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This week is set to be another action-filled episode of NXT, as we continue the opening round of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic and crown a new #1 Contender for Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s Championship.
In the first of two tag team matches, the “BroserWeights” Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne will take on NXT UK’s Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster. Andrews and Webster are coming off of a brutal ladder match from NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II, so they cannot be at 100%, but Riddle and Dunne are not a well-oiled tag team like Andrews and Webster. Will the BroserWeights come out on top, or will Andrews and Webster emerge victorious?
In the second tag team match, the Time Splitters Alex Shelley and Kushida reunite for the first time since 2015 to take on NXT UK’s Grizzled Young Veterans, Zack Gibson and James Drake. With this being Shelley’s debut match on NXT television, it would be a huge upset for the Grizzled Young Veterans to come out on top, but it would also not be unheard of for a young new talent to lose their first match on NXT, like Austin Theory did just three weeks ago. This is sure to be a fun match to watch.
Keeping with the NXT UK discussion, Undisputed Era shocked the NXT UK system when they invaded at the end of TakeOver: Blackpool II and attacked Imperium. Will Imperium look to get retribution ahead of the Worlds Collide tournament? Adam Cole and his cohorts will likely be on their toes tonight.
Finally, in what will likely be the main event, we will crown a #1 contender for Rhea Ripley’s NXT Women’s Championship. Not only will this match host NXT women’s division veterans like Dakota Kai and Candice LeRae, but it will also be the in-ring NXT debut of Chelsea Green and Mercedes Martinez, two of the newest members of the NXT roster. Who will go on to face Rhea Ripley at TakeOver: Portland? Find out tonight.
All of this and more will happen when NXT goes live on the USA Network, and we will begin coverage at 8:00 PM EST!
A standard weekly recap, consisting of the Dusty Rhodes Classic opening rounds, Austin Theory’s match against Joaquin Wilde, Johnny Gargano’s promo on Finn Balor, Keith Lee becoming the #1 contender for the NXT North American Championship, and Undisputed Era’s NXT UK invasion at the end of the NXT UK TakeOver: Blackpool II.
After the video package, Keith Lee comes out and makes his way down to the ring. We get a reminder that Keith Lee’s title match against Roderick Strong will take place next week on NXT television. Keith Lee cuts a promo about being the #1 contender. He then hypes up the Undisputed Era, saying that they had a great end of 2019. but his ways better. He says that Undisputed Era have peaked, reached their limit, but he is limitless.
The Undisputed Era come down to the ring, talking about what they have done to Velveteen Dream, Imperium, and Tomasso Ciampa, saying that Lee is next. They get in the ring and attack Lee. Lee fights back, but Roderick Strong brings in a chair and levels Keith Lee. They wrap a chair around Lee’s left ankle and Strong stomps on it from the second rope. Tomasso Ciampa comes down for the save, taking out Strong, Fish, and O’Reilly. Ciampa gets in the ring and stares down Adam Cole, but Cole ducks out of the ring and the Undisputed Era retreat up the ring while Ciampa and Lee stand in the ring.
We get a video from earlier today, showing Tegan Nox making her return and that she will be in the battle royal tonight. Mia Yim and Io Shirai are also shown backstage preparing for the match.
The BroserWeights (Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle) vs. Mark Andrews and Flash Morgan Webster
Andrews and Dunne start the match. Andrews runs the ropes and is able to take down Dunne. Riddle comes in and tries to level Andrews, but Andrews evades. Dunne seems like he will get the advantage, but Webster comes in the ring to even the odds. Both teams stand in the ring and stare each other down and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Matt Riddle tags in Pete Dunne while Webster tries to get the Andrews to make the tag. Dunne stops him and tags Riddle back in. Riddle. hits a Broton for a two count. Webster is in the BroserWeights corner, and Riddle tags in Dunne. Webstar fights his way out of the corner and tags in Mark Andrews. Andrews hits a springboard hurricanrana on Dunne and takes out Matt Riddle.
Mark Andrews handily takes out Dunne and Riddle, sending them both out of the ring. Andrews tags Webster in and they hit a double senton on Dunne and Riddle to the outside. Webster goes for a pin on Dunne for a 2 count. Webster goes for a diving crossbody on Dunne, but Dunne catches him with a forearm to the jaw.
