A night of returns and rematches!
Back from injury and ready to reclaim “Goldie” for his own, Tommaso Ciampa looks to make an example out of the arrogant Angel Garza!
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Angel Garza; Ciampa wins.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Io Shirai VS Kayden Carter; Shirai wins.
- NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic; No Contest due to interference; both Lee and Dijakovic will challenge Roderick Strong next week.
- Matt Riddle VS Bronson Reed; Riddle wins.
- Tegan Nox VS Taynara Conti; Nox wins.
- Boa VS Killian Dain; Dain wins.
- Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest; Priest wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Last week’s NXT was wild!
A new NXT Cruiserweight Champion was crowned! The Undisputed Era is being pursued on all sides! And Goldie… “Daddy’s home.” Just what more could go down this week?!
Tommaso Ciampa VS Angel Garza!
The wait is over! The Blackheart of NXT is back in action, and if he has his way, Garza won’t survive! Will this be little more than a message sent to the Undisputed Era’s leader, Adam Cole?
The bell rings and fans chant, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Garza runs in, but Ciampa puts him in a corner and yanks him out with a headlock. Garza powers out but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa throws Garza tor opes but Garza dodges and rolls off the back. Ciampa dodges, but so does Garza. Garza then stops to offer a handshake. Ciampa kicks it away but gets an enziguri for it! Ciampa gets out of the ring but Garza builds speed, only for Ciampa to use his baseball slide against him! Ciampa then rams Garza into barriers and then onto steel steps! Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back and fans cheer! Garza gets to the ring but Ciampa is on him. Garza and Ciampa throw hands, Ciampa whips but Garza reverses. Garza gets caught in underhooks but he powers Ciampa to the corner. Garza runs into a back elbow, but he trips Ciampa up to dropkick the legs out! Garza has Ciampa down and dropkicks him out of the ring!
Ciampa gets up but Garza builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Ciampa out to the ramp! Garza puts Ciampa in fast, then climbs up top, to leap and missile dropkick! Fans duel as Garza rips those pants away! And throws them at Ciampa! Ciampa DECKS Garza for it! Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Garza’s grinning face, and gives him a running knee wash! Garza is dazed as he bails out of the ring. Ciampa takes Garza’s torn away pants and stomps them out! And then gives the tights a devastating knee! He puts the pants in the underhooks, to throw them at Garza! Garza gets in, Willow’s Bell draping DDT! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
No one will survive, and no thing as Ciampa beats up both Garza and his tearaway tights. Will Ciampa tear Goldie away from Adam Cole in the very near future?
But speaking of, here comes the Undisputed Era! Roderick Strong is even sending a message to Velveteen Dream with those sunglasses. The Era heads for the ring, but Ciampa is again armed with a chair and his camouflage clutch! The Era flanks the ring, but Cole has Kyle O’Reilly give something to commentary. A USB drive? The Era want us to take a look at what’s on the drive tonight. With that, the Era actually leaves without so much as a word to Ciampa. What are the boys #DrapedInGold trying to play at?
The USB drive had a video on it!
The NXT production crew checked it and has approved it, now the whole world gets to see it. It starts with O’Reilly pretending this is a breaking news update from the Era. Adam Cole says an example needs to be made. He is “sick and tired” of the Era not being taken seriously, and Roderick Strong made The Velveteen Dream pay for his mistake of embarrassing him! “There are consequences for your actions!” And as for Finn Balor and Ciampa, COle warns them both not to get in the way or this happens to them. They let Dream “sleep,” and then Strong breaks the three-eye glasses! O’Reilly closes with, “Dream Over.” But what will NXT GM William Regal have to say about this?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Imperium!
The crossover continues as the One Two combo of the BritAm Brawlers takes on Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel. The Ax Man, Alexander Wolfe, will be by his comrades’ side, will he be an x-factor tonight?
The teams sort out and we begin with Burch and Aichner as fans already chant, “ONE TWO!” The two circle with the bell and tie up. Aichner headlocks and holds on as Burch goes to power out. Burch pries his way out and gets a hammerlock. Aichner slips around and hammerlocks to toss Burch! Burch comes back and headlocks Aichner, but Aichner powers out. Burch runs Aichner over and tags in Oney. They double whip and double shoulder Aichner down! Oney stands Aichner to CHOP! Tag to Burch, and another double whip, but Aichner dodges to elbow and BOOT! Aichner puts Burch in the corner and tags Barthel. Barthel bumps Burch on buckles to whip corner to corner. Burch reverses but runs into a boot. Barthel hops up, and leaps into a headbutt! Burch clotheslines and enziguris to then hop up and leap, missile dropkick! And a kip-up! Fans fire up but Aichner tags in.
