The epic 8-Man encounter we’ve been waiting for happens tonight!
With battle lines drawn and things ready to explode at a moment’s notice, Ilja Dragunov joins Gallus against Imperium in a massive main event! Which side makes NXT UK their kingdom?
- Piper Niven VS Jinny w/ Jazzy Gabert; Niven wins.
- Dereiss Gordon VS Eddie Dennis; Dennis wins.
- Noam Dar VS Ashton Smith; Dar wins.
- 8 Man Tag: Ilja Dragunov & Gallus VS Imperium; Double Count-Out.
PLAY BY PLAY
A new war for the brand has begun!
Imperium wants to use their absolute power to take over, and Alexander Wolfe wanted Ilja Dragunov to consider being on the right side of things. But then Dragunov chose Gallus instead! A brawl broke out, and then Dragunov stood against Wolfe directly. They battled 1v1, Dragunov would have won, but Imperium saw to it that he would lose. But then Gallus returned the favor! A new brawl broke out, and Imperium went running! Things would continue even after the show, so Johnny Saint and Sid Scala had no choice but to make this fight into a match! A furious 4v4 happens tonight!
Piper Niven VS Jinny w/ Jazzy Gabert!
The Scottish Viper is inspiring and indomitable, at least in spirit. Will she be able to deny the Spoiled Princess what she wants? Or will the Alpha Female being ringside be a factor?
The bell rings and fans jeer the Spoiled Princess as she circles with Piper. Piper and Jinny rush each other but then Jinny dodges. Jazzy swipes but Piper sees Jinny coming and elbows her down. Piper Polish hammers Jinny around,t hen whips. Jinny dodges again but leaps into Piper’s arms! Piper slams Jinny down! Piper sees Jazzy getting ready to swipe, but Jinny’s sucker punch lands this time! Jinny goes after Piper in a corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Jinny whips but Piper reverses to whip Jinny into buckles. Piper runs in but Jinny gets out of the way, and kicks Piper back! Jinny sweeps the legs then slingshots for a senton! Cover, TWO! Jinny stomps Piper in frustration and then brings her up. Piper hits back, but Jinny swings around to get an Iron Octopus! Piper endures as Jinny pulls back on the arm.
Fans rally but Piper falls to a knee. Piper refuses to quit, and she powers up. Jinny sunset flips, TWO, but Jinny is right after a leg. Jinny swings Piper by that leg, and bounces Piper’s head off her knee! Piper is down and Jinny stomps away. Jinny goes at Piper at the ropes but the ref counts. Piper falls out of the ring and Jinny distracts the ref with arguing. Jazzy lurks near Piper, but the ref sees her! The ref EJECTS Jazzy! Fans sings, “Nana na na, Hey hey hey, Good Bye~!” Jazzy and Jinny are furious but must obey. Jinny brings Piper up but gets DECKED! Piper steps in and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO!! Jinny survives and Piper grows frustrated. Fans rally up, Piper drags Jinny up and in to scoop. Jinny pulls hair to get free! Jinny SLAPS away over and over! Piper counter punches, Jinny haymakers, Piper HEADBUTTS! Now that was a Glasgow Kiss!
Both women are down but fans fire up! A standing count begins but Piper starts stirring at about 3. Piper sits up at 6, with Jinny following. They both stand at 9, and Jinny starts throwing forearms! Piper DECKS Jinny with one, but Jinny comes back. Jinny swings into a SAIDO! Jinny flounders about, fans rally up for Piper, and Piper fires herself up as Jinny gets to a corner. Piper runs in corner to corner, but Jinny boots back! Jinny hurries up top, but Piper blocks the huricanrana! Piper pops Jinny up, Electric Chair FACEBUSTER! Jinny flops to the ropes, Piper covers, ROPEBREAK! Jinny survives and Piper can’t believe it! Fans rally up again and Piper drags Jinny to her feet. Piper scoops but Jinny slips out to high KNEE! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and now Jinny is furious!
