SmackDown After Crown Jewel, aka SmackDown UK, promises to address Shane O’Mac jumping in the WWE World Cup and winning it, plus Survivor Series!
- The New Day VS The Usos; The Usos win and are captains of the Tag Team Division Survivor Series Elimination Match.
- Becky Lynch VS Nikki Cross; Lynch wins.
- Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas; Mysterio wins and is added to SmackDown’s 5v5 Survivor Series team.
- Bryan’s Pick, Jeff Hardy VS Miz’s Pick, Samoa Joe: Joe wins and joins SmackDown’s 5v5 Survivor Series team.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s SmackDown Manchester!
And General Manager Paige heads to the ring! The Glampire feels right at home and the fans are excited to see her. She welcomes them to the show but won’t be out too long. She just needs them to help introduce “The Best in the World”, Shane McMahon! Fans boo for Shane O’Mac instead, because we all know he won the WWE World Cup under the shadiest of circumstances. The Miz was meant to represent SmackDown against Raw’s Dolph Ziggler, but as Ziggler brought up on Raw, there was some controversy. Drew McIntyre was ejected, The Miz attacked before the bell but then hurt himself during the brawl. Shane wouldn’t let the World Cup end on forfeit, so he took Ziggler on himself! Shane hit a Coast2Coast and won the cup! But did he deserve to?
Before Shane speaks, Paige wishes to have Shane pose with the trophy for photos. She brings the cup into the ring and presents it to Shane. Shane poses with it, and then returns the cup. Fans still boo as he greets Manchester. Shane thanks Paige for the “flattering introduction”, but to set the record straight, he will admit he doesn’t think he’s the Best in the World. That trophy shouldn’t belong to him, but it should belong to SmackDown. When Miz couldn’t compete, Shane’s instincts took over and he didn’t want SmackDown to not be the superior brand when it clearly is. Fans agree with that.
And speaking of superior brand, Survivor Series is coming to pit Raw against SmackDown. Once again, it will be Brock Lesnar VS AJ Styles! Then for the first time ever, Ronda Rousey VS Becky Lynch! And now we know, Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura as well as The Authors of Pain VS The Bar. Then Captain Alexa will lead her women and Captain Corbin will lead his men in the traditional 5v5 Elimination Tag matches. Shane introduces the Blue Brand Men’s team captain, Daniel Bryan! The former GM and a highly decorated champion, Bryan is a natural choice to lead the team. Bryan thanks the fans for the ovation, and he thanks Shane for humbly acknowledging he’s not the Best in the World. And also, Bryan is honored to be chosen as Team Captain.
But wait, here comes The Miz! He has a limp in his step, but he’s still heading down the ramp. “Really, Shane? Really?” Daniel Bryan as captain? Miz disagrees, because Shane really is the best. And Miz isn’t angry with Shane. He’s just disappointed that after two great matches but suffering an injury, for Shane to heroically step in and save the day, no one has given Miz two-thirds of the credit. Fans actually agree. Miz and Shane together are the best in the world, Co-Besties. So is it like partial custody? Shane can hang out at Miz’s place. Shane says it was for the best that it worked this way, because Miz would’ve lost and been fired.
Miz says he’s never been so injured that he could never compete, unlike Bryan. The leg is fine, thanks for asking. Miz deserves to be team captain over Bryan. Fans are divided on that one. Shane thinks, and based on Miz’s performance, he should be captain, so he is. Miz rubs it in Bryan’s face with “YES! YES!” But Shane says that Bryan should also be captain. They will be co-captains of the Survivor Series team. What? How will that ever work? Bryan looks up for the challenge of working with a rival, but Miz doesn’t. Will this situation change before Survivor Series?
Miz and Bryan argue backstage.
Shane comes by and tries to sort it out. Miz isn’t questioning a decision, but why does Shane think this would work? He wants a team with urgency, with tension, and these two have that. Plus, these two bring the best out of each other, so that’s what Shane is counting on. Miz says Shane can count on him. Bryan says the same. Then by the end of the night, pick your three other members. Miz has his first pick: Shane McMahon! Shane doesn’t want Miz to kiss up to him. Be serious.
Bryan can’t believe it, but he actually agrees. Even Miz is shocked. But no one has more on the line than Shane. It just makes sense. In that case, Shane accepts. We have three members so far, and Miz is “nice” enough to give Bryan the next pick. Bryan is thankful, but both of them feel weird working together. Will these co-captains be able to coexist all the way to Survivor Series?
The New Day VS The Usos!
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and Big E didn’t win back the tag team titles, but they have a chance to lead their brand into battle! However, so do Jimmy & Jey, as the winning team of this match will be captains of the Survivor Series team! But don’t get confused, it’s for the WWE Tag Team Division match.
The teams sort out and the New Day goes with Kofi and Big E. Woods tosses pancakes as Kofi starts with Jey. Jey and Kofi circle and tie up. Jey gets a headlock but Kofi powers out, only for Jey to run him over. Things speed up and Kofi jumps, but Jey catches him! Jey back suplexes but Kofi slips out to dropkick! Jey is out, Jimmy runs in but is sent out. Big E tags in, Kofi bounces as Woods plays the trombone. Kofi fakes out Jey, and Woods adds some “laughter”. Big E runs Jey over! The New Day has control while we go picture in picture.
