Friday is all about quittin’ time!
Before trying to make each other quit over the SmackDown Women’s Championship, Charlotte Flair and Ronda Rousey compete in I Quit time challenges!
- Steel Cage Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre; McIntyre wins.
- WWE Intercontinental Championship: Ricochet VS Shanky w/ Jinder Mahal; Ricochet wins and retains the title.
- Raquel Rodriguez VS Cat Cardoza; Rodriguez wins.
- Naomi w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya; Naomi wins.
- Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston; Woods wins.
- Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland; Sheamus wins.
- I Quit Match Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Shotzi Blackheart; Rousey wins in 1:41.
- I Quit Match Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah; time expires, Rousey wins the challenge.
PLAY BY PLAY
Steel Cage Match: Sami Zayn VS Drew McIntyre!
The Master Strategist wants to fix his reputation, but he keeps running away like the Gingerbread Man. Will being put in a cage with the Scottish Warrior finally force Sami to fight? Or will Sami fully take advantage of win-by-escape?
Sami is very antsy about the door closing. McIntyre throws Sami down and then he slams the door shut himself! The bell rings courtesy of Drew Gulak, and Sami scurries up steel! McIntyre brings him down, then tells Sami there’s no escape. They tie up but Sami gets around and goes up steel! McIntyre drags him back down again, then TOSSES him into a corner! McIntyre kicks and punches away, then CHOPS Sami! Sami is stinging already as he flounders away. McIntyre brings Sami up, Sami grabs for ropes, so McIntyre RAMS him into steel! McIntyre says one more time and fans like the sound of that.
McIntyre brings Sami up, and he RAMS him into more steel! Sami flops down and McIntyre looms over him. Fans want more so McIntyre gives them more. But Sami uses that to go up the steel! McIntyre grabs at Sami, Sami kick shim away this time, then goes to a corner. But McIntyre LEAPS to CLUB Sami, then he goes up to fire off hands! Sami SMACKS McIntyre off the steel! And again! And again! Sami then adjusts position, to SUPER SUNSET FLIP POWERBOMB! Both men are down and SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and McIntyre is down! Sami digs McIntyre’s face into the steel, then stomps away on him! Sami lets off and McIntyre sputters, but Sami brings McIntyre up to dribble him off steel even more! “Do I look scared?!” But McIntyre blocks the dribbling, and he glares at Sami! McIntyre SMACKS Sami off steel! Sami goes tumbling, McIntyre gets out of the ropes, but Sami dodges and sends McIntyre into more steel! Sami then runs in to HELLUVA KICK McIntyre down! Sam then steps on McIntyre to start climbing! Sami reaches the top! But McIntyre springs up to catch up, and he grabs Sami by his hair!
McIntyre drags Sami back to SMACK him off the steel! Sami falls to the mat, McIntyre aims from a corner. But Sami runs in first to kick McIntyre! But McIntyre smacks Sami off steel again and again, side to side! Then a clinch for an OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! JUMPING NECKBREAKER! McIntyre kips up, fans fire up! McIntyre aims from a corner again, “Three! Two! One!” But Sami climbs! McIntyre hurries after him again, drags him back down, but Sami kicks at McIntyre. Sami kicks and kicks and McIntyre gets crotched! McIntyre flops down, Sami starts climbing again! Fans boo as Sami reaches the top, but McIntyre hurries!
McIntyre gets up there in time to drag Sami up by his hair! McIntyre drags Sami back over for a SUPERPLEX! Both men writhe but McIntyre kips right back up! Fans fire up and McIntyre starts the countdown again! “THREE! TWO! ONE!!” CLAYMORE!! Cover, McIntyre wins!
Winner: Drew McIntyre, by pinfall
Sami’s losing streak continues, but at least this one finished in the ring! Is Sami’s reputation done for? Will McIntyre use this to get back towards a title?
Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.
