We have a NEW Lucha Underground Champion, who was also the NEW Gift of the Gods Champion for one night only. What will happen in the Moth Era of the Temple?
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- Sacrifice to the Gods Match: Matanza Cueto VS Jack Evans; Matanza wins and Evans is sacrificed.
- Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Ivelisse, Joey Ryan & XO Lishus; The Reptile Tribe wins and retains the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
- 2v1 Nunchaku Match: Aerostar & Drago VS Jake Strong; Strong wins.
- Lucha Underground Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Pentagon Dark VS King Cuerno VS Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr; Pentagon wins and will face Marty “The Moth” Martinez for the title at Ultima Lucha 4.
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Matt Striker reads Antonio Cueto’s message on-air as requested.
From the Desk of Antonio Cueto:
Last week, four men all had the same dream: being in the main event of Ultima Lucha. But those dreams were crushed in one action-packed hour of the Lucha Underground telecast. First, Marty the Moth ended El Dragon Azteca’s dream when he won the Gift of the Gods title. Then after Pentagon Dark dashed the dreams of Mil Muertes and King Cuerno by retaining the Lucha Underground title, Marty the Moth swooped in and defeated Pentagon for that belt, and completely changed the landscape of the Temple.
We are left with many questions. Would Pentagon have lost if he hadn’t just been through a hellacious three-way war? Would Marty have been able to beat Mil Muertes or King Cuerno? And would El Dragon Azteca still be the Gift of the Gods Champion if not for the vicious attack of Fenix? So it seems all of these men have a legitimate claim to being #1 contender. Only one will realize the dream of main eventing Ultima Lucha. Tonight, in our main event, these four men will do battle with each other, and the winner will face The Moth for the Lucha Underground Championship at Ultima Lucha Quatro.
Signed, Antonio Cueto.
What a major move by Padre del Jefe! Who will survive when darkness, death and dreams collide?
Jack Evans is in the ring.
The mouth of the Worldwide Underground takes the mic from Melissa Santos before his match begins, and claims to speak for everyone when he says, “Shut up.” The fans tell Jack to shut up, but Jack knows everyone deep-down would love to see a match from Lucha’s One True God, him. Well too bad, this isn’t happening! He’s not going to compete in a promotion that allows such a “dastardly and vile individual like XO Lishus fight freely!” And on top of all that, Jack is worried about Johnny Mundo after the incident at the wedding. Jack was in no shape to participate, but had he been there, he would’ve ripped Matanza’s head off! “But alas”, there will be no match for Jack, not at all. Because while he said “No Mas” in the match, he’s saying “I Quit” tonight!
But Antonio Cueto appears! And he tells Jack that “Nobody likes quitters.” However, Antonio is compassionate and hears the complaints. Antonio makes it clear: Jack will compete tonight. And if Jack wins, he can walk right out that door. But if he loses, Jack will never walk out of the Temple again. Because he has been chosen… as the next Sacrifice to the Gods!!
Sacrifice to the Gods Match: Matanza Cueto VS Jack Evans!
This is not at all what Jack wanted! Jack apologizes but then runs for it! He hurries up the stairs, but the door won’t open! And when it finally does, The Monster God is there! Jack says one last prayer, before Matanza grabs him by the throat. Jack manages to break free and he runs back down the stairs. Matanza gives chase and Antonio trips Jack up. Believers chant “Sacrifice!” as Matanza reaches ringside. Jack gets in the ring but Mantaza has him by the foot! Matanza drags Jack out to gut wrench powerbomb him on the apron! Jack crumbles and writhes, but Matanza is far from done with him. Matanza picks Jack up and hauls him into the ring. He dumps Jack in like a sack, and Jack barely stirs as fans rally.
The bell rings and this match finally begins. Matanza drags Jack up for body shots, but then misses the splash. Jack goes up and over and spins but his kick misses. Matanza has Jack in a waistlock, but Jack grabs at the corner. Matanza yanks Jack back, Jack rips off the buckle pad! Jack elbows away on Matanza, but can’t get free. So he runs at the exposed buckle, and manages to drive Mantaza into it! Matanza staggers, Jack springboards and hits the spinning kick! He doesn’t cover yet, he climbs up top. Jack hits a 630!! Cover, TWO as Matanza sits right up. Matanza carries Jack around, for Wrath of the Gods! Cover, Matanza wins!
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall
The Dragonslayer has been slain, and as Believers chant for it, the sacrifice is made! Jack Evans is gone forever, and the Worldwide Underground is falling apart. Who will be next on the chopping block for the Monster God’s insatiable hunger?
Lucha Underground Trios Championships: The Reptile Tribe VS Ivelisse, Joey Ryan & XO Lishus!
The Baddest Bitch in the Temple wanted to be Gift of the Gods Champion to then become THE Lucha Underground Champion, but no such luck. However, she’s been Trios Champion before, and now has two new allies to try it again. Can the Bad, the Sleazy and the Flamboyant combine to defeat the sinister snakes?
But wait, the Mad Hatter appears? Paul London says the time has come, and he is honored to present the Rabid, the Unpredictable and the Uncaged… EL BUNNY! Yes, the littlest luchador since Mascarita Sagrada joins London, “but there’s more.” It would be wise to rise for “the unholy father of time”, the Enlightened One, The White Rabbit! The Rabbit Tribe has been reborn, but the match is still just the Reptiles versus the eccentrics. The Rabbit Tribe watches as the belts are raised and we begin with Jeremiah Snake and Joey Ryan.
The Undead Death Machine stares down Sleazy Ryan with those dead eyes. Joey offers his lollipop, and Jeremiah accepts! Then he boots Joey in the face! He brings Joey over and tags in Queen Kobra Moon. He elbows and she runs, wheelbarrow launch into headscissors. But Joey blocks with power, to bring Kobra back up and buckle bomb her at Jeremiah! King Daga comes in but Joey ducks and dodges to send Daga’s dropkick into Kobra and Jeremiah! Joey then tosses Daga out and brings Kobra over. Fans fire up as Joey tags in XO! XO rolls Kobra, TWO, so he splits and arm-drags. He blocks Kobra’s punch to then acrobatically arm-drag Kobra again!
