Mathew’s back in the Stardom groove now that the All Japan tournament is over. Who gets to wear the pretty dress this year?
Now that the Champion Carnival is done, I can now get back to Stardom as I have missed quite a bit with the Stardom Draft. Instead of covering that show since I’m a month late, I’ll post the results down below as JAN is officially gone from Stardom, leaving the group separated.
- STARS: Mayu Iwatani, Arisa Hoshiki, Saki Kashima, Tam Nakano, Hanan, Starlight Kid, Xia Brookside, Saya Iida
- Queen’s Quest: Momo Watanabe, Utami Hayashishita, AZM, Bea Priestley, Viper, Chardonnay, Leo Onozaki, Hina
- Oedo Tai: Kagetsu, Hazuki, Andra Miyagi. Jamie Hayter, Natsu Sumire, Natsuko Tora, Session Moth Martina
- Tokyo Cyber Squad: Hana Kimura, Jungle Kyona, Rebel Kel, Konami, Mary Apache, Natsumi, Bobbi Tyler, Ruaka, Rina, Kaori Yoneyama
That’s our official stables and I thought Viper and Xia would leave due to NXT but I guess they can stay long as it doesn’t ruin their schedule.
Now then, onto this year’s Cinderella Tournament.
Last year, Momo Watanabe won the tournament and was able to challenge and defeat Io Shirai to be the top star of the company. This year will be an interesting one due to the people switching around and both Mayu and Utami out of it due to injuries. Same rules as last time, 10-minute time limit, can win by pinfall, submission, and throwing them over the top rope and winner gets a pretty dress along with any match they want. Let’s see who advances as we…dive right in.
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Three Way Tag Team Match
STARS (Saya Iida & Hanan) vs. Queen’s Quest (Hina & Leo Onozaki) vs. Tokyo Cyber Squad (Rina & Ruaka)
Review: Our opening contest before the tournament is a three-way tag team match with members from STARS, Queen’s Quest, and Tokyo Cyber Squad. This is just a match for those that didn’t make the cut for the tournament and is to get the crowd hyped with a little action so it’s not just the tournament. Which one of these teams will come out the victor?
I see Rina is wearing Hana’s old wrestling gear for this one, guess it’s good to point out which twin is who now since they’re in different units. As for the match itself…it was a match and it existed. It was all over the place and was hard to call anything or see anything that was memorable. The match was also two minutes, so not a whole lot to go on about as it was just a sloppy out of control mess. Saya was able to get the win for STARS with the Iidabashi on Hina. Just skip it and forget it happened.
Rating: Vince Russo
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Rebel Kel vs. AZM
Review: Our first match for the tournament is AZM taking on my least favorite person on the roster, Rebel Kel. Kel has a chance to shut her critics up as AZM is one of the best workers the company has and if you do terrible with her, then there’s no helping you. AZM is another one that has been moving up in the ranks and her winning this tournament will help solidify that. Will Kel be able to improve or does AZM run circles around her?
Before I begin, I’m very well aware of the fan that hijacked the show and I will be addressing him at the end of this piece. As for Rebel, there was a slight bit of improvement but not a whole lot as she’s still really green and you can see it. AZM really did try her best to make the match watchable and did a much better job at helping Rebel than Utami did when they fought. I will admit that Rebel did hit a pretty solid Falcon Arrow onto AZM. Rebel looked like she was going for a Chokeslam but AZM reversed it into a Frankensteiner and was able to get the pinfall to advance to the next round!
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Starlight Kid vs. Natsu Sumire
Review: Our next match in the tournament is Starlight Kid taking on Natsu Sumire. Ever since Starlight moved away from the Future of Stardom Championship, she’s been able to showcase more of what she can do and definitely is one of Stardom’s brightest futures if she keeps up what she’s doing. Sumire is a rather crafty one as we all know she’ll have a trick or two up her sleeve to get that dirty victory to advance. Will Starlight be able to overcome it or will Sumire be too much?
I love Sumire’s heelish ways in Stardom, it just gives her a personality and the crowd just loves her for it. Sumire would have Starlight to the ropes and taunted thinking she was going to spit water at her, but she would spit water at the fans instead. Starlight is such a great talent and I can see why Mayu picked her first since she is the future of the company. I knew most of these matches would be short due to the time limit but they were able to make it entertaining for the five minutes that they were able to work with. Starlight ran towards Sumire after hitting a Neckbreaker and Moonsault, only for Sumire to reverse it into a Small Package but Starlight reversed the cradle with another as Sumire kicked out. Starlight was able to trick her with another Small Package and would get the victory!
