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Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Report! (4/17/18)

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English; no contest.
  • Shelton Benjamin VS Jeff Hardy; Hardy wins.
  • Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Harper w/ Rowan; Harper wins.
  • Sin Cara VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
  • Charlotte Flair w/ Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce; wins.
  • AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan VS Rusev & Aiden English; Styles & Bryan win, by disqualification.

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Shinsuke Nakamura would not give a straight answer as to why he did what he did.

The Dream (Re)Match was both great and full of respect, but the King of Strong Style would besmirch that with a low blow. Then last week on SmackDown, he would do the same thing to the great match between AJ Styles and Daniel Bryan. Nakamura would smile as he left The Phenomenal One down and out, what will the consequences be for him this week?

 

AJ Styles is here!

The Phenomenal WWE Champion stays on SmackDown amidst the Superstar Shake-Up! Fans are happy to see him as they give him a standing ovation and chant his name. Styles says, “You can tell a lot about a man through his failures.” And we found out everything we need to know about Nakamura. Styles dreamed of their Wrestlemania Match, and Styles won. When Nakamura lost, he showed his true colors. Nakamura isn’t just an Artist, he’s a con artist. Fans duel between Styles and Nakamura. Styles wanted that same ovation, but instead, he wants retribution! At the same time, he was given a true Dream (Re)Match in facing Daniel Bryan. But then Nakamura had to show his true colors again.

Styles won’t let that go. He won’t even leave the ring until he gets Nakamura to face him. Nakamura “forgot” how to speak English, but Styles isn’t here to talk, he’s here to fight! He demands Nakamura get out here to fight! But instead of Nakamura, it’s Aiden English and Rusev! Fans erupt with “Rusev Day! Rusev Day!” English knows Styles wanted Shinsuke to make him pay, but sorry to say, that will have to wait because Nakamura is on vacay. But if Styles wants a fight, be the Bulgarian Lion’s prey on this day, known as RUSEV DAAAAAy~! Fans are up for that! Styles doesn’t see why not. Rusev & English head for the ring with a referee, looks like we’re getting this match!

 

AJ Styles VS Rusev w/ Aiden English!

The bell rings and Rusev brings the fight right to Styles with kicks and haymakers. He scoops Styles but Styles slips out to the ropes. Rusev runs in but into the Calf Crusher!

Rusev endures, reaches, but English clobbers Styles! The match is thrown out as English stomps away on Styles. Rusev joins in, but it’s Daniel Bryan with the save! He fights off English & Rusev, dumping the Bulgarian Lion out. Styles goes after the Drama King with the Phenomenal Blitz! English bails out, Styles and Bryan hold the ring while fans chant “YES! YES!” The Phenomenal One may not have gotten even with the Rockstar, but it’s only a matter of time. When will Styles and Nakamura have their second Dream (Re)Match to truly settle the score?

 

SmackDown Commissioner Shane McMahon watches backstage.

Shane O’Mac is surprised with what he sees. Then in walks SmackDown’s new General Manager, Paige! The Glampire has also seen what just happened, and has a great idea. She quotes Teddy Long, there’s gonna be a tag team match, playa! Team Rusev Day VS Styles & Bryan! A huge main event once again, she’s off to a great start as GM. Especially when you consider she got The Miz from Raw. That’s just the beginning, she has way more up her sleeve. Holla! What more surprises are up Paige’s sleeves in terms of the Superstar Shake-Up’s second night?

 

Shelton Benjamin heads to the ring.

With Chad Gable sent to Raw by himself, the Gold Standard is back to being a singles competitor. He shares that via Twitter, he said that he sees big things for Gable, and adds that his Twitter account was hacked. Benjamin would never say things like that! He doesn’t need Gable, and never needed him. Gable needed Benjamin. But that’s Gable, this is about Benjamin. Benjamin needs championship opportunities he is owed, and he needs to remind everyone that he is “one of the biggest threats on SmackDown.” Benjamin asked GM Paige to send him some competition, and he means big competition. So who comes out to be his competition? The Viper, Randy Orton!

The former United States Champion heads to the ring, but then someone beats him to the punch: the NEW United States Champion, Jeff Hardy!

The WWE US Championship returns to SmackDown after only being gone 24 hours, and it brings the Charismatic Enigma with it!

 

Shelton Benjamin VS Jeff Hardy!

While non-title, this match may just be the opportunity Benjamin was hoping for. The bell rings and he circles with the US Champion. He throws hands and forearms then stomps and clubs Hardy down. Benjamin brings Hardy up but Hardy jawbreakers back. Hardy runs but Benjamin throws him right out! Benjamin catches his breath while we go picture in picture. Hardy writhes on the ground but Benjamin comes out to stalk him. Benjamin waits for Hardy to stand up to chop block the leg out! Hardy goes down again, then Benjamin drags him up into the ring. Benjamin keeps on Hardy by kicking and stomping the leg, then pulling him up into a corner. He throws forearms then runs adjacent to knee the knee! Hardy falls down while Benjamin enjoys the moment.

Benjamin drags Hardy out for a standing knee wrench, adding a heel hook to it. Hardy kicks Benjamin away with his free leg, then crawls to ropes. Benjamin is on him but Hardy fights back. Hardy trips Benjamin, then goes for the leg-splitting leg drop, only for Benjamin to catch his leg and put it in a Half Crab! Hardy endures again as Benjamin bends him back. He rolls and sends Benjamin into buckles! Hardy tries to run but that leg gives out, so Hardy turns around to dropkick Benjamin in the face. Benjamin is dazed, but he manages to get Hardy with another chop block! Benjamin stands over Hardy as he walks it off. He stands Hardy up but Hardy fights back. Benjamin clubs Hardy down while we go back to single picture. He whips but Hardy reverses into a slingblade!

Both men are down but stirring. Fans rally and the two men stand to throw hands. Hardy whips but Benjamin reverses, Hardy’s leg slows him down. Benjamin runs at Hardy but into Hardy’s punch. Hardy fights back and hits the atomic drop, then the leg-splitting leg drop! He adds the dropkick, covers, TWO! Hardy hobbles but comes back to kick Benjamin. Benjamin denies the Twist but Hardy elbows him away. Hardy hops up but Benjamin shoves him into the post! Benjamin climbs up to join Hardy, but Hardy fights him off. Fans rally as the two fight up there, and it’s Hardy who sends Benjamin down. Hardy adjusts but Benjamin catches him with the step-up knee!

Hardy hangs onto the top rope but Benjamin climbs up again. Benjamin grabs Hardy, but Hardy still fights him off. Hotshot snaps Benjamin down, then Hardy climbs up for the Whisper in the Wind!

Cover, TWO! Hardy keeps his cool as he stands up again. Fans chant for Hardy but Benjamin again denies the Twist, and hits the dragon whip kick! Cover, TWO! Benjamin stalks Hardy again, but Hardy denies Pay Dirt and hits the spinning mule kick. Hardy wants his Hardyac Arrest dropkick, but Benjamin boots him away. Benjamin runs out but into the Twist of Fate! Hardy hurries up top, SWANTON BOMB! Cover, Hardy wins!

Winner: Hardy, by pinfall

Hardy wins big two nights in a roll! But with Orton still having the right to challenge the United States Champion at the Greatest Royal Rumble, will Hardy still be the one to then face Jinder Mahal at Backlash?

 

The Miz speaks.

