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- Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai; Shayna wins, via referee stoppage.
- Kassius Ohno VS Raul Mendoza; Ohno wins.
- Lars Sullivan VS Lio Rush; Sullivan wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era VS SAnitY; canceled.
- NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & Aleister Black; The Undisputed Era wins and retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
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“Welcome to 2018, boys and girls.”
The is the Year of the Undisputed Era. They closed 2017 “in style” by obtaining the NXT Tag Team Championships, but as far as Bobby Fish is concerned, they’re just getting started. The Undisputed Era will show the world why they’re the “baddest team on the planet.” The Era of the Undisputed shall dominate 2018, starting with tonight’s NXT Tag Team Championship rematch. Kyle O’Reilly promises SAnitY will be dealt with “once and for all.” As for “yours truly”, Adam Cole, he promises to end anyone who gets in the way of him become the NXT Champion. Ca the Undisputed Era solidify their legacy’s beginning here in NXT?
Shayna Baszler VS Dakota Kai!
The Queen of Spades and one-fourth of the MMA Four Horsewomen finally makes her in-ring debut in NXT! She’s already made an impact after she blindsided the woman who defeated her in the Mae Young Classic, Kairi Sane, and then went a little too far with Performance Center trainee, Jessie Jay. If that’s what she’s done before this in-ring debut, what will she do to her opponent here tonight?
Dakota Kai herself competed in the MYC, but didn’t get as far. Can the Captain of Team Kick avenge Jessie Jay while ruining Shayna’s debut?
The bell rings, the two circle, fans know “Shayna’s gonna kill~ you.” Shayna backs Dakota to a corner and doesn’t break until 4. Even when she does let Dakota go, Shayna trips her with a swift leg sweep. Dakota gets up and shoves Shayna, then gets around for a waistlock. The Submission Magician breaks free and uses a Japanese arm-drag to bring Dakota to the mat, then wrenches that arm in a modified hammerlock. Dakota resists but Shayna still wrenches that wrist and elbow around all sorts of ways. Shayna drags Dakota up, and serves that shoulder some Sole Food.
Dakota scrambles to ropes, but Shayna doesn’t care, she kicks Dakota right in the ribs. Shayna stalks Dakota, and stands on that bad hand to grind it into the mat. Then she stomps right on the elbow!
Dakota screams and writhes in pain, Shayna just grins. The referee keeps her back while he checks on Dakota. Fans boo and jeer, but Shayna embraces the heat as this match ends in a Referee Stoppage! Shayna raises her own hand in victory while the ref calls for medics.
And she’s not done with Dakota, either! She puts on the Kirafuda rear-naked choke just because!
Dakota fades into unconsciousness, and the referees cannot pry Shayna off her. Ember Moon appears to make the save!
Shayna lets go, laughing and grinning as she signals to Ember that she’s coming for the belt. Ember first checks on Dakota Kai, then turns her attention to Shayna. The referee manages to keep them apart, and Shayna is taking her leave anyway. If the Queen of Spades was this merciless in a debut, what will she do to become NXT Women’s Champion?
The Authors of Pain speak.
The AoP, “the most brutal force in NXT”, are coming for SAnitY and the Undisputed Era. It doesn’t matter who, where or when, whoever holds the NXT Tag Team Championships “will suffer”.
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler.
It looks like Shayna broke Dakota’s arm, then continued to attack her after the match was stopped. Why? GM William Regal came in to change this from interview to a meeting with the boss. Shayna knows Regal’s resume, so he knows the game she’s playing. Ambushes, injuring other wrestlers, those tactics won’t get her a championship match. Is that all he has to say? Shayna leaves, will Regal’s message be ignored?
Kassius Ohno VS Raul Mendoza!
The Knockout Artist is looking for a way back to the NXT Championship picture, but the Cruiserweight Classic competitor is still looking for his breakout moment. Which man will get a step closer to what they want here tonight?
