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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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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 1.27.2022

BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?

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BULLET CLUB! HONOR NO MORE! Royal Rumble Mentions! IMPACT is really proving to be the real Forbidden Door. How does this craziness continue?

This was their first show from the most recent tapings. We know the Guerrillas of Destiny will be here, Jay White is also supposed to be around…plus everything keeping Ring of Honor relevant we’ve got a lot to try and fit into two hours.

Any more crazy debuts, returns, or what have you? Let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Chris Bey vs Jake Something: Something wins via Into the Void – *** ¼
  • The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration: Cassie Lee wins via Code Red Cradle Counter – ***
  • Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree: Cassidy wins via BQE – N/A
  • Johnny Swinger vs Jonah: Jonah wins via Tsunami – N/A
  • Chris Sabin vs PCO: PCO wins via Bubba Bomb – *** ¼

 

Results:

We see they are still selling the D’lo is injured angle, so we get 205 Live flashbacks! Tom is on commentary with Matthew Rehwoldt!

Chris Bey vs Jake Something

Bey starts things off quickly but Jake puts a stop to that with a big right hand that dazes Bey. Bey powders, Jake follows, but it set up Bey to hit an Apron Tiger Feint. He goes for an Asai Moonsault, but Jake catches him and hits Snake Eyes on the apron. Bey bounces to the post, Jake charges and Bey moves to have Jake crash himself into the pole.

We get more of the clash of styles where Bey goes for a few quick shots or high flying haymakers, but Jake seems to return 3 or 4 of Bey’s moves just with one big power move.  There’s a tenacious spot with Bey clinging to Jake with the Rear Naked choke and refusing to let go regardless of being driven into the corner and even flat on the mat.

Jake powers through and manages to drop Bey to break the Sleeper. The action is quick and could go either way. Bey counters Jake’s corner spear, he counters Jake’s Blackhole Slam and we see a beautiful Spinning Heel Kick. Huricanrana, but Jake holds on and turns it into a Sitout Powerbomb. Bey keeps everything moving quickly, he baits Jake into the corner, goes to the top rope and Jake catches him out of mid-air. A small pause for the cause, and Jake creates the momentum for Into the Void himself.

Post-Match G.o.D. run down beat the hell out of Jake, Speedball Mike Bailey makes a save until Jay White comes down and Bailey sells the involvement hilariously. G.o.D. tell us exactly why they’re here and we all knew, Good Brothers gonna fall victim to the Firing Squad.

The Influence (Madison Rayne & Kaleb) vs The IInspiration

This is a little stupid but it keeps the story moving. The IInspiration missed the first title match because of covid stopping them from going to Hard to Kill. Now Tenille isn’t available for these tapings I guess, so this is a non-title match.

Madison starts off with Cassie and Madison gets out-wrestled. So Madison tags in Kaleb and Cassie immediately starts making a joke of the situation and Cassie feigns an old Jimmy tap. Cassie again out-wrestles Kaleb and tags in Jessie. Jessie and Kaleb have a weird moment where he pulls her up from a failed Sunset Flip and they have a pause where it almost looks like they’re gonna kiss or something.

The hiccup in the action gives The Influence and opening and a big Superkick from Kaleb connects on Cassie. Madison controls the match and tags in Kaleb. He comes off the middle rope Jerry Lawler style but Cassie counters the move with a Manhattan Drop. Then she retreats to the ropes, he charges, and crotches himself on the middle rope. Madison tags back in since Kaleb has been having issues.

Jessie hits the Shades of Kay which causes Madison to DDT Kaleb. After some shenanigans, a blind tag from Kaleb gives The Influence a close call. But a Code Red kind of counter to a Powerbomb gives Cassie the victory. Watching Kaleb and Madison throw tantrums over the loss is pretty hilarious.

