It’s 205 Live in the UK! Both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions collide as part of the WWE European Tour! Drake Maverick wants both Divisions to bring their A-games, what crossover clashes does he have planned? Plus, Buddy Murphy has his shot in two weeks, how will Cedric Alexander respond tonight?
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- Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
- Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak; Alexander, Ali & Webster win.
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WWE brings the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions together once again!
London, England brings both rosters together, and 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, sets the stage for tonight’s star-studded match card. TJP the FilAm Flash, Kalisto the Lucha Dragon, Kenny “The Bollocks” Williams and Tyler Bate the Great will all face off in a fantastic Fatal 4 Way. Then, the main event is a Six Man Tag of “epic proportions.” Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster join forces against James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak in a huge crossover affair. The best of both worlds go head to head, who will prove themselves the best of the best?
205 Live gives quick profiles of the WWE UK Superstars.
For those not familiar with the lesser known stars of WWE’s UK Division, Nigel McGuiness, Vic Joseph & Percy Watson give us closer looks.
Joseph Conners, the man who lost half an ear while being left for dead, participated in the United Kingdom Championship tournament, defeating James Drake but losing to Mark Andrews. James Drake himself is one half of the Progress Tag Team Champions, but has come to an understanding with Conners since facing off in the WWE UKC Tournament. “Flash” Morgan Webster competes all over the world, and nearly destroyed himself just trying to qualify for the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament a couple years ago. He’s back stronger than ever, hoping to make an impact in both Divisions in his WWE debut. Kenny Williams of Glasgow, Scotland is a former 3-time ICW Zero-G Champion, and also makes his WWE debut tonight. Can he impress Drake Maverick and WWE management enough for title opportunities in the future?
Let’s not forget Tyler Bate, the inaugural WWE UK Champion. Bate may have lost the title to his rival, Pete Dunne, but that won’t stop him from working his way back up. From NXT to 205 Live, will this founding father of WWE’s UK Division make big moves towards a rematch with the Bruiserweight?
Fatal 4 Way: TJP VS Kalisto VS Kenny Williams VS Tyler Bate!
The inaugural Cruiserweight Champion. A former Cruiserweight Champion. A debuting WWE UK superstar. And the inaugural United Kingdom Champion. One of these four men will make a major splash with a win tonight. Will that win lead them towards a title match?
Bate remembers the last time he was on 205 Live. It was a match with TJP in a duel of inaugural champions. However, TJP felt the need to cheat in order to win. Tonight, Bate promises not only to put on a show, but he’s going for payback against the FilAm Flash. TJP’s only response is that the UK superstars are just as jealous of the “Cruiser-Great” as the other Cruiserweights are. Kenny, as the WWE UK Division’s newest star, predicts beating three former champions in one match. It’s why he’s called “The Lucky One”. He’ll proudly do the impossible for Glasgow. But Lucha House Party’s Samurai of the Sun decides to simply let his actions in the ring speak for him.
The bell rings and TJP runs away from Bate. Kalisto takes advantage but Kenny breaks that up. Kalisto kicks Kenny and Bate but they kick back. The UK stars work together with a double whip, but Kalisto slips under to then roundhouse Kenny. Bate kicks Kalisto, then runs, but TJP trips him up and drags him out. TJP puts Bate into barriers then stomps him out. Kenny side steps Kalisto to then catch TJP with a corner splash. Kenny rocks Kalisto with a back elbow, covers, TWO and TJP throws Kenny out. TJP drags Kalisto up to whip, but Kalisto ducks and handstand walks to handspring back for headscissors. Kalisto dropkicks TJP down, covers, TWO.
Kalisto keeps on TJP with a headlock, but TJP back suplexes, only for to Kalisto lands on his feet. He puts the headlock back on, but TJP powers out, only to get run over. Things speed up, but TJP trips Kalisto up. TJP turns Kalisto over for the Boston Crab, then reaches back to add the arms. TJP stands up, and it’s an inverted Mexican surfboard! He drops Kalisto to knock Bate down, then knocks Kenny down. TJP goes back to Kalisto, and puts him in a corner with a buckle bump. He hoists Kalisto up onto the top rope backwards, then climbs up. Kalisto goes for Solida, but TJP rakes his eyes and tears at his mask! TJP shows no respect, but Kalisto elbows him backwards into a Tree of Woe. Kenny comes outta nowhere to dropkick TJP right in the stomach!
TJP pops out of the Tree, and Kalisto adjusts. Kalisto kicks Kenny away, then adjusts again, for a HUGE flying crossbody!
