An appearance by the new United Kingdom Champion is set for tonight's NXT.
Following his victory against WALTER at TakeOver 36, new NXT United Kingdom Champion Ilja Dragunov will appear on tonight's NXT episode. Dragunov used a sleeper to submit WALTER in their instant classic match at TakeOver.
WALTER's reign as NXT United Kingdom Champion lasted 870 days before being ended by Dragunov.
Six matches have also been announced for tonight's show. Johnny Gargano will be in action against LA Knight, Tommaso Ciampa will face off with Ridge Holland, NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez will face Jessi Kamea in a non-title match, Kyle O'Reilly will take on Duke Hudson, Roderick Strong will face Ikemen Jiro, and Sarray vs. Mandy Rose will kick off the episode.
Plus, there will be a sit-down interview with NXT Champion Samoa Joe tonight. It will be conducted by Wade Barrett.
Our coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The entrance of Mandy Rose opens the show, before her first match on NXT television since returning to the brand.
Sarray defeated Mandy Rose (with Gigi Dolan & Jacy Jayne) via countout
Rose was counted out after selling her face upon taking a running dropkick from Sarray.
Rose with heel tactics at the start, and she takes Sarray off her feet. Rose does push-ups with her hands on Sarray's back, taunting Sarray as Rose kept her pushed down on the mat. Sarray soon fired up with a bevy of offense. Rose counters a fisherman's buster, but Sarray regains her grip. Guillotine choke by Sarray, and then she dropped Rose on her head with a Perfect-plex.
Nearfall for Sarray, but she went on to miss splash off the top rope. No water in the pool. Rose capitalizes by working over Sarray. Fallaway slam and a kip up by Rose. She stretches Sarray, but Sarray is able to counter. Muta lock applied by Sarray, and Rose was dropped by the submission hold. Rose with a thumb in the eye to break the hold.
Sarray rocks Rose with strikes, yet Rose slaps her in the face. So, Sarray dropkicks Rose in the face. Rose falls into the ropes, and Sarray follows up by charging into a dropkick that knocks Rose out of the ring. Rose sells her face.
Rose keeps selling her face as Dolan and Jayne crowd around her. They get a towel to hold over Rose's face. Jayne and Dolan help Rose as she leaves ringside. Rose is counted out as she is escorted out of the CWC with a towel over her face.
Tommaso Ciampa in a pre-tape promo has words for Ridge Holland. He was angry that Holland and his crew attacked Ciampa and Timothy Thatcher. Ciampa says he is fighting for NXT and his family. Ciampa dedicated his match tonight to "Touthless Timmy." He ended his promo by referring to himself in third person, saying a "motivated Ciampa is a scary Ciampa." Ciampa violently got out his chair, throwing it around, and he storms off.
A tease for the rebranding of NXT includes a clip from a Wale song. The rebrand is coming soon.
Right into another match as the show comes back from commercial. Next match was set up last week in a skit that involved a backstage pull-apart brawl.
Kyle O'Reilly defeated Duke Hudson
O'Reilly submitted Hudson with a heel hook, after O'Reilly dropped a bombs away knee drop on the back of Hudson's leg.
O'Reilly had his side taped up going into the match, and Hudson would go on to work over O'Reilly's ribs. O'Reilly uses slick grappling at the outset of the match, but Hudson soon targets the ribs. Fighting back with a flurry, O'Reilly gets a two count with a roll-up. However, Hudson is back to working the ribs as the show cuts to a picture-in-picture coommercial break.
Hudson is punishing O'Reilly as the show returns from the break. O'Reilly comeback begins with a volley of kicks. Hudson was reeling, but he cuts off O'Reilly nonetheless. Not for long as O'Reilly uses a titl-a-whirl to transition into a guillotine choke. Hudson escaped the hold, and he goes on to suplex O'Reilly for a near fall.
O'Reilly was hanging onto the ropes. He was teetering on the apron when he caught Hudson with a pair of dragon screw legdrops. O'Reilly climbs the ropes and leapt off the top with a flying knee drop to Hudson's leg. O'Reilly then locks in a heel hook, and Hudson taps out.
Cross-brand synergy as a commercial airs for the NXT UK Hertiage Cup.
Love is in the air, and you are invited to a wedding September 14th on NXT. In-Dex ties the knot.
NXT UK Champion Ilja Dragunov speaks
Dragunov is sporting stitches over his eye, and he walks with a limp since his instant classic against WALTER. Dragunov recently won tthe NXT United Kingdom Champioship at TakeOver 36 in a war with WALTER. Dragunov begins a speech by telling the crowd he is still alive after his recent battle.
Not only is he alive, Dragunov is more alive than ever before! He feels like a man that survived the most intense battle of his life. Dragunov likes it here in NXT, and we will see him again soon. Dragunov went to ask who is willing to take the NXT UK title away from him.
"The ring general as fallen," Dragunov exclaims. "Long live the czar!"
Arash Markazi sat down with Kay Lee Ray for an interview. Kay buries the rest of the roster, and she claims William Regal brought her dominate NXT in the USA like she did in the UK.
McKenzie Mitchell was interviewing the Breakout tournament winner, Carmelo Hayes, when they were interrupted by El Legado del Fantasma. This seems to set up a match between Santos Escobar against Hayes.
Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) defeated Drake Maverick & Grayson Waller
Barthel pinned Waller to win the match. The young guy being taught a lesson is the moral of the story.
