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Mitchell’s NJPW New Japan Cup Results & Report! (3/15/22)

Round three, part two!



Will tranquilo trump the Ace?

The New Japan Cup continues in the Sweet Sixteen! Will Tetsuya Naito upstage Hiroshi Tanahashi-senpai going into the quarterfinals?


  • Tiger Mask & Tomoaki Honma VS Ryusuke Taguchi & Ryohei Oiwa; Tiger Mask & Honma win.
  • Master Wato & Kosei Fujita VS El Phantasmo & Taiji Ishimori; ELP & Ishimori win.
  • Six Man Tag: Guerrillas of Destiny VS Bullet Club; Bullet Club wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Suzuki-Gun VS The United Empire; The United Empire wins.
  • 8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS House of Torture; LIJ wins.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun; Chaos wins.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Third Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Jeff Cobb; Cobb wins and advances.
  • 2022 New Japan Cup Third Round: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito; Naito wins and advances.


8 Man Tag: Los Ingobernables de Japon VS House of Torture!

Hiromu Takahashi is probably still stinging after his 20 minute fight with Minoru Suzuki that was 75% chops, but he, Sanada, Takagi and Batman- er, Bushi, are always ready to fight the traitor, EVIL! Will the Ticking Timebomb strike the King of Darkness down before their New Japan Cup match? Or will Darkness Fall on Evil’s past once more?

The entrance attire is all put aside, and the ref keeps Hiromu back as he stares Evil down. The House of Torture Too Sweet, and then attack! Evil kicks Hiromu out, Yujiro is after Takagi and Dick kicks out Bushi, but Sho bumps Sanada off buckles. The bell rings to get this on record while Evil stalks Hiromu around the way. Evil CLAWS Hiromu’s back, Sho digs his boots into Sanada, but the ref counts. Sho lets off, Dick gets in to help him mug Sanada, and Evil CLUBS Hiromu down. Sho and Dick double whip Sanada but Sanada dodges Dick to dropkick Sho’s legs! Sanada then trips Dick to tie him up in Paradise!

Fans rally as Sanada gets Sho, too! Sho gets put in Paradise next to Dick! Sanada encourages the fans to get louder and Takagi digs his boots into their heads, Sanada dropkicks Dick and Sho out of Paradise! Fans rally up, “L I J!” “SA-NA-DA!” and Bushi tags in. Bushi stomps Sho then hits a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Bushi stomps Sho, brings him up, but Sho bends fingers! The ref reprimands and counts, so Sho whips Bushi at the HOT corner. Surprise, it’s an exposed corner! The Bullet Club Special comes into play and Bushi hits bare buckles! The rest of the House goes after LIJ!

Evil, Yujiro and Dick stomp LIJ down while Sho puts Bushi in a corner for stomps. Sho digs his boots in, the ref counts but Sho lets off at 4. Bushi writhes, Sho stomps Bushi down. Fans rally up and Sho tries to tune them out. Sho drags Bushi over, tags Evil in, and they mug Bushi. Dick distracts the ref so that Evil can choke Bushi with a House of Torture shirt! Hiromu attacks Evil but Evil rakes eyes, then whips Hiromu into the bare buckles! Hiromu writhes and flops out of the ring, Evil tags in Dick. Dick stomps Bushi around, then rakes Bushi’s eyes! The ref reprimands, Dick stops and he snapmares Bushi for a fist drop! Cover, TWO!

Fans fire up but the House is furious! Dick drags Bushi up, he wrenches an arm and tags in Yujiro. They mug Bushi, Yujiro scoops and SLAMS, then covers, TWO! Fans rally for Bushi but Yujiro drags him up. Yujiro knees low, puts Bushi on ropes, then backs up to run in and BOOT! Yujiro then runs, into an ENZIGURI! Bushi crawls but Yujiro drags him away. Yujiro scoops but Bushi slips out and spins Yujiro around for a DDT! Both men are down and fans rally up! Hot tags to Evil and Hiromu! Hiromu rallies on Evil, whips but Evil reverses. Hiromu ducks and dodges to RANA! Hiromu DECKS Dick, kicks Sho and whips Sho into Evil!

Hiromu goes corner to corner to clothesline them both! Then again to SHOTGUN Sho into Evil! Fans fire up as Hiromu keeps moving, another corner clothesline, and a basement dropkick! Cover, TWO! Hiromu fire sup more and fans are with him! Hiromu drags Evil up, suplexes, but Evil fights that off and pulls hair! The ref reprimands, Hiromu breaks free to mule kick! Hiromu runs, but Evil throws him right out! Yujiro is there to RAM Hiromu into railing! And then Yujiro puts Hiromu in for Evil to cover, TWO! Evil is frustrated but fans applaud and rally up. Evil drags Hiromu up and reels him in, FISHERMAN-

NO! Hiromu fights that off and gets a leg! But Evil rakes eyes! Evil runs, but Hiromu dropkicks the legs out! Fans rally up and Hiromu crawls, hot tag to Takagi! The Rampaging Dragon runs in, blocks a boot and clotheslines Evil in the corner! Takagi runs but Yujiro is there with his pimp cane! Takagi stops and Evil waistlocks, but Takagi elbows free! Takagi runs but Dick is there with a chair! Evil whips Takagi into bare buckles! Tag to Dick, the House knocks LIJ down again! Dick whips Takagi to a corner, runs in and back elbows! Sho adds a forearm smash and Yujiro adds a BOOT! Evil runs in to clothesline, then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Dick covers, TWO!

Fans fire up as Takagi survives the onslaught! But Dick gets the Spoiler Choker while Evil distracts the ref! Dick CHOKES Takagi! Fans rally up, Takagi fights up and pries the choker away! Takagi kicks Dick, tosses the choker, then fireman’s carries. Evil runs in but Takagi kicks him first, then SMACKS Evil with Dick’s boots! Then SAMOAN DROP for Dick! Sanada dropkicks Yujiro out then Bushi DECKS and DIVES into Sho! Sho crashes into railing and fans fire up! Hiromu shouts, “HERE WE ARE!” for Takagi, and Takagi gets fans rallying behind, “OI! OI! OI!” Dick begs for mercy but he gets whipped corner to corner.

Hiromu clotheslines Dick, Sanada back elbows, then Takagi clotheslines! Feed to Hiromu’s SUPERKICK! Takagi runs to PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, LIJ wins!

Winners: LIJ, by pinfall

And the House falls! Will LIJ take over the tournament with this momentum? Or will the King of NEVER show Hiromu that Everything is Evil?


