The superstars of NXT UK share their favorites!
Superstar Picks returns with some lesser known classics! Will one of yours be among them? One of them includes Bret “The Hitman” Hart!
- WWE Prime Time Wrestling 10/8/85 – Dynamite Kid VS Bret Hart; Dynamite Kid wins.
- Mae Young Classic 2017 – Piper Niven VS Serena Deeb; Niven wins and advances.
- WCW Uncensored 1996 – William Regal VS Fit Finlay; Finlay wins, by disqualification.
PLAY BY PLAY
Andy Shepherd welcomes us back!
This week opens the WWE Network archives for the superstars to pick their favorites of all time! First, the Yorkshire Grit, Ridge Holland! His pick comes from WWE Prime Time Wrestling, 1985, featuring “two of the most influential performers that we know today.” It’s the Dynamite Kid, Tom Billington and Bret “The Hitman” Hart!
Dynamite Kid VS Bret Hart!
The referee checks these “young lions,” if you can believe these two legends were ever rising stars. Hart insists the ref double check Dynamite Kid, so the ref does. With everything good to go, the bell rings and the two circle. Hart backs away to a corner and uses the ropes as defense, but the fans egg him on to face Kid. Hart and Dynamite tie up, Dynamite powers Hart to ropes and almost pushes him out! Hart says there’s hair pulling and the ref reprimands but Dynamite defends his innocence, as do the fans. Dynamite and Hart go again, Dynamite powers Hart to the ropes and Hart again says there’s hair pulling. Hart bails out in a huff while Dynamite again defends his case. The ref sides with Dynamite and has Hart get in the ring.
Hart and Dynamite tie up, Dynamite headlocks but Hart powers out. Dynamite runs him over with a shoulder! Things speed up, Hart hurdles but leaps into a catapult! Hart hits buckles hard, Dynamite drops a knee! Hart bails out again and catches his breath as he walks around the way. Fans cheer and jeer while Dynamite waits. Hart hears the ring count climbing and returns. Hart and Dynamite circle, but Hart backs away to a corner again. The ref wants Hart to come back, Hart and Dynamite tie up. Hart puts Dynamite on ropes and clubs away. Hart whips, Dynamite blocks the boot! Dynamite spins Hart for an atomic drop! Hart flounders but Dynamite has him in the corner. Dynamite snap suplexes and covers, TWO!
Dynamite wraps on a chinlock and Hart endures. Fans want Dynamite to rip that head off but Hart fights his way up and spins out to a hammerlock. Dynamite reverses it onto Hart, Hart spins it back. Dynamite runs around to throw Hart out of the ring! Fans are fired up seeing Hart go flying! Hart flounders up and throws a tantrum, then takes another walk around the ring. Hart finally comes back, he and Dynamite knuckle lock. Hart breaks to wrench through to a wristlock. Dynamite rolls, cartwheels and shovels Hart for a suplex! Dynamite has the wristlock, Hart kips up to throw Dynamite down by his hair! Hart stomps and whips Dynamite to give him the kitchen sink knee! Dynamite tumbles up and over but Hart pulls hair to bring Dynamite up for a slam!
Hart goes to a corner, and drops an ax handle! Then an elbow! Hart drops a leg, too, but Dynamite gets to ropes. Hart drags Dynamite up, bumps him off buckles, then brings him around for a headbutt! Dynamite sits up in a daze but Hart CLUBS him! Hart throws Dynamite out of the ring and pursues. Hart brings Dynamite up for a scoop and slam to the floor! And back then, there were no pads, that was just straight concrete! Dynamite manages to make it back in the ring before 10, but Hart gives him a fast backbreaker! Cover, TWO! Hart argues the count as Dynamite survives. Hart brings Dynamite up, whips him to ropes but Dynamite sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Hart gets out, gets Dynamite’s legs and stomps his stomach! The ref reprimands Hart, that was close to below the belt.
Hart brings Dynamite up to headbutt and throw a European Uppercut! Then another! Fans boo and jeer as Hart uppercuts and elbows more. Dynamite counters an uppercut to a backslide! TWO, and Hart drags Dynamite back up to throw haymakers! Hart whips and scoops, but Dynamite slips out to scoop and backbreaker back! Both men are down but rising as the fans rally up. Dynamite and Hart end up on the ropes, Hart sneaks in a choke! The ref counts, Hart lets up to tangle Dynamite in the ropes. Hart throws hands, then runs, but Dynamite frees himself in time! Dynamite dodges, Hart throws himself into ropes and flies off! Dynamite drags Hart up, whips and runs over with a lariat! Then the falling headbutt! Dynamite returns that hair pull and slam! “Revenge is so sweet!”
