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WWE NXT results, live blog (Nov. 4, 2020): Halloween Havoc fallout

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Advertised for tonight, live from the Capitol Wrestling Center: Tommaso Ciampa tries to teach Velveteen Dream a lesson, Ember Moon looks for payback against Dakota Kai, Shotzi Blackheart faces her idol Toni Storm, Kushida looks to keep his win streak going against Cameron Grimes, Pat McAfee’s take over of the wrestling business continues, new North American champ Johnny Gargano gloats, and more as the black-and-gold brand builds from a very successful Halloween Havoc show.

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Vic Joseph welcomes us to the CWC as our first competitor enters, but first... a spooky recap of Halloween Havoc!

Ember Moon vs. Dakota Kai

Raquel Gonzalez is out with Kai. Moon with a quick takedown and she works the arm, but Dakota turns the tables as they look evenly matched in the mat game. Ember shows off her new attitude in response to some trash talk from the Kiwi, shoving her down and hitting a step-up back senton. Dakota goes to the corner and Moon tries to pull her by her hair through the ropes, but Kai grabs the arm and pulls Ember shoulder first into the ring post. Dakota brings her to the center of the ring and works on the damaged wing while trying for a cover. She works Moon over in the corner then goes back to the mat for an armbar. Ember turns it over and lifts her up for a powerbomb. She’s fighting with one arm and hits an enziguri and a springboard kick. They battle while running the ropes and Moon trips Kai up, spins her around and nails her with a forearm receipt on the apron. She dives and drives Dakota into the barricade, but crashes and burns when Kai evades a second one! We go to commercial.

Moon is turning the tide in the ring when we return, following a head scissor takeover with a spinebuster. Kai answers with an upkick, and follows with a wheelbarrow facebuster that gets two. Big headkick for Dakota, but a Code Breaker off the bottom rope gets a nearfall for Ember. They brawl on their knees, but Moon baits Kai in by offering her cheek and locks in a crossface. They roll through pinning predicaments, and Dakota grabs the bad arm and stretches the shoulder. Moon inches her way over to get a toe on the rope, but Kai inflicted punishment during the five count. More trash talk from Kai fires Ember up. Fists and knees are followed by a hip attack in the corner and a hip toss. Moon climbs for her finisher and Gonzalez runs in for the distraction, that allows Kai to hit an elevated Go To Kick.

Dakota Kai def. Ember Moon via pinfall

McKenzie Mitchell catches up with Cameron Grimes in the locker room, and he’s still seeing ghosts - or should I say zombies - after last week. He disputes that the Haunted House of Terror was even a match, and tell her tonight he’s gonna Cave-In Kushida. A referee comes up behind him to tell him that’s next and he gets spooked and runs off.

After some ads, Mitchell talks to Shotzi Blackheart. She puts over her hand-picked opponent for tonight, Toni Storm. It’s a huge test for her, which is why she chose the Mae Young Classic winner. Welcome to the Ball Pit, Toni!

Kushida vs. Cameron Grimes

Grimey is in the ring as Kushida enters, and we’re off. Cameron retreats away from the aggressive Japanese Superstar, but he might be more worried about zombies than his opponent. Kushida targets Grimes left arm, and he maintains he hold as the North Carolinian rolls and looks for counters. Grimes finally gets a heel hook and a break. The pace picks up for a second, but Kushida is able to hip toss into the armbar again. He keeps Cameron away from the ropes and snaps over an elbow hyperextension. Drop kick gets two. Back to the arm but it’s too close to the ropes. Grimes kicks Kushida in the eye on the ref break, but he can’t maintain control for long. More arm work from Kushida. Forearms to the back turn the tide for Grimey. He drops Kushida neck first on the top rope and gets a nearfall as we go picture-in-picture.

Grimes works the heat on the small screen, and Kushida fights back quickly upon our return to full screen. Flurry ends with a drop kick and enziguri before Cameron dodges a charge. Crossbody off the top gets two, but takes too long on the follow-up and they trade counters until Grimes hits a sit-out powerbomb for two. He sets Kushida up in the corner but ends up crotched on the top rope. Right hand to the jaw, then bulldogs him off the top in the Hoverboard Lock. Kick to the shoulder but when he goes for the arm they trap the ref in the corner. A follow-up bump sends the official to the floor, so he misses Grimes tapping on a Hoverboard Lock. Cameron with a Spanish Fly that gets three, but still no official. The ref who runs in is the zombie ref, and freaks Grimey out. That allows Kushida to grab his arm and get the win.

