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Mitchell’s WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament 2018, Part 2!

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The opening round of sixteen has lead eight back to the Royal Albert Hall in London! And in one single special, all the remaining rounds WILL happen! Only one man can rise above to be the new #1 Contender to the WWE UK Championship! Plus, The Undisputed Era challenge #BritishStrongStyle, Pete Dunne & Mustache Mountain!

 

All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Zack Gibson VS Jack Gallagher; Gibson wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Joe Coffey VS Dave Mastiff; Coffey wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Flash Morgan Webster VS Jordan Devlin; Webster wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • Travis Banks VS Ashton Smith; Banks wins and advances to the semifinals.
  • NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Killer Kelly VS Isla Dawn; Toni wins and will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship tomorrow in the Finale.
  • Zack Gibson VS Flash Morgan Webster; Gibson wins and advances to the finals.
  • Joe Coffey VS Travis Banks; Banks wins and advances to the finals.
  • Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS British Strong Style; British Strong Style wins.
  • WWE UK Championship Tournament 2018 Final: Zack Gibson VS Travis Banks; Gibson wins and will challenge Pete Dunne for the WWE UKC tomorrow in the Finale.

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The second WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament WILL conclude!

WWE UK Championship Tournament Bracket, updated

The first round happened over the last few weeks, and now we have our Elite Eight. This second-ever edition of the WWE UKCT will finish all in one night! Who will triumph? Who will fall? And will the winner stand a chance against The British Bruiserweight in tomorrow’s championship match?

 

A living legend walks into The Royal Albert Hall.

One of the most famous and historic venues in the world, with over 100 years of wrestling. Johnny Saint was here in this ring many times. “But that was then.” The WWE UK Division has already had two amazing champions, but “everything evolves.” This tournament will take center stage, and bring someone to new heights. Zack Gibson claims it for himself, but Flash Morgan Webster needs it. For those who came before. For those who are here. Eight men, one winner, and one major opportunity. The Royal Albert Hall welcomes you to the 2018 United Kingdom Championship tournament.

 

Zack Gibson VS Jack Gallagher!

Liverpool’s Number One showed the Baghra Badboy he “doesn’t belong”, but the sadistic gentleman showed Drew Gulak who is truly the better grappler. Both men are gritty with a mean streak a kilometer long, but who will be the first man to move on into the semifinals?

This 20 minute time limit match begins with Gallagher offering but Gibson declining a show of respect. Fans boo and jeer Gibson as the two circle. They tie up, Gibson gets a waistlock but Gallagher quickly reverses. Gibson reverses back, but has to spin again to shovel Gallagher over. Gallagher is up and wrings Gibson out, but Gibson headscissors. Gallagher finds his way out, then stands off with Gibson. Fans are already rowdy for Gallagher and he embraces it. The two circle again and tie up. Gibson arm-drags into an armlock and even tells fans to shut up.

Gallagher gets up, whips but Gibson arm-drags him again. Fans boo at the sneering and cocky Gibson. They rally for Gallagher, and Gallagher stands to flip and headlock. Gibson powers out but Gallagher gets under to an armlock then leap frog to a roll up, TWO. Gallagher tells Gibson just how close that was.

The two stand up again, Gallagher ducks the clothesline to become a pretzel! Gibson has seen this before, but he still falls for it. Cover, TWO, so Gallagher gets a chinlock. Gallagher adds a chinbar, but Gibson stands to pull hair. Gallagher hits a European Uppercut, then another. Gibson powers Gallagher to the ropes, but dirties the break before hotshot-ing the arm. He dropkicks Gallagher down then hammers away. Cover, TWO, and Gibson grows frustrated. Gibson stalks Gallagher to the ropes, then reels him into a lariat. Fans keep taunting Gibson but he dropkicks Gallagher again. Cover, TWO, so he wraps Gallagher in a half-nelson.

Gallagher endures, fans rally, and Gallagher gets up to fight back with body shots. Gibson knees low then whips Gallagher, but Galaglher sunset flips. Gibson stops that and yanks on the arm. He goes after the wrist, but Gallagher gets up and snapmares. Gibson still has the wrist! He brings Gallagher down but fans rally up again. Gallagher stands, throws hands, but Gibson elbows Gallgher. Gibson throws Gallagher with the straight-arm suplex! He blows a kiss to the fans before going back to Gallagher with punches and EuroUppers of his own. Fans love taunting Gibson as he whips Gallagher corner to corner hard! Gallagher hits buckles and then mat, but Gibson is right on that arm. The ropebreak is barely honored, then Gibson whips Gallagher hard again.

Gibson taunts Gallagher now, he wants Gallagher to “show me something!” Gallagher hits back with forearms, but Gibson trips him up and clobbers him. Cover, TWO, so it’s back to the arm. Gallagher stands again, but Gibson brings him down to another take on the arm and chinbar. Gallagher endures so Gibson shifts back to his half-nelson. Fans rally for Gallagher, and Gallagher feeds off that energy. Gibson knees low, then whips, but he runs into Gallagher’s forearm and elbow. Gallagher keeps going, backing Gibson down! Gallagher fires off all sorts of strikes. Gibson whips and kicks low, then goes to suplex, but it’s Gallagher who lifts Gibson! Fans fire up as Gallagher slams Gibson down. Gallagher stands first, then runs to Penalty Kick Gibson! Cover, TWO!

Gibson clutches his head, but Gallagher is right on him. They scrap on the mat, and Gallagher brings Gibson up. Gibson powers Gallagher to a corner, but Gallagher clubs back. Gallagher goes up, clubs more, but Gibson trips him up to hit a draping code breaker! Cover, TWO! Gallagher rolls to the apron while Gibson is in disbelief. Fans are strongly behind Gallagher while Gibson suplexes him in. Gallagher breaks free and dropkicks Gibson. Gallagher back elbows Gibson off the wristlock, then runs in for- The dropkick is countered to a Liger Bomb! But Gallagher gets him in a triangle hold! Gibson endures, powers up to deadlift, buckle bomb! Gallagher hops up, hanging triangle! Gallagher lets go at 4, then comes back up to slingshot in to put on a sleeper and body scissors!!

