We will FINALLY have a NEW NXT Champion!
It seems the SIXTY MINUTE Ironman Fatal 4 Way wasn’t enough! Finn Balor and Adam Cole now face off for the NXT Championship in SUDDEN DEATH!
- Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole; Balor wins and is the new NXT Champion.
- The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis; Dream wins.
- Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory; Reed wins.
- Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain; Strong wins.
- Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez; Ripley wins.
PLAY BY PLAY
Vacant NXT Championship: Finn Balor VS Adam Cole!
A last second Last Shot is what kept NXT from crowning a new champion last week, and that has brought us to this! Two of the greatest NXT Champions in this brand’s history are finally going to see who is THE greatest! Will the Prince take the throne? Or is Cole’s place in the NXT pantheon undisputed?
The introductions are made, William Regal presents the belt, and we finally settle the score!
The crowd duels already as the two circle. They tie up, Balor powers Cole to a corner but Cole turns things around. Balor turns it back, backs off at the ref’s count, and they circle again. Cole and Balor feel out the test of strength but Balor shoots in to get a leg to a takedonw. Blaor facelocks, holds on as Cole rolls, and shifts to a chinlock. Balor squeezes tight, Cole gets up and gets around to ahmmerlock, but Balor trips him! Balor has the headlock back, Cole keeps his shoulders up then rolls Balor, TWO! Cole tries again, TWO! Cole and Balor stand up, Cole tries but can’t power out as Balor grinds Cole down.
Cole gets back up, powers up on the second attempt but Balor runs him over! Cover, ONE, but Balor gets the chinlock back. The crowd rallies, both men fight up but Cole rolls to get the hammerlock. Balor reaches back, sits up, and the crowd rallies again. Balor snapmares Cole down to another headlock and grinds down hard. Cole endures, works up and around to get the hammerlock back. Balor reaches back again, Cole shifts him to a cover, TWO! The two back off and the crowd is thunderous again! The two circle, approach, tie up with knuckle locks but Cole wrenches to the hammerlock. Cole grinds Balor down with that hold but Balor endures.
The crowd rallies as Balor fights back up to his feet. Cole wrenches, Balor rolls and wrenches back to arm-drag Cole down! Balor has Cole’s arm and digs a knee into his head. Cole endures, works on an escape, but Balor twists the arm harder. Cole gets up, arm-drags back, but Balor headscissors! Balor holds tight as Cole kicks. Balor even goes after the arm, bending the fingers! Cole moves around, pops out and dropkicks Balor down! Cole shakes out his arm and throws forearms on Balor. Balor staggers, Cole ROCKS him again! Cole CHOPS Balor at the ropes then wrenches to a whip. Balor reverses, Cole whips Balor again, fireman’s carry, USHIGOROSHI! Cover, TWO!! The crowd is thunderous as we go picture in picture.
Balor clutches his neck while Cole shakes out the bad arm. Cole drags Balor up, turns him around and hits a neckbreaker! Cole knees Balor in the back, and again, then again! Cole wraps on a chinlock and grinds Balor down, talking trash as he cranks back. Balor endures, fights up to his feet, but Cole knees low then hits another neckbreaker! Cole stalks Balor to ropes, clubs him on the back, then brings him around to bump off buckles. Cole stomps away on Balor, lets up at the ref’s count, then drags Balor up for big forearms! Balor is in a corner, Cole BOOTS him down!
Cole wrenches Balor, whips him corner to corner hard and Balor hits the mat! Cole talks more trash as he watches Balor slowly get up. Cole throws forearms on Balor, wrenches and whips, but Balor reverses. Cole sunset flips, Balor slips out and STOMPS Cole down! Both men are down, shaking out their heads and arms. Balor is up first, he drags Cole up to elbow him down! Balor drives more elbows into Cole’s shoulders then wraps on a chinlock. Balor grinds Cole down, Cole endures but fights his way back up. Cole throws elbows and is free, buy he runs into Balor’s back elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his focus as he drags Cole back up to CHOP him against the ropes! Cole falls over as NXT returns to single picture.
Balor snapmares, KICKS and covers Cole, TWO! The crowd rallies as Balor drives in more elbows and wraps on another chinlock. Cole endures as Balor grinds him down. The crowd keeps on rallying as Cole fights back up. Balor shifts to a clinch but Cole jawbreakers free! Cole runs again, but into another back elbow! Balor scoop slams Cole down, runs and drops an elbow! Cover, TWO! Balor keeps his cool as the fans fire up again. Balor drags Cole up, bumps him off buckles then stomps away on him. The ref counts, tells Balor to stop and Balor lets off. Balor brings Cole up, CHOPS him against buckles, and stalks him as he stumbles and crawls. Balor runs to basement dropkick! Cover, TWO!
