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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (8/18/23)

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Edge celebrates his 25th WWE Anniversary on FIGHT NIGHT!

For the first time ever, The Rated R Superstar takes on Sheamus in a 1v1 match! Will Edge truly be celebrating on this, his 25th Anniversary in WWE?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: LA Knight VS Austin Theory; Theory wins and will challenge Rey Mysterio for the title.
  • Damage CTRL w/ Dakota Kai VS Charlotte Flair & Bianca Belair; Charlotte & Bianca win.
  • The Street Profits VS The Good Brothers w/ Mia Yim; The Profits win.
  • Edge VS Sheamus; Edge wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

SmackDown opens with the Grayson Waller Effect!

The Aussie Icon, the Dynamite from Down Under, the Moment Maker is already in the ring and on set, and he welcomes us to his show in Toronto, celebrating the 25th Anniversary of Edge! Waller can’t wait until later tonight when Edge says thanks to Waller for making him relevant again. Okay, calm down, Beth. Waller loves hot moms. But enough about Edge, we’ll hear about him tonight plenty. But first, let’s get to who is getting the Waller rub! Welcome Santos Escobar, and the NEW WWE United States Champion, Rey Mysterio! Fans fire up as The LWO’s leading men make their way out to the ring.

Rey holds up the title belt and Escobar walks as best he can in that heavy knee brace, and the two head to the ring. They join Waller at his desk, and Waller says Rey is a legend and a Hall of Famer still making moments. How is he feeling? Rey thanks Waller for that, and he thanks the fans for cheering him on. Rey has to admit, it feels great to be US Champion once again. Oh, Waller can imagine it feels incredible. Right, Santos? Santos can imagine it. Hah, funny. But what Austin Theory did was try to cook up a plan, but one that Santos and Rey ruined. Oh, so they worked together. Are they co-champions?

No, but it doesn’t matter who won it. The fact is, the US title is with the L W O! Okay, okay. Waller is just confused. He thought there’d be tension since Rey stole that opporutnity. Rey didn’t steal anything! Waller paints a picture here: Santos, on the roll of his life, takes on some of the biggest stars week after week- Escobar says Waller included. Well, yes. And he beat Rey, too! But when it was Santos’ big night, his own mentor not only stole the opportunity, he- Rey again defends he didn’t steal anything! Waller says this is what legends do, right? It wasn’t enough that Rey had it once before, he wanted it again! Rey’s reluctant to pass the torch!

Escobar keeps Rey calm as Waller says Rey hordes it all. Escobar then tells Waller to callete, aka shut up! Escobar says, “Excuse me, perro,” but the only person Escobar is livid with is that “lowlife good-for-nothing Austin Theory.” Waller gets that. Santos gave Rey his blessing because he has the utmost respect, which Waller has none, for the man, the myth, the legend, his mentor, Rey Mysterio! Fans cheer that and Escobar makes sure Waller hears it. Escobar says Waller’s play isn’t gonna work on familia. Now, Theory got what he deserved! And hear Escobar out. Once he is fully healed…

Wait, here comes Austin Theory. Waller claims this isn’t on him. Fans boo as Theory makes his way to the ring. He has a mic to say “congratulations” to Rey on becoming a three-time US Champion. That’s great and all, but where’s the Father of the Year award? Who’s even running this show?! What happened last week was a tragedy! Theory got played! Escobar and his one leg wasn’t man enough to step up to the GREATEST US Champion! Fans boo more but Theory tells them to shut up. Theory says Rey was not supposed to have that match! Pearce is gonna hand Theory back what is rightfully his!

Fans boo as Theory shouts for Adam Pearce, and he says he is not playing around. But Pearce says he figured this would happen. No one wants to hear Theory complain tonight! Wait, LA KNIGHT is here! Fans are thunderous for the Mega Star as he struts past Pearce, and he says, “LEMME TALK TO YA!” Knight says that he did NOT just hear Theory say he is the greatest US Champion of all time. Theory says he DID just say that! Well if Knight recalls, Theory once in three months defended his title, and what’d he do? He fumbled the ball! Here’s an idea. Theory is talking about what he deserves, Knight congratulates Rey on the win.

But it doesn’t matter who’s the champion, whether Theory, Rey or Escobar, some time or another, that title’s coming home with Knight! So Theory talks about being the greatest, but Knight hasn’t tasted that gold. But what he did was go through 20 other men at the SummerSlam Battle Royal, so it ain’t gonna be a problem going through Theory! So what he sees is Theory is dressed to fight, Knight’s dressed to fight, so here’s a little something. Rey is there with the US Championship and Knight thinks to himself, what if it was for a shot at the title? Theory VS Knight, YEAH! Fans like it, and Pearce thinks it over.

Fans chant for “L A KNIGHT! L A KNIGHT!” and Pearce can’t argue with that. In fact, the only thing that makes it better is to do it right now! YEA!H That means that cross-eyed halfwit has a first class ticket to a BFT! With everybody saying “L! A! KNIGHT!” YEAH! Knight moves Waller’s ferns aside, will he also toss Theory aside to get after the gold?

WWE United States Championship #1 Contender’s Match: LA Knight VS Austin Theory!

SmackDown returns and THE MIZ shows up? The Hollywood A-Lister teased he might show up here, and so he has! The Miz has beef with Knight after the SummerSlam Battle Royal, is he looking to settle things tonight?

The bell rings and Theory goes right after a distracted Knight! Fans boo but Theory RAMS into Knight, then throws elbows and stomps! Theory lets off, but he ROCKS Knight and throws point blank lariats! Miz joins commentary as Theory hits a FALL AWAY SLAM! Theory storms up on Knight and Miz denies he is jealous of Knight, because Knight has not had all the titles in WWE like Miz has. Theory stomps and whips corner to corner, but Knight comes back to LARIAT! Fans fire up, Knight suplexes high and hard, then he goes up a corner. Fans spell it out, “YEAH!” and Knight elbow drops! Cover, TWO!

Knight drags Theory up, whips him to ropes, but Theory kicks him away! But Knight still gets Theory for a POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Knight stalks Theory to a corner as fans fire up even more. But then Theory YANKS Knight out of the ring! Theory goes out but Knight kicks him low! Theory hits back, SMACKS Knight off the apron, and Miz cheers as Theory throws hands. Theory smacks Knight off the barriers, mocks LA Knight’s mannerisms, then CLUBS him. Theory puts Knight in the ring then kicks him back out. Fans fire up as Knight hits Theory and SMACKS him off the desk! And he does it again and again and again!

Miz talks trash on Knight but the fans “YEAH!” every time! Miz says Knight is just a catchphrase but Knight says Miz better watch himself. But then theory dropkicks Knight! Knight blocks the bump to SMACK Theory off the desk again! Knight glares at Miz, brings theory around, and THROWS him into Miz!! Fans fire up as The Now and the A-Lister both fall over! Knight has control as SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Theory has a chinlock, but Knight fights up. Knight throws hands, runs, then runs Theory over! Things keep moving, Knight sunset flips, TWO! Theory staggers to the corner, Knight runs in but Theory drop toeholds him into buckles! Theory then somersault SHOTGUNS Knight down! Cover, TWO! Miz says he’s still here, despite what happened. Theory stalks Knight, has a wristlock then stomps him. Theory drags Knight up to short arm LARIAT! Miz says he’s gonna be the reason SmackDown gets big ratings but Michael Cole says those will be about Edge.

Theory aims, slingshots in, but Knight catches him for a BIG back suplex! Fans fire up as both men are down! Knight and Theory go to corners, stand up, and Theory run sin, Knight throws counter punches! Knight whips corner to corner, Theory bounces off buckles, so Knight whips him into more buckles! And more buckles! And hits a JUMPING NECKBREAKER! Fans fire up and Knight stands Theory up again. Theory swings, but into a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Knight runs to BASEMENT BOOT! Cover, TWO! Knight stalks Theory to a corner, and starts stomping a mudhole in! Fans chant “YEAH!” with each one!

The ref reprimands and counts, Knight lets off and then runs corner to corner, to KNEE Theory down! Fans fire up as Theory sputters up. Knight waits, reels him in, but Theory slips out of the back suplex! Theory CHOP BLOCKS, then ROCKS Knight with a left! Theory calls his shot, fireman’s carries, but Knight slips free! Knight shoves, scoops, and SLAMS! Fans fire up with Knight but Miz gets on the apron! Knight runs him off and fans boo. Theory runs up, but Knight kicks him for a BIG DDT!! Knights then chases after Miz! Miz slides into the ring. swings but misses, and Knight clotheslines Miz up and out!

Fans fire up but Theory rolls Knight up! With tights! Theory wins!!

Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the WWE United States Championship)

Knight is upset because he knows he should’ve known better. Will Knight make sure Miz gets all the spotlight he wants when he comes for revenge?

 

Superstars speak on Edge’s anniversary.

“Edge! This is your archnemesis, John Cena, saying congratulations on 25 years in the WWE. We are amazed by your professional dedication and passion.” Sheamus says that from the day he walked in the WWE, Edge has been nothing but a mentor and someone he’s looked up to. Edge is a legend, and a friend. Natalya says Edge is one of the best to ever do it, and is only getting better. She thanks him for being such a dear friend to her. The Miz says that before he was awesome, Edge reeked of awesomeness. Congratulations!

Charlotte Flair was 21 when she was in the front row to see Edge VS Ric Flair in a ladder match. That was one of her most memorable experiences, and now she’s here in her own wrestling gear, wishing him a happy 25th. Sami Zayn says it is a true testament to the kind of person Adam Copeland is when people speak more about who he is as a person rather than how he’s done it all in the WWE. So Edge, Adam, thank you for being you. Thank you for inspiring us all.

 

WWE looks back at 25 years of Edge.

They have footage from a Canadian talk show where a young, mullet-sporting Adam Copeland asked Bret Hart how to crack into the business. Bret told him to get experience, and just never say never. “Embrace the Edge.” Booker T says that from the beginning, it was clear Edge was a major star. Paul Heyman says even Edge will tell you, that he lives to perform. The Brood, the E & C Connection, the first ever TLC match, the five second poses, winning tag titles, playing on kazoos. Mick Foley says Edge was the perfect mix of athlete and showman. Edge mocking Flair, The Rock, Kurt Angle, and taking the fight to them, too.

Stone Cold says Edge has always tried to give fans more. Cena admits to being in awe watching Edge. The Undertaker knew Edge was someone willing to risk it all to entertain the fans. Becoming the first Mr. Money in the Bank, the first ever cash-in, becoming “The Rated R Superstar,” the Hardcore match with Mick Foley and that burning table! Creating Rated RKO with Randy Orton, winning the Royal Rumble, facing The Undertaker at WrestleMania, and then… His forced retirement 11 years ago.

Edge himself says, “If someone took away the thing that you loved the most, and after that, you started a beautiful family, you did all of these things, but someone dangles that carrot of ending it the way you want to, how many people are gonna say no?” His return at Royal Rumble 2020, creating The Judgment Day and everything that came with that. Batista says Edge is the rockstar of WWE. Everyone loves doing the Edge entrance with the rock ‘n’ roll fingers. Hulk Hogan says Edge has left a mark on this business. He created a masterpiece fans will look back on forever. #ThankYouEdge.

 

Damage CTRL w/ Dakota Kai VS Charlotte Flair & Bianca Belair!

Just last week, The Role Model and the NEW WWE Women’s Champion took the fight to former champion, Asuka, and The Queen, Charlotte Flair. The EST returns to get back in the ring and to get back at DMG CTRL, will Belair & Flair be able to take them down? Or will DMG CTRL still be in control?

As DMG CTRL makes their entrance, Bayley has a mic to say now now, turn the music down because they have something beautiful for you! Even though the Toronto “dum-dums “aren’t worthy, they will be graced with a champion! She knows they aren’t used to seeing those, either! Bayley introduces the Evil Genius of the Sky, the one and only IYO SKY! Iyo makes her entrance now, and the trio continues down to the ring. Will Iyo & Bayley continue the momentum from the SummerSlam cash-in? We find out, after the break.

SmackDown returns and Bianca makes her entrance first, followed by Charlotte. The teams sort out and Bayley starts against Bianca. Fans rally up, the two circle, and Bayley wants that bad leg. Bianca stays back but Bayley still shoots in. Bianca waistlocks but Bayley stomps the bad foot! Takedown and cover, ONE! Bianca kips up, that leg is fine now. Fans rally and the two go again. Bianca waistlocks, SLAMS, and keeps on Bayley. Bianca headlocks, Bayley fights up, and fans sing. Bayley powers out, Bianca goes up and over then RAMS into Bayley! Bianca reels Bayley in to snap suplex! Bianca kips up again and fans cheer.

