One of the fiercest feuds in NXT UK will finally be settled! Jordan Devlin and Travis Banks go 1v1 and all over the arena in a Falls Count Anywhere match!
- Ligero VS Joseph Conners; Ligero wins.
- Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel; Aichner & Barthel win.
- Nina Samuels VS Charlie Morgan; Samuels wins.
- Falls Count Anywhere: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Devlin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
WWE honors the memory of King Kong Bundy.
The Ace and The Kiwi Buzzsaw just about hate each other!
Jordan Devlin has not let Travis Banks get ahead of him for even a moment. Devlin has attacked Devlin in the arena, in a hotel lobby and in the UK Performance Center. Yet he says it’s Banks who won’t leave well enough alone. Their last match against each other ended in a double count-out, but nothing’s over until it’s over. They will compete in a Falls Count Anywhere match in the main event! Where won’t these two go to finally end the other?
Ligero VS Joseph Conners!
The Luchador from Leeds won’t let the Righteous Killer think their previous match was a fluke. The Light looks to expose Conners, but will Conners finally break the “shiny new toy”?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Ligero. Ligero makes sure Conners hears it as they tie up. Ligero gets a headlock but Conners powers out. They collide but don’t fall, so Ligero runs again. Conners headbutts Ligero low then whips. Ligero hurdles and springboards, but Conners narrowly avoids the DDT. Ligero makes sure Conners knows just how close it was, too. Conners and Ligero circle again and tie up. Ligero arm-drags Conners but they keep the grapple. Conners returns the throw but Ligero also holds on. Conners puts Ligero on the ropes then throws him down. Ligero’s back up quick for a takedown, then he runs. Things speed up and fans sing, Ligero huricanranas Conners! Ligero waistlocks, redirects and shotgun dropkicks!
Conners gets to a corner as Ligero runs in. Conners puts Ligero on the apron but Ligero hops back in, only for Conners to toss him out! Ligero crashes and burns on the floor, but Conners doesn’t give him time to recover. Conners drags Ligero onto the apron for a clubbing forearm! And another! Conners stalks Ligero to a corner, then pushes him for a tilt-o-whirl slam! Cover, TWO! Conners keeps on Ligero with an armlock and chinbar combination. Ligero endures as fans rally up. Ligero works his way up but Conners shoves him. Conners tilt-o-whirls but Ligero makes it a crossbody! Cover, TWO, and Conners gets to a corner. Ligero runs in but into boots! Conners rolls up to the top rope, then leaps for a flying shoulder! Cover, TWO!
Conners grows frustrated and he starts toying with the “toy”. He says he’s better than Ligero as he lifts and drops him! Cover, ONE! Conners tries again, TWO! Conners stomps Ligero at the ropes, then paces. Fans rally up as Conners drags Ligero up by his mask. Ligero hits back with body shots, then with forearms. Conners knees low then reels Ligero in for a lariat! Cover, TWO! Ligero lives and Conners grows further frustrated. Conners slaps Ligero around then tells the fans to “Shut up.” Conners scoop slams Ligero and drops an elbow. Cover, TWO! Conners pulls back on the arms and clubs away on the chest. He digs a knee into Ligero’s back but fans rally up. Conners puts all his weight on Ligero but Ligero doesn’t give up. Conners digs his foot in to get more leverage, but Ligero refuses to quit!
Fans rally but Conners goes back to digging his knee in. Ligero feeds off the energy and works against the stretch. He turns around and kicks Conners back. He throws forearms and a jawbreaker. Ligero whips but Conners kicks back. Conners runs but is sent out! Conners comes back quick and back suplexes, but Ligero lands on his feet. Ligero fires off a strike fest! Back kick and whip to calf kick! Fans fire up while Conners crawls to a corner. Ligero runs in corner to corner but is popped up. He brings Conners in with nightshade, to a step-in stunner! Cover, TWO! Conners checks his jaw while fans rally behind Ligero.
Conners shoves but runs into a back slide. He rolls through to La Majistrol! TWO, and Ligero runs at Conners. Ligero deflects the boots and puts Conners on the apron, but Conners hits back to hit a slingshot DDT! Cover, TWO!! Ligero still lives and Conners is furious. Conners stands while Ligero gets to the far corner. Fans rally as Conners drags Ligero up on the apron. Ligero blocks the buckle bump to give one, then baits Conners back in. Ligero slingshot splashes! Then he baits Conners in, but Conners counters with a backbreaker to back suplex into a facebuster! Cover, TWO!! Conners can’t believe Ligero still lives, but Coventry is loving it!
Conners still says he’s better as he drags Ligero up. Ligero cradles, TWO! Conners back drops but Ligero sunset flips, only for Conners to slip through. Conners suplexes again but Ligero escapes. Ligero rolls Conners up and around and into a ghost pin! Ligero wins!!
Winner: Ligero, by pinfall
Conners is shocked by this second defeat! The Luchador of Leeds proves he’s not lucky but legit. Will Ligero soon move towards a title shot?
Surprisingly, Ligero offers Conners a handshake. Fans aren’t so sure about this. Conners looks to take it, but then leaves Ligero hanging. Will Conners snap back from this losing streak? Or will he just look to snap more of the “shiny new toys” in half?
NXT UK Media interviews Toni Storm.
The NXT UK Women’s Champion finally moves on from Rhea Ripley. But the Lightning from Down Under knows they’re all coming after her, and good luck to them. She’s on top of the world, and just wonders what’s next for her. Jinny is walking up behind her, and she doesn’t look happy. Will the Fierce Fashionista find her way to the title on this Road to Wrestlemania Weekend?
NXT UK takes a look at The Wildboar and The Primate.
The animalistic and intimidating duo look to make the NXT UK roster their hunting grounds. They return to NXT UK TV in two weeks, who will be their prey?
“Mark and Joe. They’re related by blood. But that doesn’t make this any less of a fam.” Each man is unique, and collectively, they are Gallus. Gallus is not to be disrespected. Mark adds that since day one, it’s “them versus us.” Flash Morgan Webster and Mark Andrews found out what it’s like to be “them.” Mark and Joe want more. Joe won’t stand for disrespect. Gallus commands respect. Walter and Pete Dunne, their disrespect is like coming into their house and taking the food off their table. But Walter and Dunne aren’t at the table, they’re on the menu. This is still Gallus’ kingdom, but when will they feast on the gold they hunger for?
Radzy interviews WALTER.
The Austrian Anomaly must surely know that Gallus targets him as a “disrespectful” enemy. What is his response? No words from Walter, but his actions will surely speak volumes. When and where will Gallus get to feel his response?
Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley VS Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel!
The “Pretty Deadly” duo would love to embarrass the European Alliance with a victorious NXT UK debut, but the Italian Tank and German Commander look to gain momentum before participating in NXT USA’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Will this match turn ugly for the two debuting “tasty dishes”?
Teams sort out and Aichner starts against Howley. Aichner and Howley circle and tie up. Aichner shoves Howley down then dares him to get back up. Howley does, and ties up with Aichner again. Aichner wrenches to a hammerlock then wristlock then mounted armlock. Aichner slaps Howley around but Howley fights back. Howley arm-drags but Aichner blocks! Aichner whips, things speed up, and Aichner catches Howley for a scoop and powerslam! Fans applaud the showing of both strength and speed. Aichner grabs Howley in a full nelson and rubs Howley’s face in the mat! Aichner taunts Stoker as he stomps Howley. Howley gets away and tags in Stoker. Stoker and Aichner approach but Aichner kicks and CHOPS! Aichner CHOPS again then tags Barthel.
Barthel takes the hand-off but Stoker fires body shots. Stoker elbows Barthel then tags Howley. Pretty Deadly mug Barthel in the corner. Howley fires off knees then tags in Stoker. They mug Barthel more with haymakers and European Uppercuts. Stoker runs but Barthel shouts “NEIN!” as he throat chops Stoker back! Barthel whips Stoker corner to corner for a running EuroUpper! Butterfly suplex! But Barthel doesn’t cover, he rains down rights! Barthel drags Stoker over, tag to Aichner. The EuroAlliance mug Stoker and stomp in a mudhole. Aichner EuroUppers then tags to Barthel. Aichner slaps Stoker around then Barthel adds his own. Stoker hits back with forearms and chops of his own! But Barthel shoves, Aichner SPINEBUSTERS, and Barthel adds the Penalty Kick!
The EuroAlliance poses, but then they clobber Howley! Barthel throws Howley to a post then coordinates with Aichner. They both run side to side, and meet at Howley with double dropkicks! The Europeans pose again but fans boo and jeer. Barthel tags Aichner as Stoker runs in. Stoker is put on the top rope and gets a big swing kick! Barthel tosses Stoker to Aichner for the suplex catch! Aichner brings Stoker around, almost loses him, but gets him back up, for a powerslam! Fans do applaud that, and even want “One More Time!” Aichner likes how they think, and drags Stoker back up. Tag to Barthel, and Barthel hops up. Aichner powerbomb lifts, EuroUpper Bomb! Cover, the European Alliance wins!
Winners: Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner, Barthel pinning
The prideful Europeans continue to conquer team after team. Will they conquer both tag team divisions across NXT and NXT UK?
Nina Samuels VS Charlie Morgan!
The Rose Pink Devil looks to put on a show, and opening night features the Fearless Ace. Will the spotlight shine on the Nina Samuels Show? Or will she be upstaged by Charlie F’N Morgan?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Nina wrenches to a wristlock and brings Charlie to the mat. Charlie works her way up against the hold, rolls back and handsprings forward to reverse. Nina cartwheels and reverses back to bring Charlie down again. Nina drops knees on Charlie’s arm then covers, TWO! Charlie endures as Nina goes back to the wristlock. Nina whips but Charlie goes up and over with a sunset flip! But Nina grabs her by the hair and yanks her up. Nina snapmares then neck snaps! Cover, TWO! Nina keeps on Charlie with a seated stretch. Fans rally ans Charlie endures. Charlie endures as Nina insists this is the Nina Samuels Show. But fans rally for Charlie and she fights her way out of the hold.
Charlie throws body shots but Nina pulls back on the chinbar. Nina shoves Charlie but runs into a boot! Charlie goes up and boots Nina away, but misses the buzzsaw to come back with the mule kick! Nina gets to a corner and Charlie runs in, running uppercut! Charlie rolls Nina out to enziguri! Nina staggers and Charlie whips. Nina reverses but Charlie dodges, springboard but into Nina’s arms! Fireman’s carry, Ushigoroshi! Cover, Nina wins!
Winner: Nina Samuels, by pinfall
A successful opening night for the Nina Samuels Show! Will the spotlight shine on Nina all the way to the NXT UK Women’s Championship?
Pete Dunne addresses the media at the UK Performance Center.
Gallus makes a challenge to both him and Walter for a tag team match. Does Dunne feel he and Walter can coexist to defeat the Coffey Brothers? The Bruiserweight says it doesn’t really matter if they coexist, he’s proven himself against Gallus time and again. Whether Walter is there or not, Dunne looks to make the next time he faces Gallus the last time.
Johnny Saint makes it official!
There’s been enough talk for the NXT UK GM, he’ll have Gallus back it up in the ring. Joe & Mark Coffey will face Pete Dunne and Walter in a tag team match next week! Can the Bruiserweight and Ring General make it through?
