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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 205 Live Results & Report! (4/9/21)

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Coverage 205 2021

The Cruiserweight Division looks back before moving forward!

Now that there is ONE TRUE Cruiserweight Champion, the division moves forward. But with that, we also take a look back at some classic title matches!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • WrestleMania 34, WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • WrestleMania 35, WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
  • TakeOver 31, NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Escobar wins and retains the title.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nigel McGuiness opens the show!

“On the heels of the instant classic ladder match between Santos Escobar and Jordan Devlin, welcome to 205 Live!” Tonight, we revisit some of the very best Cruiserweight title matches of all time! And not many come better than the WrestleMania 34 showdown!

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!

Months before April 8th, 2018, this title had been vacated and a tournament had been put in place! Before they were #PRIMED and the (former) leader of Retribution, they were the Heart and Soul of 205 Live! The then 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, stands with the title belt to watch as theses two finalists battle it out for that very prize!

The bell rings and we begin. The fans are thunderous for them as they high-five and circle. Ali gets the waistlock but Alexander the standing switch and slam. The fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” while Ali gets up and puts on a headlock. Alexander lifts but Ali holds on. Alexander powers out, they collide, Alexander shoulders Ali down on the rebound. He wants Ali to show that heart, and they speed up. Ali headscissors Alexander and then dares Alexander to show the soul. They tie up and go against the ropes and into a corner. Neither man backs down until the referee separates them, then Ali shoves Alexander.

Alexander shoves back and dares Ali to hit him. Ali does with a chop, so Alexander responds with a kick. Alexander whips but Ali kicks him back, so Alexander rolls under and headscissors and dropkicks Ali down. Cover, TWO! Alexander puts Ali right in an armlock, but Ali works his way up and out. Ali whips but Alexander reverses, flapjack dropkick! Alexander staggers, Ali runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron to block a kick and hit a kick. Ali goes down, Alexander builds speed and FLIES! Down they both go, but Alexander is up first. He puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Ali endures the squeeze.

Ali gets up and fights out of the hold, rocking Alexander with a forearm. Alexander responds with a running European Uppercut! He whips Ali corner to corner then throws him with a big back body drop. Cover, TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool as he puts Ali back in the bearhug. Ali endures the squeeze while fans rally again. Ali gets up and fights back but Alexander knees low. Alexander chops Ali, then brings him up for a suplex, but Ali slips out. Alexander knees low again, then runs, but into Ali’s lariat. Ali starts to rally and chop, but Alexander reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop, and intercepts Alexander with a ROUNDHOUSE!

Alexander staggers, Ali rolls in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!  Ali brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks and counters with a EuroUpper. Ali yanks his waistband and counters a kick with a kick! He runs, but into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up while Ali gets to a corner. Alexander runs in, but into Ali’s boot. Ali hops up, tornado DDT blocked! Alexander hangs Ali up on the ropes, then catches his breath before climbing up to join him. Fans anticipate something, and Ali resists. They brawl on the top rope, but Alexander gets the better of Ali, only for Ali to almost send Alexander tumbling down with his counter.

Ali and Alexander brawl more while trying to stand up, Ali hits Alexander with a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Even John Cena watching from the audience is stunned seeing that! Cover, TWO, and Ali can’t believe it! He shakes his head as he watches Alexander flounder about. Ali brings Alexander over to a corner but Alexander knows what that means and resists. Ali kicks Alexander, then climbs, but Alexander gets up to throw him off! Maverick and the referee check on Ali after his crash landing, but Ali is still good to go. Alexander waits as the count begins, but Ali dares Alexander to finish him. Alexander takes the bait, he puts Ali in the ring and covers, TWO!

Alexander gets frustrated, but tells Ali it’s already over. Ali shakes his head, it’s not over. Alexander kicks Ali and then stomps away in a rage! He yanks Ali up, back suplex lift but Ali slips out! Ali hits the Reverse-Rana! Alexander is dazed, and Ali gets going. Ali hops up, flying tornado DDT! Alexander lands in a drop zone! Ali goes up, and hits the 0-5-4! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Alexander survives with a foot on the ropes! Ali shouts for Alexander to stay down before he stomps him back. Ali climbs up again, 0-5-4 FLOPS as Alexander moves! Alexander scrambles to his feet while Ali drags himself back up. They run at each other, Alexander’s big back elbow rocks Ali, but he still gives another.

