Original Air Date: January 31, 2018
Event Date: January 27, 2018
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson
Ring Announcer: Mike Rome
NXT took over Philadelphia, and it was great. Also, Ciampa returned and attacked Gargano.
“Resistance” by Powerflo
Nikki Cross vs Lacey Evans
(referee: Darryl Sharma)
Result: Nikki Cross wins via pinfall after a swinging fisherman neckbreaker
This was fun. It was rather short, but it was all about Nikki Cross going nuts on Lacey Evans. Cross attacked Evans with a wild flurry of strikes right from the opening bell, and she barely let up the entire time. Evans fought Cross off a little, but Nikki wouldn’t be held back long. Evans just wasn’t ready for Cross in this one.
The Undisputed Era defeated the Authors of Pain at Takeover.
Ember Moon survived Baszler’s attack and managed to get the win and retain her title at Takeover. Unfortunately, Baszler choked out Ember Moon after the match.
From Takeover, Kayla Braxton asked Baszler about her match and her attack on Ember Moon. Baszler tells Braxton to go ask Ember Moon who feels like a winner after their match.
Aleister Black and Adam Cole got extreme in Philadelphia at Takeover.
From Takeover, The Undisputed Era wonders what happened in the Extreme Rules match. They do know that SAnitY will pay for their interference though.
Velveteen Dream didn’t knock Kassius Ohno out in thirty seconds, but Dream did win the match at Takeover.
From Takeover, Kayla Braxton asks Velveteen Dream about his thirty second promise. Dream tells Braxton to read his trunks. They read, “dream over.”
TM61 vs Ealy Brothers
(referee: Eddie Orengo)
Result: Nick Miller pins Gabriel Ealy after Thunder Valley
Pretty good match. It was quick, but TM61 was very energetic, fitting a lot of action into just over three minutes. TM61 looked good in their return to an NXT ring. The Ealy brothers didn’t look bad either, but they got a bit steamrolled by TM61.
Christy St. Cloud holds a mic while TM61 say that “the mighty don’t kneel.”
Clips from the NXT Title match at Takeover, Almas versus Gargano. Alos, clips of Ciampa attacking Gargano after the match.
From Takeover, Ciampa refuses to say anything as he walks out of the arena.
From the Royal Rumble, Cathy Kelley asks Zelina Vega and Andrade Cien Almas about his participation in the Rumble match. Almas says this is only the beginning. Vega wonders where Gargano was.
UK Title Number One Contender Match
Roderick Strong vs Tyler Bate
(referee: Drake Wuertz)
Result: Roderick Strong wins via pinfall after End of Heartache
Time: 8:32 (1 break)
Great match! Strong and Bate make for a truly exciting match-up. Bate brought more speed to Strong, and Strong brought more hard-hitting moves to Bate (not that either man lacked in either department). This match got very fast towards the end, and some of the moves and combinations are devastating. I’ll probably be watching this one a few more times.
This was essentially a wrap-up show for Takeover, but it was quite enjoyable. The main event had a lot to do with that, but the rest of the show kept my interest as well. Sure, there were lots of video packages of stuff I’ve already seen, but I liked the additional footage shown, and the two undercard matches were fun.
Match of the Night
Roderick Strong vs Tyler Bate
This is probably match of the week as well.
Official Results: http://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/2018-01-31