NXT is stocking up on tag team action tonight!
Tonight, Breezango defend their NXT Tag Team Championships against Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish! Will it be the Second Coming of the Golden Prophecy?
- KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa; Kushida wins.
- Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea; Moon wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed; Reed wins.
- Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again; Reed wins, again.
- Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas; El Legado wins.
- Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise; Ever-Rise wins, by disqualification.
- Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter; Catanzaro wins.
- Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene; Thatcher wins.
- NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS
The Undisputed EraOney Lorcan & Danny Burch; Lorcan & Burch win and become the new NXT Tag Team Champions.
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KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream!
The Time Splitter doesn’t want to wait, he wants his TakeOver rematch with the Experience NOW! Kushida won then, will he win again? Or has Dream learned to be more serious with the Super Junior that broke his arm?
Wait a minute! The Psycho Killer attacks Dream as he makes his entrance! Dream made the mistake of interfering with Kushida VS Ciampa and now he’s paying for it! Ciampa punches Dream down the ramp then throws him into the Plexiglas! Dream flounders but Ciampa throws him into more boards! And then into the ring! Kushida DECKS Dream, and turns out this is a TRIPLE THREAT!
KUSHIDA VS The Velveteen Dream VS Tommaso Ciampa!
Well, Dream is paying double for what he’s done! Will it be Kushida or Ciampa that gets their revenge first?
Ciampa and Kushida take turns punching Dream around the ring, then they throw Dream out hard! Kushida and Ciampa settle things with each other as they trade hands, but Ciampa kicks and punches back. Ciampa whips, Kushida ducks and dodges to handspring Dream back down! Ciampa goes out after Dream by ramming him into more Plexiglas! Kushida goes out to go after Ciampa, but Ciampa whips him into Plexiglas, too! “This is MY home!” The fans here at the Capitol Wrestling Center are thunderous as they agree! Ciampa kicks Dream, and SLAMS the bad hand off the announce desk! Ciampa throws Dream into more Plexiglas, then runs to PSYCHO KNEE Kushida! He comes back to KNEE Dream! Ciampa is fired up and the fans fire up with him!
Ciampa finally throws off the shirt, drags Dream up and puts him in the ring. Dream runs, Ciampa ducks so Dream hurdles him and then ducks Kushida’s clothesline. Dream comes back, Kushida hip tosses Dream! Ciampa hip tosses Kushida but Kushida handsprings through only for Ciampa to DECK him! Ciampa stomps Dream and stands on the bad hand! Ciampa STOMPS the cast! Dream backs off, Kushida runs in but is sent into Dream but Kushida forearms Dream first. Also, apparently Dream’s shirt has anime girl eyes on it? Ciampa runs but into Kushida’s COMPLETE SHOT into Dream’s Experience! Kushida rolls Ciampa up, TWO! Kushida stays on Ciampa with a wrench and elbows. Kushida whips, Ciampa grabs him for a facelock but Kushida fights through to get the arm!
Ciampa knees low and hard, then drags Kushida up. Dream reaches for Kushida through ropes, Ciampa drags Kushida until Dream is the one draped on the ropes! CHAIN WILLOW’S BELL! Ciampa covers Dream, TWO! He covers Kushida, TWO! Fans rally up behind Ciampa as he stomps Kushida to a corner. Ciampa stomps a mudhole into Kushida, then goes to Dream. Ciampa wrenches the bad arm and gives it a YANK! And then he CLUBS the elbow! Ciampa stands on the bad arm and drops knees on it! Dream writhes but Ciampa goes after Kushida. Ciampa CHOPS Kushida in the corner, whips him corner to corner but Kushida reverses and throws a big back elbow! Kushida drags Ciampa up, wrenches, but Ciampa hooks the ropes! Kushida keeps pulling but Ciampa rakes Kushida’s eyes!
The ref reprimands but Dream covers Kushida! ONE, Ciampa DECKS Dream! Ciampa drags Dream around, Kushida gets up, snap suplex for Dream! Ciampa drags Kushida up, wrenches and grinds the shoulder then chinbars. Kushida endures, fans rally up and Ciampa cranks on the hold. Kushida fights up, fights out and throws haymakers! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses but Kushida sunset flips! Cover, TWO! Ciampa gets to a corner, Kushida is after him but Dream adds on. Dream CLUBS Kushida and ROCKS Ciampa! Dream stomps Kushida down, shows off the cast that’s falling apart and fans jeer with, “Dream Sucks!” Dream whips Kushida into Ciampa then poses before running into a BIG forearm from Ciampa! Ciampa CHOPS Dream, ROCKS Kushida, then puts them in the same corner.
Ciampa CHOPS Kushida but Dream feels the impact, too! Then Ciampa CHOPS Dream directly! Ciampa CHOPS Kushida again, CHOPS Dream again, repeat! Dream hits back but Ciampa CHOPS and CHOPS and CHOPS! Dream tries to guard but Ciampa just CHOPS away on his arms! Fans fire up with Ciampa as he drags Kushida back up. Kushida blocks the chop, spins Ciampa and CHOPS away! And KICKS! Kushida whips, Ciampa reverses, Kushida handsprings but Dream helps Ciampa catch Kushida for a double back suplex! Kushida lands on his feet to FAST BALL Ciampa! Dream BOOTS Kushida then tries again but Kushida blocks! Kushida spins Dream, Dream fireman’s carries, DREAM VALLEY! Ciampa KNEES Dream out of the ring! All three men are down and the fans are thunderous as NXT goes to break!
NXT returns and Kushida fights out of a headlock with elbows, only for Ciampa to throat chop him! The fans are loving “NXT! NXT!” as Ciampa shoves and ROCKS Kushida at the ropes. Kushida boots back and ends up on the apron! He enziguris Ciampa away then jumps Dream’s sweep! SEATED SENTON! Kushida rains down rights and gets an ARMBAR! Dream taps but it doesn’t matter on the outside! Ciampa stomps away on both Dream and Kushida! Fans are thunderous again as Ciampa drags Kushida up. Kushida turns things around and throws Ciampa at boards, but Ciampa stops himself! Ciampa swings into the Fujiwara BULLDOG! Ciampa clutches the arm, Kushida puts him in the ring and PENALTY KICKS the arm! Then whips Ciampa for a hip toss INTO ARMBAR!!