Alexander tells Ali “This is enough!” But clearly, it isn’t, and the third back elbow flips Ali over! Alexander lifts Ali up, for the LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!

Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)

The Carolina Kid didn’t want to go that far, but he had no choice but to break the Heart of 205 Live. More importantly, Alexander finally proves he can win the big one! Drake Maverick personally presents the belt to Alexander, and the true celebration begins! The Age of Alexander would go on for quite a run, before running into an Aussie Juggernaut, who is featured in our next match!

 

Nigel McGuiness introduces the next match.

We fast forward an entire year to WM35, and Nigel was again there to see Tony Nese in his home state taking on the Australian Sensation, Buddy Murphy, in another incredible Cruiserweight kickoff to the Showcase of the Immortals!

 

WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!

The Aussie Juggernaut proved himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. And on the Grandest Stage of Them All, he went toe-to-toe with the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, a man who used to be his friend, and a man he betrayed over the greed for this title! But Nese had homefield advantage, and it came in handy!

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!

Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.

Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again.

Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles! Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron.

Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK!

Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff! Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm!

Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a VERTABREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself. Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a KNEE TRIGGER!

Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)

The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! We know the Premier Era ended with a Triple Threat involving Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak, and the title itself would be integrated into the NXT system, eventually leading it to where it is today! As such, we relive a highlight of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship era!

 

Nigel McGuiness returns again for another match introduction.

The Cruiserweight title didn’t just make it to WrestleManias, it finally made it to NXT TakeOver thanks to Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!

 

NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!

The year 2020 was certainly a mess, and the Irish Ace being isolated in the UK further complicated how this division worked. El Hijo del Fantasma won the “interim” title at the end of the Cruiserweight Championship Round Robin finals, with some controversy to it, but there was one man who did defeat him along the way! Swerve got his shot but was screwed over by El Legado and a loaded lucha mask! Swerve wanted revenge, but that is always hard to come by!

The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Cruiserweight Division finally gets to TakeOver!

Escobar and Swerve circle as the crowd rallies up already. They approach, tie up, and Escobar gets the arm. Swerve hooks a leg to trip Escobar, cartwheels over but Escobar arm-drags Swerve away. Escobar runs but Swerve dodges, Escobar huricanranas but Swerve handsprings through! Swerve says HE is Cruiserweight wrestling, and that upsets Escobar. Escobar rushes Swerve, Swerve dodges and Eddy Gordo headscissors Escobar away! Escobar gets up and Swerve smirks. Swerve then trips Escobar, turns him over with leg hooks and goes to dead lift, but Escobar victory rolls through, TWO! Escobar sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Swerve sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! The two stand off in fighting stances and the crowd loves it!

Swerve blocks Escobar’s punch, fakes him out to mule kick, and then runs, into a forearm! Escobar runs into a monkey flip! Escobar just barely gets his feet under him but Swerve handsprings and MOONSAULTS him down! The crowd is fired up as Swerve watches Escobar flounder. Escobar leans against the post, and pulls down the crossbar cover. Swerve gets in the ring to refresh the ring count, and he goes to the corner to CORKSCREW SENTON! Down goes Escobar and the crowd fires up again! Swerve puts Escobar in the ring but Escobar bails out the side. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS Escobar down! The fans are thunderous as Swerve is showing he can do it all!

Swerve puts Escobar in, covers, TWO! Escobar bails out again but Swerve pursues. Swerve drags Escobar up to go after the arm. Swerve wraps the arm around the very crossbar Escobar exposed! He’s showing Escobar what bending the rules gets you as he bends the arm! The ring count is at 7 but Swerve puts Escobar in at 8. Cover, TWO! Swerve grows annoyed with Escobar and he pulls Escobar around to go after the bad arm! Escobar endures as Swerve pulls it way back to drop down on it! Escobar puts a leg on the rope, Swerve stomps him anyway! Swerve brings Escobar up to Northern Light takedown into an ARMBAR! Short Arm Scissor, even, as Escobar resists.

