With NXT making it’s USA Network debut, viewers all over the world got to see an impressive main event.
In a match fans had been waiting to see, Aleister Black took on Adam Cole in the second of four no. 1 contender’s matches. Whoever won moved on to compete against three other men to determine the next challenger for Andrade Almas’ NXT Championship.
Before the match, General Manager William Regal banned the other two members of Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) from ringside. Being on his own didn’t take away from Cole’s confidence, however, taunting Black in the early stages of the match.
Cole’s cockiness eventually came back to bite him, as the Dutch Destroyer recovered and rained down an array of strikes. He came close to hitting his Black Mass finisher, but Cole was able to escape.
The two then went back and forth, which each exchanging near falls. Black landed a devastating knee, and followed it up with Black Mass after one final taunt from Cole. With the win, Black joins Killian Dain and Johnny Gargano in the no. 1 contender fatal four-way match.
Next week the final competitor will be determined, with Lars Sullivan facing Roderick Strong.
But kicking off the action for the night was the NXT Champion Almas taking on Fabian Aichner. The challenger threw everything he had at El Idolo early on, but a distraction by Zelina Vega allowed Almas to take control for good.
After throwing Aichner into the steel steps, Almas followed it up with his Hammerlock DDT for the win. Once the match ended, Vega sent a very clear message: whoever wins the fatal four-way match will not stop Almas at Takeover Philadelphia.
Up next was some tag team action, with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch facing off against the Authors of Pain. Lorcan and Burch started off the match by delivering heavy strikes to Akam and Rezar, temporarily stunning the former tag team champions.
But their offense was short-lived, as the Authors of Pain hit the two with a quick Super Collider. They then hit the Last Chapter, giving them the convincing victory.
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