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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (9/16/21)

Will the tag division still be Pretty Deadly?

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The NXT UK Tag Team Championships AND the Heritage Cup Tournament, all on one episode!

While Noam Dar takes on old frenemy, Kenny Williams, Pretty Deadly defend their NXT UK Tag Team Championships against the Coffey Brothers! Will the Scottish Supernova stand tall? Will Gallus boys be back on top?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Semifinal: Noam Dar VS Kenny Williams; Dar wins and advances to the finals.
  • Stevie Turner VS Emilia McKenzie; McKenzie wins.
  • NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Coffey Brothers; Pretty Deadly wins and retain the titles.

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NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament Semifinal: Noam Dar VS Kenny Williams!

The Scottish Supernova and the Scum of the Earth used to be good pals. The irony is, it was Dar’s “chancer” ways that got on Kenny’s nerves, until Kenny saw how well that worked out for him in his own career! But who takes a chance and waits for the other to make a mistake first?

Dar is upset that Sha Samuels isn’t his corner man but the bell rings and round one begins. The two circle, approach and Dar kicks a leg. Kenny shrugs that off, goes for a leg but Dar gets away. They keep circling, testing the waters. They feel out the grapple but both let off. They finally tie up, Kenny waistlocks and slams but Dar gets up and away. They reset, tie up again, and Dar waistlocks to drag Kenny down to a facelock. Kenny fights up, Dar spins him to snapmare and chinlock. Kenny endures, fights up and powers Dar to ropes. Dar wants the ref to call the ropebreak, the ref counts, but Kenny takes a swing! Dar ducks it then shoves Kenny away.

Dar eggs Kenny on, Kenny rushes in but Dar dodges. Kenny keeps his cool, knowing Dar is just trolling for a response. The two go again, feeling things out. They tie up, and Kenny gets a headlock to a takeover. Kenny cranks the headlock but Dar pushes back with a forearm. Dar moves around, fights up to his feet and powers out of the headlock. Kenny holds onto hair as we’re under a minute! The ref reprimands, BT Sports Studio boos, but now Dar pulls hair to get even. Dar powers out but Kenny again pulls hair! Dar wrenches out, wrenches again and wristlocks, but Kenny stomps Dar’s foot! Kenny backs off to a corner and grins as Dar is tasting his own medicine.

We’re under 30 seconds as the two go again. Dar shifts and trips Kenny for a cover but Kenny gets a shoulder up right away. Dar just changes to a clinch on the ground, grinding his wrist into Kenny’s face. Kenny fights up but Dar stays clamped onto the arm. Dar pulls the arm back and elbows Kenny in the ribs! Last 10 seconds, Dar wrenches through again and again to have the wristlock. The round ends but Dar AND Kenny each get a cheap shot in!

Dar: 0; Williams: 0

Both men complain about the other but the ref warns them both. Each man goes to their corner for the refresher, then round two begins. Dar and Kenny circle, Kenny calls for a test of strength. Dar already senses the trick but he ties up anyway. Dar catches Kenny’s kick, spins Kenny to a waistlock, but Kenny elbows out hard! Kenny elbows Dar down, covers, ONE! Kenny scrapes his soles on Dar’s face! Then drops down on Dar’s back! Kenny clamps on for crossface forearms, then he drops down on Dar again! Cover, TWO! Kenny mockingly applauds Dar’s toughness and he brings Dar up. Kenny CLUBS Dar on the back, then puts him in the ropes.

Kenny ties the bad arm around the top rope, the ref counts and Kenny lets off. Kenny hops up to lounge while kicking away on Dar! The ref counts again, Kenny hops away, but comes back to dropkick Dar in the back! Cover, TWO, but Kenny stomps Dar at the ropes. Kenny drags Dar to center and stands on his head while pulling on the arm. BT Sports Studio rallies for Dar as he fights up, and Dar holds onto Kenny’s boot and sweeps the other leg! Kenny falls but staggers up, Dar comes back but Kenny hurdles over. Dar rebounds and rams back to back with Kenny! Kenny falls, clutching the bad leg! The ref has Dar stay back and Dar isn’t sure what to think.

We’re under a minute as the ref checks Kenny. Kenny smirks behind the ref’s back as Dar protests, and Kenny gets up to egg Dar on. Dar runs in, Kenny sidesteps to roll Dar up! Kenny pulls on the tights and gets the pinfall!

Dar: 0; Williams: 1

Dar is furious and wants after Kenny but Kenny does a jig on his way to the corner. They refresh again and Dar sees how it is as round three begins. Kenny bails out but Dar pursues. It’s a bit of cat ‘n’ mouse but Kenny stomps away on Dar as he reenters! Kenny smiles as he brings Dar up, but Dar wrenches! Dar kicks at a leg but Kenny avoids it. Kenny also ducks the haymaker to waistlock. Dar reaches under and grabs the leg but Kenny CLAWS Dar’s back! Kenny “apologizes” as he drags Dar up. Kenny CLUBS and uppercuts the arm! Dar blocks the third go, avoids the stomps to his toes and KICKS Kenny down! Cover, TWO!

Dar is annoyed with Kenny but stalks him to a corner. Kenny is in the ropes but Dar KICKS Kenny’s leg! The ref reprimands and Dar brings Kenny around to wrenches and back suplex! Cover, TWO! Dar takes a breath to keep cool, and he drags Kenny around. Dar grabs the leg to stomp it! Then he gets an arm to stomp that, too. Dar watches Kenny flounder then he gets the other arm to stop that, too! “I’m the best at this!” Dar stalks Kenny back to ropes and fires off fast hands. Dar snapmares Kenny to uppercut him in the back! Cover, ONE!! We’re under a minute here as Dar shakes his head. But Kenny comes back with low headbutts to the gut!

