'NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020' promised more of NXT's trademark violence.

NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 is the NXT show I look forwar to most every year.

An old NWA/WCW gimmick that WWE let sit dormant for almost 20 years. The two cages, and the sheer brutality of it is perfectly suited for NXT. With two WarGames matches and three other contests on the card, NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 lived up to its annual hype.

Let’s get into the details of NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020.

Team Shotzi took on Team Candice at 'NXT Takeover: WarGames 2020'

Women’s WarGames Match: Team LeRae (Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai, Toni Storm, Raquel Gonzalez) Vs. Team Blackheart (Shotzi Blackheart, Ember Moon, Rhea Ripley, Io Shirai)

NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 begins with the women’s WarGames match. Props to whoever at WWE for securing “War Pigs” as the theme song for this show. Shotzi has a new tank that looks like it was designed by Triple H. Ember and Dakota start the match, with Team Blackheart with the one-woman advantage.

Dakota baits Ember into rushing to her side of the ring. She immediately puts Moon in a headlock, but Moon shakes her off. Lots of strike attempts and dodges until Moon hits a standing rana. She clotheslines Dakota in the corner, but Dakota counters with a pump kick. Moon gets the advantage back with a couple stiff kicks followed by a running stomp. A standing legdrop from Moon has Dakota. Dakota tries to crawl away, but Moon drags her back only to eat some vicious punches. They cool things down for a bit until Moon suplexes Dakota into the mesh of the cage. Moon follows it up by a running horizontal splash through the ropes. Ouch.

Ember goes up top, but Dakota kicks her in the gut. Dakota goes for a Codebreaker, but Moon shrugs it off and hits a superkick. Now Dakota regains control and hits a destroyer with 20 seconds till the next competitor enters. She holds Moon down, and Shotzi is next. Blackheart makes a pit stop and grabs a crowbar and a tool box to carry into the ring. Can these things be kept nowhere else? Shotzi goes right after Dakota, hitting a bulldog followed by a spinning lariat into a sidekick. Dakota is getting destroyed, as she takes a running kick to the head. Shotzi goes for another one, but Dakota evades and starts slamming Shotzi’s head into the cage.

As Shotzi recovers, Dakota beats Moon to keep her down. But Shotzi recovers and hits a step-up enziguri. Blackheart starts raking Dakota’s face against the mesh before snap-suplexing her into the turnbuckle. Yeesh. Shotzi goes up top, but Dakota pops up and kicks her. Ember comes from behind to make the save. She props Dakota on her shoulders, and Shotzi hits a missile dropkick. That was cool. NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 is shaping up pretty good so far.

The clock ticks down, and Raquel Rodriguez enters for Team LeRae. Shotzi and Ember meet her at the door and double-team her. But she shrugs them off, and it’s big boots and elbows for everybody. Shotzi tries to hit a huricanrana, so Raquel powerbombs her into the cage. Now that Dakota’s had a breather, they’re able to make it a legit 2-on-2. Raquel props Ember on her shoulders for Dakota to hit a dropkick, followed by a powerslam. Next, Raquel helps springboard Dakota from one ring to another, and she takes out both members of Team Shotzi.

Now Rhea Ripley enters the fray, and it’s a LADY HOSS FIGHT, BAH GAWD! Dakota tries to take out Ripley from behind. And that works about as well as you’d expect. Meanwhile, Ember and Shotzi try to keep Raquel down in the other ring. Ripley finds a mallet in the toolbox and bashes Dakota with it a couple of times. She takes off her belt, binds Dakota, and whips her into the cage. On the other side, Raquel has Ember and Shotzi down. They meet between the rings, and it’s a slugfest. Raquel goes for a bearhug, but Ripley spears her through the ropes, and they trade punches on the ground. Now Toni Storm enters the match, and she grabs a bundle of kendo sticks. Why are those under the ring?!

