Karrion Kross def. Liam Gray; Tommaso Ciampa challenged Kross
Karrion Kross‘ second match in NXT looked a lot like his first: completely lopsided. Kross made short work of Liam Gray, submitting him with the Kross Jacket before being confronted by Tommaso Ciampa. Making his first appearance on NXT since being taken out by Kross more than a month ago, The Blackheart challenged Kross to a bout at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
El Hijo del Fantasma def. Akira Tozawa to win Group B in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament
El Hijo del Fantasma has wasted no time making an impression in NXT. The masked Superstar bested Akira Tozawa after a “Phantom Driver” to win Group B, clinching a match against the Group A winner to determine the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Champion.
Mia Yim def. Santana Garrett; Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano confronted Yim
Mia Yim knocked off Santana Garrett after hitting Protect Ya Neck before Candice LeRae and Johnny Gargano came out to rain on her parade, and they weren’t only there to talk trash. The confrontation turned physical until Keith Lee provided The HBIC with backup, giving LeRae and Gargano second thoughts.
Roderick Strong def. Dexter Lumis
Roderick Strong made The Undisputed ERA’s decision to send him into battle look wise, but he may have regretted it in the end. Though he secured victory over Dexter Lumis with a well-timed roll-up, Lumis applied the Anaconda Vice afterward and refused to relinquish it — even when Adam Cole and Bobby Fish attacked him. The Velveteen Dream arrived to fight them off, delivering a soaring elbow drop from the top rope to Cole beyond the barricade.
Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch def. Ever-Rise
The hard-hitting duo of Oney Lorcan & Danny Burch impressed in a win over Chase Parker & Matt Martel, with Lorcan earning the submission victory with a single-leg crab. Afterward, Lorcan & Burch mocked Imperium’s signature pose, perhaps telegraphing their next move.
Drake Maverick def. Kushida to force a Triple Threat Match to decide Group A in the Interim NXT Cruiserweight Title Tournament
Drake Maverick again showed tremendous fortitude, refusing to quit despite getting caught in Kushida’s dreaded Hoverboard Lock. Also stuck in Kushida’s armbar later in the bout, Maverick reversed into a pinfall for the massive upset, forcing a three-way tie with Kushida and Jake Atlas atop Group A. All three Superstars will face off in a Triple Threat Match next week to determine who faces El Hijo del Fantasma for the championship.
Damian Priest explained why he attacked Finn Bálor
Damian Priest gave Finn Bálor all the credit in the world for helping to make NXT the brand it is today, and that’s exactly why he took aim at The Prince. The Archer of Infamy announced that he wants to face Bálor at NXT TakeOver: In Your House.
Charlotte Flair interrupted Rhea Ripley and Io Shirai’s match and attacked both Superstars
Seeing her first action since WrestleMania, Rhea Ripley showed no signs of ring rust in a seesaw battle against Io Shirai. Charlotte Flair came down to ringside to get a closer look, but she was inadvertently taken out when Shirai’s headscissors sent Ripley crashing into her. The NXT Women’s Champion fired back, flooring Shirai with a big boot before taking down The Nightmare with a spear and standing tall over both foes.