Wednesday, March 29, 2023

NXT TakeOver New York: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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NXT TakeOver: New York, out of the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about TakeOver by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.

The War Raiders (c) vs. Ricochet and Aleister Black

NXT Tag Team Championship Match

Aleister Black and Rowe started things off slowly, feeling each other out. Rowe came out on top after a back and forth exchange, but when the two locked up a second time, it was Aleister who grabbed the upper hand.

Black and Rowe decided to let their respective partners have a turn, fist-bumped before going back to their corners. Ricochet managed to throw Hanson from the ring, Aleister followed suit and tossed Rowe out, then he and Ricochet performed their matching flips, seating themselves in the middle of the ring in Black’s signature taunt.

War Raiders began to pull away when Rowe powerbombed Hanson onto Ricochet, forcing The One and Only to roll out of the ring to regroup. Hanson and Rowe then turned their attention toward Aleister Black, slowly wearing him down. Rowe tried to powerbomb Hanson onto Black, which turned out to be less successful the second time, as Aleister countered with a kick to Rowe’s leg, evading the attack.

At this point, Ricochet had regained his strength, and tagged back in to demonstrate his high-flying maneuvers on both members of War Raiders.

A worn down Rowe became the perfect target for a submission from Black. Rowe eventually broke free, scuffling with Aleister a minute or two longer, then it was Hanson’s turn again. Hanson placed each member of the opposing team in a corner, running back and forth and body slamming each in turn. Hanson tried to tackle Ricochet, who caught him and, using every ounce of energy he had left, hurled Hanson down.

Rowe and Aleister Black, both worse for wear at this point, traded strikes in the middle of the ring, each landing crushing knees on the other, Aleister getting a near fall which Rowe managed to escape.

Ricochet and Hanson back in the ring, both men flipped around (Hanson is surprisingly agile for such a large man), Hanson catching Ricochet mid-flip, then crashing into him with a flip of his own.

Hanson made his way to the top rope, but Ricochet stopped the attack. Rowe slammed into Ricochet with a knee, then threw Hanson into him, who hit Ricochet with a forearm before both War Raiders laid on top of him. It seemed the end had come for Black and Ricochet when Aleister flew to the rescue, breaking up the pin.

Aleister and Ricochet each hit insane dives to the floor on Hanson and Rowe, respectively, then Hanson flattened Black and Ricochet with a senton from the top rope, taking out Rowe in the process.

There was nearly a double count-out, but Ricochet and Rowe made it in a split second before the 10 count was over. Ricochet and Aleister both hit Rowe with kicks to the face, which Aleister followed up with a Black Mass and Ricochet with a massive shooting star press. However, Hanson had regained enough energy to break up the pin.

Ricochet tried again to bring down Rowe, this time going for a 630, but Rowe rolled out of the way, allowing War Raiders to pull away once again. Hanson dove onto Aleister on the floor, ensuring that he would not interfere, then he and Rowe decimated Ricochet with their Fallout finisher, retaining the NXT Tag Team Championships.

War Raiders and Aleister Black and Ricochet exchanged signs of respect after the match, Hanson and Rowe bowing to their opponents before leaving them to soak in their final ovation from the devoted NXT crowd.

Winner: War Raiders

Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Matt Riddle

North American Championship Match

True to form, Matt Riddle and Velveteen Dream took a few moments to pander to the crowd before getting into the action. Riddle attempted to fist bump Velveteen, who declined the offer.

Velveteen tried to get the early advantage by faking a fist bump with Riddle to get close enough to attack, but Riddle saw through it, throwing Velveteen down to the mat and locking in a series of submission holds.

Dream looked to take advantage of Riddle’s bare feet, stomping them with his boots in order to gain the upper hand. This failed, however, as Riddle went back to his submission attempts shortly after.

Dream gained some steam with a few leaps from the ropes into the ring, but when he tried the same tactic to the floor, it backfired. Riddle caught him, throwing him back in the ring before firing off multiple forearms.

