War Raiders Dominated
NXT Tag Team Champions War Raiders (Rowe & Hanson) faced some local talent to start off this week’s episode of NXT. War Raiders dominated and won the match with ease. After the match, War Raiders got on the microphone and stated that NXT GM William Regal is allowing them to deliver a message to their opponents at TakeOver. Hanson shouted: “bring out the next team!”. Bononi and Jaoude then came to the ring and promptly got the hell kicked out of them.
War Raiders will defend their NXT Tag Team Championships against Aleister Black and Ricochet this Friday at TakeOver: New York.
Jaxson Ryker Defeated Oney Lorcan
Oney Lorcan squared off against Jaxson Ryker of The Forgotten Sons tonight on NXT. Danny Burch, Steve Cutler, and Wesley Blake were ringside for the match. Ryker started off the match in control and connected with a Gutbuster for a near fall.
Jaxson applied a Bear Hug in the middle of the ring as the crowd got behind Oney. Lorcan tried to battle back but Ryker halted his momentum and slammed him to the canvas for the pinfall victory.
Io Shirai Sent A Message Heading Into NXT TakeOver: New York
Kairi Sane faced Bianca Belair on this week’s show. Shayna Baszler will defend her NXT Women’s Championship against Belair, Sane, and Io Shirai at NXT TakeOver: New York this Friday night.
Belair and Sane locked up to start off the match. Sane applied a Headlock but Belair quickly broke free and leveled her with a shoulder tackle. Sane got up and punched Belair in the face. Kairi then mocked Belair by twirling her hair.
Bianca got pissed off but Kairi got out of the way and hit the Interceptor Spear. Sane locked in the Anchor in the middle of the ring but Bianca was able to escape. Belair connected with a Powerslam and went for the cover but Kairi was able to kick out at the last second.
Belair stomped on Kairi in the corner and then went for another cover but Sane kicked out at two. Bianca applied the Abdominal Stretch as the crowd got behind Sane. Belair transitioned into a Pendulum Backbreaker for another near fall. Bianca hit Sane with a Suplex for another two count.
Kairi went for a Crossbody off the second rope but Belair caught her and connected with a Fallaway Slam. Bianca went for a Splash but Sane got her knees up at the last moment. Sane sent Belair to the ring apron and then Dropkicked her to the floor outside the ring.
Back in the ring, Belair went for a Suplex but Kairi countered into a DDT. Sane connected with a flurry of strikes and then sent Belair to the canvas with a Dragon Screw. Sane followed it up with two Neckbreakers and then marched to the corner of the ring.
Sane hit Bianca with the sliding elbow and then made her way to the top rope. Sane hit Belair with an elbow to Belair’s face for a near fall. Kairi hit a spinning elbow and made her way back to the top turnbuckle. Belair got up and hit Sane with an elbow to the face before joining her on the top turnbuckle.
Belair hit Sane with a Superplex and followed it up with a Standing Moonsault for a two count. Bainca slammed Sane to the canvas but was then attacked from behind by Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir. Io Shirai then rushed the ring and a brawl broke out as the match ended in a DQ.
The NXT women’s locker room then ran down to the ring to and attacked Baszler, Duke, and Shafir. Belair lifted up Lacey Evans over her shoulders and threw her onto everyone outside the ring. Io blasted Belair in the face and sent her tumbling out of the ring. Shirai connected with a Moonsult onto everyone outside the ring and then posed with the NXT Women’s Championship to end the show.
This week’s episode aired a couple of video packages to hype up NXT TakeOver: New York and you can check them out below: