The final SmackDown before Extreme Rules gives us another rematch between AJ Styles and Shinsuke Nakamura ahead of their respective title matches on Sunday!
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- AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Namakura; Styles wins, by disqualification.
- AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Aiden English; Nakamura & Rusev win.
- Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS James Ellsworth; Asuka wins.
- Sin Cara VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins.
- 10 Man Tag: The New Day & Team Hell No VS The Bludgeon Brothers & SAnitY; The New Day & Team Hell No win.
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SmackDown opens with Miz TV!
The Most Must-See Talk Show in WWE starts off the night as the Hollywood A-Lister recounts how everyone is talking about the Miz & Mrs. debut! The fans can boo but he’s going to win an Emmy for it. But there is something else fans are talking about, and it’s the special reunion of tonight’s guests. Fans “YES! YES!” for the team fighting for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships this Sunday. Give a standing ovation to Kane & Daniel Bryan, Team Hell No!
Kane & Bryan make their way out to the ring, headed for Pittsburgh and the Bludgeon Brothers. But to address the elephant in the room, Miz knows Bryan is upset over their Gauntlet match encounter. Miz will be professional so long as Bryan promises the same. Fans say “NO! NO!” but Bryan wonders if Miz is really asking if he’s getting punched in the face. Fans say “YES! YES!” Kane calms Bryan down, it’s not the time to punch Miz. Bryan promises to be professional. Miz doesn’t appreciate the fans booing that, so he raises his hand. “You want to act like children, I’ll treat you like children.”
This is the level of respect Hell No deserves. They were box office record breakers and tag team champions. They’re a well-oiled machine, and Miz never thought he’d see the day. It’s like an N*Sync reunion. But are they prepared to face one of their greatest challenges? Kane says N*Sync will never reunited. But he will admit Harper & Rowan are formidable. But they’re not Team Hell No. Miz actually agrees. If there’s a team that can handle those two, it’s these two. Let’s look back at the “most united” tag team in WWE History! Footage rolls from two weeks ago, when they #HuggedItOut. And the week after, the two talked it out. Bryan always has a demon watching over him. But then the footage recaps everything Bryan says: the Tombstones, the attempted abductions, the other Tombstones, the arguments, and the beatings.
Miz “claims” that was not what he intended to show. Someone is getting fired over this. Though, with that all being brought up, let’s address it. Bryan stops Miz, and tells him to stop right there. They both see what he’s up to. Miz claims to be professional but he just stirs the pot. It won’t work, because he’s the Miz, who is terrible at everything. Fans agree with that. In fact, the only thing Miz is worse at is actually wrestling. Is that what Bryan thinks? That’s just what Bryan thinks. Because Miz is smarter. Miz doesn’t think, he knows it’ll implode because it’s always happened. Bryan came back from his injury, but Miz has wanted to be the one to end Bryan. Bryan hides behind nostalgia because he can’t hang with Miz anymore.
Kane works to keep Bryan calm. Breathe, deep in and out, to keep the energy focused on the Bludgeon Brothers. Yeah, hide behind the broken down demon. That angers Kane! But then the Bludgeon Brothers appear! Harper & Rowan head to the ring, ready with their hammers and belts. But Kane & Bryan aren’t going anywhere. Wait, now it’s SAnitY?! THey jump Kane & Bryan in the ring! They feed Kane to Harper & Rowan while they stomp away on Bryan! Harper & Rowan throw Kane into steel steps, but here come The New Day! Kofi, Xavier & Big E make the save as Kofi leaps on Rowan & Harper! Woods throws Eric Young while Big E runs Damo over! Woods is on Wolfe, but Young and the Bludgeon Brothers come back. Bryan knocks down Young but Damo runs Bryan over!
Referees finally appear but they can’t stop the chaos! Young gives Woods the wheelbarrow neckbreaker, then Harper & Rowan throw Kofi at the apron. Big E ends up in the powerslam neckbreaker from Wolfe & Damo, and only then does the carnage stop. This is far from how SmackDown was meant to open, will GM Paige have something to say about this?
AJ Styles VS Shinsuke Namakura!
It’s yet another Dream (Re)match between the Phenomenal One and King of Strong Style, but not for the title. At Extreme Rules, the WWE Champion defends the House that AJ Styles Built from the Bulgarian Lion while Nakamura looks to become United States Champion against Jeff Hardy. Who will win this main-event caliber opener to gain momentum for Extreme Rules?