XO runs into a knee from Kobra, and Kobra drags him over to her corner. Tag to Daga, then tag to Jeremiah. Daga orders Jeremiah to attack, and Jeremiah attacks XO with vicious two-handed choking! Daga then coordinates with Jeremiah while Kobra holds XO down. Joey protests but can’t do anything about Jeremiah helping launch Daga’s dropkick into XO! Jeremiah drags XO up but XO fights back. Jeremiah clubs XO down then stalks him. He whips XO but XO kicks back. XO runs and wheelbarrows for a stunner! Both men are down but the Believers rally up. XO and Jeremiah crawl, hot tags to Daga and Ivelisse! Ivelisse rallies on Daga and Kobra, then fires off fast palm strikes and a scorpion kick to Daga! She runs and sunset flip powerbombs! Cover, but Jeremiah breaks it.
Jeremiah, when he was alive, was Ivelisse’s ex. Things went south when his ex, Catrina, came around, and then Ivelisse put Jeremiah in the ground. But now that they’re face to face again, she tries to reach through to his humanity. Jeremiah ignores that and goes to choke slam, but she breaks out to enziguri! Daga returns but Ivelisse dropkicks him to her corner. Tag to Joey and they drag Daga up. They double whip Daga into XO’s bootylicious attack! XO gets all then, then Daga gets double SUPERKICKS! Cover, but Kobra breaks it. Kobra double dropkicks XO and Ivelisse, then slithers up to the Sleaze. Joey takes Kobra up and tosses her out onto her King and knight!
Believers fire up for Joey as Joey rallies up XO. XO twerks, builds speed and fakes the snakes out so that Ivelisse can cannonball. Then XO slingshots over to finish them off! Joey drags Daga up and in, and pulls out a second lollipop! It’s green apple, and he gives it to Jeremiah. Then Joey SUPERKICKS Jeremiah down, and he falls onto Xo, Ivelisse and Kobra! Joey swings at Daga but Daga rolls him up and around and back again, for a modified cross armbreaker! Joey taps, The Reptile Tribe wins!
Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Daga by submission; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
Joey got caught off guard by that anaconda armbar, and the Reptiles retain. The Rabbits like it, though, because now they know who to aim for. Tick-tock says the clock, and London walks down the stairs with El Bunny. XO and Joey are vulnerable in the ring, as Bunny springboards in! Bunny dropkicks XO down, then does the same to Joey! London aims him at XO and he hits a rabbit bronco buster. Ivelisse returns, but London kicks her first. Then Bunny finisher her with a dropkick. London puts Ivelisse, XO and Joey on the ropes right in a row. The White Rabbit says “Tick Tock!” Is time running out on this strange trio already?
2v1 Nunchaku Match: Aerostar & Drago VS Jake Strong!
The Savage has been undefeated and unrelenting since his debut. He’s broken ankles and taken trophies, but he also bullied the wrong pair of luchadors. Will Jake stay strong after facing the Lucha Super Amigos? Or will size not matter in a game of numbers and nunchucks?
The bell rings and Strong keeps from being flanked. Aero moves in first but Strong tosses him out. Drago climbs up and jumps but Strong catches him. Aero springboard missile dropkicks in and topples Strong over! Drago covers, TWO! Drago kicks away then Aero adds on. The Super Amigos double whip but Strong double barrels through them! Strong drags Aero up for a whip into a corner. He whips Drago in and stacks them up, to then run in for a double decker splash! Strong goes outside and sees a pair of nunchaku near the top of the steps. He heads up but Aero anchors him! Drago passes Strong up and gets those nunchaku for his own! Drago starts twirling and Strong backs off, but Aero FLIES in. Strong catches him, and uses Aero as a shield before he tosses Aero onto Drago!
Strong puts Drago into a wall, then into railing. He leaves Drago alone to go after Aerostar. Strong throws Aero into the same wall, then into the same railing. Strong runs but Aero dodges and Strong almost breaks the railing with his knees. Drago and Aero combine to be a totem pole, and spray the mist into Strong’s face! Then nunchaku SMACK SMACK SMACK! Drago does not let up no matter what Strong does to guard himself. Strong’s vision returns and he kicks Aero down to bring them both down. He bounces Aero off the announce desk and fans know “This is Awesome!” Strong drags Drago up and bowls him through chairs! Aero returns but Strong pops him up. Aero climbs the ladder to the top, and grabs nanchaku!
Strong arrives but realizes Aero is armed. Aero swings them around but Strong sends Aero’s arm into railing. Aero lets go of the nanchaku, and Strong has the advantage again. Strong goes to toss Aero over, but Aero holds on for dear life. Believers pray for Aero’s safety, but Strong punches him off the railing! Aero crash lands and Believers lose their minds. Strong goes looking for an opponent but Drago finds him first! Drago whips and lashes away with those nanchaku! Strong falls to his knees but Drago keeps going! Strong fights back with big forearms, then he bounces Drago off more railing. He grabs two pairs of nanchaku! But then Aero flies in outta nowhere!! Direct hit on the Savage! All three men are down and the Believers are thunderous with “This is Awesome!”
The three men stir, and the Super Amigos are armed. They kick Strong into the ring, then prepare their nanchaku. The Believers fire up and the wood flies! Strong writhes with every hit, then Aero runs in at the corner. Strong boots Aero down, then he grabs Drago for the body slam! He stacks the Amigos then runs, Vader Bomb meets boots! Drago and Aero combine again, flying tornado DDT! Aero adds the springboard splash! Double over, TWO!! Strong is so strong, but the Super Amigos do not give up. Drago climbs up and jumps over Strong. Strong sends Drago tumbling out but Aero runs back in. Aero tilt-o-whirls but into the gut wrench powerbomb! Then the ankle lock!! Aero endures, Aero taps, Strong wins!
Winner: Jake Strong, by submission
But Strong refuses to let go! Drago returns to smack away with the nanchaku, and Strong lets Aero go. But then Strong gets Drago in the ankle lock! Strong breaks the ankle!! The Savage takes the nanchaku as his trophy, having broken the Firebreather. Will Strong break his way into the title scene and take a belt as his trophy?
Lucha Underground Championship #1 Contenders Fatal 4 Way: Pentagon Dark VS King Cuerno VS Mil Muertes VS El Dragon Azteca Jr!
The Bone Collector was Lucha Underground Champion. The Man of 1000 Deaths and the King of Hunters both wanted to be Lucha Underground Champion. And the Heir of the Eagle Tribe was Gift of the Gods Champion with the dream of challenging whoever was champion at Ultima Lucha Quatros. However, Marty the Moth used his money to ruin all of that in one night. These four all want payback on the “Creepy Bastard”, but only one can get it first. Who wins this main event to then go on to THE main event of the year?
