Liverpool’s Number One, Zack Gibson, won the 2018 United Kingdom Championship Tournament, but now he goes for the WWE United Kingdom Champion himself! Can Gibson be the one to dethrone The British Bruiserweight after a year long reign? Plus, the NXT Women’s, Tag Team AND North American Championships are on the line!
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- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong VS Mustache Mountain; Mustache Mountain wins and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
- Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan; Charlie wins.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders
Triple ThreatFatal 4 Way: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks VS Noam Dar; Dar wins and will challenge the WWE UK Champion at a later date.
- NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Wolfgang; Cole wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream & EC3; Aleister & Ricochet win.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Toni Storm; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson; Dunne wins and retains the WWE UK Championship.
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WWE and the UK have done it again!
Another stellar tournament, with the rise of two gritty fighters. In the end, Zack Gibson would win with yet another submission victory. But that’s just the start. NXT is going global, and that starts with tonight’s major crossover matches! “Are you ready?!” Will home turf help Wolfgang and Mustache Mountain? Will this remain the Undisputed Era? And most importantly, will the gritty Gibson grab that WWE UK Championship away from the British Bruiserweight to become only the third champion ever? NXT + UK, begins now!
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong VS Mustache Mountain!
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate helped Pete Dunne defeat The Undisputed Era last night in a Six Man Tag, now we will see if they can do it 2v2! Will Mustache Mountain claim their first WWE/NXT gold? Or will O’Reilly & Strong keep those titles #Undisputed?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we start with Strong and Bate. The two circle, tie up, and Strong gets a headlock takedown. Bate headscissors but Strong pops out. They tie up again while fans sing for Bate. Strong gets the wristlock but Bate slips through to dropkick Strong down. Bate tags Seven, and Seven takes the hand-off. Strong backs Seven down and tags in O’Reilly. O’Reilly gives a wristlock but Seven breaks free to chop and chop. O’Reilly grabs Seven again but Seven powers out. They collide, neither man moves, and Seven dares O’Reilly to bring it. O’Reilly kicks, wrenches and shoulder breakers. He brings Seven over and tags Strong back in. They both stomp Seven, then Strong whips Seven. Seven reverses but Strong goes up, only to get a chop.
Seven lifts, tags in Bate, and then dumps Strong down for Bate to knee-flip senton onto Strong. O’Reilly comes in, but Bate catches him to dump him down. Tag to Seven, and Mustache Mountain work together to back senton Seven onto O’Reilly. Fans duel while both teams regroup. Undisputed era see Bop, and get BANG. Strong stands and gets a chop, then a European Uppercut, and repeat. Bate exits but Strong throws Seven out. O’Reilly keeps Seven in place for Strong to hit the wrecking ball dropkick! Fans boo as Strong mocks the mustache tweeze. Strong then throws Seven into the apron, then places him in the ring. Tag to O’Reilly and they stomp away on Seven. O’Reilly brings Seven up but Seven fights back.
O’Reilly drags him back down with a hammerlock, then throws in elbows and knees. He adds a running knee, then covers, TWO. O’Reilly hammers away on Seven, then swags around while mocking the mustache. Tag to Strong, and Strong drags Seven up. Strong whips while fans duel. He chops Seven, then gives a forearm. Tag to O’Reilly, and they go off with chops and kicks. O’Reilly snapmares and drops a knee, grinding it into Seven’s head. Strong likes what he sees as O’Reilly wraps Seven in a chinlock. Seven endures while fans sing for him. Seven stands up, fights out, but O’Reilly knees back. O’Reilly runs into a boot, but Strong tags in. Strong stops Seven, but Seven then kicks him away. Seven dumps Strong out but Strong drags Seven. Seven shoves Strong, but O’Reilly comes in, only to get tossed, too!
Fans fire up, and Seven crawls, but Strong returns. Seven shoves him away again, but O’Reilly takes out Bate! Strong stalks Seven, for a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Strong drags Seven back, and tags in O’Reilly. Fans continue to duel while O’Reilly throws in knees on Seven. O’Reilly swings at Bate, then goes back to Seven. Seven fakes the chop to get the DDT! Both men are down, but fans fire up. Seven and O’Reilly crawl, hot tags to Strong and Bate! Bate rallies, dodges, and back drops Strong! Bate hits a corner elbow, then exploder! He kips up, and fans applaud. Standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!
Bate catches his breath and keeps his cool as he brings Strong up. They go for a spin! Around and around, but O’Reilly comes in. O’Reilly goes for a spin, but turns it into a sleeper! Bate backs him into buckles, then boots Strong. Bate stalks Strong but O’Reilly clamps on again. That doesn’t stop Bate, he still deadlifts Strong, and combines to German Suplex Strong while slamming down on O’Reilly!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
Fans applaud Bate’s super strength while he covers, TWO! Strong crawls while Bate catches his breath. Bate heads for his corner, and tags in Seven. Mustache Mountain work together on Strong, but STrong slips out to shove them into each other. Strong hits the Olympic Slam, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly Penalty Kicks Seven, covers, TWO! And Undisputed Era is frustrated. Strong comes back, and together they stalk Seven. Ax, Smash- Seven dodges so the Smash goes into each other! Seven rocks O’Reilly with a right, torture rack, but O’Reilly lands on his feet. O’Reilly rocks Seven back, but Bate tags in! O’Reilly runs into the full nelson, rebound, Lariat Dragon Suplex!! Cover, but Strong barrels through Seven to break it up!
Fans are thunderous for this intense tag team opener! This is what the fusion of NXT and UK truly means! Seven and Strong stand to brawl. Strong knee smashes, but Bate EuroUppers. Bate grabs O’Reilly but O’Reilly slips under to come back with so many strikes! Bate jumps the sweep but O’Reilly knows what Bop means this time. O’Reilly hits first, but BANG still comes through! Bate runs, but into a knee. O’Reilly suplexes, brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Fans are fired up all over again but O’Reilly is furious. He tags in Strong, and Undisputed Era bring Bate up. Ax, SMASH, cover, Seven breaks in! Undisputed Era grab and toss Seven out, then go back to Bate.
Tag to O’Reilly, preparing but missing Strong Elimination! Strong hits O’Reilly, Bate hits the rolling kick on Strong! Mustache Mountain tag and Bate FLIES! Bate takes Strong out, Seven gives the Seven Star Lariat to O’Reilly! Bate goes up, knee drop burning hammer!! Cover, MUSTACHE MOUNTAIN WINS!!
Winners: Mustache Mountain, Seven pinning; NEW NXT Tag Team Champions
They have done it!! Bate & Seven have dethroned the Undisputed Era from atop the tag team division! Is this just the beginning of great things for one of the best UK tag teams today?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
Johnny Saint speaks with NXT UK Media.
As the inaugural UK General Manager, who has he been most impressed with so far? He was impressed with everyone, so much so, there is a triple threat #1 contender’s match for the UK Championship later on. It will be Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks based on their performances in the tournament, and Mark Andrews based on the last year as a WWE UK competitor. Which one of those three great choices will move on to face the WWE UK Champion? And who will that champion even be after tonight’s main event?
Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
While the savage Double K didn’t earn a shot at the NXT Women’s Championship, there’s always time to build a reputation towards the United Kingdom Women’s Championship. Will she or the #Fearless female from Cambridge be the first to impress GM Johnny Saint in this rising UK Women’s Division?
The bell rings and the two women approach. They circle, tie up, and Kelly powers Charlie to a corner. She backs off at the ref’s count, then circles with Charlie again. They tie up, push, and Charlie gets the wristlock. Kelly pries her way to a reversal, then wrenches the wrist. Charlie endures, gets low, then flips to reverse. Charlie wrenches back, but Kelly slaps her way out to wrench back on Charie. Another reversal and Charlie arm-drags to leg sweep. ONE, and Kelly returns the sweep, ONE. Both women run and Charlie arm-drags again. Kelly hip tosses in return but Charlie shoves her away. They both kip-up and fans applaud.
Kelly dares Charlie to bring it, and Charlie runs in but Kelly side steps. Charlie dodges the boot, but her superkick is blocked. Kelly turns her around, but Charlie dodges to springboard crossbody! TWO, and Kelly gets to a corner. Charlie hits a running uppercut, then whips Kelly corner to corner. Charlie runs in for a EuroUpper, then whips back. Kelly dodges and Charlie gets stuck on the ropes. Kelly knees Charlie, then prepares a torture rack. But then she adjusts, snap suplex. Cover, TWO! Fans rally while Kelly hammers and stomps Charlie. Kelly toys with Charlie at the ropes, then brings her out for elbows. Kelly kicks Charlie, then positions her on the mat, preparing a surfboard. She grabs the arms and pulls back, into the dragon sleeper!