Kayla Braxton says Ronda Rousey wants to humiliate Charlotte, but Charlotte says she never gets humiliated. She is adored and worshipped. But Ronda will say “I Quit” and never show her face here again. Charlotte will win the Beat the Clock Challenge and we will see the embarrassment on Ronda’s face. Ronda might even quit before Backlash. The Queen is very confident, but will she be in the lead after tonight’s timed I Quit matches?
Happy Corbin makes his way to the ring.
He’ll be hosting another episode of Happy Talk, but all by himself this time. Will he be able to do well all by himself? We find out, after the break.
SmackDown returns and Corbin sits in his armchair as he welcomes us to the “new and improved” Happy Talk. He says that because we no longer have to deal with “a man who you all detest just as much as I do, the insufferable Mad Cap Moss.” Corbin won’t let Moss drag this show down with his awful, awful, awful jokes he insisted on telling every night that Corbin never found funny. Corbin will show Moss the one thing he did that was funny was think that he could beat Corbin. Moss is still living off his Andre the Giant Battle Royal victory, and he owes that to Corbin! Corbin made Moss! Corbin molded and shaped Moss into the man he is today.
Everything Corbin touches turns to gold! So just like he made Moss, he will destroy Moss. Tonight is special, though. Corbin will just settle for destroying the one thing Moss loves most: the Andre the Giant Battle Royal TROPHY! So welcome his special guest, the trophy! WWE staff carries out the trophy as Corbin has a video show just how he got this trophy. Moss won it at the SmackDown before WrestleMania, then had it ringside during his matches. Moss dealt with Los Lotharios, only for Corbin to attack from behind! Then Corbin carried the trophy away.
Back in the present, the trophy is on a pedestal and Corbin says he can’t wait to see Moss’ face after his one little accomplishment is smashed into a million little pieces. Corbin asks for a sledgehammer, but the crew member bringing the hammer in is MOSS! Fans fire up as Moss holds up the hammer, but Corbin keeps going on and on, gloating about how he’ll smash the trophy. But then Corbin turns around, and he sees Moss! Corbin wants Moss to take it easy, and then he narrowly avoids the hammer! Moss keeps Corbin from running away and he fires off hands! Corbin ends up in his chair and Moss dribbles him with haymakers!
Moss grabs the velvet rope stand but Corbin avoids that, too! Moss RAMS Corbin into a corner and then POSTS him! Corbin flops out and runs away and now Moss has his trophy back! Who will be the one left in stitches after this grudge match plays out?
WWE Intercontinental Championship: Ricochet VS Shanky w/ Jinder Mahal!
The One and Only is a fighting champion, and so he gladly accepted the challenge of the Modern Day Maharaja’s towering protégé! Will Shanky do what Jinder could not and dethrone Ricochet? Or will Ricochet be flawless and fearless once again?
SmackDown returns and Shanky makes his entrance. The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and the bell rings. Ricochet fires off KICKS but Shanky shoves him away. Ricochet gets around, but Shanky CLUBS Ricochet off the waistlock, Shanky shoves Ricochet, powers through the boot and fires off haymakers! The ref counts, Shanky lets off, and Shanky CLUBS Ricochet down. Shanky CLUBS Ricochet in the chest, then throws big back elbows. Ricochet flops and Jinder applauds. Shanky snapmares to clamp on a neck wrench. Ricochet endures, fights up, but Shanky throws him down by his head!
Shanky pushes Ricochet down to drop an elbow! Cover, TWO! Shanky stalks Ricochet back to a corner, then stomps a mudhole. Ricochet tries to kick back, Shanky blocks, but Ricochet ENZIGURIS! Ricochet goes up but Shanky catches him to TOSS him across the ring! Jinder applauds as Ricochet staggers up. Shanky DECKS Ricochet with a right hand! Shanky clamps on a neck wrench again but Ricochet still endures. Ricochet fights up, but Shanky throws him down again! Ricochet avoids the elbow drop this time! Fans rally behind Ricochet and he fires off shots! Shanky shoves Ricochet again, but Ricochet ducks, dodges and springboard CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!
