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 WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/23/19)
NXT TakeOver: Phoenix is days away, and Johnny Wrestling looks to call out the One and Only! Will Ricochet make him regret being so bold?
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Lorcan and Burch win.
- Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova; Sane & Shirai win.
- Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole; Dream wins.
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The Velveteen Dream returns!
Full Sail gives the Patrick Clark Experience an ovation as he makes his way to the ring. Dream picks up a mic as he hears out the fans on their cheering. Now he doesn’t know if they know it, but he has a little sparkle in his eyes. Dream has something special in his sights. Correct him if he’s wrong, but Full Sail knows Dream waits for no man. If Full Sail really knew Dream, they’d now this sparkle is the sparkle of title gold. Specifically, the North American Championship. It is high time that Dream reign supreme. But wait, the Undisputed Era appears!
Adam Cole tells Dream to “pump the breaks”. Everyone knows that 2019 will be the Year of the Undisputed. They vow to not have just one but all the belts! Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly prepare for a tag team title defense at TakeOver but Cole and Fish are without titles. They don’t like showing up to parties empty handed, so both of them will have gold very soon, baybay. As for Dream, he can continue to #DreamOn. Bobby Fish says “Shame on you, Dream”, getting the fans all excited. Fans say “Shut Up, Bobby!” But Fish says Dream needs to learn to live in reality. 2019 will continue to be the Undisputed Era, and that itself is Undisputed.
Dream wishes to dispute that claim, but only if it’s okay with Cole. Fish gets mad and rushes Dream but is thrown right out. Cole gets the same, and Dream slips away. Dream mocks Cole’s pose, baybay, but will he be able to keep Fish and Cole behind him in the line to the North American Championship?
NXT looks toward the Women’s Championship match.
The Queen of Spades is “more dangerous than ever” as a two-time champion, but The EST is clearly not impressed nor intimidated. Shayna Baszler says no one can stand her as champion, because they can’t do a thing to stop her. However, Bianca Belair is the strongest, toughest, fastest, and boldest. But she also vows to prove she’s the best. Shayna had a great 2018 and has made history, but she’s Shayna Two-Time because she lost. Bianca is Un-De-Fea-Ted, and that won’t change in Phoenix. Shayna made this title mean something, she made this title a symbol of a threat. The MMA Horsewomen support each other and always will.
Bianca doesn’t care if it’s one or three, she’ll take them all out to get the title. Shayna doesn’t care if Bianca is stronger, faster or any of that, everyone needs air to breathe. Bianca thrives under pressure, and Shayna is going to put a lot of pressure on her. Who shines brightest in Phoenix?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
It’s a crossover between NXT America and NXT UK as the One Two Combo meets the European Alliance! Will Lorcan & Burch punch their way to NXT (America) Tag Team Champion contention? Or will Aichner & Barthel use this win for contention in both brands?
Fans duel “One Two!” “NEIN!” as Barthel and Lorcan start. They circle and feel it out, and Lorcan gets the wrist. Barthel breaks free to chop but Lorcan chops back. Barthel kicks low and hammers away in the corner. He tags to Aichner and Barthel feeds Lorcan to a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Aichner puts Lorcan back in the Euro corner and tags Barthel. They stomp a mudhole but back off at 4. Barthel drags Lorcan up for haymakers then tags to Aichner. They double whip but Lorcan goes through to escape, tag to Burch! The Governa rallise on the Euros with haymakers and elbows! He gives lariats to Aichner then whips, but Aichner reverses. Aichner leaps but gets a leg pick! Barthel runs into a headbutt! Burch fires off on Aichner, then rolls him to leap, big missile dropkick! Burch fires up as he kips up and fans cheer.
Tag to Lorcan and the One Two go for the finish. Barthel saves Aichner and throws Lorcan into Burch. Air Raid Crash for Burch, but Lorcan throws Barthel out. Aichner grabs Lorcan but gets European Uppercuts! Lorcan runs but into a HUGE clothesline! Aichner drags Lorcan up to his corner, tag to Barthel, and they put Lorcan up top. Tag back to Aichner before a kick and a toss to the brainbuster! Barthel DIVES onto Burch, Aichner triangle moonsaults onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan lives and fans are loving this. Aichner drags Lorcan over and Barthel climbs. Powerbomb lift, EuroUpper Bomb! But Lorcan rolls through to roll Aichner into the Half Boston Crab! Aichner endures and Burch intercepts Barthel. Barthel breaks free to rock Burch then enziguri Lorcan! Burch clobbers Barthel but Aichner boots Burch! Fans are thunderous as Aichner drags Lorcan up.
Lorcan grabs Aichner to slap, slap, SLAP!! Running EuroUpper! Lorcan FLIES onto Barthel and Burch! Fans reach a fever pitch as Aichner triangle FLIES onto everyone!! Full Sail loves this as Aichner springboards. Lorcan ducks and rolls him up, Burch holds Barthel back, Lorcan & Burch win!!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Lorcan pinning
Fast and furious is an understatement for this match! The One Two gets it down, will this position them for another NXT Tag Team Championship match after Phoenix?
NXT looks toward to the top championship match, Ciampa VS Black.
The Psycho Killer quotes the old saying, “The title doesn’t make the man, the man makes the title.” Ciampa claimed Aleister Black was proof of the reverse. Because ever since losing the title, the Embodiment of the End hasn’t been the same. Ciampa makes the title what it is, and he is who makes NXT the TOP show. “Why can’t anybody dethrone Ciampa?” Because he wants it more than everyone else. IT takes a certain kind of man to scratch and claw to reach the top, but it takes an even stronger man to build a home there. Aleister was shoved into an abyss but he climbed his way back out. There are many who get lost in the frenzy of their rage, but he focuses it as a stream targeted at his enemies.
Aleister absolved Johnny Gargano of the sins that the puppet master put upon him. Ciampa has manipulated Johnny Wrestling but Aleister tells Ciampa to hold his beloved title closely. Aleister will come back for what is rightfully his. Ciampa says he has overshadowed Aleister time and again. Aleister vows to cut the strings but Ciampa vows to continue his reign. Will Aleister take the title along with Ciampa’s pride? Or will Ciampa’s days continue to be numbered and counting?
Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Tanea Brooks & Amber Nova!
The Pirate Princess and Genius of the Sky have been friends since Stardom, and now they combine forces here in NXT to make a tag team debut! Will the stars align as sea and sky meet at the horizon?
Teams sort out and Shirai starts against Nova. They circle as fans cheer on Team Stardom. Shirai waistlocks but Nova standing switches. Shirai reverses to a wristlock and headlock but Nova powers out. Things speed up and Shirai handsprings past Nova to dropkick her down. Fans fire up with Shirai as she tags Kairi. Stardom combines for a double whip and CHOP! They roll Nova to her feet to then whip her again. Nova has to hop over Kairi and gets tripped up by Shirai. Kairi hits Nova with the running blockbuster! Fans fire up with Kairi as she marches the plank. Kairi runs corner to corner for the Sliding D!
Kairi climbs up but Brooks distracts. Nova capitalizes with a forearm, then tags Brooks in. Brooks brings Kairi around for big knees, and says “You’re welcome.” She knees Kairi more, then suplexes Kairi up. Kairi slips out and shoves Brooks to then go perpendicular and hit the Interceptor! Tag to Shirai and she fires off forearms. Shirai sits Brooks up for a basement dropkick! Brooks gets to ropes but gets a Shirai-1-9! Nova runs in but into forearms! Shirai springboards and hits them both with a dropkick! Tag to Kairi and Stardom combines on Brooks. Spinebuster sets up the alley-oop elbow drop! Then assisted moonsault! Cover, Team Stardom wins!
