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Chairshot Classics: WCW SuperBrawl III (1993) – SuperBrawling At Its Best!

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Open: A flashback is shown of Big Van Vader whipping and choking Sting with the help of Barry Windham and Harley Race. They will settle it tonight in a ‘White Castle of Fear’ strap match.

In The Arena: Eric Bischoff and Missy Hyatt explain that Ron Simmons is unable to challenge Dustin Rhodes for the United States Championship tonight, so Maxx Payne will replace him. Hyatt has her eyes set on a special interview later and Bischoff welcomes Johnny B. Badd to the set. It’s so outrageous, it’s contagious. Badd announces some of the other feature matches for the night, it’s a great night to be a Badd man. Maxx Payne is out next and performs the national anthem for the crowd on his electric guitar.

Match #1: The Hollywood Blonds (‘Flyin’ Brian Pillman & ‘Stunning’ Steve Austin) vs. Marcus Alexander Bagwell & Erik Watts
Austin and Bagwell kick things off. Collar and elbow tie up and a tough break. Austin has a few words with the fans before tying up once again, Badwell with position in the corner and Austin shoves him away. Lock up once again, arm drag into an arm bar by the Rookie of the Year. Austin gets back to his feet but Bagwell works the wrist. The hold is broken with a shot to the gut, test of strength with a top wrist lock and Bagwell wins it. Up to their feet and again Bagwell takes him down.

Austin is able to get to the corner and he hits a cheap elbow. Straight rights from Stunning Steve followed by knees to the skull. Bagwell ducks a clothesline, Austin holds the ropes to avoid a roll up but is surprised by a right that knocks him to the floor. Pillman checks in with his partner but Bagwell throws him back in. Tag is made to Erik Watts, met with boos. Double back body drop on Austin and a double clothesline on the charging Pillman. Bagwell is sent out to his corner, Austin backs Watts into the corner and makes a tag to Pillman. Watts fights both of them off with elbows and clotheslines.

Pillman is enraged and enters the ring and points his finger right in Watts’ face. They exchange shoves, Watts getting the better but Pillman goes to work. Shoulder tackle by Pillman but Watts recovers with an arm drag and a drop kick. Another arm drag by Watts and he works right into a modified wrist lock. Tag is made to Bagwell who is quickly kneed in the mid section. Tag is made to Stunning Steve and the blondes double team Marcus. Bagwell ducks two clotheslines and scores with a cross body and a two count. He’s up quickly with a drop kick and a side headlock takedown and he holds on with a head lock. Slowly back up to vertical and tag is made to Watts, side headlock by the kid. They hit the ropes, Watts boots Austin in the face and locks in an abdominal stretch.

Tag is made to Bagwell who keeps on with the stretch. Austin grabs some hair and pulls Bagwell off, tag is made to Pillman who hits an double axe handle.Chops in the corner by Flyin Brian. Bagwell reverses the Irish whip and lifts Pillman for a military press. Brian ducks one clothesline but turns around to eat the 2nd effort. Bagwell with a lateral press and gets two. Side headlock by Bagwell and Watts is back in. Erik holds the head lock, Brian escapes and tags in Austin. Austin with a scoop slam and an elbow across the forehead. He tries a splash but Watts gets the knees up, he rolls Austin up for two. Double leg pick up, into a Boston crab by Watts.

Steve struggles and Brian makes the save. Pillman enters immediately and the ref tells him no way jose. Brian ignores the referee, he sends Watts to the ropes and tries a boot to the gut. Watts catches him and reverses it into the STF. Flyin Brian is too close to the ropes and the hold is quickly broken. Watts tries to send Pillman for the ride but he keeps falling to his knees. Austin is signaling for a timeout. Pillman lures Watts close and strikes with an elbow. Watts is dumped to the floor, he ducks as Pillman looks for a crossbody over the top rope. Pillman pulls up short on the apron, waits for Watts to turn and leaps. Watts moves out of the way and Pillman hits the railing. Watts rolls Pillman into the ring. Flyin Brian trips him into the turnbuckle and tags in Austin. The Blondes sends Watts over the top rope with double elbows.

