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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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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • 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 Threat Fatal 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.

PLAY BY PLAY

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!

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?

 

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!

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!

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 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?

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!

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!

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?

 

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!

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?

 

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!

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!

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?

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.

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!

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?

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!”

 


 

My Thoughts:

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


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Andrew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Red Stars Ratings & Review: Day 7 & 8

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We get another combined article because of the way Stardom likes to stagger matches in this tournament.

Day 7 actually didn’t have any Blue Star matches at all, so now the articles will be titled a little differently. I need that Rick and Morty clip about getting your shit together and direct it at Stardom booking. Oh wait, I can!

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So with that established, I guess we should look at the matches to come. Tam is eliminated but still has 3 matches to go. So she can go from a measly 2 to a respectable 8 if she can put a few wins together. Utami and Rachael however are still very much in the thick of things, and even face one another on Day 8.

Let’s find if anyone else gets eliminated, or if we continue to have the top half stay alive.

 

Day 7

Rachael Ellering vs Tam Nakano

Rachael’s promo is fake and over enthusiastic, whereas Tam’s was realistic and a little bubbleheaded. So it’s really hard for me to ever connect to Ellering’s promos, cause she’s not convincing and her matches thus far have been…umm…shall we say, sub par. So sadly Tam seems to be in the plucky underdog role this year and always getting close with not much of a pay off. So let’s she if she picks up a win to play spoiler, or continues to come up short.

I have no clue what it is about most of Rachael’s matches, but they are hard to watch. Rachael’s Pump Kick that she over uses never looks impactful, she doesn’t take or sell offense well, and it’s just a schlog. This match was no different.

Tam’s kicks are usually crisp, but they hit awkwardly and slowly. Tam even went for a bottom rope assisted Back Body Drop, but Rachael’s foot cause the middle rope and it just looked sloppy. Tam still sold her back, while Rachael focused it, so that was good.

We also see a decent barrage at the end of the match with some false finish rollups, Rachael’s Bossman Slam and then Ellering finally finishes this with the Fallaway Powerbomb.

Winner: Ellering via Fallaway Powerbomb

Rating: * 1/2

 

Kagetsu vs Kimber Lee

Kimber always has this oddly endearing way of cutting a promo. She talks fairly slowly (the way people do when you’re speaking a language people might not understand), which I find ridiculous, but she says all the correct babyface things. Kagetsu however has a skull mask on her head, pops up into frame and just starts talking casually about things. She just wants to end the match, eat some good food and head to Osaka. It’s casually dismissive of Kimber, but not cruel, perfect tweener kind of temperature.

Kagetsu takes the early advantage and does the cocky heel thing by throwing Kimber to the outside. Hazuki and Sumire get in a few cheap shots before rolling her back in. Kagetsu takes a drink of water and then we get her water spit/mist spot. Which I’m still not sure why that isn’t a disqualification, but I like it, so I’m not questioning it.

After the initial cockiness, Kimber takes advantage of Kagetsu taking her foot of the gas and puts together some offense. A few well placed kicks and suplexes lead to the Swanton Bomb attempt, but Kimber misses. After a little more struggle, Kagetsu eventually hits a Chokeslam and then enough of the Oedo Coaster to get the pinfall.

Not Kagetsu’s best work, but it was a fairly short match and Kimber isn’t positioned as a threat in this tournament.

Winner: Kagetsu via Oedo Coaster

Rating: *** 1/4

 

Day 8

Kimber Lee vs Tam Nakano

The opening promos are pretty low energy for both women. Kimber talks about being eliminated but fighting for herself and Tam tries her best to psych herself up. The lack of points is effecting both of these women. Who will get the ball moving to end on a high note?

Not a bad match, just fairly short. Given that all of the Grand Prix matches have a 15 minute time limit, even the longer ones are a little short. Both women utilize a fair amount of kicks and flexibility in their offense, so the mirror aspect was on full display.

Kimber does her split spot, Tam goes for a Buzzsaw Kick, but Kimber blocks it and tries to sweep the leg, but Tam does a split and they both start throwing forearms from the split position. Kimber hits a kick combination first, which drops Tam but only for two. In her opening promo Tam put some emphasis on not wanting to lose to kicks, since those are kinda her thing.

