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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (8/8/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4, “A Match Made in Heaven”

Lucha Underground’s biggest and baddest stables wage war in an Atomicos Match! If the Reptile Tribe wins, Johnny Mundo MUST become Kobra Moon’s slave!

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Trios Match: The White Rabbit Tribe VS ???; rescheduled as…
  • Sacrifice to the Gods: Mala Suerte VS Matanza Cueto; Matanza wins, Mala is sacrificed.
  • Joey Ryan & Jack Evans VS XO Lishus & Ivelisse; Jack & Joey win.
  • Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr VS Mariposa; Azteca wins and retains the Gift of the Gods Championship.
  • Atomicos Match: The Worldwide Underground VS The Reptile Tribe; The Worldwide Underground wins, Johnny gets his wish.

PLAY BY PLAY

Antonio Cueto lets someone know “everything is ready.”

He’s planning yet another Sacrifice to the Gods for tonight. But then he sees Mariposa walking in. The monarch of the Moth Tribe finally meets the legendary father. Her father had so many stories about him, but they didn’t do the man justice. Mari never expected Antonio was so handsome. She always “fantasized about being with a Cueto, because it was forbidden.” But this isn’t about seduction. This is about the Gift of the Gods Championship. Antonio apologizes to the “young butterfly”, but she isn’t deserving. The Moths have a lot of money, and they always get what they want. She throws down big stacks, and waits for his response.

“Money is the ultimate aphrodisiac.” And Antonio can never say no to someone as beautiful and dangerous as her. She never takes no for an answer, either. She takes her leave, but will she be taking the Gift of the Gods title, too?

 

Trios Match: The White Rabbit Tribe VS ???

Before the Mad Hatter, Paul London, and his kooky cohorts begin this match, Antonio Cueto lets them know he’s proud they volunteered for this match. But however,  he’s changing this match up so that only one man competes. Make your decision now. Paul London steps up, and volunteers Mala Suerte. Mala is surprised, but London says that when he failed the tribe last week, he failed The White Rabbit. This is his punishment. But don’t worry, this is his chance for redemption. Antonio lets Mala know he’s been chosen, as the next Sacrifice to the Gods!!

Sacrifice to the Gods: Mala Suerte VS Matanza Cueto!

Talk about bad luck for Mr. Bad Luck himself. He looks all around, but here comes The Monster! Mala hits first with a wrecking ball dropkick. He puts Matanza in the corner and throws forearm after forearm! He even gives the demigod some Popeye rope-a-dope! Mala then goes to the far corner, and the Believers are rallying behind him. He stands up top, to then hop down and hippity-hop into a running dropkick! But it all does nothing to the Monster. Matanza runs Mala over with one headbutt! Matanza whips and hits WRATH OF THE GODS! Cover, Matanza wins!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall

The Monster is 4-0 in these Sacrifice matches, and though Saltador begs for mercy, Paul London lets Matanza sacrifice Mala in a flash of lightning. London laughs though his trio is now just a duo. Will the White Rabbit be pleased with this outcome?

 

Joey Ryan & Jack Evans VS XO Lishus & Ivelisse!

This match is full of eccentricity and oozes aggression. And in the Sleazy One’s case, it oozes body oil… The Baddest Bitch in the Temple has had issue with the erotic egotist while the Dragonslayer has issue with the neon-colored newbie getting the upset victory in his debut. Can #Ivelishus defeat the Mouth & The Musk?

The bell rings and Jack starts against Ivelisse. She mocks his chit-chat as they tie up. Jack baits Ivelisse into a low grapple to then kick her stomach. He wrenches an arm but she reverses to a hammerlock. She ducks his elbow to give him a hammerlock STO! Jack kicks back but she catches it to stomp a hand. Jack comes back but she ducks the kick. He springboards but she gets under again. Ivelisse throws Jack with a huricanrana, and he scrambles to tag out. Joey Ryan comes in, puts the lollipop away, then runs at Ivelisse, only to get an arm-drag. Ivelisse puts Joey in her corner, for a swift chop! Tag to XO before another chop. Ivelisse feeds Joey to XO’s twerk attack! XO gives Joey ten whole booty bumps before pushing him away.

Believers fire up but so does Joey. There seem to be strange chemistry between these two. The fans sense it as they point out “Joey Likes It!” Joey wants XO to plant a big one right on the lips. XO obliges, with big basement dropkick! XO twerks into a moonsault, but Joey dodges! Joey tags in Jack, and Jack springboards in for a karate kick to XO! Jack puts XO in a corner for haymakers, then whips corner to corner. XO reverses, then handsprings in, for a SLAP! Jack is furious, but XO goes Matrix to dodge the clothesline. Then spiderwalks to creep Jack out. XO handspring kicks Jack down, covers, but Joey stomps it apart. Joey grabs a leg but is pushed away. Hot tag to Ivelisse!

Ivelisse rallies on Joey & Jack with forearms. She scorpion kicks Jack, then whips him to ropes. Jack rolls off her back, but she blocks his kick. She flips him back but he lands on his feet for a spinning roundhouse! Fans applaud, because they respect the ability. But then they boo because they hate his ego. Jack covers, TWO! Jack grows frustrated but fans rally for Ivelisse.

Tag to Joey, and he keeps Ivelisse away from XO. He puts her in an open corner, to grind his boot into her chin. She reaches for XO, but Joey keeps her away with a snapmare and a grind into the mat. She scrambles free but can’t get away from Joey. He puts on a chinlock as fans rally up again. She feeds off the energy and fights back with body shots. Joey pushes her but she ducks under his clothesline to then wheelbarrow DDT! Both of them are down but the fans are on Ivelisse’s side. Hot tags to Jack and XO! XO slides under Jack’s boot to give him a dropkick-flip and a back elbow. XO back kicks, front kicks, sweeps and split-legdrop! Cover but Joey breaks it again.

Ivelisse kicks Joey out, then helps XO. XO catapults Jack into a SUPERKICK, and then Jack falls back onto XO’s knees! She adds a switch kick, and dropkicks Joey back out. XO covers, TWO! XO and Ivelisse have a short argument, but Ivelisse goes after Joey again. He puts her on the apron to SUPERKICK her down! Joey runs into a heel kick from XO, but Jack lurks on the outside. XO twerks again, then hits the knee-sault. But Jack’s the legal partner, and he comes flying in with a springboard roundhouse! Jack shouts “It’s over!” as he puts XO in to a modified gogoplata, pulling XO’s throat into the shin of his leg! XO endures, but fades out. The ref calls it, Jack & Joey win!

Winners: Joey Ryan & Jack Evans, Jack by submission

But Jack won’t let go! The referee and even Joey tell Jack to stop, this is too much. Joey pries at Jack’s hold but Jack resists. Ivelisse comes in and stomps Jack out! XO is free, but the damage is done. Wanting to win is one thing, but Jack seems hellbent on making the flamboyant rookie suffer. Jack says it won’t be over until XO is dead! Will XO make a recovery? Or will the Dragonslayer soon be the Lishuslayer, too?

 

Gift of the Gods Championship: El Dragon Azteca Jr VS Mariposa!

The Heir to the Eagle Tribe had a long and winding road to his first Gift of the Gods creation match, mostly because Antonio Cueto kept making changes. But in the end, Azteca won out and now has the belt that promises a guaranteed title opportunity at THE Lucha Underground Championship. However, Azteca is putting a big challenge on himself, as he vows to retain this belt all the way to Ultima Lucha Quatro’s main event! The Moth Tribe’s own heiress wants that glory for herself, can she clip the young eagle’s wings before he ever takes flight?

