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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (3/28/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals match: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering; The AoP win and advance to the finals.
  • Lars Sullivan VS John Silver; Sullivan wins.
  • Dakota Kai VS ???; no contest.
  • Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals match: SAnitY VS Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne; Strong & Dunne win and advance to the finals.

PLAY BY PLAY

Before the show, Tommaso Ciampa arrived at Full Sail.

The Psycho Killer saw the fans, and the fans saw him. The fans boo and jeer like always, while NXT Media ask Ciampa about his recovering knee. Ciampa refuses to answer, but asks William Regal, “What type of place are you running here?” Johnny Gargano shows up at Ciampa’s place of work and attacks him! Gargano has been stalking Ciampa! Ciampa blames Regal.

Regal admits, Gargano is out of order. Ciampa wants to know what to do to get rid of Gargano for good. TakeOver: New Orleans, Ciampa VS Gargano, but it’ll be unsanctioned. Regal knows as well as Ciampa, what “unsanctioned” means. Yes, Regal does. But if Gargano wins, he’s got his job back! Though, if Ciampa wins, Gargano will be banished from Full Sail and NXT for good. NXT Media ask Ciampa his thoughts, but it’s clear from the look on his face what he’s ready to do to Gargano. Will Gargano win back his job? Or will Ciampa crush his former friend under the weight of his grudge once and for all?

 

NXT General Manager, William Regal, heads to the ring.

He welcomes the crowd to another night of NXT, and says that “week in and week out”, NXT brings us the “very best competitors from aruond the world.” Therefore, there need to be measuring sticks to assess the talent. That is to say, at TakeOver: New Orleans, there shall be a match for the NXT North American Championship. Just as the WWE United Kingdom Championship has brought us Wolfgang, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne, this NAC will be carried with pride. But wait, who is this coming out now?

It’s Ethan Carter III! Mr. Top 1%, EC3 himself, is here in NXT, and Full Sail is fired up as he enters the ring. EC3 takes a mic and decides to “bask in this moment because I deserve it.” This is too much. He knew Regal was a kind man when he recruited him to the hottest brand in sports entertainment, and knew Regal was reasonable man to roll out a red carpet and lucrative contract. Not to mention the great theme song. But who knew Regal was so logical to create a new title just for EC3! The fans chant “N X 3” because that’s what it is now with him around. There is only one man capable of representing the greatest region in the world, and that is the best guy here, there and anywhere, and that man IS EC3. Maybe Regal went too far but-

Regal speaks up, and is himself very happy to see EC3 finally join, but no one is handed anything in NXT. EC3 will have to earn the title, and he’s more than capable. Therefore, TakeOver: New Orleans will have EC3 competing for the NXT NAC, against five other men, in a Ladder Match! The fans like that, but EC3 doesn’t look so sure. Fans chant “Thank you, Regal!”, and EC3 joins in. “Because you can line up five men, 10 men, 15 men”, or even the entire NXT locker room, but EC3 still vows to show the world why he is the Top 1% of the industry. Regal and EC3 shake hands, and the fans cheer, but who will join EC3 in a Six Man Ladder Match for the brand new title?

 

Charly Caruso recaps the Dusty Tag Team Classic.

Mustache Mountain was unable to compete as Tyler Bate’s leg injury would not be healed in time. This gave rise to a new team to take on Lorcan & Burch as Roderick Strong would get the British Bruiserweight to join in him battle! Strong & Dunne would get past the one-two brawling combination of Lorcan & Burch, but can this team still keep going against the chaotic combination of SAnitY?

 

Performance center interview with TM61.

Nick Miller & Shane Thorne speak on their loss in this year’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. They were hoping their big comeback would be better than it turned out, but they can’t get one over. Maybe they need to change strategies, go to the drawing board, but more importantly, they need to change attitude. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but-

Wait, something is going on in the background between Shayan Baszler and a trainee. And now Ember Moon comes over? Cameras move to see and hear what’s going on. Ember shoves Shayna, and now it’s a brawl! They bump into the camera man as they spill over! Other NXT trainees and superstars have to separate them. Tensions are running high just 11 days from TakeOver, will either woman keep from burning Full Sail down to the ground before then?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals match: The Street Profits VS The Authors of Pain w/ Paul Ellering!

Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford have the #CurseofGreatness and it’s brought them this far, but Akam & Rezar, who write and illustrate a story of dominance every match they have! These two teams met once before and AoP won back then. Will they go 2-0 towards another DRC finals? Or will Ford & Dawkins shock the world?

Ford starts with Rezar, and Ford says he wants this more! Rezar pie-faces Ford and says about the same in his native tongue, so Ford tags out to Dawkins. Dawkins ties up with Rezar but Rezar powers him to a corner and gives body shots. Rezar sits Dawkins down for knees to his head, then backs off at the referee’s order. Tag to Akam, Akam mugs Dawkins with body shots. Akam rams in knees of his own, then clubs away on Dawkins in the corner. Dawkins gets to an open corner and reverses the whip to dropkick Akam. Dawkins fires off firearms, and a big European Uppercut! Rezar comes in, Dawkins rocks him with another uppercut. He hits Akam with a SPINEBUSTER! The fans and Ford are all fired up now, but Ford ends up face-to-face with Ellering. And he offers him a drink!

The fans want Ellering to “Take a sip! Take a sip!” But he slaps the cup down?! Ford has had about enough, but Ellering warns him not to mess with him. Akam clobbers Dawkins, then Rezar returns and they hit Dawkins with the Last Chapter!

Cover, the AoP win!

Winners: The Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar, Akam pins)

Ford realizes the mistake he made, and is furious with himself. The Authors of Pain are 2-0 on the Street Profits, and could repeat as Dusty Rhodes Classic winners. Who will meet them in the finals has yet to be determined, but will it really matter?

 

Backstage interview with William Regal.

Cathy Kelly asks the NXT GM about his ground-breaking announcement for the Six Man NXT North American Championship Ladder Match. Who else does he plan on adding to this historic match? He just finalized the details on the second man to enter that match, it will be Adam Cole. But then the Velveteen Dream walks over.

The Patrick Clark Experience compliments Regal on looking well, then brings up the NXT NAC. Ground-breaking, but it’s not an experience the NXT Universe can get behind. But, maybe if Velveteen Dream was in the match, it could be. Regal knows Velveteen has been very impressive since debuting, so he will be the third man in that ladder match. Velveteen knows the NAC broke ground, but putting Velveteen in the match just set the stage. With the field halfway set, how much more star power will be put in this stellar match?

 

Lars Sullivan VS John Silver!

The Leviathan returns! Brilliant yet brutal, intense yet intellectual, terrifying yet tactical. Forget winning, can John Silver even survive the sinister Sullivan?

The bell rings, and Silver ties up with Sullivan, only to be thrown down and clubbed into the mat. Sullivan drags Silver up, and throws him hard into buckles! He drags Silver up again for another toss into another corner, but he’s still not done. Sullivan waits for Silver to stand up, to squash him! Sullivan military presses Silver, and then brings him into the powerslam! Yet this is still not the end. Sullivan climbs up to the top rope! For a HUMONGOUS diving headbutt!

