– The NXT Halloween Havoc special opens up with a video package.
– We’re live from the Capitol Wrestling Center in Orlando, Florida. Host Shotzi Blackheart is on the stage with some sort of saw. She howls.
A band starts performing the entrance of NXT North American Champion Damian Priest. Priest is in the ring now, with his invisible bow and arrow. Out next comes Johnny Gargano. Vic Joseph welcomes us. He’s joined by Vic Joseph, and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix remotely. Gargano hits the ring and has words with Priest. Shotzi Blackheart spins the wheel on the stage and this will be a Devil’s Playground match.
Spin The Wheel, Make The Deal for the NXT North American Title: Johnny Gargano vs. Damian Priest (Devil’s Playground Match)
The bell rings and Priest drops Gargano to start as Gargano yells at Blackheart. This will be No DQ, Falls Count Anywhere. Priest unloads on Gargano and hits a Flatliner. Priest with a flying back elbow in the corner, and another. Priest with a third big elbow to pay tribute to Sting. Gargano tries to fight but Priest nails a spinning heel kick for a 2 count.
Priest keeps control and knocks Gargano out to the floor. Gargano kicks Priest as he tries to re-enter. Gargano goes for the slingshot Spear but Priest blocks it. Gargano fights off the Reckoning. They tangle and Gargano ends up sending Priest into the steel ring steps. Gargano goes under the ring and brings out a kendo stick. Priest has a pipe. Gargano swings and it’s blocked as we go to a picture-in-picture commercial.
Back from the break and Priest beat Gargano with the steel ring steps during the commercial. Gargano has control now. He leaps off the stage and takes Priest down as fans chant for Priest. Gargano with a kendo stick shot over the back, and more kendo stick shots. They go in the ring and Priest swings the pipe but it’s blocked. Gargano fights but Priest brings him in from the apron with the big Broken Arrow for a close 2 count. Priest fights from the apron but Gargano kicks him to the floor. Gargano ends up slamming Priest on top of half of the steel steps and covering for a 2 count on top of the steel.
Priest ends up hitting a Broken Arrow over the announce table. They fight over to part of the set next to the stage now. Priest knocks Gargano into the backstage area and follows. Gargano sprays Priest with a fire extinguisher. Gargano slams Priest into a door several times. Gargano ends up slamming a trash can into Priest and dropping him as we go back to commercial as Gargano beats Priest through the backstage area with a steel trash can now.
Back from the break and Priest knocks Gargano onto part of the custom Halloween Havoc set. Gargano retreats up by the wheel now. Priest stands over Gargano in front of the wheel. Gargano slides under an attack and superkicks him in the jaw. Gargano smiles and cracks Priest with a steel trash can, and again. Gargano unloads on Priest with the steel trash can now as fans boo.
Gargano yells at the wheel. Gargano mocks Priest with his arrow, then charges but Priest jumps up with a kick to the face. Priest knocks the trash can into Gargano’s face. Priest calls for the Reckoning but a man appears in a Scream mask. He drops Priest with a steel pipe. The referee yells at the mystery man. Gargano drops Priest with a DDT. Gargano looks up at the Scream guy and he’s shocked. The mystery man brings a tombstone, part of the set, to Gargano now. Gargano smashes Priest with the tombstone, knocking him off the set, down to the concrete below.
Fans chant “holy s–t!” at Priest’s fall. Gargano climbs down and pins Priest to win the title.
Winner and NEW NXT North American Champion: Johnny Gargano
After the match, Gargano stands tall as we go to replays. Gargano raises the title in the air as fans boo.
– Vic and Barrett are in their costumes at ringside. Barrett is dressed as Bad News Barrett and Vic is dressed as Waldo.
– Pat McAfee is backstage walking with NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Back to commercial.
– We are back and Cameron Grimes freaks out when William Regal asks him why isn’t he in the carport because a van is waiting for him. Grimes wants to wrestle in the ring. Grimes says the parking lot is more dangerous than the BarMitzvah Triangle.
In the Arena:
Pat McAfee is in the ring.with Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch.
Pat says this is the second most important night for NXT of the year. Pat says the biggest night was Takeover XXX when people agreed that he had the best debut. After Takeover when I stole the show my first time in the ropes, Adam Cole didn’t come over and say congratulations and say that he appreciated what he did. That scumbag Adam Cole stood over him and flexed on him. Pat says he was sore and tired after the match, but on his private plane home, he thought about how big of a bum Adam Cole was.
Pat talks about everything that he does so he could not be down here to handle Adam Cole. He made a call to s stronger more handsome version of him, Ridge Holland. He made an offer to Ridge Holland and Ridge says he did not want money, he wanted a car. Ridge dumped Adam Cole’s body over the barricade. Then I watched the guy I gave a Mercedes to fracture his leg. Pat says it was an expensive mistake but I had to think if I went too far. I said not to worry too much so I went to the guy who took out my guy to see if him and his guy wanted to do business.
