WARGAMES!!! That’s right tonight is the night for NXT TakeOver: WarGames! WWE’s yellow brand will present the latest of their special events tonight as we are set to get two big WarGames matches. As this is WrestleTalk’s official live coverage of the event, we will break down all of the night’s action.
Here is the full card for NXT TakeOver: WarGames:
- WarGames Match – Undisputed Era vs. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
- WarGames Match – Shotzi Blackheart, Io Shirai, Ember Moon & Rhea Ripley vs. Candice LeRae, Toni Storm, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
- NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match – Leon Ruff (c) vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Damian Priest
- Strap Match – Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes
- Timothy Thatcher vs. Tommaso Ciampa
WarGames Match - Undisputed Era def. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch
Kyle O’Reilly and Pete Dunne started for their respective teams and they started the match with some basic grappling but Dunne got the upper hand with a kick to the head. Dunne went to work on the digits and hand of O’Reilly.
O’Reilly fought up but Dunne locked in a cross-armbreaker. O’Reilly locked in a heel hook but Oney Lorcan broke it up.
Oney Lorcan is the next man in.
O’Reilly fought off Lorcan briefly but Dunne took him out with a clothesline. Dunne and Lorcan tied O’Reilly up and chopped him pretty bad. O’Reilly escaped and hit dragon screws in the ropes on both Dunne and Lorcan. O’Reilly hit a knee drop off the top rope on Lorcan but Dunne dropkicked him in the knee. Dunne and Lorcan locked in submissions on O’Reilly as the clock hit zero.
Bobby Fish is the next man in.
Fish hit Lorcan with a big spinebuster and for a while O’Reilly and Fish turn this into a tag team match. Dunne grabbed O’Reilly for a submission but Fish locked in a choke and dragged him off. They then paired off with Lorcan and Dunne until Danny Burch came in.
Danny Burch is the next man in.
Burch brought a pair of cricket bats into the ring and he and Dunne beat up O’Reilly and Fish with them. Burch was taunting O’Reilly before Kyle grabbed a heel hook. Dunne broke it up and Burch whacked O’Reilly with the bat. That looked like it sucked.
The heels all took out reDRagon until Roderick Strong came in.
Roderick Strong is the next man in.
Strong went nuts hitting slams and backbreakers on all three heels. Strong had Dunne, Lorcan and Burch between the rings and ran down hitting all three. It was goofy but kinda cool. Strong was thrown into the cage to cut him off. The heels then took control once again and each of the three paired up with someone and went to work.
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Pat McAfee is the last man in for his team.
McAfee pulled tables out from under the ring and each of the tables had another name of a member of the Undisputed Era. It is like Christmas gifts coming out from under the tree. McAfee then joined the match while letting his cronies do the work. Strong got put on his table and McAfee hit a beautiful moonsault to put him through it.
Adam Cole is the last man in for the Undisputed Era.
Cole went under the ring and sprayed a fire extinguisher in the heels’ eyes. Cole went wild hitting everyone with different moves. McAfee goaded Cole to fight him but Dunne got to Cole first. Dunne went for the Bitter End but Cole hit a huge DDT. McAfee grabbed Cole and Dunne laid him out.
O’Reilly hit Dunne with a chair and invited McAfee to fight him. Cole hit McAfee with a chair and it all broke down into a big brawl. Lorcan and Burch hit Magic Killer on O’Reilly for a nearfall. Cole had McAfee locked in a knee bar as the three other members of Undisputed Era had their foes tied up. Everyone fought out and broke up the submission.
Two more tables were set up and everyone started laying each other out. Cole and Dunne were fighting in one ring with Cole hitting a neckbreaker for a nearfall. Burch got put on the table with Cole’s name on it and Dunne got powerbombed onto him but the table didn’t break so Strong did a dive through it instead.
McAfee and Cole fought on the top rope until Cole pushed McAfee though another table. With half the heel team incapacitated, Undisputed Era went nuts taking shots at Lorcan and Burch. McAfee wanted to run but Undisputed Era all took turns throwing him into the cage.
McAfee was superplexed into the ring and all the regular wrestlers started brawling amongst each other when McAfee hit a Swanton Bomb off the top of the cage. An absolutely insane spot. O’Reilly and Dunne went at it, wrenching on hands and arms and throwing strikes. Dunne snapped the fingers of O’Reilly and hit the Bitter End for a very close nearfall.
O’Reilly then suplexed Dunne on the steel connector between the ring. Brutal. O’Reilly put Dunne’s head in a chair and before he could do anything McAfee hit O’Reilly with another chair. Cole then started brawling with McAfee and ended up getting low blowed.
Fish speared Burch through the last table and McAfee went for Panama Sunrise only to get superkicked. Cole then hit Panama Sunrise for a nearfall that shocked Cole big time. Cole pulled down his knee pad but Lorcan sacrificed himself.
