Lucha Underground Season 4, “Ultima Lucha Cuatro – Part 1”
Lucha Underground Season 4 begins its grand finale with the first night of Ultima Lucha Cuatro! Who will be THE LU Trios Champions by the end of the night?
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- Lucha Underground Trios Championships Triple Threat Elimination Tag: The Reptile Tribe VS The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, XO Lishus & Sammy Guevara; The Reptile Tribe wins and retains the Lucha Underground Trios Championships.
- Taya Valkyrie Mundo VS Ricky Mantel Mundo; Taya wins.
- Mask VS Mask: Son of Havoc VS Killshot; Havoc wins, Killshot loses his mask.
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Captain Vasquez goes over files in LAPD Headquarters.
But in walks Aerostar, telling a story of a girl he met a millennia ago, who was going to save the world. He told her dying father to use a special amulet to give her immortality. He holds half of that amulet. The father told the girl that the amulet only works on women, “a necessary lie.” Otherwise, his tribe would have forced him to use it on himself. Vasquez has done well with her life. But then Aerostar realized he was wrong. She’s been instrumental in this war, but it is not her destiny to save the world. The future is clearer now. He needs both halves now. Her father, and her daughter Catrina, wait on the other side of the cosmos.
Vasquez relinquishes her half of the amulet, and it is once again whole. Aerostar leaves, and she fades to the other side. Who does Aerostar intend to give this immortal amulet to? Will it help sway this war in favor of good and life?
Ultima Lucha Cuatro begins!!
We have come so far in just four years, but Lucha Underground promises to continue on as the most innovative and violent promotion in all of professional wrestling!
Lucha Underground Trios Championships Triple Threat Elimination Tag: The Reptile Tribe VS The Rabbit Tribe VS Ivelisse, XO Lishus & Sammy Guevara!
When the Good, the Bad & the Sleazy failed to take the titles off Kobra Moon and her kingdom of serpents, the Mad Hatter and his new allies added insult to injury. Then when the Rabbits took Ivelisse, XO and Joey Ryan on in a fair fight, the White Rabbit choked Joey out. But now, Ivelisse’s team becomes the Good, the Bad & the Sammy to take on both dangerous clans until only on trio is left! Which team will survive to be THE Lucha Underground Trios Champions?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Tornado rules means all nine luchadores start together. White Rabbit tells Paul London and El Bunny to stand aside, and they obey. White Rabbit dares the others to come at him, so the Undead Death Machine runs in! Rabbit boots Jeremiah Snake in the face, then rocks Ivelisse and King Daga. He grabs Kobra Moon and Sammy G by their jaws! XO runs in but gets a boot, and he throws the other two down by their teeth! He lifts XO for a BIG saido suplex! Fans are impressed by the power on display, but White Rabbit brings out his white glove! He puts it on, but walks into a QUINTUPLE KICK! Rabbit is down, and now the other teams go after each other.
Snake boots Sammy while Daga goes after Ivelisse. Kobra stomps on XO, then the Reptiles throw both XO and Ivelisse out. Kobra builds speed, Snake gives her the lift, and he throws her at White Rabbit! But she merely bounces off him! Rabbit drags Kobra up and bounces her off a post. Snake runs and DIVES, and that takes Rabbit off his feet. El Bunny jumps and huricanranas Daga! Daga gets up but Bunny is fast, he tilt-o-whirls around and around to throw him again. London sets Snake and Daga up for Bunny’s springboard senton! Bunny bowls the Reptiles over and the Believers are fired up. But Ivelisse holds the way open for XO to DIVE! Lishus takes out everyone, but they’re not done. Ivelisse holds the rope down for Sammy to FLY! Then Ivelisse leaps and bowls everyone over!
Believers are thunderous as the teams start brawling. Kobra chops Sammy, Sammy chops Kobra. Rabbit urenages Snake on the apron! Sammy bounces Kobra off barriers while Daga headbutts Rabbit. Rabbit rakes Daga’s eyes while Sammy takes Kobra up top. They brawl near the top of the stands, and end up on the camera deck. Sammy bounces her off steel again, then surveys everything down below. Sammy brings Kobra to the edge, for a SUPER SPANISH FLY ONTO THEM ALL!! Believers lose their minds as Sammy stands above the other eight. But so does Rabbit! Rabbit brings Sammy around, for the mandible claw! He’s going Down the Rabbit Hole! And he uses it to toss Sammy into the ring. White Rabbit tells London to go after him, and London obeys.
London stalks Sammy and kicks him around. Bunny is added but he ends up a speed bump for London’s powerbomb! Sammy makes it a cover, Sammy ELIMINATES the Rabbit Tribe!! White Rabbit hears the bad news, and is seething. He blames London and Bunny, but takes it out on Sammy! Mandible claw STO!! This won’t eliminate Ivelisse’s team since the Rabbit Tribe is no longer legal. Sammy is bleeding from the mouth, but he sits up to spit on White Rabbit! White Rabbit grins as he’s covered in blood. Sammy still needs help, Ivelisse shouts “where’s the f*cking medic?!” while we go to break.
Lucha Underground returns with only two teams, but in a 3v2 situation. Ivelisse and XO take the fight to the Reptiles! Kobra backs off while Snake and Daga kick and stomp Ivelisse & XO down. Daga stomps XO once more while Snake drags Ivelisse up. Snake holds her in place and Daga swings a punch, but Ivelisse dodges, letting Snake take the hit! She tackles Kobra then comes back to crucifix bomb Daga! Cover, Snake breaks it in time! Snake throws Ivelisse out hard, but XO stands. Snake runs at him but gets a roundhouse! XO slingshots but into a boot! Snake whips but XO springboards to a wheelbarrow stunner! Cover, but both Daga and Kobra break it! Fans rally up as the Reptiles focus on XO. Snake yanks XO in for a guillotine hotshot! XO writhes from the pain in his shoulder and neck.