Jinny stomps Piper to a corner and stomps even more! The ref backs Jinny off, but Jinny comes running in corner to corner, but Piper DROPKICKS her! Piper runs in, CANNONBALL! Piper drags Jinny up, scoops, MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
A huge win on the road to TakeOver: Blackpool II! Piper takes to the mic, and she calls out Kay Lee Ray! She’s not asking, she’s telling her, Piper is coming for that NXT UK Women’s Championship! But KLR makes her way out! KLR has a mic of her own to respond, with a SLAP! “Who do you think-” Piper SLAPS back! And hits a SAIDO! KLR flounders out, clutching her title! Fans fire up and then, TONI STORM attacks?! Toni wants after the woman who took her title! Piper keeps KLR from running, and Toni runs KLR off anyway! KLR doesn’t want either of them, but Piper and Toni do stare down, too. Is the Lightning from Down Under ready to strike again? Will Piper have something to say about it?
Dereiss Gordon VS Eddie Dennis!
A new face debuts for NXT UK while another returns! Dereiss has been learning from the Man from Moustache Mountain. Will he use what he’s learned to make a big impact on the brand? Or will he learn something else when going against the menacing headmaster?
The bell rings as fans taunt Dennis. Dennis and Dereiss tie up, and Dennis wrenches to a wristlock. Dereiss rolls and hooks a leg, but Dennis powers him down. Dennis looms over Dereiss but Dereiss gets up. Dennis wrenches again and wristlocks harder, but Dereiss rolls back, forth and cartwheels to reverse! Fans cheer the technical exchange but Dennis wrenches, steps over, and gets a cravat! Dennis snapmares and runs but Dereiss gets up, only to get run over. Dennis keeps moving, Dereiss moves and redirects, slides and kip ups! Dropkick puts Dennis in a corner! Fans fire up as Dereiss whips. Dennis reverses but runs into a back elbow! Dereiss goes up and over, but runs to get caught! Dennis has the legs to catapult Dereiss out of the ring! Dereiss crashes into the barrier and is in a daze. Dennis trash talks then goes out to DECK Dereiss!
The ref counts as the fans boo and jeer. Dennis drags Dereiss up into the ring. Dennis takes his time returning, mocking Trent Seven’s slow roll. Fans boo more but Dennis grins as he goes after Gordon. Dennis stomps away, then whips corner to corner hard! Cover, TWO! Dennis gets the cravat again, but Dereiss fights back! Dennis shifts and back suplexes but Dereiss makes it a crossbody! Dennis is right out and then BOOTS Dereiss down! Dennis drags Dereiss up, mockingly asks if he’s okay, then wristlock ripcords to LARIAT! That’s the Seven Star Lariat! Dennis is sending a message to Seven then drags Dereiss up! Crucifix, Severn Bridge, to NEXT STOP DRIVER! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
Dennis is still dangerous as ever, and he wants after Trent Seven. Will Seven accept this unofficial challenge and teach Dennis a thing or two?
Joseph Conners walks up to Radzi.
Radzi was just doing a recap spot, but Conners doesn’t care. He asks Radzi an easy question. “Who is TakeOver worthy?” If Radzi is nervous, Conners answers it for him: Conners IS TakeOver worthy. He’s going to talk with Johnny Saint in a moment, and will offer Travis Banks and El Ligero what they want: a Triple Threat match. Surely Mr. Saint will like that idea, too. Will we see three TakeOver worthy men battle before Blackpool?
Noam Dar VS Ashton Smith!
The Scottish Supernova talked trash to the Prestige of Manchester and his friend, Oliver Carter. Ashton dared Dar to get a buddy to take them both on, but Dar doesn’t have friends, nor does he want them. Will Dar regret riling up another superstar? Or will he get things done on his own?
The bell rings and Dar circles with Smith. They tie up as fans rally and duel. Dar gets the arm, but Smith resists the wrench and shoves Dar away. Dar gets up and circles with Smith to tie up again. Dar waistlocks but Smith standing switches to slam Dar down! Dar gets to ropes for defense and Smith stays back. Fans sing for Dar as he comes back to headlock Smith. Smith powers out and runs Dar over! Dar sputters but Smith whips him to ropes. Dar sunset flips but Smith stays standing to bring Dar up and dropkick him out! Fans fire up as Smith goes out to fetch Dar. Smith puts Dar in and whips, but Dar holds ropes. Dar dodges and table tops, but Smith shoves him away. Dar dodges but bounces off of Smith! Dar shoves Smith then kicks away on the leg! Dar runs to dropkick Smith down! Dar keeps moving, basement shoulder tackle! “Who’s the big man now?!” Fans cheer as Dar drags Smith up.
