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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (5/23/18)

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Three of NXT's biggest starts face off in a 2v1 Handicap!

After quite truly ruining their match last week, Lars Sullivan will now face BOTH The One and Only Ricochet and The Velveteen Dream in a Handicap Match! Can this One and Only Experience topple the Leviathan? Plus, the Lady of NXT gets a rematch with the Pirate Princess in order to bring class to the Women’s Division.

 

All images courtesy of the WWE Network streaming service

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TM61 VS Heavy Machinery; TM61 wins.
  • Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • 2v1 Handicap Match: The Velveteen Dream & Ricochet VS Lars Sullivan; Lars wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

TM61 VS Heavy Machinery!

The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but everyone saw them cheat to beat the Street Profits a few weeks ago. Now Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic want to see if Shane Thorne & Nick Miller can beat them fair and square. Will the Mighty be crushed under the #SteaksAndWeights?

Otis starts with Thorne at the bell, and fans chant “Steaks and Weights!” Thorne dodges Otis to then slap him in the head, not taking “Dozer” seriously. Thorne tires it again but Otis grabs the arm to throw Thorne with it. Otis then runs over Thorne, and tags in “Tucky”. Otis & Tucker take three point stances, then double tackle Thorne. Tucker keeps on Thorne with a cover, ONE, but Thorne misses and ends up in a big atomic drop. Miller tags in but turns into a hip toss. Tucker runs and smashes Miller with a corner splash. Otis sees Thorne and intercepts with a pounce! Tucker sets Miller up in the corner, then helps Otis with Thorne. Thorne holds on but is carried away, for a battering ram Shattered Dreams!

Heavy Machinery belly bump in celebration while fans applaud. Tucker swags around, then goes back to Miller. He puts Miller in another corner with a buckle bump, then back again. Tucker goes for a third, and it connects. Miller is dazed, so Tucker picks him up. Miller slips out but Tucker bucks him off. Tucker goes around but Thorne tags in and he rocks Tucker with a running European Uppercut. Thorne drags Tucker over and clubs away on him. He puts Tucker in the TM61 corner but fans rally. Thorne unleashes on Tucker, but Tucker hits back. Miller tags back in, and he gives hands to Tucker. Miller lets up at 4, then rams a knee into Tucker. Fans rally for “Tucky! Tucky!” but Miller keeps Tucker in the corner. Tag to Thorne, they double arm wrench and double shoulder into Tucker. Thorne gives kicks and knees, then tags Miller.

Thorne brings Tucker up for Miller to punch. Tucker fights back but Miller knees low. Miller tags Thorne, but Tucker is too much to lift, so Miller feets Tucker to a rabbit forearm from Thorne! Fans keep rallying for Tucky, and Tucker is still too much to suplex, so Thorne hits a EuroUpper. Tag to Miller, and The Mighty work to suplex Tucker together. Tucker suplexes both TM61! Fans rally again, and Tucker crawls for his corner. TM61 are in his way, but he manages to hot tag to Otis! Dozer begins bulldozing TM61! Otis runs over Thorne, flattens Miller, then hits a spinning scoop slam. Otis fires up, and the fans rally with him, as he hits the Catepillar elbow! Cover, but Thorne breaks it up.

Tucker returns to knock Thorne down with haymakers. Thorne tries to fight back but gets thrown with a double-trapped-arm belly2belly. Tucker runs in at Thorne, but misses and tumbles out of the ring. Miller goes after Otis, but Otis catches him into an exploder! Otis fires up again, and sees where Miller ended up. He climbs up, wipes himself with the TM61 towel, but Thorne kicks him down! Cover, with ropes and help, TM61 win!

Winners: TM61 (Thorne & Miller), Miller pinning

Another match, another win, but with another underhanded trick. The Mighty Don’t Kneel, but they do cheat. Will they cheat their way to the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

Exclusive interview with Biaca Belair.

“Why is Bianca Belair the fastest rising star in NXT?” Why does Bianca have the brightest future? Do you even realize the significance of her roots? She’s the EST of NXT, and you’ll find out next week as the in-depth profile documentary continues.

 

EC3 is the Top One Percent!

His third match, the triology, and his mindset is already taking over. NXT becomes NX3, fans will dance and sing as the transformation begins. EC3 is the best here, there or anywhere. This golden goose got it all done in three, so imagine when he has his fourth. Who will be the fourth man to face EC3 in this Top One Percent Era?

 

Kairi Sane VS Lacey Evans!

The Pirate Princess and the Lady of NXT have a rematch from their post-TakeOver encounter. The Model Soldier wants to straighten out and bring up the Women’s Division, but will she only be keelhauled by the Mae Young Classic winner?

The bell rings and Kairi dropkicks Lacey right down! Kairi unloads forearms and elbows, but Lacey gets to the ropes. Lacey comes back and powers Kairi to ropes, and grabs Kairi’s jaw. She lets go at four but gives a SHARP chop to Kairi. Kairi rushes Lacey, go behind, and she grabs Lacey’s jaw to then chop her back. Kairi darse Lacey to bring it, then hits a tilt-o-whirl inverted DDT. Cover, TWO, but Kairi doesn’t let up. She wrenches an arm, then whips Lacey. Lacey reverses but misses in the corner, yet still catches Kairi with a mule kick. She then kicks out the arm, then covers, TWO. Lacey keeps on Kairi with a cobra clutch and some trash talk. Fans rally for Kairi while Kairi endures. Lacey thrashes Kairi but Kairi fights back. Lacey wrings her out for a roundhouse, then drops a knee right on the arm.

Kairi gets to ropes but Lacey keeps on her. Lacey wrenches into a shoulder breaker, then kicks the arm. She brings Kairi up into a corner, and fires off forearms before pulling on the arm with the ropes. The referee counts and Lacey lets go at 4. Lacey stomps a mudhole into Kairi, then backs off to run in for the swinging bronco buster! She pushes Kairi out to then cover, TWO. Lacey grows frustrated with Kairi and goes after the arm again. She bends Kairi backwards across her knee. Kairi endures while fans rally again. Kairi fights out with knees to Lacey’s head. They stand up, Kairi blocks the kick into a takedown, then blockbuster! Kairi ax kicks Lacey’s back, then spears with the Interceptor!

