The Scottish trio of Wolfgang & The Coffey Brothers have been running wild all over NXT UK, but have they only served to make enemies of everyone else?
- Episode 13 – Fabian Aichner VS Mark Andrews; Aichner wins.
- Episode 13 – Nina Samuels VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
- Episode 13 – Eddie Dennis VS Tucker; Dennis wins.
- Episode 13 – Flash Morgan Webster VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.
- Episode 14 – Joseph Conners VS Dan Moloney; Conners wins.
- Episode 14 – Dave Mastiff VS Mike Hitchman; Mastiff wins.
- Episode 14 – El Ligero VS Tyson T-Bone; Ligero wins.
- Episode 14 – Rhea Ripley VS ???; Ripley wins.
- Episode 14 – Travis Banks VS Wolfgang w/ The Coffey Brothers; Banks wins.
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NXT UK honors the memory of Thomas Billington.
The Dynamite Kid was a tag team legend as well as a major star in the United Kingdom wrestling world, and will be missed.
The Scottish Kingdom head to the ring.
Joe and Mark Coffey, along with their newest ally, Wolfgang, have joined together to take over NXT UK by force. They beat down Flash Morgan Webster, Mark Andrews and Travis Banks all at once at the Royal Albert Hall, beat Webster and Andrews in a tag match, and have even marked British Strong Style as their new targets. The Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, helped his friends out last week, but he unfortunately is not scheduled to be here tonight should another fight go down.
Joe takes up a mic and fans boo and jeer as he speaks. “Ruthless. And what was that other word that they said about us?” Devious. And what else? Underhanded. And those are absolutely right! NXT UK is Mark’s, is Wolfgang’s, and is Joe’s. “Because this all, all of this, is our Kingdom!” Fans disagree as they chant “Not Your Kingdom!” But Wolfgang takes the mic to declare Mark is gallus, Joe is gallus, Wolfgang is gallus. They are 100% Gallus! (For Americans, gallus means bold and daring.) Mark calms Wolfang as he takes the mic and hands it back to Joe. Joe calls out the British Strong Style. That name doesn’t register, because when they stood across the ring, Joe could see, smell and taste “fear”. They’re not Big Strong Boys, no matter what fans say. The word in NXT UK is gallus, because they run this Division!
But wait, here comes Travis Banks! The Kiwi Buzzsaw still owes these three for what they did. Joe sees Travis and asks how he’s doing. Where’s he been? Right, Cambridge was where they put him back on the shelf. But is he wanting to go? It’s three gallus and one Travis. The fans hope Mustache Mountain appears, but Joe tells the lads that he’s got this. Travis, with your bad attitude and bad face, bring it! Travis considers the offer, and takes it! He rushes the ring and jumps right on Joe! But then Wolfgang and Mark rush back in. They mug Travis in the corner, but here comes Mustache Mountain! Trent Seven and Tyler Bate even the numbers and it’s a 3v3 brawl! Fans are thunderous for the Big Strong Boys as they clear the ring. Joe sees Bops up, and runs before Bangs hit!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw and Mustache Mountain control the ring, daring the “Brothers Gallus” to do something. Joe has his lads stand down, but when will it all go down between them?
Backstage interview with Fabian Aichner.
The man who seeks the #NXTLVL comes to the UK, because this is where some of the best competitors are. He goes after the best whether it’s American or UK NXT, so he’s going for it tonight. Will Aichner reach that next level against Mark Andrews tonight?
Backstage interview with Jordan Devlin.
The Irish Ace came very close to winning the WWE United Kingdom Championship. Did everyone see how far Devlin pushed the Bruiserweight in Birmingham? Devlin got Pete Dunne to show fear. So there’s no doubt that Devlin will get another shot. And going against Flash Morgan Webster tonight, “a real chance for redemption”, Devlin shuffles the deck and will make the Modfather the Joker. He’ll ruffle Flash’s hair, take that helmet and throw it to the crowd, then aim for another “card in the deck.” #AceTrumpsAll.
Fabian Aichner VS Mark Andrews!
A real-life Italian Stallion debuts in NXT UK, hoping to find opportunity anywhere and everywhere he can. The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Welshman Rockstar wants opportunities, too, and that means winning. Who makes major progress towards a title shot tonight?
The bell rings and Andrews circles with Aichner. Aichner and Andrews shake hands to show there is respect between them. Andrews gets a headlock but Aichner powers out. Aichner runs Andrews over then things speed up. Andrews leaps but Aichner catches him and then lifts. Andrews slips out and puts Aichner in the corner, then runs in but is put on the apron. He shoulders back in, then slingshots to roll of Aichner’s shoulder. Andrews wheelbarrows and arm-drags Aichner, then dodges to headscissor him around and out of the ring! Fans fire up as Andrews builds speed, to DIVE! Direct hit and Aichner goes down! Andrews puts Aichner back in the ring and runs at him, but into a pop-up backbreaker! Fans applaud, because that was impressive, too. Aichner covers, TWO!
Aichner brings Andrews in for a body scissors. Andrews endures the squeeze while fans rally up for him. Andrews pries his way out of the hold to make it a cover, TWO! Aichner brings Andrews up but gets a jawbreaker. Andrews mule kicks then front kicks Aichner, then whips. Aichner blocks with power and whips Andrews, but Andrews slides under to enziguri! Andrews runs again, wheelbarrow to Stomp 182! And standing corkscrew senton! Cover, TWO! Aichner survives but Andrews keeps his cool. Fans duel as Andrews brings Aichner up. Aichner powers out and Andrews hits buckles. Aichner runs in but into a boot! Andrews runs out, another tilt-o-whirl but the DDT is blocked with power. Aichner suplexes Andrews up to powerbom position, but Andrews uses that for a huricanrana pin! TWO!! Andrews is shocked but the fans are loving this.
Aichner and Andrews crawl to opposite sides as fans duel. Andrews runs, 619 to Aichner’s gut. Andrews slignshots again, but Aichner knows it’s coming, so he makes it a wheelbarrow German Suplex! Aichner can’t cover, he’s too dizzy himself. But Aichner brings Andrews up for a bomb, but Andrews slips around to a victory roll, TWO! Andrews CHOPS away on Aichner, then ducks the punches from Aichner. Andrews forearms and chops, but Aichner shoves him. Another slide dodge, but Aichner dodges the enziguri to clobber Andrews! Aichner suplexes, but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Fans are thunderous while both men are down! A 10 count begins and Andrews crawls over. Andrews gets up and heads for a corner. Aichner is in a drop zone and Andrews takes aim, but Aichner gets up!
Aichner goes after Andrews but Andrews boots him away. Andrews leaps, but Aichner catches him! For a brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Andrews lives and Aichner can’t believe it! Aichner decides to change plans and heads up top himself. Aichner triangle jumps and moonsaults, but Andrews rolls out of the way, leaving nothing but mat! Andrews gets himself up and runs at Aichner, springboard tornado DDT! Cover, TWO?! Aichner still lives! Andrews hurries to put Aichner in another drop zone as fans rally up. Andrews climbs up top, Shooting Star “Fall to Pieces!” Now Aichner evades, but Andrews lands on his feet!
Aichner rolls out and Andrews goes for him, but Aichner trips him up and drag shim out! He sends Andrews into steel steps! And then takes aim, running knee into the steps! So much for that respect from earlier. Aichner wants a ring count victory as he leaves Andrews for dead. The count passes 5 before Andrews sits up. Andrews crawls at 8, but gets in at 9.5! Aichner is right on him, though, spinning sit-out bomb! Cover, Aichner wins!
Winner: Fabian Aichner, by pinfall
What a wild match! Is this upset win what Aichner needed to achieve his #NXTLVL?
NXT UK takes a closer look at Isla Dawn.
“If you wrong me, I will curse you blind with poison on my fists.” The White Witch is fire and spirit, and is on the hunt for that NXT UK Women’s Championship. Will she burn a trail right to Rhea Ripley’s doorstep?
Backstage interview with NXT UK GM, Johnny Saint.
So much is happening tonight already, such as the return of Travis Banks and another confrontation between Mustache Mountain and the trio now known as Gallus. Saint knows things are getting wild, but he’s appointed an Assistant GM, Sid Scala! Yes, an incredible opportunity for the young star, but hold on. Rhea Ripley is not standing for any other headline other than her being the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion. Find her some competition. Sid assures Rhea that he and Saint will find her the best possible challenger. Aw how cute. But Rhea doesn’t think much of this “hired help” just yet. Will this job prove even harder for Sid than being a superstar?
Nina Samuels VS Isla Dawn!
