Trent Seven and Eddie Dennis escalate things to a new level!
Not only will this be a first for NXT UK but perhaps all of the WWE! In a rematch from TakeOver: Blackpool II, it will be a STEEL CORNER STREET FIGHT!
- Piper Niven VS Dani Luna; Niven wins.
- A-Kid VS Tyler Bate; Bate wins.
- Pretty Deadly VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter; Smith & Carter win.
- Steel Corner Street Fight: Eddie Dennis VS Trent Seven; Seven wins.
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Piper Niven VS Dani Luna!
The Scottish Viper may not be NXT UK Women’s Champion now, but there’s always another chance! Will Piper head back towards the title? Or will she be derailed by another hungry competitor?
The bell rings and fans cheer for “WALES~! WALES~!” to support Dani. Dani and Piper circle and tie up. The two go around, fairly even in strength. But Piper gets the edge and pushes Dani towards a corner. Dani powers up to push Piper back! Piper brings Dani into a cobra clutch but Dani endures. Dani pries at the hold but Piper spins her around for a headlock. Dani powers out and the two ram shoulders. Neither falls so Dani runs to ram Piper. Piper stays standing so Dani runs again. Dani slides under Piper and hops over, to then kick and boot! Piper catches the next kick to shove Dani away. Dani rebounds and leaps but into Piper’s arms!
Piper shifts but Dani slips out to waistlock. Dani tries but she can’t lift Piper. Piper swings a back elbow but Dani ducks it to scoop. That’s still not going to work, and Piper scoops Dani for a slam instead! Piper with the basement crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Piper puts Dani back in the cobra clutch. Dani endures the crank and fights her way up. Dani pries the hold off again, but Piper turns it into a backbreaker and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Piper grows frustrated but fans are rallying up again. Dani sits up but Piper grabs at her. Dani throws body shots but Piper HEADBUTTS! Down goes Dani and Piper staggers.
Piper looms over Dani as fans rally and duel. Piper stands Dani up and whips her to a corner hard! Dani hits buckles then hits the mat, but Piper goes corner to corner. Dani boots the splash away then throws hands! She dropkicks a leg out and tries a fireman’s carry! Dani gets Piper up but can’t keep her! Piper gets out, fireman’s carries but Dani susnet flips. Piper drags Dani up for a scoop and MICHINOKU DRIVER! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall
A strong match between heavy hitters, but Piper the Viper is back on a winning track! Will she find herself back in the title scene soon enough?
The NXT UK Tag Team Champions are ready for a fight!
Gallus’ Mark Coffey and Wolfgang heard what Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan had to say. They’re coming for a fight, so look no further. Mark knows Danny’s filled Oney’s heard with stories of when he was “The Govenah,” but that’s not how it is anymore. Is it, Wolfie? It is not, Marcus. Gallus runs the streets now. And why is that, Wolfie? Well, Marcus, that’s because Gallus Boys always end up on top. Will that still be the case when Coffey and Wolfgang throw hands with the BritAm Brawlers?
NXT UK Media caught up with Jordan Devlin earlier this week.
The Irish Ace and NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion feels good. Devlin reminds us that he didn’t just say he was the best wrestler in the UK, or in Europe. He is THE BEST in the WORLD! The title resting on his shoulder proves he is the best wrestler under 205 pounds, in the world! That is why you never bet against the Ace.
A-Kid VS Tyler Bate!
Though the Irish Ace beat Spain’s Ace, and though the Big Strong Boy beat Devlin in Blackpool, A-Kid wants to test himself against the inaugural United Kingdom Champion to really see where he stands. Will AK pass with flying colors? Or is there still a lot he has to learn?
The bell rings and fans sing for Bate. Bate circles with AK and they tie up. AK waistlocks but Bate pries at the hold. AK slams Bate down first, and then shifts up to a chinlock. Bate powers up but AK grinds on the headlock to get a takeover. Bate headscissors but AK pops out. The fans cheer as the two stand off. Bate and AK circle and feel out the new grapple. They tie up with knuckle locks, Bate drops, rolls and wrenches AK down. AK pops up but Bate rolls and bicycle pumps his legs to get the reversal. But AK rolls and rolls and gets free. Fans cheer this new exchange and Bate can’t help but grin. They tie up again and Bate headlocks.
Bate hits the takeover but AK works his way up. AK headscissors and holds on tight. Bate kips but can’t get free. He keeps trying and fans start singing for him. Bate rolls around, hops around, and then headstands to pop out. Bate gets AK with the headlock but AK headscissors again! AK cranks on Bate’s head but Bate works his way up again. Bate pops out again and wags his finger at AK. Fans cheer as AK stands and the two men reset. They tie up, AK grabs the arm and fans duel. AK wrenches and whips but Bate goes up and under and then trips AK. AK kicks Bate away but Bate cartwheels as AK kips up. They tie up again, AK waistlocks and full nelsons, but Bate pries free to standing switch. AK resists the lift and drops down while bridging! AK pops out of Bate’s hold to get the waistlock back.