Ivelisse returns, and flies in for a double crossbody on Daga & Kobra! She aims at Snake, scorpion kick to then run and hit a running sunset flip powerbomb! Daga breaks the cover with a Penalty Kick! Believers rally as Kobra pushes Ivelisse out. The Reptiles pick on XO, but XO drags himself with his one good arm. XO shouts “F*CK YOU!!” as he fires off punches and elbows! He’s a house of fire against the three, but he runs into a TRIPLE Kick! Snake grabs XO, butterfly shoulder breaker! Kobra adds a running spike-rana! Daga puts on the Constrictor hold! XO holds on to his bad arm to prevent the full extension, and Ivelisse runs in. Kobra intercepts her, and Snake kicks apart the arms! XO is stuck in the hold, XO taps! The Reptiles win!
Winners: The Reptile Tribe, Daga by submission; still Lucha Underground Trios Champions
The champions retain, but give a small assist to White Rabbit making it easier for them. Will the Reptiles reign over the Trios Division forever? Will Ivelisse ever get back to gold?
Taya Valkyrie Mundo VS Ricky Mantel Mundo!
Don’t get it twisted, there is no relation between these two whatsoever. “La Wera Loca” legally changed her last name because she married the Guru of Greatness himself, Johnny Mundo. Ricky changed his last name because he was a fanboy. But now, the fanatic has gone psychotic, and wants to make the entire Worldwide Underground pay for looking down on him. Will his revenge come full circle? Or will the new Mrs. Mundo make Ricky regret ever being born?
Ricky takes a moment to set little Rosa down in a corner before Taya makes her entrance. She goes right at him with a Spear! The bell rings and she hammers away on Ricky. She whips but Ricky reverses, only to end up in a German Suplex. Taya fires up as she stalks Ricky. He stands, she hits a clothesline in the corner. She stomps a mudhole into him, then backs off. Taya whips her hair and runs in for Meteora! She drags Ricky to a cover, TWO! Ricky isn’t that easy, but Taya just slaps him around. Taya whips Ricky but Ricky dodges to SUPERKICK Taya down! Ricky throws away the headband to start raking Taya’s eyes and thrashing her head around. He brings her up and throws her out of the ring, to then follow her.
Believers rally for Taya as Ricky pulls a table out from under the ring. Ricky sets that up even as the referee reprimands him. He stomps Taya then stands the table up. He fetches Taya and rakes her eyes again. Ricky knees low then whips Taya at the announce desk. But Taya hops up on top of the desk! Ricky doesn’t see it as he is busy “borrowing” a pen. Taya boots him away, then leaps for a crossbody! And she kicks and clubs him back down! Believers are thunderous with Taya and she puts Ricky in the ring. Taya spins Ricky around for a saido suplex, then another! Cover, TWO!
Taya keeps on Ricky but Ricky knees low. Ricky whips her to a corner, then runs in, but she slips out and slides under for a sunset flip. He rolls through but she ducks the kick to get the legs. Queen Angelito stretch! And stomp! Then STF! Ricky endures, reaches for ropes, but he taps! Taya wins!
Winner: Taya Valkyrie Mundo, by submission
Wera Loca gets payback on Ricky for herself, but she now wants revenge for what he did to her friends, her family, and for “ruining my f*cking wedding!!” She gives Ricky a Choke Slam through the table!! Taya also takes Rosa away, leaving Ricky with nothing.
Mask VS Mask: Son of Havoc VS Killshot!
These two have been here since the very beginning. Both men have been Lucha Underground Trios Champions, and were even champions together. However, the Weapon of Lucha Destruction couldn’t get over his Brother in Arms, Dante Fox, being replaced so easily, and clearly took it out on the Man from the Open Road. Havoc had nothing against Killshot, until Killshot disrespected his mask by yanking it off! Now the winner will be the only one allowed to wear their mask, who will be left with less of themselves?
The Believers are divided, as both men have been fan favorites for almost as long as they’ve been in the Temple. The bell rings and the two stare down. Killshot throws a haymaker, Havoc responds with a forearm. It’s a brawl and they go back and forth. Killshot goes to throw Havoc out but Havoc throws him out first. Havoc swings but Killshot blocks. Killshot goes to bounce Havoc off buckles but Havoc clotheslines him down first! Havoc takes off the vest and builds up speed, to FLY with the Sasuke Special! Killshot flounders away while Havoc revels in the Believers’ praise. Havoc goes after Killshot with clubbing forearms, but Havoc CHOPS back. Killshot chops Havoc to sit him down in the bench seat, then chops him again.
Believers continue to duel as Killshot puts Havoc back in the ring. Killshot stalks Havoc and throws in knees. He hits Havoc with a butterfly slam! Killshot brings Havoc up but Havoc elbows out of the Half ‘n’ Half. Havoc runs in but Killshot puts him on the corner. Havoc boots Killshot away, then cartwheels no the ropes. He runs, rebound, but into a backslide catch! Killshot swings Havoc out like that for a knee! Havoc is down, Killshot hurries to a corner. He hops up, KILLSTOMPS! Cover, TWO!? Havoc survives Killshot’s best shot and Believers are again thunderous! Killshot decides to fetch something from outside the ring. He drags over a stretcher? And then he exposes a crossbar on a turnbuckle, and undoes it. This makes room for the stretcher, and puts that in the ring.