Both the Rose Pink Devil and the White Witch failed to reach the finals of the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be the second-ever champion. Rhea demands competition, who will show themselves worthy of challenging the Riptide?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. Nina and Isla tie up, but they break. Nina smiles proudly over her strength, and then she ties up with Isla again. She gets a headlock but Isla slips out the back to put on her own. Nina pries her way out to get her headlock back, but fans are on Isla’s side. Isla powers out and gets a trip takedown to get the headlock back. She makes it almost a bully choke but Nina powers her way up. Nina pulls hair to throw Isla down, then stomps away. Isla ends up in a corner but Nina snapmares her out. Nina puts Isla in a chinlock, trapping one arm on the side. Fans rally and Isla works against the hold. Isla gets up but Nina clubs her down. Nina whips Isla to a corner, then tilt-o-whirl backbreaker on the rebound! Cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on Isla with elbows to the arm. She goes after the chinlock again but fans rally up. Isla works her way up again but Nina whips her to another corner. Nina runs in but Isla dodges to rock Nina with forearms! Isla roundhouses Nina down, and then throws Nina with a saido suplex! Isla runs to knee Nina in the head! Then modified front lock to a suplex! Cover, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
The White Witch’s magic conquers the Rose Pink Devil, and gets back on a winning track. Will she cast a spell on the Women’s Division to challenge the champion?
Toni Storm speaks on her NXT UK Women’s Championship loss.
There was a rough spot on the apron, and Toni herself knew something was wrong in her back. But she didn’t let that end the match, she continued until the match came to a true finish. Rhea Ripley may be the first, but Toni vows to return and become the best. This injury will keep Toni away for some time, when will the Lightning from Down Under strike again?
Eddie Dennis VS Tucker!
The Headmaster has been on a roll since debuting in NXT UK, and vows to continue teaching lessons on why he deserves to be here. However, the life-long underdog has fought back from setback after setback and won’t let anyone tell him to stop. Will Tucker learn a hard life lesson at the hands of the towering teacher?
The bell rings and Tucker ties up with Dennis. Dennis clubs Tucker in the back then gives him a stiff body shot. Dennis whips Tucker hard into buckles, then grabs him for a back suplex. Tucker slips out and runs, but into a swinging backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Dennis glares as he clubs Tucker in the head. Dennis puts on a cravat, but Tucker fights back, only to get knees from Dennis.
Fans rally but Dennis snapmares Tucker to drop a knee! Dennis puts the cravat back on to keep after that neck. Tucker stands up and arm-drags Dennis off. Dennis comes back with a kick and another whip. Tucker goes up and over then back under then springboards for a back elbow! Tucker kips up as fans fire up, and he runs at Dennis for a big clothesline! He slips out then springboards back in, but Dennis catches him. Dennis throws Tucker away to then clobber him with another clothesline! Then Razor’s Edge, for the Severn Bridge buckle bomb! And finally, Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The Headmaster makes quick work of Tucker to keep his NXT UK undefeated streak going. Is it only a matter of time before he challenges his former friend in Pete Dunne?
Flash Morgan Webster VS Jordan Devlin!
The Modfather seeks gold, but he’s nothing more than a joke to the Irish Ace. Devlin took Pete Dunne to his limits but still came up short. Will Devlin earn himself another shot tonight? Or will Flash get his first shot first?
The bell rings and Devlin circles with Flash. They tie up and Devlin gets the wristlock. He brings Flash to the mat but Flash gets up to roll and handspring and reverse. Devlin rolls and handsprings to reverse back and snapmares Flash. Flash quickly reverses to a hammerlock! Devlin sits up and elbows out to snapmare Flash. Flash is up quick and arm-drags Deviln. Devlin scrambles to ropes, then tries a sucker punch, but Flash arm-drags him right down. Flash makes it an armlock, but Devlin gets up. Devlin arm-drags Flash off then fakes Flash out. But then Flash gets Devlin on the second try! Flash again has the armlock but Devlin uses a jawbreaker. Flash runs in corner to corner but Devlin dodges. Devlin blocks the boots and swings Flash around for a backstabber! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally for Flash as Devlin throws haymakers. Devlin stomps a mudhole into Flash in a corner but backs off at 4. Flash hits back but Devlin eggs him on. Devlin slaps Flash, then catches Flash into a urenage! Moonsault added, TWO! Devlin keeps his cool as he stomps Flash out. Devlin mocks the Modfather while fans boo and jeer. He drags Flash up for an atomic backbreaker. Cover, TWO! Fans rally for Flash but Devlin stalks him to ropes. Devlin chokes Flash on the ropes but backs off at 4. Flash rolls Devlin up, TWO, Devlin clobbers Flash down with a clothesline! Devlin looms over Flash as he puts him in a grounded abdominal stretch. He also pulls on a leg for further bending. Fans boo as Devlin grinds his knuckles and elbow into Flash’s ribs.
Flash endures, and fans rally up for him. He pries his way out of the hold and gives body shots back. Flash runs but into a back elbow! Devlin stomps Flash then drags him up to throw him out. Devlin continues to mock the fans for cheering Flash on. Then he goes out and rams Flash into the apron edge. Devlin puts Flash in the ring, but Flash hits back with body shots. Devlin still eggs Flash on, so Flash uses his head! It doesn’t do much, and Devlin slaps Flash again. Flash fires up with palm strikes! But Devlin rakes the eyes! Flash gets to a corner, and Devlin stands him up for a CHOP. Flash goes staggering away but Devlin whips him corner to corner hard. Devlin grins as he stares Flash down. Devlin dares Flash to stand, but Flash can only crawl after him.
“You are nothing!” Devlin says. “You don’t belong at this level, you don’t belong in my ring.” Devlin whips Flash at buckles again, but Flash comes back with a Modern Knee! Both men are down and fans rally up again. Flash gets to a corner while Devlin gets up. Devlin runs in but Flash goes up and over and then speeds things up. Flash redirects Devlin to hit him with a leaping lariat! Then a dropkick! Devlin is reeling, Flash hits another dropkick! Flash fires himself up and runs corner to corner, but into boots. Devlin hops up, but Flash rocks him with a swing kick! Devlin flops around, perhaps out cold, and Flash goes up top. Flash gives Devlin a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Devlin lives but fans still have faith in the Modfather.
Flash gets up and brings Devlin in for a bomb. Flash double underhooks but Devlin back drops out! Devlin and Flash both clutch their backs as they get up. Devlin runs in for a big forearm smash. Then he sweeps the legs, for a boot wash! Devlin yanks Flash right up for the saido supelx! Cover, TWO!! Devlin can’t believe Flash survives! Fans fire up for Flash but Devlin goes for the fireman’s carry. Flash fights against it but Devlin still gets him up. Flash keeps fighting and escapes. He bobs ‘n’ weaves and then fakes Devlin out for a BIG headbutt! Devlin is sent right out of the ring! Flash takes aim and builds up speed, to slide. Devlin dodges but Flash runs at him, Devlin puts him on the steels steps. Flash corkscrews and wipes Devlin out with the Rude Boy Block!
Both men are down and the ring count begins. The count reaches 5 as both men stand up and stagger about. Flash puts Devlin in at 8, then heads for a corner. Flash climbs up top and leaps, but onto knees! Devlin drags Flash up, Ireland’s Call driver! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
The Ace trumps the joker and he returns to winning ways! The Bruiserweight still has the WWE UK Championship, will Devlin get himself another shot at making it the WWE Irish Championship?
Joseph Conners VS Dan Moloney!
The Righteous Killer took down Saxon Huxley, his one time tag team partner, and now moves on to establish himself and himself alone in NXT UK. However, the young wolf from Birmingham wants to do very much the same. Which tough as nails superstar takes the next step towards the title tonight?
The bell rings and Conners stares down with Moloney. They circle and tie up, and Conners powers Moloney back. Moloney turns it aruond but then Conners turns it back and Conners has Moloney on the ropes. Conners backs off but Moloney shrugs it off. They go again, and Moloney gets a big judo throw! But Conners is up quick and after the arm. Moloney shoves Conners away, but Conners comes back with a haymaker. Moloney fires off haymakers of his own! He whips Conners and runs him over with forearms. Fans cheer Moloney as he whips Conners to a corner then back drops him on the rebound. Conners gets to a corner and he and Moloney fight for grapple control. The ref counts and Moloney backs off, but Conners goes after his ear! Conners lets go at 4, and Moloney runs in, but Conners drives him down with boots!
