NXT makes what’s old new again!
In an homage to an old tradition, NXT isn’t just taking over! NXT is In Your House! But who will reign supreme between Queen, Nightmare and Evil Genius?
- Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Yim, Nox & Blackheart win.
- Finn Balor VS Damian Priest; Balor wins.
- NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
- NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream; Cole wins and retains the NXT Championship.
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux; Kross wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai; Shirai wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Champion.
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It’s the NXT TakeOver Preshow!
Join Scott Stanford, Sam Roberts and Pat McAfee in reliving, discussing and predicting all the action set for tonight as NXT honors the 25th anniversary! And none other than Todd Pettingill gives the introduction!
Todd Pettengill introduces us to the inaugural NXT TakeOver: In Your House!
The host of the original is back for this special night, 25 years in the making! NXT has laid out the welcome mat, but Tommaso Ciampa says “Daddy’s Home!” Will he pull the rug out from under Karrion Kross? Will Velveteen’s dream of becoming champion come to an end? But no, no one is winning a house tonight. “Welcome to OUR house!” Code Orange performs the official theme, Underneath!
Six Woman Tag: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart VS Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
Just think of this as a Women’s Division civil war! The Head Baddie, the Shiniest Wizard and the Wild Child won’t let Mrs. Gargano remake NXT in her image! Will the resistance hold strong? Or will Candice, #CobraKai and the Daughter of the Desperado give them no other choice but to surrender?
The trios sort out and Mia starts with Candice. The crowd cheers “This is Awesome!” already, but Candice tags out to Raquel. Not that awesome but still a good start as the two tie up. Mia tries but can’t power Raquel back. Raquel pushes Mia down, but Mia gets up. Mia gets the waistlock but gets thrown off! Raquel is on Mia but Mia CHOPS away! Raquel blocks but Mia hops on for a guillotine! Mia tries to drag Raquel down, but Raquel powers out to a suplex and toss! Mia lands on her feet and Tegan tags in. Tegan dodges a boot to kick away on Raquel’s leg. Tegan runs, Raquel follows and rusn Tegan over! Tag to Dakota and she goes to kick Tegan. Tegan ducks, rolls Dakota, TWO! Tegan grabs Dakota with the choke grip, but Dakota breaks free! Dakota kicks but Tegan blocks and ROCKS her to a corner!
Tegan runs in, Dakota goes up and over to roll Tegan up, TWO! Dakota goes after Tegan fast with a whip, but Tegan slides under to sunset flip! TWO, and Dakota sits on the cover! TWO, and Tegan HEADBUTTS Dakota! Dakota flounders back, Tegan runs and uppercuts! Tegan sweeps the legs, for the CANNON-BOAR! Cover, TWO! Dakota survives but Tegan tags in Shotzi! Shotzi drags Dakota up and boots the punch away to hit a SLING-DOG! Dakota flounders, Shotzi runs, but her rope attack misses! Shotzi dodges the boot but not the scorpion kick! Dakota drags Shotzi in to cover, TWO! Dakota drags Shotzi over and tags Candice in. Candice hits the step-up but not the senton as Shotzi moves! Question Mark kick for Candice sends her out! Mia laughs as she looms close, but Raquel and Dakota protect her.
Shotzi DIVES but into Raquel’s arms! And a toss! But Mia DIVES to take Dakota and Raquel down! Candice scurries away to springboard and crossbody Mia and Shotzi! Tegan climbs up to top this off with a 450!! All six women go down but the crowd fires up for “NXT! NXT!” Shotzi finds Candice and puts her in the ring. Shotzi gets to the top rope again and she leaps to METEORA! Candice flounders, Shotzi runs, CANNONBALL! Cover, TWO!! Candice lives but Shotzi fires up more. Shotzi drags Candice up, ducks the enziguri, and gets CATTLE MUTILATION!! Dakota gets in to KICK the hold apart! And Raquel sneaks in to drag Shotzi up for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Shotzi survives but Candice drags her away. Tag to Dakota and she stomps Shotzi down. Dakota taunts Shotzi reaching for Tegan and bumps her off buckles. Dakota grinds her boot in then lets off at the ref’s count.
Dakota drags Shotzi up to bump her off more buckles. Tag to Raquel and Raquel stomps and hammers away on Shotzi in the corner! She lets up at 4 but Dakota pulls Shotzi’s hair! Raquel tags Dakota in and Raquel whips Shotzi into the corner. Dakota taunts Mia and Tegan as Shotzi gets up. Dakota goes around the world but Shotzi gets clear! Raqauel and Candice get clear, too, but Shotzi hurries away! Dakota hurries after but gets double jawbreakers! Enziguri ends Dakota into her corner! Candice tags in and hammers Shotzi down! Candice talks trash but Shotzi slips under, tag to Mia! Mia rallies on the Poison Pixie with forearms, dropkick and a neckbreaker! The crowd fires up with Mia but the Pnealty Kick misses! Candice swings, into a DRAGON SUPLEX! Bridging cover, TWO!! Candice survives again but Mia rocks Raquel!