The Hollywood A-Lister is back at special request of Daniel Bryan. Bryan has waited so long to #PunchHisFace, and Providence wants to see it! “Well too bad.” Miz isn’t in Providence, he’s home in LA with his wife and baby girl. Did they think he was going to show up tonight? Miz deserves his own spotlight, so next week will be Miz’s SmackDown premiere. And if Bryan ever trolls Miz again, he will kick his a– Oh, language. But SmackDown will be AWESOME!

 

Jey Uso w/ Jimmy Uso VS Harper w/ Rowan!

Just days ahead of their SmackDown Tag Team Championship rematch at Greatest Royal Rumble, one partner of each team battles 1v1 for momentum! Will Jey be able to survive one Bludgeon Brother? Or will it only take one brother to defeat another?

The bell rings and Harper puts Jey righ tin a corner! Then he throws him out of the corner, but runs into Jey’s uppercut. Harper doesn’t go down so Jey runs, but into Harper’s back elbow! Harper scoops Jey but Jey slips out to mule kick and uppercut Harper back. Rowan distracts but Jimmy goes after him, only for Rowan to rock Jimmy with a right. Jey runs and dodges Harper, then DIVES on Rowan, only to get caught! Rowan trhwos Jey tot he apron but Jimmy SUPERKICKS him. Harper gets Jey with the discus, covers, Harper wins!

Winner: Harper, by pinfall

But the destruction doesn’t end with the bell. Rowan boots Jimmy down, then joins Harper in the ring to drag Jey out. Jimmy fights the Bludgeon Brothers off with their own hammers, but then numbers get the better of him. Harper & Rowan go back to Jey to ram him into the apron, then turn their focus to Jimmy. Harper & Rowan grab their hammers, but Naomi runs out to save her husband! She screams for Harper & Rowan to show mercy. These two leave Jimmy be, not even they are that heartless. While Naomi saves her husband and brother-in-law tonight, will anything save the Usos from destruction at the Greatest Royal Rumble?

 

Sin Cara VS Samoa Joe!

An incredible get for SmackDown via the Shake-Up, the Samoan Destroyer is now Team Blue! He still has a match with Roman Reigns at Backlash in a few weeks, but will he make Sin Cara an appetizer?

The bell rings, they circle, and Sin Cara brings the fight to Joe. Joe gives the fight right back with knees, then he puts Sin Cara in a corner. Sin Cara boots him back, then springboards for the back elbow. He keeps on Joe at the ropes but Joe throws hands right back. Joe jabs and jabs then chops Sin Cara down before dragging him back up. Joe says, “You’re gonna learn tonight!” He scoops but Sin Cara fights out and goes at the leg again. Sin Cara chops, springboards, but into a clubbing clothesline! Joe rams more knees into Sin Cara, and Sin Cara is out on his feet! That doesn’t stop Joe from putting him in the Coquina Clutch! Sin Cara taps, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe, by submission

The Destroyer makes a successful SmackDown debut, and speaks to the crowd. “Well if it isn’t the Land of Opportunity.” But SmackDown seems more like the Land of Handouts to him. His mere absence has allowed SmackDown’s roster to have it easy. SmackDown has been coddled, catered to, and “worst of all, everybody here has been convinced that they are better than the are.” Joe vows to change that, by taking all the opportunities to put Bryan to sleep, de-fang The Viper, and emasculate AJ Styles! “And if any of you are non-believers, then look no further than Saudi Arabia and Backlash!”

Speaking of the Greatest Royal Rumble, Joe vows that whatever is left of Roman Reigns after Lesnar beats him down, Joe will personally shred it and put out to pasture! And if by some miracle Roman wins, then Joe will bring both the Intercontinental and Universal Championships back with him! “Belee Dat!”

 

SAnitY is coming.

And so is chaos. Be ready.

 

Backstage interview with Daniel Bryan.

Why did he help AJ Styles out there tonight? Because he respects Styles. For the three years Bryan fought to come back, he had a list of dream matches to motivate him. Top of that list: AJ Styles, because he’s the best. That’s a match no one thought they’d see in the WWE. Bryan wanted to prove he hasn’t lost a step with that match, but Nakamura ruined it. Bryan proudly fights alongside Styles tonight so they can proudly fight against each other later. However, Big Cass walks in!

The 7 foot tall human tower doesn’t see what the fuss is about. Cass leaves the “little man” behind, but will he learn to respect Bryan in time?

 

The NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, Carmella, is here!

It’s a #Mellabration for the triumph she pulled off last week, and she doesn’t take the “You Deserve It” chants seriously. None of these fans supported her before, so she doesn’t want them now. She moves on to what she wanted to say: Carmella isn’t just the Princess of Staten Island, she’s now the Moon-Walking, Trash-Talking Princess of SmackDown! Carmella waited 287 days to cash in, and she seized the moment to take her rightful spot atop The SmackDown Women’s Division! Let this sink in: she beat Charlotte Flair! You know, one of the greatest wrestlers in WWE history! And all by herself! Carmella beat the woman that beat the undefeated Asuka! But she doesn’t want fans chanting for her, they’re being pathetic.

All Carmella had to do was let Charlotte be blinded by her own ego. Charlotte says herself, “In order to be the Woman, you gotta beat the Woman”, so that makes Carmella THE Woman. It was historic, it was the biggest moment in the Women’s (R)Evolution and Women’s History period! Now for a tribute to, well, Carmella! From the first ever Ms. Money in the Bank match that Carmella won “by herself”, to every moment she made all about herself, to the cash-in just last week. #MellaIsMoney and now #MellaIsGold. She’ll miss Frankie the Briefcase, she had him for 287 days. But now she has Cleopatra the Championship Belt! And she vows to hold it for way longer than 287 days! But wait, here comes The Queen, Charlotte Flair!

Seems Carmella’s memory is as short as she is, because that highlight reel is missing some moments. The briefcase was hers thanks to the chinless freak, James Ellsworth. The championship is hers because of the Iconics, Billie & Peyton. But Charlotte isn’t mad, because as the daughter of the Dirtiest Player in the Game, game respects game. Congratulations, Carmella, but here’s some words of wisdom: “It is much harder to stay on top than to get to the top”. And Carmella has something of Charlotte’s. But speaking of the Iconic Duo, here they come!

Charlotte comes off as pathetic, blaming “little ol’ us” for her failure? Peyton, do your impression! “I’m Charlotte and I’m a big baby~! Someone stole my water bottle and now I’m cranky poo~!” Charlotte needs a nap and wah wah blah blah.

Spot on! Billie wonders what Charlotte is crying about. She wanted magic, she got it, and that title disappeared around her waist. That moment will last forever, all because of them. They’re looking at the future, “and the future is Iconic.” Charlotte doesn’t care about that, she gets ready to fight someone. And that’s the Iconics! She decks Billie then goes after Peyton, but numbers get the better of her again. Except Becky Lynch appears to even those numbers! The Lass Kicker decks Peyton then fights Billie. Charlotte recovers and goes after Peyton while we go to break!

 

Charlotte Flair w/ Becky Lynch VS Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce!

SmackDown returns to this match already in progress. Charlotte grabs at Billie while she’s leaving the ring. Charlotte gets her and chops her against the apron, then chops her against the barriers. She clubs Billie, too, then goes to chop again. Billie evades and hits back, but Charlotte decks her with a forearm. They go back into the ring, Charlotte puts Billie in a corner but then Billie turns it around. Billie stomps away on Charlotte, then backs off at the ref’s orders. We see Carmella watching nearby commentary while Charlotte fights back. Charlotte throws Billie with an Exploder then kip-up! Fans “WOO~!” while Charlotte runs in but Billie puts her on the apron. Charlotte hits Billie back then bumps her off buckles, only to slingshot into Billie’s forearm! Billie covers, TWO, so she rains rights down on the Queen.

