Will the Cruiserweight Division ever be the same again?
After months of frustration, both Mike Kanellis and Drake Maverick have lost their cools! And now it has come to this: an UNSANCTIONED Match that will determine if Mike gets a shot at the Cruiserweight Championship, or just some respect beat into him!
- The Singh Brothers VS THE Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa; Kendrick & Tozawa win.
- Lince Dorado VS Ariya Daivari; Dorado wins.
- Unsanctioned Match: Mike Kanellis VS Drake Maverick; Maverick wins and Kanellis will not have a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity.
PLAY BY PLAY
Mike Kanellis wants to be Cruiserweight Champion, by any means necessary.
He was promised opportunities, only to squander them. Then he felt he was owed more opportunities for sticking around, but why would he get anything when all he does is complain? Drake Maverick can’t reward a wrestler like that. Mike would throw tantrums, but Maria would be the one to humiliate him on Raw. She wants him to grow up and be a real man, but he’s “just a disappointment.” Maria even couldn’t believe he is the father of her child. Mike did not take any of the blame, he’s just passed the buck onto Maverick. And when he got in Maverick’s face about all the frustrations that have piled up, Mike took it a step too far. Maverick did what he said he’d never do, and he fought one of his own superstars!
Now, with both men pushed to their emotional limits, there is only one way to end this! Mike will get his contender’s match, but it is UNSANCTIONED! Will Mike ever regret pushing Rockstar Spud to this point? Or will he get everything he wants and more?
The Singh Brothers VS THE Brian Kendrick & Akira Tozawa!
Samir & Sunil brought this upon themselves when they mockingly “awarded” the Man with a Plan a “Boscar Lifetime Achievement Award,” and then escalated things in the ring. Now they’ll have to face up to two heated former Cruiserweight Champions! Will Kendrick and the Stamina Monster steal the spotlight? Or will it be Lights, Camera and Bollywood Action in Memphis?
The teams sort out and Samir starts against Tozawa. The two circle and fans boo the “Bolly bolly!” Samir and Tozawa tie up and Samir knees and elbows Tozawa to a corner. Samir stomps a mudhole then swivels the hips. He brings Tozawa up but Tozawa CHOPS! Tozawa keeps chopping, then gets Samir with the feint and JAB! Tozawa drags Samir up to tag in Kendrick. The two whip and hip toss Samir down, then Kendrick drops an elbow, followed by Tozawa dropping a senton! Cover, TWO! Kendrick keeps on Samir with an armlock, and tags Tozawa back in. Kendrick whips Samir and Tozawa hits a forearm! Tozawa whips Samir to Kendrick, and the two former champs combine for an enziguri complete shot! Sunil runs in but he gets Kendrick’s dropkick!
The Singh Brothers bail out and Tozawa fires up. Tozawa aims for Samir but is tripped up by Sunil! Samir hurries in to swivel those hips and stomp Tozawa down. Samir rains down rights and then taunts Kendrick. Tozawa CHOPS back! Samir clubs Tozawa then tags in Sunil. Samir feeds Tozawa to Sunil’s boot, then Sunil rolls film before stomping a mudhole. The ref counts and Sunil backs off. Sunil tags Samir back in, and they do the Curry-sel befoer stomping Tozawa more. Samir snapmares Tozawa for a chinlock and grinds him down. Fans rally up as Tozawa endures. Tozawa fights his way up then fights out, only for Samir to club him back down. Tag to Sunil, and the Singhs double whip Tozawa hard into their corner! Sunil keeps on Tozawa with a CHOP, then tags to Samir again.
Sunil whips Samir for Samir to whip him, and Sunil hits a big splash on Tozawa! Samir snapmares Tozawa back to the chinlock. Fans rally up for Tozawa as he fights his way up, but Samir tags in Sunil. The SInghs whip Tozawa to the open corner, then Sunil sends Samir in. Tozawa dodgse Samir and kicks down Sunil! Samir grabs Tozawa’s legs, but Tozawa enziguris out! Hot tag to Kendrick! Kendrick rallies on both Singhs, then forearm smashes Sunil in the corner. Kendrick BOOTS Samir then calf kicks Sunil! Cover, TWO! Kendrick keeps his cool but Samir grabs the Boscar! Tozawa protests but the ref keeps him back. Kendrick dares Samir to try something, but Sunil clobbers Kendrick from behind!
Samir passes the Boscar to Sunil, and they pick Kendrick up. But Kendrick sends Samir into Sunil to take the Boscar shot! Kendrick then hits SLICED BREAD! Tag to Tozawa and Tozawa climbs, SUPER SENTON! Cover, Tozawa and Kendrick win!
Winners: Akira Tozawa & THE Brian Kendrick, Tozawa pinning
Cut, that’s a wrap! The Bollywood Boys lose in a game of sneaky tactics! Will there be a sequel to this fast and furious tag match? Or is this a one and done franchise?
205 Live shares the third and final part of the closer look at Humberto Carrillo.
“My favorite moment in WWE has been when I debuted in 205 Live,” with a chance at then Cruiserweight Champion, Buddy Murphy. Back in January, Ultimo Ninja took the Cruiserweight Juggernaut to his limit, but it just wasn’t enough to #stoptheunstoppable. But such a match was the spark Carrillo needed to motivate him. This Cruiserweight Division is incredible and diverse with both high flyers, fast strikers and gritty grapplers. So naturally, if Carrillo were to choose a dream opponent, it would be current Cruiserweight Champion, Drew Gulak. He wants to get that title, but he also wants to prove himself against such a great opponent. Surely fans support Carrillo’s dream.
Winning that title would mean so much to his family. His family truly lives lucha libre, but none of them have had a WWE title, and they would be so proud for him to be the first. Will Carrillo make a dream come true for both him and his family? The world will have to keep their eyes on this meteoric rise to find out!
Backstage interview with Lucha House Party.
Lince Dorado does squats while Gran Metalik and Kalisto give him light chops. All three members have been pillars of 205 Live since its start, so what does it mean for the Golden Lynx to be in a singles match tonight? “Everyone in 205 Live, they lucha.” Lucha is fight and heart. For example, last week against Raul Mendoza and Humberto Carrillo, LHP lost but they all tore the house down! That is lucha. Carrillo is one of the best already, but Lince wonders. Kalisto gives credit where credit is due. Yeah, but they’re LHP! Carrillo VS Lince hasn’t happened yet. That would be #LuchaLit! But the difference is, LHP wears the lucha life. Carrillo and Mendoza just talk it. Slight disagreement aside, can Lince show the power of lucha here tonight?
Lince Dorado VS Ariya Daivari!
It’s a Golden Lynx VS a Persian Lion! Will Daivari be able to keep up with Lince after that brutal #AnythingGoes match with Oney Lorcan? Or will the power of lucha conquer all?
The bell rings and Lince circles with Daivari. They tie up and Daivari wrenches the arm to a wristlock. He has Lince on the mat and mocks the Lucha chants, but Lince handsprings through as fans echo it genuinely. Lince wristlocks Daivari back, but Daivari slips back to headlock and throw. Lince headscissors but Daivari pops out. Roles reverse as Lince headlock takeovers but Daivari headscissors. Lince pops out, Daivari sweeps, cover, ONE! Roles reverse again, cover, ONE! Lince tilt-o-whirls but Daivari powers out. Lince redirects Daivari but Daivari just barely avoids the Golden Rewind! Daivari bails out but Lince keeps his eyes on him while the “Lucha! Lucha!” chant echoes out. Daivari doesn’t care about this anymore, so he heads up the ramp.
But Lince chases him down and clobbers him! Lince brings Daivari to the ramp but Daivari throws him at the apron! Lince hops up to moonsault back and take Daivari down! Fans fire up with Lince as he brings Daivari up. Lince puts Daivari in the springboards, big splash! Cover, TWO! Daivari gets to the corner and asks for a time-out. Lince doesn’t know what to make of that, and fans boo Daivari being a wimp. Daivari offers a handshake, but Lince sees that sucker punch coming! Lince CHOPS then huricanranas Daivari down, then dropkicks him, too! Cover, TWO! Lince simply handsprings to a corner, but Daivari shoves him down! Lince crashes and burns as fans boo Daivari. Daivari fetches Lince while mocking the lucha chants.
