NXT UK has a BIG rematch in store!
Gallus gloated and the Bomber retorted, and now we have a two-for-one rematch! Who makes good on NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff redemption?
If you can read this, then this is STOLEN CONTENT.
- Dani Luna VS Kay Lee Ray; KLR wins.
- Ridge Holland VS Joseph Conners; Holland wins.
- Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno; Ohno wins.
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Dave Mastiff, Flash Morgan Webster & Trent Seven; Gallus wins.
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Dani Luna VS Kay Lee Ray!
When the NXT UK Women’s Champion busted up a match of two young hopefuls, the young power lifter hit back! Now Luna looks to settle things with the Scary Queen of Scots in Coventry. But will she learn why KLR is a killer?
The bell rings and Luna rushes KLR. They tie up, Luna waistlocks and slams KLR! Then again! Luna drags KLR up but KLR elbows free. KLR kicks but Luna blocks and throws her down! Luna gut wrench suplexes KLR fast! KLR gets to a corner but Luna runs in. KLR kicks the legs out but Luna avoids the basement mule kick to roll KLR up! TWO and KLR is up to LARIAT Luna down! KLR kicks and stomps Luna then drags her into a seated cobra twist. KLR clubs Luna on the chest over and over and shouts at her to quit. Luna refuses so KLR throws her down by her hair. KLR drags Luna up to whip into a corner then throws a big forearm. KLR snapmares Luna then hops up and leaps for a missile dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Fans rally and duel as KLR looms over Luna. KLR clubs Luna on the back but Luna hits back with body shots! Luna throws forearms but KLR knees low. KLR whips but Luna holds ropes to deny the dropkick! Luna dead lifts suplexes KLR! Cover, TWO! KLR survives and Luna is learning the toughness of a champion. Luna fireman’s carries but KLR fights out and SUPERKICKS Luna in the back! KLR brings Luna up, Gory Especial for GORY BOMB! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
Luna learned the strength of a champion, but KLR makes sure Luna learns a lesson about the viciousness! KLR goes after Luna in a corner with forearms and haymakers! The ref pulls KLR off but KLR drags Luna up for another Gory lift. But Piper Niven rushes out to make the save! Fans cheer Piper as she glares at KLR. KLR grabs her title and says, “No chance.” But is Piper’s shot at KLR and the NXT UK Women’s Championship inevitable?
If you can read this, then this is STOLEN CONTENT.
NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s episode.
Finn Balor was on his way back out. “Message sent. Walter, I work Wednesdays.” But Finn passes by NXT UK General Manager, Johnny Saint, and Assistant GM, Sid Scala, and gets some nasty looks. Finn also gets nasty looks from Gallus, Trent Seven, and Ilja Dragunov. Tyler Bate encounters Balor at the door. The two stare down but don’t say a word. Is the Ring General only the first of many targets for the Prince?
Tyler Bate asks a favor of NXT management.
Bate notes as they know that Finn Balor stopped by in NXT UK and acted like he owned the place. But he doesn’t. Bate wants to knock Finn down a peg sooner rather than later. Sid tells Bate that he agrees, but there’s no guarantees. But what is coming is in two weeks. Bate will compete for a chance at the NXT UK Championship for TakeOver: Dublin. Saint says it will be a 20 Man Battle Royal! Bate likes the sound of that. Will the Big Strong Boy be able to rise above and have a chance at redemption?
Nina Samuels watches Aoife Valkyrie’s vignette.
“Witness the rise of the Valkyrie.” “Buzz” is a word used to describe the excitement surrounding someone or something. That word should be synonymous with Nina Samuels, but for some reason, the NXT UK Women’s Division is growing and growing, and the buzz is on the “new sensation,” Aoife Valkyrie. Nina doesn’t scare for someone new stealing the spotlight. Therefore, next week will show who the true leading lady of NXT UK is. Then the only words on the lips of the fans will be, “Nina Samuels.”
If you can read this, then this is STOLEN CONTENT.
Ridge Holland VS Joseph Conners!
The “leading lady” isn’t the only one with issues regarding new stars. The Righteous Killer continues his campaign to prove he is #TakeOverWorthy while looking to break the “shiny new toys.” But will this shiny new toy be what breaks Conners?
