The NXT UK Tag Team Champions reunite with the Iron King!
Gallus is back to 100% as Joe Coffey returns to action alongside brother Mark and friend Wolfgang! But will the firm still be on top of their kingdom against The Thunder Storm and Pretty Deadly?
- Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Sam Gradwell & Pretty Deadly; Gallus wins.
- Jinny VS Aleah James; Jinny wins.
- NXT UK Heritage Cup Semifinals: Noam Dar VS A-Kid; A-Kid wins and advances to the finals.
PLAY BY PLAY
The world is buzzing after last week’s NXT UK Championship match.
The strength, the speed, the violence, it all lived up to the hype, and then blew that hype out of the water. Afterwards, Walter spoke backstage and said, “I’ve proven time and time again. I will forever be the chosen one to represent, to restore the honor of this great sport.” As for Ilja Dragunov, it seemed hard for even him to believe he was still able to move. Will the Moscow Madman be able to pick up the pieces and push forward in hopes of one day doing it all over again?
Six Man Tag: Gallus VS Sam Gradwell & Pretty Deadly!
Joe Coffey returns! Will the Iron King and the NXT UK Tag Team Champions show us all that this is still their kingdom?
The teams sort out and though Gradwell doesn’t like Pretty Deadly that much, he lets Sam Stoker start against Mark Coffey. Stoker and Coffey circle and tie up, and Mark throws Stoker with an arm-drag. Stoker gets up, ties up with Mark again but Mark uses a hip toss this time! Stoker grows frustrated but he resets and ties up with Mark again. Stoker waistlocks, Mark breaks free and wrenches to tag in Wolfgang. Wolfgang wrenches but Stoker breaks free to dropkick! Wolfgang stays up so Stoker tags to Lewis Howley. Howley and Wolfgang tie up, Wolfgang bridges to arm-drag Howley down! Wolfgang keeps the arm but Howley kips up and goes around, but Wolfgang whips and runs him over! Wolfgang brings Howley over and tags Joe Coffey in.
Joe wrenches but Howley rolls through. They tie up, Joe shoves Howley to ropes but Howley comes back to tie up. Joe wrings Howley over, drops an elbow on Howley’s arm then brings him up to wrench. Joe wrangles Howley back down but Howley kips up, only for Joe to wrangle him back down! “Gallus boys on top!” But Howley kips up and arm-drags, only for Joe to hold on and arm-drag him back! Joe keeps on the arm but Howley fights up. Joe wrenches but Howley uses the ropes to flip through. Howley tries to hip toss but Joe counters to a hip toss! Howley scrambles to his corner and Gradwell tags in! Gradwell and Joe tie up, Joey headlocks and thrashes. Gradwell powers out, things speed up as Gradwell hurdles then rocks Joe with an elbow!
Gradwell CLUBS Joe, but taunts too long and Joe wrings him out, runs and POUNCES him! Pretty Deadly get in but Gallus POUNCES them, too! Gallus stands together in the ring while Pretty Deadly and Gradwell regroup. Gradwell tells them to stop doing the Scott Hall wiggle fingers and let him handle this. Gradwell gets in and Joe tells him, “No one cares, mate!” So what if Gradwell’s been out two years? Gradwell gets in and ties up with Joe, then breaks to SLAP him! Gradwell tags out to Howley to Joe grabs Howley’s arm and wrenches! Joe says that was stupid, and he whips Howley hard into the corner! And then again! Tag to Wolfgang and Wolfgang cravats for a snapmare. Howley cartwheels through but Wolfgang whips. Howley hurdles then baits Wolfgang in to throw him out!
Wolfgang lands on his feet but Howley stays at the ropes to keep him back. The ref backs Howley off but Stoker BOOTS Wolfgang instead! Howley then stomps away on Wolfgang, covers, ONE! Tag to Stoker and Pretty Deadly double whip, but Wolfgang breaks the line! Wolfgang clobbers Howley then hip tosses Stoker! Wolfgang cobra clutches, Mark tags in, ripcord to shoulder tackle and forearm to the back! Mark clamps on with a headlock but Stoker powers out, only for Mark to run him over. Things speed up, Stoker hurdles and arm-drags Mark down! Stoker is on the arm now but Mark reverses. Stoker ROCKS him with a right, tags Howley back in but Mark arm-drags Howley down!
