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- Evidence, Resistance, Apathy, Perdition... then Mauro Ranallo welcome us to 2019, and Percy Watson & Nigel McGuinness hype the double main event.
- Johnny Gargano is here, and he wishes us a happy new year. It’s no secret, 2019 was a roller coaster for him, but he had a chance to reflect over the holidays. He realized success in NXT is measured by two things: wins and championships. It doesn’t matter how good a person you are without those things. So in 2019, he’ll be better, he’ll win and he’ll become a champion. He starts to address Tommaso Ciampa and a “DIY” chant breaks out. Johnny says we shouldn’t get confused by a moment in the cage that meant nothing, so the NXT champ and the fans shouldn’t get confused. Gargano still thinks Ciampa is a piece of trash. But there is another title out there, and as soon as Tommaso mentioned the North American belt, Ricochet fired at him. He quotes Ric’s tweet about “if you want the smoke, I’m right here” and Gargano says if he wants the belt, he’ll come get it.
That brings out the One and Only in a suit with his strap over his shoulder. Ricochet says if he wanted a shot at the title, all he had to do is ask. But he said he was gonna take it? So the champ wants to know if Gargano will take it from his face-to-face, or if he’ll attack him behind his back in a parking lot? Johnny likes to call himself “Johnny TakeOver”, but come Phoenix, Ricochet will be the only one leaving with a belt.
Here comes Tommy Sports Entertainment. He starts to talk about wins and championships, but Gargano shuts him down and tells him to leave. That’s Aleister Black’s music! The Dutch Destroyer is on the big screen, telling Ciampa not to worry about grooming his little dog (of war) Johnny, because h poses a real threat. At TakeOver, he’ll make him fade to black. The lights go out, and Black is behind the champ on the ramp. He attacks, and they brawl to the announce desk where Aleister tries to lift Ciampa up, but Tommaso slips free and runs off.
In the ring, Gargano hits Ricochet with a cheap shot superkick! He then walks off leaving the NA champ laid out in the ring.
- Nigel reminds us that Belair has a title shot coming in a few weeks and that Cross is headed to the main roster. We also learn via a tweet from General Manager William Regal that he’s booked Undisputed ERA vs. War Raiders for Phoenix.
- Bianca Belair def. Nikki Cross via pinfall after KOD
The EST shoves Nikki at the bell, but Cross isn’t intimidated. She pushes back, dodges a hair whip and takes her jacket off and twirls it around. Belair lands a drop kick, but the Twisted Sister fires back with a snap suplex. She sweeps Bianca’s leg on the apron and gets her trapped in the ring skirt for some strikes. Nikki rolls her back in and climbs the turnbuckles, but Belair catches up to her, lifting and carrying her in a gorilla press before dropping her and hitting a standing moonsault for a nearfall. In between rest holds, she gets another two count on a backbreaker. Delayed vertical suplex set-up, but Cross counters and turns it into a DDT for a two count of her own. Frenzied offense from Nikki gets more nearfalls. Belair grabs the ropes to escape a hold and turn the tide with a spear and tries to follow-up with a a splash, but gets nothing but knees. Then Cross hits the swinging fisherman’s neckbreaker... but Bianca rolls out before she can cover. Nikki jumps on her back on the ramp, so Belair drops straight back and they’re both out as they were in their first double countout affair. This time they both break the count. The EST is frustrated, but game for a striking exchange. Cross evades another spear and Bianca goes shoulder first into the ringpost. The both end up on the mat after another striking exchange, but the #1 contender is up first and charges into the corner. She tries to get up for a superplex, but Cross pushes her off and tries for a crossbody. Belair rolls away, and picks her up for her finisher and the win.
- Street Profits are hanging out outside, beatboxing and rapping. They talk about how they Evolve-d in 2018 (get it?) but still ran into a lot of locked doors (which they demonstrate by trying to open doors in the office complex they’re in). They find an open one, and talk about how in 2019 that’s what they’ll be doing. Opening doors and dealing with teams like War Raiders, Humberto & Raul and Undisputed ERA. They tell us to join them for season three of Street Talk.
- European Union (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) def. Hector Kunsman & Stanley Watts via pinfall with a powerbomb-into-bridging German combo on Watts
Barthel does some technical wrestling with Barthel, and gets a few takeovers to get a tag to Watts. The German quickly turns the tide on the smaller Watts, chopping him to the mat and tagging in Aichner. He catches his opponent for a pop-up powerslam, but Watts rolls through and gets the tag. The enhancement team gets in a little offense, but then Kunsman gets caught with a powerbomb/penalty kick combo. Kickout, though, as the jobbers get some more time... Watts even gets a hot tag and cleans house. After that, the Italian knocks Kunsman off the apron so they can end things.
- Cathy Kelley is outside with an update. She tells us Gargano & Ciampa have been removed from the building, then she sees Ricochet. Kelley catches up to him for a comment, and he says that Johnny superkicked all the respect he had for him away. He doesn’t care if Regal makes the match or not, he’s gonna take Gargano out.
- We see a recap of last week’s lone match and Kassius Ohno’s beatdown of Matt Riddle. Sarah Schreiber is backstage talking to Ohno’s friend Keith Lee. He says he travelled the world with Riddle, and what Kassius did was... unsettling. He invites KO to the ring next week where he’ll teach him a lesson in respect and give him no choice but to bask in his glory.
- Adam Cole def. EC3 via pinfall following Last Shot
All three other ERA members are out with Cole, and stick around for the match. They trade signature taunts in the ring, then EC3’s power allows him to run through the smaller man. Things spill to the outside, and the One Percenter goes and gets him despite the threat of numbers. Cole rolls out to the other side, too, and when Mr. 3 follows him there, Cole catches him with an enziguri, then whips him shoulder first into the ring steps. He puts the boots to EC3 in the ring and focuses on the injured arm. Hangman’s neckbreaker, but an attempted suplex on the apron gets reversed, and fka Ethan Carter goes on the offensive, leading to the elbow drop. Cole elbows out of a fireman’s carry and kicks out of Mic Check, then the ERA’s leader snaps the injured shoulder over the ropes. A backstabber gets two, but the Last Shot misses. EC3 turns Cole inside out with a clothesline for a nearfall. Bobby Fish distract the referee while the tag champs attack. EC3 fights off Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, and even punches Fish around the official. But then he turned into a superkick and the finish.
- The ERA rush the ring to beatdown EC3, and here comes War Raiders! Rowe gets isolated on the floor by Fish and Cole, while Hanson takes care of both tag champs. Ray recovers to get between the ropes and powerslam both Fish and Strong, then Hanson flies to level KOR off Rowe with Fallout. Undisputed pulls Kyle free and slinks up the ramp.