Falls Count Anywhere: Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
The Irish Ace and the Kiwi Buzzsaw have had a long-standing grudge from even before joining the NXT UK roster. That grudge only escalated as the weeks went by, and yet nothing has been settled. Tonight, with no rules but to win, what lengths will each man go to finally end this grudge in their favor?
But neither man waits to be in the ring, they fight on the ramp! The bell rings and the brawl rages. Banks backs Devlin down to snap suplex him! Cover, ONE! Devlin goes running but Banks is on him with CHOPS! Devlin tries to escape through the crowd but Banks pursues and chops him more. Banks brings Devlin around but Devlin kicks back. Devlin clubs Banks then heads up a level. Banks follows him and chops him more. Banks CHOPS Devlin against railing as fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Devlin runs away more but Banks forearms him. Devlin drapes over the ledge, but Banks hammers his hands! The Irish Ace falls to the floor! Fans fire up as Banks climbs onto the edge. Banks LEAPS for a crazy crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives while fans lose their minds.
Banks keeps going as he stalks Devlin. Devlin begs for mercy but Banks won’t give him any. Banks CHOPS Devlin, then kicks him against the barriers. That last one sends Devlin over the barriers! Devlin hurries around the ring corner, and retaliates with a kick. Devin rams Banks into barriers, then brings out a chair. But Banks blocks the chair shot to hit Devlin with it! Banks puts Devlin in the ring, and fans applaud as Devlin wants mercy. And they also want tables. But first, Banks kicks away on Devlin! SUPERKICK and Devlin flops right out of the ring. Banks builds speed, but Devlin SMACKS him with the chair! Devlin covers, TWO! Banks grits his teeth as he survives, but Devlin puts him back in the ring. Devlin grounds ‘n’ pounds Banks with a rain of rights.
Fans boo and jeer while Devlin drags Banks up. Devlin throws a stiff forearm, but fans sing for his “Massive! Massive Head~!” Devlin puts Banks in the corner to stomp a mudhole into him. He grinds his foot in then stomps Banks’ bad leg. Fans continue to taunt Devlin by singing, “Your head’s too big for you~!” Banks throws punches back but Devlin clubs him down. Banks CHOPS and CHOPS, but Devlin again kicks the bad leg. Fans boo as Devlin drags Banks up. Devlin whips Banks hard into buckles! Devlin ignores the fans and their taunting songs as he brings Banks up for an atomic backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Devlin keeps on Banks with a seated cobra clutch. Fans rally for Banks as he endures.
Devlin wraps tighter as he says the One and Only in WWE is him, not Ricochet! Fans taunt back, “We Want Ricochet!” Devlin keeps on Banks but fans rally for the Kiwi Buzzsaw. Banks fights back and fights out, but runs into an urenage! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Banks gets to the apron but Devlin goes out to stomp him. Devlin drags Banks up for forearms and EuroUppers. Devlin takes aim for the chair on the floor, but Banks holds ropes to stay out of the Spanish Fly! Only the Ace lands on the chair! Banks fires up while Devlin staggers up. Flying double stomps! Cover, TWO! Banks keeps focus as he goes searching under the ring. “We Want Tables!” and a table is what Banks finds!
Banks sets the table up but Devlin gets in the ring. Banks hurries in but into the fireman’s carry. He slips out and dropkicks Devlin into the referee! Devlin gets to a corner and Banks run in. Banks blocks Devlin’s boots and flips him over, a knee to the Kiwi Krusher! Cover, but no referee to count! The fans count way past 10, but it’s no good. Banks checks on the referee, but he goes back to Devlin. Devlin headbutts! It rocks them both but Devlin stays on his feet. Devlin stomps Banks then climbs. Moonsault! Cover, the ref returns, TWO!! Banks survives and Devlin is beside himself. Devlin drags Banks up and puts him in the corner with a tackle. Devlin hoists Banks up to the top rope, then climbs up to join him.
Banks resists and fights back, then adjusts for his own attempt. Devlin fights that off, to get a SUPERPELX! Roll through, but Banks hits the Kiwi Krusher! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Banks and Devlin crawl to opposite sides as fans rally up again. Devlin and Banks sit up and stare each other down as they pull off the wrist tape. Banks and Devlin stand to throw simultaneous forearms! And again, and again! They start picking up speed with their body shots and haymakers! Banks gets the edge with a furious flurry! Banks drags Devlin back up but Devlin ducks to fire off fists! Devlin runs, but Banks goes the other way, Slice of Heaven! But Devlin rolls away to avoid the cover!
Banks pursues and the table comes back into play. Banks adjusts the table but Devlin trips him up! Devlin uses the apron for leverage on the high stack cover, TWO! Devlin whips Banks at the steel steps but Banks stops himself. Banks hops up as Devlin runs in, and Devlin gets the steps! Banks sees Devlin’s leg in place, and just like what Devlin did to him before, he stomps away! He stomps and stomps and stomps Devlin’s leg into the steel! Then double stomps from the apron! Banks isn’t done with Devlin, he puts the leg in an Ankle Lock! Devlin endures, rolls and sends Banks into barriers. Devlin hobbles up tot he apron but Banks is right on him! Banks drags Devlin over to the table but Devlin shoves him into post. Devlin has Banks, SPANISH FLY through the table!! Cover, Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
The Irish Ace survives to defeat the Buzzsaw, but his body shows what it took to do so. Will Devlin move on from Banks and towards the title?
A great episode for NXT UK! The only real weak spot was Samuels VS Morgan, only because Charlie Morgan hasn’t quite gotten there yet. Samuels seems to be the leading lady for the midcard, because obviously Jinny is going to be the next challenger. Toni Storm had a good interview promo and Jinny’s simple appearance and scowl was effective enough. NXT UK might need some more women, but we know Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabbert are on the way so they’ll freshen things up as the brand moves forward.
