Lucha Underground Season 4, “The Circle of Life”
The leading ladies of Lucha Underground have always had tension, but it erupted when it came to their main men. Will Melissa or Catrina be THE Lady of LU?
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- Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling; Matanza wins and Joey is sacrificed.
- Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda; Killshot wins.
- Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???; Pentagon wins and retains the Lucha Underground Championship.
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Catrina tries to make Mil Muertes understand.
After putting Fenix in a coffin and taking his life force, the Femme Fatale is once again part of the land of the living. In other words, she’s done. She has her life back, and is done wasting it in the Temple, and with him. They ruled the Underworld, but she never loved him. She loved the very man who gave her this freedom. She won’t throw it away any longer. But here’s something to remember her by: the stone! She has given Muertes the item of power that represents his rebirth, and now walks away. But in her path is Melissa Santos! “Where do you think you’re going, bitch?” Melissa wants payback for both what Muertes did to Fenix, but also for what Catrina did to her before the Haunted House Match! And she starts off with a swift right and a left.
Catrina blocks Melissa’s third strike but Melissa goes low with knees. Catrina powers Melissa out of the inner sanctum just as Muertes becomes aware of Catrina’s “Dear John” gift. The ladies have moved to the backstage area, and Catrina counters Melissa to then put her into a wall! Then into glass! Melissa keeps fighting, using a headbutt to send Catrina into cabinets. The two stare down but Melissa eggs Catrina on. Catrina throws body shots, but Melissa bobs ‘n’ weaves when she goes high. Melissa sends Catrina into glass, but now Catrina throws a chain. She shoots a look of “Really?” back.
Melissa blocks and body shots back, to then have Catrina against a wall. Catrina pushes her away then escapes into the upper levels. Melissa pursues, and trips Catrina up as they reach an attic area. Melissa hops on for a sleeper but Catrina rams her into a wall. So Melissa grabs hair and rams Catrina into that same wall. She bangs Catrina off a pipe, then backs off. Both Melissa and Catrina throw boots, and knock each other down! They clear their heads and Melissa springs up first, but runs into Catrina’s kicks! Catrina gets up but Melissa splashes her with water. They brawl again, and Melissa gets a takedown. Catrina counters right into an armbar.
Catrina says Fenix never loved Melissa, his heart burned for another. “He gave me a thousand of his lives so I could live again!” Melissa accepts that while Fenix died for Catrina, Catrina will die for her! Melissa pries her way out, but Catrina retreats. Catrina busts her way through a wall and out to the fire escape. Melissa pursues, and now the jackets come off. Catrina throws hers at Melissa while backing away, but Melissa still pursues. They’re on the roof now, and Melissa gets a facelock. She gives Catrina body shots, but Catrina counters with power as she lifts and punches Melissa. Melissa gives shots, Catrina gives knees. Catrina grabs hair, and sees the medallion is still around her neck. Catrina uses the necklaces to CHOKE Melissa! But Melissa fights back, with throat punches!
Melissa judo throws Catrina over the side! Catrina holds on, and Melissa looks down at her. Catrina loses grip with one hand, but then Mil Muertes appears! He tells Melissa to leave, and Catrina thinks he’s there to save her. He takes her hand, but then says he has something for her to “remember me by.” Muertes gives her back the stone, and then DROPS her to her death! Yet Catrina smiles, because she knows death is only a beginning. Melissa walks over to the lifeless Catrina, as does Aerostar. She didn’t do it, but Aero knows. Now he needs her help with something. He needs the necklace, and he will give her back the one her heart desires. Melissa agrees, and hands it over to him. Aerostar uses the combination of it and the dark magic of the stone, and promises “I’ll be back.”
Flashback to 10 weeks ago!
Catrina tells Fenix that while his life is gone, her life begins again. And as the Lady in Red takes her leave, Aerostar appears! The time-traveling luchador stands by his friend, and imbues him with the powers of light and dark, life and death! Fenix… LIVES! “Come with me.”
Back to the future!
Er, present. But yes, Aerostar has brought Fenix forward in time, to reunite with Melissa! She hugs him, and he hugs back. But he won’t be himself for a time, given both resurrection and time-travel. Melissa’s fine with that, because “We have all the time in the world.” She thanks Aerostar, and he takes the necklace for his own. Aerostar leaves while Fenix returns. But is there more to this than meets the eye?
Joey Wrestling is in the ring!
The long-time best friend, tag team partner and even “Bestest” Man at Johnny Mundo’s wedding, the Man of Mercury is itching for a fight after what The Monster God did to the wedding of the century. However, Antonio Cueto walks out to address Joey. Seems Joey is “upset” with Antonio’s son. Good news: Joey will get his chance at revenge. Because tonight, Joey’s having his first ever Lucha Underground match. If only Antonio had called the paparazzi, because the headlines will read, “Joey Wrestling Arrives in Lucha Underground, and becomes the next… SACRIFICE TO THE GODS!!”
Sacrifice to the Gods: Matanza Cueto VS Joey Wrestling!
Joey’s first match in the Temple might very well be his last match anywhere! Because here comes Matanza! Joey swings on him right away but Matanza shoves and boots Joey down. Matanza lifts Joey for standing knees and a toss. Joey gets to a corner and manages to boot Matanza away. Joey throws hands, fireman’s carry, but Matanza fights his way out. Matanza stalks Joey to a corner, then whips him corner to corner. He whips Joey again, then runs in for a big corner splash! Fans are on Joey’s side, but it might not matter. Joey drags himself up, but Matanza puts him in a bearhug! Matanza squeezes Joey but Believers rally up. Joey fights out with haymakers, but Matanza blocks the whip. Matanza whips Joey but Joey dodges! Joey lifts Matanza, for a Death Valley Driver!