The fans are strongly behind Ohno as the bell rings. The two circle, and shake hands respectfully. They tie up, Mendoza gets behind with a waistlock to headlock, but Ohno just stands up tall to lift Mendoza off the ground. Mendoza brings Ohno back down so both men can touch the ground, but Ohno powers him back up. Mendoza sunset flips, TWO, Ohno gets the high stack but Mendoza rolls through to sit for a pin, but then Ohno counters that with a roll. ONE, Mendoza runs in but Ohno trips him up for another cover, ONE. Ohno throws Mendoza to a corner, Mendoza hops up and over to the apron. Mendoza shoulders into Ohno’s stomach, then climbs up top. Ohno yanks him down, but Mendoza makes that into a swinging headscissors!
Oklahoma roll, TWO! Mendoza goes after Ohno with kicks, but Ohno blocks one to flip Mendoza, then boots him right into another corner! Fans fire up as Ohno stalks Mendoza. He drags Mendoza up, and gives him a sharp chop in the corner. Fans want “One more time!” so Ohno gives Mendoza a stiff elbow strike. Cover, TWO, but Ohno is not frustrated. He toys with Mendoza, then drags him up into a Gory Special!
Mendoza endures the stretch, and pops out! Victory roll, TWO, and Ohno is right on Mendoza with a flipping knee smash. Back senton added on, cover, TWO. Ohno looks a bit annoyed, but the fans are cheering him on. He yanks Mendoza up but Mendoza lands on his feet to arm-drag Ohno away. Mendoza gives Ohno a big forearm, Ohno responds with a chop. Ohno whips Mendoza, Mendoza slips to the apron and kicks Ohno away. Springboard flying arm-drag! Mendoza gets running, springboard enziguri!
Cover, TWO! Mendoza is shocked by how close he got. The fans rally for Ohno, who pops Mendoza up onto his shoulders, for an electric chair hotshot and then a boot! Ohno gets running, and leaps for the High Tension elbow!
Ohno wins! Mendoza’s moment will have to wait. Can Ohno’s NXT Championship dream still come true?
NXT Paparazzi interviewed Zelina Vega.
Andrade Almas and Vega are “more on the same page now than we’ve ever been before.” He understands now that while it takes a lot of work to become champion, it also takes a lot of work to stay champion. Vega vows that Almas will stay champion through TakeOver: Philadelphia.
They ask Vega about Johnny Gargano earning the right to challenge Almas, what are her thoughts? “Earned”? Is that what he did? No, Gargano got lucky. He is no fighter, he is an opportunist. Gargano let three other men beat the hell out of each other and then took advantage. Does that sound like a champion? Almas has beaten Gargano twice already, Philadelphia will be no different. Plus, in DIY, it was his tag team partner who was successful, not Gargano. Just like Cinderella stories and fairy tales, “Johnny Wrestling” is not real. But the reality is Andrade “Cien” Almas.
As Vega said, Almas beat Gargano twice before, but what will it take to win this third time? Vega would not be this successful if she gave secrets away. She will never give away her secrets, but she promises Almas is more prepared than ever. Almas will make sure Gargano understands there is no getting around him. Vega is confident, Almas is confident, but can Gargano shock them both?
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
How is the #1 contender feeling this close to his TakeOver NXT Championship match? Winning that right in a Fatal 4 Way, when no one thought he would, “words can’t describe”. However, the Velveteen Dream appears!
“Say it.” Say what? Say “thank you”, for not being in the NXT Championship Contender Series. Gargano got lucky by beating “a guy” named Kassius Ohno; and he says “guy” because Ohno does NOT look like a superstar. And then it took Gargano 20 minutes to do it? Velveteen could’ve put Ohno away 30 seconds tops. They all know it. Gargano was also lucky to have pinned Aleister Black, which shouldn’t have happened. They all know it. And Gargano won’t beat Almas for the title. They all know it. Oh, and Gargano didn’t earn Velveteen Dream’s spot. Velveteen deserves his spot. They all know it. Will these mind-games affect Gargano this close to TakeOver?
The Street Profits bring Street Talk backstage to NXT.
As great as they feel, both Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford feel they need to “step the gold game up.”
