Seth isn’t gonna use what happened to him tonight as some sort of excuse. Rollins talks such a big game about being the workhorse, night in and night out. Bron has been waiting for this opportunity. And if you think what Finn did to Rollins was bad, you haven’t seen anything yet. Bron promises to hurt Seth Freakin’ Rollins “really freakin’ bad.”

And who knows? Maybe the docs prescribe Rollins enough “courage” so he can make it to NXT. But get used to seeing this face on Monday nights, because he will be the NEW World Heavyweight Champion. Will Bron be #MeanerThanEvil on Raw as well as NXT?

 

Backstage interview with Becky Lynch.

Byron asks The Man about her accidentally helping Trish qualify for MITB. What happened there? Becky says, “I screwed myself.” Or did she? Cuz now, Becky gets Trish in a match with ladders. Look at this way: Becky has enemies in Damage Control, Trish & Zoey, and it’s not like she’s good friends with Zelina Vega or anything. So it’ll just go one of two ways. Either Becky overcomes this giant mountain she’s created, climb a ladder, grab the briefcase and become Miss MITB. Or… She goes down in a blaze of glory and takes Trish & Zoey with her. Is the UK gonna be ready for The Big Time?

 

Shinsuke Nakamura VS Bronson Reed!

The King of Strong Style already beat the Colossal Aussie once to qualify for MITB, but it wasn’t enough to keep him away. Will one more Kinshasa tell Bronson to leave it alone? Or will he wash Nakamura away with a Tsunami?

Raw returns and Bronson makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two rush in! DYNAMIC DROPKICK from Nakamura! Bronson ends up in a corner, and Nakamura gives him GOOD VIBRATIONS! The ref counts, Nakamura brings Reed up to uppercut, knee, and snapmare! KNEE DROP! Cover, ONE! Nakamura fires more knees, runs, but into a BODY CHECK! ELBOW DROP! Fans cheer as Auszilla looms over Nakamura. Bronson drags Nakamura up, HEADBUTTS him, then brings him into a bearhug! Nakamura endures, fights up, but Bronson CLUBS him down! Fans rally for Nakamura and Nakamura fires forearms!

Bronson CHOPS Nakamura off his feet! Bronson drags Nakamura up to HEADBUTT! But Nakamura PELES! Bronson ends up in a corner., Nakamura runs in but blocks boots. Nakamura puts Bronson in ropes, KICKS him, then runs, SLIDING GERMAN! The fans cheer, but Nakamura spots Ricochet walking up. Ricochet asks what’s up, he just wants to see this match. Nakamura tells Ricochet to go away, then goes back to the ring as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns again and Nakamura fights out of a fireman’s carry, only for Bronson to DECK him! Bronson drags Nakamura up, CHOPS him again, and even Ricochet is stinging while he sits at ringside. Nakamura goes to a corner, Bronson runs in, but Nakamura dodges! Bronson hits buckles and Nakamura hits an ENZIGURI! Nakamura then goes up to FLYING KNEE! Down goes Bronson! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Nakamura stomps Bronson. Nakamura facelocks, drags Bronson up, but Bronson wrenches out, ripcords and POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Nakamura is still in this and Ricochet seems impressed.

Bronson drags Nakamura up, scoops but Nakamura shifts to get a TRIANGLE HOLD! Fans fire up but Bronson stays on his feet to deadlift and POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Nakamura survives and Ricochet applauds, though maybe sarcastically. Bronson sees Nakamura go to the apron, and BLASTS him off! Bronson then goes to the apron to FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Bronson soaks up the heat from the fans, then drags Nakamura up. Bronson brings Nakamura around, and throws him at Ricochet! But Ricochet’s ready and gives Nakamura his seat! Then Ricochet KICKS the chair to send Nakamura into Bronson!

Bronson wobbles, and Nakamura glares at Ricochet. Ricochet dares him to do something. But then Bronson ROCKS Nakamura and puts him in the ring. Bronson glares at Ricochet and Ricochet says worry about Nakamura. Ricochet picks his chair up, but Bronson reels him in to send him into the steel steps! Bronson gets in, ducks a roundhouse but not the WHEEL KICK! Ricochet storms up, Nakamura aims at Bronson. Nakamura runs in, but Bronson sends him into Ricochet! And then SAIDO for Nakamura! Bronson drags Nakamura into the drop zone, goes up the corner, and fans fire up for the TSUNAMI!! Cover, Bronson wins!

Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall

The behemoth used two kings against each other to stand tall! Bronson may not be in the MITB match, but will he be ready to crush anyone and everyone with a title over the summer?

 

Seth Rollins speaks.

“The question’s floating around out there, will I or won’t I? Can I? Can’t I? And to be honest with ya, they took me from the arena tonight to get X-rays on my ribs. But I don’t really give a damn what these doctors tell me. I don’t stop, and I don’t make excuses. So, Mr. Badass Bron Breakker… I’ll be at NXT tomorrow, World Heavyweight title on the line, and I’m not going all the way back home to lose. And as for Finn Balor… There’s the guy that beat me seven years ago. Welcome back. MITB can’t come soon enough.” The Visionary is ready to #BurnItDown, will he start with NXT Gold Rush?

 

Six Man Tag: The Judgment Day VS Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn!

Finn, Priest, Dom & Rhea all say they run Monday nights, and they just about ran the show this week. But will they be able to finish strong after calling out The American Nightmare? Or will Cody and the Undisputed WWE Tag Team Champions humble this fearsome foursome once and for all?

Raw returns as the Judgment Day makes their entrance. The teams sort out and Priest starts against Cody, but Cody wants Dom. Dom says okay, and he tags in. Fans boo Dom but we’re getting an MITB appetizer. But then Dom tags right out to Finn. Fans boo even more and Rhea laughs at Cody thinking it was gonna be that easy. Finn and Cody circle, tie up, and Finn headlocks. Cody powers up but Finn holds tight. Cody powers out but Finn runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Finn is after the bad arm. Finn wrenches to wristlock but Cody cartwheels and wrenches back. Cody hammerlocks, headlocks, but Finn powers out.

Things speed up and Cody catches Finn to a fireman’s carry! GUTBUSTER RACK! Then Cody brings Finn up, but Finn RAMS him into the corner! Finn RAMS Cody again and again, the ref counts, but Finn tags to Dom. Cody turns things around on Finn but Dom CHOPS Cody on the back! Cody scowls but Dom slips out of the ring to hide behind Mami Rhea. Fans boo and Cody waits patiently as Dom comes back. Tag to Priest, so Cody tags to Sami. Sami and Priest circle, fans insult Dom, and Priest powers Sami to a corner. The ref counts, Priest lets off but he fires off hands and stomps on Sami! The ref counts again and Priest lets off.

Priest grins as he brings Sami back up to whip corner to corner. Priest runs in but Sami elbows back! Sami goes up and leaps, AX HANDLE! Cover, ONE!! Sami facelocks Priest but Priest powers Sami to the corner. Dom tags in and he stomps Sami. Fans sing “OLE~ OLE OLE OLE~” for Sami. Dom kicks but Sami ROCKS him in return! And again! And again! Dom kicks low, CLUBS Sami, then reels him in for some Latino Heat. Fans boo but Sami suplexes Dom first! Sami drags Dom up, ROCKS him, then whips him. Dom reverses but Sami BOOTS back! Dom staggers, Finn gets in and they both distract the ref so Rhea can CLOBBER Sami!

Fans boo as Rhea laughs. Cody and Kevin protest but Rhea high-fives Priest as Raw goes to break.

Raw returns once again and Priest has Sami in the corner. Priest runs in, BACK ELBOW, and then a tag to Finn. Priest snapmares Sami, Finn slingshot STOMPS! Tag to Dom and he slingshot SENTONS! Dom tags out to Finn again, and Finn tags Priest back in. They coordinate to BACKBREAKER and LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Rhea is mad at the ref but Priest taunts Kevin. Kevin is ready to blow but Priest DEKCS him! Priest aims at Sami in the open corner, runs in, but Sami avoids the splash! Priest hits off the post even! Sami crawls, Priest staggers, hot tag to Dom! Dom DECKS Cody!

