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This week, could we finally see the end of the prophecy of the Undisputed Era? That is the question that will be on everyone’s mind tonight before the main event, but there are many more matches taking place on the final episode of NXT before the World’s Collide tournament.
Last week, Finn Balor challenged NXT UK’s Ilja Dragunov to a match, and we saw #DIY reunite to take on Mustache Mountain at World’s Collide. What other matches will be added to this Saturday’s card before the end of the night?
Ahead of her title match at Worlds Collide, Toni Storm will take on Io Shirai one-on-one. Storm is looking to gain momentum before her women’s championship match on Saturday, and Shirai is trying to maintain her status as a main event player in the women’s division. Will it be Toni Time tonight, or will the Genius of the Sky emerge victorious?
Tonight will see the semifinals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic as Undisputed Era will take on NXT UK’s Grizzled Young Veterans and Imperium take on the unlike duo of Pete Dunne and Matt Riddle, the BroserWeights. Which two teams will be eliminated, and which two teams will head to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic? Find out tonight.
Finally, in what will likely be the main event, Roderick Strong will defend his NXT North American Championship in a match against Keith Lee. Lee has proven to be a thorn in Strong’s side since his bids for the championship in late 2019. In a one-on-one match, will Lee finally capture the NXT North American Championship, or will the Messiah of the Backbreaker find a way to escape with his championship? We will see what happens tonight.
All of this and more will happen on tonight’s edition of NXT, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live tonight at 8:00 PM EST!
As always, we get a recap of last week, including Undisputed Era trying to take out Keith Lee, the return of Shayna Baszler and subsequent elimination by Shotzi Blackheart, the debut of Alex Shelley, and Johnny Gargano saving Ciampa from an attack from Undisputed Era.
Also, WALTER calls out Undisputed Era ahead of the Worlds Collide show on Saturday.
Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Grizzled Young Veterans
During the entrance of Undisputed Era, Adam Cole walks over to the commentary team and says, “I know Imperium is here tonight,” and then calls them out, saying that they are ready for a fight.
O’Reilly and Gibson start the match. They trade locks until O’Reilly gets Gibson in the corner and lays into him with forearms. Gibson gets O’Reilly into his corner and tags in James Drake. Drake gets on the apron and is distracted by Bobby Fish, so Kyle O’Reilly hits a dragon screw on James Drake, then tags in Bobby Fish.
Back in the ring, Fish lays some knees into Drake’s midsection, then hits a senton atomico, covering him for a two count. O’Reilly tags in, keeping James Drake in the corner of Undisputed Era with kicks. Fish tags in and Fish and O’Reilly hit a snap suplex on Drake, covering for a two count again.
Fish hits a back drop driver for a one count, then kicks Drake back into the corner. O’Reilly tags in and kicks away at Drake, then picks away at Drake’s left leg and knee. Drake tries to roll up O’Reilly, but instead, O’Reilly escapes. Gibson tags in and Gibson and Drake use tag team offense to ground O’Reilly and knock Fish off of the apron, then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Fish and Gibson are the legal men. Bobby Fish goes for a kneebar, but Gibson reaches the ropes. Fish hits Gibson with a back suplex, then goes for a moonsault, but Gibson avoids. Drake tags in and hits a corner dropkick on Fish, then hits Helter Skeltor on Fish for a two count.
Kyle O’Reilly tags in and they hit Chasing the Dragon on Zack Gibson for a very close two count. Fish tags in and they go for a high/low, but Drake cuts them off. Drake hits an enziguri on Fish, then Drake sends O’Reilly out of the ring. Fish and O’Reilly hit some tag team offense on James Drake, but Imperium’s music hits and they stand on the platform above the commentary team.
During the distraction, Zack Gibson pulls Bobby Fish out of the ring and James Drake pins Kyle O’Reilly for the three count victory, and the Grizzled Young Veterans go to the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic.
Winners: Grizzled Young Veterans
Undisputed Era are all in the ring furious at Imperium, shouting and pacing around the ring. Then, we go to a video package recapping Rhea Ripley’s rise to the top of the women’s roster on NXT, including Toni Storm calling her out on NXT television.
Up next, Toni Storm versus Io Shirai. But first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Shotzi Blackheart cuts a promo in a video package about how she made a statement by eliminating Shayna Baszler, and she will make an even bigger statement when she goes one-on-one with Shayna Baszler later tonight.
