What will it take for there to be peace on NXT UK?
The “firms” are forced to have a face-to-face! Joe Coffey meets Walter in the ring, but not to fight. What agreement, or lack there of, will come about?
- Toni Storm VS Killer Kelly; Storm wins.
- The Hunt VS The Outliers; The Hunt win.
- A-Kid VS Jordan Devlin; Devlin wins.
- Triple Threat: Travis Banks VS El Ligero VS Joseph Conners; Conners wins.
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Toni Storm VS Killer Kelly!
The Lightning From Down Under is back and she wants payback on Kay Lee Ray over the NXT UK Women’s Championship! But before KLR, she’ll have to face Killer K! Will lightning strike again now that the Storm is back?
The bell rings and fans sing for Toni as she circles with Kelly. Kelly kicks but is caught! Toni throws her down then basement dropkicks! Toni throws European Uppercuts and big forearms, then fast hands and a mule kick. Toni runs to BOOT Kelly down! Fans cheer but Kelly throat chops! Kelly clubs with crossface forearms, then she pulls Toni back. Fans boo as Kelly stomps Toni down with a smile on her face. Kelly chinbars and wrenches Toni’s head, but fans rally up. Toni fights her way up, fights out, but Kelly uppercuts and clubs her back. Kelly snapmares, runs, but the kick is caught! Toni trips Kelly to run and basement lariat!
Fans fire up as Toni underhooks, but Kelly trips and jackknifes back! TWO, and Kelly mule kicks to then rolling sobat Toni to a corner! Kelly runs in but Toni SUPERKICKS! Then a waistlock for a BIG German Suplex! Toni drags Kelly back in, underhooks, STORM ZERO! Cover, Toni wins!
Winner: Toni Storm, by pinfall
The Storm is definitely back! And she grabs a mic to speak, but KLR attacks outta nowhere! Fans boo as KLR stomps Toni, but here comes Piper Niven! The Scottish Viper scares off Scary Queen of Scots but won’t take her eyes off her. At least, not until KLR leaves. Piper offers a hand to Toni but Toni gets herself up and gets in Piper’s face! Toni basically says she didn’t need KLR, and then storms off. Between the Storm and the Viper, KLR has women hunting her down. But will Toni and Piper end up taking each other out before a title match?
Backstage interview with Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster.
The Grizzled Young Veterans have been saying all sorts of things, and it is very rare that they agree with Gibson and Drake. But when it comes to the interference of Gallus and Imperium on their tag team match, that may have been fear or tactics, who knows. But what FMW does know is that there is no clear #1 contender to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Where Team SWSC (South Wales Sub Culture) disagrees is that the GYV weren’t going to win, Andrews and Webster were. Both GYV and Gallus know what these two are capable of, so to Johnny Saint and Sid Scala, #DoTheRightThing. Let SWSC prove they’re no fluke, no one hit wonder, not just there to fill the card. They’re the MOST exciting team in NXT UK. Give them a spot at TakeOver: Blackpool II, and they’ll prove it.
Piper tries talking to Toni backstage.
Toni doesn’t want to hear it but Piper says she was just trying to help. Again, Toni says she doesn’t need Piper’s help! Toni just needs the title back. So stay away. Piper and Toni huff off in opposite directions, but are they going to clash on the road back to Blackpool?
The Hunt VS The Outliers!
The wild animals are back, but so are two muscular faces from Full Sail! NXT USA sends over Riddick Moss and Dan Matha- Er, uh, Dorian Mack! Will this new team of beef simply be meaty prey for The Hunt?
The teams sort out and Wild Boar starts with Moss. Moss and Mak don’t take Boar seriously, and Moss waistlocks Boar. Boar wrenches and yanks on the arm, Primate tags in, and the Hunt mugs Moss. Primate wrenches to uppercut the arm and then yank on it! Boar tags in, they mug Moss more, but Moss forearms Boar back. Boar throws big right hands to the body, then whips. Moss reverses and RAMS into Boar’s ribs! Moss talks trash to Boar, “That’s what you get!” Moss taunts the fans and Mak shouts, “The Americans have arrived!”
