After the low blow at Wrestlemania, the several low blows on SmackDown thereafter, and even a low blow at the Greatest Royal Rumble, Shinsuke Nakamura demands an apology from AJ Styles?! Will the King of Strong Style get his apology from the WWE Champion? Or just a Phenomenal Forearm? Plus, Miz TV with Jeff Hardy!
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- Randy Orton & Jeff Hardy VS The Miz & Shelton Benjamin; Orton & Hardy win.
- Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro; Woods wins.
- Six Woman Tag: Carmella & The IIconics VS Charlotte Flair, Asuka & Becky Lynch; Charlotte, Asuka & Becky win.
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SmackDown General Manager Paige opens the show.
As shown by the replay from last Friday’s Greatest Royal Rumble match itself, Commissioner Shane McMahon cannot be here tonight. Meanwhile, AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura fought to a draw for the WWE Championship. Nakamura used a low blow while Styles attacked Nakamura after. Therefore, their third match at Backlash will be No Disqualifications! Will either Phenomenal One or King of Strong Style survive when there are no rules?
It’s time for Miz TV!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Most Must-See WWE Talk Show comes to Montreal and gives us a programming note. Last week’s “no show” by Daniel Bryan is an offense to both him and the fans. Therefore, Miz bans Bryan from Miz TV. Fans boo that decision. But Miz sends a message over to Seth Rollins on “The B Show”, Raw. “You have something of mine.” Rollins may have hid behind Finn and Samoa Joe at the Greatest Royal Rumble event, but it’ll be 1v1 at Backlash for THE most prestigious title in WWE! And Sunday, an “A-Freakin-Lister” will be champion again! Speaking of champions, tonight’s guest is the United States Champion, Jeff Hardy!
? ? ? ? for YOUR #USChampion!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Charismatic Enigma appears, and is still champion after defeating Jinder Mahal. However, Hardy will have to defend that title all over again against The Viper, Randy Orton. Hardy enters the ring, and Miz refuses to shake his hand since he just gave high-fives to all the dirty fans. Miz asks Hardy if Miz is a better IC Champion than Rollins. Only if by better you mean “obnoxious, annoying, overbearing, wannabe Hollywood movie star”. But if Miz was better, he would’ve won at GRR. Y’know, like Hardy did. “What arrogance.” Hardy’s first night disrespected a future hall of famer in Randy Orton. Miz shows footage from a couple weeks ago. Orton answered Shelton Benjamin’s open challenge, only for Hardy to swoop in and take it instead.
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Miz wonders what Orton has to say about that. Let’s find out! Yes, there’s a second surprise guest, and it IS Randy Orton! Who doesn’t wait for the complete introduction. Orton enters the ring and fans chant for “RKO”, but Miz brings up the minor interruption. So? Miz can see those voices in Orton’s head screaming about Hardy disrespecting him. No, Orton isn’t that mad. Hardy took advantage of a situation, but Orton got even. These two are cool with each other. Oh so the fans are okay with that? “Oui! Oui!” Miz puts up his hand to hush the fans. Orton doesn’t play well with others. This is only one of many times the other superstars disrespected him. Orton was only ninth on the SmackDown Top Ten months ago. That doesn’t get you a medal! But who cares about that list? Miz thinks Orton does care.
But how about when Hardy cost Orton his match with Benjamin? No, that was Sunil Singh. Wrong! Hardy’s issues with Mahal became Orton’s issues, so there should be an RKO with Hardy’s name on it! Doesn’t Orton want to teach Hardy a lesson? Miz forgets who he’s talking to. Miz doesn’t tell Orton when he strikes. Orton strikes when he wants to. Orton earned his rematch to the US Championship, so no matter how cool they are with each other, Orton vows to take the title back. Hardy says he can try. Miz can’t believe he’s seeing a “mutual agreement”. Are they going to hug? What happened to the Viper? The Gold Standard comes out to add on!
“No, Randy! You can’t try!” Orton doesn’t deserve to try, nor does he deserve a damn thing. Benjamin beat Orton, so Benjamin gets that US Championship opportunity! But Orton kicks Benjamin on the way in. Miz goes after Orton but Hardy goes after Miz, Whisper in the Wind!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 2, 2018
The Viper and the Enigma stand tall, but who will stand tall at the end this upcoming match?
Randy Orton & Jeff Hardy VS The Miz & Shelton Benjamin!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
SmackDown returns to this match in progress, and Orton whips Benjamin corner to corner. He runs into Benjamin’s elbow and Benjamin hits back with rights and kicks. Benjamin whips Orton but Orton elbows him back. Orton throws European Uppercuts and stomps away on Benjamin in a corner. He drags Benjamin up and brings him over to tag in Hardy. Hardy hops up and gives a double ax handle to Benjamin’s arm. Hardy snapmares and dropkicks Benjamin, cover, TWO. Tag back to Orton, and they double whip Benjamin for double elbows. Orton covers, ONE, but Orton keeps on Benjamin. Benjamin hits back and stomps on Orton. He whips Orton corner to corner but misses the splash, yet denies the RKO. Orton falls for the Dragon Whip! Cover, TWO!
Benjamin drags Orton in and tags in Miz. Miz stomps on Orton, then chokes him against the ropes. Benjamin gets a cheap shot, then another. The referee reprimands him, but Miz covers, TWO. Miz keeps Orton down in the chinlock, but fans rally for The Viper. Orton fights up and throws Miz with a back suplex! Both men are down and fans rally as they crawl. Hot tag to Hardy! Hardy rallies on Miz, whips but Miz reverses, only for Hardy to knock him down. Leg-splitting leg drop! Then the dropkick and cover, TWO. Hardy gets the fans fired up, kicks but Miz denies the Twist. Hardy hits Benjamin and still rolls Miz up, TWO. Miz wants but can’t get the Finale as Hardy rolls him up again, TWO, but Miz hits a back elbow. Benjamin tags in, Hardy dumps Miz out and still hits Twist of Fate on Benjamin!
Hardy climbs, but Miz slow shim down, Benjamin hits that knee! Then Miz dumps Hardy all the way down to the ground! The A-Lister turns things around for his team while we go picture in picture. Hardy checks his head while Miz grins. Orton also checks on Hardy, but the count still begins. Hardy slowly stirs while Benjamin patiently waits. Hardy stands and beats the count, but Benjamin is upon him with stomps. Benjamin brings Hardy up, suplex to cover, TWO. Benjamin rains rights and lefts down on Hardy, then drags him over to tag in The Miz. Miz and Benjamin mug Hardy, then Miz runs to boot Hardy down. Cover, TWO, but Miz keeps Hardy down with a chinlock. Hardy fights his way up and out, but Miz pulls hair to deny the tag. Miz plays dumb, then tags in Benjamin.
Benjamin stomps Hardy, then brings him up into a corner. He drives elbows into Hardy, and Hardy bursts out towards Orton! Benjamin stops him at the ropes, and gut wrenches Hardy up and around to then tag in Miz. Benjamin keeps hold of Hardy for Miz’s dropkick! Miz drags Hardy up and drives in knees into Hardy’s back. Miz puts the chinlock on again, but Hardy gets up. Hardy reaches for Orton, but Miz holds Hardy back. Miz wrangles Hardy down to the mat while we return to single picture. Fans rally while Hardy endures the squeeze. Hardy fires up and fights out, but Miz kicks low and hits the DDT! Cover, TWO! Miz grows annoyed, but he drags Hardy up and over to tag in Benjamin.
