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Mitchell’s WWE NXT UK Results & Report! (8/5/21)

Who is NXT UK’s Ironman?

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Irish Ace, El Nino Anonimo, for 30 minutes! Who you got?

Jordan Devlin’s ego doubled after he thought he broke A-Kid’s leg. And A-Kid took advantage of that by drawing him into NXT UK’s first-ever Ironman match!

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Xia Brookside VS Blair Davenport; Davenport wins.
  • Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff VS Danny Jones & Josh Morrell; Starz & Mastiff win.
  • 30 Minute Ironman Match: Jordan Devlin VS A-Kid; A-Kid wins.

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Shawn Michaels narrates, “The Ironman Match.”

“Few endeavors compare to the sheer will necessary to endure its punishment. But a decision only gets you so far. You must withstand your opponent until the very, last, second. Thirty minutes might as well be an eternity. But for those who are able to push through the pain, to endure the challenge, they will establish an ongoing legacy.” HBK himself won his first WWE Championship through such a match, and that moment lives to this day. That moment inspired A-Kid to inspire others. But when there are those like Jordan Devlin, who purposefully intend to injure someone, “that’s when it gets personal.” Devlin says this was AK’s choice, so he must’ve lost his mind.

HBK continues to say that tonight, NXT UK holds its first-ever Ironman Match. Thirty minutes of “a wrestler’s wrestler match,” and Devlin claims it was tailor made for him. This is a chance to establish legacy, but that means outlasting the other man, and making it to that final second intact. Devlin says AK has ended his own career, but AK vows he’ll be the one breaking Devlin. “Because it’s not over until the clock, hits, zero.” Who joins the pantheon of iron clad wills in wrestling history?

 

Xia Brookside VS Blair Davenport!

Though NXT UK Women’s Champion, Meiko Satomura, riled up the roster last week, the second generation superstar and beastly BD have been ready to fight each other from the start. Will Xia prove her last name is just a last name? Or will all of NXT UK learn to beware of Blair?

The bell rings and the two circle. They tie up, end up in a deadlock, but Blair uses her height for leverage to get Xia into a corner. The ref counts, Blair lets off and keeps clear of Xia as she rushes out. They circle again, tie back up, and Xia gets a quick arm-drag! Blair fights up but Xia wrenches, YANKS and YANKS the arm, then grinds it down to the mat. Blair rolls, Xia wristlocks but Blair slips through. Blair has the wristlock and hits an ELBOW BREAKER! Blair wrenches the arm again, YANKS on it in return, and stomps the arm down! Xia scrambles away, Blair gets her up and wrenches the arm over an dover, to YANK it again!

Xia fights up, gets the ropes, and flips through to knee low! Xia goes up to RANA, then roll Blair up! TWO, and Xia gets space to dropkick Blair down! And then runs in again, MONKEY FLIP! Xia fires up as she gets to a corner. Blair goes to another, Xia runs in but Blair blocks the flip this time to put Xia on the apron and ROCK her! Xia drops to her knees, Blair WRECKS her with a dropkick! Blair goes out to get Xia up, and THROW her into barriers! A ring count climbs, Blair gets Xia up and into the ring at 6 of 10. Blair storms after Xia but Xia hits low! Blair CLUBS Xia, clamps onto the arm and then a chinbar.

BT Sports Studio rallies as Xia endures. Xia fights up, fights back and gets free, but Blair CLUBS her! Xia hits back, then blocks a clubbing forearm to fire off forearms over and over! Xia dodges Blair, comes back and tilt-o-whirl headscissors Blair away! Blair staggers up into Xia’s rally of flying forearms! Blair ends up in a corner, Xia runs in, METEORA to the back! Xia keeps going, RUNNING NECKBREAKER! Cover, TWO! BT Sports Studio is fired up as Xia grabs at Blair. Blair hits back but Xia CLUBS her now! Blair hits back with forearms, then whips Xia to a corner. Xia goes up, under, comes back but into a ROUNDHOUSE!

Blair goes up and up and LEAPS for a brutal missile dropkick! Xia is on the ropes, Blair V-TRIGGERS! Blair calls for it, she gets the hands, KAMIGOYE!! Cover, Blair wins!

Winner: Blair Davenport, by pinfall

Whether you agree with her or not, Blair did prove that she is better than Xia! Will she look to rename the building the BD Sports Studio? Wait, she isn’t done with Xia yet! She drags Xia up, suplex to MICHINOKU DRIVER!! Will there be no mercy from Blair Davenport?

 

NXT UK shares footage from after last week’s main event.

Moustache Mountain is backstage, and Tyler Bate still has energy enough to jump off the wall and swing his nun-chucks. NXT UK Media is there waiting to congratulate them on the win, but then Pretty Deadly walks in to continue their sarcastic applause. Lewis Howley sarcastically compliments them, too, saying that was an impressive match with Symbiosis, and that Pretty Deadly would love to embarrass the “fans’ best team.” Sam Stoker says, “Let’s kick down the cabin and introduce you boys to the Pretty Deadly Penthouse.” Bate says that does sound great, he’s kinda “spinning plates” here. Oh, right, Bate’s Heritage Cup Champion! Pretty Deadly forgot that.

But Seven says in his own sarcastic tone, “I think we can find the time for this.” Bate says alright, and so they’ll do it! Moustache Mountain VS “The Godwinns 2K20 edition.” (Because of those overalls Pretty Deadly are wearing…) Pretty Deadly says fine, but they do this on their time. Right, okay. See you in a minute. Oh and nice side plates. And so, it is happening! In two weeks, Stoker & Howley defend their titles against Seven & Bate! Will the best team in NXT UK finally reign over NXT UK?

 

Sid Scala responds to this encounter.

“Moustache Mountain VS Pretty Deadly for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships is impending. But Tyler Bate is a fighting Heritage Cup Champion, and he has asked for competition. So starting from next week, eight men will compete in a tournament to find our new #1 contender to the Heritage Cup Championship.” Mark Andrews VS Noam Dar, Kenny Williams VS Oliver Carter, Nathan Frazer VS Teoman, and Sam Gradwell VS Wolfgang is the opening round in this newest British Rules tournament! Who rises up above the others to take on the Big Strong Boy for the cup?

 

Isla Dawn walks alone in the woods.

She finds ruins of an old castle. Or perhaps, a temple. She uncovers a box and opens it up. There’s a watch inside, and it’s still ticking. It’s the same kind of watch Emilia McKenzie wears…? Isla reburies the box and smiles as she leaves. A not so subtle threat to #SuplexMillie, but just how will the Wicked Witch of Scotland bewitch her?

 

NXT UK Media catches up with Subculture.

While Mark Andrews was just announced for the Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament, they ask Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and Dani Luna what’s next for the group. Well, hold on, FMW spots somebody walking by. FMW says hey to Wolfgang and Wolfgang says hey back. FMW says the friendly rivalry between the Gallus boys is absolute genius. Mark Coffey getting a title shot by going up to Tyler and giving him a smack? Brilliant. Oh yeah? Maybe Webster should try something like that- FMW SLAPS Wolfgang across the face!! And then runs for it! Wolfie isn’t necessarily mad, but he does want Flash to get back here! Will The Modfather end up being a warm-up for Wolfgang’s tournament opener?

 

Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff VS Danny Jones & Josh Morrell!

The gatekeeper of NXT UK and The Bomber are combining their forces to see just how much they can shake up the Tag Division! Will they more than establish themselves against “Dragonheart” Danny Jones and #TurboTerry in this tag debut?

The teams sort out, Starz and Jones start and they tie up right away. They go around, Starz wrenches and goes after the shoulder, then gest the wristlock. Jones rolls, spins, gets the wrench and wristlock in his favor, but Starz spins through to spinning drop toehold! Starz floats to a facelock but Jones fights up. Jones powers Starz to ropes then throws him, but Starz holds on! Starz cravats and wrenches the neck, but Jones spins through to get a headlock. Starz fights the hold, Jones grinds and hits a headlock takeover. Starz gets the headscissor but Jones kips free. Starz headlocks, grinds, but Jones throws body shots. Jones powers out but Starz rams shoulders!

Starz keeps going, rams Jones again, runs more, and runs Jones over! Things speed up, Starz fakes out Jones’ dropkick, Jones crashes down! Starz gets a SUPERMAN CLUTCH! Cover, TWO, but Starz is right on Jones’ arm! Jones endures, Starz gets him up and tags in Mastiff. Mastiff takes the handoff but Jones jawbreakers free! Tag to Morrell and he dropkicks! Mastiff stays up, Morrell goes to whip, but Mastiff blocks it! Mastiff shakes his head, whips Morrell to a corner, but Morrell goes up and over with a twist! Morrell throws forearms, facelocks, but Mastiff suplexes Morrell OUT of the ring! Starz hurries to get Morrell in and Mastiff bumps him off buckles!

Tag to Starz, he and Mastiff double whip and double back drop high and hard! Starz covers, TWO!! Turbo Terry’s proving his toughness, but Starz hoists him up. Morrell blocks being put on the top rope and spins it to a crossbody! Cover, TWO! Morrell kicks low, tags in Jones, and Jones fires off forearms. Starz gives EuroUppers, they brawl but Jones catches Starz’ uppercut to backslide hooks! Starz resists so Jones wrenches and ripcords to an ENZIGURI! Jones gets Starz up to throw him into buckles, then brings him corner to corner to throw him into more buckles. Jones runs and BOOTS Starz down, then fires up as Starz flounders.

Starz ends up in the corner, Jones runs in and KNEES Starz in the chest while making the tag to Morrell! Jones has Starz up, Morrell joins in to whip, and Morrell SHOTGUN dropkicks Starz! Cover, TWO!! Morrell puts on a half nelson chinbar but Mastiff coaches Starz. Starz fires off body shots, clubbing forearms, but Morrell scoops and SLAMS Starz down! Morrell puts Starz in a drop zone and goes to the corner. Morrel pushes himself up to the top rope, for STARSHIP PAIN!? But it FLOPS as Starz moves! Johnny Drip Drip won’t like seeing that. Starz fires off EuroUppers, Morrell wobbles into an EXPLODER suplex! Hot tag to Mastiff!

