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
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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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