Introductions are made and the belt is raised, but behind the referee’s back, Mari offers a handshake. Azteca takes it, but she kicks him in the balls! The referee is shocked, but the bell rings. Mari brings Azteca to a corner, and puts his leg on the second rope, to kick at the groin! The referee warns her not to get too close, but it’s too late for that. Azteca winces and writhes but Mari covers. TWO, but Mari keeps on him. She puts him in a corner but he turns it around. Azteca hits a discus clothesline, then runs in fro a big forearm. He slings her out and builds up speed for a shotgun dropkick! Cover, TWO! The Believers duel while Azteca brings Mari up. He runs, but into her Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!

Mari grows frustrated with the ballsy Azteca, but she flaps her wings as she takes aim. She runs out, but he dodges her boot to give a boot! Azteca positions Mari, then climbs up as fans rally. He reaches the top rope, takes aim, for a 450 splash! Cover, TWO! Azteca can’t believe how close that was. He argues with the ref, but has to accept the call. Azteca drags Mari up by her pigtails, but she gets around, for a Vertabreaker! Cover, TWO!! Believers are loving this quick but intense match. Mari drags Azteca up, and tries for another. He spins out, wheelbarrow to victory roll, cross leg pin! Azteca wins!

Winner: El Dragon Azteca Jr, by pinfall; still Gift of the Gods Champion

The Eagle soars over the Moth and flies on towards the sun that is the Lucha Underground Championship! The Believers cheer him on, but can Azteca survive the gauntlet that is the remaining weeks until Ultima Lucha 4?

 

Atomicos Match: The Worldwide Underground VS The Reptile Tribe!

This faction warfare has escalated to a boiling point, and this is the blow-off! A deal was struck between the two leaders: If Johnny Mundo and his band of misfits win, the Queen of Snakes must grant him his heart’s desire; but if Kobra Moon and her brood of vipers win, Mundo must serve her the rest of his life. However, the Guru of Greatness and his Wera Loca Valkyrie went behind Kobra’s back by beheading Vibora, in the Reptile’s own lair! How can this be an Atomicos match when the Reptiles are without their Luchasaurus? What will Mundo’s wish be should his team win?

Kobra Moon speaks, knowing that Mundo was behind Vibora’s death. It was cold-blooded, but Kobra respects that. It further proves that he belongs with them! And Mundo surely thought this would give his team the advantage. But this Queen has many loyal subjects, and now we shall all meet her newest servant, “brought back from the dead with venom!” Witness the reborn, Jeremiah SNAKE!! Yes, Jeremiah Crane was buried alive in the Three Way to the Grave with Mil Muertes and Fenix. But now, he has comeback as Kobra Moon’s undead Death Machine! Does Worldwide Underground stand a chance now that they have to do things 4v4?

Mundo lets Kobra know he “digs” the last minute line-up change. He does the same thing, and tells Ricky that this is one job he’s not gonna do. The WWU needs someone they can trust to handle business. He has the night off, so why not go play with his doll or something. Ricky is a little hurt, but he accepts being benched. Mundo found himself someone he could count on, but Jack is too afraid of snakes. Mundo found someone who isn’t afraid but is also capable of cutting the heads off all these snakes. He introduces his new WWU member, Aerostar! Yes, the time-traveling, out-of-this-world luchador, as well as long-time friend and rival of Drago, joins the other side in hopes of freeing the firebreathing knight.

Lucha Underground returns from break and we finally begin this high-stakes 8-person tag. The WWU flanks the Reptiles on all sides, and the bell rings. Mundo gives the signal, and all eight luchadors crawl! Mundo goes after King Daga, Aero goes after Drago, the Darewolf against the zombie Crane, and of course, Wera Loca herself against The Snake Queen! Jeremiah throws PJ out but Taya throws Kobra. Kobra drags Taya out to join her but Taya tackles her in return. Aero has gotten Drago out of the way, so we truly start with Mundo and “Jeremiah Snake.” They brawl with furious forearms, but Snake knees low. Mundo reverses the whip to then hit the Flying Chuck! The brawl continues on the outside while Mundo slaps Snake with his headband. Mundo runs, but Snake pursues. They go back and forth with dodging and chasing, but Snake waits to lariat Mundo down!

Mundo rolls out, but Snake keeps on him from the apron with a boot! Aero gets in the ring and dropkicks Snake down. Aero then builds speed, to FLY onto everyone! The Believers are fired up, but Drago and Daga regroup in the ring. Drago builds speed and Daga gives him a boost, Drago corkscrews onto everyone! Taya has gotten away and dropkicks Daga out. Kobra slithers around while Taya climbs up top. Taya LEAPS and again everyone is bowled over. Kobra is the only one safe. She lurks while Mundo gets on the apron. He wants to take flight, but Snake returns to triangle dropkick at him. Mundo dodges, but a roundhouse rocks him. Kobra gets going, she uses Snake for the wheelbarrow boost to then bulldog Mundo onto everyone else! Snake goes out and drags Mundo up while The Believers lose their minds.

Snake brings Mundo around while the others brawl. He spits on his hand, tastes it again, then CHOPS Mundo in the chest. The brawl follows them and the Reptiles stack the WWU on chairs. Snake gets the fans fired up, and Kobra lets out a primal scream with him. Snake goes all the way around the ring, building up speed, to BOWL WWU OVER! It’s a perfect strike, and the Believers are thunderous! Kobra coordinates the team, and Daga puts Taya in the ring. Snake slithers over as she cowers against ropes. But the Believers give her courage, and the Crazy Blonde give a dirty bird to the undead Snake. So he bites it!! She slaps him off, then slaps him again. Taya rocks him with elbows, but runs into the boot! The teams finally go to their corners as Taya fights back.

Snake whips but she reverses into a German Suplex! Taya crawls for the WWU corner, hot tag to PJ Black! The Darewolf springboards onto Snake then blasts the Reptile’s corner. He runs back at Snake, dodges and runs him over. He rallies with shoulders, handsprings and arm-drags Snake down. PJ sweeps the legs, double stomps the back, then double flexes. He bucks Snake off the waistlock to rock him with a heel kick! Cover, but Drago breaks it. PJ tags out to Mundo, and they both attack Drago. Double whip and elbows to snapmare. They run and give a boot sandwich to Drago, then bow and high-five. Snake returns, they double whip him. Snake dropkicks them down, then fires up. He fireman’s carry on Mundo but Mundo shoves him into Kobra! Mundo calf kicks Snake down, then springboards to kick Daga down.

The Believers fire up as Mundo brings Snake up. Moonlight Drive hits, but he’s not done there. He brings Snake up, but Snake rakes his eyes! Snake tags to Drago, who then tags to Kobra, and Snake helps rocket launch Kobra at Mundo! Mundo catches her, but Drago and Snake come in to kick Mundo down! But Mundo rolls through, still holding on to Kobra! They SUPERKICK him now, and they ALL cover, TWO!! Mundo sits up to fight back on all three Reptiles! He fires off with haymakers and forearms, then runs, into a TRIPLE Boot! Drago runs, tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, but the WWU break it up. PJ and Taya throw Snake and Kobra out, then join them for another brawl.

Daga returns, but so does Aero. While the King helps his Queen, the astronaut luchador goes to his friend. Aero wants Drago to see this, as he springboard corkscrews onto the cluster! They all go down, leaving the knight from Infra Mundo alone with Johnny Mundo. Mundo hits first, but Drago slips out of Moonlight Drive to SUPERKICK. Dragon runs into a super punch, but gives one back. They run, Drago springboards, Dragon’s Lair but Mundo slips out for a Shining Wizard! Mundo has Drago down, Fin Del Mundo! Cover, WWU wins!