The bell rings and the Believers sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Cero~ Miedo~!” for Pentagon. But then Muertes bursts out to clothesline Pentagon, Cuerno and Azteca in a row. He goes around a second time, and now fans are on his side. Muertes drags Pentagon up for a DDT, then lifts Cuerno for a fireman’s carry, into the TKO neckbreaker! Fans rally as Azteca stands. Muertes grabs Azteca for a lariat! Muertes looms over Azteca and drags him up again for a toss! Cuerno returns to dropkick and clothesline Muertes out. Cuerno sees Azteca with his bad leg. The Hunter drags Azteca up while fans rally. Cuerno kicks the arm, then drags Azteca back up. He fireman’s carry but Pentagon comes into enziguri Cuerno down!
Pentagon and Azteca speed up, Azteca gets the DDTJ, the tilt-o-whirl satellite! Pentagon bails out while Azteca dumps Cuerno out. Azteca baits Muertes into a corner post, but then the dark Fenix appears! Fenix grabs Melissa, but is it to hurt or to return to his humanity? Melissa tries to reach through to Fenix’s heart, but then she runs for it. Azteca FLIES onto Fenix and the announce desk!! The Eagle and the Firebird crash and burn and Believers lose their minds. Azteca is up but now the brawl is on. Fenix forearms Azteca and boots him down. Fenix drags Azteca up but Azteca boots Fenix back. They end up in the bowels of the arena while Pentagon SUPERKICKS Muertes in the ring!
Cuerno returns while Muertes bails out. Pentagon gets a dropkick to the back, and he ends up outside with Muertes. Cuerno takes aim, builds speed, and fires Hell’s Arrow! He gets both targets at the same time! Fans fire up but Pentagon kicks Cuerno back. They’re both on the apron now, and Pentagon kicks. Cuerno chops, so Pentagon kicks again. Muertes returns to blast them both off the apron! But wait, it’s The Mack! He wants revenge for the Haunted House match, and gives Muertes the stunner! Then another! Muertes staggers while Mack slips away, and Pentagon flies in with the DESTROYER! SUPERKICK for Cuerno to keep him out, cover, Pentagon wins!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; will face Marty “The Moth” Martinez at Ultima Lucha 4
The dark avenger will have his chance at revenge against Marty! Will Pentagon once again take the title for his own at an Ultima Lucha main event? As for Mack, he walks up to the downed Muertes and says, “It looks like you’re not gonna fight for the Lucha Undergruond Championship.” But guess what? Muertes will face The Mack. Mack was afraid of death, but not anymore. Muertes should be, though, because it will be… A DEATH MATCH!! “Rest in Peace, Motherf**cker!” Muertes sits up while Mack gives him double dirty birds. Can Mack kill death itself? Or will season 4 be Mack’s last?
This was a jam-packed episode right here. I like these letters from the boss kind of things, so that it saves time on having an opening promo with someone coming out and entering the ring and all that. Especially when it’d ruin the flow of how Antonio Cueto surprises Jack with the Sacrifice of the Gods match. I was actually surprised Jack was being sacrificed, but I’m wondering now if that means defeating Matanza brings everyone back. For all the people sacrificed, I felt like Jack was still important enough to things that he’d be back for Season 5 (assuming Season 5 happens). But given that the last two sacrifices have also been WWU members, this has to mean Johnny Mundo returns to avenge everyone and defeat Matanza himself.
The Trios Championship match was pretty great, and I liked that the Rabbit Tribe appeared to watch. I really thought Ivelisse’s team was going to win, but I suppose that’s too much for a brand new team that also has the newest addition to the roster as a member. I also thought the Rabbits would weirdly turn Face to go against The Reptiles, but it seems not. Ivelisse’s team will surely win out against the Rabbits to then get another go at the Reptiles and get those titles. Or better yet, a triple threat Trios match so that all nine luchadors battle for the titles, maybe at Ultima Lucha 4. That way, Ivelisse’s team looks even stronger by defeating two teams at the same time. Meanwhile, I thought Drago & Aero were going to win, but it seems Strong is being booked extra strong for whatever reason.
The Fatal 4 Way, for being full of stars, was not quite what I expected. It was definitely still entertaining, and perhaps I should’ve seen Fenix showing up to prompt Azteca going after him. This furthers their story, Ultima Lucha will surely have some kind of match where Azteca wins and brings Fenix’s humanity back, only for Fenix to win Melissa because she still loves him. The Mack showing up was a great surprise, and naturally he goes after Muertes. Their Death Match is going to be insane, and maybe Mack wins for Muertes to go through a new transformation. Pentagon makes the natural choice to go after Marty, and surely when Marty and his crazy new girlfriend (Laurel Van Ness) return, Pentagon will have a match with her on the way to UL4.
As for King Cuerno, he still has spots he can fill on the UL4 card. The Gift of the Gods Championship has to be reassembled, so he can win a medallion again, along with six other luchadors. Then we get a true 7-Way match that we didn’t get this season. Of course, now that the GotG title works like the WWE Money in the Bank briefcase, I think both GotG and THE Lucha Underground titles might need to be on the same night of UL4 so that the GotG winner will be “too tired” to cash-in on the winner between Pentagon and Marty. In fact, maybe Fenix and Azteca tie their story back into the GotG title so that there’s room saved on the card. Same goes for Drago, Aero and Savage, that’s six right there, then throw in Killshot as a seventh now that he’s solo again.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (12/12/18)
The Cruiserweight Champion and challenger are set to face off at TLC, but first warm-up in Vegas! Will Buddy Murphy or Cedric Alexander come out ahead?
- Buddy Murphy VS
Noam DarGran Metalik; Murphy wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese; Alexander wins.
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Drake Maverick sets the scene for tonight!
TLC will see Buddy Murphy defend the Cruiserweight Championship against Cedric Alexander in a long awaited rematch from Super Show-Down! The champion and challenger both have something to prove to the other, and allowed Maverick himself to choose their opponents for tonight. The Scottish Supernova was eager to step up and get back at Murphy for screwing him in a match with Tony Nese. But Noam Dar is unfortunately not cleared to compete. Therefore, it will be the Juggernaut taking on the King of the Ropes, Gran Metalik! Metalik himself is eager to show he can hang with the champion.
