The Cruiserweight Division’s newest star has made quite the impression, but the Submission Commission would like to guide his potential “the right way”.
- Mike Kanellis w/ Maria VS THE Brian Kendrick; Kendrick wins.
- WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way; Cedric Alexander VS Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush VS Humberto Carrillo; Tozawa wins and will challenge Buddy Murphy for the title at the Elimination Chamber.
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Tonight, we determine the Cruiserweight Champion’s new challenger!
Drake Maverick sets up a big match for Elimination Chamber, but the Juggernaut has truly been unstoppable since getting the title back at Super Show-Down! Therefore, his new #1 contender will have to be the best of the best. That man will be the last man standing at the end of a Fatal 4 Way Elimination match! Cedric Alexander, Akira Tozawa, Lio Rush and even the newcomer, Humberto Carrillo, all get a shot in tonight’s major match.
The Man of the Hour deserves a spot because of his win-loss record, and how he’s even made an impact on Monday Night Raw. The 24 Year Old Piece of Gold has yet to hold gold, or even challenge the champion. Will his time finally come tonight?
Ultimo Ninja, Humberto Carrillo, impressed in his debut against the champion, but is obviously the biggest underdog tonight. Will Carrillo shock the world when he overcomes much more experienced opponents?
The Stamina Monster was part of the Cruiserweight Championship match at the Royal Rumble, but fell short of a second title reign. Tozawa wants to use the momentum of defeating Hideo Itami to get this win, but will he get a second chance at becoming a two-time champion?
The Soul of 205 Live, Cedric Alexander, may have hit a rough patch after facing Buddy Murphy, but he’s snapped back with his combination of strength and speed. Will the Age of Alexander survive to the end and get another shot at the title?
Mike Kanellis w/ Maria VS THE Brian Kendrick!
The #PowerOfLove didn’t quite help against the power of lucha libre last week. Mike lost to a former champion in Kalisto, but now he goes against another former champion in the Man with a Plan. Will Mike & Maria have a plan for Kendrick tonight? Or will Kendrick have a plan to counter their plan?
Maria again joins commentary, but Kendrick goes it alone as Tozawa has to prepare for his match later on. Aiden English asks Maria if tonight is a must-win scenario for them. Maria doesn’t consider last week as fair, Lucha House Party were all present. Of course, being present wasn’t a form of cheating, but that’s not really what matters to Maria. Mike and Kendrick tie up in the present and Kendrick gets the arm. Kendrick wrenches to a hammerlock but Mike slips through. Kendrick holds on and wrenches him back. Mike slips through to reverse the hold and then shift to a facelock. Kendirck works on his escape and gets the hammerlock back.
Kendrick goes to the headlock again but Mike pries his way out to one of his own. Mike grinds Kendrick, but Kendrick powers out. Mike runs Kendrick over and shouts “This is MY show!” He pie faces Kendrick but Kendrick throws a haymaker! Mike bails out while Kendrick dares him to come back. Maria checks on her husband and encourages him to get back in. Mike does but Kendrick throws forearms! Kendrick clotheslines Mike out of the ring! Maria again shows concern while Kendrick keeps on Mike. Kendrick goes to throw Mike into the announce desk, but Maria blocks his path. Mike elbows Kendrick away then gets back in the ring. Mike comes back out to kick Kendrick down then whip him at the post. Kendrick stops himself and mule kicks back. Kendrick grabs Mike, Sliced Bread becomes a back suplex from Mike!
Maria proudly cheers Mike on from commentary as Mike throws Kendrick into the post! Mike leaves Kendrick down and out and the count passes 5. Kendrick gets in at 8 but Mike stomps him out! Mike rains down rights then drags Kendrick up for a brain buster! Cover, TWO! Kendrick survives but Mike keeps his cool. Maria says one match doesn’t make a superstar a legend, it is THE match. Maria knows the day will come when Mike makes an impact. It may not be tonight, it may not be next week, but when “that” match happens, everyone will remember Mike Kanellis. But Kendrick powers out of the headlock, only for Mike to throw him down. Fans rally for Kendrick but Mike drags him up for a snapmare. Mike runs and basement dropkicks Kendrick out!
Mike glares down at Kendrick as the ring count starts again. Kendrick stirs and stands at 5, but Mike is on him. Kendrick drags Mike out but Mike kicks back. Mike tells the fans to shut up, but Kendrick reverses the whip to send him into a post! The ring count begins again and Kendrick heads for the ring. Mike flounders up at 6, gets in the ring at 8, but runs into Kendrick’s elbow. Kendrick boots Mike, then runs, but into Mike’s clothesline! Mike grits his teeth and slaps the fire back into himself. He drags Kendrick up and lifts Kendrick, but Kendrick slips out to the Captain’s Hook! Maria says Mike won’t tap so easily, and Mike’s wild eyes seem to show as much. Mike crawls forward and gets the ropebreak by a finger!
Kendrick lets go but comes back, only for Mike to put him on the apron. Kendrick shoulders and slingshots in, then SUPERKICKS and calf kicks! Cover, TWO! Mike survives and Kendrick grows frustrated. Kendrick grabs Mike agani, but Mike again denies Sliced Bread for his own SUPERKICK! Mike fireman’s carry, Samoan Driver! Cover, TWO! Both Mike and Maria are frustrated while Kendrick flounders to the corner. Mike pulls his own hair before putting Kendrick on the top rope. Mike chops Kendrick then brings Kendrick over as a backpack. Kendrick slips off and rolls Mike up, TWO! SPINEBUSTER from Mike! Cover, TWO!! Mike’s anger boils over, and he drags Kendrick up to drive elbow after elbow into his chest! Maria loves what she sees from her husband as Mike comes back to drive in more elbows.
Fans boo while the referee checks on Kendrick. Kendrick eggs Mike on! Mike boots him down! But Kendrick still eggs him on, so Mike boots him again. Mike grins as he runs again, for a third boot to Kendrick’s face! Mike drags Kendrick up, dragon sleeper to a spin, but Kendrick slips through to Sliced Bread!! Cover, Kendrick wins!
Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by pinfall
Maria is beside herself! Mike had this in hand but it slipped through his fingers! But Mrs. Kanellis keeps Mr. Kanellis calm. Will they finally get “that” win on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Ariya Daivari speaks via Instagram.
“How many times did I have to be there for Hideo Itami?!” Match after match, opportunity after opportunity, and Itami kept blowing it! Daivari was the only man who had Itami’s back but Itami couldn’t get the job done! Itami just kept talking about “respect”. Screw respect! If you want something done, you gotta do it yourself. Will the Persian Lion take things into his own hands and grab a title opportunity of his own?
