SmackDown, You’re Next!
Because Goldberg makes his return to respond to The Undertaker’s message from Raw! Plus, a huggable Moment of Bliss with SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, and Kofi Kingston prepares for Super Showdown!
- The New Day VS Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens; The New Day wins.
- WWE 24/7 Championship, Lumberjack Match: R-Truth VS Elias; Elias wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- WWE 24/7 Championship, Under the Ring Match: Elias VS R-Truth; Truth wins and becomes the new WWE 24/7 Champion.
- SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS Charlotte Flair; Bliss wins and will challenge Bayley for the title at WWE Stomping Grounds.
- Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews; No Contest.
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The New Day opens SmackDown!
Kofi Kingston, Xavier Woods and a platter of pancakes are in Laredo, Texas to bring the positivity. Kofi himself has returned from his homecoming in Ghana, West Africa, refreshed having seen family and meeting both fans and dignitaries. But now, with mic in hand, Kofi says “If there’s one that I’ve learned over the past three months, is that life is crazy, man.” Life is full of surprises! Kofi thought he’d seen it all and done it all in his 11 years as a WWE superstar. From championships to friendships, and pancakes babyyyy~! But to be honest, it hasn’t all be highs. There were lows, too. But Kofi takes pride in having fought through the lows no matter what! And by doing that, he got the opportunity of a lifetime: winning THE WWE Championship at Wrestlemania! Fans let him know “You Deserve It!”
And as amazing as winning the grandest title on the grandest stage in front of his family was, what is most important is to inspire people to do whatever they want to do! To believe in themselves and that anything is possible! As such, we are treated to a video package to show how Kofi’s homecoming went. 26 years since he’s last been in Ghana, being there again was an experience full of love and admiration. Their WWE Champion makes His Excellency, President Nana Akufo-Addo and the entire country very proud. They support him 30 million strong! Kofi thanks them for being so welcoming.
Back in the present, fans cheer Kofi as he gets a touch emotional. After 26 years, Kofi was finally able to go home, his birthplace, and got to see the look in the people’s eyes. That was so amazing, to tell a child that they can be whatever the want to be, just like he did in his life. Kofi met aunts, uncles and cousins he hadn’t ever seen before, but Dolph Ziggler comes out to interrupt. Fans boo as Ziggler tells Kofi he is an inspiration for sure. If this were Super Showdown, they’d both be in the ring, but Ziggler respects Kofi’s sacrifice and journey too much. But this isn’t about that, this is about why Ziggler ended up this way. Ziggler won’t let fans cheer for Kofi, because it’s about Ziggler.
Now a video package plays for Ziggler’s journey. The great champions he defeated to become champion. His 14 years have been memorable and golden. Ziggler has had title after title, and yet, he has gotten nothing in return. Fans boo as Ziggler says he gave everything to the WWE Universe. He gave his soul to the WWE, and yet it’s Kofi who gets the glory. It’s Kofi who wins the WWE Championship when it should’ve been Ziggler! Ziggler says Kofi is a hero, “but one day, all of you will realize I am the hero” and it should’ve been him!! Kofi says no one is saying Ziggler hasn’t had a great career. Their careers have even been linked! Kofi knows how it is to be passed over, but after all of it, there’s one thing Ziggler left out. And now that footage rolls.
December 19th, 2017. Ziggler was the WWE United States Champion and he said he was unappreciated! Ziggler left the fans with the memory… of him quitting. Fans boo Ziggler again as Kofi brings up that if Ziggler says “It should’ve been me!”, but if that were true, it would’ve been. But whenever things don’t go Ziggler’s way, he quits! Ziggler walks out, turns his back and takes himself out of the game! That’s the difference between them. No matter how hard things got for Kofi, Kofi never quit! Kofi never quits on himself, on his brothers, or on the WWE Universe! Fans cheer Kofi on the agree. Ziggler keeps saying it should’ve been him? At Super Showdown, it won’t be Ziggler. And as long as Kofi has the title, it will NEVER be Ziggler!
Ziggler shows one more clip. When Ziggler attacked Kofi in his return to SmackDown! In the ring, outside of the ring, and with a chair in multiple ways, Ziggler brutalized Kofi all because he wants to be champion. Ziggler says Friday will be his day. But tonight, it’s Kevin Owens and Sami Zayn! The New Day takes on the best frenemies, can they win to keep Kofi strong going into Super Showdown?
The New Day VS Sami Zayn & Kevin Owens!
SmackDown returns as teams sort out. The bell rings as Xavier and Sami start. Sami clubs away on Woods’ back and then stomps him down. Fans boo but Sami backs off to taunt Kofi. Sami goes back to Woods for a headlock. Woods powers out but Sami runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up and Woods dropkicks Sami down! Cover, TWO! Woods wrenches and brings Sami around, but Sami spins through to wrench back. Woods rolls and spins to wrench Sami back! Sami endures the standing armlock and Kofi tags in. Kofi climbs and drops ax handles on the arm. Kofi wrenches Sami while Ziggler watches backstage. Sami gets away and tags to Kevin.
Kofi welcomes Kevin as Kevin slowly approaches. The two go and Kofi gets a takedown! Kofi throws hands but Kevin shoves him away. Kofi keeps on Kevin with body shots and haymakers, but stops at the ref’s count. Kevni BOOTS Kofi back and then clubs away! Kevin stomps Kofi against the ropes, and shouts “This is MY show!” Fans are mixed as Kevin goes back to Kofi with a knee. Kevin taunts Woods but then Kofi hits back. Kevin whips Kofi corner to corner but Kofi goes up and dropkicks him down! Tag to Sami but Kofi dropkicks him, too! Kofi brings back the Unicorn Stampede! Tag to Woods, stomps, tag to Kofi, and repeat! Kofi whips Woods in for a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Woods keeps on Sami with a whip, but Sami holds ropes and bails out. Sami and Kevin regroup but so do the New Day. Kofi FLIES and wipes out Kevin! Sami protests but he gets wrecked by Woods’ dropkick! Woods keeps on Sami with CHOPS! He puts Sami in the ring but Kevin drags Woods down! Sami kicks Woods while he’s down, and now Kevin tags in. Kevin drags Woods out to throw him hard into barriers! “Who’s got something to say now?!” Fans boo in response, but Kevin goes back to stomp Woods more. Kevin drags Woods up and in and then hits a back senton! Cover, TWO! Kevin keeps his cool while Kofi and the fans cheer Woods on. Kevin drags Woods up but Woods fights back. But Kevin knees and clotheslines Woods down! Another senton, another cover, TWO!
SmackDown goes picture in picture as Kevin drags Woods away from Kofi. Kevin puts Woods in the corner and tags Sami. Sami mugs Woods and then chokes him on ropes. The ref backs Sami off but Kevin gets a cheap shot in! Kofi protests but Sami just taunts him more. Sami drags Woods back up and wrenches to a snapmare. Sami wraps a chinlock on and Woods endures. Fans rally up and Woods reaches for Kofi, but Sami uses the tights to bring Woods back down. The ref reprimands Sami about that, but Sami just squeezes tighter on Woods. Woods starts to fade, but he gets a second wind. Woods gest to his feet and fights out, but Sami pulls him back. They fight back and forth and Sami yanks Woods down!
Tag to Kevin, and Kevin stomps Woods back down. Kevin mocks Woods and crawls to Kofi, who obviously gets pissed. Kevin goes back to Woods and stomps him down again. Woods reels back, clutching his face. Kevin stomps him tot he corner and then drags him from ropes. Kevin blows a kiss to Kofi, but drops a senton onto knees! Sami tags in and goes after Woods, but Woods slips out of the back suplex! Woods hits Sami with the heel kick! Both men are down and fans are fired up! Woods crawls, but so does Sami, hot tags to Kevin, who takes Kofi out! Kevin blows kisses to the fans before he CHOPS Woods to a corner.