Daivari drags Lince up and into the ring, then stalks him across the way. He wraps Lince up in a chinlock and pulls him back. Lince endures and fans rally up. Lince fights out of the hold, but Daivari pulls the mask! Daivari full nelsons then spins Lince to the inverted DDT! Cover, TWO! Daivari grows frustrated but keeps on Lince with buckle bumps. Daivari hoists Lince up and CHOPS him up top. Then he crosses the arms, but Lince holds off with his legs! Lince clubs away on Daivari’s face! Lince lets up to hop up and leap for a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lince and Daivari go to corners, and Daivari runs in. Lince boots him away, then runs, only for Daivari to reel him into a DDT! Cover, TWO! Daivari grows frustrated with Lince’s resilience. Daivari drags Lince to a drop zone then stomps him down.
Fans rally with “Lucha! Lucha!” while Daivari climbs up. Daivari mocks The King, but his King’s Elbow meets Lince’s boot! Fans rally for Lince as he crawls to the ropes. Daivari stands, too, and runs into punches from Lince! Lince kicks and counters more, then CHOPS and knees and clubs away! Daivari shoves but Lince CHOPS him down! Daivari bails out but Lince springboards for a HUGE crossbody! Both men go down but Memphis fires up. Lince revives with the “Lucha! Lucha!” and drags Daivari over. Lince puts Daivari in and punches Daivari away. But Daivari keeps him from climbing up top. Lince boots Daivari away, then leaps, into a SUPERKICK! Lince is folded upside down and Daivari covers, TWO!! The Lynx still lives and the Lion can’t believe it!
Daivari grabs the mask and dares Lince to do something. Lince does with big haymakers! Lince whips but Daivari reverses, and catches the Rewind into a “Billion Rial” Dream! But Lince slips out of Daivari’s would-be Cobra Clutch for a victory roll! TWO, and Daivari gives Lince a BIG urenage! Cover, TWO!! And again, the Lynx survives! Both men are down but Memphis fires up! Lince crawls but Daivari drags him up for a fireman’s carry. Daivari runs but Lince slips out and sends him into buckles! Eddy Gordo kick, tilt-o-whirl roll up with jackknife bridge! Lince wins!!
Winner: Lince Dorado, by pinfall
It was a hard fought fight, but the lucha Lynx defeats the privileged Lion! Will this prove to everyone the true heart of lucha?
Mike Kanellis finishes preparations for his match.
And Maria comes by, showing off her WWE 24/7 Championship. Will Mike finally prove he’s a man as well as championship material? Or is Maria going to be the only one who wears a belt in the family?
Drew Gulak speaks.
“At SummerSlam, I’m supposed to defend my Cruiserweight title.” But where is his challenger? Since becoming champion, no one has the resolve to step to him. He’ll be watching the main event very closely. If Mike wins, maybe he’ll be next. But if not, then Gulak is at square one: waiting. Gulak knows SummerSlam is coming, and no matter who it is in the ring with him, they will only get two things: pain and punishment. Who will be the man that meets the menacing Cruiserweight Champion in Toronto?
Unsanctioned Match: Mike Kanellis VS Drake Maverick!
This very well could be the last chance for Mike in the Cruiserweight Division. He has failed to win on his own, he has lost Maria’s faith in him, and he has resorted to insulting the 205 Live GM. Will he pay for everything he has said and done in a match with no rules? Or will he finally prove to Maria, to Maverick and to the world that he is as good as he says?
But as Maverick makes his entrance, Mike attacks from behind! Mike stomps Maverick on the ramp, then throws him into the LED wall of the stage! Maverick writhes, but then Mike rains down rights! The referee reprimands Mike, this match hasn’t even started, but Mike just shouts back. Mike drags Maverick up and shouts, “Is this what you wanted?! This is your fault!” He throws Maverick into the lights along the ramp! Then he drags Maverick up and snags a fan’s Maverick 24:7 sign to smear it in Maverick’s face! Mike still shouts, “Is this what you wanted? You want to make a mockery of the brand?!” Mike STOMPS Maverick on the ramp’s steel lip, then rips the sign up! In a way, this does also trace back to Maverick’s obsession with the 24/7 title.
Mike shows no mercy as he throws Maverick into the LED apron! Mike finally goes into the ring as fans rain down boos and jeers. “He can’t do it! He’s not going to come in! I win!” Mike swears this is now a forfeit and he wins his title opportunity. But Maverick forces himself to stand, and flounders into the ring! Referees advise he not to, but Maverick won’t be punked out like this. Mike grits his teeth as Maverick stands, and Maverick has the bell ring. The referee does as told, and the moment the bell rings, Maverick staggers after Mike, only for Mike to BOOT him down! Mike stomps a mudhole into Maverick in the corner, grinding his foot into him! Mike shouts “This is on you!” He drags Maverick up and says he played by the rules for too long. He tosses Maverick out of the ring hard, and then shouts at the fans as they boo and jeer again.
Maria watches backstage as Mike grinds Maverick’s face into the LED apron! Maverick gets away, clutching his eyes, but Mike throws him into the barriers! Mike drags Maverick up to choke him against the barriers, too! Then Mike brings Maverick around to throw into more barriers! Maverick writhes and screams in pain, but Mike just blows a kiss. Mike drags Maverick up and throws him into barriers more, then wants to know where all that fight went. Mike’s SUPERKICK takes Maverick down! He drags Maverick around by his hair and goes to the announce desk. “This is what I fought for! 205!” He slams Maverick’s face into the logo over and over!
Fans boo Mike but he just goes for a spare arm chair. Mike sits Maverick in it, gets some space, and SUPERKICKS Maverick and the chair over! Maverick barely moves as Mike goes to the ring again. Mike is still furious and the fans still boo. But Mike isn’t done with Maverick, as he puts him in the ring. Mike wants Maverick to stand, and Maverick does manage to hobble up to his feet. Only for Mike to ram him into buckles! And again! Maverick still comes back, only to get DECKED by a big right hand! Mike looms over Maverick and tears off the 205 Live T-shirt. Mike wants to torture Maverick, and hauls him up, to then LARIAT down! Then he takes off Maverick’s belt! Fans are thunderously booing as Mike uses that belt to SMACK Maverick’s bare back! Maria watches happily as Mike SMACKS Maverick more!
Mike drags Maverick up for a sleeper hold! Maverick flails and pries at the hold, but after all that’s happened, he fades. But Memphis rallies and Maverick finds new life! Maverick reaches but fades again as Mike leans on him. But then Maverick finds a third gear! Maverick fights up and runs into buckles to scrape Mike off! Mike is gasping now, and Maverick dodges as he runs in! Mike only gets post! Maverick flounders, then baits Mike in to dump him out! Fans are fired up behind Rockstar Spud as he baseball slides, only for Mike to wheelbarrow and THROW Maverick into barriers! The referee checks on Maverick while Mike menacingly grabs those old “wanted posters.” Mike grows furious being reminded of Maverick’s distractions. He puts Maverick in the ring and makes him EAT his printed words. “You made a mockery of me!”
But then seeing his own poster lights a fire in Maverick! Maverick grits his teeth as he takes another buckle to the face. And then another! Maverick is hulking up, brother! Mike punches but Maverick fires off!! Fans are thunderously cheering as Maverick rallies and dropkicks! Maverick stomps a mudhole on Mike now! Then a basement dropkick! Maverick takes his belt back, and Memphis is roaring as he SMACKS Mike back! And again, and again, and again! Mike is running away but Maverick DIVES! He sends Mike onto the announce desk with that tope! Maverick climbs up and Memphis is with him as he gives Mike a DDT to the desk! Maverick slumps off the desk, still taking some damage from the things on the desk. But then Maverick climbs up to the barriers!
Fans cheer as he walks the tightrope, to LEAP! But Mike dodges, and Maverick hits only desk! Maverick may have broken his own arm trying to destroy Mike! Mike crawls and drags Maverick back in. Fans still have faith in Maverick, but Mike drags Maverick up in the dragon sleeper. But then he reconsiders his finisher, and brings Maverick to the corner. Mike hoists Maverick up top and backwards. Mike climbs up and grabs Maverick in a Crucifix! SUPER RAZOR’s- STEINER?! Maverick fights through the pain to fight back! SPIKE DUDLEY BULLDOG! Cover, Maverick wins!!