Tonight’s four contenders speak.
First, Lio Rush. “Who exactly is going to stop the Man of the Hour from winning tonight?” He’s 2-0 against Tozawa, and Carrillo isn’t even ready for this level of competition. As for “ol’ Ceddy”, the Age of Alexander is over. It’s time for Buddy Murphy to #FeelTheRush.
THE Brian Kendrick speaks for Tozawa when he says Tozawa has only begun to “scratch the surface” of his potential. No one gave him a chance against Itami, but Tozawa won. And he’ll do the same tonight. Tozawa smiles but Kendrick gets him to be serious. Tozawa points out he hasn’t had a 1v1 shot at Murphy, but he knows he can win. And he still smiles.
Then, Humberto Carrillo. He took Buddy Murphy to his limits in his 205 Live debut. And he learned a lot from that. Tonight, he will prove he’s capable of so much more when he wins. And then at the Elimination Chamber, he will become the new Cruiserweight Champion.
Last but not least, Cedric Alexander. “It was this time last year when I was running through the entire Cruiserweight Championship tournament on my way to winning the title at Wrestlemania.” He proved he was better than 15 other men, and tonight’s just there. Alexander built this division with his heart, tears and soul. He will not rest until he’s champion once again.
Drake Maverick argues with Drew Gulak & Jack Gallagher.
He already told them “No”, but the Submission Commission insists they be Carrillo’s corner men! No, no one gets to be ringside for anyone else in tonight’s main event. That includes Gulak & Gallagher accompanying Carrillo. Fine, but if Carrillo “starts going down the wrong path”, that’s on Maverick. That’s ridiculous. Gulak & Gallagher leave, and in walks Noam Dar. The Scottish Supernova is just fine, but he wants back in the ring. Against Tony Nese. No, Nese got suspended for the attack on Dar. Yes, but as a man, Dar wants to make it right. Dar will settle this, in or out of the ring. Maverick finds himself in a tuogh spot. If it has to happen, then it will be in the ring, and in a No Disqualification Match. Great choice, boss man. Dar will get the Premier Athlete with nothing holding them back, who wins this huge grudge match?
WWE Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way; Cedric Alexander VS Akira Tozawa VS Lio Rush VS Humberto Carrillo!
Two great former champions and two bright shining stars, but only one man will make it to the end of the night! Who outlasts the competition to head on a collision course with the Cruiserweight Juggernaut?
The bell rings and the four men stare down. They slowly approach, but Lio trash talks his opponents. He beat Tozawa twice and has no idea who Carrillo even is. But Alexander points out that he beat Lio. Lio finds himself outnumbered right away, but he kicks at Tozawa. Tozawa flips Lio to the corner! Lio dodges Carrillo, then slides under Alexander. He also dodges Tozawa and bails out Lio avoids Carrillo and Tozawa, but then Alexander stops Lio with a glare. Tozawa DIVES and blasts Lio into the announce desk! Carrillo builds speed but Alexander disrupts his plans. They show off their speed and trade arm-drags. Alexander waistlocks but Carrillo gets ropes. Tozawa slingshots to sunset flip Alexander, causing Alexander to German Suplex Carrillo across the ring!
Fans applaud as things continue to be fast and furious. Tozawa huricanranas Alexander out and builds speed again, but Lio trips him up and drags him out. Lio DIVES on Alexander! Then he DIVES onto Tozawa! Lio gets back in the ring to shout, “This is MY time!” He spots Carrillo and handspring kicks him down. Lio rains rights and dares Carrillo to get up. He kicks the “trash” to a corner and CHOPS Carrillo! Lio snapmares and dropkicks Carrillo then dares him to get up again. Lio dropkicks Alexander away, because his time is over. Carrillo gets up and Lio dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Lio keeps his cool while Carrillo gets to a corner. Lio stomps Carrillo at the ropes then grinds a boot in. He backs off at 4 and stands Carrillo up. Carrillo counter punches, but walks into a kick.
Lio whips but Carrillo reverses. Lio redirects things and ducks a roundhouse, but not the enziguri! Tozawa leaps and missile dropkicks Carrillo out! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he goes after Lio. Lio rolls Tozawa, TWO! Lio lariats Tozawa right down! He stomps Tozawa then throws forearms. Lio whips but Tozawa reverses, only for Lio to sunset flip. Tozawa slips through and Penalty Kicks but Lio ducks that to roll him. ONE, spinning roundhouse! Cover, TWO! Lio grows frustrated but he also says it’s time. Lio climbs up while fans duel. Alexander returns but Lio fights him off. Lio aims and leaps, but has to roll through when Tozawa moves. Tozawa boots Lio away, then again. Alexander gets Lio with the Lumbar Check! Cover, Alexander ELIMINATES Lio! Seems this wasn’t Lio’s time.
There’s no time to rest, though, as Alexander gets up. Alexander goes after Carrillo but Carrill shoulders and slingshots for a sunset flip. Alexander rolls through and kicks but Carrillo ducks the mule kick. Carrillo fires off more kicks and an enziguri to rock Alexander. Tozawa runs but Carrillo dodges. Carrillo uses Alexander to acrobatically leap and arm-drag Tozawa! Alexander runs into Carrillo’s swing kick and Carrillo climbs quick. Carrillo leaps for a big missile dropkick! Reverse somersault moonsault! Cover, TWO! Carrillo almost had the former champ, but he keeps his focus. Carrillo drags Alexander up but Alexander resists the bomb. Tozawa runs to sunset flip Carrillo but Carrillo drags him up.
Carrillo lifts Tozawa but Tozawa huricanranas! Carrillo uses that to sunset flip Alexander! ONE and Alexander walks into Tozawa’s Shining Wizard! Alexander goes all the way out and Tozawa speeds up with Carrillo. Carrillo springboard enziguris Tozawa down! But Alexander leaps back in with a lariat! It wasn’t the best landing as Alexander clutches his knee. All three men are down but fans rally up. Each man gets to a side as they slowly stand. Alexander runs but into Carrillo’s boot. Tozawa runs in but Carrillo puts him on the apron. Carrillo puts Alexander on the apron, too, but Alexander rocks him with a right.
