Will the Moscow Madman pay the price for Gallus?
The deal struck between Gallus and Imperium brings about this No Disqualifications grudge match! Will Ilja Dragunov survive Wolfe’s wrath?
- Dave Mastiff VS Kona Reeves; Mastiff wins.
- El Ligero VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith VS The Outliers; Carter & Smith win.
- No Disqualifications: Ilja Dragunov VS Alexander Wolfe; Dragunov wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
NXT UK General Manager and Assistant GM welcome us to the show.
Johnny Saint and Sid Scala say that “following recent events,” two more matches are made for TakeOver: Blackpool II! After Eddie Dennis decked Trent Seven, and after all the egging on of Tyler Bate by Jordan Devlin, those pairs will each go 1v1! Will Moustache Mountain win even when they’re apart?
Dave Mastiff VS Kona Reeves!
The Bomber of Black Country is feeling fine in the New Year, but he has a Worlds Collide teaser with The Finest! Will Kona be feeling anything but fine after going Into the Void?
Before the match, Kona has a mic and says, “Everyone, shut up! Look, look, look! I do not have the patience to deal with any of you tonight!” Fans troll Kona with “Who are ya?! Who are ya?!” as he blames their “disgusting, disrespectful” behavior for throwing him off against Trent Seven. Kona was jet-lagged, didn’t eat well, and didn’t sleep well. Therefore, he wasn’t ready! But no one takes this serious. Kona wants the UK fans to sit down so he can focus on the “monstrosity,” Dave Mastiff. Mastiff looks like he could be a power-lifting strong men. And he used to be undefeated. But does Mastiff really think he deserves to be in the ring with a “top tier superstar” like Kona? Kona wants “Dave” to hear him out. This is his lucky night. Tonight, Mastiff gets to go home to his “pathetic family” and tell them that he had the “honor” of losing to The Finest!
The ref keeps Mastiff back while Kona puts the mic down and takes off his shirt. The bell rings, and Mastiff dares Kona to bring on the fight. Kona jabs a finger into Mastiff’s chest so Mastiff DECKS him! Kona gets up but Mastiff keeps on him with big body shots and haymakers! Mastiff whips Kona to shoulder block him out of the ring! Fans fire up with Mastiff as he goes out to keep on Kona. Kona hits low and bumps Mastiff off the apron. Kona climbs the steel steps and leaps, into Mastiff’s arms! Mastiff scoops but Kona slips out to shove Mastiff into steel steps! And again! Kona gets back in the ring at 7 then drags Mastiff up onto the apron. Mastiff punches Kona off him but Kona knee lifts him down! Kona glares as he goes out to club away on Mastiff. Kona puts the apron skirt over Mastiff’s face to club away on him harder!
The ref reprimands Kona but Kona lets up to climb onto the apron. Kona taunts Mastiff as he stalks him in the ring. Kona throws haymakers and back hands but Mastiff fires up. Mastiff hits back with body shots, but Kona kicks and DDT’s! Cover, TWO! Kona grows frustrated and he punches away on Mastiff’s head. Kona runs as fans rally up and he BOOTS Mastiff down! Cover, TWO! Kona eggs Mastiff on and clubs his back, but Mastiff gets up in anger! Mastiff back drops Kona! Mastuff punches, wrenches, waistlocks and German Suplexes! Kona is in the corner, Mastiff leaps INTO THE VOID! Cover, Mastiff wins!
Winner: Dave Mastiff, by pinfall
The Bomber sits Kona up to toy with him a little more, but Mastiff has his payback for all the trash talk. Will Mastiff be the one having the finest 2020?
Toni Storm is here!
The Lightning from Down Under returns and Hull is happy to see her. Toni takes up the mic to say, “After I loss the NXT UK Women’s Championship, I had to go away for awhile, because I just… I just didn’t know myself anymore.” Fans chant “Welcome Back!” Toni continues to say Kay Lee Ray really got in her head and it sent her off into a dark place, maybe made her go a little crazy. But Toni owes someone an apology for that. Toni wants to talk to Piper Niven. Piper does appear! She also has a mic as she joins Toni in the ring. Toni says she owes Piper an apology. She was stupid enough to let KLR drive a wedge between them. Toni is sorry for that.
But before moving past this, Toni needs one favor. Toni’s personal issues with KLR are not over, so she needs Piper to step away from the NXT UK Women’s Championship Triple Threat in Blackpool. But as soon as Toni wins that title back, Piper is her first challenger, that is a promise. So just step aside. Fans say “No! No!” Piper says she loves Toni, she’s a dear friend and they’ve been through so much together. So Toni should know how hard Piper has had to work to be here. She can’t let this opportunity get away. Toni had her chance, Piper has to try now. The answer is no. Toni gets mad and turns Piper around, Piper HEADBUTTS her down! Piper regrets doing that to her friend, but Toni comes back with fire! They brawl with forearms and haymakers!
