Good evening Fight Fans,and welcome to our coverage for tonight's edition of WWE NXT headlined by a grudge match between Matt Riddle and Timothy Thatcher! We hope you enjoy the show and will stick with us afterwards for the post show podcast!
NXT Interim Cruiserweight Championship Tournament Triple Threat Tie Breaker Match
KUSHIDA vs Drake Maverick vs Jake Atlas
Everyone exchange chops to start the match before Drake dropkicks KUSHIDA and Jake hits Drake with a tilt-a-whirl backbreaker for two before KUSHIDA goes for a double wrist lock and Jake tosses him out of the ring before hitting a moonsault off the top and down onto KUSHIDA on the floor. Back in the ring Jake then hits a springboard blockbuster for two before KUSHIDA hits a cartwheel dropkick into a PK and running shotei's in both corners before KUSHIDA gets a double near fall off of a bridging German suplex with an O'Connor roll as we go to commercial.
We come back to Drake in control before KUSHIDA hits a hand spring kick to Jake and knocks him off of the apron before hitting a DDT into an armbar that Drake turns into a pin for a near fall before Drake hits a bulldog to Jake for a near fall that KUSHIDA breaks up. KUSHIDA drops Drake with a right hand before Jake catches him when he goes for a hand spring back elbow and suplexes KUSHIDA who rolls out of the ring before Jake hits Drake with the Rainbow DDT for a two count that KUSHIDA breaks up by dragging Jake out of the ring. KUSHIDA then hits a flying armbar before Drake covers Jake while KUSHIDA has him in the armbar for the pin and the win.
Winner: Drake Maverick defeats Jake Atlas and KUSHIDA via pinfall to go to the finals of the tournament and will face El Hijo Del Fantasma for the Interim Cruiserweight Championship.
- We come back from the break to Timothy Thatcher talking backstage to Kurt Angle ahead of his match against Matt Riddle later tonight in which Kurt will be the special guest referee before we are informed that upon video review KUSHIDA submitted Jake before Drake pinned him, but the referee's discretion stands before we go back to the PC with Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae for Johnny's match against Adrian Alanis.
Johnny Gargano vs Adrian Alanis
Johnny teases a hand shake before sucker punching Adrian and Adrian momentarily comes back before Johnny superkicks him and locks in the Gargano Escape for the tap and the win.
Winner: Johnny Gargano defeats Adrian Alanis via submission.
- After the match Keith Lee and Mia Yim show up on the big screen having dinner while mocking The Garganos before they're joined by Tegan Nox who delivers a pizza from Johnny's family's pizza shop before we go backstage to an interview with Drake Maverick before he's interrupted by KUSHIDA who tells him to win and do his best. Drake then says that when he wins the title he wants KUSHIDA to have the first shot before they shake hands and KUSHIDA leaves as we go to commercial.
- We come back from the break to a promo by the NXT Tag Team champions, Marcel Barthel and Fabian Aichner of Imperium who cut a promo on Oney Lorcan and Danny Burch before we go back to the ring for our next match between Shotzi Blackheart and Raquel Gonzalez.
Shotzi Blackheart vs Raquel Gonzalez w/Dakota Kai
Raquel muscles Shotzi into the ropes for a clean break before Raquel counters a standing switch and drops Shotzi several times before countering a head scissors and a sunset flip before Shotzi comes back with kicks. Raquel hits an elbow drop when Shotzi misses a running meteora and gets caught in the ropes before Dakota gets into her tank and gets booted out of it by Tegan Nox before Raquel clotheslines Shotzi as we go to commercial.
Back from the break Raquel is woman handling Shotzi and slamming her to the mat before locking in a bear hug that Shotzi manages to get out of before getting hit with a backbreaker for two before Shotzi hits a sunset flip into the ropes and a running senton in the corner. Raquel rolls out of the ring and regroups with Kai before Shotzi hits a trust fall onto the floor and helped back into the ring before Candice comes out and shoves Tegan and Raquel finishes Shotzi with a uranage for the pin and the win.
Winner: Raquel Gonzalez defeats Shotzi Blackheart via pinfall
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