Burch rallies on Imperium but Barthel rams him into buckles. Barthel hangs Burch upside down, Imperium meets with double dropkicks! Imperium poses and soak up the heat while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Barthel bends Burch back with his chinbar. Burch fights up, jawbreakers free, and spins Barthel for a JAB! Tag to Oney! Full Sail fires up as Oney rallies on Aichner with European Uppercuts! Oney aims as Aichner bails out, slingshot pescado! Barthel hurries over but Oney just blasts him onto Aichner! Tag to Burch and Oney FLIES Onto Imperium! He feeds Aichner in and Burch clotheslines! German Suplex, to tag team powerbomb! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Burch didn’t quite keep his balance there, but he brings Aichner to Oney. Oney tags and the One Two work together. But Barthel saves Aichner only to be thrown out. Barthel drags Burch out and Aichner CHOPS Oney! Oney CHOPS back! They have a CHOP fight!
Aichner CHOPS, kicks, uppercuts, but misses the clothesline! Tag to Barthel but Oney blasts him out! Aichner waistlocks but Oney standing switches, back suplex but Aichner escapes. Aichner is in a corner but Oney hits a back elbow! And then goes corner to corner, but misses! Barthel hits an uppercut, feed to Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Barthel hits Burch then DIVES! Aichner triangle springboard moonsaults! Cover, TWO!! Fans duel, “One Two!” “NEIN!” as the two men crawl. Aichner stands and drags Oney up, but Oney breaks free to CHOP! And CHOP! Oney scoops, Aichner escapes to tag Barthel. Oney just CHOPS away on them both! The Fury fires up, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Penalty Kick! Imperium EuroBomb!! Cover, Imperium wins!!
Winners: Imperium, Barthel pinning
The takeover of both NXT UK and USA continues! With Aichner and Barthel in the tag team division on both brands, will they soon hold both tag titles?
NXT looks closer at Johnny Gargano.
Johnny Wrestling had humble beginnings as just a boy with a dream. But he came to NXT, formed DIY, and even became enemies with his closest friend. “I will do whatever it takes to finally have my moment.” The first ever Triple Crown Champion in NXT history, Gargano is #NXT4Life! Will Gargano live the dream forever?
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
But given his history with Tommaso Ciampa, what are his thoughts at his return tonight? They’ve had their ups, their downs, but Gargano won’t know what to say about how he feels, until he sees Ciampa for himself. Will the Rebel Heart and Blackheart be friends or foes in this new phase of their NXT legacies?
Io Shirai VS Kayden Carter!
The Evil Genius continues her descent into madness as she rises back up in the ranks. Will she be able to find sadistic satisfaction against “The Perfect Storm”?
The bell rings and Kayden rushes Shirai to trip her up. Things then speed up, and Kayden cartwheels over Shirai. Shirai shows she can handspring, too, then she whips Kayden, and handsprings through Kayden’s huricanrana! Shirai runs Kayden over and covers but Kayden Matrix escapes to cover, TWO! The two speed demons stand off, but they suddenly go again. Kayden catches Shirai in a waistlock and rolls her up, TWO, but Kayden quickly springboards and dropkicks Shirai down! Shirai bails out but Kayden is on the apron, only to get caught and tripped up! Shirai puts Kayden in as fans duel. Shirai springboards and missile dropkicks Kayden back! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her cool as she drags Kayden up by her hair. Shirai whips but Kadyen slips around to crucifix to sunset, but Shirai breaks free. Shirai misses her stomp, Kayden sweeps the legs then kicks from the mat!
Shirai and Kayden slowly rise, and Kayden runs in, springboard wheelbarrow victory roll, to mule kick! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps focus as she drags Shirai up. Shirai shoves her away but Kayden forearms and wheelbarrows again. Shirai blocks to a German Suplex! Shirai steps on Kayden to then climb, for her Descent Into Darkness! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Her signature moonsault is still her ace card, and she’s rolling towards the top! But Shirai isn’t done, she snatches up a mic to speak.