Moloney ends up on the apron but Conners brings him up and over to a corner. Conners bends Moloney back against the turnbuckle crossbar! He lets up at 4 and Moloney drops down, but Conners goes after him. Conners throws body shots and clubbing forearms, then puts Moloney on the apron for more clubbing shots to the shoulders. Fans rally up for Moloney but Conners keeps on him with a short-arm clothesline! Cover, TWO, so Conners puts Moloney in a chinlock. Conners also traps an arm, but Moloney endures the chinbar. Fans rally again and Moloney fights out. Conners elbows him back down, and then puts on the arm surfboard. Conners trash talks Moloney but Moloney fires himself up. Fans get behind the “AH! AH!” and Moloney fights back.
Conners drives Moloney into a corner and drives elbow after elbow into Moloney. But Moloney hits back with a haymaker! Moloney uses forearms to knock Conners down, then rocks him with a haymaker. He whips Conners into a spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Conners lives but Moloney keeps his cool. Moloney whips but Conners reverses, and then sunset flips Moloney into buckles! Conners drags Moloney up again, and says Don’t Look Down! Cover, Conners wins!
Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall
The Righteous Killer is on a roll now that he’s all in for himself. Will he be coming for the Bruiserweight’s throne soon enough?
Backstage interview with Isla Dawn.
The White Witch comes from a place of good, of truth, and of spirit. Those qualities will set her on her journey to the NXT UK Women’s Championship. But speaking of, Rhea Ripley comes in. She wants worthy competition, and it’s not Isla. But Rhea hopes Isla watches her match tonight “very, very closely.” Who did Rhea hand pick to pick on?
NXT UK has footage of Mustache Mountain’s arrival.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate were heading down the way when the Brothers Gallus confronted them. Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers taunted the “Big Strong Boys”, and know that the “wee Cruiserweight” Travis Banks isn’t here to help them. Sid Scala and Johnny Saint appear to keep the peace with NXT UK security. Saint told the Brothers Gallus to stand down, their fight is coming later on. Will things explode when Joe Coffey meets the Kiwi Buzzsaw in tonight’s main event?
Dave Mastiff VS Mike Hitchman!
The Bomber has been steamrolling opponent after opponent since arriving in NXT UK and doesn’t look to be slowing down any time soon. Can the Wild Boar of Wales survive being smashed by the Bull Mastiff?
Mastiff and the Boar are both all smiles as the bell rings. The Boar dares Mastiff to do something, and they tie up. Mastiff doesn’t budge so Boar backs off. Boar throws a forearm and another, and hammering haymakers, but Mastiff shoves him back and runs him over! Mastiff brings Boar into a seated stretch and drives elbow after elbow into Boar’s head! Boar is dazed as Mastiff backs off. Mastiff waistlocks and deadlifts Boar up. Boar fights out and elbows Mastiff in the head. Mastiff runs in but Boar trips him into buckles! Boar runs corner to corner for the cannonball! Boar is still dizzy but he has Mastiff on the ropes. He haymakers away on Mastiff and then goes after the arm. Mastiff resists but Boar still fish hooks the mouth. Mastiff endures the twisting as fans rally up.
Boar clubs Mastiff in the back and then wraps the chinlock back on. Fans rally again and Mastiff gets up. Mastiff powers out and rocks Boar with a right. Mastiff throws more forearms, but Boar eggs him on. Boar gets palm strikes and a European Uppercut, then a headbutt! Fans cheer as Mastiff lines up a shot, giant back senton! Mastiff waits for Boar to stand, and then lifts him up in the fireman’s carry. Boar fights out and they collide shoulders. No one falls so Boar tries again. He puts Mastiff in a corner and runs again, big shoulder tackle! Mastiff is down and Boar goes corner to corner again, but gets booted away! Mastiff gets back up and dropkicks Boar down! Boar ends up in a corner, bombs away with the Mastiff cannonball! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
Another impressive victory from the massive Mastiff! Boar came close but still couldn’t stop this behemoth. What will it take for someone to end Mastiff’s streak?
Backstage interview with Dave Mastiff.
The Bomber continues his undefeated streak, how does he feel? He feels great! Hitchman did great, he’s not to be underestimated, but Mastiff was just a bit better. Mastiff’s heading to the top, but watching from afar is Eddie Dennis. The Headmaster is also undefeated, when will their streaks collide?
El Ligero VS Tyson T-Bone!
The Luchador of Leeds and the gritty gypsy have both had their stumblings since debuting, but they won’t be slowed down by anything. Who takes a win here to move up in the rankings?
Fans are strongly behind Ligero as the bell rings. T-Bone corners him but Ligero kicks quick and gets away. T-Bone again backs Ligero up but again Ligero kicks and gets away. Ligero gets caught the third time, but not for long. He gets around and goes for a waistlock. T-Bone powers out and gets the arm. Fans rally and Ligero rolls and handsprings. Ligero mule kicks and puts a headlock on, but T-Bone powers out. Ligero goes up and over and then under, and gets on the apron. T-Bone walks into the swing kick, but still rocks Ligero back with a right. Fans boo while Ligero crashes and burns on the outside. T-Bone goes out to fetch Ligero and clubs him at the steel steps. T-Bone throws heavy body shots then boots Ligero down.
The ring count is at 7 before T-Bone puts Ligero in. T-Bone stalks Ligero with a grin while fans rally up. Ligero hits back with elbows, but gets caught into T-Bone’s Fall Away Slam! Cover, TWO, but T-Bone wraps on a thrashing chinlock. T-Bone then leans on Ligero, but Ligero refuses to quit. T-Bone shifts to a neck wrench, but still Ligero endures. Ligero gets to his feet as fans cheer. Ligero pries out of the grip and kicks T-Bone. T-Bone throws a haymaker, then runs in. Ligero slips to the apron again and shoulders in. Ligero slingshots and runs to throw haymakers and chops and kicks. T-Bone blocks but gets an enziguri! And then a dropkick! T-Bone ends up in a corner and Ligero fires up. Ligero runs in for the forearm smash, then triangle jumps for Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!
Ligero keeps his cool as he gets to a corner. Ligero leaps but has to roll through as T-Bone evades. T-Bone gets Ligero in a t-bone suplex! T-Bone runs side to side, boot wash! But he’s not done there, he runs in for a front hip attack! T-Bone rams another knee in, then covers, TWO! Ligero lives and T-Bone grows frustrated. T-Bone stalks Ligero and dares him to stand. Ligero does, and ducks the punch. Ligero dodges again and sends T-Bone into the post! T-Bone falls to the floor, and Ligero gets moving, for an apron cannonball! Ligero puts T-Bone back in the ring and then hurries to a corner. He springboards, for the splash! Cover, Ligero wins!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
Leeds’ Luchador continues to shine his light! Will Ligero find his way to the top of the UK Division soon enough?
Rhea Ripley VS ???
The Mosh Pit Kid tore a path through the NXT UK Women’s Championship Tournament, and won as she dominated and damaged the Lightning from Down Under. But she’s not just going to sit back and relax, she wants to establish herself as the true top of the Women’s Division. Rhea speaks to the fans, saying she’s “all about opportunities.” Rhea took her opportunity to become the first-ever NXT UK Women’s Champion! And now she’s handpicked someone to have the opportunity of a lifetime. And that woman is… Candy Floss? This bright and colorful lass is happy as can be getting her chance to debut against the champ, but will that smile soon be wiped away with the Riptide?
Fans tell Candy that “Rhea’s gonna kill~ you~”, but Rhea offers a handshake. Candy accepts it, and the two circle. They tie up and Rhea powers Candy to ropes. She backs off quick, showing respect few have seen from her. Rhea and Candy tie up again and Rhea goes after the arm. She wrenches it around and bends Candy back. Candy keeps her shoulders up but Rhea goes after the wrist and fingers. Candy rolls and handsprings to reverse the wrench. She whips but Rhea blocks with power. Rhea whips Candy but Candy dropkicks her down! Fans cheer and Candy is all smiles. Rhea is annoyed, but she admits that was good. Then she kicks Candy back and returns the dropkick! Cover, TWO! Candy isn’t that easy to defeat so Rhea wraps on a chinlock.
Rhea thrashes Candy around and makes it a modified camel clutch. Fans rally up for Candy and Candy fights up and out. Rhea knees low hard and sends Candy reeling. Rhea then bumps Candy off buckles and rams in her shoulder. The champ stops at 4 to stomp away on Candy. Rhea brings Candy up and around, pumphandle to the Riptide! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
The Aussie with an attitude knew it was only a matter of time before she won. But she does admit Candy did better than expected, and shakes Candy’s hand again. Rhea raises Candy’s hand, only to club her in the back! Fans boo and jeer as Rhea rains down rights on her unsuspecting victim. Rhea won’t stop, she drags Candy up to throw her out of the ring. Will there be a challenger truly worthy of Rhea fighting them seriously?
