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Tonight’s edition of NXT is, without a doubt, this biggest episode in the television show’s history. With one exception of an episode that aired during “WWE Week” in 2017, the black and yellow brand has never aired outside of online streaming services, like the WWE Network and Hulu.
For the debut of their weekly show, WWE is pulling out big guns, and they have already announced 3 major matches for this week. First, the feud between Killian Dain and Matt Riddle will come to a head when Riddle and Dain go one-on-one in a street fight.
On the women’s side, Mia Yim, Io Shirai, Bianca Belair, and Candice LeRae will face off in a fatal-four-way to determine the #1 contender for Shayna Baszler’s NXT Women’s Championship. However, expect an appearance from Rhea Ripley tonight, as she is undoubtedly angry with how things went down in her match with The Queen of Spades last week.
Finally, The Undisputed Era look to fulfill the prophecy and drape themselves in gold, as Roderick Strong will challenge champion Velveteen Dream for the NXT North American Championship. Will Strong come away with the belt, or will it be Dream Over for the Undisputed Era’s prophecy?
Also, knowing WWE, they must have some big surprise planned for tonight. Will 205 Live officially be integrated with NXT, as has been rumored for the past few weeks? Will we see returns, as Dakota Kai was teased for returning soon last week? Tommaso Ciampa is also rumored to be cleared for action – could a Ciampa return be the big surprise?
We will see in the first 2-hour live edition of WWE’s third brand, and we will begin coverage when the show kicks off at 8:00 PM EST!
Triple H speaks directly to a camera, hyping up NXT with a voiceover video package, before coming out in front of the live crowd to rapturous applause. Mauro Ronallo is shown standing alone on commentary, but Nigel and Beth are there offscreen.
#1 Contender Fatal-4-Way Match: Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae vs. Bianca Belair vs. Mia Yim
Bianca and LeRae are left alone momentarily in the ring, but Yim inserts herself back into the match, breaking up an attempted pinfall by Bianca. Io does the same, breaking up a pinfall attempt from Mia. Io hits Bianca with a springboard missile dropkick and covers her for 2.
Yim hits a tornado DDT on Belair and follows it up with a pinfall attempt before LeRae breaks it up. Candice attacks Io outside of the ring, and Mia follows and dives after Candice. Io hits a moonsault to the outside, taking down all four women as we get our first commercial break.
Back from commercial, we immediately get a tower of doom, with Candice at the bottom, Io above her, then Mia, and Bianca on top. Candice gets caught in an octopus hold in the center of the ring, but the hold is broken up. After a series of attacks from all four competitors, they are all laid out in the ring. Bianca goes for KOD on LeRae, but is stopped by Mia. Yim hits Code Blue on Bianca for a 2 count, broken up by Io. Belair takes Io and Mia out with a double spear.
Belair hits the KOD on Candice, but the pinfall is broken up. Io eliminates Mia and Bianca to the outside, preying on a vulnerable Candice. She goes to the top rope, but Yim pushes her to the outside of the ring. Yim gets LeRae in the electric chair, but Candice reverses it into a poisoned frankensteiner, follows it up with a moonsault, and covers Yim for the 3 count and the victory.
Winner: Candice LeRae
Candice celebrates at the top of the ramp, but Shayna Baszler comes out with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke in tow. Shayna taunts Candice LeRae at the top of the ramp, but Candice is not intimidated.
Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong are shown backstage getting ready for their match later tonight, then a commercial break.
Back from commercial, we get a video package hyping up the rivalry between Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic, and a match between the two is advertised for next week.
Next is a video package hyping up the upcoming match between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain.
Sean Maluta vs. Cameron Grimes
Maluta runs right at Grimes when the bell rings, but Grimes catches him with a double boot stomp to the chest and pins him immediately for the 3 count victory.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
A video package advertising the NXT North American Championship match is shown. After the video package, we go to another commercial.
A short video package hyping up Damien Preist runs after commercial.
NXT North American Champion Velveteen Dream vs. Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship
Strong comes to the ring alone, his Undisputed Era brethren notable by their absence. Strong goes for leg takedowns on Dream, but Dream’s size advantage keeps him upright.
Strong is eventually able to take Dream down, but Dream gets Strong in an armbar and is able to keep him at a distance. Dream is eventually able to clothesline Strong outside of the ring, and, when Roderick makes to springboard back into the ring, Velveteen ducks, taunting Roderick. Strong throws a fit outside of the ring and we go to another commercial.
