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Welcome back to All Japan Pro Wrestling as we’re now gonna talk about their next big show that took place on February 24th.
We have a lot of big matches to cover on this one as we have the finals of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament along with two titles matches, and the announcement of this year’s Champions Carnival participants. Plenty of stuff to cover in which should be an exciting show.
What will unfold tonight? 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
Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi & Gianni Valletta vs. Hokuto Omori & Osamu Nishimura
Review: Our first match is a tag team match to open up the show as we have Atsuki Aoyagi and Gianni Valletta taking on Hokuto Omori and Osamu Nishimura. This match has two of our Young Lions, Atsuki and Hokuto in the match to give them some time in the ring while being paired off with active members on the roster. Will the Young Lions show us their progression in their training?
This tag match was mostly for Atsuki and Hokuto since they’re the young rookies in the match and it’s to see how their training has been going and overall, they both seem to be pretty solid for the most part. I really can’t say who’s better at this point between the two since I haven’t seen too much of them, but I would still love to see a singles match between the two of them down the road instead of just a tag team match. I thought the match was basic but a solid bout to help showcase the rookies and Gianni just being well…Gianni since that’s what he does. The match lasted a little over eight minutes when Osamu would have Atsuki in a Spinning Toe Hold a couple of times to weaken his legs before he locked in the Figure Four Leglock to make Atsuki tap out as him and Hokuto won the match. Not bad, younglings.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Ten Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Aoki, Black Menso-re, Black Tiger, Chikara & Hikaru Sato vs. Akira Francesco, Atsushi Maruyama, Kotaro Suzuki, TAJIRI & Yusuke Okada
Review: Our next match is another tag match but this one is with all the participants of the Junior Battle of Glory tournament that failed to make it to the final round tonight. We got Atsushi Aoki, Black Menso-re, Black Tiger, Chikara, and Hikaru Sato on one team as they take on Akira Francesco, Atsushi Maruyama, Kotaro Suzuki, TAJIRI, and Yusuke Okada. These to teams are sure enough to deliver us an exciting match. Which one of these teams will win?
I have no idea what Chikara and Menso-re were doing before the bell rang but Black Tiger got annoyed enough to beat up his partner, Menso-re and made him go to the corner. I was surprised Chikara had the most time in the ring from his team aside from maybe Black Tiger and Menso-re a little bit while Atsushi didn’t really do a whole lot unless it was a run-in spot. Menso-re had a little bit of time in the ring before Tiger would throw him out after beating him up again, it did give me a little laugh. The other team was a little more balance with ring time since they would come in once after showcasing a few things and I’m glad Akira was able to be a part of this tournament since he’s a very solid competitor in the ring and would love to see him in All Japan more often since he would fit the bill fine. Akira and Maruyama would dive out of the ring to get people out after TAJIRI hits Chikara with the green mist into his eyes as Kotaro and Sato are left alone in the ring. Kotaro would get Sato in the La Magistral for a two count but the two would go back and forth with the pin and kicking out until Kotaro would get him pinned this time as he gets the victory for his team in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Tag Team Match
Masanobu Fuchi & Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama & Mitsuo Momota
Review: We have a special tag match for this next bout as we have Masanobu Fuchi and Takao Omori taking on Jun Akiyama and Mitsuo Momota. So why is this match special since we’ve already seen these guys wrestle in the ring together? This one is special because this match is also Fuchi’s 45th anniversary as a wrestler, so of course, it’s special for him as he’s been wrestling for so long and still has enough in the tank to keep going. Will Fuchi be able to win on this special day or does Uncle Jun’s team crash the party?
