You can scroll to the end for a TLDR recap of the show. Tonight, Eric Young faces Adam Cole in the main event. Additionally, Kassius Ohno will take on Fabian Aichner.
Backstage: Willian Regal opens the show by announcing that the NXT Women’s Championship will be awarded in a Fatal Fourway at TakeOver: Houston. Obviously, Kairi Sane has one spot. Starting in 2 weeks, there will be a series of qualifying matches to fill the other 3 spots.
In-Ring: SAnitY arrives through the crowd and hits the ring during the NXT opening. Eric Young says Undisputed Era is looking at the group that wrote the book on making a mark. Young says that he’s taking Adam Cole to the edge of sanity tonight.
Match #1: Lars Sullivan v. Oney Lorcan
Lorcan cuts a babyface promo backstage before his entrance. Lorcan tries a shoulder block, but he gets destroyed. Lorcan nails a nice drop kick, but Sullivan is barely fazed and quickly hurls Lorcan to the floor. Lorcan catches Sullivan on the ring apron and hits 2 consecutive running European uppercuts. Sullivan goes to the floor, but is still on his feet. Lorcan dives over the top, but Sullivan catches him and drops him face-first on the ring apron.
Back in the ring, Lorcan unloads with chops and then one across the face of Sullivan, but he’s still no-selling. Lorcan hits 6 or 7 more slaps across the neck and face and a running European uppercut. Sullivan is stunned, but not down. A second uppercut still doesn’t do the job. On the third, Lorcan gets caught with a lariat that turns him inside-out. Sullivan hits the side spine buster and gets the pin. Post-match, Sullivan isn’t finished with Lorcan. Before he can do anything, Danny Burch runs out and gets Lorcan out of the ring.
Winner: Lars Sullivan via pinfall
Thoughts: NXT’s Braun Strowman gets another squash victory here. Sullivan got a few pops, but they were more for Lorcan’s stiff-looking offense, I think. I’m more interested in the potential Lorcan/Burch pairing more than anything here. Unfortunately, I think we will get a Lars Sullivan versus Danny Burch match first where Lorcan returns the favor and saves him from a beating.
Backstage: Ruby Riot is standing by to address the Iconic Duo. They want a rematch with Ruby Riot and Nikki Cross. Riot says she hasn’t seen Cross and has no idea what her motives are, but she’ll fight Royce and Kay again regardless.
Match #2: Heavy Machinery (Tucker Knight & Otis Dozovic) v. Demetrius Bronson & Patrick Scott
It looks like we are going to be treated to another Heavy Machinery squash match. Patrick Scott, a Steve Corino trainee, starts things off with Tucker Knight. That goes as you’d expect. Knight hits a double trapped arm suplex and Scott tags Bronson. Apparently, Demetrius Bronson is a former NFL running back who played some in Miami and Seattle. Dozovic tags in and Heavy Machinery hit a double diving head butt.
Bronson comes back with a couple of high drop kicks to Dozovic, which staggers him a little. Bronson dives off the second rope and gets caught and nailed with an overhead belly-to-belly suplex. Scott gets a tag and gets run over by Dozovic. Heavy Machinery hit all their double team moves on everyone. A Compactor is good for the win.
Winners: Heavy Machinery via pinfall
Thoughts: It was the same Heavy Machinery match we’ve seen for months and months. Nothing new and they still aren’t really getting over. I make no secret about the fact that I dislike the hell out of them.
Earlier Today: William Regal was addressing the media at the Performance Center when Johnny Gargano walks by. Regal stops him and tells him he is granting his request for a rematch with Andrade Almas and it will happen in 2 weeks.
Earlier Today: Roderick Strong is asked how he is preparing for Drew McIntyre next week. Strong cuts a sort of cocky/angry promo. Is there a heel turn coming? Something seemed different.
Match #3: Liv Morgan v. Vanessa Borne
Early on, the women trade pin attempts and reversals trying to one-up each other. Morgan gets an early 1-count from a leg drop, but Borne comes right back. Borne hits a snap suplex and repeatedly slams Morgan’s face into the mat. Morgan gets caught with a big clothesline, but kicks out at 2. Morgan hits a drop toe hold into the middle rope and then fires up with a running face buster and a step-up enzuigiri. Morgan hits a running bulldog and then a variation of the Code Breaker for the win.