The bell rings and Holland circles with Conners. They tie up, and Holland pushes Conners away. Conners and Holland circle again but Conners backs off to a corner. The ref keeps Holland back and Conners comes out. Holland rushes Conners and waistlocks but Conners elbows free. Conners throws haymakers but Holland throws a European uppercut! Conners boots but Holland blocks it. Holland choke grips and throws Conners into a corner. Conners boots back then whips, but Holland blocks and reverses. Conners goes up and over but Holland uppercuts him down! Holland tilt-o-whirl SLAMS Conners back down!
Fans rally and duel, “You’re Not Worthy!” “Yes You Are!” Holland sits Conners up for clubbing crossface forearms! Holland spikes an elbow into Conners, then stalks him to ropes. Conners jawbreakers back and runs, but leaps into Holland’s arms! Conners flails and fights free, but Holland avoids the dropkick to the legs. Holland runs in but Conners sends him out! Conners DIVES and hits Holland at the ramp! Conners puts Holland in quick and climbs up again. He leaps and hits Holland with a body check! Cover, ONE! Conners rains down rights but Holland gets away. Conners keeps on Holland in the corner with body shots. The ref counts as Conners clubs Holland around the way.
Conners kicks the bad leg, and then wraps the leg on the ropes! The ref counts but Conners stops at 4 to elbow and haymaker. Holland shoves Conners right out to the apron. Holland hobbles and Conners hotshots him! Conners runs in to club Holland hard on the back! Conners puts the leg on the ropes again to STOMP! Holland rolls but Conners hits a leg DDT! Conners is after the bad leg as he keeps hitting Holland around the ring. Holland arm triangles but Conners fights free. Only to run into the Alabama lift! But Conners cradle counters, TWO! CHOP BLOCK to the leg! Holland drags himself to a corner and Conners stomps the leg more.
Conners drags Holland to the apron to SLAM the leg on the apron! And then swing it into the post! The ref reprimands and starts a ring count but Conners swings the leg into the post again. Holland hobbles to the far side and Conners hurries over. Conners blocks the boot to jam the knee! Conners puts it on the ropes to stomp away again! The ref counts but Conners won’t let up. Conners pulls on the leg so the ref pushes him off. Conners grabs Holland but Holland tries a facelock block. But Conners still trips Holland and stomps away on the leg again! Holland kicks back but Conners just keeps stomping. Conners steps through but Holland pushes him off the toehold. Conners leaps, into an OVERHEAD belly2belly!
Fans cheer Holland’s toughness as he hobbles over. Holland blocks a punch, then another, for ANOTHER belly2belly! Holland drags Conners up for clubbing shots and a LARIAT! Now Holland is furious and he demands Conners get up. Conners rises and Holland POUNCES him out of the ring! Holland slowly heads after Connersaruond the way. Holland puts Conners in the ring but has to take a moment to check his leg. Conners goes to the far side and Holland hobbles after. Holland drags Conners up but Conners mule kicks the bad leg! Slingshot COMPLETE SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Conners loses his cool but Holland is still down in the corner. Conners runs corner to corner, but Holland pops him up! Holland wants his slam but Conners holds ropes! Conners lets go, NORTHERN GRIT!! Cover, Holland wins!!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
The biggest win and the toughest test for Holland since coming to NXT UK! He still gives Conners a tip of the cap, but will either of these men be #TakeOverWorthy as we head for Dublin?
Something happened backstage!
Dave Mastiff and Flash Morgan Webster find Mark Andrews down. Andrews clutches his leg. Trent Seven and The Hunt come by and see what happened. Trent hurries off to get help, but now Gallus comes over. FMW and Mastiff accuse them of doing this to Andrews, but they defend they wouldn’t need to, since they’d just beat Andrews in the match. But the match is still on, if Mastiff and Webster are still up for it. Will Mastiff and the Modfather be able to beat Joe Coffey and the NXT UK Tag Team Champions in a 3v2 situation? And if it wasn’t Gallus, then who would go after the Welsh rockstar?
NXT UK takes a closer look at Ilja Dragunov.