Lacey rolls to the ropes, but Kairi fires up. Kairi marches while Lacey gets to a corner. Kairi runs back in, Sliding D! Lacey is slumped over, then slumps out of the ring. Kairi goes to the apron for the Flying Kabuki! She puts Lacey back in the ring, then hurries up to the top. Lacey stands, and Kairi leaps, into the Woman’s Right!

Down goes Kairi, and Lacey covers! Lacey wins!!

Winner: Lacey, by pinfall

The Lady of NXT gets a major upset! She defeats the inaugural MYC winner fair and square, and out of nowhere. Armed with her Woman’s Right, will Lacey soon find herself atop this NXT Women’s Division?

 

Backstage interview with Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling.

The recovering Johnny Gargano and wife Candice LeRae are just now arriving to Full Sail. How is Gargano’s neck? “It’s seen better days.” But he and Candice discussed their future. They’ve come to a decision as a team, and they’re going to tell everyone in the NXT Universe. Gargano may not want to do this, but he has to. What is Gargano going to announce to the world?!

 

Exclusive interview with Lorcan & Burch after last week’s main event.

This one-two combination, along with Pete Dunne, defeated the Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly in Six Man Tag action. They specifically pinned one of the NXT Tag Team Champions, so they felt like they’re the #1 contenders! They beat them once, they can beat them twice, and be the new tag team champions. Will NXT GM William Regal agree with them?

The Undisputed Era respond.

Adam Cole claims Lorcan, Burch & Dunne were the three luckiest men alive. Last week was a fluke, we all know it. But the funniest part is that those three will hang their hats on this win. Strong agrees, those three are NOT contenders. Those guys shouldn’t face the champions at Chicago. This is “Dune’s” fault for giving false hope to those other two. Who even are Lorcan & Burch? Bobby Fish agrees, he was watching and didn’t even recognize their opponents. But this is all settled in Chicago, and Strong can’t wait. Strong has little patience, so he wants wants “Mr. Number Two”, Danny Burch. Strong will prove that result was a fluke, and that Lorcan & Burch are out of their league. Is that #Undisputed fact going to be challenged next week?

 

2v1 Handicap Match: The Velveteen Dream & Ricochet VS Lars Sullivan!

All three men want to be NXT Champion, but what was an unofficial contenders match last week between The One and Only and the Patrick Clark Experience was rudely and brutally interrupted by the Leviathan. Now, in order to remove the monstrous obstacle in their path, opponents become allies. Can Dream & Ricochet defeat Lars to then go back to fighting for a shot at Aleister Black?

Lars can only face one man at a time, so Dream and Ricochet come to an agreement. Dream starts, and the bell rings. He circles with Lars as fans chant for him. Dream goes low but Lars is ready and he throws Dream to the corner. Lars flexes to show his monstrous muscles. Dream tags to Ricochet and fans chant for Ricochet as he ties up with Lars. Lars shows power again as he just throws Ricochet down. Dream has a talk with Ricochet and tags back in, and despite the rules, they both go after Lars with haymakers! They punch Lars back and forth, around and around, but Lars shoves them both. Dream & Ricochet come back with double dropkicks that back Lars up! Lars staggers, but dodges Ricochet. Dream anchors Lars’ legs, and Ricochet hits him with a springboard missile dropkick! Lars goes down, and Dream covers, ONE!

Dream climbs up quickly, for flying ax handles. He climbs again, for more ax handles. Dream goes again, and hits a third. Lars still stands, so Ricochet tags in. Dream and Ricochet put Lars in a corner, then Ricochet runs corner to corner for the forearm. Dream runs in for a back elbow, then has Ricochet help whip him in for the corner splash. Ricochet adds a EuroUpper, then signals to Dream. Lars shoves Ricochet away, then catches him on the return. Ricochet punches out but Lars still tosses him to a corner. Lars catches the boot but that ax kick connects. Ricochet rolls and dropkicks Lars to the corner. Dream tags in but Lars fights back. Lars scoops Ricochet, but Dream saves him, and they go to double clothesline him. Lars breaks through the line, but misses his own clothesline.

Ricochet mule kicks Lars, Dream adds the knee lift. Ricochet handsprings to hold Lars still, for Dream’s SUPERKICK! Then Ricochet somersaults and comes back, he and Dream combine for a boot and SUPERKICK combo! Lars goes down, they both cover him, TWO! Dream and Ricochet go for Lars but Lars clamps on Ricochet’s neck. Dream saves Ricochet and they both club away. They try to double suplex but Lars is too big and strong. They club some more, but Lars shoves Ricochet and clobbers Dream! Lars focuses on Dream and clotheslines him in the corner. Lars lifts Dream for an atomic toss. Dream writhes, Lars covers, TWO. Lars drags Dream up to rake and hook the face. Dream gets away to a corner, and Ricochet returns to their corner.

Lars drags Dream up to shove him and forearm him in the back. He puts Dream in a corner for monster shoulders into the stomach. Lars glares at Ricochet, then drags Dream back up. Lars whips corner to corner hard, and Dream slump down. Cover, TWO, but Lars keeps on Dream with crossface forearms. Lars stalks Dream while Ricochet reaches out. Lars wrenches Dream in a powerful chinbar. The fans rally for Dream, and Dream powers his way up. Lars knees low, then clubs him down hard. Lars taunts Dream to tag Ricochet. Dream crawls for his corner, but Lars holds him back by a leg. Lars reels Dream in, for a powerslam! Cover, TWO, and Ricochet is relieved. Ricochet and the fans rally, but Lars climbs up high. Lars leaps, and headbutts Dream’s back!

Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Lars is upset now. Ricochet dares him to bring it, and leads him on a cat ‘n’ mouse chase. They go around the way, back into the ring, but Lars catches Ricochet. Ricochet kicks Lars away, and sets him up for an elbow drop from Dream! Fans rally, hot tag to Ricochet! Ricochet rallies on Lars with forearms, then bobs and weaves with Lars. Ricochet fires off kicks to the knees, but Lars whips him into a corner. Lars runs in but hits buckles, then Ricochet hits the corner 619! Dream hops up, for a flying crossbody! Lars is down, Ricochet adds the standing shooting star. Cover, TWO!

