Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 375
There are NEW ROH World Tag Team Champions, and it’s SoCal Uncensored! But they need challengers, so The Young Bucks and the Briscoes battle for that right!
- The Kingdom VS The Boys; turned into…
- 2v1 Handicap Match: The Boys VS Matt Taven; Taven wins.
- WOH World Championship Fatal 4 Way qualifier: Jenny Rose VS Kelly Klein; Klein wins and joins the WOH World Championship match at Final Battle.
- ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match: The Young Bucks VS The Briscoes; Double Disqualification, both teams will compete in a ROH World Tag Team Championship Ladder War.
PLAY BY PLAY
Last time on ROH…
It was the epic Triple Threat Tag match for the World Tag Team Championships. The Briscoes knew they were up against two great teams in The Young Bucks and The Addiction, so it was two weeks ago on Episode 373 that Jay & Mark made sure to remove Christopher Daniels from the equation. A Jay Driller to the stage made it so that The Fallen Angel couldn’t compete, but luckily SoCal Uncensored had a Closer. Scorpio Sky stood beside Frankie Kazarian in that match of tag team titans, and they WON! SCU ends the reign of terror, but have they stopped the Final Battle countdown?
The Kingdom VS The Boys!
The “real” ROH World Champion and his crew did not take a loss to the returning Peacock well. So last week, as Dalton Castle staked a claim to Jay Lethal’s world title, The Kingdom attacked and gave him a TRIPLE con-chair-to! Now Castle’s Boys want payback, but will they get it? Because conspicuous by his absence is the Horror King, Vinnie Marseglia…
Before the match, Taven speaks. “Is this a joke?” The Boys against The Kingdom? Taven knows both of them are sticking up for Castle, but he assures them they’ll get hurt just like Castle. Because it won’t even take both of them to do this. Taven says TK O’Ryan can join commentary to help them hype Taven up. He can do this on his own. He’ll teach The Boys a lesson their daddy should’ve taught them a long time ago: “You never mess with the leader of the pride. Especially when he’s the REAL ROH World Champion.” Why? “Because IIIII’M Matt Taven!” And then he sucker punches Boy 2 with the belt! Boy 1 is shocked, but then he focuses as the bell rings.
2v1 Handicap Match: The Boys VS Matt Taven!
Taven corners Boy 1 but Boy 1 gets away. TK says that belt shot was completely fair because the match hadn’t started. Taven circles with Boy 1 and corners him again. Boy 1 gets away but not for long as Taven catches him in another corner. Taven whips Boy 1 corner to corner, but BOy 1 goes up and over. Boy 1 runs and slides and chops! He throws haymakers but Taven shoves him down. Taven kicks and punches and DDT’s Boy 1 down! Fans boo while Taven mockingly fans Boy 1 off. TK laughs, but he’s the only one. Taven taunts Boy 1 before standing him up to punch him down. He then puts Boy 1 in a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. The referee pulls Taven off but Taven is smug and egging Boy 1 on while we go to break.
ROH returns and Taven circles Boy 1 like a shark with blood in the water. Taven snapmares Boy 1 and uses Just the Tip of the knee. Taven brags but Boy 2 returns. He baits Taven in and rolls him to then boot him. Boy 2 runs and spikes Taven with a huricanrana! Boy 2 then whips Taven and gets a waistlock. He feeds Taven to Boy 1’s huricanrana! Taven ends up on the apron and Boy 1 knocks him down. Taven gets back up but Boy 2 knocks him down. Boy 2 slingshots but Taven catches him! Boy 1 slingshots and takes Taven out! Fans fire up with The Boys as they put Taven back in. Fans rally but the red balloons appear! Vinnie drags Boy 2 under the ring! Boy 1 is in fear for his brother, but Taven gets him with the Climax! Cover, Taven wins!
Winner: Matt Taven, by pinfall
TK is so proud of his fearless leader, and now it’s time to celebrate. The “real” world champion rolls on towards Final Battle, will The Peacock make a recovery in time to give Taven what he deserves?
Cody speaks on his actual ROH World Championship match.
Final Battle also marks the anniversary of The American Nightmare’s time in ROH, but also of losing the title. And it also comes full circle as Jay Lethal was Cody’s first opponent in ROH. Cody lost his title in a Triple Threat involving Dalton Castle and Marty Scurll, but he hasn’t had his 1v1 rematch for the title the entire year since. The math was always off, but this rematch is vindication for him. Can the American Nightmare make the best of this long-awaited moment?
Ian Riccaboni introduces The Octopus, Jonathan Gresham!
Perhaps the best technical wrestler in ROH today, Gresham joins Riccaboni in the ring, and reflects on his stellar 2018. He wants this time in the ring, and surely it has to do with Final Battle. Obviously his new friend, Jay Lethal, has a title match at Final Battle, but Gresham has nothing to do. Gresham came to ROH to prove he IS the best pure wrestler in the world today. Therefore, Gresham feels Final Battle is the perfect place to issue an Open Challenge! He welcomes any and all of the great technical wrestlers to come to “my company”, so that Gresham can prove he’s still the best.