Balor grows annoyed but the fans are still rallying. Balor drags Cole up, rams his shoulder in over and over in the corner! And then CHOPS again! Cole staggers away to another corner, Balor is on him with more shoulders! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 to CHOP! The crowd duels, Balor whips Cole corner to corner and CHOPS! Then back the other way for another CHOP! Balor whips a third time, for a third CHOP! Cole forearms back but Balor gives another forearm. They brawl with forearms back and forth, Cole gets the edge. Cole whips, Balor kicks back, but Cole clotheslines! And back elbows! Cole aims and BOOTS Balor down! The crowd is thunderous as Cole catches his breath.
Cole watches Balor slowly rise, grabs him in a waistlock, but Balor elbows out. Balor gets around, Cole breaks the waistlock to PELE! And BACKSTABBER! Cover, TWO!! Cole grows frustrated but he takes aim. Cole runs but Balor trips him up. Cole avoids the stomps, Balor avoids the superkick to SLING BLADE! Balor runs, into a SHINING WIZARD!! Cover, TWO!! Balor barely survives and the crowd agrees, “This is Awesome!” Cole tells Balor that Cole will be the new champion, and then he pulls down the knee pad. Cole runs, but Balor trips him up again, to DOUBLE STOMP! The crowd is thunderous all over again and Balor stomps away on Cole at the ropes! The ref counts, Balor stops at 4 and Cole bails out, to get wrecked by a dropkick!
Balor kicks away on Cole at the railing, the ref counts and Balor stops at 4 again. Balor goes in the ring, goes back out, and then whips Cole into the timekeeper’s area! Cole ends up taking a seat, Balor takes aim and runs in, but into a SUPERKICK! Both men are down on the outside as NXT goes picture in picture again!
Balor and Cole stir as the ring count surely begins. A double count-out would mean having to start from square one! Balor and Cole rise as we see the ref is at 7! And 8! Both men are in at 9! Balor and Cole keep this going as they slowly sit up at opposite ends of the ring. Cole glares at Balor, Balor sputters for air, but they both get forehead to forehead. Balor throws a forearm, Cole throws one back! Balor ROCKS Cole, Cole ROCKS Balor! They keep hitting each other back and forth, even as they rise to their feet. Balor rebounds to ROCK Cole, Cole comes back to ROCK Balor! They’re picking up speed and hitting even harder!
Balor CHOPS, Cole BOOTS, but Balor PELES! Balor reels Cole in, Cole suplexes first for a BRAINBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Balor survives and Cole can’t believe it! Cole hurries to a corner as NXT returns to single picture. Cole aims, but Balor trips him up on the ropes! Balor has Cole in the drop zone, he heads up top now, and COUP- NO! Cole moved, and he mule kicks the legs out! Cole gets a leg, steps through, for a FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down but he sits back up! Balor flails, sits up, drags himself and reaches. Cole tells him to quit but Balor gets the ropebreak! Cole lets go at 4, but both men slowly rise.
Cole aims from a corner again, Balor stands up, but Balor SLING BLADES Cole first! Cole comes back, into the elbow drop DDT! Balor hobbles but takes aim from a corner now, to SHOTGUN dropkick Cole to a corner! Cole bounces off buckles and is in the drop zone! Balor goes up top as fast as he can, takes aim again, COUP DE GRACE!! But the bad leg slows Balor to the cover! TWO!?! Cole survives because of that delay!! Balor refuses to be frustrated, he just drags Cole back up. Cole trips Balor up, wraps up the legs for another FIGURE FOUR! Balor endures, his shoulders are down, TWO! Balor refuses to quit, and he works to turn this over. Cole turns it back over, but Balor reaches for the ropes again! Cole lets go, drags Balor away, and goes to reapply, but Balor cradle counters, TWO!
SUPERKICK!! Cole takes Balor down outta nowhere but he isn’t done there. He sits Balor up, runs, LAST SHOT!! Cover, TWO!?!? Now Balor shocks Cole! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” as the atmosphere is electric! Cole goes to a corner, climbs up the ropes again, but Balor catches the jump to a fireman’s carry! And pops Cole to a half hatch, but Cole rams Balor into buckles! Balor holds on, turns Cole around, BLOODY SUNDAY!! But Balor can’t cover because of the bad leg! Balor grits his teeth and powers through the pain to climb back up! Cole SUPERKICKS a leg out! Cole hurries up from the outside, but Balor grabs him first! Balor throws elbows, shifts position, for a SUPER 1916!! Cover, Balor wins!!
