The Cruiserweight Champion, Cedric Alexander, prepares for his Summerslam showdown with Drew Gulak by taking on Gulak’s ally, THE Brian Kendrick!
All images courtesy of the WWE’s official Twitter
- Kalisto VS Tony Nese; Kalisto wins.
- Lio Rush VS Ricky Martinez; Lio wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS THE Brian Kendrick; Alexander wins.
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205 Live reviews last week’s Fatal 4 Way main event!
GM Drake Maverick chose contenders based on both their recent and overall performances in the Cruiserweight Division. He settled on the narcissistic TJP, the intense Hideo Itami, the never-say-die Mustafa Ali and the gritty Drew Gulak, and the four of them went above and beyond in order to earn a shot at the championship. Ali would come so close to earning another shot at the #AgeOfAlexander, but fell short after Itami dropkick’d him into steel steps. However, it wouldn’t be Itami who capitalized on the situation, but Drew Gulak! He tossed Itami aside to wrap the GuLOCK onto a limp Ali. Gulak earns a Cruiserweight Championship match, and via social media, Maverick let everyone know it would happen at Summerslam! Will Gulak make Alexander tap out for a #Better205Live?
Kalisto VS Tony Nese!
The Lucha Dragon has been waiting for this rematch with the Premier Athlete for a couple weeks, and he finally gets it in Tampa! Neither Buddy Murphy nor Lucha House Party’s Lince Dorado or Gran Metalik are allowed ringside in order to prevent another brawl from breaking out. Will this match finish the way these two want it?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up but Nese throws Kalisto down. Kalisto gets to the ropes and Nese dares him to bring it. Kalisto and Nese circle again, then tie up. Nese just throws Kalisto down again, then flexes at him. They tie up again and Nese powers Kalisto to a corner. Nese grinds his forearm in Kalisto’s face, then backs off at 4. Kalisto kicks back then punches back. Nese pushes Kalisto but Kalisto comes right back. Kalisto goes up and over, but gets run over by that back elbow! Kalisto rolls all the way out while Murphy watches backstage. Nese brings Kalisto up to whip him into the apron, and Murphy likes it. Kalisto crawls but Nese kicks him while he’s down. Nese puts Kalisto back in the ring then toys with the former champion.
Nese whips Kalisto corner to corner hard, then embraces the heat. Kalisto crawls and grabs Nese’s leg, but Nese mocks the lucha dance. Nese brings Kalisto up and chops him back down! He puts Kalisto in a corner, whips him corner to corner again, and Kalisto hits buckles hard. Kalisto fights back with an elbow then a boot, then hops up to leap! Nese catches Kalisto for a backbreaker, then the Tree of Woe. Nese stomps away, but stops at the ref’s count. He grabs Kalisto in the rear bearhug to squeeze the ribs. Kalisto endures as Nese puts on more pressure. Fans build to a rally, and Kalisto feeds off the energy. Kalisto gets up and elbows himself free. He jawbreakers Nese, but runs into a back kick. Nese adds a knee, roundhouse and leg sweep, cover, TWO! Nese rains down lefts, then goes back to the bearhug.
Kalisto endures again, but Nese tells him “You’re nothing!” Nese adds his weight onto Kalisto but Kalisto makes his way up. Fans rally again, but Nese throws Kalisto down by his mask. Nese flexes but fans jeer. Kalisto kicks Nese back, then again. Nese staggers while Kalisto stands. Kalisto boots Nese agani, then climbs up to springboard crossbody! Cover, TWO! Both men are up, Kalisto rolls Nese for the Listo Kick! Kalisto runs, but Nese blocks the spike-rana into a fireman’s carry and gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese grows frustrated as he drags Kalisto back up. Nese suplexes, but Kalisto slips out to roll him up. TWO, but Kalisto gets moving, only for Nese to sweep the legs.
Nese springboards for the triangle moonsault, but Kalisto rolls away. Nese’s leg buckles on the landing, and Kalisto runs in for the Spike-Rana! Cover, TWO! Both men are down as they recover from this fast paced action. They crawl for separation and then stand up. Kalisto starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” and Tampa joins him. Nese counters with a roll up that he then turns into a deadlift buckle bomb! Cover, TWO! Nese is shocked at how close that was, and he argues with the ref about it. He kicks Kalisto, then drags him up, but SALIDA DEL SOL! Kalisto covers, Kalisto wins!
Winner: Kalisto, by pinfall
Lucha House Party’s Dragon earns a win fair and square, and all by himself! However, with the match over, the ringside ban is gone! Buddy Murphy appears menacingly on the ramp, and refuses to let Kalisto pass through. Kalisto tries to pick and roll but he gets caught and pushed down! Kalisto runs at Murphy, but Murphy trophy lifts him! But Lince Dorado runs out to make the save with a kick! Dorado and Kalisto regroup and Murphy rushes in, but into double SUPERKICKS! Down goes Murphy! Speed beats strength here, but what will happen if Murphy gets his hands on a luchador in the next few weeks?
Earlier today, Drake Maverick presided over the Cruiserweight Championship contract signing.
The 205 Live GM sat with Cedric Alexander and Drew Gulak to make their Summerslam match official. Maverick is very proud both men will represent the brand in Brooklyn, and moves right along to having the contender signing. Gulak takes a moment first to talk to Alexander about his championship win at Wrestlemania earlier this year. Alexander stops the talk right there and just signs the contract first. There’s no time for PowerPoint presentations or speeches tonight. Just sign, it’s that easy. But Gulak simply wanted to congratulate Alexander. Alexander has been on a dominant run as champion, and Gulak points out that Alexander has been undefeated in 2018. That is impressive, despite the asterisk. Alexander had a “long, grueling, inspirational journey” to that Wrestlemania Cruiserweight Championship match. “But what have you done since then?”
Alexander points out he has defended the title all over the world and has beaten everyone who challenged him. Gulak isn’t taking away from Alexander, Alexander has done great when the title is on the line. But where is Alexander when the title isn’t on the line? Relaxing, while the workhorses like Gulak have been building 205 Live up to new heights. What’s Gulak’s point? Alexander lets his competitors wear themselves out so that he can swoop in, win and take the credit. He should learn from THE Brian Kendrick tonight, because Kendrick was a true fighting champion with a true legacy. Alexander’s legacy is going to be that he was “the Brock Lesnar of 205 Live”!
Gulak signs, but before he goes, Alexander says Gulak better watch 205 Live and the main event. All Gulak’s words have done is ensure Kendrick is “in for a world of hurt”. Did Gulak’s mouth just write a check Kendrick’s body can’t cash?
Lio Rush VS Ricky Martinez!
The Man of the Hour is back, but “apparently there are a lot of people out there that are irritated at the fact that I didn’t give Akira Tozawa his rematch.” But let’s all be honest, Lio is a hot commodity. Everyone wants a piece of Lio. Don’t get it wrong, Lio was very tempted to give Tozawa a rematch. But it wouldn’t be fair to Lio’s opponent tonight, who is way more qualified to face him. Lio knows Ricky is “the real deal”. Lio’s heard a lot of good things, very impressive things. And Lio bets even Ricky can put up a better fight than Tozawa. Lio puts the mic down and we begin.
Lio rushes Ricky but Ricky ducks! Ricky throws a hand but Lio puts him in a corner. Ricky puts up boots but Lio deflects them, only for Ricky to come back with an ax kick. Lio staggers and Rick back kicks Lio low. Ricky runs, but Lio ducks, handsprings and kicks away! Ricky rolls out of the ring, Lio builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit! Lio puts Ricky back in the ring, then slaps Ricky to school boy rolling roundhouse! Time’s up as Lio climbs up, for the Final Hour splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour wins in no time at all, but clearly has no time for the Stamina Monster. However, Tozawa forces Lio to make time as he heads to the ring. Tozawa makes his way to the ring and Lio grins. Tozawa puts his mouth piece in, but Lio slips out of the ring. Lio clearly won’t do things on Tozawa’s schedule, but will Drake Maverick have something to say about that?
Cedric Alexander VS THE Brian Kendrick!
