Welcome every body to the official first version of the NXT Highlight in 2019. Final week there was a yr finish episode with a match between Matt Riddle & Kassius Ohno sprinkled in. Riddle gained, however the feud will apparently proceed. Tonight begins the house stretch for Takeover: Phoenix although and it seems like we’re in line for an additional loaded present to kick off the yr. Tonight may be the swan music for Nikki Cross and EC3, so let’s get to the motion.
Johnny Takeover Doing It Once more
Johnny Gargano comes out to start out us off with a promo. He says 2018 was a little bit of a curler coaster for him. He had loads of time to mirror in the course of the holidays and realized that success round right here is measured by two issues… wins and championships. It doesn’t matter how exhausting you attempt or how good of an individual you’re, it issues in the event you’re carrying a championship round your waist. So in 2019, Johnny Gargano can be a winner and he will probably be a champion.
As for Tommaso Ciampa… a DIY chant breaks out… Gargano says he’s heard what Ciampa has stated, however what occurred within the cage meant NOTHING and it’ll by no means occur once more. Ciampa continues to be a bit of trash that has the title he needs. There’s one other championship on the market although, and as soon as Ciampa put it on the market for Gargano to tackle Ricochet, Ricochet fired again at Gargano as an alternative of Ciampa. Gargano says if he needs the North American Title, he’ll take it. Ricochet might fly round like a superhero however… And with that, Ricochet’s music cuts him off and right here comes the champ.
Ricochet thanks the gang for his or her help after which tells Gargano all he needed to do was ask for a chance. Gargano thinks he’s simply gonna take it although? Is he gonna take it nose to nose or is he gonna take it by attacking him from behind in a parking zone? Johnny Wrestling has now develop into Johnny Takeover apparently, however because it pertains to Takeover: Phoenix particularly, there’s just one man that may stroll out North American Champion, and Gargano is taking a look at him. That cues up our champion’s music and right here comes Tommaso Ciampa.
Ciampa begins to speak however Gargano tells him to close up because it’s solely about him and Ricochet, not Ciampa. Ciampa appears stunned by Gargano’s phrases after which Aleister Black’s music hits. Black exhibits up on the TitonTron. Black says that he hopes Ciampa is extra involved with him than together with his canine of struggle Gargano. As a result of in contrast to Gargano, he poses an actual menace to Ciampa. In Phoenix, he’ll make Ciampa Fade to Black. The lights exit andwhen they arrive again on, Black is standing behind Ciampa. Black assaults Ciampa and tries to do a transfer on the announce desk, however Ciampa is ready to run away earlier than any injury is completed. The digital camera pans again to the ring as Ricochet and Gargano are watching every thing, and Gargano makes use of the chance to superkick Ricochet when he’s not paying consideration and knocks him out. Gargano kneels over Ricochet with a smirk on his face earlier than strolling away.
Okay-Tank’s Take: Nice use of Black right here. One of many cooler options they’ve finished with him being on the display one second and behind Ciampa the subsequent. I feel I converse for everybody once I say, OH HELL YEAH! Because it pertains to Gargano vs. Ricochet. That’s going to be off the charts unimaginable.
After a business break, we discover out that William Regal has made it official for Takeover: Phoenix, it is going to be Undisputed Period defending their NXT Tag Titles towards Struggle Raiders.
Nikki Cross vs. Bianca Belair
Bianca pie faces Nikki to start out and Nikki simply laughs at her. Nikki shoves Bianca after which hits her with a cross physique. Each ladies commerce blows after which Nikkie tries a roll up, however Bianca does a again handstand to get out of it. Each ladies proceed going forwards and backwards till Nikki finally ends up on the apron and Bianca sends her to the ground. Nikki journeys Bianca on the apron although after which traps her within the ring skirt and kilos away. Bianca is thrown again in and Nikki goes to the highest rope however Bianca cuts her off. Bianca exhibits off her power by getting Nikki off the highest rope with a Gorilla press slam. Then after she drops her, Bianca with a standing moonsault for a two rely. Bianca ultimately hooks on an stomach stretch, which she then turns right into a backbreaker for a two rely.
