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As we move one week closer to NXT TakeOver: XXX, the card begins to take shape, and four matches have been announced for tonight’s episode of NXT. How will they play into the buildup for TakeOver? Let’s take a look.
First up, to kick off tonight’s show, Karrion Kross will take on Danny Burch. Kross was shown backstage last week standing over the prone body of Burch, with the implication that he took Burch out, and Burch will look for retribution tonight as Kross looks to build momentum ahead of his inevitable clash with Keith Lee.
After being attacked by Legado del Fantasma last week, one half of Breezango, Tyler Breeze, will take on the leader of Legado del Fantasma and the NXT Cruiserweight Champion, Santos Escobar. Tonight’s match is not for the title, and with the rest of Legado del Fantasma at ringside for tonight’s match, one must wonder if the likes of Jake Atlas or Isaiah “Swerve” Scott will help Breeze even the odds.
Also follow a confrontation from last week, Damian Priest will take on Bronson Reed. Both men have qualified for the NXT North American Championship ladder match, and after a somewhat friendly confrontation between these two in the parking lot last week, both men look to gain momentum heading into TakeOver.
Additionally, Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae have invited the NXT Universe into their home tonight. Gargano took to Twitter to announce that their dog will “debut” for NXT tonight, but surely NXT’s power couple will have more to say than just showering praise over their puppy, but we will have to wait and see what exactly they have in store for us tonight.
Finally, the last triple threat match for qualification in the NXT North American Championship ladder match will take place tonight. Two of the competitors have been announced for tonight’s match: Kushida and Cameron Grimes, but the third competitor is a mystery opponent. Who will it be? Also, keep in mind that the person who is not involved in the pinfall or submission will take on Johnny Gargano, Finn Balor, or Ridge Holland in singles action next week.
Tonight’s show is bound to have a huge impact on the card for NXT TakeOver: XXX, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live tonight at 8:00 PM EST!
We get a recap of the NXT Tag Team Championship match from last week where Pat McAfee attacked Adam Cole and Karrion Kross called out Keith Lee.
Karrion Kross (w/Scarlett) vs. Danny Burch
Danny Burch enters the ring and calls for the bell as soon as he enters. Burch runs at Kross and treis to get a surprise onslaught on him, and he succeeds at first, clotheslining Kross outside of the ring. Burch gives chase, but Kross picks up Burch by the neck and power bombs him on the floor outside of the ring.
Kross rolls Burch back in the ring. Burch tries to fight back, but Kross picks up Burch and hits him with an exploder suplex. Kross stalks Burch and runs at him in the corner, but Burch gets his feet up and follows it up with an enziguri and a missile dropkick from the top rope.
Kross is unphased. Burch hits Kross with a German suplex, but Kross gets to his feet and nails Burch with a forearm to the face. Burch gets back to his feet and hits another suplex and a clothesline on Kross, then covers Kross for two.
Burch transitions immediately into a crossface submission on Kross. Kross stands up out of the crossface and hits a pair of Doomsday Saitos on Burch. Burch tries to strike at Kross, but Kross steps back and evades. Kross gets in the Krossjacket, and Danny Burch passes out, giving Kross the victory.
Winner: Karrion Kross
At the end of the match, Keith Lee marches down to the ring with an NXT packet in hand. Kross and Scarlett retreat outside of the ring and Kross and Lee stare each other down. Lee gets a mic and says that he isn’t surprised on how Kross acts. He says that he offered Kross to get in the ring, but Kross keeps avoiding him.
Lee says that he begged and pleaded with William Regal to get a match between himself and Kross. He says that Regal’s name is on the contract and Lee’s name is there. He tosses the clipboard down. Scarlett retrieves it and Kross signs the packet, seemingly, approving a match between the two.
Scarlett slides the clipboard back in the ring for Lee, but Lee doesn’t move to pick it up at first. He just stares at Scarlett and Kross. Scarlett eventually goes to stand next to Kross and Lee reaches down and picks up the contract. Lee opens it up and a fireball emerges from the contract, going off in Lee’s face.
Lee is attended to by referees and WWE’s medical staff. Lee pushes away medical attention and walks to the back, shouting things like, “Where’s Kross?” and “Just get me Kross!” Lee walks to the backstage and the cameras follow him. They are placing a towel over his head and face, trying to keep him calm and make sure no chemicals get in his eyes.
The medical staff attends to Lee backstage as we head into the next match in the main arena. We go into a split-screen view, with one side looking at Keith Lee and the other focusing on the next match.