Billie thrashes out of frustration, then covers again, TWO. She puts Charlotte in an armlock and wrenches back. Becky rallies fans for Charlotte, and Charlotte fights back to her feet. Billie wrangles her back down, and Peyton mocks “baby Charlotte”. The referee reprimands Billie for pulling hair while fans rally again. Charlotte stands up and cartwheels, but into Billie’s clothesline. Matchbook cover, TWO, and the Iconics grow frustrated. Billie kicks Charlotte while she’s down, then puts her back in the armlock. Fans rally again, but Billie claws at Charlotte’s face. The rally continues and Charlotte feeds off it to fight up and out. Billie throws Charlotte down again and lets her get to a corner, Peyton gets a cheap shot! Peyton sneaks away while we go picture in picture.

Charlotte recovers in a corner while Billie enjoys herself. Billie stomps a mudhole into Charlotte, then pushes her against the ropes. She stops at the ref’s count, but Peyton gets another cheap shot in! Billie covers, TWO, and the Iconic Duo is further frustrated. Billie puts Charlotte in a neck wrench but the referee reprimands her for clawing the face. Charlotte stands up but Billie clubs her down again. Billie talks trash while rocking Charlotte with rights, then puts her in a corner to grind a boot into Charlotte’s chin. She backs off to snapmare Charlotte back into the armlock. Becky keeps coaching Charlotte up, Charlotte fights out again then reverses the whip into a forearm. We return to single picture as Charlotte whips. Billie reverses now, but Charlotte boots her down! Billie ducks the chop and throws Charlotte overhead, cover, TWO!

Carmella enjoys what she sees as Charlotte boots Billie from a corner. Charlotte chops and chops Billie back, then whips for another chop on the run! Charlotte struts then drops the knee! She wants Billie to get up. Billie stands, Charlotte spins her, but Billie spins through to make Charlotte Eat Da Feet! Cover, TWO, and the Iconics are further frustrated! Charlotte dodges the boot to scoop Billie but Billie slips out and rolls Charlotte, TWO. Charlotte boots Billie down! Then, Figure Four to Figure Eight!

Billie taps, Charlotte wins!

Winner: Charlotte, by submission

The Queen snaps back from her title loss with this win, but Carmella pounces on her right away! Then Peyton intercepts Becky! Carmella and the Iconics beat down Charlotte and Becky, Carmella even grinding Charlotte’s face into the mat. But then, ASUKA appears! The Empress of Tomorrow officially joines SmackDown thanks to the Shake-Up, and that scares Carmella. She bails out, so Asuka just takes out the Iconics! Charlotte and Becky help out, and Billie goes down to a back heel kick. The Empress stands tall with the Queen and the Lass Kicker, will the Princess be standing at all with this level of competition coming for her title?

 

The Good Brothers are headed for SmackDown!

Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows took care of business on Raw, now they come over to the house that their friend, AJ Styles, built. Will The Club reunite to rule over all of the Blue Brand?

 

The Bar speaks!

The Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg also move from Raw to SmackDown! They heard all the talk about the teams on this show, who have set a high standard of competition. But now Sheamus & Cesaro won’t just set the bar, they ARE the Bar!

The New Day respond.

The Bar sucks! But wait, look who it is! R-Truth! He’s on SmackDown now, too! But the Perfect Ten appears. These two know each other? Yeah, they’ve met. And they’re pals! Super secret and complicated handshake!

But that’s just the beginning. All five of these guys are on Monday Night Raw! Truth, no, it’s Tuesday, aka SmackDown. Oh. My bad. See you tomorrow! No, Truth… Is he gonna be okay? No one knows.

 

Zelina Vega speaks.

She and El Idolo, Andrade “Cien” Almas, are both coming to SmackDown to take it over. El Idolo is here to take full control, leaving NXT behind! What will happen when this duo hits the Blue Brand?

 

AJ Styles & Daniel Bryan VS Rusev & Aiden English!

A dream duo has been created to take on Team Rusev Day in response to what opened the night! Can the Phenomenal One and The Goat defeat the Bulgarian Lion & Artiste? Or will the Artist known as Nakamura ruin another masterpiece?

The bell rings, and English starts against Bryan. They circle while fans duel, then tie up. English puts Bryan in a corner, then tries to cheap shot Bryan, but Bryan sees it coming. Bryan hits first, then wrenches and wrings English’s arm. Bryan bends it back but English stands up and powers out, only for Bryan to run him over. Things speed up and Bryan catches English’s leg! He drags English back into a surfboard, with full extension as he tags in Styles. Styles climbs up, and drops the ax handle on English’s chest!

Rusev protests, but Styles whips English. English holds ropes then rocks Styles with rights. The fans duel while Styles catches English into a pumphandle gutbuster! Rusev runs in but Bryan intercepts, two submissions side by side! English & Rusev escape by the skin of their teeth while we go to break.

SmackDown returns to English in control of Styles as he drops forearms. Cover, TWO, but English keeps on Styles with a snapmare and knee to the back. English wraps Styles in a chinlock, Rusev applauds while Bryan rallies the fans. Styles stands up and fights out, then runs but into a back drop. English covers again, TWO, and he grows frustrated. English drags Styles up and tags in Rusev. Team Rusev Day mugs Styles, then toys with the WWE Champion. Rusev taunts Styles, so Styles hits back! Styles runs for Bryan but Rusev puts Styles in a bearhug! Rusev squeezes Styles but the fans rally again. Styles fights out of the hold and tries again, but Rusev catches Styles again for a shoulder into the corner. Rusev gives more shoulders, then roars like a lion.

Rusev tags in English, and then whips English into Styles. English feeds Styles to Rusev’s lariat, English covers, TWO. English keeps on Styles with stomps, then grinds a knee into Styles against ropes. He backs off at 4, then takes a bow before throwing hands on Styles. Styles ends up in Rusev Day’s corner, English kicks him down. Fans rally again, as does Bryan, and Styles hits a jawbreaker on English. Styles leaps a third time, but has to sunset flip over. English blocks the flip with a fist, but he misses the elbow drop. Both Styles and English are down, crawling for their corners. Hot tag denied, but Styles rolls English up! TWO, PELE! They both go down again, and another rally from the fans gives Styles strength. Hot tags to Rusev and Bryan!

Bryan rallies on Rusev as the fans chant “YES! YES!” Rusev whips but Bryan goes up and over to build speed and hit the leaping lariat! Bryan is all fired up while Rusev gets to a corner. He takes aim, dropkick in the corner! He goes for another but Rusev fireman’s carry, only for Bryan to slip out! Bryan gets the Yes Lock, but English dropkicks in to break it up. English whips but Bryan holds ropes to then dump English out. Rusev tries to kick but Bryan dragon screws it! Bryan fires up again, and starts up the YES Kicks.

He kicks and kicks, and hits the buzzsaw! Bryan powers up again, takes aim at Rusev, KNEE+! But Nakamura low blows Styles on the apron! Bryan sees it, but that only distracts him, from Big Cass’ attack!! The 7 footer just boots Bryan down, and that allows Nakamura to mock Styles.

