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WWE NXT Spotlight: 12/19/18 (Black vs. Gargano: Steel Cage) By Kurt Zamora

WWE NXT Spotlight: 12/19/18 (Black vs. Gargano: Steel Cage) By Kurt Zamora

Welcome every body to a different installment of the NXT Highlight right here at TJRWrestling. We’re closing 2018 with one of many largest TV principal occasions of the yr, Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black inside a metal cage. We’ve additionally acquired the information that the likes of Lacey Evans, Nikki Cross, Heavy Equipment, & EC3 are becoming a member of Lars Sullivan up on the primary roster. That’s going to open lots of alternatives for a few of the guys that haven’t acquired their push but like Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic. A type of we’ll see in motion tonight. Let’s get to the motion!

Dakota Kai & Io Sharai vs. Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir

Duke and Shafir come out to Shayna Baszler’s theme for these . Dakota and Duke will begin this. Duke overpowers Kai after the tie-up. Duke with a takedown after Dakota avoids her within the nook. Dakota nails her with a seated kick after which a double foot stomp for a two rely. One other kick to the face however Shafir comes from behind and kicks her within the backbone. That permits Duke to get the benefit and lay in some punches. Dakota trapped within the incorrect nook as Shafir tags in. Shafir with a standing Dragon sleeper. Dakota with some knees however Shafir with a robust takedown for a two rely. Dakota thrown exhausting again within the Horsewomen nook and Duke tags again in.

They double workforce Dakota and Duke with a seated kick of her personal for a two rely. Dakota with a pleasant operating again kick that lastly permits her to make the tag to Io . Io and Shafir now within the ring. Io with operating forearms. 619 by Io after which a pleasant springboard entrance dropkick. Shafir arrange within the nook and Io comes at her with operating double knees. Io units up for a moonsault and Duke tries to distract her, however Dakota is available in with a operating huge boot to knock her off the apron. Io leaps together with her moonsault and lands it completely for the win.

Winners: Dakota Kai & Io Sharai

Okay-Tank’s Take: Kairi Sane missed these tapings as a consequence of having hand and mouth illness, in order that they’re simply killing time till they will get again to having the 6 lady storyline. Shafir and Duke appeared superb of their first TV match. I wouldn’t anticipate them to look dangerous within the ring as they’re clearly nice pals with Ronda and Shayna, to allow them to all bounce concepts off one another, and Shafir was only recently married to Roderick Robust.

We get one final vignette for Dijakovic earlier than his debut tonight. Feast your eyes.

We go to 2 weeks in the past when Matt Riddle defeated Punishment Martinez, however was then attacked by Kassius Ohno after the match. We then go to some feedback from Matt Riddle. He says that he’s not too comfortable about it. He can’t blame Ohno although, he knocked Ohno out in 7 seconds earlier than. He dares Ohno to get within the ring with him once more although, as a result of he’ll knock him out in 7 seconds once more. Bro.

Dominik Dijakovic vs. Aaron Mackey

We’re apparently utilizing Dijakovic’s first identify in any case. Sorry Rusev & Cesaro. Perhaps it’ll occur. Huge punch to the midsection by Dijakovic. Forearm smashes after which a clothesline. Throwing suplex that sends Mackey throughout the ring. Operating forearm within the nook after which a standing backbreaker adopted by him simply throwing Mackey throughout the ring once more. He yells it’s time to Feast Your Eyes, and that results in a Burning Hammer into a robust knee raise. That appears spectacular. That’s the finisher.

Winner: Dominik Dijakovic

Okay-Tank’s Take: The most important takeaway from this match is I’ve been saying his identify Di-jak-o-vic. They’re saying it Di-ja-kovic. Seems like he’ll be a heel, which is ok as all the brand new indy stars can’t be faces. He and Keith Lee have had some INCREDIBLE matches on the indies and I might like to see that feud instantly began up right here in NXT. They’ve additionally been a tag workforce, however I don’t see Keith turning heel.

We get a vignette for Heavy Equipment as they’re in motion subsequent.

We discover out that William Regal has determined after tonight, Io Sharai would be the 4th lady within the Deadly four Approach #1 Contender’s Match subsequent week. So it’s Bianca Belair, Mia Yim, Lacey Evans, & Io Sharai.

Heavy Equipment vs. Mike Howell and Danny Dakarto

Otis throws Howell throughout the ring, who instant goes to tag in Dakarto. That doesn’t go nicely as Tucker is available in they usually do an excellent collider from the powerslam place. Howell will get thrown out of hte ring and now Tucker is simply operating nook to nook with Dakarto and ramming his again into the turnbuckles. Undisputed Period exhibits as much as watch now. Dakarto tries a forearm to the again of Tucker, however that clearly doesn’t work. Otis tags in they usually do the Compactor to Dakarto, however Otis pulls him up at two to go away a message to the Period. Howell now will get Compacted. That’s nonetheless not sufficient as Otis manhandles each guys, will get them each up in a bodyslam and it’s a double Compactor that lastly finishes them off.

Winners: Heavy Equipment

Okay-Tank’s Take: Name it a hunch, however I don’t assume Heavy Equipment are profitable the NXT tag titles. That’s why I hate the random NXT call-ups. Very similar to I don’t assume Lacey Evans is profitable the deadly four means. They’re an entertaining staff. I don’t know that they’re prepared for the primary roster, however with them shifting on, perhaps we will deliver again the Road Income who haven’t been on TV in seemingly eternally.

