It’s time to take over Blackpool AGAIN!
NXT UK returns to where it all began three years ago! The Empress Ballroom is once again host to the rising kingdom in WWE! Who shall reign over the brand with iron fists and golden belts?
- Trent Seven VS Eddie Dennis; Dennis wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Kay Lee Ray VS Toni Storm VS Piper Niven; KLR wins and retains the NXT UK Women’s Championship.
- Tyler Bate VS Jordan Devlin; Bate wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match: Gallus VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans VS South Wales Subculture; Gallus wins and retains the NXT UK Tag Team Championships.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Joe Coffey; Walter wins and retains the WWE United Kingdom Championship.
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It’s the TakeOver Kickoff Show!
Join Tom Philips, Andy Shepherd and NXT USA GM William Regal as they discuss all the action on this third-anniversary event!
“What does it mean to have destiny in your hands?”
To truly know you are the very best. Blackpool has already been a spot of destiny and history. Of pride and passion. And a quest for “the absolute power of victory.” Grab your destiny by the throat and never, let, go! Grudges, desperation, determination, supremacy, and gold. Whose kingdom shall rise?
Trent Seven VS Eddie Dennis!
Blackpool explodes for the Man from Moustache Mountain! But this situation between him and the wicked Welshman feels like it could explode here tonight. Will Seven settle things with the dangerous Dennis? Or is this just the beginning of something bigger?
The bell rings and fans are singing for Seven already. Dennis rushes Seven but Seven ducks the boot! And lifts Dennis for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Dennis gets up but Seven CHOPS him back down! Seven CHOPS again, fires up, but Dennis ducks the next chop, to get the DDT! Dennis flounders to a corner but Seven runs and CHOPS him again. Seven puts Dennis up top but Dennis gets under! Crucifix lift, Razor’s Edge! Dennis drags himself up as his chest is stinging, but Blackpool rumbles to life for Seven. Dennis stomps Seven but Seven throws hands, only for Dennis to DECK him! Dennis whips Seven hard into buckles, then drags him back up to a cravat. Seven endures, fights his way up and throws body shots. Dennis knees back then whips to shoulder Seven down. Cover, TWO and fans rally for Seven.
Dennis stomps Seven down and then rains down angry rights. Cover, TWO! Dennis grows frustrated but he keeps focus on Seven. Fans start dueling as Dennis suplexes and drops Seven! Cover, TWO! Seven grits his teeth as the singing drowns out Dennis’s fans. Dennis drags Seven up and the two trade slapping chops. Seven fires off SO MANY CHOPS! Then fakes Dennis out again, only for Dennis to see that coming. Dennis swings, but Seven dodges to SNAP DRAGON SUPLEX! Dennis bails out but Seven builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and right into barriers! Then another SNAP Dragon! Seven puts Dennis in then heads up top. Fans fire up as Seven adjusts, to corkscrew and FLOP! Dennis dodges the senton and gets to his feet. Seven slowly follows but Dennis runs in.
Seven dodges the boot, wristlock but Dennis boots the lariat away, so Seven back hands him instead! And then another wristlock, but Dennis scoops, spins and SLAMS Seven down! Cover, TWO!! Seven survives and fans fire up! Dennis grows frustrated as the singing grows stronger. Dennis drags Seven up and reels him in, but Seven slips out of the crucifix to swing. Dennis dodges, rolling elbow! Dennis drags Seven back up, but Seven scoops for the side slam! Cover, TWO! Dennis survives but fans rally up for Seven. Seven brings Dennis around, torture rack, but Dennis escapes to get the ropes. Seven puts Dennis on the apron but Dennis forearms back! Seven sits down, Dennis undoes the buckle crossbar and pad!
The ref reprimands, Seven ROCKS Dennis! Seven climbs up and drags Dennis over to join him, but the pad does come off. Seven and Dennis are way up top, SUPERPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Seven as he fires himself up. Seven rises and grabs Dennis. Wristlock and ripcord, but Dennis grabs the corner! Dennis yanks Seven into the bare buckle!! The referee checks on Seven and Dennis plays innocent. But then he grins and drags Seven up. Dennis drags Seven in, lifts, but the ref won’t allow this! Dennis tells the ref to move, but when he doesn’t, Dennis goes to Plan B: THROWING SEVEN OUT OF THE RING!! Seven crash lands on one of the ring crew!! Blackpool is losing its mind but Dennis doesn’t give Seven any rest! Dennis puts Seven in, covers, TWO!?! Blackpool is thunderous for Seven! Dennis is furious and he drags Seven back up. Dragon sleeper and lift, Next Stop Driver!! Cover, Dennis wins!
Winner: Eddie Dennis, by pinfall
The deranged dragon of Wales, Eddie Dennis, comes out the winner after nearly destroying Seven’s body. Will Dennis only do more damage to the NXT UK roster from here?
NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Kay Lee Ray VS Toni Storm VS Piper Niven!
Friends? The Lethal Lass has no need for those. She betrayed the Lightning From Down Under to end #ToniTime and take the #ShinyShiny for her own. She snubbed the Scottish Viper in order to hold onto the title. And now, desperate desire has divided Toni and Piper. Will KLR take advantage of all this disdain to maintain her reign? Will the Storm reign again? Or will Piper prove she’s not only worthy of being in this match, but that she’s better than both former friends?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and before a bell rings, Toni DECKS KLR and stomps on her! Piper pulls Toni off, this match needs to start. The bell rings and KLR bails out! So Piper scoops Storm, but Storm slips out and goes after KLR! KLR is ready and kicks Storm to then throw her into barriers! Piper builds speed to DIVE onto KLR! Fans fire up as Piper stands tall. Piper then CANNONBALLS into Toni at the barriers! And then CANNONBALLS into KLR at the steel steps! Piper took some damage from that one but she storms over to Toni. Piper puts Toni in but KLR trips Piper up! Piper hits apron then the floor, but Toni goes after KLR! KLR and Toni scrap, but Piper SENTONS onto them both! Cover on KLR, TWO!
Toni bails out of the ring while fans rally back up. Piper looms over KLR and brings her up. KLR claws at Piper’s face! KLR puts Piper in a corner for a CHOP! KLR poses but Toni DECKS her again! Toni stomps KLR but Piper hurries over. Toni ROCKS Piper and then throws hands on KLR again. Toni underhooks but KLR resists. Piper CROSSBODIES Toni down! Piper goes to KLR but gets a SUPERKICK! KLR stomps Toni and chokes her against the ropes. KLR drags Toni up but Toni waistlocks to GERMAN SUPLEX! Toni fires up and goes after KLR in the corner. KLR SUPERKICKS back then uses ropes to tornado DDT! Cover on Toni, but Piper breaks it! KLR clubs Piper infrustration as fans rally up again.
KLR paces about before stomping Toni in the corner. There’s no disqualifications but KLR still lets up to focus on Piper. KLR SLAPS Piper, but Piper hits back. KLR clubs Piper on the back then brings her around. Piper resists the Gory Bomb to then scoop KLR. KLR slips out, shoves Piper into Toni, but Piper ROCKS KLR! Toni waistlocks but Piper fights the German Suplex. KLR SUPERKICKS Piper into Toni’s GERMAN! Toni swings on KLR but gets caught into a Gourd Buster! KLR grabs Piper up but Piper SAIDO SUPLEXES! All three women are down but Blackpool is fired up! The referee checks but all three are okay to continue. Fans rally and sing as the three slowly stir. KLR gets away so Piper and Toni glare at each other. They fire up and start brawling with big forearms! KLR knocks them into each other!
KLR kicks Toni down then grinds her boots in again. KLR takes a moment to catch her breath while fans rally again. KLR goes under teh ring to bring out a chair! No disqualifications, remember? KLR brings the chair in while Piper and Toni stir. KLR grinds the chair’s edge into Toni’s head! And then uses the other end to choke Piper! Fans boo but KLR grins as she looms over Toni. KLR puts the chair down and drags Toni up. KLR puts the chair on Toni’s head like a brace! Fans boo as KLR grins, but Piper POUNCES KLR away! Piper saves Toni but Toni has the chair now. Toni looks at Piper then at KLR. KLR crawls away to the apron so Toni looks at Piper. Piper looks back and fans are divided. Piper dares Toni to do it! But then KLR stands up, and Toni BOOTS her!
Piper throws KLR in but KLR flounders out. Toni DIVES onto KLR! Piper is on the apron, she CANNONBALLS onto KLR! Fans cheer as all three women are down again! Toni stirs and heads for KLR to give headbutts. Fans rally up as Toni puts KLR in. Piper and Toni argues for a moment, KLR FLIES off the top rope! They all crash into the barriers! Fans shout “MAMMA MIA!” for Mauro since he’s in the States. KLR puts Toni in and grits her teeth as she climbs back up. Toni gets up and gives KLR headbutts and forearms. Toni climbs up but Piper joins in! Piper has Toni in the powerbomb, to SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, but KLR SWANTONS in to break it up!
Piper gets KLR up, blocks the huricanrana, and BOMBS KLR now! Toni is out of the ring as Piper scoops and MICHINOKU DRIVERS KLR down!! Cover, TWO!! KLR still lives and fans are loving this! The dueling begins again as Piper stalks after KLR. KLR crawls to the ropes but Piper drags her away. Piper brings KLR up, scoops again, but KLR slips out and rakes the eyes! Gory Especial, GORY BOMB!! Cover but Toni stops the ref!! The ref is upset but there are no disqualifications! KLR DIVES to wipe Toni out! KLR drags Piper up, hops on, but Piper blocks the sunset flip to hit a DESTROYER of her own!! Toni returns to capitalize! Toni stomps Piper, underhooks KLR, STORM ZERO!! Cover, but Piper breaks it in time!!
Blackpool is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” Toni, meanwhile, is furious, so she takes it out on KLR with stomps. Then Toni rains down angry rights on Piper! Fans still sing for Toni as she drags KLR back up, and she underhooks KLR. STORM DRIVER ONTO PIPER! Then Toni drags Piper up, to underhook Piper, but Piper powers up! Toni kicks her legs, Storm gets a modified Pedigree! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives but Toni heads up top. Toni aims and leaps, FROG SPLASH! SUPERKICK from KLR! KLR takes advantage and covers Piper, KLR WINS!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall; still NXT UK Women’s Champion
It was divide and conquer, and that is what she did! The Lethal Lass holds onto the title, having turned friends into enemies. Will the venom only spread the longer KLR holds the gold?
Tyler Bate VS Jordan Devlin!
This match dates back to the inaugural WWE United Kingdom Championship tournament, in which Bate would of course become THE inaugural WWE UK Champion. The Irish Ace does not have fond memories of that tournament. But now, three years later, Devlin feels Bate was a waste of a TakeOver: Cardiff contender, despite the incredible match Bate put on with Walter. In the end, a loss is a failure. Will the Big Strong Boy prove to Devlin he is no failure?
The bell rings, and fans are of course singing for Bate already, just like they were for Seven earlier. Devlin is annoyed and Bate smiles. Bate and Devlin circle and tie up. Bate pushes Devlin to ropes but Devlin turns it around. They end up in a corner as fans chant for the “Big Strong Boy” already. Devlin dirties the break with a quick headbutt but Bate keeps his cool. The two circle again and fans troll Devlin with songs comparing him to Finn Balor. Devlin and Bate tie up, Devlin wrenches and wristlocks, then yanks on the arm. Bate endures the wristlock and spins through to arm-drag. But Devlin holds the wrist and wrenches again. Bate gets up, spins again, and then monkey flips! But Devlin still has the wrist. Bate gets up a third time, rolls, handsprings and wrenches back.
Bate rolls Devlin and has the wristlock now, but Devlin kips up to slip through and kick a leg out. Devlin yanks Bate up but Bate headlock takeovers to counter the saido! Bate uses the legs to bring Devlin up but Devlin trips Bate to jackknife cover. TWO as Bate bridges but Devlin escapes the underhooks. Bate throws Bop up but Devlin is ready for Bang and blocks it! Fans cheer, they do respect that. Devlin kicks low and headlocks but Bate powers out. Things speed up, Bate hurdles and FLIPS Devlin! Devlin flounders up, Bate whips him to back drop him! Fans chant for the “Big Strong Boy!” again as Bate military presses Devlin! Bate SLAMS Devlin down then dropkicks him out of the ring! Fans rally up as Bate builds speed, but Devlin catches him for an urenage! Arabian Press! Cover, TWO!
Devlin argues with the ref but fans start to duel. Devlin rains down furious right hands on Bate but lets up as the ref reprimands. Devlin whips Bate and takes him down with a kitchen sink knee. Cover, TWO! Devlin drags Bate up and back suplexes high and hard! Cover, TWO! Devlin keeps his cool as he drives an elbow into Bate’s forehead. Fans rally and sing for Bate, even as Devlin chokes Bate on the ropes. Devlin lets up at the count of 3 to drag Bate back up. Butterfly suplex! Fans boo as Devlin mocks the moustache check. Devlin stomps Bate then drags him up for toying kicks. Devlin gives sharper kicks mixed in, then says “There’s only one ace!” Bate blocks the ripcord! Bate whips Devlin HARD into a corner and Devlin tumbles right out! Bate builds speed again, to FLY! Direct hit at the ramp!