Then they came back about the money deal.
Kyle O’Reilly comes out and makes his way to the ring. Oney and Danny wait for a fight and for Kyle to get into the ring. Kyle gets on the apron, but before he can get in the ring . . . Pete Dunne’s music plays and he has a few chairs. Dunne hands a chair to Kyle and they enter the ring and Lorcan, Burch, and McAfee leave the ring.
Kyle drops his chair and he moves towards Lorcan, Burch, and McAfee and then Dunne hits Kyle in the back with the chair! Burch, Lorcan, and Dunne attack Kyle. Dunne kicks Kyle in the head and then he pulls at the fingers and stomps on the hand on top of the chair. Lorcan and Burch hit an elevated DDT onto a chair.
– Cameron Grimes is backstage begging William Regal. Grimes asks Regal to put a loss on his record, anything to stop from doing this match. Grimes asks Regal if he will come out with him. Grimes goes out and there’s a van. A creepy zombie guy is in the passenger seat. The van door swings open and WWE Hall of Famer Michael “PS” Hayes jumps out. Hayes cuts a promo to Grimes and Grimes gets in the back of the van, which is filled with fog. Grimes says he hates rednecks. The van drives off to take Grimes to his match. We go to commercial.
NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar vs. Jake Atlas
We go back to the ring and Jake Atlas is waiting for this non-title match. Out next comes Legado del Fantasma – NXT Cruiserweight Champion Santos Escobar with Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde.
Escobar has half of his face painted like the mask he was using at one point. The bell rings and they charge but Escobar nails a big leaping kick to the face. Escobar keeps control and goes to the opposite corner, smirking as he cuts Atlas off. Escobar works Atlas over and taunts him, yelling at him to quit. This angers Atlas, who levels Escobar and unloads, beating him into the corner as the crowd pops.
The referee warns Atlas but he keeps fighting, shutting Escobar’s counter down. Atlas drops Escobar face-first into the mat. Atlas with a big uppercut and a German suplex in the middle of the ring. Atlas yells out, drops Escobar with a forearm and covers for a close 2 count. Atlas with more offense and a close pin attempt but Mendoza and Wilde save the match by putting Escobar’s foot on the bottom rope.
Atlas runs the ropes and leaps out, taking both heels down at the barrier. Escobar takes advantage of the distraction. Atlas ends up getting dropped by Mendoza and Wilde at ringside. Escobar brings Atlas back in and hits the Phantom Driver in the middle of the ring for the pin to win.
Winner: Santos Escobar
– After the match, Escobar stands tall as the music hits. We go to replays. Legado del Fantasma
– We get a video package on Ember Moon. She cuts a promo on Dakota Kai and says Kai won’t like the receipt she’s about to get.
– We go to host Shotzi Blackheart. She says the scares have just begun tonight as up next is the Haunted House of Terror. Blackheart howls away as the announcers hype the next match. Back to commercial.
Dexter Lumis vs. Cameron Grimes in a Haunted House of Terror Match
The cinematic-style match begins with the white van pulling up to a dirty old house. Cameron Grimes hops out, a bit terrified, and starts yelling about how he’s coming for Dexter Lumis. Grimes is spooked but he keeps walking to the house. We see Lumis sitting up in a tree, watching Grimes walk past him.
Grimes enters the house and a stuffed deer head on the wall scares him. He keeps walking, nervously yelling and talking to Lumis, who he still hasn’t seen. We see Lumis creeping into the front door behind Grimes. Grimes walks up on a referee, who is face-first in a corner. He turns around and yells at Grimes, spooking him again. Grimes is finally attacked but he manages to escape the room and shut the wooden door. Lumis beats his way through the door and comes out. Grimes enters another room, a bathroom, and we see a silhouette behind a shower curtain. Grimes says he didn’t realize Lumis had a sister. He starts undressing and tells the woman to make room because he’s coming in the shower.
The curtain is opened and it’s a creepy zombie/ghost girl, screaming at Grimes. He’s terrified again and wants to leave this house. Lumis comes for Grimes but he retreats, stumbling around. Lumis wails away and Grimes fights back some and kicks Lumis in the head. Grimes has a broomstick now. He looks from the kitchen into a living room and we see the creepy girl from the shower again. She attacks and ends up on Grimes’ back with a Sleeper hold. He spins her around and goes to the front porch. Grimes tosses the zombie girl into what looks like a lake. Grimes turns around to zombie versions of a few Superstars and referees. Grimes screams and keeps running away.
Grimes goes for the white van to escape but Lumis is in the driver’s seat, staring at Grimes. Grimes jumps out of the van and runs away. To be continued…
– We see a Tale of the Tape and it shows that Raquel Gonzalez’ style is ‘Aggressive’.
