We open with Kayla Braxton announcing that Mia Yim has been “attacked backstage” and is out of the Women’s War Games match.
Angel Garza defeated Isaiah “Swerve” Scott via pinfall
This was a great match if a little sloppy at the open. Isaiah Scott is a ready-made top tier, he’ll be a world champion soon. Angel Garza is another tremendous talent, he could really elevate the cruiserweight division. Garza withstood a double stomp on the outside and the ‘House Call’ to see off Scott with the ‘Wing Clipper’ for the victory.
We then see Mia Yim being loaded into an ambulance, and Rhea Ripley tells Dakota Kai will be in the match.
War Games: Team Ripley (Rhea Ripley & Candice LeRae) defeated Team Baszler (Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca BelAir & Kay Lee Ray)
This was unspeakably good. Both in regards to spectacle and storytelling. Candice LeRae and Io Shirai start the opening five minutes and beat the hell out of eachother, with Io hitting the double knees in between each ring and a beautiful double springboard dropkick. Bianca BelAir is the next one in and gives Team Baszler the advantage. Rhea Ripley evens the odds and brings in some plunder with her as well. Rhea dropped BelAir face-first onto a trashcan in a really nasty bump. Kay Lee Ray is the next person in and also grabs a few weapons, laying waste to everyone on Team Ripley with a chair, including a brutal tornado DDT.
We get a huge tower of doom onto a big stack of chairs. Dakota Kai is the next person in…only for her to brutally attack Tegan Nox. By brutally, this was one of the most vicious attacks I have ever seen. Kai destroys Tegan, brutalizing her with the cage door, both to the head and to her injured knee. Kai is ejected from the match and Nox is injured out so as Shayna Baszler is the final person in, making it four on two.
Remarkably, Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae start taking control with Ripley suplexing Kay Lee Ray into the cage in an ugly bump. We get dueling submissions, Ripley locking Io in the inverted cloverleaf on the top as Baszler choked out LeRae in the other. LeRae hit BelAir with some brutal kendo stick shots, and then hit an unreal poison hurricanrana from the top rope. Io then hits her moonsault from the top of the cage onto Candice LeRae and Bianca BelAir. Unreal. Rhea Ripley laid out Kay Lee Ray with a trashcan but Baszler locked in her Kirafuda Clutch. However, in an inventive finish; Rhea Ripley handcuffed herself to Baszler and caught her in a Riptide through two open chairs to pin the NXT Women’s Champion.
Number One Contendership for NXT Title: Pete Dunne defeated Damien Priest and Killian Dain
This was good, but it felt like it went long for longs sake. You could of cut five minutes off this and have it be great. Pete Dunne starts off early working the fingers of Killian Dain, until Damien Priest laid both out with big forearms. Dain hit a nasty Michinoku driver on Pete Dunne onto the face of Damien Priest. All three men get a chance to shine in this match quite evenly until Priest and Dain worked together to take out Dunne. Damien Priest takes control with some big moves, and crucifix bombs Pete Dunne onto the announce table. Killian Dain then dives on and cannonballs Priest through a guard rail. Damien Priest comes close with another crucifix bomb, but Pete Dunne breaks it up. Priest dives onto Dain on the outside, so Dunne hits his moonsault to the outside. Priest and Dunne go at it again, exchanging finishing move attempts until Dunne locks in an armbar, but Dain breaks it up. Dain hits the Vader Bomb on Priest, but Dunne breaks it up and hits a Bitter End but Priest breaks that up. Priest hits Dunne with The Recknoning, but Dain stumbled back and breaks it up, pretty unique spot.
With all three men on the top rope, Dunne snaps the fingers of Priest and hits another Bitter End but Dain breaks it up with a senton. Dunne then slides down an Ulster Planation attempt into a sleeper, but Dain hit a senton as he held Pete. Somehow that took Dain out, so Dunne pinned Priest in a really weak finish. Did not like that end at all.
Finn Balor defeated Matt Riddle via pinfall
A really technical start to open, with Riddle looking to grab a submission but Balor not allowing that to happen. Balor took control with big forearms and kicks, wearing down the ‘Original Bro’. Both men went strike for strike and Balor hit a beautiful running dropkick to take control. The two throw big move after big move after each other, Riddle hitting his tribute to Goldberg. Riddle looked to have the match won with the Bromission, but Balor fought out and hit 1916 in a decent little match.
War Games: Team Ciampa (Tomasso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic & Kevin Owens) defeated Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish & Roderick Strong) via pinfall.
This had a lot to live up following the womens War Games match, and it certainly did that. We do not get a fourth man for Team Ciampa at the outset, so we open with Tomasso Ciampa and Roderick Strong. Ciampa offered him his crutch, but Roddy threw it out of the ring so both start throwing hands with Ciampa taking control. Kyle O’reilly is out next and a series of kicks means Undisputed Era get firm control. Dominik Dijakovic is in next to even the odds and lays out Kyle O’Reilly. Dijakovic starts throwing both U.E members into the cage. Bobby Fish makes it three on two, and Fish and O’Reilly use double teams to retake the advantage. Keith Lee runs in and starts taking everyone out, using his power. Lee hits an unreal double leapfrog, dropdown and crossbody on the NXT Tag Team Champions. Adam Cole is the last out for Undisputed Era, and grabs a host of tables and puts them into the ring and at ringside. Tomasso Ciampa threw Adam Cole off the ring stairs through a propped-up table in an ugly looking spot.
Team Ciampa and Undisputed Era squared off and brawl in the second ring, Keith Lee is taken out with a low blow. The countdown expires and no one arrives for Tomasso Ciampa at first, but then a familiar theme hits – it’s Kevin Owens, complete in old school NXT attire. Amazing scenes. Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic throw Roderick Strong from one ring to another, but nearly misses so Strong takes an ugly bump through the ropes. We get a barrage of high flying moves, including a moonsault from Bobby Fish that hit Dijakovie right in the head – really nasty. Strong hits a massive Olympic Slam on Keith Lee followed by U.E double-teaming Lee, and then Dominik Dijakovic until Owens launching them into the cage. Owen teased the Package Piledriver on the steel grate, only for Cole to hit the Panama Sunrise onto it, unreal. Ciampa hit Project Ciampa onto Kyle O’Reilly and ran wild on all of the other members, hitting big knees into the cage.
Cole attempts a Panama Sunrise through two tables, but climbs to the top of the cage to avoid Ciampa. Dijakovic chokeslams Strong through a table, Owens frogsplashes O’Reilly through another table then Lee superbombed Fish through a third. Tomasso Ciampa and Adam Cole brawl on top of the cage, Tomasso Ciampa hits a air raid crash onto Adam Cole off the top of the cage through two tables in one of the scariest spots I’ve ever seen, to pick up the win.
Team Ciampa all celebrate amongst the carnage as the show fades to black.