NXT Takeover: Chicago aired live on June 16th from the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, IL. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:
5Undisputed Era Retained
Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong defended their NXT Tag Team Championships against Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch. Adam Cole was ringside for the match. Strong and Lorcan started off the match as the crowd chanted “Undisputed!”. Lorcan leveled Strong with an uppercut and tagged Burch in.
Strong brought Burch to the corner and O’Reilly tagged in. Kyle brought Burch to the canvas and applied a Headlock. Burch battled back with a forearm to the face and Lorcan quickly got back in the match. Lorcan and Burch Suplexed Strong onto O’Reilly and then Clotheslines Kyle out of the ring.
Undisputed Era gathered on the outside to regroup as the crowd continued to chant “Undisputed!”. Back in the ring, Lorcan and O’Reilly traded chops in the corner. Oney hit a knee to the ribs and Burch got back in. Burch leveled Strong with a Dropkick off the second rope. Roderick threw Danny out of the ring and connected with a Dropkick through the ropes.
Roderick launched Burch into the ring apron and tagged O’Reilly back in. O’Reilly and Strong beatdown Burch in the corner for a few seconds before O’Reilly applied a Knee Bar in the middle of the ring. Strong tagged in and stomped on Burch and then taunted Oney in the corner.
Strong planted Burch with a Backbreaker for a two count. Kyle tagged back in and continued to beatdown Burch in the corner. O’Reilly delivered a knee to the midsection and then went for the Arm Bar but Burch quickly reached the bottom rope to break the hold.
Roderick tagged himself back in and hit Burch with a massive Dropkick to the face for a two count. Strong missed with a knee to the corner and Burch dropped him with a Back Body Drop. O’Reilly tagged in and booted Lorcan off the apron. Burch hit O’Reilly with a headbutt and both Superstars fell to the canvas.
Lorcan and Strong tagged in at the same time. Lorcan hit Roderick with a Clothesline and then an uppercut that sent Strong out of the ring. Lorcan then sent O’Reilly to the outside and flipped onto both of them.
Back in the ring, Lorcan hit Strong with a massive uppercut for a two count. Oney connected with chops to both of the tag champs and then planted them both with a double Blockbuster. Burch tagged in and planted Strong with a DDT for a two count.
O’Reilly shoved Lorcan off the top rope and he landed back-first off the ring apron. O’Reilly hit Burch with a knee to the ribs and then a Suplex for a two count. O’Reilly was able to lock in the Arm Bar in the middle of the ring. Burch fought through the pain and reached the bottom rope to break up the hold.
Strong planted Burch face-first to the mat and O’Reilly booted Danny in the face. Burch hit Strong with a headbutt and then launched O’Reilly out of the ring. Lorcan hit another double Blockbuster off the apron and threw O’Reilly into the ring. Burch lifted O’Reilly onto his shoulders and Lorcan hit him with an uppercut off the top. Lorcan went for the cover but Cole dragged O’Reilly out of the ring.
The referee kicked Adam Cole out and Cole went backstage. Strong threw Burch into the announce outside the ring as O’Reilly applied the Guillotine in the middle of the ring. Lorcan countered into a Suplex to break the hold. Strong tagged in and hit Lorcan with a knee to the ribs.
Lorcan planted Strong with a Powerbomb and quickly applied the Half Crab. O’Reilly tried to break it up but Burch snuck up behind Kyle and locked him in the Crossface. O’Reilly somehow was able to still kick Lorcan in the face to break the hold on Strong. Both teams got back up as the crowd chanted “NXT!”.
A brawl broke out and O’Reilly decked Burch with a knee to the face. Lorcan slapped O’Reilly in the face, but Strong and O’Reilly teamed up on him and knocked him to the canvas with a chop block/Clothesline for the pinfall victory. O’Reilly and Strong are still the NXT Tag Team Champions. After the match, Burch and Lorcan got a standing ovation even though the crowd didn’t want them to win the match at all.
Opinion: This match was so well done. I’ve always been a fan of tag team wrestling and this was a great example of how awesome it can be. There hasn’t been a tag match on the main roster as entertaining as this one in some time. If you looked away for a second during this match you missed something. There wasn’t a dull moment in the entire twenty-minute match and I would have had no problem if it went another twenty.
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— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) June 17, 2018
— Triple H (@TripleH) June 17, 2018