Interview with Shinsuke Nakamura.

An attack last week and then again tonight? What is this? “No speak English.” The champion and the Goat have enemies that show no respect. Will Styles and Bryan be able to make Nakamura and Cass respect them in due time?

 


 

My Thoughts:

SmackDown’s half of the Shake-Up was both as good and not as good as I expected. In conjunction with McIntyre showing up on Raw, Almas showing up on SmackDown is only moderately disappointing to me because they don’t get to settle things in NXT. Then Samoa Joe coming over when he’s just starting a new program with Roman Reigns is a bit confusing, too. That aside, Joe and Almas are great talents to be joining this roster to finally give SmackDown some needed star power. The same goes for the eventual addition of SAnitY, that’s great talent coming to the main roster for all three divisions (I assume Nikki Cross is coming with Young, Wolfe & Dain), and at least with SAnitY, they finished up stories to be free for the call-up.

Hardy coming over makes sense, the US Championship has unfinished business with Randy Orton having won a shot down the line. Though, things could easily swap back if Mahal wins the US title back and either Joe or Miz brings the Intercontinental title to SmackDown. Naomi getting the Bludgeon Brothers to spare the Usos was a nice twist to the story, but it probably won’t change the result of Harper & Rowan going over at Greatest Royal Rumble. Adding The Bar and the Good Brothers is going to revive SmackDown’s Tag Team Division again, but clearly Wyatt & Hardy are winning the Raw Tag Team Championships now. Bigger news is that Asuka is officially on SmackDown, and Carmella’s reign may have already met it’s end now that the Empress is here.

That main event tag match was great just on how it featured some of the WWE’s most over stars. The match was really good, but it was a given that Shinsuke would attack in some capacity. I did not see Cass adding on, that was a surprise. Nakamura, Cass, and then Miz and Samoa Joe, the feuds for both Styles and Bryan are lining up. With Anderson & Gallows coming over, I wonder if we’d get an 8-Man Tag with them, Styles and Bryan against Nakamura, Cass, Miz & Joe at some point.

My Score: 8.5/10


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MItchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/19)

Will Velveteen Dream finally be a champion in NXT?

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The Worlds Collide winner targets the NXT North American Championship! Will Velveteen Dream dethrone “Johnny Jackass” to finally hold gold himself?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong; Black wins.
  • Mia Yim VS Xia Li; Yim wins.
  • NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.

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Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong!

The Embodiment of the End make lasting impressions on Raw and SmackDown, but he returns to his home of NXT to settle things with the Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker. Aleister helped Ricochet against the Undisputed Era last week, will we find out why this week?

The bell rings and Aleister circles with Strong. Strong gets the legs and gets Aleister down. Aleister counters with body scissors and the two go around. Strong gets the armlock and toys with Aleister. Aleister arm-drags and runs Strong over! Fans rally for Aleister as he whips. Strong reverses but Aleister rolls off his back to deliver knees, kicks and then another knee! Strong staggers but boots Aleister away. Aleister blocks the next boot to hit a back elbow and German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his cool but Strong pulls hair. Strong tosses Aleister out, then wrecks him with a dropkick! Strong fetches Aleister and CHOPS him! Then he back suplexes Aleister on the steel steps!

The referee checks on Aleister but Strong clubs and throws Aleister into the ring. Strong stomps the back then drags Aleister up by his hair. Strong hits a fast backbreaker, then puts Aleister in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Aleister endures being bent back. Aleister powers up and fights out with body shots. Strong forearms and tackles Aleister to a cover. Aleister manages to keep a shoulder up so Strong facelocks and grinds Aleister down. Strong pulls on Aleister’s head while fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and powers Strong to a corner. Aleister rams his shoulder into Strong but his back bothers him. He throws heavy forearms and whips, but Strong reverses hard! Aleister hits buckles, then Strong dropkicks him out of the ring.

Strong keeps on Aleister by ramming him into the apron! Strong puts Aleister in and stomps away. He drags Aleister up to CHOP in a corner! Strong hoists Aleister up top then climbs up to join him. Aleister resists as Strong wants the superplex. Aleister fights back, slips under, and goes to bomb but Strong fights back. Strong slips off and hits another backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aleister lives and Strong grows frustrated. Strong eggs Aleister on as he pulls Aleister up by his hair. Strong suplexes, but Aleister knees out. Aleister dodges in the corner then runs but into a knee! But he comes back with elbows! Aleister sweeps and knee strikes! Then he handsprings back up, to springboard quebrada! Fans fire up with Aleister as he waistlocks Strong. Strong elbows out, but Aleister blocks and heel kicks! Strong bucks Aleister off but runs into a roundhouse! Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!

Strong survives but Aleister keeps his focus. Aleister lifts Strong with his foot, but Strong pushes away. Strong boots, roundhouses and leaps, but the knee misses. Aleister boots, runs, but into a pop-up gutbuster! Strong runs but into a knee! Strong tumbles out, Aleister goes to the corner. Aleister hops up but Strong stops him. Strong boots Aleister, then torture racks, backbreaker toss at the post! Strong puts Aleister in and covers, TWO!! Aleister still lives and Strong is beside himself. Fans duel as Strong turns Aleister over. Strong wants the legs but Aleister fights him off. Aleister gets the ropes but gets a guillotine catapult! Strong runs in for the Shining Wizard, then hits the back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Strong is furious. Strong drags Aleister up, throws forearms and elbows, then suplexes. Aleister slips out, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

The Dutch Destroyer strikes outta nowhere! Aleister makes Strong #FadetoBlack, but here comes the rest of the Undisputed Era! Kyle O’Reilly runs into a Black Mass! Adam Cole and Bobby Fish tackle Aleister and stomp him out! But here comes Ricochet! The One and Only springboards and crossbodies Cole and Fish! He’s returning teh favor to Aleister as he fights off Cole and Fish. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out and Aleister takes Fish down with a knee! The Undisputed Era regroups and retreats! Will the King of Flight and Embodiment of the End be the end of their era in NXT?

 

Big news for the Performance Center.

There are a lot of new recruits to the NXT roster, but the Horsewomen look to “welcome” them personally. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir try to bully the new kids in class, but no one lets them intimidate them. It’s only a matter of time before these combustible elements explode!

 

The EST will not be stopped.

Bianca Belair had a break-out 2018 and was screwed out of being champion by Shayna and the Horsewomen. No one can change that her mind-set is always Un-De-Fea-Ted. But she will not let herself be passed up by the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai. There’s no gracefully stepping aside. They’ll all have to wait until she’s champion, and if anyone gets in her way, they’ll see why she’s the EST.

 

NXT announces the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!

A great tradition returns again in two weeks! The winners are promised an NXT Tag Team Championship match against the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York! The first four teams have already selected: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; The Forgotten Sons’ Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake; the European Alliance, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; and The Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford! Which other four teams will join them? Find out next week!

 

Mia Yim VS Xia Li!

The Head Baddie in Charge and the “spicy” martial artist are among the newest stars to join NXT, and they look to prove they’re just as worthy as any woman of an NXT Women’s Championship match. Does Bianca Belair have more to worry about than just the Sky Pirates jumping ahead of her?

