ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 346
The ROH World Champion moves over from singles to Six Man competition as he and The Boys take on The Kingdom! Matt Taven, Vinnie Marseglia & TK O’Ryan want back towards officially owning the World Six Man Tag titles, but so does The Peacock. Which trio will take the next step forward at the others’ expense?
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- Team Coast 2 Coast VS Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser; Coast 2 Coast wins.
- Jonathan Gresham VS Will Ferrara; Gresham wins.
- Shane Taylor VS Ryan Nova; Taylor wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys; The Kingdom wins.
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Team Coast 2 Coast VS Brian Milonas & The Beer City Bruiser!
Shaheem Ali & Leon St. Giovanni have been rising since their miraculous win over War Machine. However, they’re going up against literally the biggest team in the ROH Tag Division, who already beat them down separately. Now that they’re both 100%, can Ali & LSG pull off another miracle? Or will these behemoth bouncers throw them out of the bar?
And with tempers flaring from that past beating, C2C goes right at Brian & BCB! It is a four man brawl in the middle of the ring! The bigger men get the edge, but then get dumped out of the ring. C2C takes aim, and they slingshot out!
Ali takes out Bruiser, but Brian catches LSG. LSG tries to fight free but Brian keeps hold. Ali notices his friend is caught, so he lurks around the corner, and runs in with a dropkick! Now Brian topples over, and fans fire up with C2C. LSG bicycle boots Brian, then C2C puts Bruiser in the ring. LSG hits a basement dropkick, then Ali adds his own. Brian returns and drags LSG out to the apron, but LSG kicks him away. Ali runs and LSG holds down the ropes so Ali can FLY onto Brian!
The fans are on C2C’s side as they keep Brian down. They put Brian back in the ring, but Bruiser punches LSG out of the springboard, and then kicks Ali from the apron. Bruiser then takes aim, but misses the cannonball! Ali gets back in the ring, and jumps at Brian. Brian catches him, but LSG adds on. Brian catches him too, for a double body slam! The Kingpin gets his team back in control while we go to break.
ROH returns to fans rallying for Ali. Brian & Bruiser have him in their corner, and Brian gives him those Mastadon hip attacks. Bruiser tags and takes LSG out, then cannonballs on Ali in the corner. Cover, TWO, and fans rally for Ali again. Bruiser lifts Ali up, tags Brian, then drops Ali with a Samoan Drop. Brian runs, and gives Ali that fall-down back senton. Brian taunts LSG then tags in Bruiser. He holds Ali down for Bruiser to stomp. Bruiser toys with Ali, but Ail shoves him away. Brian tags back in, but Ali dodges his big leg drop. Bruiser grabs Ali, but Ali enziguris him down. Hot tag to LSG!
The Human Rocket rallies on the bigger men, but his forearms don’t do as much as he thinks… He finds himself trapped, but then gets out of the way as the two run in. Brian & Bruiser collide with each other, then LSG handspring lariats Bruiser down. He goes after Brian with a springboard forearm! Brian goes down, and LSG climbs up. LSG takes aim, and hits the 450 splash! TWO, and LSG is a bit surprised. Bruiser returns but LSG chops him. Still no effect, and Bruiser grabs LSG for a sidewinder DDT! Ali returns, and goes after Bruiser with forearms and chops. He adds a back elbow, then manages to lift Bruiser for the Complete Shot. He takes aim, but Bruiser ducks the leg lariat. Ali runs back at Bruiser, but Bruiser back drops Ali onto Brian’s shoulder.
Brian then throws Ali down with a dominator slam! Brian and Bruiser coordinate as they go after LSG. They bring him up to the top rope, and Brian climbs up to join LSG while Bruiser climbs another corner. Brian SUPERPLEXES LSG, and Bruiser hits the Frog Splash, aka the Last Call combination. Brian covers, but Ali breaks it just in time! Bruiser goes after Ali, whipping him to a corner. He whips Brian in but Ali dodges and kicks back. Bruiser rocks Ali with a right, then whips Ali again, but now he misses and takes a kick. Ali becomes a step stool, LSG launches off of him for a code breaker! C2C sees Brian coming, and double dropkick him to a corner. They run in for double back elbows, then have Brian in position. They go to their corners, and take aim at Brian, for the two-man Coast2Coast!
Cover, C2C win!
Winners: Coast 2 Coast (Ali & LSG), LSG pinning
Don’t call it an upset, this is legit! Ali & LSG are undefeated since their Do or Die victory, can they go all the way to the top?
