The Blackheart, the Prince and the Limitless!
Tommaso Ciampa, Finn Balor or Keith Lee. Only ONE moves on to next week’s incredible episode to face Adam Cole, BAYBAY!
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza; Garza wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- Cameron Grimes VS Raul Mendoza; Mendoza wins.
- Travis Banks VS Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons; Banks wins.
- Mia Yim VS Dakota Kai; Kai wins.
- Breezango VS The Singh Brothers; Breezango wins.
- Kayden Carter VS Bianca Belair; Belair wins.
- NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Tommaso Ciampa VS Finn Balor VS Keith Lee; Balor wins and will challenge Adam Cole for the title next week.
PLAY BY PLAY
Everyone wants to carry the flag for NXT.
But there wouldn’t be a flag without Finn. Grudges are heating up as we get deeper into winter. But Adam Cole wants us all to understand something. A Triple Threat determines Adam Cole’s final contender for 2019, “and it’s absolutely the stupidest thing” he’s ever heard. Finn Balor, Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee. Three men who have been thorns in Cole’s side, yet done absolutely nothing to earn this chance. Cole hopes the three destroy each other. The winner only earns a loss against a man “who’s on the run of a freakin’ lifetime that is nowhere close to being finished!” And THAT is Undisputed!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Lio Rush VS Angel Garza!
This is going to be a fast and furious start to the show to say the least! The Man of the Hour has had enough of El Latino’s ego, and it’s time to put things to rest! Will the Living Piece of Gold still have his gold? Or will Garza have an even bigger grin on his face after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the fans are already dueling before the bell. And speaking of before the bell, Lio rushes Garza immediately! The ref pulls Lio off but Garza just laughs it off. The bell rings and now things are a brawl! Roll up, ONE, Lio gets Garza down and throws hands! Garza gets free and goes after Lio, but Lio rolls up again. ONE and Lio ends up on the apron. Garza runs at him but Lio drags him out and they tumble to the floor! They won’t let up, either, as Lio rams Garza into the steel steps! Fans duel as Lio refreshes the count. Lio climbs up to the apron but Garza anchors his feet and YANKS him off! Lio crashes and burns and Full Sail is thunderous!
Garza puts Lio in the ring, covers, ONE. Garza keeps his cool, because he’s about to heat things up with the pants removal. But Lio tackles him down first! Lio rains down rights but Garza pushes him away. Lio runs, redirects, Garza keeps with him but Lio gets under and kangaroo kicks from the mat! Garza runs, Lio dodges, but Garza avoids the Come Up to hit a basement dropkick! Fans are fired up as Garza covers, TWO! Garza drags Lio up and rolls him into position on the second rope, and fans duel. Garza SLAPS away on Lio, but the ref backs him off. Garza runs in and SUPERKICKS Lio down! Cover, TWO! Lio lives and Garza grows frustrated. Garza drags Lio up and clubs away on him, then toys with him. Garza and Lio brawl with haymakers and a SLAP! Lio fires off more forearms but Garza just keeps slapping!
Lio knees Garza and hooks the arms, but Garza powers out. Garza alley-oops Lio up and Lio ends up hotshot’d on the ropes! The ref checks on Lio but Lio bails out of the ring. Garza smirks as he dares Lio to return. NXT goes picture in picture as Lio drags himself back to the ring. But Garza dropkicks him back down! Garza goes out to fetch Lio and basement dropkick him again! Garza drags Lio up and into the ring, then covers, ONE! Lio kicks from the mat again, and gets himself to the ropes. Garza and Lio stand, Garza has Lio on the ropes but Lio holds on. Lio elbows Garza away then walks into a LARIAT! Both men are down but Garza crawls over to cover, TWO! Garza keeps on Lio with a grounded cobra twist and he pulls Lio back hard!
Lio endures as Garza really cranks on his neck. Lio gets an arm free and starts throwing hands on Garza! And then kicks as he’s let loose. Garza CHOPS and SLAPS Lio around, then kicks Lio while he’s down. Garza grabs the legs and turns Lio over for the modified Half Crab, pulling an arm back, too! Lio endures, slips out and kicks Garza away. Garza comes back, to get a jawbreaker! Lio throws haymakers as Garza leans on the ropes. Lio CHOPS and SLAPS Garza back! Lio whips corner to corner, Garza reverses but Garza runs into a boot! Lio runs, but into the spinning powerslam! Cover, TWO! Garza grows further frustrated but also further exhausted. Garza drags Lio up in a full nelson as NXT returns to single picture.
