WWE NXT Recap: October 9, 2019
S1 episode 4 Aired on October 9, 2019

The Ring General stood victorious after an explosive battle with Kushida, and The Undisputed ERA remained in the crosshairs of multiple challengers.

Lio Rush’s last three weeks have been as good as anyone’s. He returned from sabbatical, earned a title opportunity and now can call himself the new NXT Cruiserweight Champion.

He dethroned Drew Gulak in a hotly contested encounter Wednesday, dazzling yet again since his comeback last month. Starting the match at a blistering pace, including a Spanish Fly that nearly ended the match in immediate fashion, Rush eventually was grounded by Gulak's more tactical style.

With nifty reversals and escapes, Rush found his way back into the fight, even slipping out of The Philadelphia Stretcher's dreaded Gulock at one point. Later countering an apparent superplex attempt, The Man of The Hour set himself up for a springboard stunner and The Final Hour to secure victory.

After impressive victories over Oney Lorcan and now Gulak to put championship gold around his waist, who can slow down the red-hot Rush?

If The Undisputed ERA has learned anything since fulfilling the golden prophecy last month, it’s that heavy is the head that wears the crown.

NXT’s most dominant group is seeing challengers emerge from all directions for their respective titles. After Roderick Strong defeated Isaiah “Swerve” Scott in a match that seemed to give the NXT North American Champion far more than he bargained for, The Velveteen Dream appeared with a message for Strong — that he plans on recapturing the title in two weeks.

Dream declared his intentions by embarrassing Strong with some — we’ll call it “creative artistry” — on the video screen at Full Sail Live. But that wasn’t all The Undisputed ERA had to deal with.

Tommaso Ciampa also arrived on the scene to confront NXT Champion Adam Cole for the second straight week, clearing the ring of The Undisputed ERA when he arrived with a steel chair and his patented crutch in tow. Ciampa wasn’t done there, taking out Angel Garza with a vicious strike backstage moments later in a seemingly wrong place, wrong time situation.

The Undisputed ERA may have turned NXT into its own Camelot, but it’s clearly now under siege.

If WALTER and Imperium are to be outmatched in NXT, it’s not going to come at the hands of one man.

Fighting valiantly, Kushida perhaps pushed WALTER beyond his limits. However, The Ring General was simply too much for the time-traveling high-flyer, wearing him down with punishing chops and slaps throughout their encounter.

Kushida's fighting spirit reared itself in a fiery rally. Despite a significant size and strength disadvantage, he out-maneuvered WALTER late in the match with a series of masterful counters, highlighted by a powerbomb reversed into a DDT. The breakneck pace eventually ceased and spelled the end for Kushida with WALTER connecting on a truck-like running dropkick and a powerbomb — successful this time — for the pin.

Afterward, WALTER stood tall in victory with his Imperium teammates. The Japanese Superstar was the first to step to the imposing group after its bullyish arrival on NXT, but given Kushida’s fate, one has to wonder if anyone else in the locker room will try the same.

In other action … Rhea Ripley def. Aliyah … The Forgotten Sons def. Breezango … Cameron Grimes def. Boa … Bianca Belair def. Dakota Kai.