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Mitchell’s NXT TakeOver: New York Results & Report! (4/5/19)

Wrestlemania Weekend begins with a TakeOver!

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NXT TakeOver: New York

NXT kicks off Wrestlemania Weekend by taking over New York! Who will be claim the vacant NXT Championship for their own after 2-out-of-3 Falls?!

 

OFFICIAL RESULTS

  • Kickoff Show – WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge: AJ Styles VS Stephen T. Benson; Benson wins the WWE 2K19 MDC and the million dollar prize.
  • NXT Tag Team Championships: The War Raiders VS Aleister Black & Ricochet; The War Raiders win and retain the NXT Tag Team Championships.
  • NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle; Dream wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
  • WWE United Kingdom Championships: Pete Dunne VS WALTER; WALTER wins and becomes the new WWE United Kingdom Champion.
  • NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Shayna Baszler VS Bianca Belair VS Kairi Sane VS Io Shirai; Baszler wins and retains the NXT Women’s Championship.
  • NXT Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Johnny Gargano VS Adam Cole; Gargano wins and becomes the new NXT Champion.

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Welcome to the NXT TakeOver Kickoff Show!

Join Charli Caruso, Pat McAfee and Sam Roberts in discussing and predicting all of tonight’s championship caliber action!

 

Backstage interview with The Undisputed Era.

#ShockTheSystem. Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly don’t like the idea that tonight has the “potential” to be big. These three do not operate under “potential”. There is one conclusion already destined: Adam Cole becoming the NEW NXT Champion. What was their advice for him, then? Ouch, 0-2. The only piece of advice Cole needs is, “Go out there and be Adam Cole”. That’s all anyone needs him to be. Just think of everything Cole has done since taking over NXT. Now picture an even more determined and focused Adam Cole than ever before! Gargano feels dangerous? Adam Cole IS dangerous! And when Adam Cole wins the title, he truly ushers in the Era of the Undisputed. Then they will all follow and be draped in gold. And that itself is Undisputed. Will Cole be better than Gargano for 2 out of 3 falls tonight?

 

WWE 2K19 Million Dollar Challenge: AJ Styles VS Stephen T. Benson!

After months of competition in the WWE 2K19 Towers, a challenger has emerged! The Phenomenal One battles “The Golden Voice”, but can the former world champion deny this pro-wrestling gamer one MILLION dollars?!

Corey Graves comes out on stage to get New York hyped for this moment. But he’s not alone, he brings UpUpDownDown’s host, Austin Creed, aka Xavier Woods!  “I think this will be the first TakeOver where I’m not getting beat up by Rusev.” But now, after almost a year of waiting, AJ Styles’ challenge to the world is coming to fruition. The last player standing now faces The Phenomenal One. That last player will compete to either earn $1 MILLION, or nothing! And now, here is the Golden Voice, Stephen T. Benson! Stephen T. Benson didn’t just win this opportunity by beating the Tower, he also had to defeat the other three finalists in a quick tournament to prove he was truly worthy! Benson gets the fans fired up, but now… The Phenomenal AJ Styles!

AJ Styles knows he doesn’t have his gloves, but his entrance will still be the same. Both Styles and Benson are ready, but the fans are raedy for Styles. Benson says he’s gonna take Styles to Suplex City. Brooklyn can boo but Benson will be going home with a million bucks! He’s here, they’re not! Benson soaks up the heat, especially since he represents Brock Lesnar in the game. Styles trash talks that Lesnar is a part-timer, Benson snaps back with Randy Orton giving Styles an RKO.

Now, the rules of this match are displayed: Win by pinfall or submission; no count outs or disqualifications; 10 minute time limit, and a draw will go to with the character in the best condition. Both men accept these stipulations, and we begin!

Fans are again on AJ Styles’ side as his character goes against Benson as Brock. The bell rings and Styles taunts but Lesnar/Benson attacks! Benson starts #SuplexCity already with a German! And then he clubs away on Styles back before going for a carry. Scoop slam! Benson hits another German! Then a third! Benson drags Styles up again for a fourth German Suplex! Styles is getting flashbacks after German Suplex #5! And 6! Benson trash talks as his character gets reversed! Reverse DDT! Styles pumps up but gets caught for a powerslam! Cover, ONE with Resiliency! Benson kicks Styles then brings him in for a powerbomb! And another! And another! Benson continues to trash talk as he hits an F5! Cover, Benson and Lesnar win!!

Winner: Stephen T. Benson, by pinfall; wins the WWE2K19 Million Dollar Challenge

The Golden Voice trash talks the entire time as Corey gives him the million dollar check. Brooklyn boos but Benson’s a perfect Heel. Styles is Phenomenal, but Benson is golden. Where and how will Benson choose to spend his new fortune? Can Styles redeem himself should there be a WWE 2K20 challenge?

 

Since its ArRival, NXT has always been meant to take over.

History is being made in Brooklyn again. The first ever 2-out-of-3 Falls Match for the NXT Championship. Another Dusty Rhodes Cup leads to the tag team championships. A crossover between US and UK will determine fate. A bro wants to live his own dream. And a Queen of Spades looks to keep her crown while surrounded on all sides. Who is going to take over in New York?

 

NXT Tag Team Championships: The War Raiders VS Aleister Black & Ricochet!

Raw Rowe & “Warbeard” Hanson bring the war, but the Unexpected Duo bring the fight! Will the Dutch Destroyer & King of Flight leave the modern day vikings in the dust on Wrestlemania Weekend? Or will they end up feeling the Fallout?

The introductions are made, the belts are raised, and we begin! Another TakeOver begins with tag team action as Aleister starts against Rowe. Fans are already thunderous for this match up as Aleister and Rowe stare down. They circle and tie up. Aleister wrenches to a wristlock but Rowe pries his way through to a reversal. Aleister rolls and gets a headlock, but Rowe powers out. Rowe boots but Aleister gets under. Aleister headlocks again but Rowe reverses. Aleister breaks free but Rowe snapmares. Rowe headlocks but Aleister slips out, but Rowe snapmares him again. Rowe goes for the headlock again but Aleister slips out again, only for Rowe to get a takedown! Aleister prepares a triangle while Rowe is ready to punch! Both men stop and fans applaud this incredible opening exchange!