Winner: Drake Maverick, by pinfall
Maria is even more disappointed than before. Maverick had one arm and a beat up back, but he STILL beat Mike! Now that Mike will NOT get his title shot, what will become of his home life now?
This was a really great episode of 205 Live! The tag team match was pretty fun, and it was great to see Kendrick and Tozawa have some real tag team continuity going from finisher to finisher. I’ve been saying this a lot lately, but the Cruiserweight Division needs to do something about not having tag titles. Meanwhile, the Humberto Carrillo package trilogy is over and they were each really good. This must mean Carrillo is coming up on a Cruiserweight Championship match. But at the same time, it seems like Lince Dorado might want to have a lucha libre feud. Such a feud will definitely have amazing matches, and it can work since it doesn’t have to be all tag matches. Lince VS Daivari was a great match tonight, and Lince is the perfect choice to tease Heel since he is probably the best talker of LHP.
Gulak has a good promo, and he is right that whoever his challenger is at SummerSlam, their match is going to be gritty. Maverick VS Kanellis was a really great match, though there was a moment during that sleeper hold stuff I felt they could’ve picked it up a step. A wrestler should really only ever need one “second wind.” But at the same time, Memphis really got behind Maverick with everything from the sleeper spot to the wanted poster firing him up. I’m a bit surprised Maverick won but at the same time, it just made the most sense. Mike was being the insufferable one and Maverick got to be the one to shut him up. I’m honestly really curious where things go from here for the Kanellis Family, there could be a lot of potential here that hopefully Raw can use.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Will history be denied in the Climax?
The Autumn heatwave comes to a head right here!
NJPW could see something never before seen! The Golden Star makes a fourth finals appearance, but will he have a historic THREEPEAT in the G1?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- The United Empire VS Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata; Yano & Nagata win.
- Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture; House of Torture wins.
- Special Exhibition: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Katsuyori Shibata; Time Limit Draw.
- G1 Climax 31 Finals: Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada; Okada wins and has the Right to Challenge for the IWGP World Heavyweight Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
The United Empire VS Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata!
Jeff Cobb was so close to the G1 finals but he still fell short. Will he and Great-O-Khan unleash their frustrations on the Producer and Blue Justice? Or will their woes only continue on the final night?
Cobb and Khan stand still at center during Yano’s long introduction. The teams sort out and Khan calls Yano out. Fans rally up, Yano starts with Khan and the two circle. Yano is a bit scared of Khan but then Khan attacks from behind! Khan stomps and CLUBS Yano in a corner, rakes his eyes, then lets off as the ref counts. Khan whips Yano corner to corner but Yano reverses, and goes to untie the corner pad! Yano gets the buckle pad off, Khan runs corner to corner but Yano dodges! Khan hits bare buckles, Yano slaps Khan on the back of his head! Fans rally up as Yano runs, but Khan BOOTS him down!
Khan drags Yano up by his ears, the ref counts and Khan throws Yano out. Cobb gets in to DECK Nagata! The United Empire goes out, Khan SMACKS Yano with the buckle pad! Khan stomps Yano at the railing, then storms off. Cobb stomps Nagata, fans rally up, and a ring count begins. Khan drags Yano up and puts him in, then CHOKES him! The ref reprimands, Khan lets go at 4, and he taunts Yano with his ponytail before he stomps him down. Fans rally up for “Y T R! Y T R!” but Khan drags Yano up and to the corner. Cobb tags in and headbutts Yano in the side! Cobb slaps Yano around, brings him up and ROCKS him with a forearm.
Cobb headbutts Yano down, drags him to a cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Cobb is annoyed but fans rally up as he drags Yano around. Cobb hoists Yano up and RAMS him into a corner! Then goes corner to corner, but chooses not to use the bare buckles as he rams Yano in again! And again! Fans fire up for that showing of strength, and Cobb taunts Yano. Fans rally, Yano throws body shots, but Cobb eggs him on. Yano throws a forearm, Cobb knees him down! Yano pulls hair, Cobb ROCKS him with a right! Cobb whips but Yano reverses to throw Cobb down by his hair! Hot tag to Nagata! Nagata BOOTS Cobb, BOOTS Khan then KICKS away on Cobb!
Nagata whips Cobb but Cobb reverses, only for Nagata to come back with a BOOT! Nagata brings Cobb up but Cobb blocks the exploder, so Nagata ENZIGURIS! Cobb staggers, fans rally for Nagata and he runs in to SHINING WIZARD in the corner! Nagata reels Cobb in but Cobb fights off the exploder. Nagata throws forearms, whips but Cobb reverses to DROPKICK! Fans rally up and Cobb tags in Khan. Khan and Cobb coordinate, Khan CLUBS and stomps Nagata. The United Empire double whip then Cobb whips Khan in, but Nagata dodges to BOOT Cobb down! Khan dodges the boot but Nagata holds off the iron claw!
Khan keeps trying but Nagata throws the claw away. Nagata fakes Khan out to dropkick Khan’s leg! Nagata then dodges Khan’s clothesline to hit an EXPLODER! Fans fire up and Nagata tags in Yano! Yano fires up and whips Khan. Khan reverses but Yano stops himself from hitting the bare buckles, only for Khan to RAM him in! Khan whips Yano to ropes, Yano holds ropes and dodges Khan to clinch and BELLY2BELLY! Fans rally, Yano drags Khan up and dodges the claw to Fireman’s Carry Takeover! But Khan returns the Fireman’s Carry Takeover! Fans fire up, Khan elbows Nagata down and Cobb joins in.
The United Empire double whip Yano, Khan runs in and clotheslines! Cobb runs in to back elbow! Cobb gut wrench suplexes Yano, then Khan gut wrench suplexes Yano back! Cover, but Nagata breaks it! Cobb throws hands on Nagata then throws Nagata out. Cobb keeps after Nagata with a choke against railing! Fans rally up as Khan pushes Yano towards his boot! But the ref is distracted by Nagata whipping Cobb into railing and Yano LOW BLOWS Khan! Cover, Yano & Nagata win!!
Winners: Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata, by pinfall
The United Empire got ahead of itself and now they’ve lost again! Will they ever be able to face their leader, Will Ospreay, like this?
Six Man Tag: Chaos VS House of Torture!
Tomohiro Ishii fell in the ninth but Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI finished strong. Now they go back to focusing on being NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions. Will they win together in this non-title match? Or will the King of Darkness lead Tokyo Pimp and High Voltage to victory in their first trios outing?
Sho still has a Chaos towel and looks at it. It hasn’t been updated, it still has his name on it. He throws it down and stomps on it! And a brawl breaks out! Hashi throws Evil out, Ishii is after Yujiro, and Goto goes after Sho in the ring. The bell rings and Goto stomps away in the corner. The ref counts as Goto digs his boot in but Goto lets off to then stomp Sho more. Goto stands Sho up to CHOP him, then whips him corner to corner. Goto runs in to clothesline, then he feeds Sho to Hashi’s CHOP! Sho sputters and crawls but Goto-Hashi fire off on him. They double whip but Sho holds ropes, and then Evil and Yujiro get in to throw them down! Sho DECKS Ishii, then stomps away on Goto!
Evil and Yujiro go after Ishii and Hashi, then Sho stomps Goto out of the ring. Sho goes after Goto’s bad arm with elbows, and Evil RAMS Ishii into railing in front of commentary! The ref is busy watching Sho and Goto so Evil gets a chair to dig it into Ishii’s neck! Sho digs his heel into Goto, the ref reprimands, but Yujiro whips Hashi into railing on the other side. Sho stomps Goto but fans rally up for Chaos. Goto hits back but Sho CLUBS away on him! Sho drags Goto up and puts him in the ring. Sho whips him in, and surprise! The blue corner’s buckles are bare! Standard Bullet Club fare at this point. Evil tags in and he stands on Goto’s head.
Hashi gets in and goes after Evil but Evil rakes Hashi’s eyes! Evil throws Hashi out but distracts the ref so that Dick Togo can whip Hashi hard into railing! Evil drags Goto up, CLUBS the bad arm, then gives him toying kicks. Fans rally up for Goto as Evil drags him up. Evil CLUBS the bad arm, tags in Yujiro, and Yujiro drives an elbow into the bad arm. Yujiro wraps the arm around ropes while Sho distracts the ref. Yujiro lets off to bring Goto around and snapmare. Yujiro runs to basement boot the bad arm! Cover, TWO! Fans rally up, Yujiro stomps Goto to the ropes but Goto kicks back. Yujiro knees low, tags in Sho, and Sho taunts Ishii before he mugs Goto.