But almost immediately on the titantron, someone accepts Gresham’s challenge. It’s Zack Sabre Jr!! The Submission Master of NJPW knows Gresham thinks he’s the best and wants to prove it, so Gresham’s in luck. Because ZSJ knows he’s the best, and will visit ROH to prove it. Gresham VS ZSJ, Final Battle, it’s perfect. Fans love it and chant “Sabre Jr!” Gresham doesn’t need to say anything more than “Who’s ready to know who the best technical wrestler in the world is?” Get ready to watch Gresham make ZSJ #JustTapOut!
Christopher Daniels makes a phone call.
“Joe, I will have the signed copies scanned and sent to you first thing in the morning. And listen, I just want to say again, I appreciate this. You have my word.” Daniels finishes his call with Joe Koff, and tells SCU that the contracts are in! Well, not for all of them. Scorpio and Kaz have contracts, because they’re the champions. But that’s not good enough. Well it’s the best Daniels could get out of Koff. Then what is Daniels going to do for himself? There’s still time, he’ll figure it out. But that’s not much of a plan. What can the Fallen Angel possibly do to keep himself in ROH past Final Battle?
WOH World Championship Fatal 4 Way qualifier: Jenny Rose VS Kelly Klein!
It seems one challenger is no longer enough for the Ray of Sunshine, Sumie Sakai. She wants to raise the difficulty on her inaugural reign, so she’s willing to take on three opponents. At the same time, the American Joshi and the Pretty Badass have history and they plan on settling it on the way to the title. Will Kelly get back at Jenny for that chipped tooth? Or will she end up with more missing teeth after Jenny gets through with her?
Jenny shoves Kelly the moment she hits the ring, so Kelly shoves back. The bad blood is boiling over and the slaps begin! The ref rings the bell and the two women tie up. Kelly puts Jenny in a corner but backs off. Jenny comes back but Kelly kicks and fireman’s carry. Jenny sunset flips, ONE! Kelly rushes Jenny but Jenny kicks her back. Jenny wants the urenage but Kelly elbows out of it. Kelly gets a waistlock and rolls back to a cover, TWO! Jenny gets up but Kelly is on her with forearms. Jenny hits back and now they brawl. Fans get on Jenny’s side while she gets a waistlock. Kelly grabs ropes in the corner and turns things around. She drives elbows into Jenny from both sides and picks up speed, but stops at 4.
Jenny gets to ropes but Kelly brings her out for cravat and knees! Kelly stops at 2, then knee lifts Jenny back into the ring. Fans cheer the aggression but Jenny trips Kelly! Kelly falls on the apron, but gets up only for Jenny to dropkick her down. Jenny pursues Kelly and kicks her more. Fans fire up as she runs in, but Kelly sends her into barriers! Kelly gets some space while Jenny sits in a chair. Kelly rains rights on her, then puts Jenny back in the ring. Jenny hits back while we go to break.
ROH returns as Kelly whips Jenny to a corner. Kelly runs in for forearms and elbows. But Jenny chops back! Sumie Sakai appears with her own chair to have a seat nearby. She wants to watch her friendly rival and not-so-friendly rival battle for that final spot at Final Battle. Jenny runs back in at Kelly but Kelly elbows her back. Kelly brings Jenny over for a hangman’s sleeper hold! The ref counts and Kelly lets Jenny go. Jenny comes back with a haymaker, then climbs up to join her. They battle it out as Jenny wants a superplex. Kelly shoves Jenny away but Jenny’s right back with a chop! Jenny throws Kelly down hard! Fans rally up while Jenny catches her breath.
Jenny stalks Kelly to ropes for more kicks. She throws more forearms, then whips, but Kelly holds ropes. Jenny tries again but Kelly reverses. Jenny breaks free and hits a code breaker! Kelly staggers while Jenny runs, SPEAR! Cover, TWO! Kelly survives but Jenny is on her with more right hands! Jenny chases Kelly to ropes but the ref counts. She fires off all the way to 4, then brings Kelly up by her hair. Kelly resists and grabs more ropes. Jenny lets go and runs back in, but into the fireman’s carry! K Power Driver! Cover, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by pinfall; qualifies for the WOH World Championship Fatal 4 Way
The Gatekeeper joins Karen Q and Madison Rayne in challenging Sumie Sakai at Final Battle! Kelly has been chasing after the title since before it was made, will her time finally come? Will the Queen of Queens or the Queen Bee stand in her way? Or will the Ray of Sunshine retain and maintain her inaugural run?
ROH takes a look towards the World Television Championship match at Final Battle!