After a kick to an already unsteady Velveteen, Matt nearly won the match, but only got a two count. Velveteen was getting absolutely destroyed, Riddle pummeling him with devastating strikes, getting near fall after near fall while The Dream could only hang on for dear life.

It was clearly all fun and games for Riddle at first, but as the match stretched on, he became more frustrated, resorting to increasingly more brutal maneuvers in an attempt to bring down the champ.

With a Go To Sleep and a German suplex, Riddle thought for sure he had Velveteen where he wanted him, but The Dream continued to fight. Riddle taunted Dream with slow, methodical kicks to the chest, not realizing that Dream was hulking up. Dream hit Riddle with a big boot, tossed him out of the ring, then dove onto him with a double ax handle to the floor.

Back in the ring, Velveteen landed a Famouser, but Riddle kicked out of the pin. Velveteen went for the top rope, but saw Riddle stiring and opted for a kick instead. Unfortunately, Riddle caught it, trapping Dream in an ankle lock.

The instant Dream broke away from the hold, he hit a superkick, a Dream Valley Driver, and almost a Purple Rainmaker, but was caught again by Riddle. Velveteen broke the hold but was quickly snatched in a suplex from Riddle, who followed it with a Floating Bro (a moonsault / senton). And somehow, Dream mustered the strength to kick out once again.

A powerbomb and a knee to the face almost won the match for Riddle, and when it didn’t work, he trapped Dream in a Bromission, but Velveteen rolled backwards out of it, trapping Riddle in a pin and retaining his championship.

Riddle looked to be considering attacking Dream while he celebrated, but thought better of it, fist bumping The Dream before blowing a kiss to the crowd and leaving the champ the ring.

Winner: Velveteen Dream

Pete Dunne (c) vs. WALTER

United Kingdom Championship Match

Pete Dunne and WALTER sized each other up momentarily before springing into a test of strength. WALTER used his size to his advantage, but Dunne was able to fend him off with his crippling joint manipulation tactics.

Dunne thought he had gained control with a strike to WALTER, but it only seemed to make him angry, as he responded with a series of his devastating chops. The champ made a second attempt, this time with a clothesline, but again, it had almost no effect and only led to more punishment from WALTER.

Dunne had WALTER in a heel hook, but WALTER got away with a chop, responding with a Boston crab. The Bruiserweight powered out, and when WALTER went for his chops on the apron, Dunne caught one of his fingers, bending it unnaturally, though WALTER soon broke free and kicked Dunne to the floor.

WALTER was steamrolling Dunne, but The Bruiserweight finally got a second wind, dodging all of WALTER’s attacks before catching him with a kick to the side of the head. Dunne flipped onto WALTER outside of the ring, putting The Ring General out of action, but it wasn’t long before WALTER was back.

Pete Dunne gathered his strength, lifted WALTER from the top rope, and powerbombed him in the middle of the ring. WALTER rolled out, allowing Dunne to leap from the top rope, hitting a double stomp on the chest of WALTER.

Back in the ring, WALTER shifted the momentum back in his favor with a drop kick and a powerbomb, earning a near fall from his efforts. WALTER chopped Dunne, who responded with a slap to WALTER’s face, but it only got him another chop to the chest followed by a big boot.

Pete continued with his joint manipulation, but WALTER laid him out then stomped on his throat. Dunne stood on WALTER’s hands, attempting to shatter his greatest weapon, then made his way to the top rope, but WALTER caught up to him, suplexing him back to earth.

Dunne nearly broke the fingers on both of WALTER’s hands, then went for a crucifix pin, but could not keep WALTER down. A frustrated Dunne stomped the face of WALTER, who jerked him to the ground in a submission attempt, but Dunne caught him in a submission of his own, cranking WALTER’s shoulders while doing his best to break his fingers.

WALTER got his foot on the rope, breaking the hold, but the damage was done. Abandoning the use of his hands, WALTER attempted a splash from the top rope, but Dunne caught him, trapping him in another finger hold. WALTER fought free, however, immediately stomping Dunne’s head.