Back from commercial, and Strong and Dream are pretty evenly matched, but Dream is able to get under Strong’s skin a little, playing mind games with Strong. Dream hits Strong with a diving ax handle to the outside onto Strong’s back. Dream throws Strong back in the ring, but Strong takes control back, getting Dream outside the ring and hitting him with a backdrop onto the barrier outside.
Strong throws Dream into the apron, back-first, then gets him back in the ring. Strong locks in a sleeper on Dream, but Dream is able to reverse it into a pinfall for a 2 count.
Strong stays in control of Dream, lighting him up with chops in the corner. Strong lives up to his “Messiah of the Backbreaker” name, attacking Dream’s back. Dream gets a jawbreaker on Strong, but Strong hits Dream with a backbreaker and pins him for a 2 count.
Strong hits a uranagi into a backbreaker for another 2 count. Dream goes for a sharpshooter on Strong, but Strong evades. Strong goes for a wrecking ball dropkick onto Dream but Dream sidesteps Strong and sends him into the steel steps, back first, and we cut to commercial.
Back from commercial, Strong is laying into Dream in one corner of the ring. Strong looks for a superplex, but Dream fights Strong off and eventually drops Strong. Dream gets in a flurry of offense and goes for a pinfall attempt for a very close 2 count.
Dream hits the Dream DT, but Strong kicks out with another very close 2 count. Dream goes to the top rope, but Strong rolls out of the ring. Dream goes after Strong and goes for a Dream Valley Driver on the apron, but Strong gets back in the ring and catches Dream with a strong kick at Dream’s upper body, dazing Dream.
Strong hits a V Trigger knee strike onto Dream, then tangles him up in the ropes, hitting him a series of forearms, a pendulum backbreaker, and a dragon bomb for a 2 count pin.
Strong reverses the kick out into a Stronghold. Dream makes it to the ropes for a ropebreak, but the rest of The Undisputed Era come out and surround the ring. Strong trips Dream into the referee, which takes out the referee. Dream hits the Dream Valley Driver, but the rest of the Undisputed Era jump to the apron and Dream has to fight them off.
Strong takes advantage of the distraction and hits a backbreaker on Dream followed by a pin, but Dream kicks out. Dream hits the Dream Valley Driver, then goes to the top rope, but, while the referee is distracted by Kyle O’Reilly, Adam Cole hits Dream with a superkick. Strong takes advantage and hits a backbreaker, pinning Velveteen Dream for the 3 count victory.
Winner: Roderick Strong
The Undisputed Era stand strong, draped in gold at the top of the ramp as the first hour of NXT goes off the air and we switch to the WWE Network for hour two.
The 2nd hour opens with all four Undisputed Era members still celebrating at the top of the ramp, and we see a recap of how Roderick Strong won the NXT North American Championship.
The commentary team also recaps the ending of the fatal-4-way women’s match from the top of the show, showing Candice LeRae picking up the pinfall victory and being confronted by Shayna Baszler. Candice LeRae vs. Shayna Baszler for the NXT Women’s Championship is set for 2 weeks from tonight, on the USA Network.
Pete Dunne vs. Arturo Ruas
Ruas is able to evade Dunne at first with sound technical skills and is able to take Dunne down with a knee strike. Dunne goes for an armbar, but Ruas escapes. Ruas runs the ropes, but Dunne takes Ruas down with a huge lariat.
Dunne goes after Ruas’s hand with his trademark joint manipulation, but Ruas shows off his athleticism with an offensive sequence of kicks, strikes, and flips. Ruas stalks Dunne and goes for some joint manipulation of his own on Dunne’s left hand. Dunne tries to fight back with strikes, but Ruas takes Dunne down with a kick to Dunne’s knee.
Dunne goes for joint manipulation on Ruas’ foot, then takes him down with a dragon screw. Dunne hits a release German suplex and a kick to the back of Ruas’s head followed by a modified suplex for a 2 count.
Dunne catches Ruas in a triangle, and Ruas escapes, catching Dunne with a kick to the head and a german suplex into a pinfall attempt that ends with a 2 count. Dunne catches Ruas with an enziguri and goes for a triangle hold, but rolls over, sits atop Ruas, and snaps his fingers, earning a submission victory.
Winner: Pete Dunne
Later tonight: Oney Lorcan vs. Lio Rush in a match to determine the #1 contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship.
The same video package from last week advertising Dakota Kai’s return runs again.
