ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 398
LifeBlood wants revenge on Bully Ray, but they’ll first settle things with The Kingdom! Plus, WOH World Champion Kelly Klein returns to ROH action!
- PJ Black VS Eli Isom w/ Shinobi Shadow Squad; wins.
- Kelly Klein VS Ray Lyn; Klein wins.
- LifeBlood VS The Kingdom; LifeBlood wins.
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Rhett Titus joins ROH commentary!
The Fittest of Honor flexes and admires himself while he joins Ian Riccaboni and Caprice Coleman, though he really should watch the action.
PJ Black VS Eli Isom w/ Shinobi Shadow Squad!
The Future of Honor represents the Shinobi Shadow Squad against the redeemed Darewolf! But while Black turned over a new leaf, he didn’t get the win in a rematch with Bandido. Will he stay on the straight and narrow and get that win here? Or will Isom continue to shock the world against veteran wrestlers?
The Code of Honor is upheld and the bell rings. Black and Isom circle and tie up with a test of strength. Black slips through and brings Isom down, then stands him up to wrench. Isom rolls and knips to a reversal. Black reverses back but so does Isom, and now Isom brings Black to the mat. Black gets up and slips to a fireman’s carry takedown. He sits down for an armbar but Isom rolls him to a cover, TWO! Fans applaud this early exchange and even Black has to nod in respect. Black and Isom tie up and Isom gets the headlock. Isom powers out but Black runs him over. Black speeds things up and arm-drags Isom. Isom arm-drags back but then Black blocks to a sweep. Cover, ONE, and Isom jumps the next sweep to get La Magistrol! TWO and things speed up again.
Isom hurdles and knees Black down! Fans fire up with Isom while Black gets to a corner. Isom runs in but into an elbow. Black hops up and headscissors but Isom tosses him to the apron. Black hits back and springboards, but Isom gets under. Isom runs in but is put on the apron now. Isom hits back and takes aim, to springboard and dropkick! But Black blocks to a Boston Crab! Fans rally as Isom endures the bend! His squad cheers him on as he rolls, and Isom throws hands on Black. Isom turns it to a cover, TWO! Black clobbers Isom at the ropes and keeps on Isom while we go to break.
ROH returns and Black snap suplexes Isom. He floats over to a double armbar. Black bends the fingers, too, but fans rally behind Isom. Isom gets up and turns Black, but Black wheelbarrows to a cover, TWO! Black keeps Isom’s legs to turn him over to Billy Goat’s Curse! Draping surfboard and some buckle bumps. Black drops Isom and fans applaud classic Darewolf. Black runs in corner to corner for a big forearm smash, then slingshots to crossbody! But Isom rolls through, TWO! Isom ducks and full nelsons, but Black blocks! Black breaks free but Isom hits a trapped-arm German Suplex! Both men are down and a standing count begins. Fans rally up as both men stand. Black and Isom throw forearms and chops! They go back and forth but Black mule kicks, front kicks and roundhouses!
Black prepares a big punch but Isom blocks it to then fire off strikes and an enziguri! Isom whips and pops Black up to a Fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO! Isom was close but he keeps his focus. Black bails out and Isom builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit on the Darewolf! Isom puts Black back in and then springboards, but trips! Black takes advantage, TWO! Isom survives his own mistake, but now Black is on him. Black puts Isom in a corner and on the top rope. Isom fights back but Black hops up for a SUPER STEINER! Black then hops up and springboards to 450! Cover, TWO!? Black can’t believe it! Black mule kicks Isom down then climbs again. Moonsault Stomps, aka The Wildness! Cover, Black wins!
Winner: PJ Black, by pinfall
The Darewolf kept it clean and gets the win! He also keeps it respectful by offering the handshake. Isom takes it and Black raises Isom’s hand. Will this new PJ Black be the one that heads for a title opportunity?
ROH previews War of the Worlds tour matches!
After an amazing 30-Minute Iron Tag Match in which they were victorious over LifeBlood’s Tracy Williams & Mark Haskins, Jay Lethal & Jonathan Gresham are now in line for an ROH World Tag Team Championship match! Can the Franchise and the Octopus defeat the Guerrillas of Destiny in their first defense of those titles?
Plus, Villain Enterprises’ PCO was the one who pinned Matt Taven in an ROH World Six Man Tag Team Championships match. As such, before Episode 400’s ROH World Championship match of Matt Taven VS Flip Gordon, PCO has his shot! Will Flip be meeting The Kingdom’s Grand Slam Taven? Or will he see first-hand how PCO’s not human?
Kelly Klein VS Ray Lyn!
The first and only two-time Women of Honor World Champion had the night she won the belt back ruined by the Beautiful People and the betraying Mandy Leon! Now Allure has come to ROH, but the Pretty Badass has put all three of them on notice. Will she give them even further reason to tread lightly after what she does in her in-ring return?
Fans rally for Kelly as she offers the handshake. Ray Lyn refuses, and demands a mic first. The referee obliges and Ray Lyn talks to “Kelly, Kelly, Kelly. Just so you know, I don’t like you.” She doesn’t respect Kelly, either. #NotMyChamp. So in other words, she’ll never shake Kelly’s hand. Kelly shrugs that off but fans sing, “Kelly’s gonna kill~ you~!” The bell rings and the two circle. Kelly and Ray Lyn tie up, and Kelly shoves Ray Lyn right to a corner! Ray Lyn gets back up and waistlocks Kelly. Kelly spins to a headlock and takeover, then pushes Ray Lyn aside. Ray Lyn runs but Kelly blocks the arm-drag to a waistlock and takedown. Kelly pushes Ray Lyn around then wants Ray Lyn to bring it. Ray Lyn pie faces and throws her down by her hair!
Fans boo but that just upsets Ray Lyn. Ray Lyn dropkicks Kelly from behind then stomps away. She grounds ‘n’ pounds Kelly while we go to break.
ROH returns and Ray Lyn sweeps Kelly off her feet! Ray Lyn then rubs Kelly’s face in it, and by “it”, it’s her butt. Ray Lyn runs and hits a basement meteora to a cover, TWO! Fans rally for Kelly as she gets up to a corner. Ray Lyn runs corner to corner for a big knee, then rolls Kelly out so she can climb. Ray Lyn gets up top and leaps at Kelly, but Kelly catches her! Kelly throws Ray Lyn with a Fall Away Slam! Fans fire up for the Pretty Badass as she grits her teeth. Kelly crawls after Ray Lyn and counter punches to throw her around by her hair. Ray Lyn flounders but Kelly runs in for a forearm, back elbow and clothesline! Then a running boot! She lifts Ray Lyn to a fireman’s carry, K-Power slam! Cover, Kelly wins!
