ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 337
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- The Briscoes VS Best Friends; The Briscoes win.
- Christopher Daniels w/ SoCal Uncensored VS Hangman Adam Page; Page wins.
- Jay Lethal & Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Marty Scurll & Punishement Martinez; Lethal & Castle win.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Briscoes VS Best Friends!
#DemBoyz have declared it’s Sandy Fork VS Everybody when it comes to the ROH World Tag Team Championships. They went after the Motor City Machine Guns through this pursuit, but ended up running over Trent Baretta & Chuck Taylor on the way. Now Baretta & The Kentucky Gentleman want payback to ruin the Briscoes’ momentum.
However, the Briscoes don’t wait for the bell and handshakes, they blindside Best Friends while they’re on the apron!
The bell rings while Mark goes after Chuckie T and Jay goes after Baretta. They put Chuckie in the ring then mug him in the middle of the ring. The referee breaks things up and it sorts out into Mark going after Chuckie. Chuckie turns things around to chop and punch Mark back, then he brings Mark over to tag in Baretta. Baretta dropkicks Jay down, then double whips with Chuckie T to double elbow Mark down. Mark ends up in a corner, Chuckie starts up a train with a forearm smash. Baretta adds his, then repeat with clotheslines, and a hug!
Jay returns and boots Chuckie out, but Baretta kicks Jay out. Baretta returns to Mark, giving him a sharp chop before a whip. Mark reverses and Jay returns to elbow Baretta down! The Briscoes stomp Baretta, then throw him out. Mark goes to the apron to boot Chuckie down before dragging Baretta back up. He suplexes Baretta to the ground while Jay uppercuts Chuckie. #DemBoyz aer in control while we go to break.
ROH returns to Mark squeezing Baretta in a cobra clutch. He puts Baretta into a cover, TWO, but he drags Baretta up into a fireman’s carry. Baretta slips out but Mark keeps him away from his corner. They go into an open corner instead, Mark ramming Baretta into buckles. Mark chops Baretta, then fireman’s carry again, but Baretta slips out to run the ropes for a tornado DDT! Mark flounders and the fans rally while both men head for their corners. Hot tags to Jay and Chuckie, but it’s the Kentucky Gentleman that rallies on the Briscoes!
Chuckie chops and chops then whips but Jay reverses. Chuckie hurdles over and catches the huricanrana into a powerbomb! TWO, but Chuckie keeps focused. He drags Jay up, but Jay blocks the suplex. Chuckie rocks Jay with rights but Jay rocks Chuckie back with a dropkick. Tag to Mark and the Briscoes double whip Chuckie corner to corner. Mark runs in but Chuckie boots him away. Chuckie dodges Jay, and Baretta runs in to back elbow Jay in the corner. The Best Friends have Mark, and feed him a Sole Food German Suplex! Mark staggers up but then tumbles out of the ring, brother Jay regroups with him. The fans rally for Best Friends, and Baretta builds speed to FLY!
Baretta takes out #DemBoyz, and then feeds Mark to Chuckie. The fans chant for Chuckie as he scoops, Baretta returns for the long dart cutter! Cover, TWO! Chuckie drags Mark up and tags Baretta back in. Fans duel with “Man up!” “Best Friends!” while Baretta throws Mark into Chuckie’s knee! Baretta picks Mark up while Chuckie climbs up. But Jay returns and shoves Chuckie down! Baretta goes after Jay but ends up in Mark’s exploder! Baretta ends up in a corner but boots Mark back. He runs out but into Mark’s clobbering clothesline! Mark tags Jay, and Jay goes after Baretta, but Baretta turns the neckbreaker into a back slide, TWO! Jay gets the double underhook, but Baretta denies the Driller, only to take another clobbering clothesline!
Mark sees Chuckie returning so he takes Chuckie out with a wrecking ball dropkick. Jay drags Baretta up while Mark climbs up. Jay Driller!
Jay covers, The Briscoes win! Mark looks at the camera as he tells Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin that the Briscoes are gonna “kill y’all boys and take back our property.” However, the Motor City Machine Guns appear to take the fight to them!
Sabin & Shelley are back to 100% as they stomp mudholdes into Jay & Mark, respectively. Then Shelley gets the Briscoes’ chain! Shelley chokes Mark with the chain while Sabin steals the Jay Driller!
Sabin & Shelley show they’re willing to go just as extreme as #DemBoyz. Who will survive when it’s Sandy Fork VS Motor City?
ROH takes a look back at last week’s World Television Championship match.
