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One week before the return of Halloween Havoc, we have an episode full of high profile matches and exciting action. Let’s take a look at the announced card.
First up, Velveteen Dream, Kushida, and Tommaso Ciampa will face off in a triple threat. Dream stuck his nose in a match between Kushida and Ciampa once already, setting up this triple threat. With an enraged Ciampa and an aggressive Kushida, Dream is sure to be in for the fight of his career.
Next up, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott will team with his newest allies, Jake Atlas and Ashante “Thee” Adonis to take on Santos Escobar and the rest of Legado del Fantasma. The odds seem to finally be level for Scott in his quest to gain the NXT Cruiserweight Championship, but we will see if this makeshift trio can topple the current champion and his goons.
Finally, after winning the #1 contender spot by beating the Brit-Am Brawlers, Bobby Fish and Roderick Strong will look to dethrone Breezango as the NXT Tag Team Champions. Undisputed Era are still looking for the second coming of the Golden Prophecy, even though they seem more fracture than ever, but can they pull out a victory?
Also, Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae will face the Wheel to learn the stipulations for their respective championship matches at Halloween Havoc.
Tonight looks to be a card full of exciting matches, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM, EST!
Kushida is already in the ring when NXT starts. Velveteen Dream begins his entry to the ring, but Tommaso Ciampa jumps Dream from behind and tosses him into the ring, starting the match.
Kushida vs. Velveteen Dream vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Both Ciampa and Kushida are focused almost solely on Kushida. Ciampa is able to dominate both men on the outside, tossing Kushida and Dream into the barricade. Ciampa hits a running knee on both men, then tosses Dream back in the ring.
Kushida gives chase, but Ciampa is able to take both men down with arm drags. Ciampa continues to focus on Dream’s hand. Kushida is able to roll up Ciampa for two. Kushida goes for a back body drop on Ciampa, but Ciampa blocks. Ciampa gets Dream and Kushida set up in a double Widow’s Bell, pinning each man for two.
Ciampa stomps away at Kushida in a corner, then goes back after Dream’s injured wrist. Ciampa stands on Dreams wrist then drops a knee on it. Ciampa goes back to Kushida and chops at his chest. Kushida tosses Ciampa into the opposite corner and goes for an armbar out of the corner, but Ciampa blocks the submission attempt by holding the ropes.
Ciampa hits Kushida with a thumb to the eye to get Kushida to release the hold. Dream rolls up Kushida for two. Ciampa hits a suplex on Dream, then bars Kushida’s arm. Kushida fights out of the hold and rolls up Ciampa for a two count.
Dream separates Kushida from Ciampa and attacks both men. Dream whips Kushida into Ciampa in the corner. Dream taunts the crowd and Ciampa uses that distraction to take out Dream. Ciampa stacks Dream and Kushida up in the corner and chops away at both men. Dream starts to fight back, but Ciampa lays in with harder chops and strikes.
Ciampa picks up Kushida and goes for another chop, but Kushida blocks and chops at Ciampa on his own. Kushida is able to take on Dream and Ciampa. Dream hits Kushida with a Dream Valley Driver out of nowhere, but before he can capitalize, Ciampa hits Dream with a leaping knee to the face. Dream falls out of the ring and Ciampa collapses to the mat as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Dream and Ciampa are facing each other in the ring. Kushida takes out Ciampa then goes after Dream on the outside. Kushida locks in an armbar on Dream on the outside. Dream taps out, but since he is outside, it does not count. Ciampa breaks up the submission and he and Kushdia fight again.
Kushida rolls Ciampa back and in the in the ring and goes for the Hoverboard Lock. Ciampa is blocking the hold, but Dream hits a Purple Rainmaker on Kushida from the top rope, breaking up the attempted submission. Dream pins Kushida, but Ciampa breaks up the pin.
Ciampa goes after Dream for the Fairytale Ending. Ciampa went for a superkick, but Dream dodged. Ciampa rolls up Dream for two. Dream gets back to his feet and catches Ciampa with a superkick and a Dream Valley Driver. He covers Ciampa, but Kushida breaks up the pin.
