NXT TakeOver: Toronto


NXT TakeOver: Toronto Results
August 10, 2019
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com

“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.

They show the intro video for NXT TakeOver: Toronto a little differently than normal. They’re showing it from the crowd’s perspective.

Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Beth Phoenix welcome us to the show and talk about what they’re excited about seeing.

NXT Tag Team Championships
The Street Profits (c’s) vs. The Undisputed ERA

Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish will represent The Undisputed ERA in this match.

Kyle O’Reilly will start against Angelo Dawkins. Dueling chants from the crowd. O’Reilly talks a little trash, so Dawkins powers him to the corner and shouts in his face. Dawkins then playfully pats him on the head. O’Reilly slaps him in the face and puts himself through the ropes to keep him back. Dawkins blocks a kick and slams him down before rolling him around and slamming him again. O’Reilly gets away, but Dawkins shoulder blocks him down. Bobby Fish tags in and punches away at Dawkins’ midsection. Fish sends him into the ropes, but Dawkins leapfrogs him and shoulder blocks him down. Montez Ford tags in, and he hits a beautiful dropkick on Fish. Ford hits a snapmare and picks up a two count. Dawkins tags back in and comes off the second rope with an axe handle to the arm. Dawkins wrenches the arm, but Fish forearms him. Dawkins forearms him back and tags Ford in. Ford hits a double axe handle to the arm off the second rope. Fish quickly punches Ford, but Ford responds with one of his own. Fish kicks away at Ford and throws him out of the ring. O’Reilly tags back in, but Ford punches him. Ford then punches Fish. O’Reilly attacks Ford from behind and punches away at him. More dueling chants from the crowd. O’Reilly avoids an arm drag and a kick, but Ford still arm drags him. Ford then hits Fish with an arm drag before hitting O’Reilly with a dropkick. Dawkins tags in, and they hit a double-team leapfrog attack before hitting Fish with a double-team flapjack. Ford goes to the apron, but Fish kicks him down. O’Reilly goes to attack Dawkins, but Dawkins cuts him off. O’Reilly gets out of the ring. O’Reilly quickly tags in Fish, and Dawkins elbows him down. Fish gets slammed by Dawkins, but Fish soon comes back with an attack.

Fish isolates Dawkins in the corner and strikes away at him. O’Reilly tags in and knees Dawkins down for a near fall. O’Reilly continues to strike away at Dawkins and knees him in the head. Fish tags in and hits a slingshot senton for a two count. Fish takes him down for a two count. Fish hits a Samoan Drop before tagging O’Reilly in. O’Reilly stomps Ford and slaps away at him. O’Reilly applies a front facelock, and the crowd is clapping Dawkins on. Dawkins fights up, and they trade forearms. O’Reilly quickly takes him down and tags Fish in. Fish goes to attack Ford, but Ford avoids it. Dawkins then hits a back body drop.

Ford tags in and hits a pair of clotheslines on Fish. Ford leapfrogs him and hits a big jumping clothesline. Ford knocks O’Reilly down, counters a Fish suplex, and hits a back suplex before connecting with a standing moonsault for a near fall. Ford hits a spinebuster a la The Rock. Ford then sets up for the People’s Elbow! Ford hits the ropes, but O’Reilly grabs the feet. Ford fights him off and hits Fish with a back body drop over the top rope onto O’Reilly. Ford kicks O’Reilly down, gets in the ring, and hits Fish with a Rock Bottom for a near fall!

O’Reilly comes in and knocks Dawkins off the apron. Fish then chop blocks Ford. The Undisputed ERA then hits a double-team double arm DDT/German Suplex combo for a near fall! The crowd is chanting, “This is awesome!” O’Reilly gets Ford on the top rope and applies an Achilles Heel, but Ford fights him off. Fish tags in and tries for a superplex, but Ford fights it. Ford viciously punches Fish off the ropes and knocks O’Reilly off the apron. Ford stands on the top rope, but Fish crotches him up there. O’Reilly tags in. Fish hits Ford with a super exploder! O’Reilly then comes off the top rope with a flying knee to the leg of Ford! O’Reilly then applies the Achilles Lock! Ford screams in pain and nearly gets to the ropes. Fish comes off the middle rope with a diving head-butt. O’Reilly reapplies the Achilles Lock on Ford, and Fish keeps Dawkins back. Dawkins then knocks Fish onto O’Reilly!

