The Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way is all but complete! All that is left is for Cedric Alexander and Hideo Itami to see who is worthy of RESPECT!
- Noam Dar VS Tony Nese; Dar wins.
- Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami w/ Ariya Daivari; Itami wins and joins the Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way at the Royal Rumble.
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Drake Maverick hypes up tonight’s 205 Live!
2019 is off to a hot start, after seeing four superstars fight for the right to challenge Buddy Murphy for the Cruiserweight Championship. Kalisto overcame Lio Rush in a truly high-speed encounter, while Akira Tozawa settled a score with long-time nemesis, Drew Gulak. Two former champions advance, will the third make the cut when the Age of Alexander faces off against the Innovator of the GTS? Alexander and Itami meet again after a stellar title match over the summer of 2018. Will 2019 be the Year of Respect now that Itami has an ally he can trust in Ariya Daivari? Or will the Soul of 205 Live resurrect himself with tonight’s match?
Noam Dar VS Tony Nese!
The Scottish Supernova looks to get back on track and make 2019 the Year of 11! However, he’ll have to get past the Premier Athlete to do it. Nese says in a video that he’s sick and tired of Dar already. Dar’s complaints about that loss irritate Nese to no end. Dar didn’t lose because Buddy Murphy interfered, Dar lost because he’s just not good enough. Will Nese play gatekeeper to his fellow Body Guy’s title? Or will 11 prove greater than the 8 Pack tonight?
The bell rings and Dar circles with Nese. The two tie up and Nese gets a waistlock slam. Dar gets up and gets a wristlock to bring Nese down in a hammerlock. Dar makes it a cover, ONE, and Nese powers Dar to a corner. Nese backs off at the ref’s count of 4 and flexes on Dar, but Dar grabs that arm for another hammerlock! Dar shifts to a headlock, then a takeover. Nese moves around and headscissors, but Dar bridges and rolls to pop out. Dar has Nese’s legs in the butterfly, then shifts to a headlock. Nese stands up and pulls hair to power out. Nese runs Dar over with the shoulder, then flexes on him again. Fans boo but Nese just soaks up the heat. Nese runs but Dar trips him up into a deathlock. Dark mocks the flex to then kick the legs.
Dar brings Nese around with a wristlock, but Nese pushes Dar to a corner. Nese backs off only to ram his shoulder in. Nese whips Dar corner to corner but Dar reverses. Dar runs into Nese’s elbow, but dodges Nese’s moonsault. Nese gets a waistlock but Dar standing switches. Nese elbows out and runs, but Dar sweeps the leg! Fans fire up with Dar as he drags Nese over to a corner. Dar bumps Nese on buckles, then whips him to ropes. Nese reverses but Dar grabs ropes. Dar dodges to table top Nese, then tells him to calm down. Nese doesn’t, but he runs into Dar’s headbutt. Dar spins Nese around and around, and finally stops for a backslide. Cover, TWO! Nese rolls away but dizzy Dar takes aim. Dar runs but Nese retreats.
Dar pursues and throws haymakers. He puts Nese back in the ring, but Nese knees Dar on the return! Nese knees away on Dar between the ropes, then whips Dar to ropes. Nese runs Dar over with a back elbow! Cover, TWO! Nese keeps his cool as he stomps Dar down. Nese kicks Dar in the ribs, then splashes down. Cover, TWO! Nese puts Dar in a body scissor and squeezes tight. Dar endures while working on a way out of the hold. Fans rally up as Dar turns around to throw forearms. NEse grabs Dar’s hair and brings him up. Dar throws body shots, but Nese’s abs are too tough for those. Nese grabs hair again, but Dar gives him a shoulder breaker! Nese mule kicks and knee lifts in return, then kicks and sweeps to cover! TWO, and Nese grows frustrated.