Jay Lethal speaks.
“Without Ring of Honor gold”, Lethal will admit, he is lost. “There’s no other way to put it.” He went to ROH Management about this, and they told him that if he wants his shot, he’ll have to win. Lethal will do them one better: he’ll defeat the people who have recently defeated him. Those losses keep Lethal up at night. But that list isn’t that long, because he’s that good. Even so, Lethal would fight hundreds, as many times as he had to, if it meant getting back to the top spot in ROH. “I must stand at the top of this company with gold around my waist.” Lethal is lost, but he has his way back. Can he succeed on this journey back to the title?
The Young Bucks speak.
But what are they to talk about? How about the Tag Gauntlet they won to earn a shot at the ROH World Tag Team Championships. Yes, good idea. Though they’ve wasted some time. Then let Matt speak! “Briscoe Brothers, Young Bucks, let’s do this thing one more time for the ROH Tag Team Championship titles.” Every time they’re in the ring, the Young Bucks give PPV level performances, for free on TV! More Bang for Your Buck, and an invite to the Superkick PARTY! Did that get that in? That’s their time, okay.
Jonathan Gresham VS Will Ferrara!
The Dawgs are in the house, but don’t be silly. The Big Dawg is sitting this one out, while the Octopus wrestles Little Willie. Ferrara is off his leash, but will he be able to do anything about Gresham’s grappling ability?
The two keep the Code of Honor while Rhett Titus joins commentary. The bell rings and the two tie up, and Ferrara pushes Gresham to a corner. Gresham turns it around but then Ferrara turns it back. They break, but Ferrara shoves Gresham. Gresham shoves Ferrara back, then the two get in each other’s face. Gresham grabs Ferrara in a headlock takeover, but Ferrara headscissors back, and Gresham pops out for another stare down. They circle, Ferrara gets the headlock takeover but Gresham the headscissors. Ferrara pops out, and it’s another stare down. Fans applaud as the two men circle again. They tie up, Ferrara goes after the arm, but Gresham spins around to reverse the hold. Ferrara reverses back, but Gresham arm-drags Ferrara away, yet Ferrara holds on.
Gresham backs Ferrara down, then spins around, to monkey flip Ferrara, but Ferrara holds on. They stand up and Gresham reverses to a facelock. Ferrara gets the hammerlock, but Gresham gets the headlock and takeover. Ferrara headscissors and Gresham pops out, for a third stand off. Fans applaud the technical exchange while the two circle. Ferrara hits Gresham with a throat chop, Rhett takes credit for teaching him that. Ferrara puts Gresham in a corner and stomps away, then backs off to embrace the heat. He goes back to Gresham, but Gresham hits back with a chop. Gresham whips but Ferrara reverses into an arm wringer. Cover, ONE, but Ferrara keeps his cool while we go to break.
ROH returns to Ferrara covering again, ONE. Ferrara keeps on Gresham’s arm, but Gresham counters by grabbing Ferrara’s arm with his legs, and SNAP. Ferrara walks off, clutching his arm. He comes back to whip Gresham, but Gresham counters with a European Uppercut right to that arm! Ferrara gets to a corner, and Gresham runs in corner to corner. Gresham catches the boot to then give Ferrara a sharp chop. Gresham whips but Ferrara reverses, putting Gresham in a corner. Ferrara runs in and catches Gresham’s boot, but Gresham slips free to hop up and over for a sunset roll. They both stand up but Gresham trips him, rolls him, and kicks the arm. Gresham throws Ferrara with an arm-drag, but that’s proving double-edged from the damage Ferrara has done.
Gresham keeps going, a wrench to hammerlock, to Octopus Stretch! But Gresham can’t finalize it, his own damaged arm can’t grab Ferrara’s. Ferrara gets the ropebreak, and Gresham lets him go. Ferrara goes after Gresham’s arm, but Gresham snapmares. He tries it again, but Gresham snapmares him again. Ferrara tries a third time, so Gresham spins around, spins Ferrara around, then spins himself again for a headlock takeover. Ferrara headscissors, and catches the legs to make it a cover! TWO, and Ferrara goes after the arms again, for the hammerlock lariat! Cover, TWO, and he puts Gresham in a cobra crossface!
