NXT brings us a night where we will determine the new number one contenders to Finn Balor and Io Shirai’s titles.
A memorial graphic for Road Warrior Animal was shown before the show began.
The women of NXT were in the ring when the show started. Then we got the entrance of Candice LeRae, during her entrance commentary showed us a video that took place before the show began. The video showed LeRae destroying Tegan Nox’s leg.
Then we got the entrance of Rhea Ripley to the Battle Royal.
Candice LeRae won the Battle Royal to go on to TakeOver and face Io Shirai
Rhea Ripley got the first elimination. The match actually featured plenty of new faces that we have yet to see on NXT TV before, including Avery and Brandi Lauren. Raquel Gonzalez and Rhea Ripley seemed to have a competition for most eliminations as they were the only people getting eliminations.
Kacy Catanzaro got very creative to save herself from elimination. After Kacy saved herself we went to picture in picture, which made it a little harder to keep up with eliminations. When we got back to full screen, Kacy was once again saving herself from elimination. She actually used her tag team partner, Kayden Carter, to help her get back in the match.
Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez then eliminated each other, leaving Dakota Kai very stressed out. The final four came down to Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Kacy Catanzaro, and Shotzi Blackheart. LeRae and Kai formed an alliance, that was soon broken when Blackheart eliminated Kai. The match seemed destined for Blackheart to win, but LeRae managed to save herself from a few precarious positions. With some creativeness LeRae managed to kick Blackheart to the floor.
After the match, Johnny Gargano came out to celebrate with LeRae. As Tom Phillips told us Gargano and LeRae both have an opportunity to win championship gold at TakeOver.
Backstage Damian Priest was interviewed about his opponent at TakeOver, Johnny Gargano. Priest said that the TakeOver match is huge, but the North American Championship won’t be leaving his possession. Then he was asked about his opponent later tonight, Austin Theory. Priest said Theory is good, but it sucks to be him because his losing streak continues tonight.
Then we went to another commercial break.
Returning from break we saw Danny Burch, Roderick Strong, Fabian Aichner, and Raul Mendoza arguing with Fandango (dressed as Sherlock Holmes) from earlier today. During the arguing William Regal showed up to find out what was going on. Fandango had apparently come up with a plan where Burch would be tagging with Strong to face Aichner and Mendoza. Then the winning team would go on to face each other. The winner of that match, his team would go on to face Breezango. Simple as Fandango said.
Back at ringside Tommaso Ciampa made his entrance.
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Jake Atlas via Pinfall (Modified Fairytale Ending)
Jake Atlas was very focused on getting revenge on Ciampa for a few weeks ago. Atlas was on fire and almost was able to slingshot Ciampa while he was under the ring, but that of course would have been a DQ. Although Ciampa was able to use a mistake by Atlas to his advantage, Atlas was able to pull off some high risk offense. A moonsault and a blockbuster almost got Atlas the upset victory.
Ciampa hit Willow’s Bell, but halted the cover at one. He taunted Atlas by saying if he was hungry he’d get up, Kyle O’Reilly and security weren’t there to save him. Ciampa was out to send a message.
After the match a video on Ridge Holland was shown. In it he said he has had to fight for everything in life. Holland spoke about his time playing rugby and how he honed a talent for hurting people.
Then, you guessed it…a commercial break!
Returning from break, a hype video for the Gauntlet Eliminator was shown. We heard from each competitor in the match. Cameron Grimes said it would be the match to take him to the moon. Timothy Thatcher warned Finn Balor that he was coming for round two and his title.
While Bronson Reed said that he was ready to become a champion now more than he ever has been. Kushida said he would be the one to stand in front of Finn Balor. While Kyle O’Reilly said that the golden prophecy is the golden prophecy no matter which Undisputed Era boy holds the title.
Then at ringside we got the entrance of Roderick Strong and Danny Burch.
Danny Burch and Roderick Strong defeated Fabian Aichner and Raul Mendoza via Pinfall
A match of interesting and challenging times, did you ever think you’d hear Roderick Strong cheer for Danny Burch? Well, it happened tonight. Neither team were used to tagging with their partners, so there was a bit of an even playing field. Somehow though, Strong and Burch were able to work well together and over power Mendoza and Aichner. A knee to Mendoza from Strong, a tag from Burch, then a top rope neck breaker.
Sara Schreiber attempted to interview Austin Theory, but Johnny Gargano interrupted. Gargano said Theory is a little like him, but he needs to be a bit smarter. He told Theory that if he softened Priest up for him before TakeOver, well Gargano wouldn’t forget it.
Damian Priest defeated Austin Theory via Pinfall (Reckoning)
Theory was able to bring Priest down to his level, but not for long. While he showed off some amazing offense, Priest had offense of his own to impress the WWE Universe.
After his victory, Priest was hit with a superkick by Johnny Gargano from out of nowhere! Gargano then mocked Priest’s archery gimmick.
A video was then shown where it seemed almost video game like. Whoever the person in the video is, they said there are NXT championships that have been in isolation for far too long. The person said they are back to take what is theirs. The date of TakeOver was then shown.
After a commercial break, we got a video of Isaiah Swerve Scott. Scott reminded Santos Escobar of the victories he holds over him. Scott said he isn’t content because he doesn’t have the Cruiserweight Championship, so he challenged Escobar to a match. No Legado del Fantasma, no lucha mask. Next time, Scott leaves champion.
Ridge Holland defeated Antonio De Luca via Pinfall (Northern Grit)
Not much to say here except this was all Holland.
Backstage Sara Schreiber was trying to interview NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai. Shirai said she doesn’t like Candice, never has and never will. Unfortunately before she could continue Candice and Johnny crashed the interview.
Candice and Johnny acted like they had been looking all over for Io. The two women got in each other’s face, with Johnny in the background telling Io to watch her mouth because he didn’t like what she was saying. All of a sudden doors open and Damian Priest walked through, “Oh, here’s Johnny!” Priest delivered a forearm to Johnny. Then referees arrived to break up the party.
Kushida and Kyle O’Reilly were shown before break. They will be the ones to start the gauntlet eliminator.
Kyle O’Reilly won the Gauntlet Eliminator Match
Kyle and Kushida beginning the match was a great idea. Technical wrestling is always fun to watch. Four minutes of grappling between the two and then Bronson Reed entered the match. Reed entering the match brought even more fun. He immediately brought the fight to the other two men, who tried their best to overcome the size and strength advantage Reed had.
Thanks to a Dream Valley Driver on Kushida by the Velveteen Dream, Bronson Reed was able to hit the Tsunami and eliminate Kushida. Shortly after Kushida’s elimination Timothy Thatcher entered the match. Thanks to another commercial break, we returned to Cameron Grimes entering the match.
With all entrants in the match, the ring seemed a bit crowded. Grimes started off strong once he entered, being the fresher competitor certainly helped. What everyone soon discovered though, was not to mat grapple with Reed. Reed though once again showed off his agility by diving on to all three of his opponents on the outside.
The match came down to the last ten minutes, as all four men were still in the match. A missed Tsunami by Bronson Reed led to his elimination by Kyle O’Reilly. Kyle then immediately traded submissions with Timothy Thatcher and boy were they fun to watch.
Kyle was able to eliminate Thatcher with a roll up. Grimes immediately hit Kyle with the Cave In and thought he won the match. Unfortunately for Grimes, Kyle got his foot on the rope. After regrouping, Grimes began to kick and yell at Kyle. After a bit of a slug fest, Kyle got the victory by submission!
After the match Roderick Strong and Adam Cole came out to congratulate Kyle! Then Finn Balor stood on the entrance ramp staring down Kyle. That’s the show!