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- Straight to our Johnny Gargano-free opening theme and video. Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson welcome us to Atlanta, and hype the contract signing later.
- SAnitY def. Tino Sabatelli and Riddick Moss via pinfall (following a back suplex/neckbreaker combo to Sabatelli) to advance to the second round in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Killian Dain and Nikki Cross accompany Eric Young and Alexander Wolfe to the ring; seems like there’s tension between Sabatelli and Moss even during their entrance. Wolfe starts with Moss and does well, but when he boots Tino from the apron, Riddick drops him throat first on the top rope to let the high-maintenance duo the upperhand. Moss gets two off a big neckbreaker slam, then tags Sabatelli. Tino hold Alexander, but Wolfe dodges a charge and Riddick takes out his own partner. EY gets the tag while they stare each other down, and he cleans house, hitting Tino with an elbow off the top, but Moss pulls him out. Then Nikki crossbodies him! Back in the ring, Sabatelli still hasn’t recovered and takes the tandem finish.
- Tommaso Ciampa is here to a chorus of boos. “Johnny” and “Johnny Wrestling” chants whenever he raises the mic, and Ciampa yells back at them and slowly comes unglued. He drops the mic quicker than last week and rolls out to stare at the crowd, who wave paper with Gargano’s emoji logo on them in his face and heckle him. He looks like he might snap, but ends up leaving to “Nah nah nah nah, hey hey hey, goodbye”.
- Dakota Kai def. Lacey Evans via pinfall with a roll-up
Evans targets the arm Shayna Baszler injured (that Kai has some Rocktape on), but Dakota rolls her up out of a follow-up armbar attempt for a very quick win.
- Baszler music plays right after the match, and the Queen of Spades corners her in the ring. But the champ is here! Ember Moon hits the stage and proceeds right to the ring for a staredown. Moon has a mic, and asks if Shayna really wants to do this again? It doesn’t matter if she has one arm or two, Baszler started it, but Ember is going to end it at TakeOver: New Orleans! A brawl breaks out, and the champ won’t even let two referees separate them. When they do pry them apart, Shayna cheap shots Moon, but Moon recovers hit kick Baszler in the face. She heads up top to try and Eclipse and gets caught herself. Shayna locks up her injured arm in a chicken wing around the rope, but Kai returns to kick her in the back of the head! Ember nails a one-armed Eclipse to stand tall.
- Mauro informs us Moon vs. Baszler III is official for New Orleans.
- Street Profits def. Heavy Machinery via pinfall (frog splash from Ford to Dozovic) to advance to the second round in the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Otis Dozovic and Montez Ford start, and Dozer powers him down, sending Ford to the corner for a sip for his Solo cup. He offers Otis a drink, and Dozer likes it! But when Montez goes to celebrate their shared interest, he gets turned inside out with a lariat. Angelo Dawkins comes in to help out as Dozer tags Tucker Knight, and HM set him up and use Ford as a battering ram on him. Dawkins mounts a comeback, but it’s shortlived thanks to a big leaping Thesz Press by Tuckey. He runs the ropes for Machinery’s finish, but Ford pulls them down sending him crashing. Otis takes a DDT, then the finish.
- Pete Dunne def. Adam Cole via disqualification when Undisputed ERA’s Bobby Fish attacks the United Kingdom Champ
The tag champs accompany the challenger to the ring. Cole backs the champ into his corner, and Dunne rolls out to stare down Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly. On his way back in, Cole puts the boots to him, but he gets up for a big forearm and the Bruiserweight goes to work on the challenger’s fingers and stomps on his arm. The Panama City Playboy tries to go outside to regroup, but Dunne follows and works the arm some more, then slamming Cole back first on the apron. He gets up on the ropes to taint the ERA, which is when AC recovers to push him off the rope. His knee gets caught on the ropes and is tweaked on the way to the floor. Commercial break.
When we get back, the champ is dropping Cole on his head. Fists fly as Fish coaches his teammate to get his hands up. A DDT off the top gets two, but an attempted Bitter End gets reversed into a backstabber. Dunne tries to lock up the arm, but Cole slips out to deliver a bicycle kick, then a Last Shot gets a nearfall. The challenger starts taunting the Bruiserweight and calling him a chump, so Pete puts him on his ass. The ref lets him recover, and the pair exchange big kicks. Cole catches him with a kick to the face on a moonsault attempt, but the champ kicks out. Dunne goes after the tag champs when they jump on the apron, and takes them out but enters to a kick and more cleanly hit Last Shot, but the champ kicks out! Dunne snaps off one of Cole’s fingers and looks to be going for Bitter End again when Fish runs in to trigger the DQ and start the beatdown.
- Roderick Strong runs in for the save, but falls to the numbers game. When Cole calls for Undisputed to hold up Roddy for a superkick, Dunne recovers to even the odds. They run off the heels and stare each other down. Strong offers his hand. The Bruiserweight doesn’t take it, but does slap Roddy on the shoulder on his way out.
- General Manager William Regal brought the contract signing table to the ring. He announces we’re here to make their NXT title match at TakeOver: New Orleans offical. He welcomes the challenger out first, and Aleister Black makes his entrance. Regal calls for the champ, but Andrade “Cien” Almas doesn’t appear - only his business associate Zelina Vega. She makes her way to the ring, and grabs a mic.
Almas isn’t here tonight, she says, but she is. If Cien was here, he’d destroy Black until nothing is left. Aleister stalks the table, hands her the contract and moves the table. He paces a bit, and sits crosslegged and says “at least now we’re on the same level”. She angrily tells him he’ll reap what he sows, because Andrade is going to humiliate him. She signs the contract and angrily gives it to Black. He makes some height/size based taunts (is Almas worried he might come up short, won’t measure up, etc) until she slaps him. He signs and goes to leave. He stops before the stairs and says “I’m glad you came alone, because I didn’t.”
Candice LeRae is here! She runs in as Vega tries to slink away, but Candice catches her. Mrs. Wrestling beats her down at the announce table, and rolls Zelina back in for a big bulldog. She stalks the ring around Vega, then heads to the stage to stand with a smiling Black as the show ends.