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Mitchell’s Ring of Honor Report! (8/4/18)

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ROH WRESTLING TELEVISION, Episode 359

It’s a historic night as The Villain takes on The Hurricane, Shane Helms, as the superhero wrestler makes his ROH in-ring debut! Plus, a NINE MAN TAG MATCH!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • ROH World Television Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Silas Young VS Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley; Sabin wins and will challenge Punishment Martinez for the title.
  • Shane “The Hurricane” Helms VS Marty Scurll; Scurll wins.
  • Triple Threat Trios Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Hung Bucks; LIJ wins.

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ROH World Television Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Silas Young VS Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley!

The Last Real Man is the former World TV Champion while one half of the Motor City Machine Guns has never held that title before. Who will prove they’re the better man tonight to then challenge the monster, Punishment Martinez?

Alex Shelley joins commentary and explains all his different injuries is what’s keeping him from competing, but not from talking. He’s therefore here to support his tag team partner in this singles endeavor.

Silas declines the Code of Honor handshake and the bell rings. He and Sabin circle, but Silas talks trash. Silas wants to see a test of strength and Sabin gives it a go. Silas wrenches the arm but Sabin rolls and spins to reverse it. Sabin makes it a headlock, Silas goes to reverse but Sabin arm-drags Silas down. Fans applaud while Silas backs off to a corner. Sabin and Silas circle again while fans duel. Sabin gets a wristlock to hammerlock then spins Silas around and around and around for more. He snapmares Silas down then crucifix cover, TWO. Silas rolls out but fans applaud. Silas keeps his cool, then comes back into the ring. He mockingly applauds but Sabin still takes a bow.

Silas knees Sabin low, then puts on a headlock of his own. Sabin powers out to reel Silas into a headlock. Silas powers out now, they collide with shoulders but neither falls down, and they both flex, brother. Silas dares Sabin to try this again, and Sabin runs, but Silas runs sideways. They cross, but then Sabin drops down and throws Silas out. Sabin takes aim and slingshots. Silas runs but Sabin lands on the apron to then cannonball off! Shelley likes what he sees from his friend while we go to break.

ROH returns as Silas grinds Sabin down with a cravat. Sabin feeds off the fan rally and fights out, but Silas comes back with a forearm. Sabin gives another, but Silas does, too. They go back and forth, then speed up until Silas knees low. Silas runs, but Sabin gives a knee back. Sabin runs, but into the fireman’s carry. He escapes to lift Silas in the fireman’s carry, but Silas escapes. Silas lifts, but Sabin escapes. Sabin tries again but Silas escapes to a sunset flip, only to get a Penalty Kick! Silas rolls all the way out of the ring, but Sabin takes aim from the apron. He gives Silas another Penalty Kick! Sabin fires up with the fans, then fetches Silas.

They go in the ring, and Sabin climbs up top. Sabin aims, and hits the missile dropkick! He drags Silas back up, fireamn’s carry but Silas escapes. Sabin standing switches but Silas elbows out. Silas runs but Sabin follows, for a springboard tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Sabin catches his breath while Silas slowly stirs. Fans build to a rally as Sabin stalks Silas. He brings Silas up but Silas grabs ropes. Silas escapes to a corner, then boots Sabin away. Silas full nelson but Sabin slips down and out to victory roll. TWO, and Silas catches Sabin for the backbreaker to lariat! Silas adds a knee to Sabin’s head, then the draping, swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!

Silas grows frustrated by Sabin’s toughness. He keeps on Sabin with the full nelson. Sabin breaks free again, then elbows Silas away. Sabin runs into a fireman’s carry. Silas hits the rolling senton and headstand, to the Plunge rebound moonsault. Sabin evades, but then runs into the full nelson knee strike. Fireman’s carry but Sabin slips out again to a backslide, TWO! Mahistrol, TWO! Silas boots Sabin, then full nelsons. Sabin anticipates the knee and school boys. They stand up and collide again. They keep going, Sabin ducks to enziguri and mule kick! Sabin fireman’s carry, and he crosses the legs for Cradle Shock! Cover, Sabin wins!

Winner: Chris Sabin, by pinfall; will challenge Punishment Martinez for the ROH WTV Championship

Success! Shelley is so proud of his best friend for earning this new chance at a singles title. However, the current champion appears! Punishment Martinez stares Sabin down from the stage. Sabin sees him and signals he’s ready for Martinez anywhere, anytime. When and where will this newest David VS Goliath battle be held? Can Sabin manage a minor miracle against the monster? Or will he be lucky to even survive the Purple Mist?

 

Shane “The Hurricane” Helms VS Marty Scurll!