Maintaining advantage, Kimber goes to the top rope but Tam shows some fight. Eventually hitting the Avalanche Snapmare and going up for her Diving Idol Knee, for only a near fall. After a few more close calls, Kimber catches Tam coming off the ropes for a Brain Buster, pulls her to a corner and lands the Swanton Bomb for the pinfall.

Valiant efforts in all her matches, but Tam really can’t catch a break.

Winner: Kimber via Swanton Bomb

Rating: ** 1/4

 

Rachael Ellering vs Utami Hayayshishita

Well, ya know I’m usually overly disinterested in whatever Rachael’s been doing, but this match was a little different. She basically got to play the heel since she was being very tough on Utami and showing some personality while arguing with the referee. So when it comes down to Rachael’s involvement, it wasn’t the thing that brought the match down, for a change.

However, after the initial burst from Rachael and the playing up a few strikes on the outside, the match never kick it into another gear. It basically was treading water for the last half. Signature moves were hit, Utami landed her Sleeper Hold takeover into the Coquina Clutch, but Rachael got out of it. I’m guess the high point was supposed to be Rachael hitting a Superplex, but nothing felt important, desperate or impressive.

The match ends just as Utami cinches in an Inside Cradle, but the time expires. All of the draws in this tournament are a little off putting.

Winner: Time Limit Draw

Rating: ***

 

Red Stars Standings:

Kagetsu 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Rachael Ellering 4-1-1 (9 Points)
Jungle Kyona 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Utami Hayashishita 3-1-2 (8 Points)
Konami 3-3 (6 Points) – Eliminated
Kimber Lee 2-4 (4 Points) – Eliminated
Tam Nakano 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated
Natsuko Tora 1-5 (2 Points) – Eliminated

 

Thoughts:

You know Stardom, you know what happens when you make Tam look good but don’t give her wins? Nothing happens, it’s actually decent story telling and could set up for a big upset of Kagetsu on the Finals day. So as much as the fan in me hates watching Tam come up short (Naito fans around the world know that feel), her determination and the storyline wrinkles could pay off later.

As for the two days…meh? Nothing stood out and these really just felt like matches to set up for the final swerve. These kind of days happen in all tournaments, it just hit really hard in these four matches. I just really really hope Rachael doesn’t win Red Stars.


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Mathew’s Stardom 5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Results & Review: Day 8

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So tomorrow is the last day of the Five Star Grand Prix where we will have our final four matches and the final match on the same day but we got two matches left to cover before we go to the final day.

This show is for people that didn’t have their six matches before the final day and we’re using this to make sure they’re all caught up to speed and we can see who has a chance to make it and who doesn’t. I know it says day 8 in my headline but I had no matches on the seventh day, so I decided to just skip it and go where I have my actual matches. So who wins these two matches?

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Kelly Klein vs. Natsu Sumire

Review: It’s pretty clear that Sumire is pretty much eliminated and even if she does win this match and her last one, the fact that Mayu would hold the tiebreaker over her if she lost today and won tomorrow, but would still be out if Momo won on the final day since she’d have nine points while Sumire would still have eight if she won both and wouldn’t matter, but she has been one of the highlights of this tournament due to her personality flourishing a lot more here and the fans loving her more and more. Sumire in her pre-match interview seems to be more focused on her bust size and even talked about the supplements she’s been taking for a couple weeks now and is disappointed that there’s been no change in her results just yet and hopes to provide progress updates. Kelly is her opponent tonight and if Kelly does win here, she’ll be in the top spot of the standings and would have a strong chance of winning. Can Kelly win again or will Sumire ruin it for her?

Once again, Sumire made the match fun when it was needed due to it not being the best bout in the tournament here but they did work with what they got, even if it was as pretty standard as they come. Kelly did an okay job in the match as well and probably my least favorite outing of her in the Grand Prix and she just wanted to dominate Sumire. Sumire was mostly doing her antics that you would see in her matches with the false handshakes, cradling them up when they least expect it, and just whipping them. It looked like Kelly was going to go for the win here and when she ran the ropes, Kagetsu kicked her in the back to stun her long enough for Sumire to grab the Oedo Tai sign so she could hit Kelly with it, but Kelly moved out of the way causing the sign to bounce off the ropes and hit Sumire instead in which it gets turned around for Kelly to hit the Fireman’s Carry Slam for the victory and she’s now in first place.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

 

Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Review: A win here is very crucial for Mayu Iwatani if she wants to tie it up with Kelly, otherwise she would be eliminated from the tournament and her opponent, Hazuki would take the top spot with nine points and potentially win the whole thing if things work out in her favor. The last time the both of them fought one on one was around February during the ROH Women of Honor tournament and Mayu would come out the winner of that match and Mayu wants to beat her again to show she’s on a whole different level now. Who will take the top spot of the standings, Mayu or Hazuki?

