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WWE NXT #411 Play-by-Play and Review



You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. This week will feature Pete Dunne defending the UK Championship against Wolfgang. In addition, Johnny Gargano will face Riddick Moss and the Iconic Duo will take on Ruby Riot and a mystery partner.

Match #1: Billie Kay & Peyton Royce v. Ruby Riot & ???

Heyyy Peyton… I mean, let’s get to the match. Ruby Riot makes her entrance alone and the bell signals the start of the match. I guess it’s going to be 2 on 1? Riot tackles Kay and then tackles Royce. Billie Kay nails a forearm to take Riot down, though. All the sudden, we see Nikki Cross wandering around the ringside area. In the meantime, the Iconic Duo continues the beat down on Riot. They hit a double team gourd buster, but Riot kicks out.

Billie Kay accidentally nails Royce with a forearm and Nikki Cross sneaks onto the ring apron and tags herself into the match. Cross fires up on Royce and Kay. Cross nails the swinging fisherman’s neckbreaker on Kay and then tags Riot before walking out of the ringside area. Riot comes off the top rope with a diving senton onto Kay and gets the pin. Riot sells confusion as to the motives of Nikki Cross after the match.

Winners: Ruby Riot & Nikki Cross via pinfall

Thoughts: It’s a new era for women’s wrestling in NXT and it starts off with Riot and Cross getting a well-deserved position in the spotlight. The match accomplished what it needed to accomplish in starting this program. This leads to the question of whether there’s an alliance between the two or if it’s leading to Cross double-crossing (Sorry about the pun) Riot. Additionally, will NXT break up Kay and Royce? Or do they go to the main roster as a package deal?

Backstage: No Way Jose has some comments regarding Lars Sullivan. It’s a typical white-meat babyface promo about teaching the nasty heel a lesson. Jose challenges Sullivan to a match next week.

Match #2: Johnny Gargano v. Riddick Moss (w/ Tino Sabbatelli)

Moss gets the early and obvious power advantage with a shoulder block and body slam/toss on Gargano. Moss blocks a hurricanrana attempt and catches Gargano with a back elbow. Moss continues to manhandle Gargano as NXT cuts away.

Back from commercial and Moss has Gargano in an abdominal stretch. Gargano escapes, but gets driven into the corner. Moss continues mauling Gargano in the corner and talking trash. Gargano fires back with forearms and the seated roundhouse kick. Moss gets sent to ringside and eats a baseball slide. Gargano comes off the apron with a somersault plancha to Moss. As Gargano tries to get back into the ring, Sabbatelli grabs his foot, which allows Moss to hit a running kick. Gargano escapes a powerbomb attempt and turns a tilt-a-whirl into the Gargano Escape.

Moss is way too strong and easily gets to the ropes, which seems to stun Gargano. Gargano sells that he might not have confidence in himself anymore, but Moss levels him with a lariat before he can be too sentimental. Moss hits a fall away slam that sends Gargano to the ring apron. Sabbatelli tries another cheap shot, but Gargano nails him in the face with a kick. Gargano then slingshots through the ropes with the spear onto Moss and it’s good enough for the 3 count.

Winner: Johnny Gargano via pinfall

Thoughts: That was an interesting match for sure. Gargano works so well as the underdog and really made Moss look pretty good here. Gargano’s confidence issues might be a way to stall a bit until Ciampa is ready to go again. Of course, conquering Ciampa will restore his confidence. That’s how I’d tell the story anyway. This was a decent match. I bought into Moss possibly winning on a few occasions. I’m assuming Gargano will face Sabbatelli as a follow-up.

Match #3: Street Profits (Montez Ford & Angelo Dawkins) v. The Ealy Brothers

I still have no way to really tell the Ealys apart. Apparently they have tattoos on opposite arms. Dawkins and Uriel start things off and it looks like the Ealy Brothers have taken on a more heelish persona. Uriel snatches Dawkins’ headband and eats a right hand for his trouble. Ford tags in and basically almost flips over the ring and into the parking lot. This dude is like a spring.

