Date: February 6, 2019
Location: Empress Ballroom, Blackpool, England
Commentators: Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness
Last week saw the rise of Walter, who is clearly going to be a major star around here in short order. The man is a monster who is going to run over everyone in his path, possibly including UK Champion Pete Dunne. Tonight he’s in action again against Mark Coffey, which makes it clear that they know they have something here. Let’s get to it.
Mark Andrews vs. Ligero
They shake hands to start. Feeling out process to start with Andrews getting a very limited advantage off a hammerlock. A run of the ropes suits them a bit better until Ligero gets two off a rollup. The pinfall reversal sequence gives us a bunch of one counts, capped off by a nice round of applause. Ligero sends him outside but misses a dive, instead settling for a headscissors. Andrews cartwheels out of it though as we’re still waiting on the first major offense.
A flip dive off the barricade finally puts Andrews down and a Stunner gives Ligero two back inside. Some forearms keep Andrews in trouble but he rolls Ligero down and hits a jumping double stomp to the ribs. The standing corkscrew moonsault gets two and it’s off to an exchange of strikes. Ligero’s suplex is countered into the Stundog Millionaire but can’t follow up. Instead it’s Ligero hitting a pumphandle faceplant for two of his own but the C4L is broken up. Andrews is right back with a reverse hurricanrana for two, only to have Fall to Pieces hit knees. Now C4L connects to give Ligero the pin at 9:05.
Result: Ligero b. Mark Andrews – C4L (9:05)
Post match we get another handshake.
We look back at Sid Scala announcing Danny Burch/Oney Lorcan as the first challengers to the Grizzled Young Veterans.
Lorcan and Burch are happy and have little more to say.
Pete Dunne is impressed by Walter but doesn’t fear anyone.
Xia Brookside vs. Candy Floss
Brookside is being treated as a big deal here. We get another handshake to continue proper British tradition. Brookside jumps out of a headscissors and we hit the pinfall reversal sequence into a standoff. Back up and Candy goes technical with a full nelson until Xia rolls into an armbar. Floss reverses into a hammerlock before slamming the arm into the mat. With that not going anywhere, Xia is back up with a running bulldog and the Brooksie Bomb (Iconoclasm into a bridging pin) finishes Floss at 4:32. That’s Brookside’s first win on the show.
Result: Xia Brookside b. Candy Floss – Brooksie Bomb (4:32)
Post match Brookside checks on Floss but here’s Rhea Ripley to beat them both down, including a standing swinging Texas Cloverleaf to Brookside. Toni Storm runs in for the save but headbutts Brookside by mistake, allowing Ripley to hit the Riptide on Storm.
Jordan Devlin doesn’t like Noam Dar and wants to beat him up in Phoenix.
Mike Hitchman vs. Joseph Conners
Conners is billing himself as an NXT UK original. Conners hammers away to start but a headbutt to the elbow (yes to the elbow) takes him down. Hitchman nails the backsplash to the back but Conners snaps Mike’s throat across the top. A belly to back faceplant gets two on Hitchman and we hit the neck crank. Conners shots that Mike isn’t taking it away. Hitchman doesn’t like being called a thief so he fights up and sends Conners outside, setting up a frog splash off the apron.
Back in and Conners gets two off the slingshot DDT (ala Johnny Gargano). Conners: “YOU ARE A PUSSYCAT! YOU ARE NOTHING!” Hitchman grabs a pop up powerbomb but Conners one ups him off a sunset bomb. Don’t Look Down finishes Hitchman at 5:29.
Result: Joseph Conners b. Mike Hitchman – Don’t Look Down (5:29)
Gallus is ready to keep their kingdom.
Video on Jinny.
Jinny tells Ragsy that he’s ugly and says of course she won because she’s amazing. She’s coming for Toni Storm.
Joe Coffey vs. Ashton Smith
Smith grabs a headlock to start in what might be his biggest offense of the match. Coffey isn’t having that and Pounces him down without much trouble. It’s off to the chinlock into a cobra clutch, followed by some hard forearms to the back. We hit the bearhug as you can’t fault Coffey’s psychology here. Coffey suplexes him down and nails a pop up uppercut (ala Cesaro’s Swiss Death) but Smith scores with right hands. A dropkick sets up a nice superkick but Smith jumps into a German suplex. All The Best For The Bells finishes Smith at 6:17.
Result: Joe Coffey b. Ashton Smith – All The Best For The Bells (6:17)
Post match Gallus comes out to celebrate with Joe.
Mark Coffey vs. Walter
Coffey makes the mistake of throwing a chop as Walter shows him how it’s really done. They head outside with Walter being driven into the barricade as the fans stay behind him. Back in and it’s a double arm crank to stretch out Walter’s chest but he reverses into one of his own. Walter shrugs off a clothesline and tells Coffey to bring it before snapping off a big German suplex. The beating continues with Walter taking him outside for more shots to the chest. Coffey gets in a dropkick for a quick near fall but Walter isn’t having that. The powerbomb finishes Coffey at 6:30.
Result: Walter b. Mark Coffey – Powerbomb (6:30)
Ligero b. Mark Andrews – C4L
Xia Brookside b. Candy Floss – Brooksie Bomb
Joseph Conners b. Mike Hitchman – Don’t Look Down
Joe Coffey b. Ashton Smith – All The Best For The Bells
Walter b. Mark Coffey – Powerbomb
Thomas Hall has been a wrestling fan for over thirty years and has seen over 50,000 wrestling matches. He has also been a wrestling reviewer since 2009 with over 5,000 full shows covered. You can find his work at kbwrestlingreviews.com, or check out his Amazon author page with 28 wrestling books. His latest book is the the Complete 1997 Monday Night Raw Reviews.
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