Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 391
It’s ROH 17th Anniversary weekend, but the action keeps on rolling! The Submission Master returns, will he make Rocky Romero #JustTapOut?
- Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes; Young & The Briscoes win.
- The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys; The Bouncers win.
- Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead; Rayne wins.
- Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero; ZSJ wins.
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Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Shinobi Shadow Squad VS Silas Young & The Briscoes!
Cheeseburger leads Ryan Nova and Eli Isom into battle! Will their fighting spirits combined be enough to overcome the Last Real Man and #DemBoyz?
The bell rings and Isom begins against Jay Briscoe. Isom is no stranger to taking on former ROH World Champions, this could be his third upset on one already. They tie up and Jay waistlocks. Isom standing switches and throws Jay down but Jay reverses to a facelock, but Isom slips away. Fans applaud the Future of Honor keeping up with Jay. Jay and Isom circle again and Jay keeps Isom guessing on the grapple. Jay reels Isom in for a headlock, but Isom powers out, only for Jay to run him over. Things speed up and Isom kicks Jay. Isom runs but sees Jay follow. Jay fakes Isom out and kicks him down. Jay tags Mark and The Briscoes mug Isom. Mark suplexes but Isom slips out and shoves Mark. Mark turns around into Isom’s arm-drag!
Isom tags in Nova and Nova hops up for ax handles. Nova wrenches the arm but Mark rolls through. Mark breaks free but Nova dodges and fires off strikes. Nova wrenches and tags in Cheeseburger! Burger climbs up to drop his own ax handle. Burger wrenches but Mark pushes him away. Mark rushes at Burger but Burger crawls under and kicks him away. Burger speeds up but Jay stands in his way. Mark rocks Burger with a shotgun dropkick! Silas and the Briscoes take control as we go to break.
ROH returns and Silas taunts Burger to stand, only to stomp him down. Fans rally up for Burger and he throws body shots on Silas. Burger fires forearms but Silas shoves Burger for the backbreaker clothesline on the rebound! Silas drags Burger over and tags in Mark. Mark drops an elbow then drags Burger up. Mark suplexes and holds Burger up for a few seconds before dropping him down. Fans rally but Mark puts Burger in a camel clutch. Burger endures while Jay and Silas taunt him. Mark fish hooks Burger but lets up at 4. Mark blasts Nova but the ref keeps Isom from going after Mark. But he misses Mark biting Burger! Mark gets away with it then CHOPS Burger in a corner! Mark whips corner to corner but Burger dodges! Burger dodges Silas and Jay, too, hot tag to Isom!
Isom dropkicks Mark to his corner where Jay tags in. Silas runs at Isom but Isom puts him on the apron and dropkicks him down! Jay goes after Isom with a waistlock but is bucked off. Isom pops Jay up to a fireman’s carry! Nova intercepts Mark and DIVES on Silas! Air Raid Crash from Isom to Jay! Cover, TWO!! Isom almost had another former world champion caught! Isom keeps going but Jay blocks the suplex. Jay fights back but Isom throws his own forearms. Isom runs but into Jay’s fireman’s carry. Jay hits the Spicolli Driver while Mark climbs up! FROGGY-BOW! Jay covers, TWO!? Isom survives and The Briscoes are shocked!
The ref tells Mark to go to the corner but the Briscoes ignore him. #DemBoyz work together to finish this, double underhook but Isom fights out. Isom pushes Jay into Mark then kicks, suplex to brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Another close call but Isom keeps his focus. Isom and Jay stand as fans rally up. Isom throws forearms and elbows then an enziguri. Jay staggers and Jay runs, but SUPERKICK for Jay! High-Low combo for The Briscoes! Mark keeps Burger out while Jay hits his Jay Driller! Cover, The Briscoes & Silas win!
Winners: Silas Young & The Briscoes, Jay Briscoe pinning
The Shinobi Shadow Squad struggles in the Six Man Tag Division against such accomplished opponents. Will it be the Last Real Man and Dem Boyz who move on towards the titles instead?
Rhett Titus speaks.
“Willie Mack, I heard you had plans to take the NWA National Title and defend it in every state across America.” Well Willie, plans change, because the Fittest is looking to take that belt and bring it with him on the Flex Express. Will Rhett’s own plans have to change after facing The Mack next episode?
The Bouncers VS Brian Johnson & Joe Keys!
The literally biggest team in the ROH Tag Team Division takes on two other Future of Honor stars. With physiques like theirs, JK and The Number One were hoping for sunny beaches and “beautiful baby dolls”, but instead got “busted up broads and their beer-swilling bozos”! Well that’s no way to talk about the fans or beer! The Bouncers make their way out with plenty of drinks, and Brian Milonas takes the mic. He and The Beer City Bruiser are here to kick ass and drink beer! Will they do just that against these rude rookies?
The Code of Honor is still upheld between the teams, and we start with Bruiser and Keys. Keys shows off his body while teasing Bruiser about the beer belly. Bruiser admits Keys wins the body building, but Bruiser has the fans as they chant “Beer! Beer!” along with him. Keys calls for a test of strength and Bruiser isn’t sure he’s serious. Keys shoves Bruiser and tells him to take it serious. Bruiser accepts the test, and SLAPS Keys off his feet! Keys gets up and kicks but Bruiser catches it. Bruiser spins Keys for an atomic drop. Keys gets to a corner but covers up from Bruiser’s punch. So Bruiser CHOPS instead! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Fans cheer for more but Keys turns around to protect his chest. So Bruiser CHOPS his back! Keys scrambles to his corner and tags in Johnson.
Johnson fires off on Bruiser but Bruiser shoves him to run him over! Bruiser drags Johnson up but Johnson powers him to the corner. Keys anchors Bruiser’s feet and Johnson gets a sucker punch! Johnson stomps away in the corner then tags in Keys. Keys stomps Bruiser now but lets up at 4. Keys chops Bruiser back then goes to scoop. Bruiser’s too big for that, so Keys gives a European Uppercut. Johnson tags in and rams in his own uppercut. Johnson and Keys work together for a double scoop slam! Cover, ONE, and with power! Bruiser reaches for Milonas but Keys tags back in. Keys stomps Bruiser down then puts Bruiser back in the corner. Keys throws EuroUppers then gestures at Milonas. He runs in for a splash but Bruiser dodges! Keys hits buckles and both men are down!
Fans rally up as Bruiser crawls for his corner. Johnson shouts to Keys, and Keys tags him in. Johnson grabs Bruiser’s feet but Bruiser still gets to Milonas! The Mastodon rallies on both Future of Honor stars! Fans fire up as he pounces Keys out of the ring, then squashes Johson in a corner. Milonas whips Johnson corner to corner for another splash, then scoops. Johnson slips out and shoves Milonas away. Johnson dodges the clothesline but gets a pop-up spinebuster! Keys attacks Milonas from behind but Bruiser gets Keys. Bruiser whips Keys and Milonas gives Keys a pop-up spinebuster! The Bouncers say bottom’s up and grab Johnson. Milonas climbs and Bruiser holds Johnson up, draping leg drop! Cover, The Bouncers win!