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) April 30, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Hazuki vs. Bea Priestley
Review: Our next match is Queen’s Quest’s, Bea Priestley as she takes Oedo Tai member and current High Speed Champion, Hazuki. Hazuki has been one of the MVP’s in Stardom while now being considered the top female but she makes up for it with her personality and in-ring quality. Bea was in the finals last year and then she lost, so she wants to use this as redemption to try and win it this time around. Hazuki would love to have her hands on Momo and her title again as this tournament seems to be the only opportunity she’ll have to get it. Will Bea advance to redeem herself or does Hazuki advance?
Wow, these two going at it right away with some fast-paced sequences, it almost looked like it was for the High Speed Championship or something. I loved that beginning encounter and more of that would be nice. Hazuki is probably my number two favorite in the company with the vast improvements over the past year and Bea went from being one of the worst gaijin’s last year to being someone that has impressed me a lot since her return to Stardom, wish I saw this side of her last year. Hazuki went for a kick as Bea moved out of the way to knee her in the face and hit a Back Suplex before she hits the Curb Stomp, but Hazuki had her hand on the ropes before the three count. Bea picked Hazuki up on her shoulders to go for a Storm Cradle Driver it looks like but Hazuki would roll forward to have Bea flip over to the ropes to get eliminated as Hazuki advances! Solid match and would love to see them fight each other again.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Saki Kashima vs. Arisa Hoshiki
Review: Our next match is between two members of the STARS unit, Arisa Hoshiki, and Saki Kashima. Arisa has been pretty much in the middle ever since she returned to Stardom and is looking to try and get a big victory soon to show she’s still one of the best they have. Saki is another who wants to try and break that glass ceiling ever since she came back last year and is now ready to do what she must to win. Out of the two, who will have the better edge?
The two Dropkicked each other right away soon as the bell rang and the two went back and forth for a brief period here. Saki was playing it smart in this match since she knows that Arisa’s strength is with her legs, so she made sure to hit them as much as she could to damage them so her kicks would be less impactful. Plenty of strengths here between these two women and seeing Arisa go one on one finally since her return showed how talented she is in that ring. Saki was able to catch Arisa’s leg for a Dragon Screw to do more damage to her but Arisa eventually got up to deliver a knee to the face for Saki to kick out. Arisa quickly picked her up on her shoulders to slam her down and would hit a Rounding Splash, not as great as Starlight’s but still average enough as she was able to pin Saki to advance.
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Hana Kimura vs. Andras Miyagi
Review: We’re halfway done with the tournament as our next match-up is against Andras Miyagi and Hana Kimura. Andras struck out to take one of Momo’s titles last month and this could be her chance to try and get revenge by winning the tournament to ask for a rematch. Hana also has something to prove since she’s a new leader of a faction and would also need to look strong. Which one of them needs the win more?
Hana changed up her gear, dyed her hair pink to get rid of those dreadlocks, and would have a bit of a change in personality to go with her new faction and I gotta say that I enjoy it quite a lot. Hana would start headbanging in the middle of the ring and Andras doesn’t know what to do as she would follow the headbanging trend as it does look hypnotizing, but Hana used that distraction to deliver a powerful kick to her chest. The two were able to fight pretty well as they had fairly decent chemistry in the ring and Hana did show that she’s trying a little bit, which is good since she should show that fire if she’s going to be with Stardom for good. Andras is still finding her place in Stardom but has made quite the changes in herself since she arrived and I have no doubt she’ll fit in fine. We had a scare with Andras being eliminated when she was tossed over the ropes but Hana charged at her to only take a Stunner, making Andras save herself a bit longer. Hana was on the ropes as Andras pushed Hana off to make her hit the apron but Hana had Andras over when she failed to charge at her, leaving the two to fight on the apron. Andras failed to hit the Piledriver and kicked Hana back, but Andras would eat a Dropkick when she charged at Hana to get herself eliminated and Hana advances!