“Not Rhea. Not Bianca. Shayna, it’s ME!” But then Rhea Ripley appears! The Mosh Pit Kid heard her name, and isn’t just going to stay put hearing someone talk. Rhea stands with Shirai in the ring, and they stare down. Rhea snatches Shirai’s mic to say, “last week, Bianca decided to run her mouth. And next week, I get to put her back in her place. But Io, if you ever spit my name out of your mouth again, then I have no problem shutting you up, too!” Fans want to see that right here and now, but Shirai talks trash in Japanese as she takes her leave. It seems that the Queen of Spades again has a handful of hunters after her gold, but who comes out as her #1 contender?
Breakout superstar, Boa, speaks.
It is mostly in Mandarin, but clearly after what Killian Dain did to him last week, Boa wants the Northern Ireland Nightmare to man up and try that face to face! Boa is raring for a fight, but will he get the Beast of Belfast fair and square?
Cathy Kelly interviews William Regal.
She and the NXT GM are on the NXT balcony to discuss a medical update on Velveteen Dream, and whether or not this jeopardizes next week’s North American Championship rematch. Regal says that Dream is unfortunately not able to compete, and not for some time after “the absolutely brutal beating by the Undisputed Era.” But Strong will still defend that title, against the winner of Lee VS Dijakovic!! As if the forth match between those titans wasn’t big enough, now it’s for a truly golden opportunity!
NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic!
Roderick Strong may regret what he did to Dream tonight! Because one way or another, he faces a man that is both incredibly strong, physically intimidating and unbelievably agile! Will Strong #BaskInHisGlory or #FeastHisEyes in next week’s title match?
The bell rings and fans sing for Lee. Lee and Dijakovic stare down again, but Dijakovic draws the line and dares Lee to cross it. Fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Lee and Dijakovic back up, to then run at each other! They ram shoulders but neither falls. They go again, another collision! Then another, and Dijakvoic headlocks. Lee powers out, they collide and Lee staggers back, only to rebound and ram Dijakovic again! Dijakovic kneels, and Lee has his arm! Lee clamps on a knuckle lock, and then lifts Dijakovic with one arm! He lets Dijakovic down, and fans sing again. Dijakovic reaches for ropes, but swings into a whip. Things speed up and Lee leap frogs to then run Dijakovic over! Lee drops a splash on the bad arm! Cover, ONE, but Lee keeps his cool.
Lee looms over Dijakovic and brings him up. Lee wrenches the bad arm and then wristlocks, but Dijakovic gets a ropebreak. Lee lets up but gets a sucker BOOT! Dijakovic throws big elbows and knees, then hits a big LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lee is rocked and Dijakovic grins as we go picture in picture.
Dijakovic gets up first and clubs Lee on his back. Dijakovic hits Lee with big forearm shots, then CHOPS! Lee powers up to Grizzly Magnum CHOP! Lee throws knees and then facelocks Dijakovic, to suplex! But Dijakovic fights free to rock Lee with a right! Dijakovic throws back elbows and clubbing forearms to then reel Lee in. Even with a bad arm, Dijakovic says, “Time to Fly!” He suplex TOSSES Lee! Cover, TWO! Lee is tough as ever, and Dijakovic looms over him. Dijakovic rams Lee with knees, then pulls back on a chinbar. Lee stands up but Dijakovic wrangles him back down. Lee endures and slowly fights his way up as fans rally. Dijakovic elbows Lee on the back then boot shim in the head, and Lee staggers to ropes. Dijakovic keeps on him with clubbing forearms, and then big haymakers. Lee comes back with a spinning left hand! Dijakovic knees low then kicks Lee’s legs out! Back to the chinlock and knee!
Lee endures all over again, but fans rally up. Lee gets up, and NXT returns to single picture as Dijakovic clubs him again. But Lee just powers up! Dijakovic keeps throwing forearms but Lee just swats them away! Lee blocks the kick and then has Dijakovic open with big body shots! Dijakovic is in a corner as Lee rocks him! Lee fires up and corner splashes, to then TOSS Dijakovic across the way! Lee throws a BIG left! Fans love it as Lee runs to POUNCE Dijakovic to a corner! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic survives but Lee doesn’t grow frustrated. Lee drags Dijakovic up, wants a bomb, but Dijakovic slips out only to be scooped up! Dijakovic slips out the back while choking Lee, CHOKE SLAM BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives but Dijakovic gets to his feet. “This is Awesome!” as Dijakovic stalks Lee to a corner.