Sho stomps and digs his heel into Goto’s bad arm! Sho even uses the ropes! Ishii gets in but the ref works to keep him back. Sho taunts Ishii but Ishii still backs down. Fans rally, Goto rises, but Sho slaps him. Goto throws elbows and CHOPS! Sho elbows the bad arm again and again! Goto drops to a knee, Sho wrenches the good arm and KICKS away. But Goto blocks a kick, so Sho rakes his eyes! Sho runs, Goto follows and LARIATS! Both men are down and fans rally up again! Goto crawls, hot tag to Ishii! Ishii storms in after Sho, drags him up but Sho throws forearms! Ishii just ROCKS Sho! Yujiro runs in but Ishii ROCKS him, too!
Ishii whips, Yujiro reverses and Evil catches Ishii. Yujiro runs in but Ishii boots him first! Ishii elbows Evil away and then baits Yujiro in! Yujiro falls for it, Ishii sends him at Evil! Ishii whips and sends Yujiro in again! Evil holds on but Ishii baits Yujiro in again! Yujiro runs but Ishii dodges and the BOOT sends Evil down! Ishii runs and CLOBBERS Yujiro! Fans fire up as Ishii stands tall and goes back to Sho. Ishii CHOPS high on Sho and the ref reprimands but Ishii still CHOPS! Sho gasps and sputters, Ishii stands him up to CHOP him and slap him! Ishii drags Sho up to suplex, but Sho slips out to waistlock. Ishii elbows away until he’s free, then runs into Sho’s kitchen sink knee!
Sho stomps Ishii to a corner, stomps away on him and digs in boots. The ref reprimands, counts, but Sho lets off at 4. Sho comes back to KICK Ishii but Ishii stands right up! Ishii throws forearms but Sho gives them back. Fans fire up as the two go back and forth, and Ishii gets the edge! Sho wobbles, Ishii runs but Sho JUMP KNEES! Sho whips Ishii into the bare buckles! But Ishii swats the clothesline away, only to swing into a waistlock. Sho shoves Ishii to ropes and Evil trips him up! Sho runs to basement dropkick! Evil tags in, Sho goes after Goto-Hashi! Yujiro and Evil whip Ishii into a corner, Yujiro runs in to BOOT! Sho adds a clothesline, then Evil adds his own!
Evil brings Ishii out to a FISHERMAN BUSTER! Cover, TWO! Evil is furious but the ref defends his count. Fans rally up for “I-SHI-I!” but Evil drags him back up. Evil fireman’s carries but Ishii fights free to shove Evil into Hashi’s forearm! Then Ishii reels Evil in for a BIG back suplex! Both men are down, fans rally up, hot tag to Hashi! Hashi runs but Evil blocks the clothesline, so Hashi CHOPS! Evil rebounds but Hashi forearms, kicks and CHOPS! Evil spins, into a SUPERKICK! Evil falls, Sho gets in but gets a mule kick! Yujiro runs in but gets a BACKSTABBER! Fans fire up with Hashi but Evil kicks and runs. Hashi ducks and dodges to LARIAT!
Hashi drags Evil up with a sleeper, then half nelsons and pump handles. Evil fights, grabs the ref, and Dick gets on the apron with the SPOILER CHOKER! Evil distracts the ref but Goto trips Dick! Hashi is free, Goto gets in but Evil kicks first. Evil runs, but into the fireman’s carry! Evil slips off, runs at Goto but Goto dodges and Hashi SUPERKICKS! Goto reels Evil in, HEADSHOT to Hashi’s METEORA! Fans fire up, Goto gets Evil up, dragon sleeper and Hashi picks Evil up, G Y W!! But Dick distracts the ref from the cover! Chaos would’ve won by now! Yujiro gets in to shove Hashi into the ref! CANE SHOT for Goto! CANE SHOT for Hashi!
But Ishii gets in to GERMAN SUPLEX Yujiro! Sho gets in to CHAIRSHOT Ishii! CHAIRSHOT to Hashi’s head!! Evil drags Hashi up and reels him in, EVERYTHING IS EVIL!! Dick gets the ref up and he counts the cover, House of Torture wins!
Winners: House of Torture, by pinfall
Bullet Club’s newest sub-faction just pinned the champions! And now they add insult to injury! SPOILER CHOKER for Goto! Sho reels Ishii in for the CROSS ARM DRIVER! Yujiro chokes Hashi with the pimp cane! Evil grabs the NEVER Openweight Six Man belts, and hands one each to Sho and Yujiro. The HOT boys stand tall, will they soon take gold away from Chaos?
Zack Sabre Jr heads to the ring.
It’s not really clear what the Submission Master is doing here. He missed out on the finals, and he isn’t dressed in his usual gear. Wait is that Katsuyori Shibata?!?! He’s got wrist tape, a kneepad, and a wrestling towel, but this can’t be! Is he coming back to wrestling?!
Special Exhibition: Zack Sabre Jr. VS Katsuyori Shibata!
Fans are thunderous already and the bell rings! ZSJ and Shibata circle, feel things out, collar ‘n’ elbow but Shibata gets a waistlock. ZSJ moves around, Shibata keeps on him. ZSJ switches Shibata scrambles free and fans cheer. Shibata goes for a leg sweep, has a leg guard when it misses, but ZSJ works on getting through it. ZSJ facelocks, armlocks, goes back to the facelock as Shibata stands, but Shibata hits a takedown. ZSJ keeps Shibata back with a body scissors, but Shibata shifts around. ZSJ holds off the lateral press but Shibata manages a top mount. ZSJ tries to fight it with his legs but Shibata gets away. The two stand off and fans are thunderous again!
Shibata and ZSJ knuckle lock, Shibata gets a leg. Shibata gets under the leg and trips ZSJ up to then get a FIGURE FOUR! ZSJ fights it to the last, using his own head to block. Shibata fights through but ZSJ toeholds! Shibata has that kneepad for a reason and he lets off as he clutches his knee. ZSJ keeps on the foot, makes it a standing toehold and again uses his own head for leverage. Shibata rolls, reels ZSJ in for a headlock takeover but ZSJ headscissors! Shibata moves around, headstands and pops free to have ZSJ’s leg for a toehold. ZSJ grabs at Shibata but Shibata has the same standing toehold. ZSJ rolls and tries to use the same trick Shibata did but Shibata holds that off!
Shibata rolls ZSJ, the two stand off again and fans cheer. ZSJ and Shibata reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and Shibata brings ZSJ to his knees. ZSJ fights up but Shibata powers him down again. ZSJ spins things around to a straitjacket stretch! Shibata turns it around onto ZSJ and sits him down. ZSJ wriggles, spins Shibata around and brings him down. ZSJ hooks Shibata’s legs and brings him into a STRAITJACKET SURFBOARD! Shibata gets his legs free and rolls back to put the straitjacket back on ZSJ! ZSJ stands up, wiggles the straitjacket down and gets a headlock. Shibata powers up but ZSJ holds on tight!
Fans rally for “SHI-BA-TA!” and he powers out to get a SLEEPER!! ZSJ fights up, but Shibata goes for the Cobra Twist! ZSJ holds that off, switches and puts the twist on Shibata! Shibata fights, ZSJ does everything he can to get leverage, but Shibata switches back to the IRON OCTOPUS! But the bell rings because time’s up!!
Time Limit Draw
Fans are thunderous as ZSJ and Shibata let off and reset to their corners. The ref raises both men’s hands, and Shibata offers a handshake. ZSJ accepts it, and fans cheer even more! ZSJ takes his leave, and Shibata gets the mic to speak to the crowd. “Zack. Thank you.” Shibata then passionately promises that this isn’t the last time we see him back in the ring! Is the Wrestler to be believed? Is he on the mend back to wrestling shape?
G1 Climax 31 Finals: Kota Ibushi VS Kazuchika Okada!
The Golden Star has made history already by making it to the finals four years in a row. But he wants to make further history by winning three in a row! Will that be the headline of the year? Or will the Rainmaker rain on that parade to reestablish himself?