Mark wrenches, Howley rolls and headlocks but Mark reverses to his own headlock. Howley tags Stoker while he powers out, and then Howley hurdles Mark to send him right into Stoker’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Stoker keeps close on Mark with an armlock and then hammerlock. Stoker drops knee after knee on the arm, tags Howley in, and Howley scrapes his sole on Mark’s face! And then grinds forearms in Mark’s face! Mark throws hands but Howley knees back. Howley rams Mark into the corner, Gradwell tags in and throws a big forearm in! Gradwell snapmares and rams a knee in, then an elbow, then ax handles! Gradwell has a headlock and grinds Mark, but Mark fights up.
Gradwell throws BIG European Uppercuts but Mark turns one into chicken wings! Gradwell resists the backslide to spin and ROCK Mark with a forearm! Then Gradwell scoops and SLAMS Mark down! Gradwell sucker punches Wolfgang then taunts Joe! Mark gets Gradwell with a Russian leg sweep! Gradwell grabs at Mark but Mark shoves him away! Howley tags in, drags Mark but Mark kicks him away! Hot tag to Joe! Joe rallies, dodges and shoulder tackles Howley! Joe back drops Howley, sees Stoker coming in and wrenches him to a back drop! Howley gets an OVERHEAD suplex! Joe reels Howley in for a butterfly SWING, then suplex! Cover but Gradwell breaks it!
Wolfgang throws Gradwell out but the ref reprimands. Joe clobbers Stoker as he gets in, but Howley ROCKS Joe with an elbow! Gradwell tags in, STO on Joe! Cover, TWO! Gradwell fires up, drags Joe up, fireman’s carry but Joe slips out! Joe kicks the bad leg then runs, ALL THE BEST FOR THE BELLS! Cover, Gallus wins!
Winners: Gallus, by pinfall
Wolfgang and Mark keep Pretty Deadly back, and Gallus stands tall. But will Stoker and Howley get their shot at the tag titles soon enough?
NXT UK looks closely at tonight’s Heritage Cup semifinal.
A-Kid admits, “Noam Dar really gets in my head. And last time I wrestled him, I had him scouted as much as any other person on the roster.” But the Scottish Supernova got away with a low blow and then won. Dar himself has some facts: the last time they stepped in the ring, he “put that little Pokémon down, and I’m gonna do it again.” AK knows that he’ll have to be better this round, but that’s what he does every day. Dar says contrary to popular belief, he doesn’t dislike A-Kid. He sees a lot of himself in A-Kid. Dar knows A-Kid has the biggest opportunity in his WWE career, but he’s living in a dreamland. Dar doesn’t need external validation, he’s internally motivated. Dar is a problem A-Kid cannot solve.
A-Kid says being in the Heritage Cup is already amazing, especially after that match with Flash Morgan Webster. Right now, A-Kid is living a dream, but it is reality. Will the dream continue for the Spanish Ace? Or will Mr. Supernova 11 turn it up and take that opportunity for himself?
NXT UK Media catches up with Sid Scala, and Rampage Brown.
The newest member of the roster has finally arrived and the coaches are great to have him at the UK Performance Center. “Don’t stop on my account, lads.” The trainees can’t help but notice Rampage, but in the ring is Jack Starz pulling off drills. Not bad with that handstand. Dave Mastiff says hey, and that it’s about time. Scala leads Rampage on to officially sign his contract. Will Rampage feel right at home in NXT UK?
Jinny VS Aleah James!
Speaking of new additions, the Spoiled Princess gets to “welcome” the newest addition to the UK Women’s Division. But will the welcome be less than warm with the Fashionista still after Kay Lee Ray and the NXT UK Women’s Championship?
The bell rings and Jinny insists she isn’t ready. She puts her fancy robe away and then smirks at Aleah. They tie up, Jinny powers Aleah to a corner but lets off with attitude. Aleah shoves back so Jinny arm-drags her away! They tie up again, Jinny throws Aleah right down and then eggs her on. Aleah arm-drags back and clamps onto the arm! Jinny fights up, knees low and then again! Jinny whips Aleah hard into buckles! “Who do you think you are?!” Jinny stomps Aleah but Aleah kicks back. Jinny stomps her down at the ropes but lets off at the ref’s count. Jinny drags Aleah up and whips, but Aleah ducks and dropkicks back! Aleah boots but Jinny blocks it to throw her down onto Jinny’s knee! Jinny tells the “stupid girl” off then stomps her.
