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WWE seems to have big plans for tonight’s edition of NXT, as an 8-minute overrun has reportedly been scheduled for tonight’s special edition of NXT. Let’s take a look at the card.
First up, NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar will compete against Jake Atlas in a non-title match. Atlas and Ashonte “Thee” Adonis have joined Isaiah “Swerve” Scott’s crusade against the current cruiserweight champion, and Escobar looks to take out one of Swerve’s compatriots tonight.
In further 1 on 1 action, Rhea Ripley will go head to head against Raquel Gonzalez. This feud has been building on and off for months as Ripley has tried to climb her way back into the NXT Women’s Championship title picture. Could tonight be the night when she finally vanquishes Gonzalez and Kai for good?
Also, Cameron Grimes and Dexter Lumis will look to settle their score in a Haunted House of Terror match. For WWE, 2020 has been the year of the cinematic wrestling match, with the Firefly Funhouse Match, the Boneyard Match, and One Final Beat just to name a few. Will Lumis and Grimes have another classic to add to that list?
For tonight’s biggest matches, WWE is bringing back their wheel, for two Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal matches. First up, Candice LeRae looks to capture the NXT Women’s Championship from Io Shirai. LeRae has come very close on countless occasions, and this feud dates back months. Will tonight finally be LeRae’s night?
The other match for tonight’s Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal matches is Damian Priest defending his NXT North American Championship against Johnny Gargano. Gargano has made it abundantly clear over the past few weeks that he hates wheels, but will the wheel be on his side tonight, or will it spell his demise? We’ll find out.
Finally, Pat McAfee and the new NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan are set to make an appearance tonight. Not much else is known, but McAfee took to Twitter this week to reveal that he has been behind the latest demise of the Undisputed Era. What will he and the Brit-Am Brawlers have to say for themselves tonight?
All of this and more happens tonight as Shotzi Blackheart hosts NXT Halloween Havoc, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM, EST.
We get a quick rundown of the four biggest matches for tonight’s card: Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez, Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis, and the two Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal matches.
Shotzi Blackheart is dressed as some sort of Bride of Frankenstein-esque character, and she is carrying some sort of bonesaw, making it shoot sparks as she howls from a chair at the top of the ramp. Suddenly, the words “Live Forever” appear on the screen, and we getting ready for our first match.
NXT North American Champion Damian Priest vs. Johnny Gargano; Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal Match for the NXT North American Championship
Priest is already in the ring as an impressive guitarist plays a remix of Priest’s theme. Vic Joseph can be seen dressed as Waldo from Where’s Waldo at ringside.
Johnny Gargano comes out dressed as Jack Skellington, and he cuts a hole in an inflatable pumpkin at the top of the ramp. He gets in Preist’s face, and Shotzi spins the wheel at the top of the ramp.
The wheel lands on a Devil’s Playground match. It is no-disqualification, no count-out, and falls count anywhere.
Priest whips Gargano to the corner, then hits an elevated flatliner, knocking Gargano silly. Gargano stumbles to the corner and Priest hits his leaping forearm splash onto Gargano in the corner three times. Priest hits a spinning heel kick, then pins Gargano for two.
Priest hits a springboard forearm on Gargano and Gargano rolls to the outside. Priest gives chase. Gargano gets in the ring, but transitions to the apron as Priest gets in the ring. Gargano goes for the slingshot spear, but Priest blocks it and goes for The Reckoning.
Gargano escapes and pulls Priest to the outside, then whips him into the steel steps. Gargano goes under the ring and grabs a kendo stick. Priest reveals a nightstick that he pulled from under the ring, and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Gargano and Priest are fighting at the top of the ramp. Gargano hits a senton cannonball onto Priest, then grabs the kendo stick and lays into Priest. Priest rolls back in the ring and grabs his nightstick. Gargano goes for an enziguri, but Priest hits Gargano’s shin with his nightstick. Priest hits Gargano with Slice of Heaven, pinning him for two.
