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Mitchell’s ROH Results & Report! (9/8/18)

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Ring of Honor Wrestling Television, Episode 364

Jay Lethal, Jonathan Gresham, the ROH World Championship, and no less than 30 minutes! Only one will be the Iron Man, but what will it take to be champion?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Frankie Kazarian VS Mark Briscoe; Kazarian wins.
  • ROH World Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham; Lethal wins and retains the ROH World Championship.

PLAY BY PLAY

Frankie Kazarian VS Mark Briscoe!

The show only just started and these two are already brawling! They’re the opening contest and are fighting for momentum towards The Addiction challenging #DemBoys for their ROH World Tag Team Championships, but right now, they’re just fighting! Mark gets the edge and chops Kaz to a corner. He bumps Kaz off buckles then chops again, then adds a headbutt. Mark scoop slams Kaz and drops an elbow, then kicks Kaz back to a corner. He whips corner to corner and runs in, but Kaz goes up to sunset flip. TWO, but Kaz gets Mark with a forearm. Kaz whips Mark and hip tosses to a neckbreaker! Cover, TWO! Kaz keeps on Mark with haymakers, then whips. Mark reverses but Kaz holds ropes. Kaz puts Mark on the apron, but he anticipates the shoulder to hit the guillotine leg drop!

Mark staggers, Kaz slingshots to take him down with headscissors! Fans cheer “S C U!” as Kaz stalks Mark around the side. Kaz rocks Mark with an uppercut, then puts him in the ring. Mark rolls out the other side, so Kaz pursues. Mark knees low then tosses a chair into the ring. The referee gets the chair out, so he misses Mark kicking ropes to indirectly low blow Kaz! Mark then kicks Kaz back out and leaps for the blockbuster off the apron! Mark starts tearing up the barriers just because before bringing Kaz up to chop him. They go around the side and Mark moves the railings. Kaz throws hands and it’s a brawl.

Kaz gets the edge, but Mark counters with an apron back suplex! Mark puts Kaz in the ring but is too busy trash talking fans. He still gets Kaz in a corner with a clothesline and mudhole stomps. Mark grinds his boot into Kaz, then backs off at 4. He drags Kaz up but Kaz lands on his feet! Kaz fires haymakers, whips, but Mark reverses. Kaz slides off his back and then hits a backstabber! Mark staggers, Kaz springboards for a code breaker! Kaz runs in at Mark in a corner, for the swinging dropkick! He kips up and takes a bow, to then whip corner to corner. Mark goes up but ends up in the electric chair, for the drop! Bridging cover, TWO! The Heavy Metal Rebel has control while we go to break.

ROH returns and Kaz is turning Mark for the Unprettier, but Jay Briscoe has appeared! Kaz runs him off, but Mark rolls Kaz! He has tights, too, but TWO!! Kaz escapes the cheat but Mark rocks him with a haymakers. Mark whips Kaz, so Kaz hits Jay with a wrecking ball dropkick! But Mark gets Kaz with a back suplex, then climbs up. Mark leaps but misses! Crucifix pin, Kaz wins!

Winner: Frankie Kazarian, by pinfall

But of course, that just means Jay Briscoe gets to stomp away! Fans boo and jeer but here come the rest of SoCal Uncensored! Christopher Daniels and Scorpio Sky fight The Briscoes, but wait, Punishment Martinez is helping Jay & Mark? The Purple Mist wants payback for when Scorpio denied him satisfaction against Chris Sabin! The numbers are even but the strength is on the side of Sandy Fork. Jay Driller for Scorpio! South of Heaven Choke Slam for Daniels! Jay, Mark & Martinez stand tall now, but will they still have their gold when this is all over?

 

Tonight’s the night to determine ROH’s Iron Man!

Jonathan Gresham has worked his whole career for this. Jay Lethal is ready for no less than 30 minutes to prove to everyone that Lethal is the greatest. Round three is tonight, will The Franchise completely sweep The Octopus? Or will the hometown hero hold that gold high over his head?

 

ROH TV shares highlights of an Honor Club Exclusive!

Triple Threat Tag: The Dawgs VS Cheeseburger & Ryan Nova VS The Bouncers!

Rhett Titus & Will Ferrara have had their issues with the underdog Cheeseburger, but that didn’t help them win. Beer City Bruiser & Brian Milonas take the win at the expense of Future of Honor prospect, Ryan Nova. Just as Burger was checking on his partner, Lil’ Willie went after him from behind. Ferrara mocks the Shotei but Burger fires back! Big Rhett gets in but gets hands from Burger. But Ferrara gets Burger with the BLL, hammerlock and lariat! Then each Dawg grabs an opponent, and Rhett makes Burger watch as Ferrara hits Nova with the Shotei! Then Ferrara aims at Burger, but Burger SPITS on Ferrara’s face! Ferrara grits his teeth and hits Burger with his stolen Shotei! The Dawgs brag and boast, but will this really be the end of their grudge with the fan favorite?