Shanky goes to a corner and Ricochet runs in to RAM a shoulder. Ricochet goes to the apron and ENZIGURIS Shanky away! Ricochet then goes up top, but Jinder trips Ricochet while Shanky distracts the ref! Shanky sits Ricochet up, fireman’s carries off the corner, but Ricochet moves around to sunset flip! High stack, Ricochet wins!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall (still WWE Intercontinental Champion)
Jinder and Shanky are shocked! Ricochet snags that one away, Jinder is furious with Shanky, but Shanky gets mad with Jinder! Shanky storms off, is he done listening to the Maharaja?
Backstage interview with Raquel Rodriguez.
Kayla says all eyes are on Raquel with her SmackDown in-ring debut. Is she nervous? When she looks this good, she’s used to having all eyes on her. But yes, she’s nervous. It’s like a party of butterflies. But she also likes being the center of attention. She’ll put on a show no one will ever forget. With that, Ricky Desperado heads to the ring! Who will be the first to feel the power of Big Mami Cool?
Raquel Rodriguez VS ???
SmackDown returns and Raquel’s opponent is “Cat Cardoza.” (Leila Grey) Cat fires off even before the bell! She throws forearms and knees, then hammers Raquel on the back! The ref backs Cat off, and Raquel says okay then. The bell finally rings, and Raquel CLOBBERS Cat! Raquel smiles as she drags Cat up, knuckle locks and wristlocks, then straight arm levers Cat to drop her down. Raquel flexes, drags Cat back up, and runs her over with a shoulder! Raquel brings Cat back up, whips her to a corner hard, and Cat bounces off buckles. Raquel gets Cat back up, for a FALL AWAY SLAM!
Raquel fires up and fans fire up with her. Raquel scoops for another FALL AWAY SLAM! Cat flounders, Raquel still smiles, and she steps on Cat to go to the corner. TWISTING VADER! Cat grabs ropes and kicks Raquel away, then HOTSHOTS from the apron! The ref reprimands, Cat hurries in, and she runs at the corner to SHINING WIZARD! Cat pushes Raquel around, then chokes her against rope! The ref counts, Cat lets off at 4, and then she runs in, but Raquel blocks the boot! CHINGONA BOMB!! Cover, Raquel wins!
Winner: Raquel Rodriguez, by pinfall
Raquel wrecks Cat and has a strong debut on SmackDown! Will Big Mami Cool steamroll her way to the top soon enough?
Ludwig Kaiser says, “Gunther is the embodiment of greatness. He pulverizes any and every opponent not worthy stepping on that mat that is so sacred to us!” Gunther says, “Respect will be taken by Der Ring General.” Will Imperium sanctify all of SmackDown for the name of this great sport?
RKBRO head to the ring!
Matt Riddle & Randy Orton are here, because tonight, they sign on the dotted line! RKBRO and the Usos will make the WWE Tag Team Championship Unification official, after the break.
SmackDown returns and the Usos make their entrance. Jimmy & Jey join RKBRO and Adam Pearce in the ring, the belts are set on the table, and Pearce thanks them for being here for the official signing. RKBRO and Usos have been part of enough of these so Pearce makes it simple: four signatures on the contract, and the unification match is official. Jimmy says to check this out. The Usos ain’t got nothing to prove to Pearce, the fans, or to RKBRO. Everyone in the arena and the whole damn world know that RKBRO are the twos, and #WeTheOnes! The Bloodline is gonna be draped in ALL the gold! After Backlash, they’ll need bigger luggage while RKBRO will do some acknowledging.
Riddle speaks up, saying he wants to say something. It’s good that Pearce and Orton are here. Riddle can’t tell the Usos apart, and that’s not fair! Orton has the tattoos and the moustache, Riddle has the long hair and no shoes. Can we get name tags for the Usos? Or maybe one of them can change their beard. Pearce will take that under advisement… Orton says he appreciates the insight from Riddle, but is he really serious that he can’t tell the Usos apart? Not at all, Randy. That’s funny, because Orton’s never had a problem. See, the one on the right is the Right Hand Man, Jey Uso. Okay, okay.
