Roman Reigns returns to Raw! What will his medical update say about his battle with leukemia? Plus, we celebrate Ric Flair’s 70th Birthday!
- The Revival VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; Black & Ricochet win.
- Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS The Riott Squad; Rousey & Natalya win, by disqualification.
- Open Challenge: Jinder Mahal w/ the Singh Brothers VS ???; Kurt Angle wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Lio Rush; Finn wins and retains the WWE Intercontinental Championship.
- Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley; No Contest.
- No Disqualifications: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina; Bayley wins.
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October 22, 2018 – Roman Reigns revealed his real fight.
The Big Dog wanted to be a workhorse, but he couldn’t. “The reality is, my real name is Joe, and I’ve been living with Leukemia for 11 years.” And it returned. Roman could not fulfill his role as fighting champion, and would relinquish the WWE Universal Championship. But by no means is Roman retired. He has faith that he’ll whoop Leukemia again and will return home to the WWE.
Tonight, February 25, 2019 – Roman Reigns returns to Raw!
The Big Dog heads down the ramp as Atlanta gives him a standing ovation. Roman high-fives and shakes hands with all the fans in the front row, as well as giving hugs to his family. He takes a moment to soak it all in before entering the ring. Atlanta continues to give him the ovation as well as chant “Welcome Back!” Roman picks up a mic and knows he’ll say this a lot, but starts with “Thank you.” Atlanta says “You are Welcome!” Roman admits, he misses them. Seriously, there is no other job like pro-wrestling. There is no other fanbase like the WWE Universe. Fans let him know “This is Your Yard!” Roman admits he’s adlibbing, but this isn’t his Yard, this is “Our Yard”.
Roman’s a man of faith, has always believed in God and the blessings He gave, but that night in October, Roman was scared. He wasn’t sure about sharing that secret. Mostly because he wasn’t sure how fans would react. When he arrived home, the outreach in texts, calls, Tweets, Instagram and Facebook, “If there was a way to get to me, y’all figured out how to do it.” The amount of thoughts and prayers sent his way was completely overwhelming and appreciated. Not just WWE fans but everyone. Anyone and everyone who knew him was surrounding him with love and support. So many people prayed for Roman, God’s voicemail was full. God must’ve wondered what was going on just for one man. But that was how strong it was to feel the love and grace of other people. The strength they gave him made Roman feel he could do anything.
Fans take a moment to chant “Thank You, Roman!” before Roman continues. That overwhelming support gave him “new life” and a new purpose. In the WWE, a lot of purpose is to win and climb the mountain. But now, Roman only wants to make his return. And if he does, he’ll use this WWE global platform to raise awareness and support others in need. Fans cheer on that new mission.
Roman knows this was advertised as an update, so now it’s time for that update. When Roman made his announcement in October, he vowed to swing for the fences. “We did better than that, y’all.” They not only swung for the fences, they hit that home run. Roman is again so grateful and humbled, to announce that- “Wrestlemania!” No, no, let’s walk before we can run. But the good news is that he is in remission! Atlanta loves to hear that! And with that said, The Big Dog IS back! Fans bark for the Big Dog, and then chant “Welcome back!” Before Roman takes his leave, he wants to say it again. “Thank you so much, y’all.” Roman loves the fans and the fans love him. When and where will Roman return to full action?
Seth Rollins heads to the ring!
The Architect times it right and meets Roman at the top of the ramp. The Shield brothers embrace after hearing the amazing news.
The Revival VS Aleister Black & Ricochet
Dash Wilder & Scott Dawson are the NEW Raw Tag Team Champions, but they already lost to the NXT Champion and North American Champion last week. This week, they face the Embodiment of the End and the King of Flight. Will the #TopGuys be able to break even against the new guys?
But before the bell, The Revival attacks! They send Ricochet tumbling out and club away on Aleister! Fans boo as the Revival double hip. Aleister slips through and Ricochet returns with a crossbody! Jumping neckbreaker for Dawsno and a handspring headscissor and dropkick for Dash! Aleister fakes them both out, but Ricochet DIVES! Ricochet takes out Dash, Aleister FLIES onto Dawson! The chaos calms while we go to break!
Raw returns and teams have sorted out. Dash has Ricochet in a keylock but Ricochet reaches for Aleister. Ricochet fights back with forearms but Dash suplexes. Ricochet lands on his feet and leaps over Dash, tag to Aleister! Aleister rallies on Dash and then sweeps the legs to drive in the knee! He roundhouses Dawson, then springboard quebradas Dash! Cover, TWO! Aleister keeps on Dash while the GLORIOUS Duo watch backstage. Bobby Roode and Chad Gable like what they see as Aleister hauls Dash up. Dawson saves Dash from the German Suplex and tags in. Dawson climbs while Dash swings on Aleister. Aleister dodges and hits Dawson but Dash hits Aleister. Aliester knees out of the suplex but Dawson leaps for a sunset flip! High stack cover, TWO!
Aleister fires off counter punches on Dawson, but gets caught in a DDT! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Dawson tries again, TWO! The Revival are frustrated but Dawson drags Aleister up for an electric chair. Dash climbs up but RIcochet shoves him down! Aleister slips away, Ricochet moonsaults onto Dash! Aleister rolls Dawson but Dawsno sits on it! TWO! BLACK MASS!! Cover, Aleister and Ricochet win!
Winners: Aleister Black & Ricochet, Black pinning
A big win for the Dark and the Flight! Will there be a tag title opportunity waiting for them when they make the full-time jump?
Backstage interview with Baron Corbin.
The former GM made light of things like Roman Reigns’ fight with leukemia, and even hoped Roman would never return. Is there any concern now that he’s returning? Why is everyone living in the past? Corbin gets it, they’re desperate for a story. But he never said those things. They have footage of it, though. Okay, okay, it was all out of context given the stress of being in charge and in the ring. No one can understand what he was going through. Running Raw was more difficult than dealing with a disease? Corbin says that for Roman’s sake, they better not cross paths.
Shawn Michaels is spotted on the Raw Red Carpet.
HBK spots Johnny Gargano and they talk while being interviewed. What part will the Hall of Famer play in Ric Flair’s birthday party?
Ladies and Gentlemen: Elias.
