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In what could be seen as an attempt to counter-program AEW’s Fyter Fest, WWE has revived another WWE classic for their NXT brand as tonight is Night 1 of NXT’s Great American Bash, and a total of 5 matches have been announced for tonight’s card, including one first-ever match!
First up, Timothy Thatcher will compete in his first match since his cage match with Matt Riddle. After weeks of vignettes promoting his “Thatch-as-Thatch-can” wrestling school, Thatcher has been called out by one-half of the Brit-Am Brawlers, Oney Lorcan. This is sure to be a hard-hitting contest with two of the best strikers in NXT.
Also in singles action tonight, Dexter Lumis and Roderick Strong will face off once again, but this time in NXT’s first-ever Strap Match. Last week, Strong high-tailed it out of the ring when he came face-to-face with Lumis, but there will be nowhere to run for the Messiah of the Backbreaker tonight when Lumis and Strong are connected with a strap.
In a match that was set up last week, Rhea Ripley will take on both Aliyah and Robert Stone in a handicap match where, if Ripley loses, she must join the Robert Stone Brand. While he has not performed in this capacity as of yet, Stone is a competent wrestler, and one must wonder if Ripley might be underestimating her opponents tonight, but only time will tell.
In further women’s action, Candice LeRae, Tegan Nox, Mia Yim, and Dakota Kai will compete in a fatal-four-way match to determine the #1 contender for Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship. While Shirai will be in a match tonight, she will not be defending her title, so her next defense will likely be against one of these women, but who will it be?
Finally, in what will likely be the main event, NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai will take on one half of the WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions, Sasha Banks for the first time ever. Banks will have her partner, the Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley, in her corner tonight, but Bayley and Banks have hit a few speed bumps over the past few weeks, so will Bayley be a helping hand or a hindrance? Find out tonight.
Night 1 of NXT’s Great American Bash has been promoted as having limited commercial interruptions, so we look forward to covering all 5 of these matches and more when NXT goes live tonight at 8:00 PM EST!
We get a recap of the build to some of these matches, including the main event of Night 2, the winner-take-all match of NXT North American Champion Keith Lee vs. NXT Champion Adam Cole.
After a big of fanfare and a nice look at the modified set, we head straight into the first match.
Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai vs. Mia Yim vs. Candice LeRae to Determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship
While the women come down to the ring, Mauro and Tom Phillips tell us that this is a Fatal Four Way Elimination Match and William Regal has outlawed outside interference for this match, ensuring that Raquel Gonzalez will not be involved tonight.
Kai and LeRae immediately leave the ring and watch Yim and Nox go at it in the ring. LeRae trips up Yim early and brings her to the outside of the ring, tossing her into the steel steps. LeRae gets in the ring and goes face to face with Nox, but Kai distracts her. LeRae rolls up Nox off the distraction for a two.
Kai hits a drop toe hold on Nox and tries to kick her head but misses, and both women go down on the outside. Back in the ring, Yim re-enters the ring and takes down LeRae with a dropkick. Yim goes for a cannonball in the corner but misses. LeRae hits a running clothesline onto Yim on the corner, then hits a diving plancha onto Nox on the outside.
Back in the ring, LeRae goes to the top rope, but Yim gives chase and follows. LeRae escapes beneath Yim and hits an elevated German suplex on Yim, covering her for two. Kai gets back in the ring and sets up LeRae for a Go to Kick, but Nox superkicks Kai and takes down both women.
Kai and Nox both hit Candice with a facewash before Nox catches Kai with one. Nox and Yim toss Dakota Kai onto Candice and Yim follows it up with Sole Food, pinning Candice for three and eliminating her. Yim and Nox stare at Candice as Candice lays on the ground and Kai watches on from outside the ring as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Yim and Nox both cover Kai in an attempt to eliminate her, but Kai is able to kick out and Kai rolls out of the ring. Yim runs the ropes but Nox catches her and goes for a chokeslam, but Yim escapes and hits Nox with a jab to the face.
Yim low bridges Nox and sends her out of the ring. Yim gives chase but misses an attack on Nox and as Nox re-enters the ring. Nox is met by a strike by Kai, but Nox gets back in the ring and hits Kai with a full nelson slam. Yim hits a pair of flying headscissors on Yim and Kai, then hits each woman with a tope.