Mia drags Candice up, wrench, but Candice PUMP HANDLE SUPLEXES first! Both women are down but the crowd rallies up. Candice crawls and tags in Raquel, but Mia tags in Tegan! Tegan rallies on Raquel and fires off shots! Tegan clotheslines but Raquel stays up! Tegan stomps a foot, uppercuts, then runs, to be caught! Raquel pops Tegan up, Tegan lands and kicks the legs. Tegan goes up, but her huricanrana becomes a POWERBOMB! Matchbook cover, TWO!! Mia swings on Raquel but is sent out by Candice! Candice hammers away on the ramp but they brawl on the “lawn” and into the “garage” of the set! Raquel drags Tegan up and she tags in Dakota. Raquel scoops but Shotzi saves, and the BOOT rocks Raquel! Tegan has Dakota for the CHOKE SLAM! Shotzi gets some help for a SLICED BREAD! They dropkick Raquel one after the other, then SHINIEST WIZARD for Dakota! Cover, Tegan and team win!
Winners: Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart, by pinfall
The brawling of the Head Baddie and Mrs. Wrestling still happens somewhere in the back, but Tegan and Shotzi finish this off with great team work! Will this end the war between them? Or is it only going to escalate from here?
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest!
When you come at the Prince, you better not miss! The Archer of Infamy wants to use Balor’s name as the foundation of his legacy, but will he #LiveForever or be buried instead?
Before there’s a bell, Balor BLASTS Priest with a dropkick! Priest gets up in a huff and the bell rings, but Balor kicks him and stomps him at the ropes! Priest pushes Balor away but Balor returns to CHOP him! Balor tackles Priest to a corner then whips, but Priest reverses. Priest runs in but misses his back elbow and Balor CHOPS! Balor chop blocks and stomps more! Priest gets out but Balor pursues from around the way. Balor runs to ROCK Priest with a forearm! The count begins but Balor whips Priest. Priest reverses to send Balor into the steel steps! Priest drags Balor up to ROCK him with a right! The count keeps going but Priest snake eyes Balor off the apron! Priest refreshes the count and throws steel steps around. Priest brings the base around, catches Balor’s Sling Blade and goes up the steps, for an APRON SIDEWALK SLAM!
Balor writhes into the ring but Priest takes his time stalking him. Balor stands up and Priest DECKS him! Priest mocks Balor as he looms over him. Priest kicks Balor while he’s down and the crowd duels. Priest ROCKS Balor again, then drags him up. Balor breaks free to throw forearms! Priest choke grips, shoves Balor, but runs into boots! Balor runs, into a LIFTING COMPLETE SHOT! Priest grounds ‘n’ pounds then looms over Balor. Balor slowly sits up, Priest drags him back up, and Priest whips Balor for a LEAPING back elbow! Balor flounders to a corner and Priest stomps away! Priest stops at the ref’s count to drag Balor around. Cover, ONE, but Priest clamps on with a chinbar and half nelson. Balor endures as Priest taunts him. The crowd rallies up, Balor fights his way up, but Priest wrangles him back down.
Priest leans and grinds on the hold but Balor fights up again. The crowd rallies as Balor jawbreakers free! Priest wobbles but EAR CLAPS and BOOTS Balor away! Priest runs into more boots! Balor throws big forearms, then runs, ducks and forearms Priest down! Priest flounders to a corner now, Balor runs in to CHOP! Balor whips corner to corner but Priest blocks and reels Balor in. But Balor hits a suplex first! The crowd cheers as Balor gets up. Priest is on the apron, Balor dropkicks him off! Balor kicks Priest against the barriers and stomps away! The ref counts but Balor goes back in to refresh the count. Balor throws more forearms and then gets in the ring to build speed. But Priest returns to CLOBBER Balor! Priest drags Balor up, Canadian rack but Balor slips out! Balor has the dragon sleeper but Priest powers out to BROKEN ARROW! Priest drags Balor up again, but Balor trips him up to DOUBLE STOMP!
Both men are down but the crowd rallies up. Balor grits his teeth as he gets up first. Balor throws forearms on Priest then kicks. Priest uppercuts, knees, kicks, kicks and ROLLING ELBOWS! But Balor returns with forearms! Priest ROUNDHOUSES, but Balor PELES! Cover, TWO!! Priest survives but the fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” all over again. Balor stares at Priest as he gets to ropes. Priest stands, but Balor rocks him with a running forearm! And another! But Priest stops the third with the choke grip, pop up, but Balor victory rolls, TWO!! Balor clotheslines Priest out, then builds speed. But Priest leaps right up on the apron to ROUNDHOUSE! Priest drags Balor out to ram him into barriers! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian racks and lifts, CRUCIFIX BOMB TO THE APRON!! Priest puts Balor in, covers, TWO!?! Balor survives and Priest is beside himself.
