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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (7/6/23)

Thy Kingdom Come.



ROH Wrestling 2023

They’ve got something for you!

To prove their supremacy in ROH, The Kingdom is in full force against Trish Adora & The Infantry in a Mixed Six Tag! Will Maria, Mike & Matt stand tall?


  • Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco; Komander wins.
  • Daniel Garcia VS Christopher Daniels; Garcia wins.
  • The Gates of Agony VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin; The Gates win.
  • Six Man Tag: The Righteous & Stu Grayson VS Macrae Martin, Rip Impact & Zak Patterson; The Righteous & Stu win.
  • “Big Bill” Morrissey & Lee Moriarty VS “The Boys,” Brandon & Brent Tate; Bill & Lee win.
  • ROH Women’s Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Seleziya Sparx; Athena wins and denies Sparx a title opportunity.
  • Tony Nese w/ The Varsity Athletes VS JD Drake w/ Anthony Henry; changed to…
  • Triple Threat: Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS JD Drake VS Mark Briscoe; Briscoe wins.
  • Diamante VS Vanessa Kraven; Diamante wins.
  • Six Man Mayhem: Brian Cage VS Dalton Castle VS Josh Woods VS Shane Taylor VS Trent Seven VS Willie Mack; Cage wins and wins $25,000.
  • Mixed Six Tag: The Kingdom VS Trish Adora & The Infantry; changed to…
  • Mixed Six Tag: The Kingdom & Leyla Hirsch VS Trish Adora & The Infantry; The Kingdom & Leyla win.


Komander w/ Alex Abrahantes VS Gringo Loco!

These two met just last week, inside that big 8 Man Tag match. Now they go 1v1 in what will surely be a fast and furious sequel! But who will go fast enough to take the win?

The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. The two circle and fans rally up to a duel. Gringo and Komander approach, tie up, and Gringo hits a throw to then spin and arm-drag Komander! Gringo does jumping jacks but Komander gets up. They go again, Gringo waistlocks but Komander fights the lift. Gringo ripcords and wrenches but Komander handsprings through and rolls off Gringo’s back to arm-drag him! Fans rally up but Gringo grows frustrated. Gringo swings but Komander blocks to a knuckle lock, then CHOPS! Komander goes up and jumps and ARABIAN PRESS ARM-DRAGS!

Fans fire up with Komander but Gringo is frustrated. Gringo storms in, Komander tilt-o-whirl arm-drags! But Gringo handsprings through! Gringo wags his finger and fans rally up again. Komander and Gringo reset, rush in, and DOUBLE FOREARM! Gringo ducks the roundhouse but not the HEEL KICK! Gringo wobbles and staggers, Komander whips to a corner, but Gringo goes up and over and handsprings away. Fans fire up, Komander runs in, but into an ALLEY-OOP BOMB into buckles! Gringo drags Komander to a cover, TWO! Fans rally again as Gringo puts Komander on the ropes, and CHOPS!

Gringo drags Komander up, whips him to ropes, and FLAPJACKS to run and SHOTGUN BOOT! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up but Gringo drags Komander up and stomps him in the corner. Gringo CHOPS, then wrenches and whips corner to corner. Komander goes up and out and Gringo hits buckles! Komander double jumps, and FLYING CARTWHEEL ARM-DRAGS! Fans fire up as things keep moving, but Gringo scoops Komander to a torture rack SLAM! Cover, TWO! Komander is still in this but Gringo gets fans rallying up. Gringo drags Komander up, bumps him off buckles and Komander sits down.

Gringo CHOKES Komander on the ropes, but lets off as the ref counts. Gringo “apologizes” but then he digs his boots in again. The ref counts, Gringo lets off at 4, and fans rally more. Gringo brings Komander up, brings him around, and suplexes, but Komander slips free! Gringo elbows Komander, then mule kicks! Gringo runs, but Komander jumps! Gringo catches him to a fireman’s carry and swings him, but Komander swings through to headscissor! Fans fire up again and Komander runs corner to corner. Gringo puts him on the apron but Komander KICKS back! Komander then slingshots up and jumps off Gringo!

Fans fire up as Komander keeps going, spring TORNILLO, but Gringo catches him to a wheelbarrow! But Komander arm-drags free again! Gringo bails out and fans fire up as Komander builds speed. Komander FLIES and he takes down Gringo! Fans fire up more as Komander slides back in the ring. Komander goes back out, having refreshed the count, and he kicks Gringo. Komander RAMS Gringo into railing, high fives some fans, and he puts Gringo back in. Komander goes up the corner, fans continue to duel and Gringo gets up! Gringo ROCKS Komander with a right! Then CHOPS him on the back!

Komander fights back, but Gringo climbs up. They brawl with those slapping shots, and they start to move around on the very top rope. Komander stands, but Gringo jukes him to a SUPER CHICAGO FLY!! Gringo fires up, whips Komander and pop-up, CUTTER from Komander!! Fans now rally for “Both These Guys!” as Komander goes to the apron. Gringo rushes him but Komander jumps over, only for Gringo to get him in an Electric Chair Lift! Gringo goes around the way, spins Komander around, BARRIER BOMB!! Fans lose their minds and Gringo revels in the moment. Gringo then puts Komander back in the ring and goes to the corner.

Gringo says, “I’m gonna kill this mofo!” Fans fire up, Gringo goes up, and Gringo double jumps, FLYING CUTTER!! Cover, TWO!!! Komander survives and everyone’s shocked! The fans fire up again, Gringo hoists Komander up the ropes to then climb up behind him, for another Electric Chair Lift! But Komander fights back! Komander adjusts, SUPER SUNSET, but Gringo blocks! So Komander ENZIGURIS the leg! And ENZIGURIS the head! Gringo wobbles, Komander runs side to side, DOUBLE JUMP FLYING RANA!! But Gringo flops out of the ring! Komander doesn’t hesitate, he goes right up again! DOUBLE JUMP MOONSAULT!!