Big E drags Jey up and in, cover, TWO! E tags in Kofi, and they work together for a leap frog senton! Cover, TWO! Kofi keeps on Jey with an arm wrench and armlock. Woods flings more flapjacks to the fans while Jey endures. Jey gets up but New Day brings him around for a whip. Jey reverses but Kofi goes up, only for Jey to kick his legs out! Kofi goes down and Jey tags in Jimmy. The Usos stomp Kofi, then Jey brings Kofi up. Jimmy uppercuts, then chops Kofi in the corner! Tag to Jey, and Jimmy feeds Kofi to a lariat. Cover, TWO! Jey drags Kofi away, tag to Jimmy. Jimmy runs as Jey holds Kofi down, leaping headbutt! Cover, TWO! Jimmy wraps Kofi in a chinlock, but fans rally for Kofi.
Kofi gets up and fights back, but Jimmy keeps him from the corner. Jimmy whips Kofi into the Uso corner and Kofi hits buckles hard. Tag to Jey, and the Usos stomp a mudhole into Kofi. Jey backs his brother off for the hesitation dropkick! Kofi gasps and rolls to an open corner, but Jey is right on him. Jey whips Kofi corner to corner hard and Kofi hits buckle then the mat. We return to single picture as Jey takes aim from across the way. “Uce! O!” Jey runs into Kofi’s double stomps! Fans rally up while The Bar watch from backstage. Hot tags to Jimmy and Big E! Jimmy runs into Big E’s overhead belly2belly suplex! Then another, then another! Fans fire up and Big E swivels the hips. Big E runs, but into an uppercut! Jimmy runs in, but into the urenag-E! Cover, TWO!
Big E has the fans rally up with the “New! Day Rocks!” clap. He scoops Jimmy but Jey tags in. The Usos double kick Big E away, Jey climbs up, Uso Splash onto knees! Big E scoops, Big Ending! Cover, but Jimmy breaks it just in time! Fans duel as Big E gets up. He keeps his eyes on Jey as he rolls to the apron. Jey stands, Big E runs and Kofi tags in. Jey dodges the DIVE and Big E hits the floor! But Big E gets up to barrel Jimmy into barriers!! Then he goes after Jey, to scoop him and run! Jey slips off to send Big E into the timekeeper’s area! The Usos regroup but Kofi climbs up high, SUPER TRUST FALL!! Woods checks on his team, and gets them going. Kofi puts Jey in, covers, TWO! Somehow Jey lives, and this match continues.
Fans rally up as Kofi brings Jey around. Jey breaks free but runs into SOS! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but so are their partners. Jey hits Kofi to a corner but Kofi boots him away. Kofi quickly goes up and leaps, crossbody! Cover, TWO!! The New Day are frustrated but still in control as we go to break.
SmackDown returns as Kofi goes after Jey at the ropes. He kicks and punches away, then drags Jey up for a whip. Jey reverses but Kofi holds ropes, so Jey runs in. Kofi dumps him out, but Jimmy tags in! Jey hits Kofi, and then the Usos double suplex Kofi! Kofi fights his way out, Big E SPEARS Jey!! They both go down and Kofi hits Jimmy with Trouble in Paradise! Kofi drags Jimmy in for a cover, TWO!? How?! Kofi gets back up and brings Jimmy up. He headbutts Jimmy to a corner, then CHOPS. Kofi hoists Jimmy up top and climbs up to join him. Kofi wants the superplex, but Jimmy resists. Jimmy fights back, and headbutts Kofi down. Jimmy adjusts, but Kofi comes back, SUPER STEINER– Blocked into a powerbomb!!
Both men are down but Manchester is fired up. Woods tries to coach Kofi up as Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, Usos win!
Winners: The Usos, Jimmy pinning; are now Team Captains of the Tag Team Division Survivor Series Elimination Match
The Usos prove they’re that good and that determined. They give The New Day props over their endless tag team wars. There is no SmackDown Tag Division without both teams. And as the new captains, the Usos want the New Day to be the first recruits to represent. The five of them shake on it, and the team is forming! Who else will join this massive 10v10 tag team match?
The Miz is on the phone with someone.
We’re a week away from his new release, Marine 6. So what talk shows will he be on? None of them? Why not?! Because they want Becky instead!? Well, he’ll have to call his agent back, because Bryan has returned. Has Bryan made his pick for the Men’s 5v5 team? Yes he has. Rey Mysterio. Really? he’s a future hall of famer, sure, but his return hasn’t done much of anything. But Mysterio beat Shinsuke Nakamura, Randy Orton, and The Miz. In a fluke, just like Bryan over Miz! But fine, if Rey impresses in his match with Andrade “Cien” Almas, he’s on the team.
In that case, let’s move tot he last pick. Bryan and Miz will each pick a person, and those two compete to be the fifth and final person. Miz likes that idea! And they feel weird again… But who will each man choose as a potential fifth team member?
Becky Lynch heads to the ring!