– Rhea Ripley makes her way to the ring as we go to commercial.
Rhea Ripley vs. Raquel Gonzalez
They lock up and Gonzalez with knees and she Irish whips Ripley but misses a splash when Ripley moves. Ripley with punches and Gonzalez blocks an Iris whip. Gonzalez with an Irish whip and Gonzalez catches Ripley when she tries to float over. Gonzalez runs Ripley into the corner and connects with shoulders. Gonzalez with a forearm to the back. Gonzalez blocks a kick and Ripley kicks Gonzalez. Ripley with a head butt and Gonzalez with a forearm to the back. They push each other.
Gonzalez and Ripley exchange slaps. They exchange punches and Ripley has the advantage and she kicks Gonzalez but Raquel sends Ripley to the mat and kicks her. Ripley blocks a suplex. Ripley lands on her feet on a suplex attempt. Ripley with short arm clotheslines but Gonzalez stays on her feet. Gonzalez misses a clothesline and Ripley with a drop kick that sends Gonzalez to the floor. Ripley with a drop kick through the ropes that sends Gonzalez into the announce table. Gonzalez catches Ripley on a cannonball attempt and Gonzalez runs Ripley into the fencing.
They return to the ring and Gonzalez gets a near fall. Gonzalez with an Irish whip and kicks in the corner. Gonzalez chokes Ripley in the corner and then argues with the referee. Gonzalez with a forearm to the back. Gonzalez gets a near fall. Gonzalez with a double overhook and a knee to the back. Gonzalez gets Ripley up for a power slam and hits it for a near fall.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Raquel with a Gory Special. Ripley with a sunset flip for a near fall. Gonzalez with a leg sweep for a near fall. Gonzalez with an Irish whip and splash into the corner. Ripley with elbows but Gonzalez with a clothesline for a near fall. Ripley with a back body drop. Ripley with knees to the head and a leg sweep and drop kick for a near fall. Ripley works on the back. Ripley with the reverse Cloverleaf and Gonzalez tries to escape but Ripley gets a near fall. Gonzalez with a kick and Tour of the Islands for a near fall.
Gonzalez with forearms in the corner and she puts Ripley on the turnbuckles. Gonzalez with forearms and she tries for a superplex but Ripley blocks it. Ripley grabs Gonzalez and goes for Riptide from the turnbuckles but Gonzalez escapes. Ripley punches Gonzalez. Ripley kicks Gonzalez away and Gonzalez with an overhead belly-to-belly superplex for a near fall. Gonzalez goes for the choke slam but Ripley sends Gonzalez into the turnbuckles. Ripley with a kick and RipTide for the three count.
Winner: Rhea Ripley
After the match, Ripley recovers and stands tall as her music hits and her arm is raised. Gonzalez rolls to the floor to recover as we go to replays. Ripley poses in the corner as fans cheer her on.
– We see a shirtless Cameron Grimes running down a street somewhere, yelling and apparently on his way back to the Capitol Wrestling Center. Back to commercial.
– We are back and Drake Maverick is in a Shawn Michaels as Hulk Hogan costume. He tells Mean Gene (McKenzie) about the 2.4 inch pythons. Drake is surrounded by the Yeti and Giant try to smother him. The Shockmaster Dain shows up and Drake yells at him for not tripping. Drake puts on the helmet and trips.
Haunted House of Terror Match, Part 2: Cameron Grimes vs. Dexter Lumis
We see Cameron Grimes outside. He’s made his way to the door of the Capitol Wrestling Center now, for the final part of the Haunted House of Terror Match. We briefly go to the announcers and then back to Grimes, who has stumbled onto the graveyard that is a part of the Halloween Havoc set. Zombies start coming up from the graves as Grimes begs and pleads, saying we’re no longer at the house. Grimes yells at the zombies that they better stop. They back him into the ring.
Grimes stands up and Dexter Lumis is behind him. Lumis ends up attacking and unloading on Grimes, going from corner to corner. Lumis with a bulldog. The fog is filling the ring and ringside area now. The lights are also down. Lumis ends up catching Grimes with a big Spinebuster in the middle of the ring. Grimes is down on the mat as Lumis stares him down. The fog fills the ring some more. Two zombies enter the ring now, standing with Lumis. Grimes has nowhere to go. Grimes fights off one zombie with a Cave-In. There are a few more zombies now.
One of the zombies is on Lumis’ back now, then standing on his shoulders. Grimes begs Lumis. Lumis presses the zombie in the air and launches it onto Grimes. Lumis then hits the big sideslam, stares over at Grimes and applies the The Silence submission. Grimes starts fading and passes out for the finish.