Killshot takes his time bringing the stretcher around. He drags Havoc up and powerbomb lifts, but Havoc slips out. Havoc catches Killshot into a backbreaker! Havoc pursues Killshot on the outside, and whips him into railing! He backs off while Killshot is down, because he wants something form under the ring. It’s a table! Havoc brings the table over and sets it up by Killshot. He bounces Killshot off railing again, then finishes setting the table. Believers rally up as Killshot bounces Havoc off railing! Killshot throws haymakers and beats Havoc into the table. Havoc is prone on the wood, and now Killshot climbs.
Havoc springs up to pursue, and they fight on the edge of the bleachers. Believers move aside for Havoc, as he boots Killshot! Killshot holds on, but barely! Havoc throws hands, and Killshot is now on the table. Havoc heads up to the camera deck, Believers fire up, and Havoc leaps for a SUPER splash!! Both men crash through the table!! Believers lose their minds, and it’s Havoc who is up first! Havoc drags Killshot to the ring, covers, TWO?! Killshot lives and Havoc can’t believe it. Believers rally up again, and Havoc climbs up top. But Killshot trips him up! Killshot drags himself up, climbs to join Havoc, and Believers rally again. Killshot clubs away on Havoc, then prepares the double underhook. He stands up but Havoc resists. Havoc gets a fireman’s carry, for a SUPER Death Valley Driver! Then he hurries back up, SHOOTING STAR! TWO!?
No one can believe that this match isn’t over, but they do know “This is Awesome!” Havoc is at a loss for what to do, but he hurries to think what it’ll take. He drags Killshot over to that stretcher and sets him on it. He steps on Killshot to then climb up top again. Killshot sits up and stops him with a swing kick! Killshot pushes the stretcher aside and climbs back up. He has Havoc, SUPERPLEX on the stretcher! Havoc hits an edge, and Believers lose their minds again! Killshot climbs again, takes aim, KILLSTOMPS!! But he won’t settle for just that, he drags Havoc up for a half-nelson wheelbarrow, Storm Driver!! Cover, TWO!?! Now it’s Havoc’s turn to shock Killshot and the Believers! Believers sing “Ole~ ole ole ole~! Lucha~! Lucha~!”
Killshot and Havoc fight on their knees with haymakers and forearms. They both stand and continue brawling. Believers are still divided as Killshot boots Havoc. Havoc comes back to boot Killshot, then rebound cutter! The stretcher comes back in to play, as Havoc gives Killshot a piledriver on it! He straps Killshot in so he can’t leave, and then climbs back up. Killshot fights against the straps, but Havoc leaps for another SHOOTING STAR! Cover on the mat, Havoc wins!!
Winner: Son of Havoc, by pinfall; Killshot must remove his mask
Victory, thy name is Havoc! He gets to keep his persona, but now Killshot must lose his! The unmasking will happen after the break!
Lucha Underground returns…
Killshot sits up, and fans chant “Take his mask!” Havoc as the winner stands with Killshot as he reveals himself as “Lieutenant Jermaine ‘Killshot’ Strickland.” For these last few years, Strickland was trying to erase and hide from his past, the fact that he left his brothers for dead. Killshot kneels, and takes off the mask to reveal his true face. Strickland hands the mask over to Havoc, as it is his prize for winning. Havoc takes it, and holds it up in both victory, and in honor of the man who wore it. Strickland stands, and fans chant “Thank you, Killshot!” The Soldier of Misfortune leaves without his mask, but he still has the respect and admiration of the Believers. Will we see him again in Season 5?
Strickland heads backstage…
Someone calls out to him. It’s Dante Fox, in full Marine dress blues! Strickland asks why Fox went MIA. He had a mission that he couldn’t ignore. But it’s good to see his face again. It’ll be the last time. And sorry, for everything. Permission to be relieved of duty? Fox grants it. And salutes. Strickland returns it, and leaves the Temple. Is it truly for the last time?
This was a pretty great start to Ultima Lucha 4. I was really surprised to see the Reptile Tribe retain, while Sammy Guevara was taken out at the same time. I was hoping Ivelisse’s team would still find a way to win, but it seems it was too soon for XO and Sammy to win. Perhaps this will allow Ivelisse to move away from Trios Division and purely to singles as she is pretty much the top woman in Lucha Underground. Then the Reptiles and the Rabbits can battle as the main trios in the Temple. I should say that Taya VS Ricky was a bit lackluster, given they made it a squash. Though, I suppose that’s the only thing they could’ve done if they weren’t going to reveal Rosa to be something supernatural. Maybe something still happens in the rest of UL4 to escalate the story.
Aerostar taking the amulet was pretty interesting. He already gave the Gauntlet of the Gods to Johnny Mundo, so I doubt the amulet is to help against Matanza Cueto. Perhaps it’s for Fenix to save him from the darkness? Fenix VS El Dragon Azteca Jr is coming up next episode, maybe that’s the other key to restoring Fenix’s original self. Havoc VS Killshot was great, and escalated the spots well with the table and the stretcher. I don’t really see how the stretcher piledriver hurts but whatever, it’s pro-wrestling. Shane Strickland finally shows his face on Lucha Underground, but they make it seem as if he’ll be gone now. That seems a shame, he was so good, but perhaps that was always his contract deal. And maybe Havoc uses this momentum to finally get himself the Lucha Underground Championship in Season 5.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/16/19)
NXT continues on the Road to Phoenix! The Limitless One looks to give the Knockout Artist payback on behalf of the King of Bros! Will Ohno #BaskInHisGlory?
- Street Profits VS The Metro Brothers; Street Profits win.
- Dominik Dijakovic VS Adrian Jauode; Dijakovic wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Humberto Carrillo; Gargano wins.
- Keith Lee VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
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Street Profits VS The Metro Brothers!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford want to put the #CurseofGreatness on the NXT Tag Team Division, and that requires winning the NXT Tag Team Championships. But before they can do that, that means racking up win after win. Will the Profits make their prophecy come true sooner rather than later in 2019?