Lio endures and gets to ropes as fans duel again. Garza waistlocks but Lio still holds on. Garza yanks Lio off the ropes but Lio uses the momentum to swing around and roll Garza up! TWO, and Garza swings. Lio dodges, tilt-o-whirls and again, flying headscissors! Fans fire up as Lio mule kicks and PELES! Garza wobbles, Lio runs in, springboard but no huricanrana! Garza brings Lio up, but Lio headscissors Garza out of the ring! Lio then slingshots for a MOONSAULT! It was a close call but he hits his target! Lio puts Garza back in, then aims from the corner. Spinning BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Garza lives and Lio is growing frustrated.
Fans rally up, Lio runs, but Garza reels him in. Lio throws clubbing hands and big body shots. Lio runs again, Garza follows, and STEALS the Come Up! Cover, TWO!! Garza copied the move but didn’t hit as hard, so now he dragon sleepers Lio to lift. Rebound suplex, but Lio makes it a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Lio drags Garza to the drop zone and heads up top. Fans rally as Lio takes aim, but Garza anchors his feet. Lio clubs Garza but Garza enziguris back! Garza climbs up top and brings Lio up, but Lio shoves! Garza flips to land on his feet, get back up fast, and hits a SUPER SPANISH FLY!! Cover, TWO!?! Garza can’t believe it, and Full Sail loses its mind! “This is Awesome!” and it’s just the opening match.
Garza and Lio brawl on their knees back and forth. Fans are divided, Lio SLAPS but Garza SLAPS. It’s a SLAP FIGHT!! They pull hair, Garza headbutts over and over! But walks into a back heel kick! But SUPERKICKS on the return! Both men head for each other, but they both fall flat on their faces first! Full Sail reaches a fever pitch for “NXT! NXT!” Garza and Lio slowly rise as fans duel hard as ever. Garza kicks, underhooks, but Lio resists! Lio slips out, chicken wing underhooks Garza and turns him, but Garza pins through. Lio butterfly underhooks, and STEALS THE WING CLIPPER!! Cover, TWO!?! Lio is furious but he says it is time! Garza anchors a foot but Lio just hammers away! Lio slaps, but Garza avoids the buzzsaw to get the Electric Chair! Garza throws Lio down, but Lio rebounds to COME UP!! Cover, TWO?!?!
But Lio goes up top, leaps, FINAL HOUR!! But he can’t make the cover! Lio grabs for Garza, but Garza’s pants come off! Garza gets away thanks to the tearaways! But Lio doesn’t care, he goes up top and aims at Garza on the ground! SUPER FINAL HOUR gets knees!! Garza drags Lio in, WING CLIPPER! Cover, TWO!?!? Garza has the butterfly again for a thrashing hold! Lio TAPS, Garza wins!!
Winner: Angel Garza, by submission; NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Historic! Christmas comes early for the Garza familia as Garza is bringing home the gold! But with such a powerful performance just to get the title, what more will he have to do to keep the title?
NXT previews Prime Target: Bazsler VS Ripley.
The Queen of Spades is perhaps the most dominant female in NXT history. The first and only two-time NXT Women’s Champion learned from her father that “you can tell a lot about a person by the car they drive.” She has a 1969 Ford Mustang. People want to be in pro-wrestling to be a Tesla, run around and do fancy stuff. But the muscle cars are tried, true and unlike anything else. That’s Shayna. She’s not here to have fans or friends, but to hold titles. The word “momentum” and Rhea Ripley seem to go hand in hand lately. But look at all the other “flavors of the month” out there: Ember Moon, Dakota Kai, Nikki Cross, Bianca Belair, Io Shirai, Mia Yim, Candice LeRae, and both Becky Lynch and Bayley at the same time. They all lost to Baszler, and Ripley will be no different. It’s just a matter of #TapNapOrSnap. But will it be neither when these two face off on the final NXT of 2019?