Charlie endures, reaches, but Kelly adds on hammer fists. Fans rally for Charlie, Charlie works for an escape, and gets that arm off her. She’s free but then Kelly just kicks her down. Kelly stalks Charlie, runs in, bicycle boot sends Charlie out. Fans boo while Kelly takes aim from the apron. Charlie stands, but Kelly lines it up, Penalty Kick! Kelly drags Charlie up and in, then covers, TWO! Kelly is surprised, but not frustrated just yet. She hammers away with right after right. Kelly drags Charlie up, but Charlie SUPERKICKS! Charlie runs, springboard senton!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Charlie fires up. Charlie takes aim at the floundering Kelly, but she runs into a waistlock, and German Suplex! Kelly runs in corner to corner, Killer Dropkick! Cover, TWO! Kelly can’t believe it! She drags Charlie up, straitjacket but Charlie slips out for a facebuster. TWO, and Charlie grows desperate. Kelly kicks back, then suplexes, but Charlie reverses to a cradle, Charlie wins!
Winner: Charlie Morgan, by pinfall
With a win in the Royal Albert Hall, does Charlie move herself into pole position for the NXT UK Women’s Championship? Or perhaps the winner of the NXT Women’s Championship match between Toni Storm and Shayna Baszler?
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Triple Threat: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks!
The Modfather and the Kiwi Buzzsaw both fell at the Shankly Gates to Liverpool’s Number One, while the high-fiving, stage-diving Welshman has competed in both the UK and Cruiserweight Divisions looking for gold. Only one man moves on, who gets to face the winner of Gibson VS Dunne?
Wait, who is this coming out now? It’s GM Johnny Saint! Saint lets everyone know that there’s a change to this match. He’s adding NOAM DAR! The Scottish Supernova returns to action in a major opportunity match! Will he skyrocket to the stratosphere to challenge Gibson/Dunne?
WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Flash Morgan Webster VS Mark Andrews VS Travis Banks VS Noam Dar!
The bell rings on this now Fatal 4 Way, and Dar goes right at Andrews while Travis and Flash fight on the other end. Travis takes care of Flash then chops Dar, and Dar falls to his knees. Dar wrenches Travis’ bad arm, but then Flash arm-drags Dar all around. Dar dodges the dropkick, but Flash flips up to headscissors him out. Anderws rolls Flash, TWO. Andrews tries agani, and stomps! Standing moonsault, cover, but Dar breaks it. Andrews kicks Dar but Dar sweeps the legs. Dar goes at Flash but Flash whips him. Flash jumps but Dar holds the ropes, and Dar sweeps the legs. Travis returns while Dar embraces the fans’ response. Dar runs but Travis sweeps the legs, then Travis dropkicks Dar into buckles! Dar ends up outside, and Travis runs to DIVE!
Travis wipes Dar out, but Flash swings off the post to headscissor Travis! Flash and Dar go after Travis, but Andrews SUPER Phoenix splashes onto them all! All four men are down but fans are fired up. Fans rally and Andrews puts Travis in first. Andrews gets in but Flash follows. Andrews kicks away on Travis, but then has to put Flash into Travis, sliced bread and DDT combo! Dar returns while Andrews covers, and Dar breaks in. Travis rolls out while Andrews slowly stands. Dar is on him, whips him to a corner, but gets an enziguri. Andrews runs at Flash, but ends up in a hip toss driver. Travis stomps on the cover! Everyone is down again but fans are still loving it. Cover on Flash, TWO.
Travis stands while Flash and Andrews get to corners. Travis runs to elbow Flash, then to Andrews, then Flash again, then Andrews again. Dar runs in, rolls Travis, TWO! Dar keeps on Travis, but Travis grits his teeth. But Dar goes after teh bad arm! Travis fights him off with furious forearms, but Andrews is back to enziguri. Mod-Trigger from Flash, bicycle boot from Travis, but a dropkick from Flash! All four men are down again, and the fans are loving it. Travis rolls out while Dar slips down. Flash runs at Andrews, but Andrews boots him. Andrews hopsu p but Flash kicks him. Flash climbs to join Andrews, SUPER STEINER but Andrews lands on his feet! Flash runs but Andrews dodges, reverse-rana! Cover, TWO! And Andrews is shocked.
Flash rolls towards a corner while Andrews catches his breath. Dar returns but gets a forearm. Dar hits back, but so does Andrews. Now they kick each other, and Dar dodges the enziguri to then go for a Half Crab. Andrews kicks him away but Dar is right back. Takedown to kneebar! Dar grapevines, the Champagne Kneebar! Andrews drags himself, but Travis adds a half-straitjacket! Dar won’t let Travis muddy the results and he kicks away with a heel on Travis’ bad arm. Travis holds on, and then kicks back! Dar lets go, Travis gets Andrews! Andrews endures, reaches, but Flash stops him from breaking or tapping. Flash forearms Travis but Travis won’t let go. Forearm after forearm, but it’s the boot that makes Travis let go.
Flash drags Andrews up, prepares the underhook, but Andrews resists. Travis hits SLICE OF HEAVEN! Travis grabs Andrews, but that bad arm slows him, Stundog Millionaire! Andrews hurries up, even with limp legs and arms. He reaches the top, takes aim, but his shooting star FLOPS! Travis stands, aims, and fans rally, but Dar grabs the bad arm for a hotshot! Dar gets in, pinkies up as he takes aim… SUPERNOVA! Cover, Dar wins!!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall; earns a WWE UK Championship match
Dar returns, Dar competes, Dar wins! Will the young Scottish Supernova make good on this opportunity and take that title from whoever has it after tonight?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
But wait! The Coffey Brothers, Joe & Mark, rush the ring! The Brothers from the Black Country wreck Flash, Andrews AND Travis! Yet Noam Dar gets away without a scratch. Andrews is fed to Mark Coffey’s killer enziguri! Then Travis is put into the pop-up uppercut!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
But that’s not all, Travis is brought up for the Best of the Bells! Fans boo and jeer while Dar leaves them all behind. Will the Coffey Brothers move up fast in the NXT UK Tag Team Division?
Backstage interview with Wolfgang.
The Last King of Scotland is moments away from challenging The Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole, what is his game plan going into his match? For the better part of this year, Wolfgang has been waiting to get his hands on Cole. The plan is simple: break his teeth, and take his title.
NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Wolfgang!
The challenger has made his intentions known, but will he be able to do all that against the Panama Playboy?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the match begins. UK fans are strongly behind Cole as he and Wolfgang circle. Cole gets a waistlock but Wolfgang the standing switch. Wolfgang brings Cole back by his hair, then pie-faces Cole a couple times before backing off to howl. Cole comes out with a headlock, but Wolfgang gets the waistlock. Cole gets the standing switch and back to the headlock, but they both end up in a corner. The referee counts for the ropebreak, and Cole honors it. Wolfgang decks Cole with a forearm, then clubs away. Wolfgang gives EuroUppers, then whips Cole. Cole kicks Wolfgang, then blocks the punch to hit a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Cole stands up.
Cole goes after Wolfgang but Wolfgang hits back. Cole stomps away, shouting “Is that all you got?!” He’s Adam Cole, BAYBAY! Cole drags Wolfgang out for another neckbreaker, covers, TWO. Cole keeps his cool while fans rally. He hits Wolfgang with rights, then wrenches the arm before whipping corner to corner. Wolfgang reverses, catches Cole as he goes up and over, and gives Cole a running gutbuster!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
Cole writhes, Wolfgang covers, TWO. Wolfgang keeps his cool now while Cole gets to ropes. Fans rally while Wolfgang clubs and chokes Cole at the ropes. Wolfgang backs up at 4, then returns to Cole for a stiff EuroUpper. Wolfgang lifts and slams Cole, then again. He tries a third time, but Cole elbows out. Cole runs into a scoop, but slips out to the apron. Wolfgang hits Cole down to the floor, then grimaces at the champ. He fetches Cole, but Cole enziguris Wolfgang down! Cole climbs up to the top rope, Wolfgang stands, and Cole jumps but into double knees! Another gutbuster sends Cole gasping and coughing to the apron. Wolfgang hobbles over and stomps away. Fans are still on Cole’s side as Wolfgang toys with him.
