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
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
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
SmackDown prepares for the Royal Rumble in the biggest ways! Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas, 2 out of 3 Falls! Who gains momentum while breaking the tie?
- Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville; Rose wins.
- The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus; Cesaro wins.
- Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe; Joe wins.
- Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas; Mysterio wins, by disqualification.
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The Man starts off SmackDown!
Becky Lynch prepares for her shot at the Empress of Tomorrow at the Royal Rumble PPV, but she’s here in Wichita to say that there’s nothing more than she likes than being in the ring fighting. But The Man has something to say first. It wasn’t too long ago that no one paid attention to Becky. But now everyone has an opinion on who and what she should be. Becky will say this: the only thing The Man should be doing is main-eventing Wrestlemania! Fans agree with that! And she’ll slap the heads off anyone and everyone who gets in her way. That journey starts on Sunday, against Asuka. Becky’s watched Asuka clean out NXT, steamroll the main roster, and is undoubtedly one of the best. “But I’m better.”
Becky reminds us that Asuka never beat Becky for the title. And the fact that isn’t eating her up tells Becky something. The others have warmed themselves on the fire Becky lit, but things change at the Rumble. Becky has dethroned a Queen, and will break the Empress! Becky will walk through fire and brimstone- But speaking of the Empress, here comes Asuka! Asuka stands across the ring from Becky and holds up the belt. She tells Becky in Japanese that she’s not intimidated by the talk. Fans duel as these two argue, but here comes Charlotte! The Queen is going to be in the Women’s Rumble, but she has a mic to tell both Becky and Asuka tonight that “As much as I’m enjoying this, and excited for your match this Sunday”, nothing will be better than her throwing out 29 other women to win the Rumble.
And then the choices she’s got on her plate. Ronda VS Sasha, but Sasha’s someone Charlotte’s beaten so many times, and has beaten the Hell out of Ronda via “Ken” the kendo stick. Then Asuka VS Becky, Charlotte broke the Empress’ Streak, and “The Man” may have gotten her the last few months, but Charlotte has owned the division for four years. And Charlotte IS the Main Event! Charlotte lets out a “WOO~” but Asuka fires off on Becky! A brawl goes down in the ring and Charlotte watches in amusement. Fans cheer but referees come out to break this fight up! Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and they do fight, but security comes out to try their hand. It’s no good, Becky gets after Asuka now! Asuka throws Becky into barriers then stomps away! The brawl continues, and Becky throws Asuka over the announce desk!
Referees and security reprimand Becky but she uses her own jacket to whiplash Asuka over and over! The Lass Kicker stands tall, to then clobber Asuka back down! Fans are thunderous as Becky finally backs off. Asuka gets up and is furious, but she’ll have to wait for Sunday to settle things. With this level of fire inside both of them, which woman will blaze a trail down the Road to Wrestlemania?
The brawl continues backstage!
Asuka caught up to Becky and the fight again has to be pulled apart! Will these two even make it to Phoenix?!
Naomi VS Mandy Rose w/ Sonya Deville!
The Glow found out about the Golden Goddess trying to seduce and humiliate her husband, but she threw down in the hotel room. This fight finishes in the ring, will Naomi make Mandy #FeeltheGlow in the strongest way? Or will Mandy dim the lights instead?
Naomi doesn’t wait for the bell! She charges through Sonya and gets right at Mandy on the ramp! She throws Mandy into the apron then into the ring. Naomi wants to keep going, but Mandy SLAPS her! The bell rings and now things are official as Naomi fires off slaps of her own! She tops it off with a backhand and Mandy rolls out. Mandy regroups with Sonya while we go picture in picture. Sonya helps Mandy catch her breath and Mandy returns. Naomi is right on Mandy but Mandy puts Naomi in the corner. Mandy stomps a mudhole then backs off at the count of 4. Naomi gets up and SLAPS Mandy! Naomi snapmares and runs for the sliding lariat! Leg drop cover, TWO! Naomi keeps on Mandy with an armlock while Mandy checks her nose.
Naomi wrenches and Mandy endures. But Naomi rubs Mandy’s face into the mat, then pulls her hair before stomping her back down. Mandy checks her nose again as Naomi scoops and slams her. Naomi runs and drops the splits! Cover, TWO! But Naomi doesn’t let up, she’s right back on Mandy with a facelock. They stand up and Naomi whips. Mandy reverses but Naomi slides and shoulders back in. Sonya runs in but gets a kick, Mandy blasts Naomi with a knee! Mandy drags Naomi up and in and covers, TWO! Mandy keeps on Naomi with a rain of right hands! She drags Naomi up for a thrashing chinlock, but now Naomi endures. Naomi fights her way up but Mandy reels her in. Naomi dodges and rolls Mandy up, TWO! Jawbreaker as we return to single picture!