Tozawa rocks Alexander, then drags him up for more. They brawl from opposite sides of the corner, and then climb up. They keep throwing hands but Carrillo comes over to add on! Carrillo brings Alexander up but they all fight for control. Alexander and Tozawa work together to dump Carrillo down but then Alexander rocks Tozawa with a right. Carrillo trips Alexander up, and Alexander tumbles down corner and apron! Carrillo roundhouses Tozawa, then runs back, only for Tozawa to trip him up! Tozawa aims, leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, Tozawa ELIMINATES Carrillo! Ultimo Ninja did his best but it’s still too soon for him to be a contender. Now it’s down to the two former champions, who will get their shot at Buddy Murphy?
Tozawa catches his breath in the ring while Alexander drags himself up from the floor. Fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Alexander takes the elbow pads off and Tozawa takes out the mouth guard. They’re both getting serious to prove this is their time. And they both throw heavy forearms at the same time! And again! Alexander swings but Tozawa dodges. Tozawa tilt-o-whirls to the Octopus Stretch! Alexander keeps one arm powers out of the Octopus again, but Tozawa counters the tombstone into a victory roll! TWO! Alexander swings, Tozawa blocks, Tozawa lifts but Alexander slips around to a sunset flip! TWO, and they BOTH boot each other down! Fans fire up again while the referee checks on Tozawa and Alexander. Both men are okay to continue, and slowly crawl to ropes.
Alexander stands first and drags Tozawa up. Tozawa slips out of the back suplex but walks into a back kick. Alexander knee lifts and goes to back hand, but Tozawa dodges. Tozawa kicks, slides, fakes and JABS! Alexander wobbles but reverses the whip to hit the back elbow. Alexander handsprings, but into a German Suplex! And then another! Bridging cover, TWO!! Alexander lives and Tozawa is too tired to be frustrated. Tozawa gets himself up and heads for a corner. Alexander anchors a foot but Tozawa stomps away! Tozawa scrapes Alexander into the drop zone then climbs up. Alexander rolls out of the ring, but Tozawa joins him on the apron.
Tozawa drags Alexander up and throws hands, then another boot. Tozawa stands Alexander again, wanting a suplex, but Alexander blocks. Alexander fights back and shoves Tozawa, to STO him on the apron! Alexander puts Tozawa in, drags him up, snap Michinoku Driver! Cover, TWO!! Tozawa lives and shocks all of Washington! Alexander’s eyes are wide in shock but Tozawa’s are wide in a daze. Fans rally with “AH! AH!” for Tozawa but Alexander sneers. Alexander stomps Tozawa, then even tears at his wrist tape. Alexander stomps Tozawa more as his frustration boils up. He drags Tozawa up, Lumbar Check but Tozawa slips out. Alexander tries again but Tozawa flails about. They go around, Tozawa fights, REVERSE-RANA! Alexander’s in the drop zone and fans fire up as Tozawa climbs again. ANOTHER SUPER SENTON!! Cover, Tozawa WINS!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall; new #1 contender
The Stamina Monster proves himself worthy of the name! He outlasts three other great Cruiserweights, and truly triumphs! Tozawa gets another shot at the Cruiserweight Championship, and it will be the long-awaited 1v1 opportunity against Buddy Murphy. Murphy congratulates Tozawa via the titantron for beating three of the best. Now Tozawa can try to stop the unstoppable. Murphy assures Tozawa he won’t be looking past him, but he’ll definitely run through him! Murphy vows to go to Wrestlemania and solidify his legacy as the greatest ever. Will Murphy back up his bold claim? Or will Tozawa prove it’s not about stopping the unstoppable, but about outlasting him?
This was the episode 205 Live needed to really kick things up a notch for both themselves and WWE’s week so far. We get surprised with that big main event, and the only gripe with it was I wish it could’ve been longer because it was so great. We get an opening match of Kendrick and the Kanellises, and I’m surprised Mike lost again. His rage is subdued by Maria, but I’m wondering if he’ll ever snap and just brutalize his opponent no matter what she says. Maria on commentary helped frame this story a bit, this won’t be about one win or even several wins, but about a big win. If Mike finally wins and against a big name like Cedric Alexander, that really will mean more than just snapping his losing streak.
Also glad to hear Dar VS Nese is happening, though not at all when I expected. I’m thinking with No Disqualifications, Nese could still win. But because Nese won their first match weeks ago, I feel like Dar needs to win, and the No DQs will help him make up for Nese being the bigger and stronger superstar. Honestly, I was surprised story things didn’t bring them into this main event Fatal 4 we got. I expected this Fatal 4 to be all the stars who haven’t gotten a shot in the last six months, so it’d be Nese VS Dar VS Rush VS Carrillo. But Alexander and Tozawa were obviously great in the main event the way it happened, because they’re both incredible.
It’s great for Carrillo to have not been first eliminated, and it can feed into a segment with Gulak & Gallagher talking to him about the “right” wrestling style. If things go the way I expect them to, Carrillo will need a tag partner to help against the Submission Commission. Hopefully that brings Raul Mendoza back to 205 Live, as he and Carrillo had formed as a tag team on NXT. Another high-flyers VS ground grapplers tag feud would be great for Carrillo and Mendoza, even though those tag titles seem almost dead before ever becoming a thing. But back to Alexander and Tozawa, I am really surprised but also very happy to see it’s Tozawa getting his 1v1 shot. With the momentum Tozawa has been getting in singles matches, I wonder if he wins to show Murphy up. Probably not, because Kushida is likely still the one to dethrone him.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (4/20/19)
It’s a rematch of Darewolf and Lifeblood’s Luchador!
Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 396
ROH brings us a big rematch from a fast-paced match-up! Will PJ Black make up for his loss to Bandido? Or will LifeBlood’s Luchador go 2-0 on the Darewolf?
- Kenny King VS Tracy Williams; King wins.
- Reno Scum VS The Bouncers; The Bouncers win.
- PJ Black VS Bandido; Bandido wins.
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Kenny King VS Tracy Williams!
The K I N G has a shot at the ROH World Championship after winning the Honor Rumble at the G1 Supercard. But first, he’ll be tested by the Hot Sauce of LifeBlood! Will Tracy be too spicy for Las Vegas’ most eligible bachelor? Or will King prove himself worthy of challenging #GrandSlamTaven?
Tracy wants to keep the Code of Honor, but Kenny declines. The bell rings and Tracy dares Kenny to tie up then. They do tie up, and Tracy waistlocks. Kenny spins but gets caught into a snapmare. Tracy has the chinlock but Kenny powers up to power Tracy to a corner. Kenny climbs on Tracy to bark at him, but backs off at the ref’s count. Kenny trash talks as Tracy comes out of the corner. They tie up again and Tracy wrenches to a shoulder breaker. Tracy has the armlock but Kenny reverses it. Tracy rolls and waistlocks to throw Kenny down. He backs up to let Kenny up, and they circle again. Kenny gets the waistlock but Tracy gets the standing switch. Tracy shifts to a headlock but Kenny powers out. Tracy runs Kenny over then keeps moving.
