Another double dose of NXT UK means another two hours of major action! Will The Governor, Danny Burch, be the man to dethrone The Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne?
- Episode 5 – Dave Mastiff VS Damien Weir; Mastiff wins.
- Episode 5 – El Ligero VS James Drake; Ligero wins.
- Episode 5 – Ashton Smith VS ???; No Contest.
- Episode 5 – Eddie Dennis VS Sid Scala; Dennis wins.
- Episode 5 – WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch; Dunne wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
- Episode 6 – Dakota Kai VS Toni Storm; Storm wins.
- Episode 6 – Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan; Gibson wins.
- Episode 6 – Kenny Williams VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.
- Episode 6 – Six Man Tag: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers VS Mark Andrews, Ashton Smith & Flash Morgan Webster; Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers win.
PLAY BY PLAY
Dave Mastiff VS Damien Weir!
The big bad Bomber is back to shake the ground, and he already has his opponent shaking in his boots. Will Mastiff leave anything left of the smaller man?
The bell rings, Weir runs at Mastiff but bounces off him! Then Mastiff leaps to squash Weir with a senton! Weir writhes but Mastiff isn’t done with him. Mastiff deadlifts Weir up into a suplex, holds him up there, with one arm! Then throws him down! Fans applaud but Weir is writhing in pain again. Mastiff drags Weir to a corner with one arm, sits him up, then gives him a thumbs up. Because it’ll all be over soon. Corner to corner, Mastiff cannonball! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
As if there was any chance. Mastiff quite truly squashes his opponent, when will the Bomber finally be challenged?
NXT UK, meet El Ligero.
The Luchador from Leeds is a world-traveled hybrid, and what makes him unique is the mask itself. He wanted to stand out in UK wrestling, and now he looks to stand out in NXT UK.
NXT UK, meet James Drake.
Mr. Mayhem has gone around the world to become an elite pro-wrestlers. This man is completely different from just a year ago in the WWE UK Championship tournaments. He is more focused than before, and will go through anyone in front of him. Will Mayhem reign? Or will London lucha leap to another win?
NXT UK, Jinny is on her way.
She’s the Fashionista of Knightsbridge, and she’ll show the world that the NXT UK Women’s Division is already hers. She’s more fashionable, fierce and rich than everyone in wrestling today. Will she use all that talent, beauty and money to dominate the Women’s Division?
El Ligero VS James Drake!
A clash of styles to say the least, Ligero already has a win on NXT UK TV. Meanwhile, Mr. Mayhem makes his debut, will he already ruin Ligero’s win streak?
The bell rings and the two men stare down before circling. They tie up and Drake pushes Ligero back. Ligero turns it around to put Drake on the ropes, but the two separate. They circle again and tie up again. Drake gets a headlock and the takeover. Ligero gets his way back up as fans chant for him. He ends up at the ropes, and Drake lets go but sucker punches low. Drake throws left hands in the corner, but Ligero hits back with rights. Ligero chops, then whips Drake. Drake reverses but Ligero goes up and over to speed things up. Ligero slides under then sends Drake forward to get him with a calf kick! Cover, ONE! Ligero keeps his cool as fans sing. Drake gets a waistlock but Ligero the standing switch. Drake switches back but Ligero elbows out. But Drake throws him to the ropes!
The ropes get Ligero in the ribs and throat, but Drake throws hands all over. Fans rally for Ligero even as Drake grinds his knee into Ligero’s head. The ref backs Drake off, but only a moment as Drake grinds his foot into Ligero again. Fans jeer Drake as Ligero throws body shots back. Drake snampares and stomps Ligero down! He puts Ligero down, covers, ONE! Drake puts on a seated cobra clutch but fans rally for Ligero. Ligero endures and feeds off the energy. He gets up but Drake reels him in for a low knee. Drake whips but Ligero holds ropes. Ligero throws Drake out, but has to catch his breath. Drake is on him but Ligero gives forearms, chops and a back kick. Ligero ducks and baits Drake in, Code Red sunset flip powerbomb! Cover, TWO!
Ligero keeps his cool, he has more to give. He gets Drake to a drop zone but Drake resists. Ligero kicks Drake, covers, TWO! Ligero goes back to his original plan and gets up top. Drake gets over and Ligero leaps over. Drake sweeps the legs! Then tells him to #GritYourTeeth with the dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Ligero lives and Drake grows frustrated. Fans rally up again, and Drake toys with Ligero. Drake says to grit your teeth but Ligero fires off body shots. Ligero kicks but Drake blocks to spin him around. Drake gets a facelock but Ligero spins out. Ligero swings but Drake gets him around, but Ligero back drops out! Springboard, tornado DDT! Cover, Ligero wins!!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
The Luchador of Leeds goes 2-0 through the same toughness that got him here! Will Ligero continue to soar all the way to a title shot?
Backstage interview with Toni Storm.
The Lightning Down Under has a match with the Captain of Team Kick, Dakota Kai, in the next episode. Toni wants that NXT UK Women’s Championship once it’s here, but what does that mean for her match with Dakota? Her preparations don’t change. She always fights to win. Dakota wants the title as much as Toni, but Dakota isn’t Toni. Speaking of, here comes Dakota. She respects Toni completely, but she isn’t playing around about kicking heads off to get what she wants. So as good as Toni is, Dakota vows to be a little bit better. In that case, may the best woman win. They shake hands on it, but who will be the best woman after the match?
Zack Gibson speaks.
Liverpool’s Number One vows that he’ll be back next episode against Bhangra Bad Boy, Amir Jordan. Gibson wants to make something crystal clear: Jordan is a great competitor, but he is NOT going to derail Gibson, the future NXT UK Number One. Will Jordan surprise Gibson in their match? Or will Gibson keep his word?
Ashton Smith VS ???
The young man from Manchester is ready to “Woop!” his opponent, but Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers attack at the stage! This alliance of sadistic Scots assault Ashton, then toss him aside. Fans jeer as Joe, Mark and Wolfie come down the ramp together. Joe grab a mic to speak for the trio, saying “Royal Albert Hall. Ever since then, myself and my brother have been imposing our will on everyone and anyone.” Fans continue to jeer with “No~ one knows what you’re saying~!” Joe ignores them to say that they don’t care if the NXT UK Universe likes them, because they don’t like the NXT UK Universe!
Joe reveals that at the Royal Albert Hall, he had an epiphany. He likes to surround himself with people who have the same mentality. Fans jeer with “What? What?” but Joe continues to say that whether it’s his blood or someone who takes pride in doing things their way. NXT has a heirarchy, and if you aren’t on their level, they will dispose you! No more British Strong Style! No more big strong boys! These three are true men! It doesn’t matter who likes them, because from now on, it’s a pack mentality. That means divide and conquer. That means pride and unity. Because that makes NXT UK their kingdom! Will this trio of titans take over all of the UK Division?
Backstage interview with Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster.
The Rockstar Welshman and the Modfather wish to speak with NXT UK GM, Johnny Saint, but why? They have a problem with the Coffey boys stemming from the Royal Albert Hall assault, and now Wolfgang has joined up with Joe & Mark. Flash and Andrews want Saint to help them out with something, but Ashton Smith does, too. These three get their meeting with Saint, will they get their match with Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers?
Eddie Dennis VS Sid Scala!
The Headmaster has told us these past few weeks of his storied past with Pete Dunne and Mark Andrews. He gave up his job in education to pursue his first love of pro-wrestling so that his friends wouldn’t leave him behind. But is he driven by passion? Or by bitterness?
The bell rings as Dennis scowls at Scala. The two circle and Dennis kicks Scala in the stomach, then in the head. Dennis drags Scala up and whips him, but Scala hits back! Dennis shoves Scala but Scala comes back with kicks. Scala has Dennis staggering, but Dennis grabs Scala by the ear, to then rock him with a forearm! Dennis kicks Scala while he’s down, then rains down right hands. Cover, TWO! Scala is dazed but Dennis is seething. Dennis drags Scala up, whips and runs him over with a back elbow. Cover, TWO! Scala survives but Dennis is frustrated. Dennis puts Scala in a cravat and pulls on the neck. He stands Scala up for big knee strikes, then snapmares him for a leaping knee drop. Cover, TWO! Scala survives again but Dennis has had enough of him.
Dennis drags Scala up, saying “I have waited a decade for this moment!” But Scala SLAPS him! Dennis actually laughs!? Scala ducks under him then slips out to the apron. Dennis hits aprons, Scala climbs up and leaps! Crossbody, cover, ONE! Dennis gets baited in again and Scala gives body shots. Scala hops up, but into a crucifix buckle bomb! Aka the Severn Bridge! Dennis dares Scala to stand, and Scala crawls over. Fans cheer Scala on, but all for naught as Dennis lift shim up, spins him around, inverted suplex driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The headmaster has turned headhunter, and he gets his debut win. Will ten years of pent up frustration fuel him all the way to the title?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne VS Danny Burch!
The Bruiserweight has held that belt for well over a year, but The Governor has waited years for just such an opportunity as this. Will Dunne continue his reign well into two years? Or will Burch be the man to finally dethrone Dunne and become only the third-ever WWE UK Champion?
Both men are in each other’s face right away, but back down to wait for the bell. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin! Fans duel as both men circle. They tie up and Dunne pushes Burch back. Burch stops that so Dunne throws Burch. Burch slips out under the mount to get a hammerlock. Dunne works his way up and under to drop toehold Burch. Burch gets to the ropes, so Dunne lets go to kick Burch in the back! Burch shrugs it off, he’s tougher than that. The two circle again, and tie up. Fans rally as Burch pushes Dunne. Burch gets around to a full nelson but Dunne breaks out, so Burch snapmares Dunne down. Burch CHOPS Dunne on the back! Dunne shrugs that off, because he’s tougher than that. They go again with a test of strength.
