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- Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson welcome us to Full Sail, and talk up the women’s qualifier and the North American title defense main event. Then it’s time to Shock the System.
- Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly & Roderick Strong accompany Fish to the ring. Cole on the mic saying we close the year in style because Bobby will end “the top 1% of morons”. EC3 made a mistake in 2018 coming to NXT thinking he could elevate his career, but thanks to Fish and a steel chair, he found this is the Undisputed ERA’s world. This wasn’t a career year for them, it was the start of a decade of dominance. He promises that in 2019, the ERA will be draped in championship gold and that, boys and girls, is Undisputed.
- EC3 def. Bobby Fish via pinfall with an inside cradle
The rest of his crew remains at ringside as Fish evades and taunts Carter at the start. 3 hip tosses him back in from the apron and powers Bobby into the corner, powerbombs him into next week and clotheslines them both over the top rope. EC3 heads back in to break the count, leaving a dazed Fish ringside. He then goes and retrieves Bobby while eyeing the rest of UE. After a stiff chop, the distraction finally lets Fish chop EC3’s injured knee. Display of striking skills from Bobby, and then a dragonscrew leg whip sets him up to wrench both knees. Exploder suplex gets a nearfall, but EC3 answers with a vertical. Weird spot where Fish gets his head caught under the top rope off whip. After dropping an elbow, the ERA jumps on the apron. Fish tries for a cover in the confusion but gets caught.
- A furious Undisputed storms the ring to put the boots to EC3, but here comes Heavy Machinery for the save! Otis Dozovis & Tucker Knight (shirtless, in jeans) clean house and catch Kyle O’Reilly as he tries to escape. Carter recovers and gets O’Reilly on his shoulders for a One Percenter. He helps Dozer get hyped up for the caterpillar elbow drop, and then the faces celebrate.
-An interviewer catches up with Dakota Kai & Io Shirai to ask about Jessamyn Duke & Marina Shafir again getting involved in their business last week. Kai says they’re not going to stand for it, and want a tag match next week. Io says she won’t let them attack her friend, and also calls for the match next week.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. The Mighty via pinfall following an assisted elevated DDT on Shane Thorne
We’re reminded about The Mighty’s post-match attack after Lorcan & Burch’s win a couple weeks back, and the Brit-Am Brawlers storm right into the ring and start brawling. Things break down quickly, and Oney flies to take everyone out on the floor. Finally in the ring, Lorcan gets an early advantage but soon finds himself stuck in the wrong corner. Fast-paced match, and with all four men in the ring, Burch avoids a charge and that allows them to isolate Shane Thorne. They set-up for a tandem move, but Nick Miller recovers and saves his teammate, then hit a combination superplex/powerbomb. That gets a nearfall, but Burch breaks it up.
Miller slams Oney and Thorne hits a cannonball using Nick as a springboard into Burch in the corner. That gets a nearfall, but Oney fights back after kicking out. Double DDT from Lorcan, who then chops the hell out of both members of The Mighty. They fire back, but he ducks after getting rocked and they slap each other. Burch in with a head butt, then the finish.
- A replay of last week’s awesome main event segment sets up a reminder of next week’s steel cage match. A Johnny Gargano promo is shown, where he says Aleister Black couldn’t absolve him from his sins at TakeOver: WarGames 2, because he never sinned. He’s still fulfilling his promise to become NXT champ, which will lead to the fans cheering and little kids high-fiving him. The ends justify the means, and if the means include attacking a guy in the parking lot, well, Black was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. Next week, Aleister will be in the wrong place again. You can lock him up with the devil himself, and he’ll do whatever he has to to end his story like he promised - as NXT champ. Next week, he closes the book on Black.
- We get another Dominick Dijakovic teaser. He’s fighting for his family and will do anything for them. He’s here next week.
- Cathy Kelley catches up with the 3⁄4 Horsewomen. Shayna Baszler isn’t worried about whoever emerges from Dec. 26 Fatal 4Way to determine her next challenger. She’ll leave Phoenix with the title, and her opponent will leave with hospital bills. Kelley asks Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke about Kai & Shirai’s challenge and they just laugh. Baszler says they’re ready.
- We see William Regal’s tweet announcing Lacey Evans is in the Fatal 4Way, and see footage of her winning her way in at a Florida house show last weekend.
- Mia Yim def. Reina González (pinfall following Seoul Food) to qualify for a spot in the Fatal 4Way to determine the #1 contender for the Women’s title
Lock up at the bell, and Reina uses her size/power advantage to put Mia in the corner, but Yim evades and tries for a guillotine. González powers out, but Mia continues to try until Reina gets her up in vertical suplex position and drops her on the top rope. She puts the boots to her and goes for a cover, but barely gets two. Punches and kicks from the big Texan, but Mia won’t stay down. Backbreaker rack, but Yim eventually elbows her way out and sends González into the ropes. Flurry of chops and kicks don’t manage to bring Reina down, but do leave her vulnerable for the finish.
- Aleister Black video, where he says what he finds interesting about the human race is how everything revolves around how they’re feeling. Everyone keeps asking him how he feels about his steel cage match with Johnny Gargano. And he doesn’t feel anything, he just has to do this. He’s come to realize that John is beyond absolution, and that comes in the form of that steel cage. There will be no evading or avoiding everything he’s done. It will just be him and the cage, and at the end of that, he will fade... to... black.
- We learn Mr. Regal has booked Shirai & Kai vs. Duke & Shafir for next week.
- Ricochet enters for his title defense. And his opponent is... OMG! IT’S TYLER!
- Ricochet def. Tyler Breeze via pinfall following a Michinoku Driver to retain the North American championship
Full Sail seemed to be hoping for Velveteen Dream, but quickly warmed up to Prince Pretty’s homecoming. “Tyler’s gorgeous”/”Ricochet” dueling chants before they lock-up. Breeze bounces out of an arm drag to pose on the ropes, but returns and is quickly wrestled to the ground by the champ. A dropkick follows and Tyler heads outside for a moment, but comes back in quickly. Body scissors into a single leg crab by the challenger, but Ric makes the ropes and explodes out of the break with front flip clothesline. That’s followed with a dive fakeout and a boot, but his crossbody leads right into a superkick.
Breeze stomps away at Ricochet in the corner and freaks out when the referee touches him for the break (oh, I missed you real wrestler Prince Pretty). Tyler sets him up on the ropes for something, but gets knocked down and eats a series of kicks even though he avoided one and locked in a German, but the champ landed on his feet to eventually connect with the Tiger Feint Kick. Another closing line and the standing SSP get a nearfall.
Ricochet heads up for a Phoenix splash, but Tyler rolls away and the champ lands on his feet. Big exchange of punches leads to spots where they both kick, clothesline and eventually crossbody one another at the same time. They exchange forearms on the mat. Back on their feet, they fight off suplex attempts. Eventually Breeze lands on his feet out a belly-to-back, hits a superkick and a reverse rana for a nearfall. They jaw at each other, and exchange kicks. Tyler goes for the kill after hitting a high knee and an enziguri, but the champ catches the Beauty Shot and ends it.
- A long fade out as Ric poses with the belt, offers and receives a handshake from the challenger and then gives Breeze the ring. He poses with the belt on the ramp as Ranallo says he’ll end 2018 as champ.