Fans boo as Dom drags Sami away to tag Finn. Finn stomps Sami, bumps him off buckles and CHOPS! Finn whips corner to corner to CHOP! Finn whips corner to corner, runs in, but Sami CLOBBERS Finn! Fans are thunderous as both men are down! Finn tries to keep Sami from crawling, but Sami kicks him away! Finn hurries, as does Sami, hot tags to Dom and Kevin! Fans explode as Kevin CHOPS and fires off hands on Dom-Dom! The ref counts as Kevin stomps a mudhole into that dummy! Then Kevin DECKS Priest from the apron! Kevin goes out after Dom to CLOBBER him on the ramp!

Kevin drags Dom up, brings him around and puts him in the ring. Dom staggers, swings on Kevin, but Kevin dodges to SUPERKICK! Dom goes to a corner, Kevin says “SUCK IT!” CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Rhea is relieved but Kevin is still all fired up. Kevin drags Dom up, whips, but Finn sneaks a tag! Dom slips out of the pop-up and Finn gets the FINAL CUT! Cover, TWO! Finn rains down fists on Kevin, stomps him some more, then paces. Rhea fans off Dom while Finn SLINGBLADES Kevin! Fans boo as Finn takes aim. SUPERKICK from Kevin first! Cody is back! Kevin crawls, as does Finn, hot tags to Priest and Cody!

The American Nightmare dodges Priest to CLOBBER him! Kick and RHODES UPEPRCUT! Cody goes to a corner, Priest runs in but Cody goes up and over! POWERSLAM! Cleveland is thunderous again as Cody hits the BEAUTIFUL DISASTER! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but Cody keeps his focus. Cody takes aim and goes up the corner, but Rhea distracts! Cody tells her to get down from the apron. Priest choke grips Cody! SOUTH OF HEAVEN!!! Cover, SAMI BREAKS IT! Dom rushes in to fire off on Sami! Fans boo but Sami whips Dom outta the ring! Dom almost falls on Rhea, but then Sami DECKS Dom!

Rhea catches her Dom-Dom, then gets up on the apron. The ref reprimands but Sami just smirks. Fans say “YES! YES! YES!” and Rhea dares him to do something. Sami runs and FLIES over Rhea to take out Dom!! Rhea is freaking out, Cody hits a CODY CUTTER on Priest!! Cover, TWO!!! Priest survives and fans are shocked! Cody is frustrated, but Kevin reaches out. Only for Priest to go after Kevin! They brawl, Kevin getting to vent all his frustration! Kevin RAMS Finn into barriers! But Priest rolls Cody! TWO! Cody escapes, but Priest ROCKS him with a right! And then runs to springboard, but into an ARM BRACE SHOT!! Cover, DOM breaks it!

Fans boo Dom as he rains down fists on Cody. The ref reprimands but Kevin goes after Dom now! Dom knees low, throws Kevin out, and he has Cody on the ropes! Dom mocks his own father, dials it up, but Sami CLOBBERS Dom! Dom ends up in a corner, Sami runs in, HELLUVA KICK!! Dom is then sent into a STUNNER from Kevin! Cody waits on Priest, CROSS RHODES!! Cover, Cody and team win!!

Winners: Cody Rhodes, Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, by pinfall

Adrenaline is definitely in their souls as they take down the Judgment Day! Will they not run Monday nights after all? Will Cody, Kevin & Sami all be running wild this Summer?


My Thoughts:

A great Raw here with a lot going on. Great stuff with Judgment Day from start to finish. I suppose it’s fine that Finn “ruined” the Open Challenge Rollins had planned, it adds heat to their match at MITB. Plus, good promo from Bron Breakker here to add to the title match tomorrow night. Bron will be the big bad Heel with a seeming advantage, and Rollins will come out looking even stronger for winning while beat up. Good group promo from Judgment Day to call out Cody and set up the main event. I had a feeling it was gonna be Kevin & Sami for use of continuity when they worked together against The Bloodline. The main event was awesome stuff, and that win gives the Faces great momentum in their respective stories.

Speaking of which, good stuff with Sami saying Kevin is a “rageaholic” and needs to work on his anger. As such, hilarious stuff as Kevin struggled when interacting with Riddle and Imperium. Riddle VS Ludwig was a great match and I figured Riddle would win. The beatdown was a good tough, too, as Imperium gets more Heel heat. Riddle VS Gunther is still the natural course of action but Imperium also keeps getting at Kevin & Sami, so maybe we get more singles matches out of them. And Rhea just beating down Natty to where it was a No Contest, this helps build Rhea up while also adding to Natty’s “crisis of confidence” story.

I’ve said it already on these Raw articles, but I’m still looking forward to when the many trios/factions collide. Good stuff from Indus Sher with Cedric & Shelton, they could give Imperium and even Judgment Day a run for their money as they go after the tag titles. Would also love seeing them against Alpha Academy. Good stuff out of them tonight, and of course Maxxine hits another standard move on “Valhalla.” This time it costs the Academy their tag match win, but I’m hoping we get to see Maxxine VS Sarah, and even a Mixed Six like we’ve been seeing in NXT with The Schism, Diamond Mine and Chase U.

What a great surprise that Ciampa returned tonight. A little disappointed there was no Johnny Gargano, though, since he’s also from Cleveland. But it was a great move to have Ciampa return as a Face, with his old NXT theme, and just beating up on The Miz, who tried to have Ciampa as more a sidekick than a teammate. I can’t wait for Ciampa to reunite with Gargano so that DIY can finally be here on Raw and get in on the tag division. I can only imagine how awesome a match of Kevin & Sami VS Ciampa & Gargano will be, as well as all possible singles match possibilities that would help lead to a potential tag title match.

And of course, great stuff out of the MITB stories. Logan Paul getting in on the men’s match just from status alone is fine, it gives him plenty of Heel heat since pretty much most fans, even those in Cleveland, despite him. Good promo from him, from the others, but of course Dunne was the best cuz he skipped talking and just punched Logan in the face. Logan jinxes himself by touching the briefcase, as all he really deserves are his high spots we all know he’ll go for, and then he’ll crash through a ladder or table and essentially take himself out. The real winners of the Men’s MITB should be Priest or LA Knight. Priest for story, Knight because everyone absolutely loves him, even me.

Though, with what we saw out of Bronson, Ricochet and Nakamura this week, I really wish Bronson was the guy who powered his way into the match. Bronson wins big using Ricochet and Nakamura against each other, he could easily take this as evidence to Pearce that he deserves something, but that decision will have to be made clear next week on the go-home as MITB is only a dozen days away. MITB matches have usually been eight participants, Logan is the seventh, and a Tsunami off the ladder from Bronson would be pretty cool, too.

On the women’s side, Rhea beating down Natty like that also serves to give Raquel a reason to go after Rhea and revisit their NXT feud. Raquel VS Trish was great stuff, and it was very clever that Becky mistakenly costs Raquel her spot. Becky also has a good promo to frame her situation as being surrounded by enemies, even considering the ladder match is meant to be everyone for themselves. There’s also intriguing parallels between Trish & Zoey and DMG CTRL. Trish and Bayley are both using Zoey and Iyo to put themselves over, but those could backfire on them both during the ladder match. I’m thinking if it isn’t Becky, it should be Iyo winning as Iyo will go Face upon breaking away from Bayley.

My Score: 8.7/10


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AEW Coverage

Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (2/28/24)

Sting’s last Dynamite…

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Revolution is around the corner!

Just days before Sting & Darby Allin defend the AEW World Tag Team Championships, The Icon says goodbye to Dynamite.

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston & FTR VS Blackpool Combat Club; BCC wins.
  • AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Nick Wayne w/ The Patriarchy; Cassidy wins and retains the title.
  • Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway w/ Willow Nightingale VS Skye Blue w/ Julia Hart; Skye wins.
  • Chris Jericho VS Atlantis Jr. w/ Atlantis Sr; Jericho wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Hangman Page is here!

The Cowboy is in Huntsville, Alabama, and using a crutch? It was concerning at the end of last week’s Dynamite that Hangman was clutching his ankle near the end of the Six Man Tag match. Hangman hops up the steel steps to step into the ring, and he gets the mic. “This probably doesn’t look like a promising start to the speech, huh, guys? I feel like I might say it too much but it’s important to me, so I will say it. When AEW started, it was a new endeavor for my friends, but for me, it was something different. It was a goal. It was an opportunity to rise to people’s expectations, to make the most of the world laid in front of me.

“And I’d like to think that I did that, and I’d like to think that winning the world championship in 2021…” The fans start to cheer, and Hangman says he likes to think that doing that was the biggest accomplishment of his career. That’s why it hurts so much to have that opportunity in front of him again, and have this happen. Fans don’t want it to be true but Hangman says, “When AEW decided that at Revolution, the world championship would be decided in a Three Way match, I said it was BS. And I meant it. And I suggested that maybe the championship should be decided in a singles match, but it looks like I had the wrong two competitors.”