Dunne brings Burch low, and stands on one hand to go after the other arm. He wrenches and twists from elbow to wrist to fingers! Burch screams with each on, then Dunne shifts to a hammerlock, and full arm yank! Dunne keeps on Burch by going after his other arm! Dunne twists and bends the arm while standing on Burch’s head. Fans rally as Burch throws Dunne! Burch goes after Dunne but Dunne uses the ropes for defense. Burch lets go, but gets Dunne’s sucker punch! Dunne shrugs, he doesn’t see the harm in it. Dunne goes after Burch’s left hand again, but Burch fights him in a test of strength. Burch spins around, trips Dunne up, then kicks out an arm! That’s Dunne’s trick! Burch headlocks, Dunne powers out. Things speed up, Burch catches Dunne by the foot! Burch wants a crossface but Dunne gets the ropes.
Burch lets Dunne go, but then Dunne drags Burch out and twists the ankle! Then X-Plex to the apron! Fans fire up on both sides as Dunne leaves Burch down and out. Fans chant for “British Wrestling!” as Dunne walks it off. A ring count begins but Burch gets up and in at 5. Dunne is on him and goes after the arm again. He hammerlocks it to the mat, then kicks it! Burch writhes to a corner, but Dunne won’t let up. Dunne drags him up and wrings him into an arm tweaking deathlock! He even hooks Burch’s face! Dunne puts Burch’s head down to stomp it now! Burch covers up but Dunne toys with him now. Fans rally as Dunne kicks Burch to ropes. Burch gets up but Dunne keeps stomping him.
Burch chops back, then chops again. Dunne keeps walking into chops! Burch spins Dunne to give him a European Uppercut! Then he runs in for another! Then a clothesline and enziguri! Burch rolls Dunne, hops up, missile dropkick! Both men are down but Burch kips right up! Burch is on Dunne, powerbomb lift, it hits! But he rolls Dunne through for a knee to the jaw! Cover, TWO!! Burch is shocked that Dunne survives, but he’s far from done with him. Burch drags Dunne up, and gives another EuroUpper. He throws a forearm but Dunne blasts him with a forearm back! Dunne whips Burch but Burchi reverses. Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Burch is down, Dunne goes up, leaping stomp on the bad left arm! Burch rolls out but Dunne pursues, and grabs the arm. Dunne hammerlocks it, to stomp on the apron!
Burch crawls away but Dunne brings him to the steps, to slam that arm down. Then stomp it, too! But Burch avoids it, to trip Dunne up, and German Suplex him to the floor! Both men are down but Cambridge fires up. Fans chant “UK! UK!” as both men writhe. Burch is up and puts Dunne in at 9. Dunne comes back for a triangle hold takedown! Burch resists, deadlifts, and buckle bombs Dunne! Both men are down again but fans still rally. Burch fires himself up while Dunne hangs halfway out. Burch drags Dunne up on the apron, and then to the top rope. He climbs up with Dunne facing backwards, but Dunne resists. Burch clubs Dunne but Dunne grabs the left hand! Shoulder breaker, then another, but Burch gives back crossfaces. Burch has Dunne, SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX!
But he can’t make the cover right away. He crawls over, covers, TWO!! Dunne somehow survives, but fans love this! Both men crawl to opposite ends. They both stand up, and run in for clotheslines! Neither falls, and now each man mirrors the other in palm strikes. Dunne gets the enziguri, then the X-Plex! Into armbar!! But Burch rolls through, to a crossface! Dunne makes it a cover, TWO!! They brawl again, Burch Germans but Dunne lands on his feet! Dunne kicks, but runs into a lariat!! Cambridge is thunderous with a standing ovation for this match! Both men slowly stir, but Burch is up first. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but someone has to win.
Burch goes over to Dunne, but Dunne has the fingers! Dunne kicks Burch in the face again and again and again. He stomps Burch out on the mat, but somehow Burch still moves. Dunne takes a moment to pose, but Burch stands right up! And headbutts Dunne! Suplex lift, draping DDT!! Cover, TWO!? Burch can’t believe it, but the fans are thunderous again. Fans sing as Burch wraps on the crossface! Dunne can barely see, but he moves around and around. He reaches for ropes, but Burch rolls him away! Dunne endures, but gets his arm free. He pries his way out, but Burch gets it back on!
Dunne punches himself to ignore the pain, then goes after Burch’s face. Dunne is free, pumphandle, Bitter End! Cover, TWO!? Burch survives now, and that shocks Dunne! But fans are once again giving an ovation. Dunne reels Burch into a triangle hold, but Burch tries to make it a cover. The two struggle for control, Dunne rolls to a mount, and SNAPS the fingers! Then pulls on the wrist! Burch taps, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by submission; still WWE UK Champion
What a match! The Governor gave The Bruiserweight a run for his money, but it just wasn’t enough. Burch has nothing to be ashamed off, he pushed Dunne as far as anyone, maybe even farther. Burch stands and Dunne gives him a nod of respect. Will Burch be back for another go? Will Dunne’s reign continue to achieve new heights?
NXT UK looks back to WWE Evolution.
Specifically, the Mae Young Classic’s tournament finals. NXT UK’s Toni Storm went up against the Genius of the Sky, Io Shirai, and it was incredible! They went toe to toe and move for move, and to even Toni’s surprise, she won! The MYC 2018 trophy belongs to her, but that’s just the beginning for the Lightning from Down Under! And her match tonight opens the show, next!
Dakota Kai VS Toni Storm!
The Captain of Team Kick was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic, but she lost in the quarterfinals to the Pirate Princess. She has fought her way up the ranks, but has not captured the American NXT Women’s Championship. Therefore, she looks to start fresh in the United Kingdom Division. However, she’ll have to get through this year’s MYC winner. Can Dakota ride the Storm? Or will the Storm kick her down the road?
The bell rings and fans chant for Toni as she circles with Dakota. They tie up and go around, but it’s Toni putting Dakota in a corner. Toni backs off cleanly and Dakota comes out. The fans like “Both these girls!” as they tie up again. They go around again as fans chant “Evolution!” in honor of that All Women’s PPV. Dakota gets Toni to a corner this time, and backs away cleanly, too. Toni comes out and the two shake hands to show they respect each other, but then both go for a kick! They both catch the other’s kick, and gently put the feet down. Dakota tries again but Toni ducks. Toni wants the Strong Zero but Dakota slips out. Dakota gets Toni down, double stomps! Then penalty kick! Cover, TWO! Dakota comes close but hasn’t beat the MYC 2018 champ yet.
Fans chant “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! OI OI OI!” but it’s the New Zealander who throws forearms. Toni slaps and kicks back, then runs for a boot! Cover, TWO! Toni keeps on Dakota with a snap suplex, then float over, TWO! Toni toys with Dakota, then stomps her. Dakota gets to a corner as fans continue to cheer on “Both These Girls!” Toni throws EuroUppers, and then wraps Dakota’s legs in the deathlock. Toni drops back for a modified Muda Lock meets crossface! Dakota endures and uses her arms to move around. She drags herself and Toni towards ropes, but Toni wrenches back. Dakota keeps trying, and fans rally up, and she gets the ropebreak! Toni lets Dakota go, but stomps the leg lock on the way out.
Toni comes back and brings Dakota up. She throws forearms but Dakota holds the ropes. Toni kicks Dakota then whips. Dakota reverses to throw a forearm! They both throw forearms now, but then Dakota blocks to counter punch. Dakota throws more forarms, and more forearms, and then the scorpion kick! Dakota runs, but into Toni’s headbutt! Both women go down from that one, but fans fire up. Dakota drags herself to ropes while Toni clutches her neck. They both sit up at 5, and Toni throws a forearm. Dakota comes back so Toni hits her again. Fans rally for “Women’s Wrestling!” as the two women stand up and continue brawling. They go back and forth, Toni hitting but Dakota responding. Toni gets an edge, then gets running, but runs into a roundhouse! Then another!
Dakota has Toni on her knees, but Toni blocks the third kick, for a trapped-leg snap German Suplex! Fans fire up again as Dakota flounders to a corner. Toni lines it up and runs in for a back elbow. Toni runs, but Dakota follows her Around the World! Dakota keeps moving, for the side to side wash, but Toni dodges just in time! Toni keeps going, but runs into a bicycle boot! Dakota runs, but her kick is countered, into another German! Toni fires up as Dakota returns to a corner, double knees! Into the Storm Zero reverse neckbreaker! Cover, Storm wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Storm weathers the Captain, and comes away with another victory on NXT UK TV! Both women stand, shake hands and even hug, showing there is still respect between them. There’s still time before a Women’s Champion is crowned, can Dakota make a comeback? Or will Toni ride her momentum all the way to the top?
But then someone attacks Dakota on stage! It’s JINNY! The Fashionista, who lost to Toni in this year’s MYC opening round, already claims “This is my NXT UK.” She’s been hyping herself up for weeks, is it finally time for the fiercest female to make her mark? As for Dakota, Toni helps her up and to the back. Will Dakota make sure Jinny doesn’t have her way?
Zack Gibson VS Amir Jordan!
Liverpool’s Number One has already vowed not to let the Bhangra Bad Boy be a speed bump on his way to the top. Will Gibson come to eat his words? Or will Jordan get locked behind the Shankly Gates?
The bell rings and fans taunt Gibson with “If you hate Gibson, shoes up!” Jordan and Gibson tie up and Gibson wants that hammerlock already. They get to the ropes, and Gibson slaps Jordan at the break. Gibson says to ignore the fans because Jordan’s in the biggest match of his life. Jordan and Gibson tie up again, and Gibson gets a cravat. Gibson wrenches Jordan’s neck, then shifts to a facelock. Jordan reverses but Gibson rolls to reverse and bring Jordan to the mat. Fans sing “if you hate Gibson, stand up!” Gibson brings Jordan up and rolls him to then wring out the arm. Jordan gets to his feet as Gibson eggs him on. Jordan and Gibson go again, but Gibson gets the arm back. Gibson wrenches but Jordan spins, handsprings and wrings Gibson out. Jordan eggs Gibson on with his dance moves.
Gibson runs in but Jordan dodges to crossbody Gibson! Jordan keeps moving, sunset flip but Gibson stays up. Gibson gets the arm and yanks it! Gibson spins Jordan around, hammerlock DDT! Jordan clutches his arm but Gibson stays on him with forearms. Gibson has Jordan in the corner to throw more forearms. Gibson slaps Jordan around then gives another forearm. He reels Jordan in for a clothesline, but fans boo and jeer more. Fans again sing “If you hate Gibson, stand up!” Gibson lifts Jordan by his arm, then throws him in an arm lever suplex! Gibson dusts off his hands while Jordan gets to ropes. Jordan stands but Gibson is on him with forearms. Fans sing and sit back down, as Jordan fires off kicks! Jordan hops up, missile dropkick!
