November 18, 2017
Houston, TX
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, Percy Watson


Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan

Lars Sullivan rules… There are already two rings set up next to each other in the arena. Lars dominated the match early on. After a few minutes, he hit a cool pop up powerslam, then went to the top rope and attempted a frog splash, but Ohno moved and was able to take control and get in some offense. Ohno nailed him with a big boot, then stomped on his head a bunch more times, then hit a senton, but Sullivan kicked out at 1 and screamed in his face. Sullivan then picked Ohno up and hit him with “the Freak Accident,” which sort of starts like a T-Bone suplex but Ohno was slammed down on his back as if he was chokeslammed. Having a hard time explaining it… Anyway, Ohno wasn’t able to kick out and Sullivan made pretty quick work of him, then screamed into the camera intensely a few times.

Winner: Lars Sullivan (~5 minutes)


Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream

Velveteen Dream rules… Dream had Aleister Black’s face airbrushed on one of his pant legs and his own face on the other leg, “a la” Ravishing Rick Rude. They’re wrestling in the other ring this time and will seemingly alternate rings for each match. It seemed like Dream landed right on his face in a spot where he was thrown out of the ring, but he got right back up. Dream did his jump off the rope backflip into the lotus position, but Dream responded with a Ravishing Rick Rude gyration taunt, which pleased the crowd. Dream then sat down in the lotus position, but Black got in his face and they stopped the taunting and started wrestling again. Crowd was behind Velveteen Dream, chanting his name throughout the match.

Dream hit his own “Black Mass” kick on Black, but Black kicked out. Dream then hit the Rude Awakening. Referee in this match is extremely tan… Black regained control and called for the Black Mass, but Dream fought back and hit a sweet Death Valley Driver for a near fall. Black hit a big knee, but also only got a near fall. Dream then spiked Black with a big DDT, but also a near fall. Great match. “This is awesome” chant.

Dream went to the top rope and gyrated, preparing for the Purple Rainmaker elbow drop, but Black put his foot up and Black jumped into it, then got caught up in the ropes. Black kicked him, Dream broke free and hit a super kick, but Black followed with a flying knee. Dream stood up but was immediately caught with the Black Mass for the 1-2-3. Great match and both of these guys rule.

Winner: Aleister Black (~15 minutes)

After the match, Black grabbed a mic and the crowd chanted “say his name.” Black said, “enjoy infamy, Velveteen Dream.” The crowd popped because he said his name, technically.


Asuka, Funaki and Finn Balor were shown sitting at ringside.


NXT Women’s Championship
Fatal 4-Way Match
Ember Moon vs. Kairi Sane vs. Nikki Cross vs. Peyton Royce

Peyton Royce got the biggest pop from the crowd. Billie Kay entered with her, then said something to Peyton on the ramp. Looks like Peyton will be on her own in this match. A few minutes into the match, there was a cool spot where Ember Moon was going to hit a middle rope superplex onto Kairi Sane, then Peyton Royce came up from behind and hit a German suplex on Ember Moon at the same time as she hit the superplex. Nikki Cross then joined in and jumped off the top rope with a cross body black onto the three other women.

Later, Peyton her bridging fisherman suplex finisher on Nikki Cross, but it was broken up by Kairi Sane. Kairi put Peyton on top of Nikki, then went to the top rope and hit a big elbow drop onto both Peyton and Nikki, but Ember broke up the pinfall. Ember went to the top rope, but Peyton pulled her leg down. Peyton went after Nikki Cross, but Ember suddenly jumped off the top and nailed both Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce at the same time with the Eclipse… Ember pinned Nikki Cross for the win. Nice.

Winner and New NXT Women’s Champion: Ember Moon (~10 minutes)

After the match, William Regal came down to the ring with the NXT Women’s Championship. Asuka also entered the ring and took the title, then handed it over to Ember Moon, then the two former rivals hugged and Ember Moon celebrated with her new championship.


Kevin Owens and Samoa Joe were shown sitting (separately) at ringside.


NXT Championship
Drew McIntyre (c) vs. Andrade “Cien” Almas

Before the match, Zelina Vega got in McIntyre’s face and talked trash to him. Almas then got in McIntyre’s face, then shoved his head and backed off. McIntyre looks huge. Early in the match, Zelina Vega tried a hurricanrana off the apron onto McIntyre on the outside, but he stayed on his feet and lifted Vega back up onto the apron. McIntyre did his cool powerful suplex throw on Almas, throwing him across the ring. McIntyre hit a couple of more suplexes and throws, tossing Almas around like a rag doll.

