WWE NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia Results – January 27 2018

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EC3 is shown in the front row! Previously known as Derrick Bateman on previous incarnations of NXT but he made a name for himself in TNA as EC3 and was genuinely one of the bright spots of the company for the past few years. Even just going by the faces in the crowd tonight, the future of NXT is very bright!

It’s main event time now and we get a video package for the Championship match. Out comes NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas with Zelina Vega. A Mariachi band performs his entrance and Almas is wearing a Lucha mask, which he takes off during the entrance. Johnny Gargano is out next. We get formal ring introductions for both men.

NXT Championsip Match
(C) Andrade Cien Almas Vs. Johnny Gargano

They lock up and trad holds and reversals to start the match.. Almas takes Gargano down first. They break as fans applaud. They lock up and trade holds again. We see Candic LeRae in the front row, Gargano’s wife and new NXT Superstar, sitting with Gargano’s family at ringside as the back & forth continues for several minutes.

Gargano takes control and hits a dropkick as Vega looks on from ringside. Gargano keeps Almas grounded and works him over. Almas turns it around in the corner with a handful of hair. Almas counters a move and chops Gargano to the mat. We get a replay of the chop as Almas keeps control and takes his time. Almas runs into a boot in the corner. Gargano with more offense and a clothesline to send Almas over the top to the floor. Gargano follows as they trade counters off the apron and the floor. Gargano leaps off the apron but Almas moves and Gargano lands hard on the floor, right in front of his family.

Almas brings it back into the ring and covers for a 2 count. Almas keeps control as fans try to rally for Gargano. Gargano fights back but Almas keeps coming with the counters. Almas with an inverted facelock on the ropes as the referee counts. Almas drops Gargano with a big kick for a close 2 count. Gargano finally fights to his feet and nails a big kick. Fans chant for Gargano again. Almas turns it around in the corner and turns Gargano upside down in a Tree of Woe. Gargano avoids the double stomp and nails a big suplex back into the corner.

They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Gargano unloads and ends up hitting an enziguri. Gargano with more offense and a faceplant off the second rope for another close 2 count as Vega screams at ringside. Gargano with more offense. Almas counters but Gargano drops him for another close 2 count after a thrust through the ropes from the apron. Vega jumps on the apron worried. Gargano with another enziguri but Almas plants him for a pin attempt. Vega orders Almas to stay on top of Gargano and he tries to take the advice by stomping Johnny.

Almas goes to the top for a big moonsault but has to land on his feet as Gargano moves. Almas turns that into a standing moonsault for a close 2 count. They get up and trade shots in the middle of the ring. Gargano unloads with forearms but Almas floors him for another close 2 count. Gargano comes right back and floors Almas for a close 2 count. They trade shots in the middle of the ring again but they’re shot for shot and both go down. Fans applaud both men and cheer for their efforts.

Gargano gets dropped in the corner with a knee after more back & forth. Almas takes Gargano to the top for the big draping hammerlock DDT from the top but Gargano slides down and avoids it. Gargano superkicks Almas while Almas is still on the top. Almas hits the drive-by knees but misses the follow-up. They tangle in the corner but Almas hits an inverted tornado DDT from the top for another close 2 count as the crowd pops big and goes wild. Fans chant NXT as both men are down in the middle of the ring.

They tangle on the apron now. Almas tries for a DDT but it’s blocked. Gargano slides out of a fireman’s carry and hits Almas with strikes. Gargano kicks Almas with an enziguri but Almas hangs on the apron. Gargano with a big DDT on the apron, causing Almas to fall out to the floor. Gargano is also down on the floor. The referee counts as Gargano tries to bring Almas back into the ring. Gargano with a 2 count. Gargano tries for the Gargano Escape but Almas resists. Almas with a jawbreaker.

Gargano with forearms in the middle of the ring. Almas drops Gargano with a back elbow. Vega yells at Almas to put Gargano away. Almas charges but Gargano leaps out of the corner with a big clothesline. Gargano sends Almas into the second turnbuckle. Gargano is distracted by Vega, allowing Almas to attack from behind with a dropkick. Gargano counters a move and rolls Almas up for a close 2 count. Gargano ends up dropping Almas for another close 2 count. Gargano is bleeding from his lip now.

Gargano goes to the top as Almas tries to get to his feet. Almas cuts him off. Almas rocks Gargano as he climbs to the top. Almas nails a huge double stomp from the top to the floor. Gargano also falls to the floor. Almas sends Gargano into the apron and slams his head back into it a few times as the referee yells at him. Almas brings a dazed Gargano back into the ring. The referee checks on Gargano but Almas runs in with the knees in the corner. Gargano manages to kick out at 2. Vega can’t believe it.

Fans chant “fight forever” now. Almas slaps Gargano while they’re on their knees in the middle of the ring now. Almas pulls Gargano to his feet but Gargano decks him several times. They trade shots in the middle of the ring now. Gargano with a superkick. Gargano leaps and slams Almas on his neck with an inverted hurricanrana. Gargano runs the ropes but Almas catches him for a tilt-a-whirl. Gargano turns that into the Gargano Escape. Almas tries to get his foot on the bottom rope but Gargano re-positions. Vega pulls Almas’ arm but the referee sees it. The hold is broken as Almas rakes the eyes while the referee is distracted.

Gargano counters the DDT and backdrops Almas out to the floor. Gargano runs the ropes and nails a big dive, sending Almas into the barrier. Gargano brings it back into the ring but Vega sends Gargano into the steel steps. Almas brings Gargano back into the ring and hits the hammerlock DDT but Gargano still kicks out. Fans pop big for Gargano with the “yes!” chant now. Vega approaches Gargano on the floor but LeRae hops the barrier and spears Vega, then launches her into the barrier. LeRae chases Vega through the crowd and to the back.

Gargano crawls back into the ring where Almas is, as fans chant “thank you Candice”. Gargano counters a move and drops Almas on his head for another very close pin attempt. Gargano goes for the Gargano Escape again and gets it locked in. Almas pushes back and gets his foot on the bottom rope to break the hold. They both roll onto the apron, where Almas slams the back of Gargano’s head into the ring post. Almas runs the apron and delivers the double knees, smashing Gargano’s head into the ring post again. Gargano looks dazed again as the referee checks on him. Almas pulls Gargano onto the ring ropes for a draping hammerlock DDT and nails it for the win! Wow!

Winner: Andrade “Cien” Almas

After the match, Almas celebrates as Vega returns to the ring. Almas and Vega leave as Candice returns to the ring to check on her husband. Fans start cheering for Gargano as he recovers. Candice helps Gargano out of the ring and up the ramp. Candice and Gargano stand on the stage as fans cheer them.

The end of show logo pops-up and that’s it…except for Tommaso Ciampa! Who hobbles onto the stage on crutches, behind Gargano, then grabs the crutch and whacks Johnny in the back! Johnny goes down and Candice tends to him while Ciampa just stares at his former partner. The fans chant “as$hole” at Ciampa as he stands before he walks off the side of the stage. NXT TakeOver: Philadelphia goes off with the air with Johnny Gargano beaten down on the ramp. The Psycho Killer is back!

That;s it for tonight’s show. Let us know what you thought and remember to come back tomorrow night for the Royal Rumble! Until then, safe travels!

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