NXT Takeover: Philadelphia
January 27, 2018
Wells Fargo Arena
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NXT Takeover: Philadelphia Pre-Show
NXT Year End Awards 2017
– Rivalry of the Year winner… Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream. Dream accepted the award backstage and guaranteed a 30-second or less KO of Kassius Ohno on tonight’s show.
– Male Superstar of the Year…Aleister Black.
– Breakout Superstar of the Year…Aleister Black.
– Female Superstar of the Year…Asuka.
– Match of the Year…Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne (NXT Takeover: Chicago).
– Overall Competitor of the Year…Asuka.
NXT Takeover: Philadelphia main card
NXT Tag Team Championship
The Undisputed Era vs. The Authors of Pain
It was a slow and methodical match but things picked up towards the final minutes. The story of the match was that Akam injured his left leg during the match (storyline injury) and the announcers wondered how that would play into the match. It did play into the match when AOP hit the super collider but AOP crashed into each other thanks to the leg and Kyle O’Reilly. The Undispured Era retained. when O’Reilly pinned Akam.
War Machine were shown at ringside.
Kassius Ohno vs. Velveteen Dream
During the pre-show, Dream guaranteed a 30 second or less knockout. He delivered on it but instead of going for a cover, he began to celebrate and that allowed Ohno to hit him with a stiff forearm shot. The match was good but there were a couple of mistimed spots including a fireman’s carry spot where it looked like Dream dropped Ohno. Dream won the match with the Purple Rainmaker elbow off the top of the ringpost.
Maria Menounos was shown at ringside.
NXT Women’s Championship
Ember Moon vs. Shayna Baszler
Baszler worked on Moon’s arm and that was a big factor in the match. Moon hit the Eclipse at one point but she failed to go for the pin because her arm was hurt. The trainers went down to the ring to check on Moon. The match continued but Baszler locked in an armbar. Moon was able to get to the rope but Baszler locked it in again. Moon broke free and surprise pinned Baszler. Moon is still champ. Baszler choked out Moon after the match.
Trevor “Ricochet” Mann was shown sitting ringside.
Extreme Rules Match
Aleister Black vs. Adam Cole
This was an Extreme Rules match so weapons were allowed and that included chairs, kendo sticks, trash cans, ladders, and tables. I don’t know how it happened but Cole appeared to have cut his hand and there was a lot of blood on it. There was a scary looking running electric chair spot onto a ladder wedged in the corner of the ring. Cole landed on his backside. Later, Cole superkicked Black off the top rope and through tables at ringside. A couple of minutes later, Black hit a Death Valley Driver onto two chairs in the ring. O’Reilly and Fish attacked Black. It’s legal because it’s an Extreme Rules match. Fans chanted “bullshit” probably because they are not used to seeing interference in matches on Takeover shows. They were about to put Black through the announcers table but SAnitY ran down to even things up. Killian Dane did a tope suicide dive onto everyone at ringside. Cole tried to suplex Black through the announcers table but Black fought back. Black hit the double knees onto Cole and through the announcers table. Cole was about to end it with a chair to the head but Black hit a Black Mass out of nowhere for the win.
EC 3 was shown sitting at ringside.
Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Johnny Gargano
Mauro Ranallo said that Gargano’s family is in attendance for this match. I have to say that Almas has been awesome since turning heel. This was undoubtedly the best match of the night. There was tons of back and forth action, stiff shots, and tons of near falls as you would expect and the fans were into everything. Vega kept interferening so Candice LeRae jumped the rail and took her out at ringside. They brawled through the crowd. This could be the WWE Match of the Year. Gargano lost after taking the running double knees on the ringside post. Almas is still champ.
After the match, Candice Lerae helped Gargano get up the ramp. Gargano turned around to soak in the fans appreciation. Tommaso Ciampa appeared and hit Gargano in the back with a crutch. That was the end of the show.
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