It’s the last NXT UK before TakeOver: Blackpool! Who wins the semifinals to face Mustache Mountain for the tag titles? Plus, Gallus VS British Strong Style!
- Episode 21 – Jamie Ahmed & Dan Moloney VS Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan; Williams & Jordan win.
- Episode 21 – Isla Dawn VS Xia Brookside; Dawn wins.
- Episode 21 – Jordan Devlin VS Damien Weir; Devlin wins.
- Episode 21 – NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews VS Grizzled Young Veterans; Grizzled Young Veterans win and will face Mustache Mountain for the titles at TakeOver: Blackpool.
- Episode 22 – El Ligero VS Joseph Conners; Ligero wins.
- Episode 22 – Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone w/ Saxon Huxley; Banks wins.
- Episode 22 – Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style; Gallus wins.
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Jamie Ahmed & Dan Moloney VS Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan!
“Screwface” joins forces with the Birmingham brawler to see if they can make big waves in the wake of NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool. However, so are the Luckyan and the Bhangra Badboy! Will Williams & Jordan finally cut loose and gain some ground? Or will the pair of powerhouses make their tag debut a success?
The bell rings and Jordan starts against Ahmed. They tie up and Ahmed gets the wristlock. Jordan rolls and spins to reverse and wrench the arm. Jordan tags Williams and Williams gets running for a leap frog attack! Williams brings Ahmed to the mat to drop a leg on the arm. Cover, TWO, but Williams stays on that arm. Williams tags Jordan, Jordan somersaults for a splash! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps on the arm and fans chant for him, but Ahmed punches his way out. Ahmed whips but Jordan dodges and crossbodies! Jordan runs in at Ahmed for a forearm smash and body shots. Ahmed turns things around but runs into an elbow. Jordan hops up but Moloney distracts him, and Ahmed yanks Jordan off the ropes! Ahmed runs to run Jordan over, cover, TWO!
Ahmed drags Jordan over and tags in Moloney. Moloney throws hands and uppercuts, then throws Jordan with a half hatch. He holds on to throw Jordan again, and then double underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Moloney keeps on Jordan’s arm with a hammerlock, but fans rally for Jordan. Jordan sits up as Moloney wrenches. Jordan fights out with body shots, but Moloney clubs him down. Moloney shoves but Jordan backslides, TWO! Jordan back drops Moloney! Tags to Ahmed and Williams! Williams rallies but Ahmed whips. Williams hurdles and springboard back elbows! Fans fire up as Williams runs in at Ahmed. Ahmed puts him on the apron but Williams kicks him back. Moloney runs over but gets a kick, and then Williams springboards to hit Ahmed with a flying elbow!
Williams dropkicks Moloney away and skins the cat, then dodges Ahmed. Jordan tags in, Williams hits Ahmed with a wheelbarrow facebuster! Williams DIVES onto Moloney while Jordan Swantons onto Ahmed! Cover, Jordan & Williams win!
Winners: Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan, Jordan pinning
They finally did it! They finally won as a team! And not even Williams & Jordan can believe it! Is this the start of something great for this high-flying and fun-loving duo?
Gallus heads to the ring!
The Scottish trio has done what they want to who they want in the pursuit of making the NXT UK Division into their kingdom. Mark Coffey keeps Wolfgang calm over their loss in the NXT UK Tag Team Championship tournament, but Joe Coffey brings up a mic. “You hear that, Mark? You hear that Wolfie? No one likes us, but we do not care!” Fans chant “No One Likes You!” But Joe tells brother Mark and ol’ Wolfie that the only thing on the agenda for Gallus is next episode: finally, Gallus VS British Strong Style! British Strong Style has been ducking them, and Gallus as a unit will work to beat them. But Joe is specifically after the Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne. Fans chant for the Bruiserweight and Mark keeps Wolfgang calm.
Gallus vows to give British Strong Style what’s coming to them, and Dunne will be lucky to walk out of the ring to even go to Blackpool. “Because this is your kingdom, Mark. Wolfie, this is your kingdom. And that WWE UK Championship is mine! Joe Coffey, the Iron King!” Joe drops the mic, his message has been sent. Will Dunne & Mustache Mountain respond with the fight they bring in the coming Six Man Tag?
NXT UK held a special Women’s Championship press conference.
Sid Scala and Johnny Saint presided as press asked questions. Toni Storm won the Mae Young Classic, but what would it mean to win the title at TakeOver: Blackpool? The MYC was a height Toni never thought she’d reach, but the title is on a different level. Toni has lived in the UK for years while Rhea Ripley just comes and goes. Toni wants to properly represent the Division and the region as champion. Rhea is the inaugural champion, but what will she do to keep that title? The Mosh Pit Kid repeats the question back at the reporter. Really? That’s the question you go with? Toni’s right there, so Rhea’s not gonna give any of her secrets up. Toni says it wouldn’t matter. But Rhea says Toni lost to her the first time, she’ll lose again.
To that point, Toni did fail to win the title the first time, so what’s changed? When bad things happen to people, people change to become tougher. Toni went numb from her back injury, but things change. She won that Mae Young Classic, she defeated some of the best and shined on Evolution’s stage. What chance does Rhea have now that Toni’s done all that? What does this “joker” have now? Her previous victory. Toni vows to win the title, but Rhea just laughs it off.
Another question for Rhea: some say that win over Toni was “a fluke”, and Rhea is just a Toni Storm knock-off. Rhea asks if they’re implying she’s some kind of joke. A copy of Toni? No! Rhea is 110% herself, Toni is the joke! It’s not #ToniTime, it’s #RheaTime because she already beat Toni once. Rhea rubs it into Toni’s face, and says this title is hers. Toni’s time is over, so what’s she gonna do? “You’re pathetic!” Toni and Rhea stare down but Saint keeps the peace. Rhea says Toni has no chance of ever taking that belt from Rhea. Rhea takes her belt and leaves, but will it be her belt after TakeOver?
El Ligero speaks.
“Joseph Conners wants to dismiss me as nothing more than a shiny new toy?” Ligero and Conners have been back and forth as friends and foes. Conners knows what it took to get here. So if he wants to try and dismiss Ligero, Conners better back up his words. The Light VS The Righteous, who wins just days before TakeOver: Blackpool?
Isla Dawn VS Xia Brookside!
The White Witch of Scotland and the young second generation superstar both look to make major moves in the UK Women’s Division! Whether it’s Toni or Rhea that comes out of Blackpool the champion, will one of these two women be waiting for them?
The bell rings and fans rally for both women. Xia offers a handshake, and Isla accepts it. Fans applaud for the respect between the two women as they tie up. Isla gets the wrist but Xia laces through to reverse. Isla rolls and reverses back. Xia uses the ropes to flip through and reverse again. Isla rolls and wrings Xia out but Xia rolls through. Xia says not so fast, and fans applaud. Xia and Isla shake hands again and circle. They tie up and Xia gets a headlock. Isla reverses to a keylock then arm-drags Xia to the mat. Isla keeps on the lock but Xia kips up to tilt-o-whirl to a headscissor takeover!
Xia squeezes and Isla endures to move around and pop out. Isla traps Xia’s legs in the butterfly deathlock. Xia grabs at Isla but Isla shoves her down to keep on the legs. Fans rally up and Xia crawls to the side. Xia tucks in and throws Isla to a cover, TWO! The two stand off and fans applaud. Isla and Xia tie up again, then Isla wraps Xia up in a straitjacket hold. Xia powers her way out of the hold as fans rally, but Isla spins it around to put it back on. Xia wiggles the jacket down and then turns it on Isla! Isla endures the hold now, and powers it back onto Xia. Xia bridges backwards, avoids a cover, and rolls back to mount Isla! Isla is back in the straitjacket, but she slips out to flip Xia over!
Isla rams her knee in as she pulls the jacket tighter. Fans duel as Isla pulls Xia back! It’s also a cover but Isla gets shoulders up. Xia flips over to make it a cover, ONE, but the jacket is back on! Isla powers Xia to a corner then throws her off. Xia dodges to roll Isla, ONE, Isla sits on Xia! TWO to a sunset flip, TWO and Isla jackknifes. Xia slips through, TWO, Isla sunset flips Xia, TWO, Xia jackknifes, TWO! Isla bridges up and spins around to a backslide, ONE! Xia tilt-o-whirls to a crucifix, TWO, but she hops up again for a victory roll! Isla sits on it, Isla wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
A terrific technical exchange, but Isla just has a little more experience than Xia, and that gives her the win. The White Witch shows respect to the younger star with a handshake, and Xia even bows to show greater respect. Will Isla be waiting on the other side of Blackpool to challenge the champion?