Priest gets to his feet while Balor slowly gets to a corner. Priest runs in, for a BIG back elbow! He runs again, for a second! Priest wants the hat trick, but he runs into a SLING BLADE! Balor takes aim now, but runs into the SPINNING ROUNDHOUSE! And then another! Priest reels Balor in, but no Final Reckoning, he gets Balor’s elbow drop DDT! Balor resets and aims, for the shotgun dropkick! Priest goes down and Balor goes up! But Priest grabs Balor first! Priest climbs up to join Balor, for a SUPER SOUTH OF HEAVEN!! Cover, TWO!?!? “This is Awesome!” because it’s not over yet! A standing count begins but both men stir. Priest and Balor go to ropes on adjacent ends. Priest sees the positioning of the steel steps and gets an idea. He promises Balor isn’t going to finish this match, and drags Balor to the apron.
Balor senses what’s coming, and fires off forearms! But he gets another ROUNDHOUSE! Priest reels Balor in, Canadian rack again, but Balor escapes again! Balor rocks Priest with a forearm, and Priest falls onto the steel steps!!! The referee checks on Priest as the crowd loses its mind. Priest manages to rise, gets in the ring, but Balor is up top! COUP DE GRACE! But that’s not enough, Balor goes up again! COUP DE GRACE DEUX! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall
“Brutal” doesn’t even begin to cover it! The Archer of Infamy might #LiveForever just for that fall! Will Priest be able to rise again? Or is The Prince finally going to head back for the throne?
NXT North American Championship: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano!
The Limitless One vows to show #TheJohnnyGarganoWay has already reached its limit. But #JohnnyRuthless won’t #BaskInHisGlory, he wants the title back! What happens to the heart and soul of NXT as these two icons do battle?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the gold is on the line In Your House!
Gargano and Keith circle, but Keith knows what Gargano is up to asking for a test of strength with the bad hand. Keith knuckle locks then TOSSES Gargano! Gargano gets up and goes again, but his headlock barely bothers Keith. Keith powers Gargano off but the bad eye is bothering him. Gargano puts up his dukes and circles with Keith again. Keith goes after Gargano but Gargano dodges the strikes. Keith blocks the kick and almost heel kicks Gargano’s head off! Gargano backs away to a corner while the fans cheer, “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Gargano runs at Keith but gets run over! Gargano bails out but Keith pursues. Gargano gets back in and dropkicks Keith away! Then he DIVES, but Keith catches him! Keith brings Gargano over to pop him up. But Gargano gets to the apron to MULE KICK the eye!
Gargano leaps, but Keith catches him! Keith pops Gargano back up, but Gargano goes after the eyes! Keith lets Gargano go, but avoids another step trap! Keith bumps Gargano off the apron then hoists him up and snake eyes him on the apron! Gargano tries to get away but Keith brings him back out to ROCK with a right! Gargano scurries away to the “front door,” and knocks? No one’s home, Gargano. Keith smiles as he heads over. Gargano pleads with whoever might be backstage, but Keith bumps him off the door! And GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS him! The crowd wants “One More Time!” but Keith TOSSES Gargano down the “lawn.” Keith stalks Gargano back to the ring and they get in. Gargano clubs and stomps and hammers away! Keith pushes Gargano away but Gargano comes back for more. Keith pushes Gargano away again but Gargano goes after the bad hand!
Keith puts Gargano in a corner, tosses him across the way, then brings Gargano up for knees and a HARD left. But that hurts Keith’s hand almost as much! Gargano gets up and enziguris Keith down! Gargano clubs Keith to a corner and only stops because of the count. Gargano stands on the bad hand then digs his forearm into the bad arm. Keith powers Gargano away but Gargano comes back to CHOP! Gargano climbs up to rain down palm strikes on the bad eye! Keith powers Gargano off but Gargano just keeps coming back for more! Gargano haymakers, wrenches the bad hand and knees the elbow, but Keith pushes him away. Gargano comes back to BOOT Keith to the corner! Gargano goes after the bad arm but the ref backs him off. Keith is seething but Gargano comes from the outside. He pulls Keith’s hand against the buckle’s crossbar!!
Gargano lets up at 4 but the crowd boos. Gargano says they’re lucky to watch him perform. Gargano goes back to Keith for a cover, ONE! Gargano wraps Keith up in a cobra clutch to go after both wrist and eye! Keith endures as the crowd rallies. Keith fights up but Gargano knees him in the back. Gargano wrangles Keith down and keeps on the bad eye. Keith continues to endure and fights up again. Gargano becomes a backpack and digs his palm into the bad eye! Gargano elbows Keith down! Gargano springboard stomps over and over then drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Gargano seethes as Keith clutches his hand. The crowd rallies but Gargano stands on the bad hand and fish hooks the mouth. Gargano drags Keith up to throw hands into the eyes! Keith can only push Gargano away, but Gargano mocks the #BaskInHisGlory.