Mastiff rallies on Morrell, blocks a kick, and FLIPS Morrell around! Mastiff keeps moving and CLOBBERS Morrell! Mastiff gets Morrell back up and waistlocks, then Starz tags in. Mastiff rolls back for CHAOS THEORY! Starz runs in to get Morrell up, and this time he gets Morrell on the top rope. Starz puts Morrell in the Tree of Woe, runs corner to corner and FLYING HEADBUTTS!! Then he CLOBBERS Jones, tags in Mastiff, and Mastiff leaps INTO THE VOID!! Cover, Mastiff & Starz!

Winners: Jack Starz & Dave Mastiff, by pinfall

What a way to start their tag journey! Between Jack’s speed and agility, Mastiff’s size and strength, and both men’s fiery aggression, is challenging for the tag titles simply inevitable?

 

Amale is backstage in the make-up department.

The French Hope is getting ready for a photoshoot later today. But then Nina Samuels storms in and shouts, “You’re still here?” Nina can’t believe Amale is hogging the cameras, riding this wave of self-importance just from her one title shot. And, that title shot should’ve been Nina’s! Amale gets out of her chair to yell back in French, and surely she’s telling Nina, “You’re one to talk!” Referees rush in to keep this from getting further aggressive, and while they drag Amale away, Nina sits in Amale’s chair to get her make-up touched up. But just how ugly will things get if Nina and Amale meet in the ring?

 

NXT UK has decided the opening match of the Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament.

It’ll be Mark Andrews VS Noam Dar! The Scottish Supernova speaks first, “What does the Heritage Cup mean to me? Mine. It means, ‘It’s mine.'” Dar wants the cup and the British Rules match to become synonymous with Supernova 11, and it is “offensive” to him that Mark Andrews can just step up and win in Dar’s ring, in Dar’s match type. But Andrews says that he and Dar go way back. All through their teenage years, they’d crossed paths, butted heads, went back and forth in matches. But their first match in both WWE and on NXT UK, they both left on stretchers. But the truth is, it doesn’t matter how many times they’ve faced off, this time will be different.

Dar says Andrews has too many other things going on. Subculture, his band, skateboarding, bouncy castles, the list goes on and on. But after what Dar does to Andrews, maybe Andrews will focus on his “other endeavors.” Andrews says this tournament is just like back in the indies: fighting from the bottom. He vows to beat Dar, win the whole tournament, challenge Tyler Bate, and bring the Heritage Cup home to the Subculture. This first match of the tournament might already be the more competitive and compelling, but who comes out of it as the first of the final four?

 

Aoife Valkyrie speaks.

“Jinny. You had the chance to take me on one-on-one. But now, I’m gonna make sure it’s one-on-one. We’re gonna have your little canary, Joseph Conners, giving you early signs of danger before it has the chance to strike.” Jinny started this by saying Aoife wouldn’t survive. “But eventually, everyone feeds the birds.” Aoife reveals her plan: A SHARK CAGE!! Will the Spoiled Princess be helpless when her Righteous Knight is imprisoned?

 

Stevie Turner gets NXT UK Media’s attention.

She wants us all to see something, and she hurries over to where Aleah James and Emilia McKenzie are training with Meiko Satomura. Stevie pounds on the apron while calling Meiko, and so the NXT UK Women’s Champion looks over. Stevie says, “This is all so, so lovely, but… There’s nothing you can teach her or her that will help them beat me. In fact, I don’t reckon you can beat-” Meiko grabs the exact finger Stevie’s pointing and bends it! Stevie gets her finger free, but she still says Meiko should be the one afraid of her, because she’s “wired differently.” Meiko lunges at smug Stevie and Stevie gets away again. But this is the stepping-up that the champion wanted. Will not even the fourth dimension faze the Final Boss?

 

30 Minute Ironman Match: Jordan Devlin VS A-Kid!

The Irish Ace still had so much self-importance despite returning to NXT UK without the Cruiserweight Championship. The Spanish Sensation, on the other hand, was humbled by losing the NXT UK Heritage Cup. Such opposites clashed in the ring, Devlin went after A-Kid’s leg with violent disregard, and naturally everyone thought that was the end of it. But while Devlin may be the ace, AK was playing chess! The leg is fine, this match IS happening, and after a half hour, there can only be one winner! Will Devlin finally be the one humbled by losing? Or will A-Kid fail to make his second mark on NXT UK history?

The bell rings and the 30 minutes start ticking away as the two circle. BT Sports Studio rallies up as the two feel things out. AK gives testing kicks but Devlin stays away. They approach, knuckle lock, and AK rolls to go for a leg. Devlin blocks, goes for a leg, but AK trips him up to have a toehold. Devlin spins but AK cartwheels through and the two stand off. They circle again, Devlin giving a testing kick. They tie up collar ‘n’ elbow, Devlin gets around to a waistlock and slam, but AK turns around to get the facelock. Devlin rolls again but AK holds on! AK gator rolls, Devlin wrenches out but AK kips up! AK wrings the arm but Devlin rolls through, and it’s another standoff!

BT Sports Studio cheers more as the two reset again. AK and Devlin approach, knuckle lock, but AK spins, only for Devlin to clinch. AK wrangles Devlin down, twists the arm, but Devlin fights up. Devlin rolls, AK uses a chinbar to block but Devlin fights through to wrench and wristlock. AK gets up, rolls, hooks a leg, but Devlin wrangles him now. Devlin has a knee on AK’s head but AK pushes free. AK wants a leg but Devlin keeps his feet back. AK rolls, bridges, rolls and breaks free to dropkick Devlin down! Devlin bails out and AK grins as only two and a half minutes have ticked by! Devlin paces, takes his time returning, and has AK stay back as he steps in.

Devlin and AK tie up, AK headlocks and hits a takeover. Devlin tries to headscissor but AK fights it off. Devlin gets the headscissor the second time but AK kips right out of it. Devlin is getting annoyed as he and AK go again. AK knuckle locks, both men use kicks. They tie up, AK wrangles Devlin with the arm, Devlin rolls but AK facelocks. Devlin slips through but AK gest his arm. Devlin scrambles to avoid the omoplata and gets the ropebreak! AK lets go, gives Devlin space, and Devlin takes his time getting back up. They circle, knuckle lock again, and go around in the test of strength. Devlin bends AK back, sweeps the legs to make it a cover, TWO as AK gets an arm up!

Devlin pushes that arm down, AK tries to use his head to keep it from touching the mat, but Devlin powers through. Cover, TWO as AK gets the other arm up. Devlin is annoyed again as he pushes that arm down, TWO as AK bridges! Devlin jumps up, AK is ready and blocks with boots. AK then leaps up, but Devlin lets him go up and over! Devlin reels AK into a GORY ESPECIAL! AK endures the stretch plum as Devlin bends him way back! Devlin leans over and turns it into a modified backslide! TWO as AK gets one shoulder up! Devlin forces it down, TWO, the other shoulder is up! Again the shoulders are down, TWO as AK again finds a way to bridge!

AK does an ab curl?! And he goes up and over to sunset flip! But Devlin rolls through to jackknife, only for AK to sit up and go for the ARM! Devlin flails and reaches, ROPEBREAK with a foot! AK lets Devlin go and Devlin bails out to vent his frustration. AK stays calm, though, even as Devlin again wants AK to stay back. Devlin takes his time returning again, keeping the left arm behind his back. Devlin and AK knuckle lock with one arm, both using those kicks again. Devlin wrenches the arm and pulls AK down. AK spins through, only to end up in a clinch, and Devlin knees AK hard and low! Devin ROCKS AK with a forearm! AK comes back, Devlin catches him with a facelock.

BT Sports Studio rallies as AK kicks and moves around, and he pops out to get the arm again. Devlin resists the Fujiwara, AK facelocks again, but Devlin spins out to wrench AK’s arm. Devlin has the hammerlock, cranks back on it, then pushes up with his feet to get leverage. AK rolls but Devlin makes it a cover, TWO as AK bridges again. So Devlin CLUBS AK in the chest! AK still goes for a leg, trips Devlin up, then floats to a headlock. Devlin headscissors and holds tight as AK tries to kip free. AK kicks Devlin from that position, moves around, turns Devlin over, and bridges out to then have the legs tied up. AK chinbars Devlin to complete the Bow ‘n’ Arrow!

But Devlin pops right out to a cover! TWO, Devlin headlocks for the takeover. AK pushes back but Devlin traps his arm. Devlin headlocks, AK pops out the back and gets the headlock in one motion! Devlin powers out, sending AK to a corner, but AK goes up and around to arm-drag and dropkick! Cover, TWO!! AK stays on Devlin with a facelock and we’ve passed 8 minutes. AK forces Devlin to a cover, ONE but the facelock returns. Devlin endures, fights up, and puts AK on ropes. The ref counts, Devlin lets off but SLAPS AK! Then clinches, wrenches, wristlocks, but AK headlocks back for another takeover. Cover, ONE, but AK holds onto the headlock.

Devlin powers out, AK jumps up to the ropes but Devlin CLUBS him! Devlin has AK’s recovered leg in the ropes! Devlin kicks away at it, then springboard STOMPS it! AK flops out of the ropes and Devlin drops elbows over and over! Devlin yanks the leg, and gets the CLOVERLEAF! AK taps and Devlin gets the first fall!!