Winner: Kelly Klein, by pinfall
Ray Lyn is now 0-2 against Kelly Klein while Kelly keeps moving forward. Kelly then picks up the mic for herself, and tells Ray Lyn, “Now you will respect me.” She offers a handshake, and Ray Lyn takes it. Ray Lyn does have to admit Kelly is the better woman, and peacefully leaves the ring.
But Kelly still has the mic to remind us that she will be the fighting champion. She is proud to represent ROH and WOH. She will always represent when in this ring. When Kelly won the belt back to be the first-ever two-time champion, that was the greatest victory of her career. But someone decided to take the spotlight from her. That’s all they are about: attention. Kelly’s all about wrestling. They care about filters and hashtags, Kelly cares about wrestling. The Allure cares about having their boobs pushed up to their chins, but Kelly cares about wrestling. “Because that is what Women of Honor is about!”
Kelly holds up her title, but speak of the devils. It’s Velvet Sky and Mandy Leon, but where is Angelina Love? She sneaks up behind! And she bicycle BOOTS Kelly off her feet! Mandy and Velvet join Angelina in the ring as they laugh at Kelly. But here comes Jenny Rose! Jenny is not Kelly’s friend but she won’t stand for this! However, she gets kicked and DDT’d by someone who was her friend, Mandy Leon! And like they did to Kelly at G1 Supercard, The Allure humiliate Jenny with lipstick graffiti and a selfie. Will the Allure soon have all the world watching as they take over the WOH Division?
Dalton Castle returns to ROH!
The Peacock hasn’t been seen since his shockingly quick loss to El Toro Blanco, Rush, at G1 Supercard. But what was even more shocking than that was Castle turning on The Boys! The twins had no chance against Castle’s sudden wrath, and now that he’s back, everyone finally gets the answers to “Why, Dalton, Why?”
Castle still gets streamers from the fans as he enters the ring with his bedazzled mic. Fans want to know, “Where’s The Boys?!” As Castle looks around, he sees a lot of faces looking for answers. That’s fair. Castle does owe an explanation. But he owes two people more than anything. He wants to say this to their faces, so Castle asks The Boys to come out and hear him out. Castle waits, and here come The Boys! He thanks them for appearing, and assures they’ll be okay. He just wants to make this right. The Boys enter the ring and Castle isn’t sure where to begin. What happened at Madison Square Garden was a mistake. But as he steps closer, they step away. Castle knows he deserves that one.
Castle was just so frustrated. It was MSG, he lost, and he took that out on them. He knows he shouldn’t have done that. What these three have is something special, and he doesn’t want throw that away over a mistake. So if The Boys would agree to move past this and shoot forward like they always have, maybe they can make it right. The Boys agree, and offer a big hug. Castle lets them bring it in, and fans cheer! That’s what he needed. Castle chokes back the tears. “What you’re looking at is stronger than ever.” Castle wants to make something clear to everyone. “You will NEVER see me put my hands on My Boys again!” Because these two, are NOT his Boys! Castle attacks again!
Castle punches Boy 1 down and throws Boy 2 with an exploder and then a gut wrench! Fans boo but he’s not done! He rains down rights on Boy 2 then deadlift German Suplexes Boy 1! Castle rains rights down on Boy 2! And he even takes their masks! Castle adds the highest insult to the injuries inflicted, but what does this mean for him and the boys formerly known as The Boys?
LifeBlood VS The Kingdom!
Specifically, this is Hot Sauce Tracy Williams and Mr. Overkill Mark Haskins looking to take down Vinnie Marseglia and TK O’Ryan. Both teams want to climb towards those ROH World Tag Team Championships, but will LifeBlood do that on top of heading for Bully Ray? Or will their split focus cost them against the Horror King and Sassy Wild Horse?
But before a Code of Honor can even be offered, The Kingdom attacks LifeBlood! Vinnie and TK throw hands on Tracy and Haskins! They both whip but both Tracy and Haskins reverse. LifeBlood shows double boots but The Kingdom bails out! Vinnie taunts LifeBlood while TK cools things off. They use LifeBlood’s dedication to bringing back honor against them, and Vinnie slowly enters the ring. Vinnie circles with Haskins but TK slips in. Haskins gets distracted and Vinnie fires off! The ref keeps Tracy back while Vinnie chokes Haskins! The ref counts and Vinnie lets up to throw elbows. Tag to TK and TK CHOPS Haskins! TK drags Haskins out for a European Uppercut! Haskins pushes and punches back, but Haskins gets TK with a test of strength.
TK gets the knuckle locks but Haskins breaks and spins to get a takedown. Haskins wants the legs but TK shoves him away. Tracy tags in and Haskins rolls over TK. Haskins whips TK into Tracy’s CHOP! Tracy whips Haskins in but TK puts him on the apron. Tracy gives TK a back elbow then Haskins tags back in. Haskins monkey flips TK into Tracy’s Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Haskins drags TK up for another CHOP! TK falls off his feet and Haskins tags Tracy back in. LifeBlood keeps on TK with a wrench to knee! They’re targeting the arm as Tracy brings TK up. Vinnie runs in but the knee is blocked! Tracy trips Vinnie then throws TK at Vinnie. Tracy links their legs and tags in Haskins. First Tracy kicks Vinnie, then Haskins kicks TK! And repeat!
Haskins tags Tracy back in and they go back to The Kingdom for DOUBLE kicks! And they’re not done there, they turn The Kingdom over for double camel clutches! TK and Vinnie both endure, but the ref counts because someone has to get out! LifeBlood lets go and The Kingdom scurries away while we go to break.
ROH returns once more and Vinnie now stands over Tracy. Vinnie stomps Tracy and has taken Tracy’s shoulder brace off! Vinnie taunts Haskins, but turns around into Tracy’s CHOP! Tracy CHOPS more but TK grabs his feet! Vinnie gives Tracy an uppercut! Tracy staggers for his corner but Vinnie goes after that bad arm. Tracy forearms Vinnie down while fans rally and duel, oddly. Vinnie reels Tracy in for a saido suplex! Tag to TK and TK slingshots to stomp the bad arm! The ref counts but TK lets up at 3 to put Tracy’s arm on the ropes. TK springboard sits down on the arm, but Tracy kicks back with his leg. TK grabs the bad arm for a keylock, but fans rally up.
Tracy fights out with palm strikes but TK clubs Tracy back. TK underhooks for a butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO! Tag to Vinnie and they continue to go after the arm. Vinnie taunts Hot Sauce but Tracy throws forearms with his good arm! Vinnie blocks to knee Tracy, then go side to side for forearms! He suplexes but Tracy lands on his feet! Tracy boots VInnie then hits a leaping Famouser! Both men are down but fans rally up! Tracy and Vinnie crawl, hot tags to TK and Haskins! Haskins boots and forearms TK then whips to kitchen sink knee! He hits VInnie for good measure, then dodges TK. TK elbows Haskins and takes the knee for a school boy! But Haskins slips out to a Crossface!