The bell rings and they shake hands to show respect. They tie up and Mia pushes Xia to ropes. Mia throws Xia but Xia holds on and then returns the throw. The grapple continues as they stand back up. Mia wrenches through to a hammerlock then a facelock. Fans chant for Mia but Xia puts her against the ropes. Xia whips but Mia reverses and ducks. Xia stops herself to then roll Mia over to a facelock. Mia powers through to wrench Xia. Xia breaks free and swings kicks! Mia backs off fast to avoid those furious feet! Xia cools off and Mia admits those were good. Mia asks for a test of strength, and Xia accepts. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder. Mia pushes Xia back and mounts for a cover, ONE! She pushes the shoulder down, ONE! Mia pushes the shoulder again, TWO!

Xia hops up, but Mia avoids a monkey flip. Xia rolls Mia up, TWO! They tie up again, monkey flip to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Xia kicks Mia right in the chest! Xia whips Mia corner to corner but Mia reverses, only for Xia to hop up. Mia gets under Xia and shotgun dropkicks her down! Xia gets to the corner, Mia says BOOM for the cannonball senton! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this even match-up as Mia waits for Xia to stand. Xia does and Mia throws palm strikes. Xia blocks the kick to fire off palm strikes of her own! She kicks Mia’s legs out to hit the tornado roundhouse! Cover, TWO!

Xia keeps her focus as she goes up the corner. Mia stands and dodges the Rider Kick, to backhand Xia down! Mia drags Xia up, hammerlock for a modified code breaker, aka Protect Ya Neck! Cover, Mia wins!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

But before Mia can celebrate, the Horsewomen rush the ring! Mia fights Shayna, but Jessamyn and Marina help outnumber her! The Horsewomen club and stomp Mia, but here come the young stars of NXT! Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban take the fight to the Horsewomen, but the Horsewomen win that fight! Shayna rocks MJ with a big running knee! Mia comes back for more while Marina throws Lacey into steps and Jessamyn roundhouses Jessie down. Marina and Jessamyn go back to stomping Mia out, then they sit her up for Shayna. Shayna tells Mia to start respecting the Horsewomen, but Mia says there’s nothing to respect! Shayna runs and hits Mia with that same stiff knee! Fans boo as the Horsewomen stand tall. Will anyone stand a chance of stopping the Horsewomen’s stampede through NXT?

 

Candice LeRae checks on Johnny Gargano backstage.

How is Mr. Wrestling feeling before his title match tonight? He’s ready. But Candice says Gargano knows what he needs to do. He does. But then Tommaso Ciampa appears. Ciampa says if Gargano needs him, he’ll be there. Gargano says he won the North American Championship on his own, so no, he doesn’t need Ciampa. He’ll just do what he does best: be Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling. Gargano and Candice leave, but Ciampa says he’ll still be watching. Will Ciampa help Gargano, even when he doesn’t need it?

 

Exclusive interview with Matt Riddle.

The Original Bro was also part of the Arrival series on WWE’s YouTube channel, and he was very much himself with his flip-flops and casual attire. Was there ever a thought to go the more conservative or formal? Not at all. A long time ago, someone told Riddle that it’s better for someone to tell you to tone it down than to raise it up. Riddle knows if he ever does reach that point, someone will tell him.

For his rivalry of Kassius Ohno, Riddle is glad to have gotten rid of the obnoxious Knockout Artist. Ohno was harshing everyone’s good time. Riddle can focus on what’s important now. Riddle had a great match with Drew Gulak, and that’s only the beginning. The King of Bros wants any title he can get at, and nothing will stop him. Watch the full interview on WWE’s YouTube to learn more about Riddle, what he’s done, and what he plans on doing next.

 

NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream!

From Johnny Wrestling to Johnny Venom to Johnny TakeOver, there was one title Gargano always wanted: Johnny Champion. Gargano finally has a title all his own, but now the Patrick Clark Experience comes to take it away. Will Gargano lose his title so soon after winning it? Or will he deny the Dream his own dream here tonight?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fans are divided even before the bell. Dream and Gargano circle fast as Dream lunges and slides. He still keeps away from Gargano’s grip as they go around. Gargano drop toeholds and brings Dream down. He floats and rolls but Dream returns the favor. They end up by the ropes and Gargano has Dream back off. Dream dares Gargano to come back and they circle again. They tie up and Gargano wrenches to a hammerlock. Gargano shifts to a facelock but Dream rolls. Gargano keeps Dream but Dream rolls to try and make it a cover. They roll through and Gargano rear mounts. Dream slips out and gets an armlock on Gargano. Fans duel and rally as Gargano works on a counter.

Gargano gets his arm free and pulls Dream into another hammerlock. Dream resists but Gargano gets the free arm and brings Dream over. It’s a cover, TWO! Dream gets up and reverses through to a wrench and wringer. Ciampa watches from the rafters while Gargano reverses back. Dream rolls and handsprings to wrench, but Gargano wrings him out. Dream cartwheels through the SLAPS the spit out of Gargano’s mouth! Fans are fired up as Gargano baiils out to compose himself. Dream dares Gargano to return but Gargano takes his time. Gargano checks his teeth and they’re all there. Gargano returns to the ring and circles with Dream. They tie up again for a test of strength. Dream gets a headlock and grinds Gargano down.

Gargano tries but can’t power out. Dream squeezes harder, but Gargano fights out with body shots. Gargano powers out but Dream runs him over. Fans cheer as things speed up, but Dream drops down to look Gargano in the eyes. Dream baits Gargano in as he slithers out, then SLAPS Gargano again! Dream climbs up top and leaps for big ax handles! Cover, ONE! Dream stays on Gargano as he swivels the hips. Dream dropkicks Gargano to a corner, then drags him back up for forearms. Gargano staggers to another corner but Dream forearms him stiff in the back. Gargano CHOPS Dream back, then CHOPS again. He whips Dream corner to corner but Dream boots him away. Dream hops up but Gargano yanks him right off! Dream flounders and Gargano kicks him in the ribs!

Gargano drags Dream up for haymakers. Gargano bumps Dream off buckles then snapmares him out for a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gargano eggs Dream on now, and avoids Dream’s attacks from the mat. Gargano haymakers Dream down then stalks him to a corner. He stands Dream up and rams his shoulders in. Fans duel and rally again as Gargano CHOPS Dream again. Gargano CHOPS, Dream haymakers, and now they brawl! Gargano rocks Dream with haymakers, then grinds his boot into Dream’s neck. The ref counts and Gargano backs off at 4. Gargano drags Dream up and turns him for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Gargano toys with Dream then stomps him down. Gargano drags Dream around as he toys with him more.

Fans rally up while Gargano traps an arm and pulls Dream back with a chinbar. Dream endures as Gargano twists his arms around from wrist to shoulder! Gargano makes it a cover, TWO! Dream scrambles away to a corner but Gargano wraps the arm around the ropes! Gargano lets go at 4, but he pulls Dream back against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch. He lets up at 4 again, to put Dream in the corner for another CHOP. Fans rally as Gargano swings again. Dream dodges and throws haymakers! Dream whips corner to corner but Gargano reverses, sending Dream out hard! Gargano soaks up the cheers and jeers while Dream crawls on the outside. Gargano fetches Dream as fans duel. He throws haymakers and brings Dream around the corner. Gargano puts Dream in front of the front row as he CHOPS again and again!

