“Then. Now. Forever.” The WWE video leads us into the show.
The band Poppy is live in the arena playing “I Disagree,” the theme song of WWE NXT. In the background, a video recapping last week’s show plays.
Poppy then plays “Scary Mask” as Io Shirai makes her way to the ring.
Io Shirai vs. Candice LeRae
Io Shirai shoves Candice LeRae, so LeRae forearms her. Shirai leaves the ring, so LeRae follows her out. Shirai connects with a tiger feint kick before wiping her out with a suicide dive. LeRae soon fights back and hits a suicide dive of her own. LeRae gets her in the ring and snaps her off the middle rope. LeRae connects with a step-up senton splash for a two count. Shirai avoids an avalanche, but LeRae gives her a back elbow. LeRae goes to the second rope, but Shirai sweeps the feet. Shirai then hits a lung blower off the second rope for a two count!
Shirai throws her across the ring and attacks for a two count. Shirai then applies a chin lock. LeRae tries to fight up, but Shirai dropkicks her down. Shirai grabs the hair and twists it before kicking her in the head. There are some dueling chants for both women. LeRae gets to her feet, and they trade blows. LeRae counters into a roll-up for a two count. LeRae goes for a head-scissor takeover, but Shirai lands on her feet. LeRae then knocks her to the apron. LeRae has a bloody nose. LeRae goes for a suplex on the apron, but Shirai blocks it. Shirai boots her in the face and rips at the face. Shirai goes for a German Suplex on the apron, but LeRae blocks it before knocking her back into the ring. LeRae goes to the top rope, but Shirai punches her. Shirai goes for a superplex, but LeRae blocks it. LeRae shoves her off to the mat, but Shirai quickly knocks her to the floor.
We come back from the break to see both women down. They get to their feet and LeRae clotheslines her down. LeRae hits the ropes and hits a running dropkick to knock Shirai to the corner. LeRae hits an avalanche in the corner and goes to the second rope for a big tornado DDT, which gets her a near fall. LeRae gets her on the second rope for a swinging neckbreaker, but Shirai throws her down to the mat. Shirai goes for a moonsault, but LeRae gets her knees up. LeRae punches away at her and catches her with an inside cradle for a two count. Shirai uppercuts her and applies a head-scissor submission. LeRae struggles and barely gets to the bottom rope.
Shirai goes under the ring and grabs a chair. Shirai goes to hit her with the chair, but the referee takes it away. LeRae rolls her up for a near fall. LeRae quickly follows up with a double chickenwing facebuster before kicking her in the face. LeRae goes for a springboard moonsault, but Shirai moves and LeRae lands face-first on the steel chair! Shirai quickly covers her for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Io Shirai
Shirai continues to attack LeRae after the match and grabs the steel chair. Rhea Ripley quickly runs down and kicks the chair out of Shirai’s hands. Ripley takes her down and grabs the chair. Ripley swings, but Shirai escapes the ring.
Tonight’s main event will be Matt Riddle and Keith Lee taking on Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly of the Undisputed ERA in a non-title match.
Video Package: The world reacts to Finn Balor’s tun on Johnny Gargano
We’ll hear from Balor, next.
Footage is shown of Damian Priest low blowing Pete Dunne and hitting The Reckoning to beat him two weeks ago on WWE NXT.
Pete Dunne will take on Damian Priest next week on WWE NXT.
Finn Balor explains his actions
Finn Balor makes his entrance and the spotlights were turned off for the crowd, which was expecting to raise their arms up during the music. The crowd loudly boos him. Balor says it’s funny how things work out. Two months ago he was laying down for what was supposed to be the hottest thing in the business just because he put a new mask on. Balor just took his mask off and is now the hottest thing in the business.
As usual, everyone has an opinion. The fans have their opinions, the office has their opinions, and the boys in the back have their opinions. There’s a bunch of Twitter tough guys on social media. The problem is there are too many fans in the locker room when they should be sitting out here with the people. Balor says he doesn’t watch this business. The business watches him.
That brings him to Johnny Gargano, the heart of NXT. Balor sarcastically congratulates Gargano on getting out of the hospital. If Gargano wants another go, Balor will send him straight back. He won’t be Johnny Wrestling. He’ll be Johnny Watches Wrestling, the way it’s supposed to be. Balor’s music plays, and he leaves the ring. Balor smiles and adjusts his jacket.
Video Package: The Kabuki Warriors
Tyler Bate will take on Cameron Grimes later tonight.