Bate stands up and bucks AK off, but AK kips up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! Cover, TWO! Fans cheer for AK as he keeps up with Bate, and the two tie up again. AK has a facelock then brings Bate up to a chinbar. AK whips Bate to a corner then runs in, but Bate catches him! Bate uses an EXPLODER to throw AK! Then Bate kips up, to shooting star, into a triangle hold! AK has Bate locked in, but Bate makes it a cover. ONE and Bate dead lifts! But then Bate shifts AK to the fireman’s carry for an AIRPLANE SPIN! Bate stops at about 15 and wants to go the other way, but AK spins through to victory roll! Cover, TWO! Bate flounders up, AK dropkicks him hard! Bate flounders out of the ring and AK builds speed, for a GOLDEN TRIANGLE MOONSAULT! Direct hit at the ramp and York is loving “NXT! NXT!”
AK drags Bate up and into the ring, then climbs up top. Bate stands and AK leaps, but into a dropkick! Bate runs, rebounds, and LARIATS! He drags AK in, underhooks, TYLER DRIVER ’97! Cover, Bate wins!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall
The Big Strong Boy shows the young man where he stands in the brand! But Bate does give A-Kid credit where credit is due, and the two shake hands. Is this just the beginning of the Spanish Ace’s rise in the rankings? Will Bate find his way back towards the top?
But wait! As A-Kid makes his way up the ramp, Joseph Conners walks out. The Righteous Killer ignores him to talk to Tyler Bate, “the first-ever United Kingdom Champion.” Conners knows that because he was there. Though Bate may not remember him. Because it has been achievement and milestone, one after the other, for “Mr. TakeOver!” Meanwhile, “Joseph Conners has been left to rot. Big mistake!” Conners says he expected more out of the Big Strong Boy. He thought that was more than a nickname, but seems not. When Bate is ready to stop playing around with little boys, he can step up to fight a man! Then Conners will show the world just how worthy he is! The challenge has been made, will Bate accept?
NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s episode.
The Bomber, Dave Mastiff, took offense to Walter interfering with the Six Man Tag main event, and started hunting for the Ring General. The NXT UK Champion wasn’t in the locker room or at catering. “I’m here, Walter, c’mon!!” Will Mastiff get his chance at the Austrian Anomaly soon enough?
Pretty Deadly VS Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter!
Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley are back to bring some style to York, but are they about to get “WOOP’D” by the Manchester Prestige and the Predator Killer?
The teams sort out and we begin with Howley and Smith. They tie up, Smith headlocks and grinds. Howley powers out as fans still “WOOP,” and Smith runs Howley over. Smith runs but Howley trips him to walk all over him. Howley whips Smith and leaps, but Smith catches him! Smith pops Howley up for a stalling suplex, and drops Howley after 10! Cover, TWO! Smith brings Howley up to wrench then tag in Carter. Carter slingshots to sunset flip, TWO! Howley kicks low and clubs Carter down. Tag to Stoker but Carter sweeps the legs! Carter throws uppercuts and clubbing forearms on Stoker to then tag in Smith.
Smith stomps Stoker and clubs him down. Stoker kicks back low and throws a European Uppercut. Stoker throws forearms and has Smith in the Pretty Deadly corner for a clothesline against ropes. Tag to Howley and the duo double whip Smith to ropes. Smith breaks the line to then hit double clotheslines on Pretty Deadly! Stoker bails out and Howley gets a back drop! Smith is on Howley but Howley throws him out to the apron. Stoker distracts Smith and Howley kicks Smith off! Smith hits the barriers! Stoker puts Smith back in for Howley to cover, TWO! Howley rams his knees in over and over then stomps Smith down. Tag to Stoker and Howley rams Smith in the corner. Stoker runs in to add the uppercut! Cover, TWO!
Stoker drags Smith up to drive in more elbows, and then clamp on with a grounded cobra twist. Fans rally up as Smith endures. Smith fights his way up, throws body shots but Stoker knees low. Stoker throws Smith out to the apron but Smith hits back. Smith hits Howley, too, then shovels Stoker up and out! Smith heads for his corner as Pretty Deadly regroups, hot tag to Carter! Howley tags in but Carter rallies on him and Stoker! Carter hits an STO and fans fire up! Howley staggers over to Carter, ducks a roundhouse but not the hook kick! Carter pump handles for an URENAGE! Cover but Stoker breaks it in time! Stoker drags Carter up but Carter throws Stoker out hard.