Bate puts Devlin in fast as fans fire up for “NXT! NXT!” Bate climbs up top but has to catch his breath. Bate leaps, into a GUT BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Devlin is frustrated but damage was done. Fans rally for Bate again as Devlin paces. Devlin drags Bate up and shoves him into ropes to forearm hard into the back! Devlin springboards to drop down on Bate, and then stands on Bate’s head. The ref reprimands and Devlin lets up to drag Bate around by his legs. Devlin hooks the legs up and grabs at the arms. Bate resists but Devlin brings Bate up into the Romero Special! That’s a show of strength from Devlin! And then he chinlocks to bend Bate all the way back! Devlin tosses Bate out of the surfboard and Bate lands hard. Devlin tells fans to stop cheering as he stomps Bate more.
Devlin whips Bate but Bate rolls him! TWO, and Bate dodges. Devlin dodges, DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Fans cheer as both men are down and stirring. Bate and Devlin get to opposite ends and stand. Devlin runs in but blocks a boot, only to get a knee! Bate hops up, leaps for a flying uppercut! Devlin ends up in the other corner, Bate runs in for another uppercut. But Devlin follows and leaps, into Bate’s arms! EXPLODER! Bate kips up, but sees the knees coming for the Shooting Star. Bate sits Devlin up to Penalty Kick! Then Shooting Star! Cover, TWO! “This is Awesome!” but far from over! Bate and Devlin stand and Devlin is in a corner. Bate runs back in but Devlin slips out. Devlin slingshots, but Bate catches him in a torture rack! Bate flips Devlin around, for the Airplane Spin!
Around and around and around, for a count of over 30! And he picks up speed! Blackpool is thunderous as Devlin flies off at 50!! Bate wobbles over, brings Devlin up, BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Devlin survives and Bate is shocked! Fans are singing again as Bate and Devlin slowly stir. Bate is up first and fans rally. Bate brings Devlin up, underhooks, but Devlin huricanrana SPIKES! Cover, TWO and Bate sunsets! TWO and Devlin blocks the victory roll, to waistlock and GERMAN! Cover, TWO!! Bate survives and Devlin is frustrated. Fans rally again as Devlin grits his teeth. Devlin and Bate go to opposite ends again, and Devlin runs in. Bate puts him on the apron, but Devlin slingshots back in for the CUTTER! Bate gets under the bottom rope and to the apron but Devlin pursues. Devlin slingshot CUTTER to the apron! Both men crash and burn but are somehow okay to continue.
A ring count begins, and starts to climb as Devlin and Bate lean against the barriers. The count passes 5, then 7 as both men stand. Devlin ROUNDHOUSES Bate before going into the ring at 8! Bate hears 9, gets in at 9.9!! Fans rally again as Devlin grits his teeth. Devlin drags Bate up, kicks him in the face, but Bate grabs the leg! Bate endures the clubbing forearms to give heavy forearms of his own. Devlin returns it, so now it’s a forearm fight! Fans are on Bate’s side with every CRACK of the forearm. Devlin DECKS Bate with a jab! Devlin drags Bate up but Bate JABS back. JAB for JAB, they have lead in their hands! And fire in their eyes as they keep going!! Fans are at a fever pitch as Bate body shots and ROCKS Devlin. But Devlin throws more hands! Bop up but Devlin hits BANG! So Bate rebounds to the rolling heel kick!
Bate drags Devlin up, underhooks, but Devlin slips out to HEADBUTT! Devlin yanks, but Bate wants a sunset flip so Devlin bucks him off! Only for Bate to rebound, into a SPANISH FLY! BANG still hits!? Devlin flounders up to HEADBUTT again! Both men are down in a daze but Blackpool is rumbling again! Blackpool sings, “Are~ you watching, Vince McMahon?” Devlin is up first and he drags Bate over to a drop zone. Fans chant “UK! WOOP WOOP!” as Devlin climbs slowly. Devlin reaches the top but Bate springs to life to trip him up! Bate turns Devlin around and climbs up to join him. Fans fire up again as Bate brings Devlin in, but Devlin choke grips! Devlin forces Bate to switch places with him, SUPER SPANISH FLY!! DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, TWO!?! Bate survives and Devlin finally sees what Walter had to deal with.
Blackpool hopes they “Fight Forever!” as Devlin drags Bate up for quick kicks to the face, then stomps! Devlin stands on Bate’s hand to then grab it. Devlin mocks Bop, and BANG! Then he underhooks Bate, but Bate slips out to get Devlin! Devlin puts Bate on the apron, Bate HEADBUTTS hard!! Devlin flounders but Bate springboards, TORNADO DDT! Underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97!! Cover, TWO!?!? Bate hurries up top to CORKSCREW! Cover, Bate wins!!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
Incredible!! Bate returns to Blackpool and finally gets a TakeOver victory! What is better than being an Ace? Being a Big Strong Boy! But will this lead Bate to even bigger and better?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match: Gallus VS Imperium VS Grizzled Young Veterans VS South Wales Subculture!
A year ago today, the NXT UK Tag Team Tournament crowned Zack Gibson and James Drake as the inaugural champions. They vowed to be the most important tag team champions in all of the WWE, but they would lose in Cardiff when the Welshmen took over the Triple Threat. Now we throw in Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner as Walter’s loyal soldiers, and the dangerous designs of a ladder match. This will be a tag team epic, but will it be Gallus?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised high over head, and this historic match for NXT UK begins!
The four teams stare down as they all dare the others to make a move. “Gallus Boys on top!” And the brawl breaks out! GYV goes after SWSC while Gallus throws Imperium out. SWSC get the edge but only for a moment. They brawl with GYV, double dropkicks for Drake! SWSC keeps Gallus and Imperium out and Gibson brawls with Flash Morgan Webster. Gibson whips FMW and Drake follows him, basement dropkick after dropkick rocks the Modfather! Drake then launches off of Gibson, Mayhem in Motion takes down Mark Andrews! Liverpool’s Number One and his friend are fired up but Blackpool boos. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang return, wiping out Drake and then rallying on Gibson, senton! Wolfgang runs at Drake for a corner crossbody!
Barthel trips Wolfgang while Mark back drops Drake. Mark brawls with Barthel but runs into the SPINE BUSTER and Penalty KICK! Imperium clears the ring but FMW returns! FMW enziguris Aichner and flying huricanranas Barthel! Andrews goes around the world on Aichner, then helps FMW with the back suplex moonsault! Andrews moonsaults Aichner, FMW triangle dropkicks Barthel! SWSC get caught with hotshots by GYV, and Drake drags ladders out from under the ring. Gibson says go with chairs instead. GYV are armed as they enter the ring, double chair shots and SMACKS for SWSC! Then for Imperium! Wolfgang slingshot SPEARS Gibson! Mark full nelson SLAMS Drake! Mark sticks Drake in a Tree of Woe, and Wolfgang wedges chairs in place.
Gallus runs side to side but Imperium trips them up! Double dropkicks are their thing! They meet in the corner to crush Drake! Fans lose their minds but Imperium keeps focus as they go get the ladder. But SWSC double FLY to wipe them out first! SWSC puts the ladder in and stand it up. FMW climbs as Andrews keeps guard, but Imperium gets past! Andrews gets tossed out, followed by FMW! Aichner and Barthel both climb but Gallus returns with a ladder of their own! Gallus uses the ladder to knock Barthel and Aichner off their ladder! Mark moves the first ladder aside before setting the taller ladder in a corner. Wolfgang presses Barthel into a corner with a ladder, then runs corner to corner. Barthel pushes the ladder open, Wolfgang catches the one end, and Barthel CLACKS the ladder closed on Wolfgang!
Aichner grabs Mark for a BIG back suplex! FMW returns but Barthel ROCKS him! THen whips him at a ladder. FMW stops himself and elbows Barthel away, then QUEBRADA off the ladder! Barthel is down but Aichner back elbows FMW in the corner! Aichner whips FMW corner to corner, but FMW goes up and over and headscissors. Aichner puts FMW in the gap, and Barthel dropkicks the ladder into him! Imperium drags FMW out, to guillotine catapult into the ladder! FMW spasms and writhes out of the ring and Imperium “sanctifies” the mat. Imperium grabs the tall ladder, Andrews slides under to DOUBLE PELE! Fans fire up as Andrews drags this big ladder up. GYV grab it and overpower Andrews to put him in the corner.
Drake runs corner to corner to dropkick Andrews rather than the ladder. That is double-edged, and Gallus attacks! Gibson saves Drake but gets mugged for his troubles. Mark CHOKE SLAMS Gibson onto the other ladder! Wolfgang catapults Drake to Mark’s Samoan Drop ONTO the ladder!! The GYV are wrecked but Blackpool is fired up! Gallus sets the ladder up and heads up, but Imperium returns to drag them down! Imeprium throws Gallus out but Gallus drags them out to follow. Gallus whips Imperium into the steel steps! But SWSC take advantage! Gallus hurries and brings them down, but FMW tornado DDT’s Wolfgang! Mark HAMMERS FMW but Andrews kicks Mark away! FALL TO PIECES! The Shooting Star hits hard and fans fire up again!
Imperium sneaks in with Barthel! SWSC shoves the ladder over, Barthel uppercuts and throat chops them back! FMW goes after Barthel with forearms, but Barthel scoops him. FMW slips out, only for a SAIDO to send him onto the ladder! Barthel sticks FMW on the ladder again, Aichner triangle moonsaults!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” after that risky move! Imperium drags the ladder back up, set it up, and both men climb. But Drake puts a new ladder in as he and Gibson return. Gibson yanks at Aichner and Drake RAMS Barthel! Barthel clings to the rungs as GYV sets up their taller ladder. Drake and Gibson each climb, but Gallus returns. Gallus goes up after Gibson while also setting up a third ladder. SWSC has a fourth ladder?!
Three teams climb while Andrews sets up a ladder bridge. The other six men brawl and someone CHOPS, but Andrews climbs up and over them all! FMW comes in with a FIFTH ladder! FMW traps Gisbon with his ladder as he climbs! Mark Coffey and Aichner fall from their ladder! Andrews drags Barthel off to THROW him down! Drake punches Wolfgang down, but SWSC reach for the belts! Gibson powers out to send FMW falling!! Andrews fights Drake but Gibson clears some space. Drake hops down and Andrews hurries, but Gibson anchors his foot! Andrews hops on, but ends up in Helter Skelter! Drake climbs up with Gibson’s help! Drake aims and 450 splashes onto Andrews!! Fans have to cheer for that one.
Gibson checks on Drake because he wants Drake to climb. Drake forces himself up and does the work for Gibson while Gibson clears more space. Gibson helps Drake up higher with an Electric Chair of sorts. Drake reaches but Aichner stops that! Aichner throws Gibson out then hurries after Drake. Barthel is in, too, EUROBOMB!! Aichner and Barthel coordinate while clearing space. One ladder remains as Imperium climbs. But Gallus returns and shoves them over! Gallus arms themselves with ladders, to SANDWICH Aichner! And again! And again! Then they do it to Barthel! Mark dumps one ladder out as the ring is clear. They feed Drake to the enziguri POWERSLAM! Mark gets a boost from Wolfgang to FLY onto Imperium!
Mark drags Gibson up and feeds him to Wolfgang’s scoop, another enziguri and SLAM, to the ramp! Gallus heads back to the ring, fans chant “UK! WOOP WOOP!” but SWSC snatch the ladder away. Gallus grabs at SWSC and drags them up, for double suplexes, double STUN-DOG MILLIONAIRE! SWSC is all alone and fans fire up! SWSC gets the biggest ladder yet, but Gallus swipes at it. The two teams fight over the ladder, and it ends up opening. SWSC drags Gallus out but Gallus beats them down. Mark RAMS Andrews into barriers! Wolfgang throws FMW down then looks under the ring. He and Mark each bring out a TABLE! Blackpool loves seeing those! Wolfgang sets one table up as a bridge, and then Mark does the same on the other end. Gallus drags SWSC up to the apron and over to the tables.
Gallus scoops SWSC, but SWSC slip out! Double headbutts rock the Gallus boys! SWSC put Gallus on the tables, and one just breaks under Mark’s weight! SWSC focuses on Wolfgang and FMW climbs the ladder. Andrews joins him, and fans chant, “Please Don’t Die!” SWSC go together, DOUBLE SENTON through Wolfgang and the table!! Fans lose their minds over that one! SWSC rise from the wreckage and fans are all fired up! SWSC bring another ladder into the ring and go as fast as they can to set it up. Andrews and FMW climb but GYV rise back up! Drake stops SWSC with big hands, and Gibson returns the favor from earlier as he RAMS Andrews with a ladder! Drake throws hands on FMW, then Gibson brings FMW around. GYV double lift and throw FMW out.