The Ealy Brothers each eat double-team leapfrog moves against the ropes. Gabriel does some Twin Magic and blindsides Ford to take control. Uriel tags in and misses a corner charge, which leads to Dawkins getting the hot tag. Dawkins cleans house with a couple corkscrew splashes in the corner. Dawkins nails the spine buster and Ford sails off the top rope with a big splash for the win. After the match, the Profits go into the crowd to celebrate.

Winners: Street Profits via pinfall

Thoughts: This was a decent, basic match. They’re easing Street Profits into more competitive matches and had them sell a little more here. I didn’t see a whole lot new, but it’s not really a bad thing. They’re getting over and that’s sorely needed in the tag team division right now.

Update on NXT Women’s Championship: WWE announced earlier that Mae Young Classic winner Kairi Sane will challenge for the NXT Women’s Championship at TakeOver: Houston in November. Her opponent(s) for the vacant title is (are) still to be determined. William Regal doesn’t say as much, but only that he has a lot to think about regarding the best way to crown a new champion.

Match #4/Main Event: United Kingdom Championship: Pete Dunne © v. Wolfgang

Pre-match, Wolfgang says he’s never been more prepared for a match in his life. Dunne has no thoughts backstage prior to his entrance. The Bruiserweight is definitely over with the crowd at Full Sail as there are multiple Bruiserweight chants before the bell. Dunne has the early advantage as he works some arm and finger stretches on Wolfgang. Wolfgang reverses and works a cravat until Dunne nails him in the face with a forearm shot.

Wolfgang gets a few takedowns and then a gut wrench suplex. Wolfgang tries to go to the top rope, but Dunne meets him there and tears at his fingers. Dunne slingshots over the top rope and scores with a DDT on Wolfgang on the ring apron. Wolfgang is in trouble going into commercial.

Back from break, Dunne has a double wristlock locked in on Wolfgang. Wolfgang manages to escape with a big vertical suplex. Wolfgang crushes Dunne with a corner avalanche, but Dunne chases him out of the corner and connects with an enzuigiri. Dunne charges again, but Wolfgang takes him down with a massive spear. Dunne rolls to ringside to escape, but Wolfgang dives over the top rope with a somersault plancha.

Back in the ring, Wolfgang hits a springboard moonsault from the corner and scores a near fall. Dunne counters a suplex attempt with his own vertical release suplex. Dunne gets caught on the top rope and Wolfgang hits a hanging vertical superplex. Wolfgang goes for the Swanton Bomb, but Dunne gets his knees up and tries to lock in a cross arm breaker. Wolfgang escapes that and a triangle attempt, but Dunne catches him with a brutal forearm to the face. They trade kicks and then Wolfgang hits a pop-up powerslam for a near fall.

Dunne catches Wolfgang with a release German suplex, but Wolfgang pops up and hits a big lariat. Wolfgang goes for another pop-up move, but Dunne counters with another forearm. Dunne nails the Bitter End and that’s all for Wolfgang.

As Dunne celebrates, Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Bobby Fish hit the ring and surround him. Dunne slowly puts the belt down before leveling O’Reilly. Cole and Fish attack Dunne in the corner. Wolfgang comes back in the ring to attack O’Reilly, but he’s quickly overwhelmed. Dunne escapes and lets Wolfgang take the beating. Dunne pretends to charge to the ring, but he just wanted his title. What a heel. Cole KO’s Wolfgang with a Shining Wizard. As the trio exits through the crowd, Trent Seven and Tyler Bate hit the ring to check on Wolfgang.

Winner: Pete Dunne via pinfall to RETAIN the UK Championship

Thoughts: This was a fun match like all the other UK matches have been. It was a great showing for Wolfgang and what we’ve come to expect from Dunne. Dunne’s heel character is intact after leaving Wolfgang to take a beating. That said, it looks like Wolfgang, Seven, and Bate will be taking on Fish, Cole, and O’Reilly in a 6-man tag in the near future.


  • Ruby Riot & Nikki Cross beat Billie Kay & Peyton Royce
  • Johnny Gargano beat Riddick Moss
  • Street Profits beat the Ealy Brothers
  • Pete Dunne beat Wolfgang to retain the UK Championship
  • Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly attacked Dunne and Wolfgang after the match

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