Everyone hit their big moves. Dunne hit Cole with the Bitter End on an opened chair, Strong hit the Strong-breaker on Dunne and O’Reilly and Fish hit Lorcan with High and Low. O’Reilly then hit a knee drop onto a chair into Lorcan’s face for the finish. Hell of a match.
That truly was great. McAfee proved once again that him wrestling isn’t a gimmick. He never stands out and he always looks to be in the perfect spot when they need him. O’Reilly really felt like the star of the match with the opening stretch and then the finish. It will be interesting to see if he continues to get pushed as a singles star after this.
NXT North American Championship Triple Threat Match - Johnny Gargano def. Leon Ruff (c), Damian Priest
Johnny Gargano tried very hard to get a quick pin on Leon Ruff early as Damian Priest was sent outside. Ruff did his weird sequence in the corner before hitting a big hurricanrana on Gargano. Priest got back in the ring and threw Ruff outside, saying it’s not about you.
Ruff hit a big springboard onto both Gargano and Priest and hit Priest with a kick. Priest grabbed Ruff for a chokeslam but Gargano sent him to the outside. Gargano hit a dive and then hit Ruff with his through-the-ropes spear for a nearfall.
Priest and Gargano fought at ringside and Ruff tried to get involved only for Priest to tell him to go away. Ruff hit Priest but Priest hit a big punch and a Razor’s Edge through the boards. Now it is a one-on-one match between Priest and Gargano.
Gargano hit a big tornado-DDT on the floor and talked smack into the camera directed at Leon Ruff. Both men attempted their finishers but Priest hit a spinning heel kick back in the ring. Gargano hit Sliced Bread for a nearfall.
Ruff returned from the back and hit Poetry in Motion over the ropes onto Gargano. He then hit a big dive from the top rope to the floor onto both Gargano and Priest. Ruff then hit Gargano with a springboard twisting cutter for a nearfall.
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Gargano cut him off but it came down to Priest and Ruff. Priest offered Ruff the chance to leave but Ruff didn’t listen and Priest hit both Ruff and Gargano with a double flatliner. Priest ran wild on both men until Gargano shoved him into the ringpost.
Gargano then threw Ruff like a lawn dart into Priest and twisted the ropes, trapping Priest’s arms. Ruff hit the crucifix bomb for a nearfall and then went for a frog splash only for Gargano to move. Gargano locked in GargaNO Escape on Ruff but Priest got out of the ropes and broke up the submission.
Priest was going to set up a finish on Gargano when a large number of guys in Ghostface masks saved Gargano. Priest wiped them all out with crazy dives and then chokeslammed Gargano on the apron. Ruff hit a frog splash and almost stole the win but Priest broke up the pin.
Priest and Ruff fought and Priest leveled him with a spinning kick. Priest tried to hit Reckoning on Gargano but he got shoved off. Priest went for Reckoning again and another Ghostface hit Priest with a pipe. Gargano hit One Final Beat on Ruff to win the match and the title.
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Strap Match - Dexter Lumis def. Cameron Grimes
Cameron Grimes attacked Dexter Lumis before the match began and threw him around ringside. Lumis didn’t have the strap on yet and Grimes used it to choke and blind Lumis. Lumis was able to cut him off and put the strap on his wrist to start the match.
Grimes tried to escape but you know, it’s a strap match. Lumis brawled with Grimes at ringside again and as Grimes tried to climb over the glass Lumis pulled him back into an uppercut. Lumis threw Grimes into the glass a few times before Grimes finally threw Lumis over the barricade. They did a horror movie shot before Grimes punched Lumis and yanked him back over the barricade.
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Thatcher grabbed the bag that the strap came in and put it on Lumis’ head. With Lumis blind, Grimes whipped him with the strap. Two weeks ago Lumis could see through a bag.
Lumis then hit Grimes with a big spinebuster. Lumis tried to wrap the strap around the post but Grimes hit a punch and pulled Lumis’ shoulder into the post. Lumis yanked Grimes off the apron and he crashed and burned.
Lumis straped Grimes but Grimes managed to get a chair and hit Lumis in the back a few times. Grimes then sat in the chair and said WOOOOOO. Lumis pulled him in and hit a fallaway slam before they traded punches. Lumis went to the top rope but Grimes pulled him off and hit a twisting slam for a nearfall.
Lumis tied Grimes up by the legs and tripped him with Grimes’ head hitting the chair. Lumis then locked in the head and arm choke for the win. This could have very easily been very bad but it turned into a pretty solid little match.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Timothy Thatcher
Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa began this match with the kind of grappling you would expect from a match like this. Thatcher tried to bend the knee of Ciampa before Ciampa fought up with strikes to the back of the head.
Ciampa took Thatcher over with a snapmare and then drove his knee into the mat. Ciampa was cut off in the ropes and Thatcher then went to work on the neck and throat of Ciampa. Lots of strikes and uppercuts and such. Thatcher slammed Ciampa on the apron and then drove his elbow into his throat for a nearfall.