TK endures and scrambles around, but Vinnie grabs a leg. Haskins makes it a Rings of Saturn but Vinnie won’t let go! The ref counts Vinnie but it’s Haskins who lets go to get on the apron and Penalty Kick him! Haskins gives Vinnie an apron back suplex! Fans fire up and Haskins high-fives, but TK catches him in a cradle! TWO, and Haskins mule kicks the legs out! Haskins tags Tracy on hsi way to the apron. Haskins kicks TK off the ropes and then Tracy climbs to hit a frog splash! Cover, TWO!! TK survives but Tracy fires up! Tracy drags TK up with one good arm, but he can’t lift for a piledriver. TK powers Tracy to a corner but then Tracy CHOPS back.
Tracy hops up but has to fight Vinnie off. TK CHOPS Tracy back, then climbs up top. But Tracy gets him for a buckle DDT! Discus lariat! Cover, TWO, but to an ankle lock! Vinnie BOOTS Tracy down! Then hits Haskins for good measure! The Kingdom coordinates, but TK is staggered. TK’s leg gives out and Tracy gets away to tag Haskins! Haskins dumps Vinnie out and Tracy fireman’s carries TK. Tracy gives TK a shinbreaker drop, then wrecks Vinnie with a dropkick! Haskins rolls TK to a Sharpshooter!! TK endures and Haskins goes WAY back! TK taps, LifeBlood wins!!
Winners: LifeBlood, Haskins by submission
Overkill overwhelms TK, and now LifeBlood climbs up the tag team division ranks! But they don’t care about that right now, because Tracy gets a mic. “That is what ROH is all about! Taking care of your business in this ring!” But speaking of that, they call out Bully Ray! Bully has been nothing but a snake and a stench and a cancer in ROH! The only way to get rid of that is to cut it out completely. Bully, consider them the only two people who want to see him out here! Tracy knows Bully probably won’t come alone, but he just wants Bully to come out and face them. LifeBlood waits, but it’s not surprising Bully is too scared.
But lo and behold, Bully appears! Bully looks at them from the stage and asks, “Are you still mad about Tenille?” Tracy and Haskins dare Bully to get in the ring. Bully just says “Go to Hell.” Bully leaves, but will LifeBlood make him face the consequences for his actions?
This was a really great episode, at a time when ROH really needed it in my opinion. Rhett Titus cracked me up just being there in his Speedo flexing. Black VS Isom was a great match, Isom is definitely The Future of Honor, but it was great for Black to win. Black’s change wouldn’t really mean anything if he kept losing. We get some good War of the Worlds teases, with some nice surprises. I didn’t expect Taven VS PCO to come about but that’ll be a good match. Continuity demands PCO loses so that it’ll be Taven VS Flip for episode 400, though. And I didn’t expect Lethal & Gresham to become tag title contenders so soon, but at the same time, it’s Jay Lethal so it makes sense. But I don’t see Lethal & Gresham winning for other reasons, such as a GoD VS Briscoes 2v2 match.
For those who didn’t know, Ray Lyn has been on Women of Wrestling as Chantilly Chella, which marks at least the fourth WoW star to also be in WOH. I wonder if WOW will join the alliance ROH has created with Stardom for a stronger base of women’s wrestling. Kelly gives a great promo that trash talks The Allure but it seems a wrestler forgets how to count when going Face. She should’ve known a sneak attack was coming when only two members of a trio appeared. But the Allure stands tall again, even against Jenny Rose. An alliance of Kelly and Jenny would be good for character development, and maybe even a third Face joins for a Six Woman Tag. But if nothing else says WOH wants women’s tag titles, Allure becoming a thing should make that clear.
Castle’s fake apology was really well done. I felt it coming but his delivery almost got me to think not. But this will be good for all of them. Castle going Heel will freshen him up, and now The Boys are free to be The Tate Twins or whatever name they want after this. The main event tag match was great, Hot Sauce and Haskins work great together just like Vinnie and TK. And then while they call Bully out, it makes sense for Bully not to fight when it’s 2v1. He might comeback and enlist the help of Shane Taylor to go after LifeBlood, and probably backstage. Maybe they’ll end up with a match for War of the Worlds just to give the story a bigger stage.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (5/22/19)
Witness Walter VS Pete Dunne II!
NXT UK gives us the epic sequel to TakeOver: New York!
Arguably the biggest match in the young history of NXT UK, Pete Dunne demanded a rematch and Walter obliged! Who will be the WWE United Kingdom Champion after tonight?
- WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Travis Banks VS Joseph Connors; Banks wins and advances to Fatal 4 Way Contender’s match.
- Naom Dar VS Mark Andrews; Dar wins.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Pete Dunne; Walter wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
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The Big Apple, revisited in Glasgow!
NXT UK was represented by two of the best, but only one could be THE WWE United Kingdom Champion. A historic reign ended by a flying Austrian Anomaly, but the Bruiserweight isn’t out yet. The Ring General shows no fear, but will he know pain in tonight’s main event?
WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Travis Banks VS Joseph Connors!
While the future of the title is being determined in the main event, so is the future of its contenders! Will the Kiwi Buzzsaw or Righteous Killer take the last spot in the #1 Contender’s Fatal 4 Way?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Banks waistlocks as fans cheer him on. He gets Connors to the mat but Connors gets a ropebreak. Banks lets him go and they circle again. They tie up and Banks gets the wristlock. Connors grabs at hair but Banks wrenches to a standing armlock. Banks wrenches again but Connors spins through, only to get thrown down with an arm-drag. Banks keeps on Connors’ arm, but Connors breaks free to SLAP Banks! They speed up and Banks blocks the boot to then run and hit a shotgun knee! Fans cheer as Banks kicks away on Connors leg. He kicks Connors off his feet then kicks away on the knee.
Connors shoves but Banks puts him on the apron. Banks runs but misses, Connors shoulders in. Connors runs but into a roundhouse! Connors bails out but blocks Banks’ apron kick! He trips Banks and then Snake Eyes off the steel steps! Connors puts Banks back in and rains rights down in the corner. Banks covers up and the ref counts, Connors lets up at 4. Connors drags Banks to whip and headbutt him down! Cover, TWO! Connors grows frustrated but fans rally up. Banks CHOPS away on Connors then runs, but into a back elbow. Connors drags Banks back up to scoop slam and cover, TWO! Connors keeps his cool as he stands Banks up for a snap suplex! Cover, TWO! Connors keeps on Banks with a chinlock. Banks endures and fans rally up.
