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To compete against AEW Fyter Fest Night Two, NXT will hold Night Two of the Great American Bash tonight, with the main event promising to crown NXT’s first-ever double champion. Let’s look at the card.
Following last week’s backstage brawl between Mia Yim and Candice LeRae, the two have been scheduled to compete in a Street Fight. The feud between these two has been going on since LeRae and Gargano turned heel weeks ago, and tonight could finally see the end of the rivalry between these two women.
Last week’s backstage brawl also saw two male superstars getting involved: Johnny Gargano and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott. Gargano and Scott will clash for the first time on NXT. Since Gargano has left the main event, it is great to see him tear it up with midcard guys like Swerve, but will Swerve emerge victorious overall Gargano?
Another match that was set up last week is the 6-Man Tag Match scheduled for tonight when El Legado del Fantasma take on Breezango and Drake Maverick. This will be the first time that El Legado will compete as a trio, but this will also be the first appearance of Santos Escobar since he unmakes himself. Will Maverick get his revenge on El Legado?
In tonight’s main event, it is the match that everyone will be tuning in to watch. NXT North American Champion Keith Lee will take on NXT Champion Adam Cole in a Champion vs. Champion, Winner-Take-All match. While photos of a potential finish have leaked online, this match is sure to tear the house down regardless of the finish. The only question is: Will they actually pull the trigger and crown a double champion, or will there be some sort of dusty finish to keep the titles separate? We’ll find out tonight.
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A recap of Night One of the Great American Bash, plus a promo for Keith Lee vs. Adam Cole in the main event.
Candice LeRae vs. Mia Yim
Mia Yim attacks Candice LeRae while LeRae poses on the ramp. Yim tosses LeRae down the ramp and into the steel steps before pulling out a trash can and a trash can lid, kendo sticks, and steel chairs, tossing everything into the ring. Yim and
LeRae get in the ring and the bell rings. LeRae grabs a kendo stick and tees off on Yim, but Yim is able to pull the stick out of LeRae’s hands and return strikes of her own. After laying out LeRae, Yim goes outside of the ring and grabs a table, tossing it into the ring as well.
LeRae hits Yim with a dropkick through the ropes, sending Yim to the floor on the outside. LeRae grabs the table and sets it up in the corner. Yim gets back in the ring and tries to hit a suplex on LeRae through the table. LeRae escapes and tries to send Yim through the table, but Yim catches her and rolls her into a pinfall attempt for two.
Yim and LeRae brawl to the outside, and LeRae pulls Yim face first into the ring post on the outside multiple times. Yim reverses a pull and pulls LeRae into the corner once before tossing LeRae into the crowd area. LeRae reaches a catering table and tosses food at Yim, but Yim hits Candice with a trash can lid.
LeRae returns fire, throwing bowls, serving dishes, and trash can holders at Yim. LeRae places Yim on a platform on the outside and Yim fights back, but LeRae uses a fire extinguisher on her, momentarily blinding Yim.
LeRae picks up Yim and tries to hit her with a superplex from the platform through the table, but Yim escapes and dropkicks LeRae off of the platform and through the table, sending us into our first commercial break.
Back from commercial, Yim and LeRae are in the ring and LeRae hits Yim with a shining wizard to a seated Yim on a chair. LeRae covers Yim for two. LeRae picks up a chair and pushes the top into Yim’s ribs and sides. LeRae goes to the outside and looks for more chairs, tossing three more into the ring.
LeRae picks up Yim and strikes her repeatedly with a trash can lid to the back. LeRae goes back to the corner and moves the table, placing it horizontally on top of the top rope in the corner. LeRae tries to suplex Yim through the table, but Yim reverses and suplex LeRae.
Yim and LeRae get to their feet at the same time, and Yim hits an enziguri and a roundhouse kick to Candice, sending both women to the mat. Yim and LeRae get to their feet and trade blows, but Yim clotheslines LeRae into the corner, followed by a chop.
Yim picks up the trash can and places it over LeRae’s head, then Yim hits a running kick to the trash can covered LeRae, then a cannonball into the trash canned LeRae. Yim covers LeRae for two. Yim pulls brass knuckles out of her tights. Yim goes to punch LeRae with the brass knuckles, but LeRae blocks, making Yim punch a steel chair.
LeRae lays into Yim with a chair, then piles Yim with chairs. LeRae climbs to the table placed on the top ropes, but Yim strikes LeRae, temporarily making LeRae lose her balance. Yim piles the chairs back up in the middle of the ring, then climbs to the table.
