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As NXT went off the air last week, Tommaso Ciampa declared that he was taking a break from his quest to reclaim Goldie because he is “going to war.” While it was unclear what he meant by that, it seems likely that he was talking about a War Games match. His team will likely consist of himself, Johnny Gargano, Matt Riddle, and Keith Lee against The Undisputed Era, but how will Finn Balor fit into this? Did Ciampa even mean a War Games match? We hope to get answers tonight.
On the topic of War Games, the first female War Games match was announced last week by William Regal, and the captains for each team are Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley. Will Baszler and Ripley add to their teams this week? Battle lines seemed to be drawn last week with The Horsewomen, Bianca Belair, and Io Shirai on one side and Rhea Ripley, Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox, and Dakota Kai on the other, but when will these teams be officially formed and announced?
On the non-War Games side of things, Pete Dunne and Damian Preist will face off one-on-one again in a rematch from weeks ago. Will Dunne claim a victory over Priest, or will the Archer of Infamy once again find a way to overcome the BruiserWeight?
Finally, after NXT’s historic invasion of both Friday Night Smackdown and Monday Night Raw, will the main roster fire back? Look to see the main roster square accounts tonight.
With only 3 editions of NXT remaining, how will the black and gold brand build to their signature November TakeOver? Find out tonight, as we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM EST!
Before The Show
A commercial runs during Law & Order advertising NXT, and Mauro Ranallo shows us footage from moments ago, as The OC attacked The Undisputed Era backstage. The main roster is not taking these invasions lying down. How will the main roster members continue to disrupt NXT?
Mauro Ranallo recaps the attack on The Undisputed Era by The OC. The OC come out to the ring, and Luke Gallows attacks a crew member at ringside. All three members of The OC stand in the ring, and AJ Styles cuts a promo, saying that The OC is bringing the war to NXT, and The OC are taking over NXT because all of the NXT champions are out of commission.
Tommaso Ciampa’s music plays, and he stands at the top of the entrance ramp. He says that NXT is the “main roster,” and says that it is the show, and “daddy’s home.” He says that he doesn’t have a problem with The OC attacking the Undisputed Era, but he has a problem with them saying that they are going to take over NXT.
Styles says that he isn’t scared of Ciampa, but commends Ciampa on having “the balls to come out and say anything.” At that, Matt Riddle and Keith Lee come to Ciampa’s side. Ciampa challenges The OC to a 6-man tag team match, and AJ Styles accepts.
Pete Dunne vs. Damian Preist
Dunne and Priest circle each other in the ring, then lock up. Priest catches Dunne and looks for The Reckoning early, and Dunne goes for the Bitter End early, but Priest escapes. Priest goes for a series of roundhouse kicks, but Dunne dodges them, and both men have done their homework on each other. Dunne and Priest square up, and we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
Dunne catches Priest down and stomps on Priest’s hand, then sends him out of the ring. When Priest tries to get back in, he stomps on Priest’s fingers again, and hits him with a PK from the apron. Priest gets back in the ring and Dunne plays possum, wrapping up Priest’s arm in the ropes before getting back in the ring.
Priest goes to the top rope, but Dunne uses the ring post to do more damage to Priest’s hands and arms. Back in the ring, Dunne runs at Priest, but Priest catches him with a uranage. Priest locks Dunne in a headlock, but Dunne uses his trademark joint manipulation to escape. Priest sends Dunne shoulder-first into the ring post, then stomps away at him before whipping Dunne into the opposite corner as we come back from commercial.
Priest goes for a falcon arrow and gets a 2 count. Dunne can barely get to his knees and attempts to strike away at Priest, but Priest hits back with stronger strikes and kicks. The main event is confirmed as The OC vs. Ciampa, Riddle, and Lee.
Back in the ring, Dunne hits an x-plex on Priest, and both men are down. As they stand, Dunne unloads rights and lefts on Priest. Priest whips Dunne into the corner, and Dunne dodges. Dunne goes for a german suplex, and Priest switches, catching Dunne in a suplex. Dunne lands on his feet, and kicks Priest in the head.
Priest exits the ring, but Dunne follows, hitting Priest with a moonsault from the top rope onto Priest on the outside. Priest knees Dunne in the midsection and goes to whip Dunne into the steel steps. Dunne avoids it, but Priest chokeslams Dunne on the apron.
Back in the ring, Dunne is able to catch Priest with a powerbomb and gets a 2 count. Dunne hits a double stomp on Priest’s hands, then goes for a bitter end, but Priest escapes, hits a bell clap on Dunne, then a huge roundhouse kick that sends Dunne outside. Priest hits a middle rope-assisted frontflip onto Dunne onto the outside, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Dunne and Priest are trading forearm blows. Priest and Dunne catch each other with kicks, and both men are down. Preist gets to his feet, stalking Dunne. Priest goes for a kick, but Dunne dodges. Dunne hits a headbutt, and Priest returns with a huge lariat. Priest catches Dunne in a crucifix bomb, getting a 2 count.
