Double down on the Blackpool aftermath!
Not only is NXT UK still sorting through the Blackpool TakeOver, but now we add Worlds Collide on top! What happens in the wake of a wild week?
- The Hunt VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Lorcan & Burch win.
- Nina Samuels VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
- Tyson T-Bone VS Ridge Holland; Holland wins.
- Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Dave Mastiff & South Wales Sub Culture; Imperium wins.
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Worlds Collide brought the fury!
When it came to NXT VS NXT UK, it was “win some, lose some.” Finn Balor was too rrrreeeal for Dragunov, DIY was as good as they ever were, and Rhea Ripley retained her NXT Women’s Championship. But on the flip side, NXT UK Women’s Champion, Kay Lee Ray, put Mia Yim away. And in perhaps the biggest wins of all, Imperium conquered the Undisputed Era, and the NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion is the Irish Ace! What does this shift in power mean for the global NXT umbrella?
The Hunt VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
Primate and Wild Boar return, but it’s not just them! The Govenah returns to the UK and has brought his Yankee friend with him! Which return will be the happier one with a win tonight?
The teams sort out and Boar starts with Burch. They circle and fans cheer with “One Two!” Boar ties up with Burch and gets him on the ropes. The ref calls for the break but Burch wrenches to a wristlock. Boar works on a reversal but Burch holds on tight. Boar gets the wrench and a chinbar, but Burch works around to get the wristlock back. Fans rally as this exchange continues. Burch headlocks to a takeover, traps an arm and throws quick palm strikes. Boar grabs at Burch’s face but Burch gets up. Boar powers out of the headlock to RAM a shoulder in! Boar then drops a senton on Burch’s back! Tag to Primate, who springboards in for big ax handles! Cover, ONE, but Primate whips. Burch ducks, jumps, and catches Primate out of the air!
Burch brings Primate over to tag in Lorcan. Lorcan CHOPS Primate then throws European Uppercuts. Tag back to Burch and the One Two double wrench and CHOP! Burch drags Primate up to throw a EuroUpper of his own, then pull him up by his ear. Tag to Lorcan and Primate fights but gets mugged. They whip Primate but he throws big forearms! Tag to Boar and Boar runs in at Lorcan, only to get a BIG elbow! Lorcan hits a kitchen sink knee then throws CHOPS in the corner! Tag to Burch and the BritAm connection double suplexes Boar down. Cover, TWO! Burch clamps onto Boar’s arm and then tags Lorcan again. The One Two mug Boar more but fans bark with Primate. Lorcan waistlocks and drags Boar into a cobra twist. Boar endures as Lorcan pulls on the stretch, but fans rally again. Boar powers his way out and bites Lorcan’s hand! Lorcan clubs Boar but Boar gets away to tag Primate!
Primate rallies on both Lrocan and Burch! Body drop for Lorcan, EXPLODER for Burch! Primate roars and runs corner to corner to clothesline Burch, then Lorcan, then back again! Burch follows but gets Lorcan instead! Primate sandwiches the BritAm Brawlers before giving Lorcan a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lorcan lives but fans are rallying up. Primate runs in again but Lorcan dodges, and Primate gets posted! Tag to Burch and Burch dropkicks Boar down! Burch hits Primate with a corner clothesline, enziguri and GERMAN SUPLEX! Lorcan gets Primate up for Burch’s BOMB! High stack cover, TWO! Fans cheer as Primate survives. Burch drags Primate up and over to tag Lorcan back in. Burch hoists Primate up in the Electric Chair but he slips out to send Burch out. Lorcan leaps into an overhead suplex! Primate flounders to tag in Boar! Tag to Burch but Boar RAMS in! And then CANNONBALLS!
Boar grunts as he drags Burch up, but Burch HEADBUTTS! Burch fires up and York does with him as he tags in Lorcan. But Boar sends Burch into Lorcan and tags Primate back in! Boar dumps Burch out onto the apron and they scrap, then Boar leaps, to BELLY FLOP! Primate springboards into a EuroUpper! Lorcan shouts for Burch and Burch tags in! Lorcan drags Primate up, feeds to Burch, draping DDT! Cover, Lorcan & Burch win!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, Burch pinning
The One Two get the one-two-three, and that’s a great start to their return! Will the BritAm Brawlers punch their way to an NXT UK Tag Team title opportunity?
NXT UK shares a Worlds Collide backstage interview with Toni Storm.
The Lightning From Down Under didn’t strike in Houston. She gave an incredible performance, but what went wrong? “Kay Lee Ray is still in here. This has to end.” Toni wants revenge on KLR, but when and where will she get it?
Eddie Dennis is here!