Hangman Adam Page has established himself strongly in the heavyweight division, and he’s hungry for gold. But the Hawaiian Hulk, Mr. Athletic himself, finally arrived and he’s already cleared out the Top Prospect Tournament, dethroned Punishment Martinez, and dominated Shane Taylor. Page may be jaded, but Cobb is actually a disappointment. What will Cobb do when he faces someone just as strong as him? Someone who hits even harder than him? Someone who is actually a challenge for him? The Problem Solver is confident in himself, but can even he solve a problem like Jeff Cobb?
Do you feel your heart beating?
Badum, badum, badumbadumbadum. The heartbeat is coming for ROH. Who will it leave flat lining in the ring?
ROH World Tag Team Championship #1 Contenders match: The Young Bucks VS The Briscoes!
Brothers will battle brothers once more as Matt & Nick Jackson take on Mark & Jay Briscoe. Who will win to then face Scorpio Sky & Frankie Kazarian at Final Battle?
Fans fire up just for the Young Bucks’ entrance, so clearly they’re ready for a Superkick Party. The teams sort out while fans chant “The! Elite! The the Elite!” Jay tells fans to “Shut the hell up! Y’all sound like idiots!” Mark also throws some insults their way, but the fans just boo and jeer back. Mark and Nick start with the bell and fans rally up as they circle. Nick and Mark tie up but Mark kicks low. Mark goes to chop but Nick dodges to kick and forearm. Nick whips but Mark goes up and over. Nick counter punches and chops, to then “Lucha libre~” arm-drag! Mark runs and slides under Nick to then chop him at the ropes. Mark runs but into a heel kick! Both of them are ready to punch but they stop short.
Mark shoves Nick then calls for a test of strength, but it’s a distraction so that Jay can clobber him! Matt gets in to save his brother, and he rallies with haymakers on #DemBoys. The Brisoces hit Matt back and double whip. Matt kicks their back drops away, and then gives Nick the boost for a double missile dropkick! Fans fire up for The Bucks while the Briscoes are reeling. Nick whips Matt at Mark but Mark puts him on the apron. Nick runs in and sings Mark sideways for a draping neckbreaker! He keeps Mark up while he tags to Matt, Matt slingshots for a senton onto Mark! Matt dropkicks Jay away then skins the cat. The Bucks control the ring while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Matt whips Mark corner to corner. Mark reverses and Jay comes in for a big corner clothesline. Jay then feeds Matt right to Mark’s shotgun dropkick! Jay hits Nick down for good measure while Mark brings Matt to the Briscoes corner. Mark tags Jay and now Jay legally mugs Matt. Jay puts Matt in a corner and stomps a mudhole into him. He grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Fans boo and jeer but Jay ignores them. He brings Matt back and tags in Mark. Now Mark stomps a mudhole, then he gives a CHOP. Mark back suplexes Matt down then covers, TWO! Fans rally up for The Bucks but Mark pushes Matt on the ropes. Mark chokes Matt on the ropes, then backs off, but Jay gets a choke in! Nick protests but The Briscoes get away with it.
Mark gives Matt an uppercut, then a headbutt. Matt staggers while Mark tags in Jay. Mark holds Matt for Jay to boot on the run. Fans boo and jeer but The Briscoes don’t care. Jay gives Matt a European Uppercut, then Mark holds Matt so Jay can stomp another mudhole into him. Tag to Mark, and they double whip Matt. Matt dodges and hits them both with clotheslines! Fans fire up as Matt crawls for his corner. Mark goes after Nick to deny the tag. He then throws hands and whips Matt corner to corner. Mark runs in but Matt dodges! Matt puts Mark on the ropes, then dodges Jay. Tag to Nick! Nick kicks Jay! Nick springboards to dumdum stomp Jay, then rolls to hit a draping backstabber on Mark!
Fans fire up again as The Bucks coordinate. They whip The Briscoes at each other but The Briscoes reverse. The Bucks swing their partners and get double takedowns to double Sharpshooters! Fans are thunderous for the Double Ceases, but both Briscoes get ropebreaks. The Bucks let them go, but Nick tags in Matt. Matt hoists Mark up but Mark fights out. Nick jumps over Matt but into Mark’s urenage exploder! Mark runs at Matt but gets a back elbow. Matt hops up but Mark clubs his bad back. Mark has a crucifix, Jay comes in, Redneck Boogie bomb! Cover, TWO!! Matt lives and The Briscoes are furious. Mark drags Matt over and tags in Jay. Jay stomps Matt and then copies the Sharpshooter! Fans boo but Jay bends Matt’s bad back back. Matt crawls, ropebreak! Jay lets Matt go, we go to one last commercial break.