Dar DECKS Kenny with an uppercut, covers, TWO! Dar keeps after Kenny with a facelock, but Kenny turns suplex into small package! TWO, Kenny BOOTS but Dar comes back with a kick! Kenny blocks that but Dar elbows him in the head! Kenny yoyos in the rope, but into Dar’s single leg takedown! CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! But it’s the last 10 seconds! Kenny endures, reaches, and is saved by the bell!

Dar: 0; Williams: 1

If Dar had a few more seconds, he might’ve had the tie! Both men get back to their corners and refresh, and Kenny is rather deliberate about keeping his water bottle on the steps. Round four begins and Dar runs corner to corner! Kenny evades and Dar hits buckles. Kenny swings but Dar blocks to knee low. Dar feints but Kenny’s ready and blocks the back elbow! Kenny wrenches to PELE the arm! Dar flounders as he clutches the elbow, but he BOOTS Kenny from the corner! Dar uses ropes in the high stack! The ref sees that and stops the count. Dar says that shouldn’t matter, but then Kenny CHOP BLOCKS Dar’s leg!

Dar writhes and Kenny hurries to undo a buckle pad! The ref reprimands but Kenny just loosens them, much like he did in his fight with Amir Jordan. But wait! Dar is stealing a play from Kenny’s book by snatching the metal water bottle! Dar hides it, Kenny hobbles over to go get it himself and sees it’s gone. The ref is busy with the buckles as Kenny storms after Dar, but then Dar tosses the bottle to Kenny! Dar shouts to the ref in an ol’ Eddie Guerrero play! The ref is furious and he snatches the bottle away. Kenny tries to explain but Dar snatches his leg! CHAMPAGNE SUPER KNEEBAR!! Kenny is stuck with 90 seconds left, and he taps!

Dar: 1; Williams: 1

Dar makes sure Kenny suffers a little longer before letting go. We’re now tied deep in this one, and both men reset in their corners. Round five begins and the two go right at each other. Kenny avoids a kick and now forearm start flying! Kenny changes it up to uppercuts then slapping palm strikes! Dar comes back to go for the leg but Kenny steps through to get the arm! Chicken wing and crossface but Dar arm-drags free! BACK ELBOW! Cover, TWO!! Dar may be tricky but he isn’t Le Champion with that Judas Effect. Kenny sputters and sits up in a daze but BT Sports Studio fires up. Dar grabs at the bad leg but Kenny kicks him away with the good one!

Dar shakes out his bad arm and goes after Kenny again, but Kenny YANKS him into the buckles! Kenny gets Dar up, manages to run and yoyo, LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Dar survives the Time Warp but Kenny still grins. Kenny mocks Dar’s pinkies out pose and turns them into crossed fingers. Kenny still aims from the corner and dares Dare to stand. Dar gets up but then he flops out of the ring. We’re at a minute again but Kenny fetches Dar into the corner. Kenny gets his bad leg moving but wait, is that Sha under the ring?! Sha anchors Kenny just outside of the ref’s view! Dar PENALTY KICKS Kenny in the ropes! And then pinkies out, NOVA ROLLA!! Cover, Dar wins!!

Winner: Noam Dar, by pinfall (advances to the tournament finals)

The East End Butcher gets away in the shadows but Dar gets to shine in the light! Will Dar have even more tricks in his bag for whoever meets him in the tournament finals?

 

The Coffey Brothers warm up backstage.

Joe’s hands are still fast, but Jordan Devlin walks by to wish them luck tonight. Especially to “Lil’ Mark,” given Joe’s bad luck with title matches. Mark keeps Joe from going after Devlin, and they stay focused on the tag title match. Will Gallus boys be back on top when the Brothers Coffey go after Pretty Deadly?

 

Sid Scala is in the ring.

“NXT UK Universe, we have seen a monumental shift in the course of our brand’s history. At TakeOver 36, the record breaking championship reign of Walter came to an end. And at this time, it is my pleasure to introduce the NEW NXT United Kingdom Champion, Ilja Dragunov!” Dragunov speaks via satellite video, as he is still in the US. Dragunov thanks Sid for that introduction, and “All I can say is that, since a very long time, I can say that I’m happy.” Dragunov is also honored. Look into his eyes and at his face. “You see on which path that I have been. A path full of struggle, and just enormous pain.”

But Dragunov made the impossible possible! He stuck to his words with the mentality that is truly #UNBESIEGBAR, absolutely invincible! He ended Walter’s reign and is standing here as the NEW NXT UK Champion. He looks forward to returning to the UK, the BT Sports Studio, and with a most interesting question on his mind: “Who will be the person trying to take that away from me?” But then Nathan Frazer walks out to the ring! The British Prodigy picks up a mic and says, “Welp, I’m not supposed to be here.” But while he doesn’t normally do this, because he thought it was in bad taste, “in the spirit of taking initiative and taking every opportunity I can get…”

Frazer knows Dragunov is dying to find out who his first challenger will be from NXT UK. Therefore, he asks Sid, “Why not me?” But wait! Here comes Rampage Brown! And he tells Frazer to take it easy. “You’re kidding, right?” We all saw what Rampage did to Joe Coffey, and we all know how violent Ilja can be. So if anybody’s getting a shot, it’s gonna be Rampage! And yet further still, here comes A-Kid! “Sid. First of all, I apologize for interrupting this. But I think if there’s anyone on this roster that deserves a chance against Ilja for the NXT UK title, then that has to be me.” When they collided in NXT UK, Ilja pushed AK to his limits, just to make him realize that his limit doesn’t exist.

AK appreciates Frazer taking every chance, and he appreciates Rampage being violent. So if he has to take on either of them first before getting at Ilja, then he’s more than happy to. Sid admires all their passion and believes they can come to a resolution. Surely Johnny Saint will agree, but Sid will put this out there: a Triple Threat match! The winner will be the new #1 contender! Dragunov sees what’s developed, and he says that’s a great idea. Frazer VS Rampage VS A-Kid is in the works, and that’s good enough for these three. But then as Rampage makes his exit, he shoulders Frazer out of the way, and that doesn’t sit well with Frazer!

