NXT Champion Finn Balor has enlisted the help of his most recent title challenger for tonight's episode of NXT.
Balor & Kyle O'Reilly will team up against NXT Tag Team Champions Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch in a non-title match. On NXT two weeks ago, O'Reilly and Undisputed Era came to Balor's aid after he was attacked by Pete Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch. Balor then helped O'Reilly when he was attacked by Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch later in the night.
Balor went to NXT general manager William Regal last week and said he wants to face Dunne, but he knows the game Dunne is playing. Balor wanted to face Lorcan & Burch first, but Regal told Balor he would have to find a partner. After initially saying he only has enemies now, Balor said there were some people around here who owed him a favor. Balor went to Undisputed Era and asked if O'Reilly was in to team with him. O'Reilly agreed.
The quarterfinals of the men's Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic will kick off with Kushida & Leon Ruff vs. The Grizzled Young Veterans and MSK vs. Drake Maverick & Killian Dain taking place tonight. The first round of the women's Dusty Classic will continue with Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Aliyah & Jessi Kamea.
Plus, Santos Escobar will defend his NXT Cruiserweight Championship against Curt Stallion. Our live coverage begins at 8 p.m. Eastern time.
The show opened with a Dusty Classic tournament match.
MSK (Nash Carter & Wes Lee) defeated Drake Maverick & Killian Dain to advance in the Dusty Classic tournament
Carter pinned Maverick, and MSK advances to the semifinals.
As the match got going, MSK cut off Maverick and kept him in their corner. Quicks tags and teamwork by MSK. Hot tag to Dain, and he cleaned house. Teamwork by Maverick & Dain with double-team moves. Nearfall broken up by Lee.
MSK cuts off Dain and they look to capitalize, but Dain hulked up. Dain shoved Lee off the turnbuckles, and Lee tumbles to the floor before a the show goes to a picture-in-picture commercial break.
Maverick & Dain work over Lee during the commercial break. They were still in control when the show returned from the break. Hot tag to Carter, and he was on fire. MSK with their assisted standing moonsault. Carter with an Asai moonsault to the floor.
Lee rolled up by Maverick for a two count, and Maverick soon eats a back elbow. Tag to Carter and MSK execute their Hart Attack/Blockbuster combo. Carter then covered Maverick for a pinfall.
The NXT Tag Team Champions arrived at the building. Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan are in the main event later on tonight.
Curt Stallion had a sit-down interview conducted by McKenzie Mitchell. Stallion talked about making towns from West Texas to Chicago. I saw him in some of those Texas towns. He talked about seeing shooting stars and following that stardom, or something like that. He will get a rocket strapped to his back, and the "Lone Star" will become a Superstar.
Raquel Gonzalez & Dakota Kai defeated Jessi Kamea & Aliyah (with Robert Stone) to advance in the Women's Dusty Classic
Gonzalez pinned Kamea in this first round match. Gonzalez & Kai move on to the quarterfinals.
Aliyah tried to match-up with Gonzalez, but she soon tagged it. Kamea soon found herself tied up by Gonzalez in a Gory Special. Kamea escaped to fire up on Gonzalez, but Kai caused a distraction. Kai tagged in, but Kamea soon scoop slammed her. Kai was reeling after teamwork by The Robert Stone Brand.
Aliyah went for a baseball slide, but Gonzalez pulled Kai to safety. Aliyah then ran into a high kick from Gonzalez. Power moves by Gonzalez for a near fall. Kai with a face wash for a two count. Assisted double stomp by Kai for another two count.
Kai caught with a swinging DDT, allowing Aliyah to tag out. Kamea jumped into the ring, but she ran right into a lariat from Gonzalez. Kamea then took a chokeslam bomb by Gonzalez, and Gonzalez covered her for a pinfall.
Tyler Rust (with Malcolm Bivens) defeated enhancement talent
Rust won via submission. The match was mostly all Rust, except when he became distracted by his own manager. Rust quickly came back with a Rings of Saturn to submit someone possibly named Rios.
Bivens took a selfie after the match.
Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake and Zack Gibson) defeated Leon Ruff & Kushida to advance in the Dusty Classic
Drake pinned Ruff, and Grizzled Young Veterans advacne to the semifinals.
The Vets had an early advantage, but Kushida & Ruff soon fired up into a series of double-team moves. Drake & Gibson were reeling as the show went to a commercial break.