Benjamin stomps Hardy, and talks trash as he brings Hardy up by his hair. Fans rally and Hardy hits a jawbreaker! Benjamin is dazed, but he heads for his corner. Tag to Miz, and Miz stops Hardy from reaching Orton. Miz puts Hardy in a corner and stomps away. The fans tell Miz he sucks, but he just hits corner dropkicks a la Bryan. Miz embraces the heat, but Hardy dropkicks him! Both men crawl for their corners, and hot tags to Benjamin and Orton! Orton rallies with clotheslines, then the spinning powerslam! He kicks Miz and tosses him out before throwing him onto the announce desk!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Orton goes back into the ring and dropkicks Benjamin. Benjamin ends up on the apron, but Miz comes back. Orton gets them both, for double draping DDTs! The fans fire up with Orton as he hears those voices. Orton targets Benjamin, RKO! Tag to Hardy, for the Swanton Bomb! Cover, Hardy & Orton win!
Winners: Hardy & Orton, Hardy pinning
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
RKO TO HARDY!! Orton takes out his competition ahead of Backlash. Like he said, The Viper strikes when he wants to. Will he strike again and regain the United States Championship?
Backstage interview with The IIconics & Carmella.
Peyton Royce & Billie Kay walk in without the SmackDown Women’s Champion, but they now Renee knows why the FABULOUS Princess isn’t here. In fact, Peyton shows off her “spot on” Renee impression. That’s not even close! She sounded like she was from Minnesota. Well whatever, it’s all garbage anyway. The IIconics are of course good enough to be interviewed, they’re better than Asuka! Well, that was one tag team match. Shoo, go chase a moose. Renee leaves and the IIconics interview Carmella. She thanks them for teh respectful introduction. She’s honored to team with them tonight, as they’ve all beaten their opponents tonight. They’re invincible! And they’ll show everyone why #MellaIsMoney, and why #TheFutureisIIconic. Will Carmella be trash talking and moon walking after tonight’s Six Woman Tag?
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Bar are officially SmackDown Superstars!
That’s because they lost the Raw Tag Team Championship match against WOKEN Hardy & Bray Wyatt. And then they encounter The New Day. Who do we have here? Who who who? The two guys who said they were going to go back to Raw. But what happened? What? They’ve always wanted to be on SmackDown. Now they can flatten all thre NEw Day members every week, like pancakes. Speaking of pancakes, Mr. Bootyworth brings some in. They’re fresh, too. These are welcome pancakes for Sheamus & Cesaro. Is there laxatives in here? No, not this batch. Even so, The Bar TOSS the pancakes! They want a real welcome: Sheamus against any of them tonight. Big E steps up to avenge the flapjacks! No, not him, Sheamus wants the “short stack” Xavier Woods. Woods says Sheamus’ soul. Is. HIS.
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Rusev Day rehearses a new song.
But Lana is here too! The Ravishing Russian would like a word with her husband. Aiden English leaves them be. Lana knows Rusev Day is bigger than ever, and he was in that great match against The Undertaker. But Rusev lost. Something is holding him back. But he has a holiday every day. What’s holding him back? English returns to fetch his jacket. That’s who she means…
Big Cass heads to the ring!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Human Skyscraper is in Montreal, but he wasn’t scheduled to appear. He has a match with Bryan this Sunday at Backlash, so he’s here to remind us that he’s from New York City. New York has negative stereotypes, but many of them are true. Like not being friendly to others, and that they are better than everyone else. Cass knows he’s better than all of Montreal! And he’s better than Daniel Bryan! Bryan is the same size as any other person. A WWE Superstar shouldn’t be someone who looks normal, a real Superstar is 7 foot tall and super strong. After all, might makes right. But Bryan is small and weak. When they face off Sunday, it won’t be some five star match, it’ll be five seconds! Cass doesn’t need armbars or wristlocks or Yes Locks, or even time to prepare.
Why wait? Daniel Bryan should come out here right now so Cass can kick his teeth in! Bryan’s music hits, but that’s not Bryan.
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Bryan isn’t medically cleared to compete this week, he’s not even in Montreal. The tiny impostor heads to the ring, copying Bryan’s entrance part for part, and Cass is “afraid” of him! Wait, Bryan looks different. He looks a bit taller. Are those lifts? He has a short temper. Is Bryan mad that Cass ambushed him or that he eliminated him during the Greatset Royal Rumble? Bryan’s so short sighted, look at the bigger picture. They have a lot in common. Cass used to be Bryan’s size, when he was five years old.
“And scene.” Welcome Montreal’s own Pierre LeFlour! Applaud for him! Take a bow, Pierre, wave to your fans! He’s available for bookings, just call his agent. Soak it in, Pierre. Because it won’t last long. Cass turns sour, and when Pierre turns around, he gets a boot right to the face! Fans boo and jeer but Cass keeps going by raining rights down on Pierre. Cass stands tall while he stands on Pierre.
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Cass taunts Pierre while fans disapprove of the “Cass-Hole”. Referees stop him from toying with Pierre, but Pierre is not Daniel Bryan. Will Bryan gets sweet revenge on Cass at Backlash?
Renee Young interviews AJ Styles in the ring.
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Phenomenal One is still WWE Champion through the Double Count Out draw at the Greatest Royal Rumble event. We already know SmackDown GM Paige has made their newest rematch a No DQ’s match, which will only let this already intense feud go all out. With Montreal giving him a standing ovation, Styles responds to that decision. Will he retain his title? Depends: is he going up against the Con Artist, or the King of Cheap shots? Either way, that’s how Shinsuke Nakamura has been while Styles is simply trying to defend the gold. Nakamura keeps going after the wrong jewels with all those low blows. Yet Nakamura wants an apology? Styles should’ve left Nakamura sucking sand in the desert! Nakamura ruined Wrestlemania, ruined Bryan VS Styles, and tried to ruin The Club reunion.
This is far more than just Nakamura wanting to be champion. “Nakamura is a coward.” He attacks from behind and below. But Sunday will be different. The rules are gone, so Styles can do anything he wants, too. It will be eye for an eye, tooth for a tooth, and low blows will be the least of Nakamura’s worries. Pieces of Nakamura will be all over the place, and the look on Nakamura’s face will be torture, courtesy of AJ Styles. So there’s no apology? If Nakamura wants an apology, he should come out here. But that isn’t Nakamura heading out to the ring, that’s Samoa Joe!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Samoan Destroyer has Roman Reigns to destroy this Sunday, but he’s no stranger to the Phenomenal One. “Oh AJ, look at you out here making a spectacle out of yourself.” Styles is so full of anger that he’s lost focus. Styles isn’t focused on the right match at all, he should be focused on Joe proving Roman Reigns is a failure! Roman makes excuses, but Lesnar is still champions, “end of story, period.” Which brings us to tonight. Styles must make peace with his destiny. After Joe puts Roman to sleep, he’s coming after whoever has that WWE Championship! “Believe THAT!” The man who has never made an idle threat in his life makes a threat here tonight. But Nakamura’s music hits! Joe’s ready to face this other old foe, but Nakamura again gets Styles from behind, and below the belt!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Cheap Shot Artist leaves Styles gasping for air all over again, and mocks him right in his face. Fans duel while Styles tries to stand. Nakamura hovers all around Styles, toying with his prey. Nakamura slaps Styles in the head, then walks circles around him. He fires himself up, to run right past him. But wait, is he going to do it this time? YES, KINSHASA!! Whether the King of Cheap Shots or Strong Style, Nakamura is ready to give Styles one last #Knee2Face to win the title. What won’t these two do to each other in their No Disqualification match at Backlash?
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Becky Lynch is frustrated backstage.