Devlin: 1; A-Kid: 0

The ref has Devlin let go for a momentary rest between the two. We’re at the 10 minute mark, a third of the way to the end, and the ref asks if AK wants to continue. Of course AK does, and the match resumes. AK hobbles but he avoids Devlin going after the leg. They tie up but Devlin kicks the leg, CLUBS AK down, then grabs the leg, KNEE- NO! AK uses Devlin’s knee smash attempt to get back on his feet! AK ROCKS Devlin with forearms and CHOPS, then reels him. But Devlin scoops AK before he can suplex, and SLAMS him down! Cover, TWO! Devlin wants a better count but the ref says that was fair. AK quickly hobbles away to the far corner.

Devlin stalks AK to CHOP BLOCK the bad leg! AK staggers around, Devlin KICKS the leg out and AK flips through the air!! Devlin gets the leg again, and hits the KNEE SMASH after all! AK clutches the leg, hobbles to a corner, but he senses Devlin rushing up behind him! AK goes up, ARABIAN PRESS just to get behind Devlin for a SLEEPER!! Devlin flails and reaches, and gets a ROPEBREAK! AK lets go in frustration and Devlin slips out of the ring. Devlin drags AK to the apron and SLAMS the leg on the edge again and again! Then he drags AK to a corner to SLAM the leg into the post! Devlin ties up the legs for a DRAPING FIGURE FOUR!!

The ref counts and AK shouts in pain as Devlin holds on! Devlin lets go at 4.5 and narrowly avoids giving AK a fall by disqualification! The ref reprimands him but Devlin pats himself on the back. A ring count starts on Devlin but he takes his time returning. Devlin avoids AK’s desperate swipes and gets him up, wrench and leg lift, SHIN BREAKER! Devlin gets the leg again and turns AK. AK resists the Crab, kicks with the good leg, but Devlin gets that leg, too! BOSTON CRAB! But AK reaches out to ROPEBREAK! Devlin lets go fast, not wanting to waste energy. AK snarls but Devlin DECKS him! “Is that all you got?” AK gets up to CHOP! That got Devlin good!

Devlin gets AK up to KICK him in the chest! Devlin eggs AK on, AK throws a forearm, but Devlin gives it back! AK gets around to SNAP GERMAN! AK holds onto the waistlock, Devlin switches, GERMAN SUPLEX from Devlin! Devlin holds on now, but AK switches back! ANOTHER GERMAN! BT Sports Studio is fired up as AK gets Devlin back up. Devlin switches but AK switches right back, GERMAN SUPLEX! AK holds on, and we’re at 15 minutes! AK gets Devlin up, Devlin uses ropes to buck him off, but AK handsprings back up. More instinct than anything as the bad leg hurts AK for that. AK still gets up and under Devlin but Devlin holds ropes to resist.

The ref calls for the break, AK still tries to suplex, but Devlin suplexes and they tumble out of the ring!! A rough landing for both men and the ref hurries to check them. They’re both somehow okay, so the ref goes back into the ring to start a count. AK and Devlin stir at 3 of 10, and somehow AK gets up at 5. AK is in at 7, Devlin gets up at 8, and Devlin leaps into the ring at 9.5! But AK is there to catch him in an omoplata! Devlin resists to keep AK from getting the other arm, and gets another ropebreak! AK again lets go in frustration, but he watches like a hawk as Devlin staggers away. BT Sports Studio rallies, AK runs in but Devlin BOOTS him!

Devlin goes to the apron, slingshots back in, but AK blocks the cutter to a SLEEPER!! AK is on top and wraps it on tight! Devlin is turning red as AK has wild eyes! AK lets go to run and PENALTY KICK! Cover, TWO!! AK is frustrated again, but he drags Devlin back up with a facelock. Devlin gets free to ROCK AK with a forearm! Devlin gets AK up to DECK him again! AK sits up and gets to his feet, Devlin fires off body shots, but AK uses the ropes for a SUPERMAN PUNCH! Cover, TWO!? But into the FUJIWARA ARMBAR! Devlin refuses to quit but AK shifts to hammerlock the arm. AK then uses that to FLIP Devlin into the CROSS ARMBREAKER! Devlin taps, we’re tied!!

Devlin: 1; A-Kid: 1

We’re back to square one with just over 11 minutes left! Devlin clutches his arm and AK waits on him. Devlin sits up and AK is after him, but Devlin bails out. BT Sports Studio boos as Devlin plays cat ‘n’ mouse with AK. Devlin goes around the ring, into the ring, then back out of the ring, all to avoid AK. AK doesn’t let him stop, though, but he is getting frustrated again. Did Devlin pops his elbow back in?! The Irish Ace finally gets back in and he grits his teeth, letting pain turn to anger. He and AK tie up, end up on ropes, and the ref counts the break. AK lets off, blocks the cheap shot to then TOSS Devlin up and out! Devlin hurries back up, but AK DECKS him!

Devlin staggers, gets back in, but AK baits him into dumping him out the other side! Devlin gets up again, GAMANGIRI from AK! Devlin is getting mad now, and he rushes back in, only for AK to CHOP him, ROCK him, and whip him to a corner HARD! Devlin goes up and over the corner, out of the ring and to the floor! Devlin is furious and he gets a chair! Only to turn around into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down and the ref checks on Devlin after that shot. AK drags Devlin up and in as the clock is down to 9 minutes. AK climbs up, Devlin stands, and AK CROSSBODIES! Cover, TWO!! AK can’t believe it, but he won’t let this stop him!

Devlin staggers up, AK runs from a corner, but Devlin blocks the dynamic dropkick! Devlin wants the Cloverleaf but AK SLAPS him! And ROCKS him! And gets his legs free, only for Devlin to DEAD LIFT him, for a POWER- RANA!?! AK spikes Devlin and has a cover, TWO!!! PENALTY KICK!! Cover, TWO!?!? Devlin survives so much but both are still so far from a win! BT Sports Studio is chanting “UK! *clap clap* UK!” for this historic and epic match! AK drags himself over to Devlin, grabs an arm, but Devlin immediately gets a ropebreak! AK is getting frustrated again, so he kicks Devlin at the ropes. Then KICKS Devlin out of the ring!

Devlin flounders up, AK lets him get back in, and Devlin sits up into a BIG forearm! Devlin shakes his head, gets up and ROCKS AK right back! AK ROCKS Devlin, cravats, but Devlin powers out to swing haymakers. AK stays just out of reach, then SUPERMAN PUNCHES Devlin again! Devlin staggers back, rebounds off ropes, and gives one last push to HEADBUTT AK as he falls!! Cover, TWO!?!? AK survives and BT Sports Studio is loving this! AK pushes past Devlin to get himself to ropes. Devlin crawls to those same ropes, and AK sits Devlin up to CHOP him! Devlin forearms, AK hits back, and the two stand. Devlin DOUBLE KNEES AK, but AK KICKS Devlin again!

Devlin flops to the apron, AK goes out after him. Devlin is grabbing at the rope, but AK pulls on Devlin’s arm while digging his boot in Devlin’s face! AK lets go as the ref reprimands, and he drags Devlin up on the apron. AK has Devlin up but Devlin hits low. JAB, and AK wobbles! Devlin lines up the shot, gets AK’s wrist, RIPCOR- NO! AK stopped the ripcord to KANGAROO BOOT! We’re under 5 minutes left as Devlin slumps down. Devlin uses apron skirt to keep himself up, and it “inadvertently?” trips AK up! Devlin gets the arm, ripcord to DEVLINSIDE to the floor!! Both men are down as the ref checks on them, are they both conscious?

Somehow, someway, Devlin and AK are okay to keep going, so the ref goes back to the ring to start a count. We’re at 5 of 10 as Devlin starts to get up. Devlin drags himself up at 7, is in at 8, and AK finally stands at 9! And gets in at 9.9!! But Devlin PUNTS AK down! Devlin is fuming as he stands over AK. Devlin gets the arm again and wants it again! Ripcord, DESTROYER?!!? AK turns Devlinside into devastation for Devlin! AK goes to a corner, powers up and aims as Devlin rises, DYNAMIC DROPKICK!! But the bad leg! AK has to crawl to the cover… TWO!?!?!? But AK doesn’t even hesitate, he goes right to the ARMBAR!!!

Devlin clasps, fights, they roll around, Devlin wants a cover, but AK shifts right through to turn Devlin back over! Devlin almost lost his grip but he gets it back! Devlin fights to get the cover again but AK shifts to an omoplata! AK has the other arm and pulls at it! We’re at the two minute warning! AK BENDS the arm back, and headbutts away on it! But AK’s own bad leg can’t keep the leverage! Devlin starts moving around again, but AK keeps Devlin from getting a ropebreak! AK fights through the pain to put the leg AROUND Devlin’s arm! DEVLIN VERBALLY SUBMITS!!

A-Kid: 2; Devlin: 1

But Devlin jackknifes outta nowhere, TWO!! Devlin ROCKS AK, AK hits back, they fire off forearms! Last minute as Devlin ROCKS AK again! Devlin flounders to the cover, TWO! Devlin hurries, rolls AK up, ONE, OMOPLATA! AK is ready to repeat what we just saw, but Devlin scrambles out, jackknife, but AK rolls through to punch away! They get up, Devlin DECKS AK again, but AK BOOTS from below! Devlin is desperate as we have 30 seconds! Devlin CLOBBERS AK, covers, TWO!! AK snarls and shakes his head. Devlin SLAPS AK down, but we’re under 10! The fists keep flying, Devlin CLOBBERS AK, but TIME IS UP!!! A-KID WINS!!

Winner: A-Kid, 2 to 1 Falls

AK may have been “saved by the bell,” but he also came back with two straight falls after Devlin got the early lead! That fire, that heart, that resilience, THAT is how you make history! Will the Spanish Sensation move on from the Irish Ace? Or will Devlin have something up his sleeve to get another match with A-Kid?


My Thoughts:

It’s obvious, isn’t it? This episode was AMAZING. And they did a great job of putting a lot of other really fun, really good things on an episode that was going to have an awesome main event by default. Like, honestly, what bad things are there to even say about that Ironman match? Only those strongly against the WWE could ever complain about this. It had great pacing, from starting with exceptional technical exchanges, then moved to aggressive strikes, and it was just a scrum at the end! Keeping it to three falls total was also an awesome move, because then each moment mattered, as it should. The vignette at the start of the show was great, too, even if a single still of Seth Rollins VS Dolph Ziggler, the utter fiasco of an Ironman match, was included.

