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- No pre-intro scene, as it’s right to the theme song and Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson and Nigel McGuinness welcoming us to the action.
- Kassius Ohno def. Kona Reeves via pinfall following a rolling elbow
Ohno is angry from his entrance on, and snaps when Kona goes into his “Finest” schtick. Reeves survives some strikes to fire back and hit an elbow drop from the top, but KO counters a Hawaiian Drop for a quick finish.
- On the mic after the win. He says when he came back, there was a lot of buzz... until there wasn’t. Now he gets it. There’s always gonna be a new guy getting buzz. And when those guys show up, he’s gonna be there, waiting to knock them to the back of the line.
- The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake) def. Street Profits via pinfall following a knee drop/DDT combo
Jaxson Ryker accompanies the Sons to the ring. Blake starts with Montez Ford and takes him down, but the comeback comes quick for a tag to Angelo Dawkins and the Profits clean house. Ford takes a sip from Angelo’s Solo cup and decides to fly, taking the Sons out on the floor with a tope. Montez controls Cutler and works the arm, but after a standing switch gets a tag, Blake turns Ford inside out with a clothesline that knocks him onto Cutler’s knee (and knocks his chains off).
The heels target the neck while working quick tags. Nearfalls come off a Cutler leaping neckbreaker and a leg drop on the apron from Blake. Ford eventually gets the tag and Dawkins cleans house with strikes and slams. Cutler takes out Dawkins on the floor by throwing him into the steps, but Montez answers that with a penalty kick (that looks to bust Steve’s nose). Ford follows that up with big DDT on Blake, but a couple of masked men run in and try to steal their cups and swag. One of those guys gets got and unmasked - it’s Shane Thorne of The Mighty! That distraction sets up the finish.
- Heavy Machinery are interviewed by General Manager William Regal and his lawyer about the Aleister Black attack. Otis Dozovic is freaked out about being under the lights, and breaks down and confesses to clogging the toilet at the Performance Center. He explains exactly how those steaks and weights causes his bowels and his body to get a shakin’. Tucker Knight cuts him off, explaining that’s not what this is about. Back on track, Regal thanks them for their footage of the parking lot. They say they saw Tommaso Ciampa near Black after the attack. The GM thanks them and they leave.
- After a recap of their loss to Undisputed ERA last week, the fallout scene between Ricochet and Pete Dunne is shown. We learn they’ll face each other, champion vs. champion, in two weeks.
- War Raiders get a hype video where the trash talk the tag champs. The ERA of Undisputed is over, but the Raid never ends.
- Kairi Sane def. Trish Adora via pinfall following an InSane Elbow in non-title action
The new Women’s Champ enters, revealing she keeps the belt in a treasure chest. Adora is an armed forces veteran and Dudley Boyz trainee from Washington, D.C. She has a size advantage and uses it to take down the champ early, but Kairi avoids an axe kick and quickly takes control. Adora makes the ropes to break a stretch muffler. Sane talks a little trash and gets caught with a forearm, but she slips out of power bomb set-up and charges up. Sliding D and then the end.
- Shayna Baszler cuts off the post-match celebration by throwing the treasure chest to the floor. She tells the champ to enjoy her little fantasy, because it will come crashing down when she uses her rematch clause. But for tonight, she wants to see if the pirate can swim. Baszler hits the ring and they’re brawling! Shayna gets the advantage and hits a clothesline, but the champ gets back to her feet and catches some strikes, firing back with an elbow strike and an Interceptor spear! The Queen of Spades backs up the ramp as Kairi declares the belt is hers.
- NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa films another backstage promo. The reason he hasn’t been seen since TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 is because he has no #1 contender. Johnny Gargano is gone. Aleister Black is gone. He’s the last man standing. And the reason he films these himself is because he doesn’t want to hear anyone’s opinion. He doesn’t want to be the voice of the voiceless. He’s at the top of the food chain. There are some people out there who hear his message, though. And he wants them to follow his lead - follow Tommaso Ciampa.
- Lars Sullivan is talking to Regal and the NXT lawyer. He apologizes for the oversight of not reporting to the GM that he was cleared. They ask about the attack on Aleister and he says he was absolutely there to find Black and repay him for breaking his jaw at TakeOver: Chicago. But when he found him, he was already down. We can know it wasn’t Lars because if it was, he’d still be down - just ask EC3. Regal says EC3 isn’t cleared, but the man Sullivan attacked in the ring is, so next week, it’ll be Raul Mendoza vs. Lars Sullivan. Lars promises to keep it in the ring this time.
- Velveteen Dream def. Johnny Gargano via pinfall following a Dream Valley Driver
Dream has marked up a Johnny Wrestling shirt so it reads “Johnny Failure”, and has his arm taped up with a frowning emoji drawn on the tape. The crowd is fairly mixed for their early exchanges. Gargano gets an advantage and attacks on the floor after kicking him off the apron, but as they head back in, Dream takes control with a knee to the back, attacking in the corner and targeting Johnny’s back.
Chops follow, and after a whip to the corner, a neckbreaker from Dream gets two. Hee uses the ropes while he stands on Johnny’s back, postures, then gets another nearfall off a big boot. A few comeback attempts come up short, and Dream gets another cover off a Fameasser. Gargano gets a nearfalls of his own off a sunset flip and a clothesline as they go back and forth for a while.
Escaping Dream’s finisher, Johnny is thrown into the steps, hitting the knee he “dislocated” in Brooklyn. When a twisting DDT only gets two, he loses it a bit and targets the knee. Gargano hits an enziguri, but is caught with a superkick when he tries to springboard back in. After another round of offense from each, Johnny dives onto Dream on the floor and locks in Gargan-No Escape. The referee implores him to bring it back to the ring, and only a near double countout snaps him back.
Going for the rope hung DDT, Gargano is thwarted when Dream grabs the ropes, but he Johnny lays in forearms when Velveteen gets tied up. He’s about to go for the DDT off the apron, but sees a kid in the audience with a “Johnny Wrestling” sign, so he releases the hold and goes over and apologizes to the young fan. Back in the ring, he struggles with whether or not to lower his knee pad and blast Dream a la Ciampa. He seems to decide against it, but Velveteen taunts him by calling him Johnny Failure. He charges right into Dream’s finisher.
- Gargano looks shell-shocked in the ring as the dueling Johnny Wrestling/Failure chants ring out (the camera finds children for all the “Wrestling” ones). He slowly walks out to a pretty loud “goodbye” chant, but that turns to a “Johnny” one before we fade out.