Once again, the black and gold brand took center stage with another Takeover PPV. This time it could be the end of an era. Let’s get to the results.
Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai def. Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon: Finals of the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
This match was a predictable back and forth match. All four women had great showings. However, Gonzalez’s strength and power were at the forefront. Gonzalez and Kai ran rough shots over the entire bracket in the Dusty Classic.
Everyone in the match hit their finishers and big moves the entire match, with counter after counter, kick out after kick out. Until Gonzalez launched her own partner Kai onto Blackheart for a huge splash, then driving Blackheart into the mat with a massive one-armed powerbomb for the pin.
With the victory, Gonzalez and Kai are the first-ever Women’s Dusty Cup winners. As a result, they will get a future Women’s Tag Team title match.
Johnny Gargano def. Kushida: NXT North American Championship match
Proving once again he is “Johnny Takeover” in the very entertaining back and forth match. Kushida was a very game opponent matching Gargano’s move for move. In fact, he had me believing that he would upset Gargano and take the North American Championship a couple of times in this match.
However, in the end, the “Gargano Way” was too much for Kushida. After getting the One Final Beat finisher on the entrance ramp and then again in the ring, Gargano covered him for the three counts. Subsequently retaining his title.
Fun side note: Dexter Lumis abducted Austin Theory. What will become of Theory?
MSK def. Grizzled Young Veterans: Final of the Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
For the second year in a row, the Grizzled Young Veterans (GYV) made it to the Men’s Dusty Cup finals. Similarly, they came up short to the high flying, explosive maneuvers of MSK.
In a very competitive match, both teams had their time to shine. Hitting critical power and high flying moves. Nash Carter and Wes Lee (MSK) put the finishing touches on one of the best first months in NXT history, putting to rest the rumor that a new team needs to “pay their dues” to get the big wins. MSK hit a Blockbuster finisher to pick up the victory. Subsequently, earning a future NXT Tag Team Championship match.
Io Shirai def. Mercedes Martinez and Toni Storm in a three-way NXT Women’s Title match
In a very fast-paced match, all three women took center stage. Each one matching her opponent’s moves. Martinez showed her power by dominating most of the match.
However, Shirai showed why she is the “Genius of the Sky” by hitting a top-rope moonsault onto both of her opponents. Finally, pinning Martinez for the win and retaining her NXT Women’s Title.
Finn Balor def. Pete Dunne NXT Championship match
In a match that the NXT Universe has been waiting years to see, Balor continued to pile up the Takeover PPV wins. However, this one was a hard-fought and well-earned victory.
“The BruiserWeight” Pete Dunne had yet another classic match in this first time meeting. Showing joint manipulations moves, ground and pound, as well as hitting his finisher. However, Balor stood with Dunne, taking everything Dunne could dish out.
Balor hit Dunne with everything in his arsenal as well. However, Dunne continued to fight on until The Prince landed the Coup de Grace, double foot stomp followed by his 1916 finisher to retain the NXT Championship.
Adam Cole shocks the NXT Universe
After the main event, the NXT Tag Team Champions, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch ambushed Balor. It was three-on-one with Dunne joining the beatdown until The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, and Kyle O’Reilly) hit the ring to even the odds.
After the foes ran from the ring, O’Reilly offered Balor a hand, helping him to his feet. After a slight discussion, Balor stood tall with the UE. However, Cole nailed the NXT Champion with a superkick. As O’Reilly confronted the UE leader, Cole then had a superkick for O’Reilly before exiting the ring alone and making his way up the ramp. Leaving Strong in the ring with the fallen superstars.
Did Adam Cole disband the most dominant faction in NXT history? Is Cole going to get one final push in NXT before being called up to the main roster? So many questions for Cole and the UE.
Hopefully we will get some answers this coming Wednesday!