A-Kid winning was also the perfect choice given the story, and now A-Kid is invigorated to do almost anything right now. The irony is that there is a tournament to find a Heritage Cup Contender so AK can’t go back for that yet. But perhaps that means AK is standing ready for when the NXT UK Champion returns, regardless if it’s Walter or Dragunov. To that point, I feel like this is the time for someone to take the title off Walter, ushering in a new era for NXT UK. Then Dragunov VS A-Kid, a match between two guys who would have all this momentum, it’s making my heartrate go up just thinking about it. Or the adrenaline of tonight’s main event is still pumping…

But to calm down just a tiny bit, we also got a great match from Xia VS Blair, and it makes sense that Blair wins since she just got here. I do hope NXT UK figures out signature and finisher names, because even though those were the V-Trigger and Kamigoye, even I know it can’t keep being those things in these articles. Also, what is commentary supposed to shout when she hits them? Stevie Turner had a hilarious segment trying to call out Meiko only to get it all turned around on her. Surely Stevie will continue to poke at the champ, get her title opportunity, and then lose. The confrontation between Amale and Nina was great, because this is exactly the feud for them both. They’re both self-absorbed, so it’s like mirror images fighting each other.

Isla Dawn’s vignette wasn’t creepy but it was ominous, and it seems she isn’t done with Millie McKenzie. They can have another great match, and I feel like Isla wins to get her title match with Meiko. And as I said before, with Millie being the one to leave the locker room when Meiko got everyone riled up, a teacher VS student match is happening, it’s just good story. And it’s even better story if they save that for much later down the line, such as Meiko clearing out the Heels. Aoife calling Jinny out and then calling for a “Conners in a Shark Cage” match was a great surprise, and is a great idea because clearly, NXT and NXT UK book even overdone match types in fresh, innovative ways.

Speaking of, NXT UK doesn’t do traditional “squash” matches for debuts, because I think they realize they don’t actually do all that much for the debuting superstar(s). That’s why Starz & Mastiff VS Jones & Morrell was such a great match for Starz & Mastiff to start their tag career. Naturally, Starz & Mastiff still win, but Jones & Morrell still got another impressive showing. The Heritage Cup Contenders Tournament has a great field, Dar and Andrews both had strong parts of the vignette to hype their match, and of course they reference their first NXT UK match, that was a memorably scary moment. And in a slightly related moment, I truly laughed out loud when FMW slapped Wolfgang! Wolfgang’s reaction to it was perfectly done, too, and their match is going to be great stuff.

Then, while learning that we are getting Pretty Deadly VS Moustache Mountain for the NXT UK Tag Team Championships, the way we got to it was a bit off when you include how last week ended. Pretty Deadly went out to mock Moustache Mountain, we fade out, and we’re supposed to believe that right after, they all went backstage and just started fresh with all that. It just seems clunky to me, but I did laugh when Tyler Bate came jumping in like that. He is having a whole lot of fun right now, and I think teaming up with his best friend and mentor again is helping that.

Now, no offense to Pretty Deadly, because those boys have been rolling, but I am leaning towards Moustache Mountain winning. They’ll be the first team to have held both NXT and NXT UK Tag titles in their careers, and Tyler Bate will become an NXT UK Triple Crown Winner and (I would think) the third NXT Grand Slam Champion behind Adam Cole and Johnny Gargano. And we can continue to say that if it can’t happen in front of fans, it won’t happen, but again we can lean on tonight’s Ironman match. It was an absolute Match of the Year contender and it happened in BT Sports Studio. Moustache Mountain making their own history should still happen, because we can all still see it online.

My Score: 8.7/10


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Mitchell’s WWE Elimination Chamber Results & Report! (2/24/24)

WWE goes Down Under!

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Who survives Perth to head for Philadelphia?

The Road to WrestleMania passes through Perth, Australia, with two massive Elimination Chambers! Who will face Seth FREAKIN’ Rollins for the World Heavyweight Championship?

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell; The Kabuki Warriors win and retain the titles.
  • Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton; Becky wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne; win and
  • World Heavyweight Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Randy Orton VS Drew McIntyre VS LA Knight VS Bobby Lashley VS Kevin Owens VS Logan Paul; wins and will challenge for the title at WrestleMania 40.
  • Women’s World Championship: Rhea Ripley VS Nia Jax; wins and

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s the Elimination Chamber Kickoff Show!

Join Megan Morant, Sam Roberts & Peter Rosenberg in discussing, analyzing and predicting all the action on the golden shores of Perth, Australia!

 

The Rock has a message!

“Oh, I know, everybody wants to know what’s happening down in Perth, Australia. It’s gonna be this weekend, right? Is that right? Yeah, The Rock knows when it’s happening, y’know why? Because they kept asking The Rock, ‘Rock, will you go down to Perth? Will ya come down to Perth, Australia?’ Listen, The Rock can’t be there in Perth, he wishes he could be there in Perth, he’s gonna be there in spirit and that’s all that matters. The People’s Champ’s spirit is gonna be there in Perth. But here’s who else is gonna be there in Perth: Grayson Waller, doing the Waller Effect. It’s that show, it’s a big show.

“It’s a big show here in the states, and it’s an even bigger show down there in Australia? Y’know why? Y’know why, Dumbo? Because Australia is his country, it’s his home country, the people are gonna go crazy for him. But here’s what’s happening. Here’s the BS that’s happening now down in Australia. Cody Rhodes and his little girlfriend, Seth Rollins, are gonna go on the Waller Effect. Here’s the thing, I need you, and you, and this goof holding the camera and this one holding the microphone over here, I need all of you guys to make sure that Perth knows this some BS happening.

“And if those guys, meaning Cody and his little girlfriend, Seth, if they start talking trash, let The Rock know. Tell The Rock. Because here’s what’s gonna happen: The Rock is gonna slap the piss out of both of them, just like that. As a matter of fact, if those two talk trash, The Rock will fly down there to Perth before that interview is over and he’ll do it. Don’t wonder why The Rock can make it that quick, The Rock makes magic happen. Do you understand? All right, that’s all The Rock has to say about Perth. Perth, Australia, get ready because the WWE is coming. Let The Rock know if those two jabronies talk trash. IF YA SA-MELLLL~… what The Rock… is cooking.”

 

Kickoff Show – WWE Women’s Tag Team Championships: The Kabuki Warriors VS Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell!

It was just last night on SmackDown that Asuka & Kairi Sane made good on their promise to get Dakota Kai back. But now, they must shift things from personal to business as they take on the Poison Pixie and the hometown hero, #IndiWrestling! Will Damage CTRL return to the US still golden? Or will Candice & Indi find the way to win?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we see what it takes to take control!

The teams sort out and Kairi starts against Indi. The fans fire up already as Indi and Kairi circle. They tie up, go around, and Indi headlocks. Indi grinds Kairi down, Kairi throws body shots and powers out, only for Indi to run her over! The fans cheer and Indi smiles, but Kairi scrambles away. Asuka coaches Kairi up and Kairi rests with Indi. Kairi gets around Indi, CLUBS away on her, but fans boo. Kairi headlocks, grinds the hold, but Indi fights up. Indi lifts Kairi and fans cheer as Indi shoves Kairi away. Indi drops down, hurdles, and BOOTS Kairi! The fans fire up again as Indi drags Kairi over and tags Candice.

Indi scoops to SLAM Kairi, then she and Candice combine, inverted wheelbarrow SPLASH! Cover, TWO! Candice keeps on Kairi with a wrench but Kairi stomps Candice’s foot! Kairi brings Candice over, tag to Asuka and Kairi feeds Candice to Asuka’s boots! Asuka taunts Candice, taunts the fans, and soaks up the heat. Asuka pie faces, but Candice blocks the kick! Candice spins Asuka to fire off CHOPS and haymakers! The fans fire up with Mrs. Wrestling as she fires off in the corner! Candice runs in to back body block, then snapmare and STEP-UP SENTON! Cover, TWO! Asuka hangs tough but Candice facelocks.

Asuka RAMS Candice into a corner! And again! Asuka backs off to go corner to corner, but Candice ELBOWS her away! Candice goes up, but Asuka runs back in. Candice BOOTS Asuka away again, and Asuka fakes pain to distract the ref. This allows Kairi to SHOVE Candice down! Fans rally for Candice & Indi but Asuka goes out to fetch the Pixie. Asuka CLUBS Candice, puts her in the ring, but Candice crawls for her corner! Asuka CLUBS Candice down, drags her over and tags in Kairi. Kairi TOSSES Candice to an open corner, then she mocks the fans as she walks the plank. Kairi runs in, SLIDING D misses!

Candice and Kairi crawl, hot tag to Asuka! Asuka gets Candice’s foot, ANKLE LOCK! Candice still hops and hops and reaches out! But Asuka reels Candice in, GERMAN SUPLEX! Asuka tells Indi to kiss this, then SLIDING KICK takes Candice down! Tag to Kairi and she climbs. Fans boo, but the FLYING KABUKI ELBOW hits! Cover, TWO! Candice stays in this but Kairi keeps on her with an armlock. The fans rally, Candice fights up and fires forearms! Candice reaches out, Kairi holds on, but Candice still fights. Kairi knees her low! Kairi puts Candice in the corner, tags Asuka, and Asuka HIP ATTACKS Indi down!

Fans boo but the Kabuki Warriors double whip, sidestep, KICK, AX KICK and BULLDOG into the basement DROPKICK! Cover, TWO! The fans fire up but Asuka calls to Kairi again. They coordinate, Asuka whips Candice in but Candice uses that to BLAST Kairi down! Candice BOOTS Asuka, slips under her, and reaches out! Asuka grabs Candice’s foot to drag her back! But Candice ENZIGIRIS free, hot tag to Indi! The fans go wild as Indi rallies on the Kabuki Warriors! LARIAT after LARIAT, and then she brings them together, for a meeting of the minds! Kairi and Asuka fall back, Indi kicks and CLUBS and JABS Asuka!

