We are live at the Capitol Wrestling Centre, as William Regal makes his way to the ring, ready to speak with a smile on his face.
Regal thanks everyone and just wants to get a few words off his chest. Regal gets a bit emotional as he talks about being with NXT from day one, starting at the announce table. He goes on about seeing NXT grow into an incredible product, traveling the world. Regal says there are a lot of things we don’t know about, but every moment not spent with his family has been spent thinking about making NXT into what it is, the place they wanted it to be, constantly working on that and trying to get everything as correct as possible, for every competitor, every announcer, but most of all for each and every fan.
Regal says he’s finally decided that with the recent chaos in NXT, he’s given all he can, and because of the fans, staff, competitors and viewers at home, Regal doesn’t think he’s capable of giving us what we deserve anymore. Regal thinks it’s time for him to… the music interrupts and out comes NXT Champion Karrion Kross with Scarlett.
Karrion says her and I knew this day would come but they didn’t know when. The moment we heard all that, we had to come out here to see it and feel it for ourselves. Kross asks Regal if he is crying. You are completely pathetic. One week ago, I told you that you lost control of this roster and you know what I was saying was true. At Takeover, when I punched a hole through the Mount Rushmore of NXT, you knew I could control this place through chaos and violence. Now we are here and I want you to say it. I want you to tell the people that you are leaving. Then I want you to walk your ass up that aisle and never come back. Say that Kross was right!
Before Regal can respond, Samoa Joe’s music plays and he makes his way to the ring.
Joe tells Mr. Regal that he wanted to speak with him. Regal says he wanted to talk to him, but not in these circumstances. Because of my love for NXT, I think everyone deserves a general manager that can hold the position with the integrity and dedication it deserves. That is why I want you to be the new General Manager. I cannot do this any more.
Joe says his answer is absolutely not. I will explain why. I know you are weary and it is worn on you. In the 7 years that you have been on NXT, you have scoured the planet and found the best talent. You made this brand an international phenomenon. You have cast a large shadow and your shoes are hard to fill. I made your life hell while I was here, but I showed you respect. I will ensure that you receive respect from everybody.
Regal says that is an interesting idea and if that is something that I am willing to do, there are some conditions. You cannot be a competitor. You cannot lay a hand on anyone… unless provoked. Fans boo and then pop. Joe says he accepts Regal’s offer, which only leads one more question to be answered. Joe steps closer to Kross and asks why he’s still in this ring. “Tick, tock… young champion,” Joe says to Kross. Fans chant “Joe’s gonna kill you!” now as Kross makes his exit with Scarlett. Kross heads to the back as fans sing goodbye to he and Scarlett. Joe’s music starts back up as he and Regal shake hands in the middle of the ring. Vic declares that Joe is back in NXT.
– Still to come, NXT Cruiserweight Champion Kushida will defend in an Open Challenge. Also, a Tornado Rules tag team main event. We go to commercial.
— Zack Gibson tells Ciampa and Thatcher that they heard what you said at Takeover and they felt the insults and disrespect. They are used to having people look down on them. Drake says there are no tags and no excuses. Gibson says you will find out why they are GRIZZLED Young Veterans.
Imperium’s Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel vs. Breezango
Breeze and Barthel start things off and they lock up. Barthel with a wrist lock. Breeze with a side head lock. Barthel with a reversal and Barthel with a shoulder tackle. Barthel chops Breeze on a leap frog attempt. Barthel with more chops. Breeze lands on his feet on a belly-to-back suplex attempt. Breeze with a jaw breaker and Fandango tags in and he kicks Barthel. Aichner tags in and Aichner with an arm drag to Fandango. Aichner works on the shoulder and he applies an arm bar.
Aichner sends Fandango shoulder first into the turnbuckles and then he wraps the arm in the ropes. Fandango with chops. Aichner with a sunset flip but Fandango rolls through and hits a leg drop. Aichner goes over the top rope when Fandango drop down. Breeze misses a pescado but Fandango with a plancha onto Aichner and Barthel. Aichner is sent back into the ring and Fandango goes up top. Breeze is helped to the corner and Barthel distracts Fandango and Aichner knocks Fandango off the turnbuckles to the mat.
Fandango punches Barthel and he punches Aichner. Breeze takes care of Barthel. Fandango with knees to Aichner followed by a knee to the midsection. Fandango with a suplex into a cover for a near fall. Aichner with an Irish whip and Fandango goes for a sunset flip but Barthel makes the tag and kicks Fandango. Barthel chokes Fandango. Barthel sends Fandango into the turnbuckles. Aichner holds Fandango in the ropes and then Barthel with a baseball slide to send Fandango to the floor.
