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- General Manager William Regal briefs his security team outside Full Sail. It is imperative Aleister Black sees Regal as soon as he arrives at the building. Good luck with those jamokes, sir.
- Vic Joseph is sitting in for Mauro Ranallo (who will be back at WarGames). Percy Watson and Nigel McGuinness talk up how Black is going to burn NXT to the ground now that he knows who attacked him.
- Undisputed ERA are here! All four men are here and Cole (the only one in ring gear), gets a mic. He tells us that just in case we’ve been living under a rock, Bobby Fish is back and the ERA is at 100%. Consider this a warning, and if you don’t believe that, ask War Raiders. If anyone wants to get in their way, they won’t be in their way for long. He tells the fans they’re not NXT. The ERA is NXT. That brings him to Ricochet, a man who has his property. He points out that in the Triple Threat, the North American champ pinned Pete Dunne, not him. And when he gets his rematch...
- EC3’s music hits, and he’s got a mic. He’s here to impart some knowledge on Cole that his “three yes men” won’t tell him. Adam doesn’t deserve a rematch. Their war of words ends when Cole tells him to get a referee, and EC3 says “summon a referee we shall”. An official runs in and its on!
- EC3 def. Adam Cole via pinfall with a roll-up
Mr. 3 takes control quickly with chops, and clotheslines both men over the top. He backs off the other three ERA members, then drops Cole face first on the apron. As they head into the ring, though, Cole catches him with a superkick to take charge. After a neckbreaker, he starts working the heat. We get a few nearfalls in between rest holds.
The One Percenter creates some space and lands a flurry of strikes. He gets a good nearfall off a sitout powerbomb, and Undisputed’s distraction allows Cole to hit a superkick, but EC3 recovers quickly to hit a clothesline. Cole recovers and lines him up for Last Shot, but EC3 ducks under and grabs him for the win.
- The celebration is short-lived, however. Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly take EC3 out with a high/low attack as soon as he hits the floor. Cole grounds him with punches on the stage, then the champs hold EC3 up so he can hit Last Shot to the back of the former Carter’s head. They brag about NXT being theirs, and before they leave, Fish heads to the announce table. He gets a chair and blasts EC3’s knee with it in a move that even shocks his stable mates.
- A quick Mia Yim hype video preps us for her first NXT appearance as a contracted talent NEXT... after an announcement about the WarGames theme song “Voices”.
- And Nikki Cross running up to the security guards, laughing maniacally and telling them “he’s coming”.
- Mia Yim def. Aliyah via pinfall following Seoul Food
Mia is all over her at the start, but when Aliyah is sent to the outside, she’s able to snap Yim’s head over a rope when she reaches for her. That allows her to take control with an elbow drop and a chin lock. Mia tries to power out, but Aliyah drops her for some ground and pound. After a flurry of forearms in the corner, Aliyah gets a nearfall off a nothern lights suplex. Yim is able to get free after backing Aliyah into the corner. Dropkicks, a face wash and a cannonball set-up the finish.
- Hallway scene, where Bianca Belair is demanding a title shot from Mr. Regal. Cathy Kelley tries to get an answer from the GM about if he knows what name Cross gave Black, but Undisputed ERA rolls up and demands he get things under control, seeing as how EC3 ruined their segment. Regal tells them they’re the ones who are out of control. Fish is shocked the GM blames him for ruining last week’s main, and he’s even more shocked when he learns he and Cole face Hanson & Rowe next week.
- A video package on Roman Reigns announcement from Monday airs.
- Lacey Evans gets an extended promo video with highlights, a little bit of her real bio and a lot of character stuff
- We see Tommaso Ciampa pacing around in an empty trailer clutching his title. The announcers remind he’s awaiting Regal’s announcement, then they hype the MYC semis next. That’s a segue into a hype piece on Sunday’s Women’s title match between Kairi Sane and Shayna Baszler at Evolution.
- Kassius Ohno def. Justin Xavier via pinfall following a rolling elbow
Total squash with KO bloodying up the enhancement talent.
- Nikki Cross interrupts Ohno’s music to laugh and point at Kassius and tell him “he’s coming”
- “Mariana Trench” by Nina Strauss is another NXT Loud theme for WarGames 2018. Nigel somehow transitions that into a Matt Riddle teaser.
- Mr. Regal is in the ring. He says with only four weeks until TakeOver, it’s time to announce who will compete for the NXT Championship. That brings out the champ, cluthcing his precious as he makes his way to the ring.
He grabs a mic to say “With all due to respect sir, wipe that smug look off your face. And boy, don’t you look at the champ’s title. You came out here to make an announcement - do it.” Before the old villain can respond/kill him, Velveteen Dream is here.
Dream wants the phones held and the presses stopped, because the headliner is here. The people want an experience at TakeOver, but it’s not about the people, it’s about the Dream. And Velveteen wants Mr. Regal to say his name. That brings out Lars Sullivan.
Lars says this isn’t up for debate, because they’re all standing in his territory. He’s NXT’s nightmare, and the championship belongs to him. Velveteen understands Sullivan’s point, but when he addresses the Dream, he’s gonna need him to wear some pants. That line gets Lars to goozle Velveteen, but cackling Nikki Cross runs in heralding his arrival before that can go any further, and the cameras cut to Aleister Black kicking security’s ass on his way into the building.
When he reaches the ring, Lars goes to stop him and gets his jaw recracked by Black Mass for his trouble. Aleister marches right to Regal and grabs him, demanding to know “Where is he?” He’s cut off by a figure in a black hoodie - it’s Johnny Gargano! He superkicks Black, stands over him and says into the mic, “I’m right here.”