A Hall of Fame panel will be on NXT tonight to help set the stage for the NXT Deadline.
WWE has announced that X-Pac, Alundra Blayze, Molly Holly and Road Dogg will appear alongside Shawn Michaels to reveal the participants for the Iron Survivor Challenge matches at NXT Deadline. The men’s and women’s Iron Survivor Challenge matches will both consist of five contestants. The wrestler who has won the most falls at the end of the match becomes the number one contender for their division’s respective championship.
Deadline will stream live on the Peacock/WWE Network on Saturday, December 10.
NXT Women’s Champion Mandy Rose will be in action tonight as Toxic Attraction takes on Katana Chance, Kayden Carter & Nikkita Lyons.
After attacking North American Champion Wes Lee after last week’s main event, Dijak returns to in-ring action tonight. Plus, Roxanne Perez vs. Indi Hartwell, Fallon Henley vs. Kiana James, and Malik Blade vs. Von Wagner will take place in the show.
Our live coverage begins at 8:00 PM Eastern Time.
Opening of the show is match several weeks in the making. Indi Hartwell has a new attitude, much to the chagrin of Roxanne Perez. During skits in recent weeks, Perez has tried to reason with Hartwell, but tensions finally boiled over last week.
Roxanne Perez defeats Indi Hartwell
Perez keeps Hartwell clean after performing Pop Rocks.
Perez is such a good babyface-in-danger. She begins a comeback after launching herself in a top. Hartwell catches her on a flying crossbody and Hartwell looks to deliver a slam. Perez counters a small package, but Hartwell drops her with a big boot.
Right before the goal, Hartwell goes to eat a kick from Perez. Pop Rocks (Code Red) by Perez and she cradles Hartwell for a three count.
Duke Hudson pleads his case for Andre Chase and Hudson apologizes to Hudson for costing them the match last week. Hudson organized a petition to get Hudson into the Iron Survivor Series.
Grayson Waller enters the scene and begins insulting Chase and company. Thea Hail snaps at Waller and she has to be restrained. Hudson says he’ll take care of Waller, barring a fight between the two.
Returning to an NXT is Dijak. His surprise return was a cliffhanger from the last episode of NXT. This week Dijak has an improvement match.
Dijak defeats Dante Chen
Dijak Chen after the party your eyes. Dijak dominates the short fight and he applies a chokehold right before executing his finisher.
Dijak in a post-fight promo says the fight is an example of “harsh justice.” It was also the name of a TNA PPV. No connection, apparently. Dijak says he wants to dish up his form of justice on the NXT roster.
JD McDonagh is in the Diamond Mine dojo talking to Ivy Nile and Tatum Paxley. Julius and Brutus Creed enter and they promise to defeat Indus Sher. McDonagh says that’s impossible. They argue about it until Creeds orders him out of the dojo. He smiles and leaves.
The Hall of Fame panel sits around a table and they begin to discuss potential participants in the Iron Survivor Challenge. This is set to music and the panel begin to voice their opinions.
Road Dogg picks Carmelo Hayes and the rest of the panel puts him over.
Alundra Blayze brings up Tony D’Angelo, but they all seem to decide he can’t come back from injury.
Sean Waltman mentions JD McDonagh and he gets put over as a creep but a bad ass at the same time.
Molly Holly name drops Joe Gacy. They talk about him being a leader.
Road Dogg circles back to mention Von Wagner. He’s a big scary guy, but he hasn’t won the big one.
Axiom is mentioned, but he is still out with an injury.
Grayson Waller is also mentioned, and he is put over heavily by the panel, even though he is a heel.
Shawn asks the panel to write down their top five and this segment to continue…
Grayson Waller defeats Duke Hudson (with Andre Chase & Thea Hail)
Waller pins Hudson after a stunner.
This reminds me of a house show match from the 80’s. There’s some gaga with Hudson pulling his hair and he gets admonished by Chase because it’s against the Chase U code of conduct.
Hudson is outside the ring as he assures Chase that he can stop the match anytime he wants. Hudson then gets back in the ring and he takes a stunner from Waller. Hudson takes the fall and Wallers wins.
McKenzie Mitchell shows why she might be the best backstage interviewer since Mean Gene. In a sketch with Javier Bernal, he pitches the idea for his own merch line. He has a “Big Body Javi” baseball bat. There is an Aaron Judge joke where Bernal calls his “Adam Judge”.
Referring to himself in the third person, Bernal whips up a pillow and cologne. Mitchell chokes on the scent of cologne, saying it smells like rotten eggs. She walks off camera in disgust. In walks Axiom to set up a fight with Bernal. Mitchell comes back with his nose and appears to indicate the match is official. Mitchell carries this sketch on his back. She is fantastic in her role.
Kiana James defeats Fallon Henley
James founds Henley after the 401k finisher.
The match starts right before the show goes to commercial. They battle through the break, with James warming up to Henley. James continues to work with one arm.
Henley eventually makes a comeback, but she sells her arm. Cat and mouse with Henley chasing James around the ring. James grabs her purse and she tosses it to Henley. Although Henley tosses the purse aside, it causes a distraction.
A distracted Henley soon gets a flatliner called “The 401k.” James then covers Henley for a pinfall.
