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Tonight, we face the fallout from two huge nights for NXT. Following the events of NXT TakeOver: WarGames and Survivor Series 2019, there is no way that anyone in the main event picture is at 100 percent, but that won’t stop NXT from putting on a show tonight, including two title matches!
First, former rivals Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic will team up to take on one half of the Undisputed Era, the tag team champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish in a match for the NXT Tag Team Championships. Lee is undoubtedly still beat after performing in not only the WarGames match, but also the men’s elimination match for Team NXT, but will he still have enough in him to topple Fish and O’Reilly, or will the Undisputed Era come out on top?
Speaking of Team NXT from Survivor Series, team captain Tomasso Ciampa might resume his hunt for “Goldie” tonight. A few weeks ago, Ciampa said that “Goldie” would have to wait, because “Daddy is going to war.” Now that WarGames is over, how will Ciampa resume his quest for the NXT Championship?
From the men to the women, we also expect to hear from Dakota Kai. After Mia Yim was taken out during the WarGames preshow, Kai was chosen as Yim’s replacement. However, Kai shocked the world by not only turning on Team Ripley, but specifically turning on her best friend Tegan Nox, attacking Nox’s surgically repaired knee, and even putting her hands on William Regal. Will Kai answer for her actions tonight?
Finally, Lio Rush defended his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Akira Tozawa and Kalisto at Survivor Series, but he retained by pinning Kalisto. Tonight, he deals with the other factor of that equation, as Rush goes one-on-one and defends his title against Akira Tozawa. Will the Man of the Hour emerge victorious, or will we crown a new NXT Cruiserweight Champion?
It all happens tonight, and we will begin the coverage when NXT goes live tonight at 8:00 PM EST!
We get a recap of events from WarGames 2019, including both WarGames matches.
Josiah Williams opens the show inviting the NXT roster out to celebrate the Survivor Series win. Just as the celebration hits full swing, The Undisputed Era come out. Adam Cole calls for a stop to the music. Cole says that the roster shouldn’t celebrate, because The Undisputed Era were the only reason that NXT were successful. Ciampa, Lee, Dijakovic, and Riddle stand in the ring and stare down the Undisputed Era. Cole says that no one in the audience is NXT, only The Undisputed Era are NXT. The crowd responds with a “You suck,” chant.
Cole says that they dominated at WarGames and at Survivor Series, and The Undisputed Era are the iron men of NXT. Cole says that Fish and O’Reilly will successfully defend their titles. Before Cole can continue, Ciampa cuts him off, talking about how they were defeated at WarGames and shouldn’t be so confident. Ciampa says that WarGames was the beginning of the end of The Undisputed Era, and tonight, the collapse continues when Dijakovic and Lee take the tag titles.
Ciampa says that Roderick Strong’s days are numbered, and war is over, so Ciampa is coming for “Goldie.” Ciampa says that not one person is going to stand is his way of reclaiming Goldie, and then Finn Balor’s music hits.
Finn stands in front of the Undisputed Era facing Ciampa and says, “It looks like I”m standing in your way.” Ciampa says, “Prince, you just met your king,” and he challenges Finn to a match tonight. Keith Lee says that Finn should accept the challenge, but calls Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly into the ring for their match.
Dominik Dijakovic and Keith Lee vs. NXT Tag Team Champions Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Fish and O’Reilly jump Lee and Dijakovic early, but Lee handly takes out both Fish and O’Reilly, tossing Fish out of the ring and bench pressing O’Reilly, tossing him over the top rope onto Fish, and we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
O’Reilly tags in and ties up with Lee, but Lee tosses him aside. O’Reilly stalks around Lee, retreating into a corner before coming out to tie up with Lee. O’Reilly tries to catch Lee off guard with a kick, but Lee takes him down easily, keeping a lock on O’Reilly’s wrist. O’Reilly gets to the outside and tries to break the wristlock but Lee takes him down again and tags in Dijakovic.
Dijakovic gets kneed in the midsection before whipping O’Reilly into the ropes. O’Reilly runs the ropes and goes for a diving crossbody on Dijakovic, but Dijakovic catches him aand slams him down. Dijakovic attacks O’Reilly’s left arm and taunts The Undisputed Era, but O’Reilly gets the advantage.
Strong tags in, and Tom Phillips tells us that Bobby Fish was injured, so Strong had to come in as O’Reilly’s partner. O’Reilly tags back in, and so does Lee. Lee is able to handily dispose of both Strong and O’Reilly, tossing Strong onto a downed O’Reilly. Lee calls for Strong and O’Reilly to come at him. O’Reilly tries to kick Lee, but Lee knocks him down.