Unable to match the power of WALTER, Dunne resumed the use of joint manipulation, but WALTER caught him with a vicious lariat. Dunne miraculously got a clothesline, then a Bitter End, but WALTER kicked out of his finisher.

Dunne and WALTER resorted to dueling strikes, Dunne with forearms, WALTER with chops, until WALTER appeared to knock Dunne out with a kick to his face. WALTER climbed the ropes but was so exhausted that, by the time he made it to the top, Dunne had caught up with him.

The two struggled on the top rope until WALTER overpowered Dunne, hitting a massive powerbomb from the top rope, then ascending the ropes again, splashing onto Dunne to ensure his victory, and becoming the new United Kingdom Champion.

Winner: WALTER

Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair vs. Kairi Sane vs. Io Shirai

Fatal 4-Way NXT Women’s Championship Match

Moments after the bell, all four women tried their hand at a sudden victory. When none were successful, Io Shirai and Kairi Sane teamed up to overcome both Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler.

Left alone in the ring, the two locked horns in some friendly competition. Shayna and Bianca broke up the fun, however, when they each snatched one of the Sky Pirates from the ring.

Shayna stomped on Belair’s arm, doing her best to snap it, but Bianca wasn’t down for long. Outside of the ring, Shayna tried to use Bianca’s braid against her, but Bianca yanked it back, connecting Baszler’s head with one of the ring posts. Kairi Sane lept from the top rope onto Belair, following it up with an ax kick, then leading her straight into a dropkick from Shirai.

Shirai tried to climb the ropes, but Bianca grabbed her ankle, hampering the attack. On the second try, she successfully lept from the top rope, but Belair was prepared, catching her in mid-air.

Baszler had regained her strength at this point, coming back to the ring to put the boots to all three of her opponents. She and Belair climbed the ropes, but before either of them could overpower the other, The Sky Pirates powerbombed them both back into the ring.

Shirai gave Sane a lift, sending her soaring through the air onto Baszler and Belair before plunging into a dive of her own. Kairi Sane held Baszler at ringside, awaiting a second dive from Shirai, but Belair ambushed Shirai, and all four women got back in the ring.

Sane and Shirai teamed up again, this time on Bianca Belair, but their attack was blocked by Baszler, who slung Sane from the ring. Bianca then lifted Shirai above her head, threw her on top of Baszler and Sane on the floor, then forced Baszler back in the ring in pursuit of the championship.

Belair lifted Baszler for her elevated double chicken wing, but Baszler got out of it, locking in her Kirifuda Clutch. Bianca broke free and had Baszler pinned when Io Shirai intervened.

After taking Belair out of the equation, Shirai struck Baszler with a moonsault, gaining a near fall, but Kairi Sane broke up the pin – and the alliance with her fellow Sky Pirate.

Sane climbed the ropes, landing an Insane Elbow on the champ, and getting a near fall, but Io Shirai returned the favor, preventing Sane from capturing the victory.

A brawl broke out between Sane and Shirai, ending with a ferocious DDT from Sane. A distressed Kairi Sane climbed the ropes to finish her friend but was stopped by a hair whip from Bianca. Belair then lifted both Sky Pirates onto her shoulders, clobbering both with an impressive double KOD.

Belair was seconds from victory when she was caught from behind in a Kirifuda Clutch. Belair tried desperately to claw her way free, but eventually tapped to the submission.

Winner: Shayna Baszler

Johnny Gargano vs. Adam Cole

2-Out-Of-3 Falls NXT Championship Match

Both men took a minute before the match to allow the tension build to a boiling point. When they did lock up, Johnny Gargano went for an early fall by pressing Cole’s shoulders to the mat, but Cole broke free after a 1 count.

Gargano was gaining a little too much steam for Cole’s comfort, and he grounded Gargano, holding him in a chin lock until Johnny slipped out of his grip, and went for an attack of his own. Unfortunately, he missed, and Cole caught him in another submission.

The two went for a crossbody at the same time, slamming into each other in the middle of the ring, knocking the wind out of each other. Gargano came back with a suplex, then a spear, trying again for the first fall, but Cole kicked out.