Banks gets up and jawbreakers free! He runs in but into Connors’ boots! Connors covers, TWO! Connors grows frustrated and takes it out on Banks with stomps. Fans still cheer Banks on as Connors drags him up by his ears. Banks breaks free to fire off! Banks throws big hands from both sides and backs Connors to a corner! He stomps away but stops at the ref’s count. Fans fire up but Connors dodges. Connors runs back in but Banks sweeps the legs, Connors hits buckles! Banks dropkicks Connors’ arm! Connors bails out, but gets the Penalty Kick! Banks keeps moving and DIVES onto Connors! Direct hit, but his knees may have paid the price. Fans still cheer as Banks puts Connors back in.
Banks runs and springboards, but Connors gets under. Connors slips out and bumps Banks on buckles. Slingshot bulldog! Sunset flip bomb into the buckles! Cover, TWO!! Fans cheer but Connors is furious. Connors slaps himself back to focus and drags Banks up again. Connors suplexes but Banks cradle counters! TWO, and Connors rolls. Banks sits on it, TWO! Connors has the sunset flip, TWO! Banks sits back on Connors, TWO! Connors pops out, but his boot is blocked again! Banks runs, but into a lariat! Cover, TWO!! A fast exchange and both men are down! Glasgow applauds and rallies up for the Kiwi Buzzsaw. But Connors is up first, and he rains down rights and lefts.
Connors tells the Kiwi Buzzsaw who he is, and scoops him. Banks slips out and shoves Connors, but Connors goes up and over to sunset flip! Banks rolls through, runs, springboard, Slice of Heaven enziguri! And Kiwi Krusher!! Cover, Banks wins!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall; advances to the Fatal 4 Way
And we have our field of four! The Kiwi Buzzsaw will meet The Bomber Dave Mastiff, the Iron King Joe Coffey, and a familiar foe in the Irish Ace Jordan Devlin!
In-ring interview with Travis Banks.
The final man in the Fatal 4 in just two weeks time, how does he fancy his chances? Joe Coffey hurt Banks at the Royal Albert Hall. Jordan Devlin took him out of NXT UK TakeOver. And Dave Mastiff, well, he’s actually a good guy but just really big. It doesn’t matter who you are, the Buzzsaw will be the NEW #1 Contender!
Nina Samuels speaks.
“Toni Storm, NXT UK Women’s Champion, in spite of all the skills you possess as a competitor, you really were the easiest puppet to manipulate in my latest masterpiece.” Nina didn’t even have to ask for a title shot. All she had to do was find Toni’s weakness, and she played right into Nina’s hand. Toni even requested “to become the latest cast member of the Nina Samuels Show.” As fine as a performer as Nina is, she’s an expert director, completely in control. And Toni has lost all control. That is a very dangerous place to be when her NXT UK Women’s Championship will be on the line.
Nina’s fans have obviously been sending congratulatory gifts, because they know the finale before it even begins. Nina’s newest crowning achievement: the next NXT UK Women’s Champion. This match happens next week! Will it be a grand finale or a major flop for the Rose Pink Devil?
NXT UK reviews Noam Dar VS Mark Andrews.
The last time the Scottish Supernova and the Welsh rockstar met in the ring, it was an incredible and fast-paced match, but with a terrifying ending. Both men went down with leg injuries, and we hadn’t seen Dar for two months. But Dar returned to surprise the Glasgow fans a few weeks ago, and now both he and Mark Andrews will settle things! Will we get a true conclusion in the rematch?
Naom Dar VS Mark Andrews!
The bell rings and Glasgow of course sings for Dar. Dar and Andrews circle and Andrews offers a handshake. Dar takes it and they tie up. The Supernova puts the rockstar in the corner but backs off with pinkies up. Andrews shrugs that off as they circle again. They tie up and Dar gets a headlock but Andrews powers out. Things speed up and Dar holds ropes to fake out Andrews’ flip. Dar misses his pump kick but dodges Andrews’ arm-drag. He misses the Penalty Kick but denies Andrews’ wheelbarrow move. Dar ducks Andrews’ buzzsaw kick and Glasgow cheers as they stand off. Andrews and Dar circle, and Andrews headlocks. Dar powers out but Andrews flips over.
Things speed up again and Andrews headscissors Dar. Dar flounders but avoids the Penalty Kick, only for Andrews to standing moonsault onto him! Cover, TWO, but Andrews goes after Dar with a wristlock. Andrews wrenches and gets Dar to the stretch. Dar powers his way up but Andrews kicks low. Andrews whips but Dar reverses then ducks the crossbody! Dar spins Andrews around and around and to the backslide! TWO and Andrews staggers off in a daze. Dar brings Andrews back for a takedown and armlock. Andrews endures and works his way around. Dar puts him in a corner but backs off, only to run back in, into a forearm! Andrews puts up a boot and gets an enziguri! Andrews hops up and 450’s, but Dar gets clear! Dar swings but Andrews slides and goes to Pele, but into an ankle lock!
Andrews rolls and throws Dar off, but Dar comes back with that BOOT! Cover, TWO! Dar keeps his cool as he takes aim from a corner. Andrews stands up and Dar runs, but into a roll up! TWO, and Andrews slides again. He dodges Dar’s clothesline to enziguri! Andrews runs but into chops, headbutt and uppercut! Dar brings Andrews up, suplexes, but gets Stun-Dog Millionaire! Dar bails out and Andrews builds speed to FLY! Direct hit wipes out Dar! Dar crawls, holding his leg. Andrews drags him up but Dar pushes past to get in the ring. Is his leg bothering him again? Andrews shows concern as he follows, but Dar gets to a corner. Dar walks it off, and Andrews whips. But Dar’s leg gives out! Andrews stays nearby while Dar and the ref check his leg.
Fans rally up as Dar and Andrews shake hands. But then Dar sucker punches Andrews! It was all an act! Dar even reels in, hook, line and sinker. And he hits Andrews with a Nova Rolla! Cover, Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Not only is Dar back to 100%, he’s back to his old ways! He teases Andrews with the reel, then takes his leave. Will Andrews get Dar back for taking advantage of his sportsmanship? Or will Dar move on to bigger fish?
The Grizzled Young Veterans arrive.
Radzy catches up with the NXT UK Tag Team Champions, Zack Gibson & James Drake, to ask them about Moustache Mountain calling them out. The NXT UK fans want to see the rematch, what do they say to it? James Drake speaks, wondering if this is a popularity contest. “Is this NXT UK’s Got Talent?” Gibson says “Joe Blogs, Johnny Kickpads and every other local Glasgow competitor” would love a title shot. But the superstars don’t make the matches, the fans don’t make the matches, the GYV decide when they wrestle and against who. Now stay by the door, Radzy, and keep lurking for interviews. GYV has a point, but they’re forgetting who really makes the matches. Will the NXT UK GM decide if Trent Seven & Tyler Bate are worthy?
Rhea Ripley returns to NXT UK!