Winners: The Bouncers, Brian Milonas pinning
They kicked ass, now they drink beer! Will the Bouncers find their way to the ROH World Tag Team Championships and drink to a title reign?
Madison Rayne speaks.
“Thunder Rosa, you think that you and Holidead can come into ROH and control the narrative and call the shots?” Here’s the reality: the Twisted Sisterz are the opposite of what the Women of Honor stand for. The Queen Bee vows to make a statement, but will it go the way she hopes?
Willie Mack speaks.
The inaugural NWA National Champion is all about making history, and he makes history with ROH next week. He’ll defend his title in all 50 states, and is already on number 5. If Rhett Titus wants to stay fit, then he better get ready for a fight!
Madison Rayne w/ Sumie Sakai VS Thunder Rosa w/ Holidead!
As The Queen Bee alluded to, The Twisted Sisterz have done what they want to who they want since joining the Women of Honor Division, including the Ray of Sunshine. Now Sumie stands beside Madison, will they put the trouble-makers in their place?
Madison doesn’t wait for the bell, she goes right at Thunder Rosa! She tackles Rosa down and the bell has to ring as she fires off right hands. Rayne puts Rosa in one corner then runs her all the way to the other. She bumps Rosa off a third then hits a sliding lariat. Rayne runs Rosa over with a shoulder and fires up while Rosa regroups with Holidead. Rayne doesn’t give Rosa much time to regain composure, she goes right out and rocks her with a right! She puts Rosa back in while Sumie keeps her eyes on Holidead. Rayne runs Rosa over with a clothesline but notices Holidead egging Sumie on. Rayne runs and wrecks Holidead with a dropkick! Sumie and the fans cheer Rayne on but Rosa hits Rayne back!
Rosa fetches Rayne and rams her into the apron. She then CHOPS Rayne against the apron, before shoving her into the ring. Rosa stomps Rayne then covers, TWO! Rosa drags Rayne up and bumps Rayne off the buckles. She stomps a mudhole into Rayne but backs off at 4. Rosa snapmares Rayne and kicks her sharp on the back. Holidead wants another so Rosa kicks Rayne again. Rosa runs and dropkicks Rayne in the back, covers, TWO! Sumie coaches Rayne up while Rosa mockingly applauds. Rayne throws body shots but Rosa clubs her down. Rosa scoops and slams Rayne down, then applauds herself. Rosa runs side to side for a BIG leg drop! Cover, TWO! The Queen Bee is in trouble while we go to break.
ROH returns and Rosa toys with Rayne. Rayne throws forearms back and enziguris! Rosa falls over and Rayne covers, TWO! Holidead is relieved but Rayne keeps on Rosa. Rosa throws Rayne down by her hair, then drags her up for chops. Rosa whips Rayne corner to corner then runs in for a big back elbow! She snapmares Rayne to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Rayne but Rose wraps on a chinlock. Rayne endures and fights her way up, but Rosa throws her back down. Cover, TWO! Rosa grabs Rayne for more chops, then does a little salsa to show off. She whips but Rayne reverses and things speed up, Rayne SPEARS Rosa down! But Rayne is also down and a standing 10 count begins.
The count reaches 5 as both women sit up. Rosa grabs Rayne and brings her up but Rayne fires forearms! Rayne dodges Rosa and rallies with more forearms. Rayne fires up and goes corner to corner but Rose catches her! Rosa puts Rayne on the top rope but Rayne boots her back. Rayne leaps for the crossbody! Both women are back up, Rayne ducks a kick to give an enziguri! Cover, TWO! Rayne keeps on Rosa with a waistlock. She wrings Rosa out but Rosa goes to swing. Rayne adjusts and gets around Rosa again for a dragon sleeper. Rosa elbows out and brings Rayne up into the Gory Especial, and spins around for the facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Rayne survives and the Twisted Sisterz are shocked!
Rosa is furious as she drags Rayne right up onto her shoulder! Rosa spins but Rayne slips out for the Rayne Drop! Cover, Rayne wins!
Winner: Madison Rayne, by pinfall
The Queen Bee wins outta nowhere and gets revenge on behalf of Sumie Sakai! Will Rayne and others teach the Twisted Sisterz a lesson about being Women of Honor?
Team Coast2Coast speaks.
“We were gone for a very long time, but for good reason.” Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni were “rediscovering” themselves. But now C2C is better than ever and will take on the best in the world! Their return is next week against Jay Lethal and Jonathan Gresham, will Chocolate Man and the Human Rocket be ready for the Franchise and the Octopus?
Zack Sabre Jr. VS Rocky Romero!
The partnership of ROH and NJPW is on display as the Submission Master returns! But not only that, the player-coach of Roppongi 3K makes his own return! Will Rocky make a run in ROH for gold? Or will he #JustTapOut?
ROH returns with the bell! Fans cheer Rocky on as he circles with ZSJ. Rocky keeps away from ZSJ’s grip and then they approach. ZSJ still gets Rocky down with a headlock but Rocky keeps up with his reversals. ZSJ gets free but both he and Rocky smirk as they circle again. They tie up again and ZSJ gets the arm. He cranks on it to get Rocky to the mat. Rocky endures the wristlock and ZSJ grinds a knee in. Rocky gets to his feet but ZSJ wrenches and arm-drags Rocky back down. Fans cheer ZSJ’s technique as he twists and pulls Rocky’s arm. Rocky spins through and gets up to dropkick ZSJ out of the ring! ZSJ is frustrated already as he kicks the railing. Rocky waits for ZSJ as he catches his breath.
ZSJ returns and circles with Rocky. They tie up and ZSJ gets a leg. He trips Rocky and stands on his feet. ZSJ twists the leg around and then ties the legs up so he can go after Rocky’s neck with a wrench. But he also hooks the face so the ref counts. ZSJ lets up at 4 to bring Rocky into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow. Rocky pops out to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud as Rocky and ZSJ circle again. Rocky and ZSJ approach and Rocky gets ZSJ’s leg now. Rocky waistlocks but ZSJ wrenches to a switch. ZSJ wrenches again and brings Rocky to his knees. ZSJ brings Rocky further down as he mounts the arm to pull back. Fans applaud while Rocky endures the pair of knuckle locks.
Rocky and ZSJ go shoulder to shoulder but ZSJ gets the cover. TWO so ZSJ tries again. TWO as Rocky brings up the shoulder, so ZSJ pushes it down. Rocky bridges this time, and then anticipates ZSJ hopping on with a monkey flip! It’s a double cover, but Rocky rolls back, only to get caught into ZSJ’s armbar! Rocky rolls and shifts but ZSJ slips out to a hammerlock. Fans applaud this continued exchange as Rocky reaches back for ZSJ. Rocky leaps and snapmares but ZSJ headbutts back. ZSJ snapmares but Rocky handsprings through to dropkick him down! Rocky brings ZSJ up for a chop then a cravat. ZSJ endures but Rocky snapmares. ZSJ responds with his own snapmare, but then Rocky snapmares back. They go snapmare for snapmare, but then ZSJ shoves Rocky down for a neck crank! Rocky writhes while we go to one last break.
