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NXT takes over Chicago once again! Johnny Wrestling and the Psycho Killer look to end their grudge where it all began, in a Chicago Street Fight! Who will stand tall at the end of this ruthless rematch? Plus, can the Embodiment of the End make the Leviathan #FadeToBlack? Or will he suffer another Freak Accident?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Undisputed Era wins and retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
  • Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream; Ricochet wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Nikki Cross; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Lars Sullivan; Aleister wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • Chicago Street Fight: Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa; Ciampa wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the NXT TakeOver Kickoff Show!

Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee are in Chicago to make sure everyone watching knows exactly what to expect tonight.

EC3 joins the Kickoff panel.

Mr. Top One Percent presents his first bit of #NX3 merch, and says he loves the “Windy Apple.” The NXT Universe is buzzing with the #OneAndOnlyDream match, but what does that do to EC3? EC3 gives the shirt to McAfee to teach Sam a lesson. He does admit that the star-studded match could dictate the future, but The Top One Percent dictates fate just by showing up and getting fans to chant. EC3 doesn’t need to be in a match to change things, he just needs to be here.

McAfee supports EC3, he has the second best tan in NXT. Who has THE best? Drake the Ref. That’s true. EC3 does special things in the ring, too. EC3 has had victory after victory after victory, “stupid Sam.” The Million Dollar Man with a Billion Dollar Body is ready for the future, when will he get to make his next TakeOver mark?

Adam Cole appears to join the Kickoff Show!

He’s surprised to see McAfee, seeing as how he’s doing worse being here than being a punter. Cole is not concerned about Lorcan & Burch taking the tag team titles from O’Reilly & Strong. In fact, he’s annoyed those two are even challenging his friends at all. Seems Cole is taking the night off, though. “Taking the night off”? He’s the NXT North American Champion. He’s not the best in NXT, in WWE, but all over the world! Cole does what he wants and when he wants. His boys are opening the main show, so he’s going to go help them prepare. Will the Undisputed Era keep hold of those NXT Tag Team Championships against the one-two combination?

 

TakeOver: Chicago II begins!

“Pain.” Physical or mental suffering. It targets the weak and strong alike. Pain is a weapon. Pain is a motivator. And pain is at the root of all conflict. “But ultimately, pain leaves you with a choice: You can either feel it, or you can inflict it.” Pain takes over the Windy City, but who will overcome it to leave the winners?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!

Roderick Strong betrayed Pete Dunne in New Orleans to #ShockTheSystem and take those titles from the Authors of Pain. But the brawlers from across the waters look to shock them back with their one-two combination. Will the Undisputed Era continue their TakeOver streak? Or will they be knocked out by the underdogs they underestimate?

Chicago is thunderous for “Undisputed!” as the bell rings. Strong starts against Lorcan, and they tie up. Strong gets down and around, and toys with Lorcan. Lorcan and Strong tie up again, and Strong gets the headlock. Lorcan powers out and pushes Strong to a corner, but Strong goes up and over. Things speed up, and Lorcan runs Strong over with a back elbow. Burch tags in and takes Strong’s arm. Strong turns things around with a facelock, and backs Burch down to tag in O’Reilly. O’Reilly headbutts and headlocks Burch, then throws him with a takedown. O’Reilly throws hands, but Burch stands up. Burch hits back with body shots, then powers out, but O’Reilly rolls and boots Burch back.

They run again, but Burch catches O’Reilly’s leg as he leaps to bring him down. Burch then drags O’Reilly up and around for a European Uppercut. O’Reilly hits back but Burch knocks him down. Tag to Lorcan, and they double whip O’Reilly into double elbows. Strong comes in but they’re ready, and double snap suplex Strong onto O’Reilly! Lorcan & Burch coordinate, and go corner to corner with clotheslines. They go back to back as O’Reilly & Strong stagger, to then clothesline them both out. The one-two is in control while the Undisputed Era regroups with Cole. O’Reilly goes back into the ring with the fans behind them.

O’Reilly uses his ground stance but Lorcan wants nothing to do with it. Strong reaches at Lorcan, which is enough of a distraction for O’Reilly to kick away on. O’Reilly backs Lorcan into a corner and throws muay thai knees. Lorcan turns it around and CHOPS. O’Reilly tries but Lorcan dodges to CHOP more. O’Reilly grabs Lorcan in a headlock, Lorcaon powers out, but O’Reilly runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up, the kitchen sink knee takes out O’Reilly. Burch tags but O’Reilly fights them both. He runs but into double low dropkicks. Strong comes in but Lorcan gets him with an uppercut! Burch runs in for a EuroUpper then lariat and kick! Burch hops up, flies with the missile dropkick, then kips up.

Strong staggers but reverses the throw to throw Burch out. O’Reilly kicks but Burch blocks, only for Strong to wreck him with the dropkick! Fans fire up as Strong puts Burch into the LED apron. Strong puts Burch in the ring, tags O’Reilly, then drags Burch up for them to kick and chop in the corner. O’Reilly brings Burch out to give a shoulder breaker, then the back suplex, into the heel hook! Burch works the counter, but Strong tags in to stomp Burch out. Strong rains down rights, then mocks the one-two fingers. He stomps Burch more, then gives Burch the pendulum backbreaker. Cover, TWO, so Strong throws more hands. Strong brings Burch up, then whips him into the corner. Tag to O’Reilly, and they whip him even harder.

Strong goes side to side for the forearm, then O’Reilly adds the kick. O’Reilly brings Burch out again, but Burch denies the shoulder breaker to throw hands and chops. O’Reilly trips him up then drives in elbows and knees into those ribs. He throws hands back and forth then tries for the armbar. Burch holds on, reaches around, and gets the ropebreak. O’Reilly lets go, then toys with Burch. He brings Burch up and puts him in a corner. Strong tags in but Burch throws forearms back. Strong dropkicks Burch! Cover, TWO, so Strong wraps Burch up in a seated abdominal stretch. Burch bleeds just a bit from the top of his head but he keeps fighting. He stands and fights, but Strong rocks him with elbows. Strong runs into the corner, but misses! Back drop from Burch, and both men are down.

Hot tag to O’Reill, and O’Reilly kicks Lorcan down. O’Reilly ax but Burch the headbutt! Both men are down again, and crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Strong and Lorcan! Lorcan rallies on Strong with those haymakers and chops. Lorcan runs, for the big lariat! He keeps going, for a EuroUpper! Strong gets uot but O’Reilly comes in, to get chop after chop. Lorcan hits Strong, then dropkicks O’Reilly, and then FLIES! He takes them BOTH down, and fans fire up for him.

Lorcan puts Strong in the ring, dodges, Half ‘n’ Half to Euro Upper! High stack cover, TWO! O’Reilly returns but Lorcan just chops away on him and Strong. Lorcan is on fire as he hits back elbow after back elbow in the corners. One to O’Reilly, one to Strong, back to O’Reilly, but Strong catches him. Lorcan slips out to shove Strong into O’Reilly, then hits the DOUBLE Blockbuster! Tag to Burch, and they drag Strong up. Hanging DDT! Cover, O’Reilly breaks! Lorcan throws him out, then goes up while Burch lifts Strong onto his shoulders. O’Reilly returns to disrupt that, Lorcan hits the apron! Burch has Strong alone, but Strong turns him around. Boot, enziguri, and tag to O’Reilly to kick and club away.

O’Reilly knees, sweeps but Burch headbutts and knees. Burch runs, but into a knee. O’Reilly suplexes, cover, TWO, into the armbar! Burch resists, holding on to his hands tight. O’Reilly fights Burch’s grip, and it comes down to the last finger. Armbar is on! Burch flails, reaches, sits up, and gets the ropebreak! O’Reilly lets go but he goes to tag in Strong. O’Reilly goes back to Burch and brings him up. He whips him to a corner and Strong hits the shining wizard. Bakc suplex slam to shining wizard! Cover, TWO!

The Undisputed Era is furious, but they have something more. Strong tags O’Reilly, and Strong brings Burhc up. He runs, but Burhc headbutts! Burch dumps O’Reilly out onto Strong, then tags Lorcan. Lorcan on the apron, another double blockbuster! Lorcan puts O’Reilly in the ring, Burch grabs him and puts him on his shoulders. EuroUpper for the Showtime! Cover, but Cole drags O’Reilly out! The referee saw that, and EJECTS Cole!

Cole argues and fumes the entire way while Burch and Lorcan get O’Reilly back in. They bring O’Reilly up but those bad arms. Lorcan takes O’Reilly, lifts, but Strong trips Burch! Strong puts Burch into the announce desk while O’Reilly gets teh guillotine!! Lorcan endures but O’Reilly is wrapped on him. Lorcan gets out with a Northern Lights! Fans are loving this as Lorcan and O’Reilly get up. O’Reilly boots Lorcan, Strong tags in, but runs into EuroUpper after EuroUpper. Lorcan runs, but Strong knees. Lorcan slips out of the suplex to chop block! He lifts Strong, POWERBOMB! High stack, TWO, into Half Crab!

Strong crawls, but Lorcan drags him awya. O’Reilly kicks but it doesn’t do anything to Lorcan! So O’Reilly puts Lorcan in the guillotine, but Burch comes in to grab O’Reilly in a crossface! Side-by-side submissions, the champions flail and reach, but O’Reilly rolls aruond to kick Lorcan off the hold! All four men are down but the fans are at a fever pitch. The teams regroup and stand up. And a brawl erupts! O’Reilly takes out Burch, but Lorcan takes him to SLAP SLAP SLAP! Strong knee smashes! Ax and SMASH, to the high-low combo! Cover, Undisputed Era wins!

Winners: The Undisputed Era, Strong pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions

What an opener! Both teams brawled with all they had, but in the end, the minor influence of Adam Cole tips the scales. The Undisputed Era get this one, will they continue their takeover of NXT?

 

Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream!

This #OneAndOnlyDream match has been the Patrick Clark Experience claiming anything Ricochet can do, he can do better. But Ricochet also turned that back on Dream with “Prove it”, before doing a front flip out of the ring and to the floor, seamlessly! Can Dream keep his word while keeping the spotlight all to himself? Or will the King of Flight trump this Prince of Charisma? Speaking of Princes, Dream’s attire seems rather familiar for Ricochet…

Dream takes his time joining Ricochet in the ring. The fans duel as the bell rings. Ricochet and Dream get face to face, questioning the other’s attire. The two back off and circle, feeling it out. They tie up, Ricochet powers Dream to a corner but Dream turns it around. Dream backs off to pose and flex, brother. He and Ricochet circle again, then tie up. Ricochet gets behind but Dream gets a takedown, only for Ricochet to put on a headscissors. Dream works against the hold, then pops out, to throw his bandanna before going for the headlock again. Ricochet puts the headscissors back on, and still holds on.

