Where will the NXT UK Women’s Championship match end?
To finally settle their grudge, Kay Lee Ray and Piper Niven will boldly go where no NXT UK Women’s Championship match has gone before! It’s FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE!
- Joe Coffey VS Sam Gradwell; Coffey wins.
- Pretty Deadly VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith; Pretty Deadly wins.
- Saxon Huxley VS Levi Muir; Huxley wins.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Kay Lee Ray VS Piper Niven; KLR wins and retains the title.
PLAY BY PLAY
Joe Coffey VS Sam Gradwell!
The Iron King and Gallus won in last week’s Six Man Tag, but according to the Thunder Storm, that “gang warfare” didn’t prove anything. Will Coffey show Gradwell that 1v1 will end the same as 3v3?
The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around but break, and try again. Coffey puts Gradwell on ropes, the ref counts and the two break, only to tie up again. They go around again, Gradwell shoves Coffey away and fixes his Mohawk. Coffey and Gradwell tie up with knuckle locks and go shoulder to shoulder in the test of strength. Coffey powers Gradwell back onto ropes but lets off cleanly. They tie up, Coffey gets an arm and wrings it, but Gardwell manages to roll through. Coffey headlocks, Gradwell powers out, but Coffey runs him over! Things speed up, Gradwell hurdles then elbows Coffey down! Gradwell CLUBS Coffey but Coffey goes after the bad leg!
Gradwell cranks on the arm for a double wristlock and fights off Coffey’s attempt at his leg. They go around, Gradwell shifts to a hammerlock of sorts, and throws a big forearm! Coffey headbutts back, but Gradwell throws another forearm! Coffey headbutts, Gradwell throws another forearm, then ripcords Coffey out to forearm again! Coffey rebounds to dropkick the leg! Gradwell gets to ropes, Coffey brings Gradwell up and hits a SHIN BREAKER! Gradwell kicks with the good leg but Coffey blocks to sweep the bad leg! Coffey clubs Gradwell to a corner, throws body shots, then wraps the bad leg around the rope! The ref counts, but Coffey YANKS the leg at 4!
Coffey brings Gradwell up but Gradwell throws a forearm. Coffey shoves Gradwell, Gradwell rebounds to sunset flip but Coffey rolls out! Coffey grounds ‘n’ pounds, talks smack, and then cranks on the leg! Gradwell kicks Coffey away, but Coffey wrangles him down with an armlock! Gradwell headscissors back and squeezes tight! Coffey fights up and around, pops out and throws hands. Coffey has the legs in a butterfly stretch but Gradwell sits up to arm-drag him from the mat! Coffey KICKS the bad leg! Coffey reels Gradwell in, brings him up and gets the legs again! Coffey rains down hands, stretches the legs, but Gradwell throws forearms! Coffey shuts him down and says, “No one cares!” Gradwell hits back again but Coffey shoves him down.
Coffey pushes the legs, Gradwell sits up, Coffey SLAPS him down! Coffey keeps saying, “No one cares, Sam!” Gradwell sits up, Coffey headbutts him back down! Gradwell sits up again, Coffey stands on the legs! Coffey SLAPS Gradwell, and shouts “MY KINGDOM!” Coffey STOMPS the bad leg as he hops off. Coffey says Gallus Boys On Top, but Gradwell hits back. Coffey kicks and slaps Gradwell, then stands on the knee. Gradwell hits back with haymakers! Gradwell scoops and SLAMS Coffey down! Both men are down because Gradwell’s bad knee is hurting him. The two men get up, Gradwell throws hands! Coffey headbutts, Gradwell comes back with more haymakers! But again, Coffey dropkicks the leg out!
Gradwell gets up, blocks the kick to STO! Cover, TWO! Coffey survives but Gradwell keeps his focus. Gradwell hobbles up, fireman’s carries, but the leg bothers him! Coffey slips off, swats the clothesline away and cording holds an arm to then club away with forearms! Coffey kicks the bad leg again, then throws slapping strikes. Coffey steps up and STOMPS the bad leg! “MY KINGDOM!” Coffey uses the Glasgow Sendoff SPEAR to send Gradwell into buckles! Then ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Coffey wins!