Bianca stalks Bayley to the corner, tags in Charlotte, and the two mug Bayley as fans “WOO~!” The ref counts as Charlotte stomps a mudhole. Charlotte bumps Bayley off buckles, then CHOPS her off her feet! Fans “WOO~!” again and Charlotte tells Iyo that she sees her. Charlotte whips but Bayley sunset flips! Charlotte rolls through to BASEMENT BOOT! Charlotte drags Bayley up, scoops her, but Bayley slips off to throw Charlotte by her hair! Bayley tells fans to shut up about Charlotte, and then tags in Iyo. DMG CTRL mugs Charlotte, Iyo CHOPS like a Flair! But then Charlotte BOOTS Iyo, ELBOWS Bayley and CHOPS Iyo!

Fans fire up, Charlotte SPLASHES Iyo in the corner! Then throws her to the apron! Charlotte runs up to BOOT Iyo down! Fans fire up as Charlotte goes to the apron, and she CANNONBALLS Bayley & Iyo down! Toronto fires up for The Queen while SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns and Bayley has Charlotte in a chinlock. Fans rally and “WOO~” and Charlotte fights up. Charlotte throws body shots but Bayley knees low. Bayley whips Charlotte to a corner, runs in, but into a BACKBREAKER and BUCKLE SHOT! Fans fire up as Charlotte goes up! But Bayley ROCKS Charlotte first! Bayley TOSSES Charlotte down, then covers, TWO! Bayley points to Iyo then tags her in. DMG CTRL mugs Charlotte, Dakota says that was chef’s kiss quality. Iyo clamps on a headlock and she grinds Charlotte, but Charlotte fights up. Fans rally, Charlotte back suplexes, but Iyo slips free!

Iyo shoves, ducks ‘n’ dodges, then tilt-o-whirls to LA MYSTICA! CROSSFACE!! Charlotte flails, reaches out, powers up and arm-drags free! Iyo stays between her and Bianca, then sunset flips! But Charlotte rolls through! Iyo kicks low, reels Charlotte in and underhooks, but Charlotte fights the lift! Charlotte back drops Iyo away! Fans fire up as both women crawl! Bayley says don’t tag, attack! Iyo changes course and she BLASTS Bianca! Iyo drags Charlotte up, and CHOPS her! Charlotte crawls, Bayley directs traffic and Iyo stands Charlotte up. Iyo whips, Charlotte holds ropes but Iyo DROPKICKS her down! Cover, TWO!

Iyo keeps on Charlotte but Charlotte FLAPJACK HOTSHOTS her down! Charlotte and Iyo crawl, now Bayley wants the tag! But Bianca tags in first! The EST rallies on Iyo with big shoulders and a DROPKICK! Then a spin and facelock, for a stalling suplex, before the SLAM! Bianca kips up and fans fire up! Bianca runs in and RAMS Iyo, then goes up to rain down fists! Fans count along and Bianca goes to TEN! Bayley runs in, Bianca flips up and over! Then scoop and BACKBREAKER! Iyo runs in, into a SPINEBUSTER! Then Bianca HANDSPRING MOONSAULTS but only gets Bayley! Iyo dropkicks the bad leg!

Fans rally, Bayley calls to Iyo now, and Iyo drags Bianca all the way over. Tag to Bayley and she takes that bad leg, to DDT the foot! Cover, ONE!! Bianca is hanging tough but Bayley drags Bianca up by her ponytail! Th ref reprimands, Bianca fights, kicks free, and then turns Bayley, but Sky runs in! Bianca kicks her, NECKBREAKER DDT COMBO! Fans are thunderous as Bianca crawls past Bayley & Iyo, hot tag to Charlotte! Charlotte goes up to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Charlotte CHOPS Iyo! And CHOPS Bayley! CHOPS back and forth! Then an EXPLODER on Iyo! Bayley runs in, Charlotte dodges and scoops, FALL AWAY SLAM!

Fans are thunderous again as Charlotte handsprings corner to corner to LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Bayley survives but fans rally as Charlotte goes up again. But Bayley SHOVES Charlotte down! Bad landing against barriers and Charlotte clutches her foot! Bayley WRECKS Bianca with a dropkick, then distracts the ref so Iyo can stomp away on Charlotte! Bayley goes out after Charlotte, puts her in, then covers, TWO! Charlotte is still in this but Bayley drags her to a drop zone! Tag to Iyo and she goes up top! OVER THE MOON- NO, Charlotte manages to move! But a SHOTEI rocks Charlotte!

Fans fire up as Iyo runs in, but Charlotte moves and Iyo POSTS herself! Bayley tags in, has the bad leg, lets out a “WOO~!” but Charlotte DECKS her for it! Tag to Bianca! Bayley dodges Bianca but Charlotte BOOTS her! Bayley staggers back into a torture rack! KISS OF DEATH!! Cover, Belair & Flair win!

Winners: Charlotte Flair & Bianca Belair, by pinfall

Charlotte has a bit of a bloody nose, but she smiles through it as she and The EST just took down DMG CTRL! Will one or both of them be heading towards a title opportunity in the near future?

 

More superstars send messages to Edge.

Cody Rhodes says that Edge has had an incredible run. AJ Styles says Edge is an inspiration. Dolph Ziggler says thank you, and Bobby Lashley thanks Edge for all the memories. Bayley congratulates Edge, as does Ricochet. Cody recalls when Edge learned about the condition of his neck, and that Edge still went overseas with the others, Cody being among them. Edge still made sure that all those fans got to see him, even though he couldn’t compete. You can count on only so many hands how many people are special like Edge.

Kevin Owens says that he had a list of people, if he ever got to WWE, he would want to wrestle. Edge was one of them, and he can’t put into words how much it meant to him to have Edge back. Becky Lynch thanks Edge for looking out for her and the whole roster. He is a hell of a leader and a hell of a man. Rey Mysterio says Edge knows how much he loves him. Happy 25th Anniversary! Kurt Angle congratulates Edge on making it to 25 years. He is definitely one of the greatest of all time. Oh it’s true, it’s damn true.

 

Backstage interview with Bianca Belair.

Cathy Kelley is with the EST to talk about how DMG CTRL has been a thorn in her side again. But was tonight any sense of payback- OH NO! Bayley SMACKS Bianca in the back with a chair!! And then Iyo RAMS her into road cases! The braid gets trapped by the lid! Bayley CLUBS away on Bianca, gets her braid free, and says that’s what she gets! Iyo CHOKES Bianca with the chair, and Bayley puts another around Bianca’s leg! Bayley holds Bianca down so Iyo can CON-CHAIR-TO the leg!!! A very Edge-esque move tonight, is Bianca going to be out of action because of this?

 

The Street Profits VS The Good Brothers w/ Mia Yim!

Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins not only have a new wardrobe of suits and slacks, they have new ring gear! Will they make Bobby Lashley proud with a win here tonight? Or will Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows make Toronto just too sweet?

SmackDown returns as The OC make their entrance. The teams sort out, Ford starts against Big LG, and he fires off fast hands! But Gallows YAKUZA KICKS! Gallows HAMMERS away on Ford, puts him in a corner, and he throws heavy body shots! Then an UPPERCUT! Tag to Anderson and the Good Brothers double whip Ford, for a SPLASH in the corner, and a JUMP KICK! Cover, TWO! Anderson keeps on Ford as he UPPERCUTS and CHOPS! Anderson runs, but Ford follows then LARIATS! Fans fire up as Ford tags in Dawkins and they get Anderson up to mug him! They hammer away, stomp away, and the ref counts!

Ford lets off, Dawkins drags Anderson up and whips him to a corner. Dawkins runs in but Anderson BOOTS him away! Anderson CHOPS, ROCKS and then runs up, but Dawkins catches him for a half nelson FALLA WAY SLAM! Dawkins DECKS Gallows for good measure! Tag to Anderson, SILENCER on the Machine Gun! Ford goes up, FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Gallows breaks it! Dawkins runs in, Gallows UPPERCUTS, but Dawkins TOSSES Gallows! Ford tags Dawkins back in, then Dawkins Electric Chair Lifts Anderson. Anderson slips free, Ford leaps over as Anderson POSTS Dawkins! SPIENBUTSESR for Ford!

Tag to Gallows and the Good Brothers get Dawkins up. BACK SUPLEX NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Tag back to Anderson, they drag Dawkins up to MAGIC- NO, Dawkins BOOTS free! And dodges Gallows! ENZIGJURI is enough to rock Gallows, and Ford clotheslines Gallows up and out! Anderson whips, Ford doges and FLIES to take Gallows out! Dawkins whips Anderson but Anderson SHOTGUN BOOTS! Ford sneaks a tag, Anderson whips Dawkins. Dawkins reverses, SKY HIGH NECKBREAKER!! Cover, The Profits win!

Winners: The Street Profits, by pinfall

New look, new attitude, and a new finisher even! And then Bobby Lashley makes his way out on stage to celebrate with them! Will this new chapter for the Profits be the mightiest one yet?

 

Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.

Kayla Braxton hopes for an update on the current state of The Bloodline. Heyman says no. Well, alright. What about the headspace of Roman Reigns? Kayla has been hearing rumors- Oh, rumors? Rumors? Kayla is coming at Heyman, about rumors? What rumors does she have? Something about Roman Reigns’ cousin, Jey Uso? The Jey Uso that abandoned the WWE Universe? That quit? The Jey Uso that quit the Bloodline, quit SmackDown and quit the WWE? Or maybe passing rumors about Roman’s family? What about Kayla’s family, huh? Let’s talk about those rumors. How’s her mom? Is she good? Heard from her lately? Heyman’s heard rUmOrS~!

Heyman’s heard stuff about her dad, too! Been on a daddy-daughter date lately? Have a nice time? Or maybe her cousins? But no, she doesn’t wanna talk about those. She wants to talk about the Tribal Chief. She’s not even coming to him to ask about Edge! The celebration of 25 years! How about Austin Theory and his victory over this “wannabe flash int he pan,” L A KNIGHT. No no no. She can’t ask about that. She wants to ask about… Heyman says “As they say in Quebec, which is a real province.” Actually, what do they say? A call comes in on Heyman’s phone and he says oh no, nothing’s going on, just an interview on live television.

Heyman’s snark stops as whoever it is tells him something. Really? Well, thank- Hello? They hung up. Well, bye to you, too. Kayla asks if he cares to share this with us. Why yes he does. And it’s not a rumor, it’s a fact that this is a spoiler: Jimmy Uso will be live here on SmackDown next week! Care to share the source? Oh, he’d “love” to share that. But even Heyman wouldn’t dare. The Special Counsel heads out, what happens when the Last Uso Standing returns to SmackDown?

 

Edge VS Sheamus!

The Rated R Superstar owes much of his 25 years to SmackDown, and he owes the Celtic Warrior for inspiring his return! But in their very first 1v1 showdown, will Edge “thank” Sheamus by defeating him on FIGHT NIGHT?

SmackDown returns and Toronto goes wild as Edge makes his entrance! He hugs wife, Beth Phoenix, and his daughters in the front row, then high-fives the rest of the front row before getting in the ring. The fans are already thunderous as he stands there across from Sheamus. The bell rings, the two shake hands, and they circle. Fans fire up, the two tie up, move around, but are rather even. Edge headlocks, Sheamus powers out, but Edge runs Sheamus over! Fans fire up again while Sheamus stands up. They circle again, tie up, and Sheamus wrenches to a headlock. Edge powers out, but Sheamus runs him over now!

Edge shakes that off, fans chant “This is Awesome!” already as the two tie up again. Edge whips and KNEES Sheamus against ropes, then whips again. Sheamus wrenches, clinches, and hits an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Fans boo The Fella as he stands over The Rated R Superstar, and SmackDown goes to break.

SmackDown returns again and Edge throws body shots on Sheamus! Then he throws a forearm! Edge runs, ducks ‘n dodges, and manages to springboard for a back elbow! Both men are down, fans rally and Edge goes to ropes. Edge rallies with big clotheslines, then an EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO! Edge stands and snarls as he brings Sheamus in. Sheamus shoves Edge away, runs in, but Edge dumps him to the apron! Edge then slides under, to POWERBOMB Sheamus to the floor! Fans lose their minds, the ring count starts, and Edge brings Sheamus back up. Edge puts Sheamus in, then climbs a corner.

Fans rally for Edge as he aims at Sheamus, and CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO! Sheamus is still in this but Edge crawls over to keep on him. Fans rally, Edge steps through the legs, but Sheamus kicks Edge away hard! Fans boo, both men stand, and Sheamus scoops to POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Edge is hanging tough now and he rolls to the ropes. Sheamus storms over that way as Edge crawls to the apron. Fans rally, Sheamus drags Edge up, and Sheamus has Edge against the ropes! Fans boo but here come the BEATS OF THE- NO, Edge blocks the first one! Edge fires haymakers and fans count along with that! Edge gets TEN!

Edge steps in, has the arms wrapped around the ropes, and he throws knees! The ref counts but fans count along, too! Edge stops at five knees and Sheamus flops down. Edge runs to then SPEAR Sheamus off the apron! Fans fire up and even The Glamazon is loving this as SmackDown goes to break!