Malik Blade is backstage clutching his late father’s sweater. Von Wagner tore it off the Blade last week. Blade clutches the tattered sweater while Odyssey Jones and Edris Enofe cover advice and a pep talk. Blade vows to fight this battle on his own. Blade will face Wagner in a match later tonight.
Back to the Hall of Fame panel discussing the Iron Survivor Challenge. The conversations have shifted to the women’s match.
Alundra Blayze first raises Roxanne Perez. These are some jokes about when the panel was young.
Road Dogg mentions Zoey Stark and he strongly puts her over the panel.
Molly Holly is raising Indi Hartwell, but they question whether she is missing something.
Sean Waltman talks about Cora Jade. She’s a heel, but the panel recognizes her accomplishments.
Road Dogg says Fallon Henley is a dark horse in the fight.
Also featured are Fallon Henley and Alba Fyre.
As before, Shawn asks the panel to write down their top five picks.
Cora Jade mocks Wendy Choo on TikTok.
A vignette teases Lyra Valkyria’s debut.
Kayden Carter, Katana Chance & Nikkita Lyons vs. Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolan) to be continued
The battle never starts because of an ambush. Zoey Stark in a sneak attack jumps Nikkita Lyons before the match. Lyons sells her knee and she is helped to the backstage area as the show goes to a commercial break.
The trio match will take place later in the show in the main event.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Elektra Lopez and Lopez promises to defeat Indi Hartwell in an upcoming match.
Axiom defeat Javier Bernal
Axiom wins in his return match after injury. Axiom founded Bernal after Sweet Chin Music.
This is the best match of the show so far, which isn’t saying much. The match itself is still pretty good.
The match begins shortly before the show goes into a split-screen commercial break, just like during a women’s match earlier in the show. It’s a bit annoying.
Nikkita Lyons is cleared to wrestle later tonight.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews NXT Tag Team Champions Pretty Deadly. They have a Christmas story to tell next week.
Apollo Crews is back at the dining room writing in his journal. NXT Champion Bron Breaker suddenly joins him at a table and they banter back and forth. This seems like an odd way to build a title match, but they continue to banter at the diner while drinking coffee. They meet again in a title match at Deadline.
Julius Creed defeats JD McDonagh via disqualification
This was a good hard-hitting match until it comes to a lame end. McDonagh is DQ’d for using a chair when he actually hits Sanga with a chair. Indus Sher had come to ringside to scout Creed and Sanga takes a chair shot instead of Creed.
The second half of this show has far better wrestling matches than the first half of the episode, despite the ending in this match.
They fight through a commercial break. Indus Sher walks to ringside after the show returns from break.
The fights spill outside the ring on the floor as McDonagh works a leg. McDonagh grabs a chair and he goes to swing it at Creed. Sanga rushes in and she pushes Creed out of the way. Sanga takes the chair shot which infuriates him.
As the referee calls for a disqualification, McDonagh begs off Sanga. McDonagh bumps into Veer and he asks for something more.
Veer & Sanga yell at the Creeds that they want them hundred percent for their match.
Alba Fyre cuts a promo on Isla Dawn in a vignette.
Dijak is met in the parking lot by Tony D’Angelo and Stacks. D’Angelo returns to the ring next week on NXT. Something is building between Dijak and D’Angelo and it relates to NXT North American Champion Wes Lee.
Von Wagner (with Mr. Stone) defeats Malik Blade
Wagner pins blade after blade gets an attitude adjustment. Stone is back with Wagner, despite miscommunication between them in a recent match.
Blade shows a lot of fire and he gets very offended. Wagner is still a monster. Blade goes for a splash and Wagner gets his knees up. Wagner then executes his finisher and he covers Blade for a pinfall.
Wagner attacks Blade after the match and Edris Enofe runs down to make the save. Wagner hits him as Odyssey Jones runs in. Wagner escapes as Jones runs down to make the save. This seems to set up a battle between Wagner and Jones.
Shawn Michaels announces the contestants for the Iron Survivor Challenge at Deadline. They are as follows:
The five men include Carmelo Hayes, JD McDonagh, Grayson Waller, Joe Gacy and a fifth entrant to be determined in a “wild card match” next week on NXT. The wild card match is really a triple threat match with Von Wagner vs. Axiom vs. Other Chase.
The five women are Zoey Stark, Cora Jade, Roxanne Perez, Kiana James and a fifth contestant to be determined in another “wild card” next Tuesday. The wild card match is a triple threat with Wendy Choo vs. Fallon Henley vs. Indi Hartwell.
Toxic Attraction (Mandy Rose, Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolan) def Kayden Carter, Katana Chance and Nikkita Lyons
Dolan pins Lyons to win the match. Lyons was on fire, but the injury angle from earlier cost Lyons the match.
Lyons has his knee taped up to sell the injury angle from earlier in the show.
The babyface trio run amok for the first part of the match until Carter is cut off and worked over. Hot tag to Chance and she starts running wild. The chance is also cut off.
Everyone gets involved before a double down in the ring. After another double down, they build to Lyons tagging in. Lyons is cleaning house despite her suspected knee injury.
In the closing moments, Lyons goes for a roundhouse kick, but Lyon’s knee buckles. Jayne and Dolan then deliver a high/low attack and Dolan hooks a leg to cover Lyons for a pinfall.