Candice LeRae Won an NXT Women's Championship No. 1 Contender's Battle Royal
There were a ton of nobodies involved in this thing, but that was solely because Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez took turns throwing them out. Ripley was my pick to win, so I was surprised when she and Gonzalez eliminated each other. I guess we'll have to wait a little longer to get Ripley in a rematch with Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship. This was a fairly standard Battle Royal otherwise with LeRae lastly eliminating Shotzi Blackheart in the end to earn the victory. LeRae and Shirai had a hell of a series of matches last year, and even with the roles reversed, I'm sure they can make magic again at TakeOver.
Miro and Kip Sabian def. Sonny Kiss and Joey Janela; Eddie Kingston Called Out AEW World Champion Jon Moxley
Miro looks to be in fantastic shape and he had a strong showing here as a dominant monster, but that was about the only highlight from this match. Everyone else was off their game and the match was a mess on the whole. It was also the wrong choice to open the show. As I've said before, Miro is a great get for AEW, but I fear that his pairing with Sabian has a very limited shelf life. He's above this nonsense and the tag team division for that matter. It's also made Penelope Ford a total afterthought in recent weeks. Meanwhile, Kingston's post-match promo calling out Moxley was short, sweet and exactly what it needed to be.
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Scorpio Sky def. Ben Carter
Although I assumed it was taped on a different night, Carter is fresh off an excellent match with Lee Johnson on an episode of Dark that aired earlier in the evening. That helped a lot in showing people how great Carter is and why it was believable for him to take Sky to the limit. I never actually expected Carter to win, but as a match, this was excellent and saw both guys have strong showings. Regardless of whether AEW signs Carter or not, I really hope to see more of him on their shows.