Things speed up and Kenny drop toeholds to float over to a headlock. Kenny grins but Tracy fights his way up. Tracy brings Kenny to a knee and gets the arms, to then get the headlock for himself. Kenny powers out but Tracy blocks the hip toss for a takedown and spinning toehold. Tracy loops it around to a standing toehold, but Kenny endures. Kenny pushes Tracy off and things speed up again. Kenny hurdles but Tracy catches him for a roll up, TWO! Tracy shifts to a hammerlock chinbar! The Hot Sauce has the King of Vegas on the defense while we go to break.
ROH returns and Kenny hits Tracy with an arm-drag, then another into the armlock, but Tracy headscissors. Kenny pops out but Tracy arm-drags back. Kenny headscissors but Tracy pops out, and the two stand off as Kenny handsprings up. Fans applaud while Tracy and Kenny circle again. Tracy wants a second try at the Code of Honor handshake, but Kenny just punches him! Kenny elbows Tracy at the ropes into the corner. Kenny throws hands and elbows but Tracy forearms back. They trade hands and Kenny pushes Tracy to the ropes. Kenny whips but Tracy holds the ropes. Kenny kicks but Tracy reverses the whip to CHOP away! Tracy scoops Kenny for a back suplex! Cover, ONE, but Tracy keeps on Kenny with a wristlock.
Tracy stands on Kenny’s other arm as he twists the wrist, but Kenny reaches for a ropebreak with his legs. Tracy lets up, but brings Kenny up for a half hatch suplex. He keeps going with another! Tracy hurries to a corner and up top but Kenny stands. Kenny kicks the ropes to trip Tracy up! Tracy tumbles off but gets away from Kenny’s slingshot. Tracy trips Kenny on the apron and Kenny tumbles to the floor! Fans cheer as Tracy throws hands on Kenny. Tracy puts Kenny on the apron but Kenny spins around to throw a forearm! Kenny hops up to the apron for a corkscrew cannonball! Kenny grins and dusts himself off before putting Tracy back in. He brings Tracy up for a snap suplex but floats over to rain down rights. Kenny covers, TWO!
Kenny scoops Tracy for a backbreaker then shifts to a grounded chinbar. Fans rally as Tracy endures. Tracy powers his way up and fights out of the hold. Tracy throws forearms and spins, but Kenny ducks and spins Tracy for a backbreaker to SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tracy lives but Kenny keeps his cool. Fans rally up as Kenny stalks Tracy to the ropes. Kenny chokes Tracy on the ropes while trash talking, but backs off at 4. Tracy gets up and CHOPS away! Kenny pokes Tracy in the eye! The ref reprimands Kenny but he got away with it. Kenny whips Tracy corner to corner but Tracy reverses. Tracy runs in but is put on the apron. He hits Kenny back then climbs up, but Kenny SHORYUKENS!
Kenny climbs up to join Tracy, but Tracy fights him off. Tracy grabs Kenny but Kenny fights back. Kenny flips off but Tracy dropkicks him down! Fans fire up with Tracy as he runs corner to corner for a big clothesline, then spins for another! Tracy fireman’s carry but Kenny slips out. Kenny shoves but runs into an elbow. Tracy hops up but Kenny enziguris him back! Kenny climbs up but Tracy gets him! DDT to the buckle! Then fireman’s carry, Spicoli Driver! Cover, TWO!! The K I N G survives and we go to break!
ROH returns and Tracy sunset flips Kenny, TWO! But Tracy’s ready for the crossface! Kenny resists and rolls to throw hands. Tracy backs off but Kenny ends up in a corner. Tracy CHOPS then forearms Kenny. He whips Kenny corner to corner but Kenny goes up and over to sunset flip. Tracy slips out but Kenny ducks the Penalty Kick to get a single leg takedown! Kenny drags Tracy to then hit the Last Chancery! Kenny shouts out the Greatest Manager That Ever Lived but Tracy endures. Tracy throws hands and breaks free! The fans rally up as both men slowly stand. Kenny brings Tracy up but Tracy throws forearms. Kenny stomps Tracy’s foot then sweeps the legs. He kicks Tracy in the ribs then in the back of the head! Cover, TWO!!
Tracy refuses to #BendTheKnee and Kenny grows frustrated. Tracy gets to an apron and counter punches Kenny away. Kenny ducks Tracy to Eddy Gordo kick. Kenny slingshots Tracy in the climbs up top. He leaps but Tracy gets under to knee and reel Kenny in, but Kenny trips Tracy up for a high stack! Kenny’s using ropes on the cover!! TWO and Kenny can’t believe it! Kenny takes a breath and grits his teeth as Tracy glares back at him. Kenny CHOPS Tracy but Tracy glares again. Another CHOP, but Tracy doesn’t back down. Tracy gets to his feet and Kenny CHOPS, but it only fires Tracy up! Tracy throws off his shoulder sling and dares Kenny to give him more! So Kenny CHOPS more! Tracy CHOPS back and often!
Kenny kicks but Tracy blocks to CHOP again. Tracy goes to lift but Kenny fights him off. Kenny kicks then punches, but takes to long rolling the dice. Tracy ducks but gets caught in a fireman’s carry, only to cradle counter! TWO but barely! Tracy blocks the Gordo to give a clothesline! Tracy fisherman busters! Cover, TWO!! Kenny lives and Tracy is beside himself! Tracy gets to his feet as fans rally up. Tracy climbs to the top rope and leaps, but Kenny catches the crossbody to roll through and pop Tracy up, Royal Flush!! Cover, Kenny wins!
Winner: Kenny King, by pinfall
Vegas cheers their K I N G as he overcomes the Hot Sauce. But will they be cheering him on as the next ROH World Champion?
PJ Black speaks.
“Let me start from the beginning.” The Darewolf came in with a chip on his shoulder, thought he knew better and was just plain better. But his loss to Bandido really hurt. PJ’s been doing this for 22 years now, but given how long he’s been doing this, the frustration is building. He’s been trying to take shortcuts to get ahead, but it doesn’t work. ROH is built on honor and respect, of course, but PJ’s been doing the opposite. Now he’s doing some soul searching and rethinking his mindset. He knows he has to do it differently now. LifeBlood sets a great example for him, and he’ll learn to follow the honor in Ring of Honor. PJ knows now he didn’t know better, but will he be able to make it right in tonight’s highly anticipated rematch?