The Ligero VS Conners rematch was great, and it was a slight surprise for Ligero to win. His handshake offer was also surprising, but I can’t be sure it’ll lead to Conners turning Face. This should be an intriguing story going towards the next UK TakeOver. It’s also interesting to see them hype up the returning team-up of Wild Boar and Primate. I liked how those two looked in their previous tag match, I’m wondering if they’ll be pushed as a solid upper midcard team. Aichner & Barthel are themselves a solid team, and they had a really fun match with “Pretty Deadly” Stoker & Howley. Aichner & Barthel are also in action on NXT USA tonight in the Dusty Rhodes Classic, but they’re probably losing to Aleister Black & Ricochet, who have been booked just as strong.
Gallus calling out both Dunne and Walter is a logical move for them, and putting Dunne and Walter together as a possibly dysfunctional team is classic WWE. I like that Walter has yet to speak a word, including his interview tonight. Walter & Dunne VS The Coffey Brothers is going to be a great match whether there’s dysfunction or not, and can go a long way to giving us Walter VS Dunne at UK TakeOver. Devlin VS Banks was incredible, TakeOver worthy in itself. This was championship worthy, and again it’s too bad there’s no UK midcard title yet. Devlin winning is big, but again, Walter VS Dunne is first. Devlin will have to wait until after that if he’s getting another shot at the title, but he probably won’t even get that title unless Dunne retains.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJPW Dream Power Series 2019 Results & Review (3/19/2019)
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Mathew shows us some power! AJPW puts together a card that could rival anything all year. Does it live up to the expectations?
Welcome back to AJPW! We’re gonna talk about the last big show before this year’s Champions Carnival coming up in early April as we have a few title matches in this show that I couldn’t resist wanting to cover it.
We got some dealing with revenge along with one trying to make history. How’s this year’s Champions Carnival gonna shape up?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, & Hokuto Omori vs. Evolution (Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, & Yusuke Okada)
Review: Our opening contest is a six-man tag team match with our young lions, Atsuki Aoyagi, Danji Tamura, and Hokuto Omori taking on three members of Evolution, Atsushi Aoki, Hikaru Sato, and Yusuke Okada. Going up against three people from the junior division is a fair start to have them all fight each other in this tag bout and a better view of how the young guys are doing. Will Evolution school the young boys or will they somehow get one of the biggest wins in their starting careers?
As I’ve said, this match is mostly to showcase our future talent as they fight the vets of the game in the junior division. I do gotta admit that these three have definitely improved in the ring as they’re shaping up to be some of All Japan’s finest students. Evolution held off on their own and I’m glad they were their opponents for this match since they’re very easy to work with. Another thing I loved about the match is that they had a good amount of time instead of just being less than five minutes like how most matches will do. Yusuke and Hokuto are in the ring now and Yusuke would hit him with a Brainbuster for a two count and would quickly apply a Boston Crab onto him and Hokuto struggles to get to the ropes and once he does, Yusuke pulled him back in and would lock it in more as he would tap out to give Evolution the victory in a solid match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Six Man Tag Team Match
Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Review: We got another six-man tag team match here as Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, and Ultimo Dragon will be taking on Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, and Takao Omori. It’s been quite a while since we’ve seen Ultimo Dragon wrestling in All Japan, so I’ll never complain to see him in the ring. This is another match with the vets and Manso-Re for being a punching bag as it’ll most likely be a comedy style match. Which one of them will win?
Menso-Re starting with Ultimo Dragon as he wanted him first, but TAJIRI would slap Menso before the bell would ring and we would kick it off right now. They would do a little bit before Jun and Takao get tagged in, but we all care about TAJIRI and Fuchi getting tagged in now as Fuchi would try to get his hands on him. TAJIRI would be the sneaky heel with leaving the ring to sit with the crowd so he could avoid contact in the match. TAJIRI would get back in the ring only to tag in Ultimo as the crowd would just boo TAJIRI. Fuchi would do his antics with the punch to the forehead as the crowd eats it up but everything would backfire on Fuchi as he would miss a Dropkick to make the crowd boo Ultimo which is a shocker. Ultimo would kick Fuchi and attempt an Asai DDT but Fuchi would turn it around to a Backslide as Ultimo would kick out. Both TAJIRI and Jun would both make Fuchi miss a Dropkick and taunt him right after to make the crowd boo them. Ultimo would get Fuchi in the La Magistral and he gets the win for his team in a rather entertaining match.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a quarter
Tag Team Match
NEXTREAM (Yoshitatsu & Yumi Aoyagi) vs. Sweeper (Jake Lee & Ryouji Sai)
Review: Our next match here is a tag team match as NEXTREAM members, Yoshitatsu and Yuma Aoyagi will be taking on members of Sweeper, Jake Lee and Ryouji Sai. Since Naoya is no longer Yumi’s partner, he’s gonna be paired off with Yoshitatsu this time around. Since all four of them are in the Champions Carnival, a win for either of them would give them some momentum leading to the tournament. Which one of these two teams will win and what will be the future payoff?
It seems like Yoshitatsu has a little gripe with Jake Lee in this match as he seems to be disgruntled when he was in the ring with him, especially when Jake would just best him during the first sequence with the chaining. Ryouji and Yuma are in the ring now and Ryouji with a series of kicks in the match and have him in a submission before Yoshi would break the hold and just stared at Jake again. Yuma is really growing out on his own as an individual and you can see that when he’s not partner with Naoya. Yuma would have Jake in a Headlock but Jake would attempt a Backdrop Driver as Yuma flipped it into a Crossbody as Jake kicked out at two. Once Jake kicked out, Yuma would try to turn the pin into a European Clutch as Jake kicked out at 2 as even the referee was shocked by this. Yuma would run into him as Jake kneed him in the face and hits him with a Backdrop Driver as he pinned Yuma for the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Six Man Tag Team Match
Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, & Zeus vs. Bomber (Dylan James & Joe Doering,) & Francisco Akira
Review: We have another six-man tag team match taking place as Atsushi Maruyama, KAI, and Zeus team up to take on Dylan James, Joe Doering, and Francisco Akira. KAI recently failed at Dragon Gate to win the Open the Twin Gate Championships, so he could at least try to win for his team but I think Zeus has a lot on his plate when it comes to their opponent since Dylan James and Joe Doering are a strong team to beat and wants to try and look powerful leading into the Carnival. Which one of these two teams will win the match?