Winner: Finn Balor, by pinfall (NEW NXT Champion)
The Prince joins the Two-Time Club alongside rivals, Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura! Truly a crowning achievement as he overcomes Cole in the biggest fight of either man’s careers! Will Balor go on to redefine what it means to hold gold in the black ‘n’ gold?
Rhea Ripley speaks.
“Mercedes. You’ve spent months trying to make a name for yourself at my expense. You’re not the first, and you’re not going to be the last.” But inside of a STEEL CAGE, Rhea will show Mercedes why Rhea is the Nightmare. Will the Robert Stone Brand regret ever targeting the only woman to be Women’s Champion in both NXT and NXT UK in her career?
NXT returns as Balor is congratulated.
Bronson Reed, Triple H, William Regal, and even Cole give Balor congrats on winning tonight. NXT Media says Balor must be on top of the world. Balor says that everyone for the last 10 months has been asking why Balor is back. The reason is around his waist. What is next now that The Prince is reigning once again?
Robert Stone insists on an interview.
Stone asks Kenzie if she wants to know why he is “the greatest manager in the world.” IT’s because he knows things no one else does. Like where stuff is! He found Shotzi Blackheart’s tank! Beautiful, dangerous and under Shotzi’s protection. She DECKS Stone, so Aliyah goes after Shotzi! These two brawl and bump into Io Shirai! Aliyah apologizes, but the Evil Genius chases after her! They end up at ringside, in the ring, and Shotzi flanks Aliyah. Aliyah is trapped! She gets a forearm, forearm and BOOT! Then Shirai tops it off with a TIGER BACKBREAKER!
Stone hurries up top, leaps but Shotzi saves Shirai to hit Stone in the pebbles! Shirai likes that. She and Shotzi coordinate, go to the corners, and MOONSAULT AND SENTON!! High ten between Shotzi and Shirai, but then Shotzi plays keep away with the title. Shirai isn’t as happy about that. “Don’t make me hurt you.” Will the wild child get a shot at the champion soon enough?
Candice LeRae prepares for Tegan Nox’s visit.
She wants Johnny to understand and trust her. He does, so he will be on his best behavior. Ding dong, someone’s here. He gets the door, puts on a smile, and welcomes Tegan in. No pizza? Oh, c’mon, that was just a joke with Keith and Mia. Gargano says he’s just joking with her. Up top. Down low. Too slow! see? Just having fun. They all go to the table and Candice hugs Tegan. They let Tegan sit at the head of the table and Candice wants to talk. Tegan feels a bit uncomfortable, but will this stay peaceful? We’ll see, after the break.
NXT returns to Timothy Thatcher teaching class.
Another night of Thatch As Thatch Can. Tonight is a film study lesson, “Know Your Enemy.” Firstly, Damian Priest. A strong striker, but there are openings. He takes time to pose on bombing and you can get his leg. Springboarding around is “Just stupid.” Feet on the ground, you’re in control. The North American Champion thinks life is a party. Life isn’t a party, it grinds you down until you quit. Like a match with Thatcher. Class, we’ve got work to do. Will Thatcher come up with the perfect game plan to bring the pain to Priest?
The Velveteen Dream VS Ashante “Thee” Adonis!
The Experience may not be North American Champion, but he is focused on getting back up into that spotlight. Will he do so against the wrestler formerly known as Tehuti Miles?
Tehuti/Adonis doesn’t seem to take Dream serious, but Dream seems to think he’s just copying Dream. Dream checks the overalls but Adonis shoves him away. Dream likes that, and he calls for a test of strength, to then drop down. Oh he’s gettin cute, huh? Adonis crouches and says he can be cuter than Dream. Dream SLAPS him for that! Dream puts Adonis in the corner, grinds him in but lets off to pose in the ref’s face. But then Adonis clobbers Dream with clotheslines and a whip for a BIG back drop! Dream gets up, Adonis dropkicks him then rolls him up! Cover, TWO!! Dream escapes the biggest upset in his career, whips Adonis but Adonis reverses and DDT’s! Adonis kips up and the crowd fires up!
Dream flounders around, the ref checks on him, but Adonis aims. Adonis almost supkericks the ref as Dream moves! Dream pokes Adonis in the eyes then hits DREAM VALLEY DRIVER! Cover, Dream wins!
