With a heated issue that has escalated before the NXT Universe's eyes week by week, Isaiah "Swerve" Scott and Leon Ruff upped the ante with fitting brutality, battling throughout the Capitol Wrestling Center. Ruff dug deep into his bag of tricks with an avalanche crucifix bomb and a poison rana off the apron to the outside and even bashed "Swerve" with a toolbox. But Scott received assistance from former NFL defensive lineman and WWE Performance Center recruit AJ Francis, who caught Ruff off the staging hour before he dropped him in savage fashion. By then, a "Swerve" victory was academic following the JML Driver, and he left with an entourage that featured Francis, Ashante "Thee" Adonis and Briana Brandy.
The Technical Savage withstood an upstart effort from Asher Hale, taking care of business with the Cave-In.
This tag team contest was as hard-hitting as expected, though no hit was harder than Timothy Thatcher walloping Zack Gibson upside the head with Wade Barrett's stray shoe. "The Professor of Pain" followed with the fujiwara armbar, forcing Gibson to tap out.
Kyle O'Reilly fearlessly confronted NXT Champion Karrion Kross, but they were soon joined by Pete Dunne and former NXT Champion Finn Bálor, who all jockeyed for a potential opportunity to face Kross. The situation quickly broke down into an all-out brawl that ended with Kross standing tall before he was attacked by Johnny Gargano and Austin Theory, who left him laid out a week before Kross faces Theory.
The Warrior of the Sun again wowed the NXT Universe in her second bout on the black-and-gold brand, devastating Zayda Ramier with a brutal closing sequence: a spinning heel kick, German suplex and an Exploder suplex for the win.
Though he made his way to the ring with yet another boastful rant, LA Knight again backed up his talk, putting away Jake Atlas after hitting him with the BFT.
With Kushida still fuming from Legado del Fantasma's vicious attack last week, NXT's resident Time Splitter offered to put his NXT Cruiserweight Title on the line next week, and Santos Escobar gladly accepted in hopes of regaining his championship. Meanwhile, Joaquin Wilde & Raul Mendoza also staked their claim to a potential NXT Tag Team Title opportunity against MSK.
All four women sacrificed their bodies in hopes of walking out with the gold, and Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell raised the NXT Women's Tag Team Titles high as new champions.
Chairs, trash cans, a coffee mug and even a fire extinguisher were all used, but Shotzi Blackheart took the action to new heights — literally. The daredevil Superstar scaled the ringside scaffolding to deliver a jaw-dropping splash to Hartwell through the announce table.
Hartwell & LeRae got the better of the chaos later, however, as Hartwell drove Ember Moon through a table with an elbow drop, while LeRae smashed Blackheart with a Wicked Stepsister on a steel chair to earn the breakthrough victory.
- Numbers in parentheses indicate the length of the match.
- (c) refers to the champion(s) heading into the match.
- Isaiah "Swerve" Scott defeated Leon Ruff in a Falls Count Anywhere match (15:20)
- Cameron Grimes defeated Asher Hale (3:04)
- Timothy Thatcher & Tommaso Ciampa defeated Grizzled Young Veterans (Zack Gibson & James Drake) (14:27)
- Sarray defeated Zayda Ramier (3:37)
- LA Knight defeated Jake Atlas (3:05)
- The Way (Candice LeRae & Indi Hartwell) defeated Shotzi Blackheart & Ember Moon (c) in a Street Fight to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship (15:34)
Other on-screen talent