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Mitchell’s Lucha Underground Report! (7/4/18)

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Lucha Underground Season 4

Lucha Underground Season 4, “Pain, Love and Sacrifice to the Gods.”

After the first ever Three Way to the Grave, only Mil Muertes is left alive! What is the fate of the immortal Fenix? Plus, the Worldwide Underground’s leader and first lady, Johnny Mundo & Taya, challenge the Reptile Tribe’s own Queen & King, Kobra Moon & Daga! Will the slithering duo be taken to Slam Town?

 

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OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Big Bad Steve w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Jake Strong; Strong wins.
  • Johnny Mundo & Taya Valkyrie VS Kobra Moon & Daga; Mundo & Taya win.
  • Mr. Pectacular VS Matanza Cueto: Matanza wins, Mr. Pectacular is sacrificed.
  • Ancient Aztec Medallion match: King Cuerno VS Chavo Guerrero; Cuerno wins.

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Catrina has Fenix’s body.

“Your life is gone, my love.” She kisses Fenix one last time, as her life begins again. She is transformed into a lady in red. Is Catrina truly freed from the spirit realm? And what of Fenix’s own body?

Melissa sits alone backstage.

She mourns the loss of her love, as she looks back at pictures taken with him. But Catrina walks in. Don’t cry, Melissa. He’s never coming back. Fenix gave his life for the woman that truly loved him: Catrina. But she has a gift for him. Her half of the amulet that kept her from dying. But now, she’s never felt more alive. Catrina leaves, leaving Melissa alone with the mystical amulet. Has the curse been passed on?

 

Big Bad Steve w/ The Beautiful Brenda VS Jake Strong!

In their Lucha Underground debuts under Infamous Incorporated, these two men failed to win the Trios Championships for Famous B. Though, it was Famous B’s fault. But even so, the “Savage” Strong brutally beat down BBS, Sammy Guevara and Famous B himself. Steve is back for revenge, but will he just end up with a broken ankle like Famous B?

The bell rings and they tie up. Strong puts BBS in a corner, then fires off body shots. Strong reels BBS in for a waistlock, but BBS blocks the lift. BBS elbows and haymakers Strong, but Strong barely staggers. Strong gives back a big lariat that knocks BBS over. Strong bumps BBS off a buckle, then fires off forearms into the kidneys. Fans are strongly behind Strong as he goes to the outside to throw hammering fists right to the head. BBS staggers out of the corner and falls to the mat, but Strong isn’t done with him. Strong runs corner to corner for an All American Vader Bomb! He isn’t covering, though, he’s firing himself up. BBS slowly stirs, but Strong runs to run him over with a clothesline. Strong still doesn’t cover, because he wants the leg! Savage Ankle Lock! BBS taps, Strong wins!

Winner: Jake Strong, by submission

Strong isn’t letting go, he wants BBS to suffer. And there’s the snap! BBS has a broken ankle! Strong truly is savage and shows no mercy. Who else in Lucha Underground will end up with broken ankles before Strong is stopped?

But he’s not done there! Strong goes out and picks up the crawling BBS for a gutwrench powerbomb to the floor! Strong has no mercy for anyone. Will it only be a matter of time before he challenges for championship gold?

 

Antonio Cueto has a drink in his office.

But he isn’t alone. “I believe you have something that doesn’t belong to you.” King Cuerno admits to having the Gauntlet of the Gods. “It was… stolen from me.” And he doesn’t know where it is now. Antonio is sure Cuerno has heard the stories from his ancestors. The Gauntlet is dangerous in the wrong hands, because it can make the user “into a god.” Why do you think Antonio stole it from Muertes? But then someone stole it from him. Maybe it was Muertes? Only the gods know the truth.

But Antonio offers something on their behalf, that will perhaps convince Cuerno to return the Gauntlet. It is not only an ancient Aztec Medallion, but the one specifically from Cuerno’s tribe of hunters! Win this and Cuerno will have a chance at the Gift of the Gods, and from there a chance to be Lucha Underground Champion. And since Antonio is feeling generous, he’ll give Cuerno that chance on top of a chance for revenge against the man who eliminated him in Aztec Warfare: Chavo Guerrero.

Cuerno accepts, but in comes Cage. He knows everyone saw what he did to Pentagon. He wants to finish the job. Cage is a very impatient man. Cuerno laughs. Cuerno is a man, Cage is a machine. Antonio admits what he did to Pentagon Dark was impressive. But that doesn’t mean Cage gets a title match. Instead, he’ll have to earn it with an Aztec Medallion. Cage’s opponent will be the man whose tribe this medallion represents. And from what Cuerno has told Antonio, that man has possession of the Gauntlet. next week, Cage will have a chance at revenge, against Mil Muertes. Two big matches for big opportunities at both championships and revenge! But who will come out of them the victors?

 

Johnny Mundo & Taya Valkyrie VS Kobra Moon & Daga!

A clash of clans has come to The Temple, and it was started by the Queen of Serpents sending #Luchasaurus, Vibora, after the Guru of Greatness in Aztec Warfare. Mundo and the “Crazy Blonde” struck back, but now things are going to be fair and square in the ring. Which devious duo will prove themselves Lucha Underground’s true power couple?

Lucha Underground returns as the teams sort out. Daga wants Mundo, but Mundo opts out as Taya starts. Taya and Daga circle and tie up. Daga gets the waistlock, throws Taya down then flips her over. Taya arm-drags Daga from the mat, but he cartwheels through. Taya speeds things up, tilt-o-whirl but again Daga cartwheels through. They rush each other, Taya sweeps the legs, cover but no count as Daga immediately gets up and wrings Taya out. Daga rolls through to crucifix, TWO and the fans applaud the stand-off. They go again, and Taya gives a stiff pair of back elbows. She runs but baits Daga into a boot. Daga staggers, she mule kicks him, and shouts “Viva la Wera Loca!” Fans like the swagger as she gives Daga a stiff knee. Taya runs, but into Daga’s sharp dropkick! Daga lets Taya crawl to her corner and tag in Mundo.

Mundo shoves Daga, so Daga gives a European Uppercut and haymakers. Daga wants Mundo to stay down, but Mundo speeds things up, only for Daga to come down on him with double stomps. Cover, TWO, and Mundo crawls away, clutching his back. Daga keeps on that back but Mundo bucks him off for a shining wizard and standing shooting star! Cover, TWO, but now Mundo has control as he kicks Daga around. Daga hits back but Mundo keeps him down with a knee. Fans rally as Mundo whips Daga. Daga holds ropes to kick and SUPERKICK Mundo away. Mundo ducks a punch to dropkick Daga, and Kobra tags in. Kobra climbs up and hits a flying huricanrana! She dropkicks Mundo down, covers, TWO.

Kobra drags Mundo up and over, Daga tags in. The snakes double team Mundo, then whip him again. Daga whips Kobra in for a big dropkick, and then Daga adds his own! Daga drags Mundo out for Kobra’s assisted splash! Cover, TWO! Daga grows upset with the referee, but fans rally. Mundo crawls but Daga clubs him down. Daga has Mundo in a corner and chops! Daga whips corner to corner but Mundo dodges and slides under. Mundo goes back out to swing kick Daga. Mundo springboards for a corkscrew crossbody! Cover, TWO! Fans rally as Mundo drags Daga over. Tag to Taya, and WWU work together for a Mexican Surfboard and leg drop! Cover, TWO!

Mundo comes back and they chop Daga before double whipping. Daga ducks but Taya standing switches. Mundo aims, but Daga dodges, that SUPERKICK goes into Taya’s face! Taya is down, and Daga fires off on Mundo! Daga crawls, hot tag to Kobra! Kobra stalks Mundo, but he begs for a time-out. There are no time-outs in Lucha, she gives cobra kicks and knees to both Mundo and Taya. Kobra fires up but Mundo gets away. Taya dares Kobra to bring it, and now the luchadoras have at it. Kobra runs, tilt-o-whirl to Russian leg sweep! But wait, PJ Black is here! He kicks Kobra down while Mundo distracts the ref. Taya picks the bones with her surfboard stomp! Cover, Taya & Mundo win!

Winners: Johnny Mundo & Taya, Taya pinning

WWU used numbers to outsmart the Reptiles in #SlamTown. But this war is far from over, as Vibora appears! Taya runs in, but he grabs her around the throat. Mundo tries, but he fails. The Darewolf dropkicks Vibora but runs into a knee. Taya and Mundo try again, but Vibora shows off his agility! SUPERKICK takes Taya out again, then a headbutt does the same to Mundo. PJ gets a bicycle boot, and now Vibora runs in at Mr. & Mrs. WWU. Mundo gets out of the way of that Luchasaurus Cannonball!

Mundo crawls away but Vibora has him in his sights. Choke grip, choke slam! And standing moonsault! What can’t Vibora do!? Kobra orders Vibora to keep going, and with Daga’s help, they gather up the WWU. Mundo gets away again, but PJ and Taya are not so lucky. PJ and Taya are choked with each other’s arms! Kobra tells Mundo, “Soon, you will bow down to me, and call me your Queen~!” Will the Reptile Tribe conquer Lucha Underground with cold-blooded cruelty?

 

Antonio opens the door to the Monster’s lair.

Matanza is beating a man as if he were a punching bag. Antonio says “it’s time for your first sacrifice. Come with me.” The father leads his unholy son out of the darkness. Who is about to be a lamb for their slaughter?

 

Mr. Pectacular VS Matanza Cueto!