Escobar gets legs under the ropes, Swerve lets off but goes to the apron. Swerve drags Escobar up to hotshot the arm! Fans rally as Swerve brings Escobar up again, but now Escobar hotshots Swerve! And KICKS him off the apron! Escobar runs and builds speed to DIVE! ARROW FROM HELL!! Swerve gets sent into the fencing, Escobar puts Swerve back in, covers, ONE?! Escobar is furious that Swerve kicks out so he KICKS Swerve in the face! Escobar waits for Swerve to stand and he LARIATS Swerve back down! Swerve gets to a corner, Escobar runs and DOUBLE KNEES! Escobar puts Swerve up top and SLAPS him!

Escobar climbs up and SUPER STEINERS! Then somersault and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Swerve still lives and the fans stay fired up! Escobar stomps away on Swerve at the ropes but the ref counts. Escobar stops at 4 because he still doesn’t want to be disqualified. Escobar stands Swerve up and tells him, “Yo soy Lucha Libre!” Escobar SLAPS Swerve, kicks him, and says maybe if he spits in Swerve’s face will make him understand. Escobar reels back but Swerve puts a hand on Escobar’s mouth! No spit flies, but the fists do! Escobar clubs Swerve, reels him in, but Swerve frees himself to ROCK Escobar! And again! Swerve fires off heavy haymakers in the corner!

The ref counts, Swerve stops at 4 to throw Escobar down, for a DISCUS! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar flounders up. Swerve runs in to uppercut! Swerve snapmares Escobar for the falling EuroUpper! Escobar bails out but Swerve BOOTS him from the apron! And then again! Escobar goes down in a heap, Swerve puts him in, slingshot to somersault, ROLLING THUNDER SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives but Swerve doesn’t lose focus. Swerve aims from the corner, hops up again and waits for Escobar to stand. Escobar is up but he climbs up to join Swerve! So Swerve slips under, only for Escobar to kick him away. Escobar turns around, Swerve dropkicks the legs out! DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!!

Escobar survives again but Swerve grits his teeth. Swerve drags Escobar up with a half nelson but Escobar gets the ropes! The ref counts, El Legado returns! The ref stops Wilde from getting in, Escobar shoves Swerve and Mendoza trips him up! Gut wrench, SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives the screw job attempt! Escobar goes to the apron to follow Swerve, runs side to side, but into a pop-up that puts Escobar on the ropes! Escobar is stuck on his fantasma, Swerve throws haymakers! Swerve then hops up, and STEINERS Escobar onto Legado!! They catch him, help him up, but here comes ASHANTE “THEE” ADONIS!!

From what’s been happening on 205 Live, Adonis isn’t a fan of Legado del Fantasma, either, and he goes up to TORNILLO! Adonis wipes out Mendoza and Wilde! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar is in shock! Adonis and Swerve run off the henchmen before Swerve hurries into the ring. Escobar runs over, gets a back elbow, and Swerve goes up and in to somersault, into a CALF KICK! Fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!??! How?!!? Escobar doesn’t know how, but the crowd is electric! Escobar is fuming as he stomps away on Swerve over and over! Escobar drags Swerve back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Then a roll over, dos amigos!

Fans boo, they don’t think Escobar is worthy of Eddie Guerrero but he still hits all three amigos! Escobar goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS!! Swerve evades and denies Escobar his Latino Heat! Swerve gets the arm, POP CULTURE!! Escobar clutches his arm but Swerve gives him a HOUSE CALL!! But that’s not it, Swerve goes up for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Escobar survives all of that and Swerve is losing his mind! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” because “This is Awesome!” But this will end somehow, and Swerve drags Escobar up. Escobar flounders, throws Swerve out and hurries back up.

