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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Report! (6/13/18)

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The NXT Champion will address his coming challenge

Days before TakeOver: Chicago, the NXT Champion, Aleister Black, will appear to address his most imposing challenger to date, Lars Sullivan! Plus, Pete Dunne puts his WWE United Kingdom Championship up against Kyle O’Reilly! Will the Undisputed Era add another title before putting their Tag Titles on the line Saturday?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • War Raiders VS Ricky Martinez & Justin Storm; War Raiders win.
  • Kassius Ohno VS EC3; EC3 wins.
  • Aliyah VS Bianca Belair; Bianca wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Kyle O’Reilly; Dunne wins and retains the WWE UK Championship.

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War Raiders VS Ricky Martinez & Justin Storm!

Ray Rowe & Hanson have already wrecked team after team since joining NXT, and are ready to wreck some more. Storm starts against Warbeard Hanson and tie up. Hanson powers Storm right to a corner, and dares him to come back. Storm is wary but he does, only for Hanson to cartwheel and clothesline him down! Hanson drags Storm up and tosses him to the corner. Tag to Rowe, to feed Storm to Hanson’s knee, then Hanson feeds Storm to Rowe’s forearm. Rowe glares at Storm as he drags him around. Rowe DARES Martinez to tag in, and Martinez accepts.

Martinez is wary of Rowe, but throws a forearm. It does nothing but make Rowe grin. Rowe dares Martinez to do more, so he does, but Rowe headbutts the forearm away. Rowe then gives Martinez a knee and a discus elbow! Martinez goes down, but Rowe is not done with him. Rowe puts Martinez in the corner and tags Hanson. Hanson runs in for the splash, then feeds Martinez to the Shotgun Knees. Rowe picks Hanson up, spinebuster hip attack in the corner! Martinez is dazed, but fans chant “War! War!” But then Storm runs in and attacks Hanson from behind. Bad move, because Hanson just seethes. Hanson grabs Storm and Rowe gives him the Ace Ten Mao! Rowe then tags Hanson back in, and drags Martinez up. Fans know what this means: FALLOUT! Cover, War Raiders win!

Winners: War Raiders, Hanson pinning

The warpath continues in NXT, will these modern day vikings pillage and raid the Tag Team Division until they get the titles?

The War Raiders speak in the ring.

“They call themselves The Mighty!” “We’ll show you ‘mighty’.” The Raiders bring Storm up, for Thor’s Hammer! Thorne & Miller have their response from Rowe & Hanson. Who will be standing at the end of this Mighty War?

 

The Undisputed Era help Kyle O’Reilly warm up.

However, when they spot the cameras, Adam Cole kicks the camera crew out. “You don’t film the Undisputed Era unless I say so!” What secrets to O’Reilly’s preparations does the UE want to keep from the UK Champion and NXT Universe?

 

NXT takes a look at the DIY break-up and feud.

TakeOver: Chicago II marks the anniversary of the heinous betrayal by Tommaso Ciampa. The grudge festered while Ciampa was out with injury, but immediately sparked into a wildfire the night Ciampa returned and attacked Gargano again. Then came the Unsanctioned Match at TakeOver: New Orleans. Gargano won the night, but it didn’t end anything. If anything, it only made things more personal. Johnny Wrestling wanted to move forward, but the Psycho Killer wouldn’t let things die. Ciampa screwed Gargano out of an NXT Championship before the match even started. Ciampa wouldn’t give Gargano his Happily Ever After. But just as Ciampa wouldn’t leave Gargano alone, Gargano wouldn’t leave Ciampa alone.

But then things took a really dark turn as Candice LeRae, wife of Gargano, ended up in the crossfire. Now things reach a new level of venom and hate. They go back to where it all began, and they aren’t going to wrestle, they’re aiming to beat the Hell out of each other. Gargano left Chicago in an ambulance last time, what will he do to make sure Ciampa leaves that way this time?

 

Kassius Ohno VS EC3!

Mr. Top One Percent is here to transform the show into #NX3, but he runs into an NXT veteran in the Knockout Artist. EC3 enters his 4th match, will it be another win? Or will Ohno KO EC3’s fledgling streak?

