A massive Six-Man Tag Team Match between Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle and The O.C. devolved into mayhem with both Finn Bálor and Adam Cole making their presence felt. Elsewhere, Rhea Ripley chose the final member of her team for the upcoming first-ever Women’s WarGames Match at TakeOver.
NXT may have landed the first punches in the battle for brand supremacy ahead of Survivor Series, but The O.C. made sure that Raw fired back — and they came to the black-and-gold brand's turf to do so.
After taking out The Undisputed ERA in the parking lot before NXT even hit the air, AJ Styles, Luke Gallows & Karl Anderson made their way to ringside at Full Sail Live, declaring that they were taking over NXT.
That didn't sit well with Tommaso Ciampa, who brought backup in the form of Keith Lee and Matt Riddle — all of whom made their presence felt over the last week on Raw and SmackDown. The Blackheart of NXT issued a challenge for a Six-Man Tag Team Match, promptly accepted by The O.C. to set up the latest inter-brand clash for the evening's main event.
Pete Dunne finally evened the score with Damian Priest — and he did it by giving The Archer of Infamy a dose of his own medicine.
The score appears to be far from settled though, and the same goes for The BruiserWeight's issue with Killian Dain.
For the last month, Priest has been more than a thorn in the side of Dunne, first attacking him in a post-match ambush, and then getting the better of him in their first singles encounter.
This time, though, Dunne scored a victory by resorting to the same tactics used by Priest in their previous battle, catching The Archer of Infamy with a low blow out of the referee's sight after countering Priest's attempt to do the same. From there, Dunne locked Priest in a rolling cross armbreaker to force a submission.
Another recent enemy of Dunne's — Dain —blindsided The BruiserWeight afterward. Priest refused to sit idly by and shoved Dain aside in a bid to take another shot at Dunne, but received a headbutt and a running cannonball against the steel steps from The Beast of Belfast for his troubles.
The bad blood between three of NXT's hardest hitters has risen to a boiling point, creating an extremely combustible situation.
The top Superstars of NXT are united in the war against Raw and SmackDown — but those allegiances only extend so far.
And just whose side is Finn Bálor on?
The Six-Man Tag Team Match between Tommaso Ciampa, Keith Lee & Matt Riddle and The O.C. devolved into complete chaos when Lee's pounce sent AJ Styles crashing into the referee. Moments later, Ciampa seemed to have the match well in hand with Styles set up for The Fairytale Ending until Bálor entered, distracting The Blackheart long enough for Styles to escape.
Bálor planted Riddle with the 1916 DDT on the outside and if their reciprocated hand gestures were any indication, they seemed to suggest an alliance — or at least a truce — with Styles.
Not to be outdone, NXT Champion Adam Cole seized the chance to avenge The O.C.'s ambush on The Undisputed ERA earlier in the evening, taking to the ring and flooring The Phenomenal One with a superkick. With the hostile threat contained, The Panama City Playboy turned his attention to Ciampa, leveling his rival with The Last Shot.
With that, Cole and Bálor were the only ones left standing, while the WWE Universe was left with more questions than answers as the road to Survivor Series and TakeOver: WarGames continues.
In other action … Taynara Conti def. Santana Garrett … Shayna Baszler def. Dakota Kai … Angel Garza def. Tony Nese to earn an opportunity at the NXT Cruiserweight Championship a… Dominik Dijakovic def. Isaiah "Swerve" Scott.