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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR DEC. 2
The entire roster is on stage with Triple H, Shawn Michaels and William Regal as we start the show. The camera pans up to the ‘tron, which has a Pat Patterson graphic displayed. We go right into a memorial video, set to Frank Sinatra singing “My Way”.
We return with a “tank you Pat” chant from the crowd as black-and-white photos are displayed around the CWC’s video walls. That leads into the opening video.
Damian Priest & Leon Ruff vs. Santos Escobar & Raul Mendoza
Johnny Gargano is with Vic Joseph & Wade Barrett at the announce desk, and immediately starts jawing with Priest. We see a segment from “earlier today” where the Archer of Infamy says he asked Mr. Regal to replace Curt Stallion in this match (Stallion was jumped by Legado Del Fantasma earlier today). He’s confronted by LDF, and throws Joaquin Wilde into the loading bay door.
Preist is set to start, but Ruff begs him to let him start. The North American champ starts slow but gets some offense in against Mendoza. A high knee from the Cruiserweight champ sends Leon into his corner, and when Damian comes in, Escobar begs out. Mendoza uses his quickness to stay ahead of Priest, but eventually runs into a back elbow. He rolls out, but the bigger man follows. Snake eyes on the apron, punch, throws him into the fence before breaking the count. He comes back out for more offense, but is thrown off by someone in a Ghostface mask in the crowd. That allows Mendoza to hit a dive as we go picture-in-picture for commercials.
On the small screen, Escobar comes in and blasts Ruff in the corner while hitting Priest with tandem moves. They get a few covers in while the Archer plays face-in-peril. The beatdown continues, and Escobar gets another nearfall off a suplex. He targets Priest’s right leg with drop elbows. Mendoza follows that gameplan, but runs into a sideslam and gets to his corner. He hesitates before bringing Ruff in, but does make the tag. The NA champ comes in hot, but missed a blind tag from Escobar. Drop kick forces Leon to tag, but after Priest takes control and sets up for a Reckoning, Ruff tags himself in. Damian hits his finisher anyway, then Leon follows with a frog splash on Mendoza.
Leon Ruff & Damain Priest def. Raul Mendoza & Santos Escobar via pinfall
While the winners get their arms raised, we see TWO Ghostfaces behind Gargano, who’s gloating at the announce desk.
A look back at Pete Dunne winning the WarGames advantage last week with help from not-Pat McAfee takes us to a break.
Shotzi’s in the tank garage when we return. Ember and Rhea bring her a gift, saying ever tank needs an engine. They lift the cloth covering said engine and it glows like whatever was in Marsellus Wallace’s briefcase. Shotzi says she loves it.
We go from that to a video package on Undisputed ERA that starts with the set-up for this year’s WarGames. The quartet are out in their limo, and Adam Cole says they needed to get out because the last few weeks have been rough for them. He and Kyle O’Reilly agree that they’ve been running things in NXT for years. They get out at a restaurant and do a Reservoir Dogs slo-mo walk in (this ep has a QT vibe so far). Roderick Strong says they should reflect on what got them here, and after a second, Bobby Fish says he’s reflected enough - now it’s time to kick some ass. We see highlights of them doing just that, and Cole raises a glass to Pat McAfee for inspiring them to do this.
We’ll hear from Pat Mac later. Now we see Cameron Grimes heading into the ring area as we go to break.
McKenzie Mitchell is with Candice LeRae’s WarGames team. She asks about Shotzi’s team, and Candice laughs. It’s not a team, it’s two people and they’re damaged goods. Last week Indi Hartwell took a bullet for the team, and this week Raquel González is going to win them the advantage this Sunday. Raquel promises that after tonight, Blackheart is going to feel like she got run over by a tank.
Cameron Grimes vs. August Grey
Grimey has a bag with him, and before the bell he pulls out a long leather strap from it. He takes control of this match from the bell, slinging Grey around the ring while taunting his TakeOver opponent, Dexter Lumis. That gives Grey a chance to punch back into it, flattening Grimes with a drop kick. He battles to where he hits a sprinboard crossbody off the top turnbuckle for two. The comeback happens right after that, and ends with a Cave-In.
