Yesterday (July 2), a deleted Instagram from NXT’s Saurav Gurjar was said to have spoiled the result of next Wednesday’s title vs. title main event between Adam Cole and Keith Lee.
That match, for both the NXT championship Cole’s held for more than a year and Lee’s North American belt, is the centerpiece of the black-and-gold brand’s two-week Great American Bash event. Seeing as the GAB is Triple H & team’s answer to AEW’s Fyter Fest promotion, it’s understandable that WWE officials would be “furious,” as Wrestling Observer’s Bryan Alvarez reported on the most recent Bryan & Vinnie Show.
But not so fast!
Developmental talent EJ Nduka, who signed with WWE last summer, says NXT filmed two endings to the Lee/Cole showdown. Fans misinterpreted his tweet at first since it included a reference to another aspect of the AEW/NXT war - Taz’s COVID shot about Renee Young getting the coronavirus and causing Jon Moxley to pull out of the Fyter Fest main event. But he clarified in other tweets he was talking about the spoiler report.
We don’t run a sloppy shop. Two endings. Two stories. Find out next week.— EJ NDUKA (@ej_wwe_) July 3, 2020
Lmao how are you going to tell me what I know.. There’s a reason why we do as well as we do.. Don’t believe everything you see— EJ NDUKA (@ej_wwe_) July 3, 2020
Wouldn’t be the first time Triple H has done something like this. Back when NXT taped episodes in bulk, they filmed multiple and confusing endings to a Velveteen Dream/Johnny Gargano NA title bout for this very reason.
Could they have done it again?
Now, this could just be damage control. There’s less of a reason to film two endings with no fans in the building. We haven’t heard reports of that from any other WWE tapings during the pandemic era. Nduka also seems like an unlikely conduit for misinformation, but perhaps the thinking is that fans would be more likely to believe news they heard from someone they don’t associate with the television product.
But is it enough to plan a seed of doubt in your mind that yesterday’s reported spoiler isn’t set in stone?
What really happened?
You’ll have to tune in next Wednesday night to find out, I guess.