Gargano rolls to the apron and Priest gives chase. Priest dumps Gargano back into the ring. Gargano hits an enziguri, sending Priest to the outside. Gargano goes for a suicide dive to the outside, but Priest catches him. Priest tries to chokeslam Gargano into the fence at ringside, but Gargano reverses and sends Priest into the fence face first.
Gargano hits Sliced Bread on Priest, landing Priest on the steel steps. Gargano covers Priest for two. Gargano picks up Priest and goes for a tornado DDT on Gargano, but Priest blocks and hits a Broken Arrow on Gargano onto the announce table.
Gargano and Priest fight along ringside. Gargano opens a casket at ringside, and a prop skeleton pops out and scares him. Gargano superkicks the skeleton back into the casket, but Priest uses the distraction to land a striking combination on Gargano.
Gargano runs to the backstage area and blows a fire extinguisher in Preist’s eyes, then smashes his head into a garage door. Gargano walks around looking for a new weapon. He grabs a trash can and dumps the trash can on Priest’s head, then smashes the trash can over and over into the garage door. Gargano finds a sliding cart and pushes the cart into Priest, ramming him into the garage door and we go to another commercial break.
Back from commercial and Preist and Gargano are fighting on the side of the stage. Priest throws a trash can at Gargano and Gargano lands near the wheel at the top of the stage. Priest stands above Gargano and picks him up. Priest goes for The Reckoning on Gargano, but Gargano slips through and hits Priest with a superkick.
Gargano grabs the trash can that Priest threw at him and hits Priest with it across the back several times. Gargano shouts at the wheel then taunts Priest. Gargano goes for a superkick, but Priest hits a leaping roundhouse kick on Gargano. Gargano picks up the trash can, but Priest kicks the trash can into Gargano’s head.
Priest picks up Gargano and goes for The Reckoning, but a man in a Scream mask appears and hits Priest with a steel pipe. Gargano hits a tornado DDT on Priest, then stares at the man in the Scream mask. The man walks away and Gargano smiles. The man in the Scream mask reappears and hands a prop tombstone to Gargano, and Gargano hits Priest with it, sending Priest flying through part of the scenery and off the stage.
Gargano crawls down to the floor and pins Priest for three, winning the match.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Gargano stands at the top of the ramp and celebrates, holding the NXT North American Championship.
At commentary, Wade Barrett announces that he is dressed as Bad News Barrett, and he tosses to a backstage video feed as Pat McAfee and the Brit-Am Brawlers make their way to the ring. We get a replay of the ending of last week’s main event, and we will hear from Pat McAfee, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan right after a commercial break.
Back from commercial and Cameron Grimes is backstage and William Regal appears him and tells him that a car is waiting for him in the parking lot. Regal escorts him to the parking lot.
Pat McAfee, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan are in the ring. McAfee talks about how Halloween Havoc is “the second best” night in NXT history, and the biggest night was TakeOver 30, as that was when he had his debut match.
He runs down the crowd and talks about how Adam Cole disrespected him after beating him. He says he couldn’t stop thinking about “how big of a bum Adam Cole was.” He was too busy to come back to NXT so he hired Ridge Holland to take out Adam Cole and the Undisputed Era. When Ridge Holland was injured, he hired the guys who injured Holland, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Burch calls for a mic, but before he can say anything, Undisputed Era’s music hits and Kyle O’Reilly comes out. McAfee, Burch, and Lorcan are taunting O’Reilly to get in the ring. O’Reilly gets on the apron, but before he gets in the ring, Pete Dunne’s music hits, and Dunne walks out with two chairs.
Dunne walks down to the ring and stands on the apron. He offers O’Reilly a chair, and O’Reilly and Dunne get in the ring. Burch, Lorcan, and McAfee retreat to the apron. O’Reilly drops his chair, and Dunne slams into O’Reilly’s back with the chair.
Dunne, Burch, and Lorcan beat on O’Reilly and pick him apart. They stomp away at him, kicking him and beating him. Dunne stomps on O’Reilly’s hand onto the steel steps, and Burch and Lorcan hit O’Reilly with an elevated DDT onto a steel chair.