SmackDown returns to single picture as Kevin puts Woods on the top rope. Kevin punches Woods as he climbs up to join him. Woods fights back while Ziggler is still watching. Woods knocks Kevin away then drops him with a missile dropkick! Both men are down and crawling, hot tag to Sami and Kofi! Kofi springboard ax handles and then chops Sami down! Kofi dropkicks then hits a leaping lariat! Fans fire up again as Kofi hits the New Day Boom Drop! Kofi takes aim from a corner, but Kevin grabs his foot! Woods hits Kevin, but Sami dodges Kofi. Kofi SUPERKICKS, then Trouble in Paradise! Cover, The New Day wins!
Winners: The New Day, Kofi Kingston pinning
Kofimania is still rolling, but Ziggler SUPERKICKS Kofi!! And he SUPERKICKS Woods! Ziggler sure got out there from the backstage area fast. The Show-Off looms over Kofi, but will he be returning to SmackDown as the WWE Champion?
Shane is backstage on SmackDown.
And he asks the rowdy fans to quiet down a moment. There is a lot of speculation about what Shane did to Roman. Fans believe Shane did it just to soften Roman Reigns up for the coming Super Showdown match. Shane has the footage roll. It was all amazing, but it was actually because Roman said Shane doesn’t stand a chance. Shane obviously showed why he does stand a chance. Anything Roman can do, Shane can do better, because he’s the Best in the World. Shane promises to come out to call Roman out. But which Roman will we see? The Big Dog strutting his stuff? Or a Little Pup with his tail tucked between his legs.
SmackDown has A Moment of Bliss!
The Goddess is a Wild Card, but she’s going to be talking to SmackDown Women’s Champion, Bayley, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Alexa Bliss has a mic. This is a very special Blue Brand Moment of Bliss. Alexa is honored to be a Wild Card from the more prestigious show, Monday Night Raw. But she introduces her guest, Bayley! Fans cheer for the huggable and Alexa welcomes her as they sit down. Laredo cheers for Bayley while Alexa sips coffee. Oh, bad coffee. Someone take this. A SmackDown staffer swaps it with another mug, and she taste tests it. Okay good, but put this in her favorite mug. The staffer does as ordered, but Bayley kinda wants Alexa to ask her questions, being the champ and all. Right, of course. After her coffee. IT’ll only take a minute, maybe. Seriously? Wow, Bayley, rude. Sorry this is her show, but they’ll go with Bayley’s timing.
Let’s start with Money in the Bank. Well actually it started just before. No, Alexa’s not arguing, but let’s be real. MITB was a good night. Going from Ms. MITB to SmackDown Women’s Champion in one night. But it took years to get to that good night. Yes, Alexa agrees. When she was also Ms. MITB and cashed in the same night, it was spectacular. Alexa had a lot of great SmackDown moments. She is the two-time SmackDown Women’s Champion and defended it in a Steel Cage Match. In a way, when Alexa was champ, that title meant something. Fans boo as Alexa asks Bayley if the title means anything with her. Bayley sees what Alexa is doing, ti’s classic baiting. But things have changed, and despite the past, Bayley is looking towards the future.
Alexa isn’t cutting Bayley off but her coffee is coming. Alexa has her special mug but Bayley slaps it out of her hand! Seriously? Is this the kind of champ she is? Maybe that belt should be on a more deserving waist. It already is. But then here comes Carmella! The inaugural Ms. MITB and former SmackDown Women’s Champion is here to be part of the conversation. Alexa can’t just come from Raw to challenge Bayley. If anyone has a shot, it should be a SmackDown superstar, got it? Yes, of course. But is this a challenge to her? Wait, here comes yet another former SmackDown Women’s Champion, Charlotte Flair!
The Queen has Laredo fired up as she says hi. Sorry to interrupt, but she couldn’t help herself. Charlotte talked to her good friend, Shane, and there will be a contender’s match for Stomping Grounds! Isn’t that great? It happens tonight, too! Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS… Wait for it. Wait for it. Charlotte! WOO~! Of course. But what a big Triple Threat! Who wins to be the new #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Champion?
Carmella hurries backstage to find R-Truth.
But obviously he’s still hiding. The WWE 24/7 Champion is having a rough time. He wants to support Carmella, but he’s having to defend this title, even on holidays! He wants Shane to help him out but Shane’s not responding. Wait, here’s something on Carmella’s phone? Oh oops, he used the wrong phone! Carmella answers for Truth. She hands Shane over to Truth. Hello, who this? OH, is it really Shane? Yes it is. Well Shane, help him! This title is ruining his life! Yes, he knows it’s 24/7 but- Well, Truth apologizes for Shane Appreciation Night. Shane accepts?! Yes, the rules are to blame. But now it’s time for a proper match with normal rules. When? NOW?! Oh no! But against who?! No not him! Aw shoot! Truth hurries off, but just who is it he’s up against?!
Ladies and Gentlemen, Elias is on SmackDown.
And in the ring. The Drifter is Truth’s opponent? We’ll know after the break.
WWE 24/7 Championship, Lumberjack Match: R-Truth VS Elias!
Apparently this is how Shane accepts an apology for someone who ruins his own Appreciation Night. The entire SmackDown roster and even some 205 Live Cruiserweights are here to watch this match very closely. Will the winner of this match even get away with the title with so many prospective contenders just waiting to jump in?
The bell ring sand Elias goes at Turth. Truth rolls Elias, TWO! Elias knees low and CHOPS Truth to then throw him out! The Lumberjacks swarm and attack! They put Truth back in for Elias, and he knees Truth right back down! Roll up, Elias wins!!
Winner: Elias, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
Elias is now a two-time WWE 24/7 Champion! But just as he holds that belt up, the Lumberjacks are ready to swarm HIM! Elias realizes the gap in his evil plan with Shane as they ALL attack! The Lumberjacks throw each other out, but Elias slips out in the chaos! Elias thinks he’s getting away, but Truth finds him! And the fight is on, under the ring?! Is this even possible? The Lumberjacks keep brawling like a battle royal. Maybe these guys will all be in Super Showdown’s historic 50 Man Over the Top?
Wait, is that a three count from under the ring? Truth won the belt back?!
Winner: R-Truth, by pinfall; NEW WWE 24/7 Champion
This is incredible! Truth is now a four-time champion! And in an innovative “Under the Ring” match, too! But the chase is on again as Drake Maverick gives chase! #RunTruthRun!
SmackDown hears from Aleister Black.
“Last week, I offered what is tantamount to an open challenge.” But he’s guessing it’s either cowardice or intelligence that has kept people from knocking on his door. He’s not a hard man, his door has “ALEISTER BLACK” right on it. But funny enough, as he’s saying this out loud, he understands now. Aleister’s track record speaks for itself to what he inflicts. It isn’t your Daddy’s WWE. But until someone, anyone, does come knocking at his door, Aleister will sit right here, waiting impatiently until someone, anyone decides to be a man!! How long will the Embodiment of the End have to wait for a fight?
Shane McMahon heads to the ring!
The Best in the World has The Revival with him, but not as Wild Cards thanks to his authority to make an exception. Shane and the #TopGuys go in to the ring and Shane picks up a mic. Obviously he needs Greg Hamilton’s “proper introduction” as “The BEST, in the WOOOOOOOOOOOORLD~! SHAAANE, McMAAAAHON!” Yes, pretty good stuff. Shane talks to Dash & Dawson as he says last night was great. The Revival decimated the Usos, they were amazing, weren’t they? They were fantastic, even. Shane has them here for emotional support, but to be selfish a bit, Shane fast forwards to the end of last night. They were all there live, of course, but please, we need to see that footage again.