Fans boo, hoping this isn’t true, but Hangman says he won’t apologize to Swerve or Joe. But he will tell us the truth, because he’s always honest with us, that this Sunday at Revolution, Hangman will not be able to compete. The fans are upset, but then “Whose house?” “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Prince Nana leads the way and does his dance as Swerve Strickland makes his entrance. The Realest goes down the ramp, to the ring, and already has a mic of his own. Fans cheer and chant, then Swerve says, “These last six months, man, we’ve been to war. I tried to kill you, you tried to kill me, I might’ve crossed the line a couple times…

“But I didn’t really expect this to happen. I targeted you because of everything you accomplished here in AEW. And to say that I didn’t have the utmost respect of that would just be a flat out lie. But you suffered this unfortunate fate, and the funny thing about fate, you can’t escape it. And you can’t stop destiny. And my destiny awaits me this Sunday at Revolution as I go on to become the AEW World Champion.” But then here comes said champion, Samoa Joe! The fans chant for “JOE! JOE! JOE!” as he stands on stage in a suit, mic in hand and belt on his shoulder. “Destiny? You boys are out here talking about destiny?

“Now what do we have here? It seems two of the most bitter enemies ever out here are trying to hug it out, huh?” Joe says a lot of lies are being told so he will correct them with a few truths. First, week after week, these two have stared daggers at each other, thinking that the destiny of this championship was tearing the other man’s throat out. That was only because they both avoided making eye contact with Joe and realized who the real man around here is. Second, though Joe doesn’t quite understand this dynamic, whether or not Hangman is in the match. Or should we call him “Hop Along?”

Joe keeps hearing about how Hangman and Swerve are young, hungry contenders. But that’s ridiculous! They’re both battle tested, battle hardened warriors in that ring, and there’s nothing new about them. They’re hungry but accomplished. The fans cheer that. But what they both need to realize is that the only reason they’re hungry is because Joe is starving their asses! As long as Joe has the title, there won’t be no more meals come dinner time! So he will explain to them who Joe is, and who they should really be worried about! He is Samoa Joe, the AEW World Champion, and whether it is one or both of them, Joe will whoop both their asses.

Swerve tells Joe to hold on so he can explain just who the hell Swerve is! “I’m someone that went from unemployed to headlining PPVs! I’m someone that went from being a Cruiserweight to going after the world championship! But make no mistake about it, I am that same man that broke into a wrestling school and left an 18 year old laying in a bloody heap! I am that same man that trespassed in another man’s home and threatened his infant son! I’ll do whatever it takes to become world champion! I’m not only a career maker, I am a career changer! And after I take that championship from you, Joe, you’re not gonna what to do with yourself.

“Hell, you might wanna go back to commentary wearing a poncho again. Who knows.” Joe seethes as Swerve says he is on the verge of making history! And this Sunday at Revolution, Swerve WILL become AEW World Champion! Whose House? “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” Whose House?! “SWERVE’S HOUSE!” WHOSE HOUSE?! HANGMAN ATTACKS WITH THE CRUTCH!! He was faking all along!? Hangman shouts for Swerve to get up and Joe grins! Hangman CLOBBERS Swerve with the crutch now! Hangman says Swerve will NEVER have that championship! Hangman tells Joe the same, that Swerve won’t take the title, HANGMAN will!

Fans are torn but Joe understands now that it is still a Triple Threat. But did Hangman just switch it up and use that crutch to take Swerve out of the running? Or will Hangman regret swerving a man as dangerous as Swerve?

 

The Young Bucks arrive backstage.

Matthew Jackson is in a black suit, Nicholas is in pink. They’re ready to “clock in” for Dynamite, and they step inside the building. Renee Paquette is right there and she welcomes them to Huntsville. Tonight is Sting’s final Dynamite ahead of their match for the AEW World Tag Team Championships at Revolution. Last time she saw them, it seemed they were having an interesting business meeting with Ric Flair. Can they give any details about that? Well, it went great, and that is all Nick will say. Matt brings up Sting and asks if Renee has seen him yet. Not yet, just them.

Oh, okay, then since this is Sting’s final Dynamite appearance, The Bucks are just dying to see him and thank him for all his contributions to this company. And mostly, they want to… “conduct his exit interview.” Matt & Nick bring out the white baseball bats, the same ones they used to beat down Sting, Darby and Sting’s two sons just a few weeks ago. Matt says have a great night, let’s have a killer show. Cameraman, keep with them, so everyone can see what the Bucks are gonna do for Sting. The Bucks continue deeper backstage, will they make it so Sting doesn’t even make it to his retirement match?

 

Six Man Tag: Eddie Kingston & FTR VS Blackpool Combat Club!

Before all of their separate showdowns on Sunday, The Mad King teams with the Top Guys to take on Bryan Danielson, Jon Moxley & Claudio Castagnoli. Things have always been personal between Eddie and the American Dragon, and things have been getting more intense between Dax & Cash against the Maniac and the Swiss Superman. Just how wild will it get here, only days away from Revolution?

The trios sort out and Bryan starts against Eddie as a preview of their Continental Crown Championship match. The two feel things out as the fans rally up, and the two test the waters. The fans rally behind Eddie but Bryan is simply amused. Then Bryan tags out to Claudio! Well Eddie doesn’t like him much, either! Claudio RAMS Eddie, Eddie stays up and dares him to try again. Claudio runs, they RAM shoulders again, so now Eddie runs. Eddie RAMS Claudio, Claudio rebounds to RAM Eddie! Eddie rebounds but into an UPPERCUT! Eddie goes to a corner, Claudio runs in, but Eddie BOOTS him away!

Eddie goes up the corner and he FLYING SHOULDER TACKLES Claudio down! The fans fire up while Claudio scrambles up, and Eddie just stares him down. Eddie tags Dax, Claudio tags Bryan. They circle, feel things out, and tie up. Dax headlocks, hits the takeover, but Bryan headscissors. Dax kips free, the two stand off and the fans rally up. The two circle, tie up, and Dax headlocks. Bryan powers up and out but Dax runs him over! Things speed up, Dax counters hip toss with a hip toss! But Bryan boots him away! Bryan scoops to SLAM Dax, but Dax boots Bryan away! Dax headlocks for the takeover, Bryan headscissors, but Dax kips free.

The fans cheer the newest standoff and the two back down. Bryan tags Moxley and fans fire up! Dax tags Cash, these two circle. Moxley SLAPS, Cash SLAPS, and now they fire forearms! Moxley puts Cash in a corner to throw hands but Cash turns it around to body shot, CHOP and UPPERCUT! And repeat! CHOP, UPPERCUT, but Moxley turns things around to CHOP and forearm! The fans fire up, Moxley whips but Cash BOOTS back! Cash CHOPS again! Cash and Moxley fire more forearms, then Cash clinches. Moxley fights that, they scrap, and they give HEADBUTT for HEADBUTT! Cash UPPERCUTS and CHOPS, but Moxley eggs him on!

Cash gets in Moxley’s face but Moxley fires forearms. The teams come in to break this up, but then they start shoving. So it’s an even bigger brawl! The fans are thunderous as it all spills out of the ring! Claudio and Eddie are on one end, Cash and Moxley on another, and Dax stomps away on Bryan in a corner! The ref tries to restore order but Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Eddie CHOPS Claudio, but Claudio hits low! Claudio throws forearms, Bryan digs his boot into Dax, Cash is sent into the desk! Eddie claws at Claudio’s face, Dax sends Bryan into railing! Eddie TOSSES Claudio over railing! Moxley and Dax glare at each other but the ref has them stay back. Eddie goes after Claudio in the crowd! Fans are all fired up, and Cash clamps onto Moxley with a chinlock! Dax CHOPS and ROCKS Bryan over and over! Moxley hits Cash with an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Claudio sends Eddie into railing! Cash sends Moxley into railing! Cash turns around, Bryan FLYING KNEES off the apron!

Bryan soaks up the cheers and jeers, then KICKS Cash against railing! And KICKS and KICKS and KICKS! Cash flounders but Bryan puts him in the ring, just long enough to refresh the count! Bryan THROWS Cash into railing, Claudio runs up to UPPERCUT him! Dax runs them off, the ref again tries to restore order, but Dax and Eddie guard Cash from the BCC, even Moxley. The BCC leaves them behind and Bryan starts a “HE’S A BUM!” chant. Cash gets in the ring but Moxley’s right on him with HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Cover, TWO! Moxley drags Cash up, tags Claudio, and they mug Cash.