Gresham endures the “Dawgface”, as Rhett claims, and drags himself around. Fans rally, and Gresham gets the ropebreak. Ferrara lets go, and both men work to get their arms moving. Ferrara gives a dog headbutt, but Gresham hits back. They throw forearms back and forth, faster and faster. Ferrara knocks Gresham down, but Gresham kips up and enziguris back! Then German Suplex and bridge, TWO! But Gresham keeps going, only for Ferrara to roll him up, TWO. Gresham spins and trips to stomp the bad arm. He rolls Ferrara then Mahistrols then reverse clutch bridge, Gresham wins!
Winner: Gresham, by pinfall
The Octopus continues to use his pure wrestling style to win, but Big Rhett ain’t having it! He goes right into the ring and right after Gresham.
Ferrara joins in, but out come the Motor City Machine Guns!
Alex Shelley & Chris Sabin are Gresham’s friends in Team Search & Destroyer, and they run The Dawgs off. Will Big Rhett & Little Willie regret messing with a friend of former tag team champions?
Cody & Marty Scurll speak.
The American Nightmare brings up June 29th, “the day before my birthday”, in Baltimore, Maryland. ROH Best in the World, the very event Cody first became ROH World Champion. The Peacock, Dalton Castle, will defend his title against the #1 contender, “the most deserving contender”, the man who has dominated the news and the ring. Marty agrees, because at BitW, it’ll be The Villain. No, no. It was supposed to be Cody. But hey, Bullet Club is fine. And at ROH BitW– DALTON! You will lose to The Villain! “Damn it, Marty.” Whether it is American Nightmare or British Villain, will it be someone from the Bullet Club who challenges the Peacock?
SoCal Uncensored speak.
Frankie Kazarian tells “Kingdom, at Supercard of Honor, you proved you are as dumb as you look when you stole our titles.” The Kingdom not only pissed off The Bullet Club, but the infuriated rightful ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, the SCU. Scorpio Sky adds that SCU will be watching the main event very closely, but also bring up that there’s nothing stopping them from showing up for payback. Christopher Daniels lets The Kingdom know that the difference between the SCU and everyone else is that SCU doesn’t play by the rules. They will finish The Kingdom off by “any way we see fit.”
Shane Taylor VS Ryan Nova!
“Pittsburgh, I’m baaack~.” That is how the Notorious Hitman introduces himself to the crowd tonight. “For eight years, Shane Taylor ran the streets of this city doing the same thing that I do in Ring of Honor right now”: get paid to beat people down. Taylor has gotten paid by everyone from Bullet Club to the Kingdom to do what he does best. Ryan Nova’s the kind of guy Taylor’s dealing with now. ROH pays guys like him, who aren’t even regular members of the roster. That money should be in Taylor’s pocket. “So the way I see it”, Taylor’s gonna knock people off, until he’s the only one left. Or in other words, “More Money, Your Problems.”
Nova himself thinks he’s ready, as his pre-match promo warned Taylor that he would be “scorched by Ring of Honor’s One True Supernova.” As for the match, the bell rings and Taylor rocks Nova with a big right knee. Taylor then drags Nova up for one Choke Slam, then a second! He’s not done there, either. He drags Nova up again, and onto his shoulder. Taylor declares “Everybody Dies!” before dropping Nova with a sit-out piledriver!
Taylor doesn’t even have to cover Nova. The referee checks on the man and calls the match.
Winner: Taylor, by referee stoppage
It happened so fast, if you looked away, you missed it all. Just ask Caprice Coleman. Taylor has upped his intensity while changing his mission. Will anyone survive his Notorious Purge?
Six Man Tag: The Kingdom VS Dalton Castle & The Boys!
Do not be deceived by those belts in their possession. Matt Taven, Vinnie Marseglia & TK O’Ryan are not the ROH World Six Man Tag Champions, regardless of what they believe. The CMLL NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship, his Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse took those belts out of self-entitlement, but just like The Peacock and his twin fan boys, they have to earn their way back.
The Kingdom hopes Castle is ready, because this main event is just a preview of what will happen on the War of the Worlds Tour. Taven and Castle face off for the ROH WHC, and Taven already feels good about the prospect of becoming an ROH Grand Slam Champion. As for the SCU, what’re they to do about that? Don’t worry, Taven knows a guy. Yes, Taylor implied it and Taven confirms it: The Kingdom has paid Taylor straight cash to be security in case Daniels, Kaz & Sky appear.
The Peacock & his Boys are themselves former ROH World Six Man champs, and Castle has a response for Taven. Lowell, Massachusetts, the War of the Worlds event, that match will be for the WHC. “But tonight, Boys!” “CAAAW~!” Is the Kingdom ready for what Castle & The Boys are “bringing to the table?”
