TakeOver: Blackpool II draws ever closer! Who makes big impressions tonight?
In order to prove to NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, that he is worthy, Noam Dar takes on Tyler Bate in the main event! Can Mr. Supernova 11 turn it up to 11 against the Big Strong Boy?
- Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Pretty Deadly; Jordan & Williams win.
- Jinny w/ Jazzy Gabert VS Amale; Jinny wins.
- Tyler Bate VS Noam Dar; Bate wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams VS Pretty Deadly!
The Bhangra Bad Boy is back! He and the Lucky Yin are ready to get back on track, but will Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley knock them off course?
The teams sort out, Williams starts with Stoker. Fans rally up as Williams and Stoker tie up. Williams has the wristlock and a unique bridging arm-drag. Williams goes after the arm then drops a knee on it! Williams whips and wrings Stoker out, then things speed up. Williams hurdles over then drops down to sunset flip Stoker on the return, TWO! Williams gets Stoker’s arm again and whips him into the corner. Tag to Jordan and snapmare feeds to the dropkick! Jordan handsprings and dances, showing he’s doing pretty great. Stoker tags out to Howley, and Jordan dodges the boot to hip toss! Howley scrambles up and whips Jordan but Jordan dodges to crossbody! Cover, TWO! Jordan keeps on Howley to wrench, tag to Williams and Williams springboards to ax handle.
Williams whips, Howley reverses, but Williams redirects to knock Howley down with a back elbow! Howley gets up but Williams knees him out of the ring. Jordan tags in as Williams builds speed, Williams wrecks Howley with a dropkick! Jordan meanwhile builds speed, he DIVES to take Howley out! Fans fire up as Jordan puts Howley in. Jordan slingshot somersaults for a splash! Cover, TWO! Howley gets to a corner and dodges Jordan. Jordan elbows Howley but Howley distracts the ref, Stoker hotshots Jordan’s bad shoulder! Howley comes back to ram his shoulder into Jordan’s, then Stoker comes in. Pretty Deadly goes after the shoulder and Stoker wrenches to a lift! Fans rally while Stoker wrings Jordan out and drops a knee to the bad shoulder. Cover, TWO! Jordan toughs it out but Howley tags back in.
Pretty Deadly stomps the shoulder, then Howley brings Jordan around to throw into buckles! Roll up, TWO! Howley keeps on Jordan with a high keylock. Fans rally up, Jordan endures and fights back. Howley suplexes but Jordan slips out to waistlock. Stoker tags in as Jordan rolls Howley, another arm wringer brings Jordan down! Stoker throws wrist tape at Williams just to rile him up, the ref has to keep Williams back as Stoker stomps away on Jordan! Stoker drags Williams up, wrenches the arm and throws him into buckles. Howley tags in to mug Jordan, then drive elbows into the shoulder! Jordan suffers as Stoker tags back in. Howley keeps Jordan trapped, Stoker runs in to throw a big uppercut! Cover, TWO! Jordan grits his teeth and endures another keylock.
Fans rally and Jordan fights, jawbreaker frees him! Tag to Howley and he whips Jordan away. Howley pops Jordan up, but Jordan forearms Stoker first! Howley doesn’t realize until Jordan trips him up and sends him out! Fans rally as Jordan crawls, hot tag to Williams! Williams springboards in to elbow Howley down! Williams sees Stoker coming and slides out to trip him up! Williams hurries around the way, baits Howley into a BOOT! Williams rallies with double hand chops! Williams whips but Stoker holds ropes so Howley tumbles out to join him! Risky business but Williams DIVES! Williams hits both Pretty Deadly boys and puts Howley in fast. Rewind through the ropes, SLINGBLADE! Cover but Stoker breaks it!