The Lass Kicker knows she lost and cost Asuka her first SmackDown match. The Empress says to forget last week. Focus on tonight, because they’ll hit back three times harder. The Queen of Flair agrees, because Carmella & The IIconics are not invincible, they’re just annoying. Charlotte vows to use tonight to teach those three a lesson in respect. Okay but don’t be a hero. Those three are shady. Well with the Queen, the Empress some Straight Fire, they’re SmackDown’s Avengers! Becky and Charlotte won’t argue with that. Can these three assemble to take out the FABULOUSLY frustrating trio tonight?
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Xavier Woods w/ The New Day VS Sheamus w/ Cesaro!
Awwwww, Montreal~! Now that the Celtic Gladiator & Swiss Cyborg are official SmackDown superstars, they want to be properly welcomed with a match. Sheamus is confident he can win against the shortest of the pancake-serving positive-thinking trio, but will he be surprised that height doesn’t matter when New! Day Rocks?
The bell rings and Woods circles with Sheamus. Sheamus shoves Woods down and straightens the Mowhawk. He shoves Woods again and then puts him in a corner. Sheamus whips Woods out then in, but Woods drives in a knee. Woods backs Sheamus with haymakers and chops, but Sheamus whips him back into the corner. Woods goes up and over and speeds up, to dropkick a knee out! Sheamus gets to a corner, but he catches Woods’ splash. He tosses Woods but Woods keeps going for a roaring elbow and dropkick! Woods takes aim as he builds speed, to FLY!
.@XavierWoodsPhD goes UP UP…
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 2, 2018
He wipes Sheamus out while the New Day give a shout out on commentary. However, Cesaro distracts with his black market flapjacks, and Sheamus knees Woods down! Cover, TWO.
Sheamus keeps his cool while Woods checks his jaw. Sheamus sits Woods up to club with forearms, then he throws him at the bottom rope! Woods is dazed while Sheamus is in control, we go picture in picture while fans rally for Woods to recover. The referee checks on Woods, but somehow he’s okay to continue. Sheamus stands on Woods’ head, then brings him up for a clubbing clothesline. Sheamus embraces the heat while he drops the knee, then drives in a knee before putting on the keylock. He even holds it with one arm while flexing. Woods fights his way back up while fans rally. Woods punches Sheamus away, but Sheamus puts him on the apron. Sheamus swings but Woods counters with one of his own, but Sheamus still gets Woods in position for the Bodhrain. He starts drumming, but stops part way to shove Woods down.
Sheamus brings Woods back up, but Woods gets him with the hotshot! Woods then steps in, but into a forearm. Sheamus drops another knee then puts the keylock back on while we return to single picture. Fans rally again while Woods endures. Woods stands up and fights back, but Sheaus shoves him and scoops him. Sheamus blocks the arm-drag counter and gives Woods an Irish Curse backbreaker instead! Sheamus keeps on Woods by hooking the nose and pulling hair. Woods fights back again, haymakers and chops backing Sheamus down. Sheamus hits back but Woods slips out of the suplex to mule kick. Woods kicks again, then gives a knee! Woods fires up and slips out of the scoop to then power Sheamus to a corner. Sheamus turns it around then runs in, but into the post! Woods hits the leg drop! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro coaches Sheamus while Woods climbs up. Fans rally for Woods, but he has to jump over Sheamus. Sheamus rolls him up, TWO, Shining Wizard outta nowhere!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 2, 2018
Sheamus is rocked, but Woods climbs up again. That’s very far away, and Cesaro distracts Woods anyway. Big E scoops Cesaro but gets put into a post. Kofi flies in but Cesaro dodges and struts. But Woods wrecks him with a dropkick! Only for Sheamus to shove Woods into barriers! They go back in the ring, Kofi distracts, Woods inside cradle! Woods wins!
Winner: Woods, by pinfall
Sheamus can’t believe it! But when you have brains and numbers, it doesn’t matter how big you are, you still lose to the New Day! Will The Bar get payback while they’re here on the Blue Brand?
Paige meets with Absolution.
Her girls are here and they’re all happy to see each other again. Madame General Manager, Absolution is reporting for duty. This is so great for the Glampire, really. But they’re pretty sure they know why she called them in. So who is it going to be? It’s going to be Mandy Rose! Really? Wow! Mandy fighting for the title! No, no, you have to earn the title match. This was to decide who faces Becky Lynch next week. But they’re friends, right? No special treatment? They’re Absolution! No, Absolution is dead. What? Since when? Will God’s Greatest Creation be okay after facing the Lass Kicker next week?
Consider this the DISSOLUTION of ABSOLUTION…
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Andrade “Cien” Almas speaks.
Or, Zelina Vega does. “When is Andrade going to appear on SmackDown”? You don’t get to know. You only know it will. Very soon, SmackDown will be changed forever, by El Idolo. Stay Tranquilo, WWE Universe.
Six Woman Tag: Carmella & The IIconics VS Charlotte Flair, Asuka & Becky Lynch!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
The Queen could tie the great Trish Stratus with seven championship reigns, but that’s if she takes her throne back from the FABULOUS Princess this Sunday. Can Charlotte count on the Empress and Lass Kicker to help her teach Peyton, Billie and the SmackDown Women’s Champion something about respect?
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) May 2, 2018
Charlotte and Carmella start, but Carmella plays keep away to then tag in Peyton. Becky wants in so Charlotte gives her the tag. Peyton taunts Becky while fans chant for the Lass Kicker. Becky gets Peyton in a takedown, but Peyton elbows out and throws Becky down. Peyton covers but Becky slides out to dropkick Peyton down. Becky runs but Billie takes a cheap shot! Becky swings on Billie but misses, then misses her leg drop. Peyton tags Billie and the Iconic Duo go after Becky together. Becky reverses the whip and knocks Billie down, cover, TWO. Becky keeps on Billie with an armlock, then tags in Asuka. The fans fire up as Billie cowers in fear. Asuka cuts Billie off from her IIconic friend, but Billie gets in a shot! Which only makes Asuka grin. Asuka unleashes on Billie, then runs to run her over with a hip attack!
The Empress tags in The Queen, and “WOO~!” she drops an ax handle on Billie. Charlotte rolls Billie up, TWO, but Charlotte chops Billie down. Billie dodges in a corner and hurries to tag in Carmella. Carmella is opportunistic as ever, but Charlotte takes her down to go for the legs. Carmella panics and the IIconics save her, but Charlotte slingshots over!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Charlotte takes out the IIconics with that plancha, but Carmella runs away while we go to break.
SmackDown returns, and Peyton has control of Becky in a chinlock. The fans rally and Becky fights out, but Peyton tags in Carmella. They double whip but Becky kicks the champ away. She elbows Peyton then boots Carmella, and even gets Billie with a forearm. Becky throws Peyton out but Carmella takes out Charlotte. Becky dropkicks Carmella, and crawls for the corner, only for the IIconics to wipe out Asuka and throw her into barriers and steel steps. The referee reprimands them, but Caremlla takes care of Becky. Becky shoves her away, hot tag to Charlotte! Charlotte rallies on Carmella with Flair chops over and over. Charlotte styles and profiles, then throws Billie with an exploder. Peyton comes in, she gets one, too!
Charlotte fires up and hits Carmella with a back suplex. Carmella gets to a corner then dodges, but Charlotte climbs up. Charlotte fights off Billie but Carmella trips her up! Charlotte hits the post with her face, then Carmella tags in Peyton. Peyton tags in Billie, and they hotshot and heel kick Charlotte down. Billie covers, Becky breaks it up! Billie rushes Becky and throws her out, then tags in Peyton. They mug Charlotte, then set her up on the top rope. Carmella tags in and flips to FABULOUS Steiner Charlotte down. Cover, TWO, and Carmella can’t believe it. Cover, TWO, and now she’s losing her temper. Another cover, TWO! Carmella clubs away on Charlotte in frustration, then grinds Charlotte’s face into the mat.