Dream endures the squeeze and wrench, then rolls around to slip out the back. Dream grabs the headlock again, but Ricochet pries his way out into an armlock. Ricochet grinds Dream into a corner, TWO. Dream gets up but Ricochet gets the headlock. Fans duel while Ricochet holds on as Dream tries to power out. Dream rolls Ricochet to a cover, ONE, and they stand up again. Dream grabs Ricochet and gets the headlock. Ricochet fights back, powers out, but Dream runs him over with a shoulder. Dream soaks up the cheers and jeers, then speeds things up. Ricochet lifts but Dream tilt-o-whirl headscissors, but Ricochet handsprings to land on his feet!

Dream poses, thinking he threw the King off, but Ricochet runs back in to roll off the back. Ricochet rolls, handsprings, and superhero lands! Fans are all fired up after that. Ricochet and Dream stand up as they stare down. Dream slaps, Ricochet slaps and rolls him up. ONE, and Ricochet gets the waistlock. Dream fights out but Ricochet rolls and handsprings to then headscissor, kip up and dropkick Dream down! Dream flounders to a corner, but Ricochet runs in corner to corner. He ends up on the apron but he hits Dream away. Ricochet then springboards, but Dream trips him up! Ricochet hits the apron then the ground while Dream catches his breath. Dream then comes out to fetch Ricochet, putting him in the ring. Dream puts Ricochet in a corner and throws hands and stomps.

The referee backs him off, but Dream just rushes back at Ricochet with more hands and stomps. Dream backs off and tells the referee not to touch him. Ricochet staggers up, but Dream clubs him back down. Dream drags Ricochet back up, to hotshot him on the top rope. Ricochet drops, so Dream goes to the apron, for the knee-board senton, a la Ricochet himself! Dream stalks Ricochet on the mat, then brings him up for the hip-swiveling neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream keeps his cool. Dream dares Ricochet to get up, but then drops the ax handle. Fans rally, and Ricochet hits back. Dream clubs him more, but Ricochet throws and elbows Dream at the ropes. Ricochet runs, but Dream pushes him out of the ring! Dream builds speed, and FLIES!

Dream hits Ricochet with the springboard tope conjilo! He then puts Ricochet in the ring, covers, TWO. Dream drags Ricochet up and puts on a chinlock. Ricochet endures the thrashing and grinding while fans rally up for him. Ricochet stands, but Dream wrangles him back down. Dream puts his weight on Ricochet, but Ricochet feeds off the fan energy. Ricochet stands while fans duel, but Dream rocks him with that forearm. Dream shoves but Ricochet kicks him away. Ricochet back elbows, then boots from a corner. Dream blocks but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet throws Dream out but Dream drags him out. Fans love “Both These Guys!” as Dream grabs a foot. Dream ducks the enziguri, but Ricochet flips to throw him. Dream runs into a corner but into boots, Ricochet rolls to dropkick him out! Ricochet then takes aim, builds speed, and… DIVES!

Tope suicida hits, but Ricochet keeps going. Ricochet FLIES! The backflip attack hits, but Ricochet puts Dream in the corner. Ricochet runs corner to corner to EuroUpper and haymaker Dream. He bumps and 619’s Dream out of the corner, then climbs up to springboard back elbow! Cover, TWO! Dream flounders but Ricochet keeps focus. Ricochet gets up, then Dream, and Ricochet whips Dream to ropes. Dream kicks him away, then runs, but Ricochet follows for the neckbreaker and shooting star! Cover, TWO!

Both men are down but fans rally up. Ricochet stands first, lifts Dream in the fireman’s, but Dream falls off. Dream asks for mercy, but he throws Ricochet out. Ricochet speeds up to the top rope, but Dream trips him up again. Dream rocks Ricochet with a right, then climbs up to join him. Dream wants but Ricochet denies, and they brawl up there. Down goes Dream, but Ricochet adjusts. Ricochet aims, for the fake out! He rocks Dream back, then sits him down. Ricochet climbs up again, but Dream counters! SUPER ROLLING DEATH VALLEY!

Dream crawls to a cover, high stack at that, TWO!! The fans say “This is Awesome!” as both men slowly stir. Dream crawls his way back to the corner, and drags himself back up top. Ricochet sees him, then ducks the counter, to rock Dream with an uppercut. Ricochet drags Dream back up, but it’s Velveteen with the SUPERPLEX to the FLOOR! Fans lose their minds, and the referee checks on them. Both men are okay to continue, so the 10 count begins. It reaches 5 but both men are barely up. Dream gets in at 9, Ricochet at 9.5! The match continues and the fans applaud. Dream and Ricochet crawl towards each other, and then slowly get up together. Ricochet swings but ends up in a second Rolling Death Valley! Cover, TWO!!

Dream can’t believe it, but he’s too sore to show frustration. He and Ricochet are slow to getting up, but Ricochet needs the ropes to help. Ricochet and Dream stagger over, and throw wild haymakers and uppercuts. Ricochet first, then Dream, and back again. Dream clubs away, but Ricochet uppercuts. Dream kicks, but so does Ricochet. Fans rally up as Dream EuroUppers, then another. Ricochet answers with his own, but ends up in position. Dream goes for the sidewinder but Ricochet counters into a Northern Lights, roll through to the deadlift. Ricochet’s back won’t let him, so he settles for strikes. SUPERKICK from Dream, but bicycle kick from Ricochet.

Ricochet runs but into a back elbow. Dream hops up but misses. Ricochet rocks Dream with the discus! Ricochet keeps going, fireman’s but Dream slips out, SIDEWINDER! Cover, TWO!! But fans are giving a standing ovation! Dream and Ricochet stir, and Dream slaps Ricochet as he says “You belong in a bingo hall!” Fans again say “This is Awesome!” but Dream says HE is the awesome one. Ricochet lifts Dream, and steals the Rolling Death Valley! Ricochet hurries over to a corner, up to the top rope, and poses! Purple Rainmaker! Cover, TWO!! Dream will not die, certainly not to his own move.

So Ricochet will go for his move, as he drags Dream over. Ricochet climbs up again, with Dream in the drop zone. Dream slowly rolls away, so Ricochet just goes with… a shooting star! But into knees! Dream covers, TWO!! And Dream is shocked! Dream gets himself up top, he wants to end this. Dream goes Coast2Coast, but misses the elbow as Ricochet rolls! Ricochet climbs back up while Dream writhes. Fans are at a fever pitch, as Ricochet hits the 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!

Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall

The One and Only Winner is the King of Flight! The spotlight was stolen by both men, but it shines brightest on Ricochet. With such a spectacular performance, will this springboard Ricochet all the way to the top?

 

NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Nikki Cross!

The Queen of Spades loves breaking her opponents’ arms, legs and even spirits. However, you can’t break what’s already broken, and the Loony Lass lost her marbles long before meeting Shayna. When fear doesn’t work, will pain be the only thing that cuts through the chaos?

The bell rings, and the two stare down. Shayna tries to intimidate with her stance, but Nikki just stares at her. It unsettles Shayna just a bit, but then Nikki ups the ante by again daring Shayna to “do it!” Shayna doesn’t put her sleeper on, but she does shove and trip Nikki. Nikki just kicks and laughs like an excited child. Nikki continues to dare Shayna to “do it”, then she scurries over and spooks Shayna. Shayna is at the ropes, so Nikki backs off. Shayna can’t comprehend why Nikki is leaving herself wide open. She steps closer, but Nikki spins around to laugh. Shayna lunges in out of frustration, but Nikki gets around and hops on! Nikki puts Shayna in a sleeper!

Nikki thrashes and growls as she brings Shayna to a knee. Shayna gets back up and throws Nikki off, then drags Nikki up. Nikki powers Shayna buckles, then stomps away. Shayna silps out, but Nikki chases her. Nikki ducks the apron kick to trip Shayna, then tucks her in to wail away! Fans cheer for the Crazy Cross but Shayna retreats. She doesn’t get far before Nikki hops on again! Shayna drops Nikki backwards on the ramp! The referee checks on the challenger, but she’s somehow okay. Shayna gets up and goes back to Nikki. She drags Nikki up and into the ring. She sits Nikki up for a stiff knee shot! Cover, TWO, and Shayna grows frustrated.

Shayna grounds and pounds, then brings Nikki up and around to smother her! The referee backs her off, but then she grinds a forearm into Nikki’s face. Shayna smothers Nikki again, but Nikki just smiles through it all. Shayna drags Nikki up for a facelock, then a chinbar. Nikki endures, and fans rally up. Nikki fights out with body shots and big forearms, but Shayna knocks her back with another knee! Shayna sits Nikki up, for a third! Yet Nikki grins! Nikki wants more, so Shayna gives her a fourth. Nikki sits up again, still grinning. She slaps herself, then blocks the fifth knee. Nikki forearms Shayna, then again, but Shayna ducks to go for the Kirafuda. Nikki back suplexes Shayna!

Fans fire up while Shayna rolls to ropes. Nikki gets herself up, and then Thezs Press and frantic hands on Shayna. Nikki rallies with lariats and forearms, then stomps a manic mudhole into Shayna. She won’t let up, even as the referee counts. Nikki stops herself at 4, but she’s still going. She climbs up, aims, and leaps for the crossbody!

Cover, TWO, and Shayna rolls to the apron. Nikki still slaps herself as she follows. She drags Shayna up, for an inverted DDT to the apron! She rolls Shayna over, covers, TWO! Nikki is a bit surprised, but not upset. She just drags Shayna up, swings, but Shayna slips out to hit another knee. Cover, TWO! Nikki rolls away but Shayna stalks her. Shayna grabs Nikki, sleeper hold, but Nikki rams her into buckles! Nikki hoists Shayna up, hanging swinging neckbreaker! Cover, Ropebreak!

Shayna survives thanks to ring awareness. But Nikki just revs up again as she drags Shayna by her hair. Nikki crucifix but Shayna gets the Kirafuda!! Shayna has Nikki stuck in the middle of the ring, with the body scissors added. Nikki reaches, endures, rolls around but she can’t get free. Fans cheer for Nikki, but she’s still stuck in the center. Nikki just smiles as she fades away?! She’s out, Shayna wins!!

Winner: Shayna, by submission; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen of Spades may not have scared Nikki, but she still put her to sleep. Shayna’s Reign of Terror continues, what will it take to end it?

 

NXT Championship: Aleister Black VS Lars Sullivan!

The Leviathan earned his shot at the top after barreling through every opponent put in front of him, especially Ricochet and Velveteen Dream. The Embodiment of the End has yet to be pinned or submitted, will Lars that change tonight? Or will Aleister find a way to make this genetic anomaly #FadeToBlack?