Tag to Smith and they grab Howley. They double whip but Stoker helps Howley get out safely. Pretty Deadly rushes in and dodges Smith & Carter, crisscross with a flying elbow and SPEAR! Howley covers Smith, TWO!! Smith survives but Stoker goes to the corner. Howley tags Stoker in and Pretty Deadly have Smith up. Fireman’s carry but Smith slips out to send Howley into Stoker! Tag to Carter as Howley runs in, to a SUPERKICK! Smith SUPERKICKS Stoker and Carter adds a corner heel kick! Fans fire up with Carter as he Electric Chair lifts, folds and USHIGOROSHI to Stoker! Cover, Carter & Smith win!
Winners: Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, by pinfall
Smith and Carter conquer another team and are getting hot! Will they blaze a trail in the NXT UK Tag Team Division in 2020?
But Pretty Deadly prove to be sore losers as they attack Smith & Carter from behind! Fans boo Stoker & Howley as they throw Carter out and mug Smith! Howley fireman’s carries Smith to toss to Stoker’s GUT BUSTER! Carter returns but he gets DECKED! Pretty Deadly retreat, will Carter and Smith make them pay for that down the line?
NXT UK Media catches Ilja Dragunov in the UK Performance Center.
The Moscow Madman works up a sweat hammering a tractor tire, but has a response to Joe Coffey calling him out. Dragunov’s days are numbered? He did his best to help Gallus! But if Coffey’s counting, he better count fast because Dragunov is getting ready. When will the countdown strike zero and give us the showdown between Ilja and the Iron King?
Kay Lee Ray is here!
The NXT UK Women’s Champion is back and grabs herself a mic as she hits the ring. “Just in case any of you have any doubts,” KLR proved why she is the “absolute best” in Blackpool, no matter who or how many they throw at her. She is never giving up this title! KLR does continue to say that she understands Toni Storm better. Fans sing for Toni and KLR gets annoyed. But KLR’s point is, she gets it now. “Having this championship, it’s intoxicating.” The attention, the respect, the money, the power, the control. It’s all KLR’s now. And poor ol’ Toni sulks at home-
Wait! Toni is here, too! KLR can stop right there. She stole the win in Blackpool and everyone knows it. And everyone knows that the title is truly Toni’s. KLR doesn’t want Toni to be upset. That’s not a good look on Toni. Well, nothing is, but hey. Just look at her! Toni really is obsessed! She’s addicted, isn’t she? Then consider KLR her intervention. They were good friends, so KLR will help Toni get over the title. KLR will give Toni another chance. But if Toni doesn’t give up, KLR will make her. KLR will make Toni admit to fans and friends that she is not good enough. KLR will make Toni say, “I Quit,” in an I QUIT MATCH!
Toni wants that! But wait, wait, wait. KLR wasn’t done explaining. When KLR wins again, the addiction is done. Toni never gets another shot while KLR still holds the gold. When KLR makes Toni say those two words, it’ll hurt. What will it take for Toni to get back the #ShinyShiny? What will it take for KLR to make her stop?
NXT UK, we are just one week away!
Prepare yourself for the coming of Aoife Valkyrie!
Steel Corner Street Fight: Eddie Dennis VS Trent Seven!
All twelve buckle pads are gone, making this No Disqualifications match even more dangerous! Will the Welsh Dragon and the Artful Dodger feel the steel in this grudge match?
The moment Seven hits the ring, he brawls with Dennis! The ref rings the bell quick and now it’s official. Dennis body shots and whips Seven corner to corner but Seven stops himself. Seven dodgs Dennis to hip toss then scoop slam! Leg drop, brother! Fans fire up as Dennis scrambles away. Seven takes off his jacket to DIVE onto Dennis! They crash into barriers and Seven puts Dennis back in. Dennis bails out but Seven pursues. Fans rally as Seven clubs away and CHOPS Dennis! Dennis staggers and stumbles but Seven CHOPS him again! Seven whips Dennis but Dennis reverses to send Seven into steel steps!
The ref checks on Seven but he’s okay to continue. Dennis catches his breath as he pulls the top part of the stairs off. He moves the base over but Seven CHOPS Dennis again. Dennis ROCKS Seven with a right! Dennis brings Seven to the base steps and powerbomb lifts! He walks up the steps, but Seven slips out of the Canadian rack to CHOP Dennis again! And again! Fans fire up with Seven as he fakes Dennis out and gives him a DDT on the steps! Dennis flops into the crowd but fans are singing for Seven. Seven pursues Dennis and clubs away on his back. Dennis takes a seat and Seven CHOPS him again! Seven brings him over across the aisle to CHOP again! Seven clubs and whips Dennis but Dennis reverses, sending Seven into barriers!
Dennis then brings Seven back up, SEVERN BRIDGE onto the steel steps!! Fans cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as Dennis puts Seven in the ring and covers, TWO!! Seven survives and fans continue to sing! Dennis is seething as he stomps away on Seven. Dennis drags Seven up and over to throw big forearms in the corner! Fans boo as Dennis whips corner to corner, but Seven reverses. Dennis manages to duck under the bottom rope, but then Seven goes out to give him a SNAP DRAGON! Fans cheer as Seven slowly stands. Seven goes at Dennis on the barriers with a CHOP! Dennis flops back into the crowd and over towards the announce desk. Seven pursues to CHOP away against the railing!