2022 New Japan Cup Third Round: YOSHI-HASHI VS Jeff Cobb w/ Will Ospreay & Great-O-Khan!

The Head Hunter was able to #GetBackUp taking headbutt after headbutt from Tomoaki Honma, and the Hawaiian Hulk conquered the Runaway King Kong. But will Yoshi-Hashi be able to get up at all after this one? Or will he take a Tour of the Island and be out of the tournament?

The bell rings and fans rally as the two circle. Cobb and Hashi approach, tie up, and go around. Cobb puts Hashi on ropes and the ref calls for the break. Cobb lets off, and throws up the United Empire hand sign. Fans cheer and Hashi circles with Cobb. Hashi kicks low, headlocks and grinds Cobb down, but Cobb powers up and out. Hashi rams Cobb but Cobb stays put. Hashi runs again, rams Cobb again, but still Cobb stays up. Hashi shows off his dancing pecs, rums, and rams Cobb again! Cobb smiles now, and Hashi tries again. Hashi still can’t knock Cobb over, so Hashi dares Cobb to try. The Empire laughs at that but Cobb gives it a go!

Cobb runs, but Hashi follows to back elbow! Hashi runs, but Cobb runs him over! Hashi bails out and Cobb paces. Hashi dares Cobb to come out after him but Cobb wants the ring count. The count begins, Cobb goes to a corner and climbs up. But then Hashi eggs him on, and Cobb rushes over. Hashi slides back in and now dares Cobb to get back in. Fans rally up, Cobb is annoyed but he box jumps up! But then Hashi trips him up! Hashi RAMS Cobb into railing! Hashi POSTS Cobb and fans fire up! Hashi runs in to SHOTGUN dropkick Cobb into railing! Cobb falls and fans fire up while the Empire is shocked!

Ospreay checks on Cobb and Khan talks trash on Hashi. Hashi storms over and the Empire has to back off. Hashi gets Cobb up to CLUB Cobb, then Hashi CHOPS Cobb! Fans fire up and Hashi puts Cobb in the ring. Hashi gets on the apron, Cobb BLASTS him off! Hashi hits railing and falls in a heap! Hashi writhes and Ospreay checks with commentary. Look how far the railing was moved back! Cobb goes out to get Hashi and DECKS him with a forearm! Cobb resets the railing, then stands on Hashi’s ribs! The ref reprimands, Cobb lets off but Khan doesn’t get what’s the problem. Fans rally up and Cobb drags Hashi up, to fake the commentary out and put Hashi back in.

Ospreay laughs at Milano Collection AT’s reaction, and Cobb gets in. Cobb stomps Hashi around, drags him back up, and JAMS his knee in again and again, before a EuroUpper to the back! Hashi writhes and Cobb stalks him to a corner. Cobb drags Hashi up, suplexes him, and walks around with Hashi before the SLAM! Cobb has a cocky cover, TWO! Hashi is annoyed and fans rally up, but Cobb drags Hashi up. Hashi throws body shots, but Cobb CLUBS Hashi right down! Cobb drags Hashi up, whips him to ropes, but Hashi dropkicks a leg out! Then gets that leg for a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up as Cobb falls over!

Cobb drags himself to a corner, Ospreay and Khan coach him up, but fans rally for Hashi. Hashi runs in at the corner to CHOP! Hashi whips Cobb to CHOP then mule kick! Hashi has Cobb in the corner and he puts the bad leg around ropes! Ospreay protests but Hashi runs side to side to dropkick the leg! Cobb falls over and Hashi heads up top! Fans fire up and Hashi BLOCKBUSTERS! Cover, TWO! Cobb is still in this but fans rally behind Hashi. Hashi drags Cobb up, fisherman, but Cobb is too big for that! Cobb throws body shots to get free, and then he CHOPS Hashi! Cobb storms up but Hashi dumps him out!

Cobb hobbles up but Hashi is there to PLANCHA! Cobb catches Hashi and pops him around, to POST him! The ref checks on Hashi as he clutches his back! Cobb also falls from the bad leg, but Khan fans him off with the United Empire towel. Cobb hobbles over, drags Hashi up and puts him in, then drags him back up to SINGLE LEG SUPLEX! GACHIMUCHI MOONSAULT! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans fire up while both men are down. Cobb gets up in a huff and he vows to end this! Fans rally and Hashi throws body shots. Cobb knees low, reels Hashi in, but Hashi gets free of the bomb to dropkick the leg!

Hashi reels Cobb in, for a DESTROYER!?! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives, but Hashi has a KNEEBAR!! Cobb endures, Ospreay is freaking out and shouting to Cobb! Cobb powers his way around, then CLUBS away on Hashi’s head! Hashi lets go, Cobb DEADLIFT POWERBOMBS!! But he can’t make the cover! Fans fire up again as both men are down! Cobb drags himself over to Hashi, they sit up, and Cobb throws a forearm! Hashi and Cobb each pull the other’s hair, Hashi throws a forearm. Cobb throws another forearm, and the two stand. Hashi throws another forearm, so Cobb throws another!

Fans pick up speed with the forearms, and they hit harder and harder! Cobb ROCKS Hashi, but Hashi fires off fast strikes! Hashi CHOPS, dodges Cobb and DRAGON SUPLEXES! Cobb gets up, Hashi runs in, Cobb LARIATS Hashi down! But Hashi gets back up!! Fans are thunderous as Hashi LARAITS! Cobb stays up to DECK Hashi! Cobb drags Hashi back up, whips him just to reel him in, for an ATHLETIC PLEX! Cover, TWO!! Hashi survives and fans are thunderous! Cobb drags Hashi back up, whips him to ropes, but Hashi LARIATS! Hashi fires up to body scissor takedown to the KNEEBAR!!

Cobb endures, the Empire is freaking out, and Hashi pulls hard on the leg! Fans rally, Cobb reaches out, crawls, but Hashi hooks up the legs in a TRAILER HITCH! Cobb endures and even bites his fingers to ignore the pain! ROPEBREAK!! Hashi lets go in frustration but fans are fired up for him. Hashi drags Cobb up with a waistlock, full nelson then pump handle, but Cobb elbows free! Hashi dropkicks the bad leg again! And then LARIATS! Cobb stays up to ROCK Hashi! Hashi stays up and SUPERKICKS! Hashi runs to LARIAT! Cobb goes down!! Cover, TWO!! Cobb survives and the fans are thunderous again!

