The main event of tonight's NXT is set determine who gets another shot to dethrone Bron Breakker.
Tyler Bate and JD McDonagh meet tonight in an NXT Championship number one contender's match. Bate and McDonagh are Breakker's two most recent challengers. Breakker retained the NXT title against McDonagh at Heatwave last month, and then Breakker defeated Bate at Worlds Collide to unify the NXT Championship with the NXT United Kingdom Championship.
Nathan Frazer and Axiom's best-of-three series resumes tonight. Axiom currently leads the series 1-0.
Also set for tonight are: Wendy Choo vs. Cora Jade, Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) vs. Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley, Sanga vs. Von Wagner, and the NXT debut of Oro Mensah. Mensah (Oliver Carter) is a former NXT UK Tag Team Champion.
We'll also see if there's any follow-up to last week's tease of a different look, as the last episode ended with the NXT 2.0 logo morphing into something new.
Our coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The graphics for the shows are slightly different. The logo itself is new, but it
The show begins with a recap of last week, ending with Solo Sikoa supposedly winning the NXT North American Championship. However, it is a Dusty finish.
The opening scene is like something out of a telenovela.
Shawn Michaels voiced over the introductory recap. He would also appear in person as an authority figure in a skit that opens the show, where Sikoa and Carmelo Hayes report to Michael's office.
Solo Sikoa vacates NXT North American Championship
Sikoa has the North American strap held over his shoulder, as he and Hayes begin to bicker back and forth. Michaels quickly cuts them off.
Michaels tells Sikoa that last week he competed in a match he was not sanctioned to be in, and Michaels points out Sikoa was not even a choice in the fan voting.
Michaels says the result where Sikoa won the North American title cannot stand, and Sikoa must forfeit. Michaels empathizes with Sikoa, saying he was been there and it sucks, but "rules are rules."
Sikoa says he gets it, and he hands the belt to Michaels. He goes on to wish Sikoa luck wherever his career takes him on the main roster.
Before leaving, Sikoa turns to Hayes and says, "Told you I had next."
Hayes smirks, and he replies, "Yeah, you had next."
Hayes thanks Michaels for making the right decision, assuming he is the rightful champion.
Michaels says he tried to work the system, and he chides Hayes.
"Anytime you think you're bigger than the business, the business is going to slap you in the face," Shawn says to Hayes.
Michaels announces Hayes he will have to chance to qualify for a title match in six weeks at Halloween Havoc. Michaels hints at qualifying matches, but did not get into specifics. He says Hayes could join four others in getting the chance to compete in a ladder match for the North American Championship at Halloween Havoc.
Nathan Frazier defeats Axiom in the second match of a best-of-three series
Frazier pins Axiom to tie their series with one win apiece. Breathtaking finishing sequence as Frazier executes a superplex, and he hangs on to roll through and deliver a twisting suplex. Frazier then backflips off the top rope into a Phoenix splash.
Really good match, and their chemistry seems better in this second match of their series. They decide the winner of the series when they meet in a third match.
The Toxic Attraction trio is heading to the ring. Jacy Jayne and Gigi Dolan have a match tonight, and they are joined by NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose.
Why Kemp Why
A pre-tap segment with Damon Kemp has him doing a sit-down interview. He explains his treachery. Kemp admits he framed Roderick Strong for being "on the take" with Tony D'Angelo. It was a swerve, as Kemp reveals he was the one accepting money from D'Angelo.
Strong found out, so Kemp attacked Strong to silence him. Kemp goes on to say he will only face the Creed Brothers in a one-on-one match, with the other brother basically being barred from ringside.
Ivy Nile is in the locker room, and she is angry about the revelations by Kemp. Tatum Paxley sympathizes with her, but Paxley tells her to focus. Nile fires back that she is focused.
Toxic Attraction (Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolan with Mandy Rose) defeat Ivy Nile & Tatum Paxley
Jayne pins Nile to win the match, after Jayne & Dolan deliver tandem kicks.
Nile drops the fall, as the story of the match is her being preoccupied by Kemp's admitting why he turned on Diamond Mine.