NXT UK Media catches up with Flash Morgan Webster.
The Modfather lost in singles competition, but he and Mark Andrews won as a tag team. What’s next for Flash and the rockstar? The NXT UK Tag Team Division is heating up, but Flash spots Fabian Aichner. Speaking of losses, Andrews lost to Aichner after Aichner suddenly flipped from respectful to ruthless, and Flash doesn’t take kindly to someone treating his friends like that. Aichner dares Flash to do something about it in a match of their own. Flash accepts that challenge, and a match is set for next week! Will Air Aichner treat Flash the same way he did Andrews? Or will Aichner learn why #InModWeTrust?
Sid Scala speaks.
As Assistant GM, he has been allowed to make his first announcement. Given recent events, it has been decided that Joe Coffey and Trent Seven will go 1v1 next week. Plus, there will be another announcement towards the arriving NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Big things are coming as we approach the New Year, who will be primed for pole position in the tag title race?
Travis Banks VS Wolfgang w/ The Coffey Brothers!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw has been attacked twice by the trio now known as The Brothers Gallus. First was in Royal Albert Hall earlier this year, at the same time as Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews. The second was when cameras weren’t rolling as NXT UK TV got started. Now he’s finally back to exact some revenge! Will Travis find satisfaction? Or will the Last King of Scotland heavily rely on his new friends for help?
The fans are on Travis’ side with the bell. Wolfgang mocks it as just chatter. He taunts Travis’ shoulder injury, but Travis fires off! Travis kicks away, too, and stomps a mudhole into Wolfgang! Fans fire up, too, but Wolfgang kicks back. Wolfgang throws Travis bad shoulder first into the post! Travis bails out as he writhes in pain, but the Coffey Brothers loom close. Travis is on guard but it’s Wolfgang who gets him. Wolfgang throws Travis into the steel steps and Travis writhes again. Wolfgang puts Travis in the ring, covers, TWO! Travis can’t get away as Wolfgang goes after the shoulder with a nerve hold. Wolfgang digs his fingers into the shoulder but fans rally up for Travis.
Travis fights back but that bad arm gives him trouble. They brawl now and Travis goes back to kicks. Wolfgang catches on to rock Travis with a right! Wolfgang puts Travis in a corner but misses. Travis dropkicks him back! Now Wolfgang bails out, but Travis pursues from the apron with a leaping double stomp! Fans fire up with Travis as he puts Wolfgang in. Travis climbs up and hits another double stomp! Cover, TWO! The Coffey Boys grow concerned for Wolfgang as Travis drags him up. Mark distracts and Wolfgang boots Travis down! Then he hits a running back senton, and a SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Travis lives and Wolfgang is furious. Wolfgang drags Travis up and fans rally up. Wolfgang whips but Travis uses it to springboard and enziguri!
Both Coffey Brothers get on the apron, but Mustache Mountain appear! Seven and Bate trip them up, and then line them up for Travis to DIVE on! Down go the Coffey Brothers and fans are thunderous! The ref reprimands Joe and Mark but Wolfgang rocks Travis. Wolfgang suplexes Travis up and over the ropes, but with the ref still shouting at the Coffey Brothers, Seven trips Wolfgang up! Travis covers, the ref counts, Travis wins!!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall
The Kiwi Buzzsaw pulls it off thanks to the Big Strong Boys, and Gallus is furious! We know Seven and Joe Coffey will have a go next time, will things get just as wild as tonight?
Another great double dose, with some moderate advancement in stories. That opener of Aichner VS Andrews was incredible! NXT UK might be where Aichner can finally get some shine. He’s going to make a pretty great Heel just on his athleticism, strength and a personality of general arrogance. His match with Flash Morgan Webster will be great next week, too, especially if he does something savage like he did to Andrews. Flash himself had a pretty great match with Jordan Devlin, even though he lost. Right now it seems like Devlin is going to stay in that upper midcard, essentially in the title area. I’m hoping that with TakeOver: WarGames II essentially settling Dunne’s story in American NXT, he’ll be in NXT UK more and he can really dive into these stories with Devlin and the trio now known as Gallus.
Gallus is a good name for the Scottish trio, and their interactions with Mustache Mountain and Travis Banks were pretty great. I’m starting to wonder: If Devlin is still after Dunne, and Travis Banks still has issue with Gallus, will we end up with an 8-Man Tag Match? A tense alliance of the Irish Ace and the Scotsmen could definitely be used as the reason their side loses against Travis Banks & British Strong Style. Then things can branch off if Devlin gets on the bad side of Gallus. And then the other matches of the night were seemingly filler, but still enjoyable. Mastiff VS Dennis is on the horizon, the ending of that will mean a lot towards who moves up to challenge Pete Dunne, I’m sure of it. Conners and Ligero are also solidifying themselves and are definitely midcard title types.
I’m liking that in Toni Storm’s absence in these tapings, Isla Dawn is moving up to be an unlikely Face hero. Dawn wins in a good match with Nina Samuels, but Rhea being the Heel, she doesn’t take it seriously. And as a Heel, it made total sense for her to pick a seemingly weak opponent, to be momentarily surprised, and then turn up the aggression to beat them both in and after the match. Rhea VS Dawn should be a good match, and I’m pretty sure Rhea holds onto that belt until Toni Storm makes her NXT UK return. Toni can definitely benefit from paralleling Pete Dunne, in being the second-ever yet longest-reigning champion. And either way, I’m waiting for an eventual Champion VS Champion match of the American and UK Women’s Champions. Shayna in a rematch with Toni or a first-ever with Rhea would be great.
My Scores: Episode 13 – 8.4/10; Episode 14 – 8.6/10
Mitchell’s NJPW AXS TV Results: Power Struggle 2018 Part 2!
NJPW Power Struggle continues as Tetsuya Naito once again battles Zack Sabre Jr! Will Tranquilo #JustTapOut? Or will ZSJ lost to The Ungovernable Charisma?
This coverage of Power Struggle will be as broadcast by AXS TV.
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- Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi; RPG3K wins the 2018 Super Junior Tag League.
- Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr; Naito wins.
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NJPW and AXS TV set the scene!
Los Ingobernables de Japon continues to war with Suzuki-Gun! The leader of LIJ, Tetsuya Naito, has lost to the Submission Master, Zack Sabre Jr, twice this year in both the New Japan Cup and the G1 Climax! ZSJ angered Naito when he picked the bones of Evil after a vicious attack from Chris Jericho. Naito looks to get back at ZSJ for both Evil and those defeats, but ZSJ talks of retiring Naito himself. Who will win in this third time around in 2018?
Meanwhile, the Super Junior Tag League Tournament bring together familiar foes as the factions of LIJ, Suzuki-Gun and Chaos battle again! The IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag Team Champions are still Desperado and Yoshinobu Kanemaru, and they look to show true dominance over the division. However, Roppongi 3K’s Sho & Yoh look to repeat as tournament winners while Bushi has LIJ’s newest member, Shingo Takagi, by his side. Who comes out of this finals match primed to rule over the Junior Heavyweight Tag Division?
Super Junior Tag League Finals Triple Threat: El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru VS Roppongi 3K VS Bushi & Shingo Takagi!
The round robin format of this tournament makes it so that the teams with the best records qualify for this tournament climax, and this year it ended up being three! All three teams have a 10-0 record going in, impressive to say the least. And naturally, the winners of this tournament, if they’re not the champions, get a shot to face the champions for the belts in the future. Will Sho & Yoh become back-to-back tournament champs? Will the tag champs come out as supreme rulers of Junior Heavyweight Tag wrestling? Or will this new combination of ungovernable stars be the key to victory?
Suzuki-Gun’s duo bring their belts, and a bottle of whiskey for Kanemaru. Kanemaru tags a swig then spits it to the sky, before attacking Bushi! Desperado goes after Shingo, but Sho & Yoh go after them! The match starts with the bell and Suzuki-Gun throws Yoh out of the ring. Kanemaru keeps on Sho with an eye rake, and Desperado adds a kick. Suzuki-Gun mug Sho then double whip, but he hits back! Desperado kicks Sho and chops him. Desperado runs, Sho ducks and Yoh comes back! They drop toehold and dropkick Desperado, then double dropkick Kanemaru. LIJ returns but they get dropkick’d out. Yoh goes back to Desperado while fans rally up. Sho keeps on Desperado with a big scoop slam. Sho drags Desperado up but Desperado rakes eyes.