The Relent-Lass Straight Fire has a new mindset as she is “The Man” of all WWE right now! But she’s heading towards a fight with the Baddest Woman on the Planet at Survivor Series. Ronda gave Becky a warning about that match, but Becky is here to respond. “Ronda Rousey, you told me that you were the last woman on Earth that I should provoke.” Well who the hell is Ronda to tell Becky anything?! True, Ronda holds a championship, but she’s not a champion. Not yet. Champions will themselves through adversity, through injury, through doubt. But Ronda hasn’t been tested, yet. Becky is The Man, which is why she’s a champion and Ronda isn’t. Winning comes so easily to Ronda, that when she finally meets The Man at Survivor Series, that “titanium body will be let down by your weak mind.”
Becky has been ground down and built back up more times than she can count. She has made history. She has been tested daily, weekly, monthly, yet she is the most relentless person Ronda has ever met. Ronda was on Raw and mocked Becky for the long road she traveled and the jobs she took to pay her way to this point. So no, Becky wasn’t hand picked, yet here she is. Fans are on Becky’s side with that one. Becky wasn’t meant to be the main event, but here she is. She wasn’t meant to be the talk of the entire industry, but here she is: the only champ. But Ronda says Becky should be happy because she has Ronda’s respect. Well come Survivor Series, it won’t be respect but her arms that Becky has! And Becky doesn’t’ care if you’re a bad bitch, because you’re gonna be Becky’s.
But now Becky’s all fired up, she wants a fight! Is there any woman brave enough to step to Becky and get an arm mangled in Manchester? The open challenge is answered by… SAnitY!? Eric Young, Alexander Wolfe & Killian Dain return from obscurity, because they FINALLY have their Twisted Sister! It’s NIKKI CROSS!! And she’s ready for a fight, too! She runs to the ring, and runs wild like she does on NXT! Becky isn’t sure what to make of the Loony Lass as she thrashes her own jacket around. Who does Nikki think she is to step to– She takes the mic from Becky!? “I’ll play with you, Becky. Let’s play, Becky! You wanna play? Play with Nikki! Let’s play! Let’s PLAY!” The challenge is issued back. Becky don’t play, Becky fights. And that fight, is after the break!
Becky Lynch VS Nikki Cross!
The Relent-Lass meets the Loony Lass in Crazy Cross’ SmackDown debut! Will Becky get the fight she wants? Or will Nikki use Becky for a bit of playtime?
SmackDown returns as the bell rings. Nikki grins as Becky glares. The two circle and tie up. Becky gets the waistlock and slam, cover, ONE. Nikki hits her with a forearm! Nikki runs into another waistlock and slam, but gets away. Becky pushes Nikki down and around, then stomps her to a corner. Nikki gets up and eggs Becky on! Becky kicks low, then whips. Nikki comes back with a tilt-o-whirl headscissor. Nikki walks into a yank and she gets sent out of the ring. Becky goes to the apron but ends up in a skirt trap! Nikki fires off on Becky until she’s down on the ground! Nikki stops at 4 to kick Becky behind the apron. She puts Becky in but Becky bails out. Nikki pursues but Becky trips her up.
Becky brings Nikki up to throw her into barriers left and right. She then kicks Nikki into the LED panel, and puts her in the ring. Cover, TWO! Becky keeps on Nikki with a chinlock and thrashes her around. Fans rally up and Nikki gets up. Nikki fights out but Becky scoops. Nikki slips out and rolls up, TWO! Becky calf kicks Nikki down, covers, TWO! The Man grows frustrated but she drags Nikki up by her hair. She jams Nikki’s face while fans duel. Becky throws Nikki with the Becksploder, but Nikki is right up. Becky runs her over with forearms, covers, TWO! Now Becky toys with Nikki, but Nikki fights back. Becky kicks Nikki down, Nikki comes back with forearms. Nikki hops on for a sleeper hold! Becky fights her off but runs into a kick and then forearms. Becky hits back, but runs into boots. Nikki rallies!
Nikki fires up, runs in, big clothesline to bulldog! Becky is down, but Nikki goes up top. Nikki leaps at Becky with a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Nikki keeps that wild grin as she wrenches Becky into an inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Becky rolls away and now Nikki grows frustrated. Nikki stomps a mudhole into Becky, but the ref has to pull her off. Nikki comes back, but Becky throws her into ropes! Then Disarm-Her! Nikki taps, Becky wins!
Winner: Becky Lynch, by submission
This was definitely a fight, but one The Champ still found a way to win. Becky will have an even bigger fight on her hands with Ronda, can she still overcome adversity?
The Miz takes selfies backstage.
Bryan photobombs! Instagram together! But anyway, Bryan has his choice for the team: Jeff Hardy. Oh wow, another World Cup competitor that everyone loves, a great choice. However, can he be better than Miz’s choice. Bryan knows from experience how clutch this guy is. It’s Samoa Joe. Joe says “May the best man win.” Will the Destroyer destroy the Charismatic Enigma and join Team SmackDown?
Shinsuke Nakamura talks.
He feels bad for Seth Rollins. His life is “burning down.” Roman has a disease, Ambrose has issues. But at Survivor Series, Nakamura will cheer Rollins up and help him forget all his other problems. He’ll get a special gift only found in the United States of Nakamerica, a #Knee2Face.
Rey Mysterio VS Andrade “Cien” Almas!