Heat on Ruff after the break as The Vets kept him from making a tag. Finally, Ruff was able to tag out. Kushida flew into the ring off a hot tag, and he was on fire. The Vets traded places, and Kushida tied up Gibson too.
Kushida cut off, and he takes a Doomsday Device! Kushida managed to kick out for a near fall. Handspring back elbow takes down The Vets.
Ruff flew into action with with springboard missile. He then sailed through the ropes with a tope suicida. Ruff launched himself off the turnbuckles for flip dive to the floor. However, Ruff missed a swanton bomb.
Ruff takes a Ticket To Mayhem, and Drake covered Ruff for a pinfall.
Johnny Gargano & Austin Theory attacked Kushida & Ruff after the match. The Way jumped them, and Kushida was laid out by Gargano. Dexter Lumis appeared at ringside, and that frightened Theory.
Curt Stallion was supposedly attacked backstage. William Regal asked him what happened, and Stallion blamed El Legado del Fantasma. The match for the NXT Cruiserweight title is now off. Champion Santos Escobar was being interviewed backstage when Regal confronted him. Regal said Esobar will defend against Stallion next week, and if Stallion is attacked again there will be "serious consequences" for the rudos.
Toni Storm during an in-ring promo talked about NXT Women's Champion Io Shirai. Storm wanted to become the first person to win the Women's Dusty Cup, but Shirai took that from her (when Shirai attacked her in a match last week). Stormed vowed revenge, and she also is looking to become the champion.
Shirai came to the ring to confront Storm. Shirai said she will fight her anywhere, and Shirai said she did not like Storm. They started to brawl, and Shirai knocked Storm out of the ring. Mercedes Martinez in a sneak attack jumped Shirai. Martinez with a tree slam, but Shirai made a comeback with springboard missile dropkick.
The brawling continued, and Storm delivered several hip attacks on Shirai. She grapped the belt, and Storm posed with it while Shirai was down selling.
A vignette focused on Imperium.
Undisputed Era were interviewed backstage about their tournament tag match next week. Adam Cole & Roderick Strong were very confident they will defeat Tommaso Ciampa & Timothy Thatcher.
Bronson Reed defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
Reed pinned Scott after a splash off the top.
Scott very aggressive at the start until he was tripped up on the apron. Reed flew through the ropes with a tope suicida before a commercial break. Impressive. Somehow, Scott was in control when the show returned from the break. Miraculous.
Reed soon swatted away Scott as he blocked Scott's attempted flatliner. Reed with a Death Valley Driver, but Scott managed to kick out.
Scott cut off Reed when he climbed the turnbuckles. Scott fell backwards with an avalanche shoulder breaker on Reed. Scott with a 450 splash for a near fall.
Reed hulked up and dropped Scott with a headbutt. Superfly Splash off the top rope, and Reed covered Scott for the pinfall.
Tommaso Ciampa was cutting a promo when Timothy Thatcher pulled up a chair beside him. They vowed to defeat Undisputed Era next week in a Dusty Classic tournament match.
NXT Champion Finn Balor & Kyle O'Reilly defeated NXT Tag Team Champions Danny Burch & Oney Lorcan in a non-title match
O'Reilly submitted Burch to win the match. A brawl erupted after the match when Pete Dunne showed up.
Great grappling and mat wrestling from the outset. Back-and-forth action with quick tags by both teams. Burch & Lorcan took a powder as the show went to a picture-in-picture commerial break. The action didn't let up, even during a smaller split-screen.
Burch & Lorcan began to get heat on O'Reilly. They looked to target his injured jaw. Balor came in to clean house, but he was soon trapped in a corner. Balor suffered a shoulder breaker done by Lorcan. The heel tag champs worked over the singles champion.
Balor was eventually able to create separation. Hot tag to O'Reilly, and he mowed down the heels with kicks. Burch tried to fight back. He went up to the middle rope, and Burch leapt off into a missile dropkick. O'Reilly caught him upon impact, and O'Reilly had him trapped in a heel hook. Burch tapped out.
Normally the champions losing a non-title match would set up a tag title bout. Maybe not here, as the focus was more on an upcoming singles title match.
Pete Dunne hit the ring to brawl with Balor. Lorcan & Burch helped to jump Balor. O'Reilly tried to make a save, but the numbers were too great to overcome. Dunne knocked down Balor with a cheap shot. Dunne also snapped Balor's fingers.
Adam Cole & Roderick Strong ran in to make a save, and the heels fled the ring. Dunne, Lorcan & Burch had a staredown with Undisputed Era as the show went off the air.