Charly Caruso, Nigel McGuinness, and Peter Rosenberg hosted the pre-show panel from a desk set up in the arena. The Champions: Authors of Pain, Asuka, and Bobby Roode were all shown arriving to the arena, respectively.
They threw to Kayla Braxton and Vic Joseph who were correspondents out in the crowd. They had to deal with the crowd being obnoxious and chanting for CM Punk before transitioning to a video package building up the WWE UK Championship match between Tyler Bate and Pete Dunne. It was the same video that appeared on NXT this past week.
UK Champion Tyler Bate was shown arriving to the arena. Both Rosenberg and McGuinness predicted Dunne would win… [C]
A video package hyped the ladder match for the NXT Tag Team Championships between The Authors of Pain and #DIY. The panel talked about the match a bit; Nigel predicted AOP to retain, while Rosenberg said something about being in Chicago benefiting #DIY so he’s taking them. There was no mention of Ciampa’s reported injury coming out of the NXT house show…
A video package recapped the build to the NXT Women’s Championship triple-threat, with Asuka interfering in the No. 1 contender’s battle royal, Ember Moon’s injury taking her out of the match, and the subsequent brawls between the remaining ladies involved: Asuka, Ruby Riot, and Nikki Cross. Asuka vowed to remain champion forever.
Back at the panel, Ember Moon had joined them. She said that she’s disappointed to not be involved in the match, but looking back she’s thankful her injury wasn’t worse. Ember said that whether Asuka is champion or not coming out of tonight, she will get her revenge on Asuka…
We are back and it is time to take a look at the match between Roderick Strong and Eric Young.
Kayla Braxton is with Roderick Strong and she asks him about his match and what Eric Young said about this match. Roderick tells Eric never to mention his family again.
We take a look at the NXT Title Match between Hideo Itami and Bobby Roode and we have a video package.
Peter says this is the biggest moment of Itami’s career. He brings up Itami hitting the GTS to win the title. Nigel says it comes down to the GTS. There are a lot of similarities between this match and when Roode won the title. Roode had to worry about the Kinshasa in that match. Tonight, it is the GTS. Peter says that Itami is hungry and wonders if Roode can fight him off. Nigel says that Bobby is one of the greatest champions in NXT history. Will Itami survive this match? If Itami suffers an injury, Roode will take advantage of it.
Peter says Roode will retain tonight. Nigel says it is 50/50. If Itami gets hurt, Roode retains. If he stays healthy, Itami will win.
NXT ‘Takeover: Chicago’ Opener:
WWE NXT “Takeover: Chicago” kicks off with a video package. We’re live from the Rosemont Arena with Tom Phillis, Percy Watson and Nigel McGuinness as they discuss tonight’s show.
Eric Young vs. Roderick Strong
We go right to the ring and out comes SAnitY – Eric Young, Nikki Cross, Killian Dain and Alexander Wolfe.
Strong attacks Dain and sends him into the post. Strong gives Wolfe a back breaker as he goes to the ring to even the odds.
Strong with punches and chops when the referee starts the match. Strong with a back body drop and then he clotheslines Young over the top rope. Strong with a chop and punches on the floor. Strong with a drop kick and chops followed by punches. Young with a belly-to-back suplex and he stomps on Strong.
Young with an elbow to the back of the neck and he hits a swinging neck breaker for a near fall. Young with a reverse chin lock and forearms to the back of the head. Strong with a boot when Young charges. Strong floats over and hits a clothesline. Strong with forearms.
Strong with a running forearm into the corner. Strong with an Irish whip and Young flips to the apron and Strong with a kick to knock Young off the apron. Strong takes care of Wolfe and then Strong trips Young on the apron but Dain with a running cross body on the floor but the referee did not see the interference. Young puts Strong over the apron and Young with a forearm to the back of the head. Young sends Strong into the turnbuckles.
Young with a punch and then he goes to the turnbuckles and he applies a Dragon Sleeper on the turnbuckles and drops Strong to the mat. Young wtih an elbow drop from the turnbuckles for a near fall. Young with punches to Strong. Wolfe with a bicycle kick to Strong from the floor and Young gets a near fall. Young chokes Strong in the ropes. Young with a snap mare and a chin lock. Young with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Young sends Strong into the turnbuckles.