Nese gives clubbing crossfaces, then covers again, TWO! Nese puts the bearhug on to squeeze Dar again. Dar fights out with haymakers, but Nese whips him to a corner. Nese runs Dar over on the rebound with a big lariat! Cover, TWO! Frustration builds but Nese keeps on Dar with a neck wrench. Dar fights out but Nese knees low again. Nese flexes then whips Dar corner to corner. Dar hits buckles hard, but ducks the leaping elbow! Dar laughs as Nese hits the mat. Nese gets to a corner and Dar takes aim. Dar runs but into a boot. Nese hops up but Dar sweeps the leg! Both men are down, but fans build to another rally. Dar chops, headbutts and uppercuts Nese down! Nese flounders back to the corner, and Dar runs in for a forearm smash. Dar Northern Lights Suplex, cover, TWO!
Now Dar grows frustrated, but also keeps his focus. Dar drags Nese up but Nese blocks the suplex. Nese wrenches and reels Dar in but Dar counters. Dar wants the arm but hops on for a guillotine instead! Nese stays standing, and powers Dar to the corner. Dar lets go and backs off, but Nese swiftly jabs Dar in the face! Nese runs with Dar for the hotshot bulldog! Then triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Nese grows furious as Dar survives. Dar stands and Nese runs in, but Dar boots him away. Dar hops up but Nese SHORYUKENS! Nese drags Dar out for a fireman’s carry but Dar slips out. Standing switch and Nese wants the German Suplex. Dar drops down to kick away on Nese’s face! Nese falls and Dar gets moving. But Nese rocks Dar with a left forearm!
Nese drags Dar up but Dar wrenches and sweeps the leg. Nese goes Matrix but misses, and the guillotine returns! Dar has the body scissors, but Nese powers out. Dar blocks the move to the corner with a foot, and keeps the guillotine on. Nese powers up to Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Nese slaps Dar. They stand, Dar wrenches and sweeps Nese’s legs again. Dar throws haymakers at the ropes but the ref backs him off. Dar comes back and whips, but Nese slides under to pumphandle an dscoop! Michinoku Driver! Nese practically throws Dar, but he chooses not to cover? Nese wants his favorite finish, and he drags Dar into the corner. Dar spins to roll Nese! Dar wins!!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
That victory was as sudden as a hiccup, and it favors the savvy Scottish Supernova! Dar smiles as he gets the better of the Premier Athlete, but will Dar be first in line to challenge the champion after the Royal Rumble?
THE Brian Kendrick speaks.
“Akira Tozawa couldn’t be here tonight, so he asked me to read a letter.” Kendrick reads Tozawa’s message to the WWE Universe. “This week, I took an opportunity to compete in Japan to hone my skills before the biggest match in my career at the Royal Rumble.” Tozawa vows to fight for those who believed in him, train harder than ever before, and defeat Buddy Murphy. Sincerely, Akira Tozawa, “AH! AH!” and so on. Kendrick admits that he messed with Tozawa every which way he could think of, and yet they’re now allies. Kendrick owes Tozawa, and vows to help Tozawa become the next Cruiserweight Champion. What plans will the Man with a Plan think up to help the Stamina Monster achieve victory?
Drew Gulak and Jack Gallagher talk with Drake Maverick.
No one understands change more than these two. And Maverick’s reputation rides on the quality of choices in Cruiserweight competitors. Luckily for Maverick, Gulak and Gallagher compiled a pair of lists of potential recruits. Wow, thanks, guys. Gulak assures Maverick that “these men won’t climb to the top rope, even if the floor was lava.” And Gallagher has found some proud Englishmen Maverick can trust. Yes, thank you. Maverick tells them he’ll read their submissions, and excuses them. To then throw their lists in the trash.
Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis walk in and Maverick apologizes for the delay. Mike says it’s been five weeks! Does he know how long that is? 35 days? But to be serious, what is Mike’s point? Maria says the point is that five weeks is the amount of time Mike hasn’t wrestled on 205 Live! Five weeks that they have flown out and been away from their baby girl, and can’t get back. Maverick apologizes for that. He would love to have something for everyone every week, there’s just not time. No time for Mike & Maria Kanellis?!
Maria keeps Mike calm. Maria’s been in this business 15 years, and knows that you have to fight for opportunities. Maybe they haven’t been fighting the right way. Maria knows Maverick wants to bring in more Cruiserweight superstars, yet doesn’t have time for what he has. Hopefully these newcomers are willing to fight as much as the Kanellises are for opportunities. Who will Mike & Maria bring the fight to in the coming days of the Cruiserweight Division?