The Drifter is in Atlanta, but he’s immediately interrupted by Lacey Evans! The Model Soldier walks and waves and then leaves without a word. But she’s not the only one to interrupt Elias, Dean Ambrose appears! The Lunatic Fringe sees all this celebrating and he’s in a festive mood. He’s nostalgic, if you know what he means. There’s positivity flowing through him and he feels dangerous. Ambrose issues an open challenge for a rematch with Drew McIntyre. But he wants everyone to hear this part: NO DISQUALIFICATIONS!
Elias ignores Ambrose’s wishes but Ambrose interrupts again. Trying to play him off like this is the Academy Awards? No, because if it was, Elias would have a second standing ovation. What Ambrose did was interrupt his song about loving Atlanta. Atlanta is so fascinating. It is fully capable of hosting a Super Bowl. Winning it is a different story. Ambrose is actually a big fan, and he has a request. Does Elias any Temple of the Dog? Yes. Nightranger? Yes. Yankee Doodle? Of course. Thunderstruck? Yes. How about… Dirty Deeds? Just saying. Elias could play anything, but he swings at Ambrose! Only to GET Dirty Deeds! Ambrose heads out despite fans, and Renee, wanting an encore. Will Ambrose get his request of a No DQ redo with the Scottish Terminator?
Elias sits up, but he still gets interrupted by the Riott Squad! Ruby, Liv and Sarah want to settle the score with the Baddest Woman on the Planet, after the break!
Ronda Rousey & Natalya VS The Riott Squad!
The Rowdy Raw Women’s Champion has run through the entire Squad on her own, but she teams with good friend in the Queen of Harts to take them all at once. Will Ronda roll right down the Road to Wrestlemania? Or will Ruby, Liv & Sarah prove to be a riotous roadblock?
The teams sort out and Sarah starts against Natty. The Kentucky Viking spinebusters Natty down fast! She fires hands off on Natty against ropes! She clubs Natty down then taunts Ronda. Sarah kicks Natty to the corner and tags in Ruby. Ruby snapmares Natty to kick her in the back. Cover, TWO! Natty powers Ruby to the corner and tags in Ronda! Ronda and Natty work together to double suplex Ruby down! Liv barks from the apron to distract Ronda, Ruby STO’s Ronda down! Ruby brings Ronda over to stomp a mudhole into Ronda, then tags Sarah. Sarah keeps up those stomps and throws right hands. Sarah tags back to Ruby and they both stomp Ronda down.
Ruby drags Ronda out but Ronda reaches for Natty. Ronda fights back buy Ruby whips her to the corner. Ronda hits Sarah then Ruby, then tags Natty! Natty rallies on Ruby but Ruby reverses the whip. Natty dodges in the corner to rebound sit-down Ruby! She hits Sarah down, then walks all over Ruby. Liv trips Natty and brags about it, but Ronda comes around the side. Liv turns around, into a Rowdy Hart Attack! Natty throws Ruby back in but Sarah shotgun knees Natty down! The Squad brings the riot while we go to break.
Raw returns and The Squad isolates Natty. Sarah uses Ruby for a human weapon, leg drop! Cover, TWO! Ruby keeps on Natty with a chinlock but fans rally up. Natty endures but Ruby keeps on the grind. Fans chant and Natty powers up to fight out. Ruby grabs hair to throw Natty down! High stack cover, TWO! Ruby argues but the ref tells her it was a two. Ruby intercepts Natty and powers her to the Squad’s corner. Tag to Sarah, and Ruby whips her in for a big corner splash. Sarah eggs Natty on but Natty fights out of the corner! Natty scrambles for Ronda but Sarah catches her! Sarah drags and drops a senton on Natty! Sarah howls but fans boo and jeer. She drags Natty up in an inverted cloverleaf! Natty endures as Sarah pulls and bends her back.
Fans rally up as Natty grits her teeth. Natty powers out of the hold! Sarah swings on Ronda but gets swatted. Natty crawls and tags Ronda! Ronda rallies on Sarah with judo throws! Ronda fires off body shots but Ruby runs in! Ruby ends up stacked on top and gets body shots for herself! Ronda throws Sarah again, then knocks Liv off the apron! Huge shining wizard! Cover, but Ruby breaks it! Ruby throws Natty out but Natty drags her out with her. Discus clothesline takes Ruby out! Ronda drags Sarah up into the fireman’s carry, for Piper’s Pit! Cover, but Becky Lynch appears!? The Man again violates suspension and DECKS Natty!
Winners: Natalya & Ronda Rousey, by disqualification
Becky doesn’t care about anything but going after Ronda! So Ronda goes after her! Security does their best but its’ a fight with those crutches! Fans are thunderous as security reinforcements arrive! They barely pull Ronda and Becky apart, but Ronda fights them off! Becky almost gets loose but Ronda gets at her first! More serious authorities arrive and Atlanta police have to haul Becky away! Ronda wants to rip into Becky but the referees, security and police keep between them. Becky is cuffed and booked! Will Becky be forced to watch the rest of Raw behind bars?
Raw returns as Ronda helps Natalya to the back.
The Queen of Harts got the sucker punch from Becky but she’s up and walking again. As for Ronda, she storms to the ring and goes to the ring. “It’s time to end this!” She demands Vince McMahon to show himself! Ronda paces, but gets Stephanie McMahon instead. Stephanie wants Ronda to remain calm. Ronda gets to the point: reinstate Becky, add her to Wrestlemania! Stephanie knows Ronda is upset, and we all saw why. But reinstating Becky is the least of our problems. Becky has been arrested. Then take care of that, too! Drop the charges, reinstate Becky, tell “daddy” all of this. Just do it!
But it’s not that easy. Stephanie reminds Ronda that her opponent is Charlotte Flair. It’s not what anyone wanted and it didn’t go the way anyone wanted, but Becky is a loose cannon! Becky did this to Becky. So instead of the Road to Wrestlemania, Becky’s on the road to jail. But isn’t this about what’s best for business? Ronda wants it, fans want it, it’s what that “ginger douche” wants! The first-ever Women’s Main Event at Mania! Think about what this would mean to Stephanie’s legacy. Think about what it would mean to Stephanie’s daughters. Fans chant “Triple Threat!” but Stephanie says no. Ronda says no to Stephanie, and demands Becky be brought back NOW! Stephanie doesn’t want Ronda to talk like that to her. Vince was right, Ronda’s no better than Becky with a bad attitude. Nobody is bigger than the WWE!
