Lucha Underground, Season 4, Episode 2: “Darkness and the Monster”
Pentagon Dark made it through Aztec Warfare and is STILL Lucha Underground Champion. However, Antonio Cueto won’t let him have any time off, as he must again defend his title against Antonio’s “only son”, The Monster, Matanza! Can Pentagon survive the Wrath of the Gods to remain champion with #CeroMiedo?
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- Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS
Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous BInfamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & the Beautiful Brenda; Havoc, Killshot & The Mack win and retain the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
- Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr; Azteca wins and earns one of the seven Aztec Medallions.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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Catrina appears in King Cuerno’s trophy.
And she appears magically, as per her powers of darkness. Fortunately the King of Hunters is out, but unfortunately, so is the Gauntlet of the Gods. Cuerno enters, and tells Catrina, “Even I know that some trophies are too dangerous to display.” Then where is it? Cuerno knows the Gauntlet is “the hand that could strike down the descendants of the Seven Aztec Tribes.” And he can’t let that happen. But without it, she will never be human again, and she won’t let that happen. Well sorry, but he gave it to someone else for “safe keeping.” So who knows where, or when, he hid it. And Cuerno doesn’t give a sh*t whether Catrina is ever human again. Catrina disappears in a huff, back on the hunt for her humanity.
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Texano, Dr. Wagner Jr. & Famous B w/ the Beautiful Brenda!
Dysfunction has returned to these titles as one of the inaugural champions is forced to team with two of the current champions. For whatever reason, Dante Fox is MIA, so Antonio Cueto let fate decide who replaced him, and that brings us to this new mishmash team. However, they already have to face challengers in #InfamousIncorporated.
Speaking of, the chairman of 423-Get-Fame explains to Melissa Santos that she doesn’t have all the facts. Famous B and Brenda hit the ring, and B vows to capture the gold! But Dr. Wagner & Texano are too busy making money in Mexico, so instead, it’s a fresh coat of paint w/ three new clients! First, the nasty mechanic, Big Bad Steve! Second, one of the hottest young stars on the globe, Sammy Guevara! And last but certainly not least, the hottest free agent in the business, the “savage” Jake Strong! The Believers lose their minds over these signings, especially that third star full of swagger.
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: Son of Havoc, Killshot & The Mack VS Infamous Incorporated w/ Famous B & The Beautiful Brenda!
With this revised match-up, do the champions stand a chance of retaining? The bell rings, and Killshot starts against Guevara. Killshot gets the takedown, but Guevara dodges the double stomps. Killshot cartwheels, things speed up, and while Killshot handsprings back, Guevara flips over! Guevara embraces the spotlight a little too long, but he still tilt-o-whirl headscissors Killshot. Killshot handsprings through, then headscissors Guevara back. Guevara also gets up quick, with a big smile on his face. Fans are loving it, too, as Guevara offers a handshake. Fans chant for “Killshot! Killshot!” so Guevara flips him the bird. Killshot gives Guevara the spinning back elbow! Killshot puts Guevara in the corner, then tags to Son of Havoc.
Havoc drags Guevara up while fans chant for him. Havoc chops Guevara sharply, then gives forearms. He whips but Guevara reverses, and things speed up. Guevara dropkicks Havoc down, then embraces the spotlight again. He drags Havoc over, and Big Bad Steve tags in. BBS throws hands on SoH, then big forearms. Havoc back kicks, then runs, but BBS blocks and counters to clothesline Havoc down. Killshot comes in to mule kick BBS, then whips. BBS reverses but Killshot goes up and over. Killshot 619s in the corner, then steps in for the complete shot! Jake Strong comes in and throws Killshot to ropes to then boot him. Killshot is dazed, but he still dumps Jake out of the ring. Killshot gets to the apron, aims at Jake, and gives him a sharp boot!
Guevara returns, to SUPERKICK Killshot down! Then Guevara wrecks with a dropkick, only for Havoc to DIVE on him! Brenda and Famous B are not happy with how their team is working together. Jake gets up with Guevara and they drag Havoc up together. They both go into the ring, and BBS grabs Havoc for a suplex. BBS holds him up there, then drops him. Jake backs up, then runs corner to corner for the All American American Vader Bomb! Guevara is up, and adds the swanton bomb! Cover, but Killshot and The Mack break that. Guevara backs off, and Havoc crawls over. Killshot tags in, and fans already know “This is Awesome!”
Killshot runs in but Guevara puts him on the top rope. Guevara swing kicks then climbs up, to SUPER- No, Killshot denies! Killshot brings Guevara back up, fireman’s carry, and with The Mack running an intercept course, SUPER POUNCE!
But Jake comes in, and kicks Mack down. Jake throws Mack out hard, then grabs Killshot. Jake puts Killshot in a corner, but Killshot puts up the knee. This gets Jake to stop in his tracks, and Killshot kicks out the legs. Killshot buzzaw kicks Jake right in the head, then climbs up top. Famous B distracts on the apron, and this gives Jake time to get under Killshot’s jump. Killshot turns back around, and runs into a pop up into ankle lock!
Killshot endures while fans are thunderous! He taps, but the referee is still busy with someone else! Mack comes in, and SMACKS Jake with a haymaker. But Jake holds onto the hold! That’s how strong Jake is. Mack hits him again, then runs to bicycle boot him! Finally Jake lets go, but he tags to BBS. Mack dodges BBS, STUNNER! Havoc tags in from Killshot, climbs up top, and hits a SHOOTING STAR! Cover, Havoc and team win!
Winners: Killshot, The Mack & Son of Havoc, Havoc pinning; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
Famous B messed up his own team, and now they pay the price! The mishmash team retains, and have grown closer thanks to winning together. Meanwhile, Jake Strong is pissed at Famous B, but he takes it out on Guevara and Big Bad Steve! He body slams Guevara and boots BBS, but he’s not done there. He build speed to FLIP Guevara with a lethal lariat. Famous B pleads with Jake, but no go, as Jake trophy lifts Guevara to toss onto Big Bad Steve! And that just leaves Famous B himself, for a big biel! Then, the ankle lock! Famous B has had broken arms before, but never a broken ankle! Jake wipes the sweat from his brow and fans join in on “Strong! Strong!” Will Jake Strong take the Temple by storm?
Melissa Santos introduces Antonio Cueto.
The ice cold father of the late Dario Cueto comes out, and says that many called Dario “a genius”. But guess what? The apple doesn’t fall far from the tree. In fact, another concept of Dario’s was a spark of brilliance. Antonio is of course speaking of the Gift of the Gods Championship. “When the seven ancient Aztec medallions are together, they form the Gift of the Gods”, and Antonio proudly announces that the process starts again, tonight! This next match is for the first of seven, so let’s not keep the bloodthirsty Believers waiting! “Let’s put some red blood in this blue ice house!”
Gift of the Gods Medallion Match: Drago w/ Kobra Moon VS Dragon Azteca Jr!
Now that there’s a prize on the line, this battle of dragons truly heats up. The Queen of the Reptile Tribe leads her dark knight to the ring, will he bring glory to their clan at the expense of the young luchador’s body?
Lucha Underground returns, and this match begins. Fans already rally as the two circle. Drago wants a handshake? Azteca accepts, but of course it was a trap. Drago whips but Azteca reverses, and things speed up. Drago front flips but Azteca arm wrenches, to then wheelbarrow and sunset flip! ONE, and Drago sweeps the legs to cover. ONE, and Azteca returns the favor, ONE, double dropkicks twice in a row, we have a stand off and fans are loving it. Azteca baits Drago into a test of strength to back kick him. Azteca puts on a headlock, but Drago powers out. Drago and Azteca bump shoulders, Drago rebounds to shoulder again but Azteca does the same and gets the knock down!
