NXT TakeOver: New York Review: Adam Cole vs. Johnny Gargano

NXT TakeOver New YorkShow: NXT TakeOver: New York 
Location: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
Date: Friday April 5, 2019

War Raiders (Hanson & Rowe) def. Aleister Black & Ricochet to retain the NXT Tag Team Titles  Everyone got a big reaction. Ricochet delivered a handstand head scissors and a dropkick too Hanson. Black delivered a running knee to Rowe as Ricochet delivered a dropkick. Hanson delivered a back senton to Black. Rowe scoop slammed Hanson onto Ricochet. Black delivered a leg sweep to Rowe. Ricochet delivered a springboard lariat to Rowe and then delivered a running Shooting Star Press for a near fall. Rowe delivered a knee strike to Black. Hanson delivered a crossbody to Ricochet. There was a cool spot as Hanson delivered multiple running splashes to Black and Ricochet in opposite corners which got a big reaction. Ricochet caught Hanson coming off the ropes and delivered a Fallaway Slam as the crowd chanted “Mama Mia” Black delivered a knee strike and a German suplex to Rowe for a near fall. Ricochet delivered an enzuigiri to Hanson. Hanson delivered a handspring back elbow to Ricochet which got a big reaction. Rowe delivered a Woo dropkick to Ricochet, then lifted Hanson and rammed him into Ricochet in the corner. Hanson and Rowe delivered a Springboard Lariat/German Suplex combo to Ricochet but Black made the save by delivering a flying double stomp as the crowd chanted “Fight Forever” There was a great sequence as Black delivered a reverse moonsault to Hanson, Rowe delivered a tope to Black, Ricochet delivered an awesome looking corkscrew Space Tiger Drop to Rowe and then Hanson climbed the top rope and delivered a flying cannonball to everyone on the floor which got a big reaction. They teased a count-out but they made it back into the ring. Ricochet delivered back-to-back bicycle kicks to Rowe, Black delivered the Black Mass and then Ricochet followed by delivering an awesome looking Shooting Star Press. Hanson made the save by plowing Black into Ricochet. Ricochet went for a 630 Splash but Hanson pulled Rowe to the floor. Hanson avoided a reverse moonsault and delivered a clothesline to Black on the floor. Hanson and Rowe delivered a Popup Powerslam to Ricochet. Hanson delivered a tope to Black. Hanson and Rowe delivered the Fallout to Ricochet for the win☆☆☆☆☆ 

After the match, Hanson and Rowe bowed to Black and Ricochet. Black and Ricochet bowed back. The crowd gave Black and Ricochet a thunderous ovation as loudly chanted You Deserve It. Ricochet had tears in his eyes. Black and Ricochet shared a hug as they posed in the ring

(Amin’s Analysis: An amazing match from start to finish as everyone worked really hard at a terrific pace. There were so many great spots and the closing sequence was terrific. This will be one of my favourite tag team matches of the year. The post-match was superb as you can really tell how much NXT means to Black and Ricochet)

NXT UK Women’s Champion Toni Storm and new NXT UK signee Piper Niven were looking very lovely were shown in the crowd. 

Velveteen Dream def. Matt Riddle to retain the NXT North American Title – Both got big reaction when they came out but the crowd was more into Riddle. The crowd was mixed at the beginning as they chanted “Bro” and “Velveteen” Riddle delivered a monkey flip into an armbar but Dream placed his foot on the ropes. Riddle delivered back-to-back gutwrench suplex. Dream delivered a triple flying axe handle smash. Dream leaped off the turnbuckle but Riddle countered by delivering a German suplex on the floor. Riddle delivered an overhead kick, running forearms and a Exploder suplex. Riddle delivered a PK for a near fall. Dream delivered a German suplex but Riddle no-sold it and delivered a knee strike. Riddle delivered a Fisherman’s Buster for a near fall. Riddle applied a triangle armbar but Dream grabbed the ropes. The crowd booed Riddle when he delivered palm strikes to Dream who was against the ropes. Riddle delivered a knee strike, a GTS and a German suplex for a near fall. Riddle delivered kicks but Dream no-sold it and started Hulking Up. Dream delivered rapid fire strikes, a running boot and then clotheslined Riddle. Dream delivering a flying axe handle smash to the floor and then delivered a Famasouser for a near fall. Dream delivered a Codebreaker for a near fall. Dream went for a PK but Riddle countered by applying an Ankle Lock. Dream rolled through and delivered a Superkick. Dream delivered a Twisting DDT and then delivered the Dream Valley Driver. Dream went for the Purple Rainmaker but Riddle countered by applying the BroMission but Dream escaped. There was a cool spot as Riddle delivered a middle rope Swandive German suplex to Dream and then delivered a flying corkscrew moonsault but Dream kicked out. Dream delivered a Powerbomb/Knee Strike combo but Dream kicked out. Riddle applied the BroMission but Dream rolled through, pinned Riddle and got the win☆☆☆☆ 1/4