Yim picks up Kai and tosses her into the ring. Yim hits a Code Blue on Kai, covering her for two. Nox hits Yim with a rolling crucifix pin for two. Yim hits Sole Food on Nox, but Nox rolls out of the ring before Yim can pin her. Yim is watching Nox roll out of the ring with a look of disappointment, and Kai uses the distraction to roll up Yim for the three, eliminating her as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Kai and Nox are trading blows in the middle of the ring. Nox and Kai trade forearms and strikes until they both fall to their knees. Kai hits Nox with a superkick out of nowhere and Nox is down. Kai picks her up, but Nox hits Kai with a headbutt and a series of rights to Kai’s chest.
Nox lays out Kai with a series of clotheslines, and then hits a series of running back elbows into Kai in the corner. Nox follows this up with a cannonball senton onto Kai in the corner, then covers her for two. Nox picks up Kai by the hair and tosses her into the ropes, then hits a fallaway slam on Kai, bridging into a pin for two.
Nox goes to the top rope, but Kai catches her with a kick to the face and tosses her off the top. Kai hit Nox with a Kai-Ropractor, pinning her for two. Kai clubs and kicks away at a downed Nox. Kai picks up Nox and goes for a Go to Kick, but Nox escapes and plants her face-first and covers her for two.
Nox goes for the Shiniest Wizard, but Kai dodges and rolls up Nox for two. Kai locks in a submission on Nox, but Nox rolls Kai into a pinfall attempt for two, forcing a break. Nox goes to the top rope and hits a Molly-Go-Round on Kai, then a Shiniest Wizard, covering Kai for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Tegan Nox
Backstage, Damian Priest is about to be interviewed, but Priest interrupts and looks straight into the camera and talks down Cameron Grimes before he challenges Grimes to a match one on one.
Sasha Banks and Bayley are shown backstage getting ready for Sasha’s match against Io.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Oney Lorcan
Lorcan pushes Thatcher into a corner, but the referee separates them. Lorcan hits Thatcher with a chop, then locks in a headscissors on Thatcher. Thatcher reverses into a bow and arrow submission. Lorcan escapes when Thatcher rolls him into a pinfall attempt.
Lorcan goes for an armbar, but Thatcher locks his hands to prevent the submission. Thatcher is able to roll through a pick up Lorcan, but Lorcan rolls Thatcher down and goes back for an armbar. Thatcher rolls Lorcan onto his stomach and transitions into an STF.
Lorcan gets to his feet, but Thatcher hits an armdrag on Lorcan and Thatcher transitions into a ground and pound, then goes for an armbar on Lorcan’s left arm. Thatcher backs Lorcan into the ropes and strikes at his chest, then takes Lorcan down and locks in a double wristlock on Lorcan.
Thatcher adds a headscissor submission, then goes for a cover on Lorcan, but Lorcan kicks out. Lorcan and Thatcher get to their feet and Lorcan hits a snapmare on Thatcher into a surfboard stretch. Thatcher gets to his feet, but Lorcan drives Thatcher back down and uses his knee and forehead for additional leverage.
Lorcan releases the hold and hits Thatcher with a series of chops, then an elbow to Thatcher. Lorcan goes to the top rope and Thatcher catches Lorcan with an uppercut, sending Lorcan toppling over the top rope, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Thatcher hits Lorcan with a belly to belly suplex. Lorcan escapes the ring before Thatcher can continue the attack. Lorcan gets to the apron, but Thatcher attacks Lorcan and goes for a suplex. Lorcan flips out of the suplex and hits a full nelson suplex on Thatcher, then a running uppercut for a two count pinfall attempt.
Lorcan and Thatcher get to their feet and trade blows and strikes. Lorcan takes Thatcher down with a huge strike to the face, then locks in a single leg Boston crab on Thatcher, sitting in deep into the hold. Thatcher picks the toe and reverses the hold, then goes for a fujiwara armbar. Lorcan escapes and both men get to their feet.
Thatcher hits a double underhook butterfly suplex on Lorcan, covering him for two. Thatcher goes for a Sugar Hold, but Lorcan fishhooks Thatcher’s mouth. Thatcher catches Lorcan’s arm and locks Lorcan into a Fujiwara armbar, forcing him to submit.