Shane Thorne vs. Bronson Reed
The bell rings, and Thorne immeidately dropkicks him to the corner and hits a running dropkick in the corner. Thorne hits a running summersault senton in the corner. Thorne charges again, but Reed turns him inside out with a clothesline followed by a senton splash. Reed pulls himself up, and they trade chops. They go back and forth for a bit trading chops, and they’re out exhausted on their feet. Thorne hits an uppercut, but Reed quickly forearms him. Thorne quickly kicks him in the head and hits a back suplex for a near fall. Thorne kicks him in the chest and back a few times. Reed clotheslines him, slingshots over him, and hits a release German Suplex. Reed picks him up and hits a back-to-belly piledriver for a near fall!
Reed goes to the top rope, but Thorne cuts him off. Thorne climbs the ropes for a super hurricanrana, but Reed shoves him off! Reed then hits a big splash off the top rope for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Bronson Reed
Cathy Kelly is backstage with Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox. Dakota Kai says they both came back from bad knee injuries and won’t let the opportunity slide. Tegan Nox says Kai is her best friend and she’s excited.
Video Package: Mia Yim highlight video
WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship
Dakota Kai and Tegan Nox vs. The Kabuki Warriors (c’s)
This is the first time the WWE Women’s Tag Team Championship will be defended in the NXT Arena.
Asuka will start against Tegan Nox. They circle the ring and lock up. Asuka hooks a side headlock and cinches it in. Nox whips her off and leapfrogs her, but Asuka soon kicks her in the ribs. Kairi Sane tags in, and she viciously chops Nox down. Nox challenges her to do it again, so Sane obliges. Nox chops her back, and they start trading open hand chops. Sane stomps the foot and pulls her down by the hair. Sane then poses. Nox reverses a whip and dropkicks her down. Asuka runs in, but Dakota Kai dropkicks her down. Nox and Kai go after the Kabuki Warriors at ringside, but Asuka and Sane take them down.
We come back from the break to see Nox take Asuka down before tagging Kai in. They attack Asuka in the corner. Nox hits a senton in the corner, and Kai picks up a two count. Kai takes Asuka down with a pair of arm drags before hitting a snapmare. Kai hits a running kick to the face for a near fall. Nox goes to the apron, but Asuka hits a dragon screw on the middle rope. Asuka attacked the surgically repaired knee. Asuka then knocks her to the floor.
Nox checks on Kai at ringside before backing up when Asuka approached her. Asuka puts Kai in the ring and digs her foot into her head. Asuka kicks away at Kai before applying a leg lock. Asuka cinches it in, but Kai fights up. Asuka ducks an enzuigiri and twists the injured leg over the bottom rope. Sane tags in, taunts Nox, and hits a sliding knee. Sane covers Kai by just sitting on her for a two count. Sane goes for a stretch muffler, but Kai fights it. Sane then applies a reverse figure four leglock. Asuka tags in and stretches the knee again. Asuka then applies a modified STF. Kai fights up and rolls her up for a two count. Asuka quickly kicks her down and pulls her to her corner. Sane tags in and talks trash to Kai while absorbing some forearms. Sane quickly chops her down and stalks around the ring. Sane applies a head-scissor and looks for a submission. Kai counters into a pin for a two count. Sane quickly hits an axe kick to the back. Asuka tags in, and they slam Kai’s knees off the mat. Asuka playfully kicks her in the head a few times and talks trash. Asuka hits a snapmare and viciously kicks her in the back a few times for a two count. Asuka stretches her out on the ropes before letting go and kicking her in the face. Asuka then viciously pulls back on the knee.
We come back from the break to see Sane take Kai down. Asuka tags in and shoves Kai down. Asuka now viciously twists the knee. Asuka goes for a modified Boston Crab, but it’s a little wonky. Sane tags in, and they hit a double-team double knee facebuster. Sane follows up with a neckbreaker, and Asuka kicks her in the face, but Kai kicks out. Kai crawls to the wrong corner, but she fights off The Kabuki Warriors. Kai then pulls the ropes down to get Sane out of the ring. Sane gets in the ring to stop her from making a tag, but Kai takes her out with a scorpion kick.
Asuka and Nox tag in. Nox hits a pair of clotheslines before hitting a chokeslam on Sane. Nox uppercuts Asuka and Sane back and forth in the corner. Sane reverses her to the corner, but Nox sends her into Asuka. Nox takes them down and hits Asuka with a top rope cross-body block for a near fall. Asuka counters a Shiniest Wizard into a knee bar! Nox screams in pain, but she fights up and applies a cross arm breaker. Sane quickly breaks up the submission. Kai runs in and kicks Sane down. Asuka hits Kai with a German Suplex, and Nox hits Asuka with a superkick. An “NXT” chant fires up.