ROH returns once more, and Jay has Matt reeling. Jay gives more EuroUppers, and Mark holds Matt for more mugging. Tag to Mark and Mark climbs. Jay hoists Matt up in the Electric Chair, but Matt fights his way out. Jay runs at Matt but Matt dumps him out! Nick kicks Jay from the apron while Matt boots Mark! Tag to Nick, Matt feeds Mark to Nick’s shoulder. Nick slingshots for the X-factor! Then Nick cartwheels for the tornado DDT! Matt gets Mark again, catapult into Nick’s kick! Nick climbs and gives Mark a blockbuster across Matt’s knees! Cover, TWO!! Mark survives and The Bucks are stunned. Fans thought that was it, but they do know “This is Awesome!” Jay returns but Nick is on him.
They all brawl back and forth, Bucks hitting and Briscoes responding. They pick up speed, and then the Bucks kick. The Bucks run but into Briscoe SUPERKICKS! The Briscoes run but into Young Buck SUPERKICKS! Jay falls so Mark gets double SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! The Superkick Party hasn’t ended this match, but The Bucks have plenty left to try. Matt scoops Mark, but Jay throws a chair in! Matt lets Mark go as Jay runs in with another chair. Jay swings but Matt dodges while picking up that first chair. Neither man swings again, because a disqualification ruins their championship chances. Nick enters while Mark stands, Jay and Matt throw the chairs at their opponent’s brother!
Yes, throwing a chair at someone’s face in full view of the referee is grounds for disqualification, even though Matt and Jay don’t get it. Fans boo and jeer, but then fire up as Matt and Jay pick the chairs back up! It’s a chair fight as they clash steel! Matt lets go of his chair, but blocks Jay’s next attack! And he deflects it into the referee! If they weren’t disqualified, they are now… But the fans are thunderous, and a brawl breaks out again!
Matt puts Jay in a corner while Nick denies Mark a chair shot. Nick SUPERKICKS Mark! Jay powers Matt to a different corner while Nick throws the chair at Mark’s head! Nick SUPERKICKS Jay! Mark throws the chair back at Nick! Matt picks up the chair to throw at Mark! Jay clobbers Matt from behind, then picks up the chair to throw at Matt. The Briscoes have The Bucks on the defensive, but Matt and Nick still fight back. Mark saves Jay from Matt’s sleeper hold, but here comes ROH security. Fans boo and jeer more, they wan to “Let Them Fight!” Matt, Nick, Jay and Mark have one security guard each but they still want to fight. But here comes SCU!
The World Tag Team Champions, who are set to defend against Guerrero Maya Jr. and Stuka Jr. next week in episode 376, tell Briscoes and Bucks that “This match was supposed to determine who’s the #1 contenders for our world tag team championships.” Unfortunately, they both lost. But that doesn’t work for the fans and that doesn’t work for SCU. Ironically, the last time Kaz had these titles, The Bucks took it from him and Daniels in no ordinary match. It was the most brutal match in Kaz’s career, a match that sent him and Daniels to the hospital. These last two years, not a day goes by without thinking about that match.
The Bucks and Briscoes just went through a war, and fans anticipate what that means. This war has been well-documented, SCU is still at war with The Briscoes “chicken-farming asses”. Therefore, SCU is prepared to defend their titles against both teams. And not just in an ordinary match, Final Battle will see Briscoes VS Bucks VS SCU, in a LADDER WAR!! “Do we have an accord?” Fans say “YES!” and it seems so do The Briscoes and Young Bucks! Well then, SCU will see you at Final Battle. There will be no question as to who wins such a match, are Kaz and Scorpio throwing away the belts they only just won? And what of their match with Team CMLL next week?
A really good episode, but I feel like wires got crossed for ROH’s booking again. It was like they were treating this as a go-home when it’s clearly not the Final Battle go-home. Though, given ROH only runs an hour, I suppose much of tonight was the go-home segment for certain stories. For example, Matt Taven smugly taking on both Boys yet still needing Vinnie to interfere is perfect Heel tactics for The Kingdom, and it all felt like the go-home towards his grudge match with Dalton Castle. I’m sure Castle will be just fine for Final Battle, though he’ll be selling everything to make his victory even sweeter. Then we get a great interview promo from Cody to hype up his match with Jay Lethal, and I feel Castle moving on to face the winner of that world title match is the planned outcome.
I don’t know what it was about Kelly Klein VS Jenny Rose, but while I’m sure it is considered the blow-off for them, it just didn’t feel as good as it could be. The story was there, the motivation was there, just not the quality of action. Jenny Rose just didn’t seem as smooth as she should be given all the time she’s spent in the ring and with Kelly Klein. Kelly naturally wins to keep the Face-Heel balance of the Fatal 4 Way, but it also felt like the way this story was going to go. I’m pretty sure if Sumie doesn’t retain, Kelly finally becomes the second-ever champion. Sumie already set a high mark and has faced just about everyone she could, so it’s time to pass the belt on to Kelly for fresh feuds.
