The NXT championship landscape could change right here!
Keith Lee defends his North American Championship against BOTH Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor! Who wins to move on to Adam Cole BAYBAY?
- Cameron Grimes VS Damian Priest; Grimes wins.
- Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Jake Atlas; Escobar wins.
- Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez; Kai & Gonzalez win.
- Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bourdeaux VS Bronson Reed; Kross wins.
- Aliyah w/ Robert Stone VS Rhea Ripley; Ripley wins.
- Roderick Strong VS Dexter Lumis; Lumis wins, by count-out.
- NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano VS Finn Balor; Lee wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
PLAY BY PLAY
Something went down even before NXT started!
Cameron Grimes walks away from a car and sees the cameras coming. “Oh, hey! You better check on Priest! He’s a little squashed!” Grimes laughs as he runs off, and Priest is getting up from between his car door and frame! Clearly Grimes went after Priest directly this time, and Priest’s bad back is now even worse! What does this mean for their match tonight?!
Cameron Grimes VS Damian Priest!
Speak of the devil. Or in this case, Technical Savage. The Carolina Caveman tried to crush the Archer of Infamy and now he swaggers about, thinking he’s got it easy again. Grimes grabs a mic to laugh and say, “Are you kidding me?” Grimes thinks Priest is gonna no-show “the biggest match of his career!” First, Priest slashes his own tires, and then acts like he’s all beat up? Grimes wrestled Finn Balor with a broken jaw because of Priest, and now Priest is finding any way to avoid Grimes. But that’s okay because that’s a victory for Grimes! Raise his hand now because Priest ain’t making it.
But wait! Priest DID make it! Somehow, someway, he gets in the ring, only for Grimes to BOOT him down! Grimes clubs away on Priest but the referee pulls him back. Grimes throws off his vest and puts his hat down. He wants this fight, and so does Priest. The bell rings and Priest ROCKS Grimes! Grimes kicks the bad back but Priest rocks Grimes again. Priest throws hands and has Grimes down in a corner for stomps! The ref counts, Priest lets up, but he ROCKS Grimes again! Priest whips Grimes to ropes, but Grimes CLUBS the bad back! Priest still choke grips, but Grimes elbows free. Grimes walks into a BOOT, and flounders away to the corner. Priest runs corner to corner, but only gets buckles!
Grimes waistlocks, Priest elbows free, but Grimes CLUBS the lower back again. Grimes drags Priest up, wristlock ripcords him out, but Priest stops the superman punch with a SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! But the bad back keeps Priest from making a cover! The crowd rallies up but Grimes bails out and wants to leave it at this! Priest hurries after, but Grimes RAMS him into the apron. Grimes tricked Priest, but Priest ROUNDHOUSES Grimes down! The crowd rallies up as Priest reels Grimes in, for a gut wrench and Canadian rack. But the bad back gives out, Grimes slips off to CAVE-IN!! Priest writhes while Grimes leaves him at the mercy of the ring count. Priest gets in at 9.5!
Grimes aims at Priest and goes corner to corner, but no second Cave-In! Grimes gets buckles but Priest topples over. BASEMENT CAVE-IN!! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
The Tarheel just stomped out Priest, but that attack before the show sure had a lot to do with it! Will Grimes’ head get so big that it explodes one of these days?
NXT Media catches up with Rhea Ripley.
The Mosh Pit Kid responds to Io Shirai saying this is her NXT Women’s Division now. “There’s no denying it. Io is the NXT Women’s Champion, and I’m proud of her for it.” But then Robert Stone fumbles over and asks for a second of her time. Throwing him in the trash hurt his body, but it also hurt his heart. He gets it, though! That was tough love! Stone loves that about her. But guess what? Aliyah is officially part of the Robert Stone Brand. Good for you, but Rhea’s still not signing up. Stone didn’t hear that and says he doesn’t usually give second chances. What he has for her now is a golden ticket to get that second chance! The train is leaving the station, does she want onboard?CHOO CHOO! Body shot! Rhea hauls Stone up and dumps him into another dumpster!
Aliyah is furious and gets in Rhea’s face. Just because Rhea’s career is in the trash doesn’t mean she can throw Aliyah’s manager in the trash! Stone’s not worth it. Aliyah SLAPS Rhea! Well, Aliyah just a golden ticket into a match with Rhea. Will the Riptide wash both Bougie and brand away?
Timothy Thatcher’s class meets again.
“Hello, gentlemen. Welcome to Thatch as Thatch Can Style Wrestling. MY style of wrestling.” He shows the class how to do the Half Boston Crab. The “cutting bone” is the forearm, and the ankle tendon is the target. He wraps and cranks the leg up, turns the man over, and sits in deep. The big guy already tapped out. Thatcher keeps on it a little bit longer, then we cut to him showing off the double wristlock again. “This is quite the angle, isn’t it?” So much so, that even just two fingers, he’s got the arm trapped while the opponent can do nothing. Thatcher smiles as he keeps adding on pressure.
Line up, gentlemen. It’s alright, hopefully you all learned something. But the important thing is, we had fun. Thatcher vows to make champions out of his students, but who even is enrolled in this brutal school of wrestling?
Santos Escobar w/ Legado Del Fantasma VS Jake Atlas!
The NXT Cruiserweight Champion and his cohorts crushed Drake Maverick last week to keep the plucky underdog from sticking his nose in their business. But as both fan and friend of Maverick’s, Jake Atlas will not let that go without retaliation! Will Atlas be able to damage the legacy of Fantasma in this first-ever face-off?
The bell rings and Atlas ties right up with Escobar. They go around, Escobar has Atlas in the corner but lets up at the ref’s count. Escobar tries a sucker punch but Atlas blocks and counter punches! Atlas throws hands to back Escobar down but Escobar knees low. Escobar clubs and whips Atlas, but Atlas hurdles and crossbodies! The crowd fires up with Atlas as he brings Escobar up for CHOPS! Atlas drags Escobar up and CHOPS again, then throws body shots in the corner. The ref backs Atlas off but Atlas snapmares Escobar into a chinlock. Escobar endures as Atlas cranks, Mendoza and Wilde coach their captain up, but the crowd is on Atlas’ side.
Escobar gets up, throws elbows, but Atlas clubs him down! Atlas puts Escobar in a corner and throws more hands. Escobar dodges but gets a back elbow. Atlas goes to boot, Escobar blocks and pushes the feet aside, but Atlas rebounds and arm-drags Escobar away! Atlas gets a takedown and throws hands on Escobar! Escobar scrambles away but Atlas stomps a mudhole into him! Atlas backs off, comes back and brings Escobar up for another CHOP! Atlas brings Escobar back up for another CHOP but Escobar fires back forearms. Atlas clubs back, then whips. Escobar reveres, Atlas dodges and huricanranas! Atlas runs into the corner but is put on the apron, but he ROCKS Escobar with the right!
Atlas has to kick at Wilde and Mendoza as they creep closer, and Escobar BLASTS Atlas into the Plexiglas! Atlas is down but the crowd rallies up while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Escobar CHOPS away on Atlas in a corner. Escobar whips Atlas corner to corner, runs in and corner clotheslines! Then he jumping calf kicks Atlas down! Cover, TWO! Escobar drags Atlas up for a chinlock then chinbar and he grinds Atlas down. Atlas endures as the crowd rallies up. Wilde and Mendoza mock Atlas while Escobar grinds a fist into Atlas’ face. Atlas gets the ropebreak, Escobar lets go and kicks Atlas around. Escobar whips and leaps to back elbow Atlas down! Cover, TWO! Escobar kicks away on Atlas then cravats him to a snapmare. Escobar wraps Atlas up in a grounded cobra twist and even digs fingers into Atlas’ face!
