AXS and NJPW move on to King of Pro Wrestling 2018! With the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship vacant, who will be the NEW Champion, Kushida or Scurll?
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- 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Chaos; LIJ wins.
- Vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Marty Scurll; Kushida wins and becomes the new IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
The Ticking Time Bomb was doing great as IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion, but an injury put an end to his reign. The title was vacated, and a tournament began! Hiromu Takahashi’s friend in Los Ingobernables de Japon, Bushi, lost to the Time Splitter, while The Villain again defeated the Aerial Assassin. Now Kushida and Marty Scurll meet in the tournament finals, where there will be a new champion crowned! Which of these Super Juniors will again hold the gold?
Meanwhile, with Hiromu’s absence being long and serious, the leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has decided to add a new member to the team! Who will be this mysterious sixth member joining Naito’s crew in time to take on Okada’s Team Chaos? We find that out, now!
Los Ingobernables de Japon gathers.
Naito walks over to Bushi, Evil, Sanada, and even Daryl Jr. as they wait at a table in a high class establishment. Naito takes a drink at the bar while the boys play cards. Their charismatic leader speaks to the camera, saying that on “April 29th in Kumamoto, after the match,” does anyone remember what he said in that ring? Flashback: “It is important to return to normal, to not give up. But the desire and the will to change, and the courage to take the first step, are equally important.” And then, “on July 7th in San Francisco, Hiromu Takahashi got injured, and was forced to vacate his IWGP Junior Heavyweight title.” Hiromu couldn’t meet the required six month defense period, and is now out for some time. LIJ wants to stay tranquilo, and will wait for his return.
But they won’t just sit around, and decided to take a step forward. There won’t be just the four of them waiting, it will be five. In other words, they wait for Hiromu as a brand new LIJ. And that starts on October 8th, at Ryogoku Sumo Hall! That is when and where they’ll introduce their new “pareja”, so stay tuned. Adios. Who will be added to the role call? Place your bets! All in on 6.
8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Chaos!
Bushi, Sanada, and Naito enter first, but now it’s time to introduce Mr. X! Naito takes the mic and says “Buenas noches, Ryogoku!” He welcomes all their fans to the show, both in the arena and around the world. This is the moment they’ve all been waiting for! Who knows, Mr. X could be ringside already. This man decided to make a comeback, Milano Collection A.T. Spotlights point him out on commentary, but he confirms it’s not him. Naito admits it, he was just joking. But now to the real new member. He is… The Dragon! Well, that doesn’t really say much as to who this is, and that smiling silver mask hides his true face. He joins his team in the ring, removes the hood and then the mask… to reveal SHINGO TAKAGI!
Yes, the body builder turned pro-wrestler, the “Pumping Hawk”, and former champion in both Pro-Wrestling Noah and Dragon Gate promotions, has now joined LIJ! This brings the alumni of Animal Hamaguchi’s training to three alongside Naito and Evil, will this familiarity help him mesh with the team?
That said, The Rainmaker leads the way for his team of Toru Yano and Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh to the ring. Okada makes sure to give Rocky Romero a piece of his mind, and balloons, at the commentary desk. The teams sort out while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Shingo joins in his first LIJ first bump. And as the new guy, Shingo starts for the team. The bell rings and Yoh is there to meet him. Fans fire up for Shingo but Yoh is not intimidated. They tie up but Shingo powers Yoh off. Yoh chops, and chops, and chops, but it does nothing. Shingo chops Yoh once and he goes staggering away. Yoh kicks and puts on a headlock, but Shingo powers out. Yoh bumps shoulders and Shingo goes back, to run Yoh over on the rebound! Believe it or not, Shingo is a Junior Heavyweight just like Sho & Yoh, but does lean close to that border into true Heavyweight territory. Either way, Shingo runs and things speed up. He catches Yoh but Yoh fights out. Yoh runs, but into a big back elbow.
Shingo runs, but Sho comes in and helps Yoh, drop toehold to dropkick! They see Bushi come in and stop him. They double whip Bushi corner to corner, then whip Sho in. Bushi puts him on the apron and forearms him away. Yoh runs in but gets a boot. Naito and Sanada come in and give Yoh basement dropkicks in turn, and then Shingo and Bushi clear the Chaos corner. LIJ controls the ring while Sanada ties Yano up in a Paradise Lock around the bottom rope! Shingo keeps on Yoh while Naito and Bushi keep on Sho and Okada. Shingo elbows Yoh to a corner, then grinds in his boot. The ref counts and Shingo backs off. Yano needs help untying himself but there’s no time for that. Shingo gives Yoh a fast suplex, then covers, TWO!
Shingo points out Yano’s predicament, but tags in Sanada. LIJ mug Yoh, and the Cold Skull stalks Yoh towards the Chaos corner. Sanada brings Yoh up but Yoh hits back. They brawl while the ref tries to figure out what to do with Yano. Sanada whips Yoh and lifts, but Yoh slips out. Yoh kicks but Sanada blocks, and gets him down for another Paradise Lock! That’s two members of Chaos stuck in Paradise, so Sanada builds speed to dropkick Yoh out of it and into Yano! Yano is free but he tumbles to the floor. Sanada covers on Yoh, TWO. Fans rally as Sanada tags in Bushi. Bushi drags Yoh up for a snapmare into a chinlock across the knee. He rakes Yoh’s face, but stops at the ref’s count of 3.
Bushi tags Naito, and Naito brings Yoh around for Bushi’s missile dropkick. Bushi-rooni! The ref reprimands Bushi but he stays in while Naito whips Yoh. Yoh blocks Naito’s kick to give him a dragon screw! Bushi goes after Yoh, goes for fisherman swinging neckbreaker but Yoh spins out of it to get Bushi with a dragon screw! Fans rally as Yoh crawls for his corner. Hot tag to Okada! The Rainmaker rallies on Sanada as he comes in, then hits Shingo down, then dodges Naito. Naito boots Okada and whips but Okada reverses to a DDT! And kip up! Okada brings Naito up but Naito fires off strikes. Naito runs but into the flapjack! Cover, TWO! Okada circles around Naito as fans rally.