As for the Soul of 205 Live, he still gets his match with The Premier Athlete. Alexander and Nese have gone back and forth in their own rivalry that dates back to the beginning of this brand. Nese gave Alexander a defeat the 205 Live after Alexander lost the title, and wants to be a major road block to Alexander’s rematch. “With such a small margin for error between Cedric Alexander and Buddy Murphy”, who will make it to TLC riding high on a wave of momentum?
Buddy Murphy VS Gran Metalik!
The Juggernaut wants to show the tag team victory the Heart & Soul of 205 Live have over him means nothing by taking on anyone tonight. The King of the Ropes wants to ride the high his Lucha House Party amigos reached in their Tornado Tag victory last week. Murphy taking on this match is a huge gamble, but it is Las Vegas, after all. Will Murphy hit the jackpot or bust this close to TLC?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Metalik. They tie up and Murphy powers Metalik to a corner. Murphy backs off but then pie faces Metalik. Metalik shoves Murphy then dodges to egg Murphy on. They circle again and Murphy waistlocks. Metalik standing switches but Murphy pries his way out to a wristlock. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” for Metalik as Murphy yanks on his arm. Murphy brings Metalik to the mat and grinds an elbow into the shoulder. Metalik flips through and reverses, but Murphy reverses back, only for Metalik to reverse again, but Murphy wrangles him back to the mat. Metalik kips up but Murphy drives him back down, so Metalik headscissors. Murphy pops out but Metalik sweeps and covers. ONE and Murphy sweeps to cover, ONE. Metalik handsprings again and fans fire up.
The “Lucha! Lucha!” chants return but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy and Metalik tie up again and Murphy kicks low. Murphy clubs Metalik then wrenches into a back suplex. Metalik slips out and speeds up to handspring past Murphy. Metalik headscissors and throws Murphy out. Now Metalik builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit on Murphy and the champ goes down! Fans chant for Metalik as he gets up and goes after Murphy. Murphy shoves him away then knees low, but Metalik sends him into barriers. Metalik stalks Murphy from the barrier’s edge, to leap for another headscissor! The fans fire up as Metalik puts Murphy in the ring. Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps the fans going as he goes to Murphy. Murphy yanks Metalik into buckles!
Murphy gets up and puts Metalik on the top rope. He climbs up to join Metalik but Metalik fights back. Metalik shoves Murphy down but Murphy’s right back up! Metalik shoves him away again, and boots him back. Murphy staggers, but catches Metalik’s leap into a suplex! Both men are down but fans fire up. Murphy crawls to a cover, TWO! Metalik shows his toughness but Murphy keeps his cool. Murphy drags Metalik up to throw him out. He leaves Metalik for dead as the count climbs. Metalik crawls back at 6, and gets in at 8! Murphy stomps Metalik out, then throws a heavy right hand! Cover, TWO! Murphy grows frustrated but he puts Metalik in a grounded stretch.
Fans rally as Metalik endures the forearm in the face. Metalik pries his way out but Murphy drives in elbows to the chest! Cover, TWO! Murphy wraps Metalik up in a chinlock, but Metalik fights his way up. Metalik rams Murphy into buckles while throwing in body shots. Metalik gets free but walks into a boot! Murphy drags Metalik up and throws him out, but Metalik stays on the apron. Murphy is annoyed as he goes back over to Metalik. He brings Metalik up but Metalik swing kicks him away! Metalik aims and springboards, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik kicks Murphy’s legs but Murphy shoves Metalik. Metalik springboards for the back elbow! He CHOPS Murphy then whips, but Murphy reverses. Metalik walks the ropes, and springboards for the missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Metalik keeps his cool, and starts up another “Lucha! Lucha!” He lifts Murphy in a fireman’s carry, but Murphy slips out. Murphy fires off his strike fest, but misses the knee to get a SUPERKICK! Metalik gets another fireman’s carry but Murphy slips out and shoves Metalik to the ropes, KNEE TRIGGER! Murphy runs, but into a fireman’s carry, Metalik Driver!! TWO!! Metalik almost had the Cruiserweight Champion, but Murphy’s tougher than that. Metalik drags Murphy to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Murphy revives and rolls out to the apron. Murphy goes for Metalik but Metalik shoves him down. Metalik goes after Murphy but Murphy drop toeholds him into the desk! Murphy then back suplexes Metalik right on the apron! Murphy puts Metalik in and climbs up top, for a flying meteora! Cover, TWO! Metalik shows he’s tough, too, and Murphy can’t believe it.
Both men slowly stir with the 10 count. Fans rally up as Murphy stands first. Murphy drags Metalik up but Metalik inside cradles! TWO and Metalik boots Murphy down! Metalik climbs but Murphy tucks him in, only for Metalik to pop out and mule kick Murphy away! Metalik finishes climbing, and moonsaults, onto boots! Murphy deadlifts to a sit-out bomb! TWO!? Metalik lives and Murphy is furious. But fans love this and bring back the “Lucha! Lucha!” Metalik gets to the ropes but Murphy grits his teeth. Murphy drags Metalik up and around, for the point blank knee trigger! Then, pumphandle to victory roll!? TWO! Metalik springboards, but into Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Cruiserweight Champion finally finishes it off and moves on to his title defense this Sunday! If the King of the Ropes put up such a great fight, how much more will the Age of Alexander do? And what shape will Alexander be after his match later tonight?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick meet with Drake Maverick.
The Stamina Monster helps The Man with a Plan with his collar as the GM walks in. Maverick approves their match with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, under Street Fight rules. How ironic, really. How? Well, their Street Fight match against each other. And now they’re working together in a Street Fight tag match. Yes, true. Kendrick admits he’s changed since then. When he returned to the WWE, he manipulated and cheated because he was desperate. Kendrick was doing whatever he had to in order to keep his dream, and Tozawa was one of the main targets. So Kendrick should thank Gallager & Gulak for beating that out of him. What Kendrick needs to do now is lift this Division up. Kendrick’s a changed man.
Tozawa agrees and supports Kendrick. But the problem now is that Kendrick still looks the same. Tozawa has an idea. Well, okay… What kind of makeover will Tozawa give Kendrick? And Tozawa thanks Maverick for his time, but reminds Maverick he lost those Raw Tag Team Championships. “So, you’re FIRED!” Tozawa can’t fire people, he’s not the GM or anything. But can he and Kendrick fire up and melt the cruel winter?
Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher respond.
“A Street Fight is the perfect place to end the career of THE Brian Kendrick.” And what Kendrick needs to understand that the beating they gave him wasn’t to humiliate but to redeem Kendrick. Kendrick was fired once, twice, so maybe this isn’t for him. Gallagher & Gulak didn’t go far enough, because if they had, the team of Tozawa & Kendrick wouldn’t have existed. And that’s why a Street Fight Tag is perfect: they can go as far as they want, and anything is legal. So when they face off for the final time, you WILL tap out. Who will survive this gritty grudge match?
Backstage interview with Ariya Daivari.
The Persian Lion has beaten down local competitors two weeks in a row, what is the reason behind that? Wrestling used to be simple: find two of the toughest men, put them in a ring, and let them battle it out until only one was left standing. It was never meant to be flashy or pretty. “What’s happened to this business?” All anyone seems to care about is dressing up like their favorite superheroes or retweeting compliments. Daivari was out with an injured neck, and he watched 205 Live have a lot of flash, but no fight.
Hideo Itami walks over, and says he was watching last week. “Good job.” The two shake hands, and there seems to be mutual respect for their mean streaks. Daivari says Itami is one of the last true men in the Cruiserweight Division, and the only one worthy of respect. Will Daivari and Itami bring 205 Live back to a rougher and more “respectful” time of wrestling?
Cedric Alexander VS Tony Nese!
The Soul of 205 Live wants to rebuild his legacy starting with TLC, but the Premier Athlete says he’s not worthy. The Juggernaut already goes in tired but victorious, will Alexander be able to do the same?
The bell rings and Nese flexes on Alexander. Alexander ignores it as he circles with Nese. Fans rally up as the two tie up. Alexander pushes Nese back to a corner but backs off at 4. Alexander flexes back and circles with him again. Vegas is on Alexander’s side and that annoys Nese. Nese and Alexander tie up and Nese gets a waistlock. Alexander tries to break out but Nese rolls him. Nese flexes again but Alexander shrugs it off. Alexander and Nese tie up again and Alexander gets the wristlock. Nese pulls hair and gets the reversal. Alexander rolls and handsprings to reverse back then get a takedown. Nese shoves Alexander back and gets his own takedown, but Alexander pushes him away. Alexander rolls, handsprings and headscissors but Nese handsprings through!
Alexander runs into Nese’s back elbow, but Alexander gets under Nese’s moonsault! Nese goes Matrix to dodge Alexander, but Alexander hits the dropkick! Fans fire up as Alexander covers, TWO! Alexander checks his teeth while catching his breath before going back to Nese. He bumps Nese off buckles and then CHOPS. Alexander CHOPS again, then follows Nese to ropes. Nese mule kicks and then goes to backslide, but Alexander hooks ropes to stay grounded. Alexander reels Nese in to toss him out! Fans fire up as Alexander builds speed, but Nese slides in! Alexander barely grabs the rope in time to stop himself, and he manages to shoulder Nese back. Nese rolls as Alexander springboards to SHORYUKEN! Cover, TWO!
Nese keeps on Alexander with stomps, then he flexes again. Fans boo as Nese clubs Alexander. Alexander chops back, but Nese kciks him to a corner. Nese whips corner to corner hard, then covers, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as fans duel. Alexander chops back again, then boots from a corner. Alexander runs into a throat chop! Nese runs and hotshots Alexander down! Then triangle jump moonsault! Cover, TWO! Nese argues the count but the ref says it was two. Nese stomps away on Alexander then brings him up for a scoop slam. Cover, TWO! Nese sits Alexander up for the body scissor squeeze. Fans rally while Alexander endures. Nese grabs for an arm but Alexander resists, so Nese clubs him. Nese gets the arm and CHOPS Alexander. Alexander punches back and breaks free!
Alexander throws more hands, then runs, but into a big clothesline! Cover, TWO! Alexander survives and Nese is surprised, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese wraps on a chinlock and drives a knee into Alexander’s back. Fans rally and Alexander feeds off the energy. Alexander gets up but Nese throws him to the apron. Alexander boots Nese back, then springboards. He fakes out the uppercut to step-springboard for a complete shot! Nese gets to a corner and fans rally up. Alexander takes off the elbow pads and rallies on Nese. He gives Nese an uppercut now, but msises in the corner. Nese runs into the dropkick and hits buckles. Alexander goes to the apron to kick Nese back in! Nese staggers, Alexander springboards, flying lariat hits! Cover, TWO! Nese is dazed but he survives.
Alexander fires up with the fans as he stalks Nese. He brings Nese up but Nese mule kicks and knee lifts. Nese roundhouses but misses the sweep to get a buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Alexander grows frustrated and gets a wild look in his eyes. Alexander goes back to Nese and brings him up. Nese clutches ropes and Alexander has no choice but to let go. Alexander walks into a gutbuster! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps on Alexander with a shove and a back elbow. Then Nese runs for big forearms! Cover, TWO!! Alexander barely gets out and Nese grows frustrated. Nese drags Alexander up, saying “I’m better than you!” He slaps Alexander as he repeats that, but Alexander slaps back!
Alexander blocks the kick to give an elbow, then runs to handspring. Nese catches the Neuralizer into a Samoan Drop! But Nese can’t cover, he’s too exhausted. Nese forces himself to stand and bring Alexander up. He whips but Alexander reverses. Nese grabs ropes then dumps Alexander out. Nese runs to FLY! Direct hit folds Alexander up! The referee checks on both men, but they’re both okay to continue. Nese drags Alexander up and in, then goes to a corner. Nese climbs up, leaps, but his 450 flops! Alexander goes to cradle but Nese blocks it, TWO!! Michinoku Driver outta nowhere! TWO!! Alexander can’t believe Nese survives, but fans are fired up!
