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:
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa vs. Aleister Black
They start out by locking up and doing some mat based wrestling. They trade strikes in the corner until Black kicked him out of the ring and missed a head kick. Black with a series of kicks after hitting a dive outside of the ring. Black took out the legs of Ciampa then a spring board moonsault for 2.
Ciampa rolled out of the ring to regroup. Ciampa sent him into the ring post a few times to attack the left knee of Black. Back in the ring, Ciampa continued to work over the left knee of Black. Ciampa wrapped the leg around the ring post to further the damage. Ciampa patted himself on the black, took a drink of water until Black landed a big kick to the chest of Black. Back in the ring, Ciampa took out the legs of Black. Ciampa tied him up in the corner and landed some elbow strikes.
Black with some head kicks to knock Ciampa off the top rope. Ciampa rolled him up for 2 then missed a powerbomb but was able to hit a forearm shot to the back of Black then locked in a half boston crab. Ciampa hit an RKO off the apron. Back in the ring, they trade knee strikes. Ciampa with a big boot and rolled him up for 2.
Black with his own roll up for 2. Ciampa landed a big clothesline but Black managed to connect with a double foot stomp. The leg gave out for Black for a moment but he powered through to hit a knee strike and a back breaker for 2. Black with a moonsault off the top rope to the floor. Ciampa hit Fairytale Ending in the ring after Black slipped on some water. Black managed to hit Black Mass but couldn’t get the cover.
Ciampa put the referee in the way to avoid another Black Mass and this allowed Ciampa to hit a draping DDT off the middle rope then hit Fairytale Ending a second time for 2. Ciampa with another Fairytale Ending but Black attempted to fight back but his knee gave out and Ciampa hit the finisher once more to wrap things up.
Winner: NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa