It’s NXT UK VS NXT USA as the Grizzled Young Veterans defend their tag team titles for the first time! Will the One Two Combination get a Ticket to Mayhem?
- Tyler Bate VS Jack Gallagher; Bate wins.
- WALTER VS Kassius Ohno; WALTER wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: The Grizzled Young Veterans VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; The Grizzled Young Veterans win and retain the NXT UK Tag Team Championships.
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Tyler Bate VS Jack Gallagher!
It’s the Big Strong Boy against the Ungentle Gentleman in a crossover match between NXT UK and 205 Live! Who will make the biggest impact towards both brands’ singles divisions?
The bell rings and Gallagher circles with Bate. They tie up and Gallagher waistlocks. Bate reverses to a wristlock but Gallagher gets up. Bate wrangles him back down but Gallagher stands up again. Gallagher flips and pushes Bate away. They go again and Gallagher puts Bate on the ropes. Gallagher goes after a leg but lets go at 4. Bate is cornered but makes a move, only for Gallagher to get a takedown. Cover, ONE, but Gallagher stays on Bate with a waistlock. Fans rally up as Bate reverses to an armlock. Bate pulls back on a modified Fujiwara and then shifts to a hammerlock. Gallagher endures as they go around on the mat. Gallagher rolls, headscissors and spins! He has Bate down on the mat and shifts to get an arm.
Fans rally and Bate works up and around. Bate headstands and pops out, to cover Gallagher. Gallagher headscissor counters again! Gallagher grabs Bate’s leg and pulls but Bate pulls himself free. Fans rally up as Bate slowly bridges back to roll back. Bate hops and hops and pops out! Fans applaud and even Gallagher seems impressed. Gallagher approaches from the mat and Bate’s on the defensive. Bate takes the bait and Gallagher spins to a Heel Hook! Gallagher laces the legs for a deathlock snare! Bate grits his teeth as Gallagher shifts to a Heel Hook take on the cloverleaf! Gallagher twists and pulls but fans rally as Bate endures. Bate headlocks but Gallagher reverses to a wristlock. They stand and Bate has the double wristlock on Gallagher. Gallagher scoop slams but Bate holds onto the hold!
Fans rally for the “Big Strong Boy!” as Bate hammerlocks the arm and digs an elbow into Gallagher’s ribs! Bate wrenches the arm and pulls the fingers! Gallagher kicks Bate in the teeth and gets the foot again. Gallagher gets the legs hooked for stomps! Bate staggers away but Gallagher’s on him again. Gallagher gets the legs laced to another deathlock! Gallagher falls back to tweak the legs, and then again. He shifts and pulls Bate into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Bate endures being pulled back, then pops out to a cover! ONE, and Gallagher has a leg. Gallagher trips Bate and laces the legs for another tweak! Bate’s up and guards, but Gallagher kicks at the leg. Bate rolls and wrenches Gallagher down, back to the Fujiwara! Gallagher rolls right out and goes for the legs again.
Gallagher clubs the thighs and knees the knee, then pulls Bate back for another Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Fans rally for Bate as Gallagher kicks away on the leg. Bate gets up and throws European Uppercuts. Gallagher kicks back and sweeps the leg! Gallagher puts Bate’s leg on the ropes but Bate elbows him, so Gallagher rams the knee with another knee! Bate gives more EuroUppers, and even elbows and knees to Gallagher’s arm. Bate lifts Gallagher for the arm lever into the fireman’s carry! Airplane Spin! But Gallagher slips out to get the legs for a House of Pain! Bate endures being bent way back, and fans rally again. Bate crawls, reaches, but Gallagher grabs the arm! Gallagher pulls on Bate but Bate manages the ropebreak with his other arm! Gallagher lets go at 4 then stomps Bate’s legs.
Fans rally up as Bate grabs Gallagher’s arm. They end up grappling and Gallagher reels Bate in! Gallagher pops Bate to a cover, ONE and Bate sits on Gallagher! ONE and Gallagher sunsets, ONE to Bate, ONE! ONE, ONE, ONE as they around and around and around! The ref can barely keep up! They slow down, ONE, ONE, ONE, but then speed up again! Bate, Gallagher, Bate, TWO!! Fans applaud for that dizzying exchange but they’re not through yet! Bate rolls Gallagher, and WINS!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
A shocking and sudden end to this top technical display! Bate comes away with the win and Gallagher is dumbfounded. Will Gallagher be back to get a more decisive end to a match?
