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Off the heels of two Super Tuesday editions of NXT, we are back to Wednesday nights with four big matches, including two titles matches, on the card for tonight’s edition of NXT.
First up, Damian Priest will defend his recently-won NXT North American Championship against Timothy Thatcher. Thatcher and Priest have shared their fair amount of verbal spats, but they come to blows tonight. It will be interesting to see these two clashes in styles, with grappling going up against strength and agility, but who will come out on top?
The other title match on the card tonight is an NXT Tag Team Championship match, as Breezango defend their tag team titles against Imperium. With the return of NXT UK only one day away, one must imagine that Imperium will be looking to reunite in their home brand, so it is a strong possibility that they will not be seen again for a while after tonight.
Another champion in action tonight, though in non-title action, is NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai. Shirai and her challenger tonight, Shotzi Blackheart, shared a moment last week as they teamed up in the ring, but Shotzi has made her intentions clear that she is coming for Io’s title. A win tonight could certainly put her in the title picture for the future.
Also on the card, Drake Maverick and Killian Dain will attempt to put their differences aside as they team up to take on Undisputed Era’s Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish. Dain and Maverick haven’t exactly seen eye-to-eye lately, mostly with Dain not wanting to work with Maverick, but will they be able to coexist and take out Undisputed Era? And what’s next for Adam Cole, Undisputed Era’s leader?
Finally, it was announced on Twitter that William Regal has two major announcements for tonight’s episode. What will they be? It is also important to remember that tonight marks the beginning of Finn Balor’s 2nd reign as NXT Champion, so perhaps one of these questions will be about Balor’s next challenger, as we also heard earlier today that the next NXT TakeOver will be on October 4th.
All of this is sure to lead to an exciting episode of NXT, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM EST!
We get a recap of Finn Balor vs. Adam Cole, Tegan Nox coming over to the Gargano house, and Rhea Ripley and Mercedes Martinez facing off in a steel cage. In a preview for tonight, we hear about the two title matches on the card for tonight.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai
Shotzi offers a handshake to Io, but Io slaps her hand away. Shotzi and Io lock up, and Shotzi dodges a strike from Io, then taunts her. Shotzi is able to outspeed Io, but Io answers with some flips of her own. Shotzi and Io trade pinfall attempts, but noe one gets the victory.
Io transitions into a submission attempt, but Shotzi escapes and takes Io down before going for a submission of her own. Io makes it to the ropes and forces a break.
Io rests in the corner until Shotzi runs at her. Shotzi is pushed to the outside and Io gets to the apron, hitting a moonsault on Shotzi to the outside. Io tosses Shotzi into the ring, covering her for two, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Io and Shotzi are trading strikes and chops. Io lays into Shotzi, but Blackheart goes for a kick. Io dodges and goes for an enziguri, bu SHotzi blocks. Io transitions Shotzi into a crossface submission. Shotzi reaches the bottom rope with her toe and forces the break.
Io goes for a Tiger Faint Kick, but Shotzi avoids and hangs Io on the middle rope. Shotzi hits a senton on Io on the middle rope. Shotzi hits a butterfly suplex into a pin for two. Shotzi transitions into a submission attempt. Io rolls through the submission into a pinfall for two.
Shotzi runs the ropes, but Io hits Shotzi with a flapjack, then a Tiger Faint Kick. Io hits a missile dropkick on Shotzi from the top rope and covers her for a very close two count. Io goes to the top and goes back for a moonsault attempt, but Shotzi blocks. Io repositions herself on the top rope, but Shotzi hits a hurricanrana on Io from the top, pinning her for two.
Shotzi goes to the top rope, but Io meets her there and strikes her in the face. Io goes for a superplex, but Shotzi deposits her on the apron on the other side of the ropes. Shotzi goes for a Canadian destroyer, but Io blocks and hits a German suplex on Shotzi, dropping her on the apron.
Io drags Shotzi into the ring and pins her for two. Io hits a meteora in the corner on a seated Shotzi. Io drags Shotzi to the middle of the ring, then hits a moonsault on Shotzi, finally putting her away.
Winner: Io Shirai
Io helps Shotzi to her feet and shakes her hand afterwards. They both congratulate each other in the ring as Io’s music hits.
We get a video package recapping Tommaso Ciampa’s return to NXT. He is shown backstage watching footage of his beat down on Jake Atlas. Ciampa stands up with his new mask in his hand and leaves the room, and we are told that we will see more of Ciampa next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, we are told that there will be a battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship.
Desmond Troy vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa stares daggers into Troy from across the ring. Troy goes for a single leg takedown and backs Ciampa into the ropes, but Ciampa hits Troy with a knee to the face, then locks in a headlock.