Sullivan drags Silver up once more, for the Freak Accident!

Cover, Sullivan wins!

Winner: Sullivan, by pinfall

As if there was going to be any other outcome. Now that Sullivan has returned, will anyone on the NXT roster have half a chance of stopping him?

 

Another backstage interview with William Regal.

Three men have been confirmed for the Six Man Ladder Match, but we’re all still curious as to the other three. That’s when Lars Sullivan arrives backstage, and Regal congratulates him on his return victory.

Clearly Sullivan still has his “appetite for destruction”, and it’s great timing. Regal asks if Sullivan would like part in the North American Championship match. Sullivan says, “That sounds fantastic, Mr. Regal.” Sullivan will “unequivocally and categorically” bring the brand of destruction only he can, but not just with his hands, but with a ladder! That’ll be at TakeOver: New Orleans. Next week, Sullivan wants KILLIAN DAIN! Regal confirms Killian Dain is also in the Ladder Match, so the Leviathan will get a match with the Beast of Belfast. “Good.” When monsters collide, will Full Sail survive?!

 

Dakota Kai VS !

The Captain of Team Kick has fully recovered from the arm injury the Queen of Spades gave her.

 

BREAKING: Andrade Almas attacks Aleister Black in the parking lot!

El Idolo goes after the Embodiment of the End in an ambush, with Zelina Vega cheering him on! He tells the “perro” that he is going to pay, and then kicks him while he’s down. Vega says, “That’s what you get!” and Almas tells Aleister he will respect the champion! They spot an ice chest, and both Vega and Almas get the same idea. Almas brings Aleister over, and plunges the #1 contender’s head into the chilling water!

Aleister gasps for air, but Almas keeps on him by throwing him into a door. Almas drags and stomps Aleister out to ringside, Vega still egging things on. The fans boo and jeer as Almas throws Aleister into the ring, ruining the Women’s Division match. Almas grabs a chair, and SMACKS Aleister in the back! Vega brings the NXT Championship into the ring while Almas stands the chair on Aleister’s back. Almas holds the belt while pushing the chair into Aleister’s back while declaring, “Yo soy campeon! I am the champion!”

Fans boo and jeer more as Almas moves the chair aside to choke Aleister directly. Almas stands over Aleister, title raised above. He and Vega then leave, while referees rush to check on Aleister. Almas raises the title again on the stage, his message sent. El Campeon demands respect, but will he even have a match after what he did to his challenger?

 

Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semifinals match: SAnitY VS Roderick Strong & Pete Dunne!

Chaos reigned once before when Eric Young & Alexander Wolfe held the NXT Tag Team Championships before. The Messiah of the Backbreaker wants his first taste of gold, and the Bruiserweight wouldn’t mind having a second belt on top of his WWE United Kingdom Championship. Which duo will win to challenge the Authors of Pain in the finals?

Wolfe starts against Strong as the bell rings. The two circle, tie up, and Strong gets around for the waistlock to float into the facelock. Wolfe pushes Strong but Strong pushes back as he shifts into a headlock. Wolfe powers out but Strong kicks his back drop away. Strong runs out but Wolfe scoops to slam him. Dunne and Young come in and it’s a stand-off between all four men. The referee counts and the illegal partners exit. Wolfe and Strong back off and tag in Young and Dunne. Dunne and Young circle, tie up, and move around, going back and forth in the same corner. The referee counts again, Dunne wrenches Young’s arm and goes for fingers. Young reverses to whip Dunne, but then runs into a roll-up, TWO!

Dunne kicks Young’s arm out, but Wolfe and Strong come in now. The referee won’t stand for disorder, he tells them to exit. Strong and Wolfe exit, Dunne and Young circle. Dunne whips and runs Young over with a clothesline, then covers, ONE. Dunne whips but Young reverses and clobbers Dunne with his own clothesline, then whips but Dunne reverses. Young goes up and over while Wolfe tags in. Dunne hits buckles, Young puts him in an abdominal stretch while Wolfe runs, Wolfe boots Dunne in the chest!

Wolfe rains rights and lefts and the fans applaud while we go to break.

NXT returns once more, and we see Wolfe tag Young back in. Wolfe lifts Dunne in a gutwrench for a gutbuster, Young adds a flying ax handle. Cover, TWO, but Young keeps on Dunne at the ropes. The referee backs him off, Dunne rocks Young with a forearm! Tag to Strong, and Strong stomps away on Young. Strong puts Young in a corner and rams in shoulders before giving a sharp chop. Tag to Dunne, Strong and Dunne each give a chop to Young. Strong lifts Young for a pendulum backbreaker while Dunne hops up, Dunne jumps for a stomp! Cover, TWO, but Dunne keeps on Young with a grounded hammerlock. Dunne wrenches while fans rally, Dunne stretches Young’s free arm back and gives it a hard yank. He drags Young up and whips him to a corner, then gives him a running overhand chop.

Dunne keeps on Young with body shots, then whips corner to corner, but Young tumbles to the apron. Young shoulders in, slips under Dunne, but Dunne stomps him out before he can tag Wolfe. Dunne goes after that bad arm more with a bodyscissor and double wristlock!

Young endures the hoverboard, then powers out to a suplex! Both men are down while the fans applaud. The fans rally, Dunne and Young hot tag to Strong and Wolfe. Strong and Wolfe throw haymakers back and forth, neither one slowing down, but only speeding up! Strong gets the edge with elbows but Wolfe shoves him away. Wolfe boots but Strong holds the ropes. Strong boots back, but Wolfe EuroUppers! Wolfe fireman carry lifts Strong but Strong slips out, shoves and kitchen sink knees Wolfe against the ropes. Young comes in but Strong catches him with a back elbow. Strong fireman carry lifts Wolfe now, but Wolfe slips out to a waistlock and German Suplexes Strong! Wolfe keeps going, fireman carry to Death Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! It was close, so SAnitY keeps moving. Wolfe tags Young, wheelbarrow lift, EuroUpper, wheelbarrow neckbreaker! Young covers, Dunne breaks it!

Wolfe returns but Dunne throws him out, Wolfe manages to stay on the apron. Dunne goes to hit Wolfe but Wolfe hits Dunne first. Wolfe climbs up, but Dunne forearms him out of the air! Young runs at Dunne and hits neckbreaker! Dunne rolls out of the ring, Young gets to a corner and climbs up while Strong stirs. Strong stops Young up top with a right hand and chop. Strong climbs up, but Young fights back. Young throws Strong down with a gordbuster, then adjusts for a Macho Elbow!

Cover, TWO, and Young can’t believe it! He argues it out with the referee but it was a two. Young walks over to Strong, Strong kicks out a leg then kicks him in the chest. Strong stands up while Young staggers. Young swings, but gets caught into a backbreaker! Cover, but Wolfe breaks it just in time. Dunne runs in but misses the enziguri. Wolfe grabs him and German Suplexes, but Dunne lands on his feet. Dunne kicks Wolfe in the head, Strong hits him with End of Heartache! Strong gives Young a Shining Wizard in the corner, Dunne tags in, back suplex hand-off into the Bitter End!