Young punches Strong and then he goes to the turnbuckles for the Dragon Sleeper but Strong blocks it. Young with a forearm and Strong with a drop kick as Young comes off the turnbuckles. Strong with a back elbow and Young misses a splash into the corner. Strong with punches and clotheslines. Strong with a cradle back breaker. Strong with a running knee into the corner followed by a face buster for a near fall. Young goes to the floor and he pulls Strong to the floor and hits a wheelbarrow neck breaker. Both men are down.
They return to the ring and Young gets a near fall. Strong with punches and chops but Young with a punch that sends Strong to the mat. Young goes up top but Strong grabs the leg. Strong with a punch and he goes for the superplex but Young with a head butt to send Strong to the mat. Young with an elbow off the top turnbuckle but Strong kicks out.
Young sets for the Wheelbarrow neck breaker but Strong counters into a rollup for a near fall. Strong with kicks to Young followed by a kick to Dain on the apron and he sends Young into Wolfe.
Strong sets for the Olympic Slam but Young rakes the eyes. They fight on the turnbuckles and Strong tries for the superplex again but Young blocks it. Young tries to superplex Strong to the floor. Strong with punches and a knee that knocks Young off the turnbuckles and Young falls onto Dain and Wolfe. Young with a boot to the head but Strong with a running knee and the Strong Breaker for the three count.
Winner: Roderick Strong
After the match, Strong recovers as we go to replays. Strong makes his exit and stands tall on the stage.
– We see Ruby Riot, Asuka and Nikki Cross getting ready for their match later tonight.
– After a video package for our next match, Jim Ross replaces Tom and Percy on commentary.
WWE UK Championship Match: Tyler Bate vs. Pete Dunne
They lock up and Dunne with a waist lock take down into a front face lock. Bate tries to escape but Dunne maintains the advantage. Bate with a wrist lock but Dunne with a snap mare. Dunne with a head scissors. Bate with a headstand to try to escape but Dunne keeps the hold applied. Bate is able to escape on the second attempt. They lock up and Dunne with an arm bar and chin lock to take Bate to the mat. Dunne goes for the hand but Bate with a drop kick and Dunne goes to the floor. Bate goes to the floor and Dunne with a forearm to the head and then he tries to stomp on the hand but Bate pulls his hand out of the way and Bate punches Dunne and hits an elbow off the steps.
Dunne goes back to the floor and he hits a running forearm. Dunne with a release suplex onto the apron. Dunne with a punch and kicks followed by a slap to the head. Dunne with a wrist lock and then he stands on the head while pulling at the fingers on the right hand. Dunne with a boot to the ribs and then he stands on the ankle and hits Bate with forearms and then he stomps on the head.
Dunne with boots to the head but Bate with a dead lift Exploder. Bate with a running European uppercut into the corner and he hits a second one. Dunne with a running drop kick into the corner and he tries for a release suplex but Bate lands on his feet. Bate with a suplex and bridge for a near fall. Bate goes for a running shooting star press but Dunne applies a triangle and he punches Bate. Bate gets a near fall when Dunne’s shoulders fall onto the mat. Bate picks up Dunne and hits a power bomb.
Bate gets Dunne on the shoulders for the airplane spin. Bate slows down and he drops Dunne and falls onto him and gets a near fall. Bate gets to his feet first and Dunne goes for the ropes. Bate with a German suplex but Dunne lands on his feet. Bate goes to the turnbuckles and Pete with a forearm. Dunne with a sit out power bomb out of a suplex set up for a near fall. Dunne and Bate with punches from the mat. They get to their feet and the flurry of punches increases. Bate with a jab and Dunne goes down. Dunne with an enzuigiri. They both hit forearms and Bate with a Liger Kick. Dunne with a kick to Bate. Bate bounces off the ropes and hits a flying forearm for a near fall.
Dunne escapes the Tyler Driver 97. Bate counters The Bitter End with a flatliner. Dunne goes to the floor. Bate goes to the apron and he hits a moonsault off the turnbuckles. Bate goes up again and he hits a corkscrew splash and gets a near fall. Bate goes for a plancha but Dunne with a forearm and Dunne hits Bitter End for the three count.
Winner: Pete Dunne
After the match, the crowd pops as Dunne stands tall and takes the title. We go to replays. We see Bate down on the floor with a referee as Dunne stands tall in the ring with the title. Dunne makes his exit. JR and Nigel say goodbye.
– Back from a break and we see Hideo Itami and Bobby Roode backstage warming up.
– We get a video package for tonight’s NXT Women’s Title match.