Zeus and Dylan would charge at each other right away to test their strengths with also some chops and a test of strength as the two appear to be evenly matched, which is no surprised. KAI gets tagged in and he calls Joe to get tagged in since he wants to fight him as Dylan honors that request and lets Joe have a turn on the fun. Joe would start to make him regret that decision as he had the upper hand on him at first but KAI would hit a few Dropkicks on him but Joe still wouldn’t go down as he tackled him and went for an Elbow Drop before KAI moved and quickly tagged in Atsushi. The juniors get a turn on the fun as Francisco showed more of his impressive ability. One problem I had with the match was that the last few minutes are incredibly sloppy with Atsushi missing most of his kicks to Joe in the corner, Francisco slipping on his Moonsault to the outside, which he thankfully caught himself and redid it again. The finish would be with Joe hitting Atsushi with the Powerbomb and it looked like he got knocked out as he took the pinfall despite his shoulder being kinda up, so it looked botched but the referee still has a job to do as Joe just left the ring and walked to the back possibly frustrated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
World Junior Heavyweight Title Match
Koji Iwamoto (c) vs. Kotaro Suzuki
Review: Our first title match of the show is Koji Iwamoto defending his Junior Heavyweight Championship against Kotaro Suzuki. The two fought each other in the A Block of the Junior Battle of Glory Tournament where Kotaro defeated Koji in the match but would eventually fail to win as Koji would actually be the one to win it all. Koji decided to defend the title against Kotaro since it was only fair due to him winning the match and wants to avenge that loss. Will Koji be able to retain his title again or will Kotaro get the upper hand on him again?
Kotaro showed no mercy to the champion as fought him to the outside and Slingshots him into the turnbuckle post and DDT’s him face first into the mat as you hear the loud thud and damage has been done to Koji. Kotaro has beaten Koji before so he knows what he has to do to try and defeat him again as he worked on Koji’s neck a bit during the match and gets the heat from the crowd. I know Kotaro is a Freelancer and is mostly at NOAH right now due to being a champion there, I hope he does stick around a little bit longer since I feel like the division could really use him as he’s a very talented individual. Koji would try to outrun him after he dodged him to the outside and it appeared as if Kotaro would botch but he quickly caught himself and dived to the outside to land on Koji, getting the better of him again.
Koji would finally be able to get a comeback as he hits an STO onto the ring apron to knock Koji down and most of the time, he would try to hit the Koko no Geijutsu but Kotaro would hold his ground to make sure he wouldn’t hit it but Koji would be able to deliver a German Suplex and a Dragon Suplex. Kotaro would land a few punches before Koji tried to hit the move again, but Kotaro would hold his ground again and kick his leg out to work on his neck before landing Gory Bomb Special and tops it off with the La Magistral for the pin and Koji would kick out various times whenever Koji would try to roll out of it and was so close to having a new champion. Koji would just use this time to hit a couple of STO’s in a row to weaken him down a bit. Koji would go for it again but he catches him for a Back Suplex to save himself a bit. Kotaro would now hit not one but two Excaliburs onto him to try and end it as Koji would somehow kick out of it again. It all came down to his as Koji would attempt the Koko no Geijutsu again as Kotaro would stop himself to pin him for a two count and they both would spin around as Koji would hit it this him but he picked him up to hit the Koko no Geijutsu properly this time and pins him to retain the title! After the match, various people from the junior division would come out and it looks like they all want a shot at the Junior Heavyweight Championship but Koji would have to pick one of them to be his opponent. It does look like, however, that Koji doesn’t have a clear opponent right now as he left the ring but I guess we’ll see soon.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
World Tag Team Title Match
Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) (c) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Review: Our next title match for this show is Strong BJ defending their titles against the team that they defeated them for, The Violence Giant. Strong BJ defeated them on January 13th to win the titles and after they retain their titles on the February 24 show, Violence Giant requested a rematch to bring the titles back home on their turf this time instead of the BJW show. If it’s anything like their previous match, it’s sure to be hard hitting and a not miss. Will Strong BJ remain on top or will Violence Giant bring the belts back home?
Shuji and Daisuke would be the ones to start off our match here with an incredible display of power as the two were unable to budge and they would tag in their respective partners. Suwama and Yuji were both also very hard-hitting as they would now fight outside of the ring as these two teams are making it personal. Strong BJ has been doing great work during this rivalry with the Violence Giant and they would even give Suwama a big beatdown but the former ace would even try his best to fight them off, even when he was on the corner and would kick Yuji to show his fighting spirit. Suwama would hit a Dropkick to save himself for a little bit and would tag in Shuji for the hot tag and Shuji does indeed come in hot with his Lariats, knees, anything he can throw along with the kitchen sink.
