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 NXT UK Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT UK rolls on with just one hour a week now, but still with plenty of action! Will the Bruiserweight have something to say about WALTER showing up?
- Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin; Samuels wins.
- Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed; Dennis wins.
- Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Double Count-Out.
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NXT UK took over Blackpool!
But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?
Pete Dunne heads to the ring!
The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.
Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?
Sid Scala makes an announcement.
The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!
The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?
The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.
She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?
Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!
The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?
The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.
Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!
Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?
Johnny Saint makes an announcement!
The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?
Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?
Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.
Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!
Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!
Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!
Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.
Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?
A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.
Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.
Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?
- Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
- Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.
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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!
It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?
Aiden English joins commentary!
The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!
Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!
The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?
The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.
Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.
Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.
Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.
Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?
Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.
Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?
The Lucha House Party speak.
Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?
Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!
The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?
Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!
But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!
Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.
Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!
All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!
Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!
But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!
Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?
A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.
Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.
My Score: 8.2/10