The Crockett Cup cometh.
And in a face-to-face, The Villain, Marty Scurll, told the National Treasure, Nick Aldis that he wants to challenge him for the NWA Worlds Heavyweight Championship! Aldis accepted, and the match is set! Will Aldis keep the 10 Pounds of Gold around his waist? Or will Scurll create a spot of bother as he brings that belt under Ring of Honor?
Reno Scum VS The Bouncers!
Adam Thornstowe and Luster the Legend return to ROH but they might not be here for long. Will Beer City Bruiser and Brian Milonas kick the Scum to the curb?
The Bouncers finish their drinks and then offer the Code of Honor handshakes. Reno Scum accept to keep the Code, and then teams sort out. Milonas starts against Adam as fans chant “OI! OI!” for Reno Scum. Adam kicks and headlocks but Milonas lifts and powers out easily. Milonas runs Adam off and Bruiser gets fans happy for beer! Adam tags out to The Legend and he goes toe to toe with Milonas. Milonas introduces Luster to “Body By Beer”. Luster throws a hand then ducks to throat chop! Milonas gets to a corner and boots Luster away. Milonas scoops and holds Luster up with one hand! He throws Luster down then tags in Bruiser. Luster headbutts Bruiser then runs, but Bruiser follows to crossbody Luster down!
Bruiser throws jabs on Luster and fans chant “BEER! BEER!” with each one. Luster hits back then runs, but Bruiser follows. Adam gets in a cheap shot and Bruiser swipes at him. Luster comes back but Bruiser still gets him with a right. Milonas protests but this keeps the ref from seeing Adam sucker punch Bruiser! Luster drags Bruiser up for knees then throws hands in the corner. Luster rakes Bruiser’s eyes but the ref reprimands him. Tag to Adam and Reno Scum throw Bruiser into buckles. They then double knee and club away on Bruiser from all sides! Reno Scum fires up but fans are divided. Adam drags Bruiser up for more hands then bumps Bruiser off Luster’s head. Adam drags Bruiser up and goes to scoop, but Bruiser is too big!
Fans chant “Reno Sucks!” as Luster tags in. Reno Scum double scoop and slam Bruiser, then Luster uses Adam as the human weapon back senton! Luster himself fires up for the falling headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up with chants of “BEER! BEER!” as Luster drags Bruiser up. Luster double chops and bearhugs Bruiser. Bruiser endures the squeeze and fights out with elbows. Luster powers Bruiser back to the corner and Adam tags in. Luster whips Adam in but Bruiser elbows him away. Bruiser dodges Luster and hurries for his corner! Fans rally as he crawls, but Adam grabs Bruiser’s foot. Bruiser still gets loose and tags in Milonas!
Milonas shoves and clubs Adam down then squashes Luster in the corner! Milonas tackles Adam down and fans fire up. The Mastodon tags in Bruiser and Bruiser clotheslines Luster out. Bruiser brings Adam up and over, for the Last Call leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Beer City Bruiser pinning
The literally biggest team on the roster keeps on winning! Will they finally make their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships? Will the Guerrillas of Destiny even bother showing up to the bar?
PJ Black VS Bandido!
The Darewolf has said he’ll change his ways and do this right. Will humbling himself and playing by the rules help him make up for the loss? Or is the difference in skill just too much?
The Code of Honor is upheld and a bow is added and fans cheer. The bell rings and the two tie right up. Black waistlocks but Bandido reverses to a hammerlock but Black reverses right back to a snapmare. Black loops around for La Majistrol, ONE! Bandido facelocks but Black reverses to a wristlock. Bandido rolls and trips Black to get a toehold. Black works to pry free but Bandido drops to a cover, ONE! Black gets Bandido in a ghost pin, TWO! The two stand off and fans cheer. Black and Bandido circle again and tie up. Black spins to a keylock but Bandido bridges back. Bandido pulls himself to a headstand, then trips Black up. Bandido wants the leg again but Black headscissors. Black rushes and gets a wristlock but Bandido reverses. Black rolls and cartwheels to reverse back to a wristlock.
Fans cheer this exchange but it’s still going as Bandido handsprings to break free. Bandido aims his finger gun but Black wants him to calm down. Bandido says BANG but Black “catches the bullet”! Black draws his bow but Bandido “dodges the arrow”! Black headlocks Bandido but Bandido powers out, only for Black to run him over. Bandido knips right up but Black kicks low. Black headlocks but Bandido powers out. Black handsprings and arm-drags but Bandido arm-drags back. Bandido shows off his agility and core strength as he goes Matrix to then spring back up. Black runs at Bandido and handsprings through the hip toss to sweep the legs. Cover, ONE, and Bandido sweeps. Cover, ONE and Black deflects the dropkick.
Bandido dodges the back senton and aims his finger gun. Black gets up but gets the dropkick! Black bails out but fans fire up as Bandido builds speed. Bandido slides but Black dodges to slingshot. Bandido gets in under him but Black counter punches. Black springboards but Bandido dropkicks him down! Bandido builds speed again but Black returns to elbow him. Black wrenches and reels Bandido in for Bad Habits! It leads right to a ghost pin, TWO!! Bandido survives and bails out of the ring while we go to break.
ROH returns again as Black wrecks Bandido with a dropkick. Black skins the cat then slingshots for a plancha! Fans cheer and the Darewolf soaks it up. Black goes to the ring and to the top rope. Bandido hurries up and around the way, daring Black to come after him. Black hops down and builds speed, but he DIVES into Bandido’s kick! Bandido soaks up the cheers from the fans now, then drags Black from the ropes for a suplex to the floor! The ring count begins and Black rolls all the way away to barriers. Bandido takes aim from across the way as he climbs up top. Fans rally as Black returns, only to get a SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!
Fans cheer Bandido on as he takes aim again, and runs in from across the way. Bandido cannonballs, but Black dodges to send him into the barriers! Both men are down as the count continues to climb, but both men slowly stand to start throwing hands! Black kicks and throws Bandido in at 14/20, but then runs into a right hand. He keeps returning the haymakers but Bandido keeps giving them. Black back kicks then front kicks then roundhouses! His jumping back kick takes Bandido down! Black hurries up top but Bandido stops him with an enziguri! Bandido climbs up now and we get flashbacks of their first match. Black knows that, too, and shoves Bandido down.
