WWE NXT Recap: October 23, 2019
S1 episode 6 Aired on October 23, 2019

Finn Bálor appeared ready to battle The Undisputed ERA, but instead stunned NXT with a savage attack on Johnny Gargano after Roderick Strong retained the North American Title. Elsewhere, Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox earned an opportunity at the Women’s Tag Team Championship.

Just as soon as he returned to Full Sail, Tyler Bate might be right back in the thick of things on NXT thanks to a sour encounter with Cameron Grimes.

Matt Riddle put an end to Grimes’ recent winning streak with a scintillating victory, ultimately countering The Technical Savage's attempt to hit "The Cave-In" into a powerbomb before connecting with the Bro Derek.

Afterward, Grimes was disinterested in Riddle’s show of “bromanship,” turning down a fist bump. Obliging The Original Bro's gesture instead was Bate, seated in the front row after arriving alongside Pete Dunne earlier in the night.

Grimes greeted “Textbook” Tyler with a shove, prompting Bate to drop him like a pile of bricks with a Bop and Bang punch.

Roderick Strong managed to battle his way out from the corner he backed himself into, narrowly retaining his North American Championship.

With NXT General Manager William Regal foiling Strong’s plan last week to avoid a title defense altogether, Strong found himself between two goliaths in Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic with his title on the line in a triple threat match.

Commandeering the imagination of the Full Sail Live crowd and highlight reels with breath-taking moments like a spectacular powerbomb-superplex combination and Lee's death-defying tope con giro, all three competitors made magic.

In the end, it was the brute force of Lee and Dijakovic sealing their own fate. Strong swooped in to steal the victory, seizing the moment to finish off Lee for a cover after the Limitless Superstar powerbombed Dijakovic off the ropes.

Finn Bálor already upset the balance of power in NXT once this month, causing a seismic shift with his return to the black-and-gold brand.

He did it again Wednesday in even more shocking fashion.

Bálor arrived to seemingly help even the odds when Tommaso Ciampa and Johnny Gargano confronted The Undisputed ERA, who were fresh off picking the bones of the battered Keith Lee and Dominik Dijakovic after Roderick Strong's successful North American Title defense.

Standing side-by-side with The Blackheart and Johnny Wrestling, Bálor stunned all in attendance when he instead caught Gargano on the nose with a Pele Kick, leaving The Undisputed ERA to decimate Ciampa four-on-one. Bobby Fish and Kyle O'Reilly held the helpless Ciampa in place for a devastating Last Shot by NXT Champion Adam Cole.

But all incredulous eyes were locked on Bálor, who wasn't finished. He sent Gargano and the ringside barricade toppling with a thunderous dropkick before punctuating his confounding actions by spiking The Heart and Soul of NXT head-first on the ramp with the 1916 DDT.

With Bálor once again turning NXT upside down, we're left wondering a simple question — why?

In other action … Rhea Ripley def. Bianca Belair … Isaiah “Swerve” Scott & Breezango def. The Forgotten Sons … and Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox def. Marina Shafir & Jessamyn Duke to earn a Women's Tag Team Championship opportunity.

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