But Matanza doesn’t stay down for long, so Joey blasts him out of the ring! Joey pursues, clearing the timekeeper’s table. He bounces Matanza off it then puts Matanza in the ring. Joey whips Matanza but Matanza reverses and redirects Joey at the ref. Joey stops himself, and mule kick low blows Matanza! The ref didn’t see it, but then Joey low blows Matanza again. Joey SUPERKICKS Matanza, then kicks low. He double underhooks, for a Pedigree! But Matanza gets up!? Well Joey isn’t exactly the Game… Matanza headbutts Joey down, then whips him to a corner for another splash. And finally, WRATH OF THE GODS!! Cover, Matanza wins!
Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall
The lights go red, the lightning flashes, and Joey Wrestling is no more. Matanza continues his path of destruction, will anyone hope to stop him?
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve w/ Beautiful Brenda!
The Luchador of Mass Destruction was Lucha Undergrounds Trios Champion alongside The Mack and Dante Fox. But when Dante went MIA, Antonio Cueto let fate decide his replacement. In entered Son of Havoc, who The Mack was on good terms with, but Killshot refused to accept. And when it was all on the line, Killshot chose his grudge with Havoc over keeping the gold. Now he’s on his own again, an army unto himself. What will come next for the Soldier of Fortune?
Meanwhile, Famous B’s mean mechanic is also a gentleman as he helps Brenda down the stairs. He’s still limping from what The Savage Jake Strong did to his ankle, but he’s still in wrestling capacity. The bell rings and he powers Killshot to a corner. BBS backs off but Killshot tests that bad leg already. They egg each other on, and Killshot goes right for the ankle! Killshot has a target and does NOT let up, as he curb stomps the foot! But wait, Son of Havoc appears! He even has popcorn and a drink to watch this. Brenda coaches BBS up but Killshot kicks him down. Havoc walks his way down, getting all the attention, and even sharing his snacks. Killshot only grows angrier, and he takes it out on BBS’s head.
The referee checks on BBS but he’s okay to continue. Killshot trash talks Havoc on the outside, continuing to blame Havoc for losing those trios titles. Killshot rocks BBS with palm strikes, then aims at the ankle. He runs and dropkicks it out! BBS clutches the bad leg, but Killshot grabs it for a modified Indian Deathlock. Killshot stares Havoc down while stomping and tweaking BBS’s bad knee! BBS crawls but Havoc says Killshot better pay attention to his real opponent. Brenda rallies the Believers behind Steve’s “hot rod”, and the Believers chant “Steve! Steve!” Killshot eggs the fans on, too, but BBS dares Killshot to give him more. Killshot throws hands, but BBS keeps coming back for more! They stand up, BBS ducks and blocks, only to get a back hand. Killshot swings but ends up in a saido suplex!
Believers fire up for BBS as he powers through the pain. BBS fireman’s carry, but Killshot counters the pop-up into double stomps! Killshot has his own fans, and drags BBS by his nose. Killshot boots, boots, but BBS slaps! That fire actually amuses Killshot, and he boots BBS down again. Killshot drags BBS up by his nose again, then runs, but BBS stops him. Killshot pries free and sweeps the leg! Brenda wants BBS to kill Killshot, and BBS counters Killshot into a pop-up cutter! Killshot is dizzy and Havoc rallies the fans behind BBS. They both stand, and BBS has Killshot in a package, swing out for a facebuster! Killshot gets to ropes and BBS crawls to a cover, but ROPEBREAK with those long legs. BBS thought he had this, too.
Killshot flounders to a corner and Brenda keeps coaching BBS up. Believers are behind him, too, and BBS rocks Killshot with haymakers. BBS chops Killshot, then hoists him up top. BBS climbs to join him and throws some elbows. He prepares Killshot on the top rope, but Killshot slips out! To sweep the legs! BBS is a sitting duck as Killshot hits Tree of Woe stomps! Then he hops up, KILL STOMPS! Cover, Killshot wins!
Winner: Killshot, by pinfall
The mechanic put up a good fight, but it wasn’t good enough. Killshot trash talks BBS on his way out, and then returns to staring Havoc down. The Believers are on Havoc’s side, but Killshot slaps the popcorn away! Havoc fights back with forearms and chops! Killshot knees low, but Havoc bowls Killshot into the bleachers! Havoc puts Killshot on the apron to rip at the mask! The mask comes off!! Killshot covers his face to keep his identity anonymous. He runs away to the back while Havoc claims a trophy! Will Havoc be the victor when this war is over?
Lucha Underground Championship: Pentagon Dark VS ???
The Collector of Bones was meant to face Johnny Mundo, as Antonio’s wedding gift to the Worldwide Underground’s power couple. But after what Matanza did to the entire wedding party, perhaps the Guru of Greatness won’t be able to cash in that opportunity. What does this mean for our main event?
Pentagon speaks, saying he had hoped to give his own wedding gift to Mundo & Taya, in the form of a broken arm! But the “doctors” say Mundo can’t wrestle for the foreseeable future. That makes Pentagon sad. He’s in the mood to break bones. So he makes an OPEN CHALLENGE to anyone who has “the balls” to face him. They can fight for the title right now! And it’s HERNANDEZ who appears!