The Welsh Dragon devastated Trent Seven in Blackpool, and is now in York to speak as to why. Dennis gets in the ring, a handful of fans cheering for Wales but most booing the man himself. Dennis grabs the mic and stares out at the crowd as he says, “I did this.” Footage replays of when Dennis used the Crucifix Bomb to throw Seven OUT of the ring! Dennis smiles as he finally watches it for himself. “I took a pillar of NXT UK, a founding father, Trent Seven. I picked him up above my head. When the referee wouldn’t let me throw him into the turnbuckle, it forced my hand.” Dennis had to send Seven sailing out. But speaking of, here’s Trent Seven now!
“Eddie, Eddie, Eddie.” You’re boring us, mate. And more importantly, Eddie’s a liar and a cheat. Because as much as the history books will say Dennis beat Seven in Blackpool, Seven feels as if the books miss a key detail that Seven remembers. Baring the buckle! That is the reason Dennis won! Now what Seven proposes is that they go again! But since Dennis loves rearranging things, we take ALL the pads off! An exposed four corners, whether it’s here, there or somewhere in the road! And better yet, they do it as a STREET FIGHT! What does Dennis say? Exposed steel street fight! Dennis swings but Seven is the one who hits! And Seven runs Dennis off! The Artful Dodger isn’t going to miss this one! Will he expose Dennis’ weakness when all twelve buckles are exposed?
A-Kid surprises Tyler Bate at the UK Performance Center.
The Spanish Ace was so amazed by Bate against Devlin. A-Kid wants to get to that level. Bate says why wait? He’s free next week. Wait, what? Bate VS A-Kid in a match. But A-Kid’s really good. Bate knows that. But will A-Kid pass the test against the Big Strong Boy?
A new force of nature is coming to NXT UK.
One powered by the wind, the water and the woods. Aoife Valkyrie arrives in two weeks!
Nina Samuels VS Isla Dawn!
The Nina Samuels Show is back in the spotlight, but she wants to be on an even bigger stage. Will the White Witch keep Nina from the golden glamour that is the NXT UK Women’s Championship?
The bell rings and Dawn circles with Samuels. They tie up, Samuels wrenches and wrings Dawn out but Dawn sweeps the legs. Samuels is up, they tie up but Dawn arm-drags her down. Samuels headscissors but Dawn pops out to arm-drag again. Dawn whips but Samuels cartwheels through, but Dawn waistlocks. Samuels bucks Dawn off but Dawn does the splits. Samuels kicks but gets caught to a roll up, ONE and Samuels throws Dawn by her hair! Samuels pulls on hair to get a headlock and thrashes Dawn around. Dawn powers out but Samuels runs her over. Things speed up and Dawn follwos to roll Samuels to a cover, TWO! Dawn dropkicks Samuels right down and fans fire up! Samuels flounders to a corner, Dawn runs corner to corner, but Samuels dodges. Dawn’s knee hits buckles and she tumbles out, for Samuels to handspring kick down!
Samuels swaggers as she goes out to fetch her co-star, but Dawn throws hands. Samuels whips Dawn into the apron! Samuels takes a bow but fans boo, so she puts Dawn in the ring. Cover, TWO, and Samuels grows frustrated. Samuels pulls on hair to bring Dawn up and throw! Fans boo and the ref reprimands Samuels but she continues after Dawn with a corner to corner whip! Dawn hits buckles hard but Samuels brings her out. Fans rally as Samuels runs to Scissor Kick! And then back somersault leg drop! Cover, TWO! Samuels is frustrated and she thrashes Dawn in a chinlock. Fans rally and Dawn fights out, only for Samuels to scoop. Dawn slips out to club and whip. Samuels goes up and headscissors, Deadly Nightshade puts Dawn into buckles! Samuels swings to knee Dawn down! She tries again but Dawn dodges! Samuels hits buckles, Dawn SAIDO SUPLEX!
Samuels flounders into Dawn’s rally of forearms and clotheslines! Knee trigger and kick, but Samuels counters to scoop. Dawn slips out and wants a half nelson. Samuels fights out, goes up top but Dawn 619’s to trip her up! Dawn climbs as Samuels is in the drop zone. Samuels is up and Dawn leaps, METEORA! But both women go in opposite directions so no cover. Samuels gets up but Dawn grabs her for a SNAP Half ‘n’ Half! Bridging cover, Dawn wins!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
Samuels doesn’t get the happy ending she wanted, and Dawn starts to climb the rankings! Will the White Witch begin a magical journey to the title scene?
NXT UK shares the Worlds Collide interview with Ilja Dragunov.
Unbesiegbar lost to Finn Balor, but what can he say? Dragunov wants those big battles, and Balor gave it to him. Balor was a tough opponent and Dragunov will learn from this. What Dragunov is most proud of, is that he gave Balor’s nose a nice hit. But to refocus on NXT UK, Joe Coffey is waiting to settle things with him. Dragunov vows not to miss again. Will the Moscow Madman have as tough of a battle with the Iron King as he did with the rrrreeeal Prince?