Lio Rush speaks.
“Kalisto didn’t win the match last week. The Lucha House Party won the match last week.” Because they all know Kalisto winning 1v1 is impossible. It’s why he had his entourage and then cheat. Lio Rush wants to be in that Fatal 4 in Kalisto’s place. But the 24 Year Old Piece of Gold will also make sure Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik #FeelTheRush. Will the Man of the Hour make this the fiesta’s final hour?
Cedric Alexander VS Hideo Itami w/ Ariya Daivari!
The Soul of 205 Live is on the road to resurrecting the Age of Alexander, but he has a hard-hitting and merciless opponent in his path. Will Itami earn respect and a shot at the Juggernaut’s title? Or will Alexander begin his return to the top here tonight?
The bell rings and Itami circles with Alexander. Daivari is the only one on Itami’s side as Jacksonville is behind Alexander. Itami tells the fans to shut up, but they boo and jeer him instead. Alexander encourages the fans to cheer, then lunges at Itami. Itami uses the ropes as defense, then comes back to circle with Alexander again. They tie up, and Alexander gets a leg. Alexander shifts to a waistlock but Itami slips out to facelock. Alexander slips out and backs off, and fans applaud the exchange. Itami and Alexander tie up again, and Alexander gets an arm. Buddy Murphy watches backstage as Alexander wrenches the wrist. Alexander stands on the arm, but doesn’t stomp it. He instead puts it back in an armlock, then wrenches to a shoulder breaker.
Alexander wrenches the wrist again, but Itami kicks back and reverses the hold. Alexander handsprings through to CHOP Itami off his feet! Cover, ONE, and Itami gets to a corner. Alexander goes after him but Itami again uses the ropes. Alexander backs off but Itami sucker punches him. Itami stalks Alexander to a corner and throws kicks. Alexander falls and fans boo as Daivari and Itami talk trash. Itami stomps Alexander and Alexander gets to another corner. Alexander chops Itami then throws forearms. Itami hits back with stiff body shots and clubbing forearms. He also gives European Uppercuts and swift kicks against the ropes! Itami whips but Alexander rolls to handspring and headscissor! Alexander dropkicks and kips up and fans fire up with him! Cover, TWO! Alexander catches his breath while checking his chest. Alexander stomps Itami, then snapmares Itami for a swift calf kick. Cover, TWO!
Itami crawls away while Alexander again catches his breath. Alexander drags Itaim up but Itami blocks the lift. Itami gets away, but Alexander leaps for the dropkick. Itami dodges but Alexander counter punches. Alexander puts Itami in but Daivari distracts. The Persian Lion eggs Alexander on but Itami grabs at Alexander’s hair. The ref backs Itami off, but this leaves Alexander open to Daivari’s clothesline! Fans boo but Daivari gets away with it. Itami goes out and drops stomps onto Alexander’s back! Itami kicks Alexander while he’s down, then drags him up to throw him into barriers. Fans boo and jeer as Itami drags Alexander back into the ring. Cover, ONE, and fans rally up for Alexander. Itami kicks Alexander swiftly in the back and Daivari hypes Itami up. Itami kicks Alexander again, covers, ONE!
Alexander gets to a corner but Itami kicks him in the chest again. Itami drags Alexander up and throws EuroUppers. Alexander boots back and starts rallying with lariats! Alexander runs but Itami puts him on the apron. Itami kicks Alexander between the ropes, then hops up, for the guillotine leg drop! Cover, TWO! Itami and Daivari grow frustrated with Alexander. Itami stalks Alexander to the ropes and stomps him into a corner. Fans rally up for Alexander as Itami stomps him more. Itami drags Alexander up and whips to ropes, to ram the kitchen sink knee in! Cover, TWO! Itami is on Alexander right away with a chinlock. Itami squeezes the air from Alexander but fans build to another rally. Alexander feeds off the energy and jawbreakers free!