AHH Gisele Shaw is the Quintessential Diva! She’s been on AXS TV before when she was Azteca during WOW from a few years ago. She’s been in the business for a while and isn’t terrible in the ring. I’m looking forward to her honestly.

Mickie holds a State of the Knockouts and it’s just a big hype session for the Royal Rumble, to help set the stage that Chelsea Green is still somewhat relevant in the title picture even though Tasha Steelz is the rightful number one contender. It was fine, but went a bit long.

We get about 10 seconds of Jordynne Grace defending the Digital Media title against Kiera Hogan, then she officially accepts Zack, erhm…Matt Cardona’s challenge. And Brian Myers adds like nine guys to the Learning Tree just to throw numbers at Massive Cassidy as he joins commentary.

Massive Cassidy vs The Learning Tree

Tom calls Zicky Dice “If the State of Florida were a person”; super accurate. This is a hilarious Squash match and the commentary makes it fantastic. BQE wins the match for Cassidy.

Brian Myers squares up to Cassidy, and Moose comes down to attack his next challenger. Morrissey fights them off mostly, gets buried under the Learning Tree and goes full Super Shredder but Moose cuts him in half with Lights Out! Myers is amused and Moose poses victorious and looking sharp as hell.

Johnny Swinger vs Jonah

Swingman gonna be a dead man. Jonah gonna take em to the morgue. We do see apparently Dan Lambert is in the crowd. So this could be a return of Dan Lambert to IMPACT. Yeah Tsunami wins, anyone surprised? Jonah tosses out Swinger and looks like he might do more damage, but Decay’s music hits and they seem to have an interest in Swinger. So Jonah allows them to have their fun and do what they will.

Chris Sabin vs PCO

Definitely NOT a match I expected in 2022, especially with the faction seconds around the ring. PCO makes sure the pace is slow and works on Sabin’s left arm. Driving it into the turnbuckles, wrenching over the ropes, dropping hammers into his elbow and of course Arm Wringers. Sabin needs to do a little Junior stylings to roll with the Wringer and now tries the rope runs. Frankenstein doesn’t go down until Sabin goes for the low Dropkick, then a Flying Shoulder Tackle.

Sabin is moving nicely, but PCO calls the refs attention and Honor No More trips up Sabin running the ropes. Eddie Edwards tries to return it in kind, but the referee is staring right at him. Stupid good guy Eddie tries to cheat and he’s just bad at it. Commercial break takes us to Sabin having PCO in the corner for 10 count punches. Springboard Flatliner attempt but PCO grabs him out of the sky and sends him to the outside. Brings him back in just to crush him over the top rope with a car crash lariat. Middle Ropes PCO Senton through the ropes to the outside onto Sabin.

PCO throws Sabin into the steps and just rocks him. Then we see the top corner Senton onto Sabin as he’s draped on the apron. PCO doing those moves you’re not expecting from someone his age or size, but it’s been his bread and butter with his PCO resurgence the last 5 years or so. PCO SAULT – MISSES! Sabin has been getting destroyed and now finally has a second to put things together.

Missile Dropkick, Yakuza Kick and then a Missile Dropkick to the back of the head sending PCO to the outside. Suicide Dive sends PCO reeling into the guardrail! Top Rope Crossbody from Sabin for 2. Cradle Shock attempt but no, Crucifix Cradle near fall and then a big clubbing lariat from PCO and Sabin’s momentum is stunted. Vader Bomb from PCO, Sabin gets the Knees up, kick, running Enzuigiri, Cradle Shock but Honor No More starts making their presence known. PCO is still selling so Sabin attacks all of them, Maria distracts the referee, and the numbers catch up with Sabin. PCO hits the Bubba Bomb and folds up Sabin for the victory!

 

Overall Score: 7/10

They set up the main event during the show, made it feel like a big deal, and it wasn’t really over booked given all the people being involved. Massive Cassidy dismantling the Learning Tree was comedic and great given the commentary and the way the segment ended with Myers and Moose having their moments.

