Tonight’s WWE NXT episode pens up on the USA Network with a video package to hype the show.
– We’re live from the Capitol Wrestling Center at the WWE Performance Center in Orlando, Florida with Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez walking backstage, hyping tonight’s opener. They enter the arena as Vic Joseph welcomes us to NXT. He’s joined at ringside by Wade Barrett and WWE Hall of Famer Beth Phoenix.
Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Semi-finals Match: Team Ninja vs. Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
We go right to the ring and out comes Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez for tonight’s first semi-finals match in the Women’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic. The winners will earn a spot in the finals. Out next comes Kayden Carter and Kacy Catanzaro of Team Ninja. We see a sidebar video from earlier in the day where they look forward to winning the tournament.
Catanzaro starts off with Kai, trading holds and going back and forth. Catanzaro takes Kai down first. They go at it again and Kai breaks, talking some trash. Catanzaro with a takedown and a tag to Carter. They double team Kai and Carter covers for a 2 count. Kai turns it around with an inverted backbreaker and in comes Gonzalez. She talks some trash but it backfires as Carter rocks her. Gonzalez with a big knee before beating Carter back down. Carter slides out of a hold and fights both opponents off from the corner. All four competitors enter the ring and face off now. A brawl breaks out.
Carter and Gonzalez are left alone in the ring. Carter jumps to the floor and taunts Gonzalez. Gonzalez chases Carter back in and gets dropkicked back out. Catanzaro flies but gets caught and thrown back in the ring. Gonzalez rolls back in and covers Catanzaro for a 2 count. Gonzalez drops an elbow and tags in Kai for a double team for another 2 count. Kai goes back to work on Catanzaro for another 2 count. Kai beats on Catanzaro while she’s down now. Kai with a big kick to the back for a 2 count.
More back and forth now. Carter and Gonzalez tag back in and unload on each other. Carter gets the upperhand and dropkicks Gonzalez in the corner, then unloads with lefts and rights. Kai runs in but Carter drops them both in the corner. Carter jumps over Kai while she’s down and dropkicks Gonzalez down, making her fall on Kai. Carter sends Kai out and nails a hurricanrana on Gonzalez. Carter with a scissors kick to the jaw for a 1 count.
Kai distracts Carter from the floor but gets kicked while Carer is on the apron. Gonzalez takes advantage and knocks Carter to the floor at the announce table. Kai and Carter are both down on the floor as we go to commercial.
Carter with a running drop kick to Gonzalez in the corner and she hits a splash on Kai. Carter with a head scissors take down and a springboard into a victory roll followed by a thrust kick for a near fall. Carter kicks Kai from the apron but Gonzalez knocks Carter off the apron with a running shoulder tackle. Kai sends Carter back into the ring and she gets a near fall. Carter with an inside cradle for a near fall. Kai with a forearm and she gets a near fall. Carter with punches to Kai and Kai sends Carter into the turnbuckles. Gonzalez tags in and she punches Carter. Gonzalez with a hard Irish whip and Carter falls to the floor. Gonzalez sends Carter into the ringside barrier and then carries her back into the ring.
Gonzalez taunts Kacy on the apron. Gonzalez with an Irish whip and Kai with a face wash for a near fall. Kai with a surfboard and forearms to the back. Gonzalez tags in and she gets Carter up for a back breaker on the shoulders but Carter counters into a sunset flip attempt but Gonzalez stays on her feet. Kai misses a stomp and Kacy tags in. Kacy kicks and punches Kai in the corner. Kacy with a clothesline into the corner followed by a head scissors and she gets a near fall. Kacy goes to the structure and hits a cross body onto both and then Kacy with a near fall on Kai. Carter tags in. Kai kicks Catanzaro and hits a scorpion kick on Carter. Gonzalez tags in.
Gonzalez drops Carter into a Pele Kick from Kai for a near fall. Carter blocks a suplex attempt by Kai on Kacy and Kacy with a DDT. Carter with a reverse chin lock and Gonzalez with a snap mare. Gonzalez goes over the top rope to the apron when Carter drops down. Carter wtih a rope assisted tombstone and a drop kick. Kacy tags in and hits a spike head scissors take down. Kacy goes up top and hits the twisting moonsault senton for a near fall.