Ciampa endures, clasps hands, Dream PURPLE RAIN MAKERS!! All three men are down again but Dream flounders to a cover, Ciampa breaks it!! Dream tried dropping in but it didn’t work out! Kushida flounders away so Ciampa ROCKS Dream! Dream rebounds off ropes to hit back, but Ciampa wobbles and comes back to hit again. Dream gets up, Ciampa kicks low and reel shim in to underhooks. Dream slips out, the ref almost ends up a casualty and Ciampa rolls Dream up! WITH TIGHTS! TWO!! Ciampa argues but Dream SUPERKICKS! fireman’s carry, DREAM VALLEY! It took a lot out of Dream to do that but he covers, Kushida breaks it! Fans are loving this as all three men reset!
Dream soaks up the heat as he swivels his hips. Dream tells Ciampa and Kushida that “The future is not yours! The future belongs to The Dream.” Dream swivels his hips more, but Ciampa CHOPS him! Kushida KICKS the bad arm! CHOP! KICK! Ciampa forearms Kushida, Kushida FAST BALLS! Kushida KICKS Dream, dodges Ciampa and Ciampa BOOTS Dream! Kushida throw’s Ciampa out hard, then FLIES out onto Dream! Kushida gets back in and FLIES out onto Ciampa! Kushida is back in and fans are thunderous again as Kushida again FLIES onto Dream! Ciampa gets in, gets Kushida, WILLOW’S BELL!! Ciampa keeps going, drags Kushida up, underhooks, but Dream SUPERKICKS! Dream fireman’s carries, Kushida crucifix takedown, TWO!! Kushida BOOTS Dream out, Ciampa CLOBBERS Kushida!
Ciampa drags Kushida up once again but has to get Dream first! Dream escapes the DDT so Ciampa kicks away. Kushida runs in, Ciampa switches on the O’Conner roll, TWO and into Dream’s CAST PUNCH! Kushida drags Ciampa up, DEAD LIFT GERMAN! Bridging cover, KUSHIDA WINS!
Winner: KUSHIDA, by pinfall
An incredible match that was fast, furious and everything in between! Is this going to be the beginning to the Time Splitter’s time?
The Undisputed Era speaks.
Adam Cole is via Zoom as he says, “Boys and girls, the past couple of weeks, the Undisputed Era, we’ve hit some roadblocks.” But tonight, that will change. As we all know, Cole is still out but is getting better every single day. That is bad news for anyone not in the Undisputed Era. As for tonight, Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish will succeed in bringing back the NXT Tag Team Champions. That’s right! Kyle O’Reilly says that when they first talked about the Golden Prophecy, “believe it or not, there were doubters. But look at us now. We’ve accomplished all that and more.” Fish says of course! And speaking of tonight, Breezango is one heck of a team, but c’mon. Do they stand a chance against Roddy and him? Strong says absolutely not! Tonight, the NXT Tag Team titles come back to where they belong, courtesy of the Rod ‘n’ Bob Express. Choo choo! And THAT is Undisputed.
NXT has some Halloween Havoc news!
On top of #SpintheWheelMakeaDeal determining what stipulations BOTH the NXT North American and NXT Women’s Championships will be fought under, and on top of Rhea Ripley VS Raquel Gonzalez in a battle of alpha females, there will be Cameron Grimes VS Dexter Lumis in a HAUNTED HOUSE OF TERROR match! Just what spooky scary stipulations will this match have in store for the Technical Savage and the Tortured Artist?
NXT profiles The Aussie Nightmare, Rhea Ripley!
The only woman to have been NXT and NXT UK Women’s Champion in her career, Rhea is “sick and tired of all these daydreamers. This is my division now, and the Nightmare is just beginning.” She has dominated on both sides of the Atlantic, and took down all the women in NXT who thought they could take her out. “And I have brutalized every single one of them.” But that level of attitude and aggression invites even more challengers, and the Daughter of the Desperado is taking her shot. Raquel says SHE is the biggest and the baddest woman in the business today. They wanted to throw down in the Performance Center, but they’re going to have this out in the ring! Rhea isn’t afraid of a fight. Halloween Havoc will make a nightmare into reality, but for who?
Ember Moon VS Jessi Kamea!
The Shenom is back and is more than happy to start from scratch in the rankings. It’s a long road to the NXT Women’s Championship, will Ember’s Law be upheld tonight?
The bell rings and Ember circles with Jessi. They tie up, are in a deadlock, so Ember arm-drags Jessi down and gets in her face. Jessi sits up, Ember eggs her on, then Ember sweeps the legs! Ember pats Jessi on the head but Jessi gets up to hip toss her down! Ember gets up, Jessi dodges and does the splits to duck! Jessi runs to EuroUpper Ember down! Cover, ONE! Jessi cravats Ember, cranks on the neck, but Ember handsprings through the snapmare! Fans cheer the exchange and Ember gets attitude. Ember dodges and shotgun dropkicks Jessi! Then mule kick to front KICK! Jessi is down, Ember runs to STOMP her down! Ember walks all over Jessi before hitting a standing moonsault! Cover, TWO!
Ember keeps on Jessi with a crossface! Jessi reaches, drags herself forward but Ember taunts her. Ember cranks back, pulls Jessi from ropes, but Jessi rolls to a cover, TWO! Ember stomps Jessi down again but Jessi uses her long legs to kick back. Ember kicks and kicks, then gets those legs. Jessi keeps kicking but Ember wrenches to an ANKLE LOCK, with a deep lean like a Half Crab! Jessi endures this scorpion style hold and she drags herself towards ropes. Jessi rolls and sends Ember into buckles! Ember comes back but the back senton flops as Jessi evades! Jessi dodges again, runs back in for a LEAPING forearm smash! Jessi brings Ember out as she runs, SPINNING HEEL KICK! Ember is down, Jessi springboards to elbow drop! Cover, TWO!! Ember survives and Jessi can’t believe it! She almost beat a former NXT Women’s Champion!