Winner: Velveteen Dream, by pinfall
One quick trick and Dream turned it all around! Will Dream send Adonis back to being Tehuti on 205 Live? And will Dream find his way to a title scene soon enough?
Dream takes the mic as the crowd boos. And then KUSHIDA attacks him! The Time Splitter is back after that North American Championship Series defeat and beat down! The refs get Kushida back, Dream goes after him but Kushida ROCKS him! Dream grabs at Kushida’s hair and drags Kushida up, but Kushida YANKS Dream into the post!! The Super Junior has newfound aggression and he POSTS Dream again! Dream flounders to the apron, the refs tell Kushida to stop, but Dream drags Kushida back up. Kushida gets a HANGING ARMBAR through the ropes!! Dream is tapping but it doesn’t matter, Kushida doesn’t stop until he’s satisfied!
Kushida watches Dream flop to the floor as he makes his leave. Will Dream wish he could go back in time and undo what he did?
NXT hears from Breezango and Imperium.
The title belts smell like “gold, baby oil and success.” Oops, Fandango dropped his. But yeah, success. The NEW NXT Tag Team Champions beat “Emporium” and finally have titles. Five years, it took them to get something. But now, they are the top of the heap. Which is why Imperium and El Legado del Fantasma attacked them together.
Imperium says Breezango are jokes. Every day those two hold the titles, it is a disgrace to this sport and everything Imperium stands for. They don’t like Breezango, Breezango doesn’t like them! There’s no sizzle on that steak! But they lost the best accessories to Fandango and Breeze. Imperium says they can enjoy their celebration for now, because they will wipe the floor with them. The world will soon witness the shortest tag title reign ever. But Breezango says that if they’re jokes, then Imperium will be the punchlines. The rematch is coming when NXT returns to Wednesdays!
NXT returns with the Gargano house.
Tegan, Candice and Johnny eat in awkward silence, and even Doggo Gargano joins in on the meal. Johnny points out how awkward this is. Is it him? He will finish his meal in the other room, he’ll read doggo a story for bedtime. Candice asks if she should start. She wants Tegan to fess up to the mistakes she made. And what mistakes are those? Tegan is pretty sure Candice betrayed her first. Well Candice didn’t dress up as a pizza delivery person to visit a “fake friend’s” house for laughs. Well Tegan didn’t try to put a friend through a table. The big issue is that Tegan doesn’t understand #TheGarganoWay. There is a better way of handling things, and there is a new Candice. Is Tegan upset she isn’t part of it?
Tegan says she understands, she just doesn’t agree with it. It’s like Gargano is changing her. Okay, okay, no. This is Candice, the real Candice. But the real Candice helped others. Yes, Candice has had Tegan’s back. Has she led Tegan down the wrong path before? No. Why would this be any different, then? What has Tegan got to lose? Tegan takes a long drink of water. Is she considering Candice’s offer?
Bronson Reed VS Austin Theory!
The Colossal was close to crushing Timothy Thatcher, but it was only because of #TheRealSuperstar getting in the way that he didn’t! Will Theory be reminded that gravity isn’t a theory but a reality?
The bell rings, Theory and Reed circle, and Theory offers a handshake. Reed rushes in, Theory gets a headlock, but Reed powers out and Theory bounces off his shoulder. Theory pretends like it didn’t hurt, but Reed headlocks and grinds him down. That definitely hurts as Theory tries to power out. Reed grinds harder and mocks the #AllDay catchphrase. Theory powers up but can’t power out as Reed holds on tight! Reed brings Theory to the mat, grinds harder, and Theory is turning red! Reed brings Theory up, Theory throws body shots and stomps feet! Theory gets free this time, but Reed runs him over! Theory flounders to a corner, Reed brings him up and whips to ropes, then avoid the counter kick!
Reed goes to ropes for a springboard elbow drop! Cover, TWO! Theory survives but is gasping for air all over again. Theory gets to the apron, Reed follows and drags Theory up by his ear. Reed hip tosses Theory into the ring, then wraps on a chinlock. Theory is still very red in the face as Reed leans on him. Theory fights up, fights out and runs, into a back elbow! Theory bails out to the apron again but Reed is after him again. Reed stands Theory up but Theory throws a forearm and then a shoulder. Theory slingshots but Reed stays up out of the sunset flip, to SIT DOWN on Theory!! Cover, TWO!! Theory manages to get away again but Reed keeps after him.
