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- Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross; Nikki wins.
- TM61 VS The Ealy Brothers; TM61 wins.
- WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Match: Tyler Bate VS Roderick Strong; Strong wins and will challenge Pete Dunne for the WWE UKC.
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NXT raised the bar again with TakeOver: Philadelphia!
From Dream outlasting the Knockout Artist, to Aleister making Adam Cole #FadetoBlak to the extreme. From Ember Moon outsmarting the Queen of Spades to the Queen of Spades taking her down out of rage. And biggest of all, from Johnny Wrestling coming up short to then be reminded of his painful past. What is the next step for the brand brandishing yellow-and-black?
Lacey Evans VS Nikki Cross!
The Lady of NXT takes offense with the various “unladylike” superstars of NXT’s Women’s Division. First on her list is the Crazy Celtic Lass of SAnitY. Will the Model Soldier straighten NXT out one woman at a time?
The bell rings, and Crazy Cross runs Lacey over with a crossbody! She thrashes and punches Lacey, but then they both stand up and Lacey knocks Nikki down with a big roundhouse! Nikki rolls out of the ring, Lacey pursues, but Nikki trips her up and traps her in the apron skirt! Nikki then hammers away with clubbing forearms while the referee tries to stop her.
The referee pulls Nikki off while the fans fire up for the loony lass! She puts Lacey in the ring, Lacey scrambles to a corner but Nikki grabs her hair and pulls on it while sitting on the top rope. The referee reprimands her again, but Lacey takes care of Nikki by yanking her off the buckles and to the mat! Lacey covers, ONE, so she tries again, TWO. Nikki grins while Lacey scowls, and that both confuses and upsets Lacey. Lacey pounces and hammers away, then backs off to compose herself. Nikki gets to a corner, fans boo while Lacey runs in, Lacey hits a wrecking ball bronco buster!
She climbs up and flips her long blonde hair before flipping back, but her moonsault flops as Nikki rolls away! Nikki fires herself up with slaps, and the fans fire up with her. She runs out again and rallies with forearm smashes. She tackles Lacey and hammers away before beating her own chest. Nikki then brings Lacey up, for the swinging fisherman neckbreaker!
Nikki wins! Lacey’s attempts at “cleaning up” the Division are off to a rough start, can she turn it around in the coming weeks?
Exclusive backstage interview with Shayna Baszler from TakeOver: Philadelphia.
Though the Queen of Spades lost her NXT Women’s Championship challenge fair and square, she went right after Ember Moon with her Kirafuda Lock. Can she explain why she did what she did? Ember didn’t win, she survived, and barely. Go see Ember in medical and see who’s the winner here. Strong words to follow her actions, is Shayna confident that she’ll get a second shot at the title?
Exclusive backstage footage of The Undisputed Era.
While the NXT Tag Team Champions, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish, retained their titles against the intimidating Authors of Pain, Adam Cole was not so fortunate. He lost his Extreme Rules match with Aleister Black, even after O’Reilly & Fish interfered on his behalf. They felt they had this TakeOver sweep in the bag given how they dealt with AoP. TakeOvers are their stage, but SAnitY ruined that. And now they’ll pay! However, Undisputed Era may want to think before they speak, as SAnitY gets their contractual NXT Tag Team Championship rematch next week! Will things come crumbling down for the trio that vowed to #ShockTheSystem?
Exclusive backstage interview with Velveteen Dream.
The Patrick Clark Experience may not have fulfilled his promise of a 30-seconds-or-less knockout victory, but he still won against Kassius Ohno to kick off TakeOver. Does he feel he underestimated Ohno given it took longer than he said? Dream knows what he said, and Ohno knows what Dream said, which is why Ohno knocked Dream’s mouth guard out. But in the end, the NXT Universe knows what his trunks say: Dream Over. Good talk.
TM61 VS The Ealy Brothers!
Shane Thorne & Nick Miller make their anticipated return to NXT’s Tag Team Division! Can The Mighty continue to prove that #TheMightyDon’tKneel?
Miller starts against Uriel, as noted by how the tattoo is on Uriel’s left arm. The bell rings and Uriel knees and clubs Miller to a corner. Miller slips out and chops back to put Uriel in TM’s corner. Thorne tags in and TM61 double whips to double chop him down. Then together they hit the standing moonsault and fist drop. Uriel gets out of the ring and regroups with his twin, Gabriel. Gabriel moves to enter but Miller dropkicks him back out. Miller then holds the rope down for Thorne to FLY!