Jessie Godderz is back in the Temple, having debuted in Aztec Warfare 4. But Antonio Cueto comes out to see “Mr. Petacle” in his Lucha Underground. This is Jessie’s first singles match here, but sad to say, this might also be his last. Fans seem to like that. Because this isn’t just any singles match. It is another first-time-ever moment for Lucha Underground. It is a #SacrificetotheGods! And guess what, Pectacular? You’re the sacrifice! And of course, the god is The Monster, Matanza! Jessie doesn’t get what that means, but here comes Matanza!

Jessie dropkicks at the bell, but it does nothing. He flexes, and Matanza grabs him for a big German Suplex. Jessie gets to a corner but Matanza stomps a mudhole into him. Fans like this, but Matanza won’t let up. He yanks Jessie up from the mat for the sidewinder suplex! What strength! Matanza keeps going, as he whips and hits Wrath of the Gods!

Cover, Matanza wins!

Winner: Matanza Cueto, by pinfall

But The Monster God won’t stop to celebrate. The Believers chant “Sacrifice! Sacrifice!” And with lightning, Jessie is gone! This was just the first, so many more sacrifices will be made. Is anyone in Lucha Underground safe?!

 

Ancient Aztec Medallion match: King Cuerno VS Chavo Guerrero!

There is much more on the line than just one of the seven Aztec Medallions to qualify for the Gift of the Gods Championship. Chavo eliminated the King of Hunters in Aztec Warfare 4, just as Cuerno was zeroing in on the Lucha Underground Champion. Now Cuerno seeks revenge on top of his ancestral tribe’s symbol. Can Cuerno kill two birds with one arrow?

But as Guerreros love to #LieCheatAndSteal, Chavo starts early by attacking Cuerno before the bell with a DIVE! Chavo then clears fans out to bowl for chairs! Chavo digs Cuerno out from the wreckage to then suplex Cuerno against the post. Fans fire up for the devious lucha legend as he clubs away on Cuerno. Fans rally up for Cuerno while Chavo refreshes the count. Chavo bounces Cuerno off the timekeeper’s table, then off the announce desk. Chavo hits a EuroUpper, then stalks Cuerno to the stairs. He puts Cuerno back in the ring, but fans are on Cuerno’s side. Chavo climbs up, but Cuerno dropkicks him out of the sky! Cover, ONE.

Cuerno stalks Chavo now, and has him in a corner. He grinds his head into Chavo, then sharply chops him! Cuerno runs, but misses in the corner. Chavo clobbers Cuerno back, then throws body shots. Chavo runs, but into a clotheline. Cuerno covers, TWO. Cuerno keeps his cool while fans rally up. Chavo and Cuerno brawl on their knees, back and forth with haymakers. Chavo puts Cuerno in a corner and throws hands. He runs, but Cuerno dumps him out of the ring hard. Cuerno builds speed, but slides out as Chavo swings a chair! Cuerno then kicks the chair into Chavo’s face! Down goes Chavo, but Cuerno has the chair. Cuerno tosses it aside, he fights with honor. He throws Chavo into railing, then boots him back into them. Fans fire up as Cuerno runs in. Chavo flapjacks Cuerno up to the railing!

Chavo dumps Cuerno over, then goes after him from the other side. He grabs Cuerno’s arm but Cuerno yanks Chavo into railing. Cuerno sends Chavo down with a kick, then gets help from Believers. He stands up on the railing, and with fans all fired up, he FLIES onto Chavo! Both men crash down, but they’re okay to continue. Fans chant “Lucha! Lucha!” as the two stir. Cuerno gets up first, and puts Chavo in the ring. Cuerno points to the corner, and climbs up again. Fans rally, and Cuerno takes aim. Chavo gets up and trips Cuerno up! Chavo throws hands, then climbs up to join Cuerno. He prepares and hits the SUPERPLEX! Both men are down, too sore and tired to make a quick cover. Chavo crawls around, covers, TWO!

Fans rally up for Cuerno but Chavo stalks him at the ropes. Chavo stomps away, then brings Cuerno up for a hard buckle bump. Chavo puts Cuerno on the apron to grind his boot into his throat. Then Chavo grabs the legs to catapult guillotine Cuerno on the bottom rope. Cover, TWO! Chavo takes aim from across the way, but then decides to undo a buckle pad. The top rope is exposed, but the referee reprimands Chavo for it. Chavo sees Cuerno stirring as fans rally up again. Chavo goes to throw Cuerno, but Cuerno blocks! Cuerno back elbows, then throws hands on Chavo. Chavo throws hands back and they go back and forth. Cuerno gets an edge, but Chavo trips him up for another catapult! Cuerno manages to go up and over to avoid the buckle. And he kicks Chavo back!

Chavo staggers away, and Cuerno climbs up. Cuerno leaps for a sunset flip but Chavo rolls through. Cuerno hits a knee strike and Chavo ends up on the outside. Fans fire up as Cuerno draws his bow. Cuerno runs, builds speed, and DIVES for the Hunter’s Arrow!!

Fans are thunderous as Cuerno puts Chavo back in the ring. They’re dueling as Cuerno stalks Chavo. Chavo stands, and Cuerno runs in, but into a small package! TWO, and Cuerno enziguris Chavo down. Cuerno vows to finish this. He lifts Chavo in a fireamn’s carry but Chavo grabs the ref. Chavo gets away to then kick low and snap suplex. That’s one amigo, and Chavo holds on for a second amigo! Chavo gets another, but Cuerno blocks the third with a knee. Fireman’s carry into the Thrill of the Hunt! Cover, Cuerno wins!

Winner: King Cuerno, by pinfall; earns the Aztec Medallion

The Hunter takes down his wily prey, and now he has the symbol of his tribe. He adorns it with the sweat of the living legend. Cuerno is on his way to the Gift of the Gods, will he soon be hunting the Lucha Underground Champion?

 


 

My Thoughts:

A solid night for Lucha Underground for July 4th. Catrina’s ritual wasn’t as lengthy as I expected, but it does keep Fenix’s body intact, so maybe he’ll rise from the dead like Muertes has in the past. Jake Strong makes quick work of Big Bad Steve, and is wracking up a bone count much like Pentagon Dark. With plenty of Aztec Medallions left to win, I wonder if Strong will end up in the Gift of the Gods championship. It’d be a bit soon for him to win it, but he would enhance the level of talent in that match. And with Cage going up against Muertes next week, we’re getting at least one massive monster in that match as it is, so Strong standing up to Cage or Muertes would be a great moment in itself.

Mundo & Taya work pretty well as a couple, in that Mundo uses her as the shield or decoy. Taya really took some damage between Mundo’s Superkick to Vibora’s cannonball. I have a feeling between Ricky’s creepy doll and the Reptiles coming for blood, Worldwide Underground might not survive this season. Mr. Pectacular didn’t last long at all, but I figured he was only in Lucha Underground as a jobber. Of course, this takes that to a new level, he might never return. Though, disappearing in special effects is better for him than I expected. I thought Matanza was going to bust him open and scare the fans. Cuerno VS Chavo was great, and naturally with Cuerno’s tribe medallion on the line, Cuerno wins. I like that he got away with a lie, as we know he told Catrina the Gauntlet is with Aerostar. I wonder if he’ll be found out.

My Score: 8.5/10

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Mitchell’s WWE Survivor Series Results & Report! (11/18/18)

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WWE Survivor Series 2018

WWE brand warfare returns! Will Daniel Bryan be able to conquer The Beast, Brock Lesnar? Will Charlotte Flair be ready for Rowdy Ronda Rousey?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match: SmackDown wins, The Usos surviving.
  • Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; wins, ??? surviving.
  • Raw Tag Team Champions VS SmackDown Tag Team Champions: The Authors of Pain w/ Drake Maverick VS The Bar w/ The Big Show; win(s).
  • WWE Cruiserweight Championship: Buddy Murphy VS Mustafa Ali; wins and
  • WWE Intercontinental Champion VS WWE United States Champion: Seth Rollins VS Shinsuke Nakamura; wins.
  • Men’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown; wins, ??? surviving.
  • Ronda Rousey VS Charlotte Flair; wins.
  • WWE Universal Champion, Brock Lesnar VS WWE Champion, Daniel Bryan; wins.

PLAY BY PLAY

It’s time for the WWE Survivor Series Kickoff Show!

Jonathan Coachman, David Otunga, and two WWE Hall of Famers, Jerry “The King” Lawler and Beth “The Glamazon” Phoenix start us off!

 

Alexa Bliss rallies her team.

SmackDown’s attack clearly showed that they’re afraid, and ready to play dirty. Raw will win, but that’s not enough. The Goddess wants “total humiliation.” Did no one see what Nia Jax did to Becky Lunch’s face? And Ruby Riott says they have luck on their side. Speaking of luck, has Natty fixed her daddy’s broken sunglasses? Natty attacks!! Team Raw scrambles to separate Natty and Ruby, and Alexa Bliss shouts over all of them. This is NOT how they’re doing this! Natty and Ruby, if you can’t get along, you’re off the team! They freak out again, but that’s the captain’s choice. With spots open at the last minute, will there be anyone to fill them? Or is Raw going into a handicap scenario against SmackDown?

 

The WWE General Managers join the panel!

The Glampire in Chief and the “Acting” Lone Wolf join King and Coach to talk Survivor Series. Paige is feeling the win is coming because SmackDown is a family. But then Corbin’s guys, Bobby Lashley & Lio Rush, appear! Do you know what’s missing from this panel? The “Almighty” Lashley. His pecs are sculpted by Michaelangelo. Lashley is walking art. Los Angeles is witnessing art. Lashley double guns, and Lio says everyone better get ready. Another statue will be built in honor of the Rocky Mountain Machine. His favorite pose, the double cheeks! Lashley the living legend destroys SmackDown tonight. Coach redirects the discussion to the matches, so Lio and Lashley take their leave. Their behavior only makes Paige feel even more confident her men win.

