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WWE NXT results: Pete Dunne vs. Kyle O'Reilly UK title match

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Pete Dunne defended the WWE United Kingdom Championship against Kyle O’Reilly in a war of attrition on the go-home show ahead of TakeOver: Chicago. Besides the great UK title match, episode #453 of NXT also featured hard-sell segments building to the special event this weekend. Also, a few matches were made official for the next episode.

The go-home show opened with a squash match that set up a tag team match for next week.

War Raiders defeated Ricky Martinez & Justin Storm

Hanson pinned Martinez after an assisted guillotine leg drop. Storm was the first victim. They dispatched him, and Rowe dared Martinez to tag in. He did so, much to the detriment of his well-being. Storm tried to make a save, but he got mauled again. War Raiders then finished off Martinez for the pinfall.

Following the match, War Raiders sent a message to TM61. Hanson and Rowe cut a promo using a callback to TM61 referring to themselves as “the mighty” on the previous episode.

“They call themselves the mighty,” Hanson exclaimed. “We’ll show you mighty,” Rowe concluded.

War Raiders then preyed on Storm when Rowe threw him into the air. Hanson caught Storm to deliver a powerslam. War Raiders meet TM61 in a match on the next episode.

Backstage, the Undisputed Era were talking while a camera crew stalked them like the paparazzi. Cole blocked the camera and yelled at them to back away.

A great video package hyped the Chicago Street Fight between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa. Video clips illustrated the ongoing feud as sit-down interviews explained the rivalry.

EC3 defeated Kassius Ohno

EC3 pinned Ohno after delivering the One Percent. Ohno gained an early advantage. EC3 powdered out -- only for Ohno to chop him down. EC3 cut off Ohno by getting his knees up on an attempted senton. EC3 began to work over Ohno and locked in the dreaded nerve hold.

Ohno fired up with strikes and kicks. A series of sentons by Ohno led into the finish with Ohno looking strong. However, EC3 cut him off and and delivered his finisher -- which is basically Marc Mero’s TKO.

Bianca Belair defeated Aliyah

Belair pinned Aliyah after delivering a torture rack into a modified falcon arrow. Aliyah was showboating at the outset when Belair mowed her down. She maintained the aggression and quickly dashed a hope spot from Aliyah. Belair did a deadlift press slam into a snake eyes to set up her finisher.

Another great video package with sit-down interviews and footage spliced together hyped the NXT Women’s Championship match at TakeOver where Shayna Baszler defends against Nikki Cross.

Dakota Kai was backstage cutting a generic promo about her loss against Baszler. Kai apparently thinks she did well and could win a rematch. Bless her heart. Belair interrupted. They argued, and Kai challenged her to a match on the next episode.

WWE United Kingdom Champion Pete Dunne defeated Kyle O’Reilly to retain his title

Dunne pinned O’Reilly with the Bitter End in a great match. They started off with grappling. Dunne was able to gain the upper hand before he hit O’Reilly with a lariat. Mauro Ranallo on commentary described the clothesline as being “vicious.” He was not wrong.

The fight spilled outside, where Dunne suplexed O’Reilly on the apron. Back in the ring, Dunne began to pick apart O’Reilly. Dunne had his thigh taped. O’Reilly targeted the injury when he made a comeback with series of kicks.

O’Reilly kept targeting the leg -- only to soon get cut off by Dunne. O’Reilly took a sit-out powerbomb. During the subsequent near fall, O’Reilly countered into a triangle. Moments later, O’Reilly delivered a penalty kick for his own near fall. A brainbuster by O’Reilly also only got a two count.

An exchange of fighting spirit led into them exchanging submissions. Dunne locked in an armbar, but O’Reilly countered with an ankle lock. A double down turned into both firing up with an incredible flurry of offense. That flurry ended with another double down as the crowd came alive.

O’Reilly rained down forearms and looked to finish off Dunne. He took out Dunne’s mouthpiece to inflict more damage with his strikes. That momentary pause in offense allowed Dunne to snap O’Reilly’s fingers. Dunned then delivered the Bitter End for the pin.

Adam Cole and Roderick Strong ran in afterwards to attack Dunne. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan ran down to make the save. A brawl ensued.

Burch and Lorcan got the better of the NXT Tag Team Champions ahead of their title match at TakeOver.

The closing segment began with an in-ring promo by NXT Champion Aleister Black. The champ was cutting a promo using a lot of buzzwords like “fade to black.” Lars Sullivan marched to the ring to confront Black.

Sullivan mauled him and delivered the Freak Accident three times. Sullivan then carried his prey to the announce table and dumped Black on the desk. Sullivan stood atop the table holding the NXT Championship overhead as the show faded to black.