Winner: Timothy Thatcher
Thatcher keeps the hold on way too long and refuses to release the hold after Lorcan tapped out, but eventually Thatcher let go. Thatcher stared down the camera menacingly and stares down Lorcan.
We get a video package for Karrion Kross. Kross says that there are “entitled vermin” all around NXT and these people are now being protected by the same status quo that they used to fight against. Scarlett says that NXT will soon be defined by Kross and the things he does to his opponents. We get a brief shot of Keith Lee destroyed Kross’s hourglass from two weeks ago and that ends the package.
Rhea Ripley vs. Aliyah and Robert Stone; If Rhea Ripley Loses, She Must Join the Robert Stone Brand
Robert Stone puts in a mouthpiece and puts on googles. Both Stone and Aliyah will be in this match at the same time; there will be no tags. Stone tries to hold Aliyah back, as he says that he can take Ripley. Ripley hits Stone with a huge chop, sending him to the outside.
Aliyah uses the distraction to roll up Ripley, and Aliyah hits Ripley with a flying headscissors takedown, then pins her for two. Aliyah tries to hit an armdrag on Ripley, but Ripley is too strong and picks up Aliyah, gets her in an electric chair, and drops her face-first.
Ripley pins Aliyah, but Stone drags her foot and breaks up the pin. Ripley chases Stone out of the ring and Stone gets back in the ring. Stone hits a dive onto Ripley to the outside, but Ripley easily evades. Using Stone as a distraction, Aliyah takes Ripley down with a dive of her own. Aliyah rolls Ripley back into the ring as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Stone and Aliyah have Ripley in a double submission. Ripley escapes, but Aliyah kicks Ripley and takes her down. Aliyah and Stone hit a double suplex on Ripley and a slight miscommunication means that Aliyah pins Ripley late, allowing Ripley to kick out at two.
Stone and Aliyah pick Ripley back up and go for another suplex, but Ripley instead hits a double suplex on them. Ripley takes down Stone and Aliyah, tossing Aliyah into Stone in the corner before taking Aliyah down with a series of clotheslines. Ripley ripcords Aliyah into Stone before spiking Aliyah face-first into Stone’s crotch.
Aliyah gets up and fights back, but Ripley easily pushes her off. Stone goes for a rollup, but Ripley blocks and hits Stone with a headbutt before knocking down Aliyah. Ripley locks a cloverleaf submission on both Stone and Aliyah and both of them tap out at the same time.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
As Ripley celebrates in the ring, we are told that NXT’s first-ever strap match between Dexter Lumis and Roderick Strong is up next.
Dexter Lumis vs. Roderick Stong
We get a video package of Roderick Strong’s trying to face his fear of Dexter Lumis. The package transitions seamlessly into a live feed of Strong backstage. Strong looks focused and serious, but when he walks out onto the ramp, his demeanor changes significantly and he looks much more rattled than before.
Lumis comes down to the ring and stares daggers into Strong all the way down the ramp. Strong leaves the ring and Lumis still does not break his stare on Strong. Strong must eventually get back in the ring to be tied to the other end of the strap.
Before the referee can get the strap on Lumis, Strong jumps him and hits him with a surprise attack. Strong takes his eyes off Strong briefly and Lumis takes Strong down. Lumis attaches the strap to Strong while he is down and the bell rings.
Lumis uses the strap to pull Strong towards him and hits an uppercut on Strong. Lumis pulls the strap and sends Strong into the apron multiple times. Lumis gives chase to Strong to the outside. Strong gets a few strikes in on Lumis but misses when he goes to hit Lumis with the strap.
Lumis gets Strong back in the ring and hits Strong with a back body drop. Lumis corners Strong and kicks and punches at him in the corner. The referee forces Lumis to back up. Strong uses the strap to pull Lumis towards him and kicks Lumis away.
Strong chases Lumis and goes for chops, but Lumis sends Strong to the outside over the top rope. Lumis uses the strap to pull Strong to the apron, then tosses Strong over the top rope into the middle of the ring. Lumis runs at STrong in the corner but Strong gets the boot up and then hits a running knee to Lumis’s face.