Vegas cheers Alexander on as he stalks Nese. Alexander brings Nese up but Nese sprawls to block. Nese elbows Alexander but walks into a roundhouse. Alexander lifts but Nese slips out to a cover, TWO! Neuralizer! Then Lumbar Check!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Premier Athlete pushed Alexander to his limits but it wasn’t enough, the challenger keeps pace with the champion. Speaking of, Buddy Murphy returns to stare Alexander down. Alexander dares Murphy to bring the fight, there’s nothing but “space and opportunity” between them! Murphy takes a look at his belt, and puts it down so he can rush the ring! Murphy gets in but Alexander gets him down! The champion and challenger brawl on the mat, but then Murphy bails out. Alexander doesn’t let him go as he FLIES out! Fans fire up as Alexander gets back in the ring. Alexander dares Murphy to keep the fight going, but Murphy reconsiders. The Soul of 205 Live is fired up, but will he be able to reclaim his throne? Or will he be stopped by the unstoppable?
A great go-home for 205 Live that also feeds a bit into next week’s episode. I do like the full circle Kendrick is going through having another Street Fight based match for a blow-off. I just hope Tozawa’s new wardrobe ideas don’t make Kendrick reconsider the partnership. We still need more teams for the potential Cruiserweight Tag Team Division. And in which case, Daivari’s promo about joining forces with Itami started to sound more like a reason he’d join up with Gulak & Gallagher. But I suppose more than one Heel team can have the motivation of wanting a more brutal and less flashy style of wrestling to prevail. But where Gulak & Gallagher love ground game and grapples, Itami & Daivari can be about strikes and drivers. A match between those four might be pretty good, too.
The two matches we got tonight were the only matches we needed. It’s a shame Noam Dar didn’t get to go against Buddy Murphy, but Murphy VS Metalik was still an incredible opener. The styles went well together, and Metalik still looks really strong in losing. Alexander VS Nese was incredible again, even after the many other times we’ve seen it. I was curious as to why it wasn’t Alexander VS Ali, but not only would it be too soon, we know now Ali VS Bryan was in the works. I was surprised Murphy agreed to brawl against Alexander for even that little bit. As the Heel, he should’ve just stayed back rather than fight to retreat. It still got the fans fired up, but maybe this is so Alexander can stand tall and give the math to Murphy.
My Score: 8.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (12/12/18)
Ricochet puts up his NXT North American Championship on the line, but against who? Plus, EC3 wants payback on Bobby Fish for that vicious chair attack!
- EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era; EC3 wins.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty; Lorcan & Burch win.
- NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez; Yim wins and joins the NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way.
- NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
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EC3 VS Bobby Fish w/ The Undisputed Era!
The Top One Percent looks to keep it 100 as he goes for payback against the Infamous One for what he did weeks before TakeOver: WarGames II. But Fish has his friends by his side as always, will EC3 be able to win with Kyle O’Reilly, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole lurking?
Adam Cole says the holidays have come early because now Fish gets to humiliate the “Top One Percent of Morons”. EC3 was dumb enough to think he’d elevate his career to new heights. But with the help of a chair, Fish showed EC3 that NXT is their world! The Undisputed Era is the center of the NXT Universe, and everything revolves around her. This has been a career year and is just the beginning of an entire decade! And in 2019, the four of them will be “draped in gold”. That’s not a threat, “that is Undisputed.” But EC3 makes his entrance and we begin this grudge match!
Fish and EC3 are ready to go with the bell. Fish moves around but EC3 corners him, so Fish bails out. The Undisputed Era cheer Fish’s mind games on, and so do some fans. Fish returns but wants EC3 to stay back. EC3 doesn’t and he hip tosses Fish in! Fish scrambles to a corner and EC3 fires off hands and stomps! EC3 whips corner to corner but Fish ducks down to go after the leg. EC3 powers Fish off and hits a BIG powerbomb! Fish staggers about and EC3 clotheslines him right out! EC3 goes out with him, but gets back in the ring, all fired up! Fish is reeling and the Era coach him up, but EC3 comes out. EC3 fetches Fish into the ring and puts on a half nelson. Fish gets up but EC3 makes it a nerve hold to keep him down.
Fish gets up and powers EC3 to a corner, but EC3 turns it around. EC3 CHOPS Fish, and again! Then he biels Fish across the way. Roddy and Kyle distract, and Fish chop blocks the bad leg! Fish rains down rights but EC3 pushes him off. Fish stomps EC3, then kicks him. The Era is rabid as Fish throws hands and puts EC3 in a corner. Fish throws body shots and forearms, then kicks away at the back leg. Dragon screw throws EC3 for a loop! Fish grabs the bad leg and pulls on it, standing on the other leg to keep him down. Fans rally and EC3 pushes Fish off! EC3 runs in but misses, and then turns around into an exploder! Cover, TWO! Fish is furious, but he goes back for more.
Fish brings EC3 up but it’s EC3 who hits the suplex! EC3 grits his teeth as he gets up, and he counter punches Fish. He fires off lefts and rights then whips, but Fish snaps against the ropes awkwardly. EC3 takes advantage with a scoop slam, then wants Fish to “Say My Name!” Name Drop elbow hits! Roddy and Kyle distract again but EC3 hits them for it. But Fish still gets the chop block! Fish goes for a leg but EC3 cradles! EC3 WINS!
Winners: EC3, by pinfall
But The Era attack! All four of them stomp away like rabid dogs, but here come Heavy Machinery! Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic use size to even up the numbers! Dozer clobbers Cole and Strong while Tucky gets rid of reDRagon! Kyle tries to escape but Heavy Machinery drag him back in. EC3 gets Kyle up for the One Percenter! Fans are thunderous for this trio as EC3 gets Dozer pumping up. Dozer gets going with the Caterpillar elbow! Will Heavy Machinery help the Top One Percent end this Undisputed Era once and for all?
NXT Media catches up to Dakota Kai and Io Shirai.
They fought together to stop The Horsewomen from ganging up on Captain Kick. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir keep sticking their noses in Shayna Baszler’s matches, so these two are going to stop that personally. The Genius of the Sky don’t want her friends getting bullied, so all that’s left is a match. That’ll happen next week, who takes a victory in this Women’s Division war?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Mighty!
The One Two Combination defeated Shane Thorne & Nick Miller already, but this is about the sore loser sneak attack after the match! Will Thorne & Miller regret punking out this pair of pugilists? Or will Lorcan & Burch finally make The Mighty kneel?