Fans stay hot for Seven, but Dennis dumps Seven over! Dennis shouts at commentary to move, and move they do. Dennis pulls the hood off and clears the desk before dragging Seven over. Fans cheer for the inclusion of a table as Dennis rams Seven into the side! Dennis takes a drink of water to SPIT it on Seven. Dennis brings Seven over to put on the desk, then they both stand on the top. Fans boo but Dennis soaks it all up. Dennis brings Seven in, lifts, but Seven escapes! To back hand! And torture rack, for the BIRMINGHAMMER to the spare table!! Fans are thunderous as the ref checks on both men! Seven and Dennis are somehow okay to continue and the fans keep singing. Dennis drags himself up despite the pain, and Seven crawls. Fans rally up as Seven stands up!
Seven clotheslines Dennis back to ringside! Seven climbs the barriers to CORKSCREW and FLOP! Dennis evades the senton and fans chant, “This is Awesome!” Seven and Dennis grit their teeth and get to their feet using the ring apron and ropes. Dennis and Seven are on opposite sides of the same corner. Dennis grabs Seven to pull him into the buckle’s crossbar! Seven endures and Dennis eventually lets go. Dennis forces his body to move and climb. Seven climbs to CHOP Dennis! Dennis clubs Seven back, but Seven hits him again. They brawl on the corner and Seven gets the edge. Seven wants to bump Dennis off buckles but Dennis fights back! Dennis grabs Seven to SMASH his head into the steel! Seven flops into the ring as fans rally up.
Dennis is up first and drags Seven into the dragon sleeper. Lift but no next stop as Seven slips out! Seven wristlocks and ripcords, but Dennis grabs the corner to block the rest. Dennis then yanks Seven in! Seven keeps himself from hitting the buckles, but turns around into a BOOT! Seven CHOPS back! And BACK HANDS! And wristlocks to the SEVEN STAR LARIAT! Dennis stays on his feet somehow but Seven whips him to the corner. Dennis crashes into the buckles! And then Seven sends him the other way! More buckles hit Dennis in the ribs, and then Seven torture racks again! Another BIRMINGHAMMER!! Cover, Seven wins!!
Winner: Trent Seven, by pinfall
The steel was unforgiving but Seven avenged his Blackpool defeat here tonight! But that means these two are tied one apiece. What new extreme will these two go to in the tiebreaker?
A great episode for NXT UK this week! Some filler that could itself develop into their own stories, and plenty of progress made towards stories already in play. Piper VS Dani was a solid opening match, and gives Piper good momentum as she waits for a title opportunity. KLR VS Toni in an I Quit Match, and it’s a title ban on Toni if she loses, THAT is going to be some TakeOver worthy stuff. But even given that ultimatum, I have no idea what happens. Toni has already dabbled in NXT prime and could hang out there more while a story of KLR VS Piper or some other Face challenger plays out. Aoife Valkyrie is also coming and could make for some fresh title stories in NXT UK, too.
Bate VS A-Kid was a great match, too, especially in building the Spanish Ace in the eyes of fans unfamiliar with him. AK hanging with Bate is major points. But Conners wanting after Bate, that sounds like a pretty great match for both guys. I don’t see Bate losing, but it would help the story if he did, especially Conners. He has to be “TakeOver worthy” at some point, and if you have Conners win dirty or with controversy, a rematch at the summer NXT UK TakeOver (either Cardiff II or another location) would be amazing. Smith & Carter VS Pretty Deadly was a good match, and a rivalry seems to be forming. Both young teams represent a great midcard for the Tag Team Division. Gallus VS Lorcan-Burch is coming, I hope that is a preview of a title match for the Summer, too.
We got a great promo from Devlin and a great one from Dragunov. Devlin will be on 205 Live this Friday and will surely be splitting his time between UK and the US, and i’m sure if anyone can do it, it’s Devlin. We know from this week’s NXT that Garza wants a rematch, but NXT UK should also think to set up a contender on their end just so this title really does feel part of both divisions. The Steel Corners Street Fight was pretty great, but it didn’t really rely on the buckles as much as I’d expected. That table spot was great, though, risky as it was. Seven wins to tie the series, and I legitimately can’t wait for what Seven VS Dennis does next.
My Score: 8.7/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; wins and
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[Due to the scheduling choices of KFOX14 (El Paso & Las Cruces), coverage of SmackDown will not begin until 9PM Eastern]
Mtichell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/21/21)
Who is NXT UK’s one true queen?
Will Kay Lee Ray still reign in NXT UK?