Referees rush out but fans want to “Let Them Fight! Let Them Fight!” KLR comes out, laughing all the way as she holds up the title. Toni still goes after Piper and vice-versa, and KLR is loving it. Will she continue to use her former friends against each other even in Blackpool?
El Ligero VS Kassius Ohno!
The Luchador of Leeds used to have a lot of respect for the Knockout Artist, until he realized it wasn’t mutual. The “Wrestling Genius” beat Ligero with a little cheat, but will Ligero get him back for that in spades?
The bell rings and Ligero circles with Ohno. Ohno stays back, shouting that “I just want to wrestle!” After all, he’s no longer the Knockout Artist. Ligero backs off and Ohno comes out to circle with him again. They tie up, Ohno wristlocks and wrenches but Ligero works on his escape. Ligero rolls, handsprings and wrenches back to wring Ohno out! Ohno gets up and Ligero eggs him on. They circle again and Ohno gets the head. He has the mask by the horns! Ligero breaks free to forearm! Ohno gets very upset, he’s trying to wrestle and Ligero wants to fight! Ohno backs away to a corner for his own safety, and Ligero stays back. Ohno gets up and Ligero fires off kicks and forearms! Just because Ohno is limiting himself doesn’t mean Ligeor has to!
Ohno headlocks but Ligero slips out to back kick. Ligero whips but Ohno reverses. Ligero redirects and slips under to dropkick a leg out! Ligero keeps moving, sunset flip but Ohno braeks free. Ohno goes to senton but Ligero dodges! Ligero runs in at the corner but is put on the apron. Ligero slingshots back in, dodges Ohno and headscissors him out. Ohno gets scared of the haymaker and bails out! Fans rally behind Ligero and taunt Ohno as the ring count begins. Ohno takes his time before getting up on the apron. Ligero rushes at Ohno but Ohno backs away. Ligero goes out to pursue and they end up back in the ring. Ohno catches Ligero by the horn of the mask and hits a jawbreaker! Ligero is in the corner but Ohno drags him up with a chinbar. Ohno wrenches and wrings Ligero out into ropes! Ohno taunts Ligero now as he looms over him.
Fans rally for Ligero as Ohno clamps on a neck wrench. Ligero endures and fights his way up, but Ohno shifts to a cravat and lift! Ohno holds Ligero off the ground bu Ligero pulls on Ohno’s hair to get leverage. Ohno threatens, “Don’t make me hit you!” and then shows a punch! But this is to fake Ligero out for the leg capture. So Ligero BOOTS Ohno away! Ohno runs in at the corner but Ligero throws him out hard! Ligero FLIES and takes down Ohno! Fans rally behind Ligero as he climbs up top. Ohno stands, Ligero missile dropkicks him down! Both men are slow to stand but Ligero has a cravat of his own. Ohno powers out and Ligero ends up on the apron. Ligero enziguris back, steps in, but gets caught! Ohno pulls on the mask! Ligero drops down and victory rolls, TWO!
Ohno grabs a leg but Ligero sits on him, TWO! Ohno gets up but Ligero spins him around, STUNNER! Ligero hops on, DESTROYER! Cover, TWO!! Fans sing for Ligero as he and Ohno slowly rise again. Ligero runs, springboards, but Ohno shoves him to get caught in the ropes. Ohno uses the ropes to snap Ligero down! Ohno drags Ligero around, traps an arm and cravats, KASSIUS KLUTCH! Ligero is caught in the modified crossface but he gets his arm free. Ohno still pulls on the cravat, Ligero taps!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by submission
The Wrestling Genius has his win without throwing a single strike! Ohno gets a mic to tell the fans, “Silence!” Ohno figured out why he lost to Tyler Bate. Ohno promises that will never happen again. He had lost sight of why he came to NXT UK. He is here to be “the living embodiment of British Professional Wrestling.” So it makes Ohno physically ill that “not a soul in that dressing room knows a damn thing about British Professional Wrestling.” The Wrestling Genius doesn’t need to knock someone out when he can beat them with wrestling! “Because I am Kassius Ohno, the greatest British wrestler alive!” Will that statement stay true even in the New Year?
NXT UK Media catches up with A-Kid.