McAfee gets on the mic and says that he, Burch, Lorcan, and Dunne are the new kings of NXT, and they stand tall above him.
Backstage, Cameron Grimes begs William Regal to come with him, but Regal insists that Grimes leave on his own. A creepy van pulls up to escort Cameron Grimes, and Grimes gets in before the van drives off.
Back from commercial and Jake Atlas is already in the ring, ready for his match.
Jake Atlas vs. NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar (w/ Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde) (Non-Title Match)
Escobar starts the match with a huge kick to Atlas’ face. Escobar lays into Atlas with a series of chops in the corner. He whips Atlas into the opposite corner and hits him with a knee to the midsection. Escobar hits a running double knee strike to Atlas’ chest in the corner.
Escobar kicks Atlas’ arms, picking him apart. Escobar slaps Atlas in the face, and he taunts Atlas. Atlas comes back with a slap to Escobar’s face, then he strikes away at Escobar in the corner.
Atlas catches Escobar with a back elbow and aback body drop. Atlas hits Escobar with a scoop slam and an uppercut into a German suplex. Atlas hits a discus forearm on Escobar, covering him for two.
Atlas goes to the top rope and hits the Rainbow DDT, pinning Escobar, but Joaquin Wilde puts Escobar’s foot on the rope, breaking up the pin. Atlas hits a suicide dive onto Legado del Fantasma on the outside. Escobar grabs Atlas’ hair, but Atlas fights back.
Escobar retreats into the ring, but Raul Mendoza puts on a lucha mask and headbutts Atlas, then rolls him back in the ring. Escobar picks up Atlas and hits him with a Phantom Driver, covering him for the victory.
Winner: Santos Escobar
We get a video package from Ember Moon talking about she now has Dakota Kai in her sights following Kai’s attack on Moon.
Shotzi Blackheart tells us that the Haunted House of Terror match is next, after a commercial break.
Back from commercial and we go to the Haunted House of Terror match.
Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes in a Haunted House of Terror Match
The creepy van pulls up and Grimes escapes. He calls out to Lumis, asking Lumis where he is and saying what he’ll do when he finds Lumis. Lumis is seen hiding in a tree, watching Grimes, but Grimes doesn’t see him.
Grimes enters the house and is spooked by everything inside, like a stuffed deer’s head and a tricycle. Lumis is seen entering after Grimes, still watching him. Grimes enters a new room and sees a creepy looking referee standing in a corner. Lumis bursts into the room and pins Griems against the wall.
Grimes pushes Lumis into a mirror, shattering the mirror. Grimes runs to a new room and locks the door. Lumis kicks down the door, and Grimes runs into a bathroom. He sees a shadow of a woman in the shower. Grimes takes off his coat and hat, but the woman in the shower appears to be some sort of ghostly creature, who scares Grimes.
Grimes runs out of the bathroom and runs around, saying he wants out. Lumis enters through a window and begins to choke Grimes. Grimes claws at Lumis’ eyes and escapes, but Grimes runs into more ghostly creatures.
Lumis chases Grimes into a kitchen, where Grimes grabs a weapon before being attacked by more ghostly women. One of them jumps on his back and Grimes runs out with the woman still on his back. He tosses her off his back and sees the other ghostly figures chasing him.
Grimes runs into the van to try and escape the creatures, but Dexter Lumis is the driver of the van. Grimes runs out of the van and runs away into the distance. We see a message that says “To Be Continued…” and we go back to the arena.
Rhea Ripley and Raquel Gonzalez are seen backstage, walking towards the ring. Rhea Ripley’s music hits and she walks out, then we cut to commercial.
Back from commercial and Raquel Gonzalez makes her way to the ring.
Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez
Gonzalez tosses Ripley into the corner, but Ripley fights back with strikes to the midsection. Ripley and Gonzalez wrap up, but Gonzalez pushes Ripley into the corner. Gonzalez hits Ripley in the midsection with her shoulder.