Fans are thunderous as Komander puts Gringo in for the DOUBLE JUMP PHOENIX!! Cover, Komander wins!

Winner: Komander, by pinfall

A huge win in the opener for The Commander of Lucha! But he shows Gringo respect by offering the handshake, and Gringo accepts it. Will we see these two go another round down the line? Will the growing Lucha Amigos stable soon take over ROH?


Backstage interview with Lee Moriarty & “Big Bill” Morrissey.

Lexi Nair is with #TAIGASTYLE and the human skyscraper and notes their match tonight with Dalton Castle’s Boys, The Tate Twins. What exactly is the game plan going into this match? Moriarty says that after The Firm was ended, he and Bill decided to stick together to show ROH why it is time to wake up, wipe the crust from their eyes, clean the drool off their face, and stop sleeping. They’ve been teaming up, picking up win after win like loose change at the strip club. They keep that going against the former ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions. “Two of the most athletic, agile, gifted-”

Bill has Lee stop there. The Boys ain’t their boys. And they better not be Lexi’s boys. They better be boys with God because after tonight, they’re gonna need Him. Bill knows The Boys will walk, or rather prance, their way down to the ring, with their feathery wings and all those childish noises and whatever they do. But then Lee & Bill will walk down to the ring, and SQUASH you like the bugs you are. Then Lee & Bill will win that tag team gold. Will Brandon & Brent survive this battle with Bill & Lee?


Daniel Garcia VS Christopher Daniels!

The Dragonslayer is still aiming to get back the ROH Pure Championship, and is even getting into the AEW Blind Eliminator Tag Tournament with Sammy Guevara. But will he be able to beat an ROH Grand Slam Champion? Or will he go from Dragonslayer to slayer of Fallen Angels?

The Code of Honor is not upheld as Garcia kicks the handshake away. The bell rings, the two circle, and they tie up. Fans rally for Daniels but Garcia wrenches to a wristlock. Daniels reaches back to headlock, there are Garcia fans making noise, but Daniels wrenches to an ELBOW BREAKER then hammerlock. Garcia reaches out, Daniels keeps him from ropes, so Garcia elbows free! Garcia runs and he runs Daniels over! Garcia says he’s a sports entertainer but fans chant “YOU’RE A WRESTLER!” Garcia runs, Daniels drops, but Garcia steps on him to do his dance! Fans are torn but Daniels just sighs.

Daniels and Garcia circle, then Garcia knees low. Garcia whips, Daniels ducks ‘n’ dodges and trips him, to step all over him! And then Daniels does his own dance! It’s spicy in its own way, but Garcia rushes in! Daniels hip tosses, scoops and SLAMS, then covers. ONE, but Daniels clamps onto an arm. Fans rally, Garcia ROCKS Daniels with a forearm. Garcia runs corner to corner, but Daniels dodges! Daniels CHOPS, ROCKS and repeat! Daniels whips corner to corner and runs in to forearm smash! Daniels whips Garcia corner to corner, runs in again but is put on the apron. Daniels counter punches, but then Garcia BLASTS Daniels off the apron!

Garcia soaks up the heat while Daniels drags himself up. Daniels slides in but Garcia stomps away! The ref counts, Garcia lets off to shout he’s a sports entertainer! Garcia stalks Daniels on ropes, and CHOKES him! The ref counts, Garcia lets off and fans again chant, “YOU’RE A WRESTLER!” Garcia UPPERCUTS Daniels, fans actually duel “YOU’RE A WRESTLER!” “SPORTS ENNER-TAY-NER!” Garcia UPPERCUTS Daniels to ropes, then whips him to ropes. Daniels kicks back, ducks ‘n’ dodges but into a takedown! Garcia steps over into a modified STF! Garcia fishhooks the nose! The ref reprimands, and Garcia goes back to the crossface.

Daniels fights his way around, reaches out blindly, but Garcia grabs that arm to make it part straitjacket! But the other arm gets the ROPEBREAK! Garcia lets go slowly, and then he stomps a leg! Fans boo and the ref reprimands, but Garcia storms up to kick legs. Garcia grabs an arm, and he digs a boot into Daniels’ face to make him kneel! Garcia scuffs Daniels’ face, then runs. But Daniels gets up to BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Both men are down and fans fire up! Garcia and Daniels stir, a standing count starts, and they both rise at 3 of 10. They run in, Daniels LARIATS! And LARIATS! And whips! Daniels back drops Garcia!

Garcia goes to a corner, Daniels runs in and forearm smashes! Daniels then puts Garcia up top to SHOTEI! Daniels crosses Garcia’s arms but Garcia resists, so Daniels uses a cravat in the ICONOCLASM! Cover, TWO! Daniels fires up, brings Garcia up, but Garcia throat chops! Garcia swings, Daniels ducks and SHOTEIS! Garcia snarls, Daniels eggs him on. Garcia fires a forearm but so does Daniels, and they go back and forth! Fans fire up as they keep going! Garcia gets the edge, then BITES Daniels! Fans boo but Garcia runs, ROCKS Daniels, but Daniels rebounds to ROCK Garcia! Garcia BOOTS! Daniels STOs!

Fans fire up with Daniels again and he calls his shot. Daniels drags Garcia up, underhooks, but Garcia wrenches out to kick low. Garcia facelocks, but now Daniels wrenches out to clinch and URE- NO, Garcia arm-drags free! Daniels goes to a corner, Garcia runs in, but Daniels dodges to kick and underhook! ANGEL’S WINGS!! But Garcia rolls out of the ring! Daniels grows frustrated and he goes out after Garcia. Daniels drags Garcia up as fans duel. Daniels puts Garcia in, but Garcia kicks the ropes to jam Daniels up! Garcia drags Daniels up, HALF HATCH DDT! Cover, Garcia wins!

Winner: Daniel Garcia, by pinfall

A new move makes its debut and that helps Garcia finish the legend! Garcia dances with Aubrey Edwards and she says no thanks. But will Garcia soon be dancing with gold around his waist?


