The North American Championship will be on the line in the main event of tonight's NXT.
For the first time since regaining the title at NXT In Your House, Carmelo Hayes will defend the North American Championship tonight. Hayes is facing Tony D'Angelo, who will be hoping to get his entire "family" in line for tonight's match. Legado del Fantasma were forced to join D'Angelo's crew when they lost a six-man tag match at In Your House.
Hayes defeated Cameron Grimes at In Your House to begin his second reign as NXT North American Champion.
Grimes is set to challenge Bron Breakker for the NXT Championship at the Great American Bash in two weeks. Tonight, Grimes takes on Edris Enofe.
Plus, Solo Sikoa vs. Grayson Waller, Alba Fyre vs. Lash Legend, and Von Wagner vs. Brooks Jensen are set for tonight. Diamond Mine's Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp will also team up, and we'll hear from Wes Lee following his two consecutive victories over Xyon Quinn.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
A memorial graphic honoring Tim White precedes the opening of the show.
The show itself opens with the entrance of Solo Sikoa. Grayson Waller is next to enter the sounstage, and he has a microphone. He also has a pre-match promo to deliver from atop the entrance ramp, a safe distant from Sikoa.
Waller says he is sick of hearing about Sikoa. We should be talking about Waller instead. He calls himself "the greatest first generation talent in WWE history." Waller then calls the fans losers, and they support a loser in Sikoa.
Waller goes on to say he is sick of censoring himself, so it is time to say what he really thinks about Sikoa and the audience. Sikoa, on the other hand, has heard enough from Waller.
Sikoa rushes towards Waller and floors him. Waller flops around trying to get his jacket off, while Sikoa sends him from pillar to post. Sikoa then sends Waller into the ring, and the bells sounds to start the opening bout.
Grayson Waller defeats Solo Sikoa
Waller pins Sikoa in a tainted victory, as Sikoa hit an exposed turnbuckle just before taking a cutter.
Much like the pre-match pummeling, Sikoa continues to dominate. Waller tries to fight back, and Sikoa strikes him down. Sikoa is seemingly getting the better of Waller at every twist and turn in the match.
At some point, Waller pulls a pad off a turnbuckle while struggling to free himself from Sikoa. The exposed turnbuckle would later play a factor in the finish.
Waller turns the tide after the show cuts to a split-screen commercial break. During the break, Waller teases a Rikishi stinkface. An angry Sikoa rises up, but Waller used that anger to bait Sikoa. Waller then proceeds to work over Sikoa.
The show returns from the break with Sikoa fighting back. Waller regains control, and he continues to work over Sikoa. Eventually, Sikoa fires up into a fury, leading to an Umaga hip attack. Samoan drop by Sikoa, and he climbs the turnbuckles. Waller rolls out of the way, forcing Sikoa to jump down.
Waller eats a superkick, and he backs into a corner with an exposed turnbuckle. Sikoa attempts another Umaga attack, but Waller dodges him. Sikoa hits the exposed buckle, and Sikoa takes a pop-up cutter. Waller then covers Sikoa for a three count.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Tony D'Angelo, who is flanked by his "family" that still includes Legado del Fantasma. D'Angelo is challenging for a title later tonight, and it is a chance for Santos Escobar and his crew to prove themselves to the family. Escobar says he understands, and he has "got this."
JD McDonagh (formerly Jordan Devlin) is "coming soon" to NXT. A vignette shows him driving a car, so I assume he is driving there. Good luck with that. Gas is high, and he is driving an older model automobile. Bless his heart. Regardless, he seems confident.
Kayden Carter & Katana Chance defeat Yulisa Leon & Valentina Feroz
Chance scores a pinfall after her and Carter execute their double team finisher with a 450/neckbreaker combo.
Leon & Feroz got a lot of offense, but Carter & Chance still manage to win decisively in this tag bout.
Wes Lee is backstage wearing a cool shirt and a stern face. He is headed to the ring for an in-ring monologue.
Lee stars his speech by thanking the audience for their support. He has experienced the highest of highs and the lowest of lows in recent months. Lee gets emotional as he talks about the former team with his "brother," and having that end. Lee gets teary eyed talking about it.
Lee goes on to apologize for not acting himself because of being angry over recent events. Trick Williams suddenly interrupts the monologue. Williams cuts a promo on Lee, accusing Lee of leaving his brother behind. Williams insinuates Lee is not as true of a friend as he claims.
Responding to Williams, a fiery Lee dismisses Williams' claims. Lee retorts by saying Williams is playing "second fiddle" to Carmelo Hayes. Lee basically dares Williams to step into the ring with him. Williams replies that they are on his time. Williams then says he will do like all of Lee's tag partners, and he will leave.
Tiffany Stratton in a pre-tape promo insults Wendy Choo on her appearance.
Roderick Strong & Damon Kemp defeat Joaquin Wilde & Cruz Del Toro (with Stacks & Two Dimes)
Strong pins Del Toro after outside interference backfires. Stacks & Two Dimes are at ringside, and they cost Wilde & Del Toro the match.
Two Dimes trips Del Toro by mistake in a mix-up, and Strong capitalizes to score a pinfall.
Good match, and the outside interference backfiring plays into a larger story. With that and the work in the match itself, this was all pretty good. Kemp is outmatches in turns of experience in this match, but he fit in okay.
Giovanni Vinci is being interviewed McKenzie Mitchell when Ikemen Jiro interrupts them. Jiro and Vinci apparently have a match in the near future.