NXT Women’s Championship Match: Asuka vs. Ruby Riot vs. Nikki Cross
Nikki throws her jacket at Ruby as the bell rings. Asuka knocks Ruby off the apron with a hip attack and then she hits one on Nikki. Nikki takes Asuka down and then Asuka sends Nikki to the floor. Ruby kicks Nikki from the apron. They lock up and Asuka with an arm drag. Asuka and Ruby collide in the middle of the ring and go to a stalemate. They do it a second time with the same result.
Ruby with a rollup for a near fall. Asuka with an Irish whip but Asuka is sent to the apron and knocked to the floor. Nikki with a forearm to stop Ruby’s attempt at a dive to the floor. Ruby with a forearm off the steps and then Nikki hits Ruby from behind with a forearm.
We see Ember watching from the concourse.
Nikki with a head butt to the midsection and then she runs her forearm across Ruby’s face. Nikki with a neck breaker to Ruby and Asuka with a missile drop kick to Nikki and she lands on Ruby with a press. Asuka with kicks to Nikki but Nikki with a head butt and neck breaker for a near fall.
Asuka with a back heel kick and a Codebreaker. Ruby with kicks to Asuka but Asuka with a power bomb into an ankle lock. Nikki with forearms to the back. Asuka with an elbow to Nikki but Ruby with an O’Connor Roll on Asuka. Nikki with a forearm when Asuka kicks out. Asuka is sent to the floor.
Ruby wants Nikki to hit her. Nikki pushes Ruby to the mat. Ruby with chops to Nikki and a clothesline followed by a back elbow and drop kick. Asuka tries to send Ruby into the turnbuckles but she blocks it and hits a rana. Nikki catches Ruby floating over but Ruby sends Nikki into the turnbuckles. Asuka misses a clothesline on Nikki and Nikki knocks Asuka off the apron. Nikki comes off the apron and Asuka with a knee. Ruby with a suicide dive.
Ruby goes up top and she hits a back senton on Nikki but Asuka breaks up the cover and hits a dead lift German suplex for a near fall. Asuka goes for a German suplex on Nikki but Nikki with elbows. Nikki with a straitjacket clothesline. Nikki with a sleeper on Ruby but Asuka wtih a waist lock. Ruby with a kick and Asuka with a German suplex on Nikki. Ruby with a kick to Asuka and Ruby goes up top.
Ruby misses the back senton and Asuka applies the Asuka Lock. Nikki breaks up the hold before Ruby could tap out. Ruby is on the apron while Nikki surveys the landscape. Nikki goes to the apron and hits a reverse DDT on the apron. Asuka goes for a baseball slide but Nikki pulls out the ring skirt to trap Asuka. Nikki with forearms to Asuka. Nikki pulls Asuka back into the ring and into the corner. Nikki hangs Asuka from the turnbuckles and hits a neck breaker but Ruby breaks up the cover. Ruby and Nikki go for cross bodies at the same time and both are down.
Asuka is to her feet first and then Nikki and Ruby clothesline Asuka over the top rope to the floor. Nikki with a rollup for a near fall. Ruby with a rollup for a near fall. Nikki with a running knee to Ruby and then she goes for the Fisherman’s neck breaker but Ruby escapes and hits a round kick. Asuka with a drop kick and she pins Ruby and Nikki for the three count.
After the bell, all three are still down. Asuka is slow to get up but she takes the title and stands tall. We get replays and come back to Asuka celebrating.
– We see a video for Patrick Clark ‘The Velveteen Dream’ who will be on NXT this week.
NXT Championship Match: Bobby Roode vs. Hideo Itami
We go to the ring and out first comes Hideo Itami to a pop. The latest “Glorious” entrance starts up as NXT Champion Bobby Roode makes his way out to a pop.
They lock up and Roode backs Itami into the ropes and he pats Itami on the upper chest and gives a clean break. Roode winds up for a GLORIOUS but Itami uses that opportunity to get Roode up on his shoulders but Roode is able to get out of the hold and to the floor. Roode with a side head lock and shoulder tackle. Itami with a back elbow and he gets a near fall. Itami with a side head lock and take down. Roode backs Itami into the corner and connects with shoulders. Roode misses a chop but Itami does not miss. Roode with a kick and Itami with chops. Roode ducks to avoid a chop and Itami chops Roode in the back. Itami with a knee and kicks to Roode.
