New Year, New Years Stars Stardom event! Do things start off hot, or are we looking for more of a simmer to the start of the year? Mathew let’s us know.
Welcome back to Stardom as we start some coverage for 2019. It’s been over a month since I covered Stardom due to being too focused on All Japan’s Real World Tag League, so let’s take a quick little recap of what we missed during that gap.
Arisa Hoshiki made her return to Stardom and has joined STARS, AZM has defeated Natsu Sumire to win back her mask and flag, Momo Watanabe and Utami Hayashishita have not only won the Goddesses of Stardom Tag League but have also won the Goddesses of Stardom Championships, meaning Utami is apart of Queen’s Quest. BUT WAIT, THERE’S MORE – Hazuki defeated Mary Apache for the High Speed Championship, and Jungle Kyona got the pin on Kagetsu to set up a World of Stardom Championship match at their 8th Anniversary Show on January 14th.
We got a lot to look forward to 2019 so let’s get started with our first Stardom show of 2019 and…dive right in!
Three Way Match
Kaori Yoneyama vs. Natsuko Tora vs. Alex Gracia
Review: Our first match of 2019 here in Stardom is a Three-Way Match between two of JAN’s members, Kaori Yoneyama and Natsuko Tora, and Alex Gracia. Alex Gracia is someone completely new it looks like and this is also her first time in Japan as she calls herself the Pink Dream, I don’t know where she had her first real start but I do wish her well and see how she does here. Will Alex be able to win in her Stardom debut or will it go to one of the JAN girls?
This one is pretty much how most triple threats go with all of them getting a little bit of offense with not much big shown on here. How did Alex fair off in her debut? Honestly, she didn’t do badly at all as she sold fine, her bumps were clean, and nothing really stood out as her messing up or anything. Kaori and Natsuko also did their best to help her out in the match and had decent back and forth action. Kaori would hit the Senton on Alex to go for the pin but Natsuko would hit a Senton of her own on top of Kaori to break the hold before she made her way up the top rope to hit her Splash on Alex for the win. After the match, Stardom Trainee, Saya Iida came to the ring and said she would like to challenge her to a match when she makes her debut. Natsuko said she’s very happy about the challenge, but she’s going to make her regret it when they fight. Good luck to Saya and same to Alex.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) January 6, 2019
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Three on One Handicap Match
Viper vs. Hanan, Hina, & Rina
Review: Our next match is a Handicap Match but not a two on one but a three on one as Viper makes her return to Stardom to take on Hanan and her sisters, Hina and Rina. Hina and Rina are Hanan’s younger sisters as they are both twelve years old and have made their debut a little after the last show I covered so I have no idea how good they are or anything, but I’ll be going to find out now. Will Viper be able to fight off the sisters or will they find a way to get a surprise win?
I’m not exactly sure if Hanan, Hina, and Rina are exactly the right opponents for her since I feel like Hina and Rina are still very green in the ring and while Hanan has improved a lot, still probably not ready for someone like Viper. Least they were smart with Viper not really selling the strikes they were giving her due to the fact that she’s bigger than all three of them while they’re young and weak, so I’m glad they made it believable. There would be times that the sisters would outsmart her like when Hanan was behind Viper while Rina Dropkicked Viper to make her trip as all three of them went for a pin, them dodging the turnbuckle spots, and even Hanan pinning Viper when Rina and Hina held her down with an Armbar. The sisters wouldn’t last much longer as Viper slammed all three of them down and hits a Diving Body Press onto all of them for the victory.
— Spirit of Jazz (@SpiritOfJazzz) January 7, 2019
Rating: Vince Russo and three quarters
Tag Team Match
Jungle Kyona & Ruaka vs. Mary Apache & Sadie Gibbs
Review: Our next match is a regular tag match with JAN members, Jungle Kyona and Ruaka taking on former High Speed Champion, Mary Apache and Sadie Gibbs. Sadie Gibbs is another new girl much like Alex Gracia with little to no info about her but it looks like she’s from the UK scene with her accent. I always do enjoy seeing new people enter the world of professional wrestling and let’s see what she can do. Can Sadie and Mary win or will JAN take it?