Alexander throws forearms on Itami then CHOPS away! Itami swings, misses, and Alexander dropkicks the legs out to then dropkick Itami down! Fans fire up with Alexander as he runs corner to corner. Itami puts him on the apron but Alexander boots back. Alexander hits Itami with the springboard complete shot! Cover, TWO! Alexander keeps his cool as he gets to his feet. He goes over to Itami and drags him up. Itami resists the lift again and rams in elbows. Itami whips but Alexander reverses to an uppercut! Alexander stands Itami up again, runs and handsprings, but Itami basement dropkicks Alexander down! Daivari coaches Itami up and Itami runs to the corner for the big knee! Fisherman suplex and cover, TWO!! Daivari keeps Itami’s head in the game, and Itami drags Alexander up again.
Fans still rally for Alexander, but Itami dragon sleepers. Itami spins but Alexander shoves out, only to run into boots! Itami hops up, grabs Alexander, and tornado hotshots Alexander! Alexander staggers, Itami leaps, flying clothesline! Cover, TWO!! Itami grits his teeth as he looms over Alexander. He drags Alexander up, but Alexander resists the chicken wings. Alexander elbows but Itami elbows back. Alexander returns with another, but so does Itami! Itami kicks Alexander again and again, but then Alexander kicks back! And elbows! Buddy Murphy still watches as Alexander swings but Itami lifts. Alexander slips out, handsprings, Neuralizer enziguri! Cover, TWO! Alexander’s face says it all as Itami shocks him with survival.
Both Itami and Alexander are slow to standing up, but Alexander is in pursuit. Alexander grabs Itami but Itami holds ropes. Alexander pries Itami from the ropes, but Itami grabs them again. The ref backs Alexander off and Daivari helps Itami get out of the ring. So Alexander FLIES onto them both! Alexander gets Itami up and into the ring, and fans know “This is Awesome!” Daivari barks at Alexander but gets a kick for it! Alexander slingshots but Itami hits him out of the air with a palm strike! Itami joins Alexander on the apron, and he hits a Falcon Arrow to the floor!! Both men crash and burn, but they’re both so far from the ring! Itami crawls in first, but Alexander barely stirs by the time the count reaches 5. The count passes 8, but Alexander gets in at 9.5! Only to get the hesitation dropkick!
Itami drags Alexander up, only for Alexander to roll him! TWO, and Itami back hands Alexander! ANother hesitation dropkick, then another try at the dragon sleeper. GTS Mk. II hits!! Cover, Itami wins!!
Winner: Hideo Itami, by pinfall; joins the Cruiserweight CHampionship Fatal 4 Way
The biggest win of Itami’s WWE career, and it leads to an even bigger match! Daivari celebrates this victory with Itami, but will they be celebrating in Phoenix?
Backstage interview with Buddy Murphy.
The Juggernaut now knows who exactly he is facing at the Royal Rumble. Who does he think is his biggest threat in that Fatal 4 Way? Before that, Murphy wants to congratulate Itami. He applauds, and gets Kayla to join in. Because after what Itami did to Alexander, he really might just be one of the most dangerous strikers in the WWE.
But if we’re talking which of those three is the most talented, what we’re really talking about which is the most talented lamb to the slaughter. Murphy is the wolf, and he is very hungry. His competition isn’t with 205 Live, it’s with history, as he becomes THE greatest Cruiserweight of all time. Therefore, Murphy issues an open challenge to any Cruiserweight superstar. It’s not for the title, but for a chance to see if they can stop the unstoppable. Who will answer Murphy’s call? Will they stand a chance against the champ?
Wow, what a great episode right here! And again, 205 Live proves to do a lot with very little. Dar VS Nese was great, as both a match and a revisit of the story that was building a few months ago. Dar wins but in a way where Nese doesn’t look so bad, and Dar keeps himself alive in the title hunt. If Dar were to become #1 Contender, and stay the Face that he’s become, perhaps it would be Buddy Murphy retaining at the Royal Rumble to bridge the story’s gap. I also like all the hyping up of the incoming Cruiserweight Division talent, from the goofy backstage segment with Gulak and Gallagher giving suggestions to Mike and Maria Kanellis warning those new stars about coming here. Even Buddy Murphy’s open challenge could be a great opportunity for someone brand new to debut and get a great showing.