Drake heads up and Gibson stands guard against Andrews. Fans troll “Arse Face!” as he climbs, but FMW gives Andrews a kendo stick! Gibson begs for mercy, but gets SMACKS and SMACKS! An then Drake gets SMACKS! The kendo stick breaks but fans fire up with Andrews! Andrews hurries up top, but here comes Imperium! Barthel yanks Andrews off to feed to Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Barthel hurries up the ladder, touches the belts, but Mark Coffey returns! He drags Barthel down with a waistlock, but Barthel clubs back. Aichner saves Barthel from a suplex by holding the ladder! Barthel climbs again but Mark keeps trying. Aichner goes after Mark, brings him around, Barthel turns around, but Mark fights free! Wolfgang SPEARS Aichner THROUGH A LADDER!!
Barthel is in shock, but he hurries to climb. Mark shoves him off and onto everyone else!! Gallus is all alone, climbing up, and Blackpool is thunderous as they take the belts down! Gallus wins!!
Winners: Gallus; still NXT UK Tag Team Champions
It’s true! Gallus Boys on top! They survive the chaos and come out still golden! Will Gallus be completely golden after Joe Coffey takes on Walter?
WWE United Kingdom Championship: WALTER VS Joe Coffey!
The Ring General has THE title in NXT UK, but the Iron King returns to Blackpool, planning to literally leave his mark. Gallus retained the tag titles, but will NXT UK truly become their kingdom here tonight? Or is this still just the beginning of the Era of Imperium?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the battle for the brand begins!
Walter rushes Coffey but Coffey dodges! Coffey knew better this time. The two tie up but break, and now they circle the ring. They tie up again, and Walter powers Coffey back, only for Coffey to turn things around. Coffey SLAPS Walter, so Walter throws a forearm! Walter puts on a sleeper hold, but Coffey powers out with a back suplex! Walter bails out but gets up in a huff, only for Coffey to boot him down! Coffey goes to the apron and LEAPS to RAM Walter into barriers! Coffey throws hands as the ring count climbs, but Walter throws hands back. Walter uppercuts hard, then refreshes the count. Walter whips Coffey but Coffey reverses to send Walter into barriers! The barriers move, but Coffey comes running in. Walter puts Coffey up and over but Coffey lands on his feet. Coffey throws hands then gets space. Coffey runs back in to LEAP and RAM Walter again!
Fans fire up behind Coffey as he drags Walter up. Coffey puts Walter in and circles like a shark. Coffey dares “Wally” to get up. Coffey knees Walter then throws haymakers and body shots. The ref backs Coffey off and Coffey paces. “Has he got the balls, huh?!” Coffey drags Walter up and throws more body shots, but Walter hits back. Coffey whips and belly2belly suplexes Walter! Cover, TWO! Walter is down but Coffey stalks him. Coffey runs corner to corner to back elbow! And then Coffey hops up, blocks punches and clamps on, TORNADO DDT! Cover, TWO! Walter survives but he’s in an unfamiliar place on the mat. Coffey clubs Walter’s back and drags him up. Coffey tries to suplex but Walter is too big and strong. Walter and Coffey fight over suplex control but Coffey throws big elbows from both sides. Walter throws them back, so Coffey throws them harder!
Coffey rocks Walter, and manages the suplex! Cover, TWO! Coffey keeps his cool as fans rally up. Coffey watches Walter slowly rise at the ropes. Fans duel as Coffey throws body shots and a CHOP! Walter glares as Coffey eggs him on. Walter eggs Coffey on, too, so Coffey CHOPS again. Walter wants more, and fans hush so they can hear the CHOP. Walter CHOPS back! But Coffey grits his teeth as he gets back up. Walter throws forearms and CHOPS Coffey again! Coffey sputters for air this time but Walter CHOPS him again! And kicks him while he’s down! Fans are divided as Walter poses over Coffey. Coffey bails out but Walter pursues and CHOPS again! Everyone is stinging from that one. And then Walter BOOTS Coffey! Walter goes back to the ring to leave Coffey behind as the count climbs to 5. Coffey gets up and in at 8, and CHOPS away on Walter!
Walter scoop slams fast and then leaps to SIT on Coffey! Cover, TWO! Walter grabs Coffey with a chinlock, trying to make it part crossface. Coffey fights up so Walter floats over to knee Coffey in the ribs! Walter sits on Coffey as he sinks in a Half Crab! Coffey fights but Walter shifts to get an STF! Coffey fights so Walter shifts back to a normal chinlock. Coffey gets a ROPEBREAK, and Walter lets go. Walter gets up and eggs Coffey on. Fans duel as Coffey stands to take a HARD forearm. But Coffey doesn’t back down so Walter hits again. Coffey still comes back and he eggs Walter on. Walter forearms, forearms, half straitjackets and CHOPS Coffey down! Walter catches his breath but Coffey is up! Coffey headbutts and uppercuts but Walter CHOPS again! And then neck CRANKS with his legs.
Coffey sputters and rolls out of the ring but fans rally up. Walter heads over and drags Coffey up by his hair. Walter has Coffey against the ropes to CLUB with a forearm! Walter wants a sleeper hold but Coffey resists, so Walter CLUBS Coffey again. And AGAIN, but Coffey catches the arm! Coffey throws big forearms and Walter falls over! Fans fire up as Coffey heads up top. Coffey didn’t do so well a year ago with this… Coffey LEAPS, but into a BOSTON CRAB! Walter sits deep on Coffey, but Coffey powers up. Walter shifts back to the STF, then just mugs Coffey with elbows! Modified cravat crossface! Coffey shouts “NO MERCY!” as he claws forward, but Walter grabs an arm for a chickenwing! ROPEBREAK with a foot! Coffey is free and Walter has to catch his breath, but fans are firing up again.
Walter looms over Coffey again and brings him back up. Walter wrenches, and CHOPS Coffey off his feet! Walter yanks Coffey up for another CHOP! And then wrenches the arm, only for Coffey to slip through! Coffey clotheslines but Walter stays up! Walter ROCKS Coffey with a forearm but Coffey rebounds and the two collide! They ram shoulders again and again, Coffey dodges and rams again. Coffey runs, Walter hurdles, the boot is caught and the two men fight for control. Walter snap suplexes Coffey! Cover, TWO! Walter is growing annoyed with Coffey as he drags him around for another sleeper. Fans rally and Coffey fights up, but Walter becomes a backpack. Coffey carries Walter for a backpack senton! Both men are down and a standing count starts.
Walter sits up first and then stands at 5. Coffey flounders after him in the corner and hoists him up top in an Electric Chair! Walter fights and pops free, but Coffey RAMS him into buckles! Coffey clubs Walter, then waistlocks and DEAD LIFTS for a BRIDGING GERMAN! TWO, but barely! Both men are exhausted but fans rally up again. Coffey crawls and comes around to a corner. Walter sits up as Coffey hobbles over. Coffey throws clubbing forearms then hops up, but Walter grabs Coffey! Coffey fights him off then tries again, double jump QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO!! Coffey keeps his focus as fans rally again. Walter rises, Coffey runs, but Walter BOOTS! Coffey staggers and keeps going to clothesline against the ropes. Coffey spins, but Walter CHOPS!
Coffey stays standing and powers back up, but Walter SLAPS him! And then WALTER BOMBS! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives and Walter can’t believe it! Walter clamps on with a sleeper hold again. Fans still rally as Coffey fights his way up and throws Walter off. Coffey runs to RAM Walter again! Coffey rolls but Walter pursues, Coffey dodges Walter’s GIANT dropkick, and it takes out the ref!! Blackpool loses their minds over that one, and Walter shouts at the ref to get up. Walter drags Coffey up but Coffey throws hands! Coffey manages to POWERBOMB Walter! But there’s no ref to count the cover! Coffey would’ve won here! And here comes Alexander Wolfe! Wolfe BOOTS Coffey and helps Walter up. But here comes ILJA DRAGUNOV! Ilja and Wolfe brawl! Ilja KNEES Wolfe down!
Fans are fired up for the Moscow Madman! Ilja aims at Wolfe, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!” Torpedo Moscow sends Wolfe INTO Coffey! Coffey clutches his knee as he falls out of the ring! Ilja realizes the error but he goes after Walter, only to be CLOBBERED by that clothesline! Walter focuses and Coffey hobbles on the bad leg. Walter goes out to BOOT Coffey down! Fans rally for Coffey but Walter throws him into steel steps! Walter brings Coffey up for an APRON WALTER BOMB!! Walter drags Coffey into the ring and then reels him in, LARIAT! Cover, but the ref isn’t there. A new ref comes in, counts, TWO!?! Coffey survives?! Walter can’t believe it, but at least things are even now.
Ilja keeps Wolfe out of the ring and the two brawl again! Walter heads up top to recreate TakeOver: New York, where he won the belt. Coffey stops Walter with a CHOP! But the bad leg won’t let Coffey climb! Walter clubs Coffey and CHOPS him! And CHOPS him! Coffey falls and Walter adjusts, but Coffey is up!? SHORYUKEN! Coffey manages to climb this time, and has Walter for a SUPER BELLY2BELLY!! Coffey crawls over but Walter is so far away. Fans rally up again as Coffey and Walter meet in the middle. Walter throws a forearm but Coffey gives it back. Walter kicks from the mat but Coffey gets up to his feet. The two brawl with forearms, but Walter kicks the bad leg. Coffey throws hands from all sides, and blocks a chop! To ROCK Walter! Then throw more hands! Coffey is boxing Walter!
The ref counts but Coffey lets up at 4. Walter kicks the leg out again! And sweeps the legs! Walter hurries to the top, WALTER SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! How is Coffey still in this?! Blackpool doesn’t care, they’re still thundering up for both men. Coffey crawls but Walter pursues. Fans sing the tune of Ozzy Osborne’s Iron Man for the Iron King. Walter drags Coffey up but Coffey resists the bomb! Coffey tries but can’t lift Walter in return. Walter clubs and lifts, but Coffey slips out! ALL THE BEST! Glancing blow, so a SECOND All the Best hits! Cover, TWO! The bad leg bothers Coffey but the fans haven’t given up. Coffey throws his elbow pads off because he hasn’t given up yet, either. “MY KINGDOM!” But he spins into the SLEEPER!
Walter smothers Coffey, Coffey tries to fight back up, but Walter gets around behind. They stand, Walter KICKS Coffey in the back! Then CLOBBERS him on the back, to put the Sleeper back on! ROPEBREAK! Walter yanks Coffey off the ropes, for a SLEEPER SUPLEX! Coffey twitches but Walter finishes him with a WALTER BOMB, and a CHOP, and then ANOTHER WALTER BOMB!! Then the sleeper! Walter wants to make Coffey suffer as he puts on the modified crossface! Coffey taps, Walter wins!
Winner: WALTER, by submission; still WWE United Kingdom Champion
The Ring General conquers the Iron King! Imperium joins him in celebrating, despite only have the one title to their name. But even so, Imperium has THE title in NXT UK. Will it be only a matter of time for them to completely take over the brand?
Wait, what’s this?! The UNDISPUTED ERA is here!? Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly are in Blackpool! And they’re going right after Imperium! Cole clobbers Walter, Strong and O’Reilly throw Barthel and Aichner out, and Fish tackles Wolfe! Kyle LEAPS off the apron to knee Barthel down! Strong gives Aichner End of Heartache on the BARRIER! And Cole, THE NXT Champion, stares down Walter. Walter is surrounded, but eggs them on! It’s 4v1 but takes a Strong Knee, a SUPERKICK and TOTAL ANNIHILATION to take him down!! “This is what you’re in for come Worlds Collide!” They sit Walter up for a LAST SHOT! Blackpool is erupting as the Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem! Will all of NXT be Undisputed when Worlds Collide?
What a great event! When Eddie Dennis threw Trent Seven out and onto that poor innocent guy ringside, I knew this was going to be awesome. Dennis winning does make a lot of sense, too, as he’s back and needs to be booked as strong as he was being booked before he was injured. Also I hope that guy Seven landed on is okay, that was rough. The Women’s Triple Threat teased getting hardcore with that chair, but in a way it was a nice move for Toni to not go full Heel on Piper. Fans kinda wanted it here, and it would’ve been interesting to see full Heel Toni, but a lot of fans still really like Toni, too, so staying Face works fine for right now. However, KLR retaining was fine, too. Toni wasn’t going to go into Worlds Collide trying to be #ToniTwoBelts, and this was just classic opportunistic Heel for KLR. I expect KLR VS Piper 1v1 to be the next story, and maybe then Piper gets the title.
Bate VS Devlin was probably the best match of the night, and possibly of the week in WWE. It might still be best match of the week after this coming week. I just wish this was for a midcard title, because then Bate could not only get back on a winning track as far as TakeOvers (since he lost in Cardiff against Walter and didn’t win the tag titles with Seven last year), and having a title would’ve just made this moment even greater. I do hope that we get another Bate VS Devlin match that is for a title, or at least naming a contender. These two are that good. The Fatal 4 Way ladder match was INSANE. And even scary at points, but ladder matches do tend to be scary. It was a shame Mark Coffey’s table broke on its own, having SWSC do mirrored sentons would’ve been great, but it was good ad-lib to do a double together.
