The October 2 2019 edition of WWE NXT, out of the Full Sail Arena in Winter Park, Florida, just wrapped up. We’ve got the match results, as well as our overall thoughts on the show, for you to check out below. Let us know what you thought about episode #527 of WWE NXT by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Welcome to NXT
To kick off the first-ever two-hour episode of NXT fully on USA, the black and gold brand enlisted the help of their good friend Corey Taylor, the lead vocalist of Slipknot, the artists behind the current NXT theme.
While an epic new video package played, Corey Taylor gave the opening promo, which you can hear in the video above, giving new listeners an explanation of what NXT is all about and creating the perfect vibe for the occasion.
Adam Cole (c) vs. Matt Riddle
NXT Championship Match
Eager to make the most out of the opportunity he worked so hard to earn, Matt Riddle ran at Adam Cole the second the bell rang, planting him into the mat before working his casted right arm.
Adam Cole took control with a back elbow to Riddle, taking things to the floor before coming back for a kick to Riddle’s head. Cole gained a near fall with an ushigoroshi, and when Riddle powered out of the pin, he locked the challenger in a triangle hold.
Matt Riddle escaped the submission but was met with another kick to the head when he tried to stand. Riddle came back with some kicks of his own, finally bringing Cole down with a knee strike followed by a fisherman’s suplex, but Cole escaped the pin.
The champ nearly brought Riddle down a second time with a vicious backstabber, stomping Riddle’s bare feet when he stood up, to which Riddle responded by attacking Cole’s injured arm.
And the action only grew more brutal from there. Cole and Riddle traded their most ferocious strikes and maneuvers until Cole connected with a Panama Sunrise, keeping Riddle down for a count of two and a half.
When this wasn’t enough to keep Riddle down, Cole went for another, but this time Riddle caught him, hitting a Go To Sleep and a corkscrew senton. This was almost enough to win him the championship, but Cole proved to have just as much drive as Riddle and kicked out.
The third Panama Sunrise attempt hit, but when Cole tried to follow with a Last Shot, he missed, and Matt Riddle transitioned into the Bromission. Adam Cole broke free, but Riddle wasn’t done, grabbing Cole in a Fujiwara armbar, cranking on Cole’s fractured wrist.
Adam Cole again escaped and, sensing that he may not be able to make it out of the situation with his title in hand, smashed Riddle with his cast, allowing him to land a Last Shot and retain the championship.
In the midst of Adam Cole’s celebration, however, Finn Bálor’s music hit. The legendary NXT alum made his way to the ring, grabbing a microphone and announcing to both the champion and the NXT Universe that, as of today, Finn Bálor is NXT.
The crowd absolutely exploded with excitement, and so did we.
Winner: Adam Cole
The Velveteen Dream Experience
Roderick Strong and his Undisputed cohorts thought they could keep Velveteen down by burning his iconic couch, but The Dream will not be subdued. Rolling onto the stage with more ladies and an even better sofa throne than before, Velveteen Dream came to make a statement to his good pal Rod.
The Dream said that, while he had never had any issue taking on more than one man at a time, he thought it would be better just he and Rod, challenging Strong to a North American Championship Match.
A Championship Match is Announced
Adding to the excitement of the evening, one of the matches taking place on next week’s episode of NXT was announced. Lio Rush, who recently earned the position of No. 1 Contender to the Cruiserweight Championship, will get his title match against Drew Gulak next Wednesday.
Along with this showdown, Kushida vs. WALTER was also revealed to be on next week’s card. These two matches alone make this episode must-see, so we can only imagine what else is in store.
Mia Yim vs. Io Shirai
As both Mia Yim and Io Shirai failed to capture the No. 1 Contender position for Shayna Baszler’s title, they took their aggression out on each other instead. And Io Shirai wasted no time in showing just as angry she is, launching herself at Mia Yim with the opening bell.
Despite Yim’s best efforts to make a comeback, Io Shirai held dominion with ease, slamming Mia into the mat again and again while throwing strikes in between. Trying to put a stop to the onslaught from Shirai, Yim slapped Io in the face, which of course backfired, as it only made Io’s attacks more savage.
But Mia Yim refused to back down, and her resolve eventually paid off in the form of grounding Shirai momentarily, but Shirai quickly regained her footing, connecting with a 619 and a missile dropkick, which earned a two count.
Exhausted from her relentless efforts, Io Shirai fell victim to a Code Blue, but this didn’t keep Shirai down for long, and she was soon back on her feet and back on the warpath, culminating in a massive superplex to Yim.
Mia Yim may have thought she could come back from this, but it was all over when Io Shirai connected with a monstrous moonsault.
Winner: Io Shirai
Johnny Gargano vs. Shane Thorne
Following the trend set by the first two matches, Johnny Gargano and Shane Thorne didn’t waste a single second starting their match. And the action almost immediately spilled out of the ring, Johnny trying for a tornado DDT on the outside but was caught mid-air by Shane Thorne, who dropped him on the ring apron.
Back in the ring, Johnny fought to gain the upper hand, but Shane was unabating, throwing Johnny across the ring with a german suplex before connecting with a back elbow.
Johnny Gargano turned the tides when he managed to toss Thorne from the ring, leaping after him in a dive, but within seconds, Thorne had regained control, hitting Gargano with a disgusting corner senton before doing his best to shatter Johnny’s skull with a powerbomb.