Dijakovic stands Lee up and hoists him to the top rope. That alone takes a lot, but Dijakovic clubs Lee more! Dijakovic climbs up to join Lee now, but Lee resists! Lee headbutts Dijakovic and hits a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Dijakovic drops to the mat, and Lee adjusts, for a SUPER SPLASH on the arm! Dijakovic is clutching that arm in pain, but Lee has him, for a pop-up, SPIRIT BOMB!! But Dijakovic flops out of the ring!! Lee was so close to finishing this. The ref checks on Dijakovic but he’s okay to continue, somehow. Lee goes out to fetch Dijakovic, drags him up and puts him in the ring. Lee looms over Dijakovic as fans build to a new rally. Lee has Dijakovic up, and on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry. But Dijakovic fights out! Lee ROCKS Dijakovic again! Then runs, into the CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic can’t believe it!
Fans are loving “Both These Guys!” for a fourth instant classic. Dijakovic forearms but Lee throws a body shot. Dijakovic forearms again, but Lee hits one of his own! Dijakovic throws an elbow but Lee throws more body shots. Dijakovic slips through to mule kick, front kick and back elbow! Dijakovic wants to make Lee fly again, but Lee lifts him! Dijakovic knees back, but Lee keeps him up! And even after a second knee! Lee powers Dijakovic up and over for the suplex! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic keeps himself in this, but Lee keeps his focus. Fans build back to a rally as Lee drags Dijakovic to a drop zone. Lee starts to smile as he climbs up. But Dijakovic rises and hurries after Lee, and SUPERKICKS him! Dijakovic wants the torture rack, but his bad arm can’t pull Lee back off the corner. So instead, Dijakovic Electric Chairs Lee! For Lee to POISON-RANA!?! Cover, TWO?!? How is either man human?!
Lee has Dijakovic on the ropes quick and hops up top. Lee brings Dijakovic over, up, but Dijakovic fights back with elbows. Dijakovic adjusts, climbs up higher, but Lee blocks the Steiner! Lee brings Dijakovic back up but Dijakovic fights back again. But here comes Roderick Strong to attack them both with the title belt!!
Strong feels that HE is the winner now, because neither man gets the win! But Regal comes back out to address this! “Very, very, clever, Roderick Strong. But not clever enough, sunshine!” Because now, Strong will defend his NXT North American Championship against both!! Strong has only gotten himself into a Triple Threat!!
Matt Riddle VS Bronson Reed!
Bro…! Look who is back in action! With so much going on with NXT right now, will the Original Bro find himself fighting for some gold again? Or will #Aussiezilla have his Breakout moment here tonight?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind “Bro! Bro!” Riddle and Bronson dap, but then Riddle CHOPS! Reed blocks the kick to give a mule kick, front kick and CHOP of his own, and all very fast! Reed waistlocks to German Suplex, but Riddle lands on his feet for a knee trigger! Riddle gives Reed Bro Kicks in the corner, then runs side to side for a forearm smash! And another! Reed blocks the Brosploder but runs into one anyway! Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his focus as he drops the Broton, on knees! Reed scoop slams and drops a senton of his own! Aussie Strong Style is rolling and he stalks Riddle to ropes. Reed drags Riddle up but Riddle blocks and fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots but Reed returns, only to get a Pele! Riddle kips up and fireman’s carries Reed, to a Bro To Sleep! But that’s not all, POWERBOMB, to FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!? Reed is tough, but Riddle won’t let up.
Riddle goes to the corner and climbs, for a FLOATING BRO! But it’s made into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives Reed’s counter, but Reed brings down the straps! Reed drags Riddle up, suplexes, but Riddle slips out, to the sleeper hold! Riddle is a backpack, but Reed fires up, only for Riddle to put out the flame with elbows. Reed throws Riddle off, but Riddle dodges as Reed runs in. Riddle goes up and over, only to get caught! Riddle has Reed in position, BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Reed was ready to go, but the Bro is back on track! And to show there is still respect, they fist bump again! Will Riddle make this big rebound victory the first of many?