And so, the footage plays of Shane, The Revival and Drew McIntyre giving Roman Reigns a Shatter Machine, a Claymore, and Shane’s own take on the Spear. The Revival love that! Shane says that was just last night. Imagine how it’ll be at Super Showdown! Shane paints a little picture for us: what he did last night was training a dog. You bring the dog home, they’re all rebellious and rowdy, so you have to discipline it. You need to put it in a corner and show it who’s boss. Shane is boss literally, but there’s always that one dog that’s more high-spirited and cocky. Like Roman. And so what do you do to that dog? You take it up a notch and that’s what Shane will do on Friday. Shane is going to NEUTER the Big Dog and make him a Lap Dog!
But here comes Roman! Sore as he is, he will not back down. The Revival rush to intercept, but he SUPERMAN PUNCHES Dawson! Dash throws hands but gets thrown into the LED’s! And gets a SUPERMAN PUNCH, too! Shane realizes he’s all alone, because he forgot to bring McIntyre. Roman heads for the ring and Shane acts like he’s ready to fight. But then a CLAYMORE outta nowhere! McIntyre WAS here! The insurance policy pays off again as the Scottish Terminator says Roman belongs to him! He then puts Roman in the corner for Shane as Shane runs in, to SPEAR him again! Two nights, two Spears and two times Shane mocks the battle cry. But will Shane go three for three when it’s time for Super Showdown?
SmackDown Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Carmella VS Alexa Bliss VS Charlotte Flair!
The Queen made this match with help from Shane O’Mac, but just because she has another opportunity doesn’t mean she’ll get it. Will #CharlotteNineTimes get her chance at being #CharlotteTenTimes? Will she be knocked aside by the FABULOUS Princess? Or will a The Goddess of Raw be in line for SmackDown’s title?
SmackDown returns with all three women in the ring and the bell!
Alexa, Carmella and Charlotte stare down before slowly approaching. Alexa is wary, as the lone Raw superstar might be in trouble against two SmackDown superstars. But then Charlotte kicks Carmella, so Alexa jumps on Charlotte! Alexa waistlocks but Charlotte elbows out. Charlotte throws Alexa out and goes to Carmella. Charlotte whips but Carmella reverses, only to be put on the apron. Carmella gets a forearm from Charlotte, but avoids the shoulder to kick back. Alexa returns to knee Carmella down, then hop on Charlotte for the Sunset Flip Powerbomb! Cover, but Carmella breaks it in time!
Carmella drags Alexa up to feed her a boot. Carmella then hops up and hits a flying huricanrana! Alexa rolls out but Charlotte trips Carmella to jackknife cover, ONE, into the Code of Silence! Charlotte endures the squeeze and powers her way up, to have Carmella upside-down. Carmella rolls through to cover, TWO! Alexa returns and hits Carmella with that hard right! Alexa and Charlotte stare down, and then speed up. Charlotte scoops but Alexa arm-drags. Alexa runs into a BOOT! Fans “WOO~” for Charlotte, but Carmella returns to mule kick and FABULOUS Kick! Carmella mocks the Woo as Charlotte rolls away. Carmella brushes off her shoulder, but Fire & Desire head out to the ring. Mandy Rose & Sonya Deville distract Carmella just on being there, but Carmella still fetches Alexa.
Alexa throws Carmella into barriers! But then Charlotte CHOPS Alexa! And again! Charlotte tells Fire & Desire to kiss this, then she chases little Alexa. She catches up to CHOP her again! Charlotte puts Alexa in but Alexa dropkicks her down! Cover, TWO! Alexa grows frustrated while SmackDown goes picture in picture.
Alexa throws a tantrum while Charlotte catches her breath. Mandy and Sonya watch Carmella while Alexa stomps Charlotte down. Cover, ONE, and Alexa is upset again. Alexa drags Charlotte up by her jaw, but Charlotte grabs her back! Charlotte has Alexa int he choke grip but Carmella flies in with a crossbody! She gets them both but covers Charlotte, TWO! She covers Alexa, TWO! Carmella tries Charlotte again, TWO! So she tries Alexa again, TWO! Charlotte again, TWO! Alexa again, TWO! Charlotte, TWO! Carmella freaks out! Carmella argues with the ref but goes back to Alexa. She throws Alexa right into the post, with a pretty good wedgie. Then Carmella takes a moment to dust herself off before going to Charlotte.
Carmella throws forearms on Charlotte as SmackDown returns to single picture. She puts Charlotte on the top rope, for a FABULOUS- No, Charlotte blocks the Steiner, but Carmella heel kicks. Charlotte brings Carmella up, but still gets the Steiner! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for “Mella! Mella!” as she stomps a mudhole and moonwalks it dry. Carmella runs back in for the Fabulous Bronco Buster! But then Charlotte clotheslines Carmella down! And brings her around, for the Figure Four! Carmella drags herself but the bridge is in! But Alexa hits Twisted Bliss to break it all! Cover, but Carmella breaks that! But Fire & Desire aren’t amused.
All three women are down but stirring. Carmella crawls after Alexa but Alexa gives her the STO. Alexa hits knees, but misses the rest of Insult2Injury. Charlotte gives Alexa Natural Selection! Cover, but Carmella breaks in! Charlotte is furious and BOOTS Carmella out of the ring. She goes to Alexa but Alexa bumps her on buckles and rolls her up! With tights! TWO!! Charlotte kicks out Alexa’s leg, then puts it in the Figure- FABULOUS KICK! But Fire & Desire strike! They trip her up, but she kicks them away. Alexa has Carmella, Bliss-DT! Cover, Alexa wins!!
Winner: Alexa Bliss, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the SmackDown Women’s Championship
The Goddess of Raw is going on to Stomping Grounds! Will Alexa become a three-time SmackDown Women’s Champion? Or will Bayley show her and everyone that she’s no longer the same girl she was before?
SmackDown returns for an exclusive interview with Lars Sullivan.
The Leviathan’s actions have spoken louder than any words, but he promises to finally speak to the WWE Universe since coming to the main roster. Lars has been on a true rampage since his call-up. But what is it that drives a man like him to do this? Lars grimaces at Laredo as he considers his first words. “Would you ever ask a nightingale why they sing their sweet song? Would you ever ask a lion why they methodically stalk their prey before sinking their teeth into flesh and viciously ripping it apart?! Then why would you ever ask what drives a man like me?” Lars keeps the mic up as he says he’s come to realize that he’s not just a man. For his entire life, Lars has been described by one word. Can you guess that word? Say it, Kayla!
Kayla is too hesitant to speak. But it’s okay. Lars has been called this his entire life, he can take it. So just say it. “Freak?” Lars holds back his emotions, and says that when a lion performs it’s primary function, it’s a lion. When Lars performs his primary function, people do use that word. But Lars’ primary function is to hurt, maim, dissect, vivisect and dehumanize! He is here to show all the fans that the world isn’t rainbows and sunshine, but pain and agony! So is this what Lars is going to teach Lucha House Party at Super Showdown? Lars laughs as fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” Does Kayla like nursery rhymes? Yes? Well here’s one. Three blind mice, watch how they run. Watch how they’re caught, and watch how they’re tails are ripped apart with his bare hands in a beautiful portrait painted in their bodily fluids!
Kayla is outright mortified, but Lars is gleefully amused. Is the horror movie come to life going to make brutalizing three human beings look like child’s play?
Andrade Almas w/ Zelina Vega VS Apollo Crews!
El Idolo has a Super Showdown with the Demon side of Finn Balor for that WWE Intercontinental Championship. But will he get more than just a warm-up against a superstar looking for an opportunity of his own?
SmackDown returns as Apollo makes an entrance, and Almas attacks him right away! Almas is anything but Tranquilo as he fires off hands and feet on Apollo, then hits La Sombra, the hammerlock DDT! Apollo rolls out, but here comes Finn! Finn runs and fights with Almas just days from their match! Finn double stomps Almas down then throws hands in the corner! Almas fights back but gets a Slingblade! Vega trips Finn up and Almas has his opening! Almas knees away on Finn, then gives Finn una La Sombra! El Idolo leaves the champion down, but that was just Finn the Man. Will Balor the Demon make Almas regret being so aggressive?