The K I N G finally got his rematch, but it was more of the same from the Last Real Man and his buddies, the Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas. Therefore, the Enforcer of Honor, Bully Ray, appeared! He banished Bruiser & Milonas from ringside, making the match a fair 1v1 affair. Kenny King would then defeat Silas Young to become the new Two-Time ROH WTVC! He reigns atop his throne once more, but will he be leaving Las Vegas with it?
ROH recaps the WOH Championship Tournament so far.
While Deonna Purrazzo made Holidead tap out and Brandi Rhodes surprised Karen Q, we have our first quarterfinal match set after Kelly Klein defeated Bonesaw Brooks to meet Mandy Leon, who dethroned Queen Bee, Madison Rayne.
There are still the four Stardom participants, Kagetsu, HZK, Hana Kimura and Mayu Iwatani, and the other four ROH participants in Jenny Rose, Sumie Sakai, Stacy Shadows and newest edition, Tenille Dashwood. Get caught up on the first four matches via Honor Club, or ROH’s Women of Honor Wednesdays YouTube playlist, all before the WOH Championship Tournament returns to ROH TV next week!
Christopher Daniels w/ SoCal Uncensored VS Hangman Adam Page!
The Fallen Angel and his allies in the Heavy Metal Rebel and The Closer went after the Young Bucks last week after losing, so The Bullet Club’s Problem Solver came out to run them off. Now Daniels and Page go 1v1 to wrap things up before their major rematch for the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships at the 16th Anniversary Show. Will the Almighty Ring General or the “Hung Man” give their team one last edge before arriving in Las Vegas for a Street Fight?
But before things begin, the Enforcer appears!
Bully Ray publicly thanks the Bullet Club for earlier, because they are honoring his orders to have no one else ringside. Bully gives the Bullet Club a Too Sweet. Don’t worry, Bully can still do it, even if Bullet Club can’t. However, SoCal Uncensored clearly didn’t listen, so “here’s the deal.” Either Kaz and Scorpio leave by the count of 5, not only will Daniels be disqualified, but he’ll be suspended for 30 days, forcing the trio to miss the 16th Anniversary Show and the Six Man Tag title match. With some help from the fans, the count begins! Kaz and Scorpio realize Bully is serious, and just barely make it to the stage at 5. With that, Bully says, “Ring the bell, start the match, kick his ass, Page!”
The bell rings, and Page unloads on Daniels in a corner! He stomps but then the ref backs him off. Page comes back to stomp a mudhole, and the fans chant “Let’s go, Hangman!” for the Problem Solver. Daniels kicks back and puts Page in a corner, then another, then chops and forearms in return. He whips Page corner to corner but Page blasts out with a lariat. Daniels rolls out, Page builds speed but Daniels dodges. Page slides out and rocks Daniels with a haymaker, then throws Daniels into barriers. He puts Daniels into more barriers, then even more barriers!
Page drags Daniels up but Daniels retreats. Page pursues and sharply chops Daniels. He puts Daniels in the ring as the 20-count reaches 14, then fetches a chair! Page tosses the chair in, but the referee throws it out because this is not the Street Fight. Daniels bails out to the apron but Page drags him up, into a sleeper hold against the ropes! He hangs Daniels up in that hangman’s sleeper, but lets go at 4 to avoid disqualification. Daniels shoulders back in, then hotshots Page back, before clobbering him from behind. Daniels catches his breath while we go to break.
ROH returns to Daniels holding Page down in a chinlock. The fans rally while Page stands up and fights out. Page then runs, but into a Blue Thunder Bomb! TWO, and Daniels is frustrated. Daniels drags Page up to chop him in the back of the head, and again. Page gets fired up from the chops and that elbow to the head. He chops back, Daniels forearms, so Page forearms. Daniels gives another, Page returns it, but Daniels comes back for another. Page gives a heavier right, then spins for the roaring elbow! Down goes Daniels while the fans applaud.
Page fires himself up and the fans rally for him. He runs corner to corner to chop Daniels, then whips corner to corner for another. Another whip but Daniels reverses, Page goes up and over to speed things up, tilt-o-whirl into a powerbomb! Then, mule kick! Daniels rolls out, the fans fire up, and Page builds speed to Shooting Star from the apron!
Page topples Daniels down again, then drags Daniels up and into the ring. He takes aim from the apron, slingshot for the Buck- No, Daniels ducks and rolls Page, TWO, but jackknife cover off the rebound! TWO but Page bridges out into a backslide. Daniels reverses to double underhook but Page reverses out of that with a back body drop. Daniels counters again with a sunset flip, which Page rolls out of, but Page swings into a yurinagi throw. He hurries to the corner for the Best Moonsault Ever, but lands on his feet when Page rolls away. Page gets to a corner, and boots Daniels away, but Daniels throws him to an apron. Daniels runs, but into the Buck Shot!