The bell rings and the clapping for “I-BU-SHI!” “O-KA-DA!” is thunderous as the two stare down. Okada and Ibushi slowly circle, approach, feel things out, and Okada backs away. They circle more, approach again and feel things out again. Ibushi shoots in but Okada blocks with a facelock. Ibushi slips around to a waistlock, Okada switches, but Ibushi wrenches the arm to a wristlock. Okada rolls and trips Ibushi to have a toehold. Ibushi tries to headscissor but Okada fights that off as he cranks the hold. Ibushi gets a chinlock and pries Okada off the foot. Okada stands up, Ibushi hits a takeover but now Okada headscissors. Ibushi kips free and fans cheer the standoff!
Okada and Ibushi go back to their corners, then approach again. They circle, tie up, Okada headlocks and grinds Ibushi down. Ibushi hooks a leg but Okada keeps on the headlock. Ibushi rolls but can’t get the cover so he gets Okada with a headlock. Okada fights off Ibushi trapping an arm, gets a headscissor and he clamps on tight. Okada pushes up to put on pressure but Ibushi endures. Ibushi kips, moves around, and he pops out to then get a headlock. Okada rolls it to a cover, ONE! Ibushi holds on, Okada fights up, pries at the hold, but Ibushi clamps it back on. Okada pushes with wrists to put Ibushi on the ropes and Red Shoes calls the ropebreak.
Ibushi lets go, Okada lets off slowly, and then he whips! Okada drops, hurdles, Ibushi leaps over, ducks and dodges, but Ibushi fakes out the dropkick! Okada lands on his feet, avoid the V-Trigger and gets around to wristlock! Ibushi avoid the Rainmaker and fans are thunderous again as the two stand off. Okada and Ibushi reset, approach, feel things out, and they feel things out. They knuckle lock, Ibushi kicks low then KICKS Okada off is feet! Ibushi wraps on a chinlock and grinds Okada down. Ibushi then gets Okada’s arms for a motorcycle stretch, with a knee in Okada’s back. Okada scoots forward but Ibushi uses a chicken wing and crossface!
Okada turns to block the hold but Ibushi hops on for a rear mount. Ibushi goes to a sleeper and body scissors, but Okada fights to the ropebreak! Ibushi lets off, but then he stomps Okada down! Fans rally up, Ibushi drags Okada up and CLUBS Okada on the back! Ibushi stands Okada up to whip but Okada reverses and FLAPJACKS! Fans rally again, “I-BU-SHI!” “O-KA-DA!” as Okada stalks Ibushi. Okada drags Ibushi up, turns him and hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Okada paces and brings Ibushi up but Ibushi scrambles away to ropes. Okada stomps him down, brings him back up, and snapmares to run for the basement dropkick!
Okada drags Ibushi back up, ROCKS him with a right, but Ibushi glares and throws a forearm back. Okada eggs Ibushi on and Ibushi throws more forearms. Okada takes those to knee low, then scoop SLAM! Okada goes to the apron to slingshot senton! Cover, ONE!! Okada clamps right on with a chinlock and fans rally again. Ibushi endures, fights up and throws body shots. Okada CLUBS Ibushi on the back, brings him around and ROCKS him with a forearm to the back! Fans rally up as Ibushi is in the corner. Okada stands Ibushi up to throw back elbows. Okada then whips Ibushi corner to corner, runs in, but Ibushi dodges! Ibushi comes back but Okada BOOTS him!
Okada runs but into a dropkick! Fans rally up while both men are down! Ibushi rises but Okada follows. Ibushi throws forearm after forearm then whips, but Okada reverses, only for Ibushi to GAMANGIRI! Fans rally, Ibushi fires off a strike fest, then ROUNDHOUSES Okada down! STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Fans keep rallying as Ibushi gets up. Okada bails out but Ibushi pursues. Okada kicks low and whips Ibushi into railing! Ibushi falls in a heap but Okada brings him up to whip him the other way. Ibushi reverses and Okada stops himself, only to swing into a HALF ‘N’ HALF to the floor!
Both men are down on the outside and Red Shoes checks on them. They’re both okay to continue and a ring count starts. Ibushi stands at 4, brings Okada up at 7, and puts him in at 9 of 20. Ibushi aims, springboards and missile dropkicks! Okada flounders to a corner, Ibushi runs in, but Okada dodges! Okada puts Ibushi up top to dropkick him to the floor! Fans rally up as both men are down. Okada goes out after Ibushi, throws a EuroUpper, then brings Ibushi around the way to the ramp, for a DDT! Red Shoes checks but Ibushi is somehow okay. Okada takes a moment while the ring count climbs to catch his breath and get up.
Okada goes into the ring at 8 of 20 then leaves the rest on Ibushi. Ibushi stirs at 13, rises at 15, stands at 16 but Okada goes out to put him in. Fans cheer as this continues in the ring, and Okada SHOTGUNS Ibushi into the other corner! Okada drags Ibushi up, reels him in and wrenches to the MONEY CLIP! Ibushi endures, throws body shots with his free arm and RAMS Okada into the buckle! Ibushi is free, he throws more elbows then runs, but Okada dropkicks him down! MONEY CLIP! Ibushi endures again, fights his way up, reaches for ropes, but Okada lets him go to scoop and SPINNING TOMBSTONE! And back to the MONEY CLIP!!
Ibushi endures, fans keep rallying and Ibushi fights for the ropes. But Okada drags him away! Ibushi pounds the mat and fans rally up. Ibushi reaches out again but Okada hits a BACK2BACKBREAKER! And back to the MONEY CLIP!! Ibushi scrambles and gets the ROPEBREAK! Okada lets go in frustration but fans are thunderous again. Okada brings Ibushi up, scoops and SLAMS him, then goes to the corner. Okada climbs, aims, MACHO ELBOW DROP! And… Rainmaker Pose! Okada stalks Ibushi, drags him up and ripcords, but Ibushi ducks! Okada ducks the roundhouse, tries again, Ibushi LARIATS first!!
Fans rally hard as ever as Ibushi gets Okada’s wrists. Okada throws a forearm but Ibushi gives it back! Ibushi eggs Okada on so Okada forearms again! Ibushi forearms back, Okada gives another! Ibushi forearms, Okada forearms, and they pick up speed. Fans rally as Okada eggs Ibushi on, the forearms keep going, Ibushi ROCKS Okada then fires off a flurry! Okada staggers but stays up and Ibushi grins! Is this Kowai Ibushi!? Okada roars but runs into a RANA! Okada bails out and fans are thunderous as Ibushi goes to the apron. Ibushi rallies the fans and ARIHARA MOONSAULTS!! Direct hit at the ramp and fans stay fired up!
Ibushi drags Okada up, puts him in, and he drags Okada up to reel him in. SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Ibushi keeps his focus and gets the wrists. Okada shoots in to avoid Kami-Goye but Ibushi CLUBS away! Okada ducks the buzzsaw to backslide but Ibushi rolls through! Ibushi ducks the lariat to ripcord ROUNDHOUSE! Ibushi keeps the wrists, to V-TRIGGER! KENNY~! Ibushi gets both wrists, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, TWO!! Okada survives and fans are thunderous again! Ibushi brings the kneepad down and vows to end it this time. Ibushi drags Okada up with wristlocks but Okada shoots in to back drop and sit on the cover, TWO!!
Ibushi is surprised he escaped, but he runs in, only for Okada to dodge. Okada ducks the lariat, spins but Ibushi LARIATS again! Fans rally hard as ever, Ibushi puts Okada in a drop zone and goes to the corner. Ibushi climbs up, to PHOENIX FLOP!! Okada avoids the splash and fans are electric as both men are down! Okada sits up in the corner, Red Shoes checks on Ibushi, and he calls it?!? Ibushi can’t continue, Okada wins!!!
Winner: Kazuchika Okada, by referee’s stoppage (G1 Climax 31 Winner)
Medics hurry out to check on Ibushi as he clutches an arm. Okada lets Young Lions help, and this isn’t really how anyone wanted this one to go. Shingo Takagi even gets off commentary to be at ringside for this. Either way, the Rainmaker wins the 31st G1. Okada checks on Ibushi and fans clap for Ibushi as medics help him up. The injury does seem to be Ibushi’s right arm, and that complicates his ability to exit, so the bottom rope has to be undone. At the same time, Red Shoes and timekeeper Abe-san set up the NJPW flag and G1 trophy. Okada checks with Ibushi and assures him it’s alright. Fans clap to assure Ibushi the same, and he manages to exit the ring.