Goldberg finally comes to SmackDown!
The living legend has Laredo chanting his name as he makes his classic entrance from the back with security escort. He makes his way on stage and the ovation gets louder as he makes his way to the ring. Goldberg doesn’t want to get emotional again, but the fans still chant his name. He thanks Laredo for the welcome, and moves to business. “I’ve been waiting over 20 years to experience what it would be like, in this ring, one-on-one, with The Undertaker.” And now, Goldberg finally gets the match he’s always wanted. He heard Taker on Raw, and he made an interesting point. Taker said he did not want to share the ring with the “family man.” He wants the icon, the ass-kicker that went 173-0!
Well, Taker, Goldberg appreciates the advice. What that did made a light go off in his head. Because Taker’s right! Goldberg doesn’t want family man against Taker, because family man would lose. So Goldberg left that guy at home. Fans love to hear that! Friday night, as sure as hell as he stands here now, the Goldberg we’ve watching for 20 years, the one Taker’s been wondering how he stacks up against him, that ass-kicker Goldberg, is coming! Friday, Super Showdown, once and for all, we will all see who the better man is. Because Undertaker, you’re next to REST IN PEACE! But wait! Is he here?! The lights go down, and when they come back up, HE IS!! Taker is behind Goldberg!! Goldberg realizes that, turns around, and just laughs in his face.
Laredo is losing their minds for these two legends as they stare down. Goldberg does not back down, but neither does Taker. The lights go down again, and when they turn back on, Taker is gone. A classic move from the Phenom, but again Goldberg laughs it off. “So that’s it?” Friday it is, then. The big man better bring his jockstrap and tighten it up real tight, “because it’s gonna be a ride.” Goldberg heads out, headed straight for Jeddah! Will he come back to the states, an even stronger legend? Or will the ass-kicking machine be the one left for dead?
Well, another go-home just like last night, but this was considerably better. Of course, SmackDown almost always does that. Kofi Kingston gives us a great solo promo, if only Vince saw how great he was sooner. And it was also great to see Kofi’s trip home, this is why he’s such a great champion. Ziggler had a good part in this, but obviously Kofi wins the promos. The tag match was great, and naturally the New Day wins to keep Kofi strong. I’m pretty sure Kofi wins at Super Showdown, too, but this match is still going to be great. Then we go to Stomping Grounds, against who knows. Also, that new boot logo for Stomping Grounds is asinine but completely something Vince would do in this current WWE.
The WWE 24/7 Championship continues to be absolutely incredible. Shane continues to punish Truth by putting him in a Lumberjack match, and while it wasn’t much of a match, the creativity continues with Elias and Truth actually having a cover under the ring. Between things like that and hopefully more “on location” matches, this title really is a lot more fun than it looked to be. Sadly, it’s getting play than the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, but oh well. The women got better use tonight, but even then, the logic of Alexa Bliss doing something on both shows is confusing. Alexa is technically a Face with Nikki Cross but then technically a Heel against Bayley? The promos were good, the match was great, but why Alexa? Other than by default, since Carmella has Mandy & Sonya to worry about.
But even then, why throw in Alexa? If she and Nikki have a thing with the IIconics, is that just going to fall apart now? Or is Alexa going to be compelled to choose and then not choose Nikki? This is going to be messy and it’s Vince’s fault. The Wild Card Rule is still messy, too, with Roman Reigns showing up again just to get beat down, again. And it was almost obvious. It would’ve been a little better if Shane ran away, no McIntyre, and it makes a point of how Shane needs his bodyguard without using his bodyguard. For that matter, the main-event-by-default match could’ve and should’ve gone differently. Almas beating up Apollo to No Contest that match was fine, but did we really need Finn to get the same? Just let Almas stand tall on his own, and Finn can respond on social media.
Goldberg had a great promo! Loved his response to Taker from Raw, and I loved his response to Taker appearing in person. I just hope that for the great appearances on TV and the promos and how good this is on paper, we actually get something great in actuality.
My Score: 8.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (6/19/19)
Time for an Undisputed Celebration!
The Undisputed NXT Champion returns to Full Sail!
Adam Cole now reigns over all of NXT! But will his celebration alongside his pals go smoothly? Or will someone crash the party looking for their own shot?
- Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza; Priest wins.
- Taynara Conti VS Xia Li; Li wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle; The Undisputed Era wins.
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The Undisputed Era is back!
And not only are they sporting new gear, Adam Cole has THE NXT Championship around his waist! TakeOver: XXV was when he finally took over and defeated Johnny Wrestling decisively in one fall! The Undisputed Era form up in the ring, BAYBAY, and are in a great mood. Roderick Strong gets the mic for Cole and Full Sail is thunderous for their new champion. Cole says, “I told you so.” Cole said that 2019 would be the year the Undisputed Era is draped in gold. This is just the start of finally fulfilling that prophecy.
The Era does not start at the bottom and hope their work pays off. They start by attacking the top. They start by doing and taking whatever they want. And for anyone who stands in their way, they will regret it. Starting with THE title, the Era will remake NXT into an #UndisputedImage. Fans chant “Undisputed!” to echo that sentiment. As a matter of fact, Cole says the show should start like this: a highlight reel of JUST the Undisputed Era! Fans love that as much as the Era. The Era has a group hug. Kyle takes credit for throwing that together in one night. Cole says that is why they run NXT. They have all the power. It is #UndisputedPower.
So a message to the NXT North American and NXT Tag Team Champions: shine those belts up so they’re nice and pretty for Roddy, Bobby & Kyle. 2019 isn’t over and the Era will surely have all the gold, all the power and they won’t stop until they do. No one will be able to touch them. Not even Triple H himself! “The Undisputed Era will have every once of power that NXT has to offer.” But wait! Here comes NXT North American Champion, Velveteen Dream! Fans cheer for Dream as he responds to the Era. “Adam, no one can touch you? I’d like to touch you.” It’s adorable that the Era thinks they’re why NXT has risen to new heights. The NXT Experience growing is thanks to #DreamOver.
Cole does look good with the gold but Dream looks better. That top title would look amazing alongside the North American title. Seriously, Dream? Strong says when it comes to the title, what is that saying? It’s so clever but it escapes Strong. Oh yeah, “dream on.” In fact, Dream doesn’t deserve the title he has! Bro… Here comes Matt Riddle! And Riddle asks Strong how hard he got hit at TakeOver. Because let’s be honest: Riddle beat Strong, and he beat Cole, too, baybay. Cole tells Riddle that what he is, is someone who just runs his mouth. He knows, he knows. He’s amazingly good looking and a total stallion.
Fans chant “Bro! Bro!” for Riddle but Cole says he should shut up. What he is, is jealous! Because Cole is the Undisputed Triple Crown, and the others have been champions, all before Riddle! And Riddle is jealous because he’s constantly dropped the ball. So maybe Riddle can go back to writing online reviews for the Attitude Era. Because news flash: that era is over, and Riddle’s era will never come. Because everyone else is living in the Undisputed Era! But wait, here comes Tyler Breeze! Prince Pretty joins Riddle and Dream on stage to say his piece. “Now I was in the back listening to all this while I was talking to Mr. Regal.” Breeze doesn’t care what is Undisputed, or who is better looking, even though it’s him.
What Breeze does care about is the Era trying to take credit for a brand that Breeze helped build before they were even here! Fans chant “OG! WOOP WOOP!” Therefore, Regal is using Breeze’s suggestion tonight: Breeze, Dream & Riddle VS any three Undisputed Era members, in the main event! Dream isn’t so sure about that but Riddle is all up for this #GorgeousDreamBros alliance. Will the Era be able to hold their ground against three top contenders?
Damien Priest VS Raul Mendoza!
Punishment has transformed, and now NXT meets a dark and brooding monster of the night. Will Raul stay above the Mendoza Line? Or will Damien #LiveForever?