Cover, Dunne & Strong win!

Winners: Strong & Dunne, Dunne pins

The unlikely duo of the Back Breaker & Bruiserweight have beaten former NXT Tag Team Champions! Can they do it again against the bigger and badder Akam & Rezar next week?

 

One last interview with William Regal.

With five men decided, there is still a question of who will be the sixth. Regal says the deal has been struck, and fetches the sixth superstar from inside his office. The door opens and out walks…

RICOCHET! The fans lose their minds at this other major recruit making a surprise appearance. And in regards to this historic match, ll the King of Speed has to say is, “See you at TakeOver.” The stars are aligning for the NXT’s newest title, who will be the inaugural North American Champion?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

To say this was an amazing episode probably doesn’t do it justice. This was another full hour, and the pacing was smooth transition to smooth transition of everything. We start with another genius Ciampa promo for fans to shower Heel heat on him, and then we get a no nonsense announcement of the “unsanctioned” grudge match. It’s going to be like their Cruiserweight Classic match but even better. The TM61 segment that becomes a Shayna-Ember segment was also good, it adds to the NXT Women’s Championship story without too much fuss or worry about words.

Then as rumored, we get our NXT men’s mid-card title announcement, but it was made even better by the surprise appearance of EC3! EC3 is great on the mic, great in the ring, and he’s a great choice for the inaugural NAC match. In fact, all the choices for that match are great, from Adam Cole to Velveteen to the monsters, Lars & Damo, and especially the final choice of Ricochet. Spreading the announcements throughout the episode was actually rather smart, too, it gives the appearance of Regal negotiating the deals out, and helps add more moments of suspense and surprise. Especially since they got to end the night on the great surprise of seeing Ricochet come out of the office without warning.

The matches tonight were great as always, with some good surprises sprinkled in, as well. Logically, Authors of Pain win, not that Street Profits aren’t a good team. There was also a nice story building as Ford lets his emotions get the better of him and that costs them. Lars Sullivan wins because duh, he’s Lars Sullivan. I thought it was brilliant Dakota Kai appears only for her not to wrestle at all, and Almas is even more Heel with his beat down of Aleister. Then another surprise, Dunne & Strong win again. They might win it all at this rate, which will work with Strong’s story of always opposing the Undisputed Era. It’s a shame Bobby Fish got hurt, but word is that Cole might do double duty under Freebird Rules, so it still works.

My Score: 8.8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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NXT UK FINALLY premieres! And to start things off, Noam Dar finally challenges Pete Dunne for THE United Kingdom Championship!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey; Coffey wins.
  • Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala; Mastiff wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels; Storm wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar; Dunne wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT UK, ARE?! YOU?! READY!?

“Before us stands a kingdom. One with an indelible history. An unmistakable legacy. But when this kingdom meets a Universe, a new history will be unearthed. A new flag will be raised. The future will redefine its legacy. A kingdom will rise.” And that all begins, now!

 

Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey!

The High-Flying, Stage-Diving Welshman rockstar owes both Coffey Brothers payback for the beat down they handed out back in June. However, he can only take on one at a time, so he goes with big brother Joe first. Will Andrews get satisfaction? Or will Joe finish what he started over the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans are on Andrews’ side. Andrews and Joe circle and Andrews gets around. Joe standing switches and throws Andrews down to then get the arm. Fans rally while Joe wrenches Andrews’ arm. Andrews rolls and handsprings to get up but he can’t get Joe down. He kips up and gets into a Greco-Roman wristlock battle with Joe, only to get brought down again. Joe covers, TWO as Andrews gets a shoulder up. Joe pushes that shoulder back down, TWO as Andrews gets the other shoulder up. That shoulder goes down, but then Andrews bridges! Joe goes to put his full weight on Andrews but gets caught into a wheelbarrow arm-drag! Andrews tries another arm-drag but Joe reverses to a whip. Andrews comes back with a huricanrana!

Joe ends up in a corner and Andrews runs in, but is put on the apron. He swing kicks Joe away, then springboards, for a flying huricanrana! Andrews handsprings and the fans fire up while Joe gets to ropes. Fans rally behind Andrews as he tries to whip, but Joe holds ropes. Joe breaks free and chops Andrews stiff across the chest. Joe gives body shots and European Uppercuts, but Andrews ducks the discus, only to run into a Pounce! Fans boo while Andrews writhes but Joe just stalks behind Andrews to a corner. Joe throws more hands then brings Andrews out for the butterfly swing! Around and around the go, and then Joe throws Andrews with a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! But Joe is right on Andrews with a half straitjacket, to a full!

Fans rally up as Andrews endures, but Joe drives in a knee. Andrews feeds off the fan energy but Joe bends him back. Andrews stands up and arm-drags Joe off. He runs but into an elbow. Joe throws Andrews out of the ring, then distracts the ref. Mark comes around but the ref spots him in time. So Joe gets the sneak attack instead! Joe declares this is “My Kingdom! MY Kingdom!” Joe puts Andrews in, then pulls off the elbow pad. He brings Andrews up, but Andrews blocks the elbow to fire off chops and forearms. Joe shoves him away but Andrews comes back with furious palm strikes! Fans fire up as Andrews mule kicks and front kicks Joe. Andrews whips but Joe reverses. Andrews slides under to enziguri!

Joe gets to a corner and Andrews grits his teeth. Andrews runs in for meteora then runs to victory roll and double stomp! To standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Andrews brings Joe up. Joe shoves Andrews but runs into another enziguri. Andrews runs but into a pop-up EuroUpper, and then Joe gives a running headbutt! Joe says “No mercy!” but fans boo. Joe runs in for a corner splash, then whips for the pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives and Joe is furious. Joe drags Andrews as fans rally up again. Joe suplexes but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews heads to a corner with Joe in a drop zone, but Mark saves his brother. So Andrews SUPER ASAIS on them both!

Andrews hits both Coffey Brothers and the fans are all fired up. Andrews puts Joe in, climbs up again, but Mark gets up to go after him. Mark gets kicked away but Joe hops up for a SUPER Belly2Belly! Then All the Best for the Bells! The spinning lariat hits, Joe covers, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

Joe should give some credit to his brother, Mark, for giving him the opening. The gritty Glaswegians are a force to be reckoned with, who will they run over next?

But it seems they’re not done with Andrews just yet! Both Coffey Brothers stomp away on Andrews, and fans boo and jeer the entire time. Here comes Flash Morgan Webster for the save! Flash uses his pilot’s helmet to even the odds, and the Coffey Boys are in retreat! Will the speed combination of Webster and Andrews get even with the big bad Coffey boys?

 

NXT UK, meet Eddie Dennis.

Dennis has been wrestling for over a decade, and during that entire time, he was a close personal friend to Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne. When they all started, it wasn’t about wrestling for thousands while making millions, it was about having fun and telling stories. And Dennis has some stories to tell. When will Dennis make his debut on NXT UK? What stories about Andrews and the current WWE UK Champion will he share?