Gargano throws more palm strikes but the fans sing “Johnny Sucks!” to the tune of Darth Vader’s Imperial march. Gargano mocks Keith but the fans rally up. Keith throws punches but that’s still his bad hand. But his good hand grabs Gargano’s to keep him from running! Keith blocks punches to give forearms! Keith whips Gargano to a corner, runs in, but misses as Gargano moves. Gargano ducks, slips out and enziguris! Gargano slingshots into a CLUB! Keith brings Gargano up for a BACKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Gargano survives but Keith keeps his focus. Keith gets to his feet, brings Gargano up, but Gargano holds onto a leg to block the bomb. Gargano pulls on the fingers, slips under Keith to throw forearms from all sides. Keith DECKS Gargano with just one! Gargano gets up to fire off more, but Keith ROCKS him again!
Gargano bobs ‘n’ weaves to give more forearms, then runs, into a pop-up! But Gargano gets the arm for a hanging armbar! Keith stays on his feet to lift Gargano up with that one arm! But Gargano pulls the fingers! Keith endures, powers up, and SLAMS Gargano down. Keith blocks a punch but Gargano fires off clotheslines, only to spin into a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano may have no soul but he still has that superhuman heart! The crowd rallies as Keith looms over Gargano. Keith dares Gargano to get up, but he brings him up himself. Keith lifts, Gargano pulls the fingers! Gargano kicks away but Keith powers through! Gargano sunset flips through, TWO!! Keith just barely escapes but both men are down. Now the crowd sings “Gargano Sucks~” to the tune of, well, “John Cena Sucks.”
Gargano headbutts Keith down then kicks him over and over. Gargano sits Keith up but Keith pushes him away, tilt-o-whirl but Gargano goes for the arm! Keith whips Gargano away, Keith ducks to SUPERKICK! Keith HEADBUTTS, and fireman’s carries, for Big Bang- NO! Gargano rolls Keith up, TWO!! Keith barely escapes again, and he gets a BUZZSAW! Gargano runs, into a SPINEBUSTER! But Gargano flops to the bottom rope, and then out of the ring. The crowd rallies as Keith catches his breath. Keith fetches Gargano and puts him back in the ring. Keith grabs the rope to get back in, Gargano kicks the bad hand! And then Gargano DIVES, to TORNADO DDT! Gargano realizes Champion’s Advantage will be against him if he can’t get Keith back in. Gargano drags Keith but Keith is out cold!
The count is at 8, Gargano refreshes it desperately, and argues with the ref about it. Gargano goes back out, Keith has revived, and he POUNCES Gargano through the Plexiglas!! The crowd is going nuts as Gargano is down and out on the outside! The ref checks on Gargano but Keith still fetches Gargano. Keith drags Gargano by one hand back to the “lawn.” Keith scoops Gargano to carry him, but Candice returns? She was going to help Gargano, but then Mia is there and she fires off on Candice! Candice and Mia get in the ring and they brawl, all the way back out of the ring! Keith drags Gargano up, but Gargano has a KEY!! HE DIGS IT INTO KEITH’S OTHER EYE!! SLINGSHOT DDT!! Cover, TWO!?!? The #OneFinalBeat didn’t beat Keith and Gargano is furious!
Gargano aims from a corner, to SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO!! Gargano SUPERKICKS again! Cover, TWO!! Keith still has so much left and Gargano is furious! Gargano SUPERKICKS a third time! Cover, TWO!?! The crowd is loving this but Gargano is hating it! Gargano stands up as the crowd rallies for Keith. Gargano stomps the bad hand, then brings Keith up. Keith choke grips Gargano! Gargano tries to break free but Keith pops him up, for a SPIRIT BOMB!! Gargano flounders to a corner but Keith glares at him. Keith goes full power for a DEAD LIFT POWERBOMB! And then the fireman’s carry, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE!! Cover, Keith Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
#TJGW did NOT get the W he wanted! Keith Lee is still limitless and still champion! Will NXT forever #BaskInHisGlory?
NXT Championship Backlot Brawl: Adam Cole VS The Velveteen Dream!
The longest reigning NXT Champion ever wants this to be the Undisputed END to the Experience! If Dream doesn’t win now, he’ll never get another shot so long as Cole is champion. But with this very special match type, who will shine brightest as THE champion of NXT?