Barthel sends Fandango back into the ring. Fandango tries to get around Barthel to make the tag but Barthel stops him and tags in Aichner. Aichner with a kick and forearm to the back of the head. Aichner with an Irish whip but he runs into a boot. Aichner gets a near fall. Aichner with a back elbow to Fandango for a near fall. Aichner works on the neck with a nerve hold. Aichner gets a near fall. Fandango with punches but Aichner with forearms. Aichner keeps Fandango from making the tag and Aichner wtih a slam. Barthel tags in and kicks Fandango. Barthel with a chin lock and knee to the midsection. Barthel with a snap mare and he returns to the Million Dollar Dream.
Fandango with a rollup for a near fall. Fandango kicks Barthel to try to get away and make the tag. Barthel with a rear chin lock and Fandango knocks Aichner to the floor and then he sends Barthel over the top rope to the floor. Barthel interferes with the tag and Fandango with a back body drop. Breeze and Aichner tag in and Aichner with a clothesline to Breeze and a boot to knock Fandango off the apron. Breeze with an inside cradle for the three count.
Winners: Fandango and Tyler Breeze
After the match, AIchner and Barthel attack Fandango and Breeze. They hit the European Bomb on Breeze and then they put the Imperium flag on top of Breeze.
— William Regal is in the back standing between Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly. Regal says that they can pick opponents for each other and then Cole and Kyle exchange punches. Joe shows up to separate them and then he chokes Cole out. Joe says when he wakes up, tell him that Mr. Regal expects a decision.
— KUSHIDA walks in the back. We go to commercial.
— We are back with Santos Escobar. He tells what happened at Takeover was a tragedy. He had the title in his hands and the reflection was the most amazing thing. You put me through a wall this time. No one does that to Santos Escobar. You revealed a weakness. That is the only thing you could have done to put me down. I am coming for you one-on-one. I will pick you up again and I will snatch the North American Championship from you.
KUSHIDA vs. Trey Baxter
Trey Baxter says he is all heart. On the circuit he proved he was the best. He heard no and that led to an uphill battle. I am all heart. I decided to sign with NXT for the challenge. This is a dream match. The world will know the name Trey Baxter.
They lock up and KUSHIDA with a wrist lock and Baxter with an escape. KUSHIDA goes for the leg and he trips Baxter to send him to the mat. KUSHIDA with a front face lock and KUSHIDA with a float over and he gets a near fall. They go to a Greco Roman Knuckle Lock and KUSHIDA grabs the leg. Baxter with a rollup for a near fall. Baxter with a side head lock. Baxter with a rollup for a near fall. KUSHIDA with a wrsit lock but Baxter with a matrix and head scissors take down. KUSHIDA sends Baxter to the apron and Baxter with a kick and springboard clothesline.
KUSHIDA goes to the floor. Baxter teases a dive to the floor and does an Ospreay Superhero Landing. KUSHIDA kicks Baxter and KUSHIDA goes to the apron. Baxter kicks KUSHIDA In the leg and Baxter with a corkscrew plancha onto KUSHIDA.
Kyle O’Reilly makes his way to the stage as we go to commercial.
We are back and Kyle is pacing on the floor at ringside.
KUSHIDA works on Baxter’s elbow and Baxter with a step over heel kick. Baxter misses a kick and he misses a moonsault. KUSHIDA with an Irish whip and running palm strike into the corner. KUSHIDA with a hip toss and cartwheel followed by a drop kick. KUSHIDA misses a kick to the arm and KUSHIDA with an enzuigiri. KUSHIDA misses a handspring move and Baxter with a flipping kick to KUSHIDA. KUSHIDA and Baxter exchange forearms and KUSHIDA with kicks. KUSHIDA with a punch and Baxter with a Spanish Fly. Baxter wtih a springboard 450 splash for a near fall. Baxter wtih a forearm and he puts KUSHIDA on the turnbuckles. KUSHIDA with a double wrist lock and a DDT off the turnbuckles. KUSHIDA with the Hoverboard Lock and Baxter taps out.
After the match, KUSHIDA offers his hand to Baxter and they shake hands. Kyle applauds Baxter and then Kyle enters the ring. Kyle gets in KUSHIDA’s face and he he is here to make a challenge. He wants to fight the best. Next week, you and me. KUSHIDA accepts the challenge.