The Mighty are fired up, as is Philadelphia, and Thorne gets Uriel back in before tagging Miller. The fans chant “T M 6 1!” while Miller whips Thorne in for a corner clothesline, then Miller runs in to give one of his own. Miller keeps on Uriel with forearm strikes, but then the referee backs him up. In that opening, the Ealy Brothers pull some Twin Magic! Gabriel is the one that boots Miller down! Thorne protests but the referee can’t tell the difference. Gabriel rocks Miller with a right hand then officially tags Uriel back in. The Ealy Brothers each hit a corner clothesline then Gabriel hits Thorne with a cheap shot. They return to Miller for a double hair-pull mat slam. Cover from the real Gabriel, TWO. The Ealy Brothers are annoyed but Gabriel keeps on Miller with a clubbing forearm. Miller ends up in the Ealy corner but then fights out. He heads for his corner but Gabriel sends him back to the Ealy corner, but Miller still fights out with a big lariat! Tag to Thorne, who rallies on the Ealys! The fans fire up as he gives a running European Uppercut to Gabriel, then dodges Uriel to send him into his brother. Thorne goes corner to corner, and sandwiches both Ealys with a running calf kick!
Thorne keeps moving, BIG cannonball on Uriel! Gabriel returns, but Thorne is ready, he ducks the punch to then hit a saido suplex! Tag to Miller, Miller climbs up, for a BIG Moonsault!
Cover, but Uriel breaks the cover. Thorne dropkicks Uriel right out of the ring, then The Mighty bring Gabriel up for Thunder Valley!!
TM61 win! Miller & Thorne are back and perhaps better than ever, can they make their way to the NXT Tag Team Championships?
Backstage interview with TM61.
They won their NXT return, and they both know that fans have learned a lot about them thanks to the biographical video packages. What TM61 now is even more than just TM61, they are once again The Mighty, and like always, The Mighty Don’t Kneel! Can TMDK keep impressing the NXT Universe with every match?
Exclusive backstage footage of Tommaso Ciampa after his shocking NXT return.
NXT Paparazzi tries to talk with the “Blackheart” Psycho Killer, asking “Why Ciampa Why?” Ciampa will not reply, but his shirt may say it all. “This is My Moment.” Will Ciampa continue to violently make Gargano’s moments his own?
Exclusive backstage interview with Andrade Almas and Zelina Vega after the Royal Rumble.
El Idolo blew up the internet when he made a shocking entry into the Men’s Rumble match. The NXT Champion didn’t win, but how does it feel in this “whirlwind weekend” of theirs? Do you not see who you’re talking to? This is “the real” Andrade Almas. He defended the title and entered the Rumble. And El Idolo says this is only the beginning. Not to mention, where is Johnny Wrestling in all this? Nowhere! If a Rumble surprise was just the beginning, what do Almas & Vega have planned for the Road to Wrestlemania?
WWE United Kingdom Championship #1 Contenders Match: Tyler Bate VS Roderick Strong!
The inaugural WWE UK Champion wants a way back to the title after the British Bruiserweight turned him away in their last rematch. Will it be a fellow countryman or a Yank that challenges Pete Dunne at a later date?
The bell rings and the two tie up. Strong gets the arm and wristlock, Tyler rolls and spins to pry himself loose and reverse the lock. Tyler flips Strong then rolls to remain in control of the wrist while fans duel. Tyler stands Strong up and whips, but Strong goes up and over to shove Tyler. Things speed up, Tyler drops Strong with a dropkick, then handsprings and tweezes his mustache. He returns to Strong for the fireman’s carry and right into the airplane spin! Around and around but the flight plan isn’t as long as usual. Strong staggers to a corner, Tyler runs in but Strong puts him on the apron. Tyler throws in a shoulder but Strong catches him into a double underhook, and a backbreaker!
Cover, TWO, but Strong keeps focus as he stomps Tyler. He brings Tyler up and bumps him off a buckle before giving him a sharp chop. Strong keeps on Tyler with more chops, Tyler responds so Strong chops him and gives him another backbreaker! Another cover, TWO! Strong drags Tyler up, and gives him another sharp chop, then a stiff kick. Tyler fights back but gets kicked down, then Strong digs in a knee to Tyler’s chin. The fans duel for both men while Tyler endures the “can opener”. He works up to his feet and fights back with body shots, then a headbutt. Tyler runs and crossbodies but Strong catches him! Strong gives Tyler another backbreaker, then throws him into a corner!
