NJPW King of Pro Wrestling 2018 continues as The Ace once again puts up his Wrestle Kingdom IWGP Heavyweight Champion contract on the line! Will he keep it?
This coverage of King of Pro Wrestling will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- EVIL VS Zack Sabre Jr w/ Taka Michinoku; No Contest.
- Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship Contract Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White w/ Gedo; Tanahashi wins and retains the Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship contract.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Hiroshi Tanashi is still the owner of the Wrestle Kingdom contract after an intense battle with long-time rival with Kazuchika Okada. It was the first win The Ace had over The Rainmaker in four years, but the celebration was cut short by The Switchblade, Jay White! White called his shot at the contract based on how he beat both Tanahashi and Okada in the G1 Climax. This is also fueled by White losing to Tanahashi at Wrestle Kingdom 12, so White wants to make sure Tanahashi doesn’t even go. Will Tanahashi get back at White for everything as of late? Or will he #BreathewiththeSwitchblade?
But first, Los Ingobernables de Japon continues its war with Suzuki-Gun. The King of Darkness has lost to the Submission Master in recent tag team matches, but they once again go 1v1 to settle things. Will Darkness Fall? Or will ZSJ make Evil #JustTapOut?
EVIL VS Zack Sabre Jr. w/ Taka Michinoku!
As is standard for Taka accompanying Zack, Taka makes the introductions. “Welcome to Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match, and who is gonna win? “Zack!” Who!? “Zack!” Yes, your winner will be the man who can finish with any lock, anywhere, anytime. It will be “the man who possesses the deadly Zack Driver”. It will be the man that “when he locks on a submission, no matter who you are, you Just Tap Out!” He is the master of all pro-wrestling, he is ZSJ, he is Zack Sabrrrre, JUNIOR! Taka also adds “This is NOT Evil”, because “Everything is NOT Evil”. So Evil, c’mon over here! With that, Evil makes his entrance, accompanied by servants of darkness.
But wait! Before Evil can enter the ring, one of his servants attacks him! Because it was CHRIS JERICHO in disguise! Jericho wears the IWGP Intercontinental Championship around his waist, so there’s no doubting who it is. Jericho drags Evil up and throws him into barriers! Evil flounders as Jericho stomps him and chokes him with camera cables. Jericho throws Evil into the apron, then into the ring. ZSJ lets Y2J keep on Evil with a rain of rights. Fans rally for Evil but Jericho whips him corner to corner for a big clothesline! Jericho then gives Evil a Code Breaker! And yes, off comes the mask so that everyone can see his face. ZSJ is rather amused to see Jericho laying Evil out, makes things easier for him.
Jericho picks up his IWGP Intercontinental Championship belt, and aims at Evil. Evil staggers to his feet, and turns around into a belt smash! Jericho holds up the title, then looms over Evil as he flexes. Evil already wanted after Jericho for what he did to Naito, but will Evil be able to get revenge for himself?
Jericho leaves and referees check on Evil. ZSJ wants his match with Evil, but the referees tell him they can’t have it if Evil is hurt. ZSJ circles like a vulture as medics check on Evil. The medics say this match must be called off! Fans don’t like it, but understand after what happened. ZSJ doesn’t like it, and goes after the medic who made the call! He wrangles the man down with a double wristlock, then goes after the Young Lion trying to stop him! ZSJ tells the referee to leave or he’ll be next. The referee backs off and ZSJ starts kicking away on Evil. Then he puts him into the coil lock and pulls on the arm. ZSJ adds insult to injury with all his different holds, but here comes Naito!
Naito attacks ZSJ with the fury meant for Jericho, and they start brawling! Naito and ZSJ trade forearms, then ZSJ gives European Uppercuts. ZSJ whips but Naito reverses into a tornado DDT! Naito sees ZSJ roll out and regroup with Taka and builds speed. Taka and ZSJ panic, expecting a dive, but Naito instead rolls and Tranquilos! ZSJ is furious but Taka calms him down. ZSJ is denied his match but LIJ is denied retribution on Y2J. Who will get what they want first? And who will regret ever starting the fight?
Chris Jericho rampages backstage.
Much like after his confrontation with Tetsuya Naito, Jericho throws anything he can get his hands on and tosses it at whoever is around. He slaps a Young Lion to the floor, then asks “You see what happens? You think it’s bullsh*t, don’t you?” Well that’s life. The IWGP Intercontinental Champion has returned to NJPW and Ryogoku. Evil gets in Y2J’s business, has to call him out over the title, and this is what he gets. “The greatest, most dominant Intercontinental Champion of all time in any country, worldwide.” It doesn’t matter if it’s America, Canada, Australia or “this sh*thole,” Japan. Evil didn’t get his match tonight, but he will get his match in Osaka, NJPW Power Struggle, for the title! Does that sound good? “Evil: Dead.”
