NXT TakeOver WarGames: What Now for Undisputed Era, Sanity and Authors of Pain?
Saturday night marked the debut of the WarGames match under the WWE umbrella with The Undisputed Era defeating Sanity and The Authors of Pain and Roderick Strong at NXT TakeOver: WarGames in Houston.
WarGames was a WCW staple that had never been utilized by WWE previously, but an ideal opportunity presented itself with three factions embroiled in a deeply rooted feud over yellow brand supremacy.
The Undisputed Era, Sanity, The Authors of Pain and Strong all turned in impressive performances Saturday, but the focus now shifts toward how the three groups will be utilized moving forward.
Here is a closer look at all three teams and what to expect from them during the coming weeks and months of NXT programming.
During its short time in NXT, The Undisputed Era has made its presence felt with Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish wreaking havoc on everyone in their paths.
Their assault began at NXT TakeOver: Brooklyn III in August when O’Reilly and Fish attacked Sanity and The Authors of Pain following their NXT Tag Team Championship match.
An even greater impact was yet to come, as Cole made his shocking debut following Drew McIntyre’s NXT Championship win over Bobby Roode in the main event. The Undisputed Era beat down McIntyre and made it clear that it intended to make NXT its own.
Saturday marked the NXT pay-per-view in-ring debut for all three competitors, and it likely laid the groundwork for huge things moving forward.
The Undisputed Era has made no effort to hide the fact that it wants as much gold as possible, and it may not be long before all three members are champions.
O’Reilly and Fish were long one of the top tag teams in the entire world as reDRagon in Ring of Honor, and their sights are very much set on Sanity and the NXT tag team titles.
Cole was the first and only three-time ROH world champion, so it is obvious that he has designs on being the top dog in NXT as well.
McIntyre was immediately his target upon winning the NXT Championship, and there is no more credible challenger on the NXT roster than Cole, although Andrade “Cien” Almas beat McIntyre for the title on Saturday night.
His resume speaks for itself despite his short time in NXT, and he has already shown off the chops needed to be NXT’s top heel.
The next big NXT event will take place the night before the Royal Rumble in Philadelphia in January. Every indication is that it should be a banner night for The Undisputed Era.