The one on the left is nothing but a bitch. OOOH! Jimmy DECKS Orton! Jey tosses the table! Then he goes after Riddle! They all brawl, Orton turns things around and so does Riddle! But here comes ROMAN REIGNS! The Tribal Chief makes his presence known, Paul Heyman carrying both belts. RKBRO is ready, but then the Usos CLOBBER them from behind! The Usos stomp RKBRO, then they DOUBLE SUPERKICK Orton! They whip Riddle, for the ONE D! Roman gets in the ring to loom over the contract. He picks it up and RIPS IT UP! Then he shoves it down Riddle’s mouth before throwing haymakers!
But here comes MCINTYRE! The Scottish Warrior won’t let the Head of the Table do what he wants! Jey rushes out but gets CLOBBERED! Jimmy DIVES into a haymaker! And now McIntyre has a clear path to Roman! McIntyre gets up in the ring as he stares Roman down. Fans are fired up but Roman says McIntyre doesn’t want none of this. McIntyre gets in the ring because he does! They throw haymakers back and forth, McIntyre gets the edge and clinches, OVERHEAD Belly2Belly! Roman bails out and regroups with the Bloodline! McIntyre says this has been a long time coming! Will McIntyre be taking aim at the Undisputed WWE Championship?
Paul Heyman meets with Adam Pearce.
The Special Counsel tells Mr. Pearce that while Pearce has his minions running around to get the inside scoops, he must surely know Roman Reigns is not happy. Pearce is aware. Then Heyman wants Pearce to have a good relationship with the Undisputed Universal Champion. As such, this tag title unification match, RKBRO VS Usos? Let’s say there’s been an upgrade. WrestleMania Backlash will have RKBRO & Drew McIntyre VS The Usos and Roman Reigns in a Six Man Tag! Pearce can’t just change things. The titles have to be on the line. Heyman applauds Pearce and says he admires a man “who will stick to his principles at the expense of his own career.”
It gives Heyman the ammunition to go to the board and file a complaint that Pearce would deprive the fans of such a match. Mr. Pearce can make that Six Man, and he will. Heyman leaves and Pearce seems to find himself between a rock and a hard place. Will the unification be set aside so that the Bloodline can settle a grudge?
Naomi w/ Sasha Banks VS Shayna Baszler w/ Natalya!
The Boss ‘n’ Glow know that Spades & Hart are coming for them and the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships, and are ready to fight. Will Naomi make Shayna #FeelTheGlow? Or will Shayna make Naomi #TapNapOrSnap?
The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, Shayna waistlocks, SLAMS Naomi down, then floats around to keep Naomi down. Naomi fights up but Shayna SLAMS her down again. Naomi slips out with some Matrix and she basement dropkick! Naomi runs side to side for a SPLIT LEG LEG DROP! Cover, TWO! Naomi wrenches Shayna, whips, but Shayna reverses. Naomi goes up and catches Shayna for the TWERK ATTACK! Naomi then kicks Shayna away, slides around her, wheelbarrows, but into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Shayna scowls and Natty soaks up heat. Shayna gets Naomi’s arm, twists the wrist, then has a double wristlock.
Naomi endures, fans rally, and Naomi fights up to throw body shots. Shayna RAMS Naomi into a corner then fires off body shots! The ref counts, Shayna lets off at 4, and then runs in, only to hit buckles! Naomi goes to another corner, Shayna rushes in, and Shayna blocks a boot. Shayna throws Naomi but she uses ropes to ENZIGURI! Shayna staggers, Sasha rallies the fans and Naomi wants the full nelson. Shayna fires elbows to get free, then she shoots around to KIRAFUDA! But Naomi snapmares free! Rear View gets caught, but Naomi victory rolls Shayna into buckles! Sunset flip, Naomi wins!
