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- Highlights of all the matches from last Saturday at TakeOver: Chicago 2 bring us into the episode, along with a scroll of social media messages from WWE Superstars and Legends about Vader.
- Vic Joseph, Nigel McGuinness and Percy Watson welcome us back to Allstate Arena.
- Bianca Belair def. Dakota Kai via pinfall following her torture rack-sitout facebuster
Bianca brings the fight right to Kai, pie-facing and shoving her, but Dakota runs the ropes to get away and lands some kicks which get her a cover even as Belair tries to cinch in a gutwrench to start working the power game. She eventually hurls her into the corner and follows up with shoulders, then hits the delayed vertical suplex - and bounces Kai off the top rope before finishing it for good measure.
She stretches Dakota and punches to the mid-section, then Bianca slams her down and talks trash. She tries to bounce Belair off all four sides of the ring on her next delayed vertical, and that lets Kai slip free for a roll-up. Bianca regains control, but the Kiwi gets her knees up on a splash attempt and follows with an enziguri for a nearfall. She does the facewash kicks in the corner, but gets caught trying to climb for an aerial assault. Dakota dodges a braid attack, but gets caught with a stiff forearm, and then gets picked up for the closer.
- Percy narrates a recap of Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet. That segues to Cathy Kelley’s fallout interviews with each man. Ric says he proved he’s not a GIF, the spotlight doesn’t belong to Dream and it’s on him now. Velveteen cryptically says “I said Dream over in Chicago. What do you think?”
- TakeOver’s Women’s Title match gets the same treatment. Kelley’s interview with Shayna Baszler, Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke where the champ says you defeat chaos by sucking the air out of it and putting it to sleep is show. “And still...”
- Lars Sullivan and Aleister Black’s NXT Championship match gets the full cinematic WWE production. It skips the whiffed and sold Black Mass, obviously, and looks pretty fantastic overall. We see Black declining an interview with Mike Rome after his win, selling how much damage he took.
- Watson recaps Saturday night’s tag team opener, and puts over the losing team. Kelley interviews Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch backstage. Burch says he’s heartbroken they lost, but they left it in the ring. Lorcan calls it the biggest match, and biggest loss, of their careers. No mention of the events in London with Undisputed ERA this week.
- Epic video package on Tommaso Ciampa’s Street Fight win over Johnny Gargano.
- Aleister Black will be here next week. EC3 is interviewed entering the Performance Center. He says TakeOver was great, but it was missing the top one-percent. He’s been turning NXT into NX3 with victory after victory after victory, and now he’s here to march into William Regal’s office and demand the top competion. He’s calling his shot, and when EC3 calls his shot, he does not miss. As he’s walking away, the interviewer asks him who he’s going to request to face and EC3 yells “EVERYONE”.
- War Raiders def. The Mighty via pinfall following Fallout
Nick Miller and Shane Thorne attack before the bell, but as soon as it rings, get destroyed by Rowe. The he throws his partner ass-first into Thorne. Miller recovers attack from the floor, and Shane almost gets an early rope assisted roll-up win. Tandem offense lets Thorne work over Rowe for a little while, the first real damage we’ve seen the Raiders take. He dodges a charge and makes the tag, and Hanson fixes that quick.
Rowe comes back in to hit Thor’s Hammer, but Miller breaks it up at two. Hanson flies to take him out on the floor to make him pay for that. Rowe slams Thorne down and then the finish.