Naito stands, Okada lifts, but Naito resists the Alabama lift. Naito wants a piledriver, but Okada resists that, so Naito clubs him on the back. Okada staggers back, but runs over, into an atomic drop! Naito shoves Okada to a corner, jump kick to leg sweep, swinging dropkick! Bushi & Shingo rush the Chaos corner and Sanada helps on the outside. Naito elbows Okada then whips. Bushi comes in and helps, kick to sunset flip to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito argues the speed of the count, but his team is keeping Okada’s team down. Naito brings Okada up, pumphandle but Okada resists. Okada arm-drags but Naito comes back with an enziguri. Naito runs, but into Okada’s dropkick!
Okada brings Naito up, wrings him out, but Naito ducks. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but Okada blocks Destino! Okada rocks Naito with a European Uppercut, then whips. Naito comes back with flying forearms! Both leaders are down, but their teams are back at their corners. Okada goes after Naito to keep him away, then goes to his corner. Hot tags to Sho and Bushi! Sho gets Bushi in a waistlock but Bushi fights out. Bushi runs, but Sho dodges and SPEARS! Sho fires up, hits Sanada, and now Yoh joins him. RPG3K combine for backstabber to dropkick. Sanada whips Yano to a barrier but RPG3K fire up. They aim at Bushi as he stands, but Bushi denies 3K. Sanada dropkicks Sho, Bushi DDT’s Yoh! Bushi tags in Shingo!
Shingo clotheslines Sho in a corner, but runs into a knee. He still gets Sho in a Gory Special lift, but uses it for a sit-out facebuster, the Blood Fall! Cover, TWO!! Sho survives but Shingo is not frustrated one bit. He brings Sho back up, pump handles, but Yano attacks! Sanada dropkicks him out, then whips Okada. Okada reverses but Sanada knows the dropkick is coming as he holds ropes. Naito and Sanada double dropkick Okada while he’s down! Sho comes in, Naito feeds him to Bushi’s enziguri. Shingo builds speed for a BIG lariat! Bushi runs to DIVE on Yoh! Shingo fires up, gets fans chanting, and he drags Sho up. Pumphandle fireman’s carry, driver! Aka, Made in Japan! Cover, LIJ wins!
Winner: Los Ingobernables de Japon, Shingo Takagi pinning
Not only was the Pumping Hawk impressive, but this new LIJ formation was a well-oiled machine! Will this supersized Junior Heavyweight be the key to the most ungovernable faction in NJPW taking over everything?
Vacant IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship: Kushida VS Marty Scurll!
The Time Splitter won his match in Kobe, while The Villain won his match in San Francisco. Only one can win in Ryogoku, who will be the NEW Junior Heavyweight Champion?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Scurll and Kushida stare down, being familiar with each other. They circle and change levels. They tie up but Scurll breaks early to circle again. Now they grapple, and Kushida gets a wristlock. He wrenches the wrist, but Scurll rolls, spins and reverses. Scurll rolls Kushida and keeps the hold. Kushida handsprings and rolls, and rolls, and rolls even after getting free. Scurll chases him around but Kushida stands, and dares Scurll to bring it. The fans still chant “Woop Woop!” as Scurll and Kushida tie up. Scurll breaks one hold to get in close and get a headlock. Kushida pries his way out, cartwheels to a facelock, and holds on as he rolls and floats all over Scurll. Scurll gets up, but Kushida grinds in his knuckles.
Scurll goes after Kushida’s wrist and gets to a hammerlock, then headlock. Kushida powers out and they collide, but neither falls. Kushida runs again, they collide again, but still neither falls. Scurll tries, but Kushida hops over him. Things speed up, hip toss into amrbar! Scurll makes it a cover, TWO! Kushida gets to a corner, Scurll walks over. Scurll blocks the boot but Kushida breaks free, to then sunset flip. Scurll rolls through, high stacks but Kushida rolls to sit on it, Scurll sunset flips. Now Kushida rolls through, high stacks, but Scurll sits for Kushida to sunset. Scurll reepeats the process, but Kushida does, too, and gets the cover, TWO!
Kushida brings Scurll up to chop, then run. Scurll uppercuts then runs to uppercut again! Kushida tumbles out but Scurll keeps moving, to hop onto the apron and SUPERKICK! Kushida is down with spit flying, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as Scurll fetches Kushida. He brings Kushida up for a chop, then another. Kushida staggers but gets into the ring. Scurll follows, blocks the kick and ducks the enziguri because he’s too smart. Scurll has the legs, and goes for the surfboard. He pulls back on the arms, and gets lift-off! Kushida endures, reaches but can’t get to ropes. Scurll can’t maintain Kushida’s balance so he lets him go. Fans continue to “Woop Woop!” as Scurll brings Kushida up. Scurll chops Kushida again, and again. He drags Kushida up for a EuroUpper, then another. Kushida backslide hooks, then spins Scurll out for a DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Kushida and Scurll sit up, and Kushida heads for a corner. He runs at Scurll and rallies with forearms. He whips Scurll, hip toss, cartwheel dropkick! Kushida grits his teeth as he brings Scurll up for a shoulder breaker. He runs, tilt-o-whirl but Scurll works to block. Kushida gets the arm, but Scurll puts him on the apron. Kushida swing kicks Scurll back, and Scurll falls. Fans rally as Kushida goes to a corner. Kushida climbs, but Scurll stops him with an uppercut! Scurll climbs up, SUPERPLEX! But Kushida small packages! TWO, SUPERKICK! Both men are down again, but the “Woop Woop!” continues.
Scurll gets himself up with the help of ropes, and he goes over to Kushida. He chops, then grins as Kushida staggers. Kushida chops, then runs, but into a forearm. Scurll hits a roaring elbow, then shoves Kushida. Kushida comes back and rolls Scurll up, but Scurll sits on it, but Kushida sunset flips. TWO, high stack from Scurll, TWO as Kushida pops Scurll into place, TWO, Scurll sits on a deep stack, TWO!! So close yet so far for The Villain! Both men go to opposite ends, Kushida comes back with a roundhouse. Then another, and another. Kushida goes after the arm and whips, but Scurll reverses. Kushida handsprings but Scurll catches him into a backslide, TWO, SUPERKICK! Both men are down again but Kushida is dazed.