Yuji would brawl with Shuji to deliver some chops while Shuji would give him a couple of forearms and a headbutt to try and daze him but Yuji is pumped up and slams him down with a few Lariats. Once Yuji would hit another Lariat to Shuji, he would kick out at one that time around before getting hit with another one with a two count. What’s it gonna take to take Shuji down for good? Yuji would get to the top rope to hit the Splash and it looks like this could be it but Suwama would break the pinfall to save his partner. Strong BJ would have them up for the Torture Racks but they would get down for Suwama to hit a Back Suplex while Shuji hits a Dragon Suplex. Shuji is alone with Yuji again and would hit another Dragon Suplex and a Running Knee to get him out for another two count, he was so close! Shuji would pick Yuji up real quick for the Fire Thunder and goes for the pin as Daisuke breaks the pinfall this time around as Suwama would get Daisuke out of the ring. Shuji knew what he had to do to try and end it as he hits the Giants Slam and pins Yuji to win back the titles! Hell of a match and definitely topped their previous encounter at BJW. I would love to see Violence Giant get a fair and dominating run with this reign, can’t wait to see where this goes now.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
— 全日本プロレス/alljapan (@alljapan_pw) March 14, 2019
Triple Crown Championship
Kento Miyahara (c) vs. Naoya Nomura
Review: This is our third title match and the main event of the show as we have Kento Miyahara defending his Triple Crown Championship against former NEXTREAM member, Naoya Nomura. On the February 24th show, Naoya Nomura would defeat Dylan James in a singles match and Kento Miyahara would have his second successful title defense against Suwama. After Kento would defeat Suwama, Naoya would come in to make the challenge to his stablemate and announce his departure from the NEXTREAM group in the process, leading him to also vacate the All Asia Tag Team Championship with Yuma Aoyagi. Kento is now 30 years old and while it’s his third title defense in this run, this will be his first time defending it while no longer in his twenties. If Kento can defeat Naoya, he’ll be the champion leading into the Champions Carnival and won’t defend the title until the tournament is over. Will Kento be able to retain it once again or does Naoya pull the surprise victory?
Kento came in here with a plan since he knew what he was gonna do to Naoya once he challenged him to this match, he didn’t wanna go easy on him despite being former teammates but he wants to see how badly Naoya wants the spotlight on him. They were fairly matched during the lock-up part of the match and they would start to fight outside for a little bit as Naoya would get Kento down as he taunts him when he got back in the ring. Naoya would hit him with a big forearm before going onto the apron to jump and Kento catches him with a knee and has him right where he wants him now. This is where Kento would just attack him with a few Headbutts as Naoya would try to deliver one to him but Kento gives him multiple ones as a counterattack and this is why you don’t mess with the champion.
Naoya would eventually make a comeback after being kicked around by Kento as he quickly got up to charge at him with a shoulder tackle and you can hear that too. He would hit a few more along with another forearm to the face as he goes for the Brainbuster but Kento would struggle to make sure he didn’t hit it and has Naoya over the ropes but wait, Naoya grabbed his leg to pull him over as he attempted a Death Valley Driver onto the apron as Kento jumped off to hit a Blackout. The two would be on the turnbuckle and Naoya gets behind him to attempt a German Suplex as Kento struggles, but Naoya would slam Kento’s head on the post and gets off the turnbuckle to hit the German Suplex as both men are down. Naoya would go to the top rope to hit the first Splash as Kento kicked out but Naoya would quickly get up again to hit one more as Kento still kicked out.
Kento would eventually hit him with a Blackout at full force and hits him with a German Suplex for another two count. Kento looks like he’s going for the Shutdown German Suplex Hold as Naoya would kick his knee out and hit him with a Spear and the two are down again. Kento would hit another Blackout on the back of his head and tries the German Suplex Hold once again as Naoya would still kick out at two as Kento is starting to get concerned with what he has to do now. Kento tried the Shutdown German Suplex Hold again as Naoya broke out of it and picked him up Fisherman style and dropped him on his head and picked him up for the Death Valley Driver as Kento fought him off but Naoya would hit him with a flurry of forearms to daze him and hits the Spear with the roll-up as Kento kicked out at two again! Naoya picked him back up but Kento would go back to delivering the Blackouts and it looks like Naoya is all out of fight as Kento finally hits the Shutdown German Suplex Hold to get the pinfall victory and his third successful title defense. Great match and a very impressive showing to Naoya but Kento is just still better than him right now. Kento will now officially be the Triple Crown Champion leading into the Champions Carnival. Three defenses down, eight more to go.
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a quarter
Overall: I thought it was a very solid show from top to bottom but the last three title matches were what sold it to me. I would highly recommend that you look out for those matches if you can find them online or subscribe to the streaming service and if you’re not already subscribed, what the hell is wrong with you? Get on that!
Favorite Match: Strong BJ (Daisuke Sekimoto & Yuji Okabayashi) vs. Violence Giant (Shuji Ishikawa & Suwama)
Least Favorite Match: Jun Akiyama, TAJIRI, & Ultimo Dragon vs. Black Menso-Re, Masanobu Fuchi, & Takao Omori
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (3/20/19)
Triple H addresses an NXT Championship dilemma!
NXT sees the return of HHH, but under sad circumstances. The Game will address Tommaso Ciampa’s injury, and what happens with his precious championship!
- NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Cole wins and will face Johnny Gargano for the vacated NXT Championship at TakeOver: New York.
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Triple H opens NXT!
Full Sail is happy to see The Game, but he comes out holding the NXT Championship. HHH goes to the ring and also picks up a mic. He takes a moment to hear the fans chant for him and NXT before getting to business. “From those cheers, I don’t have to remind you of just how special this place is.” The building, the environment, the fans. “NXT is something special.” It is here in NXT and the ring that “dreams can become possibilities.” For some, the dream starts in NXT. For others, it takes a long time, maybe years of scratching and clawing, going up and down a road, just to get to this ring. But in reality, for every superstar, their dream can end at any moment.