Hazuki is in my top 5 wrestlers of Stardom right now and this match here with Mayu just solidified my statement for this claim. This whole tournament, she has been one of the most consistent wrestlers in her matches with her sequences being on point, her moves are crisp, and how to handle a match lately has been outstanding that she should be under peoples radar. Hazuki right away was being aggressive with Mayu before the bell even rang when she attacked her from behind and kept rolling her up which failed, but she kept on the attack by throwing her around into chairs on the outside and even destroyed Mayu’s arm during the whole match and not holding back on her, I love this side of Hazuki.

This match is one of my favorites in my block next to Hazuki/Momo still being my favorite one, but this one was still pretty damn close with their chemistry in the ring together gave us a special match and it’s not even their last one for their block. They told a great story in the ring, executed everything almost flawlessly, seeing a more aggressive side of Hazuki in her previous two matches, and Mayu selling it all to make it look more dangerous than it probably is, but they were just on point with everything together. Hazuki was pulling out all the stops with having her in the Crossface, working on her arm, stiff Dropkicks and a Codebreaker, but it still wasn’t enough to take Mayu out as she hits the Dragon Suplex Hold and gets the victory to tie first place with Kelly Klein. After the match, she told the crowd that she was now in first place and hopes the crowd will still support her as she looks to win it all at the final.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Overall: Can’t really give it a fair assessment due to only having two matches with one being average and the other one being great, but the average of it was solid enough. I’m glad to see that all three of my picks are in the top 4 of potential winners and excited for the last day since it’s stacked.

Favorite Match: Hazuki vs. Mayu Iwatani

Score: 6/10

Blue Stars Standings:
Mayu Iwatani: 4-2 (8 Points)
Kelly Klein: 4-2 (8 Points)
Momo Watanabe: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Hazuki: 3-2-1 (7 Points)
Nicole Savoy: 3-3 (6 Points)
Jamie Hayter: 2-4 (4 Points)
Saki Kashima: 2-4 (2 Points)
Natsu Sumire: 2-4 (4 Points)

Now that we have our final standings before the final show tomorrow, we see that our top 4 people that could still win this are Mayu Iwatani, Kelly Klein, Momo Watanabe, and Hazuki. We’re gonna break down the final card for tomorrow and see who has a real chance and how can it be done.

  • Mayu Iwatani vs. Momo Watanabe
  • Hazuki vs. Natsu Sumire
  • Kelly Klein vs. Nicole Savoy
  • Saki Kashima vs. Jamie Hayter

Here is how these four can win.

Mayu Iwatani: Defeat Momo Watanabe and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Momo Watanabe: Defeat Mayu Iwatani and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein.

Kelly Klein: Defeat Nicole Savoy

Hazuki: Defeat Nicole Savoy, Momo Watanabe defeats Mayu Iwatani, and Nicole Savoy defeats Kelly Klein

If Momo and Hazuki do win their matches and Kelly loses, these two will be in a tie and it’ll be interesting to see who gets the final spot since they did tie it up in their outing, interesting direction if that’s the case.


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CMLL Arena Puebla Show Monday

El Asturiano and Black Tiger vs Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Maligno and Asturiano start out the match exchanging arm drags. Maligno is bare foot so Asturiano while having him in a hold bites his feet. Not very hygienical. Tiger and Chicana make their way in trading holds. Tags are made briefly and they pick up the pace but Chicana and Tiger come back in soon after to continue the faster pace. Maligno misses a splash and Tiger gets him in a surfboard stretch for the submission, then Asturiano pins Chicana with a hurricanrana pin combo. First Fall: El Asturiano pins Fuerza Chicana with a hurricanrana.

Black Tiger hits a monkey flip on Maligno to start the round and then hits a pose. Asturiano and Chicana are in to follow. He ends up feigning a dive to the outside. Maligno and Chicana start to get heat on the other team by double teaming both guys when they get the chance. Malingo hits a baseball slide to Asturiano in the corner and then they get both of them in submissions. Some elaborate stretches. Second Fall: Espiritu Maligno submits El Asturiano with a submission hold.