Jinny drags Aleah up to reel her in and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Jinny keeps talking trash while she pushes and slaps Aleah around. Jinny drags Aleah up to a straitjacket stretch but Aleah endures. Jinny bends Aleah back against her knees! Aleah still endures, fights up but Jinny BOOTS her down! Jinny stomps Aleah, keeps telling her she’s stupid, but Aleah keeps fighting back. Jinny rains down vicious rights but Aleah gets to a corner. Jinny slaps Aleah around but argue with the ref about the rules. Jinny drags Aleah up, whips her corner to corner, then runs in, but Aleah goes up and over! Aleah handsprings, goes Matrix and headscissors Jinny down! Aleah runs but Jinny ducks the crossbody! Ripcord ROLLING LIGER KICK! Cover, Jinny wins!
Winner: Jinny, by pinfall
Welcome to NXT UK, Aleah James. But will Jinny’s even fiercer attitude be what takes her to the title? Jinny grabs a mic to say Aleah is an example of how ruthless Jinny can be. “There is a reason I am the Queen of NXT UK. And that’s because I have something that none of these girls will ever have: killer instinct.” You see people walking around, thinking they’re untouchable, like Piper Niven acting like she should be on top! But speaking of, here comes Piper! Piper makes her way to the ring, dares Jinny to say that to her face. Jinny says she is, they’re right here! Jinny dares Piper to do something, but KLR laughs at them both. “You two are funny. Now, I know I like to talk just as much as you, but I have one very important thing that backs that up.”
Here’s a hint to what it is: It’s white, gold and shiny, lives around her waist, and neither of them will ever have it. Now since these two don’t have it, let’s try something else. KLR puts a chair in the ring, and says that Jinny would stab her own granny in the back to get a title shot. But Piper, no, KLR doesn’t thinks he has what it takes. Piper had the perfect opportunity to have it all, and threw it away. So let’s find out who really has the killer instinct. Jinny SLAPS Piper! Piper scowls, then HEADBUTTS Jinny! KLR laughs as Piper grabs the chair and SMACKS Jinny on the back! Aleah hurries over to tell piper she doesn’t have to do this, but Piper scoops and PIPER DRIVERS her!! Piper drags Jinny up and brings the chair into this! FULL METAL PIPER DRIVER!! KLR is actually shocked to see that!
Piper says Jinny will never speak bad of her again. And then she glares at KLR! KLR staggers and falls, and Piper gives chase! Will it be Piper who gets her second shot at KLR first?
NXT UK hears from Eddie Dennis.
“There is a symbiotic relationship between man and beast. A huntsman uses his lurcher to flush a rabbit from a hole. A shepherd sheers his sheep to keep his family warm. And now, I stand alongside a Primate and a Boar.” Dennis knows Mark Andrews claims they were friends for 15 long years. But Dennis says he was being USED for those 15 years. And Flash Morgan Webster, you and Boar were best friends? Dennis says Webster used Boar like an animal. And Primate here, he “was built on a battlefield, born to follow orders, and hurt people.” The Boar and Primate roar, but with one “Hush,” from Dennis, they calm themselves. With the Welsh Dragon leading them, will The Hunt turn every team on the NXT UK roster into their prey?
NXT UK shares what happened during the break!
Piper caught up to KLR! And she thrashed her about by her hair! Referees hurried to stop this but Piper pulled the belt from KLR’s waist! Piper has it now, and tells KLR to get ready to say good-bye to it! Sid Scala got Piper to give the belt back and take her leave. KLR may have made the biggest mistake of her life pushing Piper this far! In two weeks, we see a FALLS COUNT ANYWHERE match for the NXT UK Women’s Championship! Where will it finally end for these two friends turned bitter enemies?
NXT UK Heritage Cup Semifinals: Noam Dar VS A-Kid!
The Scottish Supernova beat Imperium’s Hatchet Man in the fifth, but so did the Spanish Ace against the Modfather! Will these bright young superstars go the distance, all for a spot in the finals?
The bell rings and we begin the first round. AK and Dar circle and feel out the grapple. They tie up with knuckle locks, AK rolls and trips Dar up but Dar scrambles back to his feet. They go around, Dar pops out of the facelock but AK keeps him off a cover. Dar wrenches the arm, AK rolls and rolls and rolls to get free. The BT Sports studio audience applauds as the two reset. Dar and AK tie up. AK gets the arm but Dar the mat return. AK moves around to get the facelock but Dar pushes his way up to fireman’s carry and wristlock. Dar SLAPS the hand but AK kips up. Dar wrangles him down, grinds the arm, shifts to a headlock but AK fights up and wrenches out. AK headlocks, Dar stays up then powers out. AK runs him over with a big shoulder tackle, then hits a big headlock takeover!