Bullet Club opened things and made it all feel important, I mean let’s just put it this way. There were a lot of factions being involved, but no one felt lost, it all felt kinda cool and big and even the throw together group of Ace/Fulton/Jake/Speedball felt logical and of course a little campy, but works for the IMPACT presentation. Gisele Shaw being shown and named as the Quintessential Diva could be great since she’s not a WWE hand me down, but she does have a little bit of stroke given her other work. The personality they gave her in the promo makes me feel like she’ll fit into Inspiration/Tenille kind of style, but when they recently added Lady Frost and Masha Slammovich; it’s really great to see a bunch of different women in the division.

Also not gonna lie, I’m a little curious what Dan Lambert will be doing. Given the fact that like 2018 ATT was positioned against Moose, I wonder if there will be any of that animosity or if Moose will align with them since 2018 Moose is not 2022 Moose. Fun threads in this show!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/27/22)

Grudge match after grudge match!

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Will the Irish Ace strike gold again?

Ilja Dragunov defends the NXT UK Championship against Jordan Devlin, in an EMPTY ARENA MATCH! Will Devlin celebrate all by himself tonight?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie; Die Familie wins.
  • Amale VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
  • NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin; Dragunov wins and retains the title.

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Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Die Familie!

Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers are a firm and a family, but The Babo still says he, Rohan Raja & Charles Dempsey have a stronger bond. These bonds will be tested as these six finally have it out! What happens on this full contact family feud?

The trios sort out, Teoman starts against Joe Coffey and fans sing for Gallus right away. The Iron King talks trash with Teoman as they circle. They tie up, go around, and Joe puts Teoman in the corner. Teoman BOOTS but Joe ROCKS Teoman with haymakers! Teoman kicks and fires off forearms, but then Joe gives more haymakers. Tag to Mark, and the brothers double wrench to lift and CHOP Teoman down! Mark gets Teoman up to punch, arm-drag, and armlock. Mark puts on a cobra clutch, drags Teoman up and Wolfgang tags in. Ripcord to a shoulder and a forearm! Teoman crawls, kicks Wolfie’s leg, and Raja tags in!

But Wolfgang hip tosses Raja down! Then arm-drags him up and over for an armlock. Wolfgang tags Mark back in, they coordinate to takedown and DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! Raja hits ropes on the way to a corner, Mark runs in to back body block! Mark goes up, Dempsey distracts him! Raja YANKS Mark down to then DECK him, BOOT him, and stomp him around! Raja drags Mark up, tags in Teoman, and they mug Mark. Teoman wrenches, CLUBS the arm, then uppercuts it. Teoman has a wristlock and he wrangles Mark down. Teoman bends the fingers and then the elbow! Mark fights back but Teoman hits him in return.

Mark gets up, throws big forearm after forearm, then rams Teoman into an open corner. Mark throws body shots but Teoman BOOTS and elbows Mark away! Teoman goes up, blindside missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Teoman is annoyed but he keeps Mark down with an armlock. Mark endures, Gallus and the fans rally up, and Mark fights up. Teoman tags Dempsey, they mug Mark, and Dempsey drags Mark up to facelock. Mark endures but Dempsey RAMPS him into the corner! And then again! Dempsey keeps on the grovit but Mark throws body shots. Mark gets free, he EuroUppers, but Dempsey gives it back!

They go back and forth, Mark catches the arms for a backslide! ONE, Dempsey headbutts low, ROCKS Mark then clinches. Dempsey CHOPS Mark off his feet, covers, TWO! Dempsey keeps on Mark with an armlock and he grinds the shoulder. Fans sing for Gallus but Dempsey moves around to grind the shoulder and twist it through! Mark tries to fight, Dempsey mounts for a cover, ONE as Mark sunsets! Dempsey rolls through, lateral press, ONE but Dempsey has a double wristlock. Mark fights up as Dempsey cranks the hold! Raja tags in, Dempsey feeds Mark to a BIG forearm! Raja covers, TWO!

