Date: March 12, 2020
Location: Coventry Skydome, Coventry, England
Commentators: Andy Williams, Nigel McGuinness
We’re on a fresh taping cycle and that means we’re on the way towards Dublin for the next Takeover. You can probably guarantee a Finn Balor vs. Walter United Kingdom Title match and that could be a heck of a showdown. The rest of the show is yet to be built but they still have time to get there. Let’s get to it.
Here’s Balor to get things going. He’s not here because he wants to boost the ratings but because he wants Walter. Therefore, here’s Walter, but the rest of Imperium follows him out. They come in after him but Balor nails a Sling Blade and bails in a hurry for fear of being destroyed.
Viper got involved in the I Quit match because she couldn’t let Kay Lee Ray cripple Toni Storm. Ray is evil and Viper isn’t standing for that.
Video on Tyler Bate.
Pretty Deadly vs. Dereiss Gordon/Dan Moloney
Stoker and Howley throw their shirts at them to start and the beatdown is on in a hurry. Stoker takes Moloney into the corner to start so Howley can come in for a headlock. Moloney gets in a suplex and works on the arm before handing it off to Gordon for the same. A headscissors and leg lariat give Gordon a fast two but he gets taken into the corner as Nigel tries to figure out which movie characters Stoker and Howley look like.
Stoker gets two and it’s back to Howley for a running uppercut in the corner. A chinlock is broken up though and Howley gets shoved away, allowing the hot tag off to Moloney to start cleaning house. Everything breaks down though and Moloney gets caught in Deadly Pretty for the pin at 6:08.
Rating: D+. Pretty Deadly continues to be just kind of there, but establishing a new team with some wins is fine enough. It’s always hard to figure out what you have with a team when they keep beating jobbers so maybe we don’t know what they’ve got. They’re far from wasted or anything so just give them a bit more time.
Alexander demands and receives a match against Finn Balor tonight. He leaves so here is Jordan Devlin, who is told he will be defending the title in two weeks against Travis Banks.
Gallus and Dave Mastiff/Flash Morgan Webster/Mark Andrews set up a six man for next week.
Ligero vs. Noam Dar
Dar grabs the arm to start and then PULLS THE HORN to annoy Ligero. A missed charge in the corner makes things worse for Ligero and Dar sends him outside for the big crash. Back in and Dar makes bullfighting jokes before stomping away even more. Ligero fights up and kicks him to the floor for the slingshot dive, followed by the reverse DDT for two back inside. The Lethal Injection is countered into a Fujiwara armbar though, meaning Ligero has to counter into a rollup for two. A missed charge lets Dar kick him in both legs and the Nova Roller is good for the pin at 6:13.
Rating: C-. Dar is someone else who keeps going up and down without doing much in the way of going forward. He’s a good choice to keep around though and that’s not the worst place to be. They need something for him to do, or at least a feud, but having him out there doing random matches is fine enough for now.
Travis Banks promises to win the title in two weeks.
Amele vs. Dani Luna
Feeling out process to start with Amele taking her down by the arm and controlling with a wristlock. Back up and Amele switches to a hammerlock but Luna lifts her up without much trouble. A suplex drops Amele but here’s Kay Lee Ray to jump Amele for the DQ at 1:59.
Post match Ray clears the ring and says there is no making a name for yourself around here. Luna tries to fight back but gets knocked down again.
Video on Aoife Valkyrie.
Alexander Wolfe vs. Finn Balor
Balor takes him down by the arm to start before rolling through a sunset flip into a basement dropkick. The chinlock has Wolfe in early trouble but he’s right back up, only to get stomped down in the corner. Running chops in the corner make it even worse so Wolfe kicks him in the ribs a few times. We hit the waistlock and here’s the rest of Imperium for the menacing stares.
The bearhug stays on Balor’s ribs until he forearms his way to freedom, followed by running forearms to keep up the trend. Balor stomps away while glaring down at Walter, meaning it’s time for Imperium to try and interfere. That’s broken up and we get an ejection but Wolfe scores with a running clothesline. A powerbomb is broken up and Balor hits a double stomp, followed by an Eye of the Hurricane. The shotgun dropkick sets up the Coup de Grace and 1916 finishes Wolfe at 8:21.
Rating: C+. This was just a step below a squash for Balor, who ran through Wolfe like he wasn’t even there. That’s what they should be doing with him though as Balor is likely getting the big showdown title shot against Walter and it makes sense to have him run through Imperium to get there. It’s not like losing to a former World Champion is a downgrade so everything is fine.
Overall Rating: D+. Pretty nothing show this time around with only the main event meaning anything, and even then it wasn’t that much. The weak first night of a taping seems to be the norm around here though and hopefully that is the case this time around too. This wasn’t a good show for the most part and while we are kind of starved for sporting events at the moment, it didn’t make things that much better.
Pretty Deadly b. Dereiss Gordon/Dan Moloney – Deadly Pretty to Moloney
Noam Dar b. Ligero – Nova Roller
Amele b. Dani Luna via DQ when Kay Lee Ray interfered
Finn Balor b. Alexander Wolfe – 1916
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