Ember rises as the fans rally. Jessi whips but Ember blocks! Jessi tries again and sends Ember to a corner but Ember goes up and flies back for a CODE BREAKER! Ember has the legs, ties them up and turns Jessi over, Queen Angelito with some hair pulling into a chinlock! Jessi taps, Ember wins!
Winner: Ember Moon, by submission
That’s the first time the Prophecy of Flame won with a submission, and it definitely impressed! Whatever Ember calls that, will she be telling us all she was right to come back? But wait, someone trips Ember up and drags her out! It’s Dakota Kai, coming back for revenge! Dakota BOOTS Ember on the apron! Dakota was Eclipsed in that tag match last week, and she is pissed! “If you think you can just use me to get yourself back in the spotlight, think again!” Dakota counters Ember’s Law with an ultimatum! Will #CobraKai strike down Ember Moon before she has a chance to shine?
Something’s happened backstage!
Roderick Strong and NXT officials have found Bobby Fish down in a hallway! Fish insists he’s fine but he can barely stand! Kyle helps Strong get Fish up. Fish says someone blindsided him and went after his leg. And this, on the night of their NXT Tag Team Championship match! Could this be related to Ridge Holland’s attack on Adam Cole? Who is trying to eliminate the Undisputed Era?
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed!
“The Real Superstar” says he can go #AllDay, but all he’s been doing lately is losing. Will that change or remain the same against the COLOSSAL One?
The bell rings and and Theory gets around Reed to shove him. Reed storms up on Theory and he goes to a corner, but the ref counts. Reed drags Theory out of the corner but Theory gets around to headlock. NXT patches in Mackenzie Mitchell with a quick update on Bobby Fish. Fish is on his way to a local hospital for an MRI on his knee. Therefore, Breezango won’t be facing Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, but Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly, who was confirmed medically cleared this morning. Will the combination of O’Reilly and Strong once again hold gold together?
As for the match, Reed powers out of Theory’s headlock, Theory leaps but BOUNCES OFF Reed’s shoulder! Reed watches Theory flounder and whips him corner to corner. Reed runs in to corner splash! Theory flounders around again, Reed brings him back up and throws haymakers! Theory flounders even more, Reed has him in another corner and CHOPS him down! Reed brings Theory up to whip corner to corner, Theory goes up and over and rolls back to dropkick! Reed wobbles but Theory stays on him with forearms and stomps. Theory has Reed in a corner, the ref counts but Theory lets off to bump Reed off buckles. Reed CHPOS Theory and sends him rolling! Reed drags Theory up, scoops, but Theory slips out to chop block! Theory clubs Reed then clamps on a chinlock!
Reed endures, fans rally and Theory talks trash. Reed fights up, pries free but Theory kicks the leg! Theory puts the chinlock back on, but Reed endures again. Fans rally, Reed powers up and throws big body shots! Theory knees low, whips but Reed reverses to POWERSLAM! And COLOSSAL SENTON! Theory is down, Reed goes up top, but Theory fires off forearms! Theory CHOPS, climbs up to join Reed, and tries to bring him up. Reed resists, CLUBS Theory and then shoves him down! Theory is back up but sent back down with that forearm! Reed adjusts, TSUNAMI SPLASH!! Cover, Reed wins!!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall
The losing streak for Theory continues, and Reed is back on track! Will Reed continue back up towards titles? Theory gets a mic as he gasps and sputters, and says, “Stop right there!” Theory is the FUTURE of the WWE! He’s 23 and done more in the business than Reed’s done in his entire “stupid 15 year career!” So get back in the ring because Theory isn’t going to stop until he wins. Reed does get in, and this rematch is happening!
Austin Theory VS Bronson Reed again!
Theory clubs away on Reed and stomps and forearms! Theory runs but into a POP-UP SAMOAN DROP!! That had some air! Cover, Reed wins AGAIN!
Winner: Bronson Reed, by pinfall again
Theory really didn’t think that through! Now he’s 2-0 in the same night! Will Theory every figure out what he’s missing to get out of this slump?
Backstage interview with Xia Li and Kacy Catanzaro.
Last week, Xia asked William Regal to give her a match, and when Kacy volunteered, this is the match-up he created. Xia wants everyone to understand how important having this match is, and she thanks Kacy for accepting the challenge. Kacy says that they’ve had their differences recently, but Xia has been a friend in the past, and Kacy is always up for a challenge. So the pressure is on Xia for some reason, what has changed? It’s just very important to Xia. She has to win, she needs this match. Kacy gets it. May the best woman win. Xia says this is going to be the biggest match of her career. She HAS to win. But why is she so desperate for a victory?
NXT Media finds Austin Theory as he leaves.
Any comments on losing to Bronson Reed twice in one night? “That’s it. I’m done.” Done? Theory puts his things in his car, and says he QUITS NXT?! Is he serious? Or is he just saying that out of frustration? Will Mr. Regal call Theory to see if he’ll reconsider?
Six Man Tag: El Legado del Fantasma VS Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis & Jake Atlas!
Just as the saga of Santos Escobar and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott looks to be over, something keeps it going! Escobar, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde wanted after the man formerly known as Tehuti Miles in return for him screwing up their screw job, but they didn’t expect Atlas to help him out! And now, Swerve, Adonis and Atlas form a new alliance to take on the would-be conquerors of the Cruiserweight Division! Will Swerve’s House stand tall once again against El Legado?
