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With consecutive weeks of major injuries, with Finn Balor undergoing surgery for a broken jaw and Ridge Holland receiving an injury last week, the state of NXT seems to be in flux. Only three matches have been announced for tonight’s show, but let’s look at them.
First up, Johnny Gargano will be taking on the rising star Austin Theory. Theory and Gargano are both heels, so the dynamic in this match is sure to be an interesting one. Also, one must wonder if we will see the continuation of the Gargano’s budding friendship with Indi Hartwell tonight.
Also on the card, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong will take on the Brit-Am Brawlers, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch, to determine the #1 contenders to Breezango’s NXT Tag Team Titles. Following Cole’s seemingly stalled rivalry with Ridge Holland and O’Reilly definitive loss at TakeOver: 31, one must wonder what is next for Undisputed Era, especially if they lose here tonight.
Finally, after returning from injury only weeks ago, Dexter Lumis will take on Damian Priest for the NXT North American Championship. Lumis was unable to compete in the ladder match for the title, but one must also always be thinking of the spectre looming in the background of the title picture, Cameron Grimes. Will Grimes make himself known in this match? Will we have a new NXT North American Champion? Find out tonight.
All of this and more as we head into another edition of NXT, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM EST!
We see stuff about the return of Ember Moon, Velveteen Dream interrupting the match between Kushida and Tommaso Ciampa, and Ridge Holland getting injured during the scrum with the Brit-Am Brawlers.
Vic Joseph informs us that Toni Storm returns tonight and says that two championships are on the line tonight, but we head into our first match.
Undisputed Era (Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong w/Kyle O’Reilly) vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
O’Reilly gets on the mic before Burch and Lorcan comes out. O’Reilly says that he is cleared to compete, but Cole is still injured. O’Reilly says that they didn’t get a chance to take out Holland, but if they did, he still would have ended up in the hospital.
O’Reilly says that they will find whoever compensated Holland and make them pay, then he says that tonight is the beginning of the Second Coming of the Golden Prophecy.
Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan come down to the ring and they stare down UE. O’Reilly gets out of the ring and Lorcan and Strong start the match. They lock up, and Strong takes Lorcan to the mat. Lorcan gets to his feet and hits an arm drag into a headscissors, but Strong escapes.
Strong gets in a headlock and he hits a series of shoulder tackles. Lorcan takes down Strong again into a headscissors lock again, but Strong is able to escape. Lorcan bars the arm, then tags in Burch and Burch and Lorcan shop Strong.
Burch hits armbreakers on Strong, but Strong is able to get to Fish to make the tag. Fish goes after Burch’s arm, but Fish hits Burch with strikes to the midsection. He geos for a senton over the top rope, but Burch dodges and kicks Fish in the head.
Burch hits Fish with two uppercuts, then an armbreaker. He forces Fish to the mat and works Fish’s left arm. Burch tags in Lorcan and they hit a double Russian leg sweep. Strong comes in and tries to interrupt the offense, but Lorcan and Burch suplex him onto Fish, and Strong rolls out of the ring.
Lorcan bars Fish’s arm, but Fish fights to his feet. Lorcan hits an armbreaker and gets right back into the armbar. Fish and Lorcan trade elbow strikes, and Lorcan hits a snapmare into a submission. Fish fights to his feet again and reaches Strong for the tag.
Lorcan fights off both men with chops and runs the ropes, but Fish and Strong hit a double back body drop on Lorcan. Breezango are seen watching the match live in the arena, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Fish is in control of Lorcan. Fish tags in Strong. Lorcan is able to fight off Strong and Fish, but Strong blocks him from getting to his corner. He goes for the Stronghold, but Lorcan pushes Strong off. Fish goes for a flying headbutt on Lorcan, but Lorcan dodges and tags in Danny Burch.
Burch attacks Strong and tosses him into Fish. Fish rolls out of the ring, and Burch tosses Strong into the ropes, then hits a pop-up powerbomb. Strong is able to hit a back elbow on Burch, dazing him. Fish tags in and hits a Samoan Drop on Burch, covering him for two.
