Date: July 2, 2020
Host: Andy Shepard
We’re back with the Superstar Picks this week as there isn’t much else to show. That’s the kind of thing that works well here as WWE could run these things for months, though word on the street seems to be that we could be seeing tapings again soon. I’m happy with this for now though so let’s get to it.
Andy wastes no time in throwing it to our first pick.
Nikki Cross starts us off with this.
From NXT UK, March 5, 2020.
Aoife Valkyrie vs. Isla Dawn
They fight over a wristlock to start and Valkyrie gets a few near falls off some rollups. A monkey flip lets Valkyrie put her down for two and they go into the pinfall reversal sequence. Valkyrie misses the big kick though as Dawn drops into the splits. Dawn powers her into the corner to get out of something like a Kimura, setting up a Meteora for two. Valkyrie gets in a kick to the face though and the top rope ax kick is good for the pin at 4:30.
Result: Aoife Valkyrie b. Isla Dawn – Top rope ax kick (4:30)
Video on Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel, who won the NXT Tag Team Titles a month or so ago. We hear about them breaking into the sport, with Aichner’s trainer Alex Wright commenting on how great he is. Barthel talks about his dad wrestling Wright’s dad. Walter says the two of them are great and Imperium is on its way to dominance. This was more interesting than I would have bet on.
William Regal gives us this.
From NXT UK, March 26, 2020.
A-Kid vs. Noam Dar
They fight over arm control to start until Kid nips up into a headscissors for a nifty counter. Back up and Dar hits a dropkick to stagger Kid so they can hit the mat again. Dar avoids the Octopus and they take turns sweeping the leg. A rapid fire pinfall reversal sequence gets a bunch of ones so Dar gets cocky and kicks him in the chest. The armbar goes on again, with Dar switching into a cross armbreaker. That’s countered into a triangle choke, which is released as well so Kid can kick him in the head. What looked to be a low blow rocks Kid though and the Nova Roller finishes Kid at 6:39.
Result: Noam Dar b. A-Kid – Nova Roller (6:39)
Post match, Dar brags some more.
Pretty Deadly are having a picnic and kick away a soccer ball for daring to interrupt them. They’re taking over the tag team division.
Drew McIntyre talks about how far British wrestling has come and has this for us.
From the United Kingdom Title Tournament Night One.
Semifinals: Pete Dunne vs. Mark Andrews
Dunne takes him straight to the mat and grabs a chinlock but a spinning armdrag sends Pete to the floor. That of course means a big flip dive as Andrews takes over. Pete bends the fingers back and goes for the stomp on the steps but Andrews snaps off a hurricanrana to take over again.
A standing 450 moonsault gets two on Dunne and a springboard hurricanrana sends him outside again. Didn’t we just see this? Andrews’ latest dive is caught and dropped onto the apron, followed by a release suplex (the X Plex) onto the ramp. That’s still not enough to get a countout so Dunne stomps away on the head. Back in and yet another X Plex is countered into the Stundog Millionaire.
Dunne has a counter of his own though as the shooting star is reversed into a rollup for a very close two. The pumphandle Downward Spiral (Bitter End) is broken up and the fifth or so X Plex is countered into the fourth or so hurricanrana for two. Another shooting star misses and another X Plex sets up the Bitter End to send Dunne on at 10:45.
Result: Pete Dunne b. Mark Andrews – Bitter End (10:45)
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