Austin cheap shots a dazed Watts and then scoop slams him on the floor. Stunning Steve rolls him back in the ring, tries a sunset flip, Watts fights back with rights and it’s broken up by Pillman. Tag is made to Flyin Brian who lays in a chop before choking Watts on the middle rope. The ref lectures Brian and Austin takes advantage of the distraction. Pillman and Watts exchange shots, they hit the ropes, Watts shocks Pillman with a sunset flip but the ref is slow to make the count. Pillman rubs his face into the mat and tags in Austin. Forearm from the middle rope by Stunning Steve. Elbows and chops from Austin, Steve prevents the tag and cheapshots Bagwell. The ref gets caught up with Marcus and the Blondes double team Watts in the other corner.

Tag is made to Pillman who heads for the top rope. They try a rocket launcher and Watts gets the knees up. Tag is made to Austin who cuts off Watts from tagging with a belly to back suplex. Watts kicks out at two. Irish whip by Austin, he follows closely and the two men slam heads. Watts is laid across the middle rope, Austin tries a bronco buster but Erik moves. Tags are made to Pillman and Bagwell. Marcus with rights to both opponents, Pillman begs for mercy. Bagwell with straight rights in the corner, he sends Pillman to the ropes and scores with a power slam. Austin is forced to make the save. Austin and Watts brawl before Erik is dumped to the floor.

Watts is up quickly but the referee backs him away. With the official’s back turned, Bagwell hits a bridging fisherman’s suplex but Austin comes off the top rope to break it with a flying elbow. Pillman rolls up Watts and the Blondes take it.
Winners: The Hollywood Blonds (Pillman/Flying Elbow)

  • EA’s Take: This is the first PPV appearance by one of WCW’s best tag teams of the 1990’s. They are the number one contenders for the Tag Team Championships already, so you give them some momentum here. My one proviso is: if you’re trying to get them over as heels, don’t put them up against the unliked boss’ kid! Erik Watts got far more heat than the Blondes did, seemingly for just existing. Justifiably so, daddy’s boy!

In the Arena: Eric Bischoff & Johnny B. Badd confirm the rumors that Ric Flair will be making his return to WCW tonight! In fact, Missy Hyatt is out back to score an interview as a limousine slowly pulls in behind her. Security backs her away and takes her microphone away, Ric Flair exits the limo, lets out a “WOOO”, and is escorted to the locker room.

Match #2: Chris Benoit vs. 2 Cold Scorpio
Collar and elbow and a clean break on the ropes. Tie up, Scorpio with position, the ref calls for a break but Benoit strikes. Forearm shot by Benoit  followed by a big elbow. Snap suplex by Benoit before stomping on the back of the head. Vicious chop by Benoit, he sends Scorpio to the corner, 2 Cold leaps to the top turnbuckle and scores with a flying cross body and gets two. Standing dropkick by Scorpio followed by a spinning kick to the face and Benoit has to regroup outside. Back to the ring, collar and elbow quickly into the wristlock by Benoit. Both men with acrobatic reversals and Benoit stays in control.

They chain wrestle until Benoit throws a hip toss and grabs an arm bar. Up to a vertical base, Scorpio flips for positioning and lifts Benoit with a back body drop. 2Cold holds onto the arm and works it on the mat. Scorpio uses his knee for leverage and then maneuvers into a modified hammerlock, using his feet and falling backwards for pressure. Benoit works his way back to his feet, ducks down and reverses the hammerlock. Scorpio grabs the head, backflips out of the hold, runs Benoit to the ropes, backflips out of the way, leapfrogs Benoit, hits the mat and finally scores with an arm drag. Benoit rolls out to the floor, favoring the arm. Back inside the ropes, they hook up for a test of strength.

Benoit bridges down and back up and then he takes the advantage. Benoit puts his whole body on Scorpio’s bridge. 2 Cold leaps up and they exchange impressive monkey flips. Scorpio with a standing drop kick and an arm drag, working right into the arm bar. Scorpio drops the leg on the arm and then hangs on for more submission work. Slowly vertical, Benoit breaks it up, hitting a head butt. They hit the ropes, Benoit with a baseball slide and a double leg pickup, Scorpio flips him away from a Boston crab but misses with a drop kick. Benoit misses with an elbow and eats a superkick. Armdrag into the submission by Scorpio.