Finn Balor speaks.
“Regal. Regal, of all the people. After everything I’ve done for this place, puts me in a Triple Threat match?” What does Finn Balor have to prove? Keith Lee has been relevant since three weeks ago at WarGames! Finn Balor was champion for 292 DAYS! And don’t even start with Ciampa. Finn Balor stuck the Blackheart, and will do it again. Ciampa calls the title Finn made famous “Goldie?” Well Finn will tell him something about title gold. Two-time WWE Intercontinental Champion. First-ever WWE Universal Champion. And soon enough, Finn’s future will be his past, when he becomes two-time NXT Champion.
NXT shares Garza’s victory speech from during the break.
“There are four things that I care about in life.” The first: wrestling. Second: the support of the fans. Third: his family. Garza brings his girlfriend to his ring, because she is the fourth thing. But now, he wants to go from girlfriend to wife, as he proposes in the middle of the ring!! A ring in the ring and she says SI! Congratulations to the future Mr. & Mrs. Garza!
NXT shares footage of Cameron Grimes attacking Kushida!
It was just last night in the WWE Performance Center when Grimes savagely attacked Kushida by the lockers, and bounced his head off the steel over and over! The bad wrist was also a target! This all stems from Grimes having lost to Kushida, will Grimes continue to be a sore loser?
Cameron Grimes VS Raul Mendoza!
When it looked like the Time Splitter was going to test the Mendoza Line, the Technical Savage made Raul cave in with that double stomp outta nowhere! But now is the time for Raul’s revenge! Will Mendoza send the Carolina Caveman back to the Stone Age? Or is Grimes the future of NXT?
The bell rings and Mendoza catches Grimes with an enziguri in the corner! Then he throws forearm after forearm and a CHOP! Grimes reverses the whip but gets an enziguri on the run Grimes flounders out of the ring but Mendoza runs and triangle TORNILLO! Fans fire up with Mendoza as he puts Grimes in the ring! Grimes crawls, Mendoza springboards but has to roll through as Grimes evades. They run at each other, JUMPING POWERSLAM! But wait, here comes Kushida! Grimes glares, but Kushida takes aim at his top hat! Mendoza speeds things up as fans chant, “Take the Hat! Take the Hat!” Grimes blocks Mendoza’s leap but Mendzoa slips free to try again, SPIKE-RANA! Cover, Mendoza wins!!
Winner: Raul Mendoza, by pinfall
Kushida divided Grimes’s attention, and yes, he DOES take the hat! Grimes lost the match and lost his favorite hat, what will he do to get back on track?
Backstage interview with Mia Yim.
She was a surprise return to everyone, especially Dakota Kai. Tonight, Mia gets her chance at revenge. Actually, this goes beyond revenge. Dakota hospitalized Mia and took away the biggest night in her career! “This ain’t going to be just a regular wrestling match.” This is going to be a fight, and Mia vows to send Dakota off in an ambulance.
NXT looks at NXT UK’s Travis Banks.
The Kiwi Buzzsaw hits hard and moves fast with determination. Worlds Collide will see Banks take on NXT’s best, and we preview that next!
Travis Banks VS Jaxson Ryker w/ The Forgotten Sons!
The Buzzsaw is about to run into some heavy artillery! Will Banks be able to cut down the Gunner in this crossover confrontation?
The bell rings and fans are already on Banks’s side, but Ryker pie faces him. Banks forearms and CHOPS, then fires off kicks on the big legs! Ryker kicks low and throws Banks out hard! Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler are told to stay back, but Banks already gets back up on the apron as Ryker heads out. Banks Penalty Kicks Ryker from the apron! Banks then gets in, builds speed and DIVES, but Ryker Polish HAMMERS him down! Ryker puts Banks back in and throws him into buckles hard! Banks writhes, Ryker drags him up and puts him in the corner for heavy hands! Ryker CLUBS Banks then CHOPS him! Banks CHOPS, Ryker body shots! Ryker drags Banks up, rebound suplex SLAM! Ryker slaps Banks around, then clasps on a choke grip. Banks throws body shots but Ryker just shoves, only to get a forearm!
