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WWE Network Dive | NXT TakeOver: WarGames

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Although such an event has aged less than a week, NXT TakeOver: WarGames still deserves an immense amount of praise from the WWE Universe. Despite the fact that the latest NXT related pay-per-view event was slotted alongside 2017’s installment of the ever-popular Survivor Series, many would argue that NXT TakeOver: WarGames actually stole the show last weekend.

As a result of such a memorable occurrence, this week’s edition of FRS SLAM’s WWE Network Dive won’t be heading too far back into the past. Look no further pro wrestling fans, this one is definitely worth the watch — or even a re-watch for that matter.

The Rundown

Event: NXT TakeOver: WarGames

Location: Toyota Center (Houston, Texas)

Date: November 18, 2017

Duration2 hours, 32 minutes


  • Ruby Riot defeats Sonya Deville
  • Pete Dunne defeats Johnny Gargano [WWE United Kingdom Championship]
  • Lars Sullivan defeats Kassius Ohno
  • Aleister Black defeats The Velveteen Dream
  • Ember Moon defeats Kairi Sane, Nikki Cross and Peyton Royce [NXT Women’s Championship]
  • Andrade “Cien” Almas defeats Drew McIntyre [NXT Championship]
  • The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) defeats The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong and SAnitY (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young and Killian Dain)

Key Match To Watch

I cannot stress this enough: Aleister Black defeating The Velveteen Dream was incredibly entertaining and all-around well done. However, while such a bout certainly deserves some recognition here, the key match of the most recent NXT pay-per-view slate is the WarGames match between The Undisputed Era, The Authors of Pain with Roderick Strong and SAnitY.

Although Black and The Velveteen Dream put on quite the show in Houston, the WarGames match is a once-in-a-generation moment while the trio of aforementioned tag-teams did not disappoint. While taking place across not one, but two rings all of which was encompassed within one massive steel cage, this match had just about everything that a main event should have. Singles action, tandem attractions and even a slew of props and weapons that were used perfectly throughout — this lengthy match seriously had it all.

While surely captivating audiences along the way, thanks to the back-and-forth nature of such a bout, this match put the highly entertaining nature of tag-team wrestling on full display. Not only that, but The Undisputed Era, The Authors of Pain with Roderick Strong and SAnitY have now propelled the NXT tag-team division to superstardom with the 2018 slate now just around the corner.

Why NXT TakeOver: WarGames?

If you’re even the slightest fan of the NXT brand, this event was most definitely a must-watch. However, even if you’re not 100 percent sold on NXT these days and just simply enjoy some great pro wrestling, NXT TakeOver: WarGames is also for you. In all honesty, the recent festivities in Houston could quite possibly have been one of the best overall — if not the single best — WWE pay-per-views of the year.

Between the women’s fatal four-way match for the vacant title, Aleister Black versus The Velveteen Dream in what may have coined one of the best tactical in-ring performances of the year and the finally now infamous WarGames match that is still turning heads throughout the pro wrestling world, NXT TakeOver: WarGames has something for everybody.

I cannot urge the WWE Universe enough — give this one a watch this weekend.

Joe Nocco is a recent graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, born and raised in the New York area. Previously a contributor to SB Nation, and his own website titled Joe Nocco Sports, among others, Nocco has experience covering a variety of sports having specialized in content surrounding the NFL, NHL, NBA and MLB. You can follow Nocco at @JoeNoccoFRS on Twitter.

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