A truly MASSIVE match for the NXT UK Championship!
Imperium wants to completely take over, but the Bomber stands in their way! Will Dave Mastiff be too much for WALTER to stay NXT UK Champion?
- Travis Banks VS Alexander Wolfe; Wolfe wins.
- Ridge Holland VS Saxon Huxley; Holland wins.
- Aoife Valkyrie VS Isla Dawn; Valkyrie wins.
- NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS Dave Mastiff; WALTER wins and retains the NXT UK Championship.
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Tonight, NXT UK will be colossal!
“Tonight, I know what I’m up against. The unbeatable, the unbreakable, the undeniable.” Dave Mastiff knows Walter, but Walter does not know Dave Mastiff. Mastiff is the most powerful man Walter will ever face, and is a “proper British Heavyweight. And I’ve got no quit in me.” Mastiff doesn’t want the title, he needs it! “Walter, tonight, your reign is over!”
Travis Banks VS Alexander Wolfe!
The Kiwi Buzzsaw didn’t take too kindly to Imperium’s mockery, so he’s ready to sink his teeth into the German Hatchet Man! Who cuts the other down as NXT UK heads for Dublin?
The bell rings and Wolfe rushes Banks! Banks dodges the boot to give a flying knee! Wolfe bails out but Banks builds speed and DIVES! Direct hit at the ramp! Banks puts Wolfe in the ring and runs up the corner to leap, DOUBLE STOMPS! Cover, TWO! Wolfe survives this opening salvo but fans are fired up for the Buzzsaw. Banks leaps again, into a European Uppercut! Wolfe hits the BOOT and down goes Banks! Wolfe finally takes off his jacket and throws it at Banks. Then Wolfe rains down rights and puts Banks in the corner. Wolfe throws heavy hands then brings Banks out for a standing chinlock. He EuroUppers Banks in the back, then claws at Banks’ face! The ref counts and Wolfe lets up at 4 to elbow Banks down.
Fans rally for Banks and he kicks from the mat. Wolfe grabs the leg to yank it, then scrapes his boots on Banks’ face. Basement dropkick and cover, TWO! Wolfe clamps onto Banks with a chinlock and grinds Banks down. Fans build to a rally and Banks pries against the hold. Banks powers up, throws body shots, but Wolfe scoops and slams Banks hard! Cover, TWO! Wolfe keeps on Banks with another chinlock and he grinds Banks down harder. Banks endures as Wolfe cranks back and fans rally up again. Banks fights up, throws more body shots, but Wolfe shoves him to a corner for a quick splash. Wolfe throws forearms and whips Banks out to send him back in! Then Wolfe whips Banks corner to corner before dusting off his hands.
Wolfe runs in but Banks dodges! Wolfe just stops himself from hitting buckles but Banks throws body shots again! Banks fires off from all sides and gets an edge with forearms. Wolfe shoves but the rolling elbow comes back! Wolfe staggers and runs over, but Banks sweeps the legs! Banks goes side to side, shotgun dropkick! Then Banks goes side to side the other way, for a basement shotgun! Wolfe is down and Banks jumps up, DOUBLE STOMPS! Fans cheer as Wolfe bails out and Banks is on the apron. Banks Penalty Kicks Wolfe down! Banks puts Wolfe back in then heads up top. Fans rally as he reaches the top and leaps, ANOTHER DOUBLE STOMP! Cover, TWO!! Wolfe survives but Banks keeps his focus.
Banks kicks Wolfe hard in the back over and over, and Wolfe keeps sitting up to take them. Fans fire up with Banks as he prepares, but Wolfe blocks the Buzzsaw’s buzzsaw! Wolfe EuroUppers and runs but Banks trips him up! Banks mule kicks Wolfe then drags him back up. But Wolfe gets the ANARCHY SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!! Banks survives but both men are down. Fans rally up as Banks and Wolfe stir. Wolfe is up first and he brings Banks to his feet to talk trash in German. Banks throws a big forearm! Wolfe EuroUppers but Banks boots! Banks bobs ‘n’ weaves and kicks away on Wolfe’s leg. Wolfe clamps on both hands but Banks breaks free to fire off palm strike after palm strike!
Banks back kicks, front kicks and roundhouses, but Wolfe gets under to GERMAN SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO! Wolfe drags Banks up, Banks slips out of the bomb to go to the corner, SLICE OF HEAVEN! But Wolfe flops out to the apron! Banks keeps his cool as he goes to the apron. Fans rally as Banks brings Wolfe up. Banks wants the fisherman but Wolfe holds onto ropes. Wolfe rakes Banks’ face to then lift him up, but Banks fights his way out and to a corner. Banks mule kicks Wolfe away, then DOUBLE STOMPS Wolfe to the apron!! Fans cheer as Banks gets back in the ring and the count begins. Wolfe stirs at 2, drags himself up at 4, but Banks goes back out.
Banks runs but the kick is punched away! Wolfe trips Banks up and Banks hits apron! Wolfe spins Banks around and has him draped in underhooks, for a twisting butterfly neckbreaker! Banks writhes but Wolfe puts him back in for a DDT! Cover, TWO!! Banks survives and fans cheer! Wolfe gets up first and fans rally up. Wolfe drags Banks to his feet, but Banks grits his teeth as he throws big forearms! Banks hits Wolfe over and over, but Wolfe clubs him back! Wolfe clubs and clubs Banks then reels him in, SIT-OUT BOMB! Cover, Wolfe wins!
