NJPW Summer Struggle now has stakes!
With the huge announcement by Kazuchika Okada, Summer Struggle now has something on the line! Who will prove themselves worthy of KOPW 2020?
NOTE: NJPW no longer wants to feed AXS TV now that it is with Anthem and Impact Wrestling. But never fear, I will cover NJPW in the spirit of AXS in providing the most important matches of the show.
- Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
- Minoru Suzuki VS Yuji Nagata; Suzuki wins.
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Los Ingobernables de Japon VS Bullet Club!
Bushi is back but Hiromu Takahashi is out to rest that banged up shoulder before taking on Bone Soldier Reborn. As for Tetsuya Naito, he and EVIL still have time before their Double Champion rematch in Jingu! Will Naito avenge the Timebomb tonight?
The teams sort out, and after a Low Sweet and LIJ fist bump, it’s Evil and Naito! Again we revisit Dominion and the fans rally up. Evil and Naito stare down, circle, but Taiji gets a cheap shot in! Taiji then goes after Bushi while Evil stomps Naito down. Evil throws Naito out while Taiji sends Bushi into railing. Evil kicks Naito and CHOPS him against railing! Evil whips Naito but Naito reverses to send Evil into barriers! Naito whips and sends Evil into more railing! And more railing! Fans cheer as Naito chases Dick Togo off. Naito goes back to Evil, drags him up and RAMS him into railing! Naito kicks Evil around, puts him in the ring, then follows. Naito elbows Evil over and over, then cravats Evil into buckles.
Naito grinds Evil’s head in, Red Shoes counts, Naito stops at 3, but throws in more elbows! Bushi tags in and tells Taiji to back off. Bushi gives Evil a neckbreaker, covers, TWO! Bushi keeps on Evil, whips him but Evil reverses and Taiji gets a cheap shot in. Bushi swings on Taiji, kicks Evil, but Evil kicks back. Bushi kicks and runs but Dick trips him up! Evil hits Naito, throws Bushi out, and distracts Red Shoes so Dick can go after Bushi! Dick stomps away and Taiji goes after Naito while Red Shoes argues with Evil. Dick chokes Bushi, puts him back in for Evil, and Evil covers. Red Shoes knows better and that angers Evil. Evil stomps Bushi, tags in Taiji, and Taiji stomps Bushi more. Taiji cravats and snapmares to then go after Bushi’s mask! Red Shoes counts, Taiji stops, but then chokes Bushi!
Taiji stops at Red Shoes’ count, and fans rally up. Taiji brings Bushi up but Bushi CHOPS! Taiji knees back, snapmares and neck CRANKS! Tag to Evil and he toys with Bushi. Evil kicks Bushi to ropes, Bushi CHOPS back! Evil rakes Bushi’s eyes! Red Shoes reprimands but the damage is done. Evil drags Bushi up for a neckbreaker, but Bushi fights out! Bushi spins Evil for a DDT! Both men are down and the fans fire up! Bushi and Evil crawl, hot tag to Naito! Naito rallies, hitting Taiji for good measure. Naito boots and huricanranas Evil! And he baseball slides Taiji, too! Naito catches Evil into the backbreaker, then runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps his eyes on Dick and Taiji before he stomps Evil down.
Naito stomps Evil to ropes, brings him up and throws back elbows over and over. Evil drops and Naito kicks at him. Naito drags Evil back up, throws more elbows, but Evil dodges one to pull Naito’s hair. Naito breaks free, but Evil blocks the kick and passes it to Red Shoes to mule kick Naito down! The fans rally as Naito goes to a corner. Evil runs in and corner clotheslines! Evil brings Naito out, fisherman but no buster as Naito slips out, atomic drop and enziguris! Naito scoops and POWERSLAMS, to KOJI KLUTCH! Evil endures and Taiji stomps away until Naito lets go! Taiji rains down rights but Red Shoes counts. Taiji lets off at 4 and goes back to his corner. Naito crawls and tags in Bushi! Bushi goes up top, leaps, missile dropkick! Evil goes rolling but Taiji attacks!
Taiji runs but is sent out by Bushi! Bushi whips Evil, Evil reverses but Bushi dodges and DIVES! DOwn goes Taiji! Naito whips Evil, kicks, Bushi sunset flips but Dick trips Naito! Evil goes after Bushi’s eyes as Dick drags Naito out and throws him into the post! Dick chokes Naito, Evil fireman’s carries Bushi. Bushi fights out to enziguri! Bushi reels Evil in, but no swinging neckbreaker! Taiji springboard seated sentons! Dick keeps choking Naito as Evil LARIATS Bushi! Cover, TWO!! Bushi survives and the fans cheer! Evil has the legs, steps in, SHARPSHOOTER! Bushi taps, Bullet Club wins!