So now that I’ve seen Sadie make her debut, how did she do? I think she had a decent amount of time to get a fair rating of her and I think she definitely does have the potential there as she has the look, she had a little sloppy moment in the ring but she managed to recover from it and is a solid athlete. Ruaka did improve quite a bit since I’ve last seen her and was able to hold her own against Mary in the match. It didn’t feel much of a tag match since Mary and Sadie was an odd pairing while Jungle and Ruaka didn’t do so much teamwork together, but it was still a solid match for the time we were given and nothing was terrible. Sadie would wow the audience when she does a cartwheel into a backflip to the outside of the ring to land on her opponents. Sadie would bring Ruaka into the ring and hits the Michinoku Driver for the three count and wins in her debut. Was kinda surprised with the outcome since I expected Kyona to get a win for some momentum towards her match with Kagetsu and maybe pin Sadie, but I guess they wanted Ruaka to eat the pin. Congratulations to Sadie Gibbs and best of luck to you!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Six Man Tag Team Match
Oedo Tai (Kagetsu, Hazuki, & Natsu Sumire) vs. Hana Kimura, Jamie Hayter, & Bobbi Tyler
Review: We got a six-man tag match next with Oedo Tai members, Kagetsu, Hazuki, and Natsu Sumire taking on Hana Kimura as she brings Jamie Hayter and Bobbi Tyler with her. Bobbi is a Freelancer from the UK scene and this is her Stardom debut with about three years of experience under her belt, so let’s see how she fairs with Stardom. It appears as though Hana is not done with Kagetsu and Oedo Tai yet and would possibly want a rematch with her soon since she didn’t technically tap when they last fought. Will Hana be able to win to get Kagetsu’s attention or will Oedo Tai win this one?
What better way to start the new year than with Oedo Tai doing a dance for the audience and Nao Yamaguchi is back as their permanent manager due to her unable to compete in the ring still after that concussion. I’m not sure who drugged Sumire’s mochi but she started moving her body around and started to dance to ‘We Will Rock You’ by Queen as the fans sing along as I think she saw Bohemian Rhapsody recently, she’s awesome. The match started off a little bit over the place when they were outside, especially with Hana and Kagetsu as they fought on top of the bleachers for a little bit. Jamie would slap Sumire’s taped up shoulder as it made her cry but Sumire psyched her out to attack her a little bit and when did Jamie improve? Because she did a lot better here than she did at the Five Star Grand Prix, I wanna see more of this Jamie please because she’s awesome like this.
For Hana, I still get confused about how she performs a lot better anywhere else but with Stardom, it’s just completely different for her with how she wrestles and I don’t get why that is as it frustrates me. Bobbi did impress me in the match as she pulls a Clothesline to the corner shades of Miz and tops it off with a Flatliner on Kagetsu but she gets a two count. It looked like Bobbi was going to get the win but Jamie betrays her teammates to help out Oedo Tai! She throws Hana out of the ring while Kagetsu hits the Oedo Coaster onto Bobbi to get the pinfall! After the match, Jamie would talk to Oedo Tai as she requests to join the faction and Kagetsu accepts her without hesitation, welcome to Oedo Tai!
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) January 7, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Elimination Ten Man Tag Team Match
STARS (Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid, Saki Kashima, Arisa Hoshiki, & Natsumi) vs. Queen’s Quest (Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, Bea Priestly, Konami, & AZM)
Review: Our main event for the evening is an elimination match with our two factions, Queen’s Quest and STARS. Representing Queen’s Quest for this one are Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, Konami, AZM, and Bea Priestly and representing STARS, Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid, Saki Kashima, Natsumi, and Arisa Hoshiki. Basic rules for an elimination match in Stardom as you can win by pinfall, submission, and throwing them over the top rope. Also, if you’re wondering where Mayu Iwatani is, she’s unfortunately out due to a minor injury she suffered from her ankle and should make a short recovery soon. We do have future matches building up with Utami and Starlight fighting for the Future of Stardom Championship the next day and Momo defending the Wonder of Stardom Championship against Tam Nakano, so this would be a build-up for momentum with these two factions. Do Queen’s Quest win or will it go to STARS?
