The Big News: Andrade “Cien” Almas laid out Drew McIntyre in the closing segment, possibly injuring the champ's knee going into their title match.
The Medium News: In a match that will be filmed before TakeOver, Johnny Gargano will challenge for Pete Dunne's WWE United Kingdom Championship on next week's episode.
The Little Beaver-sized News: The Street Profits continued their undefeated streak, ending Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss' winning streak at one.
I am back from Australia! The trip was amazing and I wish I didn't have to come home. I want to thank Paul Fontaine and Dave Bath for the excellent job they both did at filling in for me the last two weeks. Let's see if I remember how to do this.
The Street Profits defeated Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
It was Solo Cup time as The Street Profits kicked things off this week. Their foes this week are Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss. While I was away, these four men had a confrontation in front of Sabbatelli & Moss' Maserati, so that leads to this bout.
This was The Street Profits' first non-squash match since their push began, and they were running wild until Moss distracted Montez Ford, giving the heels the advantage. Angelo Dawkins got the hot tag, which woke the crowd back up momentarily until he missed a corner splash, but Dawkins hit a forearm out of nowhere to pick up the win with a pin on Moss.
I don't know if this match was heavily edited, but that finish really did come out of nowhere.
We had a video package for the upcoming Aleister Black-Velveteen Dream match.
Lars Sullivan defeated Raul Mendoza
This Saturday at NXT TakeOver: War Games, Kassius Ohno has a death wish as he goes one-on-one with the undefeated (in singles competition) Lars Sullivan. Mendoza cut a really good promo two months ago and has yet to be given promo time (or a win) since.
Mendoza lit Sullivan up with kicks early on and came off the top rope with a move, but Sullivan used the Vladimir Kozlov headbutt to the chest to cut him off. Sullivan squashed Mendoza with two corner splashes and then hit a powerslam before finishing him off with The Freak Accident.
Not only does the winning streak continue, but so does Sullivan's streak of not being taken off his feet by his opponent.
After the match, Sullivan grabbed Mendoza for more punishment, but Ohno jogged to the ring. Sullivan laughed at Ohno and walked away.
William Regal was making jokes with the cameraman when Johnny Gargano came into his office and said to not give up on him. Mr. Regal told him that he'll challenge Pete Dunne for the UK title next week.
The video package for War Games aired next.
Ember Moon defeated Mercedes Martinez
Two weeks ago, Martinez declared that Moon would not win the Women's title at TakeOver. Not sure how she arrived at this conclusion, but Moon took offense and here we are.
This was a more competitive match than perhaps you would expect since Moon is three days away from challenging for the title. Martinez caved in Moon's chest with a chop that reverberated from Orlando to Ontario and then broke out a combo Eddie Guerrero/Davey Boy Smith tribute with a Three Amigos where the last suplex was a delayed vertical.
Moon made her comeback, hitting a beautiful suicide dive outside the ring, but Martinez cut her off when she went for The Eclipse and hit a running Diamond Cutter from the top rope. A minute later, Moon fought back and finally hit The Eclipse for the win.
Nikki Cross, Peyton Royce, and Kairi Sane all came out to stare at each other after the match.
Live on the WWE Network this Saturday night, it is NXT TakeOver: War Games, featuring:
- The Undisputed Era vs. SAnitY vs. Roderick Strong & The Authors of Pain in the first-ever WWE War Games match
- Kairi Sane vs. Peyton Royce vs. Ember Moon vs. Nikki Cross for the vacant NXT Women's Championship
- NXT Champion Drew McIntyre defending against Andrade "Cien" Almas
- Aleister Black vs. Velveteen Dream
- Kassius Ohno vs. Lars Sullivan
Also, next week on NXT:
- WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defending against Johnny Gargano
- Sonya Deville vs. Ruby Riot
- At least five lengthy video packages recapping every single moment of TakeOver, along with post-match interviews
The main event segment of the show saw NXT Champion Drew McIntyre come out for a promo building up his title match this Saturday night. McIntyre gave Andrade "Cien" Almas and Zelina Vega credit for Vega's plan working, but now they're in trouble because reality is setting in that Almas has to face him.
Vega has been rambling on about success and about mountains, but Almas will find out soon enough that McIntyre is the bloody mountain. McIntyre invited Almas out to face him like a man to prove something, not to McIntyre or Vega, but to himself. He dared Almas to come out and face him like a man...unless Vega isn't going to let him off the leash.
Out came Almas and it...was...on! McIntyre got the best of him until Vega dove off the top rope. McIntyre caught Vega and looked befuddled before Almas clipped his knee from behind. Almas stomped away at McIntyre's knee as Vega dropped the championship onto McIntyre's prone body.
Is Andrade "Cien" Almas our next NXT Champion? There's only one way to find out, and that's to check out NXT TakeOver: War Games this Saturday night. Until then, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!