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- Before the opening theme, we get the commercial hyping the title and #1 contenders matches, the Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson do the same. And we start with the ladies!
- Bianca Belair def. Lacey Evans, Io Shirai & Mia Yim in a Fatal 4Way, pinning Evans after a K.O.D. to become NXT Women’s champion Shayna Basler’s challenger at TakeOver: Phoenix
Evans steps out as Belair and Yim jaw at one another; Shirai tries to roll-up Bianca and then she and Mia double-team the EST. Belair rolls out and Yim hits her with a suicide dive. Lacey comes in and throws Io to the outside, where she hits Biance and they wipe out on the ramp. The Blasian Baddie and the Genius of the Sky team-up again to take it to Evans, but Lacey avoids a headkick from Mia while Shirai is holding her, and Yim takes out her ally. Evans takes advantage of Mia’s confusion, eventually getting a nearfall on an elbow drop. Io tries to get involved but ends up stacked in the corner with Yim where they both take running double knees from the First Lady. Mia rolls out and Shirai takes offense from Lacey for a while until Belair gets back into things.
The EST declines a partnership with Evans, but gets dumped back outside in short order. The same thing happens to Yim on a rescue attempt, and Lacey goes back to work on Io. Bianca returns and sets up for her finisher on Io, but Evans blocks it. They jaw and end up teaming up on Mia, but Shirai saves her from a tandem suplex and drop kicks them while they’re holding Yim. Alliances, and pretty much everything else breakdown, and we end with a sequence where Shirai drop kicks Evans from the top and rises to eat a spear from Belair. The EST and Io are the first two up, but Shirai counters an Implant Buster into a double stomp and hits her 619. Evans dumps her and hits Yim with the Women’s Right for a cover that’s broken up by Io. She hits Evans with a moonsault from the top, but Bianca breaks that up with the hair whip. Io gets Alley Ooped onto Mia on the floor, and then the First Lady is grabbed for The EST’s finisher.
- Alien Weaponry’s “Holding My Breath” is a #NXTLoud theme for Phoenix, and Belair/Baszler is confirmed
- Jaxson Ryker def. Mitch Taverna via pinfall following a rebound powerbomb
I don’t have announcers for this for some reason... Wesley Blake & Steve Cutler accompany Ryker to the ring. He’s all over Taverna from the bell, punching and chopping him into the corner. He no sells a chop in return and slams him to the mat, then rubs his face into. Squash that ends with his finisher, then his fellow Forgotten Sons join him in the ring.
- Velveteen Dream hype video. He asks questions about himself and his great 2018, including complimentary tweets he’s received from Hulk Hogan, Shawn Michaels, Triple H and John Cena. He promises the Experience will be even better in 2019.
- After a quick recap of last week’s main event, we join NXT champ Tommaso Ciampa somewhere backstage for a self-shot promo. He’s a man of his word, but he sometimes feels like no one is listening. But last week proves Johnny Gargano has been listening. He followed his old tag partner’s lead and pinned the #1 contender. Where does that leave Gargano? He can’t have a shot at the champ’s title, but he should get a title shot. Maybe the North American? He tells Johnny to think about it. This is everything they dreamed about coming into NXT unsigned. Two kids taking over the world. Phoenix could be their takeover, and end with Ciampa as NXT champ and Gargano as NA champ. Think about it...
- Next week we’ll have a special episode as NXT hands out their “Year End Awards”, and Matt Riddle gets another match with Kassius Ohno to keep it from being a full on clip show.
- Undisputed ERA def. Heavy Machinery via pinfall following Total Elimination to retain their NXT Tag Team championship
Adam Cole & Bobby Fish are not out with Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly for this (at least at the start). Roddy starts with Tucker Knight. O’Reilly tries to distract, but Tucky outwrestles Strong and keeps him on the mat. He eventually gets the tag, and Kyle brings him down with leg kicks, but Knight fights through with a clothesline on both ERA members to make the tag. Otis Dozovic runs through O’Reilly and does the same thing to Roddy. He reaches KOR for a tag while being spun around, but things don’t go much better for him. Undisputed falls victim to some tandem offense, and Tucky runs through an attempted two-on-one on the floor. A few chop blocks leave Knight vulnerable on the apron, and Strong lifts him for a backdrop that sends them both all the way down to the floor!
Knight is in peril from there. He manages to dump Strong over the top all the way to the floor, but while that’s happening O’Reilly whips his leg over the rope. The heels focus on that knee from there. Tucker tries to pull himself to the corner while wrapped in an Indian Death Lock but O’Reilly grabs Strong and pulls them both back. Otis eventually gets tagged in after a clothesline from Knight and flattens everyone, ending with a Caterpillar elbow on Roddy. Kyle breaks up the cover and things break down, leading to a cool Heavy Machinery spot Mauro calls the Hoss Toss where Dozer catapults Kyle into a belly-to-belly by Knight. That gets two.
Roddy gets sent to the floor, and Tucky climbs to the top but misses a moonsault attempt. Strong back in and Knight dodges a running high knee to get the tag. After an exchange of forearms, Otis gets a nearfall off a big clothesline. He climbs, teasing a moonsault of his own, but gets distracted by O’Reilly and hit with an enziguri by Strong. Ends up with Kyle powerbombing Roddy over his shoulders as Strong superplexes Dozer in a big Tower of Doom spot. Otis kicks out at two though. KOR kicks Knight off the apron, and a jumping knee/leaping forearm combo gets the ERA another nearfall. Roddy drop kicks Tucky again, and the high/low combo ends it.
- Cole & Fish come out to celebrate with the champs.