It’s a first-time-ever right here on SmackDown TV! The King of Lucha Libre goes against the Original Ungovernable to earn Miz’s approval onto Team SmackDown! Can Mysterio dial it up? Or will Almas force him to tranquilo?
SmackDown returns as El Idolo makes his entrance. He enters the ring and the bell sounds. Almas gets the arm and wrenches the wrist. Mysterio rolls and flips but Almas throws him down. Mysterio comes back with headscissors but Almas kicks him low. Almas CHOPS Mysterio, then whips. Mysterio kicks and headscissors Almas down! Almas gets to a corner but Mysterio is on him with a whip corner to corner. Almas reverses but Mysterio goes up and over. Mysterio keeps moving but runs into the boot feint and back elbow! Almas stomps away on Mysterio, but backs off at the ref’s orders. The ref checks on Mysterio but he’s okay to continue. Almas runs in to knee Mysterio, then whips him corner to corner. Almas runs in for another big knee! Cover, TWO!
Almas keeps his cool as he brings Mysterio up. He puts Mysterio in a corner then runs in, but misses the knee! He tumbles out to the floor, and Mysterio goes to the apron. Mysterio leaps, but is caught, and swung into the barriers! Almas takes control as we go picture in picture. Almas puts Mysterio in, covers, TWO! Mysterio gets to ropes, but Almas is on him with stomps. Almas drags Mysterio up and wrenches the wrist. He clubs the arm then gives it an armbreaker. He wrenches the arm again, but Mysterio endures. Mysterio gets up but Almas shifts to a hammerlock to ground him. Mysterio gets up and fights back, then goes up to rebound and arm-drag Almas off! He keeps moving, but Almas turns the wheelbarrow into a facebuster!
Both men are down but Almas sits up first. The referee checks on Mysterio, but he’s okay to continue. Almas stalks Mysterio as he gets to a corner. We return to single picture as Almas runs in, but Mysterio dodges Cien Knees! Mysterio runs in but is put on the apron. He swing kicks back, then springboards for the seated senton! Things speed up, Mysterio goes around the world to headscissor Almas! Fans fire up as Mysterio runs, but into a boot! Almas hops up, flying sunset but Rey rolls through to buzzsaw! Cover, TWO! Mysterio keeps his cool and calls for the number. Fans chant for the 619 as Mysterio climbs up top. Almas trips him up!
Almas CHOPS and then climbs up to join Mysterio. He wants the superplex but Mysterio holds on. Mysterio fights Almas off, then sunsets. Almas lands on his feet, CIEN KNEES! Then MORE Cien Knees! Cover, TWO!! Almas can’t believe Mysterio survives, but fans know “This is Awesome!” Mysterio stirs but Almas shakes his head. Almas shoves and gets Mysterio in a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker. Almas climbs up top, moonsault, lands on his feet to moonsault again but Mysterio gets his knees up! Both men are down as Almas gasps for air. Fans call for it, Mysterio dropkicks Almas onto the ropes, but Almas still denies the 619. Almas lifts Mysterio in an electric chair but Mysterio headscissors him out! Yet Almas still has Mysterio! Almas spins, Mysterio headscissors him into the apron! Then Mysterio runs, to slide for a tornado DDT!
Manchester is thunderous for the lucha legend and his innovation. Mysterio puts Almas in the ring at 6, then climbs in at 7. Mysterio springboards, flying headscissors to put Almas on ropes! Then 619!! Springboard, splash! The dime drops, cover, Mysterio wins!
Winner: Rey Mysterio, by pinfall
The King conquers the Idol, but has he impressed Miz? Randy Orton RKO outta nowhere!! The Viper strikes when you least expect it, and he leaves Mysterio down and out. Orton won’t let Mysterio enjoy his celebration, but will he pay for it later?
Bryan sees this backstage.
And he questions if The Miz put Orton up to sabotaging their fourth man. Miz doesn’t want to talk to Orton after the RKO from last week. But what happened with the match? Didn’t he watch it himself?! Miz is just messing with Bryan, of course he saw. Mysterio won, Miz saw it all. Up until the RKO, Mysterio was impressive. Mysterio is on the team. How dare Bryan accuse Miz of sabotage? What if Bryan does the same? He won’t, because he knows Hardy will win. If he doesn’t, hopefully Bryan puts emotions aside and is the bigger man about it. Miz chuckles at his veiled insult. Mysterio is on the team, but who will join as the fifth and final member?
AJ Styles speaks.
The WWE World Champion says that life as a wrestler is unpredictable. He defended his title twice on two different continents. But where did that reign start? Here in Manchester. And what is Styles’ reward? Going two years in a row against Brock Lesnar, who is truly a Beast, unlike any opponent Styles has ever faced. Styles gave it everything he had, from the 450 Splash to the Calf Crusher to the Phenomenal Forearm. Yet it wasn’t enough. Most think it’ll go that way again. But being a wrestler is unpredictable. So Styles vows here and now to defeat Brock Lesnar. “That’s not a prediction, that’s a spoiler. Because I am the Phenomenal AJ Styles!”
Paige is back in the ring.