And speaking of great showings, the main event was incredible. Of course, 205 Live has been on a string of great main events, but this was something special even for that. The story was all there given Itami’s and Alexander’s past match-up. Daivari did good character work as Itami’s new sidekick. And the action itself was again great as always. I knew that with two Faces already in the match, things would have to even out. Itami wins because he’s the Heel, and now the math is 50-50 for a contender like Dar to move up.
With Kendrick’s promo about helping Tozawa, I now want to see Kendrick and Daivari fight it out on the outside to make the championship match feel like an unofficial Six Pack Challenge. Fatal 4 Ways also have No Disqualifications, so it’d be perfectly legal if Kendrick and Daivari tried to interfere on Tozawa’s and Itami’s behalf. That could even lead to Itami & Daivari VS Kendrick & Tozawa for the next tag team feud.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (3/20/19)
What is Johnny Saint’s major announcement?
NXT UK head and assistant General Managers have big news! What will Johnny Saint and Sid Scala have to say? Plus, Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
- Eddie Dennis VS Ligero; Dennis wins.
- Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt; The Hunt wins.
- Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith; Ohno wins.
- Tyler Bate VS James Drake; Bate wins.
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NXT UK Head and Assistant GM’s are in the ring!
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala open the show by welcoming the fans. They have an announcement, and Scala says that there is extraordinary news. NXT UK’s Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, will defend his title on Wrestlemania Weekend at TakeOver: New York! Fans love the sound of that! Now, the decision to have Dunne defend was easy, but the question is now: Who will Dunne defend against? And as such, Pete Dunne appears in person! The WWE United Kingdom Champion brings the title to the ring as fans cheer. Dunne stands before Saint and Scala and borrows Scala’s mic. “Give me WALTER!” The Bruiserweight has spoken, and he wants after the Ring General! Saint and Scala accept discuss this, but that has to be the WWE UK Championship match! Who returns from New York the top star in NXT UK?
NXT UK Media catches up to Toni Storm.
What does the NXT UK Women’s Champion say to Jinny’s words about going after that title? Well of course Jinny would say that, because they are very different yet very similar. They both really love championship gold. But Toni has the title while Jinny just has things mommy and daddy buy her is because Toni knows how to be a champion. Toni knows the struggle and hard work. Maybe that’s what it is, maybe that’s why Jinny has problems with Toni. When Jinny faces Toni, she actually has to work hard. Toni takes her leave, but Rhea Ripley isn’t far behind.
The Mosh Pit Kid wants to say something. She heard what Xia said last week. If the little rodent wants to step to Rhea, it’ll be the same as before. “Quit your dreaming, little girl.” Will the Riptide crush both Xia and her dreams on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Eddie Dennis VS Ligero!
The ruthless Welshman returns from his “exile”, and looks to put out the light that is the Luchador of Leeds! Will Dennis snap back from losing his streak? Or will Ligero keep his momentum going on the way to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and things speed up right away! Ligero dropkicks Dennis’ bad leg then kicks away. Dennis shoves Ligero and denies the tilt-o-whirl, but misses in the corner. Ligero goes to the other side and dodges again. Ligero steps in for a stunner! Cover, TWO! Dennis flounders but fans rally behind Ligero. Ligero kicks Dennis in the chest, then runs. Dennis blocks the kick but misses the clothesline and gets Ligero’s boot! Dennis ends up on the outside, and Ligero slingshots! But Dennis catches Ligero to swing and slam him into the apron! Fans boo as Dennis shouts, “Who’s the man!?” The referee counts as Dennis drags Ligero’s dead weight into the ring. Dennis returns at 5 and stalks Ligero to a corner. He stomps and whips Ligero hard corner to corner!
