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Mitchell’s NJPW Golden Fight Series Results & Report! (4/25/22)

Make sure not to lose count!

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NJPW GFS

How many falls will it take to win the KOPW 2022 trophy?

NJPW’s KOPW Division has given us some very unique matches, but tonight’s might be the most complicated! Can YOU keep up with count?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Togi Makabe & Tomoaki Honma VS Tiger Mask & Yuto Nakashima; Makabe & Honma win.
  • Six Man Tag: Ryusuke Taguchi, Master Wato & Ryohei Oiwa VS Suzuki-Gun; Suzuki-Gun wins.
  • El Desperado & TAKA Michinoku VS Taiji Ishimori & Gedo; Ishimoari & Gedo win.
  • Hirooki Goto & YOSHI-HASHI VS Bad Luck Fale & Chase Owens; Fale & Chase win.
  • Six Man Tag: Chaos VS Los Ingobernables de Japon; LIJ wins.
  • NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: House of Torture VS GODACE; House of Torture wins and retains the titles.
  • KOPW 2022 30 Count match: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Shingo Takagi; Takagi wins and becomes the new Mr. KOPW 2022.

PLAY BY PLAY

NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Championships: House of Torture VS GODACE!

Bullet Club betrayed Tama Tonga & Tanga Loa, and a battle between them and the “Jado Avengers” began! But after many wins, the tide has started to turn against Evil, Sho & Yujiro Takahashi! Will they still hold the gold? Or will the Good Bad Guy, Silverback and Hiroshi Tanahashi prove not everything is Evil’s?

The introductions are made, the belts are presented, and then fans cheer as Tanahashi shows off the muscles. The teams call each other out, and after House of Torture Too Sweets, they attack! Yujiro is after Loa, Evil is after Tama, and Sho goes after Tanahashi! The bell rings to get this on record as the House of Torture throws all of GODACE out. But just as the HOT boys go out after them, Tanahashi & GoD get back in! Fans applaud as the tables have been turned! The House gets in but they get stomped and clubbed down! GoD throw Yujiro and Evil out, Tanahashi throws EuroUppers on Sho.

Tanahashi throws body shots in the corner, then whips corner to corner Sho reverses, runs in but into an elbow. Tanahashi goes up to CROSSBODY! Fans fire up and Tanahashi air guitars. Tag to Loa, he and Tanahashi double whip to double elbow Sho down. Loa drags Sho back up, wrenches, and wristlocks. Loa CLUBS Sho’s arm, CLUBS it again, then top wristlocks. Sho endures, Loa tags Tama, and Loa wrenches so Tama can drop ax handles on the arm! Fans cheer and Tama wrenches Sho’s arm some more. Tama wristlocks, tags in Tanahashi, and they double wrench Sho to double whip and double shoulder tackle! Then DOUBLE SPLASH! Cover, TWO!

Tanahashi brings Sho up and headlocks to grind Sho down. Sho throws elbows and tries to power out but Tanahashi holds tight! So Sho pulls hair! But Tanahashi pulls hair back! Sho wrenches an arm to bend the fingers! Sho whips Tanahashi and surprise! The buckle pad is gone! Tanahashi hits bare steel, the House rushes GoD! They knock Loa and Tama down, CLUB them, and Sho keeps on Tanahashi while Evil brings Tama around. Sho brings Tanahashi out and CLUBS him, too. Evil RAMS Tama into the timekeeper’s table! Abe-san suffers again! The ref reprimands but Evil just grabs the mic while Sho whips Tanahashi into railing.

Evil chokes Tama with the mic cord and makes us all listen to Tama shout! Loa makes the save, but then he gets mugged by all three HOT boys! Sho gets back in the ring, and Evil puts Tanahashi in for him. Cover, TWO! The House is upset but the count is fair. Sho bends Tanahashi’s fingers! Fans rally but Yujiro tags in. Yujiro CLUBS Tanahashi’s arm, then snapmares him to DECK him. Yujiro rains down rights, the ref reprimands about the closed fists. Yujiro lets off to drop a leg, drop an elbow and drop a headbutt! Cover, TWO! Fans rally but Yujiro drags Tanahashi up. Evil tags in and they mug Tanahashi.

