Last night, NXT held its TakeOver: WarGames event in Houston, Texas. There was a lot of groans from old school fans that WWE using the WarGames name meant that it wasn’t going to live up to the expectations of what the event originally was created for. But after watching this event, it’s safe to say that Triple H knows what he’s doing. Let’s review NXT TakeOver: WarGames!
1. Lars Sullivan def. Kassius Ohno: This opening contest was solid. Ohno was throwing everything but the kitchen sink at Sullivan, who was tough to bring down. Sullivan gets the win with the Freak Accident. I believe that Sullivan within a year will be a monster on the main roster looking to team with or compete with Braun Strowman.
2. Aleister Black def. Velveteen Dream: Everything from the entrances to the post match was excellent. Aleister Black had the psychology of this match down as he maintain control of Velveteen Dream with the use of arm holds. Once the match kicked in to full gear, they gave us an instant classic. When you hear of people talk about storytelling in a wrestling match, we’ll use this match as an example. Aleister Black got the pinfall with Black Mass finisher. After the match, Velveteen Dream gets what he wanted all along:
3. Ember Moon def. Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross, and Peyton Royce: When you have the unfortunate task of following a superior match on a card, the only thing you can do is either match or surpass it. These ladies brought it in this match and there were plenty of high spots. I was pulling for Peyton Royce to win but it was apparent that Ember was the go to here. Ember hit her Eclipse finisher on both Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce to capture her first NXT Women’s Championship. The former, longest reigning NXT Women’s Champion, Asuka presented Ember with the title as their history goes beyond NXT.
4. Andrade “Cien” Almas def. Drew McIntyre: In what was the BIGGEST upset of the evening, we have a new NXT Heavyweight Champion. I believe it’s feared that McIntyre has a torn bicep which sucks all around. The wild card in this match was Zelina Vega, who interfered quite a bit in this match. Since Cien Almas has won, it’s going to be interesting how things are booked for the next month or so.
5. Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) def. SAnitY (Eric Young, Killian Dain & Alexander Wolfe) and Authors of Pain (Akam & Rezar) and Roderick Strong: So here we are with the main event and there was a lot riding on this match. So much carnage went down in this match. There was blood, injuries and in the end, Adam Cole got the pinfall over Eric Young. I’m sure that WarGames will return but this won’t be a yearly match. It was fun and exciting. It also shows that NXT can take risks and succeed.
The next TakeOver event will be in January during Royal Rumble weekend. See you all then.