NXT UK changes up the retrospective!
The Greatest Hits have been great, but NXT UK has found some Hidden Gems! Watch matches that have yet to be seen, involving Pete Dunne and Adam Cole BAYBAY!
- 6/16/19 – Champion VS Champion: Adam Cole VS Zack Gibson; Cole wins.
- 3/6/20 – Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels; Brookside wins.
- 7/20/19 – Pete Dunne VS Alexander Wolfe; Dunne wins.
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Andy Shepherd welcomes us back to the show!
This week brings us never before aired matches from the brand’s quick history! We again return to the Download Festival for a special NXT Championship showdown!
Champion VS Champion: Adam Cole VS Zack Gibson!
Back in a time before Keith Lee took the NXT Championship, and before the Grizzled Young Veterans lost their NXT UK Tag Team Championships, the Panama City Playboy and Liverpool’s Number One gave us a special crossover match, even before Worlds Collide. Whose legacy will be revealed to have had a huge victory all this time?
The fans sing to taunt Gibson at the bell, “Where’s my car stereo~? Where’s my car stereo~?” For those outside of the UK, this is because of a stereotype that Liverpuddlians are thieves. Cole and Gibson tie up, Gibson gets around and spins Cole to a snapmare. Gibson chinlocks but Cole slips out right away to get a hammerlock. Cole cranks on the arm, Gibson fights his way up, and fans cheer for “Undisputed!” Gibson rolls, snapmares again, but again Cole counters the headlock to a wristlock. Gibson gets back up, spins through but Cole keeps the wrist. Gibson throws a forearm but Cole gives it back! Cole gets the edge, blocks the counter punch and spins Gibson for a neckbreaker! Gibson scrambles to ropes but Cole is after him!
The ref calls for the break, Cole honors it but Gibson throat chops and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Gibson grows annoyed and the fans boo him, but Gibson drags Cole up to bump him off buckles. Gibson stomps and punches away but the ref backs him off. Fans sing again but Gibson tells them to shut up. Gibson drags Cole up, reels him in and clobbers him again! Fans boo but Gibson soaks up the heat. Gibson drags Cole up, wrenches to a takedown and twists the wrist. Cole endures, fans rally and sing, and Cole fights his way up. Cole snapmares but Gibson still has the wrist! Gibson steps on the arm to jam it! The fans boo but Gibson mocks them for it. Gibson basement dropkicks Cole, but fans sing, “If you hate Gibson, stand up~!” And of course, the fans stand up.
Gibson gets annoyed and distracted by that, and Cole hits back with big forearms! Cole has Gibson in a corner, whips corner to corner but Gibson reverses and hard! Gibson tells the fans to sit down and they oblige, only to change the song to, “If you hate Gibson, sit down~!” Gibson just can’t win with them. Gibson covers Cole, ONE, but Gibson tries again, TWO! Gibson wraps Cole up in a cobra clutch but Cole endures. Cole fights up as fans rally for him. Cole throws body shots, Gibson reels him out to elbow and European Uppercut! Gibson runs corner to corner but Cole SUPERKICKS! Both men are down and the fans fire up again! The standing count begins but both men get up at 5. Gibson throws a forearm, Cole hits back.
Gibson forearms more, but Cole returns them all. They keep going back and forth, Cole gets the edge again, but Gibson brings Cole in to wrench. Cole breaks free to BOOT! Cole fireman’s carries but Gibson slips off! Gibson swings, Cole ducks it and BOOTS again! Fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO! Gibson lives but Cole keeps on him with a waistlock. Gibson pries free again, bending the fingers! Gibson waistlocks, Cole breaks free and PELES! Cole hits a BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Gibson survives but Cole keeps his focus. The fans rally up as Cole stands back up. Cole gets his bad arm moving as he drags Gibson up. Gibson resists the suplex, and the arm gives out! Cole tries again, Gibson spins out and around, BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!