Backstage interview with Willie Mack.

Lexi is with the Mack Daddy and says this is a special night in ROH. It is a six way scramble for 25 THOUSAND dollars! What is Mack’s strategy going into this? Just win the whole damn thing. He’s in there with Josh Woods, Dalton Castle, Trent Seven, Shane Taylor and Brian Cage. They all want that 25K. Y’know what he could do with that money? He wants a pet capibara. Y’know, one of those Brazilian rat dog things with hoof like feet, and they smell like corn chips. Then he’d get a chinchilla, the little rodent thing that they make fur clothing with. And he might even leave the country, go on a trip to Jamaica for the first time.

Has Lexi ever had Jerk Chicken? No. Is she free? She supposes so. Well then, they both can go to Jamaica! But when it comes to those five other guys in the match, Mack has five fingers, and they’re slapping all five guys in the face to get that 25 thousand. Believe that, bank on the Mack! Mack is ready, but will he defy the odds to win the jackpot?


The Gates of Agony VS Action Andretti & Darius Martin!

Bishop Kaun & Toa Liona, along with Brian Cage, are still ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions. And part of that is from when they defeated their opponents tonight plus AR Fox. Will the Sight to See and the Air Wolf strike back and perhaps earn a rematch? Or will nothing stop the Mogul Embassy’s path of destruction?

The Code of Honor is upheld, and Kaun starts against Action. The two circle, tie up, and go around. Kaun puts Action in a corner as Nana says, “Mogul Embassy forever!” Kaun RAMS Action, and again, and again! Kaun lets off to whip corner to corner, but Action goes up and over and keeps moving. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges and tilt-o-whirls to RANA Kaun! Kaun gets up but Action DROPKICKS him down! Fans fire up and Action IMPLODER TORNILLOS! Cover, TWO! Tag to Darius and Darius mule kicks Kaun down. Action drags Kaun up but Kaun RAMS him into the corner! Liona tags in and CLUBS Action!

Liona steps in, headlocks, but Darius throws hands. Kaun whips Darius, Darius ducks the boot to tag Action. Action ducks ‘n’ dodges and gets a boost from Darius! SUPERKICK! Front kick! Liona rushes in but Action & Darius dodge to DOUBLE DROPKICK him out! Kaun runs in, he also gets DOUBLE DROPKICKS! Fans fire up for Action & Darius but Nana is furious. Nana grabs at Darius, drags him out, but Darius glares at Nana. Action builds speed to DIVE onto Liona, but Liona turns it to SPINEBUSTER! Fans lose their minds, and then Kaun CLOBBERS Darius! Liona puts Action in, and Nana says they’re stupid for doing that!

Tag to Kaun and the Gates mug Action. Kaun fires up Liona and whips him in for a back body block! Feed to an ELBOW, and Kaun covers. TWO, but Kaun rains down fists! The ref counts, Kaun lets off, and he drags Action up. Tag to Liona, Action fights back but Liona mugs him. Liona stomps and drives his knee into Action! The ref reprimands and backs Liona off, but Kaun and Nana get cheap shots in! Fans boo but Nana gets away with all those haymakers! Liona tags Kaun, they mug Action. Kaun drags Action up to kick him around. Kaun scuffs Action, kicks him more, but Action headlocks back.

Kaun powers out, runs in at the corner, but heads collide! Both men crawl, hot tags to Liona and Darius! Darius RAMS into Liona, slingshots up and over, then mule kicks, CHOPS and clotheslines! Liona stays up, shoves Darius away, but Darius BULLDOG HOTSHOTS! And then GAMANGIRIS! Then he steps in, FLYING COMPLETE SHOT! Fans fire up as Darius keeps moving, but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP! Nana wants to end this, Liona tags Kaun! Kaun runs in, blocks boots, and puts Darius in ropes for a DRAPING BACKSTABBER! Liona adds a SPLASH to sandwich Darius! Cover, Action breaks it!!

Nana is furious, Liona runs in but Action dumps him out! Action runs, and handsprings up and over Kaun! Action keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges Kaun to then ROCK him with a forearm! Action fires forearms, Kaun shoves him, and Action DIVES, into Liona’s arms! But Darius DIVES to take them both down!! Fans fire up as Action & Darius go after Kaun. HOTSHOT and snap suplex! Tag to Action and Action springboards to 450 onto knees!! Cover, TWO!! Action survives, he gets around Kaun but Kaun gets around Action. Kaun shoves Action but Action stops from running into Darius!

Kaun runs in but Action dodges the knee! Kaun is caught in the ropes, Darius ROCKS him with a forearm! But Liona YANKS Darius to the floor! Action rolls Kaun up, TWO! Action blocks a lariat, whips, but Kaun reverses then follows, only to run into a SPANISH FLY! Nana gets on the apron! The fans boo and the ref reprimands, Action would’ve won this twice over! Action shouts at Nana, Nana gets away, and Liona returns. Action dodges Liona to FLYING CHUCK! Liona stays up!? Kaun storms up, Action fires forearms but neither man backs down. Kaun swings, Action ducks so the CHOP hits Liona! Liona swings, Action ducks, the CHOP hits Kaun!

Action DOUBLE CHOPS! Action roars, runs, but handsprings into both men’s arms! OPEN THE GATES!! Cover, The Gates win!

Winners: The Gates of Agony, by pinfall

The Embassy is undefeated in ROH, but only because Nana is their insurance policy. Will there be any trio that is able to account for Nana’s influence on top matching the power of Liona and Kaun?


Six Man Tag: The Righteous & Stu Grayson VS Macrae Martin, Rip Impact & Zak Patterson!

It would seem Dutch & Vincent have truly won Player Two over to their team, and now look to focus on climbing the ranks. Will they do that here tonight in Stu’s home country of Canada?