— Franky Monet is in the back and she has an announcement. Franky says that everyone wants more Monet. She will have an encore performance of her World Premiere. Franky sees Jessi Kamea and Aliyah and talks about how they haven’t won since they got involved with Robert Stone. Robert Stone shows up and Franky has another story to tell.
We go to commercial.
— Back from the break and we see Mercedes Martinez watching her “Takeover: In Your House” loss to Xia Li, and then the post-match angle with Boa, Li and Mei Ying. Martinez says she did feel the wrath of Tian Sha, but she warned before that she is the wrong person to mess with, and she’s not going anywhere. She threatens to hit Boa with a steel chair again, and says she and Li are now 1-1. She then tells Ying that next time she won’t even be able to get out of her chair because she’s going to knock Ying right out of it.
— We go back to the ring and out comes WWE Hall of Famer “The Million Dollar Man” Ted DiBiase. The ring is set up with a red mat, while Ted’s armed guards stand with the Million Dollar Title belt in a case. Ted takes the mic and says at “Takeover: In Your House” he finally found someone worthy of being the next Million Dollar Champion. He leads us to a video package on LA Knight.
A white Corvette pulls up in the parking lot and Knight steps out, with a cigar. He marches right inside to the ring as Taylor introduces him as the new Million Dollar Champion. Fans boo. Knight poses in the corner to more boos. Knight takes the mic and says let him talk but the boos continue. Fans chant “to the moon!” for Cameron Grimes now. Knight wants to talk to Ted first. He says it’s not often in life we get to meet our heroes, and it’s even more rare in this business you get to share the ring with your hero. He goes on and says he took Ted’s words about climbing the ladder to success seriously. He is banged up and hurting from the Ladder Match at Takeover, but standing here with Ted and the belt right now makes it all worth it.
Knight goes on about how Ted was always on his TV screen as he watched wrestling at home when he was a kid. He says Ted being a fixture of his childhood is more than an understatement, and he needed Ted here tonight so he can express his gratitude and appreciation, and to honestly just say thank you. They shake hands. Ted says he’s very welcome, and earned it. Knight calls this the greatest moment of his wrestling career, and says it would be the honor of his life if Ted would officially crown him the Million Dollar Champion. Fans boo some more. Ted says he would be happy to. Ted grabs the belt from the case and places it over Knight’s shoulder. They shake hands again and Ted introduces Knight to the crowd. Ted does his signature laugh as pyro goes off in the ring. The boos continue from the crowd and we get dueling chants for Grimes and Knight now.
Knight goes on about how he’s learned so much from Ted in the last few weeks, and in his life. Knight now has everything he wants, so it’s time to drop what he don’t need. Knight turns and drops Ted with a big right hand. Fans go wild with the boos as Knight tosses the podium out of the ring. Knight taunts Ted and says this belt was his, now it’s Knight’s, and he is the only true Million Dollar Champion. Knight stomps on Ted while he’s down now.
Grimes rushes the ring and unloads on Knight as fans pop. Grimes knocks Knight out of the ring and then checks on Ted. Fans chant “to the moon!” as Knight stumbles up the ramp to the stage with the Million Dollar Title belt. Grimes says Knight has crossed the line, and now he’s going to pay. Grimes consoles Ted to end the segment.
— McKenzie is with Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez and she asks why is Raquel wrestling tonight. Raquel tells Candice and Indi to hold those titles because they are going to be theirs. Dakota says they will take care of Kacey and Kayden and then they will become two time tag team champions.
We go to commercial.
— We are back and the phone graphic is up to 11 Percent.
— Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart have to be held back by officials as Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai make their way to the ring.
Kayden Carter and Kacey Catanzaro vs. Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai
Kai and Carter lock up and Kai pats Carter’s head on a break. Carter misses a round kick and gets Kai to flinch. Carter with an arm bar and Kacey tags in and they hit boots to the side of the head from the apron and Kacey gets a near fall. Carter tags in and Carter with a drop toe hold and drop kick for a near fall. Gonzalez tags in and she misses a boot. Carter with a side head lock and Gonzalez grabs the hair and then she picks Carter off the mat and sends her into the corner. Carter with an octopus. Carter goes for a sunset flip but Gonzalez blocks it. Carter kicks Gonzalez into the corner and hits a splash. Kacey tags in and Kacey with an ankle pick and Kacey with a kick.
Kacey with Silly String to Gonzalez and Kai tags in. Kacey with a handstand head scissors followed by a plancha. Carter tags in and she hits a cross body off the turnbuckles onto Gonzalez and Kai.
