The NXT North American Championship is in a Triple Threat! Will Ricochet retain? Will Pete Dunne claim a new belt? Or will Adam Cole BAYBAY reign again?
- Keith Lee VS Kona Reeves; Lee wins.
- NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Ricochet VS Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole; Ricochet wins and retains the NXT North American Championship.
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Tommaso Ciampa heads to the ring!
The Blackheart NXT Champion heard what the Patrick Clark Experience had to say about who attacked Aleister Black. To sum it up, even Velveteen Dream thinks Ciampa took out the Embodiment of the End in order to insure he kept that title at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4. But Ciampa told Dream back to watch his tongue. Now Ciampa is here in person to say “The greatest sports entertainer of all time now has the greatest entrance music of all time!” Ciampa of course refers to his new theme song, which replaced the silence he used to come out to. But the icing on the cake is that the song has “brought silence to the sheep.” Though, there’s always one who tries to break away from the rest, who craves attention and needs to be different. Ciampa of course means the Velveteen Dream.
Dream has the champ’s attention, but he got it the wrong way with those accusations and sticking his nose in things that aren’t his business. But then the Dream himself appears! Velveteen Dream says “all of this right here” is extremely amusing. Especially the part where Ciampa says he’s the greatest entertainer of all time. But while they’re on the subject, Dream doesn’t appreciate Ciampa’s threats. Dream assumes Ciampa talks like that because he thinks he’s a “bad, bad man.” Well Dream believes that the belt deserves a true experience, and not a guilt trip from an “angry little bald man”. Fans like the sound of that! Ciampa says while he’s an angry little bald man, he’s an angry little bald man with a shiny, shiny title belt.
But Ciampa also understands that Dream wants what the champ has: the main event, the spotlight, and the NXT title. If they’re being honest, Ciampa doesn’t believe Dream believes his own accusations. Dream might just want attention. Everyone is listening, so Dream should man up and admit it. Ciampa says the title says, “Maybe Dream is just not tough enough.” Remember, the title said it, not Ciampa. Dream steps into the ring and tells everyone that he’s tough enough and man enough. He’s more man than Ciampa can handle, at least. But if Ciampa wants to find out, give Dream a moment with him and the title. Wait, what is Nikki Cross doing coming out here? The Loony Lass of SAnitY gives her usual crazy grin as she suddenly rushes the ring!
Crazy Cross thrashes about and fans want a “Triple Threat! Triple Threat!” Nikki plays with Dream’s tassels, but wants to play with the title. Fans sing “Nikki knows a secret~”, because she has been going on about knowing who really attacked Aleister. Nikki corners Dream and says she knows what he’s done~! But also, she knows what Ciampa’s done. The belt tells her so. And she swats the mic out of Ciampa’s hand before he can speak. Nikki drops to talk into the mic to say she knows what they’ve done. She knows! And Dream bails out as she thrashes about again. Nikki kicks the mic away from Ciampa! She’s laughing, but he’s not amused. Nikki keeps saying “I know~! I know~!” as she takes her leave, but will she tell us what it is she knows?
Keith Lee VS Kona Reeves!
The Limitless was disrespected by The Finest, but was willing to give him a chance to prove he’s worthy to #BaskInMyGlory. Will Kona come out on top? Or will he simply be Keith’s Finest Victory?
The bell rings and fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” but Kona talks trash. Kona says fans don’t know nor care who Keith is, but he is NXT’s Finest! Fans boo and Keith laughs it off. They tie up and fans say “Kona’s trash!” Kona puts Keith in a corner, then gives a quick jab. He also toys with Keith, but Keith grins as he puts Kona in the corner for big body shots! Keith gives Kona a big double chop! Fans want “One More Time!” but things speed up. Keith shows off his ability with a dropkick, and then a belly2belly that sends Kona out of the ring! Fans continue to chant “Keith Lee! Woop Woop!” Keith walks over but Kona uses the apron to blind him! Kona runs in to boot Lee down and then rain down right hands.
Kona wants Lee to look at him as he climbs up for the falling Finest elbow! He mocks Lee and hits his Finest Pose. Kona waits for Keith to sit up to then wrap on a chinlock. Fans rally for Lee as he endures. Lee powers out of the hold but Kona kicks him in the back. Kona hooks Lee’s face to then punch him. Kona keeps on Keith with haymakers, but that only makes Keith angry. Now Kona kicks and clubs Keith, but Keith powers up more. Kona runs, but Lee POUNCES! Kona flounders into a fireman’s carry, for a Super Nova powerslam! Cover, Keith Lee wins!