The Code of Honor is upheld, but then the Righteous all DECK their opponents! The bell rings, Dutch & Vinnie stomp away while Stu rains down fists! The fans boo as Stu keeps Macrae in the ring. Stu dares his former student, “Mac,” to get up and fight him. Mac stands, swings, but into the URENAGE! Stu drags Mac around, tags in Dutch, and Dutch tags in Vinnie. Stu holds Mac’s hand, and Vinnie holds the other. Dutch smiles as Vinnie & Stu get Mac up, they INVERTED PENTULUM BOMB! Cover, The Righteous win!

Winners: The Righteous & Stu Grayson, by pinfall

No mercy for his former student, Stu is truly as merciless as Dutch and Vincent. Will they soon be the top trio in ROH? Or will the Dark Order still have something to say about that?


“Big Bill” Morrissey & Lee Moriarty VS “The Boys,” Brandon & Brent Tate!

We heard from them earlier, now we see if Bill & Lee back up their word. Will The Peacock’s Boys soon be broken? Or can they shock the world here tonight?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Lee starts with Brent. They circle, fans rally up, and the two tie up. Lee waistlocks to SLAM Brent, then rolls him to a bridge, TWO! Lee holds on to bring Brent up again, then he wrenches and wristlocks. Brent flips through using the ropes to wrench back. Brent has the wristlock, but Lee spins and slips through to CHOP! Lee whips, Brent ducks ‘n’ dodges and Brandon tags in. Brandon GAMANGIRIS, Brent spins Lee around, and Brandon springboard CROSSBODIES! Fans fire up with Brandon and he brings Lee up. Tag to Brent and the Boys double whip.

The Boys both leap frog then double arm-drag Lee! The Boys roll back, and double basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Brent keeps focus as he drags Lee up. Fans rally for the Boys but Lee puts Brent in the corner. Brent turns it around but Lee stands on a foot, to trip Brent and then STOMP an arm! Brent writhes but Lee drags him around by an arm. Lee wrenches, then tags in Bill! Fans fire up but Brent gets away. Brent stands and Bill towers over him. Brent says nope, and tags Brandon. Brandon steps to Bill, but then says nope! The Boys combine to be Super Boy! Now they’re taller than Bill! But Bill fakes them with a punch, to BOOT them both down!

Fans rally as Bill looms over Brandon. Bill drags Brandon up to back suplex but Brandon lands out of it! Brandon BOOTS from the corner, goes up and reels Bill in, TORNADO- TOSS!! Bill sends Brandon flying, then runs in to SPLASH at the corner! But Brent leaps, only for Bill to get under. Bill BOOTS Brent down! Bill mocks the peacock pose and tags in Lee. Lee drags Brandon into a gator roll and cover, TWO! Lee drags Brandon up to suplex, but Brandon knees free. Lee tries again, Brandon slips out and shoves. Tag to Brent and he LARIATS! And LARIATS! Brent dropkicks Bill at the ropes and Bill wobbles!

Brent gets Brandon to join in, and they DOUBLE DROPKICK Bill to the floor! The fans fire up as Lee runs in, Brandon dodges and Brent wheelbarrows to a VICTORY FACEBUSTER! Lee flops out, the Boys whip to build speed, and Brandon DIVES! Direct hit on Lee at the ramp, and he sets Lee up for Brent to DIVE! Another hit, and Brandon goes again! But Bill catches him! Lee goes in to CLOBBER Brent! Bill carries Brandon to APRON CHOKE SLAM!! Lee RUNNING CALF KICKS Brent, covers, Bill & Lee win!

Winners: “Big Bill” Morrissey & Lee Moriarty, by pinfall

The former Firm members are on a roll, will they soon be in line for an ROH World Tag Team title match?


ROH Women’s Championship Proving Ground Match: Athena VS Seleziya Sparx!

Speaking of title opportunities, the Fallen Goddess still wants worthy competition, and up steps the Sass Queen of Canada! Will Sparx fly and get that golden ticket? Or will Athena extinguish that flame in under ten minutes?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and Athena DROPKICKS! And DROPKICKS! And DECKS Sparx! Athena says this is HER show, but fans boo. Sparks gets back up, Athena insults her as being old, and then CLUBS her on the back! Athena drags Sparx up, whips her but Sparx reverses. Athena goes up a corner, leaps, but into Sparx’s arms! Sparx SLAMS Athena down! Fans fire up, Sparx starts to rally! She blocks a boot, trips Athena up, and HOOK KICKS! Sparx runs and SLIDING LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Sparx keeps cool, brings her up but Athena shoves her. Athena blocks a boot to a T-BONE SUPLEX!

Athena kips up and fans fire up, but Athena scowls. She runs in to back body block Sparx in a corner, then runs side to side to FOREARM! Athena CHOPS, then she cheers herself on. But Sparx SLAPS her back! Sparx fires off boxing elbows and a BACK ELBOW! Athena reels her in but Sparx ELBOWS again! Sparx runs, into an ELBOW from Athena! Cover, Athena wins!

Winner: Athena, by pinfall (denies Seleziya Sparx a title match)

After nine years away, Sparx returns to be beaten in half the time needed in one of these Proving Ground matches. Is that proof of Athena’s invincibility? But of course she beats up on Sparx just for the hell of it! Fans boo but Athena sets the belt up. She drags Sparx up, mocks the fans, and SMASHES Sparx off the belt! Athena then complains Sparx is on top of the belt, and snatches it away. Will anyone ever stop the Fallen Goddess?


Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS JD Drake!

The Premier Athlete and Scrap Iron couldn’t be any more opposites in terms of physique and personality, but they both work hard and hit harder. Smart Mark has everything hold on, though, because Nese has something to say. Nese takes the mic and tells fans to calm down, this isn’t about them. This is about JD. JD, Nese thinks you are an excellent wrestler. But with that said, JD is one serving of poutine and donuts from “Timmy Hoos” (Tim Hortons?) from being as bad as these “fat, disgusting Canadians!” But again, this isn’t about the fans. But Nese has good news for JD. Great news, even!

