NXT continues to take over Phoenix as The Street Profits look for revenge on The Forgotten Sons! Plus, Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS The Horsewomen!
- Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir; Sane & Shiari win.
- The Street Profits VS The Forgotten Sons; The Forgotten Sons win.
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NXT continues to take over Phoenix!
The Era lost the war, the Un-De-Fea-Ted is no more, and the One and Only fell to Johnny Takeover! But most important of all, the Psycho Killer did NOT Fade to Black! Tommaso managed his Fairy Tale Ending, and now DIY is golden. What is next for NXT in 2019?
Kairi Sane & Io Shirai VS Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir!
The Pirate Princess and Genius of the Sky combine the powers of sea and sky, and look to shut up and shut down the Horsewomen! Will the stars of Stardom shine bright in the Phoenix desert? Or will Jessamyn and Marina prove they’re more than just Shayna Baszler’s help?
The teams sort out and Shirai starts against Marina. They circle and tie up, and Marina knees low. Marina STOs fast, then throws Shirai with a hip toss. Shirai lands on her feet then breaks free. Shirai eggs Marina on, the dodges to handspring and dropkick Marina down! Marina scrambles and tags Jessamyn, so Shirai tags in Kairi. Fans are strongly on Kairi’s side as she and Jessamyn approach. Jessamyn taunts Kairi for being shorter, so Kairi chops her! Kairi dodges but Jessamyn gets her down for ground ‘n’ pound. But Kairi turns it around to give the same! Jessamyn turns it back but Kairi turns it again! Jessamyn gets Kairi down and thrashes her about. She backs off at 4 while fans boo and jeer. Jessamyn whips but Kairi goes up and over to roll her, TWO! Kairi has the facelock right away!
Kairi tags Shirai and the best friends of Stardom double whip. They redirect and misdirect Jessamyn for chops all over! Double dropkicks take her down! Shirai aims corner to corner, meteora! Jessamyn gets out to the floor but Marina coaches her up. Fans rally for Shirai but Marina blocks her path, only to get a forearm! Jessamyn sweeps Shirai’s legs! Shiari lands on the apron, then Jessamyn kicks her sideways! The ref keeps Kairi back while Jessamyn tags in Marina. Marina drags Shirai up and into a corner for big uppercuts. She then reels Shirai out for a scooping slam, covers, TWO! Marina keeps on Shirai with a knee grinding into her head. Fans rally for Shirai as she endures a hammerlock. Marina deadlifts Shirai right up into a fireman’s carry! She tags Jessamyn then flips Shirai out for Jessamyn’s roundhouse! Jessamyn covers, TWO!
Jessamyn grows frustrated but keeps on Shirai with a butterfly stretch. Fans rally while Shirai endures. Shirai powers up and heads for her corner. Jessamyn can’t hold Shirai back, so she turns Shirai around for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Jessamyn rains down rights on Shirari then drags her back up for another butterfly lock. Jessamyn pushes Shirari towards the Horsewomen corner but Shirai uses that momentum to throw her into buckles! Marina tags in and intercepts Shirai with a dragon sleeper. Shirai fights out and to the ropes, for leverage into an inverted DDT! Fans fire up while both women are down! Shirari crawls but Marina pursues. Marina grabs Shirai and suplexes but Shirai slips out and rolls under, hot tag to Kairi!
Kairi rallies on Marina, dragon screw leg whip! Then the Blockbuster! Kairi hits another blockbuster then whips Marina to a corner. Marina reverses but Shirai comes out with the Interceptor Spear! Kairi fires up and marches the plank. She runs back corner to corner, Sliding D! Kairi drags Marin up while Shirai intercepts Jessamyn with a dropkick. The Sky Pirates combine for the pop-up elbow! Shirai DIVES onto Jessamyn while Kairi drags Marina to a drop zone! Kairi climbs, anchors aweigh, InSane Elbow! Cover, Sky Pirates win!!
Winners: Kairi Sane & Io Shirai, Kairi pinning
The score is settled! Kairi makes the Horsewomen pay for helping Shayna screw Kairi out of the title! Kairi and her best friend are on a roll between their tag team victories and Year End Awards, what new heights will they reach in their journey together?
Post-TakeOver interview with Johnny Gargano.
