— William Regal is in the ring and he says Wrestlemania is a special time of year in WWE. He has two game changing announcements.
The first announcement is that NXT will have a two night Takeover Special during WrestleMania 37 Week. It will be Takeover Stand and Deliver on April 7th on USA Network. Night two will be on Thursday on Peacock.
The second announcement will involve the Women’s Division. They stand on the ramp. He says each and every week, these women prove that they are the best women in the business. To be a competitor in the Ladies’ division you have to be special and they prove it week in and week out. Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai are asked to come to the ring.
Regal says after the unfortunate happenings of last week and the injustice of what they had to go through for the WWE Tag Titles, he is sick and tired of people making decisions for him. He says they have decided to make a decision. As the winners of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Cup, they are the NXT Women’s Tag Team Champions.
Dakota says this is insane. Dakota says Mr. Regal is right that this is the most talented division in the world and we went through each and every one of you. We beat you all. Dakota says they dominated the division so much they had to create these titles just for us. Raquel says this is the first step for them to take over the world. They will carry these championships for a very long time.
Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon have mics and they want to be the first to congratulate Dakota and Raquel. Shotzi and Ember say that tag titles are great, but if you have champions, you are going to need challengers. Ember says they beat everyone in their brackets. The finals could have gone either way so why not defend those titles tonight.
William Regal makes the match official.
— Io Shirai makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Io Shirai vs. Toni Storm for the NXT Women’s Championship
They lock up and Io with a clean break. They lock up again and Toni backs Io into the ropes and Toni slaps Io. Io with a double leg take down and punches. Toni with punches as she gains the top position. Toni with a kick to the head. Toni with a running hip into the corner and Io goes to the floor. Toni goes for a dive to the floor and Io with a forearm followed by a slingshot stomp. Io with kicks to Toni. Io with forearms and chops. Toni misses a boot and Io with a forearm. Toni misses another kick and Io with a rollup. Io with a drop kick. Io kicks Toni in the corner. Io with an octopus.with her elbow in the ribs. Io with a kick and chop. Toni with an Irish whip but Io sends Toni to the floor.
Toni pulls Io off the ropes on a springboard move. Toni sends Io into the ring steps. Toni chops Io and connects with forearms to the back. Toni gets a near fall. Toni with a biel using the hair. Toni kicks Io in the corner. Toni with a snap mare and she gets a near fall. Toni with a neck vice on Io. Toni with a suplex for a near fall. Io with shoulder tackles followed by a flapjack and Tiger Feint kick. Io with a springboard drop kic for a near fall. Io with a waist lock and Toni with a standing switch and Io with a rollup into a double stomp. Io goes up top and Toni with a head butt to stop Io. Toni sets for a superplex and hits it.
Toni with a running clothesline and a German suplex for a near fall. Io and Toni with forearms and Io with a matrix but Toni with an elbow drop. Toni with a sliding clothesline against the ropes. Io with a back drop onto the apron and then Io goes to the turnbuckles for a moonsault onto Toni on the floor. Io sends Toni back into the ring and she stops Io on a moonsault attempt and Toni with a sit out power bomb for a near fall. Io escapes Storm Zero and hits a few palm strikes. Io with a crossface and Toni gets to the ropes to force the break. Io with a running double knee strike in the corner and Io walks over Toni and goes up top for the moonsault but Toni moves. Toni with Storm Zero for a near fall.
Toni goes up top and misses a diving head butt. Io with a crossface and Toni taps out.
Winner: Io Shirai
— In a pre-recorded vignette, Finn Balor says him and Adam Cole are the two biggest names in NXT history. You were talking tough last week with referees holding you back. You might not have anyone holding you back tonight. Tonight, no blind sides and no cheap shots. It is just me and you for that title.
We go to commercial.
LA Knight is in the back with McKenzie and she asks him what is on his mind. LA wants to talk to you. He says everyone thought last week would be his in ring debut. LA says that time is about to come next week. If anyone has the tingle in their loins to step into the ring with him, they will find out about LA Knight. Bronson Reed grabs Knight from behind and Reed says that he is accepting the challenge.
Jake Atlas vs. Pete Dunne
They lock up and Dunne with a wrist lock and Atlas tries for a reversal but Dunne holds on and Atlas escapes. Dunne with a wrist lock into a hammer lock and he pulls at the fingers. Atlas with an arm drag but Dunne with a single leg take down into a side head lock. Atlas with a head scissors take down and Atlas is sent to the apron when he charges into the corner. Atlas with a springboard arm drag and Atlas with a handstand and he tries for a head scissors but Dunne with a kick to the chest and a knee drop to the arm. Dunne works on the wrist while he has an arm bar and then he drops a knee on the elbow. Dunne slaps Atlas. Dunne with a boot to the head.
