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NXT UK results: Piper Niven vs. Rhea Ripley


Taped August 31 at the Motorpoint Arena in Cardiff, Wales

Quick results --

This was mostly a highlight show with clips from UK TakeOver: Cardiff and had just two matches. In the opener, Rhea Ripley, fresh off issuing a challenge to Shayna Baszler on NXT US television, avenged her previous loss to Piper Niven by beating her clean with Riptide.

Kassius Ohno was supposed to face Jack Gallagher in another rematch from a few weeks back, but Gallagher wasn't able to wrestle. Johnny Saint decided on a surprise replacement who turned out to be his assistant GM, Sid Scala. Scala showed some heart, but Ohno easily beat him.

Full rundown --

The show opened with an NXT UK TakeOver: Cardiff highlight video running down all the matches and results.

A graphic plugged a rematch between Kassius Ohno and Jack Gallagher for later tonight.

Rhea Ripley defeated Piper Niven after hitting Riptide (8:34)

They locked up right away and tried getting each other down, with Niven eventually tackling Ripley to the mat. Ripley came back by repeatedly shouldering Niven in the corner, then kept working over her back.

Ripley locked Niven in a modified Camel Clutch while simultaneously cranking her neck, then followed up with her inverted clover leaf. Niven was on the brink of submission until she managed to trip Ripley's leg and locked in a leglock.

Ripley followed up by slamming Niven's head into the mat, then went back to her previous submission hold. Niven managed to power out, get on her feet, and fall backwards on Ripley. They traded chops, then Niven hit a belly-to-back suplex and followed with her cannonball senton into the corner. She went to the second turnbuckle and hit a Vader Bomb for a near fall.

Niven went to slam Ripley but her back gave out, allowing Ripley to come back and go for Riptide, but Niven powered out. Niven then hit a headbutt and a crossbody on a seated Ripley for another two count.

Niven tried to go for another move, but Ripley elbowed her in the back of the head in the ropes. Ripley hit Riptide to score the victory.

- Radzi Chinyanganya was talking to Sid Scala, who announced that Jack Gallagher was not medically cleared to face Kassius Ohno tonight. Ohno interrupted Scala and told him to find him a suitable replacement so the main event would not fall through. Ohno said he'd go to the ring now. Johnny Saint whispered something into Scala's ear and he asked if Saint was sure.

- A clip aired of Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster winning the NXT UK Tag Team titles at TakeOver. Zack Gibson and James Drake walked up to Saint's door and asked him for a rematch. Gibson said they were a throwback to an era where Saint made his name. Saint said he'd think about it. A graphic then announced the rematch would take place next week.

- Another highlight video with clips from TakeOver aired.

- Footage aired from Joe Coffey and Gallus talking after Coffey's match against Dave Mastiff from TakeOver. Then another clip aired of Dave Mastiff talking to The Hunt backstage. Both men were being comforted by their friends.

- Next was a clip of Kay Lee Ray winning the NXT UK Women's title and video of Trent Seven comforting Tyler Bate after his close loss to WALTER after their tremendous match.

- A graphic plugged the return of Tegan Nox to the ring and said she'd debut on NXT UK next week.

Kassius Ohno pinned Sid Scala after hitting the Dream Crusher (7:14)

Ohno came out first, then Scala's music played and he came to the ring while taking off his tie and jacket. He rolled up the sleeves of his shirt and was ready to compete against Ohno wearing dress pants, a shirt, and dress shoes.

Ohno took Scala down with a wristlock. He easily prevented a cravat by Scala, but Scala rolled out of Ohno's path. Scala used his speed to evade Ohno, then hit a sunset flip off the second turnbuckle for a near fall.

Ohno kept manhandling Scala. He ripped Scala's shirt off, wrapped it around Scala's leg, and dragged him around. Ohno grounded Scala on the mat and stepped on his ankle, but Scala once more managed to roll up Ohno for a two count.

Ohno attacked Scala more in the corner, but Scala snapped Ohno's neck over the top turnbuckle. Scala tried following up by launching himself onto Ohno at ringside, but he got taken down in mid-air by a spear.

Scala tried going for a tornado DDT, but Ohno caught him again mid-move and gave him a knee breaker and an outside dragon screw. As Scala limped back onto his feet, Ohno followed up with the Dream Crusher to the back of the head for the win.

Next week --

Tegan Nox makes her NXT UK debut. The Grizzled Young Veterans will also get their NXT UK Tag Team title rematch against Mark Andrews & Flash Morgan Webster.