Backstage interview from right now with Lorcan & Burch.
Radzi is glad to see them both, but what brings them here? NXT has a great Tag Team Division, but the reason they’re here is 1) beat people up, and 2) throw ’em up. The Hunt went down, but now Lorcan & Burch want to test themselves against Gallus. Oney’s up for a fight and so is Danny. “See you lads soon.” Will Mark Coffey and Wolfgang be ready to slug it out?
Tyson T-Bone VS Ridge Holland!
Speaking of slugging it out, that is exactly what The King of the Travelers loves to do! But will he be the one taking his lumps against the Peaky Blinder that has yet to even break a sweat in NXT UK?
The bell rings and York cheers for Yorkshire as Holland ties up with T-Bone. They go around and Holland puts T-Bone on the ropes. T-Bone hits back but Holland just smirks. Holland throws hands but so does T-Bone and we have a brawl! Holland gets the edge but T-Bone throws body shots. The ref just tries to keep them from staying in the corner too long as they just keep throwing hands! T-Bone shoves to body shot but Holland knees and uppercuts. Another uppercut then another but T-Bone kicks low. T-Bone whips but Holland reverses to then belly2belly suplex! Holland drags T-Bone to a cover, TWO! Holland clamps onto T-Bone to throw crossface forearms and finally stagger the man. Holland cravats and knees T-Bone, then reels him in for a LARIAT!
Fans cheer as Holland brings T-Bone back up. Holland throws more EuroUppers to stagger T-Bone, but T-Bone comes back with clubbing shots! T-Bone suplexes Holland up and over! Float to cover, ONE! Holland is on his knees and T-Bone throws more hands. Holland hits back but T-Bone kicks him down. T-Bone reels Holland in but Holland powers out of the bomb to headbutt! T-Bone fires up but gets another headbutt! Holland uses an Alabama lift, and Alabama SLAM! Holland drags T-Bone back up, scoop for NORTHERN GRIT! Cover, Holland wins!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
The embodiment of Northern Grit gets his grittiest win yet, and he tips his cap to T-Bone. But will there ever come a man that can bring this human brick wall down?
Six Man Tag: Imperium VS Dave Mastiff & South Wales Sub Culture!
Alexander Wolfe, Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner didn’t like that Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews pointed out the truth: neither team won the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in Blackpool. But in order to silence the upstarts, Imperium is willing to settle this in the ring. However, Sid Scala and Johnny Saint were well aware of Wolfe’s bending of the rules, so he’s lumped into this, too! Will Imperium regret trying to suppress speech when it means having to face SWSC and their massive new friend?
The trios sort out and Andrwes starts against Barthel. They circle and Andrews keeps his eyes on the other Imperium men. Andrews ties up with Barthel and wrenches to a wristlock. Barthel pulls on Andrews’ ear then clamps a hand onto the shoulder. Barthel gets a chinbar and then brings the arm around for a hammerlock. Barthel holds it with one arm and brings Andrews down to the mat. Barthel leans on Andrews but Andrews reaches back for a headlock. Barthel counters with a bridge on the hammerlock and a return to the mount! Fans cheer that technical ability, but Andrews powers up. Aichner tags in as Andrews powers out of the headlock. Barthel whips and Aichner arm-drags Andrews down! Aichner mounts on the armlock but Andrews works after the legs. They stand, Aichner wristlocks but Andrews spins through to roll and handspring. Mule kick and a tag to the Modfather!
SWSC double dropkick Aichner down! Aichner blocks the whip to reverses it but then blocks FMW’s huricanrana to an Ankle Lock! Tag to Wolfe and Wolfe keeps on the ankle. FMW powers out and things speed up. FMW hurdles, arm-drags and dropkicks Wolfe down! Penalty Kick and imploding senton! Cover, TWO but Mastiff tags in. Fans fire up for The Bomber as he throws EuroUppers on Wolfe! Mastiff whips Wolfe but Wolfe kicks back. Tag to Aichner but Mastiff runs Wolfe over to hip toss Aichner! Cover, TWO, but Mastiff brings Aichner over. Tag to Andrews and they mug Aichner. Aichner grabs Andrews’ beard to whip, but Andrews wheelbarrows. The arm-drag is blocked and Aichner whips again, but Andrews tilt-o-whirls around the world to headscissor! Tag to Barthel but Andrews slides to PELE! And then wheelbarrow victory roll, STOMP 182!