HHH was going to announce the main event of TakeOver: New York, an epic years in the making, of Johnny “Wrestling” Gargano VS Psycho Killer, Tommaso Ciampa. But the reality has made that impossible now. Ciampa’s dream is on hold, because he needs neck surgery. That surgery has taken place, and now Ciampa must relinquish the title. But the beauty of NXT is that when one dream ends, another begins. And that new dream begins right here! Gargano continues his dream and he WILL compete for the NXT Championship! But against who? We find that out tonight! Five men step into this ring! Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
Those five men fight for an opportunity to live a dream in New York, on the biggest stage yet, and compete for the title against Gargano. It will be decisive in New York, 2 Out of 3 Falls! The winner will walk out the NEW NXT Champion! A major match of former, current and future champions, but who will have a match with Gargano to determine NXT’s future?
Backstage interview with various superstars.
The Finest thinks Cathy Kelly was waiting for him. But since he showed up, what is his reaction to the big news tonight? Well tonight’s main event will be great, but Kona Reeves knows it won’t be The Finest. The Forgotten Sons appear next, and they don’t care about tonight’s main event. They are more concerned with next week’s main event, because in case people have already forgotten, they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic FINALS! Aleister Black & Ricochet need to not forget Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake are coming. They hope one of those two win, so that they’ll be too focused on something else. Then it’ll be that much easier for the Forgotten Sons to go on and win the NXT Tag Team Championships. Then no one will forget them ever again.
NXT Media shares Tommaso Ciampa’s trip to Birmingham, Alabama.
This is not the first time Ciampa has been to the WWE’s preferred surgical facility. Ciampa has had one knee and both shoulders, but now the neck leaves him no choice but to have another surgery. The pressure on his spinal cord could paralyze Ciampa, so this is not just for his career, but for his life as he knows it. There are various bone graftings and now it’s just about time. When and where will the greatest sports entertainer in NXT make another return?
NXT’s contenders speak.
The King of Flight and the Embodiment of the End are one of the most unexpected duos in the tag team division. They work together because they expect the best from each other. But there’s no misunderstanding, it will be every man for himself tonight.
Velveteen Dream is already the NXT North American Champion, but he wants the biggest spotlight possible. The way he sees it, tonight’s Fatal 5 Way will be #DreamOver. And when Dream wins it all, then Dream will just be the first ever dual champion, on the grandest stage in NXT history.
The Original King of Bros is still undefeated, and is stoked to have such a big opportunity so soon. Riddle worked his ace off to get here, and nothing will stop him from going to NXT TakeOver: New York and becoming the new NXT Champion, bro.
Adam Cole says he is the one who makes history in NXT, and no one is more deserving! The inaugural North American Champion wants to be the first to also have the top title. He takes on four of the best to then go to the Barclays Center. That’s the very place Cole made his debut and held that title high above his head. He’ll do it again, when the announcement is made that he is the new NXT Champion! And that is Undisputed!
Backstage interviews with The Sky Pirates.
Io Shirai & Kairi Sane are very excited for tonight’s main event to see who goes to TakeOver. And speaking of, they’re both going, too, because they’re in a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Women’s Championship. Are they concerned the title and their friendship will get in the way? Not at all! May the best woman win! Io and Kairi both want the title, and will fight each other if they need to. “Gurl, uh-uh!”
Bianca Belair knows this isn’t her business, but this shouldn’t be a Fatal 4. Shayna got in the way and kept Bianca from beating Io. And this doesn’t have anything to do with the little pirate! But now it does, so in New York, The EST will run through both of them to become the new NXT Women’s Champion. No one can do anything about it, because she still feels Un-De-Fea-Ted. Io holds Kairi back while Bianca takes her leave. Whether it’s Bianca, Kairi or Io, will there be a new Women’s Champion alongside a new NXT Champion in New York?
NXT Championship Contenders Fatal 5 Way: Ricochet VS Adam Cole VS Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!
The One and Only, Panama City Playboy, Dutch Destroyer, Patrick Clark Experience and Original Bro wage war like NXT has never seen! Johnny Wrestling awaits, who moves on to challenge him for the vacant throne?
The fans are already fired up for “All These Guys!” as the bell rings. Cole goes after Aleister than Ricochet while Riddle chases Dream. Riddle originally wanted after Dream for the North American title, so why not have that out here? Dream has other ideas as he throws Riddle into barriers then gets back in the ring. Aleister and Ricochet work together against Cole then Dream. Ricochet clotheslines Cole out but Cole drags Ricochet out. Dream rolls ALeister, TWO! Riddle returns but Dream throws him back out. Aleister waistlocks but Dream throws him off. Dream runs into Aleister’s boots then Aleister hops up. Aleister leaps but Dream gets under. Dream lifts Aleister but Aleister slips out. Aleister sweeps but Dream jumps over and rolls through! Aleister slips out again to cradle, TWO!
Dream runs into Aleister’s boot! Aleister runs but Cole trips and drags him out. Cole swings but gets Aleister’s kick! Aleister clibms up but Dream sends him back down. Ricochet mule kicks and whips Dream but Dream reverses. Ricochet rolls off the back and handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Dream bails out but Riddle’s back. Riddle gut wrenches Ricochet, then holds on to do it again! And again! Full Sail is thunderous for the “Bro!” but Cole is after him. Riddle standing switches but gets an enziguri from Cole. Cole stomps a mudhole, then hits his pose BAYBAY! ALeister attacks but Cole reverses. The Unexpected Duo work together, leg sweep and standing moonsault! Cole gets away, and now the tag team phenomenons face each other. They shake hands and circle. But Cole disrupts it by shoving Ricochet into Aleister!