The Man with a Plan agrees with the Philly Stretcher that the WWE Universe deserves a more worthy champion than the Soul of 205 Live. Kendrick himself was a former champion, so can he show the current champion what the Ungentlemanly Alliance means firsthand?
The bell rings and the two circle. Fans are behind Alexander, which annoys Kendrick. Alexander corners Kendrick, but Kendrick uses the ropes for safety. Alexander lets Kendrick out and the two tie up. Kendrick gets an arm and a wristlock. Alexander spins through and gets a takedown to go after an ankle. Kendrick spins up and pries his way out, but Alexander gets a headlock. Alexander gets the takedown but Kendrick gets the headscissors. Alexander pops out and backs Kendrick down to a corner. Kendrick gets away, and the two circle again. Alexander lunges in but Kendrick keeps his distance. Kendrick ends up in a corner again as they grapple. Alexander rolls back to get double wristlocks.
Kendrick drops to his knees, but stands up to trap Alexander’s arms. He gets a headlock, but Alexander powers out. Kendrick runs Alexander over, then things speed up. Alexander arm-drags Kendrick into an armlock! He wrenches Kendrick’s arm but Kendrick gets to ropes. Alexander backs off at 4, but Kendrick shoves him. Alexander shoves Kendrick down, then dares him to get back up. The ref has Alexander give Kendrick room. Alexander dares Kendrick to do something but Kendrick takes his time approaching.
Kendrick kicks low then gets a headlock, but Alexander powers out to give swift chops! Alexander chops Kendrick extra sharp in the corner. Fans want one more, so Alexander is happy to oblige with an even sharper chop. Kendrick kneels, but Alexander bumps him off buckles. Fans want another chop, so Alexander gives another chop! Kendrick staggers but then throws in a knee. Kendrick runs but Alexander rolls, handsprings, headscissors and dropkicks Kendrick down! Then he handsprings up to show off. Alexander covers, TWO and Kendrick even holds a rope. But wait, now Gulak comes out to be in Kendrick’s corner.
Alexander watches him, but that allows Kendrick to get away to the outside. Alexander runs but Kendrick ducks down. Kendrick rolls under the ring? Alexander pursues, but gets pulled into the apron bar! Kendrick throws Alexander into steps! Alexander is down but Kendrick just smirks as Gulak walks over to commentary. Kendrick puts Alexander in and covers, TWO. Kendrick stomps Alexander, then goes after an arm with a swift kick. He stands Alexander up to choke him against ropes while Gulak officially joins commentary. Kendrick backs off at 4 while Gulak denies his timing was anything more than coincidence. Kendrick clobbers away on Alexander, then butterfly suplexes. Cover, TWO, but Kendrick keeps on Alexander with a grounded armlock.
Alexander endures as Kendrick makes it half straitjacket, then throws Kendrick off. Kendrick calf kicks Alexander down! Cover, TWO! Alexander crawls away while Kendrick keeps his cool. Kendrick walks over but into back elbows. He elbows Alexander back and now it’s a brawl. Alexander gets the edge with one big forearm, then brings Kendrick up. Kendrick yanks Alexander into buckles! Kendrick runs in, but into a boot. He staggers away, then runs back, but into another boot. Alexander springboards up, but Kendrick trips him up! Alexander crashes and burns while Kendrick staggers around more. Kendrick drags Alexander up, but Sliced Bread is denied with a shove. Kendrick hits apron on the way out, and Alexander focuses. Fans rally up for Alexander as he takes aim. Alexander builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit, but also double-edged.
Alexander fights through the pain to put Kendrick back in. He aims from a corner, springboards again, but Kendrick gets under the jump. Alexander still rallies with forearms and a back kick. He runs in corner to corner for the shoulder tackle and swing kick! Kendrick staggers out, Alexander springboards again for the flying clothesline! Cover, TWO, but Gulak is still pleased by Alexander’s struggle. Alexander keeps his cool while Kendrick gets to a corner. Alexander glares at Gulak while bringing Kendrick up. Kendrick holds ropes but Alexander pries him free. Kendrick elbows Alexander away, but his boot is blocked. Alexander throws an elbow but is countered into a backslide! TWO, and now Alexander hits the stiff elbow. Alexander runs, handsprings, Neuralyzer enziguri! But Kendrick slumps to the apron.
Alexander drags him back up, but Kendrick grabs Alexander’s hair to pull him all the way out. Gulak mocks Alexander as he gets back up. Kendrick’s shoulder misses, but not Alexander’s kick. Alexander goes for the step-in springboard, but he’s countered into a takedown for the Captain’s Hook! Kendrick wrenches back on Alexander with the Bully Choke hold. Alexander crawls, and just narrowly gets a ropebreak. Kendrick lets go to Gulak’s frustration, saying Alexander is “too stupid to give up.” Alexander slowly stands, and Kendrick runs at him, but Alexander scoops Kendrick for a sudden Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO! Gulak is relieved while Alexander is a bit surprised. Alexander and Kendrick are down, and a 10 count begins.
Alexander stands first, and aims at Kendrick across the way. He runs corner to corner, for a BIG uppercut! He keeps going for another uppercut, then runs into a boot! Kendrick runs, but into another scoop. Kendrick counters with a victory roll, TWO, SUPERKICK! Spit goes flying, but Alexander still denies Sliced Bread to hit a LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pifnall
Gulak is seething as Alexander remains undefeated in 2018, and spotless as Cruiserweight Champion. Gulak storms his way up the steel steps to be eye-to-eye with Alexander. But it’s just a distraction so that Jack Gallagher can attack out of nowhere! Gulak mockingly asks what happened. Gulak wants Gallagher to help get Alexander up for more, but Maverick and referees rush the ring! They are not going to let their Summerslam match be jeopardized. Gulak is told to back off or lose his chance at the champ. Gulak and his fellow Ungentle Men take their leave, promising this will be settled soon enough. Is there anything Alexander can do about the numbers advantage Gulak has? Or will he fall victim to this cruel winter at the biggest party of the summer?
A solid night for 205 Live that kept things on track for their summer plans. We finally get Kalisto VS Nese like we were supposed to last week, but this still did pretty good to propel this new Cruiserweight Tag Team feud. Kalisto wins to make up for the DQ finish from before, but it made sense for Murphy to show up when the ban was uplifted. Great double superkick from Kalisto & Dorado, too. If Gran Metalik doesn’t return in time, it’ll have to be Kalisto & Dorado VS Nese & Murphy for the tag team blow-off. Lio wins quick again, but I like that Tozawa came out for a fight while Lio played opportunistic Heel. They’ll clearly get a rematch, likely for 205 Live’s go-home to Summerslam, but I have a feeling Lio wins then, too.
That was a really great contract signing segment that felt much more NXT than WWE. It was about the talking and not about the post-signing physicality. I like that Alexander was no-nonsense while Gulak probably has line of the month when he calls Alexander the Lesnar of the Cruiserweights. This is such a great reversal of roles where the Heel accuses the Face of being lazy and arrogant for not being in the ring week in and week out. Obviously it’s misguided as Alexander has done far more both before and after winning his title than Lesnar has. But at least WWE has integrated the perception of part-timer Lesnar as an insult. Alexander VS Kendrick was great, I’m happy it ended clean, and the post-match stuff was well-done, too. I just hope the title will be part of the main show this time.
My Score: 8/10
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Mitchell’s WWE Summerslam 2018 Report! (8/19/18)
Summerslam is finally here, with all WWE championships on the line! Can Roman Reigns FINALLY defeat Brock Lesnar for the Universal Championship?
- Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega; Almas & Vega win.
- Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak; wins and
- Kickoff Match: Raw Tag Team Championships: The B-Team VS The Revival; wins and
- SmackDown Tag Team Championships: The Bludgeon Brothers VS The New Day; win and
- Finn Balor VS Baron Corbin; wins.
- WWE United States Championship: Shinsuke Nakamura VS Jeff Hardy; wins and
- Daniel Bryan VS The Miz; wins.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Carmella VS Charlotte Flair VS Becky Lynch; wins and
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Dolph Ziggler w/ Drew McIntyre VS Seth Rollins w/ Dean Ambrose; wins and
- Braun Strowman VS Kevin Owens; wins and
- Raw Women’s Championship: Alexa Bliss VS Ronda Rousey; wins and
- WWE Championship: AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe; wins and
- WWE Universal Championship: Brock Lesnar w/ Paul Heyman VS Roman Reigns; wins and
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It’s time for the Summerslam Kickoff Show!