Naomi roundhouses Mandy, then runs for lariats and elbows! Mandy clotheslines Naomi back down then covers, TWO! Mandy glares at Naomi as she stomps her back down. She kicks Naomi to the ropes then chokes her against them. Mandy lets up at 4 while fans boo and jeer. Mandy drags Naomi up for forearms in a corner, but backs off at 4 again. Naomi boots back, and hits the enziguri! She kicks Mandy while she’s down, then stands her up for forearms of her own! Mandy shoves Naomi away, but Naomi come back to hit a huricanrana! Mandy staggers about and Naomi runs, but is put on the apron. Naomi hits Mandy away, but Sonya anchors feet. Mandy takes advantage by shoving Naomi into the post! Cover, Mandy wins!
Winner: Mandy Rose, by pinfall
The duo formerly known as Absolution works together for victory! However, the Royal Rumble is always every superstar for themselves. Will Sonya be willing to help Mandy then? Will Mandy go into business for herself? Or will Naomi get back at both of them with an elimination?
Rey Mysterio speaks.
“2006, I was in the Royal Rumble match for over an hour.” He used every trick he had to survive. His speed got the better of bigger competitors. His training gave him the stamina to never slow down. And his will to keep fighting shocked the world. This Sunday, Rey looks to repeat history. But tonight is about respect as he faces Andrade Almas again. Almas took a shortcut to win, but now he won’t have La Muneca ringside. The playing field is even, and Almas will learn that in order to gain respect, he has to earn it. Who will earn massive momentum towards this year’s Royal Rumble match?
The Miz meets with Shane McMahon.
Is he ready? He’s ready. The Most Must-See Superstar takes on the Swiss Cyborg up next!
The Miz w/ Shane McMahon VS Cesaro w/ Sheamus!
The #BestTagTeamintheWorld challenges The Bar for the SmackDown Tag Team Championships on Sunday, and the Hollywood A-Lister looks for a singles sweep leading into it! He got the better of the Celtic Gladiator on Shane O’Mac’s birthday, and Shane even got to give Sheamus a Coast2Cake dropkick. Can Miz gain his team more momentum tonight? Or will Cesaro save the champs from going 0-2 against 1/3rd Best in the World?
The bell rings and Sheamus distracts right away so Cesaro can blast Miz with big European Uppercuts! Cesaro does not let up on the EuroUppers until the ref counts 4! Cesaro then deadlift gut wrenches and tosses Miz! The Swiss Cyborg taunts Shane then drags Miz up for a headlock. Miz powers out and things speed up, but Miz gets caught into a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cesaro keeps on Miz with a whip but Miz reverses. Miz runs, blocks the boot and kicks the leg against the ropes! Miz backs off, but runs back into another EuroUpper. Cesasro dumps Miz but Miz sunset flips to the Figure Four! Miz has Cesaro in the legendary leg lock but he heads for the ropes. Sheamus helps Cesaro get the ropebreak, then helps him escape the ring.
Miz goes for the wrecking ball dropkick, but gets another EuroUpper for it! The Bar is fired up but Shane keeps Sheamus in check while we go to break.
SmackDown returns and Miz fights out of a headlock. Cesaro throws hands but Miz counter punches! Miz backs Cesaro down with rights and lefts, then kicks! Miz goes corner to corner for a dropkick! He keeps going and hits another dropkick! Miz wants a hat trick, and hits the A-List lariat! Fans fire up and Shane applauds while Sheamus panics. Miz climbs up but leaps into another EuroUpper! Cesaro has feet on the ropes but Shane stops that! Sheamus come around and runs Shane over! Miz rolls Cesaro, TWO! Cesaro swings but into a full nelson. He elbows out of the Finale and puts Miz on the ropes. Cesaro chokes, Sheamus gets a cheap shot! Gotch Neutralizer!! Cover, Cesaro wins!
Winner: Cesaro, by pinfall
But Shane comes back with a vengeance on Sheamus! Cesaro goes after Shane but gets those same fast hands! Shane shoves Cesaro into a post, then clocks him again! Fans are riled up for Shane as he clears off the announce desk! Shane puts Cesaro on top then climbs up high. Fans are anticipating Shane’s trademark madness, but Sheamus shoves Shane down at the barriers! Sheamus drags Miz up to throw him into a post, then The Bar mugs Shane! Cesaro feeds Shane to a BROGUE!! Fans boo and jeer as The Bar stomp away on Shane, but Miz shields Shane with his body. Miz gets clubbing hands and then dragged over to the table.
