Even before the Rumble, worlds will collide!
To prove which brand is the better half of the NXT umbrella, USA and UK go head to head! Whose side will you be on when the Undisputed Era clashes with Imperium?
- Preshow: Mia Yim VS Kay Lee Ray; KLR wins.
- Finn Balor VS Ilja Dragunov; Balor wins.
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Angel Garza VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks; Devlin wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- DIY VS Moustache Mountain; DIY wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Toni Storm; Ripley wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
- 8 Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
It’s the Worlds Collide Preshow!
Join Charly Caruso, Sam Roberts and Andy Shepherd as they hype up and predict the incredible crossover between NXT and NXT UK! “This is what it looks like to build a global brand from the ground up.” NXT and NXT UK aren’t all that old as brands, and yet here we are, kicking off not just Royal Rumble Weekend, but the Road to WrestleMania!
Preshow: Mia Yim VS Kay Lee Ray!
The Head Baddie In Charge is always up for a fight, but the Scary Queen of Scots does more than just fight. Will Mia make the NXT UK Women’s Champion eat da feet in the States? Or will KLR leave Mia with a killer headache?
The bell rings and Mia SHOTGUN Dropkicks KLR right away! Mia stomps and stomps but lets up at the count of 4, to CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO, and KLR scrambles away. Mia drags her back in but KLR pushes her down. KLR SLAPS Mia, but Mia just grins. Mia CHOPS and CHOPS and SLAPS and fires off, but KLR pushes her back. KLR’s superkick is blocked and Mia throws her down to ax kick. Mia whips, KLR reverses, Mia headscissors KLR down! Fans fire up as Mia CHOPS KLR more! KLR blocks the whip and ROCKS Mia with that right hand. KLR whips now but Mia ducks and redirects to then sweep the legs. And basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! KLR gets to a corner but Mia runs in, only for KLR to wrench and tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!
Fans start to duel as KLR stomp Mia down. KLR drags Mia up, suplexes and gourd busters! Cover, TWO! KLR grabs Mia in a grounded cobra twist and even adds a neck wrench. Mia endures and fans rally up. Mia gets up but KLR throws her down by her hair! KLR stands on Mia’s face while taunting her, then grabs the arm while standing on hair! The ref reprimands and KLR lets go, but Mia kicks from the floor. KLR stomps Mia then puts her in a corner. KLR CHOPS Mia and it echoes out in Houston. Fans duel as Mia gives CHOPS back. KLR whips and SUPERKICKS then covers, TWO! KLR grows frustrated, but she brings Mia into a drop zone. KLR climbs up top and SWANTON FLOPS! Both women are down now and fans rally up.
Mia stands up first, KLR follows. Fans duel as Mia rallies with clotheslines and a boot! Neckbreaker! Mia fires up and runs in at KLR but KLR puts her on the apron. Mia enziguris then steps in to tornado DDT! Cover, TWO!! Mia grows frustrated but she keeps close to KLR. Mia watches KLR rise, to throw jabs. But KLR sliipis around, gets in position, but Mia back drops her off! KLR bails out, Mia builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit at the ramp! Houston fires up as Mia drags KLR up and into the ring, but KLR SUPERKICKS again! Mia is down, KLR builds speed, triangle SWANTON! Direct hit wipes both women out and Houston is fired up all over again! “This is Awesome!” and “NXT! NXT!” are both echoing out as a ring count begins.
The count reaches 5 before either woman stirs. KLR sits up first, then brings Mia up at 7. They both get in at 8, and Mia throws hands. KLR SLAPS, so Mia slaps back. They throw forearms back and forth, then palm strikes! It’s a scrap with 13 minutes to spare! Chicken wings for the Gory Especial, but Mia reverses to CODE BLUE! Cover, TWO!?! KLR survives but that’s why she’s champion! Mia grows frustrated but she drags KLR back up. Fans duel as Mia wrenches and puts a foot up, but KLR pushes Mia off to then wrench and STEAL Eat Da Feet!! Cover, TWO!! Mia survives her own move being used against her and that infuriates KLR!
KLR stalks up to Mia and chicken wings again, but Mia blocks the lift. Mia ducks and blocks the huricanrana, to then POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO! Mia is further frustrated as KLR rolls away. Mia hurries over but KLR kicks a leg out. KLR goes to lift but Mia silps out to get back on, ANOTHER Code Blue! Cover, TWO!?! Fans continue to duel as Mia tries to keep her cool. Mia hooks an arm but KLR rolls her up, TWO! Mia waistlocks, KLR elbows but Mia O’Conner rolls, TWO! KLR does the same, with the ropes! KLR WINS!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
See what I mean? KLR doesn’t just fight, she CHEATS! But a win is a win in the end. Will KLR keep getting the better of her opponents? Will Mia Yim want payback the next time these two brands meet?
“We shall go on to the end.”
Fight on the seas and oceans. Fight with great confidence and great strength. Whatever the cost may be. Fight on the beaches, on the landing grounds, in the fields and in the streets. “We shall never surrender.” This has been building for weeks and it finally explodes in one night! The best of NXT, the best of NXT UK, but there can only be one top brand!
Finn Balor VS Ilja Dragunov!
Worlds Collide gets rrrreeeal as The Prince and the Madman go head to head! But as Balor says, when you aim at the Prince, you better not miss. Will Torpedo Moscow hit its mark? Or will Dragunov be the one shot down?
The bell rings and Balor circles with Dragunov. They tie up, Balor waistlocks but Dragunov pries out to wristlock. Balor reverses the wristlock to get Dragunov down. Dragunov rolls and gets headscissors but Balor pops out. The two stand off and Houston is fired up. Dragunov and Balor tie up and Balor headlocks to a takedown. Dragunov works his way up but Balor stays on tight as Dragunov tries to power out. Balor headlock takeovers again, but Dragunov headscissors again. Balor pops out again, and roles reverse as Dragunov headlock takeovers. Balor rolls to a cover, TWO, and Dragunov holds on. Dragunov grinds Balor, Balor powers out, things speed up, and Dragunov crossbodies! Cover, TWO and Dragunov keeps Balor back with his fighting stance.
Dragunov dares Balor to bring it, but Balor gives his finger guns. So Dragunov SLAPS Balor! Then kicks and whips, only for Balor to reverse. Dragunov sunset flips but Balor slips out, to SLAP back! Fans cheer as Balor drags Dragunov up and throws him out. Balor builds speed to wreck Dragunov with a dropkick! Balor shouts, “You’re in here with Finn Balor!” before putting Dragunov in the ring. Fans cheer with “Too Sweet! Woop woop!” as Balor CHOPS Dragunov. Balor whips but Dragunov wrenches and CHOPS Balor down! Then drops the senton! Cover, TWO! Dragunov clamps onto Balor’s arm and grinds hard. Balor powers up as fans rally, and Balor gets to a corner. The ref breaks the two up and Dragunov kicks low! Dragunov clubs and stomps Balor, but Balor slips out to the apron, only for Dragunov to DECK him!
Balor is down but gets clear as Dragunov runs in, so Dragunov uses the 619 to go back in. Dragunov fakes Balor out, then hops onto the apron to mule kick! Dragunov springboards to crossbody! Direct hit at the ramp, and fans are divided as Dragunov puts Balor in. Balor bails out the side, so Dragunov climbs up. Dragunov LEAPS, but Balor gets clear of the ax handles! Dragunov crashes ‘n’ burns, and now Balor seethes as he stalks over. Balor stomps Dragunov down as the ring count climbs, and even BOOTS Dragunov down. Balor CHOPS Dragunov and puts him in at 7. Balor drags Dragunov up to snapmare, run and basement dropkick in the back! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps close and clamps on a chinlock. Dragunov endures and fans rally up. Dragunov gets to his feet and pries free, but Balor scoops and slams and drops elbows! Cover, TWO!
Balor grows frustrated with Dragunov and he stomps Dragunov at the ropes. Balor lets up at 4, to then springboard stomp Dragunov! And again! Balor hears the ref reprimand him, but Balor keeps going! Houston fires up as Balor just unleashes on Dragunov! Balor backs away finally, but Houston still loves him. Dragunov flounders up to throw forearms but Balor gives back a CHOP! Balor whips Dragunov corner to corner to CHOP again! Cover, TWO! Balor clamps back on with the chinlock, but Dragunov again endures. Dragunov fights his way up, but Balor knees low. Balor reels Dragunov in, suplexes, but Dragunov resists. Dragunov suplexes Balor back! Both men are down but crawl to opposite corners. Houston rallies up as Dragunov runs corner to corner, and hits a BIG knee! Dragunov keeps moving, but Balor ducks one clothesline, only to get the other!
Dragunov fires up but Houston is divided. Balor is in a corner but Dragunov gives him another clothesline. Dragunov leaps up, flying knee drop! Cover, TWO! Balor gasps but survives and Dragunov gets fired up again. Fans start to duel as Dragunov drags Balor up. Dragunov wristlocks and back hands Balor over and over and over and over and over! Dragunov knees Balor a few times, but Balor trips Dragunov up. Dragunov pushes Balor away, then baits him in, for a KNEE! Cover, TWO! Balor lives and fans rally up as Dragunov stands. Dragunov drags Balor back up, fireman’s carries, and runs, only for Balor to slip out and trip Dragunov up. DOUBLE STOMPS! Now Dragunov gasps for air while Balor stands up. Balor gives Dragunov forearms, but Dragunov eggs him on. Dragunov hits back and now we have a brawl.
Balor runs to forearm but Dragunov hits back. They go back and forth, fans divided, but Dragunov CHOPS! Balor CHOPS, Dragunov enziguris! PELE CAUGHT! Dragunov rolls and scoops Balor but Balor breaks the grip. Balor wants his own lift but Dragunov fights, so Balor spins him around for the elbow drop DDT! Fans fire up and Balor grits his teeth. Balor gets up and aims from the corner. Dragunov rises to get the SLINGBLADE! And then Balor gives finger guns, but Dragunov’s BOOT hits first! Dragunov then uses a single leg SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Balor barely escapes and Dragunov can’t believe it! But Dragunov refocuses as fans rally up. Dragunov and Balor both rise, and Dragunov uses the 6-1-LINE! Balor bails out but Dragunov is up top, to LEAP! Direct hit with a full body attack!
Fans are still divided as Dragunov puts Balor in the ring. Dragunov is up top again, COAST2COAST! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives because he is that tough! Though, he is bleeding from the bridge of his nose. Balor ends up in another drop zone and Dragunov climbs again. Dragunov aims and leaps, but onto knees! Dragunov stands, SHOTGUN DROPKICK! Balor has Dragunov in position now and Houston explodes! COUP DE GRACE!! But that’s not enough for Balor, he drags Dragunov up for 1 9 1 6!! Cover, Balor wins!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
It was a bloody Saturday for Balor but he came out on top! Dragunov wasn’t quite Unbesiegbar, but has he at least won some respect?