The tension builds as all six men are in the ring. The bell rings, Legado bails out and Escobar says he’s too smart for that. They taunt Swerve’s team, then flank the ring! Swerve, Adonis and Atlas are ready, and then Swerve rushes forward to handspring out of the ring and get in Escobar’s face! Wilde and Mendoza rush in but Adonis and Atlas are ready! Those four brawl while Escobar smirks at Swerve’s trash talk! Escobar swings on Swerve but Swerve counter punches him! Swerve fires off on Escobar and throws him into barriers! Adonis throws Mendoza out while Swerve throws Escobar into steps! Atlas is on Wilde and fans are thunderous as Atlas CHOPS Wilde! Atlas drags Wilde up to throw hands then snapmares him to KICK him in the back! Atlas keeps on Wilde with a rain of furious right fists!
Atlas lets off to drag Wilde up and tags in Adonis. They double whip, Wilde runs into a FLAPJACK! Cover, TWO! Adonis clubs Wilde, drags him into a chinlock and then throws forearms on the back. Adonis puts Wilde on ropes and chokes him, then lets off to bump him off buckles. Tag to Atlas, they mug Wilde in the corner, and Atlas CLUBS Wilde in the chest. Atlas snap suplexes Wilde, uno amigo! And then dos amigo! Fans fire up for “Eddie! Eddie!” as Atlas hits the three amigos! Cover, TWO! Atlas keeps focused as he stomps Wilde down. Atlas talks smack and slaps Wilde around. Atlas also clubs Wilde, then clubs him again! Atlas drags Wilde up, throws him to a corner, and Wilde ends up rolling, posting groin first! Atlas mocks Wilde’s pain before he ROCKS him with a right!
Atlas knuckle locks, runs up a corner, but has to jump over Escobar! Atlas mule kicks Escobar from the top rope, sees Mendoza running in and leaps to get him, too! Headscissor arm-drag combo! Tag to Adonis and Atlas eggs Escobar on. Escobar runs in, Atlas dodges and Adonis sends him out! El Legado regroup but Adonis fakes them out! “Got ‘im!” Atlas helps Swerve go up top and FLY onto them all! Direct hit takes out Escobar and his cohorts and fans are fired up as “NXT! NXT!” goes picture in picture!
Swerve drags Wilde up and into the ring for Adonis and Adonis covers, TWO! Mendoza gets in but Adonis sees him coming so Mendoza bails back out. But Wilde blindside knees Adonis down! Adonis tumbles out, Mendoza tags in and he drags Adonis up to throw into steel steps! Mendoza goes in to coordinate with Wilde and they BLAST Atlas and Swerve off the apron! Swerve comes back but he gets mugged 2v1! El Legado clears off the announce desk! They mug Swerve more, and then bring him up to the apron. Swerve fights off their triple powerbomb but Escobar sweeps the legs! Swerve hits the apron on the way down and then Escobar backs off to his corner. Swerve slowly stands up and goes back to his corner while Mendoza covers Adonis, TWO!
Mendoza stomps Adonis down, steps over him then brings him up for a snap suplex! Tag to Wilde, Wilde drags Adonis up and CLUBS him down! Wilde pushes Adonis then taunts Swerve and Atlas. The ref keeps them out and Wilde stomps away on Adonis. Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis fights back but Wilde rams him into the Legado corner. Wilde CHOPS Adonis, tags Mendoza and Mendoza CHOPS Adonis! Tag to Escobar, Legado mugs Adonis then Escobar pushes Adonis into the corner to CHOP him again! Adonis fights back but gets mugged more as Wilde tags in. Wilde snapmares Adonis and drives in a knee for a chinlock. NXT returns to single picture as fans rally for Adonis. Adonis fights up, fights out, but Wilde clubs away!
Wilde bumps Adonis off buckles, tags to Escobar, and Escobar stomps. Tag to Mendoza, double whip and double elbows! Wilde runs, Mendoza and Escobar are there, rebound hip toss splash! Mendoza LIONSAULTS! Cover, Swerve breaks it with a scuff of his boot. The ref gets Swerve to stand down, but Mendoza stomps Adonis down. Mendoza grins as he drags Adonis up to wrench and whip into the corner hard! Mendoza stomps a mudhole and digs in a knee, tag to Wilde. Wilde drags Adonis up and whips him to elbow him down hard! Wilde taunts Swerve and Atlas but again the ref keeps them in. Wilde stands on Adonis’ arm but Adonis fights up. Wilde knees low and hard then brings him to the corner. Tag to Escobar, they CHOP and CHOP away.
Escobar puts Adonis in a corner, rolls back to run in, DOUBLE KNEES to the chest! Escobar pushes Adonis down to stand on him, and not even as a cover, he’s just taunting his opponents. Tag to Mendoza, they mug Adonis more and Mendoza keeps Adonis from his corner. Mendoza has the arm for a mounted armlock, grinning at Swerve and Atlas. Fans rally up as Adonis endures. Mendoza jams the arm, pulls back harder, but Adonis powers up! Adonis fights up, Mendoza knees low and bumps him off buckles! Tag to Wilde, Wilde snapmares Adonis down to drive his knee in again! Wilde drags Adonis up, Adonis dropkicks him down! Fans fire up as both men are down, crawling for their corners! Hot tags to Escobar and Atlas!
Atlas springboards in to crossbody! Wilde returns but Atlas DECKS him! Atlas DECKS Mendoza, hits everyone and then uppercuts Escobar into a GERMAN SUPLEX! And he DECKS Escobar, too! Tag to Swerve, Escobar CALF KICKS Atlas! Swerve ROCKS Escobar with fast hands and has him in a corner! Swerve shoves, ROLLING THUNDER COMPLETE SHOTS! Cover, TWO! Escobar survives but Swerve whips him to ropes. Mendoza tags in, Escobar dodges the kick but Mendoza runs into the back drop! Swerve decks Wilde and then goes out to BOOT Escobar! Mendoza ENZIGURIS Atlas but Swerve comes around! Swerve is up top, Mendoza hits him first. Mendoza goes to the apron, drags Swerve to a fireman’s carry but Swerve slips out. They brawl on the edge, Swerve BOOTS Mendoza down! Mendoza YANKS Swerve down!
