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Last week’s episode of NXT saw a few major storyline advancements, but this week has its very own matches planned as two major steel cage matches will take place tonight.
Firstly, Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong will once again lock horns in this intensely personal feud. After being sidelined with injury for months at the hands of Roderick Strong, Velveteen Dream returned to NXT television mocking Roderick Strong and his family. After picking up the victory, he and Strong will once again do battle, but this time in a steel cage.
Another intensely personal feud is that of former best friends Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai. After Kai turned on Nox and the rest of Team Ripley at NXT TakeOver: WarGames 2019, Kai has made it her mission to ruin Tegan Nox’s life. Kai squeaked out a victory over Nox at TakeOver: Portland due to the help of Raquel Gonzalez, but in a steel cage, Gonzalez will not be a factor in tonight’s match.
Also on the card for tonight, the Brit-Am Brawlers, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan, will take on Undisputed Era’s Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly in tag team action. These two teams have frequently done battle and always put on a good show, so this one is sure to be on to keep your eye on tonight!
You should also keep your eye out for Finn Balor tonight. After being attacked and laid out by Imperium, Balor’s NXT TakeOver: Tampa Bay match seems to be set with him taking on WALTER. How will Balor return fire this week on Imperium, or will Imperium once again get the jump on Balor?
Finally, the saga between former best friends and tag team champions Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa continues to heat up, as Gargano came through the crowd last week and jumped Ciampa after his match with Austin Theory. Ciampa will likely be on a warpath tonight as he searches for Johnny Wrestling.
All of this will happen tonight on what is set to be an action-packed night, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live on the USA Network at 8:00 PM EST!
The focus of this week’s opening segment is Bianca Belair and Charlotte, with clips also featuring Tommaso Ciampa, Johnny Gargano, and Finn Balor. Then, we get a video package advertising for both steel cage matches tonight.
Mauro Ranallo tells us that Strong and Dream will close out the show, but tonight’s episode of NXT will be bookended by steel cages.
Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai
Though she theoretically won’t be a factor in the match, Raquel Gonzalez accompanies Dakota Kai to the ring and stands outside the cage for the match tonight.
The crowd is split cheering for Kai and Nox, but Nox and Kai are immediately clobbering each other. Nox lays into her with rights, then grounds her with a leg sweep. Nox went for the Shining Wizard early, but Kai evades. Kai tries to throw Nox face-first into the cage wall, but Nox blocked it.
Nox gets to the top rope and hits Kai with a diving crossbody, pinning Kai for two. Kai gets the upper hand on Nox and drives her foot into Nox’s face in the corner. Kai tosses Nox into another turnbuckle repeatedly, then covers Nox for two.
Kai continues to put the pressure on Nox’s head and neck by pushing against it with her foot. Nox whips Kai into the corner and runs at her with a series of uppercuts, finishing it up with a cannonball senton. Kai gets to her feet and throws Nox back first into the wall of the cage, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Nox tosses Kai from wall to wall inside of the steel cage. Nox the kicks and stomps on Kai while Kai is on the mat under the bottom rope. Nox hits Kai with an uppercut and pins her for two. Nox hits Kai with a fallaway slam with a bridge, pinning Kai for two again.
Nox signals for the cage door to be open, but Kai stops her and hits a Kairopractor on Nox, stopping her and pinning her for two. Kai tries to escape, but Nox grabs Kai’s kneebrace and stops her. Nox tries to roll Kai up, but Kai kicks out at two.
Nox hits Kai with a headbutt, but both women seem stunned. Nox climbs the cage wall and gets to the top, but Kai catches her and stops her. Tegan Nox grabs Kai by the throat and chokeslams her. Nox pauses and seems to contemplate diving onto Nox from the top rope.
Kai get to her feet and pulls Nox from the rope, down to the mat. Kai and Nox trade corner kicks, uppercuts, and canonball sentons, but Nox eventually gets the upper hand and climbs to the top of the cage again. Gonzalez taunts Nox and Nox chooses to dive onto Kai from the top of the cage, hitting a diving crossbody.