Winners: The Worldwide Underground, Johnny Mundo by pinfall

Mundo has won for his team, and wins a wish to be granted by Kobra Moon. Before Kobra can slither away, he brings up their deal. Mundo knows a certain someone could use a wish, too. Taya thinks he means her, but he actually means “the man who stepped up tonight” for his team. His wish is for Aerostar to get his wish. Kobra, you MUST free Drago! Kobra wants anything but that, but a deal is a deal. Taya herself is shocked, but “a deal is a deal”! “Set Him Free! Set Him Free!” Drago is confused, but Aero is thankful that Mundo gave him his friend back. Aero unlocks the collar around Drago’s neck, and leads him away. Will it be an easy road back from Kobra’s brainwashing?

However, Taya wants an explanation. How could Johnny be such an idiot? He chose to help Aerostar? This was for nothing now! Taya is almost in tears, but Mundo explains back. Kobra could not grant Mundo’s wish. Only Taya can. What? Mundo has PJ step up, and PJ makes sure he still has it. Oh it was down his pants. But is that…? Yes! It’s a ring! An engagement ring! The Believers give a standing ovation as Mundo kneels. “Taya, will you marry me?” What will Ms. Eliza– er, Taya, say to Macho Mundo? The Believers hope it’s “SI! SI!” Taya is again in tears, but for a good reason now. She says yes!! Ooooh Yeeeah~! Mundo slips the ring on Taya’s finger, and it’s official with a kiss. This is a happy ending for all! Who’s ready to RSVP to the wedding of the future Mr. & Mrs. Slam Town?

 

But meanwhile, backstage…

Ricky tells Rosa he has a wish, too. “That Taya and Johnny are together until death do them part.” Rosa likes the sound of that. What wicked wedding gift does Ricky have planned for them?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A great little episode of Lucha Underground right here, with lots of nice twists and turns for the fun of the entire audience. The story of the Rabbit Tribe takes an even darker turn as London seems to be corrupted by THE White Rabbit’s blood lust. No more Mala Suerte, but does that mean White Rabbit and his caged up dark Mascarita will be joining the fight? The tag team match was another dark development for Jack Evans and XO Lishus. XO has been the fun-loving Face but I wonder if he’d come back slightly more aggressive. Dragon Azteca and Mariposa do great in their match, for how short it felt. I’m still waiting for Azteca’s self-imposed challenge runs into the Sacrifice to the Gods streak to see which one ends first. Until then, Azteca should face everyone possible to really build himself up.

Then all that stuff in the Atomicos was great. The surprises were nice, but Lucha Underground upped how cheesy they are with zombie Crane. Though, it was actually great, because Sami Callihan’s too great to give up. And I kinda hope this counts as a Face Turn for the WWU outside of Jack and Ricky. Not only does Mundo do the right thing in freeing Drago, Mundo and Taya have made such a great couple since first being in Lucha Underground together, and the fans really got behind that marriage proposal moment. But as always in pro-wrestling, I expect the Reptiles to want revenge during the wedding.

My Score: 8/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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The War Raiders have been running rampant on the tag team division, and finally get their chance at the Undisputed Era’s NXT Tag Team Championships!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The War Raiders; The War Raiders win by disqualification, The Undisputed Era retains the NXT Tag Team Championships.
  • Britt Baker VS Shayna Baszler; Baszler wins.
  • Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Tian Bing & Rocky; Lorcan & Burch win.
  • Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair; no contest.

PLAY BY PLAY

NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS The War Raiders!

Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong have been the champions on and off, but have always found a way to win in the end. However, will there be any running and hiding from the war bears of Hanson & Ray Rowe?! Or will the tag titles remain Undisputed?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and fans duel as we begin! Rowe starts against Strong and they tie up. Strong goes for a leg but Rowe stays up. Strong shifts to a waistlock but Rowe standing shifts. They go to the ropes and Strong scrapes Rowe’s face to then kick, club and tag in Kyle. The Undisputed Era mugs Rowe then double whip him in, but he blasts out with double clotheslines! Rowe drags Kyle back in and over to his corner, Hanson tags in. Kyle gets free and goes after Hanson’s leg but Hanson throws him off. Hanson runs him over then scares of Strong. Kyle kicks away and gets a facelock. He brings Hanson over, Strong tags in and the Undisputed Era mug Hanson. They double whip but Hanson breaks the line to give clotheslines. The Undisputed Era regroups outside but Hanson tags in Rowe.

Rowe waits while Undisputed Era talk. Kyle goes in but he’s not the legal man. Rowe doesn’t care, he slams Kyle. Strong comes in but Rowe reverses the whip. Rowe catches Strong going up and over, but Strong slips out. Strong runs and Kyle tags in, Rowe runs Strong over. Kyle gets the waistlock but Rowe standing switches. Kyle goes after his leg but Rowe just pries him off into a slam! Rowe deadlifts Kyle while back dropping Strong. Kyle gets free and gives knees, but Rowe scoops him. Hanson tags in and Rowe slams Kyle, to then scoop slam senton Hanson on Kyle. Hanson sees Strong coming in, War Raiders toss Strong at Kyle! Fans fire up with the Raiders while Rowe pursues Kyle. Kyle leads Rowe around but Rowe sees the sucker punch coming. He dodges Strong to still hit Kyle, then hits Strong, too!

Rowe puts Kyle in but Strong anchors Rowe. Rowe shoves Strong away and knocks Kyle down, but then Strong chop blocks Rowe! Kyle stomps the leg and then Rowe’s back. Kyle puts Rowe in the corner and tags Strong. Rowe fights back but they still get a leg, and Strong gets the backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Strong stomps Rowe, then drags him away. He hooks the leg in a standing deathlock. He stomps the knee, tags Kyle, and Kyle kicks away on that leg. Kyle brings Rowe back and kicks the leg more. He wraps the leg on the rope but lets up at 4. Rowe keeps fighting back, but hobbles into more kicks and even palm strikes and knees from Kyle. Kyle sweeps the leg and covers, TWO! He rains down palm strikes from both sides, then tags to Strong.

The Undisputed Era split the wishbone, then mock the “War! War!” chants. Rowe hits Strong from the mat so Strong dropkicks him down. Cover, TWO, but Strong throws hands on Rowe. Tag to Kyle, and the mugging continues. They kick and chop away on Rowe in a corner but fans rally up for him. Kyle dragon screws and figure fours the legs, and turns Rowe over in a figure four snap deathlock. Tag to Strong and Strong takes over the legs. Rowe shoves Strong away but Strong comes back. Strong drags Rowe up but Rowe elbows out hard. Kyle tags in as Strong keeps hold of Rowe with his legs. Kyle clubs Rowe down then twists the leg in a standing toehold to a grounded dragon screw! Tag to Strong and they focus on that leg.

Strong sits down into another deathlock but Rowe fights him. They scrap but Strong gets the leverage on the leg. Fans rally up and Rowe throws heavy hands on Strong. Rowe gets free but Strong tags to Kyle to chop block Rowe down! Kyle runs in but into a BIG urenage! Both men are down but fans rally up. Kyle rolls to his corner, tag to Strong, tag to Hanson! Hanson rallies and tosses Strong with that back drop! Then the side slam, into a low crossbody splash. He uppercuts Kyle then boots Strong. Hanson misses Kyle in a corner but sits on him! Hanson cartwheels and clotheslines Strong! Fans fire up with Hanson as he aims at Strong. Bronco Buster! Cover, TWO! Hanson keeps focus and tags Rowe back in.

