This review of NJPW: Honor Rising will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
Therefore, all images are courtesy of AXS TV.
- 6 Man Tag: The Bullet Club’s “Hung Bucks” VS Chaos’ Jay White, Yoshi-Hashi & Chuck Taylor; Bullet Club wins.
- The Golden Lovers VS Cody & Marty Scurll; The Golden Lovers win.
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AXS TV and NJPW review what led to tonight’s main event.
The Bullet Club has been torn at the seams! The Cleaner lost the IWGP United States Championship to the Switchblade, and an argument ensued. Kenny then lost his cool and shoved the Young Bucks, but the American Nightmare escalated it by attacking Kenny. Cody would’ve went even further, but an old friend in Kota Ibushi came to the rescue! Tonight marks a #GoldenReunion, can Omega & Ibushi continue where they left off and defeat Cody and the Bullet Club’s Villain, Marty Scurll?
At the same time, the Problem Solver, Adam Page, already stakes a claim to the IWGP US Championship. Jay White welcomes the challenge, but for now they’ll ally with fellow Bullet Club and Chaos members to wage war! Will the Hangman string up the Switchblade? Or will he be cut down short of a title opportunity?
6 Man Tag: The Bullet Club’s “Hung Bucks” VS Chaos’ Jay White, Yoshi-Hashi & Chuck Taylor!
No time to waste as the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions take on the Switchblade, the Head Hunter and the Kentucky Gentleman. Chuckie T and Nick Jackson start, and already hear the fans dueling for them both.
Nick and Chuckie circle and tie up, then back off, but Chuckie gets the takedown. He runs and things speed up, Chuckie acrobatically arm-drags Nick. Nick chops back and returns the favor with even more acrobatics to arm-drag Chuckie. Nick tags in Matt, and the Bucks both whip Chuckie to ropes. They kick, Nick runs and alley-oop for the missile dropkick. Chuckie ends up outside of the ring, and the Bucks dare Chuckie to come back in. He does, but tags out to Jay White. White takes his time to enter, so Hangman Page tags in to meet him. The Switchblade and Problem Solver start brawling with forearms back and forth!
White gets the edge but Page rakes the eyes. He whips White but White ducks to run Page over. White chops Page to a corner, then gives chops and forearms. Page turns things around but White dodges to chop him more. White rains down rights, then whips Page corner to corner but Page reverses. Page runs in but White dodges, so White chops him again and again. Page shoves White away but White keeps chopping. White whips Page but Page reverses and kicks, only to run into a stiff dropkick! White drags Page up and Chuckie T tags in. Chuckie whips and dropkicks Page, then covers, ONE. Chuckie keeps his cool as he brings Page up and over. Yoshi-Hashi tags in, and clubs on Page’s back. Hashi suplexes Page up and over, then covers, TWO.
Hashi stomps Page, then tags White back in. They whip Page corner to corner but Page fires out to run Hashi over. Page lifts White, then dumps him and uses Hashi for the Dropsault! Hashi stumbles all the way out of the ring and to the floor. Nick runs in and triangle dropkicks Chuckie down, Matt adds on a wrecking ball dropkick to send Chuckie into barriers. The Hung Bucks control the ring and start up a “The! Elite! The the Elite!” chant. Page brings White up and chops him back down, then covers, ONE. He stays on White but White fights back, so Page clobbers him down. Page tags in Nick and Nick tags in Matt, the Bucks double whip and kick White. Nick sweeps the legs, Matt hits a low dropkick, then Page returns for the standing Shooting Star!
Matt covers, ONE, but he keeps on White with a chinlock. White endures, working to find a way out. He stands up as the fans rally, and fights back, but Matt clubs him back down. Matt brings White up and suplexes, but White resists, slips around and DDT’s Matt! Both men are down, reaching and crawling for their corners. The fans rally while White tags Hashi and Matt tags in Page. Hashi rallies but Pgae slips out of the scoop. Page runs, but Hashi dodges to hit the running blockbuster!
Nick comes back in to kick Hashi, then runs but Hashi flapjacks him onto the top rope. Hashi runs to dropkick Nick in the ass! Nick tumbles out to the floor, Hashi hits Page with a running chop in the corner. He suplexes Page and hangs him up, then runs to dropkick his back. Page falls to the mat, Hashi covers, TWO. The fans rally while Hashi drags Page up. Hashi tries to lift but Page resists. Page slips out and chops Hashi, then whips Hashi to the ropes. Hashi holds on, then dumps Page to the apron before running. Page slingshots and hits Hashi with the Buck Shot!
The Hangman almost took the Head Hunter’s head off with that, and both men are down while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Hashi and Page hot tag to Chuckie T and Nick Jackson. Chuckie rallies with jabs and kicks, but Matt comes in to kick Chuckie back. Nick runs and Matt alley-oops but Chuckie ducks under. Chuckie throws Matt out, Nick swings but Chuckie catches him into the Half Crab! Matt returns but Chuckie is ready, and puts Matt in a Half Crab now. Nick returns and roundhouses Chuckie, then regroups with Matt. Hashi returns, Nick catches him with the back elbow, then Nick spins to roundhouse Chuckie again. Matt puts Chuckie in a corner while Nick goes to Hashi in the opposite. The Bucks whip Hashi and Chuckie at each other, but they get the reverse. The Bucks do-si-do, for SUPERKICKS!
Fans cheer while Matt grabs Chuckie and with Nick’s help, hits Sliced Bread. Nick adds the Shining Wizard, then covers. TWO, but the Bullet Club gets the fans rallying. Nick tags Page but they all regroup. Matt runs in at Chuckie but Chuckie hops up and over. Nick runs in but Chuckie throws him overhead and onto Matt! Page runs in but Chuckie turns him around for Sole Food! Chuckie tags in White, and White chops Page. He chops and chops then whips but Page reverses. Things speed up, White runs Page over with a back elbow. Matt returns but White throws him with a saido suplex. Nick returns and fights with elbows, but still ends up thrown with a saido suplex! White runs at Page for a running European Uppercut, then turns Page for a half-hatch suplex into buckles! Cover, TWO, but White keeps focus as the fans chant.
White drags Page up again, but Page resists the Fisherman. White chops him but Page slips out the second try. Another chop sends Page to a corner, but Page boots White away. Page runs out and slips through White’s counter, to lift White up and throw him for the buckle-boot bomb! Nick clears Chuckie out of the way while Page covers, TWO! The Bucks coach Page up, and he brings White into the Rite of Passage position. Nick and Matt climb up, but Chuckie and Hashi trip them up! White rolls Page into a high stack, TWO, and Page rocks White with a roaring elbow. White runs at Chuckie, but into the jumping knee. Nick hits the corner Shining Wizard, but Chuckie feeds him to Hashi’s lariat!
Hashi drags Nick up and suplexes into the neckbreaker, but Matt SUPERKICKS Hashi before he can finish. Matt handsprings and headscissors Chuckie for Nick’s dropkick! The Bucks aim at Chuckie and Hashi and hit double slingshot planchas!
White and Page return into the ring, and Page takes off the elbow pad. He takes aim at White, slingshots but White catches the Buck Shot into a Complete Shot! Then the deadlift for a German Suplex! White calls for it, drags Page up in position, but the Bucks SUPERKICK White! Page lifts White now, Rite of Passage!
Cover, The Hung Bucks win!
Winners: The Bullet Club (Hangman Page & The Young Bucks)
Page pins the IWGP United States Champion in this Six Man match, but it’ll be very different when things are 1v1. Can Hangman grab hold of his first singles title when it’s just him and the Switchblade?
But wait, Hangman grabs a chair!
He takes the chair of one of the front row fans, and brings it into the ring. Page attacks Chuckie and Hashi, but the Bucks won’t let him go after White. They tell Page winning was enough. The trio low-five, but then Page demands he still be given a chair? Page puts the chair down, and lifts White up, Rite of Passage onto the chair!
The Problem Solver sends his message to the IWGP US Champion. If this is how far he’ll go to issue the challenge, how far will Hangman go to make the title his?
Backstage interview with Hangman Page.
“You got questions?” No questions for him? Because he had 1000 questions for everyone else before. Here’s a question: What the Hell is going on? Page dropped Jay White on his head on a chair, and stood over him with the IWGP US Championship. No matter how hard White hits Page, Page wants that title more than White has wanted anything in his entire life! Whenever Page’s shot is, he knows that after what he did, it’ll be soon. Still no questions? Then the reporters are useless.
Jay White responds.
“Page, I see you. I see you, Page.” A simple message of acknowledgement, but will it lead to a brutal battle of revenge?
The Golden Lovers VS Cody & Marty Scurll!
While the Bullet Club slowly falls apart, the “Allied Powers” of the American Nightmare and the British Villain stick together so that the self-proclaimed “Undisputed Leader” Cody has someone to take Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi on in tag team action. If “Bullet Club is Fine”, then can Cody & Marty ruin the #GoldenReunion?
Cody tosses a chair into the ring even before the match, to which Kota takes offense. Scurll grabs Kota’s shirt from where it fell and offers it to someone in the front row, only to throw it to the far rows. Cody keeps throwing chairs in the ring, to which fans boo. Things calm down, but Scurll asks if Omega is with Bullet Club or with Kota. Omega says that’s not what this is about. Scurll knows, he’s not picking sides, but it just seems that Omega has, and he’s picked Kota. Omega and Scurll continue to argue while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and this star-studded match finally begins with Kota and Cody. The fans are clearly behind in Ibushi, though. Cody doesn’t care, he spits at the fans, then tags out to Scurll. Fans “Woop Woop!” for the Villain as he flaps his wings and circles with Kota. A rally starts and the two tie up. Scurll gets Kota’s arm but Kota rolls and reverses to an arm wrench. Scurll reverses back but Kota gets another reversal, and they go move for move. Kota gets a face, Scurll reverses to the wristlock but Kota reverses back. Scurll rolls and spins, then whips but Kota reverses. He headstands in the corner, Kota runs in, so Scurll hops down and chops Kota in the corner.