Cole drives up in an Undisputed monster truck, while Dream drives up in the Lamborghini of everyone’s dreams. And Dream cosplays as Negan! Dream brings Lucille’s cousin with him while the rules are set: anything goes, but the match must end inside the ring. Regal told the ref to tell them, “Enjoy the spotlight.” The crowd in their cars are fired up as Dream gets to the ring. Cole talks trash but it’s hard to hear over the roar of the engines. Cole wants Dream to fight like a man, aka without the bat. Dream says, “Anything for you, Cole man.” Cole gets in the ring while Dream takes off the jacket and scarf. Dream throws the scarf at Cole, but Cole swings the belt! Dream rolls Cole up, TWO! The two stand off, Cole swings but into a backslide! TWO and Cole backs away again. Dream catches Cole to an Oklahoma Roll, TWO! Cole scurries out, then into the ring, to BOOT Dream down!
Cole rains down right hands but Dream pushes him away. Dream flounders but Cole talks trash. Cole wants to take his belt and go home, but Dream hurries after. Cole grabs a car without a driver, but Dream brings back Lucille’s cousin! Dream starts swinging and breaks off rear view mirrors and dents the doors! Dream tells Cole to get out of the car, and Cole does, to go around and throws hands. Cole rocks Dream but Dream DECKS Cole! Dream pulls on Cole’s hair but another car pulls up. “Did somebody call for an Uber?” No but Cole and Dream end up fighting through the van! The ref tells the Uber driver to move on, and Dream goes after Cole. Dream says they’re just getting started, and he ROCKS Cole again! Cole tries to find a door he can get through but Dream clubs him down.
Dream throws Cole into trash cans then throws the trash can down! Cole avoids getting canned, and he suddenly begs Dream for mercy. Dream walks hover, but is yanked into a pole! Cole scurries away and still looks for shelter. Dream manages to follow Cole, bringing another trash can along. Dream throws the can and swings the lid, but where did Cole go? Dream starts looking for unlocked doors, and finds one. Only to get blasted with an extinguisher! Cole keeps smoking Dream then brings him up gasping for air. Cole clubs Dream down while bragging about being the best NXT Champion ever. Dream manages to make it back to the cars but Cole clubs him to ringside. Cole throws more forearms but Dream uppercuts. Cole kicks low and brings Dream around, for another BOOT! Dream staggers away towards the cars, but Cole throws uppercuts to send him further on.
“Why don’t you just quit, Dream? You won’t, because you’re stupid!” Cole hammers Dream’s face against the bumper of a truck but the crowd boos. Dream uses his shirt to choke Cole! Cole gets loose as the shirt tears, but Dream kicks him low and POSTS him! Dream goes to the apron, aims at Cole, and drops ax handles. Dream drags Cole up into the ring, covers, but Cole uses the ropes to pry Dream off him. Cole wants a time-out, but there are no time-outs in pro-wrestling. Dream climbs up and aims, to leap, into a SUPERKICK! Cole asks what he has to do to end Dream. Cole goes to the apron now, takes aim, and says night night. Cole leaps, into DREAM’S SUPERKICK! Dream wobbles as he brings Cole back up. He bumps Cole off the hood of a car! And then POWERSLAMS him onto one! Dream promises Cole will never forget this.
Dream produces a ladder and brings it over. Cole begs for mercy again but Dream hammers away instead. Dream sets the ladder up and starts climbing. But another car comes in with horns loud and lights bright. It’s the Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! The distraction allows Cole to go after Dream, but then Cole brags too much. Dream shoves him OFF the ladder and Cole CRASHES Onto the windshield! Cole’s arm is bleeding and the Era goes after Dream! Dream fights as best he can, but that’s 2v1! The Era beats Dream down then checks on Cole. Cole tells them that they know what to do. Strong and Fish hurry to the Undisputed Monster Truck and they put in chair after chair after chair into the ring! ECW flashbacks, anyone? How many chairs did Cole load up on that truck!?
Strong fetches Dream but then something drags a chair under the ring? It’s DEXTER LUMIS! The “tortured artist” is here, and looks to make good on his artistic warning. Lumis gives chair shot after chair shot to Strong and Fish! Then uppercut after uppercut! Lumis clubs Fish and Strong over to an open trunk! He puts Strong in first, then tosses Fish onto him! The trunk is closed and Lumis has two captives! Lumis drives off into the night while Dream flounders his way into the ring. Cole sits up with his bleeding and possibly broken arm, and crawls his way to the ring. Cole drags himself up the apron, up the corner, and to the top rope. Cole aims at Dream, leaps, but into a DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!?! Cole survives but Dream hurries to the corner now.