 

Mustache Mountain is here!

Trent and Tyler take to the mics as fans give them a standing ovation. They chant “Mustache Mountain! Big Strong Boys!” Trent thanks Cambridge for that. But save your lungs, today is a big day. It’s a very special day. Today is quite possibly the biggest day in British professional wrestling history! Fans seem to agree with that. But it’s not just about NXT UK but about the entire NXT UK Universe as we witness the birth of this brand! Trent wants everyone to think back to earlier this year, when he and Trent stood in the ring at a sold out Royal Albert Hall and became NXT Tag Team Champions! Tyler says that they aren’t those champions anymore, Triple H did mention something about the UK tag team championships. Fans know “You Deserve it!”

But wait, there aren’t any other tag teams here in NXT UK. As a former UK Champion, still the youngest ever–which would make Trent the oldest–there must be a boat load of talent itching for a chance. Trent agrees, that talent should buddy up, talk it out, because when those tag titles arrive, Trent wants Mustache Mountain to have the best opposition going! Whether you’re in the ring, in the back or in the audience, the whole of the UK comes together for THEIR brand! This is THEIR NXT UK! Strong words from strong men, but when will we see those tag team titles? Who will step up to this challenge when that time comes?

 

NXT UK, meet Dave Mastiff.

The man of the Black Country is a human wrecking ball, and declares himself THE best heavyweight in the world. He vows to show the world that, next!

 

Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala!

The “Bomber” is on a mission to make a name for himself as the biggest and best man in NXT UK. Will he literally be too much man for the young kid from London to handle?

Cambridge already tells Sid, “Mastiff’s gonna kill~ you~!” but Sid doesn’t back down. The bell rings, he gets in Mastiff’s face but Mastiff grabs his hand. Sid throws a forearm, Mastiff sends Sid flying with a forearm! Then he deadlifts Sid off the mat and into a suplex. Mastiff carries Sid around, with one hand, then dumps him down!

Mastiff stalks Sid to a corner while fans want “One More Time!” He double chops Sid in the corner, then tosses him across the way. Mastiff drags Sid up for elbows right to his ear! Sid covers up as best he can, but Mastiff is on him, licking his chops. Sid breaks free and throws a forearm, but Mastiff just smiles. Mastiff seems to like a good fight, but Sid is at a loss for words. Sid runs, but into a DROPKICK!? Mastiff defies physics, then he deadlift German Suplexes Sid all the way to a corner. And then, the cannonball!! Mastiff covers, Mastiff wins!

Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall

The size, the strength and the speed of Mastiff easily takes care of the smaller Sid Scala. Who will be next on the menu for Mastiff to maul?

 

Backstage interview with Nina Samuels.

She is moments away from her WWE debut here on the first episode of NXT UK. Nina is “elated” to finally be here on the grand stage she deserves. The first thing on her list is to be the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. And what better way to do that than to make a name for herself off Toni Storm? That match, is now!

Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels!

The NXT UK Women’s Division is off to a strong start as the Lightning from Down Under and the House of Couture’s pink rose are in the brand’s first women’s match! Toni’s having a great time in the Mae Young Classic, but can she make some major moves in the UK? Or will dividing her attention cost her against her talented and fashionable opponent?

The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Toni. Nina does her best to shrug that off as she ties up with Toni. Toni gets a headlock and takeover, makes it a cover, ONE. Nina works her way up as fans sing for Toni. She turns the hold around to a headlock of her own, but Toni pries her way out. Fans rally up but Nina reels Toni back in. Nina shifts to a wristlock while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Toni spins, bridges, rolls and breaks free but Nina SLAPS her! Nina trash talks so Toni SLAPS back! She also kicks and runs to boot Nina down! Fans fire up with Toni as she runs in at Nina, but Nina drop toeholds Toni into buckles. Nina drives in a meteora to Toni’s back, then covers, TWO! Nina is frustrated, but she toys with Toni.

Fans boo as Nina brings Toni to the ropes and pulls her back. Nina lets go at 4, but then runs to dropkick Toni in the back. Cover, TWO! Nina grows frustrated, but she puts Toni in a modified chinbar. Fans rally up for Toni and Toni powers her way up to her feet. Nina elbows Toni and throws her down by her hair, then covers, TWO! Fans rally more for Toni and she hits Nina back with forearms. Toni fires off more and more forearms, then whips. Nina reverses and gets Toni with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Toni continues to frustrate Nina, but then Nina trash talks the fans.

Nina brings Toni up to put her in a corner. She pie faces Toni around then whips her corner to corner. Toni goes up and over and then gets Nina in a snap German Suplex! Fans fire up and Toni gets moving for her own meteora. Then Toni lifts Nina for the Storm Zero neckbreaker! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The Storm weathered the thorny rose, and has her first win on the first episode of NXT UK! Will Toni continue to take the entire Women’s Division by storm? And who else will join the division to fight for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

 

NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, is in the ring!

Cambridge is happy to see Saint as he’s here to personally watch the first main event of his brand!

WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar!

The Scottish Supernova earned this title match way back in June when he made a surprise return at the United Kingdom Championship special’s finale. He overcame Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks to earn this shot, and finally cashes in on NXT UK’s premiere. Will Dar become the third-ever man to hold the WWE UKC? Or will The Bruiserweight continue his impressive reign that dates back to over a year ago?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Johnny Saint shakes both men’s hands before exiting the ring. Dunne throws his coat at Dar and gets him right in the face! Dar keeps his cool as the bell rings. Fans sing for Dar as he circles with Dunne around the ring. They tie up and Dunne pushes Dar to ropes. Dunne backs off on the ropebreak at 4 but mocks Dar’s pinkie’s out. Fans banter as Dar gives a handshake. Dunne wants to take it but Dar uses his pinkie to flip Dunne off. Dunne whips Dar but Dar holds ropes. Dar ducks and table tops Dunne to then get a spinning, windmilling backslide. Cover, TWO! Dar drags Dunne up for a headlock but Dunne powers out. Things speed up but Dunne clobbers Dar with that clothesline!

Fans fire up behind The Bruiserweight while Dunne drags Dar around. Dunne has the legs and hooks them, to then grab an arm. Dunne tortures the wrist and fingers before stomping the knees. Dar clutches his bad leg as he rolls away. Dunne is on Dar in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Dar reverses and Dunne goes up, but Dar stops him from going over with a lariat to the leg! Dar rolls out as fans rally up. Dunne rolls to a corner but Dar is there to bring him to the apron. Dar throws hands then drags him out. Dunne catches himself, but Dar kicks out the arms! Fans rally while a 10 count begins. Dar puts Dunne back in at 6 and enters at 7 to kick Dunne more. Dunne kicks back from the mat but Dar stomps him down.