Azteca runs but Kobra swipes at him! He’s ready to bop her one, but he’s too nice a guy. Azteca does sense Drago lurking, though, and gets out of the way. Drago stops himself from running into his queen, but Azteca waistlocks. Dragon standing switches, but Azteca throws elbows. Azteca slips out of the suplex to shove and then follow, Azteca rolls to a cover, TWO! Things speed up again as Drago springboards into a cover. ONE and Azteca narrowly avoids a Penalty Kick, but not that sharp mule kick! Drago keeps on Azteca, then whips, but Azteca reverses. Things speed up as Azteca dodges Drago each time, then he slides out, but Drago FLIES! One dragon wipes out the other and fans are fired up!
Drago puts Azteca back in, then stalks him to a corner. Drago hits Azteca with a body shot, then hoists him up backwards on the top rope. He goes after the mask! How disrespectful! Fans boo and jeer, but Dragon won’t stop! He almost unmasks Azteca completely as he puts him in the Tree of Woe! Drago mule kicks the defenseless Azteca! Azteca gets his mask on, but fans cuss Drago out. Drago runs in, but misses in the corner. Azteca fires off forearms, then whips but Drago reverses. Azteca stops himself, to then kick from the ground! Drago runs back in, but is thrown overhead into buckles! Cover, TWO! Azteca is a bit shocked, but he keeps on Drago.
Azteca whips but Drago holds ropes. Drago runs and slides off Azteca’s back, then brings Azteca around for a hammerlock and lift, into a facebuster slam! Dragon finishes by rolling Azteca up into a cradle, TWO!? Kobra Moon is frustrated, but Drago makes it up to her with that overhand chop on Azteca. Dragon whips Azteca corner to corner, then runs in, but Azteca slips out to the apron. Drago hits buckles and falls back, Azteca climbs up, but has to drop down. Azteca swing kicks Drago, then climbs up. He jumps over, and runs into a boot from Drago! Drago runs, blockbuster DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Azteca gets to a corner. Drago runs in again, but Azteca dodges. Azteca runs into a SUPERKICK! Drago climbs up, Azteca swing kicks Drago again! Azteca climbs up, SUPER victory roll pin! Azteca wins!!
Winner: Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; earns the first Aztec Medallion
Azteca celebrates winning in honor of his Aztec heritage of the Eagle Tribe. Who will join him in collecting the Medallions and forming the Gift of the Gods Championship?
Meanwhile, Kobra Moon is disappointed in her knight. To make matters worse, out comes Johnny Mundo. He asks the Queen of Reptiles what’ll happen when “one of your snakes gets taken to Slam Town?” But Mundo’s trash talk is just a distraction for Taya to sneak up behind and strike! The Valkyrie SPEARS and throws hands on Kobra while Mundo comes in to kick Drago in the huevos! Then a shining wizard on Drago for good measure. The Reptiles started this war with Worldwide Underground, will Mundo and company finish it?
Antonio Cueto is in his office.
He finishes some paperwork, then picks up the key. But Catrina pops in using her magic. He heard stories about her, but he just thought it was “a load of crap.” Is she a phantom? No, she’s stuck between the worlds of the living and the dead. She hopes not for long, if he gives her what she desires. He’s sure most men do. So what does she desire? Fenix in a coffin. But Mil Muertes can handle him. Catrina wants the match made, Mil Muertes VS Fenix in Grave Consequences, next week. Sounds violent. Yes, it will be. And once Fenix is buried once and for all, that immortal life force will be Catrina’s. “And I will finally be free.”
So she’ll have to knock next time? Yes. Then consider it done. Catrina disappears just as she came. The Man of 1000 Deaths and the Man of 1000 Lives will wage war once again! Will Catrina get her shortcut to restoration? Or will she be disappointed all over again?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Matanza Cueto!
A rematch from all the way back in Ultima Lucha Dos, in which The Monster defeated the Breaker of Bones. Things have changed for Pentagon since then, but Matanza is as merciless and mindless as ever. Will Pentagon avenge himself of that loss? Or will he fall to the Wrath of the Gods?
Lucha Underground returns once more, and fans are already thunderous. Pentagon doesn’t waste time, either, as he goes right at Matanza at the stairs! The bell rings just as Pentagon SUPERKICKS Matanza! Matanza stays standing, though, and even busts through Pentagon’s forearm smash. Pentagon hits Matanza again and again, then pushes Matanza into a post. Fans chant “Cero Miedo!” as Pentagon kicks Matanza again. He goes after the big legs of the Monster, then brings him around by his mask to bowl him into chairs! Fans are loving this as Pentagon stalks Matanza. Pentagon whips Matanza into the railings and wall. He kicks Matanza’s leg again, then stands Matanza up against a post. Pentagon asks for silence as he takes off his glove, and opens Matanza’s jumpsuit for the CHOP!
Matanza staggers away but fans love it. “Otra! Otra!” echoes out, but as Pentagon swings, Matanza dodges! Pentagon’s hand smacks post! Matanza boots Pentagon, then drags Pentagon up to press and bounce him off the railings. Matanza forearms Pentagon hard, then follows him as he rolls. He then drags Pentagon up to return the favor of bowling for chairs!
Matanza drags Pentagon up, for a back suplex on the apron. Pentagon writhes but Matanza hits him with another forearm. Matanza puts Pentagon in the ring, then looms over him. He drags Pentagon up, for a torture rack and slam! Cover, TWO, but Matanza still looms over his prey. Matanza pumphandles and Fall Away Slams Pentagon. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Pentagon but Matanza is still on him. Matanza drags Pentagon up but Pentagon revives. Pentagon speeds things up, then Slingblades! Then another! Cover, TWO! Pentagon is surprised, but he keeps on that leg with another sharp kick! “CERO, MIEDO!” Pentagon can’t get the package driver, though, as Matanza powers out and hits back. Matanza whips, but Pentagon goes up and over for the backstabber! Then the code breaker! Cover, TWO!
Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for their champion as he stands up and stalks Matanza now. Matanza sits up, but Pentagon buzzsaw kicks him. “CERO! MIEDO!” Pentagon runs, but into a swinging side slam! Cover, TWO, and the fans are still thunderous. Matanza is up first, then whips Pentagon corner to corner. Matanza runs in, for a big clothesline. He runs in again, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon hops up, leaps, but Matanza denies the Destroyer with power. Pentagon still sunset flips but Matanza rolls through. They both get up, enziguri from Pentagon! Pentagon positions Matanza, then climbs up. But Matanza stops him with a right! Matanza climbs up, fireman’s carry, but Pentagon fights back. Pentagon headbutts Matanza down, then SUPERKICKS him again. He hops back up, DESTROYER PILEDRIVER!
But that’s not all, because Matanza staggers up to his feet. Pentagon runs, ANOTHER Destroyer!
Then, “CERO! MIEDO!” Somehow, Pentagon lifts Matanza for a PACKAGE Piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
Two weeks in a row, Pentagon has done the unthinkable! He conquers the Monster to give the Monster his first singles loss EVER! Fans are thunderous for their champion as they chant “Cero! Miedo!” But they also what Pentagon to “Break His Arm!” Pentagon grabs Matanza, Dark Armbar… But Antonio simply shows Matanza the key, and the Monster powers out! Matanza gets away from Pentagon, then cowers before his father!? Antonio smacks Matanza, saying Dario spoiled his little brother. They’re both useless. Matanza sheepishly follows after his father, and Pentagon stands tall. Will his unbelievable title reign continue to make history?