Webster tags in Andrews and Dunne tags in Riddle. Riddle and Dunne perform a double-team powerbomb followed by double kicks to the chest and head on Andrews. Riddle covers him, but Webster breaks it up for a2 count. Riddle goes for a suplex, but Andrews escapes and goes behind Riddle. Riddle escapes and hits a ripcord knee on Andrews for a two count. Riddle hits a Broton and pins Andrews, but Andrews grabs the ropes at 2.
Dunne tags in and locks in an ankle lock on Mark Andrews. Andrews hits a northern lights suplex on Dunne, followed by a double stomp onto Dunne’s chest. Dunne and Andrews are both laid out in the ring as we go to another commercial.
Back from commercial, and Flash Morgan Webster takes out Riddle and Dunne with a moonsault. Webster follows it up with a dropkick each to Riddle and Dunne on the outside. Webster then hits a dive from the top rope onto Dunne and Riddle on the outside. Dunne and Riddle get to their corner and Dunne officially tags in Riddle. Webster tags in Andrews and Andrews hits a poison hurricanrana on Riddle, getting a pin on Riddle until Dunne breaks it up at two.
Andrews hits a tornado DDT on Dunne on the outside, but Riddle hits a spear on Webster in the ring, followed by another spear for Andrews. Riddle hits a pele kick on Webster for a two count, then tags in Riddle. Riddle and Dunne goe for the tag team powerbomb again, but Webster reverses it into a hurricanrana, pinning Riddle. Andrews tries to stop Dunne from breaking it up, but Dunne pushes Andrews into the pin, breaking it up and two.
Dunne and Andrews tag back in, and Dunne goes for an X-Plex, but Andrews reverses it into a stunner. Riddle hits a BroDerek on Webster on the outside. Andrews goes for a shooting star press on Dunne, but Dunne catches Andrews with a forearm to the face. Dunne tags in Riddle, and Dunne lifts Andrews for Riddle to nail him in the face with a kneestrike, following it up with a pinfall for the three count victory.
We get a recap video showing the Undisputed Era beatdown on Imperium and WALTER after NXT TakeOver: Blackpool II. We get a reminder that the Worlds Collide tournament starts one week from Saturday, kicking off Royal Rumble weekend.
Cathy Kelley is backstage, saying that medical officials rushed Keith Lee into an examination following the attack from Undisputed Era, possibly jeopardizing his match against Roderick Strong for next week. Kelley says that she hopes to get an update regarding Lee’s status for next week later tonight, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial. and Tomasso Ciampa comes out. Ciampa makes his way down to the ring and immediately signals for a microphone. He lists Velveteen Dream, Imperium, and Keith Lee, saying that Undisputed Era seem to have a hit list, but he has one too, and Adam Cole is at the top of his. Ciampa stares down the camera and says that he wants Goldie back, but Undisputed Era come down to the ring. Ciampa is able to fight them off one at a time, but the numbers are eventually too much for him, and Undisputed Era get the upper hand on him.
Johnny Gargano’s music hits, and he comes down to the ring to make the save, dispensing of Undisputed Era. Ciampa and Gargano end up in opposite corners with Bobby Fish in the middle of the ring, and Ciampa and Gargano hit their signature DIY knee strike/superkick on Bobby Fish, as the NXT crowd chants “DIY.” Gargano and Ciampa stare at each other and seem to indicate that they will reunite officially, but nothing is definitive. Up next, Time Splitters vs. Grizzled Young Veterans, but first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we get another promo for the Worlds Collide tournament, and Trent Seven has apparently called out Gargano and Ciampa, challenging DIY to a match against Mustache Mountain during the Worlds Collide tournament, but not match is officially announced.
Kushida and Alex Shelley vs. Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson and James Drake)
Alex Shelley and Zack Gibson start the match. The crowd chants for Shelley, but Gibson wins the power game. Gibson and Shelley lock up again, but Gibson gets the upper hand. James Drake tags in, but Shelley chops away at Drake and tags in Shelley. Kushida sends both men to the outside, and Shelley and Kushida hit dives on both men to the outside.
Back in the ring, Shelley tags back in, and Kushida and Shelley hit some tandem offense on Drake. Drake hits Shelley with a knee to the midsection, letting him get the tag to Gibson. Kushida tags back in, and Shelley and Kushida are able to ground Gibson and get the upper hand once again.