LeRae gets Yim’s brass knuckles and puts them on, then clocks Mia Yim with the brass knuckles. LeRae hits Yim with a swinging neckbreaker from the table onto the pile of chairs in the middle of the ring. LeRae and Yim land, but LeRae’s arm lands on top of Yim’s. The referee counts the pinfall for LeRae, and counts to three, awarding LeRae the win.
Winner: Candice LeRae
We hear from Mark Henry on who he thinks will win the main event match, and Henry says that he is picking Keith Lee for the victory.
We are told that Tony Nese and Bronson Reed will face off against each other next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we head right into our next match.
Bronson Reed vs. Tony Nese
Reed seems to be able to overpower Nese, but Nese gets back to his feet. Nese and Reed lock up, but Reed bars Nese’s left arm, then takes Nese down to the mat. Reed twists the arm and applies pressure, but Nese grabs Reed’s hair to try and get the advantage.
Nese hits Reed with a back elbow and tries to leap frog over Reed, but Reed catches him and pushes him down. Reed then grabs Nese and picks him up in a military press before dropping him and hitting him with a senton. Nese rolls to the outside, and Reed follows.
Reed hits Nese with a headbutt and some clubbing blows to the back. Reed rolls Nese back in the ring, but Nese uses the apron, covering Reed with it and laying into Reed with a dropkick and strikes to get the upper hand.
Reed gets back in the ring and Nese tries to take him down with forearm strikes, but Reed hits another headbutt. Nese tries to rollup Reed into an inside cradle pin for two. Nese follows it up with a dropkick, but Reed gets to his feet quickly.
Nese tries to toss Reed out of the ring, but Reed blocks it and hits Nese with a Manhattan Drop and Bionic elbow. Reed tosses Nese into the corner and runs at him, but Nese gets his feet up. Nese dives at Reed, but Reed catches him. Nese escapes the hold and hits Reed in the throat, then hits his jawbreaker over the top rope.
Nese enters the ring and hits a moonsault onto Nese for two. Nese goes back to the top rope, but Reed knocks Nese from the corner. Reed goes to the top rope instead and hits a diving splash onto Nese, covering him for three.
Winner: Bronson Reed
We get a promo package for Mercedes Martinez returning tonight. Robert Stone and Aliyah try to recruit Shotzi Blackheart backstage, but Shotzi shoots him down. Killian Dain finds Robert Stone backstage and tosses him down, before Shotzi rolls over Stone’s leg with her tank and running away as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, we head right into the next match.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Johnny Gargano
Gargano and Scott tie up immediately, but Gargano bars Scott’s left arm before wrapping his right arm into a pinfall attempt. Gargano taunts Swerve, then grounds him with a front chancery. Scott tries to escape, but Gargano keeps his hold on and puts pressure on Scott’s arms.
Gargano goes for a Gargano Escape, but Scott counters and takes down Gargano. Gargano reverses into a wrsitlock. Gargano pins Scotts arms down, but Scott pins out. Scott locks a headlock on Scott.
Scott and Gargano get to their feet. Gargano hits a headscissors on Scott, but Scott lands on his feet. Gargano and Scott trade big moves, dives, and superkicks, but they each evade each other’s blows. Back in the ring, Gargano goes for One Final Beat, but Scott blocks, sending Gargano to the outside. Scott hits a dive on Gargano to the outside, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Gargano gets struck in the face by Swerve. Swerve fights back, pinning Gargano in the corner and then hits him with a flatliner. Gargano gets to his feet in the corner, but Gargano fights back and hits a slingshot spear onto Swerve for a two.
Gargano chops away at Swerve in the corner. Gargano goes for a superkick, but Scott dodges and hits a suplex on Gargano. Scott goes for the House Call, but Gargano evades and hits a back elbow. Gargano takes Scott down with a kick to the knees and a step-up enziguri. Scott hits Gargano with a House Call, but Scott was too tired to cover Gargano.
Scott picks up Gargano, but Gargano locks in an STF. Scott reverses into a pin for two. Gargano hits Scott with a superkick, then goes for the Gargano Escape, but Scott blocks. Scott hits Gargano with a powerbomb, pinning him for two.
Scott stalks Gargano, then gets to the top rope, but Gargano rolls out to the apron and blocks Swerve from diving from the top. Swerve kicks Gargano in the face from the top rope, knocking Gargano off the apron. Scott goes for a double stomp onto Gargano to the outside, but Gargano dodges and hits a Poison Hurricanrana.
