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Welcome to the NXT TakeOver: Phoenix! We get an intro video package to hype the matches that will be taking place tonight. Our opening contest is…
WWE NXT Tag Team Champions The Undisputed Era vs. The War Raiders.
They start brawling to begin the match with Strong taking out Hanson with a drop kick to the floor. Rowe took them out with a series of clotheslines followed up by Hanson with one of his own. Rowe tossed Hanson off the apron onto their opponents. Strong went for a shoulder block but was knocked down. Rowe with a drop kick to Strong then Hanson with a splash in the corner for a near fall. O’Reilly now tagged in and worked over Hanson with a series of chops and kicks. Moments later, Rowe got into the ring and started taking out the champions. He no sold a punch by O’Reilly and tossed Strong into his partner to get a pop. O’Reilly connected with a flying knee to Rowe off the apron. Hanson missed a dive through the ropes and crashed onto the floor. Rowe spiked O’Reilly in the corner but the numbers game got the better of O’Reilly. Strong with a back breaker to Rowe for 2. O’Reilly went for an ambar on Rowe and got it until Strong hit a back breaker to him for 2. Rowe tossed O’Reilly onto Fish on the apron. Both nasty landings. Strong took out Hanson with a drop kick then hit one to Rowe. Rowe and O’Reilly exchanged right hands until Rowe caught him with a knee strike to the face. Hanson got the hot tag and landed a series of strikes to Strong then a big splash. Hanson landed a major league clothesline to O’Reilly. Hanson with a series of clotheslines to the champions. Hanson with a powerslam to O’Reilly then a broncobuster to Strong for 2. Strong with a big clothesline to Hanson then got the tag to O’Reilly and so does Rowe. This led to Strong hitting a gut buster to Rowe but Hanson hit a big powerslam to O’Reilly for 2 as Strong took out Rowe with a dive outside of the ring. Rowe with a powerbomb to O’Reilly then Hanson with a splash off the top rope for 2 as Strong broke it up. Hanson went to the top rope but Strong caught him and hit a suplex then O’Reilly with a knee drop for 2. Strong with an olympic slam to Hanson for 2. The champions hit their finisher to Hanson for a near fall. Hanson fired back with a spring board back elbow to the champions then Rowe with a Hanson Star Elbow then the challengers hit their finisher off the top rope for the win.
Winner: The War Raiders – NEW Champions!
Matt Riddle vs. Kassius Ohno
They started brawling right out of the gate then Riddle hitt a suplex to the big man. Ohno with a stiff kick to the gut then Riddle went for a powerbomb off the apron but Ohno blocked and hit a series of head stomps. Back in the ring, Ohno continued to land a series of kicks and further the beatdown. Ohno with a major league head kick then sent him head first into the ring post and back first into the ring steps. Moments later back in the ring, Riddle landed a series of kicks until Ohno bit Riddle’s toes and connected with a powerbomb for a near fall. Ohno with a moonsault off the top rope for 2. Ohno missed his finisher but was able to hit a big boot and a backsplash. Ohno went for another one but Riddle caught him with a rear-naked choke until Ohno made it to the bottom rope. Riddle mounted him and landed a series of strikes until Ohno tapped out.
Winner: Matt Riddle
WWE NXT North American Champion Ricochet vs. Johnny Gargano.
They trade a series of pin attempts then a 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 deadliff 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
NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler vs. Bianca BelAir
BelAir was doing some major trash talk and tossed around the champion then sent her into the ring apron. Shayna sent her shoulder first into the ring post then mounted her and landed a series of strikes. The champion targeted the left shoulder of BelAir and continued that attack. BelAir tried to make a comeback by hitting a series of moves but was cut off by Baszler who hit a knee strike to the face of the challenger. BelAir whipped her hair against the ribs of the champion. Baszler sent BelAir into the referee then pulled her by her hair. BelAir hit her finisher but there’s no referee. Baszler was cut on her gut by that hair whip. BelAir fended off Jessica Duke and Shafir but this allowed Baszler to lock in the rear-naked choke but BelAir powered her way out of it with a suplex. BelAir missed a dive off the top rope and Baszler with the RNC for the win.