Scurll whips Kota corner to corner but Kota reverses, Scurll turns around and slips under the boot, then ties up to double wristlock and bring Kota down by his hair. Scurll flaps his wings and fans “Woop Woop!” Things speed up, Kota dropkicks Scurll down! The fans chant for “Ibushi! Ibushi!” as he heads for Omega, but Cody rushes in to scare Omega off! Fans boo, but Cody turns around into Kota’s roundhouse! Omega hops up and tags in, and fans fire up as Cody cowers away to the barriers. Cody even demands the fans move over so he can have more room to retreat. He takes a seat from one of the fans, because while Omega is glaring at him, he’s not returning.
Omega turns around and Scurll is upon him with a European Uppercut. Scurll runs but Omega elbows him away. They both run, Omega puts Scurll on the apron, then swings but Scurll blocks and shoulders in. Scurll slingshots up and over but Omega resists the sunset flip to springboard onto Cody!
They both crash and burn in the chairs, and fans fire up, chanting for “Kenny! Kenny!” Omega clobbers away on Cody but Cody throws him into the barriers. Cody brings Omega up, Scurll gives Omega an apron mule kick. Scurll flaps his wings while Cody continues on Kenny with clubbing forearms. Cody feeds Omega to Scurll for a clothesline, then Scurll holds Omega for Cody as he tags in. Cody kicks Omega in the ribs, then punches him in the corner. He kicks Omega while he’s down, and gives a headlock punch. Cody cartwheels over and blows a kiss to Kota, but turns around into Omega’s chop! Cody kicks back and brings Omega to a corner, but Omega blocks the buckle bump to give Cody one.
Omega goes corner to corner for another buckle bump, and Cody rolls on the mat. Cody begs for mercy, but fans boo, not trusting him. Omega doesn’t, either, he kicks and stomps Cody out. Scurll protests, but it doesn’t matter as Omega tags Kota! The Golden Lovers both whip Cody, double leap frog leads to the roundhouse kick and the leap frog bulldog! Kota takes Scurll out, then Cody ends up outside the ring. Fans sense what’s coming as Omega and Kota go to corners. They call for it, and run crisscross, but the Cross Slash is tripped up. Scurll puts Omega into barriers but Kota counters and shoves Cody instead. Kota drags Cody up and in, but Scurll anchors Kota’s foot. Kota kicks him away, but Cody pounces with a kick on reentry! Scurll returns, they double kick Kota, and then Cody hits the Complete Shot!
They don’t let up, as Scurll drags Kota back out of the ring. He holds Kota while Cody gets moving. Cody takes aim, and jumps across the corner for the flying clothesline on Kota!
Cody’s foot hooks the apron so it’s a bit more crash and burn for both of them, but Scurll is fired up for him. He checks on Cody, “He’s okay!” Scurll rallies the fans while Cody stands. They get Kota up and into the ring, then Scurll brings Kota up again. He rocks Kota with a EuroUpper, then Cody adds a straight right. Cody grabs the legs and stomps Kota’s stomach before stomping a hand. Kota writhes while Cody smirks at Omega. Cody drags Kota up and into a corner, tag to Scurll. Scurll gives an uppercut to Kota, then takes his time suplexing Kota. Scurll holds Kota up there for a good 15 seconds before dropping him, then stomps the hand again.
Tag to Cody, Cody taunts Omega before standing over Kota. The fans cheer for “Ibushi! Ibushi!” but Cody stomps Kota and mocks the fans. He brings Kota up, suplexes him, and holds him up for a good 10 seconds before dropping him on his face. Cody grins at Omega, then drags Kota up again. Scurll puts up a foot for the buckle bump, but Kota back suplexes Cody! Cody slips out, and triangle dropkicks Omega down, then shoves Kota to his corner. Kota uses that to knock Scurll down, then he runs corner to corner at Cody. Cody evades up and over, but Kota fakes out the spinning powerslam. Cody runs in at Kota but now Kota goes up and over, and Kota catches Cody in the spinning powerslam!
Both men are down but the fans fire up. Cody and Kota sit up, Cody crawls after Kota, but Kota tags! Omega hurries up and leaps for the crossbody! Omega knocks Scurll down, then rallies on Cody. Cody kicks low but runs into the headscissors from Omega! Cody tags Scurll, but Omega gets him in the full nelson. Scurll slips down and around to a waistlock, but Kota’s missile dropkick saves Omega! Thumbs up between them, then Omega brings Scurll up in the fireman’s carry. Omega runs around before saying, “You Can’t Escape!” Rolling senton from Omega, standing Shooting Star from Kota, then a moonsault from Omega and one from Kota! Golden Lovers cover, TWO! Scurll surprises Omega and Kota, but the fans are chanting for “Golden Lovers! Golden Lovers!”