Ricochet keeps focus and fans are all fired up. Ricochet keeps on Lars with clubbing forearms. Dream tags in, swing kick, Ricochet boots Lars down. Ricochet tags in as Dream hops and springboards for a senton! Then Ricochet adds a springboard 450 splash!

Neither man can cover from the impacts, and Lars rolls away. Dream betrays Ricochet with a rolling Death Valley!!

Their alliance was going so well, but Dream shouts that Ricochet was trying to screw him over, so Dream did it first! Dream retreats as Lars returns, and Lars picks the bones of Ricochet, with a FREAK ACCIDENT!

Cover, Lars wins!

Winner: Lars, by pinfall

The Mile High Monster was gifted this win by The Dream, who wants the spotlight all to himself. But will letting Lars win mean Lars gets his shot against the Embodiment of the End first? And will the One and Only go after Dream for revenge in the coming weeks?

 

Dakota Kai gets her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship!

However, that means facing her fear of the NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler. The Queen of Spades has tormented Captain Kick ever since their first match in the ring, and enjoys the power she holds over Dakota.

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.

Congratulations are in order given this great opportunity, but again, Dakota fears Shayna. How is she going to prepare for this? This is Dakota’s dream, having watched NXT for years. Dakota gets a chance to be NXT Women’s Champion, but she has to face Shayna. Shayna is “the biggest bully” Dakota’s ever known. Speaking of, Shayna appears…

So is that what this is for Dakota? A dream come true? Part of her fairytale story? Nothing to say when she’s in front of you, Dakota? Dakota doesn’t stand a chance. But Dakota speaks up. “We’ll see about that.” Dakota leaves first this time, leaving Shayna a little surprised and perplexed. Will Dakota leave next week the champion? Or more broken than she was the last time Shayna got her hands on her?

 

Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling head to the ring!

Candice LeRae leads the way as she and Johnny Gargano walk out, with fans cheering with a standing ovation.  Gargano spoke of a major announcement earlier, and now it’s time to hear what that entails. Fans chant “Johnny Wrestling!” as he takes up the mic. Gargano lets them know, “I love you, too.” And the last time he was here, he was going to have an NXT Championship match. But he never got that match. His body reminds him of that day Ciampa attacked him, and reminds Gargano of that knee ramming his head into the LED. Gargano’s body reminds him of being thrown off the stage and through tables. Gargano’s done this his whole life, but he talked it out with Candice. Together, they realized, it’s time to start thinking about his future. To start thinking about their future together. “I need to ask myself, is it worth it?”

Fans say “YES! YES!” Gargano knows the injuries are adding up, and the toll it takes on his friends, family and Candice, “Is it worth it?” Again, fans say “YES! YES!” Candice and Gargano talk a little more as fans cheer for them. Gargano says, “Yeah, it’s worth it!” He takes the neck brace off and calls out Ciampa! Candice is afraid for Gargano, but Gargano wants to finish this! Speak of the devil, Ciampa appears.

Candice hurries out as Ciampa tells the “boy” that Ciampa is going to go to the ring, and swears that if Gargano is still there, this WILL be finished. Gargano wants nothing better! Fans cheer Gargano on, but Candice returns with referees to keep them apart. That won’t stop them, as Gargano rolls out and goes around the corners. Ciampa hops into the ring while fans want to “Let Them Fight! Let Them Fight!” The referees keep Gargano back again but only Candice can stop Gargano. She reasons with him, but Ciampa taunts Gargano, “be a good little boy and listen to your wife.” Gargano won’t take that, and rushes the ring! But Ciampa knocks him back down, and Gargano falls on Candice!

Both Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling crash onto the ramp, but she takes the worse of it. Ciampa realizes the mistake he’s made and gets out of the arena. Gargano stays with Candice while medics check on her. Gargano starts to panic, and wants more medical help for Candice. He said it was worth it before this, but is it worth it now?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another great episode, again reaching almost an hour, but it felt so fast somehow. We go right into matches with TM61 VS Heavy Machinery, which was a pretty good match. This slow TM61 Heel turn is going well for them, because it’s at least getting them wins. But given Undisputed Era are the NXT Tag Team Champions, Heel TM61 will have to wait until Faces take those titles. Speaking of, while not official, I myself am expecting Lorcan & Burch VS Strong & O’Reilly for TakeOver: Chicago given last week’s results. The Undisputed Era gives a great promo in belittling Lorcan & Burch, and Strong VS Burch next week will be really fun. Though, I’m going to guess that Undisputed Era interfere as they usually do, and that will make the tag title match official.

I’m intrigued by NXT giving Bianca Belair the kind of indepth look they gave superstars like Finn Balor, Roderick Strong and Ember Moon. She has been Heel so far in her NXT career, but given the right elements, she could be a welcomed Face. I was surprised to see Lacey win, and clean, but that ending is exactly how you book someone with a finisher like hers. This finish was an improvement over last week against Brandi Lauren, and can be the key to Lacey’s success as a Heel. Shayna VS Dakota happens sooner than I expected, but I still expect it to go down as Dakota snapping and going off, only to lose in the end. The way things are going, Nikki Cross is up next and might be the challenger that gives Shayna a real challenge.

I knew Dream was going to betray Ricochet, but I thought it would be a more typical ditch at the corner deal. And at one point, I thought Dream was going to wait until he and Ricochet won. However, it fits his story better to do it before the finish, because if he isn’t in the spotlight alone, then he’d rather not be in it at all. This surely means Dream VS Ricochet truly happens at TakeOver: Chicago, while Lars and Aleister become each other’s most difficult opponent yet. The ending segment was a great parallel to Bryan’s retirement, but then Gargano swerves and ups the ante. I thought there was going to be a brawl, but that “accident” was a great twist. This ups the grudge even more, and Gargano VS Ciampa 2, likely at Chicago, will be an instant classic given how great the first was.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/12/18)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Champion and challenger are set to face off at TLC, but first warm-up in Vegas! Will Buddy Murphy or Cedric Alexander come out ahead?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Buddy Murphy VS Noam Dar Gran Metalik; Murphy wins.
  • Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!