With all this emotion as Raw and SmackDown go head-to-head, what else makes Paige confident her teams win? She’s confident because they’re all families, because they’re all united, and because they’re all coached by Paige, and not an interim GM. Baron Corbin doesn’t care about that, his guys are getting along for tonight. Corbin knows there’s dysfunction, but he is sure they’ll all work together as one. Then there’s Seth Rollins against Shinsuke Nakamura, the Architect is one of the best. Brock Lesnar takes on Daniel Bryan, and Bryan probably doesn’t last two minutes. And while SmackDown’s Women’s team invaded, Raw’s team has lost members because of dysfunction.

Well egos clash, but when the bell rings, Raw comes together to win, and get back at Shane McMahon for stealing the World Cup. The women will come together to get back at SmackDown for the raid. And Corbin is going to earn being permanent GM. Paige says that her underdog teams always find a way. Just look at Daniel Bryan. But then, their women’s team also has a blank fifth spot. Well that’ll be a secret until the match, and that’ll be a perfect fit to win.

Moving from that, Becky Lynch can’t compete because of the concussion, how did that affect things? Paige did let Becky choose her replacement, and Charlotte Flair was the best choice. Corbin isn’t so sure Charlotte can be ready for Ronda in just a few days. Charlotte beat Asuka at Wrestlemania. But Asuka is not Ronda. Ronda had a bad arm after what Becky did but Ronda’s fought with worse. Corbin and Paige are each confident as can be, but whose teams will be the best in WWE?

 

Backstage interview with Charlotte Flair.

The war of words was personal between Ronda and Becky, and then between Ronda and Charlotte. The thing about social media, people love you then hate you. But that’s not what this match is about, it’s about Ronda VS Charlotte. Even frenemy Becky knows The Queen gets it done when it matters. Ronda wants to bring up Horsewomen? Fine. Anyone can hold up the four fingers, but Charlotte is the only one with the birthright to make it mean something. Charlotte fights for SmackDown and for herself. She will prove no one can lace up her boots, and even the Baddest Woman on the Planet will bow down.

 

Naomi rallies Team SmackDown.

With Charlotte moving up to face Ronda Rousey, they have a spot open. The Glow steps up to be the new captain, and Raw is on the ropes. The important thing to remember is that these four must stay united. And that includes their new fifth: R-Truth? He thanks them for including him, but he’s not the fifth woman. Because he’s not a woman! Why’s science gotta matter?

Moving on, the fifth is Mandy Rose. And she’s so glad everyone “came to your senses.” Now they might be upset after she was too truthful, but tonight will be the biggest night of their careers. And she’s not going to throw it away just to fight with them. Sonya Deville is the only one standing up for Mandy but she doesn’t make it easy. Naomi keeps them calm, because SmackDown needs to show they’re the better WWE Women’s Division. Truth even joins in on the hands-in moment. With dysfunction going against dysfunction, which Women’s Division will survive?

 

Kickoff Show – 10v10 Tag Team Division Elimination Match!

Raw is #ReadyWillingAndGLORIOUS as Bobby Roode & Chad Gable lead The Ascension, The Lucha House Party, The B-Team and The Revival against SmackDown! But The Usos are ready to put all of WWE Tag Team wrestling on #LOCKDOWN as they lead The New Day, The Club, The Colons and SAnitY! Who will survive to establish tag team supremacy?

Awww~ LA! The New Day starts by introducing Survivor Series! “The one night a year where we have SmackDown going up against Monday Night Raw.” Fans are on SmackDown’s side as they boo Raw. And Xavier Woods enjoys bringing it up. To the head-to-head competition, this is about brand supremacy. And what better way to kick things off, than with who? Who who who? SmackDown’s Tag Team Division, BABY~! The New Day introduce the other teams, starting with The Club, Karl Anderson & Luke Gallows! Second, the “sliest cousins” in WWE, Primo & Epico Colon! Third, the craziest and chaotic people on earth, SAnitY! And last but certainly not least, the “fearless leaders”, perhaps the greatest team on the planet, The Usos! Jimmy & Jey have mics of their own and welcome Raw to the SmackDown Penitentiary!

Raw’s teams come out, starting with the #TopGuys, The Revival, Scott Dawson & Dash Wilder! Then the Cruiserweight trio, Lucha House Party! Third, The Ascension, Konnor & Viktor! Fourth, The B-Team, Bo Dallas & Curt Axel! And last but absolutely GLORIOUS, Bobby Roode & Chad Gable! Gable says the captains are here, so Team Raw is here. LA still likes SmackDown better. Gable says Raw starts Survivor Series with a win. Roode agrees, and it will be… GLORIOUS! All ten teams are here, and we can finally begin!

Anything can eliminate a duo, and it only takes pinning one man to eliminate them both. Of course that means extra members for the trios must stand down, so Kofi Kingston and Alexander Wolfe for SmackDown, and Gran Metalik for Raw, hover at ringside.

To begin, it’s Kalisto and Epico. They tie up, Kalisto gets a waistlock but Epico reverses to an arm wrench. Epico snapmares but Kalisto handsprings through. Kalisto whips but Epico reverses. Kalisto handstands and handsprings but Epico kicks him down. Epico suplexes Kalisto up and holds him there! Then drops him after 5! Cover, ONE, but Epico stays on Kalisto with a back suplex. Kalisto slips out, but jams a leg. Kalisto hobbles but he’s okay. Woods shouts to sweep the leg, but Epico walks into an elbow. Tag to Lince Dorado, and he dropkicks Eipco down. Tag to Kalisto again, and Kalisto manages to run, for the elevated splash! Lince planking! Kalisto covers, TWO! Epico survives and gets Kalisto with a back suplex! Epico drags Kalisto over, puts him on the ropes, and tags in Primo.

Primo runs in for the big back attack. He adds a slingshot senton and a dropkick before bringing Kalisto back up. Primo kicks and sweeps the leg! But Kalisto shoves Primo into Epico! Primo stops Kalisto but Dawson tags in. Kalisto skins the cat to springboard in, but Primo dodges. Kalisto makes his knee feel worse, and Primo adds a leg DDT! But then The Revival pounces on Primo with a Shatter Machine! Cover, The Revival ELIMINATES The Colons!

But then Anderson comes in and goes after Dash Wilder. Anderson whips but Dash reverses. Dash runs in but Anderson dodges and hits the jump kick! Dawson runs into a spinebuster! Dash gets a spinebuster! Roode helps LHP check on Kalisto while Axel saves Dash from the pin. Dash tags Axel and Axel brings Anderson to a corner for buckle bumps and stomps. Metalik subs in for Kalisto while Axel whips Anderson corner to corner. Axel gives Anderson a back elbow, then snapmares for a neck snap! Cover, TWO! Axel drags Anderson over and stomps with the “B-Team! B-Team! GO GO GO!” chant. Tag to Bo Dallas and he hits a corner clothesline, then feeds Anderson to Axel’s DDT! Cover, TWO! Bo keeps on Anderson with a whip but Anderson reverses. Bo back elbows Anderson but Gallows gets a sucker kick! Roll up, The Club ELIMINATES The B-Team!

Gable hops in for Team Raw, so Anderson tags out to Big E! Fans fire up for this show down and rally up with “New! Day Rocks!” But then Big Damo tags in!? Killian Dain rushes Gable, fights out of the waistlock, but Gable slips out of the lift. Gable fires off but gets the Divide crossbody! Cover, TWO! Damo tags in Eric Young, and SAnitY works together for the Samoan Drop neckbreaker! Cover, Roode saves his partner. Damo grabs Roode and throws him out, but Roode’s on the apron. Roode baits Damo out, then Gable elbows Young. Gable tags Roode then climbs up. Roode brings Young around with a neckbreaker, Gable adds his moonsault! Cover, Roode & Gable ELIMINATE SAnitY!

But then Big E scoops Roode! Konnor tags in and attacks Big E. Konnor runs Big E over, then stares him down. Big E gets Konnor in the abdominal stretch! And puts some stank on it with the spanks! Konnor pops out and throws Big E down hard. Woods baits Konnor in for the swing kick, but Konnor catches Woods on the springboard. Fall Away Slam! Woods is in the Raw territory, and Viktor tags in. The Ascension mug Woods with double punches, clubs and kicks. Cover, ONE! Viktor keeps on Woods with a chinlock while Kofi coaches Woods up with blue pancakes. Fans rally and Woods gets up. Woods fights back but Viktor clubs him down. Viktor whips but Woods dodges. Woods slides, roaring elbow! Tag to Big E and the New Day work together.

Somehow Woods gets Big E up for the electric chair splash! Cover, The New Day ELIMINATES The Ascension! Metalik hops in, Big E whips but avoids the handspring. Big E likes that, and tags out to Gallows. Gallows kicks low then whips, but Metalik kicks back. Tag to Lince, and he climbs up for a crossbody! But Gallows catches him, gives him to Anderson, but Lince resists! Lince huricanranas Andersno, and counters Gallows with a stunner! Gallows bails out, Lince builds speed, but into Anderson. Anderson stops the huricanrana, but only for a moment! Anderson hits ropes and tumbles out. Lucha House Party DOUBLE Asai! Lince puts Anderson in, tags Metalik in, and Metalik climbs for his tight rope springboard swanton! Cover, The Lucha House Party ELIMINATES The Club!