Winner: Naomi, by pinfall
But Natty CLOBBERS Naomi! Sasha goes after the sore loser and whips her out of the ring! Sasha then KNEES Natty off the apron, and baseball slides. But Natty catches the leg to SMASH the knee into the apron! Natty then gets Sasha in a SHARPSHOOTER through the ropes! Sasha can only endure, and Shayna gut wrench SLAMS Naomi down! Natty lets Sasha go and elbows away on the leg! Natty then makes Sasha watch as Shayna isolates Naomi’s arm! Shayna STOMPS the arm! Fans boo as Naomi writhes and Shayna leaves her behind. Will Spades & Hart trump the champs and take those titles at Backlash?
And it’s official!
Heyman wanted it, Pearce caved! The change to WrestleMania Backlash is done, it will be a Six Man Tag! The Bloodline VS RKBRO & McIntyre! Will the Tribal Chief and the SmackDown Tag Team Champions smash ’em, stack ’em and pin ’em? Or will the Scottish Warrior and the Raw Tag Team Champions prove that the Bloodline ain’t the ones?
Sheamus and Ridge Holland meet backstage.
It’s been a whole week and they haven’t found Butch! Who knows what he’ll do? Sheamus put posters everywhere, from the locker room to catering to the parking lot! What about Ridge? He also put posters up! Really? Where? The locker room, catering, and the parking lot! But that’s where Sheamus put his posters… Didn’t you see them? More the merrier. Sigh… Ridge says he can take them down. No, no time. They have a match. Well hey, Ridge put Big E out. He can do the same to Woods! Yeah, and if they ever show their faces again, they’ll run right into Fight Night!
Ridge Holland w/ Sheamus VS Xavier Woods w/ Kofi Kingston!
The Northern Grit is ready to do what Pete Dunne couldn’t. But will that come to pass? Or will he end up lost in the #BackWoods, too?
SmackDown returns and the New Day make their entrance. Kofi says, “Well, well, well. It appears as though where once there was three, now there is only two! Two! Two! Two!” Where is Butch? Y’mean to tell ya bois, the NEW~ DAY~, that they can keep it together since 2014, 8 YEARS, but these guys can’t even keep it together for a month and a half? Wow… Sheamus has had a lot of tag partners, actually. He’s like WWE’s resident thot. The tag team thot! First he was shakin’ it for League of Nations. Then for The Bar. Now he’s shaking it for two young booties who don’t know any better.
Sheamus is like Wreck It Ralph! Fans know Ralph. Then this is Shake It Sheamus. Fans chant it, “Shake It Sheamus!” But while Sheamus is busy shaking it on the outside, Woods will be destroying Ridge. Why? BECAAAAUSE~! NEW! DAY ROCKS!
Woods gets in the ring and Sheamus gets upset with the new nickname. The bell rings, Woods kicks Ridge in the leg, but Ridge doesn’t budge. They circle, Woods throws more kicks, then ties up with Ridge. Ridge powers Woods into a corner and he throws body shots and uppercuts. Ridge wrenches, reels Woods in and CLOBBERS him! Fans still taunt Sheamus but Ridge throws body shots. Ridge whips Woods, Woods leaps, but Ridge catches him! SLAM then knee drop! Sheamus wants Ridge to crush Woods, and Ridge stomps Woods’ hand. Ridge EuroUppers again, but Woods chops! And CHOPS!
Ridge kicks and CLUBS Woods, then whips corner to corner. Ridge runs in but Woods dodges, and Ridge hits POST! Sheamus is upset, and Woods springboards out to TORNADO DDT Ridge to the floor! Fans fire up and so does Kofi as SmackDown goes to break.
SmackDown returns and Woods climbs up a corner. Woods leaps, Ridge gets under, and Woods runs into a POUNCE from Ridge! Sheamus is fired up but fans boo as Woods writhes. Ridge stomps away on Woods, then drops a knee on Woods. Ridge drops elbows, knees, repeat! Ridge drags Woods around, fans rally with “NEW! DAY ROCKS!” Woods throws body shots, Ridge shoves him but Woods sunset flips. Ridge stays up but Woods avoids the knee drop. Woods CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS. Ridge blocks the haymaker to HEADBUTT Woods down. Sheamus says that’s using his head!