We have two weeks until the Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match. And seeing how things went down at Evolution, things will be combustible. And so, let the introductions begin! First, the FABULOUS Carmella! And she has her Mixed Match Challenge partner, R-Truth, with her! Manchester, say what’s up! Second, #FeelTheGlow with Naomi! Third, put your hair up and square up with Sonya Deville! Fourth, no one is ready for Asuka! The Sole Survivor for Raw last year is a perfect choice for SmackDown this year. And last but certainly not least, Charlotte Flair! But, wait, where is The Queen? Instead, the Golden Mandy Rose appears. She tells everyone that this wasn’t the blonde we expected, but surprise~, “obviously an upgrade.”
Paige says Mandy is not taking Charlotte’s spot, sorry and thank you. Okay but why did Mandy get snubbed but Sonya is in? Mandy is happy for her friend, obviously, but Mandy eliminated Sonya at Evolution. So she’s just concerned about Paige’s choices. Asuka isn’t Empress of Tomorrow, she’s Yesterday’s News. Mella is Money, but those dance breaks were like her title reign: short and meaningless. Carmella points out she at least had a title reign. Naomi, Mandy didn’t forget about you. But is anyone feeling the glow? Manchester is. How about her husband, Jimmy? Them’s fighting words. And a fight breaks out! Naomi tackles Mandy and the others scramble to separate them. Sonya gets her “friend” Mandy out of there, but now these two argue. Fans want another fight, but Mandy backs down. Will Mandy still be friends with Sonya? And what of Charlotte no-showing?
Bryan’s Pick, Jeff Hardy VS Miz’s Pick, Samoa Joe!
The Goat likes the Charismatic Enigma while the A-Lister likes the Destroyer. Who joins Team SmackDown in the battle against Raw’s biggest and baddest?
Co-captains Miz and Bryan join commentary to watch this match very closely. They’re still surprised they’ve put together a team so quickly and so cleanly, but this main event could change some of that.
The bell rings and Joe goes right at Hardy! He throws jab after jab in the corner, then trash talks Bryan over making Hardy his choice. Bryan says of course Hardy is his choices, because Hardy is tough and a great tag team specialist. Joe whips Hardy corner to corner but Hardy elbows Joe back. Hardy climbs, Whisper in the Wind hits! Cover, TWO! Miz blames that very move for his horse voice. Fans chant “DELETE! DELETE!” as Hardy stalks Joe. Joe bails out, but Hardy wrecks him with a dropkick and a jumping ax handle. Hardy drags Joe and puts him in the ring. Hardy clubs Joe then stomps away. He runs, but Joe runs Hardy over! Miz likes what he sees! Joe looms over Hardy as we go to one last break.
SmackDown returns again, and Joe jabs away at Jeff again. Fans duel between them as Joe brings Hardy out for more strikes. Hardy hits back with haymakers, then whips. Joe reverses, and hits the back elbow to Pele! Cover, TWO! Joe grows frustrated but he goes after Hardy. He brings Hardy up and snapmares him into a neck wrench. Hardy endures and fans rally up. Hardy gets up and fights out, but Joe throws him out. Joe goes out to fetch Hardy, and whip him into barriers! Bryan cheers for Jeff as he and Miz argue about being better leaders. Joe whips Hardy but Hardy uses that to get on the apron and leap for a lariat! Bryan likes that risk-taking, and Hardy keeps on Joe with haymakers.
Hardy whips but Joe reverses, only for Hardy to run him over. Atomic drop to leg splitting leg drop! And dropkick added, cover, TWO! Bryan and Miz calm down on commentary as Hardy gets up. Hardy says “DELETE! DELETE!” He kicks low but Joe denies the Twist, to put on the Coquina! But Hardy jawbreakers, to the Twist of Fate! Joe is down, Hardy takes off the shirt before going up top! Bryan is fired up but Miz is panicking, Swanton Bomb meets knees! Coquina Clutch! Hardy taps, Joe wins!
Winner: Samoa Joe, by submission; is the fifth and final member of SmackDown’s 5-Man Survivor Series Team
Joe rubs this victory in Bryan’s face, but Miz wants Bryan to keep his emotions in check. Joe gets right up in Bryan’s face, those emotions boil over! Bryan hits Joe, Joe puts Bryan in the ring, but Joe gets caught in the Yes Lock! Miz pries Bryan off Joe and asks what he’s doing. So Bryan hits Miz! The truce is over. Shane runs in, but Bryan throws him out of instinct! Fans are on Bryan’s side with this one, but will Bryan still be a co-captain after this?
Again, SmackDown is Raw but better! They didn’t need to stretch things out, we have our Men’s and Women’s teams already! And we’ve got great stories going into each part. Charlotte refusing to show is a good addition to her “crisis of confidence” because now she doesn’t even seem to think she’s worthy of being on the team. Mandy Rose questioning each choice but particularly Sonya Deville is a good bit of story for the duo formerly known as Absolution. That team doesn’t have much going for them, but Mandy and Sonya going solo, and possibly with Sonya going face, could make for some interesting and fresh stories going into the end of the year.