Bianca dares Nikki to rise up and struggle her. She goes for a vertical suplex, however Nikki counters it right into a DDT for a two rely. Nikki with forearm smashes after which one other cross physique. She splashes Bianca within the nook after which lands a operating bulldog. Nikki hits a fallaway reverse DDT for a two rely. Each ladies counter one another’s assaults till Bianca is ready to land a spear for a two rely. Bianca goes for an enormous splash off the ropes however Nikki will get her knees up. Nikki then lands her swinging Fisherman’s neckbreaker, however Bianca is sensible sufficient to roll out of the ring earlier than Nikki can pin her.
They each find yourself on the ramp and Nikki mounts Bianca with a sleeper maintain, however Bianca simply falls again and lands exhausting on Nikki, who lands more durable on the ramp. Each ladies are simply capable of get within the ring on the rely of 9. Now they begin throwing wild punches at one another. Bianca fees Nikki within the nook however Nikki strikes and Bianca hits the ring submit shoulder first. Nikki with a roll up however Bianca kicks out. Each ladies getting a nicely deserved “this is awesome” chant. Bianca with an enormous forearm to get some separation.
Bianca works Nikki over within the nook after which places her on the highest rope. Nikki making an attempt onerous to battle her off, which she does, after which goes for a cross physique off the highest, however Bianca strikes and Nikki crashes exhausting. Bianca instantly will get Nikki up for the KOD and lands it to remain UN-DE-FEA-TED.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Okay-Tank’s Take: That may be Nikki’s swan track for NXT, and it was a great one. These two have nice chemistry whereas being so totally different from each other. This provides Bianca a robust win heading into her title match at Takeover. I’m unsure if I’ll predict a title change there, however I feel I’m leaning that approach.
We go to The Road Income in a beforehand recorded video. Angelo is beatboxing whereas Montez talks about taking up in 2019. They’re strolling down a sidewalk speaking about locked doorways they’re strolling previous and the way they’re uninterested in locked doorways. They’re gonna open doorways in 2019. They by no means misplaced to groups like Conflict Raiders, Humberto & Raul, or Undisputed Period. Road Income are coming for that gold as a result of they’re all about that gold. So it’s time for season three of Road Speak. We discover out they’ll be in motion subsequent week.
Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel vs. Kunsman and Watts
The opponents’ names are what Mauro stated, in order that’s what we’re going with. Kunsman and Barthel begin issues out and Barthel instantly with the benefit. Barthel with technical wrestling on the mat, however Kunsman reverses it with a wrist lock and is ready to tag in Watts. Watts is tremendous tiny and Barthel is ready to overpower him. Barthel with a palm strike to the throat after which tags in Aichner. Watts with some chops however Aichner with an enormous pop up powerbomb. Watts is ready to attempt to flip it right into a hurricanrana, however Aicher stops him in mid rotation.
Watts scrambles to make a tag to Kunsman. Barthel makes a blind tag and Kunsman tries to battle each off, however can’t. Aichner lands a spinebuster and Barthel follows with a penalty kick for a two rely. Barthel and Aichner beat up Kunsman of their nook. Aichner units up Kunsman on the apron for Barthel to lands a baseball slide dropkick. Kunsman fights off Barthel with an enziguri and tags in Watts. Watts is ready to land an enziguri on Aichner and is preventing his method out of the opponent’s nook. He goes to the highest rope however Barthel cuts him off after which rocket launches Watts into Aichner, who catches him with a brainbuster. Kunsman knocked off the apron. Aichner will get Watts up in a powerbomb and tosses him to Barthel who catches him and lands with a bridging German suplex for the win.
Winners: Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel
Okay-Tank’s Take: So this was a showcase for them to maneuver on to NXT UK as a tag workforce apparently. It’s good to attract eyes to NXT UK, particularly with their first Takeover occasion being this weekend. I assumed the enhancement guys received an excessive amount of offense in and didn’t showcase Aichner & Barthel sufficient, however that ending sequence for them was very spectacular.