Dynamite has Hart in the corner, whips him corner to corner HARD, and Hart bounces off the buckles! Dynamite runs for a knee drop! Cover, TWO! Hart lives but Dynamite won’t let up. Dynamite brings Hart up and around for a high and hard back suplex! Cover, TWO!! Hart survives again but Dynamite won’t stop! Dynamite goes to a corner, for a FLYING KNEE DROP! Cover, TWO!! Hart shocks the fans by surviving again! Dynamite drags Hart back up, headlocks but Hart powers out. Things speed up, Hart’s trip sends Dynamite flying into ropes! Hart brings Dynamite up, whips again, and pops up, only for Dynamite to slip out! Dynamite waistlocks, Hart throws him out in return for earlier! Hart takes a breather before he fetches Dynamite. Hart scoops but Dynamite slips out and O’Conner Rolls! DYNAMITE KID WINS!
Winner: Dynamite Kid, by pinfall
What a shocker! Hart argues he got out or that there was tights being pulled, but the ref says there was no such thing! Dynamite Kid wins big, but now “The Anvil” Jim Neidhart gets in! The Hart Foundation beat up Dynamite and DOUBLE HOTSHOT! Here comes Davey Boy Smith!! The British Bulldog throws The Anvil out, then whips the Hitman for a HUGE military press slam! The British Bulldogs run the Hart Foundation off, and stand victorious together!
Andy Shepherd welcomes us back from break.
Before the second match of the card, let’s highlight the stars of the NXT UK Women’s Division!
NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray says that whether we like it or not, KLR continues to go down in the record books. Dani Luna vows to show us something new and something special. The French Hope, Amale, says NXT UK is “in desperate need of a revolution.” Jinny says no one will ever be as fabulous as the Fashionista. The White Witch, Isla Dawn, is “fire and spirit.” Candy Floss promises to be stronger than ever. The Leading Lady welcomes us to the Nina Samuels Show. Xia Brookside will fight for the dreamers! Aoife Valkyrie will have us #WitnessTheRise. Piper Niven has steamrolled through the roster and making a name for herself, and she’s growing ever closer to the title. And speaking of…
Piper Niven introduces her Superstar Pick.
“In this match, we take a look at some of my time in the 2017 Mae Young Classic.” Coming to the MYC was incredible! She met so many great competitors and the WWE Universe. “But as incredible as this experience was, it was also extremely daunting.” Did she have what it takes to win? She battled hard against Santana Garrett, and faced the biggest yet: the #Incompatible Serena Deeb. A veteran like Serena made Piper wonder if she belonged. “But where there is life, there is hope.” She fought so hard to get to this point, and wouldn’t let the opportunity slip away without a fight. Piper was ready to show everyone what she’s made of!
Piper Niven VS Serena Deeb!
In the opening round, The Scottish Viper defeated the Wonder Woman of Wrestling, Santana Garrett, while the former Queen of FCW overcame The Vision, Vanessa Borne. But Serena’s road to redemption crosses paths with Piper’s sheer determination! Whose run in the inaugural MYC comes to an end?
Fans duel before the bell, they’re just as fired up for this match as they were the opener. Serena and Piper shake hands then tie up, Serena tries but is powered backward into a corner. Piper gives her a playful chin jab like she did Santana Garrett, but just like Santana, Serena doesn’t take kindly, she shoves Piper back. They tie up again, Piper still powers Serena to a corner. Piper goes to clothesline but Serena slips out and Piper hits buckles. Serena gets a headlock, Piper blocks the takeover with strength. Serena keeps the headlock, grinding Piper’s head. Serena tries to lift Piper, but it’s just too much, Piper falls on Serena for the cover, TWO.
Piper drags Serena up to club Serena down, then stalks her at the ropes to put on a chinlock. Cobra clutch now, the fans start dueling again as they rally, Piper gives Serena the cobra clutch backbreaker, swings Serena out but Serena ducks the lariat to roll Piper, TWO. Serena gets the headlock again, fans rally, Piper lifts Serena with power into a back suplex. Serena lets go, Piper runs, low crossbody! Cover, TWO! Serena somehow survives, so Piper keeps going as she runs and jumps, the back senton takes knees! Serena and Piper slowly get to their feet, fans rally, back to a headlock, Serena runs and uses the corner for a tornado takedown! Serena grinds Piper to try and make it a cover, Piper kicks out but Serena holds on.
Piper gets to her feet as fans duel once more. Piper lifts Serena but she slips out of the back suplex. Serena throws jabs, then a right, Piper is in a corner, Serena runs in but Piper turns things around. Serena knocks Piper away, then rams Piper’s head into the top buckle a few times. Piper staggers, Serena jumps, flying code breaker! Serena is fired up as Piper gets up, Serena hits her with a short but strong POWERSLAM! Serena isn’t done there, she kicks Piper, turns her for the neckbreaker, cover, TWO! Serena isn’t frustrated but she does go for broke as she tries to lift Piper again. Piper’s still too much, and Piper throws Serena right into a corner, CANNONBALL! The fans applaud as Piper covers, TWO!