I’m surprised Raw didn’t say a thing about the return of the 10v10 Tag Team Survivor Series match, but I suppose they could only do so much while selling the Men’s and Women’s teams. Usos make a natural choice for team captain, and the New Day are a natural choice to join them. Of course, there are only so many tag teams on either brand, even with SAnitY returning, making choices won’t be that hard. I like the idea of Shane making Miz and Bryan co-captains despite the combustibility, and it was a really great part of the show. Of course, it’s still odd Shane hasn’t done much with the World Cup other than say he won it not for himself but for SmackDown. Maybe his air of humility will turn into one of arrogance because he’s so insistent on being humble.
Mysterio VS Almas was a great match, but Orton attacking might be a sign that his new target is Mysterio. That feud might be pretty good, at least on nostalgia. Becky VS Nikki Cross was outstanding, even with Nikki losing her debut match. Now that SAnitY is at 100%, they might finally start making some moves as a unit. Regardless of who wins in Becky VS Ronda, Nikki could make a great case for being Becky’s challenger come TLC. And speaking of, after that promo, Becky could totally surprise us. She tore it up on the mic, and this was set up as a fresh take on a familiar concept in WWE, like we’ve seen in Cena VS Styles, or we will see again in Lesnar VS Styles. At the very least, Becky needs to be the one to push Ronda to her limits or it’ll all be for naught.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT UK rolls on with just one hour a week now, but still with plenty of action! Will the Bruiserweight have something to say about WALTER showing up?
- Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin; Samuels wins.
- Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed; Dennis wins.
- Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Double Count-Out.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT UK took over Blackpool!
But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?
Pete Dunne heads to the ring!
The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.
Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?
Sid Scala makes an announcement.
The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!
The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?
The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.
She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?
Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!
The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?
The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.
Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!
Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?
Johnny Saint makes an announcement!
The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?
Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?
Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.
Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!
Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!
Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!
Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.
Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?
A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.
Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.
Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/19)
The three challengers to the Cruiserweight Championship will challenge each other in a Triple Threat! Who proves they’re Buddy Murphy’s biggest threat?
- Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik; Carrillo wins.
- Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa; Itami wins.
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Drake Maverick hypes up the already exciting night for 205 Live!
It will be one of the most intriguing line-ups with some major implications towards the Cruiserweight Division’s future! First, Humberto Carrillo is officially part of 205 Live and has his second match on air against Lucha House Party’s King of the Ropes! Humberto showed heart against the Juggernaut, Buddy Murphy, can he show even more against Gran Metalik? Then the Triple Threat main event pits Akira Tozawa, Hideo Itami and Kalisto against each other in one last match before the Cruiserweight Championship match! Who seizes a big advantage going into the title match?
Aiden English joins commentary!
The SmackDown superstar and symphony singer shifts gears to be alongside Nigel McGuinness and Vic Joseph on the fastest hour of WWE!
Humberto Carrillo VS Gran Metalik!
The man formerly known as Ultimo Ninja has been making quite the waves in NXT and even in his 205 Live debut last week. Humberto didn’t win against the Juggernaut, but he did impress everyone enough to earn his Cruiserweight contract! Will he have a better time against the King of the Ropes? Or will he go a quick 0-2?
The bell rings and Humberto shakes hands with Metalik to show respect. Fans like that, and applaud as the two tie up. Metalik gets a waistlock, but Humberto works his way out to a wristlock. Humberto wrenches but Metalik rolls and reverses. Metalik wrenches but Humberto handsprings and reverses back to a headlock. Fans applaud while Metalik powers out. Things speed up and Humberto shows his agility! He dodges the handspring but Metalik headscissors, only for Humberto to handspring through! They both dropkick but those cancel out, and fans applaud the stalemate. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two go again.
Metalik dodges Humberto to chop him and whip him. Humberto goes up and over and shows off more, then gets Metalik with an arm-drag. Humberto chops and goes acrobatic for an arm-drag! Metalik bails out but Humberto builds speed to FLY! Direct hit takes Metalik down and Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto drags Metalik up and into the ring, then covers, TWO! Humberto keeps on Metalik with a grounded wristlock, then brings Metalik up for a facelock. He suplexes Metalik down and floats to a cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he drags Metalik back up. He scoops and slams Metalik to a drop zone, then climbs up top. Fans fire up as Humberto moonsaults, but he gets boots! Metalik gets up and runs to Sling-Dog Humberto down! Cover, TWO! Metalik keeps his cool as he drags Humberto up.
Metalik puts Humberto in a corner, CHOPS him, then whips corner to corner. Humberto reverses but Metalik walks the ropes to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Metalik is surprised but focused as he wraps on a chinlock. Humberto endures as fans slowly build to a rally. Humberto feeds off the energy and fights out, but Metalik throws him back down. Metalik puts the chinlock back on, but Humberto endures again. Metalik brings Humberto up in the fireman’s carry but Humberto fights out. Hands start flying, then both men duck kicks, but Humberto comes back with an enziguri! Humberto covers, TWO! Metalik rolls to ropes while Humberto grits his teeth. Humberto hurries after Metalik and both men end up on the apron. Humberto brings Metalik up but Metalik boots him back. Metalik brings Humberto in but Humberto boots him.