Waller in a pre-tape promo was overconfident, and he was amped up about his NXT debut. Maverick could only shake his head at Waller. Of course, Waller is soon taught a lesson during the match.
Maverick was on a role when Waller makes a blind tag. Waller is then blindsided, and Maverick is taken out after being rammed into a lighting grid. Double team on Waller with a Doomsday Device uppercut, and Barthel covered him for a pinfall.
Ridge Holland in a pre-tape promo threatened to sent Ciampa to the hospital. I think he means "medical facility."
Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne apparently attacked Sarray backstage.
LA Knight defeated Johnny Gargano (with Indi Hartwell & Dexter Lumis)
Knight pinned Gargano after Gargano was distracted by gaga with Lumis.
Knight on offense is a channel-changer, and he kept dashing hope spots. Dern it. Please make it stop. Eventually, Gargano is able to fire up into a flurry of moves. Gargano works the crowd while he also works an arm.
Tope by Gargano, and he pummeled Knight around the ring. All good things must unfortunately come to an end as Knight dropped Gargano on the ropes with a hot shot. Knight in control again as the show cuts to a commercial. Knight is working over Gargano as the show returns from the break. Big yawn.
Comeback by Gargano. Knight almost cut him off, yet Gargano was able to avoid a splash. Knight is left to crash and burn. Slingshot spear by Gargano for a two and a half. They go on to trade near falls.
Knight measures Gargano for his finisher, but Gargano counters him. Knight has a counter of his own. He countered the One Final Beat, and Gargano went sailing off the apron. Gargano falls into the arms of Dexter Lumis, and this upests Gargano. Some gaga with Lumis, and Gargano is distracted. Knight struck with his signature headlock DDT, and he steals one from a distracted Gargano.
The NXT Tag Team Team Champions, MSK, went to meet with William Regal. The champs wanted to give Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch a title shot. Regal agreed, and he books the tag title match for next week on NXT.
NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez defeated Jessi Kamea (with Franky Monet & Robert Stone) in a non-title match
Gonzalez pinned Kamea in a glorified squash match. Monet and Gonzalez glared holes through each other. Gonzalez won the match after using her chokeslam finisher. Her next challenger appears to be Monet.
Ember Moon is back on NXT, which is a nice surprise. It is her birthday, and she Moon cuts a promo on Kay Lee Ray. Moon challenges Ray to a match next week on NXT.
Interview with NXT Champion Samoa Joe
Wade Barrett sat down with the newly-crowned NXT Champion, Somoa Joe. In his third reign as champ, Joe means to set a precedent as a standard bearer for NXT. Joe came off like a contemporary version of the traveling world champ. He was a modern day Jack Brisco in this promo. Great stuff.
Roderick Strong (with Diamond Mine) defeated Ikemen Jiro
Strong pinned Jiro as Strong's quest continues towards challenging for a title.
Jiro answered Strong's open challenge to defend the honor of Kushida. Built continues to Kushida defending the NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Strong some time down the road.
Jiro, wearing a flashy sports coat, was a house of fire at the outset. His fire was put out when he crashed into the ring steps. Strong went on to punish Jiro. Comeback by Jiro, and he gets a near fall after an Arabian moonsault.
Backbreaker by Strong turned the tide. Another falling backbreaker, and Strong covered Jiro for a pinfall.
Kacy Catanzaro & Kayden Carter face off with the NXT Women's Tag Team Champions in a backstage interview with McKenzie Mitchell. Io Shirai and Zoey Stark defend their titles next week on NXT. Shirai & Stark still do not get along, while Carter & Catanzaro are best friends.
Cameron Grimes was back to his old "TO THE MOON" self. He was confronted by the Grizzled Young Veterans. They had a replica of the Million Dollar Championship, and they were teasing Grimes with the replica. Grimes dropped the replica on Zack Gibson's foot. Grimes tosses him some cash to help with the pain, and cackles Grimes as he walks away.
Matches announced for next Tuesday on NXT:
- MSK defend the NXT Tag Team Championship against Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch.
- Ember Moon vs. Kay Lee Ray
- Zoey Stark & Io Shirai defend the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship against Kayden Carter & Kacy Catanzaro
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Ridge Holland (with Pete Dunne, Oney Lorcan & Dannuy Burch)
Ciampa pinned Holland clean after a Willow's Bell.
Quickly into the match, the fight spills outside the ring. They fight at ringside, and Ciampa has taken charge. Distraction by Lorcan & Burch, which allows Holland to hit Ciampa with a Monty Brown Pounce ... Period.
The match goes through a picture-in-picture commercial break, and Ciampa is worked over. They trade strikes as the show returns from the break. Ciampa remains in peril as Holland delivers more punishment.
Comeback by Ciampa with a series of lariats. Ax bomber by Ciampa for a near fall. Holland answered back with an Alabama Slam. The referee steps in to check on Ciampa, but the match continues. Two count as Ciampa kicked out.
Slugfest as they trade strikes. Ciampa fires up on Holland, leading to a near fall. The fight spilled outside again. Ciampa is dropped with a headbutt. Holland sends Ciampa into the barricade using a running powerslam similar to an Oklahoma Stampede. Holland missed a follow up charge into the barricade.
Holland went to powerslam Ciampa off the apron, but Ciampa fought free to counter him. Ciampa caught Holland with a Willow's Bell, and he covered him for a clean pinfall.
Dunne attacked Ciampa after the match. Lorcan and Burch held Ciampa for Dunne. MSK enter the scene to make a save. They brawl with Lorcan and Burch.