WWE NXT Recap: October 16, 2019
S1 episode 5 Aired on October 16, 2019

Damian Priest got the better of Pete Dunne in a controversial conclusion to their thrilling battle. Elsewhere, The Undisputed ERA took out Velveteen Dream, but Roderick Strong now finds himself with not just one, but two new challengers to his NXT North American Championship.

Tommaso Ciampa is back and appears as dangerous as ever, and that could mean bad news for NXT Champion Adam Cole.

The Blackheart went a long way Wednesday toward extinguishing any doubts about his recovery from injury. In his first action since February, Ciampa showed little ring rust during a defeat ofAngel Garza, securing the victory after an elevated hanging DDT dubbed Willow's Belle.

Cole, whose title The Sicilian Psychopath still covets after being forced to relinquish it, and the rest of The Undisputed ERA appeared afterward to seemingly exploit the situation and feast on a fatigued Ciampa, but they backed off when he found a chair and his patented crutch to defend himself.

Instead, The Undisputed ERA flexed their propensity for damage in another way — and with a different victim. Kyle O’Reilly handed a USB drive to play-by-play commentator Mauro Ranallo.

Moments later, the NXT Universe saw that the device contained footage of the aftermath of an apparent vicious backstage attack by Undisputed ERA on an unconscious Velveteen Dream, who was set to challenge Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Title next week.

Ciampa’s message for Cole and his allies has clearly been received loud and clear, but they’ve responded equally in kind by showing exactly how far they’re willing to go to remain NXT’s most dominant force.

If Matt Riddle was deterred by narrowly coming up short in his challenge for Adam Cole’s NXT Title, he didn’t show it.

The Original Bro got right back on track in his first action since that spectacular encounter two weeks ago and was victorious, overcoming the best that the hulking Bronson Reed had to offer. Riddle especially wowed the NXT Universe with a series that included a Bro to Sleep and a powerbomb before later finishing Reed off with the Bro Derek to seal the win.

Having received all he could handle from Reed and then some, Riddle showed his hard-won respect for "The Aus-zilla" with a post-bout fist bump in a display of sportsmanship.

The Archer of Infamy took aim at one of the biggest names NXT has to offer — and hit his mark.

After Damian Priest attacked Pete Dunne earlier this month and asserted his desire for acclaim at The BruiserWeight’s expense, the issue came to a head with a spirited battle this week.

Priest’s bid for infamy was nearly thwarted, with Dunne wearing him out through his trademark joint manipulation. The education in British Strong Style continued largely uninterrupted until Priest defied gravity with a springboard somersault senton to the outside.

Priest continued to pour it on with a cyclone kick, Frankensteiner and "South of Heaven" chokeslam, but it wasn't enough to keep Dunne down.

The matchup seemed to push both beyond their limits, leading to an exchange of devastating strikes and counters of Priest's Reckoning and Dunne's Bitter End.

With both competitors on wobbly legs after an epic fight, Priest's underhanded tactics proved decisive. As Dunne prepared to snap his digits, Priest finessed the two into a tie-up with officialJessika Carr in the corner. That split-second opening was enough for Priest to deliver a savage kick below the belt, creating an opportunity for Priest to hit the Reckoning.

Controversial or not, Priest took another step toward making sure his name lives forever with a victory over Dunne in the record books.

In other action … Imperium def. Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch … Io Shirai def. Kayden Carter … Keith Lee vs. Dominik Dijakovic ended in a No Contest … and Matt Riddle def. Bronson Reed.