Winner: Alexander Wolfe, by pinfall
Imperium’s soldier conquers the Kiwi Buzzsaw! Is this just proof that the foursome will take over NXT UK on all levels?
NXT UK hears from Eddie Dennis.
“Everyone’s always astounded that I went from the principal of a private school to a professional wrestler.” But the more time Dennis spends on NXT UK, the more he realizes just how much both roles have in common. Dennis is a graduate of a “red brick university,” and has an Honors degree in pure mathematics. In the classroom, it was Dennis’ job to mold the minds of the youth. “Any pro-wrestler can manipulate a body part. But it takes a certain level of intellect to manipulate the mind.” Whose bodies and minds does Dennis plan on manipulating next?
The NXT UK Tag Team Division is growing stronger every day.
Imperium, South Wales Subculture, The Hunt, Grizzled Young Veterans, Pretty Deadly, Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams, and even the new team-up of Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter. So many teams, but they must all step up to Gallus. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang hold the gold and lead the charge into the future of this brand.
Ridge Holland VS Saxon Huxley!
The Peaky Blinder is one of a kind, and has yet to even slow down since his debut in NXT UK. But will the Beast of the Astral Plane be an obstacle not even the former Rugby player can bust through?
The bell rings and Saxon runs right at Holland! Saxon boots and clubs and knees Holland to a corner then hits clotheslines and body shots. Holland powers Huxley off him, catches the boot for a T-Bone SUPLEX! Fans cheer as Holland grits his teeth. Holland runs and BLASTS Huxley off his feet! Huxley gets to a corner but Holland brings him up for the Alabama Slam! But Holland isn’t done, he gives Huxley even MORE Northern Grit! Cover, Holland wins!
Winner: Ridge Holland, by pinfall
Alabama, Yorkshire, it doesn’t matter where Holland is, he is one of a kind. Holland makes quick work of Huxley but still gives a tip of the cap. When and where will Holland find his next opportunity to dominate?
NXT UK hears from Jordan Devlin.
The Irish Ace is still in the States as he gives a message to Johnny Saint and Sid Scala. They can stop blowing up his phone, he’s heard all the voicemails and read all the emails. Don’t worry, the Jordan Devlin NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tour is going global, because next week, he returns to NXT UK in Coventry. This is for all the fans out there: “Your Ace, the Cruiserweight Champion, is coming home.” Who will step up to the Ace when he finally brings this belt to the brand?
Aoife Valkyrie VS Isla Dawn!
The newest force of nature collides with the White Witch for the first time in NXT UK! Will the flight of the Valkyrie ride on through the night?
The bell rings and Isla circles with Aoife. They tie up, fans rally and Aoife wrenches to a wristlock. Isla spins through but Aoife spins, too. Isla rolls and hooks a leg, but Aoife powers her down to the ma! Aoife keeps on the wristlock then snapmares to hook and La Magistrol, TWO! Aoife keeps hold to ghost pin, TWO! Fans rally as Aoife wrenches back to the wristlock. Isla pushes with forearms, spins and bridges to wring Aoife out! Cover, TWO as Aoife gets a shoulder up. Isla pushes it back down for another cover. TWO as Aoife brings the other shoulder up. Isla tries again, TWO as Aoife bridges! Isla throws her whole weight on Aoife for the cover, TWO as Aoife manages to bridge again!
Fans rally as Aoife monkey flips then rolls back to her own cover, TWO! Aoife gets to the corner, Isla runs in to monkey flip but Aoife handsprings through. Aoife wags a finger, then jumps to dropkick, but Isla grabs the legs out of the air! Isla has Aoife down, but Aoife rolls back to SPIKE-RANA! Cover, TWO as Isla sunset flips, TWO! Aoife jackknifes, TWO as Isla bridges up. Isla hooks the arms but Aoife resists the backslide. Isla still gets it, TWO! Aoife ducks a kick but Isla does the splits to avoid one back! Fans cheer as the two stare down. Aoife watches Isla start to rise and swings a kick! Isla ducks the kick to roll Aoife up! Aoife slips out to mule kick then run. She slides under Isla, Isla ducks a heel kick, but Aoife sweeps the legs!
Aoife powers up to standing moonsault! Cover, ONE, but by a small gap of the shoulder. Aoife keeps on Isla as fans rally up. She hooks one arm but Isla powers up. Isla tries to fireman’s carry but can’t keep Aoife up. Instead, Isla rams Aoife into the corner. Aoife pushes and boots bakc, then hops up. But Isla uses a Tiger Feint to trip Aoife up! Fans fire up as Isla climbs, leaps and METEORAS! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally again as Isla looms over Aoife. Isla drags Aoife up, waistlocks, but Aoife elbows back and PELES! Isla staggers, Aoife HEEL KICKS! Aoife heads up top, aims at Isla, FLYING SCISSOR KICK! Cover, Aoife wins!
Winner: Aoife Valkyrie, by pinfall
The Flight of the Valkyrie is 2-0 and soaring in the NXT UK Women’s Division! Will Aoife move up towards Kay Lee Ray and that NXT UK Women’s Championship?
NXT UK Media catches up with El Ligero.
Noam Dar has had a lot to say recently about the Luchador of Leeds. What is his response? “Six months ago, Joseph Connors had a lot to say about me. Last month, Jordan Devlin had a lot to say about me. And yeah, now Noam’s got a lot to say about me.” Ligero is getting a bit tired of people having something to say about him behind his back. So Ligero says that Noam might be big and strong on social media, but after a talk with Johnny Saint, Ligero is going to tell Noam straight: next week, Ligero shuts Noam’s annoying mouth for good!