Claudio stomps away on Cash in the corner, soaks up the heat, and Dynamite returns to single picture. Tag to Bryan, he drags Cash to turn him over and hook up the legs. Cash reaches out but Bryan grabs the arms. Bryan tags Moxley before he hoists Cash up, up and away, but not into the Romero Special! He has Cash up in a partial surfboard, for Moxley to JAB! Cash flops over, Moxley covers, TWO! The fans rally but Moxley drags Cash around. Moxley steps through, Cash fights but Moxley still has the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Cash endures but his shoulders are down for a cover! ONE, but Moxley puts more pressure on the legs!

Cash endures, throws hands, but Moxley digs his boot into the knee. Cash falls back, it’s a cover again, ONE! Dax storms in to STOMP Moxley! The fans fire up and Moxley is up in a huff. Moxley brings Cash up to whip him but Cash KICKS back! Cash leaps, but Moxley catches him! Moxley throws Cash to ropes but Cash BOOTS back! Claudio runs up but Cash HOTSHOTS him, then RANAS Moxley! Hot tag to Dax! Dax JABS, JABS and ROCKS Moxley! Dax DECKS Moxley, Bryan runs in but Dax DECKS him, too! Claudio runs up, Dax dodges to then kick low! Dax runs to hit a SWINGING NECKBREAKER!

Dax whips Moxley, Moxley reverses but Dax cradle counters! TWO, and Dax hurries! O’Conner Roll, TWO! Dax goes up the corner to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Moxley rakes the eyes! But Dax fights the underhooks! Dax underhooks Moxley, TIGER DRIVER! Cover, Bryan BOOTS Dax down! Bryan taunts Eddie but the ref keeps Eddie back. Eddie fumes but he steps back out. But the ref still misses Claudio LARIAT Dax! Moxley drags Dax up to POST him! Dax flops to the floor, Moxley and Bryan both go over there. Moxley keeps Eddie back, Bryan wrenches Dax to an ELBOW BREAKER! Eddie guards Dax and asks what’s up!

But then Bryan drags Eddie down! Claudio & Moxley mug Dax, they sit Dax on the railing! Cash protests but the ref can’t stop the BCC from mugging Eddie. Bryan whips Eddie hard into railing! Moxley drags Dax up while Bryan lines up a shot, and Bryan runs in to basement dropkick! Moxley tags Claudio, they stomp Dax, and then Claudio UPPERCUTS! Dax CHOPS! Claudio UPPERCUTS, Dax CHOPS, repeat! Dax CHOPS and CHOPS again, headlocks, but Claudio powers out to LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives and Claudio seethes as Dynamite goes picture in picture again.

Claudio BOOTS Dax to the corner, he tags Moxley, and the BCC mugs Dax. Moxley clotheslines Dax, then underhooks for a BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Moxley keeps on Dax with a top wristlock and grinds the arm. Dax endures, but Moxley bends the fingers and cranks the elbow. Dax fights up, but Moxley brings him over, tag to Claudio. They mug Dax, Claudio UPPERCUTS, then clamps on a COBRA TWIST! Dax endures, but Moxley gets a cheap shot in! Claudio then UPPERCUTS Dax down and tags Moxley back in. Moxley stomps Dax around, then puts him in a FIGURE FOUR! Dax does his best to fight that off but Moxley powers through!

Dax endures the leglock, his shoulders are down, TWO! Dax sits up in time, but just like with Cash, Moxley puts on the pressure. Dax falls back for another cover, TWO! Dax grabs at Moxley’s nose but the ref reprimands. Dax lets go and works to turn the hold over! Moxley resists one direction, but Dax goes the other way! Dax turns it over! The fans fire up as Moxley endures, and Moxley turns it back over. Dax reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! Moxley lets go quickly, then tries again, but Dax BOOTS Moxley into a POST! Moxley staggers, hot tag to Bryan! Bryan runs up to get Dax by an arm, and even grinds in an elbow!

Bryan drags Dax back over, tags in Claudio and the BCC mugs Dax again. Claudio clamps on a chinlock while Dynamite returns to single picture again. Dax endures, the fans rally up, and Dax fights up. Dax throws body shots, then ROCKS Claudio, but Claudio keeps Dax from Cash! Tag to Moxley and the BCC mug Dax more. Claudio picks Dax up for Moxley to run, HART ATTACK! Moxley BLASTS Cash off the apron, Claudio turns Dax over, and while Claudio ties up the legs, Moxley traps Dax’s arms! Bryan goes up top to DIVING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!! Dax survives but Moxley keeps him down with a FUJIWARA ARMBAR!

Dax endures, the fans rally, and Dax fights up again. Moxley knees low, reels Dax in, but Dax resists the lift! Dax back drops free but Bryan tags in! Bryan keeps Dax from the corner, Claudio even YANKS Cash down from the other side! Claudio whips Cash into railing! But Dax still gets free of Bryan, hot tag to Eddie! The fans are thunderous as Eddie CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS, but Eddie CHOPS! Bryan CHOPS, Eddie CHOPS! The CHOPS go back and forth, Eddie gets the edge and he backs Bryan to a corner. But Bryan pokes Eddie in the eyes! Bryan runs, but into an EXPLODER! Claudio gets in to CLUB Eddie!

Claudio ROCKS and whips Eddie but Eddie reverses. Eddie clinches to EXPLODER! Moxley is in to KING KONG LARIAT! The fans fire up as Eddie stands right up! Eddie says fine, and the former friends brawl it out! The fans love the haymakers, but Moxley KICKS and BOOTS Eddie to a corner! Moxley runs, but Eddie LARIATS! Bryan hits the DROPKICK in the corner, then feeds to Claudio’s trio! Time for the SWING! The fans fire up as Eddie goes around and around, into Bryan’s DROPKICK! Then Claudio CATAPULTS Eddie into Moxley’s KNEE! Moxley hoists Eddie up, PILEDRIVER!! Bryan covers, Dax breaks it!!

The fans fire up but the BCC get Dax! Cash saves Dax from the Double Suplex, “This is Awesome!” as Cash DROPKICKS Claudio and Dax clotheslines Moxley up and out! FTR then DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE Claudio up and out! Cash dodges Bryan, and feeds him to the URAKEN! Dax goes up, Cash Electric Chair Lifts Bryan, STEINER BULLDOG!! Eddie covers, Claudio AND Moxley break it! The fans are thunderous as all six men are down! Moxley finds Dax to CHOP, but Dax CHOPS back! Cash brawls with Claudio, Bryan and Eddie go back to CHOPS! The fans rally, the ref wants this to sort out, but the CHOPS keep flying!

Moxley has Dax down for HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS! Claudio and Bryan also get Cash and Eddie in SLEEPERS, then drag them down for some HAMMER ‘N’ ANVIL ELBOWS of their own! Moxley shifts to SLEEPER Dax, and then Claudio puts Cash in a REAR NAKED CHOKE! Bryan follows suit, it’s TRIPLE SLEEPERS!! The fans boo while the ref checks Eddie. Eddie reaches out, sits up, and the fans rally behind him! Eddie and FTR all fight to their feet, and they all RAM BCC into buckles! The sleeper holds are broken, and then Eddie & FTR rotate. Cash UPPERCUTS Moxley, Dax has Bryan and Eddie has Claudio for MACHINE GUN CHOPS!

The fans fire up as the chops all ring out! Cash even gives Moxley some! Dax reloads to keep on Bryan and the fans are thunderous! But then Moxley and Bryan turn things around, followed by Claudio! CHOP and forearms on repeat! Bryan climbs up to rain down fists! Fans count along, Moxley and Claudio join in, they get about TEN on all three! Then Moxley & Bryan whip FTR at each other, only for FTR to dosido! Cash DECKS Moxley and Dax DECKS Bryan! Claudio runs up, into SHATTER MACHINE!! Claudio flops out of the ring, Moxley gets Cash with PARADIGM SHIFT! Dax hits Moxley with a BRAINBUSTER!