I am a bit surprised Gallus retained, I thought this was Imperium’s night. Walter VS Joe Coffey was really great, just under where Walter VS Bate was. The ref spot was crazy and naturally we got some overbooking with Wolfe and Dragunov, who weren’t on the card, participating in some cheating. But it does seem a shame that in the end, Coffey gets hurt and inevitably loses because of a very telegraphed “accident” from Dragunov hitting Wolfe. The “bad knee” still adds to the effort from Coffey, but it also weakens things on both ends. Walter needed Wolfe’s help and Ilja’s mistakes to beat Joe Coffey, which is fine for Coffey, but at the same time, Coffey might’ve won without all that. In the end, status quo is kept, which is only a little disappointing.
But then WOW, Undisputed Era attacking to bridge things towards Worlds Collide! If Imperium had the tag titles, this would be even greater, because it’d be Champions VS Champions, 4v4! But I suppose the problem there becomes, the winning brand “buries” the other’s champions, and that can’t happen if NXT UK is to be rising up in the power rankings. With just one title on Imperium, Walter can be left out of the decision so that Undisputed Era pins Wolfe, Barthel or Aichner to win. Undisputed Era being a stronger faction is better in the grand scheme of things than Undisputed Era being stronger champions than a golden Imperium. At the same time, they could’ve done the same thing if it was specifically Wolfe taking the pin, but then that’s predictable as he’s the only non-champion. That’s another reason NXT UK needs a midcard title, but that’s just me.
My Score: 9.2/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (2/25/21)
Who will be on top of the Tag Division?
Gallus VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships!
Finally, Mark Coffey & Wolfgang take on Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker with the gold on the line! But only one team can win, so which boys will be on top?
- Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins and Samuels must be her personal assistant for one month.
- Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews; Bate wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin; Valkyrie wins.
- NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly; Pretty Deadly wins and are the new NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
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Loser Becomes Personal Assistant: Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!
The stipulation says it all! Whoever loses must be the personal assistant to the winner! Will Xia defy the Leading Lady’s assertion that Brooksides are only good as baggage handlers?
The bell rings and Xia dropkicks Nina right down! Xia fires off clubbing forearms and kicks! Nina scrambles around but Xia is on her with more clubbing forearms! Nina kicks and clubs back, but Xia boots Nina to ropes! Xia CLUBS Nina, brings her around, but Nina trips Xia to rain down rights! Nina pulls hair, the ref reprimands, and Nina lets off. Xia wrenches an arm, kicks it, and then wraps it on ropes! The ref counts, Nina kicks Xia but Xia kicks back. Xia wrenches, snapmares and KICKS Nina again! Nina bails out and wants a break, but Xia goes out to ROCK her with a right! Xia fires off forearms, the ref starts a ring count, and Xia brings Nina up.
Nina RAMS Xia into the apron, throws her into barriers, then clubs away on her again. Xia double chops but Nina BOOTS Xia into the luggage! The ring count is climbing but Nina puts Xia in at 9! Nina stomps Xia, kicks her to ropes, and Xia gets to a corner. Nina digs her boots in, lets off as the ref counts, and Xia sputters. Nina drags Xia up and wrenches Xia’s hand against ropes! Xia kicks back, Nina shoves then whips Xia corner to corner! Xia hits buckles hard, Nina drags her back up and scoops her for a slam! Cover, TWO! Nina drags Xia back by her hair and puts on a body scissors. Xia throws elbows but Nina clubs Xia on the back.
Nina gets Xia for a chinlock and shouts, “What makes you think you deserve to be in the ring with me?!” Xia throws more elbows but Nina shifts into a sleeper hold! Xia still elbows Nina, but Nina leg hooks a half nelson and rolls to a hammerlock. Nina gets the other arm and then points to her current assistant. “See what you’ll have to do!” Nina ties up Xia’s legs in a figure four, pulls hair, but the ref reprimands. Nina pulls Xia into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but Xia pops to a cover! TWO, and Xia fires off furious forearms! Xia ROCKS Nina, then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Nina bails out to the apron, but Xia builds speed to WRECK Nina with a dropkick!
Xia drags Nina up, kicks and SWITCHBLADE KICKS Nina all around ringside! Nina RAMS Xia into barriers, the ring count is past 5 again! Xia goes to rana but Nina SLAMS her into the barrier! Nina gets in at 7, Xia is in at 9! Nina is furious, she stomps Xia over and over! Nina shouts for a bag form her assistant, but he doesn’t want to help her! He doesn’t like being insulted, and doesn’t want her to cheat again. Nina says she’ll get it herself! Nina shouts at her assistant but he still resists. Nina snatches the hand purse, swings on Xia but Xia KICKS the purse away! PRAWN HOLD, XIA WINS!!!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall (Nina is her personal assistant for one month)
Nina can’t believe it! This was her challenge, and she lost! She goes after her new boss, but the ref keeps her back! Xia is smiling ear to ear, what will she make Nina do as payback?
Trent Seven speaks.
“I’m very pleased at the way that I’ve been able to approach this mentally. It’s not easy putting this amount of pressure on yourself.” There have been times when Seven hasn’t really gotten off the sofa. The world is just a very different place now. More restrictions, less outlets. It’d be great if Seven was by a sunny beach, the Vitamin D would help. But you have to do what you can, and Seven will do the absolute best. Seven runs with his dogs, but tries not to stress himself out. Just eat nice, eat clean, and work hard. This is testing, but snow or rain, Seven just has to do it. “Let’s hope the juice is worth the squeeze.”
Seven has pushed himself out of his comfort zones, and now he feels as great as he looks. The cherry on top will be beating Jordan Devlin. Can the Man from Moustache Mountain climb this mountain and be atop a new division?
NXT UK Media catches up with Ilja Dragunov.
What happened in that match with Tyson T-Bone? Dragunov isn’t sure, he doesn’t want to lose control again, but how can he when someone is heckling him ringside? Speaking of, Sam Gradwell comes by to start something again! Gradwell won’t let Dragunov blame him when Dragunov’s the one “walking around this gaff like a big, overgrown baby, spitting your gummy out all over the ring!” Dragunov’s done it with Jack Starz and Tyson T-Bone, try and do it to Gradwell! Well if that’s a challenge, then Dragunov accepts. But there won’t be security to stand between them. Gradwell says, “In a bit, yogurt!” Will the Moscow Madman keep from going mad against the Thunderstorm and his constant trolling?
Tyler Bate VS Bailey Matthews!
After clearing his head, the Big Strong Boi is back in the ring! Will he start to look like the same young man who won the WWE United Kingdom Championship? Or will the debuting Bailey take advantage of Bate’s journey of refocus?
The bell rings and the two tie right up! Matthews arm-drags Bate, Bate gets up to monkey flip, but Matthews still has the arm! Bate gets up, arm-drags Matthews but Matthews wrenches through to have a wristlock. Bate gets up, spins, pries free with a leg and wrenches back! Bate rams shoulders, wrenches and wrings Matthews out, then ties up with him. They go around, Matthews has the arm, wrenches through and arm-drags to a double wristlock and headscissor! Bate can’t kip free, but he scrapes Matthews’ face with his foot. Bate moves around, endures as Matthews squeezes, and Bate gets free to get a headlock.
Matthews gets the headscissors again, squeezes tighter and pushes up for leverage! Bate endures, moves around, flips over and headstands to turn Matthews over again. Bate gets Matthews’ legs, figure four and a float over to a headlock. Matthews gets up, pries free, hooks a leg, uses his leg to break free, and wrenches Bate to a wristlock again. Matthews wrangles Bate to the mat, has the hammerlock and goes for the other arm to get a cording hold! Bate endures the combination, Matthews gets a cover, TWO! Bate gets up, Matthews has a cravat and cranks on the neck. Bate throws body shots, but Matthews hits an inverted snapmare!
Bate gets up, powers out, Matthews goes up in the corner to come back and run Bate over! Things speed up, Bate hurdles, but his hip toss is turned into a backslide, with bridge! TWO but barely! Matthews has a facelock, Bate slips out to EuroUpper! Bate throws more, Matthews gives them back! Matthews hits a gut wrench suplex! Float to the cover, TWO! Matthews drags Bate up, Bate throws EuroUppers to ROCK Matthews! Bate hits again, Matthews gives the EuroUppers back! Matthews being taller, he has more reach and he DECKS Bate! Bate BOOTS from below! Bate gets Matthews for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up, and hits a STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!
Matthews is still in this and the BT Sports Studio is loving this! Bate fireman’s carries Matthews for the AIRPLANE SPIN! Matthews slips out and O’Conner rolls, TWO!! Bate narrowly escapes, he body scissors Matthews to a cover, TWO! Matthews eggs Bate on, then deflects the clothesline to ROCK Bate with a EuroUpper! Bate rebounds for the ROLLING KICK!! Matthews got hit hard, but Bate isn’t done with him! Double underhooks, TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy got a challenge out of this new young star! Does it mean Bate has more he must do to feel like himself again? Or is the next generation just catching up to him already?
NXT UK has another new signee!
From Germany, here is a story about a “lucky kid.” His story begins in one of the poorest and toughest districts of Berlin, where his family was just trying to survive. As the oldest, he was to take care of the family. To survive, you either need money or friends. “This kid had none of them.” Even the kid’s family started to lose hope. But the kid knew that one day, everyone would honor, respect and fear him. This story, to be continued. But whose story is this?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Lana Austin!
She has been waiting in the wings and is starting to feel like a bird in a cage. But will the Valkyrie spread her wings and fly towards the title soon enough?
The bell rings, Aoife and Austin tie up. They go around, Aoife throws Austin down but Austin keeps hold. They get back up, Aoife arm-drags Austin away but Austin gets mad. Austin shoves Aoife, Aoife headlocks, but Austin powers out. Aoife runs Austin over, then runs to catch Austin with a body scissor roll! TWO, and Aoife wrenches Austin’s arm. Austin spins, wrenches and wristlocks Aoife, but Aoife spins through and bridges back to then handspring and WRING Austin into the mat! Aoife runs, slides under Austin then headbutts low! Snapmare and armlock to a modified La Magistrol, TWO! Austin staggers up into KICKS from Aoife!
Austin gets angry, blocks a kick and talks smack as she throws Aoife down! HARD basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Aoife sputters, but Austin rains down fists on her! Austin drags Aoife up, bumps her hard off buckles, then drags Aoife back up. Austin goes to bump again but Aoife blocks to fire off CHOPS! Aoife CLUBS Austin, CLUBS her more, but Austin shoves her. Aoife comes back with a FLIPPING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Austin survives but Aoife runs. Austin wants mercy, Aoife hesitates, Austin small packages! TWO, and Aoife questions her own actions. Aoife runs into a roll-up, TWO!! Aoife gets mad, but Austin blocks her takedown to a backslide, TWO!!
Aoife loses her cool and ENZIGURIS Austin hard! Aoife drags Austin up, RAMS her into buckles and stomps away! Aoife hammers away, throws more stomps, then HEEL KICKS Austin off her feet! Aoife climbs the corner, takes aim and leaps for the PERIPETEIA!! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Turn of Fortune goes in Aoife’s favor! But will she have a golden moment in her future?
With Tyler Bate wanting more competition, Johnny Saint and Sid Scala are giving him a match with a Proper British Heavyweight! In two weeks, it will be Tyler Bate VS Dave Mastiff! Will the Big Strong Boi be able to beat the Bomber?
Plus, for that same episode in two weeks, it will be a Mixed Tag grudge match! Piper Niven teams up with Jack Starz so that she can get payback on Jinny and her new righthand man, Joseph Conners! Will Piper the Viper make the Spoiled Princess finally pay for getting in her way?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
How is she feeling after her win tonight? she feels great, but who knows about “this one.” Nina frowns as she comes out, pulling Brookside’s bags along for her. Xia tells her she has nothing to gripe about, this was her challenge. Nina struggles walking with all the luggage and in her heels. She does her best to keep it together, but will she break down before the next four weeks are up?
NXT UK Media interviews Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams.
These two will be watching the main event closely, of course! Pretty Deadly, Gallus, these two have been in the ring with both teams so they know how good both are! And Amir is confident that since Kenny is almost 100%, they’ll- Kenny stomps Amir right there. Kenny isn’t almost 100%. He IS 100%! Next week, they’ll reunite in the ring to take on Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith! So as great as Amir’s singles run was, short as it was, that’s on the shelf and it’s back to the tag team title chase! Amir is pumped up! He’s ready to talk tactics, combos, all that! Amir does need Kenny’s number again, it apparently changed. Will the Bhangra Badboy and Lucky Yin get back on track and head for the top?
BREAKING: Next week is a Big Strong Supernova Sessions!
