Both the NXT UK Heritage Cup AND the Women’s Championship are on the line!
One night, two titles! Tyler Bate defends against Mark Coffey while Meiko Satomura defends against Amale! Will the Big Strong Boy and Final Boss both retain?
- Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter VS Teoman & Rohan Raja; Teoman & Raja win.
- NXT UK Women’s Championship: Meiko Satomura VS Amale; Satomura wins and retains the title.
- NXT UK Heritage Cup: Tyler Bate VS Mark Coffey; Bate wins and retains the cup.
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WWE and NXT UK mourn the loss of “Mr. Wonderful,” Paul Orndorff.
Triple H speaks.
“On October 29th, 2020, NXT UK brought you a match that the WWE Universe still speaks about. A match that was so intense, that it defined a brand, and it redefined brutality. Next week, we will finally see the long awaited rematch between NXT UK Champion, Walter, and Ilja Dragunov.” Walter is THE longest reigning champion in modern WWE, and has dominated the brand for over 800 days, defending the title both in the UK and the US. “Dragunov is an enigma, one of the most dedicated to ever enter the squared circle. Next week, the world will be watching NXT UK. And we are proud to bring you Walter Dragunov II!”
Sid Scala is already in the ring with Walter and Dragunov.
The Assistant GM welcomes us to BT Sports Studios, and as HHH said, the main event next week will be what is without question the most anticipated rematch in NXT UK history. Dragunov will once again challenge Walter for the NXT UK Championship. Scala reminds both men that there will be no physicality here tonight. At this time, Scala will have the press ask questions. Alex McCarthy of TalkSport leads off with a question for Walter. “Over 800 days, you’ve been NXT UK Champion. Do you believe that your historic championship reign is under threat?”
Walter says no, he does not believe his mission is under threat. Because the difference between him and Ilja is that Walter is in this for “the greater good.” Walter is in this for the reputation and tradition of this great sport. And every time he steps in the ring, it is an honor for him to represent pro-wrestling the way he and Imperium think it should be done. Ilja is a fantastic athlete, unlike anyone Walter has ever seen. “But he does not have the mental ability to step up to my level.” Walter will have to prove that again when they face off.
Next is BBC 1Xtra’s Ace, and he asks Dragunov about what he learned from that defeat in last October. “I’m not gonna lie, there’ve been some very, very dark days for me. Quite a rough time. If you step as a fighter into some matches, you lose and with the lesson learned, you get better. But failures like this… They just don’t hurt you like a strike or whatever. They keep something, like they hurt your mind. You can’t forget, you feel the pain and the memories haunt you.” Ilja has felt haunted, and he lost control. But he found himself again and he admits, Walter was right, he wasn’t ready to be on that level. He needed this time to prepare, and now he’s ready.
Alistair McGeorge for Metro.co.uk asks both men, with how highly the first match is still spoken of, what can we expect in this rematch? Ilja says that undoubtedly, you can expect brutality, violence, intensity. Everything like Ilja promised, and it has been that the first match “redefined violence.” But this rematch… People will forget what “violence” means because Walter VS Dragunov II will replace that word. The outcome will be different. Walter shouldn’t be arrogant, he should get over his god complex. Walter asks what Ilja said. Arrogant? Is Ilja calling Walter arrogant? What is Ilja talking about, redefining violence?
Every time Walter steps into the ring, he redefines this sport! And Ilja was just lucky enough to be part of it. Walter’s seen enough of Ilja being sad for himself. Ilja is a fraud! All show! Last time, Ilja realized he isn’t man enough. He is fantastic, but he is not on Walter’s level. And all this intensity, motivation, all of it, his character problems, it’s just a show. Ilja wants the attention to get into this position. That’s what Ilja does! Ilja gets emotional now as Walter demands he look at him. Walter warns Ilja that he isn’t taking this seriously. NXT UK is for superstars, not fakers! Ilja says he thought it was enough. He thought it was enough last time, he really did.
All his will, all his strength, all his stamina, it wasn’t enough. Ilja had respect for Walter, because every time they fought, Ilja got better. But all that respect, after what Walter did to Ilja with purpose, the respect is gone. All that is left is hate. Ilja hates Walter. Ilja gets up, says he hates Walter for making Ilja the way he is. For breaking something inside him. But Ilja promises to break Walter and walk out with the NXT UK Championship, or not at all. Walter and Ilja stare down as Scala backs off. They get face to face, Ilja keeps his cool while Walter is getting heated. Will this be an explosion of fire and fury when the bell rings?
Mark Andrews says it’s weird, he has like deja vu. Flash Morgan Webster agrees, because only a couple years ago, Andrews was fighting for a chance at the NXT UK Tag Team Championships in a singles match, and what happened? He won! Dani Luna is fired up, too, as it happened all over again. And next week, when Subculture is 2v2 with Pretty Deadly, history will repeat itself again. But the difference is this time is that they will be the first ever TWO TIME NXT UK Tag Team Champions! Dani makes sure to spray paint “2X” over the Subculture logo to make a point. Will Andrews & Webster score and get the gold back?
Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter VS Teoman & Rohan Raja!
The Prestige and the Predator Hunter are finally reunited, and they’re after the man questioning their bond. The Babo surprisingly converted the British Born, Australian Raised and Canadian Trained Young Prince and added him to “the family.” Will the brothers in arms be #ReadyAndForward #AlwaysForward against Teoman’s Evil Eye?