Raja stomps Mark, drags Mark up and over, and Dempsey tags back in. They whip Mark, knee low, then KNEE lift Mark down! Cover, but Joe breaks it! Dempsey glares at Joe, but turns around into big forearms and CHOPS from Mark! Dempsey knees Mark low, elbows Joe down, then swings, into a back suplex! Dempsey tags Raja, Mark crawls for his corner but Raja gets the legs. Mark kicks Raja away, Teoman tags in! Teoman goes around to swing on Wolfgang, but turns around into a back drop! Mark crawls, hot tag to Wolfgang! Fans rally as Wolfgang CLOBBERS Teoman, SPLASHES Raja, then goes up to AX HANDLE Teoman!

Wolfgang DECKS Dempsey, fires off hands on Teoman, then whips to KNEE low! BASEMENT SPLASH! Wolfgang drags Teoman up, EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Teoman is still in this for Die Familie, and he kicks Wolfgang away to get to his corner. Wolfgang SPLASHES, but Raja tags in! Wolfgang SLAPS Raja down, Wolfgang runs in, but Raja gets Teoman out of the way! Teoman hits a SLIDING FOREARM, then Raja drags Wolfgang up, INVERTED DDT! Cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and Raja is furious! Fans rally up, Teoman swings on Joe! Raja goes after Wolfgang, but backstabber is denied! Tag to Joe!

Joe rallies on Raja, DECKS Teoman, CLOBBERS Raja, and pop-up UPPERCUTS Teoman! Raja sidesteps Joe but Joe breaks through the clothesline to FLYING SHOULDER! Joe shoves, clinches and OVERHEAD suplexes Raja! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up with Joe as he drags Raja back up. Joe whips Raja to a corner, Raja reverses, but Joe goes up and ROCKS Raja. Joe goes up and up, CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe goes to the corner, runs in, but Raja dodges the sendoff! BACKSTABBER! Joe flounders and both men are down! Raja crawls over to the corner, hot tag to Dempsey! Dempsey knees low, BUTTERFLY SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!

Dempsey drags Joe up into a FULL NELSON! Joe fights the suplex and THROWS Dempsey off! GLASGOW SENDOFF! Tag to Mark! The Coffey Brothers get Dempsey up, HIGH LOW!! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Teoman throws Joe out, goes to the apron and PENALTY KICKS! Mark swings on Teoman, then DOUBLE CHOPS Dempsey! Tag to Wolfgang and they get Dempsey up. Feed to the scoop, but Raja drags Mark out! Teoman gets in, to CHOP BLOCK Wolfgang’s leg! Dempsey has the STF!! Wolfgang endures, and taps! DIE FAMILIE WINS!

Winners: Die Familie, by submission

Though not blood, these brothers in arms found a way to keep down the Gallus boys! Is NXT UK going to be their kingdom soon enough?

 

NXT UK hears from Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith, as well as Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff.

The finals are coming! And that means one step closer to becoming the next NXT UK Tag Team Champions! But Jack & Dave are no joke. They’re good, but they’re only a team of two months. Smith & Carter have been a team of two years. Jack is more like Dave’s apprentice. This is their time.

Dave Mastiff says the #1 contendership is close. And he knows Tyler Bate & Trent Seven pretty well. But they can’t underestimate Carter & Smith. Yeah, they’ve had things to say about Mastiff & Starz, and two years together is impressive. But how about a 20 year career? That’s impressive. Two years is a drop in the ocean to The Bomber. Everything Smith learned about tag matches, he learned from Mastiff. Starz will take care of Carter, and Mastiff knows Smith like the back of his hand.

