The WWE NXT UK gang is still tearing it up in Glasgow, but who will advance to the #1 Contender’s Fatal Four Way? Tiffany’s Takes lets you know!
Piper Niven vs Jamie Hayter: I think I’ve stated before than I’m a big Piper Niven and this match solidified why I like her. She didn’t have to sell for Jamie Hayter, who looked like a Paige cosplayer, but she did. She made Hayter look good before beating the shit out of her. That crossbody is BAD news, but I’m still waiting for Niven vs Ripley.
Toni Storm: If the goal of Nina Samuels’ less than ladylike comments about Toni Storm and her family was to get Storm’s attention, she definitely succeeded because Storm was more pissed off than I’ve seen her ever. I have a feeling Storm is going to make Samuels’ regret opening her mouth.
Sid Scala: Sid Scala was an okay wrestler, but I love him as Assistant GM of NXT UK. Kassius Ohno’s obnoxiousness was not as warm and fuzzy inducing. I don’t get what is so great about Ohno, which is probably the point, but I get the feeling he’ll get the final qualifier match, but he’ll probably lose.
Ligero vs Jordan Devlin: If you’ve been following my coverage of NXT UK, you know that I’m a HUGE Jordan Devlin fan, so I really enjoyed this match. Ligero and Devlin aren’t strangers but that didn’t keep this match from being the top one of the night. Given his stellar match on 205 Live, I actually thought Ligero would win this, but Devlin’s moving on and hopefully he’ll be the last one standing in the Fatal Four Way.
WALTER: I keep trying, but I cannot get into WALTER. He’s a good wrestler, but he just doesn’t thrill me.
Mustache Mountain: I love Mustache Mountain cheering for Dunne in his rematch, but I’m more interested in them getting another shot at Grizzled Young Veterans for the Tag Team Championships, but I have a feeling GYV will be kicking and screaming the whole time.
Ilja Dragunov vs Jack Starz: Poor Jack Starz, he always seems to end up being cannon fodder and that definitely happened with Dragunov. I figured Dragunov was a tough customer just from his promos, but he was absolutely brutal in the ring, but he was also really good. This should be an interesting run.
Mark Andrews and Noam Dar: I’d almost forgotten that Andrews and Dar had a rivalry several months ago, so I’m really excited to see them try and settle things in the ring.
Killer Kelly vs Xia Brookside: I was really excited for this match since Kelly and Brookside don’t get nearly enough screen time for me. I also liked the show of sportsmanship between them. I was less excited about Jinny showin up, though the debut of Jazzy Gebart, who is a beast (and I mean that nicely) was more exciting. Can’t wait t see where this goes.
Dave Mastiff vs Wolfgang: I was super excited about this match last week and was actually disappointed because it was so short. It was a good match, but I was hoping for more than what we got. Still, Mastiff won and is still undefeated, which is good, and Gallus stood tall in their hometown, which is also nice, but the match should’ve been longer.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was NXT UK this week? It was actually really good, I enjoyed it. The great thing about the Network shows is because they only get an hour, they really have to streamline the show, so you get much more wrestling for the hour than you get with RAW or SmackDown.
A few of the matches were disappointing only because they were too short and could’ve gone longer, but that was about it. If what Scala said is true, next week is the last week for the #1 Contendership qualifiers, so that should be interesting. Still hoping Devlin gets his shot.
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE 205 Live (5/21/19)
Did the 205 Live Crew deliver this week?
Tiffany Takes time to look into this week’s edition of WWE 205 Live. Did the Cruiserweight Division deliver?
After a tough bout at Money in the Bank, where does the Cruiserweight Championship (and all of the WWE 205 Live crew) go now?
Singh Brothers vs Jack Gallagher and Humberto Carrillo: I was a little disappointed that Lucha House Party’s RSVP got lost in the mail, but I’m assuming that they’re selling the beatdown from Lars Sullivan. However, it was nice to see that things are good-ish between Carrillo and Gallagher after last week. However, it sucks that the Singhs still lost! Sure, they look like cut rate male strippers in their ring gear, but they’re really talented should be getting better than being beat every week, didn’t they suffer enough of that working for Jinder Mahal?
Fatal Five Way: Akira Tozawa vs Brian Kendrick vs Mike Kanellis vs Oney Lorcan vs Ariya Daivari: Before I discuss this match and how much I hate multi-man matches that aren’t for a title or a contendership, I want to praise Maria Kanellis for her tribute to the late Ashley Massaro, who passed away over the weekend. During Maria’s first run in WWE way back when, she and Massaro were friends and sometimes on-screen partners and allies, including the storyline of Ashley convincing Maria to pose for Playboy, over the objections of Maria’s onscreen boyfriend, Santino Marella. Yes, THAT Santino Marella. Maria wrote Ashley’s name on the palm of her left hand and showed it as she and Mike Kanellis did their pose. I know Maria has talked about how much Ashley meant to her, but it was nice to see her pay tribute to her former friend, especially since WWE has made no further mention of Massaro outside of a ‘In Memory Of’ at Money in the Bank. Plus, I loved her outfit.