Renee Young, Booker T, David Otunga and Sam Roberts are your panelists for the #BiggestPartyoftheSummer!
JBL and Peter Rosenberg are on stage!
The band is back together, and are ready for Summerslam. JBL remembers Summerslam 2004 more fondly than the rest of us, but that’s besides the point. They recap Monday Night Raw, and how Seth Rollins counters Dolph Ziggler’s Scottish Psycho with an American Lunatic! With two-thirds of the Shield reunited, can The Architect take back the Intercontinental Championship from the Show-Off?
Aiden English talks with Rusev & Lana.
He vows to make it up to them with the perfect intro song. It’s impeccable, it’ll make it up! No, this is about Rusev & Lana Day, so please, English, stay behind. Mr. & Mrs. Machka head out, will English ever get right with them?
Kickoff Match: Rusev & Lana VS Andrade “Cien” Almas & Zelina Vega!
The action begins with this Mixed Tag match! El Idolo & La Muneca have gotten wins over the Bulgarian Brute & Ravishing Russian, but mostly thanks to MC Artiste stepping in and sticking his foot in his mouth. Can Rusev & Lana turn things around to prove they are the best, they are number one? (clap clap) Or will their respective holidays be ruined in this Tranquilo era?
Brooklyn chants “Rusev Day!” as the bell rings. The men start and Rusev corners Almas quickly. He backs off to then tie up with Almas, and Almas gets around Rusev. Almas leads Rusev on a cat ‘n’ mouse game, then speeds things up to Tranquilo with Vega. Fans like that, but Lana and Rusev team up to “CRUSH!” Vega throws a fit while Almas leads Rusev on another chase. Almas dropkicks and chops Rusev at the barrier, then puts him in the ring. Almas fires off, but Rusev turns it around to haymaker and stomp a mudhole. Rusev backs off to then drag Almas up. Fans still chant “Rusev Day!” as Rusev suplexes Almas. Rusev loom over Almas, then clubs him with another haymaker. Rusev rusn but Vega stops him, for Almas to pounce!
Almas puts Rusev into the post, then goes to the apron. Almas gives Rusev a hanging armbar! The ref counts and Almas lets go at 4. Vega likes what she sees, but fans want Lana. Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock while we go picture in picture.
Rusev powers up and fights back, but Almas holds on. Almas knees low, then chokes Rusev at the ropes. Vega gets a sucker punch, but that only angers Rusev. Rusev dodges Almas in the corner, then crawls for his corner. Hot tag is denied by Vega tripping Lana! We return to single picture while Vega goes back to her corner. Almas knees Rusev, then gives the inverted tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Vega throws another fit, but Almas keeps on Rusev with an armlock. Fans rally up for Rusev, and Rusev fights back. Almas knees low then suplexes Rusev, but Rusev blocks to counter. Almas slips out to boot Rusev from the corner. He climbs up again, but Rusev denies the DDT and shoves Almas down! Vega panics while Rusev crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Lana!
Vega has no choice but to face Lana, and Lana rallies! Lana bulldogs Vega down, then Lana-roonies! Vega rolls to ropes, but Lana gives her knees int he back. Lana whips and elbows Vega in a corner, and fans fire up. Ravishing Neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Vega rolls all the way out but Lana pursues! She bumps Vega off the apron, then puts her back in the ring. Lana sees Vega coming and hits her with an elbow. She scoops Vega for the slam, covers, TWO! Lana keeps her cool while Vega cowers to a corner. Vega yanks Lana into buckles, then turns nasty as she bicycl boots Lana down. Almas rallies for Vega, but Vega runs into a Machka Kick! Lana, CRUSH!
But Almas distracts on the apron. Rusev yanks him down, but then misses into the barriers. Lana stops Vega, throws her down, and slaps Almas! Vega rolls Lana up, with ropes, Vega & Almas win!
Winners: Almas & Vega, Vega pinning
It wasn’t Aiden’s fault this time, it was misdirection that cost Lana & Rusev. El Idolo & La Muneca climb the ladder in SmackDown, will they find themselves on their way to titles soon enough?
Jerry “The King” Lawler joins the panel!
He’s a little late, but as they say, you party until the cows come home, then party with the cows. King, Booker, Otunga and Renee are ready for phase two of the kickoff!
Backstage interview with Paul Heyman.
From his emotional “end” to his partnership with Lesnar to the plot twist where he sprays Roman Reigns, what does he say to those thinking it’s just to help Lesnar keep his title? This is live? What even was that question? Tonight is about history as Lesnar gets rid of The Big Dog, and “it’s about time.” Lesnar is prepared to rid us of Roman while he also prepares to win the UFC Heavyweight Champion. Lesnar will rid himself of the annoyance that is Roman Reigns, who always comes back for more. Heyman says “The Big Dog will not come back for more” after tonight, because the “reigning, defending, undisputed Universal Heavyweight Champion” will F5, pin, and win. “And that’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Heyman then goes into Lesnar’s locker room and helps his client finish preparing. Will this spoiler really come true?
The three GMs of Raw, SmackDown & 205 Live talk backstage.
Everyone has goosebumps, especially Paige and Drake Maverick as this is their first Summerslam as bosses. They’ve also excited about their great match card, from the Cruiserweight Championship to Alexa VS Ronda to AJ Styles VS Samoa Joe. But then, Constable Corbin has to come in.
Baron Corbin sure hopes Kurt Angle doesn’t get a call from Stephanie. Did they get Lesnar’s room ready? Yes, so why doesn’t Corbin go cut the steak for The Beast? Or maybe get ready for Finn Balor? He doesn’t need to, Corbin is confident he can take care of Finn in “short order.” Get it? Unfortunately, yes. But Paige and Maverick would like to point out that constables are defunct in England now. And that they would wash their hands. Corbin takes his leave, but clearly none of the GMs want him to get an even bigger head. Will Finn Balor chop Corbin down to size later tonight?
Kickoff Match: WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Cedric Alexander VS Drew Gulak!
SmackDown had their kickoff, so here’s 205 Live’s! Will the Age of Alexander continue on through Brooklyn? Or will the Philly Fury crush the Soul of the Cruiserweight Division to give us his #Better205Live?
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Platt’s MLW Fusion Recap & Review for 8/17/18
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
Greetings & Salutations.
MLW Fusion begins with a tribute to Jim ‘The Anvil’ Neidhart (RIP). This was followed by a recap of last weeks Teddy Hart vs John Hennigan match. If you haven’t seen it, go out of your way to do so. This sets up this weeks main event, as Hennigan will go on to challenge world champion Low KI.
MATCH # 1: THE HART FOUNDATION(W/BRIAN PILLMAN JR) VS. ACH/RICH SWANN
There are those “do you remember when…” moments you get when watching wrestling. Tonight’s debut of the Hart Foundation is one of them.
— Court Bauer (@courtbauer) August 17, 2018
Time restraints considered, these 4 had an entertaining match. I really liked the Hart Foundation’s music. The match started with a Brian Pillman chant. I must say, Pillman Jr’s hair has gotten much better(although he still dresses like a 90’s wrestler). Swann & ACH have good chemistry and have a tag title match coming up next week. In the end, the Hart Foundation pull it out with a little help from Fylin’ Brian Jr.
WINNERS: THE HART FOUNDATION
You’ll see @THETOMMYDREAMER in addition to TONS of action!
— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
Up next we get a War Games preview followed by a promo by Team Swerve. Half way through the promo, Team Swerve is attacked by Team Havoc with Tommy Dreamer making the save.