Now we’re down to SmackDown’s Usos and New Day against Raw’s Revival, Lucha House Party and Roode-Gable. Jimmy jumps in to face Metalik, and the “Lucha! Lucha!” chants start. They tie up and Jimmy puts Metalik in the corner for a BIG uppercut. Metalik hits back with a dropkick! tag to Lince, who CHOPS away on Uso! Lince whips but Jimmy reverses, only for Lince to roll him up. TWO, Lince runs to springboard, quebrada! Cover, TWO!! Jimmy gets Lince but gets in the tilt-o-whirl headscissors. Jey tags in, Lince runs into the pop-up Samoan Drop! Cover, The Usos ELIMINATE Lucha House Party! Now it’s the captains and one other team for each side.

Woods tags in to take on Dawson. They tie up and go around, Woods gets the wristlock. Dawson reaches but Woods keeps him away from Dash. Dash falls in but Dawson uses that to get a tug on hair and the uppercut. Tag to Gable and Woods is fed to the boot. Gable stomps Woods, then he tweaks the knee. Gable keeps on Woods, then tags to Dawson. Dawson drops legs and elbows, then a headbutt. Fans rally for SmackDown as Dawson looms over Woods. Dawson hits the Usos just because, then whips Woods. Woods boots him away, then rolls up, TWO! Woods heads for Big E but Dawson reels him in. So Woods hits Roode & Gable, then hits Dash. Flying missile dropkick hits Dawson! Fans rally and Woods heads for his corner. Dawson tags in Dash, tag to Big E!

Big E throws Dash overhead! Then again! And then to the side! Fans fire up as Big E swivels those hips. Big E runs, but has to hit Dawson first. Dash rolls Big E, TWO! Big E throws Dash, Gable tags in. Gable catches Big E in an Exploder! Tag to Roode, and they coordinate again. Chaos Theory Neckbreaker!! Cover, TWO!! New Day survives and Team Raw can’t believe it. Roode refocuses, and winds it up. GLORIOUS, kick, but no DDT as Big E elbows out. Woods tags in, and whips Roode into the urenage backstabber! Cover, but Gable LEAPS to break it! Jimmy comes in but is thrown out. Dawson DIVES?! He takes out Jimmy and even Kofi! Woods wrecks Dawson, but Dash hits a tornado DDT!? The Revival pulls out all the stops for Raw, but then Big E SPEARS through Dash!!

Roode & Gable stand up in the ring and see everyone gather. Gable builds speed, Roode gives him a BOOST! Gable bowls everyone over! Now Roode wants some, and he builds speed, to run into a SUPERKICK! Jey puts Roode out, and he decides to be… GLORIOUS! And FLIES! Jey takes out the others, but then Gable gets Jimmy up top. Gable comes around behind Jimmy, SUPER GERMAN onto the others! Everyone is down and fans are loving it! Gable tags in from Roode, and they bring Woods up. They want another combo, but Woods pushes Roode and Gable is tripped up. Roode elbows Woods, then back suplexes. Woods slips out to tag Big E. Woods boots Roode, then Honor Rolls Roode! Big E sees Gable, catches him, and then Woods climbs! MIDNIGHT HOUR! Cover, and Woods keeps Roode down, New Day ELIMINATES Gable & Roode!

Dash goes after Woods, but runs into Big E’s arms. Dawson sunset flips and it sends Dash flying, but still a cover! TWO, and Dawson goes for a tornado. The DDT hits but Woods tagged in. Woods runs in, but his DDT is denied. Woods kicks Dawson, then suplexes, but Dash tags in. Dawson is sent out and Dash is put in a corner. Dash puts Woods on the apron but Woods hits back. Woods climbs up and takes aim, tight rope springboard SHATTER MACHINE!! The Revival ELIMINATES The New Day! We’re all tied up with The Revival and the Usos! Dash & Dawson stare down with Jimmy & Jey. Fans rally up, and the brawl is on!

The Usos get the edge and Jey sends Dawson out. Jimmy keeps on Dash but Dawson sends Jey into steps. Jimmy puts Dash up top but Dash slips out. Dawson tags in, bulldog bomb! Cover, TWO!! The Usos survive, and so does SmackDown! Dash gets back up and Dawson brings Jimmy up. Jey hits Dash but Dawson hits Jey! Jimmy kicks, Dawson falls for the dragon whip! Jimmy gets to a corner and climbs. Dawson stops him with a right hand and a chop. Dash returns and Dawson climbs. Tag, and Dawson SUPERPLEX! Dash frog splash!! Cover, but Jey breaks it! All four men are down as the battle continues. Fans rally up for the Usos but Dash tags Dawson.

The Revival drag Jimmy up and double whip, but Jey SUPERKICKS Dash! Sunset flip but Dawson sits on it, TWO! SUPERKICK for Dawson! Tag to Jey, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dash! DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for Dawson! Jey drags Dawson around, tags to Jimmy, and Jimmy climbs. Uso Splash! Cover, SmackDown wins!

Winners: Team SmackDown, the Usos as sole survivors

Nothing less from the captains of the Blue Brand! Jimmy & Jey stand tall as the last team standing, establishing they are the best team in the WWE today! This victory is big for SmackDown, will there be further victories for their roster?

 

Raw’s Women’s Team has made its substitutions!

With Ruby and Natty out, the #LegitHuggable Sasha & Bayley join the team! Now that things are 5v5 as they’re meant to be, which team will prove their Women’s Division is superior?

 

Opposing forces collide.

Raw and SmackDown. Beast and Goat. Baddest Woman and The Queen. From first-ever matches to champions against champions to the undying tradition of 5v5, this one night defines competition. Who will survive?

 

Women’s 5v5 Elimination Tag Match: Team Raw VS Team SmackDown!

There were many last minute adjustments for this match to finally take shape, but the brands have settled on their quintets! The Goddess is ringside as her friend in Mickie James, frenemies in Nia Jax and Tamina, and just plain enemies in the best friends, Sasha Banks & Bayley represent Team Red. Against them with Captain Glow, Naomi, stands Asuka, Sonya Deville, Mandy Rose and Carmella (who brought R-Truth out, too). Neither team is 100% united, but they’ll be 100% focused on defeating the other!

 

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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II Results & Report! (11/17/18)

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NXT TakeOver WarGames II

NXT takes over Los Angeles with WARGAMES! Can The Undisputed Era #ShockTheSystem with back-to-back victories? Will Tommaso Ciampa feel The Experience?

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno; Riddle wins.
  • NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane; Shayna wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano; Black wins.
  • NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream; Ciampa wins and retains the NXT Championship.
  • WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders; Ricochet, Dunne & The War Raiders win.

PLAY BY PLAY

Nina Strauss joins the NXT TakeOver preshow panel!

The rocking guitarist behind one of WarGames’ themes, Mariana Trench, joins Charli, Sam and Pat. It’s been an amazing week as her album Controlled Chaos debuted at number seven. And that’s on top of joining forces with Lzzy Hale at WWE Evolution for an amazing performance. From rock ‘n’ roll to wrestling, the Women’s Evolution is inspiring everyone, but especially young girls.

Evolution was also where Shayna Baszler recaptured the NXT Women’s Championship. But now Kairi Sane comes back for another rematch, in best 2 out of 3 falls. Nina is in the #FightForeverClub, she wants them to keep going. But this match tonight will be the most amazing one yet. What is it that makes this feud so compelling? The story, the tension, the build and the tied record. How does Nina feel about badass Baszler? Yeah she definitely doesn’t want to run into her in a dark alley. But Kairi is tough herself, so it could be either woman’s match. Who will be THE Women’s Champion after no less than two falls?

 

Matt Riddle joins the panel!

The King of Bros feels great to be here, “bro.” He and Pat have a bro-down and fans join in. But the NXT Universe of course loves Riddle, but here comes Kassius Ohno. Ohno mocks the bro-ness, it makes him physically ill. Ohno is sick of the bro, and is sick of Riddle. He sees through Riddle’s act! Everyone loves Riddle, but Ohno sees the mirage. Ohno says he’ll only need one second to expose Riddle. Riddle used to think Ohno was cool. But now Ohno’s just bitter. And maybe instead of being bitter, try being better. These two will face off next week on NXT, who will be better, bro?

 

The War has Returned Again.

For the second year in a row, “battle lines have been drawn.” Two teams, two rings, one cage. Two falls, two women, one champion. And two forces of nature, two sides to a story, one winner. “Opportunity still reigns.” Scores will be settled, let the WarGames begin!

 

Matt Riddle heads to the ring!

The King of Bros is here, but he’s not on the card. Riddle grabs a mic and greets LA with a “Bro…!” He wasn’t going to have a match tonight on TakeOver, a shame. But if you saw the kickoff, a certain someone interrupted him. Now Riddle and Ohno are meant to fight next Wednesday on NXT, but… If they’re chilling in LA, with two rings, maybe Riddle will KO KO in both of them! Riddle has called Ohno out, so here Ohno comes! Ohno says Riddle is “too stupid to know you’re not supposed to be out here right now”, or that he’s not ready for a TakeOver. But there’s a ref, so ring the bell! And hopefully Riddle enjoys his moment, because he won’t remember it after getting knocked out, “bro”! Is it happening? IT IS!

Matt Riddle VS Kassius Ohno!

The bell rings, and Ohno rushes Riddle! Riddle is ready, with a BIG knee! Cover, RIDDLE WINS!!

Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall

WHOA, BRO!! Riddle just beat Kassius in the fastest match in TakeOver history!! Who wasn’t ready for this? Will this instant victory skyrocket Riddle to a title?

 

NXT Women’s Championship 2 out of 3 Falls: Shayna Baszler VS Kairi Sane!