Cover, Page wins! The Problem Solver brings a clean sweep over SoCal Uncensored, but Daniels has a Plan B! He anchors Page’s leg while the Notorious Hitman, Shane Taylor, ambushes him!
Taylor is not part of SoCal Uncensored so he’s not banned from ringside. He rams knees into Page, then whips Page corner to corner for a big clothesline. Taylor then takes aim, and takes Page out with the One Hitter Quitter right hand! Daniels gets in Page’s face, shouting “That’s what you get! Bullet Club is dead!” Then Daniels confirms, “This was the best money I ever spent!” He raises his Hitman’s hand victoriously, will this be foreshadowing of a Sin City success for SoCal Uncensored?
But wait, The Enforcer returns.
Bully Ray warns Daniels, but Daniels brings up his loophole. Shane bumps Bully on the way to the back, and things are tense while we go to break. What will be the consequences of working around the Code of Honor?
Jay Lethal & Dalton Castle w/ The Boys VS Marty Scurll & Punishement Martinez!
Before The Franchise challenges The Peacock, before the Monster and Villain fight for a chance of their own, these enemies must work as allies against the others. Can Lethal put his ROH World Heavyweight Championship aspirations aside long enough to win with Castle? Or will Martinez and Scurll prove they’re better than both even before going for gold?
The match starts with Martinez and Castle, a revisit from their recent ROH WHC match. Castle tells Scurll to stay by his corner, Scurll shows he’s holding the tag rope. Castle then talks to Martinez, but Martinez calls out Lethal. Lethal wants at Martinez, too, so Castle tags. Martinez and Lethal tie up, Martinez getting the headlock. Lethal pushes Martinez to ropes and powers out, but Martinez runs Lethal over with a shoulder. Martinez stands over Lethal as he sits up, then runs, but Lethal speeds things up as he jumps up and over a couple times. Martinez grabs Lethal around the throat but Lethal slips out of the choke slam. He shoves Martinez but Martinez blocks the hip toss. Martinez swings but Lethal ducks to chop back.
Martinez doesn’t budge, and swings kicks back, but Lethal dodges those to chop again. Still nothing, and Lethal dodges but Martinez counters, both men are at a stand still, and fans applaud. It’s here that Scurll wants in, calling for the tag. Fans want to see it, they chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Martinez reluctantly walks over, and tags Scurll in! The Villain slips in, the fans chanting for him, but Castle shouts, “Jay! I wanna piece of that!” Lethal obliges, he tags in Castle. The Peacock climbs into the ring and circles with Scurll. The fans duel while they tie up, Scurll gets the waistlock then pushes Castle to ropes. Scurll honors the ropebreak but gives a stiff shove. He taunts Castle, Castle comes out to pick up and throw Scurll to a corner.
Castle gets in Scurll’s face while Scurll calls for the break. The break is clean, Castle boops Scurll’s nose. Scurll comes back out and tie sup, to get the wristlock and arm wrench. Castle reverses while fans chant “Both These Guys!” Scurll spins and rolls to reverse back. He puts Castle into hammerlock to headlock to takeover, but Castle headscissors back. Scurll pops out and flaps his wings. He then offers a hand to Castle, and Castle goes to take it, but Scurll boops him back. Castle grins while Scurll celebrates, Scurll turns around into chops! Castle throws Scurll then tags in Lethal, Lethal keeps on Scurll. He whips then runs Scurll over with a back elbow, cover, TWO.
Lethal keeps on Scurll, then tags back to Castle. Lethal suplexes Scurll and Castle drags Scurll up into a suplex of his own. The Peacock then eyes his challenger and shows off his lean. Castle drags Scurll back over, Lethal tags back in, and Lethal shows off another suplex. Lethal even dares to try the Peacock lean! It’s a bit tricky so he just goes back to Scurll, only for Scurll to arm wring Lethal down. Lethal rolls out, Scurll gets to the apron, and apron superkicks Lethal! Scurll flaps his wings now that he’s back in control, and we go to break.
ROH returns to Martinez in, holding Lethal down with a chinlock and knee in the back. The fans rally, and Lethal gets to his feet. He fights out of the hold with elbows to the stomach, but Martinez throws in a knee. Martinez lifts Lethal into a torture rack, Psycho Driver but Lethal lands on his feet. Lethal ducks and hot tags to Castle and Scurll. The Peacock rallies on Villain and Monster, then catches Scurll’s kick into a single leg suplex! Scurll flounders into another suplex, then Castle grabs Scurll in a waistlock. Martinez rushes in but Castle counters with the back elbow. Martinez staggers back, and Castle hits his Peacock Pose! The Peacock gives a running knee to Martinez in the corner, then another, and another! Castle hits a fourth knee, but Scurll returns to waistlock Castle. Castle slips around to his own, for a big German Suplex!
