The final episode of NXT before TakeOver: In Your House was headlined by the finals of WWE's interim Cruiserweight Championship tournament.
El Hijo del Fantasma won the match and became interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion, but Drake Maverick has still been re-hired by WWE. The show ended with Triple H coming out to the stage and offering Maverick an NXT contract.
The mask kidnappers who have been appearing on NXT surrounded Fantasma near the end of the match but were taken out by a tope from Maverick and then fought off by him. Fantasma then capitalized on the distraction, hitting a superkick and the Phantom Driver to get the win when Maverick got back in the ring.
The final build to Sunday's TakeOver special included Prime Target special features building up Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream for the NXT Championship and Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai for the NXT Women's Championship. A new match was also added to the TakeOver card, with Mia Yim, Tegan Nox & Shotzi Blackheart vs. Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez being announced after a brawl between them.
That brawl happened after Yim vs. LeRae ended in a double countout on last night's show. A mixed tag match between Yim & Keith Lee and LeRae & Johnny Gargano was then made. LeRae got the win by rolling up Yim, who was distracted after Gargano used his car keys to stab Lee in the eye. Lee is defending his NXT North American Championship against Gargano on Sunday.
More coverage from last night --
- WOR: Rock, WWE statement, RAW ratings, AEW vs. NXT, UFC, more! 6/4
- Fandango returns in NXT tag team number one contender's match
- Arn Anderson signs multi-year deal with AEW
- Fantasma wins interim Cruiserweight title, Maverick re-hired by WWE
- AEW World Champion Jon Moxley competing on next week's Dark
- Six-woman tag match added to NXT TakeOver: In Your House
- FTR in-ring debut, Cody-Marq Quen set for next AEW Dynamite
- Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver to be Backlot Brawl
- AEW Fyter Fest to be two-week event on TNT
- AEW Dynamite live results: Two title matches
- WWE NXT live results: TakeOver In Your House go-home show
WWE NXT video highlights --
Mia Yim vs. Candice LeRae
Keith Lee & Mia Yim vs. Johnny Gargano & Candice LeRae
Karrion Kross will find out that there's special -- and then there's Tommaso Ciampa
Dexter Lumis would rather draw than talk
Prime Target: Adam Cole vs. Velveteen Dream
Isaiah "Swerve" Scott vs. Tony Nese
Fandango returns from injury
Number one contender's tag match: Breezango vs. Lorcan & Burch vs. Undisputed Era
Santana Garrett vs. Aliyah
Prime Target: Charlotte Flair vs. Rhea Ripley vs. Io Shirai
Bronson Reed vs. Cameron Grimes
Karrion Kross sends a message to Tommaso Ciampa
Interim Cruiserweight title tournament finals: El Hijo del Fantasma vs. Drake Maverick
Triple H offers Drake Maverick an NXT contract
NXT fallout: Drake Maverick gets a standing ovation after the show
NXT fallout: Drake Maverick reacts to his bittersweet night
NXT fallout: Johnny Gargano found the "key" to victory against Keith Lee
NXT fallout: Dexter Lumis' masterpiece
NXT fallout: Timothy Thatcher calls himself the most dangerous man in NXT
NXT fallout: Robert Stone is despondent after the past two weeks