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NXT 8/5/2020: Women's Takeover Match Set; Tag Titles Main Event; McAfee/Cole Fight!!!

Here's what's scheduled for tonight:

  • Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne

  • Non-Title Match: NXT Champion Keith Lee vs. Cameron Grimes

  • #1 Contender's Match (Winner faces NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai at NXT Takeover XXX): Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai

  • NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Undisputed Era vs. Imperium (champs)

  • Triple Threat Qualifying Match for the Ladder Match at NXT Takeover XXX for the NXT North American Championship: Oney Lorcan vs. Damian Priest vs. Ridge Holland

  • Pat McAfee will appear to address his recent confrontation with Adam Cole

We open with highlights of what went down last week including NXT Champion Keith Lee calling out Karrion Kross, Dexter Lumis winning his triple threat match, and the Undisputed Era returning.

We're kicking things off when women's action!

#1 Contender's Match

Rhea Ripley vs. Dakota Kai

This will be interesting because prior to this match, I would of said Kai would be facing Io Shirai for sure. The bell sounds and they lock up and Ripley immediately over powers Kai. Kai gives Ripley a slap that does nothing but piss Ripley off and Ripley takes Kai down with a clothesline and drop kick. Ripley beats on Kai in the corner. All Ripley early on. More strikes from corner to corner by Ripley before a standing delayed vertical suplex that was nicely done. That gets a near fall. Ripley picks Kai up wheelbarrow style and sends Kai face first into the mat for another near fall. Things are going to good for Ripley. Kai fights back with a few punches but that's not going to do anything as Ripley continues to the beat down and locks Kai in a grape vine and puts the squeeze on her. Kai tries to stack her for a pin but again no luck and Ripley delivers a series of forearms to Kai. Ripley turns it into a near fall before wiping out Kai with a clothesline. A couple more near falls by Ripley. Everything Kai has tried to this point has been countered. The action goes to the outside where Ripley gets Kai up in an ELECTRIC CHAIR BEFORE DROPPING HER FACE FIRST ON THE APRON!! Back in the ring, Ripley gets a near fall as we go to a split screen commercial.

During the break, Kai fights back and gets a near fall of her own. Kai beats on Ripley in the corner and delivers a running boot to the face getting a near fall. It's all Kai now during the break as the momentum has shifted. More kicks from Kai and another near fall. Officially back from the break, Kai hits Ripley with a big boot after kicking out of a roll up. Kai works Ripley's arms and neck in a submission. Ripley escapes and hits a kick to the midsection. Ripley starts hitting a bunch of strikes including some knees to the face before a drop kick. Ripley has Kai in the electric chair before sending her face first into the mat again! Both women trade strikes. Kai talks trash and Ripley makes her pay for it. RIPLEY SETS UP FOR THE RIPTIDE BUT KAI COUNTERS INTO A DDT!!! 2 COUNT!! Awesome counter! Ripley connects with a big boot and LOCKS KAI IN THE PRISM TRAP!! Kai rolls through and Ripley goes face first into the turnbuckle. Big boot by Kai to Ripley in the corner and both women go up to the top turnbuckle. Ripley knocks Kai off but MERCEDES MARTINEZ SHOWS UP AND KICKS RIPLEY ON THE APRON!! GO TO KICK BY KAI AND THAT'S ENOUGH FOR THE WIN @ 15:48!! Ripley's nose is busted open! Kai vs. Io Shirai is official for Takeover XXX! After the match, Martinez attacks Ripley!!

Earlier today, we see the Undisputed Era arrive. The tag team championship match will be the main event!

We see where Pat McAfee was talking to Shawn Michaels earlier today.

Bronson Reed vs. Shane Thorne

There's no way Reed should lose this. They lock up and Reed over powers Thorne into the corner. Clean break. Thorne delivers forearms to Reed but Reed no sells them. Reed runs into a drop kick that takes Reed to the outside. Thorne takes Reed out on the outside with a dive. Reed picks Thorn up in a full nelson and slams him on the apron. In the ring, Reed goes to the top but Thorne cuts him off. Thorn tries a double under hook but is pushed off. Thorne is able to hit some strikes followed by a senton to Reed's back. Knee to the face by Thorne gets a near fall. Reed is back up and head butts Thorne. Military press and a senton by Reed to Thorne. Thorne tries to take down Reed but has no luck. Reed turns Thorne inside out with a clothesline. DEATH VALLEY DRIVER BY REED!! TSUNAMI SPLASH BY REED AND IT'S OVER @ 4:31!! Thorne got a little too much offense in for my liking. Reed should be looking like a beast heading into Takeover if they want us to take him seriously.