Strong picks up Lumis and puts him the corner before striking away at his face. Strong mounts he corner and wraps the strap around his fist, punching at Lumis. Lumis escapes under Strong’s legs, then hits an uppercut on Strong, sending Strong out of the ring.
Lumis follows and hits an uppercut on Strong, then tries ti whip Strong with the strap but misses. Lumis pulls Strong towards him and Strong is sent flying over the steel steps. Strong and Lumis fight up the ramp and Lumis tosses Strong face first into the set. Lumis sees one of the cars parked near the ramp.
Lumis goes to the car and opens the trunk, but Strong uses the distraction to get the advantage on Lumis, kicking Lumis in the face repeatedly. Lumis hits Strong with a knee to the midsection, but Strong hits Lumis with an Olympic Slam on the outside of the ring.
Strong picks Lumis up and tosses him into the ring and whips Lumis with the strap, then chops him in the chest. Strong hits a few more whips on Lumis’ back, then mounts Lumis and ground and pounds him. Strong hits Lumis with a basement dropkick then lays back in right hands, pinning Lumis for two.
Strong gets to his feet and seems much more confident. Strong goes for a gutwrench suplex, but Lumis blocks. Strong takes down Lumis with a back elbow, then covers him for two. Strong locks in a sleeper, but Lumis gets to his feet and punches away at Strong, breaking the hold.
Lumis gets Strong in the corner, but Strong his Lumis with a step-up enziguri, taking Lumis down. Strong his Lumis with the strap multiple times, then chops and strikes at Lumis. Strong runs the ropes and runs at Lumis, but Lumis turns Strong inside out with a clothesline.
Strong and Lumis get to their feet and Lumis hits Strong with a bulldog out of the corner for two. Lumis picks up Strong and hits a slingshot suplex. Lumis now whips Strong with the strap a few times before going for the Kata Gatame. Strong hits Lumis with an elbow and a leaping knee strike to Lumis face.
Strong forces Lumis into the corner, then perches Lumis on the top rope. Strong hits a superplex on Lumis, and Strong pins him for two. Strong uses the strap to tie Lumis’ feet together, then locks in a Stronghold with Lumis feet tied. Lumis drags himself to the apron and pulls himself out of the ring, forcing a break of the Stronghold.
Lumis takes Strong down rolls Lumis back into the ring. Lumis gets to his feet on the apron but Bobby Fish comes out of nowhere and sweeps Lumis’ feet out from under him. Lumis rolls into the ring and Strong takes Lumis down, pinning him for two.
Bobby Fish tries to get involved in the match, but Lumis uses the strap to take down Fish. Fish rolls to the apron and stands up, but Lumis uses the strap to pull Strong info Fish, knocking him off the apron. Lumis uses the strap to wrap up Strong before hitting him with a ura nage, then locks in his Kata Gatame, which has now been renamed Silence, making Roderick Strong tap out.
Winner: Dexter Lumis
Tom Phillips tosses to a Prime Target segment about Keith Lee vs. Adam Cole in a winner-take-all match for Night Two of NXT’s Great American Bash.
Io Shirai is shown getting ready for her match with Sasha Banks, and we go to commercial.
Backstage, Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano are interviewed backstage about Candice’s loss in the fatal four way. Candice suddenly runs off and attacks Mia Yim. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott is shown backstage trying to break up the attack, but Johnny runs over and pulls Swerve off of Candice. Shawn Michaels and others show up and separate Scott and Gargano.
El Legado del Fantasma come down to the ring. Escobar gets on the mic and talks about how lucha libre was highly regarded in history, with lucha libre stars appearing in movies and being superheroes, but El Legado del Fantasma will “rediscover the roots” and “rediscover the honor,” of lucha libre.
Escobar says that they will rewrite lucha libre culture in his image. Before he can finish his promo, Drake Maverick’s music hits. Maverick comes down to the ring and Maverick comes out with a neckbrace on. El Legado del Fantasma seem to not be worried about him, but Maverick takes off the neckbrace and runs at the ring.
Maverick runs in, but Wilde and Mendoza take him down after a fight. Escobar gets on the mic and looks at Maverick, saying, “No one can touch me.” Escobar backs up and looks like he is going to run at Maverick, but Breezango come down to the ring and dispatch Wilde and Mendoza. Breeze and Fandango corner Escobar, but he rolls out of the ring.