Fish tags Strong in and they go for a tag team move, but Burch escapes and he hits a double dropkick on Strong and Fish. Lorcan hits a double blockbuster on Fish and Strong. Lorcan tags Burch back in and they go for a move on Strong. Fish breaks it up.
Lorcan tackles Fish to the outside. In the ring, Burch hits Strong with a headbutt and turns him inside out with a clothesline. Lorcan tags in and they hit the elevated DDT. Lorcan covers Strong, but Fish pulls Lorcan’s leg, pulling him off Strong.
Fish gets in the ring and Burch gets on the apron. Fish pushes Lorcan into Burch, knocking him off the apron. Lorcan turns around into a leaping knee from Strong. Strong covers Lorcan for the win.
Winners: Undisputed Era
Undisputed Era stare down Breezango from inside the ring and Burch and Lorcan look frustrated at ringside.
Backstage, we get an update on Finn Balor. We hear that he underwent surgery for a broken jaw. Regal says that we will see how Finn recovers post surgery and keep an eye on the situation for a few weeks before deciding on what to do with the NXT Championship.
We hear from Ember Moon next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, Ember moon talks about how she chose to go back to NXT instead of going to the draft because she wanted to be a part of “the best women’s division.” She said that she left NXT on top, but it’s a whole different game these days, and she needs to prove herself again to get another title shot.
Ashante “Thee” Adonis vs. Jake Atlas
Atlas and Adonis lock up, but Adonis pushes Atlas into the ropes. Atlas comes back and goes for a back body drop, but Adonis rolls into a sunset flip. Adonis dodges a standing moonsault and taunts Atlas.
Atlas hits Adonis with a drop kick, the Atlas runs at him in the corner. Adonis moves out of the way and hits Adonis with a dropkick. Adonis pins Atlas for two. Atlas and Adonis trade blows. While Atlas and Adonis brawl, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde come down the ramp.
Mendoza and Wilde call out to Adonis. Adonis shouts back at them, but Atlas uses the distraction to roll Adonis into an inside cradle, picking up the win.
Winner: Jake Atlas
Mendoza and Wilde pull Adonis out of the ring and jump him. Atlas hits a dive onto Mendoza and Wilde and Adonis and Atlas regroup in the ring. Santos Escobar comes out and all three members of Legado del Fantasma come down to the ring.
Suddenly, two chairs slide into the ring behind Atlas and Adonis. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott gets into the ring with a chair of his own. With three cruiserweights in the ring equipped with chairs, Legado del Fantasma retreat.
Backstage, Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano are interviewed about tonight. Candice is asked if she is nervous about her match to determine the #1 contender for the NXT Women’s Championship against Shotzi Blackheart, but Candice says that she is the uncrowned women’s champion, as she won the match at TakeOver.
She says that Johnny won his match too, and Johnny takes over, talking about how Dexter Lumis doesn’t deserve and NXT North American Championship match. The interviewer asks him if he is looking past Austin Theory, but Gargano just insults Theory and walks off. Gargano and Theory go one-on-one, right after this commercial.
Back from commercial and Austin Theory is already in the ring.
Austin Theory vs. Johnny Gargano
Gargano picks Theory’s toe and goes for an ankle lock early on. Theory tries to escape, but Gargano gets Theory into a front facelock. Gargano transitions into a hammerlock, but Theory escapes and transitions into a headlock.
Gargano forces Theory off. Theory runs the ropes, but Gargano takes Theory own with an arm drag, a dropkick, and a chop. Gargano whips Theory into the corner, then hits a chop and another arm drag on Theory, taking him down to the mat.
Gargano rolls Theory to the mat and goes for the Gargano Escape, but Theory reaches the bottom rope before he can lock it in. Theory gets to his feet and nails Gargano with an elbow. Theory takes Gargano down with a clothesline and hits a standing moonsault on Gargano, covering him for two.
Gargano fights back, but Theory tosses him face first into the corner. Gargano gets the advantage back and drives his shoulder into Theory’s midsection. Theory hits a drop toehold on Gargano, sending him face first into the bottom rope. Then, Theory hits a rolling thunder dropkick.