The first part of the match is Tam and Momo starting things off while showing us a little preview of what’s to come as they kicked each other back and forth for a little bit and after being in a stalemate, they tagged in Utami and Starlight. Those two would also give us a little preview before tomorrow’s title match and would quickly tag out to not spoil us anymore. They usually do these ten tag matches well together out of the other multi-man tag matches since they all have a fair amount of time to shine while giving one some momentum before elimination. They would do their usual spot where they are all going for a unit Suplex but Tam would grab the referee to have them help them out with the Suplex as six is better than one to make STARS beat Queen’s Quest in the battle of Suplexes this time around. Natsumi had some improvement in the ring when she does the Wheel Barrel into a roll-up on AZM and is moving a lot crisper until AZM stopped her momentum and Queen’s Quest do their famous 5 person Dropkick onto Natumi before AZM hits a Double Stomp off the top rope to eliminate her.
AZM would celebrate a little too soon as Saki almost threw her over the top rope when she wasn’t looking but Queen’s Quest would be able to save AZM. Konami is in the ring now as he and Saki go at it for a minute until Saki threw her into the corner and ran into her, but Konami would throw her over the top rope. Saki was hanging on as Konami would try to kick her off as STARS would attempt to Dropkick her and Bea but they would dodge out of the way as they accidentally hit Saki to eliminate her as well. Arisa gets in the ring now to try and fight Konami but Momo would hold Arisa by the ropes as Tam does the same to Konami, but Starlight and AZM come in to Dropkick their opponents but accidentally hit their partners. AZM and Arisa are in the ring as AZM would try to get the quick pinfall as Arisa kept on kicking out of them as they now both go back and forth till they stopped after they kept kicking out. Arisa would run into AZM and think she kicked her in the face and pinned her to get her eliminated. Konami is back in as she hits a Misle Dropkick onto Arisa and Starlight comes in to try and fight her off until Konami kicked her in the chest and in the face to knock her down for a two count but she’s not done as Konami goes running to the top rope as Starlight pushes her off to eliminate her!
We’re now tied with three members each as Momo and Tam are now in the ring with each other once again and the two would go at it until they would be over the top rope and onto the apron where they will keep on fighting. Momo would kick Tam down and hits her with the Package Driver but Tam didn’t roll out as Momo then hits the Somato only for Tam to slide under her to hit a German Suplex onto Momo on the apron and before Tam would roll out, she would take Momo with her for a double elimination. Utami and Starlight are next in the ring as Starlight hits a Dropkick while Utami responds with a Shoulder Tackle to take her down, but now Starlight would hit the Sliced Bread #2 for a kickout. Utami would go for the Torture Rack and Starlight fought out of it go for a Hurricanrana but Utami would hold her up to try and throw her out as Starlight tosses them both out, leaving Arisa and Bea the last two in the match. The two start kicking each other in the head and it looked like Bea would win when she pushed her off the top rope but Arisa was still holding on as Bea ran into her for only to be tossed over as the two are now on the apron. The two fought a little bit more as Arisa had the advantage and ran towards Bea to only eat a knee to the face to get eliminated as Bea wins it for Queen’s Quest! After the match, Momo said this would be a great year for Queen’s Quest and told Tam that she was going to beat her when they have their match. Utami would tell Starlight that she will take the title away from her and before she could give Starlight a chance to speak, Utami pulls the mic away from her as they closed the show. I can’t wait for these matches to happen.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) January 8, 2019
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Overall: Aside from two impressive debuts, Jamie joining Oedo Tai, and a great main event, I thought the show was a little lackluster but there’s also enough enjoyment out of it and plenty of hype towards the 8th Anniversary show along with what’s in store for tomorrow.
Favorite Match: STARS (Tam Nakano, Starlight Kid, Saki Kashima, Arisa Hoshiki, & Natsumi) vs. Queen’s Quest (Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, Bea Priestly, Konami, & AZM)
Least Favorite Match: Viper vs. Hanan, Hina, & Rina
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (1/16/19)
NXT continues on the Road to Phoenix! The Limitless One looks to give the Knockout Artist payback on behalf of the King of Bros! Will Ohno #BaskInHisGlory?
- Street Profits VS The Metro Brothers; Street Profits win.
- Dominik Dijakovic VS Adrian Jauode; Dijakovic wins.