ROH returns once again as Rocky manages a ropebreak while in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow. ZSJ reluctantly lets go, and waits for Rocky to sit up. ZSJ clamps on a half straitjacket, then digs in elbows and knuckles to get the full. Rocky endures as fans rally up. Rocky feeds off the energy but ZSJ does his best to keep Rocky down. The two struggle against each other, and ZSJ digs a knee in to keep the straitjacket. Rocky stands and spins the straitjacket around but ZSJ spins it back on. ZSJ brings Rocky back down then flips him over, but Rocky uses that to reverse the hold! Rocky has ZSJ but ZSJ breaks free to throw a EuroUpper. ZSJ whips but Rocky elbows back. Rocky springboards for a tornado DDT! Both men are down but fans rally up.
Another standing count begins and Rocky sits up at 3. ZSJ follows and grabs Rocky first. Rocky dodges and huricanranas! Things speed up, Rocky springboards again for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Rocky toys with ZSJ, then starts slapping him around. ZSJ EuroUppers then grabs a leg. Rocky misses the first enziguri but not the rewind! Fans fire up with Rocky as he runs corner to corner to start the Forever Clotheslines! He gets one, then another, but runs into a boot! ZSJ runs but into Rocky’s leaping knee, only to make it an STF! Rocky is caught, and ZSJ shifts sides! Rocky drags himself around and manages a ropebreak! ZSJ lets Rocky go and catches his breath. Now ZSJ toys with Rocky as he stomps him around. ZSJ kicks but Rocky gets mad. ZSJ pie faces so Rocky SLAPS away!
Rocky knees and hauls ZSJ up to the top rope. Rocky runs corner to corner for a top shelf knee! ZSJ falls to the apron but Rocky checks his shoulder first. Rocky brings ZSJ up but ZSJ resists the suplex. ZSJ goes after the arm but Rocky throws forearms. Rocky shoulders in but gets caught into an Octopus through the ropes! ZSJ lets go at 4 then shoves Rocky away. Rocky dropkicks ZSJ on the return! Rocky throws forearms and CHOPS, then ties ZSJ up in the ropes. He goes to the side and springboards for a guillotine missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!! ZSJ survives and Rocky is exhausted. Fans build to a rally for Rocky as he brings ZSJ up. Rocky throws forearms on ZSJ then eggs him on. ZSJ throws a EuroUpper, but Rocky comes back for fast hands. Rocky kicks and runs for a Sliced Bread! Cover, TWO!
Rocky drags ZSJ up again and wants more, but ZSJ escapes Sliced Bread 2 for the standing abdominal stretch! Rocky reaches but ZSJ rolls him away, then around, Hurrah! The double wrist-clutch octopus is on and Rocky taps quickly! ZSJ wins!
Winner: Zack Sabre Jr, by submission
The Submission Master brings in Another Year, Surely This One Will Be Better Than the Last. Will ZSJ’s first year in ROH be golden sooner rather than later?
Another ROH PPV, another disconnect between it and their television episodes. This episode, as all episodes are, was clearly recorded long before the PPV as nothing that happened at the PPV affects this episode’s events. For those who didn’t see the ROH 17th Anniversary, make sure to check here for the full card results. But for those who did, you know The Briscoes lost the the ROH World Tag Team Championships to Villain Enterprises, yet Jay & Mark still had the belts here. And all this makes it strange for commentary to vaguely reference the PPV when it hadn’t happened for them yet. The Six Man Tag they had was only okay, so I don’t see why it couldn’t have been three other Heels going against Shinobi Shadow Squad to get the spotlight instead.
In fact, seeing as how more Future of Honor stars were brought on for this episode, I’m starting to think that’s what episodes like this should be about. ROH Future of Honor stars can appear, get some television exposure, and take the card in place of literally anyone involved on the PPV card. And of course, facing Future of Honor stars meant an easy win for The Bouncers, who might finally be moving up now that they’re Faces. Meanwhile, Rhett Titus’ new gimmick is like if Lex Luger and Val Venis fused, but then the combination was slightly diluted. But Rhett VS Mack, even non-title, sounds fun. Pretty sure Mack wins that, but bringing NWA and its new championship into the fold of ROH’s many partnerships also sounds great.
Rayne VS Rosa was a good match, and I’m sensing this is building to something more. I’ve said before that having the Twisted Sisterz in WOH must mean Women’s Tag Team Championships are on the horizon, and it would be pretty big if Sumie Sakai joins Rayne in competing for those. I don’t think Rayne & Sumie would be the inaugural champions, that really should be the Twisted Sisterz given their resumes. But Sumie one day becoming a tag champ to be the first woman to have both the WOH World and Tag Team Championships would be a great thing for her own career. ZSJ VS Romero was a good match, and clearly ZSJ is set to dominate to at least a World Television Championship level. ZSJ VS Jeff Cobb would be great for the sheer difference in styles, but we know it’ll have to wait until after G1 Supercard.
My Score: 8/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/19/19)
Who wins themselves some #ToniTime?
Everyone wants at the NXT UK Women’s Champion!
But only one woman can have her! The entirety of the NXT UK Women’s locker room competes in a Battle Royal to determine Toni Storm’s next opponent!
- Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- The Hunt VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Kay Lee Ray wins and will face Toni Storm for the title, at a time of her choosing.
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NXT UK may have a new ruling power.
Imperium and British Strong Style fought it out in an incredible Six Man Tag main event last week, but a new face would sway the balance. Alexander Wolfe, formerly of SAnitY, pledges allegiance to Imperium as he helps them down British Strong Style! Will this fearsome foursome take over all of NXT UK?
NXT UK is at the Download Festival!
The formation of the brand owes a lot Derby, England and this three-day-weekend musical event! However, Nigel McGuinness opts out, so the Drama King, Aiden English, joins Vic Joseph on commentary!
Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno!
The Lucky Yan goes solo while Amir Jordan is still out of action! But can he #StayLucky against the Knockout Artist and Wrestling Genius?
The bell rings and Ohno stays back in the corner a moment. He eventually comes out and ties up with Kenny. Ohno wrenches and drags Kenny to the mat, steps through and has the wristlock. Fans cheer for the technical prowess, but Kenny rolls and hooks a leg. But Ohno gets both of Kenny’s arms to pull back in the motorcycle stretch. Ohno steps through to hook the arm, but Kenny works his way to a facelock. Fans rally but Ohno wrenches the arm again. Kenny brings Ohno back in for a facelock, but Ohno powers out to again wrench the arm. Ohno spins through to throw Kenny down to the mat. He keeps on the arm at the elbow joint, but Kenny endures. Kenny gets up and hops up to headscissor! Ohno stays up, and gets to the ropes. The ref calls for the ropebreak and Kenny honors it.
