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- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: SAnitY VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss; SAnitY wins and advances to the next round.
- Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Dakota wins.
- Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: The Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery; The Street Profits win and advance to the next round.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era; Dunne wins by disqualification, and retains the WWE UK Championship.
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Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: SAnitY VS Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss!
Without their rematch clause, Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe must fight their way back to the NXT Tag Team Championships that were taken from them by the Undisputed Era. Can their madness move the big money Sabbatelli & Moss aside on the Road to New Orleans?
Meanwhile, Moss & Sabbatelli were looking on the outs after losing to Heavy Machinery, but they seem to have patched things up in time for this tournament. Wolfe starts with Moss at the bell, and the two tie up. Moss knees low then goes to put Wolfe in a corner, but Wolfe blocks to turn that around! He bumps Moss off buckles then whips him corner to corner. Moss reverses, but Wolfe elbows out. Tino runs at Wolfe but Wolfe boots him down, Moss pounces with a flapjack hotshot! Wolfe writhes as he gasps for air, and now Tino wants in. Moss drags Wolfe over, tags in Tino, and Tino rains rights down on Wolfe.
The fans chant “Tino Sucks!” as he whips Wolfe corner to corner then dropkicks him down. Tino brushes himself off, then brings Wolfe up for a forearm. Moss wants in now, Tino gives the tag, and Moss whips Tino in for a big forearm before adding a shoulder tackle of his own. Moss covers, TWO. The fans rally for Wolfe but Moss brings him up, hangman’s neckbreaker and cover, TWO. Tino applauds Moss but fans rally for Wolfe some more. Moss gives Wolfe a punch then tags Tino so that the two can mug Wolfe in the corner. Moss trash talks then throws a forearm, but Wolfe dodges and Tino takes the hit!
Tino goes down and asks what that was about. Moss tries to explain, but in that time, Wolfe tags in Eric! Eric rallies on the Blue Chip Boys, knocking Moss down and then throwing haymakers on Tino. Eric whips and dropkicks Tino down then hiets him with a back elbow. Tino reverses the whip but Eric tumbles to the apron. Eric shoulders in then slides in to scoop and slam. Eric hurries to the corner, climbs up and hits a manic Macho Elbow!
Cover, but Moss drags Eric off! Wolfe protests but Moss puts into the ring. Nikki Cross climbs up onto the apron to then jump on Moss!
Nikki’s running wild and fans fire up while Wolfe tags in. Wolfe brings Tino up, Eric hops up, and they hit the flying neckbreaker backbreaker combo!
Cover, now SAnitY wins! Chaos continues on, can they capture the tag team titles once again?
Tommaso Ciampa suddenly appears!
The Sicilian Psycho is back again after being booed out of the building last week. He’s still getting booed this week, too. Every fan holds up the Johnny Gargano face at him.
This time, even with the fans booing and jeering, Ciampa grabs a mic to try again. However, the fans chant “Johnny! Johnny!” and “Johnny Wrestling!” to troll him. He shakes his head, then shouts “Stop! Stop!” The fans don’t hear him, they keep chanting. Ciampa tries again, but only more boos and jeers meet him. He drops the mic, and they cheer. They even chant, “YES! YES!” as he leaves the ring. One fan tries to appease Ciampa, but it doesn’t do any good. The other fans chant “Ciampa Sucks!” as Project Blackheart passes by. Then they chant “We Want Johnny!”, which only upsets Ciampa. He walks back up the steps, and to the stage, so the fans sing the familiar “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye~!” Ciampa leaves again, without a word. What will he have to say when he finally does speak his mind?
Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!
The Model Soldier has made it her mission to straighten out the NXT Women’s Division to be more proper and classy. She failed when going up against SAnitY’s twisted sister in Nikki Cross, but perhaps she’ll fare better against the recovering Captain of Team Kick, whose arm is only now returning to 100% after what Shayna Baszler did to it.
The bell rings and Lacey gets a waistlock. Dakota trips her up and runs, but Lacey avoids the kick. Lacey retaliates with an arm wring,er then goes after that bad arm with a knee drop. She drops more knees, then wrenches it again as she bends Dakota back. Fans rally, and Dakota fights her way out to then roll up Lacey, Dakota wins!!
Both women are surprised, but it’s true. Dakota won super quick, and has her hand raised. Can Lacey ever successfully carry out the mission she put on herself?
However, Dakota doesn’t get to enjoy the moment long, because Shayna Baszler appears!
And she’s heading for the ring! Dakota only just returned from what The Queen of Spades did to her, and she backs away from the brutal Baszler. The referee keeps Shayna back but not by much. Shayna creeps closer to Dakota, but Ember Moon appears!