This match of wrestling superhero and the one true Villain of ROH stems from the “ace reporter” simply wanting Scurll’s opinion on Dalton Castle retaining at Best in the World against Bullet Club’s Allied Powers, aka Scurll and Cody. Scurll was in no mood, and lashed out at Helms over his Penguin Cobblepot joke. Now there’s a Hurricane coming through ROH, will Scurll’s umbrella be enough to shield him from it?

Hero and Villain stand face to face in the middle of the ring, and fans cheer and applaud as the two take their time to put aside their cape and coat. Fans build to a rally as the Code of Honor is skipped in favor of Scurll throwing his bandana at Hurricane’s face. Hurricane picks it up to throw it back. Scurll throws the bandana to the crowd and ties up with Hurricane. Hurricane wrenches and arm-drags, then stares Scurll down. They tie up again and Scurll gets the headlock. Hurricane powers out and both men collide shoulder to shoulder. Neither man falls, so they speed up. Hurricane fireman’s carry throws Scurll then runs him over with a shoulder. He gets Scurll in a chicken wing cradle cover, TWO, to the armbar! Scurll gets a ropebreak and fans applaud as Hurricane lets the Villain go for now.

Both men stand and tie up again. Scurll wrenches the arm to a shoulder breaker, then wrenches the wrist. Hurricane rolls to reverse but so does Scurll. Scurll uses his heels to break the hold and reverse it onto Hurricane. He gets a headlock takedown but Hurricane gets the headscissor. Scurll headstands and flaps his legs before popping out to flap his wings. Scurll even mocks the Hurricane pose! Hurricane arm-drags Scurll, then things speed up, until Hurricane hits the true Hurricane Pose! Fans are loving it, but Scurll pie-faces Hurricane. And spits on him! A brawl ignites! They go back and forth, but Hurricane whips. Scurll reverses but Hurricane kicks him. Hurricane runs but into an uppercut!

Hurricane ends up outside, and Scurll runs to the apron. SUPERKICK for the superhero! Scurll then aims and stomps the same hand that he broke the fingers on in their previous encounter. Hurricane clutches his damaged digits while we go to break.

ROH returns and Hurricane walks over to Scurll on the outside. Scurll’s mule kick misses, but Hurricane connects with his haymakers. They both go into the ring, but Scurlls is on that bad hand with a hammerlock stomp! Fans fire up with Scurll, and he drives a fist into Hurricane’s forehead. Scurll whips Hurricane corner to corner for a big back elbow and enziguri. He keeps going, dragging Hurricane out and around for a snapmare. Scurll runs for the shotgun basement dropkick. Cover, TWO, and Scurll grows annoyed. Scurll has the fans rallying, though, as he drags Hurricane up. He wants that bad hand, and uses both arms for the straitjacket stretch. Hurricane endures it, and fans rally up for Hurricane now.

Hurricane stands up, powers his way out, and puts the straitjacket on Scurll, only for Scurll to turn right back around for a backstabber! Cover, TWO, and now Scurll is really frustrated. Scurll brings Hurricane up to give a big forearm, but Hurricane gives it back. They trade more forearms, then Scurll shoves Hurricane. Hurricane runs in, but into a back elbow. Scurll climbs up and grabs that bad arm, to wrench and torture those fingers. Hurricane hits back with haymakers, then runs in again. Scurll jump over but turns around into lariats. Hurricane whips Scurll but Scurll reverses. Scurll runs into a back elbow, then Hurricane hooks Scurll’s arms and turns him around for the Underdog driver! Scurll staggers up but into a hammerlock and complete shot, aka the Mortifier! Cover, TWO!

Hurricane feels the power in his hand, and the fans anticipate it. He stalks Scurll as he slowly stands. Scurll staggers over but blocks the hand! Hurricane pushes forward, but Scurll pokes his eyes! Scurll reels Hurricane in, but ends up in the Eye of the Hurricane! Cover, TWO!! Hurricane didn’t cover Scurll enough, but he still has more to give. He shouts “Shining Wizard!” but Scurll avoids it. Scurll tricks Hurricane with the 52 Fake-out. Scurll adds a stomp to the fingers, then a knee strike! Cover, and Scurll holds the ropes, but TWO! Hurricane still gets out, so Scurll calls for his best hold. The fans fire up, Scurll does his spin around, “CHICKEN WING!”