MATCH #2: MIKE PARROW (W/THE STUD STABLE) VS TOM LAWLOR IN A DOJO MATCH
— Parrow (@Parrow_) August 17, 2018
The sparring session between Lawlor and Seth Petruzelli was rudely interrupted by the Studs. After a Jake Hager(Jack Swagger) tease, we end up with friend of Chairshot Mike Parrow challenging the filthy one inside of the octagon. The bout very UFCish with elements of pro wrestling. I give them props for trying something different and tying in Lawlor’s legit mma roots. Lawlor wins with a submission hold, but this match was more about the post match beatdown of Petruzelli by The Dirty Blondes. This is used to set up next weeks tag match between The Blondes and The other two members of Team Filthy. Either way, the issue between these two factions is just getting started.
MAIN EVENT: LOW KI (CHAMPION) VS. JOHN HENNIGAN FOR THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
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— Major League Wrestling (@MLW) August 18, 2018
We start with a prematch promo with Low Ki and his business partner Salina de la Renta. Low Ki speaks like a villain in a kung fu movie. I can dig it. It makes even the most mundane statements sound important. The match begins with Hennigan still playing up the beat down of Team Swerve by coming out with taped ribs. The match itself started off slow with a lot of mat chain wrestling. Both wrestlers did a good job of playing up the injured ribs of Hennigan throughout. As the match picked up steam, we get a few signature high spots from both. In the end, Hennigan crashes and burns on a Star Ship Pain attempt and Low Ki retains. Good TV main event. I like the decision of putting the title on an established veteran like Ki. It will help to make the man who is finally able to unseat him.
Overall a solid effort. The undercard matches tend to suffer do to lack of time. However, the main event consistently delivers week in and week out. We finally have a few peculating story lines, which should help the casual fan to follow along. PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT: If your local cable provider doesn’t offer BeIn Sports, the MLW YouTube channel offers the previous nights show FOR FREE at 6pm eastern the following day. I highly recommend that you go out of your way to check it out.
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Mitchell’s WWE NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4!
NXT takes over Brooklyn for a fourth time! With Aleister Black out of action, will this FINALLY settle things between Ciampa and Gargano?
- NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain; The Undisputed Era wins and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
- EC3 VS Velveteen Dream; Dream wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet; Ricochet wins and becomes the new NXT North American Champion.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Kairi wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
- NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts & Pat McAfee are your NXT Kickoff Show panel!
Video interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only prepares to face Adam Cole for the NXT North American Championship. Does he feel any pressure going in? No, this moment is something he’s worked for 15 years. Ricochet has challenged Cole for this match but Cole has ducked him until now. THe King of Flight knows who Cole is, and Cole says he’s better. Ricochet knows Cole is on another level, and Ricochet isn’ ton that level. Ricochet is on the next level above them. The NXT NAC title represents not just the USA, but Mexico and Canada, at least. Is Cole a proper champion? Does Ricochet feel the pressure to represent? Ricochet feels the magnitude of this match as it’s his first 1v1 title match in NXT. He’s always exceeded expectations and overcome challenges, so he’ll just do what he does.
Ricochet says he’s better than the Undisputed Era, though he’s as world-traveled as they are. How long has he felt this way? It’s more a recent development, because the UE hide behind each other and their titles. Cole thinks he’s putting prestige on the belt, but Ricochet is going to show him what that’s really like once he becomes the new NXT NAC. There’s no limit to the confidence between Ricochet and Cole, who comes out on top when greatness collides?
GM William Regal joins the panel.
With the ambush attack on Aleister Black and no clear culprit, what does Regal know at this time? He knows that the Undisputed Era are in fact not the culprits. There is still so much to study and verify, but the panel will be the first people to know when he does. This mystery attacker, or attackers, disrupted TakeOver: Brooklyn 4, what will the punishment be? Regal has been in the business 35 years, but this is the hardest thing ever. He could lose a key member of the roster, who could have been something big in the business themselves. It changes the course of WWE History for no less than the next decade, as far as Regal can tell.
Does he worry about what Aleister Black will do when he comes back? Of course. But he has to be an authority figure, this is part of the job, although a stressful one. He put so much thought into what was the main event, but now things are completely different. Regal is more upset than flustered, especially on such an important night. Will he get to the bottom of this before the night is over?
History is Written by the Winners.
One moment changes everything. Johnny Wrestling is to blame for the Psycho Killer becoming THE NXT Champion. But just as both Gargano and Aleister Black were getting another shot, someone took out the Dutch Destroyer. The devious and the wicked are powered by their egos, but those very egos could be their downfall. One night, one moment to make history, whose NXT will this be when it’s all over?
NXT Tag Team Championships: The Undisputed Era VS Mustache Mountain!
The Savior of the Backbreaker and the Killer of Arms are ready to show Tyler Bate & Trent Seven that the titles are staying this side of the pond once and for all. But if it happened once, it can happen again, will British Strong Style knock Undisputed Era off the Mustache Mountain?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin!
Fans are already dueling as Strong starts against Seven. They circle but O’Reilly distracts. Strong htis Bate then hits Seven. He chops and throws hands while O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly keeps on Seven while Strong intercepts Bate. Bate and Strong brawl, then Strong throws Bate into Seven. Undisputed Era whip both Mustache Mountain, but both are reversed. The challengers dare the champions, and it’s a big brawl! Bops go up, in come Bang! Undisputed Era rolls out but Mustache Mountain pursues. Seven chops O’Reilly while Bate throws hands on Strong. Seven puts O’Reilly in the ring for a sharp chop, then tags Bate. Bate climbs while Seven throws O’Reilly down. Bate knee-board sentons onto O’Reilly, then rocks Strong with a right. Cover, TWO!
Bate brings O’Reilly up but has to scare Strong off. O’Reilly kicks Bate, then tags to Strong. Strong runs into a scoop slam! Tag to Seven, and Bate helps for the senton. Cover, ONE, but Seven keeps on him. Seven rocks Strong then whips, but Strong goes over his back to give Seven a backbreaker! Strong drags Seven over, then tags O’Reilly. They mug Seven in the corner, then O’Reilly gives muay thai knees and a kick. O’Reilly brings Seven back around, tags to Strong, and he holds Seven down for Strong to stomp out. Strong adds more stomps, then drags Seven up to throw hands and chops. Tag to O’Reilly again, and O’Reilly snapmares Seven for a knee drop. Cover, TWO, but O’Reilly throws toying kicks. Seven gets up and chops back, but can’t get away from O’Reilly.
O’Reilly swings on Bate, but falls for Seven’s feint into a DDT! Seven tags Bate, and Bate huricanranas and dropkicks Strong. Bate boots and knees O’Reilly to then hit the flying European Uppercut. Fans fire up but Bate runs into a boot. Strong tags in, but both he and O’Reilly go for a spin! Flashbacks to Royal Albert Hall, but Undisputed Era fights out of it. O’Reilly puts on a sleeper, but Bate still gets Strong, for a German Suplex and Samoan Drop combo! Fans love Bate’s superhuman abilities! Bate gives running EuroUppers to both men, but then gets run over by Strong’s leaping lariat! Strong staggers over to stomp, then tags O’Reilly again. O’Reilly throws forearms and a shoulder breaker, into a hammerlock. He grounds Bate while throwing in knees.
Fans duel while O’Reilly drops a knee and rains down palm strikes. He brings Bate over and Strong tags in. Strong chops Bate, then tags O’Reilly again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cover, TWO! Bate crawls for his corner but O’Reilly is on him with body scissors and clubbing forearms. Tag to Strong while fans rally up, Strong basement boots Bate. Strong eggs Bate on, then brings him back up for a gut wrench. He bends Bate back with the Gory Stretch. Bate endures while fans rally up. Bate works his way out of the hold, then shoves Strong. O’Reilly tags in, for a shinbreaker and sweeping kick. He wrenches Bate’s ankle in a standing heel hook, but Bate fights back with his free leg. O’Reilly grabs that leg for a snap Indian Deathlock!
Tag to Strong, and Strong takes the hand-off, to sit down on the draping ankle. Tag to O’Reilly, and he adds one of his own. Another tag to Strong for a third go, but Bate shoves Strong all the way out! Bate crawls but Strong drags him out. Bate shoves him into barriers, then crawls more. O’Reilly comes in but is tossed back out! Bate crawls, but Strong stops him by grabbing a foot. Then O’Reilly trips Seven! Seven slaps O’Reilly away, Bate gets free, hot tag! Seven rallies on Strong, whipping him to a corner then tossing him on the rebound. Then he DIVES on O’Reilly!
