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NXT Takeover 31 results

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NXT Takeover 31 results

North American Championship — Damian Priest (c) vs. Johnny Gargano: Gargano got in a lot of offense early, including a missile dropkick and flying senton with Priest wrapped up in the ropes. Priest eventually retained the momentum with a flatliner and the Broken Arrow, though two Razor’s Edge attempts were countered by Gargano. After missing a roundhouse kick, Priest was thrown into the post and brought outside, though he roundhoused Gargano in the shin to knock him off the ring apron before hitting the challenger with a Razor’s Edge onto the hardest part of the ring for a 2.7 count. Gargano and Priest traded counters with Gargano landing an impressive standing version of Sliced Bread, but he could only manage more near falls. Priest eventually managed to hit Gargano with South of Heaven but was unable to capitalize.

Gargano threw a couple security guards in his way as Priest missed a tope cannonball senton, low blowed the champion while the referee was distracted and hit a superkick back in the ring but was only able to manage a 2.9 count. Priest nearly submitted to the Gargano Escape but would not subdue. Gargano hit the champion with a barrage of superkicks, but while tussling over the ropes, Priest was able to overpower One Final Beat and hit Gargano with a draping version of The Reckoning for the 1-2-3. This concluded a tremendous opening match that set the tone for the evening. It was well-wrestled, included plenty of potential finishes and ultimately ended with the proper booking decision as Priest was elevated by taking down one of the top superstars in NXT history. Priest (c) def. Gargano via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A-

Kushida vs. Velveteen DreamKushida attacked Dream before the bell as Dream entered dressed like Doc Brown from “Back to the Future,” a nod to Kushida’s Time Splitter gimmick. Though Kushida is a junior heavyweight, he was aggressive and hard-hitting the whole match, stomping Dream in the face and running his shoulder twice into the steel post before dropkicking his hand between the steel steps and the ring. An eye gouge, Dream Valley Driver and Purple Rainmaker looked to do Kushida in, but Dream was unable to capitalize due to his injured shoulder. As Dream looked for another elbow drop, Kushida locked him in the Hoverboard Lock on the top rope and slammed him to the canvas, maintaining the submission; when Dream found the ropes, Kushida rolled through. Then Dream looked to have broken the the submission with another DVD, but Kushida rolled through that, too, and maintained his finisher for the quick tap out and victory.

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As his hand was being raised after the match, Kushida instead decided to attack Dream and apply an armbar with wrist action until they were separated by referees. There was never a dull moment in this match, and Kushida looked the strongest he has in NXT thus far. The storytelling of his newfound aggressiveness was clear, and the inventive finish plus the post-match attack was fantastic. Well done across the board. Kushida def. Velveteen Dream via submission — Grade: B

Cruiserweight Championship — Santos Escobar (c) vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott: Escobar was the clear aggressor and in control of the match early, hitting Swerve with a frankensteiner that stunned him. After some taunting from the champion, Swerve found his momentum with a roundhouse clothesline, jumping elbow from the middle rope, rolling flatliner and a DDT with Escobar squatting on the middle turnbuckle for a couple near falls. Just as Swerve was set to capitalize, Legado del Fantasma ran interference, shifting the momentum back to Escobar. Swerve then leaped from the middle rope and stunned Escobar with a huricanrana off the ring apron to the outside. Ashantee “Thee” Adonis ran in to help Swerve, but as Swerve attempted another rolling flatliner, Escobar caught him with a superkick. A Phantom Driver followed, but Swerve kicked out at 2.9 to the shock of everyone.