Fuchi and Mitsuo started the match off as the two old-timers would start to have a basic wrestling match as they would go back and forth until Jun would get tagged into the ring. What I love about Jun is that he can play the heel anytime he wants to and it wouldn’t be a permanent role since he just plays the part for the match and if he needed to be a bad guy for Fuchi, he’ll do it. Fuchi would do his old punch to the forehead after a Headlock and would tell the referee that it was an open fist, but Jun would do it back to him and the crowd would start to boo him pretty loudly, especially when Jun would mock that little taunt right after and it’s just great. Omori would help Fuchi out a little bit and would Irish Whip him into the ropes for Fuchi to possibly hit a Dropkick but Jun held onto the ropes to make Fuchi miss and the crowd would boo him again. Fuchi finally hits a Dropkick onto Jun which made Mitsuo get tagged in this time as the two would fight each other until Fuchi caught him in a cradle and would get the pin to win. While not a good wrestling match, it was still a fun entertaining match with four veterans in the ring to give Fuchi a fun time for his 45th anniversary in the ring, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Six Man Tag Match
KAI, Shuji Ishikawa & Yuma Aoyagi vs. Yoshitatsu, Yutaka Yoshie & Zeus
Review: Our next match is a six-man tag match with some people being thrown together just for the sake of being on the card. We got KAI, Shuji Ishikawa, and Yuma Aoyagi taking on Yoshitatsu, Yutaka Yoshie, and Zeus. This is pretty much an exhibition with their partners already booked, injured, or just feel like being there. Either way should be a solid bout between the two teams.
We had Zeus and Shuji starting this one off as the two would mostly do a test of strength together to see who would be the strongest out of the two but after Zeus lifted and slammed him down, he showed that he was stronger and sexier than Shuji…I know what I said. Yoshitatsu and KAI were in the ring now and they wouldn’t do too much since it was more even and technical before Yuma and Yutaka were tagged in now and Yuma would try to roll Yutaka but he sat on him and would have Yuma kick out at two. I personally thought the match came out much better than I expected it to go since all six men did well with doing what they needed to do to give the fans an entertaining match. Nearly everyone who shared the ring together was solid, especially when Shuji and Yutaka would be in there as Shuji would match his strength but was just a bit faster as his strikes were also very crisp. Yuma and Yoshitatsu would be in the ring last as the two went back and forth but Yoshitatsu went for the Koji Clutch as Yuma would pin him down for a two count before Yoshitatsu would go for it again and actually applies it, Yuma looked like he was out for the count as KAI would make the save by breaking the hold. Yoshitatsu would go for the Codebreaker of Jericho but Yuma would catch him midair and would have him on the ground to flip over him ot get the pin as Yuma would get the surprise victory for his team! Very fun tag match, worth watching.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
– We have found out our official participants for this year’s Champions Carnival as the tournament is looking to start on April 4th, which both Andrew and I will once again be covering together. Here are our participants.
Block A: Kento Miyahara, Zeus, Shuji Ishikawa, Yuma Aoyagi, Dylan James, Yuji Okabayashi, Gianni Valletta, Kengo Mashimo, and Ryouji Sai
Block B: Suwama, Jake Lee, Joe Doering, Naoya Nomura, Yoshitatsu, Joel Redman, Takashi Yoshida, Sam Adonis, and Daichi Hashimoto
Dylan James vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: We got our first singles match of the night as Dylan James takes on one half of the All Asia Tag Team Champions, Naoya Nomura. Not many details for this match but Uncle Jun is not one to do things without a very good reason and the winner could possibly get something in return. Is it a future title opportunity? No idea, but I’m excited to see who wins out of these two and what the exact payoff will be for them.
The match went exactly how it needed to go and that’s with Dylan dominating the match while Nomura just trying to hit his moves and mostly failing. Why does it have to go like that? It’s because Dylan is bigger and stronger than Nomura while Nomura is just small and quick, Dylan needs to dominate as the heel of the match so the fans can get behind him. Nomura would try to lift Dylan up for a Death Valley Driver but would fail at the attempt and even tried to Spear him but Dylan would stand his ground and not move while he slammed him down and deliver a few elbows for a two count. Dylan would go for a Chokeslam as Nomura would actually hit a Brainbuster to get him down for a two count. Nomura starts getting more offense in the ring as he hits a German Suplex Hold for a two count but would climb the ropes for a Splash and hits it twice to get him down before picking him up for the Death Valley Driver as it connects for the three count and gets the upset victory. I wasn’t expecting a win without the use of a surprise pin but I’m very happy with the result as Nomura has definitely improved, wonder what’s next for him.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Junior Battle of Glory 2019 Final Match
Koji Iwamoto vs. Seiki Yoshioka
Review: Our next match is the final round of the Junior Battle of Glory tournament. We have Seiki Yoshioka from Wrestle-1 taking on the current World Junior Heavyweight Champion, Koji Iwamoto. Both of these men were able to win their blocks to get this far in the finals and if Seiki can win here, he’ll get a future opportunity and if Koji wins, then he’ll be one of the few that have won the tournament twice. If you’re not familiar with these guys, definitely check out their work because it’s great stuff. Who will be the winner of this year’s Junior Battle of Glory?