The bell rings and Damien smirks as he BOOTS Mendoza down! Damien throws big hands in the corner then whips Mendoza corner to corner. Mendoza staggers out into Damien’s big forearm shot! Damien looms over Mendoza, still smirking. Mendoza hits back but it barely makes Damien flinch. Damien ear claps then clobbers Mendoza down. Damien puts Mendoza in a corner but runs into a roundhouse! But he stays up! Mendoza rolls and fires back shots, then dodges to springboard enziguri! Mendoza whips but Damien reverses. Damien misses in the corner but ducks the springboard. Mendoza escapes the tilt-o-whirl and back kicks to enziguri!
Damien stays up but he grows angry. He puts Mendoza on the apron but Mendoza climbs up and walks the ropes to dropkick Damien out! Damien is angrier still, and catches Mendoza’s DIVE to choke slam him on the apron!! Damien takes aim with his long bow, for a discus boot! Then dragon sleeper to rolling cutter! Cover, Damien wins!
Winner: Damien Martinez, by pinfall
Priest hits his target and gets his first win in NXT! Is it only the beginning of his immortality?
NXT General Manager, William Regal, has an announcement.
“Ladies and gentlemen, at this moment, we have more talent in the Performance Center than ever before.” Therefore, Regal will give eight members of that large talent pool an opportunity in a single elimination tournament, known as the NXT Breakout Tournament. The winner will get to challenge for a title of their choosing!
The eight participants of this incredible opportunity are: Jordan Myles, fka ACH; Boa; Cameron Grimes, fka Trevor Lee; Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, fka Shane Strickland; Dexter Lumis, fka Sam Shaw; Bronson Reed, fka Jonah Rock; Angel Garza, fka Humberto Garza; and Joaquin Wilde, fka DJZ. Regal wishes the best of luck to all eight men, and we have our bracket! Lumis VS Reed, Swerve VS Grimes, Garza VS Wilde and Myles VS Boa! Who makes it all the way to the end to a golden breakout opportunity?
NXT takes a closer look at the HBIC.
The Head Baddie in Charge, Mia Yim, grew up in Southern California, during the ’90s when it was a street war between Black and Korean gangs. But as one of both heritages, she was rejected by both sides. She stood on her own two feet and fought to survive. From Shimmer to the Mae Young Classic, Mia gained a strong following. The fans compelled HHH to sign her, and she owes them so much. She’ll never let the fans down. Mia has already racked up a strong record in NXT, but she’s only just getting started. The rose that grew from concrete is not going to let Shayna Baszler bully the others again. The Blasian Baddie is ready to show “The B*tch of Spades” that she is both the hell and high water that’s coming for her.
Taynara Conti VS Xia Li!
With competition in all divisions gearing up, the Brazilian judoka and “spicy” Chinese martial artist are not going to be left behind. They have a score to settle with each other, so who rises to the challenge and takes a step up the ladder?
The bell rings and Taynara offers a handshake. Li shakes it and this is a respectful match-up. They tie up and go shoulder to shoulder in the knuckle lock. Taynara slips through to roll Li, TWO! Li gets Tanyara to a jackknife, TWO! Taynara rushes back in but Li standing switches with her. Taynara pries out to judo throw Li down. She rolls and pulls Li up but LI dodges the boot to roll Taynara! TWO, and the two go again. Taynara blocks, throws again but Li lands a bit better. Li swings furious kicks and that backs Taynara down. Li bows to Taynara, then dodges and runs to springboard and wheelbarrow to throw Taynara!
Taynara gets to a corner but Li is right on her. Li whips corner to corner but Taynara reverses. Li hops up and pushes Taynara back, to then dropkick her down! Taynara is dizzy but she still dodges Li. Taynara kicks the leg then throws Li down hard by her hair! Fans fire up as Taynara toys with Li. Taynara says “Latinas do it better!” before booting Li down. Cover, TWO! She tries again, TWO! Taynara loses her cool and kicks Li hard! Cover, TWO! Taynara grows frustrated but she keeps on Li with clubbing forearms. “I know what I’m doing!” Taynara whips Li to a corner and runs in for big double knees! Then she monkey flips Li and rolls to a cover, TWO! Taynara hammers away on Li then covers again, TWO! Taynara pulls on Li’s arms and digs her knees in. Li endures and fans rally up.
Taynara pulls harder, thrashing Li around. Fans rally up again and Li powers up. Li gets to a corner but Taynara pushes her into buckles. Taynara eggs Li on, but misses double knees! Li waits for Taynara to sweep her legs! Then Li dodges and boots her down! Li fires up and rallies with more kicks! Li whips but Tayanra reverses. But Li jumps up and over! Roundhouse misses but not the heel kick! Cover, Li wins!
Winner: Xia Li, by pinfall
The kick combo got the better of the Brazilian here! Xia Li stays spicy, but can she get a hot streak going towards the title?
It’s an NXT Tag Team Championship edition of #StreetTalk!
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins sport those tag team titles as they walk the Full Sail campus. The Street Profits are about to party, but first, they’ll be taking on the Forgotten Sons. The grind don’t stop! Ford loves it, right up until he drops his crown. Full Sail is there for the Street Profits championship parade. “This right here? This don’t happen without the fans!” Never stop doing what you do, Full Sail! Because if they never stop, the Profits will never stop! But will it all stop when they take on the savage Blake & Cutler?
Six Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Velveteen Dream, Tyler Breeze & Matt Riddle!
When it comes to NXT, all roads lead to titles! Strong, O’Reilly & Fish want at the North American and Tag Team Championships. As for the #GorgeousDreamBros, they’d each love to be competing for THE NXT Championship. Which trio makes the better case for their golden ambitions with a win here tonight?
The teams sort out, and to everyone’s surprise, Cole is in the match instead of Kyle. The belts are put aside and Riddle convinces his teammates that he’ll start against Cole. Fans are divided all over the place even before the bell. The bell rings and Riddle circles with Cole. Riddle gets Cole in a waistlock and slams him fast! Cole scrambles but gets thrown down again! Riddle drags Cole up, rolls him, and has the kneebar! Strong jumps in but backs off as Riddle lets Cole go to go after Strong! Cole kicks Riddle and puts him in the Undisputed corner for stomps! Tag to Fish and he throws forearms and body shots.
Tag to Strong and Strong CHOPS Riddle in an open corner. But Riddle gut wrenches and suplexes Strong! And again! Strong rolls but Riddle covers, ONE! Riddle has Strong in a facelock and Dream tags in. Dream drops ax handles on Strong! Dream swivels the hips but Strong whips him. Strong misses the clothesline and gets Dream’s dropkick! Dream baits Strong into a haymaker, then climbs up fast. But Dream jumps into a body shot! Tag to Fish and Fish throws knees into Dream’s stomach. Fish trash talks but Dream comes back with haymakers. Fish kicks and boots Dream but Dream elbows Fish. Dream jumps up to ax handle Fish down. Dream runs at the Undisputed corner but they all get clear.
Fish runs at Dream but Dream dodges to give him a bulldog! Dream keeps moving, LIONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fish’s face got the worst of all that, but Dream is on him with haymakers. Tag to Breeze and Breeze has a facelock. Fish powers Breeze to the Undisputed corner and Cole tags in. Cole throws haymakers on Breeze and knocks him down. “You don’t belong here, Tyler!” Cole runs into Breeze’s gorgeous dropkick! Breeze drags Cole up and tags in Riddle. Riddle kicks Cole hard, then fisherman suplexes him! Bridging cover, TWO! Riddle keeps on Cole with knees to the ribs, then spins him around for a waistlock. Cole fights out of the lift, but Riddle reels him in. Cole breaks out again but misses his Pele. Riddle waistlocks then wristlock ripcords to a Bro Trigger!