The bridge is a bit unstable but Castle adjusts for a different cover, TWO! Castle drags Scurll up and to his corner, Lethal tags in. Castle rocks Scurll with a right then scoops while Lethal climbs up. Scurll slips out and shoves Castle at the corner, but Lethal leaps over. Scurll baits Lethal, into booting Castle! Lethal brushes it off to go after Scurll, but Scurll counters with Ghostbuster!
The fans fire up with Scurll as he calls for the hold. He gets them hooping and hollering, does his dance, and– Martinez tags in! Martinez goes after Lethal with the torture rack, Psycho Driver to curb stomp! Cover, TWO!! That shocks the Monster, but he doesn’t slow down. He stands up and waits for Lethal to stand up, but Scurll tags back in! Turn about is fair play, Martinez shoves Scurll right as Lethal flies in for a forearm smash. Martinez brawls with Lethal while Castle brawls with Scurll! The referee tries to regain order but no one listens. Lethal and Martinez tire out, but Scurll throws in a forearm, only to end up in Castle’s full nelson. Scurll fights out, then rocks Castle with a forearm. Scurll mule kicks Lethal, runs, but into the Lethal Combination!
Martinez comes over, Lethal lifts him in the fireman’s carry, but Martinez slips out for a ripcord roundhouse! Lethal is staggered, Martinez roars, then drags Lethal up for the discus lariat. Scurll returns and Martinez runs at Castle, but Castle catches him in the waistlock. Castle hits Martinez with a big German Suplex! Everyone is down, but the fans are fired up and chanting for “Dalton Castle!” Castle runs at Scurll but Scurll elbows him back. Scurll then suplexes Castle into buckles! Martinez gets back up and hits the big back elbow. Scurll runs at Lethal but Lethal throws him out. Lethal dodges Martinez to then DIVE on Scurll!
The Boys fan Castle, but Martinez grabs Boy 1 and throws him! Lethal climbs up and jumps in, but Martinez catches him by the throat. Lethal fights out of the choke grip while the referee is busy checking on Boy 1, then enziguris Martinez. SUPERKICK from Lethal, but Scurll runs in with a hand full of chalk powder! Lethal ducks, all that powder goes into Martinez’s face!
Lethal shoves Scurll into Martinez, and Martinez grabs Scurll by the throat! Scurll fights the blinded Martinez off, Castle clotheslines Martinez out of the ring, going with him! Scurll swings on Lethal, but Lethal ducks to handspring, LETHAL INJECTION!
Cover, Lethal & Castle win! It was a chaotic mess by the end, but challenger and champion come out on top. But instead of celebrating, Lethal makes sure to remind Castle that he’s coming for that ROH World Heavyweight Championship. Can The Franchise win big in Las Vegas to once again become the top wrestler in the company? Or will Castle’s reign continue on to make 2018 the Year of the Peacock?
ROH reviews the card for the 16th Anniversary Show!
Cody believes “Arrogance is a Kingdom without a crown.” Matt Taven has had a throne, a harem, the walking stick, and even stole Cody’s one true Ring of Honor. However, Taven is still king of NOTHING.
Taven responds by saying “The American Melvin” and “the epicenter of the cancer that infests Ring of Honor” better thank God that their match gets to be on PPV because now the whole world gets to watch Cody pucker up and #KissTheRing.
The Briscoes go after the MCMG for the ROH World Tag Team titles.
It’s nothing personal against Sabin & Shelley, because #DemBoyz have a vendetta against everybody. The MCMG are the tag team champions, but those titles are the Briscoes’ property, and they’re coming for what’s theirs.
If Jay & Mark wanted title shots, all they had to do was ask. But instead, #DemBoyz made it personal, so now they will just have to wait and see what the MCMG does in return. Jay & Mark have been in ROH for 16 years, but there won’t be a 17th after this.
SoCal Uncensored speak to the ROH World Six Man Tag Team Champions.
According to the SCU, The Young Bucks & Hangman Page are “out of your element”. This is going to be a Street Fight Party, and there will be a changing of the guard. At the 16th Anniversary, the SUPERKICK Party ends forever!
But the “Hung Bucks” respond, Las Vegas Street Fight will mean SoCal Uncensored, “you about to get your ASSES whooped!”
The Villain & The Monster compete to be the next ROH WHC #1 contender!
“Anniversaries are supposed to be about celebration.” The Villain knows that all this will be for the Purple Mist is #ASpotofBother. But Martinez responds, letting Scurll know that in Sin City, “the world finds out that the so-called Villain is just my next victim.”