Front row interview with Grizzled Young Veterans.
Cathy Kelly is with Zack Gibson and James Drake, one half of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic finals. But not too far away are the Broserweights, Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle. Fans like those two more, obviously. But we just got word that not only will the finals be about the prestigious Dusty Cup, but it will serve as a #1 Contender’s match to THE NXT Tag Team Championships in TakeOver: Portland! Gibson speaks but fans boo. “Honestly, I’m surprised that these two jokers have actually made it this far.” Don’t get it wrong, Dunne and Riddle are two accomplished singles wrestlers. But as a tag team, Gibson saw their resume. There’s nothing on it! The Dusty Cup Finals is the biggest match of the GYV’s career. Look at the tournament has done for previous winners. Then imagine what it will do for “the most legitimate tag team in all of NXT.” They are the Grizzled Young Veterans, SOON to be recognized as 2020 Dusty Classic winners.
But to get their response, Cathy goes to the Broserweights. Riddle responds with, “Bro… Why so serious?” They just found out the winners get a tag team title shot. Those two should be smiling. Riddle has a huge smile. And he knows Dunne, his “Bro From Another Mo,” has a huge smile on his face, ear to ear. Well, not exactly. That’s Dunne’s happy face. Dunne himself speaks, “Listen. I’ll just be blunt.” Blunt? Riddle will smoke the two Grizzled Young Veterans, and the Broserweights walk out with the trophy. And all of Gibson’s hopes and dreams come to a bitter end, bro. Shrug. But will the Broserweights be able to shrug off the Grizzled Young Veterans once they’re in the ring?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship Fatal 4 Way: Angel Garza VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott VS Jordan Devlin VS Travis Banks!
El Latino es en la casa with the title, but will he have it for much longer? Or will he find away to out maneuver Swerve, trump the Irish Ace and cut down the Kiwi Buzzsaw?
The introductions are made, the newly redesigned belt is raised, and literally the largest match in Garza’s young reign begins!
Houston cheers for Garza as he stares down with his three challengers. But fans do speak up to shout, “Whose house? Swerve’s house!” Swerve starts winning fans over just by standing there. The four men approach, and we have a Fatal 4 Way grapple! Swerve uses one arm to whip Banks away then he boots Devlin! Swerve half nelsons Garza but Garza elbows out. Devlin kicks Garza but Garza forearms the ripcord away. Banks grabs Garza but Garza forearms him, too. Garza tells his three challengers to wait… because he wants to tear off the pants! But he’s stopped by a TRIPLE KICK! Devlin then elbows Banks and kicks Swerve.
Devlin whips but Swerve reverses, Devlin springboards to quebrada! He has Swerve in the dragon sleeper but then Banks runs in. Devlin catches Banks to urenage him on top of Swerve in the inverted DDT! And then Devlin standing moonsaults onto them both! Garza gets in to grab Devlin, but gets caught into an atomic backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Devlin stomps Banks then runs at Swerve. Swerve goes up and over, forearms Banks and elbows Devlin. Banks catches Swerve’s boot to send it into Devlin! Banks waistlocks, Swerve switches and O’Conner rolls, TWO, leaping Complete Shot on Devlin! Headscissors for Banks and a strike fest for Garza! Houston fires up for Swerve as he does it so easy!
Devlin throws Swerve out, only for Swerve to handspring through and land on his feet! Devlin runs in, gets a boost from Garza and MOONSAULTS onto Swerve! But Swerve catches him! Death Valley Driver! Banks is up, and Penalty Kicks Swerve! Garza runs in and FLIES over Banks to wipe out Swerve! But Banks DOUBLE STOMPS Garza down! All four men are down but fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” Banks boots Devlin as they get up, and then CHOPS Swerve. Banks boots Garza then CHOPS Swerve again! Banks CHOPS Garza, then goes back to Devlin. Devlin backs up but gets caught for a CHOP! Swerve stands to CHOP Banks, but Banks shrugs it off to CHOP and forearm! Banks puts Swerve in and follows after.
Swerve flounders up but Banks Penalty Kicks him back down. Swerve and Banks brawl but Garza gets in, only to get a kick for himself. Banks kicks Swerve, then Garza, repeat! Banks fires up but ducks Swerve’s roundhouse, that goes into Garza! Banks grabs Swerve in a SNAP German! Fans fire up with Banks as he has two targets. Banks back elbows Garza in the corner, runs corner to corner to elbow Swerve, then goes all the way back to elbow Garza. Swerve comes in, Banks sweeps the legs and Swerve tumbles onto Garza! Banks DIVES onto Devlin! Fans stay hot for the Kiwi Buzzsaw as he returns to CANNONBALL onto Swerve and Garza! But Devlin returns, only to miss and be belly2belly suplexed onto them both! Banks takes a moment to check his leg as the other three crawl around.
Banks drags Devlin up, suplexes but Devlin slips out. Banks elbows him back then whips, but Devlin puts Banks on the apron. Devlin body shots Banks, dodges Swerve, then run side to side. Swerve sends Devlin out but Banks is there for Devlin to use as a rebound, to tornado DDT Swerve! Fans are thunderous, and then Garza runs into Devlin’s SPANISH FLY! Cover, but Banks drops in with a DOUBLE STOMP! Cover on Devlin, TWO!! All four men are down again and fans are rallying up. Banks sits up while Devlin and Garza kick at each other. Garza hits Swerve while Banks hits Devlin, Swerve hits back. The four men have paired off by their brands, and we have brawls in stereo. All four men work their way to their feet, and Swerve whips Garza. Devlin and Banks double hip toss Garza to ropes but he rebounds and rolls to kangaroo kick Swerve! Garza sends Devlin into Banks then pop-up KICKS Devlin! And OFF COME THE PANTS!!
Devlin runs in but is caught, and then Banks runs in, only to get stuck! Swerve is up top, he adds on KILLSTOMPS! But Garza covers Devlin, TWO!! Fans are thunderous for that stomping powerbomb powerslam combination, this match is innovative to say the least! Garza and Swerve fight with CHOPS! And then Garza throws forearms, only to get a pop-up KNEE! Swerve backs off while Garza wobbles, but Devlin dropkicks the House Call! Banks sweeps Devlin’s legs, but misses the buzzsaw to get a HEADBUTT! Devlin holds onto Banks’ arm, and ripcords, for a DESTROYER!?! All four men are down, and Houston is loving this! Banks gets up as fans chant “This is Awesome!” Banks puts Devlin in a drop zone, then climbs up top. But Garza shoves him down hard!
Garza drags Devlin into position as he climbs up, but Swerve hurries over to CHOP! Garza holds on and Swerve climbs up. Garza hits back but Swerve does, too. They brawl up top but Devlin rises to join in. Devlin gets up top, elbows Garza and Swerve into position, DOUBLE SUPER SPANISH FLIES!! But then SLICE OF HEAVEN from Banks! KIWI KRUSHER!! Cover, TWO!?! How?! How any of that!? But fans are loving “All These Guys!” as they’re all down again. Banks stands Swerve up to CHOP, but Swerve headbutts back. Banks CHOPS so Swerve CHOPS! And CHOPS! And whips, but Banks goes up to headscissor, only to be flipped into a DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve grits his teeth and drags Banks up again.
Garza is climbing in the background as Swerve Electric Chair lifts Banks. Garza missile dropkicks Banks, who uses that to POISON-RANA Swerve! Garza throws Banks out to grab Swerve, WING CLIPPER! But Devlin pulls and HEADBUTTS Garza! Devlin goes to Swerve, ripcord, DEVLINSIDE!! Cover, Devlin wins!?!?
Winner: Jordan Devlin, by pinfall; NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Garza was fingertips away from breaking that cover! But “close” only counts in horse shoes and hand grenades, and now Houston is exploding with the first-ever NXT UK Cruiserweight Champion! And to celebrate, Devlin gets a mic and on the announce desk to shout, “Do you believe me now?!” Devlin says he told everyone that he is pound-for-pound the BEST wrestler on this planet! He is no longer denied, and he proved tonight that you never bet against the Ace! Is this going to completely revolutionize the Cruiserweight Division?
Robert Stone and Chelsea Green find seats up front.
The budding new stable wants to see all the action for themselves. Will they be impressed by anyone enough to recruit them to the Robert Stone brand?
DIY VS Moustache Mountain!
Two incredible tag teams reunite to give us this incredible dream match! Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa take on Tyler Bate and Trent Seven, but what happens when the heart of NXT collides with the pride of NXT UK?
Houston is already electric for this moment as the teams sort out. The bell rings and fans duel as Gargano starts with Bate. Bate and Gargano circle and tie up, then Gargano wristlocks to wrench. Bate rolls, hooks a leg and pries at the hold, but Gargano sweeps the leg to get Bate down. Gargano has the arm but Bate works his way back up. Bate monkey flips Gargano but Gargano holds on tight. Gargano has the armlock as fans sing for Bate. Bate arm-drags but Gargano holds on to arm-drag back! Gargano still has the arm but Bate fights his way up. Fans rally and duel but Gargano wrenches. Bate rolls, bridges, handsprings and finally gets free. Fans cheer that and even Gargano has to nod respect. Gargano and Bate circle and tie up again, and Gargano hammerlocks. Bate slips out but ends up in a headlock and takeover.
Bate powers his way around with his legs, gets back to his feet, and spins out to arm-drag. Now Bate has the wristlock and control but Gargano kips up to wrench and drop toehold. Gargano floats to a facelock but Bate rolls. Gargano holds on tight again, but Bate keeps trying. Bate powers Gargano up but Gargano holds on. They end up on the ropes and the ref calls for them to break. Gargano lets go and Bate throws him. Things speed up, Gargano headscissors but Bate handsprings through! Things keep moving and Bate runs Gargano over. Bate runs, Gargano ducks under then jumps up, into a fireman’s carry! But Gargano slips and sunset flips, only for Bate to bring him up in underhooks! Gargano gets free and wants to drag Bate down, but Bate avoids the submission.
