With just weeks before his NXT Championship match at TakeOver: WarGames II, can Velveteen Dream stay strong in a match with LARS SULLIVAN?
- Heavy Machinery VS The Forgotten Sons; Heavy Machinery wins.
- Dakota Kai VS Taynara Conti; Kai wins.
- Velveteen Dream VS Lars Sullivan; wins.
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Heavy Machinery VS The Forgotten Sons!
Just because the NXT Tag Team Championships aren’t on the line at TakeOver: WarGames II doesn’t mean the race to the top ends. Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic want another shot, as their first try a year ago against the Authors of Pain didn’t go their way. However, so does Wesley Black, who was champion alongside current Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy. Steve Cutler just wants his first taste, so he and Blake will #DoUntoOthers what they have to in order to win! Will they overcome the power of #SteaksAndWeights? Or are Tucky & Dozer comiiiin’ for gold?
The teams sort out, and Cutler starts against Knight. The two circle and tie up. Knight powers Cutler back but Cutler turns it around. Cutler shoves Knight but Knight barrels him over! Knight throws Cutler around to Dozer’s delight, but they get to ropes. Cutler elbows out of the break, but Knight gets him again. Cutler gets an arm and Blake tags in. Blake takes the arm and yanks it, then tags to Cutler. Cutler headbutts the arm, then tags back to Blake. Blake hops up for a flying knee! Knight tries to whip Blake off but Blake holds on tight. Blake grinds his forearm into the shoulder as he wrenches Knight’s arm. Fans rally and Knight fights back. Cutler tags in and the Sons double whip. Knight dodges to then double crossbody!
Tag to Dozer, and both Heavy Machinery men scoop up a Son. They sandwich Cutler and Blake together before throwing them down! Dozer gives Cutler an extra spin, then dumps him on Blake. Dozer runs in for a big corner splash, then he pumps it up. Fans know what’s coming here, and fire up with him. Dozer hits the caterpillar and elbow drop! Cutler flounders as Dozer fires up more. Dozer carries Cutler but Blake saves him. Dozer hits Blake but Cutler drops Dozer with a complete shot! Tag to Blake and he stomps away on Dozer. Blake drops an elbow then a springboard knee! Cover, TWO! Dozer gets up but Blake is on him. Dozer hits back and shoves Blake away. Blake runs and manages to clobber Dozer off his feet!
Blake drags Dozer over, tags in Cutler, and then he holds Dozer down for Cutler to stomp away. Cutler tweaks Dozer’s arm then covers, TWO! Cutler puts Dozer on the ropes to choke him. The ref counts and Cutler backs off at 3. Cutler comes back and tags Blake. He drags Dozer down on the apron, and Blake drops a leg on the left arm! Blake covers, TWO! But into an armbar on that bad arm! Dozer resists and rolls, but Blake holds on. Blake shifts it to a triangle, and Dozer can’t deadlift. Knight coaches Dozer on and he gets a second wind, to deadlift Blake for a bomb! Both men are down, but Blake tags in Cutler. Cutler goes after Knight but misses, so he gives Dozer a DDT! But Dozer uses that momentum to get a tag to Tucker!
Knight rallies on Cutler, big bicycle boot! Blake comes in but gets a hip toss, then a clothesline that sends him out. Cutler collides with Knight and Knight puts him in a corner for body shots! Knight stomps a mudhole into Cutler, then fires up. Knight runs back in for a corner splash, then keeps moving, but Cutler baits him tot he apron. Cutler staggers but Knight is up, top rope senton! Cover, TWO!! Knight crawls after Cutler and whips. Cutler holds on and Blake tags in. Cutler backstabs Knight and holds him over his ropes, for Blake’s elbow drop! Blake covers with a jackknife, TWO!! Knight survives but Blake is still on him. Blake gets him on the top rope, then tags Cutler back in.
The Sons coordinate as Cutler climbs to join Knight and Blake takes another corner. SUPERPLEX, to SPLASH! Cover, but Dozer breaks it outta nowhere! Fans fire up but in comse Blake. Dozer throws him back out, but then Cutler throws Dozer out. Cutler turns around to go after Knight, but gets a small package! TWO, Knight backslides, TWO! Cutler swings but Knight ducks. Knight swings but Cutler ducks, only to get clobbered from the other side! Knight fires up and tags in Dozer. Heavy Machinery coordinate, but Blake dumps Knight out! Cutler hits Dozer with a backstabber, then tags Blake. Blake brings Dozer around as Cutler climbs, but Knight pops up to shove him down! Cutler falls on Jaxson Ryker! Dozer shoves Blake, pop-up powerslam!! Cover, Heavy Machinery wins!!
Winners: Heavy Machinery, Otis Dozovic by pinfall
A massive victory for the literally bigger team! Can they continue to steamroll their way up the rankings and challenge the champions in the near future?
NXT Media catches up with Candice LeRae.
Reporters ask Mrs. Wrestling about Johnny Wrestling, and how he hasn’t reappeared since revealing he attacked Aleister Black months ago. Her response is that she’s not here to be exploited. Everything going on with Mr. & Mrs. Wrestling is personal, and Candice has her own questions. For Nikki Cross. Has Nikki answered those questions? No, she just laughed and walked away. What Candice is here for is to ask William Regal for a match with Nikki so they can settle this. Nikki will have no choice but to face Candice, and Candice promises Nikki won’t be laughing afterward. Will Regal grant Candice the match she wants?
Backstage interview with Shayna Baszler and the Horsewomen.
The Queen of Spades doesn’t have all day, so Cathy Kelly asks what Baszler thinks about Kairi Sane using her rematch clause. “How many times am I gonna have to beat down Kairi Sane before you people start to understand how insignificant she is?” The real headline here is that Shayne’s the first-ever two-time NXT Women’s Champion. William Regal walks in, and both Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir are ready to fight. Shayna calms them down, and Regal says there is something “insignificant” happening. As Cathy brought up, Kairi Sane has a rematch clause, and is using it. It’s only the right thing to do to have it happen at TakeOver: WarGames II.
But considering the two superstars’ “storied past”, it will be Best 2 Out of 3 Falls. Shayna shoos Cathy Kelly while Jessamyn and Marina assure Shayna she can still win. Will Shayna be able to defeat Kairi not just once but twice in the same night? Or will the Pirate Princess take back her booty?
Dakota Kai VS Taynara Conti!