And of course, the ROH World Championship match!
Live on PPV, Jay Lethal will show everyone why it’s his chance to get back “what is rightfully mine!” But The Peacock responds by saying he’s very excited. His belly is all shook up, but “don’t be confused.” Castle will still hit Lethal with everything he’s got to make sure he is still ROH WHC. When ROH hits Sin City, who will hit the jackpot? And who will completely bust?
This was the go-home to ROH’s 16th Anniversary Show, their Wrestlemania as it were, and they did quite a bit better than most other companies would with one of these. Except for all the same go-home promos they ran last week to end the show. Even if that was for those who missed last week, those promos didn’t need to be doubled up. If they left them out last week and then showed them all this week, fine, but not after seeing them last week, too. Then we also got only another update on the WOH instead of an actual match, but again, at least ROH gives several outlets for those who want to watch everything. We still get the tournament airing next week, Tenille Dashwood VS Stacy Shadows, we can already guess Tenille wins to keep her strong after her debut.
The matches that were on tonight were also all great, as usual for ROH. Briscoes VS Best Friends makes sense given the attack on them and MCMG a month ago, and Briscoes go over to stay strong going into the Anniversary Show. The MCMG getting even with them for the attacks was also great, and helps muddy the math so that no one can be sure where the result is going. Hangman beating Daniels 1v1 is a great thing for him, as Daniels has been every other kind of champion in ROH.
However, Daniels using Taylor as his ace might come into play in the Vegas Street Fight. Taylor may come in again to help SoCal Uncensored win, making Daniels an ROH Gran Slam Champion, and then starting something for Hangman in singles in the aftermath. Given the overall “Bullet Club is (not) Fine” story, Hangman going up against Taylor to then make his way up to the ROH WTVC would be great for this younger star going forward. Then there was a lot of great action and story in the main event tag. Thankfully there was no dysfunction on Team ROH WHC Match, just one-upmanship and only for a second. As for Team #1 Contender Match, there was a touch more dysfunction, and that ended up costing them. Either man could still come out to win that and challenge either Lethal or Castle, and either of them could be champion.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT TakeOver: Phoenix is days away, and Johnny Wrestling looks to call out the One and Only! Will Ricochet make him regret being so bold?
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Lorcan and Burch win.
- Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova; Sane & Shirai win.
- Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole; Dream wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Velveteen Dream returns!
Full Sail gives the Patrick Clark Experience an ovation as he makes his way to the ring. Dream picks up a mic as he hears out the fans on their cheering. Now he doesn’t know if they know it, but he has a little sparkle in his eyes. Dream has something special in his sights. Correct him if he’s wrong, but Full Sail knows Dream waits for no man. If Full Sail really knew Dream, they’d now this sparkle is the sparkle of title gold. Specifically, the North American Championship. It is high time that Dream reign supreme. But wait, the Undisputed Era appears!
Adam Cole tells Dream to “pump the breaks”. Everyone knows that 2019 will be the Year of the Undisputed. They vow to not have just one but all the belts! Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly prepare for a tag team title defense at TakeOver but Cole and Fish are without titles. They don’t like showing up to parties empty handed, so both of them will have gold very soon, baybay. As for Dream, he can continue to #DreamOn. Bobby Fish says “Shame on you, Dream”, getting the fans all excited. Fans say “Shut Up, Bobby!” But Fish says Dream needs to learn to live in reality. 2019 will continue to be the Undisputed Era, and that itself is Undisputed.
Dream wishes to dispute that claim, but only if it’s okay with Cole. Fish gets mad and rushes Dream but is thrown right out. Cole gets the same, and Dream slips away. Dream mocks Cole’s pose, baybay, but will he be able to keep Fish and Cole behind him in the line to the North American Championship?
NXT looks toward the Women’s Championship match.
The Queen of Spades is “more dangerous than ever” as a two-time champion, but The EST is clearly not impressed nor intimidated. Shayna Baszler says no one can stand her as champion, because they can’t do a thing to stop her. However, Bianca Belair is the strongest, toughest, fastest, and boldest. But she also vows to prove she’s the best. Shayna had a great 2018 and has made history, but she’s Shayna Two-Time because she lost. Bianca is Un-De-Fea-Ted, and that won’t change in Phoenix. Shayna made this title mean something, she made this title a symbol of a threat. The MMA Horsewomen support each other and always will.
Bianca doesn’t care if it’s one or three, she’ll take them all out to get the title. Shayna doesn’t care if Bianca is stronger, faster or any of that, everyone needs air to breathe. Bianca thrives under pressure, and Shayna is going to put a lot of pressure on her. Who shines brightest in Phoenix?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
It’s a crossover between NXT America and NXT UK as the One Two Combo meets the European Alliance! Will Lorcan & Burch punch their way to NXT (America) Tag Team Champion contention? Or will Aichner & Barthel use this win for contention in both brands?
