After not having a decisive winner in last week’s Four Way Iron Man Match, it is down to Finn Balor and Adam Cole. Who will walk away NXT Champion?
We opened the show with a preview of what was to come tonight: the NXT Championship match and the Steel Cage Match between Mercedes Martinez and Rhea Ripley.
Finn Balor defeated Adam Cole via Pinfall (Top Rope 1916) to become the new NXT Champion
Two of the very best superstars in the history of NXT put on a classic. The match was physical, intense, and pretty fast paced. Cole actually kicked out of the Coupe de Grace! Many pinfall attempts were exchanged, but the Prince has regained his throne!
After the match, Rhea Ripley sent a message to Mercedes Martinez ahead of their steel cage match. Ripley said she knew that Martinez won’t be the last person to try to make a name off her. Tonight, Ripley will show her why she is the Nightmare.
Then we went to commercial break.
Back from break we got a video on Connor’s Cure, Then saw Finn Balor being congratulated on his victory by NXT Superstars, Triple H, and William Regal. Adam Cole then walked over and gave Balor a Two Sweet.
Balor was interviewed about his victory. He said he returned to NXT for one reason and now he has it.
McKenzie Mitchell was then shown trying to talk to Robert Stone. Stone said he was the greatest manager in the world because he knows things no one else does. Then walked into a room where Shotzi Blackheart’s tank happened to be.
Before Stone could destroy the tank, Blackheart appeared. Blackheart punched Stone in the face, but before she could continue the damage she was attacked by Aliyah.
The two women fought through curtains and ran right into Io Shirai during her photo shoot. Shirai definitely was not happy and gave chase to Aliyah. She chased Aliyah to the ring were Shirai and Blackheart proceeded to destroy her.
When Robert Stone tried to go to the top rope and take them out, Blackheart got to him. Then Blackheart made it clear she was interested in Shirai’s NXT Women’s Championship. “I like you Shotzi, don’t make me hurt you.”
Then we went to dinner at the Garganos! Johnny seemed about skeptical about Tegan Nox coming to dinner. Candice LeRae said to trust her, she needs this friend. Then the doorbell rang.
Johnny answered it and had a rather awkward conversation with Tegan. Before commercial the three sat down at the dinner table to talk.
Returning from commercial we went to Thatch as Thatch Can school. The lesson today? Know Your Enemy. Timothy Thatcher showed video of Damian Priest and noted his weaknesses.
Velveteen Dream defeated Ashante “Thee” Adonis via Pinfall (Dream Valley Driver)
After the match Kushida attacked Dream! Refs tried to break up the two, but that definitely didn’t work. Kushida ran Dream’s shoulder into the ring post multiple times. Then he delivered an armbar on the apron! As Dream tapped out, the refs had a hard time getting Kushida to let go of the hold.
Then a video played featuring the NXT Tag Team Champions, Tyler Breeze and Fandango, and the former champions, Imperium. Breeze and Fandango discussed their victory. While Imperium said everyday Breezango holds the tag team championships is a disgrace.
Then we went to another commercial.
Back from break we returned to dinner at the Garganos, it was awkward and uncomfortable just as Johnny voiced. Johnny decided to leave the two women to talk. LeRae asked if Nox fessed up to the mistakes she has made, which Nox needed clarification of.
LeRae had to explain why the Gargano Way was the right path for Nox. Nox said she felt Johnny had changed LeRae, which LeRae denied. LeRae said she has never steered Nox wrong and this time is no different.
Bronson Reed defeated Austin Theory via Pinfall (Tsunami)
Colossal City! Reed found his way back to the win column and possibly the North American Championship picture. Theory was in control for a small amount of the match, but it was mostly Reed showing off his dominance.
After the match, Adam Cole was interviewed. Cole said he was disappointed in the loss, but the better man won tonight. He also said he had respect for Balor, but if he gets another chance at the NXT Championship the outcome will be different. And that’s Undisputed. Then we went to commercial break.
Returning from break, we heard from Mercedes Martinez. Martinez said that when a lion wants to be king they go after the strongest and fiercest animal. She said Ripley is a bad woman, but not as bad as her. When the cage door shuts Martinez won‘t stop until there is nothing left of Ripley.
Roderick Strong defeated Killian Dain via Pinfall
Having Bobby Fish at ringside was definitely an advantage. Fish proved to be a good distraction a few times in this match.
After the match, Strong and Fish continued to attack Dain after the match. The attack was stopped by Drake Maverick who brought a steel pipe with him to even the odds!
Strong was able to get rid of the pipe, but it wound up in the hands of Dain. Dain chased Strong and Fish off, then turned his attention to Maverick. He through the pipe out of the ring and went to leave, but Maverick stopped him. Maverick stuck out his hand, but Dain was having none of that and punched him. Dain clearly works alone.
Afterwards we went to see how things were going with LeRae and Nox. It seemed like things were okay, until LeRae finished her cheers with “to the next NXT Women’s Champion, me!” Nox didn’t really like that. LeRae said Nox already had her chance and blew it, so now it should be LeRae.
LeRae wound up throwing a salad at Nox. Nox then threw water in LeRae’s face and all hell broke loose. Johnny came back and called Nox a horrible friend, that got him a head full of spaghetti. As Nox was trying to get out of there, LeRae threw a remote at her. Nox ducked and the remote hit the TV, Johnny seemed distraught.
A video hyping the main event was shown and then we went to break.
Back from break, Damian Priest was interviewed. He said that Timothy Thatcher was ugly and didn’t need to watch video of him wrestling. Priest’s game plan for their match next week is to kick and punch Thatcher as much as he can. He does not plan on losing the North American Championship on his first defense.
Rhea Ripley defeated Mercedes Martinez via Pinfall (Riptide)
These to were out to destroy each other. As soon as Martinez got to the ring she threw a bunch of weapons in the cage. Before Martinez could continue, Ripley attacked her on the outside. This one was violent and competitive right away and Robert Stone could do nothing to stop it.