Priest taunts a downed Dunne, but Dunne catches Priest’s arm. Priest runs the two of them into the corner and attempts to hit Dunne with a low blow. Dunne catches Priest’s leg, and hits Priest with a low blow of his own. Dunne catches Priest in an armbar and snaps the fingers of Priet, making Priest submit.
Winner: Pete Dunne
Killian Dain comes down to the ring and attacks Pete Dunne. Priest gets back in the ring and pulls Dain off of Dunne and attacks Dunne, but Dain then turns his aggression on Priest, throwing him out of the ring. Dain runs at Dunne in the corner, then hits Dunne with a Vader bomb and leaves the ring.
As he walks up the ramp, Priest attacks Dain again, but Dain throws Priest into the steel steps at ringside, then hits a cannonball on Priest against the stairs. Dain surveys his handiwork, then heads back up the ramp.
Beth Phoenix and Mauro Ranallo announce that Rhea Ripley and Shayna Baszler have both announced two members for each of their War Games teams: Shayna adds Io Shirai and Bianca Belair to her team, and Rhea adds Tegan Nox and Candice LeRae. Backstage, Dakota Kai is interviewed about not being included in the teams and about her upcoming match tonight with Shayna Baszler. Kai says that she will prove why she deserves a spot in the War Games match, then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we are reminded of the 6-Man tag team main event.
Taynara vs. Santana Garrett
Taynara and Garrett lock up early on, but Taynara goes for an early armbar. Garrett turns it into a pinfall attmpt, but Taynara escapes. Taynara has Garrett down, locking both arms into a submission, but Garrett reverses into a headscissors. Santana and Taynara stand up, and Taynara hits a huge knee strike into Garrett’s face.
Taynara follows this up with a huge kick and a pinfall attempt for 2. Taynara kicks away at Garrett, but Garrett gets back to her feet. Taynara holds on Garrett’s rm and hits her with a few judo throws. Taynara gets Garrett down and locks in a Rings of Saturn.
Garett fights out of the submission, and gets a little momentum, hitting a cartwheel handspring back elbow on Taynara. Garrett hits a strike on Taynara’s face and goes for a pin, getting a 2 count. Taynara goes for a handspring moonsault, but Taynara rolls out of the way. Taynara catches Garrett with a huge strike to the face, pinning her for the 3 count victory.
A video package advertising Tony Nese runs, and Mauro Ranallo says that Tony Nese is in action tonight. Shayna Baszler is shown backstage warming up for her match with Dakota Kai. The match between Kai and Baszler will happen when we get back from commercial.
Back from commercial, and a video package runs, promoting Angel Garza. Garza is announced to take on Tony Nese later tonight. We are also reminded of the tag team and women’s matches that have already been announced for Survivor Series.
Dakota Kai vs. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler (w/ Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke) (Non-Title Match)
Kai and Baszler lock up, and Baszler backs Kai into the corner. Kai shoves Baszler, and Baszler catches Kai in a waist lock. Baszler grabs a handful of Kai’s hair, and Kai takes down Baszler, taunting her with a kick. Kai then hits Baszler with a kick and flying armdrag takedown. Baszler rolls out of the ring, and Kai follows her, going for a PK from the apron. Baszler catches Kai’s leg, then sends Kai facefirst into the ring post.
Back in the ring, Baszler focuses on Kai’s injured right leg. Kai attempts to kick her way out of it, but Baszler turns Kai over, hitting Kai’s ankle hard. Baszler stands across the ring from a downed Kai as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Kai and Baszler are both downed. Shayna and Kai both get up, but Kai takes Shayna down with a few clotheslines and kicks. Kai hits Baszler with an elevated knee strike to Shayna’s face and goes for the pin, but gets a 2 count. Kai goes to the top turnbuckle, but Shayna crotches Kai and catches her. Baszler hits a huge gutwrench superplex on Kai from the top rope, getting a 2 count on Kai.
Kai and Baszler trade strikes, but Shayana eventually rocks Kai with a right. Kai hits Shayna with a headbutt and runs the ropes, but Shayna hits Kai with a roundhouse kick. Kai hits Shayna with a discus forearm and runs at Baszler in the corner, but Baszler catches Kai halfway with a kick. Baszler retreats to another corner, and Kai chases Baszler, catching Baszler with a kick.
