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NXT results, live blog (Jan. 31, 2018): Roderick Strong vs. Tyler Bate

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- A video package of quick highlights from Saturday’s TakeOver focuses on the last three matches before our usual theme song kicks in

- Nigel McGuinness is not here, so Mauro Ranallo and Percy Watson welcome us. They play like this was filmed after what we saw this weekend. Mauro calls it “TakeOver Aftermath” and hypes the UK title #1 contender match.

- Nikki Cross def. Lacey Evans via pinfall following a swinging fisherman’s neckbreaker; this on is violent from the bell, with Cross starting with her signature psycho ground and pound before Evans connects with a big kick. They brawl outside after Nikki ties the larger woman up in the apron curtain, but when they come back in, Lacey powers her to the mat and takes control until Cross rolls out of the way of a moonsault. Another frenzied attack puts the SAnitY member in position to hit her finish. Drake Wuertz has to pull Nikki off of Evans after the bell.

- Watson and Ranallo narrate highlights of Undisputed ERA’s tag title win over Authors of Pain. We’re promised “exclusive footage” of Tommaso Ciampa’s post-main event attack on Johnny Gargano.

- Ember Moon’s Women’s title defense and Shayna Baszler’s attack is recapped. Kayla Braxton interviews Baszler, asking how she feels since the match didn’t go as she planned. Shayna says it did go as planned, as the champ didn’t win, she survived. She told Braxton to head down to medical and see which of them is acting like a winner. Then we get some photos of Ember in the main event of Royal Rumble.

- We get caught up Aleister Black’s Extreme Rules win over Adam Cole, including all the end of match run-ins. Tag champs Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish are helping Cole through a hallway wondering what wrong with their plan to dominate TakeOver. The Panama City Playboy tells them to call back, they’ll get revenge against SAnitY. We then learn that Fish and O’Reilly face Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe next week.

- Highlights of Velveteen Dream’s win over Kassius Ohno, then Kayla interviews Dream. She asks about failing to knock out KO in 30 seconds. He hints that Ohno knocked his mouthpiece out to make sure he couldn’t do what he said, but that Kassius, the NXT Universe and everyone now knows what it says on his trunk “Dream Over”

- TM61 def. The Ealys via pinfall following Thunder Valley; all Nick Miller and Shane Thorne at the start and Gabriel and Urial head outside to regroup, but Thorne moonsaults onto them from the ring. The Ealys pull twin magic back in the ring to get on top for a while until Miller comes out of a whip with a clothesline and gets the hot tag to Shane. He cleans house and brings in Nick for a moonsault of his own, but the pin is broken up. Thorne forearms the other twin off the apron and then it’s time for the tandem stuff.

- Tyler Bate warms up backstage, then Christy St. Cloud interviews TM61, who again say what WWE fans have seen isn’t the real them, because they are The Mighty, and they Don’t Kneel

- Andrade “Cien” Almas’ epic win over Gargano gets an extended package, including a clip of an emotionless Ciampa dragging his crutch out of Wells Fargo Center while reporters try to ask him questions about why he did it and what his status is.

- We’re reminded of Almas 30 minute run in The Rumble and elimination of Kofi Kingston. Cathy Kelley interviews Zelina Vega and the champ. She says this was her plan all along, Cien says it’s only the beginning. They laugh about how Johnny Wrestling was watching at home.

- After a reminder that EC3 has signed and was in Philly Saturday night, we’re treated to some shots of Cole in The Rumble. That leads to an announcement he’ll face Killian Dain next week in a big SAnitY vs. ERA episode.

- Roderick Strong def. Tyler Bate via pinfall following End of Heartache to become the #1 contender for the United Kingdom championship; both men get their signature stuff in early (airplane spin from Tyler, backbreakers from Strong). Roddy’s strength lets him get control around a break and he has Bate in a bow-and-arrow when we return. Exchange of strikes is won by Bop and Bang, as the Brit dictates the action for a while. Standing SSP gets two at the end of flurry, then Tyler tries to climb but Strong catches up. Bate fights out of a Superplex but is pulled into a backbreaker. That leads to a fast exchange of offense that ends with Tyler hitting his rebound lariat for two. He goes for Tyler Drive ‘97, but can’t lift Roddy after all the backbreakers. Strong takes that open to try to lock in Stronghold but gets rolled up instead. After a kickout, it’s knee strikes galore and then the end.

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