The NEW NXT North American Champion has his first singles title. He promised to win, and he did. Johnny TakeOver wins and is the NEW NXT North American Champion. “And boy, winning feels great.” Gargano loves being a champion, but how long will he get to feel that way?
Post-TakeOver interview with Bianca Belair.
The EST is no longer spotless, but Un-De-Fea-Ted is also a mindset. Shayna had to have her friends to help her because she was scared. Bianca is still Un-De-Fea-Ted in legit competition. What does she say to detractors, like one Sam Roberts, saying Bianca didn’t deserve to be in the match to begin with? Mr. Sam can say whatever because Bianca took Shayna to her limit. To Sam and other haters: “Kiss mah ass.” Her first loss does not bother Bianca at all, but will she be able to get back to a title match?
Post-TakeOver interview with the War Raiders.
Hanson & Rowe are the NEW NXT Tag Team Champions! How satisfying does this feel? They came and did what they said they were going to do. The Undisputed Era has their respect, but their era is over. The war is here, the raid begins, and the War Reign begins now! Who will step to the war beards on the Road to Wrestlemania weekend?
Post-TakeOver interview with Matt Riddle.
The Original Bro finally shut up Kassius Ohno with a third victory. It wasn’t even about wins or losses, it was making a point. Riddle beat Ohno into giving up, and vows to do the same to anyone who wants to test him. Who will Riddle take on next? And will he beat them into Bromission, too?
Paul Heyman tweeted the praises of Tommaso Ciampa.
To quote the Advocate, when Triple H was “tasked with ensuring WWE’s future through the NXT brand, he accepted he was accountable to future generations for the health of the industry. NXT boasts the greatness of Project Ciampa.” If any other brand wants to stand out, they need to compete with that! Is the Psycho Killer a future Heyman Guy?
But there was more to TakeOver after the Network cut away!
Velveteen Dream confronted the golden DIY, but so did Adam Cole! Aleister Black even rose from the ring and Ricochet returned from the back. Things broke down into a brawl that was surprisingly split 3v3. Triple H got in the middle of it all to keep the peace, and made a huge decision! Shawn Michaels announced it for him at the Royal Rumble, these six men will face off in a Six Man Tag match, in the return of WWE Halftime Heat! The Patrick Clark Experience joins forces with the Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight to take on Adam Cole and DIY! While the Super Bowl is on break, which team breaks the other in this match?
The Street Profits VS The Forgotten Sons!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford finally want to become NXT Tag Team Champions in 2019, but they apparently left a team off the checklist. Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler made sure to remind them who they are in a sneak attack a few weeks ago. Will the #CurseofGreatness get payback for that? Or will they be remembered as the team Blake & Cutler beat on the way to their own title shot?
Tensions run high as the teams make their entrance but the referee manages to keep the peace. Teams sort out and Cutler starts against Dawkins. Cutler taunts Dawkins about that attack then shoves Dawkins, so Dawkins tackles Cutler! They go around scrapping but Blake tags in. Blake drags Dawkins up but Ford evens the numbers! It’s a brawl now and Ford punches Cutler out of the ring. Dawkins whips Blake and Ford tosses him out onto Cutler! Dawkins puts Blake back in and drags him over to tag in Ford. The Profits double whip and shoulder Blake down. Cutler returns but gets flapjack’d onto Blake! Ford clotheslines Cutler all the way out but Blake blindsides Ford! Blake stomps Ford down then tags Cutler in. The Forgotten Sons mug Ford on the ropes but let up at 4. Cutler drags Ford up as fans taunt them, “We Forgot You!”
Cutler gives Ford a backbreaker, then shouts “You want to forget us, huh!?” He slaps then suplexes Ford, then tags to Blake. The Forgotten Sons double urenage backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Blake keeps on Ford with a snapmare then springboard knee drops to the back! Blake puts on a chinlock on Ford and grinds him down but fans rally up. Ford feeds off the energy but Blake pulls his tights to bring him back down. Blake pulls Ford back more but fans continue to rally. Ford gets up again but Cutler tags in. Ford rolls but Cutler’s on him. Cutler gets an elbow, but Blake powerbomb lifts Ford, for a buckle bomb to Cutler’s knees! Cutler then rebound backbreakers! Cover, but Dawkins breaks it! The ref backs Dawkins down while Cutler drags Ford up.