Escobar then hit Three Amigos, but Swerve avoided a sloppy frog splash. The challenger snapped back Escobar’s left arm with a stomp, hit House Call to the side of his head and then nailed a 450 splash — only for Escobar to kick out at 2.8 to his surprise. With both men fighting on the ring apron, Swerve was pushed backwards and hit his head on the ring post. Escobar immediately brought him back in for a double underhook shoulderbuster for the win. Though this was an incredible match, the random help from Adonis gave away the finish as it made it clear these two would likely be operating as a tag team. Still, the action was top-notch and Escobar won without cheating, which is always nice for a heel. Escobar (c) def. Swerve via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A-

Women’s Championship — Io Shirai (c) vs. Candice LaRae: The action was fast and furious early with Shirai landing on her feet from a monkey flip and hitting a springboard Asai moonsault off the middle rope to the outside. LaRae focused on being aggressive, but Shirai answered with a stomp to the midsection, flapjack, 619 and springboard missile dropkick … only for a two count.  Shirai then hit a double underhook backbreaker, but after her moonsault attempt was countered into a sit down powerbomb, she immediately responded with a meteora. LaRae then ate a German suplex, but she responded with a snap German, backstabber and lionsault for a 2.5 count. When LaRae was forced to break an extended Gargano Escape, she elbowed the referee and knocked him out. Shirai hit an Air Raid Crash, but LaRae got her feet up to block the moonsault and the referee got thrown from the ring.

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LaRae took advantage of Shirai and hit her Wicked Stepsister finisher, but there was no referee to count so Johnny Gargano ran down with a referee shirt. He tried a fast count, but Shirai still kicked out before three. Gargano then stole the women’s title and brought it in the ring, but the referee came to and was distracted by Gargano’s arguing. This gave LaRae the opportunity to hit Shirai in the face with the title … but she surprisingly kicked out at 2.5, sending the married couple into a fit. Shirai drilled LaRae with a Spanish fly from the top rope and then nailed her moonsault for the 1-2-3. A title change here would have made all the sense in the world, and Shirai had two outs to drop it, so it was surprising to see a retention. Still, this thing kicked into high gear over the final third of the match, and Shirai looked incredibly strong overcoming all that adversity for the win. Shirai (c) def. LaRae via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: B+

Women’s rostergrows: After the match, NXT UK star Toni Storm appeared on the big screen, announcing that she would be joining the brand and going right after Shirai’s title. Moments later, NXT paid off the Call of Duty-style vignettes it had aired over the last two weeks with Ember Moon making her return to the brand coming off an extended absence from the ring due to injury. Moon looked like a “Mad Max” character, wearing a leather jacket with spikes as her hair was shaved into a mohawk.

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NXT Championship — Finn Balor (c) vs. Kyle O’Reilly: Lots of technical wrestling and hard strikes early before the first big moment, a pair of double underhook suplexes and a double underhook DDT by O’Reilly. Balor and O’Reilly continued exchanging brutal strikes with O’Reilly taking a running turnbuckle to the chest lot of punishment in his ribs before taking Balor down with a suplex nearly on his neck. Balor dropped O’Reilly with a slingblade, but the challenger took Balor’s knee out on an attempted missile dropkick. O’Reilly began bleeding from the mouth and screamed as Balor locked him in a Sharpshooter, though he eventually got to the ropes. O’Reilly hit Balor with a ton of MMA strikes and a lariat, but Balor countered with a guillotine. Balor eventually hit his 1916 finisher, but O’Reilly kicked out at 2.8. The champion paused before going for his Coup de Grace, and O’Reilly was able to block it with a kick and then a dragon screw with Balor straddling the top rope and then the middle rope. O’Reilly worked on Balor’s left knee all match, hitting a knee dive from the middle rope and then knocking Balor in a heel hook that nearly resulted in a submission.

Balor ducked away from continued onslaught by O’Reilly and caught the challenger with two stomps to the chest as the champion began to gush blood from the mouth. In a bit of a slow finish, Balor climbed to the top rope and hit his Coup de Grace for the 1-2-3. Balor refused to allow the referee to raise his arm as he limped and continued bleeding from the mouth as he stared O’Reilly down in a mixture of anger, shock and respect. Balor eventually offered a hand, lifting O’Reilly up. This match absolutely ruled. It was hard-hitting, violent and filled with fast-paced action. Balor was cemented as a strong champion, and O’Reilly proved to be far more than one half of a tag team. If the finish had been a bit smoother, this may have reached perfection. Balor (c) def. O’Reilly via pinfall to retain the title — Grade: A

Surprise attack: Out of nowhere, Ridge Holland appeared over the barricade with Adam Cole over his shoulder and dumped Cole into the ringside area. Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish ran down acting like they did not know what was happening, asking if anyone saw what happened as NXT TakeOver went off the air.