NXT UK shares Performance Center training footage.
Jack Starz helps Amir Jordan and Kenny Williams with some tag team sparring, straitjacket to dropkick! Travis Banks is on the apron watching, when Jordan Devlin attacks! Devlin throws Banks around but is immediately pounced on by the trainers and other superstars! But the Kiwi Buzzsaw wants at Devlin! The two were separated quickly, but we all know it’s only a matter of time before one finds the other again. Therefore, Johnny Saint makes a decision: next week, it will be Banks VS Devlin, Falls Count Anywhere!
NXT UK takes a closer look at Nina Samuels.
The Rose Pink Devil uses her classical dance training to help her be a better fighter, because it teaches her how to anticipate another’s movements. Samuels says the NXT UK fans will see a performance from “the rightful leading lady”. When will the spotlight shine on the Nina Samuels Show?
Eddie Dennis speaks.
“Everybody wants to know what happens to Eddie Dennis after NXT UK TakeOver, and defeat to the Bomber in Blackpool.” Dennis has a little story: this time last year, Dennis ruptured his right pectoral and could not wrestle. He couldn’t feed his family. Dennis signed a contract with the biggest wrestling company in the world. Adversity motivates Eddie Dennis. His return was “more violent, more vicious and more vindictive”. And when he returns to NXT UK, he will take out the roster one by one.
WALTER VS Kassius Ohno!
The Austrian Anomaly is big, hits hard, but says little. He lets his actions speak for him, so what will he have to “say” against the Knockout Artist of NXT USA?
The bell rings and Ohno does his best to ignore the fans chanting for Walter. Ohno and Walter circle and tie up. Walter powers Ohno to ropes but Ohno pushes back. They circle and feel out another grapple. They go for a test of strength and push shoulder to shoulder. Walter knuckle locks but Ohno brings him down to a knee. Walter powers his way back up and again pushes Ohno to ropes. Ohno pie faces Walter but stays in a corner. Ohno and Walter circle and tie up again, and Ohno gets a headlock. Walter lifts Ohno but Ohno grinds the hold. Walter pries his way out to an arm wrench! He shoves and wrings Ohno out and down to the mat! Fans applaud as Walter stays on top of Ohno with the armlock.
Ohno works his way back up and hooks Walter’s leg to chop! But Walter comes back. Ohno chops and chops and chops, but Walter just gets mad. Ohno runs but Walter runs him over! Fans cheer Walter on as he stalks Ohno to the ropes. Walter pulls Ohno against the ropes but Ohno breaks free. Ohno elbows Walter back but Walter boots Ohno out of the ring! Walter goes out to club Ohno on the apron. Ohno throws a forearm back, so Walter boots Ohno again! Walter back suplexes Ohno onto the apron! Ohno gets up and gets moving but Walter pursues. Walter grabs Ohno’s feet but Ohno stomps Water out! Ohno drops a back senton on Walter’s hand!
Walter rolls into the ring but Ohno is on him with forearms in the corner. The ref has to back Ohno off, but Ohno’s back to rock Walter with a right! Ohno grinds his boots into Walter but lets up at 4 to boot Walter. Ohno drags Walter up in a cravat and wrenches the neck. Fans rally up for Walter and Walter feeds off the energy. Ohno wrangles Walter back down with the cravat. Fans continue to chant for “Walter! Walter!” and Walter powers up again. Walter scoops and slams Ohno! Both men are down while fans fire up. Ohno and Walter stand, and Ohno throws a big haymaker! But Walter just grits his teeth and forearms back. Ohno chops, Walter forearms. Ohno throws a haymaker, Walter CHOPS! Walter deflects the boot and gets a sleeper hold! Ohno resists but Walter powers through.
Ohno gets the ropes, so Walter waistlocks! Walter tries but Ohno denies the German Suplex, so Walter CHOPS! Now Walter German Suplexes Ohno! Walter aims from across the way, and runs in for a boot! He throws Ohno out to drop a seated senton! Cover, TWO! Ohno survives but Walter keeps his cool. Walter drags Ohno up and clubs away on Ohno’s chest. He puts on the sleeper but Ohno rolls back to a cover! TWO, and Ohno boots the chop away. Ohno spins but into Walter’s boot! Ohno punches Walter’s punch away, then rams a forearm into Walter’s face! Fans fire up for these heavy hitters as they both slowly sit up. Ohno is on Walter first and drags him to a drop zone. Ohno climbs, MOONSAULTS, but flops! Walter DROPKICKS Ohno! Walter drags Ohno out, WALTER BOMB! Cover, Walter wins!