O’Reilly hits Lee with some knees to the midsection. Strong comes in and tries to attack Lee, but eventually the numbers catch up to him. O’Reilly gets the advantage off the distraction. Dijakovic takes out O’Reilly, but Lee wonders if Dijakovic was the one who attacked him. Lee and Dijakovic set aside their differences and do some tag team work against O’Reilly and Strong. Dijakovic suplexes Lee onto a downed Strong and O’Reilly.
Dijakovic tags in, but Strong and O’Reilly double-team Dijakovic, and Strong focuses on Dijakovic’s left knee. Dijakovic takes a huge knee to the face from Roderick Strong, and Strong makes the cover for a two count before we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and O’Reilly and Strong are in the ring, with O’Reilly working on Dijakovic’s knee. O’Reilly tags in Strong, and Strong and O’Reilly try to stop Lee from tagging in. Dijakovic eventually makes the tag, and Lee takes down both Strong and O’Reilly, running corner to corner, hitting each member. Phillips announces that William Regal has made Ciampa vs. Finn official. Lee goes for a Spirit Bomb on Strong, but O’Reilly catches him. Strong and O’Reilly make their way to the outside of the ring, and Lee fakes to hit them with a tope. Lee gets out of the ring, but Strong and O’Reilly take him down. Back in the ring, Strong and O’Reilly hit some top rope offense onto Lee, but Lee tags Dijakovic in. Dijakovic gets Strong in a corner, then hits him with a huge discus clothesline. Strong tags O’Reilly in, and O’Reilly tries to get a triangle lock in on Dijakovic. Strong tries to take out Dijakovic, but Dijakovic hits a powerbomb on O’Reilly with one hand and a chokeslam on Strong, getting a two count pinfall attempt. Dijakovic is striking away at Strong and O’Reilly. Dijakovic goes for a Feast You Eyes on Strong, but O’Reilly comes in and rolls up Dijakovic for a two count. Strong and O’Reilly try to get out of dodge and go up the ramp, but Lee catches O’Reilly. Strong chop blocks Lee, but Dijakovic hits dive onto Lee and Strong, then sends them both in the ring. Adam Cole comes down the ramp, but Lee hits him with a huge pounce, sending Cole into the NXT Universe. Back in the ring, Strong and O’Reilly hit a high-low, and cover Dijakovic. Lee does not make it back in the ring in time to breakup the pin, and Strong pins Dijakovic for the three count and victory.
Winners: Kyle O’Reilly and Roderick Strong
We get a recap of Dakota Kai turning on her team and Tegan Nox. We see a tweet from Tegan Nox saying that she is okay but still unsure why Dakota Kai turned on them. Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews Candice LeRae backstage about Kai’s turn, and LeRae is still shocked about Kai turning on her teammates. Candice says that she is going to take on Kai later tonight, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we get a recap of Lio Rush and Angel Garza going into the audience and taunting Rush’s family. Then we see Rush attacking Garza backstage after his match at NXT TakeOver. Rush and Tozawa are shown backstage, getting warmed up for their match later tonight.
Shane Thorne vs. Mansoor
Thorne and Mansoor tie up, and Thorne tackles Mansoor into the corner, chopping away at him. Mansoor responds with chops of his own. Mansoor rolls up Thorne and hits a moonsault, then dropkicks Thorne to the outside of the ring. Mansoor goes for a dive to Thorne on the outside, but Throne catches him and hits a back suplex on Mansoor.
Back in the ring, Thorne hits Mansoor with a PK, but Mansoor fights to his feet. Thorne hits a high-angle suplex on Mansoor. Mansoor sends Thorne to the outside, then back in the ring hits a neckbreaker on Thorne and gets the three count pinfall victory.
Up next, Candice LeRae vs. Dakota Kai. But first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we go right into the next match.
Dakota Kai vs. Candice LeRae
Dakota Kai comes out with a new entrance video and music, carrying Tegan Nox’s kneebrace. LeRae takes Kai down quickly, and strikes away at Kai. LeRae goes for some springboard offense on Kai, but Kai leaves the ring. LeRae hits a dive onto Kai on the outside, and sends Kai back into the ring.
LeRae hits a senton on Kai and covers her for two. Kai drives LeRae into the corner and slams her knee into the ring post. Kai slams LeRae’s face into the apron, then ties her up in the ropes and hits a running kick to LeRae’s face and covers her for a two count. Kai goes back to the outside and slams LeRae’s face into the apron again, then hits her with another running kick, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Kai runs at LeRae, trying to kick her. LeRae moves and kicks away at Kai’s knee. LeRae runs the ropes, but Kai catches her and hits a huge powerbomb on LeRae for a two count. On the apron, LeRae and Kai tangle up, but LeRae hits a belly to back suplex on Kai onto the ring apron. Both women get back into the ring at the count of seven.