Smith says he’s learned more on his own than what Mastiff taught him, he and Carter are ready. Carter says they’re the hottest tag team under the sun and the freshest flavor on the brand. If there’s any team more serious, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team more supreme, it’s Smith & Carter. If there’s any team winning the match, it’s Smith & Carter. Ready and Forward, Always Forward! Starz says to bring their A Games, and everything they’ve got, because no one is stopping him and Mastiff from taking those NXT UK Tag Team Championships! All four men are fired up, but which duo burns brighter in this #1 contender’s tag?

 

Amale VS Jinny!

Similar backgrounds, similar career paths, but completely different outlooks on life; that is why the French Hope and the Spoiled Princess of Knightsbridge can’t stand each other. But now that things have come to blows, will Amale’s positivity negate Jinny’s negativity? Or does Jinny have that much more fury and fire to win out?

The bell rings, the two tie right up, and Jinny knees low! Jinny headlocks, Amale powers out but Jinny pulls hair to CLUB Amale down. Jinny hits a headlock takeover, Amale headscissors, but Jinny kips free. Amale clinches, headlocks for the takeover, but Jinny goes for the headscissors. Amale shrugs that off, Jinny fights up, and Jinny pulls hair. Jinny powers out but Amale runs her over! Jinny kicks low, but Amale throws body shots! And forearms! Jinny gives those back, clamps onto an arm, but Amale gets to ropes. The ref counts but Jinny wraps the arm around ropes to throw knee after knee!

Jinny stops as the ref counts 4, but Amale fires forearms in return! Jinny kicks low, scowls and whips, but Amale reverses to then duck, dodge, and scoop SLAM! Jinny flounders, Amale hits a somersault senton, to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Amale grits her teeth as she follows Jinny. Amale waistlocks, Jinny holds ropes, and then Jinny HOTSHOTS Amale off the top! Jinny WRINGS Amale’s arm out, stomps Amale around, then grabs an arm to drop a knee on it! Then she does the same to the other arm! Cover, TWO! Jinny grabs hair but fans rally up. Jinny drags Amale up but Amale throws haymakers! Jinny wrenches to wrangle Amale down!

Amale endures the armlock but Jinny CLAWS the arm from wrist to shoulder! Amale keeps Jinny from getting the other arm, then gets up to throw body shots and forearms. Jinny shoves Amale, but Amale sunset flips! TWO! Jinny rushes in, ducks and dodges to throw Amale by her hair! Fans boo but Jinny KNEES Amale down! And KNEES Her in the side! And again! And again! Jinny drags Amale up, tucks the arm, and throws elbows down before putting on the IRON OCTOPUS! Amale endures but Jinny pulls the arm way back! Amale stays on her feet, powers up, and is free to hip toss Jinny down!

Fans rally, Jinny gets up but she knees Amale low! Jinny whips Amale to a corner, runs in but into a BOOT! Amale goes up to DOUBLE STOMP Jinny down! Amale runs corner to corner to LARIAT Jinny! And then another lariat! Fans fire up with Amale and she brings Jinny up. Jinny throws body shots and low kicks, but Amale reverses the whip, corner clothesline! Amale roars, Jinny is rocked, Amale whips her into a buckle! Amale runs side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale drags Jinny out for a waistlock, but Jinny throws back elbows! Amale turns that around to a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Bridging cover, TWO!

Amale grows frustrated, but she keeps on Jinny. Amale hooks the leg but Amale pulls hair! Jinny throws elbows, brings Amale to a corner, and trips her up to high stack! Legs on the ropes! JINNY WINS!

Winner: Jinny, by pinfall

Jinny snatches that win by waiting until the last second to get the leverage! Amale is furious, but will she be able to get her revenge?

 

BREAKING NEWS!

To up the ante from their first time around, Meiko Satomura and Blair Davenport face off for the NXT UK Women’s Championship, in a Japanese Street Fight! Blair brutalized Meiko after losing, will she brutalize her again before winning? Or will Meiko make Blair regret showing her that disrespect?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Nathan Frazer.