Ciampa and Troy get to their feet, but Ciampa hits a snapmare. Ciampa tries to stomp on him, but Troy escapes and hits Ciampa with a dropkick. Troy runs at Ciampa, but Ciampa takes him down and stomps away at him in the corner.
Ciampa hits the slingshot move into the bottom turnbuckle in the corner on Troy, then hits a Widow’s Bell, covering him for three.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
Ciampa goes to the outside and grabs a chair. He brings it into the ring, but Jake Atlas comes out and stops him. Ciampa sets the chair up in the ring and sits in it. Atlas says that he could come down and attack Ciampa, but he would rather face Ciampa head-on, and next week, he wants Ciampa one-on-one in a match.
Drake Maverick is shown arriving at the arena. He is asked about Killian Dain’s reluctance to team with Maverick and what Maverick’s game plan is. Maverick says that the game plan is that they have a common enemy in the Undisputed Era, and that’s what will unite them.
When we come back from commercial, we will see an exclusive interview with the new NXT Champion Finn Balor, in his first interview since regaining the NXT Championship.
Back from commercial and Finn talks about how he doesn’t need NXT, but NXT needs him, and now he will build the brand. He tells everyone to “form a que, because the line starts here.” He says that he is ready for people to start fighting for the opportunity to face the champion.
Austin Theory comes down to the ring and gets on the mic, saying that his loss to Bronson Reed was a fluke, so he calls out anyone in the back to come out and face him.
Austin Theory vs. Kushida
Kushida wastes no time and hits Theory with an enziguri, sending Theory out of the ring. Theory gets back in the ring, but Kushida drags Theory to the ropes and pounds away at him. Theory runs at Kushdia, but Kushida takes Theory down and goes for an armbar.
Theory escapes, then tosses Kushida into the ropes and takes him down with a clothesline. Theory pounds away at Kushdia and hits a double stomp on Kushida. Theory picks Kushida up and hits a snap suplex, then covers him for one.
Theory picks up Kushida and hits him with a backbreaker. Theory looks for a standing moonsault, but Kushida dodges and lays into Theory with kicks. Kushida hits a hip toss then a basement dropkick on Theory. Kushida runs the ropes and hits Theory with a kick to the back of the head, sending Theory out of the ring.
Kushida goes for a dive to the outside, but Theory dodges. Theory goes to hit a forearm in the face on Kushida, but Kushida dodges and Theory strikes the steel ring post. Kushdia focuses on the arm, then tosses Theory back in the ring and locks in the Hoverboard Lock, making Theory tap out.
Kushida doesn’t release the hold at first, even once the bell has rung, and the commentary team plays this up as a new, aggressive Kushida, rather than any sort of heelish act. Kushida stands tall as Theory nurses his arm and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Candice is at home, talking about how upset she is with Tegan Nox, and Johnny is upset about how Tegan broke their television. Candice says that she will become the new #1 contender and Johnny says that they will celebrate when they are both champions.
NXT Tag Team Champions Breezango vs. Imperium
Imperium don’t do their usual entrance, but instead run directly at the ring and attack Breezango. Breezango send them out of the ring and all four members get prepared for their match.
Fandango and Fabian Aichner start the match, but Marcel Barthel takes out Tyler Breeze with a cheap shot, knocking him off the apron. Barthel tags in and tosses Fandango into the corner, then kicks away at him in the corner.
Fandango is able to briefly fight back with some chops, but Barthel throws Fandango into his own corner, then strikes away at Fandango. Barthel hits an uppercut on a seated Fandango. Fandango gets to his feet and fights back breifly, but Barthel hits a jawbreaker and tags in Fabian Aichner.
Aichner chokes Fandango against the middle rope, then hits a back suplex. Aichner poses over Fandango, then kicks him in the head. Aichner sends Fandango into the ropes, but Fandango stops himself, kicking Aichner and taking Barthel off the apron. Aichner sends Fandango back to the mat, covering him for two.
Aichner drags Fandango into the corner and tags in Barthel. Barthel picks up Fandango by the ear, then hits him with a double underhook suplex, covering him for two. Barthel picks up Fandango and hits him in the thoat.
Barthel and Aichner take terms tagging in and out, attacking Fandango. Fandango nearly gets to make the tag, but Aichner, the legal man, picks up Fandango and pushes him back into an uppercut into the back from Marcel Barthel. Aichner hangs Fandango in the tree of woe and tags in Barthel, and Aichner and Barthel hit their combo kicks to Fandango’s head as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Fandango nearly gets to his corner, but Barthel hits him with a back elbow. Barthel grabs Fandango in a waistlock and goes for a back elbow on Barthel, but Barthel dodges. Fandango follows through and hits Barthel with a clothesline.