Winner: Joe Coffey, by pinfall
The Iron King might have a new scar on his face as he’s bleeding from an eyebrow. But he says this is what it means to be Gallus! “No one can match me! Just remember that!”
NXT UK Media hears from Sid Scala and Jordan Devlin.
Scala starts by saying he and General Manager Johnny Saint have sanctioned NXT Cruiserweight Championship matches but Devlin has to stop him there. “Sanctioned” defenses? Is Devlin supposed to be thankful for that? No. Scala and Saint should be thanking Devlin on their knees for what he’s done for the brand by winning the title. So don’t “sanction,” just find him challengers. But Kenny Williams and Amir Jordan walk over. Devlin wants a challenger? Well Williams is a bit injured but will happily challenge when he’s all better. And Amir is 100% now, if it’s okay with Kenny.
Oh, having to ask permission? Isn’t that nice? Nice loyalty to your tag partner. Devlin knows they’re ambitious guys, and no one wants to really be in a tag team. Everyone comes to the WWE to be a singles champion like Devlin. But after these two sort out the odd couple thing, Devlin will be waiting. Devlin heads off and Scala appreciates the enthusiasm from Williams and Jordan. Will the Chancer and the Bhangra Bad Boy be on the list of contenders for the Irish Ace?
NXT relives the epic that was Walter VS Dragunov.
Before the match, NXT UK Media interviewed Ilja. “There are so many thoughts that are going through my mind, this is not like just another day where you go to work.” This is something more. Something more than personal, more than a battle. This had to happen. Everything before led to this moment, he saw it in his mind. He went to war! “Everything you see there is violence, war, everything, and I’m ready for this! I was born for this!” His battle with Walter for the NXT UK Championship. If he didn’t win, he wanted to be dragged out of the ring, because he would not leave the ring without winning!
And in the end, after following through on his promise to “redefine violence” in the match with the Ring General, Ilja did have to be dragged out of the ring. Will Ilja ever fight for this title again? Will he ever fight again period?
NXT UK hears from Alexander Wolfe.
He introduces himself, but the Gallus boys are a little too loud celebrating Joe Coffey’s win tonight. Wolfe keeps trying to give his speech, but then he shouts at Gallus to “SHUT UP!” Gallus hears that and asks what his problem is. They’re just having a good time celebrating. Celebrating what? The win Coffey got! He calls that a win? He’s still bleeding. A win is a win, Wolfe. It doesn’t matter how you win. But what about the “big one?” Coffey will lose that again. Speaking of big ones, TakeOver: Blackpool, Wolfe stuck his nose in Coffey’s business. As far as Coffey is concerned, Wolfe cost Coffey. If Wolfe wants to fight, they can finally settle this. And then we’ll see who is bleeding. Gallus is fired up even more now! Will the Iron King make Imperium’s Hatchet Man pay for past transgressions?
Pretty Deadly VS Oliver Carter & Ashton Smith!
Sam Stoker and Lewis Howley don’t like being reminded that Eddie Dennis played them. But will they at least get the Predator Killer and The Prestige off their backs after this?
The teams sort out and Stoker starts with Smith. The two tie up, Stoker gets an arm and wrenches but Smith wrenches back. They go around, Stoker spins through but Smith wrenches him again. Stoker rolls, handsprings and wrenches again but Smith blocks the whip. Smith whips, Stoker tries to roll him up but Smith stays up to drag Stoker right up! Stoker still tags Howley in and Howley whips Smith. Smith whips Howley to then back drop him high and hard! Smith wrenches and grinds Howley’s arm, but Howley fights his way back up. Howley knees low, clubs Smith then wrenches to tag in Stoker. Pretty Deadly go after the arm, Stoker wrenches to a standing armlock. Stoker steps over to then pull way back on the arm and twist the fingers!
