Matt Riddle def. Kassius Ohno
As Riddle himself said, this match was originally advertised to take place on next week's episode of NXT, but I guess officials decided to hold it a few days early at TakeOver instead (and truthfully, that should have been the case, anyway). Well, this wasn't much of a match at all because Riddle literally beat him with one move almost instantly. I didn't watch the Kickoff show, but apparently Ohno said there that he would "expose [Riddle] in one second flat," so Riddle turned the tables by beating him in a few seconds. I was looking forward to them killing it against each other, but I can't argue with Riddle going over strong in his TakeOver in-ring debut. Hopefully a rematch is in the cards eventually.
NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler def. Kairi Sane in a 2-out-of-3 Falls Match
You had to know interference from Marina Shafir and Jessica Duke was coming, but I was disappointed that it happened so early in the outing and that it continued to happen throughout the bout. NXT rarely pulls that card, so it bothered me because I was hoping for something more straightforward considering where they are in the feud (I actually assumed this would be the blow-off, but apparently not). This was fun while it lasted, but it's also pretty ridiculous that a 2-out-of-3 Falls match would be 10 minutes long. I don't think any of their previous encounters went under that, so I thought that was illogical and took away from what could have been a barn-burner. On the bright side, Dakota Kai and Io Shirai coming to Sane's aid toward the end was well-received by the crowd and should lead to a hell of a six-woman tag team matchup on NXT TV.
Impact Knockouts Champion Tessa Blanchard def. Ray Lyn (Non-title)
It can't be overstated how big of a star Blanchard is and why she's the perfect fit for the Impact Knockouts Champion right now. I like Taya Valkyrie and wouldn't be upset over her eventually taking the title from Blanchard (which is where this feud seems to be headed), but Blanchard shouldn't be dropping that belt to anyone any time soon. Their post-match verbal exchange was solid and the match itself simply existed to serve as a showcase for Blanchard.
Impact World Tag Team Champions LAX def. Fallah Bahh and KM (Non-title)
I wasn't originally sold on Bahh and KM as a tandem, but they've turned into quite the treat together and I enjoy them as comic relief in the undercard of the tag team division. As a result, I don't mind them taking the fight to stars who clearly have more credibility than them such as LAX. This was a fun little match while it lasted with LAX scoring yet another victory. They said to Konnan backstage afterward that they'd like to mix it up with The Lucha Brothers, which I have no doubt would be outstanding.
Fenix def. Big Ryck, Drago, Pentagon Jr., El Mariachi Loco, Super Fly, King Cueto, Son of Havoc, Mascarita Sagrada and Prince Puma in a 10-Way Match
Dario Cueto announced that the winners of the two multi-person matches on this show would be in line for a "unique opportunity," which wouldn't be revealed until later on. Whoever scored the first fall in this match would be declared the victor, so it was all action from bell to bell and the nearfalls were quick and chaotic. It was only a handful of competitors in the ring at one time, but that was probably for the best to prevent this from becoming a mess. Sure, everything looked/felt choreographed, but it was insanely fun, nonetheless.
Mil Muertes Won a 10-Man Battle Royal
This Battle Royal consisted of the rest of the roster that wasn't involved in the opener including Muertes, Johnny Mundo, the entire Crenshaw Crew, Sexy Star, Pimpinela Escarlata, Chavo Guerrero, Famous B and Ricky Mandel. Star and Chavo have been embroiled in a heated rivalry for weeks, so they were able to further their feud here, and the same can be said for Mundo and The Crenshaw Crew. The order of eliminations was logical and I liked how Mundo put up enough of a fight before finally losing to Muertes, who continues to steamroll through everyone. This was a decent Battle Royal otherwise.
King Cuerno def. Super Fly
Similar to how Cuerno stalked Drago during one of his matches a few episodes back, Drago returned the favor by watching from afar here. This marked Super Fly's debut (who I honestly forgot was even a part of the show until now), and although he had an impressive outing, this was all about Cuerno and allowing him to maintain momentum by picking up a victory. A third match between Drago and Cuerno is obviously looming.
Chavo Guerrero def. Fenix
Fenix has been a human highlight reel since arriving in Lucha Underground and all of his matches have raged from good to great. Chavo hasn't been my favorite performer in the promotion up this point, but he has been built up as one of the top heels on the show and I guess I should have expected him to go over so the heels could get the upper hand in the feud. This was an entertaining encounter despite not receiving much time.
Dakota Kai def. Nina Samuels in an NXT UK Women's Championship Tournament Quarterfinal Match
I know virtually nothing about Samuels, and although she had a decent showing in this match, she didn't do anything that overly impressed me. Kai, on the other hand, is an absolute star on the rise and is such a blast to watch in the ring. She was largely responsible for this being as fun as it was, and needless to say, Kai advancing was the right result. I'm happy we'll be seeing more of her on both NXT and NXT UK going forward.
Tyson T-Bone def. Jake Constantinou
I liked what I saw from T-Bone during the first WWE United Kingdom Championship Tournament, so I'm glad he's being brought back as a regular for the NXT UK brand. He has a unique look and charisma about him that I think can take him far if he's built up the right way, so I was happy he came across as dominant here. Dave Mastiff made his entrance just as T-Bone was leaving, so it looks like those two will be on a collision course eventually.
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