The teams sort out and Carter wants Raja right away! Teoman steps up and so Smith goes right after him! Smith runs him over, fires off hands, and CLUBS Teoman around the ring! Teoman kicks low, throws forearms back and forth with Smith, but Smith ROCKS him with an uppercut! Smith whips, and JUMP KNEES Teoman down! Teoman gets to a corner but Smith fires off body shots! Smith shoves Teoman to ropes and ROCKS him with a forearm to the body! Smith gets Teoman up to whip but Teoman reverses. Smith blocks, Teoman kicks and tries again but Smith still blocks! Smith reels Teoman in for a pop-up and suplex! Teoman scrambles away to tag Raja!
Carter wants in and Raja dares him to tag. Smith tags Carter, and Carter fires off on Raja with body shots and clubbing forearms! Raja hits back, shoves, but Carter LEG LARIATS! Cover, Teoman breaks it! Carter runs Teoman off, but turns around into Raja’s SCRAPBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Raja gets Carter up, CLUBS him, tags in Teoman, and they mug Carter in the corner. Teoman throws kicks, stomps Carter down, but lets off as the ref counts. Teoman gets Carter up, snapmares and KICKS him in the back! Carter gets up to throw hands, but Teoman wrenches. Carter CLUBS away but Teoman body shots hard and low! And then KICKS an arm!
Teoman shoves Carter to the corner, tags in Raja, and they mug Carter more. Raja scrapes his laces off Carter’s face, then throws hands. Carter his back, Raja knees low! Teoman brings Carter up and suplexes for a BIG slam! Cover, TWO! Raja clamps onto Carter with a grounded cobra twist, CLUBS away on Carter’s ribs, but Carter fights up. Carter throws body shots, Raja CLUBS him right back down! Tag to Teoman, they stomp away on Carter together, but Raja exits as the ref counts. Teoman wrenches Carter’s arm, gets a hammerlock, then drops a knee on the shoulder! Tag to Raja and he stomps the bad arm! Raja gets Carter up to YANK the arm!
Tag back to Teoman, they stomp away on Carter again! Carter fires off body shots! He DECKS Teoman and DECKS Raja, then hurries for his corner! But Teoman CLOBBERS Carter before he can reach Smith! Teoman shoves Smith and eggs him on, then clamps onto Carter! He has the arm but Carter flails and moves around to resist the crossface! Teoman isolates the bad arm to STOMP it! Teoman shoves Carter away from Smith and tags Raja. Raja gets Carter up, fireman’s carries, but Carter fights free to EDDY GORDO! Tag to Teoman and he gets in to swin gon Smith! Smith avoids it, Carter gets around, hot tag! Smtih rallies on Teoman and Raja!
Smith fires fast hands on Teoman, then reels him in for a shoulder and a LARIAT! Raja runs in but is sent into buckles, and gets a LARIAT! Smith gets Teoman right up to a fireman’s carry and DEATH VALLEY BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Smith is still fired up as he stomps Teoman and gets him up. Teoman shoulders Smith, Smith fires off on him in a corner, but Teoman gets a BUCKLE SHOT! Raja tags in, Teoman baits Smith, Raja BACKSTABBERS! Teoman ENZIGURIS Smith into Raja’s POP-UP SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Smith survives and Carter calls to him! Raja gets up first and he gets Smith up. Smith back drops out of the suplex, hot tag to Carter!
Carter rallies on Raja, gets around but Raja standing switches. Carter elbows free, Raja shoves him but Carter slips out of the scrapbuster to waistlock and GERMAN SUPLEX! And SUPERKICK!! Cover, TWO!! Raja survives but Carter tags Smith in. Smith gets Raja up in the Electric Chair, Carter springboards in, DOOMSDAY CUTTER!! But Teoman drags Raja out before anyone can cover! Carter tags back in, Smith builds speed and FLIES! Direct hit and down go Teoman and Raja! Carter helps get Raja up and into the ring. Carter hurries to SCISSOR KICK! Smith grabs at Teoman but they get in! The ref reprimands but Teoman gets out, so Smith is caught.
Carter runs, but Teoman trips up his lionsault! Raja hurries to DECK Smith off the apron! Raja gets Carter for PAYDIRT! Teoman tags in, for the CROSSFACE! Carter taps, Teoman’s “family” wins!
Winners: Rohan Raja & Teoman, by submission
Carter & Smith could not see the sly tricks coming, but the Evil Eye is always watching! Will Raja and Teoman win for the glory of their newfound family?
NXT UK Media interviews Sid Scala.
Is there any word on the condition of A-Kid’s leg injury? None as of yet, but fingers crossed. A-Kid walks out of the medic’s office with a heavily wrapped leg. Scala asks AK his injury update, and AK says he’s sick and tired of Jordan Devlin, that’s the update. He wants Scala to talk with Johnny Saint to arrange a rematch as soon as AK is medically cleared. Scala says he and Saint will take it into consideration and AK gets angry. AK doesn’t want that, he needs to teach Devlin a lesson. AK needs thirty minutes to punish Devlin. AK wants an IRONMAN MATCH with Jordan Devlin! Scala promises he will take care of it. How long will we have to wait for this certified barn burner rematch?
Aoife Valkyrie speaks.