Carmella tags in Peyton, and Peyton kicks Charlotte while she’s down. Peyton drives in elbows and wraps on a chinlock. Fans rally while we go picture in picture for a Backlash plug. Charlotte tries to fight her way out but Peyton puts on body scissors to keep her grounded. Charlotte reaches for the ropes, then fights her way up as we go single picture. She throws Peyton off then rolls her up, to the Figure four! Peyton shoves Charlotte away, but Asuka tags in! Asuka rallies at high speed, pop-up knee and a strike fest! She’s still going, sliding enziguri to Peyton’s face! Fans fire up with her as she deadlifts Peyton. Billie tries to save Peyton, as does Carmella, so Asuka just blasts them all with the hip attack. Peyton avoided it and covers, TWO, into Peyton’s knee! TWO, and now Peyton can’t believe it!
The Aussie Venus brings Asuka up but Asuka ducks a kick to give a kick! Billie breaks the cover with her boot. Becky flies in with a missile dropkick! FABULOUS Kick from Carmella, SPEAR from Charlotte! Charlotte keeps going, climbing up high to SUPER MOONSAULT on Carmella and Billie!!
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
Asuka and Peyton stagger, and the Empress is ready. She deadlifts Peyton but Peyton standing switch and roll up, only for Asuka to get her Asuka Lock!! It’s in, Peyton taps! Asuka and her team win!
Winners: Asuka, Becky & Charlotte, Asuka with the submission
Asuka’s first win since her first loss is a big 3v3 match. Can the Empress rebuild her empire with this? Can Charlotte take that title back from Carmella?
— WWE (@WWE) May 2, 2018
This was both the first SmackDown-After-GRR and the go-home SmackDown for Backlash, but it fell short of being as great as that sounds. Only three matches on the night, and only one in that entire first hour? Given the amount of talent SmackDown now has after the Superstar Shake-Up, that is a horrible ratio. Making that Big Cass segment into a match, as bogus as it would have been, still would’ve been better than what we got. Cass still does alright on the mic, but not as good as last week. And him using a fake Bryan to send a message was rather cliche in hindsight. Orton-Hardy VS Benjamin-Miz was itself formed from a SmackDown cliche, but at least the match and the ending were good. Hardy VS Orton at Backlash can go either way to me, but with Miz and the IC title, I expect Rollins to retain, again.
Making Styles VS Nakamura a No DQ match could easily turn into an endless string of nut shots, but I’m sure chairs or even a table will make an appearance. Joe appearing was a nice surprise, and good to know that win or lose against Roman and regardless of who is champion, Joe wants his turn. Joe VS Styles in WWE would be great, and is the likely choice as we’ve seen Joe VS Nakamura in NXT, and they’re both Heels right now. Woods VS Sheamus was pretty good, and seeing The Bar VS New Day again on SmackDown isn’t so bad. The Absolution segment was good in that it immediately establishes that group is no longer a group. Mandy and Sonya might stick together under a new name, and might be bitter towards Paige now.
The main event saved the show, though. All six women are so good, and they really turned it up as the ending drew closer. The Faces win for many good reasons: Asuka needed her first win back from losing her Streak; Charlotte needs to look strong ahead of her match with Carmella; and Becky needs to stay strong as she works on getting back to the top. There’s a good chance Charlotte regains the title, but Carmella could easily use Champion’s Advantage to weasel her way out of that. Becky has her match with Mandy next week, her moving from one duo to another is just to tide her over. Asuka could still easily go after the title again, she literally only has one singles loss ever in the WWE. And both Becky and Asuka could make major moves at this year’s Money in the Bank.
My Score: 8/10
MItchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/19)
Will Velveteen Dream finally be a champion in NXT?
The Worlds Collide winner targets the NXT North American Championship! Will Velveteen Dream dethrone “Johnny Jackass” to finally hold gold himself?
- Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong; Black wins.
- Mia Yim VS Xia Li; Yim wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
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Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong!
The Embodiment of the End make lasting impressions on Raw and SmackDown, but he returns to his home of NXT to settle things with the Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker. Aleister helped Ricochet against the Undisputed Era last week, will we find out why this week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Strong. Strong gets the legs and gets Aleister down. Aleister counters with body scissors and the two go around. Strong gets the armlock and toys with Aleister. Aleister arm-drags and runs Strong over! Fans rally for Aleister as he whips. Strong reverses but Aleister rolls off his back to deliver knees, kicks and then another knee! Strong staggers but boots Aleister away. Aleister blocks the next boot to hit a back elbow and German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his cool but Strong pulls hair. Strong tosses Aleister out, then wrecks him with a dropkick! Strong fetches Aleister and CHOPS him! Then he back suplexes Aleister on the steel steps!
The referee checks on Aleister but Strong clubs and throws Aleister into the ring. Strong stomps the back then drags Aleister up by his hair. Strong hits a fast backbreaker, then puts Aleister in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Aleister endures being bent back. Aleister powers up and fights out with body shots. Strong forearms and tackles Aleister to a cover. Aleister manages to keep a shoulder up so Strong facelocks and grinds Aleister down. Strong pulls on Aleister’s head while fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and powers Strong to a corner. Aleister rams his shoulder into Strong but his back bothers him. He throws heavy forearms and whips, but Strong reverses hard! Aleister hits buckles, then Strong dropkicks him out of the ring.
Strong keeps on Aleister by ramming him into the apron! Strong puts Aleister in and stomps away. He drags Aleister up to CHOP in a corner! Strong hoists Aleister up top then climbs up to join him. Aleister resists as Strong wants the superplex. Aleister fights back, slips under, and goes to bomb but Strong fights back. Strong slips off and hits another backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aleister lives and Strong grows frustrated. Strong eggs Aleister on as he pulls Aleister up by his hair. Strong suplexes, but Aleister knees out. Aleister dodges in the corner then runs but into a knee! But he comes back with elbows! Aleister sweeps and knee strikes! Then he handsprings back up, to springboard quebrada! Fans fire up with Aleister as he waistlocks Strong. Strong elbows out, but Aleister blocks and heel kicks! Strong bucks Aleister off but runs into a roundhouse! Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!
Strong survives but Aleister keeps his focus. Aleister lifts Strong with his foot, but Strong pushes away. Strong boots, roundhouses and leaps, but the knee misses. Aleister boots, runs, but into a pop-up gutbuster! Strong runs but into a knee! Strong tumbles out, Aleister goes to the corner. Aleister hops up but Strong stops him. Strong boots Aleister, then torture racks, backbreaker toss at the post! Strong puts Aleister in and covers, TWO!! Aleister still lives and Strong is beside himself. Fans duel as Strong turns Aleister over. Strong wants the legs but Aleister fights him off. Aleister gets the ropes but gets a guillotine catapult! Strong runs in for the Shining Wizard, then hits the back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Strong is furious. Strong drags Aleister up, throws forearms and elbows, then suplexes. Aleister slips out, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
The Dutch Destroyer strikes outta nowhere! Aleister makes Strong #FadetoBlack, but here comes the rest of the Undisputed Era! Kyle O’Reilly runs into a Black Mass! Adam Cole and Bobby Fish tackle Aleister and stomp him out! But here comes Ricochet! The One and Only springboards and crossbodies Cole and Fish! He’s returning teh favor to Aleister as he fights off Cole and Fish. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out and Aleister takes Fish down with a knee! The Undisputed Era regroups and retreats! Will the King of Flight and Embodiment of the End be the end of their era in NXT?
Big news for the Performance Center.
There are a lot of new recruits to the NXT roster, but the Horsewomen look to “welcome” them personally. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir try to bully the new kids in class, but no one lets them intimidate them. It’s only a matter of time before these combustible elements explode!