The War Goddess finally shows herself, she’s who Shayna really wants to go after. Ember joins Shayna in the ring, armed with a mic. The fans cheer for the NXT Women’s Champion as she tells Shayna, “You really want to do this again?” It doesn’t matter if Ember has one arm or two, she’s going to end what Shayna started! TakeOver: New Orleans will see a rematch for the title, but the fight continues right now! Ember throws hands, Shayna gets a takedown! Shayna rains hands but Ember gets her ina facelock before giving back hammering hands! Referees work to separate them, but the fans want to “Let Them Fight!”
Ember and Shayna break, come back, but are pried apart again. Shayna gets a sucker punch that rocks the champ! Fans boo and jeer while Ember staggers, and Shayna lets her hair down before loading up again, only to run into a boot from Ember! Ember climbs up to the top rope and takes aim at her upstart challenger. Shayna springs up to rock her with a knee! Now Shayna puts Ember in the Kirafuda while she’s on the top rope. But Dakota makes the save with a running boot!
Ember is free thanks to that, and now she finishes aiming, for a one-armed ECLIPSE!
The Prophecy of Flame has downed the Submission Magician! She stands over her foe tonight, but will Ember be standing at all when they have their rematch?
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round Match: The Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery!
Both Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford and Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic have gone up against The Authors of Pain in the past, only to fall like all the rest. Akam & Rezar have already gotten through to the next round, who will win here tonight to try their hand at taking them on again?
Things are already ready to go off as “Dozer” gets in Ford’s face and Ford tries to kung-fu fight him back. Tucker and Dawkins bring their teammates back, and the bell rings. Ford and Otis stay in, and fans chant “Steaks and Weights!” for Heavy Machinery. Dozer lunges at Ford, but Ford evades to get a headlock. Otis powers out and runs Ford over, to then back him down into his corner. Ford picks up his cup and takes a sip. He offers it to Otis, and carefully slides forward to hand it over. The fans chant “Drink! Drink!” and Otis sips. Otis likes what he tastes, and finishes it. He starts revving up, Ford revs up with him. Otis tosses the cup up, and then runs Ford over! He scoops and slams Ford, Ford slips out while Otis tags Tucker.
Dawkins runs in but gets a dropkick from Tucker, and then go after him in the corner. They spread Dawkins wide like a certain son of Dusty would, but then Ford runs in. Tucker throws him out but Ford holds on, only to come back in and be caught by Heavy Machinery! Ford realizes what he’s in for, as does Dawkins, but they can’t do anything about it as Heavy Machinery gives them a heavy duty version of Shattered Dreams!
Both Street Profits go down, Tucker covers Ford, TWO. Tucker brings Ford up and hoists him into a big bearhug. He even hops around as he squeezes Ford. Ford fights out with haymakers, but then Tucker suplexes him. Ford slips out and tags in Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on Tucker, big dropkick and then a bigger back elbow! The Curse of Greatness hits Tucker with the spinning splash, then keeps moving, only to take a big Thesz Press! Dawkins ends up in Heavy machinery’s corner, Tucker splashes him while tagging Otis. Otis picks up Dawkins and Tucker gets moving, but Ford lowers the ropes to dump Tucker out! Dawkins fights out and DDT’s Dozer down. Tag to Ford, who climbs up, and hits a big frog splash!
Cover, Street Profits win! Ford & Dawkins take down bigger, stronger opponents tonight, can they do it again against the dominant Akam & Rezar?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole w/ The Undisputed Era!
The British Bruiserweight may only be the second WWE UK Champion ever, but he’s proven himself the more dominant. He has retained against not just the former champion in Tyler Bate, but also against every other man in the WWE UK Division. As such, he’s been left with American challengers such as Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong, yet still defended successfully against them, too. Now after getting in Dunne’s face in passing, the Panama City Playboy gets his shot as the third Yank to challenge for the UK belt. Can the third time be the charm in favor of Adam Cole BAYBAY!?
The bell rings and the fans already rally as Cole and Dunne circle. They tie up, Dunne backs Cole into a corner but Cole turns it around. Cole lets Dunne out, but Dunne sees reDRagon lurking. So he goes out and backs them down! Fish & O’Reilly stay back and remind Dunne to be more worried about Cole. As such, Cole pounces as Dunne reenters the ring. He brings Dunne up but Dunne gets to ropes. Cole backs off, but then Dunne rocks him with a forearm! Dunne dares reDRagon to try something, but they stay outside the ring. Dunne stomps Cole, wraps one arm in a hammerlock and sits on it while bending back the other arm. He even bends and stretches Cole’s fingers back, one at a time! Cole kicks and flails, but Dunne puts his arm in the hammerlock, to stomp on it!