SmackDown returns once again and Sheamus has Edge in the CLOVERLEAF! Edge reaches out and fans fire up, but Sheamus drags him away from the ropes! Sheamus sits deep on the hold but Edge still endures. Fans rally even harder, and Edge fights his way onto his side, so he can CLUB away on Sheamus’ legs! Sheamus lets go of the hold, and then Edge CLUBS Sheamus down into a facelock! Sheamus fights but Edge powers him down for the CROSSFACE! Sheamus endures now, reaches out, powers his way over, and has the ROPEBREAK! Fans boo and Edge lets go more out of exhaustion than anything.

Fans rally up as Edge and Sheamus crawl. Sheamus goes to a corner, Edge stands, and Edge runs in, but into BOOTS! Edge is down, and Sheamus skins the cat to the top rope! Sheamus steadies himself, but Edge hurries to BOOT him! Edge then hurries up after Sheamus, brings him to the very top, SUPER DUPER PLEX!! And then a roll through?! To an IMPALER!! Cover, TWO!!! Sheamus survives the Edge-o-cution and fans are thunderous! They tell Edge, “You Still Got It!” and Edge goes up the corner! But Sheamus BOOTS Edge in return! Edge is stuck up top, Sheamus goes up after him, but Edge throws hands!

Sheamus ROCKS Edge and throws body shots! Sheamus goes up, fireman’s carries, and hits a SUPER WHITE NOISE!! But Sheamus isn’t done there, he hauls Edge up to a crucifix! CELTIC CROSS!! Cover, TWO!!! Edge survives and the fans are electric! Sheamus is shocked, and he watches Edge flounder his way to the apron. Sheamus drags Edge up, has him against ropes, and fans boo as the BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN start! Sheamus goes all the way to TEN! Edge wobbles. Beth and the girls look worried, but Edge flips Sheamus off! So Sheamus ROCKS Edge, for MORE BEATS OF THE BODHRAIN!

Sheamus goes past ten, all the way to TWENTY! Edge flops back down and fans boo but Sheamus soaks it all up. Sheamus says Edge asked for this and he warned him about it. But then Edge SLAPS Sheamus! Sheamus staggers, snarls, but then Edge LARIATS him down! Fans fire up again and Edge has a wild look in his eyes! Fans are electric again as Edge goes to the corner! Edge takes aim as he has so many times before! But Sheamus KNEES Edge first! Then BROGUES!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Edge survives and Beth is almost in tears from shock! Fans boo as Sheamus says thumbs down, and he aims from the corner now.

Sheamus runs in, but Edge avoid the Brogue to roll Sheamus up! TWO, and SPEAR!!! Cover, TWO!?!?! No one can believe it, but both men have survived the other’s best shot! Edge crawls his way back to a corner, as does Sheamus. Fans chant “This is Awesome!” as both men stand. Edge runs in again, to SPEAR!!!! Cover, EDGE WINS!!

Winner: Edge, by pinfall

Toronto erupts as their hometown hero finds a way to win! And of course, Edge gets his pyro! It’s a standing ovation for The Rated R Superstar, and he even hugs it out with Sheamus! Edge has made it 25 years in the WWE, but is it 25 years and counting?


My Thoughts:

A great SmackDown, especially with all the love shown to Edge. Great bits and pieces of messages to Edge put together, and just a great career retrospective on his 25 years. Edge VS Sheamus was an awesome main event, and they were busting out stuff I didn’t think they would. Of course Edge wins, and of course Toronto loved it. It sounds like tonight was Edge’s last match under contract, so it is totally up to him if he renews the contract or at least makes a deal to do something at WrestleMania 40. He checked off an opponent he hadn’t faced yet in Sheamus, not sure what Edge would do for a retirement match now.

This was one of the first SmackDown in years where there was little done with The Bloodline. However, Heyman still gives us a great promo, and he teases Jimmy returning, so we’ll be getting another big step in the story next week. And of course, something has to lead to Jey coming back, even though he kayfabe quit. Great tag match from Profits VS Good Brothers, pretty good new gear for the Profits though teal/aqua isn’t really the best color to me. That Sky High Neckbreaker combo is a great finisher, too. Lashley, Ford & Dawkins need to officially come up with a name for the trio so we can start saying “[that trio] is gonna take over SmackDown,” because they should.

Really good tag match from Flair & Belair getting one over on DMG CTRL, and pretty wild backstage ambush from DMG CTRL on Bianca. I would think this leads to a match at Payback since Cathy said the word “payback.” But at the same time, that con-chair-to to the knee could be used to keep Bianca away, she returns closer to Fastlane in October, maybe even joins Lashley & Profits cuz she and Ford are married. Plus, Asuka can step back into this story, Shotzi still needs her blowoff with Bayley, and it’ll come down to either Charlotte, Asuka or both going after Iyo Sky for the title.

Pretty good Grayson Waller Effect, and of course Santos picks up on Waller trying to drive a wedge between him and Rey over how the US Championship situation went. Theory and Knight getting in on the segment was also good, and it turning into a #1 contender’s match was a good move. Miz showing up to be why Theory wins was fine, too, as Knight VS Miz is the clear path for this next part. Plus, there’s a chance that during Rey VS Theory, Escobar gets involved. And then, whether Escobar costs Rey or actually helps him win, maybe there really can be tension between them. The former is obvious, Escobar apologizes but he really is glad Rey lost since Escobar wants to be champion.

In the latter, Rey can get upset that he didn’t wanna win by bending the rules and Escobar doesn’t understand why. Sure, that comes off a little like a rehash of the Judgment Day dysfunction between Finn and Priest, but it can still work since they’d actually be winning.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s NJPW Best of the Super Juniors Results & Report! (5/21/24)

A Block, Round 6!

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Former friends turned bitter enemies meet once again.

Best of the Super Juniors continues into Round 6, and A Block has a grudge match on its hands as El Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru face off! Will the Rogue Luchador humble the Heel Master?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Hiromu Takahashi & Yota Tsuji VS Shoma Kato & Katsuya Murashima; Hiromu & Yota win.
  • DOUKI & Taka Michinoku VS SHO & Yujiro Takahashi; Sho & Yujiro win.
  • Six Man Tag: KUSHIDA, Ninja Mack & Dragon Dia VS Drilla Moloney, Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Kushida, Mack & Dia win.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita; TJP wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors; Connors wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA; Hayata wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan; Titan wins.
  • Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru; Desperado wins.

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Here are the current A Block standings!

Blake Christian: 4-1, 8 points
El Desperado: 3-2, 6 points
Clark Connors: 3-2, 6 points
Titan: 3-2, 6 points
Kevin Knight: 3-2, 6 points
HAYATA: 2-3, 4 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-3, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-3, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-3, 4 points
TJP: 1-4, 2 points

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: TJP VS Kosei Fujita w/ Robbie Eagles!

It’s make or break for the Public Enemy! He must win to stay alive in the block, but he’s up against an equally determined Young Punk! Will TJP cling to hope in the tournament? Or will Fujita kick him out of the hot seat and out of the running?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. TJP and Fujita circle, tie up, and TJP waistlocks. TJP brings Fujita down and facelocks but Fujita slips out to facelock TJP. TJP trips Fujita to cover, ONE! TJP facelocks again, Fujita puts him on ropes, and the ref calls for the break. Fujita lets off with a hard pat on the shoulder. TJP gets in Fujita’s face, but the two reset and circle again. They tie up, Fujita headlocks and hits the takeover. TJP powers up to bridge, and he spins Fujita for a headlock and takeover. Fujita headscissors but TJP headstands. The fans cheer, TJP pops free, and he pats Fujita on the knee. The fans applaud as the two reset.

Fujita and TJP circle, tie up, and TJP wrenches to hammerlock. Fujita reaches back and jumps to flying mare free! Fujita bumps TJP, runs, but TJP drops and handsprings. TJP sets up but Fujita hurdles then shoves TJP to ropes. TJP stops himself to wrench and hammerlock Fujita, then spins and trips Fujita for a toehold. Fujita turns over, reels TJP in but TJP uses that to get the BOW ‘N’ ARROW! Fujita pops free to a cover, ONE! TJP sweeps to a cover, ONE! Fujita headscissors to get the ARMBAR! TJP fights up, works to stack Fujita, and then he gets the leg for a FIGURE FOUR CRAB! Not quite Sharpshooter or Cloverleaf but Fujita suffers all the same!

The fans rally and Fujita fights his way over. Fujita reaches out to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud. TJP drags Fujita up, UPPERCUTS him against ropes, then whips. Fujita reverses but TJP anticipates the drop down to trap the one arm and get the other, DARK SACRIFICE! Fujita writhes, TJP drags him up to hammerlock the bad arm. TJP RAMS Fujita into the corner, sits him down, and he scrubs Fujita’s face! The fans rally up, TJP runs side to side, BOOT WASH! The fans cheer and TJP covers, TWO! Fujita is still in this but TJP drags him from the corner. TJP ties the legs up again, but now it’s a figure four and butterfly stretch combo!

Fujita endures while his head and legs are trapped, but then TJP shifts to twist an arm! Fujita endures, TJP knuckle locks for a cover, TWO! TJP pushes the arms back down, cover, TWO as Fujita bridges! TJP hops on but Fujita uses that to MONKEY FLIP! Fujita rolls back but TJP MONKEY FLIPS in return! TJP rolls back, but into body scissors and a KIMURA! TJP powers his way forward through the leg guard, to get a BOSTON CRAB! Then TJP reaches back to get Fujita’s arms! REVERSE MEXICAN SURFBOARD! Then TJP drops into the toehold, but Fujita scrambles to the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go and the fans applaud.

TJP stalks Fujita, drags him up, but Fujita fires a forearm. There’s not much to it and TJP pie faces Fujita. Fujita fires another forearm, so TJP UPPERCUTS! TJP whips, Fujita reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and the fans fire up! The fans rally and Fujita fires up. Fujita storms up on TJP, but TJP blocks the whip! Fujita still tries, TJP still blocks, so Fujita CHOPS! Fujita whips corner to corner, runs in, but TJP puts him on the apron. TJP swings, Fujita counter punches! Fujita springboards to MISSILE DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! But Fujita sits TJP up and runs to PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!

The fans fire up and Fujita shakes out the bad arm. Fujita waistlocks TJP and deadlifts, but TJP fights the rest! TJP pries the hold open but Fujita kicks the clothesline! TJP still catches Fujita to a FINAL CUT! TJP hurries up top now and MAMBA SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! Fujita survives and the fans fire up! TJP catches his breath, drags Fujita up, reels him in, for the HALF HATCH! One Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, Duwa Kaibigan! TJP drags Fujita up again, but Fujita blocks the third! TJP KNEES Fujita for it, CLUBS him for it, then brings him up again, but Fujita gets around to GERMAN SUPLEX!

Fujita holds on as he brings TJP up, another GERMAN SUPLEX! The fans rally as Fujita GERMAN- NO, TJP fights that with elbows! No hattrick for either man, and TJP runs, but into a waistlock! TJP headlocks free, then gets around to IRON OCTOPUS! Fujita endures, stomps his way forward, and he has the ROPEBREAK! TJP lets go in frustration, and he brings Fujita back around. The fans rally as TJP wrenches, to an ELBOW BREAKER! TJP wrenches again, but Fujita clamps on a SLEEPER! TJP reaches out, slips around, and powers out of the hold, to then SUPERKICK! Fujita staggers but he SUPERKICKS back!

Fujita kicks, but TJP blocks and slips around, LEG CAPTURE SUPLEX! The fans fire up and clap along as TJP pounds the mat. “T! J P! T! J P!” aims from the corner, throws up the crowns, and runs, into a pop-up waistlock! HIGH ANGLE GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fujita roars and the fans are thunderous! Fujita storms around, drags TJP up and brings him in, but TJP knees free of the suplex! Inside cradle, TWO! Fujita runs up, trips TJP, rolls and hooks the legs! TJP fights off the Cross Stretch as Fujita wants arms. TJP fights up, arm-drags free, but Fujita drags him into a somersault clutch! TWO, and TJP steps over, PINOY STRETCH!!

The fans fire up as Fujita endures, but TJP thrashes him around! Fujita taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission (gains 2 points; Fujita earns 0)

The Public Enemy stays alive another round! And now with this win, he’s dragged Fujita into the hot seat! The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but will they still miss out on the semifinals? Will TJP make for the biggest comeback story in BOSJ history?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: BUSHI VS Clark Connors!

Black Mask is dangling on the edge while 100 Proof is gearing up for a run at the top! Can Bushi drag Connors down with him? Or will defeat be a hard pill to swallow with No Chaser?

The bell rings and the two rush in! Bushi fires off forearms then runs, but Connors knees low! Connors barks, runs, but Bushi dumps him out! Bushi builds speed, Connors returns, but Bushi fakes out the powerslam! Bushi kicks, whips but Connors reverses, to JEEP FLIPPER! The fans fire up and Connors stalks Bushi to a corner. Connors RIPS Bushi’s shirt away, then CHOKES him with what’s left! The ref counts, Connors lets off, and Connors stands Bushi up to THROW him out. Connors storms out after Bushi, stomps him, then drags him up. Connors brings Bushi around to GRIND his face on the railing!

