Friday, August 14, 2020

5 Takeaways From NXT TakeOver: WarGames II

WWE’s NXT TakeOver: WarGames II aired live from the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California tonight. Here are 5 takeaways from the show:

Matt Riddle Defeated Kassius Ohno

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Matt Riddle kicked off TakeOver to a great reaction from the crowd. Matt said that he was not scheduled to have a match tonight at TakeOver. Matt brought up Ohno interrupting him during the Kickoff Show and challenged him to a match tonight.

Kassius Ohno came down the ramp and told Riddle that he was too stupid to know that he is not ready for TakeOver. Ohno told Riddle that he is not going to be able to remember this moment after the knocks him out.

Riddle hit a running knee to Ohno’s face right away to win the match.

Shayna Baszler Retained The NXT Women’s Championship

Shayna Baszler defended her NXT Women’s Championship against Kairi Sane in a 2 out of 3 Falls match. Sane attacked Shayna right away and sent her to the mat. Kairi hit back to back Neckbreakers and followed it up with a few chops.

Sane marched across the ring and hit Shayna with a sliding forearm and Baszler retreated out of the ring. Kairi leaped off the ring apron and connected with a flying elbow. Sane brought Shayna back inside the ring.

Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir attacked Kairi from behind while the referee wasn’t paying attention. They slammed Sane’s face into the ring post and then Baszler applied the Kirifuda Clutch and Kairi quickly tapped out.

Baszler connected with a running knee to Kairi’s face for a near fall as the crowd chanted “bullsh*t!”. Shayna applied the Kirifuda Clutch once again but Sane was able to break the hold by reaching the ropes.

Shayna shoved her boot on Kairi’s face and applied a Boston Crab. Shayna broke the hold and delivered a stomp to Kairi’s face. Sane rolled up Baszler for a two count and then Shayna once again applied the Kirifuda Clutch.

Sane countered into a roll-up for a two count and then the two Superstars traded shots in the corner. Shayna then went for a Suplex on the ring apron but Sane countered into a ridiculous DDT that spiked Shayna’s head on the apron.

Sane then hit an Insane Elbow onto Duke, Shafir, and Baszler outside the ring. Back in the ring, Kairi hit Baszler with another Insane Elbow for the pinfall victory. Sane and Baszler are now tied at 1-1.

Kairi hit three Interceptor Spears on Baszler and made her way to the top rope. Shayna got back up and joined Sane on the top rope. Sane and Baszler traded shots on the top turnbuckle. Sane hit a Sunset Flip Powerbomb off the top rope for a near fall.

Sane followed it up with an Alabama Slam and made her way to the top rope. Duke and Shafir interfered again and Dakota Kai rushed to the ring. Duke and Shafir beat her down. Io Sharai came down to the ring and hit a Moonsault onto everyone outside the ring. Sane then went for the Insane Elbow but Baszler countered into a roll-up for the victory. Shayna Baszler is still the NXT Women’s Champion.

Aleister Black Got His Revenge In A Terrific Match Against Gargano

Johnny Gargano faced Aleister Black tonight at TakeOver. Johnny came down to the ring with a smile on his face and said that the crowd still loved him to the camera. Gargano was revealed to be the Superstar that attacked Aleister Black in the parking lot.

Johnny slapped Black in the face to start off the match. Aleister exploded with a series of kicks and then beat the hell out of Gargano against the ring apron. Back in the ring, Gargano showed off his quickness by dodging Aleister’s strikes. Gargano then sat in the ring like Black and dodged another kick.

Gargano shoved Aleister to the corner of the ring and hit him with a chop to the chest. Black battled back with a knee to Johnny’s face that sent him out of the ring. Black tried to take pose in the middle of the ring but Gargano hit him with a kick to the face. Gargano then raised his fists in the air to a chorus of boos.

Johnny planted Black with a Neckbreaker for a near fall. Gargano followed it up with a few chops in the corner but Black battled back with a knee to the midsection. Gargano rolled to the ring apron and Black hit him with a kick to the face. Aleister then flipped onto Gargano outside the ring and rolled him back inside.