Winner: Keith Lee, by pinfall
The Limitless One is unstoppable and has quite the undefeated streak already. Will Lee have to wait long before getting a shot at an NXT title?
Shayna Baszler continues her grueling training for WWE Evolution.
The Queen of Spades knows that with the year she had from losing the inaugural Mae Young Classic to winning the NXT Women’s Championship was all her. She became the fastest champion in history. But then in Brooklyn, that was a misstep. She was too confident. Kairi Sane didn’t win, that was Shayna losing. And knowing that, that 100% motivates Shayna to get it this time. But what was really upsetting was that no one else saw it the same way. Everyone thinks Kairi did great. Shayna can barely form the words, but she’ll show Kairi and everyone how she deals with that anger.
NXT Media interviews Kairi Sane.
The Pirate Princess gets to also be part of the first ever All Women’s PPV, and she’s so excited! It’s a great opportunity for her, but how does she feel about Shayna’s new training style? Kairi says Shayna can train all she wants, but we all know Kairi can beat her again. The champion is confident she won’t be sunk, but will she be run aground instead?
Backstage interview with William Regal.
The NXT GM knows of the encounter between Ciampa, Dream and Cross, but in regards to the Aleister Black investigation, he will not reveal who remains on the suspect list. However, he needs answers, and Nikki has them, so perhaps… But Kassius Ohno is waiting outside his office. Has he given any thought to their previous coversation? Regal tells Ohno he’s completely cleared of suspicion. Ohno knows that Regal doesn’t see him as a threat. But he wants to know when that “shiny new toy” gets here. Where is he? When will he arrive? Regal is so blind to not see what Ohno is about or who attacked Aleister. Maybe the Bromance isn’t as competitive as Regal thinks. Maybe that guy attacked Aleister. Regal ignores Ohno’s sarcasm, but then Nikki comes along. “I know what you did~!” What dirty little secret of the Knockout Artist’s does Nikki know?
NXT looks ahead to next week’s Tag Team Championship match.
The Undisputed Era and Mustache Mountain battled it out at TakeOver: Brooklyn 4 in another instant classic. However, while Roderick Strong & Kyle O’Reilly retained their titles, they weren’t able to celebrate long as the War Raiders would appear! Ray Rowe & Hanson would blindside and beat down the Undisputed Era, and bring the war to NXT. But week in and week out, Strong, O’Reilly, Bobby Fish and Adam Cole refused to take Hanson & Rowe seriously. It didn’t matter that the War Raiders were winning, and accused them of being cowards instead. “They aren’t on our freakin’ level.” The Undisputed Era would continue to run away, but that was fine by the Raiders. The hunt finally comes to a head, whose era of NXT will this really be?
NXT North American Championship Triple Threat: Ricochet VS Pete Dunne VS Adam Cole!
The One and Only is only the second man to hold this title, but he’s got a long list of contenders. The second-ever WWE United Kingdom Championship wants to be more than champion in just one Division, while the original North American Champion wants his belt back. Will we see a champion retain? A new dual champion? Or the first ever two-time NXT NAC?
The introductions are made, the North American Championship belt is raised, and we begin! Fans duel between all three, then rally up. The three approach, but Cole backs out. Ricochet and Dunne decide to take care of him first, then! They throw hands on him in the corner, but then Dunne pushes Ricochet out of the way so he can focus on Cole alone. Ricochet pulls Dunne away so he can stomp Cole on his own. Dunne turns Ricochet around, but Cole shoves Ricochet into Dunne! Dunne tumbles out and Cole goes after Ricochet. Ricochet hits back with haymakers, but Cole kicks low. Cole whips corner to corner but Ricochet goes up and over. Things speed up and Ricochet slides off Cole’s back to then handspring, headscissor and dropkick Cole down! Dunne returns to bait Ricochet, Ricochet superhero lands out of the handspring.