Nox signals for the cage door to be opened and it is opened, but Raquel Gonazlez stops the cage from being opened. Gonzalez holds the door in place and Kai runs at Nox in the corner, but Nox moves and Kai kicks the door directly into Gonzalez’s face.
Kai is momentarily shocked by what she did, but Nox uses the distraction to her advantage and hits Kai with a Shining Wizard, pinning Kai for two. Nox signals for the cage to be opened again, but Gonalzez prevents Nox from escaping by physically blocking her. Nox decides to get to the top and and climb over the top.
Kai follows her to the top, but Kai tosses her down. Nox goes over the top of the cage, but Gonzalez tries to pull Kai out of the ring before Nox can hit the floor. Nox kicks the steel cage door into Kai’s knee, forcing Gonzalez to release her hold on Kai’s knee. Nox begins to lower herself down to the floor on the outside, but Gonzalez uses the door of the steel cage to pin Nox against the wall of the cage, allowing Kai to escape and get to the floor before Nox.
Winner: Dakota Kai
Finn Balor is sitting in a dark room backstage, saying that he has always been the one to make the first move, but WALTER has forced his hand. Balor stares into the camera and says, “You are not going to like my reaction. See you sooner than you think.”
Up next, we are going to get a preview of the NXT Women’s Championship match at WrestleMania, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Rhea Ripley recently visited Raymond James Stadium, the place where she will defend her NXT Women’s Championship at WrestleMania. Ripley talks about how overwhelmed she is by the size of the stadium and how she is going to face Charlotte at that very stadium next month.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Chelsea Green (w/ Robert Stone) Qualifying Match for the #1 Contender Ladder Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Blackheart and Green seem evenly matched until Shotzi hits a legdrop between Green’s legs. Green and Blackheart trade armdrags, and Shotzi hits an enziguri on Green. Green hits a backstabber on Blackheart, covering her for two. Green hits Blackheart with a back elbow and a kick to the midsection, covering Blackheart for another two count.
Blackheart gets Green on the top rope in the corner, but Green hits Blackheart with a missile dropkick from the top. Green hits Blackheart with an Unprettier, covering Blackheart for the victory.
Winner: Chelsea Green
Up next, North American Champion Keith Lee addresses the situation regarding who he will face next for his championship, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we get another video package with apocalyptic imagery and a ticking clock.
Mauro tells us that, following the attack from Damian Priest last week, Dominik Dijakovic suffered a hamstring hematoma and is considered week to week.
Keith Lee comes out and comes down to the ring, championship belt in hand. Lee gets on the mic and talks about how, ever since he became champion, people like Dijakovic and Damian Priest have called him out. Before he can go further, Cameron Grimes’s music hits.
Grimes comes out with a mic in hand and struts down to the ring, saying that Priest and Dijakovic aren’t the ones that Lee should be talking about, but it should be Cameron Grimes. Grimes tries to brag about his victory over Dijakovic, but the crowd overwhelms him with boos.
Lee tries to tell Grimes that Grimes made a mistake, but Grimes interrupts him before he can go further. The crowd continues to overwhelm Lee with boos. When Grimes eventually does get to speak, he says that William Regal gave him a North American Championship match for next week. Lee pushes Grimes so hard that it sends him out of the ring, and Lee says that next week he is going to giving Grimes an “ass-whooping.”
Earlier today, Austin Theory was interviewed outside saying that he is one of the greatest in NXT history already. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott takes umbrage with that and challenges him to a match tonight.
Backstage, Fish, O’Reilly, and Strong are warming up for their matches and Adam Cole is hyping them up. We go to a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Mauro Ranallo congratulates the Street Profits on winning the Raw Tag Team Championships.
