A night of returns and rematches!
Back from injury and ready to reclaim “Goldie” for his own, Tommaso Ciampa looks to make an example out of the arrogant Angel Garza!
- Tommaso Ciampa VS Angel Garza; Ciampa wins.
- Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Imperium; Imperium wins.
- Io Shirai VS Kayden Carter; Shirai wins.
- NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic; No Contest due to interference; both Lee and Dijakovic will challenge Roderick Strong next week.
- Matt Riddle VS Bronson Reed; Riddle wins.
- Tegan Nox VS Taynara Conti; Nox wins.
- Boa VS Killian Dain; Dain wins.
- Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest; Priest wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Last week’s NXT was wild!
A new NXT Cruiserweight Champion was crowned! The Undisputed Era is being pursued on all sides! And Goldie… “Daddy’s home.” Just what more could go down this week?!
Tommaso Ciampa VS Angel Garza!
The wait is over! The Blackheart of NXT is back in action, and if he has his way, Garza won’t survive! Will this be little more than a message sent to the Undisputed Era’s leader, Adam Cole?
The bell rings and fans chant, “Ciampa’s gonna kill~ you!” Garza runs in, but Ciampa puts him in a corner and yanks him out with a headlock. Garza powers out but Ciampa runs him over! Things speed up, Ciampa throws Garza tor opes but Garza dodges and rolls off the back. Ciampa dodges, but so does Garza. Garza then stops to offer a handshake. Ciampa kicks it away but gets an enziguri for it! Ciampa gets out of the ring but Garza builds speed, only for Ciampa to use his baseball slide against him! Ciampa then rams Garza into barriers and then onto steel steps! Ciampa gives himself a pat on the back and fans cheer! Garza gets to the ring but Ciampa is on him. Garza and Ciampa throw hands, Ciampa whips but Garza reverses. Garza gets caught in underhooks but he powers Ciampa to the corner. Garza runs into a back elbow, but he trips Ciampa up to dropkick the legs out! Garza has Ciampa down and dropkicks him out of the ring!
Ciampa gets up but Garza builds speed to DIVE! Direct hit wipes Ciampa out to the ramp! Garza puts Ciampa in fast, then climbs up top, to leap and missile dropkick! Fans duel as Garza rips those pants away! And throws them at Ciampa! Ciampa DECKS Garza for it! Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Garza’s grinning face, and gives him a running knee wash! Garza is dazed as he bails out of the ring. Ciampa takes Garza’s torn away pants and stomps them out! And then gives the tights a devastating knee! He puts the pants in the underhooks, to throw them at Garza! Garza gets in, Willow’s Bell draping DDT! Cover, Ciampa wins!!
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa, by pinfall
No one will survive, and no thing as Ciampa beats up both Garza and his tearaway tights. Will Ciampa tear Goldie away from Adam Cole in the very near future?
But speaking of, here comes the Undisputed Era! Roderick Strong is even sending a message to Velveteen Dream with those sunglasses. The Era heads for the ring, but Ciampa is again armed with a chair and his camouflage clutch! The Era flanks the ring, but Cole has Kyle O’Reilly give something to commentary. A USB drive? The Era want us to take a look at what’s on the drive tonight. With that, the Era actually leaves without so much as a word to Ciampa. What are the boys #DrapedInGold trying to play at?
The USB drive had a video on it!
The NXT production crew checked it and has approved it, now the whole world gets to see it. It starts with O’Reilly pretending this is a breaking news update from the Era. Adam Cole says an example needs to be made. He is “sick and tired” of the Era not being taken seriously, and Roderick Strong made The Velveteen Dream pay for his mistake of embarrassing him! “There are consequences for your actions!” And as for Finn Balor and Ciampa, COle warns them both not to get in the way or this happens to them. They let Dream “sleep,” and then Strong breaks the three-eye glasses! O’Reilly closes with, “Dream Over.” But what will NXT GM William Regal have to say about this?
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch VS Imperium!