Before taking on Dave Mastiff in two weeks, Tyler Bate will stop by Noam Dar’s hit new talk show! What will Mr. Supernova 11 have to ask the former WWE United Kingdom Champion?
NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Gallus VS Pretty Deadly!
Markus and Wolfie have held onto these belts for a long time, and admittedly from circumstances out of their control. But after a long road, Lewis Howley & Sam Stoker have found their way to challenging that status quo! Will it be Gallus Boys or #YESBOY on top after tonight?
The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and the make-or-break on a near 500 day reign begins!
The teams sort out, Mark Coffey starts with Sam Stoker. They circle, tie up, and then break. They tie up again, still a deadlock, so they break again. They circle, tie up, and now Coffey pushes Stoker to a corner. The ref calls for a break, they do let off, but both have their dukes up. Coffey backs off, circles with Stoker again and they tie up. Stoker tries to push Coffey but Coffey pushes him back. Stoker and Howley talk and decide to tag. Howley and Coffey tie up now, Coffey throws Howley down and has the arm. Tag to Wolfgang, he takes the hand-off and wrenches. Howley waistlocks, Wolfgang switches but Howley switches back to CLUB Wolfgang on the back.
Wolfgang just glares at Howley, but Howley waistlocks him again. Wolfgang throws Howley off and wrenches the arm to then arm-drag him! Wolfgang has the arm, fights off Howley’s headscissor attempts, and he tags Coffey back in. Coffey takes the hand-off to wrench and yank the arm, but Howley rolls to ROCK Coffey! Tag to Stoker but Stoker runs into an arm-drag! Coffey grinds the arm, Stoker gets up, tags Howley back in but Coffey reverses the whip to arm-drag! Howley runs in to snapmare but Coffey boots from below! Coffey arm-drags again, grinds the arm, and wrenches Howley. Tag to Wolfgang. he gets the hand-off and wrenches to an elbow breaker!
Howley endures, rolls, and gets a headlock. Wolfgang endures the grind, powers up but Howley thrashes about. Howley hits the takeover but Wolfgang gets a cover! ONE, Wolfgang gets the leg and tags in Coffey! Gallus give Howley a DOUBLE MONKEY FLIP! AKA, a Cornish Toss! Howley bails out, Stoker runs in, but Gallus sends him right out! Pretty Deadly regroups to cool off while Gallus stands tall in the ring. The ref counts, Wolfgang goes back to his corner while Stoker coaches Howley up. Howley gets in, circles with Coffey, and Coffey headlocks. Howley powers out, Coffey runs him over but Howley drops then hurdles to hip toss! Howley runs and rams Coffey!
Coffey drops to a knee, but drops lower to then come back with a hip toss! Cover, TWO, but Coffey tags Wolfgang. Gallus mugs Howley, Wolfgang ROCKS Howley with a EuroUpper, then whips him to a corner! Stoker saves Howley from the corner splash! Wolfgang ends up stuck on the top rope, Howley runs in to TOP SHELF KNEE! Tag to Stoker, Pretty Deadly double whip Wolfgang to DOUBLE LARIAT him! Pretty Deadly coordinate but Wolfgang fights off their combo move! Wolfgang scoops Stoker but Howley makes the save before Coffey tags in! The ref keeps this from turning into a scrap, but Wolfgang is ready for Stoker’s sucker punch!
Wolfgang throws hands then TOSSES Stoker! Stoker grabs at a buckle pad but Wolfgang CLUBS him, then TOSSES him the other way! Stoker still wants after a buckle pad but Wolfgang yanks him out of the corner. Howley goes after that open corner’s pad but Wolfgang goes after Howley! Stoker runs in to KNEE Wolfgang out of the ring! Wolfgang falls hard, Coffey backs Howley off but the ref tells them all to go to their corners. Howley POSTS Wolfgang in the distraction! Howley drags Wolfgang up, puts him in, and then Stoker stomps Wolfgang! Tag to Howley, Pretty Deadly bring Wolfgang up but Wolfgang fights them again! But they give Wolfgang a DOUBLE BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!
Howley stomps Wolfgang over and over, tags Stoker back in, and they drag Wolfgang back up for a mugging. Stoker rains down hands and stomps, then tags Howley back in. Stoker sits Wolfgang up for Howley to BOOT him! Howley drops ax handles and a leg, then covers, TWO! Howley drags Wolfgang up with an arm and wrenches to an elbow breaker! Howley hammerlocks an arm and RAMS Wolfgang into buckles! Howley chokes Wolfgang at the ropes, the ref counts and Howley lets off. Cover, ONE, and Wolfgang throws body shots. Howley rams Wolfgang into the Pretty Deadly corner, Stoker tags in, and Stoker runs in to UPPERCUT Wolfgang! Cover, TWO!
Stoker facelocks Wolfgang, grinds him down, gets the arm and pulls on it. Tag to Howley and he elbows Wolfgang in the ribs. Wolfgang gets up to ROCK Howley, but Stoker swipes at Wolfgang! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker but Howley attacks! Howley throws knees, hauls Wolfgang up the corner, but Wolfgang hits back, and hits a SPLASH to Howley while he’s standing! Howley is pancaked, but he anchors Wolfgang’s feet! Wolfgang boots Howley but Stoker tags in to intercept! Wolfgang back drops Stoker away! Stoker tags Howley, both Pretty Deadly leap for Wolfgang, but Wolfgang gets the hot tag to Coffey! Coffey rallies on Pretty Deadly with forearms and shoulders!
Wolfgang hits a FULL NELSON SLAM on Howley, then a SNAP SUPLEX on Stoker! Howley runs into a clinch, Coffey throws body shots then whips Howley corner to corner for the running EuroUpper! LARIAT! Coffey shoves Howley to hit a FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley lives but Coffey drags him up to wrench and Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Coffey drags Howley up, wrenches and crotch lifts but Howley turns that suplex into a sunset flip! TWO, Howley ducks Coffey to tag Stoker! Stoker runs but into a BOOT, and a BIG back suplex! Cover TWO! Stoker survives and BT Sports Studio fires up! Coffey drags Stoker up, choke grips but Stoker slips out of the slam!
Coffey standing switches, but Howley tags in! Coffey covers Stoker but Howley BOOTS him! Howley fireman’s carries Coffey to the ASSISTED GUT BUSTER!! Cover, TWO!! Coffey survives but Howley drags him back up! Coffey wrenches out, whips and GAMANGIRIS Howley down hard! Howley sits up in a daze, Wolfgang is back on the corner, Coffey tags Wolfgang in! Gallus coordinates, CATAPULT SAMOAN DROP! Wolfgang MOONSAULTS!! Cover, but Stoker breaks it in time!! Wolfgang throws Stoker to the apron, Coffey runs in but Stoker jumps the baseball slide! Wolfgang DECKS Stoker and Coffey catches him, for an APRON CHOKE SLAM!
Wolfgang goes back to Howley, but into a small package! TWO!! Wolfgang SPEARS Howley down! Cover, TWO!?! Howley is still in this and so is Pretty Deadly! Wolfgang tags Coffey in, Gallus drags Howley up to feed to a scoop. Somehow, Stoker is back up and in! Coffey DECKS him, but Howley slips off Wolfgang and dodges him to CLOBBER Coffey! Wolfgang LARIATS Howley outside, Stoker SLAPS Wolfgang! Wolfgang chases Stoker out of the ring, they go around and Howley POUNCES Wolfgang over the barriers!! Howley tags Stoker but Coffey dodges his corner attack to kick Howley low!
Coffey whips Howley at Stoker, but Stoker goes up. Howley gives Stoker a boost to hit a CODE BREAKER on Coffey!! Cover, TWO!?!? Coffey survives that Pretty Deadly combo, but Howley has an idea! He tosses Stoker a tag title belt! The ref is busy with Stoker while Howley has the other belt! Coffey dodges the belt shot to POLISH HAMMER Howley! The ref is busy putting the one belt away as Stoker runs at Coffey, TORNADO DDT on the second belt!! Pretty Deadly hides the evidence and Stoker tags Howley in!! SPILT MILK!!! Cover off the neckbreaker spinebuster combo, Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (NEW NXT UK Tag Team Champions)
#YESBOY indeed! Because yes, boy, Gallus’ reign ends at 497! Is this going to be the beginning of a Pretty Deadly Era?
A really good episode, with some really fun developments. I still would’ve wanted Xia VS Nina to be a match where the luggage was legal, but I like that it came to play in the end. Xia winning is great, she’ll get to make Nina do all sorts of menial labor. But I’m thinking as soon as the month is up, Nina attacks Xia and we get their real blow-off where maybe it IS a No Disqualification and the luggage can be a weapon. Aoife Valkyrie has a good match with Lana Austin, but naturally Aoife wins because she is still on the long build to challenging for the title. KLR VS Meiko Satomura feels like it could go either way given what little build we’ve gotten for it, but Aoife could easily work as a contender to either one.
Seven had a good vignette, but I’m hoping we’re close to his return as a Cruiserweight. Seven probably needs one match before facing Devlin to show us what Cruiserweight Trent Seven even looks like in the ring, and then we’ll get a great match out of Devlin VS Seven for a special Spring-to-Summer episode. According to sources you can easily google, NXT UK TakeOver: Dublin is still planned for this year since it couldn’t happen last year, but for June, and that is a ways off so I would think we get Devlin VS Seven as a holdover. We also got a good bit from Dragunov and Gradwell, and that match will be a lot of fun.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams are back in the tag division, but I’m thinking as soon as they lose, Kenny snaps and turns on Amir to give us their feud. Tyler Bate and Bailey Matthews had a really great match, and it both highlights Matthews’ skill and pushes the angle that Bate is still working things out for himself. Bate VS Mastiff is going to be great stuff, as will Supernova Sessions with Bate as the guest, but as I said last time, I’m hoping this circles back to the reunion of Bate and Seven as a team. And it could work now, because after a great tag match, Pretty Deadly comes out on top! They as clear Heels will freshen things up as they take on some great Face teams, and possibly be the ones to take on the reunited Moustache Mountain for a big event.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (2/24/21)
We will learn #WhyColeWhy!
Will Santos Escobar be stripped of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship?
NXT Cruiserweight, Santos Escobar, must face his doom! Karrion Kross and Escobar battle in a NO DISQUALIFICATION match! That is, if Escobar shows up!
- Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way; Lumis wins.
- Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff; No Contest.
- Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark; Shirai wins.
- Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Xia wins, by referee stoppage.
- Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick; Grizzled Young Veterans win.
- No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux; Kross wins.
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Dexter Lumis VS Johnny Gargano w/ The Way!
The Tortured Artist snatched Austin Theory away just as Johnny Freakin’ TakeOver was about to take on Kushida on Vengeance Day! But then surprisingly, Lumis gave Theory back without much of a fight. Will Johnny Gargano make sure Lumis doesn’t get away with that unpunished?
Speaking of, The Way pumps up back stage with “That’s The Way we uh-huh, uh-huh, we like it!” Theory says that should be a song! Um… Is Theory okay? Yes, of course! Well alright, but he doesn’t have to push himself if he doesn’t want to. Theory says he’s fine, Indi keeps her eyes on Theory as they all make their way out to the ring. And they make sure Theory stays away from Lumis. The no-look high-five doesn’t really work out this time, but that’s something minor. Will the North American Champion come away with a win over Lumis tonight?
The fans taunt Gargano with “Johnny Sucks!” as the bell rings. Lumis stares Gargano down but Gargano is unsettled by the fans cheering Lumis on. Gargano tries the “what’s that?!” trick but Lumis doesn’t even look away as Gargano rushes in! Lumis shows fist, Gargano falls over and scrambles away! Lumis slithers after him and that creeps Gargano out more! Gargano bails of the ring, Lumis slides to the apron but Gargano hammers away on him! Gargano gets back in, slingshots but into an UPPERCUT! Lumis stares at Theory, Theory gets antsy, Lumis builds speed but Gargano slingshots in! Lumis slides under and Gargano’s spear FLOPS! Lumis then goes under the ring?!
Gargano looks for Lumis and The Way look for him, too. Theory says he’s found Lumis! He’s behind Gargano! What?! Gargano turns around into Lumis’ UPPERCUT! And another! Lumis ROCKS Gargano with haymakers, then throws body shots in the corner! Lumis whips Gargano corner to corner, runs in but Gargano boots him away! Gargano runs, but into the THESZ PRESS! Lumis rains down fists, runs and drops an ax handle! Cover, ONE! Fans rally and duel, Lumis reels Gargano in but he stares at Theory. Lumis suplexes and holds Gargano up for a count of 10, even as Gargano kicks and flails! Gargano can’t escape, Lumis SLAMS him down!
Gargano rolls away and regroups with The Way, but Lumis keeps his eyes locked on Gargano. Lumis goes out after Gargano but Gargano RAMS him into the apron! Gargano throws Lumis down on the ramp, then rains down left hands! The ref starts the ring count, Gargano refreshes it, and Gargano “apologizes” to the ref. Gargano lines up a shot, but Lumis ducks the Penalty Kick to kip up and TOSS Gargano into the apron! Fans fire up, Lumis drags Gargano up and ROCKS him with another uppercut! Lumis whips Gargano into the ring, but The Way lurks close! Theory says he was just trying to call Indi over, and Indi rushes up on Lumis, only for Lumis to stare her down!