Cole tosses Ricochet out so that he and Dunne can go 1v1. They tie up, Dunne powers out. Things speed up again and Dunne runs Cole over with a lariat! Ricochet returns and now he circles with Dunne. They tie up and fans rally up again. Dunne gets chin control and brings Ricochet to the mat. Dunne goes after the arm but Ricochet gets up. Ricochet spins to reverse the wristlock but Dunne rolls, handsprings and spins to reverse back. Dunne wrenches, Ricochet arm-drags. Dunne headlock takeovers, Ricochet headscissors, Dunne pops out. Ricochet avoids the sweep but Dunne avoids the kick, and we have a stand-off! Cole runs in but into a drop toehold. Dunne puts Cole in surfboard position and Ricochet watches him work. Cole endures being pulled back, so Ricochet adds a basement dropkick! Dunne adds the knee stomps, and Cole rolls away.
Ricochet wants a handshake, Dunne gives him a forearm! The Bruiserweight only cares about himself in this match. Dunne drags Ricochet over to trap an arm, then go after the other. Fans duel as Dunne tortures the fingers! Ricochet writhes as his fingers are bent ways they don’t go. Dunne traps both arms in hammerlocks, then stomps Ricochet’s head! He also kicks Ricochet while he’s down, before going back after the arm. Ricochet reverses and uses it to arm-drag Dunne into a hammerlock and Cloverleaf! Dunne endures but Cole breaks it up. Cole stomps away on both opponents, then hits his “BAYBAY!” Cole drags Ricochet to toss him out, then throws forearms down on Dunne. He brings Dunne up for a Rude Awakening, cover, TWO! Cole keeps his cool and drops elbows on Dunne.
Ricochet returns and hits Cole away, but Cole disrupts the springboard to send Ricochet back down. Dunne kicks Cole’s leg, but Cole bicycle boots Dunne down! Cover, TWO! Cole keeps his cool as he drags Dunne up. Dunne resists and throws haymakers from both sides. Cole blocks the boot but gets a slap and an enziguri! Cole flounders to a corner, Ricochet springboard huricanranas Dunne down! RIcochet runs to shoulder Cole, then swing kick him. He hurries up to moonsault Dunne down! Then he gets back to a corner to springboard uppercut Cole! Cover, TWO! Ricochet keeps his focus because he has control. Ricochet lifts Cole but Cole fights the fireman’s carry. Dunne returns to SLAP Ricochet, but Cole gives him a big forearm. Dunne gives back a bigger one!
Ricochet is up and kicks Dunne. Ricochet whips, Dunne goes up and over to enziguri Ricochet. Cole German Suplexes Dunne but Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw Cole. Dunne sweeps Ricochet’s leg, then stacks him on top of Cole. Dunne grabs a leg each, and turns both Cole and Ricochet over for simultaneous Half Crabs!! Both Ricochet and Cole endure, but Dunne struggles to hold both. Ricochet gets free, and puts Dunne in an Octopus Stretch! Cole is free, so he grabs Ricochet for a backstabber! Cover, TWO!! All three men are down but fans rally up. Cole hits Dunne with a forearm, but Ricochet hits Cole. Dunne hits Ricochet then he hits Cole. Ricochet hits Dunne, Dunne hits Ricochet, Cole hits Dunne, Dunne hits Cole, this triple brawl moves up to their feet! Each man hits someone, it’s hard to tell where the fists are flying!
Cole drops out as Dunne and Ricochet keep going. Cole grabs Dunne, Dunne standing switches but Cole breaks out to enziguri Dunne! Dunne falls out of the ring and Cole dodges Ricochet for a high shining wizard! Cover, TWO!! Cole grits his teeth, he’s not done with Ricochet yet. He wants a suplex but Ricochet resists. Ricochet reverses to rock Cole with a right. Ricochet runs in at the corner but misses. He fakes Cole out, but Dunne rocks Cole with a right. Ricochet ax kicks Dunne, Cole boots Ricochet, Dunne enziguris Cole, Ricochet shooting stars on Dunne’s back! All three men are down but Full Sail is fired up! Ricochet stands first and runs, springboard into DOUBLE SUPERKICKS!! Fans lose their minds while all three men are down again.