Piper is feeling some frustration now, the fans rally as she drags Serena back up. Serena slips down from Piper’s shoulder, cravat driver! Cover, TWO! Serena feels the frustration, but the fans applaud and duel once more. Serena keeps her eyes on Piper as she gets up, Serena runs in, Piper dodges and clubs Serena. Serena is whipped corner to corner hard, Piper drags her to position and goes up, BANZAI SPLASH! Cover, TWO!?! Piper can’t believe Serena survived! The fans tell her “One more time!” Piper drags Serena over, and she’s going to go up to the very top! Piper jumps, but Serena dodges! Piper flops, staggers up, Serena runs in, but Piper evades to reel Serena into the Michinoku Driver! Cover, Piper wins!
Winner: Piper Niven, by pinfall (advances to the quarterfinals)
Serena’s done in the tournament, but perhaps her road to redemption is just taking a detour. We know in the present that Piper doesn’t win the MYC but she does make waves in NXT UK. Will Piper one day grab the NXT UK Women’s Championship away from her former friend in Kay Lee Ray?
Superstar Picks continues next week!
Three more superstars, three more classics! Who introduces their favorite matches? Will they match up with yours?
Dave Mastiff gives his pick.
The Proper British Heavyweight reflected on what kind of wrestling style he holds dear. That was two other proper heavyweights having a “real scrap,” which brought him to think of the now NXT General Manager, William Regal, in his prime, taking on the Belfast Bruiser, Fit Finlay, back in 1996! These two rivals battled all over Europe and now bring their brutality to North America. Mastiff challenges us to find the exact moment Finlay breaks Regal’s nose and cheek with a single punch.
William Regal VS Fit Finlay!
Well, if Hart and Dynamite Kid as young guns was a trip, the same goes for these two! Though, technically it was Steven Regal back then… And another blast from the past, Dusty Rhodes was on commentary! Mastiff already pointed out a point where “Lord Regal” gets his face busted, when and where will that happen during this classic scrap of a match?
As soon as Finlay hits the ring, he hits Regal with his half football pad, half leather jacket… Jacket. The bell rings to get this on the record as Finlay clobbers away and then CLUBS him in the corner! Finlay headlocks, Regal powers out and hip tosses HARD! Cover, TWO! Regal drags Finlay up, throws EuroUppers then runs, into a BOOT! Finlay drops elbows, covers, TWO! Finlay keeps on Regal with elbows to the face and a stomp to the hand! Regal gets up but Finlay reels him in for a LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Finlay keeps his cool as he KICKS Regal in the back! The fans fire up with Finlay as he drags Regal back up. Finlay throws forearms, Regal boots and EuroUppers back! Finlay falls, Regal is all over him with a chinlock.
Regal grinds Finlay down but Finlay endures. Regal cranks on the hold by pushing up with his feet, then he clubs Finlay into a seated cobra twist. Regal clubs away and wraps on a modified cobra clutch. Finlay continues to endure, even as Regal grinds his forearm into Finlay’s face. Finlay knees free! Finlay headbutts and snapmares Regal to drop a knee! The fans cheer as Finlay throws Regal out and hurries after with a clubbing forearm! Finlay fireman’s carries and drops Regal on the railing! Regal sputters after taking that snake eyes but Finlay drags him up to YANK into the post! Regal clutches his chest while Finlay gets in the ring. Finlay STOMPS Regal at the apron, then drags him up to hotshot that arm! Regal flops into the ring, Finlay is after the arm with a lock.
Finlay eggs Regal on as he cranks on the hold. Regal knees free and punches back so he can BOOT Finlay down! Regal stomps Finlay’s head then brings him up for a EuroUpper. Regal whips corner to corner, Finlay goes up and turns around, into a dropkick! Cover, TWO! Regal tries again, TWO! A third time, TWO! Regal has the arm for a high keylock. Finlay endures as we check in on Spanish commentary with special guest, WCW United States Champion, Konnan. Back in the ring, Regal clobbers Finlay, wrenches the arm but Finlay ROCKS him with that right! Finlay wrenches and drags Regal down to also capture the other arm. Finlay turns Regal for a cover, TWO! Regal pulls hair while resisting the cover. Regal palm strikes Finlay over and over and over, body shots and knees!
Regal gets around to half nelson and grind Finlay down. Finlay endures as Regal cranks on the arm. Regal makes it a cover, TWO! Regal rains down right hands and the ref reprimands. Regal lets up but he’s sneaking in a choke with his shin! The ref counts and Regal lets up at 4 as the fans boo. Regal stomps Finlay, brings him up and throws knees. Regal throws another uppercut but Finlay pokes an eye! Finlay DECKS Regal then drops a knee of his own! Finlay brings Regal up, scoops and slams, then drops a senton! Cover, TWO! Regal survives and Finlay can’t believe it. Finlay chinlocks Regal and grinds him down. Regal fights but Finlay throws punches. Regal tries to counter with a facelock but Finlay cranks back on Regal’s head.
Finlay grinds Regal, Regal fights and pries at the hold, and spins around to get out. Finlay slips out of the chinlock but Regal ROCKS him with a right. Regal walks into a BOOT, then Finlay LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Regal checks his teeth while Finlay drags Regal up. Finlay drags Regal out to the apron and digs him into the edge, before he SLAMS him down! And CLUBS him, too! Finlay brings Regal out to smash his head off the railing! Finlay looks for chairs but the ref stops him. Regal kicks and punches back! Fans jeer as Regal puts Finlay back in the ring. Finlay kicks back, brings Regal up but Regal resists the suplex. Regal tries to suplex but Finlay resists! The two fight for control, Regal manages to suplex Finlay up and out!