Kushida tags Shelley back in, and they hit a double suplex on Gibson for a two count. Gibson knocks Kushdia off the apron and tags in Drake. Drake and Gibson are able to ground Shelley and isolate him from Kushida as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Shelley and Drake are the legal men. Shelley is trying to get to Kushida to make the tag, but Drake stops him. Drake and Gibson hit some double team offense on Shelley and Kushida on the outside. Gibson tags in and hits a back suplex on Shelley for a two count.
Shelley locks in a headlock on Shelley, but Shelley fights to his feet. Drake tags in, but Shelley fights out and makes the tag to Kushida. Kushida takes out both Gibson and Drake, locking in a cross armbreaker on Drake. Drake turns it into a pinfall attempt for two.
Gibson tags in and Gibson and Drake hit a hangman neckbreaker/superkick combo for a two count. Drake tags back in, and they go for more double team offense, but Kushdai is able to take out Drake, while he and Shelley takedown Gibson.
Shelley tags in and hits a dive on Drake for a two count, broken up by Gibson. Kushida and Shelley hit more double team offense on Gibson, then go for another tag team move on James Drake. Gibson pushes Kushida off the top rope. Alex Shelley goes for a Sliced Bread on Drake, but Drake catches him in a tombstone piledriver position, then passes him to Gibson, who hits a codebreaker on Shelley for the three count.
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans
Kushida and Shelley offer a handshake to Zack Gibson and James Drake, but Drake and Gibson deny them. They grab a mic and go to the entrance ramp, saying that they were able to derail the reunion of Shelley and Kushida, but they are of the past and the Grizzled Young Veterans are a tag team of the future.
Robert Stone and Chelsea Green are shown earlier today leaving the arena, saying that Chelsea Green will not be a part of the Battle Royal tonight.
Up next, Lio Rush, Tyler Breeze, and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott face off in a triple threat match where the winner will face Angel Garza and two representatives from NXT UK at the Worlds Collide tournament for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. But first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Finn Balor calls out Ilja Dragunov in a backstage video segment, challenging him to a match at Worlds Collide.
Angel Garza joins the commentary team for the upcoming triple threat #1 contender match.
Tyler Breeze vs. Lio Rush vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Tyler Breeze nails Rush and Scott with superkicks, then hists a pendulum backbreaker on Rush for one count. Scott throws Breeze into the corner, then takes down Rush, hitting a dropkick on Rush. Scott hits an uppercut on Rush, sending him down, then kicks Breeze a few times in the chest.
Rush strikes Scott in the back, then takes down Breeze with a kick. Breeze sends Rush to the apron. Breeze goes for a spear on Rush, but Rush avoids, then backflips off the apron to avoid a dive from Isiah Scott. Both men land on their feet. Breeze kicks Rush in the face from the apron, grounding him, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Scott dumps Rush out of the ring, but he and Breeze and still in. Rush gets to the apron and Scott attempts to suplex Rush back in the ring. Breeze grabs Scott around the waist and hits a German suplex on Scott, while Scott hits a suplex on Rush. Breeze takes out Scott and Rush, sending both men to the outside. Breeze goes for a suicide dive on Scott, but Scott avoids and gets back in the ring. Scott goes for a dive on Rush, but Rush avoids. Rush hits a dive on Breeze, and Scott dives on both.
Scott gets Rush back in the ring, then Rush takes out Scott and goes for the top rope. Scott derails Rush and Rush comes down. Rush runs the ropes and Scott pops him up only for Breeze to hit Rush with a superkick. Breeze then catches Scott with a superkick from the top rope for a two count.
Scott gets Breeze in a side headlock, then attempts to run, but Breeze stops him by grabbing the trunks. Scott clocks Breeze, then Rush hits a poison hurricanrana on Scott, followed with a tope suicide dive onto Breeze to the outside. Rush hits a Final Hour on Scott from the top rope, but Breeze breaks up the pin.
All three men are back in the ring, trading kicks and strikes. Rush hits a step-up enziguri on Breeze, then Breeze hits a superkick onScott. Rush hits a Final Hour on Tyler Breeze, and Scott looks to dump Rush out of the ring, but Rush hits the Come Up on Scott for a two. Breeze goes for an Unprettier on Rush, but Rush escapes. Breeze goes for a spinning heel kick on Rush, but Scott catches Breeze with a kick to the head and a JML Driver on Breeze for the three count victory.