Riddle watched Dream celebrate after the match. Riddle offered his fist. Dream and Riddle bumped fist.

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a great match as both Dream and Riddle worked really hard. Dream has really improved as a wrestler and has great charisma and should be a huge WWE superstar when he gets called up. Riddle has great charisma and his wrestling style is so awesome as brings intensity to his matches)

They aired footage of KUSHIDA signing an NXT contract. HHH and Regal praised KUSHIDA’s talent and explained they wanted him in NXT. KUSHIDA was shown at ringside as he got a huge reaction. (Really excited to see KUSHIDA in NXT)

WALTER def. Pete Dunne to win the WWE United Kingdom Title  Dunne and WALTER got big reactions as the match started. The match started with some chain wrestling. Dunne delivered a forearm strike but WALTER responded by delivering a chop. WALTER delivered a big boot and then backdropped Dunne on the ring apron. Dunne applied a heel hook but WALTER broke free by delivering chops. WALTER applied a Boston Crab but Dunne grabbed the ropes. Dunne delivered forearm strikes, an enzuigiri and a roundhouse kick to WALTER. Dunne delivered a reverse moonsault to WALTER on the floor. There was a great spot as Dunne snapped WALTER’s fingers and then delivered a running sit-out Powerbomb for a close near fall. Dunne delivered a flying double stomp to WALTER on the floor. WALTER delivered a Woo dropkick to Dunne a reverse German suplex and then delivered a Powerbomb but Dunne kicked out. WALTER went for another Powerbomb but Dunne countered by delivering an enzuigiri. Dunne stomped on WALTER’s hand and then delivered a roundhouse kick. They battled on the turnbuckle as WALTER delivered an avalanche Sleeper Suplex to Dunne. Dunne blocked a kick, delivered a German suplex and then delivered a Crucifix Bomb but WALTER kicked out. Dunne and WALTER exchanged stomps. Dunne applied an octopus hold but WALTER placed his foot on the ropes. WALTER clotheslined Dunne off the turnbuckle. WALTER leaped off the turnbuckle but Dunne caught him in a triangle hold. Dunne delivered the Bitter End but WALTER kicked out. There was a cool spot as WALTER maintained wrist control as he and Dunne exchanged boots and chops. They battled on the turnbuckle as Dunne applied a triangle but WALTER countered by delivering a clubbing blow. WALTER delivered a Super Flying Powerbomb which looked CRAZY. WALTER climbed the turnbuckle, delivered a Frog Splash to Dunne and got the win. ☆☆☆☆ 3/4

(Amin’s Analysis: The match started slow but this was a terrific hard hitting professional wrestling match and completely different style from everything else on the show. Dunne and WALTER worked really hard as there were so many great counters, transitions and the finishing sequence was awesome. Dunne is so great and bring out of the best of all his opponents. WALTER is just fantastic as he has great ring presence and brings a different aura to his matches)