Drake Maverick vs. Killian Dain
As the match begins, we go to a solo screen of the Maverick/Dain match. Maverick tries to outspeed Dain, evading him in the corner and clubbing him in the back. Dain is unphased, and he begins his attack on Maverick as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, and we cut to backstage, showing an ambulance leaving the Performance Center and Undisputed Era arriving at the arena.
In the ring, Maverick hits a dive onto Dain from the top rope to the outside. Dain is back in the ring and Dain is on the ground. Maverick hits an elbow drop from the top rope on Dain and Undisputed Era rush the ring. They attack Drake Maverick and Killian Dain, dishing out superkicks and Last Shots.
Winner: No Contest
Adam Cole gets on the mic and calls out Pat McAfee. Cole says that McAfee only got lucky because he kicked Cole while Cole’s hands behind his back. Cole says that he is the longest reigning NXT Champion in history, and that is who he is stepping in the ring with at TakeOver.
Cole calls out McAfee and challenges him to come to NXT next week and get in the ring and look him face to face next week. He says that McAfee will learn that he is in way over his head next week, and he tosses the mic down, with all four members of Undisputed Era posing in the ring.
We get a recap of Legado del Fantasma attacking Breezango last week, promoting the upcoming match between Tyler Breeze and Santos Escobar up next, right after this commercial.
Back from commercial and we get a video package promoting Kushida for his upcoming triple threat match tonight.
Tyler Breeze vs. NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar (w/Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza)
On his way down to the ring, Escobar removes his jacket and hands it to them, saying, “I got this,” and they go to the back.
Escobar runs at Breeze immediately and he hits Breeze with a series of knees, then a kick to the head. Escobar picks up Breeze and pins him against the ropes, then chops him in the chest. Escobar whips Breeze into the ropes and hits a dropkick on Breeze.
Vic Joseph tells us on commentary that we are hoping to get a medical update on Keith Lee later tonight.
In the ring, Esocbar hits Breeze with a series of kicks to the chest, then a kick to the face sends him to the mat. Breeze retreats to a corner, but Escobar pulls him out and tosses him to the mat. Escobar poses above Breeze, but Breeze quickly gets to his feet and hits an enziguri on Escobar.
Escobar rolls out of the ring and Breeze chases him. Escobar runs back into the ring, and Breeze follows. Escobar then runs across the ring and rolls out again. Breeze runs after Escobar, but Escobar hits a front chop block, taking Breeze off his feet on the outside. Escobar gets Breeze in a military press, then hits him with snake eyes on the ring apron as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Escobar hits a Manhattan Drop on Tyler Breeze, then follows it up with a running knee. Escobar picks up Breeze and goes for the Phantom Driver, but Breeze escapes and pushes Escobar out of the ring. Escobar gets back in the ring and Breeze lays into him with a series of leaping forearm smashes and a supermodel kick.
Breeze goes to pin Escobar, but Mendoza and Wilde run down to the ring. Mendoza and Wilde surround the ring and Breeze runs side to side, hitting superkicks on Wilde and Mendoza. Escobar uses the distraction to pick up Breeze and hit the Phantom Driver, pinning him.
Winner: Santos Escobar
As Legado del Fantasma celebrate in the ring, Fandango comes down on a crutch with his arm in a sling. Fandango is able to take out Wilde and Mendoza with the crutch, but Escobar takes Fandango down. Legado del Fantasma continue to attack Breezango, but Isaiah “Swerve” Scott runs down to the ring and fights off all three members of Legado del Fantasma as they retreat up the ramp.
We get a video package from Dakota Kai, promoting her upcoming match between herself and NXT Women’ Champion Io Shirai, and then we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and we get a video package for Ridge Holland. Holland reveals that his second chance match will be against Johnny Gargano.
Mia Yim vs. Indi Hartwell
Yim is asked backstage about Keith Lee, and she said that she is worried about him, but she needs to focus on her match.
Hartwell and Yim lock up. Yim gets in a side wristlock and goes into a hammerlock, but Hartwell breaks the hold by stomping on Yim’s feet. Yim hits Hartwell with a chop block and a basement dropkick.
Hartwell retreats to a corner and Yim hits her wit ha boot to the face, then hits a cannonball senton onto Hartwell, then pins her for two.
Hartwell gets Yim in the corner and chops away at her, but Yim hits Hartwell with a chop of her own. Yim runs the ropes, but Hartwell scoops up Yim and hits her with a sidewalk slam, covering her for two.
Hartwell gets Yim in a headlock. Yim gets to her feet with Hartwell on her back. Yim backs Hartwel into the corner, but Hartwell does not relent. Yim falls down to her knees on the mat, but Yim stands back up eventually and counters the headlock, dropping them both to the mat.
