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As we learned on the last episode of NXT, this week we will begin to see the matches that were initially scheduled for NXT TakeOver: Tampa Bay. Three matches have officially been announced for tonight’s show, and here they are.
Before Velveteen Dream can get his hands on the NXT Champion Adam Cole, Dream will have to take on Cole’s fellow Era teammate and former tag team champion Bobby Fish. If Dream can defeat Fish tonight, will Cole give Dream his NXT Championship title shot that Dream wants?
Also on the card tonight, he Second Chance Gauntlet Match. With one spot remaining in the ladder match to determine the #1 contender to the NXT Women’s Championship, every woman who lost her qualifying match will have the opportunity to qualify here. The participants will be Xia Li, Shotzi Blackheart, Kayden Carter, Dakota Kai, Deonna Purrazzo, and Aliyah.
Finally, in the first match that was likely planned for TakeOver: Tampa Bay, NXT North American Champion Keith Lee will defend his championship in a triple threat match against both Damian Priest and Dominik Dijakovic. The feud between these three men has been brewing for the better part of two months, and we will finally see it’s conclusion tonight.
Does the black and gold brand have anything else up its sleeve for the first episode of April? We will find out when we begin live coverage of NXT at 8:00 PM EST!
In lieu of an opening segment this week, we head straight into a match.
Velveteen Dream vs. Bobby Fish
This week, Sam Roberts joins Tom Phillips on commentary.
When Bobby Fish comes to the ring, the rest of Undisputed Era are conspicuous by their absence, but it might be because of the virus. Dream plays mind games with Bobby Fish during the beginning of the match and seems to be able to stand toe-to-toe with Fish briefly.
Fish takes control with a stiff strike to Dream’s face, but Dream really back and takes Fish down with a clothesline. Dream drops his knee on Fish’s face and covers him for 1. Fish locks in a sleeper hold on Dream, dropping Dream to his knees, but Dream fights back. Fish sweeps Dream’s legs and drops him to the mat.
Dram tries to catch Fish by surprise, but Fish pushes him away with a boot, and Dream creates separation between himself and Fish, using the outside of the ring to get an advantage. Dram lands a double axe handle from the top rope, then hits Fish with boots from the corner, and a superkick.
Dream goes to the top, thinking about the Purple Rainmaker, but Fish escapes to the outside. Dream dives onto Fish on the outside anyway and Dream tosses Fish back into the ring. Fish escapes and Dream gives chase, but Fish catches Dream and tosses him into the barricade, sending us to our first commercial break.
Back from commercial and Bobby Fish is in firm control of Dream, taking Dream down with a dragon screw. Fish focuses on Dream’s left knee. Fish drives his knee into Dream’s face, then continues to do damage to Fish’s leg. Fish goes to the apron and hits a senton on Dream, covering him for a two count, then we go back to commercial.
Back from commercial, Fish locks in an ankle lock on Dream’s leg, but Dream reaches the ropes. Fish goes for a sleeper hold, but Dream gets Fish in position for a Dream Valley Driver. Fish grabs the ropes and blocks the move. Fish locks in another sleeper, but Dream escapes it and hits the Dream Valley Driver on Bobby Fish for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Velveteen Dream
After his match, Dream gets on the mic and calls out Adam Cole, saying that his “experience” is coming. He says that Cole is “about to get worked harder than he ever has.”
We get a recap of what happened last week when Malcolm Bivens released his new tag team on Matt Riddle.
Backstage, Malcolm Bivens is interviewed with his “associates,” Rinku and Saurav. Together, they are Bivens Enterprises. Bivens says that they are waiting for the BruiserWeights.
Dexter Lumis vs. Jake Atlas
Lumis stares down Atlas at the beginning of the match. Atlas goes for an overhead strike, but Lumis sidesteps it and strikes away at Atlas. Atlas is able to take down Lumis with an armdrag and an enziguri, but Lumis comes back with a spinebuster.
Lumis punches away at Atlas’s face. Lumis punches Atlas in the side of the head, the kicks away at Atlas’s body. Lumis whips Atlas into the corner, but Atlas fights back and hits a dropkick on Lumis, but Lumis grounds Atlas with a strike to the face, covering him for two.