Finlay hits the floor, Regal drops an elbow from the apron! Regal staggers up and into the ring to leave Finlay behind. Fans boo but Regal soaks up the heat. Finlay gets up and on the apron but Regal is on him right away. Regal bends Finlay against the ropes and CLUBS him down! Regal stomps Finlay, drags Finlay back up and snapmares him down. Regal drops an elbow, covers, TWO! Regal has the headlock and grinds Finlay, but Finlay sits up. Finlay pries free, has the arm now, then ROCKS Regal point blank. Finlay KICKS Regal right in the back! And the fans are loving the Belfast Bruiser! Finlay puts Regal in a corner but Regal turns things around. Regal has a leg and distracts the ref with some claim, and he KICKS Finlay low! Was it a low blow? The ref can’t say now after missing it.
The fans boo and jeer as Regal defends his innocence, but then he smirks at the fans. Regal drops an elbow and covers, TWO! Regal keeps Finlay down and tries again, TWO! Finlay gets a ropebreak so Regal has to let up, but he scrapes his soles on Finlay’s face! The ref reprimands but Regal KICKS Finlay back. Regal brings Finlay up to rock with another EuroUpper, but Finlay pokes Regal in the eye! Finlay whips, Regal sunset flips but Finlay stays up to bring Regal around for a knee drop! Finlay drops another knee and then drops an elbow. Regal avoids that one and covers quick, TWO! Regal has the arm for a double wristlock but Finlay endures. Regal digs a knee into Finlay’s head but Finlay still endures. Regal grinds the knee in then sits Finlay up to club away on his chest!
Fans rally for Finlay but Regal whips Finlay corner to corner. Finlay wrenches, whips and BACK DROPS Regal hard! Finlay stomps Regal, clubs him, and then gets the legs. Regal resists but Finlay keeps cranking. Regal pops Finlay to a cover, TWO! Regal drags Finlay back up, and just clubs him on the head! Finlay gets to the apron, Regal goes out and slams his chest on the apron edge! Regal clubs Finlay for good measure before getting in the ring. Regal sits Finlay up to choke on the ropes, but Finlay ROCKS Regal with a left! Finlay stomps Regal and drags Regal back out to then RAM him into the apron! And CHOP him! And ROCK him with an uppercut!
Regal is seething but floundering as the ref has Finlay back off to a corner. Regal’s face is bleeding, that moment Mastiff mentioned has apparently come. Finlay waits as Regal slowly gets back to his feet. Finlay goes out the side and clobbers Regal with ax handles. Finlay throws hands, Regal gets in the ring, but Finlay stays with him. Finlay stomps Regal in the chest before bringing him back up. Finlay bumps Regal off the buckles but Regal boots Finlay up and out of the ring! Finlay flounders up but Regal kicks him back. Regal goes out and ROCKS Finlay at the ramp! Regal keeps Finlay from getting to the ring, and runs him all the way to the “Doomsday Cage”!
Regal CLOBBERS Finlay, then composes himself. Regal brings Finlay up, brings him back to ringside and bumps him off the apron! Wait, the Blue Bloods are attacking! The Squire and the Earl are helping Regal!
Winner: Fit Finlay, by disqualification
Squire David Taylor and Earl Robert Eaton just ruined this incredible brawl, but they hold Finlay up for Regal’s CHOP! Regal leaves as if he won, but that’s the exact opposite. Finlay wants more and chases Regal to the backstage area! So much fire between these two, no wonder this rivalry continued even into the WWE!
A really fun episode of classics here, especially those incredible throwbacks to the younger days of some all time greats. Hart and Dynamite Kid had a really good match, but by today’s standards, that quick pin finish clearly meant this feud was continuing. Neidhart and British Bulldog getting involved in that brawl also indicated that. I’m not a wrestling historian but I would think there was a Hart Foundation VS British Bulldogs tag team match. Piper VS Serena was a pretty good match for just the second round of the original Mae Young Classic.
We got a pretty good NXT UK Women’s Division hype package, I wonder if this foreshadows a huge match or even tournament to decide a challenger for KLR. Regal VS Finlay was great stuff, maybe a little dragged out for just a DQ finish, but maybe there was an audible called because Regal got busted open like that. Still great stuff there, too, certainly something memorable for young British fans like Mastiff.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mathew’s AJPW Champion Carnival Results & Review: Day 4 (4/17/2021)
AJPW is back with Day 4 of the Champion Carnival and Mathew is back as well! Will Zeus stay undefeated? Check it out!
Hello everyone and you read it right, I have returned and ready to get the show on the road. I wanna thank Andrew for covering the first three days of the Carnival while I was on vacation while also dealing with laptop issues. Should be getting a new computer soon but in the meantime, gonna abuse this old laptop as much as I can till it happens. All Japan’s memorable time of the year, the Champion Carnival is currently underway and I’m here to take over the 6 remaining days.