Cole snapped Gargano backward from the second rope, pulling him into a backstabber. The two rolled then around the ring, exchanging near falls, but neither was able to hold the other down for 3.

Finally, Adam Cole nailed Gargano with a Last Shot, taking the first fall for himself.

A dazed Gargano struggled back to his feet while Cole waited patiently in the opposite corner. When Gargano got his legs beneath him, Cole floored him with a second Last Shot, looking for a quick second fall, but this time, Gargano kicked out.

On the apron, Cole forearmed Gargano, who responded with a spear, leveling Cole. Gargano then dove onto Cole from the top rope, furthering the damage.

A fireman’s carry neckbreaker from Cole resulted in a near fall, and when Cole didn’t achieve his desired result, he climbed the ropes, but Johnny followed him, hitting Ciampa’s Avalanche Air Raid Crash, but could not score a fall.

Gargano hit a disgusting DDT on the apron, nearly causing a double count-out, but Gargano jumped back in the ring to prevent it. He got back out, not wanting to take the count-out victory, which turned out to be a mistake. Cole drove his head into the ring post, then hammered him with punches in the ring.

Gargano came back with his Gargano Escape, Cole tapping out, making the score 1-1. The next fall would determine the winner.

With a renewed hatred in the eyes of both men, they launched furious attacks on each other, both desperate to become the new NXT Champion. Cole was the first to get a near fall, then drove an exhausted Gargano into the turnbuckle before going for a Panama’s Sunrise. Gargano grabbed Cole from the ropes and lawn darted him into the opposite turnbuckle, following it immediately with a Hurts Donut, but Cole persevered.

Cole and Gargano savagely threw punches and kicks, knocking each other onto the mat with matching superkicks to the head. Adam Cole got another superkick to the back of Gargano’s head, then a German suplex, but couldn’t put Gargano away.

With a smirk, Cole went for Ciampa’s Fairytale Ending, but Gargano escaped. Cole tried again for a Panama’s Sunrise, which Gargano dodged, catching Cole with a superkick to the head. Gargano reached for Cole to make the pin, but Cole had already rolled out of the ring.

Cole tore Gargano from the ring by his ankle, smashing Gargano’s back into the apron with a suplex. Gaining steam, Gargano hit a DDT, but instead of finishing Cole, was at last struck with Cole’s Panama’s Sunrise. Somehow, Gargano found the strength to kick out, infuriating Cole, who kicked Gargano out of the ring, resorting to slapping Gargano’s head while calling him a failure.

This was a bad idea, as it reinvigorated Gargano, who threw Cole into the announce table. However, when Gargano jumped onto the table to finish Cole off, he instead met a Fairytale Ending.

Cole got back in the ring, demanding that the referee begin the 10 count. Gargano slid into the ring at 9 and a half seconds, where Cole was waiting with a superkick. And still Gargano kicked out.

Gargano and Cole traded more superkicks, then Gargano went for his Gargano Escape, but Roderick Strong distracted him. While the referee’s attention was on Strong, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish attacked Gargano in the ring. The referee came back to find Cole pinning Gargano, but to Undisputed Era’s dismay, Gargano kicked out.

Adam Cole ran at Gargano, who catapulted him over the top rope onto the other three members of Undisputed Era. In a fit of rage, Gargano beat down all three Undisputed intruders and came back in the ring for Cole, where he was ambushed again by the Last Shot. AND STILL. He kicked out.

Gargano dug in the Gargano Escape, rolling back to the middle of the ring when Adam Cole tried to break free, and in the end, Cole was forced to tap out. The boyhood dream has come true; Johnny Gargano is the NXT Champion.

Gargano was, of course, instantly joined by his wife, Candice LeRae, and when the two made their way back to the stage after celebrating with Gargano’s family, Tommaso Ciampa appeared from the backstage area, pulling both Johnny and Candace into an emotional embrace to close out what was an incredible show.

Winner: Johnny Gargano

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