An “NXT” chant fires up. Dawkins tags in and throws O’Reilly into Fish! Dawkins hits a corkscrew splash in the corner before viciously taking O’Reilly down. O’Reilly tries to fight him off, but Dawkins slams him down. O’Reilly quickly knees Dawkins in the face. Ford blind tags in. O’Reilly applies a guillotine choke, but Ford comes off the top rope with a blockbuster, but Fish breaks up the pin! All four men are down! They all get up and trade punches. A hockey brawl breaks out between the two teams. Fish and O’Reilly take Dawkins down, and Ford takes Fish out. O’Reilly and Ford are left in the ring. Ford punches, but O’Reilly cuts him off. Ford reverses a whip and sends O’Reilly into Fish. Ford then knocks O’Reilly out of the ring before hitting the Undisputed ERA with a summersault plancha! The Undisputed ERA is in the ring, and Dawkins spears them both! Ford hits O’Reilly with a frog splash for the win!

Winners and still NXT Tag Team Champions: The Street Profits

A SummerSlam promo airs.

Johnny Gargano is seen looking at some weapons backstage.

Ricochet is at ringside and gets a nice ovation.

Video Package: Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae

Candice LeRae charges down to the ring and takes Io Shirai down before the bell rings. The referee separates them and rings the bell.

Shirai quickly gets out of the ring. LeRae chases, but Shirai attacks. Shirai goes for a powerbomb off the apron, but Le Rae holds on. Shirai takes her down on the apron and hits a suplex onto the commentary table! Shirai gets in the ring and taunts the crowd. LeRae is crawling in pain at ringside, holding her neck. Shirai is counting LeRae out, but she gets in at nine. Shirai dropkicks her upon getting in the ring. Shirai then mounts LeRae and punches away at her. Shirai sends her into the ropes and hits a flapjack before hitting a vicious low dropkick to the face for a two count. Shirai applies a knee to the back chin lock. LeRae fights up and pulls her off. LeRae goes for a head-scissor takeover, but Shirai lands on her feet and dropkicks LeRae down. Shirai attacks the neck and applies a camel clutch/neck vice attack. LeRae fights up, but Shirai hits a modified emerald fusion. Shirai takes her down and goes to the top rope for a missile dropkick, but LeRae moves.

LeRae gets to her feet holding her neck. LeRae chops and forearms Shirai before punching away at her in the corner. LeRae hits a running back elbow in the corner before hitting a brainbuster for a near fall. LeRae hits the ropes and applies an octopus stretch. Shirai falls into the ropes to break the hold. Shirai hits a drop-to-hold into the ropes and goes for a 619, but LeRae blocks it and counters into a neckbreaker for a near fall. LeRae puts her on the top rope and climbs, but Shirai knocks her onto the apron. Shirai then hits a 619 to the back of the neck! Shirai goes for a suplex on the apron, but LeRae blocks it and knocks her to the floor. LeRae hits a suicide dive into a tornado DDT on the floor! LeRae gets her in the ring and hits a double stomp to the back of the neck for a near fall!

LeRae goes for a right hand, but Shirai counters into a crossface. LeRae rolls her onto her shoulders for a two count. Shirai quickly kicks her before following her into the ropes with a knee to the chest. Shirai ducks a clothesline and hits a German Suplex. Shirai charges LeRae, but LeRae hits her with a German Suplex. LeRae goes for a springboard, but Shirai counters into a German Suplex and bridges for a near fall. They’re both down, but Shirai gets up first. Shirai takes her down and tries for a fireman’s carry, but LeRae counters into a reverse hurricanrana for a near fall! LeRae gets her to the second rope and hits a big swinging neckbreaker for a near fall.

The crowd is chanting, “This is awesome.” LeRae goes to the top rope, but Shirai cuts her off. Shirai then hits a top rope Spanish Fly for a near fall! Shirai cannot believe it! Shirai screams in frustration while the crowd chants, “Mamma Mia!” Shirai gets out of a pin and hits a double-arm backbreaker. Shirai goes to the top rope and connects with a moonsault for another near fall. Shirai is beside herself with fury. Shirai applies a Koji Clutch, and LeRae is fading away! The referee calls for the bell.

Winner by Knockout: Io Shirai

Another SummerSlam promo airs.

NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler is shown warming up backstage.