Apollo Crews continues to write in his journal during a vignette. He goes full Batman, albeit without the cape and cowl. A dude is getting jumped by three other dudes in an alley. Crews jumps in to make a save, and he kicks some butt in doing so.
Turmoil in the women's tag division
The Toxic Attracion trio is headed to the ring for a promo. NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose is first to speak.
Rose wants to make something really clear about Roxanne Perez and her loser friends. They are losers, and they got lucky last week. Rose continues in burying Perez.
Gigi Dolan is next to speak, and she continues the insults. Jacy Jayne follows by also insulting Perez. They all bury Perez over her dream of being a superstar. Rose warns that if Perez sticks around, her dreams will become a nightmare.
Perez, joined by Cora Jade, comes out to confront the heel trio. Rose warns Perez about challenging her for the title. Perez had previously earned a title shot. Perez has a swerve for Toxic Attraction.
Instead of challenging Rose for the title, Perez is instead partnering with Jade in challenging Dolan & Jayne for their NXT Women's Tag Team Championship.
Out comes Kayden Carter & Katana Chance to object. They too want a tag title shot. Carter says the line starts behind them. Perez & Jade trade verbal jabs at each other. A pull-apart brawl erupts and a melee ensues.
Kiana James and Indi Hartwell bicker in a backstage interview with McKenzie Mitchell. James insults Hartwell, so Hartwell challenges her to a match next week. James accepts. Hartwell calls her a "bitch" before leaving.
Cameron Grimes defeats Edris Enofe (with Malik Blade)
Grimes pins Enofe, as Grimes continues his journey towards a NXT Championship match.
This bout was set up with a backstage skit last week, and they have a babyface match.
The match is fast paced, but not heated at first. The tone changes when Enfoe hulks up. He dares Grimes to strike him some more, only for Enfoe to fire up with strikes of his own.
Double down, and it is time for Enofe to shine. He dives over the ropes to the floor. He rolls through on a missed 450. Grimes comes back with a Cave In, and he coves Enfoe for a three count.
Grimes shakes Enfoe's hand after the match, and they embrace in a show of respect and sportsmanship.
Thea Hail is moving into the dorms at Chase University, and her roommate is Bodhi Hayward. This was supposed to be comedy.
Nikkita Lyons returns from her injury next week on NXT.
Von Wagner defeats Brooks Jensen
Wagner pins Jensen in a grudge match where everyone from their respective sides are barred from ringside.
Unlike any other match on this show, this was a hoss fight where they fight like it is indeed a grudge match. No lock up at the start, as it begins with brawling.
Jensen gets a near fall after a flying DDT, but he is unable to hook a leg due to an injured thumb. Jensen then climbs the turnbuckles, and he leaps off into the waiting arms of Wagner. Dropping Jensen into a shoulder breaker, Wagner follows up with an Attitude Adjustment and a pinfall on Jensen.
NXT Champion Bron Breakker approaches Cameron Grimes in the locker room. Breakker says the Grimes shows heart, and that who Breakker is looking forward to facing at The Great American Bash. Grimes tells Breakker if this Cameron Grimes shows up, you are looking at the next champion.
Joe Gacy's druid tag team are apparently former champions. Now they are in Gacy's cult, or whatever. Kevin Sullivan in Florida was way better. Heck, Sullivan as the Taskmaster in WCW might be better.
Alba Fyre defeats Lash Legend via disqualification
Legends uses a baseball bat to hit Fyre, leading to a DQ. The feud clearly must continue.
Fyre (Kay Lee Ray) brought the bat to the ring. The bat is still part of her act, except now is is used as a torch for her entrance. It would also play into the finish.
Legend looks so much better in the ring here with a far more experienced worker than some of Legend's previous matches.
Legend works over Fyre during much of the match, but Fyre counters into a Gory Bomb. Fyre went for a high risk move off the top rope. She has to roll through. After the roll through, Legend grabs the baseball bat. Legend hits Fyre with the bat for a DQ.
Two matches announced for next Tuesday on NXT:
NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes (with Trick Williams) defeats Tony D'Angelo (with the family) to retain his title
Hayes pins D'Angelo, after hitting D'Angelo with brass knux given to Hayes by Santos Escobar.
D'Angelo has a punch and kick style that would have fit well on a house show in the '80s. It at least fits his gimmick rather well. He sends Hayes crashing into the ring steps just before the show cuts to its final commercial break.
Stretching Hayes as the show returns from the break, "The Don" works over the champion. Meanwhile, a stern Escobar watches on, biding his time.
Comeback by Hayes. He nails Hayes after springboarding into a flying lariat. D'Angelo cuts off Hayes by executing an overhead Tazplex. D'Angelo then slaps around Hayes.
Hayes counters to deliver a codebreaker. Moments later, D'Angelo again cuts off Hayes with another overhead suplex. D'Angelo crawls to the side of the ring near Escobar.
Escobar pulls out brass knux at the behest of D'Angelo. Meanwhile, Stacks distracts the referee. D'Angelo demands the knux. Escobar looks D'Angelo dead in the eye when Escobar slides the knux right past D'Angelo.
An angry D'Angelo yells at Escobar, while Hayes grabs the knux that Escobar passed to him. Hayes punches D'Angelo with the brass knux, dropping D'Angelo to the mat. Hayes then covers D'Angelo to score the deciding pinfall.
Escobar and Legado del Fantasma have a staredown with D'Angelo and his crew as the show goes off the air.
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