Gargano shifts to a hammerlock, Bate squats and pries free to get under, only for Gargano to roll to a cover! ONE, Bate pushes Gargano over but Gargano gets a leg. Bate slips over, Gargano slips over, Bate avoids the school boy kick, Bate waistlocks! Gargano fights free, wrenches but Bate handsprings. Gargano swings, Bate swings, both men boot but catch it! Bate gets free first, but he’s a good sport and lets Gargano go. Fans cheer the respect between these amazing superstars! Gargano and Bate shake hands, then back away to tag in their partners! Fans fire up all over again to see Ciampa and Seven in the ring together. Houston chants, “Daddy’s Home!” as Ciampa circles with Seven.
Seven teases Ciampa’s beard but Ciampa mocks the mustache tweaze. Seven shows him how to do it right. Ciampa shows him how to flex. Seven fires himself up, to offer a handshake. Ciampa takes it and fans cheer. Ciampa and Seven tie up, Ciampa headlocks but Seven powers out only to get run over! Seven tries to anchor Ciampa but he gets free to run again. Seven fakes Ciampa out but Ciampa still reverses to get Seven down. Ciampa wants the Psycho Fujiwara! But Seven quickly counters with a crucifix pin, TWO! Fans cheer as Seven says it was this close. Ciampa and Seven tie up again, go around, and Seven wristlocks to wrench. Tag to Bate but Ciampa gets free. Seven leaves and Bate shows he can flex, too. The Big Strong Boy has fans chanting, but Seven is a big strong dad.
Ciampa asks for a test of strength, but also mocks Bate’s height. Bate still ties up with Ciampa and they go shoulder to shoulder. Bate has the strength to bring Ciampa to his knees! But Ciampa gets back up to give some back! Bate powers up to slip around and wrench the knuckle locks. Ciampa turns Bate around and flips him over his back, but Bate hops up to monkey flip! They both keep the knuckle locks and it’s a double cover, TWO as they both bridge! Fans cheer as the two roll off and both break free. Bate waves at Ciampa, but Ciampa shows him how that’s done. Ciampa and Bate tie up again and go to ropes. The ref calls for the break, Bate whips instead. Things speed up as Bate hurdles, then stops himself to show Bop. Ciampa DECKS Bate then sucker punches Seven!
Ciampa puts Bate on the apron to KNEE down! Gargano has Seven for a SUPERKICK! DIY throws Bate over the announce desk, then Seven! Ciampa pats himself on the back, and Gargano joins in! Thumbs up, too. Ciampa puts Bate in the ring and stomps him down. Ciampa aims at the tape on Bate’s shoulders as he stomps and clubs Bate down. Tag to Gargano and Bate is fed to Gargano’s boots. Gargano mocks the Big Strong Boy pose before bringing Bate up. Gargano snapmares Bate and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO, but Gargano keeps on Bate. Tag to Ciampa, and DIY mugs Bate in their corner. Ciampa CHOPS Bate, whips Bate to the ropes, then runs him over with a shoulder! Ciampa drags Bate up to put on a thrashing chinlock.
Fans rally and duel as Bate endures, but Ciampa cranks harder. Bate works his way up and throws elbows into Ciampa’s stomach. Ciampa keeps Bate away from Seven and clubs him back down. Fans rally harder and Bate gets up, only for Ciampa to back suplex. Bate lands on his feet, goes under and tags Seven! Seven flapjacks Ciampa and CHOPS Gargano! And again! Seven fires up, fakes Gargano out, DDT! Seven CHOPS Ciampa in a corner, then runs to CHOP Gargano. Ciampa runs in but gets a SPINE BUSTER! Seven SLAPS Gargano out of the ring before going after Seven. Seven POWERBOMBS and high stacks Ciampa, TWO! Cartwheel LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Seven keeps his focus as fans rally and duel. Seven grabs Ciampa in the wristlock ripcord, but Ciampa boots the lariat away. Ciampa ducks the back hand then hits a jumping knee!
Both men are down but crawling for their corners. Fans fire up as each man hot tags! Bate and Gargano are back in, Gargano slingshots to BOOT Bate down! Gargano enziguris Seven then ducks Bate to kick and facelock. Seven runs in but gets caught, Complete Shot DDT combo! Fans fire up with Johnny Wrestling as he watches Bate. Gargano puts Bate in a corner to CHOP and CHOP. Gargano runs corner to corner but is put on the apron. Bate runs but into the SLINGSHOT SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Bate crawls away to get out of the ring, but Gargano just builds speed. Seven anchors Gargano but Ciampa baseball slides him away. Bate grabs Gargano but Ciampa runs in to KNEE Bate down! Ciampa holds the ropes and Gargano DIVES onto Bate! Fans cheer for DIY as Gargano puts Bate in the ring.
Ciampa intercepts Seven at the ropes and Gargano lines up Bate, Willow’s Bell draping DDT in stereo with the slingshot DDT! Cover on Bate, TWO!! DIY keeps their cool and bring Bate around. Gargano CHOPS Bate then tags Ciampa. Gargano whips Bate back in, DIY meets at the corner with knee and enziguri! Gargano sees Seven and CANNONBALLS! Bate enziguris Ciampa and waistlocks but Ciampa elbows out. Ciampa runs in but blocks a boot only to get a knee! Bate hops up, leaps but into a dropkick! Ciampa drags Bate around, underhooks, but Bate slips out to underhook for his own! Ciampa back drops, Bate lands on his feet, REBOUND LARIAT! Underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97!! Cover, TWO!?! Seven CHOPS Ciampa! Gargano SUPERKICKS Seven but Bate has the cover back! Gargano SUPERKICKS Bate and now Ciampa has the cover! TWO!! Houston is thunderous as all four men are down!
Houston also hopes they “Fight Forever!” as the two teams regroup. Gargano tags in and goes after Bate as fans duel again. Gargano throws big forearms on Bate then scoops, but Bate slips out to waistlock, O’Conner roll, TWO! Bate catches Gargano out of the air for an EXPLODER! Bate kips up to standing shooting star, but onto knees! But Bate still hits the rolling heel kick! Bate ducks the discus but Gargano ducks the rebound, tilt-o-whirl but then the fireman’s carry, AIRPLANE SPIN! Into the takedown! GargaNO Escape! Ciampa gets Seven for the Psycho Fujiwara! Deja vu to DIY’s feud with The Revival!! Bate and Seven grab for each other while enduring, and then Seven powers up to fireman’s carry. Bate does the same, and Moustache Mountain DOUBLE SPIN! They orbit each other like binary stars, then dump Ciampa down to throw Gargano into a double clubbing slam! Cover, TWO!
Bate gets up to tag Seven in, and Moustache Mountain coordinate. Seven full nelsons Gargano, Bate rebounds, but Gargano gets free! The LARIAT hits SEVEN! Hot tag to Ciampa! BIG KNEE for Bate! Now DIY gets to coordinate for a classic, and Houston is ready for it! But Seven gets in to shield Bate, so he just gets added to it! D I Y- Double Bop? DOUBLE BANG!! Seven torture racks Ciampa and Bate goes up top, FLYING KNEE BIRMINGHAMMER! Cover, TWO!?!? Houston cannot believe this! Seven tags Bate back in, and then Bate tags Seven back in. Moustache Mountain drag Ciampa up and rock him into DOUBLE BIRMINGHAMMER! But that’s not all, as Bate goes up top! CORKSCREW SENTON, but Ciampa pulls Seven into it!! Ciampa covers off that, but Bate breaks it just in time!
Gargano crawls back in as Houston shouts, “This is Awesome!” DIY and Moustache Mountain regroup and then stand up. Fans cheer as the two teams start throwing hands! DIY then Moustache Mountain! Seven fires up, but Ciampa sends the back hand into Bate! Bate still rocks Gargano, but Ciampa KNEES Bate! Seven Snap Germans Ciampa, Gargano BUZZSAWS Seven and Ciampa knees him, too! Bate goes up top to leap into double dropkicks! Seven is down and DIY take their corners! Houston is thunderous for the D I Y MEET IN THE MIDDLE! Cover, DIY WINS!
Winner: DIY, Ciampa pinning
“Incredible” doesn’t even cover it! That was above all expectations, because what is this other than a dream come true? Gargano and Ciampa reunited “for old time’s sake,” and they won one to go out on! At the same time, they give much deserved respect to Seven and Bate. Fans agree, and cheer for all the men involved as the teams shake hands and hug it out. When and where will we see these two teams again, whether against each other or others?
Dakota Kai is spotted in the front row.
The cruel Kiwi isn’t all that impressed with what she’s seen, apparently. But then Tegan Nox blindsides her! Their grudge match is finally happening next week, but Tegan doesn’t care! She’s stomping Dakota and hammering away right here in front of the fans! Security gets in but Dakota goes after Tegan! Then Tegan SPEARS Dakota and knocks railing over! Tegan won’t let up but Dakota hits back, too. More security gets in there but Houston boos. Fans want to “Let Them Fight!” but they aren’t on the card. This will happen on Wednesday, but will it end there?
NXT Women’s Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Toni Storm!
This is a throwback to not just the early days of NXT UK, but to the second Mae Young Classic tournament! Toni Storm won that prestigious trophy, but it would be Rhea who became inaugural UK Women’s Champion. Of course, Toni took that from Rhea, only for Rhea to move on and dethrone the Queen of Spades. Will Toni cause history to repeat in Houston? Or will the Storm be wiped out by the Riptide?
Of course, taking a front row seat for this one is Bianca Belair. The EST is also the actual #1 Contender, and awaits the winner of this match in Portland. The introductions are made, the title is raised, and this red hot rematch begins!
Rhea and Toni stare down and circle slowly as fans cheer. Toni and Rhea tie up, and go around the ring. Fans duel as Rhea puts Toni in a corner. Rhea backs off and they circle again. They tie up, go around, and Toni wristlocks and wrenches. Rhea yanks and reverses the hold, but Toni spins through and bridges back to also handspring and fire off strikes! Mule kick and Toni runs. Rhea drops but Toni redirects to dropkick! Toni throws big forearms but Rhea shoves and CHOPS! Toni sputters but ducks to CHOP Rhea on the back. Rhea scowls but Toni laughs. Toni swings another but Rhea blocks to clothesline Toni down! Rhea brings Toni up to lariat again, and again, then SUPERKICK! Toni staggers to a corner and Rhea stomps her down. Rhea drags Toni up to ram her shoulder in over and over. The ref counts, Rhea lets up and argues with him, but then Toni SUPERKICKS and German Suplexes Rhea into buckles!