ROH returns from a quick break, and this match begins with Castle and TK O’Ryan. O’Ryan stays safe in his corner as Castle approaches. Castle backs off, and we see Taylor keeping a watchful eye over the World Six Man belts. O’Ryan brags he’s “T K O!” but Castle brags he has “B O Y S!” The fans chant “Boys! Boys!” but O’Ryan shouts them down. He and Castle tie up, and they end up in a corner. They honor the break, but O’Ryan slaps Castle and slips away. The referee reprimands O’Ryan while Castle glares at him. O’Ryan returns, but fans chant for Castle. Castle gets a headlock, O’Ryan powers out but Castle powers him down. Things speed up and Castle catches O’Ryan and throws him overhead! O’Ryan tags out to Vinnie, then kicks the barriers in frustration.
Fans chant for Vinnie, Pittsburgh seems to like his horror movie style. Vinnie talks trash but Castle shoves him. Vinnie shoves back, so Castle trips him and rolls him with a waistlock. Castle mounts into the body scissors and armlock, but Vinnie resists. Castle drives elbows into Vinnie, then shifts back to the waistlock. Vinnie backs Castle into a corner and throws elbows of his own. Vinnie gets free and runs side to side for a forearm smash. He runs and hits another, then goes to throw Castle into the corner, only for Castle to throw him. Castle throws Vinnie overhead, and then Castle tags into Boy 1. Or is it 2? Either way, The light haired Boy A brings Boy B up onto his shoulders, and Castle feeds Vinnie to the Boy Boot.
The Boys work together to wrench and whip Vinnie to a corner. Boy A is put on the apron and then elbowed away. Boy B runs in and spins Vinnie around, but Vinnie tosses him off the sliced bread. The Boy pushes Vinnie into the corner, but Vinnie dodges him, only to run into Boy A’s swing kick. Vinne staggers and Boy B rolls him for Boy A’s missile dropkick. Cover, TWO, and Boy A fires up, only for Vinnie to chop him into the Kingdom’s corner. Taven and O’Ryan hold onto Boy A, but Boy A still escapes Vinnie’s forearm. Vinnie rocks Boy A with a knee, then knocks him down with a boot. Vinnie stalks the Boy, then drags him up by his “boy bun”. He puts Boy in chinlock, then tags in the ring leader, Matt Taven.
Taven toys with the Boy, and dares the champion to tag in. Boy A crawls over and tags in Castle, and fans actually duel between Castle and Taven. Taven and Castle bump chests, testing who is the alpha, but Castle starts turning it into a chest rubbing game. Taven shoves Castle to the corner, then tries to sucker punch, but Castle evades. Castle swings but Taven evades, Taven swings but Castle evades. They repeat this again and again, until Castle lifts Taven up. Taven holds the ropes to avoid Bangarang like his life depends on it. Castle lets him go, but then runs in for a big knee strike. The Peacock is in control while we go to break.
ROH returns once more, to Taven slipping out of the saido suplex. Taven’s leg buckles and he clutches it as he leans against the ropes. Castle runs in but Taven dodges. Taven swings but Castle dodges, then clotheslines Taven out of the ring. Castle builds speed but The Kingdom trip him up, and trip up the Boys! Castle still boots Taven down while Vinnie wreckes the Boys. Taven gets in the ring and trash talks Castle. Taven shoves Castle, and that brings him close enough for O’Ryan to grab a leg! Vinnie also comes in, and The Kingdom hold Castle down for Taven to stomp the fingers! Castle clutches his wounded and wrapped hand, so Boy A tags in.
The Boys stand up 2v3, but the fans are on their side! Vinnie & O’Ryan laugh, but end up getting hands! The Boys club them down, but Taven is the difference maker. He grabs each Boy, only to get double dropkicks. But that gives O’Ryan & Vinnie an opening to club The Boys from behind. Then they double flapjack Boy B down! They add a back senton and fist drop, then Taven joins in to stomp away on Boy B. The referee reprimands The Kingdom but the damage is done. O’Ryan distracts the referee, and Vinnie uses the ropes to choke Boy B. O’Ryan comes over and lifts Boy B with a big back suplex. Cover, TWO, but The Kingdom keeps calm.