Hashi gets Cobb up, fisherman to KUMAGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!!! Cobb survives again and again the fans are drumming with their feet! Hashi drags Cobb up, full nelson to pump handle, but Cobb pops free! Pop-up HEADBUTT! Cobb staggers but he gets Hashi up! TOUR OF THE ISLAND!! Cover, Cobb wins!!

Winner: Jeff Cobb, by pinfall (advances to the quarterfinals)

The Head Hunter was able to #GetBackUp a few times, but not enough times to come out on top! Will Cobb be able to crush whoever it is he meets on the way to the Cup?


2022 New Japan Cup Third Round: Hiroshi Tanahashi VS Tetsuya Naito!

To many fans, he is The Ace of NJPW and the Once in a Century Talent. But to the Uncontrollable Charisma, he is “Tanahashi-senpai,” and maybe begrudgingly at that. Will Tanahashi-senpai be able to teach Naito a thing or two? Or will LIJ sweep the night and make things truly tranquilo?

The entrance attire is put aside, Naito of course taking his time. Tanahashi sits back and waits before showing off his muscles. Fans cheer, and then the bell rings. Fans rally up already, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito and Tanahashi stare down, then Tanahashi approaches. Naito stays still, then starts to circle with Tanahashi. The fans continue to clap, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito and Tanahashi approach, then tie up. Tanahashi powers Naito back step by step, and puts him on the ropes. Red Shoes calls for the break and Tanahashi lets off right away. The fans cheer and Naito resets with Tanahashi.

They tie up again, are in a deadlock, but Naito uses leverage to push Tanahashi back to the ropes. Red Shoes calls for another break, Tanahashi turns it around but Naito turns it back. They go around again, Naito ends up in control, but he lets off to pat Tanahashi on the shoulder. Fans cheer and the two reset again. “Let’s Go, Ace!” “NA-I-TO!” Naito offers his senpai a handshake? Tanahashi isn’t sure if he should trust that. Fans applaud as Tanahashi takes the handshake! But then he reels Naito in! Tanahashi headlocks, grinds Naito down, but Naito pries at the hold. Naito manages to get halfway but Tanahashi clamps back on tighter.

Naito powers up, pushes Tanahashi to ropes but can’t power up as Tanahashi holds tight! Naito fights back up, but Tanahashi hits a takeover! Naito makes it a cover, ONE! Naito tries again, ONE! Tanahashi cranks the headlock, but Naito endures. Naito pushes back with forearms but Tanahashi shrugs that off. Naito fights up to his feet, and he pulls hair to put Tanahashi in a corner! Red Shoes reprimands, Naito lets off so he can stomp a mudhole and CLUB Tanahashi down! Naito then bumps Tanahashi off buckles, whips him corner to corner, but he runs into an elbow! Tanahashi goes up, CROSSBODY! Tanahashi copies tranquilo!

Fans cheer and the two get back up. Tanahashi runs in at the corner but only gets buckles! Naito hip tosses then basement dropkicks! Naito shows Tanahashi how to tranquilo properly! Naito then drags Tanahashi out to whip him into railing! Naito leaves Tanahashi down to writhe on the outside. Red Shoes starts the ring count and fans rally up. Tanahashi sits up at 7 of 20, gets to his feet at 10, and in at 12. Naito stomps Tanahashi down at the ropes, then stomps him more! Naito drags Tanahashi up to cravat and neck wrench. Tanahashi endures, but Naito snapmares into the leg hook full nelson!

Tanahashi endures and fans rally up. Tanahashi moves around while Naito is tranquilo. Naito asks if Tanahashi quits but Tanahashi keeps moving around. Tanahashi reaches out with a leg for the ROPEBREAK! Naito lets Tanahashi free to bring him up and whip to a corner. Naito runs in to JUMP KICK! Leg sweep! COMBINACION CABRON! Fans fire up as Naito strikes his pose! Naito then drags Tanahashi back up for a NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! Naito keeps cool and he brings Tanahashi up as fans rally. Tanahsahi throws body shots, then forearms and fast hands! Naito kicks back to fire off on Tanahashi!

Naito CLUBS away on Tanahashi, then stands on Tanahashi’s head. Red Shoes reprimands but Naito steps off. Naito drags Tanahashi back up to whip him corner to corner. Naito runs in but into FLYING FOREARMS from Tanahashi! Fans fire up with Tanahashi and he waits on Naito. Naito gets up, Tanahashi throws more body shots! Red Shoes reprimands about Tanahashi using closed fists. Naito gets to a corner, Tanahashi runs in but he blocks a boot! Tanahashi puts the leg on the ropes and Tanahashi dropkicks it! Then Tanahashi gets the bad leg for a DRAGON SCREW!

Fans fire up and Tanahashi goes up, for the SUNSET SENTON! Cover, TWO! Tanahashi keeps his cool and he waits on Naito again. Fans rally up, “Let’s Go, Ace!” “NA-I-TO!” Tanahashi runs, Naito gets around and throws back elbow after back elbow! Naito keeps Tanahashi up to hammerlock the arm and half nelson. Tanahashi fights Gloria to then duck a back elbow. Naito CLUBS away on Tanahashi to block Tanahashi’s next move! Naito reels Tanahashi in, but no tornado DDT! Naito kicks, Tanahashi blocks, and Tanahashi ducks the enziguri while hitting a DRAGON SCREW! Fans fire up for that innovative counter!

Naito clutches his leg and gets to the apron. Red Shoes checks on him but Naito isn’t out of this. Tanahashi rallies the fans and he goes to the corner! Tanahashi goes up top, takes aim, ACES HIGH FLY ATTACK! Direct hit and fans fire up as both men go down! The ring count starts and both men stir. Tanahashi drags himself over to the ring at 5 but he still drags himself up in at 12 of 20. Naito is still down but slowly sitting up. Naito isn’t even up before 17! We’re at 19, Naito springs to life to get in at 19.9! Tanahashi storms over and drags Naito up. Tanahashi reels Naito into the full nelson! But Naito fights that!

Tanahashi waistlocks now, but Naito fights the suplex! Naito reaches for ropes with a foot but Tanahashi brings him backwards. Naito still fights forward, but Tanahashi still pulls him back! STRAIJTACKET GERMAN SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!! Naito survives and fans fire up again! Tanahashi stands and powers up! “LET’S GO, ACE!” “NA-I-TO!” Tanahashi runs, SLINGBLADE! Naito goes spinning, Tanahashi hurries to cover, TWO!! Naito survives but Tanahashi goes right up top! Tanahashi wants Naito to stand, but Naito whips Red Shoes at the ropes! It trips Tanahashi up and he falls onto the corner!