Indi has a nervous smile as she backs away into a post, and nervously says, “Call me.” LeRae steps up, leaps, but the rana is blocked! Lumis pops Candice to the apron, but Gargano baseball slides under her to hit Lumis! Gargano builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit and Lumis goes down as NXT goes picture in picture!
Gargano takes his time checking his chin while Lumis is down. The ref wants this to get back in the ring, Gargano checks with Theory but Theory says it worked out, didn’t it? Gargano bumps Lumis off the apron, CHOPS him, then CHOPS him again! Gargano puts Lumis back in, aims but Lumis ROCKS him with a haymaker! Gargano still SLINGSHOT SPEARS in! Gargano fires off fists, storms around the ring, then brings Lumis up for haymakers. Candice snaps at Indi to get her to pay attention. Does the Way have to worry about both kids now? Gargano climbs up in the corner to rain down more fists on Lumis’ head!
Lumis keeps fighting Gargano so Gargano snapmares him and basement dropkicks him in the back! Cover, TWO! Lumis gets to ropes, Gargano chokes him! The ref counts, Gargano lets off at 4, and Lumis drags himself up. Gargano is on Lumis but Lumis throws forearms back! Lumis backs Gargano down to a corner, stomps away (I swear I’ll stop), but Gargano turns it around to fire off forearms in return! The ref counts, Gargano stops at 4, and pushes Lumis around. Gargano clubs Lumis on the back, brings him up and hits a Russian Leg Sweep! Cover, TWO! Gargano grows annoyed and he drags Lumis up to put back on ropes for choking!
The ref counts, Gargano backs off (see? no way pun!), and The Way taunts Lumis up close. Gargano brings Lumis up, scoops him and slams him! Cover, TWO! Gargano gets the arm, drags Lumis around and reels him into a Camel Clutch! Lumis endures, NXT returns to single picture, and again Candice has to snap Indi out of whatever trance she’s in. Lumis still endures as fans rally, and Lumis fights up. Gargano tries to hold on with a sleeper hold, but Lumis RAMS Gargano into buckles! Lumis is free but Gargano hops right back on! Gargano elbows Lumis, hooks him up, but Lumis powers out to a BACKBREAKER!
Fans fire up, Lumis and Gargano stagger up, and Gargano walks into a BIG right hand! Lumis rallies with haymakers and uppercuts! Gargano is in a corner, Lumis runs in and clotheslines, to a BULLDOG! Lumis suplexes Gargano to rebound him off the ropes! Gargano staggers up into a BIG back suplex! Lumis kips up and drops a LEG! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Candice is frustrated. Indi and Theory are the only ones not upset about this as Lumis hauls Gargano up. Gargano slips out of the scoop, ends up in a corner, and goes up and over Lumis to school boy! Lumis ducks the kick and stares down Gargano! Gargano gets the arm!
Johnny almost has GargaNO Escape, only for Lumis to roll over into the SILENCE!! Gargano scrambles around, ghost pins, TWO! Lumis sits up into a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into an UPPERCUT! Gargano rebounds, spins, but into a SPINEBUSTER! Lumis covers, TWO!! Gargano’s Wolverine-esque superhuman heart helps him survive! Lumis goes to a corner and climbs up and The Way moves away. Gargano runs in, Lumis punches him back, and Gargano falls to a drop zone! Lumis leaps, but he has to roll out of his double stomps as Gargano moves! Gargano kicks but Lumis gets under to get the clinch!
Gargano elbows out of that, runs, but into a pop-up UPPERCUT! Gargano SUPERKICKS on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Lumis shocks Gargano with that and fans rally up! Candice distracts, Gargano tells the kids to get something for him. Theory goes to get a chair and he brings it over. Theory slides it in but Lumis stomps the chair down! The ref sees this and reprimands Gargano. Lumis uppercuts Gargano, Gargano ENZIGURIS! Gargano fakes his knee jamming, and he signals to Theory! Candice coaches Theory through getting on the apron and aiming at Lumis! Theory hesitates, Lumis stares Theory down, and Theory says, “My bad!”
Theory tries to explain, Gargano runs in, Lumis dodges and Gargano DECKS Theory!! Lumis drags Gargano into the URENAGE, and THE SILENCE!!! Gargano flails, reaches, fades, he is OUT! Lumis wins!!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by submission
Lumis pats Gargano’s head, and Candice reprimands Theory! The Way couldn’t stay out of their own way, and now Lumis has a win over the North American Champion! Between Theory thinking of Lumis as a buddy, and Indi oddly infatuated, is Lumis going to cause The Way to go by the wayside?
William Regal waits for Santos Escobar.
If El Legado doesn’t arrive, Escobar will be STRIPPED of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship! Will Regal have to pull the trigger on his ultimatum?
NXT shares exclusive footage and interviews with MSK.
Wes Lee and Nash Carter look back on the night they won the 2021 Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Lee had a strange calm come over him, but Carter was so nervous. “It was one of those moments where everything you’ve every done flashes in your head.” From opponents to tag partners and best friends, these two have put in the grind for years. They’re the same two kids from Dayton, Ohio as they always have been. And to get the win, they were so emotional, crying happy tears. Everything they’ve worked for paid off. Finally, being here, establishing themselves as a force in the Tag Division, and all the praise and congratulations from family and friends, it made that worth it, too.
The reason Carter got into wrestling was his dad. They’d watch Raw every week on Monday. But when Carter was a freshman in high school, his dad passed. It only ignited Carter’s passion for the business even more. He said he’d be in the WWE one day, and this is the first time in a long time that he felt his dad’s pride and admiration. “The Legacy Lives On” is tattooed on Carter’s chest, and this feeling will be unforgettable for them both. Their names are etched forever on the plaque, but this is only the beginning. They’ve been hungry, they’re ready to eat! That’s why these two are the #MustSeeKids!
Backstage interview with MSK!
Next week, Lee & Carter get to cash in their NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity, as they earned from winning the Dusty Cup. But then GRIZZLED YOUNG VETERANS jump them!! James Drake punches away on Carter’s head while Zack Gibson puts Lee’s arm in a chair like a vice!! Referees rush in to get GYV to stop, and Lee clutches his hand! Did GYV just sideline MSK and delay their title shot?
Tyler Rust w/ Malcolm Bivens VS Leon Ruff!
Bivens Enterprise’s #DiamondintheRust took Kushida to the limit, but was about to be broken if not for Bivens throwing in the towel, so to speak. However, Bivens made sure to personally arrange this match for Rust, asking Ruff right after he was medically cleared for the damage done by Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Bivens has a mic now to say, “Success is taking advantage of every key opportunity that is put forth in front of you!” And when it comes to success, you think about Ruff!
But when Bivens thinks of Ruff, he just thinks of “the son that I didn’t have, and never wanted.” Ruff, you hold a very special place in Biven’s heart, and has a special opportunity tonight! He will go 1v1 with Rust! And Rust will prove to us why he IS the diamond in the Rust! Will the former North American Champion simply be used to sharpen Rust’s edge?
Wait, as Ruff makes his entrance, SWERVE BOOTS Ruff off the apron!! Swerve goes after Ruff with clubbing forearms, still upset about Ruff getting opportunities handed to him! Swerve slams Ruff into the announce desk and vents to commentary. “Swerve is gonna start getting opportunities, and less hand-outs for this guy right here!” Swerve fireman’s carries Ruff to DEATH VALLEY DRIVE him into the apron!! The ref tells Swerve to leave but Swerve says he told Ruff this wouldn’t be that easy! Swerve does leave, and he might have just done Bivens another favor! Bivens claims Rust wins by forfeit, but will NXT management really count it that way?
NXT shares footage from the WWE Performance Center.
It was yesterday that William Regal was talking with one of the newest signees, Zoey Stark, about an “opportunity” that was presented. He offered Stark a non-title match with NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Stark isn’t sure she heard that right, but Regal says after her great debut, there’s no one better he’d like to see face Shirai than Stark. Stark accepts that, how could she not?
Backstage interview with Zoey Stark!
We’re just moments away from only her second singles match in NXT and it is with THE NXT Women’s Champion. How is she feeling? Stark has so many emotions, her heart is pounding, but she is ready to get out there. But then she gets cut-off by technical difficulties! Will that be a bad omen on her opportunity with The Evil Genius?
NXT shares footage from earlier today.
Someone was reliving a classic Ted DeBiase moment. The Million Dollar Man challenges a little boy to dribble a basketball 10 times in a row for big money, only for DeBiase to mess the kid up! Oh, the one watching is Cameron Grimes! He’s seen enough, because time is money, after all! But that DeBiase, he was one smart guy! “With enough money, you can humiliate anyone!” Grimes has a lot of money, too, so he does a recreation of that basketball challenge! He has $1000 for 10 dribbles! The guy is up for that, and at 10… Grimes is confused! He didn’t watch the whole moment!! Grimes is the one suckered by his own scam! Grimes thinks DeBiase is to blame! Just proves money can’t fix stupid…
Io Shirai VS Zoey Stark!
Alright, the technical difficulties have been sorted out, and now it’s time for the Evil Genius to shine! But will Stark make this match a stark contrast from all Shirai’s other matches?
The bell rings and Stark circles with Shirai. They tie up, Stark powers Shirai to ropes, Shirai kicks free and the two go again. Shirai avoids Stark’s pick of the leg, they tie up, and Shirai throws Stark down, but the collar ‘n’ elbow stays on! Stark gets up, throws Shirai in return, but the grapple stays on again. Shirai gets up, Stark gets around to a waistlock, but Shirai wrenches an arm. Shirai has the wristlock, Stark rolls and handsprings and wrenches back! Stark hammerlocks, Shirai reaches back and throws elbows, then gets the headlock. Stark powers out, Shirai counters hip toss with arm-drag, and Stark staggers up. Stark avoids Shirai and manages a small back drop!
Shirai gets up, she spins Stark around, wrenches and kicks to whip. Stark reverses, Shirai reverses and hooks Stark up in an IRON OCTOPUS! Shirai digs her elbow in, Stark powers up but Shirai sunset flips! TWO, Shirai runs and basement dropkicks Stark down! Shirai stomps Stark to a corner, kicks at her, but Stark kicks back. Shirai CHOPS and CHOPS then sweeps the legs, to dig her boots in! SWINGING METEORA! Stark crawls along the ropes, Shirai runs in and 619’s, but Stark blocks to BOOT Shirai down! Stark builds speed but runs into BOOTS! Shirai swings to dropkick Stark back, then goes to a corner.
Shirai is slow to climb up, Stark intercepts with a GAMANGIRI! Shirai tumbles down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Stark has Shirai in a facelock. Shirai throws body shots to get free, then throws forearms to back Stark down. Stark dodges to mule kick, front kick, kick a leg out, and then runs, but into a takedown! Shirai wants the arm but Stark holds on! Stark rolls, Shirai kicks low, but Stark ducks the buzzsaw to trip Shirai up! Stark runs again, to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark thought she had Shirai but she keeps her focus. Stark goes to a corner, hops up fast, and leaps for a 450! She has to roll through as Shirai moves, both women run to DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Both women are down and fans fire up!
The ref checks, both women are okay to continue, and Shirai sits up first. Stark follows and ghost pins! TWO, Stark hits a HALF ‘N’ HALF! Cover, TWO!! Shirai survives but Stark can’t believe how close she was! Starks wraps Shirai up in a chinlock and makes it a sleeper! Shirai endures so Stark KNEES her in the back! Stark kicks but Shirai blocks to elbow the leg, and SHOTEI! Shirai starts to rally with shoulder tackles, then a FLAPJACK! Stark goes to ropes, Shirai 619’s! Shirai climbs up top, takes aim and leaps to missile dropkick! Cover, TWO! Stark survives and Shirai gets annoyed. Shirai drags Stark up, reels her in and underhooks, but Stark back drops out!
Stark gets back to a corner, hops up again, but Shirai SHOTEIS again! Shirai climbs up to join Stark and club away on her back! Shirai stands up on the very top, to SUPER STEINER! Stark staggers up into Shirai’s double underhooks, for the TIGER BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Stark survives and Shirai is frustrated! Shirai stomps away on Stark, drags her up, but Stark gets around to a waistlock, for a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Stark is shocked but she’s seeing why Shirai is a champion! Stark drags Shirai up again, Shirai resists the German to victory roll Stark into buckles! SHINKANSEN!! Shirai goes up, OVER THE MOONSAULT! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Stark may not have won but she showed she’s one to watch! Will Shirai be keeping her eye on Stark from now on? But speaking of someone to watch out for, here comes Toni Storm! “Oh, Io, Io, Io.” Look at her! “Willing to fight literally anyone in this division, besides me.” But Storm is no Stark or whatever he name is. She IS Toni Storm, and she kicked Shirai’s head off, and Shirai couldn’t do a thing about it! There’s a reason Shirai pinned Mercedes Martinez and not Storm: Shirai can’t beat her. Shirai gets a mic to respond! “I will fight you, any time, any place, anywhere!”