Winners: Io Shirai & Kairi Sane, Sane pinning
The stars shine and the best friends celebrate with a hug. Will they fly high enough to set sail for those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships on the main roster?
Backstage interview with Sane & Shirai.
Kairi says that she and her best friend are going to take care of business together. Shirai says there’s no one that can stop this combination! But Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir thinks that’s “adorable.” They welcome Kairi back from her “adventure”, but promise to send them both back out to sea. Will the MMA Horsewomen sink the Pirate Princess and pal? Or will they be the ones seeing stars after their match?
Velveteen Dream VS Bobby Fish w/ Adam Cole!
Johnny Wrestling may get a crack at the King of Flight in Phoenix, but the line for contenders doesn’t stop there. Will the Infamous One have an Experience tonight? Or will Velveteen have to #DreamOn about challenging the North American Champion down the road?
The bell rings and Dream circles with Fish. Fish tests with kicks but Cole creeps up. Dream sees the sneak attack coming and elbows Fish away. Fish hits back but Dream ducks the roundhouse. Dream keeps his eyes on Cole as he avoids Fish’s feet. Fish and Dream go around and Dream blocks the kick. Dream swivels the hips but Fish grabs him in a headlock. Dream powers out but Fish runs him over. Fish runs into a fireman’s carry but slips out! Fish shoves but Dream turns around to dropkick him down! Dream keeps Cole back, but walks into Fish’s boot. Fish kicks but misses, Dream springboards for ax handles! Cover, but Fish scrambles away. Fish and Cole regroup, but Dream slingshots out. They get clear and Dream lands on the apron.
Dream leaps over the sweep, then triangle dropkicks Fish down! Fans fire up for Dream while Cole helps Fish get up. Dream hops up quick and LEAPS! Big ax handles take Fish out and Dream returns to the ring to soak up the cheers. Cole shouts for Fish to get up but Dream comes out to keep Cole back. Dream fetches Fish into the ring, then drags him up for clubbing forearms. Fish hits back but Dream throws forearms. They brawl and Dream gets an edge with those heavy haymakers. Fish ducks and waistlocks but Dream elbows out. Cole distracts, Fish grabs a leg to drag Dream out! Fish kicks away on the other leg, then dragon screws Dream into the barriers! Dream clutches that leg while Fish returns to the ring. Fish comes back and kicks the bad leg.
Dream gets in the corner but can barely hobble. Fish stalks Dream and kicks out the bad leg. Fish drags Dream up for knees into the corner. He snapmares Dream then drops a slingshot senton. Cover, ONE! Fish keeps his focus as he stalks Dream to the ropes. Dream kicks at Fish with his good leg but Fish keeps coming. Fish kicks away on Dream’s bad leg in the corner, and Dream writhes in agony. Cole talks trash while Fish drags Dream. Dream grabs ropes then shoves Fish away! Dream hobbles but Fish chop blocks him down. Fish covers, TWO! Fish keeps his cool as he goes after the leg again. He rolls Dream over for the Half Crab! Dream endures as fans rally up.
Dream powers his way over and kicks Fish with the good leg. Fish staggers back and Dream stands, Fish walks into Dream’s knee! Dream hits Fish with another knee, then hops up for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Cole coaches Fish up while he trash talks Dream. Fans are on Dream’s side as he throws big haymakers on Fish in the corner. The ref backs Dream off and Fish kicks out the bad leg! Fish stands, runs, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Dream hurries up top and Cole shouts for Fish to move. Dream leaps, Purple Rain Maker rolled through to a Kneebar! Fish has Dream flailing and reaching, but Dream endures. Fans give Dream strength to crawl for ropes, but Cole holds the ropes away! The ref doesn’t see it at first, but he catches Cole red handed!