But Hurricane grabs Scurll first! Scurll breaks free while grabbing those fingers, and the fans know to “Shhh…!” SNAP! Hurricane goes to a corner while Scurll fires up. Scurll runs but hits post and then floor. Hurricane takes time to recover before climbing up top. Scurll hurries up to join him, but Scurll gets caught into the SUPER swinging neckbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Somehow Scurll survives, and the Hero is unsure what to do. He calls for “VERTABREAKER!” It’s been years since we’ve seen him do it, but Scurll doesn’t let him try! Scurll goes for the Chicken Wing, but Hurricane spins around with him. Scurll shoves Hurricane into the ref, and gives Hurricane a low blow kick! Small package, Scurll wins!

Winner: Marty Scurll, by pinfall

How else would a Villain win against a Superhero? But is this only the beginning of comic books come to life in ROH?

 

Jay Lethal is once again The Face of the Franchise!

After winning against the few men who defeated him, the former ROH World Heavyweight Champion became the new ROH World Heavyweight Champion in a Fatal 4 Way with Cody, Matt Taven and Dalton Castle. But winning back that belt doesn’t mean he’s the greatest, that belt is the prize for being the greatest! Lethal is at the top of his game, as well as on top of the wrestling world. There will be a line of men around the world wanting just one chance at the title. Lethal welcomes it all, “come and get it, boys!” Who will be the first man in line to come for the title?

 

Triple Threat Trios Tag: SoCal Uncensored VS Los Ingobernables de Japon VS The Hung Bucks!

While The Addiction is determined to get those ROH World Tag Team Championships off #DemBoyz, Jay & Mark Briscoe, that doesn’t mean they and Scorpio Sky aren’t up for proving they’re the best 3-man team in the company. They participate in this insane crossover tag match as NJPW’s Evil, Sanada & Bushi try their hand in ROH’s Six Man Tag Division and the former World Six Man Tag Champions try to climb back up. Will any of these teams win to eventually challenge The Kingdom for those titles?

ROH takes a break and comes back once the three teams have sorted out. Per ROH rules, only two men start this type of triple threat, so the Hung Bucks hang back while Christopher Daniels starts against Sanada. The bell rings, and the Cold Skull circles with the Fallen Angel. But archenemies Hangman Page and Frankie Kazarian can’t help but jump in to brawl! Fans love the fast and furious fists, and both Sanada and Daniels give them room.

Hangman runs, but the Heavy Metal Rebel rocks him with a forearm. Kaz runs, but into Hangman’s forearm. Hangman runs but they both collide with clotheslines. Neither falls, so they collide again. They still stay up, but Daniels and Sanada finally step in. Daniels throws Hangman out one side while Sanada throws Kaz out the other. Sanada and Daniels circle again, but Kaz and Hangman keep going, and take each other out with double clotheslines!

Fans love this already, but Daniels is worried about his friend. Sanada doesn’t care, and he rolls Daniels up. TWO, but Sanada keeps on Daniels with a headlock. Daniels powers out and things speed up. Sanada rolls, then leaps over Daniels. Daniels waistlocks but Sanada bucks him off. Sanada runs into an arm-drag, but then gives one back. Daniels arm-drags, Sanada arm-drags. They both try an arm-drag at the same time, and it results in them both falling. They quickly stand up, but per the triple threat tag rules, Nick Jackson tags in via Sanada. Sanada has no choice but to let one of the Young Bucks in. Nick and Daniels tie up and Daniels gets a headlock. Scorpio tags in as Nick powers out. Daniels slides and Scorpio slingshots in. He and Nick speed up but Nick runs him over.

Scorpio kips up and headscissors Nick, but Nick handsprings to his feet. Nick ducks a kick but so does Scorpio. They both show punch but stop short. Fans love it as they back off. Nick rushes in for a superkick but Scorpio blocks. Scorpio brings Nick up but Nick slips out of the scoop to give the scoop slam. Nick drops an elbow but misses. Scorpio drops an elbow but misses. Matt comes in for an elbow drop but misses. Daniels comes in for an elbow drop but misses. Hangman wants an elbow drop, but misses. Kaz wants a back senton, but misses. All six men go for dropkicks but they cancel out! The Hung Bucks and SCU trash talk and stare down while fans applaud. But LIJ comes in and jumps them all!

Evil clears out Matt and Hangman while Bushi & Sanada clear out SCU. LIJ focuses on Nick with a double whip, back elbow and back senton. Hangman returns but Sanada feeds him to Evil, for a gordbuster onto Nick. Then Evil hits a back senton onto both of them! Fans fire up for LIJ while Sanada stays on Nick. He hoists Nick up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him. Daniels comes in, pulls Sanada all the way out, and lets Kaz take Nick. Bushi stops Kaz while Daniels sends Sanada into barriers. Bushi climbs up but Kaz leaps for a twisting powerbomb! Scorpio leaps up to the top rope to SUPER STEINER Nick down! Then Scorpio FLIES onto Bushi & Evil! Kaz slingshot huricanranas Sanada. Scorpio & Kaz group LIJ together while Daniels prepares on the apron. Arabian Press Moonsault wipes them all out!