NXT UK looks at the coming No Disqualification grudge match.
Eddie Dennis says his issues with Dave Mastiff are not about jealousy. Mastiff won their first encounter, but Dennis won’t let everyone think The Bomber is the monster. Dennis is the monster. Dennis has looked in Mastiff’s eyes. “They’re not the same as these eyes.” Mastiff may have 60 pounds on Dennis, but he lacks the killer instinct. “The willingness to do whatever it takes to put a man down.” Dennis vows to put Mastiff down in Blackpool, and prove himself the one true monster of the UK. Will the Headmaster prove he’s the head monster against The Bomber?
Jinny attacks Isla Dawn backstage!
When the live feed cut away, the Spoiled Princess attacked her prey, and from behind! Jinny tells Isla “This is the difference between a witch and a queen.” Security backed Jinny off, but has she riled up the wrath of Isla Dawn?
Jordan Devlin VS Damien Weir!
The Ace Trumps All, but he’s also out to fold all the wannabes and pretenders of the division! Devlin’s set his eyes on the Kiwi Buzzsaw, but he’ll first look to show Travis Banks what’s in store for him when they meet in the ring. Will Devlin have a hot hand going into his match with Banks? Or will Weir surprise us all when he trumps the Irish Ace?
The bell rings and fans cheer Weir on only because they don’t like Devlin. Devlin knees Weir low then goes after the arm. Devlin tosses Weir overhead, then wrenches the arm from wrist to elbow. Weir endures but Devlin drags him up for a heavy European Uppercut. Devlin grinds elbows and forearms into Weir’s face in the corner. Devlin backs up at 4 but stomps away. He wraps Weir’s arm around the rope and pulls, but backs off again at 4. Devlin says Weir isn’t even a challenge, that Devlin’s toying with him. But Weir fires off forearms! Weir swings, but Devlin hits the urenage and standing moonsault! Devlin chooses not to cover, he toys with Weir more. Devlin hits a backbreaker and makes it a rack to bend Weir back.
Weir endures as Devlin drives in elbows to the ribs. Fans rally up for Weir as Devlin digs his knuckles in. Weir fights out, but gets an atomic backbreaker. Devlin drags Weir up to stomp him out. Fans still cheer for Weir but Devlin brings Weir around for a half surfboard. Devlin digs his knee into Weir’s back as he pulls on the arms. Weir still endures, but Devlin tells him to quit or get dislocated shoulders. Weir doesn’t give in, and he stands up, only to get a knee and clubbing forearms. Devlin says he’s going to end it, and he lifts Weir in a fireman’s carry. Devlin pops Weir up but Weir victory rolls! TWO, and now Devlin is furious. But Weir enziguris Devlin out of the ring!
Weir builds speed, but runs into a swing kick. Devlin grimaces as he slingshots in for a cutter! Devlin drags Weir up and reels him in for the ripcord back suplex! And finally, fireman’s carry to Ireland’s Call! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Devlin again tells Weir he doesn’t belong, then demands the ref raise his arm. The ref does as told, and the Iron Irishman soaks up all the heat from the UK fans. Devlin demands a mic, and tells everyone “Don’t worry abuot it. I’ll do me own interview.” But before Devlin can ask himself questions, Travis Banks runs into the ring! The Kiwi Buzzsaw scares off The Irish Ace, and then picks up the mic for himself. Banks has the fans chanting for him as he tells Devlin, “You wanna challenge the Kiwi Buzzsaw? Why wait? Let’s do it, right now!” Banks wants this fight now, but Devlin says this fight happens on his time. When will Devlin give Banks the fight Devlin started?
Backstage interview with Mustache Mountain.
Trent Seven & Tyler Bate are here to watch the other semifinal match main event. There’s no team they’re avoiding, because they’re the most experienced team here. Gibson & Drake, Webster & Andrews, whichever pair it is, they’ll get a run for their money. Blackpool is where this all began, and it will end with Mustache Mountain holding those tag team titles. “Let’s do this, mate.”
NXT UK Tag Team Championship Tournament Semifinals: Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews VS Grizzled Young Veterans!
This semifinal comes about from Johnny Saint granting the Welshman Air Force a rematch with Zack Gibson & James Drake, after the interference of the Italian Tank, Fabian Aichner, cost them the win. As such, Aichner and new ally, Marcel Barthel, are banned from ringside to keep this match fair and square. Mustache Mountain awaits the winners in the finals at Blackpool, who wins a chance at history?
The bell rings and Andrews starts against Drake. Gibson distracts the rockstar so that Mr. Mayhem can attack from behind! Then Drake hits the Modfather as he gets in. Drake comes back to tag Gibson and they stomp away on Andrews in the corner. Gibson shoves Webster off the apron then tags in Drake. The GYV work together for a Doomsday Device on Andrews! Cover, TWO!! Drake and Gibson are shocked, but they toss Andrews out. Tag to Gibson and Gibson picks up Andrews. Drake slingshots for the stomping backbreaker! Gibson puts Andrews in and covers, TWO! Andrews survives and the GYV are frustrated. Gibson drags Andrews up but Andrews hits back. Andrews hits Drake, but runs into a throat chop! Cover, TWO, but Gibson keeps on Andrews with a cobra clutch. Andrews endures as fans rally up.
Drake tags in and Gibson feeds Andrews to Drake’s forearm! Cover, TWO! Drake drags Andrews up for a cravat neck wrench, but fans rally for Andrews again. Gibson tags in and they mug Andrews. Gibson drags Andrews up and reels him in for a lariat. Cover, TWO! Gibson gets on Andrews right away with a half nelson chinbar. Fans rally up yet again as Andrews endures. Andrews powers up but Gibson wrangles him back down. Andrews keeps trying, but Drake tags in. Gibson scoops but Andrews slips out. Drake intercepts and the GYV double whip. Andrews ducks the lariat but can’t reach Webster. Andrews shoves Drake into Gibson, tag to Webster! The Modfather rallies with a springboard quebrada! Gibson rolls out and Webster dropkicks Drake again and again! Webster redirects Drake for a tackle and fast hands!
Fans fire up with Flash as he runs corner to corner. Drake puts him on the corner but Webster hits him back, to then fly onto Gibson with the Rude Boy Block! Webster hurries back in and tilt-o-whirls into double underhook, Baba O’Riley facebuster on Drake! Cover, TWO! Fans fire up and sing for Flash as he and Drake sit up. Webster drags Drake up but Drake forearms back. Gibson tags in but Webster fights them both. But Gibson traps Webster and Drake adds the enziguri! Gibson goes to throw Webster but Webster slips out. Webster runs at Gibson but gets put on the top rope. Gibson goes after the bad shoulder, then shoves Webster over. But Webster body scissors Gibson out! Andrews tags in and FLIES onto Gibson for a huricanrana!
Andrews puts Gibson in but Drake returns. Webster knee triggers Drake out! Webster helps Andrews hit a standing 450! Cover, TWO!! Gibson survives and Andrews is shocked, but fans are loving this. Andrews gets up and drags Gibson over. But Drake yanks Webster off the apron! Gibson rolls for Shankly Gates but Andrews slips out. Andrews ducks but turns around for a Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO!! Fans are loving this as Gibson and Andrews both slowly stand. Tag to Drake and Gibson lifts Andrews. Andrews fights both Grizzled Young Veterans, and kicks Gibson away. Andrews SUPER STEINERS Drake into Gibson! Webster hits them both with a Swanton! Andrews tags in and they target Drake. Knee trigger to reverse-rana! Andrews intercepts Gibson but Gibson barrels through to break the cover!
Fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” All four men crawl to ropes. Gibson rolls out, Andrews builds speed and DIVES, but into Helter Skelter on the ramp! Drake rolls Webster, TWO!! Flash hits the headbutt! Webster wobbles but drags Drake up. Webster wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but Drake blocks it! Tag to Gibson, throat chop, Ticket to MAYHEM!! Cover, Grizzled Young Veterans win!!