Dar suplexes but Smith blocks. Dar clubs away, but Smith lifts Dar for a stalling suplex! Smith keeps Dar up for a count of 15! Cover, TWO! Dar rolls out of the ring but Smith goes out again. Smith drags Dar up but Dar rams him into barriers! Dar goes to bump Smith but Smith elbows back! Smith sends Dar at the ring but Dar uses the ropes to rebound and CLOBBER Smith! Dar is on the apron and grabs Smith’s arm. Dar STOMPS Smith into the apron! Dar leaves Smith behind as the ref starts a ring count. Smith gets up at 4, stands at 5, and flounders into the ring at 6. Dar is on Smith with a rain of left hands! Dar circles Smith to then stomp the legs. Fans are fired up for Dar as he stomps Smith’s arms now. Cover, TWO, but Dar uppercuts Smith right in the back!
Dar drags Smith up and throws haymakers. Dar whips but Smith blocks! Smith whips Dar, Dar goes up and under, but gets caught! Dar fights out of the waistlock to kick away from the mat! And then he reels Smith into the Rings of Supernova! But as Smith resists, Dar hooks Smith’s face! Smith elbows Dar in the face! Smith is free and goes to ropes. Dar staggers over to KICK Smith in the arm! And again! Dar fires off forearms from both sides, then body shots. The ref backs Dar off but Dar flexes. Smith CLOBBERS him! Smith pops Dar up to a fireman’s carry, ROLLING DEATH VALLEY! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives but Smith drags him back up. Dar spins out to sweep the legs! Fans rally again as Smith runs but misses in the corner. Dar runs in to BOOT Smith! Smith staggers but Dar takes aim, NOVA RO- BLUE THUNDER BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives again!
Smith drags Dar up as fans duel. Dar SLAPS Smith! Smith runs in but gets dumped to the apron. Dar ducks the clothesline to sweep the legs! Basement dropkick blasts Smith off! Dar puts Smith in fast, takes aim again with pinkies out. NOVA ROLLA! Cover, Dar wins!
Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall
Smith turned it up to 11 with Mr. 11 but still lost. Dar stands tall, showing he can do it all on his own. Will Dar continue to rise up without anyone else but himself?
The Triple Threat is happening!
The Righteous Killer, the Kiwi Buzzsaw and the Luchador of Leeds battle it out in one match! Will the winner be considering TakeOver worthy?
8 Man Tag: Ilja Dragunov & Gallus VS Imperium!
The Moscow Madman joins forces with the Iron King and the NXT UK Tag Team Champions as they stand against the Ring General and his soldiers! With a lot of gold floating around in this match, could this be a massive preview for TakeOver: Blackpool II?
The teams sort out and Wolfe starts with Wolfgang. Fans are fired up as Wolfe tells Wolfgang who the real “wolf” in this match is. They circle and tie up, but then they break quick. Wolfe and Wolfgang tie up again, Wolfe gets the wristlock and brings Wolfgang over. Tag to Fabian Aichner, who wrenches and brings Wolfgang down to the mat. Aichner pulls hair but Wolfgang powers up to arm-drag. But Aichner holds on! Aichner wrenches but Wolfgang gets up. Marcel Barthel tags in and Aichner whips Wolfgang. Wolfgang hops over Aichner but runs into Barthel’s arm-drag! Barthel wrenches on the armlock but Wolfgang endures. Barthel grinds a foot in but Wolfgang fights up. Wolfgang whips Barthel but Barthel holds on to wrench the wristlock! Barthel reels Wolfgang back in and Wolfe tags in.
