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- A video package with highlights of all TakeOver: New Orleans matches starts us off
- After the credits, we’re back in the Smoothie King Center. Mauro Ranallo welcomes is to “TakeOver Aftermath”, and it’s straight to our first match.
- Kairi Sane def. Lacey Evans via pinfall following the In-Sane Elbow
Speed vs. size/power, which Sane gets the better of in the early going. Evans pops over the ropes off a whip and grabs Kairi by the back of her head to drive her into the turnbuckle to take control. Kicks and lariats lead to a neck crank resthold, forearms and chops in the corner follow that, before Lacey goes back to the neck and tries for a few covers before we go to break.
We return with Evans hitting an impressive handstand bronco buster, and getting a nearfall off a shoulder-breaker after a few chops from Kairi. Sane catches a chop and fires back with a forearm and the interceptor spear. She sells her neck/shoulder after that, but comes back with a running blockbuster, then marches for her sliding elbow. The forearm (Mauro calls it a kabuki elbow) from the top gets two, then Kairi goes for a submission, but Evans powers out. Sane counters a slam with a spinning backfirst, and when that levels The First Lady, she climbed for her finisher.
- Adam Cole’s win in the North American Title Ladder Match gets its own video recap, then Ranallo and Percy Watson hype the highlights of other matches yet to come.
- The Dusty Finals/Tag Titles are next, which takes us to Cathy Kelley interviewing Undisputed ERA. Cole starts to answer her question asking for an explanation of Roderick Strong’s actions. He starts to answer, but Roddy blocks the mic and whispers to him. All four men smile and walk off.
- Authors of Pain’s Raw debut is covered, and the fallout interview where they officially kick Paul Ellering to curb is shown.
- Johnny Gargano’s career-saving win over Tommaso Ciampa gets a package with exclusive footage that almost does the match justice (an impossible task, imho). Gargano will be on “LIVE!” next week.
- New Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler’s win (and post-match celebration with Ronda Rousey) is recapped, then an interview with The Queen of Spades. Kayla Braxton congratulates her, and Shayna says she knows people weren’t rooting for her. She doesn’t have a bandwagon, she has a war wagon, so if you weren’t on it from the beginning, you can’t jump on now. Kayla asks about Ronda’s debut at WrestleMania, and Baszler says they’re just doing what they’ve always done. Things are going to change in the NXT Women’s Division now. It’s not gonna be about who has the best hair or make-up. It’s about who can wrestle.
- Ember Moon’s Raw debut is covered, and her fallout interview expressing regret for leaving NXT with “that monster” Shayna is shown. She has faith the division will deal with her.
- We get a video package on Aleister Black’s NXT Title-claiming win over Andrade “Cien” Almas.
- Quick clips of No Way Jose and The IIconics main roster debuts.
- Heavy Machinery vs. Tino Sabatelli and Riddick Moss ends in a no contest when War Raiders run-in and destroy everyone
Doesn’t take long for things to break down into a fourway brawl, then Tucker Knight powers down both HM’s opponent, setting them up for a Bushwhackers march and double-drop elbows on Tino. Knight goes to grab Moss in the corner, but Sabatelli hits him from behind as we go to commercial.
Tuckey’s still fighting when we return, but he gets thrown across the ring by Riddick and the heels isolate him in the corner. He finally gets free when the gets a boot up after Moss whips Tino at him. Otis Dozovic is a house afire, splashing everyone and back dropping Sabatelli to set up the Caterpillar elbow. Riddick breaks up the cover, and all four men are down when the run-in happens.
Hanson and Rowe deliver their greatest hits, with moves like throwing Hanson onto Dozer, and hitting Fallout (a belly-to-back suplex/top rope leg drop combo) on Sabatelli as the episode ends.