- Johnny Gargano VS Humberto Carrillo; Gargano wins.
- Keith Lee VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
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Street Profits VS The Metro Brothers!
Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford want to put the #CurseofGreatness on the NXT Tag Team Division, and that requires winning the NXT Tag Team Championships. But before they can do that, that means racking up win after win. Will the Profits make their prophecy come true sooner rather than later in 2019?
The teams sort out, and it will be Ford starting against Chris Metro. Ford wants Christ to know that he does remember him. Chris shoves Ford, so Ford shoves him back! “Don’t sleep on me, boy!” Chris forearms back and whips but Ford reverses. Things speed up as Ford hurdles then dropkicks Chris! Ford kips up and shimmies at JC before whipping Chris. Tag to Dawkins and Dawkins runs Chris over. Dawkins helps Ford with the back suplex splash! The Profits fire each other up but they get a bit too rough as Dawkins shoves Ford over. JC tags in and slaps Dawkins, Dawkins ROCKS JC with a right! Dawkins sees Chris coming and Chris backs off a moment. Chris runs in, but into another of those killer rights! Ford laughs then tags in, to hit JC with the high-flying frog splash! Cover, and The Profits win!
Winners: The Street Profits, Montez Ford pinning
Their first match back and it was impactful! Dawkins and Ford celebrate with the Full Sail crowd, but will they be celebrating with titles soon enough? But then the Forgotten Sons attack to ruin the fun! Dawkins and Ford put up a good fight against Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake, but Jaxon Ryker changes that! Ryker wipes Dawkins out then catches Ford to ram him into the apron! Blake grabs Ford but Ford throws hands. Ford gets 3v1 and hit with a sit-out spinebuster! Fans taunt the Forgotten Sons that “We Forgot You!” but will the Profits remember them now? The Forgotten Sons make sure they do, as they stomp Ford and Dawkins out! And then the flying stomp inverted DDT combo! Will Ryker, Blake and Cutler continue to #DoUntoOthers on their own path towards the titles?
Backstage interview with Matt Riddle and Keith Lee.
The King of Bros won a match but lost a fight with Kassius Ohno, and now the Limitless One competes in his place. Riddle would love to sit ringside and watch Keith show Ohno what it is to be limitless. But Riddle also hopes Lee leaves something of Ohno left so he can get his turn, “bro”. Will Ohno be saying “Oh no!” against Lee later tonight? Or will the Knockout Artist expose the Limitless One’s limit?
Aleister Black speaks.
“Do you feel that, Tommaso Ciampa?” Of course he does. The days of TakeOver: Phoenix are coming, and everyone feels it. For Ciampa think that he was safe was foolish. Aleister will absolve Ciampa of his sins and take the title back. But everyone will be back at Full Sail, so let’s start this fight early? What will the Embodiment of the End do when he finds the Psycho Killer in the arena?
Bianca Belair heads to the ring!
The EST is the new #1 contender to Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship and the two face off for the first time in Phoenix. But right now, the Un-De-Fea-Ted woman says that “chaos” tried to stop her rise. Bianca sent Nikki Cross packing, because this is her time to finish the climb. 2019 will be the Year of EST, and she has 20-20 vision when it comes to the title. Shayna, Bianca sees you. She has the title and her horsewomen galloping up behind her, but the EST of NXT will still be Un-De– But speaking of the Queen of Spades and her cohorts, here they come! Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina all walk down the ramp, their eyes locked on Bianca in the ring. Shayna leads the way into the ring, mic in hand, and sees the EST for herself.
“I gotta be honest with you, I just don’t see it.” Shayna knows Bianca has a lot of records, from fastest to strongest, but obviously not the smartest. If Bianca had even half a brain, she’d know that it doesn’t matter how big and strong those arms are, Shayna will still tear them off in Phoenix. Bianca tells Shayna, “Uh-uh.” The only thing Bianca’s arm will do is hold the title up after it’s all over. The fans are on Bianca’s side but Shayna says Bianca’s the same as all the others she faced. They can’t put their money where their mouth is and actually fight Shayna. Bianca is afraid of having a broken arm, afraid that the hype will be silenced, and afraid that instead of Un-De-Fea-Ted, she’ll become O-Ver-Rate-Ed. Fans duel while Bianca and Shayna stare down.