“I’ve learned all I need to learn about you, Jinny. You saw me lose to Meiko Satomura. Something you might never understand is that the best have short memories when it comes to failure.” Aoife will be the best, so to get to the time, she’s prepared to climb. But Jinny doesn’t seem like she is ready to even take off her high heels. Jinny only ever picks a fight when she thinks the odds are already in her favor. This time, Jinny’s declared war on the wrong person. Will Aoife cause a change in fortunes for the Spoiled Princess?
Side plate check~!
Pretty Deadly make sure we get a good look, and then Sam Stoker brings up how Lewis Howley took on Mark Andrews and “had it in the bag.” Subculture’s a bunch of weirdos! They attack Stoker, they distract Howley, that’s daylight robbery! Taking Andrews lightly was on Howley, but Mark getting his “reject pals” involved was Mark’s mistake! Pretty Deadly runs the tag division, the best team ever, everyone loves to see them! There’s no one like them! Subculture was the past for a reason. Now, this is Pretty Deadly! Howley likes Stoker’s fire, but will these two be put out when they take on the Modfather and the high-fiving, stage-diving, skateboarding, no-quit rockstar?
NXT UK Women’s Championship: Meiko Satomura VS Amale!
The Final Boss, the Best in the World, finally has a title in the WWE! And ironically, it is all because the French Hope took Xia Brookside out of the running! Amale wants to prove she should’ve been in Meiko’s position all along, but is that even possible? Or is she going to learn firsthand why Meiko IS a living legend?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see if there’s any hope for the French Hope!
Amale and Meiko circle, tie up, and Meiko puts Amale against ropes. The ref counts the ropebreak as Amale shouts, but Meiko lets off to get a leg. Meiko KICKS Amale then circles with her again. They tie up, Meiko headlocks to the takeover, but Amale makes it a cover. ONE, and Meiko grinds the headlock. Amale fights up, Meiko shifts to a drop toehold then floats to a chinlock. Meiko grabs a leg for a bit of Bow ‘n’ Arrow, but then focuses on the leg into a figure four deathlock. Amale reaches, crawls, but can’t get to ropes, so she grabs Meiko’s hair! The ref reprimands as Amale thrashes Meiko around and gets free. Amale CLUBS then bumps Meiko off buckles, then snapmares to an armlock.
The ref counts as Amale is still holding hair! Amale lets go at 4, goes to bump Meiko off more buckles but Meiko blocks to elbow back! Meiko headlocks again, but Amale powers out. Meiko leaps for a FLYING SHOULDER! Cover, TWO! Meiko gets Amale up, snapmares her back down, then wraps on a chinbar. Meiko shifts through to a seated cobra twist! Amale endures so Meiko makes it a ghost pin, TWO! Meiko gets Amale up to bump her off buckles now. Meiko fires off forearms, whips but Amale reverses to then drop toehold Meiko into buckles! Amale stomps a mudhole, the ref stops her, and Amale gets mad. Amale SHOTGUN dropkicks Meiko down!
Amale drags Meiko to a cover, ONE!! Meiko is tough and Amale gets frustrated. Amale whips but Meiko reverses and reels Amale in for uppercuts! Meiko blocks Amale’s clothesline to wrench and KICK away, then wrench and SWEEP! Headstand knee drop! Cover, TWO! Meiko dares Amale to get up, and then she KICKS away on her! And throws forearms! Meiko whips Amale to ropes, runs and CLOBBERS her with a forearm! BT Sports Studio fires up as Meiko waits for Amale. Amale sits up and Meiko KICKS her down! And again! Amale grits her teeth as she takes these KICKS again and again! Meiko still KICKS her down! Cover, TWO!!
Meiko keeps cool as Amale is showing her own toughness. Meiko KICKS Amale’s leg, Amale blocks and KNEES back! Meiko ends up in a corner, Amale runs around the world to BOOT WASH! Amale drags Meiko up, fisherman SCREW! Cover, TWO!! Meiko survives and Amale is losing her cool! Amale gets Meiko up but Meiko fires off forearms! Amale fires them all back! Amale whips, Meiko reverses direction to PELE! Meiko fires up and gets Amale up for a fireman’s carry. Amale fights free to BOOT Meiko down! Amale shouts, “STAY! DOWN!” Amale runs, into a ROUNDHOUSE! Cover, TWO!! Amale survives again but Meiko looks to finish this!
Meiko gets Amale up for forearm after forearm! Amale ducks one but Meiko denies the Complete Shot! Meiko knees, into a fisherman! HEARTBREAKER!! High stack, TWO!?! Meiko survives and Amale is furiously shocked! Meiko ROCKS her, Amale ROCKS Meiko! Meiko mule kicks and DECKS Amale! Meiko gets Amale up again, for a DDT! Then she runs to HANDSPRING KICK! Meiko still isn’t done, she wants to make sure Amale understands respect! Meiko gives her a KICK, then SCORPIO RISING!! Cover, Meiko wins!
Winner: Meiko Satomura, by pinfall (still NXT UK Women’s Champion)
Amale proved she’s top tier, but THE top superstar is still Meiko Satomura! Who will be next to challenge the Final Boss for her golden prize?
After the heated confrontation in the ring during the press conference, there was a physical altercation between Walter and Dragunov! Details are still coming in but it is confirmed that the NXT UK Champion has suffered a sever injury to the hand! The complication means that Walter VS Dragunov II will NOT be happening next week! NXT UK will keep everyone updated on this developing story.
However, what will be happening is an all new Supernova Sessions, with special guests, Jinny and Joseph Conners! Will the Spoiled Princess and her Righteous Knight have a response to Aoife Valkyrie calling her out?