Cover, TWO, and Strong grows frustrated. He keeps Tyler down while we go to break.
NXT returns, and Strong brings Tyler up in a chinlock. Tyler fights back and gets free, but Strong hooks an arm and bends Tyler back in a modified Bow ‘n’ Arrow lock!
Tyler endures the stretch, even as Strong gets the chin into it! Strong bends Tyler as deep as he can but fans build to a rally that gives Tyler new life. He slips out, and though Tyler is on his knees, they brawl with stiff shots back and forth. Tyler gives Strong a jawbreaker, but Strong responds with a sharp chop. Bop up, BANG out!
The fans applaud while both men sit down. They then build to a rally as both men stand up. Tyler gives EuroUpper after EuroUpper, then whips but Strong reverses, only for Tyler to run Strong over with a boot! Strong flounders to a corner, Tyler runs in corner to corner, big EuroUpper. They go corner to corner but Strong reverses again. Tyler stops him in place, gives him an enziguri then hops up for a flying knee strike! Delayed German Suplex with bridge, TWO! Now Tyler grows frustrated, but the fans keep dueling with chants. The two men stand up again, Strong blocks the exploder suplex and rocks Tyler with elbows. Strong swings at Tyler again but Tyler catches him in that exploder suplex!
Tyler kip-up to Shooting Star press! Cover, TWO! Tyler gets back up while Strong crawls. He gets to a corner and climbs up, but Strong goes after him. Strong climbs up, but Tyler resists and fights back. Strong falls down, Tyler adjusts, but Strong yanks him off for the cradling backbreaker!
Cover, TWO! But Strong doesn’t slow down, he drags Tyler back up, double underhook but Tyler reverses the bomb into a huricanrana, then rocks Strong with the rolling kick! Strong rests against ropes, boots Tyler back then enziguris him, too. He swings but Tyler ducks and rebounds, but Strong counters the lariat into the full-nelson lift, but Tyler counters that with a crucifix pin! TWO, Strong jumps for the knee but Tyler evades, to then hit the rebound lariat!
Cover, TWO and a half! Tyler cannot believe it, but the fans know “This is Awesome!” They cheer for “NXT! NXT!” as the two men slowly stir. Tyler gets himself up while fans return to declaring “This is Awesome!” He brings Strong up, but his bad back slows him down. Tyler tries the double underhook but his back won’t allow it. Strong trips Tyler up and attempts to roll him for the submission! Tyler twists and flips Strong over, unique cover, TWO! Jumping knee from Strong rocks Tyler, then he gives another in the form of a corner Shining Wizard! Strong shows no signs of slowing as he lifts Tyler for the running mat slam! Philly fires up as Strong fires up! He brings Tyler back up, for a massive End of Heartache!!
Strong wins!! The AMERICAN shall challenge for the United Kingdom Championship! Can he break the Bruiserweight and make major WWE history?!
What a great post-TakeOver NXT! Especially since it felt like NXT figured out how to do this without the recap dragging on. Great post-TakeOver interview promos with both winners and losers, and each one did great to build character and story. As for tonight’s action, all three matches were solid quality and went up with each one, as a match card should. The opening match of Lacey VS Nikki was good, but I actually feel a little bad that Lacey didn’t win to give her “Make NXT Proper Again” some validity; it’s hard to take a Heel with a mission serious when their fail out of the starting gate. Maybe she and Nikki will have more matches and Lacey wins out in the end, but it seems an odd choice to already make this a case of “wrestler establishes a goal, yet never reaches it.” However, TM61 returning to win against the physically impressive Ealy Twins is great, and the fans are already back in love with The Mighty. We know the NXT Tag Team Championships are already back on the line next week, so perhaps if reDRagon finds a way to turn away SAnitY, TM61 can spring right up into contention on the way to ‘Mania. Then we got an amazing main event of Bate VS Strong, with an even more amazing surprise that Strong wins! Gargano was already the first American to challenge Pete Dunne, but Strong is a great choice to be the second. Dunne VS Strong will be just as great, if not better than this match tonight. However, I still don’t see an American winning the UK Championship this early into the title’s short history. The crossover is great, though, just like featuring Bate and Strong in the Cruiserweight Championship tournament, and it’s good signs of further integrating the UK Division into regularly scheduled WWE programming.
My Score: 8.5/10