Kalisto wipes Kenny out, but Bate is back to throw hands on TJP! Bate backs TJP into a corner and unloads even more. He backs off to run back in for a European Uppercut, then throws TJP with an exploder. Cover, TWO, but Bate keeps his cool. The young man from Mustache Mountain has the fans singing for him as he drags TJP up. He lifts TJP up in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Bate spins around and around, and around and around, then finally slows down, only to spin back the other way! He uses TJP to wipe out Kenny and Kalisto, then tosses TJP at Kenny. Fans fire up for Bate as he drags Kenny up for a EuroUpper.
Bate keeps on Kenny then whips corner to corner, but Kenny goes up and back to elbow Bate. Kenny then hops up again for a flying back elbow to knock Bate down. Cover, but TJP breaks it. Bate rolls out while TJP dropkicks Kalisto out. TJP staggers to his feet, and brings Kenny up for a whip. Kenny reverses, but TJP goes Spider-Man to then slip under for an O’Conner roll. TJP stands up and grabs Kenny’s legs to move him around, for an Indian Deathlock. Kenny endures, reaches for ropes, but Bate drags TJP up. TJP manages to keep the leg lock on Kenny while going after Bate with a modified abdominal stretch! Kalisto comes in, but TJP counters him and gets a standing guillotine!
It’s a trifecta of submissions! Kenny, Kalisto and Bate all endure while fans applaud. Kenny fights out for himself and Kalisto, but Bate is still trapped. Kalisto rolls them both for a 2-for-1 dropkick! Kalisto goes after Kenny now, with kicks and a whip, but Kenny reverses. The tumble to the apron doesn’t go quite as planned, but Kalisto still makes it to the apron to Listo Kick Kenny away. Kalisto climbs, but TJP shoves Kenny into him. TJP then climbs up to join Kalisto, but so does Bate. Bate yanks TJP down and goes after Kalisto himself, but Kenny returns to join Bate. TJP gets up and adds on, for an international Tower of Doom!
All four men go down but the fans are loving it. Kalisto slumps out of the ring while Bate and Kenny crawl away. TJP crawls to pursue, and gives Bate a wrecking ball dropkick. Kenny gives TJP a springboard back elbow to send him down, then hits Kalisto with a wrecking ball dropkick of his own. He doesn’t stop there, he DIVES on TJP!
Kenny takes out TJP, but Bate staggers to his feet. Bate builds speed, to FLY!
Bate wipes out TJP and Kenny, but don’t forget Kalisto!
Kalisto bowls everyone over, and they’re all down on the outside. Kalisto stands up first and he brings Kenny back into the ring. “Lucha! Lucha!” starts up, and Kailsto takes aim from the apron. Kalisto springboards, but Kenny slides under. Kenny speeds up and tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! Cover, but Bate SUPERKICKS Kenny off. Bate drags Kenny up, whips but Kenny reverses. Bate goes for his rebound lariat but misses, and TJP gets him with a boot. TJP hits Kenny with the rolling sabat, and Kenny ends up out of the ring. Bate and TJP trade blocks and counters, then double clotheslines bring them both down! Fans fire up again while all four men are down somewhere around the ring.
Kenny stands up and grabs Kalisto, but Kalisto fires back. Kenny shoves Kalisto into the steel steps with a kick, then hurries to the apron. He fires up, springboards, but into a EuroUpper from Bate! TJP is up, fireman’s carry with Bate, but Bate blocks the Detonation Kick just in time. TJP shoves Bate away, then throws Bate at the ropes, only to take the rebound lariat! Bate brings TJP up, double underhook for the Tyler Driver 97!
Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Bate, by pinfall
The impact was so strong, TJP is stuck in position. Bate wins big against former champions and a rising star. With the second WWE UK Tournament coming soon, will the inaugural winner give it another go?
The Best Kept Secret wants to be Cruiserweight Champion.
Buddy Murphy made as much clear when he attacked the new Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, on the night he celebrated his Wrestlemania victory. What was Murphy thinking? Murphy wants people to understand that he’s been in the WWE for five years. He was NXT Tag Team Champion alongside Wesley Blake, but that’s all he’s done. Other than that, Murphy’s done “nothing”. Everyone else gets handed opportunities. No one else does what he does or gone through what he’s gone through. Murphy puts in more work to maintain his under-205 weight to even be a Cruiserweight. No one will hand him his moment, so he had to make one for himself.