Aichner and Breeze both tag in, and Breeze lays into Aicher. Breeze locks in a single leg crab on Aichner. Barthel runs at Breeze, but Breeze dodges and Barthel is dumped to the outside by Fandango. Breeze picks up Aichner, but Aichner reverses and hits a death valley driver. Aichner goes to the top rope, but Fandango stops him.
Breeze and Fandango go for the Fashion Faux Pas, but Aichner hits Fandango with a forearm to the face. Breeze goes to the top top rope to try and hit Aichner, but Barthel tosses Breeze into Aichner, who catches him and hits him with a suplex, pinning Breeze, but Fandango breaks up the pinfall attempt.
Fandango tosses Barthel to the outside and drags Breeze into their corner, then tags himself in. Fandango hits a high cross body on Aichner, sending them both to the outside. Fandango fights both Aichner and Barthel. Breeze gets to the apron and Imperium try to toss Breeze into the hands of Aichner again. Fandango saves Breeze and hits Aichner and Barthel with superkicks.
Fandango tosses Aichner into the ring and goes for a leg drop from the top rope, but Aichner rolls out of the way. Barthel runs in the ring while the ref is distracted and kicks Fandango in the face. Aichner hits a gutwrench German suplex and pins Fandango for two.
Aichner taunts Fandango, who gets back to his feet and lays in chops. Fandango hits a tornado DDT on Aichner, and Breeze and Barthel both tag in. Barthel hits Breeze with an uppercut, but Breeze comes back with an enziguri. Aichner tags in and they go for the European Bomb. Fandango hits a dropkick on Aichner, sending him into the corner. Breeze pushes Barthel off the top rope and hits a hurricanrana on Aichner, pinning Aichner for three.
Breezango run up the ramp in celebration and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and we head right into a tag team match.
Jessi Kamea and Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter
Carter and Li start the match, and Li gets Carter in a headlock. Carter escapes and gets a wristlock in on Li. Carter takes Li down with an armdrag, and Tags in Catanzaro, who hits a senton over the top rope into the ring on Li, pinning her for two.
Cataznaro tags Carter in, and Carter pins Li with a crucifix pin for two. Li tags in Kamea, but Carter hits an armdrag and takes her down. Carter tags in Catanzaro, and they hit some tandem offense on Kamea. Kamea tags Catanzaro down with a clothesline and tags in Li.
Li gets Catanzaro in her corner and hits her with knee strikes and knees to the midsection, covering her for two. Kamea tags in and hits a splash on Catanzaro in the corner. Kamea whips Catanzaro into the corner, and Kamea goes for another splash in the corner, but Catanzaro dodges.
Carter and Li both get the hot tags, and Carter hits Li with a a dropkick and a superkick. Kamea runs into the ring and Carter hits Li with a superkick as well. Catanzaro tags in and hit a combination pump kick/crucifix pin into a pinning combination for the win.
Winners: Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter.
Carter and Kamea offer their hands to Li and Kamea after the match, but Li walks away without shaking her hands.
Backstage, Drake Maverick finds Killian Dain. Maverick asks Dain if he is ready, because their match is next. Dain tells Maverick that he is not Maverick’s friend or tag partner and, if Maverick goes out there, he goes out there alone. Maverick walks away and, less confidently, says, “I’ll see you out there,” to Dain, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Tegan Nox cuts a promo from home, saying that she didn’t change, Candice changed. She says that she just wanted her friend back, but Candice isn’t the Candice that she used to know. She says that she will be the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship, and ends the promo by saying, “An Io, this time, everything’s different.”
Undisputed Era (Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish) vs. Drake Maverick and Killian Dain
Maverick comes out and waits at the bottom of the ramp, then points to the back, waiting for Dain to come out. Maverick’s music cuts and he gets a severe look on his face when Dain’s music doesn’t play.
Maverick walks down to the ring on his own and Roderick Strong goes to the apron.
Bobby Fish starts the match, driving Maverick into the corner. Strong tags in, and Fish and Strong lay into Maverick with kicks. Fish leaves the ring and Strong whips Maverick into the corner, then lays him out with a strike to the face. Strong chops away at Maverick in the corner, then whips him post to post.
Strong runs at Maverick and Maverick dodges, but a pump kick from Strong stops any momentum Maverick had. Bobby fish tags in, and Maverick hits a drop toe hold on Fish, then hits a knee to the back of Fish’s head, following by a dropkick from teh top rope, covering Fish for two.
Maverick goes after Strong on the apron, but Strong drops to the floor and Fish gets the advantage. Fish lays into Maverick with knees. Maverick tries to fight back, but Strong gets in the ring as the legal man and hits a series of backbreakers on Maverick.