Atlas with a kick and he goes for a standing moonsault but Dunne goes for a triangle and Atlas escapes. Atlas with a German suplex and moonsault for a near fall. Dunne blocks a tornado DDT but Atlas with a clothesline. Atlas goes for the Rainbow DDT but Dunne with a forearm adn kick to the arm. Dunne stomps on the head and then he pulls at the fingers and applies a cross arm breaker. Atlas taps out.
Winner: Pete Dunne
After the match, Pete Dunne says this is the time of year when everyone wants to step up their game. That is exactly what happened. He made a name for himself in the UK, but he is the best technical wrestler in the entire world. Dunne says he dares anyone to prove him wrong.
Marcel Barthel tells Timothy Thatcher about what happened last week. A long time ago, we created something special and unique that no one else would be able to represent it like you did. Take your rightful spot and let’s take. It has always been ours. Aichner says they are doing this for Thatcher. If you have to ask your friend for permission, bring him along. He says we are taking over.
Back to commercial.
— We are back and Leon Ruff says he knew Swerve was a snake the moment he met him. Leon says he did not luck into things, he busted his ass to win the North American Title. It wasn’t a fluke when I beat you a few weeks ago. I will beat you again next week and it will be another “Ruff Landing”.
Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championship
Moon with a running kick to Gonzalez. Kai comes in and kicks Moon. Shotzi tags in and Shotzi sends Kai into the corner and Shotzi pulls Kai out of the corner and applies a cloverleaf. Kai tries to get to the ropes but Shotzi pulls Dakota into the center of the ring. Kai gets ot he ropes to force a break. Shotzi misses a round kick and then both women with bicycle kicks at the same time and they both go down. Shotzi with a forearm and Kai with a forearm. They go back and forth with Shotzi getting the advantage. Shotzi misses a splash into the ropes when Kai moves. Kai pulls Shotzi into the corner and tags in Gonzalez. Raquel with a slam and she gets a near fall.
Kai with a kick in the corner and she gets a near fall. Kai sends Shotzi into the corner but Shotzi with a kick to Kia followed by a sunset flip for a near fall. Kai with a boot to the head and she gets a near fall. Kai with a rear chin lock. Kai sends Shotzi to the mat and gets a near fall. Kai sends Shotzi into the turnbuckles and tags in Gonzalez. Raquel with an elbow and punch for a near fall. Raquel with a bear hug.
Gonzalez with a clothesline and Kai with a knee drop for a near fall. Kai with a body scissors and forearms to the back of the head. Shotzi leans back and gets a near fall. Kai with a boot to Shotzi. Kai goes for a slam but Shotzi escapes and she connects with a forearm to Gonzalez. Shotzi with an enzuigiri and Moon tags in and she knocks Gonzalez off the apron. Moon with clotheslines and a choke slam. Ember with a back senton and a back heel kick. Moon with a back breaker into a face buster followed by a drop kick. Moon with a Codebreaker to Gonzalez and Raquel goes to the floor and she pulls Kai to the floor. Shotzi with a suicide dive onto Gonzalez and they go into the announce table.
Moon sends Kai back into the ring. Moon with a rollup for a near fall. Moon is sent into the turnbuckles by Kai and Kai with a running boot into the corner. Gonzalez tags in and she gets Moon up for a toss Go 2 Kick for a near fall. Gonzalez is angry at what happened. Moon with forearms but Gonzalez with a knee and she gets Gonzalez on her shoulders for a back breaker and then hits a spinebuster for a near fall that is broken up by Shotzi. Kai tags in and Moon pushes Gonzalez into Kai. Shotzi tags in and hits a cross body and follows with a head scissors to Gonzalez followed by a bulldog and forearm to Kai. Shotzi with kicks and a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall.
Moon holds Kai and Shotzi with a back senton into Kai. Moon with a splash for a near fall. Shotzi tags in and Ember with a knee to the ribs and then they hit a double wheelbarrow slam but Gonzalez breaks up the cover and she chokes Shotzi. Shotzi with a jaw breaker and Gonzalez blocks Eclipse and a head scissors. Kai bumps into Gonzalez and Gonzalez and Moon go over the top rope to the floor. Shotzi with a rollup and bridge for the three count.