We see Aleister Black warming up for his Steel Cage match, and are reminded that he’ll be taking over Tomasso Ciampa at Takeover: Phoenix for the NXT Title.

Steel Cage Match
Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black

Black makes his means across the cage on the surface, after which as he goes to go contained in the construction lastly, Gargano assaults! He sweeps out the leg and Black hits face first on the sting of the cage door. They begin brawling throughout ringside. Gargano rams Black into the cage after which throws him into the metal steps. Black recovers and throws Gargano within the cage, and we nonetheless have 20 minutes left within the present because the bell rings.

Gargano instantly tries to flee however is reduce off. Black slides out of a bodyslam try after which kicks Gargano down. Black misses a Lionsault try however lands on his ft and comes again with a vertical suplex. Black tries to kick Gargano’s face into the cage however Gargano strikes and begins to climb once more. Black follows him up there, however Gargano finally ends up crotching him excessive rope. Black is the primary one to style the metal as Gargano throws him face first into the cage. Gargano grinds Black’s face into the cage. Gargano works over Black within the nook with chops. Black whipped to the opposite aspect and that’s the place Black avoids Gargano and begins a comeback. Gargano brings him down with a catapult try. Black grabs the cage and tries to climb however Gargano cuts him off. Black makes his approach to the highest turnbuckle and does a gorgeous standing moonsault.

Now it’s Gargano’s flip to be thrown into the cage on all 4 sides. Massive flurry of kicks by Black. Pump knee strike on Gargano that will get a two rely. Black now makes his approach to get out of the cage. He’s sitting on prime of it and it appears like he might simply win, however he shakes his head no and comes again into the ring. He jumps off the highest rope however Gargano kicks him within the midsection and sends Black again into the cage. Black tied up within the ropes and Gargano superkicks him straight within the face. Now it’s Gargano on prime of the cage however Black will get to him. Each males on the highest rope and Gargano, out of nowhere, by some means does a sundown flip powerbomb for a two rely. That was unimaginable.

Dueling chants from the gang as each males on their knees. Black with a brutal wanting European uppercut. Each males buying and selling straight photographs. Gargano with a superkick however Black instantly comes again with a leaping knee strike. Gargano caught between the ropes and the cage as Black delivers an enormous boot twice to him. Gargano finally ends up by the door and as Black does one other knee strike, the door opens and Gargano is midway out. Black is ready to pull him again in. Gargano with an enziguri and as soon as once more is midway out earlier than Black pulls him again. Big kicks by Black. Black goes for the Lionsault however Gargano jumps on the second rope with him and Russian leg sweep off the second rope. Gargano instantly locks on the Gargano Escape! Black breaks it as soon as, however Gargano instantly hooks it again on. By some means Black will get out once more and throws Gargano into the cage. Gargano catches himself and begins to climb. He finally ends up on the opposite aspect, however Black stops him and now each males are seated on prime, buying and selling punches. Gargano pulls Black onto the highest rope and begins delivering headbutts. Gargano seems to be like he needs an RKO sort transfer off the highest, however Black simply throws him off.

Black jumps off the highest rope with a double knees, after which a vicious German suplex that will get a two rely. Black goes to select up Gargano together with his foot and tells Gargano he’s making him do that once more. Gargano strikes the leg and traps it within the ropes, which results in Black getting superkicked. Black will get garden darted into the turnbuckles after which will get garden darted into the cage. Gargano pulls Black up and tells him that he’s absolving Black of all his sins. However he can’t do something as Black comes out of nowhere with Black Mass! Each males are down.

Gargano is by some means the primary to his ft. Gargano is making an attempt to climb out as Black is crawling to the door. Gargano is on the opposite aspect first, and as Black will get to the door, right here’s Tomasso Ciampa to slam the door in Black’s face! Ciampa will get within the cage and begins beating on Black. Gargano had the match gained, however he comes again within the ring and stares down Ciampa. They’re on reverse sides of the ring as Black is in between them… might it’s? Oh my, it’s! The DIY tag workforce finisher! Duel knee/superkick! Gargano stares at Ciampa and may’t consider what he’s executed. Ciampa has a smirk on his face. Gargano decides to cowl Black and he will get the pin!

Winner: Johnny Gargano

After the bells rings, Ciampa walks up the ramp, clapping for Gargano. Gargano props himself up towards the ropes and assesses what simply occurred. He then does Black’s seated pose subsequent to him earlier than lastly leaving the cage with a sly smile as our present involves an finish.

Okay-Tank’s Take: Man, that was incredible. Inferior to their Takeover match, because the cage got here into play quite a bit right here. Not essentially complaining as I appreciated the old-fashioned strategy to the cage match. I’d in all probability give this match three.75 stars. It was actually good and that ending was unbelievable. It provides a lot intrigue to not simply Black vs. Ciampa at Takeover, however every little thing past that. Typically this storyline feels prefer it’ll by no means finish, and that’s not a nasty factor.

That’s it for this week. Thanks for tuning in once more. Till subsequent time… don’t do something I wouldn’t do, however for those who do, identify it after me!