The Mosh Pit Kid makes her way to the ring and grabs herself a mic. “I know! I know, guys, I know.” She knows Glasgow would love to see her in action, but too bad, it’s not gonna happen. Rhea heard that Piper Niven is somewhat of a big deal in Scotland. The fans cheer but she tells them to shut up. Fans tell HER to shut up! To Rhea, “Piper is nothing but a wannabe superstar that reeks of fear.” Piper so desperately wants to be the most dominant woman, but all she does is talk about Rhea. Because she obviously wants to be Rhea. The truth is, when you step into the ring with Rhea Ripley, “Nightmares become reality.”
The Aussie with Attitude drops the mic but still talks trash to Glasgow, but will she have to eat her words when she finally steps into the ring with Piper the Viper?
Kassius Ohno finds an NXT UK cameraman to talk to.
The Wrestling Genius wants the cameraman to follow after. Ohno was trying to get word from Johnny Saint all week but no such luck, so Ohno will visit the NXT UK GM in person. Ohno knocks on the door, but then just barges in. He finds Sid Scala instead. Weren’t they supposed to talk today? Sid confirms and asks Ohno to have a seat. Ohno takes Sid’s seat and asks “Savvy Sid” about that big news. Sid and Saint had hoped to tell him together, but sure, why not now? Ohno wants his opportunity to prove he’s the greatest at British wrestling. He’ll do that next week against Gentleman Jack Gallagher.
Yes, Mr. Gallagher. A great star on 205 Live, and this will be a great first-time-ever. Kudos, Sid. Tell Johnny he said hi. Pleasure doing business with you. Ohno leaves the office in a good mood, but will he truly prove himself THE best British style wrestler in NXT UK?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Pete Dunne!
It’s finally time! NXT UK fans waited weeks for this rematch, but so have the Ring General and Bruiserweight. Who will show they made the superior adjustments from the first time around and come away with the WWE UK gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the epic sequel!
Fans duel as Walter and Dunne stare down. Walter makes sure his fingers are okay before tying up with Dunne. They push each other around, and Walter puts Dunne in the corner. Walter backs off and they circle again. Dunne gets the arm and goes after those fingers anyway, then wrenches through. Dunne twists the wrist but Walter reverses and whips. Walter wrings Dunne but Dunne reaches up to headscissor. The two separate and fans applaud. Dunne and Walter go around again and tie up. They both go to the mat and Dunne stands on Walter’s left hand! Dunne goes after the right, then gets the left in a Fujiwara armbar. Dunne hammerlocks the arm, but Walter avoids the stomp! Walter wings but Dunne avoids the infamous chop!
Fans applaud again, both men clearly learned a lot from their first match. They circle again, and Walter eggs Dunne on. Dunne headlocks, but Walter pries free. Dunne kicks at Walter’s leg but Walter still gets through to a headlock and takeover. Fans still duel while Dunne works his way back up. Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles but Walter goes for a sleeper! But Dunne blocks and gives Walter a shoulder breaker. Dunne runs but Walter hurdles! Walter’s boot is caught, and into a dragon screw! Walter bails out and fans fire up. Dunne stalks Walter on the outside, but Walter CHOPS Dunne off his feet!
Walter makes sure his leg is okay before going back to Dunne. He brings Dunne around to CHOP again, but the ring count passes 5. Walter swings but Dunne ducks, the chop goes into a post! Dunne refreshes the count and goes after Walter’s hand! He slams it on the steel steps! Walter falls and Dunne brings him back up to Penalty Kick the arm! Dunne refreshes the count again, only to walk into Walter’s BOOT! Fans cheer again while Walter checks his hand. Walter drags Dunne up and throws big European Uppercuts. Now Walter refreshes the count to then shotgun dropkick Dunne into barriers! Walter drags Dunne back up and back to the steel steps! He sets Dunne on them to stand and bend him back! Fans boo this dirty play but Walter wants Dunne to pay.
Walter leaves Dunne and Dunne drags himself up. Walter BOOTS Dunne again! Dunne holds onto the ropes so Walter toys with him. Dunne drags himself back up and fans rally up. Walter comes over to club, but Dunne grabs the arm! And the fingers! Dunne bends them back, but Walter CHOPS Dunne again! But Dunne manages to get back in the ring instead of falling to the floor. Walter kicks Dunne while he’s down, and then kicks him back down. He dares Dunne to get up and fans rally. Dunne sits up but Walter turns him over to ram knees into the back. Cover, TWO! Walter keeps Dunne down with a half camel clutch. Walter pulls Dunne back while fans duel again. Dunne endures and works his way up. Walter knees low then again.
Walter toys with Dunne and Dunne gets angry. Dunne blasts Walter with a forearm! Glasgow cheers for Peter as he tries to whip. Walter reverses but Dunne goes up and over! Dunne enziguris Walter down! Dunne fires up like a wild man, and hops up for a dropkick to the knees! Walter staggers up, blocks the kick but not the jab! Dunne rolls Walter to a kneebar! Dunne grapevines as fans duel. Walter endures and works his way out to turn and club Dunne! Then he German Supelxes! But Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Walter in the back! Dunne ties Walter up in an Octopus stretch! And he takes off the finger tape! Dunne has the pinkie and pulls! But Walter powers out, only for Dunne to hit a crucifix driver! Cover, TWO!!
Glasgow keeps cheering as both men stand, Dunne stomps the hands! And buzzsaws Walter again! Then pump handles, but Walter pries free to LARIAT! Walter runs, but into another big forearm! Only to come back for an exploder! Cover, TWO!! Walter keeps on Dunne with a Boston Crab! Dunne endures the back pain as fans rally back up. Walter turns Dunne back over but Dunne kicks him. Walter wants a single leg but Dunne kicks him down! Dunne Penalty Kicks and Danielson Stomps Walter out! Then he rolls Water to a hammerlock, and bends the other arm! From finger to elbow, even! Dunne has a unique leg nelson but Walter refuses to quit! Walter uses his long legs for a ropebreak! Dunne lets Walter go and fans duel again. Walter rolls to the apron, but Dunne pursues.
Dunne drags Walter up and brings the hand to a buckle. He tucks it into the buckle pad? And then stands on it! Walter screams but the ref counts, so Dunne lets up at 4. Walter CLUBS Dunne off the top rope, then climbs. Dunne SUPERKICKS the arm! Walter sits down on the top rope and shakes his hands out. Dunne climbs up and CHOPS Walter. Dunne stands up, for a hanging triangle! The ref counts but Walter clubs away! Walter lifts Dunne, but to a SUPER STEINER! Cover, TWO!! Walter just gets free, and fans are loving this! Dunne and Walter slowly stir and sit up. Fans rally as Dunne stands, and Walter follows. Dunne kicks but Walter CHOPS! Walter shakes his hand and hobbles on one leg as he stalks Dunne. He drags Dunne up to throw forearms but Dunne kicks.