Frazer pulls Rampage back into the ring, AK gets between them to keep the peace, but Rampage shoves him down! And then fires forearms on Frazer! AK gets up to throw forearms of his own but Rampage BOOTS him down! Then Rampage CLOBBERS Frazer! Rampage Brown is ready to brutalize anyone to have a brutal 1v1 with the Moscow Madman, but will bulldozing headlong only get him caught by one of his lightning quick opponents?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Jinny & Joseph Conners.

But she has no time for their questions as she heads to her dressing room. But when the Spoiled Princess and her Righteous Knight walk in through the door, they find Isla Dawn eyeing Jinny’s watch collection! What is she doing? Jinny tells Isla to get out, but she’s already drawn a pentagram on the mirror… Isla leaves with a smile and twirl, and Jinny is ready to throw a fit. But with the Wicked Witch having left her mark, is it only a matter of time before she owns a part of Jinny?

 

NXT UK hears from Moustache Mountain.

Trent Seven gives Tyler Bate a slap on the shoulder and says, “Hello.” NXT UK Media wonders what’s going on with these two. What isn’t going on? NXT UK is on fire right now! New UK Champion, and Bate is keeping a very keen eye on the #1 contenders for both that title and his Heritage Cup. Spinning the Heritage Cup plate and the top title plate at the same time. Seven says, “More importantly, tonight is Pretty Deadly VS Gallus for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, which I, we, need around our waists.” So talking about spinning plates, Seven wants to know where the Moustache Mountain plates are for the sides of the belts. Let’s go check it out.

 

Stevie Turner VS Emilia McKenzie!

The Four Dimensional Wrestler is very confident she can come back around and take on the Final Boss again. However, Meiko Satomura’s top student has become the gatekeeper against those who are simply fooling themselves. #SuplexMillie dealt with Amale, but can she defy time and space to keep Stevie in Satomura’s past?

The bell rings and Stevie grins while Millie is 100% game face. They tie up, Millie powers Stevie to a corner but lets off clean. Stevie wants more space and Millie steps back. They tie up again, and again Millie powers Stevie back. But Stevie pulls hair to put Millie in a corner! The ref reprimands and counts, Stevie lets off but Millie shoves her back. They tie up again, Millie wrenches an arm and YANKS on it, then CLUBS it. Then Millie YANKS and YANKS the arm before putting on a wristlock. Stevie breaks free, headlocks, but Millie stays up to pry at the hold. Stevie holds on tight, but Millie shifts and powers up. Stevie holds on even tighter to grind Millie down.

Millie throws body shots, powers out but Stevie runs her over! Stevie headlocks again, Millie rolls and gets free to then elbow Stevie down! And then SHOTGUN dropkick! Millie storms after Stevie to get her up, SWINGING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Millie stalks Stevie, brings her around and CLUBS her on the back. Millie waistlocks, Stevie elbows free then KNEES Millie down! Cover, TWO! Stevie is annoyed already as she stalks after Millie. Millie hits her low but Stevie CLUBS Millie down. Stevie drags Millie up, whips her to a corner and runs in to back elbow! Stevie throws more back elbows as the ref reprimands and counts, but then Stevie shifts to stomping a mudhole!

The ref has Stevie back off and Millie rolls to open space. Stevie puts Millie to the apron and in the ropes to KNEE LIFT! Millie is stuck in the ropes, Stevie says BANG and BOOTS her down! Millie flops down, Stevie covers, TWO! Stevie keeps on Millie, clamps claws into the shoulders and even traps an arm. Stevie then shifts to a top armlock and she has a modified abdominal stretch! Millie endures, BT Sports Studio rallies up, and Millie gets the one arm free. Stevie keeps after the trapped arm, even as Millie elbows her in the shin. Millie powers up, rolls Stevie up, TWO! Millie rallies with lariats!

Millie fixes her ponytail, CLUBS and fires forearms, then whips. Stevie reverses, Millie dodges, Millie SPEARS! Cover, TWO!! Stevie survives but Millie keeps her cool. Millie drags Stevie up, CLUBS her again, then throws a forearm. Stevie gets under to hit a SIDE EFFECT! Cover, TWO! Millie gets to ropes, Stevie takes aim and BANG! But Millie sidesteps to GERMAN SUPLEX! And BASEMENT DOUBLE KNEES! Cover, Millie wins!

Winner: Emilia McKenzie, by pinfall

That double knee was like a two-for-one Shining Wizard, and it definitely helps Millie shine tonight! Will the gatekeeper continue to filter out those unworthy of The Final Boss? Will Millie prove herself worthy of such an honor in her own right?

 

NXT UK hears from Heritage Cup semifinalists.

Wolfgang says, “Round two of the NXT UK Heritage Cup Tournament. And I’m drawn against Teoman.” Teoman says there is one thing he learned on the streets of Berlin: “You have to find the best, the biggest, and strongest to beat to become The Babo.” Wolfgang tells Teoman, “You’ve made quite the name for yourself since joining NXT UK. I’ve been keeping my eye on you.” Get it? Teoman tells Wolfgang to have some respect. Wolfgang knows Teoman does this for his family, but he says he does this for his brothers in Gallus. #GallusBoysOnTop! Teoman hears the talk of brothers, the jokes about the Nezar, but Teoman IS the Babo!

Wolfgang makes a deal: Teoman keeps his “family,” Rohan Raja, backstage and he’ll have the Coffey boys stay back, too. They can just have it be Teoman VS Wolfgang in a fair contest. Teoman says, “You think you can defeat me? I see everything.” Then what does Teoman say? Aye aye! Who makes it through the semifinal round to then head for Mr. Supernova 11?

 

NXT UK hears from a new recruit.

“An inspiration of mine used to say that the body is just like a ladder, having to move up and down it with every move you do. Hearing that, something clicked in my head. I’ve actually gone out of my way to seek the British competitors of the past and train with them to learn this style that I’ve come to adopt.” He won’t do flips out of the ring or “treat this like an acrobat contest.” He will take his opponent down to the ground and grind them into a paste. He will show us something we’ve never seen before. Charlie Dempsey is on his way to NXT UK.

 

NXT UK shares an incident that happened during the break!

As Stevie Turner was leaving the ringside area, the suspended Blair Davenport returned and brutally ambushed her! Blair puts Stevie in the ring for the FALCON ARROW! Security and refs rush out and Blair leaves the ring, but she talks to the camera on her way out. “See that, Sid? Bad things are gonna continue to happen, so reinstate me.” What will the NXT UK management decide when they can’t control the gritty goth?

 

NXT UK Tag Team Championships: Pretty Deadly VS The Coffey Brothers!

Sam Stoker & Lewis Howley were right in saying they defeated Gallus by moving faster, hitting harder and thinking smarter. However, this isn’t the exact same Gallus formation they’re up against! Joseph & Markus finally get to team together as a duo in NXT UK, will they make it a one and done deal?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see if the NXT UK Tag Division rejoins Gallus’ kingdom!

The teams sort out and and Howley starts with Mark. They circle, tie up, and are in a deadlock. Mark eggs Howley on and they tie up again. Mark powers Howley back to ropes but the ref counts. Mark lets off cleanly and Howley hobbles a bit, but then just turns it into a strut. Gottee! Mark and Howley go again and Mark wrenches an arm to grind the forearm. Howley throws body shots, Mark throws forearms but Howley kicks and CLUBS! Mark hits back, headlocks, but Howley powers out, only for Mark to run him over. Mark runs, things speed up as Howley hurdles, but the hip toss is blocked for a hip toss from Markus!

Mark throws hands in the open corner, then wrenches and whips. Howley reverses but runs into a BIG right! Howley bails out and takes a second to steady himself. The ref has the ring count climbing but Howley goes around the way to regroup with Stoker. Howley gets in, tags Stoker, and then goes after Mark’s leg! Stoker shoulder tackles Mark then throws uppercuts. Mark gives those uppercuts back then snapmares and steps on Stoker’s shoulder! Tag to Joe and he drops a big elbow! Joey headlocks, Stoker fights up but Joe thrashes. Joe wrenches, Stoker ROCKS him with a right. Stoker headlocks but Joe powers out. Stoker fakes the hurdle out to roll and kangaroo kick!

Stoker taunts Joseph with Scott Hall fingers, then he throws haymakers. Joe blocks to throw body shots! Stoker goes down, Joe CLUBS him. Stoker jawbreakers back but runs into a clinch and whip. Joe goes sideways to CROSSBODY! Cover, TWO! Joe keeps on an arm and wrenches to whip Stoker into the Coffey corner. Tag to Mark and the brothers wrench and double pop-up for a double CHOP! Stoker’s down, Mark drags him back up and whips him to ropes for a BIG arm-drag! Mark has the cording hold, clamps onto ribs, but Stoker fights up to ROCK him with a forearm! Tag to Howley, but he runs into a BIG arm-drag, too! Mark has the arm again and he grinds the shoulder.

Howley fights up, throws hands, waistlocks, but Mark switches. Howley goes to ropes to buck the roll-up, but Mark CHOP BLOCKS Howley’s leg! Mark gets a toehold, reaches for Joe, but Stoker barks at Joe to distract him. The ref is busy with Joe and Stoker holds ropes open. Howley kicks Mark away and Mark falls through the gap! Mark hits apron then floor and Stoker tags in. Stoker gets Mark up and in, stomps him around, then has Mark in a corner with body shots. Mark pushes back, Stoker facelocks and throws more body shots, then even knees. BT Sports Studio rallies while Mark is down, but Stoker facelocks again.

Mark denies the tag to Howley with a shove, then leaps over Stoker’s leg pick! Hot tag to Joe! The Iron King rallies on Stoker with shoulders, busts through Stoker’s clothesline and hits a LEAPING shoulder tackle! Stoker flounders up into fast hands and a boot! Joe then clinches on the rebound, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Cover, TWO! Joe drags Stoker up and whips, but Stoker reverses. Joe goes up and around in the corner, and UPPERCUTS Stoker on the return! Joe reels Stoker in for shoulders, Stoker forearms but Joe wrenches to run him over! Howley hops in to tag?! The ref argues the validity of that, but Howley is holding the tag rope. All a distraction so Stoker can pull hair to throw Joe down!

Stoker waits until Howley is back on the outside and now tags him in, but Joe is up to throw hands on them both! Stoker fireman’s carries and feeds to Howley’s GUTBUSTER! Stoker sucker punches Mark while Howley covers, TWO! Howley snarls but Joe throws body shots. Howley throws knees in return and has Joe against ropes. The ref counts, Howley whips and dropkicks Joe down! “YES BOY~!” Howley stomps Joe, drags him up but Joe resists the suplex. Howley throws body shots, Joe resists the suplex again, but Stoker tags in. Joe snap suplexes Howley away, but Stoker drops an elbow! Stoker headlocks and rains down fists, then covers, TWO!

Stoker digs his forearm into Joe’s face, pushes him around and brings him up to a facelock. Stoker then wrenches an arm but Joe throws body shots. Stoker kicks and whips Joe hard into the Pretty Deadly corner! Tag to Howley and Stoker gives Joe a kick on the way out. Howley stands Joe up but Joe throws heavy hands! Howley bumps Joe off buckles, whips him corner to corner hard and Joe bounces off more buckles! Cover, TWO! Howley stays between the Coffey brothers as he stomps Joe. Joe gets up to throw counter punches! Howley shoves Joe then knees him in the corner. Another whip corner to corner but Joe bounces off buckles to LARIAT Howley!

Both Joe and Howley are down, crawling for their corners. Howley anchors Joe and still tags Stoker! Stoker runs in, Mark dodges his cheap shot, so Stoker reels Joe in. Joe resists the powerbomb lift to back drop free! Tag back to Howley but hot tag to Mark! Mark rallies on Howley with big clotheslines and shoulders! Stoker gets up and Mark picks him up for a back drop TOSS! Mark uppercuts Howley in a corner, clotheslines him, then pushes him away to go up, FLYING BULLDOG! Cover, TWO! Howley survives but Mark grits his teeth. Mark gets Howley up, BIG back suplex! Cover, TWO! Howley reaches out but Stoker isn’t at the corner.

Mark waistlocks, Howley resists with elbows. Stoker is back, Howley switches but Mark switches back. They go to ropes, Stoker tags in before the O’Conner Roll! Stoker again holds ropes open and again Howley kicks Mark through the gap! But this time Mark lands on his feet, steadies himself, and hurries in after the champs! Howley hurdles and Stoker catches Mark for the DDT! Cover, TWO! Mark survives but Stoker seethes as he gets him up. Mark shoves Stoker, boots but Stoker blocks to clothesline Mark against ropes! Stoker throws Mark down, tags Howley in, and Pretty Deadly coordinates. Howley gives Stoker the boost but Mark dodges the code breaker!

Howley sees the mishap and goes after Mark with hammering fists! Howley whips, Mark reverses and GAMANGIRIS! Both men are down and BT Sports Studio fires up! Joe drags himself up to the corner, Mark heads over, hot tag to Joe! Joe staggers about as Howley gets to his feet. Howley runs in but into a boot! Stoker slides in, Joe goes up and up, Stoker shoves Howley out of the way to take the CROSSBODY! Howley then Oklahoma Rolls Joe! But Mark breaks the cover! Stoker swings on Mark but Mark blocks! Stoker runs away and Mark chases. They go around the way, but Mark “spare tires” Stoker’s foot! Stoker runs into the POST!

Mark talks trash to Stoker, but Howley runs in and CLOBBERS Mark with a European Uppercut! Howley talks trash on Mark but turns around into the GLASGOW SENDOFF! Joe wipes out Howley, both teams are down in the corner of the barriers! A ring count starts and BT Sports Studio says, “This is Awesome!” The teams regroup but Joe gets Howley up and into the ring at 7 of 10! Joe climbs up top, Howley stands, BIG missile dropkick! But Joe has to crawl after Howley to make the cover! TWO!! Howley survives and Nigel McGuinness calls him a hero! Joe aims from a corner, runs in, GLASGOW SENDOFF into the corner!

Tag to Mark and the brothers get Howley up! HIGH LOW COMBO!! Cover, Stoker breaks it at the last second!! Joe whips Stoker but Stoker boots All the Best for the Bells away! Stoker is in the corner, Joe runs in, but Stoker dodges to POST the sendoff! Mark CLOBBERS Stoker, but Howley LARIATS Mark! Howley flounders to the cover, TWO, and Mark has a ghost pin!! TWO!?!? Howley escapes by the seat of his stylish tights, but Mark runs back in to clinch and whip. Stoker helps Howley stop at the ropes to avoid the gamangiri! Howley HELL STABS then tags Stoker! SPILT MILK!! Cover, Pretty Deadly wins!!

Winners: Pretty Deadly, by pinfall (still NXT UK Tag Team Champions)

Not even brothers could end the reign of these dandy highwaymen! Is the division still Pretty Deadly? #YESBOY! But will the Coffey Brothers stay down for long? Or will they try again to reestablish their kingdom?


My Thoughts:

Another great NXT UK with a lot of great developments for the various titles. Dar VS Kenny was definitely what a Heel VS Heel match should be, especially within the rules of British Rounds. They both pushed the boundaries, but it was a great swerve that Sha was there all the time and he played the most pivotal role in the result. Dar winning also makes sense in that he’s been very strong in the British Rounds “Division,” and is definitely the top choice for taking on Bate for the cup. Wolfgang and Teoman had a great promo vignette to hype their match up, and it could really go either way. NXT UK literally just showed us they can do a Heel VS Heel, so Dar VS Teoman will be just as good as Dar VS Wolfgang.

I really liked the Moustache Mountain promo, and I am so excited for the possibility of a golden Moustache Mountain. A Two Big Strong Boy Power Trip, if you will. Tag titles for them both, Bate still holding the Heritage Cup, then either one of them could start pursuing THE NXT UK Championship. I also really liked the Dragunov promo segment turning into setting up a Triple Threat contender’s match. Rampage is of course a favorite given his slow burn build and physically imposing stature, but it’d be pretty big for Frazer or A-Kid to snatch that win away. Either Frazer or A-Kid could really change up how Dragunov wrestles, with them both being very fast and very technical as opposed to the brutal striking style we’ve seen out of Walter, Rampage and Dragunov himself.

Isla Dawn targeting Jinny is a great twist in her character’s story. She’s moving from spooky Heel into spooky Tweener, and I think we could get some great stuff out of her taking on Jinny while Aoife Valkyrie is out with injury. Millie VS Stevie was a really good match and I really like that we’re seeing Millie build up while clearing out those who already lost to Meiko Satomura. Again, I still think Millie needs to get her own shot at the title for a great teacher VS student match. And honestly, we should’ve all seen Blair showing up to defy the “ban.” Sid will probably be “forced to reinstate” her, but aside from Meiko, I don’t see someone Blair can face that makes anyone go, “Oh she’s in for it now!” Maybe if Piper Niven was still in NXT UK, but not anyone in this current crop.

