Back from the break and we get a video with Finn Balor cutting a promo on The Velveteen Dream ahead of tonight’s main event.
Second Chance Qualifier for Takeover: Finn Balor vs. The Velveteen Dream
We go to the ring for tonight’s main event as Finn Balor makes his way out while Alicia Taylor does the introductions. There are ladders all over the ringside area. The winner of this match will earn the final spot in the 5-man Ladder Match for the vacant NXT North American Title at Takeover. Out next comes The Velveteen Dream as the boos start up.
The bell rings and they size each other up with Dream taunting Balor in the middle of the ring. They lock up and Balor takes Dream down, grounding him. Balor snatches Dream’s glasses off and tosses them while keeping him down with a headlock. The crowd rallies some as they tangle on the mat. Dream with a 1 count. Balor brings them up and they run the ropes. Dream keeps control and points both guns at Dream while he’s down on the mat. Dream slides out of the ring to regroup. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and they fight up from the mat, trading shots. Balor with two big strikes to keep control. Dream nails a Thesz Press and mounts Balor with strikes. Dream gets up and howls into the camera. Dream takes Balor face-first into the top turnbuckle. Dream works Balor around the ring now. Balor fights back and drops Dream with kicks. Balor with more big kicks to keep Balor off his feet. Balor drops an elbow over the leg and keeps Dream down with a hold on his leg.
Dream tries to fight out of the hold but Balor keeps it locked. Dream tries for a submission of his own but Balor tightens his. Dream finally gets the bottom rope to break the hold. Balor ends up stomping on the hurt leg as Dream screams out. The referee asks if he wants to quit and he stays in. Balor continues to focus on the leg, keeping Dream grounded on the mat again. Dream fights out with kicks from the mat. They get up and Dream keeps fighting, nailing a big kick to drop Balor for another 2 count. More back and forth between the two. Dream mounts Balor in the corner with lefts and rights. Dream disrespects Balor and moves his hips in his face as the crowd boos.
Balor turns it around in the corner and unloads with chops. Dream ends up leaping from the top with a double axe handle to take Balor down. Dream runs and snaps Balor over the top rope, while landing on the floor himself. Dream looks up at the vacant NXT North American Title belt hanging between the two ladders. Cameron Grimes comes down the ramp, yelling about how the title is his. Dream returns to the ring to keep control of Balor while Grimes makes his way down the ramp. We go to commercial.
Back from the break and Dream whips Balor into the corner and he goes down. Grimes is sitting up on one of the ladders with the title belt in his hand. He looks on and yells out as Dream keeps control of Balor. Dream with a backbreaker to Balor. Dream taunts Grimes now. Dream keeps Balor down and poses for the camera. Dream whips Balor into the ropes but it’s countered. Balor rolls through a sunset flip and hits a basement dropkick for a pop. Balor approaches but Dream rocks him. Dream goes to the top but Balor crotches him, turning him upside down in the Tree of Woe.
Balor unloads while Dream is upside down. Grimes continues to run his mouth from the ladder. Balor unloads on Dream from corner to corner. Balor sends Dream flying over the top rope to the floor in front of the ladder where Grimes is. Balor comes out and stomps away on Dream while he’s down. Balor has words with Grimes and climbs up the ladder. Balor climbs back down but Dream grabs him and rams him back into the edge of the apron. Grimes is loving the chaos, still with the title belt in hand.
Dream brings Balor back in but the Dream DDT is blocked. Dream blocks that with a takedown. Balor counters again, blocking the Dream Valley Driver and putting Dream on the mat. Balor sets his sights and hits the big running dropkick into the corner. Balor goes to the apron to capitalize but he’s distracted by Grimes. Balor goes to the top and has words with Grimes. Dream takes advantage and runs up to the top, bringing Balor back to the mat with a big superplex. Johnny Gargano comes down now, pushing the ladder over, sending Grimes into the ring. Grimes hits the referee and he goes down. Gargano smiles at ringside.
Grimes gets to his feet in the middle of Dream and Balor. Balor drops him and hits the big kick. Dream with a Fame-asser to send Grimes out. Balor with a Slingblade on Dream. Balor charges but Dream drops him. Gargano picks up the title at ringside. Bronson Reed comes down the ramp and Gargano enters the ring with the belt. Reed follows him in. Gargano backs into Damian Priest, who is also in the ring out of nowhere now. The crowd cheers as Gargano pleads in between the two big men. Priest rocks Gargano and ends up with the title as Reed tosses Gargano out. Priest has the title now as he stares Reed down. Priest tosses the title to Reed and kicks him in the face as he catches the belt. Priest charges but Dream superkicks him. Dream clotheslines Priest to the floor. Balor clotheslines Dream to the floor and then nails a big dive out to Priest.
Timothy Thatcher attacks out of nowhere and slams Balor on the floor. Thatcher tosses Balor back in where Dream is, waiting with a Dream Valley Driver. Dream goes to the top and hits the big flying elbow drop on Balor in the middle of the ring for the pin to win and get the final Takeover spot.
Winner: The Velveteen Dream