NXT UK Heritage Cup: Tyler Bate w/ Trent Seven VS Mark Coffey w/ Wolfgang!
The Big Strong Boy knows Gallus likes to poke a lot of fun and play around, so Markus’ little jab to the cheek was shrugged off with a grin. But now things get serious, Bate is even willing to put up the cup for this one! Will Coffey earn big points in his friendly rivalry with Wolfie by taking out the first Triple Crown Champion to have held the NXT Tag Team Championships, NXT UK Championship and NXT UK Heritage Cup?
The introductions are made, the cup is raised, and we see if Markus can go the distance with Bate!
Round one begins, Bate and Mark circle, and they feel things out. They tie up, Coffey puts Bate on the ropes but lets off cleanly. They go again, another tie up, and Coffey wrenches and YANKS the arm. Coffey twists the wrist, Bate spins through to arm-drag, but Coffey blocks. Bate kips up and arm-drags after all, but Coffey holds onto the wristlock. Coffey cranks the arm, Bate rolls but Coffey keeps him down. Bate spins through to get up and knuckle lock. Bate wrenches Coffey’s arm now, but Coffey rolls, drops, and gets the legs. Bate tries to stay up but the toehold takes over. Bate gets the ropebreak, Coffey lets off cleanly again.
The two reset with just over a minute left, and the two tie up with knuckle locks. Coffey wrenches, has a wristlock, and he wrangles Bate down. Bate works his way up, goes up and over Coffey to get free, but Coffey goes to whip. Bate headlocks, Coffey powers out and the two ram shoulders. Bate keeps moving, leaps but into Coffey’s arms! Bate slips out of the toss, waistlocks, but Coffey switches. Bate arm-drags free, but Coffey reels him into headscissors. Bate kips free but Coffey arm-drags him now, only for Bate to make it a headlock! Last ten seconds as Coffey fights up, and he powers up to put Bate on the apron. Bate is saved by the bell as the round ends.
Bate: 0; Coffey: 0
Coffey lets off clean but does pat Bate on the cheek. Coffey goes to his corner and Wolfie helps him refresh. Bate keeps his cool off the little taunting, and he gets back in for round two.
Bate and Coffey tie up, Coffey wrenches to a hammerlock but Bate works on his exit. Bate slips through the hammerlock to put it on Coffey, but Coffey turns it back around on Bate. Coffey brings Bate to his knees, but Bate reaches back and gets up. Bate uses his leg to pry free, then wrenches Coffey to the hammerlock. But Coffey slips out to put it right back on Bate again! Bate moves around, Coffey wrangles him down, but Bate sits up. Bate reaches back, stands again, gets moving around, then flings Coffey off and out! Coffey comes back but into a dropkick! Coffey slides in but gets another dropkick! Bate eggs Coffey on, Coffey returns but Bate side steps to roll up, TWO!
Bate runs but Coffey catches the legs, only for Bate to use that for a body scissors takedown! Cover, Bate gets the first fall!!
Bate: 1; Coffey: 0
Coffey is a bit frustrated but Wolfgang keeps him calm as the second round is already over. Bate is also ready, and we’re on to round three!
The two tie up, Coffey waistlocks and SLAMS Bate! Coffey headlocks, Bate fights up, but Coffey holds on tight. Bate throws body shots, powers out, but Coffey runs him over! Things keep moving, Bate RAMS into Coffey’s stomach! Bate whips, Coffey whips Bate away, Bate rebounds but into Coffey’s BACK DROP! Coffey drags Bate up to DECK him with a forearm! Coffey gets Bate up again, wrenches and RUSSIAN LEG SWEEPS! Cover, TWO, but Coffey still has an arm. Coffey reels Bate in to back suplex, but Bate lands on his feet! Bate boots from a corner but Coffey blocks it, only for Bate to reel him in for a KNEE! And a HARD right! Bate springboards, into an ENZIGURI!
Coffey runs to SLIDING UPPERCUT! Cover, Coffey scores a fall!
Bate: 1; Coffey: 1
An even faster third and now we’re tied up at one apiece! The next fall wins it, will it end in round four?
Bate and Coffey go again, going around the ring, but Coffey corners Bate! Coffey fires off hands but Bate returns them! Bate uppercuts, headbutts low, then double knees! Roll up, TWO! Bate ROCKS Coffey with more EuroUppers, but Coffey deflects one to waistlock. Bate bucks the roll-up but Coffey boots the clothesline! Coffey reels Bate in for a back suplex to SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang coaches Coffey and Coffey gets Bate up to half nelson. Bate resists, swings around, and gets a CRUCIFIX TAKEDOWN! TWO, Bate leap frogs to go up and under in the corner, and he catches Coffey for an EXPLODER! Coffey and Bate are both down but Bate kips up!
STANDING SHOOTING STAR! Cover, TWO!! Bate stays focused as he watches Coffey get up. Bate fireman’s carries, and gets the airplane spin going as we reach a minute left! Bate gets about a dozen rotations, maybe more like 20, but Coffey elbows free! Coffey staggers, half nelsons and SLAMS Bate down! But both men are down as we’re not at 30 seconds! Bate gets to a corner, Coffey runs in and clotheslines! Coffey goes up the corner and leaps, but Bate ducks the flying bulldog! BIG KNEE! Bate whips, Coffey reverses, Bate goes back up, but they COLLIDE head to head! Last 10 seconds tick away, both men are down as the round end!