Connors offers the torn shirt to fans, but then throws it down the ramp! Connors drags Bushi back up, UPPERCUTS him, then brings him around to POST! Bushi falls, the fans rally, but Connors talks trash. Connors goes to the back of the crowd to snatch a fan’s LIJ baseball cap and put it on. Connors wants the ring count, then sits Bushi up to go after the mask! The fans boo but the count is still going! Connors is doing what he did to Titan! Connors stomps Bushi, attacks a Young Lion, then SLAMS the Young Lion onto Bushi! The count is 15 as Connors leaves Bushi behind! Bushi flounders, rises up, and slides in at 19!

The fans cheer as Bushi is safe, but Connors paces. Connors struts up to JUMP ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! The fans applaud while Connors gets annoyed. Connors tells fans to shut up, but that only makes them rally harder. Bushi stands to chop, but he can’t put much behind it. Connors throws Bushi down by the mask! Connors clamps on with a chinlock and he grinds Bushi down. Bushi endures, fights around, reaches out, ROPEBREAK! The ref counts, Connors lets off and fans applaud. Connors drags Bushi up, whips him to a corner, then he mocks the fans cheering on Bushi. Connors says they shouldn’t even laugh at him.

Connors runs up but Bushi BOOTS him! Bushi RANAS Connors out of the ring! The fans fire up while Connors flounders back to the apron. Bushi runs up to BLAST Connors, then Bushi builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and down goes Connors! The fans fire up again while both men stir. Bushi fires up, puts Connors in, then runs in to ELBOW Connors! Bushi puts the bad leg in ropes to DROPKICK it! Then he DRAPING BACKSTABBERS! Bushi stands Connors up, blocks his haymaker, and spins him around. But Connors fights the DDT! Connors wrenches out, Bushi dodges and dropkicks Connors’ leg!

Bushi goes for the legs, but Connors SLAPS him first! Bushi staggers, comes back, but into the SNAP POWERSLAM! The fans fire up while both men are down again. Connors aims from a corner, barks and runs in, but Bushi dropkicks the legs out! Bushi turns Connors over to SMASH the knee! Then the FABLE! Connors endures the leglock but Bushi pulls on the knee! Connors grits his teeth, crawls over, reaches out, but Bushi pulls on the knee more! The fans rally, Connors fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Bushi lets go in frustration while the fans applaud. Bushi gets Connors up but Connors fights the lift with elbows!

Bushi runs up but Connors ELBOWS him again. Connors snarls, runs, but Bushi DROPKICKS! Connors staggers around while Bushi goes to a corner. Bushi runs up, but into a SPEAR!! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans fire up again! Connors snarls, he stalks Bushi and drags him up. Connors serves it up, but Bushi fights No Chaser! Bushi wrenches to backslide, but Connors rolls through to JUNKYARD DOG HEADBUTT! Connors then drags Bushi up and in, for NO CHASER!! Cover, Connors wins!

Winner: Clark Connors, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Bushi earns 0)

100 Proof sweeps LIJ in his block, but then he wants after the mask again! The Young Lions rush in and stop him, so Connors backs off. Connors then takes a fan’s Bushi mask to show it off like a trophy. But will Connors take THE trophy and be the Best of the Super Juniors?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Blake Christian VS HAYATA!

All Heat finally hit a speedbump in this tournament with last round’s loss while the Silence of Darkness let TJP slip past him. Will the GCW Champion or GHC National Champion establish brand superiority on the way to the top of NJPW?

The bell rings, the two circle and the fans rally. They feel things out, tie up, and Hayata wrenches to a wristlock. Blake rolls, cartwheels, slips through and wrenches to a wristlock. Blake bends Hayata’s fingers to make him flip everyone off. The ref reprimands, Blake sticks to the wristlock, but Hayata rolls and trips him. Hayata drops an elbow on the knee, then pulls on the toehold. Blake pulls on Hayata’s hair but the ref reprimands. Blake uses his legs to turn Hayata to a cover, TWO! The two stand off the fans applaud. Blake and Hayata circle, feel things out, and knuckle lock. Blake rolls, wrangles Hayata but Hayata headscissors!

Blake moves around, pops free, and floats onto a headlock. Hayata powers up and pries free to top wristlock. Blake bridges, kips up, and he wrangles Hayata. Hayata headscissors again but Blake has the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer and Hayata lets off. The two reset again, knuckle lock, then Hayata trips Blak. Things speed up, Hayata handsprings then sidesteps to atomic drop. Hayata runs to SHOTGUN BOOT! Hayata kips up, the fans cheer, and Hayata runs in at the corner. Hayata blocks Blake’s boot, but Blake pokes him in the eye! Blake then somersaults to PELE the bad arm! Blake reels Hayata in for a BACKBREAKER!

Hayata bails out, fans rally up, and Blake builds speed to FOSBURY FLOP! Direct hit and the fans fire up! Blake walks it off and then mocks their applause. Blake flips everyone off, then goes back to Hayata. Blake drags Hayata around to then stand on the arm, and he drops a knee on it! Blake then stands Hayata up against a post, to slide in and pull him back against it! The ref counts, Blake lets go, and he brings Hayata onto the apron. Blake stands Hayata up but Hayata CLAWS Blake’s eyes! Hayata reels Blake in but Blake fights the facelock to WRING the arm into the apron! Hayata writhes and Blake pushes him into the ring.

Blake stands on Hayata’s hair while pulling the arms! The ref reprimands, but Blake drops a knee on the bad elbow! Hayata sits up, Blake clamps onto him with a keylock! Blake then falls back to JAM up the arm! Hayata clutches the elbow but Blake brings him up. Blake wrenches and UPPERCUTS the bad arm, then hits an ELBOW BREAKER! And then an ARMBAR DDT! Blake mocks the applause, flips the fans off, then covers, TWO! Blake is annoyed but he drags Hayata up to suplex. Hayata slips free and DROPKICKS Blake to ropes! The fans fire up, Hayata runs in, but Blake dumps him out! Blake then somersaults to triangle jump DROPKICK!

Hayata falls to the floor, Blake aims and PLANCHAS, but Hayata moves! Blake lands on his feet but that jams up his knee! Hayata puts Blake in, reels him in to lift, for a SITOUT KNEE BUSTER!! Blake writhes, Hayata ties up the legs and has a Deathlock! Blake endures, reaches out, and backstrokes to the ROPEBREAK! The fans cheer, Hayata lets go, and Blake crawls to the near side. Hayata whips but Blake holds ropes to stop that! Blake ROUNDHOUSES, then BOOTS! Then somersaults, to ARMBAR DDT! And then wrench to DOUBLE KNEE DROP the arm! BASEMENT ENZIGIRI! Cover, TWO! Hayata is still in this and the fans rally.

Blake grabs Hayata’s bad arm, drags him up to UPPERCUT the arm, then he grinds the shoulder. Hayata pulls hair, throws forearms, but Blake knees low. Blake hobbles, but he still whips. Hayata reverses to ENZIGIRI Blake down! The fans rally up while both men go to corners. Hayata runs in to DROPKICK Blake down! The fans fire up again as Hayata climbs. SECOND ROPE SAULT! Cover, TWO! Blake is still in this but Hayata keeps cool. The fans rally, Hayata runs in, but Blake dodges. Blake comes back to BOOT! Blake goes out and springboards, to DOUBLE STOMP the bad arm! Blake hurries to ripcord and SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Hayata hangs in there and Blake grows frustrated! Blake goes to the apron, the fans rally up, and Blake slashes his throat. 450 SPLASH but Hayata moves! Blake lands out but that jams his leg! CRADLE, TWO!! Hayata and Blake stand, Blake gets around to sunset flip, then Oklahoma Roll! TWO, ghost pin! HAYATA WINS!!

Winner: Hayata, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Blake earns 0)

The GHC National Champion inches out the GCW Champion in quite the thriller! However, Blake is still leading this block, will he heat things back up soon enough? Will Hayata be able to make a run at the top here in the latter half?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: Kevin Knight VS Titan!

The Jet was grounded by the Heel Master while El Inmortal was mocked by 100 Proof. Both men are just on the outside of those top spots, will Knight take flight again? Or will Titan keep his semifinal hopes alive?

The bell rings and the fans rally up. The two approach, circle, then tie up. They break, tie up again, then break. Titan trips Knight, things speed up, and Titan cartwheels. Knight hurdles, Titan leaps, and then Knight sidesteps. Titan avoids the dropkick but Knight lands on his feet! Knight runs up, Titan puts him on the apron, but Knight ducks the lariat to throw Titan down! Titan kips up to PELE! The fans fire up as Knight staggers back and Titan builds speed. But Knight gets up to springboard and FLYING LARIAT! Now Titan bails out and Knight builds speed, only for Titan to get away. Knight slides out then goes up the corner to PLANCHA! Direct hit!

The fans fire up and Knight flexes! Knight high-fives Abe-san, then he drags Titan up and into the ring. The fans rally, Knight storms up on Titan and brings him around. Knight scoops to SLAM Titan to a drop zone, then he JET SPLASHES! Cover, TWO! Knight checks the count, it was fair, so he lets it slide. Knight wrenches, whips, and catches Titan to a COBRA TWIST! Knight says he’s very, very, very strong! The fans cheer but Titan fights the hold. Titan hip tosses, Knight flips through! Titan dodges Knight to SUPERKICK! Knight SUPERKICKS back! Knight runs, but Titan goes Matrix to dodge, and then CALF KICK!

Titan whips, Knight reverses and DROPKICKS! The fans fire up while both men are down! Titan flops out of the ring, Knight aims and PLANCHAS, but lands out as Titan moves! Titan builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and the fans fire up with both men down at their feet! Titan rises, he brings Knight up and in, and then goes to a corner. The fans rally as Titan climbs. Knight gets under the leap, Titan comes back, into a SKY 2 HIGH! Both men are down again and the fans rally up. Titan and Knight rise, and Knight eggs Titan on. Titan sits up, Knight fires a forearm! Titan grits his teeth and forearms back!

Knight CHPOS and the fans cheer! Titan CHPOS and the fans cheer! Knight CHOPS, Titan CHOPS, they stand and throw forearms and CHOPS on repeat! The fans fire up as they pick up speed! Knight ROCKS Titan, but Titan SOBATS! Titan powers up and runs, but Knight LARIATS at the ropes! Knight fires up, whips, but Titan reverses to TORNADO- NO! Knight stops the DDT and suplexes, but Titan rolls it around! Titan suplexes, Knight slips free to waistlock. Titan switches, shoves, runs up and TORNADO- NO! Knight blocks again, and now he carries Titan to pop him up and HEAVY RAIN! Cover, TWO!!

The fans fire up as Titan survives and we only now hit five minutes! Knight waits on Titan as he takes aim. Titan rises as the fans rally, and Knight runs up! SATELLITE- NO, Titan back drops Knight away! The fans rally again as both men go to corners. Knight runs bac up but into a BOOT! SOBAT! KICK! PALM STRIKES! WHEEL KICK! Now Titan wants Knight to rise! The fans rally as Titan throws off the armband and goes corner to corner! But Knight leaps over! And then PELES back! Knight roars, the fans fire up again, and Knight gets Titan up! Knight puts Titan up top, for the UPPER ROOM! Cover, TWO! Titan is still in this and the fans fire up!

Knight storms up on Titan, roars again, and hauls Titan up. Knight fireman’s carries, but Titan fights free! Titan shoves, follows, TORNADO DDT! Titan holds on and brings Knight up, for a GOURD BUSTER! Then SUPERKICK! Knight flops over and Titan goes to the corner. Titan skins the cat to the top, then DIVING DOUBLE STOMPS!! Cover, TWO!! Knight survives, but Titan has the legs! Titan turns Knight over in the deathlock, then JAVE INMORTAL!! Straitjacket on top for good measure! Knight is caught, he QUITS! Titan wins!!

Winner: Titan, by submission (gains 2 points; Knight earns 0)

El Inmortal’s hopes of being a semifinalist still live as he grounds The Jet’s flight! Will Titan reach the same heights as he did last year? Can Knight still course correct with just three rounds left?

 

Best of the Super Juniors A Block: El Desperado VS Yoshinobu Kanemaru!

While The Rogue Luchador vowed to finally win the big one just the other night, this one is personal! Desperado knows all The Heel Master’s tricks, but will that help him here in the sixth? Or will the House of Torture’s stacked deck be too much even for the Best of the Super Juniors?

The bell rings and the fans rally as the two circle. They tie up, Despe powers Kanemaru back, and Red Shoes counts. Despe lets off cleanly and the fans applaud. Kanemaru and Despe reset, tie up, and now Kanemaru puts Despe on ropes. But then Kanemaru kicks the leg! Kanemaru whips, but Despe jumps over the low dropkick! Despe kicks and whips, Kanemaru reverses, but again Despe jumps the low dropkick! The fans cheer as the two stand off and reset. They tie up, Despe blocks the kick! Despe rolls Kanemaru, but then DDTS a leg! The fans cheer, Despe grabs that leg and drops an elbow on the knee.