Shayna smirks as she asks about Bianca being worried about Marina and Jessamyn. She tells Bianca they’re the least of her worries. Bianca SLAPS Shayna! Then she dodges Jessamyn’s kick and Marina’s lunge! Bianca blows kisses good-bye, and tells her the fight’s coming. Will Bianca blow a Kiss of Death to the reign of #ShaynaTwoTime? Or will Shayna rock Bianca right in the kisser?
Dominik Dijakovic VS Adrian Jauode!
#FeastYourEyes on the five-tool tower, but as well as the Brazilian bulldog! Both men have mixed martial arts training in various styles, but whose combined style will win their first match of 2019?
The bell rings and Jauode uses his capoeria stance to throw Dijakovic off a bit. Dijakovic avoids one takedown then another, and the two circle again. They tie up and Jauode puts Dijakovic in a corner. The ref counts and Jauode picks Dijakovic for a body slam! Dijakovic holds Jauode off from a cover, and gets a facelock to counter. They stand up and Jauode gets another takedown! Jauode drags Dijakovic back up with the facelock. He gets a fireman’s carry takeover, but Dijakovic denies the cover. Dijakovic gets a waistlock, but Jauode turns and powers him to a corner again. The ref calls for the ropebreak, but Dijakovic clubs Jauode off. Dijakovic runs out to mule kick, front kick and back elbow! Jauode falls back and crawls to a corner.
Dijakovic runs corner to corner to splash, then elbow and club Jauode more. Dijakovic says “Time to fly!” and throws Jauode with a suplex! Fans applaud the power game as Dijakovic stalks Jauode. Jauode throws hands and backs Dijakovic down! Dijakovic punches and chops back, then throws forearms before one big clothesline! Or as he calls it, the Blood Line. Dijakovic stomps Jauode into the corner, then against the ropes. Dijakovic keeps stomping but Jauode gets a kneebar! Jauode drags Dijakovic down but Dijakovic gets the ropebreak. Jauode backs off, to then capoeria roundhouse back! Dijakovic staggers, but comes back with a discus boot! Dijakovic says “Feast Your Eyes!” before dragging Jaoude back up. He torture racks Jauode, to hit THE Feast Your Eyes! Cover, Dijakovic wins!
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic, by pinfall
Dijakovic said so, and Jauode did so! Will Dijakovic soon feast his eyes on a title opportunity?
The War Raiders prepare for Phoenix.
These modern day vikings tell the Undisputed Era that this gathering is to celebrate the victories, the scars, and the respect for them. But in Phoenix, “empires crumble, dynasties fall.” Ray Rowe & Hanson celebrate their coming victories. The Undisputed Era’s tactics were bold, and their strategies fierce. But at TakeOver: Phoenix, the era ends! And that is undisputed. Hanson & Rowe have lit the fire, will the Undisputed Era burn?
Johnny Gargano VS Humberto Carrillo!
Johnny Wrestling, or perhaps Johnny Venom, wants to be Johnny Champion as he challenges The One and Only for the NXT North American Championship in Phoenix! But that’s still over a week away, he wants to build momentum on the way there. Will he get that from Humberto Carrillo? Or will Humberto be more than Gargano expected?
Humberto got to show his skills on the first 205 Live back on Tuesdays against Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy. Unfortunately for Humberto, he lost to the Juggernaut, but he still had a great showing. Can Humberto have another great showing now that he’s back at Full Sail?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Gargano puts Humberto in the corner. He backs off quick, playing the good guy again. Gargano and Humberto circle, and Gargano rolls to a takedown. Gargano gets a toehold but Humberto spins and rolls to escape. Humberto wristlocks but Gargano spins and reverses. Gargano praises himself but fans go along with it. Humberto rolls and handsprings and reverses the wristlock back! Gargano rolls and throws a forearm! Gargano backs Humberto to a corner then whips him corner to corner. Humberto goes up and over and adds an extra flip!