Fans continue to “Woop Woop!” for Scurll as he catches his breath. Scurll watches Kushida stir, and stands on his head. Kushida pushes his way up, so Scurll cravats and drives in knees. Kushida gets free and returns the cravat and knees! Scurll gets free to give more knees, but then Kushida does it back. Kushida gives a big knee lift, but both men throw heavy forearms. They both do it again, but then Kushida Pele kicks! Scurll staggers but comes back with a clothesline! Kushida stays standing, so Scurll takes off the elbow pads. Scurll runs, but they both clothesline! They both drop to their knees and both throw big haymakers! Double knockdown as we go to break!
NJPW on AXS returns and both men are still down. Fans “Woop Woop!” as they start to stir. A standing count begins, and passes 5 before either gets up. They stand at 7, and Scurll hits Kushida with a stiff EuroUpper! Scurll runs, but Kushida handspring kicks! Scurll bails out but Kushida climbs up top. Kushida wants the camera crews to give him space, but Scurll stops him from jumping. Scurll climbs up now, and brings Kushida up. Kushida fights back, and gets the double wristlock! Scurll fights back, they both stand up, SUPER ARMBAR TAKEDOWN!! Scurll is caught, but he manages to clasp his hands. He stands and they end up by ropes, Scurll guillotine catapults Kushida into the bottom rope!
Both men are down again but the fans rally up. Kushida gasps for air but Scurll stalks him to a corner. Kushida pushes him away, and then complete shots Scurll into the buckles! Scurll crawls away but Kushida is on him. Rolling facelock, but it’s Scurll who suplexes Kushida into the Chicken Wing! He wants the crossface, and gets it! Now Kushida is stuck as he endures the squeezes. He fades, but comes back, and rolls things over. Kushida rolls back, pops out, and goes to steal the Chicken Wing Crossface! Scurll pops out, and steals the Hoverboard! Kushida endures his own hold, clasping hands behind his back. Scurll pulls but Kushida stands up. Kushida spins through to arm-drag Scurll away! Then somersault, but misses the leap, and ends up in the Chicken Wing! Kushida reaches for ropes, so Scurll makes it a Chicken Wing suplex!
Both men are down, Kushida clutching his neck. Scurll catches his breath, and brings Kushida up. He double underhooks, but Kushida resists. Scurll still lifts, but Kushida slips out. Kushida fireman’s carry, into Air Raid! Kushida doesn’t cover but then he fires up and says he’ll finish this. He drags Scurll up, fisherman but Scurll gets the arm and stomps the hand! Scurll runs, but into a boot, and a floating wristlock takedown! Kushida can’t get his Hoverboard because his hands hurt. The referee checks the hands, but Kushida just kicks Scurll’s arm. Then, fisherman, but Back to the Future becomes Scurll’s cradle! TWO!! Scurll spins and lifts Kushida to a powerbomb! High stack cover, TWO, double underhook and package lift, package piledriver! Cover, TWO!!
Scurll keeps going, bringing Kushida up. He runs, big lariat! Then with a limp Kushida, he double underhooks. Kushida revives and slips out, but Scurll brings him down for a crossface. They roll together, Scurll gets the Chicken Wing, but Kushida fireman’s carry, to a Death Valley Driver! Roll through, Back to the Future!! Cover, Kushida wins!!
Winner: Kushida, by pinfall; NEW IWGP Junior Heavyweight Champion
The Time Splitter gets it down, bad fingers and all, to be a six-time IWGP Jr. Heavyweight Champion! His hands hurt too much to hold it up for long, but how long will he hold onto the belt?
Scurll says that “For those who don’t know, I actually live in Orlando now”, and the other day, he got on a plane for about 6 hours to San Francisco, then from there to Tokyo. It’s jet lag! He went to be at midnight, woke up at 3 AM! He’s been up since then, he’s tired! Kushida lives 20 minutes away! And rode his bicycle here! How is this fair? Why wasn’t this match in the US? Fans would’ve loved that, right? Scurll calls BS.
As for Kushida, he did it! He made his mark on 2018. This belt needed him and he needed the belt. “Holding it for the first time in a year”, he forgot how heavy it felt. Kushida knows that not just the previous champion, Hiromu, but all the previous champions “have had rebellious spirits.” Kushida carries those spirits with him now, to Ireland! To England! To Tag League, and to Wrestle Kingdom! The Time Splitter is determined to make the sixth time the best, who will come for the belt in the near future?
A pretty solid night for NJPW to start King of Pro Wrestling coverage. I really enjoyed seeing the LIJ debut of Shingo Takagi. He seems like a great addition to the team, and I can’t wait to see when Hiromu returns for a full six man LIJ. And now, with three Heavyweights and three Junior Heavyweights, LIJ could dominate both divisions. Hiromu might want the Junior Heavyweight Championship back, so Bushi and Shingo can go after the Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Championships, and might get them. Then Sanada, Evil and Naito can do what they want in the Heavyweight Division, such as Evil & Sanada going after the tag titles again while Naito goes for the top prize.
But speaking of Junior Heavyweights and that title, Scurll VS Kushida was a great match, fitting of a tournament finals. The story was clear, these two knew each other so well and the spot of stealing submissions was perfect. Kushida winning makes a lot of sense, given Scurll does a lot more work in ROH, and has even teased moving up to true Heavyweight status. Scurll making excuses was pretty good, too, it keeps with his somewhat bratty Tweener personality. Kushida wants to carry the belt all the way to the New Year and WK13, that’ll be quite the story for him in the rest of the year.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/20/19)
It’s a rematch of Darewolf and Lifeblood’s Luchador!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 396
ROH brings us a big rematch from a fast-paced match-up! Will PJ Black make up for his loss to Bandido? Or will LifeBlood’s Luchador go 2-0 on the Darewolf?
- Kenny King VS Tracy Williams; King wins.
- Reno Scum VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- PJ Black VS Bandido; Bandido wins.
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Kenny King VS Tracy Williams!
The K I N G has a shot at the ROH World Championship after winning the Honor Rumble at the G1 Supercard. But first, he’ll be tested by the Hot Sauce of LifeBlood! Will Tracy be too spicy for Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelor? Or will King prove himself worthy of challenging #GrandSlamTaven?