I correctly predicted that winning the tag titles only secures Kaz and Scorpio still have contracts with ROH, and going with that is a great twist to the story. Final Battle already has a match for the World Television Championship and World Heavyweight Championship, but those titles make a lot of sense for Daniels to go after to keep his ROH contract. Hangman’s promo seems a bit too confident to me, but I would hope he backs up his words against Jeff Cobb. And even if he does, I still don’t see Cobb losing that belt so soon. Then Gresham VS ZSJ is going to be a true technical masterpiece. The only thing that would make it better is if it were for a title of its own. I was hoping Gresham would revive the ROH Pure Wrestling Championship, and this could’ve been the perfect match to do it with.
Then the tag team main event was amazing, as we’ve seen this for the tag titles many times before. Not even the double disqualification finish ruins it, it just makes it better because we’re getting a Ladder War match now! Scorpio & Kaz take on two CMLL talents, and while I’m sure they’ll play up the drama of not making it to their own match idea, they’ll still retain. The Ladder War itself could go any which way, but I would hope the SCU retain so that their triumphant win last week wasn’t just to make them transitional champions for a Young Bucks reign or The Briscoes’ historic 10th reign. Again, they can play up the drama, but still let Kaz & Scorpio win.
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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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- Humberto Carrillo VS Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons; Double Count-Out.
- Aliyah & Vanessa Borne VS Candice LeRae & ???; LeRae & Kacy Catanzaro win.
- The War/Viking Raiders VS The Street Profits; The War/Viking Raiders win.
- Johnny Gargano VS Roderick Strong; Gargano wins.
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Humberto Carrillo VS Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons!
Ultimo Ninja has been a big hit on 205 Live but he returns to NXT! How will he do against the Gunner of this savage trio? Will Ryker continue to #DoUntoOthers?
The bell rings and Ryker stares down with Carrillo. Carrillo ties up with Ryker but Ryker waistlock slams him! Ryker then puts Carrillo in a corner to scrape his face. The ref backs Ryker off but Carrillo gets right up. They circle and Carrillo waistlocks, but Ryker trips him and suplexes him. Carrillo lands on his feet and boots Ryker back. Carrillo springboard enziguris! Cover, ONE! Ryker is up fast and he chases Carrillo in and out of the ring. Carrillo dodges and headscissors, then handsprings to back elbow! Standing moonsault on top, ONE! Carrillo grins while Ryker glares. Ryker hip tosses Carrillo into buckles!
Ryker stomps Carrillo in the corner then drags him up to the top rope. He clubs away on Carrillo in the Tree of Woe, then yanks him out for a scoop slam. Ryker clubs away on the mat, too, then grabs Carrillo for the Widowmaker choke slam! Carrillo rolls away but Ryker pursues! Ryker puts Carrillo into barriers and will not let up. The Forgotten Sons rally behind him as he rams Carrillo into the apron. Ryker shows no mercy as he throws Ryker OVER railing! Carrillo crashes and burns but Ryker does not leave him be! Ryker knees Carrillo over and over into railing, but they’re both counted out!
The match may be a draw but this fight is one-sided as Ryker drags Carrillo way up to snake eyes him on railing! But Lorcan and Burch appear! They fight off the Forgotten Sons and start swinging wild with steel chairs! Lorcan and Burch bark with Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler but Ryker is ice cold calm. Carrillo slowly stirs and Ryker suddenly ignites! He wants at Ultimo Ninja but Blake & Cutler pull him away. Will the Forgotten Sons make sure Carrillo, Lorcan and Burch never forget who they’re dealing with?
NXT Media finds Adam Cole in a photo shoot.
He’s annoyed that they’re interrupting. But they want to know how he feels about Gargano VS Strong. Is he excited to see what Strong does? Cole thought Gargano would be man enough to face the Undisputed Era’s leader, but guess not. As for Roddy, he’ll do what Cole would do, and that is beat Gargano into a pulp! Wait who is that smiling at him? It’s Matt Riddle! And the Bro is just up next on the photo shoot. But he’s chuckling at Cole upset over someone else getting at Gargano. So he thinks this is funny? Yeah it’s hilarious. What’s Cole gonna do about it? Cole has bigger fish to fry, so go ahead and have your photo shoot. Cole leaves and Riddle starts his turn. Will Cole be laughing when Strong proves him right against Gargano tonight?
Aliyah & Vanessa Borne VS Candice LeRae & ???
#BorneBougie were upset that Mrs. Wrestling beat Aliyah 1v1. They claimed they weren’t ready in New York, but are more than ready in Full Sail. But who will join Candice in this match? It’s… Kacy Catanzaro! Will the American Ninja Warrior help Candice prove Aliyah & Vanessa are all style and no substance?
