Cameron Grimes def. Roderick Strong
Cameron Grimes remained persistent in his quest to acquire the intellectual property of The Undisputed ERA from Roderick Strong, and he came up with a Grimes The System shirt and a new theme song. But a disgruntled Strong broke off and channeled his frustration with the situation involving Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly into an aggression against the Tech Savage.
However, the same emotion came at a cost to Strong. Grimes appeared to have pulled a foreign object out of his tights, but it was an undeniable ERA armband. When his attention was stopped, Strong became a sedentary duck for the devastating Grimes Crash.
NXT Heavyweight Champion Santos Escobar, def. Tyler Breeze
Eager to prove his championship integrity – and not very subtly ripping a page out of TakeOver opponent Jordan Devlin’s book – Santos Escobar threw in an open challenge, which was answered by former NXT Tag Team champion Tyler Breeze.
While Prince Prelty gave Escobar much more than he probably bargained for, the leader of Legado del Fantasma emerged victorious after landing Breeze with the Ghost Driver. After that, Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde wanted to continue their assault on the Breeze, but MSK had other ideas and drove them away. Finally, the Grizzled Young Veterans are making their mark ahead of the NXT Tag Team Triple Threats next week at TakeOver.
Candice Leray and Indy Hartwell def. Gigi Dolin and Zayda Ramier and challenged NXT women’s champions Shotzy Blackheart and Amber Moon
Rookie duo Gigi Dolin and Zayed Ramier challenged The Way, but they couldn’t match the well-oiled machine of Candice Leray and Indy Hartwell. Leray laid Ramir on the Angry Stepsister, preparing her for the big ski jump from Hartwell to win.
Leray then stated that The Way had decided to compete for the NXT women’s team titles at NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver, and as fighting champions Shotzy Blackheart and Amber Moon were happy to challenge.
Raquel Gonzalez def. Zoe Stark
A week before she challenges the NXT women’s title, Raquel Gonzalez looked nearly invincible. While Zoe Stark once again showed she could more than hold off against the black and gold brand’s elite – and even won a few near-falls against the # 1 challenger – she had no answer to Gonzalez’s devastating one-handed power bomb.
Although Gonzalez has already defeated NXT women’s champion Io Shirai during an altercation earlier this evening, The Genius of the Sky is back to do better. Once again, Shirai was left in tatters after Gonzalez threw her into the plexiglass in the ring and demanded that she stay up.
Xia Li def. Casey Catanzaro and Kayden Carter
Despite having a team match in readiness, Tian Sha had a cool ball for Casey Catanzaro and Kaidan Carter as they instead faced only Xia Li in a 2v1 handicap match, which was not the only surprise.
As Mei Ying watched from the gangway, Carter eventually bumped into her – only to incapacitate her due to a unique pressure point and a mysterious smoke fired into her face. Meanwhile, Lee crushed Catanzaro with a powerful spinning punch to claim another brutal victory.
LA Knight wins 11-man Battle Royale Isaiah “Swerve” Scott, Leon Ruff, Bronson Reed, Cameron Grimes and Dexter Loomis also qualified for the Gauntlet Eliminator.
Even the usual chaos that accompanies the Battle Royal intensified when Leon Ruff attacked rival Isaiah “Swerve” Scott before the call, setting the tone for a tumultuous fight – one that Roderick Strong did not participate in after announcing he was “ready” earlier in the evening. when he left the Capitol Wrestling Center.
Kushida and Pete Dunn have not lost their love for each other after a tense previous confrontation. Their beef proved to be costly as both men eliminated each other, and resident Time Splitter NXT refused to give up the hoverboard lock until the judges parted them.
Although “Swerve” and Ruff finished in the Gauntlet Eliminator, Bronson Reed impressed both men with a powerful start from the ring.
After standing almost motionless in the corner for the entire fight, the bizarre Dexter Loomis finally joined the action, briefly teaming up with Los Angeles Knight and Cameron Grimes to toss the colossal Reed.
With the three men remaining, Grimes seemed determined to buy his way to victory, but Loomis and Knight were not interested, sending the Tech Savage flying over the ropes.
Finally, Knight prevailed – and the final entry in the Gauntlet Eliminator – with a bit of trickery. After Loomis climbed over the top rope, but caught himself on the apron, he sent Knight through the ropes. Knight deftly ripped the apron off Loomis for destruction, leaving himself something to brag about.
Hell burst out when Io Shirai called for Raquel Gonzalez.
Despite being beaten repeatedly by Big Mami Cool throughout the evening, who even threw Shirai over the wall backstage, the NXT Women’s Champion took the ring, challenging Gonzalez, who gave Shirai exactly what she wanted. This time, however, not every female NXT superstar has been able to hold back Shirai, who has left Gonzalez and everyone else to pieces after an impressive foothold to the street by showing Gonzalez what awaits her in NXT TakeOver: Stand & Deliver.