Winners and NEW NXT Tag Team Champions: Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon
Adam Cole is in the back and he says a lot of people have been asking him why he did what he did. He wants to talk about how we got here. Kyle O’Reilly stepped out of line and then Roderick Strong tried to stand up to him. The Undisputed Era is dead when he says it is dead. He got rid of dead weight. Takeover comes four weeks early with tonight’s main event. I played you like a fiddle. This has always been about the NXT Championship. A lot of people look at you as the greatest NXT Champion of all time, then I show up and have that 403 day title reign as the greatest NXT Champion. I beat everyone. Tonight, I become a two time NXT Champion. If you thought my first reign was something special, trust me, you ain’t seen nothing.
We go to commercial.
— We are back and the women applaud Ember and Shotzi. We see Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell observing the six foot signs in the CWC and walk away.
— Austin Theory wants to know why Johnny paid for that therapist. Johnny says now Austin knows how Dexter feels about him. Austin says he is mad. Johnny says that Austin should want to destroy Dexter for what he said. Johnny says that Dexter insulted his abs and Austin rips off his shirt and says that Dexter has gone too far.
Xia Li vs. Kayden Carter
Li goes after Carter before the bell riings but Carter is able to stop Li. Carter misses kicks. Li with kicks to Carter followed by a knee to the ribs. Carter with a jaw breaker and a clothesline or three. Carter with forearms to the back. Carter with a rollup and a back heel kick. Carter with a knee for a near fall. Li kicks Carter in the knee.
Kacy Catanzaro makes her way to the ring to support her friend and Li with kicks to the leg. Li hip tosses Carter into the turnbuckles. Li stomps on the knee from the apron. Li prepares to kick Carter’s leg against the turnbuckles but Catanzaro hits Li with her crutch a few times and the referee calls for the bell.
Winner: Xia Li (by disqualification)
After the match, Kacy tries to hit Li and she hits the turnbuckles. Boa takes the crutch and then Tian Sha gestures to the ring but Carter kicks Boa from behind to allow Carter and Catanzaro to limp away.
Jordan Devlin says he loves this time of year. Something to be excited about. Summer is around the corner. NXT Takeover is coming in a few weeks. What I don’t like is this Irish weather. It would be a shame if the real Cruiserweight Champion is not on the show. Lucky for me and lucky for NXT, my travel ban is lifted and Santos Escobar, your time playing champion is over. I will be on NXT next week and we will see who the real Cruiserweight Champion is.
We go to commercial.
— We are back with a Zoey Stark vignette. Stark says she grew up on the wrong side of the tracks. She could have continued to live her life that way or she could change things. Wrestling was an escape for her. Io Shirai says that Zoey is very tough. Zoey says she started training at 18 and it gives her focus. She wondered if she would ever make it and then she got the WWE Tryout and then she was offered a job. She says she is blessed to be here. All of her insecurities had to go away now. It is time for her to show the world what she can do. She can do anything in the ring. Zoey says she is putting everyone on notice and that hard work pays off. She says there is no limit to Zoey Stark.
— Santos Escobar is with William Regal and he says he is the real champion. Santos tells Joaquin and Raul he has this because he has business to deal with.
Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza vs. Zack Gibson and James Drake
Zack asks how does it feel to be known internationally as Santos Escobar’s puppets. While you have been running errands for Santos, we have been making a name for ourselves. James says that you saw what they did to MSK and Wes Lee’s hand and that is what they are going to do to them.
Gibson with a snap mare and Mendoza lands on his feet. Gibson with a belly-to-back suplex and Drake tags in. Mendoza with a drop kick and Wilde tags in. WIlde with a clothesline and Mendoza tags in and hits a running boot on Drake in the corner. Wilde with a drop kick to Gibson to knock him off the apron. Wilde with a splash onto Drake for a near fall.
Tyler Breeze and Fandango show up on the stage, but it is not Breezango but it is Wes Lee and Nash Carter. Wilde with a sunset flip on Drake for the three count.
Winners: Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza
After the match, Lee and Carter hit Drake and Gibson with their helmets. Carter hits Gibson in the hand with the helmet against the steps. Tyler Breeze and Fandango are here and they attack WIlde and Mendoza. Fandango with a Falcon Arrow to Wilde and then Lee and Carter join Breezango in the ring and they want to dance.
McKenzie is in the back with Dakota and Raquel. Gonzalez says it doesn’t matter how long it was but they were the first Women’s Tag Team Champions. Io Shirai shows up and she tells Raquel that she wants her next. Raquel tells Io to be careful what she wishes for.
— We see Finn Balor and Adam Cole walk in the back as we go to commercial.
— We are back with Timothy Thatcher and he is asked by McKenzie about Imperium asking him to join. Tommaso Ciampa says his answer is no. Ciampa says he is thinking about the General across the pond. Ciampa says you are with them or against them and Ciampa says it will be them against Imperium next week.
— Next week Austin Theory will face Dexter Lumis. We will also see Isaiah Scott versus Leon Ruff. LA Knight will make his in ring debut next week.
Adam Cole vs. Finn Balor for the NXT Championship
They lock up and Balor with a side head lock and shoulder tackle for a near fall. Cole with a shoulder tackle for a near fall. Balor with a side head lock. Cole with a rollup for a near fall. Cole with another rollup for a near fall. Cole tries to power out of the side head lock and Balor holds on. Cole gets Balor down and he applies a hammer lock. Cole with a side head lock and Cole holds on when Balor tries to send Balor off the ropes. Balor tries to get Cole up but Cole gets back to the mat. Balor with a side head lock take down and then Cole teases a super kick.
They lock up and Balor with a hammer lock. Cole is able to escape the hold. Cole with a wrist lock. Cole with punches and a wrist lock take down. Cole with a forearm to Balor and the referee checks on Finn. Cole sends Balor into the turnbuckles and he works on the arm in the ropes. Cole kicks Balor and chokes him in the corner. Cole with forearms. Cole kicks Balor in the corner. Cole sends Balor into the turnbuckles and Cole kicks Balor. Cole with a sunset flip but Balor rolls through and hits a drop kick because you do not give Finn Balor a sunset flip. Balor with a cobra clutch. Cole tries to escape but Balor keeps Cole on the mat. Cole with a knee to the midsection but Balor with a back elbow.
Balor is sent to the floor by Cole and Cole with a boot to Balor. Cole sends Balor into the fencing. Cole with a hard Irish whip. Cole with an other Irish whip but Balor with a drop kick to the knee as he comes out of the corner. Balor chops Cole and kicks Cole in the back of the leg. Balor goes for the leg but the referee stops him. Balor with a chop and an atomic drop to the injured knee. Balor goes for a single leg crab but Cole kicks Balor away. Balor with a double stomp to Cole.
Cole with an enzuigiri and then he goes for an Ushigoroshi but Balor escapes and hits an elevated elbow drop for a near fall. Balor with a kick to the leg and then to the midsection. Cole goes to the floor and Cole pulls Balor to the floor and Cole with a thrust kick. Cole moves the ring steps and he breaks the referee’s count. Balor avoids being sent into the ring steps and he hits a suplex on the ramp. They return to the ring and Balor with a belly-to-back suplex for a near fall. Balor with knees to the back. Balor with a Cloverleaf on Cole. Cole with a back elbow to Balor. Cole with a forearm and Balor fires back. They go back and forth with forearms.
They continue the exchange and Cole with a bicycle kick and Balor with a Pele kick. Cole with an Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Cole sets for Panama Sunrise but Balor moves and Cole’s knee gives out. Balor with Slingblade and a drop kick that sends Cole into the turnbuckles. Balor misses Coup de Grace and Cole with a super kick for a near fall. Cole with a crossface on Balor. Balor tries to get to the ropes but Cole rolls into the center of the ring. Balor escapes and Balor goes for a submission but Cole blocks it and locks in the crossface. Balor gets to the ropes and Cole has to release the hold. Balor checks on his jaw and Cole with more kicks to Balor.
Balor with a double leg take down and forearms followed by a clothesline. Balor sets for 1916 but Cole escapes and Cole with a super kick to the knee. Cole sets for the Last Shot and he hits it and gets a near fall. Cole goes to the turnbuckles for Panama Sunrise and Cole hits it and gets a near fall. Cole mocks Balor and Balor sends Cole over the top rope to the floor.
Kyle O’Reilly shows up in the crowd and Cole acts like he has seen a ghost. Balor with a flip dive onto Cole. Balor with 1916 on the floor and then Balor brings Cole back into the ring and hits Coup de Grace for the three count.
Winner: Finn Balor
After the match, Kyle O’Reilly enters the ring and Adam Cole tries to beg for mercy.
Cole goes for a low blow but Kyle knew it was coming and Kyle kicks and punches Cole. Kyle is pulled back by the referee but Kyle gets away from him. Cole punches Kyle from the floor but Kyle catches up to Cole and punches him. Kyle pushes the referee away and Kyle sends Cole into the fencing. Kyle goes for a brainbuster on the ring steps and the referee stops Kyle. Cole gets away but Kyle with a running forearm to Cole.
Cole gets away and goes to the back.
Meanwhile, Balor stands in the ring by himself. Balor looks over his shoulder and he wants to know ‘what took you so long’ and he turns aruond to see Karrion Kross! Tick Tock!
We go to credits.
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