Rowe backs off and Aleister gets up. Rowe and Aleister circle again as fans rally up. Aleister waistlocks but Rowe switches to a slam. Aleister’s up again but Rowe holds on tight. Rowe rolls Aleister but Aleister throws him off. Aleister kicks but Rowe tanks it! Rowe stands up to stare Aleister down. The two show respect with a fist bump, then tag out to Hanson and Ricochet. Fans are fired up even more as Ricochet and Hanson speed things up! Ricochet bounces off Hanson so he goes for a wheelbarrow arm-drag. Hanson blocks with size and strength to whip Ricochet. Ricochet rolls off his back then somersaults under for a handspring headscissor and dropkick! Hanson bails out and Ricochet tags to Aleister.

Aleister intercepts Rowe but Rowe reverses the whip. Aleister rolls off Rowe’s back to throw him out. The War Raiders regroup but Aleister fakes them out! Both Aleister and Ricochet sit down cross-legged! Brooklyn is thunderous for “NXT! NXT!” as the Raiders rush the Unexpected. Now the Raiders roll of their opponents’ backs! Aleister boots Hanson and Ricochet rocks Rowe. Rowe hits back but things speed up, kitchen sink to basement dropkick! The Unexpected double whip Hanson, but Hanson seated sentons Aleister! Hanson scoop slams Ricochet and tags in Rowe! Human Weapon: Hanson Senton! Ricochet bails out while Rowe goes back to Aleister. Rowe scoop slams Aleister then drags him up for an armlock. Aleister endures while Rowe leans his weight on him. Rowe brings Aleister up and tags Hanson.

Hanson wrenches and shoulders Aleister down for another armlock. Hanson grinds in his forearm into the shoulder, then scoop slams Aleister. Tag to Rowe, Human Weapon again, but Aleister sweeps the legs! It becomes a powerslam on Hanson! Ricochet tags in and speeds up to huricanrana Rowe to a corner. Ricochet keeps moving for a shoulder tackle and roundhouse! Rowe staggers, Ricochet springboard clotheslines and shooting stars! Cover, TWO! Ricochet drags Rowe up and wrenches while fans rally. Ricochet puts Rowe in a modified abdominal stretch. Rowe endures but Ricochet shifts to another wrench. Aleister tags in and takes Rowe for another wrench. Rowe forearms out but Aleister whips. Aleister elbows Rowe down then covers, ONE!

Aleister keeps on Rowe and that arm with a seated stretch. Rowe endures again but Aleister pulls on a leg. Rowe is being bent way back, but he feeds off the fans’ energy. He fights his way up but aleister pushes him to the corner. Rowe hits Ricochet but Aleister kicks away on Rowe. Aleister boots but Rowe shoves, only to walk into a sweep! Oklahoma Roll, TWO! ALeister boots Rowe but Rowe gives him Ace Ten Mao! Hanson tags in but so does Ricochet. Ricochet runs into a back drop! And then a sidewalk slam! Hanson hits a basement crossbody! Hanson drags Aleister up into one corner while Ricochet gets to his. The Warbeard beings a clothesline train! Hanson hits a total of TEN clotheslines and Brooklyn is thunderous again.

Hanson whips Aleister at Ricochet but Ricochet puts Aleister out. Ricochet catches Hanson!? For a Fall Away Slam?! Fans give a standing ovation for that one! But both Ricochet and Hanson are down. They crawl for their corners, hot tags to Aleister and Rowe. Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” as these two meet again. Aleister and Rowe stagger towards each other, and start brawling with heavy forearms! Rowe hits, Aleister hits and repeat. Rowe gets the edge but misses the spin. Aleister starts his strike fest, misses the sweep but blocks Rowe’s knee! To roundhouse and quebrada, into a knee! Rowe roars but runs into a knee from Aleister! Aleister stalks the staggering Rowe, for a German! Bridging cover, TWO!! Rowe survives and Aleister is shocked.

Fans continue to keep the fever pitch as Aleister drags Rowe up. Rowe shoves but Ricochet tags in. Hanson tags in, cartwheel clothesline misses but they both handspring! Ricochet boots the clothesline to roundhouse Hanson! Ricochet runs, handsprings, but misses the enziguri. Hanson handsprings to hit his back elbow! Cover, TWO! Hanson is shocked but he already shocked us with that agility. “This is Awesome!” but far from over. Hanson climbs up high and turns around?! Ricochet stops Hanson then shoves him for an elbow and a boot. Ricochet somersaults but Hanson catches him.

Tag to Rowe and bumps Ricochet on buckles and then feeds him to Rowe’s shotgun knees! Hanson wipes out Aleister, then becomes Human Weapon: Hanson Hip Attack! Then he tosses Ricochet to Rowe, for the elevated clotheslines German! Double cover, but Aleister double stomps!! Brooklyn is already at a fever pitch, how much more exciting can this get?! Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Aleister and Hanson brawl but Hanson feeds Aleister to Thor’s– Meteora! Aleister throws Rowe out then triangle moonsaults onto Hanson on the outside! Rowe DIVES on Aleister! Ricochet staggers up, builds speed and hits the CORKSCREW Sasuke Special onto Rowe! But Hanson climbs up, and LEAPS onto everyone for a cannonball! Brooklyn loses its mind for that one! All four men are down on the outside and the referee starts a ring count.

The count reaches 5 as Aleister and Hanson stand. Hanson keeps Aleister get in but Aleister does the same. But now they’re all down, so Rowe and Ricochet get in at 9.5! Rowe and Ricochet are now legal as they slowly stand up. They start brawling, and Ricochet manages to bob ‘n’ weave. Rowe lands a right but Ricochet hits an uppercut. Ricochet swings but into Ace Ten- No, a boot from Ricochet! Tag to Aleister who boots Rowe and knees Hanson. Rowe grabs Aleister but Aleister shakes him off. Rowe roars, BLACK MASS! Tag to Ricochet, who climbs up, SHOOTING STAR! Hanson returns as Ricochet covers, Hanson barrels into everyone to break the pin! Aleister and Hanson tumble out but Ricochet keeps on Rowe. Rowe’s in a drop zone and Ricochet’s up again. Ricochet aims, 630 senton FLOPS as Hanson saves Rowe!

Aleister moonsaults but misses Hanson! Hanson clobbers Aleister then gets Rowe in. Rowe crawls and tags Hanson back in. Ricochet stands and boots Hanson first! Ricochet runs, dodges, but gets THOR’S HAMMER! Hanson DIVES onto Aleister! Rowe drags Ricochet up, Hanson climbs, FALLOUT!! Cover, War Raiders win!!

Winners: The War Raiders, Hanson pinning; still NXT Tag Team Champions

This may very well have been THE greatest tag team war in NXT history! Hanson & Rowe find a way to win, and still hold the thrones in NXT’s Tag Team Division. Will Aleister & Ricochet be able to recover in time for a Wrestlemania tag war in the SmackDown Fatal 4?