Super Mex returns to the Temple, and says if Pentagon is looking for someone with balls, then he has the man with the biggest balls around. Hernandez claims that if Pentagon hadn’t been “a little bitch”, Hernandez would be LU Champion right now. Believers disagree, and Pentagon mocks Hernandez’s mannerisms before shouting “Screw you and get down here!” Hernandez still claims that he’ll become the next champion, but Pentagon says he’ll just be Pentagon’s bitch! Hernandez swaggers down to the ring, and we have our match! Will it be Super Mex or the Temple’s own Deathstroke that holds the title in the end?
Lucha Underground returns from break, and the bell rings on this surprise main event. Pentagon mocks the swagger, and declares “CERO! MIEDO!” He ducks Hernandez’s punch, gives back kicks, then runs. He throws Hernandez with a huricanrana, and Hernandez bails out. Hernandez avoids the baseball slide, but then gets another huricanrana! Believers fire up already as Pentagon kicks Hernandez’s leg. Pentagon pursues Hernandez as he sits down, and chops him in his seat! Pentagon brings Hernandez up and bowls for chairs! The referee checks on Hernandez, but he gets up on his own. Pentagon brings him to a post, hushes the crowd, and CHOPS him on the chest. Fans want “Otra! Otra!” aka another one. Hernandez slowly stands, and Pentagon kicks that leg again!
They go back in the ring and Pentagon climbs up top. Believers echo “CERO! MIEDO!” but Hernandez avoids the double stomps. Pentagon sees Hernandez on the apron, and rocks him with forearms. He tells him to his face, “CERO! MIEDO!” but he runs into the slingshot shoulder! Hernandez swaggers while Pentagon bails out. Hernandez runs and FLIES! He wipes out the champion and swags about again. Fans let him know what they think of him, but he clubs Pentagon down. Hernandez wants fans to clear out, but they refuse, so he brings Pentagon around to another spot. Those fans refuse to clear out, so Hernandez just puts Pentagon in the ring. Cover, TWO!
Hernandez keeps on Pentagon with a camel clutch. He hears the fans jeer and boo as he lets Pentagon go. Hernandez drags Pentagon up but Pentagon kicks that leg! Pentagon runs, but into Hernandez’s solid tackle. Hernandez drags Pentagon up for the dominator lift, flips Pentagon off, then drops him with a Canadian backbreaker. Hernandez continues to swagger about, then drags Pentagon back up. Believers are thunderous for Pentagon while Hernandez chops him. Hernandez whips corner to corner but Pentagon dodges, to then SUPERKICK! And slingblade! Cover, TWO! Pentagon argues with the count, but the Believers are still behind him.
Hernandez gets to a corner and catches his breath. Pentagon stands him up to hush the crowd and… CHOP! Hernandez already has a hard time breathing, that only makes it tougher. He wants a time-out? There’s no time-outs in the Temple! Pentagon whips him corner to corner and hits a big corner clothesline. Pentagon runs in again, but Hernandez boots him away. Hernandez pulls himself up to the top rope, but Pentagon stops him with a chop. Pentagon climbs up, throws forearms, and prepares a superplex. Hernandez fights back and ear clubs, for a Super Mex splash! Cover, TWO!
Pentagon gets himself to a corner, and Hernandez lines up his shot. Hernandez runs in, but Pentagon puts him on the apron. Pentagon rocks him with a swing kick, then runs back. Hernandez shoulders, then slingshots, but into a SUPERKICK! Pentagon drags Hernandez back up but Hernandez shoves him away. Pentagon still gets Hernandez in a pumphandle piledriver! Cover, Pentagon wins!
Winner: Pentagon Dark, by pinfall; still Lucha Underground Champion
And as always, Pentagon puts Hernandez in the Dark Armbar. However, this keeps him from seeing King Cuerno coming in! Cuerno takes the belt and shoves the ref, to then clobber Pentagon with the title! Hernandez escapes, and Cuerno calf kicks Pentagon! Cuerno scoops Pentagon, brings him over to both the Aztec seal and the championship, for Thrill of the Kill! Inverted package piledriver, on the belt! The King of Hunters has sent a message to his new prey. Will Cuerno finally get the biggest and best trophy of all?
I love Lucha Underground. That cinematic opening was perfect. I was hoping they’d do some of that stuff for the Haunted House Match, but getting all this made up for it. Melissa and Catrina had a great fight, and I knew Muertes was going to drop Catrina like that. I’m also very curious about how Fenix’s character will be now that he’s risen from the dead this way. Perhaps he will become a darker Fenix, wearing darker gear and using more aggression. I wonder if Melissa will need to become his Catrina, using that stone to rein him in when he goes too far.
Poor Joey Mercury. He shows up to Mundo’s wedding, but that gets ruined. He fights for Mundo’s honor but gets “sacrificed”. And in the real world, he’s been arrested! This literally may be the last time we see Joey Mercury anywhere for a long time. But it’s good story for LU, as I’m sure Mundo will want even more revenge on Matanza now that he took Mundo’s best friend. I’m thinking now maybe Mundo is the man to stop the demigod’s streak of sacrifices, with some help from Taya. And that makes me wonder where El Dragon Azteca Jr. has been lately. He wants to be a fighting champion, but he’s gotten a couple weeks off already.