The crossover continues as the One Two combo of the BritAm Brawlers takes on Fabian Aichner & Marcel Barthel. The Ax Man, Alexander Wolfe, will be by his comrades’ side, will he be an x-factor tonight?
The teams sort out and we begin with Burch and Aichner as fans already chant, “ONE TWO!” The two circle with the bell and tie up. Aichner headlocks and holds on as Burch goes to power out. Burch pries his way out and gets a hammerlock. Aichner slips around and hammerlocks to toss Burch! Burch comes back and headlocks Aichner, but Aichner powers out. Burch runs Aichner over and tags in Oney. They double whip and double shoulder Aichner down! Oney stands Aichner to CHOP! Tag to Burch, and another double whip, but Aichner dodges to elbow and BOOT! Aichner puts Burch in the corner and tags Barthel. Barthel bumps Burch on buckles to whip corner to corner. Burch reverses but runs into a boot. Barthel hops up, and leaps into a headbutt! Burch clotheslines and enziguris to then hop up and leap, missile dropkick! And a kip-up! Fans fire up but Aichner tags in.
Burch rallies on Imperium but Barthel rams him into buckles. Barthel hangs Burch upside down, Imperium meets with double dropkicks! Imperium poses and soak up the heat while NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Barthel bends Burch back with his chinbar. Burch fights up, jawbreakers free, and spins Barthel for a JAB! Tag to Oney! Full Sail fires up as Oney rallies on Aichner with European Uppercuts! Oney aims as Aichner bails out, slingshot pescado! Barthel hurries over but Oney just blasts him onto Aichner! Tag to Burch and Oney FLIES Onto Imperium! He feeds Aichner in and Burch clotheslines! German Suplex, to tag team powerbomb! Jackknife bridge, TWO!! Burch didn’t quite keep his balance there, but he brings Aichner to Oney. Oney tags and the One Two work together. But Barthel saves Aichner only to be thrown out. Barthel drags Burch out and Aichner CHOPS Oney! Oney CHOPS back! They have a CHOP fight!
Aichner CHOPS, kicks, uppercuts, but misses the clothesline! Tag to Barthel but Oney blasts him out! Aichner waistlocks but Oney standing switches, back suplex but Aichner escapes. Aichner is in a corner but Oney hits a back elbow! And then goes corner to corner, but misses! Barthel hits an uppercut, feed to Aichner’s BRAIN BUSTER! Barthel hits Burch then DIVES! Aichner triangle springboard moonsaults! Cover, TWO!! Fans duel, “One Two!” “NEIN!” as the two men crawl. Aichner stands and drags Oney up, but Oney breaks free to CHOP! And CHOP! Oney scoops, Aichner escapes to tag Barthel. Oney just CHOPS away on them both! The Fury fires up, but runs into a SPINEBUSTER! Penalty Kick! Imperium EuroBomb!! Cover, Imperium wins!!
Winners: Imperium, Barthel pinning
The takeover of both NXT UK and USA continues! With Aichner and Barthel in the tag team division on both brands, will they soon hold both tag titles?
NXT looks closer at Johnny Gargano.
Johnny Wrestling had humble beginnings as just a boy with a dream. But he came to NXT, formed DIY, and even became enemies with his closest friend. “I will do whatever it takes to finally have my moment.” The first ever Triple Crown Champion in NXT history, Gargano is #NXT4Life! Will Gargano live the dream forever?
Backstage interview with Johnny Gargano.
But given his history with Tommaso Ciampa, what are his thoughts at his return tonight? They’ve had their ups, their downs, but Gargano won’t know what to say about how he feels, until he sees Ciampa for himself. Will the Rebel Heart and Blackheart be friends or foes in this new phase of their NXT legacies?
Io Shirai VS Kayden Carter!
The Evil Genius continues her descent into madness as she rises back up in the ranks. Will she be able to find sadistic satisfaction against “The Perfect Storm”?