Shayna Baszler def. Bianca BeLair, Io Shirai & Kairi Sane in a Fatal-4-Way Match to retain the NXT Women’s Title via Submission – My favourite wrestlers Io Shirai and Kairi Sane came out to big reactions. Sane entered the match with her shoulder hurt. Shayna Baszler was shown with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir but came out alone. Shirai delivered a double knees to BeLair for a near fall. Sane delivered a running Blockbuster to Baszler. Sane and Shirai delivered stereo dropkicks to Baszler and BeLair. Sane and Shirai had a short face-off  which was fun to watch. BeLair delivered a standing moonsault to Baszler for a near fall. Sane delivered a flying Kabuki Elbow to BeLair for e near fall. There was a cool spot as Sane delivered a sliding dropkick to Baszler as Shirai delivered a springboard dropkick to BeLair. Shirai delivered a running double knees to BeLair in the corner. There was a Tower of Doom spot as Baszler delivered a Super Gutwrench to BeLair as Sane and Shirai delivered a double Powerbomb to Baszler. Shirai threw Sane who delivered an InSane Elbow to Baszler and BeLair on the floor. Shirai delivered a beautiful looking Asai Moonsault to Baszler on the floor. BeLair delivered a Butterfly Gourdbuster to Sane. Baszler delivered a knee strike to BeLair. Shirai delivered a German suplex to Baszler as everyone was down. BeLiar press slammed Shirai onto Baszler and Sane on the floor. BeLair went for a Butterfly Gourdbuster but Baszler countered by applying the Kirifuda Clutch. BeLair broke free and delivered the KOD to Baszler. Shirai delivered an X-Factor to BeLair and then delivered back-to-back beautiful looking Asai Moonsaults to Baszler but Sane broke the count. (Shirai’s facial reaction was awesomeSane delivered an Alabama Slam to Shirai onto Baszler. Sane delivered the most beautiful looking InSane Diving Elbow to Baszler but Shirai broke the count. (Sane’s reaction was amazing) Sane and Shirai face-off, it was so fun to watch as they are the best female wrestlers in WWE. Sane delivered a forearm to Shirai who responded by delivering a dropkick. Sane delivered a DDT to Shirai. There was a great moment as Sane looked conflicted as she reluctantly climbed the turnbuckle. Sane went for the InSane Diving Elbow but BeLair stopped. BeLair whipped Sane with her ponytail. There was a great spot as BeLair lifted up both Sane and Shirai and delivered a stereo KOD. Baszler returned and kicked BeLair. Baszler placed BeLair in the Kirifuda Clutch and got the submission win. ☆☆☆☆

(Amin’s Analysis: This was a very good match on an incredible card. BeLair has improved  and the stereo KOD spot was awesome. I’ve always been a fan Baszler and her wrestling style because it’s different and fits her character. Io Shirai and Kairi Sane were the stars of the match as they are so cute, so fun to watch and are such incredible wrestlers. Loved the back-and-forth sequence between Sane and Shirai as their facial reactions told a wonderful story. I was surprised by the finish because I was cheering and wanted to see my favourite wrestler Io Shirai win the NXT Women’s Title)