Naito smirks as he goes to position Tanahashi on the ropes. Naito goes up, to SUPER STEINER! Tanahashi hits hard and fans fire up again! Naito catches his breath in the corner while Tanahashi slowly rises. Naito runs in, but into a back elbow! Tanahashi runs in, but Naito slips around, ROLLING LIGER KICK! Naito goes up, reels Tanahashi in, ESPARANZA! Naito isn’t done there, he gets Tanahashi up to scoop, but Tanahashi slips off! Tanahashi waistlocks, but Naito switches to GERMAN SUPLEX! But Tanahashi is right up! Tanahashi runs in, into back elbow and ENZIGURI! Naito whips, Tanahashi reverses but Naito FLYING FOREARMS!

Fans fire up as Naito gets Tanahashi back up! Naito wrenches, tilt-o-whirls, but no Destino! TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And then another TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! And a THIRD TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Both men are down after the hat trick and fans are thunderous! The fans rally as the two stir and slowly rise. Tanahashi growls as he gets to his feet, and he powers up to run, but Naito slips around. Tanahashi ducks a back elbow to SLINGBLADE! Tanahashi goes to the corner and goes right up top! HIGH FLY ATTACK! And then back to the corner! HIGH FLY FLOP!! Rolling jackknife!! Naito wins!!

Winner: Tetsuya Naito, by pinfall (advances to the quarterfinals)

Naito beats Tanahashi-senpai! It wasn’t with Destino, but a win is a win! Will Tanahashi have to admit he’s no longer The Ace?

As for Naito, he gets the mic to say, “Beunas noches, Okayama~! Even on a weekday, you guys came out here to watch NJPW in ZIP Arena Okayama. For that, I thank you. Gracias, amigos.” Fans cheer that sentiment while Naito takes a moment to catch his breath. “In the first round, Yujiro Takahashi. In the second round, Gedo. And in the third round, Hiroshi Tanahashi. Now I’m in the New Japan Cup quarterfinals. I’ll keep winning and take that New Japan Cup trophy, right? Everyone, enjoy the wait! That is to say… Until Tetsuya Naito wins the Cup for the second time… TRANQUILO! Assen na yo.

“Well then, until next time, Okayama. Let’s end this New Japan Cup Okayama show the only right way. Bushi! Sanada! Hiromu! Takagi! Y Naito! NOSOTROS! Los Ingoberrrrrrrnables~! DE! JA! PON!” The Uncontrollable Charisma has made it through three round but he is running into the Hawaiian Hulk next! Will Naito be able to stay tranquilo? Or will this ungovernable be conquered by Cobb?

My Thoughts:

Another great event for NJPW but that is par for the course with as many nights in a row they’ve gone. Young Lions take losses in the first couple of matches, so skipped those. Chase Owens got to be the one to pin Jado in that Six Man, very fitting given their NJ Cup match. Taka takes another pin for Suzuki-Gun as United Empire keeps strong. I covered the 8 Man Tag of LIJ VS House of Torture because it was going to be a good indicator of the next part of the Sweet Sixteen. Takagi pins Dick Togo, he’s keeping pace with Chase before their match, and Hiromu stands tall here because I’m still confident Evil cheats him.

I skipped the Six Man of Chaos VS Suzuki-Gun because Okada was the only one still active in the tournament, so his team definitely wasn’t losing. Hashi had probably his best singles match in a bit against Cobb tonight, and for a moment I thought he was getting the upset, but instead, Cobb snatches the victory away. Naito VS Tanahashi was great stuff, with story of Tanahashi going after legs but Naito just kinda letting Tanahashi push himself to his limits. Naito gets the win, and a pretty straightforward promo from him. Naito VS Cobb is going to be another hard one to call.

Also, definitely check out Tanahashi’s backstage comments. He was definitely emotional given the passing of Scott Hall and made a reference to their meeting when Tanahashi was a brand new wrestler. It’s really a powerful example of one person’s life impacting so many, because Hall encouraged Tanahashi and Tanahashi is now here as a big name in NJPW helping get other guys up to that level.

My Score: 8.8/10

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Andrew’s IMPACT Results & Match Ratings: 6.30.2022

The Go Home to Against All Odds with the main event of Battle of the Futures Redux! TNA vibes and hype in the Asylum!



Against All Odds is tomorrow, and the one thing IMPACT has excelled with are the quick turnaround angles. Plus we also HOPEFULLY get a real finish to the Battle of the Futures 2022 edition. Frankie Kazarian and Chris Sabin have a main event that could definitely be something special.


  • Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey: Trey wins via Meteora – ***
  • Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw: Gisele wins via Knee Strike – ** ¼
  • Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace: Jordynne wins via Muscle Buster – **
  • IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More: Karl retains via Roll Up – ** ½
  • Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne: Ace wins via The Fold – ** ¾
  • Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/Alex Shelley: Sabin wins via Cradle Shock – *****



Fatal 4 Way: Steve Maclin vs Trey Miguel vs Laredo Kid vs Chris Bey

Early on the smaller men gang up on Maclin, which of course is the smart thing to do. Trey and Bey trade a few shots, Laredo tries to interject himself but Maclin comes back in and starts taking over. Wipes out most of the guys then they start trickling in for pinfall saves and each guy chopping at the bigger man. Trey does however go for a John Woo, misses and Tree of Woes himself to set up for Maclin’s Caught in the Crosshairs corner spear.

Action continues to be pretty fluid, Trey takes out Maclin, Bey looks for an Asai Moonsault, but turns it into the 5 Hole Dive that MCMG do when Laredo Kid dives through Bey’s legs. Then Bey hits the Asai Moonsault and Bey brings Laredo into the ring and tries to find a winning angle. Pop Up Cutter from Bey, but Trey saves it. A little back and forth, Trey goes to the top, misses the Meteora, but lands on his feet and manages a Running Meteora for the pinfall victory.

Trey beat Speedball before Slammiversary, so Speedball has some payback in his mind.

Rosemary vs Gisele Shaw

Madison Rayne and Tenille Dashwood are at the commentary desk for this match since Gisele did offer to fill in for an injured Madison for the Knockouts Tag rematch.

Rosemary controls Gisele early and then bends her backwards and bites her forehead. Gisele almost starts taking back over, but then Rosemary gets out of a headlock the Crazzy Steve way. Rosemary takes some control early until Gisele powders and tries to find a way back into the match. Commercial break brings us to Gisele taking Rosemary’s head off with a Lariat.