Fans duel “One Two!” “NEIN!” as Barthel and Lorcan start. They circle and feel it out, and Lorcan gets the wrist. Barthel breaks free to chop but Lorcan chops back. Barthel kicks low and hammers away in the corner. He tags to Aichner and Barthel feeds Lorcan to a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aichner puts Lorcan back in the Euro corner and tags Barthel. They stomp a mudhole but back off at 4. Barthel drags Lorcan up for haymakers then tags to Aichner. They double whip but Lorcan goes through to escape, tag to Burch! The Governa rallise on the Euros with haymakers and elbows! He gives lariats to Aichner then whips, but Aichner reverses. Aichner leaps but gets a leg pick! Barthel runs into a headbutt! Burch fires off on Aichner, then rolls him to leap, big missile dropkick! Burch fires up as he kips up and fans cheer.
Tag to Lorcan and the One Two go for the finish. Barthel saves Aichner and throws Lorcan into Burch. Air Raid Crash for Burch, but Lorcan throws Barthel out. Aichner grabs Lorcan but gets European Uppercuts! Lorcan runs but into a HUGE clothesline! Aichner drags Lorcan up to his corner, tag to Barthel, and they put Lorcan up top. Tag back to Aichner before a kick and a toss to the brainbuster! Barthel DIVES onto Burch, Aichner triangle moonsaults onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan lives and fans are loving this. Aichner drags Lorcan over and Barthel climbs. Powerbomb lift, EuroUpper Bomb! But Lorcan rolls through to roll Aichner into the Half Boston Crab! Aichner endures and Burch intercepts Barthel. Barthel breaks free to rock Burch then enziguri Lorcan! Burch clobbers Barthel but Aichner boots Burch! Fans are thunderous as Aichner drags Lorcan up.
Lorcan grabs Aichner to slap, slap, SLAP!! Running EuroUpper! Lorcan FLIES onto Barthel and Burch! Fans reach a fever pitch as Aichner triangle FLIES onto everyone!! Full Sail loves this as Aichner springboards. Lorcan ducks and rolls him up, Burch holds Barthel back, Lorcan & Burch win!!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Lorcan pinning
Fast and furious is an understatement for this match! The One Two gets it down, will this position them for another NXT Tag Team Championship match after Phoenix?
NXT looks toward to the top championship match, Ciampa VS Black.
The Psycho Killer quotes the old saying, “The title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title.” Ciampa claimed Aleister Black was proof of the reverse. Because ever since losing the title, the Embodiment of the End hasn’t been the same. Ciampa makes the title what it is, and he is who makes NXT the TOP show. “Why can’t anybody dethrone Ciampa?” Because he wants it more than everyone else. IT takes a certain kind of man to scratch and claw to reach the top, but it takes an even stronger man to build a home there. Aleister was shoved into an abyss but he climbed his way back out. There are many who get lost in the frenzy of their rage, but he focuses it as a stream targeted at his enemies.
Aleister absolved Johnny Gargano of the sins that the puppet master put upon him. Ciampa has manipulated Johnny Wrestling but Aleister tells Ciampa to hold his beloved title closely. Aleister will come back for what is rightfully his. Ciampa says he has overshadowed Aleister time and again. Aleister vows to cut the strings but Ciampa vows to continue his reign. Will Aleister take the title along with Ciampa’s pride? Or will Ciampa’s days continue to be numbered and counting?
Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova!
The Pirate Princess and Genius of the Sky have been friends since Stardom, and now they combine forces here in NXT to make a tag team debut! Will the stars align as sea and sky meet at the horizon?
Teams sort out and Shirai starts against Nova. They circle as fans cheer on Team Stardom. Shirai waistlocks but Nova standing switches. Shirai reverses to a wristlock and headlock but Nova powers out. Things speed up and Shirai handsprings past Nova to dropkick her down. Fans fire up with Shirai as she tags Kairi. Stardom combines for a double whip and CHOP! They roll Nova to her feet to then whip her again. Nova has to hop over Kairi and gets tripped up by Shirai. Kairi hits Nova with the running blockbuster! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank. Kairi runs corner to corner for the Sliding D!
Kairi climbs up but Brooks distracts. Nova capitalizes with a forearm, then tags Brooks in. Brooks brings Kairi around for big knees, and says “You’re welcome.” She knees Kairi more, then suplexes Kairi up. Kairi slips out and shoves Brooks to then go perpendicular and hit the Interceptor! Tag to Shirai and she fires off forearms. Shirai sits Brooks up for a basement dropkick! Brooks gets to ropes but gets a Shirai-1-9! Nova runs in but into forearms! Shirai springboards and hits them both with a dropkick! Tag to Kairi and Stardom combines on Brooks. Spinebuster sets up the alley-oop elbow drop! Then assisted moonsault! Cover, Team Stardom wins!
