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COMPLETE WWE NXT TAKEOVER PHILADELPHIA REPORT: EXTREME RULES, GARGANO VERSUS ALMAS, MOON VERSUS BASZLER, NEW FACES, SOME RETURNING NXT STARS, AND SAMOA JOE SAVES THE KICKOFF SHOW

By Richard Trionfo on 2018-01-27 22:28:00

Another new member of NXT is in the crowd and it is EC3.

Match Number Five:  NXT Championship Match:  Andrade Almas (with Zelina Vega) versus Johnny Gargano

They lock up and Almas with a waist lock but Gargano with a front face lock and they get back to their feet.  They lock up and Almas with a waist lock.  Gargano with a wrist lock.  Almas tries to reverse and he applies a waist lock.  Gargano with a side head lock and take down but Almas with a head scissors.  Almas with a side head lock take down and Gargano with a head scissors.  Almas escapes.  They go for a test of strength but Almas with a side head lock and shoudler tackle.  Almas tries for the hammer lock DDT but Gargano escapes.  Gargano goes for the GargaNo Escape but Almas gets free and goes to the ropes.

Gargano shows Almas he came close to getting him in the submission hold.  Almas with an Irish whip and Gargano floats over and hits a head scissors followed by a drop kick and arm drag into an arm bar.  Gargano gets a series of near falls and he splashes onto the arm.  Almas with a forearm in the corner and Irish whip.  Gargano tries to float over but Almas does not charge into the corner and chops Gargano.

Almas with another chop in the corner.  Almas with an Irish whip and he runs into a boot.  Gargano with a head scissors off the turnbuckles and then he clotheslines Almas over the top rope to the floor.  Almas charges at Gargano and goes to the apron.  Almas goes for a moonsault but Gargano moves and Almas lands on his feet.  Gargano with a back heel kick and then he goes for a cannonball off the apron but Almas moves and Gargano lands on the floor.  Almas gets a near fall.  

Almas with a kick to the back.  Gargano with a forearm but Almas with a forearm.  Gargano sends Almas into the ropes and Almas with a Dragon Sleeper in the ropes.  Almas with a running boot to the temple and he gets a near fall.  Almas with a reverse chin lock and Almas adds more pressure.  Gargano with elbows and he tries for a suplex but cannot get Almas up.  Gargano with a rollup into a round kick.  Almas with an Irish whip and Gargano sends Almas to the apron.

Almas puts Gargano in the tree of woe and Almas goes up top and misses a double stomp.  Gargano with an overhead belly-to-belly into the turnbuckles when Almas charges into the corner.  Almas and Gargano exchange forearms and then Almas pushes Gargano.  Gargano with a forearm and enzuigiri.  Gargano with a forearm into the corner and then he goes to the turnbuckles for a tornado flatline and a near fall.

Almas with elbows but Gargano with a kick.  Almas hangs in the ropes and Gargano slides to the floor.  Almas charges at Gargano and Gargano with a slingshot spear for a near fall.  Almas with a facebuster to counter a head scissors attempt and Almas gets a near fall.  Almas goes to the turnbuckles.  Almas with a double jump moonsault for a near fall.  Almas with forearms and Gargano fires back with forearms of his own.  Almas with a back elbow and he gets a near fall.  Gargano with a super kick for a near fall.  Both men go for clotheslines and both men go down to the mat.

Gargano runs into a boot from Almas and Almas goes to the turnbuckles.  Gargano pulls Almas off the turnbuckles but Almas with a knee and he puts Gargano on the turnbuckles.  Almas sets for the hammer lock DDT off the turnbuckles but Gargano gets to the mat.  Gargano with a super kick to the head while Almas' head is against the turnbuckles.  Gargano goes for a sunset flip power bomb but Almas lands on his feet and he hits a running double knee.   Gargano avoids a second one and goes to the apron.  Almas blocks a slingshot spear and hits a facebuster and then sends Gargano into the mat.  Almas with an inverted Tornado DDT for a near fall.

Both men go to the apron and Almas sets for a hammer lock DDT on the apron but Gargano avoids it.  Gargano with forearms and Almas slaps Gargano.  Gargano with an enzuigiri and Almas hangs on the top rope.  Gargano with a slingshot DDT onto the apron and both men fall to the floor.   Gargano gets a near fall.  Gargano sets for the GargaNo Escape but Almas fights out of it.  Almas with a jawbreaker but Gargano with forearms.  Almas with a back elbow and Gargano goes into the turnbuckles.  Gargano with a clothesline when Almas charges into the corner.  Gargano with the lawn dart.

Gargano sets for the super kick but Vega grabs Johnny's leg. Almas with a drop kick to send Gargano into the turnbuckles.  Gargano with a rollup for a near fall.  Gargano with a super kick for a near fall.  Gargano looks around and he goes to the apron.  Almas grabs Gargano's leg and Almas hits Gargano in the back of the leg and Gargano lands on the turnbuckles.  Almas climbs the turnbuckles and sets for a double stomp and he hits it.

Almas sends Garagno into the apron and then slams his head into the matrix board and the referee warns Almas.  Almas sends Gargano back into the ring.  Almas with a running double knee strike in the corner for a near fall.  Almas cannot believe that Gargano was able to kick out of that.  Gargano kicks at Almas while on the mat and Almas with a forearm that did not have much behind it.  Almas slaps Gargano.  Gargano with punches to Almas.  Gargano slaps Almas.  Almas with a chop but Gargano with a super kick and reverse rana.  Gargano with a La Mistica into GargaNo Escape.  

Almas tries to get to the ropes but Gargano rolls Almas into the center of the ring.  Vega pulls Gargano to the ropes and the referee warns him.  Almas rakes the eyes when the referee was not looking.  Almas goes for the hammer lock DDT but Gargano backs him into the turnbuckes and then sends him to the floor.  Gargano with a suicide dive but Vega with a rana to send Gargano into the ring steps.  Almas brings Gargano back into the ring and he hits the hammer lock DDT but Gargano kicks out at two.  

Vega gets on the apron and talks to the referee while Gargano and Almas try to get their fourth winds.  Candice LeRae stops Vega from attacking Gargano and she attacks Vega.  They go to through the crowd and are not a factor.  Almas grabs Gargano on the apron and Gargano with a round kick and slingshot DDT for a near fall.  Gargano applies the GargaNo Escape and Almas gets his foot on the rope.  They go to the apron and Almas pushes Gargano into the ring post.  Almas sets for the running knees and he hits them against the ring post.

The referee checks on Garagno and he allows the match to continue.  Almas sets for a hanging harmmer lock DDT and gets the three count.

Winner:  Andrade Almas

After the match, Almas and Vega celebrate in the ring.  

Candice LeRae checks on her husband after the match and the crowd gives both men an ovation.

Tommaso Ciampa comes out with a crutch and he hits Johnny Gargano in the back.

We go to credits with Ciampa limping to the back while Candice checks on Johnny.

 


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