The final episode of NXT before Halloween Havoc takes place tonight.
Ahead of their NXT Championship match next Tuesday, Tommaso Ciampa will team up with Bron Breakker against The Grizzled Young Veterans. The match was set up in a backstage segment on last week's show. After The Grizzled Young Veterans confronted Ciampa, Breakker challenged them to a match. Breakker said he'll stand by Ciampa's side until Halloween Havoc because he wants to beat Ciampa at his best.
Io Shirai & Zoey Stark, Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta, and Toxic Attraction's Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne will face off in a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal match for the NXT Women's Tag Team titles at Halloween Havoc. Tonight, one member of each team will take part in a triple threat match. The winner will spin the wheel to determine the stipulation for the tag title match at Halloween Havoc.
Raquel Gonzalez vs. Mandy Rose for the NXT Women's Championship at Halloween Havoc will also be a Spin the Wheel, Make the Deal match. WWE will finish building to that match tonight.
A host for Halloween Havoc will be determined as Grayson Waller faces LA Knight tonight. Plus, Odyssey Jones vs. Andre Chase, Cora Jade vs. Elektra Lopez, The Creed Brothers vs. Imperium, and Tony D'Angelo in action are set for the show.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The show opens with the new NXT North American Champion, Carmelo Hayes. He is joined by Trick Williams, who tonight is playing the role of Hayes hype man. Williams introduces Hayes to the audience.
Hayes talks about pulling a swerve on Swerve himself, referring to Hayes cashing in his contract last week en route to winning the title. Hayes says the North American title should be referred to as the "A" championship by everyone.
Out comes Johnny Gargano to interrupt Hayes' monologue. Gargano sarcastically congratulates Hayes. Gargano has been busy with other things lately, but Austin Theory is on Raw, Indi Hartwell is married, and Candice LeRae is at home pregnant. Gargano says he lost his "Way," and he's trying to figure out what is next. He thinks wrestling Hayes is what is next for Gargano.
Gargano challenges Hayes to a match. Williams chimes in to tell Gargano he needs to worry about his "daughter" (meaning Indi Hartwell). Williams claims Hartwell has been "shooting in 'Melo's DM's all week." Gargano played along, and Hayes implies Gargano should be more upset since that is his "daughter." Gargano says he is right, and here is his "son-in-law."
Dexter Lumis appeared behind the two heels after sneaking up on them. Lumis grabs Williams in a choke, but Hayes drags Williams out of the ring as the heels powder. This surely sets up a tag team match, and it also sets up for a singles title match down the road.
Odyssey Jones defeated Andre Chase
Jones pinned Chase clean in a short and basic match.
Dean Douglas may have been a better teacher gimmick than Chase, and Dean Douglas was pretty lame. In this match, Chase cuts off Jones early on, but Jones hulked up moments later. Jones showed off his power and strength. Jones bounces off the ropes and splashes Chase before hooking a leg for a pinfall.
Malcolm Bivens is backstage leading Diamond Mine to the ring. Bivens says he see how things are done in NXT. Diamond Mine will no longer ask for an opportunity, they will instead just take it.
Imperium (Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner) defeated Creed Brother (Julius and Brutus Creed with Diamond Mine)
Barthel rolled up Brutus to pin him after a interference by Ikemen Jiro and Kushida.
Not sure Imperium fits in the revamped NXT, but they still are really good at wrestling. They were doing well in this match until NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong jumped on the apron to interfere. That allowed the Creed Brothers to gain the underhanded advantage on Barthel.
Hot tag to Aichner, and he cleans house. Aichner did a cool spot where he used a rolling fireman's carry slam on Julius, leading to a near fall that was broken up by Brutus. He counters Barthel to deliver a gutwrench powerbomb. Aichner jumps in to break up the count.
Ikemen Jiro and Kushida run down to ringside, and they begin brawling Diamond Mine. Brutus is distracted by the brawl at ringside, allowing Barthel to pin Brutus with an O'Connor Roll.
NXT Tag Team Champions MSK run in after the match to attack Imperium. They clean house on Imperium, and challenge them to a tag title match at Halloween Havoc.
O'Reilly and Wagner train in the woods
In a pre-taped skit, Kyle O'Reilly and Von Wagner train in the forest. O'Reilly on his bicycle meets Wagner at the edge of the woods. Wagner arrives in a pickup truck, and Wagner was wearing camo. He tells O'Reilly where they are going they won't need a bike.
Off to the woods they go, where they train with a fallen log. They carry it around, and they also do other exercises with the log. They swing an ax into a tree. By a campfire at night, Wagner does some twelve ounce curls with a longneck beer bottle. He gives O'Reilly a beer, and they cheers to kicking ass together.
A vignette highlights Cora Jade before her match that is up next. Before that comes a Joe Gacy skit, which at first seems like him cutting a promo. It was more than that as Harlan is apparently under Gacy's spell. Looks like he is putting together a cult.
Cora Jade defeated Elektra Lopez (with Legado del Fantasma)
Jade sold most of the way until she pinned Lopez with a small package. On commentary the announcers during the match plugged the Queen's Crown final this Thursday. Turns out that was ironic since this match was shorter than most of the Queen's Crown tournament matches, which were all mostly very short.