But in a showing of great respect, Rowe & Hanson help Ricochet up, and then bow to both Ricochet and Aleister. Aleister and Ricochet return the bow, and say good-bye to NXT once and for all.

 

NXT North American Championship: Velveteen Dream VS Matt Riddle!

The Patrick Clark Experience really only just won this title thanks to the Worlds Collide tournament. He hasn’t had a chance to defend it yet, but now he’ll take on the toughest challenger possible in the undefeated Original Bro. Will Dream keep the spotlight on him? Or will he be a one-and-done champion, bro?

The introductions are made as the New Bro Yankees Matt Riddle meets the Statue of Velveteen atop his palanquin. The belt is raised, and we begin this #DreamBro match!

Dream and Riddle stare down as fans duel. It melds together to become “Bro-veteen!” Dream and Riddle each get the crowd going for their side, but then Riddle offers a bro fist. Dream says no no, and copies the crane. Riddle and Dream put up their dukes and go around. Riddle gets a kick on Dream’s leg and Dream backs off quick. Dream comes back only to get another, and has to back off again. Dream offers the bro fist now? Riddle takes it but Dream gets his leg. Riddle counters and gets a waistlock to slam Dream! He wants the wristlock but Dream resists, so Riddle uses ropes for a tornado takedown! Riddle wrenches but Dream ropebreaks. Riddle lets go but Dream stays on the defensive. They circle and tie up, but Dream backs off to cool off.

Dream and Riddle tie up again and they go shoulder to shoulder in their test of strength. Dream pushes but Riddle reels him back in. They turn around, but Dream throws Riddle over his shoulders. Riddle reels Dream in for a monkey flip into armbar! Dream scrambles and rolls to another ropebreak, and Riddle lets go at 2. Dream cowers in the corner so Riddle dares him to return. They go again and Dream stomps the bare feet! Dream headlocks but Riddle powers out, only for Dream to run him over. Cover, ONE, but Dream Oklahoma Rolls, TWO! School boy, TWO! Dream headlocks again but Riddle powers out. Dream goes up and over then rakes the back! This only angers the Bro. Dream swivels his hips but gets caught for a gut wrench suplex! Riddle holds on for a second, then for a third with hip swivels, bro!

But Dream rolls and dropkicks Riddle! Dream gets up but has to elbow Riddle away. He hops up for flying ax handles! Dream hurries up top again, for another! Riddle gets to the apron so Dream triangle ax handles Riddle down. Dream climbs again and leaps, into a GERMAN SUPLEX! Fans fire up as Riddle focuses on Dream. Riddle puts Dream in then follows after. Riddle CHOPS Dream in a corner, and again! Dream gasps for air but Riddle toys with him. Riddle drops the back senton! Dream gasps and sputters as he gets to ropes, but Riddle is on him. Dream throws body shots but Riddle throws palm strikes! Riddle boots, then spins Dream into a Pele! Riddle goes side to side for a forearm smash, then another the other way! Exploder suplex, bro! Riddle misses the penalty kick and the moonsault, but not the second senton!

Now Riddle gets the Penaly Kick! Cover, TWO! Dream survives but Riddle’s on him with a sleeper. Riddle gets the mount and pulls on the arms, but fans rally up both ways. Riddle drags Dream around into an armbar, but Dream uses his legs for a ropebreak. The ref counts but Riddle drives in his heels! Dream scrambles away in a daze while fans sing for Riddle. Riddle drags Dream up in a waistlock, but Dream holds ropes. Riddle kicks Dream off the ropes! The ref reprimands Riddle, but Riddle goes back to Dream. Dream standing switches and German Suplexes! But Riddle’s on his feet! Bro Trigger! Fisherman brain buster! Cover, TWO!! Dream survives again and Riddle might actually be getting frustrated. Riddle stalks Dream to ax kick him at the ropes. Riddle drags Dream for a third senton! Cover, ONE, and Riddle is definitely frustrated now.

Riddle stalks Dream again, and wants to drive in those vicious elbows. But Dream rolls thruogh to another ropebreak, so Riddle drives in forearms! Riddle goes after Dream but Dream dodges the boot to put on his own sleeper! But Dream’s Million Dollar Dream is countered to a European Clutch! TWO, but Dream runs into Riddle’s triangle hold! Dream starts to fade as Riddle squeezes tight! Fans rally both ways but Dream gets a second wind as he stands up. It’s a cover, TWO, but Dream deadlifts. Riddle dodges and ripcord bro triggers for a Bro-To-Sleep! German Suplex with Bridge, TWO!! Riddle is foaming at the mouth over Dream becoming his toughest challenge yet. Riddle stalks Dream, and sits him up for Bro Kicks. Dream flounders with each one, but also manages to sit back up. Riddle tells Dream he’s The Bro that Runs the Show.

Dream dares Riddle to keep kicking him, so Riddle does. Dream powers up, he HULKS up! Fans are thunderous as Dream gives him the finger wag of doom! Dream fires off hands then whips. Riddle stops himself but runs into the boot! Dream scoop slams Riddle! And hits a shining wizard! Dream clotheslines Riddle out then hops up top for BIG ax handles! Dream poses then puts Riddle in. Famouser leg drop! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives and shocks Dream, but Dream doesn’t stop. Dream drags himself up top again, but stops to see Riddle running in. He hits Riddle back then leaps, but into a bro trigger! Riddle drags Dream up, but Dream hits a CODE BREAKER! Cover, TWO!? Riddle survives but Dream just keeps moving.

Dream’s up top again, but Riddle sits up. Dream hops back down and runs in, but his shining wizard is caught into an ankle lock! Riddle wrenches and pulls, Dream flails and shouts! Dream kicks but Riddle just puts that leg in the ankle lock! Dream flails and turns and kicks again. Riddle staggers but comes back, school boy but Riddle powerbomb lifts. Dream slips out to SUPERKICK! Sidewinder DDT! But Dream doesn’t cover, he jackknifes and rolls through for Dream Valley Driver! Dream still doesn’t stop, he climbs up once more, PURPLE RAIN MAKER- INTO A BROMISSION!! Riddle pulls tight but Dream resists. Dream gets ropes and yanks Riddle into them. Riddle goes down but comes back to deadlift SUPER GERMAN! Riddle puts Dream in the drop zone, for a Floating Bro moonsault! Cover, TWO!?! Dream survives and Riddle is beside himself!