Gargano puts Dream back in the ring and soaks up the cheers. He returns but Dream throws hands. Gargano haymakers Dream again, then wrenches the arms into a modified abdominal stretch. Fans rally up and Dream pumps up to break free. Dream throws hands on Gargano, but Gargano dodges to ripcord, only to get a spinebuster! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Fans duel as Dream and Gargano slowly stand. Dream hits Gargano, Gargano hits back. Gargano hits Dream but Dream throat chops. Dream elbows and haymakers Gargano more, gaining speed! Dream whips but Gargano reverses, only for Dream to kick him away. And boot! Dream clotheslines Gargano out of the ring, then climbs up high! Dream leaps for big ax handles! He puts Gargano in again, ducks the Penalty Kick, but Gargano denies the sidewinder. Gargano rolls Dream but Dream rolls through, Famouser! Cover, TWO!

Ciampa still watches from the shadows as Gargano gets to a corner. Dream throws forearms and hoists Gargano up top. Dream rocks Gargano with an uppercut, then climbs up to join him. Fireman’s carry but Gargano sunset flips through! Dream denies the powerbomb but Gargano dodges the punches to SUPERKICK the legs out! Gargano drags Dream out, and hits a DRAPING sidewinder! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano staggers over to Dream but Dream throws haymakers. They brawl again as fans duel. Gargano gets Dream in a back suplex but Dream lands on his feet! Dream shoves Gargano to a corner and runs in, they collide head to head! Both men fall but fans rally up.

Dream and Gargano stir and head for each other. They stand and Dream knees low. Dream whips but Gargano reverses again. Dream tumbles to the apron and haymakers Gargano away. Gargano gets to the apron and SUPERKICKS Dream back in! Gargano slingshots, but into a haymaker! Dream goes back to the apron and drags Gargano up. Fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights out. Gargano swing kicks Dream down, then runs to DIVE! He rams Dream into barriers then puts him in the ring. Slingshot spear gets a knee! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! SIDEWINDER!! Cover, TWO!! Dream doesn’t let that frustrate him, he just climbs up top. Purple Rain Maker misses! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”

Gargano sits up first and gets himself to a corner. Gargano climbs but Dream hurries after. Dream drags himself up but Gargano headbutts Dream down. Dream rocks Gargano with a haymaker! He sits Gargano up and hops up to join him. Dream fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights back with elbows. Gargano can’t escape from the SUPER Dream Valley Driver!! Cover, TWO!? Gargano’s superhuman heart still lives! Full Sail gives this a standing ovation because “This is Awesome!” Dream hurries back to the corner and back up top. He aims at Gargano but Gargano rolls out of the ring. Dream just leaps anyway, but into a SUPERKICK! Gargano shoves Dream into steps! And then snap suplexes Dream onto the ramp!

Gargano drags Dream back into the ring, and slingshots, for the DDT! Cover, TWO!? Dream has heart to match Gargano’s! The fans love “NXT! NXT!” as both men slowly stir. Gargano sits up first and drags Dream up. Gargano throws left hand lariats that stagger Dream again and again. But Dream still SUPERKICKS! But Gargano comes back with a clothesline! Gargano aims from the corner, but Dream dares him to do it. Gargano runs in but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out, SUPERKICKS, but then tilt-o-whirl, DREAM VALLEY! Dream rolls through for a second! Then he hops up fast, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream wins!!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion

Dreams come true for Velveteen Dream! He won the inaugural Worlds Collide tournament, and turns it into a championship! Will Dream take this title all the way to TakeOver: New York?

As for Ciampa, he slips away into the night. Will the Black Heart tell Johnny Wrestling “I Told You So” the next time they meet?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible night for NXT! Aleister VS Strong was good, and it was logical for the tables to be turned when the Undisputed Era attack this time. Ricochet and Aleister run the Undisputed Era off, so I’m thinking whatever program is building is about Ricochet and Aleister VS Adam Cole and Roderick Strong in a tag match. We know that the Dusty Rhodes Classic is back and O’Reilly and Fish are reunited as reDRagon. I’m not even sure it matters what other teams are participating this year, it’ll be reDRagon who goes after the NXT Tag Team Championships. Therefore, I think the Ricochet & Aleister VS Cole & Strong tag match might be used to determine challengers for the NXT Championship and North American Championship.

The NXT Women’s Division had a good showing tonight. I appreciated the backstage video of the Horsewomen trying to bully the new class of recruits. It’s been Shayna’s thing since she showed up and bullied Dakota Kai, so it makes sense Jessamyn and Marina follow her lead. Mia VS Xia was a solid match, and glad to see Mia’s move finally has a name. Of course the main thing was the Horsewomen trying to make an example out of her. Good to see more of Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban on NXT TV. Hopefully we see more of those three and other Mae Young Classic participants to freshen things up. Bianca Belair also puts forward her statement of wanting a second shot. Perhaps NXT will have another huge contender’s match like back during Asuka’s days. It’d be a good way to disguise an obvious result.

Everything connected to the North American Championship was great. Ciampa wanting to support Gargano, Gargano not wanting him around, and then Ciampa watching from some secret little spot, all great character work. Gargano VS Dream as a match was practically TakeOver worthy itself! So much story and action in this match, and a well-deserved victory for Dream. In relation to the Undisputed Era wanting all the titles, Dream VS Cole already happened so give me Dream VS Strong. Cole can move up to the NXT Championship against Ciampa. There’s a lot still to happen on the Road to New York, so I’m thinking all four members of the Undisputed Era will have a match for TakeOver.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/20/19)

It’s Storm VS Ripley, Round 3 for the NXT UK Women’s Championship in Phoenix!

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NXT UK continues in Phoenix with a massive Women’s Championship rematch! Tied at 1-1, will it be Rhea Ripley or Toni Storm that comes out on top?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers; The Coffey Brothers win.
  • Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne; Seven wins.
  • NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.

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The NXT UK Women’s Championship saga continues!

The Mosh Pit Kid was furious that she lost the title to the Lightning Down Under. Rhea Ripley believes she’s the best of both worlds, but Toni Storm will happily beat her again. There’s no more time for talk, they settle the score tonight! Who stands tall at the conclusion of this epic rivalry?

 

Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers!

The Welsh Air Force has come close but just missed the mark when it comes to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. As for Joe and Mark Coffey, they finally give it a go! Will Gallus go through Andrews & Webster and straight for the gold?

The teams sort out and Webster starts against Coffey. They go around and tie up, Mark gets a waistlock slam! Mark is right on Webster with a biel! Webster boots back and fights out of the Gallus corner, only to run into a CHOP! Mark tags Joe and the brothers work together to scoop slam Webster. Joe keeps Webster from Andrews and stomps out his stomach. Joe pops Webster up but Webster lands on his feet to dropkick Joe! Tag to Andrews! Andrews runs and headscissors, but Joe blocks! Joe brings Andrews up but Andrews slips out to boot Joe away! Andrews hops up, flying headscissors! Andrews slides and Peles! Mark tags in and Joe reverses the whip. Joe feeds Andrews to Mark for a waistlock. Andrews fights out and runs, but into the pop-up European Uppercut!

Mark hits Webster for good measure before stomping Andrews out. Mark throws heavy body shots then scoop slams Andrews fast. He drops knees on Andrews’ back, then pushes him to the corner. Tag to Joe and the brothers mug Andrews. Joe keeps Andrews from Webster as he stomps Andrews more. Joe throws body shots against the ropes, then in the corner. Andrews can barely cover up as Joe throws hands. Joe whips corner to corner hard and Andrews bounces off the buckles! Joe drags Andrews over and tags in Mark. The Coffey Brothers continue to mug and isolate Andrews. Fans rally up as Mark full nelsons Andrews. Mark drags Andrews over, tag to Joe. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, lift and CHOP Andrews down! Joe keeps Andrews away from Webster again with a full nelson of his own.