Cole hits back, backing Wolfgang down, but Wolfgang knees low. Wolfgang rams his shoulder into Cole’s ribs, then gives body shots. Fans still sing for Cole while Wolfgang grinds a boot into him. Wolfgang then whips Cole corner to corner hard, howling before running in for a corner splash. Now Wolfgang climbs, listening to the fans before he leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Fans rally up again, and Cole stands. Cole blocks and forearms away, but Wolfgang won’t back down. Cole fires off, Wolfgang shoves him, but Cole comes back with clotheslines! He boots Wolfgang, who falls like a tree.
Fans fire up again as Cole brings Wolfgang up. Cole waistlocks but Wolfgang standing switches. Wolfgang ducks Cole’s enziguri, but Cole slips under to hit a backstabber! Cover, TWO, but Cole keeps his cool. Cole stands up and drags Wolfgang up. Cole manages a fireman’s carry but not for long. Wolfgang elbows away, and drops Cole to his knees. Wolfgang blocks the kick but Cole dodges the clothesline to enziguri again! Cole drags Wolfgang up in the fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole stands again while fans rally and sing for him more. He brings Wolfgang up once more, suplex, but Wolfgang is too heavy. Wolfgang gives Cole a wasteland slam, then jump for a moonsault, but he FLOPS!
Cole takes aim, boots Wolfgang, then runs for another boot. He keeps going, dodges and boots again. Wolfgang will not fall, he hits a discus lariat! Both men are down and fans cheer. Wolfgang gets up, rolls Cole into position, then makes his way to a corner. He climbs up top, takes aim, and leaps, but the swanton hits knees! Cole drags Wolfgang up, Last Shot brainbuster! Then, he runs, Last Shot Shining Wizard! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
The crossover goes the way of Adam Cole, BAYBAY! He is still the first and only NXT NAC, will he continue his reign forever in this Undisputed Era?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
Backstage interview with Mustache Mountain.
The new NXT Tag Team Champions feel so great after their victory. The moment was incredible. Last year’s inaugural UK Championship Tournament was great for them to celebrate Bate’s victory, but now they get to celebrate as a team. They’ve been a team for almost five years and won titles everywhere else, and are very proud to add these to the list. Is this only the beginning for Bate & Seven in NXT UK?
Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Velveteen Dream & EC3!
If Ricochet VS Velveteen 1v1 at TakeOver: Chicago II was the #OneAndOnlyDream match, then call this tag match the #OneAndOnlyEmbodimentoftheTopOnePercentDream match. The NXT Champion joins forces with the King of Flight, but will they be able to work together against two top contenders in their own right?
The UK fans love all four men in this match, but only two can start. Dream is familiar with both his opponents, so EC3 concedes. Dream and Ricochet start to revisit Chicago here in the Royal Albert Hall. Fans duel while the two circle and feel it out. Dream wants a moment to reveal he’s wearing an Aleister shirt! And he calls out his former foe by throwing his torn shirt at him! Aleister tags in, and now Dream circles with the NXT Champion. Dream throws that other shirt but Aleister catches it! Aleister hangs the shirt up while EC3 tags in. The fans chant “NX3! NX3!” while EC3 and Aleister circle. Fans already know “This is Awesome!” even though no one’s tied up.
Now Aleister and EC3 tie up, headlock from EC3 but Aleister reverses. EC3 powers out but Aleister rolls off his back and sits down. Aleister plays mind games but EC3 doesn’t sweat it. EC3 kicks but Aleister blocks to roll up, TWO. Aleister arm-drags but EC3 brings him over to tag Dream. Dream fires off, gives an uppercut, then tags EC3. They work together to double whip, but Ricochet tags in. Aleister slides out and says look behind you. Ricochet flies in and hits Dream!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
EC3 runs into a kick, but reverses the whip. Ricochet rolls off then rolls through to handspring, headscissor and dropkick! EC3 rolls out, Ricochet builds speed to handspring and superhero land! Fans are all fired up but EC3 keeps his eyes on Ricochet. Ricochet hits Dream with a triangle jump dropkick! Aleister runs in and builds speed, to springboard and land back. They both sit down, and fans cheer! The Dream and Top One Percent regroup while the Dutch Destroyer and King of Flight patiently wait. EC3 returns but dodges Ricochet. Ricochet ends up on the apron, but Dream trips him up! Dream gets away with that, but then EC3 puts Ricochet into barriers and the apron. EC3 puts Ricochet in, puts on an armlock, then tags Dream in.
Dream hops up to ax handle Ricochet’s arm, then fires off body shots in a corner. Dream grinds in a knee but backs off at the ref’s count. He hammers away, then puts Ricochet in the corner and out of the ring. Dream climbs up, and from the top, he says “never mind.” Tag to EC3, and EC3 fetches Ricochet. EC3 brings Ricochet up, for a big suplex. Cover, TWO! EC3 puts Ricochet in a seated keylock but fans chant for Ricochet. Ricochet endures, works his way up and fights out. EC3 knees low but Ricochet keeps fighting out of the enemy corner. Ricochet rolls and dropkicks EC3, but Dream grabs a chair! Dream does it just to distract, so that tag is completely missed! Aleister is told to go back out, and EC3 stomps Ricochet out.
EC3 tags Dream, and they work together on Ricochet. They double whip corner to corner, and Ricochet hits buckles hard. Dream swivels the hips and taunts Aleister before dropping elbows on Ricochet. He also gives a neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Dream drags Ricochet back and tags in EC3. They keep Ricochet down, then EC3 scoop slams him. EC3 and Dream start to argue a bit, but they make the tag. They bring Ricochet up for another double whip but Ricochet kicks Dream. Ricochet hits EC3, then Dream, then leaps. They both catch him, but he kicks back again. EC3 blocks a kick but it goes into Dream. EC3 full nelsons but Ricochet reverses to send EC3 at Dream, leaping neckbreaker and DDT combo! Aleister is ready, and Ricochet crawls over. Hot tag to Aleister!
Aleister rallies on Dream, goes up and over, then hits more. He sweeps the leg, running knee and handspring. Strike fest on Dream, but then DOUBLE Quebrada! Cover, TWO! But Aleister is pumped up as he brings Dream up with his foot. Dream stops that, but then runs into boots. Aleister runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Dream goes to a corner, climbs up, but EC3 messes him up by climbing to the apron. EC3 tags in, and drags Aleister up for himself. Small package counter, TWO! Aleister hits Dream for good measure, then boots EC3, only to run into a clobbering clothesline! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally while EC3 tags Dream back in. EC3 brings Aleister up while Dream comes in. They work together, suplex lift but Aleister slips out. Dream standing switches with Aleister, EC3 grabs Aleister in a headlock, SUPERKICK to headlock driver! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! EC3 grabs Ricochet, but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet shoves EC3 at Dream, but EC3 stops himself. EC3 turns around but Ricochet dodges, then dodges again! EC3 manages to stop Dream’s kick, but then Ricochet boots EC3! SUPERKICK for Ricochet, BIG knee from Aleister! All four men are down but the fans are giving a standing ovation!
EC3 and Ricochet roll out of the ring while Dream drags himself to ropes. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as Aleister stands. He grabs Dream but Dream suplexes him tot he apron. Aleister elbows Dream down, but then leaps. he misses, but Ricochet FLIES and hits! Ricochet puts Dream in, Aleister keeps on him, but Dream reverses into the sidewinder! Cover, TWO!! EC3 drags Ricochet out but Ricochet puts him into steel steps. Dream swings on Ricochet, but then drop toehold, tag!
Ricochet rallies on Dream, then whips corner to corner. Dream reverses, but Ricochet evades to roll up, TWO, so Ricochet slingshots and springboards. Dream gets under, rolls up, TWO! Rolling Death Valley! Dream tags EC3, and EC3 fires himself up. EC3 drags Ricochet up, fireman’s carry, but Ricochet lands on his feet to then shooting star! TWO! Ricochet drags EC3 over, climbs up top, and flips. He lands on hsi feet, but EC3 gives him the STO Driver! EC3 crawls while fans fire up. But Dream avoids the tag?! Dream is done with this match, his leg hurts too much. Aleister tagged in, and aims at EC3. EC3 realizes it too late, but has to face the music. EC3 turns around, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister & Ricochet win!
Winners: Ricochet & Aleister Black, Aleister pinning
The NXT Champion and his ally stand tall! But then Ricochet makes sure he’s the one personally giving Aleister the belt. Will these two face each other down the line for that very title?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
Moments away from making history with the Royal Albert Hall’s first Women’s Championship match, how does the shining star from the golden coast feel? She’s been champion everywhere else, so she knows what it takes to be one. Shayna Baszler has seen her in the past, they’re both very familiar. In which case, that’s why Toni will become the new NXT Women’s Champion.