Storm takes out Ember Moon and Ripley and immediately undoes one of the turnbuckle pads. Raquel holds Ripley up, and Storm goes to town with the sticks. Shotzi comes in for the save, but Storm undoes another turnbuckle pad. That’s not gonna be good for anybody. Storm sends Ripley spine-first into the exposed turnbuckle. Yeah, that hurts. Storm hits a snap suplex on Ember while Raquel stomps down Shotzi in the corner. Dakota and Ripley are still down. Storm bashes Ember with the stick while Raquel goes to town on Shotzi with the other one. Shotzi and Dakota both head up top. Now all six women are propped on the top. And we get a double carwreck spot at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020. Wowzers.

Io Shirai runs in and stops for a ladder. She chucks it into the ring. She goes back for more artillery, but Raquel pulls the door shut. While Shirai tries to open it, Gonzelez kicks the door into Shirai. The NXT Women’s Champ goes flying. Shirai tries to get another ladder into the ring, but Raquel shoves the ladder and bounces Shirai off the barricade. With Shirai laid off, it’s still 3-on-3 inside the cage. Shirai finally gets her ladder and a couple chairs into the ring. Raquel tries to grab one of the chairs, but Shirai kicks it in her face only to get kicked out of the cage again. Now Storm is using her belt to lock the cage door. Shirai tries to climb the cage to get in, so Raquel powerbombs Shotzi into the cage, knocking Shirai off.

Time ticks down, and Candice runs down to enter the match. She and Shirai have a standoff, but Indi Hartwell jumps over the barricade to take Shirai off. Candice gets into the ring, and Hartwell locks the cage shut. It’s 4-on-3, as the heels destroy the babyfaces with the kendo sticks. The WarGames match itself hasn’t officially started, because all competitors aren’t in the ring yet. I love WarGames so much. Candice goes for a pin on Shotzi, but the referee won’t count. That allows Moon to fight from behind, but the numbers are too much for the heels.

Until Io Shirai puts a garbage can over her head and dives on everybody. Seriously, I love WarGames. Thank you, NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020. Shirai goes to town on everybody with the sledgehammer before hitting a spike DDT on Raquel. Shei hits a 6-1-9 on Dakota. Ripley hits a Stinger Splash on a bunch of heels in the corner. Shirai hits a moonsault on Raquel, but the other heels break it up. Meanwhile, both Shotzi and Candice cinch in double submissions. Candice lets hers go and goes after Shotzi. Shotzi grabs a kendo stick and goes mental on everybody. Meanwhile Shirai runs at Dakota but gets stopped and ends up eating a running knee. She stuffs Shirai into the trash can before hitting a top-rope double stomp for two. This is glorious, glorious chaos.

Moon hits a flying Eclipse only to eat a Storm Zero onto the garbage can. Shirai rushes in to make the save, and hits a dropkick on Storm. Ripley goes for the cover, but it only gets two. Dakota props a ladder between the two rings while Candice destroys Ripley with a garbage can lid. Candice sees that Shotzi is setting up a ladder on the other side, so she rushes over and smashes it into Shotzi’s face.

They slug it out. Shotzi props Candice on a chair and climbs the ladder. Candice climbs up to meet her only for Shotzi to shove her off. She goes for a legdrop off the ladder, but Candice puts a chair in the way. OUCH. This match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 is beyond in sane. Meanwhile, Ripley hits a slam on Dakota to set up Over-the-Moonsault from Shirai. Shirai goes for the cover, but Storm rushes over to break it up.

Raquel slams Ripley into the cage. She climbs up to meet Shirai on the top rope between the rings. And Raquel single-handedly powerbombs Shirai through the ladder for the pin. That. Was. INSANE. The finish seemed a little premature, but that’s the only knock against this match.