Banks gets to a corner, Ryker runs in, but Banks sweeps the legs! Ryker eats buckles, Banks runs side to side to dropkick him in! Banks keeps moving, another dropkick! Then corner to corner, CANNONBALL to the back! A bloody eyebrow doesn’t bother Banks one bit as he heads up top. Banks leaps, but Ryker gets under to POLISH HAMMER again! Ryker fires himself up, and KNEES Banks into ropes! Ryker drags Banks up from the outside, but Banks enziguris! Banks climbs up top again, leaps again, the missile dropkick hits! Ryker flounders up, Banks runs, SLICE OF HEAVEN! Cover, Banks wins!!
Winner: Travis Banks, by pinfall
Ryker gets out at 3.5, and the Forgotten Sons narrowly miss getting after Banks! They say he got lucky, but is he better off lucky than large?
Mia Yim VS Dakota Kai!
The Head Baddie In Charge is ready kick Captain Kick to the curb with hostility! Will she finally make Dakota pay for the WarGames betrayal?
The bell rings and Mia shotgun dropkicks Dakota immediately! And CHOPS away in the corner! Dakota turns things around to throw forearms but Mia knees low. Mia tosses Dakota by her hair, then again the other way! Dakota pulls hair in return, but her enziguri misses. Mia waistlocks but Dakota elbows out. Things speed up, Mia redirects and chop blocks the leg out! Then basement dropkicks on the return! Cover, TWO! Mia drags Dakota up to whip but Dakota reverses. Dakota runs in but Mia goes up to get the Tarantula! Tajiri would be proud as Mia holds on until 4. Mia hops up, missile dropkick drops Dakota! Dakota hurries to the far corner and she kicks back from below. Dakota gives big ax kick stomps to Mia’s back, then puts her on the ropes. Dakota runs in but is dumped out hard!
Mia goes out, fetches Dakota and throws her into steel steps! Mia then runs in, CANNONBALL! Fans are fired up for Mia as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns as Dakota goes to kick but Mia ducks. Mia chop blocks then dragon screws the bad leg! Cover, TWO, but Mia doesn’t let up. Mia brings Dakota to a corner but Dakota blocks the bump to give a bump! Dakota goes Around the World, BOOT! Cover, TWO! Mia gasps for air but Dakota keeps her cool. Dakota toys with Mia as she scuffs her boot on her face. Mia shoves, blocks the boot and jacks the knee! Mia jabs and jabs, then boots and LARIATS! Roundhouse! Mia brings Dakota around, covers, TWO! Fans rally as Mia drags Dakota up for clubbing forearms. Mia dares Dakota to stand, and then sends her through to overhead suplex! Cover, TWO! Mia grows frustrated but she works on a plan.
Fans rally up as Mia brings Dakota in, but Dakota bucks the Code Blue off. Dakota waistlocks, Mia elbows free, but Dakota grabs hold of the pants waist. Mia mule kicks free then hops on again, CODE BLUE DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Mia is losing her cool as Dakota rolls away to a corner. Fans rally up again and Mia runs in, but gets buckles. Dakota blocks boots, brings Mia up, SIT-OUT POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Mia survives and Dakota grits her teeth. Fans rally again as Dakota drags Mia up for those fast kicks tot he face! Mia staggers, Dakota runs Around the World again, but misses the boot! Mia kicks the leg, then hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Mia drags Dakota back up, hooks the arm, PROTECT YA NECK! Dakota flops out of the ring and Mia can’t believe it!
Mia drags Dakota back in, Dakota hobbles towards the corner with the knee brace! The ref stops Dakota from using it, Mia runs in but gets a boot! Dakota unties a buckle pad! Mia waistlocks, Dakota standing switches and rams her into the bare buckle! Roll up, Dakota wins!
Winner: Dakota Kai, by pinfall
Captain Kick had a back-up plan and it succeeded! She survives Mia’s revenge, but how long can she keep running? Not long, as Mia goes after her again anyway! Mia clubs Dakota to the row and throws her into a railing! Dakota is dazed, and Mia gets a spare table! Dakota runs away but Mia pursues and they go around the back. They go up into the technical area, and end up on top of the desk. Mia drags Dakota up, fans are freaking out as Mia BACK SUPLEXES Dakota up and over, and down through the tables!! Full Sail loses its mind as referees hurry to get medics. Mia drags herself from the wreckage, was her revenge worth it?