The British Prodigy comes off a big loss against Ring General, Walter/Gunther. How is he feeling now? Considering literally no one thought he was going to win, he feels great with how well he did. But then barging in to celebrate their victory is Die Familie. They already have champagne ready, but they ask Frazer what he’s doing in their locker room. Oh so this is their room now? Well, congrats, boys, you must be so proud of yourselves. Teoman tells Frazer that Die Familie doesn’t need anything from a loser like him. Oh, Die Familie? Cute nickname. You really think you’re family? Teoman just keeps the others around so he isn’t a loser himself. It’s so blatantly obvious.

Raja gets in Frazer’s face about those comments, and Teoman says to get out of the room. Fine, enjoy your little party. Will Frazer prove who the real loser is soon enough?

 

NXT UK Championship Empty Arena Match: Ilja Dragunov VS Jordan Devlin!

Oh the irony. Just as we got fans back, now they have to leave! The Irish Ace says the fans are the real source of the Czar’s power. But when it’s No Holds Barred and Falls Count Anywhere, will Devlin be able to stand all on his own? Or will UNBESIEGBAR still have the power to break him as the fans cheer him on from outside the arena?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who can stand on their own two feet!

Devlin HEADBUTTS Dragunov before the bell! Then he rains down forearms! The ref wants Delvin to stop, the bell hasn’t rung! Devlin picks up the title and says it is coming home with him! The ref asks Dragunov if he still wants to fight, and of course he does! The bell rings, Devlin swings the belt at Dragunov, but Dragunov dodges and gets around for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Dragunov holds on, talks trash back in Russian to GERMAN SUPLEX Devlin again! Dragunov holds on, gets Devlin up again, but Devlin grabs ropes! No ropebreaks in this match, so Devlin MULE KICK LOW BLOWS!

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov down, ROCKS him with a forearm, then keeps on him with more heavy shots. Devlin ties Dragunov up in the ropes! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov, and says he’s stronger, faster and smarter than Dragunov! Devlin goes out to get the timekeeper’s chair! Devlin says Dragunov’s family will have to live with this. Dragunov eggs Devlin on, then boots him! Devlin is annoyed, he fires off haymakers on Dragunov’s head! Devlin goes back outside, and he brings in a screwdriver?! Devlin gets in, wanting to go HHH on Ric Flair that one time. Dragunov BOOTS Devlin down, and is free of the ropes!

Devlin ROCKS Dragunov, Dragunov ENZIGURIS Devlin! Both men get up, Dragunov runs in to clothesline Devlin and himself out of the ring! Dragunov and Devlin get up again, Dragunov CHOPS Devlin against barriers. And CHOPS again! Dragunov hits an APRON BACK SUPLEX! And then a scoop and SLAM to the floor! Dragunov seethes while Devlin writhes on the mat. Dragunov drags Devlin up, brings him around with a headlock to bump him off the apron. And then off the barriers! Dragunov waistlocks, Devlin holds the barriers, and he elbows free of the waistlock. Dragunov staggers, but he swings. Devlin ducks but Dragunov uses the left to LARIAT!

Dragunov chases after Devlin, stands him up, and CHOPS him against barriers. Dragunov brings Devlin along and whips him into barriers! Dragunov takes a moment, still shaking out cobwebs from those shots Devlin gave him while tied up in the ropes. Dragunov gets Devlin up but Devlin uses the barriers to block! Dragunov clutches one side of his head, perhaps still feeling that headbutt. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, brings him around, and RAMS him into steel steps! Dragunov clutches an arm and cries out in pain! Devlin gets the top half of the steps and lifts it up into the ring. Devlin then goes back for Dragunov, only for Dragunov to TORPEDO MOSCOW him through barriers!!