Gibson reaches and gets a ropebreak. Gallagher lets go, but both men are slow to standing. Gallagher is up first, and runs in, but his dropkick misses again. He lands on his feet to DIVE! Gallagher puts Gibson in, and with no hesitation, Gentleman’s Dropkick! Cover, TWO!? Gibson survives, but Gallagher is too tired to be frustrated. Gallagher drags Gibson up, but Gibson throat chops! Gibson throws Gallagher into a post, and Gallagher falls to the floor. Gibson catches his breath and leaves Gallagher to the mercy of the count. Gallagher returns at 9, but Gibson clobbers him! Then, Ticket to Ride gut buster! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives, and now Gibson is too tired to be frustrated.

Fans declare “This is Awesome!” Gallagher endures a new hold, but fights back, snapmare to dropkick! But Gallagher isn’t finished. He gets himself to the top rope! Gallagher aims, leaps, but into boots! And Shankly Gates! Gallagher taps, Gibson wins!

Winner: Zack Gibson, by submission; advances to the semifinals

Liverpool’s Number One has won again. Whether he was tougher than Gallagher, he was at least smarter to reverse that situation. How will he fare in the next round?

 

Joe Coffey VS Dave Mastiff!

The literally biggest men in the tournament face off! The Iron King of Scotland and the Black Country’s Big Bad Dave are equally determined to show just how great they are, but who will prove to have more heart behind it?

Unlike Gibson, both men are willing to shake hands to make this match respectful. The bell rings, and the big men circle. They tie up, and Mastiff pushes Coffey back. Coffey comes back and gets a headlock. Mastiff powers out and the two collided, but neither man backs down. Coffey runs and they collide again, they still don’t move. Mastiff moves, but Coffey stands his ground. They both go and collide. Things speed up, double crossbodies take them both out. They both roll out of the ring to recover. Coffey and Mastiff spot each other across the way, and go around the corner to run and collide again and again. Coffey goes up and over but Mastiff runs him over!

Mastiff puts Coffey in the ring, then backs Coffey down with elbows and uppercuts. He throws Coffey into a buckle then kicks the rope. Mastiff lifts Coffey but Coffey sunset flips. Mastiff goes to sit on him, but Coffey narrowly escapes. Coffey gets to a corner, but Mastiff gets up. Coffey runs at Mastiff but is put on the apron. Mastiff swings but Coffey counters, then climbs up. Coffey leaps, missile dropkick takes Mastiff down! Cover, TWO. Mastiff is dazed but Coffey catches his breath. They both stand, and Coffey throws big lefts. Coffey backs Mastiff down but Mastiff shoves him away. Mastiff runs out but into Coffey’s takedown! Coffey runs in at Mastiff in a corner but gets a back elbow. Mastiff throws Coffey in but Coffey elbows back. Coffey leaps, but into a right hand! Back senton! Cover, TWO!

Mastiff gets back up to stalk Coffey. He brings Coffey up for a stretch and elbow after elbow into the head. Cover, TWO. Mastiff keeps his cool, but Coffey throws hands. Mastiff drags Coffey out in a facelock and grinds Coffey to the mat. Fans rally, Coffey gets up and fights back. The two slug it out, but Mastiff backs Coffey down to then whip hotshot Coffey with the top rope. Mastiff waits for Coffey to stand, but Coffey hits back. Mastiff tries but Coffey denies the suplex. Coffey slips out but gets an elbow. Mastiff tries again, but Coffey suplexes Mastiff!

Both men are down while fans fire up. The 10 count begins but both men stand. Coffey runs in at Mastiff, but into an elbow. Mastiff runs, but into a belly2belly!! Both men are slow to standing again, but fans keep rallying. Coffey throws hands, then runs in, big splash! He tries again, blocks the boot to punch and German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Coffey tosses off the elbow pads, then runs, but Mastiff headbutts the roaring elbow away. Mastiff tries his discus, Coffey ducks, but Mastiff comes back with the other side! Mastiff deadlifts and Germans Coffey! Bridge, TWO!

Fans love the toughness as Coffey gets to a corner. Mastiff runs in, but into a pop-up EuroUpper! Yet Mastiff still dropkicks Coffey to a corner! Mastiff runs corner to corner, but Coffey dodges the cannonball! Coffey gets up, boots Mastiff, then hops up to crossbody! He’s not done there, discus lariat, aka All the Best for the Bells! Cover, Coffey wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

The Iron King moves on, and he’s made both his country, these fans and his brother Mark very proud.

In-ring interview with Coffey.

Congrats on the impressive win. What is his mind-set going into the semifinals? “My mind-set,” is to win! The Iron King vows to take Pete Dunne on, and take that WWE UK Championship! “Because this is opportunity!” He’ll show no mercy, and win by any means necessary. Who will be next to face the power of the Iron King?

 

Flash Morgan Webster VS Jordan Devlin!

Another clash of styles and personalities, the Modfather said he needs this United Kingdom Championship opportunity. However, Finn Balor’s former student feels he needs this to settle “unfinished business” from the original tournament. Since last year, Devlin has been undefeated as the Irish Champion! Who will move on to face Liverpool’s Number One in the next round?

The handshakes are 1-2 as Devlin refuses Flash’s offer. The bell rings, Flash and Devlin circle fast. They tie up, Devlin powers Flash back but they go all around the ropes. Devlin ends up on top, then slaps Flash out of the break. Flash is furious but the referee keeps them back. They circle again, fans behind Flash. They tie up, Devlin gets the wristlock but Flash rolls and flips. Flash reverses the wristlock but Devlin gets a ropebreak. Devlin dirties the break again with a kick, then puts on a headlock. Flash powers out, things speed up, and Flash arm-drags Devlin! He does it again, then puts on an armlock. Devlin gets up and knees low. Devlin puts Flash in a corner, but while he catches the boots, Flash arm-drags back. Flash blocks the kick to sweep, imploding senton! Cover, ONE, but Flash is ready.

Flash runs in but Devlin denies the full tilt-o-whirl. Devlin blocks the boot to give back an elbow. Devlin runs, meteora! Flash gets to the apron but Devlin is right on him. Devlin suplexes but Flash slips out. Flash swings but ends up in a yurinagi. Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO, and Devlin is frustrated. Devlin kicks Flash stiff, then covers, TWO. Flash gets up, Devlin rocks him with a forearm. Devlin wrenches Flash’s neck before locking him into a seated abdominal stretch. Fans rally and Flash pries his way out. Devlin knees low, then gives a EuroUpper. Devlin runs in but into boots! Flash gets to another corner, and hops up and over to run and waistlock to then headscissors!