It’s been a fun three shows so far and let’s see if the rest can deliver. Will Zeus remain undefeated?
Let’s find out as we…dive right in.
Star Rating System:
- 0 Stars: Dave Meltzer
- 1 Star: Vince Russo
- 2 Stars: Tony Schiavone
- 3 Stars: Eric Bischoff
- 4 Stars: Bruce Prichard
- 5 Stars: Jim Cornette
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Shotaro Ashino vs. Kohei Sato
Review: Time for our first match-up as Shotaro Ashino takes on Kohei Sato. Ashino is in a bit of turmoil ever since he lost Enfants Terribles and only has one victory under his belt while losing his first two matches. Sato has a steady record as he only has one win and loss under his belt, and a win here would put him in the middle of the rankings. Can Ashino win two in a row or does he fall behind again?
These two started with some chain wrestling but it appears to be a stalemate as they transition into a chop battle, where Sato is winning. I know Sato may not look like much in a physical sense but he can deliver some stiff shots to you, so definitely wanna be careful when in the ring with this guy. Ashino did try to make a comeback with a European Uppercut but Sato forearms him down. In the grand scheme of things, Shotaro being on his own is a much better path for him since he was mostly known as Wrestle-1’s guy and leader of this group, and now that he doesn’t have them and is now a babyface, it’s a fresher start for him to see what he can do on his own.
Sato appears to be heading towards Ashino and it was the opening Shotaro needed to hit a Dragon Screw, making Sato go down and this is where he will shine. Shotaro with the Gutwrench but Sato kicked out. Shotaro going in with the leg work to try and weaken it for the Ankle Lock later but Sato grabbed the ropes. Shotaro ran the ropes but Sato catches him with a knee to the gut, gaining control of the match once again while delivering kicks to the chest and midsection. Sato went for the Brainbuster but Ashino reversed it, hitting a German Suplex as he goes for the cover but once Sato kicked out, Ashino quickly turned it into the Ankle Lock! Sato would eventually get to the ropes and Shotaro is forced to let go of the hold. Shotaro tried to get the ankle again but Sato punched him in the gut and it leads to an exchange of blows till Sato won that battle, topping it off with a Falcon Arrow as Shotaro kicked out at two! It wouldn’t last much longer as Sato quickly picked him up to hit the Drill-a-Hole Piledriver, getting the victory over Ashino. I know people are frustrated with how Ashino has been booked since arriving at All Japan but all it takes is patience, he’s basically started over and getting the slow build back up.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter.
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Review: Time for our next match as Koji Doi takes on the Triple Crown Champion, Suwama. Suwama currently only has one win under his belt with two losses, so it’s a better record than last year but he still needs to find a way to get back up on the totem pole. Koji has the same record as the champ but a victory here would gain a lot of momentum. Will the champ prevail or does Koji pull an upset?
Loo at Koji getting the first advantage with a couple of shoulder tackles to the champ and oh wait, never mind, Suwama double chopped him and now has him in the corner. Suwama Irish-whips him into the corner but Koji reversed it as Suwama attempts a Lariat as Koji blocked it and hits his arm with a Codebreaker, turning it into a Fujiwara Armbar. After being forced to let go, Koji responds by stomping on his arm and having it through the ropes to pull on it. Koji Doi is someone I’ve always considered to be an underrated talent and glad he’s getting the opportunity on a bigger platform than Wrestle-1.
Suwama makes a comeback after hitting a flying shoulder tackle to get Koji down. Suwama then throws him into the corner to hit a Lariat before pulling him in for a Belly-to-Belly Suplex but Koji kicked out at two. Suwama called for the Last Ride but Koji was able to flip him over, leading the two to exchange blows until Koji tossed him into the ropes for a side slam. Koji delivered a Dropkick and would attempt to lift him but the champ refused to go up, causing Koji to just knock him down with a Lariat. Koji went for the Murder Lariat but Suwama catches him with a Belly-to-Belly Suplex, then gets him for a German, and then a Discus Lariat for good measure. Suwama hits the Backdrop but Koji got up to fight through the pain but Suwama applies the Sleeper Hold and Koji is out, giving Suwama the victory!
Rating: Eric Bischoff
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Jake Lee vs. Shinjiro Otani
Review: Halfway through the day as Zero1’s Shinjiro Otani takes on the leader of TOTAL ECLIPSE, Jake Lee. Jake Lee has made quite the transformation ever since he turned heel and took Enfants Terribles from Ashino, he has developed a whole new persona since then and it seems to be the change he needed to show he’s a top star. Can Jake bounce back from his first loss or will he lose two in a row?
There appears to be an issue under the ring as the referee and announcer go check on it before starting the match, guess a bar or piece of wood popped out. Now the match is underway with Jake delivering some stomps down on Otani but would eventually get tossed over the ropes. Otani would deliver some stomps of his own after getting Lee back into the ring, just stomping away at him into the corner until Jake tripped him, delivering more stomps onto him. Jake is wrestling a completely different style compared to how we’re used to seeing him and it works for his new persona. He delivers it well and this whole tournament is a great way to showcase his new self. Jake delivered stiff kicks to the midsection and Otani would eventually catch his foot to hit it with an elbow and leg sweep him off his feet.