LeRae chops and strikes away at Kai, but LeRae corners Kai. LeRae goes to the top rope and hits a tornado DDT on Kai for a two count. Kai hits a headbutt on LeRae, then catches her with a running kick to the face of LeRae in the corner. Kai steps back and goes for another kick, but LeRae catches Kai with a kick of her own halfway across the ring, sending both women to the ground.
LeRae goes to the top rope, and Kai follows her. At the top, LeRae goes for a sunset bomb on Kai. Kai tries to grab the kneebrace and use it against Kai, but LeRae fights it out of her hands. LeRae hits Kai with a powerbomb for a two count. LeRae goes for a moonsault, but no one is home. Kai hits a Kairopractor for a 2 two. LeRae locks in a Gargano Escape on Kai. Kai gets to the ropes and forces her knees under herself, breaking the hold.
Outside the ring, LeRae goes for a dive to the outside on Kai, but Kai hits Candice in the face with Nox’s kneebrace, disqualifying herself.
Winner: Candice LeRae
Kai continues her onslaught on LeRae, whipping her from side to side, into the barricade and the steel steps. Kai goes to hit her with kneebrace again, but the ref takes it away from her. Kai grabs a chair and goes to attack LeRae, but Ripley comes down and makes the save, kicking the chair into Kai. Ripley chases Kai off with the chair.
We cut to backstage, and Cathy Kelley asks Ciampa how he feels about going against Finn Balor tonight, and Ciampa says that he is the one that made NXT the A-show, and if Finn wants to stand in Ciampa’s way, that’s his choice. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we get a video package promoting Cameron Grimes, then another video package promoting Rhea Ripley and her successful weekend.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Lio Rush vs. Akira Tozawa for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Rush and Tozawa try to tie up. Tozawa goes for a PK, but Rush dodges. Rush goes for a takedown, but Tozawa gets out and hits Rush with a shoulder block. Rush takes down Tozawa with a shoulder tackle. Rush runs the ropes, but Tozawa took down Rush with a hurricanrana. Both men go for splashes, but each one dives.
Both men share a handshake and go for a lowblow at the same time and they catch each others’ legs. Rush goes to the top rope, but Tozawa strikes Ruhs hard enough to knock Rush off the top rope. On the apron, Rush goes for a German suplex off of the apron, but Tozawa fights off. Rush dives off and goes for a sunset bomb. Tozawa blocks, then hits a double stomp on Rush’s chest, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Rush has Tozawa grounded. Tozawa fights to a vertical base and gets Rush in a fireman’s carry, dropping Rush. Tozawa dropkicks Rush to the outside, then gets to the apron and hits a cannonball senton. Tozawa hits Rush with a dropkick, then pins him for a two count.
Rush hits Tozawa with a series of strikes, and a series of reversals and kicks take down both men. Tozawa grabs Rush around the waist, but Rush tries to fight out of it. Both men end up on the apron, and Tozawa kicks Rush in the face, dazing him. Rush fights back with elbows to the face, but Tozawa ultimately hits Rush with a German suplex from the apron and both men land on the outside. Both men return to the ring at the count of nine.
Tozawa goes for another German suplex. Rush rolls up Tozawa for a two count. Rush knocks Tozawa dizzy, and goes for The Come Up, but Tozawa is too dazed to stand for the move after losing his mouthguard. Rush goes for another Come Up, but Tozawa catches him with two German suplexes and pins him for a two count.
Tozawa goes to the top and goes for a senton from the top, but Rush brings up the knees. Rush goes to the top and hits the Final Hour Frogsplash on Tozawa’s back. Rush goes to the opposite corner and hits another Final Hour for the three count pinfall victory.
Winner: Lio Rush
Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews Finn Balor about his match with Ciampa, and says that he has already put Gargano in the hospital and taught Matt Riddle a lesson. Tonight, Ciampa meets The Prince.
Back from commercial, and we see a recap of Adam Cole defeating Pete Dunne.
Xia Li vs. Vanessa Bourne
Li sends Bourne shoulder-first into the ring post, and Li hits Bourne with a powerbomb. Shayna Baszler, Jessamyn Duke, and Marina Shafir appear at the top of the ramp. Li hits Bourne with a kick and pins Bourne, staring at the Horsewomen the entire time.
Winner: Xia Li
Duka and Shafir come in and attack Li, but Baszler comes in and attacks Li from behind. Li takes down Duke with a sweep kick, but Baszler gets back up and takes out Li. Shafir and Duke pick up Li and Baszler hits Li with a running PK.
