WWE NXT TakeOver: The End... is all set to pop off tonight (Wed., June 8, 2016) from Full Sail Live, at 8 p.m. ET, live on WWE Network!
CagesideSeats.com will provide LIVE blow-by-blow, match-by-match coverage of NXT TakeOver: The End... below, beginning with the first match of the evening and right on through to the main event.
Set for the card: Samoa Joe and Finn Bálor rematch for the NXT title on a third straight event, The Revival try to win their tag belts back from American Alpha, Nia Jax tries to crown her monster run by beating Asuka for the Women's title, Shinsuke Nakamura battles Austin Aries and Mexican sensation Andrade "Cien" Almas debuts against Tye Dillinger!
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WWE NXT TAKEOVER: THE END... QUICK RESULTS
- Andrade "Cien" Almas def. Tye Dillinger
- Asuka def. Nia Jax to retain the Women's championship
- The Revival def. American Alpha to win the Tag Team titles
- Shinsuke Nakamura def. Austin Aries
- Samoa Joe def. Finn Bálor to retain the NXT championship
WWE NXT TAKEOVER: THE END... LIVE BLOG & MATCH COVERAGE
Let us do this.
They called it "The End of the Beginning" in the video package that aired before the show started proper.
Tye Dillinger vs. Andrade Almas
Almas was out with some interesting music and a white brim hat. The crowd was firmly behind Tye, until they weren't and were suddenly chanting "we want Andrade." He took control once they did and was showing off his skills. There were a few good spots he did to show off, like one where he was going for a dive through the ropes and held himself there like he was laid out on his side with his arm holding up his head.
Dillinger took control with a great spot, where Almas tried to show off by hanging upside down in the corner and Tye superkicked him in the face. After a bit, he exposed his knee by dropping the pad. Before he could do anything with that, Almas countered and put him down in the corner. From there, he hit double running knees and pulled Tye out for the pin.
Almas def. Dillinger
American Alpha vs. The Revival
This was for the NXT tag team championships.
This was a really fun match. They did a lot of great tag spots, allowing the action to break down into chaos so Alpha could get the edge early in a big way with double ankle locks. Crowd was insane for it. The story they were telling, commentary right along with it, was that Jordan and Gable simply had The Revival's number.
It took a referee distraction and cheat for Dash and Dawson to gain control. Even then, it didn't last and they were once again dispatched to the outside when chaos broke out.
The next time The Revival cheated, they took advantage in a way they couldn't at the beginning, working Gable over for an extended period. They did a great job building to Gable getting the hot tag, including an awesome false finish where the referee was distracted and Gable took a leg drop from the top rope for a deep two count.
Once they got to the tag, Jordan ran wild like only he can. His offensive explosion couldn't get the pin, however, and Dawson and Dash took advantage of Gable's weakened state to double team Jordan for another false finish. When Jordan tagged Gable in, they did another false finish the other way. They teased multiple times that Revival would take advantage of various cheats but Gable always kicked out.
They did a crazy finish, with a million reversals but it was The Revival who took Gable out long enough to hit the Shatter Machine and get the pin on Jordan to win the tag titles for the second time.
The Revival def. American Alpha
After the match, two big dudes wearing all black attacked American Alpha from behind. "Who in the hell are these monsters, Tom?" Corey Graves was baffled at how they were manhandling the beloved former champions. The crowd booed them boisterously.
Suddenly, Paul Ellering walked out and stood at the entrance way. The big monsters walked up and stood on both sides of him. He walked them out.
Shinsuke Nakamura vs. Austin Aries
The crowd sang along with Nakamura's theme when he came out. They kept going after it stopped, so ATMOSPHERE! There was a fan in the front row wearing a white shirt who was more into it than you've ever been into anything in your entire life.
They went back-and-forth to start to get that big fight feel, and it worked, as they both had an answer for the other's offense and it looked like a stalemate. Aries took control when he worked a leg and there was a period where he was just getting his stuff in.
Nakamura made a comeback and spent much of his offense focusing on Aries' midsection, which was taped up. Lots of knees in the gut. The first near fall came after a suicide dive from Aries that dislodged the barricade. He got a really close count back in the ring. As he was setting up for something on the turnbuckles, Nakamura surprised him with a triangle.
Not long after, Aries countered Nakamura and locked in the Last Chancery. Shinsuke also managed a rope break.
Aries missed a 450 splash, and they countered each other in the corner. They brawled on the apron until Aries managed to hit a death valley driver that had Nakamura hurting. He was nearly counted out but Aries followed him with a suicide dive that missed into the barricade. Back in the ring, Nakamura finished him off with the Kinsasha after an exploder suplex.
Nakamura def. Aries
Asuka vs. Nia Jax
This was for the women's championship.
The story to start was Asuka standing up to the bully and getting thrown across the ring by her hair. She went into using some footwork while the commentary team wondered if she was anxious for the first time opposite a monster like Jax.
Asuka was getting brief spurts of offense in but Nia was just beating her up and, at times, literally rubbing the champion's face in it. Asuka jumped a guillotine at one point and Nia just turned it into a standing suplex before kicking the champ in the head when she got back up.
Next, Asuka went for a triangle and Jax just picked her up and powerbombed her in the corner. Then she damn near broke her back twisting her around the turnbuckle before putting her back in the ring and using a bear hug. Asuka just kept throwing submissions, the next one a leg lock. Jax got to the ropes.
It took a while, but Asuka built up enough offense at one point to get an actual knockdown with her ass based offense. When it only got a two count, she started her screaming routine and tried to kick Jax in the head. Nia just picked him up and slammed her to the mat. The follow up pinfall attempt was reversed into an armbar.
The challenger managed to sit up out of even that.
Asuka decided it was time to just kick her in the head repeatedly. After the third kick, Nia screamed at her with a look of insanity on her face but Asuka responded by just kicking her in the head again and getting the pin to retain the title.
Asuka def. Jax
Samoa Joe vs. Finn Balor
This was a steel cage match for the NXT championship.
They went all out for the entrances and introductions to play it up. The steel cage they used was open. Finn, of course, was in demon paint.
The match was every steel cage match, with plenty of escape attempts blocked with some big spots and each guy getting all their signature spots in. They countered into and out of all of them at one point or another. Finn put Joe down with a standing coup de grace and it appeared this might be the finish, with Balor getting all the way on the other side of the cage. Joe went up, picked him up off the top, then did the Muscle Buster from the second rope.
That got the pin to retain the title.
Joe def. Balor
The demon paint is no longer a spoiler.