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NXT TakeOver Portland live results: Adam Cole vs. Tommaso Ciampa


Preview by Joseph Currier

Tommaso Ciampa will challenge for the title that he never lost as NXT TakeOver: Portland takes place at the Moda Center tonight.

Adam Cole will defend his NXT Championship against Ciampa at the show. Ciampa was forced to vacate the title after undergoing neck surgery last March, and he's been focused on Cole since returning in October.

Three other title matches are also set for tonight. Bianca Belair will challenge Rhea Ripley for the NXT Women's Championship. The winner of that match will potentially have a title defense against Charlotte Flair at WrestleMania 36.

After winning the title from Roderick Strong last month, Keith Lee will put his NXT North American Championship on the line against Dominik Dijakovic. Dusty Classic winners Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne will also challenge Undisputed Era's Kyle O'Reilly & Bobby Fish for the NXT Tag Team titles.

Two grudge matches round out tonight's card. Johnny Gargano will take on Finn Balor, and Tegan Nox faces Dakota Kai in a street fight.

Tonight's pre-show begins at 6:30 p.m. Eastern time. The main card starts a half hour later.


The pre-show opened with the panel of hosts welcoming us to the show. Charly Caruso was joined by Sam Roberts and Mansoor on the panel. Roberts immediately heeled on the town as he insulted the fans of Portland. Mansoor and Roberts would go on to bicker with each other as they ran down the card.

The live crowd booed Roberts any time her began to speak, and they cheered Mansoor upon his retort.

Recording artist Poppy -- and what was described as her zombie band -- arrived to the building in black SUVs. Poppy wore her gear to the building so she is ready. Always bring your gear. That's a veteran move. She and her band are performing a song on the show later on.

Doing things a little different than most WWE telecasts, the introductions of the commentary team was shown on the air just minutes before the main card was set to begin.

The show opened with a canned intro, and then Poppy performed "Fill the Crown" from her new studio album titled I Disagree.

The opener is a hoss match.

NXT North American Champion Keith Lee defeated Dominik Dijakovic to retain his title

Lee pinned Dijakovic after the Big Bang Catastrophe. This was a fantastic opener. The bar is set very high from the start.

Dijakovic wore to the ring a hooded sweatshirt with a tribute to Kobe and Gigi Bryant. Nigel McGuinness got in a reference to legendary late Portland promoter Don Owen saying he would have loved this match.

The crowd seemed hot from the start. They marveled at the spots early on as the big bulls locked horns. Lee with a hurricanrana popped the crowd first, and then they ran through a series of spots that popped them even more.

Dijakovic went for a dive, but Lee caught him to attempt a powerbomb. Dijakovic escaped and a moment later he suplexed Lee on the apron. Lee went on to sell as Dijakovic worked him over in the ring.

Lee powered out of an attempted suplex. He struck down Dijakovic and got a two count on a release German suplex. 

Dijakovic fought back with a cyclone kick and a corkscrew moonsault. They continued to trade strikes in a fighting spirit exchange. They threw a ton of lariats at each other. Both went down to a knee, and both rose back to their feet still locked in combat.

Dijakovic with an avalanche Death Valley Driver off the top rope, and the crowd came unglued. Lee with a pounce sent Dijakovic flying into a corner, which looked to turn the tide.

They were brawling near the announce desks. The crowd was chanting "we want tables" when Lee shushed them. They arena went silent so that Lee's chops on Dijakovic could echo through the building.

Dijakovic with a superkick sent Lee into a seated announce chair. Dijakovic then did a springboard senton off the top rope onto Lee in the chair at ringside. Dijakovic looked to finish Lee, but Lee would fight back.

Lee took a chokeslam, and got up. Dijakovic twice took a Spirit Bomb, and kicked out both times.

Dijakovic with a Spanish Fly off the top for a close near fall. He went for his finisher, but his back gave out. Lee then executed his finisher -- which is a fireman's carry into a jackhammer that is now called the Big Bang Catastrophe. 

Not sure if this was a blow off to their feud, but it sure seemed like it. Great way to go out, and they shook hands in a show of respect after the match.

Dakota Kai defeated Tegan Nox in a street fight

Kai pinned Nox after interference from Raquel Gonzalez. This was a wild brawl from the start and stiff as hell. Great weapons brawl that would fit on any ECW card in the 1990s. 

Kai in a sneak attack jumped Nox during her enrtance. They brawled to the ring and the weapons came out early on from underneath the ring. Trash cans, lids, tables, chairs, a cricket bat, and more would be used as they fought in and out of the ring.

They took some crazy bumps in this match. Kai took a German suplex onto a trash can that looked particularly nasty.

Nox with a chokeslam off the top in honor of Kane, and then she did a Molly Go Round in honor of Molly Holly.

Kai fired up on Nox, and she kicked a chair in the face of Nox. Kai duck taped Nox to the ring post, and then measured her for several kicks. Nox blocked one attempt, and then targeted the knee brace on Kai. She hit her in the leg with a lap top.

Nox then got  chain from underneath the ring, and used it on the knee. Nox took a chair and Pillmanized the leg. She delivered a Shining Wizard, and then Nox set up a table in the ring.

Nox laid Kai on the table and put her neck in a chair, and she teased jumping off the top on to the table. Suddenly, Raquel Gonzalez ran in to attack Nox. Gonzalez threw Nox backwards off the top on to the table -- which didn't break. Kai rolled over to cover Nox for the pinfall.

Finn Balor defeated Johnny Gargano

Balor pinned Gargano in one helluva great match. Balor won clean and looked like a contender in doing so. Gargano is such a great babyface. Probably the best in NXT history no less.

The crowd was electric for this from start. The grappled in the early moments doing some great exchanges as Balor heeled and taunted Gargano. Balor displayed a great mean streak.

Balor began to work over Gargano as he shined me up for a comeback where Gargano speared Balor on the apron. Later on Gargano would take a sling blade on the floor.

Balor soon cut off Gargano and grounded him again. Gargano got trapped on the top rope where Balor executed a dragon screw. Balor then targeted the leg of Gargano.

As Balor continued to work the leg and knee, Gargano created some distance at one point for a hope spot with a small package. Balor went back to working the leg as he tied Gargano in a leglock.

Gargano fought back with step-up enzuigiri, a roundhouse kick and a lariat. Gargano went for a tope through the ropes, but Balor caught him. Balor teased going for the 1916 on the floor -- which previously injured Gargano months ago. 

Gargano with a somersault senton off the apron.

Gargano sent Balor into the ring steps to block the move. Gargano with a slingshot spear as he began a comeback. Balor soon cut him off -- but not for long. They traded big moves down the stretch. 

There was a double down after a DDT. They were trading strikes when both hit the same high kick. Gargano then avoided a double stomp to deliver a slingshot DDT for a near fall.