The ref checks on Rhea as she writhes in pain, but Rhea gets out of the ring. Toni catches her breath as she waits for Rhea. The ring count begins, but Toni won’t wait any longer! Toni clubs Rhea on the back then puts her in the ring. Toni kicks Rhea while she’s down and then drags her up. Toni half hatch suplexes then covers, TWO! Toni keeps close as she brings Rhea around. Toni grabs at the legs but Rhea chops her on the butt. More of a spank then, isn’t it? Toni ignores that as she laces the legs and drops down, Queen Angelito STF! Rhea endures as she crawls and claws her way forward. Rhea drags both herself and Toni forward, even as Toni cranks back hard! Rhea reaches, and gets the ropebreak! Toni lets go quickly so as not to waste time.
Toni stomp Rhea but Rhea hits back with body shots. Toni clubs Rhea down then scuffs Rhea. Toni stands Rhea up to CHOP and CHOP again, then DDT! Rhea flounders and flails in pain but Toni covers, TWO! Toni keeps her cool as she drags Rhea from the ropes. Rhea holds on so Toni stomps her down. Fans duel again as Toni drags Rhea back into a chinlock. Rhea endures as Toni leans on her, and powers up again. Rhea throws body shots but Toni clubs her down. Toni stands on Rhea’s head and kicks her in the back. Cover, ONE, and Rhea grits her teeth. Toni drags Rhea up but Rhea throws more body shots. Toni clubs Rhea but Rhea ROCKS Toni. Toni throws more haymakers but so does Rhea! They go back and forth, fast and furious! There’s no stopping this one!
Rhea swats Toni then clubs her back. Rhea shoves and LARIATS! Then again! Rhea spins Toni for a cravat and knee strikes, then a snapmare and basement dropkick! Toni is in a daze as she gets up, only for Rhea to BOOT her down! Rhea brings Toni up, back suplexes to throw her face down! Rhea catches her breath while kicking at Toni on the ground. Fans still duel as Rhea stomps Toni more. Rhea grabs Toni’s legs now, figure four, Inverted Cloverleaf! Toni endures being upside-down but Rhea cranks harder. Toni handstand walks but Rhea keeps her away from the ropes. Toni keeps trying, and rolls to send Rhea into ropes! Toni waistlocks but Rhea elbows out hard. Rhea pump handles and lifts, but Toni makes it a crossbody! Cover, TWO!
Toni headbutts low then brings Rhea in. Underhooks, but Rhea resists to Alabama lift. Toni sunset flips through, Rhea slips out but the kick is blocked! Toni waistlocks, GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rhea survives landing hard again but both women are down. Fans rally and duel, though “Aussie, Aussie, Aussie! OI OI OI!” applies to both women… Toni stomps Rhea at the ropes, then springboards to drop knees! Toni whips Rhea but Rhea reverses to swing a kick. Toni ducks that but Rhea hits the heel kick, and then the dropkick! Rhea runs, into a HEADBUTT! Toni wobbles but stays up and puts Rhea in a drop zone. Toni heads up top, to FROG SPLASH! It FLOPS! Rhea pump handles, lifts, RIPTIDE!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion
Rhea gives Toni some chippy kicks as she gets up, but she still got the better of perhaps her most storied rival. The Riptide downs the Storm, will Toni return to NXT UK with her head hanging low? Or will Toni stick around to try and strike again? As for Rhea, she and Bianca are getting geared up for Portland! Who wins when it’s Nightmare VS EST?
While Rhea and Toni battled for the NXT Women’s Championship, something broke out backstage! Gargano was being interviewed about DIY’s reunion and victory when Finn Balor said “hello” with an attack! Balor threw Gargano over catering! Security and other superstars came to stop this but Balor threw the guards aside. Balor is ready to fight anyone and everyone, but he has his fight with Johnny Wrestling first. Will Gargano make Balor pay in Portland?
8 Man Tag: The Undisputed Era VS Imperium!
As this event drew closer, the two dominant factions started taking shots at each other. Adam Cole led Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish on a Blackpool ambush, but Walter would lead Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel in a counterattack at Full Sail! The war is only going to rage harder in Houston, which side comes out on top, waving their brand’s banner high?
The factions sort out and fans are cheering “U S A!” as we begin with Aichner and Kyle. Kyle and Aichner circle and tie up, and Aichner powers Kyle down. Kyle is back up but into a waistlock and slam! Aichner talks trash as he circles with Kyle again. They break, tie up again, and Kyle gets a takedown! Armbar to kneebar to heel hook! Aichner crawls to a ropebreak and Kyle lets go. Aichner gets a cheap shot in then EuroUppers. Kyle forearms back and also kicks. Aichner knees then CHOPS Kyle in a corner. Kyle turns things around to forearm but Aichner CHOPS again! Kyle fires off a flurry of forearms and fans fire up. Kyle whips, Aichner reverses but Kyle boots back. Kyle runs into a spinning powerslam! Tag to Barthel, and Imperium’s elite tag duo coordinate to flapjack EuroUpper! Cover, ONE but Barthel looms over Kyle.
Barthel talks trash then runs but Kyle ducks the Penalty Kick to throw kicks. Barthel blocks them then ducks to uppercut! Barthel runs but into a knee! Tag to Strong, and he gut busters for Kyle to knee drop on Barthel! Cover, TWO! Strong drags Barthel up but Barthel uppercuts him down! Barthel throat chops Strong into Imperium territory and Wolfe tags in. Wolfe snapmares Strong and Barthel hits a basement EuroUpper! Cover, ONE, but Wolfe clubs Strong down. Wolfe puts Strong in a corner and throws body shots. Wolfe throws EuroUppers of his own, then wrenches Strong. Strong forearms and CHOPS back, and tags in Fish. Fish and Strong double suplex Wolfe for the gourd buster! Then they add a kick CHOP combo! Fish covers Wolfe, TWO but barely! Wolfe might be in bad shape as the ref checks on him. The ref puts up an X and medics come over. Fans are bummed as the match has to pause.
Fish waits in his corner as Wolfe is helped away. This 8 Man now becomes 4v3 as Walter steps in for his fallen comrade. Cole tags in, and now we get NXT Champion going against NXT UK Champion! Walter and Cole tie up, and Walter just TOSSES Cole aside! Cole is shocked, but he comes back for more. Walter hip tosses Cole but Cole SLAPS Walter. “How about that?!” Walter puts Cole in a corner but Cole headlocks before that massive chop can come. Walter powers out but Cole kicks him back, then goes to superkick. Walter blocks that but Cole again avoids the chop. Fish runs in to take a forearm and Cole goes after Walter with clubbing forearms and stomps! Tag to Strong and Strong drags Walter up for clubbing forearms of his own.
Walter shoves, Strong forearms again, then runs. Walter HURDLES Strong to then BOOT him down! Walter glares at Cole before going to Strong. Strong is put in Imperium’s corner and Aichner tags in. Aichner stomps away on Strong and then reels him in for a back suplex! Aichner strike a pose but fans boo as he scuffs Strong. Strong throws a forearm but Aichner knees him down. Tag to Barthel and Imperium mugs Strong. Barthel bumps Strong off buckles and stomps a mudhole in! Barthel shouts “NEIN!” but Strong throws body shots. Barthel shoves Strong, Strong kicks back then throws more forearms. Barthel uppercuts, Strong boots and Cole tags in. Strong hops up but Barthel blocks the headscissor, but Cole kicks the legs out! Strong still gets bombed but Barthel is down for Cole to rain down rights!
Cole hammers away even as he adjusts his mount. Cole drags Barthel over to drop elbows and ax handles. Cole brings Barthel up and grinds him in as Fish tags in. Fish and Cole mug Barthel then Kyle tags in. Kyle throws forearms and shots of his own, and even kicks and knees. Tag to Strong and Strong CHOPS while Kyle kicks! CHOP, kick, repeat! The fans fire up but the ref has to keep Walter back. Strong toys with Barthel and mocks the Imperium pose. Tag to Fish and they both bring Barthel up for more knees. Fish snapmares Barthel, slingshots out and in for the senton! Fans duel as Fish tags Cole in. Cole brings Barthel up for a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Cole clamps on with a chinlock and Barthel endures being ground down on the mat. Barthel fights his way up as Aichner coaches him from the corner.
Barthel gets up and throws body shots, only to get a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps his eyes on Walter and drags Barthel to tag in Kyle. Kyle goes side to side for a sliding knee! Kyle brings Barthel up for a waistlock slam and then rams elbows and knees into the ribs. Kyle is just picking Barthel apart as he runs to ram another knee in. Fans cheer the dominance, but Kyle boots Walter! Walter is just angry but Kyle makes fun of “Walterstein.” But Kyle gets caught with a Russian Leg Sweep by Barthel! Both men are down now and fans rally up. Hot tag to Walter! And now Walter rallies on the Undisputed Era! He throws Fish out, BOOTS Cole, and Strong gets clear to check on Fish. Kyle realizes he messed up, but he still tries to throw hands with the Austrian Anomaly!
Walter blocks a kick to make it an Ankle Lock! And then a trapped-leg GERMAN! Kyle flounders up to clothesline, but then Walter just CLUBS Kyle down! Walter drags Kyle up but Kyle slips into a GUILLOTINE! Kyle can’t bring Walter down to the mat, and Walter powers out with a suplex! Kyle slips out to waistlock, Walter standing switches, but Strong gets in to help keep Kyle grounded! But Walter gives a tug and Strong just ends up part of the GERMAN SUPLEX! Two men for the price of one! Walter tags Aichner in, and Aichner tags Barthel in. Barthel brings Kyle up as Aichner climbs. Wheelbarrow, FLYING DDT! Then the cover, TWO!! Kyle survives that blitzkrieg but Barthel is back on him. Barthel whips and runs Kyle over with an elbow, covers, TWO! Barthel drags Kyle up while talking trash and then tags in Aichner.
Imperium mugs Kyle, underhook and butterfly suplex! Cover, TWO, but Aichner clamps on with a chinlock. Aichner grinds Kyle down but the Undisputed Era coach Kyle from the corner. Fans rally up and Kyle fights his way up. Kyle throws body shots but Aichner shoves to hit Kyle with the kitchen sink knee. Aichner toys with Kyle then tags in Walter. Imperium mugs Kyle more, and then Walter brings Kyle around to scoop and slam. Walter runs to LEAP onto Kyle! The seated senton all but squashed Kyle, and Kyle crawls into the Imperium corner. Walter clubs Kyle in the chest, but Kyle is gritting his teeth. Kyle is hulking up and throwing hands! Kyle slaps Walter, decks Aichner, but Walter CHOPS! Cover, TWO!! Kyle survives the Walter Chop, and fans want more. But Aichner tags in to drag Kyle up for a back suplex.