Fans rally up as Metalik tosses Humberto over the corner. Humberto hits Metalik back then climbs up top. Humberlto hits Metalik with a SUPER Bulldog to the apron! It was a bit double-edged as Humberto hits the floor, but he forces himself back up. Humberto goes up top again as Metalik slowly stands. Humberto leaps for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO! Metalik survives and Humberto grows frustrated. Humberto and Metalik go to oppsite corners, and Humberto runs in. Metalik dodges but Humberto tumbles to the apron. Humberto SLAPS Metalik away, but Metalik comes back with a SUPER HURICANRANA! Both men crash and burn to the floor but fans fire up! The referee checks on them both but they’re somehow okay.
Metalik sits up first and fires up with more “Lucha! Lucha!” Fans echo it as he puts Humberto in the ring. Metalik climbs and springboards, Swanton! Cover, TWO!! Humberto survives and now Metalik is shocked. Metalik refocuses and waits for Humberto to stand. He drags Humberto up and onto the top rope, then CHOPS him for good measure. Metalik positions Humberto and climbs up to throw forearms. He even SLAPS Humberto to see what the young star has. Metalik prepares but Humberto resists. Humberto fights back and shoves Metalik. Metalik lands on his feet but runs into a boot. Humberto adjusts, leaps, and hits a missile dropkick! Humberto doesn’t cover, he headstands and rebounds for an Aztec Press! Cover, Humberto wins!!
Winner: Humberto Carrillo, by pinfall
A huge victory over a 205 Live staple! And Metalik gives him the show of respect he earned. Humberto breaks even at 1-1, but will this first victory be the first of many?
Drake Maverick meets with Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher.
Clearly the ground game lobbyists of the Submission Commission are upset that a high-flyer was the first new Cruiserweight signed. But look at how impressive Humberto Carrillo is! Gulak and Gallagher have no words. They storm off but Tony Nese enters and wants a word with the GM. Nese wants a rematch with Noam Dar tonight. Well yes they are tied, and the fans would love seeing that tiebreaker. Maverick will consider it. Consider it? Well yes, he can’t just jump into it. The Rumble is Sunday, the title could change hands– Nese doesn’t care about any of that. Just consider what will happen if Nese doesn’t get his match. Dar has been running his mouth and Nese is tired of it. If Nese doesn’t get the match, then he’ll make his own opportunity. The Premier Athlete has sent his ultimatum, will Maverick take it seriously?
Akira Tozawa and THE Brian Kendrick speak.
Tozawa says that he’s “had some good times and bad times on 205 Live.” But the past doesn’t matter, this opportunity is huge. Tozawa didn’t travel around the world to be a joke, he came to the WWE to make a name for himself. He will become the two-time Cruiserweight Champion. But can he be the top contender after tonight’s Triple Threat?
The Lucha House Party speak.
Lince Dorado knows that 2019 will be a big year for the trio. They’re on both Raw and 205 Live, and they spared the joy of lucha libre to the WWE Universe. But the one thing that they’re missing and will take them to the next level is that Cruiserweight Championship! If one of them wins, they all win! And Kalisto is going to show all the others in that Fatal 4 Way that he IS a threat. Kalisto vows to be that two-time Cruiserweight Champion, with the power of “Lucha! Lucha!” But can speed kill when there are multiple opponents?
Triple Threat: Kalisto VS Hideo Itami VS Akira Tozawa!
The Lucha Dragon may have his amigos, the Innovator of the GTS may have his hype man, and the Stamina Monster may have the Man with a Plan, but who will have the momentum going into the title match this Sunday?
Before Hideo Itami makes his entrance, he and Ariya Daivari have an interview backstage. What would it mean to finally become Cruiserweight Champion? Daivari speaks for Itami, saying that as the only man who has not held that title, it makes Itami the hungriest and most dangerous superstar. The only thing missing from his already legendary career is WWE gold, so Itami will make an example out of his opponents tonight. Itami speaks in Japanese to say that he is coming for the Cruiserweight Championship by any means necessary. Itami makes his entrance, and we begin this match!
But wait, Buddy Murphy makes his presence known! The champion reminds his contenders what they’re fighting for while also keeping an eye on all three of them. And as a bonus, he joins commentary! The bell rings and Itami goes right at Kalisto and Tozawa! Murphy already knows commentary will talk about how a Fatal 4 Way means he could lose the title without being pinned, but that won’t matter because he’s not losing. In the ring, Itami keeps on Tozawa and throws him out. Itami then goes after Kalisto with haymakers and a whip. Kalisto kicks Itami back then runs to tilt-o-whirl haedscissors! He adds a dropkick, then chops Itami before going acrobatic for the arm-drag! Itami bails out but Tozawa returns, and Tozawa hits Kalisto with a missile dropkick! Kalisto bails out but Tozawa builds speed to DIVE! The Tozawa Torpedo blasts Kalisto into the announce desk!
Tozawa and Murphy stare down, but Itami knocks Tozawa into the desk now! Itami and Murphy stare down for a moment before Itami drags Tozawa up and throws him into barriers. Itami stomps Kalisto thenn puts him into the steel steps! Murphy is confident this won’t happen to him in the match. Itami kicks away on Tozawa then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Itami keeps on Tozawa with a whip, then a kitchen sink knee! Cover, TWO! Tozawa shows his toughness but Itami kicks him in the back. Itami boots Kalisto out and then soaks up the heat. Itami goes to Tozawa but Tozawa hits him back. But Itami still puts Tozawa in a chinlock to grind him down. Tozawa endures and moves around to a ropebreak.
Itami lets him go but drops elbows right on the back. He stomps Tozawa then goes after Kalisto. Kalisto hits back but Itami rocks him with a European Uppercut and a swift boot! Fans respect that with applause, as does Murphy. Itami goes back to Tozawa and covers, TWO. Itami keeps on Tozawa with a chinlock but Tozawa again endures. Fans rally up and Tozawa feeds off the energy. Tozawa fights out but Itami knees low. Itami runs but into a huricanrana! Tozawa gets Itami with a saido suplex! Kalisto leaps in but into a dropkick! Tozawa quickly covers Kalisto, TWO! Now he covers Itami, TWO! Tozawa keeps his cool but both Kalisto and Itami go to the apron. Fans echo “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he goes after Kalisto with a forearm. Tozawa builds speed again, but runs into Itami’s lariat! Cover, but Kalisto breaks it in time!
All three men are down and Murphy is amused. Fans build to a rally as all three men slowly stir. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, and Itami hits Kalisto. Kalisto hits Tozawa again, Tozawa hits Itami again, and Itami hits Kalisto again. The rotation continues like this as the three men stand up. Kalisto hits Tozawa, Tozawa chops Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto. Kalisto CHOPS Tozawa, Tozawa CHOPS Itami, Itami kicks Kalisto! The rotation continues as Kalisto kicks Tozawa, but Tozawa fakes Itami out to hit Itami and Kalisto with jabs! Tozawa is the only one standing, and even Murphy applauds that. Fans chant “AH! AH!” for Tozawa as he runs at Itami. Itami boots him away then climbs up to tornado hotshot Tozawa down. Itami climbs up and makes sure Murphy is watching, but Kalisto kicks Itami!
Kalisto climbs with fans chanting “Lucha! Lucha!” Kalisto clubs away on Itami as they both stand. He wants the superplex but Itami resists. Tozawa adds on and helps Kalisto, but then Murphy joins in! This is a Triple Threat, so no disqualifications as Murphy helps make this a Tower of Doom!! The Juggernaut says this is just a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, but the referee still insists he leave. Murphy doesn’t listen as he throws Itami into a corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He then goes after Kalisto with a heavy forearm, and then throws Tozawa into a corner for another mudhole. Fans duel but Murphy soaks it all up. Murphy goes after Kalisto again but Kalisto kicks him away. Murphy staggers into Tozawa’s boot, then into double SUPERKICKS! Kalisto gives Murphy a Salida del Sol! And Tozawa adds his Tozawa Torpedo!
But then things return to the match as Kalisto knee-board sentons onto Tozawa! Kalisto drags himself back into the ring, and Itami boots him down! Itami drags Tozawa into the ring, stands him up, Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO! Itami is furious but he won’t let off Tozawa. He drags Tozawa up for a strike fest, but Tozawa dodges to give his own. The swinging roundhouse hits! But Kalisto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Everyone is down, but Tozawa crawls to a corner. Kalisto runs in at him for a kick to the stomach! Kalisto hauls Tozawa up top and rocks him with another kick. He climbs up to join Tozawa, prepares a superplex, but Itami attacks. Kalisto headbutts Itami then dumps him out hard. He kicks Tozawa again, climbs up again, and SUPER STEINERS! But Tozawa held on and Kalisto hits the floor!
Tozawa stands, leaps, SUPER SENTON! But Kalisto avoids it! Itami blasts Kalisto witht he dropkick, then hits Tozawa with the GTS Mk. II, aka the Sakura Knee! Cover, Itami wins!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall
If Murphy made this a preview of the Fatal 4 Way, then we just saw Itami survive them all and win! Will Murphy change things when it really is a Fatal 4 Way? Will Itami repeat this performance? Or will one of the former champions become champion again?
A solid go-home for 205 Live here, and Aiden English did great on commentary. Percy Watson was okay, but he does better on NXT because it’s not live. And for whatever reason, there seemed to be more fans and more invested fans than last week. And that was fortunate, as Humberto Carrillo has another great match with Gran Metalik. Humberto wins now that he’s officially part of the Cruiserweight Division, and also because it wouldn’t be good for him to lose twice already. Metalik is safe in losing, it helps build Humberto up. I’m pretty sure Humberto is going up against Gulak & Gallagher soon enough, so that’ll also be great for him. He’s a great talent, so he’ll get to the title soon enough, he just needs to build himself up in the eyes of live audiences.
Nese VS Dar 3 is coming, but with Nese making that threat, it’ll probably be after he attacks Dar backstage. The tiebreaker blow-off should feed into a contenders scenario. If anything, including Nese and Dar in a bigger contenders match would be nice, too. Like a Triple Threat that throws in Cedric Alexander, who has history with both men, or a Fatal 4 Way to include Lio Rush because he needs his chance. Tonight’s Triple Threat turning into an unofficial Fatal 4 Way was smart, too, as it keeps the three contenders relatively equal. Itami wins and could defy the math, but I wonder if this opens the door to a two-time champion in Kalisto or Tozawa. Kalisto implying Lucha House Party is like the New Day with Freebird-ing a singles title would be an interesting story to go with, but maybe that’s why it won’t be him.
My Score: 8.2/10