Reed is on the apron, he FLYING TACKLES Theory to the ramp!! Theory tries to remember where he is while NXT goes picture in picture.
Reed brings Theory up, clubs him down and stalks him back to the ring. Theory gets up but Reed clubs him on the back. Reed puts Theory in the ring, takes his time following after, and brings Theory up to ROCK him with a right hand. Theory ends up in a corner, Reed RAMS his shoulder in. Reed whips corner to corner. Theory hits hard and tumbles to the mat! Reed drags Theory up but Theory throws body shots. Reed knees Theory into the corner, then brings him back up. Reed whips corner to corner again, and Theory hits hard again! Cover, TWO! Reed clamps onto Theory with a rear bearhug! Reed squeezes tight as Theory endures.
Theory fights up to his feet, Reed squeezes tighter but Theory throws elbows. Theory is free, and he baits Reed into a corner to dropkick the legs out! Reed hits buckles face first! Reed slowly sits up but Theory aims and KICKS him in the side! Cover, TWO! Theory keeps on Reed with a cobra clutch! Reed endures as Theory tries to squeeze the air out of him now. Reed fights up, pries free, but Theory dropkicks him down! Cover, ONE!! Theory is furious as he stomps and clubs Reed over and over! Theory pulls back on the chinlock but Reed fights to his feet. NXT returns to single picture as the crowd rallies up.
Reed has Theory as a backpack, and drops the SENTON! Both men are down, the crowd is fired up, and both men crawl to opposite ends. A standing count begins, Reed and Theory rise at 3, and Reed counter punches Theory! And again! Reed fires off and whips Theory to DECK him! Theory staggers into an atomic drop, and a Bionic Elbow! Theory wants a timeout but Reed runs in to CORNER SPLASH! Fireman’s carry and JAGGED EDGE! Cover, TWO!! Theory survives but is not in good shape after that modified Death Valley. Theory escapes the suplex, and somehow manages a back suplex before his back gives out! Cover, TWO!!
Reed is seething as he runs at Theory, blocks the boot but not the forearm! Theory somersaults for a BLOCKBUSTER! Cover, TWO!! Reed still has something left and Theory grits his teeth. Theory fights through his pain and says he’s still #AllDay. Theory brings Reed up, fireman’s carries, but his legs wobble! He falls over with Reed on top of him! Reed sentons then heads up top! Reed aims, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
Theory could not last #AllDay against Auszilla and now pays for messing with the big man! Will the Colossal find his way back to a title in the coming weeks?
Backstage interview with Adam Cole.
After that incredible match with Finn Balor, he came up short. What is he feeling right now? Well he’s obviously disappointed. But truth be told, the better man won. Kenzie asks about the Too Sweet and handshake with Balor afterward. Cole says he does respect Balor. They both went through the same 60 Minute Iron Man Fatal 4 last week, and another big match tonight, so Cole admits Balor is good. But Balor better hope Cole doesn’t come back for more, because it’ll be different. And that is undisputed. Will Cole get himself a second chance at becoming a two-time NXT Champion?
NXT returns to hear from Mercedes Martinez.
“When a lion wants to be king, they don’t go after the weaklings. They challenge the strongest, fiercest animal they can find, and take them out.” Rhea is a bad woman, but not as bad as Mercedes. When the cage door shuts, Mercedes won’t stop until there is NOTHING left of Rhea. Will Mercedes become the new alpha female of NXT?
Roderick Strong w/ Bobby Fish VS Killian Dain!
Adam Cole may have fallen down tonight, but the rest of the Undisputed Era is cleaning things up. Kyle O’Reilly won as he settled scores with Drake Maverick, can the Savior of the Backbreaker do the same with the Belfast Beast?
Fish talks trash to Dain but the bell rings and Strong circles with the big man. Strong gets around and pushes Big Damo away to smirk at him. Dain comes back, Strong gets around and slaps Dain in the back of the head. Dain corners Strong, scoops him, but Strong slips off to CHOP! Dain didn’t even flinch! Strong bails out fast, baits Dain around the way and Fish is there as a decoy! Strong clobbers Dain, throws him into the ring and Fish talks more trash. Strong stomps Dain in the corner, throws haymakers, but he lets off at the ref’s count. Dain just seethes and grabs Strong to put him in the corner! Dain fires off body shots, whips him corner to corner and Strong hits chest first! Then Dain LARIATS Strong down!