Bate: 1; Coffey: 1
Wolfie wants Markus to get back up, and Coffey is even dizzier now than before. He and Bate do make it to their corners but this recovery period might not be enough. Bate and Coffey still say they’re ready, and we enter round five!
Bate trips Coffey, Coffey boots him away! Bate comes back but Coffey CLUBS him and POSTS him! Roll up, TWO!! Bate escapes but Coffey whips him to ropes, only for Bate to duck the gamangiri! Bop up, BANG!! Bate underhooks but Coffey powers out with a back drop! But Bate lands on his feet! Bate comes back, dodges, rebounds to LARIAT! Bate aims from a corner, ROLLING LIGER KICK! Bate gets Coffey up fast, underhooks to TYLER DRIVER 98!! Cover, Bate wins!!
Winner: Tyler Bate, by pinfall (still NXT UK Heritage Cup Champion)
The Big Strong Boy finds a way to finish it, with just over 2 minutes left in the fifth! Seven brings the cup over to Bate so he can celebrate, and Moustache Mountain keeps it civil with Gallus. Bate offers a handshake, Coffey takes it. Who’s next for Bate and the Heritage Cup? What will Wolfgang and Coffey look to do next in their own friendly back and forth?
A very good NXT UK, but the news we got was a little disappointing. After a great press conference style promo, the NXT UK Championship match was feeling even better than it already was. But then, with a kayfabe report about a fight backstage, we find that we’re not getting that match yet. That’s a big bummer given how big it would’ve made next week because of the tag titles also being on the line. We got good promos from Subculture and Pretty Deadly, but I feel like Dani’s spray paint can was running low. She didn’t really get a good 2 or X out of it, so I wonder if they used it to also do the huge Subculture reverse stencil style logo. That aside, the tag title match could go either way and it’ll be a great one.
We got a good promo from Aoife to further her match with Jinny. Maybe their match happens next week now without Walter VS Dragunov next week. We got a good promo from A-Kid about his injury. I love that he wants a 30 minute Ironman match with Devlin, but I feel like he needs to learn how to deliver anger better. He got mad enough to throw the crutch but his voice didn’t really change. If anything, he got quieter, like he was trying not to make a scene. But either way, Devlin VS AK in an Ironman is going to be badass. We got a very good tag match out of Smith & Carter VS Teoman & Raja, but it makes a lot of sense that the Heels win here to keep this story going.
I was a little surprised the women’s title went first, but turns out it was so the Heritage Cup could have some more time at the end. The women’s title was a great match and Amale definitely had her best match of NXT UK. Meiko retains, of course, she’s going to have a very strong, very long reign, but Amale is definitely going to be a solid upper midcard talent. The Heritage Cup match was great, too, and it was very creative with how they got to the falls, and even that double head collision to end the fourth was great. Bate retains, of course, giving Mark his first loss in this friendly with Wolfgang, I almost thought Wolfgang was going to ask for his chance. That could still happen, and I’m still curious as to where Moustache Mountain and Symbiosis are going, since we didn’t see even a hint of Eddie Dennis.
My Score: 8.3/10
Mitchell’s WWE NXT Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Is Kushida’s time up?
The NXT Cruiserweight Championship takes center stage!
It may be a new era for NXT, but the Cruiserweight Championship still belongs to Kushida! Will Roderick Strong break the reign and take over the division?
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine; Strong wins and becomes the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
- Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller; KLR wins.
- Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter; Chen wins.
- Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy; Grimes wins.
- Tommaso Ciampa & Bron Breakker VS Pete Dunne & Ridge Holland; win.
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NXT opens with a lot of new stars in the ring.
Carmelo Hayes, Trick Williams, Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, Joe Gacy, Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen are waiting as the NEW NXT Champion walks out! Tommaso Ciampa, Goldie in his arms, fires up the CWC and he joins these new guns in the ring. Fans are fired up for the champ and he says, “908 days, man, and on day 908, I reclaimed my spot at the top of the mountain and took back the title that I never lost in the first place! It has been a long, long journey,” and from neck surgery to tonight, “it was worth every damn second!” This moment here makes it worth it. Ciampa gets to say to each and every man in the ring, fan in the arena and fan at home that once again, Ciampa is YOUR NXT Champion!
Fans chant “Daddy’s Home!” but Ciampa hushes everyone. “I missed you, too.” Ciampa loves what’s going on with NXT 2.0! The energy is contagious, there are fresh faces, and fans like this, too. These young men and women are busting their asses day in and day out, ready to show the world just how damn good they are! Ciampa looks at Melo, “when Melo shoots, he don’t miss.” Odyssey Jones, Bron Breakker, the list goes on and on. Then there’s Ciampa, and we already know he is, was and always will be Mr. NXT! Now they can all give themselves a fresh coat of paint and put on “2.0” but one thing that hasn’t changed is the passion.
Ciampa looks around, Alicia is NXT, Barrett is NXT, and everyone in the ring is NXT! And of course, there’s the fans. They are the heartbeat and the soul of this place! The fans are the reason Ciampa gets to do what it is he does. Ciampa is so damn happy to have fans back and holding the title to represent this brand! With Ciampa holding the title, NXT 2.0 just became THE A-SHOW! So do Ciampa a solid: tell the world, and make them hear you and feel you, “WE ARE! N! X! T!” But here comes Cameron Grimes! “All this energy has got ol’ Cameron Grimes fired up!” And that fire will build with that championship, and he’ll go TO~ THE~ MOON~!