Theory picks up Gargano and punches him in the face. They trade blows, but Theory gets the upper hand. Theory picks up Gargano and goes for the ATL, but Gargano escapes to the apron. Gargano hits the slingshot spear, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial, Gargano has Theory in an abdominal stretch. Theory powers out, but Gargano drops him onto the middle rope. Gargano runs the ropes, but Theory gets up and picks up Gargano, dropping him on his face.
Theory drops Gargano, hits a double foot stomp on Gargano and follows it up with a suplex. Theory picks up Gargano and goes for another suplex. Gargano blocks. Theory goes for another rolling thunder move, but Gargano tries to catch Theory with a kick.
Theory blocks and pushes Gargano away. Gargano goes for a rolling thunder move of Gargano’s own, but Theory catches Gargano with a superkick, covering Gargano for two.
Theory smack talks Gargano, then nails him with a superkick. Theory picks up Gargano for the ATL, but Gargano escapes. Gargano hits a diving crossbody from the middle rope, but Theory rolls through. Theory goes for the ATL, but Gargano escapes. Theory catches him in a roll up for two again.
Theory chops at Gargano in the corner. Theory takes time to taunt, giving Gargano the opportunity to get back in the match. They trade blows. Theory goes for a superkick. Gargano blocks and hits a superkick of his own. Gargano catches Theory and hits a lawn dart into the middle rope.
Gargano hits a running forearm smash to the back of Theory’s head. Gargano gets to the apron and hits the One Final Beat DDT on Theory. Gargano pins Theory for three.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Gargano rolls out of the ring and starts to walk away, but he looks back at Theory in the ring with a look of respect. Then, he continues his walk to the back.
Raquel Gonzalez is backstage running down Rhea Ripley. She challenges Ripley to a match at Halloween Havoc. Rhea Ripley suddenly appears across the hall and they start to run at each other, but backstage personnel keep them apart.
Up next, Candice LeRae and Shotzi Blackheart face off to determine the #1 contender for Io Shirai’s NXT Women’s Champion.
Back from commercial and Tommaso Ciampa is backstage watching the fallout from his match last week with Kushida and Velveteen Dream’s involvement. Ciampa walks away and says, “He’s dead.”
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae to Determine the #1 Contender for the NXT Women’s Championship
LeRae and Shotzi lock up, and LeRae gets a wrist lock in. She transitions to a waist lock, but Shotzi fits out, hitting a series of arm drags. Shotzi takes LeRae down with an enziguri. Candice goes for a neckbreaker, but Shotzi blocks.
Shotzi goes to the outside and Candice runs the ropes, but she stops herself from jumping, opting to slide out of the ring. Shotzi gets in the ring and hits a dive on LeRae, then rolls her back into the ring, pinning her for two.
Candice hits a jawbreaker on Shotzi, but Shotzi hits Candice with a knee to the face and pins her for on. Candice drops LeRae face first into the corner, then kicks away at her. Candice hit a running splash on Shotzi, the takes her down with a snapmare, pinning Shotzi for two.
Candice goes after Shotzi’s left arm. Candice nails Shotzi’s midsection and transitions to a headlock. Candice releases the hold and hits a suplex on Shotzi, then pins her for two. Candice drags Shotzi’s face across the ropes.
Shotzi tries to fight out of the corner, but Candice tosses her across the ring. Candice pulls Shotzi to the middle of the ring and covers her for two. Shotzi gets to her feet, but Candice tries to go for another suplex. Shotzi blocks and hits a suplex of her own.
Shotzi runs at Candice in the corner, but LeRae gets a boot up. Both women get the apron. Shotzi looks like she is going for Sliced Bread #2 onto the apron, but Candice pushes her face first into the ring post. Candice hits a reverse slingblade, sending Shotzi face first into the apron, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Candice runs at Shotzi in the corner. Shotzi evades and hits Candice with a dropkick and slingblade. Shotzi hits a discus forearm, then the switchblade kick, hanging up Candice on the middle rope. Shotzi hits Candice with a senton on the middle rope, then pins Candice for two.