Evil throws Tanahashi out and distracts the ref so that Dick can DECK Tanahashi! Sho drags Tanahashi up to put him back in, and Tama rushes Evil! Evil kicks Tama first then sends him out! Dick DECKS Tama, too! Evil covers Tanahashi, TWO! The House is upset but the fans are fired up! The fans clap, “Let’s Go, Ace!” but the King of Darkness brings him up. Tanahashi throws body shots and forearms but Evil knees low and whips him to a corner. Tanahashi comes back with a dropkick to the legs! Fans rally, Tanahashi crawls, but Sho and Yujiro get in to knock GoD down again! Then they all stomp Tanahashi!

The ref reprimands, he has Sho and Yujiro go back to their corner, and fans continue to rally. Evil drags Tanahashi up but Tanahashi kicks! Evil blocks, gives it to the ref, but then Tanahashi blocks Evil’s kick! The ref lets Tanahashi go, and Tanahashi DRAGON SCREWS Evil! Fans are thunderous as Tanahashi crawls over! Hot tag to Tama! Tama fires off on Sho, then on Yujiro, then Evil! Dropkick for Sho! Dropkick for Yujiro! Dropkick for Evil! The vest comes off! Dick slips in but Tama sees him! “YOU!” Tama’s finger point o’ doom scares Dick! Dick still swings but Tama DECKS him! Fans fire up with Tama as Evil goes to a corner.

Tama runs corner to corner, STINGER SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Evil is still in this but Tama drags him back up. Tama suplexes but Evil blocks! Evil suplexes but Tama blocks! They fight for control and the fans rally up! Yujiro gets in to CLUB Tama! Yujiro and Evil suplex but Loa saves Tama! GoD kick Evil and Yujiro, and then STEREO SUPLEX! Fans fire up more and Tama covers Evil, TWO! Evil is still in this but Tama brings him around by the legs. Fans rally, Tama steps in, but Evil rakes the eyes! The ref reprimands but Evil trips Tama to get the legs! Tama throws fists from below! Evil staggers, into a takedown! Tama steps through, SHARPSHOOTER!

Evil endures, Yujiro and Sho run in! Loa intercepts Yujiro and Tanahashi intercepts Sho! OJK CROSSACE and TEXAS CLOVERLEAF! The House endures TRIPLE SUBMISSIONS!! Sho and Yujiro tap but they’re not legal! Evil crawls, reaches, fans rally as Tama holds on, but Evil gets the ROPEBREAK! The House survives but Tanahashi and Loa get Sho and Yujiro out of the ring. Tama calls his shot and fans rally behind him. Evil staggers up, Tama runs in, GUN- NO! Evil shoves Tama, then uses the ref as a shield! Evil kicks Tama low then uses the ref to hit MAGIC KILLER! Evil drags Tama back up, fireman’s carry, but Tama slips off! TONGAN TWIST!

Fans are thunderous again while both men are down! Tama and Evil crawl, hot tags to Loa and Yujiro! Loa rallies on Tokyo Pimp with big lariats! Loa scoops, runs and POWERSLAMS! Fans fire up and Loa swaggers a bit. Loa runs to the ropes to 619!! Yujiro flounders, Loa goes up top, FLYING LARIAT! Cover, TWO!! Yujiro survives but Loa knows he’s close. Fans rally, Loa mocks Yujiro and brings him up. Yujiro throws forearms but Loa just eggs him on. Loa swings, Yujiro dodges to mule kick. Loa fights the fisherman but Yujiro slips out of the scoop to REVERSE DDT! Fans rally again, Yujiro brings Loa up, and reels him in.