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson pinning
Liverpool’s Number One wins in Liverpool alongside his best friend and partner in crime! Gibson and Drake move on to Blackpool, but can they make history as the inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions?
El Ligero VS Joseph Conners!
The Light knows the Righteous Killer’s mission, but will not let himself be dismissed as just some “shiny toy”. These two have history from long before NXT UK, but will history repeat itself between them?
The bell rings, and Conners immediately picks Ligero up and powers him to a corner! Conners swings but Ligero dodges. Things speed up and Ligero huricanranas Conners. Conners puts Liger on the apron but Ligero comes back. LIgero baits Conners into a roll up, TWO! Ligero calf kicks Conners down and fans fire up. Conners staggers to a corner and Ligero runs in again. Conners slips out but LIgero follows. Ligero fires off strikes but Conners shoves him into the post! Ligero goes down hard and fans boo as Conners looms over the Leeds Luchador. Conners drags Ligero up and onto the apron to club away on the back. Conners backs off at 4 and gets in at the ref’s ring count of 7. Fans rally up for Ligero but Conners drags Ligero up for a BIG lariat! Cover, ONE, but Conners keeps on Ligero with a low boot.
Conners toys with Ligero, then stomps him on the back. He drags Ligero up for a suplex, then rebounds on the ropes for more momentum! Cover, ONE! Conners keeps his cool as he drives elbows into Ligero’s head. Conners puts Ligero in a half nelson chinbar, but Ligero endures being thrashed around. “You haven’t got it!” Conners shouts as he thrashes Ligero around. Fans rally up again and Ligero powers his way up. Conners clubs him on the back and Ligero crawls to a corner. Ligero elbows Conners back, then chops him. Conners shoves Ligero but misses in the corner, and Ligero tosses him with a back drop! Ligero runs in at Conners but Conners dodges, only for Ligero to turn around and rally with lariats. Ligero ilfts Conners for a fireman’s carry slam and buzzsaw kick! Cover, TWO! Fans applaud this closely contested match-up as the two men stand.
Ligero goes at Conners but Conners shoves him back. Conners scoops but Ligero slips out to mule kick. Ligero goes for sliced bread but Conners denies. Conners drives Ligero down with boots! Fans boo as Conners’ anger boils up. Conners drags Ligero up by his mask and grinds him into buckles. The ref counts and Conners backs off at 4, but he slowly stalks Ligero. Conners drags Ligero up by his mask again, but Ligero arm-drags! Thigns speed up, Ligero springboards for a tornado DDT! Cover, Ligero wins!!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
The Light triumphs over the dark heart of Conners! Ligero is more than just a toy, but will Conners be back for another try at breaking him?
Backstage interview with Grizzled Young Veterans.
James Drake & Zack Gibson are on their way to Blackpool, and possibly on their way to becoming the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. How are they feeling? Do you know who you’re speaking to? The GYV are undefeated, and they deserve those titles! Gibson calms Drake down, and says that ahead of Blackpool, they’re still the undefeated tag team. They’re so confident, they’ve already cleared spots on the mantel for the title belts. They’re so confident that they’ll go to Facebook Live for an early celebration to talk with their legions of fans to speak on the defeat of Mustache Mountain, and the rise to glory of “the best tag team on this brand, the best tag team anywhere in the world, SOON to be recognized as the very first NXT UK Tag Team Champions.” Confident and intense, will these Grizzled Young Veterans have those belts for their own?
NXT UK looks at the coming No Disqualification grudge match.
The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, says Dennis’ jealousy did start this. “Eddie had something to prove”, but Mastiff put him in his place. The only undefeated monster is The Bomber. Maybe Dennis just couldn’t handle the fact he’s not good enough, and decided to make it personal. Dennis knows he can’t get it down the traditional way so he’ll throw the rule book out. Mastiff is fine with that. Dennis needs to realize what he’s doing. Dennis claims Mastiff lacks a killer instinct, but Mastiff says Dennis lacks a lot more than that. “Nobody has every pushed me this far before, Eddie. And if you want to know what killer instinct is all about”, Blackpool will be where he learns it. Will Mastiff teach Dennis the ultimate lesson when they collide at TakeOver?
Travis Banks VS Tyson T-Bone w/ Saxon Huxley!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw wants nothing more than to tear into the Irish Ace after all the trash that’s been talked. However, he’ll have to bide his time and sharpen his teeth on the Gypsy King. Will Banks be ready to trump the Ace? Or will T-Bone take advantage of Banks’ split focus?
The bell rings and Banks circles with T-Bone. Saxon lurks on the apron and T-Bone takes advantage! T-Bone tosses Banks then clubs him down. He kicks Banks in the ribs, but fans sing for the Buzzsaw. T-Bone drags Banks up but Banks ducks to fire off body shots and forearms! Banks uses knees to stagger T-Bone, but T-Bone shoves him back. Banks blasts T-Bone with a dropkick, then runs in for leaping double stomps! Fans fire up with Banks as he glares at T-Bone. Banks kicks T-Bone now, but here comes Devlin!
Devlin mocks Banks wearing the same New Zealand cape he does. T-Bone gets up and throws a boot, but Banks blocks and throws T-Bone down. Banks fires off kicks on T-Bone, then a SUPERKICK! Banks makes sure Devlin sees the Shining Wizard! Saxon gets up but gets rocked, and then T-Bone gets a Slice of Heaven! Cover, Banks wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall
Devlin rushes the ring to attack Banks! Seems Devlin found his fighting spirit this time! But Banks makes him pay for it as he grounds ‘n’ pounds! Devlin ducks one kick but gets another! Banks runs, but Devlin dodges Slice of Heaven to run away. The Kiwi Buzzsaw dares Devlin to fight fair and square, but that’s still not tonight for Devlin. When and where will we see this grudge match finally happen?
Johnny Saint makes it official!
To finally settle this grudge between Kiwi Buzzsaw and Irish Ace, Banks and Devlin face off at TakeOver: Blackpool! Who will make history as having one of the first victories on NXT UK’s first major event?
NXT UK looks back at the short but furious history of the UK Women’s Championship.
The crowning match in the finals of the tournament literally hurt Toni Storm, as her back started to give out under the torture from Rhea Ripley. The Mosh Pit Kid shocked herself and the world when she won that title. Rhea would rip through her opponents, from Dakota Kai to Isla Dawn, but the Lightning from Down Under returns to take another shot. Toni is now the Mae Young Classic 2018 winner, so she wants to escalate history by winning the title at NXT UK’s first ever major event. But Rhea says it’s not #ToniTime, and she proved it by winning the first time around. Toni’s road back has been hard work and determination, but Rhea doesn’t care. Aussie VS Aussie, attitude vs attitude, will the Storm be taken under by the Riptide again? Or will Lightning strike to change history?
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS British Strong Style!
The war has come to a head, and now Wolfgang and the Coffey Brothers finally get their match with Pete Dunne & Mustache Mountain! Will Trent Seven & Tyler Bate gain final momentum towards their NXT UK Tag Team Championship match? Will it be the Bruiserweight or the Iron King who has the upper hand going into their own WWE United Kingdom Championship match?
The teams stare down and things get a bit tense. Liverpool is strongly on British Strong Style’s side, and teams sort out as the fans chant. Bate starts against Coffey and fans chant “Big Strong Boys!” The two tie up and fans sing for Bate as they break. Bate and Coffey go around and tie up again. Coffey pushes Bate back, but Bate puts his dukes up. They tie up again and have a test of strength. They push shoulders against shoulders, and Bate bridges as Coffey shoves him back. Joe sweeps the legs but Bate bridges again. JOe does it again, but Bate bridges again. Bate continues to avoid pinfalls, and even manages to support Joe’s weight! Bate powers up from the mat and shows he’s a Big Strong Boy by pushing Joe back. But Joe knees low and wrenches the arm.
Joe grinds the shoulder but Bate endures. Joe wrenches again, but Bate rolls back and handsprings to dropkick Joe away! Bate kips up and now the corners empty for a full six man stare down. The ref keeps the peace, and both teams back off. Joe tags to Wolfgang, so Bate tags Seven. Seven and Wolfgang tie up and Wolfgang gets a headlock. Fans sing for Seven as he powers out, but Wolfgang runs him over. Things speed up and Wolfgang throws Seven to ropes, but Seven comes back with a crossbody! The corners again empty and shoving starts between both sides. The ref shouts for them to back down again, and the teams listen to the official. There’s trash talk as Wolfgang tags in Mark Coffey, and Seven tags in Dunne!
