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WWE RAW RESULTS
JANUARY 25, 2021
DREW MCINTYRE RETURNS
Drew McIntyre starts out by saying how good it feels to be back as he thanks the fans for their messages of support during his battle with COVID-19. Drew pushes that he did get lucky with the virus and his symptoms, and he dedicates his performance on Sunday to anybody dealing with it.
He says he’d be out of his mind to take Goldberg lightly. Drew says he’s watched Goldberg since he was a teenager and he puts over Goldberg’s streak. He also notes Goldberg has a new streak, which is ending title reigns when he returns nowadays, but he promises to end that on Sunday.
However, Drew is interrupted by The Miz and John Morrison, as Miz puts over the title match as Kong vs. Godzilla. However, he says there tends to be consequences when something like that happens, and he says, both of them could end up injured.
They then reveal that they will be beating the hell out of whoever is champion by the end, as Miz promises to cash-in his Money In The Bank contract. However, it appears someone else disagrees with that…Goldberg is here!
Goldberg stands face to face with Drew and just says, he’s next. Morrison and Miz then keep talking trash, but Goldberg and Drew then pull them into the ring. Goldberg nails Miz with a Spear while Drew hits Morrison with a Claymore and then they go back to staring each other down as Drew raises his title into the air.
Charlotte Flair is asked about what is on her mind where she says that she performs well under pressure. Flair says she always defies the odds, and if there’s one person she can bet on it’s herself. Flair is then asked about Lacey Evans, and Flair claims this might be Ric’s darkest situation. She says it’s one thing to have the name of Flair, but it’s another to carry the weight of that.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR vs. SHAYNA BASZLER
Straight away, Charlotte Flair takes the fight to Shayna Baszler and she then slides out to kick Nia Jax as well. This allows Baszler to come from behind and look for a submission, but Charlotte fights out and then ends up locking in the Figure Four straight away.
However, as the submission gets locked in, Nia Jax gets involved, hitting a Leg Drop to Flair, ending the match.
Winner (via DQ): Charlotte Flair
Afterward, the two heels attack Flair until Mandy Rose and Dana Brooke hit the ring and make the save! The tides then turn until Lacey Evans appears, which leads to a mass brawl taking place.
CHARLOTTE FLAIR, MANDY ROSE, & DANA BROOKE vs. SHAYNA BASZLER, NIA JAX, & LACEY EVANS
To the surprise of nobody, it’s now six-woman tag team action. Lacey starts out the match with Mandy Rose, with Evans mocking Flair by doing Ric’s classic strut. However, it is Mandy who takes control of the match and she brings in her tag team partner and they connect with a double suplex.
Dana then tags in Flair, but Evans quickly scrambles away and tags in Shayna, with the MMA star unloading on the Queen with chops and kicks. While Baszler gets a good kick to the leg of Charlotte, she responds with several chops and a fallaway slam.
Rose and Brooke then hit a nice double team as they isolate Shayna into their corner, with Charlotte then returning as she hangs up Baszler on the second ropes, nailing a kick to the face. She then drags Baszler down to the floor and the two women brawl, with Flair being sent into the ring apron.
Things then get sloppy and it seems like the finish is messed up. Baszler pushes Flair back into the ring and she beats the 10 count but Baszler just misses out and the referee calls it as a count-out. It was odd.
Winners: Charlotte Flair, Mandy Rose, & Dana Brooke
WWE NXT UK Results: Kay Lee Ray Defends Against ‘The Final Boss’ Meiko Satomura
WWE NXT UK Results
February 4, 2021
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Ilja Dragunov def. Sam Gradwell
Gradwell was all trash talk from the start and Dragunov completely ignored it, taking him to the mat over and over. Dragunov connected with knee strikes and heavy elbows, and when Gradwell continued to taunt him, a stiff boot to the face. Gradwell caught him in the ropes and set in with kicks to the back of the neck and side of the head. Double underhook suplex. Clubbing blows to the back. Dragunov roared back, literally, with wild elbow strikes and slaps upside the head while maintaining wrist control. Gradwell gave them right back, but got caught with two German suplexes. Dragunov hit a sky high diving senton for a nearfall. He started pummelling the man with nasty elbows until the referee called for the bell.
Dragunov completely snapped after the match, putting Gradwell back in a submission and continuing to beat the hell out of him. Referees pulled him off, but he backed one into the corner and tore at his shirt, screaming in his face until “snapping out of it”. Dragunov tried to apologize to the refs and left freaking out while Gradwell looked on smiling and laughing.
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Noam Dar read “reviews” from fans talking about how great he is. He invited Tyler Bate onto the show as his special guest, leading to an awkward conversation about zen. Bate discussed his vegetarian lifestyle and Dar dumped a bunch of broccoli and spinach on him, which he thought was hilarious for some reason. I think the intention was to do some kind of Tim & Eric or Between Two Ferns ironic comedy sort of thing, but it didn’t connect for me at all.
Ben Carter vignette talking about his career starting in the U.S. and having to learn the British style.
Isla Dawn vignette, doing some neat occult stuff.