Gargano rolls Scott back into the ring and hits the One Final Beat, pinning him for the pinfall victory.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
We get a video package hyping up the title match between Io Shirai and Tegan Nox. After the video package, we are told that the title match will happen next week.
Keith Lee is shown backstage getting warmed up for the main event.
El Legado del Fantasma vs. Breezango and Drake Maverick
Fandango and Joaquin Wilde start the match. Frandango takes Wilde down with a shoulder tackle, then bars the left arm of Wilde. Fandango hits a suplex, coverin Willde for two. Fandango drops Wilde on the ropes and tags in Breeze.
Wilde pushes Breeze into the corner and tags in Mendoza. Mendoza tosses Breeze into the ropes, but comes back with a swinging neckbreaker on Mendoza. Breeze tags in Mendoza, but Maverick seems to concerned with Escobar. Maverick hits Mendoza with an enziguri and tags in Breeze.
Mendoza tags in Escobar, who tags in Wilde, and they hit triple team offense on Breeze. Wilde takes Breeze down with an elbow and a kick to the face, covering Breeze for two. Wilde bars Breeze’s left arm, but Breeze hits a jawbreaker on Wilde and tags in Fandango.
Fandango takes out Wilde and Mendoza, then hits a falcon arrow on Wilde. Escobar comes into the ring, but Maverick sends Escobar to the ouside, where all three members of El Legado are now standing. Fandango picks up Maverick and tosses him into them, before hitting a tope onto them himself.
El Legado take advantage of the numbers game, tossing Fandango into the steel steps, then tossing him back in the ring. Back in the ring, Wilde lays into Fandango with a chop, a snapmare, and a knee to the back. Wilde kicks away at Fandango’s leg.
Wilde bars Fandango’s left arm, then tags in Escobar. Escobar tees off on Fandango, hitting with with an elbow to the head. Escobar takes Fandango down with a chop block. Escobar locks in an abdominal stretch on Fandango, but Fandango escapes.
Escobar takes Fandango down with an attack to the left knee, then drags him into the corner. Mendoza tags in and keeps Fandango from his corner. Mendoza hits a leg drop on Fandango’s leg. Mendoza then continues to work away at Fandango’s knee, but Fandango sends Mendoza out of the ring.
Mendoza tries to drag him to the outside, but Fandango pushes him into the barricade. Fandango tries to make it to the corner for the tag, and Maverick and Escobar both tag in. Maverick takes Escobar down with a Thesz Press, then a wheelbarrow bulldog.
Mendoza and Wilde try to interfere, but Breeze and Fandango take them to the outside. Maverick goes to the top rope, but Escobar hits Maverick’s leg, stunning him temporarily on the top rope. Escobar picks Maverick off of the ropes and hits Maverick with a Phantom Driver, pinning him for three.
Winner: El Legado del Fantasma
Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae are interviewed backstage about their victories tonight. LeRae seems very pleased with her victory, and Johnny says that, while tonight was a great night, but he says that he still needs to deal with Finn, who prevented him from making it to the main event tonight. LeRae says that they don’t forget, and they have some wrongs to right. They excuse themselves to set off fireworks tonight, and NXT goes to commercial.
Back from commercial, and Drew McIntyre says that he thinks Adam Cole will win in tonight’s main event.
Santana Garrett vs. Mercedes Martinez
Martinez takes down Garrett immediately, lays into her in the corner. Martinez chops away at Garrett,. Garrett gets to her feet and tries to roll up Martinez, but Martinez blocks.
Garrett goes for an abdominal stretch, but Martinez picks her up. Garrett evades and hits a handspring back elbow to Martinez, but Martinez hits Garrett with a big boot,. Martinez mounts Garrett and strikes away at her,
Martinez picks up Garrett and tries to hit a full nelson suplex, but Garrett blocks and goes for a German suplex. Martinez blocks and Garrett comes back with a series of strikes and kicks, but Martinez grounds Garrett with a clothesline.
Martinez hits a Fisherman Buster on Garrett, pinning her for three.
Winner: Mercedes Martinez
We get a video package for a match between Damian Priest and Cameron Grimes, set for next week.
Mick Foley says that he thinks Adam Cole has the edge in tonight’s main event if he can hang in long enough against Keith Lee. Shawn Michaels weighs in and says that he is going with Adam Cole, but there is a part of him that thinks it might be Keith Lee. The main event match is up next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, we are reminded of the two matches announced for next week: Io Shirai defending her NXT Women’s Championship against Tegan Nox and Cameron Grimes taking on Damian Priest.