Ripley starts fighting back and hits Gonzalez with a headbutt. Gonzalez is unphased and tries to take down Ripley, but Ripley is also unphased. They shove back and forth, then trade slaps to the face. They club away at each other, but Gonzalez takes Ripely down by pulling her hair and throwing her to the mat.
Gonzalez tries to suplex Ripley, but RIpley lands on her feet. They go for clotheslines on each other, then get each other in fireman’s carries. They both escape the holds and run the ropes, but Ripley eventually gets the upperhand, dropkicking Gonzalez to the outside.
Ripley gives chase, but Gonzalez catches Ripley and powerbombs her into the fencing surrounding the ring. Gonzalez tosses Ripley back into the ring and we go to commercial.
Back from commercial and Gonzalez has Ripley in a submission hold in the ring. Ripley powers out of it and rolls up Gonzalez for two. Gonzalez clubs Ripley in the back of the head, pinning her for two. Gonzalez picks up Ripley and whips her into the corner, but Ripley hits Gonzlaez with back elbows.
Gonzalez takes Ripley down with another clothesline and pins Ripley for two again. Gonzalez picks Ripley up, but Ripley hits Gonzalez with a back body drop. Ripley chops at Gonzalez and hits her with knees to the face, then a leg sweep.
Ripley hits a basement dropkick on Gonzalez, pinning her for two. Ripley gets to her feet and goes after Gonzalez’s back. Ripley stomps at Gonzalez, then locks Gonzalez in an inverted cloverleaf. Ripley transitions into a pin for two.
Gonzalez kicks Ripley, then hits a powerslam for two. Gonzalez gets Ripley in the corner and sits her on the top rope. Gonzalez follows and goes for a superplex. Ripley blocks and hits Gonzalez with a headbutt. Ripley tries to get Gonzalez into a Riptide from the top rope, but Gonzalez fights out.
Ripley stands on the top rope, but Gonzalez runs up and hits a superplex, pinning Ripley for two. Gonzalez goes for her one-armed powerbomb, but Ripley escapes. Ripley hits Gonzalez with a kick to the head, stunning her. Ripley hits Gonzalez with a Riptide, pinning her for three.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
We cut to footage of Cameron Grimes running down the street, shouting “Help me!” Vic Joseph asks, “Is Cameron Grimes coming back to the Capital Wrestling Center?” Before that question can be fully answered, we go to commercial.
Back from commercial, Drake Maverick is dressed as Hulk Hogan and is being interviewed about his tag team aspirations. Killian Dain comes out dressed as the Shockmaster. Maverick is upset that Dain didn’t trip during his entrance, so he puts on the Shockmaster mask and trips on his own.
Cameron Grimes is outside of the Capital Wrestling Center, and he enters back through the door that he exited through. Grimes is then seen stumbling around through the scenery on the side of the stage. Two of the women from the Haunted House have followed Grimes back to the arena and chase him into the ring.
Dexter Lumis enters and appears behind Grimes. Lumis tosses Griems across the ring, then hits a bulldog on Grimes. Grimes gets a boot up in Lumis’ face, but Lumis hits Grimes with a spinebuster. Lumis stalks Grimes in the ring as the zombie women surround Grimes.
Grimes hits a zombie with the Cave In. A zombie women climbs onto Lumis’ shoulders and he tosses her into Lumis, hitting a corssbody. Lumis hits Grimes with a ura nage and locks in The Silence. Grimes passes out Lumis’ music plays.
The zombie women enter the ring and surround Grimes as Lumis exits. Lumis walks away as the zombies writhe around and surround Grimes. The lights go out and the camera closes in on Lumis’ face. The words “The End” appear on the screen.
Winner: Dexter Lumis
We get a video package for the upcoming match between Io Shirai and Candice LeRae.
Shotzi Blackheart is now dressed as the devil, saying that she will be spinning the wheel for the main event, after a commercial break.
Back from commercial and Tommaso Ciampa is cutting a promo backstage saying that he doesn’t recognize NXT anymore. He says that the attitude and the culture has changed and everyone acts like they are owed something.