Gibson grows frustrated and argues the count, but two is two. The fans taunt Gibson again, “Gibson is a wanker! Gibson is a wanker! Lalalalala!” Gibson shakes his head as he goes after Cole’s arm. Cole resists, but Gibson kicks low and brings Cole up to suplex. Cole slips out, O’Conner Rolls, TWO as Gibson rolls Cole! Gibson wants the arm! Cole arm-drags free, fakes Gibson out to mule kick low! Gibson ducks the Last Shot to get a TICKET TO RIDE! But Cole SUPERKICKS back! Cole falls onto the cover, TWO!! Gibson lives but Cole is too exhausted to be frustrated! A standing count begins again and the fans cheer, “This is Awesome!”
Cole gets up at 4 and is in the corner. Gibson flounders as Cole hops up. Cole aims, but Gibson grabs an arm to wring him out! Gibson hops up now, FLYING TICKET TO RIDE!! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives but Gibson brings him back up. Gibson has Cole up, HELTER SKELTER! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives another top move of Gibson’s, and the fans are thunderous. Gibson throws big forearms and tells Cole to stay down. Cole swings but misses and Gibson hits him again. Cole gets up to throw a forearm so Gibson gives it back. They brawl back and forth again, forearm for forearm until Gibson kicks low. Gibson wrings the bad arm out again!
Gibson wants Cole to stand but the booing fans distract him again. Gibson hops up, leaps, SUPERKICK! LAST SHOT BRAIN BUSTER!! Cover, TWO! Gibson lives, but Cole brings down the knee pad, LAST SHOT SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, Cole wins!
Winner: Adam Cole, by pinfall
Liverpool’s Number One could not defeat THE NXT Champion! Cole has a showdown with the pugnacious and pompous Pat McAfee at TakeOver: XXX coming. Will Cole punt the punter back to his podcast?
NXT UK hears from Aoife Valkyrie.
“Throughout the ages, ravens and crows have been symbols of change.” Do you hear them? They flock to her. “They come with a gift. They come with a vision. They know the time draws near for NXT UK to undergo a transformation.” Aoife has been watching and waiting. But a goal without a plan is like feathers to a dead bird. Aoife knows what she seeks and sees her path is clear. She is ready to become NXT UK Women’s Champion. #WitnessTheRise.
NXT UK hears from The Hunt.
Primate knows that in “March, 2020, the world went into chaos!” Wild Boar lists off the other teams: Gallus, Pretty Deadly, Andrews and Webster! What have YOU been doing during this time?! Because Boar and Primate are hungry! They love panic and chaos! These two animals are ready to get out of the cage and hunt again! “We are The Hunt, YOU are the hunted!”
Xia Brookside VS Nina Samuels!
The bubbly second generation superstar and the self-proclaimed Leading Lady are NXT UK Women’s Division originals, and have had a feud of their own in the shadow of the championship scene. But Nina wants the spotlight while Xia just wants a chance! Who took that crucial step forward before the world shut down?
The bell rings and fans cheer for Xia already. Xia offers a handshake but Nina tosses her hair instead. So Xia dropkicks her down! Xia wrenches Nina, Nina endures the wristlock to roll and pry at the hold, but Xia drags her down. Xia digs a knee into Nina’s head, but Nina fights up and pulls hair. The ref reprimands, Nina cartwheels through and wrenches Xia back. Nina mocks the fans’ chanting but Xia rolls and rolls, only for Nina to throw her by her hair! Nina keeps on the wristlock but Xia kips up. Nina wrenches again, Xia reaches for ropes but Nina keeps her away. Xia keeps reaching, gets the ropes and uses them to flip through! Xia wrenches Nina into a headlock and takeover! Fans cheer as Xia thrashes Nina around! Nina endures, pulls hair and headscissors Xia back.
Xia endures as Nina squeezes tight but the fans rally up. Xia moves around, headstands and clicks her heels before popping free! Xia shimmies at Nina, then baits Nina into a table top and cover! TWO, but Xia dodges and waistlocks. Nina pries free to the standing switch and shoves, but Xia avoids Nina’s table top with a springboard and stomp! Nina bails out and wants a breather but the fans cheer for “Super Xia!” Xia dropkicks Nina into barriers! Xia puts Nina in and fires up with the fans! But Nina stomps Xia the second she gets in the ring! Nina lets off and Xia goes to a corner. Xia tries to kick back but Nina is on her with grinding forearms. The ref counts, Nina lets up and whips Xia around to drop toehold HARD into buckles! Nina drags Xia to a cover, TWO!