Winner: WALTER, by pinfall
This was perhaps Walter’s toughest test since joining NXT UK, but he passes with flying colors! Will Walter climb all the way to the top of NXT UK and claim the WWE United Kingdom Championship for his own?
El Ligero speaks.
“Joseph Conners, you want to make excuses about why you lost the first time?” Conners didn’t have a bad day. He is so obsessed with the “shiny new toys” and took his eyes off the ball. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been around, you’re only as good as your last match. But the Leeds Luchador would be more than happy to prove he can beat Conners again. This match will happen next week! Who will win the rematch of the Light and the Righteous Killer?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: The Grizzled Young Veterans VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Liverpool’s Number One and Mr. Mayhem are the inaugural tag team champions, and feel they are soon to be recognized as the best tag team in all the WWE. But Zack Gibson & James Drake will have to beat a lot of other teams to do that, and their first defense is against the One Two Combination! Will Gibson & Drake defend the NXT UK tag titles as well as the pride of the brand? Or will the Boston and British brawlers surprise everyone in Phoenix?
Introductions are made, the belts are raised, and teams sort out for this crossover main event. We start with Lorcan and Drake, and they circle to tie up. They push each other around and Drake gets the wristlock. Drake wrenches and brings Lorcan down to then jam the shoulder. Drake gives Lorcan shoulder breakers, and wrenches more. Lorcan endures and spins through to reverse. Lorcan wrings Drake but Drake rolls through, only to turn around into an arm-drag! Burch tags in and the One Two double wrench and CHOP! Burch wrenches and brings Drake down to the mat. Drake endures and snapmares out to a chinlock. Burch spins through to a hammerlock counter. Drake gets up and Burch gets him in a facelock. Drake headlocks but Burch powers out.
Gibson tags in, things speed up and Gibson throat chops Burch! Gibson stomps Burch out then drags him up for stiff forearms! Tag to Drake and Gibson scoop slams Burch down. Gibson then scoop slams Drake onto Burch and Drake covers, ONE! Drake keeps on Burch with a half nelson and chinbar. Drake thrashes Burch around but fans rally up. Burch feeds off the energy and fights his way up. Drake knees low and whips Burch to a corner. Burch goes up and under and shoves Drake away, tag to Lorcan! Lorcan chops away on Drake and whips him corner to corner. Lorcan hits a Euro Upper then whips him again. Drake goes up and over to the apron to tag Gibson, but the referee says that’s not allowed! Gibson protests, but it’s all to distract the ref as Drake rakes Lorcan’s eyes! Drake throws Lorcan into a post!
Gibson gives a thumbs up to Drake, and now they tag for real. Gibson drags Lorcan up, Drake slingshots, ax handle backbreaker combo! Drake taunts Lorcan while fans boo and jeer. Gibson drags Lorcan up and into the ring, and keeps between Lorcan and Burch as he fires off with forearms and stomps. Fans boo as Gibson reels Lorcan in for a big clothesline. Cover, ONE, but Gibson’s on Lorcan with a cobra clutch. Fans rally up as Lorcan endures. Lorcan fights his way up but Drake tags in. Gibson reels Lorcan out for Drake’s forearm! Cover, TWO! Drake keeps on Gibson with a nerve hold. Lorcan flails as Drake digs his fingers in.
Fans rally and Lorcan feeds off the energy. Drake lifts Lorcan for a backbreaker! Drake tags Gibson and GYV stomp a mudhole into Lorcan. Gibson drags Lorcan up and wrenches to a back suplex. Cover, TWO! Gibson tries again, TWO! Gibson stays on Lorcan with another half nelson chinbar. Burch and fans rally up as Lorcan powers up. Lorcan throws body shots but Gibson knees low. Gibson forearms Lorcan back and tags in Drake. GYV mugs Lorcan but fans keep chanting. Drake stomps Lorcan then covers, ONE! Drake wraps on another cobra clutch and wrenches him around. Lorcan still endures and fans rally up again. Lorcan fights his way up but Gibson tags in. Drake reels Lorcan out but Lorcan dodges. Lorcan dodges Drake then Gibson then hot tag to Burch!