The Scary Queen of Scots has held the NXT UK Women’s Championship for over 500 days! But that could all change against the Spoiled Princess, Jinny!
- Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown; Brown wins.
- Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz; Dragunov wins.
- Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone; Jordan wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners; KLR wins and retains the title.
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Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown!
The Proper British Heavyweight is up for any challenge, and so is the newest star in NXT UK! But will the Bomber be able to stop the Rampage when they finally collide?
The bell rings and the two big men tie right up! They go around, break, and then tie up again. Rampage headlocks, Mastiff powers out and they collide! Neither man falls, and Rampage is liking this already! They tie up again, go around, and Mastiff headlocks now. Rampage throws heavy body shots then powers out, they collide again, and still neither man falls! They tie up once more, Rampage headlocks, but Mastiff powers out. They ram shoulders again and again and again! Rampage throws a forearm, Mastiff gives it back and we have a heavyweight brawl! Mastiff rocks Rampage, headlocks, but Rampage powers out to dropkick Mastiff down!
Rampage drags Mastiff up to throw more forearms, fireman’s carries, but Mastiff slips out, shoves and DROPKICKS?! Mastiff defies gravity with that one! Mastiff drags Rampage up to CLUB him, and ROCK him, and put him in a corner. Mastiff CLUBS Rampage in the chest, hoists him up top, but Rampage hits back with forearms and a boot! Rampage leaps and hits a FLYING TACKLE! Rampage crossface forearms Mastiff from all sides! Rampage stomps Mastiff down, drops elbows, then covers, TWO! Rampage keeps his cool and he clamps onto Mastiff with a chinlock!
Mastiff endures as Rampage thrashes him around! Mastiff fights up and throws body shots but Rampage CLUBS him! BT Sports Studios fires up as Rampage tries to gut wrench Mastiff, but Mastiff back drops and SITS on Rampage! Rampage staggers up but Mastiff fires off forearms! Mastiff backs Rampage to ropes, whips him and CLOBBERS him! And drops a BACK SENTON! Rampage gasps and sputters as Mastiff stalks him to a corner. Mastiff runs in but into boots! Rampage goes up, and leaps into a CLOTHESLINE! Mastiff drags Rampage up, for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rampage survives but Mastiff powers up.
Mastiff waits for Rampage to stand, runs, but into a BOOT and a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Mastiff survives and Rampage can’t believe it! Rampage drags Mastiff up, reels him in and LARIATS, but Mastiff stays up! Mastiff gets around, Rampage elbows out of the waistlock but Mastiff CLUBS him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mastiff runs corner to corner but Rampage bails out! Rampage is on the apron, Mastiff climbs up the corner, but Rampage CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Mastiff falls, Rampage gets in and manages a BACK SUPLEX! Rampage drags Mastiff back up, and DOCTOR BOMBS?!? Cover, Rampage wins!!
Winner: Rampage Brown, by pinfall
Incredible! Rampage Brown takes down massive Dave Mastiff! If he can win against this big of an opponent, is no one safe from the Rampage?
A-Kid reflects on his match with Walter.
Heritage Cup Champion took on NXT UK Champion in an instant classic, and he put so much heart into taking on the Ring General. But in the end, the body was not strong enough and Walter still reigns. “I am proud of how I represented the Heritage Cup Championship against Walter. I came up short this time, but next time, it will be different.” Will the Spanish Ace rise back up the ranks while growing the prestige of the trophy he holds?
NXT UK Media finds Kenny Williams backstage.
Williams is on the phone, and here is Amir Jordan! Williams says not to worry about his leg when Jordan has bigger fish to fry. Jordan has a big singles match that Williams helped arrange, and it’s against… Tyson T-Bone! Really? T-Bone? Williams knows Jordan is thinking that T-Bone will level him, but that doesn’t matter! Williams has faith in Jordan that he’ll be the lucky one tonight! Okay, but, he couldn’t find anyone smaller? Nope, sorry. But hey, go get ready, Williams will be right there with him. Did Williams write a check Jordan’s body can’t cash?
Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz!
After the epic battle with Walter that disappointingly ended in a loss, the Moscow Madman reflected for a long time, and decided that he needed to start from scratch. He chose to bring things full circle against his first opponent in NXT UK, but will it go the same way now that #UNBESIEGBAR isn’t so sure of himself?
The bell rings and the two circle. They low five to show respect, then tie up. Starz powers Dragunov to ropes but lets off clean. BT Sports Studio cheers the sportsmanship as the two circle. They tie up, Dragunov arm-drags but Starz moves around. Dragunov wristlocks, Starz pushes back and uses ropes to flip through. Starz rolls, handsprings and throws Dragunov up and over! Starz has the wrist and bends the fingers but Dragunov fights up. Dragunov wrenches back, Starz spins and breaks free to dropkick! Dragunov flounders to a corner but comes back after Starz. Starz stays back and circles with Dragunov again. Dragunov blocks the arm-drag to hit a hip toss to a headlock takeover.