“Ilja Dragunov doesn’t go into fights weighing chances. I just go in.” He is UNBESIEGBAR, and he is ready to get back in the ring.
Kenny Williams VS Kassius Ohno!
The Lucky Yin may have his Bhangra Badboy buddy, Amir Jordan, back, but he still wants to see how he does solo. Will the Wrestling Genius have a plan to account for luck?
The bell rings and Williams circles with Ohno. Ohno asks the crowd, “Who’s ready for a British wrestling lesson?” Fans boo and troll by singing “Kass-see-us Ohno~” for Kash-us Ohno. Ohno and Williams tie up, go around, and Ohno turns things into a partial straitjacket. Ohno drags Williams down but Williams bridges to avoid the cover. Williams gets up, rolls back and wrenches to a wristlock! Ohno gets up, spins through and arm-drags Williams away. Williams hops and grins at Ohno, but Ohno keeps him cornered. The two circle and tie up with one knuckle lock, but Ohno spins to wrench the wrist. But Williams rolls and rolls and wrenches Ohno!
Ohno powers through to wring Williams out but Williams is on his feet. Ohno rushes Williams and throws him, but Williams rolls to his feet. Williams crosses his fingers for good luck at Ohno but Ohno rushes him again! Ohno knees low then mocks Williams’ pain. Ohno wrings Williams, Williams rolls to his feet then leaps over Ohno! Williams rolls Ohno up, TWO! Williams jumps up but Ohno blocks the headscissors! Ohno pops Williams up but Williams lands on his feet. Williams returns but his leap is caught for a tilt-o-whirl, that Williams turns into his headscissors! Williams runs to bulldog but Ohno powers out. Ohno walks into a EuroUpper, but then Williams springboards into Ohno’s arms! Ohno dead lifts and pops Williams up, for a CRUCIFIX! Cover, TWO!!
Williams headlocks but Ohno spins through to throw Williams at ropes. Williams goes to buckle bump, Ohno blocks but Williams kicks him away. The ref counts as Williams goes to the apron. Williams springboards but Ohno puts a foot on his hand to block the transition! Ohno grabs Williams’ hand but Williams climbs up. Ohno SUPER arm wringers Williams down! Williams clutches that arm but Ohno is on him with clubbing forearms. Williams flounders to a corner but Ohno CLUBS him harder. Ohno wrenches and wrings Williams down again to trap an arm and torture the other. Fans rally up as Ohno bends the crossed fingers back. Ohno JAMS the fingers into the mat!
Williams clutches his hand but Ohno SLAPS him on the head. Ohno gives toying kicks and clubbing forearms, but Williams gets mad. Williams SLAPS, CHOPS and ROCKS Ohno! Ohno wrenches the arm and goes to the apron. Williams punches and kicks away on Ohno! Williams uses a BIG dropkick to send Ohno down! Then he runs to wreck Ohno with another! Williams skins the cat to build up speed and DIVE! Direct hit staggers Ohno! Williams puts Ohno in but Ohno slips out the side. Williams comes around and climbs up to SUPER TRUST FALL! The ref counts but Williams puts Ohno in at 2. Williams climbs the corner again to springboard and missile dropkick! Ohno stays on his feet so Williams runs in, PSYCHO KNEE! Cover, TWO!!
Fans rally and duel as Williams checks his fingers. Ohno throws off an armband as a distraction to go after Williams’ eyes! Ohno whips but Williams springboards for Springstein McQueen! Williams runs to wheelbarrow, but Ohno blocks! Ohno Penalty Kicks the bad arm out! And DREAM SMASHER ELBOW!! So much for no longer using strikes! Ohno won’t end it here, he puts on the KASSIUS KLUTCH! Williams is OUT, Ohno wins!
Winner: Kassius Ohno, by submission
The ring announcer gets the name right, KASH-US Ohno wins. But that was a little less Wrestling Genius and a little more Knockout Artist. Personas aside, will Ohno be the one heading for Dublin?
Backstage interview with A-Kid.