Dream taunts Ciampa and Kushida. Ciampa and Kushida trade kicks and strikes. Ciampa takes out Dream with a big boot. Dream rolls to the outside. Kushida tosses Ciampa to the outside on the opposite side of the ring. Kushida hits a suicide dive onto Dream and Ciampa. Back in the ring, Ciampa catches Kushida with Widow’s Bell.
Ciampa picks up Kushida and goes for Fairytale Ending, but Dream catches Ciampa with a superkick. Dream geos for a Dream Valley Driver, but Kushida breaks it up. Dream rolls to the outside and tries to get back in the ring, but Ciampa stopped him. Kushida pushes Ciampa into the ropes and Dream hops up, smacking Ciampa in the face with the cast on his wrist.
Kushida, seemingly unaware of Ciampa being hit with the cast, hits a German suplex on Ciampa and bridges it into a pinfall for the three count.
Backstage, Bobby Fish, Roderick Strong, and Kyle O’Reilly are backstage with a video call from Adam Cole. Cole says that he is still not cleared to compete, but Fish and Strong will see the beginning of the second coming of the Golden Prophecy.
Ember Moon’s first singles match since her return is up right after this commercial break.
During commercial, we learn that Dexter Lumis will take on Cameron Grimes at Halloween Havoc next week in a Haunted House of Terrors match.
We get a video package hyping up Rhea Ripley’s feud with Raquel Gonzalez ahead of their match at Halloween Havoc.
Ember Moon vs. Jessi Kamea
Moon sizes up Kamea before going into a collar and elbow tie up. Moon takes down Kamea and taunts her. She sweeps the legs out from under Kamea but lets Kamea get back to her feet.
Kamea hits a hip toss, then follows it up with a running uppercut, hitting Moon and covering her for two. Kamea hits a snapmare, but Moon rolls through and stands up. Moon hits a dropkick and a stomp on Kamea. She follows it up with a standing moonsault, covering Kamea for two.
Moon locks in a crossface on Kamea. Kamea rolls Moon into a pinfall, but Moon kicks out before one. Moon kicks away at Kamea on the mat. Kamea fights back with kicks of her own, but Moon catches a leg and locks in a modified half Boston Crab on Kamea. Kamea pulls Moon through, sending her face first into the turnbuckle.
Kamea hits a splash on Moon in the corner, then hits a spinning heel kick on Moon. Kamea hits a springboard kick on Moon and covers her for a very close 2 count. Kamea picks up Moon and tosses her into the corner. Moon hits a codebreaker on Kamea from the middle rope. Moon locks in a submission and Kamea taps out.
Winner: Ember Moon
As Moon celebrates in the ring, Dakota Kai appears and attacks Moon. She looks at Moon and tells her that Moon won’t be able to jump her in the women’s division. As Kai walks to the back, we switch to live footage backstage.
Bobby Fish is being helped to his feet. He is injured, but he says that he didn’t see who attacked him. O’Reilly and Strong help him to his feet and help him walk off screen as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and we head straight into the next match.
Austin Theory vs. Bronson Reed
At the start of the match, we hear that Bobby Fish is on his way to the hospital for an MRI and has been ruled out of the main event. Therefore, Kyle O’Reilly will be replacing Fish in the main event.
In the ring, Reed hits Theory with a huge chop. Theory strikes back with a dropkick onto Reed, then kicks away at him in the corner. Theory tosses Reed into the corner, but Reed fights back and sends Theory to the mat. Theory hits a chop block on Reed, then locks in a headlock on Reed.
Reed powers out of the hold, but Theory hits Reed’s legs and sends him back to his knees to lock in the headlock again. Reed gets to his feet and punches at Theory then whips him into the ropes and hits him with a power slam and a senton. Reed goes to the top rope, but Theory blocks him from diving.
Theory leaps up strikes Reed, then goes the middle rope. Theory goes for a superplex, but Reed blocks and sends Theory back to the mat. Theory runs right back to the middle rope, but Reed knocks Theory down with a strike to the face. Reed hits a Tsunami Splash on Theory, pinning him for three.
