Here's what's on tap for tonight's show:
NXT Champion Finn Balor and Kyle O'Reilly meet face-to-face hosted by Shawn Michaels
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai
Mixed Tag Team Match: Candice LeRae & Johnny Gargano vs. Io Shirai (NXT Women's Champion) & Damian Priest (NXT North American Champion)
We kick off tonight's show with highlights that recap last week.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Dakota Kai w/ Raquel Gonzalez
This match is happening because Blackheart eliminated Kai in last week's battle royal. Kai talks trash to start and pie faces Blackheart. Blackheart takes her down and gains the upper hand early. Blackheart gets a couple quick near falls. Atomic drop followed by a double leg drop by Shotzi. Shades of Jeff Hardy and Lita. An arm breaker by Shotzi and she gets another near fall. Blackheart locks Kai in a crazy submission but Kai escapes and tries to lock in an arm bar. Shotzi escapes and beats on Kai in the corner. Kai turns the tide and delivers boots in the corner. Both ladies trade blows. Kai gets the upper hand as she beats down Blackheart in the corner. Near fall for Kai and she seems surprised Blackheart kicked out. Kai charges by Blackheart counters with a drop toe hold putting Kai on the second rope. Blackheart goes for something but Gonzalez gets on the apron to cut her off. Kai hits a back breaker as we go to a split screen commercial.
During the commercial, Kai delivers kicks to Blackheart in the corner and gets a near fall. Kai remains in control through the break and picks up a couple near falls. Shotzi stops her momentum and hits a nice sunset bomb for a near fall. Kai quickly regains control and works a submission.
We're officially back and Blackheart battles back and squashes Kai in the corner. Blackheart builds momentum with a knee strike and step up enziguri. Senton by Blackheart while Kai is draped across the second rope. Chicken wing German suplex by Blackheart for a near fall. Double knees by Kai stops Blackhearts momentum. The ladies fight to the apron where they trade shots. BLACKHEART HITS A SLICE OF BREAD #2 ON KAI ON THE APRON!! THEY BOTH TOOK A HARD FALL!! DAMN!! The ref checks on both ladies outside. Blackheart makes it back into the ring. She runs off the ropes but is tripped by Gonzalez. HERE COMES RHEA RIPLEY TO TAKE OUT GONZALEZ!! Kai is back in the ring now. KAI MISSES A KICK IN THE CORNER AND BLACKHEART ROLLS HER UP FOR THE WIN @ 13:09!! I enjoyed this match and it's a big win for Blackheart.
Santos Escobar and Isaiah "Swerve" Scott join us for an interview. Swerve says he has had opportunities at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship but he wouldn't call them "fair" chances. Swerve reminds us that he's the only one that has beaten Escobar. Escobar laughs Escobar calls Swerve a parasite for hanging around. Escobar says Swerve is a complainer. Swerve talks about all the tricks Escobar has pulled. Escobar says when it really matters, Swerve can't deliver. Swerve says he has adapted to everything in life and he's ready for anything. Swerve claims he will showcase to the world what he's capable of and prove Escobar is a fraud. Escobar says Swerve has made it about himself. Escobar says he has built the division in his image and Swerve has no respect. Swerve says he will be ready at Takeover.
Prime target on the journey of Kyle O'Reilly is next!
A video package airs hyping the championship matches at Takeover 31.
Another night vision video packages airs for someone who is returning at Takeover.
The Prime target for Kyle O'Reilly video package airs. This is really well done.
Commentary gives us the news that TEGAN NOX HAS A TORN ACL!!
Sara Schreiber interviews Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano. Candice says Tegan deserved the torn ACL. They say they're the power couple of NXT. They claim that they will both become champions on Sunday.
Cameron Grimes announces the Cameron Grimes Invitational Stepping Stone to the Moon match! He has hand picked the opponents.
Cameron Grimes vs. Joey Pistachio
CAVE IN BY GRIMES!! 1...2...3!! He wins in 5 seconds!
Grimes calls out another guy named Joey Strong but RIDGE HOLLAND KILLS HIM ON THE RAMP!! Grimes says Holland isn't part of the invitational.
Cameron Grimes vs. Ridge Holland
HOLLAND DESTROYS GRIMES!! Holland continues to beat the hell out him and doesn't listen to the ref. The ref calls for the bell as Grimes rolls out of the ring lifeless. I GUESS GRIMES WINS BY DQ @ 0:40? I'm not sure this was an official match. More like just an ass whooping but the ref did call for the bell.