Zack Sabre Jr. has something to say about the incident.
“Oi, Jericho, mind your own business.” ZSJ didn’t need any help beating up Evil. He didn’t fly all the way here for a No Contest. ZSJ doesn’t have a problem with Y2J, so long as Y2J stays on his boat. But also, Naito sure took his sweet time getting out there. Where was he when Jericho started beating down Evil? What a “good friend”. Maybe Bushi should take lead in LIJ so Naito can retire or something.
Evil and Naito have their own response.
“You son of a bitch, Jericho!” Evil can barely walk but he forces himself to head to the back. Naito figures Jericho just has too much time on his hands. As for Naito himself in all this, he’s been saying it a long time: He wants after ZSJ. Naito already “smashed up the King for him”, meaning Minoru Suzuki. Getting a chance to redeem himself for past losses should be his reward. “So, Mr. Zack Sabre Jr, please do me the honor.” He humbly waits a reply. Adios! Will there be a collision course of LIJ, ZSJ and Y2J in the near future? Who will come out the victors in such a battle?
Wrestle Kingdom 13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship Contract Match: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Jay White w/ Gedo!
The Ace only lost to one man during the G1 Climax 28, and that was The Switchblade. However, that one loss alone gives the young Jay White the impression that he should be the one heading for the Tokyo Dome, not the man who won the G1 Climax 28 Finals. White waited until Tanahashi had tired himself out against Kazuchika Okada in Kobe to strike again. Now in the Ryogoku Sumo Hall, White looks to end the Once in a Century Talent once and for all! Who wins and walks away with the title match contract in his hands?
The briefcase is opened and the contract is presented to White and Gedo for verification. Fans already cheer “Go Ace!” as both men put their jackets aside. This epic match finally begins, after the break.
NJPW on AXS returns and the bell rings. White bails right out, and fans boo. White and Gedo act like it isn’t a problem, but obviously the trolling begins early. Tanahashi waits patiently as White takes his time returning. The two circle, fans rally for Tanahashi, and the two tie up. They push each other back, but Tanahashi gets White to the ropes. White turns things around, and lets go for the ropebreak. But then Gedo distracts Tanahashi, allowing White to clobber The Ace from behind! White stomps away as fans boo, and Tanahashi slips out of the ring. White follows to chop Tanahashi against barriers, then whip him into others! Togi Makabe seems to catch White’s attention, so White gives him a dirty bird before chopping Tanahashi again.
White brings Tanahashi over and whips, but Tanahashi reverses to send White into barriers! Tanahashi then runs in to blast White with a dropkick! White goes over the railing and into the front row! Tanahashi fires up but then Gedo hits him in the back! Red Shoes reprimands Gedo, but Tanahashi gives Gedo a kick to the gut! Tanahashi puts Gedo in the ring, but Gedo begs for mercy. But this keeps Tanahashi from seeing White return, to chop block Tanahashi in the leg! White mocks the air guitar, then goes after the leg. Tanahashi writhes but White gives the leg a toehold screw to the mat. White plays air guitar on Tanhashi’s leg before giving him another leg screw. White then drags Tanahashi’s leg out onto the apron, to slam it on the edge!
Tanahashi writhes but White isn’t done with that leg as he elbows it against the apron. White slams the leg again, then tells Red Shoes to leave him alone. White drags Tanahashi to a corner and slings the leg into the post! Tanahashi shouts in pain while fans boo White. White distracts Red Shoes while Gedo uses the WK13 contract briefcase to smack Tanahashi’s leg! Gedo grins as he gets away with it, and White covers. Red Shoes says no to the cover, he knows something is up. White drags Tanahashi around and goes for a half crab. Tanahashi fights with his good leg and kicks White away. Fans rally and Tanahashi fights back with body shots.
Tanahashi runs in but White dumps him out. White again distracts Red Shoes, thinking Tanahashi has hit the floor. But Tanahashi instead boots Gedo away while skinning the cat! White sees Tanahashi and goes after the leg with elbows! Then he puts the foot on his shoulder for a knee jacker! Tanahashi writhes again while White looms over him. White stands on the bad leg and fans boo. White drags Tanahashi onto the ropes and bends him back. He gives forearms to the back but Red Shoes counts. White stops at 3, but then just comes back to do it again. He stops at 4 this time, then stomps Tanahashi’s calf. Fans continue to rally but Tanahashi is down. White taunts Tanahashi now, and brings him around by his hair.