Toni Storm vs. Io Shirai
Shirai takes down Tone Storm with a toe hold, but Storm gets leverage and takes down Shirai. Storm escapes a scissor lock from Shirai and offers a handshake to Shirai, but Shirai denied it. Shirai’s athleticism allows her to gain a slight advantage over Storm, but Storm catches her with a basement dropkick, covering her for a two count.
Back on a vertical base, Storm uppercuts Shirai a few times and goes for a german suplex, but Shirai blocks it by going outside. Shirai then hits a single leg dropkick to Storm’s face from the apron, then Shirai covers Storm for two count back in the ring.
Shirai gets Storm in the corner and stomps away at her, then chops her in the chest. Shirai then kicks away at Storm’s midsection. Shirai then puts in a submission on Storm, chocking her while keeping a knee in the small of her back. Storm fights out of the submission, but Shirai takes Storm down with a shoulder tackle.
Shirai and Storm trade strikes, but Shirai gets Storm in a headlock on the ground. Storm tries to fight out of the hold, but Shirai levels her with a series of strikes and covers her for a two count. Toni Storm kicks out, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Storm goes for a suplex, but Shirai counters into a double stomp on Storm, then hitting her in the corner with double knees. Shirai backs into the opposite corner and runs at Storm, but Storm catches her with a boot and a german suplex. Storm hits Shirai with a lariat and covers her for a two count.
Storm went for Storm Zero, but Shirai counts and runs the ropes. Storm turns Shirai inside out with a clothesline, then covers her for a two count. Storm goes for a shiny wizard, but Shirai dodges and rolls up Storm for a two count. Shirai goes for a tiger kick to Storm, but Storm catches Shirai and puts her in the ropes, dropkicking her and sending her to the outside. Storm goes to dive onto Shirai on the outside, but Bianca Belair comes out of nowhere and catches Storm with a forearm to the face before Storm can hit the dive.
Belair beats on Storm and Shirai, taunting in the ring, but Rhea Ripley’s music hits and comes down the ramp, staring at Bianca Belair. Ripley gets in the ring and Ripley and Belair attack each other until Io Shirai sends both Belair and Ripley out of the ring, then hits a moonsault onto both of them. As Io celebrates, Toni Storm hits a dive onto Io on the outside. Toni Storm is the only woman left in the ring and she grabs Ripley’s title and holds it above her head.
Backstage, Cathy Kelley talks to Undisputed Era about Imperium’s interference in their Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic match. Cole says that their bigger problem at the moment is Keith Lee and making sure that Roderick Strong keeps his title. Cole says that Imperium will pay, but Undisputed Era is draped in gold and needs to stay that way. Then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Ilja Dragunov cuts a promo on Finn Balor, saying that he will beat Balor at Worlds Collide.
Finn Balor vs. Joaquin Wilde
Balor and Wilde lock up, but Balor immediately throws down Wilde and kicks him in the stomach. Balor stomps away at Wilde’s chest, only relenting when the referee requires him to step back. Finn goes right back at Wilde and chops away at his chest.
Balor whips Wilde around the ring until Wilde catches him with a boot to the face. Wilde runs the ropes, but Balor catches him with a dropkick. Then, Balor dropkicks Wilde into the corner, then hits the Coupe de Grace on Wilde. Balor picks up Wilde, looks into the camera and says, “If you come at Finn, you better not miss.” Balor then hits the 1916 for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Finn Balor
Balor stands at the top of the ramp and does the double bun pose as he stares into the camera.
Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews Shayna Baszler about her match with Shotzi Blackheart. Baszler says that she is going to end Shotzi’s career, and then go through everyone she must to become a 3-time NXT Women’s Champion. Shayna and Shotzi is next, but first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we get a video package recapping the success of #DIY ahead of their match against Mustache Mountain on Saturday.
Shayna Baszler vs. Shotzi Blackheart
Shayna and Shotzi lock up, but Shayna taunts Shotzi and she is not impressed. Shotzi goes for a go behind waist lock, but Baszler grounds her. Baszler goes for a PK, but Shotzi avoids it. Shayan goes for an armbar and an ankle lock on Shotzi, but settles on wrist manipulation. Shotzi gets the ropes and forces a break.
Baszler runs at Shotzi, but Shotzi low bridges Shayna. Shotzi goes for springboard offense on Shayna, but Shayna avoids and tips Shotzi over the top rope and to the outside. Outside of the ring, Shayna picks apart Shotzi, hitting her with knees to the face. Back in the ring, Shayna covers Shotzi for a two count.
