Date: September 4, 2019
Location: Motorpoint Arena Cardiff, Cardiff, Wales
Commentators: Nigel McGuinness. Vic Joseph
It’s a rare post Takeover edition here, meaning we’ll be seeing a bunch of post match interviews, highlights, and the two matches taped before the show started. After the marathon that was this weekend, a little breather is often a nice change of pace so hopefully that’s what we get here. Let’s get to it.
We open with the Takeover recap. A lot of that show doesn’t feel like that big of a deal, but the match and moment that did make up for a lot of it.
Piper Niven vs. Rhea Ripley
They go with the power shoves to start and Ripley’s big boot is shoved away. Some shoulders to the ribs work a bit better and Niven is down for a bit. Rhea stays on the back and tries a camel clutch but opts for a standing Cloverleaf instead. Niven pulls that down into a kneebar in the middle of the ring so Ripley kicks her in the arm for the break. A stomp to the back lets Rhea talk more trash and it’s off to a camel clutch neck crank.
Piper drops back on her for the break and it’s a Cannonball in the corner (GOTTA HAVE THE CANNONBALL!), followed by a Vader Bomb for two. The back gives out but Piper is fine enough to hit her in the face to block Riptide. A low crossbody connects (with Rhea’s leg folding underneath her but thankfully she seems fine) but Rhea hits her in the back again. This time Riptide finishes Niven at 8:42.
Rating: C. They had a nice story here with Ripley winning by staying on the back. That’s not the biggest surprise given that Ripley is now going after the regular NXT Women’s Title, meaning a promotion isn’t out of the question. Piper will be back as a monster in no time because she’s so much bigger than anyone else in the division so this is hardly some kind of a crippling loss.
Jack Gallagher is not medically cleared so we’ll need a suitable replacement to face Kassius Ohno.
The Grizzled Young Veterans ranted about their loss and demanded a two on two rematch. Johnny Saint says he’ll think about it.
He apparently thought about it fast as the rematch is next week.
Joe Coffey was banged up after his match with Dave Mastiff and needed a medic.
The Hunt (in suits) told Mastiff that he could beat Coffey.
Trent Seven checked on Tyler Bate after the main event.
Video on Tegan Nox, who debuts next week.
Kassius Ohno vs. ???
The replacement is…..Sid Scala, who hasn’t wrestled in a long time and is in most of a suit here. Scala looks fired up to start and spins out of an early wristlock. A head fake out of the corner lets Scala grab a middle rope sunset flip for two but Ohno gets in a kick to the leg. Some hard chops have Scala in more trouble before it’s back to the knee.
The leg gets stomped but Scala manages a neckbreaker across the corner for a unique escape. Ohno knocks him out of the air but Scala is able to forearm away back inside. Something close to a dragon screw legwhip cuts Scala off though and it’s the Dream Crusher to give Ohno the pin at 7:15.
Rating: C-. Scala was trying here and put in a good showing but they went the right way with the decision. Ohno continues to be a fine addition to the roster (odd result vs. Dragunov aside) as he can do almost anything he wants. Putting him against the bosses is an interesting idea as they could send quite a few names after him to make things more fun. This feels like part of a bigger story and that’s not a bad thing.
And that’s the show, which might be the shortest in the series’ history.
Overall Rating: C-. This wasn’t much of a show though I do appreciate them getting in and out faster than usual if they didn’t have much to show. They did their quick highlights and showed very little of note from after the matches, but we have a title match set up for next week. It’s a completely skippable show, unless you’re a big Ripley fan.
Rhea Ripley b. Piper Niven – Riptide
Kassius Ohno b. Sid Scala – Dream Crusher
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