The Miz makes his NXT 2.0 debut tonight for a segment with the new NXT Champion.
Tonight's show will feature a Miz TV segment with Dolph Ziggler. At Roadblock last week, Ziggler defeated Bron Breakker and Tommaso Ciampa in a triple threat match to win the NXT Championship.
Breakker will likely be out for revenge after losing the NXT title without being pinned. After Robert Roode interfered to help cost Breakker last week's title match, Ziggler pinned Ciampa to win the title.
Santos Escobar and Cameron Grimes will clash in a Stand & Deliver qualifying match tonight. The winner will become the first challenger to qualify for the ladder match for Carmelo Hayes' North American Championship at NXT Stand & Deliver during WrestleMania weekend.
NXT UK star A-Kid also makes his NXT 2.0 debut as he takes on Kushida tonight, Indi Hartwell and Persia Pirotta will face off to determine who is the better woman, and Sarray faces Tiffany Stratton.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The show opens with a tribute to Scott Hall.
A video recap shows the finish of last week's main event, where Dolph Ziggler won the NXT Championship with help from Robert Roode.
This week's episode kicks off with a main roster segment. Like an episode of Monday Night Raw, it is of course a talking segment.
Miz enters the soundstage for MizTV. The new NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler is the guest for MizTV, along with Roode.
The former champion, Bron Breakker, showed up earlier today at the Performance Center in a rage. Breakker had his sights set on Ziggler, yet Breakker was unable to find him. Coaches apparently got him to leave, and Breakker burned rubber out of the parking lot is his sports car.
Ziggler and Mix were hamming it up when they were interrupted by LA Knight, since it would not be an authentic talking segment on a pro wrestling show without an interruption.
The crowd inside the soundstage loudly chant for Knight. He soaks it in, and then he turns his attention to Ziggler. Knight cuts a promo basically challenging Ziggler, but Ziggler blows him off. Ziggler says he is a fighting champion, but he "only fights superstars."
Miz sarcastically put over Knight before saying Knight would be a major player ... just not yet.
Knight removes his leather jacket, and he at first admits he isn't a superstar. Knight proclaims he is a megastar. Knight says he can take that title from Ziggler at any time, and he even actually used the word "title" when saying it.
Ziggler earlier said he is NXT, a takeoff on the "we are NXT" slogan. Knight corrects Ziggler, saying NXT is his show. Knight gets the crowd to chant for him. Knight says Ziggler has his title.
Ziggler responds by saying "the world needs ditch diggers too, kid." Odd response, but Ziggler follows up by saying the champ only wrestles in the main event. The day Knight figures that out he will find Ziggler. Okay., sure.
Miz this screams that Ziggler will defind the championship against Knight in the main event, so the match is apparently official for later tonight.
NXT North American Champion Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams enter the soundstage. They are guest commentators for the next match, which is a qualifier for the title ladder match for Hayes' championship at Stand & Deliver.
Cora Jade in a backstage interview says that Raquel Gonzalez is out of action for four to six weeks, after an injury at the hands of Toxic Attraction. Jade in turn stole the NXT Women's Championship and Women's Tag Team Championship belts, which belong to Toxic Attraction. Jade smirks as he walks away with the three title belts.
Santos Escobar (with Legado del Fantasma) defeats Cameron Grimes in a North American Championship Qualifying Match
Escobar pins Grimes, so Escobar qualifies for the ladder match at Stand & Deliver.
Hayes and Williams were entertaining on commentary. They howled with laughter when Legado del Fantasma distracted Grimes, allowing them to waylay Grimes.
Escobar with the underhanded advantage as the show cuts to a split-screen commercial break. Escobar still in control as the show returns from the break. Grimes was a babyface in peril.
Grimes fights back and he makes a comeback. Grimes is running wild. Slight mix-up at one point, but they recover quickly. Grimes goes for flying crossbody off the top rope, but Grimes gets his knees up to block it. Near fall for Escobar.
Grimes counters Escobar to execute his version of a running Spanish fly. Escobar kicks out at two. Grimes signals for his Cave In finisher, but Grimes glances at Hayes at ringside for a split second. That allows Escobar to deliver a Phantom Driver, and he covers Grimes for a three count.