The bell rings and Kayden rushes Shirai to trip her up. Things then speed up, and Kayden cartwheels over Shirai. Shirai shows she can handspring, too, then she whips Kayden, and handsprings through Kayden’s huricanrana! Shirai runs Kayden over and covers but Kayden Matrix escapes to cover, TWO! The two speed demons stand off, but they suddenly go again. Kayden catches Shirai in a waistlock and rolls her up, TWO, but Kayden quickly springboards and dropkicks Shirai down! Shirai bails out but Kayden is on the apron, only to get caught and tripped up! Shirai puts Kayden in as fans duel. Shirai springboards and missile dropkicks Kayden back! Cover, TWO! Shirai keeps her cool as she drags Kayden up by her hair. Shirai whips but Kadyen slips around to crucifix to sunset, but Shirai breaks free. Shirai misses her stomp, Kayden sweeps the legs then kicks from the mat!
Shirai and Kayden slowly rise, and Kayden runs in, springboard wheelbarrow victory roll, to mule kick! Cover, TWO! Kayden keeps focus as she drags Shirai up. Shirai shoves her away but Kayden forearms and wheelbarrows again. Shirai blocks to a German Suplex! Shirai steps on Kayden to then climb, for her Descent Into Darkness! Cover, Shirai wins!
Winner: Io Shirai, by pinfall
Her signature moonsault is still her ace card, and she’s rolling towards the top! But Shirai isn’t done, she snatches up a mic to speak.
“Not Rhea. Not Bianca. Shayna, it’s ME!” But then Rhea Ripley appears! The Mosh Pit Kid heard her name, and isn’t just going to stay put hearing someone talk. Rhea stands with Shirai in the ring, and they stare down. Rhea snatches Shirai’s mic to say, “last week, Bianca decided to run her mouth. And next week, I get to put her back in her place. But Io, if you ever spit my name out of your mouth again, then I have no problem shutting you up, too!” Fans want to see that right here and now, but Shirai talks trash in Japanese as she takes her leave. It seems that the Queen of Spades again has a handful of hunters after her gold, but who comes out as her #1 contender?
Breakout superstar, Boa, speaks.
It is mostly in Mandarin, but clearly after what Killian Dain did to him last week, Boa wants the Northern Ireland Nightmare to man up and try that face to face! Boa is raring for a fight, but will he get the Beast of Belfast fair and square?
Cathy Kelly interviews William Regal.
She and the NXT GM are on the NXT balcony to discuss a medical update on Velveteen Dream, and whether or not this jeopardizes next week’s North American Championship rematch. Regal says that Dream is unfortunately not able to compete, and not for some time after “the absolutely brutal beating by the Undisputed Era.” But Strong will still defend that title, against the winner of Lee VS Dijakovic!! As if the forth match between those titans wasn’t big enough, now it’s for a truly golden opportunity!
NXT North American Championship #1 Contender’s Match: Keith Lee VS Dominik Dijakovic!
Roderick Strong may regret what he did to Dream tonight! Because one way or another, he faces a man that is both incredibly strong, physically intimidating and unbelievably agile! Will Strong #BaskInHisGlory or #FeastHisEyes in next week’s title match?
The bell rings and fans sing for Lee. Lee and Dijakovic stare down again, but Dijakovic draws the line and dares Lee to cross it. Fans chant “Keith Lee! Woop woop!” Lee and Dijakovic back up, to then run at each other! They ram shoulders but neither falls. They go again, another collision! Then another, and Dijakvoic headlocks. Lee powers out, they collide and Lee staggers back, only to rebound and ram Dijakovic again! Dijakovic kneels, and Lee has his arm! Lee clamps on a knuckle lock, and then lifts Dijakovic with one arm! He lets Dijakovic down, and fans sing again. Dijakovic reaches for ropes, but swings into a whip. Things speed up and Lee leap frogs to then run Dijakovic over! Lee drops a splash on the bad arm! Cover, ONE, but Lee keeps his cool.
Lee looms over Dijakovic and brings him up. Lee wrenches the bad arm and then wristlocks, but Dijakovic gets a ropebreak. Lee lets up but gets a sucker BOOT! Dijakovic throws big elbows and knees, then hits a big LARIAT! Cover, TWO! Lee is rocked and Dijakovic grins as we go picture in picture.