Killshot VS Big Bad Steve was great, especially because of Havoc’s appearance and reception. Killshot getting unmasked was shocking, and I bet now this grudge between him and Havoc becomes a Mask VS Mask match. I’m thinking Havoc wins that, he’s the hero in this, and Killshot having to reveal himself to the world would be a nice twist to his story. Then it was great that Pentagon still wanted a match, no matter who the opponent was. Hernandez gives him a good fight, but of course Pentagon wins. Cuerno coming out and attacking was another great surprise, and a match between him and Pentagon is going to be great. I bet if anyone takes that title off Pentagon, it’ll be Cuerno, who is just as ruthless and cunning.
My Score: 8.5/10
MItchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/20/19)
Will Velveteen Dream finally be a champion in NXT?
The Worlds Collide winner targets the NXT North American Championship! Will Velveteen Dream dethrone “Johnny Jackass” to finally hold gold himself?
- Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong; Black wins.
- Mia Yim VS Xia Li; Yim wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream; wins and
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Aleister Black VS Roderick Strong!
The Embodiment of the End make lasting impressions on Raw and SmackDown, but he returns to his home of NXT to settle things with the Undisputed Era’s Savior of the Backbreaker. Aleister helped Ricochet against the Undisputed Era last week, will we find out why this week?
The bell rings and Aleister circles with Strong. Strong gets the legs and gets Aleister down. Aleister counters with body scissors and the two go around. Strong gets the armlock and toys with Aleister. Aleister arm-drags and runs Strong over! Fans rally for Aleister as he whips. Strong reverses but Aleister rolls off his back to deliver knees, kicks and then another knee! Strong staggers but boots Aleister away. Aleister blocks the next boot to hit a back elbow and German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Aleister keeps his cool but Strong pulls hair. Strong tosses Aleister out, then wrecks him with a dropkick! Strong fetches Aleister and CHOPS him! Then he back suplexes Aleister on the steel steps!
The referee checks on Aleister but Strong clubs and throws Aleister into the ring. Strong stomps the back then drags Aleister up by his hair. Strong hits a fast backbreaker, then puts Aleister in a chinlock. Fans rally up as Aleister endures being bent back. Aleister powers up and fights out with body shots. Strong forearms and tackles Aleister to a cover. Aleister manages to keep a shoulder up so Strong facelocks and grinds Aleister down. Strong pulls on Aleister’s head while fans rally up. Aleister fights his way up and powers Strong to a corner. Aleister rams his shoulder into Strong but his back bothers him. He throws heavy forearms and whips, but Strong reverses hard! Aleister hits buckles, then Strong dropkicks him out of the ring.
Strong keeps on Aleister by ramming him into the apron! Strong puts Aleister in and stomps away. He drags Aleister up to CHOP in a corner! Strong hoists Aleister up top then climbs up to join him. Aleister resists as Strong wants the superplex. Aleister fights back, slips under, and goes to bomb but Strong fights back. Strong slips off and hits another backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aleister lives and Strong grows frustrated. Strong eggs Aleister on as he pulls Aleister up by his hair. Strong suplexes, but Aleister knees out. Aleister dodges in the corner then runs but into a knee! But he comes back with elbows! Aleister sweeps and knee strikes! Then he handsprings back up, to springboard quebrada! Fans fire up with Aleister as he waistlocks Strong. Strong elbows out, but Aleister blocks and heel kicks! Strong bucks Aleister off but runs into a roundhouse! Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!
Strong survives but Aleister keeps his focus. Aleister lifts Strong with his foot, but Strong pushes away. Strong boots, roundhouses and leaps, but the knee misses. Aleister boots, runs, but into a pop-up gutbuster! Strong runs but into a knee! Strong tumbles out, Aleister goes to the corner. Aleister hops up but Strong stops him. Strong boots Aleister, then torture racks, backbreaker toss at the post! Strong puts Aleister in and covers, TWO!! Aleister still lives and Strong is beside himself. Fans duel as Strong turns Aleister over. Strong wants the legs but Aleister fights him off. Aleister gets the ropes but gets a guillotine catapult! Strong runs in for the Shining Wizard, then hits the back suplex toss! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and Strong is furious. Strong drags Aleister up, throws forearms and elbows, then suplexes. Aleister slips out, BLACK MASS! Cover, Aleister wins!
Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall
The Dutch Destroyer strikes outta nowhere! Aleister makes Strong #FadetoBlack, but here comes the rest of the Undisputed Era! Kyle O’Reilly runs into a Black Mass! Adam Cole and Bobby Fish tackle Aleister and stomp him out! But here comes Ricochet! The One and Only springboards and crossbodies Cole and Fish! He’s returning teh favor to Aleister as he fights off Cole and Fish. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out and Aleister takes Fish down with a knee! The Undisputed Era regroups and retreats! Will the King of Flight and Embodiment of the End be the end of their era in NXT?
Big news for the Performance Center.
There are a lot of new recruits to the NXT roster, but the Horsewomen look to “welcome” them personally. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir try to bully the new kids in class, but no one lets them intimidate them. It’s only a matter of time before these combustible elements explode!
The EST will not be stopped.
Bianca Belair had a break-out 2018 and was screwed out of being champion by Shayna and the Horsewomen. No one can change that her mind-set is always Un-De-Fea-Ted. But she will not let herself be passed up by the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai. There’s no gracefully stepping aside. They’ll all have to wait until she’s champion, and if anyone gets in her way, they’ll see why she’s the EST.
NXT announces the 2019 Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic!
A great tradition returns again in two weeks! The winners are promised an NXT Tag Team Championship match against the War Raiders at TakeOver: New York! The first four teams have already selected: The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish; The Forgotten Sons’ Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake; the European Alliance, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; and The Street Profits, Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford! Which other four teams will join them? Find out next week!
