Here's what's on tap for tonight:
Ember Moon returns!
Kushida vs. Tommaso Ciampa (will kick off the show)
Prime Target: NXT Championship Epilogue
We're in the Capitol Wrestling Center and kicking off the show with highlights of Takeover 31.
Let's get right to the action!
Tommaso Ciampa vs. Kushida
Early lock up and KUSHIDA CLAPS CIAMPA!! Kushida takes Ciampa to the mat where they have a nice exchange. Kushida gets the upper hand and sends Ciampa out of the ring with a drop kick. Back in the ring, Kushida focuses his attack on the arm of Ciampa. Kushida tries a handspring but Ciampa hits him with a drop kick to the face. Ciampa goes on the offensive with a some strikes before using a chin lock. Nice neck breaker by Ciampa! Ciampa pats himself on the back haha. Strikes by Ciampa and he beats on Kushida in the corner. Kushida turns the tide and fires back. Ciampa sends Kushida hard into the opposite corner. Ciampa delivers forearms to the chest of Kushida before stomping his head. Ciampa hits another neck breaker and then talks some trash. Ciampa goes back to the chin lock. Kushida fights to his feet and breaks free. Kushida reverses a neck breaker and goes for the arm. Ciampa avoids. Ciampa goes for Willow's Bell but Kushida avoids as they go outside. With Ciampa on the apron and Kushida in the ring, Kushida hits him with a handspring kick to send Ciampa to the outside as we go to a commercial.
We're back and Ciampa lights up Kushida with chops in the corner. Ciampa outs Kushida on the top turnbuckle. Ciampa tries an Air Raid but Kushida fights him off. Kushida gets hit and takes a nasty landing to the apron where they continue to fight. Ciampa looks around for an idea but Kushida racks Ciampa's arm across the turnbuckle. Kushida kicks the arm and hits an enziguri. Kushida locks in an arm bar but Ciampa escapes. Some strikes by Ciampa before he hits a fisherman buster! Near fall for Ciampa. Kushida avoids the Fairy Tale Ending. Kushida starts to get the better of Ciampa and stomps his back and neck while holding his arms. KUSHIDA GETS CIAMPA IN THE HOVERBOARD LOCK!! VELVETEEN DREAM IS HERE AND HE COMES OFF THE TOP WITH A DOUBLE AXE FORCING THE DQ @ 14:30!! CIAMPA WINS BY DQ! Kushida and Dream brawl after the match until Dream bails through the crowd.
Ember Moon is next!
Back from a commercial, Ember Moon is in the ring. "Welcome back" chants from the fans. She thanks the fans. Moon is shocked they let her talk on the mic tonight because it's been a while. Moon says she's been in isolation for 14 long months. She's back and she sees that lots has changed. She claims to have found clarity while on a long bike run. She has found something called Ember's Law. No one will walk over her anymore or tell her what to do because "She's Ember Moon damn it". She says "Momma wants some gold baby". HERE COMES NXT WOMEN'S CHAMPION IO SHIRAI!!! "Io" chants now. HERE COMES RHEA RIPLEY!!! Ripley loves the new attitude Moon has. DAKOTA KAI AND RAQUEL GONZALEZ ATTACK RIPLEY!! MOON COMES TO HER AID!! Referees and officials split them up. WILLIAM REGAL IS HERE! He makes a tag match main event! It's Dakota and Raquel vs. Rhea and Ember!
Drake Maverick is shown arriving to the building. He says him and Killian Dain have been preparing the past couple weeks. Dain shows up behind him and tells him they aren't friends or a tag team. Maverick tells him that they are facing Ever-Rise tonight. Dain is pissed.
A Shotzi Blackheart hosted vignette promotes NXT Halloween Havoc on October 28th.
McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with Io Shirai. She didn't help in the brawl because it's not her problem. The NXT Women's Championship is her problem.
We see Ridge Holland destroy Adam Cole at Takeover 31.
Adam Cole is backstage with the Undisputed Era. Cole says Ridge Holland must of not got the message to not mess with them. O'Reilly apologizes to the UE for losing. The UE praises his performance. Cole says they must turn their attention to Ridge Holland who is a dead man for breaking Cole's ribs. That's Undisputed!!