Speaking of gold, they can just go right into William Regal’s office. Wait, no, they can’t just barge in, they’re better than that. They must have manners. They knock on his door, enter inside, and say hello. The Profits compliment him on his suit, and politely decline water bottles. Dawkins & Ford have been thinking that, given how they promised to bring “the gold to the streets” in 2018, and given how they’re undefeated as a team… When are the Street Profits getting their shot? Regal tells them that yes, they are undefeated, and they do need to start 2018 with a bang. Next week on NXT, they will compete in an NXT Tag Team Championship #1 contender’s match. It will be The Street Profits VS… The Authors of Pain. The Street Profits like the sound of that. They fire up with Regal, and promise not to disappoint. “Street Talk: we out!”
Lars Sullivan VS Lio Rush!
The Man of the Hour is back on NXT TV, but does he have a chance against the Leviathan?
The bell rings, Lio barely avoids Lars rushing in. Lars swings but Lio dodges, Lio kicks but Lars blocks. Lio slaps Lars, then evades his wrath, a big grin on his face. They cat ‘n’ mouse, Lio hits Lars with a handspring heel kick! But, Lars doesn’t fall! Lio keeps going, Lars grabs him with one hand and yanks him against the ropes. Lars gets in the ring while Lio gasps for air. Lars whips Lio corner to corner HARD!
The Leviathan roars as Lio crumples to the floor. He rushes in, Lio manages to jump up and over! Fans rally for Lio but Lars is upon him, and barrels him into a corner. Lio dodges again, Lars goes into the post! Lio runs, but gets clobbered with a clothesline! Lars drags Lio up, for the Freak Accident!
Lars wins! Lio shouldn’t feel too bad for losing, no one has slowed the Leviathan down. Though, will Lio feel much of anything after such domination?
Lars Sullivan takes to the mic.
“I faced opponent after opponent, sometimes two at once, and they’ve all fallen by my hands.” Lars keeps thinking back to that Fatal 4 Way, when he “dealt with a force” he’d never felt before. And he liked it. “Because it’s a force that I want to destroy!” The Leviathan calls out Killian Dain! When behemoths collide, who will survive? Not Lio! Lars hauls his limp body up to the top rope, for a SUPER FREAK ACCIDENT!
Lars Sullivan’s love of destruction will not be satisfied until he faces the Beast of Belfast. Who will come out the superior monster in NXT?
BREAKING: A Backstage Brawl Between SAnitY & Undisputed Era!
Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish put out Eric Young using the walls and spare fencing, Adam Cole clobbers Dain with a lead pipe! Alexander Wolfe has also been decimated nearby. “We make the rules, you follow the rules!” With SAnitY out, is the NXT Tag Team Championship match canceled?
NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era VS SAnitY!
After laying out their opponents, is there even a need for the duo known as reDRagon to come out here? O’Reilly, Fish and “Adam Cole, BAYBAY” took care of Young, Wolfe & Dain, there is no one to challenge for the NXT Tag Team Championships now. The UE take to the mic with mix reactions from the fans. “Hey, Champs, I kinda got a weird feeling that maybe we’re missing something right now.” Yeah, where is SAnitY? Bobby, weren’t they supposed to challenge for the titles? Maybe SAnitY forgot. No, they “kicked the chaos” out of them! And will do so to any team that thinks they– Speaking of chaos, Nikki Cross is rabid on the stage!
The UE taunt her and her fury as referees drag her away. Cole has a good laugh, even as Cross gets a second wind. The fans want her to get her hands on Cole and his team, but it doesn’t happen. “Now, before I was so rudely int”– another interruption from NXT GM, William Regal!
Regal will make Fish & O’Reilly defend those titles tonight. And Roderick Strong appears to add on. “I’ll fight these guys.”
In fact, Strong can go find a partner. He won’t have to, a partner finds him! It’s ALEISTER BLACK!
The Embodiment of the End has his own grudge against the Undisputed Era, and the fans are fired up to see him. Black volunteers to join the fight! He and Strong rush the ring, and brawl with reDRagon!
Strong gets O’Reilly out of the ring, Aleister kicks Fish out. The Undisputed Era regroups on the outside while this chaos calms down over a commercial break.