Dar fights up and around as we’re under a minute. AK gets another headlock takeover but Dar headscissors. AK pops out, hits another takeover, and then he traps an arm. Dar endures, fights his way up, but AK holds as Dar tries to power out. We’re down to 15 seconds, Dar lifts to crotch AK! Under 10 seconds and Dar runs to BOOT AK down! AK is on the outside as the round ends!
Dar: 0; A-Kid: 0
Dar throws pinkies up, then mockingly says A-Kid should get to his corner. This is all part of Dar’s plan to waste AK’s 20 second break! Dar is just fine but AK barely gets enough time to have his water and catch his breath. Round two begins, will AK be able to rebound?
Another three minutes and the two circle. Dar and AK knuckle lock, Dar steps in to trap an arm then cravat. AK endures as Dar thrashes and snapmares. AK gets right up, sees Dar rushing in and pushes him away. AK goes to whip but Dar headlocks and snapmares. AK handsprings through, springboards and arm-drags to kip up and dropkick! Cover, TWO! AK keeps Dar down with an armlock, then a chinbar. Dar fights up, powers AK to a corner and the ref calls for a break. AK goes up, boots Dar away but Dar sweeps the legs right back! Dar covers, TWO! Dar drops elbows on the leg and then paces around. AK swipes at Dar but Dar brings him up to bump off buckles. Dar brings AK out to ROCK him with a European Uppercut!
Dar taunts the “Pokémon” but AK hits low! And CHOPS him! Dar knees AK down and we’re at a minute left already. Dar stomps AK’s hands, “Just like Pete Dunne!” Dar brings AK up, goes after the hand but AK ROCKS him with a right! And another! And another! AK runs but Dar table tops him! Dar gets the arms, spins and spins and spins, and spins and spins, to a backslide! TWO and AK gets Dar’s leg! STF! Dar endures with 20 seconds and counting! AK shifts to a CROSSFACE! Dar endures and time runs out!!
Dar: 0; A-Kid: 0
The bell saves Dar and round two is over! AK has ample time to rest now, and we’re already on to round three!
Dar stays in his corner and uses the ropes as defense. AK smirks as he waits for Dar to return. They circle, tie up and Dar gets a facelock. Dar cranks on the hold but AK slips out. Dar drags him back into the hold but AK gets out again and again. AK ducks the clothesline, waistlocks but Dar bucks the O’Conner roll off. AK kips right back up to NORTHERN LIGHTS! And then floats over to an ARMBAR! Dar endures, rolls around and gets out to then body scissor and roll, TWO! Dar urns in but into a HARD back elbow! AK goes up, jumps the sweep this time, and dodges in the other corner! AK KICKS but Dar ROCKS him with a right! Dar swings but into AK’s takedown!
Dar stays up, rolls but AK grabs at the wrist. AK blocks a kick but not the elbow! Dar catches AK’s clothesline to a COMPLETE SHOT! Dar aims from a corner, BLINDSIDE FOREARM! cover, TWO! AK is still in this but Dar omoplatas to then grab at the other arm. AK resists so Dar clubs him over an dover! We’re at a minute as Dar gets his modified Jim Breaks Special! AK VERBALLY taps, Dar gets a fall!
Dar: 1; A-Kid: 0
But Dar won’t let off! He stomps AK’s head and pulls on the arm! The ref finally gets him to let off and warns him, this match is still going on. Dar backs off to his corner but what shape is AK in as we go into round four?
AK gets up but Dar sweeps the leg! And AK lands on his bad arm! Dar looms over AK, grabs the arm but AK kicks back. Dar stomps the arm, then the leg, then the other leg! Dar puts pinkies out and taunts the cameras before he stomps the arm again. AK kicks but with the bad leg! Dar KICKS AK in the back! Dar drags AK up, AK CHOPS him! And ROCKS him with forearms! Dark kicks the bad leg then throat chops, headbutts and uppercuts! But AK comes back to tackle Dar with a sleeper hold! Dar fights up, back suplexes, but AK lands on his feet! AK waistlocks. Dar drops down but AK uses that for a EUROCLUTCH! AK gets the fall!!