Keith Lee speaks.
“Opportunity was all I required.” Now that he’s out, it’s going to be hard to stop. Lee and Ciampa had their alliance to take on common enemies, but now that they’re facing each other and Finn Balor, Lee will not hesitate to dismantle the Blackheart. Finn may say the business watches him, but the bigger star literally and figuratively has arrived. It will just take one moment for Lee to remind everyone that he is the only one who can pick up both opponents and give them no choice but to #BaskInHisGlory.
Breezango VS The Singh Brothers!
The Fashion Police are now the Fashion DOCTORS! And to keep Full Sail from flat-lining, they’re back for in-ring action. But will they be the ones needing pain killers after having to take on the Bollywood Boys?
The teams sort out and Tyler Breeze starts with Sunil. Sunil kicks low but Breeze knees back! Breeze hits a big forearm in the corner then whips Sunil into the straitjacket backbreaker! Cover, ONE, but Breeze drags Sunil over. Tag to Fandango and Fandango wrenches. Sunil knees and chops and CHOPS and rams his shoulder in. Tag to Samir, and Sunil whips Samir in, only for Samir to miss! Fandango punches Samir and Samir hangs off the ropes, Fandango slingshots for a leg drop! Cover, TWO! Fandango brings Samir over and tags Breeze in. Breezango mugs Samir but Samir powers Breeze to the Singh corner! Sunil tags in but Breeze fights off Samir. Sunil gets in to hit the windmill kick! Sunil fires off punches while he has Breeze in a headlock, then tosses him out of the ring.
Fans boo as Sunil mocks Fandango’s dancing, and Samir gets cheap shots in! Sunil goes out to put Breeze back in and brings him over to tag Samir. Backbreaker and elbow drop, the Bollywood Blast! Cover, TWO! Breeze survives but Samir headlocks Breeze. Fans rally up for Breezango and Breeze fights his way up. Breeze elbows out and hits an enziguri! Both men are down but heading for their corners. Hot tags to Sunil and Fandango! Fandango BOOTS Sunil, then hops up to missile dropkick! Sunil runs but Fandango back drops him! Samir is up top, but Fandango is on him fast, SUPER FALCON ARROW! Fandango goes back to Sunil, drags him up, another FALCON ARROW! Cover, but Samir breaks it!
Breeze throws Samir out hard, then goes out after Sunil. Breeze tackles Sunil down while Fandango gives Samir an apron powerbomb! Breeze catapults Sunil into Fandango’s uppercut! Sunil falls back onto Breeze’s knees and Fandango goes back to the apron. Fandango lines up the shot, HUGE elbow drop! Breezango puts Sunil back in and Fandango climbs up again, SUPER LEG DROP! Cover, Breezango wins!
Winner: Breezango, Fandango by pinfall
The Fashion Doctors are in, and with a win! What fashionable occupation will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance take next as they head up the rankings?
NXT continues their Prime Target preview.
Rhea Ripley went to Real Radio 104.1 in Orlando to talk about her coming title match. She has nerves, but she does what she does. She loves this business, and she’s going to prove she’s the best. Rhea knew she wanted to be a pro-wrestler ever since first watching WWE. She started training at 16, and three years later, she made her debut as part of NXT tryouts in Melbourne. It was obvious to everyone watching that Rhea had what it takes to be champion.
Her first match in the WWE was in the inaugural Mae Young Classic. She was a very different Rhea back then, and returned in the second MYC to begin her transition into the Rhea we see now. And she will forever go down in history as the inaugural NXT UK Women’s Champion! Rhea won the first-ever Women’s WarGames and won the Women’s Survivor Series Elimination Tag. She’s already done so much in her young career, all that’s left is to challenge Shayna. Will history be made again on December 18th?
Kayden Carter VS Bianca Belair!
Two more Mae Young Classic alumni go head-to-head! Will one of these two women be primed for a shot at the women’s title after Rhea and Shayna finish with each other?
