— 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.
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/19/19)
Time for an Undisputed Celebration!
The Undisputed NXT Champion returns to Full Sail!
Adam Cole now reigns over all of NXT! But will his celebration alongside his pals go smoothly? Or will someone crash the party looking for their own shot?
- Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza; Priest wins.
- Taynara Conti VS Xia Li; Li wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle; The Undisputed Era wins.
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The Undisputed Era is back!
And not only are they sporting new gear, Adam Cole has THE NXT Championship around his waist! TakeOver: XXV was when he finally took over and defeated Johnny Wrestling decisively in one fall! The Undisputed Era form up in the ring, BAYBAY, and are in a great mood. Roderick Strong gets the mic for Cole and Full Sail is thunderous for their new champion. Cole says, “I told you so.” Cole said that 2019 would be the year the Undisputed Era is draped in gold. This is just the start of finally fulfilling that prophecy.
The Era does not start at the bottom and hope their work pays off. They start by attacking the top. They start by doing and taking whatever they want. And for anyone who stands in their way, they will regret it. Starting with THE title, the Era will remake NXT into an #UndisputedImage. Fans chant “Undisputed!” to echo that sentiment. As a matter of fact, Cole says the show should start like this: a highlight reel of JUST the Undisputed Era! Fans love that as much as the Era. The Era has a group hug. Kyle takes credit for throwing that together in one night. Cole says that is why they run NXT. They have all the power. It is #UndisputedPower.
So a message to the NXT North American and NXT Tag Team Champions: shine those belts up so they’re nice and pretty for Roddy, Bobby & Kyle. 2019 isn’t over and the Era will surely have all the gold, all the power and they won’t stop until they do. No one will be able to touch them. Not even Triple H himself! “The Undisputed Era will have every once of power that NXT has to offer.” But wait! Here comes NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream! Fans cheer for Dream as he responds to the Era. “Adam, no one can touch you? I’d like to touch you.” It’s adorable that the Era thinks they’re why NXT has risen to new heights. The NXT Experience growing is thanks to #DreamOver.
Cole does look good with the gold but Dream looks better. That top title would look amazing alongside the North American title. Seriously, Dream? Strong says when it comes to the title, what is that saying? It’s so clever but it escapes Strong. Oh yeah, “dream on.” In fact, Dream doesn’t deserve the title he has! Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! And Riddle asks Strong how hard he got hit at TakeOver. Because let’s be honest: Riddle beat Strong, and he beat Cole, too, baybay. Cole tells Riddle that what he is, is someone who just runs his mouth. He knows, he knows. He’s amazingly good looking and a total stallion.
Fans chant “Bro! Bro!” for Riddle but Cole says he should shut up. What he is, is jealous! Because Cole is the Undisputed Triple Crown, and the others have been champions, all before Riddle! And Riddle is jealous because he’s constantly dropped the ball. So maybe Riddle can go back to writing online reviews for the Attitude Era. Because news flash: that era is over, and Riddle’s era will never come. Because everyone else is living in the Undisputed Era! But wait, here comes Tyler Breeze! Prince Pretty joins Riddle and Dream on stage to say his piece. “Now I was in the back listening to all this while I was talking to Mr. Regal.” Breeze doesn’t care what is Undisputed, or who is better looking, even though it’s him.
What Breeze does care about is the Era trying to take credit for a brand that Breeze helped build before they were even here! Fans chant “OG! WOOP WOOP!” Therefore, Regal is using Breeze’s suggestion tonight: Breeze, Dream & Riddle VS any three Undisputed Era members, in the main event! Dream isn’t so sure about that but Riddle is all up for this #GorgeousDreamBros alliance. Will the Era be able to hold their ground against three top contenders?
Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza!
Punishment has transformed, and now NXT meets a dark and brooding monster of the night. Will Raul stay above the Mendoza Line? Or will Damien #LiveForever?
The bell rings and Damien smirks as he BOOTS Mendoza down! Damien throws big hands in the corner then whips Mendoza corner to corner. Mendoza staggers out into Damien’s big forearm shot! Damien looms over Mendoza, still smirking. Mendoza hits back but it barely makes Damien flinch. Damien ear claps then clobbers Mendoza down. Damien puts Mendoza in a corner but runs into a roundhouse! But he stays up! Mendoza rolls and fires back shots, then dodges to springboard enziguri! Mendoza whips but Damien reverses. Damien misses in the corner but ducks the springboard. Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl and back kicks to enziguri!
