- Kassius Ohno VS Lars Sullivan; Sullivan wins.
- Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream; Black wins.
- NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Kairi Sane VS Ember Moon VS Nikki Cross VS Peyton Royce; Ember Moon wins and becomes the new NXT Women’s Championship.
- NXT Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega; Almas wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.
- WarGames Triple Threat: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain; The Undisputed Era wins.
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Backstage interview with Peyton Royce and Billie Kay.
As best friends, the Iconic Duo interviews themselves. How is Peyton feeling “on the biggest night of your career?” Super confident. Best shape in her life, and stoked to be here. Word association time. Ember Moon: Athletic, not Iconic. Nikki Cross: Psychotic, not Iconic. Kairi Sane: Pirate, not Iconic. Peyton Royce: one-half of the most iconic duo in NXT, and the NEW NXT Women’s Champion. Is this confidence going to last through the night?
“I declare a state of war.”
Chaos shall be contained in “two rings, in one cage, in WAR GAMES!” Violent yet beautiful, “there are no laws, there are no rules.” It is survival of the fittest. “In war, what do you fight for?” Honor, destiny, prestige, chaos, redemption, dominance, recognition, principle, pride or yourself? “Only total war can result in total victory.” Who will obtain victory through these wars?!
Kassius Ohno VS Lars Sullivan!
To put it simply, Houston is about to see if a Hero can conquer a Leviathan! Both men are ready to go even before the bell, when it ring,s they go right to it as Lars puts Ohno in a corner and clubs away on him. Ohno fights back,s tiff forearm but it does little. A boot does a bit better, another elbow, but then Ohno runs and Lars runs through him to run him over! Lars clubs Ohno in the back, rams in a knee to the ribs, and another at the ropes that sends Ohno out. Lars goes out to pursue, flying shoulder block knocks Ohno down! Lars keeps on Ohno by tossing him onto the apron edge. Ohno bounces off but manages to crawl into the ring, Lars follows him back in. Lars whips Ohno corner to corner, Ohno bounces out with a boot. Lars stays up, catches the second kick, enziguri from Ohno only to kip-up into a lariat! Lars grimaces as he stands over Ohno. Lars then grins as he stalks his prey. Lars drags Ohno up, clubbing forearm against the ropes. Lars grinds a forearm into Ohno’s face then whips him, Ohno tumbles to the apron and boots his way in. Ohno runs, Lars pop-up powerslams Ohno down! Cover, TWO, Lars is annoyed this isn’t over yet. Lars decides to go up top!? Lars keeps his eyes on Ohno, jumps, his splash flops! Ohno revs himself up, blocks a lariat with a boot, gives a stiff elbow and a stiffer boot, Lars roars but Ohno gives him stiff haymakers! Ohno keeps up hit after hit, Lars stays standing, Ohno runs for a leaping rabbit elbow!
Lars is reeling but still on his feet, fans are fired up for Ohno. Ohno takes aim, runs, spinning boot! TWO! Ohno is shocked, Lars is just angry. Ohno keeps it up with a low boot but Lars sits up and roars. Lars takes another boot, gets up, so Ohno stomps him out. Back senton on top! ONE!? Lars is up at one!? And still as angry as before! Lars and Ohno brawl with heavy shots, Lars runs, into a discus elbow. Lars reels again, Ohno takes off the armband, but runs into the Freak Accident!
Lars wins! The Hero did not triumph, the Leviathan leaves him be. Where will this path of dominance lead the Mile High Monster?
Aleister Black VS Velveteen Dream!