Despe has the leg in a toehold, Kanemaru pulls at the mask but Despe pulls on the leg! Kanemaru endures as Despe keeps the leg trapped, then Despe lets go to SPLASH the leg! Cover, ONE! The fans cheer and Kanemaru clutches the knee. Despe shakes out his arms and goes back for Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up but Kanemaru throws body shots. Despe kicks and whips but Kanemaru reveres to hammerlock and scoop SLAM! Despe clutches his elbow but Kanemaru drags him up. Kanemaru wrenches and YANKS the arm, hammerlocks it and scoop SLAMS again! Despe writhes and bails out. Red Shoes checks on Despe, allowing Kanemaru to untie the buckle pad!

The Bullet Club Special is in play and Kanemaru storms out after Despe. Kanemaru drags Despe up, wrenches, and then hammerlocks the arm to POST it! Despe falls and crawls away but Kanemaru catches up to him. Kanemaru SLAMS the bad arm on the floor, then SLAMS it again! Despe writhes, the ring count starts, and Kanemaru leaves Despe behind. The count reaches 8 of 20, Despe stands at 11. Despe leans on the corner, slides in at 15, but Kanemaru stomps him down! Kanemaru YANKS on the arm again and again, then snapmares Despe so he can WRING the arm! Despe writhes but the fans rally up.

Kanemaru grabs the bad arm and he pulls off Despe’s elbow pad! Kanemaru stomps the bad arm, digs his heel into it, then clamps on for a top wristlock. Despe endures, the fans rally, and Despe throws punches into Kanemaru’s back. Kanemaru sits up to put on the pressure, but Despe throws body shots. Kanemaru knees low, whips, then hip tosses! Kanemaru drops a leg on the arm, then clamps on a scissor! Kanemaru pushes up to put on the pressure! Despe kicks and flails while he endures, and the fans rally. Despe fights his way over to the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go slowly, and kneels on the arm!

Kanemaru plays dumb but Red Shoes points out what he’s doing. Despe throws more body shots until Kanemaru finally steps away. Kanemaru then brings Despe up, hooks the arm, but Despe fights the hip toss. Kanemaru throws a body shot, then hip tosses, into a short arm scissors! Despe endures, reaches out, and the fans rally. Despe clubs at Kanemaru’s leg but Kanemaru pulls on the hold! Despe still fights around, reaches out, and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration and Despe scrambles away. Kanemaru stalks Despe, stomps him, then drops a knee on the elbow! Despe writhes but Kanemaru drops another knee, and another knee, and another knee!

Kanemaru pulls on the arm, CLAWS at Despe’s eyes, then brings Despe around to hammerlock the arm. Kanemaru RAMS Despe into the bare buckles! Red Shoes reprimands then checks on Despe. Kanemaru paces but Despe goes to the apron. Kanemaru stands on Despe’s bad arm but Red Shoes counts. Kanemaru stomps Despe as he lets off, and fans still rally. Kanemaru drags Despe up to YANK the bad arm! And YANK it again! Kanemaru whips but Despe fights the hip toss again. Kanemaru CLAWS the eyes and then kicks low. Kanemaru runs, but Despe dropkicks Kanemaru’s legs out! Now things are even as the fans fire up!

The fans rally as Despe and Kanemaru go to corners. Despe stands, shakes out the bad arm, then runs corner to corner. He blocks a boot to dropkick the bad leg! Then Despe grabs the bad leg to DRAGON SCREW! Kanemaru falls over and the fans rally up again. Despe drags Kanemaru by a leg, then drops a leg on the knee! Despe ties Kanemaru’s legs up in the INDIAN DEATHLOCK! Kanemaru CLUBS at Despe’s arm but Despe eggs him on! Kanemaru throws more and more heavy hands and Despe “falls” to put pressure on the leglock! Kanemaru shouts in pain, reaches out, crawls, but Despe shifts to make it a CALF KILLER!

Kanemaru still endures, still fights forward, and still gets the ROPEBREAK! The fans applaud, Red Shoes calls the break and Despe lets go. “Oops!” and he drops knees on the knee. The fans rally up while Kanemaru writhes. Despe drags Kanemaru around, stomps the bad leg, but Kanemaru avoids the elbow drop! Despe shakes out the arms, Kanemaru goes to a corner. Despe runs up, but into a BOOT! Kanemaru runs up, tilt-o-whirls, but Despe fights the DDT! So Kanemaru makes it a KIMURA! Kanemaru drags Despe down and cranks the bad arm! Despe fights his way over, ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru holds until Red Shoes counts!

Kanemaru drags Despe by his bad arm, then reels him in to scoop and BRITISH- NO, Despe slips around to RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! Despe rolls away to ropes, Kanemaru rolls to pursue. The fans rally, Despe rolls back to center to get away from Kanemaru. Despe stands, fires himself up, and then runs in at Kanemaru. But Kanemaru dodges! Despe stops from hitting buckles, but Kanemaru RAMS him into them! And then whips him back into them! Despe falls, Kanemaru runs up and kitchen sink knees! Kanemaru drags Despe up, whips, and kitchen sink knees again!

Kanemaru goes up a corner and MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! But then the KIMURA returns!! Despe endures and the fans rally up! Kanemaru cranks on the double wristlock but Despe still fights around! Despe stands, but Kanemaru drags him back down! KIMURA!! Despe endures, kicks and flails, reaches and finds the ROPEBREAK! Kanemaru lets go in frustration but he then goes up a corner. Despe rises, turns around, into DEEP IMPACT!! Cover, TWO!! Despe survives and the fans fire up again! Kanemaru drags Despe up, but Despe fights the suplex! Despe throws body shots, but Kanemaru still tries! Despe turns that around to suplex Kanemaru!

The fans fire up again while both men are down at the 15 minute mark. The fans rally, Despe huffs and puffs and storms over to Kanemaru. Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, but Kanemaru grabs Red Shoes! Despe BOOTS Kanemaru’s arm! Then Despe reels Kanemaru in, but Kanemaru SHOVES Despe into Red Shoes! The fans boo but Kanemaru whips Despe into the bare buckles! Despe writhes, Red Shoes is also down, and Kanemaru of course grabs his bottle of whiskey. Kanemaru takes a swig, goes back for Despe, but Despe smothers him! Kanemaru pushes Despe back, but Despe ROCKS him and sends the whiskey mist flying!

Despe drags Kanemaru up, reels him in, PINCHE- NO, Kanemaru fights that, and jackknife bridges! TWO!!! The fans fire up, Kanemaru BOOTS, then he ducks to BOOT again! And again! And- SPINEBUSTER! Despe flips Kanemaru up to PINCHE LOCO!! Cover, Despe wins!

Winner: El Desperado, by pinfall (gains 2 points; Kanemaru earns 0)

Another main event and another big win for The Rogue Luchador! The Heel Master almost did this clean and almost won because of it, will he realize where he’s going wrong?

As for Desperado, he gets an icepack and a mic to say, “I knew it! As tough as ever! Damn. I’m glad I won.” The fans cheer that. Despe continues by saying, “For each outing, more is needed. Every time I face him, I level up. This was a league match, but that was the level of a final. I’ll keep going, and I promise to make you guys glad you bought a ticket.” The fans also cheer that. Despe says that this is the Osaka-Jo Hall main event we’re talking about! He keeps saying he doesn’t care, but now it’s right in front of him! It’d be a big disappointment if he doesn’t make it, right? There’ll be a lot of guys in both blocks “gutted” they won’t make it. “But for me, I’ll be taking it.”

The fans cheer as The Rogue Luchador is ready to be the Best of the Super Juniors! Just three more rounds to go, will he make it?

 

Here are the NEW A Block standings!

El Desperado: 4-2, 8 points
Blake Christian: 4-2, 8 points
Clark Connors: 4-2, 8 points
Titan: 4-2, 8 points
Kevin Knight: 3-3, 6 points
HAYATA: 3-3, 6 points
Yoshinobu Kanemaru: 2-4, 4 points
BUSHI: 2-4, 4 points
TJP: 2-4, 4 points
Kosei Fujita: 2-4, 4 points


My Thoughts:

A great round for A Block here, and they played up the drama right away with TJP getting that win over Fujita. I can’t really say TJP makes that big comeback to get a spot in the semifinals, because as soon as someone who already beat him gets 5+ wins, they cross him off mathematically. I really like that we’ve got four 4-2 records, those guys are all going strong. Connors has that win over Titan, though, so Titan only gets ahead if Connors falls off in the final three rounds. Blake meanwhile is starting to cool off, and with his loss to Desperado, Blake will need Connors to take Desperado out tomorrow to help him get back up.

And word came in from NJPW today that sadly, Francesco Akira’s knee injury will NOT be okay in time for the next round, or for any of the rounds so he must now forfeit points. As I pointed out last time, the ones who benefit are Hiromu, Douki, Eagles & Sho. Sho gets to six points, the others are at 8 with Kushida, essentially getting B Block to the same situation as A Block. Kushida already beat Hiromu and Sho, so he’d have to fall off pretty bad for either of them to get his spot in the semifinals. Douki is going to face Sho tomorrow, and is still to face Kushida, so Douki could take that spot for himself while taking out Hiromu in the process.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/21/24)

Can Wes Lee defy the odds?

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They say all men are created equal!

Oba Femi awaits a challenger for his NXT North American Championship, so Wes Lee, Josh Briggs and now Joe Coffey will do battle in a Triple Threat! Will Gallus taking out Ivar pay off for the Iron King?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley; Fallon wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family; Axiom & Frazer win and retain the titles.
  • NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey; Wes & Coffey double pin win and will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker; Jaida wins and advances to NXT Battleground: Las Vegas.
  • Lexis King VS Dante Chen; Dante wins.
  • Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya; Karmen & Natty win.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Thea Hail VS Fallon Henley!

Jacy Jayne was one thing, but the Cowgirl showing her toxic side?! Thea took out Jacy and become the second seed in this qualifier series, will she be heading to Battleground? Or will it be Yeehaw Las Vegas?

The bell rings and the two argue. Thea shoves Fallon, Fallon shoves back, so Thea wrenches an arm to YANK and YANK! Thea wristlocks, but then Fallon pulls hair! Thea wrenches again, and keeps Fallon from the ropes. The fans rally, Thea cranks the arm, but Fallon ROCKS her! Fallon fireman’s carries, Thea slips free and sits Fallon down. Thea then KICKS Fallon and STANDING MOONSAULTS! Cover, TWO! Fallon sputters, Thea brings her around to whip. Fallon reverses, runs up, blocks a boot, and DRAGON SCREWS the leg! Then CALF KICK! Cover, TWO! Fallon keeps on Thea with a knuckle lock, then top wristlock.

Thea endures, the fans rally, and she fights back up. Thea throws body shots, but Fallon pushes on that wristlock. Fallon steps over for the wristlock stretch, but the fans rally behind Thea. Thea fights to her feet, but Fallon cranks the arm. Thea rolls, rolls, and headscissors! The fans fire up, things speed up, and Thea bypasses Fallon to arm-drag her! Fallon comes back, into a JAPANESE ARM-DRAG! Fallon bails out, the fans fire up and Thea DIVES! Down goes Fallon and Thea rains down forearms! The fans fire up, Fallon gets away but Thea fires off more shots. Fallon shoves Thea into the desk, hurries into the ring, but Thea grabs at her.

Fallon BOOTS Thea down, hurries away, then gets out of the ring. The ref keeps Thea back, and Fallon brings out a chair! Fallon grins, but Ridge snatches the chair! The ref sees Ridge with a chair and thinks Chase U was up to something! The ref EJECTS Chase U!! The fans boo but Fallon grins and waves bye. Fallon has Thea all alone now, but NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and Fallon runs to FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Fallon snarls as she stalks Thea, but the fans rally up. Fallon whips Thea into a corner, then brings her around to whip back in. Fallon runs up, Thea dodges and Fallon hits buckles! Thea runs up, but Fallon waistlocks! Thea uses that to wheelbarrow and arm-drag! Thea dodges a lariat, runs around, and Fallon HEADBUTTS her! Both women fall and the fans fire up! A standing count starts, both women stir, and they sit up at 4 of 10. Fallon fires a forearm, Thea hits back! They go back and forth! Thea then rebounds to rally with BIG forearms!

Thea mule kicks, runs, and ROLLING NECKBREAKERS! The fans rally, Thea storms back up to scoop and POWERSLAM! Then ROLLING SENTON! Thea shakes the ropes, then jumps to IMPLODER SENTON! Cover, TWO! Thea is frustrated but the fans rally up. Thea runs in at the corner, back body blocks, then runs again. Thea leaps up but Fallon shoves her down! Fallon goes up but Thea ROCKS her! Thea climbs, brings Fallon up, but Fallon fights the superplex! Fallon throws a body shot, Thea hops down, and Fallon BOOTS her! Fallon then reels Thea in, TORNADO- KIMURA!! Thea has the body scissors, so Fallon drops to the ropes!

