WWE went to great lengths to keep a lid on things during Sunday’s WWE NXT Vengeance Day premium live event, which took place at the F&M Bank Arena in Clarksville, TN. While the highly-anticipated matchup between WWE NXT Champion Ilja Dragunov and Trick Williams headlined the event, it was the show’s closing angle that had fans buzzing.
In a surprising twist, post-match, Carmelo Hayes unleashed vicious assault on Trick Williams, repeatedly striking him with a chair. This shocking betrayal came after the two had already squared off earlier in the evening. The drama of this post-match attack left the audience in awe.
The evening kicked off with the thrilling Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Finals, pitting Hayes & Williams against the formidable duo of Bron Breakker & Baron Corbin. The heels, Hayes & Williams, emerged victorious, claiming the coveted tournament victory that had its origins back in 2015. As we previously reported, the intense nature of these contests left several WWE stars nursing injuries by the end of the night.
The level of secrecy surrounding the aftermath of the main event was remarkable, as noted by Corey Brennan of Fightful Select. It was reported that “there was a lot of secrecy surrounding the main event aftermath, as rehearsals for the main event were kept exclusive to those directly involved in its production.” This clandestine approach only added to the intrigue surrounding the event’s conclusion.
In a reassuring note, Ilja Dragunov, despite taking a nasty bump, was reported to be in good condition. Furthermore, the main event received high praise from the head of NXT creative, Shawn Michaels, and Performance Center head coach, Matt Bloom. Their endorsement highlighted the success and impact of this memorable evening in WWE NXT history.
What are your thoughts on Carmelo Hayes’ surprising betrayal of Trick Williams at WWE NXT Vengeance Day, and how do you think this will affect their storyline moving forward?