Things speed up and Humberto leaps for a sunset flip. Gargano kicks but misses, Humberto kicks, misses, but comes back with an enziguri! Humberto whips Gargano but Gargano reverses. Things speed up again and Humberto hits a high-flying arm-drag! Gargano bails out but Humberto slides out. Gargano dodges and tosses Humberto, but Humberto lands on the apron to mule kick Gargano! Humberto runs but Gargano slingshot spears! Fans still fire up for that move as Gargano walks it off. Gargano stalks Humberto as fans duel. Gargano snapmares Humberto and dropkicks him in the head! Cover, TWO!
Gargano keeps on Humberto with a wrench, then a standing abdominal stretch! Humberto endures and fans rally up. Humberto fights free and throws haymakers! He scoops Gargano but Gargano slips out to shove Humberto. Gargano runs into a boot, then into buckles. Humberto fires off and whips, but Gargano reverses. Humberto handsprings to back elbow! Gargano rolls out, Humberto builds speed, and Humberto FLIES! Direct hit takes them tot he ramp! Humberto puts Gargano back in and climbs up top to leap for a BIG missile dropkick! Humberto rolls back to moonsault! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Humberto is shocked!
Humberto keeps his cool but Gargano anchors a foot. Humberto stomps Gargano away then climbs up, moonsault gets boots! Gargano stands and SUPERKICKS Humberto! Humberto stays standing, and Gargano scoops him for a long dart into buckles! But Gargano isn’t done with Humberto yet, as he slingshots for the DDT! Cover, Gargano wins!
Winner: Johnny Gargano, by pinfall
Whether he’s Johnny Wrestling, Johnny Badass or Johnny Venom, Johnny is the winner of this match! Johnny heads for Phoenix and his title match with Ricochet, will we soon be calling him the new North American Champion?
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“Aleister Black, you like to refer tot he champ as ‘The Puppet Master.’ Boy, if I am the puppet master, than you are the ultimate puppet.” Aleister is so gullible to be running around that we won’t have to wait until Phoenix. Aleister doesn’t understand. “The Champ fights on the biggest, grandest stage.” So they will wait until Phoenix, that’s what main event players do. Not that Aleister would ever understand. Ciampa tells his “number one puppet” to listen closely to him. “Be careful what you wish for.” Is Ciampa denying or accepting the challenge? Will we find out next week?
Velveteen Dream speaks.
“23 years old and all this talent. How do you do it, Dream?” Is it easy? Is it natural? There is no secret formula, it is simply The Experience. This is the same Velveteen Dream who said in 2017 that the world won’t forget him. And then in 2018, he made that prophecy a reality. Just ask the legends and icons that took notice. Now in 2019, #DreamOver will evolve into #DreamOn. Dream’s back in action next week, who will experience the Experience up close and personal?
Keith Lee VS Kassius Ohno!
The Knockout Artist immediately dismissed both Keith Lee and Matt Riddle as the “shiny new toys” of NXT. But then the King of Bros KO’d KO at TakeOver: WarGames II. They had a rematch and Riddle won by Bromission, which infuriated Ohno. Ohno beat Riddle down to the point where he could not be medically cleared, so it will be the Limitless One going after Ohno on behalf of his friend. Will Lee make Ohno #BaskInHisGlory?
Fans sing for Lee even before the bell. The bell rings, and Lee circles with Ohno. Ohno keeps his distance and he backs to a corner. Lee backs off and they finally tie up. Ohno gets a headlock but Lee powers out. They collide and it’s Ohno who falls! Lee drags Ohno up in a gut wrench, but Ohno slips out. Ohno CHOPS, then kicks, then runs, but Lee leaps over him! Things speed up and Lee crossbodies Ohno down! Cover, TWO! Lee keeps on Ohno with a whip but Ohno holds ropes. Ohno bails out but Lee just builds speed! Ohno runs away so Lee gives up on flying for now. Lee wags his finger while fans sing again. Ohno returns just to refresh the count and take another breather. But Lee gives chase, and they go back in the ring.
Lee catches the sucker kick to rock Ohno with forearms and body shots! He grabs Ohno by the hair and whips, to hit a BIG back drop! Ohno writhes to a corner as fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Lee runs in but Ohno trips him into buckles! Ohno runs back in to boot Lee! Lee grimaces but Ohno stomps and chops him. Ohno drags Lee out for a headlock punch, then another boot. Ohno boots Lee again and again, and Lee rolls to ropes. Lee puts his dukes up so Ohno boots him down, and drops the back senton! Cover, TWO! Ohno grows frustrated while fans rally up. Ohno stomps Lee and puts him in a double underhook stretch. Lee feeds off the rally and fights his way up, but Ohno puts him on the ropes for a stiff forearm!