Lorcan & Burch are raring to go but they still wait for the bell. Thorne starts with Lorcan and Lorcan fires off! Then Miller and Burch get in and it’s a pair of brawls! Burch throws Miller out then Lorcan throws Thorne out. Burch goes out and Miller shoves him into the apron, but Lorcan FLIES! Lorcan wipes The Mighty out and fans fire up! Lorcan puts Thorne in and then runs into the corner for a big elbow. He gets moving but Thorne follows with a European Uppercut! Thorne runs but Lorcan follows to rock him back! Lorcan suckers Thorne into an elbow and a powerbomb! Then the Half Crab! Miller comes in but gets CHOPS! Thorne gets Lorcan with the saido suplex! Tag to Miller and he whips Lorcan. Miller hits a big corner clothesline, then whips into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but Miller keeps on him.
Tag to Thorne, and Miller whips Thorne at Burch. Miller then whips Thorne back but Lorcan dodgse to tag Burch! The Governor rallies on The Mighty, and tackles Thorne with a Thesz Press! Burch rocks Miller with a right, then goes right at Thorne with a clothesline and kick. Miller runs but is sent into Thorne, and then Burch deals out more kicks! Burch hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! And he kips up! Tag to Lorcan, and the One Two coordinate at a corner. Burch lifts Thorne but Thorne fights out. Thorne dodges Burch to SHORYUKEN Lorcan. Then he clobbers Burch. Miller returns and helps Thorne get up top quick. SUPERPLEX BOMB! Miller puts Thorne on top to cover, but Burch barrels through Miller to break it! Burch gets thrown out, and Thorne tags Miller in.
The Mighty go after Lorcan but Burch saves him from Thunder Valley. Miller tackles them both, and then scoops Lorcan. Powerslam, to Poetry in Motion cannonball! Cover on Lorcan, TWO!? The Mighty are shocked by this double toughness! Miller tags Thorne, and they again go after Lorcan. They lift Lorcan up, but get double DDT’s! Lorcan has a wild look in his eye and fans rally behind it. Lorcan takes Miller’s face and SLAPS away! Then he SLAPS away on Thorne! they BOTH slap Lorcan, but then he ducks and they slap each other!! Lorcan sends Miller into a post, then tags in Burch. Burch headbutts Thorne, and with Lorcan’s help, London Tower! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning
They did it again! The Mighty fell to the One Two Combination, who continue their hot streak since returning to action. While the Undisputed Era has Heavy Machinery to worry about, will Lorcan & Burch move up the ranks towards those NXT Tag Team Championships?
NXT Media has another video from Johnny Gargano.
“Aleister, you thought our story ended in Los Angeles when you ‘absolved’ me of my sins.” But Gargano never said he did nothing wrong. This is about the greater good. The ends justify the means. The end: becoming NXT Champion, and the world celebrating! So if the means meant beating someone up, Aleister was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. That’s why their story continues. Gargano says Aleister can put Gargano in a cage with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to make sure the story ends the right way. Gargano won’t just turn the page, he closes the book on Aleister Black. Will Gargano keep his word to end the Embodiment of the End? Or will his happy ending simply #FadeToBlack?
Dominic Dijakovic speaks.
“The bond of blood is sacred. The roots of our tree are unbreakable. They keep us grounded.” He will fight for them, and die for them. This is “our vision”, and you will #FeastYourEyes on his debut, next week.
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.
She, Jessamyn and Marina have heard about the Fatal 4 Way #1 Contenders match. But Shayna doesn’t care, because it will always end the same way: she goes home with the title, her opponent goes home with nothing. As for the challenge issued by Dakota & Shirai, Marina & Jessamyn laugh it off. They’re ready for the “challenge”. The Horsewomen roll out, but who will have the last laugh when it’s all said and done?
NXT Women’s Championship #1 Contender Fatal 4 Way Qualifier: Mia Yim VS Reina Gonzalez!
The Queen of Spades awaits a challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix now that she’s moved the Pirate Princess out of the way. The Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca Belair is already one participant, and William Regal announces via Twitter that Lacey Evans will be the other. Both women have put together impressive wins, so it’s up to the Blasian Baddie and the Daughter of the Desperado to impress the GM this week. Who joins the EST and the Lady of NXT in a fight for the right to challenge #ShaynaTwoTime and her reign of terror?
The bell rings and Mia ties up with Reina. Reina powers Mia to a corner, but Mia dodges the swing to jump on for a guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia slips away. Mia leaps back on for the guillotine! Reina powers out but Mia dropkicks her back. Mia goes for Sole Food but Reina pushes her away. Reina swings but Mia dodges, and puts the guillotine back on! Reina powers out again, but to a suplex! And she hangs Mia out to dry on the rope, before throwing her down! Reina stomps a mudhole into Mia, but backs off at 4. She drags Mia out to a cover, TWO! Reina grows frustrated but fans rally up for Mia. Mia hits back, but gets clobbered! Reina runs, and boots Mia right down! Cover, ONE! Reina tries again, TWO!
Reina grows frustrated but she talks trash in Spanish. She dares the Baddie to get up, then pulls her into a Canadian torture rack! Mia endures the stretch and Reina even fish hooks. Reina jumps around to add torque, but Mia fights out. Mia arm-drags Reina into ropes, then gets space. Reina staggers over but into CHOPS! Mia throws body shots and even more chops! Mia throws palm strikes and kicks, then knees and a Pele! Reina staggers, time to Eat Da Feet! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
Reina eats Sole Food and Mia now sits at the winner’s table! Can the Baddie beat out the Model Soldier and EST? Who will join them as the fourth and final contender?
Aleister Black speaks.
“What I find interesting about the human race is that everything they do revolves around how they are feeling.” Everyone keeps asking, “What do you feel about your match with Johnny Gargano?” How does he feel about a Steel Cage Match with Gargano? He doesn’t feel anything. He just knows he has to win. “It’s come to my attention that you are far, far beyond absolution. You are far beyond redemption. And the only thing left is the total annihilation.” It will happen in that steel cage. There won’t be any running or hiding, there will simply be Gargano and his sins, and they will all #FadeToBlack! Will Aleister leave Gargano for dead inside the steel?
NXT North American Championship: Ricochet VS ???
The One and Only is eager to prove he’s a fighting champion and a worthy champion at that. He left it to NXT GM William Regal to choose his opponent, and Regal promised “something special” for this match. But who is it that answered this open contract challenge?
Ricochet makes his entrance and awaits his mystery challenger. The “something special” turns out to be… “Look everyone, it’s Tyler!” Prince Pretty returns to NXT in a major way! Tyler Breeze brings back the selfie cam titantron feed, and looks to revitalize himself with a new belt! Will Breeze shock everyone by becoming the third-ever North American Champion? Or will Ricochet add Breeze to the highlight reel?