Ronda says no one controls her. She’s bled enough to be set for life. She is not a worker bee, she is RONDA ROUSEY! Ronda carries the title as long as it carries the best of the best. But it means nothing now! It’s just a gaudy accessory. Ronda will not stand here endorsing the violation of this title! Vince says he’s able to make the tough decisions, but it’s time to make the right decision. Ronda puts the belt down, and leaves the ring. Stephanie sees Ronda’s Rowdy Ultimatum, but what is her response?
Triple H finds Stephanie backstage.
They talk about Ronda’s sudden actions. Will they be able to convince Vince to do as Ronda asked?
Jinder Mahal and the Singh Brothers are in the ring.
Fans boo The Modern Day Maharaja as he says that “All of this talk about Ric Flair’s birthday. What has Ric Flair ever done?” Does Mahal not know his wrestling history? But it’s really that he’s upset that he wasn’t invited to the part. No party is complete without the Maharaja and the Bollywood Boys! Mahal issues an open challenge to those on the guest list! As far as Mahal is concerned, the party’s over!
Open Challenge: Jinder Mahal w/ the Singh Brothers VS ???
The man to answer the challenge: KURT ANGLE! The Olympic Gold Medalist is naturally on the guest list, but will Mahal ruin the fun for him already?
The bell rings and the Singh Brothers distract Angle. Mahal boots Angle down! Cover, TWO! Mahal keeps on Angle with elbows to the head and knees to the back. Mahal stomps Angle down then throws haymakers to put Angle in a corner. Fans rally for Angle while Mahal says Shanti. Mahal snapmares Angle to a chinlock, but Angle endures. Fans rally up and Angle feeds off the energy. Angle fights out but Mahal wrangles him back down! Cover, TWO! Mahal drives in more elbows and puts on a half nelson with chinbar. Angle endures again, and fans rally up again. Mahal puts his weight on Angle but Angle powers his way back up. Mahal throws hands but Angle counter punches! Angle gets a BIG German Suplex!
Fans fire up as Angle and Mahal are slow to standing. Angle is up first and stalks Mahal. Mahal stands, and gets another German! And then another! And the hat trick! Angle fires up and blasts the Singhs down! Mahal grabs Angle but Angle arm-drags and drop toeholds, to the Ankle Lock! Mahal taps, Angle wins!
Winner: Kurt Angle, by submission
The Singh Brothers run in but they get German Suplexes, too! The Olympic Gold Medalist still has what it takes! Will Angle make a big move on this Road to Wrestlemania?
It’s time for another Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess is on stage as Raw returns. Before getting started, Alexa just wants to say, “Bye, Ronda.” Don’t let the red carpet smack you on the butt on your way out. As a three-time Raw Women’s Champion, she would never have insulted the title the way Ronda did. But if the McMahons want someone to take Ronda’s place, they know where to find Alexa.
As for tonight’s episode, it will be Extraordinary, for her guest is the NEW Intercontinental Champion, Finn Balor! Finn walks out with jacket and belt as fans give him a great ovation. Alexa welcomes him to the show and he’s happy to be here. At Elimination Chamber, Finn beat both Lio Rush and Bobby Lashley to win the title. Finn must be on top of the world. But one downside is that the title covers up those great abs. Let those bad boys breath. Is Bliss trying to make him blush? Alexa makes him a deal: show off the abs, and she’ll- Here comes Lio Rush!
The Man of the Hour stares Finn down as he says “This whole talk show is a sham.” Finn doesn’t deserve that title. Bobby Lashley deserves to be champion. Finn says if Lashley wants to challenge him, then just come find him. Lashley is preparing for Braun Strowman, so for now, Finn answers to Lio. Lio won’t stop until Lashley gets that belt back. Even if it means taking it himself. Wait is Lio challenging Finn for the title? So that Lio can prove he’s better? N-no! That’s not what this is. But that’s what it sounds like. Finn isn’t sure what anyone else will say, but he believes Lio is deserving of opportunity. Finn accepts the challenge! It makes perfect sense, really. Finn pinned Lio, Lio should get the rematch.
Lio won’t let Finn stir the pot but too late. Finn asks Atlanta if they want to see Finn VS Lio, for the title, tonight? “Yes! Yes!” Alexa asks if Lio isn’t man enough to do the job himself. Lio accepts Finn’s offer! Those tighty-whities don’t make you tough! Lio wants time to prepare, but Alexa says that match is now. Fine, just give him a proper entrance. His theme plays, and Lio heads to the ring. Will the 24 Year Old Piece of Gold finally get some gold for himself?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Finn Balor VS Lio Rush!
Raw returns as the belt is raised and the match begins! Lio and Finn circle and tie up. Finn puts Lio in a corner but Lio slips out. The chase is on as Lio redirects himself and tilt-o-whirls Finn! He adds a dropkick and covers, ONE! Lio talks trash but Finn shrugs it off. They circle again and tie up. Finn gets a headlock, and holds on as Lio tries to power out. Finn gets the takeover but Lio gets the headscissors, only for Finn to slip out. They get up, Lio handsprings and mule kicks to enziguri! Dropkick sends Finn out! Lio builds speed but Finn comes in to run him over with an elbow!
Finn stalks Lio to the ropes to stomp away. Lio bails out and Finn backs off, only for Finn to wreck Lio with a dropkick! Finn hurries to the apron, but Lio intercepts the Penalty Kick! Lio springboards to ASAI! Direct hit, but Lio keeps moving. Lio DIVES with a tope! And then AGAIN! Lio puts Finn in fast, then climbs up top. Lio leaps, Final Hour gets knees! Both men are down but Finn catches his breath and stands up. Finn stomps Lio more despite the bad knee. He puts Lio in a corner and CHOPS! Finn whips Lio corner to corner and still CHOPS again. Finn whips again but Lio goes up and over. Slingblade! Finn aims from the other end, runs, but Lio dropkicks the legs out! Finn clutches the leg but Lio is on him with stomps and an elbow drop to the knee.
Lio pulls on the leg but Finn fights back. Lio stands and stomps the leg more. Then he yanks it! Lio keeps on the knee with another toehold but fans rally for Finn. Finn kicks with his free leg, driving the knee into Lio’s back. Finn gets free but Lio is right back on him, only to get an enziguri! Both men are down while Finn clutches his leg and Lio shakes out the stars. Finn catches the kick to CHOP Lio again. Finn throws forearms into the back then drops Lio with an elbow drop DDT! He drags Lio up in a dragon sleeper, but Lio slips out of 1916 to roll Finn up! TWO, but Lio spins for a roundhouse! Cover, TWO!! Finn lives and Lio grows frustrated.