Red Shoes raises Okada’s hand in victory and now things can be a celebration. Okada is presented with the trophy and banner by the NJPW president, then they stand together for the photo op. Okada gets his solo photo op and fans cheer. Okada then takes a moment and gets the mic. “G1 Climax!” This match ended in a referee stoppage, but all the same, Okada sticks out his chest with pride in saying he won. Okada and Ibushi fought with heart and pride all over Japan, and in the end, the result is what matters, a win is a win, and Okada has won. He thanks the fans for their support in this hot, hot Autumn.
So now, Okada’s eyes are set on the Tokyo Dome, but also on showing us he is the CENTER of NJPW’s world! It is on him to tear it up! Okada vows to once again carry NJPW on his back. Okada wants to say that this is the end, but first, he hopes Ibushi can come back so they can do this again properly. And as the G1 Champion, Okada will say this to management. “Make sure that I get to re-assault Kota Ibushi again, so that I can face Ibushi and make sure I am the fourth IWGP World Heavyweight Champion.” Okada wants to be IWGP Heavyweight Champion if he can’t be world champion, as he waits for Ibushi. And of course, he’ll make it rain all over NJPW!
Okada strikes his pose and the streamers fly! Okada is fired up for the road to WrestleKingdom 16, will he make it to the goal of the Tokyo Dome?
That was a rough ending for the main event given how great it was going, but this was still an overall great event. I chose to skip the 8 Man Tags because in many ways, NJPW uses those as filler. I believe Bullet Club won theirs while Los Ingobernables de Japon won the other. I kept the first two matches, though, because I was curious. For one, I thought Cobb & Khan were going to rebound but Yano gets another one over on Khan. The Six Man Tag was really good stuff, even with the usual antics of Evil and Dick. But in the end, the House of Torture winning of course sets up a Six Man title match for Power Struggle (and hopefully not a random Road to event). Hard to say who wins that at this point but it wouldn’t surprise me if House of Torture cheats to take those belts.
As I said, a rough ending to what was building to be an epic match between Okada and Ibushi. Ibushi really went hot into that Phoenix Splash and that is clearly what injured his arm around the forearm to wrist area. Who knows if Okada was meant to win before, but that’s just how it goes. Okada now carries the Right to Challenge and might owe Tama Tonga a shot at that with Tama being the only one who beat Okada during the round robin. I’m pretty sure Okada holds onto the Right to Challenge to have another match with Takagi that at this point could go either way.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Happy third anniversary!
What’s next for NXT UK?
NXT UK hits its three year anniversary, here’s to another year! But Joe Coffey and Jordan Devlin run it back, who wins when it’s truly 1v1?
- Xia Brookside VS Aleah James; James wins.
- Symbiosis VS Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz; Mastiff & Starz win, by disqualification.
- Joe Coffey VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Xia Brookside VS Aleah James!
Nina Samuels pushed some buttons and egged this second gen superstar into taking on the energetic and bubbly boxer from Essex! Will Xia get back on the winning side of things? Or will Aleah catch her with a surprise knockout?
The bell rings, the two circle and fans rally up. Xia and Aleah shake hands to show there’s sportsmanship, and they tie up. Xia wrenches an arm to a wristlock, keeps on the hold, but Aleah cartwheels then wrenches back. Xia rolls, handsprings and wrenches again to have the wristlock. Xia hammerlocks, Aleah throws some elbows but Xia keeps on the hold. Fans rally, Aleah flips and drop toeholds to then float to a headlock! Xia gets up, Aleah wrenches and YANKS the arm, then has the wristlock. Xia goes to ropes, uses those to flip through and wrench back for a headlock takeover. Xia grinds Aleah down but Aleah rolls to a cover, ONE!
Aleah powers Xia to a headscissors and fans rally up again. Xia bridges, Aleah pushes her down and pushes up to add torque. Xia kips and kips but can’t get free. She turns, headstands and pops out to then PENALTY KICK! Then Xia does her hip shimmy to taunt Aleah. Xia snapmares and KICKS Aleah in the back! Xia hooks Aleah up, Aleah resists, but Xia still gets her for a grounded cobra twist! Xia cranks on the arms but Aleah gets one free. Aleah pushes up, fans rally again and Aleah hits a JAWBREAKER! Aleah runs, ducks and dodges to rally with flying forearms, then a dropkick! Fans fire up with Aleah as she KNEES Xia low, and jumps.
Xia blocks the DDT to WRING Aleah out to then hit a NECKBREAKER! Xia fires up and fans rally up again. Aleah gets to a corner, Xia runs in, BROKEN WINGS! Xia hoists Aleah up top, DOUBLE CHOPS her, then gets the arms. But Aleah kicks her away, sunset flips, ALEAH WINS!!
Winner: Aleah James, by pinfall
Xia is shocked! Aleah gets a big win outta nowhere, and the frustration is boiling up in Brookside. Aleah offers a handshake but Xia slaps it away! Xia storms off, what will it take for her to get out of this slump?
NXT UK Media catches up with Meiko Satomura.
She’s helping Emilia McKenzie train but how is she feeling about her coming match with Jinny? Meiko says this is good timing for a title match. Meiko knows Jinny is dangerous, but she’s not the Final Boss, Meiko is. Meiko goes back to Millie, will the Best in the World be razor sharp for her battle with the Spoiled Princess?
Kenny Williams speaks.
“I think there’s a bit of a misunderstanding. When I said I was relentless, that I was resilient, that I was indestructible, that doesn’t mean I was undefeatable. Everybody, anybody, can be defeated. But what makes me indestructible is up here.” NXT UK is full of insecure little boys who need instant gratification from the WWE Universe. But not Kenny. “Those little maggots” that watch are going to be disappointed. But we’re going to be in for the shock of our lives. If you thought Kenny was bad before, you’re about to find out how low the Scum of the Earth can go!
Symbiosis VS Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz!
Eddie Dennis and his human weapons have been doing whatever whenever, and the dynamic duo before them says enough is enough! Will Primate & Tyson T-Bone be tamed by the Bomber and the Gatekeeper?
Pretty Deadly is on commentary to watch this one close up. The teams sort out and T-Bone starts with Starz. They tie up, T-Bone throws Starz down, but Starz gets up to circle with him. They tie up again and T-Bone puts Starz in a corner. The ref counts, Starz dodges the haymaker to ram in his shoulder! Starz whips, T-Bone reverses but Starz goes up and over to fire off dropkicks! Starz arm-drags T-Bone down and fans fire up. T-Bone fights up, Starz wrenches but T-Bone ROCKS him! T-Bone scoops and SLAMS Starz, then brings him up to whip to a corner. Starz bounces off buckles, T-Bone scoops him for a FALL AWAY SLAM! T-Bone pushes Starz around, covers, ONE!
Tag to Primate and Symbiosis mugs Starz. Primate wrenches and CLUBS Starz down then grinds the arm. Starz endures, fights up, Primate wrenches again and has the wristlock. Starz rolls, cartwheels and handsprings to hop under and kick Primate out of the ring! Starz kips up and dropkicks Primate off the apron! And then he dropkicks T-Bone! Mastiff gets in to CLBOBER T-Bone! Primate returns but Starz fires off EuroUppers! Starz whips, dropkicks and arm-drags Primate to an armlock! Starz makes it a top wristlock but Primate endures. Starz wrenches, tags in Mastiff, and fans fire up as Mastiff headbutts Primate down!
Mastiff scoops Primate to scoop and SLAM! Then he runs and BACK SENTONS! Starz tags in to slingshot SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Starz drags Primate back up to CLUB him to the ropes. Starz tags Mastiff back in. they mug Primate in their corner, but Primate fights back! Primate stomps Mastiff’s foot and tags in T-Bone! T-Bone boots, whips but Mastiff reverses to kitchen sink knee! Mastiff drags Primate up, bumps him off buckles and tags in Starz. Starz throws EuroUppers, CLUBS T-Bone, then throws more uppercuts. Starz wrenches, T-Bone reels him in for a back suplex BACKBREAKER! Starz is in the Symbiosis corner but he fights out!