Gibson is down but Jordan goes back up, big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps his focus as he runs in, but into double throat chops! And a lariat! Gibson grimaces as he drags Jordan up. Suplex, Helter Skelter! Then, Shankly Gates! Gibson pulls back, Jordan taps!
Winner: Zack Gibson, by submission
Gibson doesn’t let go until he says to, and then he kicks Jordan out of the ring. Liverpool’s Number One wins again, and wants his way back to Pete Dunne’s title. Will Gibson get what he wants? Or will someone get in his way and show he’s not number one?
Zack Gibson hasn’t left the ring.
He paces about, then grabs a mic. Fans jeer him with new songs, but Gibson ignores them to say “I am Liverpool’s Number One!” And soon to be the World’s Number One! And soon to be recognized as the NXT UK’s Number One. Gibson stands in the ring once again victorious. He again reminds us that he won the 2018 WWE UK Championship Tournament, and that even after all that, he still pushed Pete Dunne to his limits. And then he beat 205 Live’s Noam Dar. “Every single day that I step into this ring is another step closer to become YOUR NXT UK Champion!” Fans disagree. Gibson says “this brand, this movement” is already the benchmark in British Wrestling. Fans still sing and jeer.
But Gibson says that the very best talent in this country flocked to this brand because they wanted to be part “of something special.” But none of the others in the locker room, just like none of the fans, are serious if they think Gibson will share the top spot. Gibson says he is the man to build this brand around. The rest of the roster just rides his coat tails! Gibson will be the one to elevate this brand, not the Bruiserweight, not Danny Burch, not– Trent Seven? The Man from Mustache Mountain appears, and he has a headache from listening to Gibson. Seven asks if Gibson is “completely delusional”. Fans say “Yes! Yes!”
But in seriousness, Seven has “no idea what goes on in that shiny, sweaty head” of Gibson’s. Fans make that a chant. Seven remembers back to the Empress Ballroom, where names like Dunne, Burch and Seven himself “kicked this whole thing off.” But hold on, where was Gibson? Gibson wasn’t on the promotional material or the social media. Was he in the audience? Oh, no, of course not. Gibson was in bed with a nice cup of tea and his mum’s laptop to watch the WWE Network! Gibson denies but the fans like that theory. Seven does give Gibson his dues, he was this year’s tournament winner. But he couldn’t get the job done, could he? However, Gibson did something pretty cool: he made everyone in the Royal Albert Hall take off their shoes. Fans again sing “If you hate Gibson, shoes up!”
Seven joins Gibson in the ring now, and brings up the names Gibson mentioned. But Gibson didn’t get to Seven, so how about they get to that right here and now?! The mics are dropped and the jacket’s off, but Gibson bails out. Gibson says he’ll face Seven on his time. And to a fair point, Gibson already competed once tonight. When will Liverpool’s Number One go up against Mustache Mountain’s Number One?
Kenny Williams speaks.
“The WWE Universe already met me on 205 Live”, back in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament earlier this year. But now the NXT UK roster will find out while Kenny is the Luckyan. And the world will learn that he’s always lucky. Will luck help Kenny against Ireland’s iron man?
Kenny Williams VS Jordan Devlin!
The Luckyan was the Bullocks, but now he promises to be even better than that. He says he’s always lucky, but in his NXT UK debut, he’s up against a man who is always ready for a fight. Scotland and Ireland collide, who comes out not the luckier but the better?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, and Devlin gets the arm. Williams rolls and reverses, but Devlin gets him back down with a wristlock. Devlin grinds his knee into Williams’ face, but Williams kips up. Devlin keeps control with a headlock, but Williams rolls him off. Things speed up as each man shows their agility. Williams springboards for an arm-drag, but Devlin handsprings through. The fans applaud this even match-up as the two stare down. Williams runs in but Devlin dodges and throws him with a BIG urenage, then standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Devlin drives his elbows into Williams’ head, and Williams gets to a corner. Devlin is on him with a chop, then stalks him to the other corner. Williams turns it around for a chop of his own. Devlin goes after eyes!
The ref reprimands Devlin, but Devlin keeps on Williams with a neck wrench. Williams endures as fans rally up. Williams stands up and jawbreakers free. Both men stagger back, but Devlin runs in. Williams boots him away, then gets on the apron. Devlin’s shoulder misses but he dodges Williams’ shoulder to forearm him down! Williams stands as Devlin aims from the apron. Williams blocks the kick to trip Devlin up! Then he gets in the ring and builds speed, and he wrecks Devlin with a dropkick. Williams skins the cat and keeps moving, to DIVE! Devlin hits the ramp but Williams puts him in quick. Williams gets up top, and leaps for a big flying back elbow! Cover, TWO!
Williams is shocked, but he gets back on Devlin. He brings Devlin to a corner but Devlin breaks free. Williams runs into a scoop but slips out. Devlin goes for ropes but Williams rolls him up! TWO and Williams goes to ropes. Devlin ducks the kick to roll Williams. Williams comes back, wheelbarrows, and sees it’s time for the victory roll facebuster! Roll over to a cover, TWO!! Devlin survives again, showing why he was undefeated for a year as Fight Factory Pro Wrestling’s Irish Junior Heavyweight Champion. Williams brings him back up and throws heavy forearms. Fans duel as Williams runs, but Devlin reels him back in. Williams elbows free and runs again, but Devlin stops the tilt-o-whirl to fireman’s carry, swinging driver! AKA Ireland’s Call! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Devlin is undefeated on NXT UK TV with a strong 2-0! Devlin carries all of Ireland on his back, who will be able to stop him?
Six Man Tag: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers VS Mark Andrews, Ashton Smith & Flash Morgan Webster!
This battle started back in Royal Albert Hall when Joe & Mark Coffey attacked Andrews, Webster and Travis Banks. Then Travis Banks goes down in an ambush attack. Andrews and Webster looked to confront the Coffey boys for that, but they didn’t expect the Last King of Scotland joining forces with them! They went after the Manchester Prestige just to make a point, so now Ashton wants to make a point of picking on the wrong guys. Can the team of speed and flight beat the team of size and strength? Or will the Scottish trio prove this is their kingdom now?
The Scotsman surround the ring, just as the pack of wolves they’ve become. They each step in, but the referee keeps a fight from breaking out before the bell. The teams sort out and Flash starts with Wolfgang. Wolfgang and Flash circle as fans sing for the Modfather. Flash kicks away but Wolfgang shoves him. Flash slides under, gets a waistlock, but Wolfgang the standing switch. Wolfgang shoves Flash again, but Flash goes up and over. Flash gets to a corner and baits Wolfie in. Flashs houlders and slingshots in, but Wolfgang lifts Flash up! Firemans’ carry, trophy lift, but Flash slips out. Flash forearms, but Wolfgang shrugs it off to hit Flash back! Flash flounders to his corner, and Wolfgang dares him to tag someone else. Andrews tags in, so Joe Coffey tags in.
Andrews fires off forearms but Joe catches him with heavy hands. Joe runs in but Andrews dodges to kick back. Joe knees low then snapmares Andrews, but Andrews handsprings through. Andrews runs and wheelbarrows, but ends up in Joe’s swing and facebuster! Cover, ONE, but Joe stays on Andrews. Joe wrenches an arm and tags in brother Mark Coffey. Mark hits Andrews with body shots, then forearms. Mark reels Andrews in, back suplex but Andrews slips out. Hot tag to Ashton Smith! Fans “Woop!” with Ashton’s haymakers. Mark hits back but Ashton comes back with more haymakers. Ashton whips but Mark reverses. Ashton dodges and leaps for a lariat! Cover, ONE, but Ashton’s up fast. All six men come in ready to throw hands, but the referee orders for them to back down.
Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and both sides egg the other on. Ashton talks his side down but Mark sucker punches him. Mark runs in but Ashton dodges. Ashton runs in but is put on the apron. Ashton hits Mark back, then hops up for an ax handle! He throws more hands on Mark with “Woop!” haymakers. Ashton whips Mark corner to corner but Mark reverses. Mark runs in but gets a boot. Ashton runs out but gets ax handles! Mark drags Ashton up, tags in Joe, and the Coffey boys mug Ashton. Joe throws heavy hands but Ashton hits back. Joe rocks Ashton with a big left, then drags him up. He double underhooks and swings Ashton around, “No mercy!” Then the suplex and cover, TWO! Joe keeps on Ashton with an arm wrench. Tag to Wolfgang, and the mugging continues.
Wolfgang puts Ashton in a corner but Ashton hits back. Ashton leaps over, tag to Andrews! Andrews shoulders and slingshots his way in, then mule kicks and knee lifts. Wolfgang blocks the whip to whip Andrews into a corner. Andrews goes to boot back, but Wolfgang blocks that. Andrews enziguris, then hops up to leap for flying headscissors! The Coffey Brothers distract, and Wolfgang throws Andrews out. Things break down as Coffey eggs on Ashton and Flash, and Joe gets away with beating down Andrews! Flash and Ashton go back to their corner, and Andrews is fed to a cover. TWO, but Wolfgang keeps on Andrews. Tag to Mark, fans rally up but Andrews gets mugged.
Andrews reaches for his corner but Mark stomps him down. Mark drops knees and wrenches Andrews’ neck. Fans rally up as Andrews endures but Mark knees him down and covers. TWO, and Andrews goes for his corner but Mark brings him around. Tag to Joe, and Joe throws more heavy hands. Joe brings Andrews out and throws forearms into the back. Joe has Andrews in a straitjacket stretch but fans rally up. Andrews gets up and pries out of the hold! But Joe spins him around to get the hold back on. Joe drives in a knee, but Andrews continues to endure. Andrews throws Joe off, but Joe runs him over with a back elbow! Joe stands on Andrews’ head, then stomps the ribs. Joe drags Andrews up, and throws him into his corner.