Undisputed Era (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish) vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
Lorcan and Fish start the match. Fish and Lorcan trade strikes and kicks. Fish and Lorcan trade cheap shots on Burch and O’Reilly and all four men enter the ring. Fish and O’Reilly seem to have the upper hand briefly, but Burch and Lorcan hit an uppercut and headbutt, sending both Fish and O’Reilly to the outside. Lorcan follows and hits them with a double blockbuster and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Fish and Lorcan are in the ring. Lorcan is hulking up and fighting through Fish’s strikes. Fish goes for a senton atomico, but Lorcan gets his knees up. O’Reilly and Burch both tag in, and Burch hits O’Reilly with a huge cutter.
O’Reilly dumps Burch to the outside and tags in Fish. Burch doesn’t realize it though, and Fish blindsides Danny Burch back in the ring. Fish strikes away at Burch in the Era’s corner, and O’Reilly tags in, striking away at Burch and dropping a knee on him. O’Reilly tags Fish in, and Fish goes to work on Burch’s midsection and legs.
Burch fights back a bit, but Fish leg sweeps Burch’s legs out from under him and tags in O’Reilly. O’Reilly pounds on Burch, but when Burch begins to gain momentum, Fish grabs Burch’s tights and pulls him towards the corner of the Era. Fish tags in and locks in a bodyscissors on Burch, transitioning into a headlock.
Burch fights to his feet, but Kyle O’Reilly tags in and brings Buch back to the corner of the Era. O’Reilly pics Burch’s left ankle, stopping him for getting the tag, then hits a back suplex on Burch. Fish tags in and whips Burch into the ropes, but Burch hits an uppercut on Fish.
Fish tags in O’Reilly and Burch finally gets to Lorcan to make the tag. Lorcan cleans house. Lorcan sends both men to the outside and hits a dive on both men to the outside. Lorcan throws both men back in the ring and runs corner to corner, hitting uppercuts on Fish and O’Reilly. However, the Era catch Lorcan running the corners and hit him with a High-Low. O’Reilly pins Lorcan for the victory.
Winners: Undisputed Era
After the match, Fish and O’Reilly get on the mic. O’Reilly talks about how he is happy to be winning matches again, but they are missing their NXT Tag Team Championships. Fish calls out the “LoserWeights,” and Riddle and Dunne come out.
Riddle is holding a mic, and he says that he and he and Dunne are down for a rematch, but before they can continue to speak, James Drake and Zack Gibson, the Grizzled Young Veterans, come out and attack Dunne and Riddle, laying them out. Gibson gets on the mic and says that he doesn’t care about the Era’s rematch clause, but he and Drake deserve a shot at the tag titles. GYV stand at the top of the ramp and stare down Fish and O’Reilly in the ring.
Later tonight, we will see an interview between Mauro Ranallo and Johnny Gargano, when Johnny Gargano will explain his actions. But up next, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and Austin Theory will go one-on-one, after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Velveteen Dream is shown taping up his hands, getting ready for his match against Roderick Strong.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Austin Theory
Scott and Theory tie-up, but Scott gets Theory in a side headlock. Theory gets out of it and runs the ropes, taking down Scott with a shoulder block. Scott gets back to his feet and gets a hold of Theory’s wrist, but Theory gets out. Scott grounds Theory with a series of kicks. Theory tries to catch Scott unaware, but Scott grounds Theory with a back kick to the face, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and Theory hits a Rolling Thunder Dropkick on Scott, pinning him for two. Theory chops away at Scott, and then Scott and Theory trade punches. Scott grounds Theory with a clothesline, then hits an uppercut from the middle rope.
Scott employs more kicks against Austin Theory’s midsection, then hits flatliner on Theory, pinning him for two. Scott goes for a hurricanrana, but Theory blocks it and hits him with a buckle bomb. Theory hits Scott with an ushigoroshi, pinning Scott for two.
Theory goes for Ataxia, but Scott blocks it. Theory goes for a rolling thunder flatliner, but Scott grabs Theory’s arm and locks in an armbar. Theory reverses it, but Scott instead snaps Theory’s arm. Scott goes to the top rope, but Theory rakes Scott’s eyes and sweeps Scott’s leg out from under him, then hits the ATL, Austin Theory Launch, for the three count pinfall victory.