Winner: Bronson Reed
Theory gets on the mic and yells at Reed to stop walking up the ramp. He runs down Bronson Reed, saying that he has done more in his career than Reed has. He calls Reed back in and says that he isn’t leaving until he beats Reed. Reed comes in the ring and accepts the challenge.
Bronson Reed vs. Austin Theory
Theory clubs away at Reed and runs the ropes, but Reed catches Theory, pops him up, and catches him with a Samoan Drop. Reed pins Theory for the win.
Winner: Bronson Reed
Backstage, Xia Li and Kacy Catanzaro are interviewed about their upcoming match. Li thanks Catanzaro for accepting her challenge, saying that she needs to win. Catanzaro tells her that, while they have had their differences, Kacy was happy to help. Li once again emphasizes that she needs to win, saying that tonight is the biggest match of her career.
We learn that the six man tag match between Legado del Fantasma and Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Jake Atlas, and Ashante “Thee” Adonis is up next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial, Austin Theory is interviewed about his back to back losses to Bronson Reed, and he says, “That’s it. I quit.” He puts his bags in a car and drives off.
Legado del Fantasma vs. Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Ashante “Thee” Adonis, and Jake Atlas
Legado del Fantasma high tail it out of the ring at the start of the match. They decide to circle the ring, but Scott goes right after Escobar outside as Atlas and Adonis face off with Mendoza and Wilde in the ring.
Atlas and Wilde start the match in the ring as the two legal competitors. Atlas chops Wilde down and mounts him, then strikes away at his face. Atlas tags Adonis in. Adonis hits a flapjack on Wilde, pinning him for two.
Adonis picks up Wilde and chokes him against the bottom rope. Adonis tosses Wilde back into his corner and tags Atlas in. Atlas kicks Wilde in the midsection then chops at him. Atlas hits Three Amigos suplexes, then pins Wilde for two again.
Atlas kicks at Wilde and taunts him. Atlas picks up Wilde and tosses him to the mat. Wilde gets back to his feet and Atlas takes down Wilde and Mendoza with an armdrag/headscissors combo. Adonis runs interference and tosses Escobar out of the ring. As Legado del Fantasma regroup, Adonis pretends to go for a suicide dive. Scott, on the other hand, does hit a suicide dive onto them, taking down all three members of Legado del Fantasma as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Adonis and Wilde are legal. Wilde tosses Adonis back into the corner of Legado del Fantasma, and Mendoza tags in. Mendoza hits a springboard moonsault on Mendoza, covering him for a pin, but Scott breaks up the pinfall attempt.
Mendoza whips Adonis back into his corner, and Wilde tags in. Wilde hits a spinning back elbow on Adonis, then picks him up in a front face lock. Wilde tags in Escobar. Escobar places Adonis in the corner and hits running knees to the chest of Adonis.
Esocbar tags in Mendoza, and Mendoza locks in an armbar submission on Adonis. Mednoza tosses Wilde back into his corner, and Wilde tags in. Widle picks up Adonis, but Adonis hits a dropkick on Wilde. Esocbar and Atlas both tag in. Atlas takes out Wilde, Mendoza, and Escobar. Atlas hits a German suplex and a forearm smash to Escobar.
Scott tags in. Escobar takes out Atlas, but Scott runs in and hits a rolling thunder flatliner on Escobar. Raul Mendoza tags in, but Scott tries to take out all three members of Legado del Fantasma. Mendoza goes to the top rope, but Scott gives chase they brawl on the apron.
Scott and Atlas brawl to the floor as Atlas climbs the apron. Wilde runs the ropes and goes for a suicide dive, but Atlas catches Wilde into a Spanish fly to the the outside. Scott brings Mendoza in the ring and hits a powerbomb, pinning Mendoza. Scott tags in Adonis.
Wilde dumps Scot to the outside, and Escobar hits a suicide dive onto Scott on the outside. Jake Atlas hits a Rainbow DDT on Santos Escobar on the outside. While Atlas is focused on Escobar, Wilde and Mendoza attack Adonis in the ring and score the victory.
Winners: Legado del Fantasma
Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae are at the Gargano house with a wheel that they are practicing spinning. Gargano spins the practice wheel and it lands on a Buried Alive match and he is disturbed. LeRae spins it and it lands on Trick Or Street Fight.
