NXT TakeOver: Phoenix 2019 took place on January 26th at the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix, AZ.
Ricochet is shown arriving to the arena with his North American Title Belt, and then we go to a video package looking at what lead to his match with Johnny Gargano tonight.
We go to more video package for tonight’s show, and then Ricochet does an interview in the back where he talks about his intentions to beat Gargano tonight.
Johnny Gargano and Zelina Vega are backstage for an interview, and they argue about the “Match of the Year” award victory. Vega says 2019 is the “year of Tranquilo.”
We go to a video package looking at the Ohno vs. Riddle feud and their match tonight.
Ciampa goes backstage to accept his “Male Competitor of the Year” award, but he gives the award plaque back and walks away.
Kairi Sane goes backstage to accept her Female Competitor of the Year award. She thanks her fans and says she’s so happy right now.
Bobby Fish heads over to the Kickoff Show panel table to accept the Tag Team of the Year award on behalf of the Undisputed Era.
The award for Best Overall Competitor of the Year goes to Kairi Sane.
Aleister Black is shown arriving at the arena earlier this evening. We go to a video package looking at his match with Ciampa tonight, and now it’s time for TakeOver: Phoenix!
WWE NXT TakeOver: Phoenix 2019
The pay-per-view opens up with a video package looking at the desert and talking about the burning hot air, and then we cut to footage of NXT fans and tonight’s competitors.
War Raiders vs. Undisputed Era (c): The Undisputed Era’s Tag Titles are on the line in this one. The opening bell sounds and O’Reilly and Strong immediately go after the War Raiders. Rowe fights back first and drops O’Reilly, then Hanson drops both Era members at ringside. Rowe picks up Hanson on the ring apron and throws him down on to the Era members at ringside. Back in the ring, Hanson hits a splash on Strong in the corner, then Rowe hits a dropkick. The War Raiders double team Strong until O’Reilly comes in to even the odds, and they knock the Raiders out to ringside. Back in the ring, O’Reily and Strong take turns working over Hanson with strikes. Rowe finally gets the tag and hits a gutbuster on Strong, then he no-sells a punch to the face from O’Reilly. O’Reilly runs the ropes, and Rowe throws Strong into him. Strong and O’Reilly are finally able to double team Rowe and they drop him at ringside. Hanson looks for a suicide dive on the Era at ringside, but they dodge him and Hanson crashes on the floor by himself. Rowe suplexes O’Reilly and then boots Strong in the face. O’Reilly takes out Rowe’s knee from behind as the referee tries to restore order. Strong gets the tag and hits a backbreaker for a two count. O’Reilly tags back in and continues the offense on Rowe with knee drops. Strong tags back in with another backbreaker for a pin attempt. Hanson finally gets to his feet and climbs to the apron. The Era double teams Rowe as the ref holds back Hanson. Rowe comes back with a t-bone suplex that sends O’Reilly crashing into Strong on the apron, and knocking Strong down to the floor. Back in the ring, Strong tags in, and a distraction from O’Reilly leads to Strong dropkicking Rowe. O’Reilly tags in and trades strikes with Rowe until both men are down. Hanson and Strong get the tags, and Hanson unloads with strikes and a side suplex. Hanson hits a cross bodyand then a seated senton on Strong. Hanson cartwheels away from a cheap-shot attempt by O’Reilly, then he drops O’Reilly with a clothesline. Hanson hits splashes in the corner on O’Reilly and Strong. O’Reilly misses a big boot on Hanson and hits Strong, then Hanson continues the offense. Strong fires back with some kicks on Hanson, and then O’Reilly and Rowe get the tags. All four men are in the ring now trading shots. The War Raiders end up double-teaming O’Reilly and then Hanson hits a suicide dive on Strong at ringside. Rowe powerbombs O’Reilly on the mat, and then Hanson hits a splash off the top on him. Strong breaks up the pin attempt. O’Reilly fights back and knocks Rowe to the outside. Strong comes back in and hits a superplex on Hanson, then O’Reilly hits a knee drop off the top for a two count. Strong hits a backbreaker on Rowe on the apron, then he tags back in. The Era hits a double spinning elbow on Hanson, then Strong hits the Olympic Slam on Hanson for two count. O’Reilly tags back in and they double team Hanson for another two count. Hanson cartwheels away from a double-team attempt, and then hits a double back elbow on Strong and O’Reilly. Rowe tags in and hits a powerslam/powerbomb combination on both Strong and O’Reilly. The War Machine double teams O’Reilly next for the three count, and we have new Tag Champs.