He says that everyone blames someone else. He says that he has heard all of the excuses before and he was never handed anything, he worked for it all. He says that he was NXT for a long time, but fate took it away. He says that he wants to take it back.
He says that Velveteen Dream is in his way, and, “You hit me with a cast once, shame on you. You hit me with a cast twice, you’re a dead man.”
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Velveteen Dream and Dakota Kai vs. Ember Moon are announced for next week’s episode of NXT.
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae; Spin the Wheel, Make a Deal Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
Poppy, who has sung Io down to the ring before, does it again tonight. Io and Candice stare each other down in the ring, and Shotzi spins the wheel. It lands on a Tables, Ladders, and Stairs match.
Io hits Candice and Candice rolls to the outside. Io hits a suicide dive onto Candice on the outside. While they brawl, the official hooks the NXT Women’s Championship onto a rope and pulls it up. The winner must climb the ladder and grab the title to win.
Candice pulls a table out and the table has a bag on it. Candice opens the bag and it is full of a dismembered dummy. Io attacks Candice with the dummy’s arms. Candice drops Io face first onto a ladder on the outside, and then pulls another ladder out and slams it down onto Io.
Back to her feet, Io tosses Candice over the announce table. Io picks up Candice and gets ready to hit her with a suplex, sending her to the table. Candice blocks and picks up a laptop, slamming into Io and sending Io flying off the announce table.
Candice sets up a ladder across the ring and the announce table, but Io tosses a chair into Candice’s face. Io sits Candice against the steel steps, then hits Candice with a meteora into the steel steps.
Io goes under the ring and pulls out three chairs. Io tosses two into the ring and hits Candice in the midsection with the third. Io tosses the third into the ring and then pulls out two more chairs and tosses them into the ring. Io hits Candice with a suplex on the outside and we go to commercial break.
Back from commercial and two tables have been set up on the outside, side by side. Both Io and Candice are down. Io crawls to the side of the ring where the ladders are and Io tosses a ladder into the ring. Candice tosses the other ladder into the ring.
Candice plans Io on the mat and sets up a ladder in the corner. Candice tosses Io the mat and climbs the ladder, but Io pulls her down and hits her with a palm strike. Io moves the ladder and tosses the pile of steel chairs back towards the center of the ring.
Io goes for a double underhook powerbomb onto Candice, but Candice blocks. Io transitions into a pendulum backbreaker. Io goes for a moonsault onto Candice, but Candice rolls out of the way and Io lands on the chairs.
Candice hits Io with a chair and then sets up the chair. Candice goes for a suplex onto the steel chair, but Io reverses and hits Candice with a suplex onto the chair. Io climbs the ladder, but Candice grabs her leg and pulls her off.
Io strikes Candice and Candice sits in the corner against the ladder. Io goes for a meteora, but Candice dodges, and Io goes shin-first into the ladder in the corner. Candice goes to the top rope, but Io catches her with a palm strikes, and Candice is out cold, laying across the top rope.
Io moves the ladder to the side and sets up two chairs in the ring. Io goes to the top rope, but Candice pushes Io back into the ring. Candice lands on teh apron and Io is in the ring. Candice tries to kick Io, but Io catches Candice’s foot in the chair, then twists it, twisting Candice’s ankle.
Io goes for a Tiger Faint Kick, but Candice dodges and hits Io with a steel chair to the back. On the apron, Candice hits a swinging neckbreaker onto Io, sending both women crashing through the tables on the outside.
The wrestler in the Scream mask comes out and picks up Candice, then helps her climb up the ladder, placing her at the top of the ladder. Shotzi Blackheart runs in and takes out the Scream masked superstar, nullifying whoever is under the mask.
Candice comes to at the top of the ladder just as Io gets back in the ring and sets up a ladder next to Candice’s ladder. Io climbs next to Candice, but Candice tosses Io to the mat. Io tips over the ladder that Candice was on, sending her crashing through the ladder on the outside. Io climbs the remaining ladder and grabs the title.
Winner: Io Shirai
Io celebrates at the top of the ladder and Johnny Gargano comes down to help his wife up as NXT goes off the air.