Gargano spins it again and it lands on a Casket Match. Gargano says that the wheel wants him dead and he storms off, talking about how he hates wheels. He says that he is going to bed and he tells Candice to get rid of the practice wheel.
Drake Maverick and Killian Dain are backstage walking towards the ring. We are told that they are in action next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we head into our next match.
Killian Dain and Drake Maverick vs. Ever-Rise
Maverick and Chase Parker start the match. Parker tags in Matt Martel very quickly and they hit tag team offense on Maverick. Maverick tags Parker back in and Parker punches and kicks at Maverick.
Parker tags Martel back in and Martel whips Maverick hard into the corner. Parker tags back in and they hit a combo toe hold/elbow drop on Maverick. Parker goes for a back suplex, but Maverick reaches Killian Dain and tags him in.
Dain easily dispatches Martel. Dain hits a crossbody on Parker, but Martel chop blocks Dain and bring him down into a single leg crab. Martel taunts Maverick, but Maverick explodes and attacks Martel. Maverick grabs a chair and lays into Parker and Martel, causing a DQ loss.
Dain stares down Maverick and looks like he might punch him again. Instead, he slaps Maverick affectionately, saying, “Where’s that guy been? That was awesome!” Maverick dances in the ring. Dain looks like he might dance, but he walks off instead.
We are told that there has been another incident backstage. We cut to a feed backstage. Roderick Strong is out cold on the floor. Kyle O’Reilly and WWE medical staff are there on hand, checking on Strong, and we go to commercial break.
Backstage, William Regal is with the Brit-Am Brawlers, Breezango, and Kyle O’Reilly. Regal says that he is in a tough position, because he promised a tag title match tonight. Kyle says that he is going to the hospital and insists that Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch get a title match. Breezango say that they’re fine, and Breezango and the Brit-Am Brawlers shake on it.
Xia Li vs. Kacy Catanzaro (w/Kayden Carter)
Kacy and Li tie up. Li hits Catanzaro with a hop tops and seems to be much more aggressive on Kacy, using Kacy’s hair in a vicious manner. Li lays into Kacy with knees and pins Kacy three times, with Kacy kicking out every time.
Back to her feet, Kacy chops and strikes at Li. Kacy hits a running clothesline, then a flipping kick to Li. Kacy rolls up Li, pinning her for three.
Winner: Kacy Catanzaro
Li is very upset, and she attacks Kacy from behind. Li shouts “I should have won!” Kayden Carter comes in the ring, but Li attacks Carter and tosses her out of the ring. Li lays into Kacy, but suddenly Raquel Gonzalez comes out and pulls Li off of Kacy.
Raquel bench presses Kacy Catanzaro and tosses her into Kayden Carter. Gonzalez stands tall in a ring full of bodies. Raquel gets on the mic and says that this (referencing the carnage in the ring) is what awaits Rhea Ripley next week.
Cameron Grimes is interviewed backstage about his match with Dexter Lumis. Grimes seems to be hearing for the first time about the Haunted House of Terrors stipulation. Grimes says that he isn’t scared of Lumis and that he is “going to the moon” but with significantly less enthusiasm than usual, and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and we see Io Shirai looking at all of the different options on the wheel. She says that she will beat Candice LeRae at Halloween Havoc regardless of the stipulation. Despite the advertisement that Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano would “Face the Wheel” tonight, it seems that we will not learn the stipulations of the matches tonight.
Timothy Thatcher is hosting a “Tatch-as-Tatch-can” wrestling lesson live in the ring. Thatcher says that he is will show people how to apply the most pressure and cause the most pain.
He asks his student to be more aggressive, and Thatcher rolls his student into a kimura lock. His student taps, but Thatcher doesn’t release. He applies the pressure even harder. His student, Anthony, has stood up behind Thatcher and is staring daggers at him.
The crowd is cheering for him to attack Thatcher. Thatcher asks Anthony to take his wrist, but Andrew goes after Thatcher on the attack. Thatcher and Anthony seem evenly matched at first. Andrew release the pressure and Thatcher calls a ref in the ring.