The ref wants this inside the ring but Wilde runs and leaps, but Atlas intercepts in midair! SPANISH FLY onto everyone! Well, not everyone as Escobar was nowhere near! But everyone is down and the fans are thunderous! Swerve rises and puts Mendoza in! Swerve half nelsons, lifts, but Mendoza manages to arm-drag out! Mendoza fires up and runs at Swerve, Swerve dodges and Mendoza goes up, but Swerve catches him for the CONFIDENCE BOOST! Cover, but Wilde breaks it up! Swerve throws Wilde out, tags Adonis, and they go after Mendoza. Swerve helps get Adonis up in bomb position, Swerve runs but Mendoza huricanranas Adonis into Swerve! Swerve staggers, Mendoza throws him out! Escobar returns, builds speed and DIVES! The ARROW FROM HELL sends Swerve over the desk! But Atlas is there, CARTWHEEL DDT off the desk!! Atlas is fired up after taking down the champion!
Meanwhile, Mendoza waistlocks Adonis, and Wilde tags in before Adonis bucks Mendoza away! Hotshot, then the ENZIGURI LEG SWEEP!! Cover, El Legado wins!!
Winners: El Legado del Fantasma, by pinfall
The Leader of Leaders was wiped out but his cohorts took care of this for him! Escobar has the Cruiserweight Championship for now, but will Atlas rise up to take that all away?
The Garganos are upset.
“Why are we doing this?” Candice LeRae knows how Johnny feels about chance wheels. Yes, but- Everybody knows Johnny Gargano hates wheels! Yet here we are. Yes, but this is to prepare themselves for the worst. They are going to spin the wheel, but they can’t leave it all to chance. So Candice has created a tiny version of the Halloween Havoc wheel of stipulations to practice with. It’s literally a training wheel. Fine! What’s the worst that can happen? Johnny gives the wheel a spin, and he lands on… Buried Alive. THAT is the worst that can happen. He’ll be buried alive, with a bunch of dirt on him! What’re the odds of that, though? One in a million? Technically one in 12… Just take your turn, Candice.
Candice spins and lands on… Trick or Street Fight! That’s great! Candice can totally beat Io Shirai in one of those! Great, for her! Candice will be champion, Johnny will be six feet under! He goes again. And lands on… Casket Match! Almost as bad as Buried Alive. “Why does this wheel want me dead?!” This is why he hates them! They’re unpredictable! He can’t control them! Candice knows how he does things! He needs to be in control! “I hate you, wheel! I hate you!” Johnny storms off to go to bed, and tells Candice to get rid of the wheel. Will Johnny have better luck with the real wheel next week?
Killian Dain & Drake Maverick VS Ever-Rise!
While the Belfast Beast and Rockstar Spud don’t have a team name yet like Chase Parker and Matt Marthel have, Big Damo isn’t going to let anyone bully Drake, because that’s Dain’s thing! Will they at least stay on the same page here tonight?
The teams sort out, Maverick starts with Parker and they tie up. They go around, Parker pulls hair and puts Maverick in the corner. Tag to Marthel and Ever-Rise mugs Maverick. Marthel scoops, Parker runs, backbreaker and KNEE! Marthel taunts Maverick, wrenches and yanks the arm, tags to Parker, and the mugging continues. Parker stomps a mudhole into Maverick then throws haymakers. Parker drags Maverick up to shove him to ropes, and CLUB him on the rebound! Tag to Marthel and they mug Maverick more. Marthel bumps Maverick off buckle then whips him corner to corner. Tag to Parker, Parker whips Marthel for Marthel to whip Parker in for a big forearm smash! Parker feeds Maverick to Marthel’s drop toehold, then hits the BOOYAH elbow drop!
Parker taunts Dain, “This is your partner?!” but Maverick hits back Maverick swings into a back suplex but manages to tag Dain! Parker throws Maverick out but turns around into Dain’s clothesline! Dain hip tosses Marthel in, runs Parker over, and then he bumps Marthel off buckles to CLOBBER him! Dain whips Parker, and hits the DIVIDE! Marthel staggers up into the fireman’s carry but Parker chop blocks the legs! Marthel staggers away, but Dain gets up! Dain choke grips Parker but Marthel chop blocks again! Parker has the leg, turns Dain over for a HALF CRAB! Marthel makes Maverick watch “the loser” and says that’s Maverick’s only friend! Maverick gets mad and ROCKS Marthel! And then whips him into boards!
Marthel catches up to Maverick to keep him from Dain! Marthel shoves Maverick into the timekeeper’s area, so Maverick grabs a chair! Maverick JAMS Marthel without the ref seeing! Maverick gets in with the chair, the ref tells him no, but Maverick SMACKS Parker on the back!!
Winners: Ever-Rise, by disqualification
The rage of Rockstar Spud has been unleashed! He SMACKS Marthel! Ever-Rise retreats and Maverick shouts, “WHO WANTS SOME?!” Fans are thunderous and Dain is shocked! The team lost, and Maverick realizes what he did. Dain is upset, Maverick apologizes but understands if he wants to him him. Dain slaps him on the chest and says, “THAT WAS AWESOME!” Maverick actually kicked some ass! Dain wonders where THAT Maverick has been! Well, the music doesn’t help, but Dain has started to respect Maverick. A little. Will that little respect grow as the two stick together?
There’s been another backstage incident?!
And this time, it’s Roderick Strong! He is down in a doorway and Kyle shows up. Medics check on Strong but he looks in worse shape than Fish! Who is doing this to the Undisputed Era?! Will they even be able to compete for the titles tonight?
NXT returns with Regal, Breezango and others on the scene.