The teams sort out, and it will be Ford starting against Chris Metro. Ford wants Christ to know that he does remember him. Chris shoves Ford, so Ford shoves him back! “Don’t sleep on me, boy!” Chris forearms back and whips but Ford reverses. Things speed up as Ford hurdles then dropkicks Chris! Ford kips up and shimmies at JC before whipping Chris. Tag to Dawkins and Dawkins runs Chris over. Dawkins helps Ford with the back suplex splash! The Profits fire each other up but they get a bit too rough as Dawkins shoves Ford over. JC tags in and slaps Dawkins, Dawkins ROCKS JC with a right! Dawkins sees Chris coming and Chris backs off a moment. Chris runs in, but into another of those killer rights! Ford laughs then tags in, to hit JC with the high-flying frog splash! Cover, and The Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
Their first match back and it was impactful! Dawkins and Ford celebrate with the Full Sail crowd, but will they be celebrating with titles soon enough? But then the Forgotten Sons attack to ruin the fun! Dawkins and Ford put up a good fight against Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, but Jaxon Ryker changes that! Ryker wipes Dawkins out then catches Ford to ram him into the apron! Blake grabs Ford but Ford throws hands. Ford gets 3v1 and hit with a sit-out spinebuster! Fans taunt the Forgotten Sons that “We Forgot You!” but will the Profits remember them now? The Forgotten Sons make sure they do, as they stomp Ford and Dawkins out! And then the flying stomp inverted DDT combo! Will Ryker, Blake and Cutler continue to #DoUntoOthers on their own path towards the titles?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle and Keith Lee.
The King of Bros won a match but lost a fight with Kassius Ohno, and now the Limitless One competes in his place. Riddle would love to sit ringside and watch Keith show Ohno what it is to be limitless. But Riddle also hopes Lee leaves something of Ohno left so he can get his turn, “bro”. Will Ohno be saying “Oh no!” against Lee later tonight? Or will the Knockout Artist expose the Limitless One’s limit?
Aleister Black speaks.
“Do you feel that, Tommaso Ciampa?” Of course he does. The days of TakeOver: Phoenix are coming, and everyone feels it. For Ciampa think that he was safe was foolish. Aleister will absolve Ciampa of his sins and take the title back. But everyone will be back at Full Sail, so let’s start this fight early? What will the Embodiment of the End do when he finds the Psycho Killer in the arena?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring!
The EST is the new #1 contender to Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship and the two face off for the first time in Phoenix. But right now, the Un-De-Fea-Ted woman says that “chaos” tried to stop her rise. Bianca sent Nikki Cross packing, because this is her time to finish the climb. 2019 will be the Year of EST, and she has 20-20 vision when it comes to the title. Shayna, Bianca sees you. She has the title and her horsewomen galloping up behind her, but the EST of NXT will still be Un-De– But speaking of the Queen of Spades and her cohorts, here they come! Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina all walk down the ramp, their eyes locked on Bianca in the ring. Shayna leads the way into the ring, mic in hand, and sees the EST for herself.
“I gotta be honest with you, I just don’t see it.” Shayna knows Bianca has a lot of records, from fastest to strongest, but obviously not the smartest. If Bianca had even half a brain, she’d know that it doesn’t matter how big and strong those arms are, Shayna will still tear them off in Phoenix. Bianca tells Shayna, “Uh-uh.” The only thing Bianca’s arm will do is hold the title up after it’s all over. The fans are on Bianca’s side but Shayna says Bianca’s the same as all the others she faced. They can’t put their money where their mouth is and actually fight Shayna. Bianca is afraid of having a broken arm, afraid that the hype will be silenced, and afraid that instead of Un-De-Fea-Ted, she’ll become O-Ver-Rate-Ed. Fans duel while Bianca and Shayna stare down.
Shayna smirks as she asks about Bianca being worried about Marina and Jessamyn. She tells Bianca they’re the least of her worries. Bianca SLAPS Shayna! Then she dodges Jessamyn’s kick and Marina’s lunge! Bianca blows kisses good-bye, and tells her the fight’s coming. Will Bianca blow a Kiss of Death to the reign of #ShaynaTwoTime? Or will Shayna rock Bianca right in the kisser?
Dominik Dijakovic VS Adrian Jauode!
#FeastYourEyes on the five-tool tower, but as well as the Brazilian bulldog! Both men have mixed martial arts training in various styles, but whose combined style will win their first match of 2019?
The bell rings and Jauode uses his capoeria stance to throw Dijakovic off a bit. Dijakovic avoids one takedown then another, and the two circle again. They tie up and Jauode puts Dijakovic in a corner. The ref counts and Jauode picks Dijakovic for a body slam! Dijakovic holds Jauode off from a cover, and gets a facelock to counter. They stand up and Jauode gets another takedown! Jauode drags Dijakovic back up with the facelock. He gets a fireman’s carry takeover, but Dijakovic denies the cover. Dijakovic gets a waistlock, but Jauode turns and powers him to a corner again. The ref calls for the ropebreak, but Dijakovic clubs Jauode off. Dijakovic runs out to mule kick, front kick and back elbow! Jauode falls back and crawls to a corner.
Dijakovic runs corner to corner to splash, then elbow and club Jauode more. Dijakovic says “Time to fly!” and throws Jauode with a suplex! Fans applaud the power game as Dijakovic stalks Jauode. Jauode throws hands and backs Dijakovic down! Dijakovic punches and chops back, then throws forearms before one big clothesline! Or as he calls it, the Blood Line. Dijakovic stomps Jauode into the corner, then against the ropes. Dijakovic keeps stomping but Jauode gets a kneebar! Jauode drags Dijakovic down but Dijakovic gets the ropebreak. Jauode backs off, to then capoeria roundhouse back! Dijakovic staggers, but comes back with a discus boot! Dijakovic says “Feast Your Eyes!” before dragging Jaoude back up. He torture racks Jauode, to hit THE Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic said so, and Jauode did so! Will Dijakovic soon feast his eyes on a title opportunity?