NXT North American Champion Keith Lee vs. NXT Champion Adam Cole for the NXT Championship and the NXT North American Championship, Winner-Take-All
Cole gets a side headlock on Lee. Lee bearhugs Cole and tries to power out of it, but Cole keeps blocking. Lee picks up Cole and placed him on the top rope, but Cole evades again and keeps the headlock in. Lee eventually breaks Cole’s grip and gets a wristlock in.
Lee keeps the wristlock in, wrenching away at Cole’s wrist. Cole gets to the apron, but Lee pulls Cole back into the ring by his wrist. Lee picks up Cole with one hand and teases a powerbomb, but sets Cole back down on his feet.
Cole hits a forearms smash and forces a break. Cole tries to kick Lee, but Lee blocks the kick and takes him down with a shoulder tackle. Cole escapes to the outside of the ring. Lee runs at Cole and tries to pounce Cole into the plexiglass, but Cole sidesteps Lee and Lee goes face first into the glass.
Cole breaks the count, then hits Lee with a bicycle kick and a few right hands. Cole breaks the count again, then smashes Lee’s face into the steel steps. Cole hits Lee with an uppercut, and both men roll back into the ring.
Cole takes Lee down with a swinging neckbreaker. Cole picks up Lee, then hits forearm smashes and a bicycle kick on Lee again. Cole hits another neckbreaker on Lee and covers him for not even a one count.
Cole focuses his attack on Lee’s back, laying knees into it, then transitions into a headscissors hold on Lee’s head. Lee tries to power out, but Cole hits Lee with punches to the face. Cole taunts Lee, but Lee grabs Cole’s throat. Lee goes for a chokeslam, but Cole breaks the grip and hits a neckbreaker on Lee, pinning him for two.
Cole continues to taunt Lee. Cole tries to lower the kneepad for his Last Shot, but Lee blocks the kneepad being lowered and gets a second wind, laying into Adam Cole. Cole halts his momentum with a pump kick, but Lee hits Cole with a powerslam, pinning him for two.
Lee runs at Cole, hitting him with a double chop to the chest. Lee goes to the middle turnbuckle, but Cole hits him and prevents him from getting to the top rope. Cole hits Lee with a backstabber, pinning Lee for two.
Cole goes to the top rope, but Lee knocks him to the apron. Cole gets to the middle rope and picks up Cole, hitting a superplex onto Cole from the apron. Lee pins Cole for two.
Cole hits Lee with an enziguri and runs the ropes and Lee, but Lee catches Cole and hits a Spirit Bomb on Cole. Lee pins Cole, but Cole reaches the bottom rope with one finger, stopping the pin.
Cole rolls to the outside of the ring. Lee starts to chase, but Cole hits Lee with an enziguri. Cole gets back in the ring and goes for a pump kick, but Lee evades and hits a pounce and a chokeslam on Cole, pinning him for two.
Lee climbs to the middle rope and hits a moonsault onto Cole, pinning him for two. Lee picks Cole up by the hair, picks Cole up for the Big Bang Catastrophe, but Cole escapes and hits Lee with a superkick.
Lee is still on his feet, but Cole hits another superkick. Cole takes out Lee’s legs with a kick to each knee, then hits the Last Shot on Lee. Cole pins Lee, but Lee kicks out at two.
Cole goes for another Last Shot, but Lee gets to his feet and hits Cole with a clothesline, turning him inside out, but Cole lands bad on his neck. Cole kicks at Lee’s leg and hits Panama Sunrise on Lee, pinning him for two.
Cole gets to his feet and hits a series of superkicks to Lee’s jaw, pinning him for two. Cole lowers the kneepad and sets up for the Last Shot and hits it. Cole isn’t done, though, and goes to the corner. Cole climbs to the middle rope and looks like he is going for another Panama Sunrise.
Cole goes for a Panama Sunrise, but Lee catches Cole and hits him with a Spirit Bomb. Lee picks up Cole and hits the Big Bang Catastrophe, pinning Cole for three.
Winner: Keith Lee
Lee celebrates in the ring, confetti raining down on him. Karrion Kross and Scarlett look on from a production box somewhere high above the audience. Scarlett walks away, but Karrion Kross keeps his eyes on Lee in the ring before walking away himself as NXT goes off the air.