Kai tags in and beats Asuka down before hitting a modified slingshot knee. Kai then hits a running boot in the corner. Kai limps to the corner and grabs Asuka by the hair. Kai lifts her up, but Asuka slips off and spits Green Mist in her face while Sane distracts the referee! Asuka kicks Kai in the head and tags Sane in. Asuka hits Nox with a running hip attack. Sane hits Kai with an InSane Elbow before covering while obscuring Kai’s face for the win!
Winners and still WWE Women’s Tag Team Champions: The Kabuki Warriors
The Kabuki Warriors celebrate before leaving the ring. NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler then makes her way to the ring with Marina Shafir and Jessamyn Duke. Baszler is smiling. Nox takes Baszler down, but Duke and Shafir quickly take her out. Baszler then hits Nox with a step-up knee strike.
The Horsewomen then grab Kai. Duke and Shafir hold Kai’s arm in position, but Rhea Ripley’s music hits. She slowly walks out to the stage and stares down at the ring. Duke and Shafir fight Kai out of the ring. Io Shirai then attacks Ripley from behind. Bianca Belair runs down and helps Shirai. Candice LeRae runs down to help Ripley. Ripley takes Shirai and Belair down, as well as Duke and Shafir before getting in the ring with Baszler. Ripley tackles Baszler and punches away at her. Belair and Shirai quickly run in, and a huge brawl breaks out with everyone. Referees run down to break it up.
NXT General Manager William Regal comes out and orders the women to be separated. A “WarGames” chant picks up. Regal says he has a simple solution for this: WARGAMES! The crowd erupts and a “YES” chant fires up. Ripley takes out one of the guards and tries to go after the women, but she’s stopped.
Replays are shown of William Regal booking the first-ever Women’s WarGames match.
Tyler Bate vs. Cameron Grimes
They lock up, and Bate wrenches the arm. Grimes goes for a slam, but Bate lands on his feet and cartwheels away from a leg sweep. They lock up, and Grimes takes him down with an arm wrench. Grimes cinches in on the arm, but Bate fights up to his feet. Bate impressively twists out and applies an arm bar. Grimes fights up, so Bate takes him down with an arm drag. Grimes rakes the eyes, but Bate takes him down with another arm drag. Grimes quickly applies a head-scissor submission, but Bate fights up. Grimes hits the ropes a few times and gets discombobulated with Bate dropping down and leapfrogging him. Bate dropkicks him and hits an airplane spin before dropkicking him out of the ring. Bate hits the ropes, but Grimes gets in the ring and slams him down for a near fall.
We come back from the break to see Bate boot Grimes back, but Grimes hits a backflip and a German Suplex for a near fall. Grimes hits a sliding knee and rips at the face. Grimes then starts doing joint manipulation. Grimes wrenches the arm a bit, but Bate rolls through and kicks him in the face. Bate knees him in the face and hits a diving European Uppercut. Bate forearms him back and hits another running uppercut. Bate follows up with an exploder suplex. Bate kips up and hits a standing shooting star press for a near fall.
Grimes rolls out of the ring to recover. Grimes quickly gets in the ring and puts Bate in the electric chair. Bate quickly counters into a hurricanrana for a near fall. Bate goes for a Tyler Driver ’97, but Grimes fights out. Grimes hits the Collision Course, but Bate kicks out. Bate comes back with a rebound lariat for another near fall. Bate goes for another Tyler Driver ’97, but Grimes backs him to the ropes. Bate goes for a German, but Grimes elbows him. Bate then clotheslines him out of the ring and before hitting a rolling kick to the head. Bate then wipes him out with a huge running plancha!
An “NXT” chant fires up. Killian Dain is then shown at ringside. Bate gets Grimes in the ring, but Grimes quickly comes back with the Cave-In for the win!
Winner by Pinfall: Cameron Grimes
Killian Dain gets in the ring and hits Bate with a senton splash. Bate rolls out of the ring trying to catch his breath. Dain then hits Bate with a cannonball against the steps. Dain tells Bate to tell his friend Pete Dunne that they have unfinished business. Dain stands over the broken Bate.
The Undisputed ERA are shown warming up backstage. The main event is next.
Video Package: Angel Garza talks about his family, including Hector Garza
Cathy Kelley is shown. She talks about the first ever Women’s WarGames match. Shayna Baszler and Rhea Ripley have been named Team Captains for their respective teams.