NXT Tag Team Championship: The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & Aleister Black!
NXT returns and the bell rings, with O’Reilly and Aleister starting for their teams. The two circle, Fish tries to swipe at Aleister. Aleister scares him off, but is still able to thwart Kyle’s sneak attack. Aleister kicks Kyle towards his corner, but Fish comes in and takes a back elbow. O’Reilly tries to counter attack but Aleister unleashes a strike fest! Cover, ONE, Aleister is back on Kyle right away. Kyle gets out and regroups with Fish, Strong comes in to wreck Fish with a wrecking ball dropkick!
Strong then feeds Kyle back into the ring, Aleister sweeps the legs! Oklahoma Roll, TWO, but Aleister brings Kyle down with an arm-drag. He puts on an armbar, Kyle endures the wrench. Tag to Strong, Strong and Aleister double whip Kyle, Kyle runs into Strong’s calf kick! Cover, TWO, but Strong stays on Kyle. Fans cheer on Roddy as he whips Kyle into the corner and gives him a stiff chop. Strong lifts Kyle up, and gives him a pendulum backbreaker, TWO! Strong keeps on Kyle with a half-clutch stretch. Kyle crawls around and works his way to his feet. Strong gives him a knee, then tags Aleister back in. Aleister whips Kyle, Kyle grabs ropes then dumps Aleister to the apron. Aleister knocks Kyle away, but that gives Fish an opening to sweep the legs, and Aleister crashes onto the apron edge!
Fans boo while Aleister slumps to the floor. Strong protests but reDRagon is back in control as we go to break.
NXT returns again, and fans rally for Aleister while Fish tags in Kyle. Kyle unloads strikes on Aleister until the referee backs him off. Tag back to Fish, and reDRagon mugs Aleister in their corner. Tag back to Kyle, he sweeps the leg then puts on a leg lock. Fish tags in, to then slingshot senton in!
Cover, TWO! Fish keeps focus as he brings Aleister up and unloads body shots. Tag to Kyle, Aleister fights back. Kyle takes him down and unloads palm strikes. Fans boo and jeer while Kyle taunts Strong. Kyle brings Aleister up and puts him in the reDRagon corner. Tag to Fish, then a cheap shot to Strong, Kyle runs in for a forearm smash, Fish follows up for a knee smash, then Kyle comes back around for the running roundhouse. Kyle feeds Aleister to Fish, Fish gives Aleister an exploder! Cover, Strong breaks the pin. Strong coaches Aleister up and fans rally, but Fish puts Aleister in a chinlock. Aleister feeds off the fans’ energy, and fights out of the hold. Fish clubs him and whips him, but Aleister sunset flips over, TWO! They get to opposite ends, Fish walks over but Aleister gives him a knee strike right to the head. The fans rally again, Aleister and Fish crawl for their corners, hot tags to Kyle and Strong! Strong rallies, corner Shining Wizard for Fish and a flurry of strikes for Kyle! He whips and dropkicks Kyle, then fires up! Strong bumps Kyle off Fish, chops Kyle, repeat! Another whip, but Kyle reverses, only to end up in a half-nelson backbreaker!
Fish returns, Strong throws him overhead and onto Kyle!
Strong is all fired up, as are the fans! He runs in at Kyle, corner Shining Wizard and running slam! Fish breaks the cover, then knocks Aleister back off the apron. Strong throws Fish out, but Kyle gets him with a low kick. Kyle hits the Axe, but Strong hits the Smash with that knee strike! Both men down, the fans are fired up. Fish is furious, but then Aleister blasts him into the steel steps with a boot!
The Dutch Destroyer isn’t done there. He puts Fish in the ring, but then Cole appears and attacks Aleister!
However, Aleister stays standing. He scares Cole back with a glare, then pursues up into the bleachers.
Cole asks Aleister calm down, even as Cole backpedals and Aleister stomps his way up the steps. However, without someone watching Strong’s back, reDRagon hits TOTAL ELIMINATION!
The Undisputed Era win and retain! Fish & O’Reilly are ecstatic, Aleister is flabbergasted!