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Toni Storm!
The challenger has strong words for the Queen of Spades, but the champion is all about strong actions. Will Toni #TapNapOrSnap to the Submission Magician? Or will she take the NXT Women’s Division by storm?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this long-awaited rematch. Toni and Shayna approach, circle, then tie up while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Shayna gets a leg but Toni is ready for that with a facelock. Toni brings Shayna around but Shayna switches. Fans build to a rally while Toni stands up. Shayna gets a headlock and takedown, but Toni headscissors. Shayna shakes it off but Toni tries again. Toni has it this time, and she squeezes Shayna’s head. Shayna works her way out, then grabs another headlock. Toni moves around again to pop out while fans duel. Toni stands with a grin on her face, but even Shayna has to grin.
They circle, Toni gets the takedown to cover, ONE. She puts on a facelock but Shayna slips out to rear mount and toy with Toni. Fans boo while Shayna backs off. Toni shakes it off, then ties up with Shayna again. Toni gets the waistlock, but Shayna works her way out to a standing switch and facelock. They go against ropes, but Shayna grinds her forearm in before the break. Shayna sweeps the legs, then rope a dopes to show off. They run, follow and chase, but Toni boots Shayna down! Shayna rolls out, but Toni builds speed to DIVE!
— WWE Universe (@WWEUniverse) June 26, 2018
Toni knocks Shayna down, then brings Shayna up for EuroUppers and forearms. She keeps on Shayna against barriers, chopping her to a corner. Toni backs off to get a running start, but Shayna dodges the boot. Shayna refreshes the 10 count to then come back and throw Toni down by her hair! Shayna leaves Toni down and out while she catches her breath in the ring. Fans boo and jeer but Shayna just embraces the heat. Toni stirs at 5, crawls her way over, then beats the count at 8. Shayna toys with Toni, then chop blocks the leg! Toni crawls to a corner, but Shayna is on her again with a kick to the knee. Shayna whips corner to corner and hits a big knee strike. Toni sits down but Shayna drags her out for a cover. ONE, but Shayna throws hands from both sides.
Shayna grinds a knee into Toni’s, wrenching the joint. Toni endures but shrieks as Shayna wrenches the ankle. Shayna keeps Toni away from ropes while she drops an elbow on the knee. Shayna tortures Toni with another toehold, but Toni kicks with her free leg. But Shayna just rolls Toni over, and positions the foot, to stomp it! Flashbacks to what Shayna did to Dakota Kai not too long ago. Shayna mockingly applauds for Toni while she crawls to a corner. Shayna brings Toni’s foot to ropes and stands on it. She lets up at 4, but comes back to kick the bad leg more. Shayna whips Toni corner to corner, but Toni can’t even walk on the foot. The ref asks if Toni wants to stop, but Toni refuses. This is her chance, but it could cost her much more.
Toni SLAPS Shayna, then catches Shayna’s leg! Deadlift and German Suplex! It hurt Toni’s foot but it hurt Shayna’s head more. Toni hobbles up and over for a hip attack! Toni uses her one good leg to climb up top, but Shayna intercepts her. They fight on the corner, and Shayna drags Toni up. SUPER Gutwrench suplex!
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
Cover, TWO! Shayna is surprised, but she hammers away, then puts on a kneebar! Toni shrieks again, but fights back with forearms of her own! Fans are loving her heart and determination. Toni tries another German, but her foot just won’t let her. Shayna kicks Toni, then reels her in for a knee. Shayna runs more, but into a headbutt! Toni drags Shayna up, STORM ZERO!! It’s on the bad leg, but it still worked. Toni crawls to a cover, TWO?! The delay may have been all that saved Shayna from defeat. Toni hobbles up but Shayna kicks the leg out. Running knee! Cover, TWO!! Toni is an Aussie superwoman right now!
Shayna and Toni both crawl, then slowly stand. Shayna grabs Toni for Kirafuda, but Toni reverses to a bridge, TWO!! They run, Toni lifts Shayna, but Shayna slips otu to get the Kirafuda! She has it on deep, body scissors included. Toni fades while fans boo, but she’s not done yet. Toni gets a second wind, reaches and rolls, to a ropebreak! Shayna lets Toni go, and Toni goes out of the ring. But Shayna just puts her in the Kirafuda on the outside! Nothing can save Toni out here, and Shayna leaves Toni for dead. The count begins, and Shayna grins. Toni stirs, but she only sits up at 7. She stands, but the count reaches 10!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by count out; still NXT Women’s Champion
The Queen of Spades was taken to her limits, but she broke Toni past hers. It may have not been a #TapNapOrSnap, but it’s still a win. Will anyone ever prove themselves tougher than Bully Baszler?
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
But being a bully, Baszler ain’t done with Toni! She drags the barely conscious Toni up, for a suplex into another Kirafuda! Fans boo and jeer while Toni flails and fades all over again. Shayna wants to check off a box, and she gets the Nap.
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
She bows while embracing the heat. Will the heat only solidify this Reign of Terror? Or will someone give her the comeuppance she’s building up?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Zack Gibson!
Liverpool’s Number One wants the chance to be the United Kingdom’s Number One so bad he can taste it. But The British Bruiserweight claims he kickstarted the WWE’s UK Brand. Dunne may only be the second UK Champion, but he’s the longest reinging champion. Will that long reign continue through tonight? Or will Gibson shock the world?
Once again, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we have our main event! Fans already rally as the two stare down. Gibson and Dunne tie up, push against each other, and Dunne gets the wristlock. Dunne brings Gibson’s arm around, but Gibson blocks the takedown. But Dunne bends the fingers and brings Gibson down to the mat. Dunne targets specific fingers, then rams them into the mat. Dunne dares the “Scouse Bastard” to get up and bring the fight. Gibson gets up and circles with Dunne again. They tie up, and Gibson goes after the mouth and nose. Gibson puts Dunne into the wristlock, then hammerlock. Dunne knows that move and avoids the stomp. Fans troll Gibson with more singing, but Gibson does his best to tune it out. He ties up with Dunne again, and gets a headlock.
Dunne powers out, things speed up, and Dunne clobbers Gibson! Gibson gets to the apron, but Dunne follows. Dunne grabs Gibson but Gibson elbows free. Only for Dunne to kick that arm out! Dunne drags Gibson up by his face, but Gibson trips Dunne! Gibson then brings Dunne around, to drive the keylock into the barrier! The count rises, but Gibson can’t win that way if he wants the title. Gibson puts Dunne in the ring, and drives him down with a hammerlock back suplex. Gibson doesn’t let up, either, as he hammers away. Fans boo but Dunne gets free for a heel hook. Gibson grinds his forearms into Dunne, covers, TWO, but grabs the wrist on the far side.
Gibson pulls on the arm while Dunne resists. Dunne grabs at Gibson’s face! Dunne defends from the mat and Gibson works on an opening. Gibson gets into the headlock, then brings Dunne up to throw him overhead with the straight arm suplex! Fans boo while Gibson blows a kiss. Gibson slaps Dunne, so Dunne slaps back! Gibson gets a leg and then clobbers Dunne again. Cover, TWO. Gibson goes for a leg then shifts to an armlock. Fans rally for Dunne while he endures the chinbar. They stand up, but Gibson knees low. Gibson elbows, but fans still taunt him. Gibson goes to throat chop, but Dunne blocks! Dunne headbutts Gibson!
Both men go down, but Dunne sits up first. Dunne grins as he waits for Gibson. Dunne throws fast hands but Gibson hits back, only to get blasted! The fans rally while Dunne whips Gibson. Gibson reverses but Dunne goes up and over to then enziguri Gibson! Dunne drags Gibson out, X-Plex! Cover, TWO! Dunne is a bit surprised, but he’s not frustrated or worried just yet. He stalks Gibson to the ropes, brings him up, but Gibson standing switches. Gibson suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet to then buzzsaw kick Gibson in the head! Dunne hops up, hoverboard wristlock! Gibson grabs Dunne’s hair, powers through, but Dunne slips out of Helter Skelter to double stomp Gibson’s face! Dunne crawls but Gibson rolls away. Gibson is safe on the apron, for now.