They both come back in and bring Scurll back up, but Cody drags Kota out and into barriers, then Scurll grabs Omega’s fingers! “Shh…!” SNAP! Even Scurll feels the pain from that. Meanwhile, Cody has exposed the floor and lifts for the powerbomb, but Kota flails and safely stands on the apron. Kota goes to kick but Cody trips him up. Cody joins Kota on the apron, drags him up, but Omega saves Kota with the V-Trigger! Cody falls to the floor but Scurll returns with his umbrella! Omega dodges the sneak attack, and lifts Scurll onto his shoulders. Omega reaches up, but Scurll still smacks him with the umbrella! The referee never saw it so the match continues. Scurll grabs Omega in the dragon sleeper, and borrows Cross Rhodes!
Cover, TWO! Scurll can’t believe it, but the fans rally for “Kenny! Kenny!” Cody returns as Scurll brings Omega up onto his shoulders. Cody springboards, and it’s dropkick Doomsday Device! But Scurll only fires up more, calling for his finish. He does his spin, calls for it, and gets Omega in the Chickenwing! Kota returns but Cody gets him into the American Deathlock!
The holds are side by side, but the Golden Lovers both endure. Omega starts rolling around and gets to his feet. He lifts Scurll up with him, and sees Kota in trouble, so he backpack sentons onto Cody! Kota is freed but everyone is down while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the fans thunderous for the action. Omega and Cody stand, and brawl with heavy haymakers. Omega gets the edge but Cody kicks and drops down for the uppercut. Cody runs but into the the knee! Omega runs, Scurll gets Cody out of the way, and fakes Omega with one kick to hit the mule kick. Kota returns and gets Scurll with the Pele! Fans fire up again with Kota as he drags Scurll up. Powerbomb lift but Scurll escapes the last ride to back slide. Kota slips out but Scurll mule kicks him in the head. Scurll runs, but into the roundhouse. Kota runs, but into Scurll’s lariat! Scurll calls to Cody while fans “Woop Woop!” Scurll shovels Kota onto his shoulders while Cody takes aim, they hit another dropkick Doomsday!
But Kota lands on his feet! And hits Scurll with a Half ‘n’ Half! Omega adds on with the snap Dragon Suplex! Cody returns, swings but misses, and Kota unleashes a strike fest on him. Omega lifts Cody up, powerbomb German Suplex! Fans are thunderous again as The Golden Lovers see Scurll and Cody on the outside again. Omega and Kota catch their breaths, then get to corners. They try to figure out who goes where for a second, then call for it. They run crisscross, and hit the Cross Slash!
Cody and Scurll go down, and the fans chant for “Golden Lovers! Golden Lovers!” Omega brings Scurll in, cross-leg Fisherman neckbreaker! Kota tags in, Omega loads and “BANG”, but Cody runs in! Omega sees him coming and intercepts, but Cody still turns that around into Cross Rhodes! Kota swings a kick but Cody ducks under, and feeds him to Scurll’s mule kick. Scurll suplexes Kota up, Cody adds a SUPERKICK, and then Scurll hits the Ghostbuster!
Cover, TWO!! And Scurll can’t believe it. The fans cheer for Kota again, but Cody wants Scurll to stand Kota up. Scurll does, Cody comes over and toys with Kota while fans boo, but Kota fights out! Cody dodges, and KISSES KOTA?!
Cody steals a kiss from Kota, but it only angers Kota. Kota slaps and kicks Cody to then powerbomb him down. Scurll returns and rolls Kota, holding tights, TWO! V-Trigger from Omega! Omega gets Kota back into things before lifting Scurll on his shoulders. Omega pops Scurll off and into Kota’s kick! The Golden Lovers sit Scurll up, and together, they hit Golden Trigger!!
Cover, Golden Lovers win!
Winners: The Golden Lovers (Kenny Omega & Kota Ibushi)
Reunited and it feels so good, and so does winning. But one win does not end the Bullet Club civil war, it will take Omega and Cody fighting 1v1 to do that. Will the Cleaner still be Bullet Club leader after going against the American Nightmare alone?
Kenny Omega speaks in the ring.
In perfect Japanese, Omega says that while he said this before backstage, he wants everyone to know that “The Golden Lovers are back!” The fans love to hear that. Omega is from Canada, and ROH fans are watching, so he switches to English to say, “This has been one of the best weekends of my life.” After four years, the Golden Lovers have returned. There was a point in 2017 that Omega thought he reached the peak. But his “very first dream” is coming true. The Golden Lovers are “the best tag team in the world!” Fans also like the sound of that. Whether it’s ROH, NJPW or- Wait, the Young Bucks reappear to respond!