Walter CHOPS again, but Dunne holds ropes to deny the German Suplex. Dunne switches and German Suplexes Walter! But then runs into a big LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Dunne survives again, and Walter grows frustrated. Walter climbs up as Glasgow says, “This is Awesome!” Walter reaches the top and leaps, into another BIG forearm! Dunne pump handles and lifts, BITTER END! To the triangle hold! Walter resists to a cover, ONE! Dunne has a mounted triangle! And he SNAPS the fingers! But Walter refuses to quit! Wait, is that Fabian Aichner? Aichner is pushing the bottom rope towards Walter’s foot! Walter gets the ropebreak but the ref still sees it was Aichner! Aichner and the ref argue, but that’s so Marcel Barthel can CLOBBER Dunne with the title belt! Walter doesn’t see that, so he doesn’t hesitate hitting the WALTER BOMB! Cover, Walter wins!!
Winner: WALTER, by pinfall; still WWE United Kingdom Champion
Does the Ring General have new troops behind him? Barthel and Aichner join Walter in the ring, and fans boo as the three stand together! Is the European Alliance going to take over NXT UK?!
What a wild episode of NXT UK! And I didn’t realize it’d still be in Glasgow. I don’t know why we haven’t gotten a second NXT UK TakeOver, but I bet a lot of this will lead to something for NXT TakeOver: XXV. I was hoping we’d get an announcement of who the final two qualifier contestants would be. Ohno should’ve expected a part in the tournament, only for Sid to explain why it’s Banks VS Connors. For one, Banks got the win over Ohno a few weeks ago, so that alone is why it’s Banks and not Ohno. Not sure why it was Connors, other than Connors is a good worker and Banks as the Face would win. Now the Fatal 4 will have an even split. Ohno VS Gallagher will be great, too, but Ohno’s overall story still seems aimless.
As for that Fatal 4, it will be great to have two hosses and two Cruiserweights for the variety of style. I would have to give it to a Face, though, given what we saw in the main event. Banks makes for a great underdog against Walter, but seeing Mastiff step up would be great to see a pair of behemoths fight over the belt. Coffey still has the NXT UK Tag Division with brother Mark, and Devlin being Heel needs to wait for another Face champion to come along. I was surprised James Drake got to speak for the GYV promo, but he did his part well. Obviously GYV VS Moustache Mountain II is happening, whether their characters think so or not. That has to go Moustache Mountain’s way to give us Face champions to take on the coming Heel contenders.
Toni VS Nina next week will be pretty good. It’ll probably allow Nina to really show fans what she’s capable of, but I can’t see Nina taking the title. She came a bit out of left field acting like she’s a contender, so she’s probably a holdover while other women build themselves up. For one, Kay Lee Ray and Jazzy Gabert are each making their start in NXT UK’s Women’s Division, I’d expect one of them to come closer to taking the title. Meanwhile, Rhea VS Piper has to be happening soon or else the build will get tired. I’d think Piper wins to be a strong Face for when a Heel takes the belt.
Dar is an evil genius with that swerve. At first it looks like another match gets called off, but then surprise! Dar back to Heel just makes sense, so that he and Andrews will surely have a third match to finally settle this. A feud like this, the Devlin VS Banks feud before, and even what Ohno is doing, are all still reasons I want a mid-card belt for the NXT UK men. That way they wouldn’t have to worry about waiting in line so much. Especially if Walter is going to have back-up now. Walter VS Dunne II was great right up until that point, so I’m a little mixed on this development. It’s great in that Dunne isn’t really weakened, but it might weaken Walter. At the same time, now we can have trios battling it out between British Strong Style, Gallus and the European Alliance.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (5/21/19)
The Premier Era continues!
And STILL your WWE Cruiserweight Champion…!
- The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party; changed to…
- The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo; Gallagher & Carrillo win.
- Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria; Tozawa wins.
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The Cruiserweight Division broke through!
For months, the WWE’s purple belt was on the Kickoff Show, but no longer! Tony Nese had his title defense against Ariya Daivari on Money in the Bank’s main card! And while Daivari Dinero was so confident he’d hit the jackpot that he drove into the arena in a Mercedes Benz, he could not bring down the Premier Athlete! Nese’s reign continues on, but who will be next up to test his toughness?
THE Brian Kendrick and Akira Tozawa meet backstage.
They’re both involved in tonight’s major main event with huge Cruiserweight title implications. They’re good friends, and shake hands to make sure they both know it won’t be personal out there. But will things get intense between them and the rest of the field knowing it could mean a shot at Nese?
The Singh Brothers VS Lucha House Party!
Sunil & Samir return to show that one loss in the Cruiserweight Division won’t slow them down on their rise to the top! They pick up some mics to say, “Ladies and gentlemen, it’s Bollywood Time~!” Because it’s definitely NOT Lucha Time. Why’s that? Because Lars Sullivan absolutely destroyed the three amigos at MITB, and then again on Raw. Actually, a little birdie told them that LHP wanted to fight him, so they won’t be fighting the Bollywood Boyz. So not to disappoint the fans, or the 1.6 BILLION people in India, the ref will count to 10 and let the Singh Brothers win by forfeit!
But wait, 205 Live GM Drake Maverick appears! And he tells the Singhs that while they’re right about LHP not being here, they’re still going to have competition! Providence likes the sound of that. Maverick found suitable replacements in… Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo! Will Bollywood Time stand up to this extraordinary duo?
The Singh Brothers VS Jack Gallagher & Humberto Carrillo!
Samir & Sunil cry conspiracy, but they’re clearly just upset they still have to compete, and against superstars they didn’t expect. They still get in the ring, and Sunil starts against Carrillo. The bell rings and Sunil “rolls film” before he ties up with Carrillo. Sunil headlocks but Carrillo powers out. Sunil runs him over and celebrates, but Carrillo kips right up and scares him! The ref keeps Carrillo back while Sunil gets to a corner. Sunil goes to Samir for a comforting hug, and then circles with Carrillo. They tie up and Carrillo gets a waistlock. Carrillo shifts to a headlock but Sunil powers out, only for Carrillo to run him over. Things speed up and Carrillo shows his agility. Carrillo ducks the clothesline, Sunil ducks the roundhouse, but Carrillo gets the enziguri!
Gallagher applauds as Carrillo goes after Sunil. Carrillo whips while Gallagher tags in, but Sunil reverses. Carrillo springboard headbutts Sunil down! Gallagher covers, ONE! Gallagher keeps on Sunil with a standing armlock, and he tortures the fingers! Sunil endures and fights his way up. He knees low and Samir applauds. Sunil whips Gallagher to a corner, but Gallagher brings back the headstand! Gallagher goes up and over Sunil then speeds up to slide under and trip Sunil. He wraps Sunil up in Gentlemen’s Paradise! And sits on him! Gallagher tags Carrillo before stomping Sunil out of paradise. Carrillo has Gallagher’s help for the flying arm-drag! He snapmares to a cover, TWO! Carrillo headlocks but Sunil powers out while Samir tags in.
