Tonight’s edition of WWE NXT emanates from Full Sail University in Winter Park, Florida and is headlined by new NXT Champion, Karrion Kross & Scarlett kicking-off the show, the return of former-NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa as well as Imperium defending the NXT Tag-Team Championships against Breezango.
Before the show begins, let’s see what tonight has in-store...
NXT Champion, Karrion Kross Kicks-Off The Show
Former NXT Champion, Tommaso Ciampa Returns
What’s Next For New NXT North American Champion, Damian Priest?
Imperium Defends The NXT Tag-Team Championships Against Breezango
Santos Escobar Defends The NXT Cruiserweight Championship Against Isaiah ‘Swerve’ Scott
NXT Women’s Champion, Io Shirai Teams-Up With Rhea Ripley To Take-On Dakota Kai & Raquel González
The show begins with a video package of Karrion Kross defeating Keith Lee in their NXT Championship match, this past Saturday at NXT TakeOver 30.
We then see the new NXT Champion, the aforementioned Karrion Kross making his way out to the ring, being flanked by Scarlett.
Kross says when he arrived in NXT, he tried to warn us that everyone would suffer and he would become the NXT Champion...and that's just what he did. But when you go to war, you must expect casualties...like the separated shoulder that he suffered at the PPV. Kross says he loves pain...but there's no way WWE will let him defend the NXT Championship...and on the path, there are obstacles, but for him...the obstacles are the path. Kross then places the NXT Championship in the middle of the ring and says this changes absolutely nothing...and doomsday is coming and God bless anymore obstacles that will come in his path. Tick Tock. Scarlett places an hourglass in the ring and the 2 walk out.
We then see Vic Joseph on commentary, who is joined by former WWE Intercontinental Champion, Wade Barrett.
It's now time for our first of 2 championship matches...
- NXT Tag-Team Championships - Imperium (C) vs Breezango
Highlights (Imperium vs Breezango)
Result - Breezango defeats Imperium, And NEW NXT Tag-Team Champions
We then see NXT North American Champion, Damian Priest, backstage who's approached by Timothy Thatcher. Thatcher says Priest is a joke of a champion, Priest asks him who the hell he is and Thatcher says if Priest gives him a title match, he'll bring some respect back to the North American Title. Priest says he's very well equipped to bring respect to the title and walks off as we see Triple H, Shawn Michaels, Matt Bloom and NXT General Manager, William Regal sitting in a conference room discussing what to do with the NXT Championship as we head a to commercial break.
Back from the break and our next match is already set to get underway...
- Match - Tommaso Ciampa vs Jake Atlas
Highlights (Tommaso Ciampa vs Jake Atlas)
Result - Tommaso Ciampa defeats Jake Atlas
After the match, Ciampa beats the absolute hell out of Atlas around the ring as NXT official have to come down to the ring and break it up but Ciampa shoves them aside and continues the brutal attack and finally stops and Atlas is loaded onto a stretcher as Ciampa sits on the ring apron an ominously watches but then jumps back on the attack and drills Atlas with a DDT onto the floor and walks out as we head to a commercial break.
Back from the break, we see Bronson Reed who has his interview interrupted by the returning Austin Theory who says Reed should take his advice on what he's about to say because it only took him to 24-years old to compete at WrestleMania, Theory says if Reed really puts his heart into it, maybe he can be North American Champion by the time he turns 50. Reed slaps the hell out of Theory and walks off.
Before our next match, Robert Stone comes down to the ring to speak with Mia Yim, who just made her entrance, and Shotzi Blackheart runs him over with her mini-tank.
- Match - Mia Yim vs Shotzi Blackheart
Highlights (Mia Yim vs Shotzi Blackheart)
Result - Shotzi Blackheart defeats Mia Yim
We then see NXT General Manager, William Regal, backstage who says he's heading out to the ring to inform everyone on what the plan is for the NXT Championship after the commercial break.
Back from the break, NXT General Manager, William Regal is in the ring with the NXT Championship.
Regal says this past Saturday, we were treated to a terrific NXT Championship match between Karrion Kross and Keith Lee and even after suffering a separated shoulder at the beginning of the match, he was able to overcome the odds and become the new NXT Champion but unfortunately, he needs to take time off and recover. Regal wishes Kross a safe and speedy recovery but says the show must go on and that's exactly what NXT is going to do.
Regal says next week, on 'NXT: Super Tuesday', we will have a fatal-4-way match between 4-former-NXT Champions, who can all claim to be the best NXT Champion of all-time...and those 4 men are Johnny Gargano, Tommaso Ciampa, Finn Balor and Adam Cole. Not only will it be a fatal-4-way match for the NXT Championship...it will be a 60-minute Iron Man Match.
Speaking of championships...it's now time for our second championship match of the evening...
- NXT Cruiserweight Championship - Santos Escobar (C) vs Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott
Highlights (Santos Escobar vs Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott)
Result - Santos Escobar defeats Isaiah 'Swerve' Scott, And STILL NXT Cruiserweight Champion
Kyle O'Reilly defeated Drake Maverick in a competitive-squash match by forcing Maverick to submit.
After the match, Strong & Fish rush the ring and they join O'Reilly in beating down Maverick but Killian Dain runs down to the ring and makes the save. Maverick extends his hand for a handshake to thank Dain but Dain lays him out and we head to a commercial break.
It's now time for our main event of the evening...
- Tag-Team Match - Io Shirai & Rhea Ripley vs Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez
Highlights (Io Shirai vs Dakota Kai)
Result - Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai defeats Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai
That's a wrap for tonight's edition of WWE NXT!
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