Fish lets Dream go to plead with the referee, but Dream rolls Fish up! TWO, but Dream rolls Fish to a fireman’s carry! But the leg gives out! Fish runs in but Dream sends him out onto Cole! Fish hurries back in, but runs into Dream Valley Driver! Dream climbs up fast, takes aim, and hits Purple Rain Maker! Cover, Dream wins!!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
Even on one leg, Dream keeps his dreams alive! Will Dream prove things aren’t so undisputed by reaching the North American Championship first?
Ricochet heads to the ring!
The One and Only will defend his NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano in Phoenix, but he’s here tonight to answer Gargano calling him out. Ricochet has the mic and tells Gargano that “two weeks ago, you came out here and talked all this crap about being better.” But then five minutes later he goes and blindsides Ricochet with a superkick? Ricochet says 2019’s Gargano is the same Gargano from 2018. That is to say, 2018 Gargano simply showed his true colors. Gargano showed himself to be a selfish liar. But 2018 Ricochet showed his true colors, when he won gold. Ricochet showed everyone that he IS the One and Only, that he is something Gargano is not: a champion.
But speaking of Gargano, he heads to the ring! Gargano says “Wait a minute, Rick.” He knows Ricochet is trying to use Gargano’s emotions against him. 2018 Gargano would’ve rushed the ring like a mad man. But this is 2019 Gargano, and this Gargano always has a plan. And that plan is a sucker punch! But Ricochet saw it coming, and the brawl is on! Ricochet blocks the superkick to give a jumping knee! But Ciampa clobbers Ricochet from behind!? Is DIY working together again!? Gargano looks up at Ciampa and Full Sail chants “YES! YES!” Gargano goes after Ricochet as Ciampa applauds. But Aleister Black gets his hands on Ciampa! And then his feet as he stomps a mudhole! Gargano whips Ricochet into steel steps but Aleister stomps and boots away on Ciampa. Gargano saves Ciampa!? And SUPERKICKS Aleister!
Fans again chant “DIY! DIY!” as Gargano stands over Aleister. Ciampa goes after Aleister with a rain of rights, and Gargano goes after Ricochet with lefts! Gargano aims at Ricochet, slingshot DDT! Ciampa hits Aleister with a double underhook driver! DIY sits in silence a moment, then they leave, “Goldie” in Ciampa’s arms. Gargano and Ciampa stare down and fans want them to “Hug It Out!” DIY doesn’t hug, but they don’t fight. They don’t say a word as they both go up the ramp and stand on stage. Ciampa and Gargano are about to shake hands, when Candice LeRae appears! She will NOT let this happen, that is not who Gargano is anymore. Gargano comes to his senses, and leaves with Mrs. Wrestling. But is there anything anyone can do from both Ciampa and Gargano having the titles after TakeOver?
A great go-home to TakeOver: Phoenix! There were really good hype packages for the NXT Championship and NXT Women’s Championship matches. The presentation was good and the promos delivered were solid, but in the case of the women’s title, I still can’t be sure if Bianca stays Un-De-Fea-Ted to let the MMA Horsewomen go to main to join Ronda Rousey, or Shayna holds on so that Wrestlemania Weekend will be the moment a new champion is crowned. Kairi and Shirai did great in their tag team debut, and going against Jessamyn and Marina next week will serve as the next best thing to the Six Woman Tag I expected. Obviously things change when injuries happen, namely Dakota Kai’s. But whether 3v3 or 2v2, I’m thinking Kairi’s team wins for the same reasons as Bianca would defeat Shayna. Horsewomen VS Horsewomen is a route that WWE should take towards Summerslam 2019.
The NXT Tag Team Division continues to shock and amaze, as Lorcan & Burch VS Aichner & Barthel was incredible! This tag match, especially in this week of go-homes, shows that Raw could learn some things about booking even filler matches. There was nothing directly on the line for this match but the teams fought like there was. That is how Lucha House Party VS Mahal & The Singh Brothers should’ve been treated, but instead it was just throwing them all on TV so that they can all be on TV. Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly were absent but Cole & Fish helped strengthen their story by saying they were too busy preparing to the title match. Raw doesn’t need to have everyone on TV but should have ways of feeding story even without them. The Singhs could’ve made note about Mahal preparing for the Rumble while they take on LHP in a great match.