TLC will see Buddy Murphy defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander in a long awaited rematch from Super Show-Down! The champion and challenger both have something to prove to the other, and allowed Maverick himself to choose their opponents for tonight. The Scottish Supernova was eager to step up and get back at Murphy for screwing him in a match with Tony Nese. But Noam Dar is unfortunately not cleared to compete. Therefore, it will be the Juggernaut taking on the King of the Ropes, Gran Metalik! Metalik himself is eager to show he can hang with the champion.

As for the Soul of 205 Live, he still gets his match with The Premier Athlete. Alexander and Nese have gone back and forth in their own rivalry that dates back to the beginning of this brand. Nese gave Alexander a defeat the 205 Live after Alexander lost the title, and wants to be a major road block to Alexander’s rematch. “With such a small margin for error between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy”, who will make it to TLC riding high on a wave of momentum?

 

Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!

The Juggernaut wants to show the tag team victory the Heart & Soul of 205 Live have over him means nothing by taking on anyone tonight. The King of the Ropes wants to ride the high his Lucha House Party amigos reached in their Tornado Tag victory last week. Murphy taking on this match is a huge gamble, but it is Las Vegas, after all. Will Murphy hit the jackpot or bust this close to TLC?

The bell rings and Murphy circles with Metalik. They tie up and Murphy powers Metalik to a corner. Murphy backs off but then pie faces Metalik. Metalik shoves Murphy then dodges to egg Murphy on. They circle again and Murphy waistlocks. Metalik standing switches but Murphy pries his way out to a wristlock. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for Metalik as Murphy yanks on his arm. Murphy brings Metalik to the mat and grinds an elbow into the shoulder. Metalik flips through and reverses, but Murphy reverses back, only for Metalik to reverse again, but Murphy wrangles him back to the mat. Metalik kips up but Murphy drives him back down, so Metalik headscissors. Murphy pops out but Metalik sweeps and covers. ONE and Murphy sweeps to cover, ONE. Metalik handsprings again and fans fire up.

The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants return but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy and Metalik tie up again and Murphy kicks low. Murphy clubs Metalik then wrenches into a back suplex. Metalik slips out and speeds up to handspring past Murphy. Metalik headscissors and throws Murphy out. Now Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Murphy and the champ goes down! Fans chant for Metalik as he gets up and goes after Murphy. Murphy shoves him away then knees low, but Metalik sends him into barriers. Metalik stalks Murphy from the barrier’s edge, to leap for another headscissor! The fans fire up as Metalik puts Murphy in the ring. Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps the fans going as he goes to Murphy. Murphy yanks Metalik into buckles!

Murphy gets up and puts Metalik on the top rope. He climbs up to join Metalik but Metalik fights back. Metalik shoves Murphy down but Murphy’s right back up! Metalik shoves him away again, and boots him back. Murphy staggers, but catches Metalik’s leap into a suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up. Murphy crawls to a cover, TWO! Metalik shows his toughness but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy drags Metalik up to throw him out. He leaves Metalik for dead as the count climbs. Metalik crawls back at 6, and gets in at 8! Murphy stomps Metalik out, then throws a heavy right hand! Cover, TWO! Murphy grows frustrated but he puts Metalik in a grounded stretch.

Fans rally as Metalik endures the forearm in the face. Metalik pries his way out but Murphy drives in elbows to the chest! Cover, TWO! Murphy wraps Metalik up in a chinlock, but Metalik fights his way up. Metalik rams Murphy into buckles while throwing in body shots. Metalik gets free but walks into a boot! Murphy drags Metalik up and throws him out, but Metalik stays on the apron. Murphy is annoyed as he goes back over to Metalik. He brings Metalik up but Metalik swing kicks him away! Metalik aims and springboards, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik kicks Murphy’s legs but Murphy shoves Metalik. Metalik springboards for the back elbow! He CHOPS Murphy then whips, but Murphy reverses. Metalik walks the ropes, and springboards for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Metalik keeps his cool, and starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” He lifts Murphy in a fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out. Murphy fires off his strike fest, but misses the knee to get a SUPERKICK! Metalik gets another fireman’s carry but Murphy slips out and shoves Metalik to the ropes, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy runs, but into a fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver!! TWO!! Metalik almost had the Cruiserweight Champion, but Murphy’s tougher than that. Metalik drags Murphy to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Murphy revives and rolls out to the apron. Murphy goes for Metalik but Metalik shoves him down. Metalik goes after Murphy but Murphy drop toeholds him into the desk! Murphy then back suplexes Metalik right on the apron! Murphy puts Metalik in and climbs up top, for a flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Metalik shows he’s tough, too, and Murphy can’t believe it.

Both men slowly stir with the 10 count. Fans rally up as Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Metalik up but Metalik inside cradles! TWO and Metalik boots Murphy down! Metalik climbs but Murphy tucks him in, only for Metalik to pop out and mule kick Murphy away! Metalik finishes climbing, and moonsaults, onto boots! Murphy deadlifts to a sit-out bomb! TWO!? Metalik lives and Murphy is furious. But fans love this and bring back the “Lucha! Lucha!” Metalik gets to the ropes but Murphy grits his teeth. Murphy drags Metalik up and around, for the point blank knee trigger! Then, pumphandle to victory roll!? TWO! Metalik springboards, but into Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

The Cruiserweight Champion finally finishes it off and moves on to his title defense this Sunday! If the King of the Ropes put up such a great fight, how much more will the Age of Alexander do? And what shape will Alexander be after his match later tonight?

 

Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.

The Stamina Monster helps The Man with a Plan with his collar as the GM walks in. Maverick approves their match with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, under Street Fight rules. How ironic, really. How? Well, their Street Fight match against each other. And now they’re working together in a Street Fight tag match. Yes, true. Kendrick admits he’s changed since then. When he returned to the WWE, he manipulated and cheated because he was desperate. Kendrick was doing whatever he had to in order to keep his dream, and Tozawa was one of the main targets. So Kendrick should thank Gallager & Gulak for beating that out of him. What Kendrick needs to do now is lift this Division up. Kendrick’s a changed man.