Mia Yim VS Xia Li!
The Head Baddie in Charge and the “spicy” martial artist are among the newest stars to join NXT, and they look to prove they’re just as worthy as any woman of an NXT Women’s Championship match. Does Bianca Belair have more to worry about than just the Sky Pirates jumping ahead of her?
The bell rings and they shake hands to show respect. They tie up and Mia pushes Xia to ropes. Mia throws Xia but Xia holds on and then returns the throw. The grapple continues as they stand back up. Mia wrenches through to a hammerlock then a facelock. Fans chant for Mia but Xia puts her against the ropes. Xia whips but Mia reverses and ducks. Xia stops herself to then roll Mia over to a facelock. Mia powers through to wrench Xia. Xia breaks free and swings kicks! Mia backs off fast to avoid those furious feet! Xia cools off and Mia admits those were good. Mia asks for a test of strength, and Xia accepts. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder. Mia pushes Xia back and mounts for a cover, ONE! She pushes the shoulder down, ONE! Mia pushes the shoulder again, TWO!
Xia hops up, but Mia avoids a monkey flip. Xia rolls Mia up, TWO! They tie up again, monkey flip to sunset flip! Cover, TWO! Xia kicks Mia right in the chest! Xia whips Mia corner to corner but Mia reverses, only for Xia to hop up. Mia gets under Xia and shotgun dropkicks her down! Xia gets to the corner, Mia says BOOM for the cannonball senton! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this even match-up as Mia waits for Xia to stand. Xia does and Mia throws palm strikes. Xia blocks the kick to fire off palm strikes of her own! She kicks Mia’s legs out to hit the tornado roundhouse! Cover, TWO!
Xia keeps her focus as she goes up the corner. Mia stands and dodges the Rider Kick, to backhand Xia down! Mia drags Xia up, hammerlock for a modified code breaker, aka Protect Ya Neck! Cover, Mia wins!
Winner: Mia Yim, by pinfall
But before Mia can celebrate, the Horsewomen rush the ring! Mia fights Shayna, but Jessamyn and Marina help outnumber her! The Horsewomen club and stomp Mia, but here come the young stars of NXT! Lacey Lane, MJ Jenkins and Jessie Elaban take the fight to the Horsewomen, but the Horsewomen win that fight! Shayna rocks MJ with a big running knee! Mia comes back for more while Marina throws Lacey into steps and Jessamyn roundhouses Jessie down. Marina and Jessamyn go back to stomping Mia out, then they sit her up for Shayna. Shayna tells Mia to start respecting the Horsewomen, but Mia says there’s nothing to respect! Shayna runs and hits Mia with that same stiff knee! Fans boo as the Horsewomen stand tall. Will anyone stand a chance of stopping the Horsewomen’s stampede through NXT?
Candice LeRae checks on Johnny Gargano backstage.
How is Mr. Wrestling feeling before his title match tonight? He’s ready. But Candice says Gargano knows what he needs to do. He does. But then Tommaso Ciampa appears. Ciampa says if Gargano needs him, he’ll be there. Gargano says he won the North American Championship on his own, so no, he doesn’t need Ciampa. He’ll just do what he does best: be Johnny Freakin’ Wrestling. Gargano and Candice leave, but Ciampa says he’ll still be watching. Will Ciampa help Gargano, even when he doesn’t need it?
Exclusive interview with Matt Riddle.
The Original Bro was also part of the Arrival series on WWE’s YouTube channel, and he was very much himself with his flip-flops and casual attire. Was there ever a thought to go the more conservative or formal? Not at all. A long time ago, someone told Riddle that it’s better for someone to tell you to tone it down than to raise it up. Riddle knows if he ever does reach that point, someone will tell him.
For his rivalry of Kassius Ohno, Riddle is glad to have gotten rid of the obnoxious Knockout Artist. Ohno was harshing everyone’s good time. Riddle can focus on what’s important now. Riddle had a great match with Drew Gulak, and that’s only the beginning. The King of Bros wants any title he can get at, and nothing will stop him. Watch the full interview on WWE’s YouTube to learn more about Riddle, what he’s done, and what he plans on doing next.
NXT North American Championship: Johnny Gargano VS Velveteen Dream!
From Johnny Wrestling to Johnny Venom to Johnny TakeOver, there was one title Gargano always wanted: Johnny Champion. Gargano finally has a title all his own, but now the Patrick Clark Experience comes to take it away. Will Gargano lose his title so soon after winning it? Or will he deny the Dream his own dream here tonight?
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/20/19)
It’s Storm VS Ripley, Round 3 for the NXT UK Women’s Championship in Phoenix!
NXT UK continues in Phoenix with a massive Women’s Championship rematch! Tied at 1-1, will it be Rhea Ripley or Toni Storm that comes out on top?
- Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers; The Coffey Brothers win.
- Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne; Seven wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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The NXT UK Women’s Championship saga continues!
The Mosh Pit Kid was furious that she lost the title to the Lightning Down Under. Rhea Ripley believes she’s the best of both worlds, but Toni Storm will happily beat her again. There’s no more time for talk, they settle the score tonight! Who stands tall at the conclusion of this epic rivalry?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS The Coffey Brothers!
The Welsh Air Force has come close but just missed the mark when it comes to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. As for Joe and Mark Coffey, they finally give it a go! Will Gallus go through Andrews & Webster and straight for the gold?