“Is there really a difference between the dark and the light?” The Embodiment of the End pondered that on the road to tonight’s match. He and The Patrick Clark Experience couldn’t be any more different yet somehow the same, but only one will #FadetoBlack. Surpise tights from Velveteen, he has himself and Aleister on them! Aleister ignores that little mind game, he only acknowledges the bell. Velveteen says the fans know his name, they’re cheering it right now. But he wants Aleister to say it. ALeister won’t, they tie up, move around, then break. Velveteen goes to slap but Aleister dodges, then gets him in an arm-drag and wristlock. Velveteen resists with body shots but can’t get free. Velveteen works on reversing, gets a snapmare, but then Aleister gets Velveteen right into the hammerlock. Velveteen rolls, reverses, breaks, snapmare, chinlock but back into the hammerlock. Velveteen endures, reaches around, pulls on hair. Snapmare blocked, snapmare from Aleister, facelock. Velveteen flounders around, gets up, powers Aleister to the ropes. Ropebreak not so clean, but Aleister was ready, he gets a waistlock. standing switch, back to the hammerlock. Velveteen powers out, but ends up in a standing Crucifix Octopus from Aleister! Velveteen reaches, Aleister gets the sunset flip, TWO, feint gets Velveteen to duck so Aleister rolls over his back. Aleister blocks Velveteen into an armbar, Velveteen rolls and now they brawl with forearms. Velveteen clubs Aleister down, Aleister gets mad. Velveteen whips but Aleister holds ropes, then dumps Velveteen out hard. Aleister builds speed, to fake him out, and sits down in front of Velveteen as Velveteen slips into the ring. The fans applaud this evenly matched match-up, but Velveteen taunts with a hip swivel. Aleister ignores it. That upsets Velveteen, Houston wants Aleister to “Say his name!” Aleister doesn’t, so Velveteen sits down with him.
Fans and Aleister are both surprised by that, but only the fans like it. Aleister gets up, to give Velveteen a taste of his own medicine as he slithers up into Velveteen’s face! The fans are loving this! Velvteen rushes in, gets swept, Mahistrol, TWO, arm-drag, Velveteen gets to the ropes to hotshot Aleister. Velveteen back in, big lariat runs Aleister over. Velveteen stomps on Aleister, demanding Aleister says his name. Aleister put into a corner, Velveteen keeps on him. Aleister bails out, Velveteen takes his time to gloat. Aleister catches his breath, Velveteen decides to do something risky. He builds speed, to give us his own fake-out! Velveteen drags Aleister but Aleister hotshots him back. Into the ring, they grapple, fireman’s carry but Aleister fights out. Push, SUPERKICK from Velveteen, TWO! Velveteen is groggy but he gets right back on Aleister with a rain of rights. Velveteen walks around Aleister, drags him up, stiff neckbreaker, TWO! Velveteen is getting angry now, putting Aleister in a chinlock clutch. He stretches Aleister, clawing the lips and nose, “Say my name!” Aleister reaches, building up the willpower to power himself up. Fans rally as Aleister starts to slip out but Velveteen clubs him in the back. Velveteen’s moves are countered with strikes, ropebreak brings a pause to the action, dirty break with that low knee. Aleister is tangled up in the ropes now, just like a few weeks ago. “What’s my name?!” Velveteen shouts at Aleister. Aleister simply kicks back, slips out, they brawl, Velveteen slaps but that only pisses Aleister off. Aleister rallies, handsprings, runs into a corner for a forearm smash, corner to corner for springboard DDT, TWO! Aleister wants to end this, he lifts Velveteen up with one foot. Velveteen knows what that means, so he powers Alesiter to a corner. Aleister kicks back, hops up, jumps over, rolls, fireman’s carry but slips down, stiff knee responded to with a stiff elbow, a stiff roundhouse responded to with a fireman’s carry! Rolling Death Valley!
Cover, TWO! Velveteen is in shock. The fans are loving this, Velveteen has them saying his name again. He drags Aleister over to a corner, then up to his feet to hoist onto the top rope. Up higher now in a fireman’s carry, but sunset flip and escape, sweep to the legs! Velveteen crashes down, Aleister with the running knee! TWO! Aleister still on him, but into a side-winding DDT!