Matt Riddle comes out through the crowd and says he knows Killian Dain is in the building. Riddle tells him to get his hairy ass out here and face him. Dain comes in through the crowd, and they brawl at ringside. Dain hits a bicycle kick and throws Riddle down. Referees run down and separate them. Dain goes to walk off, but Riddle attacks him. Dain quickly gouges the eyes and sets up for a strike, but Riddle knees him in the face. Riddle then viciously knees him in the face a second time before mounting him for some punches. Security now runs out, but Riddle kicks away at them. Riddle even hits one of the guards with a GTS. Dain then hits a running cross-body on Riddle on the stage.

Dain fights off the security guards and taunts the crowd. Riddle jumps on his back, but Dain runs him back into the LED wall. Dain then leaps off the stage while clotheslining a security guard through some tables!

The WWE 2K20 commercial airs.

Another SummerSlam promo plays, highlighting Becky Lynch vs. Natalya.

Replays are shown of the vicious brawl between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain.

EVOLVE Champion Austin Theory is shown at ringside.

Video Package: NXT North American Championship

Some dancers come out to The Mountie’s old theme song and marching around. They then take the outfits off and are wearing Toronto Raptors jerseys. The Raptors are the 2019 NBA Champions. NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream then comes out and makes his entrance to a great reception.

NXT North American Championship
Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Roderick Strong vs. Pete Dunne

The bell rings, and Velveteen Dream plays to the crowd. Roderick Strong says the crowd doesn’t matter. Strong tells Dream and Pete Dunne to pay attention to him. Strong punches Dream and attacks Dunne. Strong knocks Dream out of the ring and knees away at Dunne. Strong applies a side headlock, but Dunne whips him off. They avoid each other before Dunne hits a clothesline. Dunne viciously contorts Strong’s hand, but Strong avoids a stomp. Dream then clotheslines Strong out of the ring.

Dream and Dunne get ready to square off, but Strong pulls Dunne out of the ring and slams him into the apron. Dream quickly knocks Strong into the corner and goes for the 10 punches, but Strong pushes him off. Dream knocks him back and hits a top rope axe handle. Dream tries for a Sharpshooter, but Strong kicks him off. Dunne gets in the ring. Dream punches Strong, and Dunne follows up with a kick of his own. Dunne then sends Strong into Dream for a dropkick. Dream then contorts Strong’s arm, and Dunne stomps it. Dream sends Strong into Dunne for a back body drop over the top rope. Dream goes for a hip swivel, but Dunne stares at him. Dream sheepishly waves it him, and they lock up. Dunne takes him down, but Dreams fights up. Dunne then catches him with a cross arm breaker. Dream gets out and gets out of a Bitter End. Dream crawls away, and Strong pulls him crotch-first into the ring post! Strong viciously takes Dunne down, goes outside the ring, and hits a back suplex on the barricade. Strong then slams Dunne onto Dream! Strong gets Dunne in the ring for a near fall.

Strong stomps Dunne and hits a back suplex for a near fall. Strong stretches Dunne out, but Dunne gets out. Strong quickly follows up with a dropkick before knocking Dream off the apron. Strong covers Dunne for a two count. Strong powers Dunne into the ropes and chops the chest. Dunne fights back with some wild slaps. Strong quickly knees him in the face and hits a backbreaker. Strong picks up a two count. Dream quickly hits Strong with a double axe handle before kicking him in the face. Dream clotheslines him down and hits a Russian Leg Sweep for a two count. Dream hits Strong with a backbreaker and hits a diving forearm off the second rope. Dream then applies a Sharpshooter to a big ovation! Dunne goes to the top rope and hits Dream with a missile dropkick. Dream falls out of the ring to recover. Dunne goes for a plancha, but Dream moves. Dream then punches him. Strong hits a wrecking ball dropkick on Dream. Dunne then hits Dream and Strong with a moonsault off the second rope to the floor! An “NXT” chant fires up. Dunne has Strong in the ring and backflips over him. Dunne hits a step-up enzuigiri and kicks Strong. Dunne hits Dream with a German Suplex before giving Strong a German Suplex onto Dream for a near fall!