Dunne and Mark circle and tie up. They go around and Mark gets a headlock. Dunne squeezes back and powers out. Things speed up and Dunne runs Mark over with a lariat! Wolfgang runs in, and the brawl is on! Gallus and British Strong Style fight all over the ring and the ref can’t get them to listen this time. Bate clotheslines Wolfgang out and Dunne throws Mark. Joe runs at Seven but Seven tosses him out! British Strong Style controls the ring and fans fire up. Gallus regroups and talks strategy. Mark runs in but into a drop toehold! Dunne hammerlocks and grabs Mark’s other arm. Dunne goes after the fingers one at a time, then the elbow. He shifts to the legs for a surfboard! Mark resists, so Dunne decides to stomp the knees! Dunne kicks Mark while he’s down, then tags to Seven.
Seven takes the hand-off and wrenches the arm to scoop slam Mark. Cover, TWO, but Seven keeps on Mark with a fireman’s carry. Tag to Bate, and Seven throws Mark down with a Wasteland slam. Bate hops up, and knee-boards for the senton! Cover, TWO! Bate keeps on Mark with a headlock and punches. HE wrenches and whips Mark but Mark reverses. Wolfgang is there but Bate knocks him away. Mark spins Bate with a full nelson to a suplex! Mark tags brother Joe and the Coffey boys mug Bate. Joe whips Bate into the corner, then tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang clubs away with ax handles. Wolfgang drags Bate around to stomp him. He clutches his arm, but Wolfgang whips Bate to the corner. Tag to Joe, and Joe headbutts and haymakers Bate.
Joe whips Bate back in, then again. Joe double underhooks for a standing butterfly hold. Fans rally and Bate powers up, but Joe lifts Bate. Bate resists the suplex, so Joe keeps on the butterfly hold. Joe pushes Bate to the mat, then shifts to an armlock. Joe mounts and knocks Bate down, to then drag him up with nerve holds. Fans rally for Bate as he powers up and out. Bate elbows Joe but Joe body shots Bate. Joe whips Bate to Gallus’ corner and tags in Wolfgang. Wolfgang knees low then brings Bate around for another whip. Bate goes up and under, but gets caught in a waistlock. Bate standing switches and leap frogs, hot tag to Seven! Seven redirects and CHOPS away on Wolfgang! Seven whips Wolfgang for a back drop! He makes sure to hit Joe Coffey before DIVING onto Wolfgang!
Seven fires up and runs at Wolfgang in the corner for another chop! Seven dodges Mark to send him into Wolfgang, then throws Mark with a snap dragon suplex! Wolfgang denies Seven a second one, then moonsaults up, only to get Mark! Seven brings Wolfgang up for a scoop side slam! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Seven drags Wolfgang around. Seven spins it around but Wolfgang shoves Seven right out to the barriers! Mark barrels into the rnig, but it’s a distraction so that Joe can throw Seven into steel steps! Joe puts Seven into the ring for Wolfgang, who SPEARS Seven down! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and frustrates Gallus. Mark tags in to stomp away on Seven. Fans rally as Mark clubs away on Seven. Mark puts Seven in the corner and tags to brother Joe.
Joe wrenches and reels Seven in for a facelock. Seven endures as fans sing for him. Joe wrenches and punches away on Seven, then tags brother Mark. Mark puts on the facelock, and Seven starts to fade. Mark puts Seven in the corner and Joe tags in. The Coffey boys mug Seven but Seven fights back! Wolfgang holds Seven’s tights to keep him trapped as Joe throws body shots! Joe puts the facelock back on and grinds Seven back down. Seven endures, and Joe throws haymakers. Joe coordinates with Wolfgang, and tags in as Wolfgang climbs. Wolfgang drops ax handles on Seven’s back, then tags Joe back in. Joe climbs now but Seven fights out! Seven CHOPS Joe but Joe grabs hair! Joe drags Seven in but Seven throws more hands. Seven climbs up, for a SUPERPLEX! Fans fire up as both men crash down!
Seven crawls for his corner but so does Joe. Hot tags to Wolfgang and Dunne! The Bruiserweight Rallies, even as Mark runs in. Dunne’s enziguri hits Wolfgang and Dunne whips Mark for a rebound German Suplex! Dunne kicks Mark’s arms out, then gives him an X-Plex! Wolfgang blocks a kick but Dunne rolls him into a kneebar! Wolfgang crawls and claws around. He drags himself to Gallus’ corner and tags in Mark! Mark drops an elbow, but into a triangle hold! Mark rolls around back towards Gallus’ corner and tags back to Wolfgang. Wolfgang climbs up, for the Howling! But even he gets caught into an armbar! Wolfgang shifts through but into the Kimura! Dunne is savvy, but Wolfgang is strong enough to suplex out! Fans are thunderous as both men crawl for their corners. Hot tags to Joe and Bate!
Bate rallies with EuroUppers on the Iron King! Joe reverses the whip but runs into the knee. Bate hops up for a flying EuroUpper! Bate runs corner to corner, for another EuroUpper! He whips Joe but Joe reverses again. Joe runs, misses, but elbows Bate away. Joe double jumps but misses the crossbody! Standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, and fans reach a fever pitch. Joe whips Bate but Bate wheelbarrows. Joe swings Bate around like that, Bate still victory rolls! TWO!! Bate scoops Joe for the airplane spin! They go around and around, and around and around! Fans give a standing ovation for this ultimate spin cycle! Bate finally stops to drop Joe, then falls on his butt. The Big Strong Boy has Liverpool on their feet as he goes for the Tyler Driver. Joe slips out, and sees Bang coming! Joe headbutts, but BOP comes around the other side!
Both men crawl for their corners, hot tag to Mark and Seven! Mark enziguris the punch away, but Seven swings Mark out for the Seven Star Lariat! But it was Seven’s bad arm, so that alone hurts. Tag to Bate, tag to Dunne. Mustache Mountain lifts Mark, and Dunne adds a backstabber to their back suplex bomb! Cover, but Wolfgang breaks it! Seven goes after him but Wolfgang throws Seven out. BANG hits Wolfgang, and Bate DIVES onto Wolfgang! Dunne kicks Mark down, then glares at Joe. Joe has Dunne’s title belt, and Mark rolls Dunne up! TWO, enziguri from Mark rocks Dunne! Tag to Joe, and Joe drags Dunne up. Joe hits the powerbomb! Cover, but Seven breaks it just in time!
Wolfgang returns but Seven throws him out by his ponytail. Seven’s backhand finishes it, but Mark rocks Seven. Bate’s rebound lariat takes out Mark, but Joe’s pop-up EuroUpper takes out Bate! Joe and Dunne are left alone in the ring, and the two fire off with fast hands! Neither man backs down but they do slow down. Dunne rocks Joe with the forearm, then brings his hands down, to stomp them! Buzzsaw kick on top, but Dunne runs into the headbutt! Joe runs corner to corner, but into a kick! Both men are down and fans again reach that fever pitch. Dunne and Joe slowly stir as their allies regroup. Joe goes to tag Wolfgang but Dunne intercepts! Dunne has the fingers, Wolfgang tags from the back side.
SNAP go the fingers, and Bitter End! But Wolfgang sentons onto Dunne! Tag to Bate, and Bate dodges Wolfgang to huricanrana Wolfgang back out. Bate aims at the cluster as he climbs up top. Bate LEAPS for a corkscrew senton onto everyone!! Fans fire up as Bate quickly gets Wolfgang back in the ring. Bate staggers over on noodle legs as Wolfgang slowly stands. Bate lifts Wolfgang but Wolfgang slips out. Joe tags in as Bate hits the rolling kick on Wolfgang! Bate sees Joe and has the underhook, but Joe back drops out. Bate lands on his feet, blocks All the Best, but his rebound gets the second shot! Cover, Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus, Joe Coffey pinning
The Scotsmen are victorious in this six man showdown! The Iron King stares down the Bruiserweight, and tells him their fight is coming. Will Joe Coffey be the man to finally dethrone Pete Dunne?