The EST will not be stopped.
Bianca Belair had a break-out 2018 and was screwed out of being champion by Shayna and the Horsewomen. No one can change that her mind-set is always Un-De-Fea-Ted. But she will not let herself be passed up by the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai. There’s no gracefully stepping aside. They’ll all have to wait until she’s champion, and if anyone gets in her way, they’ll see why she’s the EST.
NXT announces the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!
A great tradition returns again in two weeks! The winners are promised an NXT Tag Team Championship match against the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York! The first four teams have already selected: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; The Forgotten Sons’ Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake; the European Alliance, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; and The Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford! Which other four teams will join them? Find out next week!
Mia Yim VS Xia Li!
The Head Baddie in Charge and the “spicy” martial artist are among the newest stars to join NXT, and they look to prove they’re just as worthy as any woman of an NXT Women’s Championship match. Does Bianca Belair have more to worry about than just the Sky Pirates jumping ahead of her?
The bell rings and they shake hands to show respect. They tie up and Mia pushes Xia to ropes. Mia throws Xia but Xia holds on and then returns the throw. The grapple continues as they stand back up. Mia wrenches through to a hammerlock then a facelock. Fans chant for Mia but Xia puts her against the ropes. Xia whips but Mia reverses and ducks. Xia stops herself to then roll Mia over to a facelock. Mia powers through to wrench Xia. Xia breaks free and swings kicks! Mia backs off fast to avoid those furious feet! Xia cools off and Mia admits those were good. Mia asks for a test of strength, and Xia accepts. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder. Mia pushes Xia back and mounts for a cover, ONE! She pushes the shoulder down, ONE! Mia pushes the shoulder again, TWO!
Xia hops up, but Mia avoids a monkey flip. Xia rolls Mia up, TWO! They tie up again, monkey flip to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Xia kicks Mia right in the chest! Xia whips Mia corner to corner but Mia reverses, only for Xia to hop up. Mia gets under Xia and shotgun dropkicks her down! Xia gets to the corner, Mia says BOOM for the cannonball senton! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this even match-up as Mia waits for Xia to stand. Xia does and Mia throws palm strikes. Xia blocks the kick to fire off palm strikes of her own! She kicks Mia’s legs out to hit the tornado roundhouse! Cover, TWO!
Xia keeps her focus as she goes up the corner. Mia stands and dodges the Rider Kick, to backhand Xia down! Mia drags Xia up, hammerlock for a modified code breaker, aka Protect Ya Neck! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
But before Mia can celebrate, the Horsewomen rush the ring! Mia fights Shayna, but Jessamyn and Marina help outnumber her! The Horsewomen club and stomp Mia, but here come the young stars of NXT! Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban take the fight to the Horsewomen, but the Horsewomen win that fight! Shayna rocks MJ with a big running knee! Mia comes back for more while Marina throws Lacey into steps and Jessamyn roundhouses Jessie down. Marina and Jessamyn go back to stomping Mia out, then they sit her up for Shayna. Shayna tells Mia to start respecting the Horsewomen, but Mia says there’s nothing to respect! Shayna runs and hits Mia with that same stiff knee! Fans boo as the Horsewomen stand tall. Will anyone stand a chance of stopping the Horsewomen’s stampede through NXT?
Candice LeRae checks on Johnny Gargano backstage.
How is Mr. Wrestling feeling before his title match tonight? He’s ready. But Candice says Gargano knows what he needs to do. He does. But then Tommaso Ciampa appears. Ciampa says if Gargano needs him, he’ll be there. Gargano says he won the North American Championship on his own, so no, he doesn’t need Ciampa. He’ll just do what he does best: be Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling. Gargano and Candice leave, but Ciampa says he’ll still be watching. Will Ciampa help Gargano, even when he doesn’t need it?
Exclusive interview with Matt Riddle.
The Original Bro was also part of the Arrival series on WWE’s YouTube channel, and he was very much himself with his flip-flops and casual attire. Was there ever a thought to go the more conservative or formal? Not at all. A long time ago, someone told Riddle that it’s better for someone to tell you to tone it down than to raise it up. Riddle knows if he ever does reach that point, someone will tell him.
For his rivalry of Kassius Ohno, Riddle is glad to have gotten rid of the obnoxious Knockout Artist. Ohno was harshing everyone’s good time. Riddle can focus on what’s important now. Riddle had a great match with Drew Gulak, and that’s only the beginning. The King of Bros wants any title he can get at, and nothing will stop him. Watch the full interview on WWE’s YouTube to learn more about Riddle, what he’s done, and what he plans on doing next.
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream!
From Johnny Wrestling to Johnny Venom to Johnny TakeOver, there was one title Gargano always wanted: Johnny Champion. Gargano finally has a title all his own, but now the Patrick Clark Experience comes to take it away. Will Gargano lose his title so soon after winning it? Or will he deny the Dream his own dream here tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fans are divided even before the bell. Dream and Gargano circle fast as Dream lunges and slides. He still keeps away from Gargano’s grip as they go around. Gargano drop toeholds and brings Dream down. He floats and rolls but Dream returns the favor. They end up by the ropes and Gargano has Dream back off. Dream dares Gargano to come back and they circle again. They tie up and Gargano wrenches to a hammerlock. Gargano shifts to a facelock but Dream rolls. Gargano keeps Dream but Dream rolls to try and make it a cover. They roll through and Gargano rear mounts. Dream slips out and gets an armlock on Gargano. Fans duel and rally as Gargano works on a counter.
Gargano gets his arm free and pulls Dream into another hammerlock. Dream resists but Gargano gets the free arm and brings Dream over. It’s a cover, TWO! Dream gets up and reverses through to a wrench and wringer. Ciampa watches from the rafters while Gargano reverses back. Dream rolls and handsprings to wrench, but Gargano wrings him out. Dream cartwheels through the SLAPS the spit out of Gargano’s mouth! Fans are fired up as Gargano baiils out to compose himself. Dream dares Gargano to return but Gargano takes his time. Gargano checks his teeth and they’re all there. Gargano returns to the ring and circles with Dream. They tie up again for a test of strength. Dream gets a headlock and grinds Gargano down.
Gargano tries but can’t power out. Dream squeezes harder, but Gargano fights out with body shots. Gargano powers out but Dream runs him over. Fans cheer as things speed up, but Dream drops down to look Gargano in the eyes. Dream baits Gargano in as he slithers out, then SLAPS Gargano again! Dream climbs up top and leaps for big ax handles! Cover, ONE! Dream stays on Gargano as he swivels the hips. Dream dropkicks Gargano to a corner, then drags him back up for forearms. Gargano staggers to another corner but Dream forearms him stiff in the back. Gargano CHOPS Dream back, then CHOPS again. He whips Dream corner to corner but Dream boots him away. Dream hops up but Gargano yanks him right off! Dream flounders and Gargano kicks him in the ribs!
Gargano drags Dream up for haymakers. Gargano bumps Dream off buckles then snapmares him out for a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Gargano eggs Dream on now, and avoids Dream’s attacks from the mat. Gargano haymakers Dream down then stalks him to a corner. He stands Dream up and rams his shoulders in. Fans duel and rally again as Gargano CHOPS Dream again. Gargano CHOPS, Dream haymakers, and now they brawl! Gargano rocks Dream with haymakers, then grinds his boot into Dream’s neck. The ref counts and Gargano backs off at 4. Gargano drags Dream up and turns him for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Gargano toys with Dream then stomps him down. Gargano drags Dream around as he toys with him more.