Aleister falls out and Cole stomps away on Ricochet. Cole hits a neckbreaker then covers, TWO! Cole keeps Riddle out with a right hand then goes after Ricochet. He snap suplexes and covers, TWO! Ricochet just escapes, but Cole boots Aleister back out! Cole drags Ricochet up for a big back suplex! Cover, TWO! Another close call but Cole can’t put Ricochet away. Cole goes after Dream but Dream shoulders in. Ricochet somersault shotgun dropkicks Cole! Dream knees Ricochet out then throws heavy hands on Cole. Dream whips but Cole reverses, only for Dream to slide out. Cole runs over but gets an uppercut! Dream climbs up and ax handles Alesiter out.
Dream tosses Cole out then climbs, to LEAP for a big ax handle! He puts Cole in fast and climbs back up. Purple Rain- Riddle gets Dream with a German! Aleister kicks but Riddle reverses! Riddle wants and gets the BroMission!! But Dream breaks it with a falling elbow! Dream stalks Riddle as fans fire up again. Dream tosses Riddle out and turns his attention to Aleister. Aleister fires off a strike fest, sweep to knee! Cole returns but Aleister is ready, two-for-one quebrada! Aleister roundhouses Dream, covers, TWO! Dream survives but Aleister keeps going. Aleister lifts Dream with his foot, but Cole drags Aleister out by the other foot. Cole sends Aleister into steel steps! Cole returns to the ring, only to meet Riddle. They were going to fight to see who contends for the North American title, so now they have it out!
Riddle gets the edge with open palm CHOP after CHOP! Cole stomps Riddle’s bare foot! But his superkick is caught, Riddle gets Cole in a Bromission! But again Dream breaks it up with a leaping ax handle! Dream haymakers Riddle but Riddle ROCKS Dream with that right! Cole hits Riddle now, but Riddle hits back. Dream, Riddle and Cole brawl on their knees in a triangle of strikes. They slowly stand, throwing big hands, forearms and uppercuts. Riddle CHOPS Dream, Cole BOOTS Riddle, Dream SUPERKICKS Cole! Ricochet returns, rolls and PELES Dream down! Cole SUPERKICKS Ricochet but Riddle KNEES Cole! Aleister returns and fires off with Riddle, double roundhouses take them both out! All five men are down and Full Sail reaches a fever pitch!
Ricochet staggers up and goes after Riddle. He puts the Bro in the drop zone then climbs up. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” as Cole intercepts Ricochet. Cole climbs up to join Ricochet, but Ricochet resists. Dream adds on, climbing up to join them. They brawl and Aleister staggers over. Riddle follows, and they’re all on the second rope! It’s a Double Russian Leg Sweep SUPERPLEX! All five men are down again and fans know “This is Awesome!” The referee checks on everyone in turn and they’re all okay to continue. Fans build to a rally as the five slowly stir. Cole, Riddle and Ricochet bail out while Dream meets Aleister. Dream and Aleister trade haymakers on their knees. Aleister fires off hand after hand but Dream powers him to a corner. Aleister boots Dream away then hops up, Meteora!
Dream’s up but gets a roundhouse and a German! But Riddle sentons the bridge! Riddle drags Aleister up in a deadlift Fisherman Buster! Cradle, but Cole breaks it! Cole drags Riddle up but Riddle fires off fast hands! Riddle misses, gets a SUPERKICK, and Last Ride brainbuster! Cover, but Ricochet breaks it! Ricochet drags Cole up but Cole breaks free. Ricochet fakes Cole out for a boot and an ax kick! He keeps going, fireman’s carry but Cole rakes eyes! SUPERKICK to the front, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole brings the knee pad down but misses the Last Shot Wizard to get a Reverse-Rrana! Cole rolls all the way out and Ricochet can’t believe it. But Ricochet also sees a prime target, and FLIES with the Sasuke Special! Ricochet wipes Cole out but hurries to get back up.
Dream returns to the ring but so does Riddle. The would-be North American Championship showdown happens as Riddle throws chops. Riddle swings up and around Dream’s clothesline to powerbomb, but Dream slips out! Dream wants but Riddle denies the Sidewinder, to wring Dream out for a Bro Trigger! Riddle reels Dream into the BroMission! Dream flails but Cole yanks the ref out! No Disqualifications, but plenty of consequences as Riddle BOOTS Cole! Riddle turns around into BLACK MASS! Aleister turns around into Dream Valley Driver! Dream hurries to the top rope, but Ricochet’s right up for a SUPER STEINER onto Aleister and Cole! Ricochet hurries up for his own, SHOOTING STAR onto Riddle! Cover, but LAST SHOT!! Cole covers, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall; will face Johnny Gargano for the NXT Championship
You never see the shot that takes you down! Cole came outta nowhere, and now he’s going to New York City! Will Cole finally make the NXT Championship #Undisputed? Or will Gargano once again become Johnny Champion?
I’m going to call this episode a one match classic, because how else would you describe it? First it is unfortunate for Ciampa to again be out with an injury, and an injury as serious as the neck, so I’m sure I speak for everyone by saying get well soon, Psycho Killer. But HHH had such a great speech to open the night, and it is very true, this became a massive opportunity for another superstar to move up. The five men chosen were the right choices, and this made for an amazing Fatal 5 Way.
However, it makes a lot of sense for this to be Adam Cole’s night. Aleister & Ricochet are not only busy on the main roster, but they’re in the Dusty Rhodes Classic finals, where I would think they defeat the Forgotten Sons and move on to the War Raiders. It wouldn’t be very good to give those two double duty on TakeOver Friday and possibly something on Mania Sunday. Then Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle can and will still happen, and that is going to be great. It would’ve been too epic if Dream was trying for both titles, even if it’s Wrestlemania Weekend. Gargano VS Cole is going to be great and really could go either way, but I feel that since Gargano VS Ciampa was the plan, Gargano might’ve won that title to have his triumphant victory on the biggest WWE weekend of the year.
My Score: 8.6/10
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