Seeing as how Nese is a personal trainer on the side, instead of having a match, he’ll do this for JD and the fans. They’re all gonna do group training! Everyone stand up, get on your feet, but JD snatches the mic. JD tells Nese to hold on. JD gets Nese is trying to “help” him, but JD is not gonna waste his calories on trashy Canadian food. But for JD, it is only Dunkin’ Donuts and Freedom Fries! But what Nese should do is not let this body fool you. JD will whoop Nese’s ass! And wait, here comes Mark Briscoe? He goes to the mic and Sterling, Nese and JD are all upset by this.

Mark has a mic and he says, “Quiet down, Mark Sterling.” Now, Mark talked with his good friend, Tony Khan, and they agreed that no one cares what either of these two are saying! And so as of right now, it is official! TRIPLE THREAT, BABY! Fans love that! But Nese & JD attack! The fans boo, the bell rings, and it begins!

Triple Threat: Tony Nese w/ Mark Sterling VS JD Drake VS Mark Briscoe!

Nese and JD mug Mark in a corner, fans boo but Nese tells them to shut up. JD coordinates with Nese, they double whip Mark but Mark goes up and out! Mark UPPERCUTS Nese, dodges and CHOPS JD, then CHOPS again! Nese returns, LARIAT from Mark, and an elbow, too! Another UPPERCUT knocks Nese down and fans fire up! JD CHOPS Mark, whips him but Mark SHOTGUN BOOTS! Mark goes up the corner, but Sterling distracts! Mark hops down to tell him to get outta here. But Nees has a chair! Mark kicks low, tosses Nese out, and Mark fires up the fans with the claps of the chair.

Mark sets the chair up, builds speed, and FLIES! The Sussex County Chicken wipes out Nese & JD! Mark high fives fans, ROCKS Nese, then puts Nese in the ring. Fans fire up with Mark as he climbs up, but Nese moves! Mark bails out of Froggy Bow, and JD CLOBBERS him! Fans boo but Nese shoves JD. They decide to keep on Mark and they both stomp away. JD digs his boots in, Nese scowls and says to get Mark up. They put Mark up top backwards, and then put him in a Tree of Woe. Nese says this is how you look like him! He does ab crunch kicks to Mark! He wants JD to do that now!

JD says fine, but he just stomps the old fashioned way. That’s better for JD cuz it’s efficient. Nese pushes Mark out of the tree and the fans rally behind Mark. Nese and JD mug Mark with haymakers, then do jumping jacks to keep that cardio up. They go another round, but Mark fights back with UPPERCUTS! Then he does jumping jacks! Another UPPERCUT for Nese! A CHOP for JD! Mark does squats! Fans fire up as Mark dodges JD and the CHOP hits Nese! Mark runs in but is sent into Nese, JD hits a SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, Nese breaks it! Nese and JD argue and shove now, then run at Mark. Mark dodges Nese to CHOP JD, CHOP Nese, repeat!

Fans “WOO~!” with every CHOP! Nese ducks a swing, but Mark BOOTS JD! Mark backs Nese down to break free and PELE! Fans fire up with Mark again but JD kicks low. JD whips, Mark BOOTS Nese with it! JD runs in but is sent into buckles! Mark hits an URENAGE! Fans fire up as Mark calls his shot! Mark goes up, but Nese returns to handspring and SHORYUKEN! Nese then goes up to get Mark, fans are thunderous behind Mark, and JD TOSSES Nese down! JD climbs up after Mark now, mocks the fans, and copies the Redneck Kung Fu! Mark shows JD how it’s done, but Nese hops on! SUPER SUNSET BOMB on JD!

But Mark uses that to hit FROGGY BOY on JD! Cover but Nese shoves Mark away so he can cover, but then Mark drags Nese off JD! JAY DRILLER for Nese!! Cover, Mark wins!

Winner: Mark Briscoe, by pinfall

Physique aside, it is all about heart in ROH! Mark has more heart than JD and Nese combined, but will he be heading back for the ROH World Television Championship?


ROH hears from Eddie Kingston.

The Mad King is the NEW NJPW Strong Openweight Champion after the Independence Day event in Korakuen Hall, and he tells the AEW and ROH fans, “What’s up?” But as he is in Japan at this moment because of the G1 Climax, the greatest tournament in all of pro-wrestling, that means he cannot be there for ROH Death Before Dishonor on July 21st. But Eddie tells Claudio that he isn’t off the hook. There is one man Eddie wants to talk to, wants to challenge, and that is Mark Briscoe! Eddie wore Jay Briscoe’s shirt when he teamed with Rocky Romero. Eddie wants to respect that legacy. And it is now Mark’s turn.

Eddie tells Mark it is his turn to respect Jay’s legacy. It is Mark’s turn to be THE ROH World Champion. “Chicken, this is Eddie talking to you. I need you, these people need you, not to just go after the ROH Championship. We need you to win that championship. We need you to have that Briscoe legacy live on. I love you, Chicken. It’s your time. It is your time.”

Backstage interview with Mark Briscoe.

Renee Paquette is here and with the Sussex County Chicken to respond to Eddie’s message. Eddie wants Mark to go after Claudio. Renee knows Tony Khan has said that if Mark wants it, he has it. Mark says damn right he wants it! It IS his time! Mark tells “King” Eddie that he hears him! All Mark’s career in singles action, all he ever talked about was the Television title. But now it is his time to #ReachForTheSky and follow Jay’s footsteps by becoming WORLD Champion! You understand what he’s saying?

But in walks Claudio. “Let me start with a piece of advice for you, Mark. Don’t listen to Eddie Kingston. I had to show Eddie his limits. And I will show you yours, as well. Where’s the Mark Briscoe I knew? Where’s that Mark? See, you were standing here, talking about following in your brother’s footsteps. Yeah, I faced you and your brother multiple times. I’ve had some of the biggest wars in my career with you and your brother. And you think your brother wanted you to step in his footsteps? No! The Mark Briscoe I knew walked side by side with his brother, not in his footsteps. Which shows me that time has made you weak. Which shows me that you have not manned up!