Shotzi drags Candice to the corner and goes for a senton from the top rope, but Candice gets her knees up. Candice pins Shotzi for two. Candice goes to the top rope, but Shotzi blocks her. Shotzi climbs to the middle rope, but Candice slips out from underneath Shotzi. Candice hits a German suplex on Shotzi, followed by a superkick, pinning her for two.
Back to their feet, Candice goes for a superkick again, but Shotzi blocks it. Shotzi hits a German suplex, bridging into a pin for two. Candice hits a backstabber and a moonsault onto Shotzi, covering her for two. Shotzi rolls up Candice for two.
Shotzi get Candice in a strange upper body submission, but Candice reaches the bottom rope and forces a break. Candice tosses Shotzi to the apron, but Shotzi hits Candice with a kick. Shotzi goes to the top rope, and Candice gives chase.
Shotzi pushes Candice off the ropes and hits a Thesz Press from the top. Shotzi goes to the top and goes for the senton again, but Candice rolls out of the ring before Shotzi can hit anything. Indi Hartwell is at ringside, and she hands Candice brass knuckles.
Candice hits Shotzi with the brass knuckles, then pins her for three.
Winner: Candice LeRae
Candice hands the brass knuckles back to Indi on the outside as she heads up the ramp and celebrates.
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain are backstage. Maverick is trying to show Dain some new team logos and potential team names. Maverick mentions that they have a match with Imperium tonight, and Dain storms off, upset.
We get a video package for Toni Storm, and we are told that she is in action next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and Robert Stone is in the ring with Aliyah. Stone is on the mic talking about how unfortunate it is that no one wants to connect with the Robert Stone Brand, but he says their loss will be someone else’s gain.
Toni Storm vs. Aliyah (w/Robert Stone)
Aliyah slaps Storm, but Storm hits Aliyah with a chop and a dropkick, covering Aliyah for one. Storm runs at Aliyah the corner. Aliyah avoids and Storm crashes into the corner. Aliyah lays into her with strikes. Aliyah hits a swinging neckbreaker on Storm, covering Storm for two.
Aliyah goes for a double underhook, but Storm fights out and takes down Aliyah with an armdrag, pinning her for two. Storm hits and inverted atomic drop and a chop. Storm hits a German suplex on Aliyah, then hits a running clothesline onto Aliyah, followed by a Storm Zero, and Storm pins Aliyah for three.
Winner: Toni Storm
Backstage, William Regal is interviewed about the outcome of the Candice LeRae and Shotzi Blackheart match. Regal says that the result from that match will stand. He also confirms the match between Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez for Halloween Havoc.
Xia Li and Boa approach Regal backstage. Li tells him that she needs to compete and she is requesting a match for next week. Regal says that he will take it into consideration. She implores him that she needs to compete, and he continues to say that he will take it into consideration before excusing himself to his office.
Up next, Killian Dain and Drake Maverick will take on Imperium, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we head right into our next match.
Imperium (Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel) vs. Drake Maverick and Killian Dain
Dain decides to star the match for his team, and Fabian Aichner starts for his team. Dain and Aichner lock up. Dain hits a scoop slam on Aichner, and Dain tags Maverick in. Dain tosses Maverick in onto Aichner.
Dain takes down Aichner and Maverick pins him for two. Aichner hits a scoop slam on Maverick, then tags in Barthel. Barthel slaps Maverick and hits him with an elbow in the head. Barthel punches away at Maverick’s head.
The ref forces a break. Barthel tags in Aichner and Dain tags in. Dain goes for a double German suplex, but Aichner takes down Dain. Dain hits a suplex on Aichner and Barthel and Maverick tag in. Maverick is able o take down Barthel and Aichner.
Dain tries to get to the apron, but Barthel stops him and pushes him into the steel steps. Aichner uses the distraction to get to his feet. Maverick hits a diving crossbody onto Aichner, but Aichner catches him and slams him down. Aichner tags in Barthel and they hit the European Bomb on Maverick, pinning him for three.