Ligero writhes but fans rally up for him. Dennis grows upset hearing that and keeps on Ligero with a cravat. Dennis shouts he’ll rip Ligero’s horns off if he doesn’t quit. Ligero endures and feeds off the fans’ rally. Ligero fights back with body shots but Dennis knees him back. Dennis whips Ligero hard into a corner and Ligero falls back. Cover, TWO! Dennis grows frustrated, and whips Ligero again to run him over with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Ligero still lives and Dennis is livid. Dennis grounds ‘n’ pounds with forearms from both sides. Fans build to another rally for Ligero, which only frustrates Dennis more. Dennis drags Ligero up and forearms him in the back. The ref reprimands him for using the tights, but Dennis keeps on Ligero with stomps. Fans boo as Dennis grinds his foot into Ligero’s back.
Ligero crawls to a corner but Dennis is on him with a heavy forearm! The ref checks on Ligero but Ligero is still okay. Dennis goes to whip but Ligero holds onto the ropes. Ligero breaks free and boots Dennis back. Ligero dodges then wheelbarrows to a jawbreaker! Dennis staggers but elbows Ligero back. Dennis drags Ligero up, but Ligero escapes Severn Bridge! Ligero also escapes the sunset flip to buzzsaw Dennis down! Dennis bails out and Ligero slingshots again for the flying huricanrana! Both men are hurting from the fall but Ligero gets Dennis up and in. Ligero drags himself up at 4 to springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Dennis lives but Ligero also checks his ankle.
Ligero gets himself to a corner and to the top rope. Ligero leaps but has to roll through as Dennis dodges. Dennis dodges, spins Ligero around and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans boo as Dennis drags Ligero right up, but Ligero slips out. Ligero blocks and dodges and redirects Dennis into an enziguri! Fans fire up with Ligero as he springboards, but the DDT is denied! Dennis spins Ligero around but Ligero slips out, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but Ligero fires up again. Ligero drags himself to a corner and back up top. Dennis boots Ligero’s feet out! Dennis grins as he climbs up to join Ligero, and hit a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans have to cheer that because that was just impressive strength.
But Dennis isn’t done with Ligero, as he drags him up for Canadian rack, Severn Bridge! Then Dennis drags Ligero up for Next Stop! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The Headmaster returns and is victorious again. Will Dennis’ next stop be a championship opportunity?
Amir Jordan finds Kenny Williams at the UK Performance Center.
The Bhangra Badboy checks on the Luckyan. They’re on a bit of a hot streak, so how about they go for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships? Kenny doesn’t make the matches, Amir. Then how about asking Johnny Saint for a shot? Amir, why are you always asking Kenny to do things? From dancing to matches. Why doesn’t Amir do something for Kenny, and join him in training? If Amir can keep up, then maybe Kenny will talk to Saint. Amir tries and tries and finally gets a full chin and torso up! There it is! Hard work like that might just get them a tag title match. And then will Kenny dance? That’s much less likely.
Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt!
The Pretty Deadly boys are back, since they were rather impressive even in defeat. But can they survive this primal duo of the Wild Boar and the Primate?
The teams sort out and Primate starts against Stoker. They tie up and Primate brings Stoker around. Primate whips but Stoker revesres and thrwos a forearm. That only angers Primate! Primate throws Stoker overhead and clubs away! Primate tags to Boar, and The Hunt club away on Stoker’s back. Boar throws Stoker with a Fall Away Slam! Boar keeps Stoker away from Howley with a fish hook and elbows. He drags Stoker around and tags back to Primate. The Hunt lift and toss Stoker together! Boar becomes a weapon for the back senton! Fans fire up behind The Hunt as Primate gives Stoker a German Suplex! Stoker gets to Howley and tags in.
Howley is hesitant but he fires off clubbing forearms on Primate. Howley whips but Primate denies with power alone. Primate reels Howley in for a headbutt! Primate drags Howley over and tags in Boar, to then ram Boar into Howley’s gut! Boar blasts Stoker while Primate clotheslines Howley, then Boar comes back corner to corner for a cannonball! Primate tags and The Hunt combine, pop-up back suplex! Cover, The Hunt wins!
Winners: The Hunt, Primate pinning
The two “tasty dishes” were just the first course for this pair of wild animals. Who else will become prey for The Hunt?
Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith!
The Knockout Artist accused the entire NXT UK roster of just being copycats and homages to past greats, and vows to show everyone genuine British strong style. Will KO KO the Manchester Prestige? Or will Ashton “WOOP!” Ohno instead?