Lumis wrenches away at Atlas’s head. Atlas fights back and hits a jawbreaker on Lumis, then a leaping backbreaker. Lumis goes to the outside and Atlas hits a tope on Lumis. Atlas throws Lumis back into the ring, but Lumis catches Atlas in a powerslam/submission combo and Lumis gets the submission victory.
Winner: Dexter Lumis
Backstage, Keith Lee is shown getting ready for his title match. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we see the same video package for Killer Kross that interrupted Triple H’s meeting with Gargano and Ciampa last week.
We see a repeat of the brawl between Ciampa and Gargano from a few weeks ago when they destroyed the Performance Center. Next week, Ciampa and Gargano will have their final match.
Second Chance 6-Woman Gauntlet Match
Shotzi Blackheart and Deonna Purrazzo start off the match. Purrazzo kicks away at Shotzi, but Shotzi comes back with an enziguri, then a senton on Purrazzo. Blackheart went for a bulldog on Purrazzo, but Purrazzo reverse and takes her down.
Purrazzo hits a short-arm clothesline for a 1 count. Purrazzo strikes away at Shotzi against the ropes, then stomps on Shotzi’s face, covering her for 2. Purrazzo picks up Shotzi and tosses her into the corner, then taunts her in the corner.
Shotzi gets to the top rope, but Purrazzo catches her. Shotzi hits Purrazzo with a headbutt, sending her to the mat and following it up with a senton. Shotzi covers Purrazzo and eliminates her.
Xia Li is next, and Li hits Shotzi with a dropkick. Shotzi avoids Li’s strikes, but Li avoids Shotzi’s enziguri. Li finally downs Shotzi with a kick to the face, then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Li is in control of Shotzi. Li takes down Shotzi with a running dropkick, then goes for a spinning kick to Shotzi. Shotzi avoids it and locks in an interesting full nelson submission, making Li tap out.
Aliyah is next, and she rolls up Blackheart early for a two count. Aliyah backslides Blackheart for a two count, then into a small package for a two. The small package covers roll around the ring and both women are disoriented. Shotzi locks in a submission on Aliyah.
Aliyah escapes, covering Shotzi for two. Aliyah slammed Shotzi down to the mat by her hair. Aliyah grabs Shotzi by the hair and throws her into the corner. Aliyah his her with a boot to the face, then covers Shotzi for two.
Aliyah pushes around Shotzi and then grabs her hair. Shotzi grabs Alyah by the hair and kicks her in the face. Shotzi hits a dragon suplex on Aliyah, and then locks in the same submission hold on Aliyah, making Aliyah tap.
Kayden Carter is next, and Carter grounds Shotzi with a dropkick, covering her for two. Shotzi hits Carter with a facebuster on her own knee. Shotzi goes to the top rope, but Carter catches Shotzi in the middle rope and hits dropkick onto her in the corner, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Shotzi hits a running knee onto Carter in the corner. Shotzi hits another senton on Kayden Carter from the top rope and eliminates Kayden Carter from the match. Dakota Kai is the final participant, and Kai aggressively goes after Shotzi.
Kai stomps on Shotzi’s throat, the pushes against her face with a boot in the corner. Kai hits Shotzi with a bicycle kick to the face, then covers her for 2. Kai drags Shotzi to the ropes and drives her face into the ropes. The referee pulls Kai back, and Gonzalez takes advantage, choking Shotzi against the ropes.
Kai hits a snapmare on Shotzi, then locks in a submission on Shotzi, wrenching on Shotzi’s arm and head. Shotzi reversed it into a pin, but Kai escaped and hit a pump kick on Shotzi, covering her for 2 again.
Kai hit a running boot to the face onto Shotzi in the corner, then kicked away at Shotzi. Kai went for a kick, but Shotzi blocked it and grounded her. Kai takes down Kai with a series of clotheslines and a back suplex. Kai rolls out of the ring and Raquel Gonzalez comforts her.