Dijakovic gets up first and clubs Lee on his back. Dijakovic hits Lee with big forearm shots, then CHOPS! Lee powers up to Grizzly Magnum CHOP! Lee throws knees and then facelocks Dijakovic, to suplex! But Dijakovic fights free to rock Lee with a right! Dijakovic throws back elbows and clubbing forearms to then reel Lee in. Even with a bad arm, Dijakovic says, “Time to Fly!” He suplex TOSSES Lee! Cover, TWO! Lee is tough as ever, and Dijakovic looms over him. Dijakovic rams Lee with knees, then pulls back on a chinbar. Lee stands up but Dijakovic wrangles him back down. Lee endures and slowly fights his way up as fans rally. Dijakovic elbows Lee on the back then boot shim in the head, and Lee staggers to ropes. Dijakovic keeps on him with clubbing forearms, and then big haymakers. Lee comes back with a spinning left hand! Dijakovic knees low then kicks Lee’s legs out! Back to the chinlock and knee!
Lee endures all over again, but fans rally up. Lee gets up, and NXT returns to single picture as Dijakovic clubs him again. But Lee just powers up! Dijakovic keeps throwing forearms but Lee just swats them away! Lee blocks the kick and then has Dijakovic open with big body shots! Dijakovic is in a corner as Lee rocks him! Lee fires up and corner splashes, to then TOSS Dijakovic across the way! Lee throws a BIG left! Fans love it as Lee runs to POUNCE Dijakovic to a corner! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic survives but Lee doesn’t grow frustrated. Lee drags Dijakovic up, wants a bomb, but Dijakovic slips out only to be scooped up! Dijakovic slips out the back while choking Lee, CHOKE SLAM BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Lee still lives but Dijakovic gets to his feet. “This is Awesome!” as Dijakovic stalks Lee to a corner.
Dijakovic stands Lee up and hoists him to the top rope. That alone takes a lot, but Dijakovic clubs Lee more! Dijakovic climbs up to join Lee now, but Lee resists! Lee headbutts Dijakovic and hits a GRIZZLY MAGNUM! Dijakovic drops to the mat, and Lee adjusts, for a SUPER SPLASH on the arm! Dijakovic is clutching that arm in pain, but Lee has him, for a pop-up, SPIRIT BOMB!! But Dijakovic flops out of the ring!! Lee was so close to finishing this. The ref checks on Dijakovic but he’s okay to continue, somehow. Lee goes out to fetch Dijakovic, drags him up and puts him in the ring. Lee looms over Dijakovic as fans build to a new rally. Lee has Dijakovic up, and on his shoulders in a fireman’s carry. But Dijakovic fights out! Lee ROCKS Dijakovic again! Then runs, into the CYCLONE BOOT! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic can’t believe it!
Fans are loving “Both These Guys!” for a fourth instant classic. Dijakovic forearms but Lee throws a body shot. Dijakovic forearms again, but Lee hits one of his own! Dijakovic throws an elbow but Lee throws more body shots. Dijakovic slips through to mule kick, front kick and back elbow! Dijakovic wants to make Lee fly again, but Lee lifts him! Dijakovic knees back, but Lee keeps him up! And even after a second knee! Lee powers Dijakovic up and over for the suplex! Cover, TWO!! Dijakovic keeps himself in this, but Lee keeps his focus. Fans build back to a rally as Lee drags Dijakovic to a drop zone. Lee starts to smile as he climbs up. But Dijakovic rises and hurries after Lee, and SUPERKICKS him! Dijakovic wants the torture rack, but his bad arm can’t pull Lee back off the corner. So instead, Dijakovic Electric Chairs Lee! For Lee to POISON-RANA!?! Cover, TWO?!? How is either man human?!