Ever-Rise vs. Killian Dain & Drake Maverick
Dain and Maverick argue over who is going to start. Dain gives Maverick a hard tag. Ever-Rise isolates Maverick early on. Maverick turns the tide and tries to tag Dain but Dain doesn't reach out his hand. This allows Ever-Rise to take control. One of the Ever-Rise guys cheap shots Dain. Dain comes in and decks Ever-Rise. Dain drags Maverick to their corner and tags himself in. DAIN DESTROYS BOTH MEMBERS OF EVER-RISE!! Dain goes to the top but Maverick tags himself back in. Maverick and Dain argue. DAIN PUMP KICKS ONE OF THE EVER-RISE GUYS AND THEN POWER BOMBS MAVERICK ONTO HIM! MAVERICK FALLS ONTO THE GUY FOR THE PIN AND WIN @ 4:03!! Maverick tries to celebrate with Dain but Dain isn't having it. DAIN PUNCHES MAVERICK WHILE MAVERICK IS DANCING! DAIN CARRIES MAVERICK OUT AND MAVERICK IS STILL CELEBRATING.
A video package for Toni Storm!! It talks about her past accomplishments and her return.
Earlier today, Johnny Gargano and Candice LeRae are walking their dog and talking about how they deserve rematches. They get back to their house and Indi Hartwell sent them a TV. Candice wonders why she sent the TV and Johnny is just happy to have a TV.
Austin Theory vs. Leon Rupp
Theory pie faces Rupp right away. Rupp hits Theory with a rana and almost gets the win. That pisses Theory off as he goes on the attack! Theory is in control but Rupp uses his speed and atheleticism to come back. Rupp can fly around really well. Rupp tries something on the ropes but he slips. THEORY HITS THE ATL FOR THE WIN @ 1:49! Theory says that is what happens when he has time to prepare. Theory runs down Adam Cole and says he is the future of NXT. Theory claims he will put anyone in their place right now! HERE COMES DEXTER LUMIS!!
Austin Theory vs. Dexter Lumis
Theory talks trash and Lumis takes him down with a big right hand. Lumis pounds on Theory in the corner. Lumis takes Theory down with Lou Thesz press and punches away. They battle to the outside where Lumis throws Theory back in the ring. Big bulldog by Lumis. 1...2...NO!! We go to a split screen commercial. All Lumis during the break.
Back from the break, Theory sends Lumis into the steps on the outside. Theory takes control back in the ring. Belly to back suplex by Theory for a near fall. Theory works a chicken wing like submission. Theory hits a clothesline followed by a standing moonsault for a near fall. Theory works a submission but Lumis slowly gets back to his feet. Lumis blocks a suplex but Theory eventually hits it. Near fall for Theory. Theory beats on Lumis in the corner. Theory talks trash and Lumis connects with right hands. Snap mare by Theory followed by a stomp. Another near fall for Theory. Lumis blocks a suplex and tries one of his own but Theory floats over. THEORY RUNS INTO A SPINE BUSTER BY LUMIS!! Lumis begins building momentum with a series of strikes. Lumis monkey flips Theory out of the corner. Sling shot suplex by Lumis!! 1...2...NO!! With Theory on the apron, Theory hits a rolling drop kick by Lumis is up first!! Theory tries to bail but Lumis doesn't let him leave. LUMIS PLANTS THEORY WITH A URANAGE AND THEN LOCKS IN SILENCE!! THEORY PASSES OUT AND IT'S OVER @ 12:09!! LUMIS WINS!! CAMERON GRIMES IS HERE AND HITS LUMIS WITH A CAVE IN!! Grimes tells Lumis "When I ask you a question, you answer me." (Referring to last week when Lumis didn't say anything to him backstage)
Dakota Kai and Raquel Gonzalez are backstage being interviewed. Dakota says Rhea got in their business last week. Raquel says she will deal with Rhea once and for all. Dakota says Ember needs to get in line for a title show behind her.
Up next is Prime Target: NXT Championship Epilogue.
Cameron Grimes is asked why he attacked Dexter Lumis. He says it doesn't matter who you are, you don't mess with Cameron Grimes. Grimes claims he's going straight to the moon!!!
Prime Target time. Highlights of the Finn Balor vs. Kyle O'Reilly match at Takeover 31. This match was amazing! Highly recommend checking it out if you haven't seen it. O'Reilly had some of his teeth broken and Balor broke his jaw when O'Reilly hit him in the face with a knee.
Commentary talks about what Ridge Holland did to Adam Cole. Ridge Holland is in action next!
McKenzie Mitchell is backstage with NXT North American Champion Damian Priest. Priest wants to know who the next man up is? He says whoever wants his title can get a reckoning.