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa was together with Bron Breakker for a backstage interview. They teased not getting along in their tag match later on. What a novel concept on a WWE television show.
Grayson Waller and LA Knight wrestle later on to decide who is the host of Halloween Havoc.
Io Shirai defeated Persia Pirotta and Jacy Jayne in a triple threat match to decide who spins the wheel
Shirai pinned Pirotta after the match turned into a singles bout. Jayne left the match due to medical concerns. Shirai in winning got to Spin the Wheel and Make the Deal.
The match went through a commercial break. Before the break came a scary spot. Jayne went for a tope, but her feet hit the ropes and she wiped out on the floor. She basically spiked herself into the floor. She was okay enough to help catch Shirai on an Asai moonsault a moment later, but Jayne never returned to the match after the commercial break. Jayne was apparently pulled from the match by medical staff.
A triple threat turned into a singles match where Pirotta got heat on Shirai. Pirotta worked over Shirai, and Pirotta got some near falls. Shirai fought from underneath, and Shirai eventually made a comeback. Shirai with her signature offense, albeit with a nearly botched springboard.
Shirai was applying a crossface when Pirotta powered out. Shirai counters with a suplex, and Shirai follows with a moonsault press. Shirai then covered Pirotta for a pinfall.
Shirai spins the wheel and it lands on "Scareway to Hell" ladder match, which is a play on the "Stairway to Hell " stipulation in the original ECW. So the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship is a triple threat tag team ladder match.
Solo Sikoa has a street fighter gimmick and he debuts next week at Halloween Havoc.Ku
Ikemen Jiro and Kushida do a comedy skit in a restroom. Jiro pulls out the Marty McFly vest, and he tells Kushida it is time to go back to the future.
Tony D'Angelo defeated Ru Feng
D'Angelo pinned Feng in a short squash match. D'Angelo broke out a Northern Lights suplex followed by a twisting fisherman's buster, and then he scored a pinfall.
Samantha Irvin interviewed D'Angelo in the ring after the match. She asks him about the disappearance of Lash Legend's producer, Mark. D'Angelo swears on his grandfather grave that he does not know nothing about nothing. He slipped Irvin some cash, and told her to go buy something nice and "fugetaboutit."
Duke Hudson in a vignette was playing poker because that is what poker players do I guess. This just makes me nostalgic. Might watch some Gambler squash matches after this show.
Legado del Fantasma jumps Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen in a backstage sneak attack.
Legado del Fantasma (Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde) defeated Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen
Mendoza pinned Jensen after a double team finisher. The match was joined in progress with Legado del Fantasma solidly in control. Santos Escobar interfered during the match.
Jensen runs wild after a hot tag. Escobar interfered again, only to get clocked with a right hand from Jensen. Finish came after a tilt-a-whirl by Wilde, and Mendoza flew in with a leg lariat for a combo. Mendoza then covered Jensen for a pinfall.
A great video package hyped the title match for next Tuesday with Raquel Gonzalez defending her NXT Women's Championship against Mandy Rose.
Carmelo Hayes was missing his North American title belt. He and Trick Williams were looking for it when they found a note inviting them to a haunted house hosted by Dexter Lumis.
The spooky and mysterious figure from the graveyard was burying a bunch of gimmicks in a cemetery.
LA Knight defeated Grayson Waller to become the host of Halloween Havoc
Knight pinned Waller after using the BFT (Blunt Force Trauma) finisher . Waller was making a comeback when Knight cut him off at the finish. It was an Knight match if you like that sort of thing.
Knight in winning becomes the official host of Halloween Havoc. I doubt there is hardly any way Knight is a better host than Shotzi Blackheart was last year, but we shall see.
Bron Breakker & NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa defeated Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson)
Breakker pinned Drake to win the match. Despite winning, Ciampa and Breakker had trouble getting along together. They meet in the main event of Halloween Havoc in a title match for the NXT Championship.
Breakker started the match with Drake, and Breakker showcased his power moves. Drake got Steinerized. Ciampa was a house of fire when he tagged into the match. Ciampa and Breakker were teasing dissension before the show cut to a commercial break.
Grizzled Young Veterans with heat on Ciampa during the break, but Ciampa created separation. However, Gibson baited Breakker so that he would chase Gibson. That left no one in the corner to tag Ciampa when Ciampa was finally able to create the separation.
The heels double team Ciampa as they cut the ring in half. Ciampa fought back. Gibson ran around the ring to get clotheslined by Breakker, but that meant that Breakker again left his corner. Ciampa was left with no one to tag.
When Breakker got back onto the apron, Ciampa slapped him. Ciampa yelled at Breakker, asking where he was for the tag. Since Ciampa had slapped Breakker, that counted as a legal tag. So Breakker gets into the ring running roughshod.
Breakker pulls down the straps on his singlet, and he applies a Steiner Recliner on Drake. Gibson booted Breakker in the face to break the hold, and Breakker throws Gibson out of the ring. Breakker lifted Drake into a gorilla press, and Breakker dropped him into a powerslam. Breakker then covered Drake for a three count.
Ciampa and Breakker have a staredown as the show closes.