Fans cheer as Ohno is allowed to come out of the corner. Ohno ties up with Kenny and gets that arm again! Kenny endures but drops to a knee. Ohno wrenches more but Kenny jumps up and out! Kenny hurdles Ohno and rolls him up but Ohno rolls through. Kenny gets to a corner, shaking out the bad arm. Ohno runs in but Kenny goes up and over to then roll and bait Ohno in. Ohno falls for it, and Kenny rolls to get the leg. Kenny has Ohno on one foot as he hops up to get the headlock. Ohno powers Kenny to ropes but Kenny uses them to go up and over! Kenny hurdles to a sunset flip, but Ohno stays up. Ohno yanks Kenny up and shoves him, to catch him upside-down in the ropes!
Ohno laces the legs for a pseudo Tree of Woe, and he stomps Kenny into the apron! The ref counts and Ohno lets up to untie Kenny. Ohno yanks Kenny into the ropes by his feet! Kenny flounders to a corner but Ohno is on him again. Ohno throws a SLAP of a haymaker! Kenny is rocked but Ohno clubs away. Ohno puts Kenny in a corner for a CHOP! Kenny is sent reeling and Ohno kicks Kenny down. Fans want “One More Time!” and Ohno grins as he snapmares to a cover. TWO, but Ohno is on Kenny with a chinlock. Ohno shifts to an arm surfboard, but fans taunt, “Please don’t eat him!” Ohno gets annoyed, and he hauls Kenny up to a fireman’s carry for a rolling senton! Fans cheer while Kenny writhes and flounders.
Ohno stomps Kenny to a corner but Kenny pushes and chops back. Ohno shoves Kenny then snapmares him, for a big back senton, onto knees! Kenny gets Ohno there, but it really only angers Ohno. Ohno gets up but walks into Kenny’s uppercut! And CHOP! Kenny keeps chopping from both sides! Ohno whips to CHOP Kenny back, then brushes himself off. Ohno keeps Kenny against the ropes, takes off the arm band, then runs. Kenny catches Ohno in a wheelbarrow, but Ohno blocks and pops him up for a back suplex. Kenny lands on his feet! He waistlocks and rolls Ohno back, TWO! Pendulum Penalty Kick! Ohno rolls out of the ring but fans rally up. Kenny builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Kenny skins the cat to DIVE! And down goes Ohno!
Fans cheer on “NXT!” as Kenny gets Ohno in. Kenny climbs up as Ohno stands. Kenny leaps for a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kenny can’t believe it, but he fires himself up as he goes to Ohno. He fires off headbutts and clubbing forearms, but his springboard is tripped up! Dream Crusher elbow! Ohno drags the floppy Kenny to a cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius takes care of Kenny’s miscalculations and gets another victory! Will Ohno prove he is the best at UK wrestling despite being American?
Imperium is here!
Ohno makes sure not to be in the way of Walter, Wolfe, Aichner and Barthel as the four walk out on stage. The four of them head to the ring, but for what? We find out after the break.
NXT UK returns with all four men in the ring, and fans chanting “Walter~! Walter~!” But the one to speak first is Marcel Barthel, which gets a lot of boos and “What?!” chants. Barthel waits until they’re over. “Apparently, you people think we are here to entertain you.” But Barthel assures them, they’re not. Imperium stands on the mat that is sacred, to restore honor to this sport. Aichner takes the mic to speak next, but fans chant “We Want Wrestling!” Aichner says that as we saw last week, “our numbers have increased. Our unit is now complete.” Fans troll Aichner with “Who Are Ya?” Aichner says fans will respect Imperium’s values. NXT UK will obey. Fans now chant, “We Want Peter!” and “Bruiserweight!” in reference to Pete Dunne.
But Wolfe speaks third, saying, “When I saw the opportunity to join Imperium, I had no doubt at all. It felt right to join Imperium. It felt right because this unit treats professional wrestling with respect.” Wolfe says that this brand, NXT UK, is not a playground. And Imperium WILL protect the legacy of this sport. Walter takes the mic now and speaks. “Talking about kids on the playground, Travis Banks. You may ahve a WWE United Kingdom Championship opportunty, but things will be done the way we want them to be done!” Therefore, Johnny Saint made the match for next week! But look at the group of men in the ring with Walter! They put Pete Dunne away, so Travis may be a brave young man, but he is a fool if he thinks he stands a chance! “We are Imperium! And this mat is SACRED!”
But here comes the Kiwi Buzzsaw to respond! Travis Banks is on stage with a mic of his own, to tell Imperium that if they want to do this next week, he has no problem. He has worked years for such an opportunity! Walter faces the Buzzsaw, and Banks promises Walter will need to bring everything he’s got! Will Banks tear down Imperium already? Or is not even years of hard work enough to overcome an Austrian Anomaly?
NXT UK Media catches up with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova finishes up a call with his mum as reporters asked about his recent behavior, such as tricking Mark Andrews into thinking their rematch was a friendly one. What does he say to those claiming he’s “taking a dive?” Dar is offended! He just came back from a career-threatening injury! He should be getting a medal for this! Dar then says hey to his pal, Kenny Williams. Well things aren’t going his way, so Dar will give him some advice. It’s about time Kenny… How to put it? Dar illustrates it by holding up his arm. This is a wing, and there’s plenty of room for Kenny to be under it. Kenny tells Dar that this wing is gonna the way his knee did acting like this.
Dar tells Kenny to calm down. He’s just trying to help a friend. Maybe Kenny can become the perfect support act, and then his luck will turn around. Just think about it. Talk soon, bye bye. Kenny lets his “friend” head off in the wind, but will this attitude problem blow over between them?
The Hunt VS Gallus!
Just as Wild Boar and Primate returned victoriously to NXT UK, Wolfgang and Mark Coffey made it clear the Tag Team Division would be their kingdom! But now, Gallus will have to face these wild animals fair and square in the squared circle! Will Mark and Wolfgang survive The Hunt?
The teams sort out, and Primate starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings and the brawl is on! Mark and Primate don’t back down so Wolfgang and Wild Boar rush in! Brawls all over the ring, the referee isn’t sure what to do! He tries to get them to sort out, but Gallus gets thrown out! The Hunt fires up and DOUBLE DIVE! The brawling just continues against the barriers! Primate clobbers Wolfgang then goes after Mark. Primate puts Mark in the ring but Mark comes back with forearms. Mark and Primate continue to brawl, but Primate powers Mark to the corner. Boar tags in and he stalks Mark to drop a back senton! Boar drops another, and fans cheer his wild style.
Wild Boar drags Mark up for big haymakers but Mark gets to ropes. The ref tries to get Boar back but Mark gives Boar a sucker punch! Mark boots Boar then full nelsons to a slam! Tag to Wolfgang who hits Primate before giving Boar a flying splash! Wolfgang keeps on Boar with furious hands while Primate protests. The ref keeps Primate back and Wolfgang wrenches Boar’s neck. Wild Boar endures and fans rally up. Wild Boar works his way up but Wolfgang shoves him to the Gallus corner. Tag to Mark and Wolfgang whips Boar back in. Mark throws body shots and kicks, then clubs Boar down. Cover, TWO! Mark stomps Boar and drops knees. Fans rally up for “Boar! Boar!” but Wolfgang tags in.