Tag to Wolfgang, and Wolfgang rams his shoulder into Andrews’ ribs. Wolfgang taunts Andrews’ partners, but Andrews hits him back. Wolfgang rocks Andrews with a point blank knee! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang keeps on Andrews with a partial camel clutch. Fans rally up and Andrews gets up, only for Wolfgang to clothesline him down. Cover, TWO! Wolfgang brings Andrews back, Mark tags in. Joe helps keep Andrews in the corner as his brother throws hands. Mark then grounds Andrews with a facelock. Fans rally up and Andrews gets up. Andrews pushes Mark back towards the corner, but Mark forearms him back. Mark hits Ashton and swings on Flash, but Andrews comes back with forearms and chops. Mark spins him around, suplexes, but gets Stundog Millionaire! Both men are down but fans fire up. Andrews and Mark crawl for their corners, hot tags to Wolfgang and Flash!
The Modfather rallies on the Scottish trio! Flash dodges Wolfgang to give body shots. Joe comes in but gets a knee trigger! Wolfgang hits Flash then whips, but Flash goes up and over. Flash keeps moving, spins Wolfgang to then springboard senton! Cover, TWO! Flash keeps going, grabbing an arm. He wrenches, but Wolfgang powers him off. Wolfgang runs into boots, tag to Ashton! Flash runs in but is tossed over and out. Ashton gets Wolfgang with a knee and then a shotgun boot! Fans fire up with Ashton, but Mark distracts him. Ashton lets Wolfgang go, and runs into the flapjack! Tag to Joe, then tag to Mark. The Coffey Brothers double wrench, double chop and double whip Ashton, to then hit the pop-up EuroUpper! Cover, TWO!! Ashton survives and shocks the Scots!
Tag to Joe, and the Coffey Brothers coordinate again. Double back suplex but Ashton slips out to tag in Andrews! SUPERKICK for Mark Coffey but Joe Coffey POUNCES on Ashton! Andrews comes in, dodges Joe, enziguri! Fans rally up as Joe comse back. Tag to Wolfgang, but Andrews is ready, springboard to the tornado quebrada! Wolfgang rolls out, but Flash tags in. Andrews and Ashton build speed, to DOUBLE DIVE on the Coffey boys! Flash has Wolfgang in his sights, but runs into a BIG lariat! Wolfgang drags Flash up, powerbomb lift and he aims for the group, but Flash headscissors him out! Everyone gathers as Flash climbs, SUPER SENTON! He bowls everyone over! Flash drags Wolfgang up and into the ring to cover, TWO!! Wolfgang survives and the Modfather can’t believe it!
Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro Ranello, even though he doesn’t call NXT UK matches… Flash drags Wolfgang over to his corner, but the Coffey Brothers yank Andrews and Ashton off the apron! Wolfgang SPEARS Flash! Tag to Joe, and Wolfgang feeds Flash to Joe’s discus lariat, All the Best for the Bells! Cover, the Scotsmen win!
Winners: Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers, Joe Coffey pinning
Size and strength win, but so does sly strategy. Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers stand tall, who will stand up to them next?
What another great two episodes! Eight matches that were all really good, but boy did that WWE UK Championship tear it down! That was probably the best match all week for WWE, and will still be even with American NXT and 205 Live still to come. Dunne raises his power level even higher, so that whoever defeats him will have to put on a truly powerful performance. The other matches of episode five were good, but the important development in that episode is the alliance of Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers becoming official.
In episode 6, Toni VS Dakota was great, and like I said, that could end up a major NXT UK Women’s Championship match. Johnny Saint is definitely announcing the tournament for that next week, it’s the only thing it could be. Jinny makes her presence known, too, so she’ll definitely be a semifinalist in the tournament. Devlin VS Williams was a good match, and naturally Devlin wins to help build the Heel side of the midcard. Gibson VS Jordan was pretty fun, but I really like Seven getting on Gibson’s nerves. Seven VS Gibson can make for a great singles match, and if Gibson and James Drake join up as the “Grizzled Young Veterans”, they could give some great tag matches with Mustache Mountain. I’m thinking those tag titles are part of Saint’s announcement, too, so we’ll be getting more tag action as we go now.
The Six Man Tag was great, too, but not quite as amazing as the UK Championship match. It works for the Heels to go over, or else this feud would be over too soon. Maybe once Travis Banks is back, he’ll join up with Andrews and Webster to give the Scottish trio a loss. The feud probably ends with the Scotsmen still going over, and then those three move on to the WWE UK and NXT UK Tag Team Championships. The one thing that might divide the Scottish trio is that Joe wants both the top title and his part in the tag titles, which locks Wolfgang out of gold.
My Score(s): Episode 5 – 9/10; Episode 6 – 8.4/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 5 (4/18/2021)
Another day at the AJPW Carnival! With Zeus’ undefeated streak broken, do we see new leaders at the top of the single block?
Welcome back to another exciting day of All Japan’s Champion Carnival. We had some solid wrestling for the previous day and we will now be at the halfway point of the tournament after this show is over. We’re gonna find out who will step up in the rankings and who will also fall behind.
Who will advance? Does anyone get eliminated? All this and more as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kento Miyahara vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our first match as Kento Miyahara is set to take on Koji Doi. Kento has had a bad start for this year as he’s only won one match and lost two but if he can get a win here, he’ll be in the middle on the scoreboard. Koji, however, has three losses and one more loss here could make him unable to win depending on how the next day goes. Can Koji get a second win or does Kento get a victory?
Soon as the bell rang, Koji started charging at Kento into the corner and it leads to the both of them delivering stiff shots to each other back and forth. Koji eventually turned it into a Torture Rack and had it applied until Kento wiggled out to land on his feet but Koji stopped his momentum to get the heat in a nicely done opening sequence. The two are outside of the ring now as the two tried to hit a Brainbuster onto one another into the crowd or on the entrance ramp but Koji decided to DDT him onto the ramp to apply damage to his head more. Good control from Koji to keep working on the head and needed it while Kento sells the pain well to get the crowd behind him in this match.
Koji applies the Rings of Saturn onto Kento as he pulls on his head while applying the lock but Kento would finally struggle enough to get his foot on the rope, breaking the hold. I said it before and I will say it again, Kento delivers better knees than Kenny Omega, he makes them look legit and despite still slapping, he knows the right time to do it without it looking phony, unlike Olivia. Kento hits the Blackout into the corner on the back of his head and then another one but Koji kicked out at two. Kento goes for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Koji broke free, elbowing him in the face before picking him up to hit the Swinging Side Slam as Kento kicked out at two. Koji attempts the Lariat but Kento ducks to hit a Blackout and used this chance to hit the Shutdown German Suplex Hold, getting the win while Koji is in last place!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Time for the next match as Shinjiro Otani takes on the GAORA TV Champion, Shuji Ishikawa. Both of them are around the middle in rankings but Shuji has more points than him by one victory. If Otani can win here though, he’ll be in the middle with him and among others. Can Otani score a win here or will Shuji move up to the top spot?
The two would lock up as neither of them was getting the advantage until they were on the ropes to break it, then they would tackle each other while they’re both still standing their ground until they go blow for blow with Shuji kneeing him in the gut to get him down. Shuji is beating down Otani any chance he gets with his stomps or just hitting him, and it works since Shuji is a bigger guy than Otani and a little more well-rounded but you can see Otani getting pumped up despite being knocked down. Otani would make his comeback, having Shuji into the corner as he ran the ropes to deliver a boot to the face.
The two are hitting each other back and forth, delivering stiff shots one after another but Otani would get behind him to apply the sleeper as Shuji pushed him into the corner. Otani would sit on the top turnbuckle and slap Shuji across the face and applied the sleeper once again but the referee tells him to break the hold. Otani would deliver a Missle Dropkick but Shuji gets up to charge at him, only to be met with a Backdrop as Shuji got up again to hit the Lariat as they both go down. Shuji got up first as he hits the Tsunami and the Giant Driver but Otani was able to kick out at two. Otani fought off the Powerbomb and hits a Lariat on him but soon as Shuji kicked out, Otani applied the Cobra Clutch and gets the submission victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Kohei Sato vs. Zeus
Review: Time for our next match as Zeus takes on Kohei Sato. Zeus suffered his first loss at the previous show but is still at the top of the board. If Sato can win though, he’ll be up on top since he’ll have a better average than Zeus since he only lost one match himself but only has two victories. Will Zeus be able to bounce back or does Sato take control of the scoreboard?
Is Sato a little taller than Zeus? Yes, but is Zeus beefier than Sato? Fuck yeah. Sato had Zeus sat down on the mat as he delivered stiff kicks to the back but Zeus got up quickly, pulling his head in for a headlock and it just looked powerful. Zeus keeps the headlock locked in for a good while and makes sure Sato is in as much pain as possible during all of this and it’s good seeing Zeus look this dominating in his matches since he has the god of an almighty God, put that shit into use! Sato finally stopped Zeus with a knee to the gut and would deliver stiff kicks to the chest to get him down. This is just a stiff fest with the strikes and I am all for it in this match.
Zeus gets Sato down with the Chokeslam as Sato kicked out at two. Zeus is calling for the end already as he sets him up for the Jackhammer but Sato reversed it to hit the Falcon Arrow as they both go down. The two slowly get up as Sato delivers stiff forearms while Zeus counteracts with chops and it goes for a bit until Zeus hits a Lariat. Sato kicked out and Zeus turned it into the Facelock, trying to get him to tap out but Sato gets his foot on the rope! Zeus goes for the Jackhammer again but Sato powers out of it to deliver forearms to Zeus while Zeus attempts Lariats as Sato stands his ground to hit one more forearm. Sato went for a pin but Zeus kicked out and hits Zeus with another stiff forearm as Zeus kicked out again. Sato picks him up to hit the German Suplex Hold and gets the victory over Zeus! Sato is now on top of the board with three wins and only one loss.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Champion Carnival 2021 Match:
Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s time to close up the show with our main event as Jake Lee takes on Yuma Aoyagi. Jake has a chance to be in the top spot if he can win this match and keep up his dominating run aside from the one loss. Yuma was able to score an upset victory over Zeus to stay in the game and if he can win here, he’ll be able to tie for the top spot with Zeus, Sato, and Lee. Will we have a four-way tie or does Jake move up the ladder?