Bryan BUSAIKU KNEES Dax! Eddie URA- No, Bryan ducks it to SHOULDER CAPTURE PLEX! The fans chant “YES! YES! YES!” with Bryan and he runs up, BUSAIKU KNEE!! But Bryan says he’s gonna kick Eddie’s head in! Bryan grabs the arms, for the DRAGON STOMPS! Then Bryan shifts into the TRIANGLE HOLD! No hands a la Zack Sabre Jr, but Eddie is OUT all the same! BCC wins!

Winners: Blackpool Combat Club, by submission

Bryan doesn’t let go until he’s done talking trash on Eddie. Bryan lets off to pose, but will he be posing with three championships after Revolution? Will Moxley & Claudio prove they are the top guys in the AEW Tag Division?

 

Backstage interview with Chris Jericho.

Renee Paquette is with The Ocho, or rather the Lionheart, as tonight, Jericho will face Atlantis Jr. of CMLL. There is a ton of history here between Jericho and the Atlantis lucha family, what is he expecting tonight? Jericho says 30 years ago, when he first started wrestling in Mexico, he got thrown into the deep end very quickly. Legendary booker, Paco Alonso wanted Jericho to become a big time player fast. So he put Jericho with legends like Negro Casas, Silver King, Texano, El Dandy, and Atlantis Sr. Atlantis was both a great opponent and a great partner, a mentor and a friend.

So when AEW started working with CMLL, Jericho requested this match with Atlantis Jr. so he could repay the favor. Jericho wants to teach Atlantis Jr. something about the wrestling business from this end. So tonight, Jericho will show Atlantis Jr. some things he’s never seen before, and have a lesson in violence! Tonight, Jericho shows what “Corazon de Leon” can do. And in Spanish, Jericho tells Atlantis Jr. that tonight, there won’t be any holding back. Will El Ocho prove he is numero uno?

 

Tony Schiavone is in the ring.

AEW returns from break and Schiavone says tonight, it is official. There are great wrestlers all around the world, and many are coming here to AEW. But none is bigger, better or more exciting. Here on Dynamite, welcome to AEW full time, Will Ospreay! The fans fire up as the Aerial Assassin, having moved on from NJPW, is truly All Elite! Ospreay goes to the ring, high-fiving fans, and he even hugs Schiavone. Schiavone says the dynamic Ospreay is All Elite, and it’s great to have him here! Ospreay says, “Oi oi, Huntsville, how’re you doing, you cheeky shanks?” The fans cheer and Ospreay says he just wanted to come out here to say thanks for the reception.

Ospreay reminds us that back in November, he asked them to give him some time to finish his obligations with NJPW. His obligations are done! So he took himself to Barbados for a little holiday, got pissed with the Misses, it was great! And then he flew over here, lost his bags, but it’s alright! They found ’em so it’s all good. He came here in his track suit, like Kermit the Frog on leg day, and most importantly, he is here in front of all the fans to say he is here for full-time work! He’s All Elite, bruv! The fans fire up for that one! Ospreay says hold on, some are forgetting that this isn’t his first rodeo. His first PPV, he beat Orange Cassidy.

And if that wasn’t good enough, he went to Canada to beat Kenny Omega in front of 13 THOUSAND of his own people. And if that still wasn’t good enough, he pinned the first-ever AEW World Champion, Chris Jericho, at Wembley Stadium, bruv! So make no mistake about it. The territory might be different, but he’s used to this. He’s been rolling with the Callis Family, everything’s going smoothly, he is ready to pick up where he left off. Speaking of, here comes Don Callis and his family, the Last Supper mural still including Will Ospreay & Kyle Fletcher while Konosuke Takeshita & Will Hobbs are here in person.

Callis shakes hands and hugs it out with Ospreay, as does Hobbs. Konosuke doesn’t, though, given the match that’s coming. Callis takes the mic from Schiavone to say, “Y’know, ladies and gentlemen, there’s nothing I like more than a Don Callis Family reunion!” Fans boo but Callis says when he thinks about the talent in this group, he thinks about Fletcher, Hobbs, Konosuke & Ospreay, an embarrassment of riches! And Callis loves Ospreay talking about all those things the two of them accomplished together. When Ospreay beat Kenny, Callis was right beside him. Ospreay asked how they were gonna top that, and then we got Ospreay VS Jericho!

And on the biggest night of Ospreay’s life, he beat Jericho! So how to top that? Well, by having a match of the year! The fans chant “You Suck!” at Callis but Callis says you top Ospreay VS Jericho by having a match of the DECADE! And in order to do that, you need the two best rope-to-rope wrestlers in the world! The Alpha, Konosuke Takeshita, and Will BAH GAWD Ospreay! And people ask Callis, how can you pit the family against each other? Well, it’d be like when Michal Jordan and Scotty Pippen would go hard against each other in practice, then come together to win championships!

At the end of the day, it doesn’t matter which one wins at Revolution! The real winner after will be the Don Callis Family! Now, shake hands, guys, this will be historic! Konosuke and Ospreay stare down, and Ospreay offers first. Konosuke looks at Ospreay’s hand, then takes it. They shake, the fans boo, but Konosuke doesn’t let Ospreay go. Konosuke wants Ospreay to look him in the eye, then he pats Ospreay on the shoulder. But then Ospreay doesn’t let go! Ospreay won’t let Konosuke big brother him just because Ospreay just got back. The fans rally behind Ospreay, Callis joins in by trying, and failing, to make it a dueling chant.

Ospreay and Konosuke step back, and Ospreay smiles as he bows respect to Konosuke. Will the Don Callis Family really be okay after The Alpha and the Assassin fight it out?

 

Backstage interview with Eddie Kingston.

Renee is now with the Mad King, and notes the disrespect shown not only to him but this entire time leading up to the match with Bryan at Revolution, how concerned is Eddie to be facing this version of Bryan? Eddie starts but then The Bucks walk in asking if Eddie’s seen Sting. What? No, he hasn’t. The Bucks then realize they’re interrupting an interview. Sorry, take it from the top. No, this is life. Oh, oops, never mind. But then Nick says he has a bone to pick with Eddie anyway. All that crap Eddie was saying on Collision, next time it’ll be a fine! Matt has Nick cool down and apologizes for him.

But while Matt has Eddie, mind if he talks with him for a second? Eddie asks what these two are even doing, but Matt says hold on. Eddie is a champion, y’know. He should work on his presentation a little. He shows up to work with Timbs and sweats? Where’s his sports coat or something? Matt asks Nick if they need to implement a dress code backstage. But no, sorry, they’re still looking for Sting, so carry on. The Bucks go shouting for “Stinger” again, and Renee says she had a point about the Louis Vuitton Timbs. Seriously? Eddie doesn’t get what is going on with the EVPs, but will he be more than ready for Sunday?

 

AEW International Championship: Orange Cassidy VS Nick Wayne w/ The Patriarchy!

Freshly Squeezed is still a fighting champion, so even with his match against Roderick Strong on Revolution this Sunday, he put out an Open Challenge for tonight! And who answered it? The Patriarchy’s Prodigy! Will Nick follow in his father figure’s footsteps and hold onto a title all his own? Or will Cassidy serve up an L with that Orange Punch?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if Cassidy makes it to Revolution!

The bell rings, Cassidy and Nick storm up but Nick kicks low! Nick headlocks, Cassidy powers up and out, but Nick pulls hair to reel Cassidy in! Nick hits a headlock takeover, grinds his forearm in then flexes. Mama Shayna applauds but Cassidy fights up. Cassidy powers out but again Nick pulls hair! The ref reprimands but Cassidy breaks free to headlock back. Nick powers up and out, reels Cassidy in but Cassidy ducks the lariat to slip around and headlock for a takeover! The fans cheer while Cassidy thrashes Nick around. Nick headscissors but the fans rally for Cassidy. Cassidy kicks and kicks and pops free!

The fans cheer as Cassidy kips up, and he puts his hands up! Nick runs in, Cassidy hurdles. Nick shoves Cassidy but Cassidy avoids the hurdle to then Alabama Lift! Nick sunset flips through, TWO! Nick runs up, ducks ‘n’ dodges then RANAS! Fans boo but Nick soaks it up as Cassidy goes to a corner. Nick runs up, Cassidy dodges then blocks a boot, but Nick ENZIGIRIS! Nick goes up and up but Cassidy gets under the flying cutter! Cassidy comes back, into an UPPERCUT! Cassidy bails out, the ref tells Christian Cage to back off. Nick runs up, Cassidy avoids the dive then blocks the Penalty Kick! Cassidy swings Nick but Nick cartwheels through!