This kind of Triple Threat Tag, anyone can tag anyone so long as it doesn’t create a match-up of the same team. Therefore, Bushi is allowed to tag in from Desperado. He goes after Sho, then drags him up for a neckbreaker. Cover, TWO! Bushi keeps his cool as he tags in Shingo. Shingo hits Yoh for good measure before bringing Sho up. Sho chops, but Shingo chops back. Sho leans against ropes, but Shingo double chops him down! Shingo drags Sho up and whips, follows after and rams his knee into Sho. Then he suplexes Sho up and over, floats to cover, TWO! Tag to Bushi and LIJ double whip. They double hip toss and combine back senton and leg drop. Bushi covers, TWO! Bushi uses his shirt to choke Sho, but lets up at 4.
Fans cheer while Bushi clubs Sho. Bushi runs but Sho hits him with the kitchen sink knee! Hot tag to Yoh! Yoh rallies on LIJ, ducks the enziguri and dragon screws Shingo. Yoh gives Bushi a backbreaker to necbreaker and kips up! Fans rally up as Yoh back elbows Bushi in a corner. Yoh suplexes but Bushi slips out. Bushi fires off forearms, then runs, but Desperado trips him up. Kanemaru tags in off Bushi and goes after Yoh. Desperado drags Bushi down to beat him up while Kanemaru hits Shingo. Bushi and Shingo go into barriers while Kanemaru whips Yoh. Kanemaru gives Yoh a kitchen sink, then tosses Yoh out. Desperado uses the backing of a chair to SMACK Yoh in the head. Then he whips Yoh into barriers! Desperado feeds Yoh to Kanemaru for a scoop slam.
Kanemaru grinds his foot on Yoh’s face, then tags Desperado. Desperado kicks Yoh down, and taunts Sho to return. Desperado chops Yoh back, but Yoh chops back. Yoh keeps firing strikes but Desperado shrugs it off. They go back and forth, but Desperado rakes eyes. Desperado runs but Shingo gets him to stop. Desperado hits Shingo, but turns around into Yoh’s calf kick! Hot tag to Kanemaru and he stops Sho from tagging in. Suzuki-Gun work together to start a corner train, and then Desperado cradles Yoh for Kanemaru to shotgun dropkick-start the slam! Cover, but LIJ breaks it. LIJ goes after everyone else, and double whip Kanemaru. Kanemaru holds ropes and dumps Shingo out. He puts Bushi on the apron and Desperado knocks him off. Kanemaru helps Desperado build speed to DIVE on LIJ! Desperado ends up safely on the announce desk!
Fans fire up, even if it’s for Suzuki-Gun. Desperado returns as Kanemaru brings Yoh up. Suplex to inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Kanemaru grows frustrated, but he keeps on Yoh. Yoh hits back and they brawl with forearms and European Uppercuts. Kanemaru tilt-o-whirls for a DDT! He drags Yoh up again, but Yoh gets him back with a Falcon Arrow! Yoh is too sore to make the cover, and we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns as fans rally up. Yoh and Kanemaru stir but Desperado attacks Sho! Desperado comes in but Bushi hits him first. Bushi grabs Yoh and throws him to the LIJ corner. Shingo tags in off Yoh, and then goes after Kanemaru’s inner thigh. Desperado saves Kanemaru by whipping Shingo but Shingo reverses. Shingo then starts up a clothesline train, first hitting Desperado then going corner to corner to hit Kanemaru. Desperado staggers into a shoulder from Shingo! Fans fire up as Shingo grabs Kanemaru. Sho comes in but gets caught, DDT and complete shot! Shingo goes back to Kanemaru for another suplex, but Kanemaru slips out. Kanemaru has a waistlock but Shingo fights out. Shingo whips and pop-up Death Valley Driver on Kanemaru! Cover, TWO!! Kanemaru barely survives but Shingo is not bothered.
Muscle Dragon Shingo stalks Kanemaru, but misses in the corner. Kanemaru misses, too, and Bushi hits a knee! Bushi feeds Kanemaru to the spinebuster, adding a backstabber! Cover, but RPG3K break it! RPG3K is thrown out and LIJ coordinates. Shingo lifts Kanemaru in a wheelbarrow, but Desperado intercepts Bushi! Kanemaru victory rolls, TWO! Bushi fights Desperado off to slingshot headscissor Desperado! Shingo runs but to a basement dropkick! Kanemaru staggers into a tag from Sho! Sho then rocks Kanemaru with a right, and throws Kanemaru out. Sho runs at Shingo for a big corner clothesilne. He whips but Shingo reverses, and they collide with clotheslines. Neither man falls so they try again. Shingo runs but into a dropkick!
Sho fires up, as do the fans. He deadlifts Shingo but Shingo fights back. Sho runs, but Shingo rocks him with an elbow and an uppercut! Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, but Sho slips out. Shingo runs, but into RPG3K double knees! Yoh takes out Bushi while Sho brings Shinogo back up. Backstabber feeds into the shotgun dropkick! RPG3K fire up and stalk Shingo. Shingo stands but Bushi stops Yoh with a backstabber of his own. Sho gets Bushi in a deadlift German Suplex! Desperado spears Sho, but can’t spear Shingo! Shingo and Desperado brawl, but Desperado rakes the eyes. Shingo still waistlocks Desperado, Desperado kicks Sho but Shingo shoves Desperado into Sho. Sho and Desperado turn around into Shingo’s clotheslines!
Shingo lifts Sho in the chicken wing, for the Gory Bomb! Shingo gets up and builds speed, to clothesline from hell! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives and Shingo can’t believe it! Shingo roars as he drags Sho back up. He lifts Sho with a wristclutch, but Yoh SUPERKICKS! RPG3K hit 3K!! Cover, but the ref is yanked out! Kanemaru gets in and kicks away on Yoh! He stomps away on Sho, then drags Sho up. Desperado is in with a belt, and he clobbers Sho! Desperado drags Shingo over to a corner and uses him to tag in. Then he goes back to Sho while Kanemaru takes out Bushi. Desperado lifts Sho in the torture rack, for the slam! Cover, TWO!? Sho lives again! Desperado is furious and vows to end this.
Desperado brings Sho up in the double underhook, but Bushi jumps over the ref to use the GREEN MIST! You SUPERKICKS Bushi! Kanemaru goes after Yoh, but Yoh ducks the Whiskey Mist to dropkick Kanemaru out! Yoh builds speed and FLIES onto Bushi and Kanemaru! Sho is up, and clobbers Desperado! Sho drags Desperado up again, powerbomb lift, double knees! Cover, TWO!! Desperado survives but fans are thunderous. Sho fires up and wants another, but he tucks the arms this time. Package driver, the Shock Arrow! Cover, RPG3K win!!
Winners: Roppongi 3K, Sho pinning
Sho & Yoh win their second Super Junior Tag League! And best of all, it was on the tag team champions! Can Sho & Yoh use this momentum to get the IWGP Junior Heavyweight Tag titles back?
Tetsuya Naito VS Zack Sabre Jr!
Los Ingobernables de Japon and Suzuki-Gun are not through with each other, and these two are far from through with each other on top of it. Will Naito make ZSJ Tranquilo? Or will ZJS make Naito #JustTapOut?
As always, Taka Michinoku takes up the mic before the match. He welcomes everyone to “Zack Sabre Time.” This is a special singles match between ZSJ and Naito. “Who is gonna win this one?!” ZSJ is the man who can finish you with any lock anytime, anywhere, who has the deadly Zack Driver, and when he locks on, you #JustTapOut! This wrestling master is Zack Sabreeeeee Junior~! So Naito, you will repeat the New Japan Cup and G1 Climax. You can’t beat Zack, so “come on over here!” Naito makes his entrance, and takes his time as always with undressing. ZSJ doesn’t let the mind games get to him, but we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns with the bell. Fans cheer for Naito as he circles with ZSJ. Naito and ZSJ tie up and ZSJ gets the headlock. ZSJ throws Naito but Naito shrugs it off. He and ZSJ circle again and feel it out. ZSJ gets a wristlock but Naito reverses quick, so ZSJ breaks and slips away. They circle again and tie up. ZSJ gets the arm again and wrenches for a hammerlock. Naito rolls and goes for a leg but ZSJ gets his legs into a deathlock. Naito manages to pop free and get a headlock, but ZSJ headscissors. ZSJ squeezes tight as Naito tries to escape. Naito moves around but ZSJ goes for an arm. Naito frees himself from the headscissors to go for an armbar. ZSJ moves around and gets a leg again, Bow ‘n’ Arrow! But Naito pops out to a cover, ONE, Tranquilo!