Tag to FMW, back suplex moonsault and then a standing moonsault! FMW covers, TWO! FMW tags Mastiff back in and Barthel is fed to Mastiff’s EuroUpper! Mastiff hauls Barthel up to a stalling suplex! Mastiff holds Barthel up for a count of 10, then goes one handed before dropping Barthel down! Cover, TWO! Imperium grows frustrated but Andrews tags in. Mastiff helps Andrews with the Toast at 3AM Moonsault! Cover, TWO, but Andrews tags FMW. SWSC has Barthel caught for corner forearms and a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! FMW drags Barthel up but Barthel CHOPS! Tag to Wolfe and Wolfe runs at FMW in a corner. FMW boots Wolfe, then he boots Barthel. FMW hops up onto Barthel to springboard and huricanrana Wolfe! FMW dodges Barthel to QUEBRADA!
Fans fire up with the Modfather, and he triangle dropkicks Aichner! Wolfe GERMAN SUPLEXES FMW high and hard! Cover, TWO!! FMW survives somehow but Wolfe taunts Andrews. Wolfe looms over FMW and drags him up. Fans rally and FMW gives headbutts of all things! FMW throws a EuroUpper and tags in Aichner. Imperium mugs FMW then Aichner puts him in the open corner. Aichner CHOPS FMW and it sits him right down! Aichner brings FMW up and talks trash to whip corner to corner. FMW hits buckles hard and flops to the mat, but Aichner keeps him from his team. Aichner stomps and stomps then puts him in the Imperium corner. FMW is upside-down in the ropes, tag to Barthel. Imperium meets in the corner with dropkicks! Fans boo as Imperium poses. Barthel fetches FMW and puts him in the ring.
FMW crawls but Barthel keeps him from Andrews and Mastiff with a throat chop! Tag to Aichner and Imperium toys with FMW now. Then they sucker punch Andrews! Mastiff stays up and FMW fires off! CHOP for CHOP but then Barthel shoves. Aichner SPINE BUSTERS, Barthel Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up for the Modfather again and he hits a jawbreaker! Enziguri misses but FMW escapes the back suplex. FMW hits the Imperium corner then goes up and over to send Aichner into buckles! Hot tag to Mastiff! The Bomber rallies to whip and clobber Aichner! Wolfe gets in but gets tossed! Mastiff hits Barthel down then drags Aichner up, ROLLING SENTON! BACK SENTON! Cover, TWO!! Aichner survives but Mastiff drags him back up. Another fireman’s carry and tag to Andrews. Andrews LEAPS to crossbody Wolfe, but Aichner slips out to BOOT Mastiff.
Andrews elbows Aichner but Barthel intercepts! Toss into Aichner’s arms, for BRAIN- STUN DOG MILLIONAIRE! FMW gives Barthel a KNEE TRIGGER! Mastiff dropkicks Wolfe out, then helps SWSC FLY! Direct hit on Imperium, but fans want to see Big Dave do something crazy. Mastiff considers it, but has to throw Wolfe onto Imperium first! With all three targets lined up, Mastiff is on the apron, and CANNONBALLS!! The Bomber blows up all three, and York is thunderous! Mastiff puts Barthel and Aichner back in as SWSC climbs. Mastiff mocks the pose, but here comes WALTER! Mastiff DECKS the NXT UK Champion, but Wolfe shoves FMW down! Aichner goes after Andrews but gets an enziguri for it. Andrews springboards, but into the toss and BRAIN BUSTER! Cover, Imperium wins!
Winners: Imperium, Fabian Aichner pinning
The size advantage was Mastiff’s, but the numbers were in Imperium’s favor! The Ring General joins his soldiers in celebrating this victory, but is this just the first battle in a new war for NXT UK? Or is Big Dave an obstacle not even the Austrian Anomaly can get past?
A really good episode for NXT UK here. There is still a lot of Blackpool to still address with Worlds Collide adding on, but NXT UK did very well with both of that in just this one hour. The post Worlds Collide interviews were good, and it helps show that Toni wants a third chance at the UK Women’s Title, or at least at KLR. That’ll be an interesting part of the build to whatever next major date UK is building towards, but it sounds pretty good already. Same with Dragunov preparing for Joe Coffey. I said before that I kinda wish Gallus wouldn’t go back to Heel so soon, so I hope this just stays a respectful Face VS Face handling business type deal. Dawn getting the win over Samuels was a good match, the UK Women’s Division needs to build up that midcard so it isn’t just KLR, Toni and Piper at the top. Holland VS T-Bone was a great and heavy-hitting match, I’m hoping there’s big plans for Holland despite no true midcard title in UK.
We got great tag team matches tonight, too. The Hunt VS Lorcan & Burch was great, and it makes sense for Lorcan & Burch to win. I have a feeling the Gallus Boys are going more Heel again if they’re having a feud with the pretty much Face BritAm Brawlers. But much like when they challenged Undisputed Era, I feel Lorcan & Burch will put up a great fight to still lose in the end. Trent Seven calling out Eddie Dennis was great, and I’m very excited to see this Steel Corners Street Fight next week. It almost feels like their Blackpool match was the go-home to this match, but hey, getting the match is what matters.
Bate VS A-Kid is going to be a good match, and probably also an opening for Devlin to show up and brag that he has the Cruiserweight Championship now. I could easily see a Devlin VS Bate rematch being for that title so that Devlin can get even for Blackpool, or Bate becomes the first man to have had the UK and Cruiserweight titles in his career. The Six Man main event was really great, and it apparently sets up Mastiff VS Walter, which will be awesome. But much like Lorcan & Burch, Mastiff probably puts up a great fight only to lose. Either way, it’ll be great stuff while we wait for whatever NXT UK’s fourth TakeOver event will be.
My Score: 8.4/10
AJ’s WrestleMania 37 Night One Results & Review 4/10/21
AJ continues with the WWE coverage this Mania week! Night 1 of WrestleMania may have been rain delayed; but did that dampen the excitement?
Ladies and Gentlemen, boys and girls. Children of all ages… WrestleMania is finally upon us once again and this time we are for real going to have it at my champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers stadium, Raymond James and we get fans involved! We will hear the cheers, the boos and of course the ugly in the whole the but it’s still the grandest stage of them all. We have some decent matches for night one that will take place, sadly a thunder storm but if we know Vince McMahon, that’s not going to stop him.
Welcome to the Thirty-Seventh installment of WrestleMania!!!!!!!!
- Drew McIntryre vs Bobby Lashley(c) for the WWE Championship: Bobby Lashley wins via Hurt Lock – **** – TITLE DEFENSE!!!!!
- Tag Team Turmoil: Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay vs The Riott Squad vs Dana Brooke & Mandy Rose vs Tamina & Natalya: Tamina wins by last Elimination the Riott Squad – ** ½
- Seth Rollins vs Cesaro: Cesaro wins via Gotch Neutralizer – *** ¼
- AJ Styles & Omos vs The New Day(c) for the WWE Raw Tag Team Championships: Omos wins via Two-Handed Chokeslam – *** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
- Steel Cage: Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon: Braun Strowman wins via Running Powerslam – ** ¼
- Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison: Bad Bunny wins via Electric Chair Crossbody combination – *** ¼
- Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks(c) for the WWE SmackDown Wom0n’s Championship: Bianca Belair wins via KOD – **** – TITLE CHANGE!!!
Drew McIntyre vs Bobby Lashley
Both men try to get a strength advantage with a Collar & Elbow tie up before breaking it and going to holds now and still getting even ground. Now both men get some fighting in the corner going, delivering punches and strikes until they go to the outside where Lashley takes control and ragdolls McIntyre into the barricades before tossing Drew back in. Lashley keeps the onslaught on Drew and gets a quick pin attempt for a one and continues to get the beat down on the former champ. Lashley gets a lot of steam going as he goes to do another shoulder tackle into the corner, only to miss and Drew targets the arm of Bobby. Momentum shifting into Drew’s favor as Drew getting things going for him, suplexes and strikes galore as he goes for the Future Shock DDT. Lashley puts Drew into the corner to get separation but Drew catches the strike attempt and catches lashley into Northern Lights Suplex for a nearfall.
Bobby gets a reversal into a slam, a near fall and both men get some signature moves in. Drew hits the Glasgow Kiss and Bobby hits back with a one handed Spinebuster. After another near fall, Drew gets caught in a Hurt Lock but gets out of it quickly as they both go to the corner. Drew getting the swing this time and lands a good ol’ Alabama Slamma for a near fall of his own before trying to set up a sky-high superplex to the champion. Lashley fights off the attempt as Drew gets a Kimora Lock in to weaken the arm, Lashley fights him off again, catching Drew into a Tree of Woe but Drew sits up to launch Bobby in a Belly- To Belly. Lashley hits another one armed Spinebuster until Drew kips up and tells him to bring it, delivering a trifecta of Future Shock DDTs for a two count.
Drew in shock but goes to the corner, doing the countdown to the Claymore but Lashley rolls out of the ring. Drew tapping into a little bit of Undertaker and does a Tope Con Hilo to take MVP and Bobby out and takes Lashley back to the ring, setting up for something in from the top. Lashley catches the challenger and goes to apply another Hurt Lock but Drew runs out of the way to stun Lashley. As Lashley goes to do another Spinebuster, Drew rolls it into a Kimura Lock, perfectly on before Lashley inches slowly to the ropes to kick out. Lashley now, getting his aggression out, taking it to McIntyre in the corner until Drew gets separation, going for another Claymore until MVP distracts the former champion and misses the Claymore for Lashley to get the Hurt Lock in. Drew looked impressive to break out but Lashley didn’t break when Drew pushed off the corner and passes out from the pressure.