Regal asks “How the bloody hell did nobody see who did it?!” Danny Burch says he and Oney Lorcan at least heard something happening. Regal tells Kyle that he knows this is a rough position, but NXT promised a tag title match tonight. Kyle knows, he isn’t competing tonight. And at this point, maybe they should just give the match to the runner-ups, Lorcan and Burch. Burch says he and Oney don’t want it this way. The UE won fair and square. Maybe just have one of them substitute in. Kyle isn’t so sure about that. Kyle leaves, and Regal asks if Breezango has any objections to the change. They don’t. Then that’s that. Breezango will now defend against Oney and Burch, “best of luck to the four of you.” They shake hands, but with the way things are going, will they all make it to the main event?
Xia Li VS Kacy Catanzaro w/ Kayden Carter!
The Spicy is growing a bit desperate, but with no real explanation why. Will it matter if she can get a win over the American Ninja Warrior?
The bell rings and KC circles with Xia. They tie up, go around, Xia headlocks but KC powers out only to be run over. Xia talks trash then runs, but sees KC drop down so she counters with a body scissors and clutch! ONE, KC wobbles up but into a whip. KC goes up and over, O’Conner rolls but Xia slips out, only for KC to basement dropkick! Twisting splash and a cover, TWO! KC is after an arm but Xia chinbars, and then ties KC’s hair around a rope! Xia hits the rope to pull the hair and tweak KC’s neck! Xia whips, hip tosses and CHOPS KC down! KC gets to ropes as Xia fires herself up. Xia drags KC up for knees from all sides then a hard back kick! Cover, TWO! Another try, TWO! Xia is furious as she tries again, TWO!
Xia argues the count but two is two. Xia drags KC back up, scoops her, but KC slips out and shoves! KC dodges and comes back with body shots! KC rocks Xia and keeps on her! KC stomps a mudhole in a corner but Xia pushes her away. KC fires up and comes back with an A-List Lariat! KC throws Xia out, HANDSPRING AX KICK! KC wheelbarrows, victory rolls, KC wins!
Winner: Kacy Catanzaro, by pinfall
Xia can’t believe she lost! She CLOBBERS KC! Kayden gets in but Xia BOOTS her down! Xia fires off on KC and bumps her off buckles! She stomps a mudhole into KC, losing her cool! But Raquel gets in to CLOBBER Xia! And then she lifts KC to throw her at Kayden! And then she drags Kayden up, fisherman POWERBOMB! Whatever problems Xia is dealing with, Raquel doesn’t care! “Rhea Ripley! THIS is what awaits you! I’m bigger! I’m badder! And next week at Halloween Havoc, I’m going to be La Diabla of your nightmare!” Big Mama Cruel wants to take over and be THE woman to fear in NXT! Will she be just that after taking on the Mosh Pit Kid?
Backstage interview with Cameron Grimes.
Next week, he’s 1v1 with Dexter Lumis, just as he figured it’d happen after he stomped Dexter here, there and everywhere. But what are his thoughts on it being next week- Right, Halloween Havoc! Lumis VS Grimes! Got it, Mackenzie, thanks. But it’s a Haunted House of Terror match. Wait, a what? Haunted House of Terror. The heck is that? Who said it was that? Mr. Regal confirmed it. AND LUMIS IS STARING AT GRIMES THROUGH A WINDOW! Grimes is in disbelief about the stipulation. Regal’s accent is a bit thick, maybe he said something and it just sounded like that. Is Grimes afraid? G-Grimes ain’t afraid! W-Why would he be afraid? He’s b-beaten L-Lumis loads of times, and after this H-Haunted House thing… Grimes g-g-going to the moon… Will Grimes be up all night worrying about this haunting news?
Io Shirai studies up on Halloween Havoc.
Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal. The Evil Genius does her research on each stipulation, and the likely outcome. Biker Chain Match, a la Brock Lesnar VS The Undertaker, “I beat Candice.” Blindfold match, another classic, “I beat Candice.” Casket Match, also a la Taker, “I beat Candice.” Trick or Street Fight, “I beat Candice.” Weapons Wild Match, a la a certain Lunatic Fringe asylum, “I beat Candice.” At Halloween Havoc, no matter what, Shirai beats Candice. Will the odds always be in the NXT Women’s Champion’s favor?
Thatch As Thatch Can is in the ring!
Timothy Thatcher welcomes us to a special live session of his teachings. Tonight’s lesson: success. “Now, to understand your craft and be a confident technical wrestler does not lead to success. You need to have aggression and you need to be able to show no mercy.” Tonight, Thatcher and… What’s your name again? Anthony Greene. Thatcher and Andrew here will demonstrate how to apply simple techniques in a way that causes extreme pain. So Alex, go for his leg. Greene does, and Thatcher quickly sprawls to push Greene down. So now, Thatcher easily has Greene’s head. As he tries to work his way back up, you can hook it, stop the shoulder, bar the face, use his chest to block the rise.
Now, as Thatcher went over before, cutting bone digs underneath as he lifts up. Greene taps to the modified facelock and Thatcher releases. The fans applaud as Thatcher explains it damages the neck and turns the head in an awkward angle. Alright Matt, let’s go again, and this time be aggressive. Green goes in faster, Thatcher flips him over this time and has the double wristlock. This time, Thatcher used his opponent’s own momentum against him. Thatcher grabbed the arm Greene left exposed, pulled him right over. Notice the angle here. Greene taps to the wristlock, but there’s still so much more space to take it! Thatcher pushes with his legs as he works to bring the arm even further behind Greene! Greene keeps tapping and shouts for Thatcher to left off. Thatcher says it’s no work for him, all pain for Greene.
Thatcher finally lets go and explains that the double wristlock is effective because no matter how big someone is, the arm can’t push out. Greene is upset but Thatcher pats him on the shoulder. It’s how you learn! So obviously, Greene can’t take the leg, so Thatcher offers up an arm. But Greene DOES get the leg and he trips Thatcher up! Thatcher comes back, and Greene uses what he was just taught to get Thatcher in a facelock! They end up on ropes, fans cheer as the student is punking out the professor! Thatcher pries free and Greene backs off. Thatcher is upset, but he does have to admit that was good. Greene wants to be a tough guy, huh? Well let’s move on from a demonstration to an exhibition. The referee gets in, and Thatcher DECKS Green! Ring the bell!