They roll outside, Thea still holds onto the hold! Fallon RAMS Thea into barriers! Thea lets go, but she girts her teeth. Fallon stands, Thea shouts at her, and Fallon runs away into the ring! Thea pursues, but the SHINING WIZARD gets her! Cover, Fallon wins!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Fallon Comes First, which means Thea is out of the running! Will The Cowgirl wrangle the gold and make some history? As for Thea, JAZMYN NYX ATTACKS! Jazmyn attacks Thea and hits the PELE! She kips up and stands over Thea, all in the name of Jacy Jayne. Will Thea just have to break Jazmyn’s face like she did Jacy’s?

 

NXT shares footage as The D’Angelo Family arrived earlier today.

Tony D said the Heritage Cup is kinda heavy, but it looks good. Nathan Frazer & Axiom found them, and they congratulated The Don on winning. Frazer remembers winning the cup being one of the best nights of his life. Stacks asks if Axiom’s name is on here somewhere. There’s Frazer, Tyler, Charlie, A-Kid. Hey, anyone heard from A-Kid lately? Luca says he couldn’t have been that bright if the best he could come up with was “A Kid.” The D’Angelos laugh, Frazer & Axiom join in sarcastically. But Tony says these two have guts, taking on all comers. Stacks says he isn’t so sure. Word on the street is, these two have been ducking The Good Brothers.

Axiom says they aren’t ducking anyone, and Frazer adds they won’t be bullied into handing out title shots to main roster superstars. If anything, they’ll give a shot to NXT stars first. Then what about Luca & Stacks? You wouldn’t wanna be accused of ducking them now, would you? NOPE! Challenge accepted! Tonight! The D’Angelos head out, did they just goad the champs into losing those belts? Or will The Underboss & Consigliere have no way around the Undeniable Hard-Hitting Truths?

 

Backstage interview with Gallus.

Kelly Kincaid is with Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, and says that was a dramatic return to NXT last week. Joe Coffey says aye, because it seems the only way to get noticed around here is to “make a bit of noise.” And at the end of that show, was it Trick Williams? Nope. Noam Dar? Nope. Je’Von Evans? Nope. Tony D’Angelo? Nope! It was all Gallus! Wolfie says that’s how it should be. They hit three of NXT’s best! Markus mockingly hopes Ivar enjoys his stay at the hospital. Joe says Wes and Briggs are tougher than Gallus gave them credit, but they’re not smarter. Those two are all talk talk talk.

But when Joe becomes the #1 Contender to the North American Championship, Oba Femi will find out just how dangerous Gallus is! NXT has gotten comfortable while these three were away. Those days are over! Will NXT finally become Gallus’ Kingdom?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: Axiom & Nathan Frazer VS Channing “Stacks” Lorenzo & Luca Crusifino w/ The D’Angelo Family!

NXT returns as the champs make their entrance. The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the D’Angelos truly run NXT!

The teams sort out and Axiom starts against Luca. The two tie up, Axiom waistlocks, but Luca wrenches to wristlock. Axiom rolls, handsprings, but Luca kicks low. Luca whips, Axiom goes up and arm-drags! Then DROPKICKS! Axiom brings Luca up, Luca shoves him away, so Frazer tags in. Luca tags Stacks and he tells them to slow it down. Stacks calls for knuckle locks, Frazer obliges, and Stacks steps over to wrangle Frazer to the mat. Frazer kips up, flips, but Stacks kicks low. Stacks trips Frazer, stomps him in the gut, then stomps him some more. Stacks TOSSES Frazer to the apron, brings him back in and UPPERCUTS, but Frazer blocks!

Frazer body shots, avoids the kick, then slingshots to sunset flip! TWO, and Stacks UPPERCUTS! Cover, TWO! Stacks drags Frazer up to headlock but Frazer powers out. Axiom tags in, they redirect stacks to dropkick and DROPKICK! Stacks sputters, Axiom is on him and tags Frazer. They whip, Stacks reverses but Axiom reverses back! IRON OCTOPUS, and Frazer runs, runs and runs to DROPKICK! The fans fire up, Frazer covers, TWO! Stacks stays in this but Frazer clamps onto the arm. Stacks fights up, powers Frazer back, Luca tags in. They whip, Frazer slides under but Luca is there. Frazer elbows Luca, ROCKS Stacks, but Luca puts Frazer outside!

Frazer ROCKS Luca, but Stacks runs up to BOOT Frazer down! Frazer hits desk and Luca tags Stacks! Stacks says bada bing, FOLEY ELBOW! The D’Angelo Family is fired up and standing tall while NXT goes to break.

NXT returns and The D’Angelos double whip Frazer hard into a corner! Frazer falls back, Stacks covers, TWO! The fans rally while Stacks grows frustrated. Stacks throws down fists, then he drags Frazer up. Stacks tags Luca, they mug Frazer, then feed him to DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, TWO! Luca drags Frazer around to have a grounded motorcycle stretch but the fans rally up. Frazer endures, fights up, and fights free! But Luca keeps him from Axiom! Luca RAMS Frazer into the corner, then runs up, but into an ELBOW! Stacks blocks a kick but not the DRAGON WHIP! Luca BODY SHOTS Frazer, whips, but Frazer QUEBRADA DDTS!

The fans fire up while Frazer and Luca are both down! Frazer crawls over, Tony shouts at Luca to do the same! Hot tags to Stacks and Axiom! The fans fire up as Axiom dodges Stacks to GAMANGIRI Luca! BOOT for Stacks CHOPS for all! CHOP after CHOP, and then Axiom runs to duck ‘n’ dodges, tilt-o-whirl and that sends Stacks into Luca! LARIAT DDT COMBO! The fans fire up and Axiom waistlocks. Stacks bucks the O’Conner but swings into a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Stacks survives being folded and Rizzo coaches Luca back into this. Axiom KICKS Stacks, KICKS again, then tags Frazer. BUZZSAW!

Frazer hauls Stacks up to suplex, CHASING THE DRAGON!! Cover, Luca breaks it!! The fans fire up as The D’Angelo Family stays in this! Tony coaches his boys, Luca blocks Axiom’s superkick to send it into Frazer! Luca then hits a CODE BREAKER on Axiom! Luca hurries back to his corner, tags in, and the Family double whips Frazer! Double pop-up BACK SUPLEX! Cover, AXIOM SUPERKICKS! The fans fire up, Stacks hits a ZIGZAG! Stacks hurries back to the corner, tags himself in, and he runs up on Frazer. BUCKLE SHOT! Frazer then skins the cat to go up top, just like The Visionary! But Stacks trips Frazer up!

Stacks climbs, has Frazer up top, and SUPERPLEXES! Luca DIVES into a SUPERKICK!!! Axiom stops the Power & Glory combo, but HERE COMES NO QUATER CATCH CREW!! Damon Kemp, Charlie Dempsey & Myles Borne jump The Don! That distracts Stacks, Frazer cradles! FRAZER & AXIOM WIN!

Winners: Axiom & Nathan Frazer, by pinfall (still NXT Tag Team Champions)

The Family fights NQCC to the back, and the gold stays with Axiom & Frazer. But now THE GOOD BROTHERS attack! It is just chaos tonight as Gallows & Anderson beat down the champs! Anderson gets Frazer up, Gallows helps out, MAGIC KILLER!! The fans boo, but will The Machine Gun & Big LG make these titles Too Sweet?

 

Robert Stone talks with a prospect backstage.

He was so impressed with her during the NXT Women’s Combine. Top three vertical jump, blew his mind. Soon everyone will be saying the name- Lexis King says everyone’s already saying his name. The prospects leave, and Lexis says Stone has this all wrong. He’s trying to recruit “the next big thing,” but not even Chelsea Green was giving him the time of day. Stone is in a hole, and the only way out of it is to hitch his wagon to Lexis. Over Stone’s dead body. Oh, Lexis knows about that. he’s been walking over dead bodies week after week. He’s practically undefeated! Something Stone knows nothing about.

Stone tells Lexis to watch himself, but then Ava Raine walks in. Lexis says he and Stone were just talking. Ava says Lexis is so annoying. Lexis says no he’s not, bye. Oh no he’s not, Lexis has a match tonight. Okay, tell him more. Well, Lexis will learn who he’s facing when he gets out there. Now Lexis leaves, and Stone says he wants to be the one to do it. Ava says no, the last time he did, it didn’t go well. But it’s okay, Ava will find the perfect opponent for Lexis King. Stone trusts in the GM, but just who will look to knock The Drama King off his high horse?

 

Oba Femi is here!

The Ruler goes to the ring, because he wants to see who wins the right to challenge him for Battleground! Will the Cardiac Kid make his way back to former glory? Will the Blue Collar Brawler get a 1v1 shot at Oba? Or will the Iron King be challenging The Ruler’s reign?

 

Chase U regroups backstage.

Thea is sore, but it’s Riley Osborne who is upset. He confronts Professor Chase. How could he NOT see this coming? Ridge Holland is clearly a liability! Chase says Riley has to see the good in people! Ridge walks in, hands Thea a bottle of water, and he tells Riley that respectfully, back off, mate. He couldn’t stand there and let Fallon hit Thea with a chair! None of them could, but it was Ridge who stepped in and did something. Yes, he sure did! He cost Thea the match, the chance at making history, and Riley is getting sick of the excuses! Ridge points out Riley cost them their match last week! Ridge gave Riley the benefit of the doubt, no hard feelings and all that.

But now, Riley stands there judging Ridge! DAMN RIGHT! Ridge doesn’t belong here! And where is that?! Chase stops these two from having it out here. If they want to settle this, do it in the ring. Riley’s fine with that! Riley storms off, and Duke wants to say something but Chase cuts him off. Is Turbo Terry going to run circles around Yorkshire Grit? Or will this be a #TeachableMoment of the highest order?

 

NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Wes Lee VS Josh Briggs VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!

NXT returns and Oba is now on commentary as Wes makes his entrance, followed by Briggs’. Gallus makes their entrance together, and they bring back the triple handshake. Markus & Wolfie will be present during all this, but will they be a factor?

The bell rings and the three circle. Joe taunts them over last week’s blindside, but then Wes AND Briggs go after him! The Gallus boys keep Joe from being whipped away, but he ends up falling over for it! Briggs stomps Joe, then he and Wes drag him from ropes! The fans cheer as Wes and Briggs mug Joe. Briggs then DECKS Wes! Briggs ROCKS Joe, Wes snarls, but Briggs ROCKS him! Joe ROCKS Briggs, Wes helps him in mugging Briggs and whipping him. But Briggs runs them both over! Things keep moving, Joe drops and Wes hurdles. Briggs blocks the hip toss to TOSS Wes into Joe! Briggs then has Wes in a corner, but Wes BOOTS back!

Wes goes up and up and leaps, but Briggs catches him! Joe SHOTGUNS Briggs into giveing Wes a FALL AWAY SLAM! Joe drags Briggs up, Briggs shoves him into the corner. Joe BOOTS back, goes up and BOOTS again. Joe reels Briggs in, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Joe huffs and puffs but he runs up on Briggs, but Wes RANAS Joe first! The fans fire up as Joe bails out and Wes builds speed. Wes FLIES and takes Joe down! Oba says that is Wes’ fighting spirit. Wes brings Joe up but Joe blocks the bump off the apron. Wes avoids Joe’s lariat, and he avoids Briggs, so the BOOT takes Joe down!

Briggs sees Wes jump up, catches him, pop up and LARIAT! Back drop for Joe to the floor! Briggs is all fired up but the fans boo while NXT goes picture in picture.

Briggs looms over Joe and Wes and has his pick. Briggs smirks at Gallus before putting Joe in. Briggs stomps Wes, leaves him behind, but Joe ROCKS Briggs! Briggs and Joe trade heavy forearms, and Briggs gets the edge! Joe staggers, Briggs ROCKS him again and again, then avoids a shot to DECK Joe! Cover, TWO!! Joe survives but Briggs keeps his cool. Briggs stalks Joe, whips, but Joe reverses. Joe FLAPJACKS Briggs off ropes! Joe whips Briggs into a corner, then around again into the corner! Scoop and BACKBREAKER! Joe runs to go up and VADER ELBOW! Wes gets on the apron, Joe BLASTS him back down!

Joe soaks up the heat while Gallus mocks Wes. Joe stomps Briggs, KICKS him in the side, then DECKS Briggs! Wes returns, but Joe goes out after him to RAM him into the apron! Joe storms his way up the steps and into the ring. Joe goes after Briggs with haymakers but Briggs throws back body shots. Joe knees low, knees again, then ROCKS Briggs. Briggs falls over, Joe sees Wes climbing! Joe UPPERCUTS Wes and Wes gets stuck up top! Joe KNEES Wes again and again, then goes back for Briggs. Joe KNEES Briggs in the side, KNEES him again, then clamps onto an arm. Joe pulls the arm into a half straitjacket!

