Undisputed ERA stood tall in the night's main event, but their post-match liberties sparked a union to fear and a declaration of war from Tommaso Ciampa.
One week after Finn Bálor viciously attacked Johnny Gargano, he came to NXT with a warning. The self-proclaimed “hottest thing in the business,” Bálor had a message for the fans, “the office,” the boys in the back and Twitter tough guys.
“I don’t watch this business. This business watches me!” Bálor yelled before turning his attention to Gargano, who was hospitalized after last week’s attack. “If you want your go again, I will send you straight back. And you won’t be ‘Johnny Wrestling,’ you’ll be ‘Johnny Watches Wrestling’ — the exact way it’s supposed to be.” Mic drop.
The Kabuki Warriors returned to NXT to defend the WWE Women’s Tag Team Titles for the first time on the brand, and the return did not disappoint. Asuka & Kairi Sane arrived with a new attitude, two days removed from spitting poison mist at former manager Paige on Raw, but Dakota Kai & Tegan Nox were waiting for them.
Asuka and Sane were ruthless, from Sane throwing Nox into the steel steps to Asuka attacking Kai’s surgically repaired knee. The champions specifically targeted Kai’s legs, making her kicks a nonfactor until she unexpectedly caught Sane, allowing her to crawl to tag in Nox, who rushed the ring. Nox dished out elbows like they were free candy on Halloween.
When Asuka reversed the Shiniest Wizard with a knee bar, it seemed like hope was lost for the challengers, but Nox powered out and tagged Kai back into the bout. She had the champions on the defensive, but Sane wisely distracted the official, allowing Asuka to blind Kai with poison mist. Sane finished with an InSane Elbow for the win.
The Title Match was over, but the fight was just starting.
Kyle O’Reilly & Bobby Fish struck quickly, trying to take out Matt Riddle immediately, but Keith Lee fended off the double-team attack causing the reigning NXT Tag Team Champions to retreat. Riddle chased O’Reilly & Fish back inside, where he split the former with a Spear and the latter with a Jackhammer.
Even the arrival of NXT Champion Adam Cole and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong couldn’t slow Riddle & Lee, as The King of the Bros laid out all of Undisputed ERA with an Asai Moonsault. But the chaos allowed Fish and O’Reilly to hit Riddle with a picture-perfect Total Elimination to give Undisputed ERA the victory.
A win wasn’t enough for Cole and company, who stomped Lee and Riddle after the bell, triggering the arrival of Tommaso Ciampa and his crutch. The trio of Lee, Riddle and Ciampa chased Undisputed ERA from the ring, then Ciampa had a message for Goldie: You’re going to have to wait. Daddy’s going to War!
In other action … Io Shirai def. Candice LeRae … Bronson Reed def. Shane Thorne … William Regal announces first Women’s WarGames … and Cameron Grimes def. Tyler Bate.