“Yeah, that is right! I said it! Me, on the other hand, time has made me hard. Time has made me what I am today. Time has made me the guy that is the roadblock for people like you and Eddie that you cannot reach the heights that I have. And if I have to show you that, if I have to pull you down to Earth from you trying to reach for the sky, I will more than gladly do that. Not because I want to. But because I do like you. And because I have to. Because it is my duty to show you your limits. So if you really want that match, shake my hand.” Mark does without hesitation. Then see you at Death Before Dishonor. “But don’t get your hopes up. You’re not ready.”

Claudio leaves, and the match is made! Will the Sussex County Chicken show the Swiss Superman that this is only motivation for making Jay proud?


Diamante VS Vanessa Kraven!

The Cuban Diamond has been on a roll, and she’s looking to continue that all the way to the gold! Will she be able to climb The Mountain and then topple it? Or will her hot streak end up cooling off for the Summer?

The Code of Honor is upheld, the bell rings, and the two circle. Fans rally for Kraven as she corners Diamante but Diamante slips away to fire off. Kraven shoves Diamante away, but runs into a dropkick to legs! Diamante runs to knee lift, then she fires off in the corner! Fans count along but Kraven stops that at 6! Things speed up, and Kraven CLOBBERS Diamante! Kraven dusts herself off, scoops and FALL AWAY SLAMS Diamante! Diamante flops out of the ring but Kraven pursues. Kraven stands Diamante up to CHOP, and CHOP, but then Diamante ducks and the chop hits POST! Diamante CHOPS, but it does nothing!

Kraven scoops Diamante, aims, but Diamante slips off to POST Kraven! Diamante pushes Kraven into the ring, runs up and LARIATS, but Kraven doesn’t budge. Diamante tries again but Kraven is too big! Kraven runs in, but Diamante drop toeholds her into buckles! Kraven staggers up into a SHOTGUN! Kraven sits down and fans fire up as Diamante locks ‘n’ loads. HYDRAULIC DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! Kraven is still in this and Diamante is a bit surprised. Diamante fires off forearms, then runs, sunset flips, but Kraven stays up! Kraven drags Diamante up but Diamante wheelbarrows to a STUNNER!

Diamante runs, hops on, CODE RED!! Cover, Diamante wins!

Winner: Diamante, by pinfall

Another big win for Diamante, she is picking up more speed towards the top! Will the Cuban Diamond soon have the Fallen Goddess in her crosshairs?


Six Man Mayhem: Brian Cage w/ Prince Nana VS Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Josh Woods w/ Mark Sterling VS Shane Taylor VS Trent Seven VS Willie Mack!

What a huge prize on the line in a match involving perhaps the biggest, hardest hitting men in ROH today! $25 THOUSAND goes to one man, who will survive this scramble to cash in?

The Code of Honor is upheld between everyone, even old rivals, and the bell rings. Cage goes after Mack, Shane is after Castle, so Woods headlocks Seven. Seven powers out but Woods runs him over! The others brawl outside, Castle POSTS Shane! Mack sends Cage into railing! Seven whips Woods and leaps, but Woods catches him! But then Seven slips free to CHOP! And CHOP! And CHOP! Seven eggs Woods on, so Woods CHOPS! Both men are stinging, but Seven CHOPS a leg, then hits a DDT! Castle returns but Seven TOSSES him out hard! Mack returns and dodges Seven to GAMANGIRI!

Fans fire up and Mack sets up, but Castle runs in again! Mack TOSSES him out hard, too! And then a stomp for Seven, STANDING MOONSAULT! Seven scrambles away and Shane gets in. Shane bobs ‘n’ weaves to HEADBUTT Mack down! Castel tries a third time but Shane TOSSES him out! Cage is in and he SUPERKICKS! “Who betta than Cage?!” But Shane elbows Cage! Cage wobbles but he dodges the haymaker to go up and TORNADO DDT! Fans fire up and Castle is back again! Castle runs in but again is TOSSED! Woods runs in, he and Cage speed things up, and Woods catches Cage for an EXPLODER!

Fans fire up as Castle tries one more time! Woods is ready, but then Castle blocks the toss! Woods turns it around, they go around and around and Castle TOSSES Woods! Fans fire up with Castle, but Shane DECKS Castle! Seven BACK HANDS Shane! Woods is back to SUPERMAN PUNCH! Mack is back to ROUNDHOUSE! Cage rises to JUMP KNEE! Castle returns once more, he blocks Cage’s punch to ELBOW and LARIAT! Fans fire up as Shane returns, bobs ‘n’ weaves and JABS Castle! Shane hangs Castle out to dry, for the TOWER OF LONDON! Shane talks trash on the Boys, but turns around to see Seven. Bop up, and BANG!

Seven ripcords, SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Cover, but Woods deadlifts Seven off! GUT WRENCH BOMB! Mack returns again, to SKY HIGH Woods! Cage SLIDING BOOTS Mack! Cage wrenches, pump handles, to G M S I! Castle is back, Cage dodges but then Castle clinches, for an EXPLODER! Fans are thunderous for The Peacock and he goes up a corner! Castle wobbles, and Seven SHOVES him onto the others! They all fall down, and now Seven climbs?! But Cage trips Seven up! Seven tumbles into the ring, but Cage drags him up! Nana says yes, and Cage brings Seven up! DEADLIFT SUPERPLEX out onto the cluster!!

The fans lose their mans as all five opponents, and even The Boys, go down! But Mack is up and FLIES onto Cage!! Fans fire up, Mack wants that Jerk Chicken! Mack puts Cage in and he climbs up. “Let’s Go, Willie!” FROG SPLASH!! But Mack bounces off the cover! He has to crawl over to Cage and he makes the cover, Nana helps the ropebreak! The ref sees Nana and Nana panics. There are no disqualifications but still. Seven CHOPS Mack, brings him around, EMERALD FLOWSION!! Cover, TWO!?! Seven fires up and fans are with him. Seven drags Mack up, clinches, but Mack slips free!