Johnny Gargano def. Adam Cole via Submission in a 2/3 Falls Match to win the Vacant NXT Championship. (First Fall)  Cole and Gargano got huge reactions when they came out. The crowd was split as the loudly chanted  “Adam Cole” and “Johnny Wrestling” The match started with some chain wrestling. Cole delivered a shoulder tackle. They exchanged counters as Gargano delivered an arm drag. Gargano delivered a shoulder tackle. Cole and Gargano exchanged forearm strikes. Gargano delivered a head scissors and a dropkick to Cole. Cole delivered an enzuigiri to Gargano from the floor. Cole applied a cravat and also delivered knee strikes. Cole delivered a back elbow for a near fall. Cole and Gargano delivered a double crossbody. Cole and Gargano had a back-and-forth strike exchange. Gargano delivered an overhead belly-to-belly suplex to Cole and then delivered a Koppo Kick. Gargano caught Cole with a Slingshot Spear for a near fall. Gargano avoided a Superkick and delivered a middle rope tornado DDT for a near fall. Cole delivered a lung blower to Gargano for a near fall. Cole and Gargano exchanged pinning combinations for near fall. Cole avoided a Koppo Kick and delivered an enzuigiri. Cole avoided a sunset flip and delivered the Last Shot and pinned Gargano. (Second Fall)  Cole delivered strikes to Gargano in the corner. Cole delivered a German suplex and then delivered a Shining Wizard but Gargano kicked out of a close near fall. Gargano delivered a spear to Cole on the ring apron and then delivered a somersault senton to the floor. Gargano went for a Slingshot DDT but Cole caught him and delivered an Ushigorishi for a near fall. They battled on the turnbuckle as Gargano delivered the Emerald Frosion but Cole kicked out. They battled on the ring apron as Gargano delivered an enzuigiri and then delivered a Slingshot DDT to Cole on the ring apron which looked crazy. Gargano had the second fall won via Count-Out but refused to take it. Gargano applied the reverse Fujiwara Arm Bar and then transitioned into the Gargano Escape as Cole tapped. (Third Fall The crowd chanted NXT as Cole and Gargano exchanged strike. Cole delivered a Superkick but Gargano countered by delivering a lariat. Gargano delivered a Superkick but Cole delivered a shoulder breaker for a near fall. Gargano delivered an enzuigiri and then long-darted Cole into the turnbuckle. Gargano delivered a reverse full Nelson slam but Cole kicked out. Cole and Gargano had another back-and-forth strike exchange which got a big reaction. Cole and Gargano delivered double Superkicks as both men were down as the crowd chanted NXT. Cole delivered a Superkick to the back and then delivered a straight jacket German suplex but Gargano kicked out. Cole delivered a backdrop driver to Gargano who responded by delivering a Superkick and then followed by delivering a middle rope reverse hurricanrana. Gargano delivered a Superkick but Cole rolled to the floor. Cole delivered a wheelbarrow suplex sending Gargano into the ring apron. Gargano responded by delivering a Draping DDT and then delivered a Slingshot DDT but Cole kicked out for a close near fall. (The crowd is going CRAZY at this pointGargano went for a Slingshot DDT but Cole countered by delivering a Superkick and then delivered a springboard Canadian Destroy but Gargano kicked out for a GREAT near fall. Cole yelled at Gargano on the floor. Gargano responded by sending Cole over the Spanish announcers table. Cole delivered the Fairytale Ending to Gargano on the Spanish announcers table but didn’t break. The referee started his count but Gargano made it back into the ring. Cole delivered a Superkick but Gargano kicked out. Cole went for the Last Shot but Gargano countered by delivering a Superkick. Gargano countered the Canadian Destroyer and placed Cole in the Gargano Escape as Roderick Strong ran down. Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly made their way to ringside. Gargano had Cole in the Gargano Escape but with the referee distracted O’Reilly poked Johnny in the eye. Cole kicked Gargano into the referee. Fish and O’Reilly delivered the High/Low combo but Gargano kicked out for another GREAT near fall. Gargano backdropped Cole onto Fish, O’Reilly and Strong on the floor. Gargano sent Strong into the ring post and then delivered a Superkick to Fish. Gargano delivered a tornado DDT to O’Reilly on the floor. Cole delivered back-to-back Superkick to the back of Gargano and then followed up by delivering the Last Shot but Gargano kicked out for an ABSOLUTE CRAZY near fall. Cole went for the Last Shot but Gargano moved and applied the Gargano Escape. Gargano rolled Cole into the center of the ring, reapplied the Gargano Escape and got the submission win. ☆☆☆☆☆ 2/4

Candice LeRae celebrated with Gargano inside the ring. Gargano celebrated with his family at ringside. Gargano and LeRae walked up the ramp as Tommaso Ciampa appeared. The crowd ooohed. Ciampa and Gargano shared a hug which got a big reaction. Ciampa hugged Gargano and LeRae. Ciampa raised up both Gargano and LeRae’s hand

(Amin’s Analysis: Really wanted to see Cole become the NXT Champion but I have no complains because this match was outstanding and the post-match with Ciampa was emotional to watch and heartwarming. This was an incredible match and everything from start to finish was picture perfect. The first two falls were very good but the match peaked in the third fall and that’s when this match turned into an instant classic. Gargano is an incredible wrestler and has to be inconsideration for the best WWE performer of all-time. Adam Cole was amazing and is one of the best wrestlers in the world. I’ve been watching WWE since 1997 and  I’m going to make the case and say this was the best WWE / NXT match I’ve ever seen. The final 10 minutes of the match were ABSOLUTELY INCREDIBLE to watch as I was jumping up and down for every near fall at the end. I don’t know if it will win Wrestling Observer for Match of the Year but will get votes and has to be in consideration)

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