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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (6/29/19)

What goes down during Best in the World Weekend?

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ROH Wrestling Television, Episode 406

Yes, Best in the World just wrapped, but the action doesn’t end there! What happens as the best in ROH continue to fight for gold and glory?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Jay Briscoe VS PCO; PCO wins, by disqualification.
  • Coast2Coast VS ???; Bully Ray & Shane Taylor win.
  • Jeff Cobb VS Mark Haskins; Cobb wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

Colt Cabana returns to ROH commentary!

Despite what The Briscoes did to the NWA National Heavyweight Champion during his defense against Mark Briscoe, Boom Boom Cabana is back! He won’t let #DemBoyz intimidate him into backing out of Best in the World Weekend. But speaking of The Briscoes…

Jay Briscoe VS PCO!

#DemBoyz couldn’t get it done at Best in the World, but they roll on towards another showdown with the Guerrillas of Destiny.

No Code of Honor, but that’s expected from the Briscoes. The bell rings and fans are fired up for the Canadian Frankenstein’s Monster. PCO and Jay tie up, and PCO powers Jay to a corner. Jay comes back and they tie up. Jay gets a headlock but PCO powers out. PCO and Jay collide but neither backs down! Jay throws an uppercut but PCO gives back a forearm, and repeat! PCO CHOPS then runs, but Jay follows to boot him down! But PCO gets right up! Jay stomps PCO in a corner then whips him corner to corner. Jay runs in and hits a big clothesline! Then he goes side to side, but PCO runs him over! Fans cheer for PCO again as he drags Jay up. PCO chokes Jay on the ropes, then runs, only for Jay to dump him out hard!

But PCO is up again and drags Jay out! PCO CHOPS away then forearms Jay onto the apron. PCO gives Jay kick after kick then bumps him off the apron. Fans cheer as PCO runs, only for Jay to back drop him on the apron! The referee checks on PCO but Jay is on PCO with stomps, and we go to break.

ROH returns and PCO fights back against Jay. Jay kicks then runs, then kicks PCO’s back drop away. Jay runs again to sunset flip, but PCO rolls through to scoop Jay into Alabama position. Censors bleep Jay as PCO gives him the Air Raid Crash! Cover, TWO! PCO keeps his cool as he drags Jay up in a gut wrench and powerbomb! He rolls Jay for a stiff running knee! And another! Then a clubbing forearm! PCO drags Jay around into a drop zone. Fans fire up as PCO climbs up! PCO leaps for the swanton! Cover, TWO! Jay still lives and gets to a corner. PCO stands but gets a boot. He still stands, so Jay runs to boot again. PCO still stays up, so Jay tries another, but gets caught to a dragon screw!

Jay curses more, PCO runs and clotheslines Jay and himself out! PCO gets up and back in the ring, to build speed! Jay stands for PCO to DIVE onto! The cannonball takes Jay down again! Fans chant for PCO as the ref checks on both men. Jay crawls away but PCO does rise. PCO runs at Jay, but Jay flapjacks him onto railing! Jay grabs a chair! The ref reprimands Jay but Jay doesn’t care about referees these days. Jay sits the chair down to boot PCO then club him down. He puts PCO in the chair then backs up. Jay runs to crossbody PCO down! Fans fire up as Jay drags PCO up and in. Jay picks up the chair and brings it into the ring! The ref again warns Jay, but Jay talks back.

Jay grabs PCO but PCO hits back with uppercuts! Jay throws a haymaker, PCO CHOPS! They go back and forth, but Jay gets an edge. Jay runs but into a pop-up powerbomb! PCO gives a shout out to the Prizefighter with that on. PCO drags Jay back up for the side slam! He goes back to the corner and climbs again, but Jay has the chair! Jay SMACKS PCO down!

Winner: PCO, by disqualification

It seems neither Briscoe cares about winning, only hurting! Jay grins as he holds the chair up high. Jay is joined by Mark, who goes looking for items. Mark brings out a table! The Briscoes stomp PCO while setting up the table. They put PCO on the table, and Mark climbs for a Froggy Bow through the table!! But PCO rises! He’s not human! He even eggs the Briscoes on! So the Briscoes kick and punch, then run, only to get run over by clotheslines! Security rushes the ring to break this up, and ROH throws it to the back!

 

ROH hears from Mark Haskins.

Mr. Overkill tells Jeff Cobb that he’s wanted this match for a long time. He’s got nothing but mad respect, and knows they can both bring out the very best in each other. However, Haskins knows things haven’t been going his way for a bit, a win against a former ROH World TV Champion might just be what he needs. Haskins’ family needs this, and he needs this. So this isn’t personal, Haskins is just coming to take what he needs.

Jeff Cobb responds.