The bell rings, and the Rocky Mountain Monster stares down with the Dutch Destroyer. They slowly circle, and Lars says that “one shot” won’t be enough. They get face to face, and Lars vows he’s gonna take Aleister out. Lars swings but Aleister hits first. Lars kicks low, lifts but Aleister gets out. Aleister swings his kick, but Lars blocks it, just like on NXT TV! Lars spins Aleister but Aleister roundhouses Lars out. Aleister pursues and forearms on the run. He throws furious hands, but Lars shoves him. Aleister runs back in but Lars alley-oops Aleister onto the apron. Lars swings but Aleister hops over to then hit Meteora! Lars goes down, then flounders his way back into the ring. Aleister pursues and throws hands, but Lars counters with his own clubbing arms.

Lars clubs Aleister into a corner, then runs, but into the jumping knee! Cover, ONE, but Aleister keeps Lars down with an armbar. Lars endures the bending, then powers his way back up. Lars pushes Aleister off, but Aleister boots back. But Lars stays up, and uses one hand to shove Aleister to a corner. Aleister evades, then runs back, but is put on the apron. Lars blocks the forearm and twists Aleister’s arm, before hauling him up onto his shoulder! Aleister slips off but Lars runs through the lariat to then run Aleister over. Aleister rolls out of the ring, but Lars pursues. Lars hauls Aleister up, then throws him, but Aleister reverses to put Lars into the post. Aleister gets back on the apron, and climbs up, for the SUPER Moonsault.

Lars catches it! To then snake eyes Aleister on the LED, and push him into barriers! Aleister is down, but Lars drags him back up and in. Lars stalks Aleister as he flounders. Lars runs in and squashes him in a corner. Cover, TWO, but Lars is only mildly annoyed. Lars stretches Aleister back, clawing the face then clubbing it with a crossface forearm. Lars roars “Who’s the man!?” Cover, TWO, but Lars just wraps Aleister in a heavy chinlock. Fans rally for Aleister while he endures the massive squeeze. Aleister turns red, but he refuses to quit. Lars puts his weight on him, but Aleister keeps moving. Aleister gets a second wind, and uses body shots.

Lars knees low, then whips Aleister. Pop-up, but Aleister slips out to try and roll him. Lars blocks with strength, then hauls Aleister up, for a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Lars grows a bit frustrated with Aleister, but he still mocks him. “This is your champion?” Lars dares Aleister to stand. Aleister does, and throws a forearm. It doesn’t do much, so Aleister throws another, and another, and another! Lars grabs Aleister’s hair, but Aleister ducks the clothesline. Aleister runs, but into the pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO! It was close, but Aleister did get out.

Lars decides to shift plans, and goes up top. Aleister springs up to rock him with a boot! Aleister climbs up now, but Lars resists. Lars holds on even as Aleister elbows away on his neck. Lars staggers to the apron, but then trips up Aleister, and then club him off the top! Aleister is dazed while Lars climbs up. Lars basically falls into the diving headbutt, but Aleister gets a knee up!

It was double-edged given Lars’ weight, as Aleister clutches his leg. Fans fire up while both men slowly get up. Lars is first, and he drags Aleister up. They brawl, Aleister unleashes kicks and elbows. He can’t knock Lars down, but then he sweeps the legs, and sliding knee! Aleister kips up, Lars flounders around, and walks into Aleister’s strike fest. Quebrada! Cover, TWO, but Aleister doesn’t slow down. Aleister walks around Lars, and lifts him up with a foot. Lars grabs that foot, and flips Aleister, before using a chop block on the bad leg. Aleister still boots Lars, but then he kicks with the bad leg and it hurts him more than it does Lars. Lars takes Aleister down, for the Stretch Muffler lift! Lars tortures that leg and bends Aleister all sorts of ways.

Fans rally again as Aleister endures. Aleister gets out to a cover, TWO! Lars kicks low, grabs Aleister, but Aleister turns the slam into a DDT! Both men are down, but Lars gets himself to the apron. Aleister sits up, then walks over, but into a choke. Aleister back elbows but Lars clobbers! Lars drags Aleister onto the apron, but Aleister hits back with a stiff boot. Then another, and another, only to run into an apron powerslam!! Lars puts Aleister in the ring, then climbs up top. FALLING HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO!? Lars cannot comprehend this. He stands up again, and waits for Aleister. Aleister wobbles, but jumps over the chop block to double stomp! BLACK MASS!! Cover, TWO!? Was that only a grazing hit? Or is Lars really that tough?

Fans rally Aleister up, but Lars follows. Aleister tries but Lars blocks Black Mass again, to then wallop Aleister with a lariat. Then, FREAK- No, Aleister shoves out to hit Lars’ jaw with the knee. Then another BLACK MASS! Aleister got all of that one, but he won’t cover because Lars is still conscious. Larts bleeds from the mouth but he starts to sit up. So Aleister gives him a THIRD Black Mass! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

The Embodiment of the End had to do more to The Leviathan than to anyone he’s ever faced in NXT. Lars may not be human, but Aleister shows he himself is superhuman. If not even Lars can conquer Aleister, who can?

 

Chicago Street Fight: Johnny Gargano VS Tommaso Ciampa!

It was over one year ago that one of the greatest tag teams in NXT, DIY, lost more than just tag team titles. The Psycho Killer, in a moment of paranoia and anger, betrayed Johnny Wrestling to break up their team, end their friendship, and ruin Gargano’s life. This grudge has escalated ever since, and Gargano won the Unsanctioned Match in New Orleans. With another match that throws caution to the wind, who will walk out of the Windy City with a win?

Before he heads out, Gargano’s wife, Candice LeRae, who at first was completely against this rivalry going down this path, makes sure Gargano is prepared for this battle. She gives him the broken crutch he used back in New Orleans. Then she tells Gargano to “Kiss his ass!”

But the Psycho Killer is just as prepared, because he has his own crutch.

Both gladiators are prepared, and this match begins!

Ciampa rushes the ring and the start swinging! Gargano blocks, the crutches are tossed, and Gargano tackles Ciampa to throw hands. Ciampa gets away, but Gargano clotheslines him out. Gargano is on the apron and mule kicks Ciampa away. Gargano then leaps, cannonball to the floor! Fans fire up as he drags Ciampa up and puts him across the announce desk! Ciampa takes out Nigel! Gargano pays no mind to the casualties, as he stalks Ciampa to the timekeeper’s area. Ciampa gets into the stands but Gargano hits him more. They fight right up to a fan who has a sign for Gargano. Ciampa stomps and kicks Gargano, then takes that sign! Ciampa tries to rip the sign, but realizes the sign has a board in it. Gargano kicks Ciampa, takes that sign, and as the sign hoped, Gargano uses it to SMACK Ciampa!

The board, was a STOP SIGN! Which Gargano uses to SMACK Ciampa more. Smack and smack and smack, Gargano shows no mercy. He doesn’t have to, it’s a Street Fight. Gargano high-fives the fans, then stalks Ciampa. Ciampa goes down, but Gargano goes up. Gargano takes aim, and LEAPS onto Ciampa! They crash and burn, but Gargano gets up first. Gargano stalks Ciampa while the fans lose their minds. Gargano rains downs rights while fans chant “Johnny Wrestling!” Things return to ringside, and Ciampa flounders back towards the ring. Gargano follows him over, but decides to get supplies from under the ring. First, a trash can, then its lid, and even a standard chair. Gargano has an arsenal to choose from, and he swings the lid.

Ciampa ducks, and German Suplexes Gargano! Ciampa puts Gargano’s face on the chair, but misses the stomp. Gargano throws haymakers while fans duel. Gargano clubs and clubs Ciampa, but Ciampa reverses into another German Suplex. Ciampa holds on, then drags Gargano up again, for another German! Ciampa still holds on, doing his own version of #SuplexCity. Gargano reaches for ropes, but gets thrown with another German Supelx. Ciampa grins as he keeps his grip, but Gargano reaches around again. Gargano standing switch, and he throws Ciampa with a German Suplex! Ciampa rolls out but Gargano runs to DIVE onto Ciampa! Direct hit and Ciampa rolls to the ramp.

Gargano brings him back over, then whips him into steel steps. Gargano goes back for supplies, but Ciampa hits Gargano with the braced knee! Ciampa drags Gargano up and throws him into barriers. Ciampa moves the steel steps over, because he’s planning something truly sinister. He kicks Gargano while he’s down, but ignores the fans booing and jeering. Ciampa checks under the ring, and finds a second garbage can. He also brings out another chair and another lid. Ciampa goes with the chair, and jabs it into Gargano’s ribs. Gargano crawls, but Ciampa puts that chair around Gargano’s neck. Ciampa throws haymaker after haymaker, then brings Gargano up, to throw him at the steel steps! Chair hits steps, and jams into Gargano’s throat!

Gargano flails in pain while gasping for air. Ciampa simply watches from the ring. Fans continue to duel while the referee checks on Gargano. Gargano refuses to quit, so Ciampa goes back out to SMACK Gargano with the trash can. Ciampa grins at his former friend, then positions him against the steps to hammer him ito the steel. Ciampa grabs the trash can and just chucks it at Gargano’s head! He then puts Gargano back in the ring, and pulls off his shirt to use it to choke and smother Gargano! Ciampa even drives in an elbow to top it off. Ciampa stomps Gargano, but fans still say “You Suck! Woop Woop!”

Gargano sits up but Ciampa brings him up to put him in a corner. Ciampa stomps away, then slingshot guillotines Gargano into the bottom buckle! Gargano writhes in pain again, but Ciampa is far from done. Ciampa goes under the ring in search of something. And he finds a pair of handcuffs!? Ciampa has another sinister idea. He goes over to Gargano, cuffs one wrist, but Gargano fights back. Gargano back elbows and the cuffs fall off. Gargano slingshot spears Ciampa down! But between the bad neck and the rage, Gargano doesn’t cover. Instead, Gargano takes off his belt to then whip Ciampa across the back. Fans tell Ciampa “You Deserve It!”

Gargano whips and slaps Ciampa over and over, then makes it a leather fist to punch Ciampa down. Gargano grabs a trash can and puts it on Ciampa, to then DIY SUPERKICK it! Ciampa is dazed but Gargano isn’t done with that trash can. Gargano wedges the can into a corner, then drags Ciampa up. He scoops Ciampa, but Ciampa slips out and rakes the eyes! Ciampa lifts Gargano, Project Ciampa bomb! Then with the trash can lid added, he gives Gargano shotgun knees! Cover, TWO!! Ciampa is furious, but he just wants Gargano to get up again. Another trash can lid knee sends Gargano out to the apron!

Ciampa follows Gargano out there, and returns to those steel steps. Ciampa lifts Gargano but Gargano resists. Gargano elbows Ciampa’s neck and head again and again and again, but Ciampa still lifts him! AIR RAID ON THE STEPS!! Ciampa puts Gargano in the ring, covers, TWO!? Gargano has proven he has an insane amount of guts, but this is even crazier than that. Ciampa decides to bring out something more, and finds a pair of clippers? He clips the strings on the ring cover? What is he planning now? Ciampa unties more string, and pulls away the canvas, then the padding, to reveal the wood! He SMACKS Gargano with a chair for good measure, then waves good-bye.

