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NXT TakeOver WarGames 2019: Match Results, Review, and Analysis

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NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019, out of the Allstate Arena in Rosemont, Illinois, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below.

Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Angel Garza

Swerve and Garza wasted absolutely no time flying at each other, locking up in a test of strength the moment the bell rang. Or rather, a test of agility, as they barely touched at all in the opening exchange, each man expertly evading the other instead.

That is until they traded smacks to the face, at which point Swerve took the upper hand, wearing Garza down until Angel was able to fight him off with a toss to the corner. After tearing his pants off, Angel connected with a vicious superkick, gaining a near fall.

A reverse suplex followed by another dropkick earned Angel another two count, but it still wasn’t enough to put Swerve away. Swerve eventually got back on the offensive, slamming Garza down to the mat, but Garza came back with a powerbomb. Garza ascended the ropes, attempting to follow up, but Scott caught up with him, jerking him down and hitting a Death Valley Driver on the apron.

Back in the ring, Swerve hit his finishing kick, but Angel Garza kicked out. Swerve blocked a low blow attempt from Garza, but Angel was quick to follow up with a knee strike and his Wing Clipper finisher, taking the win.

Winner: Angel Garza

Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kay Lee Ray vs. Rhea Ripley, Bianca Belair, Tegan Nox, and Dakota Kai

Due to an attack during the pre-show, Mia Yim was not cleared to compete in the match and was, therefore, replaced by Dakota Kai, who was standing with the rest of Team Ripley as Yim was transported from the arena in an ambulance.

Candice LeRae and Io Shirai started the match, Io slapping Candice in the face with the bell, kicking off a vicious exchange between the two that ended with Candice attempting to throw Io down on the metal connector between rings but Io landing on her feet.

Io rolled into the second ring to escape Candice, catching Candice with a kick to the face when she tried to dive in after her. Shirai followed up with multiple 619 attacks and a knee strike in the corner and held the upper hand from here, picking Candice apart using every bit of the rings and cage available.

Bianca was next to enter the match, sprinting to the ring to level Candice with a standing shooting star press just as LeRae was beginning to gain some momentum. Belair and Shirai worked together to beat Candice down, who was at a 2-on-1 disadvantage until Rhea Ripley came into play.

Before jumping into the ring, however, Rhea grabbed every foreign object she could reach under the ring, throwing it all into the cage and leveling Bianca with a garbage can the second she stepped in.

Helping Candice set up four chairs in the middle of the ring, Rhea Ripley grabbed Bianca to throw her into them, but Io stopped them. At this point, it was time for Kay Lee Ray to enter the fray. She momentarily considered bringing a table into the ring, but decided against it, opting for the use of steel chairs instead.

Kay Lee Ray came into the cage guns blazing, beating down Rhea and Candice with a chair before laying Rhea onto the chairs set up previously, but Candice prevented it. Ray took apart the chair creation before helping her teammates in pulling Candice from the top rope, but Rhea Ripley beat them to it, throwing everyone but Bianca down in a tower of doom onto the chairs.

Dakota Kai left the shark cage, but before making her way to the ring, turned back and demolished Tegan Nox, ripping her knee brace off and hitting William Regal with it when he tried to break up the attack. Officials did their best to escort Dakota backstage, but she broke free, pummeling Tegan some more while Shayna Baszler watched from the opposite shark cage with glee.

Finally, it was Shayna Baszler’s turn to enter the match, and she took her sweet time walking to the ring, as she knew the odds were very much in her team’s favor with the 4-on-2 advantage.

Rhea Ripley tried to take a stand against the attackers, fighting off Bianca and Kay Lee Ray, but Shayna Baszler brought her down. Knowing they would have to pull off a miracle to take the win, Candice and Rhea launched themselves at their opponents, each taking on two at once, with the weapons available.

Candice and Rhea actually began to wear down the four members of the opposing team, Rhea Ripley trapping Io Shirai in a submission in one corner, but Shayna Baszler caught Candice in the Kirafuda Clutch in the other and Kay Lee Ray kicked Rhea in the head, breaking her hold.

Io nearly took the win over Candice with a moonsault, but Rhea Ripley and Kay Lee Ray fell onto them, breaking the pin. After Bianca Belair beat Rhea Ripley down with her braid, Candice LeRae climbed the ropes looking for an aerial attack. Kay Lee Ray caught up to her, but it backfired, as Candice sent her flying in a poisonrana.