Lee has Dijakovic on the ropes quick and hops up top. Lee brings Dijakovic over, up, but Dijakovic fights back with elbows. Dijakovic adjusts, climbs up higher, but Lee blocks the Steiner! Lee brings Dijakovic back up but Dijakovic fights back again. But here comes Roderick Strong to attack them both with the title belt!!
Strong feels that HE is the winner now, because neither man gets the win! But Regal comes back out to address this! “Very, very, clever, Roderick Strong. But not clever enough, sunshine!” Because now, Strong will defend his NXT North American Championship against both!! Strong has only gotten himself into a Triple Threat!!
Matt Riddle VS Bronson Reed!
Bro…! Look who is back in action! With so much going on with NXT right now, will the Original Bro find himself fighting for some gold again? Or will #Aussiezilla have his Breakout moment here tonight?
The bell rings and fans are strongly behind “Bro! Bro!” Riddle and Bronson dap, but then Riddle CHOPS! Reed blocks the kick to give a mule kick, front kick and CHOP of his own, and all very fast! Reed waistlocks to German Suplex, but Riddle lands on his feet for a knee trigger! Riddle gives Reed Bro Kicks in the corner, then runs side to side for a forearm smash! And another! Reed blocks the Brosploder but runs into one anyway! Penalty Kick! Cover, TWO! Riddle keeps his focus as he drops the Broton, on knees! Reed scoop slams and drops a senton of his own! Aussie Strong Style is rolling and he stalks Riddle to ropes. Reed drags Riddle up but Riddle blocks and fires off palm strikes! Riddle boots but Reed returns, only to get a Pele! Riddle kips up and fireman’s carries Reed, to a Bro To Sleep! But that’s not all, POWERBOMB, to FINAL FLASH! Cover, TWO!? Reed is tough, but Riddle won’t let up.
Riddle goes to the corner and climbs, for a FLOATING BRO! But it’s made into a powerbomb! Cover, TWO!! Riddle survives Reed’s counter, but Reed brings down the straps! Reed drags Riddle up, suplexes, but Riddle slips out, to the sleeper hold! Riddle is a backpack, but Reed fires up, only for Riddle to put out the flame with elbows. Reed throws Riddle off, but Riddle dodges as Reed runs in. Riddle goes up and over, only to get caught! Riddle has Reed in position, BRO DEREK! Cover, Riddle wins!
Winner: Matt Riddle, by pinfall
Reed was ready to go, but the Bro is back on track! And to show there is still respect, they fist bump again! Will Riddle make this big rebound victory the first of many?
NXT looks at the EST.
Bianca Belair has come very close to beating Shayna Baszler, but she doesn’t appreciate new girls thinking they can jump the line. “The strongest, the fastest, the toughest, the roughest, the quickest, the greatest, the best,” THAT is the EST. Rhea has to step up and test herself. If she thinks she’s getting ahead of Bianca, you’ll have to be better than all that. It’ll be fun for Bianca, but it’ll be a nightmare for Rhea. The match-up of the baddest happens next week!
BREAKING NEWS: Kushida is out with injury!
A wrist injury was re-aggravated, and the hairline fracture will be keeping him out for about a month. But will the Time Splitter be able to make good on that downtime to plan his comeback?
Tegan Nox VS Taynara Conti!
She’s already made herself known on NXT UK, but now NXT USA will see what the girl with the Shiniest Wizard is all about! Will she shine bright against the legit Brazilian black-belt?
The bell rings and Tegan circles with Taynara. They tie up, Tegan throws Taynara and Taynara gets mad. But Taynara walks right into a roll-up, TWO! Tegan arm-drags Taynara around, then spins her for another. Taynara is getting mad, but she gets caught for a sweep! And a dropkick! Tegan hurries to cover, TWO! Tegan says it was close, then waistlocks. Taynara switches but Tegan bucks her off. Taynara BOOTS Tegan out of the ring! Taynara taunts Tegan as she fetches her into the ring. Tegan gets to a corner but Taynara grabs at the legs. Tegan holds ropes but Taynara kicks the arms away! Cover, TWO! Taynara cools off and whips but Tegan reverses, only for Taynara to forearm and hit judo arm-drags! Taynara whips Tegan to a corner, then hits double knees! And a monkey flip, to a mounted cover, TWO!