Cesaro scares off the referee while Sheamus drags Shane up. The Bar work together, to body slam Shane through Miz and the table!! Fans lose their minds over this, but does this mean Shane & Miz will lose out on those titles?
Mustafa Ali speaks.
The Beacon of Light was meant to face the Destroyer in a match last week, but the Destroyer decided to destroy Ali before the bell ever rang! Joe left Ali for dead, but Ali being a former Chicago police officer, he doesn’t back down so easily. Ali learned that eyes tell the whole story. Joe gave Ali a beating and kept asking “Do you understand?!”
Ali understands, but it wasn’t the punching and post tosses that told him. It was Joe’s eyes. And those eyes said Ali wasn’t worthy. Those eyes said Ali was just an example being made. Those eyes said Ali was nothing in Joe’s eyes. But now Joe will have to look into Ali’s eyes and see a man with no fear. It will be a light so bright the darkness has nowhere to hide. Ali’s eyes say he can win. But will his body back up what his eyes are saying?
Vince McMahon sees what happened to his son.
He watches backstage as referees and medics help Shane and Miz get up. Somehow Shane and Miz are okay after what The Bar did, but Vince can’t worry about them right now. He has to keep the peace between Daniel Bryan and AJ Styles in their face-to-face encounter, next!
Vince McMahon heads to the ring!
Wichita greets The Chairman with an ovation as he enters. He’ll hold his thoughts to himself about what just happened to Shane, but he’s sure that tag title match will be incredible. And that brings him to the two most passionate and athletic superstars on SmackDown having their own title match on Sunday. First, the challenger and former champion, The Phenomenal AJ Styles! Styles makes his entrance, and fans give him an ovation. Then, the champion himself, “The New” Daniel Bryan! Fans boo this time for the man who killed the Yes Movement.
But Bryan doesn’t stand in the ring, despite this being a “face-to-face.” Bryan claims this is a trap, and refuses to step into a ring with the “sociopath”, the same man who slammed Bryan into a bunch of “animal carcasses” last week. Bryan’s too embarrassed to stand in the same ring as a man who pandered to the people. He had a vision of the future of AJ Styles once again being WWE Champion. It is an ignorant future, an impotent future and an illiterate future! AJ Styles cannot be allowed to have the title, because he uses it for fame and fortune. Bryan uses it for the “greater good”! Greater good? Is that “Greater good” Bryan acting like a jackass?
This behavior is why the fans want Styles to be their champion. He makes them laugh and cheer and jump around, but he doesn’t make them think or feel guilty when they should feel guilty every day of their lives! Bryan doesn’t care about their feelings, because he’s not the “People’s Champion”, he’s the Planet’s Champion! The planet doesn’t need Styles, it needs Bryan to use this platform to be its voice. If the planet had a voice, it’d be shouting for Bryan to shut up. Styles doesn’t remember Bryan pedaling a bike here. He probably got on a plane to get here. There’s a word for that: fickle. Fans echo “Fickle!” at Bryan. And Bryan talks of being embarrassed? That’s not the feeling. It’s fear.
Styles stood across from many men and has seen that look in their eyes, too. Bryan is afraid of what will happen at the Royal Rumble. Bryan should be afraid. He’s corrupted himself just to have the title. But what happens when he no longer has that title? What will Bryan have left? “Nothing.” Bryan quotes Carl Sagan, but Vince insists he get in the ring. Fans say “YES! YES!” but Bryan knows Vince obviously doesn’t want to listen. The Baby Boomers are the greatest parasites of this world! These fans bow down to Vince, but they don’t realize that Vince’s entire generation just takes and takes but never gives back! They BOW to Vince for it! It’s like Vince just pulled this incredible illusion to conceal the economic debt, but fans are satisfied with social media garbage.
Meanwhile, Vince hordes the wealth and power! Vince has created such an environment where someone like Styles can be a hero! Damn it, Bryan, get in the ring! Styles knows Vince advertised a face-to-face, but that doesn’t mean it has to be in a ring. Styles chases Bryan on the outside! And catches him! Styles throws haymakers then throws Bryan into barriers! Bryan scampers away but Styles keeps on him, throwing him into steel steps! Styles puts Bryan in the ring, takes aim, and springboards, but Bryan uses Vince as a shield! Styles aborts but gets the Knee Plus for it! Fans boo as Bryan takes the belt and retreats. The New Daniel Bryan won’t have anywhere to run at the Rumble, will the real AJ Styles get that belt back?