Now Gisele is in control, throws Rosemary into a corner and starts pandering for a photo op and posturing to The Influence. Gisele strings together a lot of corner attacks, whips her into the corner again and lays her out with a Flying European Uppercut. Gisele tries to hit the knee in the back of the head, but Rosemary moves and starts her comeback. Big Suplex from the corner and Rosemary keeps her down for 2. Rosemary is in control until Gisele hits and Oscutter out of nowhere for 2. Reverse DDT from Rosemary for another near fall and then The Influence is on the move. They ambush Taya, Rosemary tries to go for her Spear anyway and Shaw kills Rosemary with a great Knee Strike. Rosemary is out, Gisele wins.

A small beat down, and then The Influence pause in the ring for a little, before posing with Gisele and seemingly giving their mark of approval on her being in The Influence now.

Savannah Evans w/Tasha Steelz vs Jordynne Grace

Savannah bulldozes Jordynne into the corner, but the power game is pretty even here. Savannah has some height, but Jordynne is quicker. Jordynne manages to turn the tables on Savannah, up and over in the corner and whips her into the ropes while setting up behind her causing Evans to trip and fall. Savannah powders, Jordynne tries to break up the discussion, but after a quick flurry, Savannah hits an Apron Chokeslam and takes over.

After some back and forth, Jordynne takes back over and then Muscle Buster on Savannah Evans and its over!

IMPACT Tag Team Championship: The Good Brothers (c) w/James Storm vs Vincent & PCO w/ Honor No More

Karl and Vincent start things off, and corner to corner we see the Machine Gun in control, but a thumb to the eyes and quick strike give Vincent the chance to tag in PCO. French Canadian Frankenstein starts beating on Karl, throws him into the ropes, Vincent kicks him and it just pisses off Karl. But Karl getting distracted gives PCO the ambush chance and Karl is just getting rocked. Vincent tagged back in, quick strikes including a corner Facewash with the elbow, sliding Flatliner and PCO is back in.

PCO goes Splash into dropping DDT before hitting the middle rope Guillotine Leg Drop. LG has gotten no action while Karl is getting killed. Deanimator set up looks to take out Karl even further, and it hits! Vincent tags in, and finally Anderson Spinebuster gets LG a hot tag. Big Boot takes out PCO on the apron, Superkick and flying Big Man flattens Vincent, tag to Karl, Magic Killer set up…but PCO with the save. Satellite Russian Leg Sweep from Vincent, RedRUM misses and Karl scoops the Small Package for the win.

Immediately Honor No More attacks. Chris Harris slides in and Honor No More choose to jaw and tease him instead of attacking immediately. HEATH’s music hits before they can attack Harris, and he comes loaded with pipes. Harris and Heath lay out Honor No More with pipes, Wake Up Call from Heath, Pump Kick, Gun Stun and then only Taven is left. Last Call Superkick sends Taven to sleep.

Ace Austin w/Chris Bey vs Alex Zayne

Zayne tries to start immediately, but Ace takes a page from the Jay White book and powders right away. Ace stays a step ahead until a nice Flipping Bodyscissors out of the corner keeps Ace rolling and eating some kicks. Ace tries a top corner move and Zayne flips into a Headscissors for the advantage before commercial. Coming back Ace is in control after driving Zayne into the post.

Ace and Zayne trade, we see Zayne finally get the best of the situations. Cinnamon Twist or Crunchwrap Supreme are hinted at, but Ace rolls away. Zayne tries to get Ace in position for his Taco Driver, but Ace has all the answers. Big kicks and strikes, Ace goes for the Outside/In Avalanche Headscissors, but Zayne mostly flips the through it, but eats a Triangle Kick for his attempted counter. The Fold – gets countered with a Sauce Trigger! Ace powders, Moonsauce to take out Bey and Ace, but Bey grabs his foot before he can get back in, Ace keeps the referee distracted…THE FOLD as soon as Zayne is back in the ring and Bullet Club wins!

Battle of the Futures Redux: Frankie Kazarian vs Chris Sabin w/ Alex Shelley

If this is as good as I anticipate…I may forget how to type. So fair warning if I get sucked in, this could be a short review.

We saw both men had a plan, Sabin went after Kaz’s legs early and often, where Kaz focused on the neck. There were great callbacks, classic moments, even the feint with the Flux Capacitor which is how Kaz won the original Battle of the Futures.

This was Brian Hebner’s final match, and hot damn was it a classic. Everything about this was great.

Overall Score: 9/10

Starting out hot with the X Division match, 2 solid Knockouts matches and a main event that could’ve easily been on any PPV over the last 20 years. This set the stage well for tomorrow’s Against All Odds and could’ve been one of the best Go Home episodes from any company in recent memory. Also it was really awesome getting the Raven vignette to hype the Clockwork Orange House of Fun.

My review of Against All Odds will be a little late since I had prior engagements because Fridays aren’t usually PPVs, but I’ll get to it on Saturday. Watch it live yourself, catch the run down Saturday, either way IMPACT is killin it with that TNA vibe. Maybe its time we go back to a certain 3 letters…a 6 sided ring, or hell, just announce Lethal Lockdown. Bring that back from the dead dammit!

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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)




Artful Dodger or dastardly coward? You decide!

Last time he was on NXT UK, Trent Seven gave us crocodile tears and betrayed Tyler Bate! What will Seven say this week about what he’s done?


  • Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze; Davenport wins.
  • Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley; Henley wins.
  • Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar; Wolfgang wins.


Blair Davenport VS Angel Hayze!

NXT UK beware, it’s the return of the heir! The gothic gladiator is back after that freak accident during her NXT UK Women’s Championship match with Meiko Satomura. Will Blair prove that nothing will stop her from taking the throne this time? Or will Angel leave her in a haze in her first match back?

The bell rings and the two circle. Blair and Angel tie up, go around, and Blair puts Angel on the ropes. The ref counts but Blair lets off fast. Blair and Angel reset, tie up, and Blair shoves Angel down! Fans rally up as Angel and Blair reset again. They tie up, Angel gets around to waistlock, Blair arm-drags free and Angel flounders to a corner. Blair runs in but Angel goes up and over, TWO! Angel boots Blair’s punch away, sobats then runs, to SHOTGUN Blair down! Cover, ONE!! Fans rally, Angel drags Blair up and reels her in, but Blair fights the suplex. Blair powers up, wrenches out and WRINGS the arm!

