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WWE NXT recap for September 23
WWE NXT Orlando, ThunderDome
Commentators are Wade Barrett, Tom Phillips and Beth Phoenix.
– Tonight is WWE NXT, the yellow show kicks off with an image in memory of Road Warrior Animal who passed away today. The wrestlers are in the ring for the battle royale and Candice LeRae is seen to attack Tegan Nox just before the game backstage and injure her knee.
NXT Women’s Contender – Battle Royal
Participantes : Xia Li, Kacy Catanzaro, Kayden Carter, Raquel Gonzalez, Aliyah, Indi Hartwell, Shotzi Blackheart, Tegan Nox, Carolina, Gia, Marina Shafir, Emily, Ellie, Rita, Raven, Candice LeRae, Dakota Kai et Rhea Ripley
At the end of the fight, Kai, Blackheart and LeRae are left in the ring. LeRae and Kai team up to take out Catanzaro right before. They also want to take Blackheart out, but she dodges a kick from Kai and throws him down the ring. Blackheart does a Slingblade and wants to take LeRae out, but LeRae pushes her away. LeRae then dodges a charge and necks it to throw it up the third rope, but Blackheart grabs a rope. She hits LeRae and gets on the corner, but LeRae gets up and the two clash on the corner, LeRae falls on the steel step and pushes Blackheart back to the ground with the help of his legs!
Winner: Candice LeRae
– Behind the scenes, Damian Priest is asked for his comments for TakeOver about his match against Johnny Gargano. Priest says it’s big, it’s Johnny TakeOver. He did NXT. Although he is good, his reign is not coming to an end. As long as he is champion, the title will continue to slip through Gargano’s fingers. Sarah asks him for his comments on Theory. Priest says he believes Theory is good, but he’s going to keep losing.
– Back after the break, we present a video shot earlier today as Fandango investigates with the team division. Fandango says they’re going to take a wrestler from each team, they’re going to compete as a team, the winners are going to go against each other and the winners are going to face Breezango. It’s simple. William Regal says he doesn’t understand a thing.
Tommaso Ciampa vs Jake Atlas
At the end of the fight, Ciampa does his DDT from the second rope to Atlas and refuses to pin him. Ciampa continues with his Fairy Tail Ending on behalf of three.
Winner: Tommaso Ciampa
– We show a video on Rich Holland that says the NXT Universe is going to find out what it’s made of.
– Back, we present a promo video on the Gauntlet Eliminator Match which will take place tonight.
Tag Team Match
The winning teams will compete against each other to be contenders for the tag team titles.
Fabian Aichner et Raul Mandoza vs Roderick Strong et Danny Burch
At the end of the fight, Mendoza climbs on the corner, but Strong hits him with a knee. Burch takes the tag to make a Cutter in local Mendoza and covers it for the win, while Strong rings Aichner at the same time with a Clothesline.
Gagnants : Roderick Strong et Danny Burch
– Behind the scenes, Sarah asks Austin Theory for his response to Damian Priest’s comments. Johnny Gargano arrives and asks why she is talking to this child. Theory has all the skills to be a great player, he has to play smart. Priest is tall, he has to bring him back to the ground.
– Back, the wrestlers arrive.
Singles Match – North American title undefended
Austin Theory vs Damian Priest
At the end of the fight, Priest does a Crucifix Powerbomb on the apron at Theory. He then does his Reckoning for the count of three.
Gagnant : Damian Priest
– After the fight, Johnny Gargano surprises Priest with a Superkick during his celebration!
– We present a mysterious video of someone announcing his return for October 4 and announcing that he wants to regain his title.
– Back, the wrestlers arrive.
Rich Holland vs Antonio de Luca
At the end of the fight, Holland ends the domination with his Northern Grit for the count of three.
Winner: Rich Holland
– Behind the scenes, Sarah asks Io Shirai for his comments on the battle royale. Shirai says she doesn’t like Candice or the other. Candice LeRae arrives with Johnny Gargano and she asks if she is scared. Damian Priest arrives and hits Gargano! The officials arrive to separate everyone.
– Back, we announced that Blackheart will face Kai next week.
Aspiring NXT – Gauntlet Eliminator Match
Participants : Kushida, Cameron Grimes, Kyle O’Reilly, Timothy Thatcher et Bronson Reed.
Opening: Kyle O’Reilly vs Kushida
Still no elimination after four minutes, Bronson Reed is added to the game. Next, Kushida and Reed clash on the corner, but Velveteen Dream arrives as the ref is distracted by O’Reilly and does his Death Valley Driver on Kushida. Reed goes on with his Splash for the count of three to eliminate him. Timothy Thatcher joins the game.
No elimination after four minutes, Cameron Grimes arrives.
At the end of the fight, O’Reilly takes advantage of Reed who is stunned to Knee Drop him and cover him for the count of three. Then O’Reilly flips a quick Back Slide count on Thatcher for the count of three! Grimes wants to take advantage of it with a Cave In on O’Reilly and covers him, but he steps on a rope to stop the pinfall. The two men follow the blows, O’Reilly keeps him on the ground and applies a Leg Lock to him to hit him.
Winner: Kyle O’Reilly via submission
– The show ends with a celebration of Kyle O’Reilly with the Undisputed Era, but Finn Balor arrives and the two exchange glances.