Antonio Cueto returns to his office.
He puts the key down, then paces the room. Jeremiah Crane arrives, and none too soon for Antonio’s liking. This won’t take long. Crane wants to bury both Fenix and Mil Muertes, and then he’ll be the one to give Catrina what she wants, so that she’ll finally realize he is the only man she needs. So Crane is willing to put his own life on the line for a woman? Have you seen Catrina? Good point. In that case, it will be the first ever Grave Consequences TRIPLE THREAT, aka Three Way to the Grave. See? That didn’t take long. Antonio doesn’t see Crane’s career lasting much longer, either. The Death Machine, the Man of Death, and the Bird of War, only one will be left alive! Will it be Catrina or Crane who gets what they want?
What a great second episode, as Lucha Underground keeps the momentum rolling and even heightens it. Nice story element of King Cuerno using his Lucha Underground/Impact Wrestling pal in Aerostar to hide that Gauntlet for him. Aerostar being a time-traveler in kayfabe, it is the perfect way to keep that Gauntlet out of the reach of those hungry for power. Of course, Catrina has a Plan B: just kill Fenix. For one, Fenix has been a long-standing rival of Mil Muertes, so this would be one way to end their eternal feud. Second, it gets Catrina what she wants, and that’s to be truly alive again. Crane makes a great move as well, since he has his own story with Muertes & Catrina. That match for just episode three is going to be great.
Havoc joining The Mack and Killshot was a nice twist from last week, and we get some more twists as we meet the newest LU talent. “Jake Strong” (aka Jack Swagger) makes a big impact, even though he lost. I suppose by “Mexico”, Famous B means Texano and Wagner are active in AAA Lucha and therefore too busy to be on Lucha Underground. Strong/Swagger is gonna do great to be sure. And great for Azteca to win a medallion, that’s the first step to being Gift of the Gods Champion. Azteca has already been Trios Champion with Rey Mysterio and Prince Puma, so this could be his way to being a Triple Crown. Then that main event was amazing, as always, and great for Pentagon to retain. I could easily see him retain all the way until Ultima Lucha 4, where he gets screwed out this time.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (12/12/18)
NXT UK has another double dose! British Strong Style’s Trent Seven will battle Gallus’ Joe Coffey as part of the war that’s brewing in the brand!
- Episode 15 – Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner; Webster wins.
- Episode 15 – Isla Dawn VS Killer Kelly; Dawn wins.
- Episode 15 – Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS The Grizzled Young Veterans; The Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Episode 15 – Trent Seven w/Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus; Coffey wins.
- Episode 16 – Ashton Smith & El Ligero VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
- Episode 16 – Joseph Conners VS Jack Starz; Conners wins.
- Episode 16 – Jinny VS Xia Brookside; Jinny wins.
- Episode 16 – Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff; Mastiff wins.
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“As a kingdom rises, so do its royals.”
The Bruiserweight is king as THE WWE United Kingdom Champion. The Mosh Pit Kid is queen as THE NXT United Kingdom Women’s Champion. “And now a new reign awaits.” It is time for the NXT UK Tag Team Champions to be crowned! Teams will form, wars will be waged, but only one duo will dominate as the inaugural champions!
Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner!
The Modfather wants to get back at the Italian Tank for what he did to good pal, Mark Andrews. Andrews gave Flash fair warning before the match to be careful against such a strong and fast opponent. Can Flash bring Aichner down? Or will Aichner reach that #NXTLVL he’s after?
The bell rings and Flash circles with Aichner. Aichner offers a handshake, but Flash denies it with a kick! Flash rolls Aichner, TWO! Aichner gets to a corner and runs back out to power Flash to the other! Aichner swings but Flash ducks to fire back! Flash keeps on Aichner but Aichner shoves him away. Flash gets moving, and arm-drags Aichner down! Aichner blocks the whip with power, but Flash puts up boots. Aichner deflects but then Flash comes back with another arm-drag! Flash stands up as Aichner runs in, but Flash dumps him out! Fans fire up for Flash as he takes aim, and he slingshots out. Aichner dodges to then shove Flash into steel steps! Just like Mark Andrews last time! Fans boo and jeer but Andrews appears to support Flash.
The ring count climbs past 5 but Flash gets up. Flash gets in at 8, but Aichner is right on him. Aichner punches and stomps away in a corner, but stops at 4, only to come back for more! The ref backs Aichner off and Flash gets to the apron, but Aichner goes right at him with clubbing forearms. Aichner gives Flash a European Uppercut to the back! Andrews rallies the fans behind Flash as Aichner clamps on double nerve holds. Fans sing and Flash feeds off the energy. Flash fights his way up to fight out, and he whips Aichner. Aichner reverses hard and Flash bounces off buckles. Cover, TWO! Aichner toys with Flash now as he kicks and slaps him around. Aichner drags Flash up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Aichner returns to the double nerve holds, but fans rally again.
Flash gets up and fights Aichner off. Flash whips but Aichner reverses, only for Flash to kick him away! Aichner runs and misses in the corner! Aichner tumbles all the way out, and clutches his knee as he gets back up. Flash gets to a corner while Aichner returns. Aichner runs in, Flash goes up and over and dropkicks him around! Flash dropkicks again, and again, and then hits the Modern Knee! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives and crawls to a corner but the fans keep cheering for Flash. Flash runs in at Aichner, but Aichner puts him on the apron. Aichner turns around into the kick, and Flash slingshots to springboard for the Rude Boy Block! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives but both men are tired.
Flash and Aichner slowly stand up. Flash runs and tilt-o-whirls but Aichner makes it a snake eyes to clobber Flash with a clothesline! Aichner crawls over, covers, TWO!! Flash lives, to Aichner’s surprise. Flash drags himself to a corner and Aichner runs in, but into an enziguri! Aichner staggers but trips Flash up on the ropes! Aichner suplexes, brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Flash still lives! Andrews and the fans rally up for Flash, but Aichner stands first. Aichner drags Flash back up, and tells him to “Stay down!” Flash instead gives Aichner a headbutt! And another! Aichner slumps down, and fans fire up as Flash gets to a corner. Flash climbs up top, takes aim at Aichner, but Aichner rolls away.
Aichner rolls all the way out, but Flash heads over. Aichner trips Flash up to drag him out! And throw him into barriers! Aichner presses Flash against the steel steps, then prepares the knee. But Andrews comes near to get Aichner to stop short. Aichner puts Flash in the ring, wanting Andrews to watch this. Aichner prepares a bomb, but Flash jackknifes! Flash wins!!
Winner: Flash Morgan Webster, by pinfall
Aichner is furious as the high-flying friends get the better of him! But a win is a win, will this win skyrocket the rockstar and Modfather towards those newly minted NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with Amir Jordan.
The Bhangra Badboy is all smiles, because he’s on NXT. Jordan and his brother from another mother, Kenny Williams, have a chance at revenge against Zack Gibson & James Drake. And it’s also a chance to get in the running for those tag titles! Everyone should be excited! Jordan wants to see Radzy get in on the bollywood! Radzy is reluctant, but then Kenny comes over. There’s a time for dancing and there’s a time for fighting. These two deserve to be contenders. So that means be serious and get lucky. As for Radzy, he should be ashamed of himself. Fingers crossed, will Jordan & Williams even the score between them and the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Gallus talks backstage.
Wolfgang and Mark Coffey have faith in Joe Coffey against Trent Seven. There won’t be any Big Strong Boys today. Joe will get rid of Seven, and then they can squash Travis Banks. Then they’ll easily get those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. “Gallus is as Gallus does.” But will Gallus make this brand their kingdom?
