The moment we’ve all been waiting for has finally arrived as we are now on the final day of Stardom’s 5Star Grand Prix. We’re excited to bring this to a close as it is a very busy tournament month and we’ll also be covering the final match with our last block matches. My block has only three people who can advance to the final and very exciting stuff.
Remember to check out how the Red Stars representative made it to the Finals as well!
Who will advance to the final? Who will win!?
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
5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Syuri vs. Maika
Review: We have two people that are a match behind, so that will start first before the last block matches begin and those two are Syuri and Maika. Maika is in second place and she would need to win both her matches but for better chances, she would need to beat her partner and hope Syuri beats Utami later. Syuri needs to win two matches to advance and a win here would solidify that. Which one will be one step closer?
Before the match begins, we get a little handshake between the two DDM members, and the two begin to lock up. Syuri had the first advantage after the small chain sequence and Syuri would start off by taking control after. Syuri is the more well-rounded wrestler out of the whole group, which makes sense since she has more experiences compared to everyone else and does her best to make Maika look good in the process. Beautiful knee to Maika’s face when she was sitting down by the ropes and gives her a Penalty kick to top it off and has some of the best kicks in Stardom, I wish Arisa was still around for the two to have a singles match. How great would that have been.
Maika was able to judo throw Syuri down to the mat when she found an opening and tries to take control of the match. Syuri quickly turned it into an Armbar and would try to make her tap but fails as Syuri would hit a running knee instead as Maika kicked out at two. Syuri has a modified Single Leg Crab locked in while having Maika’s arm in a hammerlock type position, trying to inflict pain in both parts of her body as Maika grabbed the ropes to break the hold. Syuri would land a couple of stiff kicks to her chest and it looked like she was going for the Buzzsaw as Maika caught her leg and went to hit it but Syuri pulled her leg back and kicked her again. The two punched each others chest back and forth with Maika getting more aggressive with it, making it look like she won that fight and ran the ropes, only to be met with Syuri’s knee to the midsection. Syuri would land a kick to her face a couple of times and has Maika down for now. Syuri kept kicking her chest and Maika doesn’t quit as she punches Syuri, attempts the Lariat but Syuri ducked and catches her for a German Suplex as Maika kicked out. Maika had a shred of hope as she hits Syuri with the Spinebuster as Syuri kicked out! Maika attempts to choke her out with the Rear Naked Choke but fails to as she would now attempt a straight jacket position but Syuri fought her off and hits the Buzzsaw Kick, giving herself the victory she needs. Both are still in the race for the time being.
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a half
5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
AZM vs. Maika
Review: We start our official matches are we have AZM taking out Maika. Maika recently lost to Syuri, so she would have to win right here to save her chances of winning. AZM is already out but she could play a spoiler here to take her out completely. Will Maika stay in the race or is this it for her?
Nothing like a little flash pin sequence to start your AZM match, which she would, of course, fail to pin her. It looks like AZM is going try to go for her arm to try and make her tap, which is a good strategy since her body is probably weak from her match with Syuri and those kicks. AZM had her in a Fujiwara Armbar but Maika got to the rope. Maika would now try to make her tap with a Boston Crab to work on her back as AZM would get to the ropes now. I dig their chemistry, it’s quick, smooth, and wouldn’t mind more matches with them in the future.
AZM was on the top rope and would apply her Tornado Armlock, which I am calling that now since I’m not sure what she calls it herself. She has both of her arms locked in, trying to make her tap while Maika was struggling to get to the ropes with her feet, which AZM tries to stop her by pulling her leg and fails as Maika reaches to rope in time. AZM hits a Double Stomp from the top rope as Maika kicked out at two and would quickly apply the La Mistica, which Maika grabbed the ropes right away before she could do any damage. AZM ran towards her only to be caught for a Spinebuster as AZM kicked out at two. Maika attempts the Brainbuster but AZM catches her for the Guillotine and attempts to choke the life out of her! Maika was motionless for a brief moment but she powered out of it to hit the Brainbuster, only to get a two count. Maika calls for the finish as she attempts the Maika Cutter but AZM rolled over her to do her flash pin, the Azumi Sushi as she gets the victory over Maika! This loss means that Maika is now eliminated!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and a quarter
5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Natsuko Tora vs. Saya Iida
Review: Our next match is between Saya Iida and Natsuko Tora. Saya is the only one who doesn’t have a win under her belt and she looks to end her Prix run with a victory under her belt. Will Saya get a win finally?