Ciampa finishes exposing a corner of the ring, then drags Gargano over. He hoists Gargano up, and fans are starting to grow concerned for both men. Ciampa bits Gargano’s ear, then climbs up top. Ciampa prepares the lift, but Gargano flails! Gargano sunsets through, and Ciampa holds on for dear life. Ciampa punches, misses, Gargano tucks him in for a SUPERKICK! Gargano crawls, skipping the crutches to instead brawl with Ciampa. They go back and forth, fans strongly on Gargano’s side. Both men stand, and the brawl continues. Both men stagger, but neither backs down. Gargano gets the edge, then spins, but into a boot! Ciampa spins, but into an enziguri!

Gargano grabs a lid but Ciampa hits a knee strike. Ciampa grabs a crutch but Gargano hits a SUPERKICK! They both swing, they both connect! Ciampa falls, Gargano falls on him for a cover, TWO!! Fans declare “This is Awesome!” while Ciampa crawls his way out to the steel steps. Gargano aims, slingshots, but Ciampa SMACKS him with the trash can lid! Ciampa staggers away while the referee checks on Gargano. Gargano is okay to continue, so Ciampa runs in, but the knee goes into steps as Gargano evades! Ciampa clutches his bad leg, and undoes the brace. Then he tightens it, remembering New Orleans.

But too late, Gargano is upon Ciampa and punches away at the knee! Gargano takes a chair and SMACKS the leg!! And jabs it, and jabs it, and jabs it and jabs it and jabs it! Fans fire up with Gargano as he drags Ciampa’s back leg around. Ciampa shoves Gargano into the corner can! Then puts Gargano in the GargaNO Escape! Fans boo as Ciampa steals Gargano’s hold.

But Gargano reaches around, and gets a crutch! Ciampa bails out when he sees that, and shifts to a STF, wanting to use the broken crutch the way Gargano used the brace at New Orleans. Ciampa clobbers away on Gargano to get him to stop resisting. Gargano is limp, and Ciampa finishes strapping his brace. Fans duel as Gargano props himself up on the crutch. Ciampa knees him down! Ciampa takes the broken crutch, takes aim with it, and RAMS it into Gargano’s neck from behind! Cover, TWO!??! Ciampa is furious, he doesn’t get how Gargano survives. He throws Gargano out and Gargano slumps to the ground.

Fans chant “We Want Tables!” Ciampa watches Gargano crawl, but he won’t let Gargano get away. He drags Gargano up, and walks his old friend up the ramp. “We were like brothers!” They were family! Ciampa says Gargano did this to himself. Ciampa recreates their moment last year, saying Gargano has to say “bye bye” to Candice, his family, and his career! Then Ciampa throws Gargano into the LED stage wall, a la TakeOver: Chicago 1! Gargano is dazed and rolling, but Ciampa adds another braced knee strike! But Ciampa says “It’s not enough!” This rage, this anger, this hate, it’s far deeper than anyone could have imagined.

And just as fans wanted, Ciampa spots tables, and brings Gargano over. Ciampa drags Gargano up with him on top of the stack of trunks. Ciampa stands up, and takes Gargano’s wedding ring from him! To spit on it, and throw it away! Ciampa drags Gargano up, but Gargano lifts Ciampa, for a SUPER AIR RAID THROUGH THE TABLES!!! It is utter carnage in Chicago, and Chicago loses its mind! The referee says this is enough, and he calls for medical attention. The medics respond, and check on both men amid the wreckage. Gargano somehow gets back up onto the trunks, and looks down at his fallen foe.

Ciampa needs a neck brace now, like a flip-side to Ciampa’s brutal attack on Gargano a month ago, as well as last year. Medics carefully put Ciampa on a back board, but fans want Gargano to “Do it! Do it!” Ciampa is put on a stretcher, still groaning and screaming with pain. Gargano sees his ring is missing, and fans want him to “Jump! Jump!” Ciampa is being wheeled out, but Gargano won’t let him get off that easy. Gargano rushes over, Chicago cheering him on, and he shoves the medics out of the way! Ciampa begs for mercy as Gargano wheels him back to ringside. Gargano takes off the straps, beats on Ciampa, then puts him into the ring.

Gargano’s rage takes over as he undoes the neck brace, and puts Ciampa in GargaNO Escape! Ciampa taps, but there’s no ref to count it. The security pull Gargano off, Gargano fights THEM off! Garagno grabs the handcuffs! He binds Ciampa’s arms behind his back, then sits him up for a SUPERKICK! Then another! And another! And another! More and more and more, then the GargaNO Escape. Ciampa manages to tap, but the referee is nowhere in sight. Gargano shouts “This ends when YOU do!”

More security come out to pull Gargano away from Ciampa, but Gargano is not satisfied. He breaks through, then fights the security off again. Gargano runs around the outside, and they end up near the bare wood. Ciampa gets Gargano with a draping DDT on the wood!! Cover, Ciampa wins!!

Winner: Ciampa, by pinfall

This match was over five times before, but only now does it end. Ciampa endured torture, but it’s everyone else that feels the agony of defeat. However, given how much it took out of both men, will this prove to be a double-edge victory?

Candice LeRae comes out to check on her husband, but as always, Ciampa waves good-bye. The series may be tied, but is this the end of the war between Ciampa and Gargano?

 


 

My Thoughts:

NXT is truly the best of the best of what WWE does. The kickoff was fun with EC3 and Adam Cole being great in character for their appearances. Great to see Keith Lee in attendance, that means he’s ready to debut at any moment. The matches started hot and just kept going to perfectly climax at the very end. Lorcan & Burch may not have won, but it was an amazing feat for them to turn the crowd into their favor before the end. They also get a great ovation even after the match for the effort they put in. I don’t know about Raw or SmackDown, but those two would be amazing additions to the 205 Live roster as a tag team to really energize that budding tag division.

Ricochet VS Dream was even better, which seemed impossible at the start but was undeniable by the end. Dream is cheeky coming out in a fusion of Hulk Hogan and Prince Puma, aka Ricochet’s persona from Lucha Underground. Ricochet goes over, because it just makes sense. As I expected, Shayna goes over, but it was genius to have Nikki lose because she passes out, not because she taps out. Shayna won the match but Nikki won the mind games, expect Nikki & SAnitY to finally be on SmackDown. Aleister VS Lars, that was also incredible, like NXT’s version of Batman VS Bane or something. Aleister wins this on sheer grit and determination, but also because I expect EC3 to be gunning for him next.

That Chicago Street Fight, was probably the best Street Fight of all Street Fights, WWE or anywhere. It made sure to reference all the story going into this, had a nice surprise in that stop sign inside the sign, scared me for Nigel’s sake, and then for both Gargano’s and Ciampa’s sake. This has gone from personal grudge to archenemy territory and beyond. Ciampa continues to be best heel as he wins more by luck than anything. The fans just hated him, aside from the contrarians. But since their overall series is 1-1, this has to continue one more time in NXT, or even bleed onto the main roster, this rivalry is that great.

My Score: 9.5/10


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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (7/18/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “Break the Machine”

The Machine called Cage wants to be Lucha Underground Champion, and is willing to break Pentagon Dark to do it. Will he succeed? Or end up broken instead?

 

Gifs to come courtesy of frentique.tumblr.com

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X; Desmond wins the seventh and final Aztec Medallion.
  • Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal: The Mack wins, and chooses ??? to be left out of the Gift of the Gods Championship match.
  • Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon; Vibora wins.
  • Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Ancient Aztec Medallion Match: Paul London w/ The Rabbit Tribe VS Desmond X

The Mad Hatter has a new edge after sacrificing Mascarita Sagrada, but he faces a new face in the Temple for the seventh and final spot in the Gift of the Gods Championship match. Can Desmond make an impact in his debut?

The bell rings, but Desmond is distracted by Saltador and Mala Suerte jumping in and running around. London hits Desmond in the opening, then stomps and hammers away. London chokes Desmond at the ropes, then tucks him in. Mala and Saltador hold Desmond in place for the basement dropkick! Desmond tumbles out of the ring, but the others hold him up. London runs in again, but Desmond sends the harebrained henchmen into the dropkick! Desmond goes up to the apron to mule kick London down, then Arabian Press moonsault! London gets out of the way, so Desmond only hits Saltador and Mala. London is back in the ring, and slingshots to wreck Desmond with another dropkick. He drags Desmond up and into the ring to slingshot to the Oklahoma Roll. TWO, and Desmond crawls to a corner.

London goes over and rains down lefts and rights with frantic fury. Desmond crawls away but London is on him again. Desmond shoves then ducks London to hit a back elbow. London walks into a strike fest and leaping complete shot! Fans rally behind Desmond as he aims at London, but the henchmen grab his feet! London runs in, but Desmond gets free and lets London hit buckles. Desmond runs in but into boots. London climbs up, but Desmond springs up to super headscissor London down! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer Desmond while London rolls away. Desmond gets up and runs corner to corner, but misses the uppercut. London runs but hits buckles again, and Desmond hits a swing kick. Desmond goes for a tornado DDT but London powers out of it. Desmond handspring Pele kicks London down! Cover, TWO, but Desmond keeps going.

Desmond climbs up top and takes aim, but London rolls away. Desmond rolls through his 450, but then turns around into London’s double knees! London goes full rabies as he foams at the mouth. He stalks Desmond then brings him up, but the tiger suplex is countered to a wheelbarrow pin! Desmond wins!

Winner: Desmond X; wins the final Aztec Medallion

From debut to a Gift of the Gods contender, Desmond has the X factor needed to survive in the Temple. Will he also use that same potential to be the next GotG Champion?

 

Antonio Cueto presents the Gift of the Gods Championship.

He congratulates Desmond X on becoming the final entrant for next week’s massive GotG match. Antonio has been a promoter for over 40 years, and can’t ever remember such a star-studded match. “Next week is gonna be epico!” But that means the seven fighters must now place their medallions in the belt to officially claim a spot in Lucha Underground history. Introducing first: Dragon Azteca Jr! The Eagle Tribe’s representative heads down the stairs, and places the Snake Tribe medallion. Second is King Cuerno, the King of Hunters! He presents the medallion of his Deer Tribe. Third is Ivelisse, the Baddest Bitch in the Temple. She enters her first ever GotG match as she presents the Moth Tribe medallion. Fourth is Desmond X, who only just won the Rabbit medallion.

Fifth is Son of Havoc, who won alongside The Mack just last week. Havoc places the Jaguar Tribe’s medallion, followed by The Mack presenting the Eagle Tribe medallion. And last but not least, Mil Muertes! He appears with Catrina to present the Death Tribe’s medallion. All seven medallions are in the belt, and all seven competitors stand in the ring. Antonio wishes to have some fun. “To some, seven is a lucky number. But I have always found it to be unlucky.” That means that next week, ONLY SIX will get to compete. Because tonight, the odd man–or woman–out will be decided in a surprise Over the Top Rope Battle Royal! The winner gets to choose who doesn’t join the rest of them next week!! “What’re you waiting for?! FIGHT!!”