Gallus mugs Boar and Wolfgang wraps Boar in a half nelson. Boar endures while fans duel, “Let’s Go, Gallus!” “Gallus Sucks!” Wolfgang thrashes Boar around in a grounded full nelson! Boar still endures, and works his way back up and powers Wolfgang to the corner. But Mark tags in and boots Wolfgang down! Mark drops knees then wraps on a chinlock and half nelson. Mark almost has a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Boar fights but Mark knees him back down. Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus mugs Boar more. Wolfgang puts on another full nelson, then throws Boar hard into the corner. Tag back to Mark and the mugging continues. Tag to Wolfgang, and Mark feeds Boar to his scoop. But Boar slips out to shove Wolfgang into Mark! Hot tag to Primate!
Primate rallies on Gallus as fans cheer! He stalks Wolfgang to a corner to fire off hammering fists! Primate whips corner to corner for a BIG clothesline, to an exploder! Primate fires up with the fans, but he has to hit Mark down first. Wolfgang hits Primate then whips, but Primate reverses to back drop! Primate wants Wolfgang to stand, and fans bark, but Wolfgang tosses Primate out! Mark tackles Boar into steel steps! Gallus gets Primate in and Mark tags. Mark feeds Primate to Wolfgang’s scoop, enziguri powerslam! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, Mark Coffey pinning
The Hunt is downed by the divide and conquer strategy! Gallus rolls on, but will they truly make the NXT UK Tag Team Division their kingdom?
Joe Coffey comes out to celebrate with his team, but then sees Wild Boar getting up. Gallus goes after Boar, 3v1! Fans boo as Mark and Wolfgang hold Boar up for All the Best for the Bells! Primate revives but the Coffey Brothers punch and stomp him down. But here comes Bomber Dave Mastiff! Mastiff owes Gallus for costing him a title shot! But Gallus runs away! When and where will Gallus have to answer to the big bad Bomber from Black Country?
Backstage interview with Moustache Mountain.
It is official! After hearing out the fans, GM Johnny Saint grants Trent Seven and Tyler Bate a rematch with Grizzled Young Veterans for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships! Seven and Bate are happy that this is finally happened. It was back in January that they had that first match. But to be fair, Moustache Mountain has been busy. Where is their focus going into this match? “If you want to be the absolute pinnacle and the absolute peak of your industry, then there’s gonna be certain distractions.” Their plate was full, with Gallus and now Imperium. But the tag titles are now their focus. They will prove to the NXT UK Universe and the world that Moustache Mountain is the best. Will it be Seven & Bate who are soon to be recognized as the best team on NXT UK?
NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
The Lightning from Down Under is still THE NXT UK Women’s Champion, but after dealing with Nina Samuels, there’s plenty of #ToniTime to go around. Nina still has a shot in this battle royal, but so does Xia Brookside, Candy Floss, Killer Kelly, Isla Dawn, Rhea Ripley, Piper Niven, Kay Lee Ray, Jinny and The Alpha Female, Jazzy Gabert. With such fierce competition in the ring, who is the last woman left to go after Toni Storm’s “Shiny Shiny?”
NXT UK returns as KLR makes her entrance, followed by Piper Niven. Piper eyes Jazzy as she’s already in the center of the ring. But then Piper’s attention turns to the instigator, the Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley, as she makes her entrance. Rhea and Piper have wanted at each other in the ring, this might be their opportunity to do just that. With all the participants in the ring, the bell rings and the fight is on!
Jinny goes at Isla while Jazzy seems completely untouched. Perhaps no one wants to challenge the Alpha Female’s power just yet. But then Candy Floss and a pair of newcomers from the NXT UK tryouts gang up on her. They’re not enough and Jazzy fights her way out! She mule kicks Rhio McDonnell and back elbows Winona Makanji then lariats Candy down. Jazzy throws and ELIMINATES Rhio! Winona tries again, but then immediately regrets it. Jazzy grabs her with one hand but Winona fights out. Jazzy tries the other hand but again Winona fights out. So Jazzy grabs Winona with both hands to knee her low and throw her out. Winona holds on but gets a CHOP! Jazzy ELIMINATES Winona!
Jazzy turns her attention to Candy Floss for furious strikes! KLR CHOPS Xia while Isla fights off both Nina Samuels and Jinny. Jazzy lifts Candy in the Canadian rack, for a Dominator Slam! And a hard one. Jinny sees this, and takes Candy for herself, to ELIMINATE Candy! The Spoiled Princess gets on the board but with help from Jazzy. Xia headscissors KLR out but through the middle rope! KLR is still in the match. Jinny goes after Xia while Jazzy knocks down Killer Kelly. Rhea goes after Isla while Nina goes after Piper. Jazzy and Jinny regroup and Jazzy clobbers Xia. Jazzy drags Xia up for another, but Xia dodges! Jinny is on Xia but gets a boot while Piper lifts Jazzy! Piper puts Jazzy on the apron, and headbutts her! Xia sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Jazzy!! The Alpha Female is furious and the Fierce Fashionista is shocked!
Jinny has no choice but to be alone in this. And everyone else knows it. Xia, Piper and Isla give Jinny forearms and kicks, then Piper throws Jinny hard into buckles! Piper splashes Jinny, then feeds her to a double trophy lift from Xia and Isla! Together, they throw Jinny out! Jazzy saves her boss by carrying her to the other side. Referees tell Jazzy to leave, and she finally does. But Jinny runs at Xia to be put on the apron! Xia forearms and ELIMINATES Jinny! Including KLR, who is still down and out on the outside, Xia is among the final seven in this match! Xia goes after Killer Kelly to help out Piper while Nina has Isla in the corner. Rhea is down but crawling to clear space in the ring.
Rhea and Nina work together on Isla, but Piper runs in to pull Nina off. Piper CHOPS Nina while Kelly clubs Xia. Isla elbows Rhea away and Nina hits Piper back. Nina hoists Piper up but Piper gets to the apron. Piper headbutts Nina down, then gets back in with an elbow drop! Nina gasps for air while Kelly brawls with Rhea. Rhea shoves Kelly to then flapjack her on ropes and throw her over! Rhea ELIMINATES Killer Kelly! Meanwhile, Isla and Xia fight with each other, because there are no friends in battle royals. But then the friends realize they have a greater enemy in Rhea! They go after her with forearms and stomps while Nina survives Piper’s shoves. Rhea fights her way out but Isla and Xia are right back on her. Piper and Rhea end up back to back as they fight off Nina, Xia and Isla.
Rhea scoops Xia to ram her into a Tree of Woe! She stomps away but Isla saves Xia. But Rhea hits back, then throws and ELIMINATES Isla Dawn! Piper and Rhea spot each other, but Nina keeps on Piper. Piper throws and ELIMINATES Nina! Now Rhea and Piper can finally go toe to toe! Rhea SLAPS Piper but Piper SLAPS back! Rhea hits again, but so does Piper. The brawl picks up speed but Piper headbutts Rhea down! Piper runs corner to corner, CANNONBALL! She drags Rhea around, then climbs up, but Rhea anchors Piper’s feet! Rhea clubs Piper and shoves her to the apron. Rhea boots but misses! Piper drags Rhea out to join her and they brawl some more! Xia sees this, lines it up, and dropkicks them both! She ELIMINATES Piper AND Rhea! But everyone forgot about KLR!!