Fans duel now as Dar drags Dunne up. Dunne X-Plexes Dar outta nowhere! Both men are down but fans fire up. Dunne stands first and aims at Dar. Dar stands but gets furious hands from all sides! They end up in a corner and Dunne backs off at 4 but with fury! Dunne goes back in to whip Dar but Dar again reverses. Dunne successfully gets up and over to then enziguri Dar down! He drags Dar up but Dar standing switches. Dar throws Dunne with a German Suplex but Dunne lands on his feet, to buzzsaw Dar! Dunne lifts Dar and hits a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dar survives but both men are down. Fans chant for “British Wrestling!” as Dunne drags Dar over. Dunne climbs up but Dar intercepts him. Dunne goes after Dar’s ear and nose, but Dar sweeps the legs!

Dar puts pinkies out and double chops, headbutts and uppercuts Dunne quick. He runs in for a big EuroUpper and Dunne is rocked. Dar reels Dunne in for a Northern Lights, but normal covers, TWO! Dar argues with the ref but two is a two. Dunne rolls away but Dar follows. They’re on the apron as Dunne boots Dar. Dar hits back with forearms but Dunne SLAPS Dar. Dar hits back but Dunne goes after the fingers! He bends them as far as they can go, but Dar roundhouses Dunne. Dar gives Dunne a Fisherman Suplex on the apron!! Fans fire up as both men hit the floor. Dar and Dunne stir as the 10 count begins again. They crawl around the outside, and both get in at 9.5! The two glare at each other as they crawl. “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Dunne grabs the fingers but Dar hits back with forearms and kicks. Dunne still SNAPS the fingers!! But Dar uses his elbow! Dunne leaps to get the arm, for a triangle hold! But it’s a cover, TWO, Dar gets a half crab. Dunne rolls it back to a cross armbreaker! But Dar rolls through to an ankle lock! Dunne rolls to throw Dar off, they both collide with clotheslines. They don’t fall, Dunne gives a forearm but Dar gives a lariat. Dunne enziguris, runs, but into the rabbit clothesline! Fans are thunderous for this first ever NXT UK main event! Dunne and Dar stir as fans chant “UK! Woop Woop!” Dar gets to a corner and stands, to take aim at Dunne. But Dunne sees him coming, and catches him into a body scissor and floating hammerlock!

Dar powers through to a suplex! Dar gets up again, as does Dunne, and Dar sweeps the legs. But Dar keeps going with pinkies out, for a forearm from Dunne! Dunne gives Dar the pumphandle, but Dar reverses the Bitter End into a knee bar!! Dar has the knee and the ankle while Dunne is so far from the ropes! Dar kicks Dunne in the back but Dunne flails and reaches, for the ropebreak! Fans applaud Dunne’s toughness while Dar lets him go. Dar and Dunne are both down, exhausted from this action already. Fans duel again as Dar puts pinkies out. But Dunne grabs one, puts it on the mat, and STOMPS IT! Then hits Bitter End! Cover, Dunne wins!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion

The Bruiserweight retains his title once again! He denies Dar the best birthday gift possible, and adds to his already impressive legacy as WWE UK Champion. Who will be the next to step up and challenge Dunne’s reign? What will it take for someone to end that reign?

Dunne waits for Dar to stand, to offer him a handshake now. Dar considers it, but then both men give pinkies out. This is it’s own showing of respect between these two. When and where will Noam Dar be back for another shot at the title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An excellent first episode for WWE’s long-awaited UK show. The opening package to recap everything WWE UK has done since the inaugural championship tournament was great, and of course reminds us Triple H is behind the scenes making sure this NXT is just as great as the American NXT. Then there was very little time wasted with things that aren’t matches. Andrews VS Joe Coffey was pretty good, and naturally Mark helps screw Andrews over. Flash Morgan Webster of course wants his own payback, so it’s a good move to team him and Andrews up against the Coffey Brothers. It also ties into Mustache Mountain daring the other UK talent to make teams so that there can be an NXT UK Tag Division. I’m already betting on Mustache Mountain VS Coffey Brothers for the titles.

Dave Mastiff gave us one of the most fun squash matches in a long time. He’s definitely going to be a big name in the NXT UK Division, and could even be a big name on the main roster one day. Then we already get a big tease for a major rival of at least Pete Dunne’s, as Eddie Dennis implies he knows some dark secrets that he could easily use against Dunne in a build to a title match. Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels was a great first women’s match, and we know from real time that Toni was inaugural women’s champion, but had to give it up because of injury[Highlight for spoilers] Then Dunne VS Dar, incredible main event! Dunne’s reign keeps going and outside of maybe Dennis or Mastiff, I can’t be sure who stops him.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Stardom Grand Champion Carnival 2018 Night Show Results & Review (9/30/2018)

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And we’re back as we continue the Stardom Grand Champion Carnival with the night show now.

The afternoon show was pretty successful with a great main event and a title change with the Artist of Stardom Championship. We got another stacked card once again to end the day and let’s see if they can go home strong.

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Tag Team Match
Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Review: The majority of the show is tag matches and it looks like it has to do with getting their next tournament hyped up and I’ll get to it at the end of the coverage. Our opening bout is Starlight Kid and Hanan teaming up this time instead of fighting each other as they take on Kaori Yoneyama and Leo Onozaki. Which one of these teams will come out on top?

I really don’t know what happened at the beginning of the match and I’m actually afraid to ask myself, but what was up with Starlight’s selling once the bell rang? Like she got hit once and just sold a different part of her body and even had her own arm wrapped around the rope by herself like someone did it that wasn’t Kaori. Is John Cena secretly in Stardom as the invisible wrestler all along!? Luckily after that little episode, Starlight would wrestle normally like that little thing hasn’t happened which is a good thing since you wanna keep the match rolling. The match was short and very basic with the four of them doing stuff to showcase their stuff in, but nothing memorable at all except for maybe Leo and Kaori doing a Double Cutter (I’m onto you, Leo!) Starlight and Hanan would get Kaori out of the ring as Starlight hits the Fisherman Buster on Leo and would do a Moonsault off the second rope as she gets the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 1 (You’re making me look bad now.)

 

Tag Team Match
Kelly Klein & Rachael Ellering vs. Shiki Shibusawa & Tam Nakano

Review: First we had Kelly and Rachel fighting each other on opposite teams and now they’re teaming up together this time and their opponents are STARS members, Shiki Shibusawa and one-third of the Artist of Stardom Champions, Tam Nakano. Will Kelly and Rachel get a victory or will STARS win?

I still don’t know how to feel about Rachael Ellering just yet since you’ll see her in different promotions where she’ll be good and over here, you see her doing the exact opposite of that and don’t like these mind games to decide how I feel about her. Kelly though did do pretty well in the team as she kept on showing how talented she is in the ring and how she works well with women of any size. As for the team of Tam and Shiki, I’m not sure if I can say it’s a great team but they’ll be teaming up for the Stardom tag tournament coming up and we might be able to see some progress with them as a tag team, hoping it goes well. The match though felt pretty underwhelming since it looks sloppy at some spots or just slow to make people lose interest in the match, which is a shame since most of them in the match are talented but it happens sadly. Shiki would hit Kelly with a Missile Dropkick from the top rope and then Tam kicks her in the gut for Shiki to roll her up and a two count. Rachael would get Tam out of the ring so it would be Kelly and Shiki alone as Kelly gives Shiki an Attitude Adjustment and pins her for the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Queen’s Quest Flag & Mask Tag Team Match
Hazuki & Natsu Sumire vs. AZM & Konami

Review: Natsu Sumire has been quite an annoyance to AZM and Queen’s Quest lately ever since they had that match in September where they fought each other and Sumire won. Once she won, she would steal the Queen Quest Flag and she would later on also steal their mask. Now, AZM and Konami have a chance to get the mask and flag back from Oedo Tai as they take on Hazuki and Natsu Sumire. Will Queen’s Quest get their stuff back or will Oedo Tai win?