We got a good vignette for Charlie Dempsey (aka Bailey Matthews) and he’s making it clear already he is going to be a technical bruiser in the same vein as a Pete Dunne. Maybe he becomes a force to be reckoned with within the British Rules match type, since he set it right up that he trained with some of the greats in UK history. And of course, we got another great NXT UK Tag Team Championship match, but I am actually rather surprised the Coffey Brothers lost. I thought for a moment that this could’ve been Joe Coffey’s moment alongside his brother. But as I sensed last week, they were already looking past this match to give us Joe Coffey VS Jordan Devlin as a great 1v1 grudge match with Devlin making that comment about Joe screwing up. Why not do all, and even give us a Six Man of Gallus VS Devlin & Pretty Deadly?

My Score: 8.4/10


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Andrew’s G1 Climax 31 FINALS Day Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

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Kota Ibushi looks to 3-Peat, Kazuchika Okada looks to win his first G1 in 7 years! Who will win?

So we get a fairly basic card. A few undercard tags, the semi-main contains Shingo and most of the main players not in the Finals. Jeff Cobb goes from a shot in the Finals to the opening match, that’s a big blow to the ego.

There’s a few interesting threads that can be pulled at, but the major draw is the G1 Climax 31 Finals. So let’s get to it!

Ratings:

  • Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru: Kanemaru wins via Boston Crab @8:40 – **
  • United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata: Yano wins via Roll-Up @8:29 – **
  • House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii: EVIL wins via Everything is Evil @11:20 – * ½
  • KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi: Chase wins via Package Piledriver @10:41 – ** ½
  • 5 Minute UWF Rules Match::Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr: Time Limit Draw @5:00 – *****
  • TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi: Shingo wins via Pumping Bomber @12:17 – *** ½
  • G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada: Okada wins via Referee Stoppage @25:37 – *** ¼

 

Results:

Ryohei Oiwa & Kosei Fujita vs El Desperado & Yoshinobu Kanemaru

Commentary doesn’t even really try to hide the fact that these Young Lions are very early in their careers and have no real chance. They are in this match to learn, build endurance and get experience.

Nothing special in this match, they give the Lions a few flash pinfall attempts but again, we all know better. More just moments of surprise cause the Suzuki-Gun duo were playing with their food. Still far too fresh in their training to show anything more than basics, and all I’ll say is, they didn’t embarrass themselves, so that’s a positive.

United Empire (Jeff Cobb & Great-O-Khan) vs Toru Yano & Yuji Nagata

So one of the most successful teams and singles wrestlers this year, against a clown and a veteran. I mean Nagata is no slouch, but he’s not in a position to be upsetting two rising stars. Maybe Yano pulls off some thievery, but I’m not really intrigued.

Early on we see the usual Yano stuff of shenanigans and turnbuckle pads going missing. Nagata gets tagged in and we get some real wrestling. However, Cobb and Nagata square off outside when they aren’t the legal men, and Yano executes the miraculous shot to the Ding-Ding, and Rolls-Up O-Khan for the win!

This does continue the weird story between O-Khan and Yano, so at least there’s a thread of story, but it does definitely leave Cobb in a weird spot.

House of Torture (EVIL, SHO & Yujiro Takahashi) w/Dick Togo vs Hirooki Goto, YOSHI-HASHI & Tomohiro Ishii

Early on SHO starts with the mind games having a CHAOS towel in the ring and wiping his body with it, and being generally mocking. Things start quick, turnbuckle pads are taken off, people get wrapped into ropes and I suppose this is a more tolerable usage of EVIL. House of Torture can torture the 6 man division with bad wrestling and cliché paint by numbers heel work.

Togo uses the garrot on HASHI, but HASHI and Goto manage to hit GYR on EVIL, but Dick Togo of course gets involved to distract the referee. Chairs lay out the CHOAS members, Everything is EVIL on HASHI and yeah yeah, House wins and challenge for the six mans. Ugh.

KENTA, Tama Tonga, Tanga Loa & Chase Owens w/Jado vs Togi Makabe, Tomoaki Honma, Tiger Mask IV & Hiroshi Tanahashi

So wait, we get all Bullet Club members against the veteran Hontai Squad? I mean Tanahashi has looked extremely mortal lately, and he’s not really bringing a ton of back up. When Makabe is the second best one on your squad, and he’s barely wrestled this year…you gotta wonder.

Makabe starts things off and we can see his back and waist heavily taped. So it looks like Makabe’s part time schedule could have something to do with injuries. Injured or not, Makabe gets the most of Loa, brings in Honma, then Honma eats some offense from Tama, until Honma counters and lands a big suplex. Tiger Mask IV comes in and actually cleans house, it takes a little bit before Tama does the Double Leapfrog Haku Chop to start taking control.

Bullet Club smacks around Tiger Mask until KENTA eats a Tiger Driver (ironic, I’m aware) and then Tanahashi gets tagged in. Tanahashi works to get a measure of revenge on the Bullet Club, but  then we get some spam moments. G.o.D. tries to take out Makabe, but Makabe wipes out G.o.D. easily. Makabe brings in Honma, Honma takes it to Chase Owens, but no avail. A missed Kokeshi, a blocked Brainbuster attempt, and then C Trigger into Package Piledriver gives Chase the win.

Chase looks to be setting up a challenge, but KENTA blindsides Tanahashi with the belt. KENTA and Chase play tug of war a little, Chase tells KENTA he pinned him, KENTA says he doesn’t care, and Chase relents. He says KENTA can get the first shot, but he got next.

5 Minute UWF Rules Match: Katsuyori Shibata vs Zack Sabre Jr

This…this is amazing. Shibata gets his first match in 4 years, and it’s against the most perfect wrestler for Shibata to have a technical and safe exhibition match.