“You see, the interesting aspect about working with ROH is getting a chance to compete with wrestlers I haven’t gotten a chance to suplex yet.” Cobb and Haskins go 1v1 for the first time ever. People see this match on paper, and they think what they will, but Haskins is a submission expert. But he’s going against a Hawaiian Juggernaut. Cobb might throw Haskins so far that Haskins lands back in England.

 

Josh Woods is confronted by Brian Johnson.

Brian mocks The Goods for wrapping up his hands. There’s not enough tape in the world to fix what happened to the Top Prospect Tournament after what Woods did. But The Number One vows to bring honor and prestige back to the tournament this year as the number one seed. Brian vows not to be a failure like Woods was. That gets Woods to stare him down, and that scares Brian. “Easy, big boy. Easy.” Brian smartly backs away, but will he pay for mocking The Goods?

 

Coast2Coast VS ???

Shaheem Ali and Leon St. Giovanni are still building back up in the ROH Tag Division, but “do you know who I am?” Bully Ray comes out and tells the ring announcer to get out because he’ll introduce himself. Bully bullies the announcer, then looks at the ring. “This is what I came out here for? This is what I traveled 3000 miles for?” Bully had to come all the way to the West Coast for this?

But he does have a partner. There is a pot of gold at the end of this rainbow. And C2C should be worried, because this is an upgrade than what Bully is used to. It is SHANE TAYLOR! The ROH World Television Champion joins Bully because the money’s good. Will the Notorious Hitman help Bully get an easy win and fat paycheck? Or will Ali and LSG show them what a true tag team can do?

There is no Code of Honor upheld but that’s also expected from Bully. Taylor starts with Ali but Bully wants the ref to reprimand the fans. The ref refuses so Bully does it himself by grabbing a chair! Then the trash can! Bully doesn’t throw anything but he does dare the fan in question to look him face to face. It’s a little boy! Bully tells the kid off then goes back to the ring. Ali keeps laser focus as he and Taylor tie up. Ali headlocks but Taylor fights out. They collide and Taylor just laughs at Ali. Ali SLAPS Taylor, and Taylor says that was a mistake. But Ali SLAPS him again because it’s on purpose. Ali ducks Taylor’s punch and fires off forearms and chops and an elbow!

Ali runs but Taylor catches his crossbody! Taylor shakes his head before he pops Ali up. Ali slips out and waistlocks. They go to ropes and LSG tags in before Taylor bucks Ali off. Ali headbutts Taylor, then LSG somersaults in. Ali forearms Taylor in the corner then LSG rams his shoulder in! LSG holds Taylor in place as Ali swing kicks Taylor down! LSG covers, ONE! LSG clubs away on Taylor as we go to break.

ROH returns and Ali throws forearms. Taylor blocks then reverses the whip, sending Ali into the corner. Bully calls Ali a “Stupid son of a-” but Ali’s elbow interrupts. Ali boots Taylor away but Bully trips Ali up! And pulls him backward into the post! Bully mocks the fans while Ali writhes in pain. Taylor taunts Ali and sits him up for a HEAVY right! LSG tries to coach Ali up as fans rally. Ali still slaps Taylor! Ali starts throwing body shots then forearms, but Taylor headbutts him down! Bully likes that as Taylor toys with Ali. LSG and the fans still rally up for Ali but Taylor clubs Ali with crossface forearms.

Tag to Bully and Bully kicks Ali down. Bully knows everyone feels bad for Ali, but he’s still going to hit him with jabs. Ali wobbles with each hit, but then Bully revs it up… SUPERKICK from Ali! Bully doubles over while fans fire up for Ali. Bully brings Ali up but Ali switches to a waistlock. But Bully slips out to powerbomb lift, Bully Bomb! Bully runs to FLOP! Ali crawls for his corner, hot tags to Taylor and LSG! LSG fires off on Taylor then hits Bully for good measure. LSG elbows Taylor but Taylor reels him in for a back suplex, but LSG lands on his feet! They collide with clotheslines but stay up. LSG keeps moving to clothesline again, but Taylor still stays up. LSG tries again and gets Taylor in a corner! Taylor puts LSG on the apron but gets the enziguri! LSG climbs and leaps, blockbuster!

LSG keeps going, top rope again, another crossbody! Cover, TWO! LSG drags Taylor up and tags Ali. C2C work together, but they see Bully coming! They get clear and let Taylor get run over! C2C SUPERKICK Bully out! Taylor is down and C2C go to opposite corners. Top rope, frog splash and frog splash! Cover, TWO!! Taylor survives but LSG sees Bully. LSG slingshots to take Bully out! Then both C2C hit Taylor with corner back elbows! Now they go for their namesake, but Bully trips LSG! Ali hits Bully down but runs into Greetings from the 216! Cover, Taylor and Bully win!