Jordan gets in and goes after Stoker, only for Stoker to throw him out. Williams CHOPS Stoker with both hands! But Howley rolls Williams up, handful of the waistband! TWO but Howley bell claps Williams. Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly coordinates. Fireman’s carry feed into the GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO!! Williams still lives and Pretty Deadly can’t believe it! Tag to Howley and they try again. Another fireman’s carry, but Williams slips out to send Pretty Deadly into each other. Springboard, double back elbow! Williams throws Stoker out and tags in Jordan! Williams wheelbarrows Howley to go Back to the Future! Jordan is up, SWANTON BOMBAY! Cover, Jordan and William win!!
Winners: Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, Jordan by pinfall
The return is a success! Will Jordan and Williams finally be dancing to the tag team championships?
NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s major tag title announcement.
Imperium’s Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel were very upset. “Every single person in that crowd knows that Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner had Gallus beat in the middle of that ring! It is a disgrace that we have to prove we are the rightful tag team champions in a ladder match!” Barthel adds that if it’s a ladder match, that’s fine. It goes against Imperium’s beliefs, because pro-wrestling is SACRED. But if this is what they have to do to change things for the better, then that’s fine. Imperium will leave Blackpool as the NXT UK Tag Team Champions. Will Aichner and Barthel take over at TakeOver?
El Ligero speaks.
“The first time I ever met Kassius Ohno was back in 2004.” At the time, he was just a skinny kid barely wrestling for two years. On that night, Ohno was gracious enough to give some advice. Ever since then, Ligero had nothing for respect for him. For years, he just wanted to face off with him. That happened this past April, and Ohno won. But Ohno won by turning Ligero’s mask around and giving him an elbow to the back of the head. That was when Ligero realized that it didn’t matter how much respect Ligero had for Ohno, when Ohno had no respect for Ligero. So when they face off again next week, Ligero promises to knock some respect into the Knockout Artist!
Trent Seven is here!
The Man from Moustache Mountain smiles and high-fives fans but is here tonight to speak. “Now, I’ve been around this business for quite some time now.” Seven likes to think he’s had a pretty good grasp of how things work. So it seems pretty obvious that Eddie Dennis wants Seven’s attention. They both grew up in the same wrestling circles, watching each other, cheering for each other. They know each other. Seven has been in the crowds cheering for Eddie. But when Eddie grabbed Seven’s hand from the crowd and they locked eyes, that was not the Eddie that Seven knew. Then Michael May, that young wrestler just trying to make it into NXT UK last week, had his chance taken away by Eddie, as some weird gift to Seven. “It’s just weird, Eddie, I don’t understand it.” Just come out so this can be sorted.
Eddie Dennis appears! But he doesn’t go to the ring. What is he doing? Seven wants Dennis to join him in the ring. Eddie surely remembers being the guy that quit being a teacher to follow a dream, and he did it! He’s here in NXT UK! But Seven knows that opportunity was taken with that injury. Being out must do things to someone, and maybe that’s what we’re seeing. Seven gets why Dennis would target him, as someone here at the start of this brand. Seven is proud to be a pillar of the UK brand. Now Dennis gets in the ring with a mic of his own. And he HITS Seven with it! “I’ll see you at TakeOver: Blackpool.” Dennis finally gives us a clear message, but the motivation is still unknown. What will Seven’s response be when NXT UK returns to the Empress Ballroom?
Things have caught up to Kay Lee Ray.
She beat Toni Storm at TakeOver: Cardiff, and now she owns the “one thing that mattered to her most,” the NXT UK Women’s Championship. It isn’t part of Toni’s identity anymore, but KLR’s. KLR thought it was the last we’d see Toni in NXT UK. “Playing nice never got me what I deserved. Playing nice never got me what I wanted. Playing nice never got me the NXT UK Women’s Championship.” Every storm comes to an end.
But Piper Niven was storming up after her! They also have known each other for years. KLR says a lot of things, but makes sure to say what will hurt the most. And when words wouldn’t work on Piper, KLR SLAPPED her. Only for Piper to hit back! And then, so did Toni! Toni came out of nowhere, back for revenge. Toni admits she did let the NXT UK Women’s Championship define her. It gave her a sense of purpose, and then she lost it. Without that, what is she? She got angry at Piper for helping her out. Piper struggles seeing how her friends have ended up. Toni is angry and obsessed, KLR is vindictive. Toni says Piper was a very good friend for a long time, but so was KLR. Who can Toni trust?