Devlin flounders to a corner, Flash runs in for the forearm smash, then corner to corner for the Mod-Trigger! Cover, TWO! Flash is a bit surprised but he keeps on Devlin. He sets up a double underhook, but Devlin powers out to forearm. Devlin whips but Flash reverses. Flash then trips an ddrags Devlin out to build speed and DIVE! A low-pe, but Flash isn’t done. Flash builds speed, and DIVES a bit higher. Fans want one more, and Flash is gonna give them one, as he FLIES! He puts Devlin in the ring, cover, TWO! Flash is surprised again, but fans are still rallying.

Flash goes up top, but Devlin follows! Devlin throws forearms but one big left from Flash sends him down. Devlin trips Flash up! He chops and brings Flash up, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO! SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this but Devlin is frustrated. Devlin climbs up now, moonsault, FLOP! Flash tilt-o-whirls, Eton Rifle DDT! Cover, Flash wins!!

WInner: Flash Morgan Webster, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

History repeats itself for Devlin, he can’t get past the second round. But given that Tyler Bate defeated Devlin to become THE UK Champion, does that mean good things for The Modfather?

 

Travis Banks VS Ashton Smith!

The Kiwi Buzzsaw cut down El Ligero, but D-Rok managed to show Joseph Conners what it takes to advance. Which hard-hitting hotshot will move on to face The Iron King in the next round?

The handshakes go 50-50 as these two show signs of respect. The bell rings and we begin with an immediate tie-up. Travis powers Ashton to a headlock, then down to a knee. Ashton stands back up and powers out. Things speed up and Travis trips Ashton. La Mahistrol, ONE, and the two stand off. They circle again, and Ashton arm-drags Travis around. Things speed up again, Ashton dropkicks Travis. Travis gets to a corner, but Ashton is on him. Travis breaks free and sweeps the legs, then kicks Ashton in the back again and again. He also chops Ashton, then rocks him with a forearm. Travis snapmares to kick away again. Ashton writhes but Travis stands him up for another chop. Travis stalks Ashton to a corner, then chops him again.

Fans rally while Ashton walks to another corner. Travis chops him again, then again, then snapmares to kick Ashton again. Cover, TWO, but Travis stays on Ashton with a wristlock. Ashton endures, stands, and powers his way out. Travis knees low, then runs, but into a boot! Ashton whips but Travis reverses, only for Ashton to rally with lariats and elbows. Ashton gives Travis a backbreaker, then gets himself to a corner. He runs in at Travis in the other corner, but Travis dodges. Travis runs in for an uppercut, rolls for another, then corner to corner. Ashton follows, only for Travis to sweep the legs again. Ashton hits buckles face first! Travis adds a dropkick! Cover, TWO!

Fans cheer and chant while Travis brings Ashton up. Travis runs, springboards but Ashton gets under. Ashton goes up, leaping leg lariat! But Travis gets out of the ring, frustrating Ashton. But Ashton fires himself up, and builds speed, to FLY!

Ashton takes Travis down and even undoes the carpeting. He puts Travis in the ring, brings him up, fireman’s carry. Travis fights out, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Ashton is shocked, he thought that did it. They both stand, and get to corners. Ashton runs in for a big knee, then runs again, only for Travis to blast him with a dropkick. Travis does not stop, German Suplex and bridge, TWO! Both men grit their teeth as they sit up. Travis throws a forearm, then another. He brings Ashton up for another, but Ashton just feeds off those hits. Then Ashton throws hands of his own. Ashton misses once and Travis springboards for Slice of Heaven! Travis suplexes, KIWI CRUSHER! Cover, Travis wins!

Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the semifinals

New Zealand’s own moves on in this UK Championship tournament, keeping that international flavor. Travis is tough as nails, and he’ll have to be with Joe Coffey ready for him in the next round. Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw be able to cut through Coffey? Or will he be cut down instead?

 

NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Killer Kelly VS Isla Dawn!

Three women compete for a major crossover opportunity! Will it be the inaugural Progress Women’s Champion, the wXw Women’s Champion, or the woman yet to hold gold be the one to face the Queen of Spades?

The bell rings, and Toni finds herself in a 2v1 situation! Kelly and Dawn know she’s arguably the best, so they need to stop her now. Toni fires back on both of them, focusing on Dawn. She swings on Kelly, but Kelly catches her in a waistlock, and Dawn comes over for a wheelbarrow DDT! Toni rolls out, and now the allies turn on each other. Dawn dodges and rolls up, TWO. She kicks Kelly first, then forearms and elbows in the corner. She snapmares Kelly out to mule kick her. Dawn runs for a knee, covers, TWO! Kelly checks her jaw but Dawn is a bit surprised.

Dawn brings Kelly up, but Kelly blocks the suplex. Kelly hits back then suplexes Dawn up and over. Kelly drags Dawn back up, and puts on a cravat for those knee strikes. Dawn flounders to a corner while Kelly gets a running start, hesitation dropkick! But Toni’s back! Snap German! Dawn gets Toni with a saido suplex, and all three women are down. Fans love this already. They rally up as all three women stir. Toni and Kelly head for each other, but Dawn joins in. They all trade forearms and elbows. They stand up but the brawl continues. Dawn snap suplexes but Kelly breaks the cover.

Kelly throws on Dawn, then whips, but Dawn reverses. Kelly holds ropes then dumps Dawn out. Dawn hits the floor, but Kelly gets to the apron, for a brutal Penalty Kick! Kelly roars, then drags Dawn up and in. Toni boots Kelly, then grabs Dawn, German Suplex! Toni keeps going, scoop into the Air Raid Crash, aka Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; will challenge Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship

The Storm rolls through and finishes this one fast!

But speaking of Shayna Baszler, she’s here! The Submission Magician is ready to make Toni #TapNapOrSnap, but will she be taken by surprise?

 

Triple H heads to the ring!

The COO of WWE is greeted by standing ovation and fans singing along with his theme. He does have something very special to announce, however. He’s been dying to come to the Royal Albert Hall himself. He reflects on the inagural UK Championship Tournament, “and quite frankly, we were blown away.” That night changed what it means to be a UK wrestler. WWE told everyone there would be more. Talent like Wolfgang, Tyler Bate, Trent Seven, Mark Andrews, Pete Dunne, they’ve all turned themselves into global names. But that is just the beginning. Looking at just these first two rounds, it’s so clear that WWE is scratching the surface. HHH is here to tell us that we will get more. Fans chant “YES! YES!” HHH continues by introducing “one of the godfathers of British wrestling”, the new GM, Johnny Saint!