But before the match can begin, Rusev & Aiden English make their presence known. “Hey champ!” Rusev doesn’t care what happens Sunday, Styles can fortify the House all he wants, Rusev is going to break it down. Fans chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev vows to claim his first ever WWE (world) Championship, to celebrate on a day that will haunt Styles forever. Rusev Daaaaaay~! The bell rings and Nakamura goes right at Styles! Things speed up but Styles dropkicks Nakamura out of the ring! Nakamura bails out while we go picture in picture.
Styles waits for Nakamura while Rusev & English walk to ringside. Styles chops Nakamura against the barriers, then puts him back in the ring. Nakamura rolls all the way out on the other side, but Styles pursues. Nakamura knees Styles then puts him into barriers. He drags Styles up and into the ring, and Styles gets to a corner. Nakamura kicks and knees Styles in the corner, then backs off at 4. Styles stands up but Nakamura is on him with a suplex. Styles blocks, even as Nakamura tries again and again. Nakamura shifts strategies and throws in knees and stomps. He walks it off while Styles crawls to a corner. Styles kicks back then bumps Nakamura off the buckles. Styles rams in his shoulder then brings Nakamura out for a snap suplex. Cover, TWO, but Styles keeps his cool.
Styles brings Nakamura up again, for a backbreaker! Nakamura writhes while Styles catches his breath. Styles comes back to bring Nakamura up and whips him corner to corner. Nakamura hits buckles hard and falls to the mat. Styles keeps on him, driving an elbow into his face. Styles then gets room for a running knee drop. Cover, TWO! Styles grows a bit annoyed but he keeps on Nakamura with a chinbar. Nakamura endures and grabs at Styles’ face. Nakamura stands an dfights out of the hold. He has Styles in a corner and rams knees in. He backs off again, but comes back with kicks. Nakamura walks around to embrace the ehat, but Styles mule kicks Nakamura! Styles whips Nakamura into the corner, then runs in, but is put on the apron. Styles hits Nakamura away, then springboards, but Nakamura trips him up!
The champ crashes and burns, but Nakamura throws him into barriers! Nakamura puts Styles back in the ring, cover, ONE. He tries again, ONE. Nakamura grabs Styles into a modified cobra clutch, but fans rally up for Styles. Styles stands but Nakamura brings him back down. Nakamura thrashes him around, but fans still cheer for Styles. Styles gets up again and fights out. He backs Nakamura down but Nakamura gives a strike fest and ax kick! Then a gordbuster! Nakamura backs off to take aim… But Styles rolls him up! TWO, enziguri from Styles! Nakamura staggers to a corner again as Styles stands up. Styles runs into a boot! Styles runs back in but is put on the top rope, for the Top Shelf Knee!
Nakamura drags Styles up from the corner, and scoops for a slam. Cover, TWO! Rusev likes what he sees, and thinks of how he’d improve on the move. Fans duel while Nakamura stomps Styles to the ropes. Nakamura kicks and kicks, but Styles catches on, only for Nakamura to kick with the other leg. Cover, TWO! Nakamura is frustrated but in control while we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Styles chops away on Nakamura. He whips but Nakamura reverss into a knee. Nakamura swings kicks but gets the Phenomenal Blitz instead! Styles adds the sliding forearm! Nakamura gets to a corner, and Styles runs in, for a big corner clothesline. Styles lifts Nakamura but Nakamura slips off to say, “C’MON!” Styles falls for it, but the sleeper becomes the Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Both men are down but Rusev questions Styles’ strength to pick the Bulgarian Brute up. Styles drags Nakamura up but Nakamura denies the Clash. Styles clubs Nakamura to try it anyway, but Nakamura’s legs grab Styles into a triangle hold! Nakamura brings Styles to the mat, but Styles powers up to lift Nakamura into position. He can’t get free so he works ot make it a cover. ONE, but Nakamura still has the hold.