Atlas endures again, the crowd rallies up, but Escobar adds a crossface element to the twist. Atlas fights back and throws hands to get free. Escobar locks, fireman’s carries, but Atlas escapes to throw more body shots! He knocks Escobar down, brings him up to whip him into a corner, and hits a back elbow. Atlas rolls Escobar to clobber with more forearms! Atlas scoops, spins and slams! Standing moonsault! Cover, TWO! Atlas grows frustrated but he fires up as he throws Escobar to ropes. Atlas dropkicks and Escobar flops out of the ring! Atlas goes up, SUPER ASAI! He only gets Wilde and Mendoza but he hurries after Escobar in the ring. Atlas springboards but Escobar dodges, only to swing into a headlock, and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas can’t believe his take on The Rose Plant didn’t work! He hurries up top but Escobar trips him up! Escobar ROCKS Atlas with a right, drags Atlas to a fireman’s carry and adds a knee strike before the PHANTOM DRIVER! Cover, Escobar wins!
Winner: Santos Escobar, by pinfall
The revenge was not to be as Atlas could not overcome Escobar and his crew! Will El Legado Del Fantasma continue to rise and take over NXT?
The Undisputed Era tries another therapy session.
“Lyle von Thurstonburgen” helps Adam Cole and Bobby Fish with Roderick Strong’s condition. They’d made good progress last week but stumbled at the trunk challenge. Tell him about that. Strong thought he could do it, but when he actually got down there, he just saw Dexter Lumis’ face and felt the inside of that cold, cold trunk again. Strong ran as far as he could. Every time he tried to stop, he just felt Lumis chasing him. But for this last week, Strong isolated himself, in his own head working in this, and… He can do it. Today, Strong can conquer the fear of the car trunk! He’s ready! The Undisputed Era is fired up hearing this! Wait, Dr. Lye is Kyle?! Yes! Now let’s go get in that car trunk! The UE boys are pumped up and they head outside!
They walk up to the limousine and Strong hops inside. He’s gonna do it, guys! He’s doing it! Three, two, one and closed! Yeah, man! Roddy’s doing it, baby! Now pop the trunk! Strong hops out and he’s fired up! If he can conquer his fear, he can conquer anything! Good to hear that, because tonight, Strong is gonna conquer Lumis in a match! Tonight?! Yeah! Awesome! Strong is ready, and his boys are proud. But is he really ready? Or will the facade come crumbling down?
Backstage interview with Bivens Enterprises.
Malcolm Bivens and his clients, Indus Sher, almost interfered with the NXT Tag Team Championship match last week, but the BritAm Bruisers interfered with that. Bivens requested this interview because he is “pissed off to the highest level pissedivity.” But he won’t yell or scream to get his point across. Last week, they went out there to watch the tag title match to see who would win. But “those thugs” Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan couldn’t mind their own business. Oney and Burch attacked Rinku and Saurav. Bivens is a good guy, a great guy, actually. A humanitarian, even. If not for Bivens, Oney and Burch would’ve joined Maverick in the ambulance last week. Saurav and Rinku tell Oney and Burch in their native language that the One Two are the two new targets of these beasts. They showed as much on last week’s 205 Live, is there anywhere safe from Indus Sher?
NXT has a championship collision course coming soon.
Adam Cole has been THE NXT Champion for almost 400 days, but he isn’t satisfied with one title. He wants to be #ChampChampBAYBAY! However, that prompted the North American Champion, Keith Lee, as well as top contenders Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor, to aim at him right back. GM William Regal has given everyone something they can agree to, as we will get a #WinnerTakesAll match in two weeks, July 8th! As for tonight, it’s all about one championship, three men and one enormous opportunity. Keith Lee, Johnny Gargano and Finn Balor prepare for tonight’s Triple Threat for the North American Championship! Having a chance at making history, “That is a thing of beauty.”
But Balor gives us all a history lesson. The Prince is the inaugural WWE Universal Champion, one of the longest reigning NXT Champions ever, but has never had that North American Championship. Gargano says Balor abandoned NXT, but Balor says he’s here because of Gargano. Keith once considered Gargano the heart and soul of the black ‘n’ gold, but what has that gotten Gargano? What did it do for NXT? It got NXT to the point that it needed Balor back. Then maybe Gargano should thank Balor. The moment that Pele kick hit, that was the night #JohnnyWrestling DIED. And this Gargano realized that while people love watching your journey, they also can’t wait to see you fall off the top.
Keith Lee is on top. In just his first year, Keith Lee became the NXT Breakout Star, was praised by legends like Mick Foley, and yes, has become North American Champion. Gargano warned Keith that it’s #TheJohnnyGarganoWay, or no way at all. Balor says he’s seen people like Keith come and go more times than he can remember. But Keith warns them that if they get in his way, they’ll get run over. Gargano and Balor better be careful when they’re aiming at the king. This will be the biggest challenge Keith has faced, and Sam Roberts says it is a “generation defining” match. One man walks out champion and a contender all in one. Balor says that after he wins the North American title, he finally proves he is the best. Gargano says there is no doubt that he will cement his legacy. Keith says he is Limitless, and that’s all there is to it. But who will Adam Cole have to worry about at the end of the night?
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter VS Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez!
#CobraKai put away each member of the KC squared duo, but now it’s time to see if she and #BigMamiCool can put them away 2v2. Will Kacy and Kayden conquer or crumble in their first tag team match together?
The teams sort out and Raquel starts against Kayden. Kayden talks smack and shoves Raquel, but Raquel comes back with an STO! Raquel stomps but Kayden dodges, only for Raquel to grab hair. Kayden spins free and CHOPS, then CHOPS again. Kayden talks smack to Dakota as she CHOPS Raquel more. Kayden goes up the corner and Kacy tags in, but the springboard arm-drag is blocked! Kayden kicks Raquel fast as Kacy gets in, and Kacy chop blocks Raquel down! Kacy facelocks but Raquel just stands up and lifts her! Kacy sunset flips, but Raquel just pulls her up of the ground! Raauel whips Kacy, Kayden helps her Silly String back up and in! Kacy headscissors but Raquel blocks that, so Kayden tags in. Kayden saves Kacy and they both bait Raquel into drop toeholds! Kacy slingshots for the hotshot!
Kayden tries to schoolgirl roll Raquel, but Raquel stays standing! Raquel steps over to bring Kayden up and RAM her into the corner! Tag to Dakota, Dakota waistlocks but Kayden elbows her away. Tag to Kacy, Kayden gives her a boost for a Thesz Press! Cover, TWO, and Kacy stops herself from running into Raquel. Kacy turns around into Dakota’s BOOT! Dakota covers, ONE! Kacy scrambles away but Dakota is on her already. She puts Kacy in the corner and tags Raquel. Raquel stomps Kacy and throws forearms, then tags Dakota back in. Raquel scoops Kacy and Dakota runs, BOOT into the POWERSLAM! Cover, but Kayden breaks it up! Raquel is furious but Kayden scrambles away.
The crowd rallies, Kacy breaks free and crawls, but Dakota has the legs. Kacy kicks Dakota away, hot tag to Kayden! Kayden dodges Dakota to hit Raquel! Kayden rallies on Dakota, and dropkicks her down! The crowd fires up as Kayden CHOPS, then whips. Dakota reverses, Kayden wheelbarrows to a victory roll, ONE, and Kayden mule kicks Dakota down! Cover, TWO! Kayden powers up and the crowd rallies with her. BOOT WASH! Cover, TWO!! Dakota survives Kayden’s take on her move but Kayden brings her up. Dakota scorpion kicks but Kacy tags in. Kacy huricanranas but Raquel tags in. Kacy is all over her, and Kayden adds a SUPERKICK! Kayden gives Kacy another boost, but Raquel catches her! Raquel holds Kacy up with one arm, BOOTS Kayden down, then hits the CHOKE BOMB!
Tag to Dakota and Dakota drags Kacy into the Butterfly Stretch! Kacy taps, Dakota and Raquel win!
