After being betrayed by Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver, what will Kyle O’Reilly have to say? What is next for the Winners of the Dusty Cup?
We began NXT with a video recapping what happened at TakeOver on Sunday night. The video ended on Adam Cole super kicking Finn Balor and Kyle O’Reilly.
After the video we then went to ringside where Vic Joesph, Wade Barrett, and Beth Phoenix began to breakdown what we could expect tonight. Before they could really get into it, Kyle O’Reilly walked down the entrance ramp.
O’Reilly said he has been replaying what happened at TakeOver and can’t make sense of it. He then said he was shocked, confused, pissed off, and disappointed by what happened. The Undisputed Era was supposed to be unlike any other group that has come in the business, but Cole ruined it. O’Reilly said that while he was kicked in the face, he still felt like he got stabbed in the back.
According to O’Reilly though, Cole is still his brother and wants to know what happened Sunday. Then he called for Cole to come out to the ring and explain himself. O’Reilly said he would hear him out, but probably still punch Cole in the face.
Then Undisputed Era’s music hit, only it wasn’t the person O’Reilly was looking for. Enter Roderick Strong.
Roddy tried to tell O’Reilly that what Cole did on Sunday was out of emotion. He said they are brothers and sometimes that happens. O’Reilly just seemed to get even angrier as Roddy spoke. He told Roddy that he didn’t want to hear what he had to say and to not get in the ring. O’Reilly said he doesn’t know who to trust anymore. Then once again O’Reilly called out Cole.
Of course this is wrestling so we don’t always get what we want and Finn Balor came out instead. O’Reilly yelled that he wasn’t looking for Balor. Balor’s response? Doesn’t matter because Balor was looking for O’Reilly. Balor told him to get in line behind him to talk to Cole.
On Sunday O’Reilly offered Balor his hand and Balor said he knew he shouldn’t have accepted it, but here we are. Balor made it seem like O’Reilly had something to do with what happened to him Sunday. This caused Roddy to get in Balor’s face about it.
Eventually Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan came out and attacked! Chaos broke out because of the sneak attack and it didn’t stop until referees were able to tear Dunne, Burch, and Lorcan away. Even with the referees, Dunne broke free to attack Balor multiple times.
After things got settled, William Regal let us know that Santos Escobar will not be at NXT. We got shown a video where Escobar said that no one threatens him. According to Escobar the match will happen on his time. Regal said that the match WILL happen next week. If Escobar doesn’t show up he will be stripped of the Cruiserweight Championship and suspended indefinitely.
Back at ringside we got the entrance of Candice LeRae, Indi Hartwell, and Johnny Gargano. They each had signs for the missing Austin Theory that they passed out.
As Gargano sat down at the commentary table, Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart made their entrance.
Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart defeated Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae via Pinfall (Roll up)
While the way tried to get a little bit of revenge on the team that knocked them out of the Dusty Classic, it didn’t go according to plan. Blackheart and Moon pulled off some pretty impressive double team moves, particularly one where The Way were caught on the ropes.
During the match we saw footage of a mysterious white van pulling into the Capital Wrestling Center’s parking lot. Gargano actually went to check out what the deal with the van was while The Way looked to be in charge of the match. Just when it looked like Hartwell and LeRae had the match won, Gargano returned and with him? Austin Theory.
LeRae was so excited to see Theory that she ran out of the ring to hug him. This left Hartwell, the legal competitor, alone in the ring watching the reunion. Vulnerable, Hartwell was rolled up for the three count by Moon.
Even though The Way lost the match, they were extremely happy to have Theory back.
Vic Joesph then threw us to a video from…PAT MCAFEE! McAfee said he knew we all felt bamboozled by what Adam Cole did on Sunday. Just like McAfee said all along, Cole is a scumbag. He said the internet wrestling community owes him an apology. #PatWasRight
After hearing from McAfee we took a commercial break.
When we returned from break, McKenzie Mitchell was with Kushida (from earlier in the day). Kushida spoke very highly of his match with Gargano from TakeOver. But he also made it clear that he is by no means finished with the leader of The Way. Bronson Reed then came in and complimented Kushida on his match and wanted to see how he was doing.
Reed then told Kushida that while he knows he isn’t done with Gargano, Reed is ready for an opportunity at the North American Championship. If it comes down to one of them being next in line, they’ll cross that bridge.
After Reed left, Malcom Bivens came up to Kushida. Bivens said his match Sunday was impressive, but it would be even more impressive if Kushida competed tonight. After checking that Kushida was medically cleared, Bivens said he couldn’t wait to talk to Regal.
Back at ringside we got the entrance of Isaiah Swerve Scott.
Leon Ruff defeated Isaiah Swerve Scott via Pinfall (Crucifix Pin)
Swerve began the match absolutely dominating Ruff. It almost seemed like Swerve was out to punish Ruff. Swerve seemed pretty proud of himself, almost too proud. When Ruff tried to fight back, Swerve just seemed to get angry. In the end though, Ruff built momentum and closed the victory.