Riddle fumes as he sees Dream sitting up. Dream dares Riddle to bring more kicks, then he SLAPS Riddle! Riddle boots, Dream SUPERKICKS! Riddle rolls through and powerbombs! Flip to Bro Trigger! Cover, TWO?!? How?! But now, BROMISSION!! Riddle slaps away on Dream, Dream rolls through!? Cover, Dream wins?!

Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion

Riddle is in disbelief! How could his undefeated streak end like this?! But Dream keeps his own hot streak alive with the biggest first defense anyone could ever have! Dream grins and blows a kiss before striking a pose with the belt. Riddle calms down, and does applaud the winner. He offers a bro fist, and Dream accepts it. Will Dream’s reign only have tougher contenders from here on? Will Riddle be able to rebound from his first loss in NXT and have another shot at a title?

 

It’s official: NJPW sensation, Kushida, signs with NXT!

The Time Splitter will now be full-time at Full Sail! What will this Super Junior do once he debuts in the ring?

 

WWE United Kingdom Championships: Pete Dunne VS WALTER!

The Bruiserweight has had this title for just under 700 days! He has beaten everyone there is to beat between both NXT and NXT UK, except the Ring General. Will the Austrian Anomaly end Dunne’s reign on his first try? Or will this title still and always be Pete Dunne’s?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin this NXT UK guest spot match!

Walter and Dunne stare down as fans cheer. They slowly start circling as fans cheer for the “UK! UK!” Dunne and Walter tie up, and Walter puts Dunne on the ropes. Walter lets up on the count of 4, then backs off to let Dunne return. They circle again and tie up. Dunne drops to go for a leg but Walter sprawls and catches him! Walter has Dunne in a modified crab but Dunne barrels through. Dunne has a toehold and he stands on a hand of Walter. Walter uses the free leg to push Dunne away, then gets in Dunne’s face to show he’s not afraid. Dunne doesn’t back down, and he circles with Walter. They tie up again and Dunne gets fingers but Walter gets the chin. Dunne bends the fingers while Walter pulls Dunne’s head.

Walter shoves Dunne off but Dunne avoids that infamous chop! Dunne shrugs as he and Walter circle again. They tie up and Walter throws Dunne! Walter eggs Dunne on but Dunne keeps his cool. They tie up but Walter throws Dunne again, then is on him immediately! Dunne narrowly avoids that chop again! Fans duel as Walter and Dunne tie up once more. Walter wrenches Dunne’s arm to a one-arm suplex and slam! Walter keeps on Dunne with a mounted armlock. Dunne pries his way out then nips up to a ropebreak. Walter lets up but Dunne forearms him back! Walter CHOPS Dunne off his feet! Now Dunne knows what that feels like. Walter toys with Dunne then drags him up for another CHOP! Fans fire up from the echo as Walter looms over Dunne again.

Walter rams his knees in but Dunne resists the cover. Walter floats over to a headlock, but Dunne works his way up. Dunne powers out of the hold and things speed up. Dunne manages to hurdle Walter, but the clothesline does nothing! Walter hurdles and BOOTS Dunne! Walter drags Dunne up and puts him on the top rope for a CHOP! Then he climbs up to stand on Dunne! The ref counts but Walter lets up at 1 and Dunne tumbles down. Walter fetches Dunne up for a back suplex onto the apron! Fans duel as Walter fires himself up. Walter returns to the ring and Dunne kicks back, but it doesn’t do enough. Walter stomps Dunne then goes after his foot with a toehold. Fans rally as Dunne endures.

Dunne pulls at Walter’s fingers while avoiding the cover. Dunne drop toeholds into a kneebar with heel hook! Walter endures and CHOPS, but Dunne holds onto the hold. Dunne kicks but Walter CHOPS him off! Walter brings Dunne around for a Boston Crab! And he sits in deep! Dunne endures and powers up to crawl for ropes. Ropebreak and Walter legs to. Dunne gets to the apron but Walter is on for clubbing forearms. Walter stands Dunne up for another, but Dunne catches the arm! Dunne has the fingers, bends them around, but Walter breaks free to BOOT Dunne down! Dunne falls to the floor while Walter checks his hand. Walter waits for Dunne as he crawls back in. Dunne gets in but gets knees from Walter. Walter grinds his boot in but backs off at 4. Dunne grits his teeth even as Walter kicks him against the ropes.

Walter dares Dunne to stand and Dunne does. Walter forearms but Dunne explodes with strikes! Dunne whips but Walter reverses, Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Dunne waistlocks but Walter standing switches and German Suplexes! But Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Walter! Walter bails out but Dunne goes to the apron, for a MOONSAULT! Direct hit take Walter out! Both men are down and a ring count begins. The count reaches 5 before Walter stands and gets in. Dunne stands at 8 and takes to the top rope. Walter intercepts him with throat chops! Walter climbs up to join Dunne, but Dunne holds on. Dunne grabs the fingers! He bends Walter’s arm around, then sunset flips! Dunne somehow gets Walter for a walking powerbomb! Cover, TWO!!

Walter rolls out of the ring but Dunne is also down. Dunne drags himself back to the corner, climbs back up and leaps for DOUBLE STOMPS! Walter writhes and screams from the damage done to his chest! The ring count begins again and reaches 4 before Dunne stands. Dunne puts dead weight Walter in at 5. Dunne runs in but Walter dodges. Walter sees Dunne going up and over and shotgun dropkicks him down! Walter drags Dunne up for a sleeper hold! Dunne grabs ropes but Walter CHOPS him on the back! Then German Suplex! Then WALTER BOMB! High stack cover, TWO!! Dunne survives and Walter is in disbelief. Dunne grits his teeth as he glares at Walter from the mat. Walter drags Dunne back up and clubs him on the back.

Walter stands Dunne up for another CHOP! He stands Dunne up again but Dunne SLAPS Walter! Walter CHOPS Dunne then stomps him out! Dunne somehow sits back up but Walter prepares another. Walter aims but it’s Dunne who chops and jabs back! Walter still CHOPS back and stuns Dunne. He drags Dunne up once more, but Dunne has the fingers! Walter and Dunne end up in a test of strength. Dunne bridges but Walter STOMPS! Walter lifts but Dunne slips out of the bomb to enziguri! Both men are down but Brooklyn is fired up! Fans continue to duel while both men slowly stir. Dunne stands on Walter’s hands, and stomps! Then buzzsaws! Then Dunne climbs up top, but Walter chop blocks a leg out! Walter climbs up behind Dunne, and waistlocks. Dunne holds on for dear life but Walter goes for a sleeper.