Smith endures, powers up and has Stoker on his shoulders to then put him on the corner. Stoker stands on a hand and grinds it into the ropes! The ref counts, Stoker lets go and leaps, but into Smith’s arms! Smith pops Stoker up for a suplex! Cover, TWO! Smith brings Stoker up, tags Carter, and then Smith scoop slams Stoker down. Carter runs, gets help from Smith for a SILLY STRING SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Carter keeps on Stoker with a facelock then clamps onto the arm. Stoker endures, fights up and pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Carter reverses the whip and then walk kicks him! Stoker runs into an arm-drag and Carter keeps on the arm with another armlock. Carter has the cording hold to keep Stoker from his corner and then shifts to another armlock.
Stoker fights up, pulls hair again but the ref reprimands again. Carter whips, Stoker reverses but Carter rolls off his back and slides away! Howley tags before Carter arm-drags Stoker, and then Howley scoops Carter to slam him! Carter kicks Howley away and arm-drags Howley down! Howley endures as Carter has the cording hold again. They stand, Howley throws body shots and then headlocks. Carter powers out but Howley hops over him, only for Carter to hurdle and hit a crossbody! Howley DECKS Smith but Carter gets him for a clinch. Howley slips out, whips Carter but Carter DECKS Stoker! Smith gets in but the ref keeps him back. Howley sneaks up on Carter but Carter ROCKS him with a right!
Carter whips but Howley blocks and reverses, and Stoker trips Carter to send him face first into buckles! Smith finally goes back to his corner bur Howley stomps away on Carter! Tag to Stoker and Stoker drags Carter up to throw uppercuts! Carter hits back but gets more uppercuts for it! Howley tags in, Pretty Deadly mugs Carter and then Howley whips to CLOBBER him! Cover, TWO! Howley digs his knee into Carter’s back, wraps on a chinlock and thrashes him around. Carter fights his way up and throws body shots. Howley knees low, whips Carter to a corner, then runs in, only to be tossed out hard! Carter crawls but Howley and Smith stare down a moment. Smith shouts for Carter to hurry but Howley intercepts Carter already!
Howley powers Carter all the way back to the Pretty Deadly corner! Stoker tags in and he runs in to uppercut Carter down! Cover, TWO! Stoker grabs Carter for a facelock, Carter fights out with body shots and a jawbreaker! Stoker still keeps Carter from Smith but Carter throws forearms. Howley tags in, Carter DECKS Stoker but Smith avoids Howley’s cheap shot! Carter dodges Howley, hot tag to Smith! Smith rallies on Pretty Deadly with strength! Smith whips Howley, ROCKS him with an uppercut and hip tosses him down hard! Stoker gets in but Smith knees him out! Howley runs at Smith and clobbers him at ropes! Howley whips, Smith reverses but Howley dodges, only to run into BLUE THUNDER! Cover, Stoker breaks it!
Carter throws Stoker out hard, then DIVES to take him down! Carter tags in and runs at Howley to WINDMILL KICK! Carter feeds Howley to Smith for the scoop and then a fling, into a SUPERKICK! Howley flounders about, Carter drags him to a drop zone and tags Smith back in. Smith and Carter coordinate, BACK DROP 450!! Cover, but Stoker puts Howley’s leg on the ropes!! Pretty Deadly has each other’s backs, but Carter goes after Stoker! But Stoker POSTS Carter! Smith drags Howley up, fireman’s carries, but Howley fights out and waistlocks. Smith switches, O’Conner roll, TWO into Stoker’s SHORYUKEN! Howley rolls Smith and has the tights! Pretty Deadly wins!!
Winner: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall
“YES, BOY!” Stoker and Howley find a way to screw Carter and Smith over! Will they manage to do the same all the way to the top?
NXT UK Media catches up with South Wales Subculture.
Mark Andrews is PISSED! He throws chairs around and shouts, “EIGHT MONTHS! Eight of the hardest months in my life!” For eight months, Andrews didn’t know if he could get back in the ring, all because of Eddie Dennis! But is he surprised? No. Because he learned a long time ago that Dennis will do anything to get ahead, no matter who he hurts. As for The Hunt, “I never thought you’d stoop this low.”