They both have their arms up as if they were taunting each other or something but they would eventually lock up, Jake gets him into the ropes until the referee tells Jake to get off him. Yuma would get Jake to the ropes this time and as he broke it up, he taunts Jake by doing the taunt he used for when he was a babyface, the disrespect. This angered Jake and would kick him in the gut and gets him in a headlock to apply damage to his neck. The two started some chain wrestling until Jake lifted Yuma to make him hit the rope between his legs, causing Yuma to flop outside of the ring for Jake to work him outside. When you look at these two men, these guys are going to be your future of the company next to Kento Miyahara in the long run. Jake is a star waiting to happen and while Yuma had a slow start, he is slowly figuring himself out in the past year and if he can keep this up, he will have a bright future in the company with guys like Kento, Jake, Suwama, Zeus, Nomura, and hopefully Shotaro. While Jake isn’t being a full-on heel in this match, he still shows that side of him in the match from how aggressive he is and just taunting the referee whenever he’s told to let go of Yuma and going back into what he was doing.
Jake tosses Yuma into the corner as Yuma used this chance to bounce off and hit a Crossbody but he’s not down as he climbs to the top rope, hitting another Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Jake was able to get Yuma on his stomach, having a knee on his back while pulling on his head, stretching him out until Yuma grabbed the rope but the referee wanted to be a dick for a moment, kicking the bottom rope to make him let go and Yuma grabbed it again to make them break the hold this time. The two kept on fighting back and forth with Yuma getting up right away as Jake attempts the Giant Killing but Yuma caught his leg to push it down, hitting a spinning back kick, and Jake would hit a jumping kick to the chest as the two go down! Yuma hits two German Suplexes and goes to apply the End Game but Jake had his hand on the rope soon as Yuma was able to lock it in.
Yuma went for the Rock Star Buster but Jake fought out of it, attempting the Giant Killing again as Yuma caught his leg to turn him around, rolling him up with the European Clutch as Jake kicked out at two again. Jake tries to pick Yuma up but doesn’t budge, laying there motionless as it annoys Jake while the referee tells him to stand back so he can count. Yuma finally has some light in him as Jake goes over to him just to knee him in the face, knocking him down again. Jake tried pulling Yuma up again but doesn’t budge again, angering Jake more as he makes him sit up to knock him down with another knee. He keeps hitting Yuma with his knees while yelling at him until the referee pushed him away again. Jake had Yuma up on his knees before running the ropes and before he could get closer to him, Yuma collapsed once more. Jake is calling for the end as he picked him up for the D4C but Yuma knees his head and reverses it into a roll, turning it into the End Game! Beautiful counter as he has it locked in fully, giving Jake no choice but to tap out! Another big win for Yuma.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Overall: Much better night than the previous one, that’s for sure. Nothing over the top, solid action all around, and just nice wrestling with nothing going 30+ minutes all the time. We’re at the halfway point and now the competition is going to get harder from here. Let’s see where this takes us.
Favorite Match: Jake Lee vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Shuji Ishikawa vs. Shinjiro Otani
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Kohei Sato: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Zeus: (3-2) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-2) (6 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (3-2) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-4) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (4/20/21)
Will it be a silent Knight?
NXT is ready to shine bright on a Tuesday night!
With that, LA Knight takes on Dexter Lumis, Kushida puts his Cruiserweight title on the line, and Warrior of the Sun, Sarray, makes her NXT in-ring debut!
- LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis; Knight wins.
- Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- Sarray VS Zoey Stark; Sarray wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???; Kushida wins and retains the title.
- Ever-Rise VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes; O’Reilly wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Kyle O’Reilly is back!
After winning the brutal Unsanctioned Match with Adam Cole at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, he’s back and still playing air guitar on his way to the ring! He gets a mic and takes a breath before he says, “In life, we face constant struggles and challenges, and at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, I faced the toughest personal and physical test of my life.” Kyle asks to turn the lights up, but then remembers he had his sunglasses. He’s in a great mood because he’s nowhere near Cole. He can move on and be himself again and it feels good! “I like it a lot!”
Kyle’s never been one to thrust himself into the spotlight, and always realized that his work and his abilities in the ring would speak for themselves. And now that Cole is behind him, Kyle realizes it’s time to move on. “Now, what is next for Kyle O’Reilly? Well, there’s something that I learned at TakeOver; to succeed here, you have to have a killer instinct!” The same instinct Cole has and Kyle always hesitated to use. But he has to be willing to go to extremes and do anything and everything, pay the ultimate sacrifice, to achieve his goals. But what are his goals? What’s the next challenge? What’s the next objective?
Does he continue to prove he’s THE guy here? Does he go for the workhorse title of the North American Championship? Or does he take the killer instinct and hunt down the most dominant force NXT has ever seen? Kyle has all the time in the world to decide. Huh, how clover. He must be thinking of Karrion Kross! But wait, here comes Cameron Grimes! And Grimes apologizes to Kyle for coming out here but he has to say congratulations. Kyle really showed that he can stand and deliver. And to tell the truth, Grimes made a killing on Draft Kings betting on Kyle! They thought Kyle was the underdog but Grimes sees Kyle is a top dog, a big dog!
Maybe if he had someone to watch is back and invest in him, like Grimes, these two could do a lot! Now he’s #CoolKyle, he could have merchandise! Fans like the sound of it already. Grimes says that’s a couple shirts already bought. And think about that moment when Kyle jumped off the top rope and destroyed Cole! They could make that an NFT! You heard of those? Grimes got some already. But think about this! #KOCoin! They could be a great combo and go TO~ THE~ MOOON~! Kyle gets it, right? First of all, YES. Kyle loves it! Grimes is a genius and is killing it in the stonks. By the way, thanks for the hints on “doggy coin,” Kyle loves dogs.
But let’s celebrate the new business partnership, because Kyle just found out he is officially cleared to compete! And he just saw his first opponent around here somewhere… Where is he? Oh, don’t worry, it isn’t Grimes. Wait, is that him over there? Kyle uses his sunglasses to get a better look. Oh hey, it IS Grimes! Kyle DECKS the Carolina Caveman and smirks. Cool Kyle rocks out again, but will he take Grimes for everything he’s worth?
NXT GM William Regal welcomes Sarray to the Capital Wrestling Center.
She is honored to be here, but Zoey Stark apologizes for interrupting. She wanted to introduce herself as a fan of Sarray’s. Surely Regal has an opponent in mind for Sarray, but Zoey would like to take the first match against her. Regal likes that idea and asks if Sarray would be up to that. Sarray accepts the challenge and the two shake hands. Will the Warrior of the Sun shine so bright that she burns Stark tonight?
NXT, LA Knight wants to talk to ya!
“TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, just two weeks ago, and the highlight of the whole damn thing, L A Knight!” Then a bunch of guys in the Gauntlet Eliminator realized they couldn’t let him take their shine, so they ganged up on him. Guess what, dummies! What goes around, comes around! And that brings us to tonight, “the creepy cross-eyed halfwit,” Dexter Lumis will be looking at Knight but Knight will flip the off the on switch and end him right there! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life, yeah! Will Knight talk Lumis’ ear off before knocking him out? Or will we end up with a silent Knight in the CWC?
LA Knight VS Dexter Lumis!
NXT returns as Knight makes his entrance, dummies! And then Lumis makes his entrance, and TakeOver revisited begins with the bell! Knight and Lumis stare down, fans rally for Lumis but Knight talks some trash. Knight dares Lumis to do something, they tie up and go around the ring. Lumis puts Knight in a corner, Knight turns it around and the ref counts. Knight lets off, throws hands but Lumis dodges to throw hands back! Knight headlocks, Lumis powers out but Knight runs him over to jackknife cover, TWO! Lumis ROCKS Knight with an uppercut, then whips him to ropes. Knight kicks back, Lumis shakes it off, and CLOBBERS Knight!
Lumis drags Knight up, Knight shoves him and BOOTS him down! Knight talks more trash to “this piece of trash” but gets caught into the SILENCE! Knight scrambles, gets out of the ring, and takes his time returning. Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Knight, Knight grabs a leg but Lumis pulls him up by his ears! Knight hotshots, slingshots and shoulders Lumis down! Knight tells the fans to shut up, then he whips Lumis. Lumis reverses and back drops Knight high and hard! Lumis slithers, Knight backs away, but into the post! Knight’s sword gets bent, Lumis goes out to ROCK him with another uppercut!
Lumis puts Knight in, stalks him and runs corner to corner, but misses! Knight hits a NECKBREAKER! Knight throws Lumis out, fans rally and jeer as NXT goes picture in picture.
Knight paces around while Lumis steadies himself on the outside. The ring count is 5 of 10 but Knight goes out to stomp Lumis down. Knight CLUBS Lumis, brings him up and brings him around the way to bump him off the apron. Lumis hits back, bumps Knight off the apron, then stalks Knight through the ring! Knight flails and gets away, but Lumis stalks him again. They go back in the ring, Knight CLUBS Lumis at the ropes! Knight drags Lumis up, chokes him on the ropes but lets off at 4. Knight paces, stomps Lumis down, then stomps him more. Knight hears the fans taunt him but he gives Lumis a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref checks on Lumis but somehow he’s okay.
Knight goes out to CLUB Lumis on the apron, then get in the faces of the fans before he CLUBS Lumis again. Knight goes in the ring, stalks Lumis, but Lumis elbows back. Lumis gets Knight up with a suplex but Knight lands on his feet to hit another NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Knight drags Lumis up, clamps onto the shoulders and rams in his knee! And again! Lumis reaches for ropes but Knight mockingly hushes the crowd before wrapping on a chinlock. Lumis endures, Knight leans on the hold, but Lumis fights up to fight out with body shots. Lumis runs but into Knight’s kitchen sink knee! Knight soaks up the heat, runs and drops a knee! Cover, TWO!
Knight is annoyed but he stalks Lumis to a corner. Knight RAMS into Lumis, and again, then talks trash as NXT returns to single picture. Lumis BOOTS back then SPINEBUSTERS! Lumis crawls back to a corner as fans fire up. Knight staggers up, Lumis watches him, and DECKS him with big haymaker after haymaker! Lumis uppercuts, corner clotheslines and BULLDOGS! Knight flounders up again into Lumis’ BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up to DROP THE LEG! Lumis hauls Knight back up, suplexes to slingshot and SLAM! Cover, TWO! Knight is still in this but Lumis keeps his cool. Lumis wrenches Knight’s neck, gets him up, but Knight throat chops back!