The teams sort out and KC starts with Aliyah. Aliyah and KC hear the fans as they circle. Aliyah gets the leg to trip KC, then trash talks before dropping a knee. She also shows she has agility as she handsprings up. Aliyah whips but KC reverses to lariat in the corner. KC then shoulders in and gymnastic headscissor Aliyah down! KC even htis a flipping ax kick! Jackknife cover, TWO! Vanessa swipes at KC and Aliyah yanks KC down! Aliyah talks trash and slaps KC around before tagging in Vanessa. The diva duo double suplex KC up and down, Vanessa covers, TWO! Candice and fans cheer KC on but Vanessa clubs her back down. Vanessa clubs KC more then headbutts. KC gets to a corner and fans rally up.
Vanessa stomps a mudhole into KC then backs off at the ref’s count. KC crawls but Vanessa throws her away from Candice. Vanessa tags Aliyah while choking KC. Aliyah adds on with a draping armbar, then Vanessa straddle attacks! The #BorneBougie duo then snap KC off the ropes before Aliyah covers, TWO! Aliyah keeps on KC by pulling hair and then arms to stretch KC across the knees. KC endures and fans rally again. KC pries one arm free and elbows away but Aliyah pulls hair and shoves KC down. Aliyah drags KC and tags Vanessa. Another double suplex, but KC slips out to double neckbreakers! Fans fire up and KC gets a hot tag to Candice!
Candice climbs and missile dropkicks Vanessa down! She baseball slides Aliyah then shoulders into Vanessa for the jawkbreaker! Vanessa ends up in a corner, Candice runs in for a back elbow. Candice snapmares and step-up sentons her down! Candice gives Vanessa a neckbreaker and LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice and KC win!
Winners: Candice LeRae & Kacy Catanzaro, LeRae pinning
Mrs. Wrestling picked right in picking the little speed demon Catanzaro! They take the win here, but could this lead to a WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship opportunity?
Backstage interview with Io Shirai.
The Genius of the Sky witnessed her best friend be beaten and broken by Shayna Baszler. “What Shayna did was terrible.” Io vows to get the Horsewomen back, but the get her first! Marina and Jessamyn do Shayna’s dirty work for her, and then hold Io still for Shayna’s running kick! The Queen of Spades and her sidekicks leave Io down, but not out. Will the revenge Io wants grow even stronger now?
It’s almost time for the Time Splitter to arrive.
Kushida signed his NXT contract on TakeOver night, and his Full Sail debut is coming. He vows to show the WWE Universe and NXT Universe that he can bring his own Japanese Strong Style to Full Sail.
NXT General Manager William Regal speaks on Kushida’s coming debut.
How excited is he? Incredibly excited but also relieved! It took a lot of hard work to make this deal happen. This is truly a great moment. But then currently NXT UK star, Kassius Ohno, appears. Regal congratulates Ohno on his UK run, and Ohno admits he’s been crushing it. This has been a humbling experience for Ohno to be the one teaching the young stars some genuine British wrestling. Ohno congratulates Regal back on signing Kushida. But who knows Japanese Strong Style better than Ohno? No one. So why not make Kushida VS Ohno for his debut? Regal thinks that’s an excellent idea. Next week, Kushida VS Ohno it will be! Will the Wrestling Genius be too much for the Time Splitter to handle in his first NXT match? Or is Ohno overestimating his own ability to solve the Super Junior?
The War/Viking Raiders VS The Street Profits!
It doesn’t matter what their names are, two Nordic behemoths are still two behemoths. Plus, they’re still the NXT Tag Team Champions! But will going back and forth between Full Sail and Raw cost them this match against the #CurseofGreatness?
But just as Rowe & Hanson make their way down the ring, Montez Ford FLIES out onto them! Ford puts Rowe in fast and the bell rings! Dawkins SPEARS Rowe then ROCKS Hanson! Tag to Ford and he climbs up. SPINEBUSTER to FROG SPLASH! Cover, TWO!! The Profits were so close to snatching this one quick, but Rowe staggers to his feet. Dawkins tags in and goes at Rowe and Electric chairs. Ford climbs, and the Profits go for Doomsday, but Rowe escapes! Rowe runs Ford over! Hanson tags in and rallies on Dawkins with big hands! Hanson whips and scoops Dawkins for a sidewalk slam, then a low crossbody! Ford returns but Hanson flips him. Ford lands, dodges, and rolls off Hanson’s back. Hanson cartwheels and clotheslines! Hanson returns to Dawkins to wrench and ram with shoulders. He grinds Dawkins down and grinds a forearm into the shoulder.
Fans rally up and Dawkins powers up, but Hanson rams him back down. Hanson keeps on Dawkins but fans rally again. Hanson knees low and tags Rowe. Rowe scoop slams Dawkins, then uses Hanson as the human weapon senton! Rowe glares at Ford and stalks Dawkins. He whips but Dawkins reverses. Rowe goes up and over but runs into a haymaker! Both men crawl for their corners, hot tags to Hanson and Ford! They collide but neither man falls. They go again but still nothing. Third time but still nothing! Ford mule kicks, front kicks, but Hanson boots! Hanson and Ford both roar, then speed up! Ford dropkicks and rocks Hanson! Full Sail fires up with Ford as he back suplexes and holds Hanson up for the slam! Then he kips right up! Standing moonsault!