Fans greet Johnny Saint with another standing ovation. The Man of 1000 Holds is the GM for WWE UK, but there’s more to it than that. He thanks HHH and lets everyone know that he is so proud to be here tonight, to announce the NXT UK Brand!

There it is! The official logo for NXT UK! The global expansion has begun, and NXT UK will bring the very best of UK wrestling in both men’s, women’s and tag team divisions. July 28th and 29 in Cambridge, to August 25th and 26th in Birmingham, to October 13th and 14th in Plymouth, and November 24th and 25th in Liverpool. There’s just one question left to ask: “Are you ready?!” This is just the beginning of a great new chapter for all pro-wrestling!

 

Zack Gibson VS Flash Morgan Webster!

The semifinals begin with an age-old battle as grit and grappling meets flash and flying. Who will rise up to be the first finalist in the 2018 UKCT?

Gibson gives a handshake that isn’t genuine, so don’t expect any respect in this match. The bell rings and Flash hits a Mod-Trigger and furious right hands. And he won’t let up! Another knee sends Gibson out of the ring, but Flash keeps an eye on him. Flash swings on the post for a headscissor throw! He puts Gibson back in, then climbs up, big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Flash has been fast and furious but he’s firing up again. Gibson stands, Flash comes in for the tilt-o-whirl, but Gibson blocks into snake eyes! Gibson stomps a mudhole into Flash, then walks it off. He drags Flash back up for body shots and forearms.

Gibson stops just to catch his breath before reeling Flash in for a lariat. Gibson puts Flash in a cobra clutch but fans troll Gibson again. He tunes them out, but Flash stands, only for Gibson to knock him down again. Gibson shouts for Flash to stay down and ignore the fans. Flash kicks back but Gibson goes after the arm again. Gibson powers Flash over, but Flash slips out. Flash gets away, then goes up and over. Flash runs, springboard corkscrew senton! Cover, TWO! Fans rally again, and Flash brings Gibson up. Flash wrenches but Gibson blocks the tilt-o-whirl. Flash rocks Gibson with a forearm! Gibson rolls out, Flash builds speed, and the LOW-PE hits!

Flash keeps going, to DIVE- But Gibson catches him! For a Helter Skelter brainbuster! Fans lose their minds over the impact. Gibson crawls away and returns to the ring. Flash is left to the mercy of the count, but gets in at 9.5! Only for Gibson to be right on him for Shankly Gates! Flash taps, Gibson wins!!

Winner: Gibson, by submission; advances to the finals

What a shocking turn of events! Flash was fast but Gibson was the truly furious one. Gibson closes the gates on Flash and has the first finals spot. Who will meet him from the other end of the bracket?

 

Joe Coffey VS Travis Banks!

The Iron King and the Kiwi Buzzsaw are to of the favorites for this tournament, but only one can advance. Who will challenge Liverpool’s Number One in hopes of then challenging The British Bruiserweight tomorrow?

The handshakes at least keep the 50/50 streak going. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Coffey powers Travis to a corner. Coffey backs off cleanly, and circles with Travis again. They tie up again, and Coffey gets a wristlock. He brings Travis to the mat but Travis arm-drags out. They circle once more, and Coffey offers a second handshake. It’s just to trick Travis into an arm wringer. Travis stands back up and SLAPS Coffey! Coffey fires back with forearms and it’s a brawl. Travis backs Coffey down but Coffey turns around to fire chops and body shots back. Coffey whips but Travis reverses to sweep the legs. Travis runs but Coffey follows to run him over!

Travis gets to a corner but Coffey is on him with big lefts. Coffey keeps on Travis as they go to another corner. Coffey brings Travis out for the double underhook swing! Around and around they go, then overhead with the suplex. Cover, TWO. Travis steadies himself but Coffey stays close. Coffey stomps Travis, then stomps a mudhole into him. He backs off but comes back for more. Travis chops back, chops and chops, then runs. Sunset flip, but roll through and Coffey goes for a Half Crab. He gets it part way, then all the way! Travis endures, but Coffey pulls back harder. Travis crawls for ropes, and gets the ropebreak.

Coffey lets go, but he keeps on Travis with a knee drop. He goes after the arm again, but Travis resists. Coffey still gets the straitjacket stretch, and adds knee strikes into the back. Travis turns but Coffey continues through. Coffey brings Travis to his knees, and pulls back while putting in a knee. Travis endures, stands up, but Coffey wrings him out for a shoulder to shoulder collision.

They stand up, Coffey shoves Travis for a forearm to the back on the rebound. Coffey chops Travis while he’s down, then throws hands. He backs off for Travis to stand but keeps throwing hands. Travis fires chops in return! Coffey shoves but Travis sweeps the leg. Travis chops and chops and chops and chops, then SUPERKICK. Coffey goes out of the ring, but Travis is on the apron for the Penalty Kick! Coffey goes down, but Travis brings him up and in. Travis runs, builds speed, shotgun knee! Cover, TWO, and Travis grows frustrated. Coffey flounders but Travis gets up. Travis runs, but into the pop-up EuroUpper! Coffey runs and tackles Travis to a corner!

Coffey fires up, runs back in, big splash! He’s not down, but he runs into a boot! Travis runs, but into a pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO, but Coffey is right on Travis. Waistlock, deadlift, but Travis resists. Coffey still completes the German Suplex, with bridge! TWO, and both men are down from exhaustion. Coffey sits up first while fans love this. He and Travis get to corners, and the elbow pads come off. Coffey stands on wobbly legs, and fans build to a fever pitch. Coffey runs, but into a dropkick! Travis then hits springboard stomps! Cover, TWO!!

Travis keeps his focus and revs himself up. He stands up, drags Coffey up with him, but that suplex is too much for his back. Coffey staggers around while Travis crawls. Travis stands, runs in, but into an elbow. Coffey up but misses the crossbody! Coffey writhes from that belly flop. Travis drags him up again, but Coffey chops. Coffey runs, but into another boot. Then another, then the wheelbarrow takedown, TRAVIS WINS!!

Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the finals

It took so much from both men to fight through this match, and in the end, it’s the Kiwi Buzzsaw that snags victory! He’s pretty beat up and tired, but his night is far from over. Can Travis Banks do it again against Zack Gibson in the finals?

But wait! Coffey clobbers Travis from behind!

