Tonight’s NXT kicks off with Adam Cole proclaiming that no matter who makes the rules, Adam Cole is king. Cole says he’s not competing in the pick your opponent match assigned to him and his Great American Bash opponent Kyle O’Reilly. Newcomer Carmelo Hayes is out here to change Cole’s mind and does so with a slap in the face.
Adam Cole def. Carmelo Hayes: This was the prototypical “newcomer shows some potential against person he won’t beat” but it was pretty good. Carmelo strung some sweet offense together almost like a showcase against the measuring stick of NXT. Cole absolutely spiked Hayes with a Panama Sunrise to get the three count.
Johnny Gargano comes down to the ring with Austin Theory to lay claim that he is the rightful number one contender for the NXT Championship. This draws out Pete Dunne with Oney Lorcan who obviously takes exception to Gargano’s claims. Gargano doesn’t want any of the smoke so he leaves. Austin can’t keep his mouth shut and gets his digits bent. Johnny and Austin thought they were getting revenge by going to Regal but all they got was put into a match against Dunne and Lorcan tonight.
Io Shirai and Zoey Stark def. Jesse Kamea. After the match, the ring is surrounded by teams that think they’re owed a shot at the tag team titles. A brawl breaks out causing Somoa Joe to come out and break things up with an army of security and referees.
With their victory over GYV, Ciampa earn their shot for the NXT Tag Team Championships in two weeks at Great American Bash.
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory def. Oney Lorcan and Pete Dunne in an awesome tag team match. Afterward, Gargano is blasted from behind by Karrion Kross. The crowd showers Kross with You suck chants. Are they looking to turn Johnny Gargano back into a good guy?
A Triple Threat Tag Team match is booked for next week. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark, Raquel Gonzalez and Dakota Kai, Ember Moon and Shotzi Blackheart will all do battle. The winners will face Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell for the Tag Team Championships at Great American Bash.
Franky Monet def. Elektra Lopez
Hit Row def. Ever-Rise
Next week we’ll see a mixed tag match. Mercedes Martinez will team up with Jake Atlas to face Tian Sha.
Kyle O’Reilly def. Kushida in an excellent contest. Both men showed their extensive BJJ expertise to the point where you couldn’t tell who could come away with the win it was that close. So close in fact that the only way O’Reilly was able to come away with the win was with a roll up pin.
After the match, Kyle O’Reilly and Adam Cole get into a massive brawl. Back in the ring Kushida is attacked by a hooded man while two hooded men watch on the apron. The man doing all the damage happens to be Roderick Strong. This, ladies and gentlemen, is Diamond Mine. Managed by Malcolm Bivens it looks like Roderick Strong has his sights set on the Cruiserweight Championship.
That concludes tonight’s episode of NXT, what do you think? Drop a comment below!