As NXT Takeover War Games quickly approaches, Andrade Cien Almas and NXT Champion Drew McIntyre met face-to-face ahead of their huge NXT Championship Match. Plus, Ember Moon, Lars Sullivan and Street Profits were all in action.
Street Profits defeated Riddick Moss & Tino Sabbatelli. Grade: C- The Street Profits have quickly become my favourite tag team in the WWE but this was perhaps the flattest they have been; perhaps this is due to it being the end of the set of NXT tapings but this match never really got going; the heels dominated early but Street Profits made the comeback for an underwhelming win.
Lars Sullivan defeated Raul Mendoza. Grade: B- Another good squash match win for Sullivan who is being built very strong in NXT. Kassius Ohno confronted Sullivan post-match preventing a post-match beatdown. I almost forgot that this match was even on the card for Takeover War Games; Sullivan still has lots of work to do to feel big enough for a quality Takeover match and Kassius Ohno is as flat as ever; hopefully they make me eat those words at War Games.
Video packages are played hyping up Aleister Black vs Velveteen Dream as well as the War Games match; these were good as they always are but more could have been done surely on the go-home show. Perhaps the events of last week would have been better suited this week.
General Manager William Regal announces that next week Pete Dunne will defend the United Kingdom Championship against Johnny Gargano; this will be a dark match at Takeover War Games and should be an incredible match! This one is a must see.
Ember Moon defeated Mercedes Martinez. Grade: B- A rather good match here with Ember Moon picking up a hard-fought victory ahead of Takeover War Games but Mercedes Martinez was particularly impressive here and the commentators did well to reinforce that. Peyton Royce, Nikki Cross & Kairi Sane came out after the match all signalling their intentions to be the next NXT Women’s Champion. This match is so wide open at Takeover, both Ember Moon & Nikki Cross are arguably overdue for a title run, you cannot go wrong with Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane, and don’t count out Peyton Royce with the help of the Iconic Duo either.
Drew McIntyre & Andrade Cien Almas meet face-to-face. Grade: A- This was quick, effective, and achieved a lot in a short time. McIntyre cut a good promo before calling out Almas before Almas made his way to the ring and the two engaged in a quick brawl. Zelina Vega dived off the top rope into McIntyre and was caught but provided the distraction to allow Almas to target the knee and stand tall ending the segment and the build to NXT Takeover War Games. The commentators played up well how taking out the knee takes away McIntyre’s Claymore Kick. Vega being able to do physical stuff like this as a manager adds so much value to her as a manager and her plan was executed to perfection; she is really coming across as the star of this entire feud.