Dream VS Fish w/ Cole was great, even with similar booking to how EC3 had to deal with the Undisputed Era hanging around. They made it unique with the story being told in the wrestling. I don’t know if Dream will get a title before Wrestlemania, but he’s got a lot of fans on his side. If Lars Sullivan can’t make a proper main roster debut, Dream may be used as an emergency substitute call-up. Dream is confident enough as a character and competitor, but there is also a concern of proper booking. Maybe Dream can go to SmackDown and EC3 can stay on Raw once the call-ups settle in. And perhaps it’d be for the best, as there’s a chance the titles will be tied up for a time.
The brawl of Aleister, Ricochet and Heel DIY was great, and with Candice coming out to say “No”, this reunion is certainly happening on the way to Mania. The title matches are still tricky to call but Heel DIY holding the singles titles at the same time sounds like a great way to go. And depending on how the NXT Tag Team Championships go, I would love a story of Heel DIY going back for the tag titles so that they will be the ones draped in gold. This can bring in War Raiders, Aleister, Ricochet and all of Undisputed Era into a crazy story to get titles in a mad dash that crosses all the Men’s Divisions.
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.
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NXT UK took over Blackpool!
But the Irish Ace wasn’t going to let the Kiwi Buzzsaw have his time to shine. An attack in the lobby and a brawl before their match allowed Jordan Devlin to sideline Travis Banks for the night. Banks has worked too hard for too long, so he and Devlin will finally settle this tonight on NXT UK TV! Will Devlin learn that a buzzsaw does trump the Ace? Or will the odds be against Banks given his bad leg?
Pete Dunne heads to the ring!
The Bruiserweight is still the WWE United Kingdom Champion, and Blackpool is happy to see him again after that great match with the Iron King, Joe Coffey. Dunne is at 610 days and climbing as champion and the fans chant for Dunne as he picks up the mic. “At NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, we made history!” Fans agree with that. Dunne continues to say that “It all started here two years ago”, and since then, everything’s changed. But since May 2017, TakeOver: Chicago, one thing has remained the same: his title reign! However, Gallus appears to respond! Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang back as Joe Coffey steps up. Fans boo as Joe says TakeOver didn’t change a thing! Fans remind Joe “You Tapped Out!” But Joe says this is still HIS Kingdom! Losing that battle will mean Joe wins the war and that UK Championship to make it Gallus.
Joe wants Dunne to look at the title, make sure he remembers what it looks like. Then look at Joe. Enjoy the title while you have it, because we all know who will have it after this war. And if anyone has a problem with that, then get behind Joe in line. The lights go down, and WALTER returns! The Ring General made a shocking debut at TakeOver, but he’s back in Blackpool to join Dunne and Joe in the ring. Fans sing and cheer for Walter while Gallus keeps Joe back. Joe calms down, but it’s Wolfgang and Mark Coffey who rush the ring! Dunne stops Wolfgang with a snap of his fingers, while Walter punches Mark right out! Now Dunne and Walter are alone, and both looking at the WWE UK Championship belt. Fans like this match-up, but what of NXT UK management, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala?
Sid Scala makes an announcement.
The Assistant GM announces NXT UK’s participation in Worlds Collide, as well as Phoenix tapings. It is very important that NXT UK wins the tournament, and it will be up tot he roster to show everyone why they are the number one brand. Sid then spots the Grizzled Young Veterans, and congratulates them on being the inaugural tag team champions. Oh now everyone wants to talk to them? When in the weeks leading up to the match, it was all Mustache Mountain. And now it’s a media ambush. Gibson and Drake will give their champions’ address next time, but for now, jog on. Sid accepts this, but what will Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem have to say about being the first-ever NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
Nina Samuels VS Lana Austin!
