he show opened with new NXT North American Champiob Leon
Ruff and a recap of his title win. Ruff came out with the
belt before a video package began to tell the story of his
journey. Johnny Gargano interrupted Ruff, and Gargano cut a
promo on him. He then hit Ruff with a cheap shot before the
bell rang to start their title match.
NXT North American Champion Leon Ruff defeated Johnny
Gargano via disqualification to retain his title
Ruff retained after interference by Damian Priest led to a
Gargano got heat on Ruff from the start, but Ruff fought
back. He fired up on Gargano. That led to Ruff doing a flip
dive over the ropes. Gargano cut him off, and then he twice
threw Ruff like a lawn dart into a corner.Gargano was measuring Ruff for an attack when Damian Priest
entered the scene. His presence distracted Gargano, and Ruff
rolled him up for a near fall. Ruff missed a senton bomb,
and he ate a superkick from Gargano.
Gargano delivered the One Final Beat, and he covered Ruff.
Priest came down to ringside, and he pulled Ruff out of the
ring to break the count. Priest apologized to Ruff before
knocking him out with a forearm smash. Priest striking Ruff
led to Gargano being DQ'd, so Ruff retains the title.
Gargano was not happy to say the least.
Cameron Grimes was cut a cocky promo ahead of his match
Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes in a blindfold match had no
Grimes punched the referee, but it was by mistake. So that
could be a DQ, or maybe not. Nothing was announced as being
official. Your guess is as good as mine.
They put the blindfolds on, which were more like sacks over
their heads than a typical blindfold. Grimes was freaking
out as he ran into things while bumping around the ring.
Lumis just stood like a statue.
Grimes ran into the referee, and he thought it was Lumis. So
Grimes decked him, and then he began stomping on the ref.
The official was also the zombie Grimes had been terrified
of in recent weeks.
Grimes took off his blindfold, and saw it was the referee
that he knocked out. He tried for a sneak attack on Lumis,
but Lumis sidestepped him. Lumis peppered him with punches,
and Lumis also took his blindfold off.Lumis stalked Grimes when he tried to flee. Lumis threw
Grimes into the barricades. Grimes hopped a chainlink fence,
and he fled the scene.
Damian Priest was backstage being scolded by William Regal,
and Priest said he was just joking around. Leon Ruff
interrupted to confront Priest. He asked Priest to his face
if Priest thought he was a joke. Priest tried to apologize,
but Ruff slapped him across the face. Ruff then stormed off,
and Regal told Priest that he deserved the slap.
A video aired announcing NXT TakeOver: WarGames for Sunday,
December 6. Shotzi Blackheart and Candice LeRae will captain
teams against each other.
Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell defeated Kayden Carter & Kacy
LeRae pinned Carter to a win a showcase match for the new
Heat on Catanzaro until Carter tagged in to clean house on
the heels. LeRae eventually got the better of Carter, and
then LeRae executed the Wicked Step Sister to score a
A vignette hyped the return of Arturo Ruas ahead of his
match up next.
Kushida defeated Arturo RuasKushida pinned Ruas in the best match so far. Although that
is a low bar, this was still good while it lasted. They
grappled and exchanged strikes in a believable manner.
Ruas went for a leg takedown, but Kushida countered by
falling backwards and bridging into a pinning combination
for a three count. They hyped up Ruas' return, and then beat
him clean. Interesting strategy for getting him over.
Ember Moon & Toni Storm defeated Dakota Kai & Raquel
Storm pinned Kai to wn the match for her team. The babyfaces
were attacked after the match by LeRae & Hartwell.
Storm was getting worked over at the start, but she made a
comeback on Kai. Moon tagged in, and the babyface team
cleared the ring before a commercial break. The heels turned
the tide during the break, and Storm was getting worked over
again when the show returned from commercial.
Moon ran wild after a hot tag, she nailed Gonzalez with a
superkick. Moon then leapt off the second rope to hit a
flying codebreaker. Moon went for a cover, but Kai broke up
the count. Moments later, Gonzalez mowed down Moon with a
Heels got heat on Moon until a hot tag brought Storm back
into the match. Storm delivered a series of German suplexes,
and then a fisherman's buster for a two count broken up by
Gonzalez. Moon came back in to take out Gonzalez. Storm and
Kai collided with a double clotheslines, leading to a double
Kai and Storm exchanged strikes. The referee became
distracted, and Gonzalez posted Storm. Moon saw it happen,
and she leapt through the ropes for a tope on Gonzalez. Kai
went to drag Storm to the center of the ring, but Storm with
a counter that trapped Kai in an inside cradle for the
pinfall.LeRae & Hartwell after the match attacked Moon & Storm. They
rolled the babyfaces back into the ring so Kai & Gonzalez
could lay them out. This looks to be leading to the women's
War Games match.