Both men down, the fans are giving a standing ovation. Velveteen crawls to a cover, TWO!! Velveteen can’t even react, he’s that out of it. “This is awesome!” Velveteen crawls, gets to a corner, goes up top, and takes aim. Swivel of the hips, and — boots! Now Velveteen is the one tied up in ropes! Aleister sees he has an opening, stiff boot! SUPERKICK from Velveteen, spinning knee from Aleister! Fans applaud again, this match is already stealing the show. Both men slow to get up but Aleister’s up first. He looks at Velveteen, who still demands “Say My Name! Velvet — “ BLACK MASS!! Aleister wins! Still undefeated, still unfazed, will Aleister make all of NXT #FadetoBlack?
However, he isn’t done with Velveteen yet, as he produces a microphone.
“Enjoy infamy, Velveteen Dream.” He said his name! Aleister won the match, but he gave Velveteen what he wanted out of respect. What will this mean for both men in their futures?
NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Kairi Sane VS Ember Moon VS Nikki Cross VS Peyton Royce!
After the Empress of Tomorrow decided to move on and up to Monday Night Raw, the NXT Women’s Division was left without a champion. Tonight, we see if either the Pirate Princess, Prophecy of Flame, Psycho Scot or Iconic Venus Flytrap will pick up where Asuka left off. The bell rings, and the four stand off, wary of each other. They slowly approach each other, Peyton and Nikki pounce on Ember and Kairi, respectively. Peyton whips Ember, Kairi reverses Nikki, Ember takes Nikki out then Peyton takes Ember out before Peyton puts Kairi in a corner. Nikki goes after Ember but Peyton won’t let her get ahead of herself, forearm for Crazy Cross. Ember gives Peyton a huricanrana, then a forearm smash for Kairi. Nikki hops on Ember with a thrashing sleeper, Peyton decks them both with the heel kick. Double stack cover, Kairi uses a blockbuster to break that up. Cover on Peyton, TWO, Peyton and Nikki get out. Kairi turns attention to Ember, corner to corner but Kairi put to the apron, Ember forearms her down. Ember sees Nikki and Peyton, slingshot over and hits Nikki. Peyton thinks she’s saef, until Kairi hits her with a flying forearm! Kairi clubs on Peyton, Ember builds speed, Ember DIVES!
Both Peyton and Kairi go down, fans fire up with Ember’s howl. Texas’ own underdog is soon attacked from behind by Nikki, inverted DDT prepared but Ember fights out. They brawl with forearms, Nikki goes up, pop-up powerbomb to the ground! Kairi returns to go after Ember, they go back into the ring, and Kairi keeps on Ember. Ember’s kick is blocked, double chop knocks her down. Kairi gives more double chops, Ember gets to a corner. Kairi gives more chops, fans duel between Ember and Kairi, Ember is chopped to the mat. Kairi marches, corner to corner shoulder tackle! Kairi sees someone return, but misses, Peyton capitalizes with the motorcycle stretch on the ropes. Ember gets up slowly, Peyton gets a mule kick! Ember is shoved back, Peyton and Ember brawl with forearms. Peyton bails out, Ember goes after Kairi, Kairi rolls up, TWO. Ember up, stiff forearm sends Kairi reeling. Peyton returns, Kairi is whipped but dodges, Ember jumps over the SPEAR so that it hits Peyton. Spnining backhand to Ember, Kairi goes up top. Ember up to stop her, Kairi teeters. Ember climbs up, clubs Kairi, Kairi fights back. Ember still gets Kairi set up, Peyton hops up to make it a Tower of Doom, German Suplex variant!
Fans applaud but all three women are down from that impact. Peyton crawls to cover Ember, TWO. Now Kairi, TWO. Peyton is getting frustrated. She drags both women up, they fight back, Nikki climbs up and flies in for a big crossbody! All three targets hit, Nikki fires herself and the crowd up. She goes right at Ember by bashing her into the corner. Then for Kairi, she gets some buckle bumps, hoisted into a Tree of Woe for a mudhole stomping. Then for Peyton, stiff forearms and then clothesline sends her out. Back to Kairi, Fisherman Neckbreaker!