KLR gets in, and Xia notices the fans’ change in reactions! Xia turns around, and gets clobbered by KLR! Fans boo but KLR gives Xia a lift and a toss! KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship
They all forgot her again, but now they’ll all have to acknowledge KLR as the next challenger. Will KLR immortalize herself as the woman to dethrone Toni Storm?
A really good NXT UK right here! Ohno VS Kenny was a great opening match, Kenny did a lot better than I thought he would. But Ohno wins because one, his own story needs to continue, and two, it pushes Kenny’s story with Dar. Dar VS Kenny is going to be a really good match, too, and perhaps a great rivalry since both can be in the NXT UK and Cruiserweight Divisions. Ohno was also clever in reacting that way to Imperium. Imperium had a decent set of promos, and the fans were pretty rowdy in a good way during it. Travis Banks also has a decent promo, and it’s great to hear that we’re already getting the WWE UK Championship match. This is more of a reason to say Banks is just fodder until a bigger challenger shows up for Cardiff.
The Hunt VS Gallus was solid, but it was great to see Mastiff come to the rescue. I expect a Six Man Tag of Mastiff & The Hunt VS Gallus to happen soon. This also saves Mastiff for Cardiff, he’d be a great challenger for Walter, even if he doesn’t win. We already knew from Grizzled Young Veterans that the Download Festival would have the NXT UK Tag Team Championships on the line, but now we know for sure it’s with Moustache Mountain and not jobbers. This could mean title changes, which would be interesting since there’s still a lot of time before Cardiff. Perhaps that means Cardiff will have Moustache Mountain VS GYV VS Imperium’s Aichner & Barthel in a big Triple Threat. That kind of match could go any which way by my math.
That Women’s Battle Royal, while historic for NXT UK, was booked about any other battle royal tends to get booked. If it wasn’t already obvious KLR was going to be Toni’s next challenger after all the promos, being tossed out through the second rope and completely forgotten by the other competitors was another big indicator. It was great for Xia to eliminate Jazzy, Jinny, and both Rhea and Piper after those two had their own moments, and therefore giving Xia the most eliminations of the match, it was all just to get some Heel heat on KLR when she’s actually a well-liked superstar. I can’t be sure if KLR or Toni is the one to choose the time and place, but it has to be before Cardiff, right? KLR VS Xia could fit in for a fun match that could get KLR even more heat leading into that.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (6/18/19)
Who moves on to Stomping Grounds?!
Just who is challenging for the Cruiserweight Championship?
Drake Maverick tried to determine a #1 Contender, but an unclear finish complicates things! Now the 205 Live GM must choose the Cruiserweight Champion’s challenger! Will Tony Nese be facing Akira Tozawa, Drew Gulak, or both at WWE Stomping Grounds?
- Lucha House Party VS The Singh Brothers; The Singh Brothers win.
- THE Brian Kendrick VS Russ Taylor; Kendrick wins.
- Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari; Lorcan wins, by disqualification.
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Drake Maverick addresses the State of the Cruiserweight Contenders.
Last week’s Fatal 4 Way was an incredible match, but it ended with some controversy and confusion. A double cover between Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak ended in a three count, and there was much discussion between the two referees and Maverick himself. And after a week of reviewing the footage, a final decision has been made: it was a draw! That means this Sunday, Tony Nese defends his Cruiserweight Championship in a Triple Threat! But there’s still plenty of action to look forward to tonight!
The Lucha House Part return to 205 Live to settle the score with the “Boscar winning” Samir & Sunil Singh. The Bollywood Boys swear they won Best Actors, but they want to be the best team in the Cruiserweight Division. #LightsCameraAndBollywoodAction, but will they lose when it’s #LuchaTime? Plus, the Persian Lion and Boston Brawler go one more round because their grudge has not been settled! Ariya Daivari lost one contender’s match and got a lot of stitches for it, but he cost Oney Lorcan in last week’s contender’s match. Who will cost the other more after they go head-to-head and punch for punch as tonight’s main event?
Lucha House Party VS The Singh Brothers!
Lince Dorado and Gran Metalik step up for #LuchaTime to show the Bollywood Boys that winning against a Slow White Cow and the Great Grandson of The Red Crab is nothing like facing a Golden Lynx and the King of the Ropes! Will the fiesta be the Summer blockbuster? Or will those “Boscars” motivate Samir & Sunil to become the brightest stars on 205 Live?
The teams sort out, and Lince starts with Samir. Kalisto rallies the fans with the matracas rattle and chants of “Lucha! Lucha!” Samir and Lince circle, and Lince dodges Samir’s rush. Lince throws haymakers and body shots, then headlocks. Samir powers out but gets run over! Lince runs, handsprings and springboards, but Samir gets clear to SLAP Lince. Samir dances too much and gets a CHOP! Lince CHOPS Samir to the corner then tags Metalik. Lince whips Metalik so that Metalik can whip Lince so that Lince can whip Metalik into Samir for a big clotheslnie! Metalik feeds Samir to Lince’s CHOP, then they combine for a slightly mistimed Wheelbarrow Bulldog. Cover, TWO!
Samir bails out but Metalik sees Sunil coming. Metalik dropkicks Sunil down and out, then has Lince come in. They both run to corners, but fake the Singh Brothers out with double backflips back into the ring! The Singh Brothers regroup and Metalik eggs Samir on. Samir tags Sunil in instead. Metalik kicks Sunil and tags Lince. They double whip Sunil for double hip tosses! Then Metalik becomes a human weapon, wheelbarrow leg drop! Lince hits the planking splash! Cover, TWO! Sunil survives and throws hands with Lince. Lince CHOPS Sunil down then puts him in a corner for buckle bumps. Lince whips Sunil corner to corner hard, then climbs up top! He leaps at Sunil for a big crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Lince watches Sunil in the corner, but still misses. Sunil runs into boots, but then Samir distracts Lince as he hops up. This allows Sunil to yank Lince off the top! Lince hits buckles as he falls, then Sunil tags Samir. The Singh Brothers stomp Lince out then Samir rains down rights. Samir lets up at the ref’s orders, but he brags with a swivel of the hips. Samir drags Lince up for a haymaker, then stomps him in the Bollywood corner. Tag to Sunil, and the brothers dance before stomping Lince more. The ref reprimands them but Sunil tags Samir. Samir drags Lince up for more clubbing forearms. Lince fights back but Samir kicks him down. Samir wraps on a chinlock and grinds Lince down.
Fans rally as Kalisto spins the matracas. Lince stands up and fights back, but Samir wrangles him back down. Lince pulls hair and that gets Samir to let go. Samir comes back to whip Lince hard into the corner. But Lince fights back! Sunil hits the steps and Samir runs into elbows and boots. Lince hurries, dodges Samir and sends Samir out of the ring! But Samir trips Metalik before the tag! Kalisto protests but Lince CHOPS Samir for Metalik. Sunil tags in and Samir whips Lince. The Singh Brothers combine, SUPERKICK to Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, but Metalik breaks the pin! Sunil drags Lince and tags Samir, and the brothers stomp Lince down. Samir toys with Lince and swivels those hips again.