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) April 30, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Kagetsu vs. Tam Nakano
Review: Our next match is STARS, Tam Nakano as she takes on the leader of Oedo Tai and current World of Stardom Champion, Kagetsu. For those of you that are familiar with Stardom, these two do have a history together as Tam used to be a former Oedo Tai member before she got kicked out and was adopted by STARS to become her own individual. Tam would defeat Kagetsu during the Five Star Grand Prix last September, so she knows she has what it takes to defeat her but Kagetsu is going to make sure she’s more prepared this time around. It’s sure to be a fight but only one of them is going to come out the winner and advance to the next round.
Before the match began, the two would shake hands as a sign of respect for each other. A rather slow-paced match at the beginning of the match as it was more technical, which there’s nothing wrong with since they did a great job with that. I will say that Kagetsu might be Tam’s best opponent in Stardom, they just have unique chemistry in the ring and just mesh perfectly with their styles in the ring. Tam isn’t a great wrestler but she really does try her best when she works and there are times that she’ll strike gold in the ring, this is one of those times that she does.
Now things are starting to pick up as Kagetsu attempts the Michinoku Driver but Tam was able to fight it off in an attempt to apply the Sleeper Hold until Kagetsu reversed it into a Kneebar and she gets it in tight but Tam was able to grab the ropes in time. Kagetsu quickly picked her up to hit the Michinoku Driver this time around and would go to the top rope to go for the Oedo Coaster but Tam quickly got up to hit the Superplex but wait, Kagetsu quickly gets up to hit a Running Knee Strike as the two are down. The two start going back and forth with their punches and Kagetsu hits another Michinoku Driver and attempts the Oedo Coaster but Tam moved out just in time. Tam would hit her Tiger Suplex and Kagetsu was able to kick out somehow! There’s not much time left as Tam applies the Dragon Sleeper right away but she was unable to make the Prime Minister tap as the bell rang, ending in a draw, meaning Arisa advances to the semi-finals at the result. What a match, I can watch them fight at any time.
Rating: Bruce Prichard
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Jungle Kyona vs. Natsuko Tora
Review: Our next match is a singles match between two former JAN members, Natsuko Tora, and Jungle Kyona. Kyona was the last one to be defeated during the draft, meaning that JAN would have to disband as Kyona would be drafted to the Tokyo Cyber Squad while Natsuko Tora would be drafted to Oedo Tai. Natsuko is a very unique pick for Oedo Tai and it looked like she was happy that she wanted to be there with them too, so be interesting to see a new side of Natsuko when she faces her former partner. Jungle also has something to prove since she can now unleash her violent side here. Which one of them will win?
Natsuko would change her look for her new home and it’s an improvement compared to the cyberpunk look she tried out. Much like their previous encounters, solid back and forth match with Natsuko showing more of her aggressive side in the ring, which is a good thing because she needs that. Jungle didn’t show many changes yet after being in a new group but I’m sure a time will come when we’ll start seeing changes. Jungle would attempt a Muscle Buster but it looked like a botch or she escaped out of it to hit a Spear as Jungle watches her. Jungle would hit her Splash off the top rope but Natsuko would put her knees up in time and hits her with another Spear. Natsuko would climb up to hit a Diving Leg Drop this time and gets the victory.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Cinderella Tournament 2019 First Round Match
Momo Watanabe vs. Konami
Review: Our final match of the first round is Tokyo Cyber Squad’s, Konami as she fights the leader of Queen’s Quest and current Wonder of Stardom/Goddesses of Stardom Champion, Momo Watanabe. Konami was apart of Queen’s Quest until she got drafted to Hana’s unit and ever since then, Konami has shown a lot of resentment towards her former crew by flipping them off and saying f#!k you to Momo and Queen’s Quest. It seems like Konami felt like she was being held back when she was apart of them and now she has a chance to show them what they’re missing by taking out the ace. Momo won it last year and she’s looking to try and win it again this time. Will the ace prevail or will she get a new rival?
Look at Konami here with a bit of attitude in her, guess her being out of Queen’s Quest was a saving grace for her since it looked like she really was held back. This match was mostly a kicking contest of sorts since the two were just back and forth with different variations of kicks along with Konami trying to work on Momo’s arms. Konami applies an Armbar but as Momo was struggling, Konami turned it around to the Fujiwara Armbar until Momo’s foot was on the rope, making her break the hold. Konami would go to the top rope but Momo pushed her off to make her fall onto the apron and she would charge at her until Konami moved the ropes down, making Momo fall out of the ring to eliminate her as Konami advances! Went from winning last year to being eliminated at the first round.
