NXT UK continues in Glasgow!
And we have two more Fatal 4 Way qualifying matches! Who among The Ace, The Light, The Bomber and Wolfie are contenders to the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Plus, the NXT UK debut of Ilja Dragunov!
- Piper Niven VS Jamie Hayter; Niven wins.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Jordan Devlin VS El Ligero; Devlin wins and advances to Fatal 4 Way Contender’s match.
- Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz; Dragunov wins.
- Killer Kelly VS Xia Brookside; No Contest.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Dave Mastiff VS Wolfgang; wins and advances to Fatal 4 Way Contender’s match.
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Piper Niven VS Jamie Hayter!
The Scottish Viper is back home in Glasgow! And she’s looking to build momentum towards not just the NXT UK Women’s Championship, but towards finally having it out with the bully, Rhea Ripley. But are #HaytersGonnaHate and ruin the homecoming?
The bell rings and Glasgow is of course behind Piper. Hayter isn’t surprised, and scowls as she circles with Piper. They tie up and Hayter wrenches and goes after the shoulder. Hayter chinbars but Piper pries free. Piper powers Hayter around to a cobra clutch! Hayter reaches back and grabs hair! The ref counts but Hayter SLAPS Piper. Piper headbutts Hayter! Piper runs and crossbodies Hayter down! Glasgow fires up with Piper as she goes corner to corner for the cannonball! Piper drags Hayter up, scoop to Michinoku Driver! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
And that’s all it takes for Piper to dominate! Will she give the Mosh Pit Kid much of the same when they finally meet in a match?
NXT UK Media catches up with Toni Storm.
The NXT UK Women’s Champion heard what Nina Samuels had to say about her last week, and it was all very personal. Her response? “I never had a problem with Nina Samuels, but you’re playing Russian Roulette if you think you can talk about my family and get away with it.” Toni tells Nina that if you mess with her head, she will become wild and dangerous. Nina shouldn’t think that’s a good thing. Toni wants this match more than Nina now, and it will be for the title. If Nina wants her 15 minutes of fame, she’s got it. Will Nina regret ever trying to take the spotlight?
NXT UK Assistant General Manager, Sid Scala, arrives.
Next week is one of the biggest matches in NXT UK history: Walter VS Dunne II, the rematch for the United Kingdom Championship. His thoughts? “Well without question, it’s one of the biggest matches in NXT UK history”, but Sid is even more excited for this week’s qualifiers. But Kassius Ohno interrupts “Savvy Sid”. How’s he doing? Ohno’s not great, by the way. Why does the audience love NXT UK so much? Because of the authentic British wrestling. That’s why Ohno is here. Yet he’s not scheduled for a qualifier? What can Sid do to fix that? Sid will speak with Johnny Saint and then they’ll have an answer next week. Ohno looks forward to it. Will the Wrestling Genius be in for the final qualifier next week? Or will Sid’s and Saint’s decision disappoint?
WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Jordan Devlin VS El Ligero!
The Iron King of Gallus, Joe Coffey, awaits three other men in the coming Fatal 4 Way. The Ace feels he shouldn’t even need this, but he did lose his non-title match to Walter while in New York. As for the Luchador of Leeds, he wants to prove he’s just as worthy as anyone. Who proves themselves tonight to take the next step towards the title?
The bell rings, and Ligero circles with Devlin. They stare down as fans duel. They tie up and Devlin gets the wristlock. Devlin wrenches but Ligero works against the hold. Ligero rolls and handsprings to wrench and flip Devlin! Devlin backs off while fans cheer. Devlin uses the ropes as defense so Ligero stays back. Ligero lets Devlin come back and they tie up again. Devlin kicks and clubs Ligero down, then headlocks. He brings Ligero to the mat and covers. TWO as Ligero gets an arm up. Devlin tries again, TWO as Liger brings the other arm up. He tries a third time, TWO as Ligero bridges. Devlin grows frustrated and sweeps the legs, TWO as Ligero bridges again. Devlin goes to put his whole weight on Ligero, but Ligero pushes up to then climb and roll with a sunset flip bomb! Cover, TWO!
Devlin swings but Ligero blocks and whips. Devlin runs him over with a shoulder, then speeds things up. Ligero hurdles and rolls to flip Devlin again! Ligero dropkicks Devlin up and out, then slingshots! Direct hit wipes Devlin out! Glasgow fires up with Ligero as he drags Devlin up and in. Ligero covers, TWO! Ligero keeps his cool as he drags Devlin up. Snapmare and basement dropkick! Fans rally behind Ligero as he drags Devlin up for forearms. Ligero whips but Devlin reverses and trips Ligero to drag him outside. Devlin rams Ligero into barriers, then the apron, then puts him in the ring. Devlin gives Ligero the atomic backbreaker! Ligero writhes while Devlin stomps him out.