Timothy Thatcher defeated August Grey
Thatcher submitted Grey in a short match. Tommaso Ciampa
confronted Thatcher after the match.
Grey got in some brief offense at the start, and then
Thatcher picked him apart. Thatcher stretched Grey until
Grey made a brief comeback. He tired a rope walk into a
springboard, but Thatcher cut him down with an uppercut.
Thatcher went on to lock in a front facelock, and Grey
Thatcher reapplied the submission hold after the bell. Cue
Ciampa's music, and Ciampa came to the ring to confront
Thatcher. He had a staredown with Thatcher, who told Ciampa
he had no problem with him. Thatcher then backed down, and
he left the ring.
In a later interview, Ciampa said he wanted to fight
Gargano Attacks Priest; Ruff Stands Tall
Damian Priest came to the ring for a match, and Johnny
Gargano attacked him from behind during Priest's entrance.
They brawled in the ring and around ringside. Leon Ruff ran
in, and he seemingly by mistake (in storyline) hit Priest
with a dropkick. A tilt-a-whirl headscissors from Ruff then
sent Gargano crashing into Priest. Ruff superkicked Gargano. An angry Priest went after Ruff, but he sidestepped Priest.
Ruff dropkicked into each other, and Ruff backdropped
Gargano over the ropes on to Priest. Ruff stood tall and
held his title belt high overhead. Priest and Grargano both
rushed the ring, but Ruff slipped past them.
During a commercial break, Ruff told Regal he would face
both Gargano and Priest in a match.
Wade Barrett announced he won't be doing commentary on next
week's episode. Replacing him for next Wednesday is Kevin
Owens on guest commentary.
Boa had not reported to the PC since last week, so William
Regal went to Boa's home to check on him. Through the dark
circles around his eyes, Boa warned Regal "she's coming."
NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai defeated Rhea Ripley to
retain her title
Shirai pinned Ripley to retain. This was a helluva stiff
match, and it was pretty good too.
Ripley was in control at the start. She dominated with her
power. Ripley dropped Shirai on the apron, and Shirai took a
hard shot. During the picture-in-picture commercial break,
Ripley stalled while medical staff checked on Shirai.
Like the NWO arriving to Nirto in the middle of the show,
Finn Balor supposedly arrived to the building during this
match. Shirai made a comeback and she fired up on Ripley. Somehow
Ripley suffered a cut, and she bled from the ear. Ripley ate
a stiff shotgun dropkick, yet she still managed to escape a
They fought on, and Shirai targeted an arm. Shirai went to
work on the arm, including a shoulde breaker spot on the
apron. The match went through another picture-and-picture
The show returned from the break with Ripley giving Shirai a
superplex as the momentum had shifted in the match. Ripley
kept selling her shoulder, but she was still in control.
Ripley applied her inverted cloverleaf submission hold, and
she turned it into a giant swing. Shirai managed to reach
the bottom rope to break the hold.
Shirai countered the Rip Tide, and Shirai locked in a cross
armbreaker. Ripley got a rope break. Shirai with a Tiger
Feint Kick, and then she delivered a missile dropkick for a
Barrett on commentary said "this entire audience is on the
their feet." Well, the live crowd has no seats. So they sort
of have to remain standing during the show. [Insert Toru
Shirai missed a moonsault, and Ripley hit her with a lariat
for another near fall. Shirai again countered the Rip Tide,
and she spiked Ripley with a DDT.
Ripley was on the apron when Shirai went for a sunset flip
powerbomb. Ripley tried to block it to no avail. Shirai
powerbombed Ripley through an announce desk. Ripley teased a
countout, but she managed to break the count.
Soon as Ripley got back into the ring, Shirai came off the
top rope with a moonsault. Shriai then covered Ripley for a
pinfall to retain the title.Finn Balor Speaks; Undisputed Era Returns
NXT Champion Finn Balor entered the ring for a promo. He
congratulated Shirai on her win, as she has just left the
ring. Balor said he broke his jaw in two places. Now he has
three plates in his jaw that say he is a "bad son of a..."
Before Balor could finish his curse word, Pat McAfee and
company interrupted him.
McAfee said Balor is in their house now, and McAfee
continued to brag about all of the people in NXT they took
out since Balor was away. McAfee and his heel faction
surrounded Balor, and McAfee told Balor to hand over the
Balor said when the cat is away the mice will play. The cat
is back, and look what he dragged in...
Undisputed Era made a surprise return, and they were in full
force. Adam Cole was back alongside Kyle O'Reilly, Bobby
Fish & Roderick Strong. They rushed the ring for a melee
with McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
Cole laid out McAfee with a kick at ringside. The brawling
continued as the show went off the air. Looks like they'll
settle this in War Games.