Dream flounders up to the top rope, Cole is sitting on the chairs, PURPLE RAIN MAKER ONTO THE CHAIRS!! Cover, TWO?!?! How did Cole survive?! Dream rips off his shirt, and says, “Every era is meant to end. BAYBAY, do you hear it? This is the sound of your dream coming to an end.” #DreamOver! But Cole LOW BLOWS Dream!! No disqualifications in the Backlot Brawl, and Cole heads up top! PANAMA SUNRISE ONTO THE CHAIRS!!! Cover, Cole wins!!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall (still NXT Champion)
372 days and counting for the Undisputed Era! The dream is over, but for Velveteen himself! What must Dream do to finally have the brightest spotlight of them all? Will anyone ever end Cole’s reign?
Todd Pettengill checks in with us.
What a night already! He’s still just now catching his breath. But we check in with some “viewers” on… AOL Chat? It’s Triple H, Shawn Michaels and Road Dogg! They don’t know how to computers, so they get frustrated. But while they figure that out, let’s move on with the action!
Tommaso Ciampa VS Karrion Kross w/ Scarlet Bordeaux!
Ticktock, the Psycho Killer is on the clock. He and Mr. Doomsday promise to show each other something “special.” But labels aside, either #NoOneWillSurvive, or someone will #FallAndPray!
The bell rings and Scarlet is already enjoying this. The crowd rallies up already as the two stare down. Ciampa throws a forearm but Kross doesn’t flinch. Ciampa throws forearms and even boots, but Kross pushes Ciampa to a corner and BOOTS back! Kross drags Ciampa up, and TOSSES him! Ciampa bails out but Kross pursues around the way. Kross keeps Ciampa from getting back in the ring, but Ciampa elbows back and bumps Kross off steps! Scarlet checks on Kross, but Ciampa gets Kross between the ropes! No Willow’s Bell, but Ciampa denies the Exploder. Ciampa ROCKS Kross but Kross grits his teeth and comes back. Ciampa dodges and BOOTS, but Kross is up again! Kross powers Ciampa out hard and then continues after him. “You’re in my house now, Tommy boy!” APRON POWERBOMB! The surgically replaced neck is in danger after that one! But Kross and Scarlet just smile as Ciampa writhes and clutches his neck.
Kross tells the ref to move, then he drags Ciampa up and into the ring. Kross stalks Ciampa to the corner and kicks away. Kross knees low then reels Ciampa in, for another EXPLODER! Ciampa writhes but Kross just roars and revels in his ruthlessness. “How’s your neck holding up?!” Kross cranks on the neck then stomps Ciampa down. Kross brings Ciampa up again to put in a corner, and then use another EXPLODER! Ciampa is folded up but manages to get to a corner. Kross looms over him before ramming in his knee! And again, over and over! The ref counts, Kross backs off and Ciampa flounders up. Kross dares Ciampa to hit him, but Kross catches Ciampa for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! Roll through, LARIAT! Scarlet mocks Ciampa’s pain while Kross stalks him.
Ciampa slips away to CHOP and CHOP and CHOP! Kross grabs Ciampa’s neck but Ciampa fires off palm strikes! Ciampa enziguris Kross down, then runs to KNEE him out of the ring! Scarlet is worried now as Ciampa hits WILLOW’S BELL!! Cover, TWO!?! Ciampa was so close and he knows it. But Ciampa aims to KNEE Kross down again! Kross gets up, only to get another KNEE! Ciampa drags Kross up, underhooks, but Kross powers out to an F10 TOSS!! Kross drags Ciampa into the KROSS-JACKET!! Ciampa flails, reaches, but he’s trapped! Ciampa fades out, Kross wins!!
Winner: Killer Kross, by submission
The end is near, and Ciampa has fallen! Scarlet raises Kross’ hand in celebration, will she follow Kross down the road to total dominance of NXT?
Renee Young is here!
What a fun retro vibe! But the party doesn’t stop with the show. Renee will interview the man behind NXT, Triple H, on Facebook Live!
NXT Women’s Championship Triple Threat: Charlotte Flair VS Rhea Ripley VS Io Shirai!
The Queen is back atop the division after dethroning the Nightmare at WrestleMania 36. And since then, “the hardest working woman in any industry” has made sure every woman in the WWE understands their place on the food chain. But after throwing the match against the Evil Genius, and ruining the match between Shirai and Rhea, it comes to this! Will Charlotte still reign when she has two opponents to worry about? Is Rhea going to again be the future of NXT? Or will Shirai drag them down into the darkness so that she can finally shine?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle for true dominance begins!
Shirai, Rhea and Charlotte stare down as the crowd rallies up. The three circle, but Charlotte bails out to let Rhea and Shirai have it out. Rhea is already annoyed, and the crowd chants, “You Don’t Go Here!” Charlotte shouts back, “I MADE here!” Shirai and Rhea do tie up, Rhea powers Shirai down, but Charlotte returns to throw Rhea down! Charlotte runs away, Shirai rolls Rhea, ONE! Rhea ROCKS Shirai, Charlotte kicks Rhea low! Charlotte bumps Rhea off buckles and then stomps away. Shirai runs over to pull Charlotte off, but Charlotte kicks her back. Charlotte scoops,. Shirai slips out and hits an Edge-o-matic! Shirai runs into Rhea’s BOOTS, but Rhea runs into Charlotte’s neckbrekaer! Charlotte catches Shirai’s leap for a FALL AWAY SLAM! Charlotte kips up and the crowd lets out a “WOO~!”
