All eyes were on Trick Williams going into tonight’s (Sat., Dec. 9, 2023) NXT Deadline premium live event in Bridgeport, Connecticut and the men’s Iron Survivor Challenge. Carmelo Hayes defeated Lexis King earlier in the evening and seemingly proved he had nothing to do with attacking Trick. Would that clear the way for Williams to score the biggest win of his young career?
He would be one of five men attempting to earn a shot at the NXT championship at New Year’s Evil. The others: Dijak, Bron Breakker, Tyler Bate, and Josh Briggs.
Dijak and Briggs got things started, and Dijak managed to score the first fall of the bout just as Tyler Bate was making his way in. Briggs, however, managed to tie things up immediately after leaving the penalty box, running through Dijak for some quick payback. Hilariously enough, once Dijak got out, Bate got his first fall on him, sending him right back.
Next out was none other than Trick Willy, the crowd firmly behind him. He ran wild, but not only did he fail to score a fall of his own, he was pinned by Bate and sent to the penalty box while the fifth and final entrant, Breakker, made his way in.
He hit one Spear and pinned Briggs. Then hit another Spear and pinned Bate. Then hit another Spear and pinned Dijak. He immediately took the lead and gave Trick a huge deficit to overcome and under 10 minutes to do it. Instead, he was pinned yet again, this time by Dijak, who got himself up to two falls.
“You just felt the air come out of the NXT Universe with that last pinfall,” Vic Joseph said on commentary.
It didn’t last long, with Bate taking advantage of a Frankensteiner by hitting a Tiger Driver to pin Dijak to tie things up with Breakker at three.
Next, Dijak and Briggs both scored a fall at the same time, taking out Breakker and Trick with moonsaults.
Chaos reigned supreme once they got out of the penalty box, with Breakker spearing him through the barricade. He still managed to get back into the ring and steal a roll up pinfall on Briggs to get on the board. He was about to go down another but Eddy Thorpe showed up and took the referee out, giving Trick the chance to roll Dijak up too. That was two. Then, Bate came off the top and Trick managed to counter and roll him up too! That gave him three and a tie. By then, Breakker was getting back in and Trick blasted him with a running knee for the fourth and deciding fall.
Trick Williams is the Iron Survivor!
Whoop that trick!
Get complete NXT Deadline results and coverage of the entire card right here.