Kai kicks Baszler with a series of kicks to Baszler’s head. Baszler hits Kai wit ha step-up knee strike for a 2 count, transitioning into the kirifuda clutch, but Kai escapes. Kai runs the ropes and dives at Baszler, but Baszler catches her in another kirifuda clutch, and Kai rolls towards the ropes, but Shayna stops Kai and Kai taps out.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir enter the ring and jump Kai. Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox, and Rhea Ripley come to the rescue, but Io Shirai and Bianca Belair attack LeRae and Nox, while Shayna attacks Ripley. Mia Yim runs down to the ring for the rescue, kendo stick in hand. Yim lays waist to Belair, Shirai, Baszler, Shafir, and Duke. Yim goes to check on Kai, and Ripley, LeRae, Nox, and Yim stand tall in the ring as everyone else retreats.
We get a recap of NXT’s invasion of the main roster.
Backstage, Ciampa is interviewed by Cathy Kelley backstage, asking Ciampa about the fourth member of his War Games team. Ciampa dodges the question, saying that he is focused on The OC tonight, taking things “one war at a time.” Ciampa addresses The OC, saying that if The OC think they are taking over, Ciampa invites them to try, saying, “We left the door wide open.” We go to commercial break.
A video package advertising Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and Nigel McGuinness tells us that Scott will take on Dominik Dijakovic later tonight.
NXT Cruiserweight Championship #1 Contender Match Tony Nese vs. Angel Garza
Both Nese and Garza grab a handful of hair each, but Garza grounds Nese by wrapping up Nese’s legs. Nese and Garza scramble over each other, but neither man is able to gain leverage over the other. Standing, Nese gets Garza in an arm-based submission, but Garza escapes, grabbing the wrist of Nese. Nese gets a go-behind on Garza and grounds him.
Garza’s agility gives him an advantage on Nese, hitting a flying headscissors on Nese. Garza stops Nese and attempts to remove his own pants, but Nese chops Garza and will not let him do so. Nese ground and pounds Garza, then throws him into the corner. Garza puts Nese on the top turnbuckle, then hits a step-up enziguri on Nese. Garza gets on the middle rope and goes for a superplex, but Nese goes instead for a sunset bomb. In attempting the sunset bomb, Nese accidentally removes Garza’s pants. While momentarily distracted, Garza catches Nese with a dropkick from the top rope, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Nese is taken down by a dropkick from Garza. Garza sends Nese to the apron, then sweeps his legs and hits a wrecking ball dropkick to Nese, sending him to the outside. Garza follows it up with a moonsault onto Nese on the outside. Garza sens Nese back into the ring, Garza hits a full nelson powerbomb into a backbreaker, getting a 2 count.
Nese gets a pump-handle into a power slam, getting a two count. Garza hits Nese with a lung blower, then goes to the top rope, but Nese hits Garza across the race and Garza falls to the apron. Garza goes for a shoulder tackle on Garza, but Nese moves and kicks Garza. Nese sends Garza to the outside and hits a DDT on Garza on the outside. Nese slides Garza back into the ring, then hits a 450 splash on Garza. Nese pins Garza, but Garza gets his foot on the rope just before the 3 count.
Nese and Garza fight to their feet. Both men chop each other, Nese goes for a back body drop to send Garza out of the ring, but Garza reverses it into a powerbomb for a 2 count. Garza goes for a moonsault but Nese moves out of the way. Garza catches Nese in a full nelson and hits the Wingclipper for a 3 count pinfall victory.
Winner: Angel Garza
As Garza walks up entrance ramp, Lio Rush comes out and confronts Garza. Rush says that he likes what Garza did and offers a handshake to Garza. Garza slaps Rush’s face and walks away. Rush looks slightly amused, but stares bullets into Garza as he walks away. Garza vs. Rush for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship is announced for next week.
Backstage, Cathy Kelley asks Rhea Ripley about what happened in the ring, and Ripley says that Mia Yim is the fourth member of her team. Rhea says to Dakota “I’m sorry, you just didn’t make the cut.” Dakota is hurt, and says, “I get it,” before walking away, clearly upset. Rhea Ripley and her team watch Kai walk away, but Ripley turns back to Kelley and says, “This is my team,” and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we get another look at the women’s teams for War Games. We also get another look at the men’s War Games match, as Nigel asks who Ciampa will pick for his fourth member.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Dominik Dijakovic
To start the match, Scott goes after Dijakovic’s arm, but Dijakovic gets Scott in a headlock. Scott outspeeds Dijakovic, then gets in his head with a “feast your eyes” taunt on Dijakovic. Scott is able to ground the larger man with a series of strikes and kicks. Dijakovic hits a backbreaker on Scott, then tossing him down. Dijakovic hits Scott with a series of kicks, then tosses Scott again. Dijakovic pins Scott, but Scott kicks out immediately.