Kyle jumps on Hanson for a sleeper but gets backed down then fed to shotgun knees. Rowe can’t quite lift Hanson so Hanson slaps him to give power to that spinebuster senton! Hanson lifts Strong and dumps him on Rowe’s good knee, then Rowe sit-out bombs Strong! But Kyle breaks the cover! Fans love this as Rowe hits Kyle back with a forearm. Tag to Hanson and War Raiders focus on Strong. Rowe gives to Hanson who gives him back, springboard lariat German Suplex! Adam Cole appears!? He wants to DQ this match but Hanson rocks him out of the ring! Hanson tags Rowe in, and Rowe drags Strong back up. Hanson climbs but Strong slips out to knee him down! Ax and Smash from Kyle! Then an Olympic slam from Strong to Rowe! Cover, TWO!?

Tag to Kyle and Undisputed Era get Rowe up. Strong runs but Rowe denies Strong Elimination with Ace Ten Mao! Kyle kicks the leg but Rowe headbutts back. Kyle gets Rowe’s leg and goes after an Achilles lock! But Hanson comes in, catches Strong, and slams Strong onto Kyle! Rowe rolls and tags Hanson, and Kyle throws strikes. Hanson takes it all, but Rowe comes in, THOR’S HAMMER! Hanson DIVES on Cole and Strong! But this isn’t over, Hanson climbs up while Rowe lifts Kyle… FALLOUT!! Cover, but BOBBY FISH attacks!!

Winners: War Raiders, by disqualification; Undisputed Era still NXT Tag Team Champions

Bobby Fish is moving just fun as he SMACKS both Hanson and Rowe with a chair! Fans are thunderous as Fish is running wild! He SMACKS Hanson again and again, but Rowe comes back for more. Strong and O’Reilly give Rowe Strong Elimination! The Undisputed Era is at 100% capacity, “We rule the world!” They retain the titles, but will they regret doing it this way?

 

Nikki Cross is in the bowels of the arena.

She keeps scribbling “EST” over and over because she knows. Well, we do know that Nikki and Bianca Belair have a rematch from their raucous match a few weeks ago. Will Nikki end the Un-De-Fea-Ted streak of Bianca? Or will Bianca keep moving towards the title?

 

Britt Baker VS Shayna Baszler!

The Queen of Spades is more than ready for her NXT Women’s Championship rematch with Kairi Sane at WWE Evolution. To prove it, she looks to ear into a new NXT acquisition. Will there be anything left of Dr. Baker to compete in NXT after this?

The bell rings and Shayna circles with Baker as the fans duel. They tie up and Shayna gets the fireman’s carry takedown to an arm wringer. She keeps on that arm and she stands on Baker’s head as she twists that arm. Baker endures the torture from wrist to elbow. Shayna even adds an arm to make it part Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Shayna walks around to twist Baker’s arm more, but then sets up the hammerlock, for the STOMP! Baker cries in pain but Shayna just sits back and enjoys what she’s done. The referee calls it, Shayna wins!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by referee stoppage

Baker cries in pain as she holds her arm and medics come in to check on her. Bully Baszler doesn’t care, she gets the win. And then she step-up knees Baker off her feet! Will the Queen of Spades be able to do the same thing to the Pirate Princess at Evolution?

 

Backstage interview with William Regal.

The NXT GM knows Nikki Cross claims to know who attacked Aleister Black, but no one can tell if she’s telling the truth. Aleister is on his way back, so time is of the essence. Regal plans to talk with Nikki after her match tonight, but will that be soon enough?

 

Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Tian Bing & Rocky!

The one-two combination is back again, and hope that they can make another run at the NXT Tag Team Championships. Of course, that is the dream of all tag teams, such as the debuting duo from China. Which pair of hopefuls will rise up towards the top with a victory here?

Fans chant “One Two!” for Lorcan & Burch. The Boston Brawler starts against Bing with the bell. They circle and Lorcan avoids Bing’s broad kick. They tie up, and Lorcan powers Bing back to ropes. Lorcan honors the break but Bing kicks and chops Lorcan. Bing wrenches the arm and brings Lorcan to a knee. Lorcan whips but Bing runs him over. Bing wrenches the arm again, and brings him over. Rocky tags in but Lorcan fires off chops and forearms. Bing rocks Lorcan with a right and Rocky wraps on a full nelson. Lorcan endures as he works to fight the hold. Fans rally up and Lorcan uses his leg to help pry the lock open. Lorcan then clobbers Rocky with a clothesline!

Tag to Burch and Burch hits Rocky in a corner with clothesline, enziguri and then hops up for a missile dropkick! Burch kips up and fans fire up. Burch sees Bing coming and gives him a headbutt! Tag to Lorcan, and they bring Rocky up, for the draping DDT! Lorcan covers, Lorcan & Burch win!

Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Lorcan pinning

The One Two gets the one-two-three! They’re back and ready to fight anyone on the way to tag titles. How long will it take for them to return to contention? Who will they meet when they finally return to the summit?

 

Nikki Cross VS Bianca Belair!

The last time the Loony Lass and The EST of NXT faced each other in the ring, it didn’t end in the ring. They went all around the ring and the arena, and were both counted out. However, what ended the fight was Crazy Cross’ crossbody off the announce desk and onto Belair, and a crowd of officials. Now these two will have another go, but will it go the same as before? Or will we get a clear winner?

Fans are strongly behind Nikki as the bell rings, but Bianca has her fans, too. Nikki stops shaking her head and rushes right onto Belair with a tackle! Bianca gets Nikki off her to give right hands, but the two then roll out of the ring. They brawl on the outside just like before, scrapping and clubbing around the corner. Bianca throws Nikki into the apron but then Nikkii throws Bianca into the steel steps! Nikki puts Bianca in the ring and covers, ONE! Nikki keeps on Bianca but Bianca whips. Bianca goes to hip toss but Nikki monkey flips. Nikki dropkicks Bianca to a corner, then runs in. Bianca puts her on the apron, but Nikki hits her away. Nikki steps in, blocks the boot and shoves Bianca over. Nikki runs, but leaps into Bianca’s arms, for a Fall Away Slam!

Fans duel as Bianca covers, TWO. Bianca stomps Nikki out then covers again, TWO. Bianca drags Nikki up for a neck wrench, but fans do not lose speed as they continue to duel. Nikki endures as fans shift to a rally. Bianca thrashes Nikki around but Nikki doesn’t give in. Nikki feeds off the energy of the fans and fights out. Bianca whips but Nikki dodges to then tilt-o-whirl headscissor! But Bianca’s up and dropkicks Nikki down! Bianca clubs Nikki in the corner, then dares Nikki to get up. Bianca knocks her back down, then handsprings over her, to moonsault back onto her! Cover, TWO! Bianca glares at Nikki as she circles. Nikki slaps herself before reversing the whip and throwing forearms. Bianca kicks Nikki back, then double chicken wings for the lift! Nikki gets out to victory roll, TWO! Both women back off, but then Bianca runs in.

Nikki dodges but Bianca runs her over. Bianca climbs up while Nikki is down, but Nikki trips her up! Bianca is in the Tree of Woe and Nikki stomps a mudhole into her! Nikki stops at 4, but comes back for more! She stops again and Bianca falls out of the Tree. Nikki runs back in, for a big splash, to a bulldog! Fans fire up with Nikki as she goes into a frenzy. Nikki climbs up and aims at Bianca. Bianca staggers, into a crossbody! Cover, TWO! But Nikki isn’t mad, she grins as she stalks Bianca. Bianca tries to get away but it’s like a horror movie as Nikki drags her back in. Bianca shoves Nikki away then shoves again, to rock her with a right forearm! Both women are down after that strongEST forearm but the fans are loving it.