The Spanish Ace says in Spanish that he is excited to see Tyler Bate VS Jordan Devlin for TakeOver: Blackpool II. But then Joseph Conners takes over this interview by taking the camera. “TakeOver, I am worthy. Joseph Conners is worthy. I am TakeOver worthy!” A-Kid tells Conners to put the camera down. Oh sorry for ruining the promo. A-Kid’s on a great roll already, huh? “But rest assured, I have no problem ruining things for you.” A-Kid makes sure the camera man is okay. They’ll have to try this again. But will A-Kid find himself the target of the Righteous Killer in the New Year?
NXT UK Media catches Kassius Ohno as he returns backstage.
“Oh, see that? Best British Wrestler alive! I said it, I meant it. FIND someone better than me!” Dave Mastiff comes along and disagrees. “I’m not having that. Best British Wrestler alive?” Well when Ohno is ready to fight a real British Heavyweight, you know where to find Mastiff. Will the Wrestling Genius have an answer for the Bomber before Blackpool?
Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith VS The Outliers!
The Predator Killer combines with his friend, the Manchester Prestige, and they plan to “WOOP!” the competition. But will this new duo be able to beat the big, bad and bulky Riddick Moss and Dorian Mak?
The teams sort out and Carter starts against Moss. The two circle and fans are on Carter’s side. They tie up, Moss throws Carter down then builds up a lot of speed to run Carter right over! Moss mocks Carter but Carter kicks him back! Moss wobbles, Carter slides and hops over to mule kick! Fans fire up with Carter but Moss blocks the whip. Moss whips Carter but Carter avoids Mak, only for Moss to elbow Carter down! Tag to Mak and Mak actually throws Carter to the corner! “I want the fresh one.” Smith tags in and Moss taunts the “fresh meat.” Smith and Mak tie up and Mak carries Smith to the open corner! Mak rams his shoulder in over and over then backs off at 4. Mak perhaps shouts out the Croatian Colossus as he shouts, “Time to fly!” as he TOSSES Smith across the ring!
Mak flexes and roars while also grinning. Mak looms over Smith and drags him up. Fans rally for Smith and he slips away to tag in Carter! Smith BOOTS Mak then Carter dropkicks! Mak wobbles into a DOUBLE DROPKICK! Moss runs in, into a double hip toss! Mak returns but gets double forearms! Moss backs off and the Outliers are stuck outside the ring! Fans fire up as Moss and Mak talk to each other. “WOOP!” echoes through the arena as Mak and Moss fire each other up. Mak gets back in but Carter throws body shots. Carter bobs ‘n’ weaves but Mak shoves him to LARIAT! Mak whips Carter corner to corner and rams a BIG back elbow in! Then another! And another! Mak and Moss both talk trash as Mak drags Carter over.
Tag to Moss and the Outliers mug Carter in their corner. Moss fires off forearm after forearm until the ref counts to 4, and Moss is all fired up! Moss flexes at Smith and then drags Carter up. Carter throws more body shots and an uppercut! Moss shoves but Carter hits Mak! Carter fights out of the corner, but runs into a lift and SLAM DUNK! Tag to Mak and Moss drags Carter up. Moss feeds Carter to Mak’s huge suplex! Cover, TWO! Mak is annoyed and fans rally up. Tag to Moss, the Outliers mug Carter more, and Moss grinds his forearms into Carter’s face in a thrashing chinlock. Carter endures as fans continue to rally.
Carter fights up, arm-drags Moss off, but leaps into Moss’s arms! Carter sunset flips, Moss drags him up and back suplexes, but Carter lands on his feet! Hot tag to Smith! And Smith fires off furious forearms! Backbreaker! Moss flounders to a corner but Smith whips. Moss reverses, Smith goes up and dodges to BOOT back! Smith keeps moving to shotgun BOOT! He dropkicks Mak away but Moss RAMS him in the corner! Moss and Mak are fired up all over again, and shouts, “IT’S OVER!” Moss drags Smith up as Mak climbs, but Smith cradle counters! Mak is too slow in hopping down, Smith & Carter win!!
Winners: Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, Smith by pinfall
The Outliers got too cocky again! And because of that, Carter & Smith have a huge first win together! Will Carter & Smith make big leaps and bounds in 2020? Will the Outliers ever get things right?
The NXT UK Tag Team titles are Gallus!
But for how long? A Fatal 4 Way Ladder Match is coming in Blackpool! Gallus defends against familiar foes in the Grizzled Young Veterans and the South Wales Subculture, but now you add in Imperium and things are going to be even crazier! The brawling, the talking, it gave Johnny Saint and Sid Scala no choice but to make this match. Zack Gibson and James Drake are upset that this “ridiculous” stipulation was added. If you want to watch “blokes climbing ladders,” go watch some daytime television do-it-yourself show. Imperium says ladders have nothing to do with their sacred sport, but if this is what they must do to sanctify the division, then so be it.
