NXT returned last night (May 4) from Capitol Wrestling Center (CWC) in Orlando, Florida. You can find the results on the live blog here.
It’s a street fight
If you have a spare moment, take the opportunity to enjoy this gem from the Street Fighter soundtrack. By the time I heard Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon defending their tag team titles in a STREET FIGHT against Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, I was looking forward to tiger uppercuts, hadoukens and maybe even YOGA FIRE.
LeRae seemed very worried going into the game that Hartwell was spending too much time “thinking about the boys” and not enough time thinking about getting the gold belts.
There was less than ten minutes on the clock when the ring introductions started, so the four women cut off the announcer while scuffling, which makes sense considering it’s a street fight anyway, so Everything is allowed. You would also expect a lot of looting in a street brawl and you wouldn’t be disappointed with the amount here – chairs, tables and a fire extinguisher all came into play before we had a very late commercial break guaranteeing overtaking!
I will invent the word PLUNDERIFFIC to describe this contest. If that had been given half an hour or so close to him instead of the roughly 18 minutes from start to pass, he could be remembered as a TLC match for the ages. There was certainly the lack of sales that we expected from the Hardy Boys, Dudleys, etc. in their prime – everyone went through tables and ladders and only sold briefly before returning to battle. Even Blackheart’s leap out of the rig across the announcement table on Hartwell didn’t stop either of the women from staying for a very long time!
In the end, all of The Way’s connivance and deception to get the Women’s Tag Team Champions into this game paid off. Hartwell took out Moon by diving out of the ring onto an outside table, and LeRae stomped on Blackheart’s head in a steel chair and pinned her for 3. We have new Women’s Tag Team Champions!
Shoes off if you hate Gibson!
On last week’s edition of NXT, Tommaso Ciampa sang a little tune to make Zack Gibson laugh at the young grizzly veterans. I was told that “less than one percent of the US network audience watches NXT UK”, so in case you didn’t get the reference he made…
James Drake and the aforementioned Gibson would have a chance for revenge in a tag team contest against Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. With a win, the young veterans Grizzled could prove they are SSSSSSSOON to be in contention for the MSK tag team titles again. Did they get the upper hand or did they do the also grizzled veterans humiliate GYV again?
There was no dearth of dirty tactics in this contest, including distracting the referee with illegal etiquette just so James Drake could try and rip Thatcher’s ear out of his head. Ciampa was knocked down at the announcing table and Wade Barrett started to complain about losing a shoe in the process. I think you know where it’s going to go! Thatcher got Ciampa’s shoe somehow and timed Zack Gibson with him, then put on the arbreaker while he was dizzy and confused. Gibson patted and the grizzled PLUS veterans took the win!
The ring cannot contain their fury!
Leon Ruff and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott continue to raise the bar with their attacks on each other, so GM William Regal has done the only sane thing he could do in response. If they can’t keep their fight within the confines of the square circle, let them take it all over Capitol Wrestling Center instead – falls, count, ANYWHERE.
This match started the live broadcast. Leon Ruff was the first to enter and tried to attack Scott when he hit the ring, being held back by the ref until the bell, at which point Scott quickly hit him with a knee as he charged. . Scott remained in control until Ruff relented. him an arm trail that sent him through the ropes, but Scott managed to gain the upper hand there too. Ruff had his moment when he was outside selling a superplex from the top, dodging a charge from Scott that left him dangling, giving him an upside down dropkick. Scott regained the advantage and threw a toolbox at his head before the break.
During the commercial break, the brawl spread to the back, to the locker rooms and “wherever” they wanted to go. Both men picked up the pace when we returned to the live action, with Ruff making his comeback when Scott, the first knee in the ring, attacked him with the toolbox to further injure the knee. Scott tried to escape from a dueling leg lock, but ate a cutter in the ring AND on the floor. Ruff sent him over the barricade and through the curtain to climb to the top, but AJ Francis of Swerve’s entourage caught him jumping and said, “You must be out of your mind DAMN ! He threw Ruff over the barricade and Scott brought him back into the ring to hit pilot JML and retrieve the pin.
Does “The Prince” want his throne back?
It’s been over a minute now that “The Prince” Finn Bálor lost his crown to Karrion Kross on the second Takeover: Stand & Deliver night. As the longest reigning NXT champion in the brand’s history (504 days over two different periods), Bálor has nothing to prove, but that doesn’t mean he was just planning to turn around and leave Kross or someone else take his place.
Even though it was billed as Bálor’s big comeback, it was actually a segment designed for (and everything about) Karrion Kross. He took center stage and once again dared the NXT locker room to get some drawers. Kyle O’Reilly came out and told him there was only one game he wanted, and he was pretty sure Kross wanted that too.
Pete Dunne called it “a laugh” and both dared to prove that they were meaner than him. Bálor came out and said he had beaten Dunne, beaten O’Reilly (twice) and wanted Kross when he was done with Austin Theory next week, immediately leading to a brawl!
Kross almost single-handedly cleared the ring, but as he watched Bálor on the ramp he was jumped by Austin Theory and Johnny Gargano. They gave him stereo superkicks and Gargano took him down with a North American title shot to the head.
What else do you need to know?
Cameron Grimes had an unannounced match with Asher Hale. Despite a few offensive moments here and there, the end result was clear from the start – Cave In for the pin. Grimes vowed to celebrate in a VIP lounge, Ever-Rise tried to follow, but told them there was only room for three: “Me, me and Cameron Grimes. »Is he a De La fan?
Franky Monet has no respect for Kacy or Kayden (nor his little dog too)
Sarray had a match with Zayda Ramier
So we gave Ramier a victory over Toni Storm last week, just to feed her to “Warrior of the Sun” this week? Don’t get me wrong, I like Sarray a lot, but it sounds totally underwhelming if you try to portray Ramier as a ‘future prospect’ of his ‘big upset victory’ last week, which they did during the broadcast several times.
LA Knight crushed Jake Atlas in a short match
The most memorable part was Knight’s pre-match promo where he vowed to kick his opponent so hard he NEEDED an atlas just to find his way back into the building. .
If you like to talk this was the show for you
I thought there was a lot of time to kill last week, but I should have pulled out a coffee maker and set it to ‘autofill’ for this week. We had the promo segment of Kross and the crew, a long promo segment of Legado del Fantasma to set up his flunkies defying MSK and him defying KUSHIDA (2 out of 3 drops next week), a behind-the-scenes promo from Toni Storm on Zoey Stark, all segments with Gargano & Theory with Regal, a split screen interview for Mercedes Martinez & Raquel González, and several skits involving Cameron Grimes culminating in the nightclub where he rented a room to be PURCHASED by Ted DiBiase. It’s vintage “Million Dollar Man” and for some reason I didn’t get the Grimes laugh that I expected.
Oh and Franky Monet’s dog apparently pooped in Shotzi Blackheart’s tank too. I don’t have a snippet of that – not that I want to see it, nor that I think any of you want to either.
It’s going to sound tough, I know, but every match given substantial time has been gimmicked to hell and back – yet the one gadget match that should have had more time because the main event wasn’t getting close enough. I think I’m almost done with Swerve and Ruff at this point and they should be too. Sarray risks getting lost in the shuffle if they don’t give him direction and promote his matches in advance. I don’t understand the point of the diamond mine promotions and frankly I don’t care. With three different matches involving foreign objects (legally or illegally), that was purely overkill, despite having some good bell-to-bell moments in each. Try to only have one plunder match per show, and for the sake of all that is good in wrestling, cut down on the promotional segments.
Get up from your seats next to the cage and ring below. See you in seven days!