NXT returns to the WWE Network for NXT Takeover Phoenix. This show has five matches booked; Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno, NXT North American Championship Match – Ricochet(c) vs Johnny Gargano, NXT Tag Team Championship Match – Undisputed Era vs War Raiders, NXT Women’s Championship Match – Shayna Baszler(c) vs Bianca Belair, NXT Championship Match – Tommaso Ciampa(c) vs Aleister Black.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match – War Raiders vs Undisputed Era
- War raiders get an awesome entrance with viking warriors on the stage where the War Raiders appear from behind them. Undisputed Era just has awesome music. This match starts off fast and furious with the War Raiders taking it to Strong and O’Reilly with big power moves. Hanson goes for a suicide dive but Strong moves and Hanson is down on the outside. Undisputed Era do everything they can to double team Rowe. Hanson eventually gets the hot tag and destroys Undisputed Era. O’Reilly goes for a kick to the face of Hanson but Hanson moves and O’Reilly kicks Strong. War Raiders have got the better of Undisputed Era every step, it’s making me think War Raiders will lose. Strong superplexs Hanson from the top and O’Reilly comes down with a flying knee from the top rope. In a complete shock, War Raiders hit Undisputed Era with a powerslam, powerbomb combination. Then WarRaiders pin O’Reilly with the Fallout, a powerbomb, leg drop combination. Winners: and new tag team champions, War Raiders.
Pete Dunne and Toni Storm are in the crowd.
Ricochet warms up.
Video package for Kassius Ohno vs Matt Riddle.
Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno
- Ohno beats the hell out of Riddle. Then Matt Riddle beat the hell out of Kassius Ohno. This was an extremely hard hitting match that I fully enjoyed. Not much else to say except, what a war! This match ended as Riddle tried to get the bromission in but Ohno blocked so Riddle pounded Ohno with elbows and Ohno tapped out. Winner: Matt Riddle.
The Velveteen Dream shows up with two women.
North American championship video package.
North American Championship Match – Johnny Gargano vs Ricochet(c)
- The crowd was super hot ll night and this match wasn’t any different. Ricochet kept the fans on their feet with huge moves like a moonsault off the middle turnbuckle, on the outside of the ring. Yes, the metal between the post and the ropes. Shooting star press’ and more. Towards the end, the fans are yelling and screaming as thy are so invested in every nearfall. Gargano is so over, even though he’s supposed to be a heel, Gargano is lucky he’s in there with Ricochet, who is almost as equally over as a fan favourite. They trade submissions, as Ricochet tries to get the Garga-no escape but Johnny gets to the ropes. Johnny takes the mats off at ringside and delivers a brainbuster to Ricochet on the concrete. Johnny rolls Ricochet in and hits his DDT from over the ropes for the win and the title. Winner: Johnny Gargano.
NXT Women’s Title video package.
NXT Women’s Championship Match – Shayna Baszler(c) vs Bianca Belair
- Shayna calls Belair “Overrated” as Belair calls herself “Undefeated.” They quickly go to ringside where Baszler uses the hair of Belair to shove her into the post. Bianca Belair gets back in the ring at 9, selling the arm and shoulder. Shayna starts to manipulate the joints of Bianca and stomps on her arm. Shayna bullies Belair until Baszler hold Belair by the chin and shouts “you are O-ver-ra-ted” and Bianca slaps Baszler. Bianca Belair fights back briefly until she is cut off with a knee to the face. Baszler has Bianca on her knees when Belair whips Shayna with her hair which cuts Baszler. The ref takes a bump when Belair is shove, hard, into her. Bianca hits her finisher but the ref is still down. Shayna’s friends come to the ring but Belair fights them off. Shayna gets her sleeper hold on but for the first time ever, Belair gets up, turns Baszler round and suplexs her way out. Bianca gets to the top rope but misses a 450 splash and Shayna gets the hold on again. Bianca Belair fights, and fights, and fights but in the end, she falls back down after getting to her feet and Shayna puts Bianca to sleep. Winner: Shayna Baszler.
Ad for WWE 24, Wrestlemaina: Orlando that will be available on the WWE Network tomorrow.
NXT Championship match video package.
NXT Championship Match – Tommaso Ciampa(c) vs Aleister Black
- This starts with a lock up, which spills to the outside as they are still in a collar and elbow tie up. They head back in the ring and Ciampa slaps Black. They fight back and forth for a while. Black teases a dive but flips back in the ring then minutes later hits a dive on Ciampa on the other side of the ring. Ciampa cuts Black off outside and throws Black, knee first into the steps. Ciampa suplexs Aleister Black into th steps, legs first. Ciampa targets the knees for a while. Ciampa drops Black, knee first, onto the announce table, then pats himself on the back. Back in the ring, Ciampa puts Black in the tree of woe and elbows the knee over and over. The crowd actually boos Ciampa. Aleister Black fights back but is struggling with the injured knee. Black can’t hit the Black mass because hits knee hurts but ends up hitting Ciampa with a German suplex with a bridge, with one leg. Black goes for a moonsault to the outside but Ciampa moves quickly and hits a tower of London(draping cutter) on the apron. They start trading forearms, then boots, then roll ups. Black hits the moonsault from the corner to the outside. Ciampa hits his finisher, the fairytale ending but Black kicks out. They trade finishers and when Black hits the Black mass, Ciampa just rolls over as Black crawls for the pin. Black kicks out of another fairytale ending but Ciampa hits another, then pick Aleister Black up for a fourth but Black kicks Ciampa but couldn’t hit Black mass so Ciampa hits a fourth fairytale ending and retains the title. Winner: Tomasso Ciampa
Johnny Gargano walks onto the stage as Ciampa is walking out. The two stare at each other and Gargano stares at the NXT Championship and holds up the North American title. They both hold their championships in the air as they go off the air.
Well, that was two and a half hours that flew by. Another great show from NXT packed with awesome matches. Definitely a must watch show, without a match on the card I would skip. Top show.
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