The fans applaud the Bruiserweight’s brutality while he brings Cole up to work on the other arm. Fish coaches Cole but Dunne hammerlocks that other arm and kicks it! Cole scrambles to the apron, Dunne follows him out, and Dunne grabs Cole in a waistlock. Cole elbows Dunne away, but Dunne stays standing. Dunne hops up onto a corner, and come down on Cole’s left arm!
Cole goes down, clutching that arm, but Dunne isn’t done. He glares at reDRagon, while he X-Plexes Cole to the apron! O’Reilly & Fish protest, but Dunne just smirks at them as he follows Cole back into the ring. Dunne hops up again, but Fish & O’Reilly get up onto the apron to distract Dunne. Cole pounces, shoving Dunne over the top rope, and Dunne ends up in a Tree of Woe! The referee sees what’s happened, but Cole finishes dumping Dunne over. Dunne clutches his leg while we go to break.
NXT returns, and Cole still has control of Dunne as he brings him up for a suplex. Dunne counters with an X-Plex outta nowhere! Both men are down while the fans rally, but Dunne stands first. He chops Cole, Cole forearms back, and they continue back and forth. Dunne gets the edge with furious punches, but Cole knees low. Cole whips but Dunne flips up and over to enziguri Cole down! Dunne hops up again, to again stomp the arm! Dunne brings Cole up, sit-out powerbomb and pin, TWO!
Fish & O’Reilly coach Cole but Dunne is first up again. The fans chant for the Bruiserweight as he kicks Cole right in the head! Dunne keeps going, bringing Cole up for the pumphandle. Dunne lifts but Cole slips out and hits a backstabber! Cole can’t cover from the pain in his arm, but he recovers while the fans rally. He stands and drags Dunne up, but Dunne again counters the suplex, but into a guillotine-bodyscissors-Kimura combo!
Cole endures the Hoverboard, and powers through to at least throw Dunne off. Dunne comes back but into Cole’s bicycle boot! Cole lifts Dunne in the fireman’s carry, for the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! The Undisputed Era is frustrated, but Cole takes off his elbow pad while fans rally. Dunne stirs while Cole toys with him. Cole pie-faces Dunne and even calls him a “chump”! “You’ve got nothing! You’ll never be better than me.” Cole keeps pie-facing Dunne, but then Dunne forearms Cole so hard, he ends up in a corner!
Fish & O’Reilly check on Cole, and the referee backs Dunne down. The ref tells reDRagon to back away, Cole throws a sucker SUPERKICK, but Dunne blocks! Dunne spins Cole around for the waistlock, Cole breaks loose and hits an enziguri! Dunne still forearms Cole in the back of the head, Cole SUPERKICKS on the rebound, but Dunne enziguris back! Cole staggers but side steps Dunne, Dunne back flips, Cole SUPERKICKS him out of the air!
Cover, TWO! Cole can’t believe it, but the fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Fish & O’Reilly still coach Cole on while Dunne stirs. The fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Cole pulls down his knee pad. Cole runs for the Shining Wizard but Dunne ducks and shoves Cole forward. Dunne German Suplexes Cole on the rebound! He fires up, and then drags Cole up, but reDRagon stand on the apron again. Dunne rushes them, giving O’Reilly a forearm smash, and tripping Fish up on the apron. Dunne reenters, but Cole SUPERKICKS him! Cole keeps going, and hits the Last Shot!!
Cover, TWO!? Cole really can’t believe this one. Somehow Dunne survived one of Cole’s best moves, but the fans hope they “Fight Forever!” Dunne revives and grabs the fingers, to snap them! Cole writhes, but Dunne grabs the other hand! Cole swings a kick, but Dunne ducks it to get the pumphandle position. But then O’Reilly slips in and kicks Dunne! The match is disqualified, but the Undisputed Era keeps up the beating, 3v1!
Cole has reDRagon bring Dunne up, and Cole bicycle kicks Dunne down. But in comes Strong to fight the Undisputed Era off!
That’s still a 3v1 situation, though, and Strong ends up beat down and stomped out like Dunne. Cole has reDRagon bring Strong up, but then Dunne revives, and the 3v2 brawl is a bit better for the Bruiserweight and the Messiah of the Backbreaker. The Undisputed Era retreats, and Dunne holds up his title. Does the WWE UK Champion have an American ally in his fight against Cole, Fish & O’Reilly?
Strong offers Dunne a handshake, but Dunne brushes it off. Maybe he views it as more every man for himself. Will Strong get another chance at Dunne’s title down the line?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, is in the ring.
He is here to preside over the contract signing for the NXT Championship match at TakeOver: New Orleans. That match will of course have the champion, El Idolo, and “this man”, Aleister Black!
The Embodiment of the End dispatched Killian Dain last week to earn the right to be #1 Contender. He makes his way to the ring, and circles the table in the center. Regal then introduces the champion, Andrade “Cien” Almas!
Or rather, his manager, Zelina Vega. She makes her way to the ring without El Campeon, which is a bit confusing to both Regal and Aleister. Vega explains, “The NXT Champion, Andrade ‘Cien’ Almas, is not here tonight.” The fans boo and jeer, but Vega continues to say that if Almas were here, “he would destroy you until there’s nothing left.” Aleister ignores her while he seems to be searching for something. Vega continues by saying that as Almas’ manager, it is her job to “ensure that he saves humiliating you for TakeOver: New Orleans.” Aleister tells her to hush with a hand to he face. He hands Vega the contract, then moves the table aside. Aleister walks up to Vega, but realizes how much shorter she is, so he sits down, cross-legged.
Aleister says now they’re on the “same level”, and lets her continue. She does not stand for this insult, and promises that Almas will destroy him like he was never here. Aleister will “reap what you sow”, and then signs the contract on Almas’ behalf. The fans tease Vega by chanting “Too Short! Woop Woop!” Aleister checks the contract and then wonders, “Humiliate me?” Almas is not here, so that he doesn’t humiliate Aleister? Or rather, is Almas not here tonight because he fears in New Orleans, he–much like Vega–will “come up a little short”? Or perhaps more, in comparison to Aleister, he doesn’t “measure up.” Vega really doesn’t stand for these insults, she slaps Aleister!
Vega demands he sign the contract, but he just smirks. He does sign, making things official as he hands it to Regal. Vega insists “you have made the biggest mistake of your life” and that Aleister is “nothing compared to Almas”! However, Aleister just walks out of the ring, and lets Zelina know that he’s happy she came here alone. Because it turns out, he didn’t. Candice LaRae runs out!
Mrs. Wrestling still owes Vega for what she and Almas did to Mr. Wrestling! She rushes the ring and tackles Vega to then rain down furious rights! Vega trise to run but Candice yanks her down and hammers away more. Candice chases Vega around the corner and then they end up on the announce table, Candice still furiously throwing hands. Vega shoves her away but can’t escape, they end up back in the ring! Candice brings Vega up, for a tornado bulldog!
Candice promises Vega this is far from over! Can she avenge her husband at the expense of the woman behind El Campeon?
This was a packed episode, at almost a full hour long! And ever minute was great! NXT wastes little time getting to action with SAnitY VS Sabbatelli-Moss, which was really great. There was a bit of reference to the possible break-up story of Sabbatelli & Moss, in that miscommunication causes them to lose. Though, they probably weren’t going to win even if they were perfectly in sync as SAnitY is just that good. They await the winners of the final opening round match, Mustache Mountain VS Burch & Lorcan, another good match-up. I expect Mustache Mountain to win and we’ll get an even greater match-up on that side of the bracket.
Street Profits VS Heavy Machinery was probably the best match either team has put up on NXT TV, especially for the first time these two teams have met. It’s really big for Street Profits to go over, to be the underdogs to the monstrous Authors of Pain. Tommaso Ciampa having another speechless promo was once again very smart to do. The fans would not stop booing, jeering and chanting, so Ciampa storming out again was a good move. I can’t wait for the third time to be him having an outburst in anger. Dakota winning against Lacey so quickly was surprising, but very fitting for the story brewing with Lacey and her newest angle as a Heel. Then Shayna coming out, fighting Ember, and Dakota helping Ember out, I sense a tag team match to build towards TakeOver, Ember & Dakota VS Shayna & Lacey.
While the WWE UK Division is spinning its wheels in limbo, at least the WWE UK Championship matches are amazing. Cole having reDRagon nearby is business as usual but kinda took away from what Cole VS Dunne alone could’ve been. Great to see Strong making the save, keeping his feud with Undisputed Era going. Also good to see Dunne keeping in character by not really thanking Strong for the save. Unless NXT wants to try two tag team matches where there are uneasy alliances (this and the women’s tag), I expect a Triple Threat for the title coming to up the difficulty for Dunne.
Tonight’s contract signing was probably the best contract signing segment in a long time on any WWE program. It was interesting to see Aleister be the jocular Face when he’s always so stoic and serious. I suppose he just couldn’t resist poking fun at Zelina since he knew he had an ace up his sleeve in Candice. Great to see the brawl that happens in this contract signing is with people not involved in the contract match. This will definitely turn into Zelina VS Candice at TakeOver, though I expect each of them to have one match against other women superstars before then so Zelina can prove herself in the Women’s Division before taking Candice on.
My Score: 8.5/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
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; Cole 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?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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