Fans chant “British Wrestling!” and “UK NXT! UK NXT!” whil Dunne stands. Dunne builds speed, jumps up, and from the outside, SUPER Moonsault! It connects with an inverted DDT! Both men crawl back to the ring, Gibson gets in first. But Dunne has his foot, and twists it with a toehold! Gibson shouts and yells while Dunne drags him out. But Gibson throws Dunne with a hammerlock into steel steps! Fans rally for Dunne but Gibson crawls up to refresh the count. Gibson goes back to Dunne, drags him up, and lifts, but Dunne gets the hoverboard! Dunne then X-Plexes Gibson on the ramp! Gibson shouts in such pain while fans lose their minds. A 10 count begins while Dunne and Gibson crawl. Dunne and Gibson both reach the ring, and beat the count at 9.5!
Gibson seems almost shocked, he was perhaps okay with this ending. Dunne drags Gibson up by his ear, but Gibson gets around to rabbit punch Dunne! Dunne crawls to a rope, but Gibson is on him with body shots. Gibson fires off from both sides, but backs off at the ref’s count. He comes back for more, but backs off again. Dunne just gets mad as Gibson comes back for a third go. The referee stops Gibson, he warns this could get him disqualified. Dunne stands, puts his mouth guard in, and dares Gibson to throw hands. But it’s Dunne who fires off instead! Dunne is all fired up, but Gibson gives him a lung blower! Yet Dunne’s back up to enziguri Gibson! Dunne runs, but into a big lariat. Gibson is up, but he runs into a lariat!
Fans are thunderous while the referee counts again. Both men slowly rise, and each grab a wrist. Dunne bends Gibson’s fingers but Gibson bends Dunne’s fingers. Dunne headbutts, but Gibson headbutts. They go back and forth, then fast and furious! They collapse, but no one can cover. Gibson rises first, but he won’t end this so easily. But Dunne has the fingers! Dunne stands, ducks the punch, to then shove and German Suplex on the rebound! Pumphandle, Bitter End!! Cover, TWO!? How?! How does Gibson survive?!
Gibson and Dunne roll away towards opposite ends. Dunne grimaces while he and Gibson stand. He dares Gibson to bring it, but Gibson would rather not. Dunne walks into an enziguri, then Gibson hops up for a FLYING Ticket to Ride lung blower! Cover, TWO!! SHANKLY GATES!! Gibson has his ace hold on! It’s won him every match so far! But Dunne gets to ropes for the break!
— WWE UK Championship (@WWEUKCT) June 26, 2018
Gibson catches his breath and drags Dunne up, but Dunne rocks him with a forearm. Dunne climbs up to join Gibson, prepares something, but it’s a SUPER Helter Skelter! Cover, TWO!! This is superhuman! But, Shankly Gates again! Fans boo as Dunne endures. They don’t want a new champion if it’s Gibson. Dunne reaches but Gibson turns him away from ropes. Dunne keeps enduring, reaching, and gets another ropebreak! The fans applaud this truly epic effort, because “This is Awesome!”
Gibson stands first and boots away on Dunne at the ropes. He backs off and embraces the heat before giving even more. Dunne is dazed, but Gibson won’t stop. He slaps Dunne to make sure he knows who the true number one in the UK is. But Dunne takes that finger, and some more, and SNAP! Gibson manages to kick back, then hop up, but flies into a powerful right! Dunne gets the BITTER END! Cover, Dunne wins!!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion
The Bruiserweight’s reign continues! His legend grows with every defense, and already looks to be the best WWE UK Championship reign of all time. Will anyone ever dethrone Dunne?
— WWE (@WWE) June 26, 2018
Pete Dunne celebrates, but not just alone. The rest of the WWE/NXT UK Division joins him at the stage, as do GM Johnny Saint and COO Triple H! HHH raises Dunne’s hand, making it official. With Mustache Mountain now the NXT Tag Team Champions and Pete Dunne still your WWE UK Champion, it’s clear: “This is the next chapter in the rich history of UK professional wrestling. This is your time! This is your brand! And We Are NXT!”
— WWE NXT (@WWENXT) June 26, 2018
Wow! Just when it seemed like WWE/NXT UK couldn’t outdo themselves from the other day, they find a way to do it. A lot of it is thanks to incorporating NXT USA into the night, but it makes for amazing, incredible and instant-classic crossover. While WWE self-spoiled the opening match, watching Mustache Mountain win those NXT Tag Team Championships was must-see. It sounds like Mustache Mountain will get a run with those up until NXT UK introduces their titles, and those titles will probably go to the Coffey Brothers first anyway. They make a confusing yet devastating move after that incredible Fatal 4, establishing themselves quickly as monster Heels on an Authors of Pain level. As for Noam Dar, that is a great moment for him, Dar VS Dunne down the line is going to be fun.
The only weak point of the night was early, with Killer Kelly VS Charlie Morgan. Charlie in both name and look is basically British Liv Morgan, and her match with Kelly wasn’t as crisp as it could be. But hey, the UK Women’s Division needs a midcard. Toni VS Shayna was amazing, but it was clear Shayna wasn’t going to lose just yet. The one to defeat Shayna is going to be an NXT USA female superstar, like Kairi Sane or Dakota Kai. But again, Toni Storm is a shoe-in for the NXT UK Women’s Championship. Wolfgang did great against Adam Cole, but just as the WWE UK Championship did not change hands while being defended in NXT USA, there’s no way the North American Championship is changing hands on a UK program.
That Aleister-Ricochet VS EC3-Dream tag match was also great, it was just so much of what all four men do best. Great chemistry between the Faces and for a time between the Heels. But because of being a Heel, Dream is more focused on himself than on winning, he lets EC3 take the hit. This doesn’t really hurt any of them in the standings, and the tease of Aleister VS Ricochet with that moment with the belt is great. I would love for Ricochet VS EC3 to determine the new #1 contender who then faces Aleister at the next TakeOver. Then wow, whoa, holy crap, that main event. Dunne VS Gibson surpassed expectations based on the tournament finals, even with Dunne obviously set to retain. The spin-off brand is already on par with NXT, and that’s a wonderful thing.
My Score: 9.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (4/16/21)
SmackDown is up, and WE! WANT! THE SMOKE!!
The SmackDown After WrestleMania puts more gold on the line!
After WrESTleMania, we have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion in Bianca Belair! But will we have new tag team champions to match? It’s The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits in 2v2 competition!
- Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable; Rey wins.
- Roman Reigns w/ Paul Heyman VS Cesaro; cancelled.
- Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens; Kevin wins.
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits; The Dirty Dawgs win and retain the titles.
- Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax; Natalya wins.
- Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman; Cesaro wins, by disqualification.
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Pat McAfee joins SmackDown commentary!
The Punter of the Decade joins Michael Cole and it is his honor to be here!
Roman Reigns heads to the ring!
The Tribal Chief is STILL WWE Universal Champion, and he again has Jey Uso and Paul Heyman by his side as he holds that belt up high in the ThunderDome. Fans boo and give thumbs down but that just makes Heyman laugh. Heyman hands the mic to Roman, but fans chant, “You Suck!” Roman says it is no secret, “we put a lot of eyes on SmackDown.” So for the new viewers, let’s tell them about the men Roman beat in the main event of WrestleMania. Heyman says he would be honored.
First is Edge, an ELEVEN time world champion, married to a hall of famer and is a hall of famer in his own right. Then there’s Daniel Bryan, a FIVE time world champion, also married to a hall of famer, and will “YES! YES! YES!” his way into the hall of fame when he retires, which should be soon after Roman stacked them and pinned them together. Take all of their accomplishments combined and the enormity of both men’s legacies, who came up against Roman, it was practically a Handicap match in THE main event of WrestleMania. McAfee agrees on commentary.
Roman says he took a page from Heyman’s playbook and Babe Ruth’d it! He called his shot: He was gonna smash ’em, stack ’em, and pin ’em 1-2-3. Then, they would #AcknowledgeMe. Now to be honest, it’s embarrassing! If Roman was another man, he’d never want to be in that situation. WWE will probably never put him in a Triple Threat again after that. Nobody wants to face Roman! No one wants that to happen to them! These were hall of famers, and he smashed ’em, stacked ’em and pinned ’em. And if he’s doing that to guys like that, who will want it next? Nobody! “Don’t nobody want to step to me now!” Not worth it! No one measures up to Roman, no one is on his level.
So after fulfilling the obligations and opened Roman’s show, cut the check, fire up the jet, time to go home. Heyman takes the mics for Roman, but here comes CESARO! The Swiss Cyborg finally had and won his first singles match at WrestleMania, and is now getting in Roman’s face! He looks at the Universal Championship, then gets a mic. Roman still takes his leave, but Cesaro figured as much. Cesaro doesn’t get to say his piece, but will he make Roman acknowledge him?
Adam Pearce and Sonya Deville talk backstage.