Winners: Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, by submission
KC squared was overwhelmed by the combination of Dakota’s speed and Raquel’s strength! “Hey, Io! You think this is your NXT? I don’t think so.” The Evil Genius and that NXT Women’s Championship are in Dakota’s cross hairs, but will Dakota be able to take her down?
Karrion Kross w/ Scarlett Bourdeaux VS Bronson Reed!
Mr. Doomsday used NXT’s resident thicc boi to send a message to Tommaso Ciampa ahead of TakeOver, and needless to say, Reed didn’t appreciate that. Will Auszilla be able to cancel the apocalypse Kross promises to bring? Or is there nothing left for him to do but #FallAndPray?
The bell rings and the two go right up to each other to grind forehead to forehead. Reed throws forearms but Kross stays up. Reed whips then clobbers Kross with forearms! Kross gets to a corner, Reed runs in, but Kross throat chops him! Kross puts Reed in the corner to BOOT! “This is what you wanted?!” Kross brings Reed up to DECK him with a forearm! Reed slowly staggers back up and Kross picks him up for an EXPLODER! Kross runs corner to corner but Reed ROCKS him back! Reed throws more forearms and an ENZIGURI!? Kross staggers, Reed hits a GERMAN SUPLEX! But Kross stands up and roars! Reed roars back, and they start throwing heavy forearms back and forth!
Kross eggs Reed on then gives the forearms back. Reed BOOTS then corner splashes! But Kross looks to be enjoying this?! Reed corner splashes again, the crowd is thunderous, but Kross gets Reed for a NORTHERN LIGHTS! And rolls through, drags Reed up, and CLOBBERS him with that clothesline! Kross stalks Reed, catches him and DOOMSDAY SAIDOS! Then wraps on the KROSS-JACKET! Reed taps, Kross wins!
Winner: Karrion Kross, by submission
The undefeated streak continues, even after facing the literally biggest opponent yet! Does anyone have any hope of stopping Kross’ path of destruction?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
Tonight, the Triple Threat for the North American Championship also determines his challenger. Who would he rather see come for his title? “That’s a good question. A tough one, actually.” The common man would choose the weakest, who they’d have an advantage against, that kind of thing. But the problem is, Cole is not the common man, he is the longest reigning and greatest NXT Champion of all time! His answer is that it doesn’t matter, because the result will be the same. So for now, he’s more worried that his mantle has room for another title. And actually, that question was very stupid. Cole is cocky now, but will he feel differently when he has to face reality?
NXT hears from Mercedes Martinez.
“NXT has opened Pandora’s Box.” What lies inside will change the entire Women’s Division forever. Martinez isn’t here to play nice, play fair or play by the rules. Mercedes Martinez is going to flip the entire division upside-down. Are you ready for what Mean Ms. Martinez brings to the ring?
Aliyah w/ Robert Stone VS Rhea Ripley!
The bougie brand took offense to being rejected, and has incurred the wrath of Rhea with a single slap! Will Aliyah learn to respect the first woman to be both NXT UK and NXT Women’s Champion in her career?
The bell rings and Aliyah eggs Rhea on, only to run away. Rhea grabs Aliyah at the ropes and brings her in, but Aliyah resists the waistlock lift to grab a leg. Rhea pries Aliyah off with a gut wrench and a toss! Aliyah flounders but Rhea brings her back up for another waistlock. Aliyah elbows free but runs into a dropkick! Aliyah bails out to regroup with Stone and Rhea talks smack. Stone reminds Aliyah of the game plan and Aliyah gets back up. Only for Rhea to be on her at the ropes! Aliyah hotshots Rhea away, hops up and leaps, but into Rhea’s arms! Rhea pops Aliyah up to a fireman’s carry but Aliyah slips out to pull hair! Aliyah knees low then whips, but Rhea blocks with power! Rhea whips Aliyah instead to LARIAT!
Rhea rallies with more clotheslines, then spins Aliyah around for a cravat and knee strikes! Rhea snapmares Aliyah, says “neener neener” to Stone, then runs to basement dropkick Aliyah down! Cover, TWO! Rhea keeps her cool as she watches Aliyah crawl. Rhea stands on Aliyah’s foot but Stone says Rhea is just getting in Aliyah’s head, “it’s all in your mind.” This seems pretty reel as Rhea reels Aliyah in by a leg. Aliyah kicks with the free leg, then boots Rhea away. Rhea comes back to BOOT Aliyah down! That also felt real. Rhea has Aliyah in the PRISM TRAP! The inverted cloverleaf tortures Aliyah’s legs but Stone throws a shoe in? Who throws a shoe? Honestly.
Stone runs but Rhea chases him around the way. They end up in the ring, Rhea grabs Stone by his suit jacket and he flounders all around. Stone slips free and Aliyah rolls Rhea! Rhea bucks her off, kicks low, and pump handles for the RIPTIDE! Cover, Rhea wins!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
The mangy manager couldn’t manage a proper screw job and Aliyah loses big. Will Stone learn that Rhea can do bad all by herself?
Roderick Strong VS Dexter Lumis!
The Savior of the Backbreaker has overcome his car trunk trauma, but there’s still another source of stress he must defeat. Can Strong work up the courage to conquer the tortured artist with the thousand yard stare? Or is he just in for another scare?
Speaking of scare, Strong is reluctant to make his entrance, and Bobby Fish has to keep him moving forward. Fish knows how the trunk felt and how Lumis staring at them feels, so he is assuring Strong that if the Infamous One can do it, so can Roddy. Strong finally gets in the ring, fires himself up, and the bell rings. Lumis just stares at Strong as Strong moves about. Strong approaches but then backs right off. He tells Fish he’s not ready but Fish says Strong’s good. Strong gets back in the ring, approaches low, but Lumis is like a statue. Strong bails out again but Fish says Strong was born ready. Who cares what Lumis is doing? Strong paces about as the ring count climbs, and he gets back in at 8. Lumis finally takes a step, and Strong freaks out again!
Strong walks around the ring but Lumis follows! Fish lurks close but Lumis backs him down with a stare. Strong stumbles at the ramp and sees Lumis creeping up behind him. Strong turns to run, but he runs right into Plexiglas! Strong scrambles to the backstage area and Fish hurries after. Lumis goes into the ring, the count hits 10, and Lumis wins!
Winner: Dexter Lumis, by count-out
Fish can’t believe Strong couldn’t do this, but then Lumis catches Fish with the Anaconda Vice!! Fish flails and gets away, and now he runs away! Lumis still stares blankly, but surely there is something formulating in that twisted labyrinth of a mind. How will Lumis torment the UE boys next?
Robert Stone video chats with William Regal.
Stone isn’t asking for much, but Regal says Stone needs to slow down. Stone understands but he isn’t asking, he’s telling! Regal HAS to make the rematch for Aliyah and Rhea! They need this rematch. Oh, so both Stone and Aliyah need the rematch? Regal does like the idea. He wants to see Stone take on Rhea! What?! Stone wrestle!? No, no, no! Not gonna happen! Oh but it is. Stone? Wrestle? Alright, fine! But when they win, Rhea has to be part of the Robert Stone Brand! No, that needs to be discussed with Rhea. But Rhea appears, and says it’s fine. See you next week. Well, then, the match is made! NXT’s first co-ed match has big ramifications! Will Rhea be able to finally make Stone accept the rejection?
William Regal has a huge announcement for the NXT Women’s Championship!
The Evil Genius pulled off an incredible victory at TakeOver: In Your House to reign supreme, and has stated this is HER NXT now. “After careful consideration,” Regal has chosen four women worthy of an opportunity, and naturally has booked a #1 Contender’s FATAL 4 WAY! Mia Yim VS Candice LeRae VS Tegan Nox VS Dakota Kai! #CobraKai has reinvented herself and feels untouchable. The Shiniest Wizard’s story is one everyone knows, and will no longer let kindness be mistaken for weakness. The Pint-Sized Poison has vowed to reign alongside her husband as the “big sister” becomes the queen of NXT. And the Head Baddie in Charge has been fighting and hustling, and she will be ruthless to get what she wants. So much history and animosity in one match, who survives to challenge Shirai down the line?