Lince hits back with body shots but Samir clubs him down. Samir whips Lince but Lince handsprings to a Golden Rewind! Lince is dizzy but fans rally up. Lince and Samir crawl, hot tags to Sunil and Metalik! Metalik springboards up over Sunil but keeps moving. Sunil dodges Metalik’s handspring, but Metalik CHOPS him back. Metalik sees Samir coming and mule kicks him. Metalik uses the corner to acrobatically leap and dropkick Samir down! Sunil misses an elbow, Metalik runs onto the ropes and dropkicks Sunil down! Tag to Lince and he gives Metalik a boost for another dropkick! Sunil bails to the outside, Lince helps Metalik FLY onto Sunil!! Metalik puts Sunil in, Lince hits the Golden Shooting Star! Cover, but Samir breaks it!
Metalik springboards to drop an elbow on Samir! Lince and Sunil are left alone, but Sunil elbows Lince down. Sunil grabs a pinata, but Kalisto stops him from using Penelop as a weapon. But the pinata breaks! That’s not right. Sunil rolls Lince, holding tights!! The Singh Brothers win!!
Winners: The Singh Brothers, Sunil by pinfall
The Bollywood Boys ruin the fiesta but start their own party. Will Samir & Sunil celebrate all the way to a second “Boscar” win?
Noam Dar relaxes.
The Scottish Supernova sips a drink and reads a book, but notices the camera. “Hello, hello, hello!” Now, ever since that “unprovoked and digusting attack by Drew Gulak,” Dar has been staying on the sunny Spanish isle of Magaluf, rehabing and enjoying some “me time.” The lovely nurses have assured him that he’ll be more than fit and ready to “blast off again.” That is, only if Drake Maverick greatly improves the working conditions on 205 Live, and meets the very, very, very high standards of Mr. Supernova 11. Until then, Dar is staying-
Wait, THE Brian Kendrick is in Magaluf, too? What? Dar’s not- Oh, okay…! What a good friend Kendrick is to come all this way. Yes, the Man with a Plan is obviously a very good friend to check on that bum knee. Kendrick would love to stay and chat, but he has to catch a private jet to make it to California in time for his match in two minutes. Well, Dar can stay on Fantasy Island as long as he wants, but he’ll have to compete some time if he wants after the Cruiserweight Championship.
THE Brian Kendrick VS Russ Taylor!
The former Cruiserweight Champion doesn’t mind that his good pal, Akira Tozawa, is competing for the title instead of him. But he won’t want to stay out of the title scene for long. Will the Man with a Plan come up with a plan to get back in the race?
The bell rings and California cheers for one of their own. Kendrick offers Russ a handshake, but Russ isn’t so sure. He perhaps is familiar with Kendrick’s history. Russ slaps the hand away, but Kendrick gets mad! Kendrick intimidates Russ to a corner, but backs off. The two circle but now Russ offers a handshake with a snarky grin. Kendrick slaps that away and again shouts at Russ. Russ gets to the corner and Kendrick backs off, to give Kendrick a BIG sucker punch! Kendrick staggers away, but comes back with a dropkick! Kendrick throws furious hands in the corner, lets up, but comes back to throw more hands. He walks off his anger to then drag Russ up for a whip corner to corner. Russ hits buckles hard and Kendrick hits him with a forearm smash.
Kendrick rallies with more forearms, then roars as he throws big hands on Russ against ropes. Kendrick whips but Russ reverses, but Kendrick slides under to calf kick Russ down! Russ scrambles away but gets another calf kick! Kendrick grabs Russ for Sliced Bread! Cover, Kendrick wins!
Winner: THE Brian Kendrick, by pinfall
The veteran from Venice Beach snaps back to winning ways against the upstart Russ Taylor. Will Kendrick continue winning all the way back to another Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
Backstage interview with Jack Gallagher.
The Extraordinary Gentleman lost to Chad Gable in Gable’s Cruiserweight Division debut, by a count-out. What is next for Gallagher in 205 Live? Well it was certainly bittersweet to lose even in his best effort. While Gallagher does not question the legitimacy of Gable’s win, he does hope Gable agrees that they need to settle things. In the meantime- Mr. & Mrs. Kanellis interrupt. Mike says Gallagher should be ashamed of his loss, because he was given a golden opportunity, but blew it. And he blew it because Gallagher couldn’t even get in the ring. That’s embarrassing. Almost as embarrassing as having a GM skipping work just to get one over on the WWE 24/7 Champion. It sounds funny, but Mike isn’t laughing anymore.
The problem here is guys like Gallagher are just dead weight. And that’s why WWE Executives worked so hard to keep people like Mike and Maria, because the WWE needs them. And if they decide to stay on 205 Live, Mike is done with being overlooked! Mike is done with the show being overlooked just because people like Gallagher keep dropping the ball. Gallagher responds by telling them they’re right. He’s been in a slump but he has an idea on how to get out of it. Gallagher gives Mike a golden opportunity to get a black eye in front of his wife. Mike would love to see him try. Gentleman VS Opportunist of Love, will this match happen with Maverick focused on his own matters?
Oney Lorcan VS Ariya Daivari!
The Persian Lion wants to make this match eye for an eye and ear for an ear, but he’ll have to go toe to toe and punch for punch with the Boston Brawler to do it! Will Daivari get even with the Fury of 205 Live? Or will he just get stitches on the other ear?
The bell rings and Daivari takes too long taking off his fancy shirt because Lorcan blasts him with a running European Uppercut! Lorcan keeps on Daivari with fast hands and feet in the corner! The ref counts and Lorcan lets up, but he doesn’t let Daivari get away. Lorcan CHOPS Daivari over and over in the corner, then rams an elbow in. Lorcan runs corner to corner to ram another elbow into Daivari, then keeps going. Daivari bails out and looks to retreat through the crowd! But Lorcan pursues and drags Daivari back to the ring! Daivari scrambles back out but Lorcan glares. Lorcan drags Daivari from the front row again and puts him back in. Daivari kicks Lorcan low then runs, but into Lorcan’s dropkick!
Lorcan rains down rights on Daivari, then clobbers him with clotheslines and elbows! Daivari is dazed but Lorcan looms behind him. Lorcan waistlocks but Daivari fights out. Daivari runs but Lorcan follows, only to get a SUPERKICK! Lorcan ends up in a corner and Daivari runs in, only to get an elbow. Lorcan hops up but Daivari stops him witha CHOP! Daivari CHOPS more, then climbs up to join Lorcan. Daivari goes after the arm, for a SUPER armbar DDT! Lorcan writhes as he clutches that arm. He gets to a corner and the ref checks on him. Lorcan won’t let this stop him, but Daivari brags to the fans, “Who’s the man now?!” Daivari goes after Lorcan and stomps him down. The ref backs Daivari off and Lorcan gets to a different corner.