Kyle slips out and boots back. Kyle sweeps Walter’s leg but Aichner boots Kyle down. Tag to Barthel and Kyle is set upside-down. Imperium meets in the corner, double dropkicks! But there was some mistiming, Barthel hit Aichner more than he did Kyle. Barthel gets Kyle by the foot but Kyle rolls through the Ankle Lock! Barthel hits buckles but Walter tags back in. Walter drags Kyle up but Kyle slips under to tag in Strong! Strong rallies on Imperium, dropkick for Aichner, CHOP for Walter! Dropkick for Barthel and another CHOP for Walter! But Walter CHOPS Strong! Strong stays standing so Walter CHOPS him again! Somehow Strong keeps throwing forearms and CHOPS on Walter! Walter grabs Strong but Strong just keeps throwing CHOPS! Then forearm for forearm for a LARIAT from Walter!
Fans are fired up again as Walter brings Strong up. Strong slips out, STRONG KNEE! Aichner tags in as Strong runs, PSYCHO KICK for Walter! Aichner runs in, Strong sees him coming and spins him around for a butterfly BOMB! Cover, TWO, into STRONG HOLD! Aichner endures as Strong sits deep! Aichner turns it around to kick free. Aichner CHOPS and kicks and EuroUppers Strong to DISCUS! Both men are down but Houston is fired up again. Strong and Aichner go to their corners, tag to Fish and Barthel. Fish rushes Imperium and just throws elbows all over. But Barthel shoves Fish, Aichner SPINE BUSTERS and Barthel PENALTY KICKS! Aichner feeds Fish to Barthel’s AIR RAID! Cover, TWO! Fish survives but Imperium regroups.
Barthel feeds Fish to Aichner, but Fish back drops out of the bomb! Fish BOOTS Barthel and EXPLODERS Aichner onto him! Fish tags in Cole and Houston explodes! Barthel falls for a 52 Fake Out and then Cole heads up top. Cole leaps, but Barthel gets clear of the Sunrise. Cole fireman’s carries but Barthel slips out. Barthel’s boot is caught but Barthel pries free and knees back! Barthel waistlocks but Cole PELES! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, but Walter stomps it apart! Strong, Kyle and Fish return to go after Walter! A 3v1 mugging in the corner! The ref backs them all off but the Undisputed Era drag Walter up to throw him out. They don’t stop there, they decide to clear off the announce desk! Fans fire up because they’re anticipating a table! Walter CHOPS away and throws big forearms!
Walter brings Strong around, but Kyle kicks a leg out! Strong is saved and then reDRagon mug Walter. But Walter just fights out again! CHOPS all around and Fish is put into a post. Walter clears off the other announce desk as fans chant his name. Walter puts Kyle on the desk then climbs up to join him. But Fish kicks Walter’s leg! Ax ‘n’ SMASH! OLYMPIC SLAM ONTO THE OTHER DESK!! Strong and Walter crash down and Houston loses its mind! Fans also chant “MAMMA MIA!” since Mauro Ranallo isn’t here. Back in the ring, Cole has Barthel. Suplex, but Barthel fights out. Barthel dodges and Cole gets buckles. Barthel runs to EuroUpper to butterfly suplex! Barthel is up top, flying EuroUpper! Kyle returns but misses Barthel to get an enziguri! And then Barthel tosses Kyle to Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Strong returns, to get a SAIDO! SUPERKICK for Barthel! Aichner flies in, to a SUPERKICK!
Cole drags Barthel up, suplex, LAST SHOT 1.0! Cover, TWO!! That wasn’t the last one as Barthel survives. Cole tags in Strong and Strong drags Barthel up. Strong fireman’s carries for the gut buster drop, Shining Wizard! Cover, TWO!! Strong drags Barthel up, tags in Fish and Fish tags in Kyle. Strong lets reDRagon handle this but Aichner gets in to save Barthel! It’s a brawl and Aichner gets the pop-up double kicks! Barthel is on the apron and he baits Fish in. Barthel hits Kyle but Kyle dragon screws back! Cole distracts the ref so that Fish can sweep the legs! Kyle climbs up and leaps to drop knees on Barthel’s back! HEEL HOOK! Barthel endures, flails, reaches, but CHOPS Kyle! Kyle just cranks harder! Barthel manages to crawl his way over, to the ROPEBREAK! Aichner triangle MOONSAULTS onto Kyle!
Fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” for this incredible international instant classic! Teams regroup on the outside and Aichner helps Barthel in. Fish and Strong go after Aichner and into a corner of the barriers. But Walter rises?! Barthel fights Kyle off with kicks but Cole tags in! Cole drags Barthel away, but Cole ducks the enziguri, and it hits Kyle! Barthel gets away to tag in Walter! Houston erupts as Walter CHOPS Cole! And CHOPS Kyle on the back! Fish runs in but gets a CHOP, too! Cole is back up to SUPERKICK and SUPERKICK! The knee pad comes down, Cole runs, into a CHOP!! Walter decks Kyle and clobbers Strong! Strong gets back up so Walter gives him a WALTER BOMB! Walter heads up top and fans remember seeing this before. WALTER SPLASH!
But Cole is right behind Walter, LAST SHOT 2.0!! Cover, but Barthel breaks it up!! Houston can’t believe what they’re seeing, but they know “This is Awesome!” The factions regroup, 4v3. And it fires off again! Cole spills out but Strong ROCKS Aichner! Barthel gets Kyle out of the way as Walter puts Fish in a sleeper hold! Barthel clobbers Strong and Kyle climbs onto Walter for a sleeper of his own! Fish pries free, TOTAL ANNIHILATION ON WALTER! Who is legal!? Barthel climbs the apron to leap onto Cole! Kyle throws hands on Barthel but is scooped for a slam! Strong lines up his shot to FLY out onto everyone! Fish and Walter are slowly sitting up as Aichner triangle LEAPS onto the rest! Fish goes to the corner to MOONSAULT but FLOPS! Walter SHOTGUN dropkicks, and then brings Fish up, WALTER BOMB!! Cover, IMPERIUM WINS!!
Winners: Imperium, Walter pinning
Even after losing Wolfe, NXT UK’s dominant force overcomes the odds! The mat is sacred, their brand stands tall, and that is undisputed. Is this a sign of how much bigger and stronger the NXT UK brand is becoming? Or is it a sign that the entire NXT franchise is going to take over the world of wrestling entertainment?
Honestly, what is there to say? his was an incredible event from start to finish! Even the preshow match of KLR and Mia Yim was really good! Balor VS Dragunov was an amazing main show opener. A new Cruiserweight Championship belt goes to a new champion after an incredible Fatal 4 Way. I was always talking about NXT UK getting a midcard title and having Devlin be in that conversation, so now the Cruiserweight Championship just becomes the shared midcard title between both brands! I don’t recall where 205 Live will be this week, but we need Devlin to show up in person to make his presence known to everyone and just shake up a lot of what was going on. At the very least, send some 205 Live guys to NXT UK in response. DIY VS Moustache Mountain couldn’t have been any better, and it works out great for DIY to win and for Finn to attack Gargano backstage. That is the RRRREEEAL Prince Balor right there.
Ripley VS Storm should just go down as the biggest female rivalry in NXT history, those two do great against each other. Though, it was pretty clear Toni wasn’t going to win here. Now Rhea and Bianca get to have more build for a couple weeks before TakeOver: Portland. Though, I’m confused as to why Rhea was only being refereed to as the NXT Champion when she’s the NXT Women’s Champion. It’s not like they renamed Adam Cole’s belt to be the NXT World Champion or something. The only distinction at this point for a Women’s Champion is that there is a Women’s Division because WWE doesn’t officially do co-ed wrestling. And then, while it was a shame Wolfe went down with a legitimate injury, the main event of Undisputed Era VS Imperium was still an amazing match. Adding Wolfe would’ve only made it better, but this still blew the roof off the place. It was very surprising that Imperium won, but HHHBK do seem to be putting a lot of effort into NXT UK. It’s crazy how an event fans weren’t so sure about turned into perhaps something as good as any traditional TakeOver event, maybe even better.
My Score: 9.8/10
Mitchell’s WWE Raw Results & Report! (10/18/21)
One more stop before Crown Jewel!
This could be the wildEST Raw in a long time!
Bianca Belair goes after Charlotte Flair’s Raw Women’s Championship, RKBRO takes on The Street Profits, and two tournament semifinals, all on one night!
- King of the Ring Semifinals: Jinder Mahal w/ Veer & Shanky VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston; Woods wins and advances to Crown Jewel.
- Austin Theory VS R-Truth; changed to…
- Austin Theory VS Jeff Hardy; Theory wins.
- Drew McIntyre & Big E VS The Dirty Dawgs; McIntyre & Big E win.
- Mansoor VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin; Mansoor wins.
- RKBRO VS The Street Profits; win(s).
- Finn Balor VS Mace; wins.
- Queen’s Crown Semifinals: Shayna Baszler VS “Doudrop” Piper Niven; wins and advances to Crown Jewel.
- Raw Women’s Championship: Charlotte Flair VS Bianca Belair; wins and
PLAY BY PLAY
Charlotte Flair heads to the ring!
Before putting her title on the line, the Raw Women’s Champion opens the show for her last Raw before moving back to SmackDown! Sacramento is a bit torn about The Queen as she gets the mic. She asks where are the balloons and champagne, and why isn’t the roster out here for farewell hugs? Where are her “Thank You, Charlotte” chants? This is her last night on Raw before she is officially drafted to SmackDown, and she has to defend her title against Bianca Belair? A rookie? “Some flash in the pan?” No, seriously, this is crap! Charlotte really thinks there’s a conspiracy here. Number one, Bianca isn’t officially on Raw yet, and then she has another title opportunity at Crown Jewel! And people say Charlotte is entitled?
All Charlotte wants is a ceremony. She hears fans chanting, “You Suck!” and she tells them to sit down, hush and listen. Charlotte uses the “What?” on the fans, then says she just wanted a fitted farewell for the most decorated woman in sports entertainment history! She finds it convenient that Bianca gets this match just before the switch. Talk about favoritism! Bianca couldn’t win two weeks ago, she needs to get her ass to the back of the line! You can’t beat this opportunity! Not this time, not any time! And tonight, Bianca learns how far she still has to go. Bianca may have beaten Bayley and Sasha, but Charlotte is the mountain she can’t climb!
And save the EST stuff for someone who isn’t the GOAT! But speaking of Bianca, here she comes! Fans cheer for the EST as she tells Charlotte, “A conspiracy?” No, this isn’t that. This is just desserts. The way Bianca sees it, she’s done nothing but prove she belongs. She deserves this rematch! And Charlotte wants to bring up two weeks ago? Bianca had Charlotte beat until she got saved by Big Time Becks. But Bianca can’t even believe Charlotte talking like this! She’s throwing a tantrum all for defending her title and leaving Raw. “Baby, it’s okay.” Bianca says she is the EST, and no matter what brand she’s one, she knows she’s the one to watch because she always shines.