Drake Maverick promised Murphy a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity given his wins, but it wasn’t soon enough for Murphy. No one else has a chance against Murphy. Murphy is the Cruiserweight Juggernaut, and the next Cruiserweight Champion. The showdown happens in two weeks, in Alexander’s home state. Will the #AgeOfAlexander continue on? Or will the Best Kept Secret finally reign supreme?
Cedric Alexander meets Mustafa Ali backstage.
The heroes of the Cruiserweight Division and good friends prepare for tonight. They’re born ready for nights like this. Gulak, Conners & Drake are nothing to mess with, but then they meet their other teammate, the British rocket man, Morgan Webster.
“Gentlemen, I have arrived.” Flash Morgan in the flesh, and they welcome him to 205 Live. He welcomes them to the UK, and this was a long time coming. 205 Live just got “a touch of the Flash.” They like his confidence, but they know they have work to do. Can this trio mesh together to defeat the three gritty fighters put against them?
Drake Maverick heads to the ring.
The 205 Live GM helped arrange this amazing crossover, and joins commentary for this main event match.
Six Man Tag: Cedric Alexander, Mustafa Ali & Flash Morgan Webster VS James Drake, Joseph Conners & Drew Gulak!
The Heart and Soul of 205 Live join forces with Progress Wrestling’s own high-flyer against the gritty ground-game grappler and two men of like minds. Before their entrance, Gulak, Conners & Drake are interviewed on how they plan on working together tonight. “Mr. Mayhem” James Drake has worked with the Righteous Conners before, so that combination has been proven. Now with Gulak added on, they’re going to enjoy “ripping and tearing” their opponents apart. Gulak confirms they’ve been doing team-building exercises all day. So whether it’s their first time or their 100th time, “two of the best mat technicians in the United Kingdom” plus “the best submission specialist in WWE” are going to put both Divisions on notice.
The bell rings, and Alexander starts for his team against Killer Conners. The two circle as Conners shows off that ear. They tie up, Conners gets the waistlock but Alexander the wristlock. Conners uses the ropes to acrobatically reverse that onto Alexander, but Alexander rolls and flips out. Alexander trips Conners for a cover, ONE, but he gets a headlock. Conners powers Alexander to a corner but dirties the break with elbows and clotheslines. Conners lets up, but grabs Alexander by the ear. Alexander breaks free, handsprings to headscissors then dropkick Conners down. Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO. Alexander keeps Conners down with a half nelson. He shifts to an armlock, one knee on Conners’ head. Alexander brings Conners up, and tags in Flash!
Fans fire up as Flash gives a body shot, then wrenches Conners’ wrist. Conners reverses, then shoves Flash at a corner. Flash goes up and over, then arm-drags Conners on the run. Conners scrambles to his corner and tags in Drake. Drake runs at Flash but Flash arm-drags Drake. Flash backs Drake down with just his dukes up. Drake gets to ropes, but Flash dares him to bring it. Gulak wants in, so Drake tags him in. Gulak and Flash circle and tie up, and Gulak powers Flash to the ropes. He doesn’t honor the break, and toys with Flash. He whips Flash but Flash dodges, then headscissors Gulak down! Gulak scrambes to his corner, and Conners quickly tags in. Conners rushes Flash but ends up tripped up. Flash hits a standing inverted senton! Cover, ONE, but Flash keeps on Conners with a wristlock.
Ali tags in, and climbs up, to double stomp Conners’ arm. Ali wrenches Conners, but Conners pulls on the ear. Conners whips but Ali reverses, so Conners powers him to an open corner. Conners runs back in but Ali goes up and over. Ali blocks the kick to give a kick, cover, TWO. Ali keeps on Conners but Conners shoves him away. Gulak and Drake reinforce Conners but Flash and Alexander join Ali. It’s a Six Man stand-off while the referee keeps the peace. Gulak huddles up with Conners and Drake. He reminds them of their ground game plan, and they break. Drake tags back in, and he circles with Ali. They tie up, and Drake backs Ali up into a corner for a cheap body shot.
Drake snapmares Ali, then stomps him in the chest before tagging Conners. They stomp away on Ali, then Conners digs his heel into Ali’s stomach. Conners taunts Flash, then drags Ali up to put him back in the corner. Fans rally and Ali slides under, then shoves Conners away. Conners tags Gulak, and Gulak grabs Ali. Ali slips out of the saido suplex, hot tag to Flash! Flash gets a kick from Gulak, then Gulak tosses Flash to ropes. Gulak suplexes and hangs Flash up on the top rope. Flash flops down, and Gulak taunts him before covering. TWO, but Gulak keeps his cool. He brings Flash back over, and Drake tags in to mug Flash. Drake snapmares Flash into the chinlock, who has a blood mouth without his mouthpiece.