Thatcher his Anthony with a cheap shot to the face, and tells the ref to start the match.
Timothy Thatcher vs. Anthony
Thatcher stomps away at his student, then sits him in the corner and stomps away. Thatcher locks in a single leg Boston crab, and his student quickly taps out.
Winner: Timothy Thatcher
Thatcher taunts his student and the crowd as the crowd boos him.
We get a promo package from Damian Priest, talking about how confident he is about his match with Johnny Gargano at Halloween Havoc. Priest is getting a tattoo. Priest says that the difference between himself and Johnny can’t move on.
He says that he can take the pain of any match decided for them. He asks Johnny if Johnny can take it, and that’s the end of the promo.
Breezango make their way down to the ring and we are told that the main event tag team title match is next, right after this commercial break.
Back from commercial and we head into the main event match.
NXT Tag Team Champions Breezango vs. Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan for the NXT Tag Team Championships
Lorcan and Fandango start the match. Lorcan takes Fandango down with an armdrag, but Lorcan immediately gets back to his feet. Fandango gets Lorcan in a side headlock. Lorcan pushes Fandango off, but Fandango runs the ropes and gets the side headlock back in.
Lorcan pushes Fandango off again, but Fandango stops this time and chops away at Lorcan. Fandango rolls Lorcan up for one, but Lorcan picks the leg and locks in a single leg Boston crab. Fandango quickly gets to the bottom rope and forces a break.
Lorcan tags in Burch, who takes Fandango down with an uppercut. Fandango backslides Burch into a pinfall attempt, but Burch kicks out. Tyler Breeze tags in, and Breeze gets a headlock in on Burch. Breeze tosses Burch into Breezango’s corner, but Breeze doesn’t initially make the tag.
Breeze stomps away at Burch over and over again until Burch rolls out of the ring. Breeze gives chase, but Burch gets the upper hand, tossing Breeze hard into the barricade. Burch and Breeze re-enter the ring, but Breeze targets Burch’s leg, as he escapes the ring and tosses Burch’s knee into the ringpost as we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Lorcan is in control of Fandango. Lorcan tags in Burch. Fandango hits a clothesline on Burch. Burch rolls to the outside. Fandango gives chase, and Lorcan and Breeze join the fight. Lorcan gets in the ring and goes for a suicide dive, but Breeze hits a dropkick on Lorcan, stopping him from hitting the dive.
Burch tosses Breeze over the barricade and gets back in the ring. Fandango catches Burch and hits a falcon arrow on Burch. Fandango goes the top rope and hits the Last Dance on Burch, pinning him for two.
Breeze tags in. Lorcan comes in the ring and tosses Fandango out, locking in a single leg Boston crab. Burch locked in a crossface – a double submission on Breeze. Fandango runs in and tosses Lorcan out, breaking the submission.
Breeze and Burch get back to their feet. Breeze hits a series of elbow drops on Burch’s knee, the same knee he threw into the ringpost. Breeze goes to the top rope, but Burch stuns Breeze. Burch hits an elevated cutter on Breeze. Burch covers Breeze and Lorcan tries to defend the pin, but Fandango tackles Lorcan into the pin, breaking it up.
Breeze and Fandango hits pair of stereo superkicks on Lorcan and Burch. Fandango goes to the top rope, but before he can hit a leg drop from the top rope, a masked man runs out from under the ring and pushes Fandango off the top rope, crashing to the floor outside the ring.
Breeze is furious in the ring. The referee peeks out the ring and looks at Fandango. Taking advantage of the distraction, Danny Burch hit a low blow on Tyler Breeze. Oney Lorcan picked up Tyler Breeze, and Danny Burch hit Breeze with an elevated DDT. Burch pins Breeze for the victory.
Winners: Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan
The masked man enters the ring and hugs Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan. Lorcan and Burch seemed to be in it, happily embracing the masked man. The encourage the man to unmask, and he does so, revealing Pat McAfee under the mask.
Pat McAfee celebrates Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan as the new NXT Tag Team Champions, taunting Undisputed Era in the process. McAfee, Burch, and Lorcan celebrate in the ring as NXT goes off the air.