Tracy wants to keep the Code of Honor, but Kenny declines. The bell rings and Tracy dares Kenny to tie up then. They do tie up, and Tracy waistlocks. Kenny spins but gets caught into a snapmare. Tracy has the chinlock but Kenny powers up to power Tracy to a corner. Kenny climbs on Tracy to bark at him, but backs off at the ref’s count. Kenny trash talks as Tracy comes out of the corner. They tie up again and Tracy wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Tracy has the armlock but Kenny reverses it. Tracy rolls and waistlocks to throw Kenny down. He backs up to let Kenny up, and they circle again. Kenny gets the waistlock but Tracy gets the standing switch. Tracy shifts to a headlock but Kenny powers out. Tracy runs Kenny over then keeps moving.
Things speed up and Kenny drop toeholds to float over to a headlock. Kenny grins but Tracy fights his way up. Tracy brings Kenny to a knee and gets the arms, to then get the headlock for himself. Kenny powers out but Tracy blocks the hip toss for a takedown and spinning toehold. Tracy loops it around to a standing toehold, but Kenny endures. Kenny pushes Tracy off and things speed up again. Kenny hurdles but Tracy catches him for a roll up, TWO! Tracy shifts to a hammerlock chinbar! The Hot Sauce has the King of Vegas on the defense while we go to break.
ROH returns and Kenny hits Tracy with an arm-drag, then another into the armlock, but Tracy headscissors. Kenny pops out but Tracy arm-drags back. Kenny headscissors but Tracy pops out, and the two stand off as Kenny handsprings up. Fans applaud while Tracy and Kenny circle again. Tracy wants a second try at the Code of Honor handshake, but Kenny just punches him! Kenny elbows Tracy at the ropes into the corner. Kenny throws hands and elbows but Tracy forearms back. They trade hands and Kenny pushes Tracy to the ropes. Kenny whips but Tracy holds the ropes. Kenny kicks but Tracy reverses the whip to CHOP away! Tracy scoops Kenny for a back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Tracy keeps on Kenny with a wristlock.
Tracy stands on Kenny’s other arm as he twists the wrist, but Kenny reaches for a ropebreak with his legs. Tracy lets up, but brings Kenny up for a half hatch suplex. He keeps going with another! Tracy hurries to a corner and up top but Kenny stands. Kenny kicks the ropes to trip Tracy up! Tracy tumbles off but gets away from Kenny’s slingshot. Tracy trips Kenny on the apron and Kenny tumbles to the floor! Fans cheer as Tracy throws hands on Kenny. Tracy puts Kenny on the apron but Kenny spins around to throw a forearm! Kenny hops up to the apron for a corkscrew cannonball! Kenny grins and dusts himself off before putting Tracy back in. He brings Tracy up for a snap suplex but floats over to rain down rights. Kenny covers, TWO!
Kenny scoops Tracy for a backbreaker then shifts to a grounded chinbar. Fans rally as Tracy endures. Tracy powers his way up and fights out of the hold. Tracy throws forearms and spins, but Kenny ducks and spins Tracy for a backbreaker to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tracy lives but Kenny keeps his cool. Fans rally up as Kenny stalks Tracy to the ropes. Kenny chokes Tracy on the ropes while trash talking, but backs off at 4. Tracy gets up and CHOPS away! Kenny pokes Tracy in the eye! The ref reprimands Kenny but he got away with it. Kenny whips Tracy corner to corner but Tracy reverses. Tracy runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Kenny back then climbs up, but Kenny SHORYUKENS!
Kenny climbs up to join Tracy, but Tracy fights him off. Tracy grabs Kenny but Kenny fights back. Kenny flips off but Tracy dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Tracy as he runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then spins for another! Tracy fireman’s carry but Kenny slips out. Kenny shoves but runs into an elbow. Tracy hops up but Kenny enziguris him back! Kenny climbs up but Tracy gets him! DDT to the buckle! Then fireman’s carry, Spicoli Driver! Cover, TWO!! The K I N G survives and we go to break!
ROH returns and Tracy sunset flips Kenny, TWO! But Tracy’s ready for the crossface! Kenny resists and rolls to throw hands. Tracy backs off but Kenny ends up in a corner. Tracy CHOPS then forearms Kenny. He whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny goes up and over to sunset flip. Tracy slips out but Kenny ducks the Penalty Kick to get a single leg takedown! Kenny drags Tracy to then hit the Last Chancery! Kenny shouts out the Greatest Manager That Ever Lived but Tracy endures. Tracy throws hands and breaks free! The fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Kenny brings Tracy up but Tracy throws forearms. Kenny stomps Tracy’s foot then sweeps the legs. He kicks Tracy in the ribs then in the back of the head! Cover, TWO!!
Tracy refuses to #BendTheKnee and Kenny grows frustrated. Tracy gets to an apron and counter punches Kenny away. Kenny ducks Tracy to Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny slingshots Tracy in the climbs up top. He leaps but Tracy gets under to knee and reel Kenny in, but Kenny trips Tracy up for a high stack! Kenny’s using ropes on the cover!! TWO and Kenny can’t believe it! Kenny takes a breath and grits his teeth as Tracy glares back at him. Kenny CHOPS Tracy but Tracy glares again. Another CHOP, but Tracy doesn’t back down. Tracy gets to his feet and Kenny CHOPS, but it only fires Tracy up! Tracy throws off his shoulder sling and dares Kenny to give him more! So Kenny CHOPS more! Tracy CHOPS back and often!
Kenny kicks but Tracy blocks to CHOP again. Tracy goes to lift but Kenny fights him off. Kenny kicks then punches, but takes to long rolling the dice. Tracy ducks but gets caught in a fireman’s carry, only to cradle counter! TWO but barely! Tracy blocks the Gordo to give a clothesline! Tracy fisherman busters! Cover, TWO!! Kenny lives and Tracy is beside himself! Tracy gets to his feet as fans rally up. Tracy climbs to the top rope and leaps, but Kenny catches the crossbody to roll through and pop Tracy up, Royal Flush!! Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Vegas cheers their K I N G as he overcomes the Hot Sauce. But will they be cheering him on as the next ROH World Champion?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in tonight’s highly anticipated rematch?
The Crockett Cup cometh.