Charlotte says this is her house and the others are guests. She CHOPS her “guests” over and over, back and forth, then soaks up the heat. Charlotte brings Rhea and Shirai up and says they’re never leaving. But they both hit her with CHOPS! And fast hands! They stomp Charlotte to a corner but Rhea headbutts Shirai down. Rhea clubs Charlotte over and over, then whips her to a corner. Charlotte tumbles up and out, forearms Rhea away, but Shirai runs in. Charlotte shoulders Shirai away but Rhea trips Charlotte up. Rhea cannonballs from the apron but misses! Charlotte RAMS Rhea into barriers! Charlotte smiles but turns around into Shirai’s huricanrana! The crowd fires up with Shirai as she brings Charlotte up. Charlotte POSTS Shirai, then RAMS her into Rhea! The contenders are down and the Queen tells the crowd to kiss her ass.
Charlotte drags Shirai up to put her in the ring. Charlotte takes her time stalking Shirai and even toys with her. “You’re the best?!” Shirai fights back but Charlotte clubs her down. Charlotte drags Shirai up and whips, but Shirai hops up! Charlotte catches her, back suplexes but Shirai lands on her feet! Shirai runs, handsprings, dropkicks but into the BOSTON CRAB! Shirai endures as Charlotte sits deep! Shirai crawls for the ropes but Charlotte shifts to a Lion Tamer! Shirai kicks free and Rhea returns to LARIAT Charlotte! Rhea rallies on Charlotte, spins her and hits cravat knees! Rhea runs to BOOT Charlotte down! The crowd is fired up with Rhea as she hits the basement dropkick! Shirai runs in and flapjack dropkicks Rhea! Charlotte is on the ropes, she gets the Tiger Feint!
Shirai climbs up and leaps but Charlotte gets under. Shirai comes back, victory roll to STOMPS! Shirai keeps moving, basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Charlotte survives the onslaught but Shirai keeps her focus. Shirai fires up and goes corner to corner, but Rhea intercepts to O’Conner roll, and dead lift! Shirai elbows out, a HEADBUTT takes them both out! The crowd rallies up as all three women are down. Charlotte sees her contenders stirring and going after each other. Shirai and Rhea grab each other’s hair, but Charlotte SPEARS them both! Cover on Shirai, TWO! Cover on Rhea, TWO! Charlotte just grins as the match continues. Charlotte drags Rhea over to a corner and says “SUCK IT” a la DX. Charlotte places Shirai next to Rhea before going up top. She hit this before, and wants it again, MOONSAULT, but she gets KNEES!
Shirai rolls Charlotte, but Rhea rolls Shirai, to a pump handle and RIP- NO! Crossbody counter! Shirai tilt-o-whirls Charlotte to a CROSSFACE!! Charlotte endures, reaches out, but Rhea BUZZSAWS Shirai off! Charlotte BOOTS Rhea, covers, TWO! Rhea lives and Charlotte is losing her cool. “This is Awesome!” as Charlotte aims from a corner. Rhea sits up, but she avoids Natural Selection to SUPERKICK and Atomic SLAM! Shirai springboards to missile dropkick Rhea down! The crowd is thunderous as Shirai gives Rhea a corner METEORA! Charlotte hits NATURAL SELECTION on Shirai!! Cover, TWO!?! Shirai survives and Charlotte is shocked! Charlotte thinks of what she has to do, but Shirai ghost pins! TWO and Charlotte has the legs! Figure Four and the bridge, but Rhea drags Charlotte out! Rhea clubs and hammers away on Charlotte but Charlotte gives it back!
Charlotte bumps Rhea off steps, but Rhea kicks back. The two brawl towards the “lawn”, and Shirai DIVES! Direct hit on Rhea! The crowd is thunderous again but Charlotte clips Shirai! Charlotte throws Shirai THROUGH THE WINDOW! Rhea stalks up and SMASHES Charlotte with a potted plant! Charlotte tackles Rhea and the two scrap right by the “garage!” Rhea slaps Charlotte around while the ref says they need to end this in the ring. Charlotte slaps and clubs Rhea back, then smooshes her into the Plexiglas! Charlotte and Rhea keep brawling, but Rhea staggers. Charlotte aims from the door, but Shirai’s on the “roof!” “Please Don’t Die!” Rhea and Charlotte brawl more, and Shirai is like a cat as she drops in on them! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! All three wipe out and the crowd loses their minds!