In the end, all three women will fight for the NXT UK Women’s Championship in a Triple Threat! Piper is in the match because she’s earned her spot, and because she’s just as good, if not better, than both KLR and Toni. Toni vows that she won it once, she can win it again. Toni will be the first two-time NXT UK Women’s Champion. But KLR vows to carve her legacy once and for all. Who wins this historic match when NXT UK returns to Blackpool?
Next week gives us the Best of 2019!
NXT UK will relive the last 12 months to highlight the best men, women, matches and moments! What favorites of yours make the cut?
Jinny w/ Jazzy Gabert VS Amale!
The French Hope makes her NXT UK debut, but will she be hoping it was against someone other than the Spoiled Princess?
The bell rings and fans taunt Jinny as she circles with Amale. They tie up, Jinny SLAPS Amale then rams in knees! Jinny brushes herself off before bring Amale up. Amale hits back with body shots but gets another big knee! Jinny throws Amale by her hair then rains down angry rights and even lefts. The ref backs Jinny off and she cools off, only to come back with ferocity and bump Amale off buckles. Jinny bumps Amale again but Amale blocks and elbows back! Amale bumps Jinny! Amale whips Jinny to ropes, Jinny slips under to trip Amale up into the Fashionable Surfboard! Jinny rocks back and forth but Amale endures to pop free and get the ropebreak! Jinny lets go at 4 and argues with the ref.
Jinny scowls but Amale pushes her away. Jinny stomps away at the ropes! She lets up at 4 when the ref backs her off, but Jinny glares from across the way. Jinny runs in corner to corner but Amale dodges! Amale shotgun dropkicks! Side to side, BOOT WASH! Amale grabs at the legs but Jinny pushes her away. Jinny gets up and slips out to the apron to then KICK Amale and sweep the legs! Slingshot senton! Cover, TWO! Jinny is on Amale and DECKS her with a right! Jinny hooks Amale up in the ropes, draping FACEBUSTER! The Makeover hits hard, Jinny covers, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Jazzy nods and smiles. The Alpha Female and the Fierce Fashionista are both going strong, but they’re not done. Jazzy drags Amale up and reels her in for a LARIAT! Fans boo and jeer but Jinny isn’t satisfied. She tells Jazzy to do it again. Jazzy drags Amale up for another LARIAT! Wait, another? Even Jazzy is surprised by this. Jazzy grabs Amale’s arm, but lets go? Jazzy refuses to be ordered around, and storms out of the ring! Is this the end of the alliance between beauty and beast?
Radzy tries to get an interview with Imperium this week.
We knew from last week that they weren’t in a good mood over the Fatal 4 Way Ladder match being made, maybe they’re feeling better tonight? Walter answers and Radzy asks about the TakeOver: Blackpool II WWE United Kingdom Championship match. Walter doesn’t care about Joe Coffey right now. What is important to him right now is that in two weeks, Alexander Wolfe beats down the “puppet,” Ilja Dragunov. Imperium will then have the advantage going into Blackpool. Walter leaves it at that, even wishing Radzy a good day. But will it be a bad day for the Moscow Madman on the first NXT UK episode of 2020?
Tyler Bate VS Noam Dar!
The Big Strong Boy has been to quite a few TakeOvers, but the Scottish Supernova wants to go to the next one. Will Dar prove himself worthy by beating the inaugural United Kingdom Champion?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind Bate as they sing. Dar just shrugs it off as he and Bate circle around the ring. They tie up, they go around, and Bate puts Dar in a corner. Bate lets up cleanly to check the mustache. Dar circles with Bate again, waistlocks and drags Bate down, then switches to a facelock. Bate works his way up and slips out to go after the arm. Dar reverses to keep wrist control, fans sing for both men as Bate and Dar fight for control. Bate rolls, kips up and pries free to snapmare Dar down. Dar slips out to get the arm again for an armlock. Fans cheer the technical exchange, and Dar keeps Bate down as he changes position. Fans rally up, Bate gets up but Dar wrenches again. Bate squats and pries free to get another wristlock. Dar gets to ropes fast and Bate lets up.