Candice and Bianca brawled in the ring as Io Shirai stood on top of the cage, moonsaulting all the way to the mat onto both women. Rhea flattened an attacking Kay Lee Ray with a trashcan but was instantly caught in a Kirafuda Clutch.

Rhea appeared to begin to lose consciousness but was just luring Shayna into a false sense of security as she handcuffed herself to the champ. Shayna realized what had happened a second too late and Rhea Ripley put her through two steel chairs with a Riptide, winning the match for her team.

Winner: Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae

Damian Priest vs. Killian Dain vs. Pete Dunne

Winner Faces Adam Cole at Survivor Series

Familiar with each other’s offense, the three men evaded each other at the start of the match, Pete Dunne ultimately rolling out of the ring and leaving Killian Dain to take a gnarly strike from Damian Priest.

And it was all Priest from here, Damian laying out both Dunne and Dain. Pete tried to cut him off and was caught in a Razor’s Edge, but Killian Dain stopped the attack, taking Dunne out himself before turning on Priest.

Killian Dain began tearing Damian apart at ringside, dropping both Dunne and Priest when Pete attempted to bring Dain down. Back in the ring, Dunne took control with a little inadvertent assistance from Damian Priest. The Bruiserweight fought to lock in an armbar on Damian Priest, but Killian Dain jumped in to help Priest powerbomb Dunne, forcing the former champion to roll out of the way to regroup.

Priest and Dain beat each other down until Dunne came into the fray in an effort to take advantage of the situation, but was again fought off by both Priest and Dain. The three hit each other with simultaneous kicks that left all of them laid out in the ring.

Damian Priest caught Pete Dunne with his South of Heaven finisher, throwing Dunne out of the ring when he powered out of the pin. Outside of the ring, Damian Priest threw Dunne into the announce table with a Razor’s Edge before being put through the barricade himself with a cannonball from Killian Dain.

Dain and Priest brought the struggle into the ring, Damian Priest catching Dain with an impressive Razor’s Edge that may have won him the match had Pete Dunne not broken the pin.

Damian Priest escaped an attack from Dunne by diving onto Killian Dain at ringside, which only benefitted Dunne when he dove onto both Dain and Priest moments later.

An exchange between Pete and Damian led to an armbar from Dunne but Daine broke it before Damian could tap, hitting both men with a cannonball soon after. Killian Dain connected with a Vader Bomb on Damien Priest, but Pete Dunne prevented the finish with a moonsault, following up with a Bitter End on Killian.

Damian Priest broke the pin this time, sending Pete Dunne soaring into Killian with a hurricanrana before hitting Pete with his Reckoning finisher. After throwing Priest to ringside with a dropkick, Killian Dain climbed the ropes, but Pete Dunne caught up with him. Soon all three men were on the top rope, where Pete Dunne attacked Priest’s fingers before hitting Dain with a superplex.

Pete Dunne connected with a Bitter End on Damian then locked him in a submission, which Killian tried to break by landing on Priest, but this attack backfired, as Dunne took the pin for himself and became No. 1 Contender.

Winner: Pete Dunne

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Matt Riddle vs. Finn Bálor

Matt Riddle attempted to get the early advantage by grounding Bálor, who managed to fight him off at first, but the two were soon both on the mat in a test of strength.

From here it was Finn Bálor’s turn to take Riddle down, leveling him with a dropkick when he escaped the hold. And Bálor only became more vicious, throwing Riddle out of the ring and following with a disgusting kick to the face before smashing Riddle repeatedly into the apron.

Matt Riddle came back into the match with his signature lightning-fast series of strikes, throwing knees and kicks to Bálor once he was down. Riddle caught Bálor mid-attack with a kick to the head, but Bálor blocked his subsequent attempts at high-impact attacks, responding with a dropkick that sent Matt crashing to the mat.

Riddle hit a suplex and followed up with his ripcord knee strike, but Bálor came back with a double stomp/slingblade combo. Before Bálor could continue, however, he was bulldozed by a spear from Riddle, who hit a Jackhammer immediately after.

To Riddle’s horror, Finn Bálor powered out of the pin, escaping a piledriver attempt and transitioning into a 1916. Matt Riddle hit his Bro to Sleep, following with a Floating Bro, but Bálor got his knees up at the last second. Bálor climbed the ropes for his Coup de Grace finisher, but it was Riddle’s turn to evade.

