The show began with somber moment. The roster and others like Triple H and Shawn Michaels were gathered onstage to honor Pat Patterson. Then a tremendous music video with Frank Sinatra's "My Way" highlighted the career of Pat Patterson. Great tribute, and the clips included Pat singing "My Way", as he loved to do.
Angles before the show on social media set up the opening match. Johnny Gargano was also at ringside on guest commentary.
El Legado del Fantasma attacked Curt Stallion before the show. He was apparently supposed to team with Leon Ruff. So Priest laid out Joaquin Wilde in another skit before the show. That led to Priest replacing Stallion in teaming with Ruff, and they face El Legado del Fantasma.
The story is Priest wants to protect Ruff ahead of their title match this Sunday. Priest and Gargano challenge Rufff in a triple threat match at TakeOver.
NXT North American Champion Leon Ruff & Damian Priest defeated Santos Escobar & Raul Mendoza
*** Thumbs Up
Cameron Grimes defeated August Grey
** Thumbs Up
Jake Atlas defeated Tony Nese
**1/4 Thumbs Up
Pat McAfee is a heckuva talker
McAfee and his crew came to the ring for an in-ring promo. Continuing to prove he is a helluva talker, McAfee in a great speech build up his team in War Games. Before running down Undisputed Era, McAfee at the beginning of his promo paid tribute to Pat Patterson.
McAfee deserves some sort of award for being so great on interviews. He for sure should be inducted into the Matt Cleary Memorial House of Awesome on the B&V Show. McAfee is so dang good on the mic.
Xia Li and Boa in a skit were the subject of a ritualistic training session.
Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) vs. Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) went to a no-contest
Tommaso Ciampa crashes Timothy Thatcher's seminar.
Shotzi Blackheart defeated Raquel Gonzalez in a ladder match to win the War Games advantage
Shirai did a moonsault off the top out of the ring onto everyone. Blackheart was left alone in the ring. She climbed a ladder to grab the briefase, thus winning the match. The babyface team with the advantage going into the women's War Games match. That is not usually how War Games psychology works.
Maybe there will be an injury angle, or possibly even a turn of some sort. Otherwise, the babyface team was the advantage headed into War Games. TNA did something like that in the past. Hopefully NXT does it better.
Seems to go against the logic of almost every War Games match in history, but let's see what happens on Sunday. What would Dusty do? Likewise, what would Pat do?
Overall: Thumbs Up Show. It's close but I have to give it to Dynamite