Carrillo speeds up with Sunil, but manages to see Samir coming. He clotheslines Samir but Sunil knees Carrillo down. Samir returns and the brothers stomp a Bollywood mudhole! They put Carrillo in the corner for mugging, then tag to Sunil for more stomps. The ref counts but the brothers tag again. The Singh Brothers bring Carrillo up and double suplex him down. Samir covers, TWO! Samir wraps a headlock on Carrillo right away! Carrillo endures the thrashing but fans rally up. Carrillo feeds off that energy to fight out. Samir shoves and dropkicks Carrillo down! Cover, TWO! Samir keeps his cool as he drags Carrillo over. Tag to Sunil, and film rolls as Sunil drops ax handles on Carrillo’s ribs.
Sunil snapmares and drops elbows on Carrillo, then gets a bit too Bollywood, Carrillo rolls him up! TWO, and Sunil keeps Carrillo away from Gallagher. Samir tags in and the brothers mug Carrillo. Samir scrapes his laces on Carrillo’s face, then throws haymakers. He punches Carrillo to the corner then whips corner to corner. Carrillo reverses and Samir hits buckles hard! Samir crawls after Carrillo, but Carrillo gets away to hot tag Gallagher! Gallagher rallies on Samir with big clotheslines and furious fists! He whips but Samir reverses, only for Gallagher to duck and ROCK him with a right! Sunil gets in but gets punched back out! Gallagher lifts Samir and suplex, then holds him there! No less than a count of 15 before Gallagher drops him! Cover, TWO!
Gallagher keeps his cool as he turns Samir over for a Half Crab! Samir endures and reaches, tag to Sunil! Gallagher doesn’t know, and Sunil clobbers him! Sunil saves his brother and the two SUPERKICK Gallagher down! Cover, but Carrillo breaks it! Samir goes after Carrillo and throws him out. Gallagher throws Samir out, then switches on Sunil to roll up! TWO and a sucker punch! Roll up from Sunil, TWO! Gallagher gets up but gets a heel kick! Cover, TWO!! Gallagher survives three times in a row, but Sunil tags Samir. The Singh Brothers double suplex Gallagher but he slips out! HOt tag to Carrillo! Carrillo roundhouses Samir and Gallagher clobbers Sunil with the Gentleman’s Headbutt! Aztec Press from Carrillo to Samir! Cover, Carrillo & Gallagher win!
Winners: Humberto Carrillo & Jack Gallagher, Carrillo pinning
This new team wins their first match without even much time to prepare! Will this respectful alliance be what climbs to the top instead of the Bollywood Boyz?
Mike & Maria Kanellis speak.
“Tonight, it’s a Fatal 5 Way, with a chance to showcase who the greatest Cruiserweight is on 205 Live. Really?” Has Maverick not been watching? Tozawa and Kanellis beat the crap out of each other in No Disqualifications, and Kanellis won, yet still has to showcase himself? Tonight isn’t about showing anything. Tonight is about destroying the friendship of Tozawa and Kendrick. And Maria promises Mike will prove himself beyond a doubt, so that Maverick can no longer deny him his greatness. Will the Opportunist take advantage of this Fatal 5 opportunity?
Oney Lorcan also speaks.
“Tonight is an opportunity to prove that I deserve a crack at the Cruiserweight Championship.” In his way are not only former champions, but some of the most ruthless superstars 205 Live has to offer. Lorcan’s never one to walk away from a fight, and a Fatal 5 is the kind of fight he likes. Will the Boston Brawler make the most of this massive main event?
Fatal 5 Way: Ariya Daivari VS Oney Lorcan VS Akira Tozawa VS THE Brian Kendrick VS Mike Kanellis w/ Maria!
The Privileged Persian Lion may have fallen short at Money in the Bank, but that doesn’t mean he’s fallen out of the picture. Meanwhile, the Fury of 205 Live is all in on this opportunity. Former Cruiserweight Champions and friends shook on it, but the Opportunist wants to break them apart while breaking through. Who takes pole position towards challenging the Premier Athlete?
Before he makes his entrance, Daivari has a backstage interview. He was impressive even in losing to Tony Nese. How does he plan on rebounding tonight? MITB was a fluke! And now he has to be in this Fatal 5 to prove he’s the top contender? Nese isn’t past Daivari just yet. Will the pissed-off Persian Lion take out all his frustrations on the other four?
The bell rings and while everyone circles, Kendrick and Tozawa stick close. Kanellis sees that and bails out, and then Daivari throws hands with Lorcan! Kendrick and Tozawa go after each of them but they clear out fast. Kanellis runs back in but into Kendrick’s boot! Tozawa lifts Kanellis and drops him with a spinning facebuster! Kanellis bails out again but Daivari comes back, only to run into double kicks from Kendrick and Tozawa. Tozawa and Kendrick double suplex Daivari up and out, but Lorcan returns. The friends double hip toss Lorcan and Lorcan bails out again. Now the friends are alone, so they figure they might as well give it a go. They tie up and push each other, but Daivari and Kanellis attack them both!
Mike stomps Tozawa while Daivari stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns but gets decked by Daivari. Daivari stomps Tozawa while now Kanellis stomps Kendrick. Lorcan returns again but gets a knee from Kanellis. Kanellis drags Kendrick up while Daivari stands Tozawa up. Tony Nese watches backstage as Daivari hits Tozawa with a neckbreaker. Kanellis suplexes Kendrick down, then sees Lorcan. Kanellis runs over but Lorcan dumps him out! Lorcan shoulders into Daivari, then throws CHOPS! He CHOPS Daivari out of the ring, and fans fire up as Lorcan builds speed. Lorcan dives into Daivari’s fist! Daivari throws Lorcan into barriers! Daivari brushes off and goes to Tozawa in the ring.
Fans jeer while Daivari throws haymakers on Tozawa. Daivari tells the fans to shut up, but they just boo and jeer harder. Tozawa CHOPS Daivari back, then gets Daivari with the feint to JAB! Fans cheer as Tozawa climbs up top! But Daivari trips him up. Lorcan runs into Daivari’s SUPERKICK! Daivari crosses Tozawa’s arm for the arm-drag bomb onto Lorcan! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives and Kendrick returns, only to get a mule kick from Daivari. Daivari whips Kendrick but Kendrick reverses to a fireman’s carry. Daivari slips out and hammerlocks, but Kendrick ducks to roll him up! TWO, Captain’s Hook!