The teams sort out and Webster starts against Coffey. They go around and tie up, Mark gets a waistlock slam! Mark is right on Webster with a biel! Webster boots back and fights out of the Gallus corner, only to run into a CHOP! Mark tags Joe and the brothers work together to scoop slam Webster. Joe keeps Webster from Andrews and stomps out his stomach. Joe pops Webster up but Webster lands on his feet to dropkick Joe! Tag to Andrews! Andrews runs and headscissors, but Joe blocks! Joe brings Andrews up but Andrews slips out to boot Joe away! Andrews hops up, flying headscissors! Andrews slides and Peles! Mark tags in and Joe reverses the whip. Joe feeds Andrews to Mark for a waistlock. Andrews fights out and runs, but into the pop-up European Uppercut!
Mark hits Webster for good measure before stomping Andrews out. Mark throws heavy body shots then scoop slams Andrews fast. He drops knees on Andrews’ back, then pushes him to the corner. Tag to Joe and the brothers mug Andrews. Joe keeps Andrews from Webster as he stomps Andrews more. Joe throws body shots against the ropes, then in the corner. Andrews can barely cover up as Joe throws hands. Joe whips corner to corner hard and Andrews bounces off the buckles! Joe drags Andrews over and tags in Mark. The Coffey Brothers continue to mug and isolate Andrews. Fans rally up as Mark full nelsons Andrews. Mark drags Andrews over, tag to Joe. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, lift and CHOP Andrews down! Joe keeps Andrews away from Webster again with a full nelson of his own.
Joe thrashes Andrews around then grinds him to the mat. Andrews endures and fans rally up. Andrews stands and slips out, but Joe sees the wheelbarrow coming. Joe elbows and clubs Andrews down. Andrews almost reaches Webster, but Joe stops him just inches away. Joe uses the butterfly full nelson, but fans rally up. Joe swings Andrews around and around, then throws him overhead! Cover, TWO! Andrews lives but Joe stays right on him. Joe whips Andrews to the Coffey corner, but Andrews fights out! Andrews runs, but into a bomb! He slips out, hot tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies on the Coffey boys! Webster throws EuroUppers, but runs into a lift. Webster lands on his feet, gets around, goes around, big crossbody and fast hands!
Phoenix fires up as Webster hits the springboard quebrada on Mark! Webster runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Webster hits back with a swift knee! And he Tiger Feints to huricanrana Joe into barriers! Webster leaps up and over Mark, knee trigger! Tag to Andrews and Webster gives him the assist on the standing 450! Cover, but Joe breaks it! The Coffey Brothers regroup but Webster is on them. Joe throws Webster out then tags in. Joe goes at Andrews but gets CHOP after CHOP! Andrews throws forearms, too, but Joe pushes him back. Joe blocks the tilt-o-whirl DDT, but Webster tags in on the back side! Webster knee triggers Joe then gives Andrews a boost, tornado DDT!
Joe bails out and Mark runs in, for a Modfather headbutt! Andrews and Webster double FLY onto both brothers! They quickly get Joe in, Andrews tags. Webster wrenches, but Joe pushes him away. Joe gets clear of Andrews for a corner splash! Joe suplexes, Stun-Dog Millionaire! Hot tag to Webster! Webster climbs and Andrews DIVES onto Mark! But Mark catches Andrews for a suplex onto the apron! Webster sentons but onto Joe’s knees! Joe SPEARS Webster to the corner and tags Mark. Mark rocks Webster with a forearm, Joe tops it off with All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Coffey Brothers win!
Winners: The Coffey Brothers, Mark Coffey pinning
Gallus is as gallus does! The Coffey Brothers have begun their tag team quest in NXT UK, when and where will they reach the tag team titles?
Welcome to the Nina Samuels Show.
Ladies and gentlemen, please take your seats, the show is about to begin. The Rose Pink Devil looks to take center stage, but when and where will the spotlight finally shine?
Jordan Devlin speaks.
“This is the Irish Ace, Jordan Devlin, back in beautiful Bray, County Wicklow, Ireland.” He’s fresh off another MVP performance in the Worlds Collide tournament. But Travis Banks had to stick his nose in Devlin’s business. Devlin will make this clear: grow eyes in the back of your head. They’re far from through. Will Ace and Buzzsaw ever be through with each other?
NXT UK, get ready for Kay Lee Ray.
What makes KLR the best woman in NXT UK already? It’s not confidence, it’s not her red hair, it’s not even that she’s Scottish. It’s that she’s smart. She’ll show everyone around the world what she can do. She had to watch and wait, but that means she knows what everyone is capable of. It doesn’t matter if it’s Storm, Ripley or any of these other “girls”. It only matters that KLR is here now.
Trent Seven VS Shane Thorne!
The man from Mustache Mountain wants to be NXT UK Tag Team Champion with Tyler Bate, but he’ll show he can still get it done in singles competition! Will he get a win against The Worst of NXT?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and go around, and Seven pushes Thorne towards a corner. Thorne pushes Seven towards the other corner, but Seven escapes to a waistlock then headlock. They end up on the ropes and they separate. Seven and Thorne circle and tie up again. Seven gets the arm and wrenches, keeping Thorne from ropes. Fans applaud as Seven wrenches Thorne down to the mat. Thorne moves around and reverses the wrench. Seven reverses back but Thorne rocks him with a right. Thorne bumps Seven off buckles then chops him! Seven CHOPS back! And CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Seven fires up but Thorne gets a headlock. Seven powers out but Thorne runs him over.