He switches into a seated abdominal stretch and rolls him over for two. Scorpio hangs on with a hammerlock on the mat. Benoit breaks it with a knee to the gut and throws Scorpio hard into the top turnbuckle. To the ropes, Benoit leap frogs, Scorpio misses the spinning kick and Benoit nails him with a high impact clothesline. Scorpio for the ride and Benoit hits a shoulder tackle. Back breaker by Benoit and he stretches Scorpio across his knee. Scorpio grabs a handful of hair and breaks it with a knee. Benoit with a snapmare and a reverse chin lock, and he tells the fans to shut up. Up to their feet, Benoit with a right. Front facelock and he hangs Scorpio across the top rope.

Benoit stomps a hole in him and Scorpio falls out to the floor. From the apron, Scorpio blocks a shot to the turnbuckle and throws Benoit head first instead. Shoulder to the midsection and Scorpio heads for the top, he misses a flying drop kick and is forced to kick out of a pin. Snap mare and chin lock again by Benoit. Scorpio bridges up, throws his elbows into the midsection, ducks a clothesline but is caught with a sidewalk slam. Benoit grabs the legs and locks in a Boston crab. Chris lets the hold go, takes him down with a snap mare. Straight right and chop from Benoit. Scorpio is seated on the top turnbuckle and he signals for the crowd.

Belly to back suplex from the top rope, but Benoit hits the back of his head. Both men are down. Benoit is up first, he tries a pin and Scorpio kicks out. Russian leg sweep by Benoit and Scorpio kicks out again. Benoit tries to lift him for another belly to back suplex, Scorpio contorts his body and lands a cross body, Benoit kicks out. Scorpio tries a back body drop but Benoit hits him with a forearm. Benoit lifts him for a powerbomb and Scorpio is able to kick out. Benoit goes for another powerbomb, reversed into a sunset flip but they’re too close to the ropes. Irish whip by Benoit, Scorpio meets him with a knee. Scorpio catches Benoit’s kick, jumps up and kicks him over. Scorpio sends Benoit to the ropes, Chris ducks two spinning kicks but can’t avoid the clothesline.

Benoit slides to the corner, Scorpio charges with some rights. Irish whip and a 360 clothesline by Scorpio. Scorpio heads for the top rope and hits a corkscrew splash. A lateral press and Benoit kicks out. They hit the ropes, Scorpio ducks a clothesline, leaps on Benoit’s shoulders but is dropped face first on the mat. Benoit with a scoop slam and a leg drop from the 2nd rope, he covers and Scorpio kicks out with 15 seconds left in the 20 minute time limit. Scorpio tries a small package but Benoit kicks. Scorpio blocks a right, Benoit goes for a full nelson but Scorpio reverses it, rolls him up and gets the win just before the clock ran out.
Winner: 2 Cold Scorpio (Roll-Up)

  • EA’s Take: What a match! It’s now extremely difficult to mentally separate his incredible career from what happened during his final weekend, but Chris Benoit was a favorite of mine for a long time. When that familiar WCW music hit, I couldn’t help but get excited for the match. Scorpio is in his athletic prime and Benoit is showing that he’s already one of the best technicians in the world, making his WCW PPV debut here before heading to ECW. This is not the match you want to have to follow and it’s not my bias talking when I guarantee this will be the match of the night when it’s all done.
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Chairshot Classics: WCW Monday Nitro Episode 19 (1/8/96)

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From the North Charleston Coliseum, in Charleston, South Carolina, comes WCW Monday Nitro! Set up from the last episode, we have Hulk Hogan teaming with Randy Savage to take on Ric Flair and Arn Anderson. The other advertised matches are very intriguing as Lord Steven Regal battles Eddie Guerrero and Sting faces Diamond Dallas Page. A solid sounding lineup, especially those under card matches. Let’s see how it plays out!