T-Bone shoves Starz away but Starz dodges the haymaker to DECK Primate! T-Bone CLUBS Starz then throws him out! Dennis gives orders, T-Bone lets Starz get up on his own, so that Primate can scoop and SLAM Starz to the floor! T-Bone goes out to fetch Starz now, brings him up and into the ring, then drags him up to SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Starz is still in this and Symbiosis grows frustrated. Tag to Primate, T-Bone brings Starz out on the ropes, Primate springboards to drop ax handles! Primate shoves Starz to ROCK him in the back, then hits a BIG back suplex! Fans boo as Primate roars but Primate drags Starz by a foot to the Symbiosis corner!
Tag to T-Bone, Symbiosis mugs Starz, then double SLAMS him for a DOUBLE STOMP! T-Bone drags Starz around, suplexes and holds Starz up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Cover, TWO! T-Bone throws Starz out again, and again he distracts the ref. Primate scoops again but Starz slips out to scoop and SLAM Primate! Starz hurries back up, he shoulders into T-Bone and goes up the corner! Starz leaps to CROSSBODY! Tag to Mastiff! Fans fire up as Mastiff brawls with T-Bone! Mastiff gets the edge, T-Bone shoves him away but T-Bone runs into an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! And then he shoves T-Bone into Primate before the fireman’s carry, ROLLING SENTON!
Dennis gets on the corner, Mastiff swipes at him, but T-Bone mule kicks! T-Bone swings, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Mastiff has his target, he runs corner to corner INTO THE VOID! Starz wants in, but Dennis attacks! Dennis uses a chair on Starz!!
Winners: Dave Mastiff & Jack Starz, by disqualification
Primate CLOBBERS Mastiff! Symbiosis sacrificed the win to deal damage on their opponents! Dennis chokes Starz with the chair, Mastiff is getting mugged 2v1, but here come Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter! They have their own beef with Symbiosis and they CLOBBER Primate and throw hands on T-Bone! Carter throws Primate out to Dennis, then Smith CLOBBERS T-Bone! DOUBLE DROPKICKS send T-Bone out! Pretty Deadly don’t get what this is about, but the message was clear to Symbiosis! Will Dennis and his pack learn to be careful who they pick a fight with?
“The first and only French superstar in all of WWE. I carry the hopes of a nation on my shoulders. And that’s a responsibility I take very seriously. SO let’s be clear. What happened last time against Emilia was a fluke and will never happen again.” She’s back in action next week, and nothing will stop her.
NXT UK Media catches up with Charlie Dempsey.
They note how he said he had high expectations for himself, but how does he feel he’s going? He feels like it’s been great so far. Josh Morrell was a great first opponent to test himself against, and he’s really looking forward to seeing what the rest of the roster has to offer. This could be the start of a great legacy. Gallus walks over and likes that he wants to leave a legacy. He should do that, the same Gallus did on the NXT UK Tag titles. “Just don’t let your legacy get in our way, pal.” Dempsey stands up tall and Gallus wants him to keep cool. They head off, and Dempsey says he’s going to get back to training.
Suddenly, Teoman and Roha Raja start beef with Gallus over the Breakout Tournament! Will the Family get even with the Gallus boys soon enough?
NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!
Noam Dar and Sha Samuels set their set up in the ring. “Hello, hello, hello! Hear me now! Live from the moon, welcome to another edition of Supernova Sessions.” Since day one in NXT UK, Dar’s made it his mission to become everything they said he couldn’t be and wouldn’t be. That continues next week as he proves he’s the star player in the WWE when he runs victory laps with the Heritage Cup. Everyone’s running scared, and they should be. Class being class, and they’re class. But speaking of next week, welcome their guest, Tyler Bate. Fans cheer as the Heritage Cup Champion, and Trent Seven, head to the ring.
Bate carefully sets the cup down on the table, Dar gets impatient as Moustache Mountain take their time sitting down in the guest chairs. Wait, Seven wasn’t invited. What’s he doing here? Oh wait, the same thing he always does: riding Bate’s coattails. Seven stands up but Bate keeps him back, and Sha tells “granddad” to take his seat. Dar and Sha sit on the couch and Dar says there’s this idea that he doesn’t like Bate. That’s partially true, and Sha confirms for himself that he definitely doesn’t like Bate. But Dar has respect for Bate. That’s why he is extending a courtesy to simply relinquish the cup to him right now. That saves Bate the embarrassment and beating Dar has in store. If Bate shows up, it is over.
Bate and Seven talk it out, and Bate says he can. NOT! Sit down and shut it. Get a grip, man. Get real. Oh he wants to get real? Okay, well, Dar says Bate’s fallen off, gotten complacent, and Sha adds that he’s lazy! Bate never learns from his mistakes. In fact, one he doesn’t learn from is carrying around the deadweight weird uncle. They’re too focused on tag team endeavors or whatever these DAFTIES do on Moustache Mountain. Seven gets up again and says that while he isn’t worried about the cup, the NXT UK Tag Team titles mean the world to him. Bate keeps Seven calm and says Seven is right, tonight isn’t about the tag titles.
Bate has no idea what planet Dar thinks he’s on, or what Sha has in his flask, but every single time Bate and Dar meet, the result is the same. Next time they meet, history will repeat itself: Dar will be flat on his back, awoken from a deep slumber to the sweet, sweet sounds of the brass section, playing “Bah! Bah dah!” Dar says Bate is scared, shook even! Seven asks if Dar is done. When Dar fails again next week, he’ll be done. Dar sucker punches Bate! Sha keeps Dar back, Seven helps Bate up but also keeps him back. Bate almost gets at Dar but Dar and Sha get away! Dar says he’s the big strong boy now! Thank you, buh-bye! But will it finally be Dar’s time? Or does he go 3-0 real quick?
The Gallus boys prank Jordan Devlin.
While Devlin is listening to his tunes while working out, they snatch his jacket! Devlin turns around to see the jacket is gone and goes looking. Will he get even with the firm when it’s just him and Joe Coffey?
Speaking of Gallus…
After the confrontation between them and “The Family” in the UK Performance Center, Mark Coffey will take on Rohan Raja 1v1 on behalf of their teams!
Joe Coffey VS Jordan Devlin!
Because Markus and Wolfie got a little too involved behind the referee’s back, it was only fair that NXT UK run it back again. The Iron King wears the Irish Ace’s jacket out to the ring, will Devlin take it back as he takes his revenge?
Speaking of, Devlin attacks right from behind on the ramp! Devlin stomps away on Coffey, CLUBS him around the way then stomps him against the barriers! Devlin CHOPS Coffey, throws him at the ring, but Coffey rebounds to CLOBBER him! Coffey stomps, throws EuroUppers, and then ROCKS Devlin. Devlin RAMS Coffey into the apron, puts him in the ring, then trips him up to slingshot TORNILLO! Devlin soaks up the heat while the ref checks on Coffey. Coffey still wants the match so the ref rings the bell, and Coffey throws hands on Devlin! Devlin ends up in a corner, Coffey throws more hands, but Devlin gets around to a headlock and takeover.
Coffey rolls to a cover, ONE! Devlin grinds the hold, Coffey fights up, but he can’t power out as Devlin holds tight! Coffey fights up again, fans rally, and Coffey pushes Devlin around. Coffey powers out and trips Devlin up, then throws EuroUppers! Coffey whips, Devlin reverses then ducks and dodges, only for Coffey to scoop. Devlin slips out, waistlocks but Coffey switches and shoves to then go the other way and CROSSBODY! Fans fire up with Coffey and he whips Devlin into a corner. Coffey scoops Devlin for a BACKBREAKER, and holds on for a SIDEWALK SLAM! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Coffey brings Devlin up to wrench and RAM him with a shoulder.
Devlin sits up to throw body shots but Coffey blocks to a cording hold. Coffey cranks the arm, Devlin endures. Devlin fights up, powers Coffey to ropes but Coffey uses that to arm-drag! Coffey keeps on the cording hold, Devlin fights up to his feet again, and Devlin goes up to headscissor, only for Coffey to SLAM him down! Coffey still has the arm for the cording hold, but Devlin fights up to go up and around, then POST Coffey! Devlin goes corner to corner to HESITATION DROPKICK Coffey back into the post! Devlin goes out to BEND Coffey against the post! The ref counts, Devlin stops at 4, and Devlin stomps Coffey down!