Seven puts O’Reilly in, then runs corner to corner for clotheslines. He hits Strong, then O’Reilly, then Strong again. O’Reilly runs in but Seven ducks, so that boot hits Strong! Seven then lifts O’Reilly up for a powerbomb! He Dragon Suplexes Strong, then lifts for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Seven was close, but the fans cheer him on. Strong crawls to ropes but Seven is on him. Seven clubs away, then wrings Strong out, but gets a forearm. Strong elbows Seven, then tags O’Reilly. O’Reilly kicks Seven down, then suplexes for the brainbuster! Cover, TWO! Undisputed Era grows frustrated, but O’Reilly keeps Seven back. He knees Seven into his corner, then hits a forearm smash. Strong tags in, they both give Seven knees, then an Olympic Slam! Cover, TWO! Seven shows that heart like he had in their previous showdown.
Undisputed Era prepare something, but Bate gives O’Reilly a rolling kick! Strong gives Bate the side slam, but Seven back hands O’Reilly. Strong trips Seven, for the Strong Hold! Seven endures the stretch, while Bate gets caught in a triangle! Dual submissions have the fans fired up, but Bate deadlifts O’Reilly to bomb him into Strong! All four men are down but this crowd is standing up! The teams go to their corners, and Seven tags Bate. Bate goes after Strong and they throw bombing hands. “This is Awesome!” as Bate rocks Strong, to then throw O’Reilly at him! Both Undisputed Era are on the outside, so Bate FLIES! Bate hits O’Reilly, but Strong throws him to the ropes, only to get the rebound lariat! Bate puts Strong back in, and Bate gets Tyler Driver ’97!! Cover, TWO!? How?! Bate can’t believe it but fans are loving it.
Bate flounders to his feet, and decides to go up top. Strong stops him with right hands, then turns him around. Bate resists whatever Strong is after, then fights him down with back elbows. O’Reilly swings Bate’s leg into the post! Bate falls, Strong is on him with a shinbreaker to buckles! Tag to O’Reilly, and he kicks Seven down. Bate’s up, but O’Reilly rolls him into a heel hook! Now Bate endures leg torture and Seven has to watch on the corner. The referee won’t let Seven get in, but Bate is so far away. Fans rally up while Bate endures this role reversal. The ref stops Seven, but that allows Strong to drag O’Reilly and Bate over. Seven grabs a towel, but he can’t bring himself to throw it! Fans shout and duel, Seven throws the towel TO THE FANS! Strong runs at him but gets tossed out!
Bate uses all his arm strength to back stroke towards his corner! O’Reilly wrenches and pulls as hard as he can, but it’s not enough! Hot tag to Seven! O’Reilly lets go of Bate but gets rocked but rights. They go back and forth, SEVEN STAR LARIAT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Seven ain’t standing for that. He tags Bate, and he brings O’Reilly up. Bate climbs on one leg, but has to fight Strong off. Seven lifts O’Reilly, Knee Drop Burning Hammer!!! Cover, TWO?!?! This is inconceivable! But the Brooklyn fans are electric! Bate tags Seven back, and Mustache Mountain regroups. Fans want them to “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Seven drags O’Reilly up in a full nelson, but Strong knee smashes Bate! Strong gets a back hand, but Seven gets a chop block, then STRONG ELIMINATION! O’Reilly covers, Undisputed Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, O’Reilly pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions
The tiebreaker breaks the hearts of Mustache Mountain, but only proves Strong & O’Reilly are Undisputed tag team champions. Bate & Seven fall short here, but with NXT UK on the way, can they climb to the top of a new mountain? As for Undisputed Era, they know Rowe & Hanson have staked a claim. Can the War Raiders be the team to truly take those titles away?
Speaking of the War Raiders…
They appear right behind Strong & O’Reilly! And the raid is on! Rowe throws Strong out while Hanson keeps on O’Reilly. They feed O’Reilly to Thor’s Hammer! Then Hanson DIVES on Strong! Hanson returns to the ring to climb up. Rowe brings O’Reilly up, for FALLOUT! The warpath leads to the titles, will the Undisputed Era be crushed underneath these machines of war?
EC3 VS Velveteen Dream!
Worlds collide, but so do larger than life personalities. The #TopOnePercentExperience is here, with egos and grudges on the line. Who takes the spotlight for themselves?
Dream takes his time taking off his vest, to then throw it at EC3. EC3 throws it back, and tempers already flare. The bell rings, and EC3 keeps his eye on Dream. Fans duel but there are plenty of fans for Dream. Dream and EC3 tie up, but EC3 powers Dream back with a shove. He shoves Dream into a corner again, then goes after him in the corner. The ref backs him off and Dream tries to capitalize, but EC3 throws Dream out. EC3 throws Dream back in, but ends up in a headlock to a wristlock. Dream wrenches but EC3 reverses and wrings Dream out. EC3 goes after the fingers, then lifts and drops Dream. He brings Dream up again for another throw, then a grounded keylock. Dream works his way up while fans duel.
Dream knees low, then clubs EC3’s back. He gives EC3 a EuroUpper, then put shim in a corner. Corner to corner whip but EC3 reverses. Dream gets caught up top so EC3 kicks Dream’s ribs through the uprights. Dream ends up crotched. EC3 adds insult to injury as he bounces the ropes, then he clobbers Dream to the floor. He clobbers Dream again, but then Dream shoulders in. Dream slingshots but EC3 hip swivles that sunset flip. Dream pulls tights but gets punches for it. EC3 lifts but Dream slips out. Things speed up, EC3 takes Dream off his feet with a chop. EC3 whips but Dream kicks him away, only to run into a scoop slam. EC3 wants fans to say his name, then he drops the elbow. He clotheslines Dream and himself out but EC3 is just fine.
EC3 brings Dream to the ramp, for a lift. Dream reverses to the Sidewinder DDT! EC3 hits the ramp, and fans lose their minds. Dream gets to the ring and refreshes the count. He fetches EC3, to then throw EC3 into posts. Dream refreshes the count again before putting EC3 in the ring. Cover, TWO! Dream decides to go up! Big ax handle! He brings EC3 up to flapjack him on the ropes. Then they go in a corner and Dream throws hands. Dream backs off at 4 to put EC3 on the apron. He hotshots EC3, then drags him through for a neckbreaker. Cover, ONE, so Dream clamps on a neck wrench. EC3 endures as Dream twists his head around. Fans rally up and EC3 stands up.
Dream clobbers him, then turns him for a Rude Awakening, but EC3 stops it. EC3 powers things around, but Dream knees low to get that neckbreaker. Cover, TWO, but Dream “applauds” EC3. Dream says the fans don’t care about EC3. Dream throws EC3 out, then throws him into an announce desk. He bounces EC3 off it again and again, then grabs a bottle of water to SPLASH EC3 with it! Dream drinks the rest, then HHH spits it everywhere. He puts EC3 in the ring, but EC3 is on him for the STO DDT! Both men are down, but Dream gets himself to a corner.
EC3 stands and they throw hands. EC3 blocks to counter punch, but Dream whips him to a corner, only for EC3 to come out with a lariat. Top One Percent jabs and clothesline, then a big splash in the corner. EC3 runs for the rolling neckbreaker! EC3 fires up as he brings Dream up. Dream slips out to roll up, TWO! EC3 dodges the superkick but Dream denies the driver. EC3 blocks again, to get the Climax driver! Cover, TWO!
Dream rolls to a corner while EC3 stands. EC3 blocks the boot but gets a slap. That only angers EC3, and he fires haymakers! Dream flounders while EC3 clubs away on him. EC3 drags Dream up but Dream throat chops. Dream gets to a corner and to the top rope. EC3 grabs him and throws him down! Now EC3 climbs up top while Dream staggers around. EC3 hits a crossbody, but Dream rolls through! TWO, but EC3 gives back that slap. EC3 powerbombs Dream, but he’s not done there. Fans are a mix as he high stacks and deadlifts, for another bomb! Cover, TWO! Dream narrowly survives, but both he and EC3 slowly stand. Fans duel while EC3 puts Dream on the top rope. Dream and EC3 brawl but EC3 fires off many chops.