The belt is raised and fans chant “Welcome Back!” for the NXT alumni. The bell rings and fans are already dueling. Tyler and Ricochet take a moment to enjoy it before circling. They tie up and go around, and Breeze arm-drags Ricochet. Breeze backs off to lounge on the top rope. Ricochet nods respect as Breeze comes back. They tie up again, and Ricochet gets around to a headlock. Breeze powers out but Ricochet rolls and speeds things up. Ricochet rolls off the back then ducks under to handspring and headscissor and dropkick! Breeze bails out to catch his breath, but Ricochet comes out. Breeze hurries back in, but Ricochet doesn’t give him time to rest. Ricochet and Breeze go around, Breeze goes for a Half Crab. Ricochet gets to ropes and pushes Breeze away. Breeze kicks Ricochet then runs, but into a somersault lariat!
Breeze bails out, but Ricochet fakes him out on the apron. Ricochet boots Breeze then leaps, into a dropkick! Both men are down, but fans are loving this! The fans still duel while Breeze checks his teeth. Breeze puts Ricochet into the ring, then into a corner. Breeze stomps a gorgeous mudhole into Ricochet, then shouts at the ref when he’s pulled away. Ricochet flounders but Breeze is on him with a scoop. Breeze puts Ricochet on the top rope and climbs up, but Ricochet fights him off. Breeze falls back and Ricochet is on him, but Breeze shoves. Ricochet comes back to knee Breeze back. Ricochet then somersaults from a corner to dropkick Breeze! Breeze crawls to a corner and Ricochet runs in, for a big back elbow to back hand.
Ricochet throws Breeze into buckles but misses the tiger feint kick. Breeze German Suplexes but Ricochet lands on his feet! Ricochet sends Breeze into buckles again and hits the tiger feint! Ricochet springboards for a flying uppercut! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives, showing his toughness. Fans rally up as Ricochet gets back up. Ricochet puts Breeze in a drop zone, then climbs up top. Ricochet leaps, but has to roll through the Phoenix Splash when Breeze moves. Breeze hits back with haymakers, but so does Ricochet. They brawl back and forth, and fans are divided.
They hit each other at the same time, and same goes for kicks. Ricochet turns around but both men clothesline. Breeze blocks Ricochet’s boot but Ricochet dodges Breeze’s Super Model Kick. Both men run, and collide with double crossbodies! Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” while both men are down. A 10 count begins and the fans rally up. Breeze and Ricochet sit up slowly, and brawl on their knees. Ricochet gives an uppercut, but Breeze clubs him on the back. They continue as they stand up and Ricochet fires off forearms. Ricochet suplexes but Breeze resists. Breeze suplexes but Ricochet resists. They repeat the cycle but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet back suplexes but Breeze slips out. Breeze waistlocks but Ricochet elbows out.
Ricochet runs, springboards, but misses, SUPER MODEL KICK! And Reverse-Rana! Cover, TWO!! Ricochet survives and Breeze is shocked. Fans declare “This is Gorgeous!” rather than awesome, but it’s still awesome, too! Ricochet and Breeze go to opposite corners, then approach. Ricochet says NXT is his now, but Breeze mule kicks. Breeze throws haymakers, then aims a kick, but Ricochet hits with a boot first! Ricochet walks over, into a jumping knee! And an enziguri! Breeze leaps but he’s caught, into the fireman’s carry, and Samoan Driver! Cover, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
That wasn’t just special, that was spectacular! Prince Pretty gives the King of Flight a fight he wasn’t expecting, but Ricochet shows Breeze the respect he deserves, and the two handshake. Will Breeze stick around to give it another try? Will Ricochet’s reign extend to be one of the most impressive in NXT history?
An incredible episode right here! We waste very little time getting into action and I am really impressed that EC3 pulls off another surprise win on an Undisputed Era member. He and Fish had a great match, and I really liked that it was Heavy Machinery backing EC3 up in that brawl. I think it should be a Six Man of EC3 & Heavy Machinery VS Roderick Strong & reDRagon while Adam Cole likely distracts or interferes. And while his story with the North American Championship likely isn’t over, I don’t know if NXT would want to create a secondary WarGames scenario where now it’s just EC3 and Heavy Machinery standing in for Pete Dunne & War Raiders. Cole can hang about as the leader of Undisputed Era while waiting for title scenes to change.
I’m a touch disappointed we’re only getting 2v2 next week, but Dakota & Shirai VS Jessamyn & Marina should be a great match for the last two MMA Horsewomen to make an in-ring debut with. Now in real-time, we have learned Dakota Kai is injured, but that shouldn’t affect next week’s match. Sadly it’ll mean she won’t get to be part of TakeOver: Phoenix or anything else after that, and we wish her a speedy recovery. Meanwhile, Mia and Reina have a great match. Reina having a bull rope and cowbell makes me want a Women’s Bull Rope match for the hell of it. If Reina sticks around, she should be able to gain some ground once things clear up. As it stands, Mia looks like a front runner as the Face in that Fatal 4 Way. I wonder if they’ll use a battle royal to determine the fourth participant.
That tag team match of Lorcan-Burch VS The Mighty was incredible! NXT Tag Team wrestling is getting back up there and the scrappy One Two Combo is a large part of that. Get those two on SmackDown AND 205 Live, they’ll be great tag title contenders at least. Gargano and Aleister have great promos going towards their Steel Cage match, but I hope they use the cage in different ways of physicality than we usually see. Throwing the opponent into steel is one thing, but I think NXT can use these two for something really gritty.
For me, it’s a bit of a mixed bag on Tyler Breeze’s return. It’s a bit sad that he was sent back, but it was a great surprise and Full Sail got behind him. The bottom line is this is the wrestling quality main roster should’ve given Breeze, but Vince just insisted on overemphasizing gimmick and comedy. Granted, Breeze does great with comedy, but if the Fashion Police were doing matches on this level, they’d be champions. Breeze gave Ricochet a hell of a match, and it really elevates Ricochet in winning. It’ll really take something insane to dethrone Ricochet, if Breeze got to be this strong. As for Breeze, I’m not sure what he’ll do now that he’s back. I was hoping he’d go to 205 Live, but I know HHH will treat Breeze right either way.
My Score: 8.8/10