Strong runs in but Dream tosses him out. Fish runs in but gets Breeze’s SUPER MODEL KICK! Dream leaps out onto Strong with ax handles while Breeze pushes Fish out. Riddle goes side to side to give Cole forearm shots, then an exploder suplex! Riddle misses the Penalty Kick and the moonsault, but not the Bro-ton! But on the outside, Strong whips Dream into steps! Kyle distracts and that allows Fish to blast Riddle with an elbow! Cole tags Strong and Strong gives Riddle a backbreaker! Then a CHOP! Strong drags Riddle around to CHOP in the corner again, and give another backbreaker! Tag to Fish and Fish drags Riddle up for fast hands. Riddle hits back but Fish kicks the legs out. Fish kicks Riddle down then tags in Cole.
Cole drags Riddle up to a snapmare and drives his knee in over and over to the back. Cole wraps on a chinlock and cranks hard. Fans rally up for Riddle and Riddle fights back. Riddle fireman’s carries but Cole fights out, only to get a roundhouse! Riddle suplexes, but Cole counters with a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and Cole is furious. Cole drags Riddle over and Strong tags in. Strong stomps Riddle out then drags Riddle up. Strong gives Riddle a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Strong clubs away on Riddle all over, then tags in Fish. Fish slingshots for a senton! Cover but they’re too close to ropes. Fish drags Riddle up for a snap suplex then covers, TWO! Fish drags Riddle around into a body scissors. He grinds a forearm into Riddle’s face but fans rally up.
Riddle pries his way out and throws elbows, but Fish rakes the eyes. Fish stomps Riddle down then tags Cole. Cole gives Riddle stomps then taunts him. Cole hits Dream hard just because! Riddle CHOPS Cole and throws big hands from all sides! But Cole stomps the bare feet. Cole fakes Riddle out with the muel kick, but leaps into a Bro Trigger! Hot tags to Fish and Breeze! Breeze rallies on the Undisputed Era! Forearm, forearm and SUPER MODEL KICK! Fish mule kicks and runs but into an enziguri! Fish flounders and Breeze hits another forearm. Breeze reels Fish in but Fish counters to a fireman’s carry. But Breeze slips out to give Fish a Beauty Shot! Cover, but Strong drags Fish to safety! Or so they think, as Breeze builds speed. But Dream tags in!?
Dream and Breeze argue and they don’t see Strong tag in. Cole SUPERKICKS Riddle down! Breeze and Dream double SUPERKICK Cole! But Strong’s super knee hits Breeze into Dream! Then Strong drags Dream up for End of Heartache!! Cover, the Era wins!!
Winners: The Undisputed Era, Roderick Strong pinning
Strong not only takes this for his team, he gets a pin on the North American Champion! Is the takeover of NXT truly on its way for the Undisputed Era?
Another great episode here! The opening segment was so great, with the Undisputed Era giving their promos, then the back and forth of them and the Faces. It definitely seems like we’ll be getting a later match of Dream, Breeze and Riddle to determine Cole’s challenger at TakeOver: Toronto. The Six Man Tag tonight was incredible, especially with the swerve of Cole being in for Kyle, who really does need some rest after that TakeOver ladder match. Seeing the dysfunction in the Face team felt right this time, since Dream was teaming with former challengers of his own. Strong getting the cover also makes sense, he’s the guy for the midcard title while reDRagon will focus on the tag team titles.
The Street Profits VS Forgotten Sons next week will be really good, but given Jaxson Ryker costing the Era against Lorcan & Burch before, expect them to return the favor and cost the Sons. Tayanra VS Li was a great match, and I recall Taynara winning before, so Li winning here is to keep them even. However, it is clear Mia Yim is moving into contention next with that solid video package giving us more about herself. Next week’s Steel Cage match will be great, but now it feels like Shayna will still find a way to win and have Mia challenge her in Toronto. Damien Priest, formerly known as Punishment Martinez, had a good debut against Raul Mendoza. It was very reminiscent of his early days in ROH, so expect him to move up fast towards the North American title, assuming Dream retains.
Speaking of “formerly known as,” so many of those Breakout Tournament competitors had name changes. But either way, it’s great to see ACH, Trevor Lee, Shane Strickland, Garza and the others debuting via this tournament. For that matter, this tournament is a great idea and already makes for a great tradition. Just wondering where Shogun Brennan Williams is, though… At this point, I can’t say one way or another who wins, but I would think the winner goes right for THE NXT Championship. With eight participants, that’s seven matches, and with this tournament starting next week, they could do a match a week and still put the finals at TakeOver: Toronto. Pretty sure the schedule will be different from that, but either way, the winner will have a great moment Summerslam weekend to launch their NXT career.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/19/19)
Who wins themselves some #ToniTime?
Everyone wants at the NXT UK Women’s Champion!
But only one woman can have her! The entirety of the NXT UK Women’s locker room competes in a Battle Royal to determine Toni Storm’s next opponent!
- Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- The Hunt VS Gallus; Gallus wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal: Kay Lee Ray wins and will face Toni Storm for the title, at a time of her choosing.
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NXT UK may have a new ruling power.
Imperium and British Strong Style fought it out in an incredible Six Man Tag main event last week, but a new face would sway the balance. Alexander Wolfe, formerly of SAnitY, pledges allegiance to Imperium as he helps them down British Strong Style! Will this fearsome foursome take over all of NXT UK?
NXT UK is at the Download Festival!
The formation of the brand owes a lot Derby, England and this three-day-weekend musical event! However, Nigel McGuinness opts out, so the Drama King, Aiden English, joins Vic Joseph on commentary!
Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno!
The Lucky Yan goes solo while Amir Jordan is still out of action! But can he #StayLucky against the Knockout Artist and Wrestling Genius?
The bell rings and Ohno stays back in the corner a moment. He eventually comes out and ties up with Kenny. Ohno wrenches and drags Kenny to the mat, steps through and has the wristlock. Fans cheer for the technical prowess, but Kenny rolls and hooks a leg. But Ohno gets both of Kenny’s arms to pull back in the motorcycle stretch. Ohno steps through to hook the arm, but Kenny works his way to a facelock. Fans rally but Ohno wrenches the arm again. Kenny brings Ohno back in for a facelock, but Ohno powers out to again wrench the arm. Ohno spins through to throw Kenny down to the mat. He keeps on the arm at the elbow joint, but Kenny endures. Kenny gets up and hops up to headscissor! Ohno stays up, and gets to the ropes. The ref calls for the ropebreak and Kenny honors it.
Fans cheer as Ohno is allowed to come out of the corner. Ohno ties up with Kenny and gets that arm again! Kenny endures but drops to a knee. Ohno wrenches more but Kenny jumps up and out! Kenny hurdles Ohno and rolls him up but Ohno rolls through. Kenny gets to a corner, shaking out the bad arm. Ohno runs in but Kenny goes up and over to then roll and bait Ohno in. Ohno falls for it, and Kenny rolls to get the leg. Kenny has Ohno on one foot as he hops up to get the headlock. Ohno powers Kenny to ropes but Kenny uses them to go up and over! Kenny hurdles to a sunset flip, but Ohno stays up. Ohno yanks Kenny up and shoves him, to catch him upside-down in the ropes!
Ohno laces the legs for a pseudo Tree of Woe, and he stomps Kenny into the apron! The ref counts and Ohno lets up to untie Kenny. Ohno yanks Kenny into the ropes by his feet! Kenny flounders to a corner but Ohno is on him again. Ohno throws a SLAP of a haymaker! Kenny is rocked but Ohno clubs away. Ohno puts Kenny in a corner for a CHOP! Kenny is sent reeling and Ohno kicks Kenny down. Fans want “One More Time!” and Ohno grins as he snapmares to a cover. TWO, but Ohno is on Kenny with a chinlock. Ohno shifts to an arm surfboard, but fans taunt, “Please don’t eat him!” Ohno gets annoyed, and he hauls Kenny up to a fireman’s carry for a rolling senton! Fans cheer while Kenny writhes and flounders.