Chris Benoit vs Alex Wright

Wright comes out to a sizable reaction, he definitely was a fan favorite. Benoit jumps him quickly and hits a solid snap suplex and back elbow. Wright tries to come back but takes a beautiful bridging northern lights suplex for a near fall. Benoit throws Wright outside and distracts the referee while Pillman at ringside chokes Alex for a bit. Wright sends Benoit over the top rope and Heenan asks if that’s a DQ? Was that still illegal at this point? Alex hits Chris with a big cross body from the top rope to the outside. Wright sinks in a deep boston crab before transitioning into an STF before Benoit gets out. Pillman trips Wright, but Wright launches himself over the top to drop him. Coming back into the ring, Benoit gets the upper hand with knees to the midsection. Benoit hooks and drops a dragon suplex with a bridge to pick up the pinfall. Fun little match here, lots of fun back and forth action.

Winner: Chris Benoit via pinfall

Lord Steven Regal vs Eddie Guerrero

Great chain wrestling to start this matchup, they go back and forth, trading holds and counters. Eddie counters a double arm suplex with an arm drag before a nearfall exchange is ended when Regal pokes Guerrero’s eyes. Regal takes control with a big European uppercut and several more strikes before hitting a nice reverse suplex, a move that is very underutilized in my opinion. Eddie reverses a pinning attempt for a nearfall before eating a big back elbow from Regal. Regal is in control with strikes and out of nowhere, Eddie drops Regal with a backslide and picks up the shocking win. This was a very fun match, but I would have liked something twice as long.

Winner: Eddie Guerrero

Mean Gene is on the ramp with Sting and Lex Luger. Sting asks Lex about Starrcade why he pulled Sting down before he could get back into the ring, costing Sting a chance at the title. Lex claimed he got hurt and was reaching for help and asked Sting to give him a chance at redemption as a tag team against the Blue Bloods at Clash of the Champions. Sting agrees and it is set.

Sting vs Diamond Dallas Page

DDP gets Sting with the cigar in the eye to start the match and gains the upper hand. Sting counters with a double axe handle, a dropkick that sends DDP out of the ring followed by a cross body over the top rope. Strange spot where Sting goes for a leapfrog and initially it looked like Sting came up too early, but he sold like a low blow. No DQ, but DDP is in control with a belly to back suplex and swinging neckbreaker. DDP grounds Sting with a rear chin lock and plants his feet on the ropes but denies it to referee, Nick Patrick. Sting tries to counter out with a top wrist lock but DDP gets a handful of hair to drag him back down to the mat. Sting fights out with a facebuster and some big strikes before hitting a reverse atomic drop and big dropkick to send DDP into the corner. Sting hits the Stinger Splash but can’t get the Scorpion Death Lock in. DDP hits another neckbreaker and a thumb to the eyes out of a pinfall attempt. Sting counters a kick and locks on the Scorpion Death Lock and DDP taps out. This was another fun match with two great guys in the ring.

Winner: Sting via submission

Ric Flair and Arn Anderson vs Randy Savage and Hulk Hogan

Flair and Hogan start us off, and Hogan gets his hits in, a big boot, some clotheslines and bodyslams to both Flair and Anderson. Arn is tagged in and in comes Savage as well. Anderson tries to suplex Savage out of the ring, but Savage counters it, sending him to the outside with a big boot from Hogan. Savage hits a double axe handle from the top rope to the outside of the ring and one to the inside. Arn tags in Flair who tries to go to the top rope, but Hogan sends him off the top. Hogan and Savage lock on figure 4 leg locks but the Horsemen get out. Anderson sends Savage outside and into the guardrail before feeding him back in to Flair. Flair hits a big belly to back suplex and tags in Anderson. Flair is back in and hits a shin breaker and attempts the figure 4, but Savage rolls him up a couple of times for near falls. Flair comes back with a couple of vicious sounding chops. Savage gets the hot tag to Hogan and he’s in on fire. Back body drops, and clotheslines with a double clothesline to send them both outside. Anderson back and and hits a big spinebuster, but Hogan no sells it, Hulks up, big boot, leg drop, pinfall. Pillman and Benoit come down and fights with the Dungeon of Doom. The Giant comes in and gives chokelsams to both Hogan and Savage. Hogan barely got up in the air for it, looked kinda sad. The show goes off the air after that exchange.

Winner: Hogan and Savage via pinfall

So, we had a pretty fun show here with some good matches. Stories are still being made clear as we work towards Clash of the Champions. It’ll be interesting to see how the next few months play out as we are going to get into some intriguing angles.