Keith Lee and Matt Riddle vs. The Undisputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish)
This is a non-title match. O’Reilly and Fish’s NXT Tag Team Championship will not be on the line.
The bell rings, and O’Reilly and Fish take Riddle out before double-teaming Lee. Lee stops them sends them into the ropes, leapfrogs them, drops down, and hits a double cross-body block! The crowd is chanting for Keith Lee. Fish is staggering. Lee wrenches the arm and sends him into the ropes. O’Reilly and Fish pull the ropes down, but Lee puts the brakes on. O’Reilly and Fish leave the ring. Matt Riddle kicks O’Reilly down at ringside. Fish gets in the ring, and Lee shoulder blocks him down. Matt Riddle tags in, and Lee holds Fish up for Riddle to chop. Riddle then holds Fish up, and Lee chops him. O’Reilly comes in, and Lee chops him. Riddle then spears O’Reilly before hitting Fish with a Jackhammer for a near fall! The crowd is chanting Riddle’s name in the style of “Goldberg.”
We come back from the break to see Riddle hitting Fish with some rolling gutwrench suplexes. O’Reilly runs in, so Riddle hits him with a gutwrench suplex. Fish then wipes Riddle out with a big back elbow. O’Reilly tags in and attacks Riddle. Fish tags back in, and he strikes away at Riddle. Riddle tries to fight back, but Fish punches him down. O’Reilly tags in, and they hit Riddle with a double-team suplex for a two count. O’Reilly elbows the midsection and hits a sliding knee. Fish tags in, and he hits a slingshot senton for a two count. Fish knees Riddle in the ribs a few times before connecting with a back suplex for a near fall. Fish then applies a body scissor chin lock. Riddle fights up, but Fish knees him in the kidneys. Riddle fights back and applies a sleeper hold. Fish quickly backs him to the corner and tags O’Reilly in. Fish charges, but Riddle drops him on the apron. O’Reilly goes for a running boot, but Riddle moves. O’Reilly accidentally boots Fish. O’Reilly quickly applies a heel hook, but Riddle gets out. Riddle goes for a tag, but Fish kicks Lee in the knees to knock him off the apron. O’Reilly clotheslines Riddle before hitting a big boot. Fish tags in, and Riddle hits them both with kicks before kneeing them in the face. O’Reilly and Fish quickly come back with a brainbuster/kick combination. Lee breaks up the pin. O’Reilly then applies a guillotine, but Riddle powers him up. Fish then shoves Lee. Riddle boots Fish and lands on his feet countering a German Suplex.
Lee tags in, and he clotheslines O’Reilly and Fish. Lee avalanches both of them before hitting thee ropes, absorbing a double kick, and connects with a double clothesline. Lee hits a double suplex. Lee goes for a powerbomb on O’Reilly, but he stops to elbow Fish. Lee goes for a powerbomb on Fish, but O’Reilly sweeps the feet. Fish charges, but Lee slams him down. Lee goes to the top rope, but O’Reilly cuts him off. Lee fights him off and goes for a moonsault on Fish, but he moves. Fish hits a Samoan Drop for a two count. O’Reilly tags in and applies an arm breaker, but Lee fights up to his feet and hits him with a one-armed slam.
Riddle tags in and wipes Fish out before hitting O’Reilly with an overhead kick. Riddle drops Fish and O’Reilly with a series of Exploder Suplexes. Riddle hits them both with a Broton and a penalty kick. NXT Champion Adam Cole and NXT North American Champion Roderick Strong run down. Riddle fights them off and hits the Undisputed ERA with a twisting Asai Moonsault! Riddle gets in the ring and hits Fish with a Ripcord Knee. Lee then hits Cole with a Pounce that sends him into Strong. In the ring, Riddle goes for a powerbomb, but Fish gets out. The Undisputed ERA then hits him with the High/Low for the win!
Winners by Pinfall: The Undisputed ERA (Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish)
The Undisputed ERA stands tall in the ring before double-teaming Keith Lee. Tommaso Ciampa runs down and wipes out the Undisputed ERA with his crutch. Ciampa squares off with Cole, but he has to stop to wipe out O’Reilly. Cole escapes the ring. Riddle then hits O’Reilly with the Final Flash. Lee gets in the ring and press slams O’Reilly out of the ring into the rest of the Undisputed ERA.
An “NXT” chant fires up. Ciampa then goes over to the NXT Championship. A “Goldie” chant picks up. Ciampa says, “Goldie, you’re gonna have to wait. Daddy’s going to war!” Ciampa, Riddle, and Lee stare down at the Undisputed ERA as the show comes to an end.