Omega tries to continue his statement, but Matt takes the mic from him. “No no no, we didn’t have a problem with you guys.” Obviously Omega and Ibushi are best friends, and have known each other for years. They reached out a peace offering to them in the hotel, and the Bucks accepted. But now the Bucks have a problem because Omega went on the mic to say they, the Golden Lovers, are the best tag team in the world. The Golden Lovers are NOT the best tag team in the world, THE YOUNG BUCKS ARE!! Which brings them to why they’re out here: “From this day forward”, the Young Bucks are moving up to the HEAVYWEIGHT Tag Team Division! In other words, they’ll be seeing each other around. Omega tries to work things out, but the Bucks leave before he can speak again.
Omega explains for Japanese fans, so either that’s a challenge or a joke. But the Golden Lovers will surely face the Young Bucks in the future. Omega isn’t sure how to feel about that, but thinking about it, that’s a dream match! The fans want to see that, right? The fans applaud to say yes. What is KOta’s opinion on that? “Kenny, that would definitely be an awesome match.” Kota wants it, and Omega thinks it could win another “Best Bout” award. It’s been awhile since he and Kota got one of those. “With that being said, I must bid you all ado.” The Golden Lovers wish us “Good bye and good night! BANG!” The Bullet Club civil war complicates, but one thing is sure: a dream tag match is coming! Who will win this immediate instant tag classic?
Marty Scurll knows Bullet Club is for life, but he doesn’t understand what’s going on. He doesn’t understand where he stands. Cody comes over to check on Scurll. Scurll is in no mood, and blames Cody for this turmoil. They lost, but Cody still laughs over the look on Omega’s face when Cody kissed Kota. Or as Cody insists, Kota kissed Cody. Kota wants Cody more than Omega. Scurll doesn’t laugh along, are there more cracks forming inside Bullet Club?
As for the Golden Lovers, Omega says that this is far from over. Cody is an embarrassment! He tries to manipulate people, but that’s not what Bullet Club is about. Omega thinks this is more an “ego project of a WWE reject” than anything. Then for the Young Bucks, Omega meant to talk this out. They’re his friends, like brothers to him. He’s sorry to have upset them, but he won’t run away from his beliefs. He believes the Golden Lovers are the best, but if the Bucks want to say otherwise, then they’ll have no choice but to fight. Kota takes over in Japanese to say he’s ready for the Bucks at any time. The Golden Lovers will show they are the best in the world, they want to prove it. When and where will this ultimate tag match-up happen?
Another stellar hour of action, especially with both NJPW and ROH using their business partnership to do this together. There’s good continuity in the Six Man Tag in the various stories from both promotions. The Hung Bucks go out to represent ROH as the World Six Man Tag Champions, which implies that if the Chaos trio had won, they could put themselves on the list of contenders for those titles. Instead, Page wins to make it clear it’ll be him and White for the IWGP US title while also building more of the “Bullet Club is (not) Fine” story. Page and White are both great young stars who have years ahead of them to become even greater, maybe two of the best in NJPW/ROH.
The stories compound with the Golden Lovers’ return match. There’s the story between Cody and Omega, and then that crazy kiss spot. Cody is a mad genius for using something like that as a Heel tactic, especially because there is surely controversy created. But controversy aside, the Golden Lovers obviously had to win this to keep the story going with Cody while also setting up for the next phase: Golden Lovers VS Young Bucks. We know now that it will happen at Strong Style Evolved, but this moment is still great in the present. The Bucks really have dominated the tag team world, and in NJPW, they’ve done all they can in the Junior Tag Division so it’s time to see what they can do in the Heavyweight. Starting off their Heavyweight run against Golden Lovers is going to be great for the Bucks, that match could go either way.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (3/20/19)
What is Johnny Saint’s major announcement?
NXT UK head and assistant General Managers have big news! What will Johnny Saint and Sid Scala have to say? Plus, Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
- Eddie Dennis VS Ligero; Dennis wins.
- Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt; The Hunt wins.
- Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith; Ohno wins.
- Tyler Bate VS James Drake; Bate wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT UK Head and Assistant GM’s are in the ring!
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala open the show by welcoming the fans. They have an announcement, and Scala says that there is extraordinary news. NXT UK’s Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, will defend his title on Wrestlemania Weekend at TakeOver: New York! Fans love the sound of that! Now, the decision to have Dunne defend was easy, but the question is now: Who will Dunne defend against? And as such, Pete Dunne appears in person! The WWE United Kingdom Champion brings the title to the ring as fans cheer. Dunne stands before Saint and Scala and borrows Scala’s mic. “Give me WALTER!” The Bruiserweight has spoken, and he wants after the Ring General! Saint and Scala accept discuss this, but that has to be the WWE UK Championship match! Who returns from New York the top star in NXT UK?