An incredible pair of episodes for NXT UK’s first go-home sequence! A lot of tag based action, such as Williams & Jordan finally making it a victory for their duo. I was almost afraid they were going to have a tag team break-up story, but both guys are too good as Faces to turn them now. Maybe in the post-TakeOver days for NXT UK, Williams & Jordan can move up on the card to be slightly less than jobbers to the stars. Andrews & Webster VS Grizzle Young Veterans was a great semifinal match, and naturally it is the Heels who move on to face the Faces in Mustache Mountain. I was surprised Aichner & Barthel didn’t attack after, but they have plenty of chances to settle the tag team feud with Andrews & Webster post-TakeOver. Mustache Mountain VS GYV is going to be incredible, and I can’t really say which way it’ll go.
Isla Dawn and Xia have a solid Face VS Face match, and Jinny’s attack backstage works to escalate her story with Isla. That will likely be another post-TakeOver match, and that should decide the next challenger to the Women’s Championship. I really liked the “press conference” segment, though I think they forgot that the canon timeline is Mae Young Classic before the NXT UK Women’s Championship tournament. Toni’s line about going through incredible talents like Meiko Satoumura and Io Shirai is now a little out of place, but that’s a small concern. Rhea also did great as her Heel persona, and their rematch in Blackpool will be just as amazing and hard to call as the NXT UK Tag Title match.
Ligero and Conners had a great match, but this is too soon to be a blow-off. Conners will likely attack post-TakeOver and things will escalate. Devlin and Banks did great in building their story while having matches with others. Dennis and Mastiff have great promos to hype their match, and that No Disqualification will be rough. Devlin VS Banks and Dennis VS Mastiff again could go either way, but I feel that if Mastiff comes out the winner, and him being undefeated, he has to get a title shot. The Six Man Tag was insane, practically a TakeOver level match itself. I was really surprised Gallus won, but since they did, it fit for Joe to get the pin. Joe standing tall now, the math would mean Dunne wins, but who knows. NXT UK might subvert that expectation, and Joe wins to change the hierarchy of the division.
My Scores: Episode 21 – 8.5/10; Episode 22 – 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/16/19)
The first NXT UK TakeOver is in the books, now witness the fallout of all the action! Plus, a rematch between The European Connection and Welsh Air Force!
- El Ligero VS Saxon Huxley; El Ligero wins.
- Isla Dawn VS Jinny; Jinny wins.
- Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Aichner & Barthel win.
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We have our inaugural NXT UK Tag Team Champions in the Grizzled Young Veterans! We have a NEW NXT UK Women’s Champion in Toni Storm! And STILL your WWE United Kingdom Champion, The Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne! But there’s someone new on the scene, and his name is WALTER! The Ring General has come to the fastest rising brand in professional wrestling, and he looks to go right at Dunne’s title! When and where will Walter and Dunne throw down?
El Ligero VS Saxon Huxley!
The Light shines on Blackpool, but the Divine Beast emerges from the darkest shadows. Huxley may have a tag team with Tyson T-Bone, but he still wants to prove he can be a singles threat. Will he or Ligero make waves towards the title in this first ever post-TakeOver phase?
The bell rings and Blackpool loves the Luchador of Leeds. Ligero and Huxley tie up and Huxley pushes him back. They go around the ring and Huxley throws body shots. Ligero dodges the boot then the clothesline to dropkick! And another! Huxley stays standing so Ligero mule kicks and shotgun dropkicks! Ligero runs at the corner but is put on the apron. He slides under and then gets around to back elbow Huxley. Ligero runs but into Huxley’s arms for a big scoop slam! Cover, ONE! Fans rally up for Ligero as Huxley laughs and throws forearms. Huxley boots Ligero and puts him against the ropes. He lets up but then runs back in, but into Ligero’s boot! Ligero throws body shots as fans rally.
Huxley shoves him then rocks Ligero with an uppercut. Huxley crouches to leap into a tackle! He throws knees into Ligero until Ligero falls. Fans boo as Huxley covers, TWO! Huxley keeps his cool as he grabs Ligero for a straitjacket stretch. He thrashes Ligero around as fans rally up. Huxley digs a knee in, but Ligero endures. Ligero fights his way up even as Huxley leans on him. Ligero pries his way out but Huxley rocks him with another uppercut! Huxley whips Ligero but Ligero holds the ropes. He tries again but Ligero uses legs to hold the ropes now, so Huxley rams in a knee. Huxley tries a third time but Ligero reverses and breaks free to then get around for kicks and forearms! Ligero kicks, Huxley blocks but Ligero gets the enziguri!
Ligero whips but Huxley reverses. Huxley follows but Ligero goes up and over to dropkick Huxley away! Ligero lcimbs and hits a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up again, and Ligero feeds off the energy. Ligero brings Huxley up but Huxley breaks free to toss him. Ligero comes back to wheelbarrow but Huxley throws him right into a corner! Huxley drags Ligero up and out to then Canadian rack. Ligero slips out, Huxely puts him on the apron, but Ligero kicks back. Ligero steps in for a stunner! Fans fire up as Ligero runs, springboard tornado DDT, aka the C4L! Cover, Ligero wins!
Winner: El Ligero, by pinfall
Victory for Ligero in the Empress Ballroom! Will this help Ligero make leaps and bounds towards Pete Dunne’s championship?
Isla Dawn VS Jinny!
The White Witch failed to capture the championship from Rhea Ripley in their match weeks ago, and the Fashionista made sure to rub it in with a sneak attack backstage. But now that the Lightning from Down Under has the title, will the Spoiled Princess be aiming to revive an old rivalry? Or will she be stopped by Isla’s magic before ever getting a chance?
The bell rings and Jinny throws a knee into Isla’s stomach. She then throws Isla’s face onto her knee, and grounds ‘n’ pounds as fans boo and jeer. Fans taunt the Spoiled Princess with song as she throws forearms at Isla. Jinny whips but Isla reverses and scoops for a gut wrench suplex! Jinny gets up and Isla runs back in for a meteora! Cover, TWO! Isla stays on Jinny with a grounded hammerlock. Jinny endures and reaches back but Isla wrenches more. They stand and fans rally as Jinny spins to reverse. Isla easily reverses it back, but Jinny tries again. Isla stays in control, and wrenches a bit more. Jinny sits down and trips Isla up to go for a cover, but Isla slips right out and back to her armlock! Isla drags Jinny from ropes as she tortures the fingers.
Isla wrenches again but Jinny spins and throws a heavy forearm! Jinny eggs Isla, and the brawl is on! Isla gets an edge and sends Jinny rolling all the way out of the ring. Jinny catches her breath as Isla eggs her on now. Jinny tells her to back off, and takes her time coming back. Isla goes after Jinny but she gets a hotshot! Jinny throws a right but Isla blocks to counter kick! Isla runs in at Jinny but gets boots. Jinny runs out, flying headscissors! Jinny stomps away on Isla at the ropes and fans boo. She backs off but comes back with heavy rights. Jinny pushes Isla into the buckles with both hands, then pulls her back out to a standing abdominal stretch. Isla endures as Jinny grinds an elbow into the hips and ribs. Jinny pulls hair, too, but lets off that at 4.
Fans rally as Isla pries her way out and hip tosses Jinny down! Isla runs, basement dropkick hits! Cover, TWO! Isla keeps on Jinny as she goes to a corner. Isla backs off from the ropebreak, but runs back in. Jinny catches her into a big buckle shot! Cover, TWO! Jinny was close but she keeps on Isla. Jinny puts on a cobra clutch and tells Isla, “You’re nothing, little girl!” Fans rally up again as Isla gets up. Isla fights but Jinny wrings her out. Isla dodges to knee trigger and saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives but Isla doesn’t let up. Isla gets Jinny with double underhook, Gory Especial! But Jinnys wings up to a victory roll! Isla sits on it, TWO!!
Jinny gets a leg and trips Isla up into a surfboard! Isla endures, and pries a hand free. Isla crawls but Jinny rolls and uses hair! Jinny pulls Isla back in a modified camel clutch, but Isla powers up to her feet. Isla puts Jinny into buckles and breaks free. She turns Jinny around for an Electric Chair but Jinny slips out. Jinny runs but into an elbow. Isla hops up but Jinny kicks the legs out! “Not this time, sweetheart!” Draping facebuster! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
The Fashionista is fierce as ever, and she looks ready to challenge the champ! Will Jinny truly make this her Women’s Division?