Since its UWF this is usually done in a points system like the old IMPACT Grand Championship. But a 1 round exhibition doesn’t allow for anything beyond a Draw, but this is wonderful. It’s a technical marvel with counters, submissions, references to Inoki’s classic on the ground pose that we saw Great-O-Khan reference back to during the G1. This is just a great moment, and hard to do any real play by play, but it’s a technical marvel. Hell, Shibata looks better than he ever has.

WAIT – After the match Shibata says “Next time I’m in the ring, I will be in my ring gear”. He punctuates the line with a hard flat back bump and a kip up. …Shibata is back? SHIBATA IS BACK?!

TenCozy, Ryusuke Taguchi & Master Wato vs Hiromu Takahashi, BUSHI, SANADA & Shingo Takagi

Taguchi and Hiromu start off with a good bit of comedy, before everyone not named Tenzan starts doing the Mongolian Chops, much to Tenzan’s chagrin. Wato has some nice spots early before LIJ do their wonderful Bum Rush. BUSHI comes in, uses the shirt and then LIJ starts dominating Wato. Wato manages to get a little space and get Kojima in and we get Machine Gun Chops on SANADA in the corner!

Hiromu tries to block it, gets shoved in the corner for his own chops, BUSHI tries to stop it, and gets put in the corner for the Triple Stacker of Chops. Shingo looks, and then drops off the apron and decides he’s just gonna let them play. Shingo does cut off Kojima before he does his signature Elbow, so Shingo didn’t ignore his team, just decided he wasn’t gonna fall into the dumb spot.

Signature spams, LIJ pain train, signature spam again, and then we get solid call backs. Shingo and Tenzan are the last two, Shingo uses Mongolian Chops, Tenzan responds in his own way. Some haymakers thrown, a Headbutt from Tenzan, the attempted Flying Headbutt, but Shingo cuts him off, Pumping Bomber, and Shingo wins!

G1 Finals: Kota Ibushi vs Kazuchika Okada

So they feel each other out early, and have the usual fast pace wild swings that get dodged and end in a small rest moment where they just smile and absorb the energy of the match. Before Ibushi can really get anything going, the arrogance of the Rainmaker returns. Very deliberate shots, perfectly rolling through his Slingshot Senton, and his single foot Dropkick. It’s really interesting to see Okada reverting back to his old self. The 2017 form is further exemplified by Shibata’s return since it helps to bring everyone back to “brighter days”.

Okada goes for his corner Hip Attack, but now Ibushi gets to start a comeback. Dropkick, Roundhouse Kicks, Standing Moonsault and Okada powders. After some fighting on the outside, Okada takes control again and hits a DDT on the ramp, which has Ibushi pretty much out. Okada waits in the ring until about 18, before he decides that’s not how he wants to win. Drags Ibushi in, tries the Money Clip, Ibushi won’t go in comfortably, Okada rocks him, whips him into the ropes, hits the Million Dollar Dropkick, and finally gets the Money Clip sunk in. Okada is in a different aggressive form that we haven’t seen since 2018 when his nearly 2 year title reign ended and he went balloon crazy.

Savage Elbow, Rainmaker Pose, Zoom Out…Wind up…Rainmaker misses and Ibushi returns with his own Lariat turning Okada inside out. Now they stand up for the strike exchange. Okada falls into an old Nakamura trap, where he starts winning the exchange, taunts the challenger and gets rocked. Ibushi grins, hits the Frankensteiner sending Okada to Powder. So now it’s Moonsault time for Ibushi, and lands perfectly on Okada.

Going back inside, Ibushi looks for Kamigoye, Okada blocks and then ducks the Round Kick, goes for a Backslide, but Ibushi rolls through and kicks Okada. Okada then eats a V Trigger and a Kamigoye…but it’s only 2! Okada flips Ibushi over when he attempts another Kamigoye, Double Legged Cradle, but ibushi kicks out. They lay each other out, Ibushi crawls to the top rope, Phoenix Splash and…Ibushi lands weird. He immediately grabs his arm, Red Shoes goes over to Ibushi, and after a few moments Red Shoes calls for the bell.

Okada wins the G1 off of Ibushi missing the Phoenix Splash and possibly dislocating his right arm.

Overall Score: 7.25/10

There’s a dark poetry in the ending to this year’s G1. Starting with Naito’s injury and ending with Ibushi’s injury, just makes this a fairly cursed year which plays into the cursed aspect of this World Heavyweight Championship. In a way, this works out for the best since if this tournament was supposed to make a newer wrestler and ended the same way, there would always be an asterisk. But it’s Okada, he’s a proven commodity and no one will really question his victory. I really appreciated the fact that he always loomed close while Ibushi was struggling with the doctor and through his injury. He held his hand many times, even seemed to tell him it’s fine, we’ll do it correctly 1 more time in the future.

Katsuyori Shibata returns, Kazuchika Okada returns to the a level of prominence by winning the G1 Climax 31 and this is a nice way to remind people of the names that many of the current crop of IWC fans know. New Japan grew quickly because of AJ Styles and Kenny Omega’s Bullet Clubs, but in the last few years we’ve seen many of the names we know fall to the back or go to different companies. This could be a return to form finally for New Japan.

Even if it ended off a failed Phoenix Splash, it could help New Japan rise from the ashes of community favor like a Phoenix.


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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 10.21.2021

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Bound for Glory is on Saturday! How does IMPACT! hype us up for one of their crowning PPVs of the year?!

We get to see Mickie in an IMPACT ring for the first since 2015, Heath tries to get answers out of Rhino and we’ll probably see a lot of Josh Alexander and Christian Cage fleshing out the last little bits of the World Title match.

Aside from that, do we get anything of note to talk about, or is it just an appetizer for the real show on Saturday?

Ratings:

  • Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice: NO CONTEST/Double Pinfall – ***
  • Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve: Tenille wins via Spotlight Kick – ***
  • Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James: Mickie wins via Mick DDT – *** ¼
  • Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel: Miguel wins via Meteora – ** ¾

 

Results:

The Insiders Stream on YouTube didn’t start until about 9:00pm, I’m not sure why IMPACT constantly has issues, but YouTube is not a hard platform to utilize. These delays are inane and embarrassing.