The Iron King promised no mercy and any means necessary, and he throws Travis into a post!! The referee tries to talk Coffey down, but the Black Coffey Discus still connects! Coffey declares himself the true winner, but he’s really just a sore loser. Can Travis hope to win against gritty Gibson after this?

 

Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS British Strong Style!

There’s history here long before this match-up, and even before Roderick Strong betrayed Pete Dunne in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. Now that Mustache Mountain is back in action, can they and the WWE UK Champion get revenge on Strong, O’Reilly & Adam Cole (BAYBAY) in their home turf?

The teams sort out, and it will be O’Reilly and Bate to start. O’Reilly already uses his ground defense, but then ties up with Bate. O’Reilly gets the headlock, but Bate powers out. Bate runs but is run over. Things speed up and Bate arm-drags O’Reilly, but O’Reilly powers Bate to a corner. O’Reilly gives strikes, then whips Bate corner to corner. Bate goes up and under, then O’Reilly does. Bate tries to roll but O’Reilly gets the cross armbreaker. But Bate makes it a roll up, TWO, and Bate arm-drags O’Reilly again. Now Bate has O’Reilly in an armlock. O’Reilly stands up but Bate wrenches. O’Reilly goes low and trips Bate up, then drags him tot he Undisputed corner.

Strong tags in to stomp Bate, then drag him out. Bate kicks him away then wrenches the arm. Bate brings Strong over, and Dunne tags in! Strong panics, and even tries to reason with Dunne. Dunne just rock shim with a forearm! Dunne stomps away on Strong in a corner, and fans are all fired up. Strong comes back out but Dunne whips him. Things speed up, and Dunne clobbers Strong again. Dunne grabs that arm, then the fingers, and tortures Strong’s digits. Both teams come in, but British Strong Style all put up Bop, to give BANG!

The Undisputed Era stagger into retreat, and British Strong Style control the ring. Fans are thunderous and it feeds British Strong Style. Strong slips back in, but into a toehold from Dunne. Dunne grabs the legs, then the arms, it’s a BRITISH Surfboard, to knee stomps. Dunne tags in Trent Seven, and Trent keeps on the legs with a toehold. Strong kicks out, then powers him to the Undisputed corner. Cole tags in and stomps a mudhole into Seven, BAYBAY! Cole drags Seven up, then chops him, but it does nothing. Neither does the next chop. Seven’s chop has effect, as does the next. O’Reilly and Strong come in but the get chops, too! Seven fakes a chop, to give a DDT!

Cole rolls out but Seven pursues, only for Cole to enziguri Seven! O’Reilly distracts while Strong gives Seven a backbreaker on the barriers! Dunne and Bate try to help but Cole is on Seven already. They go back into the ring and Cole rains down rights. Cole brings Seven up and tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly throws knees into Seven, then hands. Tag to Strong, and Strong adds chops with O’Reilly’s kicks. Seven staggers, but he still chops Strong. Strong kicks Seven, then taunts Dunne. Tag to Cole, and Cole stomps a mudhole into Seven. Cole runs in but into a boot. Seven fights out of the corner, dodges Cole, then crawls for his corner. O’Reilly tags in to boot Bate and swing on Dunne. He goes to Seven, but Seven hits the suplex slam! Both men are down but crawling. Hot tag to Strong and Dunne!

Dunne decks Strong over and over, then fires off so many furious fists! He whips Strong, Strong reverses, but Dunne goes up and over to enziguri Strong. Strong standing switch but Dunne lands out of the German Suplex to enziguri Strong again! Dunne kicks Cole, and X-Plexes him onto Strong! Cover, TWO!! Strong rolls to ropes, but Dunne runs at him. Strong boots, enziguris, then Olympic Slam, but Dunne arm-drag counters. Dunne tags in Bate! The inaugural UK Champion trips Strong, then catches O’Reilly to Exploder suplex him onto Strong! Cole returns, but Bate takes him for a spin! Strong tries to stop, but Bate trips him up. Bate takes them BOTH for a spin!

Around and around, but Bate is just as dizzy. Bate staggers back and tags Dunne. Dunne and Bate work together, for a boosted butterfly into backstaber!! Cover, but O’Reilly breaks it. Dunne throws O’Reilly out, then gets to a corner. Strong staggers up, but dropkicks Dunne out of the air! Tag to Cole, who suplexes Dunne for the Last Shot! Cover, TWO!! Tag to O’Reilly, Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO, to armbar! Dunne resists, rolls, but ends up in a triangle. He endures, makes it a cover, ONE. Dunne is loose, and German Suplexes O’Reilly on a rebound. O’Reilly springs up to discus forearm Dunne, but Dunne roars back with a buzzsaw kick! Dunne grabs O’Reilly, pumphandle but guillotine counter! Dunne tries hammer fists but he can’t get loose. So he backs up, step by step, and tags in Bate! Bate climbs up, and knee drops on O’Reilly!

Cole comes in, but misses his kick on Bate. Seven chops at Cole, but Cole sends it to Bate! SUPERKICK! Enziguri from Dunne, but Strong gets him with the side slam. Bate gets Strong with the rebound lariat! O’Reilly hops on for an armbar, but gets powerbomb’d! Everyone is down but the fans are fired up! They chant “NXT! NXT!” in honor of the brand bringing them all together. O’Reilly and Bate crawl to their corners, hot tags to Seven and Strong. Seven dodges to chop, then swing Strong out, for the Seven Star Lariat! Cover, TWO!!

But Seven won’t stop. He drags Strong up, but spots Cole coming in with a belt. Specifically, Cole has grabbed the WWE UK Championship belt. Seven stops him, but Strong hits a knee smash. Cole tags in, then tags in O’Reilly. Seven stands, Ax, Smash, and Shining Wizard! Cover, but Dunne drags O’Reilly off it! Bate hits Strong, but SUPERKICK from Cole. Dunne blasts Cole with that forearm, then Dunne climbs to MOONSAULT! Dunne tags out Strong and Cole but also himself! Seven hits O’Reilly, but O’Reilly hits back. Seven clobbers O’Reilly with a Seven Star, but he’s not down. He brings O’Reilly up, but O’Reilly lands out of the inverted Death Valley. O’Reilly runs but Bate tags in. Seven catches O’Reilly into a full nelson, Bate rebounds, Lariat Dragon Suplex! Cover, British Strong Style wins!!

