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For the final episode of NXT before heading into NXT WarGames 2020, we only have one match scheduled for the show so far, but tonight’s episode is sure to set up more matches and build hype for the last takeover of the year.
Tonight, Shotzi Blackheart will take on Raquel Gonzalez in a ladder match to determine who will have the advantage going into WarGames. Also, Shotzi will reveal the final member of her team for the event.
Despite the lack of details for tonight’s show, this is set to be an exciting episode of NXT, and we will begin coverage when NXT goes live at 8:00 PM EST!
Tonight’s NXT, the last before WarGames, opens with the entire NXT roster and personnel like Triple H and Shawn Michaels on stage, paying tribute to the legendary Pat Patterson, who passed away earlier today. We see a great video package chronicling the career of Patterson, fittingly set to Frank Sinatra’s ‘My Way’ with Pat singing along on Karaoke. Seriously, seek out the video because it is fantastic.
Damian Priest is in the ring for an upcoming tag team match, and Johnny Gargano is on commentary for it. We see a video of earlier today with Priest backstage, saying he needs to ensure Ruff makes it to WarGames, which is why he put himself in this match. Priest was confronted by
We start the match with Escobar and Ruff, and they lock-up with Santos shoving him down. Escobar takes Ruff down and holds him there, mocking his size. Raul Mendoza tags in but Leon catches him with a dropkick for a one-count. Mendoza drops Ruff with a knee and tags Escobar, who kicks Ruff down. Priest tags in but Escobar wants nothing do with him and tags Mendoza. Priest runs at Raul in the corner but nobody’s home.
They go back and forth until Priest clobbers Mendoza, knocking him out of the ring. Priest goes after Mendoza and drills him with an elbow, then slams him into the barricade. Mendoza tries to fire back but Priest hits him. Priest gets distracted by Ghostface standing in the crowd, allowing Mendoza to tag Escobar, who hits a gnarly suicide dive as we head to the break.
Back live and Mendoza is beating Priest in the corner. Escobar tags in and hits a running dropkick to Damian in the corner, then lands a suplex for a two-count. Mendoza tags in again and continues to beat and isolate Priest, while targeting his knee. Priest creates some distance and he’s reluctant to tag Ruff but he doesn’t have a choice. Leon comes in hot against Escobar and knocks Mendoza off the apron, before hitting a hurricanrana to Escobar.
Ruff hits an enziguiri, followed by a dropkick to Escobar but he didn’t realise Mendoza blind-tagged in. Mendoza takes a headlock on Ruff but he quickly fights free and tags Priest. Priest hits a flapjack to Mendoza, then drills Escobar with kicks and a big forearm. Priest hits a running arrow in the corner but gets distracted knocking Escobar off the apron. Priest gets kicked by Mendoza, but then catches him with a forearm as he comes off the top rope. Priest looks to hit The Reckoning but Ruff tags himself in and hits a frog splash for the win.
After the match Damian Priest celebrates with Ruff, then turns his attention to Gargano at the announce desk. Now there are two Ghostface’s standing behind Johnny and he just waves at Priest and Ruff.
We see a replay of the incredible ladder match last week between Pete Dunne and Kyle O’Reilly to determine who gets the man advantage in the WarGames match this Sunday.
We see a video of Shotzi Blackheart welding something for WarGames but in walk Ember Moon and Rhea Ripley with something under a black sheet. They pull the sheet back but we can’t see what it is but Shotzi says it’s beautiful, and just what they need.
A video package airs of the feud between The Undisputed Era and Pat McAfee & Co. The Undisputed Era are shown in a limousine in suits, talking about how they’ve ran NXT since day one. They go to a restaurant and Cole says they’ve never been tested this hard and it’s a must-win match for them.
We see Cameron Grimes walking around backstage, talking to himself. He’ll be in action after the break.
Team Candace LeRae are interviewed backstage and Candace laughs about the idea of Team Shotzi. She says they have the strength and tenacity to win at WarGames. Raquel says they’re going to have the advantage after tonight, and Shotzi will feel like she got run over by a tank.
Grimes brought a leather strap to the ring with him, the same one that will tie him to Dexter Lumis on Sunday night. The bell rings and Grimes runs across the ring and knees Grey. Grimes beats Grey into the corner, then whips him hard into the opposite corner. Grimes catches Grey with a kitchen sink knee, then just rakes his face and elbows him in the skull.
Grey fires back with right hands, then counters a backdrop attempt and lands a dropkick. Grey hit a jawbreaker and a neckbreaker, then avoids Grimes in the corner before hitting a nice crossbody for a two-count. Grimes attempts the kitchen sink again but Grey rolls him up for two. Grimes lands a spinning sidewalk slam, then quickly follows-up with the double stomp for the win.
Cameron grabs his hat after the match, then the leather strap. He talks to Dexter Lumis and says he shouldn’t want to be strapped to Cameron Grimes, a real man. Grimes then straps himself to Grey and hits a clothesline, followed by repeated whips to the back. Grey rolls out of the ring and Grimes is cocky, saying that’s the beauty of the strap, he can just pull him right back in. Grimes pulls the strap but it’s Lumis who slithers into the ring. Grimes looks like he’s seen a ghost, or zombie, and tries to escape but Lumis gets one good crack of the strap to the back.