Damien stays up but he grows angry. He puts Mendoza on the apron but Mendoza climbs up and walks the ropes to dropkick Damien out! Damien is angrier still, and catches Mendoza’s DIVE to choke slam him on the apron!! Damien takes aim with his long bow, for a discus boot! Then dragon sleeper to rolling cutter! Cover, Damien wins!
Winner: Damien Martinez, by pinfall
Priest hits his target and gets his first win in NXT! Is it only the beginning of his immortality?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, has an announcement.
“Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment, we have more talent in the Performance Center than ever before.” Therefore, Regal will give eight members of that large talent pool an opportunity in a single elimination tournament, known as the NXT Breakout Tournament. The winner will get to challenge for a title of their choosing!
The eight participants of this incredible opportunity are: Jordan Myles, fka ACH; Boa; Cameron Grimes, fka Trevor Lee; Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland; Dexter Lumis, fka Sam Shaw; Bronson Reed, fka Jonah Rock; Angel Garza, fka Humberto Garza; and Joaquin Wilde, fka DJZ. Regal wishes the best of luck to all eight men, and we have our bracket! Lumis VS Reed, Swerve VS Grimes, Garza VS Wilde and Myles VS Boa! Who makes it all the way to the end to a golden breakout opportunity?
NXT takes a closer look at the HBIC.
The Head Baddie in Charge, Mia Yim, grew up in Southern California, during the ’90s when it was a street war between Black and Korean gangs. But as one of both heritages, she was rejected by both sides. She stood on her own two feet and fought to survive. From Shimmer to the Mae Young Classic, Mia gained a strong following. The fans compelled HHH to sign her, and she owes them so much. She’ll never let the fans down. Mia has already racked up a strong record in NXT, but she’s only just getting started. The rose that grew from concrete is not going to let Shayna Baszler bully the others again. The Blasian Baddie is ready to show “The B*tch of Spades” that she is both the hell and high water that’s coming for her.
Taynara Conti VS Xia Li!
With competition in all divisions gearing up, the Brazilian judoka and “spicy” Chinese martial artist are not going to be left behind. They have a score to settle with each other, so who rises to the challenge and takes a step up the ladder?
The bell rings and Taynara offers a handshake. Li shakes it and this is a respectful match-up. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder in the knuckle lock. Taynara slips through to roll Li, TWO! Li gets Tanyara to a jackknife, TWO! Taynara rushes back in but Li standing switches with her. Taynara pries out to judo throw Li down. She rolls and pulls Li up but LI dodges the boot to roll Taynara! TWO, and the two go again. Taynara blocks, throws again but Li lands a bit better. Li swings furious kicks and that backs Taynara down. Li bows to Taynara, then dodges and runs to springboard and wheelbarrow to throw Taynara!
Taynara gets to a corner but Li is right on her. Li whips corner to corner but Taynara reverses. Li hops up and pushes Taynara back, to then dropkick her down! Taynara is dizzy but she still dodges Li. Taynara kicks the leg then throws Li down hard by her hair! Fans fire up as Taynara toys with Li. Taynara says “Latinas do it better!” before booting Li down. Cover, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Taynara loses her cool and kicks Li hard! Cover, TWO! Taynara grows frustrated but she keeps on Li with clubbing forearms. “I know what I’m doing!” Taynara whips Li to a corner and runs in for big double knees! Then she monkey flips Li and rolls to a cover, TWO! Taynara hammers away on Li then covers again, TWO! Taynara pulls on Li’s arms and digs her knees in. Li endures and fans rally up.
Taynara pulls harder, thrashing Li around. Fans rally up again and Li powers up. Li gets to a corner but Taynara pushes her into buckles. Taynara eggs Li on, but misses double knees! Li waits for Taynara to sweep her legs! Then Li dodges and boots her down! Li fires up and rallies with more kicks! Li whips but Tayanra reverses. But Li jumps up and over! Roundhouse misses but not the heel kick! Cover, Li wins!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
The kick combo got the better of the Brazilian here! Xia Li stays spicy, but can she get a hot streak going towards the title?