Fans rally for Flash, but Drake stomps him down. Drake drags Flash up again, then puts him back in his corner for a headbutt to the ribs. He snapmares Flash again, back into the chinlock. Fans rally again, and Flash fires up. Drake rocks him with a forearm, but Flash hits back. Flash fights out of the enemy corner, then hops up for a flying headscissors! He and Drake are down, but fans are rallying. Flash crawls for his corner, but Drake is closer. Drake tags Conners, but Flash still tags in Ali! Ali rallies on Conners, whips but Conners reverses, only for Ali to flapjack dropkick Conners down. Ali whips Conners but Conners reverses again, only for Ali to slip out to the apron and roundhouse Conners back.
The fans fire up as Ali slingshots in, for the facebuster! Ali takes out Drake and Gulak for good measure. He hoists Conners to the top rope, but Drake runs in. Ali backflips over Drake, then dodges Drake to hurry up to join Conners, and throws Conners at Drake with a SUPER Steiner!
Cover on Conners, TWO. Ali keeps his cool, and goes back to Conners. He chops Conners stiff in the chest, but Conners yanks Ali into the ropes! Tag to Drake, and he rocks Ali with a forearm. Fans rally for Ali, and Ali slips out of Drake’s suplex. Drake holds Ali’s tights to keep him back, but takes a sharp chop for it! Ali tags in Alexander! The Crusierweight Champion rallies on Drake, and hits a big EuroUpper! He runs in for a shoulder tackle, then a swing kick from the apron. Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! Cover, but Conners breaks it. Flash runs in and hits Conners with a tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT! Gulak clobbers Flash with a clothesline, but Ali SUPERKICKS Gulak!
Ali sees Conners, Conners hits Ali with a slingshot complete shot! Alexander handsprings to give Conners a Neuralizer, but Drake tells Alexander to #GritYourTeeth, for a STIFF left forearm! Drake fires up while Alexander staggers, but Alexander still counters Drake with a stiff back elbow of his own. Everyone is down but the fans are loving it. The fans rally and the six men slowly stir. Alexander and Drake head for their corners. Gulak tags in, then Drake rushes Alexander, only to be sent out to the apron. Alexander kicks Drake off, and boots Gulak as he rushes over. Gulak staggers away and Alexander clears the way for Flash to DIVE!
Flash takes out both Drake and Conners! Alexander boots Gulak again, then springboards, but Gulak catches him into a waistlock. Alexander runs and bucks Gulak off, then runs for another Neuralizer. Gulak catches that into the Ankle Lock!
Alexander endures the hold, coming close to tapping. He rolls and throws Gulak into buckles! Tag to Ali, and Ali leaps for a flying tornado DDT! Ali positions Gulak and climbs up, for the 0-5-4!!
Cover, Ali and team win!
Winners: Ali, Alexander & Webster, Ali pinning
The team-building wasn’t enough for Gulak and the gang. His first-time-ever trio lost to the other first-time-ever trio. With two weeks to go, will this momentum help Alexander retain the Cruiserweight Championship?
A great crossover show for both the Cruiserweight and United Kingdom Divisions. WWE is still dragging their feet in doing anything substantial in with their UK superstars, aside from featuring them on NXT. However, they combined the two Divisions very well here tonight, and perfectly used “less is more” in terms of booking the night. That Fatal 4 Way was great, and though this was the first time seeing Kenny Williams in WWE, we got a lot from him to understand his character. Everyone did great, and that TJP triple hold spot was impressive in creativity. Great to see Bate win, there’s a lot for him to do since he’s so young. Bate being the first ever superstar to have held both WWE UK and Cruiserweight Championships in a career would be something to look for if Pete Dunne is going to remain WWE UKC.
Great promos from everyone tonight, such as Murphy’s video for his coming Cruiserweight Championship match. That match is highly anticipated and will be as great as any other match he and Alexander have had in the Division, if not better. It could go either way, but I wouldn’t be surprised if Murphy follows through to become the new Cruiserweight Champion for his first singles title ever. The Six Man Tag was a great blend of matching styles. Flash, Ali & Alexander are like a UK Cruiserweight Justice League with Gulak, Conners & Drake are their Legion of Doom (DC Comics, not the legendary tag team). Naturally, Alexander and team win, but it’s great for Ali to get the pin. That way, Ali stays afloat in the Division while Alexander also stays strong for his match with Murphy.
My Score: 8.5/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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