Winner: Bullet Club, by submission
The Darkness Scorpion strikes and takes down Bushi! LIJ just can’t find a way to defeat Evil and Bullet Club! Evil stands on Bushi while staring Naito down. Naito gets on the apron and Evil eggs him on. Naito grabs Evil by the hair but Dick trips Naito again! Dick whips Naito into the railing! Evil and Taiji applaud, and Bullet Club Low Sweets in victory. Will this streak continue all the way to Jingu? Can Naito make a comeback and take back both belts?
Minoru Suzuki VS Yuji Nagata!
If the Man with the Worst Personality is to be believed, this will be Blue Justice’s “public execution!” Will Nagata defy the King of Pancrase and triumph again?
The bell rings and the two step face to face. The fans rally up as they stare down. Suzuki grins as he and Nagata slowly fire up. Suzuki boots, Nagata boots! Suzuki rebounds off ropes to boot, but Nagata also rebounds and boots! Now they throw forearms over and over! Neither man backs down as they just throw forearm after forearm after forearm, but they do slow down a bit. Only to pick up speed again! Suzuki wobbles, boots, but Nagata boots back. Suzuki rebounds and boots, Nagata rebounds and boots! Suzuki staggers and Nagata eggs him on as the fans cheer. Suzuki grins as he and Nagata circle. Suzuki kicks low, gets the arm, but Nagata fights it off to go after Suzuki’s arm! Nagata pulls on the wrist, elbows the shoulder, then grinds the bicep with his forearm.
Suzuki resists the wrenching, rolls and gets a leg. Suzuki drags Nagata to the apron for a HANGING HEEL HOOK! Red Shoes counts, Suzuki stops at 4, then brings Nagata up to whip. Nagata reverses, sends Suzuki into railing and boots! But Suzuki grabs the boot! Suzuki puts the leg through railing, then fetches a chair! Red Shoes stops Suzuki form using the chair so Suzuki shoves him down. Suzuki BOOTS Nagata’s leg! Suzuki looms over Nagata, drags him around, and puts the leg through railing again. Suzuki pulls on the ankle and foot at all kinds of angles! Nagata endures but Suzuki kicks the railing again! Red Shoes reprimands as Suzuki drags Nagata up. Suzuki throws body shots and knees but Nagata forearms in return. Suzuki kicks the bad leg out!
Suzuki puts the leg back through railing to grind his boot in! Red Shoes reprimands but starts the ring count. That gets Suzuki to let up. Suzuki walks away and Nagata sits up at 10 of 20. Suzuki is in at 12, Nagata stands at 15, then gets in at 17! Suzuki gives toying kicks and slaps then he knees Nagata into the corner. Suzuki throws forearms then puts the bad leg around the ropes. Red Shoes reprimands, Suzuki grins but Nagata grabs him around the head. Suzuki goes after the leg again, Red Shoes keeps telling him to stop, and counts. Suzuki stops at 3 and walks to the other corner. Suzuki runs back in to BOOT Nagata! Suzuki snapmares, runs and Penalty Kicks, but Nagata blocks! Nagata elbows Suzuki’s knee, then does it again.
Nagata glares at Suzuki as he elbows the knee a third time! Fans cheer as Suzuki staggers back. Nagata kicks away on Suzuki in the corner, then runs in to boot back! Nagata brings Suzuki up but Suzuki fights off the Exploder. Suzuki runs into the BOOT! Cover, ONE! Nagata keeps his cool while the fans rally up. Nagata kicks but Suzuki blocks! Suzuki elbows the leg in return and throws more forearms. Nagata throws forearms back, and Suzuki nods. Suzuki forearms and Nagata wobbles, but Nagata hits back. Suzuki laughs as he forearms again! Suzuki eggs Nagata on, Nagata forearms back. They pick up speed again and the fans rally behind them.
The old warriors keep throwing heavy shots, Nagata wobbles but swings again! Suzuki dodges, sleeper holds, but Nagata backs him into buckles. Nagata is free and just ROCKS Suzuki with forearm after forearm! Nagata dares Suzuki to get up and the fans rally again. Suzuki stands, steps to Nagata, and they talk trash while throwing more forearms. Nagata hits, Suzuki hits, and both old warriors seem to be enjoying themselves. Suzuki staggers a moment but comes back with a HARD forearm! Nagata stays up, the fans cheer and Nagata ROCKS Suzuki back! Suzuki shakes it off and grins as the fans rally harder. Suzuki throws a stiff shot! Nagata fires up and gives it back! Suzuki laughs even more as he throws another!