The Captain of Team Kick is back from the UK, and is invigorated after watching WWE Evolution. Meanwhile, the One True Blackbelt Judoka of NXT doesn’t care about all that excitement, she just wants to prove she’s the best. Who will make major moves in the Women’s Division of NXT USA?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Taynara gets the headlock. She grinds Dakota’s head then gets the headlock takeover, but Dakota rolls through to get a wristlock! Taynara gets up and pulls Dakota’s hair to throw her down. She shouts “Are you crazy?!” at Dakota, then kicks, but Dakota catches it from behind! Dakota stands up and Taynara wants her to forgive her. Taynara swings a punch but Dakota uses that to arm-drag Taynara. Things speed up and Dakota dropkicks Taynara down! Cover, ONE, but Dakota keeps on her with a whip. Taynara reverses but Dakota goes up and over. Taynara follows Dakota to the other corner, but Dakota goes up and over again to roll Taynara up! TWO, but Dakota has the arm.
Taynara grits her teeth as she endures. She spins around and throws Dakota at a corner. Dakota goes up again but gets caught with a knee! Taynara kicks away on Dakota now, all the way to another corner. Taynara drags Dakota out, and kicks the arm! That’s the bad arm from when Shayna stomped it months ago. Taynara covers, ONE, but Taynara keeps her cool. Taynara toys with Dakota now, but fans rally up. Dakota stands, Taynara whips her at a corner, then gets her with a judo throw on the rebound. Taynara brings Dakota up by her arms, then whips her in again. She throws Dakota again, then rolls to boot Dakota in the face! Cover, TWO! She tries again, ONE! Taynara is furious, but she goes after Dakota’s bad arm.
Fans rally as Dakota endures the top keylock. Taynara thrashes Dakota around, but Dakota refuses to give in. Fans continue to rally and Dakota fights her way up. Taynara throws her to a corner, then throws in forearms. She wraps the arm around the rope and pulls. Dakota kicks Taynara away, then dodges. Taynara hits buckles, then turns around into Dakota’s scorpion kick! Taynara flounders while Dakota clutches her bad arm. Dakota gets up and roundhouses Taynara off her feet, then roundhouses again. She bicycle boots Taynara to a corner, then goes side to side for the wash! But Dakota isn’t done yet, she goes Around the World! Dakota dumps Taynara out, for the sunset back stabber! AKA the Kai-ropractor! Cover, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
The Captain conquers Conti, and keeps going strong in NXT prime! Can Dakota find a way to kick it up a notch and be a champion in two Women’s Divisions?
Backstage interview with Mia Yim.
The Blasian Baddie may not have won the Mae Young Classic, but she earned a spot on NXT! How has it been at Full Sail so far? “It’s literally living the dream!” She trains at the Performance Center and works alongside the best of the best both in and out of a ring. However, Bianca Belair walks in to give Mia a blatant shoulder bump. Is there a problem? Bianca asks why. Why is Mia being interviewed when Bianca has been here two years working her butt off? Does Mia think she’s just gonna walk in her and be handed opportunities? No. Talk about how Bianca is Un. De. Fea. Ted. And still hasn’t gotten a title shot! So Mia can go back to wherever she came from.
Mia doesn’t get Bianca hating on her out of nowhere, but she does know the EST hasn’t beaten the HBIC: the Head Baddie In Charge. Bianca laughs at that catchphrase, but will she be laughing when these two meet in the ring?
NXT shares exclusive backstage footage after Matt Riddle’s successful debut.
Fellow first-year NXT star Keith Lee talked with him about his debut win. How does it feel? Bro, how do you think it feels? But then they come across Kassius Ohno. The Knockout Artist sarcastically greets “Regal’s shiny new toys” and sarcastically welcomes them to NXT. Great to see them here. Ohno likes shiny new toys. “They’re real fun to break.” Lee and Riddle don’t understand the attitude, but Ohno aside, both Lee and Riddle are enjoying their time in NXT. Who else will #BroLee make #BaskinTheirGlory?
WarGames returns again!
The Undisputed Era were very reluctant to be part of such a historic match’s return. At that time, they were only a three-man unit, and were up against SAnitY and the makeshift trio of The Authors of Pain, and Roderick Strong. Ironic in retrospect, the most barbaric match had all four members of Undisputed Era as we know now. “There are no winners in war, there are only losers and the Undisputed.” The Undisputed Era has done nothing but run wild and get away with it. They survived WarGames, and then grabbed up gold since then. Strong would betray Pete Dunne to join his new team, and they have relished in their success. But it was only a matter of time before they got in over their heads.
The war came to NXT the moment Hanson & Rowe appeared! The War Raiders dominated the Undisputed Era and every other team since. Ricochet took the North American Championship from Cole, and Pete Dunne has come back for revenge. “This time, there’s no numbers game.” The Undisputed Era is at 100%, but that doesn’t scare their opponents one bit. History repeats itself, “here we go again.” There’s nowhere to run, there’s nowhere to hide, “it’s steel and it’s pain.” Will the Undisputed Era finally be humbled? Or will they once again #ShockTheSystem?
Johnny Gargano sends a video message.
“Why, Johnny, Why?” That’s the question everyone’s been asking. Johnny’s always been very open and honest. The fans ask, he will tell. Aleister Black talked of a path he is on. Gargano’s on a path, too. Does this area look familiar? This was the path the night the attack happened. That same path leads Gargano to Tommaso Ciampa. That same path leads Gargano to righting a wrong and fulfilling a promise as the one to beat Ciampa for the NXT Championship. Aleister was just in the way. Collateral damage. Nothing personal. Gargano thought Aleister would appreciate that, seeing as how Aleister walked around like he owns the place. Just handing out Black Mass kicks, no one bats an eye.
But talking about no man is every truly good or evil, Aleister is confused. Gargano knows who he is, he’s the hero of this story. Gargano does one little thing that people considered evil, and everyone flips out! Don’t worry, Gargano is still the same Gargano he’s always been. He still fights for what’s right. But he’s learned that sometimes you gotta fight dirty. That’s why he did what he did. Aleister wants to kick Gargano’s face off now, and that’s fine. Gargano might even deserve that. But after everything he’s been through, he’s not afraid. Gargano lives in a dark place, he’s not afraid of the dark anymore. “Actually, I’m kinda starting to like it.”
Gargano makes sure everyone gets a good look at the same spot he left Aleister down. At WarGames, Gargano leaves Aleister down again. Will Johnny Wrestling go past a point of no return? Or is the end drawing near?
William Regal has a major WarGames announcement!
Next week will pit two members from the WarGames match, and the winner of that match gains the advantage for their team come that match itself. Who will step up for the Undisputed Era and the #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders?
Velveteen Dream VS Lars Sullivan!
The Patrick Clark Experience was granted a title match with the NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa, at WarGames II. However, this only angered The Leviathan, and now he wants to keep Dream from ever making it to Los Angeles. Will Dream survive the Mile High Monster? Or will he suffer a Freak Accident?