Riddle and Bálor struggled on the mat, Riddle catching Bálor with a kick to the face, but without missing a beat, Bálor struck with another 1916, winning the match.

Winner: Finn Bálor

The Undisputed Era vs. Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, Tommaso Ciampa, and Kevin Owens

Roderick Strong and Tommaso Ciampa started the match for their respective teams. Ciampa brought his crutch along with him, but Roddy threw it out of the cage before they locked the door.

Strong clearly thought this would work in his favor, but it wasn’t long before Tommaso Ciampa had the upper hand anyway, raining down strikes on Roderick in the corner. Roderick Strong responded with a similar attack and the two broke into a striking exchange in the middle of the ring until Kyle O’Reilly came into the match to shift the momentum.

As expected, Kyle went straight for Tommaso Ciampa, wearing him down alone until Roderick Strong had pulled himself together and joined in the attack. Dominik Dijakovic was next into the match, sprinting down to the ring, ducking a kick from Kyle O’Reilly and flattening Roderick Strong.

Tommaso Ciampa needed time after the 2-on-1 attack he had endured, but Dijak was just fine on his own, using Kyle and Roderick as weapons against each other before throwing them into opposite sides of the cage and helping Tommaso to his feet.

Tommaso and Dominik laid into Kyle and Roddy until Bobby Fish joined the match, firing off kicks to Tommaso before bringing Dijakovic down with forearms. In true Undisputed fashion, Kyle, Roddy, and Bobby ganged up on Tommaso and Dijak, using their numbers advantage to overcome the size disadvantage, something which they have had plenty of practice doing.

When Keith Lee ran down, however, things went downhill quickly for The Era, as Keith demolished all three men, knowing exactly how to use his power to his advantage. With the numbers even, chaos broke out, all 6 men brawling between the rings, trying to gain control of the action.

Finally, Adam Cole sprang into the match, pulling table after table from beneath the ring, throwing most of them into the rings, but propping one against the barricade, surely setting up for a future death-defying stunt.

And we didn’t have to wait long to get it. Adam Cole moved to step into the ring and Tommaso Ciampa shoved him backward through the table before throwing the champ inside the cage.

Tommaso, Keith, and Dominik closed in on Undisputed Era, who, despite the numbers advantage, were clearly concerned by the strength of their opponents. The 7 men brawled in the ring and Undisputed Era came out on top, but it was time for the eighth man to come into the match.

For a moment, it appeared there may not have been a fourth member of Team Ciampa, but then Kevin Owens made his entrance, laying waste to the entire Undisputed Era before turning on Adam Cole.

Cole tried to convince Kevin Owens to join The Era, and Owens pretended to try the UE hand symbol but instead told Cole to suck it, taking him out with a Stunner.

Tommaso, Dominik, and Keith wore down Bobby, Roddy, and Kyle, but Adam Cole had the upper hand over Kevin Owens. The fight continued until Keith Lee flattened everyone with a dive from the top rope. While Keith was down, however, Kyle O’Reilly dove onto him, locking in a submission as soon as he landed.

Dominik saved his partner with a moonsault and sparked a flurry of finishers from everyone in the cage that ended with Adam Cole standing alone. He climbed the ropes, and Lee caught him with a headbutt but was soon thrown down to the mat by Roderick Strong.

Dijakovic saved him a second time, this time receiving a High/Low from Bobby and Kyle, who in turn caught a charging Kevin Owens and were thrown into the cage.

Adam Cole and Kevin Owens struggled on the metal strip between the rings, Cole taking control with a Panama Sunrise while Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong set up tables nearby. Kyle was the one to hit the tables first thanks to a backbreaker from Ciampa, but there were still two near the corner that would soon come into play.

The two team captains climbed their way up to the top of the cage while their teammates brawled in the rings. Dominik Dijakovic leveled Roderick Strong with a chokeslam, shattering a table, Kevin Owens frog splashed Kyle O’Reilly through a second, and Keith Lee powerbombed Bobby Fish through a third.

Everyone down for the count, Tommaso Ciampa lifted Adam Cole and the two flew from the top of the cage backward through the tables left standing. Both Tommaso and Adam were out, but Tommaso was the one to land on top, so the win went to Team Ciampa.

Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, Kevin Owens, Keith Lee, and Dominik Dijakovic

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