Third round starts with Asturiano being double teamed. Maligno hits a drop kick on him sending him out bringing in Black Tiger to get doubled. All four are in the ring now exchanging chops. Maligno gets Asturiano in a Gory Guerrero special into a pinning combination for the pin. The Chicana gets Black Tiger in a single leg boston crab for the win. Third Fall: Fuerza Chicana submits Black Tiger with a single leg boston crab.

Winners: Espiritu Maligno and Fuerza Chicana

Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr vs King Rocker Jr, El Malayo, and King Jaguar

King Jaguar and Oro Jr start off with some chain wrestling, exchanging holds. They meet a stale mate and King Rocker come in and continue to exchange holds and chain wrestle. Tigre Rojo and Malayo come in and pick up the pace. Malayo gets Rojo in the corner to get an advantage on him, but it doesn’t work out. Oro Jr and Rojo hit a combo neck breaker on Malayo. Super Astro hits him with a dive for a pin. Tigre Rojo gets King Jaguar in an arm bar for the first fall. First Fall: Tigre Rojo Jr submits King Jaguar with an arm bar.

King Rocker starts the second fall with Oro jr and Oro gets him to the outside and then hits a pose. Astro comes in there next with Malayo. Astro gets him to the outside and then feigns a dive and hits an elaborate pose. After that Rojo and Jaguar come in and he too gets Jaguar to the outside and feigns a dive. Finally Rocker and Malayo are working over Tigre Rojo. Once they dispose of him they start to triple team Astro Jr. Jaguar hits a big baseball slide dive on Astro. Oro Jr gets hit with a basement drop kick to the hit by King Rocker for the second fall. Second Fall: King Rocker pins Oro Jr with a basement drop kick.

Oro and Rocker start out in the third round. This becomes a triple team attack soon. It doesn’t last for long and Oro Jr, Astro, and Rojo go for dives but they get dodged and then it becomes a brawl. They exchange spots and go for pins that get broken up. Astro hits a top rope headbutt on Malayo and pins him. Oro hits a power slam on Rocker and then Tigre and him do a double team move where Rojo flips Oro onto Rocker for the pin. Third Fall: Oro pins Rocker while being flipped by Tigre Rojo.

Winners: Oro Jr, Super Astro Jr, and Tigre Rojo Jr

Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma vs El Sagrado, Misterioso, and Tiger

Interesting note, the Arena Puebla is called Temple of Pain in translation. They should do Lucha Underground out of here. Maya and Misterioso start out in the match, and as they exchange holds and perform some mat wrestling, I’d like to point out how hype Fuego’s entrance is. After they go to a stale mate Sagrado and Stigma come in. They don’t last long and Fuego and Tiger get in there and pick up the pace.

Tiger irish whips Fuego into his corner and this causes his teammates to come in and triple team Fuego for a moment. Fuego’s teammates come in to confront. Fuego makes a come back and gets Tiger to the outside and then a brawl breaks out on the outside. After that Maya starts to get triple teamed. Misterioso hits a weak drop kick bringing Maya to the outside then hits a pose, but Fuego rolls him up. First Fall: Fuego rolls up Misterioso.

The second round is started with Stigma getting triple teamed. After they dispose of Stigma to the outside, Maya comes in to try his hand but the numbers are too much. El Sagrado hits an elbow drop for the second fall. Second Fall: El Sagrado hits an elbow drop on Guerrero Maya for the pin.

Maya starts the fall getting triple teamed but made a come back by hitting everyone with a tilt-a-Whirl back breaker. After that Stigma and Fuego came and hit middle rope dives. They all start to exchange spots now, one at a time. Fuego hits his matrix bridge spot and then hits a dive. Stigma hits a big hurricanrana on Misterioso. Tiger and Stigma start to exchange chops.

Eventually Tiger hits a big power bomb. Fuego hits a big victory roll on Misterioso and the ref takes forever to go for the count and Sagrado breaks it up. Misterioso hits a reverse power slam and Fuego breaks up the pin and then he hits a big dive. Stigma hits a pinning combination on on Sagrado and Maya hits a spring board, shoulder block on Tiger for the win. Third Fall: Guerrero Maya hits a shoulder block on Tiger for the win.

Winners: Guerrero Maya, Fuego, and Stigma

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