Winners:  Team LeRae

Match Rating:  **** 3/4

Tomaso Ciampa battled Timothy Thatcher at 'NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020'

Tomaso Ciampa Vs. Timothy Thatcher

Seriously, how is Tomaso alive? NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 is his first TakeOver since In Your House. Mat stuff to start, with Thatcher getting the early advantage. Ciampa fights out of it into a side headlock, but Thatcher turns it into an armbar. He drives a knee into Ciampa’s kidney. Ouch. Ciampa fights back with some hard chops, but Thatcher goes after the knee. Back to the mat, as Thatcher rolls into a pin for a one-count. Ciampa drives a knee into Thatcher’s back and makes with stomps and chops before driving Thatcher’s ankle across his knee.

Now Ciampa grinds Thatcher’s knee into the mat before stomping on the ankle. Ciampa throws Thatcher outside the ring, but Thatcher rushes back inside. Tomaso follows, only to eat an uppercut. Ciampa lands hard on his neck, but he insists he can still go. Thatcher hits another uppercut into a snap suplex for two. Now Thatcher goes after the throat and hits another knee into Ciampa’s back. Thatcher grinds Ciampa’s head into the ring apron. He goes for a pin, but Ciampa kicks out at two. Thatcher hits a belly-to-belly and goes for a cover, but Ciampa has a foot under the rope. Another pin attempt, another kick out for Ciampa. I really wish Ciampa wasn’t so good at selling. Every spot, I’m like, “Okay, so he’s dead now, right?”

Thatcher goes to the headlock and stays on a vertical base. Ciampa fights to his feet and hits a jawbreaker. But Thatcher stays on his feet. Chops and kicks from Ciampa, but Thatcher puts him on the mat with one chop. Thatcher double-underhooks, but Ciampa reverses with an inverted gutbuster. Both guys slug it out on their knees. Thatcher goes to whip Ciampa into the corner, but Ciampa catches himself. He rushes at Thatcher, and their skulls collide. STOP MAKING ME THINK CIAMPA IS GOING TO DIE!

Ciampa hits a succession of clotheslines, but Thatcher won’t stay down. A flying clothesline puts Thatcher down for a second and has him reeling. Ciampa hits a clothesline in the corner. He props Thatcher up on the top rope and hits a superplex. It only gets two. Ciampa goes for the Fairy Tale Ending, but Thatcher chops at Ciampa’s throat. Thatcher goes for the guillotine, but Ciampa blocks it. He still manages to hook an inverted sleeper, but Ciampa charges him and both guys spill out of the ring. The referee gets to nine, and both guys break the count.

Both guys are down. They slowly get to their feet, and Ciampa hits a knee to Thatcher’s face followed by a running knee. Ciampa cinches Thatcher’s own chokehold. Thatcher gets to his feet, but Ciampa bounces off the rope and back to the mat without breaking the hold. Thatcher gets to his feet, bleeding from the ear, and forces Ciampa into the ropes to break the hold before hitting a German suplex. Now Thatcher bludgeons Ciampa while he’s down before hitting another German suplex. This NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 match is brutal.

Ciampa crawls under the ropes onto the apron. Thatcher follows and pulls Ciampa up and goes for a German onto the apron. Ciampa elbows him off, but he turns around into a forearm. Back in the ring, Ciampa cinches a front-facelock, only for Thatcher to pull backward to send Ciampa throat-first into the top rope. Thatcher goes for an uppercut, and Ciampa goes for a backslide, but Thatcher’s legs go right into the ropes. Ciampa has Thatcher tied up in the ropes and takes him to Chop City. He hits the pump kick into the Wilow’s Bell DDT for the win.

Now THAT’S pro wresting. A hard-hitting match between two super tough guys punctuated by, you know, wrestling. I love it. Also, please stop trying to kill yourself, Ciampa.

Winner:  Tomaso Ciampa

Match Rating:  **** 1/2

Dexter Lumis took on Cameron Grimes at 'NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020'

Strap Match: Dexter Lumis Vs. Cameron Grimes

Lumis looks like a PE teacher who’s been fired by three or four different schools. Or, like, a taller 1993-ish Steve Austin. With a mustache.

NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 rolls on with a leather strap match. Grimes brings his own, personal strap to the ring. The referee straps Grimes, and Grimes immediately goes after Lumis before the ref can strap Lumis and ring the bell. Grimes beats Lumis pillar-to-post on the outside. He slams Lumis into the barricade a few times before driving Lumis’s head into the apron. That’s the hardest part of the ring, doncha know. Grimes drapes Lumis over the apron and chokes him down with the strap. Back inside, Lumis climbs to his feet and hits an uppercut on Grimes. They slug it out for a minute, and Lumis hits an Austin-like Lou Thesz press.

Lumis finally attaches the strap, and the bell rings. Grimes tries to run, but Lumis drags him back. He throws Grimes into the corner before clotheslining Grimes to the mat. Lumis goes to whip Grimes with the strap, but Lumis ducks under the ropes. Lumis follows, and Grimes gouges Lumis’s eyes with the strap. Now Lumis whips Grimes into the barricade. But Grimes tries to climb over the fence into the NXT crowd. Lumis drags him back and throws him into the barricade. Still on the outside, Lumis lays in a couple punches on the ground. He drags Grimes all around the ringside area before Grimes manages to suplex Lumis over the barricade.

Grimes takes a breather. But Lumis comes back like the Undertaker, only for Grimes to drag him back to ringside with the strap. Grimes keeps up the attack, throwing Lumis into the timekeeper’s table. He again works the eyes with the strap before putting a sack over Lumis’s head. Grimes snaps the strap across Lumis’s back before rolling him back in the ring. Now Grimes has the “official” strap, and he’s whipping Lumis with it. But Lumis comes back with a spinebuster. Lumis tries to tie Grimes up in the corner with the strap, but Grimes manages to whip Lumis face-first into the WarGames cage support.

A couple kicks to Lumis’s jaw keeps Grimes with the advantage. Lumis catches a third attempt, and he drags Grimes down to the floor from the apron. Back in the ring, Lumis whips Grimes again. But Grimes hits a German suplex into the turnbuckle. Grimes rolls outside again and grabs a chair. He waylays Lumis across the back a few times. Grimes takes a seat in the chair and dives at Lumis. But Lumis catches him and hits a fallaway slam. They trade punches for a bit. Grimes tries to throw Lumis over the top rope, but Lumis lands on the apron. He goes up top, but Grimes drags him down from the top turnbuckle. Ouch. Grimes hits a corkscrew running splash for two. Loving the sheer brutality at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020.

Grimes whips Lumis a few more times. Now Lumis is propped up in the chair. Grimes rushes at him, but Lumis evades. Lumis goes for Silence, but Grimes evades. Only for Lumis to catch Grimes with the strap, sending him face-first into the chair. Now Lumis has Silence locked in, and Grimes taps.

Pretty simple brawl. But sometimes simple is all you need. Nothing over the top, just two guys convincingly beating the hell out of each other.

Winner: Dexter Lumis

Match Rating:  ****

Leon Ruff defended the North American Championshp in a triple threat match against Johnny Gargano and Damien Priest at 'NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020'

North American Championship:  Leon Ruff (C) Vs. Damien Priest Vs. Johnny Gargano

And now your flippy-floppy palate cleanser for NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020.

Priest chucks Ruff out of the way off the jump and goes after Gargano. But Gargano dispatches with Priest and goes after Ruff early with a couple of pin attempts. Priest tries to climb back inside, but Gargano dropkicks him off the apron. Ruff springboards off all the ropes before hitting a standing dropkick followed by a huricanrana. Now Priest sneaks back in, and he and Ruff take turns wailing on Gargano. Priest throws Ruff out of the ring, telling him to get out of the way. Ruff hits a dropkick on both guys. Gargano goes down, but Priest tells Ruff to leave so he can have Gargano.

