The penultimate episode of WWE NXT opened with Leon Ruff and Kushida already in the ring, waiting for their matchup against The Way
Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory def. Kushida and Leon Ruff
Kushida replaced Damian Priest in the matchup, with Indi Hartwell and Candice LeRae joining the heels at ringside. After a decent back and forth, Theory ended up hitting This Is The Way on Ruff to pick up the win.
Backstage: Dexter Lumis is seen on a platform with a drawing board, staring straight into the darkness.
Video packages aired for Toni Storm ahead of her match against Rhea Ripley, and Legado del Fantasma, who were seen having a good time.
Backstage: Shotzi Blackheart said she will take revenge after LeRae broke her arm, and will destroy LeRae’s best friend Hartwell.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Tyler Rust
After Rust attacked Ciampa last week, the newest PC recruit made his in-ring debut against the former NXT Champion. Ciampa put out a chair and placed Timothy Thatcher’s t-shirt on it, inviting him out. Rust gave a spirited performance, but Ciampa ended up picking the win with the Willow’s Bell.
Post-match, Thatcher ran out to attack Ciampa but the referees got in the way.
During the commercial break, Malcolm Bivens came out and encouraged Rust after his loss, after discussing ‘business’ with him last week.
Kyle O’Reilly def. Pete Dunne
Before the match could get started, The Undisputed Era, Oney Lorcan/Danny Burch, Killian Dain/Drake Maverick, and a returning Breezango got into a brawl.
The match itself was quite hard-hitting, with both the stars dishing out their best offensive maneuvers. O’Reilly ended up picking the win after hitting the flying knee drop and became the No.1 contender for the NXT Championship.
Backstage: Rhea Ripley gave props to Raquel Gonzalez and spoke about her history with Toni Storm from their NXT UK days.
Another vignette aired with Xia Li and Boa, as Li continued to beat down Boa as part of their deadly training. The master and the mystery woman looked on as the two stars cried.
Shotzi Blackheart def. Indi Hartwell by DQ
The Way made their way out to the ring for the match as Blackheart entered in her new tank. Blackheart dominated for the majority of the match despite the distractions at ringside. Theory tossed the trophy into the ring, and Hartwell hit Blackheart with it for the win.
Post-match, Shotzi was double-teamed up by Hartwell and LeRae, who put her down with the Wicked Stepsister.
Karrion Kross def. Desmond Troy
Kross made his in-ring debut and squashed Troy, applying the deadly Kross Jacket for the win. Post-match, Kross and Scarlett posed in the ring, as Kross called out Priest.
Backstage: Isaiah Scott seemed frustrated after his loss to Jake Atlas, and said he will make up for it in the rematch next week.
Backstage: Ever-Rise did some comedy and said they are still undefeated, calling their defeat last week against Grizzled Young Vets a fluke.
Finn Balor cut a promo, and said despite breaking Balor’s jaw, O’Reilly couldn’t pick up the win in the previous encounter, and the outcome won’t be different in their upcoming match.
Toni Storm def. Rhea Ripley
This match featured lots of trash-talking, and the former NXT UK Women’s Champions delivered a great main event. Storm ended up picking the win after Raquel Gonzalez distracted Ripley, and Storm hit the Storm Zero for the win.
Post-match, Ripley and Gonzalez stared each other down, as Storm celebrated her victory.