NXT Women’s Champion, Shayna Baszler, looks to put the Head Baddie in Charge in her place! Will the Queen of Spades make Mia Yim Tap, Nap, or Snap?
- Taynara Conti & Xia Li VS Aliyah & Vanessa Borne; Aliyah & Borne win.
- Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic; Double Count-Out.
- Shayna Baszler VS Mia Yim; Baszler wins.
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Johnny Gargano heads to the ring!
But he’s no longer Johnny Champion as he lost the NXT North American Championship to Velveteen Dream. However, Gargano doesn’t seem too down about it as he picks up a mic. “This has been a pretty interesting past couple of weeks, hasn’t it?” Gargano showed the WWE Universe what NXT is all about as a new call-up to the main roster, but last week, he had one of the toughest matches in his career against Velveteen Dream. He won the NXT North American Championship in Phoenix and said Johnny Wrestling was back. Johnny Wrestling was back, having climbed the mountain and become “Johnny Champion”. But he failed his first test as champion. Fans chant “Johnny Failure!” to rub it in. Gargano failed himself and he failed the fans.
But he still feels like a champion, he just doesn’t have a championship. Therefore, Gargano realizes the only reason he’s had any success around here- Tommaso Ciampa appears! THE NXT Champion doesn’t want to hear the fans and their chants. Ciampa tells Gargano this is about the two of them. They both learned that Gargano is at his best with Ciampa by his side. They won on Raw together, they won on SmackDown together. Fans chant “DIY! DIY!” as Ciampa says that them teaming together, the outcome is already decided: they win. But Gargano refused to have Ciampa help him, and went against Dream alone. And Gargano lost. But it doesn’t have to be a bad thing.
Gargano took a long time to finally come around that they need each other. “This is destiny.” Ciampa still has “Goldie” while Gargano has nothing, but they both know that it doesn’t have to be this way. William Regal announced the return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. So think about this: that’s where this all began. Ciampa and Gargano have been up and down together, but the Tag Team Classic was the start of it all. And this year, the winner goes to TakeOver: New York for a tag team championship match. TakeOver: New York can be their moment. Just like Phoenix, New York can end the same way: “DIY! DIY!” If Gargano and Ciampa work together again, TakeOver: New York ends with them, side-by-side, as champions.
Fans are divided and Gargano is conflicted. Gargano puts the mic down to shake Ciampa’s hand! Is this real!? Is DIY truly back together?! Will they take over the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic to then take back the tag titles?
Backstage interview with Ricochet.
The One and Only did very well alongside Aleister Black on Raw and SmackDown, but they’ve also held their own against the Undisputed Era in NXT. Ricochet says that while he and Aleister have been making noise on the main roster, they won’t forget what the Undisputed Era’s done to them. But they did learn that when you fight one member of the Undisputed Era, you fight them all. Ricochet doesn’t sweat it, because he has Aleister watching his back and vice-versa. Then how do they plan on taking care of business with the Undisputed Era? Well, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly are in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, so the King of Flight and Dutch Destroyer are going to go talk with Regal before the brackets are finalized. Will Ricochet and Aleister get in? And will they get revenge on the Undisputed Era by kicking them out?
DIY heads out, but Candice LeRae finds them.
Ciampa leaves her and Gargano to talk this out. “Again, huh?” But Candice doesn’t want to hear any excuses. Gargano better know what he’s doing. Gargano wants Candice to trust him, but she doesn’t say anything more. Will Candice soon be saying “I told you so”?
Taynara Conti & Xia Li VS Aliyah & Vanessa Borne!
Before getting run over by stampeding Horsewomen, the Cat’s Meow and The Vision seemed to form an alliance and screwed over the Brazilian black-belt beauty. But now Taynara has an ally of her own in the spicy striker! Will Aliyah and Vanessa be left black and blue by the pair of black-belts?
Teams sort out and Taynara starts with Vanessa. They tie up and Taynara gets a waistlock. She swings Vanessa out for a judo throw. Taynara swings a clothesline but Vanessa gets a waistlock. Taynara standing switches but Vanessa elbows free. Vanessa kicks but Tayanra catches it. Taynara says “Latinas sweep better!” before spinning Vanessa around for a boot! Vanessa scrambles to the corner but Taynara runs in for a shining wizard! Taynara monkey flips Vanessa and rolls back to a mount cover, TWO! Fans rally up for both sides as Taynara whips. Vanessa reverses but Taynara slips through the ropes. Taynara catches Vanessa’s kick again, and grapevines for a draping kneebar! The ref counts and Taynara lets go at 4.