Bandido lands on the apron and springboards back up to SUPER STEINER, but Black rolls through! Black gives Bandido a STYLES CLASH! Cover, TWO!! Bandido survives and shocks the Darewolf! Black stomps Bandido out of frustration. Black drags Bandido up to whip but Bandido reverses. Bandido roundhouses but Black ducks to pump handle and scoop him up, for the Wellness Policy pop-up cutter! Cover, TWO!! Black is furious that Bandido survives again! Fans rally up as Black is careful of the mask. Black drags Bandido up for forearms but Bandido gives them back. They brawl, Black blocks a boot but gets elbows instead. Bandido rolls with Black and ties Black in a knot for a lift, modified cradle brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Black survives and now Bandido can’t believe it! Not only that, but we go to one last break!
ROH returns once more and Bandido climbs up again. Black stops him with a right then climbs up to join him. Black wants a superplex but Bandido holds on. Bandido fights back and pushes Black back down. Black returns fast to SUPER STEINER Bandido! Then he springboards to quebrada! Cover, TWO! Black still can’t believe he can’t put Bandido away. Black drags Bandido up again and throws forearms. He runs but Bandido follows to knee him against the ropes! Bandido runs but Black follows to roaring elbow! Black runs again but Bandido gets the SPANISH FLY! Cover, TWO!! Black lives, and suddenly catches Bandido for a crucifix pin! TWO, but Black gives Bandido a swift school boy kick! Fans rally up as both men slowly stir.
Black gets himself to a corner and drags himself up. Bandido sits up and fans are loving this. Bandido runs in at Black but gets a BOOT! Black skins the cat to the top rope an dleaps, DOUBLE STOMPS! High stack cover, TWO!! Black is beside himself as Bandido survives again. Black waits for Bandido as fans duel. Bandido gets up and Black runs in at him, but Bandido puts him up top. Black kicks Bandido but Bandido enziguris Black! Bandido climbs as Black still perches up top. Bandido has Black for a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO?! Black survives the C4?! Bandido keeps going and hops up, to MOONSAULT, into boots!
Black gets up, for the WOLFSAULT! Bandido dodges but Black rolls through, to run in, for Bandido to scoop him into the torture rack! Bandido pops Black up for the knee! Black staggers to ropes and Bandido loads up, 21 Plex!! Bridging cover, Bandido wins!!
Winner: Bandido, by pinfall
An instant classic for the main event goes the way of LifeBlood’s lucha bandit! Will Bandido find himself competing for gold on behalf of the stable?
But Bandido and Vegas give respect to Black. The Code of Honor is still upheld with a handshake, and “Both These Guys!” even bow. Will Black’s new attitude stick around and help him find his place in ROH?
Something went down backstage!
There’s all sorts of things thrown around the hall, but lying in the wreckage of a wooden table, that’s Tenille Dashwood! Who attacked Dashwood this time?! Bully Ray?! “What is it about bad things always seem to happen to good people?” Six months, Dashwood wanted to know who attacked her before. Does she know who he is? Bully Ray tells Tenille he’ll tell LifeBlood she said good-bye. Is this really the curtain call for Tenille in ROH?!
What an incredible episode! We got right to action with King VS Williams, that was a great opener. King still tried to cheat but thankfully it didn’t work, because it was getting old. King still wins since G1 Supercard has set him up as a future challenger. I assume King will have to wait until a Face takes the title off Taven because I don’t see Heel VS Heel happening, or working that well between Taven and King. Aldis VS Scurll for the NWA World Heavyweight Championship is coming at the Crockett Cup, and I can’t be sure Scurll wins that. I’m still expecting for Scurll and Villain Enterprises to battle Taven and The Kingdom more over the ROH World Six Man Tag titles.
The Bouncers VS Reno Scum was a good match, but naturally the bigger team wins. And as I posed earlier, it’d be pretty fitting of GoD’s characters after G1 Supercard to dump those ROH titles for another team to pick them up. The Bouncers are still a top choice for those titles either way, but expect The Briscoes to come back for them, whether or not Jay & Mark win the Crockett Cup. Black VS Bandido II was truly incredible, almost too good for free television. This should’ve been for a title opportunity, though it might still do that, unofficially. A little surprised that Bandido wins but he’s more involved with ROH than Black at this point, so it makes sense. Bandido challenging for the ROH World TV Championship would be great, though I can’t be sure he’d be able to take it from Jeff Cobb.
And then perhaps the biggest story development in a long time, we finally learn who attacked Tenille Dashwood months ago, after she gets attacked again! Bully Ray getting some real good heat attacking a woman wrestler outta nowhere, though we obviously don’t see it because seeing it would be too much for TV. Tenille is of course done with ROH, and was back in March. Finally a month later, we see her last appearance on ROH TV. If she’d renewed with ROH, I would’ve expected this to turn into a one-time-only co-ed match where Tenille gets revenge on Bully, but guess not. Perhaps this leads to a bigger Bully VS Juice match so Juice can get revenge on her behalf, while putting LifeBlood over Bully’s crew of bullies.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE Worlds Collide Results & Report! (4/24/19)
Worlds Collide with the WWE Women’s Division!
WWE Worlds Collide continues with the Women’s Division! The NXT UK Women’s Championship is on the line in a Triple Threat! Will it still be #ToniTime after?
- Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray; LeRae wins.
- Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega; Niven wins.
- Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville; Deville wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross; Storm wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
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NXT’s Mia Yim joins commentary!
The Head Baddie in Charge joins Vic Joseph and Aiden English in covering all the action!
Candice LeRae VS Kay Lee Ray!
Mrs. Wrestling represents NXT while KLR represents the NXT UK! Will the WWE Universe see LeRae or Lee Ray take the victory in NYC?
The bell rings and KLR circles with Candice while fans duel. The two tie up and KLR gets a wristlock. KLR shoulder breaks then yanks Candice, but Candice rolls to reverse the wrench. KLR spins to reverse it back to a hammerlock. Candice brings KLR down and reverses back! Fans cheer this technical exchange but KLR stomps Candice’s foot. KLR wrenches, shoulder breaks then yanks again. She reels Candice in for a headlock but Candice pries free. Candice gets the headlock and takeover, but KLR headscissors back. Fans rally and Candice pops out to a jackknife cover. TWO as KLR bridges but they both spin around. KLR wants a backslide or even Gory Bomb, but Candice sunset flips! TWO, and Candice Crucifix Drivers! Cover, TWO!