But Joe Gacy asks “Mr. Grimes” that as charitable that would be for Ciampa to give Grimes a shot- LA Knight interrupts. “Lemme talk to ya!” He’s looking at a heap of happy hot garbage when all the incels know they should be chanting “You Deserve It!” to Knight. But Odyssey tells Knight, “Last week, you lost twice in the same day! What’re you talking about, man? Shut up!” But here comes Pete Dunne and Ridge Holland! The Bruiserweight and Northern Grit storm right up to the ring, but they have Briggs & Jensen in their face. “So here we are, NXT 2.0. All these fresh new faces. SO let me give you all a piece of advice that I got: make a name for yourself.”
But Dunne says the problem is, he looks and sees “a bunch of geezers who are scared to throw the first punch.” Ciampa throws a forearm! And a brawl breaks out! Grimes stomps Gacy, Holland goes after Breakker, other superstars rush out to get them some! Hudson is after Trick, Grayson Waller and the Grizzled Young Veterans grab at who they can, and the ring clears aside from Breakker, Ciampa, Dunne and Holland. Ciampa ROCKS then TOSSES Dunne, Breakker does the same to Holland! The champion stands tall, as does the brightest of the new wave. Will they be the ones to give Dunne & Holland the fight they want?
Meanwhile, the women’s division is heating up backstage!
Elektra Lopez and B-Fab are jawing, but Amari Miller isn’t backing down from Kay Lee Ray! The shoving begins and turns to scrapping! Security hurries to break this up before it gets any worse, but the brawling continues in the ring, too! Breaker and Ciampa again DECK and eject Dunne & Holland, but then Breakker asks, “Where ya going?” The fans want to see this fight continue, so how about the two bitches grow balls and face Breakker & Ciampa TONIGHT?! Fans like the sound of that! Will NXT General Manager, William Regal, make it happen?
NXT Cruiserweight Championship: KUSHIDA VS Roderick Strong w/ The Diamond Mine!
The Time Splitter and the Savior of the Backbreaker have waited for this long enough, so they’re going to keep the energy of the night going by opening the card! Will the Super Junior still be champion? Or will the Diamond Mine finally strike gold?
The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we see who cracks under the pressure!
Strong rushes in but Kushida avoids the knee. Kushida drops down to throw kicks but Strong stays just out of reach. Kushida stands back up, they tie up, fight for control, Strong blocks a takedown to get a takedown, but Kushida fights the lateral press. Strong facelocks, gator rolls, but Kushida gets a toehold. Strong fights back with a chinlock but Kushida fights free of that. Strong wants an arm but Kushida gets away and fans cheer as the two reset. They tie up with knuckle locks and have a test of strength, but Kushida gets a takedown. Strong fights the press so Kushida throws down hands. Kushida still goes in but Strong turns it around with a clinch.
They fight up, Strong headlocks and shifts, but Kushida powers up and out, only for Strong to run him over. Things speed up, Kushida hip tosses to an ARMBAR! Strong fights to get up and make it a cover, ONE! Kushida has a short arm scissor and turns it into an ARM TWIST! Kushida keeps the omoplata, gets the other arm and falls back to SNAP! Strong bails out and is furious as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and the two clinch again. Strong knees low and puts Kushida in a corner, but Kushida kicks back. Kushida runs in after an arm but Strong turns that to an OLYMPIC- NO! Kushida arm-drags Strong away! Strong comes back but Kushida WRINGS out the arm! Strong gets to his feet, Kushida dodges him to SHOTEI! And SHOTEI! Atomic drop and a whip to a hip toss! Cartwheel basement dropkick! Fans fire up and Kushida winds up, FASTBALL! Strong is down, but he dodges the Penalty Kick to CHOP back! Kushida ends up in a corner, Strong hurries over and puts Kushida up top. Strong climbs but Kushida gets the arm for a KIMURA! FALLING ARMBAR DDT!
Fans are fired up as Kushida and Strong slowly rise. Kushida aims from the corner, PENALTY KICK to the bad arm! Strong staggers about, but he BOOTS back from the ropes! Strong hurries to bring Kushida in, BACKBREAKER, to the OLYMPIC SLAM! Cover, TWO!! Kushida is still in this and Strong grows frustrated. The Diamond Mine coaches him up, fans are rallying and dueling, Strong runs to give forearm after forearm. But the bad arm makes things worse! Kushida kicks, Strong fires off CHOP after CHOP, then another forearm! Back suplex, but Kushida arm-drags out of the slam to get the KIMURA! Not quite the Hoverboard as Strong moves around to change leverage!
But Kushida throws Strong over! Strong keeps moving, he gets up, but Kushida gets the body scissors! HOVERBOARD!! Strong is down, Bivens helps him get the ropebreak!! The ref sees it, he calls it and Kushida lets off. Kushida already suspects Bivens! The ref is busy with Bivens as Kushida runs, but the Creed Brothers drag him out! And Ivy Niles hits a SUPERWOMAN PUNCH! The brothers put Kushida back in for Strong’s KNEE! END OF HEARTACHE!! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall (NEW NXT Cruiserweight Champion)
The Diamond Mine might as well have all their names on that belt with all the assists Strong just got! But now that they have a taste of gold, how long until Julius, Brutus and Ivy all get something for themselves?