Indi whips Asuka, for a SPINEBUSTER! Kairi returns, SPINEBUSTER onto Asuka! Indi covers Asuka, TWO!! Asuka keeps the Kabuki Warriors in this but Indi puts Asuka in the ropes. UPPERCUT and BOOT! Asuka sits on the apron, Indi runs up to CROSSBODY her through the ropes! “AUSSIE AUSSIE AUSSIE!” “OI OI OI!” Indi puts Asuka in, tags Candice, and they get Asuka up. Candice kicks at Kairi while Indi hits the FULL NELSON FACEBUSTER! Candice LIONSAULTS! Cover, Kairi breaks it! Fans boo but Kairi drags Candice up to whip. Candice reverses to send Kairi out! Tag back to Indi and fans fire up!

Candice CROSSBODIES Kairi on the outside! Indi drags Asuka up, but Asuka throws URAKEN after URAKEN! GERMAN SUPLEX! Indi flounders, but she ducks the buzzsaw! Roll up, TWO!! Asuka escapes but Indi runs up to DECK her! Tag to Candice and Candice goes up. Indi gives her some help, but Kairi trips Indi and that trips Candice! Kairi POSTS Indi, then calls to Asuka. Asuka brings Candice over, tag to Kairi! Kairi climbs, Asuka has Candice in position! InSANE DDT!! Cover, Kabuki Warriors win!

Winners: The Kabuki Warriors, by pinfall (still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions)

Candice & Indi tried their hardest, but The Empress of Tomorrow & The Pirate Princess keep their thrones! Will nothing stop DMG CTRL on the Road to WrestleMania? Will Bayley & Dakota Kai be able to change that next Friday Night SmackDown?

 

Rhea Ripley narrates the intro.

“Around here, we have a saying. ‘No worries.’ Well now, you better start worrying.” The most brutal stop on the Road to WrestleMania, the unforgiving, inescapable and yet career-defining Elimination Chamber! “Mami is always on top.” Or is she? Nia Jax looks to put that to the test. Will the Eradicator end up A-Nia-lated?

 

Women’s World Championship #1 Contender’s Elimination Chamber Match: Becky Lynch VS Raquel Rodriguez VS Naomi VS Liv Morgan VS Bianca Belair VS Tiffany Stratton!

Before Rhea and Nia battle over the title, this match determines who faces the winner in the most brutal way possible! The Man, Big Mami Cool, The Glow, the LIVing End, the EST and the Wrestling Barbie all want their shot, who survives this sinister structure to take it?

Bianca makes her entrance first, followed by Raquel, Tiffany, and Liv, which leaves Naomi and Becky to start things off. The bell rings and the fans fire up as Becky stares Naomi down. They circle, tie up, and go around. Naomi headlocks to hit a takeover but Becky rolls that into her own headlock. Naomi makes it a cover, ONE, and the two stand up. Naomi powers out but Becky rusn her over! THe fans fire up as Becky flexes, then thigs speed up. Naomi drops, hurdles, then runs, but Becky follows. Naomi redirects her to run her over! Fans fire up as Becky goes to a corner and cools off.

Naomi and Becky reset, circle, and the fans rally behind Becky. Becky waistlocks, Naomi breaks free to switch, then they go to rpoes. O’COnner Roll, ONE and Becky has it! ONE and Naomi rolls Becky up, ONE! Naomi trips Becky, jackknife bridges, TWO as Becky bridges up! They spin around, Becky backslides, TWO! Naomi stands but Becky sweeps! Cover, ONE! Naomi sweeps and covers, ONE as Becky goes Matrix! The fans fire up again, and things keep moving! Naomi follows Becky but Becky arm-drags! Naomi arm-drags back! The two stand off and the fans cheer! Becky applauds, too, and offers a handsahke.

Naomi takes the shake, but they both go to kick! They both block and they argue about who lets go. They agree to go at the same time. They keep that clean, but then they throw forearms! Both stagger back, but Becky runs up, only for Naomi to sidestep. Becky tilt-o-whirls and goes for the arm! Naoim keeps the armbar away and rolls Becky, TWO, into the BUTTERFLY CLUTCH! Becky makes it a cover, TWO! Naoim DROPKICKS Becky down! Becky goes to a corner and fans rally up again. Naomi runs up but Becky BOOTS her! Becky runs up but Naomi blocks the buckle bump to KICK Becky! Then Naoim BUCKLE BULLDOGS!

Becky staggers away, Naoim climbs, and Naomi leaps, only for Becky to get under! Naomi handsprings up, into a DROPKICK! Becky runs up, into a BOOT! Naomi whips, Becky reverses, but Naomi goes up. Becky stops her from going over, puts her outside the ring, but Naoim KICKS Becky in the ropes! Becky elbows back, to JUMP KICK Naom into Liv’s pod! Becky brings Naomi around but Naomi stops from hitting chains. Naomi elbows Becky, then tries the same. Becky also stops that, whips Naomi, but Naoim goes up the chains! Becky grabs at Naomi but Naomi TWERK ATTACKS, then RAMS Becky into chains!

Naomi RAMS Becky in again, and again! Becky falls, the fans fire up, and Naomi twerks a bit more before the SPLIT LEG DROP! Naomi shoves Becky into the ring, covers, TWO! Becky survives but Naomi storms up on her. Becky ELBOWS Naomi, but Naomi blocks the mule kick! Naomi spins Becky, dodges her, but DOUBLE CROSSBODIES collide! Both women are down and the countdown is here! The fans duel for who they want to enter, but the Chamber chooses… Tiffany! The fans fire up for Tiffy Time, oddly, and Tiff bumps Naomi off buckles. Tiff cartwheels to get Becky, BUCKLE SLAM!

Tiff handsprings to back elbow Naomi! Then she handsprings to elbow Becky! Tiff snapmares Becky to sit her by Naomi, and she DOUBLE BASEMNT DROPKICKS! Cover on Becky, TWO! Cover on Naomi, TWO! Tiff is annoyed already but she throws forearms on Naomi. Tiff tosses Naomi aside, drags Becky up, but Becky JAWBREAKERS! Becky clinches, Tiff slips free and whips, SPINEBUSTER! Cover, TWO! Tiff is even more annoyed but she covers again, TWO! Tiff drags Becky up, SMACKS her off the mat, then pushes Becky around. Becky throws body shots! Tiff knees low, and fireman’s carries!

Becky fights free, grabs an arm, but Naomi is up top! DOUBLE CROSSBODY! Double cover, TWO!! Becky and Tiff both survive but Naomi puts them in corners. Naomi runs to SPLASH Becky! Then SPALSH Tiffy! Becky runs up to CLOBBER Naomi! Becky clinches, for a BECKSPLODER on Naomi! But Tiff DISCUS LARIATS Becky! Cover, TWO! Tiff is frustrated but she, Becky and Naomi are all down. Naomi goes to a corner while Becky and Tiff stand. Tiff fireman’s carries Becky, and uses her to SMACK Naomi! Tiff adds Naomi to the stack, but Naomi slips free! Tiff BOOTS Naomi away, ROLLING SENTONS Becky, then SMACKS Naomi!

Tiff fireman’s carries Naomi now, ROLLING SENTON right next to Becky! Tiff goes up and up, but Becky joins her! SUPER RUSSIAN LEG SWEEP! But Naomi runs to DOUBLE SPLIT LEG DROP! Double cover, TWO!! These three are all down again while the other three wait their turns. Naomi KICKS Tiff, scoops and SLAMS Becky, then SPLIT LEG MOONSAULTS Becky! But Tiff stops the cover right away! Tiff POSTS Naomi, covers Becky, TWO!! Becky is tougher than that, and here comes the countdown! The Chamber chooses… LIV! She’s in her fifth Chamber match, and she goes right after Tiff with a THESZ PRESS!

Liv fires fast hands, then she tosses Tiff to the outside. Liv fires off more shots, then RAMS Tiff into Bianca’s pod! And then into the empty one! And then back into Bianca’s! And then back to the empty one! Tiff falls and Liv says it’s HER time! But Becky runs up, only for Liv to ROCK her! Liv gets around to BACKSTABBER! Liv sees Naomi coming, CODE BREAKER! Liv kips up and the fans fire up for the #ELIVinationChamber! Liv goes corner to corner, back body blocks Naomi, back body blocks Becky, repeat! SHINING WIZARD for Naomi! SHINING WIZARD for Becky! Liv goes up to FLYING CODE BREAKER Becky! Cover, TWO!!

DOUBLE STOMPS from Tiff on Liv! Cover, TWO! Liv survives, Naomi SHOTGUNS Tiff! Tiff goes to the outside, Naomi pursues. Tiff JAWBREAKERS Naomi, then cartwheels to cartwheel again, but Naomi grabs the chains! Naomi climbs again, but Tiff won’t let go! Naomi CLUBS away on Tiff, scuffs her, then Becky hurries out to CLUB Tiff into chains! Becky clinches, BECKSPLODER into chains! Tiff sputters, but Becky isn’t done! STEEL CHAIN DISARM-HER!! The fans are torn as Becky tries to tear Tiff’s arm off! Tiff fights free with her good arm, but then Liv drags Tiff into the ring! Tiff elbows free, but Liv drop toeholds her into buckles!