Taynara starts losing her cool as she drags Tegan up. Taynara taunts more but Tegan headbutts! Fans rally as Tegan starts a rally of her own! Leaping uppercut, then a choke slam! Tegan shoves Taynara to a corner, and hits a big EuroUpper! Then a corner cannonball! Taynara flounders up but Tegan climbs, BIG crossbody! Tegan runs at Taynara, SHINIEST WIZARD! Cover, Tegan wins!
Winner: Tegan Nox, by pinfall
And the Cardiff kid gets a win for Team Kick! Will she be able to turn things around both here and in NXT UK to add some gold to that shine?
Ringside interview with Tegan Nox.
Cathy and the fans congratulate Tegan, and Dakota Kai joins in the celebration. This moment for Tegan is interrupted but Shayna Baszler and her Horsewomen. Shayna has always been bullying Dakota, now she seems to aim for the same with Tegan. “Let me guess,” Shayna says. Tegan wants to throw her name into the hat of challengers? Is that really a good idea? Just ask Dakota what happens getting int he ring with Shayna. But to be honest, Tegan is running out of limbs. Tegan wants Shayna to put up or shut up! Well Tegan hasn’t earned a shot, so this’ll have to wait until she does something worth talking about. Is Shayna only inviting more trouble by getting in the faces of Team Kick?
Finn Balor has a message.
“When your life comes to a crossroads, the only way to find the path to take is to revisit the ones you’ve walked before.” You need to look back on how you got to where you are. “Did your footsteps leave the world in a better place? Or did your missteps leave the world covered in darkness?” Egos, mistakes, and errors. Finn Balor’s future will be his past. What does this mean for the landscape of NXT?
Boa VS Killian Dain!
The Beijing Baller gets what he wants in facing the Beast of Belfast! But will he come to regret it?
The bell rings and Boa runs to boot Dain! Dain stays up so Boa fires forearms and kicks! He keeps on Dain against the ropes with kicks but the ref backs him off. Boa jukes the ref to dropkick Dain! Fans are fired up behind Boa as he kicks Dain out of the ring. Boa hurries after Dain, but gets the DIVIDE! Dain body checks Boa off his feet, and now he puts Boa into the ring. Dain drops big elbows on Boa’s bad ribs, then puts Boa in a corner. Dain stomps a mudhole into Boa but the ref pulls him off. Dain drags Boa up to whip corner to corner hard! Boa hits buckles then the mat, Dain covers, TWO! Boa somehow powers out but Dain drags him up. Fans rally behind Boa and Boa throws body shots, only to get a big knee into the ribs. Dain suplexes Boa fat and hard, then covers, TWO! Dain might have gone easy on Boa there.
Dain keeps on Boa with a chinbar, and grinds a knee into Boa’s ribs. Boa endures but fans rally up for him, and Boa fights up to throw body shots! Boa backs Dain down with forearms! Boa runs, but into a LARIAT! Dain grimaces as he drags Boa up to the fireman’s carry, and the Wasteland slam! To a senton! And a VADER BOMB! Then another! Dain steps on Boa to then hit a THIRD! Boa flounders and crawls, but Dain drags him back in a camel clutch variant! He thrashes Boa around, Boa is just barely able to tap! Dain wins!
Winner: Killian Dain, by submission
The ref has to pull Dain off Boa, but the damage is done. Will Dain do the same to ever man that gets in his way?
Pete Dunne VS Damien Priest!
The Bruiserweight became the Archer of Infamy’s new target simply because he is a big target. Dain barely left before Dunne came out and takes offense to the interruption. But Dunne takes that accusing finger and SNAPS it! Dain is furious, but Dunne just shrugs. Will Dunne make it through one towering opponent only to find another waiting? Or will Priest #LiveForever off of Dunne’s legacy?