Hartwell goes right back after Yim, locking in a sleeper. Yim tosses Hartwell the ground over her head, but Hartwell takes Yim down and covers her for two. Yim gets to her feet and they trade blows. Yim hits a double leg takedown on Hartwell, then hit her with a series of punches.
Yim and Hartwell get to their feet and Yim hits a German suplex, then a neckbreamer on Hartwell. Yim goes to seemingly pin Hartwell, but then rolls into a modified abdominal stretch, making Hartwell submit.
Winner: Mia Yim
We get a video package backstage from Finn Balor. Balor says that he isn’t one to politic, but the office wants him on tv. He calls out Kushida, Cameron Grimes, or the unknown third person, and tells them that they should enjoy their match tonight, because he will take them out next week.
Damian Priest and Bronson Reed are shown getting ready backstage for their upcoming match, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and we get a recap of Pat McAfee’s attack on Adam Cole and Triple H calling out Pt McAfee for a match against Adam Cole. We see a Tweet from McAfee responding to Cole’s callout from earlier in the show, saying he accepts.
Damian Priest vs. Bronson Reed
Reed and Priest stare each other down before tying up. Reed seems to have the slight strength advantage, pushing Priest into a corner. Priest and Reed tie up again, but goes for a bar on Reed’s arm.
Reed reverses and bars Priest’s arm. Priest uses his athleticism to escape the hold and goes after a headlock on Reed. Priest gets Reed down to a knee, but Reed gets back to his feet and pushes Priest against the ropes. Priest runs at Reed and tries to take him down with a shoulder tackle.
Reed does not move and he challenges Reed to take him down again with a shoulder tackle. Priest runs at him but Reed tries to take him down. Priest hits Reed with a series of kicks and a back elbow. Priest continues to kick and strike away at Bronson Reed, then hits him with an enziguri.
Reed retreats to a corner and Priest goes for his leaping elbow into the corner, but Reed grabs him. Preist and Reed land on their feet and Reed hits Priest with a DDT. Before Reed can capitalize, Priest rolls out of the ring and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Priest is in firm control of Reed. Reed runs at Priest and Priest leapfrogs Reed, but Reed catches him and toss him down. Reed hits a splash on Priest in the corner, but Priest hits Reed with a bell clap and a ripcord kick.
Priest goes for a roundhouse leaping kick, but Reed catches him and hits a fallaway slam, then follows it up with a senton on Priest. Priest his Reed with a leaping flatliner. Priest strikes away at Reed, then hits a springboard summersault senton onto Reed, following it up with a his diving elbow into the corner.
Priest tries to hit a suplex on Reed, but Reed is too heavy. Priest goes for a second and third try, transitioning into a Broken Arrow on the third try, pinning Reed for two. Reed returns with a brainbuster onto Priest of his own.
Reed and Priest get to their feet and Reed hits some strikes on Priest. Priest returns with a spinning roundhouse kick. Priest goes for his springboard summersault senton again, but Reed catches him and hits a power slam. Reed goes to the top and goes for his Tsunami Splash, but Priest escapes. Priest picks up Reed and goes for The Reckoning, but Reed reverses into a jackknife cover. pinning Priest for three.
Winner: Bronson Reed
We get a video package from the NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai, about Shirai’s upcoming match between herself and Dakota Kai. Up next, Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez of the Robert Stone Brand will take on Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we get a video package for Cameron Grimes hyping up his upcoming triple threat match.
Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter vs. Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah (w/ Robert Stone)
Ahead of the match, Robert Stone tries to get Kacy Catanzaro to join the Robert Stone Brand. Catanzaro stomps on Stone’s foot. Catanzaro hits a hurricanrana on Martinez, taking her out of the ring.
Aliyah is legal and Catanzaro tags in Kayden Carter. They hit a superkick combo on Aliyah, and Carter pins her for two. Carter goes for a suplex on Aliyah, but Aliyah gets to the corner and tags in Martinez. Martinez and Aliyah hit Carter with a facebuster/cutter combo. Martinez pins Carter, but Catanzaro breaks up the pin and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Aliyah pins Kayden Carter for two. Aliyah drags Carter into her corner and tags in Mercedes Martinez. Martinez gets Carter in a different corner and stomps on her over and over. Martinez gets Carter back in her team’s corner and tags in Aliyah.
Aliyah hits Carter with a leg drop, pinning her for two. Aliyah goes into a crucifix pin, pinning her for two. Aliyah drags Carter into their corner and tags in Martinez. Martinez stomps and kicks away at Carter. Aliyah tags back in and Carter takes her down with an enziguri.