Briggs endures, fights around, fights to his feet, and throws elbows. NXT returns to single picture, both men LARIAT! They LARIAT again, and again! Both men wobble, but they still LARIAT! Briggs fires up, runs, but Joe RAMS him! But Briggs ROCKS Joe! Briggs scoops to SIDEWALK SLAM and SPLASH! Wes SWANTON BOMBS in! The fans fire up while all three men are down! Wes grits his teeth as he drags himself up. Briggs runs up, Wes body shots and KICKS! And KICKS! And DOUBLE STOMPS! Wes sees Joe and ROCKS him! HEEL KICKS him! Joe roars, so Wes jumps, Briggs reels Joe in! QUEBRADA DDT COMBO!! Cover on Briggs, TWO! Cover on Joe, TWO!

Wes is frustrated and Joe is wobbly. Joe and Briggs fall out of the ring, Wes builds speed! Wes DIVES into Briggs! The fans fire up as Briggs goes down! Joe is up, Wes swings on him, but into an APRON BACK SUPLEX! Joe gets Briggs up, puts him in the ring, but Briggs gets moving! Briggs BOOTS Joe down! Briggs hurries up top, but Wes GAMANGIRIS him! Wes goes up now, but Joe joins in! This is getting tricky, but Briggs fights free! Briggs ELBOWS Joe down, stands back up, and Wes LEAPS, into Briggs’ hand! CORNER CHOKE SLAM! Briggs has Joe, CHOKE SLAM at center! But then Wes staggers over, so Briggs brings him in!

Briggs CHOKE SLAMS Wes onto Joe!! Cover on them both, TWO!!! Both men get out of that and Briggs is beside himself! The fans are thunderous as Briggs clamps onto Joe again. But Joe fights the grip, and throat chops! Joe fires fast hands, then whips. Briggs is in the corner, Joe runs up to UPPERCUT! Joe keeps moving, and UPPERCUTS again! Joe shoves Briggs away, goes up and up and CROSSBODIES! Cover, WES BREAKS IT! Gallus is frustrated, Oba is loving this! Wes bobs ‘n’ weaves and STEP PUNCHES! Joe BOOTS! Wes ROLLING KICKS! Joe falls, Wes snarls and rises up. Wes sees Joe outside, builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit again!

Wes gets Joe up, the ref misses Gallus HIGH LOW on Briggs!! They put Briggs in, Wes puts Joe in! Wes goes up top, but Joe gets under the leap! ALL THE BEST- NO, Wes dodges! Wes goes up and up and leaps, Joe HEADBUTTS him down!! Both men fall onto Briggs for a cover! WHO WINS?!? The fans are in disbelief, but Gallus is pretty sure Joe got part of that! The ref talks it over with ring announcer Mike Rome, and the official decision is… Joe AND WES win!!

Winners: Joe Coffey & Wes Lee, by double pinfall (both will challenge Oba Femi for the title at NXT Battleground)

Everyone is in disbelief except for Oba, who loves it! It’s another Triple Threat for the North American Championship, will Oba again defy the odds? Or will this only make it easier for someone to take away The Ruler’s crown?

 

Backstage interview with Karmen Petrovic & Natalya.

Kelly Kincaid is with the Canadian Connection as they prepare for the tag team main event against Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice. How do they plan on turning around recent setbacks against them? Karmen says she’s a little nervous, because it is her first main event. But she has The BOAT for her partner! Natty has been in the most matches of anyone in this business. If not for Shayna, Natty would’ve beat Lola in NXT Underground. And these two together, they’re so ready. Natty says Karmen doesn’t give herself enough credit. She has improved so much, they have bonded, and Natty promises as the winningest woman in WWE, you will see this be a well-oiled machine.

Karmen & The Queen of Harts head out, but will they be able to trump Lola & The Queen of Spades?

 

Brinley Reece prepares backstage.

She’s fired up, but Malik Blade & Edris Enofe seem a bit down. Maybe Malik is right. Edris is cooked. The mirror, the black cats, the rabbit’s foot. Malik says no, remain positive! Just like Brin! She is good for them in that way. The positive energy, the good vibes, and the good luck. Aww, thanks, Malik! Does that mean they’ll be ringside with her tonight? Malik says they probably shouldn’t. Edris’ bad luck will- Stop saying it like that! But Edris does wish Brin luck. Brin says it isn’t about luck! It’s about confidence! So whatever they choose to do, she’s all for it. Brin cartwheels away, will Malik & Edris ever get right?

 

Ava Raine watches film.

She sees it for herself, it was a double pin. Oba asks what the decision is on tonight’s Triple Threat. Ava says it is clear, it was a true double pin, so it will be another Triple Threat: Oba VS Wes VS Joe. Oba nods, then heads out.

 

NXT Women’s North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier: Brinley Reece VS Jaida Parker!

#BrinEnergy is ready to turn it up, though that’s wild considering she’s always running pretty high. But will she be able to earn that spot in the ladder match without her guys watching her back? Or will “Miss Parker” be the one heading to Sin City?

The bell rings and these two start where they left off with fast hands! Brin ROCKS Jaida, UPPERCUTS her, and Jaida flounders to a corner! Brin runs up to RAM into her! Brin then brings Jaida around to scoop, but Jaida slips free, shoves, but Brin ducks ‘n ‘dodges. Brin handsprings over the dropdown to then arm-drag! Brin has the armlock but Jaida pulls hair. The ref reprimands, the fans rally up, and Jaida fights up. Jaida pulls hair again to put Brin in the corner. Jaida lets off, but Brin turns things around on her! The ref counts, Jaida turns things around again, but Brin ROCKS her first! Brin puts Jaida in the corner to whip, but Jaida reverses to pull hair!

Jaida throws Brin into buckles, but Brin ELBOWS her back. Brin goes up, leaps, but into a kitchen sink knee! Jaida talks trash, storms up on Brin, and RAMS Brin again and again! The fans rally and duel, the ref counts, but Jaida lets off. Jaida then fires off more forearms, before she puts Brin in the ropes. Jaida CHOPS Brin, then runs to DROP IT LIKE IT’S HOT! Brin sputters, Jaida stomps her around, then CHOKES her on ropes! The ref counts, Jaida lets off, and Brin sputters. Jaida sits Brin up but Brin fires body shots! Brin JAWBREAKERS and Jaida staggers. Brin runs up, Jaida trips her, jackknife bridge! TWO as Brin bridges up and spins Jaida!

Brin tries the backslide, gets it, TWO! Jaida reels Brin back in to BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! The fans rally, Jaida clamps onto Brin with a body scissors! Brin endures the squeeze, Malik & Edris are seen arguing about moral support yes or no. Brin endures, fights, but Jaida rolls her to a cover, TWO! Jaida pulls hair, the ref reprimands, but Jaida lets off so she can squeeze more. Brin endures, reaches out, pushes back, ONE! Jaida holds on, CLUBS away on Brin, but Brin pries the hold open! Jaida pushes Brin away, but Brin comes back to SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Brin rolls Jaida up, ONE! Jaida RAMS Brin into the corner!

Jaida lets off, Brin KNEES her away! Brin goes up and over, keeps moving, ducks ‘n’ dodges, and CLOBBERS Jaida! Brin uses shoulder tackles to run Jaida over, then she scoop SLAMS! The fans fire up, Brin handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Jaida stays in this but Brin brings out that aggression! Fireman’s carry, but Jaida fights free! Malik & Edris are on stage to cheer Brin, but Jaida suplexes to GOURD BUSTER! Jaida runs, TEARDROP HIP CHECK!! Cover, Jaida wins!

Winner: Jaida Parker, by pinfall (advances to NXT Battleground)

Now Malik & Edris feel like they jinxed Brin! But will Jaida make history and bring that gold home to OTM?

 

Fallon crosses paths with Jazmyn.

Jazmyn says it must’ve felt nice to finally get a win. Uh, yeah, it did. And now she’s going to Battleground. Yep, and Fallon can climb that ladder, grab that title, and make history as the first-ever NXT Women’s North American Champion. Jazmyn agrees, this attitude will help. Well, duh. Yeah, Fallon never needed anyone to help her be successful. Oh, really? Yes, which is why Jazmyn waited until after to get payback on Thea. Fallon isn’t sure what Jazmyn is getting at, but will it matter once Fallon has what she wants?

 

The alarm goes off, time to wake up!

But who is it? Those fuzzy pajamas look familiar. And those slippers. Could a certain you know who be on her way back to NXT?

 

Roxanne Perez speaks.

“This NXT Women’s Championship has always been my why. And that’s why no one’s gonna take it from me. It’s me and my title against the world, and that’s fine. Because as good as these girls are, I’m simply better. And everyone can say what they want about me. The locker room, main roster, the WWE Universe that loves to post their useless opinions about me, if they only knew. It all just lands at my feet, because all I care about is my NXT Women’s Championship. So you better get used to this sight. Because when I look in the mirror, I don’t see a villain, I don’t see a hero. All I see is The Prodigy, your two-time NXT Women’s Champion.”

 

Ava Raine makes a call.

She talked it over with Nick Aldis & Adam Pearce, everything is sign, sealed and delivered, we’re all good to go. Yes, next week, Roxanne finds out who her next title defense is against, at Battleground. She thanks the other side, and says we’ll see how this goes.

 

Lexis King VS ???

The Drama King sure loves sticking his foot in his mouth, and he may have really stepped in it this time. But he gets a mic first to say, “Well, well, well. The King has been on a bit of a hot streak lately. Can you argue with that? And we all know that whoever walks through that curtain tonight is going to join a long list of gentlemen who have fallen to The King. I mean, let’s face it! In 2024, I am virtually undefeated!” But then whose music is that? Robert Stone? King says he already beat Stone! Stone says no, it’s this guy. DANTE CHEN IS BACK! The fans fire up as the Singapore Warrior has made a full recovery! Will this finally be his opportunity to hit the big time?

The bell rings and the fans are fired up for Dante. Dante and Lexis tie up, Lexis headlocks. Dante powers out, Lexis runs him over! Cover, ONE! Lexis rains down fists, the fans boo, but Lexis lets off to soak up the heat. Dante rises up, Lexis whips him to a corner, but Dante reverses. Dante runs up but into a BOOT! Lexis runs up but into a back elbow, UPPERCUT, and DROPKICK! Dante whips then back drops Lexis! The fans fire up with Dante as he runs corner to corner, but Lexis catches his splash! Lexis puts Dante up top, but Dante ROCKS him! Dante leaps, but into a DROPKICK! Lexis covers, TWO!

Lexis is upset but the fans rally for Dante. Lexis drops AX HANDLE after AX HANDLE, then he scrapes Dante’s face! The fans rally for Dante and he body shots! Lexis CHOPS back! Lexis talks smack, then CHOPS again! Dante ROCKS Lexis! Lexis kicks low, bumps Dante off buckles, then CHOPS again! Lexis digs his boots in, the fans boo, the ref counts, but Lexis lets off at 4. Lexis wrenches and short arm LARIATS! Lexis drags Dante up, KICKS him in the back, then talks trash. Lexis scrapes Dante more, then gives him Kawada Kicks. The fans rally up, Dante blocks a kick! Dante short arm LARIATS Lexis now!

The fans fire up and both men stand. Dante and Lexis trade CHOPS! Dante CHOPS, CHOPS and ROCKS Lexis! Dante whips, CLOBBERS Lexis, then CLOBBERS him again! The fans fire up, Dante runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! And atomic drop! Then a SHOTGUN BOOT! Lexis is dazed and Dante is fired up! Dante aims, blocks Lexis’ superkick, then spins him. Lexis wings, but into a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Lexis survives but Dante refocuses. Dante drags Lexis from ropes, but Lexis kicks him away! Lexis snarls, shouts “Hail to the King!” BLINDSIDER! Stone shouts at Lexis, then gets on the pron!

Lexis reels Dante in, grins, but Stone shouts at Lexis. Lexis shoves Dante down, storms up on Stone, but Stone back s off. Lexis dodges Dante’s tiger claws to SUPERKICK! Lexis crosses the arms, reels Dante in, CORO- CRADLE!! DANTE WINS!!

Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall

Lexis is furious but he has his own arrogance to blame! Dante’s return is a huge success, are he and Suit Man Stone going to hit the big time together?

 

Shayna Baszler & Lola Vice talk backstage.

Shayna says Lola beat Natty in the Underground, Shayna beat Karmen in a standard match, so they should be pretty dominant tonight. Lola says together, they are unstoppable. Karmen & Natty have one of three options, right? Right. Shayna does ask one thing: keep the dancing to back here. Out there, they’re cage fighters, got it? Lola says yeah, all business once the bell rings. But she can’t help she’s a Latina~! She just likes to have fun. Shayna rolls her eyes, but will Lola still keep it serious once it’s the main event?

 

Trick Williams is here!

The fans fire up for the NXT Champion, and he gets the mic to say he appreciates it, but time to get serious. Two weeks ago, Noam Dar calls Trick out here for a Supernova Sessions, and then hits him from behind. Trick took that on the chin. Last week, Dar comes out here and gets dropped backstage. Now we all know that if anyone knows how that feels, it’s Trick Williams, and he wouldn’t wish that on nobody. So he’ll say this one time and make it crystal clear: Noam Dar, Trick did NOT attack you. If Trick wanted to attack, Dar would’ve just been unconscious! If Trick wanted to attack Dar, he wouldn’t be clutching a leg. He’d have a size 15 Jordan logo tattooed on his forehead.