Things speed up and Thorne whips Seven, only for Seven to come back with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Thorne hurries to a corner but Seven runs in for a big clothesline! Seven whips corner to corner but Thorne reverses. Thorne runs in but is put on the apron. Thorne grabs hair and beard, then hotshots Seven’s arm! The referee reprimands Thorne but Thorne drags Seven into the post. Thorne pulls the arm into the steel, but lets up at 4. Thorne goes back into the ring to scrape and kick and stomp Seven in the corner. He stands Seven up to wrench the arm and bring Seven to the mat. Fans rally up while Seven endures. Seven powers up and fights back but Thorne throws him down by his hair. Thorne kicks away on Seven then covers, TWO!
Thorne keeps on Seven with a keylock. Seven endures but fans rally up again. Seven powers up and hits a stunner! Thorne staggers back, into a CHOP! And another CHOP! Seven fakes the chop to hit the DDT! Thorne flounders while fans fire up with Seven. Seven runs corner to corner for another CHOP! Snap Dragon Suplex! Scoop driver! Cover, TWO! Seven goes for and gets the Figure Four! Thorne endures the legendary leg lock and fans are shouting. Seven and Thorne start slapping each other! Thorne manages to turn the hold over, putting the pressure on Seven! Seven turns it back over, but then Thorne gets the ropebreak. They end up on the apron while the leg lock is still on, so Thorne turns and brings them both crashing to the ground!
Thorne is laughing as he and Seven separate. They stand and Seven chops Thorne. Thorne throws a haymaker, but Seven chops back. They brawl as the ring count climbs. Thorne back suplexes Seven on the apron at 7! Thorne climbs up top but Seven runs over to CHOP him back. Seven and Thorne fight with chops, and Seven gets an edge. Seven climbs up to join Thorne, for a SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO! Thorne survives but Seven isn’t done with him yet. Seven goes for the Figure Four again but Thorne cradles! TWO, and Seven CHOPS Thorne. Thorne throws haymakers but Seven throws CHOPS! Seven throws slapping body shots but Thorne throws a EuroUpper. Thorne gloats but Seven grabs him for the wristlock ripcord. Thorne slips through to ripcord Seven for a kitchen sink knee! Then he double chicken wings, pop-up to a German Suplex! Cover, TWO!!
Seven survives but Thorne is right on the bad arm! Thorne folds the arm for a modified crossface, but Seven slips through. Seven fights out with elbows and chops. Ripcord, Seven Star Lariat!! Cover, Seven wins!
Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall
The man from Mustache Mountain bests the Worst in their first singles encounter! Will this help Seven reach the top of the mountain in the singles division as well as the tag division?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
The Ungentle Gentleman was last in NXT UK at the Royal Albert Hall and the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament. Gallagher sees NXT UK making history itself, but will he be joining for more action? That’s a question for GM Johnny Saint to answer. What will Saint’s answer be in regards to having the 205 Live Cruiserweight crossing over?
NXT UK Media catches up with Joseph Conners.
The Righteous Killer trains at the new UK Performance Center as he speaks on “breaking the shiny new toys.” However, he lost to Ligero- Stop right there. He and Ligero have a long history. But Conners will tell everyone that his loss was just an off day. Those off days are long behind him. Conners is more focused than ever, and he will show everyone that he always has and always will be better than the Leeds Luchador. Will Ligero be the shiniest toy Conners breaks?
The Grizzled Young Veterans head to the ring!
Zack Gibson and James Drake are in Phoenix as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions, but they’ll also defend them during this state-side excursion. Gibson takes the mic and introduces himself as Liverpool’s Number One, and introduces Drake. Together, they are the Grizzled Young Veterans. “For 13 long, hard years,” they traveled the world to show everyone what they already knew. And now they stand before the fans “with these shiny new NXT UK tag titles, which prove exactly what we already knew: that we are the very best tag team anywhere around the world!”
But being the best does have a drawback. Gibson would much rather be home in Liverpool, sitting back and enjoying his life. But instead, they’ve been dragged against their will to this desert, just so they can educate the “ignorant Yanks” as to why British Wrestling is the best, and as to why GYV are the best of the best. Johnny Saint insisted they make the trip. Saint insisted they have the best competition. But no, Gibson and Drake are the best competition. The other teams should be flying to the UK to find them. The GYV have set a new standard. Any tag team from 205 Live or NXT USA, line up because GYV are not impressed. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, come challenge them, because they are the standard-bearers SOON to be recognized as “the most important” team anywhere in the WWE.
Speaking of, the One Two Combination head right out! Lorcan & Burch want Gibson & Drake to hold their horses. On behalf of Phoenix, please shut up! No one wants to hear what Gibson’s got to say. But Burch has said it a million times, he’s proud to be British. But he’s also proud to represent the American NXT, the one Gibson claims has no competition. Nothing makes Burch prouder than to team with Lorcan. Now they’re supposed to wait for the match until next week, but why wait? Lorcan & Burch rush the ring, but Gibson & Drake bail out. Fans boo as the Grizzled Young Veterans take their titles and run. The champs fight on their time, but will their time be up very soon?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Toni Storm VS Rhea Ripley!
The first time, the Mosh Pit Kid shocked the world when she beat the Lightning Down Under to become the first-ever champion. The second time was finally #ToniTime. Now in the third time around, the score will be settled. Who will take the title back to the UK after burning it down in Phoenix?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and Rhea sucker punches Toni! Rhea rains down rights on Toni but the referee tries to restore order. Rhea throws Toni into the corner but Toni staggers back up. Toni wants the match to happen, so the ref rings the bell. Rhea is right on her again! The ref counts but Rhea rams shoulders in until 4! Rhea stalks Toni to another corner and stomps a mudhole in! She drags Toni up to whip but Toni holds ropes. Rhea goes after her with more furious forearms, and then throws her down on the mat. Rhea stomps Toni then talks trash. She whips Toni but Toni redirects and dropkicks Rhea down! Cover, ONE!
