As noted, NXT had a couple of shows this weekend to get the talent ready for tonight's big NXT TakeOver: Chicago 2018 live WWE Network special at the Allstate Arena.
Featured below are complete results of the NXT live event in Evansville, Indiana, the final house show leading into tonight's live special. The results come courtesy of Chris Roberts and F4WOnline.com.
NXT EVANSVILLE LIVE EVENT RESULTS (6/15)
War Raiders defeated TM61
Good choice for a starting bout. It was a basic War Raiders match like they've been doing on television, with some heel shenanigans by TM61.
Candice LeRae defeated Aaliyah
LeRae got a decent reaction. It was another basic match. Aaliyah missed hip drops in a comedic fashion.
- A promo aired with Fabian Aichner confronting Raul Mendoza backstage. Aichner dissed Mendoza and a local pizza place in the area, and promised that he'll buy the crowd pizza if Mendoza manages to pull off the victory.
Fabian Aichner defeated Raul Mendoza
The hook got people into the match, including lots of "We want pizza" chants. Mendoza showed off his athleticism and got the crowd more into it. Aichner kept cutting him off and shaking his arm, yelling "No pizza."
Aichner got the victory after some near falls and a nice Spanish Fly by Mendoza, who was really impressive here.
NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O'Reilly & Roderick Strong defeated Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch to retain their titles
The crowd wasn't too familiar with the challengers and booed them for the most part, while cheering the Undisputed Era. The match went 15-20 minutes, with Undisputed Era using cowardly heel tactics. The audience wasn't very receptive to Lorcan and Burch's technical style at first, but lots of teamwork and near falls got them into it.
The crowd applauded Lorcan and Burch after the match. They challenged O'Reilly and Strong back into the ring for more, then got double submissions on and held the belts high heading into intermission.
Nikki Cross & Kairi Sane defeated NXT Women's Champion Shayna Baszler & Vanessa Borne
As usual, Cross was being very wacky before this started. The match didn't gel together at all, with them getting the heat on Sane for far too long.
NXT North American Champion Adam Cole defeated Kassius Ohno to retain his title
It was a toss-up between this and the Tag Team title match for best bout. Cole was very over, with the crowd indifferent to Ohno.
They did lots of grappling to start, then lots of hard hits throughout the match. After the loss, Ohno mentioned this being his 20th year in wrestling, thanked the fans, and brought up his early days at the Evansville Coliseum in IWA:MS fighting the likes of Necro Butcher.
Aleister Black & EC3 defeated Lars Sullivan & Velveteen Dream
An e-mail was sent out still advertising Ricochet in EC3's place, so I think the crowd was less enthused about the match when they realized that EC3 was the new partner. It was very strange seeing him work as a face. Velveteen Dream was pretty over, but Sullivan wasn't as much. Dream was wearing a Ricochet shirt to mock his opponent for TakeOver.
There were spots where Dream wanted to bail but Sullivan threw him back in the ring, where he would be double teamed by the faces. Then most of the match was the heels getting the heat on EC3, with Dream sneaking tags in from Sullivan. Black got the hot tag, Dream wanted to bail, but Ricochet's music hit and they brawled. Dream retreated into the ring and was hit with Black Mass for the finish.
As the faces celebrated, Ricochet got on the mic and apologized for being unable to compete two hours from his home. He assured us that he'll be ready for TakeOver.
Black said Sullivan will fall again in their title match. EC3 took the NXT Championship when the referee brought it in, as did Ricochet, then Black finally took it back, teasing future feuds.
Overall, this was a good show but not a great one.
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