Bianca and Nikki flounder away but Nikki is up, only to walk into SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Bianca tries again, TWO! Again, TWO! Bianca keeps trying high stack covers, but then she deadlifts Nikki for a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO?! Bianca is shocked that Nikki survives! The fans are thunderous as Bianca winds up her hair. She’s serious now as she pie faces Nikki. Bianca tells Nikki to stay down, but Nikki keeps dragging herself up. Bianca SLAPS Nikki, but Nikki just grins. Nikki sits up, Bianca puts her on the top rope, then trophy lifts Nikki! Bianca brings her around, for an “E! S! T!” set of squats. But Nikki slips out, for a sleeper! Bianca thrashes about, but ends up in an inverted DDT! Nikki covers, TWO!! The EST streak still lives but now Nikki is the one furious.

Nikki climbs up again, and leaps, into the hair whip!! Bianca’s braids slapped Nikki out of the sky, and now Bianca climbs up. But Nikki intercepts her! Nikki throws forearms as she climbs up, too. She clubs away on Bianca and hits a SUPERPLEX! Both women are down and Full Sail is loving it. But then the lights go out?! Because Aleister Black is back! The Embodiment of the End appears in the ring while Bianca is completely gone!

No Contest

Aleister sits cross-legged staring at Nikki. Fans lose their minds but Nikki grins as she crawls over. Fans know “Nikki’s got a secret~!” Nikki rolls around but Aleister bids her stop. And then he beckons her over. Nikki calmly crawls over, almost in a trance. Fans hush each other, and Aleister says, “Tell me.” Nikki crawls a little closer, and whispers it in Aleister’s ear. Aleister does not look happy about the answer. He’s the angriest he’s ever been since coming to NXT, but who did she name?!

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of NXT right here. We surprisingly open with the NXT Tag Team Championships, but not so surprisingly, the Undisputed Era use Champion’s Advantage to keep the belts. But there was still a surprise in that it was Bobby Fish did it. Now the duo of reDRagon, O’Reilly & Fish, can reunite to defend the titles against War Raiders, Lorcan & Burch and whoever else moves up in the rankings. Lorcan & Burch do great against Bing & Rocky, who aren’t a half-bad team themselves. In fact, NXT doesn’t usually do 8-Man Tags, but I’d love if the Undisputed Era was all in action against War Raiders plus Lorcan & Burch. Though, I’m thinking Lorcan & Burch should be the guys who truly test the Forgotten Sons first.

Great to see Britt Baker’s in NXT, though it’s too bad she was the sacrifice to Shayna Baszler’s mean streak. Shayna earns major Heel points, and I think Kairi needs to do something, even just her own training video promo, to keep up with her. Otherwise, Shayna is just going to take that title at Evolution and celebrate alongside Ronda. That ending was pretty much foreshadowed by Regal saying he wants to talk to Nikki at the end of the show. Nikki VS Belair was amazing, and I really thought for a moment we were going to see the EST Streak end. But Aleister keeps both women from taking the pin as he appears, and then he somehow gets Nikki to calmly give him the name. Given how furious Aleister looked, it must’ve been someone he sure never expected. Probably Gargano, despite that swerve being somewhat obvious.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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NXT UK FINALLY premieres! And to start things off, Noam Dar finally challenges Pete Dunne for THE United Kingdom Championship!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey; Coffey wins.
  • Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala; Mastiff wins.
  • Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels; Storm wins.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar; Dunne wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.

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NXT UK, ARE?! YOU?! READY!?

“Before us stands a kingdom. One with an indelible history. An unmistakable legacy. But when this kingdom meets a Universe, a new history will be unearthed. A new flag will be raised. The future will redefine its legacy. A kingdom will rise.” And that all begins, now!

 

Mark Andrews VS Joe Coffey w/ Mark Coffey!

The High-Flying, Stage-Diving Welshman rockstar owes both Coffey Brothers payback for the beat down they handed out back in June. However, he can only take on one at a time, so he goes with big brother Joe first. Will Andrews get satisfaction? Or will Joe finish what he started over the Summer?

The bell rings and the fans are on Andrews’ side. Andrews and Joe circle and Andrews gets around. Joe standing switches and throws Andrews down to then get the arm. Fans rally while Joe wrenches Andrews’ arm. Andrews rolls and handsprings to get up but he can’t get Joe down. He kips up and gets into a Greco-Roman wristlock battle with Joe, only to get brought down again. Joe covers, TWO as Andrews gets a shoulder up. Joe pushes that shoulder back down, TWO as Andrews gets the other shoulder up. That shoulder goes down, but then Andrews bridges! Joe goes to put his full weight on Andrews but gets caught into a wheelbarrow arm-drag! Andrews tries another arm-drag but Joe reverses to a whip. Andrews comes back with a huricanrana!

Joe ends up in a corner and Andrews runs in, but is put on the apron. He swing kicks Joe away, then springboards, for a flying huricanrana! Andrews handsprings and the fans fire up while Joe gets to ropes. Fans rally behind Andrews as he tries to whip, but Joe holds ropes. Joe breaks free and chops Andrews stiff across the chest. Joe gives body shots and European Uppercuts, but Andrews ducks the discus, only to run into a Pounce! Fans boo while Andrews writhes but Joe just stalks behind Andrews to a corner. Joe throws more hands then brings Andrews out for the butterfly swing! Around and around the go, and then Joe throws Andrews with a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! But Joe is right on Andrews with a half straitjacket, to a full!

Fans rally up as Andrews endures, but Joe drives in a knee. Andrews feeds off the fan energy but Joe bends him back. Andrews stands up and arm-drags Joe off. He runs but into an elbow. Joe throws Andrews out of the ring, then distracts the ref. Mark comes around but the ref spots him in time. So Joe gets the sneak attack instead! Joe declares this is “My Kingdom! MY Kingdom!” Joe puts Andrews in, then pulls off the elbow pad. He brings Andrews up, but Andrews blocks the elbow to fire off chops and forearms. Joe shoves him away but Andrews comes back with furious palm strikes! Fans fire up as Andrews mule kicks and front kicks Joe. Andrews whips but Joe reverses. Andrews slides under to enziguri!

Joe gets to a corner and Andrews grits his teeth. Andrews runs in for meteora then runs to victory roll and double stomp! To standing corkscrew moonsault! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up as Andrews brings Joe up. Joe shoves Andrews but runs into another enziguri. Andrews runs but into a pop-up EuroUpper, and then Joe gives a running headbutt! Joe says “No mercy!” but fans boo. Joe runs in for a corner splash, then whips for the pop-up powerslam! Cover, TWO!! Andrews survives and Joe is furious. Joe drags Andrews as fans rally up again. Joe suplexes but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews heads to a corner with Joe in a drop zone, but Mark saves his brother. So Andrews SUPER ASAIS on them both!

Andrews hits both Coffey Brothers and the fans are all fired up. Andrews puts Joe in, climbs up again, but Mark gets up to go after him. Mark gets kicked away but Joe hops up for a SUPER Belly2Belly! Then All the Best for the Bells! The spinning lariat hits, Joe covers, Joe wins!

Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall

Joe should give some credit to his brother, Mark, for giving him the opening. The gritty Glaswegians are a force to be reckoned with, who will they run over next?

But it seems they’re not done with Andrews just yet! Both Coffey Brothers stomp away on Andrews, and fans boo and jeer the entire time. Here comes Flash Morgan Webster for the save! Flash uses his pilot’s helmet to even the odds, and the Coffey Boys are in retreat! Will the speed combination of Webster and Andrews get even with the big bad Coffey boys?

 

NXT UK, meet Eddie Dennis.