Tag Team Turmoil
Naomi & Lana vs Carmella & Billie Kay to start off the gauntlet style matchup as Naomi and Lana take the early advantage against Carmella. Carmella gets a tag onto Billie Kay but the advantage is still Lana and Naomi. When all four get in for chaos, Billie Kay goes for a roll up and beat Naomi and Lana for the next team to come out…
Riott Squad come out and take it to Billie early on but Carmella gets a tag and starts a beat down against Liv Morgan. Ruby breaks up the pin attempt but as Billie goes for the same pin attempt, the ref catches it and the Riott Squad get a tag and the advantage as Billie Kay gets brutalized, pinned and Carmella starts to beat up Liv before the next team come in…
Dana and Mandy come out and Ruby fights the two alone from the beat down as the fresher team gets things going and Liv barely gets a break of a pin attempt as Mandy and Dana work Ruby’s neck now. As Mandy cuts the ring off from Ruby, Ruby starts to fight out of the corner and gets Liv into the match now as they start the beat down of Mandy Rose. As the Riott Squad lose the advantage, Rose and Brooke get some damage with a superplex and Swanton combination but Liv gets a reversal on Dana and get the pinfall.
Natalya and Tamina are the last two to get in the match up and start the powerhouse assault on the Riott Squad. The two getting the best of the most tenured tag team in the whole match up as Liv tries to break out of their grasp. Ruby gets the tag and hit the codebreaker/senton combination to Tamina only for a two though and Tamina gets the advantage back, gets the tag to Natalya and they hit a Hart Attack. Natalya looks to get the Sharpshooter but changes her mind and tags Tamina in for the Superfly Splash to get the Day Two Tag Team Championship opportunity.
Seth Rollins vs Cesaro-
Cesaro goes quick into the offense with an Uppercut and goes for the Swing early but Seth rushes out and panics with Cesaro getting more and more of a beat down. Cesaro getting a good amount of offense going as Seth starts to target Cesaro’s arm and starts to pick things up after with his Superplex/Falcon Arrow combo after getting distance. Seth getting cocky again as he tries to take it to Cesaro but the Swiss Cyborg gets his strikes in again, taking down Seth with Uppercuts and goes for the swing again constantly, first time gets countered into a cradle, second time Seth gets to the ropes but the third time is the charm for nine rotations of the Swing and Sharpshooter. Seth breaks out of the hold and moves out of another Uppercut attempt from the corner, hurting Cesaro’s arm again as Rollins gets his high offense in, knees, Slingblades and a 360 Splash but nothing keeps Cesaro down. Seth tries for a ripcord knee but Cesaro changes it into a Neutralizer and a two count. Rollins crawls to the ropes and gets his legs grabbed again for yet ANOTHER Swing but flips out of it, into a Pedigree but fails to get the victory again.
Rollins gets his speech in about being God as he hits Cesaro in time to set up the Curb Stomp. Rollins gets caught into a Uppercut (second best Stomp counter) and takes Rollins spinning, first with a no handed Airplane Spin, Giant Swing and finishes it with a Neutralizer.
(Now get my Red and Pewter out of my sight on Rollins. They are winners unlike you tonight, Seth.)
New Day vs AJ Styles and Omos-
We… are getting Omos to start off against Kofi…? Oh no. New Day goaded AJ to start.
Kofi and AJ using their speed to go off and do some of their big moves or attempt them as AJ thinks he gets an advantage but Kofi gets it, with a slam and near fall, teasing AJ after a beat down as the champs get frequent tags, even getting a Unicorn Stampede off before Xavier holds AJ down for a bit. They keep teasing Omos to tag in but to no avail, New Day beating AJ down more. Kofi goes to tease AJ to get to tag AJ but tags Woods in to cut him off from tagging Omos. After a flurry from AJ to separate from Woods, Kofi tags himself in and fights AJ from tagging the big man in until AJ separates himself from the two and realizes, “I can tag the big man…? I CAN TAG THE BIG MAN!”
Omos comes in and Xavier can’t knock Omos down as Kofi tries to tag in and chop down the big man as The New Day… well to quote the remake of The Longest Yard… they shit themselves. Omos dismantles and smashes The New Day in the ring. Omos basically is breaking them apart as AJ flings over Omos for a Phenomenal Forearm and Omos two handed Chokeslams Kofi down for the win… Jesus Christ. They made him look like a billion dollars in the ring tonight.
Braun Strowman vs Shane McMahon-
As Braun comes in second, Elias and Ryker goes and beats Strowman down with chairs before the bell and Shane tells them to bring Braun in for it to start.