Dunne holds the hands of Dream and Strong before stomping them. Dream and Strong pulls him down and punch away at Dunne. Dream and Strong then start wildly punching each other. Dunne gets involved, and all three are punching away at each other. Strong hits Dream with an enzuigiri, and Dunne takes Strong down. Another “NXT” chant picks up. Dunne stomps on the hands of Dream and Strong. Dunne kicks Strong down. Dream hits Dunne with a Dream Valley Driver. Strong hits Dream with an Olympic Slam. Dunne then hits Strong with a big release suplex!

All three men are down again! The crowd chants, “This is awesome.” Dream goes to the top rope, but Dunne cuts him off. Dunne goes for a superplex, but Dream fights him off. Dunne quickly pulls at the fingers of Dream. Strong attacks them both before they mistime a Tower of Doom spot. Strong forearms Dream down out of the ring. Dunne then grabs Strong for a triangle choke, but Strong counters into a backbreaker. Strong tries for a tiger bomb, but Dunne counters into a triangle attempt again. Strong gets to the ropes, but Dunne keeps the hold on. Dream gets on the turnbuckle on the opposite side of the ring and hits a coast-to-coast elbow drop to Dunne! Strong quickly knees Dream in the face before hitting Dunne with a knee. Strong then hits running forearms three times. Strong takes Dream down and gives Dunne a tiger bomb onto Dream! Strong then grabs both men and applies a double Strong Hold! Dream and Dunne eventually fight out.

Dream quickly kicks Strong away. Dunne grabs Strong’s hand, but Dream kicks Strong into Dunne. Dream goes for a double Dream Valley Driver, but they get out. Dunne snaps both of their fingers before hitting Strong with a Bitter End. Dream quickly stops the referee from counting three! Dunne angrily stomps Dream’s fingers and applies a deathlock. Dunne then hits a double-arm stomp to the face. Strong quickly attacks Dunne, but Dunne fights out. Strong gets out of a Bitter End. Dunne kicks him in the face and hits the ropes, but Strong counters into the Strong Hold! Dream gets in the ring and throws Strong out of the ring. Dream hits Dunne with a Dream Valley Driver. Strong throws Dream out of the ring and hits a suplex backbreaker. Dream hits Strong with a flying elbow drop from out of nowhere and covers Dunne for the win!

Winner and still NXT North American Champion: Velveteen Dream

Video Package: NXT Women’s Championship

NXT Women’s Championship
Mia Yim vs. Shayna Baszler (c)

They circle the ring and lock up before breaking it after Yim grabs the ear. They lock up again, and Baszler grabs the arm, but Yim rakes the face. Baszler isn’t happy. Yim takes her down and playfully kicks her. Baszler goes for an arm bar, but Yim puts her fingers in Baszler’s mouth and rips at the cheek. Baszler gets away and tries again for the arm bar, but Yim gets to the bottom rope. Yim hits a pair of arm drags before applying an arm bar. Baszler fights up and sends her into the ropes, but Yim comes back with a hurricanrana. Yim splashes her in the corner and hits a cannonball. Baszler gets out of the ring and catches Yim with a forearm trying for a suicide dive. Yim quickly stops Baszler’s momentum by sending her shoulder-first into the ring steps. Yim smashes the arm off the steps before sandwiching the arm in the steps. Yim then dropkicks the steps into Baszler’s arm. Yim gets her in the ring, and the referee holds her back. Yim charges Baszler, but Baszler moves and kicks her in the head. Yim looks totally dazed.

Baszler hits Yim with a running knee before kicking Yim in the arm. Baszler hits a snapmare and kicks her in the spine for a two count. Baszler takes her down and tries to punch, but her arm is too hurt. Baszler manages to bend the arm of Yim and stomps it. Yim retreats to the corner in pain. Baszler hits a wristlock takeover and applies a key lock. Yim gets out by pulling the hair. Baszler sends her to the ropes and forearms her in the back. Baszler takes her down and kicks her in the face for a two count. Baszler stretches Yim’s arm out on the ropes. Yim goes to the corner to get away from Baszler. Baszler pulls her out and applies a vicious standing arm bar. Yim screams in pain, but she pulls the hair to get out. Baszler then takes her down for a two count. Yim again grabs the hair and rolls her up for a two count. Yim kicks her in the arm and hits the ropes, but Baszler dropkicks her down for a near fall. Baszler goes back to the key lock, but Yim gets her to the ropes. The referee pulls her back, but Baszler keeps it applied. Yim rakes the eyes, and Baszler tries to hit some knees, but she’s running blind. Yim then hits a swinging back suplex.