Loa fights off Incolle Slam with elbows but Yujiro kicks low. Yujiro whips, Loa reverses, but Yujiro holds ropes to stop himself. Yujiro dodges as Loa rushes in, and Sho anchors a foot! Yujiro BOOTS Loa down, Sho DECKS Tanahashi! Evil drags Loa up, he and Sho double whip him to a corner. Sho runs in to forearm smash! Evil runs in to clothesline, then FISHERMAN BUSTER! Yujiro hits a BASEMENT BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Loa survives the onslaught and Evil argues with the ref. But it’s really just so Yujiro can get his pimp cane! Yujiro aims but Loa dodges the cane shot! Tama CLOBBERS Yujiro!

Evil kicks Tama and whips, but Tama reverses and sends Evil into the bare buckles! Sho runs in to KNEE Tama down! Tanahashi gets Sho for a TWIST ‘N’ SHOUT! Tanahashi runs at Yujiro but Yujiro denies the slingblade and sends Tanahashi at the bare buckles! Tanahashi stomps himself, but Loa spins Yujiro around for HELL STAB! Tanahashi runs, SLINGBLADE! Tama goes up top and Tanahashi sets Yujiro up! GoD are opposite corners! SUPREME FLOW and DIVING HEADBUTT!! Cover, Evil and Sho break it!! Tanahashi throws Sho out, Tama throws Evil. Loa drags Yujiro back up and fans are thunderous as he scoop! But Yujiro slips out again!

Yujiro waistlocks, Loa fights that with elbows, and then Loa waistlocks. But Yujiro backs Loa up, and they sandwich the ref into a corner! Sho whips Tanahashi into railing, Dick gets in and uses the SPOILER CHOKER on Loa! But Jado gets in to toss Dick! Jado gets the ref up, Loa and Yujiro slowly stand. Yujiro throws a forearm, but Loa gives it back. They go back and forth, fans rally up again, Yujiro gets the edge. Loa roars, but Yujiro blocks the boot to trip Loa. Yujiro runs, into a SPEAR! Loa is all fired up and he drags Yujiro up to- NO! Yujiro grabs the ref, and Evil LOW BLOWS Loa! Sho uses the WRENCH!! Sho then WRECKS Tanahashi with a dropkick!

Yujiro drags Loa up, reels him in, BIG JUICE!! Cover, the House wins!

Winners: The House of Torture, by pinfall (still NEVER Openweight Six Man Tag Team Champions)

They had to use all the tricks in the book, but Evil, Yujiro and Sho stay the champions! The King of Darkness is still the King of NEVER, for now. Can the Good Bad Guy get revenge for all the Jado Avengers when he and Evil go 1v1 for the NEVER Openweight Championship?

 

KOPW 2022 30 Count match: Taichi w/ Miho Abe VS Shingo Takagi!

After taking this trophy away from Toru Yano, the Holy Emperor vowed that he would take KOPW to new heights, and paint it over in his colors. And as such, his stipulation won out! This match won’t be about the 1-2-3, it will be the first to THIRTY! Even a “near fall” is crucial, but who can cover the other more and reach the winning score?

The introductions are made, the trophy is raised, and we see how long it takes to count to 30!

Fans rally up as the two stare down. Takagi eggs Taichi on as fans clap, “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-I-CHI!” Taichi does some stretches, he and Takagi circle, then they tie up. Takagi puts Taichi on ropes but lets off quick, since that’ll just waste time. They circle again, tie up again, and then they go to ropes again. Taichi isn’t even trying to Takagi lets off again. They go again, tie up again, and are in a deadlock! But Taichi lets up so they end up on ropes. Takagi is annoyed and he swings on Taichi but Taichi dodges. Taichi gets around, waistlocks, Takagi has the ropes, but Taichi rolls him up before Red Shoes can count! Cover, ZERO!