Ridge drags Woods back up and wraps on a chinlock. Woods endures, fans still taunt Sheamus, but Ridge grinds Woods down. Woods fights up, gets to his feet, and fans rally as he moves around and around and hits a JAWBREAKER! Woods CHOPS Ridge again, throws more hands and CHOPS, over and over and over! Woods whips, Ridge reverses, but Woods ducks and dodges then slides to ROLLING- SPINEBUSTER from Ridge! Cover, TWO! Woods survives and Sheamus is seething. Ridge looms over Woods, stands on his head and digs his heel in. The ref reprimands, but Ridge drags Woods up again.
Ridge reels Woods in, but Woods flops to the mat. Ridge laughs, Woods has nothing left. Ridge gets Woods up again, but Woods fights the powerbomb! Fans rally but Ridge CLUBS away on Woods’ back! Ridge brings Woods up again, but Woods turns bomb into cradle!! WOODS WINS AGAIN!!
Winner: Xavier Woods, by pinfall
The Back Woods is unstoppable! Sheamus says he’s through with games! “Sorry” won’t cut it this time! Sheamus dares Kofi to go 1v1 with him right now! Fans want to see it, so Kofi nods and throws off the vest! The Fella wants to fight, but will there be Trouble in Paradise in the near future?
Kofi Kingston w/ Xavier Woods VS Sheamus w/ Ridge Holland!
SmackDown returns as this match is going, and Sheamus whips Kofi to ropes. Kofi ducks and dodges then CROSSBODIES Sheamus and himself out of the ring! Fans fire up, Kofi runs in but Sheamus dodges. Kofi goes up to the apron, mule kicks, then TRUST FALLS! Sheamus goes down again! Kofi puts Sheamus in the ring, but Sheamus throws a hard body shot! Kofi is stuck on the apron, Sheamus CLUBS Kofi on the back, then stands him up. Kofi fights the Bodhrain and HOTSHOTS! Kofi somersaults to school boy, TWO! Sheamus rushes into a corner but only gets POST! Kofi then goes up top, FLYING AX HANDLE!
Fans fire up as Kofi KICKS and CLUBS and fires forearms on Sheamus. Sheamus hits back, but Kofi gets him for- NO! No SOS, just an IRISH CURSE BACKBREAKER! Sheamus holds on, to haul Kofi up for another IRISH CURSE! Sheamus says that’s not all, here’s a third IRISH CURSE! Sheamus turns Kofi over for a DUBLIN GRIN! Kofi endures, fights up, fans rally and Kofi throws elbows. Kofi runs, but into a scoop and POWERSLAM! Sheamus fires up and goes to a corner. Fans boo, but Sheamus soaks up the heat. Sheamus beats his chest, takes aim at Kofi, but Kofi ducks the Brogue! SOS!! Cover, TWO!!
Sheamus and Kofi get up, and Kofi hurries to a corner. Kofi climbs, Sheamus ROCKS him first! Kofi hits back, they brawl, Kofi throws a headbutt! Kofi stands up and leaps, into a KNEE! Sheamus runs, BROGUE!! Cover, Sheamus wins!
Winner: Sheamus, by pinfall
The New Day goes 1-1 tonight with the Fight Night Boys, but Ridge RAMS Woods into barriers! Ridge fires off on Woods, then sets him up against steel steps. Sheamus brings out a TABLE! Fans are fired up as Sheamus sets the table up and Ridge digs his knee into Woods. The table is ready, Sheamus has Ridge get his revenge. POWERBOMB through the table!! Will the Celtic Warrior and Northern Grit still be formidable even without the wild and erratic Butch?
Lacey Evans speaks.
“I got kicked out of my home at age 17, but I was still the first in my family to not only graduate high school, but I decided to join the military, and I became a United States Marine at the age of 19.” Lacey graduated out of boot camp as her company’s highest shooter, and graduated the Military Police academy at the top of her class. She also became the only female Marine Corp. SWAT team member in South Carolina. On graduation day, all the other graduates were smiling and waving to their families, but not Lacey. Imagine looking up trying to find your father in a crowd of cheering people, only to learn he chose not to show up.