NXT looks at the EST.
Bianca Belair has come very close to beating Shayna Baszler, but she doesn’t appreciate new girls thinking they can jump the line. “The strongest, the fastest, the toughest, the roughest, the quickest, the greatest, the best,” THAT is the EST. Rhea has to step up and test herself. If she thinks she’s getting ahead of Bianca, you’ll have to be better than all that. It’ll be fun for Bianca, but it’ll be a nightmare for Rhea. The match-up of the baddest happens next week!
BREAKING NEWS: Kushida is out with injury!
A wrist injury was re-aggravated, and the hairline fracture will be keeping him out for about a month. But will the Time Splitter be able to make good on that downtime to plan his comeback?
Tegan Nox VS Taynara Conti!
She’s already made herself known on NXT UK, but now NXT USA will see what the girl with the Shiniest Wizard is all about! Will she shine bright against the legit Brazilian black-belt?
The bell rings and Tegan circles with Taynara. They tie up, Tegan throws Taynara and Taynara gets mad. But Taynara walks right into a roll-up, TWO! Tegan arm-drags Taynara around, then spins her for another. Taynara is getting mad, but she gets caught for a sweep! And a dropkick! Tegan hurries to cover, TWO! Tegan says it was close, then waistlocks. Taynara switches but Tegan bucks her off. Taynara BOOTS Tegan out of the ring! Taynara taunts Tegan as she fetches her into the ring. Tegan gets to a corner but Taynara grabs at the legs. Tegan holds ropes but Taynara kicks the arms away! Cover, TWO! Taynara cools off and whips but Tegan reverses, only for Taynara to forearm and hit judo arm-drags! Taynara whips Tegan to a corner, then hits double knees! And a monkey flip, to a mounted cover, TWO!
Taynara starts losing her cool as she drags Tegan up. Taynara taunts more but Tegan headbutts! Fans rally as Tegan starts a rally of her own! Leaping uppercut, then a choke slam! Tegan shoves Taynara to a corner, and hits a big EuroUpper! Then a corner cannonball! Taynara flounders up but Tegan climbs, BIG crossbody! Tegan runs at Taynara, SHINIEST WIZARD! Cover, Tegan wins!
Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall
And the Cardiff kid gets a win for Team Kick! Will she be able to turn things around both here and in NXT UK to add some gold to that shine?
Ringside interview with Tegan Nox.
Cathy and the fans congratulate Tegan, and Dakota Kai joins in the celebration. This moment for Tegan is interrupted but Shayna Baszler and her Horsewomen. Shayna has always been bullying Dakota, now she seems to aim for the same with Tegan. “Let me guess,” Shayna says. Tegan wants to throw her name into the hat of challengers? Is that really a good idea? Just ask Dakota what happens getting int he ring with Shayna. But to be honest, Tegan is running out of limbs. Tegan wants Shayna to put up or shut up! Well Tegan hasn’t earned a shot, so this’ll have to wait until she does something worth talking about. Is Shayna only inviting more trouble by getting in the faces of Team Kick?
Finn Balor has a message.
“When your life comes to a crossroads, the only way to find the path to take is to revisit the ones you’ve walked before.” You need to look back on how you got to where you are. “Did your footsteps leave the world in a better place? Or did your missteps leave the world covered in darkness?” Egos, mistakes, and errors. Finn Balor’s future will be his past. What does this mean for the landscape of NXT?
Boa VS Killian Dain!
The Beijing Baller gets what he wants in facing the Beast of Belfast! But will he come to regret it?
The bell rings and Boa runs to boot Dain! Dain stays up so Boa fires forearms and kicks! He keeps on Dain against the ropes with kicks but the ref backs him off. Boa jukes the ref to dropkick Dain! Fans are fired up behind Boa as he kicks Dain out of the ring. Boa hurries after Dain, but gets the DIVIDE! Dain body checks Boa off his feet, and now he puts Boa into the ring. Dain drops big elbows on Boa’s bad ribs, then puts Boa in a corner. Dain stomps a mudhole into Boa but the ref pulls him off. Dain drags Boa up to whip corner to corner hard! Boa hits buckles then the mat, Dain covers, TWO! Boa somehow powers out but Dain drags him up. Fans rally behind Boa and Boa throws body shots, only to get a big knee into the ribs. Dain suplexes Boa fat and hard, then covers, TWO! Dain might have gone easy on Boa there.