Dunne smacks Walter’s hands on the post! Walter clubs Dunne back and drags Dunne up, SUPER SLEEPER SUPLEX!! Cover, TWO!? Dunne survives but Walter keeps his focus. Walter stalks Dunne to the ropes, but Dunne catches the chop! Dunne SNAPS the fingers! Then SNAPS the other fingers! Walter runs but into a rebound German! Dunne keeps going, rolling crucifix! Cover, TWO!! Walter survives now and rolls away. Dunne stalks Walter while fans duel. Dunne drags Walter up for Danielson stomps! But Walter kicks back all the same! Dunne stomps Walter back! Walter reels Dunne into a sleeper! Dunne rolls through to give more stomps, then rolls Walter into a finger-bending Rings of Saturn! Walter endures as Dunne traps both arms and pulls the fingers past their limits! But Walter turns and gets the ropebreak with his long legs! Dunne lets go, because he’s also exhausted.

Walter gets under the ropes while Dunne crawls after him. Dunne climbs up high and drags Walter up to join him. Walter SLAPS Dunne back, then CLUBS Dunne right off the top! Dunne tumbles into a drop zone, and Walter climbs?! Walter leaps, but into a triangle!! Walter flails as Dunne struggles to put it on. Dunne ends up on top, and he wants the fingers, but Walter blocks and chops back! Walter stands to stomp Dunne out again! Walter goes back to Dunne but Dunne gets those fingers. But Walter stomps Dunne more. Dunne keeps those fingers in his grip, and stands up. Dunne ducks a boot, pump handles, but Walter CLOTHESLINES his way out of the Bitter End! Walter runs but into Dunne’s clotheslines! Dunne pump handles, BITTER END!! Cover, TWO?!? Walter survives Dunne’s best move?!

Dunne is beside himself but he glares at Walter as they both slowly stand up. Fans duel again as Dunne and Walter stare down from opposite ends. Dunne and Walter approach, and the brawl is on! Dunne forearms but Walter CHOPS, and repeat! Walter eggs Dunne on and Dunne gives it. Walter continues to give CHOPS but Dunne continues to forearm back. Dunne eggs Walter on now and things pick up speed! Dunne fires off palm strikes and haymakers! The ref has to back Dunne off, Walter BOOTS him! Dunne looks out cold but Walter doesn’t cover?! Walter climbs up top?! Dunne’s back and SNAPS the fingers again! Dunne climbs up but Walter resists. Walter blocks the triangle takedown, to CHOP away! Walter lifts Dunne back up, SUPER WALTER BOMB!! Fans are losing their minds for that one! Walter leaps, WALTER SPLASH!! Cover, Walter wins!!

Winner: WALTER, by pinfall; NEW WWE United Kingdom Champion

The Bruiserweight’s reign finally ends! And the new reign is that of the Ring General! With such a match to earn that title, will anyone ever be able to take the title from Walter?

 

NXT Women’s Championship Fatal 4 Way: Shayna Baszler VS Bianca Belair VS Kairi Sane VS Io Shirai!

The Queen of Spades and only two-time champion held onto this title against the EST 1v1 thanks to help from her friends. But now, Shayna will have more opponents than ever before! Will The EST, Pirate Princess or Genius of the Sky come away with the title? Or will Shayna make each one of them #TapNapOrSnap?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and this star-studded match begins!

Shayna stares down with Bianca, Shirai and Kairi, but then things break down into brawls! Shayna throws Shirai out while Bianca throws out Sane. The Sky Pirates are out of the way, so now we get a TakeOver: Phoenix rematch! Bianca waistlocks and slams Shayna down, but Shayna elbows out. Shayna leaps on for the sleeper but Bianca powers out and runs Shayna over. Cover, but Shirai returns with meteora! Cover, but Bianca sunsets! ONE as Shirai sits on Bianca but Shayna buzzsaws the cover apart! Sane returns as Shayna covers Shirai, blockbuster breaks that! Sane goes after Bianca but Bianca shoves her away. Bianca trash talks but Sane pushes back, so Bianca runs Sane over! “Girl, uh-uh.” But just like last Wednesday, Sane catches Bianca’s kiss! And then fastballs it to Shirai for a Home Run!

Bianca tries to laugh it off, but she goes against both Sky Pirates. The Pirates double dropkick Bianca, then Shirai catches Shayna’s kick to send it into Bianca! Bianca bails out while Shayna is surrounded by Pirates! The Pirates chop and whip Shayna but Shirai has to kick Bianca out first. Shirai ducks Shayna’s boot to then rake the back. Sane double chops and Shirai trips Shayna, to meet in the middle with dropkicks! Shayna bails out, but now the good friends face off! Shirai and Sane circle then speed up. Sane rolls off Shirai’s back then slingshots to headscissors, but Shirai handsprings through! Both women know each other’s Joshi Strong Style too well for that. Shirai keeps going but then Bianca and Baszler trip them both up. Shayna whips Bianca by her hair!

Shayna hits Sane back out then wrenches Bianca down. She stands on the arm for the hammerlock stomp! Shayna hits Shirai back out while Bianca gets to a corner. Bianca elbows Shayna away and leaps up and over. Bianca dropkicks Shayna down! Shayna bails out but is ready for Bianca when she pursues. Shayna throws Bianca around the side and grabs her hair, but Bianca blocks from being reeled into the post, to return the favor! The Queen of Spades hits post and then Bianca decks Sane with a right! Bianca puts Shayna in and builds speed for a handspring splash! Cover, TWO! Shayna survives but Bianca pursues. Sane returns to hit Bianca with a Flying Kabuki! Cover, TWO! Sane drags Bianca back up to put some stank on her chops!

Bianca swings back and handsprings out of the school boy. Sane deflects the dropkick to ax kick back! Shirai kicks Shayna away while Sane whips Bianca. Bianca reverses but Shirai springboards up and over, Shirai missile dropkicks Bianca while Sane baseball slides Shayna! Fans fire up for the Sky Pirates while Shirai aims from the corner. Sane throws Shayna into steps while Shirai hits Bianca with meteora! Shirai walks over Bianca but Bianca grabs her feet. Shirai punches Bianca back then climbs up. She leaps but into Bianca’s arms! Bianca sees Sane and throws Shirai into her! Then she throws Shirai! Cover, but Shayna breaks it! Shayna hits Sane then gut wrench slams Shirai. Shirai bails out while Shayna shining wizards Sane. Shayna goes after Bianca in the corner with an elevated sleeper hold!