Travis Banks speaks.
“NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool, it was supposed to be Travis Banks VS Jordan Devlin, but that didn’t happen.” The Irish Ace attacked the Kiwi Buzzsaw not once, but twice! Devlin took an opportunity away from Banks, but this won’t happen again. They’ll face off on NXT UK next week, will the Buzzsaw finally shred the Irish Ironman?
Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
The High-Fiving, Stage-Diving Rockstar and his good pal The Modfather have been soaring, but the Italian Tank and German Commander have looked to ground them for good. Will the Welshmen Air Force overcome the European Connection in this tag team rematch? Or will they be shot out of the sky so soon after the NXT UK Tag Team titles arrived?
The teams sort out and we begin with Andrews and Aichner. Fans duel and even chant “NEIN! NEIN!” for Barthel. Aichner ties up and tosses Andrews! He taunts Andrews but Andrews keeps his cool. They circle again and Andrews gets a headlock. Aichner powers out and runs Andrews over. He again eggs Andrews on, but gets a kick for it! Andrews speeds things up to tilt-o-whirl headscissor and dropkick Aichner down! Cover, ONE, but Andrews grabs an arm. Tag to Webster, but Aichner CHOPS him back! And again! Aichner brings Webster over and tags in Barthel. The EuroConnection mug Webster, and Barthel scoops. Webster slips out and boots Barthel away. Webster dodges Aichner to give him a triangle dropkick!
Barthel runs in but misses, Webster slides under. Barthel gets the legs but Webster pops up and headscissors him down! Webster fires up with the fans as he runs to tilt-o-whirl. Barthel makes it a toss of his own, then tags in Aichner. Barthel feeds Webster to Aichner’s tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Aichner gloats as he stalks Webster to a corner. He throws hands and stomps away until the ref counts 4. Aichner drags Webster over and tags Barthel. The Europeans mug and stomp Webster again as fans chant “NEIN! NEIN!” Barthel backs off to give a proper “NEIN!!” before stomping Webster more. He drags Webster up to snapmare and cover. TWO, but Barthel wraps on a chinlock. Barthel thrashes Webster around, and even wrangles him back down to the mat.
Fans rally up and Webster fights back up. Webster elbows free, but Barthel yanks him back in by his pants. Barthel fishermans and tosses Webster but Webster lands on his feet! Tag to Andrews! Barthel quickly tags Aichner in, but Aichner runs into a rallying Andrews! Andrews forearms and chops away, but Aichner shoves him. Andrews comes back, wheelbarrow into Stomp 182! Aichner gets to a corner, Andrews runs in, and Aichner puts Andrews on the apron. Barthel runs at Andrews but gets kicked off the apron! Andrews shoulders into Aichner then slingshots up and over to wheelbarrow bulldog! Webster intercepts Barthel with a knee trigger! Webster helps Andrews with a standing 450! Cover, TWO!
Andrews drags Aichner up but Aichner knees low. Aichner clubs Andrews down then tags Barthel. Aichner feeds Andrews to Aichner’s kick, then drops Andrews with a back suplex. He feeds Andrews to Barthel’s scoop slam and then hits Webster for good measure! Barthel covers, TWO! Andrews survives and fans fire up. Barthel drags Andrews up and tags Aichner. Andrews jawbreakers and then mule kicks. He runs but only into the spinebuster and Penalty Kick! Cover, but Webster breaks it in time! Barthel goes after Webster and puts him on the apron. Webster dumps Barthel out! Aichner goes after Andrews with a suplex, but gets a huricanrana! Andrews tags Webster, and they both FLY!! Double somersault sentons take out the Europeans!
Fans fire up as the Welshmen put Aichner in. Andrews tags back in, and he climbs while Webster picks Aichner up. Webster tilt-o-whirls but Aichner turns it into a long dart into Andrews! Aichner hits Webster with a lariat while Barthel kicks Andrews. Barthel tosses Andrews at Aichner, who makes it a brainbuster!! Cover, TWO!! Fans give this a standing ovation! Barthel grimaces as he drags Andrews up. Tag to Aichner but Andrews chops away on both of them! Andrews runs, slides under, and double PELE! He keeps going to moonsault at Aichner, tornado DDT! Tag to Webster, and Webster climbs, for the Shadows Over Malice swanton! Cover, but Barthel breaks it! All four men are down and Blackpool is still fired up!
They chant “UK! Woop Woop!’ as Barthel suplexes Andrews. Stun-Dog Millionaire! Andrews runs but Aichner trips him up. Aichner drags Andrews out to ram him into barriers, then ram his knee in! Aichner may have hurt himself with that, but he gets in to go after Webster. Webster headbutts! Webster springboards but Barthel saves Aichner from the Rude Boy Block! Barthel tags in and Aichner holds Webster in the corner, Barthel hits a big basement dropkick! Aichner tags back in, and Barthel climbs while Aichner picks Webster back up. The Europeans work together, for a spinning EuroUpper bomb!! Cover, The European Connection wins!
Winners: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel, Aichner pinning
Blackpool may not like Barthel and Aichner, but they respect this amazing match! With a win like this, will the European Connection be first in line for a NXT UK Tag Team title match?
For a post-TakeOver episode, NXT UK does it right! Aside from the opening highlight reel, there was no recap of TakeOver: Blackpool to fill for time, and that made this episode all the better for it. Travis Banks does give a quick selfie video promo, and does pretty well, and obviously we will still get Banks VS Devlin like we were meant to. This must mean Banks’ real life injuries weren’t so bad, and now we can have a great blow-off for them. Ligero VS Huxley was a nice surprise, and it gives Ligero a great win to move forward with. Ligero VS Conners will surely happen again, and could go either way. Again, midcard title for the UK when?
Isla VS Jinny had a good match that was a bit sloppy to start but got much better as they went. As I sensed, this will likely serve as a contender’s match, Jinny VS Storm as Storm’s first title challenger will be great. Of course, Rhea will want a rematch, so maybe Rhea VS Jinny just to see that interaction and great match. The NXT UK Women’s Division is still a bit small, but with Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabbert joining, things are going to ramp up. Isla against either of them to help in their debut will be great.
The tag team main event was incredible, I am surprised this wasn’t part of the tournament as a qualifier to face Grizzled Young Veterans or something. Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner, being the newest tag team to do crossovers between NXT UK and NXT USA, they are going to get the tag titles from one of those Divisions, but I would love if these guys somehow end up the ones getting both of them. Not necessarily simultaneously, but putting them in the same conversation as Mustache Mountain for having done that is totally feasible. And even though Aichner & Barthel are Heels just like Zack Gibson & James Drake, a match of these two should happen just because it’ll be a great match.
My Score: 8.1/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/15/19)
Cruiserweight Champion Buddy Murphy faces THREE challengers at the Royal Rumble, but that’s still not enough! Who answers his (non-title) Open Challenge?!
- Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado
w/ Lucha House Party; Rush wins.
- Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???; Murphy wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way is set!
Hideo Itami shocks many but most of all Cedric Alexander in that instant classic match from last week’s episode. Now the Innovator of the GTS moves on to the Royal Rumble match alongside Akira Tozawa and Kalisto as they all challenge Buddy Murphy for the title. But Drake Maverick knows there are many top Cruiserweight stars who missed out. Lio Rush feels cheated because of the Lucha House Party’s presence at ringside during his qualifying match against Kalisto. Lio called out LHP and the Golden Lynx answers the call for them to settle things in the ring. Will the Man of the Hour get even with Lince Dorado for the imagined slight? Or will Lince prove Lio has no one to blame but himself?
Then the champion himself says he still doesn’t think the WWE Universe understands that he IS the best Cruiserweight of all time. Therefore, he offers a non-title Open Challenge tonight just weeks before his title match! Who will answer that challenge? Will Murphy come to regret daring someone to step to him?
Lio Rush VS Lince Dorado w/ Lucha House Party!
