Matt Riddle and Killian Dain wrote a brutal chapter in their bitter rivalry on WWE NXT, as they clashed in a wild street fight. After tables, chairs and kendo sticks came into play, it was The Original Bro who emerged victorious, forcing The Beast of Belfast to tap out to an armbar to earn an NXT Championship Match. Adam Cole got a preview of what lies ahead next Wednesday after the match, when Riddle locked him in the same submission.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch have repeatedly proven themselves to be one of NXT’s toughest teams, and they took to the ring against Chase Parker & Matt Martel, the duo known as Ever-Rise, to remind the entire tag-team division of that fact.
Lorcan & Burch showcased their unrivaled intensity and sealed a win over the veteran pairing following a high-impact tandem DDT.
After coming up short in an impressive run to the finals in NXT’s Breakout Tournament, Cameron Grimes has torn through his competition.
In a hard-fought battle with Raul Mendoza, he resumed his winning ways this week. The bout featured contrasting styles between Grimes’ technical savagery and Mendoza’s aerial artistry. With a leaping double stomp attempt from the get-go, Grimes tried to repeat his quick-strike victory from a week ago, but Mendoza scouted it all too well.
Mendoza dazzled the NXT Universe and overwhelmed Grimes with a variety of spectacular offense, and temporarily put Grimes on dream street with several step-up enziguris. He even almost stole a victory following a Frankensteiner.
Grimes managed to shake off the cobwebs before uncorking his patented leaping double stomp out of nowhere to clinch the win.
If Imperium thought it could single out Kushida as an easy target after arriving on NXT, that idea was flipped on its head.
After standing up to WALTER and his teammates last week when Imperium pre-empted his scheduled match, Kushida faced the difficult task of recruiting two teammates to help him answer Imperium’s challenge.
Luckily for Kushida, he located help that was equal parts formidable and fashionable in Breezango.
The recently reunited team of Tyler Breeze & Fandango joined forces with Kushida to take on, and ultimately defeat, the Imperium triumvirate of Alexander Wolfe, Fabian Aichner and Marcel Barthel. Imperium looked like a well-oiled machine for much of the encounter, slowing the pace and isolating Tyler Breeze in their corner.
Breeze was eventually able to tag in Fandango, who stunned Imperium with blistering offense, including a physics-defying tope con giro. Moments later, Kushida snatching the victory from thin air with a crafty bridge pinfall on Barthel.
Though Imperium came up short, its leader did not. WALTER appeared on the ramp to blindside the celebrating Kushida, nearly taking off his head with a devastating big boot. Though they suffered a defeat in the latest battle, The Ring General and his Imperium comrades stood tall in the latest chapter of a war with Kushida that seems to be just beginning.
In other action … Keith Lee def. Dominik Dijakovic … Dakota Kai def. Taynara Conti … Matt Riddle def. Killian Dain in a Street Fight for an NXT Championship opportunity next week … Rhea Ripley def. Kayden Carter.