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Chairshot Classics: NWA-TNA Episode 15: Night of Chumpions

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On this week’s episode, EVERY title belt is on the line! Jerry Lynn defends the X-Division Title against AJ Styles in a ladder match, Ron Killings defends the NWA Title against Lo-Ki, and Chris Harris and James Storm defend the Tag Titles against Ron Harris and a mystery partner.

Also, the war of words between Jarrett, his crew and the DX/NWO merger continues. The Maximos and Flying Elvises compete for a big opportunity. Siaki takes his first steps in one-on-one competition without the Elvises against a familiar face.

So how’d they do? Let’s find out!

 We start off with a DX reunion! Syxx Pac and BG James make their way to the ring and James wants to do some smack talk. He and Syxx have been everywhere and have done that. However, both think TNA is a fresh start. They address Jarrett and Brian Lawler and, using Gilligan’s Island for an analogy, say that they’re in for a shipwreck (which one’s Gilligan?). As for Ron Killings, neither man is very impressed with him, stating that the future is in danger if Ron Killings is that future, stating that Killings isn’t ready.

Syxx gets on the mic, not happy that Lo-Ki, who he claims to like a great deal, is getting a title shot against Killings, a shot he thinks either himself or James should be getting because Lo-Ki isn’t in their league yet and that Truth should be taken care of by them.

Aren’t they supposed to be the babyfaces?

At this point, Killings comes out, claiming that all Pac and James want is his championship. He asserts that he is the future of pro-wrestling and that he only gives title shots to those who are like him and don’t have silver spoons hanging out of, and I quote, ‘their cracker asses’.

By this point, Syxx has had enough of Killings and his race cards and tells killings that the only thing hanging out of his (Killings) ass is going to be Syxx’s foot.

Now, Jarrett comes out to save us all, wondering why Hall is missing from the team and mocking Hall’s well-known substance abuse problems. James takes offense to that, warning Jarrett to keep his mouth shut about Hall since Hall isn’t there to defend himself, or kick Jarrett’s ass. Jarrett replies that he only cares because Hall’s screwed up the card, there’s supposed to be a six-man tag tonight, but it’ll have to be a handicap match: Pac and James vs Jarrett, Killings and…

At this point, Lawler and Elix Skipper sneak into the ring and attack DX from behind. DX gets the upper hand and throws Lawler and Skipper out of the ring where team leader Jarrett corrals his boys.

Tenay and West give us a rundown of the card and say they’ll try to get a hold of Scott Hall to find out why he’s not there.

Amazing Red vs Shark Boy: Red is out first to a good pop. Shark Boy gets an okay pop.  For some reason, Elix Skipper is on commentary and his voice is too annoying to listen to for more than a minute. He sounds like a very annoying Chris Tucker. This match was, despite the stupid shark thing, a pretty okay match. I’m not sure why Shark Boy chose such a stupid gimmick because he’s not a terrible wrestler. Mortimer Plumtree is back, still creepy, and still creepily watching the X-Division.

This match is basically all Shark Boy since Red doesn’t seem to have much wrestling skill outside of flying around. Red finally gets the pinfall after reversing a blockbuster attempt and hitting a Phoenix splash and a standing crossbody splash.

Winner: Amazing Red by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay opening match.

After the match, Skipper attacks Red, for some reason, security tries to intervene, but it takes Don Harris to finally restore order.

Seriously, dude, hire better security guards.

We get a recap of the end of last week’s Lynn/Killings match and how several members of the X-Division help Lynn retain his title, including Lo-Ki.

Backstage, Goldylocks is talking to Lo-Ki and asks him about his title match against Killings. Lo-Ki promises to get to that, but he’s more concerned with Syxx-Pac’s comments at the start of the show. Unsurprisingly, he’s offended by Syxx-Pac’s comments tells him to mark it down in his book who started what. As for Killings, as far as Lo-Ki sees it, Killings has had it out for the X-Division because they get much more attention than his own title reign. He then says this title match is because he put himself in a position to make a difference because Jerry Lynn got screwed out of being NWA Champion. He says that Truth is unprepared, preoccupied, and unfocused and that he’s going to prove that it’s not the size of the fighter, it’s the size of the fight in the fighter. Or, as Eddie Guererro would say ‘It’s no the size of the dog in the fight, it’s the size of the fight in the dog’.