Starz fights up, Dragunov hits another takeover but Starz rolls it to his own headlock! Starz grinds on the hold, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov slips through to hip toss Starz down! Dragunov has the headlock, Starz rolls it to a cover, ONE! Starz gets around Dragunov to O’Conner roll, TWO! Dragunov hurries up, Starz sunset flips over, TWO! Starz LARIATS but Dragunov stays up! Dragunov gets Starz by his legs and SPINEBUSTERS to a headlock! Dragunov grinds Starz down, Starz fights up, and Starz tries to power out but Dragunov holds on. Starz keeps trying, gets out on the third try but Dragunov runs him over!
Things speed up, Starz hurdles then ducks but leaps into Dragunov’s arms! Dragunov swings and tosses Starz but Starz lands on his feet, only to run into a BACK HAND CHOP! Dragunov goes to a corner and runs out, into a LARIAT! Starz hops up but Dragunov holds off the huricanrana, to bring Starz back up! Starz fights out, gets around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Starz keeps on Dragunov with HARD EuroUppers! Dragunov throws forearms, Starz EuroUppers! Starz CHOPS Dragunov on the back, much like Walter would! Dragunov grits his teeth and SLAPS Starz, BOOTS him, and then fires off forearms and CHOPS in the corner!
The ref counts, backs Dragunov off, but Draguno half hatch suplexes Starz hard! Then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Dragunov holds on, CHOPS Starz on the back, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Dragunov floats to a facelock, throws heavy knees, then pump handles for an EXPLODER! Starz flounders as Dragunov shouts in Russian. Dragunov goes to a corner, and runs for a BLINDSIDE TORPEDO MOSCOW! But he’s not done, Dragunov puts Starz into a double armlock and just rains down furious elbows! Starz is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by knockout
But Dragunov keeps going! The ref counts and Dragunov stops at 4! Though passionate and aggressive before, Dragunov has unlocked a new level to it! When he calms down, he realizes what he did to Starz. Dragunov apologizes to Starz, but can Starz even hear him? What will this new intensity in Dragunov mean for his road back to redemption?
NXT UK looks back on Ben Carter’s in-ring debut.
From Supernova Sessions right into a Cruiserweight Championship match with Jordan Devlin, the pro-wrestling prodigy impressed many on the roster. Carter may not have won his title match debut, but he shows a lot of promise, and will be back in action next week!
Sam Gradwell shares his own opinion of Ben Carter.
“Ben Carter? This supposed to be exciting? Fizzing around like a bloody Catherine wheel?” As much as Gradwell likes spelling out naughty words with a sparkler, he’s not here to be “a pretty little bonfire treat.” Gradwell will admit Carter push Devlin to his limit in just his debut, “but we’ll see how exciting the lad is when this Thunderstorm sends him packing back to Jersey. Ben Carter is a yogurt!” Will Gradwell rain on Carter’s parade before it even gets going?
Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone!
The Bhangra Badboy is back in action on his own, and the Lucky-Yin set him up against a rather tough opponent. Will the returning King of Travelers trample all over Jordan’s singles run?
The bell rings and Jordan circles with T-Bone. They tie up, T-Bone shoves him but Jordan comes back with a shoulder! Jordan ducks the punch to get a headlock, but T-Bone powers up. Jordan holds on, T-Bone keeps fighting but Jordan grinds on the hold. T-Bone back suplexes, Jordan lands on his feet and gets another headlock! T-Bone powers out, Jordan goes up and around the corner, but T-Bone is there to snapmare and RAM Jordan! Things speed up, Jordan hurdles but T-Bone blocks the hip toss. Jordan body shots and flips up an dover, then dodges the clothesline, only to get hit with a forearm!
T-Bone drags Jordan up, scoops him, and gives him a BACKBREAKER, to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jordan flounders but T-Bone is on him with elbows and forearms and even knees! Jordan gets to a corner, kicks back but T-Bone throws heavy hands! Williams coaches Jordan up but T-Bone kicks Jordan down! T-Bone throws more forearms, Jordan gives some but T-Bone jabs and forearms back! Jordan shoves but T-Bone kicks him down. T-Bone shoves Jordan to ropes to CLUB him on the rebound! And again the other way! T-Bone covers and glares at Williams, TWO! Williams rallies for Jordan as T-Bone whips him, but Jordan elbows back!
Jordan throws forearms, CHOPS, but T-Bone shoves. Jordan goes up, the monkey flip is blocked to a SLAM! T-Bone has the legs, and he swings Jordan under the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref reprimands then checks on Jordan, T-Bone covers, TWO! T-Bone clamps onto Jordan and drives knees into Jordan over an dover! T-Bone clamps on with a chinlock, fish hooks Jordan’s face, then CLUBS him in the chest! T-Bone wraps on the chinlock again nice and tight, and he thrashes Jordan around. Jordan fights his way up, and jawbreakers free! Jordan kicks at T-Bone’s leg, throws body shots and forearms, but T-Bone shoves.
