NXT was at Center Stage in Atlanta on Thursday night for the final television tapings before TakeOver: Philadelphia. With approximately 600 people in attendance, the former home of WCW Saturday Night hosted Johnny Gargano putting his TakeOver title shot on the line against Velveteen Dream in the main event.
Dark match —
– Candice LeRae defeated Vanessa Borne
NXT TV taping spoilers —
– Kassius Ohno defeated Raul Mendoza
– Shayna Baszler defeated Dakota Kai
The referee stopped the match after a vicious assault by Baszler. NXT Women’s Champion Ember Moon made the save and confronted Baszler following the match.
– Lars Sullivan defeated Lio Rush
Sullivan destroyed Rush with the Freak Accident, then proceeded to call out Killian Dain before hitting Rush with another Freak Accident. The last one was off the ropes.
– The Undisputed Era attacked SAnitY backstage before doing an in-ring promo. Nikki Cross attempted to fight them but was held back, then William Regal announced the next match.
– NXT Tag Team Champions Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly defeated Roderick Strong & Aleister Black to retain their titles
Adam Cole took Black’s attention away and they brawled while Strong was defeated. Black was beaten down by Cole after.
Regal then announced that Black vs. Cole at TakeOver: Philadelphia will be an extreme rules match.
– NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas (w/ Zelina Vega) defeated Kassius Ohno
Almas won with the hammerlock DDT.
– Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss defeated Heavy Machinery
– Lacey Evans defeated Aliyah
Evans cut a promo when this was over, but Baszler showed up and was destroying Aliyah until Moon made the save again. Regal announced Moon vs. Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver.
– Roderick Strong defeated Fabian Aichner
Strong then challenged Sullivan to a rematch.
– Johnny Gargano did a promo in the ring about his quest to win the NXT Championship.
– The Authors of Pain defeated The Street Profits in a number one contender’s match
AOP will face Fish & O’Reilly for the NXT Tag Team Championship at TakeOver.
– No Way Jose defeated Cezar Bononi
– Bianca Belair defeated an enhancement wrestler
– Before a match could get started, The Authors of Pain destroyed a pair of enhancement wrestlers and taunted Undisputed Era.
– Johnny Gargano defeated Velveteen Dream to retain his NXT Championship shot
This was said to be a great match with huge near falls. Gargano fended off Almas and held the title in his hands to end the tapings.