The War Raiders prepare for Phoenix.
These modern day vikings tell the Undisputed Era that this gathering is to celebrate the victories, the scars, and the respect for them. But in Phoenix, “empires crumble, dynasties fall.” Ray Rowe & Hanson celebrate their coming victories. The Undisputed Era’s tactics were bold, and their strategies fierce. But at TakeOver: Phoenix, the era ends! And that is undisputed. Hanson & Rowe have lit the fire, will the Undisputed Era burn?
Johnny Gargano VS Humberto Carrillo!
Johnny Wrestling, or perhaps Johnny Venom, wants to be Johnny Champion as he challenges The One and Only for the NXT North American Championship in Phoenix! But that’s still over a week away, he wants to build momentum on the way there. Will he get that from Humberto Carrillo? Or will Humberto be more than Gargano expected?
Humberto got to show his skills on the first 205 Live back on Tuesdays against Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy. Unfortunately for Humberto, he lost to the Juggernaut, but he still had a great showing. Can Humberto have another great showing now that he’s back at Full Sail?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Gargano puts Humberto in the corner. He backs off quick, playing the good guy again. Gargano and Humberto circle, and Gargano rolls to a takedown. Gargano gets a toehold but Humberto spins and rolls to escape. Humberto wristlocks but Gargano spins and reverses. Gargano praises himself but fans go along with it. Humberto rolls and handsprings and reverses the wristlock back! Gargano rolls and throws a forearm! Gargano backs Humberto to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Humberto goes up and over and adds an extra flip!
Things speed up and Humberto leaps for a sunset flip. Gargano kicks but misses, Humberto kicks, misses, but comes back with an enziguri! Humberto whips Gargano but Gargano reverses. Things speed up again and Humberto hits a high-flying arm-drag! Gargano bails out but Humberto slides out. Gargano dodges and tosses Humberto, but Humberto lands on the apron to mule kick Gargano! Humberto runs but Gargano slingshot spears! Fans still fire up for that move as Gargano walks it off. Gargano stalks Humberto as fans duel. Gargano snapmares Humberto and dropkicks him in the head! Cover, TWO!
Gargano keeps on Humberto with a wrench, then a standing abdominal stretch! Humberto endures and fans rally up. Humberto fights free and throws haymakers! He scoops Gargano but Gargano slips out to shove Humberto. Gargano runs into a boot, then into buckles. Humberto fires off and whips, but Gargano reverses. Humberto handsprings to back elbow! Gargano rolls out, Humberto builds speed, and Humberto FLIES! Direct hit takes them tot he ramp! Humberto puts Gargano back in and climbs up top to leap for a BIG missile dropkick! Humberto rolls back to moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Humberto is shocked!
Humberto keeps his cool but Gargano anchors a foot. Humberto stomps Gargano away then climbs up, moonsault gets boots! Gargano stands and SUPERKICKS Humberto! Humberto stays standing, and Gargano scoops him for a long dart into buckles! But Gargano isn’t done with Humberto yet, as he slingshots for the DDT! Cover, Gargano wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
Whether he’s Johnny Wrestling, Johnny Badass or Johnny Venom, Johnny is the winner of this match! Johnny heads for Phoenix and his title match with Ricochet, will we soon be calling him the new North American Champion?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“Aleister Black, you like to refer tot he champ as ‘The Puppet Master.’ Boy, if I am the puppet master, than you are the ultimate puppet.” Aleister is so gullible to be running around that we won’t have to wait until Phoenix. Aleister doesn’t understand. “The Champ fights on the biggest, grandest stage.” So they will wait until Phoenix, that’s what main event players do. Not that Aleister would ever understand. Ciampa tells his “number one puppet” to listen closely to him. “Be careful what you wish for.” Is Ciampa denying or accepting the challenge? Will we find out next week?
Velveteen Dream speaks.
“23 years old and all this talent. How do you do it, Dream?” Is it easy? Is it natural? There is no secret formula, it is simply The Experience. This is the same Velveteen Dream who said in 2017 that the world won’t forget him. And then in 2018, he made that prophecy a reality. Just ask the legends and icons that took notice. Now in 2019, #DreamOver will evolve into #DreamOn. Dream’s back in action next week, who will experience the Experience up close and personal?
Keith Lee VS Kassius Ohno!
The Knockout Artist immediately dismissed both Keith Lee and Matt Riddle as the “shiny new toys” of NXT. But then the King of Bros KO’d KO at TakeOver: WarGames II. They had a rematch and Riddle won by Bromission, which infuriated Ohno. Ohno beat Riddle down to the point where he could not be medically cleared, so it will be the Limitless One going after Ohno on behalf of his friend. Will Lee make Ohno #BaskInHisGlory?
Fans sing for Lee even before the bell. The bell rings, and Lee circles with Ohno. Ohno keeps his distance and he backs to a corner. Lee backs off and they finally tie up. Ohno gets a headlock but Lee powers out. They collide and it’s Ohno who falls! Lee drags Ohno up in a gut wrench, but Ohno slips out. Ohno CHOPS, then kicks, then runs, but Lee leaps over him! Things speed up and Lee crossbodies Ohno down! Cover, TWO! Lee keeps on Ohno with a whip but Ohno holds ropes. Ohno bails out but Lee just builds speed! Ohno runs away so Lee gives up on flying for now. Lee wags his finger while fans sing again. Ohno returns just to refresh the count and take another breather. But Lee gives chase, and they go back in the ring.