Shayna locks in a front chancery, but Shotzi fights to her feet. Blackheart strikes Baszler, but Baszler avoids a kick and goes for the Kirafuda Clutch, but Shotzi sends Shayna into the corner. Shotzi runs at Baszler, but Baszler grounds her. Shotzi hits an enziguri, then kicks her in the face. Shotzi hits a slingblade, then an inverted cannonball to Shayna as Shayna lays on the bottom rope.
Shotzi goes to the apron and tries to go to the top turnbuckle, but Shayna blocks her. Shayna and Shotzi lock up on the apron and it ends with Blackheart hitting a sliced bread on Shayna on the apron. Shayna rolls back into the ring and Shotzi goes for a senton from the top, but Shaya avoids it. Shayna locks in the Kirafuda Clutch immediately. Shotzi tries her best to fight out of it, but eventually taps out.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
Shayna holds the submission through multiple rings of the bell, and only breaks the hold when Shotzi passed out.
We get a video package of Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai’s rivalry, and Tegan Nox calls out Dakota Kai. Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai will go one-on-one next week. Up next, the BroserWeights vs. Imperium, but first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we get a video package hyping up Mustache Mountain.
Backstage, Cathy Kelley interviews NXT Cruiserweight Champion Angel Garza, asking if he is nervous about his match at Worlds Collide. Garza says that he is not worried, and while Swerve thinks it is Swerve’s house, Garza says it is his house.
Matt Riddle and Pete Dunne vs. Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel)
Pete Dunne and Fabian Aichner start off and trade grapples. Barthel tags in almost immediately, Dunne and Barthel lock up, and Barthel takes Dune down. Dunne counters out of the hold, but Aichner tags back in and grounds Dunne. Aichner runs the ropes, and Dunne grounds him with a clothesline.
Riddle tags in and hits an assisted somersault on Aichner, then hits him with a suplex. Barthel comes in, and Riddle hits a gutwrench suplex. Riddle goes for a Broton, but Barthel gets his knees up and blocks it. Riddle chops at Barthel’s chest and fights to a vertical base and both teams make tags. Dunne takes out both Barthel and Aichner. Aichner goes for a german suplex, but Dunne lands on his feet and hits a kick to Aichner. Dunne hits him with a crucifix bomb for a two count.
Dunne hits a moonsault onto Barthel on the outside, then an X-Plex on Aichner on the apron. WALTER comes face-to-face with Dunne and distracts him, and Barthel takes advantage of the distraction and blindsides him. Then Barthel and Aichner work together and whip Dunne into the steel steps at ringside, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Dunne and Barthel are in the ring. Barthel dives off the middle rope, but Dunne drops him with a forearm. Barthel tags Aichner in and they cut Dunne off from making the tag to Matt Riddle. Dunne hits Aichner with a step-up enziguri on Aichner and makes the tag to Riddle.
Riddle drops both Aicher and Barthel with strikes, kicks, forearms, and suplexes, ending things with a PK to Barthel and a suplex on Aichner. Riddle tags Dunne in and they both stomp on Aichner’s hands and kick him in the chest, covering Aichner for a two count.
Riddle tags back in and Imperium shove Riddle into Dunne, causing a two on one advantage for Imperium. Barthel tags back in, but Riddle takes both Barthel and Aichner out with double knee strikes. Dunne tags back in, and Aichner and Barthel hit an elevated DDT into a pin on Dunne, but Riddle saves the pinfall with a knee strike to Barthel.
Aichner tags in, and Barhtel and Aicher work together to set up Dunne for a suplex, but Dunne gets Aichner in a chokehold. Barthel tries to break up the submission, but Riddle gets him in an ankle lock, then hits a Final Flash knee strike. Dunne releases the hold, and Riddle tags in. Dunne spears Barthel on the outside and Riddle hits a Jackhammer on Barthel for a two count.
Riddle goes to the top turnbuckle, but Aichner stops him and follows him to the top. Imperium go for a hurricanrana on Riddle, but Riddle avoids lands on his feet and hits a suplex on Aichner, followed up with a Final Flash knee strike. Dunne and Riddle hit a combination suplex and knee to the head, pinning Fabian Aichner for the three count victory.
Riddle and Dunne celebrate at the top of the ramp, but the Grizzled Young Veterans come out and confront Riddle and Dunne. Gibson calls out Pete Dunne specifically and calls him selfish, saying that Dunne has blocked Drake and himself from taking the next step in the career.
