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King: Top Takeaways From this week’s NXT

Chris King shares his thoughts and takeaways from this week’s episode of NXT. 

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Chris King shares his thoughts and takeaways from this week’s episode of NXT. 

Tomasso Ciampa makes in-ring Return.A HUGE Triple-threat-match announced for next week. Several women are vying for the NXT Women’s Championship. Damien Priest and Pete Dunne battle in the main event.

Last but certainly not least, Dream Over?

Ciampa Is Back And Better Than Ever! 

NXT welcomed back “The Greatest Sports Entertainer Of All Time” with open arms in Ciampa’s first match back from injury. The cocky and arrogant Angel Garza made his way down to the ring uncertain of the demise that awaits. While the match was very quick, The Lucha Libre superstar was given a few minutes to shine against the former NXT champion. Ciampa was waiting for an opening and found it delivering stiff knee followed by his floating DDT off the ropes dubbed Willow’s Bell.

After the match all four members of The Undisputed Era made their presence felt circling the ring asserting their dominance. Kyle O’Reilly gave a flash drive to Mauro Ranallo so the production team can roll footage of The Velveteen Dream laid out backstage. Adam Cole proclaimed that this is what will happen to anyone who crosses the faction.

Every Women Wants The NXT Women’s Championship

Io Shirai and Kayden Carter engaged in a fun sprint of a match that tailored to their athletic wrestling styles. “The Genius of the Sky” silenced Carter with a deadly release German Suplex followed by her jaw-dropping Moonsault for the victory.

After the match, Io grabbed a mic and listed off a couple of superstars before saying she wanted the NXT women’s champion. Rhea Ripley did not take kindly to “The Genius of the Sky” having her name in her mouth.  The EST of NXT Bianca Belair also still has her sights set on Shayna Baszler.

Later in the episode, Tegan Nox made her long-awaited in-ring return to NXT following her knee surgery. Following her quick victory her long-time friend Dakota Kai came down to celebrate her return and they were confronted by the NXT Women’s Champion and her Horsewomen. Baszler has made several enemies during his reign of terror but now it seems like she’s got a MASSIVE target on her back!

The Right Finish For Keith vs. Lee/Dominic Dijokovac III

On this week’s episode, General Manager William Regal announced huge implications on Keith Lee vs. Dominic Dijokovac III with the winner becoming the number-one contender for the North American Championship.

The match started out reminiscent of their past encounters with Lee and Dijokovac establishing dominance with stiff shoulder tackles. The action kicked into fifth gear within a matter of minutes and the two freakish-athletes were on the way to performing another five-star classic when the North American Champion Roderick Strong interrupted causing a disqualification.  Moments later Regal announced a HUGE Triple Threat Match next week between all three men.

Typically a match with such high implications ending with no clear winner would enrage the NXT Universe but, in this case, they made the correct decision by not allowing Lee or Dijokovac to take a clean loss. Both big men will bring the big fight to the North American Champion but expect the rest of Undisputed Era to find some way to keep the gold on their boy!

While on AEW on TNT had a World Championship Match in the main event, NXT utilized “The Archer of Infamy” Damien Priest and “The Bruiserweight” Pete Dunne to close out the show. The former United Kingdom Champion was seeking retribution for Priests’ attack from last week.

Dunne gave the big man a lesson in pain and punishment with plenty of joint manipulation. “The Archer of Infamy” was ready to make a name for himself as he delivered a Frankensteiner followed by a wicked South of Heaven for a near-fall.

Priest was unable to put Dunne away and was caught in his flipping armbar but managed to escape. Both competitors backed into the corner where the official was. Once his view was obstructed “The Archer of Infamy” kicked “The Bruiserweight” in the grapefruits and hit The Reckoning for the victory.


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