The Governa rallies on Gibson! Burch whips but Gibson reverses. Gibson leaps but into a flapjack! Burch German suplexes Gibson, Drake tags in. Drake gets a German Suplex! Burch runs corner to corner for a big clothesline then an enziguri. Burch rolls Drake and leaps for a missile dropkick! And kip-up! Burch rocks Gibson but Drake is ready. Drake misses his enziguri, Burch powerbombs him! Burch rolls Drake for a knee trigger! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer Burch on as he works on what to do next. Burch puts Drake on the top rope but Gibson comes over. The ref keeps Gibson back but this allows Drake to throw Burch into buckles. Tag to Gibson but Burch boots back. Burch hops up, but Gibson sweeps the legs! Drake runs in and dropkicks Burch, Gibson hits a draping Ticket to Ride! Cover, TWO!! Burch lives and Gibson is furious!
Gibson grits his teeth while fans rally for “One Two! One Two!” Drake tags in and climbs while Gibson Electric Chairs Burch. Burch slips out and shoves Gibson. Drake jumps over but into Burch’s headbutt! Gibson returns to forearm Burch, but Burch returns with another headbutt! Burch staggers and tags in Lorcan! Lorcan DOUBLE blockbusters the Grizzled Young Veterans! Tag back to Burch, and Burch Electric Chairs Drake. Lorcan climbs, EuroUpper Doomsday! Cover, but Gibson throws Lorcan onto it! All four men are down but Phoenix loves it! Fans build to a rally while all four men regroup. Burch and Drake crawl for their corners, hot tags to Lorcan and Gibson!
Lorcan gets Gibson’s leg for a Half Crab! Drake comes in but Lorcan goes after him! Burch goes after Gibson’s arm, but Gibson rolls through to put Burch in Shankly Gates! Gibson and Lorcan glare at each other with dueling submission holds, but Burch and Drake aren’t legal! Gibson SLAPS Lorcan over and over, so Lorcan grabs Gibson’s jaw! Lorcan SLAPS, SLAPS, SLAPS! Drake tags in, but he runs into Lorcan’s EuroUpper! Lorcan fires up and builds speed, to DIVE onto the GYV! Lorcan puts Drake in fast and Burch joins in. They combine, draping DDT! Cover, TWO!? Drake survives but Lorcan keeps focus.
Lorcan tags Burch and Lorcan hops up. Burch drags Drake up, but Gibson shoves Lorcan down! Drake rolls Burch and puts his legs on the ropes, with Gibson holding them in place! TWO!! Burch still escapes, and flounders up to rock Drake with a right! Gibson tags back in, but gets right hands. Burch and Gibson trade haymakers, but then Drake tilt-o-whirls Burch into Ticket to Mayhem!! Gibson covers, the Grizzled Young Veterans win!
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson pinning; still NXT UK Tag Team Champions
It was by the skin of their teeth, but Gibson and Drake come away with the titles! Are they truly soon to be recognized as the best tag team in the world?
A really great episode for NXT UK to wrap up their time in Phoenix, little time wasted getting to action. Bate VS Gallagher was great, very technical as it should be. I was really surprised for Bate to win with a roll-up, but it gives the potential of more between him and Gallagher, and just more Gallagher in NXT UK in general. Hopefully Gallagher being on NXT UK means he can do more of his innovative technical ability as seen in other promotions. Walter VS Ohno was great, with big hits and surprising agility. Naturally Walter wins, he needs to stay strong if he’s going to face Pete Dunne for the title at the next UK TakeOver. We’re also getting great rematches once NXT UK returns to the UK, Conners VS Ligero is going to be good, Devlin VS Banks in Falls Count Anywhere is going to be amazing!
The NXT UK tag title match was amazing, too, almost TakeOver level in itself. Even though it was clear the Grizzled Young Veterans were going to win, Lorcan & Burch really made it feel like they could have a chance. But Gibson and Drake retain because it’d be a bit weak to lose in their first defense, and they’re meant to lose those titles to Mustache Mountain or Gallus. As for Lorcan & Burch, they don’t need the UK tag titles yet, they’ve got an outside shot at the NXT USA tag titles with the coming return of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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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!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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