El Legado del Fantasma retreat up the ramp, and Fandango gets on the mic, saying, “Next week, NXT Great American Bash Night 2, there will be no place to hide,” seemingly challenging El Legado del Fantasma to a 6-man tag match for next week.
Cameron Grimes is interviewed backstage and he says that he isn’t worried about Damian Priest, but he is “going to the moon,” and will go after the winner of the main event of next week’s match.
Up next, Io Shirai and Sasha Banks go one on one, after this commercial break.
We get another video package of Mercedes Martinez after the commercial, but this time the video package says that she will be back next week. Also, 6-Man tag team action has been confirmed for next week’s Night 2 between El Legado del Fantasma and Breezango and Drake Maverick. Additionally, Mia Yim and Candice LeRae will face off next week in a street fight.
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. WWE Women’s Tag Team Champion Sasha Banks (w/WWE Women’s Tag Team and Smackdown Women’s Champion Bayley)
Bayley pushes Shirai into the corner, but the referee forces a break. Io pushes Sasha into the corner, but Sasha fights back and hits Io with an elbow to the face. Io goes to the top rope and hits Sasha with a missile drop kick. Sasha runs out of the ring and Io hits a dive onto Sasha Banks to the outside.
Io rolls Sasha back into the ring and kicks at her midsection repeatedly. Io kicks Sasha in her midsection, then covers her for two. Io perches Sasha on the top rope and Io mounts, but Bayley runs over to one of the cars on the side of the set and pushes the horn of the car, distracting Io.
Sasha takes Io from the top rope and locks in a rear chinlock. Sasha gets Io in the corner and hits Io with knees to the midsection, covering her for two. Sasha stands on one of Io’s hands and manipulates Io’s hand and fingers, then covers Io for two. Sasha runs at Io and hits her with double knees to the face, pinning her for two.
Io gets to her knees and Sasha pulls back on Io’s arms while pushing into her back with a foot. Io gets to her feet and sends Sasha into the corner. Io runs at Sasha in the corner and hits a frankensteiner on Sasha from the top rope.
Sasha and Io run at each other, but Io hits Sasha with a flapjack and her Tiger Faint Kick. Io follows it up with a springboard missile dropkick, then covers Sasha for two. Io picks up Sasha and goes for a double underhook suplex, but Banks blocks and escapes. Io gets Sasha with a German suplex and Sasha has a nasty landing where she nearly lands on her neck and head.
Io walks over to Sasha, but Sasha locks in the Bank Statement on Io, but Io escapes. Io hits a double foot stomp on Sasha’s chest, then hits running double knees to the face of Sasha in the corner. Sasha ties Io in the Tree of Woe and taunts her, talking trash to Io. Io punches Sasha in the face.
Banks responds by backing up and going for running double knees to Io’s face, but Io sits up and goes for a moonsault onto Sasha. Sasha evades and takes down Io before hitting a meteora on Io, pinning her for two.
Banks gets to her feet but is wobbly on her feet. Io sends her to the middle rope and goes for the Tiger Faint Kick. Sasha evades and Io ends up on the apron. They trade blows until Io goes for springboard offense. Sasha catches her and kicks Io in the face, sending her back to the apron. Sasha hits a dive to the outside and follows it up with a sunset flip powerbomb into the plexiglass.
Sasha rolls Io into the ring and climbs to the top rope. Sasha goes for a frogsplash but Io rolls out of the way and locks a crossface in on Banks. Banks rolls around and spins, reaching for the ropes. Bayley tosses her tag team title into the ring and the referee grabs the belt to move it out of the way. While the referee is distracted, Bayley punches Io and forces a break.
The referee tries to remove Bayley’s belt from the ring and bring it to the timekeeper’s area, but Bayley stops him and gets in a tug of war for the belt. While the referee is distracted, Banks tries to use another belt to hit Io, but Asuka appears from under the ring and stops Banks from using the belt by hitting her with the Green Mist in the face.
Io rolls up Sasha for a two count. Io hits a wrecking ball dropkick to Bayley, sending her into the plexiglass, then hits a moonsault on Sasha, pinning her for three.
Winner: Io Shirai
Io and Asuka celebrate in the ring and Bayley and Sasha retreat up the ramp with their belts as NXT goes off the air.