Winner: Liv Morgan via pinfall
Thoughts: Whew, that was rough. Vanessa Borne just is not ready to be on TV in matches. I feel like I’ve said this about her before at some point. Liv Morgan is a good selling babyface, but her offense is still a little clunky. I don’t think she’s going to be in the Fatal Fourway, but she’ll definitely be in a qualifying match.
Earlier Today: After a recap of last week, we see Aleister Black training in the PC. He’s asked for his thoughts on the Velveteen Dream. He says he refuses to acknowledge a child throwing a temper tantrum.
Match #4: Kassius Ohno v. Fabian Aichner
Aichner may be familiar from his appearance in the Cruiserweight Classic. We get a promo video for him before the match. After a battle of the arm bars, Aichner lands a nasty European uppercut that drops Ohno to his knees. Ohno catches a kick and nearly takes Aichner’s head off with a big boot that sends him to the floor. Ohno does his fake dive/flip spot and then Aichner runs right into another big boot.
Somehow, Aichner catches Ohno with a tilt-a-whirl back breaker. Ohno rolls to the floor, but Aichner springboards off the top rope to the floor with a cross body. Aichner hits a delayed vertical suplex in the ring for a near fall. Aichner tries for a powerbomb, but Ohno counters with a small package. Aichner hits another European uppercut, then catches Ohno mid-air and delivers a power slam. Good lord, this guy is strong.
Aichner goes for a double springboard moonsault, but Ohno gets out-of-the-way. Ohno fires up with knees and kicks followed by a cravat suplex. Ohno levels Aichner with the Cyclone Kick and that’s good for the pin.
Winner: Kassius Ohno via pinfall
Thoughts: Great NXT TV debut for Fabian Aichner – I don’t see how that could have gone any better for him. Kassius stays strong with the win and props to him for getting manhandled like that by a cruiserweight. Good, fun match.
Backstage: NXT Champion Drew McIntyre is asked about his match against Roderick Strong. Drew gives Strong some respect, but says next week is his first defense, but not his last defense.
Match #5/Main Event: Eric Young (w/ Killian Dain, Alexander Wolfe, & Nikki Cross) v. Adam Cole (w/ Kyle O‘Reilly & Bobby Fish)
Adam Cole grabs the microphone and asks how NXT survived without the 3 of them. Cole says they are untouchable, unstoppable, undisputed, and this is their era. There are a lot of people at ringside for this, so I assume this is going to breakdown into a brawl. Young takes Cole down early and then hits a swinging neckbreaker. Fish & O’Reilly distract Young and SAnitY has a face-off with them. From behind, Cole nails Young to take control.
Cole hits a jumping enzuigiri to Young, who face plants on the ring apron and rolls to the floor. The two factions face-off again, but Cole gets Young back in the ring for a near fall. Cole locks in a sleeper, but Young hits a back suplex to break the hold. Young fires up with clotheslines and a neck breaker. Young does the Flair flip over the corner and runs to the top rope. Cole tries to catch him, but gets knocked down.
O’Reilly and Fish get on the apron to distract Young again, but Dain and Wolfe pull them down and start to fight. Young is looking for the top rope elbow, but decides to dive to the floor to take out everyone instead. By the time Young gets back in the ring, Cole has recovered and hits a running kick for the win.
Winner: Adam Cole via pinfall
Thoughts: This wasn’t a terrible match, but it wasn’t meant to be a 5-star classic. The story is that the tables have been turned on SAnitY as their own tactics are being used against them. I assume this is leading to a tag team title defense against O’Reilly & Fish. Anyway, this was the right outcome and I have no complaints.
- Lars Sullivan beat Oney Lorcan
- William Regal announced a Fatal Fourway at TakeOver: Houston for the vacant NXT Women’s Championship
- Heavy Machinery beat Patrick Scott & Demetrius Bronson
- Liv Morgan beat Vanessa Borne
- Kassius Ohno beat Fabian Aichner
- Adam Cole beat Eric Young
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