NXT UK Championship: WALTER VS Dave Mastiff!
This will literally be the biggest match in this young title’s career! The Austrian Anomaly and the Bomber of Black Country are two of NXT UK’s biggest and strongest, but there can only be one at the very top! Will the Ring General retain the championship yet again? Or will a “proper British Heavyweight” do what so many others have failed to accomplish?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this mammoth main event begins!
Walter and Mastiff circle as fans rally and duel. They tie up, Mastiff wrenches to a wristlock but Walter chinbars through the beard. Walter brings Mastiff around in a facelock, they go along the ropes and end up in a corner. The ref counts and Walter backs off, but swings a chop! Mastiff gets under it and throws forearms back. Mastiff headlocks but Walter powers out. The two collide but neither falls! Walter forearms then runs but he and Mastiff collide again! Neither falls, so Mastiff and Walter throw forearms back and forth! Mastiff rocks Walter then runs, bumps Walter but Walter comes back! Mastiff rebounds, Walter hurdles over but Mastiff crossbodies! Down goes Walter! Cover, TWO!
Mastiff keeps on Walter with a headlock but Walter moves around. Fans sing as Mastiff clubs Walter on the back. Mastiff brings Walter up for EuroUppers and forearms, but Walter gets around to get a sleeper! Mastiff has the ropes but Walter slaps his hands down! Walter waistlocks but Mastiff elbows free. Walter BOOTS Mastiff and staggers him, then brings him in. Mastiff back drops Walter, Walter sunset flips but Mastiff sits on him! Cover, TWO!! Walter survives the crushing weight but Mastiff waits for him to rise. Mastiff clamps onto Walter then throws a big forearm into his back! Cover, TWO! Fans sing more as Mastiff brings Walter up for more forearms. Walter gives them back and we have another behemoth brawl.
Walter CHOPS but Mastiff shrugs it off! Mastiff throws more big forearms but Walter CHOPS! That one staggers Mastiff, but he still elbows back. Mastiff German Suplexes Walter into buckles! Walter is down, Mastiff gets moving, but Walter SHOTGUN DROPKICKS! Fans cheer for these “Two Big Guys! Two Big Guys!” Walter is up first, and brings Mastiff up. But again Mastiff back drops out! Mastiff throws big forearms and body shots but Walter CHOPS! Walter clamps on with the sleeper but Mastiff throws him off. Walter BOOTS Mastiff down! But Mastiff springs right back up!? Mastiff throws big body shots and forearms! York is thunderous as Walter CHOPS and turns Mastiff, to CHOP him down!
Walter heads up top, for a WALTER SPLASH! But he FLOPS as Mastiff moves! Fans rally up for “Dave! Dave!” as Mastiff stands. Mastiff drags Walter up now and tries to fireman’s carry, but Walter resists lift. Walter CHOPS Mastiff on the back, runs, but Mastiff side steps to REBOUND GERMAN! Mastiff has Walter up in the fireman’s carry, for a rolling senton!! Cover, TWO!! Walter survives and fans are fired up with dueling chants! Mastiff catches his breath as Walter crawls to a corner. Mastiff runs and leaps INTO THE VOID, but misses! Walter gets clear and Mastiff hits only mat! Walter is up, runs in but Mastiff dodges the dropkick! Mastiff drops a back senton! Walter ends up in the corner again, Mastiff goes again, back INTO THE VOID!! IT HITS!! Cover, TWO!! Walter survives and Mastiff can’t believe it!
York is thunderous again as Mastiff goes to the corner. Mastiff climbs!? Walter trips him up and Mastiff falls to the mat with a thud! Walter runs, but Mastiff LARIATS! Fans love “NXT! NXT!” for this truly titanic showdown! Mastiff drags Walter up but Walter CHOPS! It was to the throat! Walter BOOTS and CHOPS Mastiff again! He reels Mastiff in, and somehow manages a WALTER BOMB!! Cover, Walter wins!!
Winner: Walter, by pinfall (still NXT UK Champion)
New York, Cardiff, Blackpool, and now York. Imperium’s United Kingdom Champion continues his incredible, even superhuman reign! Will the Ring General and his soldiers continue to take over NXT UK and the world?
A really fun episode for NXT UK here. Banks VS Wolfe was a solid opener, and a great win for Wolfe. Holland VS Huxley was fast but Holland was just so incredibly dominant. It’s still early in Holland’s wrestling career, but he definitely deserves something big for a real story. We got a great little video for the NXT UK Tag Division just to keep all the teams in our minds as plans are being made for Dublin. Aoife VS Isla was great, and while every woman’s focus is the NXT UK Women’s Championship, I would love to see those two teaming together in the WWE Women’s Tag Division. One day, there needs to be a match for those titles where you have a Raw team, a SmackDown team, an NXT team and an NXT UK team fighting for them in an Elimination or Ladder match.
Eddie Dennis has a good video promo to keep himself going, and Ligero VS Dar next week is going to be pretty good. Devlin coming back to NXT UK next week can also start him and the Cruiserweights on this brand towards a program for TakeOver: Dublin. I suppose without a purely NXT UK midcard title, the Cruiserweight Championship can help give a lot of the stars just waiting around something to do. Then the main event, that was just great hard hitting heavyweight action. Mastiff looked amazing even in losing, and makes us all feel he is top title worthy, he just needs some more time. Add on that Balor is coming for Walter, TakeOver: Dublin could be on a Cardiff level of amazing.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/9/21)
205 Live nostalgia, anyone?
The Cruiserweight Division looks back before moving forward!