The SCU regroups and has the fans fired up. But then the Hung Bucks TRIPLE SUPERKICK them all! Then, TRIPLE Slingshots for LIJ! Fans chant “Hung Bucks! Woop Woop! Hung Bucks! Woop Woop!” Hangman & Nick grab Scorpio and double whip, to double elbow. They feed him to Matt in wheelbarrow position, and Matt holds Scorpio up for Hangman’s roaring elbow, then combines with Nick for the stun gun wheelbarrow cutter. Kaz runs in, but into double hip tosses. The Bucks back flip, and with Hangman, they give Kaz a triple basement dropkick sandwich! Daniels returns, but gets the headscissors dropkick! The Bullet Club is in control while we take one last break.

ROH returns once more, and it’s Sanada in control of Daniels. Sanada suplexes Daniels but Daniels slips out. Daniels gets the waistlock but Sanada the standing switch. Sanada shoves but Daniels comes back with a kick and STO! Fans rally up, as do the three teams. Daniels can’t get to his corner, so he goes to the Hung Bucks. Hot tag to Hangman! Hangman rallies on Sanada, and clotheslines him out of the ring. Evil returns but gets a forearm. Bushi flies in but gets a boot! Sanada returns but ends up in the fireman’s carry. Hangman dumps him as he kicks Evil, then Dropsaults onto Sanada using Evil! Fans fire up with The Problem Solver as he runs corner to corner.

Sanada boots Hangman away, but Hangman comes back to tilt-o-whirl into a powerbomb. The Bucks return, “He’s dead”, buckle bomb and boots! Nick climbs up while Matt brings Sanada around. Fans fire up, and the Bucks hit the frog splash and standing moonsault combo, then move for Hangman to hit his running Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! The Hung Bucks are a bit surprised, but they keep going. They put Sanada in a corner, but Sanada puts Nick on an apron. Nick hits Bushi with an apron kick while Sanada puts Hangman on an apron. Hangman hits Evil with the Shooting Star Shoulder while Sanada back elbows Matt.

Sanada hops up, quebrada into dragon sleeper! Matt snapmares out, SUPERKICK! Scorpio Sky returns and shoulders in before hitting a slingshot cutter. Evil returns to mule kick Scorpio, then fireman’s carry for Darkness Falls! Nick returns to shoulder in and slingshot for the “Suck It!” X-Factor! Nick cartwheels and asai moonsaults onto Scorpio! He keeps giong, but ends up in the cutter from Kaz! Hangman hits Buck Shot! Daniels gives Hangman the Death Valley Driver, but Bushi comes in. Daniels blocks Bushi’s first kick and ducks the enziguri, only to get the heel kick on the return. Bushi has fans fired up, but Daniels ducks in time, the Green Mist goes into the referee’s eyes! The Addiction hit Celebrity Rehab! Kaz helps the ref count, TWO!?

Bushi kicks out, but Kaz could’ve just made the referee count three anyway! Even Kaz can’t believe he didn’t finish this off, but it’s too late now. The Bucks return, and double SUPERKICK them out. Hangman SUPERKICKS Scorpio, the Bucks SUPERKICK Bushi & Evil, and then Sanada rushes in. Sanada ducks the kicks to then tumble to the apron. Sanada springboards, but into TRIPLE SUPERKICKS! The Hung Bucks feed Sanada to Hangman, for the inverted package driver! Cover, and a replacement ref rushes in. TWO!? If only the first ref was still okay to count… Even so, the fans declare “This is Awesome!” The Hung Bucks coordinate as Hangman rolls to bring Sanada up in Rite of Passage position. Nick and Matt take opposite corners, count it down, for a FIVE STAR Rite of Passage! Cover, but everyone else rushes in to break it!

SCU and LIJ scrap with the Hung Bucks. In the chaos, Bushi tags in, and he goes after Daniels. There’s a brawl on the outside between LIJ and SCU, but Matt helps Nick to acrobatically DIVE onto everyone! Then Matt gets his turn as he builds speed, but he runs into Bushi. Bushi hits the Bushi Destroyer, then DIVES onto Daniels! Hangman climbs up and fans anticipate it, but so does Kaz. Kaz rushes over and stops Hangman, then climbs up to join him. Six of the other seven men gather together, but Hangman resists, to then SUPERPLEX Kaz onto them! The referee checks on everyone, but this match still continues.