Dain circles Strong as he gets up, and whips him corner to corner again. Strong goes up but can’t get over, so he sleeper holds. Dain breaks free but Strong dropkicks Dain out! Dain gets back to the apron, Strong runs in but into an URENAGE! Fish kicks the legs out while the ref is checking on Strong! The Belfast Beast staggers back up as NXT goes to break.
NXT returns and Strong has Dain in a facelock. Dain powers up, lifts Strong but Strong slips off to go for a cobra twist. Dain hip tosses Strong off and then clobbers him! Dain is rallying as the crowd fires up. Strong is in a corner, Dain runs in to corner splash! Dain whips to splash again, then he throws Strong down. Strong gets up, Dain gives him the DIVIDE! Cover, TWO!! Strong survives but Dain glares. Fish talks trash to Dain but Dain tunes him out to go after Strong. Strong holds the ropes, Dain lets off, but then Dain brings Strong up to fireman’s carry. Strong fights off but Dain punches him first. Dain runs at Strong but into a boot! And enziguri!
Strong leaps but his knee misses, Dain fireman’s carry for a wasteland slam and SENTON! Dain goes up top, Fish drags Strong to safety! Dain hops down, the ref reprimands, but Dain DECKS Fish! Strong KNEES Dain down! Cover, Strong wins!
Winner: Roderick Strong, by pinfall
Big assist to the Infamous One for helping out there! And now he helps Strong stomp away on Dain! But here comes Maverick with a pipe! He JAMS and SMACKS the UE over and over, but Fish elbows him down! Fish stomps Maverick, Strong rains down rights, they both knee and stomp, but Dain gets that pipe! The UE runs away as Dain starts swinging! Dain is seething, but he glares at Maverick! Dain didn’t show Maverick much mercy when roles were reversed, but this time, Dain spares Rockstar Spud. Maverick hurries after to again offer a handshake. Will Dain take it this time? NOPE! He DECKS Maverick again! Dain doesn’t want friends, he wants vengeance! Will he get that on the UE all on is own?
NXT again checks in on Tegan and Candice.
Cheers to a friendship, sisterhood and “the next NXT Women’s Champion…” Candice LeRae. Tegan is glad they did this, but why did Candice have to put herself ahead of Tegan? Well, they’re doing things #TheGarganoWay now, right? And Tegan had her shot and lost, so obviously if anyone beats Shirai, it’s Candice. But Candice has yet to beat Shirai, so… Candice takes a sip, and then throws the salad in Tegan’s face!! Tegan says it needs a little something. And she splashes Candice with her drink! Candice can’t believe Tegan is doing this to her in her own house! Well Candice started it! Gargano returns and is upset with Tegan. “You’re a horrible person, you’re a bad friend, you’re a piece of garbage.”
Candice complains that the drink is in her eye. Tegan takes the bowl of spaghetti and tells Johnny, “F*** you!” And she dumps it on his head! That shirt is ruined… Candice is upset, throws something at Tegan, but misses and hits the television! Tegan gets out, Candice chases after, and Gargano is just upset about the TV screen. Will Tegan and Candice have no choice but to settle this friendship turned bitter grudge in the ring?
NXT returns to an interview with Damian Priest.
It’s breaking news: next week, Priest defends his title against Thatcher! Thatcher was watching film to prepare, how does Priest respond? Priest’s response is, “Man, that guy’s ugly.” Thatcher didn’t need to watch anything. If Thatcher wants to know Priest’s game plan, it’s this: he’s going to kick and punch “that stupid face” until he rearranges it. Because to be honest, Thatcher can’t look any worse. But in seriousness, all Thatcher should expect is a Reckoning. Priest will not lose in his first defense. And he invites Kenzie to join the #PartyForever afterward. Will the Archer of Infamy be able to thwart the Professor of Pain with power?
NXT announces a big match for next week!
After the confrontation with the Robert Stone Brand and the tension that followed, Shotzi and Shirai go 1v1 in a non-title match! Will the wild child #TCB, Take Care o’ Business, against THE NXT Women’s Champion? Or is Shotzi still 100 years too early to defeat the Evil Genius?
Steel Cage Match: Rhea Ripley VS Mercedes Martinez!
These two have gone back and forth ever since the Mosh Pit Kid rejected the Robert Stone Brand and the Latina Lioness joined up. The #BattleoftheBadasses enters the cage, and Mercedes is even armed with a kendo stick! And she even fetches chairs as she arrives! Will Mercedes break bamboo, bones and more in order to end Rhea?