But will she? Because if Shirai thought she could beat Storm, surely by now she would’ve asked Regal for it! But Shirai hasn’t done that, because she’s scared. Storm knows it, but she dares Shirai to prove her wrong. “Go find Regal, make the match happen.” Shirai says Storm’s on! Will Regal only need to see this to make it happen?
Backstage interview with The Way.
Even though they’re on their way out, McKenzie asks for a moment of their time. Gargano says not now! They need to get out of here before “that psycho” Lumis comes back for them. Gargano says all Theory had to do was hit Lumis with a chair! How was that so hard?! Theory says the chair was unnecessary, and Lumis doesn’t deserve that. Lumis is just misunderstood. What?! He kidnapped Theory! Chloroform, white van! And Theory isn’t even the first person Lumis did that to! Lumis isn’t misunderstood, he’s PSYCHO! Is Gargano taking crazy pills? Candice, back Johnny up! Candice agrees, Lumis should be in jail. THANK YOU! Indi, you, too! Indi says she finds Lumis “kinda hot…”
WHAT THE… Gargano keeps Candice from cursing so he can see “HELL?!” What is going on here?! What is happening!? No, no, whatever this is with Indi, and Theory’s Stockholm Syndrome, get them down. They will fix this! Theory is going to therapy! Seriously? Yes! And not another word! It is happening! Will therapy be enough to undo whatever Lumis may or may not have done to Theory?
Grimes is back with the basketball scam!
He made sure to watch the entire DeBiase moment, and he’ll get the better of someone this time. Grimes is sure these people know him for his money. He has a handful of green and explains his basketball challenge. Maybe not this guy, but how about the little lady over here? If she can bounce the basketball 10 times, she’ll get $1000 of his money! Like the Million Dollar Man back in the day? Uh, n-no… Just dribble the ball! It ain’t rocket science! Maybe her friend over here would like to try instead? No, the lady he asked first takes the challenge on. And when she stands up, Grimes realizes she’s not so little… Well still, she has to dribble! “Let’s see what you got, honey!”
The young lady dribbles, Grimes counts, but she gets tricky with it and he misses! That’s more than 10! “Gimme my money, honey.” Grimes is out $2000 total now. Don’t hate the player, hate the game. CURSE YOU, DEBIASE! This ain’t over!!
Xia Li w/ Tian Sha VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The friendship of Spicy and KC Squared may be all but gone after the harsh training Xia was put through by “her.” Can Kacy save whatever is left of the old Xia? Or will she be “purged” to only make Xia stronger?
The bell rings and Xia rushes Kacy! Kacy dodges, fires off on Xia, but Xia shoves her away! Xia rushes in again but Kacy waistlocks. Xia reaches under but Kacy leap frogs over and around. Kacy handsprings, headscissors and fires up! Kacy is after Xia with a facelock, whips her, but Xia reverses. Kacy goes up and over but gets caught! Xia hotshots Kacy, then takes her fighting stance! Xia powers up, storms over again, and bumps Kacy off buckles! Kacy shoves Xia but Xia stomps Kacy down in the corner! The ref counts, Xia adds on a springboard stomp to top it off! Xia drags Kacy back up, snap suplexes, covers, TWO!
Xia keeps on Kacy with a chinlock then makes it a cobra clutch. Kayden and the fans rally as Kacy fights up, and Kacy slips out the back! Xia BOOTS Kacy down, drags her up and reels her in, but Kacy slips out of the Gory Especial to sunset flip! TWO, and Xia back kicks Kacy hard! Cover, TWO! Xia wraps Kacy up in the cobra clutch again, but Kacy fights up. Kacy throws Xia off, gets to a corner, and elbows her away! Xia runs back in but into a boot! Xia returns, but Kacy trips her into the corner! Kacy fires off stomps, furious fists, but Xia shoves her away! Kacy comes back with more fire, the ref counts but Xia shoves her, only for Kacy to SHOTGUN Xia back!
Kacy runs, hits an A-List Lariat, then hits a FLIPPING AX KICK! Cover, TWO! Xia bails out, Kacy grits her teeth and goes to the apron to leap! Xia catches her, moves her around, but Kacy slips out to a waistlock. Xia standing switches to RAM Kacy into the barriers! Tian Sha tells Xia to finish this, and Xia looms over Kacy. The ring count is climbing, Kacy’s leg is on steel steps and Xia STOMPS IT!! Xia may have just broken Kacy’s leg! The ref checks on Kacy as she writhes and cries in pain, but Xia doesn’t even show emotion on her face! Xia goes up the steps, and drags Kacy up by her hair! Xia brings Kacy to the apron and makes sure Tian Sha sees this!
The ref reprimands, Xia shows no mercy as she drags Kacy in. More referees come out to check on Kacy, the refs call this!
Winner: Xia Li, by referee stoppage
Kayden wants after Xia but the refs keep her back. Kayden shields Kacy, but then glares at Tian Sha. Kayden storms over and asks what their problem is! Boa blocks Kayden’s path, Xia goes after Kacy with a HEEL KICK!! Kayden rushes back to Kacy and Xia slips away to leave with Boa and Tian Sha. Xia warns Kayden that she is next. Will what Xia did to Kacy pale in comparison to what she’ll do to Kayden?
Regal is still waiting for Escobar.
Still no sign of El Legado, but the clock is ticking. Will Escobar have the courage to face Karrion Kross? Or will he have to sacrifice his Cruiserweight title reign?
NXT profiles next week’s WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship match.
After making history by winning the inaugural Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez are poised to take on the Irresistible Force & Shayna Baszler! The Queen of Spades says, “The Women’s Division now is all the scraps left over from when I left.” And when it comes to Raquel telling them, “You don’t run this place anymore… we do!” Well, that’s a joke to Nia. Nia says Raquel can talk about dominating all she wants, but when she runs into Nia, it’ll be a different story.
Raquel says Nia is the one kidding herself. Nia needs to wake up. Dakota says she and Raquel will be bringing those WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships to NXT. Shayna says Dakota is only confident because she has Raquel. That’s perfect, because now there’s someone who can carry her to the hospital. Dakota said it before, she is NOT the scared little girl from Shayna’s reign of terror. Dakota will kick Shayna’s head off once and for all! Will the alumni come back to humiliate this generation? Or will Raquel and Dakota turn the whole Women’s Division upside-down?
Cameron Grimes wants one more try!
No one gets over on Cameron Grimes! He challenges a random guy in the parking lot! Dribble the ball 10 times, win $1000! Like that DeBiase- YES LIKE THAT!! Just do it!! Why is it so difficult?! He gonna do it or what? Yeah, sure, The guy starts dribbling, and Grimes DECKS him!! Grimes tells DeBiase to #KissMahGrits! Money CAN by happiness! Wait, he still throws like, $1500 into the air. Will that guy wake up and still get Grimes’ money?
Grizzled Young Veterans VS Killian Dain & Drake Maverick!
Zack Gibson & James Drake ambushed MSK because, well, they’re sore losers. But will the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud SSSOOON avenge Lee & Carter?
Maverick comes out wearing a shirt with Dain’s face on it, and Dain does not approve! Dain pulls that shirt off Maverick and smacks him on the back with it before throwing it away. GYV make their entrance, Gibson has a mic, and he says, “I’m sorry to interrupt this little dance party, but we have some breaking news! Wes Lee of MSK fame has unfortunately broken his hand.” James Drake mockingly “sheds a tear,” but says that the main headline now is that Regal has given GYV a hefty fine! They were just saving the NXT Universe! Imagine a few weeks without MSK “joking around like little children!”
Gibson says in the finals of the Dusty Cup, “the better team lost! Let’s make no mistakes: there’s only one team destined for tag title glory, and it’s NOT MSK. And it’s certainly not Shrek ‘n’ Donkey! It’s the Grizzled Young Veterans, SSSSSSOON to be recognized as NXT Tag Team Champions!” Gibson and Drake get in with Shrek- er, Dain & Maverick, and teams sort out. Of course Dain wants to start, and he runs right at James Drake to SHOTGUN DROPKICK him down! Dain drags Drake up to throw BIG EuroUppers! Tag to Maverick, Dain & Maverick double whip, Dain uses Maverick to trip Drake up, and then Dain drops a back senton! Maverick is the human weapon again, scoop slam senton! Cover, TWO!
Maverick keeps on Drake with an armlock, then wrenches to a wristlock. Maverick hammerlocks, Drake endures and fights up to elbow free. Drake headlocks, tags Gibson, Maverick powers out but GYV leap frog to CLOBBER Maverick! Gibson sucker punches Dain, but he doesn’t fall! The ref is busy keeping Dain back, and Gibson scoops Maverick to an Electric Chair! Mr. Mayhem goes up top but Dain gets Maverick away from Liverpool’s Number One, to then choke grip Gibson! Drake leaps into a choke grip, and Dain SHOVES GYV out of the ring! Fans fire up as Maverick shakes Dain’s hand. Then Dain TOSSES Maverick out onto GYV! GYV goes down as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Gibson keeps Maverick from Dain! Maverick throws forearms, Gibson whips Maverick to the corner and tags in Drake. Drake rolls and run sin but Maverick knees him down! Gibson keeps Maverick cornered, until Maverick slips under! Hot tag to Dain! Dain rallies on GYV, then clinches Drake for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Dain RAMS Gibson into Drake then CLOBBERS Gibson! Gibson begs for mercy but Drake jumps on with a sleeper! Dain just shifts Drake to a fireman’s carry, scoops Gibson, SAMOAN DROP FALL AWAY SLAM COMBO! Big Damo pops Drake back up for the WASTELAND, and SENTON! Cover, Gibson breaks it!
The ref reprimands as Gibson hammers Dain and helps Drake up. GYV coordinate, but it’s Dain who DOUBLE SUPLEXES them! Hot tag to Maverick! Maverick climbs up, leaps and CROSSBODIES Drake! Maverick dropkicks Gibson down, fires up and throws strikes on Drake! Punch, kick, repeat, but Drake shoves him! Maverick gets under to dropkick the legs out then basement dropkicks Drake in the head! Maverick fires up, hits a forearm smash in the corner, but Gibson tags in before the bulldog attempt! GYV coordinate, MISSILE DROPKICK COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, Dain breaks it! Dain goes after Drake and CLOBBERS him! Gibson throws Dain out, but Dain drags him out with him!
Dain has Gibson’s ear, Drake DIVES to take Dain out! Gibson gets in but Maverick runs in to forearm smash and BULLDOG! Maverick hurries up a corner, but Drake goes after him! Maverick kicks him away but Gibson YANKS Maverick down! Tag to Drake, they coordinate again, TICKET TO MAYHEM!! Cover, GYV wins!
Winners: The Grizzled Young Veterans, by pinfall
The teamwork makes the dream work, and GYV are one step closer to their dastardly dream of being the first team to have held both NXT UK and NXT prime Tag Team Championships!
William Regal DID see the confrontation earlier, and has made a match! In two weeks it will be Io Shirai VS Toni Storm, for the NXT Women’s Champion!
Finally El Legado arrives!
And just in time to make Regal’s deadline! Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza stand guard as Escobar stays in the SUV. Will Escobar go through with the match tonight? Or is he just here to turn over the title?
NXT returns as Dain is still carrying Maverick around.
He doesn’t want NXT Media to bother them, he sets Maverick down. But then Alexander Wolfe and Imperium walk by. What is this? Wolfe says Dain used to be a monster. That shake of his head shows Wolfe is disappointed, but Dain asks for medics to check on Maverick. Will Dain let the Hatchet Man get in his head about his… well not friendship, but partnership with Maverick?
No Disqualification: Santos Escobar w/ El Legado del Fantasma VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bordeaux!
Mr. Doomsday and his femme fatale make their way to the ring, and we see that Escobar has yet to even exit the vehicle. Wait! Kross attacks Wilde & Mendoza!! He got the drop on Legado this time! Kross TOSSES Mendoza into a garage door, but Escobar attacks! He’s going through with the match his way, but will he be made to #FallAndPray all the same?
Kross picks Escobar up to RAM him into the side of a truck! Escobar kicks back, they brawl again, and Kross CLUBS and ROCKS Escobar! Escobar goes to the back of the moving truck, Kross is after him again with haymakers, and then he tosses him into the truck’s trailer. But Escobar SLAMS the door on Kross! Kross writhes and Escobar talks trash in Spanish now that he has the advantage. Escobar kicks and forearms but Kros TOSSES him back into the side of the truck! Escobar kicks again, Kross throws more forearms, but Escobar dodges and a forearm shot hits the truck! Kross shakes that arm while Escobar gets into the truck cab!