But wait, here comes The Meta Four! Jakara Jackson tells Trick that what he needs to do is stop playing. He might have the crusty, dusty musties tricked, but not them. They know it was Trick! It might’ve been through Je’Von, or them together! Oro Mensah says if it wasn’t Trick or Je’Von, Trick must still be salty after Dar knocked the daylights outta him! Oro tells Trick to grow up, be a man, and admit that he is a lowlife that doesn’t deserve the NXT Champion! Lash Legend speaks up! She wants them to stop, she knows Trick didn’t attack Dar! What makes her think that? Public minds want to know! Let’s hear about it!

Lash didn’t wanna say it like that, but Trick’s been through that. Oro stops her there. Is Lash shaking Trick’s dreads? Whose side is she on? Trick tells Oro to shut his mouth before he comes out there and slaps those tap dance loafers right off Oro’s stupid ass! The fans fire up and Oro gets mad now. But wait! Gallus is here!? Joe Coffey walks out, mic in hand, and is sure they all wanna know why the guy who just earned an opportunity for a shot at the North American Championship out here now talking to THE NXT Champion? Well, son, you’re about to find out why! GALLUS ATTACKS FROM BEHIND!

The fans boo as Markus & Wolfie stomp Trick out, then Joe joins in! But here comes Je’Von! The Young OG gets in to ROCK Joe, ROCK Mark then fire off on Wolfgang! But he gets mugged, too! The fans boo this 3v2 beating, and then The Coffey Brothers hit Je’Von with the COFFEY BREAK GERMAN!! But Trick fights back now! He DECKS Wolfie, DECKS Joe, DECKS Mark, repeat! But then he just gets a HEADBUTT! Gallus mugs Trick 3v1, Wolfgang fireman’s carries and Mark runs, BOOT O’ DOOM!! Gallus took out Ivar, they have their shot at Oba, and now they took out Trick! Will nothing stop their hostile takeover of NXT?

 

Robert Stone & Dante Chen regroup.

Stone says Dante did great out there! He deserves this moment! Did they hear the people? Ava walks over and personally congratulates Dante. Dante thanks her for this opportunity. Ava wanted to take credit but this was Stone’s idea. Well then, Dante thanks Mr. Stone and they shake hands. Dante heads out, and Stone says he knows Ava’s always looking for fresh young talent. Dante’s definitely it. Ava says Stone just made a star tonight, well done. Stone smiles with pride, will there be a future for the Robert Stone Brand after all?

 

Lola Vice & Shayna Baszler VS Karmen Petrovic & Natalya!

The Mayor of Vice City & The Queen of Spades have gotten the better of the Canadian Connection time and again, but enough is enough! Will Lola & Shayna finally be humbled? Or will they sink NXT’s Beatrix Kiddo & The Boat once and for all?

The teams sort out, Natty and Shayna start. They circle, the fans rally, and the two tie up. Shayna wrenches the arm, twists the wrist, but Natty rolls, handsprings, and slips through to go for a leg. Shayna stops that to go for the other arm now. Shayna twists the wrist, puts Natty on ropes while torturing her, but the ref counts. Shayna lets off, Lola gets a KICK in! The fans boo but Shayna KNEES Natty down! Cover, TWO! Natty stays in this but Shayna drags her up. Shayna fires body shots, Lola tags in, and she adds her own body shots! Shayna tags back in, she fires off stomps! The ref counts, Lola tags in and she adds KICKS!

Shayna tags back in again, but Natty ROCKS her, ROCKS Lola, then BOOTS Shayna! Natty slides under, scurries free, but Shayna gets a foot! Natty kicks Shayna away, tag to Karmen! Karmen ROCKS Shayna, runs up and CLOBBERS her! Karmen rallies, wrenches, and KICKS! KICKS! And ROUNDHOUSES! The fans fire up, Karmen whips but Shayna reverses. Karmen jumps up to SOBAT! Karmen keeps going, BASEMENT BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Shayna up, but Lola runs up! Natty intercepts, but Lola and Shayna each throw hands to get free! Lola & Shayna whip, but the Canadians duck ‘n’ dodges and DOUBLE DISCUS LARIATS!

The fans fire up with Natty & Karmen while Shayna & Lola bail out, and NXT goes picture in picture.

Natty high-fives and booty bumps with Karmen, then Karmen goes out to fetch Shayna. Karmen puts Shayna in, covers, TWO! Karmen facelocks, drags Shayna up, and wrenches an arm to then waistlock. Shayna goes to ropes,. Lola tags in before the roll-up! Lola AX KICKS Karmen down! Lola drags Karmen up, whips her to ropes, then KICKS her low! Lola talks trash, whips again, and KICKS again! Lola still talks trash, whips again, but Karmen blocks the kick to roll her up! TWO, and Lola BODY BLOWS! Karmen sputters, Lola whips her to the corner, then she tags Shayna. They mug Karmen, then Shayna CLUBS Karmen down.

Shayna stalks Karmen, clamps onto an arm, isolates it, and she throws her hair tie at Natty. Shayna STOMPS Karmen’s arm! Then she sucker punches Natty! The ref has to keep Natty back, and Karmen ends up in the other corner. Shayna fires off hands, snapmares Karmen then KICKS her in the back! Shayna drags Karmen up, wrenches to a top wristlock, and NXT returns to single picture., Shayna whips Karmen hard into buckles, then brings her back up. Shayna whips her back in, but Karmen JUMP KICKS! Roll-up, TWO! Shayna runs up to LARIAT Karmen! Shayna covers, TWO! The fans rally, Shayna clamps onto Karmen for a top wristlock.

The fans rally, Karmen fights up, but Karmen brings her down to a knee. Karmen endures, reaches out, fights up again, and she snapmares free! Shayna still keeps Karmen from Natty! Shayna sweeps the leg, covers, TWO! Karmen reaches out but Shayna drags her back again. Shayna pushes Karmen to the corner, Lola tags in, and they mug Karmen. Lola storms up on Karmen, shows off the shimmies, but Karmen throws body shots! Lola CLUBS Karmen down, brings her up again, and whips her to the corner. Lola runs up to kick Karmen, then tags Shayna. The fans duel, Shayna brings Karmen up but Karmen fires body shots!

Shayna still suplexes! Cover, TWO! Shayna is annoyed with Karmen but Karmen is shaking her head. Shayna clamps onto Karmen’s arm, pulls on it, but Karmen throws body shots. Shayna CLUBS Karmen down for that! The fans continue to rally, but Shayna waistlocks Karmen and tags Lola. But Karmen BOOTS Lola down, drops to KICK Shayna, hot tag to Natty! Natty rallies on Lola & Shayna! Natty fires off fast hands on Lola but Lola shoves back. Natty kicks low, snap suplexes, and then waits on Shayna. Shayna swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Natty drags Lola up to whip bu tLola reverses.

Lola runs, Natty dodges and REBOUND- NO, Lola arm-drags free! Only for Natty to DISCUS LARIAT! Lola sputters, Natty covers, TWO! Natty drags Lola up, tags in Karmen, and Karmen climbs. Natty sets Lola up for Karmen’s CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Karmen drags Lola up, tags Natty back in, and they reel Lola in. But Shayna CHOP BLOCKS Karmen! Lola cradles Natty, TWO! Natty escapes, trips Lola, steps through, but Lola kicks her away, into Shayna! URAKEN!! Cover, KARMEN BREAKS IT! The fans fire up, Shayna TOSSES Karmen! Shayna tells Lola to get Natty up. Lola does as told, but Natty keeps Lola from tagging Shayna!

Natty throws Lola down then BLASTS Shayna! Lola runs up to JUMP KICK! Lola drags Natty, shows off the hips, then steps through to steal the Sharpshooter! Natty blocks that, pushes Lola down, and now Natty has the SHARPSHOOTER!! Natty has Lola caught, Shayna runs in to CLUB Natty down! Karmen LEAPS, Shayna catches her! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH! But Karmen THROWS Shayna out! Karmen goes to the corner, shouts for Natty to get up, and Natty BODY BLOWS Lola! Tag to Karmen, and they coordinate for the HART ATTACK!! Cover, The Canadians win!

Winners: Karmen Petrovic & Natalya, by pinfall

Finally, some vindication over #MiamiVice! A big win for the Canadian Connection, will they look to get in on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship scene? As for Shayna, she helps Lola up, but then Lola ROUNDHOUSES Shayna!?! And twerks at her! Lola blames Shayna for the loss when it was her fault, will nothing ever humble her? Wait, Shayna rises like a monster back from the dead! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!!! Lola finally gets what she deserves for her arrogance! Refs rush out there, Shayna lets go, and Lola sputters as she retreats. But then Shayna gets loose to go after Lola with fast hands! It’s a brawl and the fans want to “LET THEM FIGHT! LET THEM FIGHT!”

Ava rushes out here and says okay, okay, clearly they both want a fight. And to be honest, Ava wants ot see it, too. So say less, this will happen at BATTLEGROUND! Shayna says nah, that’s not good enough. It needs to be NXT UNDERGROUND!! The fans are thunderous as the brawl continues! Will this be a barn burner inside the UFC Apex when there’s no rules and no ropes holding these two back?


My Thoughts:

A great NXT here with a lot of build towards Battleground. A great surprise that the women’s tag match got to be the main event, that is a great win for Karmen & Natty. And I was sensing Shayna VS Lola was coming, so great to see it happening for Battleground in the Underground. RIP Fight Pit, we hardly knew ye, but that’s another awesome women’s match for NXT’s next event. Also good promo from Roxie and a good response from Ava. I don’t know who they’re getting for Roxie’s opponent, but honestly if it isn’t someone brand new to NXT or someone returning from injury, it doesn’t make sense to me to bring in another RawDown star that will clearly lose to Roxie.

Great stuff in the NXT Women’s North American Championship stories. Fallon VS Thea was a very good match, but of course something happens where Ridge is caught and blamed for stuff. Jazmyn’s part sets up a grudge match of her and Thea, but her promo with Fallon after was a little odd. With Jacy’s face still recovering, is Jazmyn trying to latch onto Fallon’s success? Meanwhile, Brin VS Jaida was also really good stuff, and it helped bring in the continued bad luck angle of Malik & Edris. There’s gotta be something that happens to finally get past this. Either Malik & Edris finally get a big win, or they break up as a team.

As it stands, you might think it’s three Heels and one Face as we have Fallon, Jaida, Lash and Sol, but Lash’s part in her story with Trick Williams makes me think she’ll be Face soon enough. That means between Mia Yim, Wren Sinclair, Tatum Paxley and Kelani Jordan, it’s anyone’s game. As for Chase U, Ridge VS Riley next week is going to be some really good stuff to really propel this story. And honestly, someone has to be going Heel and joining Shawn Spears. Otherwise, what was the point of Spears coming back to have this persona of exposing “the truth?” I’m still personally hoping it’s Riley that turns because everyone else is supportive of Ridge and he can’t stand it. Then Spears & Riley can be a real good Heel duo in the tag division.

Speaking of the tag division, they just kinda threw a tag title match out at us but it was some great stuff. NQCC going after The D’Angelos made sense, though, they weren’t about to let The D’Angelos get more gold after losing the Heritage Cup. And somehow we were going to get The Good Brothers attacking Axiom & Frazer to set up a match there. It’d be great for historical purposes if The Good Brothers did win the titles, I’m just not sure what that’d mean for Axiom and Frazer if they lost. I suppose both guys get back on a path to singles titles, but those various title scenes are rather full right now.

For example, with Ivar out with a legit injury, it made sense Joe Coffey would get in on tonight’s Triple Threat. And then what an awesome Triple Threat we had with an excellently executed double cover. Oba VS Wes VS Joe can go any which way, as Gallus can cheat to win just like they did tonight. And then Trick had a really good promo segment with The Meta Four, that was then hijacked by Gallus. Je’Von did his best to make the save but Gallus has the numbers, so naturally it didn’t work. I would think that before Ivar’s legit injury was a factor, Joe Coffey was meant to go right after Trick, but maybe it’ll be Wolfgang challenging Trick instead. Wolfgang may have been tag champ alongside Mark, but it feels like he’s been ready for something else for some time.

And it’s about time we get some more returns here. Wendy Choo is clearly on her way back with the new version of her waking-up vignette. That is a name I’d hope they choose to face Roxie at Battleground, even if Heel Roxie would just laugh it off. With Lexis King’s matching mystery opponent, I was oddly hoping Von Wagner was gonna be rehired after being let go, but there could be a very ineffective change in persona. He could wear a lucha mask and have a nickname a la Hulk Hogan being Mr. America, and then he’d “reveal” himself to Stone even though Stone knows all along.

But hey, Dante Chen has been needing something to get himself going again, I’m glad he is the one that got to beat Lexis. I’m just wondering what happened to the idea of him and Boa teaming up as the revival of Tien Sha. Maybe that’s in a back pocket or something and can be used after Dante’s been reestablished on TV.

My Score: 8.8/10


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