Oney Lorcan def. Austin’s theory
Pete Dunn and Johnny Gargano joined the in-ring brawl to get to know each other, just hours after the four were separated in a wild backstage brawl in front of NXT. Again, Dunn and Gargano had to be separated, this time inside the Capitol Wrestling Center. However, back in the ring, Oni Lorcan lifted W, knocking Austin Theory back with a half-Nelson kick.
Legado del Fantazma challenges Bronson Reed and MSK for TakeOver
With Joaquin Wilde and Raul Mendoza losing their bid for the NXT Tag Team title last week, Santos Escobar has upped the ante by challenging Bronson Reed and MSK to gamble massive winners of the NXT North American and Tag Team titles. All six participants match at NXT TakeOver: In Your House. Reed and MSC agreed without hesitation.
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott def. Cillian Dayne
In an effort to settle the bad blood from the bitter standoff near the Capitol Wrestling Center a week ago, Killian Dane had to account not only for Swerve, but for the rest of Hit Row, whose presence was felt. Drake Maverick attempted to neutralize the threat in the interests of his partner, but found Top Dollar overpowered him. Meanwhile, Scott pushed Dane back with a powerful slap to the face to ensure victory.
Mercedes Martinez def. Amari Miller
In an effort to gain an advantage ahead of Sunday’s TakeOver match, Xia Li beat Mercedes Martinez before she could even hit the ring. However, Martinez seemed to be ready to strike, recovered and fought off Lee before dropping her over the barricade.
As if that wasn’t enough for Tian Sha ahead of Sunday’s release, Martinez was still in the scheduled match, taking care of Amari Miller in no time after a huge knee and a plane crash.
Ted DiBiase announced the return of the million dollar title
Cameron Grimes and the LA Knight were about to clash at NXT TakeOver: In Your House for the right to continue the legacy of the Million Dollar Man, and Ted DiBiase upped the ante. DiBiase announced that Grimes and Knight will face off not only in the Ladder Match, but for the return of the million dollar title.
Gray-haired young veterans def. August Gray and Ikemen Jiro
Zach Gibson and James Drake vowed to end Tommaso Champa and Timothy Thatcher, but NXT’s most dangerous duo had other ideas. Although Gibson and Drake took down the August Gray and Ikemen Giro, Champa and Thatcher faced them later, challenging them to the Tornado Tag Match the following week.
Poppy introduced the returning Io Shirai.
Candice Leray already expressed her strong feelings for Poppy last week, but this week she returned to the well with the Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter. Poppy decided to bring in a friend – none other than former NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai, who returned with great success to take on Leray.
Ember Moon def. Dakota Kai as a result of disqualification
Amber Moon wanted to set an example for Dakota Kai before fighting her partner Raquel Gonzalez this Sunday, although Big Mami Cool tried to stop her but failed. While Gonzalez interrupted the match by delivering a boot with Moon seated on the ropes, Moon brushed off the cobwebs in time to fend off the NXT Women’s Champion and throw it off with a powerful eclipse, potentially foreshadowing what should happen in TakeOver.
Adam Cole excelled in the NXT Title Fatal 5-Way.
NXT general manager William Regal tried to prevent this, but Carrion Cross was not denied a face-off for the NXT title this Sunday. With Adam Cole nowhere to be found, the four other superstars easily broke through security before turning their gaze to each other. Cross appeared to be the last one to hold out as the smoke cleared, until Cole showed up, blowing Cross with a pair of super punch before delivering the final blow to survive the NXT championship.