Dain is shown backstage, watching the match and laughing at Maverick’s dismay. Strong locks in a submission, but Maverick fights back and lays into Strong’s midsection with a shoulder tackle. Strong hits Maverick with a ura nage backbreaker, and we once again see Dain watching the match backstage as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Bobby Fish is laying into Maverick. William Regal walks up to Killian Dain backstage and asks Dain if Dain is going to let that happen. Dain says, “You want me to go out there?” Regal just looks at him, and Dain seems to reluctantly agree to go out to Maverick’s corner.
Back in the ring, Fish and Strong toy with Maverick and they toss him out of the ring down to the floor. Dain comes down and picks up Maverick, seeming to save him. Dain places Maverick on the apron, saying, “If you lose, take it like a man.”
Dain starts to walk away, but Fish and Strong taunt Dain. Dain comes back and decides to stay and fight. He lays into Strong in the ring. Fish grabs a chair and hits Dain with it from behind.
Winners: Drake Maverick and Killian Dain
Maverick grabs the chair from Fish and stops him from hitting Dain again. Dain tosses Fish into the ropes, with Maverick low-bridging Fish, sending him to the outside. Dain and Maverick celebrate in the ring, but Dain punches Maverick, laying him out.
Outside the arena, Jake Atlas is being interviewed about his challenge to Tommaso Ciampa. Before Atlas can go too far into an explanation, Ciampa blindsides Atlas and attacks him from behind, tossing him into a production truck. Kyle O’Reilly suddenly appears and stops Ciampa, telling him, “Save it til next week, save it for the ring.” Ciampa backs off, looking at Atlas, saying, “I’ll see you soon.” Then he looks at O’Reilly and says “And I’ll see you soon, too.”
Both Timothy Thatcher and Damian Priest are shown backstage, getting ready for the upcoming match, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, and William Regal recounts the crowing of the NXT Champion. He says that five men will compete in a “Gauntlet Eliminator Match,” to determine Finn Balor’s opponent for NXT TakeOver, though he does not say who those five men are.
We are reminded of two matches for next week: the women’s battle royal to determine the #1 contender for the Women’s NXT Championship and Jake Atlas facing off against Tommaso Ciampa.
NXT North American Champion Damian Priest vs. Timothy Thatcher for the NXT North American Championship
Thatcher and Priest lock up and neither man has the clear advantage at first. Thatcher gets the upper hand by kneeing Priest in the face and midsection. Thatcher transitions into a headlock, but Priest takes Thatcher down with an armdrag.
Priest gets Thatcher in a headlock, then rolls up Thatcher for two. Priest hits another armdrag on Thatcher and gets another headlock in on Thatcher, but Thatcher transitions into his own headlock submission. Priest pushes Thatcher off, then hits Thatcher with a shoulder tackle, taking him down.
Thatcher hits Priest with an uppercut, but Priest responds with a forearm to the face of Thatcher. Thatcher sends Priest to the apron, but Priest kicks Thatcher in the head. Priest tries to get back into the ring, but Thatcher hits Priest with an uppercut, sending him out of the ring.
Thatcher chases Priest to the outside and Priest looks for the power bomb on Thatcher. Thatcher blocks and pushes Priest into the steps, then hits a double underhook suplex on Priest on the outside, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Thatcher is in control of Priest in the ring. Thatcher lays into Priest with a coupe of knees to the midsection. Thatcher picks up Priest and hits him with an uppercut. Priest fights back with strikes to the body, but Thatcher blocks another strike, grabbing Priest by the throat and slapping him.
Priest is enraged, and he comes back with strikes and kicks, laying out Thatcher with a clothesline. Priest measures up Thatcher in the corner and hits his diving forearm smash into Thatcher in the corner. Priest hits a falcon arrow on Thatcher, covering him for two.
Thatcher gets to his feet and Priest grabs Thatcher’s throat. Thatcher grabs Priest’s leg and goes for a fujiwara armbar. Priest blocks and kicks away at Priest. Priest runs the ropes and goes for a diving kick on Thatcher. Thatcher dodges and grounds Priest, going for a fujiwara armbar again.
Priest fights to his feet and kicks at Thatcher again. Thatcher blocks a kick, grabbing his leg, then kicks at Priest’s leg, taking him to the ground. Thatcher locks in a single leg crab on Priest. Priest rolls onto his back and kicks Thatcher in the head, breaking the hold.
Both men get to their feet and Priest tries to strike Thatcher, but Thatcher blocks it and locks in a fujiwara armbar. Priest reaches the ropes with his leg and breaks the hold. Back on his feet. Priest hits Thatcher with a leaping flatliner, then a sit-out chokeslam, pinning Thatcher for two.
Preist picks up Thatcher and hits him with a roundhouse kick. Priest goes to the top rope and hits a spinning heel kick on Thatcher, then follows it up with The Reckoning on Thatcher, pinning him for three.
Winner: Damian Priest
Priest poses in the ring as NXT goes off the air.