Carter is sent into the ring steps by Kai. Gonzalez with the choke slam for the three count.
Winners: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
After the match, Kai and Gonzalez celebrate as they are going to the finals at the “Takeover: Vengeance Day” event. We go to replays. Kai and Gonzalez will face the winners of Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart vs. Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae at Takeover.
— Vic congratulates Wade on becoming a US Citizen and he is given a photo of Jim Duggan and an apple pie.
— We go to Alyse Ashton in the back with Toni Storm. Toni is asked about being in the Women’s Title Match. Toni says Io has been untouchable in NXT against anyone not named Toni Storm. You saw what happened last week, I was standing over Io with the title over my head. That is a preview of what you will see in two week. Io won’t stop me and that dead weight Mercedes Martinez won’t stop me.
— Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory walk in the back as we go to commercial.
– Back from the break and we see WWE Hall of Famer Edge talking with NXT General Manager William Regal in the back.
Leon Ruff vs. Austin Theory
We go back to the ring and out comes Leon Ruff. The Way is out next – Austin Theory with NXT North American Champion Johnny Gargano.
Ruff with a waist lock into a side head lock and Theory sends Ruff into the corner. Ruff with a side head lock. Ruff lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Theory catches Ruff and goes for a Fallaway slam and Ruff lands on his feet and hits a drop kick. Theory with a drop toe hold that sends Ruff into the turnbuckles followed by a belly-to-back suplex. Theory with a forearm to the back. Theory with a hard Irish whip. Ruff with a back elbow and Theory with a suplex for a near fall. Theory with a kick to the midsection. Theory with a boot to the back. Theory with forearms and Ruff with punches.
Ruff with forearms and Theory with a back elbow. Ruff goes for a sunset flip but Theory will not go over and Ruff with a victory roll for a near fall. Theory with a forearm but Ruff with punches. Ruff with a forearm and a running forearm followed by a back heel kick and a knee to the head. Theory sends Ruff to the apron and Ruff with a forearm. Ruff with a thrust kick to Gargano when he tries to interfere. Ruff with a missile drop kick and Gargano gets back on the apron and Ruff with a punch. Theory and Ruff collide in the ring and Ruff falls to the floor.
Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae come out to help Johnny while Shotzi Blackheart and Ember Moon take care of Indi and Candice. Leon fakes getting hit by Gargano and since the referee did not see it, he sends Johnny to the back.
Ruff with an enzuigiri and Ruff with a cutter off the turnbuckles for a near fall when Theory gets his foot on the ropes. Ruff with a pescado but Theory catches Ruff and Ruff is dropped on the ringside barrier. Theory with a ATL for the three count.
Winner: Austin Theory
After the match, Theory hits another ATL on Ruff. Theory grabs the ring bell, but Dexter Lumis stops Theory and goes for Silence but Theory gets away minus some follicles from Theory’s head.
— We take a look at Legado Del Fantasmo. Escobar says they are always in control and they do their job. They will show how powerful they are. It starts when Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza bury the Lucha House Party to get into the semifinals. It continues when I defeat Curt Stallion to retain the Cruiserweight Title. Escobar says their future is bright but the end is near for Lucha House Party and Curt Stallion.
– Back from the break and we get a vignette for the mysterious woman from the Xia Li and Boa vignettes. Her new name is Tian Sha, which was trademarked by WWE. She is shown at the beginning of the vignette. A woman then narrates as a story is told about a family in ancient China. Tian Sha is apparently this woman who has been shown in the chair for weeks now. She is shown at the end of the vignette with Boa and Li. Beth points out how Sha is supposed to be thousands of years old, based on the story that was told.
Men’s Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Quarterfinals Match: Lucha House Party vs. Legado del Fantasma
Metalik and Mendoza start things off and Metalik lands on his feet on a snap mare. Metalik with a head scissors and drop kick. Dorado tags in and hits a springboard arm drag and a quebrada for a near fall. Dorado with an arm bar. Wilde tags in and they hit a double Alabama Slam and double drop kick to the temples for a near fall. Mendoza sends Dorado into the turnbuckles and punches him. Mendoza with a forearm to the back followed by a rear chin lock. Dorado goes for a sunset flip but Mendoza avodsi it. Metalik tags in and hits a springboard cross body followed by a chop. Metalik goes to the ropes but Mendoza kicks Metalik to the floor.