Amir Jordan & Kenny Williams def. Ashton Smith & Oliver Carter
Great fast-paced exchange between Williams and Carter trading pinning combinations and looking for submissions. Smith tagged in and tossed Williams around the ring with ease. Jordan came in and caught him with a few dropkicks, and took the big man down with a flying crossbody from the second rope. He slapped on a side headlock, but Smith easily tossed him into the corner and took turns with his partner clobbering him with clotheslines and heavy body shots. Williams eventually got the hot tag and cleaned house, sending them both to the floor. Jordan and Williams hit stereo suicide dives and a wheelbarrow facebuster/diving senton combo for a very close nearfall. Both teams traded offense but Jordan ended up getting a pin on Oliver Carter with an assist from his partner at ringside.
NXT UK Women’s Championship Match
Kay Lee Ray (c) def. Meiko Satomura
Kay Lee tried to lock up right away and Meiko easily out-grappled her and sent the champion out to the floor. Kay Lee took it personally and went after her with stiff kicks and elbows in the corner. Meiko fired back with body kicks and a spin kick, catching her under the jaw, before locking in an STF. Kay Lee dragged them both across the ring to get to the ropes, and Meiko continued pelting her with kicks all over the body. The champion caught her with a Koji Clutch out of nowhere to turn the tide. Kay Lee transitioned into a body stretch and slowed things down for a beat. She made the mistake of trying to trade kicks with the Japanese legend and got destroyed by a spinning wheel kick and a half dozen more kicks in the corner. Kay Lee rolled out to the floor and baited the challenger into a Hangman’s DDT from the apron. She broke the ref’s count in order to set up for a Gory Bomb on the apron, but Meiko struggled free and hit a Death Valley Driver! This time it was Kay Lee barely making it back into the ring on time. Meiko drilled her in the head with a running knee and walked circles around her, looking for the killing blow. Brainbuster for 1… 2… no. Meiko put her on the second turnbuckle, but Kay Lee surprised her with a Tornado DDT and immediately reapplied the Koji Clutch. Meiko nearly faded but started flailing around with her legs until reaching the bottom rope. Kay Lee climbed to the top rope but Meiko hit her with a bicycle kick to knock her down! Death Valley Driver for 1… 2… still no. This time Meiko climbed the ropes, dropped the champion with a kick to the head, but Kay Lee got her knees up to block a diving splash. Superkick. Gory Bomb. 1… 2… no. A frustrated Kay Lee tried and failed to lift the dead weight of her opponent for another Gory Bomb, so she instead climbed the ropes, taking far too long. Meiko dodges a Swanton Bomb, tried for the Scorpion Kick, Kay Lee blocked it, went for the Gory Bomb, but Meiko countered with Code Blue! Superkick from the champion! Bicycle kick from the challenger! Both women down. Kay Lee definitely pulls her up and delivers one final Gory Bomb to get the job done.
This was a tremendous match, maybe ****1/4 that I can only imagine would have been one of the better WWE matches in many, many years with a building full of rowdy UK fans.
STF Underground Episode 95 – AEW Revolution Predictions, Talking AAW Alive With Promoter Mike Petkovich
Welcome back to another episode of STF Underground!
In this episode we talk about:
- AEW Revolution Predictions
- Shaq’s Match On Dynamite
- Who Beats Finn Balor For the NXT Championship?
- What do we want to see from the Barbed Wire Exploding Death Match?
- PLUS An Exclusive Interview About AAW Pro’s Alive Event with AAW Promoter Mike Petkovich (Visit @AAWPro on Twitter for more information).
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NJPW Anniversary Event Results: The Final IWGP Double Gold Defense, New Japan Cup Begins!
NJPW Anniversary Event Results
March 4, 2021
Nippon Budokan, Tokyo, Japan
Kota Ibushi will go down in history as the final IWGP Intercontinental and IWGP Heavyweight Champion after defeating El Desperado in the traditional champion vs champion main event of NJPW’s annual anniversary event.
NJPW will be unifying the two top singles titles, which have been defended together for more than a year. Both physical belts will be retired and a brand new IWGP World Heavyweight Championship will be created and given to Ibushi.
The anniversary event also saw the start of the 2021 New Japan Cup. Jeff Cobb defeated Satoshi Kojima to advance to the second round, while the Great O-Khan took advantage of an exhausted Tetsuya Naito’s arrogance to score a massive upset.
— Gabriel Kidd & Hirooki Goto & Master Wato & Tomoaki Honma def. Suzuki-Gun (DOUKI & Minoru Suzuki & Taichi & Zack Sabre Jr.) in an 8-man tag team match. Goto pinned DOUKI with the GTR.
— Chase & EVIL & Jay White & KENTA & Taiji Ishimori def. David Finlay & Hiroshi Tanahashi & Juice Robinson & Toa Henare & Ryusuke Taguchi in a 10-man tag team match. EVIL pinned Taguchi with the STO.
— Kazuchika Okada & SHO & Tomohiro Ishii def. BUSHI & SANADA & Shingo Takagi in a 6-man tag team match. SHO pinned BUSHI with the Shock Arrow.
— Jeff Cobb def. Satoshi Kojima in 11:50 with Tour of the Islands to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.
— Great O-Khan def. Tetsuya Naito in 20:20 via referee stoppage to advance to the second round of the New Japan Cup.
— Kota Ibushi (c) def. El Desperado to retain the IWGP Heavyweight & IWGP Intercontinental Championships in 20:36 with the Kamigoye.
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