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NXT results, live blog (April 25, 2018): Black vs. Gargano

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- Straight to the theme this week, and then Mauro Ranallo and Percy Watson hype the NXT Title match. Then, four d-bags are here.

- Undisputed ERA and their three belts (and one knee brace) make their way to the ring. They’ve got a new pose for the “Adam Cole BAY BAY” pop. Cole tells the team to soak in the moment. This is what happens when you back the Undisputed ERA. NXT has been trying to stop them since they got here, backing them into corners, but here they stand, covered in gold. Bobby Fish puts over everything they went through at WarGames and in New Orleans.

Roderick Strong grabs the mic and says he’s not one to pat himself on the back... that’s what the ERA is for. At TakeOver, he finally did something for himself. Everyone wants to know, “Why, Roddy, Why?” Why when he could win the tag titles with Pete Dunne, did he turn on him? Because how long until Dunne turned on him? Pete only cares about his UK Title. Strong’s watched Undisputed take bullets for each other, time and time again. So it’s no longer Roddy vs. The World. Kyle O’Reilly says the ERA is done being backed into corners. Now they call the shots.

Cole gets back on the mic and says he’s gonna defend his North American Title right now, and he’s gonna do it alone. Because let’s face it... he doesn’t need help against Oney Lorcan.

- Adam Cole def. Oney Lorcan via Last Shot to retain the North American Championship

The champ, whose ribs are heavily taped from TakeOver, stays out of Lorcan’s reach in the early going, but Oney eventually grabs him for an abdominal stretch. He tries to suplex him mid-section first onto the ropes, but Cole reverses. He puts the boots to Lorcan in the corner, then nails a kick after the referee calls for a break. They trade strikes, and Oney hits a running knee right to the ribs and follows with a blockbuster for a two count!

At the end of another exchange, Lorcan manages to drop Cole belly-first onto the ropes. Oney climbs, but O’Reilly runs in with a tainer making and ‘X’ with his arms. While the ref joins them in checking on the champ, Strong runs in to take out Lorcan! KOR quickly announces Cole is fine, and he slides in to hit his finish.

The beatdown continues after the bell, and Danny Burch runs in to help his partner. He gets in a few licks, but the numbers game gets them both and the ERA stands tall.

- Shayna Baszler hype video. She rhetorically asks how long she’s gonna be champion, and fires back with a question of her own... who’s gonna take it from me?

- Mauro and Percy recap last week’s main event finish, and we learn Candice LeRae will face Bianca Belair next Wednesday. Video package for Belair, explaining how she’s The -EST of NXT, her braid as a weapon and her plans to win the Women’s Title.

- Ranallo segues into a John Cena Make-A-Wish PSA; both hype World Wish Day

- Heavy Machinery def. Tino Sabatelli and Riddick Moss via pinfall following Compactor

Tucker Knight and Moss start off, but things breakdown into a 4Way brawl quickly. Tucky with a big back drop, then HM end up slamming their opponents together when Sabatelli tries to get involved again. They stand on the heels and pose. Otis Dozovic goes to work on Riddick, but when he turns to fight off another Tino run-in, Dozer gets suplexed. M & S work him over in the corner while Full Sail boos Sabatelli.

Otis dodges a move where Moss whips Tino into the corner. Sabatelli pops over, but Riddick’s follow up charge takes out Tino. That leads to Sabatelli walking away when Moss goes for a tag. He can’t believe it, and gets polished off by Knight and the tandem finisher soon after.

Post-match promo from Heavy Machinery, calling out War Raiders. They’re gonna raid all the buffets and eat all the steaks, then raid all the gyms and lift all the weights. If Hanson and Rowe

- Ranallo says Baszler needs to watch her back. That takes us to a video touting Nikki Cross (who the voiceover says is “chaotic”, Aliyah (who says she wishes she had a famous friend who could get her opportunities) and Kairi Sane (who says she knows Shayna’s secret weakness) as potential challengers.

- Cathy Kelley interviews Dakota Kai about the scene at The Performance Center from last week. Kai says it makes her uncomfortable and doesn’t want to talk about it. Shayna walks up and Dakota stares at the floor. The champ demands Kai look at her. Baszler says she can imagine how it feels to come across the world to chase your dreams, only to find out she’s in a division run by The Queen of Spades. The New Zealander is visibly shaken as the champ walks away, and Mauro says she’s clearly “traumatized” by her run-ins with Baszler.

- “The Finest” Kona Reeves will be here next week.

- Another video highlighting women who are gunning for Shayna’s belt: Lacey Evans (who says the division needs a real role model - her), Vanessa Borne (who says the division deserves her) and LeRae (who says she has what Baszler doesn’t - heart)

- Next week: TM61 vs. Street Profits and Strong vs. Dunne

- Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black (c) for the NXT Title never starts

Tommaso Ciampa (with black tape all around his eye - which looks bad ass) attacks Johnny from behind during his entrance! He pummels him over to the announce desk, then screams about how Gargano will never get rid of him. He lifts him up to slam him through the table, but Johnny fights out. They brawl to the stage, where Tommy Entertainment kicks him below the belt. Then he lines him up and knees his head into the screen. Ciampa makes to leave, but circles back and grabs him for the belly-to-back piledriver off the stage and through a table!

Candice comes out check on Johnny, and a team comes out to roll him onto a backboard. Gargano does the Shane McMahon labored breathing noises while they put a neck brace on him. He’s rolled out while the crowd gives him an ovation. As he’s being rolled into the ambulance, Kassius Ohno (rocking the Larry Sweeney shirt) checks on him, and the Champ walks by with his belt, but doesn’t say anything or stop.

When the ambulance drives off with sirens on, the camera pans up and Ciampa is on a trailer doing his slow wave goodbye.

- An angry Aleister Black head to the ring and angrily grabs a microphone. He calls out Tommaso for eliminating his competition, but before he can get further, SAnitY’s music hits?

Eric Young on the stick, says Gargano represented hope. But that hope was crushed. But out of the chaos, we’ll find sanity, we’ll find... Black returns the favor and cuts EY off, asking “Are you looking for this?” and holding the belt high. Young smiles and nods, and we have a match!

- Aleister Black def. Eric Young via pinfall following Black Mass

Mauro and Percy are confused as to whether this is a title match (and don’t mention SAnitY’s call-up). Even going early, with each man getting one counts. EY is sent to the outside, which is the set-up for the champ’s dive fakeout springboard sitdown. They each get some offense in after Young returns to the ring, but Aleister rocks the SAnitY leader with a series of knees.

He lifts EY in the corner, and Alexander Wolfe runs in. Black turns to deal with him and gets lifted up by his neck in the corner. A big neckbreaker gets two, then Young works the champ’s neck while the crowd cheers for the Dutch Destroyer. He fights through some clubbing blows and rolls up EY for two. A hard slap by Young is answered with a huge knee to the head and both men are down.

They both get to their feet fo a stiking exchange, but the champ dodges EY’s swings and nails him with a series of kicks. Springboard moonsault gets two, but Young fights back, eventually fighting out of an octopus stretch to hit a Death Valley Bomb for a good nearfall. Young climbs, but Black catches up with him. The pace picks up, but Young eventually turns into the champ’s finisher.

- Afterwards, Wolfe and Killian Dain run-in to try and take out Black, and they both get Black Mass-ed for their troubles.

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