Ciampa tried to fight out but Thatcher hit a belly to belly suplex. Thatcher had a chinlock on for a long time before Ciampa hit a jawbreaker to escape. Ciampa fired up with some chops but Thatcher cut him off again with a slap.
Thatcher went for a double underhook but Ciampa lifted him and dropped him to break out. As they went into the corner, Ciampa and Thatcher hit heads and both went down. Ciampa got up and hit about seven clotheslines in a row. Ciampa then hit a superplex for a nearfall.
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Ciampa went for the Fairytale Ending but Thatcher fought out and locked in a guillotine. Ciampa pushed them both to the outside. Back in the ring, Ciampa hit a mongolian chop, a running knee and locked in a bulldog choke.
Thatcher’s ear is bleeding here and he fought to the ropes and hit a suplex. Thatcher hit another German suplex and began to stalk his prey. Thatcher tried to suplex Ciampa on the apron but Ciampa ended up getting hung up on the ropes as Thatcher went back to work on his neck.
Ciampa got Thatcher tied up in the ropes and hit some strikes, locked in a choke and hit the Widow’s Bell for the pin. Didn’t expect Ciampa to win this one so we will see where this goes.
WarGames Match - Team LeRae def. Team Shotzi
Dakota Kai is starting the match for Team LeRae. Shotzi Blackheart came out with a new tank but Ember Moon is starting for the babyface team.
Kai jumped Moon as she was coming through the ropes but Moon dropped her as the two did a bunch of kicks and reversals. Kai hit Moon with a kick and laid in the ground and pound. Kai then grated Moon’s face on the cage wall. Moon tried a headstand headscissors but missed completely and Kai took the bump anyway.
Moon dropped Kai into the cage and then hit a crossbody through the ropes against the cage. That was cool. Kai cut Moon off with a kick through the roles and then hit a sunset-flip backstapper.
Shotzi Blackheart is the next one in.
Blackheart ran wild on Kai after bringing a toolbox into the cage with her. Shotzi missed a kick that was very poorly timed and then Kai beat up both Moon and Shotzi. This babyface team sucks. The babyfaces did team up to hit the tower of doom superplex.
Raquel Gonzalez is the next one in.
Gonzalez and Kai then beat up the two babyfaces in a fair fight. Moon and Shotzi tried to fight off Gonzalez but were overwhelmed.
Rhea Ripley is the next one in.
Ripley and Gonzalez squared off and they brawled as Moon and Shotzi fought with Kai. Kai ended up with Ripley and Ripley opened the toolbox to grab a big mallet. She hit Kai with the mallet and Gonzalez started brawling with her again.
Toni Storm is the next one in.
Storm loaded the ring with kendo sticks and uncovered the turnbuckle. Storm and Gonzalez teamed up to hit Ripley with a kendo stick before sending her into the turnbuckle. Each woman paired off with another opponent and all of them came crashing out of the corner with two tower of doom spots at once.
Io Shirai is the last one in for Team Shotzi.
Shirai grabbed a ladder from under the ring and Gonzalez held the door closed and booted her to ringside. Shirai got booted to ringside like three times. Then she got knocked off the side of the cage as she tried to climb inside. She never made it in the ring as the rest of the heels just beat up the babyfaces.
Candice LeRae is the last one in for Team LeRae.
LeRae and Shirai squared off at ringside as Indi Hartwell attacked Shirai from behind. They threw more weapons in the ring as the commentators were upset that the heels now had an unfair advantage despite the babyfaces having an advantage the whole time. This was not well thought out.
After the heels ran wild on the babyfaces, Shirai finally climbed the cage, put a garbage can over her head and doing a crossbody onto the pile. Alright then. Shirai hit a moonsault for a nearfall, Shotzi and LeRae had a duel with a chair and a kendo stick which Shotzi won, and then Kai hit a huge double foot stomp with a garbage can around Shirai’s head. That looked brutal.
Ember Moon hit an Eclipse on Dakota Kai into an opened chair. That was the craziest thing in the match so far. Looked like death. Storm then hit Storm Zero for a nearfall on Moon. LeRae cut off Ripley and Shotzi as they attempted to set up a ladder.
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Ripley and Shirai were fighting with Kai in the other ring and Shirai hit a moonsault for a nearfall. She went for another moonsault on Storm and Gonzalez cut her off and powerbombed Shirai through the ladder between the rings for the pin and the win.
There were some cool spots but this match was the worst in WWE yet from a psychology standpoint. Nothing about this made sense.
Cameron Grimes goes balistic
Cameron Grimes is not happy backstage having seen the promo package for his match with Dexter Lumis. He goes on a rant about Lumis and after their match tonight Lumis will have to say Grimes is going to the moon.
Welcome to WrestleTalk’s live coverage of NXT TakeOver: WarGames! With two big WarGames matches set for the show, there will be no shortage of things to get excited about for tonight’s show.