We go outdoors to Cathy Kelley, who says that Aleister Black and Tommaso Ciampa have been faraway from Full Sail. Ricochet walks by and she or he asks him about what Gargano did. Ricochet says it doesn’t matter if the match was official but or not, he’s going to Regal to ensure the match for Takeover occurs. Any respect that he had for Gargano, Gargano simply superkicked it away. He’s taking Gargano out.
We get a recap of final week when Matt Riddle made Kassius Ohno faucet out to the Bromission. However afterwards as Ohno faked a fist bump for respect, he attacked Riddle and took him out together with his rolling elbow on the surface. We go to Keith Lee backstage, who’s requested concerning the assault on Riddle by Ohno. Keith says Riddle is somebody he’s travelled the world with. Ohno’s assault was unsettling. His concept is for Ohno to point out up subsequent week and let Keith train him a lesson in respect. Ohno could have no selection however to Take pleasure in His Glory.
Adam Cole (w/Undisputed Period) vs. EC3
About 11 minutes left within the present because the bell rings. Cole displaying off early, and EC3 is certain to match him. EC3 avoids a leap frog after which knocks Cole down with a chop. He goes for the Say My Identify elbow drop however Cole rolls to the ground. Cole tries to return again in however EC3 knocks him proper again to the ground. EC3 goes to tug Cole again within the ring however Cole leaps up with an enziguri that knocks EC3 to the ground. Cole then throws EC3 into the metal steps. Each get again within the ring and Cole begins the assault on the left shoulder that went into the steps. Cole tries to suplex EC3 from contained in the ring to the ground, however EC3 will get up on the underside rope and is ready to counter it and propel Cole again into the ring with an enormous suplex of his personal.
EC3 firing up with elbows and a physique slam. This time he’s capable of land his elbow drop and now needs the one percenter. Cole will get out, however EC3 hooks on the Identify Drop and hits Cole with it for a two rely. Cole again to the shoulder after which drops EC3 with a pump kick for a two rely. Cole catches EC3 with a Backstabber however once more a two rely. Cole pulls down the knee pad and needs the Final Shot however EC3 geese and hits a launch German suplex adopted by a lariat that turns Cole inside out, however can’t end Cole off. Cole blocks a suplex try after which turns it into one among his personal, dropping EC3’s neck over his knee. Now, Cole needs an armbreaker however EC3 powers up an turns it right into a one armed powerbomb. The opposite Period members lastly become involved and EC3 is ready to battle them off, however that in fact results in EC3 strolling right into a Cole superkick, which is adopted by the Final Shot for the win.
Winner: Adam Cole
After the match, the four on 1 assault begins on EC3 till Struggle Raiders music hits and right here they arrive. It’s four on 2 as Rowe is thrown to the ground. Hanson does a cartwheel that avoids him getting hit with Complete Elimination after which takes out the champs. Rowe comes again in and will get Roddy up in a slam as Hanson will get Fish up and places Fish on prime of Roddy in a powerbomb place with Rowe holding them each. That’s spectacular. Rowe sends them each down exhausting after which grabs O’Reilly and he will get the Fall of Man from the Struggle Raiders as they’re capable of clear the ring of Undisputed Period.
Okay-Tank’s Take: That was EC3’s swan music as nicely in NXT. I’m glad his keep wasn’t that lengthy as a result of I don’t know that he belonged there to start with. He didn’t precisely have something memorable in addition to a pair cool vignettes with Velveteen Dream throughout their construct for the final Takeover. This was a superb highlight for Warfare Raiders on the finish, as they’ve been off TV because the final Takeover as a consequence of accidents. They’re getting the title shot, in order that they wanted to be reestablished.
That’s it for this week. Till subsequent time, don’t do something I wouldn’t do… however in case you do, identify it after me!
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