Event: WWE NXT
Date: February 26, 2020
Location: Full Sail University, Orlando, FL
Charlotte Flair’s iconic return to NXT kicked off this week’s show. The Queen arrived in a black SUV and was greeted by General Manager William Regal. Two staffers took care of Flair’s luggage as the camera panned back to the ring for tonight’s opener.
Cameron Grimes def. Dominik Dijakovic: Cameron Grimes was grounded early on but managed to fight back, taking advantage of Dominik Dijakovic’s old injuries. The big man connected with a big moonsault to the floor and rolled his opponent back in only to be kneecapped by Damian Priest. Dijakovic managed to get back in the ring before the count of 10 but Grimes immediately planted him with a Cave-In double stomp to pick up the first victory of the night.
Backstage: William Regal announced that a string of qualifying matches will begin next week for the women’s division. The winners will then compete in a Ladder Match at “TakeOver: Tampa” to determine the #1 contender, who will then face the winner of the WrestleMania 36 NXT Women’s Title match between Rhea Ripley and Charlotte Flair at a later date.
Finn Balor Promo: Balor called himself The Guy amidst “Finn!” chants and went on to iterate the brands he has built and opponents he has conquered. Imperium’s music interrupted him as Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner walked out to remind him of something he still hasn’t accomplished yet, thus teasing a potential NXT UK Title match between The Prince and reigning champion WALTER.
A brawl ensued; Balor took out Imperium at ringside but Barthel’s flying uppercut turned things around. Aichner and Barthel laid waste Balor at ringside as fans continued to chant for WALTER.
Xia Li def. Mia Yim: The match began with a show of respect handshake and both women enjoyed a fair share of momentum; Mia Yim nailed an Eat Defeat outta nowhere but failed to cover as Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez walked out to shake things up.
Kai yelled on the mic, reiterating her match with Yim at WarGames last year and taunting her former opponent in the process. Xia Li took advantage of the distraction and rolled Yim up for the pinfall victory.
Post-match, Gonzalez destroyed Yim and didn’t hesitate to decimate Li who made an attempt to rescue the Chinese star. A delighted Kai watched the beatdown from the ramp.
Backstage: The Velveteen Dream asked William Regal to book him and Roderick Strong in a Steel Cage match next week. Tegan Nox vs. Mia Yim in a Steel Cage match has already been announced for next Wednesday.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Austin Theory: A grueling matchup, Austin Theory took the fight to the former NXT Champion but his own emotions got the better of him as Tommaso Ciampa connected with a Willow’s Bell and Fairytale Ending for the win.
Post-match, Johnny Gargano arrived and unleashed a brutal assault on Ciampa. Gargano sat down next to Ciampa and mocked him amidst dueling chants of “Johnny Wrestling! Johnny Sucks!”.
Backstage: The Undisputed ERA looked hyped up as NXT Champion Adam Cole motivated his stablemates of recapturing their lost titles in the weeks to come. Roderick Strong agreed to Velveteen’s Dream proposal of a Steel Cage match for next Wednesday. The four men posed together to bring the segment to a close.
Killian Dain def. Bronson Reed: Bronson Reed’s best offense failed to wear Killian Dain down as The Beast Of Belfast planted his opponent with a Vader Bomb for the 1-2-3.
The Grizzled Young Veterans def. The Forgotten Sons: Neutralising Jaxson Ryker paved way for a classic show of tag team wrestling on part of The Grizzled Young Veterans; Zack Gibson and James Drake hit the Ticket to Mayhem on Wesley Blake to pick up the victory.
Backstage: Tegan Nox looked confident about next week’s Steel Cage match with Dakota Kai. Nox stated that Kai began this rivalry in a cage and she will gladly end it in a cage next Wednesday when Raquel Gonzalez won’t be a factor anymore.
Charlotte Flair def. Bianca Belair: In her first match on NXT in over four years, Charlotte Flair locked horns with Bianca Belair to further intensify the WrestleMania build for the NXT Women’s Championship.
A spear for a spear, Flair’s vicious move ripped Belair apart and left little room for The EST to recover. The Queen followed up with a Natural Selection to glide her way to victory.
Post-match, Rhea Ripley walked out as fans hoped that she would rescue Belair from Charlotte’s chair assault; the music did nothing to The Queen who began unloading on The EST with the foreign object before applying her iconic Figure Eight submission hold. The NXT Women’s Champion soaked up all the action and finally hit the ring. Flair immediately retreated and had a brief staredown with Ripley as NXT went off the air.