The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold picks up a mic before the match to welcome fans to “Lio 5 Live.” Lio has unfinished business with Lince Dorado, because Lince has a misconception about Lio. Lio’s not here to make friends or to party, he’s here to win! And if you can’t tell by now, take a good look at what Lio’s done for the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Bobby Lashley. Lio wanted to be WWE Cruiserweight Champion at the Royal Rumble, and the Lucha House Party ruined that. So now in return for that, Lince will learn exactly what it’s like to #FeelTheRush. Lince makes his entrance with his amigos, and we begin!
But the moment the LHP makes their entrance, Lio protests. The luchadores all roll together because they know one of them isn’t enough to beat Lio. Lince doesn’t care what Lio thinks as he throws his vest at him. Lio laughs but then throws the vest back. He tells Kalisto and Gran Metalik to leave, and so they start to leave. And Lio pounces on Lince in the corner! Lio rains down rights but the referee backs him off. Lio taunts Kalisto and Metalik as they reluctantly continue to the back. The ref asks Lince if he’s willing to continue, and Lince says he is. The bell rings, and Lio runs right into Lince’s haymakers!
Lince throws hands and knees, then whips. Lio reverses but Lince slides under. Lince kicks back and heel kicks Lio off his feet. Lince keeps on Lio in the corner with knees and chops, then bumps him off buckles. He snap suplexes Lio down then covers, ONE! Lince keeps on Lio with more body shots in the corner. Lio shoves Lince then boots him away. Lio runs and redirects things, to SLAP Lince! Lince glares as Lio trash talks, and they grapple on the mat! Lio and Lince scrap, then things speed up again, Lio runs into a tilt-o-whirl backbreaker! Lince drops the planking splash, covers, TWO! Lio manages to survive but Lince doesn’t back down. Lince stomps Lio then drags him to a drop zone. Lince climbs up but Lio rolls away to the ropes.
Lio crawls under the apron skirt but Lince drags him back out. Lio shoves Lince into the post, then trips him off the apron! Lince crashes down and Lio grits his teeth. Lio stands, aims, and springboards for the Asai moonsault! Lio hits Lince but also hits the announce desk! The ref counts but Lio bounces Lince off the desk. Lio puts Lince in at 6 and covers, TWO! Lio grows frustrated and takes it out on Lince with stomps. He rams Lince with an uppercut, then covers, TWO! Lio calms down as he drags Lince up. Lince hits back with body shots, then runs to springboard, but his crossbody flops! Lio hits a basement dropkick, covers, TWO! Lio wraps Lince in body scissors and a chinlock to squeeze the air out of him.
Fans build to a “Lucha! Lucha!” rally as Lince pries Lio’s feet apart. Lince stands up and fights out, but Lio clubs him back down. Lio says this is his time as he stomps a mudhole into Lince. The ref counts but Lio backs off at 4. Lio suplexes Lince then covers, TWO! Lio puts Lince right into another chinlock and pulls Lince back. Lince endures the partial camel clutch, and fights up as fans rally. He jawbreakers Lio away then dropkicks him down! Lio runs but into a boot. Lince runs to bulldog Lio down! Lince handsprings, but Lio rolls and roundhouses! Cover, TWO! Lince barely survives and Lio is seething. Lio stomps Lince then dares him to stand up. Lio throws haymakers to knock Lince into the ropes. He chokes Lince on the ropes but stops at 4.
Lince gets to a corner but Lio is on him with the double chicken wings. Lio spins Lince but Lince shoves him away. Lince gets to the apron and shoulders in, but Lio kicks him first. Lio goes to bump but Lince turns that around. Lio staggers away as Lince climbs, and Lince leaps for a big crossbody! But he bounces off the cover! Lio staggers to a corner as Lince goes to the other. Lio runs but misses in the corner, Lince CHOPS Lio! Lince kicks Lio out of the ring, then builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit sends Lio up the ramp! Lince puts Lio back in and then hits a second rope moonsault. He hits another, then climbs up a third time. Lince leaps for another moonsault, and hits it! Cover, TWO!! Lio lives and Lince is exhausted.
Lince fires himself up with “Lucha! Lucha!” and fans follow along. Lio stands, trips Lince, and then throws forearms. Lince comse back with a boot! Lio staggers, and Lince boots again. Lince runs to boot Lio down a third time. Lio flounders as Lince runs to handspring, but into Lio’s underhooks! Lince shoves out, Lio low springboards back, but Lince dodges to mule kick! Lince handsprings, Golden Rewind! Cover, TWO!! Lince cannot believe that Lio survives again! Lince drags Lio back to a drop zone and climbs up again. Lio crawls to ropes, so Lince hits a HUGE guillotine leg drop! Lince hurries as Lio crawls to another corner. Lince runs in, but into the post! Now Lio climbs up top, for the Final Hour frog splash! Cover, Lio wins!
Winner: Lio Rush, by pinfall
It was a tough match, but the Man of the Hour gets that win he wanted! But Lio isn’t satisfied with that, he goes after Lince on the ramp! Kalisto and Metalik return to run Lio off, and Lio runs away with a grin. Will Lio continue to go after the luchadores on the road to the Royal Rumble?
Backstage interview with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova beat Tony Nese last week, but how did he overcome the size and strength disadvantages? Well Nese thinks that just because he’s the Premier Athlete, that makes him better than everyone. But Dar proved that’s wrong. However, Nese comes in and tells Dar to get out of his fantasy world. Dar proved he was just lucky, because Nese dominated bell to bell. But Nese still lost. “Every dog has his day”, but everyone knows that 99/100 times, Nese wins. Yet Nese lost this time. Well, it’s 1-1. Dar can prove it’s not a fluke and face Nese again. Dar does admit he wants to have a match with someone who will bring out the best in him, but that’s not Nese. Will Nese get that tiebreaker he desires? Or is Dar on to bigger and better things?
Drake Maverick talks with officials backstage.
He will check on Lince Dorado in the trainer’s room after what Lio Rush did to him, so he entrusts the referee to handle Buddy Murphy’s open challenge match. TJP walks in, and doesn’t recall a time Maverick ever checked on him in the trainer’s room. Because he’s never had to… TJP had a serious cold once. Don’t joke, Lince could be seriously injured.
But surely TJP is here to answer that open challenge, right? Well unfortunately for TJP, a new superstar has taken that opportunity already. Maverick has high hopes for this debuting Cruiserweight, actually. But he does like that TJP has motivation to seek out opportunity. TJP is a cornerstone of the division- And is handsome. Maverick just wants to tell TJP that this is a good thing, and if there are any opportunities in the future, Maverick will be sure to tell TJP. TJP can barely keep a straight face as he exits. Does TJP think earning and seeking opportunities is a joke? Will he or this new superstar be having the last laugh?
Buddy Murphy’s championship challengers speak.
Kalisto says “The Lucha House party was created to show the tradition of Lucha Libre around the world, and have fun with my amigos!” Kalisto takes lucha libre seriously, and dedicated his life to be the best. He vows to be the new two-time Cruiserweight!
THE Brian Kendrick speaks on behalf of Akira Tozawa to say that anything goes in a Fatal 4 Way. It will be brutal, and that’s why Kendrick is teaching Tozawa every dirty trick in the book to break his opponents’ will to compete. Tozawa just says “What he said”, and gives a big smile.
Ariya Daivari speaks on behalf of Hideo Itami that all three of the other superstars in that match have held the title. They had hunger that has been fed. Itami has not been fed, and he is hungry! A hungry man doesn’t see right or wrong, he just sees food. Itami sees the title, and is a threat to both Murphy’s reign and well-being. Just ask Cedric Alexander about that. In that Fatal 4 Way, 50 THOUSAND will witness live the birth of the Itami Era.
But while all three contenders are ready for a Fatal 4 Way, they’ll all be facing each other in a Triple Threat next week! Who will come out of that match with major momentum towards the title?
Open Challenge: Buddy Murphy VS ???
The Juggernaut wants to prove to the entire world that he is not just Cruiserweight Champion, but the greatest Cruiserweight in history. As such, he posed this challenge not just to the world, but to himself to show that he can defeat any Cruiserweight from anywhere. Before this match, Murphy picks up a mic.
