The build to TakeOver XXX continued on last night’s NXT.
The episode was headlined by Finn Balor, Timothy Thatcher, and Dexter Lumis facing off in a triple threat qualifying match to determine the next participant for the North American Championship ladder match at TakeOver XXX. Lumis got the win when Thatcher passed out in his Silence choke. Lumis applied the move as Thatcher had Balor locked in a leg lock.
Bronson Reed and Lumis are the first two participants to qualify for the five-man ladder match.
Reed became the first wrestler confirmed for the ladder match when he defeated Johnny Gargano and Roderick Strong in a triple threat last week. Last night, Gargano and Strong faced off in singles action.
NXT Champion Keith Lee responded to Karrion Kross and they appeared to set up a match for TakeOver, but William Regal later said he won’t be bullied into making title matches and noted that they’ll have to be earned.
NXT Women’s Champion Io Shirai & Tegan Nox defeated Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae in last night’s opener. Next week, there will be a number one contender’s match between Kai and Ripley to determine Shirai’s challenger for TakeOver.
Plus, the Undisputed Era attacked Imperium, Isaiah “Swerve” Scott took on Jake Atlas, and new Robert Stone Brand member Mercedes Martinez faced Shotzi Blackheart.
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Io Shirai & Tegan Nox vs. Dakota Kai & Candice LeRae
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Johnny Gargano vs. Roderick Strong
Rhea Ripley confronts Dakota Kai
Shotzi Blackheart vs. Mercedes Martinez
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Keith Lee responds to Karrion Kross
Imperium vs. Ever-Rise, Undisputed Era attacks Imperium
A special look at Bronson Reed
William Regal won’t be bullied into making title matches
Isaiah “Swerve” Scott vs. Jake Atlas
Damian Priest says there won’t be an upset in next week’s qualifying match
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TakeOver qualifying match: Finn Balor vs. Dexter Lumis vs. Timothy Thatcher
NXT fallout: Cameron Grimes says Keith Lee disrespected the wrong man