Dijakovic corners Scott and hits Scott with elbows to the head. Scott goes into the ropes, and Dijakovic hits Scott with a pendulum backbreaker. Scott catches Dijakovic with a kick to the face and a sleeping flatliner. Scott hits Dijakovic with a kick to the back of the head, and hits a release German suplex on Dijakovic. Dijakovic goes to climb the ropes, but Scott cuts him off early, taking Diajkovic down with a leaping elevated DDT.
Scott goes to the top rope, but Dijakovic crotches Scott, then gets him in a torture rack. Dijakovic goes for a Feast Your Eyes, but Scott reverses into a pinfall attempt for 2 count. Scott runs at Dijakovic, but Dijakovic catches Scott with a discuss kick, then a chokebomb for a 2 count.
Dijakovic goes for another chokebomb, but Scott reverses it into a poison hurricanrana, then hits a double stomp on Diajokovic from the top rope onto the apron. Scott catches Dijakovic with a lariat, turning Dijakovic inside out, getting a 2 count. Scott runs at Dijakovic, but Diajkovic catches Scott with choke. Scott escapes and catches Dijakovic with a series of kicks. Scott goes for a flatliner, but Dijakovic catches Scott, hitting him with a Feast Your Eyes for the 3 count pinfall victory.
Winner: Dominik Dijakovic
The 6-Man tag team main event match is next, but first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and a video package runs for The Forgotten Sons.
Next week, Io Shirai will take on Mia Yim in a ladder match to determine who will get the advantage in the women’s War Games match. Also next week, Angel Garza will challenge Lio Rush for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
The OC vs. Tommaso Ciampa, Matt Riddle, and Keith Lee
Riddle and Lee come to the ring first, but they wait at the bottom of the entrance ramp until Tommaso Ciampa comes down the ramp, but the match breaks down once all 6 men are in the ring. Riddle strikes away at AJ Styles, while Keith Lee and Tommaso Ciampa take out Gallows and Anderson. Ciampa and Styles end up alone in the ring, and the bell rings.
Ciampa and Styles stand across from each other and neither man gets the initial advantage, but Styles catches Ciampa with a dropkick, sending Ciampa out of the ring. Styles aims for a Phenomenal Forearm onto Ciampa but hits Matt Riddle. Ciampa catches Styles in an elevated DDT for a 2 count.
Lee and Gallows tag in. Gallows tries to shoulder tackle Lee and take him down, but Lee is unmoved. Lee goes for a shoulder tackle, and moves Gallows, but does not bring him down. Lee runs the ropes and hits a pounce on Gallows, sending him out of the ring. Karl Anderson tags in, and Anderson takes Lee down with a kick to the midsection. Lee hits a diving crossbody on Anderson, taking him down, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, AJ Styles drives Ciampa into The OC’s corner, and Karl Anderson gets a headlock in on Ciampa. Ciampa hits a jawbreaker on Anderson, attacking Gallows and Styles in The OC’s corner, but Anderson catches Ciampa with a spinebuster before Ciampa can get to his corner and make a tag.
Luke Gallows tags in and rains down elbows on Ciampa’s head, then locks in another headlock. Ciampa hits a jawbreaker on Gallows as well. Gallows looks to clothesline Ciampa, but Ciampa low bridges Gallows. Gallows eliminates Lee before Ciampa can make the tag, though. Karl Anderson tags in and goes for a diving strike onto Ciampa, but Ciampa catches Anderson with a knee strike. Matt Riddle and AJ Styles get the hot tags. Riddle hits a series of exploder suplexes and Brotons on Styles and Anderson. Riddle hits a Final Flash Kneestrike on Styles, then a Bro to Sleep. Gallows breaks up the pinfall and Anderson and Gallows go for a magic killer on Keith Lee. Ciampa breaks that up, and Lee slams Gallows. Styles takes out Lee and Lee rolls to the outside.
Riddle hits Styles with a German suplex, but Styles lands on his feet. Styles catches Riddle with a brainbuster for a 2 count. Styles goes for a Phenomenal Forearm, but Riddle moves out the way. Lee comes in and hits a pounce on Styles, which inadvertently takes out the referee. Lee and Anderson brawl to the outside of the ring, and Riddle dives to the outside.
Ciampa finds Styles in the corner and knees Styles in the face. Ciampa goes for a Fairytale Ending on Styles, but Finn Balor’s music hits and distracts Ciampa. Finn Balor comes down the ring and hits a 1916 on Matt Riddle. Styles throws up the Too Sweet and stares down Balor, who returns it with finger guns. Styles goes for a Styles Clash, but Adam Cole comes through the crowd and takes out AJ Styles, then hits Ciampa with a Last Shot. Adam Cole stands over a downed Ciampa and stares down Finn Balor, who still stands at the bottom of the ramp. Cole and Balor share a smile, but it appears that every man is for himself, as NXT goes off the air.