Winner: Austin Theory
Up next, Johnny Gargano explains his actions in an exclusive interview with Mauro Ranallo. But first, a commercial break.
We get one more apocalyptic image-filled video before NXT officially returns from commercial.
In an interview with Johnny Gargano, Mauro asks Gargano why he turned on Ciampa. Gargano says that he looked Ciampa in the eyes and did what he had to do. He said that Mauro doesn’t know what Johnny has been through and seen and felt. Mauro says that he wants to know.
Johnny is clearly agitated, but Mauro is trying to get to a “why.” Gargano gets in Mauro’s face and says, “You know why.” He says that if Mauro admits that he knows why, he is a liar. He says that Mauro didn’t check on him and talk to him after Portland. Mauro says that he can’t take Johnny’s aggression and Mauro leaves.
Gargano looks into the camera, and says that next week, he and Ciampa are going to do things “The Johnny Gargano way.”
We get a video package recapping the return of the Velveteen Dream’s return and attack on Roderick Strong. The main event steel cage match between these two is next, after commercial.
Back from commercial, and we are told that a special edition of NXT will come from the WWE Performance Center next week, where Keith Lee will defend his NXT North American Championship against Cameron Grimes, and The BroserWeights will defend their NXT Tag Team Championships against Undisputed Era.
Roderick Strong vs. Velveteen Dream
Roderick Strong barely even makes a complete entrance when Strong and Dream immediately clash. Strong clobbers away at Dream, but Dream hits Strong with a double ax handle. DReam whips Strong into the corner picks up Strong for a Dream Valley Driver, but Strong blocks it.
Dream kicks Strong in face, but Strong throws Dream face-first into the wall of the cage. Strong mounts Dream and lays into him with strikes. Strong picks up Dream and hits him with a back suplex. Strong chops away a Dream, saying that Dream did this to himself.
Strong runs the ropes and hits Dream with a few uppercuts, but Dream tosses Strong into the cage wall, then back body drops him into a different wall of the cage. Suddenly, Marina Shafir is at ringside and she slips a kendo stick to Roderick Strong. The referee sees her and shouts at her to go backstage, and she leaves ringside as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Dream and Strong are both exhausted as Dream stops Strong from escaping from the cage. Dream locks in a Boston Crab, but Roderick Strong powers out of it. He locks in a Stronghold of his own, but Dream powers out and covers Strong for two.
Dream goes for a Dream Valley Driver but Strong blocks it by holding onto the top rope. Dream hits a Strong with a series of kicks and dropkicks to Roderick Strong, sending him into the steel cage wall. Strong tosses Dream’s face into the wall and Strong picks up the kendo stick.
Strong uses the kendo stick to assist with a backbreaker. Strong goes to escape the cage, but Dream stops Strong by pulling down Strong’s tights. Dream and Strong are precariously perched on the top rope and holding on to the cage. Dream goes over the top, but Strong hits an Olympic Slam on Dream from the top of the steel cage.
Strong drapes an arm over Dream for the cover, but Dream kicks out at two. Strong crawls toward the cage door, but Dream grabs him and stops him. Dream hits two Dream Valley Drivers. Dram goes to the corner and goes to the very top of the cage. The rest of Undisputed Era come down to the ring weapons. Dream decides to retreat back into the cage so he does not have to deal with all other members of the Era.
Adam Cole has made his way into the cage, but Dream tosses him across the ring. Strong tries to escape the ring and Dream initially stops him, but he instead decides to push Roderick Strong out of the ring. Velveteen Dream willing sacrificed a victory to get his hand on Adam Cole.
Winner: Roderick Strong
Dream closes the steel cage door so that he is in the ring along with Cole. ream lays into Cole with all of the weapons, then hits Cole with a Dream Valley Driver onto a steel chair. Dream eyes the NXT Championship, then he picks it up and poses with it to the crowd. Just as Adam Cole gets back to his feet, Dream hits Cole in the face with the belt. Dream poses over Adam Cole with Cole’s NXT Championship, then poses at the top of the steel cage with the NXT Championship at the top of the steel cage as NXT goes off the air.