— We Are Stardom (@we_are_stardom) May 1, 2019
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Overall: Aside from a couple of matches and one big annoyance, this was a very successful first round with some solid matches and I’m excited to see how the rest of the tournament unfolds as this first round was better than last years.
Favorite Match: Kagetsu vs. Tam Nakano
Least Favorite Match: STARS (Saya Iida & Hanan) vs. Queen’s Quest (Hina & Leo Onozaki) vs. Tokyo Cyber Squad (Rina & Ruaka)
Author’s Notes: Now I can address this since the first round is over. There was a fan who would start doing chants throughout the entire match and there’s one thing I would like to say to him and that is this, SHUT THE HELL UP. My god, how disrespectful can you be? You think he watched enough shows in Japan to see how the audience does things but no, he had to chant the whole night. If it was the UK or the US, then fine since that’s that type of environment but not in Japan where it’s a different setting. He was at a bunch of shows that whole week and even Nanae Takahashi would yell at him to show up. You wanna know the worst part? He thinks he’s justified about it just because he paid and that’s not the case here because you still gotta appreciate their culture, it doesn’t give you the right to be a disrespectful little shit. Apparently, people loved it but clearly not since Stardom themselves had to tweet about his behavior! Next time, don’t even go to Japan shows if you think it’s okay to act like this. I’m surprised people didn’t punch or throw you out because I would’ve. I know talking about it gives him attention like he probably wants but this is just a message for any fans in general that wanna go to shows in Japan for the first time, don’t be like this prick. Thank you!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (5/22/19)
What will become of the NXT Tag Team titles?
The NXT Tag Team Championships are VACANT!
Even after the Viking Raiders retained them against the Street Profits, Erik Rowe & Ivar Hanson have left NXT for Raw. What will GM William Regal say about the tag titles’ future?
- Mansoor VS Sean Maluta; Mansoor wins.
- Candice LeRae VS Reina Gonzales; LeRae wins.
- Johnny Gargano & Matt Riddle VS reDRagon; reDRagon wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
The Raid moves on.
After dominating the NXT Tag Team Division since showing up almost a year ago, and then appearing on Monday Night Raw in the Superstar Shake-Up, The War/Viking Raiders are leaving WWE’s premier developmental behind. Though, they did get egged into one last match with the Street Profits for the titles. Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins gave Erik and Ivar a fight, but that fight was interrupted by the jealous and bitter Forgotten Sons! Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake didn’t get much done before being downed by War Beard Ivar, then Ford & Dawkins jumped in, and then so did Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Four teams fought, one team stood tall! The Street Profits got the “pin” on the Raiders, but they’re not the champions! And then the champions wrecked everyone who was left, but they still gave up the belts! What does that mean for the future of the titles?!
NXT General Manager William Regal speaks.
“Good evening, ladies and gentlemen, and welcome to NXT.” He knows last week’s finish was rather chaotic, and that leaves us without champions. The Street Profits pinned the Viking Raiders but not during a match. There are many deserving teams, so Regal has the solution. At NXT TakeOver: XXV, it will be Street Profits VS Forgotten Sons VS Oney Lorcan VS The Undisputed Era’s reDRagon, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, in a LADDER MATCH!! Which duo ascends to new heights to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions?!
The Undisputed Era is here!
And all four of them, at that. Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly are united again after Strong took out Matt Riddle on Cole’s behalf. And now they’re even more excited because Fish & O’Reilly are going for tag title gold! The four hit the ring, hitting their Undisputed team pose, and Cole takes up the mic.
“We’ve heard the whispers in the NXT locker room. All you morons probably wondering if the rumors are true.” Guess what: the Undisputed Era is going nowhere! They’re stronger than ever, and they’re all on the same page. This is a statement to everyone else on the roster: it may say NXT superstar, but the Era owns you! And they won’t stop until they’re running Full Sail. They will take what they want, when they want, and as they said before, they’ll be draped in gold. In fact, that begins at TakeOver. Bobby & Kyle WILL regain the NXT Tag Team Championships while “yours truly” will take the NXT Championship off Gargano. The Undisputed Era- is interrupted! Johnny Gargano makes his way out, belt on his waist and mic at the ready.