Cesaro walks by, they congratulate him on his Mania win, but he asks if they saw what “that son of a bitch” Roman did. No one is going to step up? Cesaro will. Not even for the title! He just wants a match tonight. Sonya says she’ll talk to Roman and see if he’ll accept that. Cesaro is fine with that, but is Pearce?
Rey Mysterio w/ Dominik Mysterio VS Otis w/ Chad Gable!
While the King and Prince of Lucha didn’t get those SmackDown Tag Team Championships off Dolph Ziggler & Robert Roode, neither did the Alpha Academy. This battle has been brewing for months after Gable unleashed The Dozer on Rey’s ribs. Will Rey get his revenge and his redemption going 1v1 with the big man?
The bell rings, and Otis CLOBBERS Rey with his gut already! Otis gets Rey up, CLUBS him on the back, then looms over him as he writhes. Otis scoops Rey, pops him up to a military press, and then DROPS Rey! Gable cheers Otis on while Dom coaches Rey up. But Otis brings Rey up to SLIDE him out! Rey rolls through to come back and shoulder into Otis! Rey fires forearms, hotshots Otis away, then goes up a corner, only for Otis to trip him! Rey ends up in a Tree of Woe, Otis stomps a mudhole into him! The ref backs Otis off, but Otis comes back, only for Rey to sit up! Otis hits buckles, Rey turns around and leaps to SEATED SENTON! BASEMENT SEEATED SENTON! Cover, TOW!
Rey kicks but Otis blocks the whip. Otis whips Rey away, Rey ducks and springboards, into Otis’ arms! POWERSLAM! Gable tells Otis to keep on Rey and Otis drags him to a drop zone. Otis goes up the corner, leaps, but FLOPS as Rey rolls out of the way! Dom coaches Rey up, Gable shouts to Otis, and Rey dropkicks Otis onto ropes! Rey dials it up, but Otis comes back! Rey trips Otis onto ropes, and hits the 619! Rey hurries up top again but Otis is back up! Rey leaps, for a CRUCIFIX DRIVER! Cover, Rey wins!!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
That’s a huge win for Mysterio! The Dozer is furious but will he have to go back to the drawing board?
Kayla Braxton talks with Paul Heyman.
And from the look on Heyman’s face, he is both shocked and offended that SmackDown management wants Roman to compete tonight! It’ll be non-title, but will it even happen? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Kayla asks if Heyman accepts the challenge. That’s the question? Yes, because that’s what we do around here in the WWE: “We put smiles on the faces of Neanderthals, like Cesaro.” Does Kayla have any clue the enormity of the star power that is possessed by Roman and its affect on the ENTIRE WWE Universe? What happened on Saturday? Oh~ a rain delay! Rain delay, Heyman’s “kosher tuchus.” Those were the tears of the angels descending upon Tampa over the BEATING Roman was going to give, and that is what happened! Roman walked out champion, and neither Bryan nor Edge walked out of Raymond James at all.
And as Heyman was walking back with Roman, they were stepping in puddles, and Heyman said, “My goodness! Tears still descending from up above!” Except it wasn’t from the skies, but from the locker room. A visionary like Seth Rollins had to lower himself to face “a knuckle-dragging, slack-jawed, bucktooth Swiss quisling like Cesaro.” A billion dollar body but a 10 cent brain and THIS is who emerges to get in the face of Your Tribal Chief?! Cesaro is physically capable of being a great opponent, but he is not an attraction. He’s a joke!
So let’s put an end to the joke! Stop the train before it leaves the station! They will give Cesaro what he wants, tonight live on SmackDown! Cesaro in the main event against THE main event, Jey Uso. Of course Heyman had a way to change the course. But will Cesaro blast through the Right Hand Man to get at the Head of the Table, whether they like it or not?
Sami Zayn heads to the ring!
The Great Liberator didn’t defeat his long-time frenemy, and he didn’t even have Logan Paul on his side! And Sami loves to see the headlines outside of the one that is most accurate: “Sami Zayn Once Again SCREWED!” Where is that one, huh?! Well, does it exist…? Sami says it was his vindication! The stars were aligned, and he had the one star that matters in Logan Paul! Logan was supposed to help Sami expose the WWE and celebrate his grand victory, but that’s not how it went down, did it?
And here’s why: Logan’s mind was poisoned by Kevin Owens and the WWE Universe talking bad about Sami, like he’s a crackpot! It was poisoned by management, and the “corporate mouthpiece,” Michael Cole! They got in Logan’s head and Sami could sense it and feel it as he hugged Logan! And then in the match, of course he was distracted! Sami was worried about Logan! And that is the only reason, THE ONLY REASON, Kevin squeaked out that win. And Kevin is back there, obviously. Sami will not be denied vindication! Sami calls Kevin out for a rematch! There’s nothing to distract him, there are no toxic fans or stupid Logan Paul and his warped mind! No distractions, no way for Kevin to steal this!
But that’s why Kevin won’t come out, because- Wait, Kevin DOES come out to the ring! Kevin says if Sami’s gonna keep making excuses, then here we go! This WrestleMania rematch happens, after the break!
Sami Zayn VS Kevin Owens!
The bell rings and Sami bails out! Kevin smirks because he knew this would happen. Kevin slides out but Sami slides in. Then Kevin slide sin, but that’s a fake-out! Sami is on the outside and Kevin fires off! Kevin bounces Sami off the desk, puts him in the ring, and CHOPS him to a corner! And CHOPS again! Sami stumbles to another corner but Kevin gives him body shots! The ref counts, Kevin lets off, and then comes back, but Sami hits first! Sami whips corner to corner, Kevin comes back to CLOBBER Sami! BACK SENTON! Sami is in a corner, Kevin runs in but Sami bails out. Kevin goes to the apron but Sami hotshots him! Then BLINDSIDES him!
Sami rains down furious fists from all sides! Sami lets off to snarl and seethe. Sami puts Kevin on the ropes and chokes him! The ref counts, Sami lets off at 4 and CLUBS Kevin! Kevin gets up to CHOP back! Sami stomps Kevin to a corner, digs his boots in, and even stands on Kevin! The ref counts, Sami lets off, and then Sami throws haymakers. Kevin hits back, counter punches, and backs Sami down. Sami jawbreakers in return! Sami CHOPS Kevin against ropes, then whips him to ropes. Kevin reverses but Sami kicks back, only for Kevin to LARIAT! Kevin reels Sami in, suplexes to hang Sami out to dry, and Sami springs off the ropes to hit the mat!
Kevin fires off on Sami in a corner, hoists him up top and CHOPS him again! Kevin climbs up, Sami throws elbows and then adjusts to sunset flip POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Kevin survives, Sami argues with the ref, and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Sami is again fighting Kevin off on the top rope. Kevin hits back, climbs back up, and Sami throws headbutts! Kevin falls back, Sami adjusts and leaps, but Kevin gets clear! Kevin SUPERKICKS Sami down! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives but Kevin hurries right to the top rope! SWANTON BOMB!! Cover, TWO!! Sami survives again and Kevin is beside himself! Kevin shakes his head as he stands Sami up, whips him, but Sami bails out to avoid a pop-up. Kevin pursues Sami as the ring count climbs, and gets him on the ramp to throw him into barriers! Kevin puts Sami back in at 5 of 10, knees low then whips, but Sami slips through the pop-up to get an arm!
Kevin fights the Half ‘n’ Half, then pump handles for the PACKAGE USHIGOROSHI!! Cover, TWO!!! Sami still survives that move, just like WrestleMania! Kevin gets annoyed, but he again has to pursue Sami on the outside. Kevin drags Sami from the barriers, puts him in, and kicks, but no Stunner! Sami again bails out, Kevin grabs at him on the apron, but Sami rakes Kevin’s eyes! The ring count is still climbing, though, but Sami wants to run away! Sami gets himself counted out, Kevin wins!
Winner: Kevin Owens, by count-out
Kevin wins again, but it seems Sami didn’t want revenge that badly. But Kevin pursues and goes after Sami with fists at the ramp! Kevin puts Sami in the ring, kicks and STUNNERS! It seems Kevin still hasn’t beaten sense into Sami, will these two #JustKeepFighting?
Apollo Crews speaks.
“All of Nigeria has not stopped celebrating, ever since I smashed Big E into oblivion and I became the new Intercontinental Champion!” And he would give Big E a rematch tonight, but he’s not here. And do you know why? Two words: Nigerian Nail! That is the name of the move used by this giant beside Apollo here. This is his commander of the guard, Azeez, former member of the Nigerian Elite Guard. If anyone dares come for Apollo, they will be annihilated by the Nigerian Nail!