But wait! Mercedes isn’t done there, she wants to bring in a TABLE! But Rhea runs down and blindsides her before that can come into play! Rhea bounces Mercedes off the cage all, then bounces the cage door off of Mercedes! Stone protests but Rhea still BOOTS the door into Mercedes for a steel sandwich! The refs reprimand Rhea, this match hasn’t even begun, but Rhea puts Mercedes in. Rhea throws her vest at Stone to chase him off, and she brings the table into the ring! Rhea will play Mercedes’ game to prove she can beat her at it! Rhea gets in the cage and now the match begins!
Mercedes gets up and attacks Rhea at the ropes! Mercedes whips Rhea into the steel! She stands on Rhea’s head, then clubs her on the back. Rhea hits back but Mercedes clubs her down. Mercedes drags Rhea into a camel clutch just to club away with crossface forearms! Mercedes gets a chair but Rhea ducks the shot to kick low and lariat hard! Rhea drags Mercedes up and whips her into the steel now! Mercedes crashes down, Rhea drags her up, and then pulls her arms against the ropes in a motorcycle stretch, to BOOT her into the wall! Mercedes flops down, Rhea wedges a chair in the corner, but Mercedes reverses the whip! Rhea stops herself, elbows back and BOOTS Mercedes down!
The crowd is thunderous as Rhea looms over Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes back up, stands her up and ROCKS Her with a right! Mercedes flounders around, Rhea drags her back up and clubs her over and over and over! Mercedes sits up, Rhea KICKS her in the side. Stone calls Rhea a lunatic but Rhea still scares him with a glare. Rhea stands on Mercedes’ back, and slaps her around. Rhea ax kicks Mercedes down, then drags her back up to pump handle. Mercedes escapes the Riptide for the FISHERMAN BUSTER!! Both women are down, Stone is pumped up and the crowd is fired up! Mercedes and Rhea slowly stir, Stone talks trash and smirks that he’s the one safe from her with the cage up.
Mercedes gets a chair, aims at Rhea but Rhea boots the chair away! Rhea hops up but Mercedes rocks her with a right! Mercedes brings Rhea out onto the shoulder, to POWERSLAM onto a chair!! Cover, TWO!! Rhea survives and NXT goes picture in picture.
Mercedes grabs another chair and SMACKS Rhea on the back! Rhea spasms and flails from that chair shot, but Mercedes stomps her down and grinds the chair in! Mercedes lets up to get the kendo stick and SMACK Rhea! Rhea hits back with body shots and ROCKS Mercedes with a right. Rhea has the kendo stick, Mercedes ducks the swing, and throws big forearms on Rhea. Mercedes EuroUppers Rhea HARD, and Rhea goes down! Mercedes drags her back up to fireman’s carry, but Rhea fights out. Rhea mule kicks then whips Mercedes into the corner chair!! Stone freaks out, but he coaches Mercedes. Rhea drags Mercedes up for cravat knee attacks and a snapmare!
Rhea taunts Stone before she basement dropkicks Mercedes! Rhea drags Mercedes back up, back suplexes and throws Mercedes into a corner. She pulls Mercedes into a Tree of Woe to springboard stomp her over and over! Rhea then climbs up onto Mercedes’ legs, but Mercedes sits up to club Rhea back! SPIDER GERMAN SUPLEX!! Mercedes glares even as she’s still stuck in the Tree! Mercedes pulls herself back up again to get the legs free. The crowd is thunderous as Rhea rises and Mercedes shifts. Rhea THROWS the chair at Mercedes!! Mercedes is dazed in the corner, Stone coaches her but Rhea hurries over to DROPKICK her into the steel!! Mercedes’ head is stuck in the frame!!
Rhea brings Mercedes out of the frame to throw forearms on her head! Rhea climbs up higher, drags Mercedes up to join her, and hits a SUPERPLEX!! The crowd is loving “NXT! NXT!” Rhea crawls to a cover, TWO!! Rhea is beside herself as Mercedes survives! Stone is worried, Rhea stands and hurries over to Mercedes. Rhea demands Mercedes get up, brings her up, but Mercedes fires forearms back! Mercedes shoves, pops Rhea up and SPINE BUSTERS! Both women are down again and the crowd rallies. Mercedes stands, but Rhea Electric Chair lifts her, for a FACEBUSTER! The crowd is fired up again as Rhea has the legs, for the PRISM TRAP!! Mercedes endures the reverse cloverleaf, Rhea thrashes her about, but Mercedes grabs the kendo stick to SMACK Rhea! Mercedes is free but Rhea just grimaces.