The bell rings and Dream goes right at Lars! He has Lars in a corner and throws hands, but Lars powers Dream to the opposite corner! Lars rams his shoulder in, then tosses Dream out of the atomic drop! Dream writhes while Lars looms over him. Lars picks Dream up for a powerbomb lift but Dream fights out. Dream throws forearms but Lars shoves him back. Lars runs into a boot, Dream runs to blast Lars out of the ring! Fans fire up and Dream slingshots out! He takes Lars down but he rains lefts and rights down. Lars gets up but Dream shoves him into steel steps! Dream bangs Lars’ head off the steels, then gets in the ring at 6. Dream wants the ref to stop counting, which surprises the ref. Lars gets up and drags Dream out! Lars clamps a hand on, but Dream rakes the eyes!
The ref reprimands Dream, but Lars lifts Dream to toss him at the apron! Dream writhes again as the count rises. Lars puts Dream in at 7, then runs in at the corner for a big splash! Lars clubs Dream in the chest and Dream slumps onto the ropes. Fans rally up for Dream but Lars drags him up and back into the corner. Lars knees low, then tosses Dream across the ring! Dream writhes while Lars roars. Lars drags Dream up and hooks the face, to then bounce Dream’s face off the mat. Lars drags Dream up to clobber him back down! Then he clamps a hand on Dream’s shoulder, and squeezes tight. Dream endures the nerve hold as fans rally up. Dream fights his way up, but Lars shoves him again.
Lars wants a back drop but Dream sunset flips through. Lars stays standing, to pick Dream right up! And he flips Dream with a clubbing forearm! Cover, TWO! Dream barely survives, but Lars won’t let up. Lars drags Dream around into a half camel clutch. Dream endures being bent back as fans rally up again. Dream gets up, but Lars whips him to a corner, sending him tumbling out! Lars laughs as Dream hits the ground. Lars declares himself the winner already as the count climbs. Dream gets up at 6, and in at 7. Lars is right on him with a boot across the back. Lars lets up at 4, and he stalks Dream as Dream rolls around. The clamp is back on the nerve hold, but fans rally again for Dream. Dream looks to fade, but he won’t give up.
Fans still chant for Dream, and he gets a second wind! Dream is up, and jawbreakers Lars back! Lars runs in, blocks the boot but not the haymakers. Dream gives a big uppercut, but Lars shoves him. Dream boots Lars, then boots him again. He keeps moving, and turns Lars’ flapjack into a dropkick! Lars is down and Dream heads up top! Dream aims, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! And still with power! Dream gets up and goes after Lars for a fireman’s carry. Somehow Dream gets Lars up, but he can’t keep him there. Lars gets Dream up, pop-up Oklahoma slam! Cover, TWO!! Dream still lives! Lars is furious, and he hurries up top. Dream SUPERKICKS Lars! Then he climbs up to join Lars, but Lars fights him off. Lars shoves Dream down, adjusts, and leaps! The headbutt belly flops! Both men are down but fans fire up.
Dream stands first but Lars follows. Lars runs in but gets post! Dream gets the fireman’s carry, Dream Valley Driver!! Dream hurries up top as fans are thunderous. But here comes Ciampa! So Dream leaps onto him! But then Dream gets in to get a FREAK ACCIDENT! Cover, Lars wins!
Winner: Lars Sullivan, by pinfall
The Psycho Killer made sure his challenger lost before facing him at WarGames II. However, the Leviathan may actually have a case for his shot at the title. Will this be Lars’ way back in?
As for Dream, Ciampa enters the ring with an evil grin. Ciampa attacks Dream to add insult to injury! “I’m the champ! You don’t share my spotlight! You don’t share my main event!” Ciampa keeps hitting Dream, but Dream actually gets a shot in! Ciampa makes him pay for it with stomps and a rain of rights. Fans are on Dream’s side, but Ciampa puts the belt in place. Ciampa double underhooks, but Dream slips out to SUPERKICK! And Sidewinder DDT on the belt! Ciampa’s evil scheme backfired and now Dream has him down! Dream hurries up top as Ciampa writhes. The referees stop him from leaping, there will be no Purple Rain tonight.
Fans boo and jeer the refs, saying “Let Them Fight!” Dream blasts pasts the officials, and hits the Purple Rain Maker!! And holds up the belt! Is this a vision of the future? Or will the Experience experience disappointment at the hands of the Blackheart?
A great NXT tonight and it’s not even the go-home for TakeOver yet. You know NXT is better than Raw when their mid-card tag teams are putting on better matches than the Raw Tag Team Championship match. While Seth Rollins looked great even in a loss to the Authors of Pain, both Heavy Machinery and The Forgotten Sons looked great to make this match great. Also, great to hear we are getting Shayna VS Kairi 5, in 2 outta 3 Falls, that could steal the show on a card with WarGames on it. Given that it’ll be best two outta three, either woman could win, but it’d be pretty great if Kairi won to keep this feud going. Especially since I’m hoping that Meiko Satomura stays around long enough for Six Woman Tag: Joshi Strong Style VS The Horsewomen.
Dakota VS Taynara was great, both women came out strong, and I’m really surprised Dakota won. I’d assume WWE/HHH is high on Dakota if she’s in both NXT US and NXT UK, and it really would be quite the accomplishment if she were to become the first dual champion in NXT history. The only reason that might not happen for awhile is because of strong stars like Shayna and Kairi in US and Toni Storm in UK. Bianca VS Mia Yim next week probably goes Bianca’s way, but I bet she’ll have to use sneakier tactics to keep her Un-De-Fea-Ted streak alive, just to give this story something special for it to continue.
Gargano’s promo was perfect for his character development. He’s not just NXT’s Venom but NXT’s Joker now with that partial reference to Joker’s most meme’d line. I now imagine Aleister as Batman, and Candice as Harley Quinn. Dream’s shout out to the late Hugh Hefner in his entrance gear was great. Ciampa screwing Dream over made sense, but it was also great that Dream stood tall. Their match really could go either way, but how amazing would it be if Dream benefits from the entire story of Gargano’s turn? I think fans would definitely pop huge for Dream being NXT Champion after all the hard work Patrick Clark has put in.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (11/14/18)
Two of the Cruiserweight Division’s fastest and brightest stars collide! Can the Age of Alexander give the 24 year old piece of gold a run for his money?
- Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher; Gulak & Gallagher win.
- Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman; Lucha House Party wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush; Alexander wins.
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The Cruiserweight Championship is on the line at Survivor Series!
The Juggernaut and The Beacon of Light look to steal the show this Sunday as they renew their epic rivalry from the Summer. These two have all but defined 205 Live in 2018, and we expect to hear from both of them before the night is through.