Ohno stomps Kenny to a corner but Kenny pushes and chops back. Ohno shoves Kenny then snapmares him, for a big back senton, onto knees! Kenny gets Ohno there, but it really only angers Ohno. Ohno gets up but walks into Kenny’s uppercut! And CHOP! Kenny keeps chopping from both sides! Ohno whips to CHOP Kenny back, then brushes himself off. Ohno keeps Kenny against the ropes, takes off the arm band, then runs. Kenny catches Ohno in a wheelbarrow, but Ohno blocks and pops him up for a back suplex. Kenny lands on his feet! He waistlocks and rolls Ohno back, TWO! Pendulum Penalty Kick! Ohno rolls out of the ring but fans rally up. Kenny builds speed to wreck him with a dropkick! Kenny skins the cat to DIVE! And down goes Ohno!
Fans cheer on “NXT!” as Kenny gets Ohno in. Kenny climbs up as Ohno stands. Kenny leaps for a flying back elbow! Cover, TWO! Kenny can’t believe it, but he fires himself up as he goes to Ohno. He fires off headbutts and clubbing forearms, but his springboard is tripped up! Dream Crusher elbow! Ohno drags the floppy Kenny to a cover, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by pinfall
The Wrestling Genius takes care of Kenny’s miscalculations and gets another victory! Will Ohno prove he is the best at UK wrestling despite being American?
Imperium is here!
Ohno makes sure not to be in the way of Walter, Wolfe, Aichner and Barthel as the four walk out on stage. The four of them head to the ring, but for what? We find out after the break.
NXT UK returns with all four men in the ring, and fans chanting “Walter~! Walter~!” But the one to speak first is Marcel Barthel, which gets a lot of boos and “What?!” chants. Barthel waits until they’re over. “Apparently, you people think we are here to entertain you.” But Barthel assures them, they’re not. Imperium stands on the mat that is sacred, to restore honor to this sport. Aichner takes the mic to speak next, but fans chant “We Want Wrestling!” Aichner says that as we saw last week, “our numbers have increased. Our unit is now complete.” Fans troll Aichner with “Who Are Ya?” Aichner says fans will respect Imperium’s values. NXT UK will obey. Fans now chant, “We Want Peter!” and “Bruiserweight!” in reference to Pete Dunne.
But Wolfe speaks third, saying, “When I saw the opportunity to join Imperium, I had no doubt at all. It felt right to join Imperium. It felt right because this unit treats professional wrestling with respect.” Wolfe says that this brand, NXT UK, is not a playground. And Imperium WILL protect the legacy of this sport. Walter takes the mic now and speaks. “Talking about kids on the playground, Travis Banks. You may ahve a WWE United Kingdom Championship opportunty, but things will be done the way we want them to be done!” Therefore, Johnny Saint made the match for next week! But look at the group of men in the ring with Walter! They put Pete Dunne away, so Travis may be a brave young man, but he is a fool if he thinks he stands a chance! “We are Imperium! And this mat is SACRED!”
But here comes the Kiwi Buzzsaw to respond! Travis Banks is on stage with a mic of his own, to tell Imperium that if they want to do this next week, he has no problem. He has worked years for such an opportunity! Walter faces the Buzzsaw, and Banks promises Walter will need to bring everything he’s got! Will Banks tear down Imperium already? Or is not even years of hard work enough to overcome an Austrian Anomaly?
NXT UK Media catches up with Noam Dar.
The Scottish Supernova finishes up a call with his mum as reporters asked about his recent behavior, such as tricking Mark Andrews into thinking their rematch was a friendly one. What does he say to those claiming he’s “taking a dive?” Dar is offended! He just came back from a career-threatening injury! He should be getting a medal for this! Dar then says hey to his pal, Kenny Williams. Well things aren’t going his way, so Dar will give him some advice. It’s about time Kenny… How to put it? Dar illustrates it by holding up his arm. This is a wing, and there’s plenty of room for Kenny to be under it. Kenny tells Dar that this wing is gonna the way his knee did acting like this.
Dar tells Kenny to calm down. He’s just trying to help a friend. Maybe Kenny can become the perfect support act, and then his luck will turn around. Just think about it. Talk soon, bye bye. Kenny lets his “friend” head off in the wind, but will this attitude problem blow over between them?
The Hunt VS Gallus!
Just as Wild Boar and Primate returned victoriously to NXT UK, Wolfgang and Mark Coffey made it clear the Tag Team Division would be their kingdom! But now, Gallus will have to face these wild animals fair and square in the squared circle! Will Mark and Wolfgang survive The Hunt?
The teams sort out, and Primate starts against Mark Coffey. The bell rings and the brawl is on! Mark and Primate don’t back down so Wolfgang and Wild Boar rush in! Brawls all over the ring, the referee isn’t sure what to do! He tries to get them to sort out, but Gallus gets thrown out! The Hunt fires up and DOUBLE DIVE! The brawling just continues against the barriers! Primate clobbers Wolfgang then goes after Mark. Primate puts Mark in the ring but Mark comes back with forearms. Mark and Primate continue to brawl, but Primate powers Mark to the corner. Boar tags in and he stalks Mark to drop a back senton! Boar drops another, and fans cheer his wild style.
Wild Boar drags Mark up for big haymakers but Mark gets to ropes. The ref tries to get Boar back but Mark gives Boar a sucker punch! Mark boots Boar then full nelsons to a slam! Tag to Wolfgang who hits Primate before giving Boar a flying splash! Wolfgang keeps on Boar with furious hands while Primate protests. The ref keeps Primate back and Wolfgang wrenches Boar’s neck. Wild Boar endures and fans rally up. Wild Boar works his way up but Wolfgang shoves him to the Gallus corner. Tag to Mark and Wolfgang whips Boar back in. Mark throws body shots and kicks, then clubs Boar down. Cover, TWO! Mark stomps Boar and drops knees. Fans rally up for “Boar! Boar!” but Wolfgang tags in.
Gallus mugs Boar and Wolfgang wraps Boar in a half nelson. Boar endures while fans duel, “Let’s Go, Gallus!” “Gallus Sucks!” Wolfgang thrashes Boar around in a grounded full nelson! Boar still endures, and works his way back up and powers Wolfgang to the corner. But Mark tags in and boots Wolfgang down! Mark drops knees then wraps on a chinlock and half nelson. Mark almost has a cobra clutch but fans rally up. Boar fights but Mark knees him back down. Tag to Wolfgang and Gallus mugs Boar more. Wolfgang puts on another full nelson, then throws Boar hard into the corner. Tag back to Mark and the mugging continues. Tag to Wolfgang, and Mark feeds Boar to his scoop. But Boar slips out to shove Wolfgang into Mark! Hot tag to Primate!
Primate rallies on Gallus as fans cheer! He stalks Wolfgang to a corner to fire off hammering fists! Primate whips corner to corner for a BIG clothesline, to an exploder! Primate fires up with the fans, but he has to hit Mark down first. Wolfgang hits Primate then whips, but Primate reverses to back drop! Primate wants Wolfgang to stand, and fans bark, but Wolfgang tosses Primate out! Mark tackles Boar into steel steps! Gallus gets Primate in and Mark tags. Mark feeds Primate to Wolfgang’s scoop, enziguri powerslam! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, Mark Coffey pinning
The Hunt is downed by the divide and conquer strategy! Gallus rolls on, but will they truly make the NXT UK Tag Team Division their kingdom?
Joe Coffey comes out to celebrate with his team, but then sees Wild Boar getting up. Gallus goes after Boar, 3v1! Fans boo as Mark and Wolfgang hold Boar up for All the Best for the Bells! Primate revives but the Coffey Brothers punch and stomp him down. But here comes Bomber Dave Mastiff! Mastiff owes Gallus for costing him a title shot! But Gallus runs away! When and where will Gallus have to answer to the big bad Bomber from Black Country?
Backstage interview with Moustache Mountain.