Baszler gets on the mic and says that everyone is trying to take credit for this weekend, but she says that no one had a weekend like her, since she beat Bayley and Becky Lynch. The crowd chants for Rhea Ripley, drowning out Baszler’s promo. Then Ripley’s music hits.
Ripley comes out and gets in the ring, but the Horsewomen retreat out of the ring. Ripley grabs a mic and calls out the Horsewomen, saying that she had something to tell them face to face. Baszler comes down to the ring and stands on the apron. Ripley gets in her face and congratulates her on beating Bayley and Becky, but says that Baszler didn’t beat her, and that she’ll do it again, but it will be for the NXT Women’s Championship next time.
Baszler gets in the ring and says that she has heard this before, and Ripley will either tap or nap “like the rest of them.” Baszler tries to leave the ring, and Ripley says, “Why don’t you do it now?” Baszler retreats up the ring to her Horsewomen, and they head backstage while Ripley stands tall.
Finn Balor vs. Tomasso Ciampa is next after this commercial.
We get a backstage video of Damian Preist after his triple threat match with Dain and Dunne, and his ribs were injured. However, injured ribs or no, Priest will face Killian Dain one-on-one next week.
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Finn Balor
Ciampa and Balor wrap up in the corner, but Balor goes to Ciampa’s face and takes him to the mat. Finn locks in a headlock, but Ciampa pins Finn into the corner, then kicks him in the midsection. Ciampa slams Finn’s face into the corner, then whips him into the ropes and shoulder tackles him down. Ciampa hits a suplex and hooks the leg for a two count.
Ciampa lands a sunset flip on Finn after running the ropes, but Finn kicks Ciampa in the face. Finn dumps Ciampa to the outside, then hits a dropkick to Ciampa’s head. Finn goes for a PK from the apron, then he goes for an air raid crash on Finn. Finn fights out of it, but Ciampa hits a slingshot on Finn, sending him facefirst into the ringpost. Ciampa sits on the apron and applauds himself, and we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
Ciampa chases Finn around the ring and slams him with a forearm to the face. Back in the ring, and Finn stomps away at a grounded Ciampa. Finn hits Ciampa with a scoop slam and a running elbow drop. Finn locks in a headlock, but Ciampa counters out with a jawbreaker. Finn gets Ciampa in the corner and stomps away at him until the ref backs him up. Then Finn hits a diving dropkick, getting a two-count.
Finn locks in another headlock, and Ciampa fights back up to a vertical base as NXT returns from commercial. Ciampa kicks at Finn, sending him into the corner. Finn goes down on the outside due to a kick from the apron from Ciampa. Ciampa hits Balor with a running knee strike to Finn’s face, getting a two-count pinfall attempt.
Ciampa gets Finn in the corner and hits Finn with chops. Ciampa stomps away at Finn, eventually kicking him in the head. Ciampa lowers his kneepad and runs at Finn, but Finn counters with a slingblade, then sends Ciampa to the outside. Finn hits Ciampa with a dropkick on the outside into the barricade, reminiscent of what he did to Gargano. Finn then sets up Ciampa for the 1916 on the entrance ramp like he did to Gargano, but Ciampa reverses with an air raid crash on Finn onto the entrance ramp. Ciampa gets back in the ring, then Finn, and Ciampa meets Finn with a knee to the face and Project Ciampa, getting a two-count pinfall attempt.
Ciampa goes for a Fairytale Ending, but Finn escapes out. Finn hits Ciampa with a missile dropkick, sending Ciampa to the ground. Finn goes to the top rope, looking for a Coup de Grace. Ciampa follows him to the top, hitting an Air Raid Crash from the top rope, getting another two count pinfall attempt.
Ciampa yells “This is for Johnny,” and goes for a Fairytale Ending, but Adam Cole comes down to the ring and distracts Ciampa. Ciampa tries to roll up Finn, but Finn kicks out. Finn tries to hit Ciampa with the belt, but the ref stops it. Finn ends up slamming Ciampa’s back in back, sending him directly into the belt. The ref goes to move the belt from the ring and doesn’t see Adam Cole kick Ciampa in the face. Finn comes back with a 1916, pinning Ciampa for the three count pinfall victory.
Winner: Finn Balor
Balor smiles at Cole, and Cole gets in the ring, grabbing his championship. Cole poses with the UE hand symbol next to Finn. Finn does the double finger guns at the downed Ciampa, then hits an overhead Pele kick on Cole, knocking Cole out. Finn goes up the entrance ramp, pointing finger guns at both men. Finn goes up the entrance ramp as NXT goes off the air.