The following is from our play-by-play coverage of the WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix event in Phoenix, Arizona at the Talking Stick Resort Arena on the WWE Network:
WWE NXT North American Champion Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano.
They trade a series of pin attempts then several reversals that popped the crowd. Ricochet hit a tiger wall flip moonsault to the floor to take out Ricochet. Ricochet with a big right hand then Gargano sent him head first into the top turnbuckle.
Gargano followed up with a drop kick to the back of the head of his opponent. The challenger worked over the left arm of the champion then tried to separate his shoulder. Ricochet avoided a spring board move and hit a standing moonsault to his back. Ricochet with a series of strikes then some chops in the corner followed by a head kick and a springboard uppercut. Ricochet with a suplex then a brain buster for 2. Ricochet missed a dive off the top rope and Gargano caught him with a powerbomb then transitioned into a crossface. Gargano rolled him up for 2 then hit a head kick followed by a springboard DDT but Ricochet caught him and tossed him to the floor.
Ricochet landed a big outside dive then sent him back into the ring. Ricochet connected with an uppercut and hit a standing superstar press and a moonsault off the middle rope for 2. Gargano placed him on the top rope but Ricochet caught him and Gargano went for an hurricanrana but Ricochet landed on his feet. The crowd popped. Gargano missed a super kick and Ricochet hit a head kick. Ricochet missed a spring board elbow and Gargano locked in the Gargano Lock but Ricochet got out of it with a deadlift into a suplex sending him flying into the corner. Ricochet hit an outside dive then a 450 Splash off the top rope for a near fall. Ricochet went for a shooting star press but Gargano put up his knees and covered him for 2.
Gargano hit a reverse hurricanrana on the floor then a springboard DDT in the ring for 2. Gargano ripped up the mat on the floor to expose the concrete. He went against that judgement and Ricochet rolled him up for 2. Ricochet with a big clothesline then headed to the top rope and missed a phoenix splash. Gargano with a super kick but Ricochet locked in the Gargano Escape. Gargano got out of it and hit a brain buster on the exposed floor. Back in the ring, Gargano hit a spring board DDT for the win.
Winner: Johnny Gargano – NEW Champion