It’s an NXT Tag Team Championship edition of #StreetTalk!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins sport those tag team titles as they walk the Full Sail campus. The Street Profits are about to party, but first, they’ll be taking on the Forgotten Sons. The grind don’t stop! Ford loves it, right up until he drops his crown. Full Sail is there for the Street Profits championship parade. “This right here? This don’t happen without the fans!” Never stop doing what you do, Full Sail! Because if they never stop, the Profits will never stop! But will it all stop when they take on the savage Blake & Cutler?
Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle!
When it comes to NXT, all roads lead to titles! Strong, O’Reilly & Fish want at the North American and Tag Team Championships. As for the #GorgeousDreamBros, they’d each love to be competing for THE NXT Championship. Which trio makes the better case for their golden ambitions with a win here tonight?
The teams sort out, and to everyone’s surprise, Cole is in the match instead of Kyle. The belts are put aside and Riddle convinces his teammates that he’ll start against Cole. Fans are divided all over the place even before the bell. The bell rings and Riddle circles with Cole. Riddle gets Cole in a waistlock and slams him fast! Cole scrambles but gets thrown down again! Riddle drags Cole up, rolls him, and has the kneebar! Strong jumps in but backs off as Riddle lets Cole go to go after Strong! Cole kicks Riddle and puts him in the Undisputed corner for stomps! Tag to Fish and he throws forearms and body shots.
Tag to Strong and Strong CHOPS Riddle in an open corner. But Riddle gut wrenches and suplexes Strong! And again! Strong rolls but Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle has Strong in a facelock and Dream tags in. Dream drops ax handles on Strong! Dream swivels the hips but Strong whips him. Strong misses the clothesline and gets Dream’s dropkick! Dream baits Strong into a haymaker, then climbs up fast. But Dream jumps into a body shot! Tag to Fish and Fish throws knees into Dream’s stomach. Fish trash talks but Dream comes back with haymakers. Fish kicks and boots Dream but Dream elbows Fish. Dream jumps up to ax handle Fish down. Dream runs at the Undisputed corner but they all get clear.
Fish runs at Dream but Dream dodges to give him a bulldog! Dream keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fish’s face got the worst of all that, but Dream is on him with haymakers. Tag to Breeze and Breeze has a facelock. Fish powers Breeze to the Undisputed corner and Cole tags in. Cole throws haymakers on Breeze and knocks him down. “You don’t belong here, Tyler!” Cole runs into Breeze’s gorgeous dropkick! Breeze drags Cole up and tags in Riddle. Riddle kicks Cole hard, then fisherman suplexes him! Bridging cover, TWO! Riddle keeps on Cole with knees to the ribs, then spins him around for a waistlock. Cole fights out of the lift, but Riddle reels him in. Cole breaks out again but misses his Pele. Riddle waistlocks then wristlock ripcords to a Bro Trigger!
Strong runs in but Dream tosses him out. Fish runs in but gets Breeze’s SUPER MODEL KICK! Dream leaps out onto Strong with ax handles while Breeze pushes Fish out. Riddle goes side to side to give Cole forearm shots, then an exploder suplex! Riddle misses the Penalty Kick and the moonsault, but not the Bro-ton! But on the outside, Strong whips Dream into steps! Kyle distracts and that allows Fish to blast Riddle with an elbow! Cole tags Strong and Strong gives Riddle a backbreaker! Then a CHOP! Strong drags Riddle around to CHOP in the corner again, and give another backbreaker! Tag to Fish and Fish drags Riddle up for fast hands. Riddle hits back but Fish kicks the legs out. Fish kicks Riddle down then tags in Cole.
Cole drags Riddle up to a snapmare and drives his knee in over and over to the back. Cole wraps on a chinlock and cranks hard. Fans rally up for Riddle and Riddle fights back. Riddle fireman’s carries but Cole fights out, only to get a roundhouse! Riddle suplexes, but Cole counters with a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Cole is furious. Cole drags Riddle over and Strong tags in. Strong stomps Riddle out then drags Riddle up. Strong gives Riddle a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong clubs away on Riddle all over, then tags in Fish. Fish slingshots for a senton! Cover but they’re too close to ropes. Fish drags Riddle up for a snap suplex then covers, TWO! Fish drags Riddle around into a body scissors. He grinds a forearm into Riddle’s face but fans rally up.
