WWE’s first WarGames in almost two decades: Full Review

A full analysis of the historic WWE War-Games.

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WarGames was one of Pro Wrestling’s greatest creation when it was first introduced 30 years ago at the Great American Bash. Pro Wrestling has come a long way since then and the much-famed match recently made its return to the business when NXT TakeOver: WarGames returned to Houston Texas, in Survivor Series Weekend. Here are the results of the whole PPV:

1.) Lars Sullivan vs Kassius Ohno:

The night kicked off with the battle of the heavyweights when former number one contender Kassius Ohno took on the new menacing big man, the undefeated Lars Sullivan. The Knock-out Artist went on the offensive right from the word go, but without much success. The big man was on full display of his strength and he literally manhandled the 270 pounders, Ohno. It took Ohno a hell lot of elbow and knee strikes as well as kicks to get the big man off his feet for the first time. The match ended when The KO Punch(Discuss Elbow Smash) was countered into a Freak-Accident(Waist Lift Side Slam) to pick up the pin.

Winner: By pin-fall Lars Sullivan.

Result: Although the fact that Ohno remained without a takeover win since returning to the company is sad, keeping The Freak undefeated with a strong show was a good move indeed. The match was short but good and entertaining.

Rating: 7.5/10.

2.) Aleister Black vs Velveteen Dream:

This was one of the most interesting bookings of the year pitting an Indi Darling against probably the hottest developmental star in the company today. The build-up to the match was solid as Velveteen Dream repeatedly tried to get in Black’s head, which set up Saturday’s clash. Both the superstars went into the offence early and probably threw everything they had on each other. Dream impressed all and sundry with his performance alongside an ever reliable Black, that soon got the crowd chanting “This is awesome“. The match ended with it so often does when the Dutch destroyer battles, with a Black Mass, followed by a pin-fall.

Winner: Via pin-fall Aleister Black.

Result: The undefeated streak continues for the Dutch destroyer since his debut and it builds up strongly for his route to challenge for the title in the future. The post-match promo where he finally uttered Dream’s name was great for the youngster as it paves for better future bookings, something he greatly deserves after his awesome performance in arguably one of the best matches of the night.

Rating: 9/10.

3.) Ember Moon vs Kairi Sane vs Nikki Cross vs Peyton Royce: Fatal 4-way match for the NXT Women’s Title:

This was the match to determine the successor to the undefeated Asuka. All the 4 women are pretty much able to put on great matches and put together they did not disappoint either. The Pirate Princess Kairi Sane was probably the most impressive as she continued from where she left off when she won the Mae Young Classic. Nikki Cross was at her usual crazy good and Royce put up another of her “Iconic” performance. Asuka’s bitter rival Moon showed off some good agility and power. The match ended after a scuffle and a double eclipse on Royce and Cross, with the later taking the pin.

Winner: By pin-fall Ember Moon.

Result: Ember certainly deserves the belt after some great matches, but making Nikki Cross take the pin again was not too nice a decision. However, keeping Kairi unpinned was good. The match was good too, with all the four giving their near bests.

Rating: 8/10.

4.) Drew McIntyre(c) vs Andrade “Cien” Almas with Zelina Vega: 

The championship match was booked up pretty well with a neat build-up where Andrade always had the upper hand over the Scott with the aid of his manager. The match was hard hitting as both the superstars gave great performances with a raw display of power and agility from both. Both of them came close to winning after hitting their respective finishers but both were unsuccessful. McIntyre probably put on his best match since returning to the company with a rejuvenated Almas supporting him aptly. Vega played her part well too, with her interferences, hitting a ‘hurricanrana’ facebuster on the champion, as well as dragging Andrade’s foot on the rope when he was sure to be pinned.

Winner: By pin-fall and the new NXT Champion Andrade “Cien” Almas.

Result: With McIntyre reportedly suffering torn biceps it was a good decision to pin the previously undefeated champion and putting the belt on the former Luchador Andrade who has been booked as a jobber for long. Drew is supposed to undergo MRI and possibly surgery following that. The match was entertaining as well.

Rating: 8.5/10.

5.) The Undisputed Era (Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly) vs The Authors of Pain (Akam and Rezar) and Roderick Strong vs Sanity (Alexander Wolfe, Eric Young, and Killian Dain): the Main event, in a WarGames Match:

The prestige act of the event saw the three mammoth teams take on each other in one of the most gruesome matches ever designed. All the three members of the teams put up brilliant shows in the double ringed match inside the cage. The addition of the sticks, cans, tables, and chairs added an extra dimension to the match. The crowd was greatly involved in the match and there were a lot of “Holy Shit” moments in the match, none greater than the 322 pounder Killian Dane hitting a coast to coast on Kyle O’Reilly. The Belfast Beast was also probably the best of the 9 men in terms of performance, even though he entered the cage last.

Winners: By pin-fall on Eric Young by Adam Cole for The Undisputed Era.

Result: The booking was perfect, just like the match and The Undisputed Era rightfully earned the victory. The match of the night is an understatement for this brilliant display that left almost all the men bruised and bleeding. Even though Young was pinned for the second time on TV by Cole, it still does not do much harm to the Sanity leader as long as they hold the tag team gold, and it also strengthens Cole’s path to the title matches.
P.S. Adam Cole bay bay!

Rating: 9.5/10.

On the whole, NXT TakeOver WarGames was just like any other TakeOver which never disappoints.

Rating: 8.5/10.

Last Word: Try and beat that Survivor Series.

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