Lucky for Charlotte, after tonight, Bianca won’t be Charlotte’s probably because Charlotte no longer goes here. Charlotte’s literally begging for a farewell, so take your time to say good-bye to the title. Bianca has some advice: After Charlotte takes the L, she can dust herself off and hold her head up high. This life brings trials and tribulations, but Charlotte can use that to make her stronger, rougher, tougher and maybe even kinder. Try that one. Bianca’s gonna take the title to Crown Jewel and return to Raw with a belt on each arm! “Now how’s that for a rookie, Charlotte?” Charlotte sucker punches Bianca! The heels come off, but Bianca dodges the boot to torture rack!
Charlotte scrambles away and to the apron but Bianca handspring heel kicks her down! Charlotte is flustered and frustrated, is this just the beginning of a bad night good-bye?
Backstage interview with the New Day.
Kevin Patrick asks Woods about this big opportunity. This is of the utmost importance, Sir Kevin. Woods will be one step behind some of the greatest King of the Ring winners ever! From King Mable to King Ken Shamrock to King BOOKAH! When Woods wins, he’ll be one step closer to fulfilling his destiny. Kofi says we all know how important this is, so that’s why Kofi will watch his back. No repeats of last week where Veer & Shanky get in the way. Martin Luther King had a dream but Woods’ dream is to be a king! All about that crown~!
Woods makes a royal decree here in the “castle” of the Sacramento Kings! And that is that this Thursday, Woods will sit on the crown as King Xavier, first of his name. “HAIL! KING WOODS!” But will the Modern Day Maharaja leave Woods on the outside looking in? We find out, after the break!
King of the Ring Semifinals: Jinder Mahal w/ Veer & Shanky VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston!
Raw returns and Jinder makes his entrance, with his minions by his side. The bell rings and Mahal circles with Woods. They tie up, Woods waistlocks but Mahal throws Woods off. Mahal gloats but Woods keeps cool as he circles with Mahal again. They tie up, Mahal powers Woods back but Woods turns things around to have Mahal in the corner. The two get scrappy and the ref has them back off. The two go again, Mahal kicks low and shoves Woods to ropes. Woods boots back, Mahal elbows but Woods drop toeholds Mahal onto ropes! Woods runs to dropkick Mahal in the back! Woods CHOPS and throws hands in the corner, then climbs up. Mahal slips out and gets away.
Woods pursues, throwing haymakers and CHOPS! Woods climbs up another corner now and rains down rights on Mahal. Mahal stops that at 4, runs and runs Woods over with a shoulder! Mahal hits a headlock takeover as his henchmen applaud. Woods endures, fights up, throws body shots and then forearms. Woods runs but Mahal reels him in. Woods breaks free to then ENZIGURI! Woods runs but Mahal scoops, Woods tilt-o-whirls out to a RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! Fans fire up as Woods runs, slides and basement dropkicks! Cover, TWO! Woods keeps cool as he headlocks, but Mahal powers up to a BIG back suplex!
Mahal stomps Woods, drags him up and CLUBS him down. Mahal JAMS his knee into Woods’ back, then brings him up for a headlock. Woods throws body shots as fans rally but Mahal knees low. Mahal scoops, Woods slips off and rolls him up, TWO! Mahal kicks low again, whips Woods to a corner, but Woods goes up and over to sunset flip! TWO! Mahal runs in but is sent into buckles! Woods runs in but is TOSSED out, and he SMACKS off the steps! Shanky & Veer cheer while Mahal soaks up the heat, and Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Mahal clamps onto Woods’s arm, but Woods fights up to a JAWBREAKER! Woods goes to the apron, Mahal drags him up by his hair, and the ref reprimands. Mahal ROCKS Woods with a right, then another! Woods holds onto the rope and he hits back! Woods shoulders in, steps in, but Mahal fireman’s carries to a GUT BUSTER DROP! Cover, TWO! Woods is still in this and Kofi coaches him up. Mahal fires up as he watches Woods rise. Mahal wraps Woods up in the clutch but Woods resists the lift! Woods clubs the arm, throws hands on Mahal, but Mahal scoops for a SIDEWALK SLAM!
Mahal paces and soaks up the heat as he runs, but Woods avoids the knee drop! SUPERKICK! Woods WRECKS Shanky with a dropkick, then goes up the corner! Woods leaps, but into a KALLAS!! Deja vu from last week! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Woods saves himself and Mahal is furious! Mahal drags Woods up, brings him up and puts him on the top rope. Mahal climbs up behind Woods, Woods fights with elbows and even headbutts! Mahal falls, Woods adjusts, tightrope walk and LIMIT BREAKER ELBOW!! Cover, Woods wins!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall (advances to Crown Jewel)
Woods punches his ticket to the finals! He and Kofi go to the throne, and Kofi puts the cape on Woods. Kofi hands the scepter to Woods and Woods says these will be his! Woods holds the scepter to the sky, will Woods truly become King of the Ring when he’s facing The Prince?
Backstage interview with Austin Theory.
What did it mean to him to defeat a former WWE World Champion and one that he looked up to? Yes, he did look up to Jeff Hardy, but then he was looking down at him after he won. Wait, wait, the 24/7 Championship chase comes through! Theory has to duck as Reggie jumps off a road case! Is this serious? Drake Maverick and team go down a hall, but Reggie comes back around, only for R-Truth to get him! Truth outsmarted Reggie, but Theory breaks up his chance to pin the champ! Theory has had enough of this! “Do you know who I am?!” Truth has a theory that Theory is a theorisist. A what?
Truth wants Theory to hold on. This anger and frustration, he wants to take it out in the ring, huh? Oh yeah! In that case, Truth accepts the challenge. On one condition: Theory gets permission from mommy to stay up late! GOTTEE~! Well management made this match, and it’s happening next!
Austin Theory VS R-Truth!
Raw returns and Truth makes his entrance, but he wants the music to cut. “Hey, I made a mistake. That was on me, my bad. I didn’t accept your challenge for R-Truth. I accepted your challenge for R-Truth’s friend.” It’s Jeff Hardy! The Charismatic Enigma is getting a surprise rematch! Will this bait and switch throw Theory off completely? Or will Theory just go 2-0 against the future hall of famer?
Austin Theory VS Jeff Hardy!
The bell rings and the two tie up. Theory powers Hardy to a corner, lets off fast and mocks Hardy’s moves. The fans rally for Hardy as Theory headlocks, but Hardy powers out. Theory runs Hardy over and then mocks the moves again. But Hardy drags Theory into a cradle! TWO, and Theory blocks a kick! Hardy throws hands, Theory avoids the jawbreaker but Hardy rolls Theory up! TWO, and Theory says Hardy was pulling tights! Hardy apologizes, then dropkicks Theory out of the ring! Hardy is on the apron, but Theory blocks his kick to trip Hardy up! Hardy lands hard on the apron, but Theory then drags him out for a DRAPING NECKBREAKER! Hardy is down while Raw goes to break!
Raw returns and Hardy fights the chinlock, only for Theory to snapmare and stomp Hardy down! Theory talks trash to Hardy then jumps, but Hardy avoids the elbow drop! Hardy gets up, gives Theory an atomic drop, then trips him up for the leg splitting leg drop! Basement dropkick then a SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Hardy drags Theory up but Theory kicks back, whips, but Hardy reverses to send Theory out. Hardy builds speed to WRECK Theory with a dropkick! Hardy goes out, runs around the way and leaps off the steps, POETRY IN MOTION! Theory hits barriers and fans fire up with Hardy! The ring count is past 5 but Hardy puts Theory in.
Hardy HOTSHOTS Theory into a drop zone, and fans fire up as Hardy climbs! but Theory trips Hardy up by hitting the ropes! Theory fireman’s carries and spins, A T L! Cover, Theory wins!
Winner: Austin Theory, by pinfall
And that is two-and-oh! Theory even gets another victory selfie to add to his gallery! But Hardy gets up to give Theory a TWIST OF FATE! And he grabs the phone to take a payback selfie! Will Theory still take the momentum from the win and turn it into something big for the Fall?
Drew McIntyre talks with Big E at gorilla position.
About last week… The footage showed that nothing was intentional last week, but McIntyre saw red and of course dropped Big E with a Claymore. To be honest, Big E threw fuel on the fire by tagging in without permission. So maybe tonight they coexist. We know Thursday, they will do what they do. At Crown Jewel, may the best man win. Don’t worry, McIntyre will. But let Big E do what he does: AWWWWWW Sacramento~! Clap for your WWE World CHAMPIOOON~! And FEEL~ the POWER~! Big E heads out first, will he and McIntyre make it work in a rematch with “Big Bob” and DZ?
Sonya Deville talks with Adam Pearce backstage.
They are in agreement that things have to be bigger and better than ever, but then Charlotte Flair walks in. Are they talking about a way to screw her over? No, they were talking about the Raw season premiere next week, not that it is any of her business. And what is she talking about? Well Charlotte wasn’t asked but told to defend her title. And then they let Bianca walk out and disrespect her during her farewell speech! Plus, no champagne, balloons or hugs! She has to defend the title she made relevant! She smells conspiracy! Sonya has Charlotte relax, because this is just all logical sense to have that main event.
Charlotte won’t be replaced by Bianca because she will still be Raw Women’s Champion AND the new face of SmackDown! Forget SmackDown, is Charlotte one moment away from a meltdown?
Drew McIntyre & Big E VS The Dirty Dawgs!
Raw returns as McIntyre makes his entrance, Angela the sword in hand. Then Robert Roode & Dolph Ziggler make theirs. The teams sort out and the world champion starts against The Show-Off. They tie up, go around, and Big E SLAMS Ziggler down. Big E swivels them hips but Ziggler gets up. Ziggler throws hands, swivels his hips, but runs into Big E’s shoulder! Cover, TWO! Big E tags in McIntyre, they mug Ziggler, and then McIntyre TOSSES Ziggler to a corner. McIntyre CHOPS Ziggler and he falls down! McIntyre drags Ziggler up to CHOP him again, dedicating that one to “Big Bob.” Ziggler kicks McIntyre in the leg, rakes his eye, then tags in Roode.