Fans chant “Mamma Mia!” a la Mauro as Cole and Dunne crawl for covers. Ricochet rolls away, safe from both men. But now Dunne and Cole glare and get forehead to forehead. They explode into furious fists! Dunne even adds a headbutt in there! Dunne grabs Cole’s hands, puts them down, and stomps them both! Then the buzzsaw! Cole rolls to safety, but Dunne pursues. Dunne joins Cole on the apron, but gets a DDT to said apron! Cole stands while Dunne crawls. Cole takes aim, but Dunne dodges to send that kick into steel steps! Then Dunne grabs the hand, puts it on the steps, and hammerlock stomps the arm! Ricochet corner tiger kicks Dunne! Ricochet springboards but Cole avoids the asai moonsault! SUPERKICK for Ricochet! Dunne climbs, SUPER Moonsault takes out Cole!
Dunne puts Ricochet in, drags him up, X-Plex Bomb! Cover, but Cole breaks it!! Fans applaud and hope they “Fight Forever!” Dunne drags Cole outside, then climbs up top. Ricochet is in a drop zone, but Cole stops Dunne up top. Cole climbs up to join him but Ricochet jumps up. All three men are on the top rope, and Ricochet gets a DOUBLE SUPER STEINER!! Ricochet isn’t done there, he aims at Dunne for a the Reverse-Rana! Then, jumping flat liner! Cover, TWO!? Dunne survives but Ricochet isn’t done with him. Ricochet puts Dunne in the drop zone and climbs back up top. Cole trips Ricochet up, then brings down his knee pad.
Dunne grabs the hands, tortures them, but Cole rolls up with the ropes! TWO, and Dunne goes after the hands again. Dunne dodges the kick, pumphandle for the Bitter End! But Ricochet SHOOTING STAR, into a triangle hold?! Ricochet flails as he resists the submission, and goes for the stack. TWO, and Ricochet deadlifts, but Dunne goes after the fingers! Dunne snaps the fingers, SUPERKICK from Cole! Last Shot Shining Wizard for Ricochet, then Last Shot brainbuster for Dunne! Cover, TWO?! Cole cannot believe it! Fans love it, because “This is Awesome!” Cole drags himself up and aims at Dunne. He runs, but into a big lariat! Dunne drags Cole up, pumphandle, Bitter End again! Cover, but Ricochet 450’s in outta nowhere! Cover, Ricochet wins!!
Winner: Ricochet, by pinfall; still NXT North American Champion
Absolutely incredible! The One and Only King of Flight retains his title and continues his reign! If two great contenders weren’t enough to stop him, will anything stop Ricochet from going from second-ever to best-ever North American Champion?
Just as I said, an absolutely incredible night of NXT! And with only two matches! Ciampa, Dream and Nikki Cross gave us a great opening segment. They teased Ciampa VS Dream for the title at the next TakeOver, and then Nikki makes it seem like either one of them could still be the one who attacked Aleister Black. Of course, she does the same to Kassius Ohno, but I’m betting it’s none of them. I’m thinking Nikki will reveal it was someone else, and then the secrets she has on the others are still embarrassing or dark but not at all related to Aleister. And with Nikki having her match with Bianca Belair next week, I’m thinking that’s when we’ll finally learn what she knows.
Lee VS Reeves was of course a squash, Lee beats The Finest because A) it’s Keith Lee and B) it’s Kona Reeves. Lee is going to be undefeated until running into someone like Lars Sullivan, which I hope we get anyway. Next week’s tag title match is going to be great, but I’m betting War Raiders win because it’ll make Undisputed Era eat their words. The Shayna Baszler video and Kairi Sane interview were both good, but that WWE Evolution NXT Women’s Championship match can go either way. I would love seeing both an Evolution PPV where Ronda and Shayna win their respective title matches to celebrate together, as well as Kairi retaining to then see Io Shirai win the Mae Young Classic finals for a Stardom in NXT match at the next TakeOver.
That main event was probably one of the best Triple Threats I’ve seen in a long time. The story was all there, such as Ricochet and Dunne both hating Cole but Cole doing his best to be opportunistic. The innovations were great, like the double Half Crab and ways of breaking and transitioning pinfalls. It makes sense for Ricochet to retain. It builds the North American Championship’s legacy through Ricochet growing his reign, and it’s just too soon for even a superstar like Dunne to become a dual UK/NA Champion. The same goes for the first ever two-time champion, the belt still only has two names on the list. Ricochet probably retains for a long time, until perhaps Keith Lee or Matt Riddle comes for the belt.
My Score: 8.7/10