Editor’s Note: Info from WWE.com was used in this report.
The NXT Fight Pit served Timothy Thatcher’s savage style well, as he toppled former tag team partner Matt Riddle despite getting his teeth knocked out. NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair enlisted the help of Chelsea Green to score a win over Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai, Adam Cole agreed to defend the NXT Title against Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver: In Your House under a special condition, and Drake Maverick pulled off another stunning upset and is now one victory away from the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Championship.
Drake Maverick def. Kushida and Jake Atlas to win Group A and will face El Hijo del Fantasma for the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title
Drake Maverick again stunned the NXT Universe, albeit this time with some controversy. Replays revealed that Maverick pinned Kushida for the three-count a split-second after Jake Atlas tapped to Kushida’s armbar, but the original ruling stood. Later in the evening, Kushida showed Maverick his respect, urging the underdog to go win one more and become champion.
Johnny Gargano def. Adrian Alanis in the first-ever Johnny Gargano Invitational
Johnny Gargano offered up-and-comer Adrian Alanis what he called a golden opportunity, but it proved to be little more than an opportunity for Gargano to bully the young Superstar. But Johnny Wrestling didn’t have the last laugh, as Keith Lee and Mia Yim poked fun at the Garganos with a dinner party of their own.
Raquel González def. Shotzi Blackheart
What was supposed to be a one-on-one encounter nearly devolved into an all-out melee between multiple adversaries. Tegan Nox came to ringside to try to thwart Dakota Kai’s attempts to interfere on her enforcer’s behalf, but Kai still left her mark, assisting in Raquel González’s victory while the referee was distracted by Nox’s confrontation with Candice LeRae.
NXT Women’s Champion Charlotte Flair & Chelsea Green def. Rhea Ripley & Io Shirai
Choosing Chelsea Green as her partner paid off for The Queen. Green sacrificed herself in service of Charlotte Flair, pushing her out of the way to eat Io Shirai’s springboard missile dropkick before Shirai inadvertently struck Rhea Ripley moments later. The NXT Women’s Champion pinned Shirai with use of the ropes for leverage, stealing victory in a way that would make The Dirtiest Player in the Game proud.
Adam Cole agreed to defend the NXT Championship against Velveteen Dream at NXT TakeOver: In Your House
After labored negotiations with NXT General Manager William Regal, Adam Cole agreed to give Velveteen Dream another opportunity at his NXT Title — under the condition that Dream would never again be allowed to challenge him. Meanwhile, Regal declared that he would find a special location for the match where Cole and Dream could shine in the spotlight they so crave.
Tommaso Ciampa def. Leon Ruff; Karrion Kross addressed Ciampa
The Blackheart made short work of Leon Ruff in his first action since One Final Beat against Johnny Gargano, but he wasn’t alone. Scarlett came to ringside to get a closer look at Tommaso Ciampa, who also received a stern message from his NXT TakeOver: In Your House opponent afterward.
Timothy Thatcher def. Matt Riddle in the NXT Fight Pit
The first-ever NXT Fight Pit played host to a barbaric showdown between the former tag team partners with WWE Hall of Famer Kurt Angle as special guest referee. Matt Riddle landed a massive blow when he launched himself off the side off the cage for a kick that knocked Timothy Thatcher’s teeth loose. After Thatcher assured the doctor at ringside that he could continue, he and Riddle eventually took their clash to higher ground atop the scaffolding surrounding the ring. The Original Bro sent Thatcher crashing to the ring below with a ripcord knee before dropping jaws with a Floating Bro from high above. But Thatcher claimed victory, refusing to relinquish a rear-naked choke and rendering The Original Bro unconscious, despite Riddle’s best efforts.