But first, unlikely allies team up for the first time as Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick look to settle scores with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher. “The enemy of my enemy is my friend” has never been more true, as The Ungentle Men’s Club kicked Kendrick out for his weakness, only for the Man with a Plan to join up with the Stamina Monster. Will Kendrick and Tozawa teach Gulak and Gallagher what no mercy really looks like?
And then we have a first time ever dream match main event between the Soul of 205 Live and the Man of the Hour. Cedric Alexander may have lost the Cruiserweight Championship, but he was moments away from getting another shot at Lio Rush’s expense. But Lio says that was never going to happen and never will happen. Lio still has his undefeated streak since debuting on 205 Live, but will it survive the rebirth of the #AgeOfAlexander? Or will Lio continue to collect the winner’s check this close to Survivor Series?
Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick VS Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher!
The Ungentlemanly Alliance made their biggest impact when they attacked The Stamina Monster during a match with Colin Delaney. But then, things wouldn’t go their way against teams like the Lucha House Party, or against the then champion, Cedric Alexander. Instead of sharing in the blame, the Philly Fury put it all on The Man with a Plan for going soft. Gulak and Gallagher literally kicked Kendrick out, but they never expected him to help out his oldest foe! Now a new alliance has been struck, but is it strong enough to stop the gentlemen grapplers?
Before the match, Dasha Fuentes asks Kendrick & Tozawa about this fierce rivalry turned tag team. How do they plan on working together? Tozawa thinks on how to answer that question, but then he just smiles and heads out. Kendrick figures that’s good enough, and he heads out, too. Is this a bad sign? Or is it their way of saying they don’t need a plan?
The match begins with Gulak and Kendrick. Kendrick smirks because he knows Gulak is tagging out to Gallagher. Gulak smirks as Gallagher and Kendrick circle. Kendrick suddenly runs at Gulak! Gulak gets away but Kendrick elbows Gallagher away. Kendrick throws forearms and then whips Gallagher to the corner. Kendrick runs in to hit the forearm smash, then tags Tozawa. Tozawa hops in as Kendrick scoop slams Gallagher, and adds the shouting senson! Cover, TWO! Tozawa drags Gallagher up for a chop, then another chop. Gallagher falls for the feint and gets the jab! Fans “AH! AH!” with Tozawa but Gulak shouts “No Chanting!” Gulak’s still on his rules for a #Better205Live as Tozawa stomps a mudhole into Gallagher. Tozawa brings Gallagher over and tags in Kendrick.
Kendrick and Tozawa whip Gallagher into double boots, then Kendrick covers. TWO and Gulak is relieved. Gulak taunts Kendrick but Kendrick keeps on Gallagher. Gallagher powers out of Sliced Bread to send Kendrick at ropes, then runs him over with a back elbow! Tag to Gulak, and Gulak swings. Kendrick ducks to throw forearms and knees in a corner! The ref backs him off but Kendrick comes back to kick and club Gulak more. Kendrick throws more forearms, even between the ropes. Gulak uses that against Kendrick to pull him into the ropes. Tag to Gallagher and Gallagher kicks Kendrick while Gulak goes after Tozawa! Now it’s a brawl outside as Gallagher clobbers Kendrick against the announce desk. Gallagher puts Kendrick back in, then stays between Kendrick and Tozawa.
Gallagher stomps Kendrick, then tags Gulak back in before lifting Kendrick in a fireman’s carry. He hotshots Kendrick, Gulak runs and clobbers Kendrick with a clothesline! Cover, TWO! Gulak keeps his cool as he sits Kendrick up for an armlock. He says Kendrick’s too soft, but fans rally up for Kendrick. Kendrick fights out and fights back, booting Gulak again and again. Gulak blocks a boot to put it on the ropes and kick out the leg. Tag to Gallagher, and Gulak hands off the toehold for Gallagher to twist. Gallagher gets both legs for a stomp on the knees! Then he drags Kendrick around for another toe ‘n’ ankle hold. Kendrick endures while Gulak tells him to quit. Gallagher tags Gulak, but Kendrick fights against both of them.
Gulak atomic drops Kendrick and Gallagher adds a running knee! Cover, TWO! Kendrick survives, but Gulak bumps him on buckles. Gallagher tags, and mugs Kendrick with Gulak’s help. The ref reprimands Gulak but Gulak shouts back he knows the count. Gallagher stomps Kendrick then brings him up for a snapmare into chinlock. Kendrick endures as Tozawa rallies up the fans. Kendrick arm-drags Gallagher off, but Gulak tags in. Gulak keeps Kendrick from Tozawa, but Kendrick fights back. Kendrick boots Gulak down, but he’s down, too! Fans rally, Gallagher tags in again and gets Kendrick with a headlock. Kendrick powers out, Tozawa stops Gallagher with an “AH!” and Gallagher turns around into Kendrick’s back drop! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tags to Gulak and Tozawa!
Tozawa boots then whips Gulak, into a back kick. Gulak ducks the spin kick but Tozawa slides under him, to get the spin kick! Gulak is on the apron so Tozawa knocks him down! Then Tozawa builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit with the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Gulak in, then hurries up top. Gallagher gets up but Kendrick trips him! Gulak gets up but gets a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Tozawa is a bit surprised, but he stays on Gulak with a whip. Gulak reverses, but Tozawa stops himself to elbow bakc. Then Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to an Octopus! Kendrick intercepts Gallagher, but is still pushed into Tozawa! Gulak is free, and Tozawa glares at Kendrick! Tozawa misunderstands what happened, but there isn’t time to explain as Gallagher tackles Kendrick out of the ring! Gulak rolls Tozawa up, Gulak & Gallagher win!
Winners: Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher, Gulak pinning
It wasn’t that there was no plan, but that there was no trust that cost Tozawa & Kendrick the match. Can these two get on the same page if they want to stop the cruel winter Gulak & Gallagher have planned for the Cruiserweight Division?
Drake Maverick presides over the official Cruiserweight Championship weigh-in.
The GM is honored to oversee this weigh-in for the major match coming at Survivor Series. First, the challenger, Mustafa Ali. Ali steps on the scales, and weighs in at 182 lbs. The champion weighs in, at 205 on the dot. Buddy Murphy makes weight, which has been a challenge of his since joining 205 Live. But with the numbers on the record books, the match will happen. Murphy tells Ali he’s going to put him in the ground. Ali points out that the last time Murphy said that, Ali put him on the mat. Murphy shoves Ali, Ali fires off and Maverick hurries to keep this fight from happening here! Officials get Murphy out of the room as Ali says he’s not afraid of the Juggernaut. The tension is running high, what will happen when they’re cut loose on Sunday?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
Does the Cruiserweight Champion have anything to say about that confrontation in the trainer’s room? That was just Murphy reminding Ali what this is all about. This isn’t about their rivalry, this isn’t about stealing the show, this isn’t even about how Ali scratched and clawed his way back to a title shot. No, this is simply about Murphy’s Cruiserweight Championship, and what he’ll do to keep it. Murphy is willing to go to Hell and back, so Ali has no idea what’s in store for him. Actually, Murphy almost feels bad for him. Will Murphy leave anything left of Ali after Survivor Series?