Dennis has been wrestling for over a decade, and during that entire time, he was a close personal friend to Mark Andrews and Pete Dunne. When they all started, it wasn’t about wrestling for thousands while making millions, it was about having fun and telling stories. And Dennis has some stories to tell. When will Dennis make his debut on NXT UK? What stories about Andrews and the current WWE UK Champion will he share?

 

Mustache Mountain is here!

Trent and Tyler take to the mics as fans give them a standing ovation. They chant “Mustache Mountain! Big Strong Boys!” Trent thanks Cambridge for that. But save your lungs, today is a big day. It’s a very special day. Today is quite possibly the biggest day in British professional wrestling history! Fans seem to agree with that. But it’s not just about NXT UK but about the entire NXT UK Universe as we witness the birth of this brand! Trent wants everyone to think back to earlier this year, when he and Trent stood in the ring at a sold out Royal Albert Hall and became NXT Tag Team Champions! Tyler says that they aren’t those champions anymore, Triple H did mention something about the UK tag team championships. Fans know “You Deserve it!”

But wait, there aren’t any other tag teams here in NXT UK. As a former UK Champion, still the youngest ever–which would make Trent the oldest–there must be a boat load of talent itching for a chance. Trent agrees, that talent should buddy up, talk it out, because when those tag titles arrive, Trent wants Mustache Mountain to have the best opposition going! Whether you’re in the ring, in the back or in the audience, the whole of the UK comes together for THEIR brand! This is THEIR NXT UK! Strong words from strong men, but when will we see those tag team titles? Who will step up to this challenge when that time comes?

 

NXT UK, meet Dave Mastiff.

The man of the Black Country is a human wrecking ball, and declares himself THE best heavyweight in the world. He vows to show the world that, next!

 

Dave Mastiff VS Sid Scala!

The “Bomber” is on a mission to make a name for himself as the biggest and best man in NXT UK. Will he literally be too much man for the young kid from London to handle?

Cambridge already tells Sid, “Mastiff’s gonna kill~ you~!” but Sid doesn’t back down. The bell rings, he gets in Mastiff’s face but Mastiff grabs his hand. Sid throws a forearm, Mastiff sends Sid flying with a forearm! Then he deadlifts Sid off the mat and into a suplex. Mastiff carries Sid around, with one hand, then dumps him down!

Mastiff stalks Sid to a corner while fans want “One More Time!” He double chops Sid in the corner, then tosses him across the way. Mastiff drags Sid up for elbows right to his ear! Sid covers up as best he can, but Mastiff is on him, licking his chops. Sid breaks free and throws a forearm, but Mastiff just smiles. Mastiff seems to like a good fight, but Sid is at a loss for words. Sid runs, but into a DROPKICK!? Mastiff defies physics, then he deadlift German Suplexes Sid all the way to a corner. And then, the cannonball!! Mastiff covers, Mastiff wins!

Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall

The size, the strength and the speed of Mastiff easily takes care of the smaller Sid Scala. Who will be next on the menu for Mastiff to maul?

 

Backstage interview with Nina Samuels.

She is moments away from her WWE debut here on the first episode of NXT UK. Nina is “elated” to finally be here on the grand stage she deserves. The first thing on her list is to be the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. And what better way to do that than to make a name for herself off Toni Storm? That match, is now!

Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels!

The NXT UK Women’s Division is off to a strong start as the Lightning from Down Under and the House of Couture’s pink rose are in the brand’s first women’s match! Toni’s having a great time in the Mae Young Classic, but can she make some major moves in the UK? Or will dividing her attention cost her against her talented and fashionable opponent?

The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Toni. Nina does her best to shrug that off as she ties up with Toni. Toni gets a headlock and takeover, makes it a cover, ONE. Nina works her way up as fans sing for Toni. She turns the hold around to a headlock of her own, but Toni pries her way out. Fans rally up but Nina reels Toni back in. Nina shifts to a wristlock while fans chant “Aussie Aussie Aussie! OI OI OI!” Toni spins, bridges, rolls and breaks free but Nina SLAPS her! Nina trash talks so Toni SLAPS back! She also kicks and runs to boot Nina down! Fans fire up with Toni as she runs in at Nina, but Nina drop toeholds Toni into buckles. Nina drives in a meteora to Toni’s back, then covers, TWO! Nina is frustrated, but she toys with Toni.

Fans boo as Nina brings Toni to the ropes and pulls her back. Nina lets go at 4, but then runs to dropkick Toni in the back. Cover, TWO! Nina grows frustrated, but she puts Toni in a modified chinbar. Fans rally up for Toni and Toni powers her way up to her feet. Nina elbows Toni and throws her down by her hair, then covers, TWO! Fans rally more for Toni and she hits Nina back with forearms. Toni fires off more and more forearms, then whips. Nina reverses and gets Toni with a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Toni continues to frustrate Nina, but then Nina trash talks the fans.

Nina brings Toni up to put her in a corner. She pie faces Toni around then whips her corner to corner. Toni goes up and over and then gets Nina in a snap German Suplex! Fans fire up and Toni gets moving for her own meteora. Then Toni lifts Nina for the Storm Zero neckbreaker! Cover, Toni wins!

Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall

The Storm weathered the thorny rose, and has her first win on the first episode of NXT UK! Will Toni continue to take the entire Women’s Division by storm? And who else will join the division to fight for the NXT UK Women’s Championship?

 

NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, is in the ring!

Cambridge is happy to see Saint as he’s here to personally watch the first main event of his brand!

WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Noam Dar!

The Scottish Supernova earned this title match way back in June when he made a surprise return at the United Kingdom Championship special’s finale. He overcame Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and Travis Banks to earn this shot, and finally cashes in on NXT UK’s premiere. Will Dar become the third-ever man to hold the WWE UKC? Or will The Bruiserweight continue his impressive reign that dates back to over a year ago?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Johnny Saint shakes both men’s hands before exiting the ring. Dunne throws his coat at Dar and gets him right in the face! Dar keeps his cool as the bell rings. Fans sing for Dar as he circles with Dunne around the ring. They tie up and Dunne pushes Dar to ropes. Dunne backs off on the ropebreak at 4 but mocks Dar’s pinkie’s out. Fans banter as Dar gives a handshake. Dunne wants to take it but Dar uses his pinkie to flip Dunne off. Dunne whips Dar but Dar holds ropes. Dar ducks and table tops Dunne to then get a spinning, windmilling backslide. Cover, TWO! Dar drags Dunne up for a headlock but Dunne powers out. Things speed up but Dunne clobbers Dar with that clothesline!

Fans fire up behind The Bruiserweight while Dunne drags Dar around. Dunne has the legs and hooks them, to then grab an arm. Dunne tortures the wrist and fingers before stomping the knees. Dar clutches his bad leg as he rolls away. Dunne is on Dar in a corner and whips him corner to corner. Dar reverses and Dunne goes up, but Dar stops him from going over with a lariat to the leg! Dar rolls out as fans rally up. Dunne rolls to a corner but Dar is there to bring him to the apron. Dar throws hands then drags him out. Dunne catches himself, but Dar kicks out the arms! Fans rally while a 10 count begins. Dar puts Dunne back in at 6 and enters at 7 to kick Dunne more. Dunne kicks back from the mat but Dar stomps him down.

Fans duel now as Dar drags Dunne up. Dunne X-Plexes Dar outta nowhere! Both men are down but fans fire up. Dunne stands first and aims at Dar. Dar stands but gets furious hands from all sides! They end up in a corner and Dunne backs off at 4 but with fury! Dunne goes back in to whip Dar but Dar again reverses. Dunne successfully gets up and over to then enziguri Dar down! He drags Dar up but Dar standing switches. Dar throws Dunne with a German Suplex but Dunne lands on his feet, to buzzsaw Dar! Dunne lifts Dar and hits a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO! Dar survives but both men are down. Fans chant for “British Wrestling!” as Dunne drags Dar over. Dunne climbs up but Dar intercepts him. Dunne goes after Dar’s ear and nose, but Dar sweeps the legs!