Styles rolls and makes it another cover, TWO! Nakamura had to let go this time, but he keeps his eyes on Styles. Styles swings but ends up in the inverted exploder! He lands on his feet, and tells Nakamura, “C’MON!” Nakamura falls for it and is thrown outside! Styles slingshots for the forearm! English trash talks Styles about Rusev beating the crap out of him, so Styles haymakers the crap out of English! Rusev protests, but Nakamura boots Styles right in the face! Nakamura takes aim, but Styles dodges, KINSHASA for English!! Styles throws Nakamura into a post, then into the ring. Styles takes aim, but Rusev trips him up!
Winner: Styles, by disqualification
Rusev claims Styles knew the Kinshasa was going into English, so he’s making Styles pay. But then here comes Jeff Hardy! The Charismatic Enigma fights Rusev and Nakamura but numbers get the better of him. They double whip but Hardy dodges to dropkick them down! Hardy takes aim, wrecking ball dropkick wipes them out! Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” Here comes GM Paige! The Glampire wants the boys to calm down. With all four men in the ring all set to face off Sunday, why not have us a tag team match? Yes, and right now! Will the reigning champions thwart their challengers together tonight?
AJ Styles & Jeff Hardy VS Shinsuke Nakamura & Rusev w/ Aiden English!
In the wise words of former SmackDown GM, Teddy Long: Holla holla! SmackDown returns to this match as Styles and Rusev circle. Styles kicks Rusev in the leg but Rusev keeps with him. Rusev catches the next kick but Styles throws haymakers. Rusev runs Styles over with a lariat, cover, ONE. The Bulgarian Brute stomps Styles now, then brings him up for big haymakers. Rusev drags Styles up for a knee while fans duel between Styles and “Rusev Day!” Rusev lifts Styles in a Bulgarian bearhug, but fans rally up for Styles. Styles fights against the hold, then leaps for a tag, but Rusev catches him. Rusev scoop slams then snap suplexes Styles. He drags Styles up again, for more bearhug! We go picture in picture as Styles endures the squeeze.
Rusev keeps his grip on Styles, and Styles begins to fade. But Styles comes back to fight with forearms again. Fans rally up, and Styles breaks free. But not for long, as Rusev gets him again. We return to single picture as fans boo and jeer. Styles endures and fights out again. Styles gets free, but Rusev knees low. Rusev suplexes but Styles slips out to jump onto Rusev for a sleeper hold! Rusev reaches but backs Styles down into buckles. Styles lets go, but he dodges Rusev’s shoulder! Rusev hits post, and now Styles crawls for his corner. Fans rally, hot tag to Hardy! The US Champ throws hands on Rusev, but Rusev whips Hardy. Hardy runs Rusev over, then atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop and dropkick. He adds a splash, cover, TWO. Hardy keeps his eyes on Nakamura while he waits for Rusev.
Rusev denies the Twist, but runs into an elbow. Whisper in the Wind! But Nakamura breaks the cover! Styles throws Nakamura out, then hits the sliding knee from the apron. MACHKA Kick takes Styles out, then Rusev thrusts at Hardy. Hardy dodges, Twist of Fate! Hardy climbs up quick, but Nakamura trips him up. Rusev is up, MACHKA KICK! Cover, Rusev & Nakamura win!
Winners: Rusev & Shinsuke Nakamura, Rusev pinning
It took distractions and opportunism to do it, but the challengers beat the duo of champions. Will Nakamura have tricks up his sleeve for Hardy? Will Rusev demolish the House that AJ Styles Built? Or will the champions get revenge and retain their belts at Extreme Rules?
James Ellsworth warms up backstage.
Carmella wants him to take care of Asuka tonight. Don’t worry, eh’s got it. She doesn’t seem as assured. And don’t ever wink at her, or you’ll get a beating worse than Asuka this Sunday. Ellsworth is “ready”, but is he really?
Lumberjack Match: Asuka VS James Ellsworth!
The WWE Battle of the Sexes has another go after the count-out draw from last week. With the entire SmackDown Women’s Division at ringside, will the Chinless Wonder weasel his way out of a beating from the Empress of Tomorrow? Or will he shock the world by defeating her?
Before the match, #EllsworthisExquisite wants to address everyone with his shirt off. It must be tempting, but please show some restraint around him. “None of you are ready for Asuka, but James Ellsworth is! Bring her out.” Bold last words, someone better put those on his headstone. Asuka appears as Ellsworth wanted, and this match begins.