Shirai gets up first and she puts Charlotte in the ring. Shirai hurries up to the corner and the top rope. Rhea rises and hurries over and she ROCKS Shirai with a right! Rhea gets in, Charlotte runs in but is sent into the POST! Charlotte flops out and Rhea goes after Shirai with CHOPS and haymakers! Rhea climbs up, brings Shirai up, but Shirai resists! Shirai fights Rhea back, slips under, and pushes Rhea into the buckles. Shirai climbs back up, clubs away on Rhea, then brings her up for a SUPER STEIN- NO! And Charlotte returns to BOOT Shirai down! Rhea BOOTS Charlotte, but Charlotte throws forearms and CHOPS! Charlotte CHOPS and CHOPS and climbs again. Rhea resists and headbutts back! Rhea pump handles for a SUPER RIPTIDE!! Cover, but Shirai breaks it! That was so close!
The crowd is at a fever pitch but Rhea is furious. Rhea boots, misses, and the SHOTEIS land from all sides! Shirai runs, pops up, but the victory roll is blocked to the INVERTED CLOVERLEAF! Or as she calls it, the Prism Trap! But Charlotte has a kendo stick! Rhea spanks Shirai, Charlotte SMACKS Rhea! And then Shirai! And then Rhea again! And then Shirai more! Rhea, again! Charlotte says she’s going to beat Rhea again! She tosses the kendo stick away, and SPEARS Rhea again! Charlotte grabs the legs, Figure Four! Bridge to the Figure EIGHT!! Rhea endures, but Shirai ASAI MOONSAULTS RHEA!! Cover, SHIRAI WINS!!!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall (NEW NXT Women’s Champion)
The Evil Genius found a brilliant solution to this problem! And finally, she has the title! The confetti rains down and the streamers fly! What does this change in power mean for the future of NXT?
An incredible night for what felt like a rather oddly placed TakeOver event. One odd thing was that we didn’t get a tag title match. I don’t remember them saying Imperium VS Breezango wasn’t for TakeOver, but maybe that’s why Indus Sher showed up at the end of last Wednesday’s NXT. There might be more build for that match before we get it, which would actually help things just a little bit. I still feel like it should’ve been Oney Lorcan and Imperium, but maybe that is being saved for what would’ve been TakeOver: Boston in a couple months. Instead, the Six Woman Tag opens and it was really good. I was surprised the Faces won, but it didn’t feel like the many feuds in that match are over. For one, Mia and Candice brawl during the North American Championship match, and I almost thought it was going to cost Keith the title.
Keith VS Gargano was great, with or without the brawling, but it makes a lot of sense for Keith to win. The Johnny Gargano Way can’t get its way just yet. He and Candice haven’t shown us enough just yet, and their goal of reigning together might make more sense if Gargano has the NXT Championship again. On top of no tag titles, I was surprised the NXT Championship was the middle of the show. Dream cosplaying Negan from The Walking Dead was a great surprise but that bat wasn’t much help. It barely dented the car Cole tried to escape in and didn’t come into play later. Lumis kidnapping Strong and Fish was a great bit, but it didn’t help Dream win. I’m rather surprised, I would’ve thought this was Dream’s time, but maybe WWE wants to give reason Cole to stay since there’s concern he might go to AEW. At the same time, this could mean Dream will help just about anyone in defeating Cole now, so as to undo the clause of being kept from future opportunities.
Finn Balor VS Damian Priest was an incredible match, definitely worth of a TakeOver. That steel step spot alone was so rough. I’m surprised Priest was able to get up after that. But I figured Balor would win, he needs to stay strong to head for a title story of his own. I hope Cole VS Balor is next, I don’t think we got a proper “Who is THE BEST NXT Champion ever?” story out of them. And it would be great if Balor got the NXT Championship back before going back after Walter and the NXT UK Championship. Having a truly undisputed champion in NXT might be a bit much, but someone of a Cole, Balor and Walter level is definitely worthy. Ciampa VS Kross definitely had a great match, but of course Kross was going to win. He dominated Ciampa here, but I preferred his character work from Lucha Underground as the White Rabbit. Either way, Kross definitely has a title in his future, and it might be the North American Championship.
And finally, for the first time in a long time, the women main event TakeOver! This match was amazing, above and beyond expectations, but with the outcome I was most hoping for. Io Shirai is finally on top of the NXT Women’s Division! She probably should’ve been champion sooner, but better late than never. Charlotte might be back to give us a proper match with Shirai, but I would hope Shirai retains in that match. And while Charlotte beat Asuka again on Raw, it was via count-out thanks to Nia. I’m sure Charlotte can come back around as I don’t see Nia winning at Backlash next Sunday, but I would hope Charlotte loses to Asuka. What would be creative for Charlotte is if she had to struggle and work harder than ever before, all the while giving us some dream matches between Raw and NXT.
My Score: 9.3/10
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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