Winners & new NXT Tag Team Champions: War Raiders
Kassius Ohno vs. Matt Riddle: The opening bell sounds and btoh men start with a series of strikes. Riddle knocks Ohno outside and hits a flying elbow to the face. Back in the ring, Riddle continues the offense and hits a gut-wrench suplex on Ohno. They fight out to ringside, and Ohno sticks Riddle’s face under the elastic top of the ring curtain and then stomps on his head. Ohno continues the offense and kicks Riddle in the face again, then he takes him out to ringside and throws him into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Riddle puts Ohno in a sleeper. Riddle appears to be bleeding from his mouth. Ohno drops Riddle and fights back, but Riddle shuts him down with a German Suplex. Riddle hits kicks until Ohno grabs his leg and bites Riddle’s foot. Ohno hits a knee to the face and a sit-out powerbomb for a three count. Ohno follows up with a moonsault for a two count. Ohno hits a kick and two senton splashes, but then Riddle latches on to him and goes for another sleeper. Ohno reaches the bottom rope to break the hold. Riddle hits a series of kicks and then Ohno begs for mercy. Riddle hits a knee to the face and a sleeper suplex. Riddle hits a series of elbows to the face and head until Ohno taps out.
Winner: Matt Riddle
Tommaso Ciampa is shown backstage warming up for his match tonight.
The Velveteen Dream is shown arriving to the building with two women.
Ricochet (c) vs. Johnny Gargano: Ricochet and Gargano trade holds in the opening moments as Gargano looks for a submission or pin attempt. Gargano looks for a hurricanrana twice but Ricochet lands on his feet both times. Ricochet extends his hand to Gargano, but Gargano punchesh im in the face and they trade blows now. Gargano falls outside and Ricochet springboards off the ring post for a moonsault on Gargano on the floor. Back in the ring, they fight on the top turnbuckle, and Gargano slips under Ricochet’s legs and slams him face-first into the turnbuckle. Gargano pummels on Ricochet on the mat now and follows up with a running dropkick. Ricochet fights back and looks for a standing moonsault, but Gargano kicks him out of mid-air. Gagano hits some chops to the chest, but then he misses a slingshot spear through the ropes and Ricochet slams him down. Ricochet hits some strikes and headscissor takedown. More strikes from Ricochet in the corner, and then he hits a springboard elbow to the face. Ricochet hits a Northern Lights suplex and a brainbuster for a two count. They trade strikes again, until Ricochet misses a shot and Gargano follows up with a sit-out powerbomb. Gargano locks in a crossface, and then he looks for the Gargano Escape, but Ricochet escapes. Gargano comes back with a kick to the head, and then he looks for a tornado DDT, but Richocet catches him and dumps him outside. Ricochet follows up with a corkscrew moonsault from the ring down to Gargano at ringside. Back in the ring, Ricochet hits a standing shooting star press and then a moonsault off the top for a two count. They go up top, and Gargano goes for a Frankensteiner but Ricochet lands on his feet. Gargano and Ricochet trade strikes now, and then Ricochet looks for a springboard back elbow, but Gargano reverses it into a neckbreaker. Gargano immediately follows up with the Gargano Escape. Ricochet powers out and suplexes Gargano into the turnbuckle. Gargano rolls outside for a breather, but Ricochet hits a big suicide dive on him on the outside. Back in the ring, Ricochet hits the springboard 450 for a two count. Ricochet goes up top for a Shooting Star Press, but Gargano blocks it with his knees. Gargano superkicks Ricochet and he falls out to ringside. Gargano goes for a suicide dive, but Riccohet catches him. Gargano is on Ricochet’s shoulders, and he turns it into a reverse hurricanrana. Back in the ring, Gargano hits the slingshot DDT for a two count. Gargano pulls the padding off the concrete floor at ringside, and he goes to DDT Ricochet on to it, but he seems to decide against it and he pushes Ricochet back in the ring. Gargano wastes some time and Ricochet drops him. Ricochet misses a move off the top, and Gargano suplexes him. Ricochet comes back with a suplex of his own, and he applies the Gargano Escape on Gargano. Gargano breaks free and rolls out to the apron. They fight out to the floor, and Gargano hits a brainbuster on Ricochet on the exposed concrete floor. Back in the ring, Gargano follows up with the slingshot DDT for the three count.
Winner & new NXT North American Champion: Johnny Gargano
We see a view of the outside of the Talking Stick Resort Arena in Phoenix.