Riddle pries his way out and throws elbows, but Fish rakes the eyes. Fish stomps Riddle down then tags Cole. Cole gives Riddle stomps then taunts him. Cole hits Dream hard just because! Riddle CHOPS Cole and throws big hands from all sides! But Cole stomps the bare feet. Cole fakes Riddle out with the muel kick, but leaps into a Bro Trigger! Hot tags to Fish and Breeze! Breeze rallies on the Undisputed Era! Forearm, forearm and SUPER MODEL KICK! Fish mule kicks and runs but into an enziguri! Fish flounders and Breeze hits another forearm. Breeze reels Fish in but Fish counters to a fireman’s carry. But Breeze slips out to give Fish a Beauty Shot! Cover, but Strong drags Fish to safety! Or so they think, as Breeze builds speed. But Dream tags in!?
Dream and Breeze argue and they don’t see Strong tag in. Cole SUPERKICKS Riddle down! Breeze and Dream double SUPERKICK Cole! But Strong’s super knee hits Breeze into Dream! Then Strong drags Dream up for End of Heartache!! Cover, the Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Roderick Strong pinning
Strong not only takes this for his team, he gets a pin on the North American Champion! Is the takeover of NXT truly on its way for the Undisputed Era?
Another great episode here! The opening segment was so great, with the Undisputed Era giving their promos, then the back and forth of them and the Faces. It definitely seems like we’ll be getting a later match of Dream, Breeze and Riddle to determine Cole’s challenger at TakeOver: Toronto. The Six Man Tag tonight was incredible, especially with the swerve of Cole being in for Kyle, who really does need some rest after that TakeOver ladder match. Seeing the dysfunction in the Face team felt right this time, since Dream was teaming with former challengers of his own. Strong getting the cover also makes sense, he’s the guy for the midcard title while reDRagon will focus on the tag team titles.
The Street Profits VS Forgotten Sons next week will be really good, but given Jaxson Ryker costing the Era against Lorcan & Burch before, expect them to return the favor and cost the Sons. Tayanra VS Li was a great match, and I recall Taynara winning before, so Li winning here is to keep them even. However, it is clear Mia Yim is moving into contention next with that solid video package giving us more about herself. Next week’s Steel Cage match will be great, but now it feels like Shayna will still find a way to win and have Mia challenge her in Toronto. Damien Priest, formerly known as Punishment Martinez, had a good debut against Raul Mendoza. It was very reminiscent of his early days in ROH, so expect him to move up fast towards the North American title, assuming Dream retains.
Speaking of “formerly known as,” so many of those Breakout Tournament competitors had name changes. But either way, it’s great to see ACH, Trevor Lee, Shane Strickland, Garza and the others debuting via this tournament. For that matter, this tournament is a great idea and already makes for a great tradition. Just wondering where Shogun Brennan Williams is, though… At this point, I can’t say one way or another who wins, but I would think the winner goes right for THE NXT Championship. With eight participants, that’s seven matches, and with this tournament starting next week, they could do a match a week and still put the finals at TakeOver: Toronto. Pretty sure the schedule will be different from that, but either way, the winner will have a great moment Summerslam weekend to launch their NXT career.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/19/19)
Who wins themselves some #ToniTime?
Everyone wants at the NXT UK Women’s Champion!
But only one woman can have her! The entirety of the NXT UK Women’s locker room competes in a Battle Royal to determine Toni Storm’s next opponent!
- Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- The Hunt VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Kay Lee Ray wins and will face Toni Storm for the title, at a time of her choosing.
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NXT UK may have a new ruling power.
Imperium and British Strong Style fought it out in an incredible Six Man Tag main event last week, but a new face would sway the balance. Alexander Wolfe, formerly of SAnitY, pledges allegiance to Imperium as he helps them down British Strong Style! Will this fearsome foursome take over all of NXT UK?
NXT UK is at the Download Festival!
The formation of the brand owes a lot Derby, England and this three-day-weekend musical event! However, Nigel McGuinness opts out, so the Drama King, Aiden English, joins Vic Joseph on commentary!
Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno!
The Lucky Yan goes solo while Amir Jordan is still out of action! But can he #StayLucky against the Knockout Artist and Wrestling Genius?
The bell rings and Ohno stays back in the corner a moment. He eventually comes out and ties up with Kenny. Ohno wrenches and drags Kenny to the mat, steps through and has the wristlock. Fans cheer for the technical prowess, but Kenny rolls and hooks a leg. But Ohno gets both of Kenny’s arms to pull back in the motorcycle stretch. Ohno steps through to hook the arm, but Kenny works his way to a facelock. Fans rally but Ohno wrenches the arm again. Kenny brings Ohno back in for a facelock, but Ohno powers out to again wrench the arm. Ohno spins through to throw Kenny down to the mat. He keeps on the arm at the elbow joint, but Kenny endures. Kenny gets up and hops up to headscissor! Ohno stays up, and gets to the ropes. The ref calls for the ropebreak and Kenny honors it.
Fans cheer as Ohno is allowed to come out of the corner. Ohno ties up with Kenny and gets that arm again! Kenny endures but drops to a knee. Ohno wrenches more but Kenny jumps up and out! Kenny hurdles Ohno and rolls him up but Ohno rolls through. Kenny gets to a corner, shaking out the bad arm. Ohno runs in but Kenny goes up and over to then roll and bait Ohno in. Ohno falls for it, and Kenny rolls to get the leg. Kenny has Ohno on one foot as he hops up to get the headlock. Ohno powers Kenny to ropes but Kenny uses them to go up and over! Kenny hurdles to a sunset flip, but Ohno stays up. Ohno yanks Kenny up and shoves him, to catch him upside-down in the ropes!
Ohno laces the legs for a pseudo Tree of Woe, and he stomps Kenny into the apron! The ref counts and Ohno lets up to untie Kenny. Ohno yanks Kenny into the ropes by his feet! Kenny flounders to a corner but Ohno is on him again. Ohno throws a SLAP of a haymaker! Kenny is rocked but Ohno clubs away. Ohno puts Kenny in a corner for a CHOP! Kenny is sent reeling and Ohno kicks Kenny down. Fans want “One More Time!” and Ohno grins as he snapmares to a cover. TWO, but Ohno is on Kenny with a chinlock. Ohno shifts to an arm surfboard, but fans taunt, “Please don’t eat him!” Ohno gets annoyed, and he hauls Kenny up to a fireman’s carry for a rolling senton! Fans cheer while Kenny writhes and flounders.
Ohno stomps Kenny to a corner but Kenny pushes and chops back. Ohno shoves Kenny then snapmares him, for a big back senton, onto knees! Kenny gets Ohno there, but it really only angers Ohno. Ohno gets up but walks into Kenny’s uppercut! And CHOP! Kenny keeps chopping from both sides! Ohno whips to CHOP Kenny back, then brushes himself off. Ohno keeps Kenny against the ropes, takes off the arm band, then runs. Kenny catches Ohno in a wheelbarrow, but Ohno blocks and pops him up for a back suplex. Kenny lands on his feet! He waistlocks and rolls Ohno back, TWO! Pendulum Penalty Kick! Ohno rolls out of the ring but fans rally up. Kenny builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Kenny skins the cat to DIVE! And down goes Ohno!
Fans cheer on “NXT!” as Kenny gets Ohno in. Kenny climbs up as Ohno stands. Kenny leaps for a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kenny can’t believe it, but he fires himself up as he goes to Ohno. He fires off headbutts and clubbing forearms, but his springboard is tripped up! Dream Crusher elbow! Ohno drags the floppy Kenny to a cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius takes care of Kenny’s miscalculations and gets another victory! Will Ohno prove he is the best at UK wrestling despite being American?
Imperium is here!
Ohno makes sure not to be in the way of Walter, Wolfe, Aichner and Barthel as the four walk out on stage. The four of them head to the ring, but for what? We find out after the break.
NXT UK returns with all four men in the ring, and fans chanting “Walter~! Walter~!” But the one to speak first is Marcel Barthel, which gets a lot of boos and “What?!” chants. Barthel waits until they’re over. “Apparently, you people think we are here to entertain you.” But Barthel assures them, they’re not. Imperium stands on the mat that is sacred, to restore honor to this sport. Aichner takes the mic to speak next, but fans chant “We Want Wrestling!” Aichner says that as we saw last week, “our numbers have increased. Our unit is now complete.” Fans troll Aichner with “Who Are Ya?” Aichner says fans will respect Imperium’s values. NXT UK will obey. Fans now chant, “We Want Peter!” and “Bruiserweight!” in reference to Pete Dunne.