Queen’s Quest wasted no time attacking Oedo Tai as Hazuki is thrown to the outside as AZM and Konami beat down Sumire to while she was holding onto the flag to make Queen’s Quest not steal it back from her as AZM slaps her in the face to make her go down. This has low-key been a guilty pleasure for me when it comes to rivalries of this year between AZM and Natsu Sumire since these two together has just been entertaining for the most part with them being childish to one another with the name calling and stealing stuff. While AZM and Sumire do the entertaining aspect of the match, Konami and Hazuki would deliver the wrestling part of the match to give us a good balance.

Hazuki would hit a Codebreaker to Konami while landing on AZM for a Senton at the same time and she would lay them on top of each other to apply the Crossface to the both of them and that looks awesome to see, love Hazuki. We still have a solid match with a mix of wrestling, entertainment, and storytelling which all four of these women delivered their part to give us something fun. AZM looked like she was about to get the win with the European Clutch but Hazuki would break it up just in time before the referee called for a three-count. AZM went to the top rope, but Sumire would grab the Queen’s Quest flag and wrapped it around AZM to make her unable to see or move as she picked her up to hit the DDT and pins her for the victory, meaning Oedo Tai keeps the flag and mask.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
Jamie Hayter & Kimber Lee vs. Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita

Review: We got another tag match with Jamie Hayter given another chance to get revenge against Utami Hayashishita as she partners up with Kimber Lee to take on Utami and current Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe. As of right now, Utami still doesn’t have a faction to align herself with but maybe she could join Queen’s Quest if things go well here. Can Utami and Momo work well or will they fall short?

This match was another showcase for the Super Rookie since we all know what Momo Watanabe can do, we know about Kimber Lee, and Jamie Hayter does stuff, so this match was a good way for us to see more of Utami who will keep on progressing into the roster. Momo and Utami would do rather okay as a tag team here since it was mostly them doing stuff by themselves rather than working together in the match and that’s kinda what Kimber and Jamie do as well since it didn’t really feel like a tag team match, but it was still solid enough to get over. Utami had Kimber up for the Torture Rack and slams her down as Momo would quickly hit the Somato to get her down for a two count. Momo would hit another Somato and pick her up for the Package Driver and she would hit it and pin Kimber Lee for the victory.

After the match, Momo would grab the microphone and she would tell Utami that they worked well together and was wondering if she would like to team up with her for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag League which is coming up at their next show. Utami would accept her offer, but she lets her know that it doesn’t mean she’s apart of Queen’ Quest and just wants to win with her. If it goes well and they do win the whole thing, then there’s a good chance we might have Queen’s Quest as her first home.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

World Of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Nicole Savoy

Review: Our first title match of the night as Kagetsu defends her title against SHIMMER Champion, Nicole Savoy. Both of them have defended their titles at the afternoon show as Nicole retained against Konami and Kagetsu had a No Contest against Momo Watanabe. Nicole would challenge Kagetsu after her title match and Kagetsu wanted to give the people what they want and defend her title twice in one day. Is Kagetsu able to retain her title or will Nicole take advantage of the beating she took earlier?

Much like Nicole’s last match that happened earlier on in the day, this one was just more technically sound and it worked to her favor since she would have the majority of the control in the match, despite Kagetsu getting some offense but not as technically superior to Nicole. I liked her match with Momo earlier on in the day better but this was still a very fun title defense and a great match for the style they did with this one to get people seemed interested in it. Kagetsu would make her little comeback in the match and hits a Suicide Dive to the outside. Kagetsu would get her back into the ring to hit a Springboard Dropkick and would start to work on her arms for a submission, but Nicole would turn it back around to out-wrestle her and even hits an Exploding Suplex. Nicole would apply the Rings of Saturn to try and make her tap but Kagetsu would fight out of it and Sunset Flips over her for a two count and Nicole would roll her back up as Kagetsu spits blue mist into her eyes to break the count. Kagetsu would slam her down and hits the Oedo Coaster to pin her down and retain the championship!

After the match, Kagetsu would grab the microphone to talk about Nicole and the match they just had had and soon as they were about to shake hands, Kagetsu would attack her and tell Nicole to get out of her ring. Now that she got that out of the way, she talked about her next prey and her next title defense due to Mayu Iwatani being busy with Momo Watanabe, meaning she’ll be defending her title against former Oedo Tai member, Hana Kimura. October 23rd is gonna be an amazing show.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Goddesses Of Stardom Title Match
Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima (c) vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Review: During the afternoon show, Mayu, Saki, and Tam would defeat Kyona, Natsuko, and Kaori for the Artists of Stardom Championships. For the night show, Kyona and Natsuko have a chance to get revenge as they take on Mayu and Saki for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship. Mayu right now has two belts with two more title matches coming soon, so she could be planning to go for any belt she can to be a multi-crown champion. Can Mayu pull that off with her and Saki or will JAN get revenge?

If we wanna go by out these units did as a whole during the year so far, I would actually have to put JAN up there for being pretty successful and I’m saying this because this team is normally seen as the butt of the group of units and not meant to be taken seriously over the years or even an official stable, but they really did turn themselves around after parting away from STARS during the draft. Kyona and Natsuko are the bread and butter of the group and took the negative into a positive with themselves and Kaori to recruit some of the newer wrestlers and they even won the Artists of Stardom titles together before losing it at the afternoon show and it’s still progressed to show they could keep getting better if they stick to what it is they’re doing.

I thought the match was very well done with both of these teams playing their strengths and acting like an actual tag team in these matches to show why they’re that good as partners. Natsuko is someone who really stepped up her game in this match and while still not great, she can show some potential to have better matches like these and right now has to keep working with that. Mayu and Saki also showed why they were the Goddesses of Stardom Champions for as long as they were with them playing with each other’s chemistry to make themselves show better as individuals and as a team. Jungle and Natsuko would go to the top rope to both hit a Splash onto their opponents as Saki kicked out of it while Natsuko would have Mayu outside of the ring, leaving Kyona and Saki in the ring so they could finish off this match. Kyona picked Saki up to go for the Jungle Bomb but Saki would reverse it into a Crucifix to get the pinfall on her but kicked out as well. Kyona would then grab Saki from behind to spin her around before dropping her and she falls on her for a Splash for the cover, and JAN wins the titles!