The Street Profits head to the ring!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are going to be facing the Dirty Dawgs for the tag titles later tonight, but first they are going to celebrate the NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion! This will be the EST of celebrations, after the break!
SmackDown returns and Ford says it’s Friday Night, and he’s feelin’ right! Dawkins says it is official takeback season! Time to do spring cleaning to send Dolph & Roode back through that time warp they came out of so they can return to 1986. Oh, and about getting the shine back on those SmackDown tag titles! Right! The Dirty Dawgs will get snatched, but that’s not the only reason why the Solo cups are raised high. It’s been a long time, and they got some inspiration this past weekend. Some motivation! WrestleMania was a night for the ages, a night to remember!
One match in particular will be something Ford tells his grandkids about! That is the historic, the glass ceiling shattering SmackDown Women’s Championship! ROLL TAPE! Sasha Banks VS Bianca Belair, WrestleMania 37 Night One, the main event! Headlines were marking how amazing it was even before the bell, and no one could deny it after! We have a NEW SmackDown Women’s Champion, and it is Bianca Belair! Dawkins has the feels, fam! Ford says that as we just saw, the party isn’t over! The champagne for the campaign is not done popping. Saturday, that was a genuine moment that will be with them for the rest of their lives. And they just want to share that joy with the fans!
So they introduce to use, the roughest, the toughest, the quickest, the strongest, and the greatest part of Ford’s life, the NEW WWE SmackDown Women’s Champion, the EST, no no no, THE E S T of the W W E, BIANCA BELAIR!! Bianca makes her entrance, Ford and Dawkins sing her praises and the fans cheer on their ThunderDome screens! Bianca is handed a mic, and she feels like he’s been floating since Saturday! Her mind is blown, her heart is filled, and she feels blessed. But despite the setbacks, the struggles, she never stopped believing that this moment was possible.
And her family has been making history for generations, they are the ones who showed her that when you demand greatness from yourself, that no matter how hard the game gets, you can change the game! If you were to have asked her a year ago if she could ever imagine main-eventing Mania, winning the SmackDown Women’s Championship… Well she probably would’ve said yes! But that’s not because she’s cocky. That’s because she’s unapologetically her. Everyone has a little EST in them, and when you find it, you know that you’re talented and working hard, you never need to apologize for saying you are the B-E-S-T! “Because if you can dream it, you can do it.”
Bianca showed up, showed out, but it isn’t just about her. Sasha Banks, Bianca thanks you. There is no one she would’ve rather shared that spotlight because Sasha pushed her to her limits and it takes two. They BOTH made history. But… If Sasha ever tries to forget it, just know that Bianca left you with something to remember her by. That hair whip did leave a mark… But this is also about Sasha, too. This moment is so much bigger than them. This is about all the girls watching at Raymond James and at home, who saw Bianca and saw themselves. This is for you! That was Mania magic, but we’re only getting started!
Ford and Bianca hug, Dawkins joins in for a family moment, and Bianca says it’s time to drop the cups, throw the tissues away, and get those titles again. They only wear gold in this house. The Profits and the new SmackDown Women’s Champion are up, and #WeWantTheSmoke! Will this trio become truly golden after tonight?
Backstage interview with Sasha Banks.
After seeing Bianca out there, she is in no mood. The Boss still has the mark on her side, and she seethes. She takes a second to cool off, but it doesn’t work, and she storms off. Will Sasha find a way back to that title and to WrestleMania revenge?
Backstage interview with Bayley.
The Role Model acknowledges that Cesaro was super impressive with the UFO spin, as footage is replayed, but what about Sasha? She probably wants a rematch but is so angry she can’t say it. While Bayley was super busy trying to save both nights of Mania, Bianca was in the main event crying. Even before the match began! No one wants to say it but Bayley will: those tears was because Bianca thought she couldn’t win. Is that who you want as champion? And now she’s showboating and arrogant! That is NOT the kind of champion we should want!
So there is only one way to fix this, and restore dignity to the title: for Bayley, the longest reigning SmackDown Women’s Champion ever, to challenge Bianca and take that title! Will Bayley cut Sasha in line and get back to the gold first?
SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Dirty Dawgs VS The Street Profits!
The Show-Off & The Glorious One made it through #WrestleManiaSmackDown and its Fatal 4 Way with these titles, but now they’re 2v2 with Ford & Dawkins! Will takeback season work out for the fam? We find out, after the break!
SmackDown returns and the titles are raised. Teams sort out, Ziggler starts with Dawkins and they circle. They feel out the grapple, Ziggler shoots in but Dawkins sprawls then shifts to a waistlock. Ziggler gets the ropebreak, the ref counts but Ziggler elbows free! Ziggler dares Dawkins to get up, then he gets Dawkins only for Dawkins to DECK him! Tag to Ford, the Profits whip Ziggler, Dawkins drops and Ford dropkicks Ziggler down! Cover, TWO! Ford gets Ziggler back up, snapmares him to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Ford keeps Ziggler from Roode, wrenches and armlocks to tag in Dawkins. Ford wrenches the arm again and again, Dawkins drops ax handles!
Dawkins wrenches, tags Ford back in, and now Ford drops ax handles! Ford mocks Roode but Ziggler ROCKS Ford! Roode tags in but Ford reverses the whip to send Ziggler into Roode! Tag to Dawkins, the Profits double whip to DOUBLE FLAPJACK! Ziggler comes in, but gets a DOUBLE FLAPJACK onto Roode! Ford throws Ziggler out, Dawkins gives Roode the CYCLONE SPLASH! Dawkins keeps moving, BULLDOG! Then a BIG shoulder tackle! The Profits are fired WAY up as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns again and Dawkins covers Roode, TWO! Dawkins keeps on Roode with a headlock, Roode powers out but Dawkins runs him over! Things keep moving, Dawkins leaping back elbows! Roode avoids the cyclone but Dawkins elbows him away. Ziggler distracts but Dawkins DECKS him, only to run into a GLORIOUS SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in and DECKS Ford! Ziggler gets Dawkins up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags Roode back in, the Dirty Dawgs mug Dawkins and Roode stomps Dawkins down. Roode brings Dawkins up to suplex high and hard, covers, TWO! Roode argues the count but it was fair.
Tag to Ziggler, the Dawgs mug Dawkins, and Ziggler taunts Ford before daring Dawkins to stand. Dawkins gets up, Ziggler slaps him around, but his dropkick is caught for a CATAPULT! Ziggler hits buckle and then the mat! Ford fires up on his corner and fans rally on the ThunderDome screens. Ziggler and Dawkins crawl, hot tags to Ford and Roode! Ford rallies with big clotheslines, then he TOSSES Ziggler for good measure! Dropkick for Roode, dropkick for Ziggler! Ford dodges Roode to BLOCKBUSTER! Ford CLOBBERS Ziggler! Ford whips Roode, Roode reverses and reels For din but Ford lands out of the back suplex to give a back suplex! Kip up and STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!
Roode bails out to join Ziggler, Ford has a target! Ford builds speed, tags Dawkins as he FLIES! Direct hit to the Dawgs and Ford gets Roode in for Dawkins! Dawkins gets Roode up, THE ANOINTMENT! Tag to Ford, he climbs, and leaps FROM THE HEAVENS!! Cover, Ziggler breaks it!! Dawkins gets Ziggler up but Ziggler throws him to clothesline Dawkins and himself out! Ford DECKS Ziggler, gets Roode up and fires off fists in a corner! The ref backs Ford off, and Ziggler sneaks a tag in! Ford doesn’t know, he whips but Roode reverses. Ford goes up and over, into a ZIGZAG!!! Cover, the Dawgs win!!
Winners: The Dirty Dawgs, by pinfall
As fired up as Ford was, Ziggler & Roode find a way to survive! Is this the end of takeback season? Will the Dawgs move on to new challengers in the wake of WrestleMania?
Backstage interview with Cesaro.
While denying him a match with Roman Reigns, Heyman said some rather derogatory things about Cesaro. His response? “I think Paul Heyman is right.” Cesaro admits he has buck teeth, a slack jaw, and that he isn’t the smartest. And with his long arms, maybe he does look like a Neanderthal. But he’s wrong about one thing: Cesaro DOES belong in the ring with Roman Reigns, and will prove it tonight by beating the Right Hand Man!
Heyman talks with Roman in their VIP room.
Roman doesn’t like that Cesaro isn’t just accepting things. Roman wants Jey to teach him a lesson. Will Jey Uso check Cesaro off the list for Roman?
Natalya w/ Tamina VS Shayna Baszler w/ Nia Jax!