Bullet Club (Chris Bey & Hikuleo) vs FinJuice

Bey and Leo try some trickery early, but Finlay keeps pace. When Leo gets back into the match he starts throwing Finlay around a bit, which opens up opportunity for Bey. Bey looks to get flashy, but Finlay manages to get Juice in and Juice comes in hot. He nearly flips Bey out of the ring, takes Leo off the apron and tags in Finlay for some tandem work.

Leo breaks up the pinfall and then throws out Juice. Finlay grabs Bey in a Backbreaker/STO combination but Bey’s feet bump the referee. Leo chokeslams Finlay, puts Bey on top, but it takes the new referee too long to show up and it’s only a two count. We see Hikuleo trying to finish things, while the new referee tries to wake up the original referee. Leo gets double teamed, Juice Rolls Up Leo and then Bey Rolls Up Finlay, both referees count a 3 count for the different pinfalls. So we get a little call back to Beer Money and Motor City Machine Guns if we’re staying within TNA Universe.

This will probably end up a triple threat, unlike the MCMG/Beer Money double pinfall which ended in overtime.

There’s a long segment with Josh Alexander giving us his story. It’s not a bad segment, but the only advantage to the show starting late means I got to rewind for the match and speed through most of this. Alexander is a great story, but I already mostly know it, and would really like to see him win at Bound for Glory. Get the title back on a wrestler on the actual IMPACT roster.

Jordynne Grace & Fallah Bahh vs Tenille Dashwood & John Skyler vs Chelsea Green & Crazzy Steve:

This is a Digital Media Championship preliminary match. I find it interesting that there’s 3 men and 3 women. So instead of one or two for “inclusion” it’s actually an even spread. The way the teams are broken apart is interesting too where it’s Power vs Crazy vs Opportunistic.

The gimmicks actually paid off in the match. Jodynne massacred kids, but then things started to get a little messy. Fallah gets a handle on things, squishes the world, and then looks to BAHHnzai Drop on Tenille but Kaleb gets involved. A little more confusion, Steve hits King Kill 33 on Fallah, but Skyler pulls Steve out of the ring. Tenille hits the Spotlight Kick and the Opportunistic team win because well…there was an opportunity.

Pick Your Poison: Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Mickie James

Mickie takes a moment to absorb the accolades from the crowd first, and then we see a quick strategy twist. Savannah looks for a few Haymakers and using her reach to her advantage, where Mickie just finds a few quick strikes and interesting angles to land some offense. Mickie looked to be building some momentum, and then Tasha got involved.

Savannah starts to dominate after the assist from her second. Big Bear Hug in the middle has Savannah just ragdolling Mickie until she can land a few choice Forearms. Mickie fights out, Sole Butts, a few nice attacks and Mickie hits the Avalanche Thesz Press, but only a 2 count. Deonna’s music plays as Savannah kicks out, Mickie is distracted and then we see Savannah lay in some big shots. The Full Nelson Bomb only gets Savannah a 2. Mick Kick rocks Mickie and then Mick DDT for the win. Hardcore Country wins the match.

Deonna walks down, mouths off…actually pushes Mickie…so I’m confused about the no contact clause…but then Rehwoldt shows up behind Mickie and wipes her out.

Alex Zayne vs Trey Miguel

The Sauce against the other guy who can’t speak but likes to try to use food analogies and sucks at it, aka, Trey Miguel. He’s like a Young Will Ospreay with less ability to talk…so no upside at the moment cause Ospreay was pretty awful up until a year or two ago.

So this is just a lot of counters, blocks, Arm Wringers, not much direct offense, just a lot of choreographed spots. This feels like a much slower paced version of a Ricochet/Ospreay match from 2016. Zayne is a more fluid wrestler, and he just makes everything look good. Miguel does a weird Cradled Octopus but Zayne responds with a Handspring Frankensteiner, as an early highlight spot.

Miguel in Ospreay fashion hits the Cheeky Nandos, into the corner stuck Tiger Feint, Meteora and Trey wins.

Thankfully Maclin attacks Trey after the match so I feel generally better. Bullet Club comes out and take out both Maclin and Trey. El Phantasmo just baby faced himself in my house.

Show ends with the usual talking segment hyping the World Title match. Alexander gets a “You Deserve It” from the crowd and portrays himself as the everyman fighting for his boys. Christian’s music hits and Captain Charisma vacuum shows up to stir a pot that doesn’t need to be stirred.

Christian taking the experienced thrives under pressure condescending veteran angle is…annoying. Like I said a few weeks ago, the boxes they are trying to play in, I don’t love. Alexander does flip the script nicely talking about how people classified him as nothing more than a Tag Team guy, and “sounding familiar” strikes a chord with Christian. Small scuffle as Christian tries to snip back, but it’s fairly paint by numbers.

Overall Score: 5/10

Low key? This was a pretty lame episode for an Impact Go Home. The matches weren’t really anything special, with the most happening during Pick Your Poison, but it effectively being a non-issue. The YouTube delay of course hurt my enjoyment of the show, but even without the delay, I don’t really feel like this would’ve registered much higher on my scale.

I am looking forward to Bound for Glory because of who’s in the matches, but this episode didn’t help sell it. Thankfully it’s already sold out, and most people probably decided if they were purchasing it by now.

When it comes down to it, I’m expecting quite a few title changes, even though I’m figuring that Mickie’s involvement is more of a one off to give the rub to younger talent and cement her dominant reign. Alexander I would love to see win the belt and The IInspiration would do wonders and put an immediate spotlight on a division that has floundered behind a lack of real teams and no real direction.

So I’ll see all of you on Saturday for Bound for Glory!


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