Dar puts pinkies out and double chops, headbutts and uppercuts Dunne quick. He runs in for a big EuroUpper and Dunne is rocked. Dar reels Dunne in for a Northern Lights, but normal covers, TWO! Dar argues with the ref but two is a two. Dunne rolls away but Dar follows. They’re on the apron as Dunne boots Dar. Dar hits back with forearms but Dunne SLAPS Dar. Dar hits back but Dunne goes after the fingers! He bends them as far as they can go, but Dar roundhouses Dunne. Dar gives Dunne a Fisherman Suplex on the apron!! Fans fire up as both men hit the floor. Dar and Dunne stir as the 10 count begins again. They crawl around the outside, and both get in at 9.5! The two glare at each other as they crawl. “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Dunne grabs the fingers but Dar hits back with forearms and kicks. Dunne still SNAPS the fingers!! But Dar uses his elbow! Dunne leaps to get the arm, for a triangle hold! But it’s a cover, TWO, Dar gets a half crab. Dunne rolls it back to a cross armbreaker! But Dar rolls through to an ankle lock! Dunne rolls to throw Dar off, they both collide with clotheslines. They don’t fall, Dunne gives a forearm but Dar gives a lariat. Dunne enziguris, runs, but into the rabbit clothesline! Fans are thunderous for this first ever NXT UK main event! Dunne and Dar stir as fans chant “UK! Woop Woop!” Dar gets to a corner and stands, to take aim at Dunne. But Dunne sees him coming, and catches him into a body scissor and floating hammerlock!

Dar powers through to a suplex! Dar gets up again, as does Dunne, and Dar sweeps the legs. But Dar keeps going with pinkies out, for a forearm from Dunne! Dunne gives Dar the pumphandle, but Dar reverses the Bitter End into a knee bar!! Dar has the knee and the ankle while Dunne is so far from the ropes! Dar kicks Dunne in the back but Dunne flails and reaches, for the ropebreak! Fans applaud Dunne’s toughness while Dar lets him go. Dar and Dunne are both down, exhausted from this action already. Fans duel again as Dar puts pinkies out. But Dunne grabs one, puts it on the mat, and STOMPS IT! Then hits Bitter End! Cover, Dunne wins!

Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion

The Bruiserweight retains his title once again! He denies Dar the best birthday gift possible, and adds to his already impressive legacy as WWE UK Champion. Who will be the next to step up and challenge Dunne’s reign? What will it take for someone to end that reign?

Dunne waits for Dar to stand, to offer him a handshake now. Dar considers it, but then both men give pinkies out. This is it’s own showing of respect between these two. When and where will Noam Dar be back for another shot at the title?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An excellent first episode for WWE’s long-awaited UK show. The opening package to recap everything WWE UK has done since the inaugural championship tournament was great, and of course reminds us Triple H is behind the scenes making sure this NXT is just as great as the American NXT. Then there was very little time wasted with things that aren’t matches. Andrews VS Joe Coffey was pretty good, and naturally Mark helps screw Andrews over. Flash Morgan Webster of course wants his own payback, so it’s a good move to team him and Andrews up against the Coffey Brothers. It also ties into Mustache Mountain daring the other UK talent to make teams so that there can be an NXT UK Tag Division. I’m already betting on Mustache Mountain VS Coffey Brothers for the titles.

Dave Mastiff gave us one of the most fun squash matches in a long time. He’s definitely going to be a big name in the NXT UK Division, and could even be a big name on the main roster one day. Then we already get a big tease for a major rival of at least Pete Dunne’s, as Eddie Dennis implies he knows some dark secrets that he could easily use against Dunne in a build to a title match. Toni Storm VS Nina Samuels was a great first women’s match, and we know from real time that Toni was inaugural women’s champion, but had to give it up because of injury[Highlight for spoilers] Then Dunne VS Dar, incredible main event! Dunne’s reign keeps going and outside of maybe Dennis or Mastiff, I can’t be sure who stops him.

My Score: 8.6/10


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Stardom Grand Champion Carnival 2018 Night Show Results & Review (9/30/2018)

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And we’re back as we continue the Stardom Grand Champion Carnival with the night show now.

The afternoon show was pretty successful with a great main event and a title change with the Artist of Stardom Championship. We got another stacked card once again to end the day and let’s see if they can go home strong.

Let’s find out and…dive right in.

 

Tag Team Match
Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Review: The majority of the show is tag matches and it looks like it has to do with getting their next tournament hyped up and I’ll get to it at the end of the coverage. Our opening bout is Starlight Kid and Hanan teaming up this time instead of fighting each other as they take on Kaori Yoneyama and Leo Onozaki. Which one of these teams will come out on top?

I really don’t know what happened at the beginning of the match and I’m actually afraid to ask myself, but what was up with Starlight’s selling once the bell rang? Like she got hit once and just sold a different part of her body and even had her own arm wrapped around the rope by herself like someone did it that wasn’t Kaori. Is John Cena secretly in Stardom as the invisible wrestler all along!? Luckily after that little episode, Starlight would wrestle normally like that little thing hasn’t happened which is a good thing since you wanna keep the match rolling. The match was short and very basic with the four of them doing stuff to showcase their stuff in, but nothing memorable at all except for maybe Leo and Kaori doing a Double Cutter (I’m onto you, Leo!) Starlight and Hanan would get Kaori out of the ring as Starlight hits the Fisherman Buster on Leo and would do a Moonsault off the second rope as she gets the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone

Leo’s Cutter Counter: 1 (You’re making me look bad now.)

 

Tag Team Match
Kelly Klein & Rachael Ellering vs. Shiki Shibusawa & Tam Nakano

Review: First we had Kelly and Rachel fighting each other on opposite teams and now they’re teaming up together this time and their opponents are STARS members, Shiki Shibusawa and one-third of the Artist of Stardom Champions, Tam Nakano. Will Kelly and Rachel get a victory or will STARS win?

I still don’t know how to feel about Rachael Ellering just yet since you’ll see her in different promotions where she’ll be good and over here, you see her doing the exact opposite of that and don’t like these mind games to decide how I feel about her. Kelly though did do pretty well in the team as she kept on showing how talented she is in the ring and how she works well with women of any size. As for the team of Tam and Shiki, I’m not sure if I can say it’s a great team but they’ll be teaming up for the Stardom tag tournament coming up and we might be able to see some progress with them as a tag team, hoping it goes well. The match though felt pretty underwhelming since it looks sloppy at some spots or just slow to make people lose interest in the match, which is a shame since most of them in the match are talented but it happens sadly. Shiki would hit Kelly with a Missile Dropkick from the top rope and then Tam kicks her in the gut for Shiki to roll her up and a two count. Rachael would get Tam out of the ring so it would be Kelly and Shiki alone as Kelly gives Shiki an Attitude Adjustment and pins her for the victory.

Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half

 

Queen’s Quest Flag & Mask Tag Team Match
Hazuki & Natsu Sumire vs. AZM & Konami

Review: Natsu Sumire has been quite an annoyance to AZM and Queen’s Quest lately ever since they had that match in September where they fought each other and Sumire won. Once she won, she would steal the Queen Quest Flag and she would later on also steal their mask. Now, AZM and Konami have a chance to get the mask and flag back from Oedo Tai as they take on Hazuki and Natsu Sumire. Will Queen’s Quest get their stuff back or will Oedo Tai win?