There’s more big news for next week!
After Strong literally ran away from Lumis, their newest rematch will be in a STRAP MATCH! NXT makes more history, but will it be the end of Strong as we know it? Plus, because it’s the Wednesday before July 4th, next week will be a special Great American Bash edition of NXT! What will be in store for the black ‘n’ gold as it honors the red, white and blue?
NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Keith Lee VS Johnny Gargano VS Finn Balor!
The road to NXT history starts here! Will we #BaskInHisGlory? Do things #TheJohnnyGarganoWay? Or will the Prince look to take back the throne in a match to determine who is truly THE BEST EVER in NXT?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and NXT writes its newest chapter!
Keith and Balor glare at Gargano but Gargano bails out. Balor and Keith circle and tie up, but Keith powers Balor to a corner. The ref calls for a ropebreak but Keith puts Balor up top. Keith backs off but Balor leaps at him! Keith catches Balor but Gargano runs in for the schoolboy! But Keith stays standing! He tosses Balor away to drag Gargano up and toss away! Balor runs at Keith but gets run over! Keith runs Gargano over, then runs them BOTH over with double clotheslines! The crowd is thunderous as Keith says this is HIS main event. NXT goes to break as the champion is in control.
NXT returns and Keith whips Gargano corner to corner hard! Balor tries to trip Keith but Keith clubs him away. Gargano throws forearms but Keith GRIZZLY MAGNUM CHOPS! Balor tries again, but Keith pries him off to a Canadian rack. Balor slips out to get a sleeper hold! Keith flails as Balor squeezes tight! Keith reaches up and throws Balor off, but Gargano hops up to put his own sleeper on! Gargano squeezes tight, Keith gasps but still throws Gargano off. Balor is back and he has the sleeper again! Keith fades and drops to a knee! The crowd rallies up, Keith gets a second wind, and RAMS Balor into buckles! Gargano returns to throw forearms from all sides, but Balor DECKS Gargano!
Balor runs to throw forearm son Keith again and again. Keith stays up so Balor keeps trying, and forearms Keith into ropes! Balor keeps throwing shots all over, then runs into a lift! Gargano runs but Keith adds him to the OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Keith catches his breath while the crowd fires up again! Keith brings Balor up for body shots then wrenches to a corner to corner whip! Balor hits buckles hard, but Gargano chop blocks the leg! Gargano tries to trip Keith but Keith stays up. Gargano jams the knee, but Keith drags him up to the Canadian rack. Gargano slips out and goes after the leg again, but Keith keeps him back. Balor leaps on for another sleeper! Gargano grapevines a leg, but Keith just tosses Balor off again!
Keith glares at Gargano, pries him off the leg, and DECKS him with that left forearm! Gargano and Balor bail out to the same side, but Keith pursues. Keith runs at Gargano but gets Balor’s SLINGBLADE! Gargano goes up to the apron to CANNONBALL! Keith staggers about, Balor runs and CHOPS Keith! Keith blocks the whip from Balor, but Gargano adds on and they both send Keith into steel steps! All three men are down as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns once more and Balor rams his shoulder into Gargano over and over in the corner! Balor CHOPS then stalks Gargano to another corner. Balor CHOPS even harder, then whips Gargano corner to corner. Balor CHOPS, whips, CHOPS, repeat! Gargano boots Balor, he hurries to the apron and he SUPERKICKS Keith away! Gargano slingshot SPEARS into Balor, covers, TWO! Gargano grimaces as he puts Balor on the ropes to CHOP back! And again! And again! Gargano goes to the apron and slingshots, but Balor decks him first! Balor sees Keith coming and FLIES out to stop him! Balor gets back in, Gargano dodges and tilt-o-whirls but no takedown as Balor hits the Final Cut! Cover, TWO!
Balor grits his teeth as he keeps his cool. The crowd rallies up and Balor takes aim at Gargano, SLINGBLADE! Balor takes aim again, but Keith gives us deja vu as he rises up at the corner! Keith throws Balor into buckles, Gargano throws forearms at Keith, but Balor BOOTS Gargano away! Balor enziguris Keith, Gargano enziguris Balor! Keith slingshots to crossbody them both!! All three men are down but the crowd is thunderous again! Keith sits up first, but Balor and Gargano follow. Keith rocks Balor, rocks Gargano, then corner splashes Gargano to then corner splash Balor! Keith DECKS Gargano, Balor trips Keith for the DOUBLE STOMPS! Balor drags Gargano up and underhooks, but Keith Electric Chairs Balor! Balor fights back with elbows and gets the sleeper back!
Keith fades again, drops to a knee, but Gargano SUPERKICKS them both!! Gargano goes to the apron, aims at Balor, ONE FINAL BEAT! Cover, but Keith breaks it! Gargano goes after Keith with forearms and elbows from all sides, but Keith clamps onto Gargano for a whip. Gargano tilt-o-whirls but Keith blocks the DDT! Keith powers back up, swings Gargano into Balor, but Gargano uses that to DDT Keith! But Keith rolls out of the ring! Gargano has no one to cover, but he DIVES to tope Keith into railing! Gargano hurries and DIVES to hit Balor, but Balor catches him! Balor throws knees on Gargano in the single underhook. Balor lifts Gargano, but Keith POUNCES Bloody Sunday apart!! All three men are down at the ramp and the crowd is losing its mind!
Keith rises and drags Balor up with him. He puts Balor in the ring, reels him in and lifts. Balor turns the Spirit Bomb into a DOUBLE STOMP! Balor takes aim, runs but into a SUPERKICK from Gargano! Gargano SUPERKICKS Keith, but Balor shotgun dropkicks Gargano into Keith! Keith falls onto Gargano’s back! Gargano is trapped under Keith’s weight as Balor climbs up! The crowd is at a fever pitch as Keith grabs Balor in a choke grip! Gargano knees Keith in the back, rolls him up, and uses the ropes! TWO!! Gargano flounders up, Keith pops him up, and BOMBS him into Balor at the corner! Then Keith brings Gargano back up, fireman’s carries, BIG BANG CATASTROPHE! Cover, COUP DE GRACE! But Keith got clear so only Gargano gets crushed! Keith brings Balor up, ANOTHER Big Bang Catastrophe!! Cover, Keith wins!!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall (still NXT North American Champion)
That was truly an epic! Keith quite literally uses his opponents against each other at the end, and comes out still golden! But Adam Cole appears to stare Keith down. Each champion raises their belt as the graphic is made official! In two weeks, who will it be that holds up BOTH belts as NXT’s first ever DUAL CHAMPION?
Another great night for NXT, and they’re clearly gearing up to counter AEW Fyter Fest. At the same time, bringing back Great American Bash as a Fourth of July event is pretty cool, hopefully it becomes a tradition. Grimes escalating things with Priest was a good opener, and it’s helping Priest make the turn towards some kind of Face Tweener since Grimes is just so obnoxious. Escobar and Atlas have a good match, but as a Heel with henchmen, obviously Escobar wins because Atlas is busy with Wilde and Mendoza just long enough. I expect Drake Maverick and Atlas to team up to go after Legado Del Fantasma, maybe even add a third man like Kushida, since they all respected each other after coming out of Block A. Plus, Kushida VS Escobar makes for a great Cruiserweight Championship match.
The Women’s Division is ramping up as it should be. Rhea gets an easy win off Aliyah, and it’d be great for Rhea to add the historic achievement of winning NXT’s first co-ed match. Dakota and Raquel have a good tag match with KC and KC, which helps NXT get more tag teams into the overall Women’s Division. Dakota, Tegan, Mia and Candice are going to make for a great Fatal 4 Way next week, and it almost doesn’t matter who wins because Shirai will get a great match out of them either way, and then still win. The Undisputed Era had great bits tonight, from the therapy to Strong being completely afraid of Lumis. That Strap Match is going to really up how good NXT Great American Bash feels.