Devlin soaks up the heat, CLUBS Coffey, but Coffey throws body shots! Devlin hits Coffey back, puts him in a corner and CHOPS! Coffey headlocks Devlin, Devlin powers out and hurdles, drops and kitchen sink knees! Coffey writhes and clutches his ribs but Devlin stalks him. Devlin drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Another cover, ONE! Devlin is annoyed but fans rally up for Coffey. Devlin stands Coffey to DECK him with a haymaker! “Every day of the week, baby!” Devlin drags Coffey up, whips him hard into a corner, and watches Coffey crawl along the ropes. Devlin KICKS Coffey, Coffey blocks! Devlin throws slapping shots and he knocks Coffey down!
Devlin drags Coffey up again to reel him in for a cobra twist! Coffey endures, fans rally, and Coffey powers out with a HIP TOSS! Coffey keeps moving, he BOOTS, then catches Devlin, only for the back to give up! Devlin gets around, and has a body scissors! Coffey clubs Devlin, but Devlin lets him spin through for a body scissors on the mat! Coffey endures the squeeze, Devlin pulls hair and CLUBS Coffey on the back. Devlin rolls Coffey to a cover, TWO! Coffey pries at the legs, fans rally up, and Coffey gets up with Devlin as a backpack! Coffey RAMS Devlin into buckles and is free! But Devlin goes up the corner to LEAP, into an uppercut!
Both men are down and fans rally back up. Coffey throws hands, whips but Devlin reverses, Coffey still runs Devlin over! Coffey keeps moving, FLYING SHOULDER TACKLE! Cover, TWO! Coffey gets up and runs at Devlin in the corner but Devlin boots him! Devlin runs but into a pop-up POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Devlin survives and fans fire up again. Coffey stalks Devlin, waistlocks but Devlin fights the suplex. Devlin gets Coffey for the URENAGE and STANDING MOONSAULT! Both men are down again but fans keep rallying. Devlin drags himself to a corner and the top rope. Coffey runs over to SHORYUKEN!
Coffey climbs up to join Devlin but Devlin throws body shots! Devlin slips out and under, drags Coffey down but Coffey elbows him away! Double jump CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Fans continue to rally up as Coffey grits his teeth. Devlin’s in a corner again, Coffey blocks the boots but Devlin lands on the apron, SLINGSHOT CUTTER! But Coffey rolls and flops to the floor! Devlin goes to the apron, aims and PENALTY KICKS! Coffey staggers, Devlin ASAI MOONSAULTS! Direct hit and down go both men! The fans fire up as a ring count starts. Devlin gets up, brings Coffey up at 5 of 10 and he puts Coffey in at 6.
Devlin takes a breath, gets up on the corner, but Coffey goes right up after him! SUPER OVERHEAD SUPLEX!! But Coffey’s ribs bother him, he can’t make the cover! A standing count begins, Devlin and Coffey head for each other. Coffey throws body shots but Devlin gives them back. Devlin CLUBS Coffey, brings Coffey up but Coffey throws fast hands! Devlin ducks to fire them all back! Devlin ROCKS Coffey but Coffey gets around to throw more boxing hands! Uppercut after uppercut in the corner! Coffey fires up, the fans are with him, but Devlin BOOTS him back! Coffey throws more heavy hands and DECKS Devlin with the left! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and fans fire up again!
Devlin goes to a corner, Coffey runs in, GLASGOW SENDOFF! And then ALL THE- HEADBUTT!! Devlin intercepts the Best for the Bells then goes up top! 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!!! Fans fire up, Devlin drags Coffey up, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, Devlin wins!!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
It was truly 1v1 and Devlin won in one hell of a slugfest! Is this enough to prove the Irish Ace is worthy of facing the NXT UK Champion?
A great episode for NXT UK, even with just three matches. Xia VS Aleah was a short match but Aleah winning and Xia getting frustrated does bring us a little closer to that Heel turn in Xia I’m sensing. We got decent promos from Meiko Satomura, Kenny Williams and Amale, but the interesting one was what started as Dempsey’s promo “interrupted” by Gallus turned into Gallus getting into it with Raja and Teoman. Teoman’s family is going to add someone, just as they said last week, but I’d be surprised if it was Dempsey. I feel like that’d be rather odd for Dempsey, he just got started and could have a few matches before getting a feud.
Symbiosis VS Mastiff & Starz was a really good tag match but I didn’t think they’d do a disqualification finish here. I suppose that’s one way of keeping both teams strong. Carter & Smith getting involved makes sense given their recent matches with Symbiosis, and I’m thinking these three teams fight in a contender’s match to then go on and challenge Pretty Deadly. Symbiosis is probably the team that takes the loss to one of the Face teams. Supernova Sessions being in the ring is rather odd for the framing of it but with fans back, they had to move things around. It was a pretty good segment otherwise, and I have a feeling Sha and Seven will play a part in the finish.
Coffey VS Devlin was a very good match, definitely a touch better than their previous match. Devlin getting the win makes sense, since he didn’t have to worry about the Gallus boys getting in the way and he targeted Coffey’s ribs. Devlin’s been building up outside of title stories for awhile, I have a feeling he could move up and be a major challenger for Ilja Dragunov.
My Score: 8.4/10
Cook’s 2021 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 7
Cook's pick record is looking as bad as Romeo Crennel's NFL head coaching record. Maybe he gets the ball rolling?...
3 Man Weave: Oreos & White Women
The Weave is back on full alert with Deshaun Watson speculation, MLB Playoff talk and our NBA season preview!
Down The Wire: Week 6 NFL Recap
Tom and Dave dive into the best and worst of Week 6 in the NFL, along with a few QB...
Chairshot Radio: Hockey Talk- And So It Begins 
The 2021-22 NHL Season is officially underway and Patrick & Dave are here to recap some of the biggest stories...
Cook’s 2021 NFL Gambling Picks: Week 6
The only thing worse than Cook's string of picks, would be certain head coaches life choices. Some people will never...
Bandwagon Nerds #101: DC Fandome 2021
DC takes over the Bandwagon as Patrick, Dave, Rey and PC Tunney break down the day that was DC Fandome...
Mitchell’s Hyrule Puro-Resu News Report! (10/17/21)
HPW Media questions Link and his family!
Andrew’s Judgmental Album Reviews: Twelve Foot Ninja – Vengeance (2021)
Well the JAR was dropped into Australia and hot damn this band is unique. Their new album Vengeance really explores...
BWN Nerds’ Movie Review: Free Guy (2021)
The Nerds tackle the new Ryan Reynolds movie Free Guy! It did surprisingly well at box offices and has been...
BWN100 Special Edition: The Omar Spahi Interview
Without question, the highlight of the 100th Episode of Bandwagon Nerds was the phenomenal interview that Patrick O’Dowd and Dave...
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Will history be denied in the Climax?
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Happy third anniversary!
Chairshot Radio: Five Rounds Fallout for UFC Vegas 40
Rey Ca$h and Mags bring you #HeadTrauma Thursdays, as Mags talks about the biggest stories coming out of the UFC...
The Paradox of the Wrestling War in 2021
The IWC has been talking about a certain Friday Night and what numbers matter. Tommy Starr chimes in with his...
Mitchell’s WWE Crown Jewel Results & Report! (10/21/21)
Who ascends to the throne?
Mitchell’s NJPW G1 Climax 31 Results & Report! (10/20/21)
B Block's final round!
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (10/20/21)
Another Best Of!
Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 18 Results & Match Ratings: 10.20.2021
Last day for B Block! Jeff Cobb is on an undefeated run, but it comes down to him versus Okada...
The #Miranda Show: Bound For Mutha F*ckin’ Glory!
Apparently we can thank the Forbidden Door for ruining the Bound For Glory main event for Greg. Can Miranda help...
Steve Cook’s Fave Five: October 2021
From the Head Of The Table to the Future Head Of The Table, and more, Steve Cook has his Fave...
Coverage6 days ago
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (10/15/21)
AEW Coverage6 days ago
Mitchell’s AEW Rampage Results & Report! (10/15/21)
AEW Coverage5 days ago
Mitchell’s AEW Dynamite Results & Report! (10/16/21)
Coverage7 days ago
Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 16 Results & Match Ratings: 10.14.2021