Aleister hit a springboard Moonsault and went for the cover but Gargano kicked out at two. Black hit a Superkick that sent Gargano to the outside. Gargano hit an awesome Tornado DDT after diving through the ropes and then hit a slingshot DDT in the ring for a two count.

Johnny shouted at Black that he was not the chosen and hit him with an Enziguri. Gargano hit a reverse Hurricanrana but Black shrugged it off and hit an awesome running knee to Johnny’s face. The crowd chanted “NXT!” as both Superstars regrouped on the canvas.

Aleister hit another knee to the face and followed it up with a German Suplex for a near fall as the crowd chanted “this is awesome!”. Gargano hit a Clothesline that turned Black inside out. Johnny locked in the Gargano Escape in the middle of the ring but Black countered into a roll-up.

Gargano kicked out at two and launched Black into the middle turnbuckle. Gargano went back to his DIY days with a pose and Black sat in the ring. Aleister dared Gargano to give him his best shot. Gargano exposed his knee and charged at Black.

Aleister countered into a roll-up but Gargano kicked out and hit a running knee to the face for a near fall. Gargano and Black traded shots in the middle of the ring. Gargano sent Black to the outside and went for a Suicide Dive but Aleister counted into a knee to the face while Johnny was in midair. The crowd immediately broke out into a “holy sh*t!” chant.

Back in the ring, Johnny begged for mercy but Aleister continued to walk towards him. Gargano pleaded with Aleister to just give him the Black Mass and put him out of his misery. Aleister went for Black Mass but Johnny countered into a roll-up for a two count.

Johnny locked in the Gargano Escape in the middle of the ring. Aleister reached for the ropes but Gargano brought him back to the center of the ring. Black escaped and hit Gargano with a knee to the face.

Aleister then took down his knee pad and hit him with a knee to the face. Aleister hit Gargano with the Black Mass but Aleister held him up. Aleister told Gargano that he will absolve Johnny of all his sins. Aleister then hit a second Black Mass for the pinfall victory.

Tommaso Ciampa Defeated Velveteen Dream In An Instant Classic

Tommaso Ciampa defended the NXT Championship against Velveteen Dream tonight at TakeOver: WarGames. The crowd chanted “Velveteen!” right when the match started. The two Superstars locked up in the middle of the ring.

Ciampa took Dream to the mat but Velveteen escaped and smacked Tommaso in the back of the head. Velveteen drove Ciampa to the corner and Tommaso hit him with a poke to the eye. Dream hit another slap to Tommaso’s face.

Ciampa took Dream’s headband that read “Hollywood” on it and mocked Hulk Hogan. Velveteen got out of the ring and grabbed the NXT Championship. Ciampa chased Dream around a bit until the two got back inside the ring.

Dream hit a Body Slam and then danced in Ciampa’s face. Velveteen hit a Dropkick and then put the headband back on. Velveteen hit Ciampa with a big boot and went for the Hogan Leg Drop but Ciampa escaped out of the ring.

Velveteen hit a double axehandle off the top rope but Ciampa quickly battled back and slammed Dream onto the ring apron. Back in the ring, Ciampa delivered a running knee to Dream’s face. Tommaso followed it up with a Neckbreaker against the ropes and gave himself a round of applause after the move.

Ciampa draped Dream across the announce table and hit him with another running knee to the face. Tommaso brought Dream back inside the ring and applied a Headlock. Dream countered into a backslide pin for a two count.

Dream and Ciampa traded shots in the middle of the ring. Velveteen connected with a Neckbreaker and both Superstars fell to the mat. Dream hit the big boot and then three Leg Drops in a row. Dream then hulked up and planted Ciampa with a Spinebuster for a two count.

Dream sent Ciampa out of the ring and hit him with a Crossbody. Velveteen followed it up slamming Ciampa’s knee into the ring apron and then locking in a Figure Four with Ciampa’s knee wrapped around the post. Ciampa tapped out but it wasn’t a legal move.