Cameron Grimes def. August Grey via pinfall
Grimey gets the strap after the bell and screams out, asking Lumis if he wants to be strapped to him, a real man? He cinches Grey to one end, and clotheslines August down and starts whipping him with it. He’s monologuing about how he’ll be able to do this to Lumis on Sunday, but when Grey rolls out, it’s Dexter who crawls into the ring with the strap. He spooks the North Carolinian, whips him with the strap and sends Grimes scurrying up the ramp. He stares into the camera as we go to commercial.
Jake Atlas vs. Tony Nese
It’s all Atlas at the jump, but as the action moves from the outside back into the ring, Nese hits a rising palm strike that allows him to take control. We go split screen to see Pat McAfee and team arrive in a Hummer. Jake elbows out of a fireman’s carry, and the two cruiserweights trade strikes. A big clothesline from Atlas, follows with a German and a forearm for a nearfall. Atlas fires himself up by slapping himself in the face. Nese gets to the ropes to avoid a throw, then connects with another palm strike. He flips over the top rope and brings Atlas throat first down onto it. Jumping knee back in the ring gets Tony two. He stops Atlas in the corner but Jake evades Running Knee-se. Cartwheel DDT connects!
Jake Atlas def. Tony Nese via pinfall
Mitchell is waiting for him ringside while her boyfriend puts it over as the biggest win of Atlas’ career. She asks about his rough past couple weeks, and he cuts a babyface promo about how he keeps picking himself back up. This win puts him back on course for another shot at the Cruiserweight title.
A video explaining the rules of WarGames brings us back from commercial. The here comes Pat Mac with Dunne and the Tag champs, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
McAfee gets a mic, and immediately tells Vic to shut up. Pat with some words for Pat Patterson, a man he has much respect for. On the other end of the respect spectrum, he’ll now address us worthless fans and Undisputed ERA. He runs down the video we saw earlier, saying the restaurant they were in was embarrassed to have the ERA there so they hid them in back. Nostalgia was running wild, brother. McAfee wants to get nostalgic, so he explains again how much he spent getting his team together. He puts over Dunne, his UK title run and how he won the advantage last week (with help from someone he assumes was very handsome and very athletic under his mask, but it wasn’t him because he wouldn’t have missed the jump).
While gassing up Lorcan and Burch, he gives them a bunch of chances to yell “hell no!” while asking if anyone is better than or ready for them. Then he turns his attention to the fans, who will tune in Sunday night to see him get his ass kicked from our mom’s basements. But he has three badasses with him and on Sunday... Dunne grabs the mic to say they’ll end Undisputed at TakeOver. Pat’s excited Pete talked, then signs off by reminding us they’re the best, we suck - cheers.
We see Raquel warming up with Team Candice, then get a video package on Grizzled Young Veterans. They’re in action next.
Before that, Xia Li and Boa are dunking themselves in water at the behest of the mystic man. The hooded woman eventually indicates they can stop with a gesture. They stand, he clocks them with a bo staff, and the segment ends.
Ever-Rise vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
As James Drake & Zack Gibson walk down the ramp, Imperium’s Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel attack Chase Parker & Matt Martel. Aichner gets on the stick and says they’re here to teach GYV that NXT belongs to them!
Imperium vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
The teams get intense from the start, with Barthel talking smack as he works over Drake. A sweet tandem back suplex spot keeps Drake on the defensive. Fabian with a flurry in the corner. Drake manages to tag Gibson, who runs over the Italian and sends Barthel off the apron. Aichner fights back with a fireman’s carry and some chops. Things break down outside and the teams argue heading into break.
