The Forgotten Sons Advanced To The Finals
Mustache Mountain (Tyler Bate & Trent Seven) squared off against The Forgotten Sons in the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Jaxson Ryker accompanied Wesley Blake and Steve Cutler to the ring.
Bate and Blake started off the match by locking up in the middle of the ring. Wesley got the better of Bate and connected with a Body Slam. Cutler tagged in and Bate greeted him with a Suplex for a one count.
Cutler battled back and sent Tyler to the corner. Blake got back in and planted Bate with a Neckbreaker for a near fall. Trent Seven tagged in and hit Blake and Cutler with a flurry of chops. Cutler tagged in and hit Trent with a chop block to his knee.
The Forgotten Sons went to work on Seven’s knee for the next couple of minutes as Bate pleaded for a tag on the apron. Blake applied the Figure Four but Seven reversed it. Wesley was able to reach the bottom rope to break the hold and Cutler tagged back in.
Seven and Cutler connected with a double Clothesline and both Superstars fell to the mat. Bate and Blake tagged back in and Tyler connected with a Back Body Drop. Bate lifted Blake and Cutler up in the Airplane Spin and followed it up with a double Hurricanrana.
Bate went for a Shooting Star Press off the ring apron but The Forgotten Sons got out of the way. Back in the ring, Bate climbed to the top rope and connected with a Corkscrew but Cutler broke up the cover.
Trent Seven tagged back in and connected with a Dragon Suplex. Seven went for the cover but Ryker put Blake’s foot on the rope to break it up. Bate tagged back in and made his way back up to the top rope.
Tyler was shoved to the floor and Ryker hit him with a cheap shot. Cutler tagged in and Forgotten Sons hit Seven with an Inverted DDT/Double Stomp on Seven for the pinfall victory. The Forgotten Sons have advanced to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Adam Cole Confronted Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle was interviewed backstage about confronting North American Champion Velveteen Dream. Riddle was quickly interrupted by Adam Cole. Adam claimed that the North American Championship will be wrapped around his waist soon and that is undisputed. The two Superstars got in each other’s face and Riddle challenged Cole to a match.
Shayna Baszler Will Defend Her Title In A Fatal 4-Way At TakeOver
Io Shirai faced Bianca Belair to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship. Shirai connected with a Dropkick that sent Bianca tumbling out of the ring. NXT Women’s Champion joined commentary for the match and claimed that she wasn’t afraid of Shirai or Beliar.
Belair hit Io with a shoulder tackle and followed it up with a Moonsault for a near fall. The crowd got behind Shirai as she hit Belair with a Springboard Dropkick. Bianca tied Io up in the Tree of Woe and whipped her with her hair.
Bianca made her way to the top rope but Io got up and joined her up there. Shirai connected with a Frankensteiner and went for a Moonsault but Belair got her knees up. Belair hit Shirai with a Spear as NXT Women’s Champion marched down to the ring.
Shayna threw Io to the floor and then locked in the Kirifuda Clutch on Belair. Kairi Sane ran down to the ring but Shayna quickly applied the Kirifuda Clutch on her. Io broke it up and thew Shayna to the floor outside the ring. Baszler snuck up behind Io and locked in the Kirifuda Clutch.
Cathy Kelley caught up with Shayna backstage and Baszler said that she just proved that there isn’t a single woman back there that deserves a shot at her title. Cathy then informed Shayna that NXT GM William Regal just told her that Baszler will defend her title against Sane, Shirai, and Belair in a Fatal 4-Way Match at NXT TakeOver: New York.
NXT #WomensChampion @QoSBaszler can't name one competitor worthy of a title opportunity… but @catherinekelley reveals that @RealKingRegal can name THREE! #WWENXT #NXTTakeOver pic.twitter.com/HiObKbExMi
— WWE (@WWE) March 14, 2019
Ricochet & Aleister Black Advanced To The Finals, Gargano Got Revenge On Ciampa
DIY (Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa) faced Aleister Black & Ricochet in the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Ciampa and Black started off the match. Aleister hit a knee to the ribs and followed it up with a knee to Tommaso’s face. Black then applied an Arm Bar in the middle of the ring before tagging Ricochet into the match.
Ricochet locked in an Arm Bar but Ciampa battled to his feet and countered into a Headlock. Ricochet escaped but Ciampa hit him with a boot to the face and then tagged Gargano in. Ricochet sent Johnny out of the ring with a Dropkick and then posed in the ring. Black joined in on the fun and both took a seat in the ring as DIY regrouped on the entrance ramp.
— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) March 14, 2019
Back in the ring, Gargano battled back with a Slingshot Spear and then a Suplex on Ricochet for a one count. Ciampa tagged in and stomped Ricochet down in the corner of the ring. Gargano got back in and hit Ricochet with a Neckbreaker for a one count. Ciampa and Gargano isolated Ricochet for the next couple minutes and took turns beating him down.
Ciampa mocked Black by sitting in the ring before tagging Johnny back in. Gargano went for a Slingshot DDT but Ricochet blocked it. Ricochet blasted Ciampa off the apron but turned around into a Clothesline from Gargano for a near fall.
Aleister Black tagged in and hit Gargano with a knee to the face. Black followed it up with a Moonsault for a two count. Black connected with a Brainbuster and went for the cover but Ciampa broke it up at the last second. Ciampa tagged in and booted Aleister in the face. Ricochet dragged Gargano out of the ring but Johnny hit him with a Superkick.
Tommaso planted Black with the Tower of London on the apron. Gargano tagged in and hit a Slingshot DDT but Aleister somehow kicked out at two. Johnny applied the Gargano Escape on Black in the middle of the ring as Ciampa trapped Ricochet in an Arm Bar at the same time. Ricochet countered and deadlifted Ciampa onto his shoulders. Ricochet connected with a Death Valley Driver on top of Johnny to break the Gargano Escape.
Johnny tagged Ciampa and then rolled to the outside of the ring. Gargano leaned against the barricade and sold a knee injury. Ricochet and Ciampa traded shots in the ring and both Superstars fell to the canvas after Ricochet connected with an overhead kick. Gargano hobbled towards the ring apron but his knee gave out.
Tommaso went for the Fairy Tale Ending but Aleister hit him with Black Mass. Ricochet tagged in and hit the 630 Splash for the pinfall victory. Aleister Black & Ricochet will battle The Forgotten Sons in the finals of the tournament in two weeks. The winners of that match will go on to face War Raiders at NXT TakeOver: New York.
After the match, Candice LeRae came down to check on Gargano. Tommaso left the NXT title on the ring apron helped Johnny up. Gargano fell to the floor at the top of the entrance ramp and Ciampa helped him up once again. Ciampa tried to launch Johnny into the screen but Johnny revealed that he was faking the injury. Gargano threw Ciampa into the screen and hit him with a Superkick. NXT went off the air as the crowd chanted “Johnny Wrestling!”.