Fans chant “NX3!” as the bell rings, and the two go at each other. Ohno shoves EC3, but EC3 goes after a leg. Ohno throws EC3 off, then gets a facelock. Fans duel while EC3 gets away to the outside. Ohno pursues, and grabs EC3 as he trise to get back in. Ohno chops and chops EC3, then puts EC3 in the ring. EC3 runs at Ohno on reentry but Ohno shoulders and haymakers EC3 first. Ohno chops EC3 again, then whips him corner to corner. EC3 reverses, but Ohno fires out to run EC3 over! Ohno drags EC3 up, scoops and slams, then drops a senton, but EC3 gets knees up. EC3 grabs Ohno for the leg trip. EC3 puts Ohno in the corner for a Top One Percent mudhole. He backs off at 3, but then stomps away some more.

EC3 then drags Ohno up and puts him in another corner. EC3 throws hands while fans duel. He snapmares Ohno, then neck snaps. He drags Ohno up for a nerve hold while fans rally. Ohno endures, then powers up to his feet. Ohno stands but EC3 clubs him on the back. EC3 kicks but Ohno blocks and counters with a knee! EC3 staggers, and Ohno adds an elbow. Ohno hits another, then discus boots EC3 down! Fans fire up as Ohno hits the back senton! Then another! EC3 rolls out of the ring, but Ohno pursues again. Ohno rusn and hits another back senton! Ohno puts EC3 in the ring, then waistlocks, but EC3 hotshots Ohno ont he ropes. Fireman’s carry, EC3 hits the One Percent TKO! Cover, EC3 wins!

Winner: EC3, by pinfall

The Top One Percent toughs it out, and gets himself another Top One Percent win. This also adds another loss to Ohno’s own record. Will EC3 find himself at the very top of #NX3 in the near future? Will Ohno ever turn his luck back around?

 

Aliyah VS Bianca Belair!

The EST of the Women’s Division is one of, if not the, strongest and fastest women in NXT history, but will Aliyah’s new look help her start anew?

The bell rings and the two circle. Bianca winds up her hair so it doesn’t get in her way while Aliyah shows off. Bianca decks Aliyah with a right, then dares Aliyah to do something. Fans cheer for “EST! EST!” Aliyah avoids Bianca’s grip, but not that shoulder tackle. Bianca circles Aliyah, then puts on a headlock. Aliyah powers out but Bianca goes up and over to handspring and tackle Aliyah into the corner. Bianca grinds her shoulder in, then drags Aliyah up. Bianca wants respect as she shows off that strength. Aliyah slips out and shrieks into a guillotine headlock! Bianca flails, and turns it into a snap suplex! Fans fire up, and Bianca adds a body splash! Bianca kips up, then tells Aliyah to kiss this. Bianca then DEADLIFTS Aliyah up, and carry her around!

The EST then tosses Aliyah for snake eyes, and then lifts her in the torture rack. Torture Rack driver! Cover, Bianca wins!

Winner: Bianca, by pinfall

The EST finishes with Aliyah in the strictest fashion. Will Bianca continue on this streak to become the next winningest woman in NXT?

 

NXT looks at the Queen of Spade’s Reign of Terror.

“You know what was going through my head when I won that title?” What meant more to her than winning, was walking back into the locker room and seeing everyone fear her. Fear equals respect to Bully Baszler. She is the slap of reality she feels the NXT Women’s Division needed. You can call it bullying, but it’s just reality. If you can’t handle that, get out. Baszler bullied Dakota, and even broke her arm. The fight starts in the mind, so if the mind breaks, the body follows. But someone who already has a broken mind is SAnitY’s Loony Lass! Nikki Cross doesn’t fear anything, she thrives on chaos. Nikki “won” the title, but the reality is, she didn’t. But in Chicago, chaos and fear will collide, and one woman will establish themselves the real owner of the NXT Women’s Championship.

 

Backstage interview with Dakota Kai.

Captain Kick was so close to winning the NXT Women’s Championship. She’s just happy over how she stood up to Shayna Baszler. She was moments away from winning, but if she gets another chance, it’ll be different. Dakota might not be able to go crazy like Nikki Cross, but still. Hold up, wait a minute, Bianca Belair doesn’t get it.

Why is Dakota being interviewed when Bianca won? Bianca takes over, and introduces herself. She is the strongest, toughest, roughest, quickest and best, unlike Ms. Dakota “Team Kick” “You Ain’t Gonna Do Nothing.” Dakota will only cry and fail, go to the back of the line, it’s Bianca’s time. Shayna may have used mind games, but Dakota is over that. Bianca talks big, so let’s see how her game is next week. Bianca likes the sound of that, but promises Dakota won’t. Who will win this post-TakeOver match-up?