But Wolfe speaks third, saying, “When I saw the opportunity to join Imperium, I had no doubt at all. It felt right to join Imperium. It felt right because this unit treats professional wrestling with respect.” Wolfe says that this brand, NXT UK, is not a playground. And Imperium WILL protect the legacy of this sport. Walter takes the mic now and speaks. “Talking about kids on the playground, Travis Banks. You may ahve a WWE United Kingdom Championship opportunty, but things will be done the way we want them to be done!” Therefore, Johnny Saint made the match for next week! But look at the group of men in the ring with Walter! They put Pete Dunne away, so Travis may be a brave young man, but he is a fool if he thinks he stands a chance! “We are Imperium! And this mat is SACRED!”
But here comes the Kiwi Buzzsaw to respond! Travis Banks is on stage with a mic of his own, to tell Imperium that if they want to do this next week, he has no problem. He has worked years for such an opportunity! Walter faces the Buzzsaw, and Banks promises Walter will need to bring everything he’s got! Will Banks tear down Imperium already? Or is not even years of hard work enough to overcome an Austrian Anomaly?
NXT UK Media catches up with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova finishes up a call with his mum as reporters asked about his recent behavior, such as tricking Mark Andrews into thinking their rematch was a friendly one. What does he say to those claiming he’s “taking a dive?” Dar is offended! He just came back from a career-threatening injury! He should be getting a medal for this! Dar then says hey to his pal, Kenny Williams. Well things aren’t going his way, so Dar will give him some advice. It’s about time Kenny… How to put it? Dar illustrates it by holding up his arm. This is a wing, and there’s plenty of room for Kenny to be under it. Kenny tells Dar that this wing is gonna the way his knee did acting like this.
Dar tells Kenny to calm down. He’s just trying to help a friend. Maybe Kenny can become the perfect support act, and then his luck will turn around. Just think about it. Talk soon, bye bye. Kenny lets his “friend” head off in the wind, but will this attitude problem blow over between them?
The Hunt VS Gallus!
Just as Wild Boar and Primate returned victoriously to NXT UK, Wolfgang and Mark Coffey made it clear the Tag Team Division would be their kingdom! But now, Gallus will have to face these wild animals fair and square in the squared circle! Will Mark and Wolfgang survive The Hunt?
The teams sort out, and Primate starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings and the brawl is on! Mark and Primate don’t back down so Wolfgang and Wild Boar rush in! Brawls all over the ring, the referee isn’t sure what to do! He tries to get them to sort out, but Gallus gets thrown out! The Hunt fires up and DOUBLE DIVE! The brawling just continues against the barriers! Primate clobbers Wolfgang then goes after Mark. Primate puts Mark in the ring but Mark comes back with forearms. Mark and Primate continue to brawl, but Primate powers Mark to the corner. Boar tags in and he stalks Mark to drop a back senton! Boar drops another, and fans cheer his wild style.
Wild Boar drags Mark up for big haymakers but Mark gets to ropes. The ref tries to get Boar back but Mark gives Boar a sucker punch! Mark boots Boar then full nelsons to a slam! Tag to Wolfgang who hits Primate before giving Boar a flying splash! Wolfgang keeps on Boar with furious hands while Primate protests. The ref keeps Primate back and Wolfgang wrenches Boar’s neck. Wild Boar endures and fans rally up. Wild Boar works his way up but Wolfgang shoves him to the Gallus corner. Tag to Mark and Wolfgang whips Boar back in. Mark throws body shots and kicks, then clubs Boar down. Cover, TWO! Mark stomps Boar and drops knees. Fans rally up for “Boar! Boar!” but Wolfgang tags in.
Gallus mugs Boar and Wolfgang wraps Boar in a half nelson. Boar endures while fans duel, “Let’s Go, Gallus!” “Gallus Sucks!” Wolfgang thrashes Boar around in a grounded full nelson! Boar still endures, and works his way back up and powers Wolfgang to the corner. But Mark tags in and boots Wolfgang down! Mark drops knees then wraps on a chinlock and half nelson. Mark almost has a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Boar fights but Mark knees him back down. Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus mugs Boar more. Wolfgang puts on another full nelson, then throws Boar hard into the corner. Tag back to Mark and the mugging continues. Tag to Wolfgang, and Mark feeds Boar to his scoop. But Boar slips out to shove Wolfgang into Mark! Hot tag to Primate!