Wilde tags in and hits a suicide dive through the corner onto Metalik as we go to commercial.
We are back and Mendoza and Metalik are on the turnbuckles and Metalik fights off Mendoza and Metalik with a sunset flip power bomb. Wilde and Dorado tag in and Dorado with forearms and a drop kick. Dorado with punches and chops. Dorado counters a tilt-a-whirl move and hits an arm drag. Dorado lands on his feet when Wilde moves in the corner. Dorado with a cross body for a near fall. Wilde with a jaw breaker. Dorado with a handspring cutter for a near fall. Metalik tags in and hits a splash for a near fall. Mendoza is sent to the floor and Dorado tags in. Metalik and Dorado bump heads and Wilde with a double wrist lock into a slingshot double DDT for a near fall.
Wilde is sent to the floor. Mendoza is sent ot he apron and Dorado chops Mendoza and Metalik with a head scissors that sends Mendoza into Wilde on the floor. Dorado with a moonsault off the turnbuckles onto Wilde and Mendoza on the floor. Dorado with a rana for a near fall. Mendoza tags in and they hit the side Russian leg sweep and flying boot combination for the three count.
Winners: Legado del Fantasma
After the match, Wilde and Mendoza stand tall as the music hits. We go to replays. We get a look at the updated brackets now and Legado del Fantasma will face MSK in the semi-finals. The music hits and out comes MSK to the stage, standing next to the Dusty Classic trophy. Wes Lee and Nash Carter congratulate Wilde and Mendoza, but warn that they’re about to get the brakes beaten off them next week. They go on and admire the trophy, then send another warning to Wilde and Mendoza ahead of next week’s match. The two teams stare each other down.
– We see a SUV pull up in the parking lot. Pete Dunne and NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch step out as fans start booing in the arena. Dunne says let’s go find Finn Balor. This excites Burch. They enter the building to find the NXT Champion. Back to commercial.
— We are back and Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa prepare for their tournament match later tonight.
— Pete Dunne makes his way to the ring with the NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch. Dunne says he told Finn Balor to his face that he is not waiting any more but he didn’t listen so he gave the message again and he snapped his fingers. Don’t make it any more clear than that.
Finn Balor’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring. Finn says you say you are done waiting but you look like you are hiding behind those two clowns. Pete says he is not hiding. Finn says it doesn’t look like that to him. Pete tells Finn to hold that championship tight because the first chance it is mine. Finn tells Pete that at Takeover it is Pete Dunne versus Finn Balor for the NXT Championship.
Edge’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Edge says this feels good. A lot of times in WWE, we put the focus on the ‘E’. In NXT, the focus is on the second ‘W’ and that is fun. For years I watched this show as a fan but I saw passion, hunger, fire in eyes. What people don’t know is that this show and this place helped him find his passion. It helped me to find the passion to get my career back after nine years. I used that passion to win the Royal Rumble on Sunday. By winning that, it allows me to challenge any champion in this company.
I look at you two and I see two of the damn best. You know how I feel about you Pete. I see so much of me in you, the good and the bad. I would have shrugged my shoulders the same way ten years ago. I look at Balor and I see a guy on an entirely different level. You are in a zone that is fun to watch. I am going to be watching your match at Takeover because I’ve never had THAT (as he points at the NXT Title belt). No matter who wins your match at Takeover, THAT is intriguing. If I haven’t made my choice by Takeover, that fight might help me make my choice.
— Johnny Gargano is in the back and he is happy McKenzie is not interviewing him. He is asked about how The Way is doing after Austin Theory’s match. Johnny says that Austin will take care of Dexter Lumis. He is asked about Candice and Indi. He says the WAY it will end is with them going to the Finals of the Dusty Cup. Johnny is asked for his thoughts on the announcement he is defending the title at Takeover. Johnny asks who it is and Alyse says KUSHIDA. Johnny freaks out that “McKenzie” said The K Word and he wants to go to William Regal to get her fired.