Fans rally as Blair snarls and stalks Angel. Blair runs in at the corner, Angel goes up and over again, but runs into a CHOP BLOCK! Blair DROPKICKS Angel in the back! Blair pushes Angel over to CLUB her on the back. Blair pushes Angel around, kicks her, and Angel gets to a corner. Blair is after her already and throws a heavy body shot! Angel hits back but Blair CLUBS her down again. Blair hauls Angel up, whips her to ropes and runs her over! Cover, TWO! Blair clamps onto Angels with a chinlock and she grinds Angel down. Fans rally as Angel endures, but Blair thrashes her around. Blair cranks the hold but Angel fights up to her feet.

Angel throws body shots, Blair CLUBS her again! Blair hauls Angel up to whip her to a corner. Blair runs in and GAMANGIRIS! Blair shoves Angel onto ropes, then runs side to side, SLIDING KICK! Cover, TWO! Angel survives and Blair is annoyed but the fans rally up. Blair shoves Angel to a corner, but Angel hits back. Blair CLUBS Angel, stands her up and whips her corner to corner. Blair runs in but Angel dodges and Blair hits buckles! Angel returns with a forearm smash! And then a back elbow! Angel keeps moving, she evades the lariat to fire off forearms and a ROLLING ELBOW! Angel runs again, SLINGBLADE! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally as Blair goes to a corner. Angel runs corner to corner but into a BOOT! Blair hops up and leaps to missile dropkick! Blair drags Angel up, reels her in, but Angel wrenches out to reel Blair in! GUILLOTINE! Angel has Blair in the body scissors, too! Blair endures, stays up, CLUBS Angel and powers out with a BIG suplex! Fans fire up, Blair hauls Angel up for the FALCON ARROW! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

And the heir gets right back on track! Blair gets the mic to say she is back! And she is here to crush all of your hopes. Is that key word a message to a certain someone? Or is it a message to everyone who would dare defy the heir?


NXT UK Media caught up with Sid Scala.

The Assistant General Manager returns to his office, and Kenny Williams is there waiting! Kenny says it’s about time Sid showed up! Kenny’s been working all night, as we can see by the conspiracy web taking over Sid’s office, and Kenny claims he has finally figured it out! Tiger Turan has to be none other than… Sid says Kenny needs to stop, this isn’t why Sid asked to meet with him. This is about next week, a match between Kenny and Tiger Turan! And just as Sid says that, Tiger steps in. Kenny says this is just who he was looking for. But here’s what will happen. Kenny will win, knock Turan out and take off his mask to reveal it’s Amir Jordan!

So right now, Tiger Turan can clean up this mess while Kenny prepares. Is the Scum of the Earth on to something? Is Tiger Turan obsessed with Kenny because it’s Amir Jordan, the man Kenny banished from NXT UK over a year ago? Or is he going to lose this match along with his mind?


Noam Dar & Sha Samuels enter the NXT UK Performance Center.

The Scottish Supernova isn’t sure why they’re here, but the East End Bookie/Butcher promises it is for good reason: they’re going to make some big money. Dar then sees the ring and the training session Mark Coffey is helping with. Dar & Sha taunt them and Mark walks over to ask, “What’s wrong? Run out of ways to cheat?” Dar says he never needs to cheat, and certainly not to beat Mark. Dar didn’t need to cheat to beat “Dog Man” Wolfgang, or to beat big brother Joe and run him out of town. Mark points out Dar only won because of his bookie at ringside. Mark guarantees that if Sha isn’t around, Mark wins the cup.

Sha says no way, Dar is the best ever! Mark says they can bet on it. Sha takes that bet! 100 to 1, Dar still beats Mark! Sha puts money on it quite literally, and says the market is open! Everyone else swarms Sha, wanting to put money on this, too! Dar looks worried with just how many want to join in. Are they betting all on Mark? Dar is a bit upset by that, but will he prove Sha right and take everyone, including Coffey, to the cleaners?


Emilia McKenzie VS Fallon Henley!

#SuplexMillie is still Meiko Satomura’s protégé, but she might be feeling the pressure as of late. The Final Boss demands the best out of her disciple, but will those expectations be met? Or will the Cowgirl rope herself a big win just like Briggs & Jensen did?

The bell rings and the two tie up. They go around, end up in a deadlock, but Millie shots around to waistlock. Fallon pries at the hold, standing switches, and SLAMS Millie down. Millie slips out to hammerlock and fans rally for Millie as she cranks the hold. Fallon fights to sit up, rolls out and has the wristlock. Millie slips through, wristlocks back, but Fallon pries at the hold. Fallon slips through, hammerlocks Millie now, but Millie works on the hold. Fallon rolls Millie up, TWO! Fans applaud the opening exchange as the two stare down. Fallon and Millie reset, tie up with knuckle locks, and they have a test of strength!

Millie wrenches the wrists, kicks an arm, rolls and trips Fallon to have a standing toehold! Fallon endures, uses her free leg to kick free, but Millie cartwheels through. Fans applaud again, and even Fallon offers a handshake. Millie accepts and fans cheer the sportsmanship, and the two tie up again. Millie powers Fallon back but Fallon turns it around to arm-drag Millie away. Fallon shoots in but Millie sits on the cover, ONE! Fallon sunset flips, ONE! Millie tries a jackknife but Fallon rolls through it, TWO! Millie has the sunset, TWO!! Fans fire up for that exchange and the two reset again.

They tie up, Millie headlocks, but Fallon powers up. Millie holds tight, Fallon pries the hold open and turns it around onto Millie! Millie endures, powers out but Fallon runs her over! Fallon does a two step then runs, but Millie keeps up with the drop, sidestep, but Fallon counters hip toss with a hip toss! Fallon arm-drags Millie away and Millie takes a moment to catch her breath. Fallon is on her but Millie EuroUppers! Millie kicks low, CLUBS Fallon on the back, and has her on the ropes. Millie CLUBS Fallon again, has her in a corner now and kicks her low. Fallon throws shots back but Millie CLUBS Fallon, into the TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Cover, TWO!

Fans rally and Millie clamps on a chinlock. Millie shifts to have almost a bully choke but Fallon endures. Fans rally again as Fallon fights up. Fallon throws elbows, body shots, but Millie EuroUppers! Fallon catches on to hooks and a backslide, TWO! Fallon rolls Millie again, TWO! Millie CLOBBERS Fallon! Cover, TWO! Millie is on Fallon again, going after the arms. Fallon fights but Millie still gets a COBRA CLUTCH! Fallon endures, resists, and fans rally as Millie still tries to lock this on! Fallon fights, Millie might just have it! Fallon is fading as Millie bends her backwards!! But Fallon gets a second wind and pries free to arm-drag Millie away!