Ember breaks the pin just in time! Every woman down, but neither of them is quitting. Bicycle boot into Nikki from Ember, and then Ember drags herself to a corner. She wants to go up top and Nikki knows it, so she intercepts with forearms. Nikki and Ember brawl, slingshot countered with a forearm, then a draping swinging neckbreaker! Ember rolls out, Peyton rolls in, Perfect Plex! Kairi JUST breaks that in time! Kairi lifts Peyton up, to Alabama Slam Peyton on top of Nikki. Kairi up top quick, anchors away with the InSane Elbow!
Direct hit on Peyton but cover on Nikki, Ember outta nowhere to break that pin! Ember hurries to get herself to a corner, she climbs up, Peyton yanks her down. Stiff knee for Kairi, Peyton gets Nikki up but Nikki revives to fight back. But wait! Ember’s still on the top rope, she jumps, DOUBLE ECLIPSE!!
Ember wins!! Her home state helps her FINALLY become NXT Women’s Champion!! And best of all, perhaps, is that Asuka is there to give her the title belt! Things come full circle for Ember Moon, what new heights can she achieve now?!
NXT Championship: Drew McIntyre VS Andrade “Cien” Almas w/ Zelina Vega!
The Celtic Colossus is still undefeated, and compared to El Idolo, seems to be more of a “real man”, too. Will Almas prove he can be a man by taking the title off the “bloody mountain” known as McIntyre? Zelina gets right in the champion’s face even before the bell, she’s fired up enough for her and Almas. Almas moves her aside so that he can get in McIntyre’s face now.
Almas then pie-faces McIntyre, only to back off to the ropes. Fans cheer “Si se puedes!” for Almas as the bell rings, Almas and McIntyre tie up but McIntyre powers Almas into a corner. Almas tries to fire out but McIntyre just puts him back in there. Almas shoves McIntyre, only to hide behidn the ropes again, and then cheap shot slap across the chest! Headlock powered out but Almas lands on his feet for another headlock. McIntyre powers out, Almas up and over, back to headlock. Another power out, McIntyre runs Almas over with a shoulder. McIntyre gets Almas up, Almas kicks his leg then puts on the headlock again. McIntyre powers out, sees Almas coming, kick intercepts Almas’ evasion. McIntyre now stomps on Almas, drags him up, jawbreaker counter. Almas is thrown to ropes, goes Spider-Man to tranquilo, only to be kicked to the ground. McIntyre pursues Almas, stiff chop at the barriers. McIntyre brings Almas around and in, Almas kicks back. Almas distracts the ref, Zelina flies but is reversed with power, and then Almas’ dive is intercepted witha forearm. Cover, TWO, Zelina is beside herself as Almas is chopped again. McIntyre whips Almas, Almas kicks back, McIntyre scoops him up but ends up taking a hotshot. Almas back in, but back to being scooped, slips out again and McIntyre lunges to miss and hit post. Almas goes out to fetch the downed champion, bringing him back into the ring. Almas keeps on McIntyre, bringing him around for the backbreaker and clubbing elbow, ONE. Almas drags McIntyre over, hanging armbar! Almas lets go at 4, then covers, TWO. Fans duel as Almas goes after McIntyre’s arm. McIntyre endures as Zelina coaches Almas. McIntyre wills himself up, fans rallying, Almas knees low and whips. Almas runs in, but picked up and around, Almas still slips down, only to be suplexed across the ring! Both men down from exhaustion and sore bodies. McIntyre up but takes an elbow, so he gives a forearm. They brawl now, Almas whips but is reversed, big lariat and chop knock Almas down each time. Forearm smash in a corner, another whip, overhead suplex! Into the corner for another! Zelina is panicking as McIntyre climbs up and ax handles Almas down. A kip-up from the 6’5″ McIntyre, who then picks Almas up again. Almas fights out, runs, pop up into Celtic Cross, TWO! McIntyre isn’t frustrated but he is sore, he gets up as fans troll with “3MB!” McIntyre starts up the drums, but Almas gives him a dropkick. Corner to corner, dodge but counter at the same time as Almas misses a boot but still hits McIntyre with a back elbow. Almas hops up and brings McIntyre over, tornado inverted DDT!