Aleister will not stand for this, he storms down back to the ring. He strikes Fish with a roundhouse and then clobbers Kyle with one. Cole returns to throw Aleister right into a post! Cole has reDRagon drag Aleister out and add on knees before Cole gives Aleister right hands. “You’ll never be us! You’ll never beat us!” He then backs up and gives a bicycle boot right to Aleister’s face! Then, Cole mocks Aleister by lifting him up with his foot, and feeds him to TOTAL ELIMINATION!
The fans boo and jeer the Undisputed Era, but they don’t care. Cole has Kyle prepare something even worse. Kyle goes out, and grabs a chair. Fish drags Aleister up while Cole takes that chair and sets it up. Fish feeds Aleister to Cole’s fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi to the chair!
The referee calls in help while Cole asks Aleister, “Have we made it clear?!” The Undisputed Era stands over Aleister and poses with the belts.
Fans continue to boo and jeer as the Undisputed Era sees themselves out. However, William Regal meets them at the stage.
“Philadelphia has an extreme history.” Regal tells Adam Cole that he’ll be facing Aleister Black at TakeOver: Philadelphia, in an Extreme Rules match!! Cole glares at Regal, but then he backs off, and grins. He already gave Aleister a taste tonight, will he finish the Embodiment of the End in the City of Brotherly Love?
This was a great night, and almost a full hour! I was shocked to see Shayna win from referee stoppage, but that actually goes a long way towards her character. She could be like the Samoa Joe of the Women’s Division with her lack of remorse, and I kinda felt bad for Dakota Kai being her victim. Dakota already hasn’t been used all that much in NXT, and now she’ll be kayfabe injured and off TV again. As for Shayna, she is coming out as a front-runner for Ember Moon’s #1 contender, despite what Regal said. And if Ember VS Shayna happens, it will make complete sense if Shayna takes that title from Ember the first try. Ohno-Mendoza was a great, competitive match (though it was technically filler) and builds Mendoza up a bit in the mid-card. Both men are just waiting for something, I’d think Ohno will go to main roster finally via the Royal Rumble. Mendoza can then rise up in a story similar to Tye Dillinger or Johnny Gargano, winning over fans over time and being a workhorse to help elevate others.
It was great to see Lio Rush back on NXT TV, too bad for him it was against Lars Sullivan. Lars-Lio was still a great match, like a not-squash squash match. Lars calling out Big Damo is great, their match is going to be great, and the winner will look exponentially stronger for it. The NXT Tag Team Championship #1 contender’s match of AoP VS Street Profits is going to be fun, and both teams did great promo work tonight. While the AoP is heavily favored, I anticipate the Street Profits surprising us. This will, at the very least, give the AoP their way out onto the main roster. The Undisputed Era attacking SAnitY to weasel their way out of the title defense was a nice surprise, and then the last-minute slapdash team of Strong & Black was incredible. Of course, Undisputed Era was going to retain, they need to lose those belts to an established tag team, but it was a masterful way of building to it. Cole-Black in Extreme Rules is going to be insane, but I can’t see them using it as a way to end Aleister’s singles undefeated streak, that’d just be cheap. It will also be the first time Aleister gets extreme in WWE/NXT, I want to see what he’s capable of.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT UK rolls on with just one hour a week now, but still with plenty of action! Will the Bruiserweight have something to say about WALTER showing up?
- Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin; Samuels wins.
- Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed; Dennis wins.
- Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Double Count-Out.
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NXT UK took over Blackpool!
But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?
Pete Dunne heads to the ring!
The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.
Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?
Sid Scala makes an announcement.
The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!
The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?
The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.
She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?
Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!
The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?
The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.
Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!
Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?
Johnny Saint makes an announcement!
The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?
Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?
Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.
Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!
Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!
Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!
Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.
Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?
A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.
Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.
Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?
- Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
- Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.
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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!
It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?
Aiden English joins commentary!
The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!
Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!
The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?
The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.
Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.
Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.
Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.
Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?
Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.
Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?
The Lucha House Party speak.
Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?
Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!
The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?
Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!
But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!
Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.
Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!
All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!
Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!
But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!
Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?
A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.
Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.
My Score: 8.2/10