Tonight's edition of WWE NXT emanates from Full Sail University and is headlined by a triple-threat match to qualify for the North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver: XXX, next month.
Before the show begins, let's take a look at what tonight has in-store...
- Finn Balor Battles Dexter Lumis & Timothy Thatcher To Earn A Spot In The North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver 30
- NXT Champion, Keith Lee Responds To Karrion Kross
- Johnny Gargano Takes On Roderick Strong
- The Newest Robert Stone Brand Client, Mercedes Martinez Takes On Shotzi Blackheart
The show begins with the commentary team of Tom Phillips, Mauro Ranallo & Beth Phoenix running down the night’s card before we get right into our first match of the evening.
- Match - Io Shirai & Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae
Highlights (Io Shirai & Tegan Nox vs Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae)
Result - Io Shirai & Tegan Nox defeat Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae
We then jump right into our next match of the night...
- Match - Johnny Gargano vs Roderick Strong
Highlights (Johnny Gargano vs Roderick Strong)
Result - Johnny Gargano defeats Roderick Strong
Backstage, we see Dakota Kai being interviewed. Kai says that she doesn't care that she & Candice just lost a tag-team match, she doesn't care about Candice...all she's concerned about is Io Shirai and the NXT Women's Championship as Rhea Ripley walks in and says the NXT Women's Championship and Io Shirai are hers and she'll walk through anyone who disagrees as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and it's time for Mercedes Martinez to make her Robert Stone Brand debut against Shotzi Blackheart.
Match - Mercedes Martinez (with Robert Stone & Aliyah) vs Shotzi Blackheart
Highlights (Mercedes Martinez vs Shotzi Blackheart)
Result - Mercedes Martinez defeats Shotzi Blackheart
After a commercial break, NXT Champion, Keith Lee comes down to the ring to address Karrion Kross. Lee says Dijak will be just fine after what Kross did to him, last week. The NXT Champ says that Kross has clearly made it a point that he wants Lee's attention and has done so much extra 'bullshit' and that 'bullshit' means nothing to him unless he comes out here and sees him face-to-face because he doesn't seem to have the balls to do it like a man but Cameron Grimes comes down to the ring...not Karrion Kross. Grimes says he'll take that NXT Championship and go straight to the top. Before Grimes can say another word, Lee absolutely destroys him as the lights go out and Scarlett appears on the stage and Grimes tries to attack back but is met with a vicious pop-up powerbomb from Lee as Kross then appears on the big screen and says what kind of man does nothing and watch their bestfriend suffer...Kross says he will present 2 options to Lee...the easy way...and the hard way. The easy way is to give him an opportunity at the NXT Championship...and he doesn't even want to know what the hard way is....EVERYONE will suffer. Kross disappears and Lee says name a time & place and he'll whoop that ass as we head to a commercial break.
It's now time for the NXT Tag-Team Champions, Marcel Barthel & Fiabian Aichner of Imperium to make their return to the Black & Gold brand.
Match - Imperium vs Ever-Rise
Highlights (Imperium vs Ever-Rise)
Result - Imperium defeat Ever-Rise
After the match, Imperium say that they run NXT and before they can say anything else, Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly come running down to the ring and layout the NXT Tag-Team Champions as Adam Cole says the Undisputed Era still run NXT...& not anybody else.
We then see NXT General Manager, William Regal sending a video in to tell NXT Champion, Keith Lee and Karrion Kross that he won't be bullied into make Championship matches...and those matches will always be earned.
Match - Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott vs Jake Atlas
Highlights (Isaiah Scott vs Jake Atlas)
Result - Isaiah Scott defeats Jake Atlas
After the match, the commentary team announces a trio of matches for next week's edition of NXT...
Rhea Ripley will take on Dakota Kai to determine the # 1 contender for the NXT Women's Championship.
Imperium will defend the NXT Tag-Team Championships against the Undisputed Era's Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly.
Damian Priest, Oney Lorcan and the debuting Ridge Holland will battle to qualify for the Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver: XXX for the North American Championship.
It's now time for our main event of the evening...
Triple-Threat Match, Winner Qualifies For The NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver: XXX - Finn Balor vs Dexter Lumis vs Timothy Thatcher
Highlights (Finn Balor vs Dexter Lumis vs Timothy Thatcher)
Result - Dexter Lumis defeats Finn Balor & Timothy Thatcher
That's a wrap for tonight's edition of WWE NXT!
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