TWO! Almas and Zelina are frustrated, Zelina ushers him to finish this. Almas drags McIntyre up, prepares the Hammerlock but is driven into a corner. Almas boots out, hops up and on top of McIntyre’s shoulders, tries the inverted huricanrana, ends up in the inverted Alabama Slam! TWO! McIntyre is getting exasperated, he gets to the apron as fans rally. McIntyre climbs up, Almas springs up to dropkick him down to the ground! Zelina keeps Almas on target, slingshot, but McIntyre looks to be stopping Almas in his tracks, only for Almas to huricanrana McIntyre into a post! Almas back to the top rope, SUPER ASAI MOONSAULT!
And it hits! Back into the ring quickly, covers, TWO! Zelina is furious, Almas is getting desperate. Almas goes up again, McIntyre stops him with a right hand and a stiff chop. McIntyre climbs up, Almas yanks him and crotches him. Chop puts him in the Tree of Woe, Woe Stomps! CIEN KNEES!
Drag to a cover, TWO!! Almas gets McIntyre up, Hammerlock escaped, enziguri dodged, deadlift sit-out powerbomb! TWO! Zelina is losing her mind with this roller coaster of emotions. McIntyre gets Almas up in the double underhook, Almas slips out to give another stiff chop. McIntyre headbutts in response, rolling takedown from Almas, TWO, into FUTURE SHOCK! TWO! Now McIntyre is feeling some of that shock and desperation. McIntyre won’t give up yet, he gets up to drag McIntyre around, fireman’s carry to hoist Almas up top. Almas slips out, wants to powerbomb but McIntyre holds on, so Almas yanks a foot out to then CINE KNEES to the back of the head! Cover, TWO, and Almas is furious as he rains down rights on McIntyre. Almas goes out, and his desperation is getting the better of him. He grabs the belt, to distract the ref, Zelina hits McIntyre with a Sipke-Rana!
Zelina slips out, Almas hits the Hammerlock DDT!!
TWO!? Zelina and Almas cannot believe their trick failed to finish this. Almas and McIntyre are in opposite corners, “Si se puedes!” echoes throughout until McIntyre hits a CLAYMORE outta nowhere!
Almas gets flipped and rolled, Zelina helps create a ropebreak! “Si! Si! Si!” the fans chant for the sneaky senorita. McIntyre is furious now, he gets the drums of war going again. Almas flounders to his feet, so Zelina trips Almas to save him from a second Claymore, which collides with ropes to mess McIntyre up. Fans are rabid for Almas as he and McIntyre get to their feet. THey climb up, Almas has McIntyre, draping DDT! Almas wins!! McIntyre loses his streak AND title! El Idolo is now El Campeón! And thanks in large part to La Gerente Vega. How long will this dynamic duo keep the belt with them? Well that’s for later, tonight is about a Cien Celebration!
WarGames Triple Threat: SAnitY VS The Undisputed Era VS Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain!