 

ROH has backstage footage after last week’s main event.

Silas Young found Bully Ray after the Hall of Famer left the Last Real Man high and dry against Best Friends, Trent & Chuckie. Bully clearly didn’t care about what Silas had to say, but Silas grabbed him by the face to make him care. For the full verbal confrontation, join Honor Club at ROH’s official website.

 

ROH World Championship 30-Minute Iron Man Match: Jay Lethal VS Jonathan Gresham!

The Franchise Player may have defeated The Octopus in their previous two encounters, but it took a lot more than anyone could’ve expected to do it. It may be 30 minutes, but will the third time be the charm for Atlanta’s own? Or will Lethal prove once and for all he is the best wrestler in ROH today?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we take a break before we begin.

ROH returns and the Code of Honor is upheld. The countdown begins and fans fire up already. They feel it out and tie up. Lethal gets a wristlock and wrench, but Gresham works against it. Gresham slips behind for a waistlock but Lethal spins to go to an armlock. They stand up and Gresham puts Lethal on the ropes. Both men honor the ropebreak, and fans applaud the sportsmanship. Gresham and Lethal circle and tie up again. Gresham gets around to the waistlock but Lethal backs him to a corner. Lethal tries to honor the break but Gresham keeps grabbing at him. The referee pries them apart and Lethal gives Gresham a shove. Gresham shoves back, but both men cool off. They tie up again and Gresham gets the wristlock this time.

Lethal rolls, handsprings and reverses the hold. Gresham spins but can’t pry himself free. Lethal twists the wrist and brings Gresham to the mat. Gresham gets up to arm-drag Lethal, but Lethal holds onto the wrist. Lethal shifts to an armlock, but Gresham backs him up and arm-drags again. Lethal still holds on and arm-drags Gresham back to get the armlock. Gresham rolls up and gets a takedown, then twists Lethal’s foot in a toehold. Lethal endures and even grabs at Gresham’s ear. Gresham shifts to a stretch muffler but only uses it to roll Lethal around. Gresham shifts to a headlock, and the two stand again. Lethal spins around to his own headlock and gets the takedown. Gresham gets up and cartwheels out, then gets a facelock. Lethal stands and back drops Gresham off.

Gresham backs off to ropes while Lethal checks his neck. The two circle again and fans build to a rally. They tie up again, and struggle for wrist control. Gresham gets control but Lethal gets a leg. Gresham bends Lethal’s arm and puts it in a painful double wristlock. Lethal powers Gresham to a corner, and pushes him away at the ropebreak. These two are still very even as we go to break.

ROH returns and Gresham powers out of another headlock. Lethal runs him over with a shoulder and things speed up, and Lethal blocks Gresham’s hip toss to give a hip toss. Lethal cartwheels and dropkicks Gresham down! Cover, ONE, but Lethal keeps his cool. Gresham goes to the ropes but Lethal is on him. Lethal scoop slams then covers, ONE. Gresham grabs the ropes, then stands up to chop Lethal. Lethal throat chops back! Lethal puts Gresham in a corner for a true chop of his own, then yanks him out with a saido suplex! Cover, TWO! Lethal looms over Gresham, but Gresham won’t allow the chinlock. Lethal kicks Gresham, but that only makes Gresham mad. Gresham grows stronger with every kick, and he gives Lethal a blunt chop. Lethal chops back and it staggers Gresham.

Lethal lifts Gresham again but Gresham manages to land on his feet. Gresham spins out of the facelock to chop Lethal back. Lethal overhand chops, and Gresham falls to his knees. Lethal snap suplexes and floats to a cover, TWO as Gresham bridges out! But Lethal keeps on Gresham with stomps and European Uppercuts. Gresham chops back, but Lethal chops him. Lethal snap suplexes again, but takes longer to cover. TWO, so Lethal wraps on a chinlock. Fans build to a rally, and Gresham pries one of Lethal’s hands out to go after the fingers. Gresham stands up and chops Lethal. Lethal eggs him on, so Gresham gives him another chop. They get face to face as Lethal eggs Gresham on more, so Gresham gives him another.

Lethal knees low, but Gresham seems to be hurting. The 15 minute mark is announced as Lethal puts Gresham in a corner for more chops. Gresham still resists so Lethal whips him corner to corner. Lethal runs and stops the boot, but Gresham pries free to sunset flip. Lethal rolls through but Gresham gets a takedown and rolls Lethal to kick out the arm. Gresham keeps going, tilt-o-whirl facebuster! Gresham’s back slows him down but he’s evened things as we go to break.