Ohno whips Lee but Lee holds ropes. Ohno keeps trying but Lee keeps resisting, so Ohno rocks him with forearms, chops and kicks! The ref has OHno back off, so Ohno whips again. Lee reverses but Ohno reverses back to an arm wringer and rabbit punch forearm! Cover, TWO! Lee still lives but Ohno is on him with a chinlock. Fans rally again as Ohno puts the underhooks back on. Lee endures and powers up to his feet. Ohno kicks low then knees Lee in the head! Ohno drops another senton, but onto Lee’s knees! Lee and Ohno are down but fans rally up again. Ohno stands first but Lee follows. Lee counter punches Ohno then throws forearms of his own. Ohno staggers to a corner, Lee runs in for a big splash! Lee tosses Ohno across the ring!
Lee runs back in, but Ohno puts him on the apron. Ohno goes after Lee but Lee buckle bumps him, then slingshot crossbodies! Cover, TWO! Ohno wants a timeout but Lee will not give him one. Ohno wants to bro fist, but Lee just throws fists and knees! Lee clubs Ohno off his feet, then drags him back up. Ohno headbutts the gut, but Lee just gets mad now. Lee double chops Ohno! Lee runs, ducks the elbow and redirects to POUNCE!! Fans fire up as Lee lifts Ohno in the fireman’s carry. Ohno holds ropes and escapes, but Lee waistlocks instead. The ref counts and Ohno shoves Lee into the ref! Lee rocks Ohno, then checks on the ref. Ohno sneaks up to LOW BLOW! Ohno hits the roaring elbow! Fans boo as Ohno covers, but Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
Lee may be Limitless, but no man can withstand what Ohno did to him! Ohno feels proud of himself, but Riddle comes raging down the ramp! Riddle runs Ohno off, but he checks on his friend instead of throwing hands with Ohno. When and where will the King of Bros settle things with the Knockout Artist?
A really good episode of NXT here as we draw closer to Phoenix. We get quite a bit of action in this episode, and start right away with a pretty fun tag team segment. Profits win fast and Full Sail was into it, but this is to also set up their rivalry with the Forgotten Sons. Sadly, the Forgotten Sons just on their name alone is becoming a butt of jokes type trio. Fans don’t care about them, but maybe after an actual match with Ford & Dawkins, that “Stay Forgotten!” heat will shift to normal Heel heat. War Raiders had a pretty great viking promo to hype their match with Undisputed Era, I’m thinking the Undisputed Era will have a response on the go-home. I’m really curious to see how this match turns out, because it still feels like it’s 50-50.
Dijakovic VS Jauode was a solid match, but boy is it hard to type their names quickly. Dijakovic wins and perhaps he will get a North American Championship shot after Gargano VS Ricochet happens. Gargano VS Humberto was also solid, and perhaps this match was why they thought to give Humberto the shot against Buddy Murphy. After all, NXT episodes are taped in advanced, and Humberto really is a great in-ring talent. Aleister and Ciampa have a good pair of promos, and in combination with Ricochet confronting Gargano next week, I really hope something happens to bring about Aleister & Ricochet VS Heel DIY for the go-home! That match will be amazing and is TakeOver worthy just on paper.
I’m very curious about Dream only doing promos, and not in person. Is Dream dealing with injury that we haven’t heard too much about? Or are they just saving him while title matches are spoken for? Dream competing against anyone for either title will be a great lead into Wrestlemania season. Dream coming full circle to get a title against Aleister Black would be absolutely incredible! Then there’s the incredible main event of Lee VS Ohno. They did great with Ohno’s hard hits and Lee’s still surprising agility. Ohno cheating to win is perfect for his continued Heel turn, and now Riddle VS Ohno III is coming. I hope they put that on TakeOver and let them just go off! Riddle can win and Ohno will either settle things with Lee or strangely, finally head to main roster.
My Score: 8.5/10
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