Yim hits a clothesline and a roundhouse kick. Yim chops the chest and hits the ropes, but Baszler follows her in. Yim avoids her and kicks her. Yim sends her into the ropes, and she hits a belly-to-belly suplex. Baszler rolls out of the ring to recover, but Yim quickly catches her with a suicide dive. Yim gets her in the ring and hits a tornado DDT for a near fall. Baszler avoids a kick in the corner and hits a knee strike. Baszler takes her down with another knee for a near fall. Yim just barely kicked out. Baszler tries for a suplex, but her arm is too hurt. Yim flapjacks her into the turnbuckle and applies the Tarantula on the ropes. Yim lets go before being disqualified and goes to the top rope. Baszler cuts her off and tries for a super gutwrench suplex, but her arm gives out. Yim then hits Code Blue off the middle rope for a near fall!

They trade punches, but Baszler surprises her with a Kirifuda Clutch. Yim quickly pulls on the injured arm to get out. Yim then hits Baszler’s arm breaking stomp on her! Yim goes for a cross arm breaker and gets it applied, but Baszler twists out and applies the Kirifuda Clutch! Yim again pulls on the injured arm, so Baszler grapevines the head with a triangle for the submission!

Winner by Submission and still NXT Women’s Champion: Shayna Baszler

An NXT TakeOver: Cardiff commercial airs. It airs on August 31.

WWE United Kingdom Champion WALTER is shown at ringside. Tyler Bate is also shown at ringside, not near WALTER.

Video Package: NXT Championship

NXT Championship – 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole (c)

A LOUD “Adam Cole” chant fires up before the NXT Champion makes his entrance.

First Fall: Old School Wrestling Match

The bell rings, and they stare at each other. LOUD dueling chants for both men. They lock up, and Gargano wrenches the arm. Cole twists out to reverse the pressure. Gargano takes him down and applies a front facelock. Gargano then turns him for a cover, but Cole gets out before there is a count. They lock up, and Cole applies a side headlock. Cole cinches it in, but Gargano whips him off. Cole quickly shoulder blocks him down before trying for a waistlock. Gargano turns it and tries for a roll-up, but Cole gets out. Gargano avoids the Last Shot and Cole avoids a sliding kick. They then tease going for a superkick, but put the brakes on. They’re both at a stalemate. More dueling chants from the crowd. They lock up again, and Cole kicks the knee. Cole goes to the second rope, but Gargano gets away. Cole jumps over him, and Gargano goes to the top rope. Gargano then comes off the second rope with a flying hurricanrana. Gargano clotheslines him over the top rope and hits a vicious baseball slide. Gargano gets him in the ring, and the dueling chants fire up yet again. Cole gets out of the ring, and he pulls Gargano. Gargano kicks him away, gets on the apron, and kicks him in the face. Cole avoids a flying kick, but Gargano avoids a running kick. Cole accidentally kicks the steel steps. Gargano then drops the knee onto the steel steps. Gargano gets him on the apron and snaps the leg off the apron. Gargano gets in the ring and drops some knees on Cole’s injured leg. Gargano then applies a beautiful Indian Deathlock, but Cole gets to the bottom rope. Gargano stomps the injured leg before tying it on the bottom rope and stretching it. Cole punches him off from the apron, but Gargano stuns him with a kick. Cole quickly punches him, pulls him out of the ring, and hits a vicious wheelbarrow German Suplex on the apron! Wow!

Cole gets Gargano in the ring and hits a neckbreaker. Cole knees Gargano in the back and drops a forearm. The dueling chants start up once again! Cole hits a hangman’s neckbreaker for a one count. Cole then applies a scissor lock to the neck. Gargano bridges up for a pin, but Cole gets out at two and keeps the scissor lock applied. Gargano eventually fights out by twisting the foot and applying an ankle lock. Cole quickly rolls through and sends Gargano face-first into the second turnbuckle. Cole comes off the second rope, but Gargano moves. Gargano then catches him with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex into the corner!