But Ruff is the babyface that’s too dumb to listen. Priest picks him up for a chokeslam. But Gargano breaks him free, and he and Ruff start clubbing Priest. They hit a double clothesline to take Priest over the top. On the outside, Gargano baits Ruff into going for a tope suicida before rushing in and spearing Ruff. He measures Ruff for a superkick, but Priest drags Gargano to the floor. They brawl past the barricade. Ruff follows and dives at Priest. Priest catches him and slugs Ruff in the face before hitting a Razor’s Edge into the plexiglass.

The referees tend to Ruff and drag him to the back. Gargano jumps Priest from behind and DDTs him onto the floor. Back inside, both guys evade each others’ finishers. Priest hits a spinning heel kick for two. Now Priest goes for another Razor’s Edge, but Gargano reverses into sliced bread for two. More swings and misses from both guys, and Gargano tries to chop Priest down. But Priest comes back with a huge clothesline. Both guys are down. Ruff runs back down to the ring and leapfrogs over Priest onto Gargano. He takes down Gargano and clubs away. Gargano rolls to the outside, and Ruff hits a springboard rana onto both Priest and Gargano.

Ruff throws Gargano back inside and hits a midair Diamond Cutter, but Gargano kicks out at two. Now Ruff goes up top, but Gargano crotches him on the top turnbuckle. He tears Ruff down to the mat. Gargano goes to throw Ruff out of the ring, but Ruff catches the ropes and comes back with a big clothesline for two. Ruff heads back to the top turnbuckle, but Priest is waiting for him. The champion jumps down and ducks a couple clotheslines, but he can’t dodge a big boot from Priest. Priest his a double flatline on both guys. Now Priest hits dueling jumping elbows on Ruff and Gargano in the corners before just chucking Ruff at Gargano.

Priest goes for the Razor’s Edge on Gargano, and Gargano pushes him shoulder-first into the ring post. Gargano lawndarts Ruff into Priest. Yeesh. Now Gargano ties Priest up in the opposite ring’s ropes before turning his attention to ruff. Gargano goes after Ruff, but Ruff hits the crucifix bomb for two. Ruff finally gets to the top rope and goes for a frog splash. But Gargano moves out of the way. Gargano locks in the Gargano Escape, but Priest frees himself to break up the hold. Priest kicks Gargano in the jaw and heads to the top rope. He hits a diving, spinning heel kick.

Gargano rolls out of the ring, so Priest goes after Ruff. Ruff dodges and hits a couple clotheslines, but Priest doesn’t budge. Priest throws Ruff into the ropes, where Gargano scores with a superkick. Now Priest gets the upper hand, but a bunch of guys in Scream masks attack Priest. Priest fights them all off. Gargano dives at Priest through the ropes, but Priest catches him and chokeslams him on the apron. Ruff hits a frog splash on Gargano, and Priest just barely breaks up the count. This is insane.

Priest drags Ruff to his feet, but Ruff doesn’t know when to quit. He lets loose with a bunch of punches only to eat Priest’s boot. Gargano rushes in for the Gargano Escape. Priest reverses into the Reckoning, and Gargano dodges only to eat another boot. Now Priest goes for the Reckoning, but another Ghostface hits Priest from behind with a lead pipe. Inside, Gargano hits a superkick on Ruff followed by One Final Beat to win the North American Championship for a third time. After the match, the lead Ghostface unmasks to reveal Austin Theory.

Take away the Ghostfaces, and this is a brilliant match at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020. With them? It’s still a great match, but overbooked.

Winner (And NEW Champion): Johnny Gargano

Match Rating:  *** 3/4

The Undisputed Era took on Pat McAffee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, and Danny Burch in a WarGames match at 'NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020'

Men’s WarGames Match: Undisputed Era Vs. Pat McAfee, Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan, And Danny Burch

And now the main event of NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020. The Undisputed Era is all in red and black. So apparently this is Undisputed Era Wolfpac. Remember 1998?

