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Five matches are scheduled for tonight’s episode of NXT. Including three matches for the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, plus Velveteen Dream going head to head with Finn Balor.
We get a recap from last week, including Timothy Thatcher’s debut on NXT and Finn Balor confronting Velveteen Dream and Killer Kross attacking Ciampa from behind.
After this segment, Tom Phillips shows us a segment from moments ago backstage where Finn Balor has apparently gone missing, and he has been removed from the main event match against Velveteen Dream tonight.
Velveteen Dream opens the shows with a promo, perched on the ring post and wearing a leather jacket like Finn. Dream says that tonight, Finn stood him up. Before he can say much more, Undisputed Era’s music hits, and NXT Champion Adam Cole comes out.
Cole stands at the top of the ramp, saying that it is highly convenient that Balor has gone missing for his match against Dream. Cole accuses Dream of making Balor go missing, and while Cole has Dream distracted, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong attack Dream from behind. Cole joins Strong and Fish attacking Dream.
Keith Lee comes down for the save, wiping out every member of the Undisputed Era, pouncing Adam Cole into Roderick Strong, and kicking Bobby Fish out of the ring. Keith Lee and Velveteen Dream stand tall in the ring as Undisputed Era retreats.
We see the three matches planned for tonight, where Drake Maverick will take on Jake Atlas, Jack Gallagher will take on El Hijo del Fantasma, and Tony Nese will take on Kushida.
Also, Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano will be live later tonight ahead of Johnny’s victory over Tommaso Ciampa.
Shotzi Blackheart and Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
Gonzalez and Nox start the match, but Gonazlez takes down Nox and Shotzi comes in. Shotzi hits Gonzalez with a dropkick into the corner, and Kai comes in. Shotzi takes down Kai with a reverse slingblade, then hits a senton into the corner on Kai.
Nox tags in and hits a senton as well, then Shotzi tags back in. Gonzalez tries to get in the ring and break up the action, but Shotzi low bridges Gonzalez out of the ring, then hits a dive onto Gonzalez and Kai to the outside, then we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Gonzalez is in charge. We see how Kai and Gonzalez teamed up on Shotzi and took charge of the match during the commercial break. Kai tags in and covers Shotzi for two. Kai whips Shotzi into the corner and goes for a kick, but Shotzi dodges.
Nox and Gonzalez tag in, and Nox chops and strikes away at Gonzalez, but Nox cannot take her down. Gonzalez whips Nox into the corner, but Nox dodges a kick. Nox goes to the top rope and goes for a diving cross body onto Gonzalez, but Gonzalez catches her and hits a fallaway slam on Nox.
Shotzi tags in and dives from the top rope on the Gonzalez. Shotzi covers Gonzalez, but Kai breaks it up. Nox tosses Kai out of the ring and Gonzalez uses the distraction to hit a one-arm powerbomb on Shotzi Blackheart, covering her for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
Tom Phillips tells us that a match has just been made official between Velveteen Dream and Keith Lee against Adam Cole and Roderick Strong.
We see Drake Maverick’s video that he released on social media about being released from his WWE contract, then we see a hype package for Drake Maverick preparing for his matches in the NXT Cruiserweight tournament. He says that, if he is going out, he is going out as NXT Cruiserweight Champion. Up next, Maverick and Atlas will go one on one, after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, and we head straight into the next match.
Jake Atlas vs. Drake Maverick
Maverick and Atlas lock up, but Atlas seems to have the strength advantage. Maverick maneuvers Atlas into a headlock, then goes for a German suplex, but Atlas reverses. Maverick runs the ropes and hits a sunset flip on Atlas, pinning him for two.
Maverick tries to go for Tequila Sunrise, but Atlas escapes. Atlas focuses an attack on Atlas’s left leg, but Atlas deposits Maverick onto the apron. Drake hits a shoulder tackle onto Atlas from the apron and gets back in the ring. Atlas picks up Maverick for a powerbomb, but Maverick hits a hurricanrana and pulls Atlas out of the ring head first.
Back in the ring, Atlas hits a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker on Maverick, then covers Maverick for two. Atlas whips Maverick into the turnbuckle, then hits a takedown on Maverick, keeping a waist lock cinched in.
Maverick fights to his feet and sends Atlas face first into the top turnbuckle. Atlas runs at Maverick, but Maverick dodges and sends Atlas shoulder first into the ring post. Maverick goes back to striking at Atlas’s legs, using his speed to get the upperhand.
Maverick goes to the second rope and hits a dropkick on Jake Atlas, then goes for Tequila Sunrise, but Maverick cannot lock it in completely. Atlas goes to the outside and Maverick hits a dive through the middle ropes.
Maverick gets Atlas back in the ring and goes to the top rope, then hits an elbow drop from the top rope, covering Atlas for two. Maverick goes for Sliced Bread, but Atlas stays on his feet and hits Maverick with a superkick. Atlas goes to the top rope, but Maverick slows him down and gives chase, following him to the top.