But Ford doesn’t cover, and Rowe runs in. Ford clotheslines Rowe out and tags Dawkins. Dawkins runs for the discus clothesline! Ford adds his own! Ford gets help for Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO! Street Profits are shocked but still moving. Tag to Ford and Dawkins brings Hanson up. The Profits double whip but Hanson breaks the line! Hanson handsprings to double back elbow! Tag to Rowe and Rowe drags Ford up for a HUGE exploder! Then Dawkins gets Ace Ten Mao! Tag to Hanson, Rowe shotgun knees Ford, then uses Hanson for the human weapon hip attack! Dawkins eats the rebound lariat German Suplex! Tag back to Rowe, and Ford is all alone. The Vikings drags Ford up for THOR’S HAMMER!! Cover, Rowe & Hanson win!
Winners: The War/Viking Raiders, Rowe pinning
The NXT Tag Team Champions are still dominant as ever! Will they lose those titles before going full-time to Raw? Or will they simply give them up for bigger and better treasures?
Backstage interview with Mia Yim.
With everything going on in the NXT Women’s Division, Shayna is still dominating and imposing her will. Mia doesn’t want to interrupt, but yes, Shayna’s seemingly unstoppable. Though it’s not the way Mia would do it, but look what Shayna did to Kairi and Io! Even Bianca Belair couldn’t get it done in two matches. In Mia’s match with Shayna, Mia learned a lot about herself and the Queen of Spades. Mia wants another shot, and she will prove to everyone that the Head Baddie in Charge IS a threat to Shayna’s reign. Will GM Regal honor this request and make it happen?
Johnny Gargano VS Roderick Strong!
Johnny Wrestling defied the odds and expectations by overcoming Adam Cole and the entire Undisputed Era in that insane TakeOver: New York Best 2 Out of 3 Falls Match! But then being a sore loser, Cole orchestrated an ambush on Johnny Champion his first night back at Full Sail. And despite what Cole expected, Gargano chose to take on the Savior of the Backbreaker who threw the first knee. Will Gargano start a win streak against Undisputed opponents? Or will it be Strong that earns himself a title shot before Cole gets his second?
The bell rings and Strong circles with Gargano. They tie up and Strong gets a takedown. Strong gets the facelock and gator rolls Gargano as he tries to get away. Fans duel as the rolling stops and Strong has the headlock. Gargano powers out but Strong runs him over. Things speed up again and Strong catches Gargano. Gargano spins but Strong cartwheels through. Strong misses and Gargano school boys, ONE! Gargano rolls Strong for the crossface but Strong rolls him back for a cover, ONE! Fans applaud but the action keeps moving. Strong forearms and headlock takeovers, but Gargano headscissors. Strong pops out but Gargano drop toeholds him and tries again! They roll around more and Gargano holds on. Strong gets to the bottom rope then out of the ring.
Gargano grins while Strong is seething. Strong slides back in but Gargano arm-drags and dropkicks him down, then clotheslines him out! Fans fire up with Gargano as he runs to the corner to SUPERKICK Strong! Strong staggers around the corner but Gargano keeps his eyes on him. Gargano baseball slides but into a wheelbarrow, half nelson slam onto the apron! Strong slowly drags Gargano up to CHOP him! Strong puts Gargano back in then stomps him down. He puts Gargano in a corner for shoulders but the ref counts. Strong stops to CHOP Gargano again. Gargano CHOPS back so Strong clubs him down. Strong drags Gargano up as fans rally. Strong gives Gargano a gutbuster and covers, ONE! Gargano can’t get away, Strong digs a knee into his back as he figure four threads the leg.
Fans rally as Gargano endures the modified Angelito stretch. Gargano turns and pushes Strong away but Strong comes back to stomp him! Strong brings Gargano up but Gargano hits back so Strong clubs him down. Strong lifts Gargano for an atomic backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Strong grinds his knee into Gargano’s face then stomps him out. Fans still duel as Strong looms over Gargano. Strong drags Gargano up into a corner for another CHOP! Gargano crawls to the apron but Strong drags him up to use the ropes to help in the Angelito! The ref counts and Strong backs off at 4. Fans boo and jeer as Strong drags Gargano up for yet another CHOP! Strong even CHOPS Gargano on the mat, and Gargano eggs him on! CHOP after CHOP then stomp after stomp! Strong covers, TWO!
Strong grows furious but tells Gargano, “It’s only gonna get worse!” He drags Gargano up and gut wrenches to the Canadian rack. Fans rally as Strong has Gargano in a Gory Especial! Gargano fights out with an arm, then arm-drags Strong to a corner! Gargano hits back but Strong clubs away. They go back and forth and STrong puts Gargano in a corner. Gargano boots, but Strong blocks, so Gargnao throws forearms! Strong shoves but Garganot osses him out. Strong drags Gargano out for another wheelbarrow! But Gargano arm-drags Strong into steps! Strong scrambles into the ring but runs into a swing kick. SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and Gargano keeps his cool while checking that back.