Shane grabs one of the chairs and beats Braun down with the chair over and over, going for a quick win and escaping but Braun, limping, stops Shane and taking more strikes from Shane for a good amount, limping and weakened as Shane breaks sheet metal from the top of the cage to continue the beat down and near fall. Braun now taking the fight to Shane as he stops Shane from escaping and tossing Shane into the cage walls over and over as Shane gets Braun’s hands now before getting squashed between the cage walls. Braun gets the full advantage in the match until his legs give out from earlier and Shane slides out, doing a swinging DDT and setting Braun up to go from Florida all the way to Cali with the Coast to Coast for a second near fall. Ryker and Elias climb the outside to get Shane out but Strowman runs into the cage to loosen all three of them. More offense goes on before Shane gets away and climbs out almost until he pisses off Braun and… gets caught, pulling the cage apart and dragging Shane back in. Braun getting a bright idea as he props Shane up on the cage, going up himself before Braun launches Shane off the cage and climbs back in, stumbling and standing up for himself and everyone who was bullied that’s watching before hitting a Running Powerslam for the win.
We get a small break for the cage to be taken down to honor the inductees to the 2020 Hall of Fame, Shatner, Liger, JBL, The Bella Twins, The British Bulldog, Titus O’Neal with the Warrior Award and the New World Order, Waltman, Hall, Nash and Hogan.
Bad Bunny & Damien Priest vs Miz & John Morrison-
Priest and Miz start it off and Miz goes to the corner and goads Bunny to come in and tags in as they walk around a little bit and Miz being an ass saying he can get the first shot as Bad Bunny pops Miz down. Bunny actually goes for a waist lock as Miz swings wild, Bunny ducks and gets another jab in before Miz gets pissed off and both of them trade blows in the corner of the ring before Miz gets the advantage, taking Bad Bunny into one corner and gets cocky a little before getting countered and Bunny flings Miz down with an arm drag. Miz rolls out and gets caught INTO A LA MAGISTAL AND A NEAR FALL! Miz had to get cheap after a a short pep talk with Morrison as Bad Bunny showing he’s better than Enzo with the rope spot. Bunny gets the advantage again as he slides under the ropes and does a well done Tilt-A-Whirl Head Scissor on Miz before tagging Morrison and getting some control in the match for M&M.
Miz gets back in and taunts Damien Priest by putting Bad Bunny in a headlock, inches away from Priest until Bunny gets some fight in him, dropping Morrison from the apron and almost getting to Priest, countering Miz’s stop with a Sunset Flip but getting beaten down after the pin attempt. Miz and Morrison take it to Bunny on the outside a bit. Morrison gets tagged in and taunts Booker T with a Spinarooni (A perfect one at that) as the tag to Miz gets in and Priest tries to get the crowd amped up. Miz cheap shots Priest and takes the ref’s attention away as M&M just keep embarrassing Bad Bunny with kicks in the corner. Miz gets cocky again and goes for his signature clothesline in the corner but Bunny stops him, dropping Morrison’s attack from the apron and hits a Tornado DDT onto Miz as he finally tags Damien Priest.
Damien goes to both men with his speed and strength, suplexing Miz into Morrison and hitting a chokeslam into a nearfall as all four men now get in the ring. Stereo Falcon Arrows, Damien Priest getting his step up Tope Con Hilo and Bunny with a crossbody. Priest gets Miz into the ring and Miz counters it into a Skull Crushing Finale into a pinfall. Bad Bunny goes to break it up and almost gets a tag in before Morrison pulls Bunny down. Bad Bunny having none of it from Morrison, hits a God Damn Destroyer as Priest props Miz up, gets the tag and lands a crossbody on the Miz for the win.
(Okay… Bad Bunny actually impressed me. Showed he cared. I give him props for that. I really do.)
Bianca Belair vs Sasha Banks-
Both women size each other up for Collar & Elbows and Sasha shoves Bianca down, getting the trash talk started before Bianca kips up and shows a good amount of her –est’s, being Strong, Quick, Fast against Sasha as Sasha gets annoyed and gets caught by Bianca, rolling her out of the ring as Bianca goes to the outside. After some fighting on the apron, Sasha goes for a good suicide dive attempt but Bianca catches her and carries her to the ring as the match gets back to the ring. Bianca gets her usually offense going but Sasha actually grabs the hair of Bianca during the cartwheel and takes control this time around, getting her edge back and weakening the challenger. Sasha takes her to the corner and goes for the double knee attempt from the apron before Bianca catches her and drops her on her shoulder as they both go to the outside. Bianca’s hair gets caught by Sasha and Bianca takes control on the outside before the ref gets to 8 and both come back in. Bianca showed off her strength this time after a cradle attempt and does an impressive amount of time on a stalling suplex. Sasha keeps using Bianca’s hair to try to stop her after the Suplex but Bianca uses her hair as a ripcord effect into a clothesline. Sasha gets beat down from a Standing Shooting Star and getting propped into the corner as Belair goes for a 450 attempt from the top rope and Sasha counters, getting the momentum change momentarily.