Queen’s Quest wasted no time attacking Oedo Tai as Hazuki is thrown to the outside as AZM and Konami beat down Sumire to while she was holding onto the flag to make Queen’s Quest not steal it back from her as AZM slaps her in the face to make her go down. This has low-key been a guilty pleasure for me when it comes to rivalries of this year between AZM and Natsu Sumire since these two together has just been entertaining for the most part with them being childish to one another with the name calling and stealing stuff. While AZM and Sumire do the entertaining aspect of the match, Konami and Hazuki would deliver the wrestling part of the match to give us a good balance.

Hazuki would hit a Codebreaker to Konami while landing on AZM for a Senton at the same time and she would lay them on top of each other to apply the Crossface to the both of them and that looks awesome to see, love Hazuki. We still have a solid match with a mix of wrestling, entertainment, and storytelling which all four of these women delivered their part to give us something fun. AZM looked like she was about to get the win with the European Clutch but Hazuki would break it up just in time before the referee called for a three-count. AZM went to the top rope, but Sumire would grab the Queen’s Quest flag and wrapped it around AZM to make her unable to see or move as she picked her up to hit the DDT and pins her for the victory, meaning Oedo Tai keeps the flag and mask.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter

 

Tag Team Match
Jamie Hayter & Kimber Lee vs. Momo Watanabe & Utami Hayashishita

Review: We got another tag match with Jamie Hayter given another chance to get revenge against Utami Hayashishita as she partners up with Kimber Lee to take on Utami and current Wonder of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe. As of right now, Utami still doesn’t have a faction to align herself with but maybe she could join Queen’s Quest if things go well here. Can Utami and Momo work well or will they fall short?

This match was another showcase for the Super Rookie since we all know what Momo Watanabe can do, we know about Kimber Lee, and Jamie Hayter does stuff, so this match was a good way for us to see more of Utami who will keep on progressing into the roster. Momo and Utami would do rather okay as a tag team here since it was mostly them doing stuff by themselves rather than working together in the match and that’s kinda what Kimber and Jamie do as well since it didn’t really feel like a tag team match, but it was still solid enough to get over. Utami had Kimber up for the Torture Rack and slams her down as Momo would quickly hit the Somato to get her down for a two count. Momo would hit another Somato and pick her up for the Package Driver and she would hit it and pin Kimber Lee for the victory.

After the match, Momo would grab the microphone and she would tell Utami that they worked well together and was wondering if she would like to team up with her for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag League which is coming up at their next show. Utami would accept her offer, but she lets her know that it doesn’t mean she’s apart of Queen’ Quest and just wants to win with her. If it goes well and they do win the whole thing, then there’s a good chance we might have Queen’s Quest as her first home.

Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half

 

World Of Stardom Title Match
Kagetsu (c) vs. Nicole Savoy

Review: Our first title match of the night as Kagetsu defends her title against SHIMMER Champion, Nicole Savoy. Both of them have defended their titles at the afternoon show as Nicole retained against Konami and Kagetsu had a No Contest against Momo Watanabe. Nicole would challenge Kagetsu after her title match and Kagetsu wanted to give the people what they want and defend her title twice in one day. Is Kagetsu able to retain her title or will Nicole take advantage of the beating she took earlier?

Much like Nicole’s last match that happened earlier on in the day, this one was just more technically sound and it worked to her favor since she would have the majority of the control in the match, despite Kagetsu getting some offense but not as technically superior to Nicole. I liked her match with Momo earlier on in the day better but this was still a very fun title defense and a great match for the style they did with this one to get people seemed interested in it. Kagetsu would make her little comeback in the match and hits a Suicide Dive to the outside. Kagetsu would get her back into the ring to hit a Springboard Dropkick and would start to work on her arms for a submission, but Nicole would turn it back around to out-wrestle her and even hits an Exploding Suplex. Nicole would apply the Rings of Saturn to try and make her tap but Kagetsu would fight out of it and Sunset Flips over her for a two count and Nicole would roll her back up as Kagetsu spits blue mist into her eyes to break the count. Kagetsu would slam her down and hits the Oedo Coaster to pin her down and retain the championship!

After the match, Kagetsu would grab the microphone to talk about Nicole and the match they just had had and soon as they were about to shake hands, Kagetsu would attack her and tell Nicole to get out of her ring. Now that she got that out of the way, she talked about her next prey and her next title defense due to Mayu Iwatani being busy with Momo Watanabe, meaning she’ll be defending her title against former Oedo Tai member, Hana Kimura. October 23rd is gonna be an amazing show.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

Goddesses Of Stardom Title Match
Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima (c) vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Review: During the afternoon show, Mayu, Saki, and Tam would defeat Kyona, Natsuko, and Kaori for the Artists of Stardom Championships. For the night show, Kyona and Natsuko have a chance to get revenge as they take on Mayu and Saki for the Goddesses of Stardom Championship. Mayu right now has two belts with two more title matches coming soon, so she could be planning to go for any belt she can to be a multi-crown champion. Can Mayu pull that off with her and Saki or will JAN get revenge?

If we wanna go by out these units did as a whole during the year so far, I would actually have to put JAN up there for being pretty successful and I’m saying this because this team is normally seen as the butt of the group of units and not meant to be taken seriously over the years or even an official stable, but they really did turn themselves around after parting away from STARS during the draft. Kyona and Natsuko are the bread and butter of the group and took the negative into a positive with themselves and Kaori to recruit some of the newer wrestlers and they even won the Artists of Stardom titles together before losing it at the afternoon show and it’s still progressed to show they could keep getting better if they stick to what it is they’re doing.

I thought the match was very well done with both of these teams playing their strengths and acting like an actual tag team in these matches to show why they’re that good as partners. Natsuko is someone who really stepped up her game in this match and while still not great, she can show some potential to have better matches like these and right now has to keep working with that. Mayu and Saki also showed why they were the Goddesses of Stardom Champions for as long as they were with them playing with each other’s chemistry to make themselves show better as individuals and as a team. Jungle and Natsuko would go to the top rope to both hit a Splash onto their opponents as Saki kicked out of it while Natsuko would have Mayu outside of the ring, leaving Kyona and Saki in the ring so they could finish off this match. Kyona picked Saki up to go for the Jungle Bomb but Saki would reverse it into a Crucifix to get the pinfall on her but kicked out as well. Kyona would then grab Saki from behind to spin her around before dropping her and she falls on her for a Splash for the cover, and JAN wins the titles!

You can just see the tears and emotions from both Kyona and Natsuko when they hugged each other after winning the match. After the match, Kyona talked about how they lost the Artist titles earlier in the day and were able to win the Goddesses tonight as she thanked the fans for their support. Natsuko would talk about how the 5 Star Grand Prix was over and it was now time for the Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team League next as the winner will get a title shot against our new champions. Congrats to the both of you, hope you both have a good reign. It was time for Mayu to drop the belts anyway since she needs to get back into singles gold and I have no doubt Saki will have a new partner.

Rating: Bruce Prichard

 

 

 

Overall: I thought the afternoon show was slightly better, but this one was still solid enough to get by with our last two matches being the better part of the show. As you’re aware, Stardom is doing their Goddesses of Stardom Tag Team league coming up now actually and I decided that I will not be taking part of that one and give Stardom a little break except for the big titles matches like the October 23rd show and focus on AJPW for a little bit along with different shows until the tournament is over.

Favorite Match: Mayu Iwatani & Saki Kashima vs. Jungle Kyona & Natsuko Tora

Least Favorite Match: Hanan & Starlight Kid vs. Kaori Yoneyama & Leo Onozaki

Score: 7/10


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