Tiff staggers up, Liv DOUBLE STOMPS her down! Liv then goes up and up, but Naomi’s on a pod!! SUPER BLOCKBUSTER!!! But Tiff rolls Naomi up!! TIFF ELIMINATES NAOMI!! Naomi is stunned but Tiff just smiles and says, “Sorry.” The fans are torn but the countdown is back! The Chamber chooses… Raquel! Ricky Desperado smiles as she CLOBBERS Becky, ROICKS Tiff then LARIATS! And LARIATS! Raquel scoops Tiff to spin and POWERSLAM! Cover, TWO! Raquel looms over Tiff, stalks her to the outside, but Becky’s up top. Becky leaps, but into Raquel’s arms! Raquel RAMS Becky into chains! And again!

Raquel RAMS Becky into chains again, then FALL AWAY SLAMS her into the ring! Raquel dusts herself off, but Tiff runs up! Raquel stops the rana to bring Tiff around, and SWING her into chains! And again! And again! Raquel dumps Tiff then goes to the ring. She and old friend Liv meet, and Liv fires forearms! Raquel picks Liv up with both hands and TOSSES her to a corner! Then SPLASHES! Then runs in, but she blocks boots to put Liv on the outside. Liv KICKS Raquel in the ropes, runs up, but Raquel blocks the Code Breaker! Raquel SLAMS Liv into chains, then suplexes her to TOSS her into the ring!

Raquel storms up on Liv, drags her back up, and hauls her up, only for Becky to CHOP BLOCK the leg! Liv CODE BREAKERS, Becky fires UPPERCUTS and a SOBAT! Tiff SHOTGUNS, Becky reels Raquel in. Liv joins her for a DOUBLE DDT! Triple cover, TWO!! Raquel still gets out of that, so Tiff, Liv and Becky brawl with each other! Becky fires off on Liv, but Tiff LARIATS Becky! Everyone is down, and the countdown is back! And we all know that Bianca is next! Tiff eggs her on, but Bianca dodges to SLAP Tiff! Bianca throws Tiff around, shoves her in a pod, and then closes the door! Bianca ROCKS Becky, then runs up to run her over!

Bianca rallies on Becky, DROPKICKS her, then scoops Liv for a GUTBUSTER! Becky is back but Bianca suplexes her! And holds her up, marches around, and then SLAMS her down! The fans fire up as Bianca kips up! Tiff is back, she pulls Bianca’s braid! Bianca whips Tiff away, then SPINEBUSTERS her in return! Bianca dusts herself off, fans are torn, but Raquel is back! Bianca is the strongEST, but Raquel is the biggest. Raquel swings, but Bianca ducks to fire off shots! Raquel shoves, Bianca ducks ‘n’ dodges, but Raquel scoops! Bianca slips free, to torture rack! Raquel fights free and BOOTS Bianca! Raquel runs up but Bianca throws her to the outside!

Raquel drags Bianca up and over to join her, then suplexes Bianca to hit the chains! But then Bianca rebounds off ropes to TORNADO DDT!! Bianca drags Raquel to a cover, TWO!! The fans fire up as Bianca waits on Raquel. Raquel stands, Bianca fireman’s carries, but Tiff runs up to ROCK Bianca! Raquel ends up on the top rope, Tiff TOSSES Bianca aside! Tiff CLUBS away on Raquel, but then Liv is up on a pod!? Tiff hurries after her, but Liv leaps to SEATED SENTON Raquel! Becky and Tiff realize they’ve both ended up on the pod together, and they brawl! Becky SMACKS Tiff off Plexiglas, but Tiff fights the clinch!

Tiff SMACKS Becky off Plexiglas, then SHOVES her down onto Raquel! Tiff takes a moment to catch her breath, and the fans fire up as she thinks about how to get down. Tiff says it’s time, and she SUPER SWANTONS onto Raquel, Becky AND Bianca!! All four women are down and the fans lose their minds! Tiff gets in the ring, “This is Awesome!” Tiff and Liv brawl, Liv shoves then dodges but Tiff scoops her! Pop-up and ROLLING SENTON! Tiff goes up and up, but Liv anchors her! Tiff kicks Liv away but Liv goes up, SUPER ObLIVion!! Cover, Liv ELIMINATES Tiff!! The fans are torn but Liv tells Tiff to #CryAboutIt.

Liv crawls to ropes, she sees Raquel and runs up. Raquel ROCKS Liv then BOOTS her! Then she BOOTS Becky! Raquel hauls Bianca up, rebounds off ropes, hits chains then POWERBOMBS Bianca into the ring! Raquel then CHOKE SLAMS Liv! Raquel goes up a corner, and TWISTING VADERS onto Liv! But Becky KICKS Raquel’s arm! DISARM-HER!! Raquel is caught, but she powers up! Becky rolls to bring her down into an ARMBAR!! Raquel clasps hands, fights around and stacks Becky, TWO! Raquel deadlifts Becky, but Becky grabs ropes! Liv runs up, but Raquel has her, too! DOUBLE TEXANAS BOMBS!!!

But Bianca torture racks Raquel! KISS OF DEATH!!! Cover, Bianca ELIMINATES Raquel! The fans fire up as we’re now down to our final three! Bianca is freshEST, but Liv’s been in the most and Becky’s the most determined. Bianca runs up to RAM Liv, runs up but Becky KNEES her! Liv waistlocks but Bianca elbows free! Bianca ROCKS Becky, chicken wings Liv, GlamEST Slam! Becky BOOTS Bianca again, then goes up, but Bianca UPPERCUTS! Bianca trophy lifts Becky to SLAM her onto Liv! They’re side by side, Bianca handsprings to MOONSAULT! Double cover, TWO!! Bianca is frustrated but she’s still the only one up.

Bianca runs at Becky, Becky dodges but then Bianca blocks the kick! Bianca torture racks Becky to HOTSHOT her, and RAM her! Becky hits chains, Liv BACKSTABBERS Bianca! Liv goes up the ropes to FLYING- NO, Bianca stops the rana to SWING Liv into chains! Bianca hauls Becky up, smacks her off chains, then does it again! Becky sputters but Bianca eggs her on. Bianca fireman’s carries, then swings at Liv. Liv ducks the KICK, KICK and that sends Becky and Bianca into chains! Liv ENZIGIRIS Bianca down, the fans rally up, and Liv gets around Bianca to motorcycle stretch and BOOT Bianca into the pod!

All three women are down but the fans rally back up. Liv storms after Becky but Becky sends her into chains! And again and again and again! Becky then dragon sleepers Liv, kicks Bianca, and she DOUBLE DDTS! Becky puts Bianca in the ring, goes up a corner, and Becky climbs, only for Bianca to ROCK her first! Bianca ROCKET LAUNCHES Becky! Becky goes to another corner, Bianca RAMS her! Bianca goes up and rains down fists! The fans count along, but Liv stops this at nine! Liv pulls but Bianca holds on. Bianca kicks Liv away but Liv CLUBS away on Bianca’s buns and thigh! Liv then springboards to SUNSET POWERBOMB!! Cover, TWO!!!

Bianca survives but Becky’s up top! Becky aims, MISSILE DROPKICK to Liv! Cover, TWO!! Becky is frustrated but she focuses on game-planning. Becky goes up but Liv trips her up! Liv ROCKS Becky but Becky hits back! They brawl as Liv climbs, and Liv CLUBS away on Becky’s back. Liv brings Becky up for a SUPERPLEX! Bianca is up top! 450 SPLASH onto knees!! Becky saves herself in time and all three women are down again! The fans rally up and Bianca is after Becky. Liv runs up but Bianca ducks the enzigiri! Torture rack, KISS OF- JAWBREAKER!! Liv counters in time, but Bianca tumbles to ropes. Liv aims, but Becky runs up!

MANHANDLE- CODE BREAKER from Liv! Liv still wants someone, but Becky dumps her out of the ring! Bianca runs up, Becky clinches, but Bianca uses the corner to flip up and out of the Manhandle Slam! Bianca then torture racks Becky, KISS OF- NO, Becky lands out, and Liv rolls Bianca up! LIV ELIMINATES BIANCA!! MANHANDLE SLAM for Liv!!! Cover, Becky wins!!!

Winner: Becky Lynch, by pinfall (NEW #1 Contender to the Women’s World Championship)

Bianca and Liv cannot believe it, but The Man runs the gauntlet! WrestleMania 40 is about to enter the Big Time, but who will be the Women’s World Champion after tonight?

 

Undisputed WWE Tag Team Championships: Finn Balor & Damian Priest VS Tyler Bate & Pete Dunne!

The Judgment Day has dominated up and down the card, beating teams like Kevin Owens & Sami Zayn, Cody Rhodes & Jey Uso, and most recently #DIY. Will they add the Big Strong Boi & Bruiserweight to that list? Or will the New Catch Republic become the new tag team champions?

 


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Andrew’s TNA No Surrender Results & Match Ratings: 2.23.2024

lex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets!

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We’ve got ourselves an exclusive TNA+ App Event tonight! Alex Shelley gets his contractual rematch against Moose for the World Title, Gisele Shaw cashed in her Ultimate X for the Knockout’s title shot and the best of 3 comes down to a decisive match between The ABC and Grizzled Young Vets.