The Queen of Spades and the Pirate Princess have gone back and forth four times, and they’re all tied up. Of course, Shayna had her friends help her the last time, not that she’s bothered by it. There must be a true winner here tonight, who will be THE NXT Women’s Champion by the end of this epic fifth chapter?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall. Kairi runs and dropkicks Shayna in the corner! She rams her shoulder in but Shayna shoves her. Kairi gets her with a sweep then furious palm strikes. Shayana shoves Kairi away but gets the blockbuster! Then another! Kairi is all fired up and so is LA. Kairi chops Shayna at the ropes with both hands, then furiously with her right. She marches the plank and hits Shayna with a Sliding D! Shayna bails out but Kairi is on the apron, Flying Kabuki elbow! Kairi catches her breath but keeps going on Shayna. LA rallies up behind her as she puts Shayna in. Shayna fakes injury, but that’s so Jessamyn and Marina can attack! They throw Kairi into a post, then the apron!

Marina feeds Kairi to Shayna, Shayna wraps on the Kirafuda! Kairi moves around but Shayna stays on her! Shayna drags Kairi in deep, and Kairi taps! Shayna takes the fall!

Kairi: 0; Shayna 1

The Horsewomen help Shayna win again. Fans call “Bullsh*t!” but the second fall begins. Shayna hits Kairi with a step-up knee! Cover, TWO!! Kairi avoids a screw job sweep, but Shayna goes for the clutch again. Kairi resists and backs Shayna in the corner. Fans are on her side without question, even as Shayna sinks in the body scissors! Kairi gets loose and rolls around, ropebreak with a foot! Shayna lets Kairi go at 3, but she goes at Kairi. Kairi throws forearms and body shots. Kairi kicks but gets caught into a Half Crab! Shayna stands on Kairi’s head for good measure! Kairi endures, but Shayna stomps! Fans boo but Shayna just soaks it up.

Shayna looms over Kairi, and clubs her back. Shayna kicks Kairi down, then brings the legs around for a figure four while wrenching the neck. Kairi endures the various twists and stretching as fans rally up. Kairi gets a cover, TWO! Shayna suplexes Kairi but Kairi rolls her up, TWO! Shayna goes for the Kirafuda again! Kairi makes it a cover, TWO! Kairi CHOPS Shayna, then baits her to a corner. She throws big palm stirkes but Shayna kicks back. They brawl fast and furious with wild strikes! Fans love the aggression, even as Shayna clobbers Kairi! The Horsewomen applaud as Shayna stands first. Kairi stands and Shayna runs in, but is dumped to the apron. Kairi runs in but misses, and Shayna drags her out. Shayna suplexes, but Kairi DDT’s her on the apron!!

The Horsewomen panic and go to Shayna’s side while fans lose their minds. Kairi gets away to the ring while the ref checks on her. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” Jessamyn and Marina go after Kairi but she sends them into the steps! Kairi then climbs up top, and LEAPS at Shayna for an INSANE ELBOW! She wipes all three Horsewomen out!! Fans are thunderous as Kairi puts Shayna in the ring. Kairi hurries up top again, she wants this on the mat! INSANE ELBOW #2! Cover, Kairi gets a fall!

Kairi: 1; Shayna: 1

We’re all tied up going into the third and final fall! Shayna manages to stand, and we begin again. Kairi SPEARS! And then SPEARS! Two interceptors in a row, here’s the hat trick! Kairi drags Shayna up, big back hands rock her! Kairi climbs once again, but Shayna is up quick. Shayna stops her with a right hand, then climbs up to join Kairi. They brawl up top, and fans are of course on Kairi’s side. Shayna rocks Kairi, but Kairi rocks her back. Shayna throws many forearms, and clubbing fists. She drags Kairi up for a gut wrench, but Kairi sunset flips for a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Kairi was so close, but she still has more to give! She drags Shayna up, Alabama Slam! Then she climbs up again, but Jessamyn distracts. Marina shoves Kairi down.

Here comes Dakota! She clobbers Marina then boots Jessamyn in the face! But she ends up 2v1 against them, until IO SHIRAI appears! Shirai climbs high, for her ASAI!! She wipes the Horsewomen AND Dakota out! Kairi climbs up again, INSANE ELBOW #3! INTO A COVER! Shayna wins!!!

Winner: Shayna Baszler, by pinfall; still NXT Women’s Champion

The Queen keeps her throne, but only thanks to highway robbery! Her friends helped her get the first fall, and then she survives by the skin of her teeth in the last fall! With back-up like this, will there ever be an end to Shayna’s reign of terror?

 

Aleister Black VS Johnny Gargano!

The Embodiment of the End wants revenge on the man who took him out before TakeOver: Brooklyn. Of course, Mr. “Why, Johnny Why?” doesn’t even see what he did as something wrong. It was just business. Will it be business when Aleister makes Gargano #FadeToBlack forever?

The referee keeps the two apart before the bell. It rings, and Aleister stares daggers into Gargano as fans duel. Gargano and Aleister approach, Gargano talks to Aleister then SLAPS him. Aleister boots Gargano! Then fires off furious body shots. Gargano throws Aleister out the slingshots, but Aleister dodges to roundhouse Gargano off his feet! Aleister throws more hands, but Gargano runs into the ring. Aleister follows but msises in the corner. Gargano CHOPS, then dodges the kicks to throw jabs. Gargano taunts Aleister as he dodges and ducks. Aleister kicks but Gargano gets clear. Gargano grins as he copies the cross-leg sitting. Aleister kicks but Gargano roll shim up for a school boy kick! Gargano runs in and chops Aleister, but Aleister goes after him. Gargano dodges again and throws left hands. Fans are thunderous as Aleister goes to another corner.

Gargano keeps on him, then whips. Aleister rolls off Gargano’s back to then throw more hands. He fakes Gargano out to hit a knee lift. Aliester blocks a punch to give knees, kicks, elbows, and one more knee! Gargano bails out, Aleister runs, but he fakes Gargano out. But Gargano knew it, and boots Aleister! Gargano stmops a mudhole into Aleister, then backs off at 3. He soaks up the heat, and the few cheers there are. Gargano goes back to Aleister for more kicks. He drags Aleister up, suplex but Aleister counters. Gargano slips out and rolls Aleister up, TWO, so he rolls Aleister into the seated surfboard! Aleister endures as Gargano pulls back on his arms. Fans rally up, and Aleister pries an arm out. Gargano shifts, but Aleister counters his Mahistrol, TWO! Aleister gets caught into an elbow DDT! Cover, ONE!

Gargano keeps his cool, and stomps Aleister’s hand. Gargano scrapes Aleister’s face, then puts him in a corner. Johnny Wrestling becomes Johnny Boxing as he throws hands. He chops Gargano, but then turns around into Aleister’s counter punches. Gargano kicks and whips but Aleister reverses. Gargano goes up and over, school boy kick misses. Aleister misses his knee and gets a forearm, but then he sweeps the legs! Gargano rolls out, but Aleister builds speed. Gargano expected a fake, so he gets a boot. Then Aleister FLIES! Direct hit! Fans fire up with the Dutch Destroyer as Aleister puts him in the ring. Aleister stalks Gargano to a corner, and fires off kicks and boots. Aleister whips Gargano to ropes, then sweeps the legs again, to hit double knees! He keeps going, Quebrada! Cover, TWO!

Gargano survives but Aleister keeps his cool. Gargano gets to another corner, but Aleister goes over. He elbows Gargano, then breaks free. Gargano stops Aleister up top, then brings him out. Aleister slips out but Gargano blocks the German. He gets a roundhouse, and bails out again. Aleister runs, triangle jump! But Gargano gets out of the way, and DIVES for a tornado DDT! Gargano puts Aleister in, then slingshots for another DDT! Cover, TWO!! Gargano almost had Aleister there! Fans rally up as Gargano wipes the sweat from his brow. Gargano stands on wobbly legs, but he still trash talks Aleister. Gargano chops and kicks Aleister. “You’re not the chosen one, I am!” Gargano kicks, but Aleister blocks it to hit a back elbow!

Aleister runs, but into an enziguri. Gargano runs, but into Aleister’s boot. Aleister runs, but into a SUPERKICK! They both hit each other with clotheslines, but then Aleister fires off elbows. Aleister kicks and kicks but Gargano dodges them. Gargano POISON-RANA! But he runs into a BIG knee! Both men are down but the fans give a standing ovation! Both men stir, and Gargano gets to ropes. Gargano is in No Man’s Land between the rings, and he brawls with Aleister. Aleister throws more forearms but so does Gargano. Aleister boots Gargano, and counters the slingshot spear! Then springboard meteora! Roundhouse to bridging German! TWO!! Fans love this, “This is Awesome!” but it’s far from over.

Aleister stands first but Gargano slowly follows. Aleister runs in, but misses the knee. Gargano blocks a kick, and spins Aleister for a discus clothesline! Gargano runs, tilt-o-whirl takedown! And he gets the GargaNO Escape! But Aleister rolls it up, TWO! Aleister sweeps, Gargano leaps, buzzsaw! Gargano scoops Aleister, for the lawn dart! Aleister hits buckles as Gargano grins. Gargano stands up, and he copies the foot lift. He wants Aleister to see this, as he builds up the energy. Aleister says stop? Aleister sits cross-leg. And then dares Gargano to do it! Gargano takes the knee pad down, to take Ciampa’s Psycho Knee! Aleister dodges and rolls up, but Gargano rolls through to SUPERKICK! Then the Psycho Knee! Cover, TWO!! Aleister survives and shocks Gargano! LA hopes they “Fight Forever!” but there must be a winner.