Both men writhe and groan where fans would’ve been sitting otherwise. Dragunov flounders to lean against a chair while Devlin manages to sit up. Devlin falls against a chair, but Dragunov is after him again! Dragunov BOWLS Devlin through the chairs! Dragunov tosses some folding chairs into the ring, all the while telling Devlin in Russian what’s coming. Dragunov holds onto the last few chairs to SMACK Devlin on the back! Devlin screams in pain, Dragunov sets the tables down in a nice little pile. Devlin tries to get away and he tumbles over the barriers. Dragunov drags him back up, CLUBS away on him, but and suplexes him up and over, onto the chairs!

Devlin writhes, Dragunov pushes him down to cover, TWO!! Devlin survives that hard landing, but Dragunov stalks him as they go towards the staging area. Devlin sits in a chair and wants mercy, but Dragunov just CHOPS him out of his seat! They continue down the way, Dragunov dares Devlin to talk about his family now! Dragunov drags Devlin up to TOSS him into a nearby table! All the computers and things on it go flying off! Devlin is stuck on the table, Dragunov pushes him off it. Dragunov drags Devlin up, waistlocks, Gotch lifts, but Devlin rakes eyes! Devlin goes to suplex but Dragunov slips out to CLOBBER Devlin!

Devlin leans on the table again. Dragunov gets space, and he runs in, TORPEDO MOSCOW but Devlin gets clear! Only Dragunov crashes through the table!! Devlin covers, TWO!! Dragunov survives, and Devlin can’t believe it! Devlin drags Dragunov from the wreckage and SMACKS him off a road case! Did he leave a dent in it? Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off it again, then gets a smaller case! Devlin shoves the case in, ROAD CASE SANDWICH! Devlin SLAPS Dragunov down, stands him back up, and CLUBS him on the back. Dragunov flounders, Devlin drags him up, but Dragunov resists the suplex.

Devlin CLUBS Dragunov, but it’s Dragunov who suplexes! Devlin knees free, stands on top of the road case, and RAKES Dragunov’s eyes! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov off the edge of the case! MOONSAULT OFF THE CASE! Direct hit and both men fall on the concrete! Both men are down as Devlin can’t get the cover! Devlin manages to sit up first, and he brings Dragunov back up. Devlin CHOPS Dragunov, they go back around the staging, and Devlin ROCKS Dragunov. Dragunov staggers through the chairs, Devlin throws down fists! Devlin brings Dragunov up to TOSS him over the barriers! They’re back at ringside as Dragunov groans and writhes.

Devlin hobbles his way around and he starts looking under the ring. Fans may not be here to chant it, but Devlin wants a table! Dragunov CLUBS him and CHOPS him first! Dragunov puts Devlin in the ring, and Dragunov decides he wants the table. Dragunov puts the table in the ring, but Devlin has a chair! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov the second he’s in the ring! Devlin takes the table back for his own, sets it up in a corner, and then goes back for Dragunov. Devlin stands Dragunov up, ROCKS him with a right, and Dragunov wobbles. Dragunov blocks the ripcord to body scissors! Dragunov rains down elbows over and over on Devlin!!

Dragunov is furious, and he drags Devlin back up, traps the arms in the Gotch lift, POWERSLAM onto a chair! Cover, TWO!!? Devlin survives but Dragunov has no energy to be frustrated! Dragunov instead makes his way to a corner and climbs up top. Devlin JAMS Dragunov’s knee with a chair! Fireman’s carry, SWINGING SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin is furious that Dragunov survives! Devlin gives thumbs down to say this is over. He has the arm, but Dragunov again blocks the ripcord. Dragunov gets up to reel Devlin into a fireman’s carry! Devlin elbows over and over but Dragunov won’t let him down!