Nigel McGuinness says that looking back on the legends and icons that have been in ladder matches, these kinds of matches can make careers. Flash Morgan Webster & Mark Andrews promise that no one flies higher than them, especially in a ladder match. They will do everything they can to again become champions. Gallus promises to bring “complete annihilation and domination” to the table. Sid Scala and Johnny Saint can’t wait to see this match happen. Will NXT UK remain Gallus? Will Imperium completely take over? Or will history be made with the first-ever two-time NXT UK Tag Team Champions? Who establishes their kingdom?
No Disqualifications: Ilja Dragunov VS Alexander Wolfe!
Despite there being no rules but to win, there is a ringside ban of Gallus and Imperium! This must be settled between the Moscow Madman and the dangerous German Ax-man! Who wins and who survives this battle in the war for NXT UK?
But since there are no rules, Ilja goes after Wolfe the second he makes his entrance! So the fight starts on the ramp! The titantron gives us the silhouette of the fight as the New World Symphony plays, it’s incredibly theatrical! But then things spill down the ramp and to ringside, Wolfe rams Ilja into the apron! Wolfe throws off his jacket, but Ilja was waiting for that so he could CHOP Wolfe! Ilja clubs Wolfe on the back then fights him around the corner. Ilja CHOPS again and headlocks, but Wolfe back suplexes him onto the apron! Wolfe gets in and grabs Ilja by the face. Wolfe shouts something in German but Ilja slips out and around to BACK HAND and senton! Fans fire up with Ilja as he goes up top, but he has to leap over Wolfe.
Wolfe kicks low and whips but Ilja reverses. Wolfe falls out of the ring hard, Ilja builds speed but Wolfe avoids the 619. Wolfe hops up but gets a BIG knee strike! Ilja climbs up top and aims, to LEAP for a big ax handle! Fans fire up with Ilja again as he stands tall! Ilja throws Wolfe into the ring and decides to take full advantage of the No Disqualification stipulation. Ilja gets a kendo stick! Fans cheer as Ilja grins and gets in the ring. Ilja swings but Wolfe blocks and disarms him! Impressive. Ilja dares Wolfe to hit him in the head. Ilja takes his fighting stance, Wolfe grins and puts the stick down. Fans boo, but Wolfe dares Ilja to use the stick. Ilja hesitates but goes to pick it up, only for Wolfe to KICK him down! Wolfe picks the stick back up and SMACKS Ilja on the back!
Ilja writhes but Wolfe sits him up to SMACK him again! Wolfe is having fun playing around with the stick before he SMACKS Ilja again! Wolfe gives toying jabs and smacks, and even mockingly knights Ilja. Ilja slaps the stick away, and blocks the head shot! Ilja and Wolfe struggle for control, but Ilja CHOPS! And CHOPS! And CHOPS! Wolfe BOOTS, then uses the stick as part of a cobra clutch BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Wolfe brings the stick around to jam into Ilja’s face as part of the chinlock. Fans rally up and Ilja fights up, but Wolfe gets the kendo stick inside Ilja’s mouth! Ilja bites on the stick as he fights up again! Ilja powers the stick off and throws Wolfe away. Wolfe comes back to enziguri! Wolfe runs, but into a SMACK! Ilja fires up as he SMACKS and SMACKS again!
Wolfe bails out of the ring but Ilja pursues. Ilja SMACKS but Wolfe catches it. Wolfe forearms, Ilja slips away and 6-1-SMACKS Wolfe down! Fans are all fired up with Ilja as he slams the stick down. Ilja gets a new idea, and starts searching under the ring. Fans of course want tables, and Ilja finds a table! Ilja stands the table up against the ring then throws Wolfe into the steel steps! Ilja slides the table into the ring and sets it up in a corner. Fans rally as the wood is wedged in place. Wolfe crawls up but Ilja stomps on him. Ilja drags Wolfe in, wrenches and reels him in, but Wolfe blocks the suplex! Wolfe throws body shots and turns things around, but now Ilja blocks. Ilja slips out and has a waistlock! Wolfe fights off the German Suplex with elbows, standing switches, but now Ilja blocks! Ilja throws Wolfe off and BOOTS him out of the ring!