You can just see the tears and emotions from both Kyona and Natsuko when they hugged each other after winning the match. After the match, Kyona talked about how they lost the Artist titles earlier in the day and were able to win the Goddesses tonight as she thanked the fans for their support. Natsuko would talk about how the 5 Star Grand Prix was over and it was now time for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team League next as the winner will get a title shot against our new champions. Congrats to the both of you, hope you both have a good reign. It was time for Mayu to drop the belts anyway since she needs to get back into singles gold and I have no doubt Saki will have a new partner.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

 

 

Overall: I thought the afternoon show was slightly better, but this one was still solid enough to get by with our last two matches being the better part of the show. As you’re aware, Stardom is doing their Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team league coming up now actually and I decided that I will not be taking part of that one and give Stardom a little break except for the big titles matches like the October 23rd show and focus on AJPW for a little bit along with different shows until the tournament is over.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Least Favorite Match: Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Score: 7/10


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Stardom Grand Champion Carnival 2018 Afternoon Show Results & Review (9/30/2018)

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Now that the Five Star Grand Prix is over, it’s time to go back to covering the full shows once again.

I wanna thank Andrew for helping me out with the tournament since he’s always a pleasure to work it, wouldn’t turn down to help him in a heartbeat. Also, congrats to Mayu for winning the tournament and I’m looking forward to the future title match. Our next show is the Grand Champion Carnival and they had both an afternoon and night show and will be covering both of them separately. We have a big show for the afternoon with most of them being titles matches and I can’t wait to get to it.

So let’s not waste any time and…dive right in.

 

Three Way Match
AZM vs. Shiki Shibusawa vs. Leo Onozaki

Review: Our opening match is a three-way battle between our future of Stardom division wrestlers with AZM taking on Shiki Shibusawa and Leo Onozaki. I missed doing the Leo Cutter Counter and I can’t wait to bring it back for this one and let’s see if she does more than two for this one. Which of these three ladies will win the match?

Saki Kashima wasn’t the only that changed her attire recently as Shiki Shibusawa also appears to have a makeover with her attire and I gotta say that it looks much better than her previous outfit, good for her. Not gonna lie, for a three-way match that was less than five minutes, this was probably one of the better ones compared to the few we had this year since most of it was very smooth with the exception of whenever Leo did stuff which wasn’t a lot since it was mostly AZM and Shiki doing the work in the match. Shiki keeps on improving for me and is slowly winning me over with her ability while AZM is still proving she’s one of the best on the roster for someone her age. Shiki would go to pin Leo and AZM hits a Double Stomp once Shiki moved out of the way so she would land on Leo. Shiki would have AZM out of the ring to have Leo all to herself as she hits two Bulldogs and a Missle Dropkick for the win. Could she be a possible contender for the Future of Stardom Championship?

Rating: Tony Schiavone and three quarters

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 1 (I bring you back and this is how you repay me!?)

 

Tag Team Match
Hazuki & Kelly Klein vs. Kimber Lee & Rachel Ellering

Review: Our next match is a tag match with Hazuki teaming up with Kelly Klein and I’m guessing Natsu Sumire isn’t at the show and since Kagetsu is in the main event, she’s the only active Oedo Tai member that doesn’t have a match, so they gave her Kelly since they may as well use her to finish this tour. Their opponents for the show are Kimber Lee and Rachel Ellering, who was probably the worst one out of the whole Grand Prix due to having poor lackluster matches while she did better at the MYC, funny how that works. Which of these teams will win?

Not sure what exactly to say about this match since it pretty much feels like a showcase Hazuki match than a tag match and that’s what they would pretty much do. Not that I mind since more of Hazuki is good enough for me, but not really a lot of tag teaming going on in the match or we really don’t get to see much of Kelly Klein in the match except for a minute and when she breaks up the pin near the end. Rachel wasn’t in the match much either and when she was, she did pretty average in my opinion while Kimber was in the match mostly with Hazuki who didn’t do too bad either, but the match was all about Hazuki.

Hazuki keeps on showing her consistency in the ring and is still in my top 5 for Stardom, I really hope she gets a big payoff coming soon since she definitely has earned something ever since she made her change going with Oedo Tai. Kimber would have Hazuki in a Sidewalk position while Rachel takes her down with a Neckbreaker as Kelly breaks the count. Kimber Lee would go for the Swanton Bomb, but Hazuki moves out of the way and does the Hazukistral for the win.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Future of Stardom Title Match
Starlight Kid (c) vs. Hanan

Review: Our first title match of the day as Starlight Kid is set to defend her Future of Stardom Championship and it’s been a while since she last defended the title, so it’s nice to see it getting some time. We find out that the opponent chosen for her in this match is Hanan, who defeated Natsu Sumire in one of the recent shows and I guess that’s what made her have this title match today. Can Starlight have another successful defense under her belt or will we crown a new champion?

So how did Hanan do in her first title match? Right now, it looks like she’s not ready to be in that type of position as of right now, but I think she’ll do just fine if she keeps at it since she really isn’t bad at all and has improved other the past few months. I really do like how Hanan uses her judo mixed in with her wrestling to give her a bit of something unique to her ability and does them very well too. The first half started off rather slow and sloppy, but they did pick up once both of these women got into the groove better in the match. Hanan would keep doing her STO’s on Starlight and would attempt to pin her multiple times only for Starlight to barely kick out and even did a Northern Lights Suplex with a very beautiful bridge to top it off. Starlight would make a comeback with a Diving Body Press and a Fisherman Suplex for a two count. Starlight would go to the second rope and would do a Moonsault onto Hanan to get the victory and a fourth successful title defense.

So who will be Starlights next challenger? Shiki? AZM again due to their last match being a draw? Or will we have a new competitor? Only time will tell with what they give us next. Good job, Hanan and I’m sure you’ll get another opportunity soon.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

SHIMMER Title Match:
Nicole Savoy (c) vs. Konami

Review: It looks like Nicole Savoy is going to defend her SHIMMER Championship during this tour, which I’m okay with since they sometimes defend their titles in other companies and gives it more exposure. Nicole did really well in the tournament and made me wanna follow her a bit more from how impressive she was. She’s now set to defend her title against Konami who has been on a roll lately with her deadly strikes and submissions that could come into play here. Will Nicole retain or will Konami take the title away from her?

This match is very ground based with the both of them being submission specialists and that was exactly how it needed to be with two of these women trying to outmaneuver the other one to see who can make who tap out first, so it requires skill and timing to get the victory in the match. It looked like Konami was able to get the first lead in the match and would start to deliver those kicks that can send even the toughest to their knees. Konami is another one that keeps on progressing this year and putting on great matches with her best still being against Kagetsu during the Grand Prix. Nicole has made me a fan during the whole tour and now I wanna follow her career to see how she does outside of Stardom since she actually is really well diverse for what she does with her technical ability.

Both of them would keep trying to get a submission hold locked in to try and make the other tap or Konami just using her kicks while Nicole would just try to catch her off guard. Konami went for the Black Widow but Nicole would move Konami into position to hit the Fallaway Slam and we get a kick out. Konami would try to go for her Triangle Lancer which Nicole rolled her up for the pin but gets reversed by Konami into another pin, but Nicole would kick out and apply the Rings of Saturn as she makes Konami tap-out and Nicole retains!

