The Big News: Shayna Baszler once again dominated Ember Moon, but once again Moon left with the Women's title. This time, however, Baszler won via disqualification when Kairi Sane ran in for the save as Baszler was about to permanently injure the champ.
The Medium News: Pete Dunne retained the United Kingdom Championship, beating Roderick Strong in an excellent match.
The Little Beaver-sized News: Aleister Black and Killian Dain are headed for a collision as both want a match with Andrade "Cien" Almas.
WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defeated Roderick Strong to retain his title
They wrestled for 30 seconds and immediately went to commercial, which is amazingly early for the show. Dunne placed Strong's fingers on the steps outside, but instead of stomping on them, he stomped on the elbow of Strong. He went for this a second time, but Strong moved, hoisted Dunne, and dropped him with a backbreaker on the ring steps.
Strong went for a superplex, but Dunne struck him in the face, dropping him to the floor. As Strong tried to get back in the ring, Dunne dove off the top with a stomp to Strong's arm! Seconds later, however, Strong shook it off and gave a back suplex to Dunne on the ring apron, which is the hardest part of the ring.
Dunne used a Falcon Arrow into an armbar that Strong was able to get out of. Strong tried to use a backbreaker, but his arm gave out on him. Dunne got on a triangle choke, but when Strong couldn't stack him up, he carried him to the middle rope and catapulted him throat-first into the top rope.
They traded their high-impact moves, with Dunne using an Ex-Plex and Strong using the Tiger Driver. Strong went for the Strong Hold, but Dunne wrenched his fingers and then retained the title with the Bitter End.
Excellent match to kick off the show.
A video package aired building up the Andrade “Cien” Almas vs. Johnny Gargano NXT Championship match next week. It's Almas' title vs Gargano's NXT career. They keep building up that Gargano can't beat Almas, which could indicate a title change.
Earlier today, Velveteen Dream was ambushed by reporters. He said he will beat No Way Jose next week and called out Tyler Bate.
Aleister Black came out for a promo. I could swear they said he'd be in action. Anyway, Black said there is a devil on his back and that devil is driving him. That devil is the NXT Championship.
Before he could continue, he was cut off by SAnitY's music. Killian Dain meandered out and told Black that the devil isn't on his back, Dain is. Dain won't stop until the NXT title belt is around his waist. People in the crowd made comments about how the belt probably wouldn't fit around Dain. Anyway, Dain said he will put chaos in Black's path.
Black said Dain crossed him and now must fade to black.
TM61 defeated John Skyler & Andrew Duckworth
TM61 have one more sign than they used to in the crowd, but they got a lot weaker reaction coming out than they did for their return match a month ago. Skyler & Duckworth got brief heat on Shane Thorne, but that was set up for Nick Miller to make a quick comeback. They picked up the win with Greetings From Thunder Valley.
Shayna Baszler defeated NXT Women's Champion Ember Moon by DQ
I really enjoyed their first match back at TakeOver: Philadelphia, where Baszler worked an armbar for five minutes. How will this compare?
Moon exploded at the bell and kept putting herself into situations where she almost got caught with an armbar, but she kept just getting out of it. Moon went for The Eclipse, but Baszler rolled out of the ring. Moon glared at her and instead hit a suicide dive. Unfortunately for the champ, Moon slammed her injured arm on the announce table.
Moon was now at the mercy of the merciless Baszler. Baszler used a double wristlock and began going for the armbar. Moon stacked her up like at TakeOver, but Baszler kicked out. No one reacted because I don't think anyone bought it as a finish twice.
Moon went shoulder-first into the ring post and tumbled out of the ring, onto and down the ring steps. Baszler followed her outside the ring and ripped at Moon's arm in the guardrails. After shoving the referee out of the way, Kairi Sane ran down and attacked Baszler for the disqualification.
Sane got the best of Baszler. Baszler turned to leave and then tried a surprise attack, but Sane was smart to it and knocked her down again. Baszler finally left and was announced as the winner while Moon sold the shoulder as death.
That does it for this week. Next week, it's Almas vs Gargano part IV. Until then, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!