The NXT women's division will be the main focus of tonight's episode of the show.
At least four women's matches are set for tonight's NXT. That includes a first-time singles matchup with Cora Jade taking on her former idol Natalya.
The feud between Jade and Natalya began when Natalya interrupted Jade on NXT last month. What initially appeared like it was going to be a friendly interaction ended with Natalya attacking Jade and putting her in the Sharpshooter.
At NXT Spring Breakin' last week, Jade & Nikkita Lyons defeated Natalya & Lash Legend in a tag match.
NXT Women's Tag Team Champions Toxic Attraction (Gigi Dolin & Jacy Jayne) will be in action tonight, taking on Wendy Choo & Roxanne Perez in a non-title match.
Alba Fyre (formerly known as Kay Lee Ray) will wrestle for the first time since her name change. Plus, the inaugural NXT Women's Breakout Tournament will begin.
Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
Flashback to last week at Spring Breakin', where Bron Breakker retains his NXT Championship over Joe Gacy. The previous episode ends with Breakker victorious, but behind him lurks two hooded figures.
As decades of watching Undertaker matches have taught me, those figures are "druids" that surround Breakker. The druids close in for a cliffhanger ending.
Tonight's episode opens with footage from after NXT went off the air. The druids attack Breakker. They hit the champ with a metal folding chair, and they execute a Magic Killer on the chair. Haunting music plays.
The druids carry away Breakker on a stretcher wrapped in barb wire. Buckle up, yet another kidnapping storyline in NXT. Gacy has abducted Breakker, and he even put a sack over Breakker's head. It is a diabolical plot. The champ looks in danger. Cue ominous music.
Live inside the soundstage at the Performance Center, the show kicks off with a women's tag team bout. Wendy Choo has been a thorn in the side of Toxic Attraction in recent weeks. Choo teams with Roxanne Perez (formerly Rok-C) in a match against the champs, albeit non-title.
NXT Women's Tag Team Champions Toxic Attraction (Jacy Jayne & Gigi Dolan with NXT Women's Champion Mandy Rose) defeat Roxanne Perez & Wendy Choo in a non-title match
Dolan pins Perez after blatant outside interference by Mandy Rose. The match itself was decent enough, but the finish is lame.
The babyface team are off to a hot start before the bell. Choo with a sneak attack on the heel trio, as Choo leaps off the top rope into a flying cross body on Toxic Attraction.
Perez is cut off, and Toxic Attraction work over Perez. Hot tag to Choo, and she cleans house. Choo hold the ropes open for Perez, who flies into a suicide dive. The show cuts to a split-screen commercial break, and the babyface team is in control.
Perez gets a hot tag after the show returns from the break. Perez shows a ton of fire.
Mandy Rose suddenly gets into the ring, and interferes at will. Choo attacks Rose, and they tangle up on the mat. Perez goes for a finisher on Dolan, but Jayne hits Perez with a superkick. Dolan then cradles Perez for a three count. Lame finish due to blatant outside interference.
Toxic Attraction after the match beat down Choo, and they bully her. Childish behavior. Grow up, and get better finishes.
Tiffany Stratton went shopping with Grayson Waller.
The Creed Brother are upset with Roderick Strong for him interfering last week in the Creeds' match against the Viking Raiders. The Creeds tell Roddy they have a rematch next week against the Raiders.
Strong responds by introducing the group to Damon Kemp. The Creeds are upset even more, as new members to Diamond Mine is supposed to be a group decision. Tension brews in Diamond Mine.
Joe Gacy is in the ring flanked by druids for a speech. The live audience in the soundstage drown out Gacy, but he keeps talking anyway. Dude cannot take a hint.
Gacy apparently wants Breakker to be a part of his "movement" or whatever. Gacy says hardship awaits those that resist him. He is not wrong. Watching this feels like a hardship.
A new skit debuts called the "Ivy Nile Challenge." This week begins with a push-up challenge. Nile vows to be the last one standingns, and so begins a skit that runs throughout the show.
All of the participants in the Women's Breakout Tournament are introduced in front of the live audience, as the tournament is set to begin.
Fallon Henley defeats Sloane Jacobs in a first round match in the Women's Breakout Tournament
Henley pins Jacobs, and Henley advances in the tournament.
Briggs & Jensen come down to ringside to cheer on Henley. Their cheers work, as Henley makes a comebacks. High fives all around.
Henley with a wickedly cook combo, and then a running knee strike. A three count later, and she was celebrating with Briggs & Jensen.
Henley advances to the next round where she meets the winner of Nikkita Lyons against Arianna Grace, which is another first round match later tonight.
Santos Escobar is backstage with Legado del Fantasma for an interview with McKenzie Mitchell. Last week, Fantasma kidnapped AJ Galante. Escobar cuts a promo, but is basically getting away with a crime. Then, Escobar basically threatens to murder someone.
After a commercial break is a skit where Tony D'Angelo and his crew jump someone from Legado del Fantasma, and they kidnap him. D'Angelo says they are sending a message. Yeah, you and everyone else in NXT it seems. Yet another kidnapping plot is underway. There are so many I have lost count.
Alba Fyre defeats Amari Miller
Fyre pins Miller in what is billed as Fyre's re-debut. Fyre re-debuts with a new name and a slightly new look. She still carries a baseball bat to the ring, but her gear is new. Kay Lee Ray was better, but this new character is very WWE.
Although it is a showcase for Fyre, Miller gets some offense. Miller is making her return to action after an injury in a match with Lash Legend.