Winners: British Strong Style, Bate pinning

Royal Albert Hall gives a standing ovation to the winning home team! Pete Dunne is WWE UK Champion, and awaits his challenger tomorrow. Will he still be champion after that match? And Mustache Mountain get their own shot at the NXT Tag Team Championships tomorrow, will it be a golden British Strong Style going forward?

 

Shawn Michales is here!

The Heartbreak Kid is in the Royal Albert Hall, a great surprise for the fans. HBK lets the fans sing his song before speaking. “You gotta admit, it’s still a pretty snappy tune, is it not?” After 30 years, HBK was never scared to follow anything. But after that Six Man, he is. To be perfectly honest, this entire show officially scares HBK. As much as HBK wants to go down memory lane to 1991 and the first WWE match here in Royal Albert Hall. HBK is honored just to be a small part of history, and to celebrate with the fans– The fans want “One More Match”? Stop with that. But being part of history, #NXTUK, it gives back to the fans that have supported WWE for years here. “With that said, let’s get to our final match!”

 

WWE UK Championship Tournament 2018 Final: Zack Gibson VS Travis Banks!

This is the reason we are here! It will either be Liverpool’s Number One or the Kiwi Buzzsaw that wins the right to face Pete Dunne tomorrow. However, is it even fair for Travis after what Joe Coffey tried to do to him? You don’t see any complaints from him, so this match is still happening!

Gibson still doesn’t shake hands, there’s still no respect for anyone else. Fans let him know what they think as the bell rings. Gibson and Travis stare down, and Gibson tells Travis to ignore the fans and focus on the fight. They circle, tie up, and they’re even for the most part. Gibson goes for the arm but Travis gets to ropes. Gibson backs off, and they circle again. They tie up again, Travis gets the waistlock but Gibson get that arm. Another ropebreak backs Gibson off, and they go again. Travis kicks Gibson’s leg, then they tie up. Travis gets a waistlock and takedown, but Gibson reaches. They shift to a headlock but Gibson reverses out. Gibson uses the bad arm for a takedown, but Travis breaks free to chop Gibson off his feet! Fans like the look of that.

Gibson gets back up, they tie up, and Gibson powers Travis to a corner. He goes after the arm with the ropes, but Travis fires off with the good arm! Travis kicks, too, then chops. Gibson shoves him away, but Travis kicks him down. Gibson gets out of the ring to catch his breath, but Travis pursues. They brawl on the outside, but Gibson goes after the bad arm again. Gibson throws an elbow, but Travis body shots back. Gibson’s EuroUpper rocks Travis, but Travis follows, only for Gibson to go back out. He drags Travis back out, but Travis kicks him against the barriers. Gibson grabs the leg, to then hammerlock the arm before throwing it into the barrier. Gibson hammerlocks Travis again before throwing him into steel steps! Travis writhes while Gibson returns into the ring.

The referee checks on Travis, but Gibson just grins as he comes back out. Gibson drags Travis up and in, then stomps a mudhole into that bad arm. He clubs away, and even pulls at the tape before clobbering Travis with a clothesline. Gibson goes after the tape more, then grounds and pounds. He covers, TWO, but he’s right back on the arm. Fans cheer for Travis but Gibson puts Travis in the half-nelson. Travis endures, but Gibson just bends and twists the arm more. Gibson even stomps on it! Travis crawls to a corner, but he won’t let the ref stop this match.

Gibson looms over Travis as he kicks him. He brings Travis up for a big forearm, then tells Travis to stay down. He hits Travis again, but Travis won’t stay down. Gibson gives another forearm, but Travis grits his teeth to give chops back. They go back and forth, and Travis even gets that bad arm going. Travis sweeps Gibson’s legs, then runs for the dropkick! Gibson gets out of the ring, but fans rally as Travis takes aim. Travis runs, and DIVES!

He takes Gibson out, then puts him back in. Travis runs more, shotgun knee! Cover, TWO! That bad arm was likely a factor, but Travis doesn’t lose his cool. Fans rally as he goes over and climbs up, diving double stomps! Cover, TWO! Gibson drags himself to ropes, but Travis is first to stand. Travis and Gibson claw in a corner, but the referee backs Travis up. Gibson kicks the bad arm, then Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO! Gibson grows frustrated while Travis crawls away. Travis is on the apron, but Gibson follows. Gibson grabs Travis, goes to suplex, but Travis resists.

Travis knees Gibson off the apron, then takes aim, to leap. He has to roll through, and Gibson throat chops! Gibson whips Travis at a barrier, but Travis jumps up, Slice of Heaven off the barrier! It connects, but Travis is also down after that landing. The 10 count begins and reaches 7 before either man stands. Travis and Gibson beat it at 9, and they glare at each other. They stand up and start brawling again with forearms. Gibson and Travis fire off whatever they can, but neither man falls. In fact, they just speed up! Gibson SLAPS Travis! Travis is dazed, but he still SLAPS back. Now it’s a slap fight of open palm strikes. Back and forth, but then Gibson forearms again. Travis boots Gibson!

Travis fires up and starts giving kicks. “YES! YES!” but Gibson catches one. But Travis pries himself free, to then stomp and stomp and stomp! Travis brings Gibson up, but Gibson wrings him out. Fans rally, but Gibson goes for his hold. He grinds in a forearm, but Travis holds on. Travis arm-drags out, then runs, but Slice misses. Gibson grabs him, SHANKLY GATES!! Travis endures, and even bites his fingers to ignore the arm pain. ROPEBREAK!! Somehow, someway, Travis survives. Gibson himself is so tired, he can only give short kicks. He tries to use the ropes in the hold, but Travis arm-drags him out. Travis gets to the apron, LEAPING stomp! He puts Gibson in, runs, SLICE OF HEAVEN! Cover, TWO!? How?! But that doesn’t matter, so long as both men get up again.

Fans rally and will them up. Travis drags Gibson up and tries to use both arms, but Gibson just trips Travis for the high stack cover. He’s using the ropes! The referee catches that and stops his count. Gibson tries to plead with the referee, but Travis gets to a corner. Travis runs in and clobbers him! He fires up, KIWI CRUSHER!! TWO!?!? Another shocking survival! Gibson is dazed but fans rally up for Travis again. Gibson gets out of the ring again, giving himself more time. But Travis builds speed again, to DIVE!

But Gibson deflected it enough, then hurries Travis into the ring for Helter Skelter!! Cover, TWO!!! Now Gibson is shocked by Travis. But he won’t stop, either, he wants and gets Shankly Gates! Travis endures all over again, drags himself all over again, but Gibson rolls him away. Travis flails, reaches, but taps! Gibson wins!!

Winner: Gibson, by submission; wins the 2018 UK Championship Tournament, will face Pete Dunne for the title tomorrow

Liverpool’s Number One wins, and could be the entire UK’s Number One. And as if to add insult to injury, only now does Gibson want a handshake. Travis considers it, even though fans say not to. Gibson takes back his offer, so much for respect. With such a gritty performance tonight, can Gibson muster up what it takes to defeat The British Bruiserweight?

Johnny Saint, HHH & HBK make their way back out to congratulate the winner, but they still shake Travis’ hand to commend his efforts. Does this mean good things for The Kiwi Buzzsaw in the future of the WWE UK Brand?

Saint, HHH & HBK join Gibson in the ring and shake his hand. Gibson is on cloud nine but it’s bittersweet for the fans. Gibson then decides to speak. “I am Liverpool’s–” But wait, here comes Dunne! The WWE UK Champion wants to see his challenger in person. Dunne smirks at Gibson as he makes his way back into the ring. They stand face to face, and Dunne raises his belt. Will he be raising his belt again after their match?

 


 

My Thoughts:

This entire night was amazing! Nothing was a disappointment, but plenty was shocking and entertaining. The only thing was that the Women’s Triple Threat seemed short. It was still good with the fast pace, but if Toni was going to win so easily, maybe it should’ve just been 1v1. Toni VS Shayna is still going to be great for the finale. That Six Man of Undisputed Era VS British Strong Style would’ve likely happened months ago if Bate hadn’t gotten hurt, but it was definitely worth the wait! Bate & Seven are shoe-ins for the future UK Tag Team Championships, as is Toni for the future Women’s Championship. Cole VS Wolfgang for the NXT North American Championship and Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain for the NXT Tag Team Championships are going to be great, too.

All the matches in the tournament were great, not a bad one in the bunch. Zack Gibson was truly the Heel of this entire tournament, but he never had to cheat. He did, but he didn’t have to, because he won through just being a gritty bastard. I thought this result wasn’t going to happen, but then I remembered Pete Dunne is actually more a Face-Tweener these days, what with Strong & The Undisputed Era being the Heels he’s up against. Though, for the sake of getting fans to mark out as hard as they possibly could, I still would’ve given Travis Banks the win. But WWE just loves Face VS Heel. Either way, the title match will be at least equal to tonight’s final, but I doubt Dunne loses.

My Score: 9/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Monday Night Raw Results & Report! (9/24/18)

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After being ambushed and screwed out of a championship match, The Revival returns to get revenge and the Raw Tag Team titles from McIntyre & Ziggler!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox; Finn wins.
  • Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad; win(s).
  • Bobby Lashley w/ Lio Rush VS Elias; wins.
  • Raw Tag Team Championships: Drew McIntyre & Dolph Ziggler VS The Revival; win(s) and
  • Six Man Tag: The Shield VS Baron Corbin & ???; win(s).

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Baron Corbin greets the returning Raw Commissioner, Stephanie McMahon!

And it’s her birthday! Corbin begins singing for her, but then Triple H exits the limousine, too. Corbin promises everything is set up for her in her office and offers to lead the way. Stephanie tells Corbin that whatever she has to say to and about Corbin, she can say in front of everyone in the WWE Universe. HHH says this must be awkward for Corbin, so he’ll just leave. Stephanie says she thought Corbin could do the job Kurt Angle couldn’t. Corbin tries to make excuses but she cuts him off by saying she expected him to make good decisions, the right decisions. Was Corbin putting himself in a match for the WWE Universal Championship a good decision?

Corbin admits that was too much, but The Shield keep provoking him. They’re running wild. So then he admits he has no control over the show? Mistakes can be tolerated, but excuses aren’t. If Corbin wants to get the Shield in line, grab two tag partners and settle this in the ring. Otherwise, Angle might be back from “vacation” sooner than anticipated. What is the Lone Wolf to do about the Hounds of Justice? Speaking of…

The Shield heads to the ring!

Dean Ambrose, Seth Rollins and Roman Reigns are going to be back in action as the full trio here in tonight’s main event! But that means there’s a couple hours for Constable Corbin to find compatriots to fight one, if not THE, most dominant trio in WWE History. At the same time, it will be quite the chance for The Shield to warm-up before Super Show Down’s showdown with The Pack. But as for right this moment, The Shield hears Denver out on their ovation before speaking.

“What you are looking at are the three workhorses of WWE.” Ambrose knows they’ve lost battles here and there, but they’ve never lost the war, because they’re still standing. Roman says their resumes would take all day to read. But the fact is, they can lift up two title belts. The championships are the keys to the kingdom, and everyone should want them. It’s why Brock Lesnar came back, it’s why Baron Corbin put himself in title matches, because the titles will change your life. But the only men that deserve championships are the ones in this ring right now. Rollins says that Raw is and will always be about being the best. That’s what The Shield are. Braun Strowman wanted power so bad, he’s recruited a “pack of jackasses”.

As for Corbin, “the world’s largest substitute teacher”, he has a problem with The Shield. He’s to get a couple of partners to show everyone who’s the boss. Well The Shield is here now, they can show how big of a problem they are right NOW! Baron Corbin appears and does his best to laugh it all off. Corbin lets everyone know that tonight is Stephanie’s birthday. And he’s not going to let Raw erupt into madness like it has these last few weeks. Corbin puts his foot down tonight. Because he and his partners are going to rag doll The Shield while impressing Stephanie. Corbin and his partners will expose the Shield as “a bunch of selfish individuals.” No one likes The Shield, and that includes The Pack! Braun Strowman, Dolph Ziggler & Drew McIntyre all walk out, microphones in hands.

Fans still chant “Get These Hands!” for the Monster Among Men as he stares at The Shield. Strowman hopes Roman shines that belt up real nice, because he wont’ be wearing it for much longer. As for the entire Shield, there are cracks already forming, and then they’ll implode all over again. Super Show Down will be two against four, and it’s not about Corbin. Rollins points out the bad math, maybe they need to brainstorm together on this. Strowman wants them to check the mat with Ambrose, because perhaps Ambrose sees the light. The Shield needs Ambrose but he doesn’t need The Shield. Two years ago, on SmackDown, Ziggler was there when Ambrose was WWE World Champion all by himself. Ambrose had fire in his eyes, but now his brothers have everything and he has nothing.