The Dawgs mug McIntyre, Roode bumps him off buckles, then climbs up to rain down fists. Roode shouts, “I’m BIG BOB!” then he hops down to CHOP! Roode whips corner to corner but McIntyre comes back to run him over! “I’m BIG D!” McIntyre dead lifts Roode to a suplex! Cover, TWO! McIntyre wrenches Roode’s arm, tags Big E in, and they mug Roode. Roode kicks back, rakes Big E’s eyes, then headlocks. Big E powers up and out, things speed up, Big E hurdles and CLOBBERS Roode! Big E BLASTS Ziggler off the apron, then drags Roode over to the apron to CLUB away on his chest! Fans fire up as Big E gets back up, for the APRON SPLASH only for Ziggler to save Roode!
Ziggler then aims and runs at Big E, but Big E turns Famouser into a TOSS into the timekeeper’s area! But Roode whips Big E into the steel steps! Fans boo and McIntyre coaches Big E up as Raw goes to break.
Raw returns again and Roode bumps Big E off buckles. Tag to Ziggler and he stomps a mudhole in. The ref counts, Ziggler lets off to argue with him, and Roode chokes Big E! McIntyre protests but Ziggler dropkicks Big E down! Cover, TWO! Ziggler grows annoyed but he taunts Big E then wraps on a chinlock. Ziggler leans on the hold but Big E endures. Ziggler claws at Big E’s eyes, but Big E fights up to his feet! Big E reaches, walks towards his corner, but Ziggler rakes eyes again! Roode distracts the ref from seeing that, Ziggler hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler scrapes Big E’s face off ropes! The ref counts, Ziggler lets off and tags in Roode.
Roode whips Ziggler in for a SPLASH! Then Ziggler feeds Big E to Roode’s kick and NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Roode does push-up just to show off, then he drags Big E up to tag Ziggler. The Dawgs mug Big E, Ziggler rakes Big E’s eyes again, then climbs up in a corner. Ziggler rains down fists, stops at 7 because he says what happens here, and then he runs corner to corner, to SPLASH! Ziggler waits for Big E to stagger forward, but Big E TOSSES the satellite DDT away! Fans fire up as both men are down, hot tags to Roode and McIntyre! The Scottish Warrior rallies, whips and OVERHEAD Belly2Belly suplexes! Then he clinches Roode for another OVERHEAD Belly2Belly!
Ziggler runs in but he gets an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! McIntyre dodges Roode to hit a NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fans fire up, and he corner clotheslines Ziggler for the INVERTED ALABAMA SLAM onto Roode! Fans fire up with McIntyre as he fireman’s carries Roode. Roode scrambles, fights free, and Ziggler goes after Big E! McIntyre and Big E avoid a collision but Ziggler trips Big E and Roode hits a SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Ziggler tags in, GLORIOUS FAMOUSER!! Cover, TWO!! McIntyre survives but Ziggler coordinates with Roode. Tag to Roode, Ziggler whips Roode and Roode whips Ziggler, but McIntyre dodges the splash! GLASGOW KISS FOR ROODE!
Big E is back on the apron, McIntyre gives him the tag! Big E scoops Roode, for the BIG ENDING! Cover, Big E and McIntyre win!
Winners: Big E & Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
The WWE World Champion has belt and hand raised, but then McIntyre turns him around. The two stare down, but McIntyre offers a handshake. Big E takes it, and both men are fired up for Crown Jewel. But then Big E doesn’t let McIntyre leave first. They get even more fired up! McIntyre says Big E will never be him, but Big E says he doesn’t want to be. We will see who is the better man at Crown Jewel!
The Street Profits are fired up backstage.
Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins are back on Raw, and they’re gonna take it by storm again! It’s like deja vu, because they’re gonna put the division on notice! Ford is excited for Crown Jewel. Are you ready~, ready~, ready~? Live on the WWE Network and Peacock this Thursday. But the biggest match they’re watching is the Raw Tag Team Championships, the fan favorite odd couple, RKBRO VS the Phenomenal AJ Styles & the one who actually puts in the work, Omos! Yeah, Styles is like that kid in the group project who doesn’t do anything but still gets the A. Wait, Ford and Dawkins were “that guy.”
But they aren’t just asking, they’re demanding for the smoke! Wait, it is smoky in here. Styles and Omos walk in and Styles says they were bringing dignity back to the Raw Tag Division, then these two dorks had to show up. Omos says Raw is HIS house. Uh, their house. Styles’ name is there, too. But you’re looking at the next Raw Tag Team Champions. They’ll beat RKBRO at Crown Jewel, making those two a fleeting memory. They gone…! But hey, if the Profits aren’t too beat up from the Street Fight on SmackDown, not that anyone cares about SmackDown here on Monday Night Raw, and maybe if they put a hurting on RKBRO, they can be at the top of the list when facing the new champions, aka Omos & Styles.
Wow, top of the list? HAHAHAHAHAHA! No. They’ll be back to put the entire roster on notice. Because the Profits are up, and #WEWANTTHESMOKE! Bye. Styles points out how it’s weird that they are the Profits, not Prophets. Well, they have no idea what’s coming anyway.
Mansoor VS Cedric Alexander w/ Shelton Benjamin!
Before going 1v1 with The Beacon at Crown Jewel to settle things from last week, the Star of Saudi Arabia shines on his own! Can he overcome PRIMED Alexander to be ready for Mustafa Ali?
Raw returns and The Hurt Business make their entrance. The bell rings, Mansoor and Alexander circle, and Alexander kicks low. Alexander headlocks, Mansoor tries to power out but Alexander holds tight. Mansoor rolls Alexander away, gets around to waistlock but Alexander bucks the O’Conner Roll. Mansoor wheelbarrows and victory rolls to a STANDING MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO! Mansoor CLUBS Alexander, wrenches and whips but Alexander holds ropes. Mansoor CHOPS, whips, but Alexander slides under to pump handle and EXPLODER! Alexander then gets Mansoor up, whips and scoops for a BACKBREAKER!
Mansoor crawls to a corner, Alexander storms over and climbs up to bark in Mansoor’s face while grinding forearms in. Alexander throws body shots, CLUBS Mansoor down, but Mansoor hits back. Alexander DECKS Mansoor and then rains down fists! Cover, TWO! Alexander stays on Mansoor with a rear bearhug and he leans his weight on Mansoor. Alexander drives in elbows, talks some trash, pulls hair and then has a chinlock to stretch Mansoor back. Mansoor endures, fights up as fans rally, and he pries the hold apart, only for Alexander to knee him in the back! Alexander throws body shots but Mansoor throws back elbows.
Alexander reels Mansoor in but Mansoor lands out of the back suplex to boot and ENZIGURI! Mansoor gets up, Alexander throws heavy body shots. Alexander whips, scoops but Mansoor tilt-o-whirls through for a REVERSE DDT! Mansoor fires up, Alexander gets to ropes and Mansoor runs, but Alexander puts him on the apron. Mansoor slingshots in for the NECKBREAKER! Cover, Mansoor wins!
Winner: Mansoor, by pinfall
But here comes Mustafa Ali! “You’ve got to be kidding me. After everything I’ve done to you, you are still coming out here and smiling like some damn fanboy! Honestly, it’s pathetic.” But in Mansoor’s hometown, Ali will finally wipe that stupid smile off Mansoor’s face. And not just Mansoor! No, Ali will wipe the smile off everyone’s face that supports Mansoor. Mansoor tells Ali, “For once in your life, shut the hell up!” Mansoor wants Ali to listen to him now! “I said look at me, you piece of trash!” Mansoor doesn’t have a smile on his face right now. But at Crown Jewel, Mansoor will be grinning ear to ear when he beats Ali senseless!
This Thursday, Mansoor proves to the world that Ali is nothing more than just a pathetic, cowardly excuse for a man! Mansoor then makes it even more clear in Arabic! Ali is stunned to see this fire in Mansoor! Will the Beacon burn in the light of the Star of Saudi Arabia?
Raw holds a dual interview via video with Goldberg and Bobby Lashley.
Separated for obvious reasons, Corey Graves thanks both men for being here tonight. Starting with Goldberg, we heard Lashley’s response to Goldberg’s threats. Goldberg says those weren’t threats. Threats are what someone might do. Goldberg will do what he said he’d do: beat Lashley within an inch of his life, then finish the job. Lashley hops Goldberg realizes that not only is what he saying nonsense, but criminal. Threatening the life of a man on live TV? Lashley could call the authorities and have Goldberg arrested. But that is not how Lashley does business. Goldberg can run his mouth because nothing he says will become reality. Lashley is untouchable!
Lashley promises Crown Jewel goes the same was as SummerSlam, but Goldberg won’t have any family members to fight for him. And speaking of family, how does Goldberg’s son feel about the example his father is setting? Goldberg wants Lashley to choose his words wisely. The more Lashley talks about Goldberg’s family, the more Goldberg will make Lashley suffer. In 72 hours, Lashley’s ass is Goldberg’s, and there’s not a damn thing he can do about it. Well Goldberg must not have been watching last week. You can’t kill the All Mighty! You can only hope to survive!
Lashley wants Goldberg to remember how he dropped to his knees, thanking the heavens for this match. Remember that Thursday when he’ll be begging for forgiveness. Is Lashley finished? And Lashley doesn’t believe his own crap, does he? Lashley says he’ll finish with this: before, Goldberg faced Lashley with restrictions; but No Holds Barred means there’s nothing to stop Lashley from ending Goldberg’s career! Lashley is done here. Goldberg corrects Lashley, and says they’ll be done at Crown Jewel. “Safe travels. Kill ya Thursday, Bobby!” Will either man survive when they can do just about anything to each other?
RKBRO talks backstage.
Matt Riddle is anticipating another great plan this week. He still can’t get over how Randy Orton suckered Omos & Styles during that match last week. Orton could win an Oscar, or even a Kids Choice Award! That was wild because Riddle wasn’t sure if Orton was coming out, but he knew deep down that Orton had a plan all along. For the love of God, Riddle, there was never a plan! Wow, totally believable, and totally Randy. Riddle says at Crown Jewel, they can table top Omos! Always works, dude. And what about The Profits? They say they want the smoke, so Riddle got a ton of ideas.
Orton says if Riddle wants to know the plan, with all his heart, then the plan is to go out and win! then at Crown Jewel, they will go to the ring and what? W-Win? YES. Now one question: Does Riddle want the smoke? Yeah! Then let’s go get it. Nice! The tag champions head out, but will they fire up on the way to Crown Jewel?
RKBRO VS The Street Profits!