The match begins and they lock-up while the announcers mention that Atlas has dedicated this match to Pat Patterson. Nese poses but Atlas grabs his arm and takes him down. Nese breaks free and they trade fast-paced reversals until Atlas hits a dropkick that knocks Tony from the ring. Atlas hits a suicide dive that drives Nese into the announce table.
Nese intercepts Atlas as he gets onto the top rope and takes control of the match. We see Pat McAfee & Co. arrive at the building while Nese hits a suplex for a two-count. Nese delivers some repeated knees before applying a torture rack submission. Atlas elbows himself free and builds a head of steam. Atlas hits a German suplex and a forearm for a near-fall. Atlas slaps himself a few times, then lifts Nese who grabs the ropes to keep him off.
Nese grabs Atlas by the face and yells at him, then hits a running stun gun over the ropes. Nese looks for a springboard moonsault but nobody’s home and he lands on his feet. Nese follows-up with a running knee in the corner, then a spin kick for a near-fall. Nese is frustrated and looks for the running knee again but Atlas avoids it and hits the cartwheel DDT off the top rope for the win!
After the match Atlas is interviewed at ringside. He says that’s what he’s talking about. It always seems like one step forward, and three steps back. It’s the story of his life; everytime something good happens, bad happens. But he likes it, he likes the challenge. And he just picked himself back up and it’s only starting. He’s on his way to challenging Santos Escobar again.
Pat McAfee & Co. are on their way to the ring, to speak once more before being trapped inside WarGames on Sunday.
Pat McAfee and his friends are in the ring, and Pat opens by telling Vic Joseph he sucks. McAfee pays some respects to Pat Patterson, then says he has zero respect for Adam Cole and his idiot buddies. McAfee says earlier tonight we were forced to watch Undisputed Era on the town and it was as depressing as he could have imagined. He says they were wearing rented tuxes that didn’t fit and sitting in a crappy pizzeria that hid them in the back room because they were embarrassed.
McAfee says The Undisputed Era were big on nostalgia tonight and he wants to do the same. He says his group was brought together using money the likes of us will never see. This Sunday it’s all about WarGames and their main man is the longest-running NXT UK Champion in WWE history, Pete Dunne. This Sunday is also about two main eventers who are finally getting to main event a PPV, Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
McAfee says he wants the fans to envision themselves as part of TUE, and feel every single shot they give to Cole and his boys. Because he knows the people want to see him ripped limb from limb, but it isn’t going to happen because he has aligned himself with the three biggest badasses in wrestling. Pete Dunne grabs the microphone and says this Sunday they end The Undisputed Era, and Pat caps it off by saying we all suck.
After the break the Grizzled Young Veterans will return to action!
We see a video of Xia Li and Boa being trained by ShiFu. They’re being waterboarded over and over. Xia almost cries and Boa looks shellshocked. ShiFu has them beaten with Kendo sticks as the video ends.
Ever-Rise are in the ring, waiting for Grizzled Young Veterans, but as the Liverpudlians are making their entrance Chase Parker and Matt Martel get attacked by Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel. Barthel asks who Grizzled Young Vets think they are. He says teams like Breezango and Lorcan and Burcan have their fun but they’re here to put everyone back in their place.
We start the match with Barthel and Zack Gibson. Barthel takes control early and whips Gibson to the corner but James Drake jumps across the top turnbuckle to block the impact. Drake then tags in and takes the fight to Barthel but the Imperium man turns the tables and tags Fabian Aichner for a back suplex. Aichner continues the beating on Drake, chopping his chest and attempting a suplex but Drake lands on his feet and tags Gibson.
Zack knocks Barthel off the apron but Aichner grabs him by the wrist. Both men hit the ropes and Aichner catches him in mid-air for a slam. Gibson takes a headlock but Aicher shoots him off and they trade hip tosses back and forth until they both spill over the top rope to the floor. The two teams come face-to-face on the floor and the referee gets between them as we head to the commercial break.
We return to see Gibson catch Aichner with a big kick to score a two-count. Drake tags in and he tees-off on Aichner with right hands, but Fabian turns the tables with a big suplex. Gibson tags in but gets caught and catapulted into the turnbuckles by Aichner. Barthel tags in and Imperium hit a double dropkick to Gibson hanging in the corner. Barthel hits a running air raid crash for a near-fall. Gibson kicks Barthel back but the Austrian drops him and heads to the top rope.
Barthel jumps but gets chopped in the throat, then he does the same to Gibson and both men are down gasping for air. Aichner tags in and hits a spinebuster, followed by a soccer kick from Barthel and an overhead slam for a near-fall. Drake gets the tag and kicks Gibson before forcing him to the corner and delivering wicked chops. Drake puts Aichner in the corner and punches him but Fabian breaks away.
