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WWE NXT #446 (4.25.18) Play-by-Play and Review

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You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. Tonight, Adam Cole defends the North American Championship against Oney Lorcan and Aleister Black defends the NXT Championship against Johnny Gargano.

In-Ring Promo: All ofUndisputed Era makes their way to the ring. Adam Cole gloats about all their championship gold. Bobby Fish says they were thrown to the wolves, but they stay one step ahead. Roderick Strong finally takes the microphone and the others all pat him on the back. He says he finally did something for himself.

He says he could have won the tag team titles with Pete Dunne, but how long until Pete Dunne turned on him and focused on the UK Championship? He says he was sick of fighting alone and coming up short. O’Reilly says they’re done being backed into a corner. Cole says he’s going to defend the title against Oney Lorcan by himself and then takes a swipe at Lorcan saying he doesn’t really need help to beat him. 

Match #1: NXT North American Championship: Adam Cole © v. Oney Lorcan

After introductions, we see Cole has his ribs still taped up after TakeOver. Lorcan goes right for an abdominal stretch as Cole sells the rib injury. Cole takes a breather outside the ring, but Lorcan forces him back in. Lorcan tries a suplex to the floor, but eats a step-up enzuigiri instead. Adam Cole is the crowd favorite. It may be tough to keep Undisputed Era heel moving forward. Meanwhile, Cole continues to lay into Lorcan with right hands. 

Cole delivers a fireman’s carry into the neck breaker across his knee, which used to be called the Last Shot. Lorcan fires up with chops and a stiff knee to the ribs. Lorcan hits a running Blockbuster for a 2-count. Lorcan can’t connect with a half-and-half suplex, but hangs up Cole on the top rope and sends him to the floor. O’Reilly brings a trainer to ringside to check on Cole while Strong uses the opportunity to suplex Lorcan on the ring apron. Cole gets back in the ring and delivers the Last Shot knee to the back of the head to pick up the win. 

Post-match, Strong and O’Reilly put the boots to Lorcan. Danny Burch hits the ring and briefly fights them off, but Cole takes his head off with a super kick. O’Reilly nails Burch with an ax kick as Strong gives Lorcan a high knee. Undisputed Era stands tall to end the segment. 

Winner: Adam Cole via pinfall to RETAIN the NXT North American Championship

Thoughts: Solid TV match. In this case, it’s old school booking where the heel is presented as unable to compete fairly with the babyface and requires help to win (which makes complete sense in trying to get over a babyface) as they try to keep Undisputed Era heel. I’m thinking this may lead to a tag team championship match with Burch and Lorcan. 

Promo Videos: Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair hype videos are shown.

Match #2: Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic) v. Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss

Man, I feel like we’ve seen this match a hundred times. It’s time to do something with Sabbatelli and Moss. Anyway, this match was interrupted by War Raiders last time, so here we are. Things quickly break down and Heavy Machinery takes control. Knight back drops Moss. Heavy Machinery smash them together and then stand on them. Dozovic no sells a little, but Moss finally catches him with a side suplex and some right hands to take control.

Sabbatelli gets a tag and continues to work over Otis. A double-team move backfires and Moss spears Tino off the apron. Knight gets a hot tag and drop kicks Moss. Knight runs into a boot and then Sabbatelli hops off the apron when Moss goes for the tag (FINALLY). Moss gets avalanched and thrown across the ring with an overhead belly-to-belly. Heavy Machinery hits the Compactor and that’s all for Moss. 

Post-match, Knight says they’re going to raid the buffets and eat all the steaks. Otis says they’ll also raid the gyms and lift the weights. They call out War Raiders. Good luck guys. 

Winners: Heavy Machinery via pinfall

Thoughts: This has been a long-time coming. The seeds were planted multiple times for this, but I thought maybe Triple H changed his mind. Sabbatelli and Moss weren’t going anywhere as a team, so this just makes sense. Heavy Machinery is now lined up to be fed to War Raiders, which also makes sense. 

Promo Videos: Nikki Cross, Aliyah, Kairi Sane, Lacey Evans, Vanessa Borne, and Candice LeRae all call out Shayna Baszler. 

Backstage: Dakota Kai was interviewed earlier about the Baszler thing last week in the locker room. She says she’s really uncomfortable and doesn’t want to talk about it. Baszler walks up and tells Kai to look at her. She runs down Dakota Kai and Kai is left looking like a total coward. Fair enough. 

Match #3: NXT Championship: Aleister Black © v. Johnny Gargano

During Gargano’s entrance, Ciampa levels him from behind. Ciampa slams him against the announcer’s desk and tries to drive him through it, but Gargano fights back and kicks Ciampa off the table. Gargano dives onto Ciampa and they brawl onto the stage. Ciampa punts Gargano between the legs and then squares up and punts him in the head. Ciampa then picks up Gargano and jumps off the stage to drive him through a table. Candice LeRae and officials all tend to Gargano as they load him onto a stretcher. 

Kassius Ohno and Aleister Black are among the people backstage as Gargano is wheeled to an ambulance. As the ambulance drives off, Ciampa is standing on top of a semi trailer watching it leave. Meanwhile, Aleister Black makes his way to the ring without music. He takes the microphone to call out Tommaso Ciampa, but he’s interrupted by SAnitY’s music. Eric Young takes the microphone and starts talking about chaos, but Black cuts him off and says let’s do this, which leads to…

Match #4/Main Event: NXT Championship: Aleister Black © v. Eric Young

The announcers are unsure if this is a title match. Young gets control with a back elbow after a rope break. Young continues taking it to Black, but eats a knee and goes to the floor. Black does the fake springboard moonsault and almost eats it again. Are the ropes too loose or what? Black comes back with strikes, but Alexander Wolfe comes into the ring and gets leveled. The distraction allows Young get control again. 

Young delivers a brutal neck breaker, but Black kicks out at 2. Black gets back body dropped for another near fall. Black takes Young’s head off with a rebounding knee to the face and they both reset on the mat. Black lands jabs, kicks, and a leg sweep. Black hits the springboard moonsault for a near fall. Black goes for a crucifix, but Young turns it into a Death Valley Driver/brain buster move. Young gets caught on the top rope, but fights off Black. Young slips back into the ring and walks right into Black Mass and that’s it for Young. After the pin, Wolfe and Dain eat Black Mass kicks as SAnitY gets their NXT send-off.

Winner: Aleister Black via pinfall to RETAIN the NXT Championship (I think?)

Thoughts: No one ever confirmed whether this was a title match or not. I’ll assume it was. Anyway, this was SAnitY’s send off as they have been advertised as coming to SmackDown (without Nikki Cross, strangely). It wasn’t a great match, but it accomplished what it needed to. I knew that Gargano going to the title seemed a little rushed and Ciampa was just ruthless. I don’t think they can top New Orleans, but the next logical match has to be a cage match or something to finally end their current feud? Anyway, that was a pretty powerful segment. 

TLDR

  • Adam Cole beat Oney Lorcan to retain the NXT North American Championship
  • Heavy Machinery beat Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
  • Tino Sabbatelli walked out on Moss during the match
  • Tommaso Ciampa attacked Johnny Gargano before his NXT Championship match and Gargano was stretchered out of the arena
  • Aleister Black beat Eric Young to retain the NXT Championship and laid out the rest of SAnitY with Black Mass kicks.

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