EC3 climbs but Dream still fights with him. EC3 wants the superplex, and gets the SUPERPLEX! Dream writhes but EC3 has to crawl for a cover, TWO! Dream crawls to the apron but EC3 stands again. EC3 joins Dream on the apron, lifts Dream, but Dream slips off and into the ring. SUPERKICK! To Dream Valley Driver! Cover, TWO! Dream is shocked, but he isn’t done yet. Dream drags EC3 up but EC3 slips out to German Suplex! Bridge, TWO! Both men are down again, but fans rally up. EC3 drags Dream over to the apron, but Dream lifts EC3, Dream Valley on the apron! Dream isn’t done yet, he climbs up top, for PURPLE RAIN ON THE APRON!! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
Finally, it’s #DreamOver as he gets a TakeOver victory! Will Dream get his wish with a very important call from Vince?
NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole VS Ricochet!
The Panama City Playboy and the One and Only King of Flight were both in the ladder match to determine the first holder of this title. Adam Cole has led the Undisputed Era to immediate greatness in NXT, and for that, Cole feels Ricochet isn’t on his level. Ricochet agreed, because Ricochet’s on an even higher level. Who will prove themselves superior by walking out with the North American Championship tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised and we begin. Cole and Ricochet stare down from across the ring while fans duel. They circle then tie up. Ricochet gets the wristlock to hammerlock, but Cole reverses to his own. Ricochet rolls through to reverse back, but so does Cole. Colde has Ricochet on his knees but Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet spins and flips through to reverse. Cole powers Ricochet to ropes, then whips out of the break. Ricochet rolls off Cole’s back to handspring, but Cole shows that Superkick and Ricochet backs off. Cole says Ricochet isn’t special like he is. Ricochet shrugs it off to circle with him. Cole gets a waistlock to headlock, and holds on tight. Ricochet gets up but Cole gets him back in the headlock. Ricochet slips behind and wrenches the arm. He whips but Cole reverses.
Cole sees Ricochet try to go up and over, just to get him back in the headlock. Ricochet powers out but Cole runs him over with a shoulder, “BAYBAY!” Cole brushes himself off but things speed up. Ricochet dropkicks Cole out of the air! Cole rolls out but Ricochet builds speed, to fake him out for a superhero landing. Ricochet grins, and dares Cole to not be a coward. Cole stays back, and avoids the slingshot. Ricochet shoulders and slingshots, hops up when Cole evades, but then is shoved down and out! Cole fetches Ricochet to throw him into barriers. Cole says he’s no coward, he’s a champion. He puts Ricochet back in to kick his ribs. Cole rains down rights, then walks off his frustration. He brings Ricochet up for a stiff neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Ricochet checks his neck but Cole dares him to get up.
Cole toys with Ricochet, and still says “You’re not special.” Ricochet hits Cole back, but Cole knees low. Cole runs, and catches Ricochet into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps on Ricochet with a knee to the spine, then a chinlock. Ricochet endures the squeeze while fans rally up. Ricochet gets a second wind and fights out. Cole kicks low, then whips Ricochet. Ricochet holds ropes to then back elbow Cole. Cole shoves Ricochet but runs into boots. Ricochet rolls to dropkick Cole out! Ricochet steadies himself, then builds speed, to FLY! Down goes Cole but Ricochet fires up. Ricochet puts Cole in the ring, and Cole gets to a corner. Ricochet runs in corner to corner, for a big uppercut to discus elbow. He bumps Cole on buckles then a corner Tiger Feint, to springboard EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!
Ricochet dares Cole to get up now, and then he lifts Cole up. Cole fights out but Ricochet elbows him away. Ricochet runs in for a shoulder tackle to swing kick. Ricochet slingshots and springboards, but lands on his feet for a standing shooting star! Then a springboard corkscrew! Cover, TWO! Both men are down from exhaustion, but Ricochet keeps his cool. Cole slowly stirs but Ricochet is on him. Ricochet tries but Cole fights out. Ricochet chops Cole, then gives him a forearm. He chops Cole again, then wrenches the arm before whipping. Cole reverses, but Ricochet handsprings, only to get a backstabber! Cover, TWO!
Cole grows frustrated with Ricochet. He brings Ricochet up, suplexes but Ricochet resists. Cole clubs Ricochet’s back, then tries again. Ricochet slips out and rocks Cole with a forearm. Both men stagger back, but Ricochet runs in. Cole puts him on the apron but gets rocked again. Ricochet springboards, but into a SUPERKICK, that he catches! Ricochet turns Cole around for another forearm! Then he runs, springboards, but into a SUPERKICK! Last Shot Brainbuster!! Cover, TWO!! Cole cannot believe it, and neither can Brooklyn! Cole drags himself to ropes while Ricochet flounders. Fans know “This is Awesome!” but Cole plans to end it. Ricochet dodges the shining wizard, rolls him up, TWO!
Cole hits Ricochet, but Ricochet hits Cole. Ricochet runs, ducks the kick, then gives a EuroUpper. Cole forearms, Ricochet boots, Cole enziguris! Ricochet knees, Cole boots, then SUPERKICK, but ENZIGURI! Cole falls on a cover, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for this action! Cole gets to a corner while Ricochet slowly stands. Fans chant “Mama Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Ricochet seems lost, but Cole runs in. The Shining Wizard misses, and Ricochet hits a Reverse-Rana! Ricochet doesn’t cover, he drags himself to a corner, and the top rope! Ricochet aims but Cole rolls all the way out. Cole is on the apron, grinning at how clever he is. Ricochet runs over, for a SUPER HURICANRANA!
Everyone loses their minds while Ricochet puts Cole in. Ricochet climbs up while Cole flounders. Ricochet stands, One and Only 630!! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; NEW NXT North American Champion
The King of Flight succeeds! He flies to an entirely new tier as he becomes the second-ever NXT NAC! Ricochet can barely believe it himself, but it’s all real. Will he take that title to new heights like he promised?
NXT Women’s Championship: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!
The first time these two met, the Pirate Princess won and it was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic finals. The second time, the Queen of Spades won and it was for the title. This third time will be for the title again, but it will also be for the tiebreaker. Bully Baszler claims little Kairi has no killer instinct, but Kairi says Shayna has no idea what Kairi is capable of. Will someone #TapNapOrSnap? Or will it be Anchors Aweigh on these savage seas?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this third time around begins. The two stare down while Ronda Rousey, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir cheer the fourth Four Horsewoman of MMA from the front row. Shayna and Kairi approach, feeling each other out. Shayna gets a waistlock but Kairi gets the headlock. They reverse back and forth, and Kairi rolls to a takedown. Kairi goes for a heel hook, but Shayna gives on back. Kairi gets the rope and both women let the other go. Fans cheer for Ronda and by proxy for Shayna. Kairi goes for a leg but Shayna gutwrenches. Kairi lands on her feet, and gets the takedown. Jackknife, ONE, roll up, ONE, Stretch Muffler! Shayna shoves Kairi off and now Shayna is annoyed. They get head to head and start shoving. Now they start brawling!
Shayna whips and slides under the lariat, but then reverses Kairi’s whip. Kairi still headscissors Shayna then dropkicks her out. Fans fire up with Kairi as she gets to the apron. Flying forearm takes Shayna out! Kairi puts Shayna in, catches her breath, then follows her to ropes. Kairi chops Shayna, then chops her again. She runs, but into a low dropkick to the knee. Kairi clutches that leg and now Shayna has a target. Shayna takes that leg and stomps away on it. Shayna stalks Kairi and kicks her while she’s down. The referee warns Shayna but Shayna just grins. Shayna runs but is dumped to the apron. Kairi fires off forearms, then runs, but misses. Shayna kicks Kairi then hotshots the bad leg! She grounds ‘n’ pounds Kairi from both sides. Shayna drags Kairi around, and pulls on that knee.