Maverick goes for a hurricanrana on Maverick, but Atlas blocks it, sending Maverick down to the mat. Atlas hits a cartwheel on the top rope, going into a DDT from the top rope on Maverick, covering him for three.
Winner: Jake Atlas
Atlas gives an interview after the match, saying that he was rooting for Drake Maverick and Maverick gave him a hell of a fight. He says, “Two down, one to go.” Up next, Kushida will take on Tony Nese, right after this commercial.
Back from commercial, and we see a video package about Damian Priest, and how he is coming for Lee’s NXT North American Championship. Priest calls out Lee for only choosing to defend his championship against people he can defeat, like Cameron Grimes.
Priest says that he can put limits on Keith Lee, and he says that he will defeat Lee and become the NXT North American Champion.
Kushida vs. Tony Nese
Nese takes down Kushida, then poses at Kushida. Kushida and Nese lock up, and Nese hits another takedown on Kushida. Kushida locks in a front chancery on Nese, then taunts back at Nese.
Nese goes for an ankle lock, but Kushdia gets out of it by getting Nese into a headlock. Nese and Kushida get to their feet, but Nese hits Kushdia in the throat, then hits a bulldog on Kushida, sending him neck-first into the top rope.
Nese brings Kushida to the outside, then he whips Kushida into the barricade. Back in the ring, Kushida goes for a handspring back elbow, but Nese dodges and takes out Kushida’s arm, then slides to the outside and throws Kushida into the barricade again. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Nese has a body scissors locked on Kushida. Kushida fights out with strikes and both men get to their feet. Nese goes for a springboard moonsault, but Kushida evades. Kushida hits the springboard back elbow, then follows it up with a series of kicks.
Nese goes for a pump-handle slam on Kushida, but Kushida locks in an octopus lock on Kushida. Nese is able to turn it into a suplex, bridging into a cover for two. Nese hits a 450 on Kushida from the top, covering him for a very close two count. Kushida hits two palm strikes on Tony Nese, but Nese hits a rolling thunder palm strike to Kushida, who has climbed to the top rope.
Nese gets Kushida into a fireman’s carry , but Kushida locks in the Sakuraba Lock on Nese from the top rope, then transitions into the Sakuraba Lock on the mat, making Tony Nese submit.
Backstage, Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher are interviewed backstage on how they gel as a tag team. Riddle and Thatcher have a comedic back and forth, but Matt Riddle teases that, next week, Riddle and Thatcher will show the NXT Universe what they can do as a team. Thatcher asks what Riddle has in mind, but Riddle just says, “Trust me, bro.”
Up next, Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae will be live, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, and the Doomsday Clock videos are intercut with the attack on Tommaso Ciampa. Karrion Kross, as he is called now, is officially announced as part of the NXT roster.
We get a video package from Johnny Gargano at home, talking about how his fairytale came true when he married Candice LeRae and became the first Triple Crown Champion, and the “Heart and Soul of NXT.
Gargano and Candice revel in his victory over Ciampa. Gargano says that being a good person was never leading him to success, and his kindness was taken advantage of. He says that he was tired of being unappreciated. Candice says that she also was unappreciated, as she sacrificed for all of the other women.
She says that when she needed help, no one was there for her to help her. She says she was sick of eating second so that everyone else could eat first. Johnny says that they are going to take what they deserve. They said that they let everyone walk over them.
Gargano talks about how they were stabbed in the back by people they trust, and they can’t trust anyone else anymore. Gargano says that they need to tear NXT down and rebuild it in their image. Gargano says that they will make history as the first-ever married couple to reign as NXT Women’s Champion and NXT Champion, and they will get what they deserve.
We next see a video package from Io Shirai about her upcoming match with Charlotte Flair for the NXT Women’s Championship, then we got to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Drake Maverick is interviewed about his loss. Maverick says that Jake Atlas is a great performer. Maverick says that every other athlete is fighting their opponent in this tournament, but Drake is fighting his opponent and himself. He says, “Maybe everyone was right about me,” then tosses towel over his head.
Mia Yim vs. Jessi Kamea
Kamea and Yim lock up, but Kamea immediately gets control with Yim’s right arm. Yim reverses and locks in a headlock on Kamea. Yim takes her down with a shoulder tackle, but she gets back up with a nip up. Yim does the same.
Yim takes Kamea down to the mat then kicks her and covers her for two. Kamea locks in a waist lock, then takes Yim down with a spinning heel kick and covers her for two. Kamea mounts Yim and rains down strikes on her.
Yim kicks at Kamea to get some space, but Kamea hits a twisting elbow drop on Yim, covering her for two again. Kamea hits a dropkick on Yim, but Yim dodges and then takes down Kamea with a cutter. Yim hits an STO, then hits Protect Ya Neck on Kamea, pinning her for the victory.