Riddle grabs a mic from Drake before Drake can chime in. Riddle makes a weed joke and passes the mic to Dunne, saying that Gibson and Drake have lost every time they step in the ring with Dunne. Dunne says, “Next week, the BroserWeights step out of the match with that trophy, bro.” Next week, the BroserWeights will go against the Grizzled Young Veterans in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. Up next, Keith Lee will challenge Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship. But first, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we go right into the main event.
Keith Lee vs. NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship
Kyle O’Reilly, Bobby Fish, and Adam Cole all accompany Roderick Strong down to the ring and stand ringside.
Strong tries to take down Lee, but Lee is too big and too strong. Lee overpowers Strong with huge strikes. Strong tries to take down Lee again, but Lee is still too big. Lee strikes Strong in the corner and tries to escape, but Lee stops him and throws him across the ring. Lee goes for the double chop on Strong, but Strong ducks and rolls out of the ring. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Lee hits a cross body block on Roderick Strong. Strong goes outside the ring and Lee follows. The rest of Undisputed Era distract Lee momentarily, and when Lee tries to get back in the ring, Strong hits Lee with a dropkick, dropping Lee to the floor, then hits a wrecking ball dropkick, taking Lee down.
Strong continues to target Lee’s knee, throwing it into the steel steps. Strong traps Lee’s knee between the ring post and the steps, then kicks the steps, damaging Lee’s left knee more. Back in the ring, and Strong puts in a submission on Lee’s left knee. Lee escapes the submission, but Lee cannot get back to his feet due to his knee.
Strong continues to target Lee’s knee and ankle, and Strong hits a bonsai drop on Lee’s ankle. Strong goes for another, but Lee is able to use Strong’s momentum against him and send him toppling over the top rope. Strong gets back in the ring and goes right back at the ankle. Strong locks in the ankle lock, but Lee pushes him off and down to the floor.
Lee finally gets to his feet, but Strong kicks Lee in the face. Strong hits Lee with a series of drive-by forearm strikes, and Lee tries to take Strong down with a clothesline, but Strong ducks the clothesline and clubs Lee in the back of the head. Then, we go to the final commercial break of the show.
Back from commercial, and Lee hits a huge power slam on Strong for a two count. Lee goes for another power slam, but Strong wriggles out of it. Strong runs the ropes, but Lee catches him and hits a one-handed power slam on Strong. Strong rolls out of the ring and Lee follows. Adam Cole distracts the referee and Bobby Fish sweeps Lee’s leg out from under him with Lee goes to get back in the ring.
Strong hits a DDT on Lee, but Lee kicks out at 2. Lee gets to his feet, and Strong and Lee trade strikes until Lee hits a headbutt on Strong and both men collapse. Lee gets to his feet and tries to go to the top turnbuckle, but Strong stops him and meets him at the middle rope. Strong goes for a back suplex off of the top, but Lee knocks Strong off with a series of elbows to the head. Strong gets right back up and hits an avalanche Olympic Slam.
Strong covers Lee, but Lee immediately powers out of the pin. Lee hits the pounce on Roderick Strong, sending Strong over the top rope and taking out O’Reilly and Fish. Lee gets Strong back in the ring and turns Strong inside out with a lariat, covering Strong for a two count.
Lee gets to his feet and goes to the corner, climbing to the middle rope. Fish and Cole momentarily distract Lee and Lee goes for a moonsault, but misses. Strong locks in an ankle lock on Lee and hits Lee’s ankle with heel strikes, but Lee makes it to the ropes and forces a rope break.
Lee and Strong both get to their feet, and Strong and Lee trade strikes. Lee knocks down Strong, and picks him up in a fireman’s carry, but Lee drops Strong and takes out all other Undisputed Era members when they get to the apron. Strong hits Lee with a leaping knee to the face off of the distraction, but Lee kicks out. Strong runs the ropes, but Lee catches him and hits the Big Bang Catastrophe for the three count pinfall victory, winning the North American Championship.
Winner: Keith Lee
Lee celebrates at the top of the ramp with his title, as all four members of Undisputed Era are livid in the ring, staring at Lee. Lee walks to the back, but Imperium have made their way ringside. All four members of Imperium enter the ring and brawl with all four members of Undspitedd Era. Security comes down and tries to separate Undisputed Era and Imperium as NXT goes off the air.