The September 18 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 #525 of WWE Raw by tweeting us, @TheRumbleRamble.
Bianca Belair vs. Candice LeRae vs. Io Shirai vs. Mia Yim
Fatal 4-Way No. 1 Contendership Match for the NXT Women’s Championship
The first-ever episode of NXT on USA kicked off with a bang, to say the least. The women of NXT took center stage, and after a hot start, Io Shirai sent us into our first commercial break (that’s kind of weird to type) with a pretty moonsault to the floor.
We were welcomed back post-break by a Tower of Doom spot, and then more craziness from all four women. At one point, Belair hit the KoD on LeRae, but Mia Yim broke up the pinfall attempt. Shirai then tumbled to the floor with Belair, leaving LeRae and Yim in the ring alone.
After a fun closing sequence, LeRae got the win via the Lionsault. She’ll face Shana Baszler for the title on 10/2.
Winner: Candice LeRae
Cameron Grimes vs. Sean Maluta
Cameron Grimes in less than 10 seconds with his jumping diving stomp… thing.
Winner: Cameron Grimes
Velveteen Dream (c) vs. Roderick Strong
NXT North American Championship Match
Velveteen Dream came to play tonight. He outwrestled Strong early on, sending him to the floor to regroup during the opening moments of the match. On the floor, the two brawled a bit, which is where Strong took over.
Once Strong took over, he never really let go, dominating Dream for what eventually ended up being a two-commercial break match. After he failed to put Dream away with a Boston Crab, the rest of the Undisputed Era showed up, meaning bad news for Dream.
We got a ref bump and all kinds of madness, but Dream actually managed to survive. He went up top for his Purple RainMaker, but Adam Cole superkicked him to the mat, giving Strong the opening he needed to get the win.
Winner: Roderick Strong
Pete Dunne vs. Arturo Ruas
This was this week’s version of the fun, five-minute banger that we get every week on NXT. Pete Dunne got the win, but Arthur Ruas looked incredible here, as per usual.
I expect to see big things from Dunne in the near future, perhaps even a title match with Strong on NXT TV.
Winner: Pete Dunne
Aliyah (w/ Vanessa Borne) vs. Xia Li
Xia Li got the win via pinfall following a sweet tornado ax kick to the back of the head. Li actually stumbled off the top rope at one point, kind of hurting the flow of the match, which is a real shame because I really dig her as a performer.
Of course, neither her nor Aliyah are super experienced, so those kinds of things happen sometimes. I’m sure she’ll bounce back next time.
Winner: Xia Li
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Denzel Dujournette vs. Kushida
This match never happened because Imperium (!!!) showed up and took out Denzel Dujournette before Kushida’s music even played. This drew out Kushida, who tried to fight all of Imperium at once, for some crazy reason.
He didn’t win, but he didn’t lose, either. He decided to abort the mission before things got too bad, which was a wise idea. The commentary team really put over the idea of WALTER versus Kushida on NXT TV in the near future, so get hyped for that.
Oney Lorcan vs. Lio Rush
No. 1 Contendership Match for the Cruiserweight Championship
Lio Rush made his return to WWE TV to take on Oney Lorcan, with the winner being crowned the no. 1 contender for the Cruiserweight Title. Lorcan hit Rush with a nasty running blockbuster out the gate, really rocking him.
These two then proceeded to wrestle at 100 miles per hour for about 5 to 8 minutes. Tons of awesome dives and high impact moves from both guys in this one.
After a big slap exchange, which of course is a Lorcan special, we got a springboard stunner outta nowhere from Rush, then a Frog Splash, for the win.
Winner: Lio Rush
Killian Dain vs. Matt Riddle
As you probably guessed, this one started off hot too, with both guys quickly brawling to the floor. Things then made their way to the back of the arena, where the entire NXT locker room (!!!) got involved.
Seriously, at one point, 20+ guys were fighting in or around the ring – just mind-boggling awesome to watch. There are a few WCW brawls from back in the day that had this feel, which a few people on Twitter pointed out.
We actually went off the air with chaos still going on in and around the ring, and the match being thrown out, resulting in a fantastic way to close the show. It was announced that the match would be restarted next week, with the winner facing Adam Cole for the NXT Championship on 10/2.
Winner: No Contest
WWE NXT Results (September 18 2019)
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