Kross VS Reed was really good, and I’m a bit surprised that Reed got to put in that much offense. That’s great for Reed, and also benefits Kross in terms of his toughness. Kross wins, of course, and there’s still the issue of the broken hourglass. Keith Lee broke it, so clearly Keith VS Kross is coming. The question is whether Kross attacks during or after the Winner Takes All match. The Triple Threat for the North American Championship was borderline TakeOver worthy, but I feel it still needed a bit more to actually reach that level. As I stated with Kross, Keith retains because that feud is coming. It would be insane if Kross was aiming for a double champion Keith Lee, but at the same time, I don’t think Kross wins to take two titles at once. I’m leaning towards Kross interfering with Winner Takes All, he and Keith fight over only the North American title.
My Score: 9.2/10
AJ’s IMPACT Wrestling Results & Review 4/15/21
AJ fills in to cover his first Impact full show in a hot minute! How does he feel about the product? How is everything building towards Rebellion?
Oh… Were you guys expecting to see Andrew’s IMPACT? No no… Much like Matt and Jeff, Matt showed he can work but they just liked Jeff more.
I’m kidding but, yes as Andrew has said in the last IMPACT review, I am taking over IMPACT duties for the foreseeable future. Jazz’s retirement speech along with a lot of other interesting things to come like Omega and Swann with a Press Conference and good amount of matches to come.
What will I think of IMPACT now that they have another “Phenomenal AJ” with them?
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
- TJP vs Josh Alexander – Josh Alexander wins via Butterfly Piledriver – *** ¼
- Crazzy Steve (w/ Decay) vs Karl Anderson (w/ Doc Gallows) – Karl Anderson wins via Spinebuster – ** ¾
- Pick Your Poison: Brian Myers vs Jake Something- Myers wins via Roster Cut – **
- Pick Your Poison: Matt Cardona vs Sami Callihan- Sami Callihan wins via Package Piledriver – ** ¾
TJP vs Josh Alexander
Both men showing more of the technical side of them instead of the X Division we are used to seeing throughout the years but the two are using a good amount of speed against each other, picking up in the later part of the match up. They go to different styles rapidly from technical, to agility, strength and striking too around the end.
Every time TJP goes for an Armbreaker or his signature Octopus, Josh scouts it and gets into an Ankle Lock. TJP also has the move caught and transitions into an STS. TJP goes for a Mamba Splash but it keeps getting countered into the Ankle Lock again. TJP yet again reverses it into an Arm Bar and Josh Alexander realizes that he has to win with something else and breaks the Armbreaker with a Powerbomb and hits a Double Underhook Piledriver to finish off TJP this matchup.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
A short promo airs for “Let’s Get Wilde”, showing that Taylor Wilde is returning fairly soon to IMPACT Wrestling.
Crazzy Steve vs Karl Anderson
Karl Anderson gets the advantage very early on, sneak attacking and beating down Steve, even during the break. With every single dirty trick, Crazzy Steve can’t seem to get any form of offense until Karl’s hubris gets in his way. Steve actually getting some fast paced offense going until Gallows interferes enough times for the win.
Was a good match, making sure that the Bullet Club reigns supreme on two shows. That and usually a Pair of Aces is a good way to win as well.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
We get to the Swing Plaza and some odds when it comes to the X Division Championship Match at Rebellion. Ace saying he’s the best more a less, TJP actually saying he’s got a good amount of wins against both of them and Josh… getting the math from his friend Little Petey Pump on his three-way chance at Rebellion.
Eddie cuts a promo against Violent By Design with Willie Mack in tow. After Eddie comes with a declaration of war, VBD comes down and tells Eddie that he just wants his beating and says he had nothing to do with beating up Tommy Dreamer at Hardcore Justice. Violent By Design comes to the ropes after Eddie says let’s fight as James Storm and Chris Sabin runs down to even up the odds and challenges them to an Eight Man Tag Team match up for Rebellion.
Before we get Jazz’s Retirement speech, Deanna Purazzo is walking to the ring with Su…san and catches Scott D’More. Scott tells her to not ruin her moment in the ring before cutting to commercial.
Jazz comes out for her retirement speech and says Deanna and Jordynn are the present and future of Women’s Wrestling. After Jazz gives her heart felt speech, Fire n Flava comes out to interrupt and tells them that they don’t care and good riddance until… per Scott D’More and since Jazz never said I’m retired… WE HAVE A TAG TEAM MATCH!
For it being Impromptu, it was still a great feel good moment. Jazz got to go out on top with a Falcon Arrow variant and now official retires after her match. Everyone comes out from the locker room to give their support and love for Jazz.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) April 16, 2021
After the break, Scott tells Fire n Flava that they have to face Jordynn and Jazz for the Tag Titles at Rebellion. They storm off upset but Jazz and Jordynn show up and Jazz says she appreciates it but, she is a woman of her word and will be retired but… she will get a substitute for Jordynn for the match.
Pick your Poison starts for Cardona and Myers as they pick each other’s opponent tonight. Myers is in the ring first and Cardona picks Jake Something.
Brian Myers vs Jake Something
Jake takes it to Myers really on, out powering and out muscling Myers before Myers powders out and runs away from Jake in order to bait him into a Roster Cut for the win.
After the match, Myers says that it’s hard to see with the eyepatch but it’s harder to see in the dark as Myers picks Sami Callihan to face Matt Cardona.
Matt Cardona vs Sami Callihan
Sami jumps Cardona early on before the bell and once we get started, Cardona hits a Rough Ry… Leg Lariat. He hit’s a leg lariat for the two count. Both men striking hard and beating each other down, in and outside of the ring, mistakes are what changes things from both men where Sami takes too much time and Cardona gets too angry and gets sloppy in his moves. No matter what, neither men can get an advantage until Cardona gets his adrenaline pumping, hitting Radio Silence to Sami but kicks out.
After some counters to take Matt Cardona’s cheap tactics by Sami Callihan to get the upper hand and the win, thumb in the eye of Cardona and into a Package Piledriver.
Aftermath: Sami tells Trey Miguel to come out and talk to him. Trey has a chip on his shoulder and tells Sami that he wants nothing to do with him. Sami tries to tell Trey that he is proud of Trey for taking the opportunity at Hardcore Justice because Sami was the one to take out Tommy Dreamer in the main event and that’s where Trey goes to attack Sami but you do not mess with a dangerous man, especially one that uses a chair to prove a point. Sami dismantles Trey with the chair but Trey keeps standing after the beatdown.
FinJuice has a promo against The Good Brothers saying that they are going to prove that they are the best and better than what the Good Brothers say they are.
The press conference begins and Kenny Omega is…. late it seems as the questions start for Rich Swann, if he can handle the challenge and answers the best way I could think. As they ask the questions about being Champion for both companies and their commitments that will happen and make sure there is a definitive winner, Kenny finally shows up and the questions for them begin. Don gets questioned about his loyalty to IMPACT and his devotion to Kenny Omega and if there will be a backlash for it and Callis gets sick of his only question as he praises Omega again so he can talk. Kenny Omega speaks on how he is used to this type of thing, big match, dress to impress and then starts to insult Rich Swann, saying he’s not on his level and he doesn’t belong on this platform.
He says this is the last time he will be cordial, that the next time he sees Rich is in the ring and goes to shake his hand… but paint brushes him instead as a fight closes out the show.