Fans rally up while Gargano traps an arm and pulls Dream back with a chinbar. Dream endures as Gargano twists his arms around from wrist to shoulder! Gargano makes it a cover, TWO! Dream scrambles away to a corner but Gargano wraps the arm around the ropes! Gargano lets go at 4, but he pulls Dream back against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch. He lets up at 4 again, to put Dream in the corner for another CHOP. Fans rally as Gargano swings again. Dream dodges and throws haymakers! Dream whips corner to corner but Gargano reverses, sending Dream out hard! Gargano soaks up the cheers and jeers while Dream crawls on the outside. Gargano fetches Dream as fans duel. He throws haymakers and brings Dream around the corner. Gargano puts Dream in front of the front row as he CHOPS again and again!
Gargano puts Dream back in the ring and soaks up the cheers. He returns but Dream throws hands. Gargano haymakers Dream again, then wrenches the arms into a modified abdominal stretch. Fans rally up and Dream pumps up to break free. Dream throws hands on Gargano, but Gargano dodges to ripcord, only to get a spinebuster! Both men are down but fans fire up again. Fans duel as Dream and Gargano slowly stand. Dream hits Gargano, Gargano hits back. Gargano hits Dream but Dream throat chops. Dream elbows and haymakers Gargano more, gaining speed! Dream whips but Gargano reverses, only for Dream to kick him away. And boot! Dream clotheslines Gargano out of the ring, then climbs up high! Dream leaps for big ax handles! He puts Gargano in again, ducks the Penalty Kick, but Gargano denies the sidewinder. Gargano rolls Dream but Dream rolls through, Famouser! Cover, TWO!
Ciampa still watches from the shadows as Gargano gets to a corner. Dream throws forearms and hoists Gargano up top. Dream rocks Gargano with an uppercut, then climbs up to join him. Fireman’s carry but Gargano sunset flips through! Dream denies the powerbomb but Gargano dodges the punches to SUPERKICK the legs out! Gargano drags Dream out, and hits a DRAPING sidewinder! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives and Gargano grows frustrated. Gargano staggers over to Dream but Dream throws haymakers. They brawl again as fans duel. Gargano gets Dream in a back suplex but Dream lands on his feet! Dream shoves Gargano to a corner and runs in, they collide head to head! Both men fall but fans rally up.
Dream and Gargano stir and head for each other. They stand and Dream knees low. Dream whips but Gargano reverses again. Dream tumbles to the apron and haymakers Gargano away. Gargano gets to the apron and SUPERKICKS Dream back in! Gargano slingshots, but into a haymaker! Dream goes back to the apron and drags Gargano up. Fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights out. Gargano swing kicks Dream down, then runs to DIVE! He rams Dream into barriers then puts him in the ring. Slingshot spear gets a knee! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! SIDEWINDER!! Cover, TWO!! Dream doesn’t let that frustrate him, he just climbs up top. Purple Rain Maker misses! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!”
Gargano sits up first and gets himself to a corner. Gargano climbs but Dream hurries after. Dream drags himself up but Gargano headbutts Dream down. Dream rocks Gargano with a haymaker! He sits Gargano up and hops up to join him. Dream fireman’s carry, but Gargano fights back with elbows. Gargano can’t escape from the SUPER Dream Valley Driver!! Cover, TWO!? Gargano’s superhuman heart still lives! Full Sail gives this a standing ovation because “This is Awesome!” Dream hurries back to the corner and back up top. He aims at Gargano but Gargano rolls out of the ring. Dream just leaps anyway, but into a SUPERKICK! Gargano shoves Dream into steps! And then snap suplexes Dream onto the ramp!
Gargano drags Dream back into the ring, and slingshots, for the DDT! Cover, TWO!? Dream has heart to match Gargano’s! The fans love “NXT! NXT!” as both men slowly stir. Gargano sits up first and drags Dream up. Gargano throws left hand lariats that stagger Dream again and again. But Dream still SUPERKICKS! But Gargano comes back with a clothesline! Gargano aims from the corner, but Dream dares him to do it. Gargano runs in but into a fireman’s carry! He slips out, SUPERKICKS, but then tilt-o-whirl, DREAM VALLEY! Dream rolls through for a second! Then he hops up fast, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion
Dreams come true for Velveteen Dream! He won the inaugural Worlds Collide tournament, and turns it into a championship! Will Dream take this title all the way to TakeOver: New York?
As for Ciampa, he slips away into the night. Will the Black Heart tell Johnny Wrestling “I Told You So” the next time they meet?
An incredible night for NXT! Aleister VS Strong was good, and it was logical for the tables to be turned when the Undisputed Era attack this time. Ricochet and Aleister run the Undisputed Era off, so I’m thinking whatever program is building is about Ricochet and Aleister VS Adam Cole and Roderick Strong in a tag match. We know that the Dusty Rhodes Classic is back and O’Reilly and Fish are reunited as reDRagon. I’m not even sure it matters what other teams are participating this year, it’ll be reDRagon who goes after the NXT Tag Team Championships. Therefore, I think the Ricochet & Aleister VS Cole & Strong tag match might be used to determine challengers for the NXT Championship and North American Championship.
The NXT Women’s Division had a good showing tonight. I appreciated the backstage video of the Horsewomen trying to bully the new class of recruits. It’s been Shayna’s thing since she showed up and bullied Dakota Kai, so it makes sense Jessamyn and Marina follow her lead. Mia VS Xia was a solid match, and glad to see Mia’s move finally has a name. Of course the main thing was the Horsewomen trying to make an example out of her. Good to see more of Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban on NXT TV. Hopefully we see more of those three and other Mae Young Classic participants to freshen things up. Bianca Belair also puts forward her statement of wanting a second shot. Perhaps NXT will have another huge contender’s match like back during Asuka’s days. It’d be a good way to disguise an obvious result.
Everything connected to the North American Championship was great. Ciampa wanting to support Gargano, Gargano not wanting him around, and then Ciampa watching from some secret little spot, all great character work. Gargano VS Dream as a match was practically TakeOver worthy itself! So much story and action in this match, and a well-deserved victory for Dream. In relation to the Undisputed Era wanting all the titles, Dream VS Cole already happened so give me Dream VS Strong. Cole can move up to the NXT Championship against Ciampa. There’s a lot still to happen on the Road to New York, so I’m thinking all four members of the Undisputed Era will have a match for TakeOver.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/20/19)
It’s Storm VS Ripley, Round 3 for the NXT UK Women’s Championship in Phoenix!
NXT UK continues in Phoenix with a massive Women’s Championship rematch! Tied at 1-1, will it be Rhea Ripley or Toni Storm that comes out on top?
- Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers; The Coffey Brothers win.
- Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne; Seven wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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The NXT UK Women’s Championship saga continues!
The Mosh Pit Kid was furious that she lost the title to the Lightning Down Under. Rhea Ripley believes she’s the best of both worlds, but Toni Storm will happily beat her again. There’s no more time for talk, they settle the score tonight! Who stands tall at the conclusion of this epic rivalry?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers!
The Welsh Air Force has come close but just missed the mark when it comes to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. As for Joe and Mark Coffey, they finally give it a go! Will Gallus go through Andrews & Webster and straight for the gold?
The teams sort out and Webster starts against Coffey. They go around and tie up, Mark gets a waistlock slam! Mark is right on Webster with a biel! Webster boots back and fights out of the Gallus corner, only to run into a CHOP! Mark tags Joe and the brothers work together to scoop slam Webster. Joe keeps Webster from Andrews and stomps out his stomach. Joe pops Webster up but Webster lands on his feet to dropkick Joe! Tag to Andrews! Andrews runs and headscissors, but Joe blocks! Joe brings Andrews up but Andrews slips out to boot Joe away! Andrews hops up, flying headscissors! Andrews slides and Peles! Mark tags in and Joe reverses the whip. Joe feeds Andrews to Mark for a waistlock. Andrews fights out and runs, but into the pop-up European Uppercut!