Nick baits Cassidy in and then sends him into steel steps! Cassidy hobbles back up, Nick goes up and up and ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and Christian hugs his “son.” Nick puts Cassidy in, goes up the corner again, but Cassidy rolls away to the other corner. The fans cheer but Nick runs and FLIES out onto Cassidy! Direct hit again and Nick smirks as he drags Cassidy up. Nick puts Cassidy in, soaks up more heat, and Christian & Shayna applaud. Nick climbs again, but Cassidy moves! Nick rolls through, comes back, but into a BOOT! Cassidy goes up but Nick UPPERCUTS! Nick then climbs up after Cassidy!

Nick stands Cassidy up, but Cassidy fights the superplex with body shots! Cassidy ROCKS Nick and Nick falls off the corner! Cassidy adjusts, Nick distracts the ref, and Christian trips Cassidy up! Fans boo as Christian taunts Cassidy, and then Nick KNEES Cassidy down! The ref realizes what really happened, though, and he EJECTS The Patriarchy! The fans are thunderous as Christian, Shayna & Killswitch/Luchasaurus are furious! The fans say “Hey, hey, hey! Goodbye~!” while Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Nick is worried now that this is just 1v1, but he hurries to find Cassidy. Nick fires hands, then runs Cassidy right into railing! Nick soaks up the heat and flexes, then he drags Cassidy up. Nick runs Cassidy into more railing! Cassidy falls in a heap, Nick flexes and soaks up the heat again. Nick drags Cassidy up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Cassidy is still in this and Nick is frustrated. Nick KNEES Cassidy in the back, then fishhooks Cassidy’s nose! The ref reprimands, Nick lets off, but then he fishhooks again! The ref counts, Nick lets off and Cassidy goes to a corner. Nick ROCKS Cassidy in a corner, then turns him around to ROCK the back.

Nick whips corner to corner hard and Cassidy falls in a heap! Nick drags Cassidy from the corner to cover, TWO! Nick KICKS Cassidy in the back! Cassidy writhes, Nick soaks up the heat again, and Nick brings Cassidy up. Nick waistlocks, but Cassidy pries the hold. Nick ROCKS Cassidy in the back again, then full nelsons! But Cassidy fights to reach for his pockets! Nick shoves him to ropes to ROCK him in the back again! Dynamite returns to single picture as Nick tries again. But Cassidy again fights his way, and gets his hands in his pockets! Cassidy arm-drags Nick away then SHOTGUNS him down! Cassidy kips up and the fans fire up!

Cassidy runs corner to corner but Nick dodges! Cassidy tumbles up and out, bumps Nick off buckles, then runs him side to side to do it again! And again! Nick staggers away, Cassidy climbs up, and Cassidy CROSSBODIES! Cassidy keeps going, ducks ‘n’ dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Nick is still in this but Cassidy keeps cool. The fans rally as Cassidy goes to a corner. Cassidy powers up, runs in, but Nick gets under! Cassidy again fights the nelson to wrench and facelock, but Nick FISHERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO! Not quite perfect from Nick and the fans rally up. Nick kicks at Cassidy, mocking Cassidy’s style.

The fans boo, but Nick winds up, only for Cassidy to SUPERKICK! Fans fire up as Nick falls back! Cassidy returns the “devastating” kicks! Then stomps and stomps and stomps for real! The fans fire up and Cassidy runs, to PENALTY KICK! Shoutout to Shibata, and off comes the elbow pad! ORANGE- NO, Nick gets under again! Full nelson, Cassidy breaks it, but Nick GERMAN SUPLEXES! Only for Cassidy to stand up! Nick runs, DESTROY- BEACH BREAK!! Cover, TWO!! Nick survives and wait, The Kingdom creeps in from the crowd! The ref tells them to stay back, but Nick RAMS Cassidy into buckles! SNAP DRAGON! Bridging cover, TWO!!

Cassidy escapes, and then ROPPONGI VICE is here! Rocky Romero & Trent Beretta are back and they’re going after Taven & Bennett for what they’ve done the past few weeks! Fans fire up as Cassidy’s Best Friends are getting even, but the ref doesn’t see Nick rip a buckle pad away! But then Daniel Garcia shows up! He tells Nick shame shame, then Nick turns around, ORANGE PUNCH!! Cover, Cassidy wins!

Winners: Orange Cassidy, by pinfall (still AEW International Champion)

Cassidy’s Best Friends and Christian’s enemies help Cassidy hold onto the gold, but then Roderick Strong STRONG KNEES Cassidy down! Roddy rains down fists while the fans boo! Trent storms in to shove Roddy down! The Undisputed Kingdom regroup, but the damage has been done! Will the Savior of the Backbreaker have an easy night at Revolution? Or can Cassidy’s fighting spirit see him through another tough challenge?

 

Backstage interview with The Bang Bang Scissor Gang.

Renee is with Jay White, The Gunns, Max Caster & Anthony Bowens, and she notes the impressive win on Collision against Iron Savages. It seems they’re gelling as a group now. Oh, she saw that? White agrees, they are gelling. And to be honest, he was a little apprehensive at first, had their wires crossed a couple weeks ago on Dynamite. But after Collision, they’ve shown just how well they can work together, and White is all in on BBSG! They are damn near perfect! Aren’t they, Billy? Yeah, almost. But Max, what happened to your rap? You think anyone noticed? Uh, yeah, man, everyone noticed.

But Austin says he has an idea. Speaking of combos within the group, how about this? Austin Gunn & The Acclaimed for Collision! Bowens says that’s silly. But what about The Acclaimed & Austin? YES! Everyone loves it! Austin is confused, though, isn’t that just the same but said different? White moves on by saying EVERYONE loves The Acclaimed, BANG BANG! Bowens says he got it! They scissor finger, but will Austin, Max & Anthony make it a win just like the other half of the super group?

 

Kris Statlander w/ Stokely Hathaway w/ Willow Nightingale VS Skye Blue w/ Julia Hart!

The Galaxy’s Greatest and the Babe with the Power used to be friends with the Chicago Skye, but we all know how the Princess of the Black Throne influenced her to the dark side. Skye wants to tear down her former friends to protect the House, but will nothing stop Kris from getting back to the TBS Championship?

The bell rings and Skye runs up to fire off on Kris! Kris hits back, puts Skye in a corner, and then TOSSES her across the way! The fans fire up while Skye flounders. Kris stands Skye up to fire clotheslines in the corner, then she CHOPS! The fans “WOO~!” while Kris brings Skye around to bump off buckles. Kris ROCKS, CHOPS and snapmares Skye to then run her over! The fans fire up as Kris flexes, and then Kris scoops. Skye slips free, throws Kris down by her hair, but Kris kips up! Skye throws Kris down again, but Kris kips up again! The fans cheer as Kris blocks a shot and throws Skye down by her hair! And then SENTONS! Cover, TWO!

Kris keeps cool and she has Stokely & Willow watching Julia. Kris ROCKS and CHOPS Skye again, then whips her to ropes. Skye ducks ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirls and goes around and around, but Kris stops that to THROW Skye away! Skye flounders to a corner and the fans fire up as Kris runs in. Skye dodges, runs back in but Kris ELBOWS her! Kris headstands but Skye stops the boots! Skye puts Kris on the apron to SHINING WIZARD her down! Skye then goes out to the apron, drags Kris back up by her hair, but Kris ROCKS Skye first! Kris then trophy lifts Skye to TOSS her into the crowd! Fans fire up while Kris roars and Dynamite goes picture in picture!

Kris storms back over to find Skye but Skye HOTSHOTS her off railing! Skye SMACKS Kris off the railing, too, then climbs up! CROSSBODY to the floor! Skye drags Kris up, puts her in, and covers, TWO! Skye puts Kris on ropes to CHOKE her! Skye lets off at 4, then runs side to side, but Kris moves! The boot gets caught in the ropes, but Skye still hurries after Kris. Skye kicks and fires shots in the corner, then stomps Kris down! Skye digs her boot in, the ref counts, and Skye lets off at 4 again. Skye storms around, taunts Kris, but Kris hits back! Skye SLAPS Kris down, then CLUBS her! Skye facelocks and she grinds Kris into the mat.