The bell rings and Bianca doesn’t take Carter seriously. She throws her jacket at Carter and then runs her over! Bianca takes her earrings off then stomps away on Carter in the corner! The ref backs Bianca off but she comes back to pie face Carter. She whips, Carter rolls off the back, then rolls under to kangaroo kick, followed but a capoeria kick! Bianca is reeling, but she comes back to waistlock. Carter resists, drops under, waistlocks back, then O’Connor rolls. TWO, springboard missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Bianca but Bianca blocks the whip. Bianca reverses but Carter tilt-o-whirls and around the other way, but Bianca hits a backbreaker! Bianca carries Carter around and switches to a gutbuster!
Carter crawls to a corner but Bianca toys with her. Bianca drags Carter up and gut wrenches to the Canadian rack. Carter endures the Canadian torture rack, but fans rally up. Carter fights, slips out and jawbreakers back! Bianca staggers, but dodges Carter to ram her shoulder in! Bianca grinds in deeper, then carries Carter to do some squats. The EST brags, but Carter sunset flips! Bianca stays up, brings Carter back up, and throws her down HARD! Bianca covers, TWO! Bianca is surprised Carter survives, but she won’t let up. Fans rally and duel as Bianca knocks Carter down. Bianca dares Carter to do something, so Carter SLAPS her! And CHOPS her! And hits a tornado, but not the DDT! Bianca suplexes, rebounds her and brings her down! And then kips up! Standing moonsault gets knees!
Carter throws forearms on Bianca, but Bianca shoves. Bianca runs but is dumped out! Carter goes to the apron, cartwheels over the clothesline and mule kicks her back! Carter puts Bianca in, runs and spins Bianca around, but Bianca powers out. Carter handsprings, Bianca ducks and SPEARS! Bianca brings Carter up, Argentine torture rack, KISS OF DEATH! Cover, Bianca wins!
Winner: Bianca Belair, by pinfall
Carter came close but the EST is the strongest and meanest around. Bianca surely wants another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship, but who will be holding it come the New Year?
Adam Cole is here!
THE NXT Champion wants to watch his contenders fight it out firsthand so that he can show them all who they’ll be up against next. And that contender’s match is after the break!
Tommaso Ciampa speaks.
“Tonight, Keith Lee will ask that everybody bask in his glory. Tonight, Finn Balor will tell everybody that the Demon is going to stay home but the Prince is coming out to play. Tonight, Tommaso Ciampa will change nothing.” He will simply be focused on the same thing he’s focused on for the last five years! “Tonight is for Goldie, nothing else.” Nine months ago, Ciampa gave that piece away. But now he is on a path back to it, and it will go through Lee and Balor! Tonight, after beating Lee and Balor, Cole needs to take a long, hard look and understand that his days as champ are numbered.
NXT Championship #1 Contender’s Triple Threat: Tommaso Ciampa VS Finn Balor VS Keith Lee!
With Cole watching from the loft, the Blackheart, the Prince and the Limitless do battle! The song says “no one will survive,” but someone has to in order to take Cole on to close out 2019!
Introductions are made, the bell rings, and Balor immediately hits Lee! Ciampa hits Balor then whips, but Lee runs Balor over! Balor bails out and Lee heads out. Balor eggs Lee on, leads him around the way, but Ciampa gets Balor in the ropes! Lee saves Balor from Willow’s Bell, only to drop Balor on the apron! Lee brings Balor back into the ring and Ciampa brings Balor up. Ciampa ditches Balor to go after Lee, but Balor rolls Ciampa up. ONE, Balor brings Ciampa up, Lee slingshots and crossbodies them BOTH! Lee has the edge as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns once again, and Lee has both opponents in corners. Lee whips Balor back into the same corner hard, and then wrenches and whips Ciampa to the other corner. Lee lines up his shots, and hits a big corner splash on Ciampa! Then one for Finn! Lee goes back to Ciampa but Finn follows to dropkick Lee in the back! Balor goes for a leg but Lee clubs him off. Ciampa BOOTS Lee, Finn forearms. Ciampa CLOTHESLINES Lee and himself out of the ring! Balor goes out but Ciampa trips him up. Ciampa goes in to throw hands on Balor and whips for a back elbow! Balor flounders to a corner, Ciampa stomps a mudhole into him! Ciampa bumps Balor off buckles then stomps him more. Side-to-side knee wash!