Knight whips but Lumis reverses to send Knight out. Lumis goes out after Knight, but Knight YANKS him into boards! Lumis flounders up and Knight RAMS him into the apron! Lumis crawls, Knight stalks him again, but Lumis uppercuts! Lumis sees Indi Hartwell watching in the crowd! They touch hands through the boards, then go around to the gap. Indi stumbles a bit, seems her nerves are still running high. But Knight CLOBBERS Lumis from behind! “You can’t possibly be interested in a loser like that, seeing a guy walking around with-” Lumis PLANCHAS to shut Knight up! Lumis puts Knight in, gives Indi another long stare, and then goes to the ring.
Indi and Lumis keep looking at each other, Knight gets the CRAVAT DRIVER!! Cover, Knight wins!!
Winner: LA Knight, by pinfall
Knight just snatched victory from the jaws of defeat! Indi is worried, did she cost Lumis this match? Can #InDex still work if it keeps getting in the way of success? Indi goes to the ring now, and she stares into Lumis’ eyes again. Fans want to see them “Kiss! Kiss! Kiss!” but The Way shows up to get in the way! Indi wants to be with Lumis but Theory carries her away. Johnny & Candice tell Lumis no, but will this story have a happy ending?
Leon Ruff speaks.
“Swerve, did you have fun standing over me in that ring last week? Because I know I enjoyed standing over you when you were laying unconscious when I smashed your head into these lockers not once, not twice, but three times!” Ruff says Swerve has pushed him too far! Ruff’s already kicked down the door and is just waiting on Swerve to make a move. The ball is in Swerve’s court, but what happens when Ruff busts back into Swerve’s House?
Beth Phoenix interviews Io Shirai.
This is the first time since Stand & Deliver that the Evil Genius has been on NXT. Beth takes Shirai back to In Your House, where she won the NXT Women’s Championship. Such emotion in that Triple Threat. That night was the biggest night of Shirai’s life for sure. She knows holding that NXT Women’s Championship means you’re the best in the world. Beth fast-forwards to Stand & Deliver and the boot from Raquel Gonzalez. That might’ve been the turning point, and especially the powerbomb to the floor. What was going on in that moment? Well that obviously hurt. After that, she barely had any energy. And then the last powerbomb ends her 300+ reign.
Shirai says the thing about challenges, Raquel was her biggest and toughest. But when the time is right, Shirai will ask for her rematch. Well with that said, what is next for Shirai? Rest. Shirai defended her title for over 300 days, her body needs time to recover so that she can come back and overcome Raquel. But Franky Monet and her Pomeranian, Preston, interrupt. Franky wants to formally introduce herself to Shirai and congratulate her on that iconic reign. And of course, she is a big fan of Beth’s since she was a kid. Wait, Beth’s not that old… But Franky says if Shirai is going to take time off, well-deserve of course, Franky is going to fill her shoes as the top woman.
Shirai gets mad and calls Franky out in Japanese. Franky thinks she’s better than her? She must be stupid! Franky doesn’t understand Japanese. Yeah well, Shirai prefers cats. Franky just figures Shirai is having a bad day. Will Shirai rest up fast enough to come back and make Monet put her money where her mouth is?
Breezango VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
Tyler Breeze & Fandango are fashionable royal guard, and Wade Barrett is actually impressed. As for James Drake & Zack Gibson, well Gibson gets on the mic to respond. “What on earth is this? Are you having a laugh? Typical ignorant Yanks! Have you two lads not learned yet that fun and games will get you nowhere in this job?!” Take that daft cosplay and jog on! For they are Grizzled Young Veterans, and MSK better be watching! Gibson & Drake are SSSOON to be recognized as the next NXT Tag Team Champions! Breezango keeps in character and do not respond as GYV get in the ring.
Liverpool’s Number One & Mr. Mayhem talk trash, but still no response. They reel back, but Breezango intercepts with fists first! Gibson tumbles out, Breezango double clotheslines Drake out, and GYV are fuming! The teams finally sort out, Breeze and Gibson start with the bell, and they tie up. They go around, Gibson puts Breeze in a corner and goes for a leg just to throw body shots and haymakers! Gibson throws elbows and forearms, but Breeze gives them back! Gibson scoops, Breeze slips out and jumps to RANA! Breeze rains down rights, Gibson gets away but Breeze wrenches the arm to grind the shoulder. Fandango tags in, sunset flips, TWO!
Dango CHOPS Gibson again and again, then whips him corner to corner. Drake saves Gibson from the buckles but it does serve as double-edged. Gibson ROCKS Dango, reels him in and suplexes hard! Cover, ONE! Gibson clamps onto Fandango with a chinlock and leans heavy on him. Fandango fights up, Gibson knees him low and CLUBS him to the corner. Tag to Drake, GYV double whip Fandango but he grabs ropes. Fandango sends Gibson out and CLOBBERS Drake! Tag to Breeze, Fandango hangs Drake out to dry and they make it rain with DOUBLE BOOTS! Gibson gets Drake out, Breeze WRECKS them both! Fandango FLIES and takes both Grizzled Young Veterans down! Fans fire up as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Fandango whips Drake corner to corner. Drake goes up, out and shoulders in, then climbs up. Drake leaps but Fandango gets under! Drake tweaks a leg, the ref checks on him. Drake has had bad knees before, this could be more than just a trick. Breeze and Fandango ask, Gibson does, too, but then Gibson thumbs Fandango in the eye! Drake gets right up and it WAS a fake-out! Drake fires off hands, ROCKS Fandango, then stomps away in the corner! Tag to Gibson, GYV gets Dango up for the feed, missile dropkick COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO! Gibson tries again, TWO!
Gibson clamps back on with a chinlock and he grinds Fandango as fans rally up. Fandango fights up, arm-drags free, but Gibson intercepts! Gibson waistlocks, Fandango elbows free. Gibson ducks the next elbow but Fandango keeps spinning to LARIAT! Hot tag to Drake and he drags Fandango from Breeze! Fandango fights, and gets the tag to Breeze! Prince Pretty rallies on GYV, stomps away on Drake in a corner but lets off at 4. Gibson gets in but gets an ENZIGURI! Breeze aims from the apron, FLYING FOREARM takes down Drake! Gibson runs back in but Breeze sends him into boards!
Breeze goes back to Drake to put him in, and throws big body shots, and a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Cover, ONE as Gibson gets in and Breeze DECKS him! Drake rolls Breeze up, TWO!! Breeze fires haymakers, headlocks, but Gibson tags in as Drake powers out. Leap frog and scoop, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
Gibson & Drake use misdirection to get the advantage, and perhaps they’re on their way back to yet another tag title attempt! Will MSK be ready for another go around from the Dusty Cup?
Backstage interview with Indi Hartwell.
Indi was so close this time, but The Way stopped her. Indi has so much to say but where to begin? The Way says no, this is done! No more interview, turn the cameras off! Bronson Reed walks in and asks why they keep doing this. Do they not love love? Reed says Lumis would be a great addition to the Gargano Family! And, he still has his own eyes on the NXT North American Championship. Gargano says, “Paws off, big boy!” Reed lost at TakeOver so it’s to the back of the line with him! Then maybe Reed can just rip Gargano up right now?
Theory laughs and says it’s in Reed’s dreams if he thinks he can rip the head off of “Papa John.” Theory already talked with Regal, and the only way Reed gets a shot at Gargano is if he beats Theory! SO get ready to be sent to the back of the line! Reed is ready for, but Gargano is panicking! Since when did Theory talk to Regal?! Why did he make this deal?! Reed squashed Theory, remember?! Ow, ow, ow. But Theory says he has Reed’s number. The Way get their “kids” to head out, but will we ever hear about #InDex? Will Theory be washed away by Reed’s Tsunami?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Earlier tonight was certainly not how Grimes wanted things to go at all. Kyle will end up BACK in the hospital, and Grimes will pay those bills! Ever heard of NFT? Grimes has got him some! He has the official letter right here! “Dear Mr. Grimes, we wanted to take the time to thank you for your extremely high bid on the Ja Morant Bulls bank shot NFT!” They appreciate him seeing the value of non-fungible tokens, aka NFT, but unfortunately, there was an even higher bid just after the auction’s expiration, and had no choice but to accept it. The bidder, Ted DeBiase, sends his best regards and hopes Grimes understands. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE~!! Will Grimes have better luck against Kyle tonight than he did with the auction?
Sarray VS Zoey Stark!
The Warrior of the Sun’s in-ring career rises in NXT, but she’s up against a very hungry and determined rising star! Will Stark simply be a falling star against the already very accomplished Sarray?
NXT returns as Sarray makes her first-ever NXT entrance. The bell rings and Stark shakes hands with Sarray to show there is respect here. They circle, approach, and tie up with knuckle locks. Stark shows her strength advantage, but Sarray comes back to go shoulder to shoulder. Stark bends Sarray back, she bridges, but Stark hops on. Sarray stays up, Stark sweeps legs to get the cover, ONE! Stark tries again, ONE and a monkey flip sends Stark flying! Sarray covers, ONE, Stark sweeps legs, ONE as Sarray goes Matrix to escape! Sarray runs to dropkick the legs out! Fans fire up with Sarray as she stands on Stark and stomps her on the back! Sarray springboards to DOUBLE STOMP!
Fans fire up more as Sarray keeps on Stark. Sarray gets a leg, ties it up with the other leg, and has a Figure Four Deathlock! Fans rally with Sarray as she finishes the MUDA LOCK! Stark crawls, reaches and gets the ropebreak! Sarray lets go to kick Stark to a corner, then she whips corner to corner. Stark goes up and over and elbows Sarray before she rolls her out and runs, SLIDING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! That was a deep press but Sarray escapes! Stark stomps Sarray, gets her up and snap suplexes! Cover, TWO! Stark keeps her cool as she drags Sarray up. Sarray throws body shots, Stark CLUBS Sarray, and drives in elbows into the shoulders!