Dunne and O’Reilly start out. They feel each other out for a few seconds before locking hands. Both guys trade mat work for a bit before breaking up a bit. O’Reilly calls for another lockup, but Dunne gets a takedown and tries to choke Dunne. But Dunne reverses into a triangle choke. Dunne escapes only for O’Reilly to get a cross armbreaker. But Dunne escapes again and gets a headscissor submission on O’Reilly between the two rings. O’Reilly drags Dunne over into the other ring and goes for a German suplex. But Dunne escapes and nails a kick on O’Reilly. Now Dunne stomps down on O’Reilly’s neck and goes for the finger break.

O’Reilly comes back to life with some strikes in the corner, but Dunne won’t give up on the fingers. He uses the cage mesh for leverage, but O’Reilly punches himself free. But Dunne stomps on O’Reilly’s fingers. O’Reilly goes for a sleeper, but he can’t link his fingers to hold on. He goes for a suplex, but Dunne escapes and hooks an armlock. Only for O’Reilly to break free into a heel hook. The clock counts down, and Oney Lorcan runs in. Lorcan and O’Reilly slug it out. O’Reilly manages to take Lorcan down, but Dunne comes from behind to put O’Reilly down.

Lorcan hits a half-and-half suplex, and Dunne punctuates the attack with a kick to O’Reilly’s face. Dunne locks O’Reilly into a surfboard, and Lorcan wails on him with chops before hitting a DDT. That was cool. Dunne hits a dropkick to O’Reilly’s knee. The heels are running the table right now. Now Lorcan and Dunne cinch in a double submission. Bobby Fish enters the match and cleans house on the heels, hitting a belly-to-back throw, sending Dunne into Lorcan. Fish hits a spinebuster on Lorcan, but Dune fights back up from the ground. Fish backdrops Dunne over the top rope. Dunne lands on his feet, but O’Reilly takes him down. Now the babyfaces double-team Lorcan for a bit. But Dunne comes back and goes after Fish’s fingers.

The UE double-team Dunne, one knee to the back, the other to the chest. Now they split off. Fish takes on Dunne while O’Reilly works over Lorcan. The clock ticks down, and it’s Danny Burch coming in next for Team McAfee. Burch stops and grabs some plunder on his way in. A cricket bat? Neat! Burch hits a German suplex on Fish, and now both Dunne and Burch have bats. They waylay the babyfaces for a bit. Burch swings at O’Reilly, but O’Reilly locks in the heel hook. Dunne rushes over and hits a diving stomp to break up the hold. NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 might be the most insane show I’ve seen all year.

Now Burch and Dunne go after O’Reilly’s knee with the bats while Lorcan chucks Fish into the second ring. Fish gets to his feet and brings the fight, but the numbers game is too much. Strong rushes into the ring, and Lorcan and Burch start beating him down from the jump. But Strong hits a double clothesline and cleans house. He hits a backbreaker on Dunne before hitting an Angle Slam on Burch. But Lorcan tosses Strong into the cage wall. The heels take full control of the match, just in time for Pat McAfee to enter the match.

McAfee stops to load some tables into the ring. Apparently, he’s got labeled tables for each member of the UE. I love how well McAfee plays a jerk. McAfee takes a seat on the top turnbuckle and watches the heels do his dirty work. I love it. Lorcan and Burch lay Strong across his table, and McAfee hits a moonsault to drive Strong through it. The clock ticks down, and now Adam Cole comes in to officially start the match. He makes a pit stop for a fire extinguisher. And he sprays the heels before grabbing some chairs and heading into the cage.

Cole takes down all the heels before staring down McAfee. Dunne steps in between them, and they brawl like mad. Dunne goes for the Bitter End, but Cole counters with a DDT. He comes off the ropes, but McAfee catches him from behind, and Dunne takes Cole out. O’Reilly bashes Dunne across the back with a chair. McAfee stands alone in the empty second ring, but O’Reilly suckers him in so Cole can bash him across the back with a chair. And we’ve got a PIER SIX, TONY! Chaos reigns, and McAfee waits for his goons to do the dirty work before hitting a cheap shot on Cole from behind.

