Good evening Fight Fans and welcome to our coverage of tonight's edition of WWE NXT!
- We open the show with a recap of the end of the match last week between Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa before we go to the arena for our opening contest between Finn Balor and Imperium's Fabian Aichner.
Finn Balor vs Fabian Aichner w/Marcel Barthel
Fabian takes Finn down before Finn gets back to his feet and gets two off of a sunset flip before chopping Fabian in the corner and a reverse DDT before Marcel gets on the apron and Finn just ignores him and hits a wrecking ball dropkick through the ropes as we go to commercial.
We come back to Finn in control of Fabian before Finn gets distracted by Marcel and Fabian hits a backbreaker before stomping Finn in the corner and whipping him across the ring into the opposite corner before chopping him in the corner. Finn comes back with chops and right hands into a snap mare and a kick to the spine before Fabian clotheslines him for two before Finn counters a powerbomb and hits a jumping stomp into a sling blade. Finn hits Marcel from the apron before Fabian rolls Finn up for two and hits a one armed powerbomb before Finn rolls out of the ring and Marcel hits him when the referee is busy with Fabian before Finn rolls out of the way when Fabian goes to hit him with a running knee with Finn against the steps. Finn hits Marcel with a sling blade before hitting a shotgun dropkick and Fabian sends Finn face first into the apron before missing a triangle moonsault before Finn hits a running shotgun dropkick into the Coup de Grace before finishing with the 1916 for the pin and the win.
Winner: Finn Balor defeats Fabian Aichner via pinfall.
- After the match Finn cuts a promo on the ramp and tells WALTER that the victory serves as a preview of his victory over WALTER whenever they face off before we see Velveteen Dream lying on his couch backstage waiting for the NXT champion Adam Cole to arrive before we go to a graphic for the newly crowned NXT Women's champion Charlotte who will be in the building later tonight as we go to Commercial.
- We come back from commercial to the announcement of Tegan Nox versus Raquel Gonzalez for later tonight before we go to a video where Charlotte talks about how she called her shot and what it's like to be a two time NXT Women's champion before we go to the ring for our next match between Aliyah and Xia Li.
Xia Li vs Aliyah
Xia immediately goes after Aliyah who quickly rolls out of the ring to escape before Xia chases her around the ring and they get back into the ring where Aliyah uses the referee as a shield before she drops Xia with a boot for two. Aliyah hits a Thesz press and punches Xia in mount before locking in a rear chin lock. Xia catches Aliyah with a back elbow before she drops her with clothesline and a superkick into a running shotgun dropkick. Xia then hits a twisting spin kick to a grounded Aliyah for the pin and the win.
Winner: Xia Li defeats Aliyah via pinfall.
- After the match we get a video package for the NXT Cruiserweight Interim Championship Tournament that is set to kick off tonight with Isaiah Scott versus Akira Tozawa later tonight as we go to commercial.
- We come back to Matt Riddle on the phone in the locking room on the phone with Pete Dunne who won't tell him who his partner will be in their title defense later tonight before we go back to the arena for our next match between Isaiah Scott and Akira Tozawa.
NXT Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Opening Round Group B Match
Isaiah Scott vs Akira Tozawa
They run the ropes and exchange strikes until Akira boots Isaiah over the top rope and down onto the floor before Akira chokes him in the ropes when he tries to get back into the ring and they exchange strikes on the apron. Akira tosses Isaiah off of the apron before Isaiah hits a hurricanrana off of the apron and onto the floor as we go to commercial.
We come back to the two running the ropes before Akira locks in an octopus stretch and Isaiah counters it before Akira turns it into a dragon suplex and Isaiah counters that before Akira locks in a guillotine and Isaiah turns it into a suplex. Akira then goes for a German suplex before Isaiah hits the House Call for a near fall and Akira hits an overhead belly to belly suplex into the corner before hitting a high angle senton for the pin and the win.
Winner: Akira Tozawa defeats Isaiah Scott via pinfall to advance to the next round of the tournament.
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