Devlin drags Ligero up to drive elbows into his head. Devlin drags Ligero up to whip and elbow him down! Glasgow boos and jeers the Irish Ace as he springboard stomps Ligero. Devlin digs his heel in but the ref counts, so Devlin backs off at 4. Devlin drags Ligero up to club him more. Ligero hits back and CHOPS and kicks! Ligero runs but Devlin dodges to get him with the urenage to standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Ligero lives but Devlin grits his teeth. Devlin drags Ligero up to drive his elbow in. Then he drives his knee into Ligero’s back before dropping the knee onto Ligero’s chest. Devlin toys with Ligero then sits him up for a stretch. Fans rally as Ligero endures. Devlin clubs away on the ribs while wrenching back at the shoulder.
Ligero refuses to quit but Devlin digs his knuckles and elbow in. Fans still rally and Ligero feeds off the energy. Ligero gets up and elbows Devlin. Devlin reels Ligero in for a back suplex but Ligero crossbody counters! Both men are slow to standing, but Ligero rallies with lariats! Ligero runs into the corner for forearms! He hops up and leaps at Devlin for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Fans duel as Devlin survives and Ligero struggles to stand. Ligero still gets himself to a corner and climbs up top. Ligero aims but Devlin runs in! Devlin misses as Ligero cartwheels away, then Ligero cradles Devlin to the dragon’s lair, to a ghost pin! TWO as Devlin just barely escapes! Ligero SUPERKICKS Devlin down! Ligero climbs again, and leaps for a splash, onto knees! Cover, TWO!! Devlin is furious that Ligero lives!
Devlin drags Ligero up and scoop slams him hard. He heads for a corner and climbs, to moonsault, onto boots! Ligero gets Devlin back but Devlin flops all the way out of the ring. Ligero hurries to fetch Devlin and put him in. He climbs up slowly and steps up on the ropes, but Devlin trips him up! Devlin then steps up and drags Ligero up, deadlift suplex blocked. Ligero slips inside and powerbombs Devlin! Cover, TWO!! Devlin lives again but Ligero won’t let up! Ligero steps up, springboards, splash! Cover, TWO!! Devlin again survives and fans are fired up! Ligero gets up again and drags Devlin up. Ligero runs but Devlin enziguris his springboard! Devlin then yanks Ligero off, Devlin Saido! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall; advances to the WWE UK Championship Fatal 4 Way Contenders match
The Ace trumps Ligero and is now the second of four in that Fatal 4!
In-ring interview with Devlin.
He is just the second man to qualify for that #1 contenders match. He cuts Radzy off right there to tell the fans something. “This match shouldn’t have happened tonight.” Devlin doesn’t need a qualifier, he doesn’t need a contender’s match, he IS the #1 Contender! Glasgow disagrees. But Devlin doesn’t care about Coffey, he doesn’t care about who else joins in, it doesn’t matter. Jokers and Kings still fall to the Ace!
NXT UK takes a look at Walter and his training.
“Might be the case that there’s more pressure on the champion than the challenger,” but the Ring General is not the usual case. He is in charge, he doesn’t feel pressure. It felt great to win the WWE UK Championship at NXT TakeOver: New York. Anything else would’ve been disappointing. Walter enjoyed the challenge Dunne posed in their match. Dunne is one of the most versatile opponents he’s ever faced, and Walter gave Dunne this rematch because he came up and asked him for it. Walter appreciates guts like that. He knows Dunne is training harder than ever, and that’s good. Walter wants to face the best Dunne possible, and is honored to be the man that brings it out of him. Both men will be prepared, but who will be the winner of this epic rematch?
NXT UK Media talks with Moustache Mountain.
What are Trent Seven’s and Tyler Bate’s thoughts on the rematch, Dunne VS Walter. “Next week on NXT UK,” the “Bruisermate” will surely win back that WWE UK Championship in perhaps the biggest rematch ever. Up to this point, that is. There will be an even bigger rematch that hasn’t happened but must happen. Grizzled Young Veterans should do the right thing and put those NXT UK Tag Team Championships against them, Moustache Mountain. Rematches are where it’s at. It’s just a matter of time. When and where, if at all, will we see GYV VS Moustache Mountain Volume 2?
Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz!