The bell rings on Ohno’s official NXT UK debut, and fans duel between him and “WOOP!” Ohno offers a fist bump to Ashton and Ashton takes it, which fans applaud. Ashton and Ohno circle and tie up. Ohno wrenches and arm-drags Ashton down to an armlock. Ashton works his way back up but Ohno wrenches and wristlocks. Asthon rolls and spins to get a partial drop toehold. He shifts to a facelock but Ohno slips out to get a grounded hammerlock. Ohno grabs the other arm and makes it a cover, TWO! Ashton stands but Ohno wrenches to a facelock. Ohno goes to suplex but Ashton resists. Ashton goes to fireman’s carry but Ohno is too big.
Ohno clubs Ashton hard on the back then runs, but Ashton speeds things up. Ashton hurdles and dropkicks Ohno out, then builds speed, only to run into a boot! Ashton staggers and Ohno is on him, to suplex him on the run! Cover, TWO! Ohno goes after Ashton’s arms and pulls them back. He digs his head into Ashton’s back to get leverage. Ashton feeds off the fan rally and gets up. Ashton turns and gets the fireman’s carry, but not for long. Ohno slips out and CHOPS away on Ashton. Ohno whips Ashton but Ashton walks the ropes to BOOT! But that only makes Ohno mad! Ashton fires off forearms but Ohno shoves him away. Ashton comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ohno is dazed, and Ashton manages the fireman’s! Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Ashton keeps his focus as fans “WOOP!” for him. Ashton fires off forearms then runs, but into Ohno’s boot! Ohno drops a big back senton, and then another! Ohno drags Ashton up, wrings him out, and hits the Dream Crusher discus elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius is victorious in his NXT UK transfer! But for hitting as hard as he did, Ohno still shows Ashton respect. Ohno even helps Ashton to his feet, and offers another fist bump. Ashton doesn’t take it, so Ohno knocks Ashton out with another elbow! Will Ohno show this kind of “respect” to everyone else on the roster? Travis Banks comes out to actually check on Ashton, but doesn’t let Ohno sneak up on him. Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw show Ohno what respect is really about?
Gallus discusses business.
“We’ve had a bad run of form.” They picked up wins against Webster & #Mandrews, but lose to Moustache Mountain. They picked up wins against Ashton and Ligero, but lose to Walter and Pete Dunne. Gallus needs to establish a good run. Gallus needs to establish dominance. It is what they do. What will The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang do to finally make NXT UK their Kingdom?
Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
Speaking of Moustache Mountain, they want another go at the Grizzled Young Veterans and those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But with Liverpool’s Number One out with a bad toe, the Big Strong Boys will just have to settle for Mr. Mayhem. Will Bate beat Drake to earn the team their title match? Or will Drake make Bate #GritHisTeeth?
Drake eggs Bate on and taunts the fans, but the referee keeps the peace. The bell rings and the fans are already fired up for the “Big Strong Boy!” Bate and Drake circle and Bate gets the waistlock. He brings Drake to the mat but Drake switches. Fans sing for Bate as he switches back, but then so does Drake. They go around and Bate gets the waistlock back only for Drake to spin out. They both trade, then headlock takeover for headscissors and they have a stand-off. Fans applaud this fast pace and even match-up. Bate and Drake tie up again and Drake gets the arm. Drake wristlocks and lifts Bate up before wringing him out. Drake grinds his forearm in Bate’s face then hooks him with a leg. Fans rally up and Bate works his way up.
Drake wrenches again but Bate rolls forward and back and handsprings to a dropkick! Bate handsprings again and headlocks Drake. Drake powers out and things speed up. Bate catches Drake in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Around and around but Drake slips out. Drake baits Bate into a corner but Bate throws a right hand back. Bate knees Drake then hips up, but Drake shoves him down! Bate crashes down and fans boo Drake as he pursues. Drake throws Bate into barriers! Fans boo more as Drake drags Bate up and into the ring. Drake clamps on to Bate’s shoulder, then wraps him up in a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Bate endures. Drake shifts to a keylock but Bate works towards ropes. Bate stands up but Drake gut wrenches Bate down! Cover, TWO!