We go to commercial.
— We are back and Johnny says Alyse is either going to be fired or put in crazy people jail. KUSHIDA opens Regal’s door for Gargano and he asks if Johnny has an appointment. KUSHIDA says Mr. Regal is busy. Johnny says he will come back later but Gargano punches KUSHIDA. They fight down the hall and KUSHIDA kicks Gargano in the arm.
Jessi Kamea vs. Toni Storm
Storm with a forearm and she sends Kamea into the ropes. Storm with a kick to the midsection and a sliding clothesline and Storm gets a near fall. Jessi puts Storm on the turnbuckles and Kamea with a kick for a near fall. Storm with a slap and Kamea holds on to the ropes on an O’Connor Roll attempt and Kamea with a kick.
Mercedes Martinez comes out and attacks Kamea and Storm
Storm and Martinez battle in the ring while Io Shirai watches from the Alexa Perch on the turnbuckles. Io with a moonsault onto Martinez and Storm on the floor.
— Curt Stallion mentions that he earned this title match in a Five Way match on 205 Live. This match is the culmination of his career. He has Escobar backed into a corner and he will make everyone in Texas proud. We go to commercial.
— We are back with a video package for Cameron Grimes. He will be on next week’s NXT.
Curt Stallion vs. Santos Escobar for NXT Cruiserweight Championship
Esobar takes his time getting out of the corner to lock up. They lock up and they go to a stalemate. They lock up and Escobar with forearms to the back. Escobar with kicks to the head. Escobar with slaps to Stallion followed by a boot. Escobar with more boots to Stallion. Escobar with a cravate into a seated abdominal stretch. Escobar with a top wrist lock and a drop kick for a near fall.
We see Scarlett on the upper stage.
Escobar returns to the double wrist lock and he goes for a dragon sleeper. Escobar with a chop in the corner followed by an Irish whip and running knees into the corner. Escobar with a suplex for a near fall. Escobar with a double wrist lock as he stares at Scarlett. Stallion with a forearm and jaw breaker. Escobar with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker on Stallion. Stallion with a rollup for a near fall when Escobar was distracted by Scarlett. Escobar is sent to the floor.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Escobar stands over Stallion on the floor and then he kicks Stallion. They return to the ring and Escobar gets a near fall. We see footage from the commercial break when Stallion was slammed onto the ring steps. Escobar puts Stallion on the turnbuckles and chops him. Escobar with a back breaker from a muscle buster position for a near fall. Escobar with a single leg crab on Stallion. Escobar with a crossface into a straitjacket choke.
Escobar with a bow and arrow and he kicks Stallion. Escobar with a forearm and he gets Stallion on his shoulders. Stallion with elbows and Escobar misses a splash into the corner. Stallion with punches and knees. Escobar with forearms. Escobar with an Irish whip but he misses a splash. Stallion with a German suplex and punches. Escobar goes to the floor and Stallion with a suicide dive. Stallion goes up top and hits a frog splash for a near fall.
Stallion with another near fall. Stallion stomps on the feet and he sets for the DDT but he takes too long and Escobar suplexes Stallion into the turnbuckles for a near fall. Stallion with a head butt but Escobar with a kick and a Phantom Drivfer followed by Legado for the three count.
Winner: Santos Escobar
After the match, Karrion Kross comes out and he kicks Mendoza and sends Wilde into the fencing. Mendoza is sent into the fencing as well. Kross enters the ring and he says it seems that there is a problem between them. I am going to give you time, but it will only lead to the inevitable. He tells Escobar to move along. Tick Tock. Escobar leaves as Scarlett joins Karrion in the ring.
— The Undisputed Era walk in the back and then Kyle and Bobby let Roderick and Adam go to the ring.
We go to commercial.
— Edge leaves the building and he is asked if he has made a decision. Edge says he hasn’t and he wouldn’t tell you. Karrion Kross tells Edge to think logically. It won’t be Pete Dunne or Finn Balor. It will be me getting back the title I never lost. Edge says those words may motivate me to come back and you won’t like that.
Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher vs. Adam Cole and Roderick Strong – Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic
Ciampa and Cole start things off. They lock up and Ciampa backs Cole into the corner and Ciampa with a clean break. They lock up and Ciampa with a side head lock. CIampa with a shoulder tackle and a side head lock take down. Ciampa with a rollup for a near fall. Cole escapes Fairy Tale Ending and gets a near fall. Ciampa with a side head lock. Cole misses a bicycle kick. Ciampa misses a knee to Cole. Strong and Thatcher tag in and they lock up and Thatcher with a wrist lock. Strong with a hammer lock. Strong with a side head lock and Thatcher with a head scissors. Thatcher with a punch to the ribs. Strong with a front face lock. Thatcher with a European uppercut and Strong with a chop followed by a drop kick. Cole tags in and kicks Thatcher.
Cole with a forearm and Strong tags in. Thatcher with a front face lock and Ciampa tags in and he kicks and chops Strong. Ciampa with a snap mare and knee to the back. Ciampa with a back elbow. Thatcher tags in and connects with an elbow and slam followed by an elbow drop for a near fall. Thatcher kicks Strong in the corner. Ciampa tags in and kicks Strong. Strong with a kick to Ciampa followed by a forearm. All four men get in the ring and they pair off. Cole and Thatcher go to the floor while Strong and Ciampa stay in the ring. Strong with a knee to Ciampa. Strong chops Ciampa a few times. Strong with a front face lock and he connects with shoulders in the corner.
Ciampa drops Strong on the top turnbuckle with a cutter and he applauds himself. Ciampa kicks Strong. Thatcher tags in and he punches Strong in the midsection and then he slams the leg into the mat. Thatcher with a rear chin lock. Thatcher returns to the rear chin lock. Thatcher wit a bow and arrow and gets a near fall. Thatcher with a front face lock and he tags Ciampa back in. Ciampa with chops but Strong with a chop. They go back and forth with chops and then it goes to forearms and Ciampa knocks Strong down with a forearm. Ciampa gets a near fall. Thatcher wtih a knee to the ribs and he slaps Strong and goes for a cross arm breaker.
Thatcher with a reverse chin lock. Strong sends Thatcher to the apron but Thatcher with a rear naked choke in the corner. The referee warns Thatcher. Strong with a forearm and punches. Thatcher with forearms as they fight on the turnbuckles. Strong with a superplex. Cole and CIampa tag in and Cole with a clothesline and back elbows. Cole kicks Thatcher off the apron and hits a lungblower on Ciampa for a near fall. Ciampa with elbows to get off Cole’s shoulders. Cole with an enzuigiri and Ushigoroshi for a near fall. Cole goes to the turnbuckles for the Panama Sunrise but Ciampa blocks it. Cole kicks Ciampa away and Thatcher tags in. Cole with a Figure Four on Thatcher while Strong has Ciampa in the Strong Hold.
Ciampa escapes and breaks up the submission by Cole. Cole and Strong collide and Thatcher goes for a Fujiwara arm bar but Strong wtih a rollup for a near fall. Thatcher slaps Strong and then he hits a German suplex. Ciampa tags in and he hits German suplex on Strong. Thatcher tags in and he sets for the German suplex and Ciampa tags in. Thatcher hits the German suplex and Ciampa with a running knee for a near fall. Thatcher throws Cole to the floor. Ciapa sets for Fairy Tale Ending but Strong blocks it. Strong with an Olympic Slam and Cole tags in. Cole with a super kick to Thatcher to knock him off thea pron and then Strong with a jumping knee while Cole hits a super kick and Cole gets a near fall on Ciampa.
Strong tags in and he hits a double knee back breaker but Thatcher pulls Cole to the floor. Strong with a knee to Thatcher and he drops Thatcher on the ringside barrier. Ciampa with Willow’s Bell for the three count.
Winners; Tommaso Ciampa and Timonthy Thatcher (advance to face Grizzled Young Veterans)
Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa have a stare down with the Grizzled Young Veterans who come out and then they start to fight with officials trying to separate them.
We go to credits
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