Velveteen Dream locked in the Figure Four in the middle of the ring. Ciampa screamed in pain but was able to reverse the hold. Dream then reversed the hold and booted Ciampa in the face for a two count. Tommaso finally was able to reach the ropes to break the hold.

Ciampa booted Dream into the barricade and then went for a Suplex in the ring. Dream then Suplexed Ciampa out of the ring but Ciampa didn’t let go and Velveteen fell out of the ring as well.

Dream brought Ciampa back into the ring to stop the referee’s count at 9. Ciampa and Dream traded shots in the middle of the ring. Velveteen went for a Superkick but Ciampa got out of the way. Dream almost struck the ref but Ciampa rolled him up and grabbed his tights for leverage. The referee noticed it at two and stopped the pinfall.

Velveteen then hit Ciampa with the Dream Valley Driver and went for the cover but Ciampa kicked out at two. Velveteen went for a Crossbody off the top rope but Ciampa countered with a knee to the face. Tommaso followed it up with the Project Ciampa and went for the cover but Dream was somehow able to kick out at two.

Ciampa rolled out of the ring and grabbed his NXT Championship. Tommaso brought the title in the ring. Dream hit Ciampa with a DDT on the title for a two count. Ciampa then hit Dream with a DDT while he was in the ropes and went for the cover but Dream once again kicked out at the last second.

Tommaso took off one of his boots and limped out of the ring. He then ripped up the padding to expose the concrete floor next to the ring. Ciampa went for a DDT off the apron and onto the concrete but Velveteen exploded off the apron and tackled Tommaso over the announce table.

Dream was the first Superstar to his feet. Ciampa threw something at Mauro Ranallo and started shouting at him. Dream hit the Dream Valley Driver on Ciampa onto the concrete and followed it up with the Purple Rainmaker Elbow Drop. Velveteen went for the cover but Ciampa somehow kicked out.

Velveteen went for another Purple Rainmaker Elbow Drop but Ciampa got out of the way and Dream crashed to the floor outside the ring. Tommaso then brought Dream back inside the ring and planted him with a DDT on the steel partition separating the two rings for the WarGames match. Ciampa then pinned Dream to retain the NXT Championship.

War Raiders, Pete Dunne & Ricochet Won WarGames

Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish) battled War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe), Pete Dunne & Ricochet in a WarGames match. It was the main event of the show.

Ricochet and Adam Cole started off the match as the rest of the remaining members of each team were locked in a cage on top of the entrance ramp. Undisputed Era won the advantage on this past Wednesday’s episode of NXT and will be the first team to have a Superstar unlocked from the cage. Ricochet and Pete Dunne also had war paint on like the War Raiders for the match tonight.

Cole and Ricochet stood in opposite rings as the 5-minute timer started. Cole dared Ricochet to come and fight him. Ricochet obliged and Cole attacked him right away. Ricochet battled back with an uppercut and then a chop to Cole’s chest.

Ricochet connected with a Dropkick and Cole rolled to the other ring to try and regroup. Ricochet followed him and beat Cole down in the corner of the ring. Cole countered while Ricochet was in midair and hit him with a Backstabber.

Cole blasted Ricochet several times and followed it up with a Neckbreaker. Adam Cole lifted Ricochet up in a Fireman’s Carry and then slammed him onto his knee. Cole brought Ricochet over to the other ring and continued to beat him down.

Adam Cole raked Ricochet’s face across the steel cage and then booted him in the midsection. Ricochet battled back with a knee to the face and a Dropkick that sent Cole to the second ring.

Ricochet hit an incredible springboard uppercut from the opposite ring as the timer counted down. Kyle O’Reilly left the cage and rushed down to the ring. O’Reilly and Cole then beat down Ricochet as the 3-minute countdown began.

Ricochet got on the partition between the rings and punched O’Reilly and Cole in the face a couple of times. O’Reilly took Ricochet down with a Dragon Screw and then Cole joined in with a few knees to Ricochet’s ribs. O’Reilly sent Ricochet down to the mat with a boot to the face.