Ellsworth and Asuka circle, but Ellsworth avoids her grapple. He also avoids the back hand, but the Lumberjacks keep him in the ring. Ellsworth wants a time-out, but there’s no time-outs in wrestling. Asuka swings a kick, and Ellsworth again narrowly avoids it. Sonya & Mandy keep him from fleeing, so Asuka kicks away and hip attacks him to the floor. Ellsworth ends up surrounded, then swarmed as they put him back in the ring. Asuka kicks him again, then fires off palm strikes from both sides. She gives body shots, then the pop-up knee. Asuka adds a sliding kick, but Ellsworth runs away from the cover. Sonya & Mandy surround him again, but he flees to the timekeepers area. Everyone grabs at Ellsworth, but then theys tart fighting each other! Ellsworth retreats, but Becky pursues! The Lass Kicker knocks him down and drags him over, with help from Naomi.
But then, the Lumberjacks swarm! Asuka has grown impatient, she LEAPS onto everyone! Carmella hands Ellsworth something. It’s pepper spray! He tries but fails to use it on Asuka, she back kicks him in the stomach. Carmella shouts at Asuka, and Asuka shouts at Carmella. Ellsworth stands back up, so Asuka kicks him into Carmella! Carmella falls, Asuka grabs Ellsworth into the armbar! Then the Asuka Lock! Ellsworth atap,s Asuka wins!
Winner: Asuka, by submission
But Carmella is on Asuka already! It fails, Asuka fires off on Carmella! She goes back to Ellsworth, who uses the pepper spray! He holds her down, for Carmella’s FABULOUS Kick! The Princess of Staten Island stands tall thanks to help from her henchman, but will she learn the truth that NO ONE is ready for Asuka?
The New Day & Hell No talk strategy.
Their opponents are all huge, so go after the knees. No, they need something permanent like setting them on fire! How? Summon Satan through a portal? Yes! This is why SAnitY got the jump on them. Hell No needs to work together. Well if Kane let Bryan punch Miz, they would’ve seen SAnitY coming. No. Yes. No… Yes… No…! Yes…! STOP!! If they don’t get ti together, they don’t stand a chance. Xavier, use that big brain of yours! Kofi, run circles around them! Daniel, become the Goat Face Killer! Kane– Kane, are you paying attention? The Big Red Machine promises that they will win, and forever has now begun. YES!! Wait was that an N*Sync lyric? It still applies. YES!
Carmella & Ellsworth encounter Paige backstage.
Did she see what Ellsworth just did? His stock is higher than WWE’s! And he’ll make an exception if she wants to kiss. Pucker up! Ew no. Back off. Paige wants Ellsworth to be high above the ring this Sunday, because it’s now a SHARK CAGE Match! Ellsworth is going to be a Chinless Pinata, will he end up watching Carmella lose from the best seat in the house?
Sin Cara VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The former Lucha Dragon wanted this match over a month ago, but El Idolo ambushed him backstage. Sin Cara was injured for some time after that, but now he’s back. Can he get revenge on his former amigo and get him away from Vega’s influence? Or will Almas finally get the spotlight Vega believes he deserves?
The bell rings and the two circle. Almas slaps Sin Cara, then back elbows out. He puts Sin Cara against ropes to CHOP! He whips Sin Cara but Sin Cara counters the tilt-o-whirl with an armdrag! Then he headscissors Almas out of the ring. Vega panics but Sin Cara DIVES! The tope suicida sends Almas to the ramp! Sin Cara puts him back in the ring, then drags him up. Almas standing switches but Sin Cara bucks him off. Almas catches the boots to give Sin Cara a draping backbreaker and elbow DDT. Cover, TWO, and we go picture in picture as Almas stomps away on Sin Cara.
Almas brings Sin Cara over to the ropes to then slingshot wrecking ball dropkick him out! He builds speed, to Tranquilo with Vega! He stops posing to put Sin Cara back in the ring, then stomp him more. Almas brings Sin Cara up but Sin Cara fights back. Almas whips but Sin Cara hits back. Sin Cara whips but Almas tumbles to the apron. Almas catches Sin Cara into a hanging armbar! He lets go at 4, then covers. TWO, but he keeps on Sin Cara with an armlock. Sin Cara endures and gets up. Almas throws forearms then whips him corner to corner. Almas catches the boots again but Sin Cara back elbows Almas. Sin Cara dodges the splash, then throws forearms. Almas throws them back while we go single picture. Sin Cara gives chops, but Almas shoves. Sin Cara springboards for the crossbody!