Naito rolls out to catch his breath but ZSJ stays in the ring. Naito takes his time returning, and circles with ZSJ again. They approach and tie up, and ZSJ brings Naito’s hands down to stand on one and wrench the other. ZSJ shifts to a headlock, then throws to the takeover. Naito endures and rolls ZSJ to a cover, ONE. Naito sits up and gets up, and powers out of the headlock. He arm-drags ZSJ around, then runs him over with an elbow to hit the basement dropkick! Naito poses but ZSJ runs in with a leaping triangle hold takedown! Naito gets a ropebreak but ZSJ lets go at 4. ZSJ takes a moment to catch his breath now while Naito bails out again. Naito comes back but ZSJ presses a knee down on him.
ZSJ loops Naito’s arm through the ropes and then a leg and uses them to pull in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ backs off at 4, so he can mock the LIJ posing. Naito sits up but ZSJ is on with the double wristlock, then top wristlock to stomp! Naito writhes but ZSJ circles him like a shark. ZSJ brings Naito up for a EuroUpper, but Naito chops back. ZSJ gives another EuroUpper, but Naito gives back a CHOP. That stuns ZSJ, but ZSJ still kicks and whips Naito. Naito reverses, then run sin. ZSJ puts him on the apron to sweep the legs! ZSJ goes after Naito on the ramp and uses a calf killer! Then he shifts to a modified half crab! ZSJ tortures the legs, then rams the knees on the ramp. ZSJ leaves Naito behind as the 20-count starts.
Naito slowly gets up but the count is at 16! He hurries and gets in at 19! ZSJ is on Naito again with another trapped leg toehold to a half crab! Then a heel hook, then a deep crab! ZSJ just keeps combining holds, such as a trapped arm and another deep crap. But Naito gets the ropes and is freed. Fans rally up as Naito gets to a corner. ZSJ stomps the legs, but Naito hits back. ZSJ kicks the legs but Naito hits back. They continue to go back and forth, a kick for a forearm and back again. Naito goes down after another kick to the leg, but he crawls to a corner. ZSJ runs in but into boots. Naito gives an atomic drop and running headscissors!
Both men are down as Naito tries to get feeling in his legs. Michinoku coaches ZSJ up but Naito stands first. Naito hits ZSJ with punches and kicks, then gets the dragon sleeper to backbreaker, and adds a basement dropkick! ZSJ gets to a corner, but Naito hits the jump kick and leg sweep. Naito slingshots but into the cravat! Naito arm-drags out, but ZSJ runs back in. ZSJ is put in a corner, but he boots Naito. Naito spits then spins ZSJ sideways for the draping neckbreaker! Naito then scoops ZSJ into the reverse DDT! Cover, TWO! Naito has things back in his favor as we go to break.
NJPW on AXS returns, and Naito gives ZSJ elbows in the corner. Naito drives elbows into ZSJ even as ZSJ sits down. Then Naito hoists ZSJ up top and climbs up to join him. Naito drives in more elbows and then stands up for a SUPER STEINER! But ZSJ makes it a cradle into a leg lock, into an STF! ZSJ keeps shifting to modify the crossface, then keeps pushing with his weight. Naito pushes back and gets the ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go, and both men are down from exhaustion. Fans rally up, and ZSJ slowly stands. ZSJ grabs Naito’s leg for a spinning toehold. Naito clutches that bad leg, but ZSJ does the spinning tweak to his arm! ZSJ stalks Naito as he stands, and gives him a EuroUpper. Naito hits back with a forearm, but ZSJ gives another EuroUpper. Naito CHOPS ZSJ and sits him down.
ZSJ gets up to kick Naito in the leg again. Naito CHOPS, but ZSJ stays standing this time. ZSJ eggs Naito on so Naito fires off forearms until ZSJ sits down. Naito goes side to side for the basement dropkick! He brings ZSJ up but ZSJ gets a full nelson! Naito arm-drags ZSJ away but ZSJ comes back with another EuroUpper. ZSJ tries again but Naito back slides and back elbows to the tornado DDT! Naito keeps going, hammerlock and lift, GLORIA! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ lives but Naito keeps his cool. Naito brings ZSJ up again, wrenches the arm but ZSJ kicks it! Naito kicks back and then whips. ZSJ reveres and catches the lariat into an Octopus! Naito endures as he steps towards ropes. ZSJ shifts to go after the arm, then cradles to a Calf Killer!
Naito endures leg pain, but he rolls. ZSJ keeps him trapped for a calf slicer, but Naito fights with his free leg. But ZSJ grabs it to make it part stretch muffler! Naito gets free and gets another ropebreak! ZSJ lets Naito go but he grows frustrated. Fans rally for Naito again, but ZSJ gets up first. ZSJ EuroUppers Naito again and again and again, then even more in the corner. He throws Naito out to Penalty Kick him! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives, but barely. Michinoku keeps ZSJ focused as he gets up again. ZSJ lifts Naito but Naito slips out to waistlock. ZSJ elbows out and wants the Octopus, but Naito breaks free. Naito runs into an uppercut but enziguris, only for ZSJ to make it an ankle lock! ZSJ then reels Naito in but Naito standing switches, for a German Suplex!
Naito runs, DESTINO!! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ barely survives, but Naito keeps on him. Naito wrenches the arm but ZSJ drops down, only for Naito to sit on it! TWO and ZSJ drags Naito into the European Clutch! TWO but barely! ZSJ and Naito go to opposite ends as they stand up. ZSJ kicks but Naito catches it to enziguri back. Naito wrenches and tilt-o-whirls, but into ZSJ’s scoop! But Naito slips out to scoop ZSJ, brainbuster! Fans are thunderous as Naito wrenches and whirls, DESTINO! Cover, Naito wins!!
Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall
The Ungovernable finally wins against the Submission Master! Naito did not tap out and he didn’t fall to the Zack Driver, but can Naito use this to launch himself back towards a title?
Taka Michinoku explains that Zack only just arrived yesterday. This loss was because of jet lag! He was battling jet lag and an opponent at the same time. But ZSJ dares Naito to come to England and see if this still happens. ZSJ will even fight him in a pub if he wants.
As for Naito, he finally got his revenge. To be precise, Naito won in last year’s G1, but yes he did lose in the 2018 New Japan Cup and G1. Therefore, Naito is 2-2 against ZSJ all-time. Naito appreciates ZSj, because this match had no upside for him and yet he took it. He has Naito’s thanks, “Gracias, amigo.” When and where will there be a tiebreaker for their overall series?
Another great hour version of this event. While there wasn’t a lot of Super Junior Tag League coverage on AXS, this triple threat finals was great to see. It was all an impressive match and I was really impressed to see that RPG3K got to repeat. I really hope this means Sho & Yoh get those titles off of Desperado & Kanemaru, that would be great for them. The evolution of these two from being the Tempura Boyz to the gold ‘n’ silver duo has been great to see, and while they’ve already had the titles, getting the titles again would just add to their great growth. Naito VS ZSJ 4 was also great, just as good as their previous matches. I’m glad to see Naito won this time, it works for his story of coming back around strong towards the IWGP Intercontinental Championship.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (12/1/18)
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 376
The ROH World Tag Team Championships are on the line this close to Final Battle! Will SoCal Uncensored even make it to the Ladder Wars they declared?
- Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels; King wins.
- Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods; Cobb wins.
- Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni; Page wins.
- ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr; SoCal Uncensored wins and advances to Final Battle’s Ladder War ROH World Tag Team Championship match.
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Last time on ROH…
The Briscoes and The Young Bucks battled to determine #1 contenders to the World Tag Team Championships, and it was another instant classic. However, the ending was marred by double disqualifications, so there is no one challenger for the titles. SoCal Uncensored’s Frankie Kazarian & Scorpio Sky wouldn’t accept that, they want to settle the scores with both the Bucks and #DemBoyz. And the only way to do that is to wage war! Final Battle will have a LADDER WAR for the titles!
Kenny King VS Christopher Daniels!
The K I N G takes a break from being the #BulletClubSilencer to prove himself against the Almighty former ROH World Champion. However, on commentary, Marty Scurll watches and scouts his Final Battle opponent. The Villain knows Daniels wants to make SCU the top trio in the business, but he prefers “S C U R double L.” Will the Fallen Angel gain some last minute momentum going into his match with Marty?
