By Andrew Sparling @onlymarcspector
We are only three days a way from TakeOver Houston War Games and the vibe is electric. This week we will see the NXT champion Drew McIntyre come face to face with his War Games opponent Andrade Cien Almas. Also we will see Ember Moon in action on this episode. All this and more so let’s get to it.
Street Profits (Angelo Dawkins & Montez Ford) def Tino Sabbatelli & Riddick Moss
Another Street Profit performance tonight but this week instead of facing some no name team to make them look good, they will face Sabbatelli and his partner Moss. For the past few weeks we have seen these two teams confront each other outside of the ring. Sabbatelli has shown off his car and his expensive suits and Dawkins along with Ford have been calling them out. Tonight everything comes to a head. Sabbatelli and Moss make a great team and lately they have made some noise in the tag team division. Street Profits have been making their own kind of noise and the NXT universe have taken one hell of a liking to them. Both teams do kind of the same things during the match as quick tags in and out keep the fresh men in the match. I think that if NXT use Sabbatelli and Moss the right way, they can be one hell of a team to reckon with. Tonight though, Street Profits were just the better team as they picked up the win.
Lars Sullivan def Raul Mendoza
The big man of NXT is in action next. Sullivan has been a destructive force in NXT almost like a mini Braun Strowman. He’s still undefeated and just like Strowman he’s had his two on one and three on one matches and he’s won them all. A few men have tried to take the beast of a man down too but none have even come close. Mendoza was part of the Cruiserweight Classic and since he moved to the NXT roster he’s been liked by many. The thing about this match is Mendoza is a much, much smaller man and it doesn’t take long for Sullivan to dominate and squish then finish the smaller Mendoza with a powerslam. On Saturday when Sullivan faces Ohno, he may take his first loss. That’s my hope anyway. When this match is done, Sullivan goes for Mendoza but Ohno runs to the ring and all Sullivan can do is laugh in his face.
Ember Moon def Mercedes Martinez
Moon has been around for awhile now and in mine and I’m sure many others opinions, she should have been NXT women’s champion already. She’s defeated everyone, with the exception of Asuka of course, and that in my book should have given her that push. She’s hurt herself a few times and I’m sure that was a wrench in her career for sure at the time. At TakeOver, Moon has one hell of a chance in the Fatal 4 Way match but tonight she faces Martinez. Martinez was palrt of the Mae Young Classic and she made is very far, I’m sure thats why she’s been given the chance on the NXT roster. These two have been going back and forth at each other for a couple weeks now and I’m glad to see this match go down before TakeOver. Martinez has been one hell of an opponent for Moon tonight as she uses some Suplex’s and some hard and heavy takedowns but you can never ever count Moon out. With her high flying skills and her heavy strikes she always comes back. The crowd gets behind the action as things move from the ring to the floor and back again. Martinez shows that she is gonna be someone to contend with in the women’s division but tonight Moon takes her out with an eclipse and she wins the match. After the match, Nikki Cross comes to the ring followed by Peyton Royce and Kairi Sane. We have the four women involved in the Fatal 4 Way on Saturday in the Full Sail Arena string each other down.
To finish out the show this week we have the NXT champion Drew McIntyre come to the ring to address the NXT Universe and to call out Andrade Cien Almas. He let’s Zelina and Almas know that he will not win at TakeOver Houston and that he needs to come to the ring and stand to him face to face, man to man. Almas and Zelina come out and as Almas races to the ring the fight is on. Attacking the knee of the champion, Almas tries his best to make McIntyre under 100%. Saturday is gonna be awesome and with all of the matches we have lined up for us, I’ll be on the edge of my seat all night. Until Next Week!