Millie comes back to ROCK Fallon, Fallon ROCKS Millie! They throw hands, and Fallon DECKS Millie! Fallon fires up to back elbow Millie in a corner! And then a RUNNING FACEBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Fans fire up as Millie survives! Fallon drags Millie up, fireman’s carries, but Millie slips off and shoves to then LARIAT! And again! Millie shoots around to get Fallon up for a BIG bag suplex! Cover, TWO! Fans rally and Millie snarls as she hauls Fallon up. Fallon fights the German Suplex, pops free to switch, but Millie elbows Fallon. Millie whips Fallon to a corner but Fallon goes up and over. Fallon’s leg tweaks! Millie shows no mercy, CHOP BLOCK!!

Millie stomps away on Fallon’s leg and fans fire up! Millie drags Fallon up, reels her in, SHIN BREAKER! And then another SHIN BREAKER! Fallon hobbles, Millie gets her again, but Fallon sunset flips! FALLON WINS!

Winner: Fallon Henley, by pinfall

Millie showed her killer instinct, but maybe she let it get the better of her! Will this be the exact opposite of what Meiko wanted for Millie?


NXT UK Media catches up with Oliver Carter.

They ask him if he’s been keeping in contact with Ashton Smith while he’s out with injury. Of course! Oliver has Ashton on speed dial. They are brothers, that’s never gonna change. But then Teoman and his Die Familie “brothers,” Rohan Raja and Charlie Dempsey slither in and say hi to “Oli.” They sit with him and they feel like this is deja vu. Oliver’s alone, no Ashton Smith, no titles. Oliver needs a family to watch out for him. It is a dangerous place out there. Join them! It’s in his best interest. They’ll let him think about it, and take their leave. Is there anything to think about? Or will the Hottest Superstar Under the Sun actually consider their invitation?


NXT UK Media catches up with Sarray.

The Warrior of the Sun is about to get in a set of squats as they ask her how she feels after her NXT UK debut. Sarray says it was very good. She got a win over Nina Samuels, and she- “Aww~, look!” Xia and Eliza return to mock Sarray for simply training in the UK PC after her first win. It’s so cute. But has Eliza heard the good news? Sarray’s sticking around for a bit. Oh, is she? But then Meiko and Millie step up to back the bullies down. Eliza tells Sarray that she better just play by their rules, or they’ll be more than happy to teach Sarray a few things.

Meiko tells Eliza that she talks too much. If Eliza & Xia want a match with Meiko and Sarray, then Eliza & Xia will be the ones being taught a lesson. Millie seems a bit surprised Meiko didn’t choose her, while Xia & Eliza storm off, Xia complaining about who is teaching who lessons. But with that, Sarray finishes putting up the weights for Meiko to take a turn. Will Final Boss & Warrior of the Sun prove to the bullies the power of Joshi Strong Style?


Wolfgang VS Sha Samuels w/ Noam Dar!

The Last King of Scotland heard the East End Butcher talking some smack like he wouldn’t hear it. But since he did, it’s time for Sha to put his money where his mouth is! Will Wolfgang get a big win and cash in? Or will Sha find another way to weasel out another victory?

The bell rings and the two circle. Sha gets some last minute pointers from Dar. They say they can frustrate Wolfgang and get the edge. But then Dar needs to give Sha another pointer. The ref insists they get this started already, and Wolfgang rushes in. Sha dodges, then dodges again. Sha goes back to Dar for that last pointer but Wolfgang throws Sha out of the corner! Wolfgang fires off haymakers, then an arm-drag! Wolfgang keeps on the arm with a wristlock, then stands Sha up to RAM shoulders. And again! And then a straight arm lever and SLAM! Fans fire up and Wolfgang drags Sha up again to RAM shoulders again.

Wolfgang wrenches, and hits a straight arm suplex! Cover, ONE! Dar is upset but Wolfgang keeps on Sha’s arm. Sha ROCKS Wolfgang with his free arm, then bumps Wolfgang off buckles. Sha bumps Wolfgang off more buckles, then throws heavy back elbows. Sha runs in to SPLASH Wolfgang. Wolfgang shoves Sha away, runs in, but Sha sends Wolfgang into buckles! Fans boo but Dar wants to throw up the X. Sha grabs the bad arm for an ARMBAR DDT! Sha CLUBS the bad arm, uppercuts it, then hip drops on it! Wolfgang clutches that arm, tries to get it working, but Sha drops an elbow on it!

Sha clamps onto the arm, Wolfgang fights the cobra clutch and throws body shots. But Sha wrenches and WRINGS the bad arm! Dar offers a drink but Sha says no, he has to keep working. Sha throws down elbows into the bad arm, then stands on Wolfgang to say, “ON THE MONEY~!” Sha KICKS the bad leg, then shouts out “EAST~!” Sha stomps Wolfgang but fans chant, “You’re a Mug! You’re a Mug!” Dar says yeah, Wolfgang’s the mug! But that’s not who they mean. Sha RAMS Wolfgang into the buckles, stomps away on the bad arm, then runs in to stomp it again! The ref backs Sha off, and Dar SMACKS Wolfgang around with the papers!

Wolfgang gets mad and he CHOPS Sha! And CHOPS again! And counter punches! Wolfgang suplexes Sha, but Sha fights to get to the apron. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm! Wolfgang staggers away and Sha gets in to run and LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this, and Dar offers another drink. Sha says no, and he drops elbow after elbow on Wolfgang! Sha then goes up a corner, and leaps for a FLYING ELBOW DROP! Cover, TWO! Wolfgang is still in this and fans rally up. Sha stalks Wolfgang, CLUBS him at the ropes, then pulls on the bad arm. Wolfgang ROCKS Sha and gives him a kitchen sink knee! BASEMENT SENTON!

Dar is worried as Wolfgang suplexes Sha for the CAB- NO, no toss! Sha slips off, CLUBS Wolfgang and has a top wristlock on the bad arm! Fans rally as Wolfgang endures, fights up, but Sha wants the arm! Wolfgang arm-drags free! Wolfgang goes to the corner, Sha runs in but Wolfgang sends him into buckles! Wolfgang bumps Sha off buckles, fires off haymakers, then keeps Sha cornered to CHOP! Wolfgang whips corner to corner, then runs in, into an uppercut! Wolfgang snarls, shoves Sha back in, and SPLASHES in the corner! Sha flops and Wolfgang is on the apron, working on the bad arm.