Escobar qualifies for the ladder match at Stand & Deliver where he challenges Hayes for the North American title.
In a pre-tape promo, Io Shirai and Kay Lee Ray cut a promo vowing to win the Women's Dusty Cup.
Toxic Attraction in a backstage skit were looking in the locker room for their stolen championship belts. They ran into Wendy Choo and Dakota Kai. My guess is this segment was supposed to be comedy, but the faction has history with Choo & Kai.
A-Kid defeats Kushida (with Ikemen Jiro)
A-Kid in his NXT debut match pins Kushida.
At the start of the match an announcement proclaimed this match a qualifier for a qualifying match. The winner of this match goes on to face Grayson Waller next week in a North American Championship Qualifying Match.
Kushida and A-Kid had a grappling clinic before A-Kid springboards into a tornado DDT. Awkward landing by Kushida, and A-Kid covers him for a pinfall.
Santos Escobar is backstage flanked by Legado del Fantasma. Escobar is cutting a post-match promo after his victory. He is wearing a Legado del Fantsama tee shirt that spoofs the LWO. Pretty rad.
Rey Mysterio appears in NXT cameo
Escobar is suddenly interrupted by Rey Mysterio and his son, Dominik Mysterio. Escobar shakes Mysterio's hand, but the meeting soon turns to shade.
They trade barbs at each other, leading to Dominik challenging someone from Legado del Fantasma to a match. Raul Mendoza accepts the challenge. Escobar warns Mysterio that Mysterio is making a big mistake.
Tiffany Stratton defeats Sarray
Stratton pins Sarray in a quick match.
Stratton attacks Sarray backstage before the match. Sarray is unable to "transform" into her gear, so she has to wrestle the match in a schoolgirl costume.
Stratton wins after a short match. Sarray took a spill to the outside at one point, and Stratton soon delivers a Muta handspring elbow. Stratton follows with a corkscrew splash, and she scores a three count.
LA Knight and Gunther are arguing backstage, so they will likely meet in a match soon.
Cora Jade had a trap ready for Jacy Jayne. Jade is able to lock Jayne in a cage like when Sting and friends were trapped in at Clash of the Champions back in the day.
Tony D'Angelo challenges Tommaso Ciampa
Tommaso Ciampa enters the ring for a monologue promo. Ciampa waxes about his career, and he talks about his run in NXT. Ciampa says he ran with the ball when it was given it him. He was grateful for that.
The crowd with a thank you chant as Ciampa discusses his NXT career. Ciampa shifts his speech to him thanking the fans.
"Please don't go" chants from the crowd. Ciampa says he does not know where he goes from here.
Ciampa mentions having to vacate the NXT title before a TakeOver because of injury. He wanted to right that wrong be being champion heading into Stand & Deliver, but he failed when he lost his match last week.
Ciampa wonders to himself is this a perfect way to close this chapter. The crowd chants for one more match. Ciampa says he does not have an answer, but you don't always get the opportunity to say thank you. So, Ciampa thanks the fans. He thanks them from the bottom of his heart.
Tony D'Angelo suddenly appears standing behind Ciampa. D'Angelo says he could have jumped Ciampa, but he instead stands in front of him for a challenge. D'Aneglo wants somehow to defeat that would put him in the history books. Who would make him a top guy in NXT?
D'Angelo challenges Ciampa to a match at Stand & Deliver. Ciampa accepts the challenege, and he and shakes D'Angelo's hand. D'Angelo with a cheap shot low blow, and he stands over a fallen Ciampa. Looks like Ciampa against D'Angelo at Stand & Deliver.
Indi Hartwell defeats Persia Pirotta
Hartwell pins a distracted Pirotta. This appears to build towards a mixed tag match.
They both share an entrance like this was a tag match, except they bicker on their way to the ring. The bickering soon turns to fighting.
The strained friendship can only get worse as Duke Hudson comes to ringside. Huge pop from the crowd as Dexter Lumis crawls out from underneath the ring. He stares down Hudson.
The arrival of Lumis also distracts Pirotta, allowing Hartwell to roll her up for a pinfall.
Pirotta and Hartwell after the match face off with their lovers be their side. Pirotta and Hartwell try to one-up the other with PDAs. The couples make out in the ring.
