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Advertised for tonight: A pre-taped empty arena show from Full Sail where Io Shirai, Candice LeRae, Mia Yim, Dakota Kai, Tegan Nox & Chelsea Green will compete in a ladder match to determine Charlotte Flair’s first challenger for the NXT Women’s title. Plus, Triple H is giving Tommaso Ciampa & Johnny Gargano and empty building to end their feud once and for all. And more!
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WWE NXT RESULTS AND LIVE BLOG FOR APRIL 8
Nice little hype video for One Final Beat, and then... hey, it’s Mauro! He’s probably doing this remotely, but it’s still nice to have the voice of NXT here for such a big night. Sounds like he’s alone. Ranallo handles all the introductions for the opener...
Tegan Nox vs. Chelsea Green vs. Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae vs. Dakota Kai vs. Mia Yim
Robert Stone introduced Green for his brand, and he’s ringside. Raquel Gonzalez accompanies Kai. The TakeOver logo is displayed on the ‘tron at an empty Full Sail Live.
Opponents pair up at the bell, and Dakota is the first to break away from Nox and throw Shirai to the floor. She beats down LeRae and signals for Gonzalez to get the ladder. Yim and Candice drop kick into Raquel before she can get it to the ring, and the faces all team up on Dakota. She takes three cannonballs to the corner, then Io nails Tegan & Mia with a missile dropkick from the top. Shirai drops LeRae and gets a ladder - that Candice tries to climb before its even set-up. The fight off moves onto the ladder from one another, but here comes Chelsea to bulldog them both into it! That takes us to our first commercial.
Yim grabs Green’s boot and she falls face first on a chair as soon as we return. That leaves Kai & Nox alone in the ring to progress their ongoing beef. Tegan eventually ends that exchange with a chokeslam. She and Chelsea fight over a ladder, which Nox wins by shoving the ladder into Green’s midsection. She climbs, but Dakota catches up. Candice pulls her off and her head bounces off a step.
Everybody’s back in the ring now, along with a second ladder. Mia climbs, but Candice stops her. They battle, and Yim wins that with Seoul Food. Green charges with a chair but gets hung up on a ladder draped across the corner. Io smashes the chair on her leg, then climbs. Raquel pushes the ladder over, so Shirai splashes the four women at ringside as we go to another break.
Everybody’s down and Gonzalez and Stone are seeing to their charges. Raquel carries Kai in to the ring and carries her up the ladder! Mia catches up though, and she’s dealing with Gonzalez now while LeRae pulls Dakota off the ladder. Yim tries to powerbomb Raquel though a table, but Gonzalez fights it off until Nox shows up to help. Tegan pays for that when Kai sends her through a ladder draped from ring to barricade. Io takes out everyone and that creates an opening for Green.
Stone insists she climb, bur she struggles, so he does it too to help her. He’s afraid of heights though and she’s still selling the leg, so Shirai and LeRae get a chance to tip them over. Those two climb and duke it out at the top. Io racks Candice’s eyes, and then shoves Candice down into a draped ladder. Io grabs the briefcase!
Io Shirai is the #1 contender for Charlotte Flair’s NXT Women’s title
We see Imperium’s attack on Finn Balor from two months ago. The Prince will address WALTER’s group and his future plans after this break.
After said break, we see Finn’s trip to NXT UK, where he dealt with the champ’s three lackeys and dodged the Ring General before facing Alexander Wolfe later in the show. Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner of course got involved, so the ref threw them and WALTER out. Balor then won.
We get a promo from Finn where he says that both he and WALTER have “creative control” over their worlds, but they’re here unable to make their next move. But this time will pass, and then WALTER’s time as UK champ will pass, too.
Time to revisit Malcolm Bivens introducing his new team Indus Sher by having them kick Matt Riddle’s ass. They’re in action next.
But not until we get more Killer Kross tease! And flash backs to Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde being kidnapped by luchadors in a van.
Indus Sher vs. Ever Rise
The former 3.0 duo used their speed to get in some offense against Rinku, but Chase Parker ends up being dominated by both Bivens’ men. Saurav comes in for a backbreaker/leg drop combo finisher.
Indus Sher def. Ever Rise via pinfall
Adam Cole cuts a pre-taped promo from poolside. He claps for Velveteen Dream beating Roderick Strong. But the NXT champ says lightning won’t strike twice. Dream isn’t worthy of a shot at him. But if he’s unlucky, one day Cole will wake up and decide to end an Experience or shatter a Spotlight. And that’s Undisputed.
They tell us the main event is next, then they tell us highlights of Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania is first. After a break, we’re reminded about the Cruiserweight title tournament and informed it will start next week. Then, a heavily produced video package on Sunday night’s main card opener. We see an interview with Flair from after the match. She says Rhea made the same mistake everyone does, thinking the title makes the wrestler. But she makes the title. Rhea was alright, but she did what everyone in this company does... bow down to the Queen. WOO! They get a quick word with Ripley, who says “she was a lot tougher than I thought”.
Blackheart vs. Rebel Heart: One Final Beat
We see Johnny Gargano pull up in a car, and Candice gets out of the passenger side. Johnny says “you know I have to do this”, and she gets in without saying anything. She gets out to hand him something in a paper bag, then draws off.