Rhea grabs the stick but Stone is climbing the cage. Rhea SMACKS Mercedes, spots Stone, and then SMACKS at him! She then climbs up to pull his hair, pull him up, and headbutt! But Mercedes SMACKS Rhea with the kendo stick! And again! Rhea stays on the top rope, Mercedes climbs up to join her and smack Rhea’s head off the steel! SUPER NECKBREAKER!! Both women crash down, “This is Awesome!” The ref checks on both Rhea and Mercedes but they’re okay to continue. Mercedes drags herself to cover Rhea, TWO!! Rhea still has something left and Mercedes isn’t sure what to do to end it.
Mercedes roars as she clears out some space and fetches the table Rhea brought in for her! Mercedes sets it up, drags Rhea up and over to the corner and CHOPS her! Mercedes hoists Rhea up, ROCKS her, then climbs up to join her. Rhea resists as Mercedes fisherman hooks the leg. Mercedes clubs Rhea, Rhea clubs Mercedes, and Rhea headbutts back! Mercedes holds on, Rhea headbutts again and pump handles! SUPER RIPTIDE THROUGH THE TABLE!!! Cover, Rhea wins!!
Winner: Rhea Ripley, by pinfall
This was one of the most destructive matches in quite some time, and it is the Nightmare that stands tall above the wreckage! Will Robert Stone and his brand finally leave her alone?
The second #NXTuesday was another great one! But as of now, special Tuesday airings are just that: special airings. Next week’s return to Wednesday nights is already being made into a big one with the NXT Tag Team Championships on the line. The promo video was great, Breezango VS Imperium in a rematch is going to be a lot of fun, but I feel like Breezango retains so that Imperium can go back to NXT UK in a week, and Breezango can move on to face El Legado. Robert Stone Brand trying to go after Shotzi’s tank was great, it’s a logical step in that story. I do like that the segment was used to bridge things into Shirai VS Shotzi next week. I don’t know if that becomes the title program since they’re having the 1v1 already.
Maybe Candice and/or Tegan get involved after those honestly really good “dinner” segments. A Fatal 4 Way would be a great way to A) boost Shirai’s power level, or B) give the others an easier way of taking the title while preserving Shirai’s power level. There’s a lot of time before whatever TakeOver goes with Survivor Series, so there’s any number of things they could do with the title until then. I just hope that if Survivor Series is another triple brand battle, Shirai is the one that goes in with the title, because I would love to see Shirai VS Asuka VS Bayley. That is a Triple Threat I could not call for the life of me.
I wonder if we get Dream VS Kushida next week after tonight. Dream gets a quick Heel win and Kushida has a great return beating Dream up, but I have a gripe with them RENAMING Tehuti Miles to an obvious parody of Megan Thee Stallion. He’s been Tehuti for months, don’t just act like what he’s done on 205 Live means nothing!! I really hope he’s just Tehuti again the next time he’s on NXT and was “trying something” this week. This may not be the worst thing NXT has done, but it is one of the most confusing. Reed VS Theory is great and Reed wins, I bet he’s next up after Priest VS Thatcher next week in what will be a great first defense for Priest.
Strong VS Dain was good but of course Fish gets involved. It seems odd that half of the UE is staying Heel while the other half is almost on their way to Face. Maverick helping Dain is good character work from him, and Dain rejecting Maverick with a punch is still good character work, too. I’m sure Dain will at some point accept Maverick as an ally against the UE. I’m just wondering how the UE works out what side of the spectrum they’re on. Will Cole and O’Reilly convince Fish and Strong or the other way around? That sounds like an interesting story for them going forward. Balor VS Cole to open the show was great, and the match itself was incredible. We all knew Balor was winning, and that’s not even with spoilers or anything, it just seemed very clear.
It was great for Cole to give congrats to Balor, as it continues the slow Face turn started with the Pat McAfee rivalry. The Prince joins Samoa Joe and Shinsuke Nakamura, who came in after but had great feuds with Balor and each other. It seems fitting that they’re the three two-time NXT Champions. And sky’s the limit for who is next with Balor, to be honest. Ending the show with the “Battle of the Badasses” (interesting last minute subtitle) was great. Usually cage matches feel cliche but they did a great job with this one. Stone still tried to interfere, but Rhea got the better of him and it didn’t cost her the match. This has to be it for Rhea’s part with the Robert Stone Brand because she won very definitively. Rhea can also wait in the wings for another shot at the NXT Women’s Championship. In fact, Rhea could be a great part of the Survivor Series Women’s Champion Triple Threat since she dominated that entire weekend last year.
My Score: 9.3/10
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