Saya wasted no time as she gets into the ring and quickly rushed behind Natsuko to hit her with the Dropkick and would assault her into the corner as the match has officially started. That was the only good thing that happened in this match as this one was the worst one of my block. Whatever Saya did in this match whether it was a quick pin, her failed attempt at a Splash from the top rope where she slipped, or just a slam, it was just a mess on Saya’s part. Natsuko tried her best in the match and not even she was able to make it look good except her Lariat which always looks nice.
Saki distracts the referee, making Oedo Tai come in to attack Saya, and what’s this? Bea Priestley has made her return to Stardom and has hit Saya with the Bea Trigger! Bea kept attacking Saya with Natsuko coming in with the chain, and the referee doesn’t stop them as he sees them clear as day. Natsuko would wrap her chain around Saya’s neck and hangs her over the ropes as the referee calls for the bell and is disqualified. Saya’s only win in the tournament and it was done poorly and Bea’s return was wasted on this match. Happy to see her back but not for this match.
Rating: Vince Russo and a half
5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Momo Watanabe vs. Jungle Kyona
Review: We’re past the halfway point now as we have Momo Watanabe taking on Jungle Kyona. It’s a shame both of these women are out because they could’ve been great finalists but it seems like Stardom will have other plans for them. Even if they can’t advance, we can still get a great match out of it. Which one of them will win?
These two start off hot with the two trying to pin each other quickly and the two were just going back and forth in the match. If these two didn’t have low scores and were already eliminated, this would’ve been the match to try and decide who could go to the finals and that would’ve been great. The two are now fighting on the apron with them punching each other but Momo would catch her for the Package Driver, hitting it on the apron and Jungle is out.
Momo gets her back in the ring and climbs to the top rope as she almost slipped hitting the Somato as Jungle kicked out at two. Momo would attempt the Crossface Chickenwing and Jungle fights out of it but Momo would catch her arms to go for the Tequila Sunrise as Jungle broke off and hits a Lariat. Jungle would hit a few more to get her down and she climbs to the top rope, hitting the Jungle Splash and looks like this could be it but Oedo Tai pulled the referee out of the ring, storming in to attack them both to make it a no contest. Why couldn’t you just save the Bea return for this match instead of using it for the last match? This would’ve been a lot better if it was saved for this match. After the match, Jungle and Natsuko hyped up their big tag match in ten days and Momo would challenge Bea to a singles match soon.
Rating: Tony Schiavone and a half
5 Star Grand Prix Blue Stars Match
Syuri vs. Utami Hayashishita
Review: We’ve finally arrived at the final match of my block as it’s between Syuri and Utami Hayashishita. These are the only two that can advance to the final and we get to see who tasks on the Red Stars Block winner. Syuri already has a title match booked but winning the block and tournament will be a big momentum booster for her. Who will advance to the final?
Looks like Syuri is well-rested as she had over an hour to recover after the opening match. The two locked up and we get a small chain sequence and much like the first match, Syuri had the first control of the match. Syuri would have a different strategy in this match when she would work on Utami’s arms since that would get rid of her arsenal since most of them involve her arms. The match is slowly paced and I mean it in a good way because it doesn’t drag at all while the two of them were nicely balanced to make things even between them. Utami gets small wind of a comeback as she choked Syuri with the Rear Naked Choke and Syuri got to the ropes. Utami picked her up before running to the ropes as Syuri would hit her with a knee onto the ropes and hits a German Suplex, making Utami get up quick and hits her with a Lariat. Utami attempts the Torture Rack Bomb as Syuri fought off her and goes for the Powerbomb but Utami got her over to hit the Kryptonite Krunch, and Syuri got up quickly to hit a running knee and both women go down.
