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After the lackluster episode of NXT last week, this week’s episode of NXT looks to be back on track for the quality of matches that we are used to seeing from the black and gold brand, as NXT has already announced 4 matches for tonight.
First, one-half of the tag team champions The BroswerWeights, Matt Riddle will take on former NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong. The Messiah of the Backbreaker will likely be looking for some retribution for his Undisputed Era teammates, but will he be able to knock off the King of the Bros?
Sticking with men’s action, rising star Austin Theory will take on NXT veteran Tyler Breeze. Theory has been on a hot streak lately, defeating Isaiah “Swerve” Scott and putting in a good show against former NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa, but will he be able to take out Prince Pretty?
In women’s action, we will see two #1 contender ladder match qualifying matches as Xia Li and Candice LeRae will take on Aliyah and Kayden Carter, respectively. Which two women will advance to the #1 contender’s match? We’ll find out tonight.
Also, NXT Champion Adam Cole has a “special message” for the NXT Universe. Since Cole became the longest-reigning NXT Champion of all time just a few days ago, will his message relate to that? More importantly, will Velveteen Dream allow Cole to deliver his message?
Lastly, Triple H is scheduled to appear on NXT tonight. Sports Illustrated reported earlier this week that NXT TakeOver: Tampa Bay is off, and we will see all of the matches that were scheduled for TakeOver on NXT television over the next couple of weeks, starting next week. Expect Triple H’s announcement to relate to this.
All of this and more will happen on tonight’s episode of NXT, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM EST!
Recapping the Johnny Gargano/Tommaso Ciampa feud that has “gone too far.”
Tom Phillips announces that the Tampa Bay TakeOver matches will take place on NXT TV over the coming weeks. Triple H will also be on later to discuss the growing feud between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano.
Austin Theory vs. Tyler Breeze
Breeze and Theory lock up, but Theory has the clear strength advantage. Theory mocks Breeze’s pose in the corner. Breeze and Theory trade headlocks. Breeze takes down Theory and then does the proper pose in the corner.
Breeze takes down Theory with a lariat, and Theory hit Rolling Thunder into the blockbuster, grounding Breeze. Theory his Breeze with a snap suplex, then pins him for two. Theory locks in a headlock and then transitions to a chinlock.
Breeze hits a jawbraker on Austin Theory and then clotheslines him over the top rope. Theory stuns Breeze and then hits a rolling thunder into a dropkick. Breeze rolls out of the ring and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Theory hits Breeze with a blue thunder bomb, pinning Breeze for a very near two-count. Breeze and Theory brawl outside the ring, with Theory throwing Breeze into the ringside barricade. Theory gets back in the ring and the referee restarts the count. Breeze gets back in the ring at 8.
Theory went for a powerbomb on Breeze, but Breeze reversed and rolled up Theory for a two count. Breeze catches Thory with a knee to the face. Theory hits Breeze with a buckle bomb. Theory goes for another rolling thunder move but Breeze catches Theory with a Supermodel Kick, pinning Theory for two.
Breeze clubs away at Theory’s back, then connects with an enziguri. Breeze went to the top turnbuckle, but Theory crotched him on the ropes, slamming Breeze to the canvas for a two count.
Theory mounted Breeze, pounding away at his face. Theory stomps away Breeze. Theory picks up his smartphone at ringside and records a video of himself cutting a promo on Breeze during the match. With one hand, Theory picks up Breeze one-handed and continues to gloat, but Breeze escapes and hits Breeze with a Beauty Shot, covering Theory for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Tyler Breeze
After the match, Breeze records a video on the same smartphone from in the ring.
Later tonight, Adam Cole celebrates becoming the longest-reigning NXT Champion in history. But first, a commercial.
Back from commercial, and we head right into another match.
Killian Dain vs. Tehuti Miles
Phillips hypes up the unknown Miles and talks about how tours in Afghanistan and his college football career.
When the match starts, Dain immediately goes after Miles, but Miles does have a slight speed advantage. Miles hits Dain with a few shoulder blocked to the midsection and avoids a big boot.
Miles goes for a crossbody block, but Dain catches him and kicks him to the face, sending him out of the ring. Out of the ring, Dain whips Miles into the steel steps at ringside, then drops him on the barricade. Dain deposits Miles back in the ring.
Miles puts up a little fight, but Dain grounds him and stomps away at Miles in the corner. Dain picks him up and hits a back suplex. Dain pins Miles with a hand to the face for two.
Dain grabs Miles’s hair and then hits him with a back body drop, Miles lands in the corner and sends Dain shoulder-first into the ring post. Miles fights back with a series of kicks and a dropkick.
Dain clocks Miles with a right and follows it up with a senton and a Vader Bomb, pinning Miles for the three count.