Dain keeps on Boa with a chinbar, and grinds a knee into Boa’s ribs. Boa endures but fans rally up for him, and Boa fights up to throw body shots! Boa backs Dain down with forearms! Boa runs, but into a LARIAT! Dain grimaces as he drags Boa up to the fireman’s carry, and the Wasteland slam! To a senton! And a VADER BOMB! Then another! Dain steps on Boa to then hit a THIRD! Boa flounders and crawls, but Dain drags him back in a camel clutch variant! He thrashes Boa around, Boa is just barely able to tap! Dain wins!
Winner: Killian Dain, by submission
The ref has to pull Dain off Boa, but the damage is done. Will Dain do the same to ever man that gets in his way?
Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest!
The Bruiserweight became the Archer of Infamy’s new target simply because he is a big target. Dain barely left before Dunne came out and takes offense to the interruption. But Dunne takes that accusing finger and SNAPS it! Dain is furious, but Dunne just shrugs. Will Dunne make it through one towering opponent only to find another waiting? Or will Priest #LiveForever off of Dunne’s legacy?
NXT returns once more as Priest makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans are dueling already as the two stare down. Priest smirks but Dunne scowls as the two circle. They tie up, Priest wristlocks fast to a wrench, but Dunne rolls and handsprings to then headlock back. Priest powers out and hits Dunne with a leaping back elbow! Priest smirks again but Dunne gets up to kick away on his leg. Priest kicks Dunne down, then wrenches to go after the shoulder. Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles then ducks under to lariat! But Priest stays up! So Dunne goes after the fingers! He brings Priest to his knees, and puts the arm on the mat, to STOMP! Priest gets to the apron but Dunne has that arm again to hammerlock it again, for a Penalty Kick! Priest runs around the corner but Dunne is after him again! Dunne bends those fingers but Priest pulls hair. Priest can’t prevent Dunne putting the arm on the steps, for a STOMP!
Fans fire up as both men continue around the outside. A ring count climbs but Dunne puts Priest in at 4. Priest bails out to the apron, and Dunne follows, only to be caught into a choke grip! But Dunne breaks free with a heavy right forearm! Priest staggers back but BOOTS Dunne down! Dunne hits the apron and floor hard, but Priest drags him up into the ring for a BIG right of his own! The referee checks on Dunne while NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne is alright, so Priest keeps on him. Priest has Dunne up but Dunne stomps Priest’s feet! Priest ROCKS Dunne with an uppercut, then with another right! Priest stomps a mudhole into Dunne but the ref backs him off. Priest smirks again as he drags Dunne up for a corner to corner whip. Dunne elbows back, but then walks into another boot! Priest hits another back elbow! Dunne falls down but Priest toys with him now. Priest drags Dunne up by his hair, even as the ref reprimands him. Dunne hops on for a hoverboard body scissor! Priest stays up but Dunne is after his arm! Priest powers out for a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Priest keeps on Dunne by dragging him into an arm surfboard. Dunne endures as Priest pulls and grinds. They stand, Priest knees low and then suplexes. Dunne knees out once, then again, but Priest clubs him over and over. Priest tries again, but Dunne gives him an X-Plex!
Both men are down but Priest flounders up. Dunne slowly rises while Priest bails out to the apron. Dunne hurries over but gets a roundhouse! Priest hops up, Dunne throws forearms! Dunne climbs up to join Priest as fans chant for “Both These Guys!” HALF HATCH SUPERPLEX! Both men are down again as fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Dunne and Priest slowly rise, and Dunne throws kicks. Priest swings but misses, Dunne clubs and CHOPS away! Priest shoves, Dunne dodges the elbow. Dunne fires off fast hands, but Priest blocks the whip! Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Priest flounders, Dunne hops up, missile dropkick takes out the legs! Dunne reels Priest in but Priest elbows out. Priest swings but misses, rebound German Suplex! Stomp to the hands, buzzsaw to the head! Priest bails out again, but Dunne climbs up, to MOONSAULT! Direct hit! Fans chant “MAMMA MIA!” for that one!