Bushi whips Daniels but Daniels reverses. Daniels runs into a boot, Bushi jumps but Daniels duck sunder. Bushi runs into a Blue Thunder Bomb! Daniels calls for his finish. He brings Bushi up for the double underhook, but as Bushi resists, here come The Briscoes! Jay & Mark won’t let SCU gain momentum. Mark distracts while Jay SMACKS Daniels with a chair! Bushi doesn’t mind the assist, he climbs up and flies in, for the MX code breaker! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Bushi pinning

The Briscoes’ war of Sandy Fork VS Everybody knows no boundaries, and they cost the SCU a pivotal victory. Will Daniels & Kaz be able to get payback on Jay & Mark? Or will their time in ROH run out before then? And as for the winners, will LIJ soon challenge the First, Last and Only ROH World Six Man Tag Champions in the near future?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A pretty great episode of ROH, and with pretty much only matches for the content. Silas VS Sabin was great, and I’m really glad for Sabin that he again gets a chance at a singles title. The last time he had one was Impact Wrestling’s X Division Championship in late 2013, so becoming ROH World Television Champion against the giant Punishment Martinez would be amazing. Hurricane VS Scurll was great, Helms can still go but it works that Scurll wins this one. They can have a great rivalry, and it should end with Hurricane putting his self-created Superhero/Career Legacy Championship on the line. That of course would mean Hurricane wins and retains, but heroes should always win in the end anyway.

That 9 Man Tag, which ROH chose to inaccurately name a “Triple Threat Six Man Tag”, was amazing. I love that Kaz and Hangman cannot stop from fighting each other, and of course The Bucks know how to thrill fans with all their spots. It was a good move for The Briscoes to cost the SCU after the SCU turned and went after them first. I thought the Hung Bucks were going to benefit from the interference, but I suppose the Bullet Club doesn’t need to be back in the World Six Man title picture. And while I doubt a NJPW trio would win ROH titles, but that could totally work in the Kingdom’s conspiracy angle, with Taven shouting that ROH had to go to a team not in ROH to take the belts off them.

My Score: 8.3/10


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Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (10/17/18)

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205 Live = Cruiserweight Division

The Cruiserweight Division is burning up in your love~ (your love~) as Mike & Maria Kanellis now join 205 Live! Or rather, now that they’re here, 205 LOVE!!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher; Tozawa wins, by disqualification.
  • Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush; Nese wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Drake Maverick speaks on the changing landscape of 205 Live.

For starters, Super Show-Down saw a NEW Cruiserweight Champion be crowned in Melbourne’s own Buddy Murphy. Then new additions Mike & Maria Kanellis appear to shock Lince Dorado. And of course, former Cruiserweight Champion Cedric Alexander loses to Tony Nese in his first match since Super Show-Down. Nese has his biggest win and Alexander continues to lose, which leads to tonight’s massive main event! It will be a Fatal Five Way of Nese, Alexander, TJP, Gran Metalik and Lio Rush! All five men want to take major steps towards the title, and all have the resume to earn a shot.

Alexander wants to prove he can bounce back from this pair of defeats while Nese wants to prove he didn’t just get lucky. The FilAm Flash wants to return to the title after being the inaugural New Era Cruiserweight Champion, and truly establish himself as the “Cruiser-Great.” The King of the Ropes and the Lucha House Party have been red hot, but Gran Metalik also wants revenge on TJP for what he did to Kalisto and Lince Dorado. As for the Man of the Hour, he’s still undefeated in his short time on 205 Live, and can establish himself as the future of the Division. Who will win to prove themselves worthy of challenging the reign of the Juggernaut champion?

 

Akira Tozawa VS Drew Gulak w/ Jack Gallagher!

The Stamina Monster got his revenge on THE Brian Kendrick, but the only thing that came from it was Kendrick being kicked out of the Ungentle Men’s Club. Tozawa did continue to defeat Gallagher, but can he finish the clean sweep against the Philly Fury? Or will Gulak’s campaign for a #Better205Live put a stop to Tozawa’s revenge?

The bell rings and fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa already. Gulak shouts “No Chanting! Shut it down!” But Tozawa encourages the “AH!” mostly to annoy Gulak. They tie up and Gulak gets a headlock. He brings Tozawa to the mat, but Tozawa gets back up. Fans rally but Gulak gets Tozawa down in a headlock. Cover, ONE, but Gulak is back on Tozawa with a chinlock. Tozawa stands up but Gulak knees low. Gulak suplexes but Tozawa slips out to a waistlock. Gulak elbows out but runs into a huricanrana! Tozawa whips but Gulak reverses into another headlock. Tozawa powers out but Gulak sunset flips, only for Tozawa to roll through and Penalty Kick. He adds the shouting back senton then covers, ONE! Gulak is gasping for air but Tozawa has energy to spare. The “AH! AH!” starts up again and Tozawa stomps to the beat.