Flash Morgan Webster takes it from here. “Twelve years old. I was 12 years old when I met you, Boar.” Or should he say, Mike? They built rings in his backyard. They were friends! A friendship of 15 years, that’s what he broke! And that won’t be the only thing that breaks! Will the Modfather and the Rockstar turn the Hunt into the hunted?
NXT UK superstars react to Rampage Brown.
Seeing his debut in NXT UK, Joe Coffey says it was unreal. Smith told us that we were in for something special, “and what did we see? Aggression, power, ruthlessness, dominance! And that’s just the beginning.” Dave Mastiff was impressed. He always has been. Mark Coffey and Wolfgang know Rampage will run through people. “Nobody commands respect in the UK like Rampage Brown.” Rampage himself said the boys just better keep up. Will the Rampage run wild all the way to the top of the brand?
Saxon Huxley VS Levi Muir!
Here he comes! Here comes the Divine Beast of the Astral Plane! Will Levi wish he’d stayed away from work today?
The bell rings and Huxley roars as he circles with Levi. They tie up, Huxley puts Levi in a corner but TOSSES him across the way! And then corner splashes! Huxley cravats, knees and clinches, but Levi throws body shots. Levi powers out, hurdles and goes to hip toss, but Huxley blocks that to give more knees! The BT Studio fans cheer as Huxley brings Levi up to SPINE BUSTER! Huxley fires himself up and drops elbows on Levi’s back! Levi gets to ropes but Huxley clubs him down more! Huxley digs his boots into Levi’s head, then whips him into another corner. Huxley scrapes Levi’s face but the ref counts. Huxley stops after a WASH, but then he goes outside.
Huxley runs in to BOOT Levi back in! Levi is in a daze, Huxley sits Levi up to crank on the neck! Levi endures, but Jack Starz appears? Starz coaches Levi up and Levi fights up to throw elbows and body shots! Huxley knees Levi low, scoops him but Levi slips out to dropkick back! And another dropkick! Huxley runs in, Levi dodges and leaps, but is SWATTED down! Huxley stomps away, rains down furious fists, then drags Levi back up. Huxley scoops and TOSSES Levi across the way! Levi flounders up, Huxley runs corner to corner and BOOTS him down! Huxley brings Levi out to then LARIAT him down! Cover, Huxley wins!
Winner: Saxon Huxley, by pinfall
Even with Starz coaching him on, there was nothing Levi Muir could do about the madness unleashed in the ring. Will Huxley wreak havoc on the rest of the roster as this strange year wraps up?
NXT UK hears from the Heritage Cup finalists.
Trent Seven says the tournament has been an eye opener for both him, and the rest of the world. The world is seeing something new and fresh. Seven has had a hard fought road against the young and agile Kenny Williams, as well as the heaviest hitter in the tournament, Dave Mastiff. But he managed to make it over those obstacles to this point: facing A-Kid. The Spanish Ace says in round one, he beat a former champion in Flash Morgan Webster. In round two, he beat his “demons,” by overcoming someone he lost to before in Noam Dar. He knows he belongs in the finals. A-Kid started training at just 10 years old in a tiny little basement. A journey of 13 years lead him here.
Seven says A-Kid will have many opportunities in the future, but Seven needs this now. Seven imagines people looking back 20 years, they’ll go, “Do you remember how emotional you felt when you saw Trent Seven lift the Heritage Cup?” A-Kid looked up to Seven, but now he’ll be looking Seven eye to eye in the finals. “This is the beginning of my legacy, and that’s why I’m winning the Heritage Cup!” Seven says he needs to cement HIS legacy with this accolade. Next week, we see whose legacy overcomes the other’s!
Sid Scala has made a decision on the NXT Cruiserweight Championship challenge! Amir Jordan is getting the green light! But will he get the gold away from Jordan Devlin his first try?