Nagata forearms again and Suzuki has to steady himself. Suzuki throws another hard shot, Nagata grits his teeth but comes back to hit Suzuki again. Nagata asks Suzuki, “Do shita?! (What’s the matter?!)” Suzuki fires up and ROCKS Nagata back! Nagata shakes it off, and throws another huge shot. Suzuki hits again, Nagata again, and they pick up speed! There’s still a lot in these old warriors! But then Nagata drops to a knee! Suzuki also wobbles and has to sit. But even so, they both egg the other on from the mat! Fans rally up as both men give short headbutts from the mat. Suzuki stands up to headbutt, but Nagata headbutts back! Suzuki just laughs and headbutts again! But Nagata headbutts back! Both men sit down and the fans fire up again!
Fans rally as Suzuki and Nagata just keep talking trash to each other. Nagata wobbles but he stands up. The forearm shots keep coming, both men fire up, and Suzuki ROCKS Nagata! Nagata comes back to ROCK Suzuki! Suzuki comes back to ROCK Nagata! Fans cheer as Nagata ROCKS Suzuki again. Suzuki hits, Nagata hits, Suzuki hits, Nagata HITS! Suzuki staggers but comes back for more and then Nagata runs! Suzuki follows, gets around, sleeper but Nagata suplexes! Suzuki slips off, sleepers again, but Nagata gets around to EXPLODER! Suzuki is furious but both he and Nagata are down on the mat. Fans rally up, Nagata sits up first but struggles to stand. Suzuki follows, Nagata KICKS him down! Suzuki coughs and sputters, did Nagata get him in a bad spot that time?
Nagata drags Suzuki around, not letting Suzuki quit on him. Nagata forces Suzuki up, but Suzuki blocks the suplex! Nagata KNEES hard and Suzuki drops again! Suzuki continues to clutch that spot but Nagata makes him stand again. Nagata wants the suplex again but Suzuki still blocks. Fans rally as the two struggle for control. Suzuki grinds on a headlock, but Nagata powers out the back to knee hard again! Suzuki blocks the suplex with a headlock again, so Nagata bearhugs. Suzuki headbutts over and over, and that last one was heavy! Both men are down but the fans fire up again. Suzuki staggers along ropes while Nagata slowly rises. The two head for each other again, and we’re back to throwing forearms! Nagata, then Suzuki. Suzuki eggs Nagata on, Nagata hits back!
Nagata eggs Suzuki on so Suzuki HITS him! Nagata takes a moment to steady himself. Suzuki dares Nagata to come back and even puts his arms back to give Nagata a shot. Nagata hits Suzuki but Suzuki comes back. They both egg each other on, Suzuki hits but Nagata shakes his head. Nagata hits Suzuki, Suzuki hits Nagata, and repeat! Suzuki takes a moment, but then it’s fast and furious all over again! Suzuki ROCKS Nagata, Nagata ROCKS Suzuki! Yet neither wants to stop! Fans cheer as things change to SLAPPING palm strikes! The sweat flies as hands make contact! It’s SLAP after SLAP but just as furious as the forearms! Suzuki grins again and fans cheer.
Nagata waits for Suzuki to return, and the slapping continues! As soon as one hits, the other comes back! They start hitting at the same time! Suzuki gets the edge, fires from all sides, a good 10 shots! Then another FOREARM! Nagata falls!! Suzuki drags Nagata up and into position, fans rally up as he goes for the Gotch lift! Suzuki lifts Nagata up, for the PILEDRIVER!! Cover, Suzuki wins!!
Winner: Minoru Suzuki, by pinfall
Blue Justice has been defeated! The Man with the Worst Personality grabs the mic to tell Korakuen Hall that their “incessant clapping is a pain in the ass. Just shut up and watch, idiots!” He shouts at Nagata and asks, “How long have we been doing this?” They’ve been tied together for 35 YEARS. And how many times have they done this? Suzuki will say this about Nagata, “Today, those strikes you unleashed on me…” Suzuki laughs as he says, “They didn’t hurt a bit! BAKA! (IDIOT!)” Suzuki tells the “piece of trash” to just leave already! And you fans need to stop with your damn clapping! But now that Suzuki has dealt with Nagata, he’s got something he has to take care of. “It’s a secret.” What is next for the King of Pancrase after conquering such an incredible opponent as Blue Justice?