KLR boots Candice and grits her teeth as she CHOPS Candice hard! The snarky Scottish lass mocks the fans that cheer for Candice. KLR snapmares and rolls with Candice to kick her down, then covers, TWO! Candice gets to a corner but KLR goes after her with a suplex, for a gourd buster! Cover, TWO! KLR keeps on Candice with a seated stretch. KLR digs her knuckles into those ribs but Candice endures. Fans rally up again and Candice gets up, only to get a knee to the stomach. KLR whips but Candice dodges and tilt-o-whirls into the Octopus Stretch! Fans cheer Candice and want KLR to tap. Candice drives knees into KLR’s head but KLR stumbles to a ropebreak!
Candice lets go but keeps on KLR with a whip. KLR reverses and table tops Candice down to then drag her out. KLR spins Candice into the forearm shot! Then she drags Candice all the way out to whip, but Candice reverses and sends KLR into a post! Candice gets into the ring while KLR staggers about. Fans fire up with Candice as she builds speed, and DIVES! Direct hit sends KLR into barriers, but fans encourage Candice to keep going. Candice obliges and DIVES again! She’s 2 for 2, she wants the hat trick! Candice DIVES and gets it! She puts KLR in then climbs up high to leap for double stomps! Cover, TWO!! KLR lives but Candice won’t let up.
Candice drags KLR into position and LIONSAULTS! But she flops as KLR dodges! KLR SUPERKICKS! KLR runs but into Candice’s forearm. Candice runs but KLR reels her in for a forearm to the back. KLR reels Candice in but Candice slips out of the Gory Bomb to enziguri! Both women are down but New York fires up! The ref starts a standing count and both women slowly stand. They get up at 9.5, and start throwing hands! Candice dodges to rally with forearms and elbows! KLR ends up in a corner and Candice runs in for a back elbow! Candice climbs but KLR kicks her back! KLR climbs to join Candice but Candice resists.
Candice clubs KLR back, then sunset flips, but KLR holds on! Candice dodges the punch to hit a SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! KLR surivives and fans are loving this great bit of “Women’s Wrestling!” Candice springboards but KLR trips her up, to SUPERKICK her in the back! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives and KLR is growing frustrated. KLR drags Candice back up as fans rally up. KLR fireman’s carry and pops up, but Candice hits a REVERSE-RANA! Neckbreaker and LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
LeRae proves she can get it done against Lee Ray and at Wrestlemania Axxess! Will Mrs. Wrestling use this momentum to head for the NXT Women’s Championship?
Piper Niven VS Zelina Vega!
The Scottish Viper represents NXT UK while La Muneca represents both SmackDown and the WWE main roster! But who will represent with a victory?
The bell rings and Piper stands face to face with Zelina. And it’s clear who has the height advantage. But Zelina has a bigger attitude as she pushes Piper. Piper shoves back and knocks Zelina off her feet! Zelina seems to grin as she starts throwing forearms. Zelina runs, but Piper catches her and scoops. But Zelina slips out to kick away. That only angers Piper! Zelina baits her into a corner to drop toehold her into buckles! Zelina kicks Piper then chokes her on the ropes. The ref counts and Zelina backs off at 4 to soak up the heat. Zelina runs back in to Tiger Feint into a draping crossface! She lets go at 4 to then bulldog Piper down! Cover, TWO!
Zelina tells Piper she’s nothing, but then Piper grabs Zelina to throw her into buckles! Piper runs in but Zelina dodges. Zelina runs back in but is put on the apron. Zelina manages to forearm Piper away, then slip around to a waistlock. Piper elbows out but Zelina dodges to tilt-o-whirl DDT! Cover, TWO! Zelina is shocked and furious but she goes after Piper with a dragon sleeper. Piper endures as Zelina has a behind-the-back grip. Zelina shows she’s smart but Piper shows she’s tough as she continues to endure. Zelina shifts to a normal sleeper but Piper makes her a backpack. Piper bumps Zelina against buckles then throws her off.
Zelina runs away but Piper rallies with double ax handles. Piper scoops Zelina to slam her down! Then she drops the big senton! And the basement crossbody! But Piper’s still not done with Zelina as she drags Zelina to a drop zone. Piper climbs up and fans fire up, but Zelina avoids the Vader Bomb to hit a code breaker! Zelina borrows from El Idolo for Cien Knees! But Piper is dead weight! Zelina has to drag her out, TWO!! Piper survives and Zelina is furious! Zelina climbs up high, moonsault, but she flops! Piper scoops for the Michinoku Driver! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
The Scottish Viper strikes and is victorious! Will this help Piper climb the NXT UK ranks to challenge the champion? But with that title on the line later on, who will that NXT UK Women’s Champion even be?
Io Shirai VS Sonya Deville!
The Genius of the Sky represents NXT while Fire & Desire’s Gladiator Gal represents SmackDown and the WWE main roster! Shirai wants after Shayna and the NXT Women’s Championship while Sonya wants after the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships. Who will use this win to take a step closer to gold?
The bell rings and fans rally up already. The two tie up and Sonya powers Shirai to ropes. Sonya grinds her forearm on Shirai’s face then pushes her around. Shirai comes back and fans are strongly on her side. Sonya rushes in to waistlock but Shirai drop toeholds Sonya down. Shirai gets up and shrugs at Sonya. Sonya gets up with a scowl and gives Shirai a swift kick on the leg. Shirai throws forearms but Sonya throws fast hands! Sonya whips but Shirai ducks and handsprings! Sonya gets clear of that but not the dropkick! Fans fire up with Shirai as she blocks Sonya’s punch to double CHOP! Shirai CHOPS Sonya to a corner then whips her corner to corner. Sonya reverses but Shirai hops up fast. Shirai boots but Sonya blocks to yank Shirai down! Cover, TWO!
Shirai scrambles to a corner but Sonya puts her hair up, time to square up! Sonya kicks away on Shirai then clubs her down. Cover, TWO! Sonya grows frustrated while fans rally up. Sonya reels Shirai into a body scissors and pulls Shirai’s hair. The ref counts and Sonya lets the hair go but goes for a chinlock. Sonya slaps and clubs away on Shirai then turns to lean more weight on her. Shirai sits up but Sonya grabs the arm for a keylock. Shirai pries her arm free but Sonya puts another chinlock on. Fans rally and Shirai manages to make it a cover. ONE and Sonya lets Shirai go, to then roundhouse Shirai down! Sonya stands on Shirai for a cocky cover, TWO! Sonya puts Shirai on the ropes to grind the ribs but she throws Shirai back down at the ref’s count.