Lio sees Finn is in a drop zone so he climbs up top. Moonsault but Finn dodges! Finn clotheslines Lio off his feet! Finn sees Lio is in the drop zone and he drags himself to the corner. He climbs up now, but Lio springs up! Lio trips Finn, then throws haymakers. Lio positions Finn and climbs up to join him. SUPER STEINER, SUNSET FLIP! But Lio rolls through and stacks Finn, TWO! Lio kicks away but Finn throws forearms. Lio kicks, Finn forearms, repeat. Finn CHOPS, but Lio mule kicks the leg. Lio runs, springboards, but gets caught into the 1916! Finn hurries to the top rope, even on one leg! Finn leaps, COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Finn wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; still WWE Intercontinental Champion
The Extraordinary Man proves he’s extraordinarily tough by winning on one leg! Will Lio be back for more? Will the Almighty Lashley want his own rematch? Or will someone else move up on the Road to Wrestlemania?
Tucker Knight encounters The Ascension.
Konnor tells Viktor they’ve got some fresh meat. But where’s the pet pig, Otis? Probably dumpster diving. Watch what you say about Dozer. He’s got a big temper. Probably not as big as his gut. Or his neck. What neck? He’s like a bowling ball on a boulder. Tucker warns them, Otis may not be smart but he is sensitive. Otis comes along and sees The Ascension. Tucker tells Otis what The Ascension says about being a pig and a bowling ball, and dumpster diving for food. Dozer SMASH! “That’s what you get for messing with Heavy Machinery!” Will everyone on Raw and SmackDown learn not to make light of these heavy hitters?
Bobby Lashley is furious with Lio Rush.
That was supposed to be LASHLEY’s shot, but then Lio gets it for himself. And then he loses anyway! Lio, look at him. You had one job. He can’t be worried about Lio when he has Strowman to worry about. Can he trust Lio? He can’t hear you! Can he trust Lio. Yes. Lashley’s music hits, and Lio accompanies Lashley to the ring.
Braun Strowman VS Bobby Lashley!
The Monster Among Men owes Baron Corbin’s entire pack some payback after what they did to him at Elimination Chamber. Strowman already put Corbin through a table, but what will he do to the Rocky Mountain Machine?
Lashley attacks Strowman from behind! He doesn’t let this match begin as he rams in shoulders and throws hands on the Monster. Lashley kicks a leg out then clubs away on Strowman’s back. Fans boo Lashley as he knocks Strowman down. Lashley cravats then drags Strowman to a corner to bump off buckles. Lashley throws body shots and goes to suplex, but Strowman’s just too big and strong! Strowman gourd busters Lashley instead! Strowman runs but into an elbow. Lashley runs but into a boot! Strowman runs corner to corner to squash Lashley! Then he clubs Lashley down with one hand! Fans roar with Strowman as Lashley bails out. Lio checks on Lashley, but Strowman comes out and around the corner! Strowman runs Lashley over, then comes back for Lio!
Strowman lets Lashley know that he’s coming for all three of them! Corbin got a table, and Lashley got run over! Will Drew McIntyre be the one to #GetTheseHands?
Backstage interview with Seth Rollins!
The Architect has a pep in his step after hearing the fantastic news. Rollins was so obsessed with Brock Lesnar lately, and his Wrestlemania match for the Universal Championship will be his biggest ever. But tonight, that’s secondary because he has his brother back. Roman is in remission and tonight is about love and celebration. Speaking of, Roman’s probably got some ice cold beverages waiting for him. Will chilling out now help Rollins #BurnItDown later?
Ric Flair arrives!
The Nature Birthday Boy is here! Time to party!
WWE superstars visit the site where Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated.
We can only imagine today the heartbreak of losing such a great man, and can only thank him in spirit for his hard work and sacrifice.
No Disqualifications: Dean Ambrose VS Drew McIntyre!
The Lunatic Fringe has been in the mood for a fight, and he wants to fight the Scottish Terminator again! But with the rules thrown out the window, will Ambrose be able to get even with McIntyre?
Ambrose rushes McIntyre on the ramp! They start brawling and Ambrose throws McIntyre into barriers! Ambrose throws McIntyre into more barriers, then into a post! McIntyre staggers away and gets his coat off to punch and CHOP Ambrose back. Ambrose hits back and bumps McIntyre off the apron! Ambrose runs and tackles McIntyre into a corner as the bell rings. Fans count as Ambrose gets 5 corner punches. Ambrose punches and chops and whips, but McIntyre kicks back. McIntyre runs but Ambrose dropkicks the legs out. Ambrose kicks McIntyre while he’s down, then takes off a belt! Ambrose is wearing two belts?! McIntyre boots Ambrose away before he can be whiplash’d, and then he picks up that belt! He WHAPS Ambrose, then WHAPS again! McIntyre WHAPS Ambrose against the ropes! And then across the chest!
Ambrose writhes but McIntyre ditches the belt to drag Ambrose up. McIntyre pushes and SPINEBUSTERS, jackknife cover, TWO! McIntyre takes the belt back to WHAP Ambrose more! He makes it a leather fist but Ambrose dodges to punch and chop! Ambrose clotheslines McIntyre out, then builds speed, to DIVE! But McIntyre catches him to slam him into the barrier! And then slam him into more barriers before throwing Ambrose overhead! McIntyre looks to make Ambrose regret making this challenge, but we go to break.
Raw returns and Ambrose leaves McIntyre leaning against barriers while he climbs up. Ambrose LEAPS for a Lunatic Elbow! He clobbers McIntyre back into the barriers! Ambrose fires off furious hands and goes to whip McIntyre, but McIntyre reverses to send Ambrose at steel steps. Ambrose stops himself, then dodges to let McIntyre run into the steps himself! He puts McIntyre in the ring and rolls McIntyre, TWO! McIntyre swings but misses and Ambrose hits a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Ambrose keeps his cool and hears the fans calling for the belt. Ambrose picks the belt up and grins as he gets to WHAP, WHAP, WHAP away on McIntyre! McIntyre can’t cover up enough for Ambrose’s furious lashing. But McIntyre gets up to give Ambrose a Glasgow Kiss! The headbutt sends Ambrose out of the ring!