Odd One Out Over the Top Rope Battle Royal!

The bell rings, Catrina gets out of the way, and all seven luchadors go at it! Cuerno goes after Ivelisse while Muertes takes care of both The Mack and Desmond X. Azteca and Havoc stay clear while Cuerno tries to toss Ivelisse. She fights back while Azteca runs into Muertes’ barreling shoulder. Muertes throws and ELIMINATES Cuerno! Muertes then targets Ivelisse as she climbs up top. He grabs her by the throat, then throws her out onto Cuerno! Ivelisse is ELIMINATED! Muertes then grabs Desmond and ELIMINATES him with a single toss! Azteca staggers up but runs into Muertes, who powerbomb lifts him. Azteca counters with a headscissors while Mack and Havoc work together, they all ELIMINATE Muertes! Of course, Aztec is also ELIMINATED for touching the floor, leaving just The Mack and Havoc!

Havoc and Mack, two thirds of the Lucha Underground Trios Champions, must now face each other. This will decide who is completely gone from the Gift of the Gods Championship match. The fans are divided, but Havoc assures Mack that it’s no big deal. Havoc then DIVES onto everyone else!!

He ELIMINATES himself! The Mack wins!

Winner: The Mack

That was surprising to everyone, including The Mack! He respects Havoc’s self-sacrifice, but now who will he say is not in the GotG match? Mack thinks for a moment. He ain’t afraid of no man, but “Mil Muertes scares the shit out of me.” In other words, sorry, but Muertes is out! Mack takes his leave and Catrina and Muertes are pissed, but Muertes does something about it! He attacks everyone else!! He blasts through Cuerno, Havoc and Azteca, throws Ivelisse down, then Choke Slams Desmond! But none of it matters, he’s still out. Who of the remaining six will take the Gift of the Gods Championship, and then use it to challenge THE Lucha Underground Champion?

 

Johnny Mundo w/ Taya VS Vibora w/ Kobra Moon!

A war of factions has broken out in Lucha Underground between the Worldwide Underground and the Reptile Tribe. Can the Guru of Greatness lead his team to vengeful victory with a win over #Luchasaurus? Or will Mundo end up the one going to #SlamTown?

The bell rings, and Mundo gets a waistlock and kick. He kicks but Vibora blocks and uppercuts back. They circle, and Mundo sticks and moves with the giant snake man. That superman rabbit punch staggers Vibora, but Vibora comes back with a forearm of his own. Vibora runs, but Taya grabs his feet. Mundo runs, but Kobra returns the favor. The luchadoras take notice of each other, and they get in the ring now! Taya SPEARS Kobra! “Wera Loca” throws the Queen of Snakes out, and Vibora grows concerned for his monarch. The referee gets distracted keeping the luchadoras apart, so he doesn’t see Mundo’s low blow mule kick out of the pop-up! Mundo adds the Flying Chuck! Then the shining wizard to standing shooting star! Cover, ONE and Vibora sits up. Vibora drags Mundo up, fireman’s carry, modified Widomaker!

But Vibora isn’t done yet. He brings Mundo back up, whips him to a corner, then runs in for the big back elbow. He keeps going, boot wash! Vibora has the Believers on his side as he gives Mundo a Vibora Trigger! Mundo is rocked, but Vibora drags him back up for a straitjacket to torture rack, BURNING HAMMER! Cover, TWO!! Mundo somehow survives, but Vibora grabs him around the throat now. Choke Slam but Mundo slips out to hit a BIG Poison-Rana! Vibora’s up, front Spike-Rana! Fans rally up as Mundo climbs. But Vibora sits up again! Mundo isn’t sure what to do, so he CARTWHEEL DIVES onto Kobra!

Fans lose their minds while Taya trash talks Kobra. But Vibora is only angered by this offense to his queen. The WWU flip him off and he gives chase, but the Darewolf, PJ Black, is lurking with a chair.

Mundo leads Vibora around the ring while Taya keeps the ref distracted. They turn the corner and SMACK! PJ gets a direct shot on Vibora. Mundo drags the dead weight up and into the ring, then climbs up. Fin Del Mundo! Cover, TWO!??! How?! Believers are behind Vibora but Mundo is furious. He SUPERKICKS the referee! PJ brings in chairs and Taya joins in. They all toy with the Luchasaurus, then put a chair around the neck. Mundo grabs the other chair, but here comes Drago! The firespitter of the Reptile Tribe flies in to missile dropkick Mundo down! He baits Taya and PJ away, so Daga can come in to swing on them! The Reptile King and Knight chase off the WWU minions and that leaves us with Vibora and Mundo 1v1.

Mundo grabs a chair while the fans duel. Vibora stands, ducks and handsprings, to SUPERKICK the chair, then SUPERKICK Mundo! He whips Mundo, for the powerbomb! Then, CHOKE SLAM! Standing moonsault! A new referee comes in to count, TWO!! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Vibora drags Mundo up, puts him in a corner, then takes aim from across the way. But Ricky Mundo appears to save his hero! But then Vibora goes to the corner for the ASAI!

Believers are thunderous as he wipes both Mundos out. Vibora puts Johnny Mundo in the ring, then climbs up again. Mundo springs to life and ducks under to then roundhouse Vibora. SUPERKICK, too, then hook kick! Mundo runs but into a headbutt! Vibora grabs at Mundo but Mundo slips and slides around for another swing kick. Mundo springboards, but into a SUPER CHOKE SLAM!!

Cover, Vibora wins!

Winner: Vibora, by pinfall

The Luchasaurus defeats a former Lucha Underground Champion, and Kobra Moon helps him celebrate. But wait, the WWU return to SMACK them down with chairs! But that just brings Daga and Drago back! They take those chairs and use them on PJ and Taya. Ricky gets a SUPERKICK from Drago, then a hesitation dropkick from Daga. PJ SUPERKICKS Daga back, but then the brawl continues. Ricky gives the WWU numbers advantage but that’s still not enough to stop the fight. This war is far from over, which side will be left standing after the dust settles?

 

XO Lishus works out backstage.

He’s a maniac, maniac~… In his mind.

But Jack Evans is spying on him, still upset over the #PutUporShutUp defeat he suffered weeks ago. No one gets the better of him, no one! But then Ricky and Rosa the doll show up. What’s Jack doing? Spying on his enemy to learn everything about them. What’s Ricky doing? Recovering after getting his ass beat by the Reptiles. Jack should’ve been out there to help. Look, Ricky, Jack already said he doesn’t do snakes. Johnny was okay with it, so you and that “dirty ass doll” better mind your own business. Jack storms out, but Rosa says she doesn’t like Jack. Neither does Ricky. Maybe they should do to Jack what they did to Angelico. No, Ricky can’t. Johnny would be mad. But who’s in charge of Ricky’s life? Johnny? Or Ricky? Or perhaps, it’s Rosa…?

 

Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS Cage!

After The Machine attacked the Bone Collector and put him through a table, the champion got payback while giving Cage what he wants. Will Cage finally grab hold of the top Aztec gold? Or will Pentagon and his #CeroMiedo add the arm of a Machine to the collection?

Fans are already thunderous as they duel between the two luchadors. More Believers are on Pentagon’s side than Cage’s, but that doesn’t deter the challenger. Cage hits before the bell as he blasts Pentagon off the apron! The bell rings so now Cage’s assault is official. He throws big forearms then throws Pentagon into railing. Pentagon kicks back, but Cage forearms again. Cage throws Pentagon into more railing, then kicks him across the face. The Terminator drums start up and Cage throws Pentagon over the stair guard rails! Then he bounces Pentagon off the announce desk. Cage scoop slams Pentagon to the floor, then brings him up. Pentagon hits back with haymakers and kicks, then grabs a camera cable to choke Cage with it! The referee reprimands Pentagon, and Pentagon lets up on Cage to shout at the ref. Cage takes advantage and back suplexes Pentagon on the apron!

Pentagon slumps to the floor, but Cage drags him up again. Cage goes bowling for chairs with Pentagon! He throws Pentagon into railings again, then ties his mask to them! Cage fires off boots and forearms to hammer Pentagon into the steel. Fans chant “We Want Tables” and Cage goes looking. When he can’t find any, he takes Matt Striker’s chair! Cage brings the chair over to Pentagon and swings on him! Thankfully, Pentagon unties his mask and narrowly escapes! Pentagon SUPERKICKS Cage, then Slingblades Cage down! The Believers fire up with the champion, and “CERO MIEDO!” echoes out. Pentagon puts Cage in the ring for flying double stomps! Cover, ONE, and Pentagon is shocked. But Pentagon keeps his cool, he waits for Cage to stand to kick that leg. Pentagon then grabs Cage for the driver but Cage slips out to hit a jumping knee.

Cage grabs Pentagon now, pumphandle driver! But he isn’t done, as he drags Pentagon up again. Cage powerbomb lifts, buckle bomb! Pentagon rolls out but can’t get away. Cage deadlift SUPERPLEXES! Cover, TWO! Pentagon survives because Cage didn’t grab the legs. Believers duel as Cage slashes the throat. Cage drags Pentagon up in the fireman’s carry but Pentagon slips out for a backstabber! Cage goes to discus but Pentagon counters with a code breaker! Cover, TWO! Pentagon’s own ego allows Cage to survive. Pentagon climbs up but Cage grabs him onto his shoulders. Cage walks around with the electric chair, to throw Pentagon down with a facebuster. Cover, TWO! Cage keeps his cool, but Pentagon escapes the powerbomb with an enziguri! SUPERKICK added, and then a flying DESTROYER!

But Cage gets back up, so he gets another Destroyer!

Pentagon grabs Cage, Package Piledriver!! Cover, Pentagon wins!

Winner: Pentagon Dark; still Lucha Underground Champion

Neither man nor machine is enough to stop the darkness that fuels Pentagon. However, Cage gets a second win and swings on Pentagon! Pentagon ducks the discus, to smash Cage with the belt. He hears the Believers chant “Break his arm!” Pentagon makes sure to tell Cage that the title is his, before putting on the Dark Armbar! But wait, Cage powers out! Cage lifts Pentagon, to F5 him onto the belt! Fans boo and jeer, but Cage picks up the belt for his own. Cage tells Pentagon, “I already told you. You can’t break my arm, because I’m not a man… I’m a MACHINE!” Even so, Pentagon retained. Will Cage find a way to challenge Pentagon again? Or is it back of the line for this unbreakable behemoth?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Great stuff tonight for Lucha Underground, with plenty of surprises, too. I like the character change for Paul London after what he did last week, but it seems it was for naught with the debuting Impact Wrestling star, Desmond Xavier, winning over him. Desmond joins the Gift of the Gods match, and that battle royal was fast but very important. I was surprised to see just how strongly Face Son of Havoc is as he bites the bullet for The Mack. And then Mack makes a perfectly logical choice to keep Muertes out of this match. Muertes is incredibly strong, which he shows off by eliminating the majority of the field, so why wouldn’t another wrestler want to avoid him? Plus, Muertes still has his part to play in Catrina’s story, so he isn’t without something to do.