It’s been quite some time since I’ve seen Seiki wrestle and I’ve apparently missed a lot since he’s a new member of STRONG HEARTS and I have no idea how or when it happened, I need to get back into Wrestle-1. Anyway, I’m actually digging this new persona of his since he’s just shining as a heel here with how he adapted his moveset to be more aggressive while also being his agile self here. I’m glad these two were able to fight in the final since this is a damn good match with Wrestle-1’s best cruiserweight against All Japan’s champion to give us some great chemistry in the ring between these two. The final five minutes or so were very explosive, to say the least with how intense these two were getting with each other as Koji would hit three STO’s in a row and would make them stiff as he covered Seiki for a two count. Koji would have him up as Seiki was able to hit the Torbellino shades of Masato Yoshino and would quickly hit a Blue Thunder Driver as Koji would kick out at two! Seiki went for another Torbellino as Koji would hit a Koko no Geijutsu and the two are down. Koji hits a Dragon Suplex and once he ran into him, Seiki would hit him with a Superkick before going to the ropes but Koji would catch him with another Koko no Geijutsu he pinned Seiki for the win as he won the Junior Battle for Glory tournament!
Koji was able to win his second Battle to Glory cup as the first time he won it was in 2017, and now he has won it in 2019 while being All Japan’s champion at the same time. Koji has come a long way and I’m glad they were able to pull the trigger on making him the champion finally since Atsushi Aoki wasn’t working out as the top guy for the division, but I do have faith in Koji Iwamoto to lead that division. So what’s next for Koji since he won the tournament? I believe Kotaro Suzuki is next in line for a title shot due to beating him in the tournament and I’m okay with that. Great match and don’t worry, Seiki since you’ll win Wrestle-1’s Cruiser Fes to reclaim your title there.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
AJPW World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our first title match of the evening is next as Strong BJ is looking to defend their titles against two members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Jake Lee is itching to get some gold this year as him and Ryouji so make a pretty solid team and want to do what Violent Giants couldn’t do, which is beat Strong BJ to bring those titles back to All Japan. Strong BJ is looking to get a solid first title defense under their belt and keep their momentum going. Will we have new champions or does Strong BJ retain?
When you look at Strong BJ, you can see why they were able to defeat Violent Giants for the titles and while the Violent Giants are a much better tag team, Strong BJ is just more powerful and agile compared to them and that’s what gave them that advantage to win the titles in the first place. When you see them fighting Sweeper, they’re just as powerful and would just destroy the smaller guys in the match as Sweeper is clearly the underdog team in the match and it makes sense with their size and the people involved along with the people they’re fighting in that ring. Strong BJ would have some fun with Sweeper after dragging them to the outside to fight them a little bit more after they were playing with their food inside a little bit. I really do love the dynamic of the match since I like a good underdog story and this match was able to tell it well, Jake Lee is still a star with how he performs.
Ryouji would get a few PK’s in on Daisuke before he would get him onto the ground and went to the top rope so he could go for a Splash it looks like as Ryouji would hit him with a kick before climbing onto the ropes to hit a Superplex and it was nicely done as Sweeper finally has an opening to try and turn things around after Strong BJ controlled most of the match. Ryouji would tag Jake in along with Daisuke tagging in Yuji as Jake is in control with the hot tag, giving Yuji a few things in the ring to get some momentum in now and when he had Yuji in a DDT position, Ryouji would try to run in for an STO but Daisuke would catch him with a Spear. Strong BJ would make a comeback as they lifted both members of Sweeper up for a Torture Rack to do some more damage onto them and Ryouji is rolled out of the ring. Yuji would have Jake set up for a German Suplex as Daisuke would give Yuji the assist with a German as well and Ryouji would break the count just in time before three. Jake started to get fired up as he delivers stiff knee strikes onto Yuji to try and put him away and Yuji kept on kicking out of them. Jake pulls his kneepad down to go for the Ko-Oh and Yuji moved out of the way to hit a few Lariats as Jake Lee would also now kick out of it. Yuji would get him down one more time before going to the top rope and hits a big Splash for the three count as Strong BJ retains the titles in a great tag match!