Winner: Dexter Lumis
After the match, the music hits as Lumis stands tall. The smoke continues to fill the ring as the zombies start creeping around on the apron. Lumis exits the ring and looks back at the zombies crawling around Grimes. Lumis looks up at the camera and we get a bloody “The End” on the screen.
– We get a video package for tonight’s main event.
– Host Shotzi Blackheart is up by the wheel again. She hypes the second and final spin of the night. We go back to commercial.
– We are back and Tommaso Ciampa says he looks around and one thing is abundantly clear. He does not recognize this NXT. The colors are the same and the talent is among the best, but the attitude and culture. Out with the old, in with new, it is my turn. This ain’t Monopoly. You are hungry, you eat. I am hungrier, I eat. Everyone wants to blame everyone else. They are holding me down. This tweet will get me a lot of buzz. I was never handed anything. I was the greatest sports entertainer of all time and for a long time, Tommaso Ciampa was NXT. It is about damn time I take it back. Velveteen Dream, this all begins with you. The 25 year old prodigy oozing It factor but cannot get out of his own way. Hit me with the cast once, shame on you, hit me with it a second time . . . you’re a dead man.
– Next week Tommaso Ciampa will face Velveteen Dream and Dakota Kai will face Ember Moon.
– We go to Shotzi on the Wheel Stage for the reveal of the stipulation for the match. It lands on Tables, Ladders, and Scares.
Io Shirai versus Candice LeRae for the NXT Women’s Championship in a Tables, Ladders, and Scares Match
Candice tries to attack Io before the bell rings but she misses. Candice is sent to the floor and Io with a suicide dive. Io gets a ladder but Candice stops her and sends Io into the ringside barrier. Candice gets a table and there is a sack on the ladder and it is body parts. Io chops Candice with the arms. Candice drops Io on the ladder on the floor. Candice gets a ladder from under the ring and drops it on Io. Io Irish whips Candice into the ring post. Candice is sent over the announce table onto Vic and Wade.
Io tries to suplex Candice off the table but Candice blocks it and she knocks Io off the table with a laptop and Io goes down. Candice gets a ladder from under the ring and bridges it between the ring and announce table, but she does not see a chair thrown by Io that connects. Io kicks Candice and connects with forearms. Io with a running knee to the head against the stairs. Io looks under the ring and gets chairs. Io hits Candice in the midsection with the chair. Io gets even more chairs. Io suplexes Candice on the floor.
Io sets up a table on the floor with a chalk outline on it. Candice stops Io and sends her into the ring steps. Io sends Candice into the ring steps. Candice chops Io but Io sends Candice into the ring steps again. They return to the ring and Io with a missile drop kick and an Air Raid Crash. Io moves a second table with a chalk outline next to the one already set up. Candice with a baseball slide to Io. Candice with forearms and Io with a forearm and both women are down. Io gets a ladder and puts it in the ring. Candice brings a ladder into the ring and Candice climbs the ladder Io has but Io stops Candice. Candice with a forearm and Candice with a facebuster out of a wheelbarrow.
Candice climbs the ladder and Io pulls her off. Io puts some chairs in the center of the ring. Io kicks Candice in the back. Io sets for a butterfly backbreaker and hits it and Candice lands on the chairs. Io goes to the turnbuckles for a moonsault but misses and lands on the ladders. Candice gets a chair and hits Io with it. Candice continues to hit Io in the back with the chair. Candice goes for a suplex onto the chair but Io counters and hits a brainbuster on the chair.
Io starts to climb the ladder but Candice is able to stop Io and pull her off the ladder. Candice with a slap and she falls into the corner. Io misses a running double knee strike and she hits the ladder and the ladder falls onto Io. Candice goes to the apron and she connects with a shoulder to Io. Candice goes up top and Io stops her with a palm thrust. Io sets up chairs in the ring. Io goes for a superplex but Candice stops Io. Io traps the chair around the leg and hits a dragon screw with the chair. Io misses a Tiger Feint Kick and Candice hits Io with the chair. They are both on the apro in front of the table. and Candice with a swinging neck breaker through the tables.
Ghostface grabs Candice and helps her up the ladder but Shotzi Blackheart stops Ghostface and hits an Electric Chair Drop onto the chairs. Candice is on top of the ladder. Io sets up a ladder next to the one Candice is on. Io stops Candice from getting the ladder but Candice rakes the eyes and pushes Io off. Io pushes Candice off the ladder and Candice lands on the ladder between the ring and table and the ladder breaks.
Io climbs the ladder and she gets the belt.
Winner: Io Shirai
After the match, Shirai holds the title up high in the air as fans chant “NXT!” now. Her music hits as we go to replays. Shirai sits on top of the ladder with the title, celebrating as the “NXT!” chant gets louder. LeRae is still knocked out on the ladder debris at ringside. NXT Halloween Havoc goes off the air with Shirai celebrating.