 

WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Kyle O’Reilly!

The Undisputed Era already holds the NXT North American Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championships. O’Reilly is the first Canadian to challenge for the United Kingdom Championship, and the second ever UK Championship Tournament is on the horizon. Will the title still be with the UK after tonight? Or will the Undisputed Era add more gold to the collection?

The bell rings and the two circle fast already. O’Reilly lunges but backs away and the fans are already fever pitched. The two tie up, O’Reilly rolls and takes Dunne down by the legs. Wristlock cover, TWO, again, TWO. O’Reilly tries again, but Dunne bridges. O’Reilly goes to put his whole weight on him, but Dunne catches him into bodyscissors and a Kimura! Dunne can’t quite get it, and O’Reilly switches to an armbar. Dunne slips out and grabs O’Reilly in a hammerlock. O’Reilly slips out and the two are in a stand-off. It’s brief, as Dunne cartwheels around to go after the arm. Fans are fired up as Dunne grabs and bends O’Reilly’s fingers, wrist and elbow in all directions.

Dunne puts on a modified crossface, but O’Reilly refuses to give up, so Dunne just stomps and yanks the arm. O’Reilly staggers but Dunne is on him. Dunne whips but things speed up, Dunne runs O’Reilly over with a lariat! O’Reilly tries to run, but Dunne gets him on the apron. O’Reilly fights him away, then hops down, but Dunne kicks out that arm! Dunne then throws O’Reilly with an X-Plex onto the apron! The UK Champ looms over the writhing and gasping O’Reilly while fans are thunderous. Dunne puts O’Reilly back in the ring, then gets him in surfboard position. Dunne hooks and stretches O’Reilly’s face, from lips to nose to ears. He then returns to torturing the wrist, before stomping both knees! O’Reilly crawls to a corner, but Dunne keeps on that arm. Dunne whips but O’Reilly reverses. Dunne goes up, but O’Reilly trips him up!

The Bruiserweight hits the mat and clutches that bad leg. O’Reilly drags Dunne up but Dunne swings on him. O’Reilly ducks and fires off strikes, targeting the leg. He sweeps the leg and Dunne flips and falls! Fans are still thunderous while O’Reilly gives Dunne a shoulder breaker and side suplex, into a heel hook! Dunne resists, scraping his heel into O’Reilly. Then Dunne grabs O’Reilly’s heel, and it’s a battle of heel hooks! O”Reilly kicks Dunne then drags him around to go after the leg. Dunne slaps O’Reilly, O’Reilly kicks the bad thigh, repeat, so Dunne enziguris O’Reilly down! Fans are loving this as both men slowly stand. O’Reilly staggers into furious fists from Dunne!

Dunne whips but O’Reilly reverses, Dunne goes up and over. Dunne grabs O’Reilly, standing switch, but Dunne lands out of the German Suplex to kick O’Reilly. Then, sit-out bomb! TWO, into triangle hold! O’Reilly brings Dunne in deeper but Dunne resists. WTO, and Dunne kicks out the arm again. Dunne goes after the arm, Hoverboard wristlock! Dunne elbows while O’Reilly body shots. O’Reilly gets a standing arm triangle! Dunne fades but O’Reilly can’t hold on. O’Reilly Penalty Kicks! Cover, TWO, but O’Reilly keeps going with the BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! That was so close to a new and NON-UK UK Champion. The fans are still thunderous and dueling as O’Reilly stands first. O’Reilly toys with Dunne, but Dunne just grits his teeth.

Dunne feeds off O’Reilly’s kicks, but O’Reilly gives fists and knees, too. Dunne blasts O’Reilly with one big forearm! O’Reilly staggers up, and into the Bitter– No, O’Reilly reverses with a guillotine! But Dunne reverses into the Kimura! And then, another X-Plex, into an armbar! O’Reilly rolls around to an Ankle Lock! O’Reilly twists but Dunne rolls over to go after hands. Dunne gets O’Reilly’s arms twisted, but double headbutts take them both out! Fans love this as both men stir, half-dazed. Both men slowly stand, then stagger back. They throw hands fast and furious! Dunne rocks O’Reilly, but O’Reilly knees. Dunne dodges the ax kick but O’Reilly ducks the enziguri. O’Reilly ax kick, but enziguri stops the smash! Dunne runs, but into the heel kick. O’Reilly runs, but into that killer right! Fans are loving this while both men go down again.