White stands Tanahashi up, snapmare and a slap! Fans boo the disrespect, but White doesn’t care. White waits for Tanahashi to stand, but Tanahashi fires forearms! White kicks the bad leg and Tanahashi staggers away. Tanahashi dodges White in the corner, and catches White’s boot to give him a dragon screw! Finally some offense, and it evens things as far as legs. Both men slowly stand, and Tanahashi throws more forearms. He puts White in the corner, then scoop slams him into the drop zone. Tanahashi hops up, second rope somersault senton! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps on the leg, and gives it a grounded dragon screw! He wants both legs, and goes for the Cloverleaf! White resists and crawls, and gets the ropebreak! Tanahashi lets White go but the fans rally again.
Tanahashi grabs the legs again and pulls on White. White kicks him in the shoulder, but Tanahashi holds on. White kicks him in the bad leg, and Tanahashi lets go. Tanahashi staggers as White stands. Tanahashi comes back, and White uses a saido suplex to throw him over and out! The Ace is down and out while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as White fetches Tanahashi. White throws Tanahashi backwards into railings, then throws him again. He throws Tanahashi a third time as he shouts and eggs him on. White puts Tanahashi in the ring, then hobbles around to go looking under the ring. White finds himself a folding chair, his favorite item. Red Shoes won’t allow this, but they’ve gone this way before during the G1. As Red Shoes and White argue, Tanahashi gets White’s leg and dragon screws him between the ropes! White tumbles to the floor, but Tanahashi gets moving. Tanahashi climbs up and camera crews get out of the way, for the High Fly Flow crossbody! It hits, but it’s double edged considering the bad leg. Even so, fans are fired up for The Ace!
Tanahashi is up and puts White back in the ring. Tanahashi feels the energy of the fans, and gets moving, but runs into a chop! He keeps moving, but gets another chop! Tanahashi actually seems more annoyed than hurt, but he turns around into White’s complete shot! Then White deadlifts Tanahashi for a German Suplex! Both men are down but fans rally again. White sits up and glares at Tanahashi with wild eyes. They grind foreheads and then stand. White gives a forearm, Tanahashi gives one back. White gives another forearm, but Tanahashi gives another back. The fans fire up while White staggers, but White comes back for another forearm. Tanahashi gives a forearm, then another, then another. He fires body shots but White kicks low.
Tanahashi still hits back, body shot after shot then a EuroUpper! He turns around but into White’s strike fest! Tanahashi comes back with a palm strike! And then another palm strike! White grabs Tanahashi’s hair, but Tanahashi gives him a third palm strike! White wobbles, Tanahashi runs, but White catches him! Tanahashi slips out of Blade Runner and gets a full nelson, but White breaks that to elbow. White swings, but Tanahashi gets a half nelson that he uses to spin White around. White slips out of the facelock, reels Tanahashi in and around, but Tanahashi again slips out. Tanahashi swings but White counters, only for Tanahashi to slip out again, to a waistlock. White breaks free of that, and both men give forearms! Both men are rocked but stay standing, and fans applaud that incredible exchange.
White hits Tanahashi, then again. He whips but Tanahashi reverses, into a swinging neckbreaker! But Tanahashi doesn’t let off, he brings White back up, for another swinging neckbreaker! He still holds White, and brings him up again, but White gets a swinging suplex! Both men are down, but White flounders to a corner. Fans rally up for Tanahashi, and he slowly sits up. White grabs him, only to get a third swinging neckbreaker! Tanahashi runs, and hits the slingblade! But he sees Gedo getting on the apron, so he knocks him off with a forearm smash! White gets Tanahashi but Tanahashi slips out, full nelson to Dragon Suplex! With a bridge! TWO!! So close yet so far from finishing this, but Tanahashi keeps moving. Tanahashi gets up top, and waits for White to stand. High Fly Flow crossbody!
But Tanahashi keeps going! He’s back up top, High Fly Flow splash! Cover, but Gedo drags Red Shoes out! Gedo won’t let his new protege lose yet. He also lurks with brass knuckles! Gedo gets in and goes right at Tanahashi, but Tanahashi dodges to counter with a palm strike! But then White gets Tanahashi with the low blow! Everyone’s down while we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns once more, and White crawls his way to the chair he found earlier. White stands up with it, and sees Tanahashi sit up. White goes to swing, but Tanahashi gives him a low blow in return! Both men are down, feeling the pain, but Tanahashi gets up first. Tanahashi takes that chair of White’s, sets it down, and scoop slams White on the chair! Then he goes up top, for a High Fly Flow! But White moves, so Tanahashi belly flops on the chair! Tanahashi writhes with the pain in his ribs as White grabs the chair for his own again. White grits his teeth, and throws the chair in Tanahashi’s face! But where’s Red Shoes? White shouts for Gedo to get the ref, and Gedo forces Red Shoes in, ice pack and all.