Now that there is ONE TRUE Cruiserweight Champion, the division moves forward. But with that, we also take a look back at some classic title matches!
- WrestleMania 34, WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali; Alexander wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- WrestleMania 35, WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese; Nese wins and becomes the new WWE Cruiserweight Champion.
- TakeOver 31, NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott; Escobar wins and retains the title.
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Nigel McGuiness opens the show!
“On the heels of the instant classic ladder match between Santos Escobar and Jordan Devlin, welcome to 205 Live!” Tonight, we revisit some of the very best Cruiserweight title matches of all time! And not many come better than the WrestleMania 34 showdown!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Finals: Cedric Alexander VS Mustafa Ali!
Months before April 8th, 2018, this title had been vacated and a tournament had been put in place! Before they were #PRIMED and the (former) leader of Retribution, they were the Heart and Soul of 205 Live! The then 205 Live General Manager, Drake Maverick, stands with the title belt to watch as theses two finalists battle it out for that very prize!
The bell rings and we begin. The fans are thunderous for them as they high-five and circle. Ali gets the waistlock but Alexander the standing switch and slam. The fans cheer for “Both These Guys!” while Ali gets up and puts on a headlock. Alexander lifts but Ali holds on. Alexander powers out, they collide, Alexander shoulders Ali down on the rebound. He wants Ali to show that heart, and they speed up. Ali headscissors Alexander and then dares Alexander to show the soul. They tie up and go against the ropes and into a corner. Neither man backs down until the referee separates them, then Ali shoves Alexander.
Alexander shoves back and dares Ali to hit him. Ali does with a chop, so Alexander responds with a kick. Alexander whips but Ali kicks him back, so Alexander rolls under and headscissors and dropkicks Ali down. Cover, TWO! Alexander puts Ali right in an armlock, but Ali works his way up and out. Ali whips but Alexander reverses, flapjack dropkick! Alexander staggers, Ali runs in but Alexander puts him on the apron to block a kick and hit a kick. Ali goes down, Alexander builds speed and FLIES! Down they both go, but Alexander is up first. He puts Ali in the ring, covers, TWO! Alexander keeps on Ali with a rear bearhug. Fans rally while Ali endures the squeeze.
Ali gets up and fights out of the hold, rocking Alexander with a forearm. Alexander responds with a running European Uppercut! He whips Ali corner to corner then throws him with a big back body drop. Cover, TWO, but Alexander keeps his cool as he puts Ali back in the bearhug. Ali endures the squeeze while fans rally again. Ali gets up and fights back but Alexander knees low. Alexander chops Ali, then brings him up for a suplex, but Ali slips out. Alexander knees low again, then runs, but into Ali’s lariat. Ali starts to rally and chop, but Alexander reverses the whip. Ali slides to a stop, and intercepts Alexander with a ROUNDHOUSE!
Alexander staggers, Ali rolls in for the facebuster! Cover, TWO! Ali brings Alexander up, but Alexander blocks and counters with a EuroUpper. Ali yanks his waistband and counters a kick with a kick! He runs, but into Alexander’s Spanish Fly! Both men are down and fans build to a rally. Alexander gets up while Ali gets to a corner. Alexander runs in, but into Ali’s boot. Ali hops up, tornado DDT blocked! Alexander hangs Ali up on the ropes, then catches his breath before climbing up to join him. Fans anticipate something, and Ali resists. They brawl on the top rope, but Alexander gets the better of Ali, only for Ali to almost send Alexander tumbling down with his counter.
Ali and Alexander brawl more while trying to stand up, Ali hits Alexander with a SUPER SPANISH FLY! Even John Cena watching from the audience is stunned seeing that! Cover, TWO, and Ali can’t believe it! He shakes his head as he watches Alexander flounder about. Ali brings Alexander over to a corner but Alexander knows what that means and resists. Ali kicks Alexander, then climbs, but Alexander gets up to throw him off! Maverick and the referee check on Ali after his crash landing, but Ali is still good to go. Alexander waits as the count begins, but Ali dares Alexander to finish him. Alexander takes the bait, he puts Ali in the ring and covers, TWO!
Alexander gets frustrated, but tells Ali it’s already over. Ali shakes his head, it’s not over. Alexander kicks Ali and then stomps away in a rage! He yanks Ali up, back suplex lift but Ali slips out! Ali hits the Reverse-Rana! Alexander is dazed, and Ali gets going. Ali hops up, flying tornado DDT! Alexander lands in a drop zone! Ali goes up, and hits the 0-5-4! Cover, ROPEBREAK! Alexander survives with a foot on the ropes! Ali shouts for Alexander to stay down before he stomps him back. Ali climbs up again, 0-5-4 FLOPS as Alexander moves! Alexander scrambles to his feet while Ali drags himself back up. They run at each other, Alexander’s big back elbow rocks Ali, but he still gives another.
Alexander tells Ali “This is enough!” But clearly, it isn’t, and the third back elbow flips Ali over! Alexander lifts Ali up, for the LUMBAR CHECK! Cover, Alexander wins!!
Winner: Cedric Alexander, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)
The Carolina Kid didn’t want to go that far, but he had no choice but to break the Heart of 205 Live. More importantly, Alexander finally proves he can win the big one! Drake Maverick personally presents the belt to Alexander, and the true celebration begins! The Age of Alexander would go on for quite a run, before running into an Aussie Juggernaut, who is featured in our next match!