Winners: Io Shirai & Kairi Sane, Sane pinning
The stars shine and the best friends celebrate with a hug. Will they fly high enough to set sail for those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the main roster?
Backstage interview with Sane & Shirai.
Kairi says that she and her best friend are going to take care of business together. Shirai says there’s no one that can stop this combination! But Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir thinks that’s “adorable.” They welcome Kairi back from her “adventure”, but promise to send them both back out to sea. Will the MMA Horsewomen sink the Pirate Princess and pal? Or will they be the ones seeing stars after their match?
Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole!
Johnny Wrestling may get a crack at the King of Flight in Phoenix, but the line for contenders doesn’t stop there. Will the Infamous One have an Experience tonight? Or will Velveteen have to #DreamOn about challenging the North American Champion down the road?
The bell rings and Dream circles with Fish. Fish tests with kicks but Cole creeps up. Dream sees the sneak attack coming and elbows Fish away. Fish hits back but Dream ducks the roundhouse. Dream keeps his eyes on Cole as he avoids Fish’s feet. Fish and Dream go around and Dream blocks the kick. Dream swivels the hips but Fish grabs him in a headlock. Dream powers out but Fish runs him over. Fish runs into a fireman’s carry but slips out! Fish shoves but Dream turns around to dropkick him down! Dream keeps Cole back, but walks into Fish’s boot. Fish kicks but misses, Dream springboards for ax handles! Cover, but Fish scrambles away. Fish and Cole regroup, but Dream slingshots out. They get clear and Dream lands on the apron.
Dream leaps over the sweep, then triangle dropkicks Fish down! Fans fire up for Dream while Cole helps Fish get up. Dream hops up quick and LEAPS! Big ax handles take Fish out and Dream returns to the ring to soak up the cheers. Cole shouts for Fish to get up but Dream comes out to keep Cole back. Dream fetches Fish into the ring, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Fish hits back but Dream throws forearms. They brawl and Dream gets an edge with those heavy haymakers. Fish ducks and waistlocks but Dream elbows out. Cole distracts, Fish grabs a leg to drag Dream out! Fish kicks away on the other leg, then dragon screws Dream into the barriers! Dream clutches that leg while Fish returns to the ring. Fish comes back and kicks the bad leg.
Dream gets in the corner but can barely hobble. Fish stalks Dream and kicks out the bad leg. Fish drags Dream up for knees into the corner. He snapmares Dream then drops a slingshot senton. Cover, ONE! Fish keeps his focus as he stalks Dream to the ropes. Dream kicks at Fish with his good leg but Fish keeps coming. Fish kicks away on Dream’s bad leg in the corner, and Dream writhes in agony. Cole talks trash while Fish drags Dream. Dream grabs ropes then shoves Fish away! Dream hobbles but Fish chop blocks him down. Fish covers, TWO! Fish keeps his cool as he goes after the leg again. He rolls Dream over for the Half Crab! Dream endures as fans rally up.
Dream powers his way over and kicks Fish with the good leg. Fish staggers back and Dream stands, Fish walks into Dream’s knee! Dream hits Fish with another knee, then hops up for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Cole coaches Fish up while he trash talks Dream. Fans are on Dream’s side as he throws big haymakers on Fish in the corner. The ref backs Dream off and Fish kicks out the bad leg! Fish stands, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Dream hurries up top and Cole shouts for Fish to move. Dream leaps, Purple Rain Maker rolled through to a Kneebar! Fish has Dream flailing and reaching, but Dream endures. Fans give Dream strength to crawl for ropes, but Cole holds the ropes away! The ref doesn’t see it at first, but he catches Cole red handed!
Fish lets Dream go to plead with the referee, but Dream rolls Fish up! TWO, but Dream rolls Fish to a fireman’s carry! But the leg gives out! Fish runs in but Dream sends him out onto Cole! Fish hurries back in, but runs into Dream Valley Driver! Dream climbs up fast, takes aim, and hits Purple Rain Maker! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
Even on one leg, Dream keeps his dreams alive! Will Dream prove things aren’t so undisputed by reaching the North American Championship first?
Ricochet heads to the ring!
