WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament 2018 - Night 2 is an upcoming event produced by WWE. It took place on June 19, 2018 at Royal Albert Hall in London, England. It aired on the WWE Network on June 26, 2018.
Night Two at Royal Albert Hall kicked off with a bang — or, rather, a Bop and a Bang — as Moustache Mountain defended their home turf and became the new NXT Tag Team Champions with a stirring victory against Undisputed ERA.
The irreverent champions, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong, unloaded a cavalcade of hard strikes, but Tyler Bate & Trent Seven were firing on all cylinders, both individually and as a unit. “Textbook” Bate’s remarkable feats of strength (such as fighting off O’Reilly’s sleeper hold while deadlifting Strong into a suplex) were game-changing, as was Seven’s savvy ring awareness.
Undisputed ERA, who were perhaps still reeling from losing to British Strong Style in a Six-Man Tag Team Match the night before, also suffered from pivotal miscalculations. A missed high-low attempt late in the match opened the door for Seven & Bate to hit O’Reilly with an incredible Torture Rack/flying knee drop combination. The referee counted to three and the NXT Universe erupted. As chants of “You deserve it!” carried through Royal Albert Hall, Moustache Mountain took the titles over the ring barricade and celebrated with their countrymen.
England’s Charlie Morgan relied on speed and technique to reign supreme in her WWE Network debut against Portugal’s Killer Kelly, who proved herself to be a dangerous competitor in a Triple Threat Match on Night One.
After an initial stalemate, Kelly’s viciousness took over. She stomped and suplexed Morgan, and nearly made her submit to a back-bending dragon sleeper. Yet, Morgan weathered the storm, and when Killer Kelly went for a German suplex, Morgan reversed it into a tight roll-up to score the pinfall win out of the blue. Kelly may have inflicted more damage, but Morgan knew how to finish the job.
Competing for the first time since tearing his meniscus six months ago, Noam Dar made a dramatic return to the ring, but he also made up for lost time, jumping to the front of the line of WWE U.K. Championship contenders.
Introduced by NXT UK General Manager Johnny Saint as a last-minute addition to a previously scheduled No. 1 Contender’s Triple Threat Match with Wales’ Mark Andrews, Flash Morgan Webster and New Zealand’s Travis Banks, The Scottish Supernova proved that he hadn’t lost a step.
The breathtaking action never let up from the opening bell; if Andrews or Morgan wasn’t soaring through the air with reckless abandon, The Kiwi Buzzsaw was trying to take someone’s head off with a kick, or Dar was exploiting an opponent’s weakness.
Such was the case when Banks avoided a Shooting Star Press by Andrews late in the match. Dar wisely pulled Banks’ injured arm – which was taped up due to damage done the night before – over the ropes, then cracked him with a head kick for the win.
As Dar celebrated up the aisle, Joe Coffey, who jumped Banks after their tournament match on Night One, hit the ring alongside his brother, Mark Coffey. They laid waste to both Banks and Andrews, and then stood in the ring, arms crossed, while Dar made sure to keep a safe distance.
Mauro Ranallo said it best when he described Adam Cole’s NXT North American Title defense against Wolfgang as a “tough night at the office.” The Last King of Scotland punished The Panama City Playboy with an unrelenting onslaught, but Cole proved up to the task. As the battle wore on, Cole’s stamina and wherewithal became increasingly important. When Wolfgang took too long to scale the turnbuckles, the Undisputed ERA frontman met him with a superkick; when Wolfgang went high-risk in search of the Howling, Cole saw it coming and got his knees up in time. After that vital error, Wolfgang was felled by a brainbuster onto the knee and Cole’s Last Shot.
It wasn’t easy and it wasn’t pretty, but Cole made it out of Royal Albert Hall with the NXT North American Title still in his grasp.
Of the many questions that loomed heading into this veritable dream match against NXT Champion Aleister Black & Ricochet, one pondered how the outsized personalities of EC3 and Velveteen Dream would get along. As it turned out, not well.
Dream again showed he’s not a tag team partner to be trusted. After a couple of miscommunications — including EC3 using the top rope to pull himself onto the apron, which caused Dream to lose balance on the top turnbuckle and hurt his knee — Dream rejected a tag from The Top One Percent and stormed out of the ring.
An enraged EC3 screamed that he would “end” Velveteen Dream, but little did he realize that The Dutch Destroyer was standing behind him, ready to bring EC3’s night to an abrupt end. By the time EC3 turned around, it was too late. Black Mass was already in service, and a tag team victory for Black & Ricochet was academic. Afterward, The One and Only, who has made his title ambitions known in the past, graciously handed the NXT Title to Black in a show of respect.
Toni Storm refused to be intimidated by the fearsome reputation and scare tactics of NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, and that allowed Storm to push The Queen of Spades to her limit.
What the decorated Aussie couldn’t overcome was the champion’s methodical attack, nor Baszler’s startling post-match antics.
After quickly realizing it was a mistake to take Storm lightly, The Submission Magician began targeting Storm’s leg, stomping, kicking and twisting it in all directions. Storm bravely fought off a kneebar and hit her feared Storm Zero maneuver for a near fall, but she may have worsened her knee in the process.
Baszler then sank in the Kirifuda Clutch after reversing another Storm Zero attempt, but despite the champion’s suffocating grip, Storm forced a rope break and pulled herself to the floor. The Submission Magician followed her, however, and reapplied the Kirifuda Clutch at ringside. At that point, Storm was sapped of energy and barely able to stand, let alone return to the ring before the count of ten. The Queen of Spades’ reign lives on, thanks to a count-out decision.
Instead of returning to the locker room after the match, Baszler dropped Storm with the Kirifuda Driver into the Kirifuda Clutch in a final act of defiance.
After battering his way to the top of the 2018 WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, Zack Gibson ran into somebody even crueler and more dangerous than he: U.K. Champion Pete Dunne.
Looking to repeat the success that his Shankly Gates wristlock brought him the night before, Gibson wore down The BruiserWeight’s arm and shoulder, sending him into the ring barricade and steel steps. Dunne fired back often, however, and was willing to take some damage if it meant inflicting more, such as when he countered Gibson’s Helter Skelter into an X-Plex on the entrance ramp.
The hard-hitting fight reached a fever pitch after an action-packed exchange that culminated with Gibson hitting an avalanche Helter Skelter. Gibson then locked in the Shankly Gates, but Dunne bravely fought his way to the ropes to break the hold.
The U.K. Champion looked down and out after 2018 U.K. Championship Tournament winner repeatedly stomped him in the head, but Gibson was soon overcome by his own hubris. As Gibson brazenly slapped Dunne and boasted, finger pointed skyward, that he is Liverpool’s No. 1, Dunne latched on to Gibson’s exposed digit and cranked it sideways. He then clobbered Gibson with a huge forearm smash and hit Bitter End (his second of the match) for the pinfall victory.
As The BruiserWeight took in the deafening reception to his victory, the entire NXT UK roster gathered alongside Dunne and Triple H at the top of the entrance ramp, giving the fans inside Royal Albert Hall a glimpse of what’s to come as the brand enters its next chapter.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Dark Match: Ligero defeated Mike Hitchman
- Moustache Mountain (Trent Seven & Tyler Bate) defeated The Undisputed ERA (Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong) (c) to win the NXT Tag Team Championship
- Charlie Morgan defeated Killer Kelly
- Noam Dar defeated Mark Andrews and Morgan Webster and Travis Banks in a #1 Contendership for the WWE United Kingdom Championship
- Adam Cole (c) defeated Wolfgang to retain the NXT North American Championship
- Aleister Black & Ricochet defeated EC3 & The Velveteen Dream
- Shayna Baszler (c) defeateds Toni Storm by Count Out to retain the NXT Women's Championship
- Pete Dunne (c) defeated Zack Gibson to retain the WWE United Kingdom Championship
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