Dexter Loomis and Johnny Gargano surprise Carmelo Hayes and Trick Williams
The MELO-bration ended abruptly when Johnny Gargano returned with Dexter Loomis’ shocking twist.
Odysseus Jones def. Andre Chase
The defeat of Odyssey Jones during the 2021 NXT Breakout Tournament never suited Andre Chase, and he has survived it for Jones ever since. After interfering with Jones’ last match, they finally met in the ring.
Chase tried to attack but couldn’t match Jones’ size and power. He eventually managed to knock Jones off his feet with a punch, followed by DDT, but his momentum was short-lived as Jones caught a right hook attempt, got to his feet and made a huge splash to win.
Imperium def. The creed brothers
Having been denied the opportunity to participate in the NXT Tag Team Championship, Diamond Mine and the Creed Brothers decided that they had only one thing to do: ruin their way to the top. The first on their way, the Imperium.
The brothers’ physicality was fully demonstrated when Creeds severely beat Marcel Bartel from the start, preventing him from making a tag. Bartel managed to escape, returning to the corner to tag Eichner, who, after a stellar display of power, ultimately fell victim to the combined efforts of Julius and Brutus.
The Creed Brothers’ victory looked almost certain until Ikemen Jiro and Kushida ran out and started attacking the Diamond Mine participants at the ring, allowing the Imperium to take the victory through distraction. Jiro and Kushida continued to fight backstage after the match.
In the ring, Fabian Eichner and Marcel Barthel, meanwhile, enjoyed their victory as they watched the chaos ensued, until the NXT Tag Team Champions MSK pounced on the unsuspecting duo, knocking them out onto the court. Wes Lee and Nash Carter then took up Imperium’s challenge for team tag titles at Halloween Havoc.
Cora Jade def. Electra Lopez
NXT’s youngest superstar has been on fire since her debut but hit the wall in the form of Electra Lopez. Lopez dominated the young upstart, tossing her around the ring like a rag doll and lining her up with a clothesline.
But Jade was the last to laugh as La Madrina went to lift Jade off the mat, Jade seized the moment and rolled Lopez to an unexpected victory.
Io Shirai def. Persia Pirotta vs. Jaycee Jane – Triple Threat Match
Spinning the wheel in the upcoming NXT Women’s Team Championship at Halloween Havoc, Io Shirai, Persia Pirotta and Jaycee Jane have been selected to represent their teams in the hotly contested Triple Threat Match.
Jane only set her sights on Shirai in the first seconds, but Pirotta quickly intervened with a brutal double clothesline. Recognizing Pirotta’s strength, Jane and Shirai signed a truce to defeat the NXT rookie, but Pirotta canceled a double suplex attempt.
The match eventually spilled over into the ring, and Shirai took advantage of the lunar blow from his apron, effectively knocking Jane out of the match.
Until two superstars, Shirai couldn’t match the strength of Pirotta, who nearly earned a badge after a sit-down power bomb. Shirai eventually rallied, showing some strength of her own with a suplex, stepping over Pirotta and landing her patented moon assault from the top rope on a count of three.
Shirai then joined her teammate Zoe Stark at the top of the ladder to spin the Halloween Havoc wheel, culminating in the “Scareway to Hell Ladder Match” next week in the Women’s Triple Threat Women’s Team Championship match.
Tony D’Angelo, def. Ru Feng
Tony D’Angelo showed Ru Feng who the Creator of NXT 2.0 is. Ru Feng took a little offense at D’Angelo, but was quickly stopped by a massive elbow ripped off the ropes.
D’Angelo struck Ru Feng with a clothesline, rolling through the belly-to-belly suplex and modified rotating collar to win.
Legado Del Fantasma def. Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen
Tag team partners Josh Briggs and Brooks Jensen kicked off the match after stopping a potential behind-the-scenes attack from Legado Del Phantazma overnight. The family responded with a brutal beating with a steel chair just before entering the ring.
Shocked but not scared, Briggs and Jensen managed to get into the ring and seemed to have an edge over Legado del Fantazma until Briggs got out of the ring and was quickly pushed into the ring by Santos Escobar.
Escobar intervenes again, trying to distract Jensen, who is starting to return. but Jensen didn’t have enough time to quickly level Escobar out of the ring. But he averted his eyes from the prize and returned to the ring to find a huge punch to the face awaiting him, leading to Legado Del Fantasma’s victory.
LA Knight def. Grayson Waller
LA Knight took center stage at Halloween Havoc the following week following a Twitter war of words with Grayson Waller for the right to host a show that could only be decided in the ring.
Waller was ready for a fight, leaving Knight stunned after an early attack, but Knight caught the Australian with a huge punch and a facebuster for victory and the right to host Halloween Havoc.
NXT Champion Tommaso Champa & Bron Breaker def. Gray-haired young veterans
Bron Breaker said he would keep NXT champion Tommaso Champa safe and healthy during their Halloween Havoc standoff, so when they teamed up to fight The Grizzled Young Veterans, Breaker was the first to go into action.
After beating James Drake for a while, Champa was forced to tag himself in a match after it was revealed that Breaker would not be able to get into that match. The two superstars seemed to mock each other as Champa kneeled a runner right in the corner right in front of Breaker, staring at the challenger the entire time. Eventually, the situation turned in GYV’s favor when Zach Gibson pulled Champa out of the ring following an invisible mark, causing Gibson to jump over the ropes to send Champa to the floor.
GYV kept pushing him to Champa, systematically breaking the champion as Breaker could only watch from around the corner. Champa earned some separation with DDT, but was unable to find his partner as Breaker was in the process of interfering with Gibson’s play outside the ring.
Back in his corner, Champa finally slapped Breaker in the face. It looks like everything will break from there, but instead Breaker went on the offensive with a massive clothesline. Breaker removed the match with crushing powerslam, but didn’t have time to call for the champion when he lifted Drake into the air and threw him for a pin.