Cutler throws hands in the corner and Blake tags in. Cutler whips Blake in but Ford tosses him way out! Ford hits Cutler back then dumps him out. Ford heads for his corner but Blake leaps in for a splash! Blake belly flops! Both men crawl and fans fire up, hot tag to Dawkins! Dawkins rallies on the Forgotten Sons! He tosses Cutler then tosses Blake! He throws hands on Blake in a corner but dodges Cutler, to dropkick him into Blake! Dawkins tosses Cutler again, then scoops Blake for a hotshot! Dawkins runs to bulldog Blake! Fans fire up and Dawkins runs, but Cutler saves Blake from the 360 clothesline. Ford sees Cutler and FLIES out onto him!! Dawkins SPEARS Blake, covers, TWO!! Blake survives but the Profits fire up and coordinate.
Ford refreshes himself with his cup of water, then tags in. Dawkins whips and gets Blake up, BLOCKBUSTER DOOMSDAY!! Cover, but Cutler breaks it! Dawkins throws Cutler out and Ford staggers over. Tag and Ford climbs but Cutler drags Dawkins out. Ford runs but into Jaxson Ryker! Dawkins sees that from across the way, and the two stare down. The two big men go around the corner, but Blake DIVES onto Dawkins! Blake drags Dawkins back in, tags Cutler, and the Sons combine for the inverted DDT stomp! The Memory Remains! Cover, the Forgotten Sons win!!
Winners: The Forgotten Sons, Steve Cutler pinning
Ryker was the X-factor for the Forgotten Sons and that was enough to stop the Profits! Will the entire NXT Tag Division keep these three in mind as we roll on towards Wrestlemania?
A pretty good Post-TakeOver episode of NXT here. Of course, it was still recap heavy, but the post-match interviews were done much better this time. For one, you couldn’t hear background noise that gets in the way of hearing the people taking. But even for such a great TakeOver event, the interview promos were pretty standard. Heyman having a tweet of high praise was really great in place of an interview of Ciampa or Aleister. Ciampa really does deserve to be the NXT Male Superstar of the Year because of how he’s transformed himself since coming back from his knee injury. Heyman recognizing that is proof that he’s gotten that good, and this next phase for him, and by extension all of NXT, is going to be quite the show.
A major piece will be Halftime Heat, which WWE really wants everyone to watch. If Gargano and Ciampa can stick together, then DIY really is back, and we can go into phase three of their story in being together again but as Heels. Candice can get involved and finally be on NXT TV again, and who knows? She might give in to her own Heel side and then it’s a trio performance where Candice can try for the Women’s Title again. Granted, Shayna Baszler is a Heel, but in the same way Gargano was slowly turning more Heel against Ciampa, Candice can learn to be Heel against THE Heel of NXT. Bianca surprised me at being in good spirits, maybe she’ll get another shot on the road to Mania. And as I’m thinking, a Mixed Six Tag of Bianca & Profits VS Candice & DIY would be really fun.
The “Sky Pirates” are doing great as a team, and I guess this match here counts as Kairi’s blow-off with Jessamyn and Marina. I don’t know if Kairi gets another go at the NXT Women’s Championship, but I am hoping Kairi and Io go to main to jump into the WWE Women’s Tag Division. They should be in that Elimination Chamber match representing SmackDown, Shirai Asai Moonsault off a pod is an amazing spot in my mind. I don’t know if they’d win the titles flat out, but they’d raise the level of competition in the division pretty quickly. Plus, being on SmackDown, what if they form a trio with Asuka? Triple Joshi Strong Style on Tuesdays please!
Then in the main event tag match, Profits VS Forgotten Sons was way better than I expected! Fans may have heat for the Forgotten Sons, but those guys know how to go. And being Heels, of course they use a third teammate to get an opening. With War Raiders being the new champions, Heel teams have the advantage of challenging next. However, Forgotten Sons will likely have another match with Street Profits because they’re still not at the level of challenging nor becoming champions. Therefore, I’m thinking the Undisputed Era’s reDRagon come around to take Rowe & Hanson on, in the quest to become a golden faction. Those matches will be very good, but especially the “ROH in NXT” match of War Raiders and Fish-O’Reilly.
My Score: 8.1/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
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Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
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
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