A pretty great part of Summer Struggle for NJPW oddly skipping Wednesday’s event, as far as uploading it to NJPW World. For full event results for today, as well as star ratings, check out Andrew Balaz’s article.
LIJ VS Bullet Club going down from Six Man to a 2v2 was a good move in story. Hiromu’s arm is just a liability at this point, and he has to make it to his IWGP Junior Heavyweight Championship defense against Taiji Ishimori. Bullet Club gets another big win for an incredible streak against LIJ, but that has to mean LIJ wins in the end, right? The math would normally dictate that, and it just seems to make sense. It’d be a bummer if LIJ lost so much and Bullet Club just kept dominating. It’s much more likely things break even, and I feel like Hiromu loses so that Naito can win.
Suzuki and Nagata had an amazing match, and it always surprises me how much fight they can both give and take. Nagata got the win in the New Japan Cup, so it just seemed fitting that Suzuki won here. And NJPW made sure these two were tied up in those huge 8 Man Tag matches so that nothing could really be settled until now. I feel like Suzuki’s next move is to be one of the eight men in the KOPW 2020 series. I feel like Suzuki could even move on to that Fatal 4 Way to crown the “provisional” Mr. KOPW 2020, and Suzuki could even take it to the end and get that trophy. At the very least, I could see Suzuki chasing the provisional champion and making it very hard for him to survive 2020.
My Score: 8.9/10
Mitchell’s WWE SmackDown Results & Report! (1/22/21)
Will Apollo be able to #ThinkBig and be a champion?
Big time challenges go down on SmackDown!
SmackDown goes big as Big E takes on Apollo Crews’ rematch challenge, and Bayley takes on Bianca Belair in the ULTIMATE obstacle course challenge!
- Ultimate Athletic Obstacle Course Challenge: Bayley VS Bianca Belair; wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Big E VS Apollo Crews; wins and
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[Due to the scheduling choices of KFOX14 (El Paso & Las Cruces), coverage of SmackDown will not begin until 9PM Eastern]
Mtichell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (1/21/21)
Who is NXT UK’s one true queen?
Will Kay Lee Ray still reign in NXT UK?
The Scary Queen of Scots has held the NXT UK Women’s Championship for over 500 days! But that could all change against the Spoiled Princess, Jinny!
- Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown; Brown wins.
- Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz; Dragunov wins.
- Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone; Jordan wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners; KLR wins and retains the title.
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Dave Mastiff VS Rampage Brown!
The Proper British Heavyweight is up for any challenge, and so is the newest star in NXT UK! But will the Bomber be able to stop the Rampage when they finally collide?
The bell rings and the two big men tie right up! They go around, break, and then tie up again. Rampage headlocks, Mastiff powers out and they collide! Neither man falls, and Rampage is liking this already! They tie up again, go around, and Mastiff headlocks now. Rampage throws heavy body shots then powers out, they collide again, and still neither man falls! They tie up once more, Rampage headlocks, but Mastiff powers out. They ram shoulders again and again and again! Rampage throws a forearm, Mastiff gives it back and we have a heavyweight brawl! Mastiff rocks Rampage, headlocks, but Rampage powers out to dropkick Mastiff down!
Rampage drags Mastiff up to throw more forearms, fireman’s carries, but Mastiff slips out, shoves and DROPKICKS?! Mastiff defies gravity with that one! Mastiff drags Rampage up to CLUB him, and ROCK him, and put him in a corner. Mastiff CLUBS Rampage in the chest, hoists him up top, but Rampage hits back with forearms and a boot! Rampage leaps and hits a FLYING TACKLE! Rampage crossface forearms Mastiff from all sides! Rampage stomps Mastiff down, drops elbows, then covers, TWO! Rampage keeps his cool and he clamps onto Mastiff with a chinlock!
Mastiff endures as Rampage thrashes him around! Mastiff fights up and throws body shots but Rampage CLUBS him! BT Sports Studios fires up as Rampage tries to gut wrench Mastiff, but Mastiff back drops and SITS on Rampage! Rampage staggers up but Mastiff fires off forearms! Mastiff backs Rampage to ropes, whips him and CLOBBERS him! And drops a BACK SENTON! Rampage gasps and sputters as Mastiff stalks him to a corner. Mastiff runs in but into boots! Rampage goes up, and leaps into a CLOTHESLINE! Mastiff drags Rampage up, for an EXPLODER! Cover, TWO! Rampage survives but Mastiff powers up.