Fans fire up with the judoka but Aliyah kicks her from the apron! Taynara drags Aliyah off the apron in return! Aliyah anchors Taynara’s foot but Taynara scrapes her off. Vanessa attacks from behind, throwing Taynara down by her hair. Vanessa stomps Taynara to a corner, then stomps a mudhole in. She backs off at 4, but comes back to say Taynara is “nothing.” Vanessa SLAPS Taynara and then pushes her into buckles. She backs off, bronco buster to the back! Vanessa grinds it in and throws haymakers, but lets up at 4. Vanessa drags Taynara up and to her corner to tag Aliyah. Fans duel as Vanessa and Aliyah double Northern Light Suplex! Aliyah bridges for the cover, TWO! Aliyah keeps Taynara down with a straitjacket stretch.
Fans rally as Taynara endures. Taynara feeds off the positive fan energy in the dueling chants, and powers Aliyah to buckles. Taynara bumps Aliyah again and again, and manages an arm-drag! She hurries to her corner, but Aliyah grabs a foot. Taynara shoves Aliyah away, hot tag to Xia! Xia rallies with a SUPERKICK, then a boot! Then a swinging heel kick! Xia gives Aliyah another heel kick then covers, TWO! Xia drags Aliyah up and around to whip to a corner. Aliyah reverses but Xia goes up and over! Xia waistlocks but Vanessa tags in as Xia rolls Aliyah. Vanessa foerarms Xia down then hits Taynara! Vanessa grabs Xia for big knees and grinding her into the knee. Aliyah runs and hits a swinging neckbreaker onto Vanessa’s knee! Vanessa covers, she and Aliyah win!
Winners: Vanessa Borne & Aliyah, Borne pinning
Another surprising upset! Vanessa and Aliyah are working together well, will they soon be NXT’s top women’s tag team?
NXT shares footage of an encounter involving The Velveteen Dream.
The new NXT North American Champion was simply arriving at Full Sail when the Undisputed Era found him. Adam Cole heard Dream talking and isn’t sure what “Experience” anyone is talking about. The only thing Dream will experience is Adam Cole taking the title back. And Mr. NXT Media, why are you talking to Dream? He should be talking to the future NXT Tag Team Champions and Dusty Rhodes Classic winners, Fish & O’Reilly. Dream is impressed to see such a big mouth on such a little man. Dream is just wondering how big Cole’s mouth is when the Undisputed Entourage isn’t around. But it doesn’t matter, Dream is the champion. And he doesn’t have time for these boys. Everyone has time for Cole! Will the Undisputed Era find a way back to that North American Championship? Or will they only experience disappointment?
Cathy Kelly looks for an interview with William Regal.
The NXT GM is finalizing the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic brackets as we speak. The final four teams in will be determined very soon, but an uproar down the hall draws Cathy and camera away from Regal’s office. It’s an argument between Bianca Belair and Io Shirai! The EST doesn’t care what Io’s done, she’s not jumping ahead of her towards the NXT Women’s Championship. Referees and trainers pull the two away before things get physical. William Regal makes an announcement via Twitter that Bianca and Io will settle things in the ring in a #1 contender’s match! Who wins to take on the Queen of Spades in New York?
Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic!
The Limitless One and the Croatian colossus have both been on rather impressive runs since debuting in NXT. These two towering talents finally cross paths, will Lee feast his eyes on a defeat? Or will Dijakovic be the next superstar to bask in Lee’s glory?
The bell rings and fans are already singing for Lee. Dijakovic and Lee stare down as they approach. They tie up and are even in strength. Dijakovic gets the headlock but Lee works on an escape. Dijakovic keeps wrenching but Lee powers out. They collide but neither man falls back. Dijakovic dares Lee to run and try it himself. Lee runs but Dijakovic ducks down, so Lee rolls off and speeds things up. Lee hurdles Dijakovic then hip tosses, but Dijakovic handsprings through! Fans are loving this superhuman display from “Both These Guys!” Lee offers a handshake out of respect, but Dijakovic shoves him away! Dijakovic says he doesn’t care about respect, so Lee pops him right up! Dijakovic saves himself with a monkey flip but Lee lands on his feet! Lee and Dijakovic lock eyes as fans sing “Oh~ bask in his glory~!”