The two traded strikes until Johnny successfully hit a poisonrana, following it up with a fierce superkick to win the match.
Winner: Johnny Gargano
Shayna Baszler (c) vs. Candice LeRae
NXT Women’s Championship Match
Shayna Baszler has been bulldozing her way through the NXT Women’s Division for quite some time at this point, so it’s not surprising that she came into this match slightly too confident, taunting LeRae instead of attacking her, which allowed Candice to get the early advantage with a crossbody to the outside.
But the minute Baszler found her footing, she more than compensated for her lack of brutality in the opening moments, tearing at Candice LeRae’s left arm after kicking her in the head, slamming her against the steel steps outside of the ring.
Candice attempted a german suplex to the floor and when that failed, she slammed Shayna’s face into the apron, jumping back into the ring for not one, not two, but three dives directly on top of the women’s champion.
Back in the ring, Candice climbed the ropes, preparing for an aerial attack, but Shayna Baszler caught up with her, hurling her to the mat with a gutwrench suplex.
In the ultimate insulting move, Candice LeRae attempted a Kirafuda Clutch on Shayna Baszler, but couldn’t lock it in, leading to Shayna escaping from the submission. Shayna lept toward the ropes, but couldn’t launch herself from them in time and Candice met her there.
This didn’t pay off the way Candice hoped, however, as she was caught in a Kirafuda Clutch, lifted off the mat with the hold. But Candice broke free, hitting the champ with a neckbreaker to the mat.
Candice was rapidly picking up steam at this point, firing off a lionsault in hopes that it would gain her the championship, but Shayna dodged, locking in the devastating Kirafuda Clutch one last time. LeRae struggled to break out as long as she could, but ultimately had no choice but to tap.
Winner: Shayna Baszler
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Pete Dunne vs. Danny Burch
Completely unperturbed by the formidable opponent set before him, Danny Burch sprinted to the ring and got straight in the former NXT UK Champion’s face.
Burch and Dunne struggled for supremacy to start the match, neither man able to get the better of the other, until Pete eventually caught Danny with a vicious clothesline, sending him crashing to the mat.
The Bruiserweight became too confident here, which gave Danny the perfect opportunity to take the upper hand with a series of strikes. Pete Dunne fired back with strikes of his own, adding in some of his signature joint manipulation, but Pete Dunne responded with an elevated DDT.
Dunne quickly followed the DDT with his Bitter End finisher and took the win, but had very little time to celebrate because someone else had his eye on The Bruiserweight.
The arena went black and Damian Priest appeared behind Dunne, dropping the former champ with his absolutely disgusting looking finisher before firing an arrow, leaving his name emblazoned on the tron while he left the ring with a smile on his face.
Winner: Pete Dunne
The Undisputed Era (c) vs. The Street Profits
If arriving at the arena in style flanked by Montez Ford’s beautiful wife and fellow NXT Superstar Bianca Belair wasn’t enough, Wale joined The Street Profits for their entrance, partying through the crowd with Montez and Angelo and getting the audience even more excited than they already were.
Kyle O’Reilly and Angelo Dawkins kicked the action off, and when Kyle didn’t instantly take control, Bobby Fish tried to interfere but was stopped by Montez Ford.
Montez and Bobby took the ring from here, Montez smashing into the side of Bobby’s face with multiple kicks, gaining steam until it was brought to a halt with a clothesline.
Bobby Fish wisely brought Montez over to his corner to double-team him with Kyle O’Reilly, giving The Undisputed Era a firm grasp on the upper hand, which Kyle only heightened when Bobby gave him the ring.
Despite an avalanche of double-team maneuvers, Montez Ford continued to fight back, throwing strikes at both members of the opposing team when he had to. And even though it looked like Montez would never escape, he did make it back to his corner – just as Bobby Fish was jerking Angelo Dawkins away from it.
Bobby and Kyle resumed their double-team attacks, giving Montez Ford no room to get away, let alone fight back. But at long last, Montez tagged in Angelo Dawkins, who burst into the match guns blazing, leveling both Kyle O’Reilly and Bobby Fish.
Angelo and Kyle were neck and neck, which didn’t suit Bobby Fish at all, so he attacked Angelo on the apron while the referee’s back was turned. Montez Ford flew back into the ring to help his partner and both he and Angelo were caught in submissions, which they only narrowly escaped.
Montez Ford slammed into Bobby Fish with a frog splash, but when he and Angelo set up an electric chair, Kyle O’Reilly broke up the attack. Bobby, Kyle, and Angelo all fell into the ringside area, where they were met with a diving Montez Ford, who cleared the corner of the ring to make it there.
When The Street Profits continued to gain momentum, Roderick Strong appeared at ringside, attempting to attack Angelo Dawkins, who turned the tables and sent him into the apron instead. But the distraction was enough to allow Bobby Fish and Kyle O’Reilly to hit Montez Ford with their Total Elimination finisher and keep the Tag Titles with The Era.
Adam Cole came to the stage to celebrate with his team, but as he stood proudly, surveying the scene, he was met with an unexpected enemy.
That familiar flatline echoed through the arena, signaling the arrival of Tommaso Ciampa, who has been away from NXT TV for the last 6 months due to neck injury. Ciampa made clear what he had come for, standing nose to nose with Adam Cole to close the show.
Winner: The Undisputed Era
NXT Results (October 2 2019)
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