Tozawa agrees and supports Kendrick. But the problem now is that Kendrick still looks the same. Tozawa has an idea. Well, okay… What kind of makeover will Tozawa give Kendrick? And Tozawa thanks Maverick for his time, but reminds Maverick he lost those Raw Tag Team Championships. “So, you’re FIRED!” Tozawa can’t fire people, he’s not the GM or anything. But can he and Kendrick fire up and melt the cruel winter?

 

Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.

“A Street Fight is the perfect place to end the career of THE Brian Kendrick.” And what Kendrick needs to understand that the beating they gave him wasn’t to humiliate but to redeem Kendrick. Kendrick was fired once, twice, so maybe this isn’t for him. Gallagher & Gulak didn’t go far enough, because if they had, the team of Tozawa & Kendrick wouldn’t have existed. And that’s why a Street Fight Tag is perfect: they can go as far as they want, and anything is legal. So when they face off for the final time, you WILL tap out. Who will survive this gritty grudge match?

 

Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.

The Persian Lion has beaten down local competitors two weeks in a row, what is the reason behind that? Wrestling used to be simple: find two of the toughest men, put them in a ring, and let them battle it out until only one was left standing. It was never meant to be flashy or pretty. “What’s happened to this business?” All anyone seems to care about is dressing up like their favorite superheroes or retweeting compliments. Daivari was out with an injured neck, and he watched 205 Live have a lot of flash, but no fight.

Hideo Itami walks over, and says he was watching last week. “Good job.” The two shake hands, and there seems to be mutual respect for their mean streaks. Daivari says Itami is one of the last true men in the Cruiserweight Division, and the only one worthy of respect. Will Daivari and Itami bring 205 Live back to a rougher and more “respectful” time of wrestling?

 

Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!

The Soul of 205 Live wants to rebuild his legacy starting with TLC, but the Premier Athlete says he’s not worthy. The Juggernaut already goes in tired but victorious, will Alexander be able to do the same?

The bell rings and Nese flexes on Alexander. Alexander ignores it as he circles with Nese. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Alexander pushes Nese back to a corner but backs off at 4. Alexander flexes back and circles with him again. Vegas is on Alexander’s side and that annoys Nese. Nese and Alexander tie up and Nese gets a waistlock. Alexander tries to break out but Nese rolls him. Nese flexes again but Alexander shrugs it off. Alexander and Nese tie up again and Alexander gets the wristlock. Nese pulls hair and gets the reversal. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse back then get a takedown. Nese shoves Alexander back and gets his own takedown, but Alexander pushes him away. Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors but Nese handsprings through!

Alexander runs into Nese’s back elbow, but Alexander gets under Nese’s moonsault! Nese goes Matrix to dodge Alexander, but Alexander hits the dropkick! Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander checks his teeth while catching his breath before going back to Nese. He bumps Nese off buckles and then CHOPS. Alexander CHOPS again, then follows Nese to ropes. Nese mule kicks and then goes to backslide, but Alexander hooks ropes to stay grounded. Alexander reels Nese in to toss him out! Fans fire up as Alexander builds speed, but Nese slides in! Alexander barely grabs the rope in time to stop himself, and he manages to shoulder Nese back. Nese rolls as Alexander springboards to SHORYUKEN! Cover, TWO!

Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, then he flexes again. Fans boo as Nese clubs Alexander. Alexander chops back, but Nese kciks him to a corner. Nese whips corner to corner hard, then covers, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as fans duel. Alexander chops back again, then boots from a corner. Alexander runs into a throat chop! Nese runs and hotshots Alexander down! Then triangle jump moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese argues the count but the ref says it was two. Nese stomps away on Alexander then brings him up for a scoop slam. Cover, TWO! Nese sits Alexander up for the body scissor squeeze. Fans rally while Alexander endures. Nese grabs for an arm but Alexander resists, so Nese clubs him. Nese gets the arm and CHOPS Alexander. Alexander punches back and breaks free!

Alexander throws more hands, then runs, but into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives and Nese is surprised, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese wraps on a chinlock and drives a knee into Alexander’s back. Fans rally and Alexander feeds off the energy. Alexander gets up but Nese throws him to the apron. Alexander boots Nese back, then springboards. He fakes out the uppercut to step-springboard for a complete shot! Nese gets to a corner and fans rally up. Alexander takes off the elbow pads and rallies on Nese. He gives Nese an uppercut now, but msises in the corner. Nese runs into the dropkick and hits buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese back in! Nese staggers, Alexander springboards, flying lariat hits! Cover, TWO! Nese is dazed but he survives.

Alexander fires up with the fans as he stalks Nese. He brings Nese up but Nese mule kicks and knee lifts. Nese roundhouses but misses the sweep to get a buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Alexander grows frustrated and gets a wild look in his eyes. Alexander goes back to Nese and brings him up. Nese clutches ropes and Alexander has no choice but to let go. Alexander walks into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Alexander with a shove and a back elbow. Then Nese runs for big forearms! Cover, TWO!! Alexander barely gets out and Nese grows frustrated. Nese drags Alexander up, saying “I’m better than you!” He slaps Alexander as he repeats that, but Alexander slaps back!

Alexander blocks the kick to give an elbow, then runs to handspring. Nese catches the Neuralizer into a Samoan Drop! But Nese can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. Nese forces himself to stand and bring Alexander up. He whips but Alexander reverses. Nese grabs ropes then dumps Alexander out. Nese runs to FLY! Direct hit folds Alexander up! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue. Nese drags Alexander up and in, then goes to a corner. Nese climbs up, leaps, but his 450 flops! Alexander goes to cradle but Nese blocks it, TWO!! Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! TWO!! Alexander can’t believe Nese survives, but fans are fired up!