“I’m gonna save you some time, Cole, okay.” Cole wants the title shot? He has it. But Gargano wants Cole to do something: tell the truth. The real reason the boys are back together is because Cole can’t win on his own. Cole wants a time-out. What kind of idiot is Gargano? Cole beat Gargano in that first fall! Yes he keeps saying that. But what kind of idiot is Cole to not understand math? He didn’t shock the school system, that’s for sure. So Gargano will explain this very, very slowly: In a 2 out of 3 Falls match, you need to win 2 falls. Cole only won 1. Gargano won 2, which means he is the champion. “Do you understand, buddy?”
Cole tells Gargano to shut up and listen! Gargano can be as cocky as he wants, but it eats Gargano up that Cole still got that pin by himself! And in two weeks, Cole Baybay does it again. As far as tonight, though, the Era is celebrating. But Matt Riddle attacks from behind! The Bro wants revenge! And the champ helps him out! Gargano and Riddle fight and SUPERKICK the Undisputed Era! They get 2v2 with Cole and Strong! Riddle Bro-Triggers Strong out while Gargano clotheslines Cole! Referees hurry out to stop all this, but that’s easier said than done. Gargano and Riddle bro fist, but will they and the Undisputed Era settle this on the Road to TakeOver 25?
Mansoor VS Sean Maluta!
The Saudi Stud has his second match on NXT TV after losing his debut to the “Rare Breed”, Dominik Dijakovic. Meanwhile, the “Samoan Dragon” makes his NXT return! Who uses this newest opportunity to make the biggest impact?
The bell rings and Manny circles with Maluta. They tie up and Maluta wrenches to a wristlock. Manny rolls and hooks Maluta, but Maluta breaks free to bring Manny to the mat. Manny rolls to his feet then handsprings and cartwheels to then climb Maluta and break free. He runs and huricanranas Maluta to a corner. He dropkicks Maluta down hard! Manny brings Maluta up but gets a spinning heel kick! Maluta runs and boots Manny, then Samoan Drop! Maluta gives Manny a hellova kick then climbs up for a flying Code Breaker! Cover, TWO! Manny survives but Maluta’s on him with a neck wrench.
Fans rally up as Manny endures. Maluta wrenches hard but Manny fights his way up. Manny pries free but gets forearms. Maluta runs but into a forearm! Manny runs but knows Maluta follows, so he stops and boots Maluta, to a waistlock and snap German Suplex! Fans fire up for Manny as he runs in at Maluta. Manny hits a running kick, then blocks to forearm again. He slingshots for a neckbreaker! Maluta fires up as Maluta staggers up. Dragon sleeper, inverted suplex to twisting facebuster! Cover, Mansoor wins!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
Mansoor breaks even in his NXT TV career, but is this first win just the beginning of a Saudi Stud win streak?
NXT Media overhears the Undisputed Era complaining to William Regal.
They’re obviously upset after getting jumped by Matt Riddle and then ran off by both him and Johnny Gargano. Cathy Kelly is there as they storm out, but none of them stick around to talk to her. She talks with Regal instead, and asks how the situation is being handled. Regal informed the Undisputed Era’s recent conduct is not becoming of NXT. Therefore, at TakeOver: XXV, we’re getting Riddle VS Strong! As for tonight, we’re also getting Gargano & Riddle VS reDRagon! Will the NXT Champion and The Original Bro be able to take down one half of the Era before getting the other at TakeOver?
Velveteen Dream returns to NXT!
The NXT North American Champion walks to the ring waving and blowing kisses to the fans while carefully carrying his title. Dream picks up a mic to address the crowd.
“Well I guess you could say the Dream is in high demand.” People want to feel the Dream. People want to touch the Dream. And people want to hold the Dream. But the Dream is the NXT NAC, so you can’t just feel it or hold it. He’s too big to hold. And when you say the name Dream, you better say it right. But wait, is that… It’s TYLER! Tyler Breeze returns to NXT, too! Fans go nuts for Prince Pretty as he struts to the ring while on selfie cam. And Dream is unable what to make of this. Tyler picks up a mic and fans duel between “Breeze is Gorgeous!” “Velveteen!” But fans do give him a “Welcome Home!”