Dain is clearly frustrated outside the ring and Maverick is upset in the ring. Suddenly, Ever-Rise run down to the ring and attack Maverick. They taunt Maverick, but Dain runs out and hits them with a double clothesline. He gets in Maverick’s face and says, “No one hits you but me!” Dain storms off and Maverick follows him to the back.
Dexter Lumis and Damian Priest are seen backstage, walking towards the ring, getting ready for their match, which is up right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we get a run down of the women’s matches at Halloween Havoc: Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez and Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women’s Championship. Also, next week, Undisputed Era will take on Breezango for the NXT Tag Team Championships.
NXT North American Champion Damian Priest vs. Dexter Lumis for the NXT North American Championship
Lumis and Priest size each other up. They lock up and end up outside of the ropes. They break up the hold and Priest seems unsettled. Lumis gets Priest in a side headlock, but Priest pushes Lumis off. Priest takes Lumis down with a shoulder tackle, but Lumis gets right back up.
Lumis pushes Priest into the ropes, but Priest takes Lumis down with an armdrag. Lumis bars Lumis’ arm and pins head head down. Lumis gets to his feet and pushes Priest into the corner. Priest whips Lumis into the corner. Lumis dumps Priest outside to the apron.
Priest grabs Lumis’ arm and walks the top rope, then hits a crossbody from the top rope. Priest takes Lumis down with an armdrag again. Priest rocks Lumis with a back elbow. Priest runs the ropes, and Lumis catches Priest with a Thesz press.
Priest kicks at Lumis’ injured angle, and Lumis seems enraged. Priest takes the hint and goes right back and that leg, then kicks Lumis in the head, taking him down. Priest hits Lumis with a broken arrow, pinning him for two. Lumis rolls out of the ring as we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and Lumis hits Priest with an uppercut. Lumis then hits a bulldog onto Priest. Lumis charges at Priest, but Priest grabs Lumis by the throat. Priest goes for South of Heaven, but Lumis escapes and hits Priest with a spinebuster, covering Priest for two.
Lumis stalks Priest and goes for The Silence, but Priest pushes Lumis into the corner and lays into Lumis’ head with an elbow. Priest hits Lumis with a roundhouse kick and a flatliner, pinning Lumis for two.
As Lumis kicks out, Priest picks the ankle and gets in an ankle lock. Lumis gets close to the rope, but Priest drags Lumis back into the middle of the ring. Lumis pushes Priest off, but Priest hits Lumis with a bell clap and a kick to the head.
Lumis hits a belly to back suplex and a leg drop on Priest, pinning Priest for two. Lumis goes to the top rope. Lumis goes for a Swanton Bomb, but Priest rolls out of the way. Priest takes down Lumis with a clothesline.
Priest goes for a roundhouse, but Lumis dodges. Lumis hits Priest with The Silence, but Priest gets hits leg to the bottom to break the hold. Priest rolls out of the ring, but Lumis chases, tossing Priest into the plexiglass.
Lumis tosses Priest into the ring, and as the referee checks on Priest, Cameron Grimes comes out of nowhere and hits Lumis with a Cave In on the apron while the referee’s back is turned. Priest, unaware of what happened, catches Lumis with a South of Heaven, pinning him for three.
Winner: Damian Priest
Cameron Grimes gets in the ring and starts to head towards Dexter Lumis, but Priest catches him and hits him with The Reckoning. Priest says to Grimes, “Stay out of my business.” Priest turns his back and starts to pose at the top of the ramp, but Johnny Gargano comes out of nowhere and hits Priest with a chair to the back.
Gargano tosses the chair at Priest. Priest catches it and Gargano hits a superkick into the chair into Priest’s face. William Regal comes out and announces that both of the Garganos will get title shots against Io Shirai and Damian Priest, respectively.
Regal tosses to Shotzi Blackheart, the host of Halloween Havoc, and she says that both of their matches will be held in stipulations decided by a wheel, with “Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal.” Shotzi howls as Johnny and Candice are upset and confused as NXT goes off the air.