Another solid TakeOver to say the least. Survivor Series weekend kicked off Saturday as NXT had their own TakeOver special with their third ever WarGames event. Two WarGame matches highlighted the show in addition to three other matches. Here are my grades for the event. Angel Garza def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (pre-show) Grade: B- A solid opener to get the fans excited […]
Another solid TakeOver to say the least. Survivor Series weekend kicked off Saturday as NXT had their own TakeOver special with their third ever WarGames event. Two WarGame matches highlighted the show in addition to three other matches.
Here are my grades for the event.
Angel Garza def. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott (pre-show)
A solid opener to get the fans excited for the event. Garza and Scott are two young NXT signees that have a bright future in WWE. Both superstars were able to showcase their skills and at just under eight minutes, it was enough time but not too long where it would drag out at times.
Garza winning makes sense as he is in the middle of the feud for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Look for him to continue that feud with Lio Rush now.
Rhea Ripley and Candice LeRae def. Shayna Baszler, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Kay Lee Ray in a WarGames match
Mia Yim was attacked before the match, leaving captain Ripley picking Kai as her replacement. It turned out to not be a good move, as she attacked her partner Nox once her name was called into the match. Not only was Kai not in the match now but Nox was unable to compete, leaving Ripley and LeRae by themselves against the heel team here.
Still, Ripley looked like a star here as she did not back down from the disadvantage. The ending where she handcuffed Baszler and slamming her through a pile of chairs to get the win was a good ending. LeRae looked good here also, showing that she can have a mean streak when needed.
The main thing now is what happens with Kai now that she abanded her team. It’ll be an interesting story to see, mainly did she plant the seeds by attacking Yim in the first place.
An overall fantastic match that showed Ripley is a rising star in the NXT Women’s Division.
Pete Dunne def. Killian Dain and Damian Priest to be #1 contender for the NXT Championship
This was an okay match but at times it felt a little slow but it did pick up towards the middle of it. Dunne kept the match together while Priest showed that he could be in the title picture down the line.
Again, an okay match but felt that it could have been better given the talent.
Finn Bálor def. Matt Riddle
Something about this match did not click for me. Bálor, while a heel, was not as flashy as we would have hoped for. The majority of the match felt slow and by the time things started to pick up, it felt a little too late.
Still, given the talent, I know we can see better.
Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee, Dominik Dijakovic, and Kevin Owens def. The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish) in a WarGames match
While I believe the women’s match was better, the men’s WarGames was pretty good too.
Of course, the big question was who would be the fourth member of Team Ciampa. It turned out to be former NXT Champion Kevin Owens, who got a huge reaction from the crowd.
Everyone played their role here and the ending where Ciampa and Cole fell from the top of the cage through two tables was the highlight of this match. An overall exciting match and a great way to end WarGames 2019.
While some matches were not as great as expected, WarGames 2019 was a solid pay-per-view. The women’s WarGame match was the best match of the night with a lot of interesting storylines to follow after. The question is now how will NXT play as a factor as they will perform on Survivor Series the next night.