Here we go folks. We have a cool night in store with a new NXT Title, the North American Championship. Who will win that tonight? Who knows! I’m rooting for EC3 but we’ll see what happens as the night unfolds.
Some metal band comes out and does the shows intro. I’m totally out of touch with newer metal bands so they’re ok but I don’t have a fucking clue who they are. Looks like Mumford and Sons doing a metal cover. Fans dig it, I just want to see someone get piledriven!
LADDER MATCH FOR NEW NXT NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP
EC3 vs. Killian Dain vs. Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Lars Sullivan vs. Ricochet
Alright that is a lot of skin and bones in an NXT ring and this match is about to be GOING OFF! The men are all in the ring and the bell is about to ring as the belt is being raised.
They’re fighting, usual start of the match feeling out. Outside of the ring everyone goes and out of nowhere Richochet flying from the heavens to the outside of the ring landing on anything in sight. Crowd loves him and it is well deserved.
EC3 looking jacked. He shows up to NXT ready to put on a show and that’s awesome. He has developed himself into such a great character.
Dream and Ricochet are a great combo in the ring. Dream is going to learn a ton wrestling with Ricochet and improve his game even more after his impressive 2017/2018. Lars just took a ladder and wiped out everyone. Total carnage in the ring.
EC3 and Adam Cole work together for a while and it ends eventually as expected. Superkick party and the crowd is massively behind Cole. He really has impeccable timing and puts on a hell of a show. Velveteen Dream jumps off the ladder onto Lars Sullivan with an absolutely MASSIVE elbow drop. He goes for a quick ladder ascent but gets caught by EC3 and is powerbombed on a ladder. EC3 gives Cole a TKO off the ladder. He’s having a great first match in NXT.
Ricochet should just be renamed “crowd chant instigator” because every time he’s featured in the ring this match he’s getting the crowd electrified. Dream hits a rolling Death Valley Drive on a ladder laid through a ladder onto the turnbuckle on Ricochet. I’m telling ya, these two need a 3 month program with a 1/2 dozen or more matches. The world and NXT fans deserve it. Lars just murdered EC3 through Dream snapping a ladder in half outside of the ring. HOLY SHIT! This is Awesome chant breaks out. Dain puts Ricochet on a ladder, grabs Cole, and drives him through Ricochet and another ladder snaps in half.
WHAT THE FUCK IS HAPPENING HERE?!?! Match of the weekend I’m guessing people. Holy shit. If you are not watching this tonight, get your ass on the WWE Network ASAP and watch this immediately. This is an incredible performance by everyone.
3 ladders setup in the middle of the ring and all 6 Superstars are battling to get their hands on the belt. Everyone is slammed off the ladder one way or another and only Lars Sullivan remains but Ricochet out of nowhere wipes Sullivan off the ladder like a drone strike. He’s going up the ladder and just missed as Adam Cole ascends the ladder and WINS the NORTH AMERICAN CHAMPIONSHIP!
Holy fuck. I’m exhausted from watching this. Amazing match and Adam Cole is your first ever NXT North American Champion. ADAM COLE BABY!
NXT Women’s Championship Title Match
Shayna Baszler vs. Ember Moon (C)
Ding ding ding, the match is underway and these ladies immediately tear into each other. They have had a pretty solid feud as of late and hopefully this match delivers a beautiful conclusion to it all.
To start, man oh man, they are not holding back. This looks like an old school ECW street fight. They are trading some really hard shots and having some great exchanges here. Both ladies are awesome representations of what the women of NXT are all about.
Ember Moon flies off the top rope and gets caught by Baszler and modifies her Kirifuda clutch and is working on Moon to get her to tap out. Shayna just keeps rolling with her in the ring sinking the hold in deeper and deeper. Moon is unconscious.