After the match, Ruff offered a show of sportsmanship to Swerve, which seemed to be reciprocated…..til it wasn’t. Instead Swerve viscously attacked Ruff. He threw Ruff into the ring buckles, all while telling Ruff that he was tired of seeing him be handed everything.
Swerve’s time. Swerve’s house. Then we went to a commercial break.
Returning from break we got the entrance of Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter. During their entrance we saw footage of what happened between them and Xia Li last week. Then in an inset promo, Kacy and Kayden explained that they just wanted to help out a friend.
Kacy Catanzaro and Kayden Carter defeated Aliyah and Jessi Kamea via Pinfall
Just seems like the Robert Stone Brand can’t get that all important victory. Kacy and Kayden had dominated Jessi in the early goings of the match, until Boa came and stood at the top of the entrance ramp. He served as a slight distraction for a few moments. But not long after losing momentum, Kacy and Kayden pulled off the victory.
After the match, Xia Li came out. Kayden seemed to be fired up and ready to take a swing at Li, until Kacy stopped her. Kacy tried to tell Li that last week didn’t matter. Li grabbed Kacy’s arm and marked her. She told Kacy that next week she would purge her.
Backstage Malcom Bivens and Tyler Rust hyped up Rust’s match with Kushida.
Then we saw MSK, Raquel Gonzalez, and Dakota Kai making their way backstage. The trophy presentation of the Dusty Classic is coming up after the break.
Returning from break, Beth Phoenix was in the ring with the Dusty Cup. She said to be great you have to take risks and step up, which is what the teams in the Dusty Classic did. Then a video recapping the Dusty Classics was shown.
After the video, Phoenix brought out MSK. MSK took a moment to let out some emotion, after winning the Dusty Cup, on their way to the ring. Then they got in the ring to appreciate their trophy and give Phoenix a hug. Nash Carter then talked about their upcoming NXT Tag Team Championship opportunity on March 3rd. Wes Lee said they feel good, but it’ll feel even better to be announced as NXT Tag Team Champions.
MSK stayed in the ring as Phoenix brought out Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez. A chant of ‘You Deserve It’ was started by the NXT Universe as Kai and Gonzalez got in the ring. Before Kai could really speak about how they felt being crowned the first ever Women’s Dusty Classic winners, she was interrupted by the Women’s tag team champions.
Shayna Baszler said that when Kai and Gonzalez won the Dusty Classic they were on the right side of history. When they get their title shot though? They will be on the wrong side of history. Kai then introduced Gonzalez to the tag team champions: Baszler ran away from NXT when Rhea Ripley, which was amusing. Baszler then brought up her history with Kai. Kai said she isn’t that same person anymore and Baszler can find that out first hand.
Gonzalez let the champs know they don’t run NXT anymore. Jax then tried to get things settled down by saying she came here to honour Dusty. Jax told a story of how Dusty once told her she was the biggest, baddest bitch he ever knew. The champs then walked out.
Before they could leave, Gonzalez gave a warning to Jax. “Be careful with your words because I’ll stick this boot so far up your hole, you’ll never get it out.”
Then we saw Roderick Strong and Kyle O’Reilly arguing in the parking lot before heading to another commercial break.
Back from break we saw the Cameron Grimes music video, or well basically a music video. Apparently Grimes crashed his lamborghini, but its okay he’ll just buy a new one.
Then commentary showed us what happened to Io Shirai during a photo shoot. Toni Storm decided to attack Shirai earlier today!
Kushida defeated Tyler Rust via Forfeit
Malcom Bivens threw in the towel when Kushida locked in the Hoverboard submission. After the match, Rust yelled at Bivens that he could have gotten himself out of the submission.
We got a video package hyping up the NXT debut of Zoey Stark before heading to break.
Back from break we saw LA Knight’s appearance on the TakeOver Preshow. Then we saw footage of cameras at Knight’s home earlier in the day. Knight said with his arrival he has put NXT on its ear.
Zoey Stark defeated Valentina Feroz via Pinfall (GTS)
Commentary spoke very highly of Stark. The match was pretty decent, but Stark definitely dominated. Hell of a singles debut for Stark.
Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Loran defeated Finn Balor, Roderick Strong, and Kyle O’Reilly via Pinfall (Bitter End)
Things had been off between Roddy and KOR since the beginning of the night, but even more so upon entrances. Roddy came out and still did the UE poses, but KOR was all business and wanted no part in it.
The Bruiserweight’s team really brought the brutality to the match. Once they took control of the match it seemed difficult to change the tide. Although Balor, Roddy, and KOR seemed to work well together for a bit it all went to hell when Adam Cole made his presence known.
It looked like Balor had the match won, but Cole came out and knocked him off the top rope. Then he took KOR out of the match.
After the loss, Balor tried to get his barrings together but was super kicked by a returning Adam Cole! Cole grabbed Balor’s title and held it up as NXT came to a close.