Kris endures, fights around, but Skye stays clamped on. Stokely & Willow rally the fans, Kris fights up and throws body shots, but Skye throws her by her hair! Kris goes to a corner, Willow is there to cheer her on, but Skye KICKS Kris in the butt! Skye brings Kris around to bump her off buckles, then stomp her down again. The ref counts, Skye digs her boot in but lets off at 4. Skye swaggers while Kris flounders, and then Skye CLUBS Kris down. Kris hits back but Skye CHOPS! Skye bumps Kris off buckles, then CHOPS her again! Skye digs her boot in again, but the ref counts. Skye blows a kiss before letting off at 4.

Skye swaggers around again while Dynamite returns to single picture. Skye runs up, but into an ELOBW! Kris whips, Skye reverses but Kris blocks. Kris kicks, Skye blocks and KNEES Kris back. Skye whips Kris to a corner but Kris goes up to FLYING BACK ELBOW! Both women are down and the fans fire up! Kris and Skye rise while a count begins. They both stand at 3 of 10 and throw forearms back and forth! Kris gets the edge, then whips Skye to LARIAT her down! Kris hauls Skye back up, sends her to a corner and runs in to UPPERCUT! Then she goes side to side to KNEE Skye, and reels her in for a SNAP POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO!

Skye survives and Kris grows frustrated, but Stokely & Willow coach her up. Kris aims, spins, but Skye ducks the discus to kick low! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO! Kris toughs it out but Skye snarls. Skye runs up at the ropes, SHINING- NO, Kris DUMPS Skye out! Skye avoids the shoulder to BOOT Kris down! Skye drags kris up on the apron, but Kris fights the nelson with an elbow! Skye SUPERKICKS, Kris ROUNDHOUSES! APRON GERMAN SUPLEX!! Skye flops to the floor and Julia checks her. Kris flops down, too, Willow checking on her. Kris and Skye both rise, Kris glares at Julia, but Julia glares back.

Willow steps up, daring Julia to do something. The ref tells them to hold off, and Kris runs at Skye! Skye drop toeholds her into steps! Skye puts Kris in, then runs up, wrench and reel, DESTROYER!! Then SUPERKICK, then cradle! TWO!! Kris survives and Skye is shocked! Julia is frustrated, too, but Skye hurries to go up a corner. Kris rises, and she UPPERCUTS first! ICONOCLASM! Kris drags Skye back up and fisherman’s, FISHERMAN DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!! Skye survives and now Kris is stunned! Stoke says use a chain! Kris says no, as does Willow. Skye runs up but into a BOOT! The ref reprimands Stoke, but then Skye runs up!

Kris dodges to ROUNDHOUSE Skye, but then Julia gets in! BELT SHOT!! The ref misses it because he’s arguing with Stokely! CODE BLUE!! SKYE WINS!!

Winner: Skye Blue, by pinfall

Willow is disappointed, but in Stokely, not Kris. Stokely wanted to go hardcore but this wasn’t the time, and now Kris suffers the loss. If The House Always Wins, will anyone ever get that title off Julia?

 

The Young Bucks are continuing their hunt of Sting.

Nicholas has the cameraman follow them to the door with Sting’s name on it. But Matthew wants Nicholas to hold on. Did Nick see the interview last week? Sting seemed a little… out of his mind with anger. So if there’s one thing for sure about Sting, it’s that nothing’s for sure. So just be mindful. Nick’s prepared! Let’s go! They step in, and the room is just a bunch of black baseball bats dangling from the ceiling. Oh, they’re playing mind games, huh? Nick smacks his bat off the chair, but where, oh where, could the Stinger Man be?

 

Chris Jericho VS Atlantis Jr. w/ Atlantis Sr!

The Ocho promised it’d be the Lionheart tonight, and he is ready to give us a blast from the past as he faces the future of CMLL. Will Jericho return the favor from Atlantis Sr. and teach Atlantis Jr. a thing or two about a thing or two? Or will the World Historic Light Heavyweight Champion show he already knows what it takes to succeed?

The bell rings and the two circle. The fans rally up, Atlantis offers a handshake, but Jericho SLAPS him! Jericho already said earlier there would be no going easy just because they’re friendly. So Atlantis SLAPS back! They throw hands faster and faster and then Jericho knees low! Jericho CHOPS and CHOPS then whips, but Atlantis reverses. Atlantis hurdles, drops down, then DROPKICKS Jericho down! Fans fire up as Jericho ends up in a corner, and Atlantis runs in. Jericho puts Atlantis on the apron, but Atlantis blocks the punch to GAMANGIRI! Jericho staggers away, Atlantis CROSSBODIES!

Atlantis kicks Jericho, fires forearms, then whips Jericho to a corner. Atlantis runs in, jumps up, gets cheers from the fans, and MONKEY FLIPS Jericho away! Jericho goes to another corner, Atlantis runs in and MONKEY FLIPS again! The fans cheer, Atlantis runs up again, but Jericho stops the third! And he has the legs, WALLS OF JERICHO! Atlantis endures, and he has the ROPEBREAK! Jericho lets go quickly, then he CLUBS away on Atlantis. Jericho pulls at the mask!? There’s no holding back and then there’s just being disrespectful! The ref reprimands, Jericho stops and Atlantis throws hands!

Atlantis kicks Jericho away, the ref helps with the strings, and then Atlantis Senior CHOKES Jericho with the towel! The fans cheer as Atlantis teaches Jericho another lesson even now! Jericho bails out to argue with Atlantis Sr, but then Junior DIVES onto him! The fans fire up as Atlantis Jr. gets Jericho up and around to SMACK him off the apron! Atlantis gets the legs, to CATAPULT Jericho into the POST! The fans fire up as Atlantis rises, and he brings steel steps around! The ref reprimands but Atlantis brings Jericho around. Atlantis reels Jericho in, gets him up, but Jericho fights it! So Senior helps out, and Atlantis has Jericho up!

But Jericho RANAS and sends Atlantis into the steps! The fans are torn while Senior checks on Junior, and Dynamite goes picture in picture.

Jericho storms over, he drags Atlantis around to SMACK him off the steps! Jericho puts Atlantis in the ring, kicks him around, then soaks up the cheers and jeers. Jericho drags Atlantis up again, CHOPS him, and has him in the corner. Jericho CHOPS again, and CHOPS again! Jericho whips corner to corner, runs in and clotheslines! Jericho puts Atlantis up top, throws hands, then climbs up after him. Jericho brings Atlantis up to the very top, but Atlantis resists! Atlantis SUPER GOURD BUSTERS Jericho down! Atlantis adjusts to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives and Atlantis can’t believe it!

Atlantis and Jericho rise, and Jericho CHOPS first! Atlantis CHOPS back! Atlantis eggs Jericho on so Jericho CHOPS again! Atlantis CHOPS again! The CHOPS go back and forth, then Jericho gets the edge! But Atlantis CHOPS and CHOPS in return! Atlantis puts Jericho on the ropes, and puts some stank on the CHOP! Dynamite returns to single picture as the fans want “One More Time!” Atlantis gets the fans fired up, and winds up to CHOP again! Atlantis whips but Jericho runs him over! Jericho keeps moving, but Atlantis puts him on the apron! Jericho hurries up a corner, but Atlantis meets him there! SUPER ARM-DRAG!

Jericho tumbles away, Atlantis hurries to cover, TWO! Jericho is still in this, but Atlantis runs up. Jericho gets around to GERMAN- NO, Atlantis victory rolls, then uses the legs to reel Jericho into a wheelbarrow! WHEELBARROW GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Jericho survives again and Atlantis is frustrated. Atlantis drags Jericho to a drop zone, goes up a corner, but Jericho rises! Jericho CHOPS Atlantis, then goes up after him. Jericho comes in from the side, SUPER BULLDOG!! That’s definitely old school for Jericho! He covers, TWO!! Atlantis survives and now Jericho grows frustrated.

Jericho drags Atlantis up to CHOP more. Jericho whips corner to corner, runs up but Atlantis goes up and over! Then he SNAP POWERSLAMS! Cover, TWO! Jericho stays in this but Senior coaches Junior up. Atlantis SUPERKICKS Jericho, runs, but Jericho BOOTS him! Atlantis falls to the apron, Jericho runs to the corner, triangle jump, but Atlantis ducks! Jericho goes right to the floor! Atlantis builds speed and he FLIES! Direct hit on Jericho at the ramp and the fans fire up again! Atlantis rises, he gets Jericho into the ring. “This is Awesome!” as Atlantis goes up the corner. Jericho is in the drop zone, but he rises up to trip Atlantis!