NXT returns once more as Priest makes his entrance. The bell rings and fans are dueling already as the two stare down. Priest smirks but Dunne scowls as the two circle. They tie up, Priest wristlocks fast to a wrench, but Dunne rolls and handsprings to then headlock back. Priest powers out and hits Dunne with a leaping back elbow! Priest smirks again but Dunne gets up to kick away on his leg. Priest kicks Dunne down, then wrenches to go after the shoulder. Dunne powers out and things speed up. Dunne hurdles then ducks under to lariat! But Priest stays up! So Dunne goes after the fingers! He brings Priest to his knees, and puts the arm on the mat, to STOMP! Priest gets to the apron but Dunne has that arm again to hammerlock it again, for a Penalty Kick! Priest runs around the corner but Dunne is after him again! Dunne bends those fingers but Priest pulls hair. Priest can’t prevent Dunne putting the arm on the steps, for a STOMP!
Fans fire up as both men continue around the outside. A ring count climbs but Dunne puts Priest in at 4. Priest bails out to the apron, and Dunne follows, only to be caught into a choke grip! But Dunne breaks free with a heavy right forearm! Priest staggers back but BOOTS Dunne down! Dunne hits the apron and floor hard, but Priest drags him up into the ring for a BIG right of his own! The referee checks on Dunne while NXT goes picture in picture.
Dunne is alright, so Priest keeps on him. Priest has Dunne up but Dunne stomps Priest’s feet! Priest ROCKS Dunne with an uppercut, then with another right! Priest stomps a mudhole into Dunne but the ref backs him off. Priest smirks again as he drags Dunne up for a corner to corner whip. Dunne elbows back, but then walks into another boot! Priest hits another back elbow! Dunne falls down but Priest toys with him now. Priest drags Dunne up by his hair, even as the ref reprimands him. Dunne hops on for a hoverboard body scissor! Priest stays up but Dunne is after his arm! Priest powers out for a Falcon Arrow! Cover, TWO!! Priest keeps on Dunne by dragging him into an arm surfboard. Dunne endures as Priest pulls and grinds. They stand, Priest knees low and then suplexes. Dunne knees out once, then again, but Priest clubs him over and over. Priest tries again, but Dunne gives him an X-Plex!
Both men are down but Priest flounders up. Dunne slowly rises while Priest bails out to the apron. Dunne hurries over but gets a roundhouse! Priest hops up, Dunne throws forearms! Dunne climbs up to join Priest as fans chant for “Both These Guys!” HALF HATCH SUPERPLEX! Both men are down again as fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” Dunne and Priest slowly rise, and Dunne throws kicks. Priest swings but misses, Dunne clubs and CHOPS away! Priest shoves, Dunne dodges the elbow. Dunne fires off fast hands, but Priest blocks the whip! Dunne goes up and over to enziguri! Priest flounders, Dunne hops up, missile dropkick takes out the legs! Dunne reels Priest in but Priest elbows out. Priest swings but misses, rebound German Suplex! Stomp to the hands, buzzsaw to the head! Priest bails out again, but Dunne climbs up, to MOONSAULT! Direct hit! Fans chant “MAMMA MIA!” for that one!
Dunne drags Priest up and in and then goes back to the top rope. But Priest runs over, only for Dunne to sucker him in. Dunne roundhouses then kicks the bad hand! Dunne comes in, has Priest on his shoulders, POWERBOMB! Cover, TWO!! Priest still lives and fans chant for “NXT! NXT!” again. Dunne has Priest’s hands, and fires off Danielson stomps! But Priest gives them back from the mat! But Priest gets caught into a flying armbar takedown!! Priest holds off the armbreaker, but Dunne makes it a triangle hold. Priest pushes to make it a cover, and uses his long legs to get leverage on the ropes! Cover, TWO, ROUNDHOUSE! Dunne is dazed, Priest throws him into a post! Priest drags Dunne out to gut wrench to a Canadian rack, CRUCIFIX BOMB! Cover, TWO!! Full Sail is loving this!