Fans rally up as Gargano runs in to CHOP Strong! Strong hits back but Gargano wrings out the arm. Gargano swings a buzzsaw but Strong ducks to club Gargano’s back. Strong runs in but Gargano goes up and over to school boy kick Strong! Strong slumps out of the ring but Gargano slingshots. Gargano misses and Strong yanks him down. Strong builds speed but Gargano dodges the wrecking ball to give Strong CANNONBALL! Gargano puts Strong back in the ring and slingshots, but into a fireman’s carry! Strong tosses Gargano up but Gargano huricanranas and SUPERKICKS! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives and fans cheer “NXT! NXT!” for giving them this match. Gargano drags Strong up and CHOPS him in the corner. And again, this time sending spit and sweat everywhere!
Gargano does it again for even more spit and sweat flies! Fans want “One More Time!” so Gargano gives a THIRD helping! Strong flounders around but Gargano puts him up top. Gargano scoops Strnog but STrong slips otu to Olymipc Slam. Gargano slips out and boots Strong, to then hop up and leap. Strong catches Gargano, but Gargano slips out again, only to get caught again! Gargano fights out furiously but Strong just puts him on the apron. Strong sees the spear coming, and makes it a butterfly backbreaker! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives, but what else would he do in a match like this? Fans rally up and Strong throws hands.
Gargano keeps sitting up and then he hits back! Strong returns the elbows, but Gargano ducks to enziguri! Gargano runs into a boot and kick, but avoids the knee, only to get an elbow. But he gives a discus lariat! Gargano aims from the corner, DIY S- Buckle Bomb! Shining Wizard and backbreaker, to slam! Cover, TWO!! Gargano lives again but Strong won’t let up. Strong has the legs but Gargano resists the turnover. Gargano pries one leg free to kick away at Strong, then he reels Strong in for the crossface! GargaNO Escape!! Strong flails and kicks, but here comes ADAM COLE!
Gargano goes after Cole, but still avoids Strong’s suplex. Cole talks trash as Gargano elbows Strong away. Here come Fish & O’Reilly, but Riddle holds them off! Things get chaotic, and Strong taps Cole only to get an enziguri!! Cole accidentally hits Strong!! Gargano DIVES on Cole! Then slingshot DDT’s Strong! Cover, Gargano wins!!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
That was an Undisputed disaster for Cole and the boys! Gargano grins as he gets the better of them again. Riddle and Gargano fist bump for the assist while the Undisputed Era try to sort this out. Strong is upset but Cole tries to apologize. O’Reilly & Fish keep the peace and the Era takes their leave. Will things continue to fall apart for the foursome?
A spectacular episode! I was surprised to see Carrillo back and going against Ryker, I really thought he was gonna lose. Of course, he didn’t win, either, but he sure took a beating. Lorcan & Burch coming to his rescue keeps their story with The Forgotten Sons going, but it also looks to set-up a Six Man Tag that sounds really good to me. I’m pretty sure The Forgotten Sons win that, however, to head for both the tag titles and perhaps the North American title. And Kacy Catanzaro was a great choice to join Candice against Vanessa & Aliyah, and naturally they won to give the Heels comeuppance. With NXT still owed a WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships match but the Sky Pirates unable to do it now, I would hope a team like Candice & KC can be the ones to challenge whoever has the belts.
While Shirai is certainly being set up as Shayna’s next challenger, what with that beating tonight, but kudos to Mia Yim for calling Shayna out. I’m pretty sure Mia loses, and probably in some severe way similar to what happened to Kairi. Shayna VS Shirai is going to be great, so long as there’s a way to keep the Horsewomen out of it. Shayna was better as a Heel when she wasn’t constantly needing back-up, even if this is all so the Four Horsewomen can eventually fight the other Four Horsewomen. Maybe Mia and Bianca help Shirai out against common enemies.
Street Profits VS War Raiders was incredible! Profits were great with that opening attack and this was just fast and furious the whole way through. It’s a shame this wasn’t for the titles just so it’d fit the level of amazing. But it also isn’t completely kayfabe to wonder if Rowe & Hanson will just drop the belts like Asuka did when she was called up while still Women’s Champion. It’d be the easiest thing, because I honestly don’t see them losing except to reDRagon. And given the story with Undisputed Era, I don’t know if they’d be able to break off for separate matches. Gargano VS Strong itself was nearing title level action, but naturally the Era appears. Luckily it wasn’t to screw Johnny but to screw Strong. The Undisputed Era’s story is getting good, and throwing Riddle into the mix, the possibilities for the NXT Championship are excitingly unpredictable.
My Score: 8.5/10
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