“Prince Pretty is home!” And like The Dream, when Breeze was here, he had everyone talking. But ever since the fashion left NXT, it just feels… lifeless and dull. There’s wannabe impersonators and cheap knock-offs. As flattering as that is, and Dream, it really is, there can only be one Prince Pretty. Dream welcomes Breeze home to Dream’s NXT. And things are different here now. The spotlight wants a real man. Yes, a real man, and not some boy. Especially not some boy who plays cops ‘n’ robbers. “Besides, just because you couldn’t cut it on Monday and Tuesday nights, doesn’t mean you can come to NXT and demand a spotlight.” So run along, Breeze, to where you belong.
Okay, okay, Velveteen. But let’s not confuse “couldn’t cut it” for “uninspired.” Dream inspires Breeze. The North American Championship inspires Breeze. And an inspired Breeze is too much, too big for Dream to handle. “Listen here, dollar store detective.” Maybe he forgot while sitting in catering, but things are very different in NXT. And the line to the title starts way way way outside! But Dream won’t leave a bad taste in Breeze’s mouth. How ’bout a selfie? Hmm, a selfie with the champ… This is a monumental moment, first time these two have been in the ring together. Make up your mind, Dream ain’t got all day. Okay, yes, let’s do one.
The two get close together and the phone feed is on the titantron. Before they take the pic, Breeze has a piece of advice. When you right your phone number on your trunks and no one calls, it’s because no one’s interested. And Breeze DECKS Dream! Prince Pretty gives Dream a five knuckle makeover, but will he be adding that North American title belt to his own wardrobe?
NXT Media finds Tyler Breeze making his exit.
Cathy asks Breeze about his motivations for attacking Dream just now. For those who don’t know, Breeze is an NXT OG, an original guy. And all Breeze wanted to do was introduce Dream to the #Inspired Prince Pretty. Will William Regal be inspired to give us a match?
Candice LeRae VS Reina Gonzales!
Mr. Johnny Wrestling has a match tonight, and at TakeOver, but what about Mrs. Candice Wrestling? The NXT Women’s Championship is already spoken for, but can Candice climb her way to being the next up?
The bell rings and the towering Texan taunts Candice for being comparatively tiny. Candice doesn’t appreciate it, and shoves Reina. Reina shoves her back then shoves her down! Reina drags Candice up but Candice goes for a roll up! But Reina’s too tall and shoves Candice off. Reina walks into Candice’s body shots but swings clotheslines. Candice ducks one but not the other! Reina puts Candice in a corner to stomp and punch. The ref counts and Reina shouts she gets the rules! She scoops Candice for a spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Reina keeps on Candice with a grounded keylock. She thrashes Candice but fans rally up. Candice fights her way up but is put in a corner. Reina walks into a kick, then misses as Candice slips out. Candice grabs an arm for an arm DDT!
Candice runs but into another scoop! Reina swings Candice around then back the other way, but Candice school girls Reina out of the ring! Candice takes aim as Reina staggers to her feet. Candice wrecks Reina with a dropkick, then springboards, but into Reina’s arms! Reina pops Candice up, but Candice slips out and shoves Reina into steel steps! Reina crawls into the ring and Candice follows. Candice shoulders Reina away then climbs up top. Candice leaps for flying headscissors! And she fires haymakers and chops! She backs Reina down to a corner! Fans fire up with Candice, as she runs in and hits a back elbow. Candice climbs again and leaps for a missile dropkick! But Candice isn’t done, LIONSAULT! Cover, Candice wins!
Winner: Candice LeRae, by pinfall
The smaller star wins with her bigger heart! But wait, the Horsewomen storm the ring! Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir owe Candice for her part in Io Shirai’s ambush during training. They flank the ring, but Candice takes the fight to them! But that’s a 3v1 fight and it doesn’t favor her! Io Shirai comes to the rescue, with a kendo stick! Io SMACKS away on all three Horsewomen! But especially Jessamyn and Marina! Then she has Shayna all to herself! Shayna tries to run but gets SMACK after SMACK! The Horsewomen save the Queen of Spades but the splintering damage has been done! Will the Genius of the Sky get the best of Shayna once and for all at TakeOver: XXV?
Johnny Gargano & Matt Riddle VS reDRagon!