The reason this is no longer TakeOver: Houston is because these three sets of three men could not leave well enough alone, so the only way to finish it is in the infamous invention of the American Dream! Who will leave Houston not as winners, but as survivors?! As one man must start for each team, it is Eric Young, Roderick Strong and Adam Cole “BAYBAY” in first for a simple triple threat. The bell rings, it is a stand-off as the clock begins to count down. The fans are already loving this as the other six men wait like animals in a cage. Cole backs off to the second ring, but Eric and Strong pursue. With nowhere else to go, Cole swings but gets attacked. However, Eric and Strong now fight over who gets to go after Cole. Cole tries to use that to his advantage, but Eric boots him away before standing switch. Cole tries again, gets another boot from Strong. Strong elbows Eric, throws him at Cole but Cole dodges and we’re back to a stand-off. They slowly approach each other, Eric haymakers Strong, Cole tries but fails to put Eric into the cage. Cole keeps himself from hitting steel, but Eric knocks him down, Strong gives Eric a backbreaker. Cole and Strong brawl, forearms back and forth, as well as chops. Strong whips Cole, Cole reverses, dropkick blocked int a catapult, Cole climbs to get away, but escaping means elimination so what’s the point? Especially when Eric and Strong both get after him on the cage wall! Cole fights back as best he can, but he gets clubbed left and right. Cole falls down, now the two fight each other. Cole trips them up, double crotch on the top rope. Cole has his pick, so he stomps on Strong then on Eric. Cole drags Strong up and throws him to the first ring with a hard landing. Cole gets Eric, they start brawling. Fireman’s carry for Eric, ushigoroshi! Eric writhes in pain, Cole goes to the first ring and Strong. Cole swings hands and forearms on Strong in a corner. Cole grinds a boot into Strong as he tells him “you’re nothing!” Cole returns to Eric at the intersection, brings him over to ring 1, stiff forearm sits him down. Cole clubs Strong, too, “I run this world!” Cole snap suplexes Strong, and dusts off his hands before stomping Eric again. Cole has control, neckbreaker on Strong. Neckbreaker on Eric, too, but then Strong fights back with chops. Strong whips, reversed, lariat! Strong fires up now, he goes after Cole in a corner with more chops. Then one for Eric, elbows and knees back and forth, more chops, but we’re now getting… the Undisputed Era’s Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish!
Cole gets back up as reDRagon rip away at Strong and Eric. Cole joins in, the first full team has control of the two lone men. Cole puts Eric between ropes and cage, and all there men of the Undisputed Era smash him into steel. Two minute warning, Strong starts fighting back but it’s not enough against two men while Cole goes after Eric. Code breaker wheelbarrow suplex sends Strong to the second ring. Kyle and Fish pursue while Cole keeps Eric down. Strong fights against Kyle’s leg lock, but Fish helps Cole mug Eric with kicks. Kyle picks on Strong with kicks, The Undisputed Era do another 3v1 wall smash. They even take time to gloat before going back to beating down Eric and Strong. The countdown finishes, now we get… the Authors of Pain, Akam & Rezar! They rush the ring, the Undisputed Era holds that door closed, but the Authors just pry it open to slam it back on the heads of reDRagon! Akam & Rezar can now join the fray, they club away on the Undisputed Era. Cole goes into cage wall, Fish goes into cage wall, Eric goes into cage wall, and even Kyle goes into cage wall as he tries a backpack sleeper on Rezar. Kyle is dumped into ring 2, Cole is TOSSED into it! The AoP then double back body drop Eric into Ring 2! The AoP use Strong as a weapon, double hip toss senton!
Everyone else goes down, and the fans fire up! The AoP join everyone in Ring 2, picking at the pieces. Eric put in a Tree of Woe as the Undisputed Era is thrown around. Kyle put in a Tree of Woe, too, Fish and Cole are picked up for DOUBLE Death Valley Drivers into the Trees of Woe!
Strong and the Authors are the only men standing, and pick apart the others as the clock ticks down. Fans anticipate it, here comes SAnitY! Wolfe and Dain rush in, but Wolfe came prepared with a billy club! He goes all out on the Authors, there’s no disqualifications. Speaking of, Big Damo finds a trash can! Wolfe moshes while Damo puts in chairs, the trash cans, a chain, and kendo sticks. Eric and Wolfe use those chairs to unleash on the Authors, Strong, and the Undisputed Era. Fans want tables, so Damo obliges! The Beast of Belfast has Houston hot for the extreme levels SAnitY is bringing this match to. Wolfe sets up one table, Eric the other. Kyle tries a chair shot on the German Ax Man, misses and hits himself, to then get a German Suplex! Fish tries to get extreme, he gets slammed on that can!
Damo finally enters the cage, Wolfe hits Strong with the can, Damo locks the cage door with a chain and padlock. The Authors get the edge on Wolfe, Damo eats the key, then clobbers Strong and the Undisputed Era one man at a time. Damo stares down with Akam & Rezar, and starts fighting off the Authors by himself. Damo puts them together, and squashes them in one corner. Then dropkick back senton to hit them both! Damo surveys his surroundings, Strong brawls with Wolfe, Damo climbs up to the top rope, and then jumps “For SAnitY!”