Tag to Mak and Moss feeds Boar to Mak’s shoulder tackle! Mak mocks Boar and drags him up to give big knees. Mak brings Boar back up, lifts him up, and tags to Moss. Moss runs, Mak feeds Boar to the back elbow! Fans boo as Mak and Moss soak up all the heat. Fans rally for “Boar! Boar! Boar!” but Moss mocks Primate. The ref has to keep Primate back but Boar starts fighting back! Moss knees Boar down then throws big forearms. Moss just keeps hammering away in the corner! The ref backs Moss off, Mak mocks Boar’s pain. Moss comes back to stomp a muscular mudhole into Boar! Mak tags in and the Outliers mug Boar while mocking him again. Fans rally and Primate reaches, but Mak taunts Boar as he stalks him. “All you gotta do is tag, little man!” Boar gets mad and throws body shots, only to get a big knee!
Mak hits Primate for good measure, then drags Boar back up for a dead lift BACKBREAKER! Cover, the ref is still busy with Primate, TWO! Mak is upset with the ref but the ref reminds Mak he’s in charge. Mak dead lifts Boar for a thrashing bearhug! Boar is a rag doll as Moss shouts “Mismatch! Mismatch!” Boar stays in this as fans rally up again! Boar ear claps! And again! Boar is free, but he’s in the Outlier corner. Boar bites Mak’s hand! Boar hits Moss, but walks into a CHOKE SLAM BACKBREAKER! Mak shouts, “I’m the man up in here!” Fans boo but Mak tags Moss in. Moss stands on Boar for a cocky cover, TWO! Moss throws hands and stomps Boar in the corner. Moss rams his shoulder in over and over, but the ref backs him off. Moss runs in, but Boar dodges! Moss hits the buckles HARD, and now both men are crawling!
Fans are thunderous for the hot tags to Mak and Primate! Primate springboards to headbutt Mak! Primate throws off furious fists from all sides! Mak shoves but Primate dropkicks him down! Moss returns, but gets a back drop! Mak misses in the corner and Primate corner clotheslines Moss! Then Primate goes corner to corner and clotheslines Mak! Primate gives Moss another, then another for Mak! Moss runs in but rams into Mak! The Hunt regroups, Primate clotheslines Mak while Boar throws Moss with an Exploder! The Hunt work together, BOAR IN MOTION! Mak tumbles down, Boar goes to the apron to frog splash onto Moss on the ground! Or is it a Boar Splash?
Primate climbs up and aims at Mak, DIVING HEADBUTT! Boar is up top, too, for his own diving headbutt! Primate hits another diving headbutt! Fans want one more, Boar tags in and we get DOUBLE HEADBUTTS! Cover, The Hunt wins!!
Winners: The Hunt, Wild Boar pinning
The animals are running wild again! Will Boar and Primate get into the tag title hunt soon enough?
A-Kid VS Jordan Devlin!
The Spanish Ace takes on the Irish Ace, but we’re about to see which one ranks higher! How will facing Devlin suit A-Kid?
The bell rings and Devlin talks trash to A-Kid, but fans are on A-Kid’s side. A-Kid headlocks and gets the takeover, but Devlin headscissors. A-Kid turns Devlin over and rolls back to have the legs for a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Devlin pops out to cover, ONE, and A-Kid trips Devlin up. Devlin kicks A-Kid away but A-Kid kips right up! So Devlin DECKS him with a right hand! A-Kid boots back, then hops up, to leap for a flying arm-drag and a BIG dropkick! Devlin glares but he walks into a monkey flip that sends him over the top! Devlin is furious, gets in but A-Kid dodges and rolls to a bridging school boy, TWO!
A-Kid slips out to the apron and forearms Devlin away. A-Kid slingshots up but Devlin sweeps the legs! A-Kid tumbles to the mat and the ref checks on his leg. But Devlin comes over to smash the knee into the mat! Fans troll Devlin but Devlin focuses on A-Kid for a shin breaker! Devlin puts the leg on the ropes and ROCKS A-Kid with a right, to drop a knee on the knee! A-Kid is writhing and Devlin vows to break that leg. But Tyler Bate appears to coach A-Kid up! Devlin looks at Bate as fans sing and cheer, and Devlin makes sure Bate is watching as he tortures the leg! Devlin forces A-Kid’s heel to go past the hip! A-Kid endures, pushes Devlin away, but he clutches that leg. Devlin stomps the bad leg but fans cheer A-Kid on.