Mastiff waits for Rampage to stand, runs, but into a BOOT and a LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Mastiff survives and Rampage can’t believe it! Rampage drags Mastiff up, reels him in and LARIATS, but Mastiff stays up! Mastiff gets around, Rampage elbows out of the waistlock but Mastiff CLUBS him! GERMAN SUPLEX! Mastiff runs corner to corner but Rampage bails out! Rampage is on the apron, Mastiff climbs up the corner, but Rampage CHOP BLOCKS a leg out! Mastiff falls, Rampage gets in and manages a BACK SUPLEX! Rampage drags Mastiff back up, and DOCTOR BOMBS?!? Cover, Rampage wins!!
Winner: Rampage Brown, by pinfall
Incredible! Rampage Brown takes down massive Dave Mastiff! If he can win against this big of an opponent, is no one safe from the Rampage?
A-Kid reflects on his match with Walter.
Heritage Cup Champion took on NXT UK Champion in an instant classic, and he put so much heart into taking on the Ring General. But in the end, the body was not strong enough and Walter still reigns. “I am proud of how I represented the Heritage Cup Championship against Walter. I came up short this time, but next time, it will be different.” Will the Spanish Ace rise back up the ranks while growing the prestige of the trophy he holds?
NXT UK Media finds Kenny Williams backstage.
Williams is on the phone, and here is Amir Jordan! Williams says not to worry about his leg when Jordan has bigger fish to fry. Jordan has a big singles match that Williams helped arrange, and it’s against… Tyson T-Bone! Really? T-Bone? Williams knows Jordan is thinking that T-Bone will level him, but that doesn’t matter! Williams has faith in Jordan that he’ll be the lucky one tonight! Okay, but, he couldn’t find anyone smaller? Nope, sorry. But hey, go get ready, Williams will be right there with him. Did Williams write a check Jordan’s body can’t cash?
Ilja Dragunov VS Jack Starz!
After the epic battle with Walter that disappointingly ended in a loss, the Moscow Madman reflected for a long time, and decided that he needed to start from scratch. He chose to bring things full circle against his first opponent in NXT UK, but will it go the same way now that #UNBESIEGBAR isn’t so sure of himself?
The bell rings and the two circle. They low five to show respect, then tie up. Starz powers Dragunov to ropes but lets off clean. BT Sports Studio cheers the sportsmanship as the two circle. They tie up, Dragunov arm-drags but Starz moves around. Dragunov wristlocks, Starz pushes back and uses ropes to flip through. Starz rolls, handsprings and throws Dragunov up and over! Starz has the wrist and bends the fingers but Dragunov fights up. Dragunov wrenches back, Starz spins and breaks free to dropkick! Dragunov flounders to a corner but comes back after Starz. Starz stays back and circles with Dragunov again. Dragunov blocks the arm-drag to hit a hip toss to a headlock takeover.
Starz fights up, Dragunov hits another takeover but Starz rolls it to his own headlock! Starz grinds on the hold, Dragunov fights up, and Dragunov slips through to hip toss Starz down! Dragunov has the headlock, Starz rolls it to a cover, ONE! Starz gets around Dragunov to O’Conner roll, TWO! Dragunov hurries up, Starz sunset flips over, TWO! Starz LARIATS but Dragunov stays up! Dragunov gets Starz by his legs and SPINEBUSTERS to a headlock! Dragunov grinds Starz down, Starz fights up, and Starz tries to power out but Dragunov holds on. Starz keeps trying, gets out on the third try but Dragunov runs him over!
Things speed up, Starz hurdles then ducks but leaps into Dragunov’s arms! Dragunov swings and tosses Starz but Starz lands on his feet, only to run into a BACK HAND CHOP! Dragunov goes to a corner and runs out, into a LARIAT! Starz hops up but Dragunov holds off the huricanrana, to bring Starz back up! Starz fights out, gets around and GERMAN SUPLEXES! Bridging cover, TWO!! Starz keeps on Dragunov with HARD EuroUppers! Dragunov throws forearms, Starz EuroUppers! Starz CHOPS Dragunov on the back, much like Walter would! Dragunov grits his teeth and SLAPS Starz, BOOTS him, and then fires off forearms and CHOPS in the corner!
The ref counts, backs Dragunov off, but Draguno half hatch suplexes Starz hard! Then a DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Dragunov holds on, CHOPS Starz on the back, and GERMAN SUPLEXES again! Dragunov floats to a facelock, throws heavy knees, then pump handles for an EXPLODER! Starz flounders as Dragunov shouts in Russian. Dragunov goes to a corner, and runs for a BLINDSIDE TORPEDO MOSCOW! But he’s not done, Dragunov puts Starz into a double armlock and just rains down furious elbows! Starz is OUT, the ref calls it!