They trade punches before Gargano hits a pair of clotheslines and a back elbow. Gargano viciously chops him, rolls him down, and kicks him in the face. Gargano goes for a slingshot spear, but Cole catches him. Gargano counters into a fisherman’s driver for a two count. Gargano drags him to the corner, ties the leg on the second rope, and hits a double stomp off the middle rope to the injured leg. Gargano then applies a Figure Four Leglock in the center of the ring. Cole screams in pain before dragging himself to the ropes to break the hold. Cole counters an ankle lock with a back elbow. Cole picks up him for a fireman’s carry, but Gargano slides off. Cole avoids an enzuigiri. Cole then hits a wheelbarrow German Suplex for a near fall. Cole clubs the back, but they each avoids strikes. Cole hits an enzuigiri, and Gargano responds with a kick. Cole goes for a Panama Sunrise, but Gargano counters into a sunset driver for a near fall! Wow!

An “NXT” chant fires up. Gargano gets Cole on the top rope, but Cole cuts him off. Cole sets up for a Panama Sunrise off the ropes. Gargano blocks it. Cole goes for a sunset flip powerbomb, but his knee gives out. Cole hits a Codebreaker and goes for a Michinoku Driver for a near fall! Cole cannot believe it. They’re both so exhausted that they’re trading punches from their knees. They get to their feet and each hit clotheslines. Cole and Gargano hit the ropes and wipe each other out with dual clotheslines. Gargano avoids Cole and sends him to ringside. Gargano goes for a suicide dive, but Cole counters with a kick to the skull. Cole goes for a wheelbarrow German Suplex on the apron, but Gargano rolls through and sends him into the barricade. Gargano gets him in the ring and hits a Thunder Struck DDT for a near fall. Gargano catches him outside the ring and kicks him. Cole counters a slingshot spear into a kick and hits a VICIOUS ushigoroshi for a near fall! Cole is absolutely stunned.

Cole gets Gargano in the corner to punch and stomp him down. The referee backs him up, so Cole gets in his face. Cole goes outside the ring and goes to the timekeeper’s area. Cole grabs a steel chair and throws it into the ring. The referee grabs the chair and throws it out of the ring. While the referee is throwing the chair out, Cole kicks Gargano in the groin for a near fall! Cole sets the chair up and sits down while Gargano writhes in pain. The referee again admonishes Cole. Cole gets in his face before turning into a superkick from Gargano. Gargano grabs the chair and viciously hits Cole in the back with it! The referee disqualifies Gargano!

Adam Cole wins the first fall via Disqualification. Adam Cole leads 1-0.

Gargano viciously smashes the chair off Cole’s back before setting it up and sitting down.

Second Fall: Street Fight

Cole quickly gets out of the ring, so Gargano throws the chair onto him! Gargano follows up with a suicide dive, and they begin brawling in the crowd. Gargano takes him down and jumps off a barricade with a double axe handle. Gargano punches him around the arena and tries for a suplex, but Cole fights out. Gargano then superkicks him down. Gargano puts him in a rolling chair and rolls him into the wall. Cole punches him to the barricade, but Gargano quickly comes back with a spear through the barricade!

Gargano shouts, “Mamma Mia” and takes the top off the commentary table. Gargano pulls Cole onto the commentary table and underhooks the arms. Cole drops down and gouges the eyes. Cole goes for a double underhook, but Gargano counters into a back body drop through the other commentary table! A “Holy Sh!t” chant fires up before transitioning into “Mamma Mia!”

Gargano puts Cole in the ring, goes under the ring, and pulls out a table. The crowd loudly cheers that. Gargano then gets another table out and puts that in the ring as well. A “Johnny Tables” chant picks up. Gargano throws some chairs in the ring and gets in the ring. Cole surprises him with a Shining Wizard before setting a chair up and hitting an ushigoroshi on the chair for a near fall! Cole wedges a chair in the corner and tries to drive Gargano into it. Gargano blocks it and punches him back. Gargano puts his hands up for a superkick, so Cole kicks him in the midsection. Gargano comes back by lawn darting Cole into the chair in the corner. Gargano applies the Gargano Escape for the submission victory!

Johnny Gargano wins the second fall via Submission. The series is tied 1-1.

The ring announcer states this will go to a third and decisive fall. A Steel Cage starts to lower! The cage is surrounded with barbed wire at the top. Weapons are attached to the walls of the cage. Gargano and Cole look stunned. A “Thank You Regal” chant picks up.

Third Fall: Hardcore Steel Cage Match

An “ECW” chant fires up. There are all kinds of weapons attached to this cage including a ladder, chairs, sledgehammer, and fire extinguisher. The ring announcer states there is no escape. This must be decided by pinfall or submission.

