NXT TakeOver: WarGames III Results
November 23, 2019
Commentary: Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Beth Phoenix
Results by: Mike Tedesco of Wrestleview.com
“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
We go live into the Allstate Arena to see the WarGames cage coming down. We’ll have the first-ever Women’s WarGames match to kick off the show!
The match with start with Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae.
Rhea Ripley, Tegan Nox, Dakota Kai, NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler, NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray, and Bianca Belair are in the cages for now.
A big brawl breaks out with the two women, and LeRae takes her down. LeRae goes for a head-scissor takeover, but Shirai lands on her feet. Shirai avoids an enzuigiri, but LeRae quickly takes her down with a double chickenwing facebuster. Shirai rolls into the other ring. LeRae goes for a suicide dive into the other ring, but Shirai kicks her. Shirai then hits a tiger feint kick, gets in the other ring, and hits another tiger feint kick. Shirai has her against the cage in between the two rings and connects with double knees to the face. Shirai stands on the ropes, walks to the other ring’s top rope, and jumps off with a springboard missile dropkick. Shirai rips at the face and puts her in the corner. Shirai hits a running dropkick in the corner. Two minutes before a member of Team Baszler enters the ring. Shirai and LeRae are in between the rings. LeRae blocks a whip, but Shirai hits a drop-toe-hold on the metal grate that covers the gap. Shirai digs LeRae’s face into the cage. Team Ripley is pacing angrily in the ring. Shirai hits a slingshot double knee, but LeRae soon comes back with a jawbreaker. The clock eventually winds down as LeRae gets a head of steam.
Time expires. Bianca Belair is out of the cage for Team Baszler. Belair hits a double chickenwing slam before connecting with a standing shooting star press. Belair goes for a powerbomb, but LeRae counters with a hurricanrana. LeRae chops away at Shirai and sidesteps Belair who runs into Shirai. LeRae unloads on both women with right hands before hitting a running elbow on Shirai. Belair quickly forearms LeRae and hits a pair of vicious powerbombs before powerbombing her into the cage! Belair gets LeRae in a camel clutch, and Shirai hits the ropes a number of times before dropkicking LeRae’s face!
Time expires. Rhea Ripley is now legal. Ripley goes under the ring and throws in a garbage can. Belair tries to attack, but Ripley slams the door into her head. Ripley puts another garbage can with some lids in the ring. The crowd is absolutely on fire. Ripley throws in some kendo sticks and chairs. A “We want tables” chant picks up. Ripley does not bring a table into the ring. Ripley hits a swinging facebuster into the garbage can on Belair! Ripley and LeRae set up four chairs seat to seat in pairs of two. They go to slam Belair, but Ripley cuts them off.
Time expires, and NXT UK Women’s Champion Kay Lee Ray is legal. Ray goes under the ring and grabs some chairs before bringing out a table. She then throws it back under the ring to big heat. Ray gets in the ring and hits Ripley and LeRae in the ribs with the chair. Ray slams the chair off LeRae’s back before hitting Ripley with a tornado DDT on the chair. Belair goes to jump off the top rope onto Ripley on the chairs, but LeRae cuts her off. Ripley and LeRae go to superplex Belair onto the chairs, but Shirai attacks. They fold the chairs up and put them in the center of the ring. Ripley then does a Tower of Doom on Shirai, Ray, and LeRae onto the chairs piled up in the middle ring! Belair then hits a top rope splash onto Ripley on the chairs.
Time expires, and Dakota Kai viciously attacks Tegan Nox! Kai viciously slams her into the cage on the stage. Kai slams the cage door on Nox’s arm before viciously slamming it off Nox’s surgically repaired knee. Kai rips off Nox’s knee brace. NXT General Manager William Regal comes out, and Kai hits him! She attacks Nox again before leaving to the back to massive heat. Shayna Baszler is in the other cage laughing.
Time expires, and NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler comes out. Baszler recognizes her 4-on-2 advantage. She walks over to Nox, who is being tended to by referees and doctors, but she doesn’t attack. Baszler slowly walks down to the ring and gets inside. Baszler and Ripley brawl, but the numbers advantage for Baszler’s team come to the advantage. Belair wedges a garbage can in the corner and throws a kendo stick into the other ring.