Wolfe digs knuckles into Wolfgang’s ribs. Wolfe wrenches but Wolfgang whips Wolfe to the corner! Tag to Mark Coffey, and the UK Tag champs double CHOP! Tag to Joe Coffey, and the Coffey Boys mug Wolfe. Joe whips Wolfe to buckles then scoops him on the rebound, backbreaker, to atomic facebuster! Basement lariat to the back, cover, TWO! The Iron King taunts Walter befoer going after Wolfe. Dragunov tags in and goes after Wolfe with stomps. Dragunov wrenches Wolfe but Wolfe whips. Dragunov reverses but Wolfe kicks back. Dragunov dodges to forearm, then runs but into Wolfe’s arms! But Dragunov flails to finish the crossobdy! Cover, TWO! Dragunov fires off on Wolfe with fast hands and a wrench. Wolfe gets up but gets a BOOT! Cover, TWO!
Dragunov drags Wolfe up to wrench, and reaches. Wolfe ROCKS Dragunov with a right to then put him in the Imperium corner. Aichner tags in and Imperium mugs Dragunov. Aichner bumps and CHOPS and stomps Dragunov in an open corner. Aichner talks trash then stomps Dragunov more. Aichner whips, Dragunov reveres and hist a big knee! Then a spinning CHOP to back senton! Dragunov SLAPS Walter! Walter gets in but Joe gets in Walter’s face. Wolfe backs Walter up and then the rest of the teams get in! Fans are fired up as all eight men are ready to rip each other apart! But Imperium backs off to defuse the moment. Aichner tries to bum rush Dragunov but gets caught with a knee, then a leaping knee! Dragunov blows up the Imperium corner, then fireman’s carries Aichner.
Wolfe distracts, Aichner slips out and shoves Dragunov, Walter holds ropes for Dragunov to tumble out! Barthel throat chops Dragunov, then holds him still for Walter’s BOOT! Imperium puts Dragunov back in and Aichner stomps away! Aichner rains down rights as the ref tells Gallus to get back. Fans rally up for Dragunov as Aichner wrenches and LARIATS Dragunov down! Aichner taunts Gallus then rams Dragunov into the Imperium corner. Tag to Walter! Walter stomps then European Uppercuts Dragunov down. Walter swipes at Joe but Joe gets clear. Walter rains down rights on Dragunov then grinds his hands into Draguno’s face. Walter wrenches and kicks Dragunov but fans taunt “Jolly Wally!”
Walter and Dragunov tie up with knuckle locks, but Dargunov powers up! Walter kicks low and bends Dragunov back, then STOMPS him down! Neck CRANK with the feet! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov is tough but Walter drags Dragunov back up to CHOP! The Walter chop drops Dragunov! Tag to Barthel, who chokes and scrapes Dragunov against ropes! Aichner talks trash and gets a cheap shot in. Dragunov sits up and Barthel taunts him, but gets BIG foerarms! Barthel throws Dragunov into buckles and stomps a mudhole! Dragunov flounders up but Barthel shoves him down to rain down rights! The ref backs Barthel off, but Barthel comes back with CHOPS over and over! Fans boo and jeer as Barthel kicks Dragunov. Fans rally up with Gallus but Dragunov ends up in the Imperium corner.
Aichner tags in and slaps Dragunov around. Dragunov fights back, Aichner shoves and catches Dragunov’s crossbody! But Dragunov is flailing and reaching for Gallus! Aichner wobbles, but gives Dragunov a backbreaker! And then another! Cover, TWO!! Dragunov still lives but Aichner brings him backup. Aichner scoop slams Dragunov and tags in Barthel. Barthel drags Dragunov up for an armlock and chinbar. Dragunov fights out but gets wrangled back down. Barthel grinds his forearm on Dragunov’s face but fans rally up. Dragunov fights up, pries free and traps the arms to then spin around. Barthel ducks the back hand and SLAPS Dragunov! Dragunov swings again, Barthel dodges, but in comes the LEFT! Both men are down and fans fire up. Barthel and Dragunov crawl, hot tag to Wolfe and Wolfe drags Dragunov away. Wolfe hits Joe Coffey then mocks Gallus. But he turns around into Dragunov’s suplex!