Devlin has knuckle locks and pushes A-Kid down for a cover, TWO as A-Kid gets a shoulder up. Devlin tries again, TWO as A-Kid gets the other arm up. Devlin tries a third time, TWO as A-Kid bridges on his one good leg! Devlin goes to put his full weight on, but A-Kid manages a monkey flip and a jump to the top rope! A-Kid wobbles but stands long enough to moonsault for a DDT!! Fans cheer as both Aces are down! Devlin flounders to a rope and Bate coaches A-Kid up. A-Kid whips but Devlin holds ropes to avoid the roundhouse! But Devlin smirks at Bate a second too long, A-Kid DIVES! Tope suicida takes Devlin down! A-Kid gets Devlin in the ring and climbs up top. Devlin flounders up, into a crossbody! But Devlin rolls through, only to roll off.
A-Kid drags Devlin up into a waistlock, Devlin swings an elbow but A-Kid ducks it, to Northern Lights! Bridging cover, TWO! Perhaps the bad leg was a factor, but A-Kid still has fans rallying for him. A-Kid brings Devlin up but Devlin reverses the whip. A-Kid barely manages to run and falls against buckles. Devlin runs in but A-Kid puts him on the apron! Devlin springs right back in for a CUTTER! Cover, TWO! Devlin is furious but he still wants Bate to watch closely. Fans rally up, Devlin yanks A-Kid off the mat, but A-Kid makes it a DESTROYER! Devlin stands up only to flop out of the ring! Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as Devlin flounders his way up. A-Kid manages to go to the corner, to SUPER MOONSAULT! Fans lose their minds as Bate coaches A-Kid to get back in. But A-Kid isn’t sure about his leg.
The ring count climbs past 5 as Devlin gets back in, and A-Kid finally hobbles over. A-Kid is in at 7, only to get a PUNT to the face! Devlin shows no mercy to Bate’s boy as he just kicks away on A-Kid’s face! Devlin then blows a kiss to Bate, DEVLINSIDE! Cover, Devlin wins!
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall
Devlin glares at Bate and Bate glares back. Devlin stands on A-Kid triumphantly with hands and head held high. Will Devlin and Bate finally settle things between each other come TakeOver: Blackpool II?
Jinny and Jazzy Gabert speak.
“Right, let’s set the record straight.” Piper Niven beat Jinny, “The Queen of NXT UK.” Horrific disrespect. But then Jazzy got ejected from ringside! Again, disrespect. Fans want to talk about Jinny and Jazzy, but everything is “absolutely fine.” Jazzy even speaks up for herself! There is clearly tension growing, however. Will things stay fine between the Spoiled Princess and the Alpha Female?
Triple Threat: Travis Banks VS El Ligero VS Joseph Conners!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw and the Luchador of Leeds wanted to settle things between each other, but the Righteous Killer saw to it that everyone suffered as he suffered. Who will suffer the most by being the one pinned or submitted in this match?
The bell rings, and both Ligero and Banks go after Conners! Fans cheer as they stomp a double mudhole into Conners! Banks drags Conners up to snapmare and swiftly kick! Ligero wants a try, so he CHOPS Conners. Banks sits Conners up for another KICK, so Ligero gives Conners another CHOP! KICK, CHOP, repeat! The pace is getting faster! They’re happening at the same time now! Conners no longer stays up, so Ligero and Banks stare each other down. Conners gets up, they double SUPERKICK him out! Then they go after each other! Ligero whips, Banks gets a takedown to a cover, TWO! La Magistrol, TWO! Ligero wheelbarrows to a victory roll, TWO! Ligero spins Banks around but they fight over the backslide. They’re both down, Conners covers them both, TWO!!
Fans cheer the creativity, but now all three brawl! Conners swings but Ligero blocks, Banks CHOPS Conners but Ligero blocks a boot and sends it into Conners! Ligero knees low and whips Banks but Banks reverses. Ligero handsprings but gets caught by both Banks and Conners! Conners tosses Ligero and Ligero uses that to arm-drag Banks! Ligero forearms Conners and CHOPS Banks, repeat! Conners blocks a kick but gets a boot! Fans fire up as Ligero runs at Banks but is put on the apron. Ligero enziguris Banks, Conners runs in but misses. Ligero steps in, DOUBLE STUNNER! Banks and Conners bail out but Ligero builds speed, only to slide out over them both. Banks boosts Ligero up but Conners hits Banks away.
Ligero comes back down to headscissor Conners away while Banks is on the apron. APRON DOUBLE STOMPS! Conners ROCKS Banks and puts him in the ring, only for Banks to come back and DIVE! Fans fire up as all three men are down on the outside. Banks gets Conners in and runs to the corner, backwards flying stomps! Cover, TWO! Ligero is back in and throws forearms on Banks. Banks gives body shots then whips, Ligero uses Conners to redirect but he still misses Banks in the corner. Banks shotgun dropkicks Conners into a corner! Ligero returns, but Banks sweeps the legs, sending him into Conners! Banks covers Ligero, TWO!