The rematch from NXT TakeOver: New York is on the horizon, as is a battle between Original Bro and backbreaker master. But before that, #GarganBRO takes on Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish as they reunite ahead of their tag title ladder match! Who gets major momentum towards the momentous 25th TakeOver?
The teams sort out and Gargano reasons with the less than 100% Riddle. Kyle waits impatiently for a “victim,” but Gargano gets Riddle to let him start. Gargano and Kyle circle, and Kyle drops to a floor guard. Kyle stands back up to tie up with Gargano. Gargano gets tthe wristlock but Kyle grinds his forearm in Gargano’s face. Kyle then spins to a drop toehold but Gargano slips out to a facelock. They roll around as fans duel and Gargano goes for a cover. Kyle’s out at zero and keeps his feet guard up. Gargano stands and avoids a kick, and Full Sail applauds. Kyle talks strategy with Fish and comes back. He and Gargano tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder. Kyle body scissors but Gargano stays up. Kyle still pulls Gargano in and gets a triangle! But Gargano rolls and escapes, to a crossface!
Kyle manages to escape before it becomes a GargaNo Escape, then trips Gargano up. Gargano pushes Kyle off and arm-drags him around. Kyle kicks low and brings Gargano over. Tag to Fish and Fish mugs Gargano. The Infamous One snapmares Gargano to a chinlock, but Gargano endures. Fans rally up and Gargano powers out. Fish holds the ropes and baits Gargano into a body shot. Fish throws Gargano by his hair then swings on Riddle. Riddle glares at Fish, but sees Kyle’s flying knee coming! Riddle roundhouses Kyle but Fish clobbers Riddle! The ref reprimands reDRagon, but then Gargano apron SUPERKICKS Fish! Fans fire up for Johnny Wrestling as he fetches Fish. Gargano puts Fish in the ring, and fans chant for the Bro. Gargano tags Riddle in!
Riddle CHOPS Fish as Gargano holds him! Palm strike after palm strike and another big CHOP! Riddle takes aim and gives “Bro Kicks”! RIddle hits Kyle off the apron, then comes back to forearm Fish! Then he goes the other way for another forearm! And an exploder! Kyle runs in but gets caught to a PELE! Riddle drags Fish up but Fish throws forearms. Riddle returns them but Fish spins Riddle to fire off strikes. But Fish gets caught into a gut wrench suplex! Riddle holds on and gut wrenches again! He still holds, but drops him as Kyle runs in! Kyle gets caught, and Kyle gets a gut wrench! Riddle holds on still, but his bad ribs stop that. And then Fish runs Riddle over with an elbow! Fish puts Riddle in the reDRagon corner and tags in Kyle.
Kyle fires off on Riddle’s ribs, then tags Fish back in. Fish brings Riddle up for a boot and body shots of his own. The ref counts but Fish lets up at 4, to taunt Gargano. Riddle gets caught by Fish again, and Kyle tags in. Kyle runs in for a big forearm, then rolls Riddle with a waistlock. Kyle drives in elbows and knees, then runs to slide and knee the ribs! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up for Riddle but Kyle puts him back in the reDRagon corner. Tag to Fish and reDRagon double snap suplex Riddle down. Cover, TWO! Fish keeps on Riddle’s ribs with forearms, but fans still rally for the Bro. Riddle fights back but gets knees and forearms from Fish. Fish snapmares Riddle to then slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Riddle toughs it out but Fish stomps Riddle back down.
Fish drags Riddle up for crossface forearms, then brings Riddle back to the corner. Tag to Kyle and Kyle gives Riddle more shots to the rib. Kyle snapmares and laces the legs for a modified abdominal stretch. Riddle endures as Kyle pulls him back. Fans rally up again but Kyle makes it a cover, TWO! Riddle CHOPS Kyle so Kyle forearm back. They go back and forth, but then Riddle fires off palm strikes. Kyle blocks the roundhouse to kick and roll Riddle. Riddle rolls through to powerbomb lift, but Kyle slips out to a guillotine facelock! But Riddle slips out and wristlock ripcords Kyle for a Bro Trigger! Riddle flounders while Kyle crawls, hot tags to Gargano and Fish! Gargano slingshots and rallies on Fish! Gargano also hits Kyle with an overhead suplex!
