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- Nikki Cross is in a steamy backstage hallway. She rants about how much fun it is to play games, and wanting to play with Bianca Belair again. They didn’t follow the rules last time though, and speaking of bad behavior... she knows, She Knows, SHE KNOWS!
- Mauro Ranallo hypes the main event, and he, Nigel McGuinness & Percy Watson catch us up on the backstory for our first match...
- Lacey Evans def. Candice LeRae via pinfall following the Women’s Right
A tense staredown ends when Evans “boops” Candice’s nose and shoving ensures. The taller woman wins the lock-up, but LeRae ducks out, hits a chop and gets an early advantage until Lacey dodges a move from the top and drops Candice with a shoulder charge.
Handspring bronco buster gets two, and takes LeRae down with a head scissors and then does a couple push-ups while keeping her legs around her opponent’s head. Evans positions herself so the referee doesn’t see as she pulls Candice’s hair in a chinlock, then transitions to her modified camel clutch. She calls LeRae a bad wife, which inspires the comeback.
Candice’s surge leads to a facebuster off the second rope which gets a nearfall. Evans avoids the unprettier, but when Lacey calls her a “loser, just like your husband”, LeRae loses her composure. The First Lady takes advantage to hit her finish on a ref break.
- Mauro kicks it to a kick ass video package for the North American title Triple Threat by talking about each man wanting to build his legacy. Adam Cole says it represents the future of NXT, where he’s taking the brand. Pete Dunne talks about owning the UK, and wanting to expand his legacy by adding the North American title. Cole says the only reason that belt matters is because of him. Ricochet says it was just a prop with the Undisputed ERA’s leader. He respects what Dunne has done, but he’s building the belt’s legacy with great matches like the one he had with the Bruiserweight and next week’s Triple Threat.
- Quick hype video for Forgotten Sons. Jaxson Ryker, Steve Cutler and Wesley Blake are in action next.
- Tommaso Ciampa is back to filming his own interviews backstage. He says that when you’re on top, people will always accuse you of things. Maybe they’re doing that to hide their own guilt? Velveteen Dream’s name is fitting, because he’s dreaming if he thinks Ciampa had anything to do with Aleister Black’s attack. They both know what Black experienced. Velveteen needs to stay out of the champ’s spotlight. He needs to remember Tommaso is the man who ended the fairy tale, and he’ll end the Dream if he doesn’t mind his own business.
- The Forgotten Sons def. Torry Kirsh, Vinny Mixon, and Cesar Rise via pinfall after Ryker’s slingshot release powerbomb
We’re told Cutler’s nose was broken in the Sons win over Street Profits, so he’s wearing a mask. Ryker starts and hands an opponent in the tree of woe. Cutler tags himself in and Jaxson assists his drop kick then Blake’s cannonball into that guy. Blake wipes out another of their opponent with a clothesline, then they blast another guy off the apron. Tandem DDT, Ryker’s back in and that’s it.
- Recap of the set-up for Kairi Sane vs. Shayna Baszler for Evolution. A video package airs on Shayna’s training camp. She admits she got complacent before Brooklyn, so she’s running an old school MMA camp this time. They show her working with Jessamyn Duke and Marina Shafir in a cage. She says her camp is much more grueling and advanced than anything “those girls” do at the Performance Center. Baszler is going to prove that women’s wrestling’s evolved, and that she’s evolved, at Evolution.
- Tony Nese is interviewed about why he’s here. He does his usual spiel about his abs, giving us eight reasons why he’ll dominate her like he does in 205 Live. Johnny Gargano is shown walking backstage with his game face on.
- Cathy Kelley interviews Bianca Belair, who insists she calls her Ms. Belair. The EST heard that Nikki wants to play, but she’s not here to play, especially with that scraggly haired widow. She will wrestle Cross again, and this time she’ll embarrass her. After that, she’ll still be un-de-feated. She claps that at Kelley a few more times while backing away.
- Johnny Gargano def. Tony Nese via submission with Garga-No Escape
Johnny wins the early exchange, but when Gargano goes to dive after headscissoring Nese out of the ring, he charges right into a clothesline. The advantage doesn’t last long, though, as he dumps Tony again and hits the dive to the short-side. He looks energized by the crowd’s support, but gets caught climbing back to the top and Nese pulls his legs out from under him to take control.
That lasts until Gargano is able to dodge a springboard enziguri and grab Nese for a DDT. A flurry leads to the spear through the ropes for two. They trade forearms, Johnny nails a kick but can’t follow-up, Tony gets out of Garga-No Escape lifting Johnny by one arm but he pops out the back. Another exchanges ends with Nese bucklebombing him into the corner.
The purple brand regular follows by landing on his feet after a great twisting dive, rolling Gargano back in and hitting a 450 splash clean, but Johnny kicks out. Gargano gets free, but his comeback is shortlived when he’s German-ed into the buckles. Johnny pops right back out of that, though, hits a superkick and a clothesline, then locked in his submission.
- Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch get a hype video. It covers their backgrounds as opponents, and as working class kids who scratched and clawed their way into WWE. Their Chicago title shot is discussed, and they talk about winning over the crowd during the match with their fighting spirit. Lorcan describes the facial fractures he suffered via Roderick Strong’s high knee in that match. That outing and the injury motivated them, and they plan to prove that “two average blokes” can win the tag titles.
- Next week will see Keith Lee vs. Kona Reeves and the NA title Triple Threat. In two weeks, it’s Belair/Cross II and UE vs. War Raiders for the tag straps.
- Lars Sullivan def. EC3 via pinfall following a diving headbutt
EC3 skips his entrance, charging the ring and sending Lars to the floor before the bell. The ref calls for the bell and he attacks Sullivan again before he can get all the way into the ring. He drives the Freak into the steps several times, but it takes a while for Lars to go down (despite his back being torn up by the steel). A bit of a back and forth when they get between the ropes again, but EC3 slams him and hits the standing elbow drop for two.
Sullivan’s power finally shows up for a couple splashes, but it’s short-lived. Another nearfall off an EC3 drop kick, and that leads to a clothesline from Lars. He tosses his opponent around, then clobbers him with crossface strikes. EC3 slips out of a slam set-up and manages to get the Leviathan up for a German suplex! Corner splash, then a crossbody from the top gets two.
A follow-up power move is countered by elbows, then Lars pulls EC3 into a clothesline. Freak Accident is countered, and EC3 clotheslines both men over the top rope a la Mick Foley. A bloodied EC3 hulks up, but turns right into Sullivan who lifts him to hit the Freak Accident on the apron. Lars rolls him in, climbs and that’s all she wrote.