Zack with a cover on Aichner when we return, and the Veterans keep him in their corner. Fabian takes care of Drake but Gibson stops him for a moment, but then he’s sent facefirst into the wrong corner. They hang the Liverpoolian up so Aichner can drop kick him on the apron. The German works Gibson over in the corner, enziguri and a suplex, then does for a headbutt from the middle rope but jumps right into a chop to the neck Zack has no one to tag however. Gibson eats a spinebuster, soccer kick and gutwrench suplex for two. Drake finally gets the tag and comes in hot, cleaning house. He’s launched off the top into Aichner, who catches him and lifts him into an impressive brainbuster, but only gets two. All four men start brawling but then Gibson is nailed outside by Barthel. Aichner rolls up Drake for two and is also sent outside. Aichner takes everyone out with a springboard plancha.
Ever-Rise are here, and they’re pissed! Parker and Martel take out everyone! But the Europeans and Brits get to their feet as the French Canadians celebrate, Ever-Rise runs off.
Imperium vs. Grizzled Young Veterans ends in a no contest
McKenzie tries to get a word with Ever-Rise, but they’re too busy scurrying off for their car. They do stop long enough to yell “EVER-RISE RULES” as they drive off.
We head inside for a Thatch As Thatch Can lesson. He gets ready to start with his student and turns to see Tommaso Ciampa has joined them. He tells Thatcher not to stop, but Thatcher backs away before attacking. His student helps him with the beatdown! Ciampa gets a little comeback, but gets caught in choke hold and dropped! Thatcher smiles and leaves.
A rundown of Sunday’s card and a look at González entering the arena sends us to commercials.
Back from those, an interview with Thatcher makes his match with Ciampa official for Sunday.
Raquel González vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Dropkick from Blackheart at bell, and she manages to stay away from the larger wrestler for a time. But after dodging a boot in the corner, she goozles Shotzi and slams her down. Raquel gets Blackheart over her shoulder and stretches her there. She eventually drops her over the top rope and goes for a ladder. Shotzi catches up and sends Gonzalez face first into the ladder, then runs the ropes back in the ring to kick it into her. Blackheart slides the ladder into the ring. When she sees her opponent getting up, she launches a crossbody but gets caught and dropped on the ladder! Shotzi recovers quick to jump on Raquel’s back, but she gets carried around the ring. They battle on the other side of the ring, where Blackheart counters to send Gonzalez into the steel steps. She catches the fence when thrown and coffin drops back onto Raquel, but the heel is finally able to boot her into the post as we go PiP.
After more clubbering, Gonzalez moves the ladder into the ring, and that’s when Shotzi recovers to attack again. An exchange leaves Blackheart collecting herself, which lets Raquel get another ring from under the ring and slide it in. They’re fighting over that through the ropes when we return to full screen. The ladder is set on the apron, and Blackheart floats over for a DDT that is supposed to look like it puts Raquel face first into the ladder. Her follow-up doesn’t work, and Shotzi gets slung face first into the apron. Gonzalez picks up the steel steps and hits Blackheart with them.
She sets up a ladder and climbs, but Shotzi catches up. She grabs Gonzalez’s arm and yanks her through the ladder. Raquel hangs on and strikes, sending them both crashing to the mat. They take turns climbing until Shotzi tips over the ladder. Gonzalez kicks ladder into Shotzi’s midsection, but misses with her next attack. A cannonball into Raquel’s back bends it in bad looking fashion. Gonzalez rolls out, and Blackheart flies from the top and both women are down!
Indi Hartwell brings a ladder to the platform with Team Candice, and they climb down and head to the ring. Rhea Ripley and Ember Moon get away from there platform and come down to confront them. While that’s happening, Hartwell brings a ladder in the ring. Shotzi stops her, but Gonzalez takes care of her. She climbs while everyone else brawls on the outside... Io Shirai jumps on her back to stop the climb! The Women’s champ sends Raquel to the floor, then moonsaults onto the collected masses!
Shotzi Blackheart def. Raquel González; securing the entry advantage for her team at WarGames
The babyfaces celebrate their win on the ladder as Candice fumes on the ramp.