The buildup to NXT Takeover continued with two major matches in-order to crown the No.1 contenders for the top two titles on the brand.
Women’s Battle Royal
The entire Women’s Division of the brand was on show in the match. Rhea Ripley and Racquel Gonzalez ended up eliminating themselves, as it narrowed down to LeRae, Kai, Catanzaro and Blackheart.
Kai took out Catanzaro, while she got eliminated by Blackheart. Blackheart and LeRae had a big tussle before LeRae came out on top. LeRae will face Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s title at Takeover next month.
Backstage: Damian Priest sounded confident in taking down former champ Gargano at Takeover, and also looked set to take down Austin Theory later in the night.
Backstage: Breezango suggested a unique way of determining the No.1 contenders, which William Regal couldn’t comprehend at first.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Jake Atlas
Ciampa continued rampaging on his latest heel run with a victory over Atlas. Ciampa hit Willow’s Bell DDT followed by the Fairytale Ending for the pinfall.
Danny Burch and Roderick Strong def. Raul Mendonza and Fabian Aichner
As per Fandango’s suggestion, the four competitors competed in the tag-match, representing their respective tag teams.
Burch and Strong picked up the win after Burch hit a neckbreaker from the top to Mendonza.
Burch and Oney Lorcan will now face Strong and Bobby Fish at a later date to determine the No.1 contender for Breezango.
Backstage: Johnny Gargano interrupted Austin Theory’s interview, and wished him best of luck before his match against Priest.
Damien Priest def. Austin Theory
The North American Champion had to dig deep in the match against the young star but ended up picking up the win with The Reckoning.
Post-match, Gargano attacked Priest out of nowhere ahead of their Takeover encounter.
Former NXT Champion Returning?
A vignette aired for a mysterious superstar, who is possibly a former NXT Champion. The superstar wanted to take the brand to its former glory and will return at the Takeover event next month.
Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott proposed another match against Santos Escobar for the Cruiserweight Title, with Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendonza banned from ringside.
Ridge Holland def. Antonio DeLuca
Holland squashed DeLuca with a barrage of suplexes, eventually hitting the Northern Grit Suplex to pick up the win.
Backstage: Io Shirai’s interview was interrupted by the Gargano’s who taunted her before Priest appeared and took out Johnny Gargano.
Gauntlet Eliminator Match: Kyle O’Reilly def. Kushida, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes and Timothy Thatcher
Kyle O’Reilly and Kushida kicked things off and went back and forth before Reed joined the fray and destroyed both the stars. A distraction from Velveteen Dream, allowed Reed to hit the Tsunami Splash on Kushida and eliminate him.
Timothy Thatcher joined the action and, shortly after, Grimes entered the ring. The three smaller stars teamed up to take out Reed. O’Reilly went on to roll up Thatcher to eliminate him and tapped out Grimes with the kneebar to become the No.1 contender.
Post-match, O’Reilly celebrated with Adam Cole and Roderick Strong, as Finn Balor looked on from the ramp.