The One and Only will defend his NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano in Phoenix, but he’s here tonight to answer Gargano calling him out. Ricochet has the mic and tells Gargano that “two weeks ago, you came out here and talked all this crap about being better.” But then five minutes later he goes and blindsides Ricochet with a superkick? Ricochet says 2019’s Gargano is the same Gargano from 2018. That is to say, 2018 Gargano simply showed his true colors. Gargano showed himself to be a selfish liar. But 2018 Ricochet showed his true colors, when he won gold. Ricochet showed everyone that he IS the One and Only, that he is something Gargano is not: a champion.
But speaking of Gargano, he heads to the ring! Gargano says “Wait a minute, Rick.” He knows Ricochet is trying to use Gargano’s emotions against him. 2018 Gargano would’ve rushed the ring like a mad man. But this is 2019 Gargano, and this Gargano always has a plan. And that plan is a sucker punch! But Ricochet saw it coming, and the brawl is on! Ricochet blocks the superkick to give a jumping knee! But Ciampa clobbers Ricochet from behind!? Is DIY working together again!? Gargano looks up at Ciampa and Full Sail chants “YES! YES!” Gargano goes after Ricochet as Ciampa applauds. But Aleister Black gets his hands on Ciampa! And then his feet as he stomps a mudhole! Gargano whips Ricochet into steel steps but Aleister stomps and boots away on Ciampa. Gargano saves Ciampa!? And SUPERKICKS Aleister!
Fans again chant “DIY! DIY!” as Gargano stands over Aleister. Ciampa goes after Aleister with a rain of rights, and Gargano goes after Ricochet with lefts! Gargano aims at Ricochet, slingshot DDT! Ciampa hits Aleister with a double underhook driver! DIY sits in silence a moment, then they leave, “Goldie” in Ciampa’s arms. Gargano and Ciampa stare down and fans want them to “Hug It Out!” DIY doesn’t hug, but they don’t fight. They don’t say a word as they both go up the ramp and stand on stage. Ciampa and Gargano are about to shake hands, when Candice LeRae appears! She will NOT let this happen, that is not who Gargano is anymore. Gargano comes to his senses, and leaves with Mrs. Wrestling. But is there anything anyone can do from both Ciampa and Gargano having the titles after TakeOver?
A great go-home to TakeOver: Phoenix! There were really good hype packages for the NXT Championship and NXT Women’s Championship matches. The presentation was good and the promos delivered were solid, but in the case of the women’s title, I still can’t be sure if Bianca stays Un-De-Fea-Ted to let the MMA Horsewomen go to main to join Ronda Rousey, or Shayna holds on so that Wrestlemania Weekend will be the moment a new champion is crowned. Kairi and Shirai did great in their tag team debut, and going against Jessamyn and Marina next week will serve as the next best thing to the Six Woman Tag I expected. Obviously things change when injuries happen, namely Dakota Kai’s. But whether 3v3 or 2v2, I’m thinking Kairi’s team wins for the same reasons as Bianca would defeat Shayna. Horsewomen VS Horsewomen is a route that WWE should take towards Summerslam 2019.
The NXT Tag Team Division continues to shock and amaze, as Lorcan & Burch VS Aichner & Barthel was incredible! This tag match, especially in this week of go-homes, shows that Raw could learn some things about booking even filler matches. There was nothing directly on the line for this match but the teams fought like there was. That is how Lucha House Party VS Mahal & The Singh Brothers should’ve been treated, but instead it was just throwing them all on TV so that they can all be on TV. Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly were absent but Cole & Fish helped strengthen their story by saying they were too busy preparing to the title match. Raw doesn’t need to have everyone on TV but should have ways of feeding story even without them. The Singhs could’ve made note about Mahal preparing for the Rumble while they take on LHP in a great match.
Dream VS Fish w/ Cole was great, even with similar booking to how EC3 had to deal with the Undisputed Era hanging around. They made it unique with the story being told in the wrestling. I don’t know if Dream will get a title before Wrestlemania, but he’s got a lot of fans on his side. If Lars Sullivan can’t make a proper main roster debut, Dream may be used as an emergency substitute call-up. Dream is confident enough as a character and competitor, but there is also a concern of proper booking. Maybe Dream can go to SmackDown and EC3 can stay on Raw once the call-ups settle in. And perhaps it’d be for the best, as there’s a chance the titles will be tied up for a time.
The brawl of Aleister, Ricochet and Heel DIY was great, and with Candice coming out to say “No”, this reunion is certainly happening on the way to Mania. The title matches are still tricky to call but Heel DIY holding the singles titles at the same time sounds like a great way to go. And depending on how the NXT Tag Team Championships go, I would love a story of Heel DIY going back for the tag titles so that they will be the ones draped in gold. This can bring in War Raiders, Aleister, Ricochet and all of Undisputed Era into a crazy story to get titles in a mad dash that crosses all the Men’s Divisions.
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
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