Ricochet battled back for a moment but turned around into a kick from Cole. O’Reilly stuck out his knee and Cole slammed Ricochet on top of it. Hanson came down to the ring and shoved Cole and O’Reilly across the ring. Hanson planted Kyle with a Neckbreaker and followed it up with a Crossbody.

Hanson showed off his athleticism by dodging Cole and leveling him with a Clothesline. Hanson hit a bunch of Clotheslines to Cole and O’Reilly in the corners of the ring. Hanson ran corner to corner nonstop as the crowd cheered him on. Hanson then delivered a Bronco Buster onto both O’Reilly and Cole.

Ricochet springboarded off of Hanson’s back and hit a Shooting Star Press onto O’Reilly. O’Reilly hit Hanson from behind but turned around into a Clothesline from Ricochet. Ricochet beat Cole down in the corner as Roderick Strong was unlocked from the cage.

Strong sprinted to the ring and blasted Ricochet and Hanson with a series of chops. Strong followed it up with a Dropkick to Strong and then a running knee to the face. Strong connected with three awesome Backbreakers to Ricochet as the crowd erupted.

Roderick charged at Hanson but Hanson caught him. Cole hit Hanson with a kick to the face and then Roderick planted him with a Side Slam as the crowd chanted “Undisputed!”. O’Reilly hit a flying knee off the second rope to the back of Ricochet’s head.

Rowe got out of the cage and rushed down to the ring. Rowe hit a bunch of shoulder tackles and then an Exploder Suplex to Strong. Rowe kneed Cole in the face and then blasted Strong with a forearm.

O’Reilly locked in a Sleeper Hold on Rowe. Cole charged at him but Rowe somehow was able to slam him to the mat while stuck in the Sleeper Hold. Rowe escaped and Powerbombed Strong to the mat while Powerslamming O’Reilly at the same time.

Hanson launched Kyle into the steel cage as Rowe did the same to Roderick Strong. Cole retreated out to the second ring but didn’t realize Ricochet was waiting for him. War Raiders launched Cole into the steel cage as Ricochet got back into the other ring.

War Raiders beat Cole down as Ricochet hit Strong with a chop in the corner of the ring. Bobby Fish was then unlocked from the cage and attacked Pete Dunne in the opposite cage. Fish slammed Dunne’s face into the cage and then stole the key to the cage. Fish launched the key into the crowd and then grabbed a steel chair from under the ring.

Fish handed several chairs to O’Reilly and then brought one into the ring himself. Undisputed Era beat the hell out of War Raiders and Ricochet with steel chairs as the timer ticked down. O’Reilly and Cole held down the ropes as Strong and Fish launched Hanson into the steel cage.

Fish and Strong then slammed Rowe onto a steel chair. They followed it up by slamming Rowe into the cage and then doing the same to Hanson once again. Pete Dunne was supposed to be unlocked from the cage but the referees didn’t have the key for the new lock Bobby Fish put on.

Undisputed Era continued to beat everyone down as Dunne desperately tried to get out of the cage. Fish and Strong delivered Superplexes to War Raiders as Cole mocked Pete Dunne from inside the ring. The referees came down to the cage with bolt cutters and Pete Dunne was finally unlocked.

Dunne limped down to the ring with his injured knee and grabbed a kendo stick from under the ring. Pete hit Fish and O’Reilly in the hands with the stick as they were trying to keep the door closes. Dunne blasted Cole with the kendo stick and then slammed the door into Strong’s face. Ricochet then took out Undisputed Era with a Crossbody as Dunne started launching weapons inside the ring.

Dunne grabbed a table from under the ring and handed it to War Raiders. Dunne got another table as the crowd erupted. Dunne then finally got inside the ring and the match officially started.

Pete Dunne started hit everyone with the kendo stick as War Raiders set up a table in between the rings. War Raiders, Ricochet, and Dunne surrounded Undisputed Era and beat them down with chairs and kendo sticks.