We were going to get a tag match here, but apparently, Killings didn’t like what Lo-Ki had to say. For those keeping score, the reason Lo-Ki was given a title shot has changed for the third time. First we were told that it was because he helped Lynn beat Killings last week, then Killings claimed that he gave him the shot because Lo-Ki didn’t have a silver spoon hanging out his ass, now Killings is claiming that he gave Lo-Ki the shot because he felt sorry for him. He repeats that Lo-Ki will have to kill him to take the title. He then tells Lo-Ki to get his punk ass out there, so the NWA Heavyweight Championship match is happening now.

FYI: While this was going on, the crowd was chanting ‘Overrated’ at Killings.

NWA World Heavyweight Championship: Ron Killings vs Lo-Ki: Well, whatever the motive is for giving Lo-Ki a title shot, the match is a happenin’! Killings is on Lo-Ki as soon as Lo-Ki slides in and we’re on.It takes a couple of minutes for Lo-Ki to get his bearings, but once he does, we have a real match.

Unlike Killings’ previous title defenses, this one is actually worth watching again. Killings and Lo-Ki worked really well together and there was good chemistry. Killings tried to steal the win by blatantly putting his feet on the ropes for leverage. It actually looked like Lo-Ki could pull this one out, but Killings hit his True Conviction, a sitout facebuster from the second turnbuckle and that is the end of that.

Winner: Ron Killings by pinfall.

Comment: That was really good.

Killings gets back on the mic, but before he can say anything, he’s jumped from behind by someone in a white hoodie and white ski-mask, because having a light skinned person in a hood and a covered face beating up an African American man doesn’t look bad or anything. It’s ‘edgy’.

Anyway!

Back to our regularly scheduled match. The Maximos are taking on the Flying Elvises to win a shot at the Tag Team Champions next week.

The Maximos vs Jorge Estrada and Jimmy Yang: Both teams get pretty good pop. This will be the first outing of the Elvises since Sonny Siaki officially left the group last week.

Unrelated note: I’m not sure who ‘Athena’ is as far as TNA goes, but she seems to have a lot of fans in the crowd who want to see her wrestle.

Anyway, this match was ‘eh’. The Maximos were really outmatched by the Elivses at every step and there were a lot of botches. Added to all that was Mortimer Plumtree, who still seems to be scouting the X-Division, and Sonny Siaki, who seems to be watching his old crew from the ramp.

For some strange reason, Siaki jumps on the apron, acting like he wanted to be tagged in, for an equally strange reason, Estrada believes him and goes for the tag, only for Siaki to get off the apron and head to the back, leaving his former teammate to his fate. The Maximos hit their elevated double team DDT and that’s it.

Winner: Maximos by pinfall.

Comment: What the hell was that?

Backstage is trying to get an interview with Siaki when Siaki is attacked by Jerry Lynn. Siaki is saved by Styles, who holds Lynn for Siaki to hit while yelling ‘stop’ at the same time. To add further insult to injury, they stuff Lynn in a production case, AJ sits on it and tells Siaki that he’s lucky that Bob Armstrong didn’t see it.

Uh…yeah.

Sonny Siaki vs David Young: Well, Siaki’s back to an okay pop and he’s greased himself up at some point. Anyway, his opponent is David Young, a hapless guy who had the misfortune of having Bobcat for a manager. Apparently, Young has ditched Bobcat, much to Borash’s relief and is focusing on being a top competitor.

This match was pretty good, but not a standout. This is basically the third X-Division match of the night and the crowd’s getting bored. Young is trying to hang, but this match is just blah. Young had a chance to get a pin but chose to go for a moonsault instead and missed when Siaki moved out of the way. Siaki hits his Money Clip and that’s that.

Winner: Sonny Siaki by pinfall.

Comment: That was an okay match, but after at least three high-flying matches, this didn’t really stand out.