Fans applaud as Taichi checks with Red Shoes, and indeed, Takagi got away before Red Shoes ever even touched the mat. The two circle again, tie up, and Takagi rolls Taichi up! ZERO, but Takagi runs Taichi over! Cover, ONE! That’s good enough to start! But Taichi BOOTS Takagi and covers, ONE! Taichi checks with Red Shoes, but Takagi gets around to backslide! TWO! And that makes three for Takagi! Fans fire up as the Rampaging Dragon has the lead. Only for Taichi to drag Takagi into a cradle! TWO, and now we’re tied up again! Taichi hurries to trip Takagi, then goes for the body scissors!

Takagi slips out the back, he goes for the body scissors! Taichi slips out but Takagi runs him over again, then drops a SENTON! Fans fire up again while Taichi crawls to ropes. Takagi lets him be out there and Miho checks on Taichi. Takagi applauds and fans clap, “TA-KA-GI!” “TA-I-CHI!” Taichi gets up, walks off the soreness, but Takagi eggs him on. Taichi walks around the outside, takes his time returning, but there’s no ring count to worry about. He gets in, Takagi is right on him with kicks and headbutts! Taichi CHOKES! Takagi CHOKES! They BOTH choke! Takagi powers Taichi to a corner, but he JABS, CHOPS and repeat!

Fans rally with ever JAB and CHOP, then Takagi just JABS and JABS and JABS! He clams he was doing palm strikes, though. Takagi kicks Taichi, then whips corner to corner. Takagi runs in but Taichi ROUNDHOUSES him down! Taichi thinks about it, then he covers Takagi! TWO, so Taichi finally leads 5-3. Takagi goes outside but Taichi pursues. Taichi whips Takagi into railing! Taichi CHOKES Takagi against the railing! Red Shoes reprimands and Taichi stops, then he brings Takagi around to POST him! Taichi puts Takagi in, brings him up, but Takagi throws body shots and forearms!

Takagi ROCKS Taichi, and again! But Taichi wrenches and HOOK KICKS! Cover, TWO! That makes 7-3, Taichi. Fans rally up and Taichi brings Takagi up. Taichi KICKS Takagi but Takagi eggs him on. So Taichi KICKS him again. And KICKS again, only for Takgai to block! But Taichi CHOKES Takagi and throws him down! Fans rally while Red Shoes reprimands. Taichi sits Takagi up to choke him, then choke him against ropes! Red Shoes reprimands but Taichi stomps Takagi to a corner. Taichi hides his choke, but Takagi chokes back! Taichi chokes with both hands! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi snapmares Takagi and KICKS him!

Takagi roars and fans fire up, so Taichi KICKS Takagi again! Takagi eggs Taichi on so Taichi KICKS him again! Cover, TWO, but wait, he sees the choke! The count still counts, so now it’s 9-3. Taichi does the same trick but Red Shoes won’t allow it. No easy counts for that! Taichi says that’s not a choke, THIS is a choke! Red Shoes reprimands, Taichi stops, and fans rally up again. Taichi waits on Takagi to get up, and then he BUZZ- NO! Takagi ducks, rolls Taichi up, TWO! 9-5, but Takagi runs into a kitchen sink knee! Taichi then scuffs Takagi with toying kicks. Fans rally up, but Taichi stands on Takagi’s head.

Taichi eggs Takagi on, then gives him Kowata Kicks. Takagi gets up, Taichi kicks low and gives more Kowata Kicks! But Takagi blocks, spins Taichi, shoves and ELBOWS! JABS! YUKON feint to a cradle! TWO, 9-7, but Taichi boots the lariat away. Takagi spins to YUKON PUMPING! Fans fire up while Taichi is down and Takagi catches his breath. Takagi fires up and fans rally behind him. Takagi drags Taichi up, Gory Especial, but Taichi fights free. Taichi swings, but into another hook, then a DDT! Then SLIDING LARIAT! Takagi isn’t done there, he Gory Especials again, NOSHIGAMI! Cover, TWO! We’re tied again!