Kyle and Fish end up in opposite corners, so Gargano starts a CHOP train back and forth! Gargano gets the bulldog-clothesline combo! Fish stands to get a mule kick, then Gargano uses Kyle as a step for the tornado DDT! Cover, TWO! Fish survives but fans fire up with Gargano. Gargano hits Kyle off the apron but Fish spins and fireman’s carries. Gargano slips out but Kyle tags in. Fish mule kicks, Kyle suplexes and Fish adds a roundhouse, brainbuster! #ChasingtheDragon!! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives with his superhuman heart, and Kyle grows frustrated. Kyle tags Fish and reDRagon prepares the other finisher. But Gargano fights out to enziguri Fish! Kyle gives Gargano Ax ‘n’ Smash! Riddle waistlocks Kyle but Kyle standing switches to hit a German Suplex!
But Riddle stands right up! Riddle German Suplexes Kyle! But Kyle stands up for a roaring elbow! Riddle rebounds to Penalty Kick! And all four men are down! Fans are loving this as the team regroup. Gargano dodges Fish and Riddle tags in. School Boy Kick misses, as does the Penalty Kick and standing moonsault. But Gargano SUPERKICKS Fish, and the Bro-Ton is dropped! Riddle climbs, Floating Bro! Cover, but Kyle breaks it up! Gargano goes at Riddle and hops the sweep to buzzsaw. Riddle roundhouses Kyle, and then Gargano long darts Kyle into the Bro-Trigger! Fish runs Gargano over but Riddle fires off those palm strikes. Fish blocks then roundhouses Riddle back. But Riddle blocks the next one to lift Fish in a BOMB! Then flip over, Final Flash knee! Cover, but Kyle drags Fish out!
Riddle goes to the apron to Penalty Kick Kyle! Riddle fetches Fish but here comes Cole! Gargano DIVES on him! Gargano fires hands off on Cole, but that leaves Riddle alone to get Strong’s strong knee! X-Plex to the apron! Strong feeds Riddle to TOTAL ANNIHILATION! Cover, reDRagon wins!!
Winners: reDRagon, Kyle O’Reilly pinning
The Undisputed Era cannot be stopped when it’s always four opponents at once! And now they can’t be stopped from beating down Gargano and Riddle! They stomp and stomp and stomp, and then Strong picks Gargano up for Cole. Cole aims, Last Shot shining wizard! “Time’s almost up, buddy.” “This is the Undisputed Era. That NXT Championship is going to be mine!” Is this just a preview of a golden Undisputed Era?
A great episode with a lot of progress made towards TakeOver: XXV. A lot of people, including myself, were hoping we’d get a Fatal 4 Way for the NXT Tag Team Championships, and not only are we getting that, we’re getting that with LADDERS! Now obviously the Viking Raiders have officially left NXT to be on Raw, but it was great to add O’Reilly & Fish in their place. Basically any team other than the Forgotten Sons will be a choice fans will accept, but it’d be even more explosive a cheer if it’s between Profits or reDRagon. We got a good match of Mansoor VS Maluta, it will be interesting to see where Manny goes post-XXV.
It was great to see Breeze return, and he and Dream had a great back and forth. Those lines were just so good. For those wondering what happened to Dream VS Dijakovic, Dijakovic’s out with injury which is unfortunate because he was likely going to have a great match with Dream. But at the same time, Dream VS Breeze is going to be a great match, too. If Breeze is sticking around for a long time, it’d be quite the move if he won the title, but I’m thinking Dream retains. We got a good match out of Candice VS Reina, but clearly there’s a lot of story with the Horsewomen involved. Io did and looked great in her save, but it’s a shame we’re not getting a Six Woman Tag go-home. Hopefully Candice keeps Jessamyn & Marina from ruining Shayna VS Shirai, and Shirai needs to get that belt.
Speaking of the go-home, we’ll be getting great though also filler matches with Yim VS Belair II and Kushida VS Gulak. I’m pretty sure Mia Yim wins to keep their feud going, while I’m thinking Kushida wins as Gulak might just be doing another quick one-off in NXT. The story of Gargano, Riddle and the Undisputed Era was great. Starting the show with the Era getting jumped to end with them standing tall was a good move, it keeps them strong going towards all three matches. The Era might not be able to help each other with their own match concerns, so there’s a good chance Riddle and Gargano could both win against Strong and Cole respectively.
My Score: 8.5/10
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