O’Ryan tags Taven in, and Taven suplexes Boy B down. Cover, TWO, and Boy A rallies for his brother. Taven tags in Vinnie while the fans duel, and Vinnie stomps Boy B more. Vinnie drags Boy B up for a EuroUpper, then tags in O’Ryan. O’Ryan & Vinnie toy with Boy B, but he fights back with haymakers and elbows. He rocks Vinnie, and headscissors, only for O’Ryan to turn that into a pop-up spinebuster! Vinnie adds a flying headbutt, then Taven adds the shining wizard! “Because I’M MATT TAVEN!” But wait, Christopher Daniels appears!?
The Fallen Angel goes right to Taylor, but not to fight. Daniels wants the belts back, and Taven is there to keep them. Taylor shoves Daniels down! But while Daniels storms off, distracting everyone else, the Boys pull off Twin Magic! Boy A is now in the ring, and O’Ryan turns around to take a kick to the face. Hot tag to Castle, and the Peacock rallies! He chops O’Ryan, rocks Vinnie, then hits O’Ryan again. Castle rocks Taven, and counters O’Ryan into an elbow and corner knee. O’Ryan shoves Castle but Castle takes out Vinnie, then dumps O’Ryan down with a judo throw. The fans fire up for The Peacock, and he asks for a Boy. Boy A volunteers, and Castle helps him FLY onto Taven!
Boy B comes in and he FLIES on Vinnie! Then Boy A returns, to FLY on O’Ryan! Boy B then FLIES onto Taven, and Boy A onto Vinnie! Castle throws Boy B at O’Ryan, then Boy A! The fans are all fired up for this Boy-apalooza, and the Boys feed O’Ryan to Castle. Castle has the Boys whip him, but Castle runs into Taven’s kick. Castle still rocks O’Ryan, but Taven then uses a belt as a weapon! The belt hits Castle’s hand and he writhes in pain. Taven wants Castle, but he tags out to Boy A. Boy A springboards but Taven gets under, to then hit him with The Climax!
Cover, The Kingdom wins!
Winners: The Kingdom (Taven, Vinnie & O’Ryan), Taven pinning
The CMLL NWA World Historic Welterweight Championship and his cohorts defeat Castle & The Boys tonight, making gains in the ROH World Six Man Division. At the same time, Taven has momentum going into his ROH World Championship challenge against Castle. With a damaged wing already a big target, will The Peacock be able to stop Taven’s Grand Slam?
But then the Kingdom attacks Castle & The Boys again! They are sore winners as they punch and stomp away. Taven grabs a chair, and they go after Castle. Vinnie drags Castle over to go after that arm, with O’Ryan helping out. Taven climbs up high while Vinnie gets the arm threaded inside the chair. Taven flies, and stomps the chair to crush the arm!!
The Kingdom are vile, but they’re also one step away from having the top titles in ROH. Will there be consequences for these despicable tactics?!
This was a strong go-home episode to the War of the Worlds tour events, happening May 9th to the 13th. C2C VS Brian & BCB was a solid opener given their story with each other. Ali & LSG are becoming great stars of the ROH Tag Team Division, but with the titles belonging to The Briscoes and possibly going back to The Young Bucks, it’s going to be a while before they’re the champions. Ferrara VS Gresham was an impressive match, and Ferrara reminds everyone he’s not just a comedy Heel. I still hope between this and Gresham’s overall story, the ROH Pure (Wrestling) Championship returns. The promos were great for setting up story, especially for Bullet Club. Cody and Scurll both want the world title, but only one can hold it, so this will surely add a new wrinkle to the Bullet Club is (not) Fine story.
Taylor adds a new layer to his story by becoming Shane Taylor: Destroyer of Jobbers, so that it’ll make sense for him to have a bunch of squash matches where he crushes guys like Ryan Nova. Then he is brought back into the story with SCU, Kingdom, etc. which could go any number of ways. And speaking of The Kingdom, the fact O’Ryan & Vinnie wore camo pants referencing The Dudley Boys’ signature might be foreshadowing Bully Ray being Taven’s inside guy. Sure they argued before Supercard, but between their actions at the PPV and Bully’s own Heel turn, they could end up being the standard corrupt authority and chosen wrestlers for ROH. I don’t think Taven wins the ROH WHC, but The Kingdom could use Bully to finally get those World Six Man titles back.
My Score: 8.5/10
MItchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/19)
Will Velveteen Dream finally be a champion in NXT?
The Worlds Collide winner targets the NXT North American Championship! Will Velveteen Dream dethrone “Johnny Jackass” to finally hold gold himself?
- 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?
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
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!
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?
- 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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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