WWE NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 Results, Viewing Party & More

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Welcome to the live results watch page for WWE NXT TAKEOVER: WARGAMES 2020 pay-per-view!

The event is scheduled to begin with a kickoff at 6:30 p.m. ET, followed by the main show starting at 7 p.m.

Follow along here throughout the show for the results of each match as well as my personal thoughts on everything throughout the night down after the separation bar.

Keep refreshing for new updates, check out the quick results at the top of the page for the winners and chat it up with everyone in the comments as the show goes on!


Quick Hits Results:

  • WarGames Match: Team Candice (Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Raquel Gonzalez and Toni Storm) defeated Team Shotzi (Ember Moon, Io Shirai, Rhea Ripley and Shotzi Blackheart)
  • Tommaso Ciampa defeated Timothy Thatcher by pinfall.
  • Strap Match: Dexter Lumis defeated Cameron Grimes by submission.
  • NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match: Johnny Gargano defeated Leon Ruff (c) and Damian Priest by pinfall.
  • WarGames Match: The Undisputed ERA defeated Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch

Author’s POV, Running Commentary & Thoughts:


Kickoff

  • Why are they piping in low crowd noise when there’s no one in attendance? That just makes it more awkward. It’s the pre-show. You can get away with silence.
  • Loooooooooooooooooooove everyone doing their impressions of William Regal’s “WARGAMES!” shout. That’s fantastic.
  • Production glitch with Wade Barrett trying to set up the main event video package while it already starts playing.

Women’s WarGames Match

  • Shotzi Blackheart’s got a sweet new tank (as expected) which is more personalized to fit her aesthetic. Skull and the letters “TCB” on the front.
  • We’re starting off with Dakota Kai and Ember Moon.
  • TERRIBLE hurricanrana from Moon while she was laying down. She didn’t come close to catching Kai’s head. Kai never should have sold that.
  • Barrett totally doesn’t realize Team Shotzi has the advantage. He keeps talking about Moon getting ready for a 2-on-1 where she’s in a bad spot as if she isn’t the one who gets an ally in a minute.
  • Shotzi’s next and she’s bringing a toolbox into the ring. I don’t know what they have planned, but I’m sure it’s going to hurt.
  • Good call going with Raquel Gonzalez to come next to help balance this out. She’s the biggest woman on that side. That means, by the way, Rhea Ripley should be next on Team Shotzi if they’re strategizing. Then Storm, Shirai and finally Candice. Let’s see if I’m right.
  • Ripley is next. Point for me. Of course, this showdown between the two tallest women would be more special if they hadn’t already fought numerous times, but they needed this moment in the match.
  • No one’s used the toolbox yet. Curious.
  • Another point for my prediction with Toni Storm coming up next. She’s bringing kendo sticks in. I’m so sick of kendo sticks.
  • Oddly, even though there are more people involved, the action seems to be slowing down. Hopefully, they’ll pick up the pace soon.
  • Io Shirai is bringing in a ladder. I’m nervous what she’s going to do off the top of the cage or something. Gonzalez stops her from coming in while she goes for a second ladder. Then, they repeat that spot again with Shirai getting a chance to put another ladder in, but Gonzalez stopping her. Awkward booking or did they forget a piece of the puzzle and had to go back and redo it? Well, now Shirai has a chair and…is booted out of the ring again. Storm tries to hold the cage door shut with a belt and Shirai’s going to climb to get in, instead. But she gets knocked down again. Strange they’re going in this direction.
  • Ah. Okay. It’s a setup where Candice and Indi Hartwell can double-team Shirai outside the cage. Now, trash cans are in the ring, too, while Indi locks the cage door and Shirai’s still outside it.
  • Stupid heels haven’t realized they can’t score a pin without Shirai being in the ring.
  • Speak of the devil, she wraps herself up in a garbage can and jumps off the top of the cage to get in the mix. WarGames officially begins.
  • Funny moment where Kai stomps onto the garbage can Shirai is inside and Io gets stuck, so Kai can’t get a cover for a good couple seconds. Ha!
  • Team LeRae wins with Raquel powerbombing Shirai off the turnbuckle through a ladder.

Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa

  • I really want Ciampa to go up to the main roster. Anyone else?
  • Since the action is slower here, I have a feeling a lot of people are finding themselves a little bored, whereas if this would have happened first, it might be easier to digest.
  • Thatcher has a bloody ear. I don’t know what caught him, but goddamn does this guy tend to bleed in a lot of his matches. Oh, apparently it was a knee to the head that did the job.
  • That ear is looking gnarly. Ouch. I had a hangnail the other day and it felt like hell. I can only imagine dealing with this.
  • Good match. They beat the crap out of each other.

Strap Match

  • “I’ve got my strap on.” – Do with that quote what you may.
  • Zzzz. Overall, this is boring. There’s only so many times you can see someone whip someone with the strap before you stop caring.
  • This should have had the rules where you need to tap the turnbuckles to win. At least that would have brought a different element to the table.
  • Lumis wins by submission and it’s not all that much different from the previous times he’s beaten Grimes. Just less entertaining.

Triple Threat Match for the NXT North American Championship

  • Hm. Taking Leon Ruff out of the match is interesting. I hope this isn’t some overbooked shenanigans just to try to do something quirky. I’m still hoping he drops the title.
  • So they just bring him back, just like that. Why bother? I guess the point is supposed to be “Look at this guy with a lot of heart” but it’s not as though the Razor’s Edge through the barricade was one of the most brutal things of even the night. Maybe that would have had a better effect if it had taken place before the WarGames match.
  • Good moment with Priest being trapped in the ropes telling Ruff he’d better not tap out to Gargano.
  • Three people dressed up as Ghostface from Scream, not just one, attack Priest. There goes my guess it’s just Austin Theory (although he could still be one of them). Now there are three more. Somehow, they still seem more intimidating than RETRIBUTION. It’s a little strange they’re doing this with an established horror character outside their wheelhouse. At this point, they should be getting paid some sort of advertisement money from the people making the fifth Scream film coming out next year or so.
  • One of the Ghostfaces unmasks and it’s Austin Theory, who says “It was me all along, Austin.” Fantastic little nod there!

The first episode of NXT for the new year (January 6, 2021) will be dubbed NXT New Year’s Evil. Neat.

Men’s WarGames Match

  • Give Kyle O’Reilly a belt so he can play the air guitar properly. He’s off key without a title. We’re starting with him against Pete Dunne.
  • Prediction on the entrants is Danny Burch next. Then, Bobby Fish, Oney Lorcan, Roderick Strong, Pat McAfee and Adam Cole.
  • Well I’m wrong. Lorcan is up next, instead.
  • In comes Bobby Fish. At least I got that one right.
  • “Fish is fired up!” Suddenly, I’m in the mood for some grilled salmon.
  • Danny Burch is next.
  • Cricket? Nobody understands cricket. You gotta know what a crumpet is to understand cricket. (10 points to anyone who gets the reference in the comments)
  • Pat McAfee planned ahead to make tables with the Undisputed ERA’s names on them. Nice.
  • Great moonsault from McAfee to get Strong through the table. Big thumbs up.
  • Adam Cole using the fire extinguisher to get the jump on the 4 Kings of NXT was smart. It wouldn’t have been believable if he just started punching them all and won that encounter.
  • It’s always disappointing when someone doesn’t go through a table and they clearly were supposed to. However, I don’t think Dunne and Burch in that spot would have been particularly great even if it did go off without a hitch.
  • Also, wouldn’t it have made more sense for Cole to push McAfee through the “Cole” table, rather than the O’Reilly one?
  • McAfee pulls off a Swanton from the top of the cage, even. This guy’s great.
  • At least Fish put Burch through the Fish table.
  • O’Reilly gets the win for his team by pinning Lorcan. Pretty damn good match!

For more of a breakdown of this event, check out the post-show podcast on the Smark Out Moment YouTube channel!

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