Fans cheer as Ilja catches his breath and builds speed. But Wolfe throws a CHAIR at Ilja’s head! Wolfe then drags Ilja off the top to a fireman’s carry, APRON DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! It was double-edged and the referee checks on both men. The fans are stunned, but both men are okay to continue. Wolfe has the chair again and puts it in the ring. Fans still rally for Ilja as Wolfe puts him in the ring. Wolfe drags Ilja over and headlocks, but Ilja fights out! Ilja enziguris Wolfe down! Wolfe goes for the chair but Ilja stands on it. Ilja shakes his head, “No,” then baits Wolfe into a KNEE! Ilja returns the chair shot! Fans fire up as Ilja grabs the chair again. Ilja wedges the chair in Wolfe’s face before going to the adjacent corner. Ilja climbs, fans build anticipation, FULL METAL COAST2COAST! Cover, TWO!! Wolfe survives and shocks Ilja!
Fans rally up again as both Ilja and Wolfe slowly rise. Ilja goes back out and grabs something more from under the ring. He brings in a chair and then confiscates the timekeeper’s chair! And the announcer’s, and another! Fans fire up as Ilja brings all these things together into a chair pile. Ilja has Wolfe in the corner and up on the top rope. Fans anticipate what’s coming next as Ilja climbs up to join Wolfe. Wolfe resists and slips out, to get Ilja on his shoulders! Ilja holds on for dear life and hammers away. So Wolfe trips him up, and GERMAN SUPLEXES Ilja onto the chair pile! Then a DDT onto more chairs! Cover, TWO!! Ilja lives and Wolfe can’t believe it! “This is Awesome!” as Wolfe clears chairs away. Wolfe has one chair for his own and he SMACKS Ilja on the back!
Wolfe puts the chair under Ilja’s chin, and JAMS it off the mat!! Ilja gasps and sputters to breathe, but Wolfe isn’t done with him. Wolfe has another chair in hand. But Ilja stands up straight, which makes Wolfe hesitate. But Wolfe still JAMS the chair into Ilja’s stomach, then takes one of Ilja’s hands to mouse trap SNAP it inside the chair! Ilja writhes, his hand more than likely shattered! But Wolfe shows no mercy, he wants the other hand! Wolfe grabs it, brings it over, and SNAPS the chair shut! Wolfe says this is what Ilja gets for choosing the wrong side. But Ilja dodges the chair shot to LARIAT! Ilja can’t use his hands but he still has his arms! Fans fire up behind Ilja as he fireman’s carries Wolfe! DEATH VALLEY THROUGH THE TABLE!!
Hull is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as well as Ilja. Ilja goes to the corner, “UN! BE! SIEG! BAR!!” TORPEDO MOSCOW!! Cover, Ilja wins!!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by pinfall
As Tom Philips asks, “What is Ilja Dragunov made of?!” But whether superhuman or something more, Ilja won this match and the adoration of this audience! Will this be a pivotal battle in the war for NXT UK?
But wait! Imperium attacks now that the ringside ban is lifted! Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner are beating down Ilja! They drag Ilja up and to the corner, Barthel hops up as Aichner lifts Ilja, EUROBOMB!! Walter takes his time walking out, WWE United Kingdom Championship in hand. Fans boo as Imperium stands tall here tonight. But here comes JOE COFFEY! Coffey gives Walter All the Best for the Bells, then runs off! The Iron King won’t let the Ring General rest easy with TakeOver: Blackpool II looming. Will NXT UK still be Gallus? Or will Imperium finally take over?
What a great episode! Mastiff has fun squashing Kona Reeves, Ohno VS Ligero was a real good match, and I think it’s really great that we’re going to see Mastiff VS Ohno soon. That will literally be the biggest test for Ohno’s mission of being purely British Wrestling so far. Carter & Smith VS The Outliers, Mak & Moss, was a really fun tag match. Mak & Moss are already a great team and great Heels, and this is actually a really hilarious thing for them to be: choke artists. Both guys are former football players, and normal professional sports have moments like this where a team or player chokes when they’ve got it in the bag, so it’s pretty clever for that to be how these two start. I’d think these two get a win eventually, and celebrate as if they’d won titles just to up the ridiculousness of these two.
The Women’s Championship plug was a really good segment. Toni Storm is doing great blurring the lines, where she was almost Face but she pulled a Heel move of asking a favor everyone knew Piper wasn’t going to honor. KLR is being booked as a great manipulative Heel, and that is definitely how the Triple Threat is going to go. The NXT UK Tag Team Ladder Match video package was great, but that was a given. And the No Disqualifications match, WOW. Roughly 20 minutes and it was just so good. I don’t think I’ve seen something quite like the chair mouse trap spot, and Ilja did a great job selling. It works great that Ilja won, as it spurs Imperium to go after him. I was surprised it wasn’t all of Gallus retaliating but Joe Coffey’s hit and run with the lariat was still a great move. We have the go-home next week, that’s going to be great.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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