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
NOAH WEEKLY NEWSLETTER VOL.119 ~ 24TH JANUARY 2021
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
A former King of Pancrase and Triple Crown champion steps up to challenge for the GHC National title at Budokan! NOAH shaping up for their biggest event in a decade!
Hajime Ohara tests positive for COVID-19
It was announced on the 22nd January that Hajime Ohara had tested positive for Covid after a routine PCR test. The Osaka card was changed with YO-HEY filling in for him. Ohara has not shown any symptoms of fever, cough or loss of taste so far, and temperature taken on the morning of the 24th January was normal. Ohara is isolating at home, and true to form is studying (he was taking an online English class), and and eating nutritiously. He is determined to be back to NOAH for The Budokan.
In Osaka, the roster paid tribute to him, with YO-HEY making the Muy Bien sign, and Naomichi Marufuji finishing his promo (tantrum) with “Muy Bien”.
Kenoh from Murakami to Masakatsu
In a match that lasted only nine minutes and forty seconds, which was really for how long it needed to last, Kenoh defeated Kazunari Masakatsu for the GHC National title in Osaka on the 23rd January 2021. The match started off somewhat MMA style, and went to mat wrestling. Kenoh got his own back on Murakami for felling him with a closed fist, by doing the same, but this seemed to only make Murakami mad and he unleashed a volley of kicks and punches on Kenoh. After a brief loss of temper, Kenoh came to his senses and realized that he was going to have to take Murakami down, and he did it by using the sleeper hold, which caused the referee to stop the match.
Almost immediately after the match had finished, Masakatsu Funaki made his challenge. He simply pointed at the belt and asked Kenoh to be his next challenger. Kenoh accepted the challenge, and set it for the Nippon Budokan (12th February 2021), but backstage rather than scream abuse about his opponent, he actually said that he was it was exciting and he was looking forward to it. Murakami he said he had also enjoyed the match with, although he admitted to being scared by him.
Masakatsu Funaki seemed to have a few different reasons for challenging; he had the image of being a champion alongside Mutoh, Kenoh was not something he had experienced before, and he felt that the time was now to do it. He was also complimentary about Kenoh, saying that he was “in his thirties and riding high”. Funaki makes the third MMA fighter to have challenged Kenoh.
EVENT RECAPS & POST MATCH PROMOS
Post match interviews: HIGHER GROUND 2021 (January 23rd, Edion Arena Osaka 2nd Stadium)
ELSEWHERE IN NOAH
~ Atsushi Kotoge admitted some jealousy of Daisuke Harada.
~ Mohammed Yone did some catering for the roster on the way home from Osaka.
~ Naomichi Marufuji won the chop challenge against Go Shiozaki, then got annoyed at it being pointed out that he beat Shiozaki in the challenge, but wasn’t the one to make the pin and win the match. Pointed out that HE was the senior to them, and would take both their belts, “so I can enter last and show them off”. And then walked off.
~ Takashi Sugiura says he aims to create a new record, and become the GHC Heavyweight Champion at the age of 50, however if Keiji Mutoh defeats Go Shiozaki for it, he will do it when he is 60.
ALL the titles, except the GHC Heavyweight Tag, have been challenged for and the matches will take place at The Budokan. Fans are hoping that Katsuhiko Nakajima and Masa Kitamiya will challenge, especially as they are teaming together against Takashi Sugiura (Kazushi Sakuraba is absent) on NOAH’s last show before The Budokan, on the 31st January.
- GHC Heavyweight Champion: Go Shiozaki
Challenger: Keiji Mutoh (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Junior Champion: Daisuke Harada
Challenger: Seiki Yoshioka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC Heavyweight Tag Champions: The Sugiura Army (Takashi Sugiura and Kazushi Sakuraba)
- GHC Junior Tag Champions: STINGER (Yoshinari Ogawa & HAYATA)
Challengers: Kotaro Suzuki & Ikuto Hidaka (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
- GHC National Champion: Kenoh
Challenger: Masakatsu Funaki (12th February 2021, Nippon Budokan)
THIS WEEK IN NOAH
Sunday 31st January: “HIGHER GROUND 2021” (11.30am JST, Korakuen Hall.)
NOAH’s 23rd January show from Osaka will be available to view on WRESTLEUNIVERSE on Tuesday 26th January. The GHC National title match, and the main event were streamed live through Periscope.
The 31st January event at Korakuen Hall has not had broadcast details announced yet.
GIF taken from Noah’s Periscope
Match graphic taken from the Official NOAH Twitter
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (1/22/21)
And you thought last week was big!
205 Live doubles down on historic matches!
Not only are two 205 Live OG taking on a BRUTAL combination in Thatcher & Ciampa, but the WOMEN’S Dusty Cup comes to the purple ‘n’ orange!
- Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade; The Way wins and advances.
- Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa; Thatcher & Ciampa win and advance.
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205 Live explains how a certain Dusty Cup match came to be.
It was on NXT that Ashante “Thee” Adonis was in a match with the cruel Karrion Kross. Kross showed no mercy to Adonis as he hit him with TWO Doomsday Saido Suplexes and the blindside forearm smash. Then he would show no mercy to Adonis’ tag partner, Desmond Troy, by wrapping him up in the Krossjacket submission! The damage done was too severe for either man to compete tonight, and now they’re OUT of the Dusty Rhodes Classic! However, there is a new team that has been formed.
The Professor of Pain and the Psycho Killer put each other through torture inside the Fight Pit, and in the end, they found respect for each other. They’re now a killer combination and having their tag team debut TONIGHT, in the tag team tournament! Will they put the Premier Athlete and Persian Lion through similar suffering, all for a shot at history and the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: The Way’s Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell VS Gigi Dolin & Cora Jade!
How is this for history? 205 Live has its first-ever women’s match, and it is for this historic women’s tag team tournament! But will it be even more historic for the two debuting superstars? Or will Candice & Indi Wrestling dominate where the boys, Johnny & Austin, failed?
The teams sort out, Indi starts against Jade and the two circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi throws Jade down. Indi says Jade is NOT #Impressive, but Jade hits back with body shots! Indi knees low, whips Jade to a corner but Jade dodges! Jade tags Gigi and Gigi dodges Indi for a BOOT! Jade BOOTS Indi, then Gigi runs in to spin and ROCK Indi with a forearm! Indi hits back, drags Gigi over and tags in Candice. Candice stomps Gigi down, brings her up and through the ropes to choke her. The ref counts, Candice lets off at 4 to then CLUB Gigi down. Candice stomps Gigi, taunts Jade, but misses the leg drop!
Gigi rams Candice to the corner, tags in Jade, and Jade runs corner to corner to SHINING WIZARD! Jade brings Candice around but Indi is in the way of her run. Candice CLOBBERS Jade then covers, ONE! Candice hammers away on Jade, dribbles her off the mat, and fans boo as Candice drags Jade up with a chinlock. Candice has a neck wrench, fans chant “You Still Suck!” but Jade fights her way up. Candice CLUBS Jade, whips her to the Way’s corner, then runs in for a back body block! Indi tags in and she taunts Gigi before hitting Jade with a forearm! Indi throws Jade down to cover, TWO!
Indi keeps on Jade with a cravat for the neck crank. Jade fights up, fans rally and Jade throws body shots. Jade whips, Indi reverses and scoops for a sidewalk slam! Cover, TWO! Indi keeps her cool, tags Candice, and Candice wrenches Jade to snapmare and chinlock. Candice digs her knee in but Jade endures. Fans rally, Jade fights up, throws more body shots, then breaks free to uppercut! Jade runs but wobbles, but she elbows Candice again! Jade baits Candice into her own corner, dodges, but Candice gets Jade’s leg! Jade kicks Candice away, hot tags to Indi and Gigi! Gigi didges, fires off on Indi, KICKS away on the leg, then kicks that leg out! BUZZSAW!
Gigi DECKS Candice for good measure before she BOOTS Indi down! Cover, TWO! Gigi snarls as she drags Indi up and clubs her on the back. Tag to Jade, they bring Indi around together to double suplex but Indi fights it off! Indi BOOTS Jade, kicks Gigi and reels Gigi in for a suplex of her own! Indi holds Gigi up for a count of 10 before the SLAM! Gigi bails out so Indi tags Candice. Candice runs into Jade’s roll up, TWO! Jade Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! Ghost pin, TWO!! Candice flounders up but gets around Jade to roll her up, TWO!! Indi tags in and kicks Jade to then back suplex SLAM! Cover, The Way wins!
Winners: The Way, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
Candice and Indi are making their way into the semifinals! But will Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter be in the way of The Way making history?
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Opening Round: Tony Nese & Ariya Daivari VS Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa!
The Premier Athlete and Persian Lion have been here since day one of 205 Live, and were looking strong going into this match when it was against Adonis & Troy. But again, it has only been a couple days since NXT, are the Professor of Pain and Psycho Killer in any shape to face them on their home turf?
The teams sort out and Nese and Daivari seem to laugh at the two former enemies trying to be a team now. Daivari starts with Thatcher, they tie up and Daivari goes after an arm. Thatcher pries him off of that with a chinlock and then grinds into a headlock. Thatcher throws Daivari down, pulls on his head, but Daivari tries to pull hair. Thatcher just smiles that jagged tooth grin as he gets back up and goes after Daivari’s arm! Thatcher wrangles Daivari with a hammerlock, traps it with his legs then gets Daivari’s legs. Thatcher pulls Daivari into a Bow ‘n’ Arrow! Daivari endures, it becomes a cover, TWO!