But Takagi says he’s just getting started! Fans rally, Takagi brings Taichi up, pump handles, but Taichi fights the lift! Taichi throws elbows, gets free, and BOOTS from a corner. Takagi comes back but Taichi dodges to GAMANGIRI! Taichi hurries to cover, TWO! Taichi takes the lead back, 11-9! Fans rally, both men slowly rise, and Taichi gets to ropes. Taichi stands, runs in and BOOTS! Takagi stays up to ROCK Taichi! Taichi BOOTS, Takagi forearms! Taichi boots but Takagi blocks to CLUB the leg! Takagi CHOPS, Taichi KICKS! CHOP, KICK, repeat! Fans rally up as they speed up, Taichi gets the edge!

Taichi eggs Takagi on so Takagi DOUBLE CHOPS! Taichi sobats, Takagi forearms, Taichi ENZIGURIS! Taichi crawls over to cover, TWO! Taichi is 13-9 but fans rally up. Takagi and Taichi slowly stir, and Taichi uses ropes to get up again. Taichi fires himself up and OFF COME THE PANTS! But Takagi clotheslines him in a corner! Taichi comes back to DECK Takagi with an elbow! Taichi powers up, sumo stance, YOKO- NO! Takagi half nelsons, but Taichi fights the lift! Takagi ducks the hook kick, pump handles and half nelsons, MADE IN JAPAN! Cover, TWO!! Well, 13-11, Takagi is catching up again.

Fans rally and Takagi fires up with, “OI! OI! OI!” Fans clap along, Takagi powers up the arm and he runs, but Taichi BOOTS! Takagi fights the Saido, Taichi whips but Takagi reverses to SAIDO! Takagi runs, but Taichi gets around to DANGEROUS SAIDO!! Taichi crawls and covers, TWO!! 15-11, Taichi is halfway there! Fans rally up more, Taichi brings Takagi up and reels him in. Takagi fights the lift, back drops free, and he runs in, into a KICK! Taichi reels Takagi back in but Takagi fireman’s carries! Takagi puts Taichi on a corner, throws some elbows and back hands, then JABS Taichi! Takagi climbs up, fires up, and he throws headbutts.

Taichi hits back, Takagi throws more headbutts! Takagi gets Taichi up for a SUPERPLEX! Takagi crawls to the cover, TWO!! 15-13, but Takagi snarls. Takagi brings Taichi up, pump handle and rack, but Taichi fights free! Taichi shoves, BOMBERS COLLIDE! Takagi runs in again, BOMBERS COLLIDE again! Taichi falls over and fans fire up! Takagi runs, but Taichi catches the bomber to a SUMO TOSS! AX BOMBER!! Cover, TWO! 17-13, Taichi is keeping that four point lead! Taichi drags Takagi up, Alabama but Takagi fights that off! Takagi spins Taichi, Taichi ducks a lariat, roundhouse and lariat collide!

Takagi still LARIATS! Taichi wobbles, he DECKS Takagi! Taichi hurries to Alabama lift, guck, BLACK MEPHISTO!! But he has to crawl to the cover again! He gets all the way to SIX!! 23-13! A TEN point lead now! Fans rally up while both men are down. Takagi and Taichi stir and go to opposite corners. Taichi fires himself up, fans rally and Taichi aims, but Takagi blocks the superkick! LARIAT to GEDO CLUTCH! TWO, but then Takagi gets Taichi in a cobra twist cradle! THREE, it’s 23-18! Taichi BOOTS, reels Takagi in, but Takagi slips out of the saido to pump handle! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, FIVE!! We’re tied AGAIN!