Lucha House Party VS Mike Karma & Kraig Keesaman!
The Golden Lynx and the Lucha Dragon may be without the King of the Ropes while he’s off being a father to his newborn child, but they still have Penelope Pinata! And while they’re staples of the Cruiserweight Division, they’ll be ready to represent Raw at Survivor Series in the 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match! Will they gain some last momentum before the brand warfare?
The bell rings and Lince starts against Keesaman. Lince handsprings and starts up the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants. Kessaman shoves Lince and says “NO Lucha! NO Lucha!” But then he turns around into a chop! Lince whips but Keesaman reverses, so Lince springboards for a crossbody! Lince handsprings and kicks Keesaman, then runs to headscissor! Fans “Lucha!” with Lince but Keesaman hits low. Keesaman mocks the lucha chant, but runs into a SUPERKICK! Lince gets rid of Karma and tags in Kalisto. Kalisto runs for the alley-oop splash, then Lince adds the planking splash! Lucha House Party fires up, but in runs Karma. He misses and gets double mule kicks. Kalisto runs and Lince gives him the boost for a missile dropkick!
Keesaman is in the corner as Kalisto flosses. Kalisto runs in but Keesaman puts him on the apron. Lince tags in and swing kicks Keesaman! Kalisto gets Keesaman with Salida del Sol! Lince climbs while Kalisto knee-springboards for a senton onto Karma! Shooting Star on Keesaman! Cover, Lucha House Party wins!
Winners: Lucha House Party, Lince Dorado by pinfall
The luchadores win fast and fun and now roll on towards Survivor Series! Can they be the x-factor that helps Raw win over SmackDown?
But from the titantron, Maria Kanellis gets their attention. “Pay attention to The First Lady while she congratulates you on another victory.” She wants them to enjoy this while they can, because they have unfinished business with TJP and her husband, Mike Kanellis. The only reason tonight is ending on a party and not the next phase of Maria’s plan is because Gran Metalik wasn’t here tonight. Maria is an equal opportunist, because when her team makes an example out of their trio, she wants it to be the first time and only time. So enjoy the party. And wish Gran Metalik good luck in next week’s match, against TJP. Maria looks forward to it. A concerning message from Mrs. Kanellis, but will the King of the Ropes return only to lose? Or will Metalik ruin Maria’s plans and keep the party going?
Cedric Alexander speaks.
“For over a year on 205 Live, I ran undefeated. Not by accident, but because I outworked every single person in that locker room day in, day out.” But to Lio Rush, this is a game, a quick fame grab. To Alexander, this is his life. So for guys like Lio Rush, a title is just a trophy, but to Alexander, it means the world. It means he leaves a legacy for his family, and inspires kids around the world to be just like him. The legacy doesn’t end, it only continues.
Cedric Alexander VS Lio Rush!
The Age of Alexander looks to rebuild after losing both title and win streak in 2018. However, he’ll have to end the Man of the Hour’s streak to do it. Will Alexander make the 24 year old piece of gold put his money where his mouth is? Or will Lio make this the Soul of 205 Live’s Final Hour?
The bell rings and Lio smirks as he circles with Alexander. Fans duel as Alexander corners Lio. Lio uses the ropes as a defense, so Alexander backs off. Lio comes out and goes for legs but Alexander keeps away. They tie up and Lio gets a leg, but Alexander sprawls to get a wristlock. Lio rolls and arm-drags but Alexander holds on! Alexander wrenches Lio into a shoulder breaker, but Lio pushes him to ropes. Lio then gets a headlock out of the ropebreak, and holds on as Alexander lifts. Alexander powers out but Lio holds ropes. Lio baits Alexander in but Alexander bucks him off the roll-up. Alexander runs but Lio follows. Alexander handsprings over and back, but Lio dodges to come back and headscissor, but Alexander handsprings through! Lio laughs, he likes how Alexander can keep pace. Alexander says Lio isn’t as good as he thinks he is.
The fans duel as Lio backs up. Lio then gets Alexander with a leg sweep! And SLAPS Alexander! Lio says this is his house, but Alexander gets up and the chase is on! Lio stops on a dime to change directions, then does it again, then ducks the boot to springboard huricanrana! Alexander gets to a corner, but keeps his cool, even as Lio taunts, “Are you gonna cry?” Lio brags but Alexander trips him now! And then dropkicks him! Lio ends up in a corner, and Alexander gives him a chop. Alexander puts Lio in another corner to give him another chop. Fans fire up while Lio crawls away. Alexander brings Lio out for a snapmare and dropkick, then cover. TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool. Alexander walks into Lio’s kick but gives back another chop! He whips Lio to a corner, then back drops him on the rebound!
Lio crawls to another corner, but Alexander runs in, only for Lio to escape. Lio comes back, but Alexander dropkicks his legs out, sending him into buckles. Alexander then goes to the apron, and runs in for the corner kick! Lio staggers back, Alexander springboards in, into a SUPERKICK! Alexander staggers on the outside, Lio DIVES at the corner! Lio leaves Alexander out for the count, going back to the ring to rest. Alexander gets up at 5, so Lio goes out to run and dropkick him into barriers! Then he whips Alexander into steel steps! Lio leaves Alexander out again, shouting at the ref to count. The ref counts, and Alexander is down until 5. Alexander stands at 6 and gets in before 7. Lio nods and grins, but then is serious as he throws hands in the corner.
The ref counts and Lio backs off at 4. Lio comes back and grinds his boot into Alexander, as fans duel. Alexander gets up and chops Lio, but Lio kicks Alexander. Lio snapmares and kicks Alexander again, cover, ONE! Lio wraps on body scissors and a half nelson chinlock. Alexander endures as fans rally up. Alexander gets up, crawls but Lio rolls him around. Lio clobbers Alexander with crossfaces, then flexes. But Alexander gets up with Lio as a backpack, and rams him into buckles. Lio hops back up but Alexander rams him into buckles again. Alexander chops Lio, then whips him corner to corner. Lio reverses, but Alexander catches the kick. Alexander flips Lio over, Lio lands on his feet, then ducks and handsprings. Alexander blocks the mule kick but not the enziguri! Lio covers, ONE, but Lio is still laser focused.
