Tonight’s edition of WWE NXT emanates from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and is headlined by a pair of final qualifiers for the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver 30, this Saturday.
Before the show begins, let’s see what tonight has in-store...
Adam Cole & Pat McAfee Come Face-to-Face Just Days Before Their Match at NXT TakeOver 30
Finn Bálor & Velveteen Dream Battle For A Spot In The NXT North American Championship Ladder Match
Johnny Gargano Takes On Ridge Holland In A Final Bid To Qualify For The NXT North American Championship Ladder Match
Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott Teams-Up With Breezango To Face Legado Del Fantasma
The show begins and we see Johnny Gargano making his way to the ring being flanked by his wife, Candice LeRae and it appears as if we're getting right into the action...
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier - Johnny Gargano (with Candice LeRae) vs Ridge Holland
Highlights (Johnny Gargano vs Ridge Holland)
Result - Johnny Gargano defeats Ridge Holland, will join Bronson Reed, Damian Priest, Cameron Grimes & either Finn Balor or Velveteen Dream in the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver 30
We take a quick commercial break and we're getting right back into the action...
Dakota Kai quickly beats Jessi Kamea in a competitive-squash match.
After the match, Dakota grabs a mic and says everything Io has said just made her even more focused...and if Io thinks she's scared of her, she's got another thing coming...and at NXT TakeOver, she's taking that NXT Women's Championship from her. Shirai interrupts and comes storming down to the ring and the 2 start brawling around the arena before Raquel Gonzalez comes out of nowhere and drills Shirai with a big boot to the face. Raquel drags Shirai to the ring and lays her out with a nasty clothesline and a vicious power-bomb. Gonzalez and Kai celebrate over Shirai's motionless body as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break and we see a video package showing Finn Balor saying The Velveteen Dream experience will die, tonight and even though Dream is talented, nobody is stopping 'The Prince' from becoming the next NXT North American Champion.
It's now time for our next match...
- 6-Man Tag-Team Match - Legado del Fantasma vs Isaiah Scott & Breezango
Highlights (Legado del Fantasma vs Isaiah Scott & Breezango)
Result - Legado del Fantasma defeats Breezango & Isaiah Scott
We then see Pat McAfee arriving to the arena alongside the co-host of his show, AJ Hawk and his former Indianapolis Colts teammate, Defensive Back, Darius Butler before we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, the commentary team of Mauro Ranallo, Beth Phoenix and Vince Joseph announce that on the pre-show of NXT TakeOver 30, this Saturday, Legado del Fantasma's Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza will take-on Breezango and the team of Oney Lorcan & Dannyn Burch in a NXT Tag-Team Championship # 1 contender's match.
We then see Undisputed Era's Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly make their way to the ring and Pat McAfee comes out through the crowd along with the aforementioned Darius Butler, AJ Hawk and another gentlemen. McAfee wants Cole face-to-face, alone...the rest of the UE leave the ring as does McAfee's crew. Pat asks Cole if he remembers what happened to him a couple of weeks ago...then he goes through what happened to Cole just in case he doesn't remember. Pat says Cole is the longest reigning NXT Champion of all-time...and he still outsmarted him. McAfee says, this Saturday...it's going to end the same way it ended 2 weeks ago...with Adam Cole unconscious...then Cole is going to have to explain to the world how he lost to an outsider. McAfee says in this world, Cole is great...but he's even better...and on Saturday, it's going to end with his leg kicking Cole in the skull. Cole slowly walks toward McAfee but security is quick to step in the middle of the 2 men but Cole quickly takes all of them out and he and McAfee lock eyes...as Cole gets closer, McAfee's crew gets on the apron but the UE get back in the ring as Cole and McAfee start chirping at one another. Cole says this Saturday at TakeOver...he's going to make McAfee his bitch and then he and the rest of the UE walk out.
Commentary announces that Rhea Ripley and Shotzi Blackheart will take on Mercedes Martinez and Aliyah after a commercial break.
- Match - Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah (with Robert Stone) vs Rhea Ripley & Shotzi Blackheart
Highlights (Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah vs Rhea Ripley & Shotzi Blackheart)
Result - Rhea Ripley & Shotzi Blackheart defeats Mercedes Martinez & Aliyah
It's then announced that after the commercial break, we will see an exclusive preview of the NXT Championship match at NXT TakeOver 30 between Champion, Keith Lee and challenger, Karrion Kross.
Back from the break and we see a video package highlighting the NXT Championship match between Keith Lee and Karrion Kross, set for NXT TakeOver 30, this Saturday.
It's now time for our main event of the evening...
- NXT North American Championship Ladder Match Qualifier - Velveteen Dream vs Finn Balor
Highlights (Velveteen Dream vs Finn Balor)
Result - Velveteen Dream defeats Finn Balor, will join Bronson Reed, Damian Priest, Cameron Grimes and Johnny Gargano in the NXT North American Championship Ladder Match at NXT TakeOver 30
During the match, Reed, Priest, Grimes & Gargano all brawled in and out of the ring before Timothy Thatcher laid out Finn Balor and tossed him into the ring to give Dream the easy victory. After the match, they all began brawling once again and Bronson Reed was the final man standing and he celebrates with the NXT North American Championship as the show goes off-the-air.
That's a wrap for tonight's edition of WWE NXT!
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