WWE NXT Recap: September 18, 2019
S1 episode 1 Aired on September 18, 2019

On the explosive two-hour live premiere of NXT on USA Network and WWE Network, Matt Riddle​​​​​​’s Street Fight against Killian Dain descended into a locker room-clearing brawl, Candice LeRae captured an NXT Women’s Title opportunity in a Fatal 4-Way Match, Roderick Strong overcame North American Champion Velveteen Dream to fulfill The Undisputed ERA’s golden prophecy and much more.

Prophecy fulfilled.

Some nine months after The Undisputed ERA guaranteed that all four of its members would be “draped in gold” within the year, Roderick Strong turned the bold prognostication into reality, defeating Velveteen Dream to capture the North American Title. The Messiah of the Backbreaker, however, didn’t do it alone.

The champion and challenger tore into each other with vigor — the epic duel bringing the NXT Universe to their feet — but the complexion changed once Dream broke free from the Strong Hold and the rest of the Undisputed ERA arrived at ringside. Strong pulled Dream into the referee, opening the door for his teammates to run interference.

The enigmatic “North American Dream” initially kept them at bay and even kicked out of the End of Heartache after the referee regained his senses. The Undisputed ERA’s underhanded antics weren’t over, though, and with the referee distracted, NXT Champion Adam Cole was free to level Dream with a superkick, allowing Strong to follow up with another End of Heartache to snare the win and set off The Undisputed ERA’s long-awaited celebration.

With a new championship added to the faction’s overstuffed coffers, Cole, Strong, Bobby Fish & Kyle O’Reilly’s stranglehold on the black-and-gold brand can no longer be disputed.


The much-anticipated Street Fight between Matt Riddle and Killian Dain failed to determine a winner or who the tougher man was — if anything, it intensified their scorching animosity — but it did succeed in giving The Original Bro and The Northern Ireland Nightmare another chance to brutalize one another. They weren’t alone, either.

The no-disqualification smashmouth brawl saw Riddle and Dain clobber each other with Kendo sticks and fight throughout the NXT Universe. The chaos spiraled further out of control with each passing second, eventually sprawling outside the arena, near Superstar bystanders.

That’s when the fuse detonated.

WALTER and Imperium soon joined the fracas, attacking Riddle. The Street Profits weren’t far behind, giving Riddle an assist. Before long, virtually the entire NXT roster was entangled in the tempest, with everyone from The Forgotten Sons to Pete Dunne, Bronson Reed and Danny Burch getting involved as the fight spilled back to ringside.

In other action … Candice LeRae def. Mia Yim, Io Shirai and Bianca Belair (Fatal 4-Way Match to decide Shayna Baszler's next opponent) … Cameron Grimes def. Sean Maluta … Pete Dunne def. Arturo Ruas … Xia Li def. Aliyah … Kushida stood up to WWE U.K. Champion WALTER and Imperium … and Lio Rush def. Oney Lorcan to become the top contender to Cruiserweight Champion Drew Gulak.