Mack kicks low to STUNNER! Seven falls, but Shane is back! STUNNER for Shane! Castle is up, BOOT and STUNNER for Castle! The Boys catch Castle, Woods runs up, STUNNER for him! Cage is up, Mack dodges the discus to kick and- NO, roll up! WITH TIGHTS! Cage wins!!

Winner: Brian Cage, by pinfall (wins the $25,000)

Nana is excited not just for the money but for Cage’s 2023 ROH undefeated streak to continue! The Mogul Embassy are money machines, will there be any stopping them now?


Mixed Six Tag: The Kingdom VS Trish Adora & The Infantry!

Mike Bennett, Matt Taven & Maria Kanellis say that the OGK IS ROH! But they’ve also run afoul of quite a few new wave stars who just want an opportunity. Will Boston Strong Style, The Trend and the First Lady of Wrestling deny the AfroPunk, Captain Shawn Dean & Carlie Bravo their rise to the top? Or will there be nothing stopping The Infantry now that they have reinforcements?

But Maria has everyone hold on. She wants to reintroduce herself. She is Maria Kanellis-Bennett, the First Lady of Pro-Wrestling. And this is the first time in five YEARS that she will be wrestling! She knows Canada is so excited to see that. But unfortunately, she’s not medically cleared to wrestle tonight. Oh, sure, right. But Maria says she is all about giving opportunities, so that means tonight, Trish has the opportunity to face a legit shooter. Let her introduce to ROH, LEGIT LEYLA HIRSCH! Hirsh returns from a long absence and what a way to return! Will this change everything about this match?

Mixed Six Tag: The Kingdom & Leyla Hirsch VS Trish Adora & The Infantry!

The Code of Honor is upheld, Maria is so happy for Leyla, and it is ladies first. Leyla and Trish circle as fans rally up. But then Mike tags in, so Dean steps up for his team. Maria says it’s fine, Leyla doesn’t have to rush her return. Mike and Dean tie up, break, and Mike CHOPS! Dean CHOPS! Mike CHOPS, Dean CHOPS, repeat! Fans fire up as the CHOPS keep going, but then Mike headlocks. Dean powers up and out, but Mike runs him over! Fans rally as things speed up, and Dean arm-drags! And arm-drags again! And DROPKICKS! Mike goes to a corner, staggers back, into a CHOP! Fans fire up with The Captain!

Dean salutes, then stalks Mike to the corner. Tag to Carlie, Dean JABS and JABS and JABS! Then Carlie JABS, JABS and JABS! Tag back to Dean, Carlie pops ‘n’ locks and ROCKS Mike! Mike sits down, Carlie & Dean drag him out to crisscross and SPLIT the wishbone! Maria feels for Mike, but Leyla tags in! But then Matt tags off Leyla. Fans boo but Taven is a gentleman enough to hold the ropes open for Leyla. But then Carlie rushes in, headlocks, and Dean tags in as Taven powers out. Carlie runs Taven over, Dean PENALTY KICKS, and Carlie SENTONS! BIG elbow from Dean! Cover, ONE!!

Taven scrambles, and he asks if Leyla is ready. She says she is, so Taven tags her in! Trish finally steps in, and fans fire up as the two circle. Fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Leyla nods and ties up with Trish, but Trish WRINGS Leyla out! Trish WRINGS her again, then steps over to LA MAGISTROL! TWO but Trish keeps on Leyla with an Alabama Lift. The Kingdom tell Trish to let Leyla down, but Trish just puts her in a Reverse Neckbreaker Stretch! Fans rally as Leyla endures. Trish grins but Leyla fights out to get around and GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Leyla puts Trish on ropes.

Leyla smothers Trish, the ref counts, Mike talks trash, but Leyla lets off at 4. Leyla CHOPS and ROCKS Trish against ropes, then wraps an arm around ropes to pull! The ref counts, Leyla lets off at 4 and argues with the ref. The Kingdom argue with fans, Leyla whips but Trish reverses. Trish scoops but Leyla slips free to RAM Trish into buckles! Fans rally up as Leyla goes corner to corner. But Trish elbows her away! Trish runs in, Leyla WRINGS her, but Trish rolls through! Leyla blocks a boot, spins Trish, but LARIAT TUBMAN comes through! Fans fire up while both women are down!

Hot tag to Carlie and he rallies on the Kingdom! BIG back drop for Taven, and one for Mike! Fans fire up with Carlie, he runs to juke and ROCK Mike! Taven BOOTS Carlie, goes up, but Carlie kicks legs out! Taven is stuck in the ropes! Carlie dodges Mike, scoops him, and then LAWN DARTS him into Taven’s trend! Carlie then gets Taven for a DRAPING DDT! Fans fire up with Carlie and he shakes the ropes. Mike runs in, Carlie blocks a boot to get around and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Maria is relieved and Mike kicks Carlie. Mike goes for the arm but Carlie powers him back. Tag to Dean and he ELBOWS Mike!

Feed to the Captain’s clinch, pop up, ASSISTED URENAGE! Cover, Taven breaks it! But Carlie runs up to TOSS Taven out! Dean & Carlie reset, they get Mike up. Carlie runs, but Mike fights free to SUPERKICK Carlie! Tag to Leyla! But Carlie & Dean still get Mike, SUPERKICK RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP COMBO! And LARIAT TUBMAN hits Leyla again!! Leyla bails out so Trish LARIATS Mike out! Dean FLIES to take Mike out at the ramp! Fans are thunderous and Carlie gives a thumbs up! Carlie slingshots, but Taven gives him a KICK OF THE KING! Taven FLIES! Direct hit and all the men are down!