Isla Dawn VS Killer Kelly!
The White Witch wants her shot at the NXT UK Women’s Championship, whether Rhea Ripley sees her as worthy or not. But she first has to get past the Portugal pitbull! Who will take that next step towards challenging the Riptide?
The bell rings and fans fire up for both women. Isla swings a kick at Kelly, but Kelly takes it in stride. Kelly catches the next kick and goes for a facelock, but Isla counters to a takedown and toehold. Isla wrenches while covering, ONE, so Isla drops a knee. She keeps wrenching but Kelly keeps her shoulders up. Isla stomps the leg then throws it down. Kelly clutches her knee but doesn’t back down. The two circle again and Kelly avoids Isla’s lunge. Kelly catches Isla the second time and clubs away. Kelly suplexes Isla into a corner! Isla sits up, Kelly gives her a basement dropkick! Kelly drags Isla to a cover, TWO! Kelly grits her teeth as she puts Isla in a cravat.
Isla endures now and manages to stand. Isla kicks the bad leg and pries Kelly’s fingers apart. Fans fire up as Isla kicks Kelly more. Kelly hobbles away but still comse back for more. Isla counter punches Kelly, then kicks the leg out! Kelly’s up but gets a snap back suplex! Isla summons her powers as Kelly stares her down, running knee! Then, half hatch suplex, Call of the Quarters! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
With powers of purity and spirit, the Glasgow Goddess graces Isla with another victory!
In-ring interview with Isla Dawn.
Her winning streak grows, but one question: “What’s next?” Isla says her eyes and her desires are set on that NXT UK Women’s Championship. Fans like the sound of that. But here comes the champion, Rhea Ripley! The Aussie with attitude mockingly applauds Isla, but Isla tells Rhea that she may be so confident, “but why don’t you step inside this ring with me, with that championship on the line?” Fans like the sound of that, too! Isla vows Rhea will walk away empty handed. Rhea holds up her title, because it’s still her title. Will Rhea accept Isla’s challenge? Will the White Witch be the first to survive the Riptide?
NXT UK Media caught up to Dave Mastiff.
The Bomber has an impressive undefeated streak, but what’s next? The natural progression is a title. But Eddie Dennis walks over. He heard about reporters wanting to interview the “undefeated monster” of NXT UK, but apparently he didn’t get the call. They meant Mastiff, but he’s not the only one who is an undefeated monster. Mastiff tells “Eddie” to settle this in the ring with them. And then after smashing through him, there will be only one undefeated streak in the UK. The Headmaster and the Bomber battle in episode 16!
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS The Grizzled Young Veterans!
As the Luckyan said earlier, there’s a time for dancing and there’s a time for fighting. And right now, it’s time for fighting! The Bhangra Bullocks want to show Zack Gibson & James Drake aren’t the only team worthy of those new tag team titles, but will they be able to even the score? Or will Gibson & Drake get a 2-0 sweep of their energetic opponents?
Fans immediately say “If you hate Gibson, shoes off!” The teams sort out, and Jordan starts against Mr. Mayhem, James Drake. Drake gets a waistlock but Jordan pries his way out to a standing switch and roll up! TWO, and Jordan arm-drags Drake down. Jordon holds Drake down as fans sing. Drake powers out and things speed up, Jordan hits a crossbody! Jordan jackknifes, TWO! Jordan wrenches and tags in Williams. Williams springboards for an ax handle, then fires off haymakers. Drake shoves but Williams comes back with a back elbow! Cover, TWO, but Williams keeps Drake down with an armlock. Drake gets up but Williams wrenches. Jordan tags in and they double whip Drake into a hip toss. Gibson runs in but is sent back out. Jordan and Williams double DIVE!
Jordan puts Drake in quick and climbs up top, for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans say “If you hate Gibson, stand up!” Jordan puts Drake in an armlock, but Gibson throws things at Jordan. Jordan glares but keeps hold of Drake. Drake powers out to throw Jordan out and tags Gibson. Gibson grabs Jordan, and Drake slingshots out for an elevated knee drop sidewalk slam! Jordan writhes while the GYV soak up the heat. Gibson gives Jordan EuroUppers before putting him in the ring. Gibson brings Jordan up to reel him in for a clothesline. Fans go back to taking their shoes off but Gibson tunes it all out. Jordan hits back but Gibson decks him! Cover, TWO! Gibson keeps on Jordan with a cobra clutch and thrashes about. Jordan endures as Gibson shifts to a chinbar.
Jordan gets up and jawbreakers free! Gibson grabs Jordan and reels him in, but Jordan slips out to hit a neckbreaker! Both men are down and fans fire up. Gibson tags in Drake, and Drake stomps Jordan out. Drake forearms Jordan to a corner then rams in his shoulder. Drake backs up to run back in, but Jordan dodges! Jordan crawls but Drake is on him, only for Jordan to kick him away. Drake tries again but is again pushed away, hot tag to Williams! The Luckyan rallies on Drake, springboard back elbow! He hits Gibson as he comes in, then spins Drake around to roll him up. TWO, Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!
Williams keeps on Drake with a fireman’s carry but Drake slips out to forearm Williams down. Williams staggers back, Jordan tags in! Gibson tags Drake, but Williams boots him! Jordan somersaults for the complete shot! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps focus and tags back to Williams. Gibson hits Williams but walks into a fireman’s carry. Gibson slips out and holds Jordan for Drake to enziguri! Then Gibson dumps Jordan right out of the ring! Williams returns and Gibson tags to Drake. Williams dodges Gibson to hit Drake, then sends Gibson out. Drake goes after Williams but gets a boot! Williams wrecks Gibson with a dropkick! He skins the cat but into Drake’s gut wrench! Tag to Gibson, Ticket to Ride! Cover, Grizzled Young Veterans win!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, Gibson pinning
That’s 2-0 for Gibson & Drake, and the fans hate it. With the titles on the scene, will Mr. Mayhem and Liverpool’s Number One manage to become the UK’s Number One tag team?
Mustache Mountain talks backstage.
Tyler Bate knows Trent Seven will put down Joe Coffey, and then they both can go after the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Nice shirt, by the way. Seven finishes his pump up, but will he be ready for the Iron King?
Trent Seven w/ Tyler Bate VS Joe Coffey w/ Gallus!
British Strong Style stands tall in the UK, but while the Bruiserweight is away, Mustache Mountain has to hold their own against the new trio known as Gallus. The mustached mentor takes on Gallus’ fearless leader, who will take another win in the war for the brand?
The bell rings and fans already chant for “Mustache Mountain!” But Joe Coffey doesn’t budge as Seven eggs him on. Joe declares “This is OUR kingdom!” but fans disagree as they boot. Seven keeps Gallus back with quick kicks as he circles with Joe. They approach and tie up, and push each other around. Joe puts Seven on the ropes, but backs off at 4. Seven and Joe tie up again and go around more. Joe gets the arm and wristlock, then wrenches Seven to a facelock. Seven resists and wants a leg but Joe wrenches. Joe shifts back to the wristlock but Seven reverses, only to be put on the mat. Joe wrenches the arm across his leg and then brings Seven up.
Seven breaks free to chop, and chop, and kick! Joe shoves Seven away to headbutt the gut. Joe then suplexes but Seven slips out. Seven’s bad leg buckles and Joe grins. Joe runs in but into a knee! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! But that bad leg still slows him down. Seven and Joe crawl and stand, Joe throws Seven out by his beard. Bate keeps Wolfgang and Mark Coffey from doing anything, and the ref has the three back off. Joe leaps out to stomp Seven! Joe puts Seven into barriers! He puts Seven in the ring then talks trash to Bate. But Joe returns for Seven to throw him out. Joe’s back in again, but Seven dumps him to the apron. Seven backhands Joe down, and Gallus regroups with their leader.
