Tonight's edition of WWE NXT is absolutely STACKED with the return of Karrion Kross and Scarlett, Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai will do battle in a presumptive # 1 contender's match for the NXT Women's Championship, Dexter Lumis takes on Roderick Strong and a pair of Cruiserweight Championship Tournament matches.
Without further ado...let's get into the action!
The show beings and we see a message, honoring the late Shad Gaspard and then Karrion Kross and Scarlett making their spectacular entrance.
Match - Karrion Kross (with Scarlett) vs Liam Gray
Result - Karrion Kross defeats Liam Gray via Submission
Segment - Karrion Kross, Scarlett and Tommaso Ciampa
After the match, Tommaso Ciampa comes out and says Kross wanted to make an impact, that's why he went after NXT's main attraction, Tommaso Ciampa. Ciampa says that in a locker room full of the best Professional Wrestlers in the world, Kross sticks out and is special. Scarlett tells Ciampa to come into the ring, to which Ciampa obliges. Ciampa says on June 7th, it'll be Kross vs Ciampa at NXT TakeOver. Ciampa says "Karrion Kross, welcome to the main event" and Ciampa exits the ring as Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix rundown the rest of tonight's card and then we head to a commercial break.
Match - Cruiserweight Championship Tournament - El Hijo del Fantasma vs Akira Tozawa
Result - El Hijo del Fantasma defeats Akira Tozawa via Pinfall, Advance to Tournament Finals
We then see a video package of last week's blow-up of Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher's partnership and match. We then see Thatcher who challenges Riddle to a submission or knockout only match and Riddle can pick the place.
Beth Phoenix announces that Mia Yim vs Santana Garrett is up next as we head to a commercial break.
After the break, we see a lengthy promo by Shotzi Blackheart who drives around tanks in an abandoned lot and says she's going to crush the entire Women's division in NXT.
Match - Mia Yim vs Santana Garrett
Mia Yim wins a quick squash match over Santana Garrett after planting her with the "Eat Defeat".
Result - Mia Yim defeats Santana Garrett via Pinfall
After the match, Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae make their way to the ring. Gargano mocks Yim's theme song and Gargano says that Candice wouldn't have squandered a match a against NXT Women's Champion, Charlotte Flair, like Yim did, a few weeks ago, then he and Candice approach the ring as he says "we're about to show you what happens when somebody gets an opportunity that they don't deserve". Yim kicks Gargano in the face as her and Candice begin brawling in the ring, Candice throws Yim towards the ropes and Gargano lowers the rope so Yim goes soaring out of the ring. North American Champion and Yim's boyfriend, Keith Lee makes the save as Gargano and Candice retreat and we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and we see Drake Maverick who says he's sick of the cliches, he's sick of the pep talks and he's sick of feeling sorry for himself...he needs to beat the best Wrestler in the world, Kushida, tonight and he'll do just that.
Match - Dexter Lumis vs Roderick Strong
Result - Roderick Strong defeats Dexter Lumis via Pinfall
We then see the masked men yet again arriving in a Black truck, as they have over the past few weeks and this time, they attack Akira Tozawa and El Hijo del Fantasma makes the save.
Match - Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch vs Ever-Rise
Lorcan and Burch absolutely tear through Ever-Rise and win the match very quickly with a double-submission on each member of their opponents.
Result - Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch defeat Ever-Rise via Submission
Mauro Ranallo then announces that Drake Maverick vs Kushida in the Cruiserweight Championship Tournament is up next and then we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and wee see Matt Riddle who accepts Thatcher's challenge for a tap-out or knockout only match and Riddle says since Thatcher let him pick where, they''ll do it somewhere, where both guys are familiar...the cage.
Match - Cruiserweight Championship Tournament, Drake Maverick vs Kushida
Result - Drake Maverick defeats Kushida
After the match, Byron Saxton announces that NXT General Manager, William Regal has informed him that Drake Maverick, Kushida and Jake Atlas will face-off in a triple-threat match, next week on NXT to determine who faces El Hijo del Fantasma in the finals of the NXT Cruiserweight Championship Tournament.
Mauro Ranallo and Beth Phoenix announce that next week, Matt Riddle will face Timothy Thatcher in a "cage fight". Important to note, it won't be a standard Steel Cage match, but more of an MMA cage.
We then see Damian Priest who says he will end Finn Balor in the same place that he made a name for himself, NXT TakeOver. He goes on to say that the name Balor will fall to ashes while Damian Priest will live in infamy.
Match - Rhea Ripley vs Io Shirai
Result - Io Shirai defeats Rhea Ripley via DQ (Charlotte Flair interference)
The show closes with NXT Women's Champion, Charlotte Flair standing over Io Shirai and Rhea Ripley, hoisting her Championship above her head.
Thanks for joining me for NXT, tonight, everyone!
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