Xia Li vs. Aliyah w/ Vanessa Bourne
Li’s evasiveness gives her the initial advantage against Aliyah, but Aliyah is able to eventually catch Li. Li goes for a top rope offensive maneuver, but Aliyah takes her down and gets in control until Li hits a spinning back kick on Aliyah. Li hits a tornado kick onto Aliyah for the 3 count pinfall victory.
Winner: Xia Li
Oney Lorcan and Lio Rush are shown backstage getting prepared for their match. Before commercial, commentary tells us that Kushida is in action next.
Denzel Dejournette comes out to the ring, but three members of NXT UK’s Imperium, Marcel Bartel, Fabian Aichner, and Alexander Wolfe, attack Dejournette and take him out of the ring, and they stand tall in the ring, facing the entrance ramp, standing in salute, as WWE United Kingdom Champion Walter comes to the ring, standing with his fellow Imperium members.
Walter cuts a promo with the rest of Imperium standing behind him, saying that they are in NXT to restore honor to the sport of wrestling. Kushida comes out, saying that Imperium are taking his time, so now their time belongs to him. Kushida takes out Bartel, Aichner, and Wolfe, but Walter grabs Kushida and tries to get him in the ring. Kushida escapes with a kick to Walter, and we are told that Kushida has challenged Walter to a match. Then, we go to a commercial break.
Oney Lorcan vs. Lio Rush to Determine the #1 Contender for the WWE Cruiserweight Championship
Rush gets a “welcome back” chant, but Lorcan goes after Rush full speed ahead, hitting Rush with a blockbuster for a 2 count immediately. Rush takes Lorcan down with an armdrag and hits a trifecta of tope suicida dives.
Rush’s speed allows him to mostly evade Lorcan’s strikes. Rush tries to go for kicks to Lorcan’s chest, but Lorcan catches one of Rush’s legs and takes him down with a dragon screw, dazing Rush with an uppercut. Lorcan hits a huge uppercut on Rush as Rush is laid out across the top rope, sending Rush to the outside. Rush gets back into the ring at a 5 count.
Lorcan deadlifts Rush into a gutwrecnh powerbomb for a two count pinfall. Rush goes for a series of slow strikes, and Lorcan catches Rush in a single leg Boston crab. Rush is able to escape with a series of upkicks, but a chop from Lorcan grounds Rush, hitting him with a scoop body slam for a two count pin.
Lorcan Irish whips Rush into the ropes, but Rush sprinboards off of the bottom rope, hitting a stunner on Lorcan for a two count pin. Rush went for a top rope dive, but Loran avoids. hitting Rush with a powerbomb and hooking Rush’s leg back in a single-leg Boston crab. Rush escapes, but Lorcan catches him in it again, pulling Rush back into the ring and transitioning into a modified STF.
Just as Lio Rush looks like he was going to fade, Rush gets a second wind a reaches the ropes with his right foot to force a rope break. Lorcan goes for an open hand strike, but Rush returns the offense with his own flurry of strikes. Lorcan hits some strong open hand slaps on Rush, but, when Lorcan goes for the blockbuster, Rush reverses it into a Spanish fly. Rush capitalizes and hits a frogsplash from the top rope for the 3 count pinfall victory.
Winner: Lio Rush
Matt Riddle vs. Killian Dain in a Street Fight
Dain immediately goes after Riddle, surprising him with early offense, but Riddle hits Dain with a pair of suplexes. Riddle goes for a Broton, but Dain reverses. Dain goes outside and finds a kendo stick, but Riddle gets the stick and hits Dain.
Dain back body drops Riddle over the barricade and hits Riddle with the kendo stick, following that up with a huge senton. Dain and Riddle fight into the backstage area, and then outside the area.
Dain throws Riddle into the side of a production truck. Riddle attacks Dain, but United Kingdom Champion Walter is there and attacks Riddle. The rest of Imperium appear and gang up on Riddle, but quickly the Street Profits, Dominik Dijakovic, Pete Dunne, the Forgotten Sons, and assorted security guards get involved in the rumble.
Dain and Riddle make it back into the ring and get separated by security, and a giant brawl has broken out outside of the ring, with all competitors eventually making it into the ring at one point. All wrestlers eventually clear the ring, with Dain standing alone. Dain then hits a tope suicida and takes out a group of people. Some wrestlers get back to their feet and continue to brawl, while others lay in a heap on the ramp as NXT goes off the air.