Seven rests his leg while daring Joe to get back in. The ring count passes 5, but Gallus all get on the apron. The fans cheer for the Big Strong Boys as Bate stands beside Seven! That’s still 3v2, but Mustache Mountain still blasts Gallus down! Bate builds speed and DIVES onto Wolfgang! Bate fights the Last King of Scotland to the stage but Mark Coffey goes after him. Seven DIVES onto Joe Coffey! Fans fire up as Seven hobbles over and puts Joe in. Seven runs in at Joe, for a CHOP! And more chops on top! Seven is all fired up, but Joe chop blocks the leg! Joe stomps the bad leg, then gives a grounded screw! Seven gets to a corner and fans sing for him, but Joe comes at him with left hands. Joe puts the leg around the rope to pull, but Seven hammers back.
Joe boots the bad leg, but backs off at 4. Seven drags himself out of the corner but Joe tackles the leg into buckles! Joe pulls on the leg again, but stops at 4. Joe runs back in, but Seven dodges and sends Joe into the post! Fans rally up for Seven as he gets his leg moving. Seven chops Joe again, then hoists Joe up top. Seven chops again before climbing up. He wants and gets the SUPERPLEX on one leg! Cover, TWO!! Joe lives but both men are down. Fans rally back up, and Seven sits up first. Seven uses the ropes to climb up but Joe follows. Seven hobbles over to CHOP Joe. He wrings Joe out but Joe ducks. Joe lifts but Seven standing switches to a snap dragon suplex! Seven keeps going, suplex to side slam! Cover, TWO! Joe survives but Seven won’t give up.
Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Seven stands up on one good leg. Seven drags Joe around to go after the leg. He puts on the Figure Four! Joe endures as the “WOO~” echoes out. Joe works on the leglock, hitting Seven’s bad knee. Seven endures but Joe turns it over! Now Seven suffers, until they both roll out to the apron. They separate and slowly stand up on the edge. Fans still sing as Seven back hands and Joe kicks. They brawl on the edge, but Joe hits a Belly2Belly OFF the apron!! Fans lose their minds as Seven crashes down on the ground. Joe drags himself over, but The ring count climbs. He leaves Seven for dead at 7, but Seven rises! Seven stands at 9 and gets in at 9.99!!
Joe is frustrated, but he goes right at Seven with punches and stomps. Seven hits back but with very little power. Joe tells Seven to stop, but Seven keeps getting up. Seven chops and forearms, but Joe kicks out the bad leg. Joe brings Seven up for a powerbomb! And then another! High stack cover, TWO, but into a Boston Crab! Joe sits down and Seven endures the bend. Fans are thunderous as Seven drags himself over. Joe drags Seven away, focusing on the bad leg in the Half Crab. Seven endures, reaches, comes so close, but doesn’t quit! Ropebreak!! Joe lets go, having exhausted himself. Fans are loving this match and it’s far from over.
Seven drags himself to a corner while Joe stands up. They run at each other and collide with clotheslines! Seven hits Joe again, but Joe hits back. Joe spins but misses, and Seven manages a one-legged Dragon Suplex! Seven gets Joe up in a torture rack, but can’t hold him! Joe deadlifts to a German Suplex! SPEAR sends Seven flying, All the Best for the Bells! Cover, Joe wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
All the Best for the Bells, and the bell rings in Joe’s favor! The Iron King outlasts Seven, but this is just part of the war for NXT UK supremacy. Will Joe and all of Gallus get themselves gold? Or can British Strong Style make a comeback?
Ashton Smith & El Ligero VS Gallus!
The Smoke and the Light combine forces for the first time ever to see if they can get in on the NXT UK Tag Team Division! But they’re going up against Gallus’ big bad Wolfgang and Mark Coffey. These two have already worked together well along with Joe Coffey, and look to keep on pace after Joe defeated Trent Seven just last episode. Will Gallus make all of NXT UK their kingdom?
The teams sort out and the Leeds Luchador will start against Wolfgang. They circle and fans are clearly on Ligero’s side. Ligero gets a waistlock to headlock but Wolfgang powers out. Ligero collides with Wolfgang but Wolfgang doesn’t back down, so Ligero dropkicks him! Wolfgang stays up and catches Ligero’s crossbody. Wolfgang throws Ligero but Ligero lands on hsi feet to tag in Smith. They double dropkick Wolfgang, then Smith sends Wolfgang into buckles. Smith drives in a knee and tags Ligero. Ligero climbs and leaps, but Wolfgang blocks the tornado. Wolfgang shoves Ligero at the ropes and Mark distracts him. Ligero turns around into Wolfgang’s tackle!
Tag to Mark and Mark goes after Ligero on the outside with body shots. Mark shoves Ligero into the apron and then into the ring. Mark stomps away on Ligero, then drags him up into Gallus’ corner. Tag to Wolfgang and the Scotsman mug Ligero. Wolfgang snapmares Ligero to a cover, ONE. Wolfgang squeezes Ligero with a rear bearhug, but fans rally up. Ligero feeds off that energy but Mark tags back in. Gallus mugs Ligero more, then Mark hoists Ligero up for a waistlock slam. Mark also squeezes with the rear bearhug, but fans still rally for Ligero. Ligero endures and gets up, only to be thrown back down. Mark squeezes tighter but fans rally harder. Ligero gets up and pries at the fingers but Mark throws him down again. Mark tags in Wolfgang and the mugging continues.
Wolfgang has Ligero in a front bearhug now, but Ligero still endures. Wolfgang throws Ligero at buckles, then tags in Mark. Gallus stomp Ligero then Mark drags Ligero up by his mask’s horns. Mark puts on the front bearhug, but Ligero still endures. Wolfgang mocks the fans for going quiet, so they boo him. Ligero fights back against Mark, then Wolfgang! Ligero dumps Wolfgang out and dodges Mark, hot tag to Smith! Smith rallies on Mark, but Mark shoves him back. Smith still dropkicks Mark down, then dropkicks Wolfgang back out. Things speed up and Smith hits a leaping lariat! Smith fires up and runs in corner to corner, but is put on the apron. Smith mule kicks Wolfgang away, then hits Mark. He triangle jump back elbows Mark down, covers, TWO!
Smith escapes the scoop to SUPERKICK! Cover, but Wolfgang drags Smith off. Wolfgang trash talks Smith, but Ligero FLIES in! Ligero takes out Wolfgang, and Smith is worried for his new friend, but Mark gets Smith in a waistlock! Smith standing switches, rolls up, TWO! Mark runs Smith over the rocks him with an enziguri! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, Mark Coffey pinning
The kings of Scotland are rolling onward, and look ready to take the titles for their own. Will Gallus take the lead in the title race? Or is there still a team that can slow them down?
NXT UK GM Johnny Saint meets with both Rhea Ripley and Isla Dawn.
Both he and Assistant GM Sid Scala tell the NXT UK Women’s Champion and her challenger, the White Witch, that their match will be official. They’ll face off for the title for the first time ever, next week! Rhea simply says she’ll see Isla next week. Will the Riptide keep tearing through the roster? Or will Isla find the right magic to ride the waves all the way to the top?
Gallus celebrates backstage.