Gargano goes over to Aleister and drags him up by his hair. He keeps insisting he’s the hero, as he gives Aleister heavy forearms. Aleister still sits up, so Gargano brings him up for more. Aleister fires back, and now we brawl! Gargano hits, Aleister hits, and repeat. Then they hit at the same time! Aleister gets the edge with furious hands from all sides. Gargano gives forearms from all sides, but Aleister counters with a knee! Aleister springboards but Gargano shoves him out! Gargano builds speed, and DIVES, into a knee!! Both men are down on the outside as fans lose their minds! Aleister sits up first as the ring count climbs. He hobbles over to Gargano and puts him in. Aleister follows, but Gargano wants mercy? There will be no mercy, even as Gargano grovels at his feet. So Gargano wants Aleister to end him.

Aleister lifts him with the foot, and swings, but Gargano makes it a roll up! TWO!! GargaNO Escape!! Aleister is stuck in the hold, and he scrambles for ropes! Gargano rolls him away! Aleister pries at the hold, but rolls again! ONE, big spinning knee! Gargano is rocked, and Aleister takes the knee pad down. Aleister hits Gargano with bare knee! Then he holds Gargano up again, for the BLACK MASS! But he holds Gargano up on his feet as fans are thunderous. Because he gives Gargano a SECOND Black Mass!! Cover, Aleister wins!!

Winner: Aleister Black, by pinfall

No mercy for “Johnny Takeover”, the Embodiment of the End ends him tonight. Aleister settles one score, but is he on his way to settle another, with the title on the line? Who will be holding it when Black comes back for the gold?

 

NXT Championship: Tommaso Ciampa VS Velveteen Dream!

The Psycho Killer benefitted the most from Johnny Wrestling’s turn to the dark side, and now he hogs the spotlight by any means necessary. However, a shining star has come along and says the spotlight belongs to him. Ciampa claims to be the killer of fairy tales, but the Patrick Clark Experience makes dreams come true. Will the Dream be over tonight? Or will it just be over for the Dream?

The introductions are made for Ciampa and “Hollywood Dream.” Ciampa clutches to his precious a moment, gives it a kiss good luck, and “Goldy” is raised. The bell rings and we begin!

Fans are on Dream’s side and he soaks it in. Ciampa chuckles, it amuses him. The two circle and tie up. They go around, and Dream almost shoves Ciampa out of the ring! Dream backs off at the ref’s count to strike his pose. Ciampa and Dream circle again, then tie up again. They go around and Ciampa gets a waistlock. Ciampa brings Dream down, then shifts to a facelock. Dream pops out and rear mounts, and even Supermans on Ciampa. Dream slaps Ciampa in the head as he backs away. Fans are on Dream’s side as he and Ciampa tie up again. Dream puts Ciampa in the corner, but Ciampa messes Dream’s hair! So Dream SLAPS Ciampa in the front of the face! Ciampa runs into the fireman’s carry but escapes. Ciampa kicks low, underhooks, but Dream sprawls and escapes.

But Ciampa has the headband! Ciampa winds up to hear the fans. Dream slides out of the ring, and laughs it off. Why? Because Dream picks up “Goldy”! Dream gets away from Ciampa, and then goes to give Ciampa a draping DDT! Ciampa escapes, and both men are rather amused by the other. Ciampa swings but Dream counter punches. Dream whips but Ciampa reverses. Dream slides to come back with more haymakers. Big scoop slam from Dream, then he swivels the hips before hitting a big dropkick! Then a running hotshot! Dream climbs up, big ax handles! Dream gets his headband back and puts it on. Fans applaud as Dream hears them out. Dream goes back to Ciampa, whips and boots, brother! Dream calls for it, hears the fans, and runs. But Ciampa bails out.

So Dream climbs up and LEAPS! Double ax handles hit, and Dream puts Ciampa in. Dream climbs again, but avoids the counter attack. He then slingshots, but Ciampa shoves him down! Dream loses his headband in the crash, but then Ciampa hits him with a swinging neckbreaker on the outside! Ciampa gets up and asks if Dream thinks this is a game. Ciampa clubs Dream then puts him back in. He keeps on Dream with a mudhole in the corner. Then he runs side to side, BIG knee wash! That knee brace adds to the impact, Dream might be knocked out! Ciampa doesn’t cover, he just mocks Dream with the sliding crawl. Fans call Ciampa names but Ciampa just grins as he drags Dream up. Ciampa clubs Dream in the ropes, and Dream slumps over. Dream gets up, but Ciampa elbows him down again.

Ciampa drags Dream up, neckbreaker hotshot! Dream falls and Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back, because “I’m the man! I’m the main event!” Ciampa drags Dream up and onto the announce desk, for another big knee! Dream flounders and flails from that impact, but Ciampa puts him back in the ring. Ciampa stomps Dream, then wraps on a chinlock. Dream scrambles up but Ciampa snapmares him back down. Ciampa keeps on Dream with the hold, but fans rally up. Ciampa wrenches back and Dream sputters in the hold. Dream’s drool hangs out, so Ciampa makes Dream eat it! Ciampa says “Night-night!” but Dream keeps fighting. Dream flails around as fans rally up.

Dream fights back but Ciampa knees low. Ciampa drags Dream up again, but gets a backslide! ONE, and Dream throws a haymaker. Then another, then another! Dream gets Ciampa around, and gives him a neckbreaker! Both men stir, Ciampa gets up first. Ciampa brings Dream up but Dream fights again. Draem whips but Ciampa reverses, only for Dream to hit forearms! And a kip-up! Dream keeps going, big haymakers and clotheslines. Another whip but Ciampa gives another knee. But Dream points his finger at Ciampa! CIampa runs into the sidewinder but slips out. Dream bucks Ciampa off, blocks and gives haymakers. Dream whips and boots Ciampa! Then the LEG DROP! And another! And a third! Ciampa gets up as Dream hulks up!

Dream brings Ciampa up but Ciampa slides out and shoves. But he runs into Dream’s spinebuster! Cover, TWO! Dream feels he’s close, and so do the fans as they chant. Dream stands and goes over to Ciampa. He throws more haymakers, then another whip. Ciampa grabs the ropes but is sent out. Dream slingshots for a big plancha! Dream puts Ciampa back in, then climbs up fast. Ciampa rolls away, so Dream hops down. Ciampa yanks Dream out, but Dream is up quick. Dream avoids the DDT to throw the knee into the apron! Ciampa clutches the brace, but Dream keeps on him through the ropes. Dream takes the legs and brings Ciampa over to a post. Hanging Figure Four on the post!! Ciampa tapped but the ref was busy reprimanding Dream!!

Fans try to point that out, but Ciampa gets Dream with a package! TWO, and Ciampa gives a big forearm. Waistlock, but victory roll, to Figure Four! Dream has Ciampa in the legendary leg lock, and “WOO~” echoes through LA. Ciampa drags himself towards ropes but Dream drags him back. Dream puts as much pressure as he can on Ciampa, and fans are thunderous. But Ciampa rolls it over quick! Bug then Dream rolls it back! Ciampa rolls, Dream rolls, and now Dream throws haymakers. Dream kicks Ciampa to a cover, TWO! Ropebreak! Dream lets Ciampa go, but fans applaud this amazing exchange. Dream goes for the legs again, but Ciampa shoves Dream into barriers!

Ciampa catches Dream on the return, but no draping DDT this time. Ciampa and Dream fight, and Dream resists the suplex. Dream then suplexes Ciampa and himself out of the ring! Fans lose their minds as both men crash and burn! Ciampa undoes his boot laces, his leg is really hurting now. A ring count begins now as both men stir. Dream stands and realizes he needs to get Ciampa in. The count is at 8 when Dream puts Ciampa in. Fans applaud as Dream and Ciampa stand, and they brawl with haymakers! Dream gets an edge, but Ciampa kicks low. Ciampa double underhooks but Dream slips out. Ciampa dodges the superkick and it almost hits the ref! Roll up, with tights! But the ref notices! The ref stops the count and reprimands Ciampa! SUPERKICK, then Dream Valley Driver! High stack cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives and fans can’t believe it!

Dream himself is shocked, but he turns around into Ciampa’s fist. Dream jackknifes to a fireman’s carry, but Ciampa slides out. Ciampa rocks Dream with an elbow, but Dream gives Ciampa one back. Dream springboards, into a knee! Cover, TWO! Ciampa brings Dream up, Project Ciampa! Cover, TWO?! Dream survives and Ciampa is at wit’s end. Fans are thunderous for Dream as Ciampa undoes more of his boot. Ciampa bails out, and hobbles over to his belt. Ciampa wants to take Goldy into the ring but the ref stops him. Dream rolls Ciampa, TWO! SIDEWINDER ON THE BELT! Not on purpose, so no DQ! Cover, TWO!? Ciampa survives, but Dream won’t stop.

Dream climbs, leaps, but stops Ciampa’s counter boot! Dream wants the Figure Four again, but Ciampa shove shim out of the ring! Then DRAPING DDT! Cover, TWO!?! HOW?! Ciampa can’t believe it, but the fans love it. Maybe these two will “Fight Forever” because “This is Awesome!” But Ciampa goes to an old trick, as he pulls off padding from the floor. He exposes concrete, and then goes after Dream at the apron. Ciampa positions Dream as he drags him out, but Dream pushes through to barrel Ciampa over the announce desk! Both men are down and fans shout “Mamma Mia!” for Mauro’s sake. Dream and Ciampa stir back to life and head for the ring. The ref hasn’t even started counting yet.