R-Truth and Carmella talk about their respective Royal Rumble matches.
Truth is excited to be Mr. 30 and book his trip to face the Phenomenal AJ Styles or the New Daniel Bryan at Wrestlemania. So not the Universal Champion Brock Lesnar? Brock Lesnar’s champion? No, Truth does not want to go to Sioux Falls City. No it’s Suplex City. Same thing. But Truth wouldn’t mind trying the Cruiserweight Champion, Bobby Murphy. No it’s Buddy Murphy. And there’s a weight limit to that Division, Truth. Oh so he’s fat? No he’s just not 205! As for Carmella, she encounters Charlotte. Charlotte thinks she’s just going to waltz her way into the Rumble and Mania? She wasn’t even in last year’s. This isn’t’ just any match, it’s a tornado. You gotta keep a head on the swivel and hold onto the ropes. Plus, Carmella’s Ms. 30, the #GatekeeperinGucci. No one gets through her.
Charlotte tells Carmella it’s fine to be confident. Being 30th is an advantage, but Charlotte is Charlotte. And with a trip to Mania on the line, the match isn’t a tornado, Charlotte is. Who will survive their respective Rumble matches to headline the Greatest Show in Sports Entertainment?
Mustafa Ali VS Samoa Joe!
The Beacon of Light said his peace, but The Destroyer’s expression says it all for him on his way out. This match will finally happen, who will send the biggest message this close to the Royal Rumble?
SmackDown returns as Ali makes his entrance. The bell rings and the two circle. Ali and Joe approach and Joe throws those swift jabs! Joe stomps Ali in the corner, then grinds his boot in. He scrapes Ali out of the ring, then pursues while trash talking. Joe stand Ali for a CHOP, and Ali staggers to the ramp. Joe drags Ali up and says Ali still doesn’t understand. He throws Ali at the post but Ali hops up to fly back for a crossbody! Ali keeps on Joe with fast hands, and both men get in the ring. Ali dropkicks Joe down, then throws haymakers! The ref counts and backs Ali off, but Joe CHOPS Ali off his feet! Joe drags Ali up and headbutts him back down.
Joe drags Ali up by his hair to then throw into buckles. He runs but misses, Ali forearms him away! Ali slingshots but into throat chops! Ali crashes and burns, we go picture in picture. Joe leaves Ali down and out while a ring count climbs. But Joe then goes out to fetch Ali with a grin, and drags him up for roundhouses. Joe paces around Ali like a shark with blood in the water before putting Ali back in. He rains down rights and stomps on Ali, still smirking. He sits Ali up into an arm surfboard and digs a knee into Ali’s back. Ali endures and powers up to fight out! He runs, but into Joe’s elbow! Joe glares down at the dazed Ali before covering, TWO! Ali lives but Joe is just annoyed. Joe drives his elbow into Ali’s head, then looms over him menacingly.
Joe puts Ali in a corner and gives more jabs and elbows. He stops at 4, but Ali crawls after Joe. Joe says Ali asked for this, and throws hands, but Ali counter punches! Ali backs Joe down then whips, but Joe reverses. Joe runs in for the back elbow and Pele! Ali goes down, Joe covers, TWO! Joe grows further annoyed, but he just smirks as he looks down at Ali. He drags Ali up for a neck wrench, but Ali endures again. Fans rally up and Ali powers up. Ali fights back but Joe knees low and backs Ali down. Joe whips corner to corner but Ali slips out to hit back. Ali slingshots for the facebuster! But he’s too tired to cover! Fans rally up as the ref counts. Both men stir and stand.
Ali ducks the punch to dropkick Joe back! And another dropkick sends Joe out. Ali builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit! Joe staggers but Ali pursues, but Joe puts him in the timekeeper’s area. Ali returns with a leaping crossbody! He tackles Joe down and rains down rights! Ali drags Joe up but Joe shoves him into the ring. Joe returns but Ali kicks and SUPERKICKS, and SUPERKICKS again! Joe staggers, Ali leaps, tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Ali can’t believe Joe lives, but he doesn’t’ give up. He drags Joe over to a drop zone and climbs up. Joe trips Ali up, then drags him into the Coquina Clutch! Ali flails but Joe drops down with the body scissors! Ali taps, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission
But Joe won’t let go until Ali falls asleep! Joe sends his message to Ali and the other 28 superstars entering the Men’s Rumble. Will Joe destroy the entire field? Or will there be a shining light in his way?