The Rose Pink Devil and the newcomer from Manchester both know there’s a new NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm. There is a huge opportunity to make it towards a title match, will Nina be upset by the mother of three with a dream? Or will she be a nightmare in pink instead?
The bell rings and fans are on Austin’s side. Nina sneers as she ties up and gets Austin’s wrist. Austin uses ropes to flip through and reverse the wrench. Fans applaud but Nina cartwheels and breaks free to a hip toss. Nina doesn’t take Austin as a threat, but fans rally up. Nina whips but Austin counters with a toss and uppercut! Austin snampares to a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Nina gets to a corner but Austin gives her an uppercut! Austin wants a monkey flip but Nina boots her away. Nina is on Austin at the ropes, and dropkicks her against them! Cover, TWO! Nina gets annoyed with the fans who cheer for Austin. She puts Austin in an armlock and chinbar as fans rally up. Nina pops Austin to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on that same hold, but fans again rally for Austin. Austin feeds off the energy but Nina snapmares her for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Nina grows annoyed with Austin and wants that arm again. Austin endures and stands up, and hits back with a Russian leg sweep! Austin gets space but clutches her arm. Both women run but it’s Austin who rallies with lariats! Austin keeps going, big European Uppercut in the corner! She whips, Nina reverses but Austin reverses back for a knee. Roaring elbow! Cover, TWO! Austin doesn’t give up but Nina does shove her bad arm into buckles. Nina fireman’s carry, ushigoroshi! Or as she calls it, the Prima Donna! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
The Rose Pink Devil is a bad bad woman, but is she going to be a threat to Toni Storm’s young reign as champion?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate fought hard but it wasn’t enough to win those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. They didn’t have everything, and they missed out on history. That was their goal, but they missed the mark. But what makes them different is that when they lose, they just get up and keep fighting. The goal now is to take those titles from Gibson & Drake. They’re down but not out. When and where will the #BigStrongBoys get redemption against the Grizzled Young Veterans?
Exclusive post-TakeOver interview of Toni Storm.
She’s the NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion, and she isn’t sure how to describe the feeling. Toni’s the champ, and is the Mae Young Classic winner. She could’ve challenged anyone but she wanted this title because she loves this brand. Toni will do everything in her power to step up the level of the Division. Ever since winning the MYC, there’s been a change for the better in Toni. She fought some of the best women in the world, had her back injury, and now she’s dangerous but better. And now she’s champion. Who will step to her throne in this new phase of NXT UK?
Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed!
The Headmaster lost a brutal No Disqualification match against The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, but he won’t let that stop him. He goes against Mr. Screwface, an equally surly superstar. Which man’s bitterness will prove the better tonight?
The bell rings and Dennis immediately hits Ahmed with a forearm! Dennis chops and forearms Ahmed but Ahmed fires back with body shots! Ahmed whips and hip tosses Dennis, but Dennis shoves him away. Ahmed waistlocks, Dennis standing switches, but Ahmed elbows out. Dennis blocks Ahmed’s clothesline to give a clothesline! Fans applaud the viciousness as Dennis kicks Ahmed to a corner. Dennis throws more forearms then wrenches Ahmed to a whip corner to corner. Ahmed hits buckles hard, and Dennis grins as he looms over him. Dennis drags Ahmed up to a cravat as fans rally up. Ahmed endures the wrenching and throws Dennis but Dennis holds on. Dennis laughs as he wrenches, but fans continue to rally up. Ahmed fights and rolls but Dennis stays on the hold.
Fans duel as Ahmed fights back with body shots. Dennis gives a stiff knee, then throws Ahmed right out of the ring! Dennis slips out the side of the ring and runs at Ahmed for another blasting forearm! Fans boo as Dennis declares himself the man of NXT UK. Dennis scoops Ahmed to slam him on the floor! Dennis drags Ahmed up and into the ring, then stalks him from the corner. Ahmed stands as fans rally, and Dennis brings Ahmed in for a powerbomb. Ahmed slips out and throws hands! Dennis gets his dukes up but gets rocked by a right and a roundhouse! Ahmed fires up and climbs up, but Dennis boots him! Dennis climbs up and gives Ahmed a BIG Superplex!