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Chairshot Classics: WWE United Kingdom Championship Special (5/19/17)

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NXT UK will finally premiere next Wednesday at 3PM EST for us here in the United States, so today we’re helping to get you ready as we revisit a WWE Network event that features some of NXT UK’s top Superstars with the United Kingdom Championship Special! Months after the inaugural United Kingdom Championship Tournament, the WWE looked to keep the momentum of the new division going with this show from Norwich, England that featured new United Kingdom Champion Tyler Bate’s first defense on WWE programming! Let’s get into the action!

Open: Back in January, the WWE made history by crowning its first-ever United Kingdom Champion. Tyler Bate emerged from a two-day tournament with the title, but the event has also been life-altering for all of its participants. Now, the competitors all have their sights set on Tyler’s championship, gunning for Bate at every opportunity to take the spotlight. Tonight, the world is watching a band of unknown UK grapplers, but now they’re WWE Superstars with everything at stake.

Match #1: Wolfgang vs. Joseph Connors
Collar & elbow tie-up to begin, both guys jostling for position, Connors with a go-behind, but Wolfgang counters to a side headlock. Connors reverses out to a wristlock, The Regulator works back to his feet, gets caught in a side headlock, but pushes Connors off to the ropes. They collide shoulders and neither man budges, Connors goes back to the ropes, Wolfgang drops down, pops back up with a leg lariat, then shoots him to the ropes for a back body drop. Connors puts on the brakes and clubs him with a forearm, The Regulator absorbs it, ducks another shot and drills Joseph with a back elbow. Connors staggers to the corner and Wolfgang measures for a splash, Joseph side-steps it, hooks him for a suplex, but it’s blocked.

The Regulator delivers a delayed vertical suplex of his own, covers for a 2 count, scoops Connors up for a body slam, then looks to go to the high-rent district. Connors knocks him to the floor with a forearm, Wolfgang hits his head on the apron coming down, Joseph builds a head of steam and scores with a baseball slide. He drives Wolfgang spine-first into the apron, drapes him across it to fire away with elbows, rams him chest-first off the apron, then slingshots in with a splash for 2. Joseph mocks The Regulator’s howl, corners him and unloads with lefts and rights, drags him under the bottom rope in the corner, then wrenches Wolfgang up against the ring post. Connors slides into the ring, delivers a basement dropkick to drive Wolfgang back into the post, rolls out to retrieve him, tries to drag The Regulator up and gets pushed off to the ropes.

Wolfgang surprises him with a knee to the breadbasket, sets for a short-arm clothesline that’s off-target, Joseph plants him with a release back suplex, goes into a lateral press and gains a near fall. Connors fires off right hands to the rib cage, slaps on a grounded abdominal stretch, releases the hold and cover for 2, then goes right back to it. The Regulator finds his footing, Joseph goes to the midsection with a kick, attempts to whip him to the ropes, Wolfgang reverses it and sends Connors hard into opposite corners. He elevates him with a back body drop off the rebound, lines Connors up for a splash in the corner, climbs to the top turnbuckle and connects with a double axe handle, but still can’t put it away. Wolfgang looks to ascend the corner again, changes his mind and lifts Joseph for a fireman’s carry slam, Connors fights it off catches The Regulator walking into the corner with a kick, then hops to the 2nd rope.

He comes off with a crossbody, The Regulator catches him in mid-air with a codebreaker, Connors just barely kicks out at 2 and Wolfgang goes back upstairs. Connors wisely rolls out to the apron, The Regulator drops back to the mat in pursuit, Joseph slingshots in with a flatliner for a near fall, continues to work over the abdomen area, Wolfgang pushes him away, presses Connors over his head, but can’t hold him up. Joseph counters a right hand and delivers a sit-out spinebuster, still can’t seem to finish it off and goes right back to hammering away at the ribs. He looks to the corner and climbs to the 2nd rope, comes off and gets split in mid-air by a spear, The Regulator heads up top now, connects with The Howling and that’s she wrote.
Winner: Wolfgang (The Howling)

Match #2: TJP & The Brian Kendrick vs. Dan Moloney & Rich Swann
Moloney & Kendrick will kickoff the action, The Man with a Plan tries to get Swann into the ring, Kendrick nearly ambushes Moloney from behind, but gets caught in the act. The Man with a Plan quickly surprises Moloney with a kick and corners him, Moloney powers his way out, Kendrick sends him back in, then chokes him with his boot. He hooks on a wristlock, mocks Swann and makes a tag, TJP snapmares Moloney over, scores with a basement dropkick, then continues to taunt Rich. Tag back to Kendrick, The Man with a Plan grabs a double underhook, quick tag back out and The Duke of Dab delivers a snap suplex for 1.

