Drew McIntyre and Dolph Ziggler show up and Dolph tells Kurt he loves what he has done with the place. Drew reminds Kurt that they beat Finn Balor and Braun Strowman and they would love to do it again, but that decision is above Kurt’s pay grade. Chad says that Drew and Dolph seem special. Drew says they are.
Match Number Six: Chad Gable versus Dolph Ziggler (with Drew McIntyre)
The match is joined in progress and Gable with a waist lock into a wrist lock. Gable with an arm drag and waist lock. Gable with a drop toe hold into a front face lock. Ziggler tries to escape but Gable holds on. ZIggler gets to the ropes and Gable breaks. Ziggler goes for the leg but Gable gets a near fall. Gable with a waist lock but Ziggler with an elbow and drop kick for a near fall.
Ziggler runs his boot laces across the face and then he applies a reverse chin lock. Ziggler with a leaping elbow drop for a near fall. Ziggler with a chin lock. Gable punches Ziggler and takes Ziggler down and gets a near fall with a rollup. Gable with a jackknife cover for a near fall. Ziggler with a kick to the knee. Ziggler with a waist lock and Gable lands on his feet. Ziggler blocks a German suplex attempt and hits a neck breaker.
Ziggler runs into an elbow and Gable with a thrust kick. Gable with a rollup for a near fall. Ziggler is sent into the turnbuckles and Gable with a German suplex for a near fall. Gable grabs the leg and the referee tells Gable to release the hold. Ziggler with a head butt and super kick for the three count.
Winner: Dolph Ziggler
After the match, Drew picks up Gable and hits a Claymore.
McIntyre and Almas face off before TakeOver
Back at ringside, Drew McIntyre makes his way to the ring to confront Andrade “Cien” Almas. Drew says it’s great when a plan comes together, congratulating Almas and Vega on their plan to get “Cien” a shot at the title at Takeover. Now they’re both in trouble…it’s one thing to ask for the opportunity, but when reality sets in, that’s when you find out what kind of man you truly are because it’s clear what kind of man Drew is! When the lights are on in Houston, will Almas be able to say the same? Vega has been rambling about mountains, but Almas is gonna find out real quick that Drew IS the bloody mountain! Drew asks one more time for Almas to come out and face him man to man. Don’t do it to prove something to me or Vega, do it to prove it to yourself. Come out and face me like a man…unless of course Vega won’t let you off the leash! Andrade’s music hits, but Vega is out on the stage with a big smile on her face. Suddenly, Almas comes storming out taking his suit jacket off as he gets to the ring. Both men trade blows as Drew gets the upper hand…and Vega comes flying off the top turnbuckle, only for Drew to catch her in midair! Drew sets her down as Almas catches the champ with a chop block from behind, before hitting a Hammerlock DDT! Vega picks up the NXT Championship, telling Almas to look at it as they stand tall over the champion.
Backstage, Drew McIntyre signs the contract for his match against Andrade “Cien” Almas.
As Drew McIntyre is walking to the ring, Almas attacks him from behind. Vega picks up the contract and gives it to Almas to sign. After Almas signs, Almas takes Vega’s gum out of her mouth and uses it to stick the contract to McIntyre.
Christy St. Cloud is standing by with Drew McIntyre, who talks about what’s been happening in NXT and becoming champion, the tough journey to this point and dealing with his release from WWE before. He talked to his dad who asked if he was going to be okay, especially since he and his girlfriend had moved into an apartment four days prior and in talking to his girlfriend (now wife), she noticed a fire was missing when he was released but after a while, he found that the fire came back and he was going to be okay. Some time later, he came back and four months later became champion. He talks about what he wants to do in NXT at this point, helping to inspire people suddenly, we see Zelina Vega walk in and interrupt, saying she’s taking over the interview. Vega talks about Drew and Andrade having a lot in common as Almas was on a downward slope before she came along. She asks Drew why he’s been avoiding Almas, but Drew says to talk to Regal. Vega retorts that the champ has the most pull with Regal. Drew understands what’s happening, and tells Vega to have Almas come to him directly, look him in the eye, and say that he actually wants the match. Vega agrees to this & walks off.
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Drew McIntyre cut a backstage promo about how if anyone wants a title match then they have to ask and Strong did that. He said that Strong could be the champion right now but it won’t happen because he’s about to enter his world next week.
Drew McIntyre walks out to the ring and cuts a promo about how 17 years has led to this moment. He said that he knows that being champion comes with a target on his back. He called out Cole, Fish, O’Reilly, and the whole locker room. He put them on notice. He said that if they want a shot then come out and tell him to his face. This leads to Roderick Strong walking out and saying he saw everything that happened at Takeover. He only cares about himself, family and the NXT Title. He said that he would beat Bobby Roode tonight then fight McIntyre like a man. McIntyre said that he appreciates Strong challenging him like a man, but he hopes that Strong is ready to be knocked out like a man.
After the Roode Vs Strong match McIntyre appeared at the top of the ramp and was jumped by Cole, Fish, and O’Reilly. William Regal walked out, and the three heels left through the parking lot to close the show.
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