Submitted by Trae Wisecarver from the Aztec Theater with additional notes added from an anonymous report
– Mojo Rawley defeated Buddy Murphy
Rawley claimed, very loudly, “Ladies and gentlemen, this man gets no chicks!’ and proceeded to atomic drop him several times. Lots of playfulness from the crowd with “Let’s go Blake” chants. Rawley won with some kind of rolling punch. It was pretty quick.
– Wesley Blake defeated Andrade “Cien” Almas
Blake was the hometown guy, so he worked as a babyface and went over. Almas went back to his CMLL days and played a pretty vicious heel. Blake won with a frog splash.
– Bayley & Carmella defeated Mandy Rose & Daria Berenato
Carmella came out and did a completely new pre-match promo without using the Enzo & Cass catchphrases. Berenato & Rose cut a pretty good heel promo on her in the ring before Bayley came in for the save. Berenato has a cool MMA fighter look to her, although she took her gloves off right after she was tagged in.
Bayley pinned Berenato with the Bayley-to-Belly.
– Hideo Itami defeated Austin Aries with the Busaiku knee in a good match. Itami was over big.
– Johnny Gargano & Tommaso Ciampa defeated NXT Tag Team Champions The Revival by DQ
This was an incredible match, and these teams are going to tear the house down at TakeOver. Lots of back and forth, with some great heel shenanigans from the Revival. Tons of very close near falls, to the point that the crowd was honestly expecting Gargano & Ciampa to win. They had us in the palm of their hands.
Gargano & Ciampa Ciampa won by DQ after one of the Revival pulled the ref out of the ring after Gargano & Ciampa hit their finisher. Great crowd response afterward.
– NXT Women’s Champion Asuka defeated Nia Jax with a head kick to retain her title.
– Finn Balor & Shinsuke Nakamura defeated NXT Champion Samoa Joe & Bobby Roode
Nakamura’s charisma has to be experienced live to fully appreciate it. Huge pops for the faces, huge pops for the heels. Lots of heel shenanigans from Joe while Roode had the ref distracted. Nakamura didn’t really seem to do much, even off the hot tag.
Balor gets the pin on Roode off the Coup de Grace while Nakamura held Joe back.
After the match, Balor mentioned that it was his second anniversary of signing with NXT, and it had been the best two years of his life. He mentioned beating Roman Reigns on Raw, and said that he would beat Seth Rollins at SummerSlam and become the first WWE Universal Champion.