There are a few other matches worth some note, but let’s just get to predictions and then the show:

  1. Speedball Mountain (Mike Bailey & Trent Seven) vs The Rascalz (Trey Miguel & Zachary Wentz) : I see Speedball Mountain winning here purely because its their first official tag match on TNA programming since the Hard to Kill PPV got shifted because of travel issues.
  2. The System (Brian Myers & Eddie Edwards) vs Intergalactic Jet Setters (Kushida & Kevin Knight) : I see The System continuing to establish the faction as a solid force; a little too early for glitches in The System.
  3. X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali : Mustafa winning makes a lot of sense here to me with the fact that he hasn’t been in a TNA ring yet and Sabin holding the title doesn’t really do as much as Mustafa winning. I expect The Good Hands to play a part.
  4. Knockouts Tag Championship: Decay (Rosemary & Havok) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly) : The Knockouts Tags are so irrelevant I don’t really care. I would like MK Ultra to win just because they seem like a more reasonable target for potential tag team threats as opposed to the magical netherworld bullshit of Decay.
  5. Frankie Kazarian vs Eric Young : EY makes the most sense for me here. Kaz is a heel, he can absorb the loss and turn it into maybe joining the system or finding other ways to screw EY down the line to continue the feud.
  6. PCO vs Kon : Another match I don’t care about. I’m gonna say PCO wins only because Kon doesn’t have nearly as much value to me. He’s not imposing, has no real momentum and putting him over PCO lines him up for…what? Ya…nothing, exactly.
  7. Tag Team Title Match: ABC vs GYV : I’ve got the Grizzled Young Vets going over because I feel like pushing an eventual GYV vs Speedball Mountain match is in the tea leaves for 3/4 nostalgia.
  8. Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch : I think Gotch wins here. Josh needs some time away from the main event scene to build up his hunger. So potential shenanigans happen, but I don’t really know what Josh winning would do for anything aside from vaulting him to a main event scene that people would be more excited to see Nemeth in.
  9. Knockouts Title Match: Gisele Shaw vs Jordynne Grace (c) : I think Jordynne retains because the SHAWntorague is an unresolved albatros that will cost Gisele the match and be a fun way to keep the fire burning for a potential Gail Kim match.
  10. No Surrender Match, TNA World Championship: Moose (c) vs Alex Shelley : Like I said before, I expect The System to continue establishing themselves with this show and no glitches just yet.

So let’s see how many I get right!

Ratings:

  • Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian: EY wins via Crucifix Pinfall – ***
  • Tag Team Title Match: ABC (c) vs GYV : ABC retains via 1-2-Sweet – *** 1/2
  • Kon vs PCO: PCO wins via DQ – * 1/2
  • Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly): MK Ultra wins via Russian Death Device – ** 1/2 – TITLE CHANGE!!
  • Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch: Josh wins via C4 Spike – *** 3/4
  • No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight: Moose retains – ** 3/4
  • Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw: Jordynne retains via Juggernaut Driver – ****
  • X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali: Ali wins via 450 Splash – **** 1/4

 

Results:

I don’t usually cover pre-show stuff so I’ll say here, Speedball Mountain lost, because Maclin made his presence felt to help get the Rascalz the win. The System is working though, so I got that match right at least. So I’m 1-1 out of the pre-show. 

Eric Young vs Frankie Kazarian

The tie ups are close, aggressive for positioning but nothing crazy, EY with a Jaw Jacker, but Kaz cuts off a rope run with a big Body Block. After a slap in the face, EY returns the favor and returns the slap. So Kaz Kitchen Sinks EY, talks crap, EY Kitch Sinks Kaz. This is very simply an “anything you can I do I can do better” style of open. EY tries to toss Kaz to the corner and pull him out, but Kaz pops to his feet and Back Body Drops EY, transitions into the Side Russian Leg sweep and its a near fall.

Frankie goes for a simple Vertical Suplex and then a cover, which is a little silly. Kaz keeps lording over EY, deliberate strikes, slow building offense, and EY tries to get something going with a Knee Lift, but Kaz Scoop Slams him after and goes for his Springboard Guillotine Leg Drop…but misses! EY fires back with a few lariats! They fight to the top, Kaz wants the Flux Capacitor, but EY clocks him, drops him and goes for the Macho Man Elbow…for 2. Corner charge leads to Kaz countering EY as he slips to the apron, EY tries to duck his head through and catches the Leg Drop for a near fall. EY gets whipped to the corner, does the Flair Flop over the buckle, Kaz quickly Slingshots EY in and lands the Cutter for another 2!

After a few moments to collect himself Kaz goes for Fade to Black, EY counters with a Piledriver attempt, but a little countering and slipping but Kaz manages to get him in another Fade to Black…and connects! 1-2-kickout?!? Kaz argues with the ref, EY takes advantage of the distracted Kaz, and Crucifix Pin for the win!

Tag Team Championships: The ABC (Ace Austin & Chris Bey) (c) vs Grizzled Young Vets (James Drake & Zack Gibson)

ABC doesn’t come out to the classic Bullet Club music. So I guess Anthem didn’t feel like paying for the rights anymore? So they deserve to lose, music sucks now, GYV forever.

Ace and Zack start and Ace is just angry, stomping away on Gibson in the corner. Ace almost doesn’t listen to the referee, but eventually does, Drake makes a blind tag, Baseball Slide trip to Ace, Sliding Kick to the Face and then Poetry in Motion from the GYV connects flush with Bey and he flies off the corner apron. The two on one continues for a minute, before Ace can flip out of a tandem move, fall back into his corner and get some of their own tandem offense going. Assisted Russian Leg Sweep into the Click Click Boom for 2.

Shortcuts allow the GYV to stifle the onslaught, and Gibson does the ole Launcher into the bottom rope followed by stepping on his neck. Classic heel tactics, Outside In Vertical Suplex, Drake tags in, Gibson hangs Bey on the ropes and Drake brings down the Polish Hammer from the corner. Drake sits on Bey with the Front Neck Lock applied, Bey gets to the ropes, tries to get around things with a Sunset Flip but Drake counters that with a simple punch to the throat. Drake traps him in their corner and tags in Gibson. The verbal assault is more effective than the simple offense, but it also seems to fire Bey a little. Quick strikes, and then a reach to Ace, but Gibson pulls him close and lays into the Sleeper Hold.

Bey does the reach spot again, but this time when Gibson pulls him close, Bey slips behind him and hits the School Boy for a 2 and then snaps off a Neckbreaker. Gibson makes a quicker tag so Drake tries to keep Bey isolated, but Bey slips it, dives towards Ace and Hot Tag from Ace. Slingshot Double Dropkick evens the situation, Fosbury Flop onto Gibson on the outside, runs back in and lands a nice kick combination on Drake into his own solo version of Click Click Boom, but Gibson saves the pinfall. Gibson gets dispatched Twisting Moonsault combo for only 2! 1-2-SW-NO Drake grabs Bey with the Body Scissors and Sleeper Hold while Gibson slides in and Shankly Gates gets applied to Ace. GYV try to fire, Ace tries to do his one handed counter to turn things back for them, but Gibson just grabs him and DOOMSDAY DEVICE on the outside!

GYV point at Bey, Bey fires and meets them head on. Bey throws Gibson into Drake and clocks Gibson but Drake tries to grab him and Bey counters it into a Suplex of his own. Springboard FameAsser levels Gibson. Art of Finesse attempt but Gibson counters, Bey goes to the top, Lung Blower from Gibson and he holds him there while Drake hits a Coast to Coast Dropkick…but BEY kicks out! GYV look for something to put away Bey, but Ace is stirring, drops Drake, and they use the GYV scarf as pay back while the referee is focused on Drake. 1-2-SWEET and ABC retain.

Their new music still sucks. 

Kon vs PCO

Kon attacks PCO on the ramp during his entrance and PCO is amenable to the brawl. PCO does go into the ring, so the match officially starts, and its just Heymakers, Clotheslines and slamming faces into the corners. They trade dropping each other and standing back up. PCO throws Kon out, PCO went for the Dive and Kon side steps and connects with a clubbing blow on PCO’s way down. Chokeslam onto the apron, but PC-NO Sell, and attacks Kon. PCO bounces Kon’s face off the apron, they both head back in just to have PCO Lariat them both back to the outside.

PCO posts Kon, drapes him and looks for the Deanimator…and he…MISSES! Kon slides back in and PCO clips the apron. Kon grabs a chair, and hits PCO causing a DQ?

The DQ finish is stupid, I guess it’s gonna lead to another match at Sacrifice. Kon buries PCO under chairs, throws the ring bell guy around, but PCO bursts out of the chairs and attacks. PCO finally gets the best of the Goozle Face off, pushes Kon over the ropes, dives onto him and then lays into him with a chair.

All the extra attacks are just stupid, Kon even Zip Ties PCO to the Entrance Tunnel and goes for the neck snap spot with a chair wrapped around which makes no real sense. This was a bad finish and then just got progressively more stupid. 

Knockouts Tag Team Titles: Decay (Havok & Rosemary) (c) vs MK Ultra (Masha Slamovich & Killer Kelly)

Donnybrook to kick things off, just an all out brawl, Havok pulls Masha into the ring and I guess that makes them legal. Masha gets sandwiched in the corner, Exploder Suplex from Rosemary. Masha manages to take advantage of a small opening, Kelly gets involved and we get some quick and sadistic offense with Kelly doing some…fun…pin covers. Kelly slaps the taste out of Rosemary’s mouth, but Rosemary just slowly stands up, kinda likes it and ducks the last one to hit a Rainmaker.

Rosemary mounts Kelly, Kelly sits up to get on top of Rosemary, Rosemary returns the favor and they start throwing fists. Masha runs in, talks sense into Kelly and a High/Low style tandem move gives MK Ultra the advantage again. Strike exchange, into a Spinning Back Fist, a few Sambo kicks and Masha looks for the Russian Death Device, but Rosemary slips it into an X-Factor. Simultaneous tags as Masha is resting in the corner, Havok uses her size advantage, throws Kelly into Masha and then a corner Senton kills them both. Assisted Pop-Up Powerbomb, but Masha breaks it up! Masha takes out Havok, catches Rosemary mid Spear and hits the Russian Death Device! Our BDSM Feme Fatal Fever Dream wins!

Josh Alexander vs Simon Gotch

Classic chain wrestling style of opening. Josh has a Headlock cinched in, Gotch counters with the Headscissors and tries to find a wrist lock, and they trade similar style counters and mat based maneuvers. Josh gets a near scare of going from the Armbar to an attempt for the early Ankle Lock, but Gotch immediately finds the ropes.

