Welcome to PWInsider.com's live, ongoing coverage of Night Two of the WWE UK Championship tournament from Blackpool, England!
The show opened with Michael Cole and Nigel McGuinness previewing the quarter-finals and showing how the competitors made it this far.
Set for the quarter-finals:
*Wolfgang vs. Trent Seven.
*Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin.
*Mark Andrews vs. Joseph Conners.
*Pete Dunne vs. Sam Gradwell.
The semi-finals and finals will follow.
Pete Dunne vs. Sam Gradwell
The announcers noted the attack on Gradwell at the end of yesterday's broadcast and Gradwell had his back taped up. Dunne offered his hand mockingly and laughed at Gradwell. He charged at Gradwell but was nailed with a forearm Gradwell went right after him with forearms and beat him down.
Dunne tried to figure a way out but was nailed again. Dunne caught him with a clothesline but Gradwell bounced right up and sent him to the floor. Gradwell hit a nice suicide dive to the outside. He continued working over Dunne on the floor. Dunne grabbed his nose to stop Gradwell. They battled back and forth until Gradwell nailed a butterfly suplex on the floor onto the entrance ramp.
Gradwell nailed a nice missile dropkick but aggravated the injury to his already hurt back in doing so. He went back to the top but Dunne rolled to the floor. Gradwell instead nailed a flying bodypress to the floor. Good stuff thus far in the opener. They battled back into the ring, where Gradwell was shoved over the top to the floor and crashed down onto the apron, hurting his back. Gradwell was almost counted out but pulled himself back in after the nine count.
Dunne powerslammed Gradwell and scored the pin.
Your winner, advancing, Pete Dunne!
Good match that continued to establish Dunne as a major heel here and gave Gradwell a chance to show some babyface fire and get some legitimate sympathy.
After the match, Dunne grabbed the hurt Gradwell and nailed his finisher, The Bitter End.
Charly Caruso interviewed Dunne. He mocked that this was a controversial ending. He said that he didn't think so, and neither did Triple H. He said he just made a name for himself and said, "Two down, two to go."
Mark Andrews vs. Joseph Conners.
Some really good back and forth action early. Andrews missed a moonsault to the floor but landed on his feet. Conners drilled him with a right hand and nailed a drop toehold into the steel steps at ringside. Conners worked over Andrews for some time, looking good. He sent Andrews into the barricade, but Andrews climbed up, walking it and hit a flip onto Conners.
Back into the ring, Andrews hit a crossbody off the ropes for a two count. Andrews nailed a double knee strike in the corner, then nailed a Northern Lights suplex. He went for a standing moonsault but Conners pulled his knees up. Conners snapped him against the ropes and used a leaping DDT over the ropes for a two count.
Andrews kicked Conners away and sent him into the corner. Conners kicked him away but was nailed in the bad ear and hit with a top rope rana. Andrews ascended to the top rope. Conners escaped and went for his finisher but Andrews caught him with the stunner and nailed a shooting star press off the top for the pin.
Your winner, advancing, Mark Andrews!
Real entertaining match. Conners is just excellent. Andrews was great here as well. Truly enjoyable.
Trent Seven vs. Wolfgang
They shoved each other and went face to face early. Wolfgang nailed a big side suplex. They ended up on the floor where Wolfgang nailed a standing moonsault off the barricade on Seven, who was out on the floor. Wolfgang grabbed at his leg, with the idea being that he hurt himself in the process. Seven caught Wolfgang with a dive to the outside as he returned to his feet.
Seven went to the top but was cut off by a big forearm from Seven. Wolfgang went to the top and nailed a big suplex. Seven came back and nailed a big dragon suplex for a two count. These guys are doing moves that guys their size shouldn't be doing and it's been awesome to watch. Wolfgang went for the Wasteland but Seven slipped out and caught him with a short am clothesline that spun Wolfgang upside down for a two count.
Wolfgang, who had a bloody nose and lip by this point, finally scored the pinfall with a big swanton bomb off the top.
Your winner, Wolfgang!
Really good back and forth battle.
They showed Radzi from "Blue Peter" at ringside. That's a long running children's show in the UK.
Tyler Bate vs. Jordan Devlin
Devlin attacked Bate from behind as he worked on his mustache. Devlin was sent to the floor. Bate hit a nice suicide dive to the outside. Devlin gained control and stomped Bate's arm and tried to muscle him down for pinfall attempts. Bate nailed a monkey flip to escape and came off the ropes with a springboard flying uppercut.
Bate called for the Airplane Spin but Devlin drilled him with elbows. Bates caught him and nailed the Airplane Spin. It left both of them dizzy. Bate approaches Devlin, who was outside on the apron. Devlin snapped the top rope in his face and worked him over with a big knee lift for a two count. Devlin went for a moonsault but Bate rolled out of the way.
Bate went for the Tiger Driver 97 but Devlin rolled through with a rana for a two count. Devlin kicked Bate in the back of the head. Bate acted like he was hurt and held his head, playing off of Danny Birch being busted open in the first round. Bate got up and held his head and checked his hands for blood. He then caught Devlin with one of his fists, bang and nailed the Tiger Driver 97 for the pin.
Your winner, advancing, Tyler Bate!
Another very good match.
Really entertaining quarter-finals.
Coverage of the finals continues on Page 2!
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