Vegas cheers Alexander on as he stalks Nese. Alexander brings Nese up but Nese sprawls to block. Nese elbows Alexander but walks into a roundhouse. Alexander lifts but Nese slips out to a cover, TWO! Neuralizer! Then Lumbar Check!! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

The Premier Athlete pushed Alexander to his limits but it wasn’t enough, the challenger keeps pace with the champion. Speaking of, Buddy Murphy returns to stare Alexander down. Alexander dares Murphy to bring the fight, there’s nothing but “space and opportunity” between them! Murphy takes a look at his belt, and puts it down so he can rush the ring! Murphy gets in but Alexander gets him down! The champion and challenger brawl on the mat, but then Murphy bails out. Alexander doesn’t let him go as he FLIES out! Fans fire up as Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander dares Murphy to keep the fight going, but Murphy reconsiders. The Soul of 205 Live is fired up, but will he be able to reclaim his throne? Or will he be stopped by the unstoppable?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great go-home for 205 Live that also feeds a bit into next week’s episode. I do like the full circle Kendrick is going through having another Street Fight based match for a blow-off. I just hope Tozawa’s new wardrobe ideas don’t make Kendrick reconsider the partnership. We still need more teams for the potential Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. And in which case, Daivari’s promo about joining forces with Itami started to sound more like a reason he’d join up with Gulak & Gallagher. But I suppose more than one Heel team can have the motivation of wanting a more brutal and less flashy style of wrestling to prevail. But where Gulak & Gallagher love ground game and grapples, Itami & Daivari can be about strikes and drivers. A match between those four might be pretty good, too.

The two matches we got tonight were the only matches we needed. It’s a shame Noam Dar didn’t get to go against Buddy Murphy, but Murphy VS Metalik was still an incredible opener. The styles went well together, and Metalik still looks really strong in losing. Alexander VS Nese was incredible again, even after the many other times we’ve seen it. I was curious as to why it wasn’t Alexander VS Ali, but not only would it be too soon, we know now Ali VS Bryan was in the works. I was surprised Murphy agreed to brawl against Alexander for even that little bit. As the Heel, he should’ve just stayed back rather than fight to retreat. It still got the fans fired up, but maybe this is so Alexander can stand tall and give the math to Murphy.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/12/18)

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Ricochet puts up his NXT North American Championship on the line, but against who? Plus, EC3 wants payback on Bobby Fish for that vicious chair attack!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era; EC3 wins.
  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty; Lorcan & Burch win.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez; Yim wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
  • NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.

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EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!

The Top One Percent looks to keep it 100 as he goes for payback against the Infamous One for what he did weeks before TakeOver: WarGames II. But Fish has his friends by his side as always, will EC3 be able to win with Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole lurking?

Adam Cole says the holidays have come early because now Fish gets to humiliate the “Top One Percent of Morons”. EC3 was dumb enough to think he’d elevate his career to new heights. But with the help of a chair, Fish showed EC3 that NXT is their world! The Undisputed Era is the center of the NXT Universe, and everything revolves around her. This has been a career year and is just the beginning of an entire decade! And in 2019, the four of them will be “draped in gold”. That’s not a threat, “that is Undisputed.” But EC3 makes his entrance and we begin this grudge match!

Fish and EC3 are ready to go with the bell. Fish moves around but EC3 corners him, so Fish bails out. The Undisputed Era cheer Fish’s mind games on, and so do some fans. Fish returns but wants EC3 to stay back. EC3 doesn’t and he hip tosses Fish in! Fish scrambles to a corner and EC3 fires off hands and stomps! EC3 whips corner to corner but Fish ducks down to go after the leg. EC3 powers Fish off and hits a BIG powerbomb! Fish staggers about and EC3 clotheslines him right out! EC3 goes out with him, but gets back in the ring, all fired up! Fish is reeling and the Era coach him up, but EC3 comes out. EC3 fetches Fish into the ring and puts on a half nelson. Fish gets up but EC3 makes it a nerve hold to keep him down.

Fish gets up and powers EC3 to a corner, but EC3 turns it around. EC3 CHOPS Fish, and again! Then he biels Fish across the way. Roddy and Kyle distract, and Fish chop blocks the bad leg! Fish rains down rights but EC3 pushes him off. Fish stomps EC3, then kicks him. The Era is rabid as Fish throws hands and puts EC3 in a corner. Fish throws body shots and forearms, then kicks away at the back leg. Dragon screw throws EC3 for a loop! Fish grabs the bad leg and pulls on it, standing on the other leg to keep him down. Fans rally and EC3 pushes Fish off! EC3 runs in but misses, and then turns around into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Fish is furious, but he goes back for more.

Fish brings EC3 up but it’s EC3 who hits the suplex! EC3 grits his teeth as he gets up, and he counter punches Fish. He fires off lefts and rights then whips, but Fish snaps against the ropes awkwardly. EC3 takes advantage with a scoop slam, then wants Fish to “Say My Name!” Name Drop elbow hits! Roddy and Kyle distract again but EC3 hits them for it. But Fish still gets the chop block! Fish goes for a leg but EC3 cradles! EC3 WINS!

Winners: EC3, by pinfall

But The Era attack! All four of them stomp away like rabid dogs, but here come Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic use size to even up the numbers! Dozer clobbers Cole and Strong while Tucky gets rid of reDRagon! Kyle tries to escape but Heavy Machinery drag him back in. EC3 gets Kyle up for the One Percenter! Fans are thunderous for this trio as EC3 gets Dozer pumping up. Dozer gets going with the Caterpillar elbow! Will Heavy Machinery help the Top One Percent end this Undisputed Era once and for all?

 

NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.

They fought together to stop The Horsewomen from ganging up on Captain Kick. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir keep sticking their noses in Shayna Baszler’s matches, so these two are going to stop that personally. The Genius of the Sky don’t want her friends getting bullied, so all that’s left is a match. That’ll happen next week, who takes a victory in this Women’s Division war?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!

The One Two Combination defeated Shane Thorne & Nick Miller already, but this is about the sore loser sneak attack after the match! Will Thorne & Miller regret punking out this pair of pugilists? Or will Lorcan & Burch finally make The Mighty kneel?