Itami mocks Roode and gives out a GLORIOUS and he connects with a knee and forearms to Roode. Roode with an Irish whip but he runs into a knee. Itami tries for a tornado DDT but Roode pushes him away. Roode with a Blockbuster for a near fall. Roode punches Itami and kicks him as well. Roode chokes Itami in the ropes and then he kicks the ropes while Itami is on the ropes. Roode with a chop and punches. Roode with a clothesline into the corner followed by an Irish whip and clothesline. Roode with a neck breaker. Roode gets a naer fall. Roode with a chin lock as he has the injured arm over the knee.
Itami with elbows and forearms. Roode with a knee to the midsection. Roode wtih a neck breaker attempt but Itami counters into a back slide for a near fall. Roode with a clothesline. Roode slaps Itami but Itami slaps back. Roode with a chop but Itami with kicks and a flying boot. Itami with clotheslines and kicks to Roode. Itami with a suplex. Roode with an Irish whip but Itami with a boot and he hits a Tornado move and drops Roode on the top rope. Itami with a missile drop kick for a near fall. Roode with elbows to keep Itami from getting him on his shoulders.
Roode goes shoulder first into the ring post. Itami with kicks to the shoulder. Roode goes for a rollup but Itami blocks it and he tries for a Fujiwara arm bar but Roode rolls through and escapes. Roode with a kick. Itami backs Roode into the turnbuckles and he kicks Roode in the shoulder. Itami puts Rood on the turnbuckles and sets for a superplex but Roode blocks it. Roode with forearms and Roode goes for a Blockbuster but misses. Itami with a Falcon Arrow for a near fall. Itami with kicks to the injured shoulder. Itami charges at Roode and Roode with a spinebuster and he gets a near fall.
Roode does a partial GLORIOUS and Itami gets Roode on his shoulders but Roode gets to the apron. Itami with a chin lock and Roode drops Itami on the top rope. Roode sends Itami into the ringside barrier. Roode looks at the ring steps and he has an idea. Itami reverses and sends Roode shoulder first into the ring steps. Itami misses a drop kick and hits the ring steps when Roode moves.
Itami holds his knee while Roode holds his injured arm. Roode gets back into the ring and Itami beats the count. Roode and Itami exchange punches and forearms. Itami with strikes and a back fist. Itami with a hesitation drop kick and Itami signals that it is over. Itami cannot get Roode up and Roode with a Glorious DDT for a near fall. Itami gets Roode up and Itami hits the Go To Sleep but Roode falls to the floor.
Itami rolls Roode back into the ring and he gets a near fall. Itami sets for a second Go To Sleep but Roode counters into a sunset flip. Itami drops down and gets a near fall. Itami with punches to Roode. Itami signals it is over. Itami gets Roode up but Roode counters into the Glorious DDT and he holds on and hits a second one for the three count.
Winner: Bobby Roode
After the match, Roode stands tall with the title as his music hits. We go to replays. We come back to Roode posing in the corner with the title.
– Back from the break and we get a plug for Chris Jericho’s band Fozzy for their “Judas” single being a theme song for tonight. We see WWE United States Champion Kevin Owens sitting at ringside with Eric Thames of the Milwaukee Brewers. We also see WWE Hall of Famer Pat Patterson sitting with Sami Zayn and Kassius Ohno.
– The announcers lead us to a video package for tonight’s Ladder Match.
NXT Tag Team Championship Match: Authors of Pain vs. #DIY in a Ladder Match
We go to the ring as Hamilton introduces the match. WWE Hall of Famer Paul Ellering is out first with NXT Tag Team Champions The Authors of Pain, Akam and Rezar. Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa are out next to a pop. We see the NXT Tag Team Titles hanging high above the ring as the two teams face off. The bell rings and they go at it.
Gargano and Ciampa go after Akam and Rezar when the bell rings. Akam and Rezar run into elbows and Gargano kicks Rezar. Ciampa with a knee to knock Akam to the floor. Rezar is sent to the floor. Gargano and Ciampa look above the ring at the belts and they go for ladders under the ring. Rezar hits Ciampa before he can get a ladder into the ring. Akam sends Gargano into the ringside barrier. Rezar does the same to Ciampa. Rezar tries to Irish whip Ciampa into the ring steps but Ciampa stops short and sends Rezar into the steps with a drop toe hold. Ciampa hits Akam on the floor and Gargano with a cannonball off the apron.
Gargano and Ciampa go up the ramp for the big ladder and bring it to the ring. Akam and Rezar hit Ciampa. Gargano with a suicide dive onto Akam and Rezar as Gargano goes through the ladder. Ciampa and Gargano set up a ladder and Gargano stops Akam. Akam pushes them off the ladder but they send the ladder into Akam. Gargano and Ciampa work over Rezar. Ciampa with a running knee to Rezar and Gargano goes off Ciampa’s back but Rezar catches Gargano and Rezar sends Gargano onto Ciampa’s back.