Winner: Killian Dain
Triple H is announced again to be appearing later tonight on television. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we head into another match.
Cameron Grimes vs. Tony Nese
Nese and Grimes lock up, but Grimes grounds Nese with a headlock. Nese gets the upper hand and drives his knee into Nese’s head. Nese covers Grimes for two, then locks in an arm submission.
Grimes drops Nese on the top rope and pushes his head down into the mat while pulling on his left arm. Grimes continues to wrench on Nese’s arm and twists his ear.
Nese gets to his feet and forces a break with a chop, but Grimes grounds Nese with a lariat and covers him for two. Grimes goes for powerbomb but Nese blocks. Grimes goes for a sunset flip and Nese rolls through and kicks Nese in the face.
Nese and Grimes trade blows, then Nese drops Grimes with a kick. Nese hits a springboard moonsault on Cameron Grimes and pins him for two. Nese picks up Grimes and goes for an Alabama Slam, but Grimes rolls out. Nese catches Grimes with a superkick.
Nese went for the Running Nese, but Cameron Grimes evades and hits the Cave In for the win.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Up next is Aliyah vs. Xia Li. First, a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we see the video of Aliyah’s nose breaking.
Aliyah vs. Xia Li
Aliyah comes down to the ring and waits for Xia Li to come down to the ring, but a video comes on screen showing that Xia Li was attacked backstage and isn’t medically cleared to compete.
Aliyah’s behavior suggests that she is the one that attacked Xia Li, as she is far too happy to take a pass and advance to the ladder match. Greg Hamilton tells us that Xia Li is unable to compete, and she is replaced by Io Shirai.
Aliyah vs. Io Shirai
Io takes down Aliyah immediately with a dropkick and kicks away at her in the corner. Aliyah pulls Io’s hair and drags her down boot the mat. Aliyah kicks away at Io in the corner, but Io grounds Aliyah with a left hand, then hits her with a backbreaker.
Io goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault, then covers Aliyah for three count pinfall victory.
Winner: Io Shirai
Up next, Keith Lee is on NXT Live, but first a commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we see a video package for a mysterious blonde man potentially advertising his arrival on NXT television.
NXT North American Champion comes down to the ring. Keith Lee is interviewed in the middle of the ring.
Lee is asked about why he powerbombed Dominik Dijakovic instead of Damian Priest after he was attacked following his match with Cameron Grimes.
Lee says that he didn’t know that it was Damian Priest that struck him and when he turned around he saw Dijakovic holding his title and assumed it was Dijakovic that attacked him. Lee says that he owes Dijakovic an apology.
Dijakovic comes out and walks to the ring. Dijakovic says that he doesn’t care about Lee’s apology, and the only thing that he cares about is the NXT North American Championship, but he has more respect for Keith Lee than to attack him from behind.
Dijakovic says that the only thing that matters is that Lee took food off of Dijakovic’s family’s plate. Before Lee can rebut, Damian Priest comes out and mocks Lee and Dijakovic. Damian Priest says that his eye is on the NXT North American Championship because he wants his name to live forever.
Lee says that the reality is that the champion is standing there. Priest says “Maybe it’s time that you don’t stand anymore,” and pulls out his nightstick. He comes down to the ring, but Dijakovic pushes Lee out of the way and attacks Priest. Lee pushes Dijakovic out of the way and Lee and Priest brawl to the outside of the ring. Dijakovic hits a dive onto both of them from inside the ring and stands tall.
Up next, we hear from Adam Cole after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, NXT Champion Adam Cole is sitting poolside as he is “on vacation.” He says that he has been thinking about his altercation with Velveteen Dream and he was flustered, but he had no reason to be flustered. Cole says that Velveteen Dream doesn’t deserve a match with Cole, but Bobby Fish wants a crack.
Cole issues a challenge to Velveteen Dream on Bobby Fish’s behalf, and says that when Dream loses, he will prove that Dream is a loser.
Back in the arena, we head into our next match.
Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs. Shane Thorne and Brendan Vink
Vink and Burch start the match, and Vink has a strength and size advantage on Vink. Vink runs at Burch and Burch gets him in a headlock, but Vink shoulder tackles him and sends him to the ground.
Vink tags in Shane Thorne, and Burch uses some joint manipulation and finger stomps to get to Oney Lorcan and make the tag. Lorcan tags in Vink. Lorcan runs at Vink and Vink grounds Lorcan with a uranage.
Vink tags in Thorne but Lorcan grounds him with a lariat. Vink and Butch get the hot tags. Burch hits a cutter on Vink and hits a dropkick from the second rope. Burch locks in a crossface and Lorcan stops Thorne with a single-leg crab. Vink and Throne both tap out at the same time.