After taking a beat, an old school test of strength into a Headbutt from Gotch and a response from Josh, then they trade Uppercuts. So we get another match that opens with that “anything you can do I can do better” concept. Josh drops Gotch, plays to the crowd a little and then eats a few kicks to the face. Gotch looks for a few Armbars, and when Josh protects the one side, Gotch tries the other. But Josh manages to fight out of that, and hits the Kurt Angle locomotion German Suplexes. After 3 he holds for a 4th, but Gotch grabs the ropes to force a break and then connects with a big front kick to take control again. A few down strikes, Senton, and Gotch takes a beat to collect himself so Josh tries to roll him up, and Gotch kicks out.

Gotch’s offense is consistent but deliberate. Knee Strikes, Front Kicks, Bootwashes, Uppercuts with Chops after…just really calculated attacked. Josh does fire out of the corner with a Dropkick, but he charges and Gotch tosses him over, Slap and Enzuigiri have Josh crumple on the apron. Gotch looks for a Brainbuster, Josh blocks, strike exchange on the apron, kick drops Gotch, Gotch kicks Josh’s foot out from under him. Gotch tries a Senton on the apron but misses! Gotch sells slowly on the apron so Josh gets his spot for the Low Crossbody through the ropes. Both are wiped out on the floor, but get in at 9. Crawl to the middle and Subury blueberry bulldogs hockey fight time! Okay no of course not, we have to do the played out Fighting Spirit spot, how silly of me. Does it look good? Sure, but its becoming stupid that every match has to have one of these.

T-Bone Suplex from Josh for 2! Straps down, C4- nope, Front Kick counter, Gotch Style Piledriver, nope, both roll through and Bulldog Choke with Josh’s headgear! Because of the headgear, Gotch’s grip slips so Josh turns it into the Ankle Lock, roll off it, strikes, Powerbreaker from Josh into the C4 Spike for the win.

No Surrender Match: TNA World Championship: Moose w/Eddie & Alisha Edwards & Brian Myers (c) vs Alex Shelley w/Kushida & Kevin Knight

Shelley starts off aggressive, jamming Moose into the turnbuckles twice, focusing on the left shoulder, which is the side he’s focused on the last month or so. Announce team also points out the announcement that the two teams have different color towels. So that just lines up for the heels to cheat by throwing in the babyface towel since color is all that matters.

While I’m being annoyed at how brain damaged the gimmicks in the match has become, Moose gets tossed out “tweaks” his knee, but manages to power through to Powerbomb Shelley into the apron and then Bow and Arrow him around the post. Shelley goes for the Chop Block on the tweaked knee, then pulls out a chair and plays a little La Parka. Shelley and Moose trade torture spots. Shelley traps Moose’s hand in the buckle chains and uses pliers to squeeze. Moose gets out of it, traps Shelley’s hand twice and cracks him with a chair. Shelley sells the pain into the ring, Moose follows but Shelley hits the Dragon Screw on the tweaked left knee. Shelley then ties up Moose in corner, Dragon Screws, Hamstring kicks, and then Shelley gets a Kendo Stick.

Left knee is the target, and Shelley gets a little sadistic. Cracks the stick into the knee, Kendo Stick assisted Half Crab on the bad leg. Myers distracts Shelley and Eddie grabs the Kendo Stick away. Because it wasn’t direct contact it’s legal, Moose catches Shelley with the Uranage and demands Eddie give him a trash can. Upside Down Trash Can, Moose wants the Superplex, Shelley fights off, bites Moose and slips between the legs and Avalanche Powerbomb into the point of the trash can. Shelley gives a few moments to see if the towel will get thrown, but then goes for the Figure Four. Moose turns it around, but Shelley turns that over. Moose gets handed the Kendo Stick and Moose uses it to break the Figure Four. Moose demands the System get the table and they do so.

Moose tries to Spear Shelley into the table, Shelley dodges and Moose stops himself. Low Blow, Border City Stretch and Moose sells towards the ropes, Myers sees Moose’s extended fingers and slips on Brass Knuckles so Moose can break the hold. Moose ditches the knucks, goes for the Spear into the table again and MISSES! Shelley calls for a chain, Shelley uses the chain for the Border City Stretch, but then all the seconds get involved. Lish tries to take the white towel from Kushida, Shelley grabs it back and hands it to Kushida. Back to Back Lights Out, then Moose wraps the chain around himself and connects with a third Lights Out. Kushida is torn watching, and decides to throw in the towel as Moose lines up the fourth Lights Out.

Knockouts World Championship: Jordynne Grace (c) vs Gisele Shaw

Ash by Elegance comes down to ringside to watch. So will Ash be the one to screw Gisele since their gimmicks are a touch similar?

Gisele tries to powder early and force Jordynne to chase, but she gets caught, bullied a little early and Gisele’s striking gives her a brief moment of offense. Jordynne returns the striking and mobility with some rope maneuvers and a nice tilt-a-whirl side slam for an early pinfall attempt. Jordynne tries to keep the offense going, but Gisele gets a sneaky kick in the way, a Headscissors Driver, and a Corkscrew Splash for 2. The fight out to the apron, Shaw slips Jordynne’s move, tries the Powerbomb, but Jordynne blocks, clocks her, Senton’s Gisele’s face into the apron and starts riding the momentum.

Jordynne looks for the Juggernaut Driver on the apron, Shaw counters with elbows, Spanish Fly from the apron to the floor! Gisele goes for three straight pinfall attempts but Jordynne keeps kicking out. Gisele looks for the Denouement, Jordynne catches it, Spinebuster for 2! Juggernaut Driver attempt 2, Shaw finds the ropes, Shaw Trigger into a Pinfall but Grace grabs the bottom rope. Gisele is slowly snapping as Jordynne is resilient. Quick strikes, both fire and clock the other with Spinning Backfists and Kicks, Gisele goes for a Springboard Cutter, but Jordynne lands on her hands to block. Quick back and forth continues, but the third attempt at the Juggernaut Driver lands! Jordynne retains!

X Division Championship: Chris Sabin (c) vs Mustafa Ali

Simple collar and elbow tie up that runs into the corner break. Nothing fancy, very deliberate. We go into Arm Wringer trade offs chain wrestling before Ali hits a back Elbow to the eye and a headlock to the ground to slow things down. Rope run misses and that stupid Stereo Dropkick spot. At least its out of the way early and I haven’t seen it in a hot minute. Still hate it, but its less annoying I suppose.

Sabin with a Headlock Takeover and then some ground wrestling, a Trailer Hitch, leg pick, pinfall attempt but Ali slides up and dusts his boots off in an arrogant play. Sabin clocks him with a Lariat, but Ali keeps powdering and using classic heel psychology to piss off Sabin. A Headscissors Takedown on the apron is a touch scuffed, but it does enough and everyone is safe. Throws Ali back in, Crossbody from Sabin connects and we see a 2 count. Fighting the corner, the battle up the buckles, Ali gets the best of things and then 450 Splash on the left arm of Sabin as he’s reaching to get back up. Ali STF into a Crippler Crossface and then a Border City Stretch. Ali talks some smack, pins the left arm and then stomps right on the left shoulder. Sabin with a quick fire, both men trade desperation kicks and are laid out.

Getting to his feet first, Sabin fires and connects with a few short Elbows and Lariats, Sole Butt, Ali tries to counter a few things, Sabin shakes off the counters and lands a Tornado DDT from the Middle Rope. Two Roll Up attempts from Sabin, Ali kicks but Sabin floats over into a Crossface. Sabin with a bunch of punches, then tries to climb the buckles and Ali catches him with an Upkick. They fight for the top rope, Sabin shoves Ali off and Ali Backflips and lands on his feet, Dropkick on the flying Sabin connects beautifully. Back in the ring, 450 Splash attempt misses, Ali charges at Sabin but he just does the old ole and Ali’s face bounces off the turnbuckle like he things he’s Bret Hart.

A few strikes exchanged from both, but Ali chops into the throat of Sabin, Sabin keep fighting, Ali tries an Enzuigiri from the outside but Sabin connects with a Rope Assist Gamengiri. Sabin dives, takes out the security, Good Hands show up to give Ali a small opening but it doesn’t lead to anything. Skyler hits the apron to distract and is leveled, Hotch is clocked, Ali School Boy for 2! Clothesline From Hell, Michigan into the Cradle Shock- BUT ALI KICKS OUT! Sabin connects a few stomps, kick to Ali’s face and then crotches him on the top rope. Sabin looking for an Avalanche Cradle Shock…but elbows counter! Sabin eats a Sunset Bomb! Ali pulls himself up and 450 Splash for the win!

 

Overall Score: 7.25/10

Well 7-3 in predictions isn’t too bad if I do say so myself. If it’s good enough for Tom Brady, it’s good enough for me. But honestly, this show was a little weird. Having the World Heavyweight title so low…feels insanely disrespectful; the match was so convoluted even Jade had trouble explaining the rules, and using different color towels is just dumb and sets up very easy shenanigans (even though they weren’t used). Hell the fact that it was right there for someone like Myers forcing Kushida to throw in the towel, or bringing a backup white towel and being super heels would’ve at least made the finish fall less flat. But stupid match concept, worse execution, too many cooks in the kitchen. It could’ve been decent if there were so many caveats to idiocy in the match. The Knockouts and X Division were great matches though. Knockouts reminded me of a combination of Stardom High Speed and old 90s AJW wrestling. Fast, dirty, hard hitting, very brutal. X Division was fun, nice to see some new blood in the title scene and while the look of the security guards was a bit laughable, enough of the match hit the right notes to make me happy.

Kon and PCO shouldn’t be lengthened, especially with that moronic ending…but I suppose they need some undercard stupidity for Sacrifice. Really not sure how Kushida will validate his actions, Ash potentially teaming with or facing Gisele could be interesting. So while most of the matches were pretty good, the awkward pot holes were deep and irritating. Kon’s match being a waste of time and the No Surrender being convoluted beyond reason and then not even using the convolution in the finish of the match. The whole set up was like reading a story that was started by one writer, and then finished by another, in a different genre, translated into a different language.

High points were still worth the watch, but some stories need weird explanations and the bad matches are definitely awful beyond true description.


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