Lee catches the sucker kick to rock Ohno with forearms and body shots! He grabs Ohno by the hair and whips, to hit a BIG back drop! Ohno writhes to a corner as fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Lee runs in but Ohno trips him into buckles! Ohno runs back in to boot Lee! Lee grimaces but Ohno stomps and chops him. Ohno drags Lee out for a headlock punch, then another boot. Ohno boots Lee again and again, and Lee rolls to ropes. Lee puts his dukes up so Ohno boots him down, and drops the back senton! Cover, TWO! Ohno grows frustrated while fans rally up. Ohno stomps Lee and puts him in a double underhook stretch. Lee feeds off the rally and fights his way up, but Ohno puts him on the ropes for a stiff forearm!
Ohno whips Lee but Lee holds ropes. Ohno keeps trying but Lee keeps resisting, so Ohno rocks him with forearms, chops and kicks! The ref has OHno back off, so Ohno whips again. Lee reverses but Ohno reverses back to an arm wringer and rabbit punch forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee still lives but Ohno is on him with a chinlock. Fans rally again as Ohno puts the underhooks back on. Lee endures and powers up to his feet. Ohno kicks low then knees Lee in the head! Ohno drops another senton, but onto Lee’s knees! Lee and Ohno are down but fans rally up again. Ohno stands first but Lee follows. Lee counter punches Ohno then throws forearms of his own. Ohno staggers to a corner, Lee runs in for a big splash! Lee tosses Ohno across the ring!
Lee runs back in, but Ohno puts him on the apron. Ohno goes after Lee but Lee buckle bumps him, then slingshot crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Ohno wants a timeout but Lee will not give him one. Ohno wants to bro fist, but Lee just throws fists and knees! Lee clubs Ohno off his feet, then drags him back up. Ohno headbutts the gut, but Lee just gets mad now. Lee double chops Ohno! Lee runs, ducks the elbow and redirects to POUNCE!! Fans fire up as Lee lifts Ohno in the fireman’s carry. Ohno holds ropes and escapes, but Lee waistlocks instead. The ref counts and Ohno shoves Lee into the ref! Lee rocks Ohno, then checks on the ref. Ohno sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Ohno hits the roaring elbow! Fans boo as Ohno covers, but Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
Lee may be Limitless, but no man can withstand what Ohno did to him! Ohno feels proud of himself, but Riddle comes raging down the ramp! Riddle runs Ohno off, but he checks on his friend instead of throwing hands with Ohno. When and where will the King of Bros settle things with the Knockout Artist?
A really good episode of NXT here as we draw closer to Phoenix. We get quite a bit of action in this episode, and start right away with a pretty fun tag team segment. Profits win fast and Full Sail was into it, but this is to also set up their rivalry with the Forgotten Sons. Sadly, the Forgotten Sons just on their name alone is becoming a butt of jokes type trio. Fans don’t care about them, but maybe after an actual match with Ford & Dawkins, that “Stay Forgotten!” heat will shift to normal Heel heat. War Raiders had a pretty great viking promo to hype their match with Undisputed Era, I’m thinking the Undisputed Era will have a response on the go-home. I’m really curious to see how this match turns out, because it still feels like it’s 50-50.
Dijakovic VS Jauode was a solid match, but boy is it hard to type their names quickly. Dijakovic wins and perhaps he will get a North American Championship shot after Gargano VS Ricochet happens. Gargano VS Humberto was also solid, and perhaps this match was why they thought to give Humberto the shot against Buddy Murphy. After all, NXT episodes are taped in advanced, and Humberto really is a great in-ring talent. Aleister and Ciampa have a good pair of promos, and in combination with Ricochet confronting Gargano next week, I really hope something happens to bring about Aleister & Ricochet VS Heel DIY for the go-home! That match will be amazing and is TakeOver worthy just on paper.
I’m very curious about Dream only doing promos, and not in person. Is Dream dealing with injury that we haven’t heard too much about? Or are they just saving him while title matches are spoken for? Dream competing against anyone for either title will be a great lead into Wrestlemania season. Dream coming full circle to get a title against Aleister Black would be absolutely incredible! Then there’s the incredible main event of Lee VS Ohno. They did great with Ohno’s hard hits and Lee’s still surprising agility. Ohno cheating to win is perfect for his continued Heel turn, and now Riddle VS Ohno III is coming. I hope they put that on TakeOver and let them just go off! Riddle can win and Ohno will either settle things with Lee or strangely, finally head to main roster.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/16/19)
The first NXT UK TakeOver is in the books, now witness the fallout of all the action! Plus, a rematch between The European Connection and Welsh Air Force!
- El Ligero VS Saxon Huxley; El Ligero wins.
- Isla Dawn VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Aichner & Barthel win.
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We have our inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions in the Grizzled Young Veterans! We have a NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm! And STILL your WWE United Kingdom Champion, The Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne! But there’s someone new on the scene, and his name is WALTER! The Ring General has come to the fastest rising brand in professional wrestling, and he looks to go right at Dunne’s title! When and where will Walter and Dunne throw down?
El Ligero VS Saxon Huxley!
The Light shines on Blackpool, but the Divine Beast emerges from the darkest shadows. Huxley may have a tag team with Tyson T-Bone, but he still wants to prove he can be a singles threat. Will he or Ligero make waves towards the title in this first ever post-TakeOver phase?
The bell rings and Blackpool loves the Luchador of Leeds. Ligero and Huxley tie up and Huxley pushes him back. They go around the ring and Huxley throws body shots. Ligero dodges the boot then the clothesline to dropkick! And another! Huxley stays standing so Ligero mule kicks and shotgun dropkicks! Ligero runs at the corner but is put on the apron. He slides under and then gets around to back elbow Huxley. Ligero runs but into Huxley’s arms for a big scoop slam! Cover, ONE! Fans rally up for Ligero as Huxley laughs and throws forearms. Huxley boots Ligero and puts him against the ropes. He lets up but then runs back in, but into Ligero’s boot! Ligero throws body shots as fans rally.
