The Big News: Drew McIntyre and SAnitY finally got the upper hand on Adam Cole, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly, standing tall at the end of the night.
The Medium News: A few minutes before, however, Fish & O'Reilly got their first win, defeating the Moustache Mountain duo of Tyler Bate & Trent Seven
The Little Beaver Sized News: Drew McIntyre will defend his NXT Championship against Roderick Strong on the episode that airs in two weeks.
Johnny Gargano defeated Tino Sabbatelli
Last week, Gargano beat Sabbatelli's partner Riddick Moss. Can he make it two in a row as we kick off another week of NXT? In a WWE.com promo last week, Sabbatelli and Moss said Gargano won't get lucky again if they wrestle.
Sabbatelli started the match by pushing Gargano back into the corner and pie-facing him. Gargano let his foe do it a couple times before rebounding off the ropes with a chop so loud that it's still being heard in parts of the country.
Sabbatelli got his heat from there. Gargano made a brief comeback but got cut off when he went for a slingshot dive over the top rope. Sabbatelli caught him and dropped him with a powerslam.
The story of the match was that Sabbatelli may have had it won, but he decided to badmouth Gargano. Johnny Wrestling tagged him with a superkick and tapped him out with the Gargano Escape. Moss was at ringside, but he never got involved.
Mr. Regal was backstage telling a story when Roderick Strong walked in and asked for an opportunity at Drew McIntyre's NXT Championship. Regal agreed and made the title match for October 4th.
Sonya Deville cut a promo and said she never wrestled Asuka because Asuka knew that Deville would have broken her undefeated streak. Deville laid claim to the championship.
Bianca Belair defeated Lacey Evans
Both Belair and Evans are straight out of the Mae Young Classic. This seemed like it could have been a good hard-hitting match, but Evans was content to be a punching bag for the most part.
Belair was laying in palm strikes and forearms until near the end when Evans got tired of it and fired back with a few good shots of her own. However, Belair whipped Evans with her hair (which was more violent than it sounds) and pinned her with a backwards falling powerbomb.
Six months after debuting, Aleister Black finally had something to say. Black came to the ring wearing a suit for his first promo segment. I don't know what I expected him to wear, but it takes something from him to just see him wearing a nice suit. He must have heard me because he came to the ring, removed his suit jacket, and rolled up his sleeves.
He started a journey 15 years ago that led him here to NXT. In those 15 years, he traveled the world and experienced a lot. He put all those experiences on his skin in the form of his scars. He did this to not forget, noting the heart tattoo on his throat and the devil tattoo on his back. He said he now knows what he needs to do.
Before he could state whatever that is, Velveteen Dream lived up to his threat from a few weeks ago. Dream said Black has been blinded by the light that is our Velveteen Dream. He got in the ring and asked Black where his scars are.
Dream said he sees a man who is hurt and in pain. However, Black's biggest problem is fear. Black looks afraid to Dream. He's afraid to show emotion and afraid of the light. Dream knows Black has a heart, but it's in the wrong place.
Black, who stared a hole through his head, gave the former Patrick Clark a Black Mass to the hand. Black sat down in the ring, challenging Dream to do something. Dream knelt down and leaned in close to Black before slithering away.
Dakota Kai said she wants to be NXT Women's Champion.
Lars Sullivan defeated No Way Jose
This match is the conclusion to the angle between Jose and Sullivan. A month ago in Brooklyn, Sullivan destroyed Jose as he tried to fiesta before his match. Then Sullivan manhandled three men in a handicap match two weeks ago, which was followed by Jose, the babyface, attacking Sullivan. Unfortunately for Jose, he got his butt kicked one more time. So since Jose can't just stay away, we have arrived here!
Jose's strategy for this match was to attack at the bell. That didn't work. It's possible he changed his strategy mid-match to tire Sullivan out by allowing the big man to beat him and throw him all over the ring. That didn't work either. Jose then figured if he punched Sullivan in the face that would get him the advantage. It also didn't work.
Sullivan finished Jose off with a diving headbutt and a slam.
Bobby Fish & Kyle O'Reilly defeated Moustache Mountain
Last week, Bate and Seven ran in to check on Wolfgang after Wolfie was laid out by a three-on-one beatdown by Adam Cole, Fish, and Kyle O'Reilly.
Seven had the early advantage on Fish, but when he went for some sort of move, O'Reilly distracted him just long enough for Fish to cut him off. Seven battled back and chopped away at Fish, but Fish thought he would outsmart Seven by ducking, but Seven was on top of his game and dropped Fish with a DDT.
Cole got up on the apron to have a discussion with the referee, while Fish speared Seven right into the metal barricade on the other side of the arena. Bate eventually got the hot tag and ran wild on the three-time ROH Tag Team Champions. Seven got back in the game for a four-way brawl and he finally took Fish out with a suicide dive.
Bate went for the Tyler Driver '97, but O'Reilly locked on a guillotine. Bate fought and fought and eventually got out of it. He hoisted O'Reilly up for a suplex, but Fish kicked his leg outta his leg. Fish and O'Reilly hit Chasing the Dragon, but Bate got his big toe on the bottom rope to break the pin up.
It was hard to keep track of who was legal, but Cole interfered to drop Bate, and finally Fish and O'Reilly pinned Seven after Total Elimination.
McIntyre decided that now was the best time to hit the ring, and I guess he had a point, as his presence caused Cole, Fish, and O'Reilly to scurry away. Well, they attempted to scurry away. SAnitY appeared behind them and got their revenge for the attacks at TakeOver and a few weeks later on NXT.
McIntyre joined in on the four-on-three beatdown and eventually the heel trio sulked away a lot less cocky than they were a few minutes earlier.
So. that does it for this week. What happens next week? Only one way to find out, so until then, remember to say your vitamins and take your prayers!