The two finally got up on their feet and would punch each other back and forth until Syuri attempts a kick, making Utami punch her leg down and hits a Lariat as the two go down again. Utami was able to lift Syuri for the German Suplex hold as Syuri kicked out at two. Utami would pick her up to apply the Torture Rack but Syuri rolled off to apply a modified Fujiwara Armbar and turned it into an Armlock as she has it locked in but Utami finally got to the ropes, fighting off the pain. Syuri was able to hit the Buzzsaw Kick and it looks like it’s over but Utami kicked out at two! Syuri wasted no time and would run the ropes to hit the Running Knee Strike and pins Utami again as she kicked out again! Utami slowly got to her hands and knees as Syuri kicked her face in to knock her down but Utami grabbed the ropes before getting the three count. Syuri calls for the finish and runs the ropes but Utami pulled her in to hit a German Suplex as the two do down and we have a couple of minutes left! Utami got Syuri up and finally hits the Torture Rack Bomb and this could be it but Syuri grabbed the ropes before the three count as well! The two are punching each other until Syuri got up to hit another Buzzsaw kick, she’s done but Utami kicked out again! Utami flipped Syuri over and applies the Rear Naked Choke, looking to get the submission victory as she’s forced to let go when Syuri turned it into a pin. Utami quickly picked her up for the Torture Rack and the bell rang once she hits the Torture Rack Bomb, making it a no-contest with one point each, making Utami the winner of the Blue Stars Block with ten points! What an incredible match, best for my block!
Rating: Bruce Prichard and a half
5 Star Grand Prix Final Match
Utami Hayashishita vs. Himeka
Review: Utami may have advanced to the final due to a time limit draw but she has no time to rest as it starts right now as she faces the winner of the Red Stars Block, Himeka. Himeka was a lot like Utami where a rookie advances to the final on the first try and she looks to win the whole thing. This is the second time for Utami to reach the finals and she looks to win it this time around. Who will be our winner?
Poor Utami has to start the match right after that twenty-minute battle with Syuri while Himeka is just fresh and ready to go. The two charge at each other right away with shoulder tackles but Utami came out the winner of that little battle. Himeka would mostly use strikes to beat down Utami, smart thing to do since Utami’s body is already beaten and battered, so why not take advantage of that by beating it down some more to try and go for that easy victory? It looked like Himeka was gonna lift Utami up but Utami turned it into a Rear Naked Choke already, which doesn’t last long since Himeka elbows her ribs to make her let go and ran the ropes, only to be caught with a Dropkick and Utami has momentum.
Utami climbs to the ropes before a couple of throws and hits Himeka with a Missle Dropkick, showing she still has fight left in her. Utami has her set up for the Kryptonite Krunch as she slowly gets onto her knees, looking like Himeka was fighting her off for a moment but Utami got up, still holding her as she hits the move, making Himeka kick out. Utami attempts to lift her up but Himeka would try to do the same as that fails, making Utami hit her with a Lariat. Himeka quickly got up and hit Utami with one of her own and now she gets up, having them both hit each other with a Lariat as they go down. The two punch each other but Utami catches her with the Rear Naked Choke again! Himeka makes it to the ropes as Utami pulled her in to attempt the German Suplex but she fights her off and hits another Lariat. Himeka lifts Utami up for the Torture Rack and has it up for a while before turning it into a Facebuster and goes for the cover but Utami kicked out! Himeka tries to make her sit up but Utami rolled her over to choke her out as she has it locked in tight, center of the ring, will she tap!? Himeka looks like she’s out but she has life in her and Utami lets go of the hold. Utami picked her up quickly and would hit two German Suplexes in a row and goes for the cover but Himeka kicked out. Utami picked Himeka up one more time and has her up on her shoulders, hitting the Torture Rack Bomb and goes for the cover, she does it! Utami Hayashishita is the winner of the 5Star Grand Prix!
That’s right, Utami has finally done it and has won her first Grand Prix! She’s been around for two years and she’s grown so much as a competitor that I believe she’s ready to take home the gold. She won’t be next in line since Mayu is already scheduled to defend her World of Stardom Championship against Syuri and will face the winner of that match, which I have no doubt will be a classic. Congratulations to Utami, well earned!
Rating: Eric Bischoff and three quarters
Overall: Aside from two matches, the rest was excellent. Four great matches on my block while having some on the other side as well to make this a great final show. The right person won the tournament and thank you so much for following us during this journey as we had a lot of fun doing this. Fun tournament and looking forward to next year.
Favorite Match: Syuri vs. Utami Hayashishita
Least Favorite Match: Natsuko Tora vs. Saya Iida
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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