McIntyre is still stinging but he follows Ambrose out. McIntyre picks up steel steps, and runs at Ambrose! Ambrose drop toeholds and McIntyre crashes into the steps himself! Ambrose bounces McIntyre off the steps again and again and again! He drags McIntyre up and fans fire up, but here comes Elias! Elias SMASHES Ambrose with the guitar! The Drifter gets away with it, and puts Ambrose in the ring for McIntyre. McIntyre accepts Elias’ help, then aims at Ambrose from the corner, CLAYMORE! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
And now Baron Corbin comes out, with Bobby Lashley! It seems Corbin’s pack of wolves have a new friend as Elias joins in on stomping Ambrose out! Corbin drags Ambrose up for a choke slam backbreaker! Lashley SPEARS Ambrose down, but here comes Seth Rollins! The Architect has a chair! And Roman Reigns! They take out Corbin and Lashley at the ramp! Rollins takes care of Elias while Roman SUPERMAN PUNCHES McIntyre! SUPERMAN PUNCH for Lashley! Curb Stomp for Elias! Roman fires up and lets out the battle cry, to SPEAR McIntyre! Roman and Rollins stand tall, but they leave Ambrose to pick himself up. The Big Dog really is back, but is The Shield back? Or will it take a little more time to heal those wounds?
Bayley w/ Sasha Banks VS Nia Jax w/ Tamina!
The Boss & Hug Connection are the inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, but that just means the line of challengers is forming. The Samoan Dynasty have the first shot, and tonight the Irresistible Force looks to fire a first shot of her own. Will Nia and Tamina carve a path of destruction on the Road to Wrestlemania?
The bell rings and Nia shoves Bayley around. Nia runs in but misses in the corner, but she headbutts Bayley back. Nia runs but Bayley dumps her out. Bayley clubs away on Nia the moment she returns, and then manages a hip toss! Cover, ONE! Nia backs off to ropes but Bayley is on her with more furious hands. Bayley runs and forearms but Nia barely staggers. Nia grabs Bayley and shoves her right out! Sasha checks on her best friend while we go to break.
Raw returns and Nia scoops Bayley up for a bearhug. Bayley endures the squeeze while fans rally up. Bayley fights with elbows and scrambles to a sunset flip. Nia stays standing and drops down, but misses! Bayley runs to drop a knee but Nia dodges. Nia drops an elbow but Bayley dodges. Both women stand up and Bayley dropkicks a leg out. Bayley runs and bulldogs Nia down! Nia hurries to a corner but Sasha coaches Bayley up. Bayley runs in for a big shoulder tackle! Then wacky waving- Nia runs Bayley over! Nia mocks the wacky waving before raining rights down on Bayley! She lets up at 4 then stalks Bayley to the ropes. Nia drags Bayley up and tosses her across the ring! Nia chokes Bayley on the ropes but lets up at 4. She drags Bayley up for a cobra clutch and thrashes Bayley around.
Fans rally while Bayley endures. Nia squeezes tight but Bayley feeds off the energy. Bayley fights out with elbows and then a jawbreaker! Nia staggers while Bayley crawls to a corner. Nia storms over but is yanked into buckles! Bayley drags herself up and stomps a mudhole into Nia! Then she knees Nia right out of the ring! Nia hurries back up but gets a hotshot! Bayley fires forearms on Nia, then runs for a dropkick! Nia tumbles back down and Bayley waits. Bayley fires off on Nia as soon as she returns, and hits a big knee! Bayley leaps but is caught, Nia slams Bayley into the Tree of Woe! Fans boo as Nia goes corner to corner, for the Samoan hip attack! Nia stomps Bayley more but backs off at 4.
Sasha checks on Bayley, but Nia grabs her by the hair! Bayley hits Nia with a knee! Tamina runs in but is sent into steps! Bayley hits the Macho Elbow on Nia! Cover, Bayley wins!
Winner: Bayley, by pinfall
This round goes to the champs! Bayley and Sasha get momentum towards their title match, will Fastlane help them accelerate towards Wrestlemania?
Happy Birthday, Ric Flair!
The cake and balloons are in the ring while the superstars are on stage. Triple H and Stephanie McMahon head to the ring to officially begin the festivities. Mondays are already hectic, but the Road to Wrestlemania amps things up. Take tonight as an example. Roman Reigns returns to his Yard, Ronda Rousey issues an ultimatum, and Becky Lynch goes rogue and then goes to jail. But all of that will pale in comparison to why we’re here now: to celebrate the 70th birthday of the greatest pro-wrestler of all time! The Nature Boy, Ric Flair! But of course a party needs guests, so Stephanie introduces Shawn Michaels! HBK makes his way to the ring, having a bit of fun with the superstars on stage.
Of course, we also need Ric’s greatest rival, Ricky “the Dragon” Steamboat! The Dragon makes his way out, and playfully chops the superstars, such as Seth Rollins. Stephanie introduces the Olympic Gold Medalist, Kurt Angle! Angle high-fives and joins in on the “You Suck!” ovation from Atlanta. And last but not least, the Icon, STING! String shakes hands with the superstars, and lets out his own howling “WOO!” to Atlanta. A lot has been said about Ric over the years, there isn’t much more to add. The kiss-stealing, wheeling-dealing, stylin’ and profilin’, limousine-riding, jet-flying sonovagun, gets a video tribute! “What’s really causing all this? I’m gonna tell ya!” Bright lights, big cities and pretty ladies on top of the historic 16 world championship reigns, “It’s time to style and profile!”
Ric Flair will always be a champion, so he will receive a custom Big Gold Belt to immortalize his career. So without much more, HHH introduces The original Man himself, Ric Flair! Fans and superstars alike applaud, but where is Ric? Wait, is that Batista?! He’s dragging a camera man along into Ric’s dressing room, only to close the door behind him! Batista drags Ric out of his dressing room!? The Animal wants to know if he has HHH’s attention. HHH hurries to the back to confront Batista, while everyone else is speechless. HHH finds Ric, along with security and officials. Batista has since disappeared, but he’s the least of anyone’s concern. HHH and the others shout for doctors, will the Nature Boy be alright?