Dar and Bate circle again, tie up with knuckle locks, and Dar drags Bate in to get the waistlock. Bate standing switches but so does Dar, and again, and again, and again, until Bate drops down to shove. Dar holds ropes, baits Bate in but Bate saw the table top coming. Bate waistlocks and lifts but Dar resists and arm-drags free. Bate kicks low, underhooks but Dar slips out. Dar misses his leg sweep and his clothesline, but he avoids Bate’s rebound lariat! Bate grins as he almost had Dar, and fans cheer for this great exchange. Dar and Bate reset and circle again. They tie up again, Dar gets an arm and pushes Bate to a corner. The ref counts, Dar lets up only to sucker punch! Dar shouts “I’m the Big Strong Boy now!” as he flexes. Fans boo because they disagree. Dar whips Bate corner to corner, but Bate goes into a headstand a la Jack Gallagher!
Bate keeps Dar away with a foot, then the other foot. Bate bicycles and headscissors then arm-drags and dropkicks! Dar bails out as Bate kips up. Bate hurries out after Dar and puts him in the ring. Fans chant for the real “Big Strong Boy!” as Bate headlocks Dar for foot bops! Bate throws European Uppercuts as fans rally up. Bate whips Dar corner to corner but Dar reverses. Bate goes up for another headstand, but Dar doesn’t hesitate as he dropkicks Bate down! Dar mocks the fans and even Bate’s pose. Dar drags Bate around to stomp the leg, then the other leg. Fans rally but Dar stomps Bate’s arms down now. Cover, TWO! Dar keeps on Bate’s arm and even fish hooks the face. Fans rally for Bate as he endures and works his way up. Bate powers up but Dar snapmares him into ropes!
Dar dares Bate to get up before he stomps him down. Fans rally again as Dar chokes and fish hooks Bate at the ropes. Dar lets up, only to throw down hands. Dar shows his claws but Bate kicks from the mat! Dar clobbers Bate with an elbow drop, then drags Bate up for a back suplex TOSS! Cover, TWO! Dar is upset and stomps Bate more. Fans still sing for Bate as Dar wrenches the neck. Bate endures as Dar goes the other direction. Bate fights his way back up, elbows out, but Dar holds on with a sleeper hold, only for Bate to back suplex him down! Both men are down as fans rally up again. Bate sits up first but Dar uses the ropes to get to his feet. Bate runs in, Dar puts him on the apron. Dar dodges Bate’s counter punch to sweep the leg! Dar runs to baseball slide and wreck Bate! Dar goes out to fetch Bate and throw him into steel steps! Bate writhes while Dar leaves him behind.
The ring count begins and climbs to 5 before Bate sits up. Bate crawls at 7, but springs in at 9.5! Dar is seething and he gives kicks to Bate’s chest. Fans rally as Bate takes more Number 11 Kicks, and catches them! Bate throws hands! He has Dar in the corner! Bate whips corner to corner but Dar reverses, only to run into the boot and knee! Bate hops up, flying uppercut! Dar flounders and Bate runs at him with big elbows! Corner uppercut! EXPLODER! Bate doesn’t kip up right away, that bad leg bugs him. But he still does get up, to standing Shooting Star! Cover, TWO!! Dar lives but Bate won’t let up. Bate stands and hobbles but he brings Dar up. Dar gets the leg and has the Ankle Lock! Bate pries free but Dar rolls him to a cover, TWO! Bate prawn hold, TWO!
