First order of business - somewhere in here (probably last week, honestly) a numbering error cropped up, so possibly many previous recaps are misnumbered. If, for some messed-up reason, you're going back through the archives, please be aware of this issue.
Okay, with that out of the way, let's get to the recap. It is, in fact, a recap of a recap, seeing as how we're just coming off Takeover, and so there's probably not going to be much meat here. That also means that Mauro's still out, and filling in is the surprisingly capable Vic Joseph.
Our first match tonight is the promised Dakota Kai vs. Bianca Belaire, and man, I got to tell y'all that they are electing to do a tough uphill climb if they want Belaire to be a heel. She's real easy to cheer. That said, Kai remains a favorite, even if she is Indy AF. Belaire takes the early advantage with her power game, but it's not long before the speedy Kai nails a dropkick and a quick rollup. Belaire tries to regain control with a standing switch, but Kai trips her up and nails a kick to the spine that gets her an early two count. Kai's feeling good, but she shouldn't be; she charges into the corner, but Belaire flapjacks her up and bounces her off the turnbuckle. Belaire goes back to the power game, and nails a very nice slingshot suplex, followed by a big splash. She lays in an abdominal stretch and transitions into a pumphandle backbreaker, then follows that with a clubbing forearm. Now, Belaire's feeling good. So good, in fact, that she goes for the slingshot suplex again, but this time, instead of falling out into the slam, she holds Kai back up, and bounces her off another side of the ring, and then a third! On one hand, it's a tremendous display of power, but on the other, it turns out to be exactly enough time showboating to allow Kai to escape completely for a rollup. Belaire's pretty pissed about that, so she nails a big kick and goes up for a splash. Kai counters by getting her knees up, though, and then dodges a counterstrike from Belaire and pops her with an enzuigiri. Now Kai has a real chance. She nails a stinging trio of kicks, then her running circle kick and a charging boot to the corner gets two. Belaire comes up to her feet and tries for the hair whip, but Kai dodges that, too. But it was a feint! As Kai dodges her braid, Belaire destroys her with a forearm smash, then puts her up in the Argentine backbreaker/face-first Falcon Arrow. That's game. Match Rating: So, They're Probably Just Going To Call Her Finisher The Est, Right?
Recaps ahoy! First is Dream/Ricochet. Afterwards, Ricochet tells us he owns the spotlight now, while Dream sadly just comments that it was "Dream Over" in Chicago.
Baszler/Cross recap. Baszler seems p. unruffled by Cross. By the way, she's being flanked by the remaining Horsewomen now (who we can barely bother to name, and certainly I can't be bothered to remember).
Black/Lars recap. We try to get a word with Black, but he can't talk right then. He'll catch us up next week.
Tag Title recap. Woof. Just, just all at once, huh? Anyhoo, Burch and Lorcan left it all in the ring, but are so, so sad that they didn't take the titles. I probably would have gone a different way with this response.
Street Fight recap. Come on. Break these things up, already. No commentary from either participant on this one.
I've decided what kind of match I want to see Gargano and Ciampa have in Brooklyn. A Wrestling match. We've already seen them try to kill each other. Let's just see who the better competitor is now.
We catch a quick word with EC3 on his way to talk with GM Regal. He promises - strike that - he proclaims that from here out, he'll be on all the Takeover shows, and that he's coming after everyone.
Finally, we have made it to our second and final match of the night. The Mighty take on War (sigh) Raiders. The Mighty have a slight remix on their theme and a new look, featuring long tights and new coats in black and white. They finally feel like they're coming together. War Raiders are, well, you know. Anyhoo, the Mighty get started by tossing their new coats in the faces of the Raiders, and getting the jump, but the ref separates them before he rings the bell, rendering a good strategy pointless. The Raiders come out strong with a dropkick followed by a head and arm suplex. Then they avalanche Thorne, and then Hanson throws Rowe into him. The Mighty seem p. outmatched here, but Miller manages a distraction and Thorne gets a rollup with his feet on the ropes. It doesn't work this time, only getting two, but the Mighty are suddenly in control of this match, and they start taking the War Raiders apart. Knees and strikes do most of the damage, but they also land a tandem neckbreaker for two, which confidentially would probably make a better finisher than Thunder Valley. They start laying in some devastating European uppercuts, but Hanson eventually fights out of the corner and makes the Hot Tag to Rowe. Rowe is a general house afire - a flapjack, a splash, etc. - but he quickly brings Hanson back in for an assisted powerslam. Rowe goes to the outside with a tope on Thorne, while Hanson delivers his "knee strike" to Miller. Fun fact: Now the camera just stays in an area where it's impossible to tell if the knee hits or not. They're just, you know, not going to take any chances. Anyhoo, the Fallout wraps this one up. Match Rating: Frankly, The Mighty Need The Win A Lot More. A Lot More.
And that's the show. Join me next week for a show that hopefully has a bit more show in it.
I really don't like the idea "Well, it was a good match for two guys that age." Look at that talent roster, for God's sake. It is LOADED. There is absolutely no reason you should have to put disclaimers (such as age)