Tozawa brings Gulak up but Gulak throws body shots. Tozawa chops back, then chops again. He fakes the job, to hit the jab! Gulak is rocked and even Tozawa’s hand is hurting. Gulak shoves Tozawa but things speed up, Tozawa tilt-o-whirls into an Octopus Stretch! But Gulak powers out, only to get more body shots. Tozawa runs but into a backbreaker! Gulak lifts Tozawa for a Fall Away Slam, then covers, TWO! Gulak drags Tozawa aruond and hooks the legs. He wants the surfboard, but grabs the shoulders first to get a chinlock. Gulak even fish hooks the nose! He lets up at 4 while DC duels. Gulak brings Tozawa up and whips, but Tozawa holds ropes. Gulak clubs Tozawa down then covers, TWO! He drags Tozawa back up, and powerbomb lifts into the Gory Special!

Gulak bends Tozawa’s arms back, then bends his neck back. Tozawa manages to work his way up and out to then throw hands. Gulak swings but misses, and runs into a boot. Tozawa goes up, sunset flips but Gulak rolls through for a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO! Gulak grits his teeth as he grabs Tozawa in another chinlock. He grinds Tozawa down but fans rally up. Gulak is biting Tozawa’s ear! Tozawa endures as the “AH! AH!” starts up again. Tozawa gets up and fights back. He gets free but Gulak knees low. Gulak runs but into the kick. He ducks one kick but Tozawa slides under. Gulak blocks one kick, then another, but Tozawa ducks to hit the spinning roundhouse!

Tozawa hurries up and to a corner while Gulak is down. Tozawa climbs as fans “AH! AH!” Missile dropkick hits! And then a shining wizard! Gulak ends up outside and Gallagher comes over. Tozawa builds speed, and DIVES on them both! Gulak and Gallagher both go down and Tozawa fires back up. Tozawa moves Gallagher aside to put Gulak back in. Gulak’s in a drop zone and Tozawa climbs up again. Tozawa aims, but Gallagher trips him up!

Winner: Akira Tozawa, by disqualification

The win-loss record will show Tozawa gets the sweep, but this doesn’t feel like a win. Especially after Gallagher goes after him more! Fans boo and jeer as Gallagher grimaces and takes off his jacket. Gallagher even rolls up his sleeves before sitting Tozawa up for more fists. Gulak adds stomps, but wait, it’s KENDRICK to the rescue!? Kendrick throws Gulak out, hits Gallagher, then hits Gulak again. He throws forearms on his former friend in Gallagher, and puts on the Captain’s Hook! Gulak drags Gallagher to safety, but they’ll both have Kendrick gunning for them now. Will Kendrick become a strange ally to the Stamina Monster in this fight?

 

Drake Maverick meets with Buddy Murphy and Tony Nese.

As 205 Live GM, Maverick congratulates the new Cruiserweight Champion on his win. Murphy thanks Maverick for that, but also points out he’d have been champion six months ago if not for that “stupid weigh-in.” But that’s the past. The Body Guys are looking forward to a new 205 Live built around them: the champ, and “the only other guy on the 205 Live roster to pin Cedric Alexander this year.” That entire locker room will find out that “everything runs through us.” Murphy & Nese look to flex some pull along with their muscles, but will the Premier Athlete really have it so easy against four of the best in the Cruiserweight Division?

 

Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.

“Attacking Lince Dorado last week, it was nothing personal. Just business.” But Mike’s been waiting a long time for an opportunity in the WWE, so when one presented itself, they capitalized on it. This is part of a much bigger plan, which ends in the Cruiserweight Championship coming to the Power Couple. However, the Golden Lynx looks for payback next week, will the power of love protect Mike from a Golden Rewind?

 

Hideo Itami speaks.

He says first in Japanese, then in English, that Mustafa Ali should’ve just walked away and shown some respect. But now in Falls Count Anywhere, Itami vows to end Ali’s career. Itami smiles and laughs, because he’s looking forward to it.

Mustafa Ali responds.

“Hideo and I, we’ve been on this road for far too long. It’s time to take a new road.” The Beacon of Light says on this road, things go down differently. This road has no twists or turns, just a straight line for a collision course. This road has no place to run or hide, because wherever Itami goes, Ali goes. There’s no respect on this road, only redemption. Where Itami goes down, Ali stands tall. “See you down the road.” Will the Heart of 205 Live still have life in it after a rematch with the Innovator of the GTS? Or will it be a dead end for them both?