Priest stands while Dunne bails out. Priest grins and draws his bow. Priest fires, to FLY! Direct hit off his springboard senton! Full Sail loses their minds off that one, Priest puts Dunne in, and Priest grins as he stalks Dunne. Priest drags Dunne up, sleeper suplex, but Dunne lands on his feet to buzzsaw! Dunne hops up but gets a cyclone roundhouse! Priest climbs, SUPER STEINER! Dunne pops up but into the choke grip. SOUTH OF HEAVEN CHOKE SLAM! Cover, TWO!? Dunne lives and Priest can’t believe it! But Full Sail knows, “This is Awesome!” Priest rises and drags Dunne up again. He throws a big forearm, but Dunne CHOPS back! Priest DECKS Dunne, but Dunne still CHOPS! They brawl as they stand, and Dunne gets an edge as he CHOPS away! Priest knees back from all sides! They’re fast and furious, Dunne ROCKS Priest, to get a LARIAT from Priest!
Priest vows to end this, dragon sleeper, but no Reckoning! Pump handle, BITTER- NO, ear clap! Roundhouse, SOUTH- enziguri! DISCUS KICK! Springboard, into a forearm! Both men are down and Full Sail is thunderous!! Dunne stands up and heads to a corner. Fans hope they “Fight Forever!” but this has to end somehow. Dunne moonsaults, onto knees! Priest drags Dunne back up, wants a powerbomb, but Dunne has the fingers! Priest gets ropes and the ref calls for the break, but then Priest clamps onto Dunne’s throat! they end up in a corner with the ref, and Priest gets away with a low blow!! Dragon sleeper, RECKONING!! Cover, Priest wins!!
Winner: Damien Priest, by pinfall
The undefeated streak continues, and Priest has added Dunne to his resume! Will Priest truly #LiveForever after taking down the longest reigning NXT United Kingdom Champion?
A great episode for NXT right here! In a sense, the only filler match was Riddle VS Reed, which was great for being so quick. Riddle gets a big win but Reed looks strong in the loss, so Riddle is staying strong while things are still pretty fluid as far as title contention goes. Ciampa VS Garza was a pretty fun and also pretty fast, and of course Ciampa wins because it’s Ciampa. NXT does a good job of adjusting to Dream’s real injury, as the Undisputed Era “attack” him, and then use it to threaten the clear NXT Championship contenders, Ciampa and Balor. Finn has a good promo for himself, and I wonder if some of this implies restoring The Demon to its former glory. It was also a great adjustment to make Lee VS Dijakovic IV a contender’s match, and an even crazier move for Strong to interfere and get himself into a Triple Threat. However, this could make it easier for Strong now, since there are No Disqualifications, and Strong can use the two titans against each other.
The Women’s Championship scene is really heating up, perhaps the hottest it’s been. With Shayna having held the belt for so long, it actually makes a little sense if she ends up having another multi-woman match. Rhea VS Bianca next week could determine some details for who faces Shayna, but it would be pretty awesome if Shayna had to face the winner of that, as well as Shirai and Team Kick in any number of stipulations. A ladder match would be pretty great, I don’t recall ever having an NXT Women’s Championship ladder match, especially with a high flyer like Shirai in the mix. That or an elimination match, so that Shayna has no choice but to go all through her opponents to prove she’s the best champion today. It needs to be something big for WarGames since Survivor Series weekend will be a four day stretch of SmackDown, WarGames, the PPV and Raw.
Lorcan & Burch VS Imperium was a great tag team match, but it is a shame now that Kushida is out with injury that we might not get Imperium VS Team Kushida at WarGames III. Maybe someone steps up to be in Kushida’s role, unless he can make a quick recovery. Dain VS Boa was somewhat filler, but it helped bridge us to Dain having issues with Dunne. Dunne VS Priest was incredible! A match worthy of at least title contention somewhere. But Priest going low to lead to this win will surely bring about a rematch. There could be something building so that Priest and Dain work together, but who knows.
My Score: 8.9/10
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