Back to the ACTUAL match. I really hate when WWE does multi-man matches that don’t really have a purpose. This match wasn’t for a #1 Contendership, it was just to put the five top-ish guys in the ring and see what happened. I was actually stunned that Tozawa won since I still think Daivari is going to be going for the championship in Saudi Arabia, but it was interesting to see Tozawa and Kendrick mix it up a little. Kanellis’ bad luck continues to be frustrating, it’s hard to see what, if anything, WWE has planned for him other than just having him lose every week.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was 205 this week? It was a little…lacking. It had two great matches but it felt like there wasn’t a real direction they were heading. The Fatal Five Way was just to see who was the best but that logic was a little dumb because it was more about who was opportunistic than who was better in the ring.
I did enjoy the team of Gallagher and Carrillo, but I can see Carrillo’s gimmick, whatever it is, getting old really quick. Hopefully the teaming with Gallagher will give Carrillo more of an edge, like teaming with Sasha Banks gave Bayley more of an edge.
I still think it’s going to be Nese vs Daivari II at Super Show Down, but we’ll have to wait and see.
That’s it for Tiffany’s 205 Takes! Tune in tomorrow for my takes on the NXTs!
Tiffany’s Takes: WWE SmackDown Live (5/21/19)
Did Smackdown deliver in your eyes?
WWE followed up an eventful edition of Raw with another eventful edition of WWE Smackdown Live, and Tiffany has her Takes on the entire thing!
After the shocking events of Money in the Bank, how will SmackDown move into SummerSlam season?
Money In the Bank: I’m already over this. The yapbox for Mr. Money in the Bank managed to be so obnoxious tonight, it made want to do things with that briefcase that are physically impossible. Hopefully the fact that there hasn’t been a successful men’s Money in the Bank cash-in since Dean Ambrose in 2016 will hold true.
WWE Championship: I felt really bad for Sami Zayn. Here he is, becoming a top heel, but he gets sacrificed after a great match with Kingston, just so Dolph Ziggler, who hasn’t been on TV since January, can walk in and get a title shot. Really? Plus, what was Ziggler’s malfunction? Way he was acting, you’d think Kingston double crossed him or something.
As for Ziggler, I actually rolled my eyes at his explanation. Ziggler got the shit knocked out of him by McIntyre back in January and hasn’t shown his face since. WWE wasn’t denying him a damn thing, so the idea that he was more deserving of Kofi’s spot is nonsense. Sit down, Dolph.
One thing I found interesting was the whole situation with Big E, the real one, not the fake schmuck that came out first. Big E and Ziggler were once business associates when E first debuted on the Main Roster, the fact that E got conveniently taken out, leaving Kingston without his New Day pals raises some serious questions.
WWE 24/7 Championship: There’s a lot of things you can say about Carmella, but she’s a good friend. Not only did she spend most of her evening trying to help R-Truth keep the WWE 24/7 Championship, sacrificing a chance to pummel Mandy Rose in the process,she even tried to help him with his disguise and didn’t take advantage of him to try and grab the belt for herself. That’s friendship.
Women’s Championship: So, Emmie Slattery (Lacey Evans) and India Wilkes (Charlotte Flair) took on Scarlett O’Hara (Becky Lynch) and…I hate to refer to Bayley as Melanie Wilkes, but I’ve painted myself into that corner with the ‘Gone with the Wind’ references. ANYWAY, the two Women’s Champs took on the women they beat on Sunday. Charlotte was clearly still mad about losing her title less than five minutes after she won it, but not only did she and Emmie not win, but CHARLOTTE took the pin. However, don’t be fooled into thinking things are rainbows and unicorns between Scarlett and Melly. Becky and Charlotte are owed rematches and Becky’s coming to collect hers.
Mustafa Ali vs Andrade: God love Mustafa Ali. He took a hell of a beating on Sunday and lost the opportunity, that RUMOR says he was promised, to be the Money in the Bank winner, but then he and his poor back got another pounding at the hands of Andrade. However, unlike what happened at Money in the Bank, Ali refused to let another victory be snatched away and fought through what looked like serious pain to pin Andrade and leave Rhode Island a winner.
Roman Reigns vs Elias: Remember when everyone predicted that Drew McIntyre would be a world champ and the best thing since sliced bread last year? Well, he’s back in the position he always seems to end up in: Lackey to someone with more personality than him. It was revealed on Monday that Shane was using McIntyre as his new muscle and used him to punish Roman Reigns after Reigns defeated Elias yet again. Problem is that Reigns is great at getting guys over, but unless he can manufacture a personality and charisma for McIntyre, this feud is going to be a waste of time because McIntyre is as interesting as beige paint and barely gets a reaction.
Overall Thoughts: So, how was SmackDown? Well, it was actually pretty good. There was a lot of of story progression as WWE gears up for Saudi Arabia, Mudhole Stomping, or whatever the next US PPV is, and SummerSlam season.
I will admit to being hesitant about the 24/7 championship and there are some issues I see with it long term, but right now it’s a hoot to watch and definitely helps break up the show.
I’m ‘bleh’ on Ziggler vs Kingston. They always have great chemistry, but this whole situation is uncomfortable and weird. It feels like whoever WWE actually wanted to put with Kingston in Saudi Arabia is refusing to go and so they’re putting in Ziggler just so the match will be on the card.
Becky and Bayley was a great team up, but it’s clear that Becky isn’t going to be leaving SmackDown anytime soon, RAW Women’s Champion or not. Charlotte taking the pin was odd, but very satisfying to see.
The whole thing with Reigns and Shane is good, but it seems that WWE hasn’t given up on trying to get McIntyre over with the crowd with or without a personality. Vince is a stubborn one.
That’s it for Tiffany’s SmackDown Takes! Up next is 205 Live!