But wait, here comes Grayson Waller! “Hey, chill, chill. Let’s hear it for the new champ, yeah?” Waller says after what happened to his boy, Drake Maverick, he’s starting to realize that NXT 2.0 is a jungle. But if anyone was built to survive in the jungle, it was Grayson Waller. So instead of just sitting in the back and waiting, Waller’s here to take one. So what does Strong say to a match with him for the title next week? Bivens says, “How dare you interrupt the champion’s celebration?” If we’re talking next week… Oh, gotta check in with daddy first? Bivens mocks Waller’s taunt, then talks with Strong.
Decision made! Next week, Diamond Mine shows Waller why they run NXT! Will Waller be baller and make it a slam dunk on his first try?
NXT hears from Tony D’Angelo.
He talks about the years spent on the docks, watching his uncles make some handshake deals. Some “business arrangements,” if you will. The family made many investments up and down the Atlantic, and his Uncle Paulie always told Tony, “There’s two things we take seriously: business, and family.” When it comes to sports, they were dead serious. Add a new item to that list: Tony’s success in the WWE. D’Angelo is on his way, will any wise guys try to start something with him?
NXT hears from Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen.
Big bad Briggs first met Brooks at Johnathan’s Pub the same night Briggs lost in the Breakout Tournament. Briggs was just trying to blow off some steam. He got three deep when some idiot, aka Brooks, bumps into him and so they start swinging. They got black eyes, loose teeth, and there’s still some blood somewhere on the bar. Brooks’ hands are like bricks, so Briggs learned to respect him. Brooks says if you can knock him onto a pool table and beat him down off it, you’ve got his respect, too. From where these boys are from, you throw hands, shake hands, and become friends. They love to fight and love to drink.
In the 2.0 era, it doesn’t matter if it’s a street fight, bar fight or dog fight, you fight these two, you’re in for a bad night. If you start something, Briggs & Jensen are going to end it! Will they fight until they end up contending for the tag titles?
Kay Lee Ray VS Amari Miller!
The Scary Queen of Scots isn’t letting that confrontation with the new girl go, and now it’s going down in the ring! Will KLR show Amari and everyone else in the NXT Women’s Division why she was NXT UK Women’s Champion for so long?
NXT returns and Amari makes her entrance. The all star athlete from KC, MO is all smiles now, feeling the vibe, but will she learn why KLR is a killer? The bell rings, Miller dodges KLR then eggs her on as she fires forearms. KLR shoves Miller away but Miller elbows back. Miller reels KLR in for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Miller gets KLR up and whips, but KLR reverses and ROCKS Miller with a forearm! KLR whips, dropkicks Miller down, then stomps Miller around. KLR covers, ONE! KLR drags Miller up, CLUBS her down, then gets her up again for a GOURD BUSTER! KLR scowls as she kicks Miller to a corner.
KLR eggs Miller on now, drags her up to CLUB her down again, and fans rally up. Miller throws body shots, KLR CLUBS her again. KLR brings Miller around, but Miller jawbreakers free! KLR blocks the heel kick to the Gory Especial, GORY BOMB! Cover, KLR wins!
Winner: Kay Lee Ray, by pinfall
And that is why KLR is here in NXT prime! Will she keep climbing the ranks until she’s the one facing Raquel Gonzalez for the title?
Backstage interview with Bron Breakker.
McKenzie asks Bron about his huge tag team match alongside Ciampa. How is he feeling? Oh, tonight’s huge! He’s getting in the ring with the top three guys in the world! Bron heard what Ciampa said, and those words hold a lot of weight. Ciampa walks over to say it’s sink or swim. Ready to get in the deep end, big fish? Hell yeah! Bron’s ready to kick some ass! And who better to do it with than the champ? Bron gives Ciampa a smack on the shoulder, but will he watch where his eyes drift in regards to Goldie?
Xyon Quinn walks into the CWC.
He talks with a few female superstars about their training, and they ask him the next time he’ll be in the ring. He’s hoping very soon. They note how good he looks in the ring and he thanks them. He gets the door as a gentleman, but someone tries to cut them off. Quinn has the guy wait, ladies first. Chivalry’s dead, bro. Yeah? Quinn SMASHES the guy into the door! Quinn is a gentleman but also a warrior, will this be a lesson to everyone else?
Dante Chen VS Trey Baxter!
The first Singapore superstar in the WWE makes his debut as the 2.0 era ushers in more new names! But will #AllHeart rain on the parade as he still tries to make a name for himself?
The bell rings and Chen ties up with Trey. They go around, Chen powers Trey to a corner and fans duel. Chen lets off, Trey BOOTS him and then gets around to a BACKBREAKER to HALF ‘N’ HALF! Trey hurries to a corner and up top, but Chen anchors a foot. Trey kicks at Chen but Chen holds on. Trey gets Chen to let go but has to leap over him. Chen turns around into a cradle, TWO! Chen dead lifts Trey for a SIT-OUT CRADLE DDT! Cover, Chen wins!
Winner: Dante Chen, by pinfall
Trey may be all heart but Chen won in the blink of an eye! Will this young star take NXT by storm?
NXT has a message from “Chase University.”