Dennis grits his teeth as he toys with Ahmed. Fans boo but Dennis pretends not to hear them. Dennis drags Ahmed back up, dragon sleeper, to the Next Stop Driver! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis bounces back from his losses to Mastiff, but he still has a ways to go before he’s a championship contender. Who will Dennis teach a lesson in aggression next?
Johnny Saint makes an announcement!
The NXT GM says that Mustache Mountain will get their own chance to bounce back, against the European Alliance, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate earn a second chance at the tag titles with a win? Or will the German Commander & Italian Tank plow through them to go after the titles themselves?
Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
Finally, after talking trash and ambush attacks, the Irish Ace will have to put up or shut up against the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Who will prove they have more love for their country and more pride as a pro-wrestler tonight?
Banks doesn’t wait for a bell, he goes right at Devlin! The ref has no choice but to ring the bell as both men throw forearms back and forth. Banks kicks Devlin then clotheslines him right out! Fans fire up with the Buzzsaw as he builds speed. Banks DIVES and hits Devlin to the ramp! Devlin gets up and goes around the ring but Banks DIVES on him again! Banks sees Devlin retreating tot he crowd and pursues. Devlin elbows Banks away but Banks just keeps on him. They fight in the front row with forearms and chops. Banks has Devlin reeling all around the way, then kicks him back to ringside! But Banks adjusts his flight pattern to LEAP from barrier onto Devlin! Banks hammers away on Devlin as fans fire up.
Devlin staggers and flounders but Banks takes aim again. Banks runs in but Devlin sends him at the steps. Banks stops himself, but Devlin chop blocks! Devlin refreshes the ring count so he can go after Banks on the outside. Devlin recreates Blackpool by putting the foot on the steps. But Banks gets his foot free to kick Devlin first! Banks then aims from the apron, to dumdum stomp Devlin on the back! Fans are thunderous for Banks as he stalks Devlin more. Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and Devlin asks for mercy. Fans boo, they know this is a trick. Banks doesn’t fall for it, either, as he gives kicks to Devlin’s chest! Banks kicks and kicks and kicks! Then mule kick! Fans love the ferocity while Banks aims at Devlin. Banks jumps up but Devlin sweeps the legs! Devlin hits Banks with a draping backstabber!
Fans duel as Devlin glares down and stomps Banks. Devlin drags Banks up for a forearm, but Banks sits back up. Devlin drives elbows into Banks’ head and Banks gets to a corner. Fans duel and sing as Devlin chokes Banks on the ropes. Devlin backs off at 4, and fans rally up as Devlin drags Banks up in an arm wrench. Atomic backbreaker off the shoulder, cover, TWO! Devlin drives more elbows in, then embraces the cheers and jeers. Devlin grabs Banks but Banks throws body shots! Banks throws forearms, but runs into the urenage! Standing moonsault, cover, TWO! Devlin keeps calm as he circles Banks. He grabs Banks’ arm for a seated keylock, and he digs an elbow into the ribs. Fans rally up as Banks endures. Banks feeds off the energy and throws more body shots. Devlin throws a knee in then whips Banks hard into buckles!
Devlin toys with Banks and snapmares him into an arm surfboard. He digs a knee in but fans rally up again. Banks fights his way up and hits back with more forearms. Banks whips but Devlin reverses, sending Banks tot he apron. Devlin walks into Banks’ haymakers, and Banks drags Devlin out to the apron. They brawl, Banks suplexes, but Devlin slips out to shove Banks into the post! Devlin gets an idea, and hits a Spanish Fly OFF the apron! Both men crash and burn to the floor, and fans lose their minds! Blackpool chants “Mamma Mia!” as both men slowly stir. The referee counts and it climbs to 5 before either man sits up. Banks and Devlin stand at 7, catch their breath at 8, and Devlin throws Banks away at 9! But Banks gets in at 9.5!
