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Tonight features the first in a series of qualifying matches to determine who will be included in the Fatal 4-Way Match for the vacant NXT Women's Championship match at NXT TakeOver: War Games. Kairi Sane is already the first to be involved in that match, but tonight, Liv Morgan, Nikki Cross, and Peyton Royce will face off to see who will get the next spot. Also, Johnny Gargano takes on Andrade "Cien" Almas, plus much more!
WWE NXT (@WWENXT) October 11, 2017
WWE NXT (@WWENXT) October 11, 2017
- We kick things off with Asuka relinquishing her NXT Women's Championship and a preview of the upcoming Fatal 4-Way match at NXT TakeOver: War Games.
Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness welcome us in with the Iconic Duo coming to the ring. Liv out and finally, Nikki, who heads to the ring without any other members of Sanity. Both Nikki and Liv start jawing at Peyton, Nikki grabs Liv's arm and they double clothesline Peyton out of the ring momentarily. Nikki turns her attention to Liv, throwing her face first into the turnbuckle before jumping on her back to lock in a body scissors. Peyton in with a spinning hook kick, misses both of her opponents. Peyton goes for the first pin of the night, Liv shrugs her off and the two start bickering before exchanging strikes. "Little brat!" Peyton yells and she kicks away at Liv. Peyton locks in a submission on the ropes (remember no rope break) until Nikki finally claws Peyton down, heads first, to the floor, ouch.
Billie Kay tries to interject herself in the match and gets blasted off the apron by Nikki. The wild one goes after both women, dropping both to the mat. Liv and Peyton get caught up on the top rope, Nikki runs over and hits a Tower of Doom, with all three women down. Suddenly, The Undisputed Era shows up with Taynara Conti, who is sent to the ring! She yanks Nikki down, but gets a forearm to the face, sending her to the floor. Nikki hits a neck break on Peyton, goes for a pin, only two. Swinging neckbreaker by Nikki on Liv, Conti pulls Nikki out of the ring, and suddenly realizes the error of her ways. An angry Nikki chases her around the floor and into the ring, but Peyton hits a nice spinning kick and fisherman's suplex on Nikki to get the win!
Winner: Peyton Royce (Advanced to the Fatal 4-Way Championship Match)
Lio Rush vs. The Velveteen Dream
Rush out first to a nice pop from the crowd, Velveteen Dream out next who checks every square inch of the wrestling mat. Dream tries to talk some sense into Rush, but gets slapped in the mug. Rush uses some redirection and speed to completely confuse Dream! Crowd goes nuts for that initial sequence. Dream puts that to a halt by whipping Rush into the turnbuckle, sending him flying to the floor. Dream with a backbreaker, pin, two. Beautiful swinging DDT counter by Rush, who goes for a pin, 2. Commentary is having fun with this match. Dream looks to finish things off with The Purple Rainmaker, pin, 1-2-3. Great match, Rush really got the crowd's attention in that one.
Winner: The Velveteen Dream via Pinfall
- Post-match, Dream mocks Aleister Black by doing his sitting pose and says "Say my name" to the camera.
Danny Burch vs. Lars Sullivan
Burch strolls right up and smacks Sullivan twice, before getting thrown into the corner. Burch with another punch, but Sullivan ends up dropping him in a hurry. Big clubbing blows to Burch's head over and over again. Sullivan throws him into the corner followed up by a big splash. Sullivan with a big suplex and plays with a grounded Burch, kicking lightly at him. Burch up on his shoulders, but Burch fights off and lands some big chops and European uppercuts. Sullivan with a clothesline and side spinebuster to get the pinfall victory.
Winner: Lars Sullivan via Pinfall
- Recap of Roderick Strong and Drew McIntyre's NXT Championship match from last week. The two shook hands after the match, then The Undisputed Era spoke with Strong on the stage before he headed off.
- Drew McIntyre will have a sit-down interview next week.
Street Profits vs. Damien Smith and Espada
Montez Ford makes fun of Smith's size, getting on his knees and dancing. A couple more shoulder shakes and in comes Dawkins jumping up and over Ford, landing on Smith's back (who was draped over the top rope). Ford runs around a bit in celebration and yells at anyone he can find in, crowd, security guy, it doesn't matter. Back in the ring, Dawkins drops his opponent, Ford hits a frog splash and it's already over.
Winners: Street Profits
- Post-match, Ford has some fun with people at ringside, before jumping into the crowd with Dawkins for a "Hey, hey, hey!" party.
Johnny Gargano vs. Andrade "Cien" Almas (with Zelina Vega)
Gargano tries to get at Almas, but can't quite get a hold of them as we see a nice mat game being played out at the start of the match. We finally get to a stalemate and both glare at each other momentarily. Gargano tries to throws Almas to the floor, he stops himself in the ropes before dropping to the mat, Gargano goes for a submission, but rope break ends that in a hurry. Gargano with a flying headscissors then snaps Alams' arm over his shoulder. Gargano throw into the corner, feet up, tossed to the side and both are on the apron. Almas tries for a suplex and ends up getting a big boot on Gargano. He then drives Gargano to the apron as we head to break.
Back from break, we're in the ring and Almas locks in a triangle armbar in the ropes until the count of four. Back and forth punches from both wrestlers until Gargano gets shoved into the corner. Gargano up to the top, gets chopped in the chest, but he's able to hit a tornado flatliner anyways. Gargano on the apron, tries for his spear into the ring, gets caught, Gargano back body drops Almas to the floor and a quick suicide dive on Almas gets the crowd up and cheering. Back in the ring, Almas almost steals the match with a handful of tights. Dragon suplex with the bridge on Gargano, only two! Almas starting to get frustrated with his opponent.
Out on the floor, Almas gets a boot to the face, but is brought back into the ring. Huge strikes from both wrestlers, elbows, punches, back elbows, chops, Gargano lands a big kick, pin, two! Gargano crawls his way to the top rope while Almas is woozy. He ends up tossing the referee into the ropes which drops Gargano on his Johnnies. Both up on the ropes, slaps back and forth, Gargano goes for a powerbomb, Almas flips out of it, Gargano with a lariat, Lawn Dart into the second turnbuckle, crucifix bomb, and Johnny locks in the Gargano Escape! Vega unzips her jacket to show off a DIY shirt, which doesn't work as well as she hoped. Almas does get to the ropes though. She jumps up on the apron and distracts, Almas goes for a small package, only a two. Multiple counters into pins until Gargano hits a super kick. Gargano gets dropped and is laying on the bottom turnbuckle, two double knees to the back of head, oh! Hammerlock DDT for the pin, 1-2-3! Heck of a match between these two!
Winner: Andrade "Cien" Almas via Pinfall
- Post-match, Vega jumps in the ring to celebrate with Almas, taking a moment to taunt Gargano.