Wow, what a great Raw! Granted, pacing felt odd but that’s because Raw’s been doing more commercials than usual. But those aside, there was so much to love about tonight. First off, Roman Reigns is in remission and that is something to truly celebrate. This result came much sooner than I’m sure anyone expected, but it’s obviously well-received. And they wasted little time getting him going again, as they tease Baron Corbin thinking Roman should stay away, and then Roman helping Rollins save Ambrose. I’m thinking that, even with Roman and Rollins leaving Ambrose behind, the Wrestlemania moment they should build to is The Shield VS Corbin’s pack, even if it’s a handicap match. Shield wins, and whether Ambrose is taking time off or leaving for good, their last Shield fist bump will make for a great send-off.
I did not expect Aleister & Ricochet VS Revival but they did pretty good. Revival loses again, which might mean Ricochet and Aleister will temporarily be a team. This builds on what NXT has them doing by seemingly taking on The Undisputed Era as a tag team. Of the four newest NXT “call-ups”, I’m pretty sure Ciampa & Gargano are the ones to get the belts. But a crazy Triple Threat would be great, Revival VS DIY VS Ricochet & Black, to really elevate those titles. Because I’m a little worried Heavy Machinery is already going down a bad path. Making Otis into a hothead when he was never that in NXT, Vince is already taking too much control of the beef.
For just a moment, I really thought that was supposed to be a Handicap Match of the entire Riott Squad VS Ronda & Natty. Honestly, what would it have changed if it was? Liv Morgan got involved either way, and then the match doesn’t even have a clean finish. Becky shows up, attacks Natty because she got in the way, and then has only a partial scrap with Ronda before “being arrested”. The Stone Cold parallels are the most apparent they’ve ever been, but it’s not necessarily bad. Ronda threatening to quit was a good move, though. This will obviously compel the McMahons to bring Becky back and we have our Triple Threat. However, the McMahons won’t have to make a move on it yet, there’s still a lot of time. I picture the McMahons trying to talk Ronda out of it, and then cave to her demands around Fastlane.
Angle finally gets a win now that he’s back! Maybe he and Strowman, being that they have issue with Corbin, McIntyre and all that, will help The Shield, or at least Roman, come Wrestlemania. The match might even start as Corbin’s Pack VS Roman, Angle & Strowman, stuff happens and Ambrose jumps in to help them, thereby reuniting Shield. Apparently, Alexa Bliss is the Goddess of Flirting. She flirted with EC3, now Finn. Finn VS Lio for the title was great, adds more to this divide between Lio and Lashley. Maybe Lio turning will be another part of Corbin’s Pack VS The Shield & Friends. Lio really should get more title shots, but for Cruiserweights, I’m not sure if he’ll win the contender’s tournament to challenge Murphy at Mania.
Bayley VS Nia was pretty good, for yet another go of this same rematch. Obviously the champions have to stay strong so Bayley wins. I would think they’d make it through Fastlane, and then either take on a SmackDown team or a legendary team for Wrestlemania. Maybe even an NXT team if they really want *cough* Sky Pirates */cough*. Honestly it’s either legends or NXT or all at once, because the SmackDown teams alone don’t have time to be built into Wrestlemania ready contenders. But to everyone’s surprise, there is a Wrestlemania story ready in Batista VS HHH. I did not expect Batista to show up and “attack” Ric Flair like that, but wow! Instant heat between them and now they can build from here to Mania.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
PLAY BY PLAY
Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (3/20/19)
What is Johnny Saint’s major announcement?
NXT UK head and assistant General Managers have big news! What will Johnny Saint and Sid Scala have to say? Plus, Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
- Eddie Dennis VS Ligero; Dennis wins.
- Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt; The Hunt wins.
- Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith; Ohno wins.
- Tyler Bate VS James Drake; Bate wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT UK Head and Assistant GM’s are in the ring!
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala open the show by welcoming the fans. They have an announcement, and Scala says that there is extraordinary news. NXT UK’s Bruiserweight, Pete Dunne, will defend his title on Wrestlemania Weekend at TakeOver: New York! Fans love the sound of that! Now, the decision to have Dunne defend was easy, but the question is now: Who will Dunne defend against? And as such, Pete Dunne appears in person! The WWE United Kingdom Champion brings the title to the ring as fans cheer. Dunne stands before Saint and Scala and borrows Scala’s mic. “Give me WALTER!” The Bruiserweight has spoken, and he wants after the Ring General! Saint and Scala accept discuss this, but that has to be the WWE UK Championship match! Who returns from New York the top star in NXT UK?
NXT UK Media catches up to Toni Storm.
What does the NXT UK Women’s Champion say to Jinny’s words about going after that title? Well of course Jinny would say that, because they are very different yet very similar. They both really love championship gold. But Toni has the title while Jinny just has things mommy and daddy buy her is because Toni knows how to be a champion. Toni knows the struggle and hard work. Maybe that’s what it is, maybe that’s why Jinny has problems with Toni. When Jinny faces Toni, she actually has to work hard. Toni takes her leave, but Rhea Ripley isn’t far behind.
The Mosh Pit Kid wants to say something. She heard what Xia said last week. If the little rodent wants to step to Rhea, it’ll be the same as before. “Quit your dreaming, little girl.” Will the Riptide crush both Xia and her dreams on the Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
Eddie Dennis VS Ligero!
The ruthless Welshman returns from his “exile”, and looks to put out the light that is the Luchador of Leeds! Will Dennis snap back from losing his streak? Or will Ligero keep his momentum going on the way to Wrestlemania Weekend?
The bell rings and things speed up right away! Ligero dropkicks Dennis’ bad leg then kicks away. Dennis shoves Ligero and denies the tilt-o-whirl, but misses in the corner. Ligero goes to the other side and dodges again. Ligero steps in for a stunner! Cover, TWO! Dennis flounders but fans rally behind Ligero. Ligero kicks Dennis in the chest, then runs. Dennis blocks the kick but misses the clothesline and gets Ligero’s boot! Dennis ends up on the outside, and Ligero slingshots! But Dennis catches Ligero to swing and slam him into the apron! Fans boo as Dennis shouts, “Who’s the man!?” The referee counts as Dennis drags Ligero’s dead weight into the ring. Dennis returns at 5 and stalks Ligero to a corner. He stomps and whips Ligero hard corner to corner!