Now… I do love IMPACT. I really do and enjoyed a lot of the moments in the night, from Cardona and Myers trying to outwit each other, the VBD vs IMPACT Soldiers to get a match at Rebellion all the way to Callihan and Trey’s confrontation. All of this will play out perfectly as the set up for Rebellion’s card on the 25th. Bound to see some great matches and this is my first time giving my opinions and thoughts on IMPACT on this platform and we might even get more as they added Trey vs Sami in a Last Man Standing Match, Jordynn Grace and a Mystery Partner against Fire n Flava along with Violent By Design against the IMPACT faithful.
All of that being said however, am I the only one that really and truly… not giving even a modicum of care about the Title vs Title Match for Rebellion? It’s going to be Kenny. All fingers point to Kenny. They even said there is going to be an All Elite Wrestling Referee there to make sure it’s a definite match. They are making it seem like Rich is just so insignificant on his own show that he is representing as their Undisputed World Champion. I know I usually don’t get on my soap box during reviews but I can say without a shadow of a doubt… I really don’t care about this match and I know I’m going to cover it in two Sundays. Try to impress me. Make me give a damn about this match IMPACT. You have a week.
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (4/15/21)
The Gallus boys are back!
A huge grudge match headlines NXT UK!
After betraying the Bhangra Badboy during their NXT UK Tag Team title match, Kenny Williams will have to face Amir Jordan’s wrath!
- Nathan Frazer VS Saxon Huxley; Frazer wins.
- Emilia McKenzie VS Isla Dawn; Dawn wins.
- Jack Starz w/ Piper Niven VS Ashton Smith; Starz wins.
- Kenny Williams VS Amir Jordan; Williams wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Nathan Frazer VS Saxon Huxley!
The British Prodigy is building his legacy, but now he runs into the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane! Will Frazer add Huxley to his legend? Or will he learn to walk away when he sees Huxley coming?
The bell rings and Frazer circles with Huxley. Frazer gets around to a waistlock, Huxley throws him away! They go again, Frazer dodges the boot and keeps moving. Frazer dodges again, CHOPS, but Huxley just growls! Frazer headlocks, Huxley powers up to back drop but Frazer makes that a sunset flip! Huxley stays up, drags Frazer up and tosses him to the corner! Frazer dodges again to CHOP again! Frazer keeps avoiding Huxley’s hands and headlocks again. Huxley powers up again to back suplex, but Frazer lands on his feet! Huxley blocks the single leg to gut wrench, but Frazer slips free, springboards, but into Huxley’s arms! BIG scoop slam!
Huxley runs and drops an elbow, only to miss! Frazer gets to a corner, Huxley huffs and puffs and catches Frazer again to RAM him into a corner! Frazer is stuck in the ropes, Huxley corner clotheslines from behind! Huxley drags Frazer out of the Tree of Woe just to STOMP him down! Frazer sputters, Huxley stomps him down more, then drags him up. Huxley runs with Frazer corner to corner and RAMS him into the buckles! Huxley drags Frazer while the BT Sports Studio boos, and he TOSSES Frazer! Huxley fires himself up, drags Frazer back up, and ROCKS him! Huxley puts Frazer in the corner, then TOSSES him again! But Frazer rolls to his feet and dropkicks Huxley’s leg out!
Frazer runs, but into a BOOT! Huxley drags Frazer around to dribble him off the mat! Huxley lets off to cover, TWO! Huxley drags Frazer up and scoops him, but Frazer escapes to dropkick! Huxley stays up, runs and drops the elbow! Huxley digs his knee in for the half camel clutch! Frazer endures, he moves around, and pries at the hold. Frazer slips out from under the knee, gets to his feet and throws body shots. Huxley CLUBS Frazer down, then STOMPS him for good measure! Huxley drags Frazer up by his hair, and CLUBS him with a crossface forearm! Frazer is in a daze as Huxley drags him back up. Huxley lifts, heads for a corner, but Frazer blocks with his feet!
Frazer fights with fists and pushes off the corner for a crossbody! Frazer tumbles off the cover and both men slowly rise. Frazer runs and RAMS Huxley! Huxley stays up, Frazer keeps trying, then he ducks and dodges to RAM Huxley out of the ring! BT Sports Studio fires up as Frazer grits his teeth. Frazer builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit and both men crash into barriers! The ref checks on Huxley, he’s somehow still alright, but Frazer has the mad eyes now! Frazer hauls Huxley up but Huxley throws him into the ring. Huxley storms in, Frazer gets around his clothesline but Huxley blocks the suplex.
Huxley suplex Frazer, but Frazer slips out to duck and QUEBRADA, to the ELBOW DROP DDT! Frazer goes right up top, aims, leaps and missile dropkicks Huxley back down! Frazer returns to the top rope, FROG SPLASH!! Cover, Frazer wins!!
Winner: Nathan Frazer, by pinfall
That was definitely a big win for the young legend! Will Frazer only win bigger matches from here on?
NXT UK Media interviews Noam Dar and Sha Samuels.
How is Dar feeling after his loss at NXT UK Prelude? Sha asks, “How do you think he feels?!” It winds Sha up, gets on his nerves, that Dar works so hard every single day to make sure this brand is at the TOP of the WWE! And Tyler Bate and his “old man,” Trent Seven, just get handed things on a silver platter! Dar has Sha calm down, and says those boys play checkers, but he and Sha play chess. Dar has friends in high places, and he has guaranteed himself and Sha a tag team match with Moustache Mountain! Sha likes that, and Dar says they’ll see those dafties next week. EEEEAST!!
NXT UK presents an all new Supernova Sessions!
“Hello, hello, hello! Hear me now, live from the moon,” Dar welcomes us back to his show. Now they say two is better than one, and usually Dar is a one man team. But as we heard, Dar and Sha will team up to make tag team history as they knock Seven & Bate off the tag team mountain! Now, all the way from Scotland, it’s GALLUS! Wolfgang, Mark & Joe Coffey walk out and they take the couch. Dar tries to say that’s his seat but he can’t get Gallus to go to the chairs. Dar tries to sit on the arm, but Gallus tells him no, there’s chairs over there. Dar sighs as he has to sit in the “guest” section, and then tries to get comfy.
Dar says Gallus is looking fantastic and fresh! Where did they go on holiday? And more importantly, what gift did they bring back for him? Mark tells Dar it wasn’t a holiday. It was time to train and refocus. They worked in the morning, had a drink in the afternoon, and didn’t “break any rules.” Gallus is held to a higher standard than any team here, so they picked themselves up and got going again. Dar likes that. How is Wolfie feeling? Well he’s been away, focusing on controlling his temper, and not let anyone get under his skins. Well said. Is Joe okay, though? That wing alright? Joe’s been kinda quiet. Joe says he’s had time to reflect. The next thing he wants to do is another go on the pitch.
But out walks a surprise guest! Eddie Dennis is here! Dennis has a mic already and he throws their words at them: Gallus is “held to a higher standard,” but the only reason they had the NXT UK Tag Team Championships to lose to Pretty Deadly is because Joe got involved in their business! Dar says Dennis shouldn’t go there. Well, if Joe wants to go on a rampage, start with the one guy who he’s been avoiding since the start of this brand. Joe tells Dennis that if he wants a round, they can go next week! No, Dennis didn’t mean himself. It’s those lads. PRIMATE & T-BONE JUMP GALLUS! It’s a brawl between all six men, Dar staying far away!
Referees rush out to stop this, but that’s not that easy! Gallus chases off Dennis and his new pack of animals, Dar having fun while munching on breadsticks and sipping juice. Play the funky music! Gallus wants to be back on top, but is there a new trio of alpha males moving into their territory?
NXT UK Media catches up with Sam Gardwell.
“Don’t accost me, journo, I’m busy.” But Gradwell can’t get in the door because it’s locked. Dave Mastiff gets it for him and Gradwell gets on his case. Mastiff tells him to shut up, then slams the door shut to lock it again! Gradwell is furious and shouts, “I’m the Thunderstorm! I’m the season! Come back, yogurt!!” Will Gradwell’s big mouth continue to get him on people’s bad sides?