Jordan comes back with more forearms and a dropkick! T-Bone rebounds, Jordan dodges the boot and sunset flips! T-Bone stays up, but Jordan avoids the elbow drop! Jordan throws hands, facelocks and grabs at arms, but T-Bone back drops free! T-Bone stalks Jordan to a corner, and is Williams smirking? Jordan dodges T-Bone’s corner splash, then runs in, only into T-Bone’s arms! T-Bone brings Jordan up, but Jordan sunset flips again. T-Bone stays up again, then sits on Jordan! TWO and Jordan slips out the back?! Roll up, Jordan wins!!
Winner: Amir Jordan, by pinfall
What a shocker! Certainly for Williams, he seems almost confused as to how that happened. But Williams did say Jordan would have luck on his side. Will that luck run out? Or will it take Jordan all the way back to a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
“Nina Samuels. I beat you fair and square. And then you jump me after the match. You then cost me the match with Isla Dawn. What is it? This is not the Nina Samuels Show. And now, you want to drag my family’s name through the dirt? Soon enough, Nina, you will see exactly what a Brookside is truly capable of.” Will Nina consider bowing out of the leading role in a sequel with this fired up second generation superstar?
While Primate & Wild Boar are part of next week’s massive Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION Tag Match to name new #1 contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, their mastermind will be BANNED from ringside! That’s right, Eddie Dennis will not be allowed to interfere in the battle between The Hunt, Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, Pretty Deadly, and South Wales Subculture! Will The Hunt end up the hunted without the Welsh Dragon there to guide them?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners!
The reign that is 509 days and counting could be stopped right here! The Scary Queen of Scots has overcome everyone put in front of her, even the likes of Toni Storm and Piper Niven! But she and the Spoiled Princess haven’t had a real opportunity to go 1v1 until today! Will KLR make it to day 510? Or will Jinny having a knight in not so shining armor be a major factor?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle to determine the brand’s one true queen begins!
KLR and Jinny tie up, go around, and KLR powers Jinny back. Jinny pulls hair to back KLR down but KLR pulls at hair, too! They go around, into a corner, and the ref calls for a break. The ref steps in between them to break this up, and BT Sports Studio likes the aggression. KLR and Jinny circle, tie up and KLR wrenches to a wristlock. KLR grinds on the shoulder then chinbars Jinny down. Jinny pulls at her and grabs at KLR’s chin, but KLR pushes her down to scrape her boot off Jinny’s head! Jinny gets up to shove KLR, KLR SLAPS Jinny back! KLR wrenches, Jinny wrenches back and wrangles KLR with an armlock.
Piper Niven is spotted on the screens watching this match as Jinny talks trash and pushes KLR around. KLR CHOPS Jinny back! KLR bumps Jinny off buckles, throws more CHOPS and fast hands, but the ref counts and she stops at 4. Jinny puts KLR in the corner to stomp a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Jinny stops at 4, and now Dani Luna is spotted among those watching on the screens. KLR CHOPS Jinny then kicks her back. KLR whips and dropkicks Jinny down! Cover, TWO! KLR argues the count, and now Amale is spotted among the screens. KLR keeps on Jinny but Jinny shoves back, only for KLR to spin her to a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Conners is relieved but KLR is annoyed. KLR drags Jinny to a drop zone and climbs up top, and Conners waves hi. Jinny gets up, KLR has to jump over her and her leg jams! KLR runs back but into Jinny’s OVERHEAD ARM-DRAG into buckles! Cover, TWO!! KLR flops out of the ring and Conners is there to taunt her, but the ref tells him to stay back. Jinny fetches KLR and bumps her off the apron! And off the steel steps! Jinny fires off forearms but the ring count is climbing! Jinny refreshes things at 7, then brings KLR up. KLR throws body shots, Jinny clubs her down, and the count begins again. Jinny brings KLR up but KLR RAMS her into the barriers!
KLR brings Jinny up but Jinny bumps her off the apron! Jinny refreshes the count at 8 but KLR gets in. Jinny hurries after KLR and rains down rights. Cover, TWO! Something’s going on with the screens, and is that Aoife Valkyrie? The screens go back to normal and Jinny puts KLR in a corner. Jinny wrenches and whips KLR corner to corner hard! KLR bounces off buckles and Jinny covers, TWO! Jinny grows frustrated and she tells KLR, “You are NOT championship material!” KLR SLAPS Jinny away! Jinny comes back to ROCK KLR with a right, whips her, but KLR reverses. Jinny rolls to trip KLR up into the grounded surfboard!
KLR endures as Jinny rocks back and forth! KLR tells the ref to shut up and stop asking her, and she gets an arm free! KLR crawls and reaches but Jinny stomps her over and over! KLR still gets the ropebreaks! The ref counts, Jinny lets go to stomp KLR over and over! Jinny rains down rights again, then drags KLR back up. Jinny pulls hair and snapmares KLR to a cover, TWO! Jinny clamps on with a chinlock and now both Xia Brookside and Nina Samuels are watching. KLR endures, fights up, but Jinny pulls hair again. Jinny brings KLR up to throw a heavy forearm!
Jinny ripcords but KLR dodges, only for Jinny to ROLLING HEEL KICK! And another ROLLING HEEL KICK! But KLR SUPERKICKS back! Both women are down and BT Sports Studio fires up! Conners is worried as the standing count climbs past 5. Jinny and KLR are up at 8, and KLR ROCKS Jinny! Jinny comes back to forearm KLR and now they go back and forth! KLR gets the edge, Jinny knees low and hard! Jinny whips, KLR reverses to SUPERKICK again! DDT! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives, but KLR puts on a KOJI KLUTCH! Jinny flails, KLR thrashes, but Jinny endures! Conners grows worried again, but Jinny fights up and rolls KLR to a cover, TWO!!
KLR lets Jinny go and kicks, but Jinny blocks! Jinny throws KLR into the KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up and reels her in, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! KLR survives but Conners argues the count. Jinny drags KLR up to club her over and over on the back! Jinny drags KLR up, KLR CHOPS her! KLR gets the leg, uses that to reel Jinny into the Gory Especial, but Conners gets on the apron! KLR lets Jinny go to back Conners off, but she turns around into Jinny’s KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up, puts her in the ropes, THE MAKEOVER!! Cover, Conners even holds KLR’s legs down, but the ref sees that!! The ref EJECTS Conners!!
Conners is furious but he grabs the belt, saying it’s Jinny’s! KLR rolls Jinny up, TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Conners is taking the title but KLR goes out to snatch it from him! KLR DECKS Conners, gets in, but Jinny has the belt! KLR ducks the belt shot, and the ref sees it, too! The ref grabs at the belt but Jinny won’t let it go! KLR gets Jinny for the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB!! Cover, KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
Jinny’s insurance policy failed her, and the historic reign continues! What will it take for someone, anyone, to dethrone KLR?
A great episode for NXT UK from top to bottom! Mastiff and Rampage was a great match, especially for an opener, and naturally Rampage wins as he’s the new big star moving up the ranks. Who knows, we might get a rematch or a series of rematches because if this was the first one, I’d love to see what they could do to build upon it. At the very least, this helps get Rampage on track towards the NXT UK Championship and Walter, and he could be in a position to challenge in the Spring to match with WrestleMania season. As a fall back, have these two guys be a tag team and just steamroll some people.
A-Kid had a decent “self-reflection” promo, but I still expect him to focus on the Heritage Cup Championship, and to build up that reign with a lot of great defenses, maybe even giving rematches to some of his opponents from the tournament. I again enjoyed Sam Gradwell’s promo running down one of the bright stars of NXT UK, he has great obscure references because I forgot what a “Catherine wheel” was until I googled it. This surely means Ben Carter’s match week is against Gradwell, and that will be Carter’s first win in NXT UK. Xia Brookside had a good video promo warning Nina Samuels, I look forward to a more intense Brookside in the coming weeks.
I was completely and gladly shocked by how Dragunov changed in that match with Jack Starz. I thought there was going to be a long run of Dragunov being mellow, more technical, and struggling to win, and then at a certain point, he’d snap and get back to Unbesiegbar. Instead, they did a lot of that in just this one match and then he went above and beyond into this extra scary Dragunov. This fugue state Dragunov is a very interesting take, but I look forward to seeing the follow-up with Starz confronting Dragunov about it.
I think Williams is turning Heel on Jordan. He tried to set Jordan up to fail against T-Bone, but then Jordan wins, so maybe Williams tries to take it up a notch and set Jordan up against someone like Mastiff or Saxon Huxley. It’ll come out that Williams is doing this out of a sense of jealousy and bitterness, the team splits up, and we’ll get a great match of Jordan VS Williams.
KLR VS Jinny was a great main event, but the only thing that brought it down was NXT UK trying to make it seem like all the women on the roster were watching via ThunderDome technology. They did a good job with Piper Niven but I swear Amale was edited in, she was in far better focus than all the other screens. The one effective one was Aoife taking over the screens with supernatural powers similar to The Fiend or Taker. I like the creativity with how Conners tries to screw KLR over but ends up screwing Jinny over. There were some good false dirty finishes, and in the end KLR wins to keep history going. I have a feeling, given those ThunderDome screen edits, Aoife will be built up so that she will be the one to dethrone KLR and immediately be a star. Not sure how effective that is but it’s clearly NXT UK’s goal.
My Score: 8.4/10
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