Primate rallies on Gallus as fans cheer! He stalks Wolfgang to a corner to fire off hammering fists! Primate whips corner to corner for a BIG clothesline, to an exploder! Primate fires up with the fans, but he has to hit Mark down first. Wolfgang hits Primate then whips, but Primate reverses to back drop! Primate wants Wolfgang to stand, and fans bark, but Wolfgang tosses Primate out! Mark tackles Boar into steel steps! Gallus gets Primate in and Mark tags. Mark feeds Primate to Wolfgang’s scoop, enziguri powerslam! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, Mark Coffey pinning
The Hunt is downed by the divide and conquer strategy! Gallus rolls on, but will they truly make the NXT UK Tag Team Division their kingdom?
Joe Coffey comes out to celebrate with his team, but then sees Wild Boar getting up. Gallus goes after Boar, 3v1! Fans boo as Mark and Wolfgang hold Boar up for All the Best for the Bells! Primate revives but the Coffey Brothers punch and stomp him down. But here comes Bomber Dave Mastiff! Mastiff owes Gallus for costing him a title shot! But Gallus runs away! When and where will Gallus have to answer to the big bad Bomber from Black Country?
Backstage interview with Moustache Mountain.
It is official! After hearing out the fans, GM Johnny Saint grants Trent Seven and Tyler Bate a rematch with Grizzled Young Veterans for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships! Seven and Bate are happy that this is finally happened. It was back in January that they had that first match. But to be fair, Moustache Mountain has been busy. Where is their focus going into this match? “If you want to be the absolute pinnacle and the absolute peak of your industry, then there’s gonna be certain distractions.” Their plate was full, with Gallus and now Imperium. But the tag titles are now their focus. They will prove to the NXT UK Universe and the world that Moustache Mountain is the best. Will it be Seven & Bate who are soon to be recognized as the best team on NXT UK?
NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
The Lightning from Down Under is still THE NXT UK Women’s Champion, but after dealing with Nina Samuels, there’s plenty of #ToniTime to go around. Nina still has a shot in this battle royal, but so does Xia Brookside, Candy Floss, Killer Kelly, Isla Dawn, Rhea Ripley, Piper Niven, Kay Lee Ray, Jinny and The Alpha Female, Jazzy Gabert. With such fierce competition in the ring, who is the last woman left to go after Toni Storm’s “Shiny Shiny?”
NXT UK returns as KLR makes her entrance, followed by Piper Niven. Piper eyes Jazzy as she’s already in the center of the ring. But then Piper’s attention turns to the instigator, the Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley, as she makes her entrance. Rhea and Piper have wanted at each other in the ring, this might be their opportunity to do just that. With all the participants in the ring, the bell rings and the fight is on!
Jinny goes at Isla while Jazzy seems completely untouched. Perhaps no one wants to challenge the Alpha Female’s power just yet. But then Candy Floss and a pair of newcomers from the NXT UK tryouts gang up on her. They’re not enough and Jazzy fights her way out! She mule kicks Rhio McDonnell and back elbows Winona Makanji then lariats Candy down. Jazzy throws and ELIMINATES Rhio! Winona tries again, but then immediately regrets it. Jazzy grabs her with one hand but Winona fights out. Jazzy tries the other hand but again Winona fights out. So Jazzy grabs Winona with both hands to knee her low and throw her out. Winona holds on but gets a CHOP! Jazzy ELIMINATES Winona!
Jazzy turns her attention to Candy Floss for furious strikes! KLR CHOPS Xia while Isla fights off both Nina Samuels and Jinny. Jazzy lifts Candy in the Canadian rack, for a Dominator Slam! And a hard one. Jinny sees this, and takes Candy for herself, to ELIMINATE Candy! The Spoiled Princess gets on the board but with help from Jazzy. Xia headscissors KLR out but through the middle rope! KLR is still in the match. Jinny goes after Xia while Jazzy knocks down Killer Kelly. Rhea goes after Isla while Nina goes after Piper. Jazzy and Jinny regroup and Jazzy clobbers Xia. Jazzy drags Xia up for another, but Xia dodges! Jinny is on Xia but gets a boot while Piper lifts Jazzy! Piper puts Jazzy on the apron, and headbutts her! Xia sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Jazzy!! The Alpha Female is furious and the Fierce Fashionista is shocked!
Jinny has no choice but to be alone in this. And everyone else knows it. Xia, Piper and Isla give Jinny forearms and kicks, then Piper throws Jinny hard into buckles! Piper splashes Jinny, then feeds her to a double trophy lift from Xia and Isla! Together, they throw Jinny out! Jazzy saves her boss by carrying her to the other side. Referees tell Jazzy to leave, and she finally does. But Jinny runs at Xia to be put on the apron! Xia forearms and ELIMINATES Jinny! Including KLR, who is still down and out on the outside, Xia is among the final seven in this match! Xia goes after Killer Kelly to help out Piper while Nina has Isla in the corner. Rhea is down but crawling to clear space in the ring.