Devlin is furious, but he goes after Banks with a fireman’s carry. Banks pops through to a victory roll, TWO! Banks sweeps the legs, runs, but into another Spanish Fly! But he’s right up for a lariat!! Banks fires up while Devlin flounders, and Blackpool gives them a standing ovation! A standing count begins but both men stir. They sit up at 4, and Banks gets Devlin’s hand first! Devlin throws forearms but he can’t break free. Banks rocks Devlin with forearms of his own, then a knee trigger! Devlin headbutts back, and both men fall! Fans again reach a fever pitch, but Devlin reels Banks in for the ripcord saido! Cover, TWO!! Banks lives and Devlin is beside himself.
Fans rally up again as Devlin drags Banks to a drop zone. Devlin climbs, moonsaults, but gets knees! Banks fires up and blasts Devlin with a dropkick! Then fisherman, Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans are loving this! Banks keeps focus as he drags Devlin up again. Banks stands Devlin up and springboards, but Devlin falls before the Slice of Heaven can connect! Devlin drags himself to ropes while Banks forces himself to stand. Devlin gets the fireman’s carry but is wobbly, both men fall out of the ring! The referee begins a count but both men barely stir before 5. They crawl towards the ring at 6, stand at 7, fall at 9, and are out!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this kind of finish. Devlin and Banks glare at each other from opposite ends, because they’re not letting this end, either! The brawl is on! They fire forearms and knees, and the referee rings the bell more. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” and fight they do! Banks throws Devlin into the crowd and then rains down rights! More referees appear, as does Sid Scala. They manage to pull Banks and Devlin apart, but only for a moment! Fans are thunderous and this fight is furious, but that’s all the time we have! Will this rivalry be settled? Or has the war only just begun?
A great episode to officially move things past TakeOver: Blackpool! The opening segment did great to hype up Walter VS Dunne even more, that match is the natural course of action and Walter hasn’t even said anything on air. Walter’s in-ring debut is next week, and that is going to be incredible, except for the man he’ll likely chop into ground beef. Gallus obviously still want their part in this story, perhaps there will be a Walter VS Joe Coffey match on the way to Walter VS Dunne. And perhaps if Joe is going to drop out of the top title picture, the Coffey Brothers can be the tag team for Gallus to go after the tag titles. Mustache Mountain VS Barthel & Aichner is going to be great but it won’t be a flat-out contenders match. And I’m very curious to the Champions’ Address from Gibson & Drake next week.
Nina Samuels and Lana Austin did good in their match, and NXT UK is slowly but surely establishing their Women’s Division midcard. Assuming the Fresh Start’s no rematch clauses applies to even here, Rhea Ripley will have to fight her way back up, but I’m thinking it’s either her or Jinny that reaches Toni Storm first. Eddie Dennis VS Jaime Ahmed was good for a squash between two big tall men. Dennis should return to his story of being upset with former friends Dunne and Mark Andrews, starting of course with Mark Andrews. That story would help propel both men in the singles ranks, and if need be, throw in Flash Morgan Webster as Andrews’ new friend. Dennis probably wins that story, though, so that he stays a credible threat.
Devlin VS Banks was great, and that double count-out is actually perfect. I want to see them have Falls Count Anywhere or Last Man Standing as their real blow-off. This kind of feud continues to support the idea that NXT UK should consider a midcard title, because these guys each deserve something like that for the performances they’re giving. If anything, go all the way and let the winner of this feud name that midcard title. Devlin can make it his NXT Irish Championship, while Banks might go for something more general, like International Championship. Either way, one of these two being an inaugural midcard champion would be so cool for everyone.
My Score: 8.4/10
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