Timothy Thatcher VS Anthony Greene!
Thatcher throws off the shirt and RAMS a knee into Greene’s side! And again! Thatcher stomps Green, fans rally for “Andrew!” but Thatcher drags him up into a corner. Thatcher throws forearms over and over, the ref backs him up. Thatcher drags Greene up in the facelock, and ROCKS him with the EuroUpper! Thatcher has a standing heel hook, he kicks away on Greene’s back then steps over for a HALF CRAB! Greene taps, Thatcher wins!
Winner: Timothy Thatcher, by submission
But Thatcher tortures Greene’s leg with a deeper pull! Fans boo as Thatcher holds on longer. Thatcher kicks Greene out of his ring, literally, and then says, “Class dismissed.” Thatch As Thatch Can is far more than a school of hard knocks, it’s a university of vicious locks! Will Thatcher school even more of NXT’s prospects?
Damian Priest speaks.
While getting his tattoos touched up, the Archer of Infamy says, “Johnny, before TakeOver: 31, I understood why you came at me the way you did. I’ve been there, you know I’ve done that.” But the difference between them is that win or lose, once Priest’s handled business, he moves on. Gargano can’t do that, can he? He can’t let go because he’s still wondering, “What happened to the great Johnny Wrestling? What’s changed?” Priest will tell him: not a damn thing. Gargano is still great as he ever was. What changed was Priest showed up. Halloween Havoc’s wheel will decide the stipulation, and it could be very dangerous. Priest can take the pain. Can Gargano?
NXT Tag Team Championships: Breezango VS Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch!
What was meant to be a match with The Undisputed Era’s “Rod ‘n’ Bob Express” turned into Strong & O’Reilly, and now not the Undisputed Era at all! Will the One Two make good on this newest second chance? Or will Prince Pretty and the Lord of the Dance keep those golden accessories around their wrists?
NXT returns as the introductions are made. The belts are raised, the teams sort out, and it’s Fandango and Oney to start off this surprise turn of (main) events!
Fandango and Oney circle as fans rally up. They tie up, Oney arm-drags Fandango then the two stand off. Fandango and Oney circle again, tie up again, and are in a deadlock. Fans rally as Fandango gets a headlock. Oney powers up but can’t power out as Fandango holds tight. Oney tries again and gets free this time, to then arm-drag Fandango, only for Fandango to get the headlock back! Fandango grinds Oney down, Oney fights up and powers out again. Fandango runs Oney over, swivels the hips then speeds things up. Oney jumps but into a CHOP! Fandango CHOPS more, then whips Oney corner to corner. Oney reverses, Fandango goes up and sunset flips but Oney slips out to get a leg! Oney wants the Crab but Fandango flails. Oney still gets the HALF CRAB! Ropebreak! Oney lets go fast and the two reset.
Fandango and Oney tie up, Oney throws EuroUppers but Fandango EuroUppers back! Oney kicks and CHOPS, wrenches, tags Burch in. The One Two double wrench and double chop Fandango, then Burch EuroUppers Fandango down! Burch drags Fandango up, wrenches to an elbow breaker, then throws another EuroUpper, but into a backslide! TWO, Fandango EuroUppers Burch! Tag to Breeze, Breezango mug Burch in their corner then Breeze snap suplexes! Cover, ONE, but Breeze keeps close. Burch moves around, fights up, but Breeze clubs him down. Breeze puts Burch in the corner but Burch fights back with haymakers! Breeze powers Burch back in and rams his shoulder in! The ref counts, Breeze lets off and stomps a mudhole! Breeze digs his heels in, the ref counts, Breeze lets off.
Burch gets out, Breeze pursues but Burch headbutts low! Burch throws a EuroUpper then throws Breeze into barriers! Fans fire up as Burch brings Breeze up. Breeze pushes him away, the ring count climbs, but Burch gets in and grabs at Breeze from the apron. Burch gets Breeze in at 7 but Breeze goes out and trips Burch. Breeze SLAMS Burch’s leg into the post! Burch writhes and winces as NXT goes picture in picture.
Breeze gets back after Burch’s leg to POST it again! Burch writhes more, Breeze gets in and drags Burch up. Burch DECKS Breeze! Burch hobbles, tags in Oney, and Oney runs into an enziguri! The BritAm Brawlers are down, Breeze tags in Fandango! Fandango drops a knee on Oney’s leg then throws haymakers. Fandango CHOPS Oney in the corner, whips him corner to corner HARD, and watches Oney hit the mat. Cover, TWO! Fandango drags Oney up, swivels the hips as he facelocks and suplexes, to hang Oney out to dry! Tag to Breeze, Breezango BOOT SANDWICH! Cover, TWO! Breeze keeps on Oney, drags him over and tags Fandango in. They mug Oney, Fandango drags Oney up to throw hands but Oney hits back!
Oney CHOPS Fandango, tags Burch, and the One Two work together, atomic drop to HEADBUTT! Cover, TWO! Burch dares Fandango to get up, then drags him away to tag in Oney. NXT returns to single picture as Oney EuroUppers Fandango down! Cover, ONE! Oney tags Burch, they coordinate on Fandango again, but Fandango slips out to kick Burch’s bad leg! Oney is on Fandango, he ducks the back elbow but not Fandango’s LARIAT! Fandango LARIATS Burch, too! The One Two go out, Fandango follows and throws hands! Fandango CHOPS Burch, Breeze joins in to brawl with Oney! The ref has a ring count, Oney EuroUppers Breeze and Burch CHOPS Fandango! Oney gets in the ring, Burch DECKS Fandango, and Oney DIVES, into a BEAUTY SHOT! Burch throws Burch over the barriers!