“Ladies and gentlemen, shut your mouths, I’ve got something to say!” Fans obviously don’t take kindly to that, but Murphy reintroduces himself as the greatest Cruiserweight of all time. And Murphy plans to prove that against three of the best in the world at the Royal Rumble. Those three have their triple threat to prove who’s the second best, but that’s next week. Murphy won’t stand for the “What?”, and will force fans to listen to him. Murphy’s not worried about next week, he is focused on this 205 Open Challenge. Who wants to try and stop the unstoppable?! Maverick has already promised this is a brand new superstar to join 205 Live, and that new name is… Humberto Carrillo! NXT’s newest sensation is here to show Cruiserweight wrestling is in his blood. Murphy doesn’t sweat Humberto yet, but will he by the end of the match?
The bell rings and Murphy circles with Humberto. Murphy looks Humberto up and down and actually shakes his hand. The two tie up and Murphy waistlock slams Humberto to the mat. Murphy floats all over Humberto then kicks him to a corner. He declares himself the greatest all over again, but Humberto shrugs it off. Humberto circles with Murphy again, and Murphy wrenches the arm. Murphy yanks the arm and puts on an armlock, but Humberto endures. Humberto reverses the wrench, but Murphy quickly rolls to reverse it back. Murphy goes after the wrist but Humberto uses the ropes to flip through. Humberto cartwheels and handsprings to sweep the legs! Cover, TWO! Humberto leaps over the leg sweep to grab Murphy in a headlock.
Murphy tries to power out but Humberto holds on. Fans rally for Humberto but Murphy pulls hair. Murphy powers out and runs Humberto over with a shoulder. Murphy wags a finger at Humberto, then swings a kick, but Humberto ducks under to handspring up. Humberto ducks all the punches but Murphy dodges Humberto’s kicks! Murphy misses his own kick and is surprised by Humberto’s handspring! Fans cheer as Humberto offers Murphy the handshake back. Murphy applauds Humberto and shakes his hand, to sucker Humberto into a snapmare. Humberto handsprings through and wags his finger now. Things speed up and Humberto arm-drags Murphy around. Humberto springboards for a flying arm-drag, then a dropkick!
Murphy rolls out but Humberto builds speed. Humberto slides but Murphy ducks under. Humberto comes back, Murphy tosses him to the apron but Humberto lands on his feet to moonsault! Murphy dodges again but Humberto rolls through to stand back up. Humberto runs back but into boots. Humberto rolls again but Murphy throws him down by his head! Murphy walks past Humberto on the ramp as the referee checks on him. Murphy drags Humberto up for a heavy forearm, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Murphy keeps his cool as he drags Humberto back up. He snapmares Humberto again for a stiff kick, and then wraps on a chinlock.
Humberto flails and reaches as fans build to a rally. Murphy traps an arm for a seated stretch, and rams his elbow in over and over! Humberto flops to the mat, Murphy covers, TWO! Murphy keeps on Humberto with another chinlock. Murphy fish hooks Humberto’s face but stops at the ref’s count. Humberto endures and fights his way up. Humberto throws hands and gets free! He counter punches Murphy but Murphy reverses the whip. Humberto huricanranas Murphy out! He builds speed to DIVE, but Murphy dodges to send Humberto to the ramp! Humberto clutches his ribs while Murphy grins. Murphy drags Humberto up again and bounces him off the apron. Murphy whips Humberto into barriers, then tosses him into the ring. Cover, TWO!
Murphy grows annoyed with Humberto and drags him back up for another heavy right. Humberto staggers to a corner and Murphy stomps a mudhole into him. Murphy pushes Humberto to the apron and then climbs up from the opposite side of the corner. He drags Humberto up top, and fans fear what’s coming. Humberto fights back, so Murphy bumps him right off the post! The referee checks on Humberto, but Murphy quickly runs at him, only for Humberto to back drop Murphy on the apron! Murphy writhes on the ground while Humberto catches his breath in the ring. Murphy crawls back into the ring at the count of 6, and runs at Humberto. Humberto boots Murphy then elbows him away. Things speed up, Humberto springboards for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Humberto keeps his cool as he grabs Murphy.
Murphy elbows Humberto away, but Humberto comes back with a springboard enziguri! Murphy flounders and Humberto puts him in quick. Humberto climbs, leaps, big crossbody hits again! Cover, TWO! Humberto fires himself up, and drags Murphy to a drop zone. Humberto climbs but Murphy anchors a foot. He kicks Murphy away and climbs again, but Murphy grabs him to tuck him in! Murphy’s kick is intercepted by a kick! Humberto boots Murphy and then hits a big missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Humberto is beside himself, but he hasn’t put the champion away yet. Murphy crawls away as Humberto grits his teeth.
Humberto runs corner to corner, but into a boot! Murphy climbs up, but Humberto rocks him with a kick! Humberto climbs up to join Murphy, but Murphy resists the superplex. Murphy pushes Humberto back but Humberto lands on his feet! Humberto’s right back on Murphy but Murphy gives him a gordbuster to the mat! Murphy adjusts, leaps for a sunset flip, deadlift into a sit-out powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Humberto shocks Murphy by surviving! Murphy glares as he drags Humberto up. Murphy kicks Humberto in the face, then grins as he suplexes. Humberto blocks, and tries to suplex. Murphy blocks back, and the two fight for control. Humberto gets Murphy up but Murphy slips out, but he falls! Did Murphy’s knee give out?
The referee checks on Murphy, and Humberto isn’t sure if he should trust Murphy. Murphy checks his own knee as he takes the knee pad down. A second referee comes in to help as Murphy hobbles. The referees discuss it with Murphy as Humberto comes over. Murphy manages to stand and Hubmerto applauds the guts. But it’s a fake out! Murphy kicks Humberto and pumphandles, but Humberto victory rolls! TWO, and Murphy fires off his strike fest. Humberto dodges the knee to hit back with an enziguri! Murphy falls out of the ring, and Humberto DIVES! Direct hit sends Murphy flying over the announce desk!
Humberto quickly drags Murphy up to bounce him off the desk! And again! Humberto puts Murphy back in the ring and fires up. He springboards at Murphy, but into the knee trigger! Pumphandle, Murphy’s Law! Cover, Murphy wins!
Winner: Buddy Murphy, by pinfall
The Juggernaut wins, but with a little bit of trickery. Humberto showed fire and grit, surely he’ll be a great addition to the Cruiserweight Division. However, a win is a win, will Murphy continue to win when he’s against three opponents at once?
A fairly solid episode for 205 Live now that it is put back on Tuesday. It’s hard to tell if this was recorded before or after SmackDown, but I have a feeling it was again after given the enthusiasm of the crowd. Or rather, lack there of. At the same time, this did not end up one of the many episodes where the main event was above and beyond expectations, which likely disappointed the live fans. But first, Lio VS Lince was really good for an opener. Sending Kalisto and Metalik to the back definitely helped just on the choreography of the match. Lio didn’t have to cheat, he just made the best of one mistake from Lince. I imagine that Lio VS Metalik will happen next, hopefully as part of the go-home. Then, whether Kalisto wins the title or not, Lio finishes the series with him as the blow-off.
There was some good post-Rumble story set up, such as more with Dar and Nese. Dar rejecting Nese’s rematch will surely bring about Nese going after Dar and compelling him to give Nese that tiebreaker. TJP laughing off the idea of the open challenge and such adds more to his Heel entitled attitude. But I’m wondering if after tonight he’ll make a point of him “deserving” to be given chances while the other superstars fail when asking for those chances. Case in point, I am surprised that it was Humberto Carrillo who answered the Open Challenge. Humberto is a great talent, but not a well-known one yet. I would’ve given this chance to someone like Oney Lorcan who at least brings more intensity, which is what fans might have come to expect from 205 Live main events.
The “This is Boring!” chants didn’t help, it’s like they didn’t give Humberto a chance. However, I think by the end, when Humberto managed to bring that intensity and the high spots, fans started understanding him. Obviously Murphy wins, but I’m surprised he did the fake knee move to do it. That might have been to give Humberto even a shred more of legitimacy to fans seeing him the first time, but it really only hurts Murphy in my mind. Hopefully Humberto gets more chances, along with NXT tag partner Raul Mendoza, so fans can get a better idea of how good he really is. As for Murphy, he noted the Triple Threat of his contenders, I wonder if he’ll at least be around to watch personally. That Triple Threat will make for a great go-home match that will surely get fans more into it, even if it’s after SmackDown.
My Score: 8.4/10