NXT UK finally sees #UNBESIEGBAR in person! Will this Moscow madman make mincemeat of poor ol’ Jack Starz?
The bell rings and Starz circles and ties up with Dragunov. Dragunov wrenches and whips Starz to a corner for a clothesline. Then he brings Starz over to another corner for buckle bumps and back elbows. Dragunov stomps and punches and bumps Starz off more buckles. He clubs away on Starz back, then stands him up to whip corner to corner. Dragunov runs in but Starz boots him back! Starz throws European Uppercuts but Dragunov just smiles! Dragunov kicks and clubs Starz hard again! Fans fire with Dragunov as he aims corner to corner. Dragunov runs in for one clothesline, then another, then runs. Starz dodges the third but gets the fourth from the left!
Dragunov grins again as he stalks Starz. Dragunov runs, Starz dodges but Dragunov hits back from the apron. He skins the cat to clobber Starz! But Dragunov still isn’t done. He waits for Starz to stand, but Starz dropkicks back! Starz puts on a half nelson chinbar, aka the Gator Hold, but Dragunova pries free. Dragunov reels Starz in for a CHOP! Then a big back senton! Dragunov is all fired up and so is Glasgow. Starz flounders around but Dragunov hits shouts, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” He runs out and hits the Torpedo Moskau, the running headbutt! Cover, Dragunov wins!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall
Dragunov wins his debut, but surely this is just the beginning! Will he have a Torpedo Moskau with the WWE UK Champion’s name on it?
Backstage interview with Mark Andrews and Noam Dar.
The last time these two were in a match together, they both got stretchered out because of dual leg injuries. But it has been decided that next week, they’ll do it all over again. What’s the mindset going in? Dar says that “it’s very fitting that we are doing this rematch in Glasgow”, because that last match ended like a bad night in town. Dar knows, he’s seen things. But he’s been running around not being the nicest guy. Dar is solid, but his time away made him realize he really does want to be in NXT UK and facing the best. He looks forward to this rematch. Andrews says neither of them was happy with that finish, so now they can have a true conclusion to Dar VS Andrews. May the best man win!
Killer Kelly VS Xia Brookside!
With all the talk of titles and contenders, the Portuguese spitfire and the second generation superstar don’t want to be left out. Is Glasgow gonna #FlyWithBrookside? Or will Double K bring Xia crashing down?
The bell rings and Kelly circles with Xia. They tie up and Kelly wrenches to a wristlock. Xia rolls but Kelly blocks the reversal. Kelly bends Xia back and brings her to the mat. Xia knips up and hooks Kelly with a leg and a chinbar. Kelly still gets Xia down again. Xia knips up again and wrenches, and fans rally as the two keep battling over the wrist. Xia uses the ropes to flip through and reel Kelly in for a headlock takeover. Kelly headscissors back but Xia endures the squeeze. Xia moves around and pops out. Fans cheer as the two go again. Kelly headlocks and gets the takeover but now Xia headscissors. Kelly bridges back and rolls to pop out. Fans cheer as the two shake hands.
But wait, is that Jinny? What is the Spoiled Princess doing coming out now? Jinny struts down the ramp, but then she presents… Jazzy Gabert!? And she’s on Jinny’s side? Kelly and Xia are ready for a fight as Jazzy gets to the ring. But then Kelly leaves Xia high and dry!? Xia’s all alone as the German Juggernaut stares her down! Jazzy grabs Xia and brings her in, Canadian rack to Dominator Slam! Fans boo as Jinny and Jazzy stand tall. What does this alliance of fashion and ferocity mean for the rest of the NXT UK Women’s Division?
NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, tweets a huge announcement!
After talking with Toni Storm, the match both she and Nina Samuels want is coming! The NXT UK Women’s Championship will be on the line in two weeks! Will the Rose Devil take over as the leading lady of NXT UK? Or will the Lightning From Down Under strike her down?
WWE United Kingdom Championship Contender’s Qualifier: Dave Mastiff VS Wolfgang!
The Bomber and the Last King of Scotland wanted to have a go since a confrontation backstage in New York! This isn’t just to settle who is the biggest and baddest, but to see who is the third man in that Fatal 4!
The bell rings and Glasgow is naturally on Gallus’ side as Wolfgang ties up with Mastiff. Mastiff headlocks but Wolfgang powers out. Mastiff and Wolfgang collide, but Wolfgang manages to stay on his feet. So Mastiff just keeps moving and he runs Wolfgang over. Things speed up but Mastiff catches Wolfgang’s leap to a powerslam! Cover, TWO! Mastiff keeps on Wolfgang with EuroUppers. He waistlocks but Wolfgang blocks and powers Mastiff to a corner. Wolfgang throws elbows and clubbing forearms. Wolfgang whips corner to corner but Mastiff reverses. Mastiff runs into Wolfgang’s elbow, then Wolfgang hops up to hit a leaping shoulder! Glasgow cheers as Wolfgang covers, TWO!