But then Ciampa throws something at Mauro?! That’s uncalled for! Death Valley on the ground! Dream climbs up, PURPLE RAIN MAKER!! Cover, TWO!?! Dream keeps moving, seeing Ciampa on the apron. Purple Rain Maker, MISSES! Dream hits floor, and hurts his arm! Ciampa drags Dream up and in, but then to No Man’s Land? DDT on the steel!! Ciampa drags Dream into their ring, covers, and wins!

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall; still NXT Champion

Dream came so close so many times but the Black Heart wins out. If not even this much can end Ciampa’s reign, what will it take? Who will be the man to accomplish such a feat?

 

WarGames: The Undisputed Era VS Ricochet, Pete Dunne & The War Raiders!

Ever since they debuted, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish have been running wild on NXT. And as enemies would close in, they managed to convince Roderick Strong to join their quest to forever #ShockTheSystem. However, they can no longer run from the fight, and must again face this sinister structure of steel. With the One and Only joining forces with the WWE United Kingdom Champion and the bearded behemoths of Ray Rowe & Hanson, will Cole and crew stand a chance of surviving? Or will they shock us all again by staying undefeated and undisputed?

Pete Dunne and Ricochet show solidarity with the War Raiders by wearing their own bits of war paint. To start the preliminary stage of this match, it’s Adam Cole BAYBAY and the One and Only NXT North American Champion! Cole trash talks Ricochet already, as these two still have a score to settle over that very title. The bell rings, and we have five minutes until another man is added. Kyle O’Reilly won an Advantage match this past NXT, so it will be Undisputed Era getting a new man first. As for these two, each man dares the other to fight in their ring. Ricochet is willing to cross over, but Cole is right on him! Cole clubs away but Ricochet turns things around with big haymakers.

Ricochet throws a European Uppercut and a swift chop. He whips but Cole reverses. Ricochet goes up and over then handsprings to headscissor and dropkick! Cole rolls to the other ring, but Ricochet follows. Ricochet brings Cole up for more clubbing forearms. Ricochet chops, then puts Cole in a corner. He gives Cole EuroUppers, then whips him corner to corner. Cole reverses but runs into an elbow. Ricochet springboards, but into a backstabber! Cole stands up and rains rights down on Ricochet. He then brings Ricochet up for a neckbreaker. Cole circles Ricochet, then brings him up to throw him into steel. Ricochet stops himself and then hits Cole back. Cole scoops but Ricochet slips out. Ricochet jumps, but into the ushigoroshi! Cole tosses Ricochet to the other ring, then follows.

Ricochet crawls but Cole is on him with a knee drop. Cole drops ax handles then drives a knee into Ricochet’s back. Cole brings Ricochet over to grind his face into the steel! He lets off and Ricochet writhes in a corner. Cole comes back and throws a forearm, but Ricochet hits back. Cole kicks Ricochet then whips. Ricochet kicks Cole back, then boots Cole from a corner. Ricochet dropkicks Cole down, and Cole rolls to the other ring. Cole stirs while Ricochet takes aim from far away. Ricochet runs, triangle jump and leaping uppercut! Both men are down, but the countdown begins. The buzzer sounds and the Undisputed Era sends… Kyle! Kyle goes in and gets Ricochet down! He fires off palm strikes while the three minute countdown begins. Kyle drives his knees into Ricochet while Cole stands.

The duo once known as Future Shock works together to mug Ricochet against steel. They double whip but Ricochet holds ropes. Ricochet sends Cole to the other ring, then avoids Kyle. He jumps into No Man’s Land to fight both men off! But Kyle gets a leg for a dragon screw through the ropes! Ricochet is down, and Cole joins Kyle again. They mug Ricochet with knees and kicks, and Ricochet is rocked. Cole and Kyle stomp Ricochet around, then taunt him to get up. Ricochet crawls away but they stay on him with more stomping. Kyle drags Ricochet up and Future Shock double whip. Ricochet dodges, pushes Cole into Kyle, then hits Kyle with a forearm. Cole boots Ricochet, then Kyle fires off strikes! Cole scoops, ushigoroshi on Kyle’s knee! Kyle keeps Ricochet down and throws more palm strikes, but the countdown returns.

Ricochet gets help from… Pete– Hanson? Hanson kept Dunne back because Hanson wants payback on Kyle. The War Beard rallies on Future Shock as we start another three minute countdown! Sidewalk slam and splash to Kyle! Scooping powerslam to Cole! Hanson misses in the corner, but he gets Kyle with a seated senton! Then Hanson cartwheels to avoid Cole, and clobbers him with a clothesline! Fans fire up with Hanson as he stands tall. They chant “War! War!” for Hanson as he begins a corner clothesline train! He hits Kyle, then Cole, then back again. Hanson gets a total of 10 but doesn’t stop! He brings Kyle into Cole, and they’re stacked in a corner. Hanson goes corner to corner, for a double bronco buster! Ricochet recovers, and Hanson helps him into the same ring. They forearm bump, Hanson becomes a step stool, shooting star onto Kyle!

Hanson decides to fetch Cole in the second ring, while Ricochet keeps on Kyle in the first. Cole elbows Hanson away, but then walks into a scoop. Kyle comes over to sweep Hanson’s legs! Ricochet gets Kyle with a clothesline, then he goes after Cole. Ricochet chops Cole, then rams his shoulder in. The countdown returns, and the Undisputed Era adds… Roderick Strong! Roddy hurries to help, going after Ricochet and Hanson! He chops away on Ricochet then whips, to dropkick Ricochet down! Roderick chops Hanson, then runs to shining wizard Ricochet! He does the same to Hanson, then gives Ricochet a urenage backbreaker. And another! And then torture rack, backbreaker drop! Fans fire up with Roddy as he drags Ricochet up to throw him into Hanson! Then Roddy runs, but Hanson catches him. Cole boots Hanson, Kyle gives the Ax ‘n’ Smash! Olympic Slam from Roddy!

The 3v2 favors the Undisputed Era, and fans are loving it! Cole, Strong and Kyle take turns stomping and dropping knees on Ricochet and Hanson. They have to fill time, so Strong puts Ricochet in a corner. Strong trash talks then Kyle joins him in chopping and kicking Ricochet. Strong hits Hanson for good measure, then works with Kyle again. Gutbuster and knee drop! Cole grinds his boot into Hanson, then Strong drives in a knee. The Undisputed Era pace about, confident they have control. But the countdown brings out… Rowe! Rowe pushed past Dunne, and then he goes right at all three men of the Undisputed Era! They stand up, he knocks them down, then he throws Strong overhead! Kyle runs into a gutbuster, then a gutwrench. Cole hits Rowe, but it only gets Rowe’s attention. Shotgun knees!

Rowe throws strikes all over Strong, but then Kyle climbs on for a sleeper! Rowe stays up, Cole runs in, but Cole gets an urenage! Then Rowe backs Kyle into the buckles and breaks free. Hanson returns, and now War Raiders work together. Hanson hauls Strong up while Rowe carries Kyle, and Strong is placed on Rowe’s shoulders! Powebomb-powerslam combo! Fans chant “War! War!” again as the Raiders stand tall. Hanson throws Kyle into steel, and then Rowe throws Strong! Cole realizes he’s all alone now, and Ricochet is up, too! Cole is fed to the Raiders, who then lawn dart Cole into steel! Ricochet and the Raiders stand tall, and they mug Cole in a corner. Ricochet keeps on Strong with haymakers and chops, but the countdown returns. The last one for the Undisputed Era, Bobby Fish, finally joins in!

But wait, Fish goes after Dunne? He wants to lock Dunne up, and he rams Dunne into steel bars! Fish puts his lock on, and only Fish has the key! He uses it to taunt Dunne, but then he throws it away! And then Fish goes looking under the ring! He brings in Undisputed Era branded chairs?! The Undisputed Era planned for this all along! Hanson blocks Kyle’s attack, but Fish gets his chair shot in! Then reDRagon tees off on the War Raiders and Ricochet! Cole and Strong regroup with them to take up chairs and throw them down on the others. Kyle strums his like a guitar while the others continue to SMACK their opponents. If Dunne can’t get in the ring, this match can’t officially start, which means it can’t end, either! The Undisputed Era can do this for as long as they want!

Strong and Fish throw Hanson into steel! Then they sit a chair up, and give Rowe an urenage across it! Fish taunts Rowe while Strong kicks Ricochet down. Cole and Kyle keep Hanson down on their end by going after his sore leg. Strong and Fish bring Rowe over, and they throw Rowe into steel of the cage! Rowe rebounds, though, and takes Fish out. Fish has to be careful because of his leg, but he seems fine. Kyle and Cole throw Hanson into more steel while Strong keeps on Ricochet. The countdown returns, but what does it matter if Dunne’s stuck in a cage? The ref’s use their key to unlock the first lock, but it won’t work on Fish’s lock. Dunne fights against it but there’s nothing he can do as Undisputed Era run a train on Ricochet against steel cage.

Fish and Cole keep on Rowe while Strong and Kyle keep on Hanson. They put each War Raider on a corner, then climb up to join them. Cole and Kyle help them coordinate, DOUBLE SUPERPLEX! Cole mocks Dunne, “You can’t do a darn thing!” He blows a mocking kiss, but here come bolt cutters! The ref gets the chain, and breaks it! Dunne is loose, and storms to the ring! Dunne may have one bad leg, but he’s going to find a way in. He grabs a kendo stick! Dunne smacks the hands of reDRagon off the cage door, then is ready for Cole. Dunne puts Cole’s hand on the steel steps, to SMACK it with the stick! Strong comes over but Dunne slams the door on him! Dunne brings out more things, and Ricochet crossbodies onto all of Undisputed Era!