Joe thrashes Andrews around then grinds him to the mat. Andrews endures and fans rally up. Andrews stands and slips out, but Joe sees the wheelbarrow coming. Joe elbows and clubs Andrews down. Andrews almost reaches Webster, but Joe stops him just inches away. Joe uses the butterfly full nelson, but fans rally up. Joe swings Andrews around and around, then throws him overhead! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives but Joe stays right on him. Joe whips Andrews to the Coffey corner, but Andrews fights out! Andrews runs, but into a bomb! He slips out, hot tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies on the Coffey boys! Webster throws EuroUppers, but runs into a lift. Webster lands on his feet, gets around, goes around, big crossbody and fast hands!

Phoenix fires up as Webster hits the springboard quebrada on Mark! Webster runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Webster hits back with a swift knee! And he Tiger Feints to huricanrana Joe into barriers! Webster leaps up and over Mark, knee trigger! Tag to Andrews and Webster gives him the assist on the standing 450! Cover, but Joe breaks it! The Coffey Brothers regroup but Webster is on them. Joe throws Webster out then tags in. Joe goes at Andrews but gets CHOP after CHOP! Andrews throws forearms, too, but Joe pushes him back. Joe blocks the tilt-o-whirl DDT, but Webster tags in on the back side! Webster knee triggers Joe then gives Andrews a boost, tornado DDT!

Joe bails out and Mark runs in, for a Modfather headbutt! Andrews and Webster double FLY onto both brothers! They quickly get Joe in, Andrews tags. Webster wrenches, but Joe pushes him away. Joe gets clear of Andrews for a corner splash! Joe suplexes, Stun-Dog Millionaire! Hot tag to Webster! Webster climbs and Andrews DIVES onto Mark! But Mark catches Andrews for a suplex onto the apron! Webster sentons but onto Joe’s knees! Joe SPEARS Webster to the corner and tags Mark. Mark rocks Webster with a forearm, Joe tops it off with All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Coffey Brothers win!

Winners: The Coffey Brothers, Mark Coffey pinning

Gallus is as gallus does! The Coffey Brothers have begun their tag team quest in NXT UK, when and where will they reach the tag team titles?

 

Welcome to the Nina Samuels Show.

Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show is about to begin. The Rose Pink Devil looks to take center stage, but when and where will the spotlight finally shine?

 

Jordan Devlin speaks.

“This is the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, back in beautiful Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.” He’s fresh off another MVP performance in the Worlds Collide tournament. But Travis Banks had to stick his nose in Devlin’s business. Devlin will make this clear: grow eyes in the back of your head. They’re far from through. Will Ace and Buzzsaw ever be through with each other?

 

NXT UK, get ready for Kay Lee Ray.

What makes KLR the best woman in NXT UK already? It’s not confidence, it’s not her red hair, it’s not even that she’s Scottish. It’s that she’s smart. She’ll show everyone around the world what she can do. She had to watch and wait, but that means she knows what everyone is capable of. It doesn’t matter if it’s Storm, Ripley or any of these other “girls”. It only matters that KLR is here now.

 

Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne!

The man from Mustache Mountain wants to be NXT UK Tag Team Champion with Tyler Bate, but he’ll show he can still get it done in singles competition! Will he get a win against The Worst of NXT?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and go around, and Seven pushes Thorne towards a corner. Thorne pushes Seven towards the other corner, but Seven escapes to a waistlock then headlock. They end up on the ropes and they separate. Seven and Thorne circle and tie up again. Seven gets the arm and wrenches, keeping Thorne from ropes. Fans applaud as Seven wrenches Thorne down to the mat. Thorne moves around and reverses the wrench. Seven reverses back but Thorne rocks him with a right. Thorne bumps Seven off buckles then chops him! Seven CHOPS back! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Seven fires up but Thorne gets a headlock. Seven powers out but Thorne runs him over.

Things speed up and Thorne whips Seven, only for Seven to come back with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Thorne hurries to a corner but Seven runs in for a big clothesline! Seven whips corner to corner but Thorne reverses. Thorne runs in but is put on the apron. Thorne grabs hair and beard, then hotshots Seven’s arm! The referee reprimands Thorne but Thorne drags Seven into the post. Thorne pulls the arm into the steel, but lets up at 4. Thorne goes back into the ring to scrape and kick and stomp Seven in the corner. He stands Seven up to wrench the arm and bring Seven to the mat. Fans rally up while Seven endures. Seven powers up and fights back but Thorne throws him down by his hair. Thorne kicks away on Seven then covers, TWO!

Thorne keeps on Seven with a keylock. Seven endures but fans rally up again. Seven powers up and hits a stunner! Thorne staggers back, into a CHOP! And another CHOP! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! Thorne flounders while fans fire up with Seven. Seven runs corner to corner for another CHOP! Snap Dragon Suplex! Scoop driver! Cover, TWO! Seven goes for and gets the Figure Four! Thorne endures the legendary leg lock and fans are shouting. Seven and Thorne start slapping each other! Thorne manages to turn the hold over, putting the pressure on Seven! Seven turns it back over, but then Thorne gets the ropebreak. They end up on the apron while the leg lock is still on, so Thorne turns and brings them both crashing to the ground!

Thorne is laughing as he and Seven separate. They stand and Seven chops Thorne. Thorne throws a haymaker, but Seven chops back. They brawl as the ring count climbs. Thorne back suplexes Seven on the apron at 7! Thorne climbs up top but Seven runs over to CHOP him back. Seven and Thorne fight with chops, and Seven gets an edge. Seven climbs up to join Thorne, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Thorne survives but Seven isn’t done with him yet. Seven goes for the Figure Four again but Thorne cradles! TWO, and Seven CHOPS Thorne. Thorne throws haymakers but Seven throws CHOPS! Seven throws slapping body shots but Thorne throws a EuroUpper. Thorne gloats but Seven grabs him for the wristlock ripcord. Thorne slips through to ripcord Seven for a kitchen sink knee! Then he double chicken wings, pop-up to a German Suplex! Cover, TWO!!

Seven survives but Thorne is right on the bad arm! Thorne folds the arm for a modified crossface, but Seven slips through. Seven fights out with elbows and chops. Ripcord, Seven Star Lariat!! Cover, Seven wins!

Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall

The man from Mustache Mountain bests the Worst in their first singles encounter! Will this help Seven reach the top of the mountain in the singles division as well as the tag division?

 

Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.

The Ungentle Gentleman was last in NXT UK at the Royal Albert Hall and the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. Gallagher sees NXT UK making history itself, but will he be joining for more action? That’s a question for GM Johnny Saint to answer. What will Saint’s answer be in regards to having the 205 Live Cruiserweight crossing over?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Joseph Conners.

The Righteous Killer trains at the new UK Performance Center as he speaks on “breaking the shiny new toys.” However, he lost to Ligero- Stop right there. He and Ligero have a long history. But Conners will tell everyone that his loss was just an off day. Those off days are long behind him. Conners is more focused than ever, and he will show everyone that he always has and always will be better than the Leeds Luchador. Will Ligero be the shiniest toy Conners breaks?

 

The Grizzled Young Veterans head to the ring!