Jake grabbed Otani’s head and delivered multiple knees to his head but Otani would eventually counteract with a German Suplex. Otani went for a palm strike but Jake delivered a knee to the gut and then one more knee to the back of his head after getting him down. Jake delivered a couple more knee shots to Otani as he’s laughing maniacally to the crowd before he went to pick him up to hit his new finisher, the D4C, which is a delayed vertical drop Brainbuster. Jake crossed Otani’s arms while covering him and gets the victory. If this is how Jake Lee is going to be, this may very well be the trigger to make him the next Triple Crown Champion.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
Champion Carnival 2021 Match
Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Review: It’s now time for our main event as Purple Haze leader and last year’s winner, Zeus takes on NEXTREAM’s own Yuma Aoyagi. Zeus is currently the only one that remains undefeated in the tournament so far and a win here would help secure himself closer to the winner of the tournament. Yuma only has one win under his belt but a victory here can stop Zeus and remain strong in the game. Does Zeus remain undefeated or will Yuma be his first loss?
It’s good to see that Zeus is still a snacc, Mathew likes. Yuma failed to challenge Zeus in raw power after being tackled down but Yuma could still try to outsmart him as he had Zeuss over the top ropes and Dropkicked him to get him to the outside. 2021 has been a great year for Yuma, winning the tag titles for the first time, delivering solid matches at the beginning of the year, this little resurgance this past year has been a big plus for Yuma since he was falling behind in terms of star power. They fight outside briefly but Zeus would deliver his beautiful chops to hurt his chest and tossed Yuma back into the ring. When you think about it, Zeus is still undefeated from last year’s Carnival as well, so has that undefeated Carnival record carried over from his victory to this upcoming one, so it makes sense for Zeus to look as dominating as possible during this tournament.
Yuma got back into it when hitting a Crossbody onto Zeus but would kick out at one. Yuma tossed Zeus into the ropes but Zeus would hit a Flying Clothesline instead as the two are down but Zeus is getting up first, lifting him up for a Bearhug and tossed him over. Zeus calls for the Chokeslam but Yuma fights him off, delivering an below to the face and as he ran the ropes, he ducked under Zeus to hit a German Suplex. Yuma climbed to the top rope but Zeus chops him before coming up to hit a Superplex as the two men go down. Zeus hits the Chokeslam this time and climbs to the top rope to hit a Frog Splash but Yuma kicked out at two! Zeus quickly went for the Facelock and looks like he could tap but Yuma had his foot on the rope. Zeus called for the Jackhammer but Yuma reversed it into a German Suplex but Zeus quickly got up to attempt a Lariat, however, Yuma ducked again to hit another German. Yuma has the End Game locked in but Zeus was close enough to grab the rope, and break the hold. Zeus went for a Lariat but Yuma ducked as they ran the ropes, making Zeus hit the Lariat this time as Yuma was turned inside out. Zeus went for one more Lariat as Yuma reversed it into a Crucifix Pin and gets the surprising victory over Zeus! Big win for Yuma and Zeus is no longer undefeated.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half.
Overall: While none of the matches were mind blowing, everything was still solid. Nothing crazy or over the top, just solid and basic wrestling for this night. Hopefully tomorrow will deliver something different. We had two people in the top spot and two people who are one loss away from being eliminated.
Favorite Match: Zeus vs. Yuma Aoyagi
Least Favorite Match: Suwama vs. Koji Doi
Champion Carnival Standings:
- Zeus: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Jake Lee: (3-1) (6 Points)
- Shuji Ishikawa: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Kohei Sato: (2-1) (4 Points)
- Yuma Aoyagi: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Suwama: (2-2) (4 Points)
- Kento Miyahara: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Shinjiro Otani: (1-2) (2 Points)
- Koji Doi: (1-3) (2 Points)
- Shotaro Ashino: (1-3) (2 Points)
Mitchell’s WWE 205 Live Results & Report! (4/16/21)
Will Retro take down The Premier?
Tony Nese defends that 205 Live is still HIS show!
The Premier Athlete says he IS Mr. 205 Live, but that could all change! Will August Grey lead the way for the purple ‘n’ orange?
- Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas; Atlas wins.
- August Grey VS Tony Nese; Grey wins.
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Ashante “Thee” Adonis VS Jake Atlas!
The Braggadocios learned savvy from THE Brian Kendrick, but in a roundabout way, the Muscle of El Monte learned aggression from The Psycho Killer! Who puts the lessons learned into practice now that WWE is past WrestleMania?