Winners: Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
Back from commercial, and we get a video package advertising the WWE Network Ruthless Aggression special.
Candice LeRae vs. Kayden Carter
Candice grounds Carter with a headlock. LeRae grounds Carter with an armdrag, and Carter hits an armdrag on Carter. Carter rolls up LeRae for a two count then kicks her in the face, covering her for two.
LeRae tries to hit Carter with a senton, but Carter moves out of the way and grounds LeRae with a kick to the face. Carter kicks LaRae right in the face again and she pins LeRae for two again.
LeRae fights back and goes for the Gargano Escape, but Carter reverses it into a pinfall for two. LeRae connects with a senton this time, but Carter evades the moonsault. Carter tries to catch LeRae with a Shining Wizard, but LeRae dodges and catches Carter in a Gargano Escape getting the submission victory.
Winner: Candice LeRae
Up next, Matt Riddle and Roderick Strong go one-on-one after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we head into our main event.
Matt Riddle vs. Roderick Strong
Riddle and Strong lock up and seem very technically even matched. Riddle covers Strong for a two count. Riddle takes down Strong and mounts him, but Roderick Strong locks up in a hold until the referee forces a break.
Strong tries to takedown Riddle with a leg takedown, then keeps him on the ground with some MMA-style holds until Matt Riddle hits a gutwrench suplex on Riddle.
Strong goes for an Olympic Slam, but Riddle blocks it. Roderick delivers some chops to Riddle and Riddle returns with blows of his own. Strong again goes for the Olympic Slam. Strong gets Riddle set up for the Bro to Sleep, but Strong escapes, picks up Riddle, and drops him on the top rope and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Strong locks in a Camel Clutch. Riddle forces a break and then Riddle takes Strong down with a series of kicks. Strong gets back to his feet and punches at Riddle until Riddle catches Strong with a Pele kick.
Riddle hits Strong with an Exploder Suplex and tries to follow up with a PK, but Strong dodges and gets Riddle in a Stronghold. Riddle forces the break and hits Strong with a Bro to Sleep and a german suplex, pinning Strong for two.
Strong hits Riddle with an Olympic Slam, covering him for two. Strong goes for a rising knee strike, but Riddle avoids. Riddle goes for a powerbomb but Strong hits him with knee. Riddle hits Strong with a BroDerek for the win.
Winner: Matt Riddle
After the match, Matt Riddle is surprise attacked by two very large men dressed in yellow and black. They beat down Matt Riddle. A man comes out and introduces himself as Malcolm Bivens.
Bivens says that, since Pete Dunne is halfway across the world, he figured now was the perfect time to introduce him to “The future of the NXT tag team division.” Bivens stands above Dunne with his team and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Bobby Fish and Velveteen Dream match will happen next week. Also next week, a triple threat between Keith Lee, Damian Priest, and Dominik Dijakovic for the NXT North American Championship match.
Triple H is in the ring. He says that he rivalry between Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano is the greatest and most intense rivalry in NXT history. Before Triple H can go too much further, Tommaso Ciampa comes out.
Triple H hands Ciampa a mic. He says that everything has been done and said. He asks Triple H to bring out Gargano and he wants to finish things. Triple H says that there will be no physicality tonight. Triple H invites Johnny out.
Gargano comes out without music. He says that he doesn’t want to be in the ring with Ciampa because Ciampa tried to kill him the last time that they were together. Gargano says that nothing is his fault and he doesn’t understand why he is being fined.
Triple H says that the only reason that they are both still there is because of Triple H; Regal wanted to fire them. So he tells Johnny to get in the ring, emphasizing the fact that there will be no physicality.
Triple H says that he understands where they are coming from. He says that he can relate because of himself and Shawn Michaels. He says that there will come a time when they will realize that there is more to life than what happens in the ring, but they can’t take things further and can’t keep destroying things.
Triple H says that he wants to end everything on the biggest stage possible and Gargano says that things were supposed to end last year but Ciampa broke his neck, but Ciampa agrees that their rivalry needs their rivalry to end.
Triple H again tries to again say that their match needs to end on the biggest stage of all. Gargano and Ciampa agree to the fact that they don’t need an arena or a crowd, they just need a ref.
Triple H says that they can have their match when they want it. He asks Johnny when they want their match. Johnny says two weeks. Triple H says that he will find an empty building and a ref, put a ring in it, and get a ref to decide when the match is over.
Triple H is saying that the place is big enough for both of them. Gargano and Ciampa are going to have their match about who is the face of NXT in two weeks.
A strange video package plays in the arena and all of the lights go out. It is the same video that we have seen with apocalyptic and clock imagery. The clock ticks to 12 and NXT goes off the air.