Rezar climbs the ladder while Akam holds on to the ladder. Gargano stops Rezar and Ciampa hits Rezar with a ladder. They drop a ladder onto Akam and Rezar’s backs. Ciampa tries to hold a ladder that Akam held but Akam knocks him off. Akam and Rezar take care of Gargano and Ciampa. Akam and Rezar start to climb but Gargano and Ciampa stop them. Akam and Rezar go for power bombs but Gargano and Ciampa get onto the ladder. Akam and Rezar push Gargano and Ciampa off the ladder and Ciampa holds his leg. They drop a ladder onto Gargano and then they Irish whip Ciampa into a ladder.
Ciampa is in the corner and Akam and Rezar put a ladder in front of him and they kick the ladder into Ciampa. Rezar with elbows and Akam sets up the ladder. Rezar climbs the ladder but Akam stops him and they attack Gargano and Ciampa to stop them from trying to prevent the climb. Akam and Rezar run at Gargano and Ciampa with the ladder and hit them. Gargano and Ciampa go to the floor from the impact and Akam and Rezar go for a ladder under the ring.
Gargano and Ciampa escape a Super Collider on the apron and Gargano super kicks Akam to get Ciampa free. Ladders are set on the apron to the ringside barrier and Akam and Rezar are kicked onto the ladders. Gargano and Ciampa with forearms. Gargano and Ciampa climb the ladder on teh floor and they hit splashes onto Akam and Rezar. Ciampa and Rezar break their ladder in half.
Ciampa is in the ring by himself andthen Akam enters. They climb the ladder and Gargano gets a ladder of his own. Ciampa and Akam exchange punches atop the ladder. Rezar and Gargano climb the other ladder. Ciampa is knocked off his ladder and Ciampa pushes the ladder and Gargano climbs on and Akam is knocked off. Ellering grabs Gargano’s leg and stops him from getting the belts. Gargano super kicks Ellering.
Akam kicks Gargano to the floor. Akam punches Ciampa and Rezar puts a ladder in the corner. Ciampa is sent head first into the ladder. Ellering tells them to finish DIY. Akam and Rezar pick up Ciampa using the ladder and they prepare to hit him with the ladder but Gargano pushes Ciampa out of the way to save him. Akam and Rezar hit Gargano. Ciampa stops Rezar and tries to German suplex Rezar off the ladder. Ciampa hits a uranage off the ladder and the ladder shatters. Gargano stops Akam from climbing the ladder. Akam kicks Gargano in the head.
Ciampa and Gargano kick Akam and the ladder goes around his head. Gargano and Ciampa hit the super kick and running knee on Akam. Ciampa is the only one on his feet and Ciampa tries to help Gargano up. They set up the ladder in the center of the ring and they climb the ladder. Akam and Rezar kick the ladder away and they hit power bombs and the Super Collider. Akam and Rezar climb the ladder and grab the title belts.
Winners: Authors of Pain
After the match, Akam and Rezar stand tall with their titles before going out to help Paul Ellering up. We go to replays as they leave together. Ellering and The Authors stand tall at the entrance before leaving.
We see DIY recovering in the middle of the ring. Fans applaud them and start chanting DIY after The Authors leave. Ciampa and Gargano embrace before getting to their feet. They stand up and fans pop again. The chants and cheers continue as we get another replay of the finish.
DIY are now standing at the entrance as fans continue chanting their name. Suddenly Ciampa grabs Gargano and launches him into the LED board. Ciampa unloads on Gargano and beats him down. Fans boo and Gargano looks shocked. Referees are asking Ciampa what he’s doing. Ciampa drops Gargano with a knee to the face. Ciampa walks around before coming back over and dropping his knee pad. Ciampa delivers another hard knee to the face. A “f–k you Ciampa” chant starts up now. Ciampa throws Gargano onto the announcers table now. Ciampa stares Gargano down and scoops him up. Ciampa leaps back from the announce table through a bunch of production tables off to the side of the stage. A “holy s–t” chant starts up.
Ciampa goes back to the stage and stands on top of the announce table but fans boo. Gargano is checked on as an “asshole” chant starts up. Ciampa looks down at Gargano and the chaos below. Takeover goes off the air with Ciampa standing tall.
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