Though the #BOAT and Daughter of Superfly won the Tag Team Turmoil, they could not win the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Can the Queen of Harts redeem herself with another win over the Queen of Spades?
The bell rings, the two tie up and Natty gets a headlock. Shayna powers out, things speed up and Natty ducks to get a waistlock. Shayna blocks the lift, wrenches free and fires off hands and kicks! Shayna knees but Natty deflects it to get the legs! Natty steps through, but Shayna scramble’s and Nia saves her! Tamina storms over, Shayna gets back in the ring, but Natty is waiting! They tie up, Natty trips Shayna, floats to a facelock, but Shayna slips out to hammerlock. Natty gets up, slips through, wrenches, but Shayna wrenches back. Natty rolls, handsprings and gets a leg. Shayna sprawls to block, then shifts to a waistlock and slam, to the ARMBAR!
Natty endures, clasps hands, but Shayna pulls. Shayna stands to get the arm and hammerlocks it into the mat! This time, Tamina says Natty! Natty hotshots Shayna down, Nia storms over and the ref has to keep her and Tamina from throwing down. Natty gets in but Shayna KNEES Her down! Cover, TWO! Shayna grows frustrated, Natty goes to a corner and she elbows Shayna away. Natty spins, DISCUS CLOTHESLINE! Natty goes for legs but Nia gets on the apron! The ref reprimands but Shayna KICKS Natty down! KIRAFUDA, but Natty throws Shayna at Nia! Shayna stops herself, Natty rolls her up, AND WINS!
Winner: Natalya, by pinfall
Nia goes after Natty but Tamina SUPERKICKS her down!! Tamina and Natty aren’t done with the Irresistible Force or Queen of Spades! Will the second time around be the second generation superstars’ time to shine?
Jey Uso speaks.
“Cesaro, Cesaro. Boy, you’s a one hit move, huh? King of spin, king of swing, it’s all the same! That’s a cute airplane you did with no hands. But let me ask you something: can you do that with no teeth?!” You’re disrespecting the Tribal Chief, the Head of the Table! Now you’ve crossed the Right Hand Man, and now Jey has to get you! He’ll show you why he is #MainEventJey! Jey vows to #GETIM, and Roman says, “You heard the man. Now he’s gonna show you.”
Cesaro VS Jey Uso w/ Paul Heyman!
The Swiss Cyborg shows no fear in the face of the Reigns-ing, Defending, Undisputed, (hardly) Uncontroverted Universal Champion, but the NEW winner of the Andre the Giant Memorial Battle Royal wants to change that. Will Jey be the one to learn something from the original winner of that match?
The bell rings and Cesaro gets Jey right up with a SLAM! Cesaro headlocks, Jey powers out and things speed up, and Cesaro catches Jey for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Cesaro keeps his focus as Jey goes to the apron. Jey gets to a corner but Cesaro bumps him off buckles. Jey counter punches, SLAMS Cesaro’s hand on the crossbar, then pulls the arm through the bars! Jey then kicks, but Cesaro blocks to hotshot the leg! Cesaro BOOTS Jey down and then goes out to pursue. Cesaro leaps from the apron, into a SUPERKICK! Main Event Jey evens things in the main event as SmackDown goes to break!
SmackDown returns once more and Jey cranks on an armlock. Cesaro throws body shots, whips but Jey reverses, to SAMOAN DROP! Cover, TWO! Jey keeps on Cesaro with a stomp to the shoulder! Jey ROCKS Cesaro with an uppercut, then wraps an arm around the ropes to pull! The ref counts, Jey lets off at 4, and then brings Cesaro around to suplex. Cesaro blocks it, then gets Jey up for a suplex of his own! Fans rally on their screens as Jey crawls his way to a corner. Cesaro snarls, aims at Jey and runs in, only to be put on the apron. Cesaro ROCKS Jey first, climbs up top, and leaps for a BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro shakes out the arms, drags Jey back up, but Jey wrenches to WRING the arm out! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives but he is in a daze as he gets to a corner. Jey runs corner to corner, HIP ATTACK! Cover, TWO! Cesaro shakes out the arms again but Jey sees him in a drop zone. Jey climbs up, but Cesaro gets up to DROPKICK Jey down! Jey hangs on to keep from falling to the floor, but Cesaro climbs up to get him. Cesaro gets Jey back to the top, Jey fights with body shots and Cesaro hops down. EuroUpper SHORYUKEN! Cesaro gets Jey up for a SUPER GUT WRENCH SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Jey survives but Cesaro keeps focus.
Jey crawls, Cesaro brings him around, and reels him in! Jey fights the Gotch to wring the arm but Cesaro cartwheels! Cesaro dodges to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Cesaro is a bit surprised, but he gets Jey’s legs! Jey kicks Cesaro away, but Cesaro comes back. Jey blocks a boot but gets a EuroUpper! Jey ducks the clothesline to pop-up NECKBREAKER!! Cover, TWO!! Cesaro survives and Jey is furious! Both men slowly rise but Jey is after Cesaro first. Jey throws down haymakers, then SLAPS Cesaro! And slaps him more! Cesaro SLAPS back! And fires off furious palm strikes then furious EuroUppers!! Shots from all sides! Cesaro runs, and LARIATS! Cover, TWO!
Cesaro is seething, but he calls for the spin! Cesaro gets Jey into a SPINEBUSTER, to then get the wings! SWISS SWING!! Michael Cole & Pat McAfee count, but Cesaro doesn’t get past 5 before SETH ROLLINS attacks!!
Winner: Cesaro, by disqualification
The Architect won’t let it go! He doesn’t want anyone anywhere getting swung by Cesaro! Cesaro still wins the match because of this, but he is staggering about. Rollins shouts, “You were done with me?! You got lucky!! ONE TIME! This isn’t over! Nothing is over until I SAY IT’S OVER!! I am the END ALL BE ALL of this industry! And the sooner you figure it out, the better it’s gonna be!” The Savior of SmackDown has all but snapped, but will he be going for another spin before this is all said and done?
Well, this was a pretty good post WrestleMania episode. Then some stuff made it like most typical WWE programming. There are a few things that are clearly being set up for WrestleMania Backlash, and they’re all WrestleMania rematches because that’s literally what that PPV becomes when you name it that in such a lazy manner. I am glad Cesaro is the next one stepping up to Roman Reigns, but they’re clearly doing everything they can to stretch this story so that the match will happen at a PPV bigger than Backlash. Cesaro getting the runaround from Roman’s team was a good way to do it, but I’m not sure about Cesaro VS Rollins 2. It’ll be a great match, but is it really necessary? Of course, WWE did repeat the UFO airplane spin a lot, so them running it into the ground is actually a good sign that Cesaro will win, and is going to be the next challenger to Roman’s title.
Natty getting another fairly quick win over Shayna and Tamina knocking Nia down is surely a sign that we’re getting a rematch between those teams for the tag titles at Backlash. But if that is where Tamina & Natty are going to win the titles, it’s profoundly stupid. They should’ve just let Natty & Tamina win at Mania, and then it’d be about Nia & Shayna getting the belts back at Backlash, a much more logical route. The celebration promo for Bianca was great, and while Sasha wants a rematch, Bayley wants her own match with Bianca, so I’m hoping there’s a difference here in that Backlash gives us another Sasha VS Bayley match, winner faces Bianca at the PPV after that.
Dawgs VS Profits was a great match, especially for television, but I am really surprised the Profits didn’t win tonight. I get that the moment Bianca and the Profits are all wearing gold is going to be big, but then why not do that on the SmackDown After Mania? Make tonight feel big because it should be big! Is WrestleMania Backlash really going to be where they do it? I feel like that’s them forcing Backlash to feel special rather than letting it be special by surprise. Rey VS Otis was good, and clearly this feud isn’t over yet, and the winner of that will surely line up for the tag titles.
Kevin VS Sami tonight was also great stuff, a lot of similar spots to the match they had at Mania, but the count-out seems like another way to extend things. I have a feeling something’s gotta give at Backlash, and I hope Kevin & Sami finally start towards the tag titles. Apollo had a good promo to introduce Dabba-Kato’s new form, Commander Azeez, and the name of his finisher. The Nigerian Nail is pretty much a direct translation of the Samoan Spike, which is what the move was when Umaga used it. Big E VS Azeez has to be coming, perhaps with the stipulation that if Big E wins, he gets his rematch with Apollo at Backlash. Honestly, it all feels like WWE is spinning their wheels because Vince is rolling around in the $1 BILLION from NBC.
My Score: 8.2/10
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