Catanzaro and Martinez both get the hot tags. Catanzaro hits quick kicks and strikes on Martinez. Catanzaro covers Martinez for two, but Aliyah breaks up the pin. Carter tosses Aliyah out of the ring, and Martinez dispenses of Carter. Catanzaro runs at Martinez and goes for a hurricanrana, but Martinez catches her and hits an Air Raid Crash on Catanzaro, pinning her for two.
Winners: Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah
While the Robert Stone Brand celebrate in the ring, Rhea RIpley’s music hits. Ripley runs into the ring and attacks Ripley, but Aliyah attacks Ripley from behind. Martinez and Aliyah stomp away at Ripley, but Shotzi Blackheart comes down and makes the save, sending Aliyah and Mercedes Martinez running back up the ramp.
We cut to House Gargano, and Candice LeRae is reading a fairy tale to her dog. It is an allegory for her life about how she isn’t evil. Gargano is on a ladder, changing a lightbulb.
LeRae is teller her dog that the “kingdom” is doomed, but Gargano says that the kingdom isn’t doomed, because he will save it. Gargano says that there is a lot of talent on the NXT roster, but none of them are as talented as him, and he will beat Ridge Holland next week to get into the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match.
Gargano climbs down the ladder and says the next time that he climbs a ladder, it won’t be to fix the house, it’ll be to “fix NXT.”
Up next, we will find out the third opponent for Kushida and Cameron Grimes, as their triple threat match is up next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we have another edition of “Thatch-as-Thatch-can” wrestling school. Thatcher talks about how he had his match won last week, but he needs to learn to adapt.
Next week, Pat McAfee will be live and come face to face with Adam Cole. Also, Legado del Fantasma will take on Breezango and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, and we will also have the two “Second Chance Qualifying” matches next week, where Johnny Gargano will take on Ridge Holland, and Finn Balor will take on someone from tonight’s main event.
We are also told that WWE.com has an update on Keith Lee’s condition, and Lee is quoted as saying, “At NXT TakeOver: XXX, Karrion Kross is a dead man.”
Kushida vs. Cameron Grimes vs. Velveteen Dream In a Qualifying Match for the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match
Velveteen Dream is revealed as the third man in the triple threat match.
Grimes immediately goes after Dream, but Dream is able to manipulate Kushida into Grimes. Dream and Kushdia form a momentary alliance to take Grimes out, but Grimes pulls Dream out of the ring. Dream takes down Grimes, then hits a springboard dive back into the ring onto Kushida, pinning him for two.
Dream tries to tackle Kushida, but Dream misses and goes to the outside. Grimes gets back in the ring and Kushida goes for a handspring elbow on Grimes, hitting Dream in the process. Kushida hits a spinning DDT on Dream, then goes to the top rope, but Grimes crotches him on the top rope and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Kushida is taking out Grimes and Dream. Kushida stalks them both and goes for a double DDT on both men. They catchim and block it, but Kushida still takes down both men.
Dream catches Kushida for a Dream Valley Driver, but Kushida escapes and hits his Pitch Strike on Dream. As Dream is going down, he hits a superkick on Grime,s sending all three men to the ground.
Dream sends Grimes over the top rope, and Dream hits a dive from the top rope onto Grimes. Dream rolls Grimes back in the ring and hits a diving axe handle on Grimes. Dream kicks Kushida and hits him with a Dream Valley Driver. Before he can capitalize, Cameron Grimes tosses him out of the ring.
Dream grabs Grimes’s leg and pulls him out of the ring. They brawl on the outside for a bit until Kushida hits a dive onto both men from the top rope. Grimes is able to avoid the dive for the most part, but he and Kushdia get back in the ring. Grimes goes to the top rope and Kushida gives chase. Kushida hits his diving armbar onto Grimes from the top rope.
Dream dives from the top rope onto Kushida and Grimes, and Kushida lets go of Grimes, locking in his arm lock on Dream. Dream escapes and gets Kushida set up for the Dream Valley Driver, but Kushida wriggles into his Hoverboard Lock. While he has the Hoverboard Lock in, Cameron Grimes hits the Cave In on Kushida. Grimes rolls Dream out of the ring and pins Kushida for three.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Cameron Grimes goes to the back and Velveteen Dream goes back in the ring. Dream stands over Kushida and slaps him before coming completely unhinged, turning heel. Dream runs around the ring, pulling away the barricade on the outside. Dream gets back in the ring and attacks Kushida, sending him out of the ring.
Dream goes to the top rope and poses. When he gets off of the rope and gets back in the ring, Finn Balor is suddenly standing in the ring. Balor and Dream stare each other down, as Balor points his signature finger guns at Dream and NXT goes off the air.