Huxley shoves him then rocks Ligero with an uppercut. Huxley crouches to leap into a tackle! He throws knees into Ligero until Ligero falls. Fans boo as Huxley covers, TWO! Huxley keeps his cool as he grabs Ligero for a straitjacket stretch. He thrashes Ligero around as fans rally up. Huxley digs a knee in, but Ligero endures. Ligero fights his way up even as Huxley leans on him. Ligero pries his way out but Huxley rocks him with another uppercut! Huxley whips Ligero but Ligero holds the ropes. He tries again but Ligero uses legs to hold the ropes now, so Huxley rams in a knee. Huxley tries a third time but Ligero reverses and breaks free to then get around for kicks and forearms! Ligero kicks, Huxley blocks but Ligero gets the enziguri!
Ligero whips but Huxley reverses. Huxley follows but Ligero goes up and over to dropkick Huxley away! Ligero lcimbs and hits a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Ligero feeds off the energy. Ligero brings Huxley up but Huxley breaks free to toss him. Ligero comes back to wheelbarrow but Huxley throws him right into a corner! Huxley drags Ligero up and out to then Canadian rack. Ligero slips out, Huxely puts him on the apron, but Ligero kicks back. Ligero steps in for a stunner! Fans fire up as Ligero runs, springboard tornado DDT, aka the C4L! Cover, Ligero wins!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
Victory for Ligero in the Empress Ballroom! Will this help Ligero make leaps and bounds towards Pete Dunne’s championship?
Isla Dawn VS Jinny!
The White Witch failed to capture the championship from Rhea Ripley in their match weeks ago, and the Fashionista made sure to rub it in with a sneak attack backstage. But now that the Lightning from Down Under has the title, will the Spoiled Princess be aiming to revive an old rivalry? Or will she be stopped by Isla’s magic before ever getting a chance?
The bell rings and Jinny throws a knee into Isla’s stomach. She then throws Isla’s face onto her knee, and grounds ‘n’ pounds as fans boo and jeer. Fans taunt the Spoiled Princess with song as she throws forearms at Isla. Jinny whips but Isla reverses and scoops for a gut wrench suplex! Jinny gets up and Isla runs back in for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Isla stays on Jinny with a grounded hammerlock. Jinny endures and reaches back but Isla wrenches more. They stand and fans rally as Jinny spins to reverse. Isla easily reverses it back, but Jinny tries again. Isla stays in control, and wrenches a bit more. Jinny sits down and trips Isla up to go for a cover, but Isla slips right out and back to her armlock! Isla drags Jinny from ropes as she tortures the fingers.
Isla wrenches again but Jinny spins and throws a heavy forearm! Jinny eggs Isla, and the brawl is on! Isla gets an edge and sends Jinny rolling all the way out of the ring. Jinny catches her breath as Isla eggs her on now. Jinny tells her to back off, and takes her time coming back. Isla goes after Jinny but she gets a hotshot! Jinny throws a right but Isla blocks to counter kick! Isla runs in at Jinny but gets boots. Jinny runs out, flying headscissors! Jinny stomps away on Isla at the ropes and fans boo. She backs off but comes back with heavy rights. Jinny pushes Isla into the buckles with both hands, then pulls her back out to a standing abdominal stretch. Isla endures as Jinny grinds an elbow into the hips and ribs. Jinny pulls hair, too, but lets off that at 4.
Fans rally as Isla pries her way out and hip tosses Jinny down! Isla runs, basement dropkick hits! Cover, TWO! Isla keeps on Jinny as she goes to a corner. Isla backs off from the ropebreak, but runs back in. Jinny catches her into a big buckle shot! Cover, TWO! Jinny was close but she keeps on Isla. Jinny puts on a cobra clutch and tells Isla, “You’re nothing, little girl!” Fans rally up again as Isla gets up. Isla fights but Jinny wrings her out. Isla dodges to knee trigger and saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives but Isla doesn’t let up. Isla gets Jinny with double underhook, Gory Especial! But Jinnys wings up to a victory roll! Isla sits on it, TWO!!
Jinny gets a leg and trips Isla up into a surfboard! Isla endures, and pries a hand free. Isla crawls but Jinny rolls and uses hair! Jinny pulls Isla back in a modified camel clutch, but Isla powers up to her feet. Isla puts Jinny into buckles and breaks free. She turns Jinny around for an Electric Chair but Jinny slips out. Jinny runs but into an elbow. Isla hops up but Jinny kicks the legs out! “Not this time, sweetheart!” Draping facebuster! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The Fashionista is fierce as ever, and she looks ready to challenge the champ! Will Jinny truly make this her Women’s Division?
Travis Banks speaks.
“NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, it was supposed to be Travis Banks VS Jordan Devlin, but that didn’t happen.” The Irish Ace attacked the Kiwi Buzzsaw not once, but twice! Devlin took an opportunity away from Banks, but this won’t happen again. They’ll face off on NXT UK next week, will the Buzzsaw finally shred the Irish Ironman?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Rockstar and his good pal The Modfather have been soaring, but the Italian Tank and German Commander have looked to ground them for good. Will the Welshmen Air Force overcome the European Connection in this tag team rematch? Or will they be shot out of the sky so soon after the NXT UK Tag Team titles arrived?