Devlin rakes eyes, but Dragunov still CORNER DEATH VALLEY DRIVERS through the table!!! Cover, TWO?!?!! Devlin survives and surely somewhere, the BT Sports Studio crowd is losing its mind! Dragunov aims from a corner as Devlin flounders his way to the far side. Dragunov still shouts out, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” But his head starts hurting! Devlin says Dragunov can’t win when there’s no fans! Devlin eggs Dragunov on to do it for Constantin! Dragunov staggers, HEADBUTT!!! Devlin suplexes for a SHEER DROP BRAINBUSTER!!! Cover, TWO!!!! Devlin is beside himself, how is Dragunov doing this?!

Devlin storms his way back out of the ring and he thinks of what he has to do. He finds the zip ties used for the cables. He brings those into the ring, LASHES Dragunov with them, then KICKS him down! Devlin zip ties one of Dragunov’s arms, hammers away on his shoulder and then gets the other. Dragunov is defiant to the end as he talks trash in Russian, but his arms are now zip tied to each other! Devlin rains down fists over and over, Dragunov unable to guard his head. Devlin says he told Dragunov this was coming. Dragunov could have walked away, but now he’ll be rolled out of here without the title! Devlin SMACKS Dragunov’s leg!

Devlin says this was Dragunov’s choice. Dragunov still kicks from below! Devlin brings him to the steel steps and digs his head into the steel! Devlin has the chair! But Devlin avoids the steel step con-chair-to! Dragunov BOOTS Devlin, and Devlin staggers in a daze! Dragunov jumps off the steps, TORPEDO MOSCOW!!! He crawls to the cover, Dragunov wins!!!

Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)

The Irish Ace gave Dragunov his most sadistic fight yet, and yet Dragunov still comes out the winner! If not even this could stop him, will anything ever stop The Czar? Or is UNBESIEGBAR eternal?


My Thoughts:

What an episode! Gallus VS Die Familie was a very good opener, but I had figured Die Familie was winning. I said as much last week that Gallus could be in the next wave of NXT UK transfers to NXT 2.0. Joe Coffey isn’t looking like NXT UK Champion material so maybe Gallus joins Imperium, and perhaps Joe Coffey has a repeat run where he gives the singles champs great matches but never gets those belts. Die Familie having a confrontation with Nathan Frazer nods towards what’s next for them, but I feel like Frazer’s gonna need an ally to take them on. No idea who, but maybe we could get an equally eclectic counter faction to take on Die Familie. Frazer, Gradwell and Huxley for some reason seem like the most logically illogical trio to make.

We got a really good promo vignette out of the tag team finalists. Carter & Smith VS Mastiff & Starz, that match could go any which way since it’s Faces VS Faces with Face tag team champions right now. And also, Meiko VS Blair in a Japanese Street Fight is going to be awesome, but it makes me wonder what will make it stand out from any standard Street Fight. Honestly, when WWE does a Street Fight, the only theme is holiday. When another place like AEW does a Street Fight named for a location, they try to bring items specific to that location. So seeing what NXT UK comes up with will be reason enough to watch.

Amale VS Jinny was really good, really aggressive, but of course Jinny cheats to win. These two are definitely going to have a series of matches, and the final winner (probably Amale) will be primed for a title match. And there’s a chance Jinny moves on to NXT 2.0 since they don’t seem to see her as NXT UK Women’s Championship material at this point. I am curious to see Jinny interact with Toxic Attraction. And then that main event, what an awesome match! Match of the week, even match of the month. I again point out the irony of Devlin saying Dragunov can’t win without fans, but going Empty Arena was great as they could fully use the BT Sports Studio arena area.

Great creativity in how vicious Devlin was, but Dragunov wins out and gains some major power levels. And just as I’ve said about Joe Coffey and Jinny, if Devlin isn’t seen as NXT UK Champion material at this point, he’s probably going to NXT 2.0 to try for the North American Championship. Between COVID and Vince McMahon, Devlin’s Cruiserweight title reign was killed, and he could end up following Balor’s footsteps by Vince “losing faith” in him as a top champion. But Devlin can still do a lot as someone who pushes the new kids to their limits.

My Score: 8.8/10


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