Miho rallies the fans while both men are down. Takagi flounders to the ropes, shakes out the cobwebs, and he stands as Taichi rises. Takagi runs in, LARIAT! Taichi stays up, and then he LARIATS! Takagi stays up, rebounds, and LARIATS! Taichi stays up, rebounds, and LARIATS! Takagi goes to run but Taichi grabs his wrist. Takagi can’t shake free, so he YUKON LARIATS! Taichi stays up, and short arm LARIATS! Takagi stays up, to YUKON LARIAT! Taichi stays up, to short arm LARIAT! Fans rally up, Takagi grits his teeth and YUKON LARIATS! Taichi winds up but Takagi blocks to YUKON LARIAT again! And again!

Taichi drops to his knees and fans fire up! Miho shouts to Taichi but Takagi roars to pump handle. Taichi slips out, gets the body scissors, GEDO CLUTCH! FIVE!! Taichi is at 28! ROUNDHOUSE!! Both men are down! Fans are thunderous as both men stir! Taichi drags himself towards Miho at the ropes, then gets up. Taichi roars, runs in, but into an ELBOW! JAB! But he ducks the Yukon! Takagi ducks the Ax Bomber to run and PUMPING BOMBER! Cover, ONE!?! Taichi AX BOMBERS! Cover, ONE!! Another, ZERO!!! Fans are thunderous again as both men scramble to opposite ends! Takagi runs in, into an ENZIGURI!

But PUMPING BOMBER on the rebound! Taichi gets himself to ropes, Takagi brings him in! Boxing elbows over and over, but Taichi ROCKS him with an elbow! Takagi JABS Taichi! Then HEADBUTTS! And RUNNING ELBOW! But Taichi gets right back up!? Only to run into the pump handle! LAST OF THE DRAGONS!! Cover, SIX!!! Takagi wins!!!

Winner: Shingo Takagi, 30-29 (NEW Mr. KOPW 2022)

The Rampaging Dragon takes it at the finish line! Taichi’s reign ended before it really began, will he be back to try again? As for Takagi, the trophy is brought to him as he catches his breath. Suzuki-Gun has to help Taichi exit, and  Takagi slowly gets to his feet as he gets the mic.

“Before we did this, I said I would wear Taichi out, and now look at me. But I took KOPW on my first try. So let’s say this: Let’s go go go!” Fans applaud that, and Takagi admits his head hurts. He asks if anyone saw him winning the KOPW trophy. Even he can’t believe he’s holding it. But it’s like he always says. Whether it was as NEVER Openweight Champion, IWGP World Heavyweight Champion, “I’ve proven that it’s the man that makes the title!” Fans applaud that, too. Takagi worked to elevate those titles, and he’ll work to elevate this one. He was at the top with the world title last year, but he’ll be at the top with the KOPW this year!

“With the KOPW Trophy in hand, I’ll soar like a dragon!” If this was how hard Takagi fought to take the trophy, how much harder will he fight to keep it?


My Thoughts:

A very good event for Golden Fight Series, and apparently the last one they’re going to air. In which case, a great finale in those last two matches. The House of Torture of course cheats to keep the titles, but if they’re keeping the Six Man titles, I really hope this means Tama Tonga wins the singles title. Tama’s proven himself as a singles guy so he deserves to have a singles title. And then in the KOPW match, that was great stuff, though in many ways like a normal match. Lots of two counts, but we got great zero counts and past-three counts. I didn’t think Takagi was going to win this, just as Takagi wondered in his promo. But it was great that it came down to the wire. I feel like a 30 count should be a normal stipulation choice.

As for what’s next, I think Takagi’s gonna need to do better with his stipulation ideas. Takagi’s check list idea was a bit odd, having to get a one count, then a two, then a three. I’m sure he’ll start busting out those that border on No Disqualifications, or whatever combination of rules can allow something this grueling again and again. A part of me hopes Taichi comes back for more, but I bet Taichi can move up to like the US Championship.

My Score: 8.6/10


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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!

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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.

Ratings:

  • 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 – *****

 

Results:

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)

WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!

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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?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

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

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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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