WWE NXT Results and Highlights
A much-hyped episode featuring major returns and an impending debut along with two championship matches aired on tape delay from the Full Sail University.
- Johnny Gargano def. Dominik Dijakovic: In his first match since his win over Tommaso Ciampa in the Empty Building Match, Gargano defeated Dijakovic with some help from his wife Candice LeRae.
Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner hyped their Imperium stable and officially laid down a challenge for the NXT Tag Team titles currently held by Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher.
- Akira Tozawa def. Jack Gallagher: Tozawa went 2-0 up in the Group B of the Interim Championship tournament after laying out Gallagher with a senton.
- Chelsea Green def. Xia Li: Chelsea Green took out Xia Li with some help from Aliyah, who provided the distraction for Green to hit the ‘I’m Preetiest’ for the victory.
- Karrion Kross def. Leon Ruff: A major debut for the superstar saw a brilliant and terrifying entrance for the star, as Scarlett Bordeaux introduced the devil. Kross won the easy matchup with the Kross Jacket.
Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher said that it was a tragedy that their new show was destroyed at the hands of the Imperium, and accepted their challenge for next week.
- Io Shirai def. Charlotte Flair by DQ: The dream match finally took place but with a false finish as Flair attacked Shirai with a kendo stick. Rhea Ripley made the save, in her first appearance since WM 36.
Ripley and Shirai walked to the back but a brawl broke out between the two, teasing a three-way feud for the Women’s Title.
- Kushida def. Jack Atlas: Kushida went 2-0 up in the Group A after tapping out Atlas in a quick matchup.
Finn Balor made his return and cut a promo, saying that his attacker won’t get the limelight he thinks he deserves, and the Prince will squash the guy soon enough.
- Cameron Grimes def. Denzel Dejournette: Cameron Grimes picked up a quick victory with the Cave for the three count.
Grimes took the mic and went on to address what Balor said. Balor entered the ring, and destroyed Grimes, and said he shall find the snake quite soon.
NXT Championship Match | Adam Cole(c) def. Velveteen Dream: With some help from Roderick Strong and Bobby Fish, Cole retained his title with the Last Shot. Dexter Lumis tried to keep the TUE at bay, but to no avail.
WWE NXT Takeaways
1. Tired Trope
Adam Cole is the longest-reigning NXT Champion, and almost all his matches have followed the same trope. The Undisputed Era interrupting and sliding him the win. However, it’s getting terribly boring at this point, despite the fact that matches are still pretty good. Dream vs Cole was a fantastic encounter with the same tired finish.
TUE has stayed in NXT for nearly three years now, and it is unclear whether they’ll ever move up to the main roster. It isn’t going to happen with no crowds in attendance, but NXT needs to change the way things are presented right now. Cole needs to be getting better victories without the help of his buddies.
2. Magical Entrance
Imagine having your debut entrance so good that you immediately come forward as a major star even before you hit the ring. WWE has played its cards perfectly with the whole Kross debut, and the execution was picture-perfect. With Bordeaux by his side, Kross looks like a total star in making, and the devil personality is just the right way to go.
Hopefully, WWE pushes him straight into the main-event scene rather than have him chalk a bunch of meaningless victories. They tend to do this quite often, especially on NXT, and Kross-Ciampa could be a fantastic feud, with Gargano-LeRae having some play in there as well.
3. Rip It Apart
Rhea Ripley made her return to NXT programming in emphatic fashion and immediately inserted herself back into the NXT title feud. Io Shirai, Ripley and Charlotte Flair together is a fantastic matchup, with three aggressive personalities looking to destroy each other making for a great watch.
Flair and Shirai are both heels, while Ripley is the McIntyre-esque babyface, who doesn’t back down from challenges, which should make this a fun rivalry.