Mundo VS Vibora was great, and really gives us a look at what Vibora can do in the ring. However, with Taya, PJ, Ricky, Daga and Drago running in and out, it makes it clear that WWU has the numbers advantage though the Reptiles clearly have strength. The Reptiles still might have to recruit members to keep even with the WWU, because an Elimination Tag match could easily go the WWU’s way. Though, Jack uses his own reasons for not being involved, and it seems XO is going to be a personal rival of his. Ricky being revealed as the reason Angelico is gone this season is perfectly creepy for his new gimmick, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he was also used as to why other stars aren’t returning, such as Dante Fox.

The Lucha Underground Championship match went as expected, but I like that Cage keeps himself strong with that attack. Antonio Cueto might give Cage another chance separate from Gift of the Gods, and there’s still the issue of the Gauntlet of the Gods, too. There’s a lot that can happen for Pentagon and the Lucha Underground title, and unpredictability is always what’s best for pro-wrestling.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Who will challenge the Queen of Spades for her NXT Women's title?

The EST goes down with injury, so the odds go up for Mrs. Wrestling, the Pirate Princess and the Loony Lass to win and challenge the NXT Women’s Champion!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans; Lacey wins.
  • Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez; Ohno wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV.

PLAY BY PLAY

Dakota Kai VS Lacey Evans!

The Captain of Team Kick has gotten over her fear, but that doesn’t mean she’s gotten past being looked down on. Will the Lady of NXT use her Woman’s Right to knock Dakota out of the Women’s Division? Or will Dakota kick Lacey to the curb?

The bell rings and Lacey starts by mocking Dakota’s kicks. She then pie-faces Dakota, so Dakota trips her up and jackknife covers. ONE but Dakota throws Lacey around with arm-drags. Dakota runs and dropkicks Lacey, then whips her into a corner. Lacey reverses but Dakota goes up and over to then slip up and around for a roll up. TWO, but Dakota keeps on Lacey with a snapmare and kick! Dakota runs, for another kick! Cover, TWO! Lacey flounders to a corner but Dakota takes aim. Dakota runs Around the World, but misses! Lacey retaliates with her own kick, then sets Dakota up in the Tree of Woe. She ties Dakota in with the tag rope! Dakota is trapped but Lacey backs off at 4, to come back with the swinging bronco buster. Dakota is freed but Lacey mocks her while she’s on the mat.

Lacey watches Dakota crawl to ropes, then says “What’re you gonna do? Nothing.” Dakota stands while Lacey mocks the kicks. Lacey throws Dakota down to stomp her out. Fans boo and jeer as the Model Soldier covers. TWO, and Lacey gets frustrated. Lacey drops knees into Dakota’s back, then pulls her up by her hair. The ref reprimands her, and Dakota kicks back. Dakota rolls Lacey, TWO. Dakota kicks but Lacey blocks, takedown and gut punch! Lacey yanks Dakota around for an elbow drop. She keeps on that leg with a deathlock, then pulls on Dakota’s head and neck. Lacey pulls Dakota back, then slaps her on the side. Dakota endures while fans rally up. Lacey grimaces, then grinds her chin into Dakota’s head for added attack. She switches to her forearm across Dakota’s face, but stops at 4. Fans keep rallying for Dakota, and Dakota pries her way out.

Lacey comes back with a kick, then grinds Dakota back down in the arm-half of a surfboard. She grinds Dakota into the mat, then drops knee after knee into the back. Dakota refuses to quit, and fans rally up again. Dakota fights her way out with her legs, but Lacey pulls harder with full extension of her leg. Lacey uses both feet, but Dakota stands up to make it a cover! TWO, and Lacey kicks away on Dakota’s back. Dakota endures the stretching and bending, so Lacey just slingshots her down. Lacey sits for a cover, TWO. She drags Dakota up, then over to ropes to give her a knee and a sweep. Lacey slingshots out for more stomps. She literally walks all over Dakota, then salutes herself. Dakota rolls in but Lacey slingshots for the elbow drop.

Cover, TWO! Lacey grows further frustrated, and makes Dakota pay for it with stomps. Lacey climbs up, but her moonsault flops! Dakota grits her teeth and drags herself up. Fans fire up for her as she aims at Lacey. Lacey hits hard with that body shot, but Dakota kicks and kicks and kicks back! Dakota takes aim as Lacey crawls away. Kiwi Around the World! Then ANOTHER! Dakota scrapes her foot on Lacey’s face over and over, then gives the boot wash! Cover, TWO!!

Lacey makes sure her jaw is still there, but Dakota is on her again. Dakota’s kick misses, and Lacey pumphandles to a scoop slam! Lacey can’t cover, because her face hurts too much. Dakota slowly stirs while Lacey drags herself back up. Fans fire up again, and Dakota scorpion kicks! Dakota runs but into a drop toehold. Lacey grabs the leg and ducks the enziguri to hit the Woman’s Right! Cover, Lacey wins!

Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall

That’s all it takes for things to go the Model Soldier’s way. Then she gets in Dakota’s face, shouting “You will NEVER be a lady! I AM a lady!” Lacey wins big, but with the contenders match tonight, how long will she have to wait for her chance at the NXT Women’s Championship?

 

Backstage interview with Ricochet.

The One and Only lost to the Undisputed Era a couple weeks ago in a Six Man Tag with Mustache Mountain. Mustache Mountain then lost to the Undisputed Era 2v2 with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. Ricochet speaks up there. It’s no secret he doesn’t like the Undisputed Era, but he knows they’re still fighting champions and will defend those belts again. In fact, the Undisputed Era loves to do just that. Except for Adam Cole, who barely defends his North American Championship. Ricochet was this close to being the NAC, but Cole stole it out from under him. Cole hides behind his title and his team, everyone knows it. But Ricochet will not stop until he gets 1v1 with Cole, and then you’ll see the next NXT North American Champion.

 

The Street Profits return!

And they return home, too. They ball on the court. “You dust yourself off, you get back up.” That’s how Deangelo Dawkins & Montez Ford do. They’re motivated by what The Mighty did to them the last time they faced off. They won’t fall for those tricks again. The #CurseofGreatness is on its way back, will they give Shane Thorne & Nick Miller the payback they deserve?

 

NXT Media catches up with EC3.

The Top One Percent made his entrance just as Velveteen Dream was celebrating a win, what was that about? Just a “non-friendly reminder” that EC3 isn’t about to forget the betrayal at the Royal Albert Hall tag match against Ricochet & Aleister Black. It also means EC3 is always watching. A fan wants a selfie, EC3 is nice enough to give it to him. EC3 gets a compliment and gives a compliment back. He even gives away a free EC3 t-shirt, just like the one on sale at the WWE Shop! EC3 doesn’t need this guy’s money, he’s already rich.

But then The Finest, Kona Reeves, comes along. He admits that random “dirtbag” is right, EC3 has a really nice outfit. Custom? Yes. Of course, yes. But it’s not The Finest. But that watch, sick watch. Just not The Finest. And that tan, that’s real good. Though, Kona’s is all natural. Yes, okay, we get it, it’s not The Finest. But look at him with those glasses covering up those “dead, creepy eyes” while wearing the buy-one-get-one suit, and is that cubic zirconium? How many arcade tickets did it take to get that chain? If Kona is gonna banter, bring your “A” Game or else EC3 will chew you up, spit you out and feed you to his cats! Do you understand him?

The Finest should just fight the Top One Percent. Do it, fight him. Fight him, fight him. Kona doesn’t want to. Yeah, because he knows he’d get a Top One Percent beating! EC3 leaves The Finest behind, but only now does Kona man up. Kona was thinking they’d be the Finest Friends, but now they’re worst enemies. Who will put their money where their mouth is with a win?

 

NXT takes a look at Aleister VS Ciampa.

The Embodiment of the End makes his opponents #FadeToBlack, but the Psycho Killer has darkness in his heart. The champion defeated the Leviathan the same night Ciampa brutalized and cheated his former friend out of victory. “And now you have something that I want.” Aleister believes how you deal with adversity is what makes you a champion. Ciampa believes that in Aleister’s case, the belt makes the man. Ciampa got to main event two TakeOvers in a row, but wants the “boy” to be careful waht he says. He then took his shot with a sneak attack and draping DDT.

Aleister says that Ciampa may see himself as a devil, but Ciampa knows nothing of the devil on Aleister’s back. Ciampa brushes that off as smoke and mirrors. He promises to snuff out the mystique like a candle. Aleister tells Ciampa he’s lost and confused, but Ciampa has his path to the title. Whose darkness will envelope the other to take the NXT Championship for their own?

 

Kassius Ohno VS Rick Ramirez!

The Knockout Artist returns! He hasn’t had the best string of matches lately, but that won’t slow him down. Will he get back on track tonight against an impressive looking prospect?

The bell rings and fans are behind Ohno as he approaches Rick. They circle, and Rick gets a waistlock. Ohno standing switches and tosses Rick down. Ohno barrels in with the discus! Cover, Ohno wins!

Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall

That was fast! Ohno looms over Rick, as if he didn’t want to do what he just did to the younger wrestler. Will this be the first of many wins that help Ohno get back towards the NXT Championship?

 

The Undisputed Era speaks.

The NXT Tag Team Championships are back where they belong. Was there any doubt. Just look at them! North American, Tag Team and Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, they might as well be champions of the world! The loss to Seven and Bate no longer counts. Cole asks if they want to hear a joke. Sure. “Ricochet.” He talks smack about being so close to being a champion. “This close, this close”, who talks like that? They don’t speak loser. Cole is a champion and Ricochet isn’t. But Cole is a fighting champion, because when you anger the Undisputed Era, you’ll regret it. Ricochet needs to back off before he gets hurt. And that’s Undisputed. Will Cole keep Ricochet frozen out of the North American Championship scene? Or will GM William Regal have something to say about it?

 

NXT looks at the 21st century Vikings, the War Raiders.

Hanson & Rowe have come, and “the raid has begun.” Their warpath has already steamrolled Heavy Machinery and made The Mighty fall. “There’s no secrets, there’s no tricks, it’s the same story everywhere we go!” From Japan to Mexico to the UK and all over the United States, they’ve been tag team champions. Back in 2014, they were on opposite sides of a tournament. They were in the business 10 years each before this, without ever meeting, but in that first encounter, they “beat the snot” out of each other. There is no respect greater. And then they thought, what if they took that fight to everyone else? And thus, one of the most powerful tag teams was born!