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

Singles Match
Jamie Hayter vs. Utami Hayashishita

Review: After losing at the finals of the tournament, Utami Hayashishita has made a name for herself with all of the people she fought in the tournament and has impressed a lot of views while still having a long way to go to prove she can be the future of the company. The Super Rookie is set to take on Jamie Hayter, who had a…average performance under my block and hoping we can see some improvement since it’s not a tournament match. Will the Super Rookie pick up another win or will Jamie pull off an upset?

I really couldn’t tell Jamie’s role as to whether she was a face, heel, or just being there when she came to the Grand Prix tour last month and in this match, we get to see where she lies and that’s a heel. Jamie would attempt a handshake with Utami and once she got it, she would kick her in the midsection and the crowd would boo Jamie heavily and we hardly get to see a crowd boo that loudly when it comes to stuff like that since Sumire would usually get cheered when she does it, but when it happened to Utami, you knew they cared and Jamie fed off of that.

The match was pretty much basic but it worked with who was involved in the match since Jamie normally is around that range while Utami is still working her way in to earn her stripes despite the great progress she has been making during this time. Utami would try to get Jamie up for the Torture Rack but Jamie knows better as she would fight her off so she wouldn’t be able to lock it in. Utami would have Jamie in the Sleeper Hold to hold Jamie still long enough to pick her up for the Torture Rack and makes Jamie tap out to get another victory under her belt.

Rating: Eric Bischoff

 

Artist of Stardom Title Match
J.A.N (Jungle Kyona, Natsuko Tora, & Kaori Yoneyama) (c) vs. STARS (Mayu Iwatani, Tam Nakano, & Saki Kashima)

Review: Our next title match is Jungle Assault Nation defending their Artist of Stardom Championships against some members of STARS such as Tam Nakano, Saki Kashima, and Mayu Iwatani. We found out that later on that night, Mayu and Saki are set to defend their Goddesses of Stardom Championships against Jungle and Natsuko, so seeing how the outcome of this match plays out could affect what happens at the night show. Which one these teams will win?

The match started off a little bit clunky with the couple slip-ups and slow moments in the match to not give it that great of a start, but the match would start to get better as it slowly progresses going forward. We really didn’t get to see Saki or Kaori do a lot in the match since it mostly focused on the other four in the bout, which is weird because you would wanna focus on all of your members in the match to give it that six-man tag feel instead of just a regular two on two bout. The better moments of the match were when Mayu and Kyona shared the ring together since they’re the top females in the roster and I have a feeling that if Mayu does indeed in the title from Kagetsu, don’t be surprised to see Kyona being one of or her first challenger.

The interactions between Tam and Natsuko was also very interesting to see since they did fight each other in the Grand Prix and just how these two go at each other makes it all the more exciting and while I don’t know the exact reason they’re like this to each other, but it’s still nice to see that and I hope we get another singles match between them soon. JAN would do their Triple Splash onto Tam with all three members jumping one at a time off of the ropes from bottom to upper with Natsuko delivering the one off the top but Mayu would break the hold right before the three count. Saki and Mayu would get Kyona and Kaori outside of the ring with Mayu jumping off the top ropes and landing on them to leave them outside while Tam and Natsuko are in the ring alone.

Tam would hit Natsuko with the German Suplex and would kick out of it. Mayu and Saki would get back in the ring to help her out as they threw Mayu into Natsuko for her to hit the Dropkick into the corner and almost missing from how far they threw her. Tam would quickly get over to Natsuko so she could hit the Tiger Suplex and STARS would get the win as we have new Artists of Starom Champions! This is Tam’s first title in Stardom and she shares that moment with both Mayu and Saki. Since the belt is three different colors, Mayu would of course get the light blue one, Saki gets the orange one, and Tam would get the pink one. Tam would go over to Natsuko to taunt her to let her know that she defeated her again. Please let them fight again. Congrats STARS on winning the titles and will JAN suffer the same fate against Mayu and Saki during the evening show and walk out empty-handed?

Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters

 

 

Double Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Momo Watanabe (c)

Review: Our main event for this show is a title for title match with the World of Stardom Champion, Kagetsu defending her title against the Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe who is also defending her title in the match. It’s a tough call since both of them can’t afford to lose their title to one another right now but can also lead to different possible scenarios if one of them did win at the same time. This was one of the matches I was looking forward to when it got announced and it’s time to see how Momo would do in the top spot. Which champion will come home with two titles?

I saw this match as another test for Momo to get her ready for the future and to see how she would do in the main event spot. I know she did main event shows before, but I mean for the World of Stardom Championship since this is her first time fighting for the title I believe and how did she do? Momo passed the test for sure and delivered us a great match against Kagetsu and this was hinted at since April when she won the Cinderella Tournament, and I’m glad she was able to have this match with both of them being champion. Momo still has more room to grow as a competitor but it really does show she indeed has a bright future in the company.

On Twitter, Stardom claimed this to be the match of the year for the company and is the match great? One of the better matches of the year for sure, but is it MOTY worthy? I will say it’s in my Top 10 for Stardom this year but not their best match, you should still look it up since it’s still a great bout. These women had the drive in this match when they kept going back and forth during the majority of the match whether it was mat grappling or just playing by their own arsenal and doing everything they can to get the others title. Kagetsu would even use the blue mist on Momo to get her down to hit the Oedo Coaster, but Momo would barely kick out of it to keep the match alive! The strikes these two in the match were incredibly stiff and you felt everything done to them from how hard they were hitting each other, even kicked each other in the head at the same time and both got up quickly before getting counted out. Momo also hits her Tequila Sunrise on Kagetsu and it looks like we have a new champion, but she also kicks out! Once Kagetsu kicked out of the movie, both of them were both out for the count and after twenty-two minutes of them fighting each other, the referee called for a Double Count-out and nobody loses their title.

What a way to end it and this was the right call for right now since both of these women didn’t need to lose their title or win the other one and they handled it better than another time limit outcome, couldn’t have asked for a better ending. After the match, Nicole Savoy would come out and challenge Kagetsu for the World of Stardom Championship later on at the night show which Kagetsu accepts since she wants to give the people what they want. Kagetsu would tell Momo that they have unfinished business and she says they’ll both keep defending their titles and they will do this again. Speaking of unfinished business, Momo would call out Mayu Iwatani and challenge her to a match and would even put her Wonder of Stardom Championship on the line. Mayu said she already has a World of Stardom Championship match with Kagetsu soon, but doesn’t mind fight her first and they’ll do it on October 23rd.

Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter

 

Overall: I thought this was a really solid show with only one bad match in here while the rest was enjoyable. We also had a great main event to close off the show and enough hype to get the fans ready for their night show on the same day, which is something you don’t wanna miss. Fun show, worth watching.

Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Momo Watanabe

Least Favorite Match: Hazuki & Kelly Klein vs. Kimber Lee & Rachel Ellering

Score: 8/10


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