Stark clamps on with a chinlock, makes it a cover, TWO! Stark is learning how tough Sarray is, and she bumps Sarray off buckles. Fans rally as Stark stomps Sarray. The ref counts, Stark lets off but comes back to get Sarray up. Sarray ROCKS Stark, Stark stomps Sarray back down! Stark brings Sarray up, snapmares and wraps her up with double chicken wings. Sarray fights up, fans rally as Sarray powers up and powers Stark into buckles! Stark holds on, Sarray powers her into buckles again! Stark throws Sarray into buckles, runs in but is put on the apron! Sarray ROCKS Stark and dropkicks her down!
Stark staggers around the outside but makes her way into the ring. Sarray ROCKS her with another forearm, and another! Stark ROCKS Sarray back, and the forearms fly! Sarray fires up, fires off a flurry, then tops it off with another! Stark follows to KNEE Sarray at ropes! Stark runs but Sarray BLASTS her with a dropkick! Sarray runs side to side to BLAST Stark again! The fans are fired up for the PERFECT PLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Stark survives but both women are down as fans fire up. Sarray fires up again, gets Stark but Stark HEEL KICKS and HALF ‘N’ HALF SUPLEXES! Stark kips up, runs, SLIDING KNEE!! Cover, TWO!!
Stark is furious, fans rally and duel, but Stark goes to a corner. Sarray is in the drop zone as Stark 450’s! Sarray dodges and Stark flops! Stark staggers up, into a victory roll! TWO, and Stark HEEL KICKS Sarray back down! Cover, TWO?!? Sarray survives but Stark tries again, TWO!! Stark gets Sarray up, Sarray fights free but Stark reels her back in! Back suplex but Sarray lands on her feet to SOBAT! Sarray ROCKS Stark then calls her shot, “FINISH!” EXPLODER SAIDO SUPLEX! Sarray covers, Sarray wins!
Winner: Sarray, by pinfall
Sarray has the seal of approval from Meiko Satomura and Antonio Inoki for a reason! Stark still respects Sarray, will Sarray get the same from the rest of the roster? Wait, Toni Storm RAMS Stark into the boards! The Lightning From Down Under is furious that Stark beat her in the TakeOver Kickoff Show and is getting her payback! Sarray rushes out to defend Stark but Storm storms off. Will Toni make it her time by any means necessary?
Backstage interview with Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai.
They heard Io Shirai’s comments earlier, and Raquel says while Shirai was a great champion, Raquel will be damned if she hasn’t worked her ass off to kick everyone else’s and prove she is an even greater campeona. Dakota makes sure McKenzie sticks around, because they beat Shirai so badly, she needs a vacation. She better enjoy it. Well a lot of women have their sights set on the title, and Dakota laughs. Is she fishing? She must be talking about Mercedes Martinez. Mercedes wants a title shot, Dakota wants to go to Hogwarts. We don’t always get what we want.
Raquel says if McKenzie is a journalist, here’s the headline: If the women want their shot, they can line up so she can take them down one by one until there’s no one left standing. Now they’re done here. Who steps up, and who gets knocked down, by Big Mami Cool?
Candice & Indi talk backstage.
Candice wants her to stop being distracted by boys. Lumis isn’t a boy, he’s a man. Okay ew. But then why can’t they talk this over with Regal? Because Regal is a saboteur, that’s why. Talking things over with Regal hasn’t worked out well for The Way, now has it? Lumis is lurking behind that door! Indi sees him but Candice gets her attention back. They are going to do this their way. Indi stays behind to look at Lumis and Candice comes across “the two dummies” she was looking for, Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart. They still have what belongs to The Way. The Way is family! Well, how does Indi feel? She’s not there. Candice was saying?
Candice slaps Ember’s drink into her face! GRAB HER! Shotzi & Ember get Candice, drag her into the back, and close the door as they rough her up! Will Indi get an earful about this one?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Open Challenge: KUSHIDA VS ???
Last week, the Time Splitter cashed in on Santos Escobar’s arrogant open challenge and finally got a title in NXT! But now, to celebrate his victory, he’s doing the exact same thing! Will the Super Junior come to regret copying the Emperor of Lucha? Or will he check off his first defense already?
Kushida takes to the mic to explain, “Last week, I won the title in an open challenge. Tonight, I will give the same opportunity. Who wants a title shot!?” Who answers the call? Oney Lorcan does! The former NXT Tag Team Champion was the Fury of 205 Live once upon a time! Will Oney make a dream come true while ruining Kushida’s fairy tale at the same time? The introductions are made, the title is raised, and we see how this week’s open challenge goes!
The two circle, feel out the grapple, and Oney puts Kushida in a corner. The ref counts, Oney lets off and Kushida comes back to get a leg. Kushida rolls to get the heel hook but Oney fights to get free. Oney rolls, floats, facelocks and gets an arm. Oney throws Kushida down then headscissors. Kushida fights around, turns Oney and ties up the legs to get a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Oney endures, pops free, covers, ONE!! Oney keeps on the arm, shifts to a wristlock but Kushida rolls. Kushida headscissors, Oney moves around, turns Kushida and ties his legse up in return. Oney reaches and hooks Kushida’s face, but the ref counts. Kushida is free and KICKS Oney’s arm!
Kushida gets Oney’s nose, but Oney avoids the Penalty Kick! Oney headlocks, fans rally for Kushida and he fights up. Kushida powers out, follows, but ducks under Oney to get a body scissor takedown tot he ARMBAR! Oney scrambles and gets the ropebreak! Kushida lets off fast, Oney CHOPS! Kushida KICKS, but runs into an elbow! Oney goes up but Kushida GAMANGIRIS him to the floor! Fans are fired up and so is Kushida as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Oney has Kushida in a motorcycle stretch. Kushida endures, fights up but Oney digs his forehead into Kushida’s back. Kushida fights up, breaks free but Oney knees low and EuroUppers. Kushida fires off kicks, whips but Oney reverses. Oney gets away from the handspring to BLAST Kushida with a EuroUpper! Cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida, CHOPS him, whips him and kitchen sink knees! Cover, TWO! Another cover, TWO! Oney keeps on Kushida with a standing cobra twist! Kushida endures the abdominal stretch, throws elbows into Oney’s arm, and is free! Oney runs in to elbow Kushida at the corner! Oney goes corner to corner, but into a SHOTEI!
Kushida and Oney slowly get back up as fans fire up. Kushida powers up with the power of Liger and SHOTEIS again! Kushida fires off fast hands and kicks, then whips corner to corner. Oney reverses, runs but into an elbow! Kushida goes up to the top rope, aims at the arm and hits a FLYING KNEE to the elbow! Then a flying takedown, but Oney blocks to a waistlock! Kushida switches, FAST BALL! Oney BLASTS Kushida again, then BLOCKBUSTERS!! Cover, TWO!! Kushida survives and Oney can’t believe it! Oney throws off his armbands and he glares at Kushida. Oney CHOPS but Kushida just fires up! Oney CHOPS, and CHOPS and CHOPS but Kushida roars!
Kushida ROCKS Oney with a Fast Ball, hip toss and basement dropkick! FAST BALL AGAIN! PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Kushida leaps, HOVERBOARD LOCK!! Oney is down, he taps out! Kushida wins!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by submission (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Super Junior might be moving into ultra! Will Kushida continue to give opportunity to top Cruiserweight stars? Wait, former champion Escobar is at the stage, because El Legado attacks in the ring! Kushida fights them but he ends up in a 3v1 situation! Wilde & Mendoza mug Kushida and then give him back to Escobar, but here comes MSK! The Tag Champions help Kushida fight back! Kushida ROCKS Escobar while Carter SUPERKICKS Mendoza and Lee throws Wilde! Kushida handspring heel kicks Escobar out of the ring! Will the champions show their would-be challengers who runs this “bingo” now?
Mercedes Martinez speaks.
“Hey, Raquel, I’m waiting on you. I called your ass out last week, and all I hear is silence.” Is Raquel scared of her? Seems like it! Raquel had her chance to say something but she didn’t, Dakota did. Mercedes gets it. Raquel might be the champ, but she’s still in Dakota’s shadow. Dakota barks orders and Raquel does what she’s told like a good lil’ lapdog. But y’know what? Mercedes will do Raquel a solid. She’ll take Dakota out so that nothing, and she means NOTHING, will stand in the way of them and the title. Will Dakota have to watch her back when Mean Ms. Mercedes comes around?
Gargano talks with Theory backstage.
So Theory was going to the restroom, and he happened to see Regal, and then…? Theory said if Reed wants his shot, he has to go through Theory! But then Candice walks in and she is a mess! What happened?! She doesn’t want to talk about it, and Indi walks in happily! She saw him! Lumis?! Yeah, but what happened to Candice? Is that gum in her hair? Oh, gum! Theory, no! Indi says she talked to Regal, too! What?! Why!? Regal is giving them another chance at the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships! Oh, well awesome! Hear that, Candice? That’s great, right? Hands in! The… WAY! Just, just give Candice a minute. Will the chance they have not make up for what happened to Candice because of #InDex?
Ever-Rise VS Imperium!
While Chase Parker & Matt Marthel are still pals with the Bollywood Boyz on 205 Live, things might be very, very different for them all alone on NXT. Especially against the Impeccable German and the Pride of Italy across the ring from them! Will #EverRiseRule or be conquered by the faction that wants to restore the honor of wrestling with global domination?
The teams sort out, and Fabian Aichner CLOBBERS Marthel! Aichner CLUBS Marthel, whips him corner to corner hard then runs in to back elbow! Aichner wrenches and hits a BIG back suplex! Aichner talks trash, drags Marthel up, but Marthel jawbreakers! Tag to Parker, he runs and leaps, but into Aichner’s FALL AWAY SLAM! Aichner drags Parker up, tags in Barthel, and the Agitator throws Parker into buckles! Barthel sets Marthel up in the corner, tags Aichner, and the Equalizer meets him in the corner with double dropkicks! But here comes Killian Dain! Alexander Wolfe stands in his way, but Parker rolls Aichner up! TWO!!