White drags Tanahashi up, calling for the end. Blade Runner countered into a small package! Tanahashi wins!!
Winner: Hiroshi Tanahashi, by pinfall; still holds the WK13 IWGP Heavyweight Championship match contract
For all the dirty tricks White used, it was a pure wrestling counter that defeated him! The Ace still heads for the Tokyo Dome, but the Switchblade won’t stand for it! He stomps away on Tanahashi, then fights off any of the Young Lions that try to save him. White grabs that leg and stomps away on it, then gives it another leg screw! Gedo says White should finish this, so White drags Tanahashi back up. But before he can hit Blade Runner, The Rainmaker appears! Okada runs White and his former manager out of the ring and fans are thunderous! However, Gedo distracts Okada on the opposite end, so that White can attack from behind! But Okada still fights White off! So Gedo attacks! But it does nothing! Okada throws hands on Gedo!
Gedo shouts for White to help, but it’s Jado who appears. Jado, being Gedo’s former tag partner and therefore a Chaos member, wants to keep the peace between former friends. Gedo clings to Jado for safety, and Jado has Okada back away. Fans aren’t sure what to make of this, but then the Firing Squad appears? Tama Tonga, Tonga Loa, Bad Luck Fale and Taiji Ishimori saunter out here and flank the ring. What are they doing out here when this is a Chaos issue? The Bullet Club’s splinter cell enters the ring, and White starts to get anxious. White wants things to settle down, but Taiji and Fale grab Jado and Gedo! They’re making it as if they’re on Okada’s side? They want Okada to get his shots in on Gedo?
Okada isn’t so sure, and neither are the fans. But Okada thinks it over, and he does run to build speed. Only for Tama Tonga to get him with a Gun Stun!! They’re not on Okada’s side, but on Gedo’s! As was Jado, it seems. And now, Gedo, Jado and the Firing Squad stomp away on Okada! White throws Young Lions and whoever else around on the outside before joining the others in the ring. Gedo and the others let White pick up Okada, and he gives a Too Sweet at the end of his throat slash, before hitting Blade Runner! Fans boo this new alliance, especially as they Low Sweet. The Bullet Club theme hits, but is that what this alliance will be now? Or will it be something far more dangerous?
Tanahashi returns to the ring, and goes to his rival, and seemingly only ally in this new fight. Will Tanahashi be able to hold onto his Wrestle Kingdom contract at this rate? Will Okada keep control of Chaos in this state? Or can they turn the tide before they’re swept under?
The Bullet Club comes through, and wonders if the world is tilting. Because he feels the shift towards their side of things. “Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, dogs, cats and children of all ages,” Tama Tonga presents Jay White. White says this was “inevitable.” White met Fale way back in London in 2014, and since then, it was inevitable that White would end up with these guys. It was never going to be White and the #BCElite, Kenny Omega and such. “What is that ripoff sh*t?!” No, the #OGBC is where White belongs, and they’re going to take the Club back to its roots. “Get used to these faces, we’re taking over.” They have like minds, like attitudes and like aggressions! Switchblade joins the Brotherhood, the Firing Squad, the BC OG’s!
Tanahashi meanwhile stops to say “Here it is. My ticket tot he future.” Is Tanahashi a relic of the past? Is his time so long ago? “It needs to be said, there is a future for everyone.” No matter your age, no matter your job, “everyone deserves a future.” Tanahashi didn’t come back to stay who he was before. He came back to keep pushing forward! So please understand, and stick with him until the Tokyo Dome.
Alliances have been made, battle lines have been drawn and goals have been set. When the dust settles come January 4th, 2019, who will be standing atop NJPW as THE IWGP Heayvweight Champion? Who will be standing as THE top faction? Or will there be no one left standing at all?
An incredible hour for NJPW as part two of three for King of Pro Wrestling. I did not expect the opening match to end up in a no contest, but it was a great surprise for Jericho to show up and go after Evil. I knew Evil was going to go after Jericho for the title, but Naito going after Zack Sabre Jr. is a good addition to this story. Naito VS ZSJ will be a great rematch, then clearly Evil VS Jericho will be great. Naito will likely win, as the leader of LIJ should stay strong. However, I don’t really feel Evil will win, as it’d seem odd if he was the only member of LIJ to have a belt, but I’m betting he’ll get really close.
Tanahashi VS White was great, and all the attempts at cheating were well done given Gedo’s presence. Tanahashi wins but this new alliance of White, Gedo and Firing Squad is a crazy development. It adds a new layer to the Chaos civil war White was starting against Okada as well as the Bullet Club civil war that’s continued since the G1 Special in San Francisco. I don’t think this’ll cause Chaos and Bullet Club Elite to join up to stop White and Tama Tonga, but it should.
My Score: 8.6/10
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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