Fans sing for Shirai but Sonya mocks them before putting Shirai in the body scissors again. Shirai endures but Sonya pulls her hair again. Sonya lets go to then SLAP Shirai on the back. Sonya squeezes tighter but Shirari gets a ropebreak. The ref counts and Sonya lets go at 4, but then drags her over to drop an elbow, and then another. Cover, TWO! Shirai crawls but Sonya brings her up. Shirai throws hands but Sonya throws kicks and knees. Sonya drags Shirai up and snapmares her hard, to then hit the sliding wizard! Cover, TWO! Shirai survives and Sonya grows frustrated. Fans rally and duel as Shirai kicks Sonya away. Sonya hammers away then drags Shirai up. Sonya wraps Shirai in a chinlock but Shirai endures.
Fans rally up and Shirai fights. Sonya becomes a backpack with that sleeper, but Shirai powers up to back Sonya into buckles. Shirai breaks free after a few more, then ducks the running enziguri! Shirai roars and rallies and Sonya flounders. Sonya ends up on the ropes, Tiger Feint! Shirai climbs and leaps, missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Sonya survives and Shirai grows frustrated. Shirai CHOPS Sonya on the leg then drags her up in a waistlock. Sonya resists and elbows out. Sonya kicks but Shirai dodges, only to get an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Sonya drags Shirai up and fires off more kicks and knees. Shirai goes Matrix to school girl, TWO, but she hits Sonya with a SHOTEI!
Shirai uses a spinebuster into the drop zone, and then climbs up top. ASAI MOONSAULT, but Sonya gets clear! Shirai rolls through but Sonya SPEARS!! Sonya high stacks, Sonya wins!!
Winner: Sonya Deville, by pinfall
The Jersey Devil defeats the Genius of the Sky! Maybe it’s an upset, maybe it’s the different between main roster and NXT or maybe it’s the difference of MMA and pro-wrestling. But whatever it was, Sonya still won. Will this lead Sonya to a title match on SmackDown? Can Shirai rebound and prove she’s worthy of a title match in her own right?
NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Toni Storm VS Bianca Belair VS Nikki Cross!
The Lightning from Down Under obviously represents NXT UK as she holds the gold. But she’s going up against both NXT’s EST and WWE SmackDown’s Loony Lass. Will it still be #ToniTime after Worlds Collide? Or will someone else take the title with them to their brand?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this crazy crossover main event!
Nikki chooses to go after Bianca and Toni by herself! She dropkicks Bianca then headbutts Toni. Nikki whips Toni but Toni reverses and sends Nikki at Bianca. Bianca catches Nikki and throws her with a Fall Away Slam! Bianca and Toni are now alone and the fans really like this match-up. Toni offers a handshake and Bianca says “kiss this.” Toni laughs it off and they tie up. Bianca gets the wristlock but Toni spins and bends and handsprings to slap and kick Bianca. Toni runs and sees Bianca drop down, so she redirects herself to dropkick Bianca down! Cover, but Nikki runs in so Toni bails to get clear. Nikki shoves Toni while Bianca rolls out of the ring.
Nikki double chops Toni then runs back in. Toni puts Nikki on the apron. Nikki shoulders and kicks her way back in, but Bianca yanks her down hard. Nikki goes after Bianca for that and trips HER up! Then she traps Bianca in the apron to club away! Finlay would be proud. Toni runs in but Nikki intercepts with a haymaker. Now Nikki has two for one as she puts Toni in the apron! Nikki clubs away then fires up. Toni and Bianca flop out of the skirt and Nikki puts them both back in! Nikki climbs and leaps! Bianca gets clear but the crossbody cover on Toni! BIanca breaks it just in time! She chicken wings Nikki to slam her onto Toni! But wait that’s a cover! Bianca shoves Nikki off Toni in time to then cover Toni herself. TWO, but Bianca keeps her cool.
Nikki rolls out while fans rally for Toni. Bianca clubs Toni and puts her in a corner for a mudhole stomp. Bianca reels Toni out for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Toni survives but Bianca keeps cool. Bianca sits Toni up and slaps her around. She dares Toni to fight so Toni fights. Bianca clubs Toni but Nikki returns to hop on! Nikki has a sleeper but Bianca drops back for a backpack senton! All three women are down but the fans rally up. Bianca and Nikki get to opposite corners, so Toni starts a hip attack train! Toni goes back and forth again and again for four! Toni underhooks Nikki but Nikki reverses. Bianca runs and double SPEARS! The three women are down again and fans rally back up.
Bianca covers Nikki, TWO! Bianca covers Toni, TWO! She goes back to Nikki and drags her up. She torture racks, KoD! Cover, but Toni breaks it! Toni and Bianca go after each other as fans duel. They throw forearms back and forth but Toni gets the edge. Bianca comes back for more then shoves to ROCK Toni! Toni staggers to a corner and Bianca runs in, but Toni sends her into the post! Toni rolls Bianca, TWO! HEADBUTT! Nikki cradles Toni, TWO!! Nikki almost caught Toni! Toni scoops but Nikki slips out for an inverted DDT, TWO!! Nikki grows frustrated as she’s so close yet so far from the title. She fires up and climbs up top, but Bianca goes up. Nikki kicks Bianca all the way down, then leaps at Toni! Toni gets clear and Nikki flops! Toni drags Nikki up, double underhooks, Storm Zero! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
That match was as quick as lightning, but it is the Lightning from Down Under that strikes! Toni Time continues, but who will be next to challenge her for that title?
A good third part to the Worlds Collide event, but boy, it sure ended up being more like NXT, NXT UK & SmackDown collides. The Shake-Up would have put Zelina on Raw but things changed and she’s back on SmackDown. Of course, she was on SmackDown before so it was going to be that way anyway. Zelina did well against Piper, and while I didn’t want to make it about size, it came down to size. But at the same time, Piper wins to keep herself strong in the NXT UK Division, since Zelina isn’t really doing much on the main roster. Candice VS KLR was great, especially as an opener. Both women are potential contenders on their brands, so it was good for Candice to get this win here just so the fans can see she’s still good enough.
Shirai VS Sonya was great, but I was very surprised to see Sonya won! I can’t be sure why, though Worlds Collide doesn’t really impact much. I suppose Sonya can’t keep losing or else she won’t seem strong enough for SmackDown. Mia Yim establishes on commentary that she strongly dislikes MMA-turned-wrestler types like Sonya, which of course includes Shayna, Jessamyn and Marina of the MMA Horsewomen, so that’s good character development for her. And then the Triple Threat main event was short but fast and really good. But given it was short and this is Worlds Collide where Toni was against two superstars from other brands, naturally Toni would retain the NXT UK Women’s Championship to bring it back to NXT UK.
My Score: 8/10
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