Mark hits Webster for good measure before stomping Andrews out. Mark throws heavy body shots then scoop slams Andrews fast. He drops knees on Andrews’ back, then pushes him to the corner. Tag to Joe and the brothers mug Andrews. Joe keeps Andrews from Webster as he stomps Andrews more. Joe throws body shots against the ropes, then in the corner. Andrews can barely cover up as Joe throws hands. Joe whips corner to corner hard and Andrews bounces off the buckles! Joe drags Andrews over and tags in Mark. The Coffey Brothers continue to mug and isolate Andrews. Fans rally up as Mark full nelsons Andrews. Mark drags Andrews over, tag to Joe. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, lift and CHOP Andrews down! Joe keeps Andrews away from Webster again with a full nelson of his own.
Joe thrashes Andrews around then grinds him to the mat. Andrews endures and fans rally up. Andrews stands and slips out, but Joe sees the wheelbarrow coming. Joe elbows and clubs Andrews down. Andrews almost reaches Webster, but Joe stops him just inches away. Joe uses the butterfly full nelson, but fans rally up. Joe swings Andrews around and around, then throws him overhead! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives but Joe stays right on him. Joe whips Andrews to the Coffey corner, but Andrews fights out! Andrews runs, but into a bomb! He slips out, hot tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies on the Coffey boys! Webster throws EuroUppers, but runs into a lift. Webster lands on his feet, gets around, goes around, big crossbody and fast hands!
Phoenix fires up as Webster hits the springboard quebrada on Mark! Webster runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Webster hits back with a swift knee! And he Tiger Feints to huricanrana Joe into barriers! Webster leaps up and over Mark, knee trigger! Tag to Andrews and Webster gives him the assist on the standing 450! Cover, but Joe breaks it! The Coffey Brothers regroup but Webster is on them. Joe throws Webster out then tags in. Joe goes at Andrews but gets CHOP after CHOP! Andrews throws forearms, too, but Joe pushes him back. Joe blocks the tilt-o-whirl DDT, but Webster tags in on the back side! Webster knee triggers Joe then gives Andrews a boost, tornado DDT!
Joe bails out and Mark runs in, for a Modfather headbutt! Andrews and Webster double FLY onto both brothers! They quickly get Joe in, Andrews tags. Webster wrenches, but Joe pushes him away. Joe gets clear of Andrews for a corner splash! Joe suplexes, Stun-Dog Millionaire! Hot tag to Webster! Webster climbs and Andrews DIVES onto Mark! But Mark catches Andrews for a suplex onto the apron! Webster sentons but onto Joe’s knees! Joe SPEARS Webster to the corner and tags Mark. Mark rocks Webster with a forearm, Joe tops it off with All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Coffey Brothers win!
Winners: The Coffey Brothers, Mark Coffey pinning
Gallus is as gallus does! The Coffey Brothers have begun their tag team quest in NXT UK, when and where will they reach the tag team titles?
Welcome to the Nina Samuels Show.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show is about to begin. The Rose Pink Devil looks to take center stage, but when and where will the spotlight finally shine?
Jordan Devlin speaks.
“This is the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, back in beautiful Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.” He’s fresh off another MVP performance in the Worlds Collide tournament. But Travis Banks had to stick his nose in Devlin’s business. Devlin will make this clear: grow eyes in the back of your head. They’re far from through. Will Ace and Buzzsaw ever be through with each other?
NXT UK, get ready for Kay Lee Ray.
What makes KLR the best woman in NXT UK already? It’s not confidence, it’s not her red hair, it’s not even that she’s Scottish. It’s that she’s smart. She’ll show everyone around the world what she can do. She had to watch and wait, but that means she knows what everyone is capable of. It doesn’t matter if it’s Storm, Ripley or any of these other “girls”. It only matters that KLR is here now.
Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne!
The man from Mustache Mountain wants to be NXT UK Tag Team Champion with Tyler Bate, but he’ll show he can still get it done in singles competition! Will he get a win against The Worst of NXT?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and go around, and Seven pushes Thorne towards a corner. Thorne pushes Seven towards the other corner, but Seven escapes to a waistlock then headlock. They end up on the ropes and they separate. Seven and Thorne circle and tie up again. Seven gets the arm and wrenches, keeping Thorne from ropes. Fans applaud as Seven wrenches Thorne down to the mat. Thorne moves around and reverses the wrench. Seven reverses back but Thorne rocks him with a right. Thorne bumps Seven off buckles then chops him! Seven CHOPS back! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Seven fires up but Thorne gets a headlock. Seven powers out but Thorne runs him over.
Things speed up and Thorne whips Seven, only for Seven to come back with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Thorne hurries to a corner but Seven runs in for a big clothesline! Seven whips corner to corner but Thorne reverses. Thorne runs in but is put on the apron. Thorne grabs hair and beard, then hotshots Seven’s arm! The referee reprimands Thorne but Thorne drags Seven into the post. Thorne pulls the arm into the steel, but lets up at 4. Thorne goes back into the ring to scrape and kick and stomp Seven in the corner. He stands Seven up to wrench the arm and bring Seven to the mat. Fans rally up while Seven endures. Seven powers up and fights back but Thorne throws him down by his hair. Thorne kicks away on Seven then covers, TWO!
Thorne keeps on Seven with a keylock. Seven endures but fans rally up again. Seven powers up and hits a stunner! Thorne staggers back, into a CHOP! And another CHOP! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! Thorne flounders while fans fire up with Seven. Seven runs corner to corner for another CHOP! Snap Dragon Suplex! Scoop driver! Cover, TWO! Seven goes for and gets the Figure Four! Thorne endures the legendary leg lock and fans are shouting. Seven and Thorne start slapping each other! Thorne manages to turn the hold over, putting the pressure on Seven! Seven turns it back over, but then Thorne gets the ropebreak. They end up on the apron while the leg lock is still on, so Thorne turns and brings them both crashing to the ground!
Thorne is laughing as he and Seven separate. They stand and Seven chops Thorne. Thorne throws a haymaker, but Seven chops back. They brawl as the ring count climbs. Thorne back suplexes Seven on the apron at 7! Thorne climbs up top but Seven runs over to CHOP him back. Seven and Thorne fight with chops, and Seven gets an edge. Seven climbs up to join Thorne, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Thorne survives but Seven isn’t done with him yet. Seven goes for the Figure Four again but Thorne cradles! TWO, and Seven CHOPS Thorne. Thorne throws haymakers but Seven throws CHOPS! Seven throws slapping body shots but Thorne throws a EuroUpper. Thorne gloats but Seven grabs him for the wristlock ripcord. Thorne slips through to ripcord Seven for a kitchen sink knee! Then he double chicken wings, pop-up to a German Suplex! Cover, TWO!!
Seven survives but Thorne is right on the bad arm! Thorne folds the arm for a modified crossface, but Seven slips through. Seven fights out with elbows and chops. Ripcord, Seven Star Lariat!! Cover, Seven wins!
Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall
The man from Mustache Mountain bests the Worst in their first singles encounter! Will this help Seven reach the top of the mountain in the singles division as well as the tag division?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
The Ungentle Gentleman was last in NXT UK at the Royal Albert Hall and the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. Gallagher sees NXT UK making history itself, but will he be joining for more action? That’s a question for GM Johnny Saint to answer. What will Saint’s answer be in regards to having the 205 Live Cruiserweight crossing over?
NXT UK Media catches up with Joseph Conners.