Moustache Mountain “quiz” each other.
“I am…” “Trent Seven. And I am…” “Tyler Bate!” And together, they are Moustache Mountain! For the very first time in a year, and in BT Sports Studio Arena! It’s unbelievable, really. Bate is going after the Heritage Cup as a singles competitor, but until then, they’re back as a tag team against Dar & Sha! The Big Strong Boy & the Artful Dodger are back in the BT Sports Studio Arena, but will it be another big win?
Emilia McKenzie VS Isla Dawn!
With Meiko Satomura on her side, #SuplexMillie got a win over the not-so-good witch of Scotland. But now, they go 1v1 to see if Millie can repeat the performance! Will Dawn turn her fortunes around like a tarot card on the table?
The bell rings and Millie ties right up with Dawn. They go around on the ropes and corners, and Dawn pushes Millie in. The ref counts, Dawn CHOPS Millie! Millie kicks low, headlocks and grinds. Dawn powers up, pulls hair but can’t power out as Millie grinds tighter! The ref reprimands as Dawn pulls hair again. Dawn throws body shots, powers out, but Millie arm-drags Dawn down! And again! Dawn blocks the third but Millie wrenches through to hit a SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, ONE!! Dawn gets up but Millie seethes as she waistlocks. Dawn scrambles and hotshots Millie in the ropes! Dawn dropkicks Millie down to the corner!
Dawn grins as she brings Millie up to bump her off buckles. The ref counts as Dawn KICKS away on Millie in the corner! Dawn lets off, brings Millie out and SNAP SAIDOS! Dawn looms over Millie, stomps her down, then sits her up. Millie hits back, Dawn clubs her, and gets the fisherman hook. Millie cradle counters, just like last week! TWO, but Millie kicks low! Millie whips, Dawn reverses and KNEES Millie against ropes! Millie gasps and sputters, Dawn drags her up to CLUB her down! Cover, TWO! Dawn drags Millie up and underhooks the arms. Millie resists, but Dawn shifts to a STANDING BUTTERFLY LOCK! Millie endures, fights, and breaks the grip!
Millie CLUBS Dawn on the back, throws big forearms, but Dawn shoves her away. Millie comes back to dropkick a leg out! Millie keeps moving to BASEMENT UPPERCUT! Dawn flounders to a corner, Millie runs in but Dawn dodges. Millie slips out and Dawn hits buckles. Millie ROCKS Dawn, then uses the corner for a HANDSPRING SPEAR! Cover, TWO!! Millie is beside herself but Dawn grabs at her. Millie shrugs Dawn off, clubs her on the back, then waistlocks. Dawn elbows free, bumps Millie off buckles, and then runs corner to corner to KNEE her! Fisherman to the PERFECT PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Millie survives and Dawn’s furious!
Dawn looms over Millie, drags her up and Millie shoulders into her! Millie pump handles for a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Dawn survives again and Millie is seething! Millie glares at Dawn, pushes her around, and waistlocks again. Dawn drops and victory rolls, TWO! Millie SHOTGUN dropkicks Dawn to a corner! Then Millie runs in to RAM Dawn! Millie fires off shoulders, fires off haymakers, but the ref backs her up. Millie spins around him, but Dawn ROUNDHOUSES Millie first! Millie staggers into Dawn’s HALF ‘N’ HALF! Bridging cover, Dawn wins!!
Winner: Isla Dawn, by pinfall
The SORCERESS of Scotland redeems herself! Will Dawn only get darker before she has her chance at the championship?
Jinny and Joseph Conners speak.
The Spoiled Princess tells “Dani Luna, sweetheart, I know what you’re capable of. You’re one of the strongest girls in this division, if not the strongest. But you walk around with your ugly, miserable looking face and you act like you don’t even want to be here. But in reality, you don’t deserve to be here. You’re a small fish in a big pond, who wears the same dirty outfit to the ring every time. And next week, when you step into the ring with the Fashionista, you’re just gonna end up another fashion victim.” Will Jinny show the punk rock powerhouse the pecking order of NXT UK?
After the brawl we saw earlier, Eddie Dennis VS Joey Coffey is happening next week! Will the Welsh Dragon dethrone the Iron King or be slain instead?
NXT UK shares footage from backstage last week.
After Aoife Valkyrie’s message to Meiko Satomura, the Final Boss finds her again. “I know what this means. I accept.” The black feather is returned to Aoife, and now the Best in the World will battle the winged warrior! Will Meiko be used as the updraft to raise Valkyrie to the next level?
Jack Starz w/ Piper Niven VS Ashton Smith!
Training with Piper Niven has unleashed the fire inside Starz! But will that fire be quickly put out by The Prestige?
The bell rings and Starz circles with Smith. They tie up, Starz goes for a leg but Smith blocks. Smith tosses Starz off but Starz gets back up to go again. Starz and Smith tie up, Smith turns Starz to waistlock but Starz reaches to headlock. Smith thrashes Starz around, but Starz pries free to roll and get the leg! Starz is after an ankle lock but Smith boots him away. Starz comes back, clinches and whips Smith but Smith runs him over! Starz gets to a corner to cool off, and comes back to circle with Smith. They tie up again, Smith has a cording hold and then wrenches to a wristlock. Starz fights up, rolls, handsprings and breaks free to dropkick! And dropkick again!
Smith stays up but Starz whips. Smith reverses and reels Starz in for a standing fireman’s carry takeover! Smith clamps onto the arm again, Starz endures and fights up. Piper coaches Starz but Smith wrenches again. Smith reels Starz in to RAM shoulders! Smith sits Starz up, brings him around, and wrenches again. Smith whips but Starz uses that to roll Smith up, TWO!! Starz runs back in but into a BIG knee from Smith! Smith drags Starz up, whips him to a corner hard, then CLOBBERS him on the rebound! Cover, TWO!! Starz survives and Piper coaches him up. Smith gets Starz up to CLUB him back down!
Starz writhes, Smith drags him back up, and Smith shoves Starz to ROCK him with a body shot! Starz falls to his knees, Smith waistlocks and dead lifts to a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Starz survives and Piper coaches him as BT Sports Studio rallies. Smith gets Starz up to EuroUpper! Smith scoops Starz to military press and SLAM him! Cover, TWO!! Starz survives again and Smith drags him up again. Starz throws heavy body shots, then EuroUppers of his own! Smith shoves, whips but Starz goes up and elbows back! Starz goes up again to leap, but into Smith’s arms! Smith pops Starz up to a suplex, but Starz fights free! Starz EuroUppers, but leaps into a catch!
Smith catapults Starz up and out of the ring! Starz crashes down and Piper looks concerned. Piper checks on Starz, coaches him up again as the ring count climbs. Smith dares Starz to get in, and Starz is in at 5 of 10! Smith brings Starz up to ROCK him with a EuroUpper! Smith stalks behind Starz at the ropes but Piper coaches him. Smith stands on Starz’s hand, brings him up and ROCKS him with another EuroUpper! Piper tells Starz to get that fire going, show that he isn’t just going to take this! Starz gives the EuroUppers back! Starz runs and rallies with big shoulder tackles and a BACK DROP! Starz reels Smith in, hooks al eg, but Smith fights the suplex off.
Smith turns Starz, back suplexes but Starz lands on his feet! Things speed up, Starz slips out of Blue Thunder to roll up DEEP! Starz wins!!!
Winner: Jack Starz, by pinfall
Smith is shocked, but three is three! Starz gets his very first singles win in NXT UK! Piper is so happy for him, and says she knew he could do it! Will Starz build on this momentum to be an even bigger star?
Kenny Williams VS Amir Jordan!
Two years ago, as this brand began, so did a friendship between these two young superstars. They trained together, struggled together, won and loss together, and supported each other when the other was injured. But as times got tough, something started to sour. When they disagreed on how to win, that was the last straw, and The Chancer cheated his tag partner out of the titles! A promise broken, a tag team broken, a friendship broken. But now, as these two face each other as enemies, will one of them be left broken in the ring?