Nina keeps on Xia with a chinlock and grinds her down. Xia endures and the fans rally up for her. Xia jawbreakers Nina out then hits a bulldog! Fans fire up again as Xia runs. Xia dodges, tilt-o-whirls and headscissors Nina to a corner! Xia runs corner to corner, Meteora to the back! Cover out of the Broken Wings, cover, TWO!! Nina lives and Xia is surprised, but she keeps on Nina. Xia fireman’s carries but Nina blocks the lift. Nina ducks the roundhouse, rolls Xia up, but with tights! The ref sees that and stops, and Nina apologizes profusely! Xia ROUNDHOUSES Nina down! Then Xia goes to the corner, climbs up top, and LEAPS! Crossbody hits, Xia covers, Xia wins!
Winner: Xia Brookside, by pinfall
Xia is flying higher and gets a big win! Will she be flying into the NXT UK Women’s Championship scene soon enough?
NXT UK hears from South Wales Subculture.
Mark Andrews says “2019 was the best year of mine and Flash Morgan Webster’s career.” The Modfather says they could not have asked for better. TakeOver: Cardiff, becoming the first Welsh champions in WWE history was incredible. They took on the then Raw Tag Team Champions, the Viking Raiders. But then it came crashing down in the New Year. The tag team ladder match was brutal. The loss in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic was rough. And Andrews gets injured backstage, done indefinitely. 2020 has been tough for everyone, but Andrews is fighting to get back. Andrews is stronger. And he will find out who did this to him, and that person will see a different side to SWSC. FMW will help Andrews sort that out, then they can both focus on becoming the first-ever two-time NXT UK Tag Team Champions.
NXT UK hears from Amale Winchester.
Amale gives herself a proper introduction as The French Hope. The NXT UK Women’s Division needs a revolution, and she is here to lead it. Amale has made history by being the first-ever French born woman to come to the WWE. But years ago, she was just like us: a fan. She sat on the other side of the ropes, just like us. She was a nobody, just like us. But unlike us, she is not a follower. She is a leader! She has made history coming to NXT UK, and will make history again when she becomes the first-ever French women’s champion. For her, success, money and titles are inevitable. The only hope anyone has against her is to not face her.
NXT UK brings back Superstar Picks!
What classic matches from throughout wrestling history will the NXT UK superstars pick? Will any of your favorites be among them?
Pete Dunne VS Alexander Wolfe!
During the heated battle between British Strong Style and Imperium, this battle of Bruiserweight and German Hatchet Man somehow slipped through the cracks. But now we will watch it in all its glory! Who scored a victory in the war for NXT UK?
Dunne’s entrance alone gets the fans off their feet and all fired up! The bell rings and the two fire off fast hands already! Dunne gets the edge but Wolfe knees low. Wolfe whips, Dunne reverses, things speed up as Dunne hurdles, drops and LARIATS Wolfe down! Wolfe bails out while the fans fire up. Dunne slingshots to PLANCHA Wolfe down! Dunne bumps Wolfe off steel steps, and then wrenches Dunne’s arm and fingers! He puts the arm on the steel steps to STOMP it! Dunne lets Wolfe hurry away because he grabs him from the apron. Dunne cranks on the nose, then the other arm, to STOMP it, too! Wolfe retreats to the ramp but Dunne gets the arm again, to STOMP it again! Wolfe grits his teeth while the fans fire up.
Dunne pursues Wolfe back into the ring, has the arm again and puts it on the apron. Wolfe avoids this stomp and sweeps the legs! Wolfe puts Dunne in, climbs up top fast, and leaps for a flying clothesline! Cover, TWO! Wolfe gets his arms moving while he stomps Dunne down. Wolfe rains down angry right hands but lets up to talk trash to the fans. The fans boo and Dunne kicks back, but Wolfe stomps Dunne down. Wolfe scrapes his soles on Dunne’s face then kicks him to a corner. Wolfe drags Dunne up, wrenches and whips him into the corner, then again! Dunne bounces off buckles, Wolfe scoops and TOSSES him away! Cover, TWO! Wolfe argues with the ref but the count is the count. Wolfe grabs Dunne’s arm and leg for a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow.