Imagine working your ass off in hopes of finally making your father proud, only for him to never show up to the most important things in your life. It gets to where you find a different driving force that just fills you with anger. It is like no matter what she did, begged or tried in wanting to show her family that addiction and depression weren’t the only options, that there was something better out there, it just never worked. Unlike the other female superstars, Lacey wasn’t blessed with perks or pats on her back and positive support. She’s never had it, doesn’t need it. She made it from trailer park to the WWE, and she is ready to take on every single woman in the division.
What Lacey has been through has created the woman she is today. A motivated, ready for anything, careful, confident mother, wife, sister, daughter, US Marine, and WWE superstar. She’s no better than anyone else, but they damn sure ain’t better than her.
I Quit Match Beat the Clock Challenge: Ronda Rousey VS Shotzi Blackheart!
The Baddest Woman on the Planet wants to embarrass and dethrone Charlotte Flair, and she gets to set the bar for tonight! Will she make quick work of Shotzi? Or will the Wild Child refuse to say those two words?
SmackDown returns and Shotzi is already in the ring. But then Charlotte makes her entrance! The SmackDown Women’s Champion wants to watch this for herself, and perhaps put pressure on Ronda. The bell ring, the clock is ticking, and Ronda rushes Shotzi but Shotzi bails out. They go around the ring, in and out, Shotzi keeps moving, but Ronda keeps chasing. Ronda catches up to Shotzi, gets a leg in the ropes, but Shotzi clubs and claws at Ronda. Ronda lets go, Shotzi fires up but misses the roundhouse! Ronda ROUNDHOUSES Shotzi and Shotzi falls out of the ring. Ronda goes out, Shotzi gets back in.
Shotzi kicks from the apron but Ronda blocks and trips Shotzi up! Ronda’s a minute in but she’s after Shotzi on the ropes again. Shotzi gets away, Ronda gets the leg and hits a GOTCH SUPLEX! Then she scoops Shotzi for an EXPLODER! Ronda sees the click ticking so she gets serious! Body scissor roll and ANKLE LOCK to KNEEBAR!! Shotzi quits, Ronda wins!
Winner: Ronda Rousey, in 1:41
A minute and 41 seconds! Ronda has set the pace, but Charlotte steps up for her turn. Fans taunt Charlotte with “You Tapped Out!” but she tunes it out. Charlotte gets a mic to “congratulate” Ronda, it was amazing. But go ahead, do the victory lap now, because that will be Ronda’s last win for a long, long time. Now shoo. Aliyah has to get her 10 seconds of fame with Charlotte Flair. She can even post it on social media that she’ll be the next one to lose to Charlotte. Aliyah makes her entrance, can she last more than 101 seconds?
I Quit Match Beat the Clock Challenge: Charlotte Flair VS Aliyah!
The bell rings and we start counting down. Charlotte doesn’t seem in a hurry, but then she ties up with Aliyah. Charlotte throws Aliyah down but fans still taunt her. Charlotte tells Aliyah to quit now. Aliyah dodges the boot, ENZIGURIS, but Charlotte LARIATS her back! Charlotte tells Aliyah to quit, pushes her around, and scoops. Aliyah slips out, shoves her, wheelbarrows, and BULLDOGS! Ronda smirks as Charlotte is down and Aliyah goes up. Aliyah CROSSBODIES but FLOPS as Charlotte moves! Charlotte runs in to BOOT Aliyah down! Charlotte tells Ronda to watch this but Ronda says to watch the clock.
Charlotte steps through but Aliyah boots her out of the ring! We’re under 30 seconds and Ronda taunts Charlotte about the clock. Charlotte gets in, 20 seconds, and she gets the legs! She steps through but Aliyah scrambles! Figure Four is on, we’re at 5! Charlotte wriggles to FIGURE EIGHT, but TIME IS UP!!