Ligero writhes but fans rally up for him. Dennis grows upset hearing that and keeps on Ligero with a cravat. Dennis shouts he’ll rip Ligero’s horns off if he doesn’t quit. Ligero endures and feeds off the fans’ rally. Ligero fights back with body shots but Dennis knees him back. Dennis whips Ligero hard into a corner and Ligero falls back. Cover, TWO! Dennis grows frustrated, and whips Ligero again to run him over with an elbow. Cover, TWO! Ligero still lives and Dennis is livid. Dennis grounds ‘n’ pounds with forearms from both sides. Fans build to another rally for Ligero, which only frustrates Dennis more. Dennis drags Ligero up and forearms him in the back. The ref reprimands him for using the tights, but Dennis keeps on Ligero with stomps. Fans boo as Dennis grinds his foot into Ligero’s back.
Ligero crawls to a corner but Dennis is on him with a heavy forearm! The ref checks on Ligero but Ligero is still okay. Dennis goes to whip but Ligero holds onto the ropes. Ligero breaks free and boots Dennis back. Ligero dodges then wheelbarrows to a jawbreaker! Dennis staggers but elbows Ligero back. Dennis drags Ligero up, but Ligero escapes Severn Bridge! Ligero also escapes the sunset flip to buzzsaw Dennis down! Dennis bails out and Ligero slingshots again for the flying huricanrana! Both men are hurting from the fall but Ligero gets Dennis up and in. Ligero drags himself up at 4 to springboard splash! Cover, TWO! Dennis lives but Ligero also checks his ankle.
Ligero gets himself to a corner and to the top rope. Ligero leaps but has to roll through as Dennis dodges. Dennis dodges, spins Ligero around and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans boo as Dennis drags Ligero right up, but Ligero slips out. Ligero blocks and dodges and redirects Dennis into an enziguri! Fans fire up with Ligero as he springboards, but the DDT is denied! Dennis spins Ligero around but Ligero slips out, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Dennis survives but Ligero fires up again. Ligero drags himself to a corner and back up top. Dennis boots Ligero’s feet out! Dennis grins as he climbs up to join Ligero, and hit a stalling SUPERPLEX! Fans have to cheer that because that was just impressive strength.
But Dennis isn’t done with Ligero, as he drags him up for Canadian rack, Severn Bridge! Then Dennis drags Ligero up for Next Stop! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The Headmaster returns and is victorious again. Will Dennis’ next stop be a championship opportunity?
Amir Jordan finds Kenny Williams at the UK Performance Center.
The Bhangra Badboy checks on the Luckyan. They’re on a bit of a hot streak, so how about they go for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships? Kenny doesn’t make the matches, Amir. Then how about asking Johnny Saint for a shot? Amir, why are you always asking Kenny to do things? From dancing to matches. Why doesn’t Amir do something for Kenny, and join him in training? If Amir can keep up, then maybe Kenny will talk to Saint. Amir tries and tries and finally gets a full chin and torso up! There it is! Hard work like that might just get them a tag title match. And then will Kenny dance? That’s much less likely.
Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS The Hunt!
The Pretty Deadly boys are back, since they were rather impressive even in defeat. But can they survive this primal duo of the Wild Boar and the Primate?
The teams sort out and Primate starts against Stoker. They tie up and Primate brings Stoker around. Primate whips but Stoker revesres and thrwos a forearm. That only angers Primate! Primate throws Stoker overhead and clubs away! Primate tags to Boar, and The Hunt club away on Stoker’s back. Boar throws Stoker with a Fall Away Slam! Boar keeps Stoker away from Howley with a fish hook and elbows. He drags Stoker around and tags back to Primate. The Hunt lift and toss Stoker together! Boar becomes a weapon for the back senton! Fans fire up behind The Hunt as Primate gives Stoker a German Suplex! Stoker gets to Howley and tags in.
Howley is hesitant but he fires off clubbing forearms on Primate. Howley whips but Primate denies with power alone. Primate reels Howley in for a headbutt! Primate drags Howley over and tags in Boar, to then ram Boar into Howley’s gut! Boar blasts Stoker while Primate clotheslines Howley, then Boar comes back corner to corner for a cannonball! Primate tags and The Hunt combine, pop-up back suplex! Cover, The Hunt wins!
Winners: The Hunt, Primate pinning
The two “tasty dishes” were just the first course for this pair of wild animals. Who else will become prey for The Hunt?
Kassius Ohno VS Ashton Smith!
The Knockout Artist accused the entire NXT UK roster of just being copycats and homages to past greats, and vows to show everyone genuine British strong style. Will KO KO the Manchester Prestige? Or will Ashton “WOOP!” Ohno instead?
The bell rings on Ohno’s official NXT UK debut, and fans duel between him and “WOOP!” Ohno offers a fist bump to Ashton and Ashton takes it, which fans applaud. Ashton and Ohno circle and tie up. Ohno wrenches and arm-drags Ashton down to an armlock. Ashton works his way back up but Ohno wrenches and wristlocks. Asthon rolls and spins to get a partial drop toehold. He shifts to a facelock but Ohno slips out to get a grounded hammerlock. Ohno grabs the other arm and makes it a cover, TWO! Ashton stands but Ohno wrenches to a facelock. Ohno goes to suplex but Ashton resists. Ashton goes to fireman’s carry but Ohno is too big.
Ohno clubs Ashton hard on the back then runs, but Ashton speeds things up. Ashton hurdles and dropkicks Ohno out, then builds speed, only to run into a boot! Ashton staggers and Ohno is on him, to suplex him on the run! Cover, TWO! Ohno goes after Ashton’s arms and pulls them back. He digs his head into Ashton’s back to get leverage. Ashton feeds off the fan rally and gets up. Ashton turns and gets the fireman’s carry, but not for long. Ohno slips out and CHOPS away on Ashton. Ohno whips Ashton but Ashton walks the ropes to BOOT! But that only makes Ohno mad! Ashton fires off forearms but Ohno shoves him away. Ashton comes back with a SUPERKICK! Ohno is dazed, and Ashton manages the fireman’s! Samoan Drop! Cover, TWO!
Ashton keeps his focus as fans “WOOP!” for him. Ashton fires off forearms then runs, but into Ohno’s boot! Ohno drops a big back senton, and then another! Ohno drags Ashton up, wrings him out, and hits the Dream Crusher discus elbow! Cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius is victorious in his NXT UK transfer! But for hitting as hard as he did, Ohno still shows Ashton respect. Ohno even helps Ashton to his feet, and offers another fist bump. Ashton doesn’t take it, so Ohno knocks Ashton out with another elbow! Will Ohno show this kind of “respect” to everyone else on the roster? Travis Banks comes out to actually check on Ashton, but doesn’t let Ohno sneak up on him. Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw show Ohno what respect is really about?
