We should get a new champion on tonight’s NXT, either North American or UK. Ricochet and Pete Dunne meet with both titles on the line, so if there’s a finish there should be a title change. We have a women’s tag match with Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo taking on Lacy Evans and Aliyah. And the third of the Forgotten Sons, Jaxson Ryker, has a match. Finally, we should get more on the ongoing investigation into the attack on Aleister Black.
Lacey Evans and Aliyah def. Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo
Jaxson Ryker def. Humberto Carrillo
Ricochet vs Pete Dunne – No Contest due to interference.
Dakota Kai and Deonna Purrazzo vs Aliyah and Lacey Evans
Women’s division tag action to get the show underway. This was set after an argument last week, so at least there’s some kind of justification for it.
Purrazzo and Evens started things off. They’re still making a point of the fact Purrazzo was an unused alternate in last year’s Mae Young Classic and she’s now in the second round of this year’s. Evans tried to go toe to toe with Purrazzo on a technical level but soon resorted to brute strength, which generally seems to work for her.
Deonna Purrazzo took the brunt of the punishment because Evans and Aliyah had the upper hand for most of the match, Kai was tagged in only briefly although she had to break a tag up as well. They kept Purrazzo in their corner and took full advantage of the double team opportunities of frequent tags.
When Dakota Kai came in for the final time it looked like things were going to go her way. She clearly had the measure of Aliyah. Unfortunately, she missed Evans tagging herself in and got caught with a Woman’s Right and pinned.
Velveteen Dream was interviewed by the reporter posse. He talked a bit about Johnny Gargano then got offended that someone dared to ask him a question that wasn’t about him and walked away.
Street Profits promo, filmed by… honestly, I have no idea, but they’d just finished playing basketball. The talked about the chains The Mighty tried to steal not really being just chains, that they were symbols of their struggle to success.
After a recap of last week’s main event between Bianca Belair and Nikki Cross breaking down was shown. Bianca Belair’s post-match interview was shown. She said Nikki Cross is crazy and took it to a level that she wasn’t expecting. But she’s not backing down. Every time she gets in the ring with Cross she’s going to show up and show out because she’s the EST of NXT and she’s un-de-feat-ed.
Jaxson Ryker vs Humberto Carrillo
Well, ok, I guess a squash match is one way to introduce someone to the audience. It tells us he’s here but probably not important enough to get a nice interesting opening match. Funnily enough, Ryker won.
It looked like Ryker was going to say something after the match but he just growled at the camera a bit.
Candice LeRae was interviewed by William Regal in regard to the Aleister Black attack. She said she didn’t have anything to tell him but a cowardly attack, disregard of authority, attempt to ruin someone’s life, who does that sound like? Regal said they’ve questioned Ciampa and studied the footage and there is no evidence of wrongdoing. Then he asked, considering the state of mind her husband’s been in recently, if she had proof of his whereabouts at the time of the attack. LeRae said they’ve been trying to keep their professional and personal lives separate lately, but Regal had just announced the triple-threat and Gargano went straight to the locker room to clean up. He asked her to sit tight and wait until he was done, then they drove home together. She looked really uncomfortable at the question.
Keith Lee hype package, explaining what he means by limitless. He mentioned taking Dusty Rhodes advice in the video, a very shrewd move.
A clip of EC3 implicating Lars Sullivan in the Black attack, and the subsequent attack on him by Sullivan, led to the announcement Sullivan has a match next week. Also on next week’s show, Otis Dozovic takes on Tommaso Ciampa.
Ricochet vs Pete Dunne – North American Championship vs WWE UK Championship match – winner takes all.
There are some matches that just can’t fail to be great and this is very much one of them. Ricochet is known for his high-flying abilities, but he takes every opportunity to show off his technical game, and the early part of this match definitely gave him that opportunity.
The crowd were into it too. Loud and prolonged duelling chants kept breaking out, and a few ‘fight forever’ and ‘this is awesome’ chants as well.
Apparently, Dunne had had enough of all the technical stuff because he forearmed Ricochet in the face and knocked him to the mat. It got a bit more punch it out and make it look painful after that.
Dunne got frustrated after avoiding a standing moonsault, and stomped repeatedly on Ricochet’s hand.
Ricochet came off the top rope and Dunne punched him out of the air and followed up with an X-Plex, but he still only got a two-count. Ricochet squirmed out of the attempt at the Bitter End.
In fact, I think they ran through pretty much every potential finisher they could and none of it was enough to put either one down for three.
Dunne followed Ricochet up to the top turnbuckle and attempted to do the finger snap up there. He didn’t manage it and Ricochet hit an avalanche frankensteiner (according to Mauro Ranallo and I’m going to trust him). It looked big, but still only got Ricochet a two-count.
Ricochet fought out of a submission attempt while screaming in pain, and delivered a brainbuster. They were approaching a stalemate with neither having anything left to give.
As most of us suspected would happen, the match didn’t get to finish. Undisputed ERA ran in and attacked Dunne and Ricochet. War Raiders did the run in and chased them off.
Dunne and Ricochet stared each other down, clutching the belts they arrived with, to end the show. This isn’t over.
What a fun and entertaining episode. I vastly prefer it when they stick to three matches in a show and give the rest of the time to character and storyline development. Much better than trying to cram in five unsatisfying matches and a bunch of other bits as well.
It was a shame the main event was interrupted, but it was obvious it was going to be. Maybe a little too obvious, sadly. Still, that means we should get a rematch down the road, so it’s all good.
I’m very invested in the Aleister Black storyline. I hope they don’t drag it out to the point where it gets dull.