They wildly trade punches. Cole superkicks him back, but Gargano turns him inside out with a clothesline. Gargano grabs a kendo stick, but Cole superkicks him. Cole grabs a kendo stick, and they begin hitting each other with their sticks. They then wipe each other out with double superkicks! A LOUD “NXT” chant picks up. The crowd then starts loudly chanting, “This is awesome!” Gargano stomps Cole and goes to the top of the cage to grab a ladder, but Cole cuts him off. Gargano kicks him back and holds himself on the ladder to hit a flying hurricanrana. Gargano hits a reverse hurricanrana, and Cole lands sitting in a chair. Gargano hits a vicious superkick for a near fall! A “Fight Forever” chant picks up. Gargano sets up a table near the corner. Cole quickly hits Gargano with a steel chair in the midsection before smashing it off his back. Gargano climbs the ropes to pull another chair off the wall. Cole then sends Gargano headfirst into the chair. Cole grabs a kendo stick and grinds it into Gargano’s mouth before hitting a backstabber for a near fall!

Cole grabs two chairs and sets them up seat to seat. Cole puts Gargano on the top rope and climbs to the second rope. Cole goes for a superplex through the chairs, but Gargano blocks it. Gargano knocks him down, sees a fire extinguisher above his head, and sprays Cole! Gargano then hits a diving tornado DDT through the steel chairs!

Gargano grabs a kendo stick and starts smashing it off Cole’s back. Gargano looks up and climbs the ropes to grab a sledgehammer from the top of the cage. Cole climbs to the top rope to attack Gargano. Gargano then surprises him with a slingshot powerbomb for a near fall! Gargano then goes to the top rope and grabs the sledgehammer from the top. Gargano goes to hit Cole, but Cole hits him with a pair of superkicks to stop him. Cole goes to the top rope and throws the ladder at Gargano. Gargano avoids it, but Cole hits him with a Panama Sunrise for a near fall! Cole sets up the ladder and starts to slowly climb it. Cole shakes some feeling into his injured leg. Cole turns and sees Gargano coming to. Cole then hits him with a Panama Sunrise from the ladder for another near fall!

Gargano slowly comes to, but Cole cracks him with a kendo stick. Cole sets up for a big running kick, but Gargano collapses before Cole can hit it. Cole sets up a steel chair and props Gargano up on it. Cole goes for a Last Shot, but Gargano moves. Cole crashes into the chair instead. Gargano applies an STF with the kendo stick, but Cole bites him to get out of the move. The crowd is completely into this. Gargano grabs the sledgehammer, but Cole grabs it to. Gargano fights him off and smashes him in the ribs with the sledgehammer! Cole heaves in pain and holds his ribs. Gargano pulls the table out of the corner and sets up the table. Gargano then grabs the second table and sets it up next to the other one. Gargano puts Cole on the table and climbs the ladder, but Cole rolls off. Gargano gets off the ladder and smashes him in the back with the kendo stick. Gargano gets on the second rope and pulls Cole up! Gargano then hits Cole with an AMAZING Panama Sunrise off the second rope… but Cole kicks out!

Gargano grabs a chair, and the crowd is thinking thumbtacks. Instead it is a bag with bolt cutters and brass knuckles. Gargano uses the bolt cutters to climb the top rope and cuts a piece of barbed wire off! Cole climbs to the top of the cage to avoid Gargano. There is a platform at the top of the cage. A “Please don’t die” chant fires up. Gargano follows him up, and they’re standing on the top of the cage on this scaffold. Gargano goes to dig the barbed wire into Cole’s head, but Cole fights it. Cole then grabs him and leaps! They fly through the air and crash through a table!! Cole rolls over and pins Gargano for the win!!

Winner and still NXT Champion: Adam Cole

The Undisputed ERA comes down to the ring and helps Adam Cole up. They help him up the ramp, and Cole holds up the NXT Championship. Gargano is still out in the ring.


Quick Match Results

– The Street Profits def. The Undisputed ERA to retain the NXT Tag Team Championships
– Io Shirai def. Candice LeRae via Knockout
– Velveteen Dream def. Roderick Strong and Pete Dunne to retain the NXT North American Championship
– Shayna Baszler def. Mia Yim via Submission to retain the NXT Women’s Championship
– Adam Cole def. Johnny Gargano in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match to retain the NXT Championship

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