Fans are thunderous as Dunne brings in a trash can, then another trash can, another kendo stick, and just as fans hoped, a TABLE! Rowe helps Dunne bring that table in as a brawl breaks out. Ricochet keeps reDRagon rocked as Dunne brings in a second table! Hanson helps him with that one, while Rowe sets a table up in No Man’s Land. Dunne grabs himself a stick, and this match FINALLY begins with a SMACK on Strong! SMACK for Kyle, SMACK for Strong! Dunne fires off on all four men of Undisputed Era, then hands the sticks over to Rowe and Ricochet. Hanson has a chair and Dunne has a chain, and they just beat down the Undisputed Era!

Kyle lands on the No Man’s Land steel, and Dunne tortures his arm. Dunne hammerlocks and STOMPS Kyle’s arm on that steel! Hanson hits Strong and Ricochet SMACKS Strong on the back. Fish grabs a can but Rowe stops him from using it. Dunne has Kyle’s arm and twists it. The kendo sticks fly, Strong gets over to where Kyle is, but Dunne X-plexes him onto Kyle! Cole chop blocks Dunne! Ricochet heads over but Cole tosses him into cage wall! The Era regroups in the second ring, and are ready for the Raiders. Strong kicks Rowe down, but Hanson avoids the chair shot. Kyle himself avoids the rebound accident, but then Hanson boots the chair into his face! Rowe gets back up as Hanson chops Cole. Hanson puts Cole in a can, and then puts him in a corner. Rowe picks Hanson up, senton attack on the canned Cole!

The Raiders then fire each other up, and Rowe scoops Hanson for a scoop slam senton on Kyle, across No Man’s Land! Kyle writhes while the Raiders go after Roddy. Pop up to German, springboard clothesline! Cover, but Fish breaks it in time. Rowe goes after Fish, German Suplex and springboard- TRASH CAN! Kyle hit Hanson with a flying trash can, and then he saves Fish from Rowe. Rowe fights off reDRagon, but ends up in a sleeper, and kick sandwich! Strong staggers up to help Cole in the second ring. Ricochet fights but still ends up in the gutbuster drop to backstabber! The Undisputed Era has regained control, and they surround Dunne. The Bruiserweight sees the situation he’s in, but doesn’t care! He throws hands on everyone!

Dunne blasts Cole with a forearm, then blasts with Fish with a forearm. Dunne dodges Strong, Strong hits steel cage, then staggers into Dunne’s German Suplex! Fish blocks Dunne’s kick, then ducks, so Dunne enziguris Kyle! Fish blocks a kick but gets reeled into a Kneebar! Dunne wrenches Fish’s bad leg, but Kyle saves Fish. Kyle uses that chain Dunne found, and uses it on Dunne’s bad leg! Kyle wraps it up as best he can, but then Dunne uses it to wrap up Kyle’s fingers! Dunne brings Kyle into a Kimura, the chain helping hold on. But Kyle lifts Dunne, and Fish SMACKS Dunne with a chair! Kyle uses that chain on Dunne now, for an ankle lock! Fish and Cole hold off the Raiders and Ricochet with chairs. Strong puts a chair on Dunne’s face and it’s an ankle lock with crossface.

Dunne somehow endures as the rest of his team work their way through, Ricochet FLIES in! Ricochet saves Dunne but gets a chair to the ribs. Strong hits Hanson, then runs, but for a BIG back drop! He ends up in the first ring, and now everyone is down. Hanson gets up and goes after Kyle. Rowe goes after Strong, and the Raiders have the NXT Tag Team Champions on either side of the table. Cole saves Kyle, but then Ricochet hits Cole. Fish saves Strong, but Dunne goes after Fish. Ricochet and Dunne have Strong and Kyle now, for a Butterfly SUPERPLEX and SUPER STEINER! Covers, TWO!! The Undisputed Era survives, but the Raiders decide the tables need to come into play now. The Raiders bring one over to the second ring, and Hanson sets it up.

Hanson targets Cole and puts him on the wood. The legs give out so Hanson dumps Cole off to try again. Cole scrambles away but Rowe is on him. He has him in No Man’s Land, powerbomb lift but Cole fights out. So he gets Thor’s Hammer! Cover, but Kyle breaks it with a chair shot! Rowe grabs Kyle, but Fish saves Kyle with a kendo SMACK. Fish then spears Rowe through the table! Fans are loving the carnage, but it isn’t over yet. Cole and Ricochet fight and end up near the other table. Cole has Ricochet in a corner and hauls him up. He climbs up to join him, but Ricochet resists. Ricochet kicks Cole, drags him into a Tree of Woe, but Kyle saves Cole. Kyle and Ricochet fight now, and Ricochet gets Kyle on the table.

Strong comes over and gives Ricochet a leaping knee! Kyle reels Ricochet into a triangle hold! But Hanson climbs up, and as Ricochet gets free, Hanson splashes down on Kyle, through the table! Cover, but Strong uses a trash can to break it! All four men but the fans are thunderous. The referees clear the debris, and Cole is first to stand up. Cole decides to climb up, but not to escape. Ricochet follows Cole, though, and they go after each other! They brawl, but have to be careful not to fall out. If even one man hits the floor, their entire team is disqualified. Strong climbs up to go after Ricochet, and they decide to throw Ricochet out! Ricochet holds on, and manages to kick Strong down! Strong gets crotch’d on the top rope, and now Ricochet only has to worry about Cole.

Cole clubs Ricochet on the back, but here comes Dunne! Dunne grabs Cole’s fingers and pulls, and gets Cole back in. But Kyle climbs up to go after Dunne. Rowe goes after Cole, but then Strong goes after Rowe. things are getting crazy up there as Hanson and Fish scrap on their way over. Hanson grabs everyone, even with Fish on his back, for a special WarGames TOWER OF DOOM!! All seven men go down in a heap, and fans lose their minds! But wait, Ricochet is still up top, and fans spot him sitting back up. The others regroup as he stands, and Ricochet 630 MOONSAULTS! He wipes them all out!! Fans are at a fever pitch as all eight men are down and out!

The teams regroup in opposite rings, and the teammates help each other stand. Fans rally up as the two teams stand across, each man facing a counterpart on the other side. They approach each other, and fans are thunderous. They go into No Man’s Land, to brawl!! Hands just fly wildly, and then things spill out into rings. Hanson has Kyle while Fish DDT’s Rowe. Fish kicks but Rowe gets him with Ace Ten Mao! Hanson leaves Kyle behind, for FALLOUT! But Kyle grabs Rowe before the cover, Strong Elimination! Strong and Kyle double whip Hanson, but he breaks through, to handspring back elbow!

Cole SUPERKICKS Hanson, but Ricochet springboards at Cole, for another SUPERKICK! Dunne blocks the kick to tweak the ankle! And snap the fingers! And hit Bitter- DDT from Cole! Last Shot brianbuster, to shining wizard! Cover, TWO?!? Cole keeps going, but misses the second shot, for a Bitter End! 450 splash outta nowhere! Double cover, #OneAndOnlyBruiserRaiders WIN!!

Winners: The War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet, both Ricochet & Dunne pinning

TakeOver is no longer Undisputed, and the Undisputed no longer rules TakeOver! There is wreckage everywhere, but Ricochet’s team can hold their heads high. Dunne and Ricochet get their belts back, and stand tall atop the cage. They’re reminded of their own unsettled score, the Champion VS Champion match the Undisputed Era ruined. Ricochet still has to keep Cole away, but will he get another shot at proving the North American Championship is better than the United Kingdom Championship? Will the War Raiders get themselves another go at the NXT Tag Team Championships?

 


 

My Thoughts:

There is already so much to love about any TakeOver, but this may have been the best TakeOver yet! I loved the surprise of Riddle VS Ohno, and it worked perfectly in story. Ohno was acting so superior, so him losing in mere seconds was the right way to go. Then Ohno and Riddle can have a lengthier rematch on a later NXT episode to really give us something incredible. The Women’s Championship match felt really fast. Shayna has ultimate Heel heat from Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir helping her again, mostly with the first fall. The brawling of Jessamyn and Marina with Dakota Kai, then Io Shirai coming in, tells me this will be the Six Woman Tag showdown we get, which is great given Dakota’s history with Shayna and Shirai’s friendship with Kairi. And obviously, this means Shayna VS Kairi will continue.

In Aleister VS Gargano, I liked that both guys knew the other’s moves enough to counter, and there was great story elements like Gargano begging for forgiveness only to use it as a way to steal the win. I like that Aleister didn’t have to use two Black Mass kicks but chose to use two. Aleister wins to keep Gargano’s story going, because Gargano will be seeking vindication of his “I’m still the hero!” claims. Ciampa VS “Hollywood” Dream was so great, and Dream really used all his references to legendary wrestlers like Hogan, Flair and Rick Roode to great effect. I really thought Dream was winning, but that’s how good they booked the match, Ciampa wins to perhaps set up a proper Aleister VS Ciampa match now.

The WarGames match itself was incredible. It seemed odd to me that Ricochet’s team had dysfunction when it came to sending members out, but things like that tend to plague Faces more than Heels in such situations as a standard wrestling trope. The Undisputed Era’s scheme of locking out the last man while preparing their own weapons was a great touch. I almost thought Dunne was going to stay locked in and someone else (like EC3) was going to sub in for him. But I suppose it’s fine that Dunne still gets free, NXT can save EC3 VS Undisputed Era for later. I know in our Chairshot staff picks I expected the Era to still win, but it does work for Ricochet’s team to win. Now the Era will have to regroup in order to keep the tag titles while Cole looks to regain the North American title.

My Score: 9/10

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