Bianca flails but Sane attacks from behind. Shayna hits Sane away then wants another gut wrench, but Sane hits Shayna. Sane wants to bomb Shayna but Shayna holds onto Bianca who holds onto ropes. Shirai helps out, and the Sky Pirates bomb Shayna while Shayna SUPER Gut Wrenches Bianca! Fans fire up but all four women are down. Fans rally up as the four women stir. Shayna slumps out but Bianca follows. The Sky Pirates coordinate and Sane builds speed, Shirai gives her the boost for a SUPER FLYING KABUKI! Sane brings Shayna back up for Shirai’s snap ASAI! Fans fire up with the Pirates as Sane brings Shayna up again. Shirai runs, but Bianca SPEARS! Cover, but Sane breaks it just in time! Sane back hands but Bianca ducks it. Bianca gets Sane with the chicken wing facebuster!

Shayna returns to hit Bianca with a knee trigger! Shirai German Suplexes Shayna! But she can’t hold onto the bridge, so all four women are down again. Fans still rally up and SHirai crawls to cover Shayna. Bianca pushes her off but Sane tries now. Bianca pushes her away, too, so now the Pirates target Bianca. Sane and Shirai take turns with back hands and uppercuts! Sane runs but Shayna drags her out! Bianca rolls Shirai, TWO!! Bianca throws a big forearm then scoops Shirai, to trophy lift and toss her onto Shayna and Sane! The EST continues to show why she’s the strongest, but now she’ll go after Shayna to show she’s the fiercest. Bianca stalks Shayna and clubs her with both hands. Bianca brings Shayna into the chicken wings, but Shayna rolls through! Kirafuda Klutch outta nowhere!

Bianca flails about, flashbacks to Phoenix! Shayna holds on tight but Bianca refuses to nap again. Bianca pries at the arms, and manages to get to her feet! Fans rally up as Bianca pries the legs apart. Bianca’s free, and torture racks Shayna for KoD! Cover, but Shirai breaks it in time! Bianca clubs away on Shirai then powerbomb lifts, but gets a facebuster counter! Shirai hurries to the corner for a moonsault! But she’s not done, she goes up higher for the Genius Asai! Cover, but Sane breaks it! They may be friends, but Sane can’t just let Shirai win! The friends start brawling! Shirai underhooks Sane but Sane back drops to Alabama Slam Shirai on Shayna! Sane fires up as she targets Shayna in a drop zone. She climbs up high, InSane Elbow! Cover, but Shirai breaks it! Turnabout is fair play even between friends!

Sane and Shirai respect each other too much to go easy! Shirai runs but into Sane’s forearm. Sane runs but into Shirai’s dropkick! Shirai drags Sane up and fires forearm after forearm! She scoops but Sane DDT’s back! Sane fires up and climbs up top. She doesn’t want to do this to her friend, but she still takes aim. But Bianca WHAPS Sane with her hair! Bianca drags Shirai up, torture rack. Then she double stacks with Sane! Bianca gives us the EST KoD!! Cover, but Shayna kicks Bianca in the face! KIRAFUDA KLUTCH!! Bianca flails and writhes, but she’s stuck! She claws at Shayna’s face! Shayna holds on, Bianca taps!! Shayna wins!!

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

The most shocking victory for the Queen of Spades yet, compounded by how she didn’t even need the other Horsewomen! Will #ShaynaTwoTime stay that way all the way to overcoming Asuka’s legendary reign?

 

NXT Championship 2-out-of-3 Falls Match: Johnny Gargano VS Adam Cole!

No matter what happens, history is being made tonight! The title is vacant, and this match will have a definitive winner. But will that definitive winner be Undisputed? Or will he be NXT’s first Triple Crown Champion?

The introductions are made, the belt is raised, and we begin the first fall!

Fans are divided between the Panama City Playboy and #IronJohnny even before the bell. Cole and Gargano hear it all as they slowly circle. Gargano and Cole slowly approach and tie up. Gargano waistlocks and brings Cole down then holds on as Cole rolls. Cole breaks free and backs off, and he circles with Gargano again. Cole headlocks but Gargano pries his way out. Gargano steps over to a hammerlock then gets Cole’s other arm. Gargano makes it a cover, ONE, but he holds onto the hammerlock. Cole sits up and switches to a hammerlock of his own. He shifts to another headlock, but Gargano pries his way out. Fans continue to duel as Gargano gets Cole in the headlock. Cole powers out and avoids Gargano going up and over to get the headlock takeover. Gargano works against the hold but Cole holds on.

Fans rally and Gargano stands up. Gargano powers out but Cole runs him over with a shoulder. Things speed up and Gargano hurdles and standing switches. Cole bucks Gargano but Gargano dodges the Last Shot knee. Gargano rolls Cole but Cole slips out. Cole misses the boot but Gargano misses the mule kick. Both men dodge more, Gargano gets Cole with an arm-drag and fans applaud! Cole arm-drags but Gargano arm-drags him again. Gargano has Cole down, grinding a knee into his head and twisting the wrist. Fans duel as Cole gets up and Gargano yanks his arm. Gargano wrenches but Cole whips. Gargano runs Cole over and sees Cole’s duck coming, so he hops on for a headlock! Cole scrambles and gets a ropebreak! Gargano lets go and backs off.

Gargano comes back but gets a forearm from Cole! Cole walks into Gargano’s forearm and now both men throw forearms back and forth. Cole gets the edge and has Gargano in a corner. He wrenches and whips Gargano corner to corner but Gargano goes up and over. Gargano rolls and whips Cole then headscissors and dropkicks Cole down. He clotheslines Cole up and out, then heads to the corner. Gargano aims from the apron, but Cole runs away from the canonball. So Gargano wrecks him with a dropkick from the ropes! Gargano drags Cole back up and into the ring, but Cole scrambles all the way out the other side .The ref keeps Gargano back for a moment, and Gargano walks into Cole’s enziguri! Gargano gets to a corner and Cole hurries over.

Cole drags Gargano up for forearms, then CHOPS! Cole decks Gargano with another forearm, then drags Gargano up for a cravat. He drives in knees and Gargano drops to a knee. Cole stalks Gargano then drives in a knee for a chinlock. Gargano endures and fans rally up. Cole puts pressure on the hold but Gargano gets a second wind. Gargano stands up and fights back with forearms. He runs but into Cole’s back elbow! Cole drags Gargano for a cover, ONE! Cole drives elbows in then wraps on a dragon sleeper! Gargano fights back but Cole holds on tight. Fans rally up again and Gargano powers up. Gargano fights back again and breaks free. Cole headlocks again but Gargano powers out. Things speed up, double crossbodies wipe both men out!

