NXT Takeover: WarGames II
Original Air Date: November 17, 2018
Event Date: November 17, 2018 (aired live)
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson
Spanish Commentary (ringside): Carlos Cabrera, Marcelo Rodriguez
Ring Announcer: Kayla Braxton
Theme Song: “Voices” by Motionless in White
The war has returned.
Unannounced, Matt Riddle heads to the ring. After getting into a verbal battle with Kassius Ohno on the kickoff show, Riddle challenges Ohno to a fight tonight. Ohno heads to the ring. He says Riddle is too stupid to understand that he’s not ready for NXT, but if he wants to fight, then Ohno will oblige.
Matt Riddle vs Kassius Ohno
(referee: Drake Wuertz)
Result: Matt Riddle wins via pinfall after a knee strike
This was fun. Hopefully they’ll have a nice rematch though.
Two out of Three Falls NXT Women’s Title Match
Kairi Sane vs Shayna Baszler (NXT Women’s Champ)
(referee: Drake Wuertz)
Result: Shayna Baszler wins with 2 falls to 1 and retains the title
Fall 1: Baszler forces Sane to submit to the Kirifuda Clutch (2:00)
Fall 2: Sane pins Baszler after the Insane Elbow (7:35)
Fall 3: Baszler pins Sane with a crucifix pin as a counter to the Insane Elbow (10:54)
Very good match. I wasn’t too surprised with how it turned out, and I think that affected how invested I got in the match, but this was yet another great fight in their series. I love how each match builds on the last and becomes something new and different. There were callbacks to their previous matches in this one, and I love how they were worked in seamlessly.
It was no surprise that Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke would get involved, but Sane had some friends of her own late in the match. That led to an exciting final fall where it seemed like Baszler and Sane were as close as they’ve ever been in regards to either woman being able to win the match at any time.
X-Pac is in the crowd (with his dog).
Tommaso Ciampa stares at the NXT Title.
Johnny Gargano vs Aleister Black
(referee: Tom Castor)
Result: Aleister Black wins via pinfall after two Black Mass kicks
Great match. It was emotional and violent. The sequences and counters were great, the strikes were numerous and brutal, and the finish was sad yet satisfying. I couldn’t have asked for more. The best story in wrestling this year just had another great chapter.
The Undisputed Era is engaged in a discussion.
NXT Title Match
Velveteen Dream vs Tommaso Ciampa (NXT Champ)
(referee: Darryl Sharma)
Result: Tommaso Ciampa wins via pinfall after a draping DDT on the metal connector between the two rings and retains the title
Great match! Both men pushed each other and themselves beyond their limits. I thought the match was over like three or four times before it actually ended. This was a great fight where it felt like neither man would give in. It feels like it’s both of their times right now, and this match showed why. It’s just a shame that there had to be a loser.
Xavier Woods hosted a League of Legends battle between Team WWE and Team NXT yesterday in Los Angeles.
Team NXT won. Handily.
Nita Strauss is in the crowd.
Undisputed Era vs War Raiders & Pete Dunne (UK Champ) & Ricochet (NA Champ)
(referee: Eddie Orengo; stage referees: Drake Wuertz, Darryl Sharma)
Result: Pete Dunne and Ricochet pin Adam Cole after the Bitter End (Dunne) and a 450 splash (Ricochet)
1. Adam Cole
3. Kyle O’Reilly
5. Roderick Strong
7. Bobby Fish
8. Pete Dunne
Fantastic match. It kept going on and on, and it kept getting bigger and bigger. I think they pused hard to make this more exciting than last year. I’m not sure which match I prefer, but this one definitely left a huge impression. Everyone looked great, and hopefully everyone is okay after this brutal, breathtaking match.
Another great Takeover. Every match was built to well and had a great payoff tonight.
Match of the Night
It’s difficult to pick the best match, but I think the spectacle of WarGames might have made the biggest impression on me.
Official Results: https://www.wwe.com/shows/wwenxt/takeover-wargames-ii