Before the match, Kenny King speaks to Daniels. “You are, homey, a timeless talent.” Kenny uses “timeless” because there’s no one here who knows how old Daniels really is. But it turns out Daniels doesn’t have a lot of time left in ROH. So Kenny figures it’d look real good on his resume if he was one of Daniels’ last losses in ROH “as we boot you out the door.” But Kenny will be nice enough to “haul you back to SCU”, as in the Senior Citizens Unit at the hospital! Daniels gets riled up with that one, and he starts swinging with the bell!
Daniels jabs and jabs on Kenny, then whips. He knocks Kenny down with a calf kick, but he stays on him with chops. Daniels bumps Kenny off buckles then chops him more. Kenny knees back and throws forearms. Daniels ducks the heel kick and hits the quebrada! Cover, TWO! Kenny apologizes for the “joke” but Daniels doesn’t accept it. Daniels bumps him off more buckles, then gets the “SCU!” going. He whips and elbows Kenny out of the ring. Daniels builds speed and hits a baseball slide. Fans fire up and high-five Daniels. Daniels clears some fans out to whip Kenny at barriers! Kenny writhes as fans chant for the Fallen Angel. Kenny hits back but Daniels bumps Kenny off the apron. Daniels climbs up and ducks another kick, and even the Eddy Gordo kick. But then Kenny sweeps the legs! Daniels crashes and burns, and we go to break.
ROH returns as Daniels fights out of Kenny’s chinlock. Daniels swings but Kenny spins him around with a full nelson into a backbreaker, then runs Daniels over with a clothesline. Kenny grins as he reminds us all he’s the K I N G Kiiing~! Then he mocks old man Daniels before stomping him. Scurll admits this change in Kenny is working for him. Daniels gets up but Kenny runs him over with a shoulder. Kenny then does his dance before covering, TWO! Kenny keeps on Daniels with a chinlock, but fans rally up. Daniels feeds off the power and gets up to fight out again. Daniels throws forearms and chops. He runs but into Kenny’s chin checker and Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny hotshots Daniels then goes back to the apron. He springboards but Daniesl gets under. Kenny comes back but Daniels catches him into a Blue Thunder Bomb!
Both men are down but fans rally up again. Daniels gets to a corner and drags himself up. Kenny gets to another corner but Daniels runs out to rally. Daniels whips but Kenny reverses, only for Daniels to slide under and hit the STO! Fans fire up with Daniels as Kenny gets to a corner. Daniels tells Scurll he’s watching him, then he hits Kenny with a corner clothesline. Daniels brings Kenny up for a wheelbarrow facebuster! Cover, TWO! Daniels points to a corner and brings Kenny up. Kenny fights back, and gets Daniels into a spinebuster! Cover and Kenny grabs the ropes, TWO! Scurll reprimands Kenny’s cheating. Kenny brings Daniels up in the fireman’s carry but Daniels fights out and runs. Kenny elbows him but runs into Daniels’ uppercut. Daniels runs and counters Kenny’s counter into an urenage!
Daniels wants to go to the corner but Kenny grabs his feet and kicks him down! The ref gets knocked over, too, and Kenny kicks Daniels in the balls! Kenny blows a kiss good-bye, to hit the Royal Flush! Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
The #BulletClubSilencer turns into a #FallenAngelSlayer as we head for the New Year. Will the K I N G use this to get back towards a title? Can Daniels turn things around and be ready for The Villain at Final Battle? For that matter, can Daniels do anything about his contract countdown?
Dalton Castle speaks.
“Three months. Three months is how long I was out with an injury, with one thing in mind: to regain the ROH World Championship.” The Peacock didn’t lose his focus, but he is being distracted. Castle didn’t have doctors stick needles in his spine just so he could face Matt Taven. That belt Matt wears is just a ruse! A fake! However, the rage ignited within Castle is real. Will that rage burn The Kingdom down?
Jeff Cobb VS Josh Woods!
The Hawaiian Hulk and current ROH World Television Champion also considers himself Mr. Top Prospect 2018 after he destroyed the field without ever competing. However, The Goods became Mr. Top Prospect 2017 the old fashion way: by winning the tournament. Who will prove themselves the true Top Prospect of ROH tonight?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the two approach. Cobb gets a leg and then the waistlock, but Woods drops down to reverse. Cobb gets a ropebreak and Woods honors it. They go again, but as Cobb gets the facelock, Hangman Page appears! Hangman has a chair to take a seat, and a mic for later. Cobb rolls Woods in a waistlock but Woods breaks out to roll Cobb. Woods has a leg but Cobb gets up and to the ropes. They break clean and even Hangman applauds. Woods lunges and gets Cobb down, and goes for the armbar! Cobb moves around and gets the ropebreak again, so Woods lets him go. Woods keeps after the arm and traps it to get Cobb down again. Woods still wants an armbar but Cobb powers off. They go around but Woods keeps control as he goes after the elbow and wrist.
Fans rally up and Cobb powers up. Woods spins Cobb but Cobb blocks the belly2belly. Cobb suplexes Woods back but Woods slips out. Woods goes for a sleeper but Cobb blocks and arm-drags Woods off. Woods comes back but is caught into a trap-leg exploder! Cobb runs but misses in the corner, Woods throws him down! Woods goes for the armbar again, but Cobb clasps hands! Cobb puts Woods in a cover, TWO! Woods goes to use his legs but Cobb moves around. Fans rally and Cobb deadlifts Woods! Cobb catapults Woods at buckles, and Hangman seems mildly impressed. Fans rally as both Woods and Cobb stand up. Cobb runs at Woods but Woods boots him back. Woods runs for a big knee strike! Woods keeps moving, and springboards but into Tour of the Islands!! Cover, Cobb wins!
Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall
Mr. 2018 beats Mr. 2017 and rolls on towards Final Battle. Hangman gets up with his mic and heads to the ring. He stands face to face with Cobb and says “Pretty impressive, huh, guys? Jeff Cobb, TV Champion!” But Cobb should get out of the ring so Hangman can show him “how a real ass whooping is done.” Bring out Hangman’s opponent!
Hangman Adam Page VS Facade w/ Danni!
The Problem Solver won’t let the ROH World TV Champion get ahead of him, and looks to use the Neon Ninja as a tune-up. Will Hangman be able to focus on the opponent in front of him? Or will he be too busy thinking about the opponent ahead of him at Final Battle?
ROH returns as Hangman stomps a mudhole into Facade. He backs off at 4 but then clotheslines Facade out of the ring. By the way, Cobb has taken Hangman’s seat on stage so he can watch up close just as Hangman did. And Hangman makes sure Cobb saw what he just did, too. Hangman then gets on the apron and htis the shooting star shoulder! Fans fire up as Hangman puts Facade back in. Hangman enjoys the cheers a moment before going back in the ring. Hangman pumphandle deadlifts Facade to show off his strength, and then Fall Away slams to a bridge! TWO, and Danni is relieved for her Neon Ninja. She and fans rally up for Facade and Facade chops Hangman. Hangman haymakers back, so Facade chops back. Hangman rocks Facade with a right, then whips.
Facade reverses but Hangman holds ropes. Facade runs in but is put on the apron. He shoulders into Hangman then slingshots up and over. Facade runs and waistlocks but Hangman bucks him off. Facade comes back and baits Hangman. Hangman runs but Facade goes up and moonsaults over! Facade goes Matrix and then cartwheel kicks Hangman to a corner! Fans fire up as Facade runs in corner to corner. Hangman dodges but runs into boots. Facade climbs up and prepares himself. He walks the ropes but gets booted out of the sky! Scurll laughs it up on commentary while Hangman stalks Facade to a corner. Facade gets on the apron but Hangman drags him up. They fight as Hangman drags Facade to the top rope.
Hangman holds Facade, and throws him with a SUPER Fall Away Slam! Facade ends up in the opposite corner and Danni is concerned. Hangman trash talks Cobb but Cobb tells Hangman to focus. Hangman toys with Facade but Facade chops back! It does nothing, and Hangman rocks Facade with a right. Facade chops and chops and forearms, but Hangman still shrugs it all off. Facade keeps throwing strikes but gets rocked with a roaring elbow! Hangman kicks Facade around, then runs, but Facade follows for a springboard enziguri! Hangman ends up outside and Facade builds speed to double jump springboard somersault ax handle! The fans are thunderous and Danni is running laps as Facade puts Hangman in the ring. Facade springboards but has to roll through. He turns around into the Buckshot! Then the Rite of Passage! Cover, Hangman wins!
Winner: Hangman Adam Page, by pinfall
Hangman turns the Neon Ninja’s lights out while he keeps pace with Cobb. Cobb returns to the ring to stand face to face with Hangman again. The two are raring for this fight, who will win when it all goes down?
ROH revisits Survival of the Fittest 2018.
The finals came down to Marty Scurll and Christopher Daniels, and Scurll won! The Villain has a future ROH World Championship match in his back pocket, but Daniels says Scurll only won because of the gauntlet format. Hangman Page did all the work and Scurll capitalized on a tired Daniels. Scurll wouldn’t let Daniels make such excuses, which brings us to their 1v1 Final Battle match. Daniels wants Scurll to put his Survival of the Fittest shot on the line, so Scurll put it on the line. Scurll thinks Daniels’ desperation is sad, but he’s confident he’ll win and keep his shot. This first-time ever match has huge stakes on it, especially for Daniels. Can the Fallen Angel turn his luck around all in one night?
Jay Lethal speaks on his coming match with Cody.
The Franchise’s first match with The American Nightmare, Cody was here to “prove that he could hang.” Cody failed because he had to cheat. Lethal wondered when that exact moment was that Cody realized he couldn’t hang with the best in the world. But then fast forward to a rematch in the Bull Rope Match and Lethal evened the score. Lethal won’t take away from Cody’s resume, from his wins to his lineage. Deep down, Lethal likes Cody. They may not always agree or get along, Cody is still great, but Lethal also knows how Cody is. This year’s Final Battle, Cody can use all the tricks in the book, but Lethal vows to leave still ROH World Champion. Lethal vows that he will not lose to Cody, but can he keep his word?
Matt Taven speaks.
“Remember? Do you remember? Or does that memory hurt so bad that you have to bury it deep down inside?” Because Taven remembers Castle crumbling under the pressure of being top champion. But not Taven. Taven is a diamond formed by such pressure. Taven’s worked harder than anyone else to get his spotlight. Castle was a one hit wonder, but Taven is building a legacy. The Peacock will be chapter one. At Final Battle, everyone will remember Taven is the real ROH WHC, because he is Matt Taven.
The pulse quickens.
Something is coming to ROH. Something that will get hearts pounding. But what is it? When and where will it appear?
ROH World Tag Team Championships: SoCal Uncensored VS Guerrero Maya Jr. & Stuka Jr!
The Briscoes did everything they could to keep their title, such as injuring Christopher Daniels’ neck so that he couldn’t compete alongside Frankie Kazarian. However, Scorpio Sky stepped up, and he helped Kaz dethrone Jay & Mark in the star-studded Triple Threat Tag Match. The Heavy Metal Rebel and Closer have their contracts, but are they risking too much putting their titles on the line against two CMLL stars?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the Code of Honor is upheld. The teams sort out and Scorpio starts against Maya. They circle and tie up, and Scorpio gets the wristlock. Maya reverses to a hammerlock, but Scorpio uses a drop toehold to trip him up. Scorpio gets the facelock, but Maya reverses to a Fujiwara armbar. Maya brings Scorpio up for an arm wrench but Scorpio reverses back. Scorpio puts on a headlock but Maya brings him down to a cradle cover. TWO as Scorpio lets Maya go. The two stand up but stand off as Scorpio nears a corner. Fans applaud as Scorpio and Maya circle again.
Scorpio and Maya tie up and Scorpio gets a headlock. Maya counters with a wristlock but Scorpio uses the ropes to flip through. Scorpio gets the headlock again, but Maya fights back. Maya powers out of the hold and things speed up, Scorpio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Maya tags out to Stuka, and Stuka stomps Scorpio. Stuka whips and gives Scorpio a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker of his own! Stuka stomps more, then drags Scorpio up for punches right to the head. Scorpio fights back and then runs, with Kaz tagging in. Scorpio dodges Stuka’s swing to whip. Things speed up, Kaz comes in with a windmill kick! Cover, TWO! Kaz brings Stuka up for a scoop but Stuka slips out. Stuka waistlocks but Kaz bucks him off to dropkick him down! Cover, TWO!
Stuka barely gets out but he doesn’t get away as Kaz tags Scorpio. SCU grab a leg each and use that to throw Stuka! Scorpio covers, TWO, and we go to one last break.
ROH returns once more, and Stuka catches Scorpio into an atomic lift. Maya runs in and Team CMLL combines for a flapjack bulldog! Stuka runs and Maya gives him a tilt-o-whirl for a splash on Scorpio! Cover as Maya intercepts Kaz with a kick, TWO! Maya and Stuka coordinate to grab a leg each, and they give Scorpio a 2v1 Mexican Surfboard! But Kaz tags from the neutral corner, which apparently is legal? Kaz runs and double covers on Team CMLL! TWO as they let Scorpio go! The fans love it, though, and the match continues. Kaz swings on Stuka but ends up in a full nelson. Kaz fights off Maya a moment, but can’t break free of Stuka. Maya comes back and gets Kaz’s leg, and Team CMLL twists Kaz in both directions!
Kaz endures and Scorpio saves him. Team CMLL double whip Kaz but Kaz sends them into each other. Hot tag to Scorpio, and the Closer rallies! Scorpio baits Maya into the corner and then slingshot headscissors him down! He gets Stuka but Stuka reverses the whip, only to get dumdum stomps! Scorpio hits Maya with a corner kick, then sweeps the legs. Kaz runs in for the swinging dropkick! Maya bails out but Stuka comes back to rally on SCU. Stuka whips but Kaz reverses. Kaz runs in but Stuka dodges to send him into the post! Stuka grabs Scorpio for a spinebuster, then hurries up top! SUPER ASAI onto Kaz! Maya goes after Scorpio and returns the headscissors. Scorpio bails out while Maya fires up. Maya DIVES to somersault tope onto Scorpio! They crash and burn into barriers but Stuka helps Maya up and in.
Team CMLL are fired up as Kaz returns. Kaz shoulders in and slingshots to DDT Maya. Stuka elbows Kaz and then kicks Scorpio. Stuka whips but Scorpio reverses and Kaz boots Stuka. SCU combine for a urenage backstabber, Burning Heart! Cover, SCU wins!
Winner: SoCal Uncensored, Scorpio Sky pinning; still ROH World Tag Team Champions
Hearts on fire, strong desire, Kaz and Scorpio win! Daniels returns to the ring to celebrate, but also to speak. “First of all, let me say, SCU. Second of all, two weeks ago, these two gentlemen walked into the ring and walked out the world tag team champions.” The first thing SCU did was negotiate their new contracts! But only for Kaz and Scorpio. That means the Fallen Angel is behind the 8 ball. He has one match remaining on his ROH contract at Final Battle, against The Villain, Marty Scurll. As we saw, Daniels challenged Scurll to put his shot on the line, and now Daniels is in position to get a “new lease on life in ROH.” If he has to go through Scurll to stay in the company he helped built and put on the map, then he will!
Scurll moves from commentary to respond to SCU directly. Fans duel as Scurll tells Daniels he’s right. Daniels did help build ROH. But does Daniels want to be known as a legend? The first-ever ROH main eventer and Grand Slam Champion. Or does he want to be remembered for a “stupid three letter catchphrase”? It would be Scurll’s pleasure to give Daniels the match of his career. But a warning: “this will be your final battle.” Daniels is a man with his back against the wall, will he stay standing in his company?
A pretty great episode, but perhaps with some issues in organizing a very important story. Firstly, the build between Jeff Cobb and Hangman Page is pretty good because it focuses on matches and action to do it. Cobb looks great against Woods and Hangman looks great against Facade, but both Woods and Facade still looked strong in return. The matches were in no way squashes, so that the midcard isn’t hurt for the sake of the champion and challenger. Cobb VS Hangman is going to be really good, really physical, and I’m sure Hangman will have a shocking moment of strength somewhere in there, but it’ll still be Cobb winning to retain. The promos this week to hype the real and “real” ROH World Championship matches were pretty good, and I’m looking forward to next week’s Six Man of The Kingdom VS Cody, Castle & Lethal.
Now, the issue I speak of is this story for Christopher Daniels. His match with Kenny King to open was great, and it works that Scurll was on commentary to talk it all up. However, I don’t know why they waited to air the Survival of the Fittest backstage scene until after another story took place, then still had Daniels come out at the end to officially inform fans. Daniels VS King should’ve been next week for the actual go-home show and have a stare down of Daniels and Scurll close the night, instead of piggybacking on tonight’s main event. SoCal Uncensored VS Team CMLL was a great tag match, perhaps with some miscues like Kaz’s weird neutral corner tag, but still great. Daniels and Scurll kinda took their spotlight, tonight should’ve ended with The Bucks or Briscoes coming out for a stare down on the way to Ladder War.
My Score: 8.5/10