Winner: Mia Yim
As Yim celebrates, Charlotte Flair comes down to the ring and confronts her. Charlotte reminds Mia that she wants to defend her title against Mia first. Mia says that she would be honored to be in the ring with Charlotte. Charlotte talks down to Yim and Yim seems to not take that well before Charlotte retreats up the ramp.
We see a video package of Gentleman Jack Gallagher, talking about how he will not be a joke anymore. Up next, after this commercial, Gallagher will take on the debuting El Hijo del Fantasma.
Back from commercial and Robert Stone and Chelsea Green are relaxing by a pool, talking about how Green will become NXT Women’s Champion one day.
Jack Gallagher vs. El Hijo del Fantasma
Gallagher and Fantasma lock up, and Gallagher pins Fantasma into the corner until the ref forces him back. Fantasma hits a takedown on Gallagher, but Gallagher locks in an armbar on Gallagher. Jack goes for the mask of Fantasma until the ref stops him.
Fantasma gets to his feet and drops Jack with a dropkick, pinning him for one. Fantasma transitions immediately into a chinlock, but Gallagher fights to his feet and hits a fireman’s carry slam on Fantasma. Gallagher covers Fantasma three consecutive times for two.
Outside the ring, Gallagher tosses Fantasma into the apron and the barricade. Back in the ring, Fantasma kicks Gallagher and pulls him back outside of the ring. Fantasma hits a dive over the top rope onto Gallagher and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Gallagher has Fantasma on the apron, kicking away at him. Gallagher has an armbar locked in on Fantasma in the ring. Fantasma fights out and takes down Gallagher with a series of flying clotheslines. Gallagher fights Fantasma into the corner. Fantasma hits a superkick onto Gallagher’s neck, sending him to the outside, then follows it up with a suicide dive through the ropes, taking Gallagher out.
Fantasma tosses Gallagher back into the ring, the hits him with an uppercut. Fantasma rolls up Gallagher into a pinfall attempt for two. Fantasma gets Gallagher up on into a fireman’s carry, but Gallgher grabs at Fantasma’s mask, forcing Fantasma to release him. Gallagher hits Fantasma with a headbutt, pinning him for a very close two.
Gallagher runs at Fantasma in the corner, but Fantasma evades and catches Gallagher in a fireman’s carry. Gallagher goes for the mask again, but Fantasma knees Gallagher in the face, forcing him to let go. Gallagher does, and Fantasma hits the Samoan Driver on Gallagher, covering him for three.
Winner: El Hijo del Fantasma
Up next, Velveteen Dream and NXT North American Champion Keith Lee will take on Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and NXT Champion Adam Cole in a tag team match after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and next week Mia Yim will go one on one with Charlotte Flair and NXT North American Champion Keith lee will defend his championship against Damian Priest.
We see that, during the commercial break, the same people who abducted Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza tried to abduct El Hijo del Fantasma, but Fantasma fought back and they drove off.
Velveteen Dream and NXT North American Champion Keith Lee vs. NXT Champion Adam Cole and Roderick Strong
Strong and Cole try and jump Dream and Lee at the bell, but Dream and Lee are able to successfully fight them off. Dream gets distracted by Bobby Fish on the outside, but the referee tosses him out. While the referee is distracted, Damian Priest comes through the crowd area and hits Keith Lee with Priest’s nightstick into Lee’s throat.
The referee signals to the back for more referees and medical staff to come out to help Lee. While everyone is taking care of Lee, Roderick Strong is seen in the background running the ropes and going for a move onto Velveteen Dream, though the move that he hits is not seen. Then, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and this has become a handicap match for the Velveteen Dream against both Roderick Strong and Adam Cole.
Dream is whipped into the corner by Roderick Strong. Strong tags Cole in. Cole goes for a pump kick and Dream blocks the first one, but Cole gets the second pump kick. Strong hits an Olympic Slam on Dream for a two count.
Strong tags back in and Strong hits a pendulum backbreaker on Dream. Strong hits another backbreaker on Dream and covers him for two. Strong locks in an abdominal stretch on Dream, and we are shown that Velveteen Dream has a new partner in his corner. Dexter Lumis has made his way to the ring and is standing in Velveteen Dream’s corner, seemingly as Dream’s partner.
Strong goes for a backbreaker, but Dream hits a Dream Valley Driver. Strong tags in Cole, and Velveteen Dream tags in Dexter Lumis. Lumis takes down Roderick Strong and hits a Thesz Press on Cole. Bobby Fish comes down to the ring and Lumis tags in Dream before hitting a dive onto Bobby Fish onto the outside. Dream hits a Purple Rainmaker from the top rope, covering Adam Cole.
Winners: Velveteen Dream and Dexter Lumis
Outside the ring, Lumis stares at Velveteen Dream as Velveteen Dream poses and Undisputed Era retreat up the ramp. NXT goes off the air with Dream still celebrating in the ring.