Winner: Ilja Dragunov, by knockout
But Dragunov keeps going! The ref counts and Dragunov stops at 4! Though passionate and aggressive before, Dragunov has unlocked a new level to it! When he calms down, he realizes what he did to Starz. Dragunov apologizes to Starz, but can Starz even hear him? What will this new intensity in Dragunov mean for his road back to redemption?
NXT UK looks back on Ben Carter’s in-ring debut.
From Supernova Sessions right into a Cruiserweight Championship match with Jordan Devlin, the pro-wrestling prodigy impressed many on the roster. Carter may not have won his title match debut, but he shows a lot of promise, and will be back in action next week!
Sam Gradwell shares his own opinion of Ben Carter.
“Ben Carter? This supposed to be exciting? Fizzing around like a bloody Catherine wheel?” As much as Gradwell likes spelling out naughty words with a sparkler, he’s not here to be “a pretty little bonfire treat.” Gradwell will admit Carter push Devlin to his limit in just his debut, “but we’ll see how exciting the lad is when this Thunderstorm sends him packing back to Jersey. Ben Carter is a yogurt!” Will Gradwell rain on Carter’s parade before it even gets going?
Amir Jordan w/ Kenny Williams VS Tyson T-Bone!
The Bhangra Badboy is back in action on his own, and the Lucky-Yin set him up against a rather tough opponent. Will the returning King of Travelers trample all over Jordan’s singles run?
The bell rings and Jordan circles with T-Bone. They tie up, T-Bone shoves him but Jordan comes back with a shoulder! Jordan ducks the punch to get a headlock, but T-Bone powers up. Jordan holds on, T-Bone keeps fighting but Jordan grinds on the hold. T-Bone back suplexes, Jordan lands on his feet and gets another headlock! T-Bone powers out, Jordan goes up and around the corner, but T-Bone is there to snapmare and RAM Jordan! Things speed up, Jordan hurdles but T-Bone blocks the hip toss. Jordan body shots and flips up an dover, then dodges the clothesline, only to get hit with a forearm!
T-Bone drags Jordan up, scoops him, and gives him a BACKBREAKER, to a FALL AWAY SLAM! Jordan flounders but T-Bone is on him with elbows and forearms and even knees! Jordan gets to a corner, kicks back but T-Bone throws heavy hands! Williams coaches Jordan up but T-Bone kicks Jordan down! T-Bone throws more forearms, Jordan gives some but T-Bone jabs and forearms back! Jordan shoves but T-Bone kicks him down. T-Bone shoves Jordan to ropes to CLUB him on the rebound! And again the other way! T-Bone covers and glares at Williams, TWO! Williams rallies for Jordan as T-Bone whips him, but Jordan elbows back!
Jordan throws forearms, CHOPS, but T-Bone shoves. Jordan goes up, the monkey flip is blocked to a SLAM! T-Bone has the legs, and he swings Jordan under the ropes, for a ROPE GUILLOTINE! The ref reprimands then checks on Jordan, T-Bone covers, TWO! T-Bone clamps onto Jordan and drives knees into Jordan over an dover! T-Bone clamps on with a chinlock, fish hooks Jordan’s face, then CLUBS him in the chest! T-Bone wraps on the chinlock again nice and tight, and he thrashes Jordan around. Jordan fights his way up, and jawbreakers free! Jordan kicks at T-Bone’s leg, throws body shots and forearms, but T-Bone shoves.
Jordan comes back with more forearms and a dropkick! T-Bone rebounds, Jordan dodges the boot and sunset flips! T-Bone stays up, but Jordan avoids the elbow drop! Jordan throws hands, facelocks and grabs at arms, but T-Bone back drops free! T-Bone stalks Jordan to a corner, and is Williams smirking? Jordan dodges T-Bone’s corner splash, then runs in, only into T-Bone’s arms! T-Bone brings Jordan up, but Jordan sunset flips again. T-Bone stays up again, then sits on Jordan! TWO and Jordan slips out the back?! Roll up, Jordan wins!!
Winner: Amir Jordan, by pinfall
What a shocker! Certainly for Williams, he seems almost confused as to how that happened. But Williams did say Jordan would have luck on his side. Will that luck run out? Or will it take Jordan all the way back to a Cruiserweight Championship opportunity?
