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Games, that is. With just two shows to go (counting tonight’s), expect a preview of things to come when we get to TakeOver: WarGames. Ah, but where are my manners, boys and girls? It’s Wednesday of course, so I have to wish everyone a happy Hump Day. Seasons in the northeast are changing, it’s getting colder, but the in ring action is doing nothing but heating up. Tonight’s proof? Hot on the heels of last week’s action, our main event tonight pits Undisputed Era’s Adam Cole against Roderick Strong, in a singles preview of the WarGames main event. Are you ready folks? Well, good, because it’s time to crack open this nutshell!

Best Match of the night:

For action, spots and crowd involvement, there is no doubt about it. There was the main event, and everything else. Cole and Strong had a nice run, and when it was time, the rest of the teams got involved. Makes sense, too, with this being the next to last show…it was time to sell the WarGames match, and this worked well to do that.

Worst match of the night:

Hmm…none really sucked, I will start off by saying that.

But of the four we did have, I guess the one that interested me the least? Velveteen Dream and Cezar Bononi. Cezar has had some really good matches in NXT. Tonight was not one of them. I get wanting to build up Velveteen Dream, but I think they could have done that and had a better match too.

Crowd Chants of the Night:

Steaks and weights

Let’s go Kairi

Let’s go Roddy

Let’s go Adam

Star of the Night

It may seem like the lazy way out, but all nine participants in TakeOver:WarGames’ main event. Cole and Strong started it, but the other seven got involved to end it.

Spot of the Night:

Kairi Sane’s Insane Elbow just has not gotten old. It may never.

The Strong backbreaker on Cole, while the two were on the turnbuckle…looked pretty spiffy. And on a night where not many high spots happened, it really stood out.

So did the suplex off the turnbuckle by Strong, onto all other WarGames participants, leaving everyone splattered on the floor. Nice shot to end the show.

Jobber of the Night:

We got this one out of the way real quick-the opening match, that poor tag team of Maluta and Payne. They were fed to the behemoths Tucker Knight at Otis Dozovic. They had no shot against Heavy Machinery.

Upset of the Night:

Nothing tonight

Holy Sh** Moment of the Night:

Cole was at risk, so Fish and O’Reilly intervened. The Authors of Pain couldn’t let there guy be outnumbered, so they came out. And Sanity? Well, Sanity just did not want to miss out on some fighting fun, so they came out too. And of course, all Hell broke loose.

Botch of the night:

Nothing tonight here either

Commentary of the night:

They are a vegan nightmare, banned from every Korean BBQ in the Orlando area.

Say what you want, they aren’t ever winning a contest for best abs

LOL Moment of the night:

Otis Dozovic did the worm.

That is not a mis-print.

Street Profits trying to swipe Tino’s “five thousand dollar custom suit” was not too terrible either.

Noteworthy Moment:

Interesting choice of shirts by Kassius Ohno, as he walked in to ask Regal for a match, at TakeOver:WarGames, against none other than Lars Sullivan.

Overall lowlights:

I wish the main event had more time. I would have sacrificed one of the matches if it meant giving the main event another five to seven minutes. No offense to Heavy Machinery, but I don’t think they are on the Houston TakeOver card, so we could have saved that one for another day.

Overall highlights:

Really well done backstory piece on WarGames. If you didn’t know what it was all about, if you had never seen one before, or if you’d not bothered to look anything up about them, then that spot was perfect for you. And as expected, they clearly tied it to Dusty and his legacy, deservedly so.

The actual build up for the match, in the ring, was pretty good too.

After the final bell:

Well done show for the most part. I  would have given the main event more time to run, but it’s a minor point. Good work was done to push the WarGames match, as well as showcase Kairi Sane.

We got another TakeOver match, between Ohno and Lars.

And we have a match for next week for the Street Profits. And one down the road between Ruby Riot and Sonya DeVille too. Always amazing how much they cram in to an hour.

Also next week? McIntyre and Almas, face to face.


Heavy Machinery defeats Maluta and Payne

Kairi Sane defeats Billie Kaye

Velveteen Dream makes surprisingly quick work of Cezar Bononi

Adam Cole versus Roderick Strong was thrown out as Undisputed Era got involved, and then all the rest of the WarGames teams did too.

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