Barthel shoves Drake off the top rope and Aichner catches him in a suplex position but they almost miss and Aichner uses insane strength to get him up and finish the move. Gibson returns and helps Drake knock Barthel out of the ring, then tries to roll-up Aichner but it’s no good. Barthel, Drake and Gibson are fighting on the floor and Aicher hits a crossbody from the top onto them. Suddenly Ever-Rise reappear and shove Aichner into the steel steps, then beat-up all four of them.
Timothy Thatcher is shown warming-up backstage, which means we’re due another lesson!
During the commercial break, the interviewer attempted to get a word with Ever-Rise but they just left the building and shouted “Ever-Rise rules!”
Timohy Thatcher is in the ring for another edition of Thatch-As Thatch-Can. Today’s lesson is distractions. That’s because a lot of people in NXT lose matches because of distractions, whether that’s lights going out, music playing, or people at ringside. So he’s going to show how to deal with that and his student is…he turns around and Tomasso Ciampa is there.
Thatcher refuses to “train” Ciampa and makes to leave the ring. Ciampa says that’s Thatcher for you, a disappointment. Thatcher comes back and says he’s not falling for it, then tackles Ciampa. Tomasso gets to his feet and drops Thatcher with a right hand, then says “lesson one: don’t be an ass”.
Ciampa is then attacked by one of Thatcher’s students and Timothy knocks him out of the ring. Thatcher goes out and slams Ciampa into the barricade, then they brawl back inside where Thatcher chokes him out with a guillotine. Thatcher smiles as Ciampa crumbles to the mat.
The WarGames Kick-Off Show will feature Wade Barrett, Sam Roberts, and none other than MMA icon, Ariel Helwani. The announcers run down the card for this Sunday’s show.
The main event gets underway with both WarGames teams watching on from raised platforms in the background. Shotzi hits a shotgun dropkick right way, then tries to batter Raquel but gets shoved away. Shotzi attacks the leg but Gonzalez shakes it off and grabs her leg to slam her down. Shotzi kicks Gonzalez but misses a running hip attack in the corner. Gonzalez gets Shotzi up for a dominator and tosses her onto the apron.
Gonzalez knocks Shotzi off the apron and goes out to grab a ladder but Blackheart jumps her from behind. Shotzi then dropkicks the ladder into Raquel’s face. Shotzi kicks and punches Raquel before trying to put the ladder into the ring. Gonzalez comes back and drops Shotzi face-first on the ladder sitting on the apron. Gonzalez gets the ladder inside but Shotzi jumps on her back with a sleeper.
They fall out of the ring and Shotzi holds onto the sleeper until Raquel slams her into the ring post. Gonzalez gets Shotzi up and rams her into the chainlink fence around the ring, then tries to do it again but Shotzi jumps and grabs onto the chainlink, then jumps off backwards with a coffin drop to Gonzalez on the floor! Gonzalez then kicks Shotzi backwards into the steel steps as we head to the break.
Back live and both women are fighting over a ladder, with Gonzalez on the apron. Shotzi abandons the ladder and jumps over the ropes to DDT Raquel on the apron! Shotzi grabs Raquel and looks to hit Sliced Bread off the apron but Gonzalez instead slams her face-first onto it. Gonzalez grabs the steel steps and hits Shotzi with it, then gets back into the ring and aims to retrieve the briefcase.
Gonzalez gets to the top of the ladder before Shotzi re-appears and they fight atop the ladder. Both women fall off at the same time. Raquel starts climbing again but Blackheart tips the ladder over. Shotzi lifts a ladder but Raquel kicks it into her, then she lifts the ladder and tries to squish Blackheart in the corner but misses. The ladder gets sandwiched between the ropes and Shotzi hits a tilt-a-whirl headscissors, then cannonballs Gonzalez face-first into the ladder!
Gonzalez rolls outside and Shotzi, rather than climb the ladder, jumps off the top rope with a seated senton to her. Both women are down on the floor and we see Indi Hartwell appear beside Team Candace with a ladder and help them get down. They run over to try and help Raquel get the briefcase but suddenly Rhea Ripley and her pals appear to run them off. Indi meanwhile tries to set-up a ladder but Blackheart pulls her down and kicks her out of the ring.
Raquel clotheslines Shotzi, then climbs the ladder as the two teams brawl at ringside with referees trying to stop them. Suddenly Io Shirai appears and springboards off the top rope onto the back of Gonzalez and chokes her down from the ladder. Io knocks Gonzalez out of the ring, then goes to the top rope and hits a moonsault onto both teams and WWE officials. Alone in the ring, Shotzi is able to climb the ladder and unhook the briefcase!
Team Blackheart now have the WarGames advantage, meaning they get the extra person earlier than Team Candace. Shotzi poses atop the ladder while Io and Team Blackheart come into the ring and it seems Shirai will be the final member of Team Blackheart.
And that’s it for this week’s NXT. This Sunday is NXT WarGames and we will have live results coverage right here. Until then, check out our AEW Dynamite results and stay safe!