Zack Gibson and James Drake are in Phoenix as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but they’ll also defend them during this state-side excursion. Gibson takes the mic and introduces himself as Liverpool’s Number One, and introduces Drake. Together, they are the Grizzled Young Veterans. “For 13 long, hard years,” they traveled the world to show everyone what they already knew. And now they stand before the fans “with these shiny new NXT UK tag titles, which prove exactly what we already knew: that we are the very best tag team anywhere around the world!”

But being the best does have a drawback. Gibson would much rather be home in Liverpool, sitting back and enjoying his life. But instead, they’ve been dragged against their will to this desert, just so they can educate the “ignorant Yanks” as to why British Wrestling is the best, and as to why GYV are the best of the best. Johnny Saint insisted they make the trip. Saint insisted they have the best competition. But no, Gibson and Drake are the best competition. The other teams should be flying to the UK to find them. The GYV have set a new standard. Any tag team from 205 Live or NXT USA, line up because GYV are not impressed. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, come challenge them, because they are the standard-bearers SOON to be recognized as “the most important” team anywhere in the WWE.

Speaking of, the One Two Combination head right out! Lorcan & Burch want Gibson & Drake to hold their horses. On behalf of Phoenix, please shut up! No one wants to hear what Gibson’s got to say. But Burch has said it a million times, he’s proud to be British. But he’s also proud to represent the American NXT, the one Gibson claims has no competition. Nothing makes Burch prouder than to team with Lorcan. Now they’re supposed to wait for the match until next week, but why wait? Lorcan & Burch rush the ring, but Gibson & Drake bail out. Fans boo as the Grizzled Young Veterans take their titles and run. The champs fight on their time, but will their time be up very soon?

 

NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley!

The first time, the Mosh Pit Kid shocked the world when she beat the Lightning Down Under to become the first-ever champion. The second time was finally #ToniTime. Now in the third time around, the score will be settled. Who will take the title back to the UK after burning it down in Phoenix?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Rhea sucker punches Toni! Rhea rains down rights on Toni but the referee tries to restore order. Rhea throws Toni into the corner but Toni staggers back up. Toni wants the match to happen, so the ref rings the bell. Rhea is right on her again! The ref counts but Rhea rams shoulders in until 4! Rhea stalks Toni to another corner and stomps a mudhole in! She drags Toni up to whip but Toni holds ropes. Rhea goes after her with more furious forearms, and then throws her down on the mat. Rhea stomps Toni then talks trash. She whips Toni but Toni redirects and dropkicks Rhea down! Cover, ONE!

Toni stays on Rhea with EuroUppers! Toni rocks Rhea to the ropes and throws forearms of her own. The ref backs Toni off, Rhea yanks Toni into the ropes! Rhea then yanks Toni out of the ring and to the floor! Rhea tells the fans to shut up as she clubs Toni around. She rams Toni into the apron then refreshes the count. Rhea rams Toni into the apron again, then scoops her to ram her into the post! She dumps Toni back in and covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni but Rhea stomps her more. Rhea drags Toni up for clubbing forearms. Rhea mocks the fans for cheering Toni on, so the fans boo and jeer Rhea. The Mosh Pit Kid grounds ‘n’ pounds Toni then pulls her hair! The ref counts and Rhea lets up at 4. Rhea wraps Toni up in body scissors and squeezes.

Toni endures and fans rally again. Rhea pulls Toni’s hair more but Toni turns it to a cover, ONE! Rhea keeps the squeeze on and thrashes Toni about, but Toni makes it another cover. ONE, and Rhea rolls Toni to a cover of her own. TWO, and Toni is still in the scissors. Rhea rolls her again, TWO, and Toni starts stomping the back of Rhea’s head! Toni stomps her way out of the hold! Rhea scrambles away from Toni as fans fire up. Toni throws big forearms but Rhea shoves and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool while she stalks Toni. “You think you’re so good!” Rhea slaps Toni around then drags her up. Toni hits back with palm strikes and forearms, but Rhea knees low. Rhea throws Toni to the mat again, then looms over her as fans boo.

Rhea stands on Toni’s hair and flexes! She lets up at 4, but then stomps Toni to get the legs. Rhea lifts Toni in the inverted cloverleaf! Toni endures while fans rally up. Toni crawls her way towards the ropes, then rolls to throw Rhea out! Rhea hurries back up but Toni roundhouses her back down. Toni builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Rhea out! Toni drags Rhea back in and gets a waistlock, German Suplex! Rhea flounders to a corner as fans fire up with Toni. Toni runs in for the hip attack! Then she waistlocks Rhea again, German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Toni keeps focus as she drags Rhea back up.

Toni underhooks, but Rhea resists. Rhea slips out to throw forearm after forearm! She clobbers Toni with a clothesline! Rhea drags Toni up for another! Rhea drags Toni up again, but Toni dodges to hit a backstabber! Both women are down but fans fire up. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before either woman sits up. Toni and Rhea meet at 7 to start throwing forearms from the mat. They brawl as they head back to their feet. Rhea SLAPS Toni, then runs, but Toni rocks her with a forearm! Toni whips but Rhea reverses to boot! Rhea swings but Toni dodges to headbutt! Toni falls on the cover, TWO!!

Rhea survives but Toni keeps going. Toni drags herself to a corner then wills herself up top. Rhea trips her up! Rhea CHOPS Toni but Toni headbutts back! Toni adjusts, but Rhea enziguris her down! Rhea roars as she climbs up to join Toni. SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the high stack cover, TWO!! Toni barely escapes and Rhea can’t believe it! Rhea stomps away on Toni then drags her back up. Rhea scoop slams Toni into the corner then stomps a mudhole! She backs off at 4 then drags Toni up. “You think it’s Toni Time, huh!?” Rhea throws heavy hands on the dazed Toni. Rhea runs in, but Toni goes up and over, sending Rhea into post! Toni floats over, underhooks, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion

The trilogy concludes and the Lightning strikes! Toni Time can finally move on, who will be her first fresh challenger on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great episode of NXT UK. Good to see the Coffey Brothers have a tag team match. Obviously while the WWE United Kingdom Championship is reserved for Walter come the next UK TakeOver, it’s good for Joe and Mark to try the tag team division. They have a great match with Andrews & Webster, and obviously win to keep themselves strong. Of course, Gallus likely won’t challenge for the tag titles without Mustache Mountain being involved. Gibson gives another solid promo, and the exchange with Lorcan & Burch was good, too. Grizzled Young Veterans VS Lorcan & Burch is going to be a fun match next week, but pretty sure GYV retains. They won’t lose those titles until Mustache Mountain is involved. The next UK TakeOver might even up the intensity by making it a Triple Threat, since a simple rematch of GYV VS MM would be hard to outdo the original.

Seven VS Thorne was good, and it’s good to see Thorne showing up in NXT UK. WWE Worlds Collide was used to tease Thorne coming over now that he no longer has Nick Miller for a tag partner. “The Worst” can help the UK midcard grow, but I wouldn’t say he’s midcard title material just yet. The same for Jack Gallagher. It’s great to have crossovers between NXT UK, NXT and 205 Live, but I don’t see Gallagher winning a title just yet. Devlin hypes a rematch with Travis Banks, and that match will be incredible, especially if they get a special stipulation. Then the main event, the Women’s Championship was another instant classic. Rhea going after Toni’s back was good referencing of the story from their first match. Naturally Toni wins, because it is time to move on to new challengers.

My Score: 8.4/10


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