Dunne endures, the fans rally up, and Dunne grabs Wolfe’s nose again! Wolfe lets go of the hold to drop an elbow, but he misses as Dunne dodges! Dunne dodges in the corner, too, then side steps for a REBOUND GERMAN SUPLEX! Both men are down as the fans fire up again! The fans cheer for the Bruiserweight as he CHOPS away on Wolfe! CHOP after CHOP but Wolfe reverses the whip. Dunne goes up and over and ROKCS Wolfe with the enziguri! Wolfe wobbles into Dunne’s waistlock but he standing switches. Wolfe German Suplexes but Dunne lands on his feet! BUZZSAW! Dunne gives Wolfe an X-PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Wolfe survives but Dunne keeps his cool. Dunne goes to the corner, goes up top, but Wolfe moves! Dunne bails out of his knee drop, catches the boot and CRANKS the ankle!
Dunne goes to suplex but Wolfe suplexes first, to hang Dunne out to dry! Dunne takes a tumble back down to the mat, and Wolfe flounders to the corner. The fans rally up for Dunne but Wolfe climbs up top. Wolfe leaps into Dunne’s BIG forearm shot! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the fans rally up again. Dunne and Wolfe both rise but Dunne is on Wolfe first. Dunne twists the arm and gets Wolfe down for Danielson Stomps! Wolfe kicks back from the mat! Wolfe boots Dunne to a corner, Dunne comes back but leaps into a BUCKLE BOMB! Wolfe fireman’s carries for the DEATH VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, TWO!! Dunne narrowly escapes and Wolfe can’t believe it! Wolfe and Dunne throw punches and kicks from the mat, back and forth.
Dunne CHOPS, but Wolfe CHOPS back. Dunne kicks, Wolfe kicks! They go back to throwing forearms as they stand up and speed up. Wolfe EuroUppers, Dunne enziguris! Wolfe BOOTS then reels Dunne in, but Dunne spins out to bend the fingers! And SNAP them! Pump handle, BITTER- NO! Wolfe slips around, BIG GERMAN! Bridging cover, TWO!! Dunne survives again and Wolfe is shocked! Wolfe grits his teeth as fans cheer, “This is Wrestling!” Wolfe puts Dunne in the corner, hoists him up top and then climbs up to join him. SUPER GERMAN SUPLEX! But Dunne lands on his feet! Dunne puts up Bop and hits Wolfe with BANG! A shout out to Tyler Bate! And then a shout out to Trent Seven with the BACK HAND!
Wolfe ROCKS Dunne with a right but Dunne borrows another Bate move with the rolling heel kick! Wolfe wobbles around, Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, Dunne wins!
Winner: Pete Dunne, by pinfall
Imperium’s Hatchet Man couldn’t cut the Bruiserweight down and Dunne gets another big win! But between losing the United Kingdom Championship and the NXT Tag Team Championships, Dunne’s future in both NXT UK and NXT USA is up in the air. When and where will Dunne again go for gold?
A really good episode for NXT UK, these Hidden Gem editions are really fun. Cole VS Gibson was a really good match, as was Xia Brookside’s with Nina Samuels. Cole was of course going to win, though, since he was THE NXT Champion. Xia VS Nina could’ve gone either way, but Xia is getting the push from being very popular with all the fans, so it makes sense that she won. The Dunne VS Wolfe match was incredible, on par with any of Dunne’s UK Championship defenses on NXT UK TV. I’m surprised that wasn’t fit in during last summer but it’s fine now since we all got to see it this week. And it is a rather curious issue of where Dunne goes after the UK can operate again. Will Dunne make a triumphant return to NXT UK? To NXT USA? Be the first of British Strong Style to hit Raw/SmackDown? I’d think he’d at least rise up towards a title very quickly either way.
My Score: 8.4/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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