NXT UK Media catches up to Toni Storm.
What does the NXT UK Women’s Champion say to Jinny’s words about going after that title? Well of course Jinny would say that, because they are very different yet very similar. They both really love championship gold. But Toni has the title while Jinny just has things mommy and daddy buy her is because Toni knows how to be a champion. Toni knows the struggle and hard work. Maybe that’s what it is, maybe that’s why Jinny has problems with Toni. When Jinny faces Toni, she actually has to work hard. Toni takes her leave, but Rhea Ripley isn’t far behind.
The Mosh Pit Kid wants to say something. She heard what Xia said last week. If the little rodent wants to step to Rhea, it’ll be the same as before. “Quit your dreaming, little girl.” Will the Riptide crush both Xia and her dreams on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Eddie Dennis VS Ligero!
The ruthless Welshman returns from his “exile”, and looks to put out the light that is the Luchador of Leeds! Will Dennis snap back from losing his streak? Or will Ligero keep his momentum going on the way to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and things speed up right away! Ligero dropkicks Dennis’ bad leg then kicks away. Dennis shoves Ligero and denies the tilt-o-whirl, but misses in the corner. Ligero goes to the other side and dodges again. Ligero steps in for a stunner! Cover, TWO! Dennis flounders but fans rally behind Ligero. Ligero kicks Dennis in the chest, then runs. Dennis blocks the kick but misses the clothesline and gets Ligero’s boot! Dennis ends up on the outside, and Ligero slingshots! But Dennis catches Ligero to swing and slam him into the apron! Fans boo as Dennis shouts, “Who’s the man!?” The referee counts as Dennis drags Ligero’s dead weight into the ring. Dennis returns at 5 and stalks Ligero to a corner. He stomps and whips Ligero hard corner to corner!
Ligero writhes but fans rally up for him. Dennis grows upset hearing that and keeps on Ligero with a cravat. Dennis shouts he’ll rip Ligero’s horns off if he doesn’t quit. Ligero endures and feeds off the fans’ rally. Ligero fights back with body shots but Dennis knees him back. Dennis whips Ligero hard into a corner and Ligero falls back. Cover, TWO! Dennis grows frustrated, and whips Ligero again to run him over with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Ligero still lives and Dennis is livid. Dennis grounds ‘n’ pounds with forearms from both sides. Fans build to another rally for Ligero, which only frustrates Dennis more. Dennis drags Ligero up and forearms him in the back. The ref reprimands him for using the tights, but Dennis keeps on Ligero with stomps. Fans boo as Dennis grinds his foot into Ligero’s back.
Ligero crawls to a corner but Dennis is on him with a heavy forearm! The ref checks on Ligero but Ligero is still okay. Dennis goes to whip but Ligero holds onto the ropes. Ligero breaks free and boots Dennis back. Ligero dodges then wheelbarrows to a jawbreaker! Dennis staggers but elbows Ligero back. Dennis drags Ligero up, but Ligero escapes Severn Bridge! Ligero also escapes the sunset flip to buzzsaw Dennis down! Dennis bails out and Ligero slingshots again for the flying huricanrana! Both men are hurting from the fall but Ligero gets Dennis up and in. Ligero drags himself up at 4 to springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Dennis lives but Ligero also checks his ankle.
Ligero gets himself to a corner and to the top rope. Ligero leaps but has to roll through as Dennis dodges. Dennis dodges, spins Ligero around and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans boo as Dennis drags Ligero right up, but Ligero slips out. Ligero blocks and dodges and redirects Dennis into an enziguri! Fans fire up with Ligero as he springboards, but the DDT is denied! Dennis spins Ligero around but Ligero slips out, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but Ligero fires up again. Ligero drags himself to a corner and back up top. Dennis boots Ligero’s feet out! Dennis grins as he climbs up to join Ligero, and hit a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans have to cheer that because that was just impressive strength.
But Dennis isn’t done with Ligero, as he drags him up for Canadian rack, Severn Bridge! Then Dennis drags Ligero up for Next Stop! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The Headmaster returns and is victorious again. Will Dennis’ next stop be a championship opportunity?
Amir Jordan finds Kenny Williams at the UK Performance Center.
The Bhangra Badboy checks on the Luckyan. They’re on a bit of a hot streak, so how about they go for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships? Kenny doesn’t make the matches, Amir. Then how about asking Johnny Saint for a shot? Amir, why are you always asking Kenny to do things? From dancing to matches. Why doesn’t Amir do something for Kenny, and join him in training? If Amir can keep up, then maybe Kenny will talk to Saint. Amir tries and tries and finally gets a full chin and torso up! There it is! Hard work like that might just get them a tag title match. And then will Kenny dance? That’s much less likely.
Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt!