 

Fatal 5 Way: Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese VS TJP VS Gran Metalik VS Lio Rush!

The Age of Alexander wants to rebuild his legacy, but the Premier Athlete wants to pave his own over it. The FilAm Flash wants to humiliate the lucha libre tradition, but the King of the Ropes won’t stand for it. As for the Man of the Hour, he simply came to collect! Who will succeed in their mission and take a step towards the top of the Cruiserweight Division?

Current Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy, watches from backstage, wanting to see the moment someone wins this match. The bell rings and DC cheers its own 23 Year old Piece of Gold. The five circle and TJP rushes Metalik while Lio gets out of the way. TJP drags Metalik out of the ring, wanting to focus on their lucha libre grudge. He bumps Metalik off barriers, while Nese and Alexander brawl in the ring. Nese backs Alexander down but Alexander chops him back. Alexander clotheslines Nese out and Lio comes back in. Lio talks trash with Alexander, but Alexander catches that kick. Alexander flips Lio but Lio lands on his feet. Things speed up as Lio keeps changing directions on a dime. Lio slides but Alexander catches him. Alexander yanks Lio back up but Lio arm-drags.

Things speed up again and Alexander handsprings back to headscissor, but Lio lands on his feet again! Lio says “it’s not happening”. Alexander rushes Lio but Lio ducks. Lio whips but Alexander reverses, only for Lio to springboard and headscissor Alexander again. Lio does a dance and knows Alexander knows what that means. Alexander rushes Lio and the chase is on. They pass around the corner and Nese clobbers Alexander! Metalik and Lio are in the ring, and the luchador dares Lio do come at him. Metalik swing kicks Lio away, then springboards for a crossbody! He keeps moving and handsprings but Lio avoids it. Lio runs but Metalik dodges, tilt-o-whirl gutbuster! Metalik keeps moving, runs the ropes, and hits the missile dropkick! He drags Lio to a cover but Nese throws Metalik out hard.

Nese has Lio but Lio fires off forearms. Lio whips but Nese stops himself. Nese elbows Lio then leaps but Lio gets clear. Nese goes Matrix to then mule kick, knee lift and roundhouse, but Lio dodges to mule kick and enziguri back! Lio stands tall while Nese rolls out, and DC cheers their own. Murphy seems moderately impressed as Lio dropkicks Alexander back out. Lio joins everyone on the outside and drags Metalik in. Metalik crawls but Lio dares him to stand up. But TJP grabs Lio in a modified abdominal stretch. Metalik swings on TJP but ends up in another abdominal stretch. TJP has mirrored stretches, and goes after Metalik’s mask!

Nese comes in and rolls TJP up, but TJP resists. Lio runs in, but into a German Suplex! Nese bridges to have both TJP and Lio in simultaneous pins! Metalik breaks both covers just in time! Nese kicks Metalik back, then throws TJP into a post. TJP tumbles out while Nese runs Metalik over with an elbow. Nese rocks Alexander to keep him out of the ring, and now the Premier Athlete flexes. Fans boo and jeer but Nese stomps Metalik and Lio. Nese wrenches Metalik’s neck while putting his weight on him. Fans rally up for the others, and Metalik fights back. Nese back suplexes Metalik down, covers, TWO!

Nese goes back to the neck wrench, but lets go to intercept and throw out Alexander. Alexander hasn’t gotten much of anything, and Nese goes back to Metalik for more neck wrench. Metalik fights but Nese drops a leg. Nese soaks in the heat, then drags Metalik up and over. He puts Metalik in the Tree of Woe to then stomp a mudhole into him. Nese brings back Full Contact Cardio! Fans boo more but Nese simply counts out that 8-pack. But Alexander rolls him up! TWO, and Nese runs Alexander over again! Cover, TWO! Nese drags Metalik up, but Metalik fights back. Nese knees then whips Metalik, but Metalik stops himself to SUPERKICK Nese back!

Metalik jumps up and quebradas, but Nese catches it and makes it a cover. ONE, and Nese fireman’s carry. Metalik fights out and suplexes, for a brain buster! Cover, but Alexander breaks it just in time. Alexander goes after Metalik but is powered to a corner, for a LOUD chop! Metalik runs in but into a boot. Alexander springboards for the clothesline! Fans fire up with the former champ as he runs at Nese. Alexander rallies with lariats and a big uppercut. Alexander whips but Nese reverses, only for Alexander to dropkick the legs out. He hurries to the apron, but Alexander has to jump over TJP’s swipes at his legs. Alexander boots TJP then kicks Nese, to then hit the springboard complete shot! Cover, but Lio breaks it!