Miller is soon cut off. Headbutt by Fyre, and she drops Miller into a Gory Bomb. Fyre then climbs to the top rope, and she jumps off the top with a Swanton. Fyre then covers Miller for a pinfall.
Solo Sikoa in a silly skit locks Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams out of the building.
Cora Jade is asked if she is nervous to face Natalya tonight. She is indeed nervous, and Jade says she is ready. Jade vows to win.
Solo Sikoa is the challenger-in-waiting for the NXT North American title
Solo Sikoa comes to the ring for a promo. His target is the NXT North American Championship. He challenges the winner of Carmelo Hayes and Cameron Grimes when they face off at In Your House (which is the next NXT supercard).
Grimes, who is the North American Champion, interrupts Sikoa. Grimes agrees to give Sikoa the next title shot if Grimes retains against Hayes. Sikoa and Grimes shake hands, and Sikoa leaves the ring.
Hayes and Williams rush into the ring, as they found their way into the building via another entrance. They jump Grimes. Williams and Hayes are beating and stomping on Grimes.
Sikoa looks over his shoulder to see Grimes in peril. Sikoa rushes back into the ring for the save. Sikoa cleans house on the heels, and they flee.
The mobster movie continues as Escobar and D'Angelo agree to a have a wrestling match to settle their dispute. The kidnappings have lead to a pro wrestling match. This mini-movie was bad, but it was almost go bad it was good.
McKenzie Mitchell interviews Nathan Frazier. He is interrupted by Xyon Quinn. Wes Lee also interrupts. This sets up a match between Quinn and Lee.
Sarray & Andre Chase (with Bodhi Hayward) defeat Tiffany Stratton & Grayson Waller in a mixed tag team match
Sarray pins Stratton after a distraction by Hayward.
Hayward was dressed like Sarray, which was mildly offensive. There was also some gaga in this match, if you can believe that.
The match goes through a commercial break. Only god knows why.
Sarray is running wild, and she signals for her wrecking ball dropkick. Waller pulls Stratton out of the ring, blocking Sarray's dropkick. Chase trips up Waller, and Chase holds Walle so Sarray can hit him with dropkick.
Stratton springboards into a twisting splash on Sarray, and she goes for a cover. Sarray gets her foot on the bottom rope to break the count. Hayward also causes a distraction with an airhorn. Stratton is very upset about the airhorn, she leaps over the ropes with a plancha on Hayward.
Stratton gets back into the ring, where she is immediately rolled up by Sarray for a pinfall. Sarray gets the win for her team, and Stratton is upset like a spoiled child.
The Ivy Nile Challenge continues with lunges.
Von Wagner, with Mr. Stone at his side, is attacked by Ikemen Jiro. There is a pull-apart brawl and lots of shouting. No one was using their indoor voices. The yelling seems to indicate there is a strong likelihood for a match.
Toxic Attraction comes to Indi Hartwell, and they bully her. Hartwell is already sad because she lost her boyfriend. The heel trio taunts her about it, making Hartwell even more sad.
Nikkita Lyons defeats Arianna Grace in a first round match in the Women's Breakout Tournament
Lyons pins Grace. Yikes, this was something.
Lyons sells more than in her previous matches, for better or worse. Grace works an arm. Comeback by Lyons, and Lyons hulks up.
Lyons with a roundhouse kick, followed by the splits into a legdrop, and Lyons covers Grace for a pinfall.
Lyons advances to the next round of the tournament where she faces Fallon Henley.
The Ivy Nile Challenges rolls on. Next up is battle ropes and pull-ups.
The Vikings Raiders cut a campy promo on The Creed Brothers. The two teams meet in a return match next week on NXT. Also next Tuesday, Tony D'Angelo against Santos Escobar in a singles match. In addition, Bron Breakker "answers" Joe Gacy.
Natalya defeats Cora Jade
Nattie wins via referee stoppage after Jade loses consciousness while trapped in the sharpshooter.
Best match on the show by a country mile, thanks in large part to Natalya leading the way. The closing minutes were especially good.
They grapple at the outset. Jade escapes Nattie's grasp as the show cuts to its final commercial break.
After the show returns from commercials, Nattie is again in control. Romero Special applied by Nattie, and she is taking Jade to school. Jade keeps fighting back.
Jade fires up, leading to a running knee strike. Tornado DDT by Jade for a near fall. They fight on the turnbuckles, and the match really begins to cook.
Really good sequences as Nattie teases a sharpshooter. Jade counters the hold as they go back-and-forth. Roaring clothesline by Nattie for a near fall.
Nattie suplexes Jade into the ropes, which whips Jade's leg into a rope. Nattie then begins to target a leg, and Nattie dissects her prey. She rams the injured leg into a ring post.
Natalya teases a ring post figure four, but Jade blocks the attempt. Inside cradle out of nowhere by Jade for a two count.
Shining wizard by Jade turns the tide. Comeback begins, and Jade gets another near fall after a double stomp. Jade continues to sell her knee.
Sliced bread by Jade, but her she keeps selling the knee. Nattie kicks out yet again.
Jade applies a sharpshooter, but Nattie powers out. Jade's buckles while selling her knee. Nonetheless, Jade goes for a high risk move off the middle rope. The knee is weak, causing an awkward jump.
Nattie counters the jump as she catches the legs of Jade. Nattie applies the sharpshooter. Jade fights the pain, and Jade refuses to quit.
Jade eventually passed out in the submission hold, and the referee stops the match. Natalya wins after Jade passes out while trapped in the hold.
Natalya embraces Jade after the match. They bury the hatchet, and they shake hands. The show closes as Natalya and Jade hug.