This match officially starts as a 4-on-2 advantage for Team Baszler. LeRae connects on Ray and Shirai with a double DDT! Ripley fights out of being handcuffed to the top rope. Shirai and Ray soon make a comeback on LeRae. Ripley sends Belair into the wedged garbage can before getting in the other ring and dropkicking Ray. Ripley counters a DDT from Ray and suplexes her into the cage wall! Ripley then applies an inverted cloverleaf on Belair on the top rope. Baszler applies a Kirifuda Clutch on LeRae on the top rope. Shirai kicks Ripley in the face. LeRae gets out and hits a springboard moonsault on Baszler for a near fall. Belair then press slams and throws LeRae to the other ring onto Ripley. ray hits a Gory Bomb on LeRae, and Shirai hits a moonsault for a near fall. Ripley makes a comeback, but Belair viciously attacks her with her hair braid! LeRae wildly hits away at Belair with a kendo stick. Shirai then attacks LeRae from behind with a double underhook backbreaker. Shirai then climbs to the top of the cage, but LeRae cuts her off. Ray also climbs to the top rope. LeRae hits Ray with a wild poisonrana off the top rope, but Belair breaks up the pin!
LeRae and Belair brawl in the center of the ring. LeRae pulls on the hair of Belair, and Shirai is standing on the top of the cage. Shirai then hits a moonsault off the top of the cage onto LeRae and Belair! Unreal!
Ripley pounds away at Baszler with a chair. Ripley puts Baszler on two chairs end to end and goes to put a garbage can over her head, but she instead uses the garbage can to hit Ray. Baszler then applies a Kirifuda Clutch to Ripley! Ripley somehow powers out and handcuffs herself to Baszler! Ripley kicks away at Baszler before Baszler trips her. Ripley counters back with a Riptide onto the chairs for the win! Ripley and LeRae have come back from 4-on-2 odds!
Winners by Pinfall: Team Ripley (Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae)
Finn Balor is shown warming up backstage. He’ll face Matt Riddle later tonight.
Video Package: Pete Dunne vs. Damian Priest vs. Killian Dain
Imperium from NXT UK are shown at ringside.
Damian Priest vs. Killian Dain vs. Pete Dunne
The winner of this match will go on to face NXT Champion Adam Cole tomorrow night at Survivor Series.
The match starts with everyone whiffing on kicks and standing in a stalemate. Dain points at Dunne, so Dunne grabs the fingers. Priest knocks Dunne out of the ring and attacks Dain. Dunne comes in and kicks Priest. They criss-cross the ropes before Dain clotheslines Priest out of the ring. Dunne then twists the arm of Dain and stomps the limb! Priest then forearms Dunne in the back of the head. Priest knocks Dain off the apron and goes for a springboard plancha, but Dunne cuts him off. Priest then catches Dunne trying to scale the ropes with a Crucifix Powerbomb attempt, but Dain hits him with a running cross-body block. Dain hits Dunne with a Michinoku Driver onto Priest! Dain covers Priest for a near fall. Dain then covers Dunne for another near fall.
Dain goes outside and slams Priest off the commentary table before bouncing him off the steps. Dain lifts Priest up on his shoulders and catches Dunne! Dain is carrying both men! Dain then hits a Samoan Drop on the floor on Priest while giving Dunne a fallaway slam! Dain gets Dunne in the ring and viciously whips him to the corner. Dunne fights back, but Dain knees him in the midsection. Dunne slides out of a fireman’s carry and chops the chest. Dunne backflips over Dain and dropkicks him. Dunne sidesteps Priest and flips out of a German Suplex. Dunne dropkicks Priest before hitting a snap German Suplex on Dain. Dunne stomps Dain’s hands and kicks him. Dunne then gets Priest in a triangle choke attempt. Dain attacks Dunne and helps Priest hit a big powerbomb on him.
Priest and Dain exchange blows in the center of the ring. Priest knees Dain and punches away at him. They clothesline each other, but neither man goes down. Dunne attacks both men, clubbing and chopping them both until Priest attacks them both. Priest hits Dunne with a discus forearm before Dain head-butts Priest in the face. Dunne dropkicks Priest down and kicks him in the head. Priest hits a roundhouse kick on Dain, but Dunne kicks him in the head. All three men then connects on stereo kicks! They’re all down!