Fans rally as Banks drags Ligero up. Ligero slips out to waistlock, O’Conner roll but Conners slingshot DDT’s Ligero down! Banks and Conners are up, Conners blocks a leg and throws Banks down by it. Banks and Ligero are side by side, Conners runs to get a DOUBLE Snap Chancery! Cover on Banks, TWO! Cover on Ligero, TWO! Oddly enough, Conners has fans rallying for him as he drags Ligero up for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Conners stomps Banks down and he drags Banks up. Banks throws hands back but Conners rams him to a corner. Conners throws forearms and elbows and CHOPS! Conners shouts, “I! AM! WORTHY!”
Conners puts Banks up top and CHOPS and haymakers. Banks resists as Conners climbs up and pulls on him. Banks sends Conners down with a gourd buster! Banks adjusts but Ligero is up top, SUPER ARM-DRAG sends Banks into Conners! All three men are down again but fans are fired up! Banks and Ligero stir while Conners has a bloody nose. Banks and Ligero go to the apron, and Ligero drags Banks up. Ligero forearms, Banks CHOPS! Ligero CHOPS, so Banks CHOPS back! Banks drags Ligero in, suplexes but Ligero fights out. Both men hop down but get to the apron again, Ligero uses the Tiger Feint to sweep the legs! Banks hits ropes on his way down and Ligero is back up.
Conners ROCKS Ligero and drags him back up by his mask. Fans rally up as Ligero resists the suplex. Ligero brings Conners out to join him and the two fight on the edge. Conners shoves Ligero but Ligero keeps himself from hitting the post. Conners kicks Ligero in the back and Ligero steps onto the steel steps. Conners STOMPS Ligero down onto the steel! The referee checks on Ligero but somehow he’s okay to continue. Conners aims at Banks and DIVES, into an UPPERCUT! The referee checks on them, they’re somehow okay to continue. Fans rally up as Banks puts Conners back in. Banks runs to the corner, SLICE OF HEAVEN!! But he’s not done, he hits a KIWI KRUSHER! But Ligero climbs the ropes for a SPLASH!
Ligero runs, springboards, C4L!! But Conners hits a SHOTGUN BOOT! Conners picks Ligero up, “Don’t! Look! Down!!” Cover, but Banks DOUBLE STOMPS it apart! All three men are down again and fans cheer it all! Then the fans rally up as Banks and Ligero stir again. Banks brings Ligero up to CHOP and CHOP but Ligero CHOPS back! Banks CHOPS, CHOPS, CHOPS, then SILCE OF- POWERBOMB!! Conners goes to throw Ligero, Ligero rolls him up instead, TWO! Conners sends Ligero out this time to hotshot Ligero away! Banks returns, BIG lariat! But no cover as Banks drags Conners up. Conners denies the Kiwi Krusher and throws Banks into Ligero! DON’T LOOK DOWN AGAIN!! Cover, Conners wins!!
Winner: Joseph Conners, by pinfall
Is he worthy? Who knows, but he IS the winner! Conners kicks at the doubting turnbuckle, vindicated by this major victory! But will this help him take over?
Kassius Ohno speaks.
“I’ve had time to reflect on my match with Tyler Bate.” Ohno isn’t the kind to make excuses or whine or complain, but he knows what happened. “Tyler Bate got under my skin. He infuriated me and made me lose sight of why I came to NXT UK in the first place.” Ohno came here to show the authentic British and European wrestling. So from here on out, the Knockout Artist takes a back seat to the Wrestling Genius. That means no more rolling elbows, shadow boots or cyclone kicks. Instead, it will be cravats, cording hold, and the Kassius Klutch. “Because I am the best British Wrestler alive.” Will Ohno’s style really change to be more substance, less flash?
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are in the ring.
The NXT UK GM and Assistant GM prepare to preside over the “historic negotiations.” Sid introduces Joe Coffey for Gallus and Walter for Imperium. Each make makes their way out to the ring, but Joe doesn’t want to sit. They’re going to get to business. The Ring General of Imperium and the “Top boy of the fighting Gallus firm.” If Walter wants to keep going down this path, then his boys are going to get hurt. The Gallus boys know this, too. But Walter says Joe talks too much and demands to know his terms. Walter sits and Joe will let him do that. Is Walter comfortable? Because in January, a year ago, Walter showed up. Joe didn’t forget that image. Walter got in this ring, with his clumsy size 14’s, and he left this scar on Joe’s face! But what does Joe Coffey want?