Breezango arrived earlier today and were attacked by Legado del Fantasma in the parking lot!! Legado del Fantasma put Fandango in their SUV and drive off.

A video package highlights the triple threat later tonight between Ridge Holland, Oney Lorcan, and Damian Priest. That match is next!

Robert Stone is walking with Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez. They are interviewed and Stone says Rhea Ripley may be done with the Robert Stone Brand but they're not done with her.

We see highlights of Dexter Lumis winning his triple threat match last week. Lumis injured his ankle and we don't know his status for Takeover XXX.

Triple Threat Qualifying Match

Winner advances to the Ladder Match at NXT Takeover XXX for the NXT North American Championship

Damian Priest vs. Oney Lorcan vs. Ridge Holland

This is Holland's NXT debut. Holland was never pinned and never submitted in NXT UK. Seems like they're building him up. Priest takes out both men early. Lorcan gets smashed in the corner but both other men and then Priest takes out Holland with a jumping flat liner! The action goes to the outside and Lorcan takes out Priest and Holland on the outside. Back in the ring, Lorcan leaps off the top only to be caught by Holland. Suplex to Lorcan. Priest hits some strikes but Holland suplexes Priest too and sends him to the outside as we go to a commercial.

We're back and Priest is trading blows with Holland in the middle of the ring. Lorcan flips off the top to take them both out. Lorcan hits a double block buster!! Holland kicks out a 2! Single leg crab by Lorcan on Priest. Lorcan delivers uppercuts to both men and gets another near fall on Priest. Holland sends Lorcan in the air with a pounce and follows with a big suplex for a near fall. Priest is back but Holland escapes the Reckoning. Gut wrench power bomb by Holland on Priest but Lorcan beaks up the pin. All three men are down. Lorcan delivers chops to Holland but Holland no sells! More chops and Lorcan adds uppercuts to take down Holland. Strikes to Priest from Lorcan. Lorcan goes off the ropes and HOLLAND TAKES LORCAN'S HEAD OFF WITH A CLOTHESLINE. CHOKE SLAM BY PRIEST ON HOLLAND!! PRIEST HITS THE RECKONING ON LORCAN AND IT'S OVER @ 10:16!! Good hard hitting action by all involved here. I was a little surprised Holland didn't win but I like Priest winning. Priest points at the title afterward.

NXT Champion Keith Lee will face Cameron Grimes next!

Commentary talks about how Pat McAfee and Adam Cole have apparently squashed what beef they had. I'm not sure I buy that.

Non-Title Match

Cameron Grimes vs. NXT Champion Keith Lee

Keith Lee looks pissed off before we even start. That's not good for Grimes. The bell rings and Grimes immediately begs off and rolls out of the ring. Grimes says he knows Lee is pissed and Grimes eventually gets back in the ring. Nothing Grimes tries has any effect!! Lee takes Grimes down with ease using a shoulder tackle. Grimes tries to escape but Lee pulls him back in. Another shoulder tackle by Lee. Lee sends Grimes from corner to corner with enough force to send Grimes up and over the floor outside. Lee goes outside and charges but Grimes takes out his leg before sending Lee into the steps. ASAI MOONSAULT BY GRIMES as we go to a commercial!

Back from the break, Grimes hits Lee but Lee no sells and starts pounding Grimes. Cross body by Lee gets a near fall. Grimes escapes a Spirit Bomb. KEITH LEE GOES FOR THE BIG BANG CATASTROPHE BUT GRIMES COUNTERS FOR A NEAR FALL! Grimes tries another pin using the ropes for leverage but only gets 2!! Grimes dives off the top but Lee catches him. They both come off the ropes and collide in a collision course and Grimes gets a near fall. Grimes tries the Cave In but Lee blocks it and pounds Grimes to the mat. Forearms and chops by Grimes but it just pisses Lee off!! Four short arm clotheslines by Lee and LEE HITS A HUGE SPIRIT BOMB TO FINISH IT @ 12:29!! Lee wasn't in the mood for games from the very beginning and dominated most of the match. Grimes did get some time to shine as he countered both of Lee's big moves at one point. The lights go out and we hear Scarlett talking. Karrion Kross appears on the tron and says he guesses we are doing things the hard way and says he hasn't seen William Regal in person since he signed. Kross says the body count will rise until he gets what he wants. We see that Kross has taken out Danny Burch backstage but I couldn't tell who it was.

The Undisputed Era is warming up backstage.