Big Damo crossbody topples The Authors, Strong and even his teammates. Cover, Cole breaks it up. Damo is wild eyed as he hunts Cole back to Ring 1. Cole has a kendo stick, swings, nothing! Damo slaps the stick out of Cole’s hand, grabs Cole by both hands, but Fish saves Cole with kicks to Damo’s legs. Fish runs, sunset flip but Damo too big. Cole comes in, Michinoku Driver puts Cole on Fish! Double cover, ax kick from Kyle breaks the pin. Kyle goes after Damo, but gets a forearm and then cage wall. Damo hasn’t slowed down, he fireman carry on Kyle, then catches Strong’s crossbody, Samoan Drop Fall Away, while Wolfe and Eric get the exact same from Rezar! Damo and Rezar lock eyes as the two biggest men in this match, they meet in the middle to brawl. Damo gets the edge, drags Rezar into Ring 1, Rezar boots Damo back, Damo gives the bicycle boot. Rezar swings, Damo ducks, big body check! Akam boots in, scoops Damo, powerslam! Cover, Kyle breaks with a fist full of chain. Kyle flounders up but still hits a tornado DDT! Eric up, Cole gives him an enziguri! Fish kicks away at Strong, reDRagon and Cole hit a SUPERKICK Chasing the Dragon! Damo is back up, but everyone else is down out of exhaustion. Cole gets clobbered, reDRagon dodges and kicks away, double kick vice. Wolfe boots Fish, Kyle ax ’n’ smashes Wolfe! Kyle has that chain again, he’s getting a sinister idea. Kyle goes to Wolfe to chain him up around the face and arm, it’s a heavy metal Arm-ageddon! Wolfe resists, Eric climbs up, Eric drops an elbow on Kyle! Arm-ageddon averted, Eric crawls over, Fish moonsaults onto Eric! All nine men are down, fans are loving this but they still want to see a table get involved. Damo, Kyle and Rezar are in Ring 2, Rezar lifts Kyle while Akam has Fish, Damo ends up in the middle of the Super Collider!
Cover in Ring 1, Eric breaks it just in time. Rezar joins Ring 1 again, they take Eric but he slips out to disrupt their plans. Eric clotheslines Akam then fireman carry to Rezar, Death Valley of Rezar onto Akam!
Eric gets to a cover, Strong and Cole both break it up. Strong and Cole brawl now, Cole shoved into Eric for End of Heartache! Lumbar check for Eric, Shining Wizards for Kyle and Fish, backbreaker for Wolfe, jumping knee for Damo, AND Olympic Slam! Cover, Cole SUPERKICKs Strong to break it up. Back to all men down, fans still want tables. Cole climbs up, takes aim at Strong, but Eric sneaks up behind him to pounce. Cole fights him off, Strong comes up on the other end, Cole is stuck in the middle again. They all fight three ways, reDRagon and SAnitY join in, then the Authors, DOUBLE TOWERS OF DOOM!!
The only man not affected: Adam Cole! And he revels in it. However, he is now stuck between Akam and Rezar. He hurries up the cage but can’t get away, gets crotch’d instead. The Authors get the tables into Ring 2, and the fans are loving it. Both tables set up together, Cole completely unaware. The Authors return to Cole, climb up together, line up the shot, but Eric and Wolfe crawl over. Cole fights the Authors off while SAnitY attacks from behind, Cole gets up on top of the cage. Escape means forfeit, is he throwing the match? Speaking of throwing, Wolfe throws Rezar with a SUPER GERMAN through the tables!!
Wolfe and Rezar are down, Eric takes Akam out with a flying neckbreker! Cole crawls on the edge of the cage, but Damo has revived. Kyle has, too, and takes aim with a can. Damo knocks Kyle down, but Kyle kicks and strikes back. Damo clobbers him with a spinning lariat! Cole has by now crawled to a corner of the cage’s rim, Damo brings Kyle into position and wedges in a trash can. Damo then climbs up, and tells Cole to watch this. COAST 2 COAST!