“That’s how it’s done.” Radzy asks for a quick interview. They dominated Ashton Smith & Ligero, but is it enough to impress the GM? If that’s not, then what is? Mark is fed up with Mustache Mountain and the Grizzled Young Veterans. Gallus is the team to beat! And that goes for the Bruiserweight. Joe and Gallus don’t just win, the take! And seeing Pete Dunne with that belt in his mouth, Joe’s not just taking it, but ripping it away from him. And even before that, there’s Travis Banks. Joe promises to squash him like a bug! No mercy is the Gallus way, but will they have their way against the Kiwi Buzzsaw?
Joseph Conners VS Jack Starz!
The Righteous Killer strikes out on his own, looking to reach the top by any means necessary. Will Starz be seeing stars after Conners is through with him?
The bell rings and Starz ties up with Conners. Conners goes after an ear and throws Starz down. Conners then whips and reels Starz into a quick backbreaker! Starz writhes but Conners drags him to the apron for clubbing forearms. Conners uses the ring count to his advantage as he pulls Starz against the post! He stops at the ref’s count of 4, then gets back in the ring to basement dropkick Starz into the post! Starz gasps for air while he crawls on the mat. Conners grins as he drags Starz up again. He scoops Starz but Starz slips out to give EuroUppers! Starz dropkicks and fires up! He runs but into boots! Conners runs back in for the sunset flip into buckles! Conners isn’t done, he finishes Starz with Don’t Look Down! Cover, Conners wins!
Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall
The Righteous strikes down another victim, and scrapes Starz out of the ring. Conners fights for himself, so will he earn himself a shot at the WWE UK Championship?
Backstage interview with Xia Brookside.
The second generation star made it to the quarterfinals of the NXT UK Women’s Championship tournament, but she was just another of Rhea Ripley’s many victories. How does she feel going up against the Fierce Fashionista, Jinny? Right now she feels good. She knows she’s not the most experienced, but every chance is an opportunity, so Jinny better be ready to fly. Speaking of, Jinny walks over and looks Xia over. Will Jinny be able to overlook Xia once they’re in the ring together?
Tyson T-Bone speaks.
If he were to describe himself, he’d use words like “violent, destructive, and twisted.” He’s found someone a lot like himself, in Saxon Huxley. The Divine Beast realized his “shadow’s roots extend all the way down to the depths of Hell.” Those dark flames have burned away the dead wood, such as Conners and his own selfishness. Now Huxley rises from the ashes to align with someone new. T-Bone sees them climbing all the way to the top, to be NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Will this alliance made in darkness shine bright with gold?
Jinny VS Xia Brookside!
The NXT UK Women’s Championship may be on the line next week, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t a line forming behind the title. Neither the Fashionista nor the young superstar made it to the finals, but there’s always a second chance. Who cashes in on theirs tonight?
The bell rings and Xia offers a handshake. Jinny kicks it away, so Xia grabs the “Spoiled Princess!” with a headlock. Xia gets the takeover, but Jinny keeps off the mat. Jinny headscissors and squeezes, but Xia endures. Xia works her way up and around to headstand and hold it, to then pop out and swivel. Jinny grins, perhaps respecting the attitude. The two tie up and Jinny gets the arm. Jinny brings Xia to the mat, but fans rally as Xia endures the wristlock. Xia gets up and hits back. She uses the ropes to flip through and reverse the wristlock. Jinny breaks free to rock Xia with a right!
Jinny whips but Xia goes up and boots back. Xia baits Jinny in to headscissors! Xia dropkicks Jinny down then whips. Jinny reverses but Xia goes up again for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Xia almost had her but keeps going. Xia baits Jinny in and sends her to a corner, but Jinny gets her back with the “Fashion Disaster” buckle shot! Cover, TWO! Xia survives but Jinny is on her with stomps at the ropes. Jinny backs off at 4 but Xia hits back. Jinny clubs Xia but Xia hits back again, only for Jinny to ax kick her in the back! Cover, TWO! Jinny drags Xia up by her blue hair to stomp her down again. She brings Xia around into the half surfboard, driving a knee into Xia’s back. Xia endures as fans rally up.
Xia gets up but Jinny spins her through to keep the armlock. Jinny wrenches but Xia flips through and kicks back! Xia jawbreakers Jinny away, then runs to bulldog! Fans fire up with Xia as she runs and tilt-o-whirls Jinny! Xia runs in for meteora to the back! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives but Xia won’t let her get away. Xia grabs one leg, then the other. She gets the arms, but her back won’t allow her to finish the surfboard. Jinny wheelbarrows Xia into ropes! Jinny finishes Xia with a wring out rolling kick, the Touch of Couture! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The current Progress Women’s Champion rolls through the young upstart! Will Jinny soon add the NXT UK Women’s Championship to her golden ensemble?
The Grizzled Young Veterans, James Drake & Zack Gibson, head to the ring.
Mr. Mayhem & Liverpool’s Number One may have stayed out of the fight between Gallus and British Strong Style, but they still want after the NXT UK Tag Team titles. Gibson picks up a mic while fans boo and jeer. “You saw a glimpse, a tiny little bi,t of what we can do last week when we made light work, easy work, of Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan.” That’s just the tip of the iceberg. This is James Drake and Zack Gibson, and together they are “soon to be recognized as the very first NXT UK Tag Team Champions!” Fans disagree with boos and jeers, but Gibson simply drops the mic. Their statement has been made, but will they be able to follow through?
Eddie Dennis speaks.
“NXT UK means the world to me.” It allows him to apply his true skills of manhandling athlete after athlete. Dennis wants to build this brand around him, and has everything to prove. Will he prove all that and more in the main event?
Eddie Dennis VS Dave Mastiff!
Two big men with two big undefeated streaks, but only one can stand tall as THE monster of the UK. Will the Headmaster teach the Bomber a thing or two tonight? Or will it be bombs away yet again for the man from the Black Country?
The bell rings and Mastiff stares Dennis down. Fans are on Mastiff’s side as they tell Dennis “Mastiff’s gonna kill~ you!” Mastiff and Dennis tie up and Mastiff powers Dennis to a corner. The ref counts and the two separate at 4. Dennis has his guard up as he circles with Mastiff again. Dennis clubs and body shots Mastiff, then puts on a headlock. Mastiff powers out and they collide. Neither man falls but Mastiff barely budges. Dennis runs and rams Mastiff again, but still nothing happens. Dennis kicks and forearms, then runs but things speed up. Mastiff dropkicks! Mastiff throws hands of his own, then clubs Dennis in a corner. Dennis crawls but Mastiff looms over him. Mastiff drives elbow after elbow into Dennis’ chin, and Dennis goes down.
Mastiff chuckles as he brings Dennis up, but Dennis fights back. Dennis gives EuroUppers of his won, but runs for Mastiff to follow. Mastiff tackles Dennis with a crossbody! Mastiff aims, but Dennis dodges the back senton! Dennis runs to boot Mastiff out of the ring! Dennis wants the count out but Mastiff stirs. Mastiff climbs up onto the apron at 5, but Dennis boots him back down! Dennis still wants the count out but the count has to restart. Mastiff stands at 5, but is up at 7. Dennis boots Mastiff again but Mastiff stays up this time. Mastiff grins so Dennis trips him up. Dennis kicks Mastiff around the corner then mugs him against the barriers.
Fans rally for Mastiff as Dennis puts him in the ring. Dennis stomps and punches away in the corner, and then another corner. He puts Mastiff in a cravat, but fans rally up. Mastiff resists and breaks free to throw forearms. Mastiff whips Dennis then runs in but misses. Dennis clubs Mastiff in the back, then drives in his elbow over and over. Dennis puts the cravat back on but fans rally up again. Mastiff endures as Dennis wrenches harder. Dennis drives in knees, and fans duel, “Let’s go, Eddie!” “Eddie sucks!” Mastiff powers out and throws counter punches! Mastiff backs Dennis down then rocks him with a EuroUpper and headbutt! Cover, TWO! Dennis survives but Mastiff keeps his focus.