Ciampa runs again, and knees Lee out! Balor is on the apron, Ciampa drags him in through the ropes. Lee gets back up but Ciampa kicks him. Ciampa brings Lee in through the ropes, and has Finn back up, DOUBLE WILLOW’S BELLS! Full Sail is fired up and Ciampa pats himself on the back. Ciampa drags Balor up and to a fireman’s carry, Air Raid Crash onto Lee! Cover on Balor, TWO! Cover on Lee, TWO! Ciampa scrapes Balor out and CHOPS Lee. Ciampa haymakers and CHOPS, then throws more hands. Lee staggers but stays up, to DECK Ciampa with a left! Ciampa flounders up to BOOT back, and eye poke! Ciampa plays dirty, but now he tries to fireman’s carry!? Lee is too big, he Grizzly Magnum CHOPS Ciampa! And again! Standing splash, but onto knees!
Ciampa underhooks Lee, but Lee lifts Ciampa with his head! Balor BOOTS Lee, trips and STOMPS Ciampa! Balor manages to trip Lee and STOMPS him, too! Fans are divided as Balor takes aim from a corner. Balor runs in, but Lee just bounces him off! Lee rallies with big hands on both Ciampa and Balor, and has them corner to corner again. Splash, splash repeat! Fans sing as Lee TOSSES Balor into Ciampa! Full Sail fires up as Lee brings Balor and Ciampa together to DOUBLE BACK DROP! Ciampa and Balor writhe, but Lee stacks them before climb up. But Ciampa anchors Lee’s foot and goes after the leg! Ciampa climbs up, and Balor, too, for a DOUBLE SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! All three men crash down as NXT goes picture in picture!
The referee checks on all three men but they’re somehow okay to continue. Fans are fired up as the three men stir. The ref watches closely as Finn and Ciampa slowly rise. Balor forearms Ciampa but Ciampa hits back. Balor hits again, Ciampa hits back. They brawl, Ciampa fires off but Balor keeps pace! Ciampa rocks Balor then spins, but into an elbow drop DDT! Balor glares as Ciampa slowly sits back up. Balor dragon sleepers Ciampa, but Ciampa resists the lift. Lee creeps up behind Balor, and brings him up, but no Spirit Bomb as Balor guillotine facelocks! Lee powers up to put Balor on the apron. Balor hits back but Lee DECKS him! Balor tumbles down but Ciampa is up, WILLOW’S BELL to the apron!! Ciampa scrambles up but Balor snapmares and KICKS him down!
Balor takes aim at Ciampa, SLINGBLADE on the outside! Balor leaves Ciampa behind and heads up top. NXT returns to single picture as Ciampa returns to punch and CHOP Balor back! Ciampa climbs up to join Balor, and Ciampa brings Balor back up into Air Raid position. But Lee gets up and adds on! ELECTRIC CHAIR RAID! Full Sail is losing their minds again as all three men are back down! Lee crawls to cover Ciampa, TWO!! Ciampa survives but Lee is too exhausted to be shocked. Fans rally up and Lee gets up to drag Ciampa to a drop zone. Lee climbs up now, for a MOONSAULT! But he FLOPS! Ciampa has Lee, underhooks, but Lee fireman’s carries right out, JACKHAMMER! Balor gets up, Lee fireman’s carries him now, but Balor turns the jackhammer into a cradle! TWO!!
Baor runs at Lee, but no Slingblade, he gets a SPIRIT- STOMP!! Coup de Grace outta nowhere! Lee bails out, Balor clotheslines Ciampa out hard, and then Balor FLIES onto Lee! Balor grits his teeth as fans declare, “This is Awesome!” Balor takes aim at Ciampa, JOHN WOO DROPKICK sends Ciampa flying into railing! Deja vu from what he did to Johnny Gargano! Balor puts Ciampa in the ring and heads up top! COUP DE- No, Ciampa dodges, and Lee POUNCES! Lee is the only one standing as he looks at Ciampa. Lee brings Ciampa up, but Ciampa pops out of the Spirit Bomb to chop block a leg! Ciampa tries to firemen’s carry, and he manages an AIR RAID CRASH on Lee!! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but he should Be-LEE-vit!