And in a face-to-face, The Villain, Marty Scurll, told the National Treasure, Nick Aldis that he wants to challenge him for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship! Aldis accepted, and the match is set! Will Aldis keep the 10 Pounds of Gold around his waist? Or will Scurll create a spot of bother as he brings that belt under Ring of Honor?
Reno Scum VS The Bouncers!
Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend return to ROH but they might not be here for long. Will Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas kick the Scum to the curb?
The Bouncers finish their drinks and then offer the Code of Honor handshakes. Reno Scum accept to keep the Code, and then teams sort out. Milonas starts against Adam as fans chant “OI! OI!” for Reno Scum. Adam kicks and headlocks but Milonas lifts and powers out easily. Milonas runs Adam off and Bruiser gets fans happy for beer! Adam tags out to The Legend and he goes toe to toe with Milonas. Milonas introduces Luster to “Body By Beer”. Luster throws a hand then ducks to throat chop! Milonas gets to a corner and boots Luster away. Milonas scoops and holds Luster up with one hand! He throws Luster down then tags in Bruiser. Luster headbutts Bruiser then runs, but Bruiser follows to crossbody Luster down!
Bruiser throws jabs on Luster and fans chant “BEER! BEER!” with each one. Luster hits back then runs, but Bruiser follows. Adam gets in a cheap shot and Bruiser swipes at him. Luster comes back but Bruiser still gets him with a right. Milonas protests but this keeps the ref from seeing Adam sucker punch Bruiser! Luster drags Bruiser up for knees then throws hands in the corner. Luster rakes Bruiser’s eyes but the ref reprimands him. Tag to Adam and Reno Scum throw Bruiser into buckles. They then double knee and club away on Bruiser from all sides! Reno Scum fires up but fans are divided. Adam drags Bruiser up for more hands then bumps Bruiser off Luster’s head. Adam drags Bruiser up and goes to scoop, but Bruiser is too big!
Fans chant “Reno Sucks!” as Luster tags in. Reno Scum double scoop and slam Bruiser, then Luster uses Adam as the human weapon back senton! Luster himself fires up for the falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up with chants of “BEER! BEER!” as Luster drags Bruiser up. Luster double chops and bearhugs Bruiser. Bruiser endures the squeeze and fights out with elbows. Luster powers Bruiser back to the corner and Adam tags in. Luster whips Adam in but Bruiser elbows him away. Bruiser dodges Luster and hurries for his corner! Fans rally as he crawls, but Adam grabs Bruiser’s foot. Bruiser still gets loose and tags in Milonas!
Milonas shoves and clubs Adam down then squashes Luster in the corner! Milonas tackles Adam down and fans fire up. The Mastodon tags in Bruiser and Bruiser clotheslines Luster out. Bruiser brings Adam up and over, for the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning
The literally biggest team on the roster keeps on winning! Will they finally make their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships? Will the Guerrillas of Destiny even bother showing up to the bar?
PJ Black VS Bandido!
The Darewolf has said he’ll change his ways and do this right. Will humbling himself and playing by the rules help him make up for the loss? Or is the difference in skill just too much?
The Code of Honor is upheld and a bow is added and fans cheer. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Black waistlocks but Bandido reverses to a hammerlock but Black reverses right back to a snapmare. Black loops around for La Majistrol, ONE! Bandido facelocks but Black reverses to a wristlock. Bandido rolls and trips Black to get a toehold. Black works to pry free but Bandido drops to a cover, ONE! Black gets Bandido in a ghost pin, TWO! The two stand off and fans cheer. Black and Bandido circle again and tie up. Black spins to a keylock but Bandido bridges back. Bandido pulls himself to a headstand, then trips Black up. Bandido wants the leg again but Black headscissors. Black rushes and gets a wristlock but Bandido reverses. Black rolls and cartwheels to reverse back to a wristlock.
Fans cheer this exchange but it’s still going as Bandido handsprings to break free. Bandido aims his finger gun but Black wants him to calm down. Bandido says BANG but Black “catches the bullet”! Black draws his bow but Bandido “dodges the arrow”! Black headlocks Bandido but Bandido powers out, only for Black to run him over. Bandido knips right up but Black kicks low. Black headlocks but Bandido powers out. Black handsprings and arm-drags but Bandido arm-drags back. Bandido shows off his agility and core strength as he goes Matrix to then spring back up. Black runs at Bandido and handsprings through the hip toss to sweep the legs. Cover, ONE, and Bandido sweeps. Cover, ONE and Black deflects the dropkick.
Bandido dodges the back senton and aims his finger gun. Black gets up but gets the dropkick! Black bails out but fans fire up as Bandido builds speed. Bandido slides but Black dodges to slingshot. Bandido gets in under him but Black counter punches. Black springboards but Bandido dropkicks him down! Bandido builds speed again but Black returns to elbow him. Black wrenches and reels Bandido in for Bad Habits! It leads right to a ghost pin, TWO!! Bandido survives and bails out of the ring while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Black wrecks Bandido with a dropkick. Black skins the cat then slingshots for a plancha! Fans cheer and the Darewolf soaks it up. Black goes to the ring and to the top rope. Bandido hurries up and around the way, daring Black to come after him. Black hops down and builds speed, but he DIVES into Bandido’s kick! Bandido soaks up the cheers from the fans now, then drags Black from the ropes for a suplex to the floor! The ring count begins and Black rolls all the way away to barriers. Bandido takes aim from across the way as he climbs up top. Fans rally as Black returns, only to get a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!
Fans cheer Bandido on as he takes aim again, and runs in from across the way. Bandido cannonballs, but Black dodges to send him into the barriers! Both men are down as the count continues to climb, but both men slowly stand to start throwing hands! Black kicks and throws Bandido in at 14/20, but then runs into a right hand. He keeps returning the haymakers but Bandido keeps giving them. Black back kicks then front kicks then roundhouses! His jumping back kick takes Bandido down! Black hurries up top but Bandido stops him with an enziguri! Bandido climbs up now and we get flashbacks of their first match. Black knows that, too, and shoves Bandido down.