"Moth into Flame" by Metallica is the official song for NXT Takeover XXX. Commentary talks about the NXT Takeover XXX card. William Regal talks about the ladder match for the NXT North American Championship. Regal tells us that Dexter Lumis will be unable to compete. In two weeks, the losers of the triple threat matches that weren't defeated will have single matches and the two winners will be in the ladder match.

Legado del Fantasma is here and they've carried Fandango out with them. Santos Escobar talks and says it's unfortunate people like Breezango assist. They put Fandango in the ring. Escobar says Breezango mocked their culture at the Great American Bash and spit in the face of him. Escobar says the disrespect stops now. TYLER BREEZE tries to make the save but they kick his ass too! Escobar says that whoever speaks his name will end up like Breezango, including Isiah "Swerve" Scott.

We get highlights of the Undisputed Era's tag team history.

Damian Priest is interviewed about the Takeover ladder match in the parking lot when he's interrupted by Bronson Reed. They argue over who will win and Priest challenges Reed to a one-on-one match.

Tom Phillips talks about Takeover and introduces Pat McAfee to commentary who was invited here by Adam Cole.

Tegan Nox vs. Indi Hartwell

They meet face to face and Hartwell talks trash before getting hit in the face for her troubles. Hartwell backs Nox into the corner and then hits a back breaker before going to a head lock. Commentary is only talking to McAfee about his recent wedding and the UE. Meanwhile, Hartwell gets another near fall and work a chin lock. Nox gets a quick roll up for a near fall before eating a boot from Hartwell. Hartwell charges but Nox takes her down with a cross body and a series of punches before beating Hartwell down in the corner. Running senton by Nox. SHINIEST WIZARD BY NOX AND BALL GAME @ 3:04!! Good rebound win for Nox after losing to Io Shirai a few weeks ago.

Imperium is warming up. Main event is next! Pat McAfee says he's sticking around for the match which means he probably plans on interfering.

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

Imperium (champs) vs. Undisputed Era w/ Adam Cole & Roderick Strong

Commentary talks up the McAfee/Cole situation. We start with O'Reilly and Aichner. They trade strikes early and O'Reilly gets the better end of the deal taking Aichner into the UE corner. Fish is in now to continue where O'Reilly left off. Aichner catches Fish off the ropes and plants him with a back breaker for a near fall. Aichner works an arm on Fish and tags Barthel. UE gets the upper hand as O'Reilly comes back in. Quick tags by UE but Fish slips up allowing Barthel to tag Aichner and they hit Fish with a spine buster combo as we go to a split screen commercial.

During the break, Imperium isolates Fish and taunts O'Reilly while they do it. Adam Cole is on the outside and it appears he keeps looking back at commentary. Back from break, good tag work by Imperium to keep isolating Fish. McAfee talks about why he doesn't know why Cole is staring him down. Fish is close to a tag and finally makes it!! O'Reilly is cleaning house!! Strikes by O'Reilly takes down Barthel! O'Reilly takes down both Imperium guys with a dragon screw. O'Reilly sends Aichner to the outside and dragon screws Barthel across the rope. O'Reilly drops a knee off the top and LOCKS IN A KNEE BAR!! Diving head butt by Fish!! SPRINGBOARD MOONSAULT BY AICHNER BREAKS IT UP THE KNEE BAR!! COLE GOES TO THE COMMENTARY TABLE TO CONFRONT MCAFEE!! Cole thought they buried the hatchet and THROWS WATER ON MCAFEE!!! TRIPLE H AND SHAWN MICHAELS ARE HERE TO KEEP THEM FIGHTING!! Meanwhile in the ring, Imperium knocks O'Reilly out of the ring and HITS A EUROPEAN BOMB ON FISH FOR THE WIN @ 10:46!! IMPERIUM RETAINS!! Good match as expected but Cole and McAfee was the focus

Imperium runs off with their titles!! Triple H and Shawn Michaels keep Adam Cole and Pat McAfee separated! Referees are here to help them!! MCAFEE TELLS COLE HE WILL ALWAYS BE A TINY LITTLE BITCH!!! COLE TRIES TO COME ACROSS THE TABLE TO GET HIM. MCAFEE BACKS AWAY AND THEN DOES A RUNNING FOOTBALL PUNT TO COLE!!! McAfee walks off and talks trash. COLE IS OUT COLD!!! Michaels ask Triple H if medical staff is on their way to check on Cole as we end the show!!

Next week:

  • Triple Threat Qualifying Match for the Ladder Match at NXT Takeover XXX for the NXT North American Championship: Kushida vs. Cameron Grimes vs. ???

  • Damian Priest vs. Bronson Reed

  • Karrion Kross vs. Danny Burch

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