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- Two weeks ago, Tommaso Ciampa defeats Aleister Black for the NXT Championship. Last week, Aleister Black blasted Johnny Gargano with Black Mass for his involvement during the title the match, tonight the two will meet in the ring.
- Mauro Ranallo, Percy Watson, and Nigel McGuinness welcome us in to tonight's show as we get right to the first match.
Amber Nova vs. Nikki Cross
Crowd with a "Nikki's gonna kill you!" chant. Cross backs Nova into the corner, clean break, but Nova shoves Cross. Arm drag, belly-to-back suplex, cover, two-count on Nova. Nova ends up driving cross face first with her legs into the top turnbuckle. Nova with the full mount, lands some big strikes, tries for a couple covers, but only gets two. Straight jacket submission on Cross in the middle of the ring, Cross gets away hits a couple kicks and runs over Nova, screaming all along the way. Full mount by Cross, hits some punches to the face, heads up to the top rope and hits a diving crossbody. She hits a swinging neckbreaker for the 1-2-3.
Winner: Nikki Cross via Pinfall
- Vignette fore Keith Lee who talks about looking to be better every single day and wanting the NXT Universe to "Basket in my glory."
- Ricochet comes out for a match and ends up getting attacked from behind by Undisputed Era. Adam Cole on the mic, he says he's not a coward and he stands tall as the one and only North American Champion. Cole says he plans on mangling Ricochet at NXT TakeOver and that is undisputed.
- Backstage, Vanessa Borne talks about her upcoming match against Taynara Conti in a Mae Young Classic qualifying match. Borne says she doesn't want to deprive the NXT Universe of "The Vision" and she plans on taking the final spot at the Mae Young Classic.
Kassius Ohno vs. Adrian Jaoude
Jauode shows off some Capoeira at the start of the match, Ohno isn't impressed. Jaoude tries to take him down and is eventually able to bring down the big man. Ohno lands a boot to the face, hits a running senton splash, running kick to the face, and he lands a couple more. Ohno with a slap to the head, Jaoude is able to nearly lift Ohno, throws a couple strikes, and then hits a side suplex. Ohno recovers, lands a big strike, hits a forearm to the side of Jaoude's head and that will do it.
Knockout. Artist. pic.twitter.com/4fTNRkKMri— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 9, 2018
Winner: Kassius Ohno via Pinfall
- Poolside, EC3 meets up with Velveteen Dream to discuss their issues before their NXT TakeOver match. EC3 sits next Velveteen Dream who then asks him if he wants to take a walk. Dream fakes pushing EC3 into the pool, but was just joking. EC3 says this upcoming match is bigger than the both of them, it's bigger than life. Dream feels disrespected by EC3 after inviting him into his facilities and drops his shades. EC3 goes to pick them up, Dream tries to shove him in the pool and EC3 dumps Dream in the pool. Dream freaks out and EC3 says, "Dude! It's three feet deep!" and walks off.
- Next week: Velveteen Dream will be live.
Keith Lee vs. Marcel Barthel
Crowd gives a nice welcome to Keith Lee in his debut NXT match with "Keith Lee!" and "Oooo! Bask in his glory!" chants. Barthel gets clobbered early on with a couple shots to the face. Barthel with a double thrust to the throat, european uppercut. Lee leaps over a running a Barthel and hits a dropkick to a nice pop. Barthel with some kicks to the midsection, and hits a boot to Lee's face.
Couple more strikes, Lee tries for a kick, Barthel catches it and yells "Nein!" then lands another kick. Lee is tied up in the ropes now, Barthel with a running dropkick. He continues beating up Lee in the corner, but gets turned around and Lee hits a double handed chop across the chop. Lee charges in with a dive, nobody home, Barthel tries for a snap suplex, but ends up getting tossed. Lee with a not so great pounce on Barthel. Fireman's carry right into a jackhammer, cover, 1-2-3.
Winner: Keith Lee via Pinfall
- At an ATM Machine, Street Profits on their new show "Street Talk." They talk some trash about The Mighty and say they are going to see them in a match, next week.
Vanessa Borne vs. Taynara Conti (Mae Young Classic Qualifying Match)
Both wrestlers try for pins early on, but barely get one-counts. Conti with a judo throw, Borne with a double-leg takedown, cover, two. Conti with a float-over and again goes for a pin, two. Borne runs over Conti, hits a forearm to the back and throws Conti's head into the second turnbuckle. Borne with a body scissors in the middle of the ring, "I deserve to be in the tournament, not you!" Borne yells. She goes for an elbow drop, but nobody home, charges into the corner and Conti lands a number of kicks.
Conti tries to drag Borne away from the corner, Borne hangs on and gets kicked hard in the arm. Belly-to-belly suplex by Conti. Borne hangs on to the edge of the ring for a moment, gets up, and smacks Conti in the face. "Are you crazy!?" Conti yells. Conti hits a rough counter and plants Borne into the match, cover, 1-2-3.
Winner: Taynara Conti via Pinfall
- In the crowd is UFC Fighter Cain Velasquez.
- It's announced Tommaso Ciampa will defend his title against Aleister Black at NXT TakeOver.
Aleister Black vs. Johnny Gargano
Back and forth attacks right off the start, Black with a kick that finally slows Gargano. Black with a combo of knees and elbows, but Gargano fires back with a kick that sends Black to the outside. Gargano with a suicide dive on Black and tosses Black back in the ring. Gargano stomps away at his opponent in the corner, ref pulls him away, Gargano ends up on the apron, goes for a slingshot spear and gets a knee to the head.
Black with some strikes, finishing with a kick to the head. Double clotheslines and both end up down on the mat. Tommaso Ciampa runs down to the ring and tosses Gargano out of the ring. The Referee calls the match as Ciampa goes to work on Black.
Match ends in a no contest.
- Post-match, Gargano gets back in the ring and swings away on Ciampa. Black ends up dropping both Ciampa and Gargano. They end up out on the floor and Gargano hits a cannonball off the apron down on Ciampa. Black grabs Gargano, gets full mount and hammers away on him as Referees show up and tries to restore some order. NXT GM William Regal heads out to the stage and announces at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn it will be Tommaso Ciampa vs. Johnny Gargano vs. Aleister Black for the NXT Championship.
Hey thanks, Mr. Regal! pic.twitter.com/zCVTQHhoXK— TDE Wrestling (@totaldivaseps) August 9, 2018