Bianca catches some of Sasha’s high speed offense and does powerbomb pinfalls as Sasha kicks out of the first two, reversing the third with an X-Factor and taking control back with a Tornado DDt for another near fall. Banks now goes to the top for a Frog Splash. Sasha gets her anger and ruthlessness to wrap Bianca’s hair around her opponent into a Bank Statement and somehow, Bianca powers through and gets to the ropes before Sasha starts stopping on Bianca’s face after the break. Banks keeps going with the trash talking but Bianca shoves her into the corner post with some Shoulder Tackles and sets her up for a Superplex. Sasha fights her off and attempts a cartwheel kick before Sasha grabs the feet into a Tree of Woe position to land a Meteora. Sasha misses the first one, goes to a knee strike from the Tree as Bianca sits up so Sasha lands knees first into the turnbuckle and eats a 450 Splash for a near fall. Sasha tries to get control again after but gets whipped in the midsection with Bianca’s hair and after a fight to swing around, Bianca grabs Sasha up and lands the Kiss Of Death to win her first Women’s Championship in WWE.
Overall Score: 8/10
Well not too bad for the first fan attended event for WWE… barring NXT of course. Bad Bunny showed he can actually care about wrestling, wasn’t expecting a Canadian Destroyer… or I guess Puerto Rican Destroyer. Cesaro gets his moment, Bianca gets her moment. AJ Styles is now a Grand Slam Champion and every match except for the Tag Team Turmoil thing was pretty solid. I actually can’t wait for night two of Mania. Did it match Stand and Deliver Night One? No. That is still the best match of the week so far but they brought a good amount of fire this night and held a candle to Night Two all things considered. Well we have one more day for me to do Mania Week writing so let’s see if Night two can live up to Night One.
Just… people stop wearing my Bucs colors and lose in the process. Seriously. Disappointed me tonight Seth and New Day.
WWE 24/7 Championship Results & Report! (4/10/21)
BEHOLD! The Night Panther!!
It’s the epic conclusion to the Legend of the Night Planter!
Mild-mannered Old Spice salesman, Joseph Average, finds himself in the middle of an incredible WWE 24/7 Championship prophecy! But is he hero or villain?
- WWE 24/7 Championship Picnic Panic: R-Truth VS Akira Tozawa & Night Panther; Truth retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
R-Truth is having a picnic.
“This is just not your ordinary picnic. We eatin’ good.” And after spraying some Old Spice Night Panther, they’re smellin’ good, too! But Akira Tozawa is sneaking up to snatch Truth’s snacks! Truth goes to reach for some, sees Tozawa, and Tozawa says, “Say cheese~!” What’s Tozawa doing at Truth’s picnic?! And with Ninja Referee (Drew Gulak) and the Night Panther! Truth finds he’s outnumbered! Tozawa and Ninja Ref Gulak grab Truth, and Truth says, “Oh no! Say it ain’t so, Joe!” He went from Average Joe, to Average Ninja! But if you go full ninja, you go evil. But, Joe’s not evil…
Tozawa shouts, “ATTACK!” But stand back, there’s a Hurricane comin’ through! A hurricane? Truth’s insurance covers that. But what is he doing here? What’s he doing here? Everyone knows that hurricanes and night panthers are mortal enemies. Truth confirms. And yet, here Joe is, ruining Truth’s picnic with his baby. Wazzupwiththat?! Night Panther, attack!! Night Panther punches at Hurricane but is blocked and counter punched! Truth breaks free of the kung-fu grip, and hurries with Hurricane to the Truth Cave! AWAY~!
The ninjas pick themselves up and Tozawa blames Night Panther for this. But he tried…! Tozawa takes away Night Panther’s seemingly endless blackbelt. Was this Yokozuna sized? But Tozawa doesn’t care what the prophecy says, Joseph Average is NOT the Night Panther! The “HAH! HAH! HAH!” turns into laughter at Joe’s failure, and Joe runs away in shame. Ninja Ref Gulak tries to talk with Tozawa but he won’t hear it. Will Tozawa ever get the 24/7 Championship away from Truth? Will Joseph Average redeem himself? Or is there truly someone else who the Night Panther mantle is meant for?
Not quite as conclusive as I thought, but this was a pretty great next part to this story with Eric Bugenhagen, aka Ricky Buge, aka The Buge, now Joseph “The Night Panther” Average, who may not even be the Night Panther anymore. I like that we got The Hurricane in this, and if it weren’t for the divide of WWE and AEW, I would love if the cinematic wrestling universe got Matt Hardy involved with this title. Having a brand deal feels right up the “Big Money Matt” gimmick’s alley. I hope Buge returns and proves himself as the Night Panther, or even just as Joseph Average. This is the kind of fun this title needs to be having either way.
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