Sara Schreiber interviews Austin Theory. Theory claims he should of been in the gauntlet eliminator match. He says Kyle O'Reilly's video was touching but he isn't the future. Theory mentions his WrestleMania appearance. Theory says O'Reilly should be catching up to him.
A video promo from KUSHIDA now.
KUSHIDA vs. Tony Nese
Nese flexes his muscles and gets kicked in the head. More kicks by KUSHIDA. Nese catches him with a kick and then sling shots Kushida over the top rope. They fight outside where KUSHIDA sends Nese shoulder first into the ring post. Back in the ring, KUSHIDA works on the arm. Nese tries a pump handle slam but KUSHIDA escapes and goes back to the arm. KUSHIDA does a running bulldog with the arm. KUSHIDA stomps the face of Nese repeatedly. HOVERBOARD LOCK BY KUSHIDA AND NESE TAPS @ 2:12!! Thanks for coming Nese as KUSHIDA dominates. VELVETEEN DREAM IS ON THE TRON!! Dream says the Takeover spotlight will be too bright for KUSHIDA. Dream always performs best under the spotlight. Cya Sunday!
Backstage, Cameron Grimes complains about Ridge Holland and wants to talk to William Regal. GRIMES RUNS INTO DEXTER LUMIS!! Grimes asks Lumis where Regal is but gets no response. Grimes calls Lumis a freak and walks off.
Back from commercial, ADAM COLE is in the ring. He says for three years, the Undisputed Era has dominated NXT. The prophecy came true. He says more importantly, people knew if they crossed the UE, they would pay. Then when they lost the titles, people thought they could say whatever they wanted to the UE without consequences. Nothing has changed. They are the same UE that have dominated. Cole says if Austin Theory wants to run his mouth about Kyle O'Reilly, he can come say it to Cole's face. Theory comes out to no music. Cole gives him two options. 1) fight him like a man 2) stay there and they will beat him where he stands. Theory comes to the ring,
Adam Cole vs. Austin Theory
Cole goes on the attack! Cole stomps Theory in the corner. Two big kicks takes Theory down. Neck breaker by Cole. This is all Cole. Theory avoids a pump kick and rolls out of the ring. Cole goes outside and hits the pump kick!! Cole breaks the count and sends Theory into the steps. Another kick to the face by Cole and he follows with another neck breaker for a near fall. Snap suplex by Cole now. Cole is just taking his time dissecting Theory. Another beat down in the corner. Theory tries to fight back and its a rolling drop kick for a near fall as we go to a commercial.
We're back and Theory is stomping on Cole in the corner. A snap mare by Theory followed by a stomp. Theory grounds Cole and then hits a back breaker. Standing moonsault by Theory for a near fall. Theory runs into a boot by Cole and Cole starts to build momentum again. Cole with a kick followed by a back stabber. Near fall for Cole. Another pump kick by Cole and then the fireman's carry into the neck breaker across the knee! 1...2...NO!! Cole goes to the second rope. THEORY COUNTERS THE PANAMA SUNRISE!! Theory hits a kick to the back of the neck and follows with a BLUE THUNDER BOMB!! 1...2...NO!! Both men trade strikes in the middle of the ring. BIG SUPER KICK BY COLE!! Theory rolls into another super kick!! COLE DELIVERS A BRAINBUSTER!! LAST SHOT BY COLE FOR THE WIN @ 13:01!! Cole looks into the camera and says Kyle O'Reilly was born ready for Takeover. Cole says O'Reilly will shock the world at Takeover but he won't shock Cole.
Connor's Cure video. September is pediatric cancer awareness month.
Sara Schreiber interviews Damian Priest and Io Shirai. Priest says Gargano and LeRae calling themselves the power couple is cute and they can have that name because they aren't getting the titles. Priest calls himself and Shirai rock stars. Shirai talks in Japanese and then says they are rock stars. They fist bump. Priest leaves and Shirai says, "He's not bad."