Kushida def. Cameron Grimes via submission

Video interview from Toni Storm. She’s flattered Shotzi picked her, but tonight she’s using Blackheart to show off the new Toni Storm, and as a stepping stone to a title shot.

After a break, Women’s champ Io Shirai gets a video. She says she has one challenge left in NXT - to face Rhea Ripley one-on-one for the title. Io’s not afraid of The Nightmare.

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. Ever-Rise

Dain let their music play during the entrance! Chase Parker & Matt Martel are in the ring already and we’re off. They send Martel to the floor and use actual tandem moves on Parker for a nearfall. When Matt tries to get involved Drake puffs out his chest at him, which lets Chase attack from behind. The heels isolate Maverick and work him over. Drake manages to evade a charge and pull down the rope on Parker, but instead of tagging his partner he drops an axe handle on Chase.

As that’s happening, we see an SUV pull-up outside. It’s the Pat McAfee posse! They make their way inside and Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch attack while Pat grabs a camera and films it.

Killian Dain & Drake Maverick vs. Ever-Rise ends in a no contest (I guess)

McAfee turns the camera around and tells the boys to smile if they’re the greatest four man team in wrestling history. Everyone does, except Pete of course. We go to break.

When we return, Pat’s on the stick for a standard promo. What makes them different is they’re not a bunch of scumbags. They’re men of class, so it’s only right that they pay tribute to the previous men who ran roughshod over NXT. They’ll hang the Undisputed ERA’s banner in the rafters tonight to commemorate the run they ended. McAfee gives his version of the ERA’s history, talking about how they were over with all the “stupid, stupid people” in the NXT Universe.

He kicks it to Dunne to tie in his participation to when Roderick Strong turned on him to join Undisputed. Roddy taught him to trust the ring people (Pat says that’s them), and last week he gave Kyle O-Reilly a taste of their own medicine. McAfee says TUE got greedy though. Danny & Oney chime in to say they were overlooked despite 30 combined years in the business. Pat promises the ERA will never touch their belts again.

Undisputed reigned until they ran into one-man... him. He talks about how he took them down again. They lower the “rafter thingee”, but Pat says their group is a democracy. So he’s having second thoughts about raising the ERA banner, and polls the group on whether they should do it or throw it in the trash. You know how that votes goes. McAfee gives a little speech, then lets Pete douse it in lighter fluid and set it on fire. He runs down the fans, then signs off with “we’re the greatest, you suck, cheers”. They head out the way they came in.

He stops for one last promo before getting in the SUV, and her comes Dain! He lays into Pat, but the boys come to the rescue. They beat him down, then Dunne kicks the car door on his head! McAfee is a little shocked, but says he likes it and they’ll talk about it later. One more time with the sign-off, and after they drive away we see Killian grabbing his mouth and laying in what looks like a pool of blood!

Johnny Gargano with a dinner table promo. He says there are a lot of rumors about him now that are wrong, like that he hates wheels. He runs down his list of accolades, then gets a call from Ghostface, who says he’s in the house, but the camera pulls back as he says “yeah, I know, you’re right here next to me.” They finish a board game Johnny wins and he says next week he breaks his curse of short title reigns. Gargano leaves and we don’t get a reveal.

Toni Storm vs. Shotzi Blackheart

Blackheart arrives without her tank and is not happy. She shoves Toni at the bell and so much for friendly competition. Wade Barrett informs up Shotzi thinks Storm took her tank. The action is a little sloppy at the start which the announcers attribute to the emotion. Storm takes control by slipping out of a rope assisted enziguri and nailing a big hip attack in the corner. Striking exchange ends with a Blackheart roll-up, but Storm gets quickly back in the driver’s seat with a neck crank rest hold. Toni slams her down from that for two. That trend continues as we go to a break.

When we return, the comeback starts and lead to a nearfall off a kicks, knees and a twisting bulldog. Toni’s power game helps her regain control though, and she gets two off a pair of German suplexes. Shotzi returns fire with a Saito suplex that gets two. Storm returns fire with a stiff-looking headbutt, and Blackheart barely kicks out. The ref checks on her as Toni climbs, and Shotzi springs up to pull her down. They battle from either side of the ropes, and Blackheart leaps over the top to DDT Storm on the apron! Both women are down on the floor. Blackheart breaks the count at eight, and Candice LeRae show up on the ‘tron... and she’s with the tank in the middle of a road. Shotzi’s confused, and Storm from behind!

Toni Storm def. Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall

LeRae promised to stay with the tank, but she’s not sure how much longer she can do it. She keeps hearing cars, like this one. Candice stops a big pick-up truck, then gets into it. She tells Shotzi this is what happens when she puts her nose in other people’s business, and runs over the tank! The camera pans back up to the truck, and Ghostface is in there with LeRae. She tells Blackheart they’re even and drives off. A distraught Blackheart breaks down in the ring (we’d been told earlier the tank was her connection to a family member in the military stationed overseas). Storm checks on her as we go to commercial.

Earlier today, Legado Del Fantasma arrive at the building. Faceless interviewer guy says “people” are saying Santos Escobar didn’t beat Jake Atlas fair and square last week. The Cruiserweight champ says he doesn’t care what other people say. Atlas rolls up in a car and hops out. Raul Mendoza steps to him and gets cracked with a bat. Joaquin Wilde charges and Atlas runs away, then we see Escobar smiling.

Time for a live Thatch As Thatch Can session with Akeem. He’s teaching reversals. He shows the was to counter the guillotine choke. Since last week we learned anyone can get lucky and lock in a hold, today he doesn’t release when Akeem taps on two different occasions. On the second one, AJ Gray (the guy he beat down in the last Thatch As Thatch Can session) runs in and attacks him, sending Thatcher crashing over the barricade.

Backstage, McKenzie catches up with Xia Li. She reveals that the letters Boa’s been bringing her are from her family, but she won’t reveal what they’re about. General Manager William Regal brings her a new letter, and after reading it tells Mr. Regal she needs to face Raquel Gonzalez next week because Raquel “dishonored” her. The GM says he’ll make it happen.

After a break, Rhea Ripley responds to Io. That challenge is exactly what she’s been waiting for. Shirai says she’s not scared of The Nightmare, but everyone is afraid of something. And Rhea knows Io is afraid of losing her title. 2020’s been trash as she’s had to prove to everyone who she is, but she’s gonna end the year like she started it - as Women’s champ.

Velveteen Dream vs. Tommaso Ciampa

Dream tried to attack at the bell but Ciampa side steps and works to rip the cast of Velveteen’s wrist. Dream heads outside and tells the official to keep the Tommaso back, but slams the announce desk in frustration, hurting his own wrist. Dream gets in little offense, but ends up taking a high knee while draped over the barricade. Ciampa goes to repeat the move on the desk but Velveteen begs for mercy, so instead Ciampa cracks the cast down three or four times. Tomasso pats himself on the back, but Dream recovers somewhat to get some offense in... but that doesn’t last. The Purple One tries to leave, but Ciampa drags him back in. He goes for Fairytale Ending, but Dream fights free, only to have his cast stomped on in the middle of the ring. Velveteen climbs to try and escape, but is yanked back in by his bad arm. The onslaught continues as we go PiP again.

Ciampa gets to mock VD on the small screen. He’s going for the cast when we return, and when the ref tries to stop him Dream gauges his eye. A spinebuster follows and Velveteen celebrates his first real offense of the match. Strikes are followed by a cross face that puts his cast right into Ciampa’s injured eye. Tommaso comes back with a flurry that ends with a superplex... one, two, no! Dream Valley Driver attempt is thwarted when Ciampa grabs the ropes. He stops a dive with a forearm, but is put down with a crossbody to the floor a second later. Another battle inside ends with both men spilling over the top. Dream breaks the count at seven. He brings a chair in. The ref stops it, and Dream is caught by a high knee on a dive. That leads to Willow’s Bell and a Fairytale Ending.

Tommaso Ciampa def. Velveteen Dream via pinfall

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