Tonight’s show gets right into the action with a Triple Threat Tag Team match, the winners will go on to face Candice LeRae and Indi Hartwell at Great American Bash.
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark def. Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez, and Ember Moon & Shotzi Blackheart: The first half of this match was great stuff with all of the women getting a spot to shine. Before we go to break we get a bunch of dive spots from multiple competitors. Everyone was smart enough to realize Raquel Gonzalez is the biggest of the group so she should be targeted. In the closing moments of this match we saw the finish spot after finish spot concluding with Io Shirai hitting the Moon Over the Moonsault to pick up the win for her and Zoey. Next week Io and Zoey will challenge The Way for the NXT Women’s Tag Team Championships.
An announcement is made that the NXT Breakout Tournament will be returning this year. Bronson Reed was one of the competitors from the tournament’s first year and he is approached by another first year competitor in Isaiah “Swerve” Scott who wonders how Bronson was the one who came out as NXT North American Champion? This was obvious bait for Bronson to put the title on the line tonight.
We had a backstage brawl between Johnny Gargano and Karrion Kross that led to a second brawl in the ring orchestrated by Gargano using Austin Theory. The crowd was definitely behind Gargano so I think the full on face turn is happening.
Roderick Strong def. Asher Hale: This one, as you would expect, was all Strong showcasing a more focused and grittier Strong. We won’t know much about Diamond Mine, just to watch and see what they do.
Cameron Grimes def. Ari Sterling: Really good showing from Sterling even though he ends up taking the loss after a Cave In stomp. After the match, Million Dollar Champion LA Knight comes out to gloat about his dastardly attack on Ted DiBiase. Grimes challenges Knight to a Million Dollar Championship match next week at Great American Bash which Knight initially rejects. Then Knight makes his own stipulation. He’ll put the Million Dollar title on the line but if Grimes loses then Grimes has to be Knight’s personal butler.
Kyle O’Reilly comes down to the ring to talk about his upcoming match next week against Adam Cole. Kyle wants to know if Adam has any excuses that he can enlighten us with. Cole comes down to the ring until he is stopped by the Enforcer Samoa Joe. It looks like we can have us a discussion with no fisticuffs. Cole thinks O’Reilly is obsessed with him and he needs a dose of reality. To Cole, O’Reilly is nothing without him bringing up all of the accolades of the Undisputed Era. O’Reilly says when he looks back, he is ashamed to ever be associated with Cole. Joe makes sure the two don’t come to blows until Cole tried pulling a fast one. O’Reilly sees it coming and takes Cole down trapping him in a heel hook. Joe is none too quick to get O’Reilly off of Cole, if at all. Finally security comes in to “break” things up.
Tian Sha vs. Mercedes Martinez & Jake Atlas ended in referee stoppage after Xia Li knocked out Mercedes with a vicious roundhouse kick. It was nasty.
MSK had a great face to face with their challengers at GAB Tommaso Ciampa and Tim Thatcher. MSK made sure to make it known they were not intimidated by the tough, scary Thatcher and Ciampa.
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory tried to capitalize on their good luck with Karrion Kross by jumping him again in the parking lot but this one didn’t end in his favor. Actually, Kross almost ran Johnny over with his car. Good thing Samoa Joe was there to make sure that didn’t happen.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Bronson Reed to become the NEW North American Champion: This was a highly enjoyable match. Bronson threw his weight around for the majority of the match and pretty much had this one won until the rest of Hit Row got involved. First, Ashanti Adonis knocks Reed off the top rope. Then Top Dolla tried to bulldoze Bronson on the outside but goes crashing through the barricade. Adonis gets dumped over as well just for checking on Top Dolla. While trying to get back in the ring Bronson gets hit with a Last Call kick from Swerve and then a 450 splash which secures the win for Swerve. I certainly did not see a title change coming but I am not mad at it.
Another great episode of NXT comes to a close with Hit Row celebrating on the stage. What did you think of NXT tonight? Drop a comment below!