They go to a video package looking at the history of Shayna Baszler and Bianca Belair
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Bianca Belair: The opening bell sounds, and they lock up and trade holds in the opening moments. Bianca dumps Shayna outside, then slams her face on the apron. Shayna fights back and grabs Bianca by the hair to slam her into the ring post. Bianca rolls in the ring at the ref’s 9 count, and Shayna proceeds to pummel on her for a two count. Shayna stomps on Bianca’s elbow and the ref checks on Bianca in the corner. Bianca tries to fight back, but Shayna repeatedly cheap-shots by grabbing the hair. Shayna hits a flurry of strikes for a two count. Shayna wastes some time talking trash, and Bianca slaps her away and then hits a shoulder block in the corner. Bianca hits a dropkick and then a spear for a two count. Bianca repeatedly stomps on Shayna and then looks for a splash, but Shayna blocks it with her knees. Shayna hits a knee to the face for a two count. Shayna continues the offense until Bianca whips Shayna in the midsection with her hair. Bianca goes for a slam, but Shayna shoves Bianca into the ref, and the ref is down. Bianca hits the KOD but the ref is down and can’t count. Marina Shafir and Duke come out, but Bianca drops them both and sends them out to ringside. Shayna recovers and puts Bianca in the sleeper. Bianca fights up to her feet, and she spins Shayna around and hits a suplex. Bianca goes up top and goes for a 450 splash, but Shayna moves out of the way and Bianca crashes into the mat. Shayna immediately locks in the sleeper, and Bianca puts up a fight, but she finally goes out and the ref calls it.
Winner & still NXT Women’s Champion: Shayna Baszler
The Velveteen Dream is shown sitting at ringside with his two companions.
We go to a video package looking at the feud between Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black over the NXT Title.
Tommaso Ciampa (c) vs. Aleister Black: Black takes control of this one early on, and hits a big suicide dive on to Ciampa at ringside. They fight on the floor until Ciampa turns things around and slams Black’s knee into the ring steps. Back in the ring, Ciampa continues to work over Black’s knee and focuses in on it. Ciampa takes Black out to ringside, and slams the challenger’s knee into the Spanish announce table. Ciampa admires his work and then takes Black back into the ring for more punishment. Ciampa hangs Black upside down in the corner and repeatedly strikes his knee and leg. Black tries to fight away, and he successfully hits a kick to the head that sends Ciampa falling out to ringside. Back in the ring, Black and Ciampa trade blows now, and Black catches Ciampa with a kick to the face that stuns him. Black follows up with lariats and another kick to the face of the Champion. Black misses a kick and Ciampa looks for a suplex, but Black escapes. Black is still selling his knee, and Ciampa hits an elbow to the back of his head. Black comes back with some kicks and a German suplex for a two count. Black tries to keep up the offensive pace, but his knee gives out. Black knocks Ciampa out to ringside and then he climbs the turnbuckle, but Ciampa runs up and hits a neckbreaker on Black off the turnbuckle down to the apron. Ciampa covers for a two count, then hits a running knee to the face for another two count. Ciampa wastes some time taunting Black, and Black nails him with a knee to the face. Ciampa comes back wit ha knee to Black’s face, and both men are moving slow now. Black and Ciampa trade punches and kicks, then Ciampa rolls up Black for two. Black hits a kick, and Ciampa fires back with a lariat. Ciampa looks for a running knee but Black blocks it and trips him. Black hits a double stomp on a grounded Ciampa, and then he looks for a suplex, but Black’s knee gives out. Ciampa misses a shot and Black hits a knee, then hits his suplex for a two count. Ciampa rolls outside for a breather, and Black goes flying off the middle rope with a moonsault on Ciampa on the floor. Back in the ring, Ciampa comes back with the Fairytale Ending, but Black kicks out at two. Ciampa rolls outside and pulls back the padding to expose the concrete floor at ringside. The ref yells at Ciampa, and Black recovers and comes flying off the apron with a knee to the face of Ciampa on the floor. Back in the ring, Black hits the spinning heel kick, but he’s slow to cover and Ciampa rolls away from the pin. Black goes for the Black Mass, but Ciampa seems to pull the ref in the way to obstruct Black’s momentum. Ciampa follows up with a DDT, and then the Fairytale Ending, but Black kicks out at two again. Ciampa hits the Fairytale Ending again, but he doesn’t pin. Ciampa goes for the Fairytale Ending one more time, but Black fights away. Black misses a kick attempt and Ciampa hits the Fairytale Ending again for the three count.
Winner & still NXT Champion: Tommaso Ciampa
We go to replays as Ciampa slowly gets to his feet with his NXT Title belt. Ciampa celebrates with his NXT Title belt and heads up the ramp, and then Johnny Gargano comes out with his North American Title belt. They both hold up their Title belts as TakeOver: Phoenix goes off the air.