Dar: 1; A-Kid: 1
We’re all tied up!! And now we’re in the fifth round! This is the limit Dar and AK both reached, will it all end here?
AK and Dar stare down as they approach. They circle, Dar kicks the leg but AK stays up. AK blocks the next kick to SLAP Dar down! Dar gets away, baits AK in the corner and AK kicks buckles! Dar runs in but AK goes over and out! They brawl in the ropes, Dar sweeps the legs! Then runs to BLAST AK off with a dropkick! AK is down and a ring count climbs, but the clock is going down! AK gets up at the ref’s count of 5 but Dar goes out to fetch him. Dar brings AK up, says hi to the trophy and KICKS AK down at the ramp! Dar kisses the trophy as if it’s already his, and he goes back to AK as the ref reaches 5 again. Dar puts AK in but AK spins to kick Dar down! AK has the ring count climb!! Dar is up and in at 9.9 but AK PENALTY KICKS! Cover, TWO!!
Dar survives but AK won’t let up here! AK climbs up top, minute left as he watches Dar rise. BIG crossbody! Cover, TWO!! Both men are down but the audience is loving this! Dar sits up and gets forehead to forehead with AK. AK ROCKS Dar, Dar ROCKS AK, repeat! We’re under 20 seconds as Dar throws more hands. AK hits back, they brawl as they stand, back and forth, under 10! The round ends as Dar gets AK down! Dar wants to hit more but he has to wait!
Dar: 1; A-Kid: 1
And now we’re in round six! The first match to go this far! Will three minutes be all that keep one man from the finals?!
Dar runs in, AK jumps the sweep but Dar avoids the enziguri! Dar KICKS but AK Eddy Gordo kicks back! AK waistlocks, Dar drops down and kicks over and over from below! Dar drags AK down but AK rolls to jackknife. Dar rolls through to sit down, ONE! AK rolls Dar to a cover, TWO! Ghost pin, ONE, but AK tries again, TWO!! Dar escapes, but runs into an arm capture, only to make that a cover! TWO and AK omoplatas and chinbars! A modified LeBelle lock, but Dark rolls it off to a cover! ONE, but Dar wants the leg! AK moves around to go after an arm! They fight for control, Dar moves around to hammer away on AK and get free!
Both men are down but slowly stirring. Dar and AK get up to DOUBLE CLOTHESLINE! Neither falls, so they try again! Dar KICKS, AK KNEES the headbutt away! AK kicks but Dar blocks! AK throws haymakers but Dar back elbows! Dar aims from a corner, AK slowly rises, but AK ENZIGURIS first! LeBelle RINGS OF SATURN!! Dar endures, Dar QUITS!?! AK WINS!!
Winners: A-Kid, with 2 falls; advances to the finals
Incredible!! A-Kid pulls off another comeback to be the winner! The Spanish Ace is the first finalist in the Heritage Cup! But will he be met by the Bomber or the Man from Moustache Mountain?
What a great episode! That bit to recap the NXT UK Championship match was good, with Walter’s comments there. The Six Man Tag was a solid opener, though of course Gallus wins. Joe Coffey gets the win off Sam Gradwell because the NXT UK Tag Team Championship math needs to be left alone. Still pretty sure Gallus wins that, too. I think it should come down to Gallus VS Eddie Dennis & The Hunt. The Hunt will surely take on South Wales Subculture once Andrews and Morgan are “cleared.” The promo from Dennis was great, and the matches will be great. Rampage Brown had a fairly simple intro to NXT UK, and I feel like Jack Starz making a cameo will mean he gets jobbed out to Rampage like he did to Walter.
The entire Women’s Division segment was great. Jinny definitely showed her new aggression against Aleah James, but to think PIPER would bring all of this out of herself! I feel like they might’ve changed their minds and now we won’t get KLR VS Jinny. Piper might end up winning that Falls Count Anywhere match and she’ll take on Jinny. But who knows, this could be a last hurrah for Piper in NXT UK and then she follows Rhea Ripley and Toni Storm to NXT USA. Then the Heritage Cup British Rounds match was great stuff. I am SHOCKED Dar lost, I really thought we were getting a rematch of Dar VS Seven as the finals. But instead, A-Kid is in and that is great for him, he’s really impressed since day one. Seven VS Mastiff is going to be rough, I wouldn’t be surprised Mastiff wins but Seven’s story of needing this accomplishment has to be where we go.
My Score: 8.2/10
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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