NXT UK Women’s Championship Falls Count Anywhere: Kay Lee Ray VS Piper Niven!
There’s a pattern with how the Scary Queen of Scots’ reign has gone. She betrays a friend, uses what she knows about them to tear them down, then survives with the gold around her waist. KLR did it to Toni Storm, now she’s doing it to Piper. But the Scottish Viper has been able to push KLR right back! Will someone be pushed too far? Where will this grudge match for the gold end by the end of the show?
Before KLR even gets in the ring, Piper rushes out after her! They brawl, but the ref tells them to get in the ring first. KLR hits back, but Piper rams KLR into the apron! Piper puts KLR in, follows after, and the bell rings to put this on the record!
KLR bails out fast but Piper runs and DIVES!! Direct hit and she covers right away, TWO!! KLR scrambles and flounders as Piper goes looking for things under the ring. Piper puts a kendo stick, a pipe and a chain into the ring! But she’s not done looking, either, as she brings out a chair! Piper aims but KLR BOOTS her first! KLR kicks the chair away and whips Piper, only for Piper to whip KLR into barriers! KLR comes back, Piper blocks to reel her in for an OVERHEAD SUPLEX! Both women take a bit of damage out of that since it’s the floor, not the ring mat. KLR flounders but Piper hobbles after. Piper drags KLR around to scoop. KLR fights out, pulls hair and hotshots Piper off the barriers! Then KLR sunset flips over the barrier, TWO!
KLR is furious already but Piper gets that chair to SMACK her down! Piper puts the chair aside again before dragging KLR back up. Piper ROCKS KLR with a haymaker but KLR hits low! KLR bumps Piper off the apron and then hurries away. KLR gets the ring bell!? Piper sits against the steel steps, but gets away just before KLR throws the bell at her!! The bell clangs off the steps but KLR goes after Piper. Piper pushes KLR away and CLOBBERS her! Fans cheer and rally as Piper brings out a spare crossbar! As in, a spare part of the ring! Piper asks if KLR remembers this. “Let me refresh your memory!” Piper CLUBS KLR’s knee with the crossbar!! KLR writhes and flounders as she clutches the leg but Piper stands on it!
Piper JAMS the leg with the bar, then uses the bar to hook the leg. KLR kicks Piper away and hurries away for the sake of her leg! KLR gets in the ring, Piper grabs a trash can and brings it into the ring with her. Piper heads right over but KLR SUPERKICKS! Piper wobbles, KLR hooks the arms, but her bad leg holds her back! Piper is free and she HEADBUTTS KLR, but both women fall down! KLR and Piper slowly sit up, and while KLR goes to ropes, Piper gets the chain! Piper wraps her fist up, heads over, but KLR uses the kendo stick to SMACK Piper in the legs! Then SMACK her on the back! KLR takes the chain for herself and puts it around Piper’s face! Piper endures as KLR makes it a FULL METAL CAMEL CLUTCH!
Piper continues to endure, powers up, and has KLR as a backpack! BACKPACK SENTON ONTO THE TRASH CAN!! Cover, TWO!?! KLR survives but Piper is too tired to be frustrated. Piper grabs the chair and brings it back over. Piper drags KLR up, brings her around and scoops, but KLR claws her eyes! KLR shoves Piper to ropes and table tops her! KLR then drags Piper to the apron, spins her and ROCKS her with a right! KLR keeps going, and gives Piper a DRAPING DDT to the floor! Randy Orton would be proud of that one! KLR covers, TWO!! KLR is furious and she clubs away on Piper’s back! KLR clutches her own back as she seethes.
Piper stirs but KLR stands to drop a knee on Piper’s head! The BT Sports Studio fans boo as KLR drags Piper up to club her. Piper blocks the tornado DDT to FISHERMAN SUPLEX KLR to the floor! Both women are down again, writhing and groaning at the ramp. Jinny shows up and attacks Piper! The Spoiled Princess wants Piper to pay for making an example out of her! The ref reprimands but Jinny says, “You will NEVER disrespect me!” Jinny SLAPS Piper, Piper DECKS and TOSSES Jinny! Piper pursues KLR to the stage, but swings into chicken wings! KLR’s leg won’t let her lift, Piper backslides KLR back, TWO! KLR escapes and both she and Piper take a moment to catch their breath. Piper stalks KLR and drags her up to throw into a wall!