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Chelsea FC beats Burnley 3-0, another clean sheet for Mendy

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Chelsea Football club beat Burnley 3-0 and Mendy keeps another clean sheet.

Just few days after they won their UEFA Champions League match, they faced off with burley some minutes ago and they came out victorious

Ziyech started the goal campaign in the first half and in the second half, Kourt Zouma scored a second goal cusion. He is presently the highest goal scorer in the premier league. Then Timo Werner scored the last goal.

Edouard Mendy kept another clean sheet since his Cheslea goal keeping career. He is the second Chelsea goal keeper to keep a clean sheet since Petr Cech.

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Friday Night Smackdown results 30th October 2020

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Friday night Smackdown results 30th October 2020

Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Jey Uso def. Daniel Bryan via pinfall after an Uso Splash. Uso fought angry in the early going, clearly emotional from his situation with Reigns. After a Bryan comeback, Reigns’ music hit and the universal champ made his way to ringside. The action continued, going back-and-forth, with Bryan eventually locking in the LeBell Lock before Uso was able to escape. Uso hit a superkick shortly after and an Uso Splash to pick up the victory. Reigns climbed into the ring after the match and Uso said, “You’re the head of the table, alright? I’m with you.” Reigns then turned and stared at Bryan and Uso delivered another superkick and splash to show his commitment to Reigns as he repeated, “I understand now. I love you too.” Reigns pointed to Bryan and said, “Make him understand,” so Uso dragged Bryan out of the ring, continuing to beat on him before driving him through an announce table with a splash from the top rope to the outside. Uso continued to batter Bryan as the show went off the air. (Friday night Smackdown)

The drama in this storyline was threatening to drift even closer to being too much after the Hell in a Cell match. Uso’s “understanding” — and subsequent attack on Bryan — pulled it back. Rather than continuing the push and pull between Reigns and Uso, Uso snapped and went over the edge with his cousin. And there are few more sympathetic characters to put on the end of Uso’s punches than Bryan. (Friday night Smackdown)

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Aalyah Mysterio and Murphy are in love
Early in the show, Aalyah Mysterio was shown speaking to Murphy backstage and stating that her mom has been very “open-minded” about the two of them, but that Rey and Dominik were refusing to even speak about the situation. Murphy said he would issue an official apology in the ring later in the night.

Murphy would eventually attempt to issue that apology. He said he understands why the Mysterios despise him, but as a man, he needed to apologize face-to-face. He invited the two to the ring, begging to be able to apologize, but instead it was Seth Rollins who emerged from backstage. Rollins said that Rey and Dominik would never accept Murphy’s apology or whatever relationship he had with Aalyah. Rollins then said that if the Mysterios don’t accept him, he will. And he’ll also accept Aalyah. Dominik attacked Rollins from behind, Murphy pulled him off and attacked Rollins himself. After Rollins ran away, Dominik and Murphy brawled until Rey ran in as well. Aalyah stopped Rey from hitting a 619 on Murphy and refused to leave the ring, declaring that she loves Murphy. Murphy and Aalyah then kissed as Dominik and Rey left the ring. (Friday night Smackdown)

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What else happened on WWE Friday night SmackDown?
Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Kevin Owens def. Dolph Ziggler via pinfall after a stunner.Robert Roode involved himself on the outside early, getting in a cheap shot on Owens. The referee caught on, however, and ejected Roode from ringside. Down the stretch, Owens countered a Ziggler superkick with one of his own before going for a pop-up powerbomb, but Ziggler countered into a fameasser for a near fall in a nice exchange. In the end, Owens was able to hit the stunner to pick up the victory and secure a place on Team SmackDown.
Lars Sullivan was interviewed by Corey Graves. Sullivan took issue with being called “a freak,” recalling being made fun of in his youth before crying and making those same kids scream 20 minutes later. Now he wants to make the world his personal playground — and personal hell on Earth. (Friday night Smackdown)

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Survivor Series Qualifying Match — Bianca Belair def. Billie Kay and Natalya via pinfall after hitting Kay with the Kiss of Death. The match came about when the three women confronted Adam Pearce backstage, all claiming they should captain the women’s team at Survivor Series. Pearce told them that they could settle things in the ring, with the winner earning a spot on the team. After a short match with some wild swings in momentum, Belair finished off Kay with the Kiss of Death.
The Street Profits def. Shinsuke Nakamura & Cesaro via pinfall when Montez Ford hit Nakamura with a frog splash. Before the match, the Profits cut a promo on Survivor Series opponents The New Day, promising to get the victory in their champions vs. champions bout. (Friday night Smackdown)

Sasha Banks cut a promo on Bayley after beating her for the SmackDown women’s championship at Hell in a Cell. Banks said that she realized when Bayley turned on her, it wasn’t their team that was unstoppable, it was her. Bayley cut off the promo, pointing out that everyone knows Banks can win a championship, but she’s never been able to hold on to one. Finally, Bayley threw down the challenge for a title rematch on next week’s Friday night SmackDown.

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Lewandowski: most decorated player of the year.

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Lewandowski is seen as the most decorated player of the year as he has one many trophies for his club and himself.

Lewandowski helped his team Bayern Munich to conquer the UEFA Champions League trophy and he was the highest scorer in the competition

The only trophy lewandowski didn’t win was the Ballon D’or which was cancelled this year due to the Corona virus. But most of his fans and football supporters have come out to side with him and they said he achieved what a mighty player could and he deserved the award.

Robert Lewandowski  born 21 August 1988) is a Polish professional footballer who plays as a striker for Bundesliga club Bayern Munich and is the captain of the Poland national team. He is renowned for his positioning, technique and finishing, and is widely regarded as one of the best players in the world, and one of the best strikers in Bundesliga history. He has scored over 500 senior career goals for club and country.

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After being the top scorer in the third and second tiers of Polish football with Znicz Pruszków, Lewandowski moved to top-flight Lech Poznań, helping the team win the 2009–10 Ekstraklasa. In 2010, he transferred to Borussia Dortmund, where he won honours including two consecutive Bundesliga titles and the league’s top goalscorer award. In 2013, he also featured with Dortmund in the 2013 UEFA Champions League Final. Prior to the start of the 2014–15 season, Lewandowski agreed to join Dortmund’s domestic rivals, Bayern Munich, on a free transfer. In Munich, he has won the Bundesliga title in each of his first six seasons, and in 2016–17 and 2019–20 he was named the Bundesliga Player of the Season. Lewandowski was integral in Bayern’s UEFA Champions League win in 2019–20 as part of a treble. He is one of only two players to achieve the European treble, while being the top scorer in all three competitions.

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A full international for Poland since 2008, Lewandowski has earned over 110 caps and was a member of their team at UEFA Euro 2012, Euro 2016 and the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With 63 international goals, Lewandowski is the all-time top scorer for Poland. He won IFFHS World’s Top International Goal Scorer of the Year Award in 2015. He has been named the Polish Player of the Year a record eight times.

In 2020, Lewandowski won the UEFA Men’s Player of the Year Award. He has been named to the UEFA Champions League Squad of the Season three times, and is the fourth-highest goalscorer in the history of the competition.Lewandowski has been named the VDV Bundesliga Player of the Season a record four times. He has scored over 200 goals in the Bundesliga, having reached the century mark quicker than any other foreign player, and is the league’s all-time leading foreign goalscorer.Moreover, He has won Bundesliga Top Scorer Award for five times. He was awarded four Guinness World Records for the fastest five-goal haul in any major European football league since records have been kept, after scoring five times in nine minutes against Wolfsburg in 2015.

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Lewandowski recently posted a picture on his Facebook page which shows him posing with all the trophies he on and in that post he said,

When someone doubts your abilities, start working twice as hard to prove that they are wrong💪 This is my story😎 #RL9

FC Bayern München
#Säbener51

📸 Fritz Beck

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