Lio circles Alexander. He kicks Alexander swift in the back, then again. Lio lines up a shot, but Alexander blocks the kick! Alexander gives Lio the stiff back elbow! Alexander gets moving, and hits the shoulder tackle and swing kick! Lio staggers, Alexander springboards for the flying clothesline! But he’s not stopping there, he brings Lio up. Lio slips out of the lift then runs, but Alexander shows he can change direction just as fast. Alexander redirects Lio, handspring, Neuralizer! Cover, TWO!! Lio survives and now Alexander has to keep his cool. Alexander grits his teeth as he gets up. Lio rolls around in a daze as Alexander takes off the elbow pads. Lio yanks Alexander out, but runs into the boot. Alexander springboards in, complete shot! Cover, TWO! Alexander is beside himself, but he watches Lio flounder and crawl to the apron.
Alexander drags Lio back in, but Lio kicks the leg out then back heel kicks! Lio turns Alexander around, then spins more for the spin-cycle Unprettier! Cover, TWO!! And Lio is furious! “Are you kidding me?!” Lio undoes his wrist tape as fans rally up for Alexander. Lio stalks Alexander, brings him up but Alexander shoves him away. He gives haymakers but Alexander shoves him away, to then rock him with a right! Lio is dazed again, Alexander goes at him, but Lio fires off a strike fest. But Alexander ducks the back hand to scoop slam, but Lio makes it a victory roll?! TWO!! SPANISH FLY, from Lio! That’s usually Alexander’s move! Lio heads up top, and leaps, but his splash flops!
Alexander hurries, LUMBAR- No, Lio headscissors! But Alexander blocks with superior strength! Alexander brings Lio back up, but Lio gets him with the huricanrana pin! TWO, Lio runs and low springboards backwards for a stunner!! Alexander staggers around, Lio runs, into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Alexander holds on and brings Lio up, for the LUMBAR CHECK!! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall
The Man of the Hour’s streak is over!! Alexander gets a huge win and finally gets out of his own losing streak. Can Alexander use this to skyrocket back to the title? Who will hold the title when he does?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Beacon of Light heard Murphy say that he’s willing to go to Hell and back to keep the Cruiserweight Championship. Well that’s exactly what he’ll have to do to win. But he won’t be going alone, Ali will be right there with him. That title means more to Ali than Murphy understands. Murphy can talk trash and play mind games, but it won’t matter because it’ll come down to what they do in the ring. It’ll come down to Murphy’s strength and Ali’s speed. It’ll come down to Murphy’s aggression and Ali’s determination. And it’ll come down to Murphy’s anger and Ali’s heart. That’s when Murphy will learn not even a Juggernaut can stop the unstoppable.
A spectacular 205 Live to be the Survivor Series go-home! Tozawa & Kendrick VS Gulak & Gallagher was great, but it makes sense for the Heels to win here. It would be too soon for Tozawa and Kendrick to be a better duo as they haven’t even been shown spending time together. I’m sure Kendrick can explain to Tozawa what happened with the usual “bumped into” misunderstanding, so they’ll surely go for another match with Gulak & Gallagher. Then Lucha House Party sans Metalik wins, because they need to strong before having their blow-off with TJP & Mike Kanellis. I’m guessing something in Maria’s plan extends this feud, aka the Heels win.
Alexander VS Rush was amazing! Because of how fast these two guys move, the 15 or so minutes given was more than enough time. They got so much into it, such great story of Lio thinking talent alone gets him through but Alexander showing him what hard work can do. I like the trade of Spanish Flies, that’s such a standard of Alexander’s style now that it was great for Lio to hit one of his own. And in a great surprise, Alexander wins! I would’ve liked for the “crisis of confidence” to last longer, but maybe Alexander’s title rematch happens at TLC. Speaking of the title, Murphy and Ali had a great scuffle in the trainer’s room and then great individual promos to remind us of their feud’s intensity. It doesn’t really matter who wins so long as the match is great, and on the main show!
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (11/14/18)
WarGames II is coming, and The Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly steps up! Who from the #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders fights him for advantage on tonight’s NXT?
- Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera; Evans wins.
- WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson; O’Reilly wins the handicap advantage for his team.
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Mia Yim VS Bianca Belair!
The HBIC, Head Baddie in Charge, didn’t take kindly to the words from The EST. Mia may have not one the Mae Young Classic, but she earned her spot here. Now can she earn the first win ever over the Un-De-Fea-Ted Bianca?
The fans are divided as the bell rings and the two women circle. Bianca pie faces Mia, but Mia shrugs it off. They tie up and Bianca pulls Mia’s hair. She lets go and Mia gets a waistlock. Bianca gets the standing switch, throws Mia down, then toys and taunts Mia. Mia gets the legs, the jackknife, TWO! Mia gets the headlock and takeover, and has control of Bianca. Bianca works her way up and pulls at Mia’s hair. Bianca gets out, clubs Mia, then runs her over with a shoulder. Fans still duel as Bianca runs. Bianca cartwheels over Mia, and Mia deflects the dropkick. Mia throws knees, then runs, to dropkick Bianca back! Mia hits another dropkick, and another dropkick! She runs and blasts Bianca with a fourth, but Bianca yanks Mia out to the floor. Mia checks her nose while Bianca catches her breath.
Mia rolls in but Bianca is ready with ax handles. Bianca drags Mia to a cover, TWO! Bianca wrenches Mia’s neck, and fans rally up. Mia endures as Bianca thrashes her around. Mia stands but Bianca throws her down again. Bianca sits Mia back up for more neck wrenching, and grinds Mia into her knee. Fans duel, Mia fights her way up and out of the hold. Mia rolls Bianca, TWO, Oklahoma Roll! ONE, and Bianca barrels Mia over. Cover, TWO! Bianca keeps her cool as she drags Mia back up. Bianca bumps Mia off buckles and throws forearm after forearm. The ref counts, so Bianca stops at 3 to climb up. Bianca has Mia in a hangman’s sleeper! Then she shoves her down for a cocky standing cover, TWO! Bianca stomps her frustrations out on Mia, then pulls her hair back.
Fans rally as Bianca trash talks and knocks Mia down. Bianca sits on Mia to toy with her more. Bianca says “I’m the best! She’s nothing!” But Mia trips Bianca and covers, TWO! Bianca dropkicks Mia hard, then high stack covers, TWO! Mia escapes and Bianca grows frustrated. Bianca drags Mia up for a cravat, but fans rally again. Mia endures being thrashed about in the hold, and feeds off the fan energy. Mia fights back with body shots, but Bianca throws her down. Bianca leaps, but her leg drop gets nothing! Mia back elbows Bianca, then drop toeholds her into buckles! Mia dodges to run Bianca over. She boots Bianca then dropkicks her again. Mia gut wrenches and throws Bianca! Cover, TWO! Bianca survives and keeps her undefeated streak alive!