McAfee goes for the Figure Four on Cole just to punctuate all the Four Horsemen rhetoric building up to this match. Cole and McAfee are alone in one ring while the heels hold the rest of the UE at bay. But Cole reverses the hold as the UE keeps the heels at bay. Dunne breaks through the line to break up the hold. The heels completely run roughshod over the Undisputed Era. Lorcan and Burch set up Cole’s table, but Fish and Strong take the fight to the NXT Tag Team Champions. Everybody but Cole and Dunne are down, and Dunne goes for the armbar. Cole rolls him up for two.

Dunne goes for a backbreaker, but Cole reverses into a brainbuster across the knee for two. That was fantastic. Cole sets up the table marked for O’Reilly. He climbs to the second turnbuckle and pulls Dunne up. But Dunne breaks free, only for Fish and O’Reilly to powerbomb Dunne on top of Burch. But the table doesn’t break. Ouch. So Strong dives on top of both to put the heels through the table. McAfee rushes up top at Cole, but Cole throws him through another table. Man, McAfee went flying. And Undisputed Era just does a chain of clotheslines and back elbows on the heels.

Only McAfee is left standing, and he begs off. McAfee tries to climb the cage to escape, and the UE just absolutely mugs McAfee. They all take turns throwing McAfee into the cage. Cole sets up to hit the running knee, but the heels storm the ring and take out the UE. Now Cole hits a neckbreaker off the top on Dunne while Strong superplexes McAfee. Everybody’s down. Until everybody but McAfee is up. McAfee is nowhere to be seen. Because he’s climbed to the top of the cage and takes out everybody with a senton! Okay, I take back all the smack I talked about Pat at TakeOver XXX.

So now everybody’s down. O’Reilly and Dunne pull themselves up first and slug it out. They trade strikes before O’Reilly straight punches Dunne in the face. Dunne goes after the fingers, but O’Reilly hyperextends Dunne’s elbow. O’Reilly tries to come off the rope, but Dunne catches him and breaks his finger. He hits the Bitter End, but O’Reilly kicks out at 2.99. Seriously, this NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 main event is beyond insane. Dunne drags O’Reilly onto the steel barrier between the rings. He sets Dunne up for a powerbomb, but O’Reilly reverses into a suplex. O’Reilly covers, but Dunne kicks out at the very last millisecond. In. Sane.

Now O’Reilly sets up a chair and drags Dunne over and props him face-down on the seat. O’Reilly heads to the top, but McAfee comes out of nowhere and swats O’Reilly down with a chair. Now Cole crawls over. McAfee swings, but Cole dodges. He lays the punches in on McAfee and gets hold of the chair. Cole goes to swing, but McAfee hits Ye Olde Greco-Roman nutshot. McAfee goes for the punt, but Cole counters with a superkick. Cole heads up top, but Danny Burch drags him down. Superkick for Burch, and Fish spears him through the table. McAfee superkicks Cole and goes for Panama Sunrise, but Cole counters with a superkick of his own.

Cole heads up top and hits the Panama Sunrise, but McAfee kicks out?! Where can they possibly be going with this? Now Cole pulls the knee pad down. But Lorcan runs interference and takes the knee. So Dunne hits the Bitter End throat first onto the chair. The UE kicks a chair into Lorcan’s face before O’Reilly hits a diving knee onto the chair, driving it through Lorcan’s face for the pin.

Incredible. This must be wrestling Oscar season, because that may well be match of the year.

Winners: Undisputed Era

Match Rating: *****

The Breakdown

NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 was easily NXT’s best show of the year.

And NXT put on some awesome TakeOver shows this year. But the sheer brutality of this show puts it over the top. It says a lot about your card when the *** 3/4 match is the weak link on the show.

Some day the world will be normal again. And we can get back to having NXT TakeOver specials in front of crowds. So that fans can enjoy the awesomeness of shows like NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2020 without needing a strong home Wi-Fi connection.

All images courtesy of WWE.

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