Cole and Gargano slowly stand up and they start throwing forearms. Gargano gets the edge and starts rallying. Cole runs into Gargano’s overhead belly2bellY! Gargano rolls Cole, TWO and Cole has the cover, TWO! Cole runs but into a rebound school boy kick! Cole bails out and Gargano slingshots, but Cole gets back in, only to get a slingshot spear! Cover, TWO! Gargano keeps his cool while Cole gets to ropes. Cole goes to a corner and Gargano runs in for a chop! Gargano whips but Cole reverses. Cole runs into boots, then Gargano hops up. Gargano fakes out the superkick to hit a tornado complete shot! Cover, TWO! Cole denies the first fall but Gargano keeps his cool. Gargano gets up and drags Cole to his feet.

Gargano suplexes but Cole knees out. Cole suplexes but Gargano slips out. Gargano full nelsons but Cole slips out. Cole waistlocks but Gargano fights back. Cole shoves Gargano to a corner, deflects, draping backstabber! Cover, TWO! Gargano refuses to let Cole take the first fall. Cole slowly stands up but Gargano follows. Cole is on Gargano first but Gargano holds on, so Cole clubs away. Gargano counters the suplex to a cradle, TWO! Cole has it, TWO, back to Gargano, TWO and Cole has it again! TWO, and both men stand. Cole fireman’s carry but Gargano slips out only to get an elbow.

Gargano ends up in a corner but he goes up and over to school boy Cole again. Cole sees it all coming and ducks the kick. Gargano slides under but gets an enziguri! Cole brings down the knee pad and runs, but Gargano rolls him up! TWO and Cole has Gargano, TWO! Both men show superkick and that gets them to hesitate. Gargano mule kicks Cole’s knee out! Gargano buzzsaws but Cole ducks it to mule kick Gargano back. Cole tries another superkick but Gargano ducks that to victory roll, TWO! Cole kicks low and runs, but Gargano dodges and runs to sunset flip. Roll through to sit Gargano up, Last Shot shining wizard! Cover, Cole scores the first fall!

Adam Cole: 1; Johnny Gargano: 0

This is a huge advantage for Cole and Gargano finds himself behind the 8 Ball. Can Gargano make a huge comeback? Or will this be over quickly?

Cole brings his knee pad back up while he watches Gargano flounders to a corner. Fans rally and Gargano manages to stand. The second fall officially starts and Cole fires off! Cole punches and stomps Gargano down then brushes his hands. He drags Gargano up but Gargano fires forearms back. Gargano spins but nito a German Suplex! Cole runs and hits another Last Shot! Cover, TWO!! Gargano survives and Cole is annoyed. Cole drags Gargano up into a fireman’s carry. Gargano grabs ropes and fights free but gets a right forearm. Cole joins Gargano on the apron, only to get a SPEAR! Both men tumble but Gargano’s back up for a cannonball! Gargano drags himself up then drags Cole up and in. Gargano refuses to do this by count-out, but his slingshot DDT is caught into Ushigoroshi! Cover, TWO!!

Gargano survives and Cole is starting to wonder what it’ll take for this second fall. Cole climbs up but Gargano anchors his feet. Cole and Gargano brawl, and Cole drags Gargano up top. Gargano holds on for dear life, then grabs Cole for a SUPER AIR RAID CRASH! Cover, TWO!! Cole survives Gargano’s take on Tommaso Ciampa’s move, but Gargano crawls over to him. Gargano drags Cole closer to ropes then goes to the apron. Gargano would slingshot but Cole flops down. Cole joins Gargano on the apron again, but Gargano brings him up. Cole fireman’s carry again but Gargano slips out to enziguri! Gargano slingshots to DDT Cole on the apron! Both men fall to the floor and the referee checks on them. They’re both somehow okay to continue and a ring count begins.

Fans duel as both men stir. Gargano sits up at 3 and drags Cole up at 5. Cole is dead weight and the count is climbing, so Gargano leaves Cole to the count’s mercy. No, wait, he refreshes the count? But Cole shoves him into a post! And then another! Cole puts Gargano in and follows to bring the knee pad down again. But Gargano grabs an arm! Gargano again borrows a move from Ciampa, the bridging Fujiwara! Cole endures and pops through for a crucifix! But Gargano slips right out to put on his GargaNO Escape! Cole taps, Gargano ties it up!!

Adam Cole: 1; Johnny Gargano: 1

Now it’s sudden death! With just one last fall to go, who will win it all to become NXT Champion!?

Gargano has a bloody eyebrow, but he wills himself to sit up. Cole gets himself to ropes while the ref patches up Gargano. The third and decisive fall officially begins, and Cole glares daggers at Gargano. Gargano and Cole both stand and Brooklyn is fired up for “NXT! NXT!” Cole and Gargano trade forearms back and forth, fast and furious! Gargano gets the edge and runs, into a bicycle boot! And another! But Gargano returns with a roaring elbow on the rebound! Gargano calls upon DIY but Cole dodges the mule kick. Cole enziguris but misses, Gargano’s buzzsaw hits! Gargano runs and tilt-o-whirls, but Cole blocks into Last Shot Brainbuster! Cover, TWO!! Cole’s frustration grows but so does the energy from the crowd.

Cole gets to a corner and hops up but Gargano pursues. Gargano then gets away but Cole brings him in for buckle bumps. Fans duel as Cole puts Gargano in position. Cole climbs up but Gargano enziguris! Gargano scoops Cole for a corner-to-corner LONG DART! Full Nelson Facebuster, the Hurts Donut! Cover, TWO! Cole survives and Gargano starts to see his own blood. Gargano and Cole both get up and throw forearms on his knees. They stand and still throw hands, but Cole gets the edge. Cole aims, but Gargano blocks the kick to give one. Cole blocks that but gets an enziguri, to give an enziguri! Both men stay up, throw more hands, but then they both SUPERKICK! They take each other down but fans give a standing ovation! Gargano and Cole stir as fans cheer for “Both These Guys!”

Cole and Gargano meet and swing, but Cole waistlocks and clubs away. Cole swings Gargano out but Gargano forearms first. Gargano reverse-rana misses, SUPERKICK to the back! Cole straitjacket suplexes to a bridge, TWO!! Gargano still has that superhuman heart even after two falls! Cole drags Gargano up and underhooks, but Gargano avoids the driller to get the arm! But Cole saido suplexes! Cole climbs up again, leaps, but Gargano avoids the destroyer to SUPERKICK! Gargano hops up and over for a Reverse-Rana! MULE KICK! But Cole tumbles out of the ring! Gargano can’t believe Cole’s luck. But Gargano also gets a wild idea. Gargano turns to run but Cole drags him out for a wheelbarrow suplex into the apron!! Cole may have just broke #IronJohnny! Cole drags Gargano up and in, and fans know “This is Awesome!”

