Tensions boiled over between NXT Champion Adam Cole and Tommaso Ciampa and Women’s Champion Rhea Ripley and Bianca Belair just days ahead of TakeOver. Meanwhile, The Velveteen Dream continued his psychological warfare with Roderick Strong while Tegan Nox and Dakota Kai had to be separated by security ahead of their Street Fight this Sunday
Roderick Strong def. Bronson Reed
An incensed Roderick Strong kicked off NXT this week, still apoplectic with the actions of the returning Velveteen Dream last Wednesday. The former North American Champion declared that Dream had made things personal by not only attacking The Undisputed ERA, but appearing with Strong’s wife, Marina Shafir, and their son airbrushed on his pants, and Strong demanded an apology.
Dakota Kai def. Candice LeRae
Dakota Kai is heading into NXT TakeOver: Portland with some momentum on her side after a crafty victory against Candice LeRae, but Tegan Nox made sure to send her foe a message as well.
Johnny Gargano def. Cameron Grimes
Before Johnny Gargano settles the score with Finn Bálor this weekend in Portland, he took care of another grudge.
Lio Rush def. Angel Garza for an NXT Cruiserweight Title opportunity
Lio Rush came to collect an opportunity to regain the NXT Cruiserweight Title — and he got what he came for.
Bianca Belair def. Santana Garrett
Bianca Belair is locked in and ready to seize her moment at TakeOver: Portland, if her performance this week was any indication.
NXT Champion Adam Cole def. Kushida
The NXT Title remains Tommaso Ciampa’s life source, and he wants it back. But Adam Cole will not relinquish it without a fight.