Charlotte is shocked! Aliyah taps after the buzzer, so Ronda wins the challenge!! And who is the one feeling embarrassed and humiliated right now? Not Ronda! Fans taunt Charlotte again as she gets out of the ring. She makes her way to the timekeeper, and she points at Gulak! Gulak drops the hammer, and Charlotte says, “How hard is your job? Are you stupid?!” Gulak defends he’s not stupid, but then Charlotte BOOTS him! And then SLAPS him! All he had to do was ring the bell at the right time! Charlotte slaps him around but she’s the one who ran out of time. Charlotte grabs the bell hammer to ring the bell, but that doesn’t make much of a point.
So she brings the bell in to CLOBBER Gulak with it!! “How hard is your job?!” Right now, very. Charlotte scuffs Gulak as she leaves. Lucky for her, there is no time limit on the I Quit Match at Backlash. Will Charlotte have all the time in the world to prove she’s still championship material? Or will Ronda make sure Charlotte’s reign ends quickly and painfully?
Well, this was certainly an episode of SmackDown, but I suppose this was WWE scrambling to adjust in a minor emergency. While well executed, I’m a bit disappointed they are delaying the tag title unification match just so they can cover for Roman Reigns still not being 100% after Mania. I guess they don’t want the Tribal Chief to look lazy taking a PPV off, so they’re giving us a Six Man Tag. Kinda wished it was Nakamura, not McIntyre. For one, Boogs went down during the tag title match at Mania, and they teased Nakamura going after Roman before they started having to hide his bad shoulder.
McIntyre at least got his cage match with Sami done to start the show. As cage matches go, it was okay. Obviously there was a lot of climbing from Sami, but McIntyre wins to put this feud away. Ricochet having his title match second match of the night was itself very confusing. I mean, Shanky was of course losing, but just on status, the title match could’ve been left for the second hour. But I did like that Shanky is breaking away from Jinder. I don’t know where either will go from here, but I didn’t see them going very far still together, either. Happy Talk was a good segment, mostly because Moss pulled off the disguise of ring crew.
Decent promo from Imperium, but I wonder if Marcel/Ludwig will be anything more than a mouthpiece. Good match from Raquel, though I thought it was going to be a squash. “Cat” got a good showing, maybe WWE will give her a shot? Naomi VS Shayna was a decent match, could’ve been better since this is to hype up the tag title match, but Shayna & Natty beat up Naomi & Sasha was pretty standard stuff. I don’t see Sasha & Naomi losing anyway, so this is par for the course. Lacey had another powerful promo, I hope she gets going in the ring again so we can see how this more genuine attitude looks in matches.
Good stuff out of New Day and Fight Night Boys. Woods VS Ridge was really good, and of course #BackWoods wins again. Sheamus taking on Kofi was good stuff, but because it was going during commercial, we only got to see so much. It makes sense they’d go 1-1, they’ll have a tag team blow-off that could go either way. I hope with Dunne staying away, this is a sign he’s transforming back into the Bruiserweight. Or at least going solo. If he isn’t teaming with Moustache Mountain, he doesn’t need to be in a faction.
The Beat the Clock Challenges as the closer was whatever. I thought Charlotte would set the bar and then Ronda beats that, but I guess Charlotte wasting 100 seconds was still a good way to write this. Just maybe not as the main event. Charlotte beating up Gulak feeds into the story I’m expecting, where Gulak will snap on the next Heel to bully him, and then Gulak gets back in the ring with fans supporting him.
My Score: 7.7/10
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.
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
- 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.
Check out what @theraveneffect had to say about @TheMooseNation and @TheSamiCallihan going to war in his creation..The Clockwork Orange House Of Fun Match TOMORROW NIGHT at #AgainstAllOdds!#IMPACTonAXSTV pic.twitter.com/VEN90fmA44
— IMPACT (@IMPACTWRESTLING) July 1, 2022
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!
Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (6/30/22)
WHY, SEVEN, WHY?!
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.
PLAY BY PLAY
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?
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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