NXT returned last night (May 4) from the Capitol Wrestling Center (CWC) in Orlando, Florida. You can find the results on the live blog here.
This is STREET FIGHTING
If you have free time, take it to enjoy this sleeping gem from the Street Fighter soundtrack. The moment I heard Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon defend their STREET FIGHT team titles against Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell, I was looking forward to the tiger uppercut, hadoukens and maybe even some YOGA FIRE.
LeRae seemed very worried when entering the match that Hartwell spent too much time “thinking about boys”
There were less than ten minutes left on the clock when the ring introductions began, so all four women cut off the announcer through a scandal, which makes sense, since it’s a street fight anyway, so everything goes. You would also expect a lot of robberies in a street battle and you will not be disappointed with the amount here – chairs, tables and a fire extinguisher all came into force before we have a very late trade break, guaranteeing overruns!
I will describe the word PLUNDERIFFIC to describe this race. If he was given half an hour or so instead of 18 minutes, or at least so that from the very beginning during the overtime, it can be remembered as a TLC match for the ages. It certainly lacked the sales you would expect from Hardy Boys, Dudleys, etc. in their prime, they all went through tables and stairs and sold only for a short time before returning to battle. Even Blackheart’s leap from counterfeiting through Hartwell’s announcement table didn’t hold any lady very long!
In the end, all the privileges and tricks of the “Road” to attract the champions of women’s teams in this match paid off. Hartwell pulled Moon out of the ring at a table outside, and Lere slammed Blackheart’s head into a steel chair and nailed her to 3. We have new women’s team champions!
Shoes if you hate Gibson!
In last week’s NXT, Tomaso Chiampa sang a little tune for Zack Gibson to make fun of the Grizzly Young Veterans. I’ve been told that “less than one percent of the US network’s audience watches NXT UK,” so in case you haven’t received the link it made … here you go.
James Drake and the aforementioned Gibson would have a chance to get revenge in a team race against Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. With the victory, the Grizzly Young Veterans could prove they were SSSSSSSOON to compete again for the MSK team titles. Did they take over or equally dirty veterans humiliate GYV again?
There were no dirty tactics in this race, including distracting the referee with illegal etiquette, just so that James Drake could try to rip Thatcher’s ear off his head. Champa was knocked over the announcement table, and Wade Barrett began complaining that he had lost a shoe in the process. I think you see where this is going! Thatcher somehow took the shoe from Champa and inserted Zack Gibson with it, then put on the reinforcement while dizzy and confused. Gibson withdrew and MORE stained veterans won!
The ring cannot contain their rage!
Leon Ruff and Isaiah “divert” Scott to continue to increase the ante with their attacks on each other, so General Manager William Regal did the only sensible thing he could do in response. If they can’t keep their battle within the square, let them move it throughout the Capitol wrestling center instead – fall, count, NOWHERE.
This match started the live broadcast. Leon Ruff was the first to enter and try to attack Scott when he struck the ring held by the referee to the bell, after which Scott quickly hit him with his knee as he charged. Scott remained in control until Ruff gave him a drag, which sent him through the ropes, but Scott managed to gain the upper hand there as well. Ruff really had his moment when he was outside, selling a superplex on top, avoiding an accusation from Scott that left him hanging, giving him a draw while he was turned. Scott took the lead again and threw a toolbox at his head before the break.
During the trade break, the scandal spread from behind, the locker room and “everywhere” they wanted to go. Both men picked up the pace when we returned to live action, with Ruf making his big comeback when Scott, when his knee first stepped into the ring, attacked him with the toolbox to hurt his knee even more. Scott tried to escape a dueling lock on his leg, but ate a cutter in the ring and on the floor. Ruff sent him over the barricade and went through the curtain to climb to the top, but AJ Francis from Survee’s entourage caught him bouncing and said, “You gotta get the hell out of you!” He threw Ruff back over the barricade and Scott returned to the ring to hit the JML Driver and take the pin.
Does the Prince want to regain the throne?
It’s been more than a minute since Prince Finn Balor lost his crown to Carion Cross in Swallow: Stand & Deliver the second night. As the longest-serving NXT champion in the brand’s history (504 days in two different periods), Bálor has nothing to prove, but that doesn’t mean he planned to just roll over and let Cross or anyone else take his place.
Although it was billed as Balor’s big return, it was actually a segment designed for (and everything around) Carion Cross. He took center stage and once again dared to have such in the locker room of NXT drawers. Kyle O’Reilly came out and told him there was only one game he wanted, and he was pretty sure Cross wanted it too.
Pete Dunn called it “laughter” and dared them both to prove that they were worse than him. Balor came out and said he had beaten Dunn, beaten O’Reilly (twice) and wanted Cross when he finished with Austin Theory next week, which immediately led to a brawl!
Cross almost cleared the ring on his own, but as he watched Balor down the ramp, he was skipped by Austin Theory and Johnny Gargano. They gave him a stereo super hit and Gargano shot him in the head in North America.
What else do you need to know?
Cameron Grimes had an undeclared match with Asher Hale. Despite a few moments of insult here and there, the end result was clear from the start – Cave In for the pin. Grimes vowed to celebrate in the VIP lounge, Ever-Rise tried to mark, but he told them there was only room for three: “Me, me and Cameron Grimes.” Is he a fan of De La?
Frankie Monet doesn’t respect Casey or Caden (nor her little dog)
Sari had a match with Zayda Ramier
So we gave Ramier a win over Toni Storm last week just to feed her to Warrior of the Sun this week? Don’t get me wrong, I like Sari a lot, but that seems completely embarrassing if you’re trying to advertise Ramier as a “future prospect” from her “big upset victory” last week, which they did many times during the show.
LA Knight crushed Jake Atlas in a short match
The most memorable part was Knight’s pre-match promotion, where he vowed to pull his opponent so hard that 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 had to take out a coffee machine and set it to “auto-load” for this week. We had a promo segment from Cross and Crew, a long promo segment from Legado del Fantasma to create his MSK-challenging flutes, and he challenged KUSHIDA (2 of 3 falls next week), a behind-the-scenes promotion of Zoey Stark’s Toni Storm, all of the segments with Gargano & Theory with Regal, a split-screen interview for Mercedes Martinez & Raquel González and numerous sketches featuring Cameron Grimes culminating in the nightclub, he rented a BUYING room from Ted DiBayase. This is the Million Dollar Man harvest and all, but for some reason I couldn’t help but smile that Grimes was as high as I expected.
Oh, and Frankie Monet’s dog has apparently climbed into the tank of the Shotzi Blackheart. I don’t have a video of this – not that I want to see it, nor do I think any of you want to do it.
I know this will look rude, but every match given at any significant time was cheated to hell and vice versa – but the match that HAD to be given more time because the main event didn’t get close enough. I think at this point I’m done with Swerve and Ruff and they should be too. Sari is in danger of getting lost in the stirring if they don’t give her some direction and promote her ahead of time. I don’t understand the meaning of Diamond Mine promotions and honestly I don’t care. With three different matches involving foreign objects (legal or illegal), this was pure exaggeration, despite some good moments from bell to bell in each. Try to have only one match to rob the show, please, and for the love of all that is good in the fight, reduce the promo segments.
Get up from your seats by the cage and sound below We’ll see you in seven days!