KLR stumbles to the backstage area but Piper pursues again. KLR headbutts low and runs off! Piper hunts her down, but KLR uses a street sign to SMACK Piper down! KLR hobbles away but Piper gets up and uses a FRAMED POSTER to SMACK KLR down! KLR flounders, crawls but Piper stalks her. KLR hits back with elbows and kicks, then grabs someone’s guitar to SMASH it on Piper’s back! And SMASH her again! Elias would be proud! Cover, TWO!! Piper survives and KLR is losing her cool. KLR grabs the chair that was on the little stage and sits it up. KLR drags Piper up and brings her over. KLR again tries the Gory Especial but Piper fights out to PIPER DRIVER KLR onto chair and floor!! Cover, TWO!?!? KLR survives hitting steel than concrete and Piper is losing her cool!
Piper stalks KLR again, and finds a pipe! Piper SMACKS KLR’s knee with the pipe!! KLR begs for mercy, but she again SUPERKICKS! Piper wobbles, KLR whips her into a road case! KLR growls as she manages to walk over. KLR drags Piper up, reels her in, but Piper turns that to an Alabama, to then back drop KLR onto the same case! Piper hurries up onto KLR for a cover, TWO!! KLR survives but barely! Piper drags KLR up to the tallest production case, but what for? Piper’s aiming for a spare table nearby! She drags KLR up, but JINNY returns to CHAIRSHOT Piper! But Piper brings KLR with her! They go crashing through the tables!! KLR ends up on top of Piper for a cover, KLR wins!!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
The Fashionista wasn’t part of this match, but she’s the one left standing! KLR’s pattern continues because she again survives to stay champion! But given what it took and what she herself had to endure, are KLR’s days as champion numbered?
A really good episode, and KLR is at high levels of Heel heat right now as far as I am concerned. She gets away with another win because JINNY shows up. I figured Piper and Jinny were due for a feud, but now it’ll be without the title because of how she screwed Piper over. I wish Heels would think, “Instead of screwing them out of a title, I’m going to wait until they have the title, and then I’ll beat them to get both revenge AND the gold!” But the Falls Count Anywhere match was still great, very creative, properly brutal, a great way to still cap off the feud of KLR and Piper. No idea who KLR is moving on to, though, with the other Faces of the NXT UK Women’s Division still needing to be built up.
Coffey VS Gradwell was a good slugfest to open the show, and I was surprised how few pins were attempted. Just one “TWO!” before the finish, that is rare but also great to see. I like that Gallus is tangentially starting stuff with Imperium again through Joe Coffey VS Alexander Wolfe, that should be good stuff. The tag match tonight was great stuff, with Carter, Smith and Pretty Deadly all looking great. Deadly uses sneaky tactics to win so that’s fine, and it seems like they’re moving u towards the tag titles. South Wales Subculture had a great promo working the real history of Andrews with Dennis and Webster with Wild Boar, that match is going to have even more fire now. Seven and A-Kid had great parts in the Heritage Cup vignette, that’s going to be incredible.
I think it’s smart for NXT UK to still move forward with their half of the Cruiserweight Championship while we can’t have a lot of travel and crossover. Devlin taking on Amir Jordan is fine, all the other Cruiserweight class UK superstars are busy right now. Whether A-Kid wins or loses the Heritage Cup, maybe he goes after Devlin and the title, so it’ll be Ace VS Ace. Huxley had a good match with Levi Muir, and I like that Starz came out to coach Levi. Rampage Brown clearly has a lot of support, he could be fast tracked to something with Walter for the title. We got an epic recap vignette for Walter VS Dragunov, who knows what happens with Ilja next since I also felt so confidently that he’d be champion by now.
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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