Fans continue to duel as Mia kicks from all sides. Bianca shoves and gets Mia in a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives and shocks Bianca. Bianca drags Mia up again, whips, and tackles Mia in the corner! Bianca throws in her shoulder, then SLAPS Mia. She whips Mia corner to corner, but Mia dodges. Bianca thinks she’s smarter than that, but Mia throws palm strikes, knees and a Pele! Bianca’s down, Mia covers, TWO!! Another near fall, and Bianca is floundering. Mia runs in, cannonball! Then she drags Bianca out, to wrench the arm. Bianca hits the forearm, then Burning Hammer! Or as Bianca calls it, the KOD, Kiss of Death! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
The EST continues to be the one and only Un-De-Fea-Ted woman in NXT! Will this win finally earn Bianca that NXT Women’s Championship match she’s been after?
Ricochet talks with Pete Dunne and The War Raiders backstage.
One of them has to step up against Kyle O’Reilly for the WarGames Advantage match tonight. Who will it be? The One and Only knows all four of them want it, but he is the one who can get it done. The Bruiserweight disagrees, he’s got this. Ricochet and Dunne argue, but Ray Rowe shouts them down. He and Hanson agree, the War Beard has this. Ricochet and Dunne accept. Will Hanson bring the war early to Kyle O’Reilly?
NXT looks at what led to the TakeOver grudge match.
“Why, Johnny, Why?” NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 was meant to have a Triple Threat for the title. But someone attacked Aleister Black when no one was looking. William Regal questioned Gargano in front of the NXT Universe, yet Gargano was cryptic with his answer. However, it turned out someone was watching that night: Nikki Cross. And for weeks, the Loony Lass toyed with giving the answer away. Gargano would reveal it to us all only when there was no other way to keep the secret. Gargano would use a video message to explain his reasons. In his mind, Gargano did nothing wrong, it was just business. Gargano felt only he could defeat and only he should defeat Tommaso Ciampa for the title. However, that didn’t work out and now Gargano will face retribution.
Gargano claims to be the hero of this story, but Aleister says Gargano has it wrong. Aleister says Gargano doesn’t know who he is. Gargano is not the hero in this story, he is the coward. Johnny Wrestling feels no shame and has no regrets. But will he after The Dutch Destroyer does everything he can to destroy Gargano? Or will the darkness consume Gargano as he makes Aleister #FadetoBlack?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle.
The King of Bros has had a great time in NXT so far, and debuted successfully and is ready for anyone. But Kassius Ohno walks in. He was waiting all week to hear something about Riddle challenging Ohno for a match, but so far, nothing. When Ohno confronted Riddle, that was a test. Ohno is a man of action, he came back and challenged champions. And do you know what those champions did? They took action. So Ohno sees through the “Bro Show” hype, it’s just trash. Trash? How about this? They’ll go 1v1 next week, the TakeOver aftermath, and Riddle takes that little test. Riddle will pass the test, and leave Ohno KO’d in the ring. How about that, bro? Ohno has nothing else to say, but Riddle doesn’t mind. They’ve talked, now they can fight. Who will win that fight next week on NXT?
Lacey Evans VS Karissa Rivera!
The Lady of NXT continues her crusade to straighten out the Women’s Division to follow her example. Armed with her powerful Woman’s Right, will Lacey make an example of the second-generation Cherokee Warrior?
The bell rings and Lacey dares Karissa to approach. They tie up and Lacey knees low, then whips to drop toehold Karissa to the mat. Lacey holds Karissa down with push-ups! Then she puts Karissa in a corner with buckle bumps, and rams Karissa back again and again. Lacey backs off at 4, but comes back with the swinging bronco buster! Lacey dabs herself off with the handkerchief, but Karissa fires off with double hand chops! Karissa runs to dropkick Lacey down! Cover, ONE! Lacey is angry now that Karissa made a mess of her wardrobe. Lacey slams Karissa’s face off the mat again and again! She stops at the ref’s count of 4, then ROCKS Karissa with the Woman’s Right! She tells the ref to count as she covers, Lacey wins!
Winner: Lacey Evans, by pinfall
The Model Soldier wins with a 1-2-3 but she could’ve easily won with a knockout. Lacey’s on a roll as she continues to #FightLikeaLady, but now she gets a mic to speak.
“NXT is full of a bunch of classless nasties.” These “girls” forget what it’s like to carry themselves with sophistication. But Lacey leads by example, because it is her responsibility as THE Lady of NXT. And if they don’t adhere to her standards, then she’ll personally teach them a lesson in manners. Lacey wants to be top of the division, but she’ll need the title for that. Will she aim for whoever comes out of TakeOver: WarGames the champion?
NXT looks at what led us to the NXT Championship #PsychoDreamMatch.
The Psycho Killer came out the champion after all that transpired with Gargano and Aleister. “When you’re at the top, they will always try to chop you down.” Fans would rain boos and jeers on Ciampa, but Ciampa would shrug it all off. Ciampa clutched to his precious title, but the Patrick Clark Experience would speak up! Velveteen Dream wanted a “moment” with Ciampa and the title, and so did fans. Dream loves the spotlight, and there’s no bigger spotlight than at TakeOver. But Ciampa’s seen “kids” like Dream in this same spot, only to “crack under pressure.” Of course, in Gargano’s case, Ciampa helped create some of those cracks.
But that aside, Ciampa would go after Dream to show him he doesn’t deserve the champ’s spotlight. However, Dream would get the better of Ciampa and be the one standing over the champ. The spotlight is never brighter than in Los Angeles. Dream says Ciampa’s blinded by his own obsession. You can’t fight what you can’t see. Dream gets his shot, but will he get his moment? Or will Ciampa end yet another fairy tale story?
NXT takes a look at what led to the FIFTH fight between the Queen of Spades and Pirate Princess!
It was yet another match for the NXT Women’s Championship between Shayna Baszler and Kairi Sane, at WWE Evolution. However, Shayna had her friends, Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, in the front row. Things would break down, and the other Horsewomen of MMA fame would get involved! The distractions and sucker kick would pay off, Shayna would get Kairi in the Kirafuda! The Queen had her throne back, and the Pirate Princess had lost her treasure. She knows it wasn’t fair that Shayna’s friends helped, but William Regal knew a way around it happening again. This fifth time, the winner will have to win twice, because it will be Best 2 out of 3! This tiebreaker for the title will finally decide who the one true NXT Women’s Champion is! Who will be standing tall at the end of TakeOver: WarGames?
WarGames Advantage: Kyle O’Reilly VS Hanson!
The Undisputed Era love to #ShockTheSystem, but they’ve gotten a lot of negative attention from those they’ve gone after. The War Raiders want after The Undisputed Era for always escaping with the NXT Tag Team Championships. The Bruiserweight wants after Roderick Strong for screwing him over in the Dusty Rhodes Classic. And the One and Only wants to Adam Cole to finally shut him up. But will their team get the advantage in the coming war?