Swerve hurries after him, half nelsons him, but Escobar holds ropes for dear life! Escobar pushes Swerve back, Swerve falls and hits the bare crossbar!! It comes into play after all!! Escobar drags Swerve in, brings him up, underhooks and lifts, BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER ACROSS THE KNEE! Cover, Escobar wins!!

Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)

So much fight from Swerve, and he even had a new ally fight against the minions, but Escobar always has a back-up plan! And he would continue to rule over the division in this way, even to the point of having Wilde & Mendoza help at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver! Will the tyrannical Emperor of Lucha always have this crown?

 

Nigel McGuiness returns once more to wrap up the show.

It has been a great experience on 205 Live to see some of the greatest title matches of all time. But speaking of great title matches, that makes you think of great champions. Just last night at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Escobar proved he is a great champion by winning the Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder match! Relive that and both nights of TakeOver on Peacock in the US and the WWE Network everywhere else! But what will see now in the future was we continue in the Era del Fantasma?


My Thoughts:

Recap episodes are always fun for looking back, but also because it’s super easy for me to cover them since it’s just copying, pasting and editing. I like the three they selected, basically giving us a look back at the last three years of the Cruiserweight Division, but it also makes us see how far 205 Live has dropped off in the WWE because Alexander, Ali and Murphy were so awesome in 205 Live. Nese is still here but more for lack of WWE/NXT not giving him more to do. Admittedly, Murphy has dropped off on RawDown, too, but at least WWE has tried with him. I almost feel like worst case scenario for Murphy is to come back and be the Aussie Juggernaut again. Escobar’s a beefy Cruiserweight, so is Murphy, let’s get something like that going again.

I am also disappointed, because it was advertised that we’d get a special look at Escobar VS Devlin, but that wasn’t there. I couldn’t have gone through the content too fast, a segment like that wouldn’t be just a few seconds long. Maybe there was another “right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” moment and that information was put out without knowing what the final episode would look like. I wouldn’t mind if they gave us that segment for the aftermath NXT on Tuesday, and encored it on next week’s 205 Live, but WWE/NXT needs to get 205 Live going like how it was when Ali, Murphy and Alexander were here.

My Score: 8.1/10


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Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.9.2021

All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!

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All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!

Now I haven’t kept close eyes on the product last few months, because personally, they weren’t grabbing my interest post Quarantine Comeback. But since my Puro Patronus Mathew Sarpraicone is having some computer issues, I guess I’m covering the first couple of these!

Let’s see how the tournament starts!

Ratings:

  • Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi: Ishikawa wins via Thesz Press @9:09 – ** ½
  • Suwama vs Kohei Sato: Sato wins via German Suplex Hold @10:49 – ***
  • Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani: Otani wins via Overhand Chop @9:51 – *** ¼
  • Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino: Jake wins via D4C @3:44 – **
  • Zeus vs Kento Miyahara: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @18:16 – **** ¼

 

Results:

Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi

Doi is the least recognized name in the tournament this year, and last I was aware of his was during the closure of Wrestle-1. Most of his success has come in the tag team division, but he’s no real slouch. Interestingly, Ishikawa is the newest Gaora TV Champion, but also was tied heavily to Suwama and their Violence Giant tag team.

We see Doi come out fast trying to throw Ishikawa into the corners and take him off his base. Ishikawa towers over Doi, so Doi was underneath, literally and figuratively the entire match. As Ishikawa hit most of his signature spots, including the Mushroom Stomp from the middle rope, Doi had a moment where he locked in the Rings of Saturn; but Ishikawa is just too big.

As Doi tried to keep the pressure up, rope runs, big strikes, Murder Lariat attempts from Doi but Ishikawa stifles the surge with a Fire/Thunder Driver. They both stumble up, run the ropes a bit trading lariats and charges, Ishikawa jumps, hits a Thesz Press and manages to keep Doi down for the 3 count!

Suwama vs Kohei Sato

An early card match gives us the Triple Crown champion against one of his more recent challengers! Falling short for the Triple Crown a few months ago, Sato has a little bit to prove.

The match opens as a slugfest, Suwama gets the best of things and rides the power advantage over Sato for a long time. Sato is taller than Suwama but Suwama is more powerful and controlled the pacing. Things went to the outside and the former Violence Giant kept up to the name.