NXT UK Media catches up with Xia Brookside.
“Nina Samuels. I beat you fair and square. And then you jump me after the match. You then cost me the match with Isla Dawn. What is it? This is not the Nina Samuels Show. And now, you want to drag my family’s name through the dirt? Soon enough, Nina, you will see exactly what a Brookside is truly capable of.” Will Nina consider bowing out of the leading role in a sequel with this fired up second generation superstar?
While Primate & Wild Boar are part of next week’s massive Fatal 4 Way ELIMINATION Tag Match to name new #1 contenders to the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, their mastermind will be BANNED from ringside! That’s right, Eddie Dennis will not be allowed to interfere in the battle between The Hunt, Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter, Pretty Deadly, and South Wales Subculture! Will The Hunt end up the hunted without the Welsh Dragon there to guide them?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Kay Lee Ray VS Jinny w/ Joseph Conners!
The reign that is 509 days and counting could be stopped right here! The Scary Queen of Scots has overcome everyone put in front of her, even the likes of Toni Storm and Piper Niven! But she and the Spoiled Princess haven’t had a real opportunity to go 1v1 until today! Will KLR make it to day 510? Or will Jinny having a knight in not so shining armor be a major factor?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this battle to determine the brand’s one true queen begins!
KLR and Jinny tie up, go around, and KLR powers Jinny back. Jinny pulls hair to back KLR down but KLR pulls at hair, too! They go around, into a corner, and the ref calls for a break. The ref steps in between them to break this up, and BT Sports Studio likes the aggression. KLR and Jinny circle, tie up and KLR wrenches to a wristlock. KLR grinds on the shoulder then chinbars Jinny down. Jinny pulls at her and grabs at KLR’s chin, but KLR pushes her down to scrape her boot off Jinny’s head! Jinny gets up to shove KLR, KLR SLAPS Jinny back! KLR wrenches, Jinny wrenches back and wrangles KLR with an armlock.
Piper Niven is spotted on the screens watching this match as Jinny talks trash and pushes KLR around. KLR CHOPS Jinny back! KLR bumps Jinny off buckles, throws more CHOPS and fast hands, but the ref counts and she stops at 4. Jinny puts KLR in the corner to stomp a mudhole into her! The ref counts, Jinny stops at 4, and now Dani Luna is spotted among those watching on the screens. KLR CHOPS Jinny then kicks her back. KLR whips and dropkicks Jinny down! Cover, TWO! KLR argues the count, and now Amale is spotted among the screens. KLR keeps on Jinny but Jinny shoves back, only for KLR to spin her to a GOURD BUSTER! Cover, TWO!
Conners is relieved but KLR is annoyed. KLR drags Jinny to a drop zone and climbs up top, and Conners waves hi. Jinny gets up, KLR has to jump over her and her leg jams! KLR runs back but into Jinny’s OVERHEAD ARM-DRAG into buckles! Cover, TWO!! KLR flops out of the ring and Conners is there to taunt her, but the ref tells him to stay back. Jinny fetches KLR and bumps her off the apron! And off the steel steps! Jinny fires off forearms but the ring count is climbing! Jinny refreshes things at 7, then brings KLR up. KLR throws body shots, Jinny clubs her down, and the count begins again. Jinny brings KLR up but KLR RAMS her into the barriers!
KLR brings Jinny up but Jinny bumps her off the apron! Jinny refreshes the count at 8 but KLR gets in. Jinny hurries after KLR and rains down rights. Cover, TWO! Something’s going on with the screens, and is that Aoife Valkyrie? The screens go back to normal and Jinny puts KLR in a corner. Jinny wrenches and whips KLR corner to corner hard! KLR bounces off buckles and Jinny covers, TWO! Jinny grows frustrated and she tells KLR, “You are NOT championship material!” KLR SLAPS Jinny away! Jinny comes back to ROCK KLR with a right, whips her, but KLR reverses. Jinny rolls to trip KLR up into the grounded surfboard!
KLR endures as Jinny rocks back and forth! KLR tells the ref to shut up and stop asking her, and she gets an arm free! KLR crawls and reaches but Jinny stomps her over and over! KLR still gets the ropebreaks! The ref counts, Jinny lets go to stomp KLR over and over! Jinny rains down rights again, then drags KLR back up. Jinny pulls hair and snapmares KLR to a cover, TWO! Jinny clamps on with a chinlock and now both Xia Brookside and Nina Samuels are watching. KLR endures, fights up, but Jinny pulls hair again. Jinny brings KLR up to throw a heavy forearm!