Mastiff runs in but into boots. Dennis hops up but Mastiff clubs him. Mastiff climbs up to join Dennis now, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans are loving this as both men crash down! Mastiff and Dennis slowly stir as a 10 count begins. Mastiff and Dennis stand up, and Dennis hits first. They brawl back and forth while fans duel. Mastiff rocks Dennis but Dennis comes back with many forearms. Mastiff hits back but Dennis knees low. Dennis runs but into a fireman’s carry, rolling senton to back senton! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives being squashed but Mastiff stalks him. Mastiff lifts Dennis, for a German Suplex! Bridge, TWO!! Dennis surprises many, including Mastiff.
Dennis gets to a corner and Mastiff runs corner to corner, but into a scoop!? Swinging side slam! Cover, TWO!! Mastiff survives and Dennis is shocked! Dennis brings Mastiff up, but Mastiff back drops him away. Mastiff stalks Dennis but Dennis gets to ropse. Dennis gets a sucker punch in! And another! But Mastiff is just angry now, and he yanks Dennis into ropes. Dennis crawls to a corner, and Mastiff puts him back on the top rope. Mastiff clubs Dennis then climbs again. Dennis fights back, bumps Mastiff off buckles, then gets around behind. Dennis uses the corner for help, in getting Mastiff up. Mastiff slips out but Dennis spins him for a clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Both men are exhausted but this match still isn’t over.
Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as both men stir. Dennis is up first and grabs Mastiff but Mastiff snapmares and headbutts. Then another German Suplex! Dennis ends up in a corner, and Mastiff says bombs away! Into the Void! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
The Bomber is still undefeated! He is the one true monster of the brand, and doesn’t look to be stopped any time soon. If Mastiff goes after the United Kingdom Championship, will even Pete Dunne be dominated?
These double doses continue to do very well, but I think even WWE is getting confused by how things should line up. In episode 16, they were reviewing what Isla Dawn said “three weeks ago”, but her challenge to Rhea Ripley was only in episode 15. And I’m pretty sure we completely missed out on how Triple H, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala were supposed to announce the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But those are all minor gripes given how they were hoping to do these episodes one at a time, in a way that lined up with the rest of WWE’s timeline. That aside, Isla VS Killer Kelly was solid, as was Jinny VS Xia. Rhea VS Isla will be great, but I’m thinking Rhea retains to keep her inaugural reign going strong.
Aichner gives us another good opening match, and it works in story that he loses to Flash Morgan Webster. Perhaps Aichner gets a tag team partner to take them both on in a match. It would definitely work since many of the matches in these two episodes focused on building the UK Tag Team Division. We got a great match out of Jordan & Williams VS GYV, who are apparently shifting gears while Gibson waits down the line against Pete Dunne. Gallus also gets a great match out of makeshift team Ligero & Smith, and Mark Coffey joining with Wolfgang shouldn’t be too surprising. Joe Coffey is being written as the leader, and usually leaders go for singles gold. Joe Coffey does great against Trent Seven, that much was incredible. I’m still sensing a Gallus VS British Strong Style six-man and who knows, all the titles should at least be present.
And speaking of the WWE UK Championship, there are plenty of strong contenders lining up while Dunne is away. Obviously Joe Coffey wants his shot, and Joseph Conners is going strong now that he’s back to singles action. Dave Mastiff VS Eddie Dennis was a pretty great match, both guys are heavy hitters and really got to impress. Dennis getting the swinging side slam was impressive, but there was no way he was going to carry Mastiff all the way to the other corner. I was still surprised Mastiff won, but I suppose the Face staying undefeated to this point doesn’t immediately mean a Heel like Joe Coffey takes that title from Dunne. Dunne VS Mastiff can still be great as Face VS Face, since Dunne’s had such matches like against Danny Burch.
My Score: Episode 15 – 8.7/10; Episode 16 – 8.5/10
Dragon Gate Fantastic Gate 2018 Results & Review (12/4/2018)
Mathew brings us more coverage with…Dragon Gate? Well I suppose something big did happen, even though King of Gate was still horrid. But hey, let’s see if PAC’s involvement helps things out.
We now return to Dragon Gate to take a small break from the AJPW Real World Tag League, which you should check out if you haven’t just yet since it’s been a great tournament.
As of right now, this will be my last Dragon Gate coverage for the year due to scheduling with the holidays and work, plus I need to get ready for matches of the year at the end of the month. We got a big show today since we got Open the Dream Gate Championship defended against PAC.
So let us see how things will turn out as we…dive right in.
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa
Review: Our opening contest is an eight-man tag match with Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito, and Super Shisa taking on three members of Tribe Vanguard, Kagetora and the Open the Twin Gate Champions, BxB Hulk and YAMATO along with Dragon Dia. Dragon Dia is a new wrestler in Dragon Gate as he is also considered to be Dragon Kid’s new apprentice whenever he decides to hang it up. Let’s see how Dragon Dia does and will he help Tribe Vanguard get the victory or will it be the other team?
The match was short and incredibly basic with nothing really too much to make the crowd seem overly invested in it in my opinion. Half of the match is pretty much Dia paying his dues in the ring while also getting a bit of offense into the match, so how did he do? From what I saw out of him, I thought he does have potential to be how Dragon Kid was but he has a long way to go if he wants to reach that level eventually. Dia did take a beating from the other team and even had Gamma kinda waterboard him while he was taking a Mexican Stretch. Tribe Vanguard would do stuff for a little bit into the match and they worked well with each other and not with Dia since he’s not really apart of their unit. Dia would get to have Fujii for a pinfall but he kicked out and hits Dia with a Lariat to end his momentum. Fujii would hit a Chokeslam onto Dia as Ryo would do his SaiRyo Rocket to get the pinfall victory.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, Masaaki Mochizuki & Yuki Yoshioka vs. Hiroshi Yamato & MaxiMuM (Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida & Naruki Doi)
Review: We get another eight-man tag match to continue this show as Masaaki Mochizuki is in action with Hyo Watanabe, Kota Minoura, and Yuki Yoshioka as the four take on Hiroshi Yamato and three MaxiMuM members, Jason Lee, Kaito Ishida, and Naruki Doi. While the opening match wasn’t really something that was memorable, I’m sure we’ll get some action in this one to pick stuff up. Which one of these four will win?
I’m still new to Hiroshi Yamato, but I’m still digging his singing type of gimmick and think it’s pretty funny. This one was a much better match than the opening contest since all of the competitors were more involved in this We had another small encounter with Mochizuki and Lee, and I still wanna see that match happen but I know we probably won’t get a singles match with them any time soon. Yuki is someone that keeps growing on me whenever I see him involved in these tag matches as he does show signs of progress and I hope to see big things from him in 2019. Jason Lee would try to do his taunt in the ring when he’s in his meditative state and rolled up Mochizuki for a two count and when Mochizuki would try to do the same taunt, Jason would just kick his head. Yuki would block Naruki’s Bakatare Sliding Kick but takes a German from Yamato, a Facebuster from Naruki, and a kick along with a German from Lee as they break the hold. Yuki would attempt a flash pin onto Kaito but Kaito would quickly maneuver out of it until Yuki pinned him back down as he gets the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Shun Skywalker vs. U-T
Review: We only have two singles matches in this show and it’s time to get our first one underway as we have Shun Skywalker taking on U-T. It’s been a while since I’ve seen Shun in a singles match since the King of Gate Tournament and this might be the first time I’ve seen U-T in a singles match, so this is definitely a nice surprise since both men can go. Which one of these two will get the win?
