Advantage, Undisputed ERA.
It wasn’t easy, nor was it without controversy, but NXT Tag Team Champion Kyle O’Reilly defeated Hanson to secure the WarGames Match advantage for himself and his system-shocking cohorts this Saturday at TakeOver. Though Undisputed ERA now hold the edge when it comes to the order of entry in the WarGames Match, that’s only the beginning of the bad news for the team of The War Raiders, NXT North American Champion Ricochet & WWE U.K. Champion Pete Dunne.
The battle between O’Reilly and Hanson was insanely hard-hitting. O’Reilly struggled to cut down the modern-day Viking at first, though he found success once he began targeting Hanson’s left leg. O’Reilly relentlessly went after the limb with submission holds and strikes, but through it all, Hanson refused to quit. He even overcame interference by Adam Cole to surge back on offense, albeit with a visible limp.
As Hanson and O’Reilly continued their fight inside the squared circle, the ringside area swelled with the arrival of Rowe, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish and Dunne, who erupted into a brawl. Fish chop-blocked The BruiserWeight, causing Dunne to crumble in pain. Ricochet inserted himself into the mix, as well, leaping high over the referee with a spectacular suicide dive onto the assembly outside the ring. With the official distracted by the fracas, O’Reilly struck Hanson with the NXT Tag Team Championship behind the ref’s back. By the time the official turned around, Hanson was down for the count, and the pinfall was academic.
Undisputed ERA hurried up the entrance ramp and savored the victory, while their WarGames opponents looked concerned over the possible leg injuries suffered by Hanson and Dunne. With the momentum undeniably on the side of Undisputed ERA, how will Ricochet, Dunne & The War Raiders respond this Saturday when NXT TakeOver: WarGames II streams live on WWE Network?