Andre Chase welcomes students to day one of a place of higher learning. They’ve chosen his course to get ahead in the careers. The first lesson is on Odyssey Jones and how he failed to get ahead by losing the finals of the Breakout Tournament. Roll film. Chase didn’t take kindly to Jones embarrassing him at the #InDex Wedding, but look at how embarrassing this weak cover was. Carmelo Hayes easily rolled Jones up, and there is the face of a loser. Chase teaches the fundamentals: a lateral press with all the weight on the shoulders. Lights, please, there’s a question. Didn’t Jones beat Chase in the first round?
What’s your name again? Steve. Well, Steve, who did you ever beat?! WHO THE F DID YOU EVER BEAT!? Get the F out of here! Don’t you disrespect him! Chase throws chairs around, is class going to be canceled?
NXT has a medical update on Kyle O’Reilly.
His ribs are reinjured and he will be week to week on whether or not he can compete.
NXT also has an update on Triple H!
The Game tweeted himself that he has been “blown away by the outreach and support from so many people.” HHH is recovering, doing well and so very grateful for all the love in his life, especially from the NXT crew. Also, Steph and the girls loved the snacks they sent. HHH hopes to see us soon, and we hope to see him again, too.
NXT returns and Joe Gacy is in the ring.
“Tonight, this ring is a safe space. NXT 2.0 is full of conflict, from the smallest microaggression to the most heinous grudges. This is a place where we settle our differences.” Gacy comes to us tonight with a mindset of conflict resolution, where he doesn’t need to use “male privilege” to get what he wants. Gacy understands that life isn’t fair. But he believes we can achieve unity and tolerance for us all. Gacy can be the man that will show us we can achieve peace in this safe space. That starts tonight!
Cameron Grimes VS Joe Gacy!
The Carolina Cash Money Caveman is ready to take 2.0 #ToTheMoon, but will he have to resolve this conflict he started with Gacy? Or will Gacy’s old wild man antics find their way back to the surface?
The bell rings, the two circle and grapple. Grimes gets a leg, Gacy facelocks but Grimes wrenches and has a wristlock. Gacy powers Grimes to ropes, lets off with the ropebreak, but Grimes ducks the sucker punch! Pacifist, huh? Grimes arm-drags Gacy down, grinds the armlock, and wrangles Gacy down. Gacy headscissors, Grimes kips free and says #KissMahGrits! Gacy laughs that off, but then swings on Grimes again. Grimes waistlocks but Gacy bucks the O’Conner Roll, only to run into a BOOT! Fans fire up as Grimes runs in but into a boot from Gacy! Gacy whips Grimes in, corner splashes to a BIG Urenage! Gacy works to keep his cool but fans rally for Grimes.
Gacy wraps on a chinlock, grinds Grimes down, but fans rally up behind Grimes. Grimes fights up, throws body shots, then powers out. Gacy runs in but only gets buckles, Grimes runs to rally with forearm smashes! Grimes eggs Gacy on but Gacy dodges, handsprings and LARIATS! Cover, TWO! Grimes survives and Gacy is surprised. Gacy fires up, gets Grimes up but Grimes evades the powerbomb to ROUNDHOUSE! Gacy comes back to BOOT! Grimes stays up so Gacy runs to forearm smash! Gacy keeps moving, but runs right into a CAVE-IN! Cover, Grimes wins!
Winner: Cameron Grimes, by pinfall
Gacy didn’t find peace or victory tonight and Grimes has the momentum he wants! But then Gacy stands up, and offers a handshake. Grimes says no thanks, so Gacy hugs him! Gacy leaves it at that, is he going to keep preaching conflict resolution while Grimes goes for the gold?
Mitchell’s AEW Dark Results & Report! (9/21/21)
Never was a cloudy day~!
Universal Studio stays Dark!
Ba-dee-ya~! September gets Dark but there are plenty of stars ready to shine! Who builds momentum going into AEW’s Grand Slam week?
- Santana & Ortiz VS Chaos Project; win(s).
- Joey Janela w/ Kayla Rossi VS Dillon McQueen; wins.
- Lee Johnson & Brock Anderson VS Luke Curtis & Cameron Stewart; win.
- Tay Conti VS Marina Tucker; wins.
- Ryan Nemeth & Peter Avalon w/ The Wingmen VS John Silver & Alex Reynolds w/ The Dark Order; win.
- Colt Cabana w/ The Dark Order VS JD Drake w/ The Wingmen; wins.
- Wardlow VS JDX; wins.
- Daniel Garcia w/ 2point0 VS Alan Angels w/ The Dark Order; wins.
- Lance Archer VS Marcus Kross; wins.
- The Bunny w/ Penelope Ford VS Xtina Kay; wins.
- Six Man Tag: The Factory VS Darian Bengston, Cole Karter & Sean Maluta; win(s).
- Eddie Kingston VS Bear Bronson; wins.
- Big Swole VS Allie Katch; wins.
- FTR w/ Tully Blanchard VS Stallion Rogers & Anthony Greene; win(s).
AEW is pumping up Dark again, but this is a pretty big week for them being in New York for Dynamite and Rampage and paving the way towards the anniversary and the start of “season three.” Great to see a lot of fresh match-ups just within the established roster, such as the various Dark Order matches. Garcia VS Angels is probably going to be a show stealer in and of itself. Kingston VS Bear Bronson sounds like another great one, and I like that former WWE Cruiserweights are showing up somewhere. Curt Stallion & August Grey deserved better chances than WWE’s Prick Khan gave them, so maybe Tony Khan can at least find them a place to be within the various partnerships, even if it’s with Impact or NWA.
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