Lorcan & Burch are raring to go but they still wait for the bell. Thorne starts with Lorcan and Lorcan fires off! Then Miller and Burch get in and it’s a pair of brawls! Burch throws Miller out then Lorcan throws Thorne out. Burch goes out and Miller shoves him into the apron, but Lorcan FLIES! Lorcan wipes The Mighty out and fans fire up! Lorcan puts Thorne in and then runs into the corner for a big elbow. He gets moving but Thorne follows with a European Uppercut! Thorne runs but Lorcan follows to rock him back! Lorcan suckers Thorne into an elbow and a powerbomb! Then the Half Crab! Miller comes in but gets CHOPS! Thorne gets Lorcan with the saido suplex! Tag to Miller and he whips Lorcan. Miller hits a big corner clothesline, then whips into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Miller keeps on him.

Tag to Thorne, and Miller whips Thorne at Burch. Miller then whips Thorne back but Lorcan dodgse to tag Burch! The Governor rallies on The Mighty, and tackles Thorne with a Thesz Press! Burch rocks Miller with a right, then goes right at Thorne with a clothesline and kick. Miller runs but is sent into Thorne, and then Burch deals out more kicks! Burch hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! And he kips up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two coordinate at a corner. Burch lifts Thorne but Thorne fights out. Thorne dodges Burch to SHORYUKEN Lorcan. Then he clobbers Burch. Miller returns and helps Thorne get up top quick. SUPERPLEX BOMB! Miller puts Thorne on top to cover, but Burch barrels through Miller to break it! Burch gets thrown out, and Thorne tags Miller in.

The Mighty go after Lorcan but Burch saves him from Thunder Valley. Miller tackles them both, and then scoops Lorcan. Powerslam, to Poetry in Motion cannonball! Cover on Lorcan, TWO!? The Mighty are shocked by this double toughness! Miller tags Thorne, and they again go after Lorcan. They lift Lorcan up, but get double DDT’s! Lorcan has a wild look in his eye and fans rally behind it. Lorcan takes Miller’s face and SLAPS away! Then he SLAPS away on Thorne! they BOTH slap Lorcan, but then he ducks and they slap each other!! Lorcan sends Miller into a post, then tags in Burch. Burch headbutts Thorne, and with Lorcan’s help, London Tower! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!

Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning

They did it again! The Mighty fell to the One Two Combination, who continue their hot streak since returning to action. While the Undisputed Era has Heavy Machinery to worry about, will Lorcan & Burch move up the ranks towards those NXT Tag Team Championships?

 

NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.

“Aleister, you thought our story ended in Los Angeles when you ‘absolved’ me of my sins.” But Gargano never said he did nothing wrong. This is about the greater good. The ends justify the means. The end: becoming NXT Champion, and the world celebrating! So if the means meant beating someone up, Aleister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why their story continues. Gargano says Aleister can put Gargano in a cage with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to make sure the story ends the right way. Gargano won’t just turn the page, he closes the book on Aleister Black. Will Gargano keep his word to end the Embodiment of the End? Or will his happy ending simply #FadeToBlack?

 

Dominic Dijakovic speaks.

“The bond of blood is sacred. The roots of our tree are unbreakable. They keep us grounded.” He will fight for them, and die for them. This is “our vision”, and you will #FeastYourEyes on his debut, next week.

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.

She, Jessamyn and Marina have heard about the Fatal 4 Way #1 Contenders match. But Shayna doesn’t care, because it will always end the same way: she goes home with the title, her opponent goes home with nothing. As for the challenge issued by Dakota & Shirai, Marina & Jessamyn laugh it off. They’re ready for the “challenge”. The Horsewomen roll out, but who will have the last laugh when it’s all said and done?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez!

The Queen of Spades awaits a challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix now that she’s moved the Pirate Princess out of the way. The Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already one participant, and William Regal announces via Twitter that Lacey Evans will be the other. Both women have put together impressive wins, so it’s up to the Blasian Baddie and the Daughter of the Desperado to impress the GM this week. Who joins the EST and the Lady of NXT in a fight for the right to challenge #ShaynaTwoTime and her reign of terror?

The bell rings and Mia ties up with Reina. Reina powers Mia to a corner, but Mia dodges the swing to jump on for a guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia slips away. Mia leaps back on for the guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia dropkicks her back. Mia goes for Sole Food but Reina pushes her away. Reina swings but Mia dodges, and puts the guillotine back on! Reina powers out again, but to a suplex! And she hangs Mia out to dry on the rope, before throwing her down! Reina stomps a mudhole into Mia, but backs off at 4. She drags Mia out to a cover, TWO! Reina grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mia. Mia hits back, but gets clobbered! Reina runs, and boots Mia right down! Cover, ONE! Reina tries again, TWO!

Reina grows frustrated but she talks trash in Spanish. She dares the Baddie to get up, then pulls her into a Canadian torture rack! Mia endures the stretch and Reina even fish hooks. Reina jumps around to add torque, but Mia fights out. Mia arm-drags Reina into ropes, then gets space. Reina staggers over but into CHOPS! Mia throws body shots and even more chops! Mia throws palm strikes and kicks, then knees and a Pele! Reina staggers, time to Eat Da Feet! Cover, Mia wins!

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

Reina eats Sole Food and Mia now sits at the winner’s table! Can the Baddie beat out the Model Soldier and EST? Who will join them as the fourth and final contender?

 

Aleister Black speaks.

“What I find interesting about the human race is that everything they do revolves around how they are feeling.” Everyone keeps asking, “What do you feel about your match with Johnny Gargano?” How does he feel about a Steel Cage Match with Gargano? He doesn’t feel anything. He just knows he has to win. “It’s come to my attention that you are far, far beyond absolution. You are far beyond redemption. And the only thing left is the total annihilation.” It will happen in that steel cage. There won’t be any running or hiding, there will simply be Gargano and his sins, and they will all #FadeToBlack! Will Aleister leave Gargano for dead inside the steel?

 

NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???

The One and Only is eager to prove he’s a fighting champion and a worthy champion at that. He left it to NXT GM William Regal to choose his opponent, and Regal promised “something special” for this match. But who is it that answered this open contract challenge?