Gargano springs up and gets Cole with a draping DDT! Another shout-out to Ciampa! But then slingshot DDT added on! Cover, TWO!? Cole survives two DDT’s so Gargano DIVES! Gargano sends Cole into barriers but then into the ring, slingshot- SUPERKICK! Cole leaps for a Panama Sunrise DESTROYER!! Cover, TWO!?! Gargano still lives?! Brooklyn reaches that fever pitch again but this match is far from over. That’s just fine by them, too, because the fans chant “Fight Forever!” Gargano crawls to an apron but Cole scrapes him out. Cole pursues, also not content for the ring count to take care of this. He says Gargano’s a failure and a disappointment, and he pie faces Gargano down. Gargano keeps getting up but Cole keeps pushing him down. “What you do is fail!” Gargano doesn’t fail to forearm Cole back!

Gargano throws Cole over the announce desk! And then he clears it off! Brooklyn is loving this as Gargano drags Cole onto the table top! Cole hits back, underhooks, butterfly driver onto the table! And it doesn’t break! Cole steals Ciampa’s Fairy Tale Ending to end Gargano! Fans lose their minds and want “One More Time!” Cole returns to the ring to leave Gargano for dead. The ring count begins, but Gargano somehow sits up at 4! Gargano drags himself to his feet at 7 and hurries to the ring! He beats the count at 9.9!! But Cole aims, mocks DIY, SUPERKICK! Cover, TWO?!?! How is this even possible!? Cole is in disbelief while Gargano eyes are completely glazed. Fans duel again as Cole aims again. The knee pad comes down again, but Gargano SUPERKICKS Cole! Cole SUPERKICKS Gargano! Cole hops up, leaps, but into a GargaNO Escape!

But here come the Undisputed Era! Gargano hits Roderick Strong away, and then gets Cole back in GargaNo Escape! Strong argues with the ref, but that’s so Fish & O’Reilly can come around the other side! Cole is tapping but the ref doesn’t see! O’Reilly rakes Gargano’s eyes! Brooklyn boos but Cole kicks Gargano into the ref! Now the Undisputed Era swarms, TOTAL ANNIHILATION from reDRagon! Strong gets the ref back in while reDRagon runs away! Cole cover, TWO?!??! There are not enough punctuation marks that exist for this! The Undisputed Era tell Cole to finish this and fans duel so hard. Cole runs in but Gargano dumps him out onto his friends! Gargano puts Cole back in, then throws Strong into a post! He SUPERKICKS Fish then tornado DDT’s O’Reilly while kicking Fish!

Gargano gets back in, SUPERKICK! SUPERKICK! LAST SHOT WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!?! Just like I already said, there are not nearly enough punctuation! No one can believe any of this, but all the fans are loving it! Cole is starting to lose his mind, but he tells Gargano this will end. He runs again, but Gargano ducks the shot into GargaNo Escape!! Cole flails, scrambles, but Gargano rolls him away! Cole taps, Gargano wins!!!

Winner: Johnny Gargano, by submission; NEW NXT Champion

FINALLY! Not only does this match finally end, but Johnny Wrestling finally becomes Johnny Takeover! Johnny Wrestling finally becomes Johnny Champion! Johnny Wrestling becomes NXT’s first Mr. Triple Crown! Candice LeRae appears to celebrate with her husband, because they’ve finally put the past behind them, and Gargano finally stands atop the mountain! Gargano also celebrates with fans, friends, but especially family. Papa and Mother Gargano are there by their son’s side as he raises the title high overhead. He had to fight this hard to get there, how much harder will #IronJohnny fight to stay there?

Wait! Is that Tommaso Ciampa?! He has a neck brace on, as he embraces Gargano! DIY truly buries the hatchet as they and Candice celebrate together!

 


 

My Thoughts:

I am going to stand by this statement no matter what anyone says: This was the best TakeOver ever. It was amazing from bell to bell, from first match to the last. Now, getting the Million Dollar Challenge was a nice bonus, but boy did Styles get squashed by Benson Lesnar. But hey, good for Benson to win this inaugural challenge. Maybe that’ll keep this going for the next few years. But then we get to the real stuff, and we get yet another great tag team title match to open the show! War Raiders win as the more traditional tag team and because it was all but stated that Aleister & Ricochet are full-time main roster superstars now. I really wonder if this means Aleister & Ricochet will win the SmackDown Tag titles at Wrestlemania.

I’m really impressed by myself that I predicted the proper order of this event’s card. I didn’t have to touch the order once. The North American Championship was great, and so many times I thought Riddle was going to win. At the same time, there were many times it felt like Riddle could’ve gone Heel. But in the end, Dream wins in an incredible first defense, and Riddle manages to stay Face with a smile and a thumbs up. Dream could go just about anywhere from here, such as against one of the Undisputed Era members, most likely Roderick Strong. Riddle could come back around or even go up to the main title scene.

The WWE UK Championship was even greater than I expected. And as I’d been saying, Walter rightfully won so that Dunne wouldn’t end up insanely overpowered. Dunne already did great setting such a high bar for a long reign, but now Walter freshens things up going towards NXT UK’s own exclusive TakeOvers. The NXT Women’s Fatal 4 Way was incredible, and there was so much great story, especially between the Sky Pirates being such good friends but having to fight each other. The only thing about this is that I was really thinking Shayna should’ve lost. I know there are ways around this making her too strong, such as letting the others fight each other more, but is Shayna going to beat three opponents to then lose to Shirai 1v1? At the same time, I’m still hoping Sky Pirates take on the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions soon.

Holy crap that 2-out-of-3 Falls. As many of these go, that first fall was so hard to get, but naturally Cole gets it to put pressure on Gargano. I was really impressed that they waited to bring out the Undisputed Era only once Cole looked like he was going to lose. They did such a great attempt at the screw job, but Gargano reaches demigod levels of heart tonight. Gargano’s entire journey has been incredible, this is how you properly build somebody up to an organically over and deserving top champion. And I love that not only did Gargano have his parents in the crowd to share this moment, Ciampa was able to make the trip and surprise the fans with that unofficial Face turn. DIY and Candice celebrating as the friends and family they really are was truly a great closing shot, I’m so happy for them.

My Score: 9.8/10


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