The bell rings and Atlas circles with Adonis. Fans rally as they approach, and Adonis gives a testing kick to the arm. Atlas shakes that off but Adonis kicks him again. Atlas eggs Adonis on, then swats the kick to wrench the arm! Atlas YANKS the arm, wrenches to an elbow breaker then clamps down on it. Adonis gets up but Atlas brings him back down. Adonis reverses the armlock but Atlas reverses it back. Adonis rolls Atlas but Atlas shifts right back to the armlock. Fans rally, Adonis fights up but Atlas shoves him away to then arm-drag on the rebound! Atlas grinds the arm, Adonis fights up, but Atlas whips Adonis to arm-drag again!
Atlas goes after the arm and wrangles Adonis back down. Adonis fights up but Atlas whips, only for Adonis to fake the arm-drag out! Adonis KNEES Atlas in the side, but Atlas shoves him! Adonis shoves back, they lock up and go around! They end up on ropes, the ref has them break. Adonis swings, Atlas ducks it but Adonis returns the favor. Adonis back suplexes, Atlas lands on his feet, slides under and runs, but into a LARIAT! Adonis seethes as he stalks Atlas to a corner, and then RAMS his shoulder in! Adonis throws EuroUppers, follows Atlas and throws more EuroUppers! Atlas CHOPS back! And CHOPS again!
Atlas CLUBS Adonis, CHOPS him in a corner, but Adonis kicks back! Adonis ROCKS Atlas in the corner, CHOPS him, and then whips him corner to corner. Atlas reverses but Adonis reverses back, only to miss in the corner! Atlas WRINGS the arm out, then goes up top! Atlas aims, but Adonis trips up the cartwheel! Atlas is stuck on the top rope, AIRDROP sends Atlas to the floor! Adonis goes out to fetch Atlas, and RAM him into boards! Adonis SLAMS Atlas’ arm into the steel steps! Adonis gets Atlas up an din the ring at 7 of 10, then covers, TWO! Atlas toughs it out and fans rally up as he crawls for ropes. Adonis gets the arm first, wrenches it, and uppercuts the triceps!
Adonis WRINGS Atlas’ arm in return, then covers, TWO! Atlas grits his teeth but Adonis is after the arm! Adonis wants a Fujiwara but Atlas turns it to a cover, TWO! Adonis still has the arm, shifts around and goes for the Fujiwara again! Atlas endures as Adonis bends the arm back, and he powers up to get around. Atlas throws body shots, Adonis CLUBS the arm, repeat! Adonis bumps Atlas off buckles, but Atlas elbows back! Atlas boots the clothesline away then back kicks, ax kicks and BOOTS Adonis! Adonis resists the waistlock and elbows free! Atlas EuroUppers Adonis, then rallies with clotheslines! Atlas spins Adonis to WHEEL KICK! Adonis staggers into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Cover, TWO!!
Atlas couldn’t hold Adonis down because of the bad arm! Atlas tastes his own blood in his mouth but that only fires him up! Fans rally as Atlas climbs a corner, but Adonis intercepts with a forearm! Adonis goes up, he and Atlas brawl up top but Atlas ROCKS Adonis! Adonis comes back to ROCKET LAUNCH Atlas down! Atlas slowly rises, Adonis climbs up and leaps, BIG CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Atlas survives and Adonis is growing frustrated. Adonis kicks Atlas to the apron. Adonis stands Atlas up, rolls him through the ropes, TWO! Adonis back drops but Atlas sunset flips, TWO! KNEE TRIGGER! And a ROLLING ELBOW!
Atlas GOURD BUSTERS Adonis to the drop zone, then goes up top. Atlas hits the CARTWHEEL DDT!! Cover, Atlas wins!
Winner: Jake Atlas, by pinfall
It seems Old Man Ciampa’s lessons paid off! Will Atlas lift himself up towards a title opportunity now that Santos Escobar isn’t the champion?
August Grey VS Tony Nese!
#RetroAG finally got payback on Daivari Dinero, then was weirdly congratulated by him after defeating Adonis a few weeks ago. Will Daivari congratulate Grey again when he defeats Daivari’s fellow 205 Live OG? Or will the Premier Athlete prevent the new wave from taking over his brand?
Well Daivari is showing which side he’s on by accompanying Nese to the ring! Though he does get left hanging on that fist bump. Daivari joins commentary as the bell rings and Grey circles with Nese. They tie up, Nese waistlocks and slams Grey down! Nese then flexes on Grey, but fans are on Grey’s side as he and Nese circle again. Grey and Nese tie up, Grey waistlocks, but Nese hooks a leg to get the drop toehold. Nese floats to a facelock but Grey slips out to a hammerlock. Grey reels Nese in, Nese resists but Grey wrenches a wristlock to then headlock. Nese tries but can’t power out as Grey grinds him down. Nese tries again but Grey still holds on tight!
Nese fights up, powers out, and things speed up. Nese hurdles, Grey headlocks to the takeover! Fans cheer as Nese endures another grind. Nese fights up, powers Grey to a corner, and the ref counts. Nese is set free but he whips Grey corner to corner. Grey goes up and over and hits another headlock takeover! Nese pushes with forearms but Grey grinds the headlock. Nese fights up, fans rally and Nese powers out. Grey goes up and over again but Nese goes up and over, too! Nese does jumping jacks just to show off. Grey runs, into an arm-drag, but he gets the headlock! Nese rolls Grey off but Grey does the jumping jacks in return!
