Date: May 21, 2020
Host: Andy Shepard
It’s another special show with a big look at a major match. This time around it’s the triple threat match for the Women’s Title between Kay Lee Ray, Piper Niven and Toni Storm. I don’t remember that match being such a huge one but it’s nice to take a look at something else for a change. Let’s get to it.
We open with a video on Storm, who won the Mae Young Classic, earning a shot at the NXT UK Women’s Title. Storm defeated Rhea Ripley to become the new champion, but Jinny was waiting for her.
From NXT UK, April 12, 2019 (actually April 10).
Women’s Title: Toni Storm vs. Jinny
Jinny is challenging. They go right at it to start with Toni getting the better of it and grabbing a half crab. The fans don’t make it any better by calling Jinny a Primark Princess, though Toni switching to an STF makes it worse. After using the rope for a break, it’s off to a camel clutch to put Toni in trouble for a change. Storm reverses into a surfboard on the mat but Jinny is right back in the ropes for the break.
A Downward Spiral into the middle buckle knocks Toni silly and it’s time to start in on the back. Jinny hits a backbreaker and grabs a chinlock with a knee in the back. Now it’s a regular chinlock to keep Storm down. Toni fights up with some rolling German suplexes but another shot to the back cuts her off. Jinny’s version of Storm Zero is countered with a headbutt and Jinny is rocked. She’s fine enough to try a hurricanrana, which is reversed into a powerbomb. Storm Zero retains the title at 10:34.
Result: Toni Storm b. Jinny – Storm Zero (10:34)
Then we had Rhea Ripley and the debuting Piper Niven ready to fight for dominance.
From NXT UK, July 3, 2019.
Rhea Ripley storms to the ring and, after telling the cheering fans to shut up, calls out Piper Niven for a fight right now.
Rhea Ripley vs. Piper Niven
Rhea manages to pound her down to start but the big running crossbody out of the corner gets Niven out of trouble. A trip to the floor lets Ripley snap Niven over the top rope and the beating continues outside. Niven gets posted to give Ripley one as the fans have moved to split. We hit the bodyscissors on Niven for a good while until Piper dropkicks her into the corner. Niven does exactly the same thing but Rhea drops her across the ropes.
The standing Cloverleaf has Niven screaming a lot until a rope is grabbed. That just makes Rhea even angrier so she slaps Piper in the face. A Saito suplex plants Rhea and the fans move to a more general NXT chant. An exchange of clotheslines goes nowhere but Rhea can’t hit Riptide. Instead Piper avoids a charge to send her shoulder first into the post, setting up the Piper Driver to finish Ripley at 8:33.
Result: Piper Niven b. Rhea Ripley – Piper Driver (8:33)
Kay Lee Ray won a title shot though by winning a battle royal. It turns out that they used to be friends but Ray didn’t think much of her. Ray won the title in an upset at Takeover: Cardiff.
We look at Niven, Ray and Storm being friends for a long time but Niven talked about differences coming up. Ray and Storm both started fighting, perhaps over needing to be the dominant one. Niven doesn’t know what happened to the three of them but all Ray and Storm wanted was the title. Storm even asked Niven to step aside from her title shot, but that wasn’t happening. They don’t even know who each other are anymore and they all want the title.
From Takeover: Blackpool II.
Women’s Title: Kay Lee Ray vs. Piper Niven vs. Toni Storm
Ray is defending and Niven jumps her during the Big Match Intros. Niven sends Ray outside for the suicide dive and then Cannonballs both of them in a row. That earns her a whip into the steps so Toni and Ray can fight, only to have Niven drop a backsplash onto both of them. Ray superkicks Niven and chokes Toni, who is right back with a release German suplex.
Storm suplexes Niven as well but gets planted by Ray, who is suplexed by Niven to put all three down at once. It’s Toni and Piper slugging it out but Ray shoves them together in what might not have been the smartest move. Ray grabs a chair and wraps it around Storm’s neck but Niven breaks up the Pillmanizing. Storm picks up the chair and Niven says hit her, only to have them both go after Ray instead.
With Ray and Storm on the floor, Niven hits a Cannonball off the apron to crush the champ. Back in and Niven breaks up the superplex by powerbombing Storm but Niven breaks it up with a top rope Swanton. Niven’s Michinoku Driver gets two on Ray, who somehow gets Niven up for the Gory Bomb and the same near fall.
Niven busts out a Canadian Destroyer on Ray (because she can) but Storm breaks up the cover and hits Storm Zero for two more on Ray with Niven making the save this time. Storm Zero doesn’t work on Niven so Toni settles for something like a Pedigree instead. A frog splash hits Niven but Ray steals the pin to retain at 13:24.
Result: Kay Lee Ray b. Piper Niven and Toni Storm – Frog splash to Niven (13:24)
Niven doesn’t think they can ever be friends again.
Ray is glad she crushed everyone’s dreams because she’s champion.
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