Atlantis is stuck on the corner, Jericho brings him up for haymakers! Jericho then makes sure Atlantis is positioned just right, CHOPS him, but Atlantis fires forearms! Jericho CHOPS again, climbs up to the very top, and he rains down fists! Fans count along, all the way to TEN! SUPER STEINER! Jericho fires up, takes aim, and Atlantis rises. JUDAS- NO, Atlantis ducks it! Then he scoops Jericho, into LA ATLANTITA! Jericho endures the backbreaker rack, and then the spin and swing, but Jericho lands out! Jericho trips Atlantis, WALLS OF JERICHO!! Atlantis endures, reaches out, crawls forward, and his dad coaches him on!

Atlantis reaches, he’s fingertips away! But Jericho drags him away!! Jericho sits deep! Senior throws in the towel!! Jericho wins!

Winner: Chris Jericho, by forfeit

The Lionheart wins, and perhaps the lesson here was knowing when to give up for the sake of your career. Jericho checks on Junior and helps him up. There is still respect between Jericho and the Atlantis familia, will Junior still be the future of CMLL?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Revolution!

After the big win here tonight, Jericho is now part of the All-Star 8 Man Scramble! He joins “Powerhouse” Hobbs, Lance Archer, Brian Cage, Hook, Wardlow, and two more opponents! Those last two spots will be filled in qualifying matches to be held this weekend! CMLL’s Magnus takes on Matt Sydal for Rampage while a Triple Threat on Collision sees Penta El Zero Miedo VS Dante Martin VS Bryan Keith! Who will join the huge match that grants the winner a future AEW World Championship opportunity?

 

BREAKING NEWS for Collision!

Just 24 hours before Revolution, we hear from Toni Storm and Deonna Purrazzo ahead of their AEW Women’s World Championship, and we get a star-studded 8 Man Tag! Orange Cassidy, Trent Beretta, Hook & Daniel Garcia take on Roderick Strong, Brian Cage, Christian Cage & Killswitch/Luchasaurus! Who will have major momentum going into the title matches going into Revolution?

 

The Young Bucks make their way to the ring.

Since they didn’t find Sting backstage anywhere, it seems only logical they come out here to finish the search. There are fans wearing Sting masks, so Nick gets in their face. Is one of them Sting playing the hold “Sting wearing a Sting mask” gag? No but DARBY is! Darby DECKS Nick and fires off on the Bucks! Darby puts Nick in the ring but Matt anchors him! Nick PENALTY KICKS from above! The fans rally for Darby but the Bucks mug him back! They put Darby in the ring, get their bats, and it’s just like the night Darby & Sting won the tag titles! Matt CHOKES Darby, Nick throws off his jacket, and The Bucks sit Darby up.

Fans boo but the Bucks want, and hit the E V P TRIGGER!! Darby goes down, Matt JAMS Darby with the bat! Nick stomps Darby, too! The fans boo but the Bucks just soak it up. Then Matt calls for someone? Ric Flair is here?! The Nature Boy smiles as he struts his way down the ramp, but has he really betrayed Sting? Matt & Nick mug Darby more while Ric takes his time getting to the ring. Ric takes one of the bats, but then he pokes Nick in the eye and JABS Matt! The Nature Boy tricked the Bucks and has them right where he wants ’em! Except Nick LOW BLOWS Ric! Fans boo as Ric falls in a heap!

The Bucks are upset that the Dirtiest Player in the Game actually pulled one over on them, and they dig their boots in! The fans boo, then they call for “STING! STING! STING!” The Bucks soak up the heat, just hoping Sting shows up. But then the music hits and the Bucks get on the defensive! They hurry up the ramp with their bats, but where is he? Sting is lowered in from the rafters!! The fans are thunderous as we flashback to the early days of Crow Sting, and the Bucks can’t believe what they’ve just seen! The Bucks run back up, but bats collide and the Bucks are disarmed! Sting JAMS Matt, JAMS Nick, then CRACKS them with bats!

The fans fire up as Darby goes up and SUPER COFFIN DROPS onto both Bucks!! Darby gets Nick in the ring, Sting storms right in after him! Sting gets Nick for the SCORPION DEATH DROP! Darby slides in and Ric stands back up. The fans howl into the night with these icons, but Matt says they’re gonna come up with a “real nice severance package” for Sting. Will Sting’s last match be his most agonizing defeat? Or will it be his most triumphant victory?


My Thoughts:

A great Dynamite, and I really like how this flowed with just four matches. Granted, this format might just be because this is the go-home with plenty of more to do on Rampage and Collision, but AEW/Tony Khan should still try to book it like this more often. Hangman tricking us with the ankle was clever stuff to sucker Swerve in, but Swerve also owned up to doing messed up stuff so… I guess there isn’t really a Face in the match at all? Just Joe, Hangman and Swerve all being mean and badass, though Hangman is much more Heel right now because he tricked us. Either way, this still keeps everyone strong regardless of who wins, but at this point, the fans are strongly behind Swerve so it’s either Swerve or Joe winning.

Good group promo from Bang Bang Scissor Gang, and I like that they poked a little fun at Caster’s flub. And it’s a fitting move to do the flipside of last week’s mash-up, and it just seems to be the story that Austin gets dunked on by everybody else. As I said for last Saturday, it’d be a shame if BBSG came together just to break up and feud when we’ve basically seen that, but at this point, they haven’t even bothered feuding with other champions yet. We got a really good International Championship match from Cassidy VS Nick with all the overbooking to plug the different title stories, and we might even get Roppongi Vice VS Taven & Bennett for the ROH Tag titles at some point.

Really good stuff from Ospreay and the Don Callis Family, and naturally, there is tension between Ospreay and Konosuke already. Callis is too sure of himself, this match is of course tearing Ospreay away from the faction, and I personally still hope Kyle Fletcher joins him because they’re United Empire brothers. Awesome opening Six Man Tag for Eddie & FTR VS BCC, but BCC winning makes sense. There’s still a very good chance Eddie beats Bryan 1v1 to retain the Triple Crown, which is why Bryan got the win on Eddie right here. FTR VS Mox & Claudio could still go either way, but I’m leaning towards FTR so they can challenge for the tag championships past Revolution.

Really good match from Kris VS Skye, but what in the world is Stokely thinking? He’s teamed with two Faces and he’s trying to Heel it up, and that cost Kris. This is gonna lead to Stokely getting slapped around instead of him breaking Kris and Willow up. But there isn’t much time anymore, so I guess we’re not getting a TBS Championship build for Revolution. Maybe for Big Business in Boston in a couple weeks? It would be fitting if someone faces Julia for the title, and regardless of who wins, out comes Mercedes Mone for the huge homecoming moment, and she immediately sets herself up for a TBS Championship match for Double or Nothing.

Really good promo from Jericho, though I wish I knew more Spanish so I could understand the rest of that last line. But great match from Jericho with Atlantis Jr, though I am a touch surprised Jericho won. But hey, Atlantis Jr. looked great, he’s still a champion in CMLL and is going on quite the run over there, we can only hope AEW and CMLL are able to keep this working relationship going. News came out that there’s some travel visa issues for many different big names, let’s hope it doesn’t force AEW and CMLL to delay whatever Forbidden Door type thing they were working on.

And it seems one thing that did have to be delayed is that Meat Madness match. It was said by Tony Khan himself that document issues, along with some injuries, limited their choices for the big match of big meaty men, so now the All-Star Scramble happens instead. That’ll still be awesome stuff, and if it’s about a future world title shot, you can bet Hobbs or Wardlow comes out on top with this. Wardlow especially given that heated promo he gave last week and how it’ll feed into the Undisputed Kingdom story. If Adam Cole is gonna force Wardlow to hand over the world title, then Wardlow needs to have the world title in the first place.

And really good stuff to feed into Sting’s last Dynamite segment. The Bucks being on the hunt all night was an interesting way to keep us intrigued throughout the show, and you gotta appreciate Matt being the levelheaded one to foil against Nick being the hothead, to where Matt didn’t just barge into Sting’s room just in case. Sting dropping in from the rafters surprised me, also kinda scared me, but it was an awesome move to do that for his final TV appearance as it hearkens back to some of his best stuff in WCW.

Ric Flair tricking the Bucks was a good detail, though I’m surprised they didn’t save this for Revolution, but I suppose that would’ve only been the case if Sting & Darby were winning. I’ve been saying The Bucks are winning to get all that heat on themselves, the math would indicate that, but hey, maybe Sting gets to defy such math and tradition because of how he is so iconic and beloved in pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.9/10


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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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