Original Air Date: August 16, 2017
Event Date: July 12, 2017
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome
“Resistence” by Powerflo
Already in the ring, William Regal gets ready to officiate the contract signing for the women’s title match. He first introduces Ember Moon, then Asuka. With both women in the ring, Moon praises Asuka’s dominance, but she points out that Asuka has taken shortcuts with her. Moon says she’s stronger than she’s ever been thanks to Asuka’s attacks and shortcuts, and she will end Asuka’s undefeated streak at Takeover. Moon sings the contract.
Asuka signs without saying a word. After the match is made official, Asuka yells at Moon in Japanese. The two women get face to face in the center of the ring as the segment ends.
Earlier today, approaches Regal and promises that he’ll be good if he can have another tag match. Regal says he’ll give Sullivan one more chance, but he doesn’t want to see Sullivan beat up his partner if they lose.
Street Profits vs Chris Silvio & Lars Sullivan
(referee: Darryl Sharma)
Result: Montez Ford pins Chris Slivio after a diving frog splash
This was a squash. Silvio started the match and never tagged out. This match served two purposes. First, it was a decent exhibition for some of the Street Profit’s moves (mostly just their finisher). And second, it was a big of character development for Lars Sullivan.
Angry, Lars Sullivan enters the ring. He thinks about it for a few seconds, then he leaves the ring and carries Chris Silvio to the backstage area.
Sullivan takes Silvio outside the venue and attacks him, ending by slamming Silvio into a dumpster.
Billie Kay w/ Peyton Royce vs Ruby Riot
(referee: DA Brewer)
Result: Ruby Riot wins via pinfall after an overhead kick
Pretty good match. Billie Kay dominated a surprising amount of this match, and she pulled off a few nice moves. A few of the sequences seemed a little labored here and there, but overall this was a solid match.
Peyton Royce gets on the mic after the match and calls Ruby Riot a “gross, tattooed loser.” She says Ruby will never be “iconic.” Ruby doesn’t seem to care very much.
A video package of the feud between the Authors of Pain and SAnitY.
Roderick Strong vs Drew McIntyre
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: the match ends in a No Contest when Bobby Roode attacks
Time: 9:00 (1 break)
A good match that felt pretty even between these guys. It was going along very well and felt like it was building to something before it was cut short by Bobby Roode. Regardless of who wins at Takeover, I’d like to see Strong and McIntyre fight again.
Bobby Roode interrupts the match and takes out both Strong and McIntyre. He hits a Glorious DDT on McIntyre before holding his title belt high in the air.
A pretty good show. It was well-paced, mostly because it didn’t seem very long. The matches got increasingly better as the night moved along, and there didn’t feel like there were any throwaway segments. It is also a good final show before Takeover, with both the women’s and men’s title matches getting decent airtime.
Match of the Night
Billie Kay vs Ruby Riot
It wasn’t spectacular, but it was solid. Billie Kay surprised me a little, and I liked the finish. The main even was obviously good as well, but the lack of any kind of finish makes me feel that I’d watch the women’s match again before I’d watch tonight’s main event.