When the match came back in to the ring Suwama looks to try and finish things, goes for the Rolling Lariat, but it gets blocked. Sato starts fighting back, hits a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, and then Suwama starts looking like he’s in trouble. Suwama hits the Double Chop comeback, and tries a Powerbomb, but Sato blocks it, Sato goes for a Powerbomb, but Suwama blocks it. The power struggle is tangible, but Suwama seems to be losing some of the back and forth. Sato rocks Suwama, locks in the German Suplex, and hits the German Suplex Hold.

Kohei gets on the board and avenges his loss! Depending on how the tournament shakes out, Kohei might get another shot at the title in the future.

Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani

The veteran Otani is putting Yuma through the paces early. He’s side stepping Dropkicks and just kicking Yuma to prove a point. Yuma tries to fire back, and then Otani continues to push off certain moves and be funny.

Yuma does manage to take advantage of his youth, but when he goes for the disrespect by attempting the Bootwash, Otani fires, lays out the younger wrestler and hits the Wash. Yuma goes to the outside, and when he turns back to the ring, Otani charges and hits a running Bootwash straight to Yuma’s face.

As Otani takes the role of the cagey veteran punishing the Young Boy, Yuma tries to find ways to come back, but things Otani stays a little ahead of the younger wrestler. Yuma gets a close moment where he locks in End Game, but Otani fights to the ropes. Otani then backs the younger wrestler down, hits Dragon Suplex, then goes for another, but Yuma blocks. Otani counters the block with a lariat, then another Dragon Suplex but Yuma kicks out at 1! Refusing to stay down, Otani goes into his bag of tricks and hits Yuma twice with Hashimoto style Overhand Chops, to finally keep the younger man down.

Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino

So there is some fun history between these two when Ashino brought Enfantes Terrible over to AJPW and took JIN down a peg. But then recently, Jake stole the Enfantes members from Ashino and betrayed JIN. Ashino is looking to avenge the turnabout, but Jake is trying to craft his Carnival masterpiece.

Jake definitely has the swagger of an anime villain. He widens his arms like he’s conducting a symphony and moves slowly yet deliberately. Ashino starts quick, hitting a Drop Toe Hold and going to the ground game, but Jake stabilizes. Ashino again brings Jake down after successive German Suplexes and goes for the Ankle Lock! Jake has trouble navigating it for a while, but eventually finds the ropes.

Retreating to the corner, Jake sees the referee, Ashino charges, Jake uses the referee shield and starts taking advantage. A few direct blows to the head, Giant Killing to the back of the head, followed by D4C. Jake drags the referee back, picks up the win and leaves cackling. He’s limping heavily, selling the viciousness of the Ankle Lock even in a short match, but yeah, not what I expected.

The match was used to help build Jake’s new persona and possibly give Ashino a steeper mountain to climb. But the length and abrupt end was definitely not expected. Interesting, but also a little off putting.

Zeus vs Kento Miyahara

Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.

The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.

Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Now this wasn’t a bad start to things! Sure the Ashino/Jake Lee match did not go the way I expected, it definitely told enough of a story to prove it’s going somewhere. Shinjiro Otani gets a solid start to things, Shuji Ishikawa won a match he was supposed to and Zeus/Kento ended up being a solid day 1 main event.

Kento has started on the back foot before. I guess we get to see if he wins out until the Final Day, or if he has a larger struggle. Let’s check out the Day 1 Standings!

Standings:

  1. Zeus: 1-0 – (2 Points)
  2. Shuji Ishikawa: 1-0 – (2 Points)
  3. Shinjiro Otani: 1-0 – (2 Points)
  4. Kohei Sato: 1-0 – (2 Points)
  5. Jake Lee: 1-0 – (2 Points)
  6. Kento Miyahara: 0-1 – (0 Points)
  7. Suwama: 0-1 – (0 Points)
  8. Yuma Aoyagi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
  9. Shotaro Ashino: 0-1 – (0 Points)
  10. Koji Doi: 0-1 – (0 Points)


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