Rhea and Nina work together on Isla, but Piper runs in to pull Nina off. Piper CHOPS Nina while Kelly clubs Xia. Isla elbows Rhea away and Nina hits Piper back. Nina hoists Piper up but Piper gets to the apron. Piper headbutts Nina down, then gets back in with an elbow drop! Nina gasps for air while Kelly brawls with Rhea. Rhea shoves Kelly to then flapjack her on ropes and throw her over! Rhea ELIMINATES Killer Kelly! Meanwhile, Isla and Xia fight with each other, because there are no friends in battle royals. But then the friends realize they have a greater enemy in Rhea! They go after her with forearms and stomps while Nina survives Piper’s shoves. Rhea fights her way out but Isla and Xia are right back on her. Piper and Rhea end up back to back as they fight off Nina, Xia and Isla.
Rhea scoops Xia to ram her into a Tree of Woe! She stomps away but Isla saves Xia. But Rhea hits back, then throws and ELIMINATES Isla Dawn! Piper and Rhea spot each other, but Nina keeps on Piper. Piper throws and ELIMINATES Nina! Now Rhea and Piper can finally go toe to toe! Rhea SLAPS Piper but Piper SLAPS back! Rhea hits again, but so does Piper. The brawl picks up speed but Piper headbutts Rhea down! Piper runs corner to corner, CANNONBALL! She drags Rhea around, then climbs up, but Rhea anchors Piper’s feet! Rhea clubs Piper and shoves her to the apron. Rhea boots but misses! Piper drags Rhea out to join her and they brawl some more! Xia sees this, lines it up, and dropkicks them both! She ELIMINATES Piper AND Rhea! But everyone forgot about KLR!!
KLR gets in, and Xia notices the fans’ change in reactions! Xia turns around, and gets clobbered by KLR! Fans boo but KLR gives Xia a lift and a toss! KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship
They all forgot her again, but now they’ll all have to acknowledge KLR as the next challenger. Will KLR immortalize herself as the woman to dethrone Toni Storm?
A really good NXT UK right here! Ohno VS Kenny was a great opening match, Kenny did a lot better than I thought he would. But Ohno wins because one, his own story needs to continue, and two, it pushes Kenny’s story with Dar. Dar VS Kenny is going to be a really good match, too, and perhaps a great rivalry since both can be in the NXT UK and Cruiserweight Divisions. Ohno was also clever in reacting that way to Imperium. Imperium had a decent set of promos, and the fans were pretty rowdy in a good way during it. Travis Banks also has a decent promo, and it’s great to hear that we’re already getting the WWE UK Championship match. This is more of a reason to say Banks is just fodder until a bigger challenger shows up for Cardiff.
The Hunt VS Gallus was solid, but it was great to see Mastiff come to the rescue. I expect a Six Man Tag of Mastiff & The Hunt VS Gallus to happen soon. This also saves Mastiff for Cardiff, he’d be a great challenger for Walter, even if he doesn’t win. We already knew from Grizzled Young Veterans that the Download Festival would have the NXT UK Tag Team Championships on the line, but now we know for sure it’s with Moustache Mountain and not jobbers. This could mean title changes, which would be interesting since there’s still a lot of time before Cardiff. Perhaps that means Cardiff will have Moustache Mountain VS GYV VS Imperium’s Aichner & Barthel in a big Triple Threat. That kind of match could go any which way by my math.
That Women’s Battle Royal, while historic for NXT UK, was booked about any other battle royal tends to get booked. If it wasn’t already obvious KLR was going to be Toni’s next challenger after all the promos, being tossed out through the second rope and completely forgotten by the other competitors was another big indicator. It was great for Xia to eliminate Jazzy, Jinny, and both Rhea and Piper after those two had their own moments, and therefore giving Xia the most eliminations of the match, it was all just to get some Heel heat on KLR when she’s actually a well-liked superstar. I can’t be sure if KLR or Toni is the one to choose the time and place, but it has to be before Cardiff, right? KLR VS Xia could fit in for a fun match that could get KLR even more heat leading into that.
My Score: 8.3/10
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