If you were expecting a highflying type of match between these two, you don’t get that type of match here and while it did throw me off, I was honestly okay with it since they still did give us a technical match. For my first time seeing U-T in one on one action, I gotta say that seeing him more ground-based in this match was very surprising in a good way too since he’s very crisp in his ability. Shun Skywalker still continues to impress me every time I see him in the ring, so seeing both of these men deliver in this match made me feel very satisfied.
The match was also very even here and it looked like Shun was going to get him, but U-T would catch him with the Skayde to try and make him tap out to the hold until Shun would roll out of the hold and hits the Moonsault Press for a two count. Shun would hit a Reverse Suplex and goes to the top rope to go for another Moonsault as U-T puts his knees up before Shun could land. U-T would apply the Skayde once again but Shun would refuse to tap out of the hold once again and the bell rings to show that there’s a time limit draw. Huge ovation for these two in this match and I hope this isn’t the end for them.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Six Man Tag Team Match
Dragon Kid, Bandido, & Flamita vs. DAGA & R.E.D. (Eita & Ben-K)
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag team match with Dragon Kid teaming up with Flamita and Bandido is they take on R.E.D. We found out that Dragon Kid and Eita are going to have one final match at Final Gate in a hair vs mask match, but I’m not sure if the Open the Brave Gate Championship is on the line yet. But this is sure to be an exciting tag bout and let’s see if R.E.D wins or the luchadors take it.
R.E.D starting the attack on their opponents before the match started in their typical heel fashion. The face team would start to make a comeback with Bandido and Flamita diving to the outside onto their opponents. Seeing Kid, Flamita, and Bandido team up worked out very well here with their Luchador agility with Bandido once again being on fire in this match and if he’s someone you follow, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that shit right away if you like Lucha Libre. It’s a shame Ben didn’t win the belt but I know he’ll bounce back into something soon, maybe going back to the Open the Twin Gate picture with Big R. Eita and Dragon Kid going back at it develops more fuel into their story and I actually can’t wait for it to end and not because it felt like it went on for too long, but with the new stipulation they added to their match, it just adds a lot more involved for their eventual conclusion. After Flamita and Bandido did their tag team combo with Bandido hitting a Phoenix Splash after being flipped over, Eita and Kid are alone in the ring again. Dragon jumped off the ropes and got caught for a Super Kick and would go to finish off Kid but he hits the Bible onto Eita to get the surprise victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Eight Man Tag Team Match
Natural Vibes (Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka & YASSHI) vs. R.E.D. (Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida & Yasushi Kanda)
Review: Our next match is another eight-man tag team match with R.E.D members, Big R Shimizu, KAZMA SAKAMOTO, Takashi Yoshida, and Yasushi Kanda taking on Natural Vibes members, Genki Horiguchi, Kzy, Susumu Yokosuka, and Brother YASSHI. Recently, Natural Vibes broke the record for most title defenses with the Open the Triangle Gate Championships and they still look to hold onto the titles for a long time to keep the record around more. Will Natural Vibes get the win or will it be R.E.D?
R.E.D once again attacking Natural Vibes before the bell would ring and both teams would start fighting to the outside of the ring and into the crowd near the bleachers until they got back into the ring as we get the match started now. The match felt a little too short for this type of match but I thought it was still solid enough for a quick little exhibition type of match. We had a little encounter with Takashi and Kzy during the middle of it where they would go back and forth and it did seem like Takashi was gonna win this little back and forth until Kzy hits his running Elbow Smash onto him. Natural Vibes started to get the shine in the match when Susumu hits an Exploder Suplex onto Kanda off the middle rope and Kzy tops it off with an Elbow Drop while YASSHI hits a Diving Headbutt for a two count. Members were taking each other out left and right until it was Genki and Takashi in the match now as he does his Backslide From Heaven to go for the pin but Big R picked him up in a Wheel Barrel position for a German Suplex. Big R would quickly pick him up for him and Takashi to hit a Doomsday Device and KAZMA topped it off with a Package Piledriver to give R.E.D the win.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Open the Dream Gate Championship
Masato Yoshino (c) vs. PAC
Review: We now have our main event of the evening as Masato Yoshino defends his Open the Dream Gate Championship against PAC. This will be PAC’s second singles match in Dragon Gate ever since he made his return to the company and while his match was disappointing, he still wanted to make the challenge to prove himself. Only one gaijin won the Open the Dream Gate Championship and that man was Ricochet, so if PAC wins then he will be the second one to win it. Masato though won’t go down without a fight here as he defends Dragon Gate against this man. Will Masato retain once again or will we have a new champion?
While both R.E.D and MaxiMuM are surrounding the ring, none of them interfere in the match and I’m glad too because it would’ve been a little bit too much in this match, plus PAC needs to prove himself that he can defeat Masato on his own without any help. I thought this match was a great title defense and definitely PAC’s better match compared to his one with Flamita since this one had a nicer pace that didn’t make it drag out a bit at all and he played the heel persona well like how he did in WWE when he was considered the King of the Cruiserweights, but he’s now known as the Bastard Child in Dragon Gate. I think I liked Masato’s match against Ben-K a little bit better, this one was almost as good in my opinion. One spot I really did like was when Masato went for the Slingblade off the top rope and PAC just flipped out of it and it just looked more smooth. Also, the Corkscrew PAC did to the outside looks great despite him shooting himself a little bit too far since most of the people were a bit too close.
PAC pulled off a lot of power moves like the Pop-up Powerbomb and it looked like he had Masato right where he wanted him as he went to the top rope to go for the Black Arrow but he was able to catch himself once Masato moved out of the way and hits the Another Space and then would hit the first Torbellino as he calls for the submission finish to apply the Sol Naciente, but he wouldn’t hold it for long this time as PAC picked him up for the Powerbomb for a two count. PAC seems to be getting back control now as he would try to go for the Black Arrow once more time but Masato picked his knees up to make PAC land on it and rolled him up for a two count. Masato wouldn’t give PAC time to rest as he hits a second Torbellino and applies the Sol Naciente once again but PAC was unable to power out of it this time around as he falls onto the mat unable to move for a bit until his foot landed on the rope to break the hold. Both men would have bursts of energy in the last stand as Masato lands another Torbellino and PAC gets up quickly to hit Masato with a German Suplex and gets him up for a Powerbomb but Masato would Sunset Flip over him for a two count. PAC would hit a Lariat onto Masato to knock him down before hitting the German Suplex Hold for a two count, and it appears PAC has him right where he wants him as he went to the top rope to the Black Arrow and he connects this time for a three count and we have a new champion!
You heard right, PAC is the new Open the Dream Gate Champion. Part of me feels like it’s a bit too soon to win the belt since he just came back a couple of months ago but at the same time, they wanna capitalize on this while he’s still red hot since leaving WWE and it could potentially open new eyes to the product since most fans knew him as Neville. So in a business aspect, it’s a good idea and hopefully, it can lead to what the company is looking for. Let’s see how things turn out.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: Aside from the two singles matches being the highlight of the show, nothing else really stood out with the multi-man tag matches throughout the night. U-T and Shun did great work together and PAC had a much better match than he did with Flamita and we got a new champion out of it to bring in a new era for Dragon Gate.
Favorite Match: Masato Yoshino vs. PAC
Least Favorite Match: Dragon Dia & Tribe Vanguard (BxB Hulk, Kagetora & YAMATO) vs. Don Fujii, Gamma, Ryo Saito & Super Shisa