Almas regained control later, hitting a big moonsault off the top rope onto McIntyre on the outside. Almas hit some more offense, then a running double knee in the corner, but McIntyre kicked out. McIntyre then reversed a move into a big sit out powerbomb, but Almas kicked out. After a couple of more near falls, McIntyre went for a Celtic Cross off the top, but Almas escaped and hit another running double knee in the corner, but McIntyre kicked out again.

Almas, frustrated, went outside and grabbed the NXT Championship and started to walk into the ring. The referee tried to stop him, and meanwhile as he was distracted, Zelina Vega ran into the ring and hit a hurricanrana-like move onto McIntyre, slamming his face onto the mat. Almas hit a big DDT on McIntyre but only got a near fall.

McIntyre suddenly hit a Claymore, but Zelina Vega put Almas’s foot on the rope to break it up. McIntyre went for another Claymore, but missed and his leg hit the top rope. Almas then hit a DDT on McIntyre, as his legs hung off the top turnbuckle, and he won… Whoa… Surprising.

Winner and New NXT Champion: Andrade “Cien” Almas (~15 minutes)

After the match, Almas and Zelina Vega celebrated with the championship. The crowd seemed behind Almas for most of the match. McIntyre looked like he may have injured his left arm on the DDT, with it hitting the ropes as he came down. Officials checked on McIntyre as he looked despondent.


WarGames Match
SAnitY vs. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong

The cage was lowered over the two rings and it was time for the WarGames match. Dustin Rhodes and Arn Anderson were shown at ringside. The entrances feel like they took like 20 minutes. Adam Cole, Eric Young and Roderick Strong started things off as the rest of the participants were locked up in shark cages at the entranceway. Strong was dressed like the Authors of Pain instead of his generic “black tights” gear.

Five minutes elapsed and the first team that was let out of the shark cage was the Undisputed Era. Both Fish and O’Reilly ran down to the ring and they beat down Young and Strong. No one can win until all teams have been let out of the shark cages though.

After two minutes, the Authors of Pain were let out of the shark cages next. They came in and destroyed everyone else in the ring, tossing them from one ring to the next. They then launched Roderick Strong from one ring into the next, taking out their opponents. The crowd was behind AOP.

Another two minutes passed and Alexander Wolfe and Killian Dain of SAnitY came into the ring and the match was “officially” underway. Wolfe had a Big Boss Man night stick, which he used to take out the Authors of Pain. Dain tossed in a bunch of weapons, like chairs, trash cans, kendo sticks and chains. SAnitY used the weapons and took everyone out. Crowd chanted “we want tables” and Dain pulled two tables out from under the ring, and put them inside the cage. Dain finally got into the ring and closed the door behind him, then wrapped a chain around the door, locked it, and literally swallowed the key. Dain then went to the top and dived off on top of everyone else. Dain dominated the match against everyone for like 5 minutes, until Akam finally was able to hit him with a powerslam.

The Undisputed Era hit their finisher on Roderick Strong, but didn’t go for the pin. Lots of nonstop action in this match. Big moonsault by Bobby Fish. Lots of carnage as everyone was laid out in the ring. The Authors of Pain then hit their “Super Collider” finisher on Fish and O’Reilly, colliding in the middle of the two rings. Killian Dain and Eric Young both looked like they were slightly “busted open.” Roderick Strong then hit a lot of offense on everyone.

Everyone started fighting near the middle of the rings near the turnbuckles and the Authors of Pain came in and each hit powerbombs onto everyone. Adam Cole was the only one left unscathed, sitting on the turnbuckles between the two rings. The Authors of Pain then set up a table and went to the turnbuckles, but Alexander Wolfe came up from behind and hit a German suplex off the top rope onto one of the Authors of Pain through the table. Damn. Wolfe was also busted open, dripping blood from the top of his head. Dain was able to get up soon after though and hit a Van Terminator on Kyle O’Reilly…

Meanwhile, Adam Cole climbed to the top of the cage and just hung out there for a little bit. He then stood up on top of the cage in the corner and said “Adam Cole, baybay.” Roderick Strong then climbed up to the top and hit a vertical suplex on Cole off the top of the cage onto everyone else standing in the middle of the ring. Holy shit.

Everyone then took turns hitting moves on each other for a few minutes until everyone but Adam Cole and Eric Young were taken out. Adam Cole grabbed a kendo stick and nailed Young, then hit him with a running knee as Young held a steel chair for the abrupt 1-2-3. Very good match with a ton of great spots.

Winners: The Undisputed Era (~50 minutes)


Another excellent TakeOver, as usual. They never seem to disappoint.