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WWE NXT TakeOver 31 results: Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano

WWE NXT TakeOver 31 kicked off with the North American Championship match between Damian Priest and Johnny Gargano.

Notes written in real-time during the match:

Priest dominated the first several of minutes of the match. About 10 minutes in is when things started to turn around for Gargano when he ducked a spinning kick and shoved Priest into the post and out of the ring. Gargano drove through the ropes but Priest caught him but Gargano slipped out and kicked him in the head but Priest kicked Gargano’s leg as Gargano was going to try a dive off the ring apron. Priest hit a sick looking Razor’s Edge onto the corner of the ring and he almost got the win but Gargano kicked out of the pin attempt.

Moments later, Gargano hit a standing sliced bread and forearm to the back for a near fall. There was another close near fall about 30 seconds later by Gargano. Priest was able to high a high choke slam on Gargano but Gargano was able to kick out of the pin attempt. Priest did a senton dive over the top but Gargano moved and he pulled security in front of him so they were taken out. Gargano hit a low blow and a superkick but Priest barely kicked out. Gargano locked in the Gargano Escape submission but Priest was able to get his foot on the bottom rope. Gargano tried to knock Priest off the ring apron and onto steel steps that were positioned at ringside but Priest fought back but Gargano hit a pair of superkicks and then he tried for One Final Beat (DDT) but Priest countered into the Reckoning finisher. Priest pinned Gargano to retain the title. Great match.

Click here for complete NXT TakeOver 31 results.






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