Lee gets up but the knee pad comes down. Ciampa runs in, into a SLAM! Lee goes up top quickly, and MOONSAULTS! It hits! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa shocks us all but Lee won’t let up. Lee brings Ciampa back up, bomb position, but he doesn’t see Balor climb. SPIRIT BOMB ! COUP DE GRACE!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall; NEW #1 Contender to the NXT Championship
The Prince takes victory for his own outta nowhere! Now he takes aim at Adam Cole, making next week’s episode rrrreeeal! The Undisputed Era reinforce Cole as he makes his leave, but they might not even be enough. Will Finn’s future truly be his past?
An incredible episode that acts as a go-home to next week’s episode. I don’t think there was really anything bad to say about this episode, though I feel like Breezango VS Singh Brothers was a bit of filler. I did like that Breezango really upped the aggression with those out-of-ring spots. That apron powerbomb looked nasty, and that was pretty awesome that Fandango covered that distance for his elbow drop. It isn’t really clear where the NXT Tag Team Championships are going, but if a story with the Undisputed Era can help bring that more serious side out of Breezango, let’s try that for TakeOver: Portland. Obviously we’re getting more Kushida VS Grimes after the beat down video and Kushida distracting Grimes. It was pretty great for Mendoza to benefit from this, too. He stays afloat but still seems to be just a good worker.
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship opening the night was amazing. Lio VS Garza II was definitely better than the first, and what a great twist for there to be a submission win when both guys have really been more about strikes and splashes. It was also a great personal moment for Garza to propose to his girlfriend, Garza’s winning in all sorts of ways. Banks VS Ryker was pretty good, a nice tease for Worlds Collide. I wonder if Banks ends up with teammates to take on the Forgotten Sons as a whole. Yim VS Kai was pretty good, but the best part was the brawl after. Well, aside from the table spot. That second table didn’t want any part of that, and I hope neither Mia or Dakota is too sore after basically clipping their heads on the edge. I hope they get a No Disqualification match next to be the real blow-off.
Carter VS Belair was pretty good, but it just seemed too obvious Belair would win that. I really hope NXT builds up more of their women, I feel like Xia Li, Kayden Carter and a handful of other currently midcard women get to move up once WWE figures out what is going on with Shayna and the Horsewomen. I really liked what we got out of Prime Target for Rhea and Shayna. Both women are great in the ring and on the mic, and their match next week is going to help the episode feel like a pseudo-TakeOver. I still really hope Rhea takes the title off Shayna, this just has to be the time.
And it feels like almost the time for Keith Lee. He did amazing again in that amazing Triple Threat. I suppose Ciampa winning here would be too obvious, as well as too soon, I think he comes back around for TakeOver: Portland. Since it sounds like Velveteen Dream isn’t ready to return yet, give us Lee VS Strong for the North American Championship, and then give Lee that championship. Cole VS Balor is going to be incredible, and honestly it could go either way. The buzz would be with Balor winning, and we could get Balor VS Ciampa with Gargano returning to get revenge while helping his friend. Either way, it’s all going to be amazing.
My Score: 9.3/10
Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022
The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!
Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
- Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
- Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
- IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
- Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
- Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****
Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey
Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.
Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.
Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.
Check out what @theraveneffect had to say about @TheMooseNation and @TheSamiCallihan going to war in his creation..The Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match TOMORROW NIGHT at #AgainstAllOdds!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/VEN90fmA44
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw
Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.
Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.
Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.
A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.
Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace
Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.
After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!
IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More
Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.
PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.
Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.
Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne
Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.
Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!
Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley
If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.
We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.
This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.
Overall Score: 9/10
Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.
My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)
WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!
Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!
Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?
- Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
- Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!
NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?
The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!
Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.
Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!
Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall
And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?
NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.
The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!
So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?
Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.
The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.
Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?
Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!
#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!
Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.
They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!
Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!
Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!
Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall
Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?
NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.
They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?
NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.
The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.
Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?
Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!
The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?
The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.
Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!
Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!
Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!
Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.
Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!
Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!
Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall
Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?
Trent Seven heads to the ring.
And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”
But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”
Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.
“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?
Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?
A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.
Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.
We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.
Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.
My Score: 8.5/10
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