We go to commercial.
We are back and Gonzalez stretches Kacey over her knee. We see footage of Kai hitting a double stomp on Kacey during the commercial break. Back to live action and Gonzalez with an Irish whip and Kai tags in and hits a running boot for a near fall. Kai sends Kacey into the turnbuckles and Gonzalez tags in and she hits a splash on Kacey. Gonzalez with a side slam but she misses an elbow drop. Kacey drops Gonzalez on the top rope but Kai tags in and she hits a running boot that sends Kacey to the floor. Kacey sends Kai into the apron and they return to the ring and Kacey is stopped from making the tag but she kicks Kai away and tags in Carter.
Carter with clotheslines and a drop kick to Gonzalez. Carter with a forearm to Kai and a drop kick to Gonzalez and a splash onto Kai. Carter with a rollup and a back heel kick to Kai. Carter with a running boot to Kai against the ropes for a near fall. Kai with a scorpion kick and she sends Carter into the corner and tags Gonzalez in. Gonzalez with an Irish whip but she runs into a boot. Gonzalez catches Carter off the turnbuckles and hits a side slam for a near fall. Kai tags in and Kai hits a Codebreaker out of a Gory Special but Kacey breaks up the cover. Carter with a boot to Kai and then she kicks Gonzalez on the apron. Kai pulls Carter to the mat.
Carter with a kick and Kacey makes the tag. Carter flips Kacey onto Kai for a near fall. Gonzalez misses Kacey and Carter with a kick. Kacey with a drop kick to sends Gonzalez to the floor. Carter tags in and she kicks Gonzalez and Kacey sends Gonzalez into the ring steps. Kacey hits a 450 splash but Gonzalez pulls Kai out of the ring. Gonzalez sends Carter into the plexiglass. Kai with a kick to Kacey and GTK for the three count.
Winners: Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez
— We see Ever Rise talking about what Hit Row did. Martel asks if they were looking for a box of doughnuts? Parker says you don’t attack the pre pre show set. They have made the repairs and if you want another shot, go ahead.
— Io Shirai walks in the back as we go to commercial.
— We are back and the battery has charged to 21%.
— Io Shirai makes her way to the ring. Io says she is back. She says she feels good. Io speaks in Japanese and then she says her next target is… Candice LeRae makes her way to the stage.
Candice says a lot has changed since you were gone. I am no longer an uncrowned champion. Since you are no longer the unbeatable champion, it is back to the bottom for you. You have to earn your opportunities. One thing hasn’t changed. I can’t stand you. Unfortunately you picked the wrong time to screw with me.
Indi Hartwell attacks Io from behind and Io kicks Candice away and Io sends Indi into the ropes and Io with a Tiger Feint Kick. Candice pulls Io off the ropes and Indi knocks Io off the apron to the floor. Candice hits Io in the back and Indi adjusts the announce table. Candice tells Indi to hit an elbow drop.
Zoey Stark with a double leg take down on Indi and punches. Zoey punches Candice and hits a bicycle kick. Io with a springboard drop kick to Indi and Candice and they go to the floor.
— McKenzie catches up with William Regal and Samoa Joe backstage as they exit the building. She says it seems like order is being restored in NXT, then asks for their thoughts on how the night went. Regal begins to speak but the camera cuts away. We see NXT Tag Team Champions MSK eating popcorn backstage as Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher walk past them. Thatcher comes back and grabs Nash Carter’s popcorn tubs, then walks away. Back to commercial.
— We are back with a Diamond Mine video package and they will be “Opening Next Week”
— We go to McKenzie with William Regal and Samoa Joe. Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory show up chanting for Joe. Johnny says it is great that Joe is here. He says he loved what Joe did to Adam earlier. He is just what they need here. Johnny says that Regal freaked out over a broken pencil. Joe tells Johnny to do him a favor and… GET OUT. Pete Dunne shows up and Regal asks Joe to take care of this.
Tornado Tag Team Match: Timothy Thatcher and Tommaso Ciampa vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans
They get to the ring and the match is started. Ciampa and Thatcher send Gibson and Drake into each other. Thatcher and Ciampa with forearms to Gibson and Drake. They decide to switch and continue with forearms. Ciamapa and Thatcher wtih arm submissions. Gibson and Drake get to the floor and then Ciampa and Thatcher follow. Gibson and Drake ambush Ciampa and Thatcher as they return to the ring. Thatcher is sent to the floor while Gibson and Drake go after Ciampa but Ciampa with forearms and a double clothesline. Ciampa with clotheslines to Gibson and Drake. Drake trips Ciampa and Gibson with a drop kick. Drake with a drop kick off Gibson’s back into Thatcher.