Bandido lands on the apron and springboards back up to SUPER STEINER, but Black rolls through! Black gives Bandido a STYLES CLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and shocks the Darewolf! Black stomps Bandido out of frustration. Black drags Bandido up to whip but Bandido reverses. Bandido roundhouses but Black ducks to pump handle and scoop him up, for the Wellness Policy pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Black is furious that Bandido survives again! Fans rally up as Black is careful of the mask. Black drags Bandido up for forearms but Bandido gives them back. They brawl, Black blocks a boot but gets elbows instead. Bandido rolls with Black and ties Black in a knot for a lift, modified cradle brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Black survives and now Bandido can’t believe it! Not only that, but we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more and Bandido climbs up again. Black stops him with a right then climbs up to join him. Black wants a superplex but Bandido holds on. Bandido fights back and pushes Black back down. Black returns fast to SUPER STEINER Bandido! Then he springboards to quebrada! Cover, TWO! Black still can’t believe he can’t put Bandido away. Black drags Bandido up again and throws forearms. He runs but Bandido follows to knee him against the ropes! Bandido runs but Black follows to roaring elbow! Black runs again but Bandido gets the SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Black lives, and suddenly catches Bandido for a crucifix pin! TWO, but Black gives Bandido a swift school boy kick! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir.
Black gets himself to a corner and drags himself up. Bandido sits up and fans are loving this. Bandido runs in at Black but gets a BOOT! Black skins the cat to the top rope an dleaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! High stack cover, TWO!! Black is beside himself as Bandido survives again. Black waits for Bandido as fans duel. Bandido gets up and Black runs in at him, but Bandido puts him up top. Black kicks Bandido but Bandido enziguris Black! Bandido climbs as Black still perches up top. Bandido has Black for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?! Black survives the C4?! Bandido keeps going and hops up, to MOONSAULT, into boots!
Black gets up, for the WOLFSAULT! Bandido dodges but Black rolls through, to run in, for Bandido to scoop him into the torture rack! Bandido pops Black up for the knee! Black staggers to ropes and Bandido loads up, 21 Plex!! Bridging cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
An instant classic for the main event goes the way of LifeBlood’s lucha bandit! Will Bandido find himself competing for gold on behalf of the stable?
But Bandido and Vegas give respect to Black. The Code of Honor is still upheld with a handshake, and “Both These Guys!” even bow. Will Black’s new attitude stick around and help him find his place in ROH?
Something went down backstage!
There’s all sorts of things thrown around the hall, but lying in the wreckage of a wooden table, that’s Tenille Dashwood! Who attacked Dashwood this time?! Bully Ray?! “What is it about bad things always seem to happen to good people?” Six months, Dashwood wanted to know who attacked her before. Does she know who he is? Bully Ray tells Tenille he’ll tell LifeBlood she said good-bye. Is this really the curtain call for Tenille in ROH?!
What an incredible episode! We got right to action with King VS Williams, that was a great opener. King still tried to cheat but thankfully it didn’t work, because it was getting old. King still wins since G1 Supercard has set him up as a future challenger. I assume King will have to wait until a Face takes the title off Taven because I don’t see Heel VS Heel happening, or working that well between Taven and King. Aldis VS Scurll for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is coming at the Crockett Cup, and I can’t be sure Scurll wins that. I’m still expecting for Scurll and Villain Enterprises to battle Taven and The Kingdom more over the ROH World Six Man Tag titles.
The Bouncers VS Reno Scum was a good match, but naturally the bigger team wins. And as I posed earlier, it’d be pretty fitting of GoD’s characters after G1 Supercard to dump those ROH titles for another team to pick them up. The Bouncers are still a top choice for those titles either way, but expect The Briscoes to come back for them, whether or not Jay & Mark win the Crockett Cup. Black VS Bandido II was truly incredible, almost too good for free television. This should’ve been for a title opportunity, though it might still do that, unofficially. A little surprised that Bandido wins but he’s more involved with ROH than Black at this point, so it makes sense. Bandido challenging for the ROH World TV Championship would be great, though I can’t be sure he’d be able to take it from Jeff Cobb.
And then perhaps the biggest story development in a long time, we finally learn who attacked Tenille Dashwood months ago, after she gets attacked again! Bully Ray getting some real good heat attacking a woman wrestler outta nowhere, though we obviously don’t see it because seeing it would be too much for TV. Tenille is of course done with ROH, and was back in March. Finally a month later, we see her last appearance on ROH TV. If she’d renewed with ROH, I would’ve expected this to turn into a one-time-only co-ed match where Tenille gets revenge on Bully, but guess not. Perhaps this leads to a bigger Bully VS Juice match so Juice can get revenge on her behalf, while putting LifeBlood over Bully’s crew of bullies.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Worlds Collide Results & Report! (4/24/19)
Worlds Collide with the WWE Women’s Division!
WWE Worlds Collide continues with the Women’s Division! The NXT UK Women’s Championship is on the line in a Triple Threat! Will it still be #ToniTime after?
- Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray; LeRae wins.
- Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega; Niven wins.
- Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville; Deville wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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NXT’s Mia Yim joins commentary!
The Head Baddie in Charge joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in covering all the action!
Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray!
Mrs. Wrestling represents NXT while KLR represents the NXT UK! Will the WWE Universe see LeRae or Lee Ray take the victory in NYC?
The bell rings and KLR circles with Candice while fans duel. The two tie up and KLR gets a wristlock. KLR shoulder breaks then yanks Candice, but Candice rolls to reverse the wrench. KLR spins to reverse it back to a hammerlock. Candice brings KLR down and reverses back! Fans cheer this technical exchange but KLR stomps Candice’s foot. KLR wrenches, shoulder breaks then yanks again. She reels Candice in for a headlock but Candice pries free. Candice gets the headlock and takeover, but KLR headscissors back. Fans rally and Candice pops out to a jackknife cover. TWO as KLR bridges but they both spin around. KLR wants a backslide or even Gory Bomb, but Candice sunset flips! TWO, and Candice Crucifix Drivers! Cover, TWO!
KLR boots Candice and grits her teeth as she CHOPS Candice hard! The snarky Scottish lass mocks the fans that cheer for Candice. KLR snapmares and rolls with Candice to kick her down, then covers, TWO! Candice gets to a corner but KLR goes after her with a suplex, for a gourd buster! Cover, TWO! KLR keeps on Candice with a seated stretch. KLR digs her knuckles into those ribs but Candice endures. Fans rally up again and Candice gets up, only to get a knee to the stomach. KLR whips but Candice dodges and tilt-o-whirls into the Octopus Stretch! Fans cheer Candice and want KLR to tap. Candice drives knees into KLR’s head but KLR stumbles to a ropebreak!
