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WWE NXT results: Dream vs. Sullivan, Gargano explains his actions

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Velveteen Dream trying to slay the monster known as Lars Sullivan headlined episode #478 of NXT. The show also featured more build-up ahead of TakeOver: WarGames.

The show opened with a tag match pitting hoss teams against each other.

Heavy Machinery (Otis Dozovic & Tucker Knight) defeated The Forgotten Sons (Steve Cutler & Wesley Blake w/ Jaxson Ryker)

Dozovic pinned Knight with a powerslam for Heavy Machinery to win the match. Heavy Machinery were dominating early by utilizing power moves. Dozovic did the worm into an elbow drop. The Sons shifted the momentum when they targeted an arm. They worked over the arm of Dozovic until he countered with a deadlift powerbomb.

Knight cleaned house after a hot tag. A senton off the top by Knight got a two count. They traded near falls with Cutler dropping a flying elbow. The Sons also executed a combo of a superplex and a splash. Leading into the finish, Knight shoved Cutler off the top rope. Dozovic then hoisted Blake for a powerslam to score the pinfall.

Candice LeRae said she was feeling “exploited” having to answer questions about her husband Johnny Gargano. Instead of answering questions, LeRae demanded a match with Nikki Cross.

Cathy Kelley was interviewing NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler when William Regal interrupted them. Flanked by Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir, Baszler bickered with Regal. He informed her that she would defend her title against Kairi Sane at TakeOver: WarGames in Los Angeles.

Dakota Kai defeated Taynara Conti

Kai pinned Conti after using the Kairopractor. They threw a lot of kicks at each other. Conti got heat on Kai as she worked an arm. Kai made a comeback to set up her finisher -- which is a Code Red combined with a modified backstabber.

Bianca Belair interrupted a Cathy Kelley interview with Mia Yim. Belair smacked her gum as she talked trash to Yim. Belair mentioned she was still “un-de-feat-ed." Yim scoffed and said Belair has yet to meet the HBIC -- Head Baddie In Charge. Belair seemed unimpressed.

Matt Riddle was backstage hanging out with Keith Lee. Kassius Ohno was a prick to them, but Riddle and Lee tried not to let that get them down.

A featurette hyped the WarGames match as TakeOver approaches.

Johnny Gargano broke his silence in a promo recorded on his cell phone. He went back to the scene of the attack on Aleister Black. Gargano was retracing his steps in explaining his actions. Gargano claimed he was trying to right a wrong by being the person to defeat Tommaso Ciampa for the NXT Championship. Gargano went on to say the attack on Black was just collateral damage.

Gargano still thinks he is the good guy in this scenario. He is still the same guy fighting for what is right. Gargano said sometimes “around here” he has to fight dirty. He is not afraid of Black. Gargano said he is getting comfortable living in the dark. He is embracing the darkness before finishing Black at TakeOver.

Lars Sullivan defeated Velveteen Dream

Sullivan pinned Dream after a distraction by Ciampa. As the monster heel, Sullivan dominated the match. Dream fought valiantly, and he even got to shine by laying out Ciampa after the match.

Sullivan mauled Dream from the outset. A knee strike from Dream sent Sullivan to the outside. Dream followed with a slingshot dive to the floor. Sullivan crashed into the ring steps, but the monster still rose to his feet. Sullivan guzzled Dream, and then he suplexed him onto the edge of the ring apron.

Sullivan took his mauling offense back into the ring. He bieled Dream out of the corner. Sullivan applied a nerve hold -- breaking only to dash a hope spot with a vicious lariat. Dream took a Harley Race bump and sailed over the ropes to the floor.

Dream found himself trapped again in a nerve hold. He eventually made a comeback that staggered Sullivan. Teetering and swaying, Sullivan finally left his feet when hit with a shotgun dropkick. Dream followed with a missile dropkick for a near fall.

The monster awoke to deliver a pop-up powerslam for a two count. After being crotched, Sullivan missed a diving headbutt a moment later. Dream sidestepped a charge and Sullivan posted himself.

Dream was climbing to the top rope when NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa suddenly stormed out to ringside. Dream leapt off the turnbuckle to deliver a double ax handle on Ciampa. That distraction allowed for Sullivan to regroup. Sullivan caught Dream to give him the Freak Accident for a pinfall.

Ciampa attacked and berated Dream after the match. Dream fired up with a superkick, and then he gave Ciampa a Cross Rhodes DDT on the NXT Championship belt. Referees poured into the ring to break up the melee. As the crowd chanted “let them fight,” Dream rushed back to the ring. He jumped off the top rope with a flying elbow drop on Ciampa. Dream paraded around holding the NXT title belt in the scene that closed the show.