Nigel McGuiness introduces the next match.
We fast forward an entire year to WM35, and Nigel was again there to see Tony Nese in his home state taking on the Australian Sensation, Buddy Murphy, in another incredible Cruiserweight kickoff to the Showcase of the Immortals!
WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Tony Nese!
The Aussie Juggernaut proved himself against some of the best in the Cruiserweight Division, from Cedric Alexander to Mustafa Ali to three opponents at the same time. And on the Grandest Stage of Them All, he went toe-to-toe with the Premier Athlete, a man who is a parallel to him in physique, a man who used to be his friend, and a man he betrayed over the greed for this title! But Nese had homefield advantage, and it came in handy!
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this battle of Body Guys!
Murphy runs right at Nese but Nese dodges the knee trigger! Nese fires off furious hands then counter punches. Murphy boots then goes up and over, but Nese keeps up to trip him up! New York fires up with their hometown kid, but Murphy dodges the triangle moonsault. Nese lands on his feet to slingshot and somersault to rock Murphy with a left! Nese puts Murphy in but has to push Murphy away on the top rope. Murphy comes right back but Nese resists the fireman’s carry. Nese fights back but still gets a gut buster drop on the buckles! Murphy checks his teeth while we go picture in picture.
Murphy stomps a mudhole into Nese but backs off at 4. Nese staggers up but Murphy is on him with a snapmare. Murphy swiftly kicks then covers, TWO! Murphy wraps Nese up in a chinlock but Nese endures. New York rallies behind Nese as Murphy shifts to a stretch. Murphy drives his elbow in again and again then wraps the chinlock back on. Nese fights his way up, we return to single picture as Murphy wrangles him back down. Murphy cranks Nese’s neck and leans his weight on him. Murphy’s eye is bloody but he ignores it while holding Nese down. Nese powers up and bumps Murphy off buckles. Murphy holds on but Nese bumps him again.
Murphy is still caught so Nese tries again, but Murphy uses that to throw Nese into buckles. Nese staggers into Murphy’s grip, tornado DDT denied with a snap suplex into the buckles! Murphy is down and Nese crawls to the opposite corner. Both men stand slowly, but Murphy walks into Nese’s elbow. Murphy comes back again but gets a haymaker! Nese rocks Murphy again, then again! Nese counter punches and snapmares to a facebuster. He runs, hits a knee lift and a heel kick! Murphy flounders to a corner while Nese nips up and fires up! New York fires up with him as he runs in for a big back elbow. Nese keeps moving but Murphy throws him to the apron.
Murphy turns around to counter and rock Nese, then climbs up for a suplex chance. Nese sweeps the legs and rocks him with a roundhouse, DRAPING triangle moonsault! Cover, TWO! Murphy survives, but Nese keeps his cool. Nese drags Murphy up for a whip but Murphy holds the ropes. Nese tries again but Murphy holds on. So Nese mule kicks Murphy into a whip. Murphy reverses but Nese slips under, pump handle but Murphy slips out. Murphy boots Nese away! He hops up but Nese SHORYUKEN! Nese climbs up to join a dazed Murphy, but Murphy resists a superplex. Murphy bumps Nese on a buckle, then sunset flips over. Nese denies the powerbomb but gets the SUPERKICK!
Murphy brings Nese out, AK-DDT! Cover, TWO! Nese survives but Murphy keeps his focus. Murphy drags Nese up by his hair and prepares the pumphandle. Nese victory rolls through, TWO! Murphy fireman’s carry to the TKO knee to knee trigger! Murphy suplexes but Nese slips out and shoves. Nese hits a REVERSE-RANA! Both men are down and New York cheers for this kickoff to the kickoff! Nese and Murphy get to opposite corners. Both men slowly stand as fans rally up. Nese and Murphy bob ‘n’ weave but Murphy gets his strike fest. Nese dodges the knee and goes Matrix to mule kick! Knee lift and roundhouse but Murphy jumps the sweep for buzzsaw, mule kick, but runs into Nese’s left forearm!
Nese runs but fakes Murphy out for an elbow. Murphy rebounds to LARIAT Nese off his feet! Murphy keeps going, but Nese back drops, to a VERTABREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Nese cannot believe Murphy survives! Murphy crawls to a corner but Nese pursues. Nese runs side to side but Murphy bails out, so Nese FLIES! The flop takes Murphy out and New York fires up as Nese puts Murphy in. Nese climbs up high, 450 splash! Cover, TWO!! Murphy survives again and Nese is beside himself. Murphy gets back to a corner and Nese brings down the knee pad. But Murphy grabs Nese’s leg, so Nese stomps a mudhole into him. Nese runs but into a KNEE TRIGGER!
Murphy pump handles, Murphy’s Law!! Cover, ROPEBREAK!! Nese still lives! Murphy is shocked but then he gets an idea. Nese is in the corner, and Murphy brings down his knee pad. Murphy runs side to side, but Nese SUPERKICKS him! German Suplex into buckles! PREMIER KNEE!! Cover, NESE WINS!!
Winner: Tony Nese, by pinfall (NEW WWE Cruiserweight Champion)
The unstoppable HAS been stopped! The Premier Athlete was the Juggernaut’s kryptonite, and now he is the new champion! We know the Premier Era ended with a Triple Threat involving Akira Tozawa and Drew Gulak, and the title itself would be integrated into the NXT system, eventually leading it to where it is today! As such, we relive a highlight of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship era!