Both men are down again and fans rally up. Hot tags to Aichner and Mark Coffey! Mark rallies with big forearms, whips but Aichner reverses, only for Mark to get around. Aichner bucks the waistlock off, only to turn around into a BIG uppercut! Barthel runs in but gets a back drop! Mark blasts Wolfe, then full nelson slams Aichner! Mark even blasts Walter! Mark clotheslines Aichner to roll him out for a Polish Hammer! Tag to Wolfgang, and the tag champs double MONKEY FLIP Aichner! Barthel returns, but gets caught for a catapult Samoan Drop! Wolfgang drops the BIG senton onto Aichner! Cover, but Wolfe breaks it in time! Mark throws Wolfe out while Wolfgang fires off on Aichner. Wolfgang backs off at the ref’s count but throws EuroUppers. Aichner kicks back and kicks him down.
Mark intercepts Barthel and these two brawl. Aichner helps but Mark shoves them back. Mark runs, into Aichner’s SPINE BUSTER! Barthel Penalty Kicks! Wolfgang double SPEARS them down! Wolfe and Dragunov run in, TORPEDO MOSCOW! But Walter and Joe Coffey are back on their corners. Wolfgang and Aichner crawl, hot tags to the Ring General and the Iron King! Walter runs Joe over but Joe is right up! Joe throws big boxing shots on Walter! He waistlocks but Walter bucks him off. They ram into each other, Joe hits a Belly2Belly! Walter flounders as fans fire up, Joe corner splashes!
Joe keeps boxing Walter, then whips corner to corner. Walter reverses, Joe stops himself to elbow back. Joe hops up but Walter dodges, to SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Joe hits buckles hard but Walter hauls him up. Joe resists the lift, and Alabama lifts, but Walter is too big. Joe tries again, and dumps Walter out! Dragunov DIVES onto Wolfe! Mark gets a boost from Wolfgang to FLY onto Barthel and Aichner! Brawls happen outside as Joe gives Walter a Glasgow Sendoff! Wolfe dumps Dragunov out from ringside and they brawl in front of the fans! The referee has no choice but to call for the belt!
The fans call BS as Joe rams Walter into steel steps! Joe kicks away on the UK Champion as Wolfgang and Mark have Barthel and Aichner in the ring! The UK Tag Champions hammer away on Imperium, but Aichner kicks Mark’s legs out. Aichner clubs back on Mark as Walter fights with Joe more. Referees try to restore order but there’s no such possibility! Wolfgang has Barthel on the outside again as Joe knees Walter into the barrier over and over! Mark and Aichner brawl up the ramp as Walter dumps Joe out into the crowd now! Joe comes back with a LEAPING SPEAR! Chaos continues as NXT UK goes off the air, will it ever end?!
NXT UK Twitter has more!
In order to settle things peacefully, or as peacefully as possible, Gallus and Imperium have agreed to a meeting next week. Their leaders, Joe Coffey and Walter, will meet in the ring with Johnny Saint and Sid Scala presiding. What will the terms of a truce be? Can there be peace between these factions?
A really great episode to get things going towards TakeOver: Blackpool II. Naturally, Piper wins her match with Jinny and then calls out Kay Lee Ray. And while I expected Toni Storm to return to go after KLR herself, I didn’t expect it here. Could we be getting an NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat? That’d be pretty great. Next week’s Triple Threat of Conners, Ligero and Banks will be pretty great, too. I feel like Conners wins to then face the man he didn’t pin in Blackpool. Eddie Dennis has a good return match as Dereiss Gordon makes his return. It was a good next step towards giving us Dennis VS Seven in Blackpool. Dar VS Smith was really good, probably one of Smith’s best matches. It does a lot for Dar to win clean, too. I wonder if Dar takes on Oliver Carter next to keep things going between them.
The 8 Man Tag was great! Just under 20 minutes, and everyone got a lot of shine. It worked out really well for this to end on a draw, keeps things even on the way to Blackpool. The negotiations next week will surely set up the TakeOver matches, namely Walter VS Joe for the WWE UK Championship. I also imagine Wolfe and Dragunov end up with a rematch for Blackpool on the side, as well as the NXT UK Tag Team Championships being part of the deal. The tag titles can still add the other teams, but the main thing is Gallus VS Imperium.
My Score: 8.5/10
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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