The Pretty Deadly boys are back, since they were rather impressive even in defeat. But can they survive this primal duo of the Wild Boar and the Primate?
The teams sort out and Primate starts against Stoker. They tie up and Primate brings Stoker around. Primate whips but Stoker revesres and thrwos a forearm. That only angers Primate! Primate throws Stoker overhead and clubs away! Primate tags to Boar, and The Hunt club away on Stoker’s back. Boar throws Stoker with a Fall Away Slam! Boar keeps Stoker away from Howley with a fish hook and elbows. He drags Stoker around and tags back to Primate. The Hunt lift and toss Stoker together! Boar becomes a weapon for the back senton! Fans fire up behind The Hunt as Primate gives Stoker a German Suplex! Stoker gets to Howley and tags in.
Howley is hesitant but he fires off clubbing forearms on Primate. Howley whips but Primate denies with power alone. Primate reels Howley in for a headbutt! Primate drags Howley over and tags in Boar, to then ram Boar into Howley’s gut! Boar blasts Stoker while Primate clotheslines Howley, then Boar comes back corner to corner for a cannonball! Primate tags and The Hunt combine, pop-up back suplex! Cover, The Hunt wins!
Winners: The Hunt, Primate pinning
The two “tasty dishes” were just the first course for this pair of wild animals. Who else will become prey for The Hunt?
Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith!
The Knockout Artist accused the entire NXT UK roster of just being copycats and homages to past greats, and vows to show everyone genuine British strong style. Will KO KO the Manchester Prestige? Or will Ashton “WOOP!” Ohno instead?
The bell rings on Ohno’s official NXT UK debut, and fans duel between him and “WOOP!” Ohno offers a fist bump to Ashton and Ashton takes it, which fans applaud. Ashton and Ohno circle and tie up. Ohno wrenches and arm-drags Ashton down to an armlock. Ashton works his way back up but Ohno wrenches and wristlocks. Asthon rolls and spins to get a partial drop toehold. He shifts to a facelock but Ohno slips out to get a grounded hammerlock. Ohno grabs the other arm and makes it a cover, TWO! Ashton stands but Ohno wrenches to a facelock. Ohno goes to suplex but Ashton resists. Ashton goes to fireman’s carry but Ohno is too big.
Ohno clubs Ashton hard on the back then runs, but Ashton speeds things up. Ashton hurdles and dropkicks Ohno out, then builds speed, only to run into a boot! Ashton staggers and Ohno is on him, to suplex him on the run! Cover, TWO! Ohno goes after Ashton’s arms and pulls them back. He digs his head into Ashton’s back to get leverage. Ashton feeds off the fan rally and gets up. Ashton turns and gets the fireman’s carry, but not for long. Ohno slips out and CHOPS away on Ashton. Ohno whips Ashton but Ashton walks the ropes to BOOT! But that only makes Ohno mad! Ashton fires off forearms but Ohno shoves him away. Ashton comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ohno is dazed, and Ashton manages the fireman’s! Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Ashton keeps his focus as fans “WOOP!” for him. Ashton fires off forearms then runs, but into Ohno’s boot! Ohno drops a big back senton, and then another! Ohno drags Ashton up, wrings him out, and hits the Dream Crusher discus elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius is victorious in his NXT UK transfer! But for hitting as hard as he did, Ohno still shows Ashton respect. Ohno even helps Ashton to his feet, and offers another fist bump. Ashton doesn’t take it, so Ohno knocks Ashton out with another elbow! Will Ohno show this kind of “respect” to everyone else on the roster? Travis Banks comes out to actually check on Ashton, but doesn’t let Ohno sneak up on him. Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw show Ohno what respect is really about?
Gallus discusses business.
“We’ve had a bad run of form.” They picked up wins against Webster & #Mandrews, but lose to Moustache Mountain. They picked up wins against Ashton and Ligero, but lose to Walter and Pete Dunne. Gallus needs to establish a good run. Gallus needs to establish dominance. It is what they do. What will The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang do to finally make NXT UK their Kingdom?
Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
Speaking of Moustache Mountain, they want another go at the Grizzled Young Veterans and those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But with Liverpool’s Number One out with a bad toe, the Big Strong Boys will just have to settle for Mr. Mayhem. Will Bate beat Drake to earn the team their title match? Or will Drake make Bate #GritHisTeeth?
Drake eggs Bate on and taunts the fans, but the referee keeps the peace. The bell rings and the fans are already fired up for the “Big Strong Boy!” Bate and Drake circle and Bate gets the waistlock. He brings Drake to the mat but Drake switches. Fans sing for Bate as he switches back, but then so does Drake. They go around and Bate gets the waistlock back only for Drake to spin out. They both trade, then headlock takeover for headscissors and they have a stand-off. Fans applaud this fast pace and even match-up. Bate and Drake tie up again and Drake gets the arm. Drake wristlocks and lifts Bate up before wringing him out. Drake grinds his forearm in Bate’s face then hooks him with a leg. Fans rally up and Bate works his way up.