Ridge Holland vs. Danny Burch
Holland gets the early advantage and lands an uppercut. Burch counters and takes down Holland and focuses on an arm. Holland gets to his feet and fights back but Burch remains in control. Burch beats on Holland in the corner. Holland gets in some offense. Burch hits a drop kick from the middle rope. German by Burch followed by a clothesline for a near fall. Burch tries a crossface but Holland powers out. HOLLAND HITS NORTHERN GRIT FOR THE WIN @ 2:06!! Holland kicks Burch in the head after the match. Burch takes offense and stands up to Holland. HOLLAND ATTACKS BURCH!! ONEY LORCAN COMES TO MAKE THE SAVE BUT HOLLAND LAYS HIM OUT TOO! Referees hold Holland back. LORCAN DIVES OUT ONTO HOLLAND! The brawl continues. Lorcan checks on Burch.
Johnny Gargano sets up the TV and a USB was included. It's a video of the women's battle royal a few weeks ago and shows where Indi Hartwell saved LeRae a bunch of times.
Timothy Thatcher here with Thatch-as-Thatch-Can. Tonight's lesson is about peaks and valleys. Just when you think you have the upper hand, it can slip away. Thatcher makes some poor man tap out. Thatcher says he'll grind you down until you quit. He wants someone to try to do it to him.
Highlights of what happened with Oney Lorcan and Ridge Holland. Ridge Holland is being stretchered out with his leg in an air cast. Not sure if it's legit but it doesn't look good.
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Xia Li
Blackheart has a Halloween themed tank! Running drop kick by Blackheart right away. Reverse sling blade by Blackheart. Li fights back with strikes. Knee strikes and kicks by Li sends Blackheart to the corner. Li hits some shoulder tackles and puts Blackheart on the top turnbuckle. Blackheart fights back plants Li with a front face suplex! BLACKHEART HITS A SENTON FROM THE TOP FOR THE WIN @ 1:46!! Li sits in the corner when BOA COMES TO THE RING AND HANDS HER SOME PAPERS. Li reads the papers and leaves with him.
The main event is next!
Dakota Kai & Raquel Gonzalez vs. Rhea Ripley & Ember Moon
Moon and Kai start the match. Moon takes control early and takes down Kai. Stomp by Moon! All Moon early on. Suplex by Moon and she works Kai's arm. Kai takes Moon down and tags Gonzalez. Moon tries a sunset flip but Gonzalez blocks it. Moon lands some kicks but Gonzalez whips her to the corner. Kai comes back in. Kai gets a near fall. Moon sends Kai to the outside and then MOON HITS A SWEET SUICIDE DIVE!! RIPLEY TAKES OUT GONZALEZ OUTSIDE. Back in the ring, Moon tags Ripley. Ripley wipes out Kai but Gonzalez made a blind tag. Gonzalez knocks Ripley to the outside as we go to a split screen commercial.
Gonzalez beats on Ripley outside the ring before throwing her back in the ring. Gonzalez works a submission but Ripley fights back to her feet. Gonzalez takes Ripley to her corner where she tags Kai. Quick tags by the heels. Gonzalez gets Ripley up in a back breaker submission as we return from the break.
Ripley elbows her way out of the submission. Gonzalez throws Ripley over towards her corner. Gonzalez keeps Ripley from making a tag and levels her with a clothesline for a near fall. Kai comes back in and gets a near fall. Ripley takes down Kai but Kai locks in a guillotine. Ripley plants Kai face first into the mat. Ripley tags Moon! Moon goes wild on both Kai and Gonzalez!! Moon sends Kai into Gonzalez!! Uranage by Moon. Moon face plants Gonzalez. MOON LOOKS GREAT!! Gonzalez pulls Kai out of the corner to avoid a charging Moon. Gonzalez comes back in. Gonzalez and Kai hit a pump kick/power slam combo!! 1...2...NO!! Moon hits a nice kick on Gonzalez. Ripley and Kai both tag in. Ripley plants Kai for a near fall. Ripley kicks Gonzalez out of the ring. KAI HITS RIPLEY WITH THE KAIROPRACTOR!! 1...2...NO!! Ripley takes out Gonzalez and tags Moon. Moon hits an awesome DDT on Gonzalez. It's breaking down! Ripley and Gonzalez are sent outside. MOON POWER BOMBS KAI!! Moon goes out to the top turnbuckle but Gonzalez takes her out. Ripley lifts Gonzalez and Kai kicks them both sending them over the announce table. Back in the ring, MOON HITS THE ECLIPSE ON KAI!! THAT WINS IT @ 11:49!! That Eclipse was awesome!! Moon and Ripley celebrate to end the show.
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