Parker fires off on Aichner, Aichner shoves and CLOBBERS him! Then BOOTS Marthel for good measure! But now Drake Maverick is here and he sucker punches Wolfe! Dain keeps the peace?! Seems he doesn’t want his current friend and his former friend fighting! Aichner keeps on Parker as Dain & Maverick leave. Tag to Barthel, Imperium sets up and hits the EUROBOMB!! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, by pinfall
The mat is sacred, and this victory is Imperium’s! But things look to be getting complicated with those Imperium was formerly attached to. Will the Hatchet Man get the Beast of Belfast to consider who he belongs with?
Kyle O’Reilly encounters Karrion Kross backstage!
Kyle did put him on notice, so perhaps this is the NEW NXT Champion returning the favor. Will #CoolKyle show how cold he can be against the GameStonks tycoon?
Kyle O’Reilly VS Cameron Grimes!
NXT returns and Grimes makes his entrance. The bell rings, the two circle and Kyle sits down to already bait Grimes in. Grimes is wary of that, though, and they tie up with collar ‘n’ elbow. Grimes waistlocks, Kyle wrenches the arm and wristlocks. Grimes spins through, steps through and trips Kyle to get a toehold. Kyle uses his free leg to trip Grimes, then he goes after an arm! Grimes scrambles to avoid the wrench, but Kyle gets Grimes up. Grimes wrangles Kyle down but Kyle switches to get a chinlock. Grimes slips out the back, floats to a facelock and then has a top wristlock. Kyle fights up, goes around and switches to hammerlock then headlock for a takeover.
Grimes grows frustrated, but he fights up. Fans rally and duel, Grimes puts Kyle on ropes, and Kyle lets go, only for Grimes to headlock and hit a takeover! Kyle turns it to a cover, ONE! Grimes holds on, fans taunt Grimes with “NFT! NFT!” Grimes fights up, headlocks but Kyle throws body shots. Kyle powers out but Grimes runs him over! Things speed up, Kyle trips Grimes and then gets him up to wrench to a wristlock. Kyle grinds the arm, Grimes endures, but Kyle leans harder on the arm. Grimes gets up, Jams Kyle in the ear, then rocks him with a EuroUpper! Grimes says you don’t sucker punch Grimes! But then Kyle KNEES Grimes down, runs and shouts, to SLAP Grimes in the face!
Kyle smirks as he wrenches Grimes, hammerlocks him and sweeps the leg! Grimes clutches the arm, Kyle boots him at the ropes then KICKS him! Fans rally as Kyle KICKS away on Grimes’ legs. Grimes throws a forearm, CHOPS Kyle, then whips him. Kyle reverses, Grimes sunset flips but Kyle stays up to get the ARMBAR! Grimes scrambles, Kyle just shifts sides to ARMBAR the other arm! Grimes rolls to the ropebreak! The ref counts, Kyle lets off, and Kyle gets Grimes up to wrench an arm. Grimes goes after Kyle’s face but Kyle gets a leg. Grimes hops around, Kyle holds on, Grimes backflips through to DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Kyle flops out from the bad neck and NXT goes picture in picture!
Grimes waits at the ropes as Kyle writhes. Grimes goes out to fetch Kyle, drag him up and throw him into boards! Kyle flounders while checking his face, but Grimes is after him again. Grimes bounces Kyle off the announce desk, then says something to commentary. Grimes puts Kyle on the apron and CLUBS him! Grimes takes his time getting back in the ring, stalks Kyle to ropes and ROCKS him with a haymaker! Kyle checks his jaw, Grimes KICKS him in the chest! And then the leg! Grimes bumps Kyle off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard, and Kyle bounces off buckles to hit the mat. Grimes gets his bad arm moving while he catches his breath.
Grimes drags Kyle to a facelock, pushes him to a cover, TWO! Kyle shakes his head because he’s not giving up, but Grimes clamps on to wrench the neck. Kyle endures, Grimes digs forearms in then drives in elbows! Grimes drops knees, digs them in, then lets off as the ref counts. Grimes says he’s going to the moon, then drags Kyle back up. Grimes KICKS Kyle in the back, clamps on with another neck wrench, and NXT returns to single picture as fans rally up. Kyle endures, Grimes leans on the hold, but Kyle fight sup and fights back! They brawl, Grimes whips and CLOBBERS Kyle again! Kyle flounders, Grimes covers, TWO!
Fans say “This is Awesome!” though Grimes seethes. Grimes KICKS Kyle, and KICKS him again! Grimes digs his boots into Kyle at a corner, lets off as the ref counts, and then whips Kyle corner to corner hard! Kyle hits the mat, Grimes covers, TWO! Kyle clutches his arm, Grimes seethes and clamps onto the neck with another chinlock. Grimes bends Kyle back against a knee but Kyle endures. Grimes keeps trying but Kyle works on prying the grip. Kyle shifts, turns and throws body shots. Grimes keeps hold with a headlock but Kyle powers out. Grimes runs Kyle over, things speed up, and Kyle hits a kitchen sink knee! Fans fire up as Kyle dodges the haymaker to fire off knees!
Kyle fires off strikes, sweeps the leg and fans fire up again! Grimes goes to a corner, Kyle runs corner to corner, and he forearm smashes hard! Kyle wrenches, hits an elbow breaker, then a BIG back suplex, to a KNEEBAR! Grimes rolls around and gets the ropebreak! Kyle lets go fast, Grimes gets up and fans are thunderous. Kyle KICKS Grimes’ leg out and Grimes flips upside-down! Kyle aims again, Grimes dodges to spin and scoop and swing Kyle, but Kyle lands on his feet for a GUILLOTINE FACELOCK! Grimes is fading fast!! Grimes is falling, but Kyle lets him free just to KNEE him in the chest! Kyle reels Grimes in but Grimes scoops, spins and SLAMS Kyle down!! Cover, TWO!!
Kyle survives but Grimes is too tired to be frustrated! Both men slowly rise as the fans rally again. Grimes waistlocks and dead lifts but Kyle elbows free. Grimes CLUBS him on the back, tries again, but Kyle slips around to get the leg! Grimes makes the kneebar a cover, TWO!! Grimes BOOTS Kyle, runs, but Kyle pops him up for a KICK! Grimes SUPER FOREARMS! Kyle KNEES low, AX but Grimes ROUNDHOUSES! Kyle yo-yo’s, into a COLLISION COURSE! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives and Grimes is beside himself! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but the show has to end somehow! Kyle KICKS Grimes, reels him in, but Grimes knees back!
Grimes kicks, Kyle ducks but Grimes SUPERKICKS back! Kyle rebounds to LARIAT! Kyle fires up, AX and SMASH!! Grimes staggers into Kyle’s BRAINBUSTER!! Kyle isn’t done there, he goes to a corner and climbs up! KING KONG KNEE DROP!! Cover, Kyle wins!!
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly, by pinfall
It wasn’t heavy metal but it was the same knee attack Kyle used to finish off Adam Cole! Will Kyle use that and his entire arsenal to take titles left and right?
Another awesome episode for NXT! And what an awesome main event just for Kyle’s return match. Usually return matches are just above a squash match, but Kyle VS Grimes was worthy of a title opportunity match in itself. Kyle’s return promo was great, and I am excited that he is after all the gold. Kross responding, though silently, is an obvious sign that Kyle is getting his third shot, and maybe the third time is the charm? At the same time, maybe not because Kross only just got this title back and I don’t see NXT taking it from him so soon.
But while Strong kayfabe resigned from NXT and Cole might be going to SmackDown, when will Bobby Fish return at some point? That is the one part of Kyle’s past that I feel like he’d be okay with keeping, so that reDRagon can ride again. They should go for a Two Man Power Trip, too, with Fish going for the North American Championship. In a way, it’ll be like recreating their later runs in ROH. Grimes also cracked me up with the bit about NFT’s. I don’t really get what those are or how they work but clearly WWE invested a lot of their money into it so someone somewhere has to plug it for them, and Grimes is definitely the guy to get onboard with stuff like that.
Zoey Stark stepping up to be Sarray’s first opponent was a great character bit for Stark, and their match was also great for a debut match, which are many times also glorified squash matches. Sarray still wins, of course, and Storm going after Stark was a good bit of story from Stand & Deliver. Storm VS Sarray is itself a natural feud, can really build Sarray in the eyes of fans in America or who just watch WWE/NXT, and definitely keep Sarray busy while Raquel deals with other challengers. Mercedes calling Raquel out and saying she’ll “take out” Dakota is good stuff. Mercedes VS Dakota and the inevitable Mercedes VS Raquel are both going to be awesome, and can make for a solid first defense on Raquel’s record.
Shirai’s interview with Beth was decent enough, and adding Franky Monet did add a bit to it. Shirai probably won’t be away as long as we think if Franky is acting like she’s her replacement. Franky VS Shirai, whenever that happens, will be great stuff, can also establish Franky in the eyes of WWE/NXT fans, and could be a way to send Franky up the ranks while helping Shirai exit to Raw or SmackDown. Everything with The Way was awesome tonight, from Theory stepping in it on behalf of Gargano, and Indi letting Candice down because she’s enamored with Lumis. Indi’s part in Lumis VS Knight was actually played perfectly, and it helps Knight get back up after some admittedly surprising losses.
Ever-Rise VS Imperium was clearly a vehicle to the story progression with Imperium and Killian Dain. He wanted to confront Imperium about before, but he wouldn’t let it become a brawl between Maverick and Wolfe. I think Dain is going to be forced to choose a side, and perhaps to go with the Imperium expansion angle, Dain chooses them because he’s tired of struggling. At the same time, they need to find a way to tie Thatcher back into this to tease that it could be him turning but then it’s Dain. Breezango VS GYV was a lot of fun, but naturally GYV wins to get back up in the tag title hunt.
Kushida having an open challenge for his first defense, and having it so soon, was a surprising move, but it gave is an awesome match with Kushida and Oney. Kushida wins, of course, and of course Legado shows up for payback. MSK joining in to even the numbers was great, and a Six Man of the champions and their challengers is going to be really good. I have a feeling somehow, someway (because Legado cheats 99% of the time), Legado wins so that they all earn their shots at the titles. MSK VS Legado 2v2 will be really good, but I would think MSK wins since GYV is coming around. Escobar VS Kushida go either way, but maybe this is how Escobar is turned away and so he can go after the other titles.
My Score: 9.2/10
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