The Righteous Killer trains at the new UK Performance Center as he speaks on “breaking the shiny new toys.” However, he lost to Ligero- Stop right there. He and Ligero have a long history. But Conners will tell everyone that his loss was just an off day. Those off days are long behind him. Conners is more focused than ever, and he will show everyone that he always has and always will be better than the Leeds Luchador. Will Ligero be the shiniest toy Conners breaks?
The Grizzled Young Veterans head to the ring!
Zack Gibson and James Drake are in Phoenix as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but they’ll also defend them during this state-side excursion. Gibson takes the mic and introduces himself as Liverpool’s Number One, and introduces Drake. Together, they are the Grizzled Young Veterans. “For 13 long, hard years,” they traveled the world to show everyone what they already knew. And now they stand before the fans “with these shiny new NXT UK tag titles, which prove exactly what we already knew: that we are the very best tag team anywhere around the world!”
But being the best does have a drawback. Gibson would much rather be home in Liverpool, sitting back and enjoying his life. But instead, they’ve been dragged against their will to this desert, just so they can educate the “ignorant Yanks” as to why British Wrestling is the best, and as to why GYV are the best of the best. Johnny Saint insisted they make the trip. Saint insisted they have the best competition. But no, Gibson and Drake are the best competition. The other teams should be flying to the UK to find them. The GYV have set a new standard. Any tag team from 205 Live or NXT USA, line up because GYV are not impressed. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, come challenge them, because they are the standard-bearers SOON to be recognized as “the most important” team anywhere in the WWE.
Speaking of, the One Two Combination head right out! Lorcan & Burch want Gibson & Drake to hold their horses. On behalf of Phoenix, please shut up! No one wants to hear what Gibson’s got to say. But Burch has said it a million times, he’s proud to be British. But he’s also proud to represent the American NXT, the one Gibson claims has no competition. Nothing makes Burch prouder than to team with Lorcan. Now they’re supposed to wait for the match until next week, but why wait? Lorcan & Burch rush the ring, but Gibson & Drake bail out. Fans boo as the Grizzled Young Veterans take their titles and run. The champs fight on their time, but will their time be up very soon?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley!
The first time, the Mosh Pit Kid shocked the world when she beat the Lightning Down Under to become the first-ever champion. The second time was finally #ToniTime. Now in the third time around, the score will be settled. Who will take the title back to the UK after burning it down in Phoenix?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Rhea sucker punches Toni! Rhea rains down rights on Toni but the referee tries to restore order. Rhea throws Toni into the corner but Toni staggers back up. Toni wants the match to happen, so the ref rings the bell. Rhea is right on her again! The ref counts but Rhea rams shoulders in until 4! Rhea stalks Toni to another corner and stomps a mudhole in! She drags Toni up to whip but Toni holds ropes. Rhea goes after her with more furious forearms, and then throws her down on the mat. Rhea stomps Toni then talks trash. She whips Toni but Toni redirects and dropkicks Rhea down! Cover, ONE!
Toni stays on Rhea with EuroUppers! Toni rocks Rhea to the ropes and throws forearms of her own. The ref backs Toni off, Rhea yanks Toni into the ropes! Rhea then yanks Toni out of the ring and to the floor! Rhea tells the fans to shut up as she clubs Toni around. She rams Toni into the apron then refreshes the count. Rhea rams Toni into the apron again, then scoops her to ram her into the post! She dumps Toni back in and covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni but Rhea stomps her more. Rhea drags Toni up for clubbing forearms. Rhea mocks the fans for cheering Toni on, so the fans boo and jeer Rhea. The Mosh Pit Kid grounds ‘n’ pounds Toni then pulls her hair! The ref counts and Rhea lets up at 4. Rhea wraps Toni up in body scissors and squeezes.
Toni endures and fans rally again. Rhea pulls Toni’s hair more but Toni turns it to a cover, ONE! Rhea keeps the squeeze on and thrashes Toni about, but Toni makes it another cover. ONE, and Rhea rolls Toni to a cover of her own. TWO, and Toni is still in the scissors. Rhea rolls her again, TWO, and Toni starts stomping the back of Rhea’s head! Toni stomps her way out of the hold! Rhea scrambles away from Toni as fans fire up. Toni throws big forearms but Rhea shoves and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool while she stalks Toni. “You think you’re so good!” Rhea slaps Toni around then drags her up. Toni hits back with palm strikes and forearms, but Rhea knees low. Rhea throws Toni to the mat again, then looms over her as fans boo.
Rhea stands on Toni’s hair and flexes! She lets up at 4, but then stomps Toni to get the legs. Rhea lifts Toni in the inverted cloverleaf! Toni endures while fans rally up. Toni crawls her way towards the ropes, then rolls to throw Rhea out! Rhea hurries back up but Toni roundhouses her back down. Toni builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Rhea out! Toni drags Rhea back in and gets a waistlock, German Suplex! Rhea flounders to a corner as fans fire up with Toni. Toni runs in for the hip attack! Then she waistlocks Rhea again, German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Toni keeps focus as she drags Rhea back up.
Toni underhooks, but Rhea resists. Rhea slips out to throw forearm after forearm! She clobbers Toni with a clothesline! Rhea drags Toni up for another! Rhea drags Toni up again, but Toni dodges to hit a backstabber! Both women are down but fans fire up. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before either woman sits up. Toni and Rhea meet at 7 to start throwing forearms from the mat. They brawl as they head back to their feet. Rhea SLAPS Toni, then runs, but Toni rocks her with a forearm! Toni whips but Rhea reverses to boot! Rhea swings but Toni dodges to headbutt! Toni falls on the cover, TWO!!
Rhea survives but Toni keeps going. Toni drags herself to a corner then wills herself up top. Rhea trips her up! Rhea CHOPS Toni but Toni headbutts back! Toni adjusts, but Rhea enziguris her down! Rhea roars as she climbs up to join Toni. SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the high stack cover, TWO!! Toni barely escapes and Rhea can’t believe it! Rhea stomps away on Toni then drags her back up. Rhea scoop slams Toni into the corner then stomps a mudhole! She backs off at 4 then drags Toni up. “You think it’s Toni Time, huh!?” Rhea throws heavy hands on the dazed Toni. Rhea runs in, but Toni goes up and over, sending Rhea into post! Toni floats over, underhooks, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
The trilogy concludes and the Lightning strikes! Toni Time can finally move on, who will be her first fresh challenger on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode of NXT UK. Good to see the Coffey Brothers have a tag team match. Obviously while the WWE United Kingdom Championship is reserved for Walter come the next UK TakeOver, it’s good for Joe and Mark to try the tag team division. They have a great match with Andrews & Webster, and obviously win to keep themselves strong. Of course, Gallus likely won’t challenge for the tag titles without Mustache Mountain being involved. Gibson gives another solid promo, and the exchange with Lorcan & Burch was good, too. Grizzled Young Veterans VS Lorcan & Burch is going to be a fun match next week, but pretty sure GYV retains. They won’t lose those titles until Mustache Mountain is involved. The next UK TakeOver might even up the intensity by making it a Triple Threat, since a simple rematch of GYV VS MM would be hard to outdo the original.
Seven VS Thorne was good, and it’s good to see Thorne showing up in NXT UK. WWE Worlds Collide was used to tease Thorne coming over now that he no longer has Nick Miller for a tag partner. “The Worst” can help the UK midcard grow, but I wouldn’t say he’s midcard title material just yet. The same for Jack Gallagher. It’s great to have crossovers between NXT UK, NXT and 205 Live, but I don’t see Gallagher winning a title just yet. Devlin hypes a rematch with Travis Banks, and that match will be incredible, especially if they get a special stipulation. Then the main event, the Women’s Championship was another instant classic. Rhea going after Toni’s back was good referencing of the story from their first match. Naturally Toni wins, because it is time to move on to new challengers.
My Score: 8.4/10