Toni stays on Rhea with EuroUppers! Toni rocks Rhea to the ropes and throws forearms of her own. The ref backs Toni off, Rhea yanks Toni into the ropes! Rhea then yanks Toni out of the ring and to the floor! Rhea tells the fans to shut up as she clubs Toni around. She rams Toni into the apron then refreshes the count. Rhea rams Toni into the apron again, then scoops her to ram her into the post! She dumps Toni back in and covers, TWO! Fans rally up for Toni but Rhea stomps her more. Rhea drags Toni up for clubbing forearms. Rhea mocks the fans for cheering Toni on, so the fans boo and jeer Rhea. The Mosh Pit Kid grounds ‘n’ pounds Toni then pulls her hair! The ref counts and Rhea lets up at 4. Rhea wraps Toni up in body scissors and squeezes.
Toni endures and fans rally again. Rhea pulls Toni’s hair more but Toni turns it to a cover, ONE! Rhea keeps the squeeze on and thrashes Toni about, but Toni makes it another cover. ONE, and Rhea rolls Toni to a cover of her own. TWO, and Toni is still in the scissors. Rhea rolls her again, TWO, and Toni starts stomping the back of Rhea’s head! Toni stomps her way out of the hold! Rhea scrambles away from Toni as fans fire up. Toni throws big forearms but Rhea shoves and dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool while she stalks Toni. “You think you’re so good!” Rhea slaps Toni around then drags her up. Toni hits back with palm strikes and forearms, but Rhea knees low. Rhea throws Toni to the mat again, then looms over her as fans boo.
Rhea stands on Toni’s hair and flexes! She lets up at 4, but then stomps Toni to get the legs. Rhea lifts Toni in the inverted cloverleaf! Toni endures while fans rally up. Toni crawls her way towards the ropes, then rolls to throw Rhea out! Rhea hurries back up but Toni roundhouses her back down. Toni builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Rhea out! Toni drags Rhea back in and gets a waistlock, German Suplex! Rhea flounders to a corner as fans fire up with Toni. Toni runs in for the hip attack! Then she waistlocks Rhea again, German Suplex! Bridging cover, TWO! Toni keeps focus as she drags Rhea back up.
Toni underhooks, but Rhea resists. Rhea slips out to throw forearm after forearm! She clobbers Toni with a clothesline! Rhea drags Toni up for another! Rhea drags Toni up again, but Toni dodges to hit a backstabber! Both women are down but fans fire up. A standing count begins and reaches 5 before either woman sits up. Toni and Rhea meet at 7 to start throwing forearms from the mat. They brawl as they head back to their feet. Rhea SLAPS Toni, then runs, but Toni rocks her with a forearm! Toni whips but Rhea reverses to boot! Rhea swings but Toni dodges to headbutt! Toni falls on the cover, TWO!!
Rhea survives but Toni keeps going. Toni drags herself to a corner then wills herself up top. Rhea trips her up! Rhea CHOPS Toni but Toni headbutts back! Toni adjusts, but Rhea enziguris her down! Rhea roars as she climbs up to join Toni. SUPERPLEX! Rhea crawls to the high stack cover, TWO!! Toni barely escapes and Rhea can’t believe it! Rhea stomps away on Toni then drags her back up. Rhea scoop slams Toni into the corner then stomps a mudhole! She backs off at 4 then drags Toni up. “You think it’s Toni Time, huh!?” Rhea throws heavy hands on the dazed Toni. Rhea runs in, but Toni goes up and over, sending Rhea into post! Toni floats over, underhooks, Storm Zero!! Cover, Toni wins!!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
The trilogy concludes and the Lightning strikes! Toni Time can finally move on, who will be her first fresh challenger on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Another great episode of NXT UK. Good to see the Coffey Brothers have a tag team match. Obviously while the WWE United Kingdom Championship is reserved for Walter come the next UK TakeOver, it’s good for Joe and Mark to try the tag team division. They have a great match with Andrews & Webster, and obviously win to keep themselves strong. Of course, Gallus likely won’t challenge for the tag titles without Mustache Mountain being involved. Gibson gives another solid promo, and the exchange with Lorcan & Burch was good, too. Grizzled Young Veterans VS Lorcan & Burch is going to be a fun match next week, but pretty sure GYV retains. They won’t lose those titles until Mustache Mountain is involved. The next UK TakeOver might even up the intensity by making it a Triple Threat, since a simple rematch of GYV VS MM would be hard to outdo the original.
Seven VS Thorne was good, and it’s good to see Thorne showing up in NXT UK. WWE Worlds Collide was used to tease Thorne coming over now that he no longer has Nick Miller for a tag partner. “The Worst” can help the UK midcard grow, but I wouldn’t say he’s midcard title material just yet. The same for Jack Gallagher. It’s great to have crossovers between NXT UK, NXT and 205 Live, but I don’t see Gallagher winning a title just yet. Devlin hypes a rematch with Travis Banks, and that match will be incredible, especially if they get a special stipulation. Then the main event, the Women’s Championship was another instant classic. Rhea going after Toni’s back was good referencing of the story from their first match. Naturally Toni wins, because it is time to move on to new challengers.
My Score: 8.4/10