Dar goes for a leg, Bate walks around to get the roll-up, TWO! Dar has the Rings of Saturn! Dar rains down rights as he pulls the arms as far back as he can! Bate endures, kicks and pulls an arm free. Bate elbows Dar in the face until Dar lets him go! Fans rally and cheer as both men rise. Dar kicks at the leg and the chest! Bate blocks to figure four and back suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans know “This is Awesome!” but also far from over! Bate gets to a corner and runs again, Shooting Star gets knees! Cover, TWO!! Dar uppercuts then runs, but Bop is put up. Dar doesn’t care, he gives Bate a Complete Shot! Cover, TWO!! Bate lives and Dar is beside himself. Fans rally and sing but Dar puts pinkies out. Dar aims from a corner as Bate rises. Dar runs out, but he gets an enziguri! Bate runs, rebounds, but Dar catches him! CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!
Bate endures, flails, crawls, drags himself and Dar but Dar kicks away with his heel. Bate keeps trying, Dar keeps twisting, ROPEBREAK! Dar lets go reluctantly at 4, and fans are rallying for the Big Strong Boy again! Dar gets up and watches Bate rise. Bate hits back with elbows, but Dar SWEEPS the legs! Then BUZZSAW! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Dar is furious! Dar grabs the leg and drags it to the ropes. Dar climbs up top and leaps! Bate gets clear of the stops, rolling heel kick knocks Dar down! Bate drags Dar into position and now he climbs up top. Dar bails out but Bate hops down to build speed. Bate BOOTS Dar down! Then he FLIES! A big strong TOPE CONJILO!
Bate puts Dar in, underhooks, but Dar drops down to go after the legs, only for Bate to sit on him! TWO, and both men slowly rise again. Bate throws a forearm but Dar gives one back. Bate throws more forearms, reels Dar in, but Dar breaks out to sweep the leg! Dar kicks but Bate ducks it to come back with an uppercut! Dar kicks, tortures the bad arm, but Bate fights and ROCKS Dar! Bate runs, rebounds, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally up as both men are down again! Bate gets up first, drags Dar up and wants the underhooks. But wait, Jordan Devlin appears on stage. The Irish Ace distracts Bate, Dar rolls Bate up, TWO!! Dar runs back in, to get ROCKED!! Bang was better late than never! Bate underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97!! Cover, Bate wins!!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
Devlin slides right in, but Bate has Bop and Bang at the ready! Devlin slides back out, and fans mock him with “Nana na na, Hey Hey Hey, Good Bye~!” Bate says if Devlin wants him so bad, how about at TakeOver: Blackpool II? Devlin doesn’t give an answer, but surely Johnny Saint will consider it. Will Devlin and Bate finally settle things when NXT UK returns to where it all began?
A really good episode overall, but with not as much Blackpool set up as I thought. Trent Seven and Eddie Dennis had a great segment, because while Seven did a lot of good stuff talking, Dennis had the perfectly short and sweet and sinister move to just hit Seven and make the challenge. Seven VS Dennis should be a great opening match for that event, if not second match on the card. We also got a great Triple Threat promo for the NXT UK Women’s Championship match. I love that this is also a story of three friends where the title and success has tainted KLR and is starting to do that to Toni, with Piper being the pure Face in this. It just furthers how I can’t be sure who comes out of this, just knowing that all of them will have a strong showing. Then the Imperium promos tonight were good, both Aichner & Barthel being upset but determined, and I like that Walter is taking things one match at a time.
Jordan & Williams VS Pretty Deadly was a fun tag match, but of course Jordan and Williams win to make their return worth it. Their possibilities are very open, but perhaps they just end up losing to whatever Heel tag team champions come out of Blackpool. Jinny VS Amale was good for a slight squash match. The best part to come out of this is that the break-up of Jinny and Jazzy is happening already. And not because Jinny was being too brutal, but too bossy. The Alpha Female will obviously want to be the alpha, so maybe these two fight to see who has control of Jazzy: Jinny, or Jazzy herself. Maybe winner of that is also the next challenger to the Women’s Champion. Bate VS Dar was incredible, practically TakeOver worthy in itself! I figured Devlin would show up, but I expected a direct interference. Bate still winning was still a great move, and now we’re likely to get Bate VS Devlin at Blackpool, which will be a really great match. If only it was for a micard title.
My Score: 8.3/10
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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