Winners: Shane Taylor and Bully Ray, Taylor pinning

The Hitman was the key for Bully, but Bully still had to help out. Bully says “That’s what you get!” but are these two going to prove a formidable tag team?

 

ROH looks back to War of the Worlds Tour, 5/11/19.

It was Tracy Williams VS Eli Isom. LifeBlood’s Hot Sauce got the Future of Honor up for a crunching piledriver and won the match, and has a shot lined up at THE ROH World Championship! That match comes to us next week, Episode 407! Can Hot Sauce succeed where others have failed? Or will The Kingdom still hold gold because oooooof Matt Taven?

 

Jeff Cobb VS Mark Haskins!

Best in the World was not a good night for either man. The Hawaiian Juggernaut couldn’t overcome The Kingdom’s king while LifeBlood could not defeat Villain Enterprises. But just because these incredible international wrestlers aren’t holding gold now doesn’t mean they never will! Who uses this win as the first step back on track?

Fans duel as the two uphold the Code of Honor. The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up and Haskins wristlocks but Cobb waistlock slams. Cobb facelocks, gator rolls, and turns Haskins over for a cover. Haskins pops out before a count but Cobb stays on him. Haskins powers Cobb away and the fans cheer as the two stand off. Cobb and Haskins circle again, and tie up. Haskins waistlocks but Cobb just smirks as Haskins can’t lift him. So Haskins shifts to a takedown and has the leg! Heel hook! Cobb scrambles to get the ropebreak! Haskins backs off and Cobb nods, because this is exactly what Cobb expected. Cobb walks it off and ties up with Haskins.

Fans rally both ways as Haskins gets around and spins Cobb to a cravat. Cobb powers up and carries Haskins, but Haskins holds on. Cobb pops out the back and waistlocks again, but Haskins scrambles up to hammerlock then half nelson to the headlock. Haskins manages to wrangle Cobb down but Cobb turns it to his own cover, ONE! Haskins holds on and tries again, but Cobb headscissors, but Haskins pops out fast. Fans cheer as the two stand off again. This technical exchange continues but we go to break.

ROH returns again as Cobb CHOPS Haskins! Haskins grits his teeth so Cobb CHOPS him more! Haskins blocks the next one to CHOP back on Cobb! He backs Cobb up but Cobb ducks to then scoop and slam! Fans fire up as Cobb goes to moonsault, but Haskins rolls him! Cobb rolls through but Haskins Penalty Kicks! And then one on the run! Haskins runs again, but into a pop-up, only to get the arm! Haskins wants the triangle but Cobb powers up for a snake eyes! Cobb clutches his arm while Haskins slumps to the mat. Cobb covers, ropebreak! Haskins keeps his wits about him while Cobb keeps his cool. Cobb grabs Haskins but Haskins clutches to ropes, so Cobb headbutts Haskins into letting go.

Cobb then drags Haskins up for more headbutts, and stalks him as he crawls. Haskins throws body shots back but Cobb clubs him down. Cobb works to get feeling in that right arm, then goes back to bring Haskins up. He wraps Haskins up in a bearhug while fans rally up. Haskins endures and fights with forearms. Haskins gets free and goes back to ropes. Cobb hobbles over to drag Haskins up, but Haskins again holds ropes. Cobb clubs Haskins but Haskins still holds strong. Haskins even hooks a leg around the rope, so Cobb clubs and kicks away more. Cobb throws big shots but the ref backs him off. Cobb calms down, but Haskins jumps as Cobb runs in! Haskins fakes Cobb out to then DIVE from the other side!

Fans fire up with Haskins as he puts Cobb back in. Cobb staggers up but into a mule kick to the knee! Cobb ends up on the ropes, Haskins goes out to kick him back in! Haskins climbs up, double stomps! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and Haskins can’t believe it! Fans rally as Cobb sits up. Haskins is on Cobb’s arm, but Cobb whips him away. Haskins goes up and over then comes back with a calf kick! Cobb staggers and Haskins pump handles, but Cobb breaks free. Haskins ducks the elbow but not the forearm! Gut wrench to spinning PILEDRIVER! Both men are down but Cobb crawls to a cover, TWO!! Haskins lives and we go to one last break!

ROH returns once more and fans want “One More Time!” as Cobb and Haskins have a knuckle lock. Cobb drags Haskins up but Haskins hits back! Haskins has the arm but Cobb rolls, only for Haskins to step through and STOMP the arm! Haskins runs to kick it out! He goes for another kick, but Cobb blocks it! Cobb clotheslines but gets caught into the armbar! Cobb gets the ropebreak quick and Haskins lets go just as quick. Haskins goes to the apron as Cobb bails out. Haskins Penalty Kicks the bad arm! Then runs to Penalty Kick again! He wants the hat trick but gets tripped up into the Athletic Plex! Both men hit the floor but the fans are thunderous!