Kairi fights back but Shayna just twists the leg past its limits. Fans audibly react while Shayna tortures Kairi’s leg. She positions it, for the ankle stomp! Kairi writhes in pain while the referee checks on her. Fans boo and jeer as Shayna mocks Kairi’s pirate scope. Shayna stalks Kairi to a corner, and puts the leg on the rope. She mocks the marching of the plank, to then kick the leg. Kairi stumbles to the mat, and Shayna toys with her. Kairi gets mad and dares Shayna to bring it. Shayna rocks her with a right, but Kairi comes back. They brawl, and kairi starts rocking Shayna! Kairi fires left and right and faster and faster! Shayna can only guard herself, but she still gets a back hand! Then the blockbuster! Then another!
Kairi fires up and gets her leg moving. She chops Shayna in a corner and it sits Shayna down. Kairi roars as she marches her plank on one leg. Kairi comes back for the Sliding D! Cover, TWO! Kairi isn’t done here, she goes straight up. Shayna rocks her with a swing kick! Shayna climbs and clubs away. She prepares a gutwrench, and gets the GUTWRENCH SUPERPLEX! Both women are down from exhaustion, but Shayna crawls over to Kairi. They sit up and throw forearms back and forth. They stand, and Kairi fires off haymakers. Shayna kicks the bad leg, then runs, to bicycle knee! Cover, TWO! Shayna again stalks Kairi, and brings her up. Kairi slips out of the suplex, runs, and INTERCEPTOR SPEAR! She hurries up top, for an InSane Elbow to Shayna’s back! But Kairi isn’t done, she wants to treat Shayna like she did Aliyah.
Kairi’s back up, but Shayna rolls out. That doesn’t stop Kairi, she DIVES on Shayna for a crossbody! Kairi puts Shayna in, then climbs up a third time. InSane Elbow #2!! Cover, TWO!! Kairi can’t believe Shayna survives, it’s infuriating! Kairi puts Shayna’s legs in the crisscross, for the Anchor Lock! Shayna slips around, Kirafuda Klutch!! They roll around, Kairi flailing and reaching! She is so close, and with a second wind, she gets the ropebreak! Shayna lets go but she is frustrated like never before. Fans are thunderous again as Shayna grabs that bad leg, for a spinning toehold! Kairi fights but Shayna grapevines. Shayna is Kairi’s anchor, keeping her in the middle of the ring. But wait, Kairi rolls and gets a MUDA LOCK! Shayna gets the ropebreak, and gets free.
Kairi pursues, for an Anchor through the ropes! The ref counts, so Kairi has to let go at 4. Kairi roars again, brings Shayna up, for an Alabama Slam! Then, for the fourth time, Kairi climbs up. Third InSane Elbow gets Shayna’s knees!! KIRAFUDA, roll through, KAIRI WINS!!
WInner: Kairi Sane, by pinfall; NEW NXT Women’s Champion
It came out of nowhere, but a win is a win! Kairi catches Shayna by surprise, and now the prize is all hers! The tiebreaker and the title go home with the Pirate Princess, and Bully Baszler’s Reign of Terror finally ends. How far will Kairi take this new adventure? When and where will the Queen of Spades come back for her throne?
NXT Championship Last Man Standing Match: Tommaso Ciampa VS Johnny Gargano!
What we thought was over was far from it. What we thought would be a Triple Threat was changed. Aleister Black only lost the title because of Gargano, but someone made sure he wouldn’t get back at either member of DIY when they attacked him in the parking lot. Now Johnny Wrestling and “Tommy Entertainment” will go around one last time, until there is only one man standing! How will this vicious rivalry end!?
No matter where you go, fans boo the Psycho “A**hole”. But he takes it all in and enjoys every second of it. That aside, the introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Gargano attacks Ciampa from behind! The bell rings and Gargano stomps a mudhole on Ciampa. Ciampa gets out, takes off his coat, and Gargano takes off his venom vest before throwing hands. Ciampa whips but Gargano Thesz Presses for fast hands! Gargano tees off in a corner for punches up top, and he goes way past 10! Maybe even past 20. Gargano stops but Ciampa puts him on the apron. Ciampa wants the DDT but Gargano drops down. Gargano comes back in, but into the double underhook. He slips out and throws Ciampa out, to then slide out.
Ciampa dodges and shoves him backwards into steps. Gargano writhes but stands quickly. Ciampa is right on him with clubbing forearms, then pulls the steps apart. He clubs Gargano again, then throws Gargano, only for Gargano to reverse. Ciampa hits barriers, but Gargano picks him up and throws him into more barriers. Gargano doesn’t care that a count begins, he positions the steps closer to Ciampa. Fans are on Gargano’s side as he keeps Ciampa on the ground. Gargano brings Ciampa up for more haymakers, then stalks him to the other end. He throws Ciampa into more barriers, then pulls up floor mats! Gargano is taking a page out of Ciampa’s playbook, but Ciampa hurries to his feet. Gargano brings Ciampa over but Ciampa digs his fingers into Gargano’s face!
Ciampa sends Gargano reeling, but then he swings him over the top of the barriers. He clubs away on Gargano, then drapes him out. Gargano hops off to shove Ciampa into a post. Gargano gets on the apron, and cannonballs! He wipes Ciampa out but he’s far from done. He throws Ciampa over the announce desk! Ciampa almost wipes Nigel and Mauro out! Gargano keeps going as he clears the desk. He stands on the desk, looming over a floundering Ciampa. Gargano brings Ciampa up but Ciampa resists. Ciampa lifts Gargano, to Air Raid onto the other announce desk! It explodes under their weight! The referee checks on both men as the fans lose their minds. A double count begins, but Ciampa crawls from the wreckage first. He stands, but Gargano slowly follows. The count reaches 7 but Gargano is up.
Ciampa is on him and puts him in the ring. Ciampa goes searching under the ring, and pulls out a chair. He brings that over and aims at Gargano, but Gargano fights him off. Gargano gets the chair but Ciampa kicks him away. Ciampa clubs Gargano into a corner, then stomps a mudhole into him. Fans boo and jeer but Ciampa gives Gargano the braced knee smash! “We’re not done by a long shot,” Ciampa promises, before giving Gargano another knee smash! Ciampa grabs that chair, and he wedges it in Gargano’s face. He stomps Gargano before backing up, but as Ciampa runs in, Gargano throws the chair into his knee! Gargano thrusts the chair into Ciampa’s ribs, then SMACKS it across Ciampa’s back! And another SMACK! Gargano won’t let the count climb as he thrusts the chair in again and again.
Gargano backs off to wedge the chair in a corner. Ciampa stands at 4, but Gargano hoists him up. Ciampa slips off, for a sleeper hold! Gargano flails but there are no ropebreaks. Gargano starts to fade, and Ciampa uses ropes for leverage. Ciampa says that “fairy tales die!” Gargano fades, but fans rally up for him. Ciampa keeps the weight on Gargano, then lets go. Gargano is down as the count starts. He stirs, but the count already reaches 5 by the time he sits up. Ciampa is on Gargano right away with another sleeper. They roll to the mat, but fans keep rallying for Gargano. Fans actually duel, but Gargano gets a secnod wind. Gargano packs Ciampa into buckles but the hold is still on. He tries again, but now Ciampa makes it a hangman’s sleeper. Gargano flails, scoops Ciampa, for a long dart into the chair!
Both men are down, but Gargano rolls out to escape the count. Ciampa manages to get up at 6, so Gargano searches under the ring. He brings out a table! Fans love the look of this as Gargano sets the table up. Gargano won’t leave it at this, he brings out a second table! He has them stacked, but Ciampa goes after him first. Gargano and Ciampa brawl, but then Gargano tries to suplex. Ciampa resists, fights back, then suplexes Gargano in. Gargano slips out, but Ciampa standing switches for a German Suplex. Ciampa holds on for another German Suplex. Gargano grabs the chair but Ciampa gets him to let go for a third German! Ciampa stands first and gives Gargano another braced knee smash!
Ciampa has the chair again, and rams it into Gargano’s ribs, and SMACKS it across the back. He SMACKS Gargano again, then tells him to stay down. Gargano doesn’t, so Ciampa SMACKS him again. The count returns, but Gargano still moves. Ciampa lifts Gargano, for Project Ciampa! He’s not done, he immediately gives Gargano a second! Then a THIRD! Gargano is done again, so Ciampa pulls up a chair and sits. Ciampa listens to the count while fans boo and jeer. Gargano stirs at 5, pushes himself up at 8, and somehow stands to SUPERKICK Ciampa! Somehow Gargano has enough in him to fight, but both he and Ciampa are down. The count begins and they stand at 5.