Ricochet makes his entrance and awaits his mystery challenger. The “something special” turns out to be… “Look everyone, it’s Tyler!” Prince Pretty returns to NXT in a major way! Tyler Breeze brings back the selfie cam titantron feed, and looks to revitalize himself with a new belt! Will Breeze shock everyone by becoming the third-ever North American Champion? Or will Ricochet add Breeze to the highlight reel?

The belt is raised and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. The bell rings and fans are already dueling. Tyler and Ricochet take a moment to enjoy it before circling. They tie up and go around, and Breeze arm-drags Ricochet. Breeze backs off to lounge on the top rope. Ricochet nods respect as Breeze comes back. They tie up again, and Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Breeze powers out but Ricochet rolls and speeds things up. Ricochet rolls off the back then ducks under to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Breeze bails out to catch his breath, but Ricochet comes out. Breeze hurries back in, but Ricochet doesn’t give him time to rest. Ricochet and Breeze go around, Breeze goes for a Half Crab. Ricochet gets to ropes and pushes Breeze away. Breeze kicks Ricochet then runs, but into a somersault lariat!

Breeze bails out, but Ricochet fakes him out on the apron. Ricochet boots Breeze then leaps, into a dropkick! Both men are down, but fans are loving this! The fans still duel while Breeze checks his teeth. Breeze puts Ricochet into the ring, then into a corner. Breeze stomps a gorgeous mudhole into Ricochet, then shouts at the ref when he’s pulled away. Ricochet flounders but Breeze is on him with a scoop. Breeze puts Ricochet on the top rope and climbs up, but Ricochet fights him off. Breeze falls back and Ricochet is on him, but Breeze shoves. Ricochet comes back to knee Breeze back. Ricochet then somersaults from a corner to dropkick Breeze! Breeze crawls to a corner and Ricochet runs in, for a big back elbow to back hand.

Ricochet throws Breeze into buckles but misses the tiger feint kick. Breeze German Suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet sends Breeze into buckles again and hits the tiger feint! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives, showing his toughness. Fans rally up as Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet puts Breeze in a drop zone, then climbs up top. Ricochet leaps, but has to roll through the Phoenix Splash when Breeze moves. Breeze hits back with haymakers, but so does Ricochet. They brawl back and forth, and fans are divided.

They hit each other at the same time, and same goes for kicks. Ricochet turns around but both men clothesline. Breeze blocks Ricochet’s boot but Ricochet dodges Breeze’s Super Model Kick. Both men run, and collide with double crossbodies! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. A 10 count begins and the fans rally up. Breeze and Ricochet sit up slowly, and brawl on their knees. Ricochet gives an uppercut, but Breeze clubs him on the back. They continue as they stand up and Ricochet fires off forearms. Ricochet suplexes but Breeze resists. Breeze suplexes but Ricochet resists. They repeat the cycle but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet back suplexes but Breeze slips out. Breeze waistlocks but Ricochet elbows out.

Ricochet runs, springboards, but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! And Reverse-Rana! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Breeze is shocked. Fans declare “This is Gorgeous!” rather than awesome, but it’s still awesome, too! Ricochet and Breeze go to opposite corners, then approach. Ricochet says NXT is his now, but Breeze mule kicks. Breeze throws haymakers, then aims a kick, but Ricochet hits with a boot first! Ricochet walks over, into a jumping knee! And an enziguri! Breeze leaps but he’s caught, into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

That wasn’t just special, that was spectacular! Prince Pretty gives the King of Flight a fight he wasn’t expecting, but Ricochet shows Breeze the respect he deserves, and the two handshake. Will Breeze stick around to give it another try? Will Ricochet’s reign extend to be one of the most impressive in NXT history?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An incredible episode right here! We waste very little time getting into action and I am really impressed that EC3 pulls off another surprise win on an Undisputed Era member. He and Fish had a great match, and I really liked that it was Heavy Machinery backing EC3 up in that brawl. I think it should be a Six Man of EC3 & Heavy Machinery VS Roderick Strong & reDRagon while Adam Cole likely distracts or interferes. And while his story with the North American Championship likely isn’t over, I don’t know if NXT would want to create a secondary WarGames scenario where now it’s just EC3 and Heavy Machinery standing in for Pete Dunne & War Raiders. Cole can hang about as the leader of Undisputed Era while waiting for title scenes to change.

I’m a touch disappointed we’re only getting 2v2 next week, but Dakota & Shirai VS Jessamyn & Marina should be a great match for the last two MMA Horsewomen to make an in-ring debut with. Now in real-time, we have learned Dakota Kai is injured, but that shouldn’t affect next week’s match. Sadly it’ll mean she won’t get to be part of TakeOver: Phoenix or anything else after that, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Mia and Reina have a great match. Reina having a bull rope and cowbell makes me want a Women’s Bull Rope match for the hell of it. If Reina sticks around, she should be able to gain some ground once things clear up. As it stands, Mia looks like a front runner as the Face in that Fatal 4 Way. I wonder if they’ll use a battle royal to determine the fourth participant.

That tag team match of Lorcan-Burch VS The Mighty was incredible! NXT Tag Team wrestling is getting back up there and the scrappy One Two Combo is a large part of that. Get those two on SmackDown AND 205 Live, they’ll be great tag title contenders at least. Gargano and Aleister have great promos going towards their Steel Cage match, but I hope they use the cage in different ways of physicality than we usually see. Throwing the opponent into steel is one thing, but I think NXT can use these two for something really gritty.

For me, it’s a bit of a mixed bag on Tyler Breeze’s return. It’s a bit sad that he was sent back, but it was a great surprise and Full Sail got behind him. The bottom line is this is the wrestling quality main roster should’ve given Breeze, but Vince just insisted on overemphasizing gimmick and comedy. Granted, Breeze does great with comedy, but if the Fashion Police were doing matches on this level, they’d be champions. Breeze gave Ricochet a hell of a match, and it really elevates Ricochet in winning. It’ll really take something insane to dethrone Ricochet, if Breeze got to be this strong. As for Breeze, I’m not sure what he’ll do now that he’s back. I was hoping he’d go to 205 Live, but I know HHH will treat Breeze right either way.

My Score: 8.8/10

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