Candice lets go but keeps on KLR with a whip. KLR reverses and table tops Candice down to then drag her out. KLR spins Candice into the forearm shot! Then she drags Candice all the way out to whip, but Candice reverses and sends KLR into a post! Candice gets into the ring while KLR staggers about. Fans fire up with Candice as she builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends KLR into barriers, but fans encourage Candice to keep going. Candice obliges and DIVES again! She’s 2 for 2, she wants the hat trick! Candice DIVES and gets it! She puts KLR in then climbs up high to leap for double stomps! Cover, TWO!! KLR lives but Candice won’t let up.
Candice drags KLR into position and LIONSAULTS! But she flops as KLR dodges! KLR SUPERKICKS! KLR runs but into Candice’s forearm. Candice runs but KLR reels her in for a forearm to the back. KLR reels Candice in but Candice slips out of the Gory Bomb to enziguri! Both women are down but New York fires up! The ref starts a standing count and both women slowly stand. They get up at 9.5, and start throwing hands! Candice dodges to rally with forearms and elbows! KLR ends up in a corner and Candice runs in for a back elbow! Candice climbs but KLR kicks her back! KLR climbs to join Candice but Candice resists.
Candice clubs KLR back, then sunset flips, but KLR holds on! Candice dodges the punch to hit a SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! KLR surivives and fans are loving this great bit of “Women’s Wrestling!” Candice springboards but KLR trips her up, to SUPERKICK her in the back! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives and KLR is growing frustrated. KLR drags Candice back up as fans rally up. KLR fireman’s carry and pops up, but Candice hits a REVERSE-RANA! Neckbreaker and LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
LeRae proves she can get it done against Lee Ray and at Wrestlemania Axxess! Will Mrs. Wrestling use this momentum to head for the NXT Women’s Championship?
Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega!
The Scottish Viper represents NXT UK while La Muneca represents both SmackDown and the WWE main roster! But who will represent with a victory?
The bell rings and Piper stands face to face with Zelina. And it’s clear who has the height advantage. But Zelina has a bigger attitude as she pushes Piper. Piper shoves back and knocks Zelina off her feet! Zelina seems to grin as she starts throwing forearms. Zelina runs, but Piper catches her and scoops. But Zelina slips out to kick away. That only angers Piper! Zelina baits her into a corner to drop toehold her into buckles! Zelina kicks Piper then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Zelina backs off at 4 to soak up the heat. Zelina runs back in to Tiger Feint into a draping crossface! She lets go at 4 to then bulldog Piper down! Cover, TWO!
Zelina tells Piper she’s nothing, but then Piper grabs Zelina to throw her into buckles! Piper runs in but Zelina dodges. Zelina runs back in but is put on the apron. Zelina manages to forearm Piper away, then slip around to a waistlock. Piper elbows out but Zelina dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and furious but she goes after Piper with a dragon sleeper. Piper endures as Zelina has a behind-the-back grip. Zelina shows she’s smart but Piper shows she’s tough as she continues to endure. Zelina shifts to a normal sleeper but Piper makes her a backpack. Piper bumps Zelina against buckles then throws her off.
Zelina runs away but Piper rallies with double ax handles. Piper scoops Zelina to slam her down! Then she drops the big senton! And the basement crossbody! But Piper’s still not done with Zelina as she drags Zelina to a drop zone. Piper climbs up and fans fire up, but Zelina avoids the Vader Bomb to hit a code breaker! Zelina borrows from El Idolo for Cien Knees! But Piper is dead weight! Zelina has to drag her out, TWO!! Piper survives and Zelina is furious! Zelina climbs up high, moonsault, but she flops! Piper scoops for the Michinoku Driver! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
The Scottish Viper strikes and is victorious! Will this help Piper climb the NXT UK ranks to challenge the champion? But with that title on the line later on, who will that NXT UK Women’s Champion even be?
Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville!
The Genius of the Sky represents NXT while Fire & Desire’s Gladiator Gal represents SmackDown and the WWE main roster! Shirai wants after Shayna and the NXT Women’s Championship while Sonya wants after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Who will use this win to take a step closer to gold?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. The two tie up and Sonya powers Shirai to ropes. Sonya grinds her forearm on Shirai’s face then pushes her around. Shirai comes back and fans are strongly on her side. Sonya rushes in to waistlock but Shirai drop toeholds Sonya down. Shirai gets up and shrugs at Sonya. Sonya gets up with a scowl and gives Shirai a swift kick on the leg. Shirai throws forearms but Sonya throws fast hands! Sonya whips but Shirai ducks and handsprings! Sonya gets clear of that but not the dropkick! Fans fire up with Shirai as she blocks Sonya’s punch to double CHOP! Shirai CHOPS Sonya to a corner then whips her corner to corner. Sonya reverses but Shirai hops up fast. Shirai boots but Sonya blocks to yank Shirai down! Cover, TWO!
Shirai scrambles to a corner but Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up! Sonya kicks away on Shirai then clubs her down. Cover, TWO! Sonya grows frustrated while fans rally up. Sonya reels Shirai into a body scissors and pulls Shirai’s hair. The ref counts and Sonya lets the hair go but goes for a chinlock. Sonya slaps and clubs away on Shirai then turns to lean more weight on her. Shirai sits up but Sonya grabs the arm for a keylock. Shirai pries her arm free but Sonya puts another chinlock on. Fans rally and Shirai manages to make it a cover. ONE and Sonya lets Shirai go, to then roundhouse Shirai down! Sonya stands on Shirai for a cocky cover, TWO! Sonya puts Shirai on the ropes to grind the ribs but she throws Shirai back down at the ref’s count.