They stand up, Sin Cara whips but Almas reverses, only to get another springboard crossbody! Sin Cara keeps going while fans fire up. Vega coaches Almas up, and Almas gets Sin Cara only for a spike-rana! Cover, TWO! Vega is frustrated for Almas while Sin Cara keeps the fans in it. Sin Cara brings Almas back up, an dsuplexes, but Alma sslips out. Sn cara elbow sbut runs into an elbow! Almas drags Sin Cara up, Hammerlock DDT coutnered! Cover, TWO, Sin Cara gets Almas with an uppercut! Almas runs in, but is dumped out to the floor!
Sin Cara fires up again while Vega panics. Slingshot huricanrana! Then back into the ring as Sin Cara climbs up. Frog Splash hits knees! Almas crawls over, then climbs up top, but Sin Cara trips him up! Sin Cara climbs up to join him, but Almas trips him up into Tree of Woe! WOE STOMPS! Almas keeps going, CIEN KNEES!! Cover, Almas wins!
Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas, by pinfall
El Idolo downs his former friend, and with authority. With Vega by his side, keeping him on this course, will he find his way to the top in no time?
They are here to “break the status quo.” They are here to make happiness into havoc. And they’re not here for nostalgia. Team Hell No & New Day have had their time in the light, but now it’s time for the “pure, unadulterated chaos.” Harper & Rowan enter the darkness, and agree. “Let the bludgeoning begin.” This collection of cruel and unusual allies is unified, will they conquer their Extreme Rules opponents even before Sunday?
10 Man Tag: The New Day & Team Hell No VS The Bludgeon Brothers & SAnitY!
Alliances born from chaos and convenience, only one side will gain momentum for their respective matches at Extreme Rules. Can Bryan & Kane keep it together long enough to challenge Harper & Rowan for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships? Or will doomsday come early as the champions and their chaotic comrades come out on top?
The bell rings and it’s a brawl! All ten men fight, and it’s The New Day & Hell No who hold the ring! We go to break while things settle down.
SmackDown returns and Woods has Wolfe in a snapmare. Woods tags Kofi and they hit their kick, sliding lariat and elbow drop combo! Big E tags in for the Big Splash! Cover, TWO, but Big E manages to keep Wolfe from a tag. Woods tags back in and throws in body shots. Woods brings Wolfe up but Wolfe hits back. Wolfe whips Woods, but runs into a boot. Woods covers, TWO. Woods brings Wolfe to an open corner for a buckle bump, but has to fight off Young & Damo. Wolfe gets Woods in a German Suplex! Rowan tags in without permission, then drags Woods up in a pumphandle backbreaker. He keeps going for a scoop slam and elbow drop. Tag to Harper for the slingshot senton, cover, TWO. Harper rolls Woods around gator style while we go to picture in picture.
Harper keeps Woods down with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Woods gets up and reaches for ropes, then stands up, but Harper yanks him back down. Harper grinds the chinlock in, but Woods endures. Woods sits up again, then fights out, only to get a scoop slam. We return to single picture as Big Damo tags in without asking. The Beast from Belfast drives in elbows on Woods, then wrenches his neck. Woods endures again, and fans rally up. He fights out with body shots, but Damo shoves him. Woods fights out of the enemy corner, only to run into the Wasteland slam and big back senton! Damo looms over Woods while we go to commercials.
SmackDown returns once more, and Rowan squeezes Woods’ head in a hammer fist vice. Fans rally up again, and Woods jawbreakers free. Woods gets up but gets run over by a back elbow. Rowan whips Woods into an open corner, then tag sin Harper. Harper slaps Rowan to fire him up for the corner to corner whip. Harper hits Woods, then Rowan does, to feet Woods to the Michinoku Driver! Cover, but The New Day breaks it. SAnitY throws them out, including Woods. Harper can’t find WOods, but Woods gets him with the siwng kick and the step-n tornado DDT! Fans rally while Young tags in. Hot tag to Bryan! Bryan fires off on everyone, then focuses on Young. He kicks and kicks away in a corner, “YES! YES!” Young reverss the whip but Bryan goes up and over to hit the leaping lariat!
