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JANUARY 15, 2021
We start the show with Roman Reigns and Paul Heyman reading through the contract for the match between Reigns & Pierce. Heyman says that the match needs a stipulation that will allow Roman to be him and to also teach Adam Pierce about fear and respect. He tells Roman Roman that he will take the contract back to Pierce and to consider this handled.
IN RING SEGMENT
Before the match, Jey Uso gets on the mic and he says that he and Roman Reigns are the ones calling the shots. They are the head of the table, and not Pierce, Kevin Owens, or anyone from the WWE Universe. But he says that people need to be thanking Roman for everything that’s provided. Hey says that Roman is the one making Smackdown relevant. But as far as himself, Jey is entering himself into the Royal Rumble! He says he is going to win and go to RAW and take out either Drew McIntyre or Oldberg, or whoever it might be, because their bloodline IS the WWE.
Jey turns his attention to Nakamura, who said that he should be thanking Jey and Roman for allowing him to survive. But he needs to know that tonight he is going to own him. Nakamura comes out TO HIS OLD MUSIC and gets in the ring to tell Jey that if Roman is the big dog, Jey must be his little puppy! Jey gets mad and comes after Nakamura, but Nakamura meets him with a kick to the side of the head, and it looks like this match is starting now!
JEY USO vs. SHINSUKE NAKAMURA
Nakamura goes right after Jey, giving him right hands before locking him into a headlock. Jey pushes him off and then surprises Nakamura with a clothesline. Nakamura back up and tries for a kick, but Jey ducks, but Shinsuke surprises him with another kick! Nakamura starts to drive his knees to the side of Jey then locks in another rear chin lock, bringing Jey to the mat. He tosses Jey into the corner, but then we hear the music of…. Cesaro?
Cesaro makes his way to the ring as Nakamura has complete control of the match. Cesaro heads to commentary, and he says that he is going to enter the Royal Rumble. Jey runs at Nakamura, but Nakamura meets Jey with a kick to the face. He starts to punish him with some more kicks and then sends him off the ropes and hits a running knee. Jey on the ground and Nakamura hits a running knee to the face. Nakamura goes for the cover, but Jey Uso kicks out.
Nakamura starts to set up fo the reverse suplex, but Jey Uso hits Shinsuke with a couple of elbows before hitting a back suplex. Nakamura back up and Jey surprises him with a kick to the midsection and then a vicious neck breaker to Nakamua. He goes for the cover, but Nakamura kicks out. Jey Uso goes up top and tries for the splash, but Shinsuske gets the knees up! He gets up and runs after Jey, but Jey moves out of the way and Nakamura takes the post.
Uso rolls up Nakamura and puts his feet on the rope…..1……2……..3! But wait, the referee notices the feet on the ropes and waves off the count. Jey Uso starts to argue with the ref, which allows Nakamura to get a roll up! Jey Uso rolls through, but just looks up with enough time to see a Kinshasa hitting him in then face, for Nakamura to pick up the victory.
Winner: Shinsuke Nakamura
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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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