Thatcher is sent into the scaffolding and then Drake punches him. Gibson works over Ciampa against the plexiglass and Gibson with another punch. Drake punches Thatcher but Thatcher with an Irish whip and Drake goes to the apron. Thatcher with a choke but Gibson with a drop kick to Thatcher’s back. Gibson with a double thrust to Ciampa’s throat. Thatcher grabs Gibson and Drake clips Thatcher. Drake and Gibson kick Thatcher while Ciampa is sent to the floor. Gibson goes for a suplex but Thatcher blocks it. Drake sends Ciampa into the ringside barrier. Gibson gets a near fall. Ciamap with a forearm to Gibson and a clothesline that sends both men over the top rope to the floor.
Ciampa clotheslines Drake many times and then he sends Gibson off the apron with a knee. CIampa sends Drake into the timekeeper’s table and he does the same to Gibson. Ciampa with a double hip strike. They all return to the ring and Thatcher with an uppercut to Drake and Ciampa with a clotheslin to Gibson. They continue the attack and maybe we see a few with the camera edits. Ciampa and Thatcher go to the floor to go after Gibson and Drake. Ciampa punches Gibson while Thatcher is sent into the ring post by Drake. Ciampa with forearms to Drake and then he sends him into the plexiglass. Thatcher sends Gibson into the plexiglass. Ciampa sends Drake into the plexiglass.
Thatcher sends Drake into the plexiglass and then Drake goes down. Ciampa chops Gibson. Thatcher with a cravate on Drake while Gibson sends Ciampa into the announce table. Gibson with a knee to Ciampa and Drake sends Thatcher back into the ring. Drake gets a near fall on Thatcher. Gibson sends Ciampa into the plexiglass. Drake with a chin lock on Thatcher and then he works on the neck. Gibson with boots to the back. Thatcher with kicks to Drake and Gibson but Gibson holds Thatcher and Drake punches Thatcher.
Thatcher kicks Drake and connects with a European uppercut to Gibson and then to Drake. Drake with a flatliner while Gibson hits a missile drop kick. Drake with a Koji Clutch on Thatcher and he kicks Thatcher. Ciampa hits Gibson from behind and then he kicks Drake to force him to release the hold. Ciampa chops Gibson and Gibson rakes the eyes and Thatcher with a belly-to-belly suplex to Gibson. Thatcher with an enzuigiri to Drake. Ciampa hits Thatcher by accident and Drake kicks Ciampa. Gibson gets Ciampa on his shoulders and Ciampa stops Drake. Thatcher with a butterfly suplex to Gibson while Ciampa hits a Super Air Raid Crash on Drake for a near fall.
Ciampa and Drake are on the apron and Ciampa and Drake exchange chops. Ciampa takes the advantage and he gets Drake up for an Air Raid Crash on the apron but Drake with elbows. Drake hits a suicide dive Doomsday Device on Ciampa on the floor. Thatcher and Gibson exchange European uppercuts and they both hold each other up. Gibson with a back slide but Thatcher rolls through and Thatcher goes for the legs. Gibson sets for Shankley’s Gate but Thatcher escapes. Thatcher with a double wrist lock but Drake with a running drop kick. They set for an assisted lungblower but Ciampa breaks up the cover. Ciampa is sent back to the floor and Drake punches Ciampa.
Drake puts the hood of the announce table against the announce table and Gibson with a uranage onto the hood. Ciampa is put onto the announce table. Drake punches Thatcher and then he kicks Thatcher. Ciampa with an Air Raid Crash to Gibson on the announce table. Thatcher stands behind Drake as Drake wants Ciampa into the ring. Thatcher and Ciampa alternate punches and then Ciampa with Fairy Tale Ending followed by a Fujiwara arm bar to force Drake to tap out.
Winners: Tommaso Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher
After the match, Ciampa and Thatcher celebrate as the music hits. Vic wonders if these are the new faces of the NXT tag team division. We see Gibson laid out on the announce table, and Drake is down in the ring. Ciampa and Thatcher start barking in the camera as we cut away to backstage.
– McKenzie is out in the parking lot for comments from NXT General Manager William Regal and his new enforcer, Samoa Joe. Regal says it looks like things will be a little different around here now. Joe smiles and says this is night one of many. Regal agrees. Joe walks off and Regal steps into the back of his SUV. Regal’s SUV drives away as NXT goes off the air.
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