Bryan boots Wolfe & Damo down, then dropkicks Young in a corner. He hoists Young up top, climbs up, and gives Young the SUPER STEINER! Bryan fires up more, and gives proper YES Kicks. “YES! YES!” Bryan loads up the buzzsaw, but Young dodges to roll up. TWO, into Yes Lock! Young is locked in but Wolfe breaks it. Kane grabs Wolfe, CHOKE SLAM! Rowan heel kicks Kane, but Woods missile dropkicks Rowan. Harper gives Woods a scrapbuster! Kofi gives Harper Trouble in Paradise! Big E returns and works with Kofi for the alley-oop dive! Everyone is down on the outside, but Big E sees his targets. Big Damo hits the DIVIDE on Kofi, but Big E has him. He throws Damo out, to then run and SPEAR him down! Bryan is up, fired up, and aiming at Young! Young staggers over, KNEE PLUS!! Cover, Bryan & team wins!
Winners: Team Hell No & The New Day, Bryan pinning
“YES! YES!” Bryan & Kane worked together with each other and with their pancake-serving allies. Even Kane does the “YES!” hands. But Bryan shows him the proper way of celebrating, BOOM! Wait, no fire? It works for Kane. Bryan tries again… Nope. Kane says he can do it, but Bryan wants to do it himself. Fans fire up with Bryan and… BOOM!! The fire came! Even Kane is surprised! With them this synchronized, can anything stop Team Hell No from becoming champions again?
Once again, SmackDown is Raw, but better. We get “impromptu” matches made up of unlikely teams, but at least with SmackDown, there was better delivery on most of it. Miz TV leading to a confrontation and an attack was the usual set up, but I like that Miz kept the spark of him VS Bryan alive for later on. And opening with Styles-Nakamura was clearly to lead into something else, but the resulting 2v2 tag match was pretty good. The challengers stand tall now, but you can expect at least Styles to retain over Rusev. Nakamura VS Hardy can still go either way, and it wouldn’t be so bad if Nakamura won his first main roster title to give him something for Summerslam.
The co-ed Lumberjack match went as about you could expect in WWE. Asuka fires off all the shots on Ellsworth, as he deserves, but Ellsworth only runs away because showing men hitting women would not be good for national, family-friendly television. Carmella gets good Heel Heat at the end there, but I feel like making things a Shark Cage match downgrades it a little. But at the same time, there’s no way to keep Ellsworth out of things when a normal Cage match was already given to Strowman VS Kevin on Raw. I hope Asuka wins this, because otherwise, WWE is just burying the streak NXT gave her. Almas VS Sin Cara was great, hopefully they get something more going for Summerslam’s build.
The one odd point is that Samoa Joe VS Tye Dillinger was advertised, but the only acknowledgement of it was on Twitter. WWE shared a video that had Dillinger making his way out, only for Joe to mercilessly attack and choke him out. It was meant to be from the start of the night, though that doesn’t make sense because Miz TV was advertised to open. Then it wouldn’t make sense to say it was after Miz TV because we went right into Styles VS Nakamura. It would’ve been better if WWE never advertised in the first place and ditched the blindside attack, but WWE seems to be so big that their left hand doesn’t know what the right is doing. The 10 Man Tag was really good, and definitely piques interest for the tag matches on Sunday, and a long-running program for New Day VS SAnitY for the Summer.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT UK rolls on with just one hour a week now, but still with plenty of action! Will the Bruiserweight have something to say about WALTER showing up?
- Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin; Samuels wins.
- Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed; Dennis wins.
- Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Double Count-Out.
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NXT UK took over Blackpool!
But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?
Pete Dunne heads to the ring!
The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.
Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?
Sid Scala makes an announcement.
The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!
The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?
The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.
She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?
Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!
The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?
The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.
Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!
Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?
Johnny Saint makes an announcement!
The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?
Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?
Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.
Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!
Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!
Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!
Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.
Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?
A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.
Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.
Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?
- Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
- Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.
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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!
It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?
Aiden English joins commentary!
The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!
Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!
The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?
The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.
Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.
Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.
Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.
Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?
Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.
Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?
The Lucha House Party speak.
Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?
Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!
The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?
Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!
But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!
Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.
Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!
All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!
Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!
But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!
Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?
A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.
Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.
My Score: 8.2/10