The ladies get back in the ring, Leyla gets around but Trish blocks the suplex! Trish wrenches out, waistlocks, and she wants the arm! But Maria distracts! Trish lets off Leyla, but then Mike gets in! The ref stops Mike, Trish swings on Maria but Maria HOTSHOTS Trish! Leyla hits a SAYANAGI, into the LEGIT ARMBREAKER!! Trish taps, The Kingdom & Leyla win!

Winners: The Kingdom & Leyla Hirsch, by submission

Maria’s mercenary comes through for the team, but Leyla says she is so done with these three. Leyla is back, will she be a legit threat to the ROH Women’s World Champion? As for The Kingdom, they always seem to find a way. Will they become ROH World Tag Team Champions by any means necessary?

Backstage interview with Leyla Hirsch.

Lexi catches Leyla on her way in and welcomes her to ROH. Lexi does want to ask, what is her relationship with the Kingdom? Leyla says it’s real simple: Mike & Maria needed someone legit for tonight. She showed up. They needed someone to get the job done, and Leyla did that. Leyla is here to stay in ROH because ROH is known for innovation and high-flying. But Leyla is a shooter. Anyone that gets in the ring with her, good luck trying to fly through her. Is Leyla looking to clip some wings while she goes for gold?

My Thoughts:

A really good ROH that was only a little over 90 minutes. Still some filler type matches, but those did work to build momentum. Good wins for Komander, Diamante, the Gates of Agony, The Righteous & Stu, and Moriarty & Morrissey. Good promo from Moriarty & Morrissey, I do like their combination and hope they get opportunities in the tag division. And a really good match from Garcia VS Daniels with plenty of fans starting to dig Garcia’s sports… enner-tay-ner side. Garcia of course wins to have momentum going towards an eventual ROH Pure Championship match, probably at Death Before Dishonor.

Another decent Proving Ground match but I’m feeling like there’s less and less point to them if they’re gonna get shorter, not longer. Athena needs to be put against someone who gets to minute nine. But clearly they’re trying to build Athena’s streak so that when she loses, it’ll be (treated) as big as when Jade Cargill finally lost. That said, great main event with Leyla Hirsch making a surprise return. Leyla is legit, but I do like how The Kingdom wasn’t really respecting her as their third. I almost thought Leyla was gonna turn on them, but now, her winning is a stronger return than a Face move that the fans would love.

The promo after with Leyla was good, she’s ready to take on anyone. Though to be honest, her saying that ROH is known for high-flying is more the men’s division. I haven’t really seen that many female wrestlers in ROH who do the topes and the springboards, they’re fairly grounded like Leyla. But I would love if somehow, some way, we got Athena VS Leyla, and it really feels like Leyla could be the one that takes the title off Athena because she’s legit. And then Leyla can carry the division, having her own impressive win streak while Athena gets back in the AEW title scene.

That Six Man Mayhem was a lot of fun, and of course for kayfabe big money. It’s also great to see Trent Seven back somewhere, though I’m still surprised WWE hasn’t tried harder to get him. Too bad for Mack, but he got his hopes up thinking of what he’d do before having the money. I hope Cage’s win here ties into AEW so that Mogul Embassy can use that $25K for stuff. Pretty sure The Embassy will have the ROH World Six Man Tag titles going into Death Before Dishonor, but I hope a trio comes along that takes those from them. Maybe if Stu & The Righteous come out on top against The Dark Order, it’s Stu, Dutch & Vincent in a not quite Face turn.

Interesting swerve in Nese VS JD becoming a Triple Threat with Mark. Great match, though, and great win from Mark. Mark then being given Eddie’s blessing but also mission to take the world title off Claudio was really cool, and Claudio had a great promo getting in Mark’s face. Claudio VS Mark is going to be great stuff, no idea if Mark takes the title but at this point, he really should. Claudio is going to be coming off of Blood & Guts on the 19th, and what more can Claudio do not really being around in ROH? He does the same quick Proving Ground matches on ROH TV as Athena, and then he defends his title on AEW shows because AEW is trying to get ratings. Mark definitely needs to be the face of ROH, that’s a great way to honor Jay.

My Score: 8.5/10

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

The Czar and… HIM!



NXT White 'n' Gold Era

Ilja Dragunov confronts Carmelo Hayes face to face!

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


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


Ilja Dragunov is here!

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Ava Raine.

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

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


Kelani Jordan VS Kiana James w/ Izzi Dame!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Kiana James, by pinfall

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


NXT shares footage from after last week’s show.

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


The Good Brothers VS Malik Blade & Edris Enofe!

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: The Good Brothers, by pinfall

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

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


Ava Raine is on the phone.

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


Roxanne Perez VS Jakara Jackson w/ Lash Legend!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Roxanne Perez, by submission

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


Thea Hail talks with Jacy Jayne & Jazmyn Nyx.

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

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

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


The Wolf Dogs are backstage.

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

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

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


DIJAK VS Luca Crusifino!

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

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

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

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

Winner: Dijak, by pinfall

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


Backstage interview with Noam Dar & Oro Mensah.

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

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


Lyra Valkyria is here!

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

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

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

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

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


Brooks Jensen confronts Oba Femi!

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


Backstage interview with Carmelo Hayes.

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


Von Wagner w/ Robert Stone VS Lexis King!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Von Wagner, by pinfall

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


Tatum and Lyra regroup backstage.

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

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


Dijak argues with Ava.

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


Gigi Dolin VS Jaida Parker w/ OTM!

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall

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


Waves are rolling in.

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


BREAKING NEWS for Roadblock!

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


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

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

Dar: 0; Dempsey: 1

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

Dar: 1; Dempsey: 1

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

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

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

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


NXT Media catches up with Shawn Spears.

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


Ilja Dragunov is back in the ring!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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Andrew’s TNA Xplosion Results & Match Ratings: 2.22.2024

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



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

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

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



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



Mike Bailey vs Jai Vidal

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Overall Score: 5.5/10

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

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

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