Ciampa throws a haymaker but Gargano gives one back. Ciampa gives another, but so does Gargano. Another from Ciampa, another from Gargano, and they pick up speed with these haymakers. Gargano gets more, blocks the boot then clubs away. Ciampa ducks, boots, but runs into the roll up and kick! Gargano runs but is put on the apron. Slingshot into the knee! Then double underhook, but huricanrana reversal, into enziguri! Gargano runs but into a boot, to come back with a forearm, only to get another German! Yet Gargano kicks and German Suplexes Ciampa! They give each other clotheslines, but it takes the third time to take each other down. The count only reaches ONE and they’re up!! The fans want them to “Fight Forever!” and it looks like they will.
Gargano fakes Ciampa out but gets a knee, to give a SUPERKICK. Ciampa blocks but still gets the discus forearm! The count reaches 5 this time, but Ciampa gets up at 7. Gargano follows at 9, but he wobbles over. Gargano slingshots, avoids the sweep to SUPERKICK and CANNONBALL! The cannonball misses this time, but Ciampa keeps on Gargano by throwing him into barriers. They make their way back to the steps, and Ciampa gives Gargano a butterfly piledriver! Gargano eats steps, and the count begins again. Ciampa stands at 6, but Gargano somehow stands at 9! Ciampa grows frustrated while Gargano flounders around. He goes back under the ring and pulls out the tool box. Flashbacks to TakeOver: Chicago II and the Street Fight as he clips strings from the ring mat.
Ciampa bounces Gargano off the steps before exposing the wood of the ring floor. He won with his hands cuffed, so he clearly feels he’ll win with his hands free. Ciampa fetches Gargano, but gets a face full of fire extinguisher! Ciampa flails and writhes, eyes stinging from the CO2! Gargano has a crutch, Ciampa’s former weapon of choice, and SMACKS Ciampa with it! The crutch breaks apart, but Gargano still uses it to attack. Gargano walks into the facelock, but he fights out. They brawl on opposite sides of the ropes, and Ciampa waves good-bye. But he gets the swing kick! Then a slingshot DDT onto the wood!! Gargano gives Ciampa a taste of his own medicine and fans let Ciampa know, “You Deserve It!” The count reaches 7 but Ciampa is still down. Ciampa rolls out to stand at 9, but Gargano DIVES on him!
Gargano puts Ciampa back in but Ciampa rolls back out. Gargano DIVES again! Ciampa is blasted back to the announce desk, and Gargano keeps on him with haymakers. SUPERKICK but Ciampa dodges and it hits a staff member! Ciampa throws Gargano into the corner of a monitor! Then gives him a chair knee through the timekeeper’s area!! Ciampa literally buries Gargano alive under the barriers, the chair, that downed staffer, and even the ring bell! Anythnig that isn’t bolted down is now on top of Gargano. The count begins as Ciampa looks down on the mountain of carnage he’s left behind. He wants the ref to count faster, just to be safe.
The count reaches 5, but somehow Gargano uncovers himself. It’s 8, and Gargano gets out from under the barrier! Ciampa was so close but still so far way from putting Gargano down. Fans love this superhuman effort, but Ciampa decides to add another element from Chicago. He has handcuffs! And he puts Gargano in a corner to cuff him. Gargano resists and pulls Ciampa into the post. Gargano has the cuffs now, and decides to follow Ciampa’s idea. He cuffs Ciampa’s hand, but Ciampa resists. Ciampa elbows Gargano right in the jaw! Ciampa goes back to the double stack tables, and brings Gargano up. Gargano fights out, lifts Ciampa in return, but Ciampa fights out. Ciampa hits Gargano, lifts him up, but Gargano slips into the ring. Gargano hits Ciampa and Ciampa teeters. Gargano SUPERKICKS Ciampa down through the tables!!
The count begins again, and passes 5 before Ciampa sits up. Ciampa uses what’s left of a crutch to stand at 9.5! Fans are getting their wish, these two look to “Fight Forever!” Ciampa staggers around but Gargano grimaces. Gargano locks his eyes on Ciampa, and fans know he has something brewing. Gargano goes out but Ciampa starts retreating. They end up on the stage, and Gargano kicks the crutch away. Gargano grounds ‘n’ pounds Ciampa on the ramp, then drags him up, to throw him into stage LED! That’s a flashback to the DIY breakdown. And then, GargaNO Escape! Ciampa taps, but that’s not how you win or lose this match.
Gargano grabs the cuffed hand, and drags Ciampa around by it, to cuff it to part of the stage! Ciampa can’t get away, so he begs for mercy. Gargano doesn’t show it, as he smashes Ciampa’s face into those LED boards! SUPERKICK! Ciampa is out, but Brooklyn wants “One More Time!” Gargano wants it, too, but Ciampa apologizes. Gargano says it’s too late for sorry, as he again SUPERKICKS Ciampa! Fans want yet another, so Gargano gives another SUPERKICK!
Gargano says Ciampa did this to himself. Ciampa begs and pleads with Gargano. But Gargano still doesn’t accept the apology, even as the count keeps climbing. Ciampa pleads, the referee counts, and Gargano… Pulls down his knee pad! Gargano gives Ciampa the Psycho Knee! But it also sends Gargano spilling over the edge and onto all the spare trunks! Both men are down, so now the count applies to both of them. The count reaches 5 but neither man stirs. Gargano shows signs of life at 7, crawls around, but CIampa slides off the stage just before 10!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa; still NXT Champion
Ciampa took so much damage, but it’s Gargano who suffers for going too far. Gargano loses by the slimmest of margins, but this is still Ciampa’s NXT. Ciampa leaves Gargano down and out, and possibly with a busted knee. He has the referee raise his hand, and he embraces the boos from Brooklyn. But then he comes back just to point and laugh at his fallen foe one more time. With Aleister Black still out with his own injuries from that ambush, who will step up to challenge the Blackhearted champion? As for Gargano, will this injury keep him out for a long time?
What an incredible night from NXT. They again set the bar really high on the main roster for Summerslam tomorrow. Another TakeOver opens with another amazing tag team championship match, and so many times I thought Mustache Mountain had it, but in the end it’s as I expected. Bate & Seven will move over to NXT UK to undoubtedly get those tag titles, but I’m also glad War Raiders made their presence known. We are going to hop onto that program right away, and I’m going to enjoy this taste of ROH in NXT. Then, Dream VS EC3 wasn’t enough to top previous Dream TakeOver matches, but what made it special was that Dream finally won. His pants read “Call me up” but let’s not let it be Vince, aka Raw. Dream needs to be “called up” by Paige and SmackDown or not at all.
Both the North American and Women’s Championships changed hands, and they were done so well that I can’t see anyone complaining. Cole VS Ricochet and Shayna VS Kairi were both back and forth because of how well they competitors knew each other, and it was great for the Faces to go over the Heel here. Ricochet makes Cole eat his words while Kairi shows Shayna she’s not unstoppable. These title changes set up great things for the future, especially with WWE Evolution on the horizon with a promised NXT Women’s Championship match. The way this works out for the combined Women’s Division is that we could see Kairi retain her title while fellow Stardom alum, Io Shirai, wins the second Mae Young Classic, to set up a Stardom-in-NXT instant classic down the road.
Then there was the Last Man Standing Match. The first one for the NXT Championship, and it already sets a high bar for the title. Actually it raises the bar for any Last Man Standing in the WWE period. With Aleister Black out, who knows what the Triple Threat would’ve been, but I’m willing to bet it still ended up very much the same: Gargano goes too far on Ciampa and it backfires, so that at the very least, Gargano doesn’t win. I can’t be sure how I really feel about Ciampa retaining this way, but I’m just curious if it’ll now tie itself into Aleister’s story. Aleister might accuse Ciampa of the attack to be completely wrong, but I wonder if they’d really just have Gargano go “It was me, Aleister! It was me all along!”
My Score: 8.8/10