Dijakovic glares while Lee grins. Dijakovic gets up and CHOPS Lee, but Lee just laughs it off. Lee double CHOPS Dijakovic. Dijakovic boots back then leaps for a flying elbow! Lee staggers and Dijakovic kicks and forearms away. Dijakovic clubs Lee around the ring but Lee just powers up. Dijakovic throws big forearms but Lee stays standing. Fans rally as Dijakovic throws more forearms. Lee staggers and Dijakovic clubs him down to a knee. Dijakovic goes to throw another but Lee counter punches! Lee still staggers, but he comes back with a big left! Dijakovic flounders to a corner, Lee runs in for a BIG left, heavy right, and then runs to POUNCE! Dijakovic flies into buckles and fans reach a fever pitch!
Lee back suplexes but Dijakovic lands on his feet. Dijakovic forearms and CHOPS, but Lee blocks. SUPERKICK, then a choke grip, SIT-OUT CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Lee survives and fans are thunderous again. Fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” as Dijakovic hops up. Dijakovic leaps, but into the double chops! Lee pops Dijakovic up for his own choke slam! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic survives and Lee is shocked, but the fans cheer for “NXT!” for bringing them this match. Lee gets up and aims at Dijakovic. Lee runs in but Dijakovic puts him on the apron. Dijakovic stops the buckle bump and wrenches Lee to a SUPERKICK! Dijakovic throws more elbows, then runs side to side, TORNADO BOOT!
Lee falls to the floor, but Dijakovic decides to springboard and ASAI! Direct hit wipes both men out on the ramp! Fans are thunderous all over again as the ring count begins. Lee and Dijakovic slowly sit up. They both crawl for the ring at 7, drag themselves up at 9, but can’t get in!
Fans boo, they didn’t want this match to end like this. Fans chant “We Want Regal!” for word on this result. Dijakovic and Lee return to the ring now and want at each other, but the referees keep them back. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but the referees insist they stop for now. Dijakovic and Lee do leave, but will we get an epic rematch to this match?
The rest of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic field is revealed!
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, having made impressive showings in the past, are in, and Moustache Mountain joins in to represent NXT UK! But most important of all, Ricochet and Aleister Black made the cut, as did the officially reunited DIY! And now, the brackets are set as well! We will have:
- Moustache Mountain VS The Street Profits
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS The Forgotten Sons
- DIY VS Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly
- Aleister Black & Ricochet VS Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner
Which four teams will make it through the first round? Who will make it all the way to NXT TakeOver: New York to take on the War Raiders?
The Boss & Hug Connection is here!
The inaugural WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions return to Full Sail to a huge ovation! Sasha Banks and Bayley head to the ring and fans chant “Welcome Back! Welcome Back!” Bayley and Sasha wonder if Full Sail missed them. And it feels good to be back. “This is why you don’t forget where you came from.” For Bayley and Sasha, their journey to become the inaugural tag team champions started in NXT. Full Sail agrees with that, “You Deserve It!” Bayley doesn’t know if the fans remember the last time they were here, but to refresh memories, it was TakeOver: Respect’s main event, the first-ever Iron Woman Match. Izzy remembers, but they’re all friends now.
But it just felt right to come back and share these titles with the NXT Universe. Their journey has only just begun, and they want these titles to be the most sought-after, talked-about titles in WWE today! Therefore, take a good look. They’ll take these titles all over the world, and that includes NXT! To the entire NXT Women’s Division, step up and maybe the Boss & Hug Connection will return to defend these titles. #BankOnThat. With Women’s Tag Team wrestling making leaps and bounds in WWE, which duo will step up to this challenge from the champs?
Shayna Baszler VS Mia Yim!
Speaking of women’s titles, the only two-time NXT Women’s Champion is always looking for a fight, and she brought one to the Head Baddie in Charge and others last week. Mia won’t stand for people stepping on her, so she looks to make Shayna put some respect on the name. Will Shayna have to protect her neck? Or will Mia #TapNaporSnap?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Mia. Shayna laughs it off, because fan support means nothing to her. She and Mia circle and tie up, and Shayna trips Mia. Mia says Shayna must have “lost your damn mind.” Mia gets up again and circles with Shayna again. They tie up and Shayna trips Mia again, and pie faces her! Mia gets up mad but runs into another takedown! Shayna throws big hands then toys with Mia more. Mia dodges the ground ‘n’ pound and Shayna hurts her hand. Mia ax kicks then Oklahoma rolls! TWO, but Mia’s right on Shayna with a takedown of her own! Mia grounds ‘n’ pounds but Shayna gets away. Mia builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit sends Shayna into barriers! Mia fires up with the fans and puts Shayna in the ring. Shayna bails out again but Mia boots her down!