Josiah Williams says the Spanish Ace has been amazing, but how would he rate his time in NXT UK? AK says he’s learned a lot here, from both being in the ring with the best, and meeting some of the best. It is definitely awesome. Noam Dar comes by complaining he’s already done a lot of interviews today, but he’ll give Josiah 40 seconds. AK talks back to Dar in Spanish. Dar responds in French. Dar explains in English: “You, A-Kid. Me, a legend.” Then how about the “legend” faces A-Kid in the ring? Dar usually only plays the big games, but if the check is right, then sure. He’ll take his golden left foot and kick A-Kid into orbit. A-Kid starts taking off the jacket but Dar says, “Tranquilo.” And see you next week, “El Dafty.”
The Jordan Devlin Cruiserweight Championship Tour is coming to NXT UK.
The Irish Ace is coming home and will defend against a long-time rival in the Kiwi Buzzsaw! The two have had a back and forth that goes far beyond their time in the WWE and NXT UK. Will Travis Banks be able to dethrone Devlin and ruin the return?
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Dave Mastiff, Flash Morgan Webster & Trent Seven!
Back in August, the Iron King was the Last Man Standing, but the hometown heroes took the tag titles. However, someone assaulted Andrews earlier tonight and now Gallus has the numbers advantage. Will Gallus Boys stay on top in 3v2?
But wait! It won’t be a handicap match! Trent Seven joins Mastiff and Webster! Will the Man from Moustache Mountain be the difference maker they need?
Seven hands Moustache Mountain towels to Mastiff and Webster to make them honorary members of the club. The tension mounts but the ref keeps the peace. Fans sing as the trios sort out, and we begin with Wolfgang and Seven. They tie up with the bell and Wolfgang headlocks. Seven powers out but Wolfgang runs him over with a shoulder! Wolfgang throws hands then runs but Seven shows back drop. Wolfgang uses that to whip Seven but Seven comes back with a crossbody! Seven hip tosses Wolfgang then tags in FMW. Seven drops a leg, brother, then FMW hits an imploding senton! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang pushes FMW away to tag in Mark Coffey.
FMW boots Mark then jumps over him to huricanrana Wolfgang! Mark kicks low then whips FMW, but FMW dodges to DIVE onto Wolfgang! FMW enziguris Mark away then springboards in, QUEBRADA! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang returns and stares down with FMW. Mark waistlocks and pushes FMW, but FMW bucks him off. Joe Coffey swings but FMW dodges to triangle dropkick! But Mark blasts him with a running elbow! Tag to Wolfgang and the tag champs double whip. FMW jumps over Mark but Wolfgang hits a calf kick! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang keeps FMW down with a facelock. Fans rally up as FMW fights to his feet. Wolfgang powers FMW back and tags in Mark.
Mark tags brother Joe and Mark hits FMW with a corner uppercut. Joe taunts Mastiff and Seven as Wolfgang hits a corner crossbody! Joe then adds a pop-up uppercut! “Gallus Boys on top!” Fans boo as Joe drags FMW up. Joe bumps FMW into buckles then rams a shoulder, and repeat! He pushes FMW into ropes then rams shoulders into his back. Joe scoops FMW for a backbreaker! Cover, TWO, but Joe runs to hit a sliding lariat! Cover, TWO! Joe drags FMW away with a half straitjacket. FMW endures as Joe thrashes him about. Fans rally up but Joe knocks FMW down. Joe digs a knee into FMW’s head and drags him up. Fans continue to rally and FMW again endures the straitjacket.
FMW fights his way up but Joe uses the jacket to SLAM FMW down! Joe drops an elbow then covers, TWO! Joe drags FMW away and Wolfgang tags in. Gallus mugs FMW but FMW does his best to fight back. Wolfgang knees low then snapmares, for the flying senton! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang taunts Seven before putting FMW in the corner. Tag to Mark and the mugging continues. The ref missed the tag so he doesn’t approve of Mark being in. Wolfgang snapmares to cover, TWO! This time the ref sees Mark tag in and Mark stomps FMW down. FMW kicks back but Mark stomps him more. Mark drops but misses the elbow! Fans rally for FMW but Mark drags him up for a half nelson and chibar.