Nigel McGuiness returns again for another match introduction.
The Cruiserweight title didn’t just make it to WrestleManias, it finally made it to NXT TakeOver thanks to Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: Santos Escobar VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott!
The year 2020 was certainly a mess, and the Irish Ace being isolated in the UK further complicated how this division worked. El Hijo del Fantasma won the “interim” title at the end of the Cruiserweight Championship Round Robin finals, with some controversy to it, but there was one man who did defeat him along the way! Swerve got his shot but was screwed over by El Legado and a loaded lucha mask! Swerve wanted revenge, but that is always hard to come by!
The introductions are made, the title is raised, and the Cruiserweight Division finally gets to TakeOver!
Escobar and Swerve circle as the crowd rallies up already. They approach, tie up, and Escobar gets the arm. Swerve hooks a leg to trip Escobar, cartwheels over but Escobar arm-drags Swerve away. Escobar runs but Swerve dodges, Escobar huricanranas but Swerve handsprings through! Swerve says HE is Cruiserweight wrestling, and that upsets Escobar. Escobar rushes Swerve, Swerve dodges and Eddy Gordo headscissors Escobar away! Escobar gets up and Swerve smirks. Swerve then trips Escobar, turns him over with leg hooks and goes to dead lift, but Escobar victory rolls through, TWO! Escobar sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! Swerve sweeps the legs to cover, ONE! The two stand off in fighting stances and the crowd loves it!
Swerve blocks Escobar’s punch, fakes him out to mule kick, and then runs, into a forearm! Escobar runs into a monkey flip! Escobar just barely gets his feet under him but Swerve handsprings and MOONSAULTS him down! The crowd is fired up as Swerve watches Escobar flounder. Escobar leans against the post, and pulls down the crossbar cover. Swerve gets in the ring to refresh the ring count, and he goes to the corner to CORKSCREW SENTON! Down goes Escobar and the crowd fires up again! Swerve puts Escobar in the ring but Escobar bails out the side. Swerve runs and FOSBURY FLOPS Escobar down! The fans are thunderous as Swerve is showing he can do it all!
Swerve puts Escobar in, covers, TWO! Escobar bails out again but Swerve pursues. Swerve drags Escobar up to go after the arm. Swerve wraps the arm around the very crossbar Escobar exposed! He’s showing Escobar what bending the rules gets you as he bends the arm! The ring count is at 7 but Swerve puts Escobar in at 8. Cover, TWO! Swerve grows annoyed with Escobar and he pulls Escobar around to go after the bad arm! Escobar endures as Swerve pulls it way back to drop down on it! Escobar puts a leg on the rope, Swerve stomps him anyway! Swerve brings Escobar up to Northern Light takedown into an ARMBAR! Short Arm Scissor, even, as Escobar resists.
Escobar gets legs under the ropes, Swerve lets off but goes to the apron. Swerve drags Escobar up to hotshot the arm! Fans rally as Swerve brings Escobar up again, but now Escobar hotshots Swerve! And KICKS him off the apron! Escobar runs and builds speed to DIVE! ARROW FROM HELL!! Swerve gets sent into the fencing, Escobar puts Swerve back in, covers, ONE?! Escobar is furious that Swerve kicks out so he KICKS Swerve in the face! Escobar waits for Swerve to stand and he LARIATS Swerve back down! Swerve gets to a corner, Escobar runs and DOUBLE KNEES! Escobar puts Swerve up top and SLAPS him!
Escobar climbs up and SUPER STEINERS! Then somersault and elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Swerve still lives and the fans stay fired up! Escobar stomps away on Swerve at the ropes but the ref counts. Escobar stops at 4 because he still doesn’t want to be disqualified. Escobar stands Swerve up and tells him, “Yo soy Lucha Libre!” Escobar SLAPS Swerve, kicks him, and says maybe if he spits in Swerve’s face will make him understand. Escobar reels back but Swerve puts a hand on Escobar’s mouth! No spit flies, but the fists do! Escobar clubs Swerve, reels him in, but Swerve frees himself to ROCK Escobar! And again! Swerve fires off heavy haymakers in the corner!
The ref counts, Swerve stops at 4 to throw Escobar down, for a DISCUS! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar flounders up. Swerve runs in to uppercut! Swerve snapmares Escobar for the falling EuroUpper! Escobar bails out but Swerve BOOTS him from the apron! And then again! Escobar goes down in a heap, Swerve puts him in, slingshot to somersault, ROLLING THUNDER SHOT! Cover, TWO!! Escobar survives but Swerve doesn’t lose focus. Swerve aims from the corner, hops up again and waits for Escobar to stand. Escobar is up but he climbs up to join Swerve! So Swerve slips under, only for Escobar to kick him away. Escobar turns around, Swerve dropkicks the legs out! DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!!
Escobar survives again but Swerve grits his teeth. Swerve drags Escobar up with a half nelson but Escobar gets the ropes! The ref counts, El Legado returns! The ref stops Wilde from getting in, Escobar shoves Swerve and Mendoza trips him up! Gut wrench, SHOULDER BREAKER! Cover, TWO!! Swerve survives the screw job attempt! Escobar goes to the apron to follow Swerve, runs side to side, but into a pop-up that puts Escobar on the ropes! Escobar is stuck on his fantasma, Swerve throws haymakers! Swerve then hops up, and STEINERS Escobar onto Legado!! They catch him, help him up, but here comes ASHANTE “THEE” ADONIS!!