Winner: Isaiah “Swerve” Scott
Backstage, Cathy Kelley asks Rhea Ripley if she has a preference for who she will win the Battle Royal to face her at NXT TakeOver: Portland. Ripley says that she will run through Toni Storm at the Worlds Collide tournament and run through whoever wins the Battle Royal tonight. The Battle Royal is next, after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and Cathy Kelley interviews Johnny Gargano backstage. Before he can say anything, Tomasso Ciampa thanks Gargano for the save. Gargano asks Ciampa for one more team up “for old time’s sake” against Mustache Mountain, and Ciampa agrees.
Then, Gargano and Ciampa are distracted by the Undisputed Era trying to jump them, but they are held back by security. Keith Lee comes out of nowhere and goes on a rampage, destroying the security guards. Undisputed Era retreat, and Lee shouts at them, “Next week, the prophecy ends with me,” as they retreat.
Next week, the Grizzled Young Veterans will take on Undisputed Era and Imperium will take on the BroserWeights in the semi-finals in the Dusty Classic. Also, William Regal has made a match between Mustache Mountain and #DIY official for the Worlds Collide tournament.
Candice LeRae, Mia Yim, Kacy Catanzaro, Bianca Belair, and Mercedes Martinez all make their entrances for the Battle Royal, and then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and just as the Women’s Battle Royal looks to get underway, Shayna Baszler makes her way to the ring and enters herself in the battle royal.
Women’s Battle Royal to Determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship
Shayna Baszler eliminates M.J. Jenkins as the first elimination. Bianca Belair eliminates Jessi Kamea. Shayna Baszler eliminates Catalina. Shayna Baszler eliminates Kayden Carter, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Shayna Baszler eliminates Santana Garret. Deonna Purazzo and Vanessa Bourne are eliminated, and Mauro tells us that Indi Heartwell was eliminated during the commercial. Shayna Baszler eliminates Xia Li. Kacy Catanzaro is eliminated.
Bianca Belair eliminates Candice LeRae. Mercedes Martinez eliminates Mia Yim. Martinez and Baszler stare each other down in the middle of the ring and trade blows. Shayna locks in the Kirafuda CLutch on Martinez, but Martinez throws her into the ropes. Martinez tries to push Baszler over the top, but Baszler pulls Martinez over the top and eliminates her.
Mauro tells us that only four women are left: Bianca Belair, Tegan Nox, Shayna Bazler, and Io Shirai. Tegan cleans house and knocks down everyone at least once. Nox runs corner to corner, hitting strikes and rolling sentons on Bianca Belair and Shayna Baszler. Nox then hits a chokeslam on Shirai, throwing Io onto Baszler.
Bianca Belair comes out of nowhere and takes out Baszler. Nox goes for the elimination on Baszler, but Belair stops her. Nox hits a Shiniest Wizard on Belair and then goes to the top rope and goes to hit some offense on Shirai, but Dakota Kai comes out of nowhere and pulls Nox from the top rope, eliminating her.
Shayna puts Io in the Kirafuda clutch, lifting Io Shirai and putting her over the top rope. However, newcomer Shotzi Blackheart, who was never eliminated but pulled out of the match earlier by Deonna Purazzo, comes out of nowhere and eliminates Shayna Baszler from behind, inadvertently saving Io. Then, Belair spoils the moment while Shotzi celebrates and eliminates Bianca Belair.
Io hits a Tiger Face Kick on Belair, then goes to the top rope and goes for a diving crossbody, but Belair catches her and hits a fallaway slam. Io places Belair on the top turnbuckle, and io has now followed Biance to the top turnbuckle. io stands on the top ropes and goes for a hurricanrana, but Belair blocks. Io hits a step-up enziguri on Belair, but Belair falls to the apron. Io goes to hit Belair, but Belair low-bridges her and both women end up on the apron, having already gone over the top rope.
Io grounds Belair and Belair tries to roll back into the ring, but Io stands on Belair’s ponytail. Belair pulls it hard out from under Shirai’s foot, and Shirai falls to the mat and rolls back into the ring. Belair and Shirai trade strikes before Shirai gets the upper hand with a series of kicks. Shirai runs the ropes, but Belair hits a spear on Io. Belair picks up Io and tries to carry Io to the ropes, but Io avoids, hitting the double knees on Belair in the corner. Belair gets io in a K.O.D. position, but instead of hitting the K.O.D., she throws Io over the top rope, winning the Battle Royal.
Winner: Bianca Belair
Bianca Belair celebrates as NXT goes off the air.