Kendrick re-enters the match, continues targeting the left arm, fires off a couple of elbows and looks to hand-off Moloney to TJP. The Fil-Am Flash grabs for an arm, Moloney slips away, TJ ends up pummeling Kendrick’s arm, finally noticing Swann & Moloney on the outside to realize what he’s done. Kendrick & TJP exchange words, The Man with a Plan tags himself out, Moloney is there waiting on The Duke of Dab, battering him with right hands and driving him head-first off the top turnbuckle. He drops TJP throat-first across the 2nd rope, steps to the apron and drills him with a big boot, comes back inside to make a cover and gets a 2 count.

He makes a tag, hits a double atomic drop with The Outlandish One, they both mock TJP with a dab, then dump him to the outside. Kendrick charges in to help out, Swann splits him with an atomic drop, The Man with a Plan rolls to the floor, Rich builds a head of steam and Moloney launches him over the top with a somersault plancha. He tosses TJP back in and gets a count of 2, sends him to the ropes for a clothesline, The Fil-Am Flash slides under it, Kendrick makes a blind tag, The Outlandish One gets pushed towards the ropes and The Man with a Plan surprises him with a hot shot. He steps into the ring and puts the boots to Rich, hooks him for a snap suplex, hooks both legs for a near fall, then whips him hard into the turnbuckles sternum-first.

The Outlandish One starts to battle back and leaps towards his corner, Kendrick grabs him by the foot to prevent the tag, Swann catches him with an enzuigiri and we get tags on both sides. Moloney comes in with shots for Kendrick & TJP, drives The Man with a Plan into TJ, clobbers The Duke of Dab with a big boot and Kendrick gets spiked on his head in the process, then falls to the floor. Moloney bludgeons TJP with fists, sends him to the ropes and tosses him up for a flapjack, makes a cover, Kendrick slides back in to break the count at 2, but hits his partner on accident. Moloney clotheslines The Man with a Plan to the outside, connects with lefts and rights to The Fil-Am Flash, hits the ropes and Kendrick hooks him by the foot to create a distraction.

TJP makes Moloney pay with a spinning back kick, peppers him with punches, uses his boot to rake the face, then stomps away and tags out. Moloney starts to fight back and Kendrick surprises him with a drop toe hold, pummels him with heavy shots, brings TJP back in and he slingshots inside from the apron with a somersault senton, but still can’t finish it off. The Duke of Dab goes to work on the arm with a hammerlock clutch, Moloney powers to his feet, hits a back suplex to break free and starts crawling towards his corner. Kendrick gets a tag and charges in for a cheap shot to Swann, The Outlandish One blocks it and returns with a right, Moloney elevates Kendrick with a back body drop, then makes the tag.

Rich steps in and builds momentum with multiple clotheslines, buries a spinning back kick to the breadbasket, hits the ropes for a standing somersault leg drop and gains a near fall. He looks to go up top and TJP creates a distraction, The Man with a Plan climbs up to meet him for a superplex, Rich counters into a super inverted atomic drop, hooks the leg, but TJ breaks the count at 2. Moloney rolls in and tries to dump The Fil-Am Flash to the floor, TJP hangs onto the ropes, avoids Moloney charging in and sends him flying to the outside. The Outlandish One grabs TJ from behind, Kendrick sneaks up and slaps Rich in the Captain’s Hook, Moloney sliding back inside to break the hold.

He heads to his corner and gets the tag, fires away with rights to Kendrick, corners The Man with a Plan and goes to the 2nd rope, raining down more fists. Kendrick surprises him with a hot shot and has words with the official, TJP looks for the Detonation Kick to Moloney, gets pushed to the outside, Moloney lifts The Man with a Plan for a slam, he reaches out for The Duke of Dab and counters into a small package, stealing the win.
Winners: TJP & The Brian Kendrick (Kendrick/Small Package)

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