This alliance changed their lives forever. Through blood, sweat and tears, respect was earned around the world. Rowe & Hanson shocked, destroyed, and dominated ever since. Their inspiration was the Viking culture that took what they wanted when they wanted. They embodied that in every promotion they ever competed in, and there’s no one on Earth who can stop them. In fact, it was only a motor cycle wreck that could’ve ended Rowe’s life that stopped them. His arm was rebuilt, and he overcame fear. With that behind them, no one can overcome these two. They bring that same spirit to NXT now, and defy expectations. Rowe has strength beyond his size, while Hanson has agility beyond his. They’ve earned the right to raid NXT’s Tag Team Division, and they’ve only just begun. “We take gold, we break EVERYONE!” The war is here, who can hope to survive?

 

Velveteen Dream sets the scene.

The Experience hears it. He hears the people buzzing about what the next experience will be. TakeOver: War Games, the people and Aleister Black said his name. Philadelphia, Dream had a knockout performance. New Orleans, the Dream rose to unimaginable heights. Chicago, a MOTY candidate to say the least. And come Brooklyn, the spotlight will still shine on Dream.

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Candice LeRae VS Nikki Cross VS Kairi Sane!

This was meant to be a Fatal 4 Way, but Bianca Belair is unfortunately not medically cleared to compete. Her bad luck becomes good luck for the other three, who go from having a 25% chance to a 33% chance of winning. Will it be a rematch between The Queen of Spades and Mrs. Wrestling, the Loony Lass of SAnitY, or the Pirate Princess?

Nikki is rocking in a corner while fans cheer her on. But then Shayna Baszler makes her presence known, and Nikki smiles with wild eyes. Nikki waves at Shayna as the champion joins commentary. The bell rings and we begin.

Kairi and Candice aren’t sure what to make of Nikki, but then she blasts out of the corner at the two of them! Candice sends her into Kairi then rolls Nikki up, TWO. Kairi rolls Candice, TWO and Nikki rolls Kairi. TWO, and Candice throws Nikki with an arm-drag. Kairi arm-drags Candice, but then Nikki runs in again and crossbodies Kairi! Candice runs in but Nikki puts her on the apron. Candice hits Nikki away, but then Kairi runs in, and Nikki sends her into Candice! Kairi dodges Nikki to give double chops while fans duel between all three of them. Kairi keeps on Nikki in a corner, chop after chop after chop, then she runs in. Nikki dodges Sliding D to swing Kairi sideways! Kairi hits the post, and Nikki grins.

Candice gets back in the ring, builds speed, and DIVES on Nikki! Nikki seemed to welcome that. But Candice isn’t done, she builds speed again, but runs into Nikki’s elbow! Nikki puts Candice under the apron skirt and–after snuggling up to her like a kitten–clubs away on Candice’s back! Shayna says she doesn’t care who wins, she’s beaten all of them at least once. Nikki rams Candice off the apron while fans duel again. Nikki thrashes and grinds Candice into the mat, then hooks the nose. Cover, TWO, but Nikki keeps on Candice with a Rings of Saturn! Candice rolls but ends up in a crucifix, TWO!

Nikki puts Candice on the top rope and into a Tree of Woe for manic mudhole stomps! Kairi comes in and SPEARS Nikki! But Kairi goes after Candice with the Woe Stomps! Cover, TWO! Kairi keeps on Candice with the Anchor Lock! She bridges back and bends Candice, but Nikki breaks it up. Nikki hops on Kairi with a psycho sleeper hold, but Candice dropkicks them both down! Candice crawls after Nikki and chops away. She fires off furious htis from both sides, then runs in for a back elbow. She CANNONBALLS onto Kairi! Candice drags Kairi up while fans chant “NXT! NXT!” Nikki goes after Candice on the outside, for an inverted DDT on the ramp! Candice hits steel, and Nikki crawls away, only for Kairi to hit a flying kabuki elbow! “This is Awesome!” but Shayna is not amused.

Kairi stands first, all fired up, and she puts Nikki in the ring. Kairi prepares that elbow as she climbs up top. Nikki hits Kairi first, then climbs up to fight her on the top rope. Kairi fights back, but Candice returns to add on! TOWER OF DOOM!!

All three women are down but the fans are fired up to a fever pitch. Kairi gets to ropes while Nikki and Candice slowly sit up. Candice hits Nikki, but Nikki hits back. Kairi comes over while those two brawl, and then joins in with her own forearms. Nikki hits Kairi, but Candice hits Nikki. Nikki hits back but Kairi does, too. They all stand, Candice ducks and sends Nikki at Kairi. Candice enziguris Nikki, but Kairi backhands Candice! Kairi goes at Nikki but Nikki headbutts. Candice grabs them both, DDT and Complete Shot, 2-for-1! Candice springboards, LIONSAULT! Cover, but Nikki drags her off by the hair! Nikki gives Candice a draping, swinging neckbreaker!! Candice hits the floor while Nikki fires up.

Nikki goes at Kairi in the ring, but she takes her time letting the madness take over. She drags Kairi up, and hits a back suplex. She drags Kairi up again, for another! Then another! Nikki gets a hat trick but she’s not done yet. She grins as she drags Kairi up one more time. Nikki has the fisherman, but decides to up the ante! They go to the top rope again, but Candice crawls back in. Nikki stomps Candice then drags her up, small package! TWO! Nikki kicks but is blocked into the Unprettier! LIONSAULT! INSANE ELBOW! KAIRI WINS OUTTA NOWHERE!!!

Winner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; challenges Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Brooklyn IV

The Mae Young Classic finals are revisited once more, as this will be the tiebreaker between Pirate Princess and Queen of Spades. This rematch will mean so much more with the title on the line, who finishes the series with the gold?

 


 

My Thoughts:

What a great NXT! Not much time was wasted getting to the opening match, and it was really good. Lacey has really improved during her time as this Lady of NXT character, and she gets a surprising win over Dakota. As said earlier, Lacey will have to wait a bit before challenging the NXT Women’s Champion, but she will definitely reach that some day. Dakota will, too, even though she’s currently jobber to the stars. Good promos from Ricochet and the Undisputed Era, as well as videos from the Street Profits, EC3 and Kona Reeves. I am so excited EC3 is going to face Kona and more certainly beating him, in both the ring and in gimmick.

That War Machine/Raiders video package was great, and it drives home the point that those two are aimed right at the NXT Tag Team Championships. That makes for more great ROH-in-NXT action that will certainly please the fans. Ohno surprises with that extra fast squash of “Rick Ramirez” who has Rayne on his pants. I wouldn’t mind if this leads to either an edgier or even full Heel Ohno, he needs something that either brings him up to title contention or finally to main roster. The Aleister-Ciampa package was also great, as was Dream’s stylized video promo. The NXT Championship match is going to be great, as will Dream VS anyone in Brooklyn. Then the Women’s Triple Threat was incredible, and just when I thought Candice was getting her shot, Kairi literally comes in outta nowhere. Shayna VS Kairi 3 is going to be great and can go either way.

My Score: 8.5/10


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Can the Man of the Hour overcome a former Cruiserweight Champion?

Akira Tozawa is a former Cruiserweight Champion, but can he keep up with the ultra-fast Man of the Hour, Lio Rush, in their first-ever encounter?

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • TJP VS Noam Dar; TJP wins.
  • Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia; Gulak wins.
  • Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush; Rush wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick reviews last week’s Cruiserweight Championship match.

The Japanese legend, Hideo Itami, put up a fight against the #AgeOfAlexander, but the Soul of 205 Live was tougher than even Itami expected. But not one to rest on his laurels or take it easy on himself, Cedric Alexander wants yet another challenger on this road to Summerslam. GM Maverick promises to address the state of the Cruiserweight Championship before the night is through. Who will Maverick choose to put before the champion as summer heats up?

Meanwhile, conflict is settled in the ring as the 23 Year Old Piece of Gold gets to main event against the Stamina Monster. Is the Man of the Hour ready for prime time as he goes up against a former champion? Though, Lio wonders what has Akira done lately? And before all of this, we open with the “Cruiser-Great” taking on the returning Scottish Supernova in a rematch from that surprisingly quick defeat a couple weeks ago! Can TJP get back the loss Noam Dar gave him? Or will Dar make it a quick 2-0 on the FilAm Flash?

 

TJP VS Noam Dar!

As he makes his way out to the ring, the inaugural (New Era) Cruiserweight Champion speaks to Wilkes-Barre. “What a treat!” Maverick lets TJP know who his opponent is beforehand. He’s feeling so spoiled getting his entrance music and ring gear of his choice, too! It’s like Christmas! Okay not really, because if it were, he’d be getting his chance at the title. Instead, he’s a “curtain jerker” in the “diaper storm” town of “Wilkes-Boring”. Do the people here admit they’re from here? Or do they pretend they’re from Philly? But TJP gives Dar credit for coming back from his knee injury. At least this match will be twice as handsome than TJP wrestling a local. But this comeback story will be just a comeback sentence. TJP is the one constant in this Division because he is still the best technical wrestler today. Dar makes his entrance, and we begin.

TJP rushes Dar but Dar sees it coming. Dar sweeps the legs out, then aims for his finisher, but TJP scrambles out of the ring. TJP takes his time recovering, but then Dar leaps in outta nowhere! Dar rocks TJP with a right, then a left. TJP is floundering as Dar puts him in the ring. Dar ducks and then tosses TJP, covers, TWO. Fans are behind Dar as he brings TJP up for another left. Dar whips TJP but TJP gose Spider-Man to then slide under and waistlock. Dar standing switches but TJP switches back. TJP trips up Dar but Dar resists. Dar pries free but TJP rolls Dar around for an armbar. Both men fight for control, and Dar slips free! He wants an STF but TJP gets the ropes.

Dar lets TJP go, but TJP gives him a kick. Dar rushes in but is sent into the ropes, then TJP springboards for the wrecking ball dropkick! TJP takes his time going over to Dar, then quickly runs him into buckles. TJP keeps going, throwing shoulders and elbows in the corner. He brings Dar up for a boot into Dar’s throat. Maverick watches backstage and disapproves of TJP’s attitude. TJP backs off at the ref’s count, but Dar comes back at him with a kick and a forearm. TJP European Uppercuts Dar down, then brings Dar up again. He scoop slams Dar fast, then slingshot sentons. Cover, TWO, but TJP keeps his cool.

Dar gets to a corner but TJP is on him again. TJP Northern Lights then rolls through to hammerlock an arm and go for more limbs. Dar resists, but TJP gets the other arm and pulls on it. Dar endures as TJP wrenches and pulls the wrist and fingers. He gets around with his legs for a ropebreak, and TJP lets him go again. TJP brings Dar up but Dar throws elbows from both sides. TJP gives Dar a swift elbow of his own, then whips Dar. Dar comes back with a backslide, TWO! And TJP goes for the armbar! Dar tries to get to ropes, so TJP changes it up with an Indian Deathlock. TJP grabs at arms to then shift into the hammerlock, and he YANKS on that opposite arm!