Gargano walks in as Tommaso Ciampa does. Triple H is in the ring. He picks up the chair he was sitting on and reminds them of what he said before. They can do whatever they want, but it ends here. Drake Wuertz is here to declare a winner but that’s it. He throws down the chair and says when I leave it’s on. They jaw a bit about who will win as Ciampa kicks the chair out of the ring and says it should be just them. They start swinging. Blackheart gets the upper hand as we go to commercial.
Tommaso does go for the chair as soon as we get back, but Johnny catches him with a punch to the gut. He stomps on Gargano while asking who he was going to replace him with, reminding us of his justification for turning in Chicago. Ciampa’s leg gets caught around the ring post when Johnny dodges a kick, and Gargano targets that while asking about his ACL. Tommaso fights off suplex, picking Gargano up for one of his own, sending him off the ringpost. He gets a table ready, but that allows Johnny time to recover. He hits him with the dive, then mocks Ciampa’s self-clap and back pat.
Johnny sends him into some tables and stuff around the ring, and talks trash about how this is easier than he thought. Back in the ring, Gargano recounts Tommaso’s surgeries while attacking each body part with a chair. When he attacks the neck, Drake admonishes him for going too far. Ciampa wants to continue though. Johnny sets up a chair across the turnbuckles, but the Sicilian Psychopath reverses the whip and sends Gargano in as we get another commercial.
Johnny leaps into a garbage can lid attack on the floor, then Ciampa uses the same thing to add oomph to a running knee. It’s Tommaso’s time to inflict punishment, putting the chair around Gargano’s neck and whipping him into the ringpost. Ciampa stomps on him a bit, and does his own self-clap taunt as Wuertz asks if Johnny wants to quit. He gets a crutch and chokes Gargano with it while saying he finished the Chicago match with a torn ACL for him. He walks into a fire extinguisher attack, but Johnny’s run is short-lived as he ends up powerbombed through a table after a quick brawl. Ciampa clears out his eye, and gets some wirecutters.
Saying “it ends in the ring”, he starts cutting the ropes that keep the apron on and the mat over the wooden boards. Drake tries to reason with him, but Ciampa ignores him. He agrees that he doesn’t need to do this, saying he wants to. He’s lived with the lies, and he needs to prove it’s all a charade. He’s got the mat up, and proceeds to go punch Johnny. Gargano stumbles outside, where he shoves a wheeled crate into Ciampa and starts throwing him off a trailer. More punches, then the crate again, but Tommaso evades, rolling under the trailer.
Ciampa climbs on top of the truck and taunts Johnny to follow him. He eventually does, and we get some cool camera angles from above here. They brawl there. Gargano lands a superkick, then Tommaso responds with a front kick. Back and forth while Wuertz tries to convince them to get down and go back inside so it can “end in the ring”. Johnny tries to finish him with a callback superkick, but Ciampa fights back. They’re both down and it’s commercial time again.
Johnny is on the ground and heading back inside when we return. Ciampa climbs down and follows him. Gargano’s climbed something behind the doors and hits him with a crossbody after he enters. Both men are selling the wear, tear, and exhaustion. Johnny gets Ciampa into the ring, in the corner with exposed boards. He punches Tommaso down and chokes him with his boot. They head up top. Ciampa fights off what Gargano had planned, then gets him on his shoulders and falls back all the way to the floor! They’re both down as Drake checks on them, they both want to continue.
Ciampa gets Gargano back in the ring for a cover, but Johnny gets his arm up at two as we hit another set of ads. Tommaso is getting the crutch again when we return. He swings for the head, but Johnny catches him with the garbage can lid to the knee. Gargano uses the crutch to attack the neck, Ciampa fights him off with the trash can lid. Johnny gets that and smashes it across Tommaso’s back a lot. Gargano gets the crutch and uses it to stand so he can hit a superkick. Then he gets up again so he can taunt Ciampa as a wrestler, friend, husband and father. Tommaso laughs and snaps, lighting into Johnny with the crutch, calling him a piece of shit and telling him to quit. Another commercial.
Crossface with the crutch from Ciampa, and Johnny hits Wuertz in the eye as he’s getting free, so he’s out of the equation. Gargano reaches for Tommaso’s hand, and we get a close-up of that, but Ciampa yanks his away. He retrieves a piece of the crutch and goes to attack, but walks into a superkick. Both men are down as LeRae enters, crying and looking distressed. She begs them to stop, and they stop as they were getting to their knees to brawl more. Candice asks Johnny who he is, and asks Ciampa if he’s happy, since she hates her husband. She tells him to finish it, and when he doesn’t, says fine, I will and kicks Johnny in the junk.
She leaves, and Ciampa slowly makes his way to his fallen former friend. They touch heads like they did after their CWC match, and Tommaso apologies and says its over. Then Candice sneaks back in and kicks Ciampa in the junk!
Johnny reaches into his pants and pulls out a cup! That’s what Candice gave him! Mr & Mrs Gargano smile at one another and she leaves the ring. Drake recovers, Johnny with the Fairy Tale Ending. The evil married couple celebrate after the 1 - 2 - 3.
Johnny Gargano def. Tommaso Ciampa via pinfall
As they’re leaving, she asks him if he’s happy, and he says yes. She helps him to the car (and we see another couple in a car they walk by... Kross & Scarlett?). They drive off as Drake checks on Ciampa.