Daivari endures but Lorcan grabs Kendrick. Lorcan pries Kendrick off Daivari for a Half ‘n’ Half! Kendrick lands on his feet, inverted headlock takeover to the Captain’s Hook! Now Lorcan is caught, but Kanellis runs in to rake Kendrick’s eyes! Kanellis pries Kendrick off Lorcan now with a dragon sleeper. He can’t get Kendrick up so he shoves him at Lorcan! Lorcan blasts Kendrick with a European Uppercut, then Kanellis SUPERKICKS Lorcan! Kanellis covers Lorcan, TWO!! Lorcan lives again and Maria argues with the ref. Nese still watches while fans actually rally behind Mike.
Kanellis has Lorcan in a corner and CHOPS away. Maria cheers Mike on but Lorcan turns things around to CHOP Mike back! Mike turns it back around to CHOP Lorcan, but then Lorcan turns it back. Mike tries to turn it around but Lorcan dodges to keep giving CHOPS! Kanellis headlocks but Lorcan powers out to CHOP again! Kanellis CHOPS again, but Lorcan gives him a EuroUpper! Lorcan runs but into a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up while Kanellis grins and brushes himself off. Kanellis dares Lorcan to get up, “Is that all you got?!” Lorcan stands and grabs Mike by the beard! Lorcan slaps away but Kanellis kicks low. Kanellis whips but Lorcan comes back with a blockbuster! Lorcan keeps Daivari and Tozawa out, then sees Kendrick return. He dodges and hits the Half ‘n’ Half! Cover, but Kanellis breaks it!
Daivari returns while Kanellis brings Lorcan up. They work together to double whip, but they get double blockbusters! Lorcan fires up and stares down with Tozawa. Things speed up, Lorcan dodges Tozawa to FLY onto Daivari and Kanellis! But then Tozawa DIVES onto them all! A three-for-one on the Tozawa Torpedo! Tozawa puts Daivari in then climbs up. Daivari staggers into the missile dropkick! Fans fire up with Tozawa as he brings Daivari up. Daivari hammerlocks but misses the lariat! German Suplex with a bridge, TWO! Tozawa drags Daivari to a drop zone then climbs up high. But Kendrick returns and rushes Tozawa. Tozawa has to leap off to avoid Kendrick’s attack, Kendrick hits crossbar! Lorcan EuroUppers Kendrick, Tozawa boots Lorcan, and Kanellis SUPERKICKS Tozawa!
Kanellis roars as he goes after Kendrick on the top rope. Kendrick resists so Kanellis clubs away on his back. Lorcan and Tozawa go after Kanellis at the same time, TOWER OF DOOM! Kanellis takes a double powerbomb while Kendrick takes the superplex! But then Daivari Persian Splashes in on Kendrick! Cover, TWO!! Kendrick survives and Daivari can’t believe it! But Providence knows “This is Awesome!” Daivari, bloody ear and all, works to cool off and keep focus. Kendrick slumps out to Daivari whips Tozawa. Tozawa reverses and sends Daivari out. Tozawa tosses Lorcan out, too, then focuses on Kanellis. He runs in and tilt-o-whirls into the Iron Octopus stretch! Tozawa pulls back on Kanellis, but Maria distracts! She shouts and screams until Tozawa lets Kanellis go.
Tozawa tells Maria to stop, but Mike rolls him up! Daivari breaks it in time! Fans continue to rally while Daivari CHOPS Tozawa! And CHOPS, and CHOPS! Daivari whips but Tozawa reverses again. Daivari sunset flips but Tozawa rolls through to Penalty Kick! Tozawa tries again with Daivari in a drop zone. Tozawa climbs up but Daivari stops him! Daivari climbs up and throws hands on Tozawa. Daivari wants but Tozawa resists the superplex, and “AH! AH!” echoes with every clubbing forearm! Tozawa slows down for a moment but speeds right back up! SUPER Gourd Buster! But Kanellis returns and clubs away on Tozawa. Kanellis drags Tozawa off the top and clubs away on the apron. He knees low and throws forearms, then backs off, only to get caught into a German Suplex to the apron!
Tozawa goes back to Daivari but gets a haymaker. Tozawa hits back but so does Daivari. Daivari and Tozawa trade punches and CHOPS as they stand. Daivari whips but Tozawa dodges to hit the swinging roundhouse! Tozawa has a third time and climbs up top. Tozawa leaps, SUPER SENTON! Cover, but Kendrick pulls Tozawa off! Friendship aside, Kendrick couldn’t let Tozawa just win. Tozawa glares at Kendrick, but Kendrick says it’s not personal. Kendrick offers a handshake, but Tozawa throws hands! The friends brawl like back in the days of their rivalry! Kendrick whips but Tozawa dodges, double crossbodies collide! Both men are down, and the Cruiserweight Champion is still invested in this match backstage.
Fans “AH! AH!” for Tozawa while Kendrick flounders to his feet. Tozawa spins, swings, slides under but Kendrick knows the rest! Cravat, Sliced Bread! But Kanellis gets Kendrick with Twisted Love! Daivari tries to throw Kanellis out but Kanellis throws him out instead! Lorcan returns to blast Kanellis with a EuroUpper! Daivari’s back, hammerlock on Lorcan, Lion’s Lariat!! But Tozawa Oklahoma Rolls Daivari! Tozawa wins!!
Winner: Akira Tozawa, by pinfall
The Stamina Monster proves he can be just as opportunistic as Kanellis or Daivari! Tozawa celebrates with high-fives from Vic Joseph and Aiden English, but is left hanging by Nigel McGuiness. Will Tozawa celebrate with another Cruiserweight Championship reign? Or will Drake Maverick need more before someone is worthy of a shot?
A pretty great night from 205 Live. We get a new tag team of Carrillo & Gallagher, which I suppose is fine. If we got more teams the first two years of 205 Live, maybe we really would’ve gotten those Cruiserweight Tag Team Championships. But the match itself was great, and Carrillo and Gallagher as a team was good. This gives us more light on the Lucha House Party’s near future, in that they’ll be focusing on Lars Sullivan on Raw and/or SmackDown. But that’s fine, there’s any number of things they can do with Carrillo and Gallagher as a team.
Even though we’re on the road to Stomping Grounds, we might also be on the road to Super Showdown given who won tonight’s Fatal 5 Way. Tozawa was definitely a surprise, but at the same time, it would’ve been boring to go with Daivari. Tozawa is the Stamina Monster for a reason, he can just keep going and going. Plus he’s a great worker, so having him give Nese a strong fight at Super Showdown isn’t all bad. Nese will surely return to the states with the title, and then Stomping Grounds can give us Nese VS Kanellis or Nese VS Lorcan. Probably Kanellis finally breaking through since Nese is a Face. Of course, with Kanellis comes with worrying about Maria, which would be a good challenge for Nese, who has already shown he’s tough enough to outlast even the toughest in the Cruiserweight Division.
My Score: 8.3/10