Welcome, everyone to the first show since NXT Takeover: Portland. Takeover Portland is must-see and it is an early contender for pay per view of the year. There have been three matches and one segment announced prior to the show. Johnny Gargano will explain his shocking actions at NXT Takeover: Portland, Chelsea Green looks to relaunch The Robert Stone Brand against Kayden Carter, NXT Cruiserweight Champion Jordan Devlin defends against Lio Rush, and The Velveteen Dream returns to action against Roderick Strong.
Velveteen and Roderick has become a very personal fight and it will most likely be our main event tonight. In case you missed it, I advise you to look at Velveteen’s Twitter to catch all of the exchanges that happened this past week.
First, on the show we see a package recapping all that happened during NXT Takeover: Portland. The Undisputed Era comes out with Mauro mentioning they only have one championship left. Mauro mentions that Adam Cole’s reign is now 263 days long all thanks to Johnny Gargano. Adam Cole says he told everyone that obsession will never defeat destiny. He says that the UE will continue to set the example in NXT. Velveteen Dream interrupts and says that Strong has to prove that he is a man and leave the UE at home. The Full Sail crowd heavily boos when they show what Gargano did to Tomasso Ciampa.
The first match is for the NXT Cruiserweight Championship. Lio Rush is first out and afterward, Jordan Devlin comes out. Mauro asks if we should ever bet against an ace. As they are introduced Jordan Devlin receives quite a few boos. This match starts with a stronghold to the corner. Mauro mentions how Devlin was trained by Finn Balor. They are both swinging and missing until Lio connects a big boot to Devlin. Lio Rush goes for the pin but Devlin kicks out at two. During this commercial break, Lio Rush is in control and giving heavy offense filled with kicks to Devlin. We see Devlin start to counter but Lio quickly kicks out. Devlin continue to grab his ribs. Devlin starts delivering his hard-hitting offense. This match start to quicken up and Devlin counters the Sonic Boom. Devlin puts a knee to the chest of Lio and then grinds his foot right underneath his chin. Devlin continues to toy with Lio Rush. Lio Rush starts to deliver blows to Devlin but Devlin continues to counter.
As we come back from commercial break we see a mid-air collision. Rush wipes out Devlin goes for the cross body but Devlin kicks out. Devlin destroys Lio Rush with that cutter but Rush falls to the mat. Devlin moonsaults but has an awkward landing. Both catch each other with kicks, Devlin then goes for a Spanish Fly but Rush catches him for the clutch but Devlin finds the bottom rope forcing the breakout. Avalanche buts Devlin finds the bottom rope with his boot on 2. Devlin's slide connects and he retains the NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
We see Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzales being interviewed. Raquel mentions that she knows what it's like to be pushed aside and overlooked. Dakota says that now that Raquel has proved that she has her back she has hers. Regal interrupts and says that Dakota Kai will face Tegan Nox inside a steel cage in two weeks.
We see Cathy Kelly interviewing Rhea Ripley right after Portland and Rhea says that Charlotte's attack at Portland backfired because now Ripley gets what she has always wanted: the NXT Women's Championship match at Wrestlemania.
Austin Theory comes out to the ring and now Ciampa shows up without his entrance music. He grabs a mic and stands in the center of the ring and says to Theory, not tonight. Ciampa feels that he should have seen this coming since he stopped paying attention to his surroundings. He mentions how Gargano has continuously cost him the championship and he says that he is not asking why Johnny why. Theory interrupts with a punch to Ciampa and Ciampa lays him out. He now says that in order to get his life back there can be no Johnny Gargano in NXT. As Ciampa leaves the mic, Austin Theory goes to attack Ciampa but Ciampa quickly counters and gives Theory a brutal attack. He continues to swing Theory between the two corners of the entranceway.
We then go backstage and see Robert Stone directing Chelsea Green's photoshoot and up next will be her rematch with Kayden Carter.
We see Finn Balor featured in a package highlight his win in Portland. He says that NXT is his chessboard and that next week we will see his next move.
205 Live Veterans Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde team up against the Grizzled Young Veterans. Grizzled Young Vets still upset after their loss to the Broserweights. Wilde and Zach Gibson start and we see Gibson do a good reversal of the Irish Whip. We see Wilde bring down James after he is tagged in by Gibson. James once again tags in Gibson. He brings Wilde to the corner and tags in Gibson. They neutralize Wilde and James tags in. Moonsault Press by Wilde lays out James. Wilde tags in Raul Mendoza who starts to quickly deliver a heavy offense. Double Thrust to the throat slows Mendoza down. James kicks off Wilde and the Grizzled Young Vets beat Mendoza and Wilde. The Grizzled Young Vets say that they are here to take over and Full Sail will soon be known as Wales Number One.