It is official! After hearing out the fans, GM Johnny Saint grants Trent Seven and Tyler Bate a rematch with Grizzled Young Veterans for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships! Seven and Bate are happy that this is finally happened. It was back in January that they had that first match. But to be fair, Moustache Mountain has been busy. Where is their focus going into this match? “If you want to be the absolute pinnacle and the absolute peak of your industry, then there’s gonna be certain distractions.” Their plate was full, with Gallus and now Imperium. But the tag titles are now their focus. They will prove to the NXT UK Universe and the world that Moustache Mountain is the best. Will it be Seven & Bate who are soon to be recognized as the best team on NXT UK?
NXT UK Women’s Championship #1 Contender’s Battle Royal!
The Lightning from Down Under is still THE NXT UK Women’s Champion, but after dealing with Nina Samuels, there’s plenty of #ToniTime to go around. Nina still has a shot in this battle royal, but so does Xia Brookside, Candy Floss, Killer Kelly, Isla Dawn, Rhea Ripley, Piper Niven, Kay Lee Ray, Jinny and The Alpha Female, Jazzy Gabert. With such fierce competition in the ring, who is the last woman left to go after Toni Storm’s “Shiny Shiny?”
NXT UK returns as KLR makes her entrance, followed by Piper Niven. Piper eyes Jazzy as she’s already in the center of the ring. But then Piper’s attention turns to the instigator, the Mosh Pit Kid, Rhea Ripley, as she makes her entrance. Rhea and Piper have wanted at each other in the ring, this might be their opportunity to do just that. With all the participants in the ring, the bell rings and the fight is on!
Jinny goes at Isla while Jazzy seems completely untouched. Perhaps no one wants to challenge the Alpha Female’s power just yet. But then Candy Floss and a pair of newcomers from the NXT UK tryouts gang up on her. They’re not enough and Jazzy fights her way out! She mule kicks Rhio McDonnell and back elbows Winona Makanji then lariats Candy down. Jazzy throws and ELIMINATES Rhio! Winona tries again, but then immediately regrets it. Jazzy grabs her with one hand but Winona fights out. Jazzy tries the other hand but again Winona fights out. So Jazzy grabs Winona with both hands to knee her low and throw her out. Winona holds on but gets a CHOP! Jazzy ELIMINATES Winona!
Jazzy turns her attention to Candy Floss for furious strikes! KLR CHOPS Xia while Isla fights off both Nina Samuels and Jinny. Jazzy lifts Candy in the Canadian rack, for a Dominator Slam! And a hard one. Jinny sees this, and takes Candy for herself, to ELIMINATE Candy! The Spoiled Princess gets on the board but with help from Jazzy. Xia headscissors KLR out but through the middle rope! KLR is still in the match. Jinny goes after Xia while Jazzy knocks down Killer Kelly. Rhea goes after Isla while Nina goes after Piper. Jazzy and Jinny regroup and Jazzy clobbers Xia. Jazzy drags Xia up for another, but Xia dodges! Jinny is on Xia but gets a boot while Piper lifts Jazzy! Piper puts Jazzy on the apron, and headbutts her! Xia sweeps the legs and ELIMINATES Jazzy!! The Alpha Female is furious and the Fierce Fashionista is shocked!
Jinny has no choice but to be alone in this. And everyone else knows it. Xia, Piper and Isla give Jinny forearms and kicks, then Piper throws Jinny hard into buckles! Piper splashes Jinny, then feeds her to a double trophy lift from Xia and Isla! Together, they throw Jinny out! Jazzy saves her boss by carrying her to the other side. Referees tell Jazzy to leave, and she finally does. But Jinny runs at Xia to be put on the apron! Xia forearms and ELIMINATES Jinny! Including KLR, who is still down and out on the outside, Xia is among the final seven in this match! Xia goes after Killer Kelly to help out Piper while Nina has Isla in the corner. Rhea is down but crawling to clear space in the ring.
Rhea and Nina work together on Isla, but Piper runs in to pull Nina off. Piper CHOPS Nina while Kelly clubs Xia. Isla elbows Rhea away and Nina hits Piper back. Nina hoists Piper up but Piper gets to the apron. Piper headbutts Nina down, then gets back in with an elbow drop! Nina gasps for air while Kelly brawls with Rhea. Rhea shoves Kelly to then flapjack her on ropes and throw her over! Rhea ELIMINATES Killer Kelly! Meanwhile, Isla and Xia fight with each other, because there are no friends in battle royals. But then the friends realize they have a greater enemy in Rhea! They go after her with forearms and stomps while Nina survives Piper’s shoves. Rhea fights her way out but Isla and Xia are right back on her. Piper and Rhea end up back to back as they fight off Nina, Xia and Isla.
Rhea scoops Xia to ram her into a Tree of Woe! She stomps away but Isla saves Xia. But Rhea hits back, then throws and ELIMINATES Isla Dawn! Piper and Rhea spot each other, but Nina keeps on Piper. Piper throws and ELIMINATES Nina! Now Rhea and Piper can finally go toe to toe! Rhea SLAPS Piper but Piper SLAPS back! Rhea hits again, but so does Piper. The brawl picks up speed but Piper headbutts Rhea down! Piper runs corner to corner, CANNONBALL! She drags Rhea around, then climbs up, but Rhea anchors Piper’s feet! Rhea clubs Piper and shoves her to the apron. Rhea boots but misses! Piper drags Rhea out to join her and they brawl some more! Xia sees this, lines it up, and dropkicks them both! She ELIMINATES Piper AND Rhea! But everyone forgot about KLR!!
KLR gets in, and Xia notices the fans’ change in reactions! Xia turns around, and gets clobbered by KLR! Fans boo but KLR gives Xia a lift and a toss! KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT UK Women’s Championship
They all forgot her again, but now they’ll all have to acknowledge KLR as the next challenger. Will KLR immortalize herself as the woman to dethrone Toni Storm?
A really good NXT UK right here! Ohno VS Kenny was a great opening match, Kenny did a lot better than I thought he would. But Ohno wins because one, his own story needs to continue, and two, it pushes Kenny’s story with Dar. Dar VS Kenny is going to be a really good match, too, and perhaps a great rivalry since both can be in the NXT UK and Cruiserweight Divisions. Ohno was also clever in reacting that way to Imperium. Imperium had a decent set of promos, and the fans were pretty rowdy in a good way during it. Travis Banks also has a decent promo, and it’s great to hear that we’re already getting the WWE UK Championship match. This is more of a reason to say Banks is just fodder until a bigger challenger shows up for Cardiff.
The Hunt VS Gallus was solid, but it was great to see Mastiff come to the rescue. I expect a Six Man Tag of Mastiff & The Hunt VS Gallus to happen soon. This also saves Mastiff for Cardiff, he’d be a great challenger for Walter, even if he doesn’t win. We already knew from Grizzled Young Veterans that the Download Festival would have the NXT UK Tag Team Championships on the line, but now we know for sure it’s with Moustache Mountain and not jobbers. This could mean title changes, which would be interesting since there’s still a lot of time before Cardiff. Perhaps that means Cardiff will have Moustache Mountain VS GYV VS Imperium’s Aichner & Barthel in a big Triple Threat. That kind of match could go any which way by my math.
That Women’s Battle Royal, while historic for NXT UK, was booked about any other battle royal tends to get booked. If it wasn’t already obvious KLR was going to be Toni’s next challenger after all the promos, being tossed out through the second rope and completely forgotten by the other competitors was another big indicator. It was great for Xia to eliminate Jazzy, Jinny, and both Rhea and Piper after those two had their own moments, and therefore giving Xia the most eliminations of the match, it was all just to get some Heel heat on KLR when she’s actually a well-liked superstar. I can’t be sure if KLR or Toni is the one to choose the time and place, but it has to be before Cardiff, right? KLR VS Xia could fit in for a fun match that could get KLR even more heat leading into that.
My Score: 8.3/10
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