Cora Jade sets another trap for Toxic Attraction. Gigi Dolan is lured into a trash dumpster, and in a callback to a feud pitting the New Age Outlaws against Chainsaw Charlie & Cactus Jack, Jade uses a forklift to trap Dolan in the dumpster.
Dominik Mysterio (with Rey Mysterio) defeats Raul Mendoza
Mysterio pins Mendoza in short match with a lot going on at ringside.
The match gets underway, but it is soon overshadowed by happenings at ringside. Elektra Lopez interferes, which brings out Fallon Henley. She pulls Lopez off the apron. Lopez and Joaquin Wilde gets into Henley's face. Out comes Briggs & Jensen to back up Henley.
Meanwhile, Escobar is knocked off his feet by a forearm from Rey Mysterio at ringside. Dominik with a 619, and he follows up with a frog splash on Mendoza. Dominik then covers Mendoza to score a pinfall.
Briggs, Jensen, and Henley celebrate with the Mysterios after the match.
Scott Hall is honored with a video tribute.
Cora Jade is outside the building with the stolen NXT Women's Championship. Jade also has a can of what appears to be spray paint. Jade gets into a SUV with the title belt and the spray paint can.
In keeping with the theme of this running skit spoofing famous angles of the past, Mandy Rose pops up like when The Undertaker scares Stephanie McMahon.
Jade and Rose brawl in the parking lot, and Rose pummels Jade. Rose says Jade will never be on her level. Rose then sprays paint on Jade.
Tag title triple threat set for Stand & Deliver
The Creed Brothers are in the ring with Malcolm Bivens, and they are angry. The Creeds want their attackers to reveal themselves. They were attacked last week by mystery assailants, and this week they are pissed off about it.
MSK comes out to confront the Creeds. They deny attacking the Creeds. The crowd heels on MSK.
Bivens chimes in to cut a promo on MSK when MSK starts talking about getting a title shot.
NXT Tag Team Champions Imperium interrupt the confrontation. Imperium is on a perch overlooking the ring. They say neither team can take the titles from them.
More bickering among the teams. Imperium then says they are willing to put their titles on the line in a triple threat match at Stand & Deliver. Add another match to the Stand & Deliver card.
Cameron Grimes in a backstage interview is distraught over not having a spot on the Stand & Deliver card.
The Creed Brothers and Malcolm Bivens in a backstage skit accuse Grizzled Young Veterans of being the mystery attackers. This sets up a match between the two teams for next Tuesday on NXT.
NXT Champion Dolph Ziggler (with Robert Roode) defeats LA Knight to retain his title
Ziggler pins Knight to retain in a decent enough match. After the match, Breakker challenges Ziggler to a title match at Stand & Deliver.
They were going back-and-forth early on. Knight fires up to execute a powerslam for a near fall, just before the show cuts to its final commercial break. Ziggler was able to cut off Knight during the break, and Ziggler was working over Knight when the show returns from commercials.
Ziggler with Knight grounded on the mat with a sleeper, but Knight miraculously is able to escape. Knight goes on to block a Famouser.
Knight begins a comeback, and he is a house of fire. Knight feeds off the crowd as he kicks butt in the ring.
Split-screen cutaway to the parking lot where Bron Breakker is back. As if Breakker is the new Stone Cold, he looks to be on his way to open a can like it is 1998.
The match continues in the ring, and they build to LA Knight executing a superplex on Ziggler. That leads to a close near fall.
Roode interferes, but that interference backfires at first. Knight counters with a version of the Burning Hammer, and he covers Ziggler. Roode puts Ziggler's foot on the rope to break the count, thus saving the title for Ziggler.
They counter each other's signature moves. Knight misses a charge into a corner, and he eats a superkick from Ziggler. A three count later and Ziggler retains by pinfall.
Bron Breakker enters the ring after the match. Breakker confronts Ziggler. Roode tries to step in between them, but Breakker decks Roode with a punch.
Breakker confronts Ziggler and challenges him to a title match at Stand & Deliver. Ziggler holds up the title and Ziggler accepts the challenge. Looks like the main event for Stand & Deliver is set.