It’s Night One of NXT’s biggest TakeOver of the year. Tonight we’ll see three championship matches and determine who will face Johnny Gargano on Night Two, and Io Shirai defends her NXT Women’s Championship against Raquel Gonzalez
We began the show with the National Anthem performed by Nita Strauss.
Pete Dunne made his entrance to the ring so the action could begin!
Pete Dunne defeated Kushida via Pinfall (Bitter End)
The men began the match in a stalemate, as they both tried to get submissions. The match featured a lot of back and forth between the two competitors. Kushida got an advantage over Dunne by locking his arm in a submission, but Dunne was able to get out of the ring. The match even went to the outside on the entrance ramp. The match was fun to watch and in the end, The Bruiserweight proved to be the best technical wrestler on the roster.
After the match we saw footage from earlier in the day of the arrival of NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai and Zoey Stark. We also saw Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai arrive to the Capital Wrestling Center. Then we took a commercial break.
Bronson Reed won the North American Championship Number One Contenders Gaunlet
The match began with Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott and Leon Ruff when we came back from commercial break. They took the action towards the announcer’s table, where Ruff was able to hit Swerve with a cutter. This almost led to a pinfall, but Swerve was able to make a come back.
The clock then wound down and Bronson Reed joined the match. Ruff tried to go on the attack to Reed, but that definitely didn’t work out for him. Reed looked to take over the match and lay both Ruff and Swerve out. The next competitor to enter the match was Cameron Grimes. He was able to hit Reed enough to cause Reed to need a breather on the outside of the ring.
Grimes looked to make a deal with Swerve at one point and actually gave him money! Swerve pocketed the money and then helped Grimes beat down Ruff.
By the time Dexter Lumis hit the ring, no one had been eliminated from the match! We actually didn’t get our first elimination until everyone was in the match. As Lumis had Grimes in Silence, LA Knight was somehow able to pin Lumis’ shoulders down for the three count. Reed then landed on Knight, taking him out of the match! As Knight went to the outside, Lumis was waiting and caught him in Silence!
Down to the final three, Scott turned on his alliance with Grimes and pinned him while holding the tights! Swerve then really brought the fight to Reed and hit 3 House Calls to try and end the match. Reed though continuously kicked out! He was able to comeback and hit the Tsunami for the victory!
Before we went to a commercial, Reed stared down Johnny Gargano who came out on the top of the entrance ramp.
Walter defeated Tommaso Ciampa via Pinfall
This was the match of the night for me. Ciampa brought the fight to Walter in a way that we haven’t seen before. The fans in attendance seemed rather split on who to cheer for. Walter began the match by pushing Ciampa into the corner. Ciampa though was really able to hold his own, even able to get Walter down in the corner and stomp on him! The action went to the outside where Walter tried to chop the soul out of Ciampa on the announcer’s table, but Ciampa moved. Walter wound up breaking the table instead. In the end after everything Ciampa was put through, and all he put Walter through, he lost in an odd fashion. Walter hit two powerbombs, which Ciampa kicked out of, but a chop was what took Ciampa out.
MSK defeated Grizzled Young Veterans and Legado del Fantasma to become the new NXT Tag Team Champions
As it happens with tag team matches like this, the action was all over the place. Each team had control of the match at one point. Legado del Fantasma actually seemed to be in control a lot more than the other two teams. MSK and GYV at one point took Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza out of the match. In the end, we ended up reliving the Dusty Classic Finals all over again. Zack Gibson had Wes Lee in a submission, which Nash Carter was able to prevent his tag team partner from tapping out. After a blocked Ticket to Mayhem, MSK used their innovative offence to get the victory.
Raquel Gonzalez defeated Io Shirai to become the new NXT Women’s Champion
Dakota Kai looked to run interference for Gonzalez, but was ejected for her troubles. While Kai was being thrown out from ringside, it gave Gonzalez some time to recover and she was able to stop Shirai from getting a moonsault from the top rope! Gonzalez instead caught her and threw her like a lawn dart.
This match still featured Shirai doing some pretty incredible, high flying moves. Shirai actually climbed up this skull that was part of the set and hit a crossbody on Gonzalez! In the end though that did not help Shirai retain. When the women made it back to the ring, Gonzalez was able to hit a wicked lariat and then her one arm powerbomb for the victory.
We ended the show with Gonzalez celebrating her new championship while pyro and smoke machines (yeah, smoke machines) went off. That was night one folks!