The New Day do Royal Rumble research.
They watch the many saves of Kofi Kingston’s career. Kayla Braxton comes in to ask them about The New Day going every man for himself. Everyone asks this question! Tom Phillips, Renee Young, Mike Rome, now Kayla? Is Tony Chimel gonna ask next? He does! Chimel, be gone! Be gone, Chimel! “Every man for himself”, but that doesn’t matter to The New Day. When one of them wins, they all win! Now, they’ll dog walk erryone, but Kofi wonders if this is the year he can’t save himself. Woods and Big E keep Kofi’s chin up, and Kofi gets an idea. He has a new idea! But he’s not telling you, Kayla. Kayla, no no no. What will Kofi do to keep himself in the Rumble this time? Will this finally be the year he actually wins?
Best 2 out of 3 Falls: Rey Mysterio VS Andrade Almas!
The King of Lucha Libre and El Idolo have gone back and forth, and now they’ll settle things in the main event before the Royal Rumble! Without Zelina Vega, can Almas stay tranquilo? Or will Mysterio show Cien how it’s done?
The bell rings and we begin the first fall. Almas and Mysterio approach and Almas fires of kicks and punches. He whips and elbows Mysterio down, then drags Mysterio up for a shove. Mysterio kicks back then runs again, but into a torture rack. Almas swings but Mysterio makes it an arm-drag! Mysterio aims at Almas on the outside for a flying huricanrana! Almas is down and we go to break!
SmackDown returns again, and Almas looms over Mysterio. Almas whips but Mysterio reverses, only to be put on the apron. Mysterio shoulders in then swing kicks Almas away. Almas is dazed while Mysterio catches his breath. Mystiero springboards for the seated senton! He keeps moving to springboard again but into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Almas keeps his cool as he drags Mysterio back up. Almas hammerlocks but Mysterio slips out to sunset flip DESTROYER! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps calm and heads to a corner. He hops up as Almas crawls over, flying wheelbarrow to victory roll, but Almas counters! TWO, and Almas puts Mysterio on the top rope. Mysterio adjusts but Almas trips him up! Almas climbs now, but Mysterio trips him up!
Mysterio goes to the outside, CHOPS Almas, then climbs up to join him. Almas fights Mysterio then gets a fireman’s carry. Mysterio stops Almas, then adjusts to SUPER- No, the Steiner is blocked to a SUPER SIT-OUT POWERBOMB!! Cover, Almas gets the first fall!
Almas – 1; Mysterio – 0
But this is just the first! The second fall begins, but both men have already given so much. Fans know “This is Awesome!” as both men catch their breath. Almas stands while Mysterio leans on the ropes. The ref gives the signal, and Almas kicks Mysterio. Powerbomb lift, rebound, another sit-out! Cover, TWO!! Mysterio survives this bomb, but Almas just fires himself up. Almas drags Mysterio up for another bomb, but Mysterio pops through for another DESTROYER!! Cover, Mysterio gets the second fall!
Almas – 1; Mysterio – 1
Things are tied up faster than a hiccup, and now it all comes down to this third and final fall! Both men are down and catching their breath, so we go to one last break.
SmackDown returns once more, and Mysterio dodges Almas in the corner! Almas crashes and burns from corner to floor! Mysterio recovers in the ring while Almas is down and out. Mysterio takes aim, builds up speed, and slides, but into the facelock! Almas drags Mysterio out but Mysterio shoves him into barriers. Mysterio adds an enziguri, but the 10 count climbs. Mysterio returns to the ring at 6, but he’s not gonna leave Almas alone. Sliding sunset bomb into the barriers! Mysterio drags himself away from Almas and gets himself some water. Fans are loving this as Mysterio returns to Almas. He puts Almas in the ring then takes aim from the apron. Fans fire up as he springboards, West Coast Pop! Cover, TWO!! Almas lives but both he and Mysterio are exhausted.