Rollins and Roman shrug this off, but McIntyre uses his brutal honesty to point something out. Ambrose pushed Mcintyre to his absolute limit, that was a close match. McIntyre wants Ambrose to look him in the eyes. The Shield does not appreciate Ambrose, and Ambrose deserves more. Ziggler wants “Disposable Dean” to realize something. Rollins asked Ambrose to help him in order to fight Ziggler. And then Roman needed Ambrose to stop the Monster in the Bank’s cash-in. What has Ambrose gotten in return for any of that? Nothing. Rollins: champion. Roman: champion. Ambrose: chump. Ziggler even uses Rollins’ interruption as a reason Ambrose isn’t needed. Ambrose goes down and how long does Rollins wait to replace him with Jason Jordan? And did they even communicate while Ambrose was out?

Ziggler points out another thing. Ziggler & McIntyre are Raw Tag Team Champions. Strowman can beat Roman for the Universal Championship. So maybe Ambrose becomes Intercontinental Champion with them? Think about it, because it’s all true. But Roman tells Ziggler to shut up with all this already. The fans aren’t here to watch people talk. They’re here to watch The Shield whoop The Pack’s ass. Strowman leads the charge but Corbin keeps the peace. This is not happening like this. Fans chant “YES! YES!” but Corbin stands firm. The tag team champions have their match but Corbin and his partners will “spoil your little reunion before it even begins.” The matches have been set, but will The Shield stay unified? Or will Ambrose give in to the mind games?

 

Finn Balor w/ Bayley VS Jinder Mahal w/ Alicia Fox!

Raw plugs the Mixed Match Challenge as the Extraordinary Man goes 1v1 with the Modern Day Maharaja while their partners are in their corners. Can Finn score points for Team B ‘n’ B before tomorrow night’s MMC? Or will Alicia’s #InnerCrazy rub off on the man of peace?

The bell rings and fans chant “Too Sweet! Woop Woop!” Mahal puts Finn in a corner then throws heavy hands and stomps. Mahal scoops and slams Finn, then grins as he looms over the inaugural Universal Champion. He puts on a chinlock and Finn endures as Bayley and the fans rally. Mahal drives his knees into Finn, then grinds on a headlock. He gets the headlock takeover, but Finn works against it. They stand up and Finn powers out, only for Mahal to run Finn over. Mahal wraps the chinlock back on, but fans still rally with Bayley. Finn stands and powers out again. This time, Finn ducks and dropkicks Mahal! Finn clotheslines Mahal out, then builds speed to FLY! Direct hit! Finn flexes while we go to break.

Raw returns and Finn fights out of a waistlock. Mahal knees low then whips to then kick Finn down. Fans chant “Jinder Sucks!” but Mahal tunes it out as he chokes Finn against the ropes. Mahal drops springboard knees then grinds a knee into Finn’s ribs. He drags Finn up for a standing abdominal stretch. Finn endures while fans rally again. Mahal drives in elbows, then pulls on Finn more. Finn works against the hold and pops out, only to get a knee to the ribs. Mahal throws a haymakers, then sunset flips, but Finn rolls through to dropkick Mahal down! Both men get to opposite ends, and Finn boots Mahal away. Finn dodges Mahal to hit him down with forearms. Finn gets the takedown then the double stomps!

Fans fire up with Finn as he runs into the corner for the chop! He whips but Mahal reverses. Finn goes up and over but get a kick! Mahal hops up but Finn swing kicks him down! Finn climbs up and aims at the drop zone. Mahal springs up but Finn jumps over him to come back with a slingblade! Finn takes aim, but Sunil Singh trips him up! Mahal rolls Finn up, TWO! Mahal kicks low, then elbows Finn down. He runs but Bayley trips Mahal up now! Alicia protests but fans are on Bayley’s side. Foxy and the Huggable One come face to face. Alicia swings but Bayley counter punches! Sunil looks to defend Alicia’s honor but gets a Bayley2Belly! Finn rolls Mahal, Finn wins!

Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall

The Extraordinary Man takes the win and helps his team gain ground for the Mixed Match Challenge. Will this be a preview of the future? Or will #Mahalicia turn things around? One thing is for sure, Mahal takes his frustrations out on Sunil. They go into the ring, and with Alicia cheering him on, Mahal roughs Sunil up more. Mahal calms himself, and forces Sunil to go along. They chant “Shanti~”, but will this partnership be anything but stable?

 

Six Woman Tag: The Bellas & Natayla VS The Riott Squad!

After Ruby, Sarah & Liv ruined the Queen of Harts answering Ronda Rousey’s open challenge, these three former Diva’s Champions team up to show the new generation how it’s done! Can Natty, Nikki & Brie win before the Squad #StartaRiott?

Raw returns and the Juvenile Delinquent, Liv Morgan, starts against “Fearless” Nikki. They tie up and Nikki throws Liv. Liv comes back with a Thesz Press and then fast hands. Liv kicks Nikki then runs, but Nikki follows to run her over with a shoulder. Nikki drags Liv up for a hammerlock backbreaker. Cover, ONE, but Nikki keeps on Liv by grabbing some hair. Tag to Brie and the Bellas work together to double leg sling Liv. Cover, TWO, but Nikki drags Liv up. Brie gives Liv some Yes Kicks for the Squad. Fans chant “YES! YES!” with every kick, then Brie covers Liv. TWO, but barely. Brie drags Liv up and around, but Liv powers Brie to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Ruby and Sarah helps Liv get out. Ruby stomps a mudhole into Brie, then drags her up into a headlock.

Ruby throws Brie with a headlock takeover but fans chant “Brie Mode!” Brie endures and then makes the hold a cover. Sarah distracts so the ref is late to the count. ONE and Ruby maintains the lock. They stand up as fans rally again. Brie fights back with body shots, but Ruby reverses a whip. Ruby runs into an elbow, Brie hops up to hit the missile dropkick! Ruby gets to ropes, but Brie Mode knee takes her out! Cover, TWO, but Brie keeps on Ruby. She suplexes but Sarah helps Ruby. Nikki comes in but so does Liv, so Natty comes in. It’s a TRIPLE suplex in favor of Natty & The Bellas! The Squad regroups while fans cheer on the veterans. But Brie goes out to fetch Ruby. She puts Ruby in but gets blasted back out. The Squad takes control while we go to break.

 


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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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