Jinny ripcords but KLR dodges, only for Jinny to ROLLING HEEL KICK! And another ROLLING HEEL KICK! But KLR SUPERKICKS back! Both women are down and BT Sports Studio fires up! Conners is worried as the standing count climbs past 5. Jinny and KLR are up at 8, and KLR ROCKS Jinny! Jinny comes back to forearm KLR and now they go back and forth! KLR gets the edge, Jinny knees low and hard! Jinny whips, KLR reverses to SUPERKICK again! DDT! Cover, TWO! Jinny survives, but KLR puts on a KOJI KLUTCH! Jinny flails, KLR thrashes, but Jinny endures! Conners grows worried again, but Jinny fights up and rolls KLR to a cover, TWO!!
KLR lets Jinny go and kicks, but Jinny blocks! Jinny throws KLR into the KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up and reels her in, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! KLR survives but Conners argues the count. Jinny drags KLR up to club her over and over on the back! Jinny drags KLR up, KLR CHOPS her! KLR gets the leg, uses that to reel Jinny into the Gory Especial, but Conners gets on the apron! KLR lets Jinny go to back Conners off, but she turns around into Jinny’s KNEE! Jinny drags KLR up, puts her in the ropes, THE MAKEOVER!! Cover, Conners even holds KLR’s legs down, but the ref sees that!! The ref EJECTS Conners!!
Conners is furious but he grabs the belt, saying it’s Jinny’s! KLR rolls Jinny up, TWO!! SUPERKICK!! Conners is taking the title but KLR goes out to snatch it from him! KLR DECKS Conners, gets in, but Jinny has the belt! KLR ducks the belt shot, and the ref sees it, too! The ref grabs at the belt but Jinny won’t let it go! KLR gets Jinny for the Gory Especial! GORY BOMB!! Cover, KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
Jinny’s insurance policy failed her, and the historic reign continues! What will it take for someone, anyone, to dethrone KLR?
A great episode for NXT UK from top to bottom! Mastiff and Rampage was a great match, especially for an opener, and naturally Rampage wins as he’s the new big star moving up the ranks. Who knows, we might get a rematch or a series of rematches because if this was the first one, I’d love to see what they could do to build upon it. At the very least, this helps get Rampage on track towards the NXT UK Championship and Walter, and he could be in a position to challenge in the Spring to match with WrestleMania season. As a fall back, have these two guys be a tag team and just steamroll some people.
A-Kid had a decent “self-reflection” promo, but I still expect him to focus on the Heritage Cup Championship, and to build up that reign with a lot of great defenses, maybe even giving rematches to some of his opponents from the tournament. I again enjoyed Sam Gradwell’s promo running down one of the bright stars of NXT UK, he has great obscure references because I forgot what a “Catherine wheel” was until I googled it. This surely means Ben Carter’s match week is against Gradwell, and that will be Carter’s first win in NXT UK. Xia Brookside had a good video promo warning Nina Samuels, I look forward to a more intense Brookside in the coming weeks.
I was completely and gladly shocked by how Dragunov changed in that match with Jack Starz. I thought there was going to be a long run of Dragunov being mellow, more technical, and struggling to win, and then at a certain point, he’d snap and get back to Unbesiegbar. Instead, they did a lot of that in just this one match and then he went above and beyond into this extra scary Dragunov. This fugue state Dragunov is a very interesting take, but I look forward to seeing the follow-up with Starz confronting Dragunov about it.
I think Williams is turning Heel on Jordan. He tried to set Jordan up to fail against T-Bone, but then Jordan wins, so maybe Williams tries to take it up a notch and set Jordan up against someone like Mastiff or Saxon Huxley. It’ll come out that Williams is doing this out of a sense of jealousy and bitterness, the team splits up, and we’ll get a great match of Jordan VS Williams.
KLR VS Jinny was a great main event, but the only thing that brought it down was NXT UK trying to make it seem like all the women on the roster were watching via ThunderDome technology. They did a good job with Piper Niven but I swear Amale was edited in, she was in far better focus than all the other screens. The one effective one was Aoife taking over the screens with supernatural powers similar to The Fiend or Taker. I like the creativity with how Conners tries to screw KLR over but ends up screwing Jinny over. There were some good false dirty finishes, and in the end KLR wins to keep history going. I have a feeling, given those ThunderDome screen edits, Aoife will be built up so that she will be the one to dethrone KLR and immediately be a star. Not sure how effective that is but it’s clearly NXT UK’s goal.
My Score: 8.4/10
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