Shotzi hits a dive onto Kai and Gonzalez through the ropes. Shotzi tosses Kai back in the ring and, while the referee is distracted by Kai, Gonzalez grabs Shotzi and tries to push her into the steel steps. Shotzi escaped and pushed Gonzalez away. As she tried to get back in the ring, Kai catches Shotzi with a Go to Kick, covering her for the victory.
Winner: Dakota Kai
Backstage, Damian Priest is shown preparing for his match. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we get a video package advertising Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripely at WrestleMania.
Kushida vs. Joaquin Wilde
Kushida hits Wilde with a toehold and drops him to the ring. Kushida hit Wilde with a series of covers and goes for a Hoverboard Lock, but Wilde reached the bottom rope. Wilde hits a spinning headscissor takedown on Kushida, and follows it up with a submission hold on Kushida’s left arm. Kushida escapes and pins Wilde for 2, then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Wilde tosses Kushida to the mat. Kushida kicks Wilde’s arm and locks in the Hoverboard Lock, making Wilde tap out.
Backstage, Dominik Dijakovic is shown getting ready for his match. Then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we see more about the feud between Ciampa and Gargano.
Backstage, Jaoquin Wilde is interviewed about his match with Kushida. Some people in masks pull up in a van and force Joaquin Wilde into a van, similar to what happened to Raul Mendoza a few weeks ago.
NXT North American Champion Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic vs. Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship
Priest immediately goes after Lee, but Lee catches him and throws him into Dijakovic. Dijakovic goes after Lee, but Priest comes back at both men. All three men connect with each other, and stand across from each other, staring each other down, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Keith Lee is nowhere to be found. Priest takes down Dijakovic and hits him with a DDT, but Lee breaks up the pinfall. Lee sends Priest out of the ring, but Priest catches Lee with a boot to the face. Preist goes to the top rope and Lee gives chase.
Lee went for a superplex, but Priest blocks it with knees to the face. Lee grabs Priest around the waist for a belly to belly suplex. Dijakovic his feet and gets Keith Lee in an electric chair. Priest hits a spinning heel kick on Lee, sending all three men to the ground.
Lee and Priest seem to form a temporary alliance, taking out Lee. Dijakovic and Priest work together to hit a double chokeslam on Keith Lee. Lee rolls out of the ring. Priest sets up for The Reckoning and throws him outside of the ring, into Lee. Lee and Dijakovic trade blows outside, and Priest follows it up with a flipping tope over the top rope. Then, we go to commercial again.
Back from commercial, and Damian Preist hits a chokeslam on Dijakovic, covering him for two. Priest went fora roundhouse kick, but missed. Dijakovic went for a chokeslam bomb, but instead toss him into Keith Lee. Lee hits a powerbomb on Priest, throwing him down on Dijakovic. Lee hits Priest with a Spirit Bomb, but Dijakovic breaks up the pin.
Lee hits Dijakovic with a chokeslam, and Dijakovic rolls out of the ring. Lee goes to the top rope, but Damian Priest catches him with a kick and gives chase. Priest hits a hurricanrana on Lee from the top rope, and Dijakovic hits an elbow drop on Lee from the top. Priest and Dijakovic run at each other and kick each other at the same time, both men falling onto Lee, covering him for a pin, but Lee kicks out at 2.
Both men go to apron and grab each other’s throats. Lee goes to the top rope and gets both men in position for a double superplex, but Dijakovic and Priest grab Lee by the throat and push him down onto the mat. Diajkovic kicks Lee off the ropes, sending him to the outside. Dijakovic hits a corkscrew senton on the top rope, covering Lee for two.
Damian Priest brings his retractable nightstick into the ring, but Djakovic dodges hit and hits a Feast Your Eyes on Priest, but Preist is still able to connect his nightstick with Dijakovic’s knee. Lee gets to his feet and hits a pounce on Priest, sending him out of the ring, then hits a Big Bang Catastrophe on Dijakovic, covering him for the victory, and retaining his championship
Winner: Keith Lee
Keith Lee celebrates in the ring as NXT goes off the air.