Wolfgang climbs but Dar distracts! The ref reprimands but Wolfgang leaps, into a SPINEBUSTER from Sha! Cover, TWO!! Fans rally for Wolfgang while Sha is furious! Sha hauls Wolfgang up, reels him in and whips, but Wolfgang slips off the scoop to POINT-BLANK SPEAR!! But the bad arm holds Wolfgang back from making the cover, and Sha crawls away to his corner. Dar fans Sha, but fans rally for Wolfgang. Wolfgang grabs at Sha on the apron, hauls him up the corner, but Sha throws body shots. Sha HOTSHOTS the bad arm again! Wolfgang is stuck up top and Sha ROCKS him with haymakers! Sha DECKS Wolfgang!

Sha climbs up again, for the FROG SPLASH onto knees! Wolfgang saves himself but both men are down and writhing. Fans rally up again and Wolfgang grits his teeth as he gets back up. Wolfgang rallies on Sha with the one good arm! Wolfgang whips Sha to then back drop him! Fans fire up, Sha gets to a corner and Wolfgang runs in to fire off forearms! Wolfgang howls and runs, to SPLASH again! Dar is up on the apron but Wolfgang BOOTS him down! Fans cheer and Wolfgang SLINGSHOTS to SPEAR!! Cover, Wolfgang wins!!

Winner: Wolfgang, by pinfall

Fans cheer as the Last King of Scotland stands tall! This Gallus Boy is on top, but will Mark Coffey be on top in two weeks after he gets one more shot at Dar and the Heritage Cup?


Trent Seven heads to the ring.

And what a strange thing, for all the fans to boo this Founding Father of NXT UK. He gets a mic and “thanks” us all for that reception. Seven heard the chant of “Why, Trent, Why?” Good question! He will use visual aids to explain just exactly why. The tron shows Trent giving Tyler Bate that truly underhanded low blow uppercut. Trent gets teary eyed as he says it is just beautiful. “It’s the best low blow ever. That’s what it is.” Just look at his positioning! A work of art, really. And more importantly, it represents a turning point. “That right there is the most important moment in British Sports.” Fans chant, “No it’s not! No it’s not!”

But he says yes it is, and we all know it is, “because it’s the moment that Trent Seven saved the industry.” Fans boo but Seven asks they listen. It is the truth “because this place was dead! This studio was a ghost town! And now look at you all! Now look at you all back! The largest crowd in NXT UK BT Sports history is here because Trent Seven is on top!” Fans boo more but Seven says, “It’s a fact. This is where I like to be. Right here. Right at the top, right in the middle, the CENTER of attention!” Fans chant, “We Want Tyler!” and Seven is annoyed. “Tyler Bate is done. Now I am the center of attention, and we were the center of attention as British Strong Style! And as Moustache Mountain.”

Seven goes on about how they were touring the world, selling out every arena, and promotors were begging them to even be on the shows. “Please~! We need you~!” Yes, they did. And that is why fans need to understand it isn’t Seven who changed, it’s Tyler who changed. Seven never lost the killer instinct, he never stopped doing what was needed to win, but it was Tyler who lost his nerve. That will to win is gone, because “it’s all that rubbish, sitting in a field, hugging a tree.” But Bate isn’t coming back, and we know he won’t because he won’t fight Seven! Fans chant, “Yes, He Will!” Seven says no, he won’t, because Bate lost his fighting spirit.

“Tyler Bate is the Little Weak Boy. And I am NXT UK! I am this brand! I am NXT! I am British Strong Style! Come here! Come here! I am Moustache Mountain!!” Fans boo as Seven sets down the mic, and Seven says everyone knows he’s telling the truth. Is he telling the truth about the future of NXT UK? Or will Tyler Bate prove Trent Seven is a liar and make a heroic return?

Wait, a fan gets really heated about Seven saying Tyler is weak and afraid. So much so, friends and security are trying to get him to calm down. But the fan jumps the barrier instead! Security rushes in to stop this man from getting closer and Seven says, “We’ve got a live one!” And then he LOW BLOW KICKS the fan!! Referees rush out and say Seven is out of line! Seven says the fan is the one who got up in Seven’s face. Is there nothing Seven won’t do just to make himself feel like the bigger man?

My Thoughts:

A very good episode of NXT UK with some good set-up for the summer episodes. Blair Davenport gets a good return match win, with Angel Hayze still looking very good in the loss. And Blair emphasizing “hope” at the end of her promo has to be her setting up something with Amale before moving on to the title again. Kenny and Sid had a good interaction to set up Kenny VS Tiger Turan. But sadly for me and my theories, if Kenny also thinks Amir Jordan is Tiger Turan, then that must mean it isn’t because they wouldn’t do that. They can’t let Kenny be right about this, right? It’d be pretty wild for Kenny to win and be right about who Tiger Turan is under the mask.

Millie VS Fallon was a very good match, but I feel like they could’ve played up more of Millie struggling to be aggressive before it backfired on her. But Millie losing does help build her story of disappointing Meiko and herself. Millie also had a very good bit of character work showing her surprise and bit of hurt feelings when Meiko chose Sarray to be her tag partner against Xia & Eliza. But that’s still going to be an awesome match with Sarray and Meiko side by side. Meiko & Sarray will surely win and that will surely set up Meiko VS Sarray for an awesome NXT UK Women’s Championship.

We got a decent interaction from Oliver Carter and Die Familie. I would think Carter rejects Die Familie’s invitation, and he could easily team up with other superstars who don’t like Die Familie, like Mastiff & Starz or even A-Kid. And we got a pretty good promo with Sha, Dar and Mark Coffey about how we’re getting that 100 to 1 betting odds Heritage Cup match. If Mark is getting one more shot in what Dar claims should be his “retirement” match, does that mean Mark wins? Someone from Gallus should get something more, and Dar losing will be his own reason for “not retiring.” Plus, if Mark wins, and Joe Coffey comes back, I’d love seeing Mark VS Joe for the cup.

Wolfgang VS Sha was a great main event match, and I figured Wolfgang would win to get Gallus back up. I don’t know what’s next for Wolfgang, but he’s always been a solid character and in-ring worker. And then, we closed with a very good promo from Seven, with him playing off the crowd’s chants and booing very well. That final bit with “the fan” was quite a surprise but it sure adds to Seven’s Heel heat. But obviously, Bate is coming back and he is going to have one hell of a match with Seven. Can’t be sure who wins that, but it’d make a lot of sense if Seven cheated to win, and then somehow, Seven uses that to go after Ilja Dragunov and the UK Championship.

My Score: 8.5/10

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