ROH returns and Gresham has Lethal on the outside. Gresham pursues and chops Lethal, so Lethal chops back. They brawl and Gresham hits Lethal’s bad arm. Gresham wrenches the arm from shoulder to elbow and gets a hammerlock, to bounce it off the apron! Gresham refreshes the ring count and goes back after Lethal. He drags him around to stomp the bad arm. He tortures the arm from elbow to wrist to hammerlock and STOMP it! Gresham refreshes the count again, but Lethal gets back in anyway. Gresham has Lethal in the corner, then grabs a leg. He gets a takedown, spins around to a side headlock. He traps one arm while going after the bad arm. It’s a cover, TWO! Lethal endures as Gresham continues to torture that arm. Another cover, ONE, crucifix, TWO!

Gresham arm-drags and has Lethal down again. He traps the arm in a step-over hammerlock, then pulls that bad arm as far back as he can! Gresham steps over again to hold Lethal in place while simply standing. Gresham claps with Lethal’s hand, to then fall back and tweak Lethal’s arms that way. The 20 minute mark is announced while Gresham adds a leg to the hold, meaning they have 10 minutes left. Gresham has made Lethal a pretzel and covers, TWO! Lethal manages to escape, but Gresham keeps on him. Gresham wrenches the bad arm, but Lethal chops! Lethal goes after Gresham’s arm but Gresham forearms the bad left limb. Lethal still chops, but Gresham chops back.

Another chop from Lethal, another chop from Gresham, and they’re struggling for wrist control all at the same time. Lethal chops, Gresham chops, repeat, repeat, repeat! Fans echo “Woo! Woo!” with every chop, Ric Flair would be proud! Gresham switches it up and tweaks the arm between his feet, then runs, but into the backbreaker. Gresham denies the full Lethal Combination with a backslide! Lethal rolls through to try it again, but Gresham counters the Combination with a school boy. TWO, and Lethal hits a bicycle and enziguri kick combination! Both men are down and the score is still 0-0 while we go to break.

ROH returns again and Lethal runs. Gresham goes the other way, slides under and then follows through to springboard quebrada! Lethal bails out and Gresham builds speed to dropkick the legs out. Gresham copies Lethal now, but Lethal sees it coming. Lethal gets in to triangle dropkick Gresham out. Now Lethal builds speed, to DIVE! It hits, but Lethal will ditch the hat trick. He puts Gresham in and then climbs up top. Lethal aims, Hail to the- No, Gresham sticks a foot out but Lethal anticipated it. Lethal goes for the Figure Four but Gresham slips out, only to run into the full Lethal Combination! Cover, TWO! Lethal stalks Gresham to the ropes, but Gresham holds on to deny the whip. Lethal chops Gresham to then whip.

Gresham reverses and wrenches the arm into a stunner! Then spinning double ax handle! Then BIG German Suplex! The 25 minute mark is announced as Gresham bridges, TWO! There’s only 5 minutes left yet neither man has a fall. Gresham keeps focused and fans fire up for him. Gresham runs, but fakes out the bicycle boot to get a Snap German Suplex, then a running right hand! Cover, TWO, but into the armbar! Lethal denies by clasping hands. He makes it a cover, TWO, so Lethal goes for the figure four. Gresham kicks Lethal right in the face! Gresham runs, but into a SUPERKICK! Lethal handsprings, but Gresham kicks out the arm! Tilt-o-whirl takedown, then slip around to the Octopus Hold!! He even hammers away on Lethal’s neck and shoulder! Lethal TAPS, Gresham gets a fall!!

Lethal: 0; Gresham: 1

The Octopus has the lead with time winding down! And most impressive of all, was that he made Lethal submit! Can Lethal recover to tie things up? Or is there just not enough time for even The Franchise to get even?

The clock is down to three minutes, and the second fall begins already! Lethal goes right at Gresham with endless knees! He suplexes but Gresham slips out. The two minute warning is given as Gresham rolls Lethal back, TWO and Lethal goes for the Figure Four! But Gresham denies it by holding the main leg off! Gresham won’t let Lethal submit him back. Lethal chops Gresham, and chops, and chops. He gets the hold! Gresham endures, flails, but Lethal puts all he can into this hold. Both men are enduring their own pain, and the hold becomes a cover. TWO, but Lethal chops Gresham again! Back to a Figure Four cover, TWO, but another chop! Another cover, TWO, now a kick! Cover, TWO!!

Gresham grabs Lethal just to keep himself from falling back. He even tries to turn this hold around! Lethal keeps it in his favor, but Gresham elbows Lethal. 90 seconds remaining, and Lethal puts whatever he has left into the Figure Four! Gresham TAPS, we’re tied!!

Lethal: 1; Gresham: 1

Gresham could not hold off for another minute and a half, and now we’re back to square one! How can Gresham get one more fall in such a small window?