Gallus discusses business.
“We’ve had a bad run of form.” They picked up wins against Webster & #Mandrews, but lose to Moustache Mountain. They picked up wins against Ashton and Ligero, but lose to Walter and Pete Dunne. Gallus needs to establish a good run. Gallus needs to establish dominance. It is what they do. What will The Coffey Brothers and Wolfgang do to finally make NXT UK their Kingdom?
Tyler Bate VS James Drake!
Speaking of Moustache Mountain, they want another go at the Grizzled Young Veterans and those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. But with Liverpool’s Number One out with a bad toe, the Big Strong Boys will just have to settle for Mr. Mayhem. Will Bate beat Drake to earn the team their title match? Or will Drake make Bate #GritHisTeeth?
Drake eggs Bate on and taunts the fans, but the referee keeps the peace. The bell rings and the fans are already fired up for the “Big Strong Boy!” Bate and Drake circle and Bate gets the waistlock. He brings Drake to the mat but Drake switches. Fans sing for Bate as he switches back, but then so does Drake. They go around and Bate gets the waistlock back only for Drake to spin out. They both trade, then headlock takeover for headscissors and they have a stand-off. Fans applaud this fast pace and even match-up. Bate and Drake tie up again and Drake gets the arm. Drake wristlocks and lifts Bate up before wringing him out. Drake grinds his forearm in Bate’s face then hooks him with a leg. Fans rally up and Bate works his way up.
Drake wrenches again but Bate rolls forward and back and handsprings to a dropkick! Bate handsprings again and headlocks Drake. Drake powers out and things speed up. Bate catches Drake in the fireman’s carry, for the airplane spin! Around and around but Drake slips out. Drake baits Bate into a corner but Bate throws a right hand back. Bate knees Drake then hips up, but Drake shoves him down! Bate crashes down and fans boo Drake as he pursues. Drake throws Bate into barriers! Fans boo more as Drake drags Bate up and into the ring. Drake clamps on to Bate’s shoulder, then wraps him up in a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Bate endures. Drake shifts to a keylock but Bate works towards ropes. Bate stands up but Drake gut wrenches Bate down! Cover, TWO!
Drake keeps his cool and goes after Bate with forearms. Drake wraps on a chinlock but fans rally again. Fans even taunt Drake, “He’s got his own~ face, on his ass!” Drake ignores the taunting as Bate powers his way up. Bate fights out with body shots but Drake gives him a backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Drake grows frustrated, “Is that all you got, Tyler?!” Fans sing now, “Ass~ Face~!” Drake snap suplexes Bate and floats over, TWO! Bate survives but Drake stomps and grinds his feet into Bate’s back. Drake pulls Bate back with a chinbar while fans taunt “Ass~ Face~” again. Bate claws for ropes and fans rally up behind him.
Drake goes to mount but Bate powers up and picks Drake up! Bate bumps Drake against buckles, but Drake gives him another backbreaker lift. Bate slips out and rocks Drake with a right! He throws boxing blows and puts Drake in a corner! Drake escapes the corner but not Bate’s grip! Bate drags Drake back in for a huricanrana! Bate whips and back drops Drake! Fans fire up with Bate as he whips Drake again. Drake reverses but Bate knees him away again. Bate hops up for a flying European Uppercut! Drake runs into Bate’s exploder! Bate nips right up, to a Shooting Star! Drake moves but Bate catches himself, to hit the standing Shooting Star again! Cover, TWO! Bate and Drake are both sore but fans fire up.
Drake gets to the apron but Bate is on him. Bate counter punches Drake then goes to suplex him in. Drake hops down and trips Bate up! Drake drags Bate out and throws him, but Bate reverses to throw Drake into barriers! Bate puts Drake in again and climbs up top. Drake stands and Bate jumps over. Bate runs into a gut wrench for a facebuster! Cover, TWO! Bate lives and fans cheer him on. Drake glares as he drags Bate up. Bate drops down but Drake sits on it, ONE! Bate sunset, ONE, Drake high stack, ONE, Bate sits on it, TWO!
Drake enziguris Bate then whips but Bate rebounds to lariat! Bate brings Drake up for the underhook but Drake back drops. Bate lands on his feet but Drake #GritYourTeeth dropkicks him down! Cover, TWO! Drake climbs up top but Bate gets clear of his 450! Bate catches Drake to exploder him into buckles! Fans fire up and Bate climbs up, corkscrew senton! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy wins won for Moustache Mountain! Will this help give Bate & Seven another shot at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships?
Walter is spotted having just left the NXT UK GM’s office!
NXT UK Media asks Johnny Saint & Sid Scala what their meeting was about. Well, a decision has been made between them and American NXT GM, William Regal. Pete Dunne’s request has been accepted! At TakeOver: New York, Walter will challenge for the WWE United Kingdom Championship! Who returns from New York THE top man in NXT UK?
What a great episode! I should’ve realized that NXT UK would join American NXT in some way for TakeOver: New York! Pete Dunne VS Walter IS happening, it’s going to make TakeOver: New York even greater, and I feel Walter has to win. Walter will freshen things up as only the third-ever champion, and it’ll keep Dunne from being too damn strong. I’m thinking that, while no title matches have been made for TakeOver: New York, the NXT UK Women’s and Tag Team Championships will be defended on either the go-home or the post-TakeOver episode. Storm VS Jinny will be great, but I wonder if Jinny has a chance of winning that title. Moustache Mountain VS Grizzled Young Veterans will be epic and that has to go Moustache Mountain’s way because of how popular they are. Bate VS Drake tonight was great, and the UK fans made it even better.
Dennis VS Ligero was a good opening match, and naturally Dennis wins for the sake of his return. I’m actually more surprised we haven’t seen Dave Mastiff in this time, it’s like he won the right to be off television. Hopefully Dennis circles back to his story of being bitter towards his old friends, his character is going to seem generic without proper direction. Plus, matches between Dennis and Andrews should be great given their history. “The Hunt” had a great return, but they and the underdog team of Kenny Williams & Amir Jordan will have to wait some time before getting their own title shots. Ohno VS Ashton was solid, and of course Ohno keeps his Heel character from American NXT. I don’t know about the title, but Ohno can definitely have some great matches with any number of NXT UK stars.
My Score: 8.4/10
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