DC cheers Lio he stomps Alexander. TJP comes in and fireman’s carry, but Lio slips out to put TJP in a corner for a forearm smash. Lio hoists TJP up top then climbs up. They brawl up top, and TJP dumps Lio all the way down. Metalik swing kicks TJP, then brings him back up. TJP resists the superplex, but Alexander adds on. They both want to suplex TJP, but in comes Nese. Nese throws Alexander down then electric chairs Metalik. TJP works with Nese, but Metalik victory rolls to avoid the crossbody! TJP gets Alexander but Alexander rolls through! Cover on Nese, TWO! Lio climbs, Alexander hits a Michinoku Driver on TJP, cover, TWO! Final Hour frog splash on Alexander! Cover, but Nese and Metalik both break it! All five men are down but DC fires up. DC chants for “205! 205!” as the five men stir.

DC goes back to cheering for Lio while Metalik and Nese brawl. Metalik chops Nese but Nese mule kicks Metalik. Nese runs but Metalik dodges, handspring arm-drag and dropkick! TJP is up to rolling sobat Metalik! Lio is up to mule kick and heel kick TJP! Nese is up but Lio bobs ‘n’ weaves to fire back. Lio swings but Nese shoves to rock him with that left! Nese turns around, Alexander blows past to handspring and Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! All five men are down again, but fans rally up. Alexander grits his teeth as he glares at Nese. Nese crawls to the apron but Alexander is on him. SUPERKICK from Metalik, but Alexander swing kicks him down. Alexander builds speed to FLY onto Metalik! He gets Metalik back in, but TJP rocks Alexander to cover Metalik! TWO, but TJP is after that mask again!

Metalik kicks TJP away, but TJP clubs him back down. TJP whips but Metalik DIVES onto Alexander! TJP hits the triangle wrekcing dropkick, but then Lio handspring kicks TJP! Nese rolls Lio, TWO, to a deadlift bomb to the OUTSIDE! Lio, TJP, Metalik and Alexander are all down, and Nese has his pick. Nese drags Lio up and in, covers, but Alexander drags him off it. Nese shoves Alexander away but Metalik is on Nese. Metalik chops Nese in the corner, thenw hips him corner to corner. Nese reverses but runs into a SUPERKICK! Sling-dog! Metalik climbs up but TJP shoves him right off. TJP has Nese in the kneebar! Nese endures, but is so close. Alexander stomps TJP, only to get put in the kneebar!

Metalik stomps TJP and then whips TJP. TJP holds ropes and puts Metalik on the apron. TJP runs, but Metalik springboards to let TJP go under AND Asai at the same time! All five men are down once again, but Nese and Lio stand. Nese runs into a SUPERKICK! Lio hurries up top and DC fires up for the hometown hero! Alexander runs in but gets a haymaker. Lio leaps for a flying headscissor, but Alexander blocks with pure power! And lifts Lio, to then pop him into the Lumbar Check!! But Nese rolls Alexander up, Nese wins!!

Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall

Alexander is shocked! Not only did Nese get the better of him, Nese has done it two weeks in a row! The Premier Athlete is becoming the gatekeeper to his friend’s Cruiserweight Championship, what will it take for anyone to get through him?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid episode of 205 Live, though a shorter one with just over 43 minutes. We open with Tozawa VS Gulak because we get an incredible surprise main event. Tozawa VS Gulak went about as expected, and I’m glad to see I was right, THE Brian Kendrick saves Tozawa from a beating. These former rivals and former Cruiserweight Champions make quite the team on paper, but there’s a chance we’ll get a moment of dysfunction. Kendrick could easily just say he’s only helping Tozawa to get back at Gallagher & Gulak. But at the same time, Tozawa could distrust Kendrick up until the very end, thinking this is some kind of scheme. Either way, I hope the blow-off gives Tozawa and Kendrick the win, this feud feels like the kind Faces should win.

Nice promo from Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis, and I look forward to Mike VS Dorado next week. Same for the Itami and Ali promos, especially Ali’s. Ali’s was like a movie or something, it’s that good. And Ali should win that Falls Count Anywhere, it’s another case of where a Face should go over. The Fatal 5 Way main event was spectacular, and it’s a good choice having Nese go over. Nese wants to keep everyone else down so no one can challenge Murphy, but I say again, Nese might end up winning himself that opportunity. I doubt Nese would want to take the belt from Murphy, and I kinda hope the belt doesn’t lead to the Body Guys breaking up while the Cruiserweight Tag Division is still unofficial. Nese should simply be an obstacle everyone else must get passed if they want at Murphy, like a Body Guy Bodyguard.

My Score: 8.5/10


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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.

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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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