Drake wrenches again but Bate rolls forward and back and handsprings to a dropkick! Bate handsprings again and headlocks Drake. Drake powers out and things speed up. Bate catches Drake in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Around and around but Drake slips out. Drake baits Bate into a corner but Bate throws a right hand back. Bate knees Drake then hips up, but Drake shoves him down! Bate crashes down and fans boo Drake as he pursues. Drake throws Bate into barriers! Fans boo more as Drake drags Bate up and into the ring. Drake clamps on to Bate’s shoulder, then wraps him up in a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Bate endures. Drake shifts to a keylock but Bate works towards ropes. Bate stands up but Drake gut wrenches Bate down! Cover, TWO!
Drake keeps his cool and goes after Bate with forearms. Drake wraps on a chinlock but fans rally again. Fans even taunt Drake, “He’s got his own~ face, on his ass!” Drake ignores the taunting as Bate powers his way up. Bate fights out with body shots but Drake gives him a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Drake grows frustrated, “Is that all you got, Tyler?!” Fans sing now, “Ass~ Face~!” Drake snap suplexes Bate and floats over, TWO! Bate survives but Drake stomps and grinds his feet into Bate’s back. Drake pulls Bate back with a chinbar while fans taunt “Ass~ Face~” again. Bate claws for ropes and fans rally up behind him.
Drake goes to mount but Bate powers up and picks Drake up! Bate bumps Drake against buckles, but Drake gives him another backbreaker lift. Bate slips out and rocks Drake with a right! He throws boxing blows and puts Drake in a corner! Drake escapes the corner but not Bate’s grip! Bate drags Drake back in for a huricanrana! Bate whips and back drops Drake! Fans fire up with Bate as he whips Drake again. Drake reverses but Bate knees him away again. Bate hops up for a flying European Uppercut! Drake runs into Bate’s exploder! Bate nips right up, to a Shooting Star! Drake moves but Bate catches himself, to hit the standing Shooting Star again! Cover, TWO! Bate and Drake are both sore but fans fire up.
Drake gets to the apron but Bate is on him. Bate counter punches Drake then goes to suplex him in. Drake hops down and trips Bate up! Drake drags Bate out and throws him, but Bate reverses to throw Drake into barriers! Bate puts Drake in again and climbs up top. Drake stands and Bate jumps over. Bate runs into a gut wrench for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Bate lives and fans cheer him on. Drake glares as he drags Bate up. Bate drops down but Drake sits on it, ONE! Bate sunset, ONE, Drake high stack, ONE, Bate sits on it, TWO!
Drake enziguris Bate then whips but Bate rebounds to lariat! Bate brings Drake up for the underhook but Drake back drops. Bate lands on his feet but Drake #GritYourTeeth dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Drake climbs up top but Bate gets clear of his 450! Bate catches Drake to exploder him into buckles! Fans fire up and Bate climbs up, corkscrew senton! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy wins won for Moustache Mountain! Will this help give Bate & Seven another shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
Walter is spotted having just left the NXT UK GM’s office!
NXT UK Media asks Johnny Saint & Sid Scala what their meeting was about. Well, a decision has been made between them and American NXT GM, William Regal. Pete Dunne’s request has been accepted! At TakeOver: New York, Walter will challenge for the WWE United Kingdom Championship! Who returns from New York THE top man in NXT UK?
What a great episode! I should’ve realized that NXT UK would join American NXT in some way for TakeOver: New York! Pete Dunne VS Walter IS happening, it’s going to make TakeOver: New York even greater, and I feel Walter has to win. Walter will freshen things up as only the third-ever champion, and it’ll keep Dunne from being too damn strong. I’m thinking that, while no title matches have been made for TakeOver: New York, the NXT UK Women’s and Tag Team Championships will be defended on either the go-home or the post-TakeOver episode. Storm VS Jinny will be great, but I wonder if Jinny has a chance of winning that title. Moustache Mountain VS Grizzled Young Veterans will be epic and that has to go Moustache Mountain’s way because of how popular they are. Bate VS Drake tonight was great, and the UK fans made it even better.
Dennis VS Ligero was a good opening match, and naturally Dennis wins for the sake of his return. I’m actually more surprised we haven’t seen Dave Mastiff in this time, it’s like he won the right to be off television. Hopefully Dennis circles back to his story of being bitter towards his old friends, his character is going to seem generic without proper direction. Plus, matches between Dennis and Andrews should be great given their history. “The Hunt” had a great return, but they and the underdog team of Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan will have to wait some time before getting their own title shots. Ohno VS Ashton was solid, and of course Ohno keeps his Heel character from American NXT. I don’t know about the title, but Ohno can definitely have some great matches with any number of NXT UK stars.
My Score: 8.4/10
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