Escobar closes the door to protect himself, but Kross rips off the side mirror! Kross finds a PICKAXE under the truck!? What’s that doing there?! Kross uses it to TEAR into the door!! Escobar has to bail out the other side and he throws hands on Kross! Wilde returns to throw hands but Kross TOSSES Wilde onto the hood! Wilde tumbles, Mendoza runs in but he gets THROWN into the grill! Escobar SMASHES Kross with a trash can! Escobar talks more trash and then SMACKS Kross again! El Legado has the 3v1 advantage now and they mug Kross! They bump Kross off the truck, hammer him more, and then RAM him into the side of the trailer!
Escobar wants another one, and they set Kross up again. They tell “the dog” this is what he gets for messing with them! They RAM him into the side again, and then Escobar has Wilde and Mendoza drag Kross into the arena. They go to the special stage area and beat Kross up at the steps! Fans boo but Escobar says to bring Kross around. Kross DECKS Wilde, BOOTS Mendoza, and then takes them both to throw them into the PLEXIGLAS! They go crashing through and Escobar is shocked! Kross glares at Escobar and Scarlett laughs at Escobar’s false bravado! Kross ROCKS Escobar and Escobar goes into the ring!
Escobar runs but Kross BOOTS him down! Cover, ONE!! Kross keeps on Escobar and CLUBS him out of the ring! Kross stalks Escobar, but Mendoza returns! Kross just TOSSES him into other barriers! Escobar SMACKS Kross with a chair! And SMACKS him again! Escobar stomps Kross down, rips Kross’ shirt off, and tosses it aside like trash. Escobar drags Kross up, hammerlocks the bad arm and POSTS him! And then RAMS Kross into steel steps! Escobar grins and soaks up the heat as NXT goes picture in picture.
Escobar takes his time regrouping with El Legado, and they drag Kross back up. Kross rakes Escobar’s eyes! But Legado has the steel steps and RAMS Kross with them! Kross clutches the bad arm, Escobar KICKS it! Escobar stomps the bad arm, drags Kross up and clubs away on the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in the ring, throws more forearms, then covers, ONE!! Escobar clamps onto the bad arm, stomps away on it, then wrenches the arm. Escobar puts Kross in a corner, wraps the arm around ropes and SCRAPES it along the rope! Kross pushes Escobar away but Wilde HOTSHOTS the arm for him!
Escobar drags Kross up, has the arm, and gives it a CODE BREAKER! Kross scrambles to a corner but Escobar CHOPS him! Escobar puts the arm around ropes and pulls on it again! Kross can only clutch the elbow as Escobar runs in to forearm smash! Escobar cravats Kross, jams him with a shoulder, then headbutts Kross’ shoulder! Escobar fires off forearms, but Kross hits back with his good arm! They brawl, Escobar shoves Kross and runs in to shotgun dropkick! NXT returns to single picture as Legado trips Kross up for Escobar’s basement dropkick! Scarlett is furious and shouts for Kross to get up! Escobar shoves Kross out and goes back for the chair!
Escobar jams the bad arm, then slips the chair around it! Escobar aims and POSTS the arm!! Kross grabs at Escobar with the good arm but Escobar SLAPS him down! Escobar sits the chair up and stomps Kross down. Escobar drags Kross up and over, for a DDT to the chair! Escobar drags Kross up and into the ring, covers, TWO! Legado is frustrated but Escobar dropkicks Kross down! Escobar throws Kross out, pursues, but Kross hits back with is good arm! So Legado swarms him! Kross fights them off, but Escobar DIVES! The Arrow from Hell takes Kross down into barriers!! Scarlett is furious again but can only watch on as Escobar stands on Kross’ bad arm.
Escobar stomps Kross, and stomps and stomps! Escobar kicks the bad arm, wrenches it and clamps onto the shoulder! Escobar puts Kross in, covers, TWO! Escobar drops elbows on Kross’ bad arm, then clamps on with a short arm scissor. Kross endures, tries to use his good arm but Escobar shrugs that off. Kross sits up, Escobar puts him in a corner, and then runs in to DOUBLE KNEE! SNAP SUPLEX! Uno amigo, and Escobar drags Kross up, only for Kross to block! Kross gets around to use the good arm for an EXPLODER! Kross sees Wilde and DECKS him! Escobar leaps into a catch, for another EXPLODER!
Escobar bails out, Kross shakes the bad arm and pursues. Escobar POSTS Kross again! Escobar brings the bad arm around the post, but Kross YANKS Escobar into it instead! Kross bounces Escobar’s head off steel steps! Mendoza runs in with a chair but Kross BOOTS him down! Kross takes the chair for his own now and has a wild grin! Escobar is a fish in a barrel but Wilde saves him from a full metal Con-Chair-To! Kross glares at Wilde, aims with the chair, and he JAMS Escobar in the ribs! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, but Mendoza LEAPS, into an EXPLODER! Wilde leaps, but the rana is blocked! BARRIER BOMB!!
Kross gets in, Escobar is in a corner, Kross hits a corner clothesline! And BOOT! Escobar flops back out, Kross follows, and they’re by the other steps! Kross brings Escobar up and around, DOOMSDAY SAIDO through the announce desk!! Fans are thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” and Scarlett seems euphoric now! Kross puts Escobar in the ring, hauls him up, and hits a DOOMSDAY SAIDO!! Kross aims from a corner, and winds up the hour hand. “TICK TOCK! TIME’S UP!!” BLINDSIDE FOREARM!! Cover, Kross wins!!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by pinfall
Escobar tried every trick in the book, but nothing can stop the sands of time! He still has the title, but will Escobar be in any shape to defend his Cruiserweight Championship? And will the clock start ticking on another champion’s reign?
NXT hears from LA Knight.
“Let me talk to ya. The question burning in everyone’s mind since TakeOver is, ‘Man, when’s LA Knight gonna debut?'” He’ll put it this way: the one thing that he asked is, “Whose game is it?” It’s HIS game. That means when he debuts, it’s on his time, his terms and done his way. What that means is Knight could debut next week, the week after that, or three months from now, because it doesn’t make a difference! In the end, everyone’s favorites, the ones that hold the gold, are just holding golden tickets to getting stomped out by LA Knight! That’s not an insult, that’s just a fact of life! But who will Knight go for first whenever it is he makes his in-ring debut?
Adam Cole is here!
After tweeting out that he will give us his explanation, Cole is finally here to do as he said! Cole goes to the ring, fans boo, and they don’t even feel like saying “BOOM” with him anymore. Cole takes a moment to watch a replay of last week, where Cole betrayed and booted Kyle O’Reilly to then give him a brainbuster to Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle has a herniated disc, not likely to return for several weeks, and fans chant, “You Suck!” for it. Cole gets a mic to say, “I… I had every intention of coming out here and explaining why I did what I did to Kyle, but… God, man, after watching that footage, I feel sick to my stomach.”
Everyone knows the NXT Championship is very important to Cole, especially the guys in the Undisputed Era. But Cole does not like the person he has become lately. At first, Cole was pissed off, because Kyle was getting opportunity after opportunity at the title, and he continued to fail. But that does not excuse Cole’s actions. After seeing it back, Cole is ashamed of himself. “Kyle, I know you’re sitting at home right now and you’re watching this. And I wish so, so badly that we could be having this conversation face to face, man to man, but we can’t.” They can’t, because of Cole.
Cole and Kyle know each other than anybody, and that means Kyle knows Cole hates admitting he’s wrong. Cole is telling us now that he was dead wrong. Kyle should be here in this ring, right here and now, but instead Cole made a stupid mistake and hates himself for it! Cole paces as he works on the words to say. “Kyle… Kyle, I am so, so sorry.” Cole will do whatever he can to fix this. Even if he can’t, he’ll try. “Wow, Adam. Really?” Roderick Strong confronts Cole! Now Cole feels bad?! Only now? For the past 10 days Cole didn’t feel bad for not letting Strong know what was going on? For what Cole did to Kyle, and to THE TEAM!?
“Adam, everything’s changed now. This whole thing, this Undisputed Era… This was built on trust! Love! A brotherhood!” The UE Boys would do whatever it took to have each other’s backs! And just like that, Cole “shattered that trust!” Strong wants Cole to look at him and understand this: Kyle IS going to heal up. They both know Kyle. But when Kyle does heal, Strong doesn’t know if he can save Cole from what Kyle’s gonna do to him! But wait, here comes Finn Balor! Strong tries to stop him but Balor pushes him aside and tackles Cole! Balor rains down fists, Strong gets in to pull him away from Cole, but Balor and Strong tumble out of the ring!
Balor kicks and stomps away on Strong but Cole RAMS Balor into barriers! And SUPERKICKS him down! Strong gets in the ring, Cole goes in to apologize, but Strong CLOBBERS Cole! And Strong is just as torn up as Cole was! Cole apologizes and he just wants things to go back to normal. Cole says this was his fault. Strong shouts, “What is happening?!” Cole starts to cry, but Strong sits with him. Strong says he’s sorry for hitting Cole. They’re brothers and they love each other! They hug it out and fans cheer! Cole keeps apologizing, he and Strong pat each other on the back, and then they shake hands. But Cole LOW BLOWS Strong?!?! That wasn’t a mistake!!
Cole tells Strong he is so STUPID! Cole says Strong is dead to him, and he takes the UE dog tag away from him! Then SUPERKICKS him down!! Was Cole just pretending to have regrets? Is there nothing undisputed anymore?!
Wow, this episode! And that’s meant in a good way, there was a lot of great, wild stuff. We had a really good match in Gargano VS Lumis, and some really crazy developments in that story. Theory thinking Lumis isn’t so bad is an alright choice, but I have no idea where this “Indi <3’s Lumis” is coming from. I get there’s a cliché of “daughter falls for bad boy” in sitcoms and family stories, but this still seems a bit out of nowhere. The pacing is what feels off, really. I still wish there were “Theory is hostage” antics but of course this is all leading to Gargano VS Lumis rematch for the North American Championship. I just don’t like the idea that it might come down to the loyalties of Theory and Indi, not that Lumis actually beats Gargano on his own merits.
The way (no pun intended this time, I swear) we learned about Rust VS Ruff getting on the card was arranged oddly. There was entrance, then a “earlier today” video, then Bivens has his promo to put Rust over and bury Ruff. We should’ve gotten the video first, then everything else. Swerve attacking Ruff was a good touch, though, and I guess any match being offered/given to Ruff is too much for Swerve. We got really good video packages for MSK and the coming Women’s Tag Title match, but what a twist for GYV to attack MSK and basically delay the NXT Tag Team Championship match. GYV VS Dain & Maverick was a good match, but of course GYV wins.
It seems Imperium and Wolfe are going to be the next feud for Dain & Maverick, and there could even be a chance of Dain being recruited/converted to Imperium! I don’t know if I want to see the dysfunctional duo break up, but Dain and Wolfe reuniting from their SAnitY days through Imperium would be an interesting story. Plus, one day we will be able to have NXT and NXT UK swap people around smoothly again, so with the North American Championship, NXT UK Heritage Cup, and another pair of tag titles out there, there could come a time when Imperium reigns from top to bottom.
Shirai VS Stark was very good, especially for Stark being new to NXT. But naturally, we’re getting Shirai VS Storm 1v1 now, but it does seem a little sudden for the long-awaited rematch from the second Mae Young Classic. The match itself will surely make up for that, though, and honestly could go either way, if Heel Toni decides to bend the rules or something. Then with Xia Li VS Kacy, it was obvious it would be brutal, but I didn’t think it’d be that brutal! Xia “breaking” Kacy’s leg, and threatening to do the same to Kayden, that is some serious Heel heat. I am still waiting for when Tian Sha/Mei Ling (Karen Q) gets back into action and tears up the Women’s Tag Division with Xia Li.
Grimes trying to recreate the Ted DeBiase basketball challenge, and messing up multiple times, was pretty hilarious. I have a feeling he’s not only going to waste his money on things but also on these silly bets until he’s basically back to where he was before #GameStonks. The story of Escobar waiting until the very last minute was pretty good, as was Kross going after him so he wouldn’t have a choice. Naturally Legado worked together for the entirety of the No DQ match, and I think the No DQ, brawling nature of the match made this work in Kross’ favor, as he felt much stronger than if this were a standard match. Kross wins so he can stay strong in his own path back to the NXT Championship, and I’m curious to see how this impacts Escobar’s title reign, if at all.
And speaking of, the NXT Championship scene is also attached to the #WhyColeWhy story. Cole taking the approach of, “It was impulsive and I regret it” was an interesting start, but from how he betrays Strong at the very last moment makes it seem it was an act. The anger Cole mentioned about Kyle getting his two opportunities might also be attached to jealousy, maybe some bitterness. Cole VS Kyle is definitely happening, but I think we’ll get a great Cole VS Strong first, maybe even Cole VS Balor, title optional. Heck, the title could be put up, but Kyle screws Cole over to set their own match up. The UE is basically all but over unless Fish returns and Cole is the one kicked out of the group. This could even be the long road to opening the door to Cole going to Raw/SmackDown, as much of a shame it’d be to see him finally move over.
My Score: 9.4/10
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