Fans sing for Shirai but Sonya mocks them before putting Shirai in the body scissors again. Shirai endures but Sonya pulls her hair again. Sonya lets go to then SLAP Shirai on the back. Sonya squeezes tighter but Shirari gets a ropebreak. The ref counts and Sonya lets go at 4, but then drags her over to drop an elbow, and then another. Cover, TWO! Shirai crawls but Sonya brings her up. Shirai throws hands but Sonya throws kicks and knees. Sonya drags Shirai up and snapmares her hard, to then hit the sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Sonya grows frustrated. Fans rally and duel as Shirai kicks Sonya away. Sonya hammers away then drags Shirai up. Sonya wraps Shirai in a chinlock but Shirai endures.
Fans rally up and Shirai fights. Sonya becomes a backpack with that sleeper, but Shirai powers up to back Sonya into buckles. Shirai breaks free after a few more, then ducks the running enziguri! Shirai roars and rallies and Sonya flounders. Sonya ends up on the ropes, Tiger Feint! Shirai climbs and leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sonya survives and Shirai grows frustrated. Shirai CHOPS Sonya on the leg then drags her up in a waistlock. Sonya resists and elbows out. Sonya kicks but Shirai dodges, only to get an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Shirai up and fires off more kicks and knees. Shirai goes Matrix to school girl, TWO, but she hits Sonya with a SHOTEI!
Shirai uses a spinebuster into the drop zone, and then climbs up top. ASAI MOONSAULT, but Sonya gets clear! Shirai rolls through but Sonya SPEARS!! Sonya high stacks, Sonya wins!!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
The Jersey Devil defeats the Genius of the Sky! Maybe it’s an upset, maybe it’s the different between main roster and NXT or maybe it’s the difference of MMA and pro-wrestling. But whatever it was, Sonya still won. Will this lead Sonya to a title match on SmackDown? Can Shirai rebound and prove she’s worthy of a title match in her own right?
NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross!
The Lightning from Down Under obviously represents NXT UK as she holds the gold. But she’s going up against both NXT’s EST and WWE SmackDown’s Loony Lass. Will it still be #ToniTime after Worlds Collide? Or will someone else take the title with them to their brand?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this crazy crossover main event!
Nikki chooses to go after Bianca and Toni by herself! She dropkicks Bianca then headbutts Toni. Nikki whips Toni but Toni reverses and sends Nikki at Bianca. Bianca catches Nikki and throws her with a Fall Away Slam! Bianca and Toni are now alone and the fans really like this match-up. Toni offers a handshake and Bianca says “kiss this.” Toni laughs it off and they tie up. Bianca gets the wristlock but Toni spins and bends and handsprings to slap and kick Bianca. Toni runs and sees Bianca drop down, so she redirects herself to dropkick Bianca down! Cover, but Nikki runs in so Toni bails to get clear. Nikki shoves Toni while Bianca rolls out of the ring.
Nikki double chops Toni then runs back in. Toni puts Nikki on the apron. Nikki shoulders and kicks her way back in, but Bianca yanks her down hard. Nikki goes after Bianca for that and trips HER up! Then she traps Bianca in the apron to club away! Finlay would be proud. Toni runs in but Nikki intercepts with a haymaker. Now Nikki has two for one as she puts Toni in the apron! Nikki clubs away then fires up. Toni and Bianca flop out of the skirt and Nikki puts them both back in! Nikki climbs and leaps! Bianca gets clear but the crossbody cover on Toni! BIanca breaks it just in time! She chicken wings Nikki to slam her onto Toni! But wait that’s a cover! Bianca shoves Nikki off Toni in time to then cover Toni herself. TWO, but Bianca keeps her cool.
Nikki rolls out while fans rally for Toni. Bianca clubs Toni and puts her in a corner for a mudhole stomp. Bianca reels Toni out for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Toni survives but Bianca keeps cool. Bianca sits Toni up and slaps her around. She dares Toni to fight so Toni fights. Bianca clubs Toni but Nikki returns to hop on! Nikki has a sleeper but Bianca drops back for a backpack senton! All three women are down but the fans rally up. Bianca and Nikki get to opposite corners, so Toni starts a hip attack train! Toni goes back and forth again and again for four! Toni underhooks Nikki but Nikki reverses. Bianca runs and double SPEARS! The three women are down again and fans rally back up.
Bianca covers Nikki, TWO! Bianca covers Toni, TWO! She goes back to Nikki and drags her up. She torture racks, KoD! Cover, but Toni breaks it! Toni and Bianca go after each other as fans duel. They throw forearms back and forth but Toni gets the edge. Bianca comes back for more then shoves to ROCK Toni! Toni staggers to a corner and Bianca runs in, but Toni sends her into the post! Toni rolls Bianca, TWO! HEADBUTT! Nikki cradles Toni, TWO!! Nikki almost caught Toni! Toni scoops but Nikki slips out for an inverted DDT, TWO!! Nikki grows frustrated as she’s so close yet so far from the title. She fires up and climbs up top, but Bianca goes up. Nikki kicks Bianca all the way down, then leaps at Toni! Toni gets clear and Nikki flops! Toni drags Nikki up, double underhooks, Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
That match was as quick as lightning, but it is the Lightning from Down Under that strikes! Toni Time continues, but who will be next to challenge her for that title?
A good third part to the Worlds Collide event, but boy, it sure ended up being more like NXT, NXT UK & SmackDown collides. The Shake-Up would have put Zelina on Raw but things changed and she’s back on SmackDown. Of course, she was on SmackDown before so it was going to be that way anyway. Zelina did well against Piper, and while I didn’t want to make it about size, it came down to size. But at the same time, Piper wins to keep herself strong in the NXT UK Division, since Zelina isn’t really doing much on the main roster. Candice VS KLR was great, especially as an opener. Both women are potential contenders on their brands, so it was good for Candice to get this win here just so the fans can see she’s still good enough.
Shirai VS Sonya was great, but I was very surprised to see Sonya won! I can’t be sure why, though Worlds Collide doesn’t really impact much. I suppose Sonya can’t keep losing or else she won’t seem strong enough for SmackDown. Mia Yim establishes on commentary that she strongly dislikes MMA-turned-wrestler types like Sonya, which of course includes Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina of the MMA Horsewomen, so that’s good character development for her. And then the Triple Threat main event was short but fast and really good. But given it was short and this is Worlds Collide where Toni was against two superstars from other brands, naturally Toni would retain the NXT UK Women’s Championship to bring it back to NXT UK.
My Score: 8/10
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