From what’s been happening on 205 Live, Adonis isn’t a fan of Legado del Fantasma, either, and he goes up to TORNILLO! Adonis wipes out Mendoza and Wilde! The crowd is thunderous as Escobar is in shock! Adonis and Swerve run off the henchmen before Swerve hurries into the ring. Escobar runs over, gets a back elbow, and Swerve goes up and in to somersault, into a CALF KICK! Fireman’s carry, PHANTOM DRIVER!! Cover, TWO!??! How?!!? Escobar doesn’t know how, but the crowd is electric! Escobar is fuming as he stomps away on Swerve over and over! Escobar drags Swerve back up, suplexes, uno amigo! Then a roll over, dos amigos!
Fans boo, they don’t think Escobar is worthy of Eddie Guerrero but he still hits all three amigos! Escobar goes up top, FROG SPLASH FLOPS!! Swerve evades and denies Escobar his Latino Heat! Swerve gets the arm, POP CULTURE!! Escobar clutches his arm but Swerve gives him a HOUSE CALL!! But that’s not it, Swerve goes up for the 450 SPLASH!! Cover, TWO!?!?! Escobar survives all of that and Swerve is losing his mind! The crowd hopes they “Fight Forever!” because “This is Awesome!” But this will end somehow, and Swerve drags Escobar up. Escobar flounders, throws Swerve out and hurries back up.
Swerve hurries after him, half nelsons him, but Escobar holds ropes for dear life! Escobar pushes Swerve back, Swerve falls and hits the bare crossbar!! It comes into play after all!! Escobar drags Swerve in, brings him up, underhooks and lifts, BUTTERFLY FACEBUSTER ACROSS THE KNEE! Cover, Escobar wins!!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall (still NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
So much fight from Swerve, and he even had a new ally fight against the minions, but Escobar always has a back-up plan! And he would continue to rule over the division in this way, even to the point of having Wilde & Mendoza help at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver! Will the tyrannical Emperor of Lucha always have this crown?
Nigel McGuiness returns once more to wrap up the show.
It has been a great experience on 205 Live to see some of the greatest title matches of all time. But speaking of great title matches, that makes you think of great champions. Just last night at TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, Escobar proved he is a great champion by winning the Cruiserweight Championship Unification Ladder match! Relive that and both nights of TakeOver on Peacock in the US and the WWE Network everywhere else! But what will see now in the future was we continue in the Era del Fantasma?
Recap episodes are always fun for looking back, but also because it’s super easy for me to cover them since it’s just copying, pasting and editing. I like the three they selected, basically giving us a look back at the last three years of the Cruiserweight Division, but it also makes us see how far 205 Live has dropped off in the WWE because Alexander, Ali and Murphy were so awesome in 205 Live. Nese is still here but more for lack of WWE/NXT not giving him more to do. Admittedly, Murphy has dropped off on RawDown, too, but at least WWE has tried with him. I almost feel like worst case scenario for Murphy is to come back and be the Aussie Juggernaut again. Escobar’s a beefy Cruiserweight, so is Murphy, let’s get something like that going again.
I am also disappointed, because it was advertised that we’d get a special look at Escobar VS Devlin, but that wasn’t there. I couldn’t have gone through the content too fast, a segment like that wouldn’t be just a few seconds long. Maybe there was another “right hand doesn’t know what the left hand is doing” moment and that information was put out without knowing what the final episode would look like. I wouldn’t mind if they gave us that segment for the aftermath NXT on Tuesday, and encored it on next week’s 205 Live, but WWE/NXT needs to get 205 Live going like how it was when Ali, Murphy and Alexander were here.
My Score: 8.1/10
Andrew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Match Ratings: 4.9.2021
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
All Japan’s Champion Carnival kicks off today! The Triple Crown Champion Suwama is in action as well as the Ace of the company Kento Miyahara! Check it out!
Now I haven’t kept close eyes on the product last few months, because personally, they weren’t grabbing my interest post Quarantine Comeback. But since my Puro Patronus Mathew Sarpraicone is having some computer issues, I guess I’m covering the first couple of these!
Let’s see how the tournament starts!
- Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi: Ishikawa wins via Thesz Press @9:09 – ** ½
- Suwama vs Kohei Sato: Sato wins via German Suplex Hold @10:49 – ***
- Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani: Otani wins via Overhand Chop @9:51 – *** ¼
- Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino: Jake wins via D4C @3:44 – **
- Zeus vs Kento Miyahara: Zeus wins via Jackhammer @18:16 – **** ¼
Shuji Ishikawa vs Koji Doi
Doi is the least recognized name in the tournament this year, and last I was aware of his was during the closure of Wrestle-1. Most of his success has come in the tag team division, but he’s no real slouch. Interestingly, Ishikawa is the newest Gaora TV Champion, but also was tied heavily to Suwama and their Violence Giant tag team.
We see Doi come out fast trying to throw Ishikawa into the corners and take him off his base. Ishikawa towers over Doi, so Doi was underneath, literally and figuratively the entire match. As Ishikawa hit most of his signature spots, including the Mushroom Stomp from the middle rope, Doi had a moment where he locked in the Rings of Saturn; but Ishikawa is just too big.
As Doi tried to keep the pressure up, rope runs, big strikes, Murder Lariat attempts from Doi but Ishikawa stifles the surge with a Fire/Thunder Driver. They both stumble up, run the ropes a bit trading lariats and charges, Ishikawa jumps, hits a Thesz Press and manages to keep Doi down for the 3 count!