The ring count starts again, Burch leaves Breeze behind but Fandango gets him for a kick and FALCON ARROW! Fandango hurries up top, leaps, LAST DANCE LEG DROP! Cover, TWO!?! Burch survives but Fandango is too tired to be shocked. Breeze flounders his way back to his corner and fans are rallying hard as ever. Fandango drags Burch up and over to the corner, tags Breeze in, and the champs coordinate. But Oney get sin to throw Fandango out! Oney ducks the enziguri to get the leg! HALF CRAB! Burch adds on the CROSSFACE! The ref counts, Oney holds on but Fandango throws him out! Fandango stomps Burch then bails out! Breeze and Burch are down but so are their partners! Fandango returns to his corner first and fans rally as Burch and Breeze rise.
Burch hobbles to Breeze, Breeze trips him by the bad leg and drops elbow after elbow on the knee! Burch writhes but Breeze slowly makes his way to an open corner. Breeze climbs up, Burch trips him up! Burch drags Breeze out, LONDON TOWER! Cover, Oney tries to intercept Fandango but Fandango just barrels through to break up the pin! All four men are down and the fans are loving this! The ref tells the illegal partners to leave as the teams regroup. Burch grits his teeth, Oney snarls, Breezango DOUBLE SUPERKICK Burch down! Oney runs, misses, DOUBLE SUPERKICKS for him, too! Fandango hurries up to the top rope, but a masked man shoves him down!? Who is that in that shiny mask?! He goes under the ring before the ref can see him! The ref is distracted checking on Fandango, Burch LOW BLOWS Breeze?! What is this!?
Burch and Oney get Breeze up, ASSISTED DRAPING DDT!! Cover, Burch and Lorcan win!?!
Winners: Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch, by pinfall (NEW NXT Tag Team Champions)
For the first time ever in the WWE, these two are champions! But needless to say, there was a lot of controversy! Wait, the masked man returns and celebrates with these two? Who is this?! The mask comes off, and it’s… PAT MCAFEE!! “You’re NEW NXT Tag Team Champions~! Danny Burch! Oney Lorcan! And that, my friends, is Undisputed!” McAfee orchestrated the most elaborate screw job ever! “You’re welcome!”
This was a pretty great episode, with lots of twists and turns. The opening Triple Threat was incredible and a bit of a surprise. I thought we would’ve gotten Ciampa VS Dream that Kushida interferes with and then Halloween Havoc would add a Triple Threat with a Halloween theme. But either way, it’s big for Kushida to win. Maybe he is in line for the North American Championship after next week’s match. We got great promos from the Garganos, Priest and Shirai, too. Johnny is hilarious with his dislike of roulette wheels. I really thought he was going to trash the one Candice made out of anger. And also, I hope NXT didn’t show their hand by Candice landing on Trick or Street Fight. That’s a good match and all, but we need to go fairly big for the first ever NXT Halloween Havoc. If the “Weapons Wild” is implied to be the rehashed Ambrose Asylum, go with that.
I like that Grimes VS Lumis was given a stipulation to fit Halloween, and Grimes was hilarious in his promo going 180 from confident to very afraid. I don’t know what the Haunted House of Terror match is going to look like, but these two are going to make it a lot of fun. Xia’s story is intriguing, I just kinda wished Raquel let her off the hook so we could understand why Xia is desperate. But Raquel sends a message to Rhea, so she’s totally losing right? A bit of a shame in some respects. Dakota going after Ember was a good touch, though. Ember gets a win off Jessi Kamea in a really good match, but could have an extended feud with Dakota. Dain and Maverick VS Ever-Rise was good, but Maverick snapping was definitely the best. Especially with Dain actually starting to accept Maverick. Maybe they do change the theme to something they can both agree on, and that helps them really get going as a team.
I really thought Theory’s story was going to take him into The Johnny Gargano Way, but after losing a pretty good match to Reed, then demanding another only to get crushed, I suppose him “quitting” is also an interesting direction. I wonder if this still leads him towards #TJGW as Johnny reaches out to him. We also need developments with Indi Hartwell, so maybe she shows up during whatever kind of match the NXT Women’s Championship is under. Which actually might dictate that it is something more like Trick of Street Fight, or just something not in a cage environment. Thatch As Thatch Can was a pretty good segment, but I almost expected someone to go out and save Anthony/Andrew/Alex Greene. Maybe that’ll be the next time class is live in the ring.
The Cruiserweight Six Man Tag was a lot of fun, maybe just a little hairy here or there, but definitely something. And though it wasn’t obvious at first, the ending sequence definitely made it seem that Atlas was moving up. Atlas got the drop on Escobar, he is Latino and gave the smack talk in Spanish as good as the Heels, and shows a lot of promise overall with his combination of athletics and charisma. It’s a shame Swerve never got the belt off Escobar once, a bit like Austin Aries in his rivalry with Adrian Neville a couple years ago, but maybe Swerve and Adonis can be the tag team I was picturing them to be. And maybe, with everyone having seen Escobar’s tricks, Swerve and Adonis to counter Mendoza and Wilde, and Atlas’ newfound aggression, he’s the first man to dethrone Escobar.
Now obviously story of the night was the Undisputed Era being picked apart. This was actually a great way to pivot from the Ridge Holland injury. Or it could have even been the plan all along, but the injury was just an unfortunate detail that happened. Either way, PAT MCAFEE being the mastermind behind this conspiracy is incredible! He has the money from his multi-million dollar endeavors, so of course he could pay Holland enough to buy that fancy car. He lost to Adam Cole, so he wants revenge, and he got some of that by keeping the UE out of the title match. Then he screws over Breezango to help Burch and Lorcan, who could easily have been on this the entire time! Oney and Lorcan sidelining Holland could’ve been them “tying up loose ends,” or however they might say it in a crime drama series. This has to lead to McAfee recruiting a fourth, his team VS UE, at the very least in an 4v4 elimination tag.
My Score: 9/10