Grey side-steps Nese, blocks the hip toss and dodges the clothesline to headlock again. Nese counters as he back suplexes Grey down! Nese kicks and stomps Grey around, covers, TWO! Nese grows annoyed as he gets Grey up and kicks him in the stomach! Fans rally for Grey but Nese hauls Grey up in a pump handle! Grey slips free, drop toeholds Nese onto ropes, then dials it up for a SLIDING STRADDLE! Grey ROCKS Nese with an uppercut, then climbs up, SHORYUKEN from Nese! Grey is stuck on the ropes, Nese runs in to TOP SHELF KICK, to the fireman’s carry and GUTBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Nese stomps Grey down and then looms over him.
Nese soaks up heat from the fans as he kicks Grey in the side. Nese whips Grey hard into the corner and Grey bounces off buckles! Nese flexes on Grey again and Daivari cheers the peak. Nese kicks Grey to a corner, Grey hits back with body shots! Grey throws haymakers but Nese hits a BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Nese goes to a corner and unties a buckle pad? The ref stops him before he can finish, and Grey trips Nese up! Grey gives Nese a taste of his own medicine, catapult into that buckle! Roll up and cover, TWO! Grey CHOPS Nese, whips but Nese reverses to then slide and pump handle, for the scoop and DRIVER! Cover, TWO!!
Grey survives but Daivari says Nese’s got this. Grey gets to a corner, Nese storms over to give him kicks in the ribs! Grey throws body shots and forearms and a CHOP! Nese runs into a back elbow, Grey boots but that’s blocked. Nese throws the foot down but Grey ROCKS him! Grey runs to RANA, then CLOBBER Nese! Grey goes for a gut wrench, Nese back drops but Grey sunset flips! Nese rolls through to back KICK Grey down! Cover, TWO!! Grey survives but Nese puts on the squeeze! Grey endures, pries the feet apart but Nese shifts to a headlock. Nese knees Grey, then talks trash. Nese pushes Grey around but fans taunt Nese, “You Still Suck!” Grey CHOPS Nese, then JABS! CHOP! JAB!
Nese puts Grey in a corner but Grey dodges to CHOP and stomp away! Grey fires off hands, the ref counts and Grey stops at 4. Grey whips, Nese reverses but Grey comes back to LARIAT! Grey spins Nese to hit a jawbreaker, to NECKBREAKER! Grey handsprings and fans fire up with him! Daivari doesn’t like the showboating, but Nese throws Grey to the apron. Grey ROCKS Nese in return, then goes up top! Tightrope CROSSBODY! Grey rains down rights and then ROCKS Nese again! Grey hits the EXTRA LARGE BACK SUPLEX! Cover, TWO! Daivari says it takes more than that to stop the Premier Athlete, the 205 Live OG! Grey gets up, brings Nese up but Nese throat chops!
Grey gasps, Nese talks trash, and then Nese runs with Grey, but Grey blocks the hotshot! Grey shoulders but into a kick! Nese slingshots, into a HOTSHOT CUTTER! Grey gets Nese in, for another Extra Large, but Nese lands on his feet! Nese gets a cover, TWO! Nese mule kicks, front kicks, knee lifts and enziguris! Nese whips, uses that to slide, but Grey rolls through to SUPERKICK! Nese tumbles out, Grey DIVES! Direct hit and Nese is sent flying over the announce desk! Fans fire up and Daivari has to get out of his seat because of that. Grey gets back to the ring, the ring count is 5 of 10! It keeps going, 7 of 10 but Nese is still down. Will Grey learn from last time?
NOPE! Grey goes out at 9 because he wants to win this in the ring! Daivari brings up how that messed him up with Mansoor, but Grey tells him to shut up. Nese rolls Grey up, but Grey turns it around! Grey wins!!
Winner: August Grey, by pinfall
What was that about messing up? Grey won “the right way,” but Daivari says it was just dumb luck! Will AG keep getting the better of the OG on 205 Live?
A very fun, very good 205 Live to get back to new content after WrestleMania. Atlas VS Adonis was a very good match, started to feel like the early days of 205 Live that we just relived last week. Atlas and Adonis being names from Greek myth, I kinda want them to try being a team at some point. Though at the same time, that feels like something early 2000’s WWE would do and maybe it’s best if they don’t? Who knows, maybe give it a try, see if something comes of it.
Grey VS Nese was also really good, and the story that’s building with Grey and these OG is pretty good. Daivari on commentary was explaining how Grey winning against Adonis with the feet on ropes was a twinkling of him being compatible with Daivari & Nese, who are solidly Heel. But Grey resisting that and doing things the solidly Face way is a good story in itself, so I hope this is how Grey builds himself up to at least try for the Cruiserweight Championship. Grey’s got a lot of innovative moves, as well, so I’d definitely be okay with seeing him try those with Kushida, maybe even Swerve and Ruff.
My Score: 8.2/10
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