Dunne drags Priest up and in and then goes back to the top rope. But Priest runs over, only for Dunne to sucker him in. Dunne roundhouses then kicks the bad hand! Dunne comes in, has Priest on his shoulders, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest still lives and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” again. Dunne has Priest’s hands, and fires off Danielson stomps! But Priest gives them back from the mat! But Priest gets caught into a flying armbar takedown!! Priest holds off the armbreaker, but Dunne makes it a triangle hold. Priest pushes to make it a cover, and uses his long legs to get leverage on the ropes! Cover, TWO, ROUNDHOUSE! Dunne is dazed, Priest throws him into a post! Priest drags Dunne out to gut wrench to a Canadian rack, CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Full Sail is loving this!
Priest stands while Dunne bails out. Priest grins and draws his bow. Priest fires, to FLY! Direct hit off his springboard senton! Full Sail loses their minds off that one, Priest puts Dunne in, and Priest grins as he stalks Dunne. Priest drags Dunne up, sleeper suplex, but Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw! Dunne hops up but gets a cyclone roundhouse! Priest climbs, SUPER STEINER! Dunne pops up but into the choke grip. SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Dunne lives and Priest can’t believe it! But Full Sail knows, “This is Awesome!” Priest rises and drags Dunne up again. He throws a big forearm, but Dunne CHOPS back! Priest DECKS Dunne, but Dunne still CHOPS! They brawl as they stand, and Dunne gets an edge as he CHOPS away! Priest knees back from all sides! They’re fast and furious, Dunne ROCKS Priest, to get a LARIAT from Priest!
Priest vows to end this, dragon sleeper, but no Reckoning! Pump handle, BITTER- NO, ear clap! Roundhouse, SOUTH- enziguri! DISCUS KICK! Springboard, into a forearm! Both men are down and Full Sail is thunderous!! Dunne stands up and heads to a corner. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Dunne moonsaults, onto knees! Priest drags Dunne back up, wants a powerbomb, but Dunne has the fingers! Priest gets ropes and the ref calls for the break, but then Priest clamps onto Dunne’s throat! they end up in a corner with the ref, and Priest gets away with a low blow!! Dragon sleeper, RECKONING!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damien Priest, by pinfall
The undefeated streak continues, and Priest has added Dunne to his resume! Will Priest truly #LiveForever after taking down the longest reigning NXT United Kingdom Champion?
A great episode for NXT right here! In a sense, the only filler match was Riddle VS Reed, which was great for being so quick. Riddle gets a big win but Reed looks strong in the loss, so Riddle is staying strong while things are still pretty fluid as far as title contention goes. Ciampa VS Garza was a pretty fun and also pretty fast, and of course Ciampa wins because it’s Ciampa. NXT does a good job of adjusting to Dream’s real injury, as the Undisputed Era “attack” him, and then use it to threaten the clear NXT Championship contenders, Ciampa and Balor. Finn has a good promo for himself, and I wonder if some of this implies restoring The Demon to its former glory. It was also a great adjustment to make Lee VS Dijakovic IV a contender’s match, and an even crazier move for Strong to interfere and get himself into a Triple Threat. However, this could make it easier for Strong now, since there are No Disqualifications, and Strong can use the two titans against each other.
The Women’s Championship scene is really heating up, perhaps the hottest it’s been. With Shayna having held the belt for so long, it actually makes a little sense if she ends up having another multi-woman match. Rhea VS Bianca next week could determine some details for who faces Shayna, but it would be pretty awesome if Shayna had to face the winner of that, as well as Shirai and Team Kick in any number of stipulations. A ladder match would be pretty great, I don’t recall ever having an NXT Women’s Championship ladder match, especially with a high flyer like Shirai in the mix. That or an elimination match, so that Shayna has no choice but to go all through her opponents to prove she’s the best champion today. It needs to be something big for WarGames since Survivor Series weekend will be a four day stretch of SmackDown, WarGames, the PPV and Raw.
Lorcan & Burch VS Imperium was a great tag team match, but it is a shame now that Kushida is out with injury that we might not get Imperium VS Team Kushida at WarGames III. Maybe someone steps up to be in Kushida’s role, unless he can make a quick recovery. Dain VS Boa was somewhat filler, but it helped bridge us to Dain having issues with Dunne. Dunne VS Priest was incredible! A match worthy of at least title contention somewhere. But Priest going low to lead to this win will surely bring about a rematch. There could be something building so that Priest and Dain work together, but who knows.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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