Vic Joseph on commentary notes that Jayne & Dolan have once again put the women's tag division "on notice" with their win tonight.
The Schism speaks
The trio known as Schism is in the ring. First, the duo of The Dyad addresses the audience. There is a lot of jibber jabber about joining their little cult.
Joe Gacy addresses Cameron Grimes, and Gacy cuts a promo on Grimes for not joining Schism. Gacy warns Grimes the "wrath of Schism is imminent."
Edris Enofe & Malik Blade run in, and they brawl with The Dyad. This leads into a tag team match.
The Dyad (Jagger Reid and Rip Fowler) defeats Edris Enofe & Malik Blade
Reid pins Enofe to win the match.
The match goes through a commercial break, and there is heat on Blade as they show returns from the break. Builds to a hot tag, and Enofe runs wild on The Dyad duo.
Enofe & Blade get a near fall after a double team move, which is like a Hart Attack where Balde execute a guillotine legdrop. The Dyad soon cuts them off.
A low bridge sends Blade tumbling over the ropes, and Enofe is double teamed by The Dyad. Reid jumps off the back Fowler into a Canadian Destroyer on Enofe.
They Dyad then deliver their tandem codebreaker finisher, and Reid pins Enofe to win the match.
Clips highlight the in-ring NXT debut of Quiny Elliott.
Raquel Gonzalez is featured in a clip for Hispanic Heritage Month.
A vignette with Roxanne Perez focuses on her match last week with Meiko Satomura. Aside from the great match, Cora Jade jumped Perez after the match in a sneak attack. Jade is then seen heading to the ring, with her kendo stick in hand, for a match that is coming up next.
Cora Jade defeats Wendy Choo
Jade pins Choo after an evenflow DDT.
Choo is now a far more serious character, and she fights hard despite taking a loss. Choo is attacked after the match by Lash Legend.
In the closing moments, Choo gives Jade a German suplex. Choo misses on a charge in corner, as she is tripped up. Jade then delivers a Jake Roberts DDT, and Jade covers Choo for a three count.
Lash Legend runs in after the match, and she levels Choo with a pump kick.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews NXT Champion Bron Breakker. He first thanks the fans for voting him the top superstar in NXT.
Breakker then discusses the number one contender's match set for tonight. Breakker weighs in by putting over both, but Mitchell presses him to make a prediction for the main event tonight. Put on the spot, Breakker picks Tyler Bate to win the number one contender's match.
Trick Williams is giving Carmelo Hayes a pep talk, as Hayes stands next to a ladder. Hayes and Williams then head towards gorilla. From there, they are heading to the ring.
Kelly Kincaid interviews Oro Mensah ahead of his in-ring debut tonight on NXT. Mensah's match is now a qualifying match for the championship ladder match at Halloween Havoc. Mensah vows to qualify for the North American title match.
Chase U confronts Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams
Hayes is mad about losing the title. He demands the firing of the referee, the time keeper, and the music director that took part in the match he lost. Hayes declares he is still the rightful champion.
The theme song of Chase U interrupts the venting session. Andre Chase enters the soundstage alongside Thea Hail and Bodhi Hayward.
Chase teases delivering his catchphrase. Much to the chagrin of Williams, Chase drops the line, calling Hayes' lost last week a "teachable moment." With that, a brawl erupts. This leads to a tag team match.
Andre Chase & Bodhi Hayward (with Thea Hail) defeats Carmelo Hayes & Trick Williams
Chase pins Hayes to win, in what Vic Joseph on commentary screams is a "TEACHABLE MOMENT!"
Chase remains over huge with the live studio audience, he finally gets a much deserved win here. Jubilation from the Chase U cheering section seating with the studio audience.
Chase looked in peril, as he feeds into Hayes. Chase counters Hayes when Hayes goes for a springboard, and Chase uses his legs to tie Hayes into a cradle for a three count.
Gallus is playing cribbage when they are confronted by Briggs, Jensen, and Fallon Henley. Geek security team separates the two factions as they yell at each other.