Lethal clutches his arm as he crawls away while Gresham clutches a leg. Both men have put so much into this, and we’re down to the final minute. Lethal gets up, grabs Gresham’s wrist, and drags him up. Gresham rolls him up, TWO! Thirty seconds, cover, TWO! Cover, TWO! Cover, TWO! Grseham keeps trying every cover he knows, TWO! Lethal rolls Gresham, TWO! The clock hits 00:00, and it’s a DRAW!

Draw at 1-1; Jay Lethal retains the ROH World Championship

Fans don’t want this match to end this way. Gresham was so close, and he wants a mic. Gresham speaks, saying “There is no way in this world that I’m gonna come this far, 14 years, I started right here in Atlanta, Georgia. There is absolutely no way I’m letting you leave this building with that kind of decision.” Gresham wants Lethal to prove he’s the man and the champion we believe him to be, he’ll go just five more minutes. Fans want “Five More Minutes!” but it’s up to Lethal. Lethal’s response? “Start the clock.” Yes, we’re getting a five-minute overtime period!

ROH World Championship, Five Minute Sudden Death!

Lethal and Gresham quickly prepare and we begin!

Gresham and Lethal fire off forearms fast and furious and the fans are thunderous! Neither man slows down, but Gresham gets the edge. Lethal chops and hits a roaring elbow, but Gresham kips up for an enziguri! Lethal staggers and Gresham gets him in a waistlock. They trade standing switches around and around, but Gresham breaks the chain as he throws Lethal. Gresham drops a knee on the bad arm! Then La Mahistrol into the bridging clutch, TWO!! Gresham knows he’s close, but he has to come up with something else to finish this. He gets up, grabs Lethal’s bad arm, and hammerlocks. Lethal reverses to a torture rack while fans duel.

Lethal uses the rack to bend Gresham back, then hits an inverted rolling senton! Gresham is down, Lethal climbs up. Hail to the King at the three minute mark. Cover, TWO!? Lethal still has time on his side, but he doesn’t want to settle for another draw. Fans rally up as he brings Gresham up. Lethal wants a bomb but Gresham fights out and huricanranas. High stack to jackknife to sunset flip to another high stack and sunset, Lethal has the cover, TWO! Two minute warning and Gresham leaps on for a sleeper hold! Lethal begins to fade, but he backs Gresham into buckles. Gresham hops back on, so Lethal gets a cutter! Lethal handsprings, for THE Lethal Injection! Cover, Lethal wins and finishes this!

Winner: Jay Lethal, by pinfall; still ROH World Champion

Just over 33 minutes and this instant classic finally ends. The Octopus falls short of his dream, but he once again pushed The Franchise to his limits. If Lethal can retain even after all that, what will it take for someone to take that belt away from him? What will it take for Gresham to finally claim the title for himself?

 


 

My Thoughts:

An amazing episode of ROH, and it’s pretty much all about that Ironman match. Kazarian and Mark Briscoe having their match from the very start of the episode was good, it actually feeds the story between The Addiction and The Briscoes for it to have it start even before cameras are rolling. Punishment Martinez joining The Briscoes was a nice touch given the previous week. I bet this means Scorpio Sky joins Chris Sabin in challenging Martinez for the ROH World Television Championship for a triple threat. That way, Martinez can still stay strong even if he loses the belt. As for Daniels & Kazarian, I’d imagine they win the tag titles and use those in their contract countdown story to negotiate new contracts. Then if Scorpio gets the ROH WTVC, we could have a golden SoCal Uncensored.

I like the plug for both Honor Club and the escalations in both Cheeseburger’s story with The Dawgs as well as Silas’ story with Bully Ray. It would be such a weird twist if Bully teamed with The Dawgs to face Silas Young, Cheeseburger and Flip Gordon. At the same time, The Bouncers being Silas’ friends, would be rather torn. They like being the big bad bullies, but they might not stand for Bully bullying Silas. Maybe they’d turn Face Tweener with Silas to counter Bully, or go hard Heel and side with Bully over Silas. Then whatever happens, a trio can emerge from this to jump into the World Six Man title scene against The Kingdom and the Bullet Club.

That Ironman match, that was amazing. It wasn’t high-scoring, but that makes it good in its own way. They were going hard for the majority of the normal time limit, and it was so great for Gresham to score the first fall. Ironically, if this was a normal match, Gresham would be the new champion, but the match continuing gave Lethal his chance for a comeback. Lethal wins out in the end, because as great as it would’ve been for Gresham to surprise us all, it might still be too soon for him to be world champion. Lethal will certainly retain until Dalton Castle returns to the ring to get his rematch. Franchise VS Peacock will be great, and could go either way, but I would certainly hope it is something on the level of this Ironman match.

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: 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.
  • Women’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.

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

 

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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.

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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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