Wolfgang keeps on Mastiff and pulls on the arm. Mastiff resists but Wolfgang still gets the full nelson! Wolfgang thrashes Mastiff around, but Mastiff endures. Mastiff breaks free but Wolfgang clubs him in the back. Wolfgang gets the full nelson back on, but Mastiff endures again. Mastiff manages to lift Wolfgang but Wolfgang holds onto the hold. Mastiff flips Wolfgang off his back and then drops a senton! Wolfgang writhes from being squashed, but Mastiff keeps on him. Wolfgang powers Mastiff to a corner and rams shoulders in over and over! Glasgow fires up as Wolfgang crossbodies Mastiff in the corner! Wolfgang climbs up and leaps for double ax handles! Mastiff staggers but Wolfgang manages a fireman’s carry! Wasteland slam, and Wolfgang fires up!
Glasgow fires up with him as he climbs up again. Wolfgang leaps, but the Howling flops! Mastiff runs and crossbodies Wolfgang! Then he waistlocks to German Suplex Wolfgang into the corner! Wolfgang is down and Mastiff runs corner to corner, Into the Void! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
Glasgow isn’t happy that the Fatal 4 Way is only one-fourth Gallus. But Mastiff isn’t upset that they’re upset, because now he’s literally the biggest man in that match. Will Mastiff throw someone else Into the Void to become the next #1 contender?
But before Radzy can interview him in the ring, the rest of Gallus attacks! Glasgow cheers the Coffey Brothers as they go after Mastiff! Mastiff fights back but gets a boot from Wolfgang! And a forearm from Mark! And All the Best from Joe! Gallus stands tall but they’re not done. Wolfgang climbs up as Glasgow chants “We Are Gallus!” HOWLING SWANTON! The Bomber is down, but he’s not the only one who should worry. Will Gallus use any means necessary to make NXT UK their Kingdom?
NXT UK relives NXT TakeOver: New York and the WWE UK Championship.
The Bruiserweight and the Ring General went back and forth, chop for CHOP and move for move. But in the end, it would all come crashing down for Pete Dunne as Walter came crashing down with a huge splash. Walter is only the third-ever WWE UK Champion, but will Dunne become the first-ever two-time UK Champion? These two make history all over again next week!
A great episode for NXT UK’s second night in Glasgow. We got some great women’s division action, though mostly filler on the road to Toni Storm’s next title match. Piper squashes Hayter to keep strong towards the inevitable grudge match with Rhea Ripley, and Jazzy Gabert gets quite the debut in attacking Xia Brookside. It is an interesting move to have Jinny be Jazzy’s manager, but maybe this leads to Jinny using Jazzy as a proxy to take the title off Toni. Toni VS Nina is coming, and looks to be good, but I’d expect Toni to win when Nina’s barely done anything but talk trash. Toni VS Jazzy will be great, hopefully part of a UK TakeOver, as well.
Jack Starz made for the perfect jobber to Ilja Dragunov. He’s just the right size and is already the jobber of all NXT UK. Ilja will surely climb the ranks quickly given his resume from the European indies, and is just another reason I wish NXT UK could have a midcard title. Both qualifiers were great, and the right choices won. Devlin has been red hot even in losing, and he’ll make a great addition to the Fatal 4. Mastiff wins to give us the first Face in the match, and Glasgow already got their win when Joe Coffey qualified last week. But of course, Glasgow still gets to cheer as Gallus stands tall to end the night. Obviously this is also a tease that in the Fatal 4 Way, where there are no disqualifications, nothing can stop Gallus from making it feel more like 3v1v1v1.
The question is, who is the fourth man? Ohno makes a play to Sid, so he should at least be one option, but it might be whoever he faces in a match. But I also wouldn’t be surprised if the rematch of Dar VS Andrews is suddenly made into that qualifier, they’re both great Faces and it’d prompt Ohno to be upset and move into a program with whoever doesn’t qualify for the Fatal 4. I’m not even sure it matters about dynamics of Face and Heel, because I’m pretty sure Walter retains. Walter can be seen as a Tweener, so going against a Heel like Devlin or Coffey or a Face like Mastiff doesn’t change that he and his future opponent can have a great match.
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