Daivari is right on Lorcan and that bad arm with a shoulder breaker. Daivari snapmares then drops knees on Lorcan’s arm. Fans boo but Daivari soaks it up. Daivari sits Lorcan up for a keylock and thrashes him around. Lorcan endures and fans build to a rally. Daivari talks trash in Farsi but Lorcan powers up off the fan energy. Lorcan fights out with body shots but Daivari clubs him back. Daivari scoops but Lorcan slips out. Lorcan wants the Half ‘n’ Half but Daivari slips through to hammerlock and throw Lorcan into buckles! Lorcan clutches his arm again, but Daivari is right on him in the corner. Daivari drags Lorcna up by his ears, then wrenches through to another hammerlock. He throws Lorcan into buckles again! Fans boo but Daivari tells them to shut up.
Daivari stomps Lorcan then drags him up by his beard. Lorcan CHOPS Daivari back! Daivari stomps Lorcan down again, then snapmares Lorcan back to a keylock. Lorcan endures again, and fans rally up. Lorcan powers up again, pries at the hold, and fights back with body shots. Daivari knees low then whips, but Lorcan holds ropes to deny the dropkick! Lorcan rolls Daivari to his feet, but Daivari arm-drags the Half ‘n’ Half away. Daivari kicks but Lorcan blocks it! Lorcan grits his teeth with wild eyes to spin Daivari. Daivari dodges and gets the Million Dollar Dream! Lorcan endures Daivari’s hold as Daivari drags him down to the mat!
Fans rally and Lorcan keeps reaching. But Lorcan starts to fade! He fights to stay awake, and gets his second wind! Lorcan powers back to his feet, and powers Daivari into buckles! Daivari holds on so Lorcan tries again in another corner. Daivari still holds on, so Lorcan rams Daivari again! Lorcan is free, and throws haymakers! He rocks Daivari but Daivari swings back. Lorcan blocks but with his bad hand! Lorcan reels back and Daivari reels him in for an armbar code breaker! Daivari runs in for a BIG clothesline in the corner! Daivari hoists Lorcan up, cross-armdrag bomb, the Iconoclasm! Cover, TWO!! Lorcan lives and Daivari can’t believe it! Daivari keeps his focus as he drags Lorcan to a drop zone. Daivari climbs up top, leaps, but his Persian Splash FLOPS!
Fans rally up for Lorcan as Daivari clutches his ribs. Lorcan grits his teeth and runs corner to corner, for a back elbow! He keeps moving and hits another! And then the running Blockbuster! Cover, TWO!! Daivari lives but Lorcan doesn’t let that deter him! Lorcan ignores his arm’s pain as he grits his teeth again. Fans fire up and give Lorcan power! Lorcan CHOPS Daivari, and again! Another CHOP, but Daivari kicks back! Daivari CHOPS Lorcan then throws ofrearms, and repeat! Lorcan grabs Daivari for blunt EuroUppers! Lorcan runs for another! Daivari staggers, but SUPERKICKS Lorcan back!
Daivari wrenches the arm but Lorcan blocks the shoulder breaker into a Half ‘n’ Half! But Daivari slumps out of the ring! Lorcan doesn’t care, he FLIES onto Daivari! The Fury of 205 Live has reached his fever pitch! Lorcan drags Daivari up but Daivari JABS him with a chair!
Winner: Oney Lorcan, by disqualification
The Persian Lion resorts to cutting his losses with that chair shot. But Daivari doesn’t care, this isn’t about wins or losses, but about hurting Lorcan! He throws Lorcan over the announce desk! The ref reprimands Daivari but Daivari doesn’t care what he says. Daivari goes to Lorcan on the other side of the desk and puts him on top to rain down angry rights. Fans boo and jeer but Daivari doesn’t care about them, either. Daivari drags Lorcan off the desk and brings him around to throw into steel steps! Lorcan hits the steel with knees and still flies over the top! Daivari gets in Lorcan’s face with trash talk, then drags him up for even more brutality. They go up the ramp, and Daivari throws Lorcan into the LED boards!
More referees rush out to stop this, but Daivari drags Lorcan back up. LION LARIAT!! Daivari glares daggers into Lorcan even as Lorcan is down and out. Is the Persian Lion satisfied with what he’s done to the Boston Brawler? Will Lorcan be able to come back for payback?
The Cruiserweight Champion and his challengers speak on the coming Triple Threat.
Tony Nese starts by saying that his start in 205 Live is nothing to brag about. Nese stacked the odds against himself, and made a promise to his family to make it. And now he is THE Cruiserweight Champion. Now, for the first time in Nese’s reign, he defends against not just the determined Akira Tozawa but the sadistic submission specialist in Drew Gulak. The odds are against Nese, how he doesn’t have to lose the match to lose the title, but Nese will say the same thing he said back at Wrestlemania: “You can take your odds and shove ’em!” He is not going to give this title up that easily. Gulak and Tozawa will have to beat him and only him for it! At Stomping Grounds, Nese will fight to the very end because he is the Premier Athlete, and your WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
Akira Tozawa knows Tony Nese is tough and Drew Gulak is dangerous, but the Stamina Monster is tenacious. The Triple Threat means Tozawa must beat two men. When he does, he’ll become two-time WWE Cruiserweight Champion. As for Drew Gulak, “Terror never sleeps. Terror waits patiently, and then strikes without hesitation or remorse.” For too long, the Cruiserweight Crusader was too concerned with “the betterment of this wretched place.” All Gulak needed to do was look inward. “There is no hope for a better 205 Live, only a better Drew Gulak.” And the best version of Gulak isn’t one who worries about rules or order, but about pain and punishment! You can call Gulak cold, vicious and sadistic, but after Stomping Grounds, you will also call him champion. Just who comes away with the Cruiserweight title in this tough, tenacious and terrifying Triple Threat?!
What a great go-home for 205 Live! And I’m really excited to see another big match for the Cruiserweight Championship. I was a little worried they were going to make a 1v1 match of Gulak VS Tozawa, winner is the true contender, but a Triple Threat will definitely give this belt the match it deserves, and one that makes Stomping Grounds more interesting to watch. I really can’t be sure if Nese comes away with the belt now. Tozawa probably isn’t winning, but this is a big opportunity for Gulak to win it off of Tozawa so that he and Nese can take that Cruiserweight title to Extreme Rules or even Summerslam.
Meanwhile, the action we got tonight really was good stuff. Lucha House Party and the Singh Brothers have a great match, and it was a good choice for the Singhs to win. This prolongs the feud and will surely escalate things to a Tornado/No Disqualifications tag like most tag feuds build to on 205 Live. If only we had Cruiserweight Tag titles… The coming Jack Gallagher VS Mike Kanellis will be a great match, but Mike almost went Face by simply saying he is going to help put 205 Live on the map. All these guys deserve more attention, this show deserves more attention, and if Mike & Maria are the ones to help do it, more power to them. That main event was incredible, even with Daivari getting disqualified. His beating on Lorcan was a nice touch, though. I hope these guys go No DQ in the next one.
My Score: 8.3/10