Suwama vs Kohei Sato
An early card match gives us the Triple Crown champion against one of his more recent challengers! Falling short for the Triple Crown a few months ago, Sato has a little bit to prove.
The match opens as a slugfest, Suwama gets the best of things and rides the power advantage over Sato for a long time. Sato is taller than Suwama but Suwama is more powerful and controlled the pacing. Things went to the outside and the former Violence Giant kept up to the name.
When the match came back in to the ring Suwama looks to try and finish things, goes for the Rolling Lariat, but it gets blocked. Sato starts fighting back, hits a Falcon Arrow for a near fall, and then Suwama starts looking like he’s in trouble. Suwama hits the Double Chop comeback, and tries a Powerbomb, but Sato blocks it, Sato goes for a Powerbomb, but Suwama blocks it. The power struggle is tangible, but Suwama seems to be losing some of the back and forth. Sato rocks Suwama, locks in the German Suplex, and hits the German Suplex Hold.
Kohei gets on the board and avenges his loss! Depending on how the tournament shakes out, Kohei might get another shot at the title in the future.
Yuma Aoyagi vs Shinjiro Otani
The veteran Otani is putting Yuma through the paces early. He’s side stepping Dropkicks and just kicking Yuma to prove a point. Yuma tries to fire back, and then Otani continues to push off certain moves and be funny.
Yuma does manage to take advantage of his youth, but when he goes for the disrespect by attempting the Bootwash, Otani fires, lays out the younger wrestler and hits the Wash. Yuma goes to the outside, and when he turns back to the ring, Otani charges and hits a running Bootwash straight to Yuma’s face.
As Otani takes the role of the cagey veteran punishing the Young Boy, Yuma tries to find ways to come back, but things Otani stays a little ahead of the younger wrestler. Yuma gets a close moment where he locks in End Game, but Otani fights to the ropes. Otani then backs the younger wrestler down, hits Dragon Suplex, then goes for another, but Yuma blocks. Otani counters the block with a lariat, then another Dragon Suplex but Yuma kicks out at 1! Refusing to stay down, Otani goes into his bag of tricks and hits Yuma twice with Hashimoto style Overhand Chops, to finally keep the younger man down.
Jake Lee vs Shotaro Ashino
So there is some fun history between these two when Ashino brought Enfantes Terrible over to AJPW and took JIN down a peg. But then recently, Jake stole the Enfantes members from Ashino and betrayed JIN. Ashino is looking to avenge the turnabout, but Jake is trying to craft his Carnival masterpiece.
Jake definitely has the swagger of an anime villain. He widens his arms like he’s conducting a symphony and moves slowly yet deliberately. Ashino starts quick, hitting a Drop Toe Hold and going to the ground game, but Jake stabilizes. Ashino again brings Jake down after successive German Suplexes and goes for the Ankle Lock! Jake has trouble navigating it for a while, but eventually finds the ropes.
Retreating to the corner, Jake sees the referee, Ashino charges, Jake uses the referee shield and starts taking advantage. A few direct blows to the head, Giant Killing to the back of the head, followed by D4C. Jake drags the referee back, picks up the win and leaves cackling. He’s limping heavily, selling the viciousness of the Ankle Lock even in a short match, but yeah, not what I expected.
The match was used to help build Jake’s new persona and possibly give Ashino a steeper mountain to climb. But the length and abrupt end was definitely not expected. Interesting, but also a little off putting.
Zeus vs Kento Miyahara
Zeus and Kento have had great wars. There was a point a few years ago where Kento was Zeus’ hurdle, but after beating him for the Tag titles, he then gathered momentum. Zeus has beaten Kento for the Triple Crown before, has beaten him in the Carnival, and this has been one of the best rivalries of the last few years in current AJPW. Kento is of course the current generation Ace, and everyone knows that; but given Zeus’ track record and Kento’s stagnation the last year since losing the Triple Crown to Suwama, we could get something interesting.
The match starts with their usual sarcastic respect to one another during breaks and outside the ring moments. Given that they’ve had 2 5 Snowflake classics in the last 3 years, this had a lot to live up to. But at no point did it feel like retreading, since they are both in different positions comparatively, this felt like a whole new book, not an additional chapter. Zeus landed a lot of power spots while Kento combated everything with his Knees.
Kento’s usual attack of Blackouts from different angles rocked Zeus pretty hard. Zeus ate a few, grabbed a Chokeslam and they both landed for a rest spot. Zeus drives Kento into a corner, goes for an Outside-In Brainbuster and starts trying to end things. Kento goes for the Shutdown Suplex, Zeus fires out, a few big Lariats and a Jackhammer from Zeus…AND ZEUS WINS!
Overall Score: 7.25/10
Now this wasn’t a bad start to things! Sure the Ashino/Jake Lee match did not go the way I expected, it definitely told enough of a story to prove it’s going somewhere. Shinjiro Otani gets a solid start to things, Shuji Ishikawa won a match he was supposed to and Zeus/Kento ended up being a solid day 1 main event.
Kento has started on the back foot before. I guess we get to see if he wins out until the Final Day, or if he has a larger struggle. Let’s check out the Day 1 Standings!
- Zeus: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kohei Sato: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Jake Lee: 1-0 – (2 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Suwama: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: 0-1 – (0 Points)
- Koji Doi: 0-1 – (0 Points)
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