An “NXT” chant fires up. Dunne kicks Dain in the head a few times before Priest wipes them both out with a summersault senton off the top rope. Priest hits Dunne with a Broken Arrow onto Dain before connecting with South of Heaven for a near fall. Priest throws Dunne out of the ring and hits a Crucifix Powerbomb onto the Spanish commentators’ table! Dain then wipes Priest out a suicide dive! Dain then hits a cannonball onto Priest through the barricade! Dain gets Priest in the ring for a near fall.
Priest fights back at Dain, but Dain slams him down before hitting a senton splash. Dain goes to the middle rope, but Priest grabs the ankle. Priest then hits Dain with a huge crucifix powerbomb, but Dunne breaks up the pin! Dunne holds Priest’s hands and stomps away at the face. Dunne forearms Priest in the corner and backs up, but Priest follows him for a flying elbow. Priest then hits a WILD over-the-top-rope running plancha onto Dain! Dunne goes to the top rope and annihilates Priest and Dain with a moonsault to the floor!
Priest and Dunne are in the ring, and they exchange blows before Priest turns him inside out with a clothesline. Dunne gets out of The Reckoning and goes for a pumphandle. Priest gets out, but Dunne counters into a cross arm breaker. Dain breaks it up with a low dropkick. Dain hits Priest with a One-Winged Angel for a near fall.
Dain gets Dunne on the top rope and puts him in the tree of woe. Dain sends Priest into Dunne before hitting a cannonball on both men. Dain hits a Vader Bomb on Priest, but Dunne breaks up the pin with a moonsault. Dunne hits the Bitter End on Dain, but Priest kicks Dunne in the head to break up the pin! Dunne slowly gets up and goes to the top rope. Priest cuts him off and hits a super hurricanrana that sends Dunne into Dain! Priest wipes both out with kicks and hits The Reckoning on Dunne, but Dain breaks up the pin! Priest sends Dunne to the corner, but Dunne backflips over him. Dain immediately chop blocks Dunne before dropkicking Priest off the apron. Dain goes to the top rope, but Dunne cuts him off with a kick to the head. Priest gets Dunne on the top rope, but Dunne snaps his fingers. Dain knocks Priest off the top rope to the floor. Dunne then gives Dain a superplex. Dunne hits a Bitter End on Priest, but Dain breaks it up with a senton splash! Dain goes for a One-Winged Angel on Dunne, but Dunne counters into a sleeper hold. Dain leaps back to slam Dunne onto Priest. Dunne all of a sudden kicks Dain out of the ring and covers Priest for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Pete Dunne
Pete Dunne will face Adam Cole for the NXT Championship tomorrow night at Survivor Series.
NXT TakeOver will have a standalone event in Portland, Oregon on Sunday, February 16.
Team Ciampa are shown getting ready backstage.
Video Package: Finn Balor vs. Matt Riddle
Matt Riddle vs. Finn Balor
The crowd is really buzzing about this match. They circle the ring a few times before going for a test of strength. Riddle goes for a takedown, but Balor gets away. The crowd chants Riddle’s name in the style of the Goldberg chants. Riddle wrenches the arm and takes him down for a one count. They lock hands, and Balor blocks a takedown. Riddle twists out and goes for an arm bar, but Balor gets out with a head-scissor. Riddle gets up, but Balor ducks a Penalty Kick. Balor smiles at him. Balor applies a side headlock and cinches it in. Riddle tries to whip him off, but Balor keeps it locked in. Riddle gets out with a head-scissor, but Balor gets out and reapplies the side headlock. Riddle fights up and tries to whip him off, but Balor keeps it applied. Riddle powers out and hits a pair of rolling gutwrench suplexes. Balor gets out and rolls him up for a two count. Riddle then connects with a stiff forearm. Riddle goes for a sunset flip, but Balor rolls through and dropkicks him in the face for a near fall. Balor then applies a chin lock. Balor takes him down trying to fight up. Balor chops away at Riddle in the corner before stomping him down. Balor then hits a running dropkick in the corner for a near fall. Balor reapplies the chin lock, but Riddle fights up. Balor quickly throws him out of the ring before hitting a wrecking ball dropkick. Balor puts Riddle on the apron before slamming his face off it. Balor gets him in the ring for a near fall. Riddle tries to fight back, but Balor cuts him off. Balor kicks away at Riddle’s face and poses. Riddle fights back with chops and a kick to the chest before hitting a roundhouse kick and an exploder suplex. Riddle connects with a PK and a Broton for a near fall.