Raw returns and the Profits make their entrance. The teams sort out and Riddle starts with Ford. Riddle says he wants the smoke, then he ties up with Ford. Riddle waistlocks, SLAMS Ford, and Ford calls to Dawkins! Riddle gets the ARMBAR, but Ford makes it a cover, TWO! Ford scrambles to ropes and Riddle resets. Fans chant for “R K BRO! R K BRO!” as Riddle and Ford circle. They tie up, Ford waistlocks to a headlock, and he grinds Riddle down. Riddle fights up, but Ford holds tight to the headlock. Riddle powers out, Ford goes up and over and handsprings to show off the agility. Ford mocks the Orton pose, then things speed up as Ford hurdles, hurdles and dropkicks!
Fans fire up as Ford brings Riddle over and tags Dawkins in. The Profits whip then dropkick Riddle down! Then the back suplex SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Dawkins swipes at Orton but he gets away. Tag to Ford, the Profits double suplex but Riddle slips out! Riddle dodges Dawkins, Orton trips Dawkins up and bumps him off the apron! Riddle dumps Ford out, then Riddle goes up and to the apron, PENALTY KICK for Dawkins! SPRINGBOARD FLOATING BRO takes Dawkins down! Ford FLIES in outta nowhere to take out RKBRO! Fans are fired up as all four men are down and Raw goes to break!
Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 Day 17 Results & Match Ratings: 10.18.2021
A Block Finals Day! My pick has been Shingo and he’s still got a shot! Who wins A Block!?
A Block Finals Day! My pick has been Shingo and he’s still got a shot! Who wins A Block!?
Alright let’s assess my quick and dirty math on how the top guys can win and get on with the show!
- Kota Ibushi vs KENTA: Is probably the main event looking at the shake out.
- For Ibushi to win Block: If Shingo wins, Ibushi needs to win and ZSJ needs to lose or draw.
- For KENTA to win Block: If Shingo loses & Zack wins, KENTA needs to win. If Zack loses and Shingo Draws, KENTA needs to win.
- Tomohiro Ishii vs Toru Yano: This will either be right before or right after Intermission probably. Ishii doesn’t really have an angle to win the Block because he lost to both KENTA and Ibushi. I suppose if we go with Suzuki’s old comment of both getting struck by lightning and Ishii wins, then there might be some math there. But Ishii is out regardless of Kevin Kelly’s sus arithmetic.
- Shingo Takagi vs Yujiro Takahashi: For Shingo to win the Block: He needs to win, Ibushi needs to Lose or Draw, ZSJ needs to Lose or Draw, KENTA is a non-factor because of tie breaker.
- Zack Sabre Jr vs Tanga Loa: For ZSJ to win Block: He needs to win and KENTA needs to Draw or Lose. ZSJ has tie breakers over everyone else.
- So KENTA is really the biggest factor on this final day. If KENTA can beat Ibushi that opens things up to however the rest of the day shook out. This is shaping up to be interesting.
Now on to the A Block Finals!
- Great-O-Khan vs Satoshi Kojima: O-Khan wins via Eliminator @10:25 – ** ½
- Tomohiro Ishii vs Toru Yano: Yano wins via Blackslide @11:08 – **
- Yujiro Takahashi w/Pieter vs Shingo Takagi: DOUBLE COUNT OUT / DRAW @13:36 – ***
- Zack Sabre Jr vs Tanga Loa: Loa wins via Deep Cradle @17:31 – *** ½
- Kota Ibushi vs KENTA: Ibushi wins via Kamigoye @26:16 – *** ¾
Great-O-Khan vs Satoshi Kojima
Because of Naito’s injury, we are all used to a non-tournament match during A Block. But the fun part here is that O-Khan and Kojima do have a little history this year when the United Empire went against TenCozy.
O-Khan dominates early but Kojima fires up with a Lariat and turns it into an Apron Piledriver, so the great leader of Bread Club is finally starting to put things together. Since O-Khan’s points are counted for, I wouldn’t be surprised if Kojima pulls out an upset here. It would be nice for a non-tournament upset, which could also give Kojima an entrance into next year’s G1 as his swan song.
A few close flashes with calls to the Cozy Lariat, his statue lariat and the crowd rallied behind Kojima…but O-Khan doesn’t fall to a non-G1 participant. One Eliminator later and the replacement matches go 8-0 in favor of the tournament wrestlers. It would’ve been much better if there was a surprised upset or two.
Tomohiro Ishii vs Toru Yano
Yano tries an early sneak attack using the gimmick bag, an extra t-shirt, a few interesting little things. Ishii does his best to fight through the Yano Sublime Master Thief shenanigans but eventually falls victim to a Low Blow into a Backslide.
There were a few interesting moments, but the usual Yano stuff of exposed buckles, Low Blow attempts, Roll Ups and Referee dancing.
Yujiro Takahashi w/Pieter vs Shingo Takagi
Yujiro goes for the attack as Shingo is coming to the ring, but Shingo quickly turns things around and starts murdering Yujiro. Shingo chucks Yujiro to the outside and Pieter tries to distract Shingo instead of the referee. Shingo is having none of Pieter’s coy feminine wiles, he asks her to move, she tries to act cuter and then Shingo brushes her to the side as Yujiro catches him with the pimp cane.
Shingo takes control back, but then Yujiro bites his hand in the classic Yujiro move. Yujiro goes for a Fisherman Buster, but Shingo bites Yujiro’s hand. The referee tries to admonish Shingo, but Shingo points out he wears a mouth guard, so it’s not a full bite. Shingo rallies the crowd, but Yujiro counters and impressively gets Shingo over for the Olympic Slam. It was impressive because Shingo was fighting/sandbagging but Yujiro was determined and it looked a little wonky, but Yuj did it. It’s always interesting when Yujiro puts in effort since he’s not a bad wrestler, just very indifferent.
Last of the Dragon is called for, but blocked. Yujiro goes for a kick, Shingo catches the foot and just pulls Yujiro into the Made in Japan/Last Falconry. Yujiro kicks out, powders to apron, Shingo charges but gets low bridged. The fight goes on out of the ring, but they break at 19 and Yujiro pulls Shingo back out. Noshigami attempt, Yujiro counters, into Pimp Juice, Shingo stops Yujiro, hits the Death Valley Driver on the outside. He tries to slide back in but Yujiro grabs the foot and won’t let go. DOUBLE COUNT OUT!
Shingo’s draw…technically still keeps him alive. If Kota and KENTA go to a no contest, and ZSJ loses, Shingo. If KENTA and Ibushi goes to a Draw…it should be a Triple Threat Match playoff for the Finals winner. Ibushi has the breaker over Shingo, Shingo has the breaker over KENTA, and KENTA would’ve drawn with Ibushi…so I feel like that would be a bonus triple threat match. Though I agree with Chris Charlton’s initial idea, most other tournaments a Double Count Out is counted as a loss for both men, but here it’s a Draw.
Zack Sabre Jr vs Tanga Loa
ZSJ comes out quick realizing he needs to win. Because if he wins he eliminates Shingo and is in a very good place to win the block. Loa reels a little early, and starts to slow things down with a few impactful power moves and Slams. Loa does a great job at keeping it simple to not give ZSJ many chances to catch him unaware or in an awkward position.
Zack has to fire up with a few quick counters tying Loa in the ropes with a Rear Naked Choke, running through, doing the Neck Twister and then taking a second to breathe. A small strike exchange that Zack has the advantage in, results in ZSJ trying to step up on the corner and do the Tornado DDT, but Loa catches him and hits a T-Bone Suplex, followed by a Diving Headbutt. This becomes a much more back and forth match than anyone expected. Sabre tries a Crucifix pin, but Loa rolls and powers through, ZSJ stays attached in an Octopus but Loa reaches the ropes.
Big strike exchange, ZSJ throws everything, but Loa fires and for every 2 or 3 ZSJ strikes, Loa lands a Haymaker that sends the soy boy flying. Zack talks crap, baits Loa into attempting an Enzuigiri, dodges, then goes for the European Clutch. At 2, Loa slides him down, turns it around and sits back deep in a Cradle of his own. ZSJ can’t get out and gets beat! ZSJ is eliminated!
Kota Ibushi vs KENTA
After an early attempt by KENTA to win via a cheeky Count Out, which feels like it was the Bullet Club game plan all day. Ibushi beats that attempt, but then we get the KENTA style of this tournament where he cheats at opportune times and really only removes the turnbuckle pad.
Things play through well as Ibushi powers through the first chairshot, and then stops the next attack and takes the chair from him. Threatens it, but tosses it down and hits a Buzzsaw Kick. However, Ibushi was not above using furniture. He finds a table and we get an interesting moment. He lays out KENTA, puts KENTA on the table, and then one set of legs folds, so it’s awkwardly angled. Ibushi doesn’t care, adjusts his trajectory and pulls off more of a Stuka Splash which just looks rough cause it’s sandwiched almost totally against the guardrail.
We get back in the ring and KENTA lands a flush overhand right, and the aggression appears. We continue to see flashes of NOAH KENTA with the Bullet Club/WWE sprinkles. Green Killer, Diving Lariat and a Double Footstomp put KENTA in the driver’s seat. A fun thread was when KENTA finally drives Ibushi into the exposed turnbuckle, but Ibushi does something no one else has done, and that’s kick out. So KENTA is shocked and starts trying to put more together, but he can’t land Go 2 Sleep.
Ibushi catches the knee, V Trigger, Reverse Kamigoye, and followed with the exposed knee Kamigoye for the win. Conceptually good, execution was a little lacking.
Overall Score: 7.75/10
Well look at that, Kota Ibushi makes history as the first person in G1 history to make 4 consecutive Finals. I’m not happy since that means my pick of Shingo Takagi came just short in second place. I am however happy to see tweets about this match claiming that even Japanese fans are getting tired of Ibushi.
Even though the match was good and the night was generally interesting, I feel running back Ibushi again is boring and lazy booking. Especially since he already has a win over the champion, so he doesn’t need the G1 briefcase for a shot. So he’ll probably lose to Cobb or Okada…and given the two options…Okada makes the most sense. A redemption seeking Rainmaker would draw a crowd for Wrestle Kingdom far more than tweener Gaijin.
Here’s the final standings!
- Kota Ibushi/ 7-2/ 14 Points – Winner
- Shingo Takagi/ 6-2-1 / 13 Points – Eliminated
- Zack Sabre Jr/ 6-3 / 12 Points – Eliminated
- KENTA/ 6-3/ 12 Points – Eliminated
- Toru Yano/ 5-4/ 10 Points – Eliminated
- Tomohiro Ishii/ 5-4/ 10 Points – Eliminated
- Great-O-Khan/ 4-5 / 8 Points – Eliminated
- Tanga Loa/ 3-6/ 6 Points – Eliminated
- Yujiro Takahashi/ 2-6-1 / 5 Points – Eliminated
- Tetsuya Naito/ 0-9/ 0 Points (Eliminated Injury)
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