Thatcher grabs at Daivari right away and has a facelock. Daivari endures, gets around, waistlocks, but Thatcher pries at the arm. Daivari tags Nese in, Nese rolls Thatcher up, TWO! Thatcher trips Nese and has the foot for a toe ‘n’ ankle. He shifts to a heel hook, then gets the arm but Nese scrambles around. Ciampa wants in, so Thatcher tags him in! Fans cheer as Ciampa wrenches Nese’s arm and drags him down. Nese resists the Fujiwara but Ciampa wrenches through again to a wristlock. Nese chinbars to get the arm, but Ciampa slips through to headlock. Nese throws Ciampa off but Ciampa headlocks and throws Nese down! Fans cheer as Ciampa grinds Nese into the mat.
Nese fights up, gets free to waistlock but Ciampa switches. Nese bucks Ciampa off, runs in and trips Ciampa up to go after the leg! Ciampa kicks Nese away, facelocks Nese in return and grinds him down. Fans rally, Nese moves around, and Nese powers Ciampa to the corner. Nese puts the leg on the rope, tags in Daivari, but Ciampa fights out with forearms and elbows! Ciampa DECKS Daivari but Nese trips him up! The ref reprimands but Daivari drags Nese to the corner to SLAM the leg into the post! And then he SLAMS the other leg! Thatcher storms over as Daivari keeps on the legs but the ref shouts at everyone to get back to their corners.
Daivari puts Ciampa in, drops elbows on the leg then stomps it, then drags Ciampa from Thatcher. Daivari drops more elbows, stomps the leg more, then clamps onto the leg to step through, for a Figure Four! Ciampa endures, Thatcher coaches him and the fans rally up! Ciampa drags himself and Daivari over but Nese gets in to hit Thatcher! The ref has to keep Thatcher back but Nese drags Daivari and Ciampa away! Nese tags in to stomp away on Ciampa, and Daivari finally lets Ciampa out of the hold. Fans boo and jeer while Nese flexes. Nese drags Ciampa over, tags in Daivari, and they split the wishbone on Ciampa!
Nese runs at Thatcher but Thatcher DECKS him first! Daivari has Ciampa’s leg but Ciampa enziguris back! Tag to Thatcher! Thatcher clinches Daivari for a BELLY2BELLY! Then a BELLYBELLY for Nese! EuroUppers for both Cruiserweights back and forth! Nese runs back in but Thatcher has the arm! Thatcher clamps on but has to stop Daivari first. HEEL HOOK! Nese pulls Thatcher’s ears and HOTSHOT BULLDOGS! Thatcher is down, Nese tags in, and Nese hurries to PREMIER TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Tag back to Daivari and Daivari climbs up, LION SPLASH! Cover, but Ciampa breaks it!
Fans fire up as Ciampa returns to his corner. Daivari and Thatcher crawl, Nese tags in first! Thatcher kicks Nese away, and tags Ciampa back in! Ciampa rallies on Nese and Daivari with forearms and CHOPS! Ciampa CHOPS Daivari again but Nese dropkicks the bad leg out! Nese and Daivari both go up, DOUBLE- DECKED! Nese gets a knee, Daivari gets a forearm! Thatcher and Ciampa glare at each other, Ciampa gives Nese WILLOW’S BELL! Cover, Ciampa & Thatcher win!!
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher, by pinfall (advance to the next round)
These two were tearing each other apart on NXT, but they’re standing together on 205 Live! Will Ciampa and Thatcher tear their way through the tournament to put their names on the Dusty Cup?
A good episode, though with some obvious results. While Gigi Dolin (Priscilla Kelly) and Cora Jade (Elayna Black) are very good wrestlers, they weren’t going to beat The Way, and it says a lot that Indi got the pin for this one. Candice & Indi are among the favorites to win the tournament, and I’m betting on a stellar match between them and KC Squared, Catanzaro & Carter. Gigi & Jade still made a good combination, and their aesthetics match up well, I hope they stick together.
Ciampa & Thatcher becoming a team after their Fight Pit match is a pretty cool way to follow up, and naturally they were going to beat the first team they faced. The OG had good combinations, but Nese and Daivari have been perennial jobbers to the stars even before this. Thatcher & Ciampa take on Undisputed Era next and that is going to be a great match that could go either way. Given the history between Undisputed Era and the current tag team champions, Lorcan & Burch, I give it 51-49, UE wins so that they can get a shot at the champions.
My Score: 8/10
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