Von Wagner (with Mr. Stone) defeats Sanga
Wagner pins Sanga in an anti-climatic finish. Mr. Stone interferes to turn the tide in Wagner's favor.
Gorilla Monsoon would likely dub this an unstoppable force meeting the immovable object, and it was indeed a hoss fight.
They clubbed each other a bunch, as they traded blows.
Wagner is booted off the apron, and Sanga clotheslines him on the floor. Mr. Stone interferes, as he jumps into hands of Sanga. Stone is lifted for a chokeslam, but Wagner saves Stone. Wagner rams Sanga into the ring steps.
Wagner struggles to lift Sanga, before picking Sanga up in a fireman's carry. Wagner then slams Sanga to the mat, and Wagner covers Sanga for a pinfall.
Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo in a promo reveals he is facing Wes Lee next week in a qualifying match.
Cameron Grimes cuts a heated promo on Joe Gacy.
Oro Mensah defeats Grayson Waller in a North American Championship qualifying match
Mensah pins Waller after a distraction by Apollo Crews. In winning, Mensah qualifies for the ladder match at Halloween Havoc.
Mensah has some flashy moves and a good vibe, but this did little to explain or establish his character. At least he wins, albeit with help from a distraction.
Waller got a lot of offense, and he was seemingly in control when Apollo Crews appears at ringside to confront Waller. Crews has kayfabe blood dripping from the eye that Waller targeted in a previous match between the two.
Waller is distracted by Crews, allowing Mensah to leap through the ropes with a dive. Spinning heel kick by Mensah, and then he covers Waller for a pinfall.
The Creed Brother are training in their dojo. They are arguing over which one gets to face Damon Kemp in a singles match. They eventually agree that Brutus Creed will meet Kemp in a singles match next week.
Next week on NXT:
- In-ring NXT debut of Sol Ruca
- Cameron Grimes vs. Joe Gacy
- Josh Briggs & Brooks Jensen against Gallus in a "Pub Rules Match"
- Damon Kemp faces Brutus Creed in a singles match
- Wes Lee against Channing "Stacks" Lorenzo in a ladder match qualifier
- Nikkita Lyons vs. Kayden Carter
- NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose faces Fallon Henley in a non-title match
JD McDonagh defeats Tyler Bate in a number one contender's match
McDonagh pins Tyler to become the number one contender. Fantastic match. NXT Champion Bron Breakker confronts McDonagh after the match, they are joined by Ilja Dragunov making a surprise appearance to end the show.
Breakker is at ringside as a guest commentator during the match.
Grappling at the outset, and they build to a double down. That leads into the final commercial break on the show.
They wrestle through the split-screen commercial break. Bate is trapped in a Boston crab, but McDonagh is eventually forced to break the hold. McDonagh takes a Harley Race bump over the ropes to the floor, and Bate follows up with a dive in front of Breakker at the announce desk.
Bate with a standing shooting star for a near fall. Bate gets another near fall after giving McDonagh an airplane spin. McDonagh soon cuts off Bate, and Bate is sent outside the ring after a low bridge. McDonagh follows up with a beautiful Asai moonsault. 450 splash by McDonagh for a near fall. Another two count for McDonagh, after he drops Bate into a brainbuster.
They trade strikes as a slugfest develops, and McDonagh is on rubber legs. He recovers to counter a Tyler Driver. Bate with some counters of his own, and Bate springs off the ropes into a running Spanish Fly from McDonagh. Clever spot as McDonagh seems to have gotten the advantage, until Bate decks him, and McDonagh crumples to the mat.
"Fight forever" chants from the studio audience.
They tease an avalanche Tyler Driver, but Bate is countered by a headbutt from McDonagh. Spanish Fly off the top, and McDonagh then delivers The Devil Inside. McDonagh covers Bate for a three count, and McDonagh wins to become the number one contender for the NXT Championship.
Breakker gets into the ring for a standoff with McDonagh. Suddenly, Ilja Dragunov returns in a surprise appearance. Dragunov gets in the ring and he confronts Breakker and McDonagh. The show closes with a triple staredown, as the plot thickens.