Fans rally up with chants of “619!”, and Mysterio goes to Almas at the apron. Almas drags Mysterio into the draping armbar! Almas lets go at 4, and fans boo as Almas fires himself up. He goes after Mysterio, and throws him into buckles hard. Almas soaks up the heat, and even shimmies like Latino Heat, as he drags Mysterio up. He throws Mysterio at the corner again but Mysteiro stops himself. Mysterio puts Almas on the apron but Almas forearms him back. Almas shoulders in but into Mysterio’s knee. Mysteiro slingshots for another sunset flip powerbomb, but Almas back flips through! Mysterio rolls up but into a bomb to the post! ALmas puts Mysterio in fast, drags him up, hammerlock DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Mysterio survives and Almas cannot believe it! Almas grits his teeth while fans rally for Mysterio again.
Almas goes after Mysterio’s arm with a Fujiwara! Mysterio endures and rolls around, but Almas holds on. Almas brings Mysterio back down but Mysterio refuses to quit. Mysterio drags himself over but Almas drags him away! Almas adds leverage with his legs but fans cheer Mysterio on. Mysterio keeps moving, rolls through, but Almas pushes for a cover. ONE, and Mysterio springs up to the ropes. But Almas trips him up, only for Mysterio to make it a roll up! TWO, and Almas quickly puts Mysterio up on his shoulders. Mysterio hits a reverse-rana! He crawls to a cover, TWO! Both men are exhausted, but Mysterio forces himself back tot he apron. Springboard huricanrana puts Almas on the ropes! Mysterio dials it up, 619 connects! But wait, Samoa Joe!? He apron bombs Mysterio!!
Winners: Rey Mysterio, by disqualification
Mysterio gets the second fall but not the way anyone wanted! But Joe isn’t just after him, he goes right after Almas, too! He throws Almas right into the post, then goes back to Mysterio on the outside. Joe puts Mysterio in the ring, and drags him into the Coquina! Mysterio can’t tap, he’s got nothing left! Joe lets Mysterio go and demands a microphone. “I told you people I came here to make a statement!” And what he just did is exactly what he’ll do to 24 other Rumble entrants. “Because my name is Samoa Joe”– RKO OUTTA NOWHERE!! The Viper returns after being gone for weeks! Randy Orton is another of the Rumble participants, is he going to be the one in Joe’s way?
What a great SmackDown go-home! We have another opening talk segment, but it was to great effect with Charlotte coming out to stake her claim, and then we get that awesome brawl. It was great to have the return from commercial have even more brawling, it really boosts the heat between Becky and Asuka. I’ve been talking about a Triple Threat at Mania, but it really is a shame if it’ll be at the expense of Asuka. The title match will be great, but a part of me wouldn’t mind if Asuka retained and Becky found a different way to go after Ronda. And with hyping Charlotte and Carmella for the Women’s Rumble, I bet Charlotte wins after all to complete the Triple Threat.
Naomi VS Mandy was a surprisingly good match, but that recap package, I feel like this entire story has been about paralleling USA Network’s original reality show, Temptation Island. Ugh. Things like this are why it’ll be better for SmackDown to get on Fox. But as for this story, it’s probably not over since Mandy and Sonya had to cheat. Naomi might find herself a tag team partner to go against them both, and even be part of the Women’s Tag Team Championship Elimination Chamber match, and that will serve as the blow-off.
Vince McMahon’s presence was better used here than on Raw. He helped the show transition from the great Miz VS Cesaro and subsequent beat down into the champion-challenger face-to-face. With the beating The Bar gave Miz and Shane, I’m really hoping Miz and Shane win the belts. It’s not burying The Bar but pushing the Miz-Shane story further. I almost don’t want them to fight each other now, Miz and Shane are doing pretty good together, but it might still happen. And then things can truly be freshened up in the SmackDown Tag Division so a team like SAnitY or Heavy Machinery can come into prominence. Then the Styles-Bryan face-to-face was good, with Bryan’s newest Eco-Heel promo and Vince just not having any of it. Bryan gets away while standing tall, I wonder if that means Styles wins.
Ali VS Joe was good, but naturally Joe won. Ali is talented, and he had a great video promo a la his 205 Live promos, but he’s just not at the level to defeat Joe yet. Mysterio VS Almas was incredible, but Joe attacking at the end was both awful and perfect. Mysterio VS Almas can’t settle just yet, not on a go-home, and Joe makes himself a real threat for the Rumble. But wow, what a great way for Orton to return! RKO Outta Nowhere is classic and effective. I don’t really want Orton to win the Rumble, but there were rumors of Orton VS Styles at Mania. Even if Rollins wins to give us Finn VS Rollins 2, Orton can still find a way through Elimination Chamber or Fastlane. It’s not really the match I want, but it might be coming after all.
My Score: 8.5/10