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Triple Crown Title Match
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Suwama
Review: We now have our main event of the evening as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against the former ace of All Japan, Suwama. The last the these two fought for the title was in September of 2017 and Suwama would defeat Kento to win the title from him in Kento’s first title defense of his second reign. Kento still wants to break the record of Toshiaki Kawada’s title defenses and to do that, he would have to fight one of his toughest challenges early. Suwama is looking to defeat Kento once again for the title and this time to prove that he is still on top of the world in not only tag team wrestling, but as a singles competitor. Will Kento be able to defeat his rival like he did to win his first Triple Crown Championship or will Suwama still prove why he’s number one?
I loved that the match started out even with none of them getting the upper hand right away since it makes them feel like equals because they actually are when it comes to this big match and their status to the company. The two would eventually make their way to the outside as the two were going blow for blow with punches on the entrance ramp until Kento would hit Suwama with a DDT onto the ramp to knock him down. Kento would get him up near the ring to hit him with a Headbutt and used this time to climb the apron to hit a jumping Blackout but Suwama moved out of the way to make Kento crash into the guardrail and his knee is damaged from that as Suwama would now have the opening he needs to control the match. This is where Suwama now has what he needs to do and hits Kento with a Lariat to knock him down and applies a Boston Crab to do more damage to his leg but Kento would grab the ropes just in time to break the hold. Suwama kept on destroying Kento in the ring with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex and has him over the apron to apply the Sleeper Hold and is really wringing his neck here as Kento sells it beautifully before making him land outside the ring as Kento is out for the count.
Kento would eventually get the comeback that he needs after reversing the Last Ride into a DDT and would deliver a Blackout, German Suplex, and another Blackout right after but Suwama would kick out at two. Kento would try to go for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold but Suwama would kick Kento’s arm away before he could lock it and would hit a German Suplex of his own as Suwama ruined Kento’s momentum. After failing to make Kento tap with another Sleeper Hold, the two would exchange some punches back and forth until Kento just kept hitting Suwama with Forearms until Suwama fell to the mat and would attempt a Shutdown German Suplex hold again but Suwama would break out of it and hits the Last Ride for a two count. Suwama would try to go for a Backdrop Driver but Kento flipped himself to land on Suwama for a two count. Suwama would finally hit the Backdrop Driver but Kento would kick out of it somehow but Suwama would quickly go for another Last Ride as Kento jumped off of him to hit a Blackout behind him and hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold, but Suwama would kick out at two! Kento couldn’t believe it but he doesn’t stop as he would try to go for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as he held it in the air for a bit while Suwama tried to fight it but Kento hits it for a second time and gets the pinfall victory to retain!
Kento would have his second successful title defense under his belt and would be the last time he’ll be champion in his twenties as he’s now thirty years old. After the match though, Naoya Nomura would come out to challenge his fellow NEXTREAM member for the Triple Crown Championship and Kento would actually accept this match as it would take place on the March 19th show and it’ll be his last defense until the Champions Carnival is over. We also found out that since he’s challenging Kento, he and Aoyagi would be vacating the All Asia Tag Team Championships in the process as new champions will be crowned at a later date. This was honestly the best Suwama match that I’ve seen in quite some time as these two would have magic in the ring as he does show he still has plenty left in the tank for a future title reign if they ever decide to give him one again, but right now they should focus on the future and the future is Kento. Fantastic match and two successful title defenses down, nine more to go to break the record.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
Overall: Despite the undercard mostly being average, they were all still solid and this was a great show. From top to bottom, I didn’t dislike any match as everything delivered the way I expected them to and the final three matches alone are worth watching this show. A lot of fun and excited to cover the next big one before the Carnival.
Favorite Match: Kento Miyahara vs. Suwama
Least Favorite Match: Masanobu Fuchi & Takao Omori vs. Jun Akiyama & Mitsuo Momota
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
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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