O’Reilly and Dunne crawl towards each other, and O’Reilly goes after the leg while Dunne goes after the arm. O’reilly hammers away with elbows, but Dunne won’t let go. Dunne takes more elbows, but refuses to let go of that finger. O’Reilly grows annoyed, and takes Dunne’s mouth piece away. But Dunne snaps the fingers! Then the Bitter End!! Cover, Dunne wins!!

Winner: Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE UK Champion

The Bruiserweight keeps the title home where it belongs. But the Undisputed Era strikes! Adam Cole and Roderick Strong tackle and stomp Dunne, but here come Lorcan & Burch! The brawlers from Boston and Britain won’t let the champions do what they want. They and Dunne fight the Undisputed Era off, and Dunne gets shots in on the traitorous Strong! Cole drags Dunne out but Dunne rocks him with a right! Dunne keeps going, and the NXT Tag Team Champions and challenges go wild with hands! Strong is thrown out, O’Reilly is next and falls on Strong! The one-two combination is ready, will they become the NEW champions in Chicago?

 

Aleister Black is here!

The Embodiment of the End is NXT Champion, for now. He faces the toughest competition any champion could face in The Leviathan, Lars Sullivan. Therefore, Aleister speaks, saying that “Lars Sullivan thinks he’s got my number.” Lars caught the Black Mass, and that did shock Aleister. But Aleister promises Lars will still feel the Black Mass’ full force at TakeOver. Nothing is too powerful, and that carnage of Lars’ is not imminence, as he will #FadetoBlack. But speaking of Lars, here he comes! The Mile High Monster glares at Aleister and Aleister prepares for a fight. Lars rushes the ring, and they brawl! Aleister fires off, then bobs and weaves, only for Lars to clobber him down! Lars roars, lifts Aleister, and deja vu as another FREAK ACCIDENT slams Aleister down!

Fans boo and jeer but Lars simply snarls and circles the champion. Lars lifts Aleister again, for a second Freak Accident! The Leviathan grins as he looms over a limp Aleister. But he drags him up again, and hits a THIRD Freak Accident! Lars paces around his fallen prey, because he’s still not done. He drags Aleister out of the ring, and hauls both Aleister and the title up to the announce desk. Lars tells Aleister, “YOU will fade to black!” Aleister is prone while Lars stands tall, title raised high. Lars says “This is your reality in Chicago!” Will the Leviathan’s prophecy of pain and power come true this Saturday? Or can the Dutch Destroyer recover in time to strike back?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This was a pretty good go-home for TakeOver, though some things seemed lacking. Opening with War Raiders wrecking jobbers is always fun, and it helps them parallel “The Mighty”. Bianca continues her roll and calls out Dakota, and both that match and the War Raiders VS TM61 match are part of next week’s post-TakeOver episode. So at least on matches, next week won’t be completely boring or filler, as those matches could be seen as unofficial contenders matches. And I feel like as fast and furious as EC3 VS Ohno was, it could’ve had more given what both men can do. Maybe if this match was another week it would’ve, but for now, it was close to being a squash.

The DIY promo package was great, just like the Ricochet VS Dream video last time. Just on Ricochet VS Dream and the Gargano-Ciampa Street Fight, this card is already looking amazing. The UK Championship match was another amazing one, and it was so fast-paced and technical. Dunne and O’Reilly are definitely both worthy of titles, and while Lorcan & Burch stand tall, I’m confident Undisputed Era retains so that they can let Bobby Fish return to the ring as a champion when he and O’Reilly defend against Rowe & Hanson. Then Strong can shift over to settle things with Dunne. The one thing of tonight I was confused by was Aleister and Lars just repeating the segment from a couple weeks ago, but then escalating. I feel like they should’ve combined the segments so that Lars blocks the Black Mass, then does the trifecta of slams.

My Score: 8.6/10

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

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!

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

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

 

Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall

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

 

Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.

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

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

 

Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.

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

 

Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.

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

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

 

Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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

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

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!

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

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

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

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

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

Winners: EC3, by pinfall

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

 

NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.

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

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!

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

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

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

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

Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning

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

 

NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.

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

 

Dominic Dijakovic speaks.

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

 

Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.

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

 

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

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

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

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

Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall

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

 

Aleister Black speaks.

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

 

NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

 


 

My Thoughts:

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

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

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

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

My Score: 8.8/10

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