Mia whips Shayna at steel steps! Then she takes Shayna’s hand and stomps it on the steel! Shayna is writhing, but she dodges Mia’s kick! Mia’s shin hits steel! Shayna sweeps the other leg then leaves Mia behind. Mia clutches her leg while Shayna clutches her hand. Shayna returns and puts Mia in the ring. Shayna stomps away on the bad leg! Fans boo as Shayna covers, TWO! Mia clutches her bad leg and Shayna’s right on her again. Shayna pulls the leg in a toehold but Mia endures. Fans rally but Shayna pulls back even further, and twists the foot around! Mia kicks with her good leg but Shayna turns her over for a STOMP! Mia screams and writhes, but she refuses to let the ref stop the match. Fans rally up as Mia drags herself to a corner.
Shayna is on the bad leg, but Mia swings on her. Shayna ducks the punch to get Mia in the Kirafuda Klutch! But Mia goes after Shayna’s bad hand! Mia has the fingers of the hand, spins around, but Shayna drops down for a Heel Hook! Shayna pulls on the foot but Mia drags herself towards ropes. Mia gets the ropebreak! Shayna lets go but both women are reeling from respective pain. Fans rally up and Mia hotshots Shayna! Mia hits a step-in tornado DDT! But she can’t cover from the bad leg! Shayna gets to a corner while fans rally up again. Mia forces herself to stand, then says “Click Click Boom!” But the bad leg gives out!
Shayna laughs so Mia dares her to give Mia her best shot. Shayna runs in, but Mia suckered her! Mia rolls Shayna up, TWO! Mia headbutts then throws big palm strikes. She kicks but with her bad leg, then with her good one. Mia holds her leg and forces it to Pele Shayna down! Fans are thunderous as Mia crawls to a cover, TWO!! Mia drags Shayna up but Shayna throws fast forearms. Shayna kicks the bad leg, then gut wrench slams! Cover, TWO! Fans are loving this as both women tough it out. Shayna checks her bad hand while Mia sits up. Shayna gives swift kicks, but Mia catches one, for a sit-out powerbomb on one leg! Cover, TWO!!
Mia drags Shayna up again, twists the arm, but Shayna trips her up! Point blank knee! Kirafuda Klutch! But Mia again wants the bad hand! Shayna goes after Mia’s arms with both legs! Mia is trapped but uses her good leg to move around. Mia can’t get hands on a rope, so she taps! Shayna wins!!
Winner: Shayna Baszler, by submission
The Queen of Spades pulls off the win with one hand, and makes sure Mia knows it. Shayna Two-Time will find out who her next challenger is next week, but will it matter to her?
An incredible episode with lots of meaningful build towards NXT TakeOver: New York! First off, DIY is truly back together! Now that they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, things just got a lot more interesting. However, them going against reDRagon, Fish & O’Reilly, in the first round is a shame. One big name team will be out of the tournament already, but it will determine a lot of what happens next for NXT and the main roster. It almost feels like a mistake. I’d assume Undisputed Era advances and faces Aleister & Ricochet, who will have a great match against the NXT USA/UK crossover team of Barthel & Aichner. On the other side of the bracket, I’d think Mustache Mountain wins but maybe Street Profits shock us, since this feels like it’s their story towards getting a shot at the titles.
Lee VS Dijakovic was incredible, even with the double count-out finish. I really hope we get this again for the post-TakeOver NXT. Either man could win and then move on to at least the NXT North American Championship. Dream and the Undisputed Era had a great segment together, too, and it seems Cole is dead-set on being NXT NAC again. Does that mean Roderick Strong will be their NXT Championship challenger by default? That would definitely be a surprise. Dream VS Cole could go either way, but will likely mirror Lee VS Dijakovic so that we still get Face VS Heel, Dream VS Dijakovic or Lee VS Cole.
Then it’s clear NXT is getting in on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships already. First, it was a real surprise that Vanessa and Aliyah win instead of Taynara getting back at them for last week. But of the possible NXT Women’s teams, it has to be either the MMA Horsewomen’s Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir or the Sky Pirates, Kairi Sane & Io Shirai. And it’ll only be the Sky Pirates if Shirai loses to Bianca in next week’s contenders match. That match will be awesome regardless of who wins. Shayna VS Mia was practically title match worthy. The story of Mia’s bad leg and Shayna’s bad arm was great, but naturally Shayna wins to stay strong going towards TakeOver. Shayna VS Shirai or Shayna VS Bianca II will both be great, so I’m good either way.
My Score: 8.6/10
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.
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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!
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.
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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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