The teams sort out and we begin with Andrews and Aichner. Fans duel and even chant “NEIN! NEIN!” for Barthel. Aichner ties up and tosses Andrews! He taunts Andrews but Andrews keeps his cool. They circle again and Andrews gets a headlock. Aichner powers out and runs Andrews over. He again eggs Andrews on, but gets a kick for it! Andrews speeds things up to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Aichner down! Cover, ONE, but Andrews grabs an arm. Tag to Webster, but Aichner CHOPS him back! And again! Aichner brings Webster over and tags in Barthel. The EuroConnection mug Webster, and Barthel scoops. Webster slips out and boots Barthel away. Webster dodges Aichner to give him a triangle dropkick!
Barthel runs in but misses, Webster slides under. Barthel gets the legs but Webster pops up and headscissors him down! Webster fires up with the fans as he runs to tilt-o-whirl. Barthel makes it a toss of his own, then tags in Aichner. Barthel feeds Webster to Aichner’s tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Aichner gloats as he stalks Webster to a corner. He throws hands and stomps away until the ref counts 4. Aichner drags Webster over and tags Barthel. The Europeans mug and stomp Webster again as fans chant “NEIN! NEIN!” Barthel backs off to give a proper “NEIN!!” before stomping Webster more. He drags Webster up to snapmare and cover. TWO, but Barthel wraps on a chinlock. Barthel thrashes Webster around, and even wrangles him back down to the mat.
Fans rally up and Webster fights back up. Webster elbows free, but Barthel yanks him back in by his pants. Barthel fishermans and tosses Webster but Webster lands on his feet! Tag to Andrews! Barthel quickly tags Aichner in, but Aichner runs into a rallying Andrews! Andrews forearms and chops away, but Aichner shoves him. Andrews comes back, wheelbarrow into Stomp 182! Aichner gets to a corner, Andrews runs in, and Aichner puts Andrews on the apron. Barthel runs at Andrews but gets kicked off the apron! Andrews shoulders into Aichner then slingshots up and over to wheelbarrow bulldog! Webster intercepts Barthel with a knee trigger! Webster helps Andrews with a standing 450! Cover, TWO!
Andrews drags Aichner up but Aichner knees low. Aichner clubs Andrews down then tags Barthel. Aichner feeds Andrews to Aichner’s kick, then drops Andrews with a back suplex. He feeds Andrews to Barthel’s scoop slam and then hits Webster for good measure! Barthel covers, TWO! Andrews survives and fans fire up. Barthel drags Andrews up and tags Aichner. Andrews jawbreakers and then mule kicks. He runs but only into the spinebuster and Penalty Kick! Cover, but Webster breaks it in time! Barthel goes after Webster and puts him on the apron. Webster dumps Barthel out! Aichner goes after Andrews with a suplex, but gets a huricanrana! Andrews tags Webster, and they both FLY!! Double somersault sentons take out the Europeans!
Fans fire up as the Welshmen put Aichner in. Andrews tags back in, and he climbs while Webster picks Aichner up. Webster tilt-o-whirls but Aichner turns it into a long dart into Andrews! Aichner hits Webster with a lariat while Barthel kicks Andrews. Barthel tosses Andrews at Aichner, who makes it a brainbuster!! Cover, TWO!! Fans give this a standing ovation! Barthel grimaces as he drags Andrews up. Tag to Aichner but Andrews chops away on both of them! Andrews runs, slides under, and double PELE! He keeps going to moonsault at Aichner, tornado DDT! Tag to Webster, and Webster climbs, for the Shadows Over Malice swanton! Cover, but Barthel breaks it! All four men are down and Blackpool is still fired up!
They chant “UK! Woop Woop!’ as Barthel suplexes Andrews. Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews runs but Aichner trips him up. Aichner drags Andrews out to ram him into barriers, then ram his knee in! Aichner may have hurt himself with that, but he gets in to go after Webster. Webster headbutts! Webster springboards but Barthel saves Aichner from the Rude Boy Block! Barthel tags in and Aichner holds Webster in the corner, Barthel hits a big basement dropkick! Aichner tags back in, and Barthel climbs while Aichner picks Webster back up. The Europeans work together, for a spinning EuroUpper bomb!! Cover, The European Connection wins!
Winners: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, Aichner pinning
Blackpool may not like Barthel and Aichner, but they respect this amazing match! With a win like this, will the European Connection be first in line for a NXT UK Tag Team title match?
For a post-TakeOver episode, NXT UK does it right! Aside from the opening highlight reel, there was no recap of TakeOver: Blackpool to fill for time, and that made this episode all the better for it. Travis Banks does give a quick selfie video promo, and does pretty well, and obviously we will still get Banks VS Devlin like we were meant to. This must mean Banks’ real life injuries weren’t so bad, and now we can have a great blow-off for them. Ligero VS Huxley was a nice surprise, and it gives Ligero a great win to move forward with. Ligero VS Conners will surely happen again, and could go either way. Again, midcard title for the UK when?
Isla VS Jinny had a good match that was a bit sloppy to start but got much better as they went. As I sensed, this will likely serve as a contender’s match, Jinny VS Storm as Storm’s first title challenger will be great. Of course, Rhea will want a rematch, so maybe Rhea VS Jinny just to see that interaction and great match. The NXT UK Women’s Division is still a bit small, but with Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabbert joining, things are going to ramp up. Isla against either of them to help in their debut will be great.
The tag team main event was incredible, I am surprised this wasn’t part of the tournament as a qualifier to face Grizzled Young Veterans or something. Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, being the newest tag team to do crossovers between NXT UK and NXT USA, they are going to get the tag titles from one of those Divisions, but I would love if these guys somehow end up the ones getting both of them. Not necessarily simultaneously, but putting them in the same conversation as Mustache Mountain for having done that is totally feasible. And even though Aichner & Barthel are Heels just like Zack Gibson & James Drake, a match of these two should happen just because it’ll be a great match.
My Score: 8.1/10