Winner and NEW NXT Women’s Champion: Shayna Baszler
Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals
Authors of Pain vs. Pete Dunne and Roderick Strong vs. Undisputed ERA (C) Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole
Winner Take All and the Tag Titles are being defended in the tournament for the first time. Another great moment of growth and elevating the value of a title by NXT.
Some initial fighting. AOP gets Adam Cole, throws him outside, and then through a table. Kyle O’Reilly taking everyone out and then Roderick Strong doing the same. Another match with a lot of talent so this is going to be chaotic.
This match is just a non-stop battle with everyone getting their chance to showcase their talents. From the strength of AOP to the agility and skills of Roderick Strong and the stiffness of Pete Dunne. It’s a fantastic match but way too much going on to consider a play by play. Much like the ladder match earlier so much is going on here it’s just a pleasure to watch.
Roderick Strong just pulled Pete Dunne off of Kyle O’Reilly screwing his team of a chance to win. What the hell is going on?!?! Strong attacks Dunne and pulls Kyle on top of Dunne for the 1-2-3. Roderick Strong has made his decision and has JOINED the Undisputed ERA and the crowd is going absolutely WILD over this.
Winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and STILL NXT Tag Team Champions: Undisputed ERA
NXT Championship Title Match
Aleister Black vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas
This is the be all end all title of the NXT Universe and we are set to go. Aleister Black explodes into the battle taking immediate control of the match.
Vega interferes and gives Almas the advantage back. He is working Aleister both inside the ring, on the apron, and then back in the ring. Crowds behind Black trying to get him to change momentum but he’s in a variety of submission holds working on Blacks left arm.
Aleister Black is making a bit of a comeback and then stopped with a snap suplex by Almas followed by a standing moonsault and a pin attempt. More back and forth and Vega interferes again and then puts Andrades leg on the rope to save a pinfall attempt. Vega is just doing anything she can to give an advantage, 4 times now. Double stomp while Black is tied up on the ropes. Running knee in the corner, 1..2.. Black kicks out again. Great battle between these two gentlemen.
This is awesome chant is breaking out now and it totally is. Almas misses a shot at his hammerlock DDT, they exchange, and Almas lands a brutal dropkick to the head. Almas has been a step ahead for most of this match and with the Vega advantage he’s in the driver seat right now. Running knee on the apron to Black smashing his head into the turnbuckle.
Black buys himself sometime with a huge back bodydrop to Almas sending him out of the ring. Black dives outside of the ring, they exchange and BOOM Almas hits a Hammerlock DDT but does not get the pin. Aleister Black kicks out. Vega off the top rope but misses and Almas catches her. Black hits Black Matter and gets the 1-2-3.
Winner and NEW NXT Champion: Aleister Black
Unsanctioned Grudge Match
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano
Ciampa comes out to a “Fuck you Ciampa” chant that gets a “Johnny Wrestling” chant to follow it. Can we guess who the fans are rooting for here tonight?
Deafening Johnny Wrestling chant before the bell. Bell rings they’re trading shots after a brief stare down. No rules, the ref is only here for a 3 count or submission and nothing more.
They’re beating the hell out of each other both inside and outside of the ring. Ciampa pulls the mats off exposing the concrete and misses a suplex attempt on the concrete. It’s almost all outside of the ring and pretty brutal. Through a table, then the top of the table valance. Fuck you Ciampa chants keep breaking out.
Ciampa has had pretty much total control for the majority of the match. Finally god knows how long into the match Johnny Wrestling starts going off and taking it to Ciampo in the ring. Beating him with his own brace, and revenge with a crutch. They’re really just destroying each other tonight and it’s magical. They’re both so incredibly talented watching them sucks you into the moment and typing things like this just become an afterthought.
End of the match, Johnny wins and remains in NXT. Holy hell. That was just epic. You have to watch this match. Hell you have to watch every single match from NXT Takeover: New Orleans because there wasn’t a single snoozer tonight. This was just balls to the walls all night and it’s 2am now and I can’t sleep!
See you tomorrow night for WrestleMania.