Kayden Carter w/ Kacy Catanzaro vs. Xia Li
Both ladies trade unique near falls early on before a stand off. More near fall counters and Carter hits a spring board drop kick for a near fall. Li takes Carter down hard and pulls her outside where Carter lands hard on the floor. Back in the ring, Li goes on the attack with strikes. Near fall for Li. Knee strikes by Li followed by a kick to the midsection. More near falls for Li. Li beats on Carter in the corner. Carter kicks her away and builds some momentum of her own. Roll through by Carter and she delivers a kick to the face. Both ladies trade more pinning counters and CARTER GETS THE BETTER OF THE EXCHANGE AND PINS LI FOR THE WIN @ 3:23! Carter offers Li a handshake after the match but Li pushes her down. Catanzaro reaches out to Li but Li pushes her away as well.
Balor and O'Reilly are face-to-face next!
Shawn Michaels is in the ring now with NXT Champion Finn Balor and Kyle O'Reilly. They shake hands before sitting down. Balor congratulates O'Reilly for winning the gauntlet. O'Reilly says he has respect for Balor. Michaels says this is the best Balor we've ever seen. Michaels calls O'Reilly the best kept secret in NXT or all of WWE. Balor doesn't think O'Reilly is a secret at all. He knows how good O'Reilly is. O'Reilly says he's a fan of Balor but O'Reilly says this is certain defeat for Balor. Balor asks if the Undisputed Era will be there or will O'Reilly come like a man. O'Reilly says this is about him and his moment. Not the Undisputed Era. Shawn Michaels asks if there will be a power struggle in the UE. O'Reilly says no. O' Reilly doesn't want any Balor excuses when O'Reilly wins. O'Reilly claims Sunday is the biggest match of his career and the biggest moment of his life. Balor says this main event will be life altering. O'Reilly says it's bullshit that he is considered the "underdog". O'Reilly says “Something about the sound of a man’s kneecap exploding tends to sway public opinion." O'Reilly says this Sunday, a tag team specialist shocks the world again. Michaels says Balor gets the final word. Balor says O'Reilly is great and he would be champion after Sunday if he was facing anyone other than Balor!
Commentary runs down the Takeover card.
Mixed Tag Team Match
Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae vs. Damian Priest (NXT North American Champion) & Io Shirai (NXT Women's Champion)
Priest and Shirai run to the ring and we have a brawl. LeRae and Gargano bail! Priest and Gargano officially start. Priest backs Gargano into the corner but Gargano uses his speed to avoid him. Priest catches him and corners Gargano where he delivers a series of strikes followed by a side walk slam. Gargano rolls into his corner. Priest tags Shirai so LeRae must come in. They talk trash to each other and the punches start flying. LeRae corners Shirai but misses the charge. Near fall by LeRae after a roll up. Shirai hits flapjack followed by a low drop kick. Gargano steps in to get in front of Shirai. That brings Priest in. Double knees by Shirai to LeRae in the corner. LeRae and Gargano roll out of the ring. SHIRAI GETS ON PRIEST SHOULDERS AND DIVES TO THE OUTSIDE TO TAKE OUT GARGANO AND LERAE AS WE GO TO A SPLIT SCREEN COMMERCIAL.
In the ring, Io works on Candice. Candice gets draped across the middle rope. Io goes for a 619 and Johnny covers Candice so he takes the hit, This allows Candice to hit a neck breaker to take advantage and wear down Io. LeRae controls the rest of the break.
We're offically back from commercial. Candice continues to wear down Io. Io starts a come back and hits a nice German suplex. Shirai tags Priest. Priest takes down Gargano with a clothesline before hitting a back elbow in the corner. BROKEN ARROW BY PRIEST!! 1...2...NO!! Priest goes for the Razor's Edge but Gargano slides out of it. They trade kicks and Shiari tags Priest. Shirai takes out Gargano with a kick and then turns her attention to LeRae. Shirai locks LeRae in a crossface. Gargano saves her. Priest takes out Gargano. LeRae takes over on Shirai. LeRae hits senton but misses a moonsault. Back breaker by Shirai!! SHIRAI GOES TO THE TOP BUT GARGANO ROLLS LERAE OUT OF THE RING! Priest takes out Gargano. SHIRAI WITH A MOONSAULT ON GARGANO!! Shirai tags Priest. PRIEST GOES FOR THE RECKONING ON GARGANO BUT LERAE LOW BLOWS PRIEST!! Shirai chase LeRae around the ring. GARGANO HITS PRIEST WITH THE ONE FINAL BEAT DDT TO GET THE WIN @ 10:14!! LeRae comes back in the ring and hits a back stabber on Shirai!! GARGANO AND LERAE HOLD UP THE TITLES OVER PRIEST AND SHIRAI TO END THE SHOW!!
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