FMW endures as Mark thrashes him about. Mark rams a knee into FMW then sucker punches Seven! FMW keeps kicking but Mark stomps him down. Mark clamps back on with another half nelson but fans still rally. FMW fights up and throws elbows. FMW reaches, fights Mark off, but Mark spins him around. Mark swings, FMW ducks and puts up his hands. Mark falls for it and gets a HEADBUTT! FMW flounders and tags in Mastiff! Fans cheer as the Bomber rallies on Gallus! Mastiff clubs away on Mark then whips him to ropes for a BIG back drop! Wolfgang runs in but is sent out! Mark tags to Joe and rushes Mastiff but is sent out, too! Now we get the Cardiff Last Man Standing rematch!
They ram and ram and ram, but Joe ducks down to redirect Mastiff. Mastiff still LARIATS back! Cover, TWO! Mastiff drags Joe up but the two grab each other’s throats with both hands! Mastiff breaks Joe’s grip and pops him up for a SPINE BUSTER! Cover but Wolfgang just breaks it! Seven fakes Wolfgang otu to CHOP the leg and DDT! Seven DIVES onto Mark! But Mark catches him for a CHOKE SLAM! Seven and Gallus are down on the outside but Joe swings at Mastiff. Mastiff fireman’s carries but Joe fights out. Joe shoves Mastiff away and spins, but the two collide head to head! Mastiff staggers back and FMW tags in! Mastiff fireman’s carries Joe and hits a ROLLING SENTON! FMW is up top for the RUDE BOY BLOCK!! Cover, TWO!!
FMW fires up and drags Joe into an arm wrench. But Wolfgang is back so FMW KNEE TRIGGERS him out! Joe pops FMW up in a waistlock, but FMW rolls through to cover! TWO!! Joe and FMW get up, Mark anchors FMW’s foot! FMW kicks Mark away and avoids Joe’s Glasgow Sendoff spear! Joe stops short of the buckles and hops up. Wolfgang tags in before Joe crossbodies FMW! Wolfgang tags Mark before he dropkicks Mastiff! Mark feeds FMW to Wolfgang’s scoop, enziguri and POWERSLAM! Joe tags in and he runs, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall
#GBOT, Gallus Boys On Top! It wasn’t for lack of trying that Mastiff, the Modfather and the Man from Moustache Mountain failed. Gallus is just a well-oiled machine. Will NXT UK still become their kingdom as we roll down the Road to WrestleMania and Dublin?
A pretty good episode for NXT UK. The next couple of weeks are going to be big now that we know a #1 Contender’s Battle Royal is happening. I’m very curious how that turns out since it leads into TakeOver: Dublin. I don’t expect it to be Tyler Bate, Kassius Ohno, Ridge Holland or Joseph Conners. All those guys could have different TakeOver matches and it’ll still be great. I would expect Finn Balor will want in on the match, and perhaps there will be NXT USA promos to help propel that story, since we’re likely not getting matches. Finn winning a battle royal would be pretty big but it’d be a hard fought and quick way for him to get at the NXT UK Champion.
The matches we got tonight were pretty solid. Naturally KLR wins against Dani Luna and naturally her attack after the match prompts Piper. That is the very obvious NXT UK Women’s Championship match and there’s already plenty of story to feed into it given the Blackpool Triple Threat and the I Quit with Toni Storm. Conners VS Holland was really good, certainly Holland’s best match so far, and it showed his character could deal with someone as experienced and vicious as Conners. Bate may want after Balor, but I hope we still get Bate VS Conners for Dublin. Ohno VS Williams was pretty good, but mostly a filler until a clear new rival pops up for the Wrestling Genius.
There was a lot of great stuff going into the main event match. Andrews being attacked to keep him out was an interesting twist, and it was great to see Seven back in action. Gallus clearly didn’t do it, because that’s too obvious. I’m thinking it was The Hunt, Primate and Wild Boar. They came by but barely reacted to the emergency. This could be a way for The Hunt to turn Heel, perhaps upset that they’re not being seen as good as the other teams. Plus there’s story there where they might have expected Mastiff to come to them to help fight Gallus and the attack was out of being disrespected. But the Six Man Tag was really good, and Gallus gets a good win. The tag team scene is also open, so who knows who steps up next.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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