Dunne bent O’Reilly’s fingers back and then stomped on his elbow. Dunne connected with an X-Plex to Strong and slammed him onto O’Reilly. Cole went after Dunne’s knee and then slammed him into the steel cage. Hanson kicked O’Reilly in the face while he was holding the steel chair.

Hanson put a trash can over Cole’s face and then Rowe slammed Hanson on top of the trash can. Rowe Body Slammed Hanson onto O’Reilly and then War Raiders took out Strong with a Clothesline. Hanson went for the cover but Bobby Fish broke it up at the second. Hanson went for the Clothesline on Fish but O’Reilly launched a trash can into his face.

Fish and O’Reilly booted Rowe in the face and then Undisputed Era isolated Richochet in the second ring. Strong kneed Ricochet in the face and Cole followed it up with a Backstabber. Undisputed Era then surrounded Pete Dunne.

Dunne connected with a few punches and planted Strong with a German Suplex. Dune hit O’Reilly with an Enziguri and then locked Fish in the Knee Bar. O’Reilly broke it up as Fish was screamed in pain.

Kyle then grabbed a steel chain and wrapped it around Dunne’s ankle and knee. Dunne countered into a Wrist Lock but Fish broke it up with a chair shot to Pete’s injured leg. O’Reilly wrapped the chain around Dunne’s ankle and applied an Ankle Lock.

Fish and Cole fended off the War Raiders as Strong and O’Reilly teamed up on Dunne. Ricochet flew through the air and took out Cole and Fish. Hanson hit Strong with a Back Body Drop that sent Strong flying into the other ring.

Hanson and Rowe perched O’Reilly and Strong on the turnbuckles next to the table set up on the partition between the rings. Dunne and Ricochet then hit Fish and O’Reilly with Hurricanranas at the same time.

Hanson set up a second table and put Cole on top of it. One of the legs gave out but Hanson set it back up. Rowe popped Cole up and Hanson planted him with a Powerslam. Bobby Fish hit Rowe with a kendo stick and then Speared him through the table on the partition between the rings.

Cole and Ricochet battled in the corner next to the second table. Cole perched Ricochet on the top turnbuckle and joined him up there. Ricochet escaped and hung Cole up in the tree of woe. O’Reilly attacked Ricochet from behind but Ricochet battled back and placed Kyle on top of the table.

Roderick Strong hit Ricochet with a knee and O’Reilly locked in the Triangle on top of the table. Hanson hit O’Reilly with a Splash and went for the cover but Roderick Strong broke it up by hitting Hanson with a trash can.

Adam Cole climbed to the top of the cage and Ricochet joined him up there. Cole and Ricochet traded shots on top of the cage as Strong climbed on to the top rope. They tried to shove Ricochet to the floor to win the match but Ricochet booted Strong to the mat.

Pete Dunne then climbed to the top rope too and grabbed Cole by the hand. Hanson then hit a Powerbomb while everyone else took each other out with Side Slams and a Superplex to Cole and Ricochet was the only Superstar still standing. Ricochet stood on the top of the cage and flipped onto everyone in ridiculous fashion as Mauro shouted “mama mia!”.

Undisputed Era, War Raiders, Dunne and Ricochet then had a staredown from opposite rings as the crowd chanted “NXT!”. They then all got on the partition and traded shots as the crowd erupted. Fish leveled Rowe with a Clothesline and every Superstar was down again.

Rowe hit Fish with a knee to the face and then Hanson leaped off the top rope with a Leg Drop. Strong leveled Rowe with a kick and then Hanson hit them with an insane handspring double back elbow. Ricochet jumped into a Superkick from Cole. Adam then hit Dunne with a DDT and then the Last Shot.

Cole went for the cover but Dunne kicked out at two. Dunne battled back with the Bitter End and Ricochet came out of nowhere with the 450 Splash. Ricochet and Dunne then pinned Cole for the victory. After the match, Ricochet grabbed his North American Championship and Dunne grabbed his UK Championship. The two Superstars nodded their heads at each other in a show of respect. Ricochet and Dunne then posed on top of the cage to close the show.

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