That’s obvious: the biggest score in NXT UK, the WWE United Kingdom Championship. Walter is not surprised. Walter doesn’t back down from challenge. Challenges are what this sport is about. But Joe isn’t getting this for free. What does Imperium get in return? Well what does Walter want? Give your term in return. Wolfgang and brother Mark Coffey must defend those NXT UK Tag Team Championships. Done! No, Walter wasn’t done. He is, because Joe isn’t done. Joe knows his firm better than anyone! Markus and Wolfie “will turn your two bob trackie mob upside-down!” Walter stands up again, and tells Joe, “I said I wasn’t done.” Walter wants Ilja Dragunov to face Alexander Wolfe in a No Disqualificaiton match.
No, no, no, that’s not how this works. Dragunov is not part of Gallus! Joe can’t make someone not part of the firm do something for them. Well sorry then. No Dragunov, no deal. Oh really? But wait! Here comes Dragunov! The Moscow Madman has a mic of his own and heads to the ring. “Make the agreement.” Looks like they have a deal. Sid Scala makes it official! Next week, Gallus VS Imperium for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships! Then somewhere down the line, Dragunov VS Wolfe, No Disqualifications. But in the main event of TakeOver: Blackpool II, it will be WALTER VS Joe Coffey for the WWE United Kingdom Championship! The deal has been struck, and we will see these warring factions fight all the way into the New Year! Will it be a new era in NXT UK after returning to where it all began?
But while Walter lets Coffey leave peacefully, he shouts after Dragunov. Walter tells Dragunov that he made the worst decision of his career! Wolfe grabs Dragunov from under the ring! Dragunov can’t fight him off, and here come the rest of Imperium! Barthel throws Dragunov into steel steps, Aichner RAMS his knee into Dragunov! Then Imperium feeds Dragunov to Walter to BOOT! Imperium gathers in the ring, and with the table still in the ring, Wolfe gives Dragunov a POWERBOMB through it!! Imperium stands tall, ready to finally show that absolute power. Will it cost Gallus their entire kingdom?
A really great episode right here, but I didn’t expect some of the things set up for the rest of 2019. First, Toni has a good return match against Killer Kelly, and that attack from KLR should’ve been expected. But given the tension between Piper Niven and Toni Storm now, I am really hoping we’re getting a Triple Threat for the Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Blackpool II. I also like the hint at tension between Jinny and Jazzy Gabert, I wonder if that duo breaks up. I don’t even think Jazzy has to turn Face, she just has to turn on Jinny. Then Jazzy can come into her own as she goes after whatever Face holds that title.
The Hunt VS The Outliers was a great match for the sudden debut of Moss and Mak-formerly-Matha. I guess Dan Matha’s name had to be changed so that we wouldn’t remember him as the super hyped up debut that got wrecked by Samoa Joe. Moss and Mak definitely have the physical attributes and have already got their Heel personas down, but it was fine that The Hunt won, those guys need to stay afloat. Devlin upped the aggression on A-Kid, and that could even be a preview for how brutal Devlin and Bate will be, especially if it is for Blackpool II. That Triple Threat, man, wow. Why was that not for a midcard championship!? Conners wants to be worthy, NXT UK should vindicate that with a midcard title, regardless of what it’s named. Make that a Blackpool match, paralleling the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match.
Ohno’s promo video was good, but I’m not sure if they planned this in conjunction with his match with Riddle last night on NXT USA. But this makes me think Ohno should also become Mr. British Rounds Match. He should just wrestle everyone in one of those matches, and even make up the British Rounds Championship, and have it even be a fake title in kayfabe where it’s not actually a thing but he insists it is. And I basically guessed everything to come out of the negotiations between Joe Coffey and Walter, but I’m a little disappointed it wasn’t all for Blackpool. At the same time, that’s too much time to wait on all of this, so it’s good we’re getting a little bit at a time. But at least we know we’re getting the title matches we all expected.
And we should’ve all realized Imperium would beat up Dragunov as a preview of what they could easily do to Dragunov in that No Disqualification match. If Imperium is going to attack during the match, Gallus should show up to help Dragunov for an all-out brawl. Then Blackpool II can be Dragunov VS Wolfe III, possibly in a match that interference can’t be a factor. I’m not sure what that is but NXT UK surely could figure something out.
My Score: 8.5/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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