Damo took as much out of himself as he did Kyle, only Cole can stand as he’s atop the cage. With forfeit on the outside, he has no choice but to go back inside, but he doesn’t get a chance to jump as he sees Strong standing up in the center of the ring, right in his way. Strong climbs up after Cole, Cole changes his mind about not leaving the cage. However, Strong keeps him from getting down, drags him up, and with fans begging “Please Don’t Die!”, SUPERPLEX ON TO EVERYONE!!
The fans are losing their minds, Strong covers, TWO!! Even after all that, this match isn’t over. In fact, “This is Awesome!” The nine men finally stir, Damo and Akam end up both going to the intersection, and brawl. Damo backs Akam down, gets room but gets caught, in a modified Last Chapter! However, Kyle goes after Rezar with a sleeper to prevent a cover. Fish helps out with strikes, high-low sweep! Eric and Wolfe get up, Fish put into steel again. Wolfe is bleeding but helps Eric give Kyle the back suplex neckbreaker! Strong gives Wolfe a big slam, and is alone with Cole. They brawl again, back and forth with forearms, Cole is put into the wall but Eric wheelbarrows Strong into the other side. Kendo outta nowhere from Cole to Eric, and Cole isn’t done yet. He takes aim, but Eric grabs a chair. Cole doesn’t care, Shining Wizard through the chair, Undisputed Era wins! They have somehow survived the return of WarGames, can they continue to #ShocktheSystem?
This was simply amazing. Beginning to end, so much incredible action and story, no complaints really. Ohno and Lars open the show, naturally, and also with a natural ending as Lars goes over to keep his dominant singles win streak alive. I feel like now should be the time Ohno gets to come up to main, what more can Ohno do if he isn’t going to be NXT Champion? Ohno on SmackDown to face Corbin for the US Title would be great for everyone as far as I can tell. Aleister VS Velveteen was so good, the crowd was so into it for both guys, man it was amazing. Aleister wins for much of the same reasons Lars did, that win streak is going to be important for Aleister, as well. And I suppose Aleister is leaning towards Face if he was willing to show respect to Velveteen by saying his name even after all this between them. With guys like Lars, Aleister, Velveteen and others, NXT really needs to consider a secondary title for their sakes, so that less talents are left waiting for a chance at the main title, a chance that might never come.
That Woman’s Championship Fatal 4 was really good, too, it was really hard to be sure who was winning as everyone got to have their finish. I almost thought Peyton had it, but Kairi just barely breaks things up, a slight botch perhaps as it could’ve easily ended up being Peyton by accident. However, Ember gets her finish last on two targets at once, a great surprise to finally win her the championship, and with Regal and Asuka both there to award her, it was a great moment all around. That NXT Championship match was just as incredible, story elements really worked as Zelina goes above and beyond to help her client get advantages, and in the end it works out. At least story wise, as it is revealed that McIntyre is actually injured. But Houston had a strong Almas following so they were pleased, and all of this this really changes up things going forward for NXT. Then, WWE’s modifications to WarGames didn’t change that the main event was match of the night, week, and month, and up there for Match of the Year for NXT. Great stuff all the way from the introductions — like Undisputed Era and the Authors of Pain taunting SAnitY’s caged members and Strong being in AoP gear a la Kurt Angle in Shield gear — to the very end, with big spot after big spot but never getting boring or overdone. I think every member of SAnitY was bleeding in some capacity by the end, but especially Wolfe after getting a table edge through that double-edged Super German Suplex through tables. Undisputed Era goes over, it just seems to make sense if reDRagon is going to challenge for NXT Tag Team Champions and Cole wants after the NXT Championship. Cole might get his chance, too, if McIntyre isn’t fit to have his rematch against Almas, but if Cole-Almas is anything like tonight, no one will complain.
My Score: 9/10
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