Welcome to Ringside News’ live results coverage of NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019.
Never before has NXT been in a position where almost its entire roster wrestles on a Saturday night TakeOver, then the following night on a WWE PPV. Well, that’s where we find ourselves tonight, with most of the TakeOver cast competing tomorrow night at Survivor Series, but don’t think for a second that means they won’t give it everything. Naturally, with two PPV’s in two nights, NXT TV has been hectic and fun as all hell lately – retaining its position atop the wrestling food chain, where it has sat for the past five years.
So what’s going down tonight? Well it’s the first time we’ve ever gotten two WarGames matches in one night, and it’s the first-ever Women’s WarGames match. That match will see Shayna Baszler’s team of herself, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kay Lee Ray facing Team Rhea Ripley, with Candice LeRae, Mia Yim, and Tegan Nox in tow. The ladies of NXT have been killing it the past few weeks and the division has arguably never been more stacked. Expect the women to do everything to steal the show.
The other WarGames match tonight sees The Undisputed Era face Team Ciampa. Since his return and babyface turn, Ciampa has been the main man and his teammates include keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and a yet-unnamed partner. We know what all the men in this match can do, so we know this will be a match of the year contender from the get-go.
The other matches taking place tonight include Isiah “Swerve” Scott Vs. Angel Garza on the pre-show, Matt Riddle Vs. Finn Balor, and Pete Dunne Vs. Killian Dain Vs. Damian Priest to determine the number one contender to face Adam Cole for the NXT Championship at Survivor Series. NXT TakeOver never fails to be an amazing show and tonight should be no different. Follow along here, on the Ringside News app, and via Instagram and Twitter. Enjoy the show!
The WarGames pre-show begins with Charly Caruso, Pat MacAfee and Sam Roberts standing on the stage. The camera takes us backstage to see that Mia Yim was attacked just moments ago. Yim is lying down against some production boxes with doctors checking on her. Rhea Ripley is there and she’s pissed. She won’t be able to compete tonight.
We feel you, @RheaRipley_WWE.
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Back on the stage, Roberts and MacAfee debate who, if anyone, will want to fill-in at such late notice. Charly announces that the women’s WarGames match will be kicking-off the show! The panel then run down tonight’s entire card, but right now we’re going into action!
Isiah “Swerve” Scott Vs. Angel Garza
Garza looks to remove his glittery trousers as the bell rings, but Scott stops him. The two of them have a fast-paced sequence of reversals, then sit on their knees and both slap each other. Scott knocks Garza from the ring and looks to hit a springboard hurricanrana on the floor but kinda botches it.
Back in the ring, Swerve chops the chest of Garza twice, before planting him with a release front suplex. Scott gets thrown onto the middle rope but he springboard right back off with a European uppercut to Angel’s back. Scott takes to the top rope and hits a crossbody, but Angel rolls through and, effectively, fallaway slams Scott into the bottom turnbuckle for a two-count.
Garza hits a springboard reverse suplex, followed by a basement superkick for a near-fall. Garza trash-talks Scott, then gets kicked in the face. Scott goes to the middle rope but Garza crotches him and follows-up with a dropkick to the gonads, I think. Garza stands on the middle rope and looks for a moonsault but nobody’s home.
Scott hits a lariat and a double-underhook sidewalk slam for a near-fall. Isiah looks for a full nelson but gets elbowed off, then he and Garza exchange stiff chops. Garza is flipped over the head off Scott but uses the ropes to springboard backwards and hit a sit-out powerbomb for a near-fall. Garza heads up top and jumps at Swerve on the apron but gets hit with a death valley driver!
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Scott follows-up with a double foot stomp from the apron to the floor, then gets Garza back in the ring and hits a kick to the back of the head for a near-fall. Garza distracts the referee and looks for a low-blow but Isiah catches the foot. Angel then catches a kick from Swerve and hits the Wing Clipper for the win.
Winner: Angel Garza
We see a video package of Finn Balor’s return to NXT and his shocking heel turn. Back with the kick-off panel and they debate who will win the match between Balor and Riddle, with Roberts not giving The Bro much of a chance.
Backstage we see doctors taking Mia Yim to an ambulance with Team Ripley watching on. William Regal is there and he tells Rhea she’s the captain and she’s in. Dakota says she can’t, she isn’t prepared. Ripley says that she has wanted revenge of Baszler for a year, so Kai agrees. Back on the stage, Sam Roberts says Dakota Kai is a bottom-of-the-barrel pick, that she wasn’t even picked by Tegan Nox. Pat disagrees and says that Kai will run through WarGames for Ripley.
Finally, we take a look at the men’s WarGames match. Charly shows a Tweet from Tommaso Ciampa, who said he has a fourth teammate in mind ut it’s up to them if they come or not. Pat MacAfee then runs off with a microphone and hypes up the crowd to end the Kick-Off Show.
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