Dar writhes while TJP catches his breath. TJP drags Dar back up, then suplexes. That’s one amigo, and he makes the second amigo a back suplex. Cover, TWO, but TJP goes right at the legs. It’s another deathlock variation, and TJP grabs at Dar’s arms again. TJP wrenches Dar’s arm from elbow to wrist, but fans rally up for Dar. Dar fights out of the hold and small packages, TWO! Dar runs in but TJP goes up and over, only to miss his crossbody! TJP and Dar slowly stand up, but Dar runs into a boot. TJP goes up but Dar sweeps the legs again! Dar takes aim, and he fires off a throat chop, headbutt and EuroUpper to TJP! TJP gets to a corner, but Dar runs in with the back elbow and suplex! Cover, TWO!

Dar works to keep focus as fans rally up again. He drags TJP up, but TJP fireman’s carry! Dar slips out but TJP elbows back. TJP runs, but Dar sweeps the legs once again. TJP staggers up but ducks one lariat, only to get the other! Cover, TWO! Dar gets up again, he still wants that finishing kick. TJP sees it coming again and manages to roll out of the way. Dar walks over but gets caught into a small package! TWO! TJP fireman’s carry but Dar slips out again. Dar runs into a drop toehold that sends him into ropes. TJP goes for but misses the wrecking ball to get a basement dropkick from Dar! Dar fetches TJP on the outside, but TJP throws him into barriers.

TJP drags himself up to the apron but Dar is there quickly. Dar wants a suplex but TJP resists. TJP hops down and sweeps Dar’s leg! Dar clutches that leg, and fights TJP off. Dar crawls away but TJP gets back up and in. The referee checks on Dar, but TJP doesn’t care, he chop blocks the leg! TJP shows no mercy as he stomps away on the leg. He drags Dar up to throw him to the apron. TJP keeps stomping Dar, then Half Crabs him through the ropes! He lets go at 4, and Maverick still doesn’t approve. TJP gets back in the ring and stalks the crawling Dar. He stands on the bad leg to torture Dar, then puts on the Knee Bar! Dar taps, TJP wins!

Winner: TJP, by submission

The Cruiser-Great tortures Dar by holding on after the bell, but lets go so he can boast about the ring. His attitude may not be so great, but has TJP earned that big opportunity like he’s been demanding?

 

205 Live takes a closer look at Alexander VS Itami.

The Don from Nihon demands respect, whether he deserves it or not. The Soul of 205 Live worked way too hard for way too long to earn that Cruiserweight Championship. It wasn’t about what Itami thinks he deserves, but Alexander adding Itami’s legend to his own legacy. The best striker in the Cruiserweight Division gave Alexander’s body bruise after bruise, but the agility and aerial attacks evened the playing field. Itami was merciless with those hands and feet, but Alexander would not die. All it took was the right opening to hit the Lumbar Check for Alexander to win #AndStill be the Cruiserweight Champion. The Age of Alexander continues, who will be the next challenger added to the legacy?

 

Mustafa Ali speaks.

“They told me it was dangerous. They said it was impossible.” The Beacon of Light means the No Disqualification match he had with Buddy Murphy two weeks ago. Ali admits it was dangerous, but he didn’t quit. He found a way to win, because he was fighting for millions. Ali vows to fight all the way until he’s Cruiserweight Champion. How long and how hard will his fight to the top be?

 

Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher & THE Brian Kendrick VS Danny Garcia!

If Alexander is the Soul and Ali is the Heart, then perhaps the Philly Stretcher is the Brain of 205 Live. The self-proclaimed best submission specialist in WWE today looks to build more momentum for his Ungentlemanly Alliance tonight. Will the smartest Cruiserweight in the room be named the next challenger to the title?

Kendrick gives Garcia a handshake hello before he and Gallagher exit the ring. The bell rings, and Gulak clobbers Garcia right away! Gulak drags Garcia up for a STIFF back suplex, then into the GuLOCK! Garcia fades, Gulak wins!

Winner: Drew Gulak, by submission

The best and most dangerous submission specialist proves his word tonight with a fast and furious finish. But Gulak isn’t done, as he wishes to speak.

“Well you can’t always get what you want, but if you try some time, you just might find, you get what you need.” Gulak isn’t a big fan of “the rock ‘n’ roll” but Mick Jagger had a point there. The 205 Live Universe has been subjected to two years of “unworthy champions. But not anymore!” They’ll have the champion they need in Drew Gulak. And speaking of, that Danny Garcia reminds him of Alexander. Not physically, but in spirit, because when you step to Gulak, you WILL tap out. Will Gulak grind the rest of the Cruiserweight Division into dust in his pursuit of giving us all a #Better205Live?

 

Backstage interview with Tony Nese & Buddy Murphy.

The Cruiserweight Juggernaut lost his cool with Lucha House Party spinning their matracas last week, and that cost the Premier Athlete his match. Murphy just doesn’t like losing, but the luchadors were the wrong guys in the wrong place at the wrong time. He doesn’t regret what he did, just that Nese didn’t get to properly showcase himself. Nese can defeat a former champion on Kalisto. And Kalisto knows better than anyone that he was going to lose. But Nese is willing to give Kalisto a chance to prove him wrong. In fact, next week can be a match where the teammates are left behind to settle this 1v1. Will Nese and his eight abs be enough to show the Lucha Dragon who is worthy of moving up the ranks?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush!

The Man of the Hour told the Stamina Monster that, at least from his perspective, the former champion hasn’t done much since losing that belt. Of course, Tozawa pointed out Lio hasn’t done all that much in just showing up in the Cruiserweight Division, either. Who will make something of this first-ever encounter of high-speed superstars?

The bell rings and “AH! AH!” echoes out already. Lio admits, the people love Tozawa. He circles and approaches Tozawa, but then backs off. They feel things out, but Lio always keeps just out of reach. Tozawa keeps chasing, but Lio is just playing with him as he gets to the ropes. Lio then rushes and gets a headlock. Tozawa powers out but Lio goes up and over. Tozawa tries to trip him up but Lio sees it all just in time to change direction. Lio keeps things moving, then counters Tozawa’s whip with a springboard huricanrana! Lio grins at Tozawa while lounging on the top rope. Maverick watches this, too, and is slightly amused with Lio’s swagger. Tozawa rushes Lio but Lio bails out. Lio takes a breather but Tozawa chases him down!

They go around the ring and back in, but Tozawa dodges Lio now. Lio sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through, to Penalty Kick! Tozawa has Lio now as he hits the screaming back senton! Tozawa copies the lounging to show anything Lio can do, he can do better.

Lio runs in but gets a chop for it! Tozawa chops Lio again, then stalks him to the ropes. Lio throws Tozawa out then fires off hammering hands. The referee backs Lio off, but Lio handspring kicks Tozawa down! Lio wants time to recover, “Count him out!” Lio swaggers about in the ring, though his chest is still stinging. Tozawa gets up at 6 and in the ring at 8, but Lio is on him with more hammering hands. Lio toys with Tozawa as he stomps away in a corner. They look like Tozawa’s shouting stomps. Tozawa hits back with body shots, but Lio stomps Tozawa down again.

Lio grins as he says Tozawa’s done already. He drags Tozawa up, suplexes him down, then covers. ONE, but Lio just grins. Lio kicks Tozawa while he’s down, then drags him up. Tozawa hits back, and now it’s a brawl of forearms. Lio gets some in, but Tozawa hits back. Tozawa runs but Lio runs Tozawa over with an elbow! Lio drops an elbow, then another, taunting Tozawa every time. The fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa but Lio wraps on a chinlock. Tozawa feeds off the “AH! AH!” and stands back up. Tozawa hits Lio but Lio hits back. They brawl again, hitting each other back and forth. Tozawa chops, chops, feints, then jabs! But Lio saw it coming! Lio fires off a strike fest, but his kick is blocked. Tozawa flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet, only to get that jab!

Tozawa kicks, swings, slides under, and hits the kick. Lio is rocked all the way out of the ring. Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo hits Lio right into the desk! Then they go back in the ring. Lio flounders while Tozawa climbs, for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is surprised by the young upstart, but he isn’t done. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Lio crawls to a corner but Tozawa pursues. Tozawa brings Lio up but Lio kicks again. Tozawa catches the kick, but Lio SLAPS the mouth piece out of him! Lio runs in, but into a saido suplex! Tozawa climbs up, “AH! AH!” from the fans at a fever pitch.

But Lio gets out of the ring. Tozawa goes to dive again, but Lio ducks, so Tozawa aborts the launch. Tozawa pursues Lio directly, but Lio throws him at steps. Lio gets away while Tozawa stops himself. Tozawa grabs at Lio, rocking him with a right. Lio staggers, comes back, but misses the shoulder tackle to get a kick. Lio goes down, Tozawa goes up. But Lio trips Tozawa up! Tozawa hits buckles, and now Lio climbs. FINAL HOUR FROG SPLASH! Cover, Lio wins!!

Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall

He came to collect, and collect he did! The Man of the Hour gets the upset victory to add a big name to his short undefeated streak in the Cruiserweight Division. Will Lio make the entire Division, and the Cruiserweight Champion, #FeelTheRush soon enough?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Cedric Alexander.

Everyone heard from the 205 Live GM that there would be answers as to who is next for the champion to face. So who is it? Maverick has thought it over all night. Just look at tonight’s show! The best talent in the WWE is right here in 205 Live. That said, Maverick has narrowed it down based on each man’s “overall body of work” in the Division. Therefore, next week, Drew Gulak VS Hideo Itami VS TJP VS Mustafa Ali, Fatal 4 Way #1 Contender’s match! Alexander likes the sound of that. May the best man win. Who will be that best man to best the other three and go on to face the Cruiserweight Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A very good episode of 205 Live from top to bottom. TJP VS Dar was great with TJP showing off those technical skills again. I figured he’d get the win this week to even things with Dar. Dar is fine, because he’s still promised a United Kingdom Championship match, so the Cruiserweight Division isn’t as crucial for him right now. Ali has a great promo and Gulak makes quick work of his jobber. Learning that these three plus Itami will be in a Fatal 4 next week is great, because all four options make for a great match with Alexander. All four men have had a match or two with Alexander in the past, but I don’t doubt the possible rematches will be even better than the originals.

Buddy Murphy & Tony Nese already take an interesting turn in their teaming together as Nese insists he doesn’t need a corner man to face Kalisto. I would hope Murphy honors the agreement so that there isn’t reason for this duo to break up already. And whether Nese wins or loses, the muscular pals going against Lucha House Party in tag team matches should be good to bolster the idea of a Cruiserweight Tag Division. Though, if they get a third guy on their side, I’m starting to think it’ll be a Trios Division. Then the main event, Lio VS Tozawa, was very good for their first time out, but with neither man at the championship level yet, I expect a rematch to give this feud plenty of fire.

My Score: 8/10


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