A ring count begins and climbs to 5 of 20. It continues to 10 of 20 before either man stands. Cobb and Haskins stir at 13, but Cobb doesn’t sit up until about 15. Haskins revives at 18, and both men are in at 19.5! Fans cheer the close call and that this match continues. Haskins and Cobb glare at each other. They crawl and grind forehead to forehead before throwing forearm after forearm! Cobb rises first but Haskins is next with elbows and knees! Haskins uppercuts but Cobb spins him around for a forearm to the back! Cobb drags Haskins up to shove, but Haskins boots back! Haskins fakes Cobb out for a swift jab! Haskins runs but Cobb gets him in a snap German Suplex!

Cobb whips Haskins, but gets a knee! Haskins runs again but into a flapjack, and standing moonsault! Fans are thunderous again as both men are down! “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Cobb drags himself up in a corner while Haskins writhes and crawls. Cobb stalks Haskins, waistlocks, but Haskins covers up. So Cobb clubs and knees him, then drags him up in a sleeper. Wristlock ripcord, scoop, but Haskins slips through to a roll up! And then a step through, but Cobb powers him off. Haskins jackknifes to a fireman’s carry! Shoulder Soldier Roll!! Cover, TWO!! And Haskins is shocked!!

Haskins throws off the elbow pads and heads to the top rope. Cobb intercepts with a forearm, then climbs up to join him. Haskins fights Cobb back, but Cobb headbutts him, then dropkicks him! Haskins teeters but Cobb climbs again. Cobb grabs Haskins but Haskins slips around to a sleeper hold! Then he wrenches the arm to a kimura. Cobb resists and fights back, so Haskins forearms and headbutts Cobb down! Haskins has to reset and climb back up, but Cobb jumps to meet him. Haskins enziguris Cobb down! Up top, double stomps miss! Haskins runs, but into a TOUR OF THE ISLANDS! Cover, Cobb wins!!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall

This was nothing short of incredible! And best of all, he and Haskins uphold the Code of Honor with another handshake! With a big win like this, will Cobb make his way back to that world title? Who will even have it after Taven takes on Hot Sauce?

 


 

My Thoughts:

Another PPV weekend, another weird disconnect in continuity for ROH. This was obviously recorded before Best in the World, but even at the earliest, aired after the event. I do give them credit for selling this as “after” the PPV via commentary and also Mark Haskins’ promo. They were already talking like Best in the World happened, which it technically did, but they couldn’t say what happened because it actually hadn’t. Commentary was already plugging the next event, which is Manhattan Mayhem via Honor Club, but they didn’t/couldn’t say what happened between The Briscoes and their BITW opponents. This is a step in the right direction, but it still needs some tweaks to be a smoother transitional episode.

Jay Briscoe VS PCO was really good, even with Jay throwing the match away. But with PCO running him and Mark off, this shows that while at Manhattan Mayhem is Guerrillas of Destiny VS Briscoes, the next story for Jay and Mark in ROH might actually be them going after the NWA World Tag Team Championships and Villain Enterprises. That sounds like a really good story given how these teams did fight over the ROH World Tag titles once, without really settling anything since GoD took those from them both at G1 Supercard. Potentially we could get titles for titles again, ROH for NWA, but I don’t think GoD loses at a lesser event as Manhattan Mayhem, even if it will be No Disqualifications.

That was a decent tag match for Coast2Coast and Bully-Taylor. Though it looked like Taylor did 90% of the work for his team. Is Bully dealing with injury or is he just not in wrestling shape right now? I really hoped he was helping the Soldiers of Savagery with their in-ring debut, but maybe another time. Good to hear we’re getting a proper Top Prospect Tournament after Jeff Cobb literally took it down all by himself. And given the backstage promo with Brian Johnson and Josh Woods, maybe Johnson wins but has a match with Woods before going for the TV title. That gives Taylor’s story plenty of time to build, since he wants to be the best ROH TV Champion ever.

And while it is a shame Cobb isn’t ROH World Champion yet, his match with Haskins was title worthy! Taven VS Williams next week, that is going Taven’s way one way or another. The Kingdom will be busy with The Bouncers next week, but that doesn’t mean Vinnie and TK won’t try something. At the same time, the developing stories of LifeBlood could bring out other enemies to help Taven. If it isn’t Cobb taking the title, then no one should yet.

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!

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Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.

Ratings:

  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****

 

Results:

Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!


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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.

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Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?

 

NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?

 

Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?

 

Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?

 

Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?

 

Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?


My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10


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