The bell rings and Williams rushes Jordan but Jordan dodges to clothesline him first! Jordan rallies with more lariats, throws his scarf off and fires hands on Williams in a corner! The ref backs him off, Williams rushes Jordan again but Jordan punches him first! Jordan fires haymakers, whips Williams to ropes but Williams reverses, only for Jordan to CROSSBODY! Jordan rains down furious fists, but Williams gets away to the outside. Jordan chases him, but Williams baits him into a knee on the apron! Williams runs, Jordan dodges the dropkick to KICK Williams down! Jordan bumps Williams off apron, then CLUBS him around the way.
Jordan bumps Williams off apron again, but won’t let him get away yet! Williams knees back low and hard, and whips Jordan at steps. Jordan stops himself, then dodges as Williams rushes back in! Williams crashes into and over the steps! Jordan stomps Williams down, gets in the ring, and watches Williams on the outside. Williams gets in the ring, begs for mercy and says he’s hurt, but Jordan knows not to trust that! Williams swings on Jordan, Jordan blocks and LARIATS! BT Sports Studio fires up, Jordan runs in to SPLASH Williams in a corner! Jordan whips, Williams reverses but Jordan comes back to LEAPING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!
Williams bails out but Jordan pursues. Williams stays away, tries a sweep but Jordan kicks him back. Jordan WRECKS Williams with a dropkick! Jordan puts Williams back in, shoulders but into a KICK! Williams scowls as he climbs the corner just to KICK away on Jordan’s hand! Williams runs to WRECK Jordan with a dropkick in return! Jordan writhes, Williams paces about, and he goes out at 5 of 10 to get Jordan up. Jordan hits back, Williams CLUBS Jordan, then tears the tape away from the shoulders. Williams CLUBS Jordan more, then puts him in the ring. Cover, TWO! Williams CHOPS Jordan on the back, and brings him up to ROCK him!
Jordan ends up in a corner, Williams snapmares and scrapes Jordan’s face! Cover, TWO! Williams seethes, clamps onto Jordan’s arm, and KNOCKS him down with a straddle attack. Williams clamps onto one arm, pushes Jordan’s head down, and puts so much pressure on that bad arm! Williams steps over, mule kicks Jordan in the head while pulling on the arm. Jordan endures so Williams rolls back to armbar! Williams stomps away on Jordan’s head, then shifts to a cover, TWO! Jordan is still in this but Williams seethes more. Williams brings Jordan up but Jordan body shots. Williams headbutts low, whips Jordan to ropes, but Jordan sunset flips! TWO, and Williams CLOBBERS Jordan! Cover, TWO!!
Williams smirks as he clamps onto Jordan, stomps him down, and then drags him up to throw clubbing crossface forearms! Williams covers again, TWO! Jordan hasn’t given up yet! Williams is annoyed, but Jordan throws body shots and haymakers in return! Jordan CHOPS, throws more hands, then reels Williams in. Williams NORTHERN LIGHTS, then rolls back to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!! Jordan grits his teeth, Williams starts to lose his cool, and he CLAWS Jordan’s back. Williams “apologizes” to the ref, then brings Jordan up to snapmare and dig his knee into the back. Williams clamps onto the arm, grinds the shoulder and stands on Williams’ head!
Jordan endures, Williams pulls Jordan’s arms into a straitjacket! Jordan endures, even as Williams pulls him back against a knee. Jordan fights up, turns things around, but Williams kicks low. Williams bumps Jordan off buckles, throws forearms, but Jordan kicks low! Williams rams into Jordan, hoists him up top, then ROCKS him with a slapping palm strike! Williams climbs up to get Jordan, but Jordan resists! Jordan fires body shots back, then GOURD BUSTERS Williams to the mat! Jordan adjusts as Williams staggers up, and Jordan missile dropkicks! Williams tumbles all the way to a corner and Jordan runs in to fire off!
Jordan uppercuts, runs and hits a NECKBREAKER! Williams staggers up, swings but into Jordan’s EDGE-O-MATIC! Cover, TWO!! Jordan hurries to a corner, climbs up top, and SWANTON BOMBS!! Cover, TWO!! Williams still lives and shocks Jordan! Williams crawls to a corner, Jordan stalks him and Electric Chair lifts! Williams fights that, slips off, hurdles over and table top sunset flips, TWO! Jordan jackknife to a prawn hold, TWO!! ENZIGURI! Williams wobbles, yoyos, and #LETSKILLIT LARIATS Jordan down! Both men are down and BT Sports Studio is fired up as a standing count begins! Williams sits up first, kicks at Jordan, and stands on his hand.
Jordan sits up to kick Williams away! Jordan throws haymakers but Williams throws body shots back! Williams ROCKS Jordan, and DOUBLE CHOPS! Jordan boots but it’s blocked! Williams wheelbarrows for a FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Jordan survives again and Williams is beside himself! Williams gets up, goes to a corner, and starts undoing the padding on the crossbar? The ref stops him there, but Williams just goes to a different corner! Jordan rolls Williams up first, TWO!! Williams hurries up, Jordan gets him, waistlock but they end up heading for the ref!
Jordan knows what’s coming! Jordan gets away from the low blow mule kick, to SUPERKICK in return! Cover, TWO!?! Williams survives and Jordan is frustrated! BT Sports Studio slowly builds to a rally, Williams drags himself to a corner, and Jordan storms over. Williams boots him away, then gets him in a clinch to RAM him into the second buckle! It was just loose enough for Jordan to hit the steel behind the padding! Williams hits a HEADLOCK DRIVER!! Cover, Williams wins!!
Winner: Kenny Williams, by pinfall
The Chancer took a chance and it paid off! He gets away with another one, and has a big smile on his face over what he just did to his former friend. “Luck is all I need!” Will Williams leave the Bhangra Boy behind as he goes for his own glory and gold?
A pretty good episode for following Prelude and WrestleMania Week. All singles matches tonight but we got a very good tag match set up for next week. Dar & Sha VS Moustache Mountain is going to be great, and I have a feeling Moustache Mountain wins so that Bate can continue strong into the Heritage Cup match. Otherwise, I think Seven loses the match for them so that Dar & Sha can build themselves in the UK Tag Division while not costing Bate. Supernova Sessions was fun, with Gallus taking the couch and Dar unable to do anything about it. Gallus taking on Dennis, T-Bone and Primate already sounds like a lot of fun, and starting with Joe Coffey VS Dennis is a good call.
Frazer VS Huxley was a great opening match, Frazer winning was natural since he is that good and is building up. McKenzie VS Dawn was good, though I’m not sure the point of it other than to keep Dawn strong with her new Heel persona. Meiko responding to Aoife was good, and that match will be great, but I do feel like Meiko could put Aoife over so that Aoife can start to chase Kay Lee Ray and the title now. Jinny starting a thing with Dani Luna is interesting, but it will be good for Dani to get reps with someone as experienced as Jinny. Starz VS Smith was a great match, especially for Starz since he won. Not sure where he and Piper are heading, but it’s fun for Piper to be a coach now while the UK title is still tangled with KLR.
That quick interaction with Gradwell and Mastiff was good, because Mastiff is just shrugging Gradwell off as opposed to letting him get under his skin. That match is going to be great as a fight of “proper British heavyweights,” and could be a chance for Gradwell to get a big win. Jordan VS Williams was great stuff, great amount of story given their history. Two years sure flies, huh? I forgot it had been that long. Williams winning with sneaky tactics was perfect for him, as he is now able to go into the Heritage Cup Division, where A-Kid the current champion is a Face. A-Kid could win, or he could lose to Bate and it’d still be alright, Bate could be a strong Face against Williams, too.
My Score: 8.3/10
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