Drake keeps his cool and goes after Bate with forearms. Drake wraps on a chinlock but fans rally again. Fans even taunt Drake, “He’s got his own~ face, on his ass!” Drake ignores the taunting as Bate powers his way up. Bate fights out with body shots but Drake gives him a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Drake grows frustrated, “Is that all you got, Tyler?!” Fans sing now, “Ass~ Face~!” Drake snap suplexes Bate and floats over, TWO! Bate survives but Drake stomps and grinds his feet into Bate’s back. Drake pulls Bate back with a chinbar while fans taunt “Ass~ Face~” again. Bate claws for ropes and fans rally up behind him.
Drake goes to mount but Bate powers up and picks Drake up! Bate bumps Drake against buckles, but Drake gives him another backbreaker lift. Bate slips out and rocks Drake with a right! He throws boxing blows and puts Drake in a corner! Drake escapes the corner but not Bate’s grip! Bate drags Drake back in for a huricanrana! Bate whips and back drops Drake! Fans fire up with Bate as he whips Drake again. Drake reverses but Bate knees him away again. Bate hops up for a flying European Uppercut! Drake runs into Bate’s exploder! Bate nips right up, to a Shooting Star! Drake moves but Bate catches himself, to hit the standing Shooting Star again! Cover, TWO! Bate and Drake are both sore but fans fire up.
Drake gets to the apron but Bate is on him. Bate counter punches Drake then goes to suplex him in. Drake hops down and trips Bate up! Drake drags Bate out and throws him, but Bate reverses to throw Drake into barriers! Bate puts Drake in again and climbs up top. Drake stands and Bate jumps over. Bate runs into a gut wrench for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Bate lives and fans cheer him on. Drake glares as he drags Bate up. Bate drops down but Drake sits on it, ONE! Bate sunset, ONE, Drake high stack, ONE, Bate sits on it, TWO!
Drake enziguris Bate then whips but Bate rebounds to lariat! Bate brings Drake up for the underhook but Drake back drops. Bate lands on his feet but Drake #GritYourTeeth dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Drake climbs up top but Bate gets clear of his 450! Bate catches Drake to exploder him into buckles! Fans fire up and Bate climbs up, corkscrew senton! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy wins won for Moustache Mountain! Will this help give Bate & Seven another shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
Walter is spotted having just left the NXT UK GM’s office!
NXT UK Media asks Johnny Saint & Sid Scala what their meeting was about. Well, a decision has been made between them and American NXT GM, William Regal. Pete Dunne’s request has been accepted! At TakeOver: New York, Walter will challenge for the WWE United Kingdom Championship! Who returns from New York THE top man in NXT UK?
What a great episode! I should’ve realized that NXT UK would join American NXT in some way for TakeOver: New York! Pete Dunne VS Walter IS happening, it’s going to make TakeOver: New York even greater, and I feel Walter has to win. Walter will freshen things up as only the third-ever champion, and it’ll keep Dunne from being too damn strong. I’m thinking that, while no title matches have been made for TakeOver: New York, the NXT UK Women’s and Tag Team Championships will be defended on either the go-home or the post-TakeOver episode. Storm VS Jinny will be great, but I wonder if Jinny has a chance of winning that title. Moustache Mountain VS Grizzled Young Veterans will be epic and that has to go Moustache Mountain’s way because of how popular they are. Bate VS Drake tonight was great, and the UK fans made it even better.
Dennis VS Ligero was a good opening match, and naturally Dennis wins for the sake of his return. I’m actually more surprised we haven’t seen Dave Mastiff in this time, it’s like he won the right to be off television. Hopefully Dennis circles back to his story of being bitter towards his old friends, his character is going to seem generic without proper direction. Plus, matches between Dennis and Andrews should be great given their history. “The Hunt” had a great return, but they and the underdog team of Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan will have to wait some time before getting their own title shots. Ohno VS Ashton was solid, and of course Ohno keeps his Heel character from American NXT. I don’t know about the title, but Ohno can definitely have some great matches with any number of NXT UK stars.
My Score: 8.4/10
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