The bell rings and the two approach. Kyle circles Hanson and gives some testing kicks, but Hanson doesn’t budge. Kyle gives quick palm strikes but Hanson still doesn’t flinch. Hanson corners Kyle so Kyle gives him a forearm. Hanson roars but Kyle dodges to fire more strikes. But Hanson easily shoves Kyle away to then run him over. Kyle bails out and Hanson dares him to come back. Kyle takes a moment to compose himself, then gets back in via the steps. He drops down to dare Hanson to make a move. Kyle then kicks and kicks, but Hanson drags Kyle up. Hanson avoids the sweep, so Kyle shifts to a headlock. Kyle can’t get the headlock takeover because Hanson’s too big and strong!
Hanson brings Kyle up but Kyle tries again. Hanson brings Kyle up again and pushes him to ropes. Kyle slips out of the scoop and has a waistlock, but Hanson bucks him off. Kyle dodges but runs into Hanson’s huge shoulder! Hanson squashes Kyle in a corner, then whips him corner to corner hard! Kyle stands but gets clobbered again! he ends up on the top rope, and Hanson hammers away! Hanson hits Kyle ten times then backs away. Kyle slumps out of the ring and to the floor, but Hanson goes out to fetch him. Hanson puts Kyle in the ring but Kyle is on him with a dropkick to the leg! Kyle dragon screws Hanson down! Fans duel as Kyle kicks away on Hanson’s leg. Kyle throws palm strikes and knees, then runs to kick the leg out! Hanson is down and Kyle goes after the leg.
Kyle wants a Half Crab but Hanson uses the good leg to hit back. Kyle lets go of the leg to throw palm strikes from both sides! He then goes back to the leg, puts it on the rope, and springboard drops on it! Cover, TWO and with power! Kyle ends up on the outside, but runs back in for a scoop slam! Hanson runs, but his splash belly flops! But he still catches Kyle’s kick! Kyle throws palm strikes but Hanson spins Kyle around, for a back suplex. Kyle lands on his feet to chop block Hanson’s other leg! Hanson’s down, Kyle covers, TWO! Hanson gets to the ropes but Kyle goes after him. Kyle wants a leg but Hanson throws hands wherever he can. Kyle knees low and grabs the leg, to dragon screw again! Hanson is down but Kyle isn’t done with him.
Kyle kicks then knees. Hanson clubs him with one big forearm, but Kyle gets a takedown! And heel hook! Fans rally as Hanson endures the leg lock. Kyle wrenches harder but Hanson refuses to give up. Hanson reaches as fans rally up. He clubs away on Kyle’s knee, then goes to pry the lock open. He does, and boots Kyle in the face! Hanson crawls away while Kyle is dazed. Hanson hobbles up but Kyle kicks the leg again. Kyle runs, but into a back drop! Hanson has to kneel from the pain, but he does come back for big haymakers and back hands! He whips Kyle and gets him in a sidewalk slam. Then the crossbody splash! But Hanson keeps moving, firing himself up. Hanson whips Kyle into a corner then squashes him. Then a scoop, spinning slam! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives, and fans continue to duel.
Hanson looms over Kyle, Kyle kicks the leg! Kyle drives in a knee, but then Hanson clubs him. Kyle goes after the leg, but Hanson deadlifts him up. Hanson boots Kyle right out of the ring! Hanson DIVES!! He runs Kyle over like a bus, then puts Kyle back in the ring. Hanson isn’t done with Kyle, he runs in at the corner, for a Bronco Buster! Then Hanson hops up, but here comes Adam Cole! Cole talks trash to distract, but Hanson decides to make it worse for Kyle on Cole’s account. Hanson goes top rope, FOR A MOONSAULT! But he belly flops! Kyle Penalty Kicks, cover, TWO!! Into Arm-ageddon! Hanson resists as best as he can, so Kyle shifts to the ankle lock! Hanson’s bad leg is the target, but Hanson still gets a ropebreak!
Cole is furious and Kyle doesn’t let go, so Hanson shoves him away! But Kyle distracts the ref long enough for Cole to enziguri Hanson! Hanson staggers into Ax ‘n’ Smash!! Cover, TWO!? Hanson survives, and it infuriates Cole! Cole argues with the ref, but Ray Rowe comes out to rock him! Rowe rallies for his fellow Raider, and fans chant “War! War!” Kyle grabs Hanson but Hanson shoves him back. Kyle comes back, into Hanson’s knee! But Kyle still ducks to kick and knee and kick! Hanson cartwheels and clotheslines! Both men are down but fans fire up. Rowe sees Cole get up, and throws him into the steel steps. But then Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish go after Rowe! They gang up 2v1 on Rowe, so here comes Pete Dunne!
Dunne blasts Strong, then rocks Fish! Cole hits Dunne but Dunne takes his fingers. Fish chop blocks Dunne, and the Undisputed Era regroup. So here comes Ricochet, FLYING IN from the ring!! The One and Only evens things, but the ref is too distracted with this to see Kyle smash Hanson with the belts! Kyle covers Hanson, the ref counts, Kyle wins!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall; The Undisputed Era have the WarGames advantage
“You did it!” Kyle won the match, but Dunne and Hanson are worst for wear now. The Undisputed declare WarGames is theirs, are they right about that? Or can Ricochet’s team regroup to shock them back?
A pretty good go-home for NXT, though obviously with mostly filler matches to make room for hype videos. Those hype videos were pretty great, though, really summed things up nicely and set the tone for each match. Naturally, Bianca Belair stays undefeated, and I’m thinking she will until her shot at the title. Lacey Evans was very dominant, and is building herself up as the other option for a new Heel challenger. Therefore, I feel Kairi Sane finds a way to win the Best 2 out of 3 Falls, so that these Heels can have a go. This scenario is very much like Samoa Joe a year or so ago, where he had his multiple title reigns but then moved on to main roster. Shayna has the same, and then she, Jessamyn and Marina can join Rousey on main so that one day we’ll get that Horsewomen VS Horsewomen match.
That WarGames Advantage match was great! I didn’t expect it to be Kyle or Hanson, but that was still pretty great as both are proven singles talents in ROH. Of course the Undisputed Era comes out to make things controversial, and naturally the Undisputed Era get a big advantage because they’re the Heels in this. The interesting wrinkle is Dunne’s knee hurting. Chances are it’s kayfabe to keep Dunne out while he does NXT UK tapings. But that’s fine, I was expecting the Top One Percent to join this fight after what the Undisputed Era did to him, so this could be EC3’s way in. Though, I’d love to see it as a surprise, fans will pop hard for him to show up during the entrances and even be the starting man for the Face team.
My Score: 8.2/10
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