We see a promotion for NXT UK's Takeover in Dublin Ireland on April 26. Mauro mentions how much Pete Dunne has done for NXT UK. The Broserweights enter the arena for the first time as NXT Tag Team champions. They continue to celebrate with those ringside and once in the ring Riddle asks about the golf cart and Dunne says that it is impounded. He then goes on to say that all that matters is that they are now tag team champions. He says both Stallion Riddle and Dunne partied hard in Portland. He then says that the Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic Cup has failed the wellness policy and is suspended for 30 Days. Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch come out and interrupt. Dunne starts the match against Burch. Dunne quickly lowers Burch to the ground with a stronghold and ties him up. Burch starts to counter, Dunne goes for the armbar but Burch counters and gets a two count. They both tag in their partners, Riddle and Lorcan. Broserweights deliver a pair of gut-wrenching suplexes as we go to commercial break.
As we come back from commercial break we see great offense from Lorcan to Riddle. Riddle tags in Dunne and while Lorcan tags in Burch. Dunne stomps Burch's hand and Burch pushes in Dunne to Riddle for the tag. Riddle goes for the cover but Lorcan interrupts to save his partner. Burch goes for continuous pins against Riddle forcing him to tap out but Dunne interrupts after resisting Lorcan's attack, Lorcan stops Riddle from tagging in Dunne. Riddle delivers a powerbomb to Burch. Riddle tags in Dunne and Burch tags in Lorcan. Dunne resists a heavy set of kicks and tags in Riddle. Broserweights win when Riddle pins Lorcan with a hook of the leg. After the match, the Broserweights go into the crowd to celebrate.
Backstage we see Strong tell the Undisputed Era that tonight he wants to do this by himself for himself.
After the commercial break, we see America's Favorite Sons upset with the Grizzled Young Veterans. As Keith Lee comes to the ring, we see a package highlighting his appearance last night on WWE's Backstage show on FS1. Before Lee can speak a single word Conner Reeves interrupts. Lee immediately pounces on him and tells the referee that he can ring the bell. Once the bell rings, Lee quickly wins with a big, bad catastrophe. As Lee celebrates Dijakovic goes into the ring and says he is not ready to move on yet. Lee says that while we all have excuses, the fact of the matter is that he won the match. But in truth, he says that wherever they fight he always hears the chant of Fight Forever. If Dijakovic can talk Regal into it, Lee says that they can fight forever.
Kayden Carter is the first one to appear and we are reminded that she was the ones to cause Robert Stone's Brand to fail during their launch. Robert Stone introduces Chelsea Green as the face of the women's division. Hall of Famer, Beth Phoenix quickly asks, "What has Chelsea Green done to be introduced as the face of the women's division." Carter quickly goes for a quick roll-up. Carter delivers a kick and goes for a pin but Green powers up. Carter is caught in the corner on the ropes but powers up after Green goes in for the pin. Carter powers out of Green's stronghold but is then catapulted into the middle rope. Green stands on Carter's hair but Bianca Belair steps into the ring. She tells Charlotte Flair that even though she does not go here now that she has hit Belair, she vows to whoop her ass. Chelsea Green wins after a big assist from Robert Stone.
Announced for next week, Ciampa will faceoff against Austin Theory and Finn Balor will be Live. And in two weeks, Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai will face off inside a steel cage.
Tonight's main event will be the much-anticipated match between The Velveteen Dream and Roderick Strong. The Velveteen Dream comes out for his first match since October. While inside the ring Dream mouths the words, "Hi Marina" and blows a kiss. Roderick Strong is riding solo to this grudge match. Strong continues to go after Dream's knee. The right hand from Dream has Strong retreating. Dream tries to use his gear's belt to lash out at Strong. Both men look for leg locks. Dream decides to slow it down, and strolls outside of the ring and once in delivers a heavy kick and a heavy push into the corner to Strong. Strong gives Dream a thumb to the eye and delivers his striking offense and Dream rolls out after a hard backbreaker. Dream baited Strong and then kicks Strong when he goes outside of the ring. He then throws Strong into the ring steps. Strong retreats and continues to walk around the ring but Dream powers him into the barrier. While Dream is stepping into the ring, Strong catches him and while Dream kicks at him he powerbombs him into the barrier and then once in the ring delivers another backbreaker to Dream. The dream continues to kick out at one after multiple pin attempts from Strong. It has been a hard-hitting battle and Strong and Dream collide in the corner.
They both strike at each other frames and once again collide in the middle of the ring. Dream pushes Strong into the Corner and delivers his own pendulum backbreaker. Strong crashes his forearm to the jaw of Dream but the Dream goes for a DDT but Strong kicks out at two. The dream continues to go for punches, Strong counters the Irish whip and makes Dream hurt by making him fall into the exposed top turnbuckle. Dream goes for the Dream Valley Driver but Strong pushes him to the floor. Both men continue to counter as they each try to set up their signature finishes. Strong goes for the submission but Dream crawls to the bottom rope. Dream launches Strong out of the ring. Strong sunsets flip back to the ring but is then faced with a kick to the face from Dream. Strong goes to the ropes and then kicks Dream. The dream then counters with The Dream Valley driver. While Strong is recuperating Dream takes off his tights to reveal another set of tights with Marina's face in the front and back. Dream jumps into the Undisputed Era and while Dream wins he is attacked by the Undisputed Era. The show finishes with Strong delivering an end of heartache and the Undisputed Era on top of the Velveteen Dream.