A brand new number one contender for the NXT Women’s Championship was made official during this week’s episode of NXT. The show this week also helped promote what will undoubtedly be a very special title match between Aleister Black and Tommaso Ciampa coming soon. This week’s show was very focused on female wrestling in general with most of the matches consisting of members of the NXT women’s division, and it all started with Mae Young Classic competitors Dakota Kai and Lacey Evans continuing their feud with a match that was made official during last week’s show.
Lacey Evans vs. Dakota Kai –
Before the match began, Evans took some time to mock Kai for constantly throwing kicks. Kai then took her down with a dropkick before dishing out some of the kicks that Evans had such an issue with just moments earlier. Evans very quickly took over after she had given her some big boots. Evans mocked and insulted her the entire time that she was down. She then began to toy around with her opponent for a little while as she worked her over in the middle of the ring.
Much of this match belonged to Evans until she went up to the top of one of the ring posts in the corner for a moonsault. She proved why such a maneuver is considered “high-risk” as Kai moved out of the way and sent Evans crashing down to the ring canvas. Kai then dished out several rapid fire kicks as she proceed to get some momentum in this match. She hit a big boot on Evans in the corner of the ring before returning later with another one. Kai hit some much smaller but quicker kicks in the corner on Evans shortly afterwards.
Unfortunately for Kai, Evans proved to be a bit too much for her as the former Marine moved out of the way just before she was able to hit an enzuigiri on her to end the match. Immediately after missing the kick, Evans clocked Dakota Kai with her Woman’s Right knockout punch. That was all that she needed to put the young New Zealand star away and continue on her with winning ways.
Winner: Lacey Evans
Ricochet was interviewed backstage and was asked about his relationship with The Undisputed Era. Although he pointed out that he was no fan of any of the group members, he had a particular issue with Adam Cole – namely that he hasn’t defended the North American Championship very much since he won it. Ricochet pointed out that he nearly won the ladder match to crown the inaugural champion back in April and he also nearly pinned Cole on NXT a few weeks ago. Ricochet let the fans and The Undisputed Era know that he is coming after that championship.
The Street Profits released a new video showing themselves playing basketball while talking about how their time in NXT has stalled. Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins promised to get back to NXT and start winning matches, and they look to do that by challenging The Mighty to a match.
EC3 also made an appearance walking around Full Sail University taking selfies with fans whilst plugging the new EC3 t-shirt on WWEShop.com. Suddenly, he spots NXT newcomer Kona Reeves who tells EC3 that he may be good, but he is not “The Finest.” EC3 then challenged him to a fight, but Reeves refused. EC3 then got very upset and promised to dish out the “top one percent beating of a lifetime” if he and Reeves ever did fight in the ring. Finally, Kona changed his mind and did accept a match against EC3, but he also noted that the two of them could have been “the finest of friends.”
A riveting video package hyping the NXT Championship match between Aleister Black and Tommaso Ciampa was shown. Ciampa pointed out that he has headlined Takeovers while the champion has not, and footage of Ciampa giving Black a DDT onto the floor last week was shown as well. Black said that Ciampa has no idea what sort of devil he will be facing. Black will be putting his NXT Championship on the line when he faces off against Tommaso Ciampa on NXT next week.
Kassius Ohno vs. Rick Ramirez –
The announcers pointed out that Ohno has been on somewhat of a losing streak lately and has hit a rough patch in his NXT career. Kassius is hoping to find his place in NXT, and he did so tonight by taking on a local talent named Rick Ramirez. The two of them had a competitive back and fourth match that was a great display of talent and athleticism from both of these extraordinary grapplers. Oh, I’m just kidding, of course. Ohno took Ramirez down and promptly hit the Rolling Elbow before pinning him in mere seconds.
Winner: Kassius Ohno
Adam Cole, Roderick Strong, Bobby Fish, and Kyle O’Reilly of The Undisputed Era shot a promo backstage wherein they all bragged about being champions once again. Strong and O’Reilly recaptured the NXT Tag Team Championships from Mustache Mountain last week while Fish held their personal Dusty Rhodes Tag Team Classic trophy. Adam Cole then called Ricochet a joke who has never come close to beating him. Cole said that Ricochet will never take the North American title from him and then advised that he back off and stay away from The Undisputed Era.
A brief introductory video for Rowe and Hanson of The War Raiders then aired. The two of them talked about how they’ve already made a mark on the NXT tag team division before getting into their own wrestling origins. It all began when they had a hard-hitting match against each other on the independent circuit. They thought about teaming up together in order to inflict both of their levels of punishment on their opponents. They said that they were inspired by the vikings and became modern day vikings after competing in Japan, Mexico, and Europe.
In 2014, Rowe was violently injured in a motorcycle accident. The doctors told him that he was lucky to be alive and he also needed to have his left arm completely reconstructed. All this did was motivate him even more. Hanson pointed out that Rowe is the smaller man but is still the powerhouse of the group. Rowe than said that Hanson was not only big, but fast and a high-flyer as well. The two of them promised to continue destroying the NXT tag team division and bring war to the show until they are officially recognized as the top tag team on the entire brand.
The Velveteen Dream cut a promo backstage talking about his popularity and the NXT crowds screaming his name. He talked about each one of his Takeover matches so far against the likes of Aleister Black, Kassius Ohno, Ricochet, and he also mentioned the North American Championship ladder match that he was in during NXT Takeover: New Orleans, but all of that pales in comparison to what he will do next. He said that the spotlight will continue to shine on him at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn next month.
Nikki Cross vs. Candice LeRae vs. Kairi Sane: NXT Women’s Championship No. 1 Contenders Match –
Before the main event began, current NXT Women’s Champion Shayna Baszler came down to the ring and took a seat at the announcer’s table to do some commentary. Each of the announcers tried to get her reaction on facing one of the three women in the match, but Baszler was completely unfazed and constantly said that she will simply defeat whoever wins the match.
The crowd was very much behind Nikki Cross early on while each of the three women attacked each other from all sides and all angles. Candice did a dive onto Nikki as she rested outside of the ring. Cross was able to get the better of her and tossed her back into the ring before dragging LeRae’s head under the ring skirt. At this point, the crowd was split in favor of both Cross and LeRae, but Nikki almost won the match when she rolled up Candice for a two-count back in the ring.
Nikki took LeRae over the one of the ring posts in the corner and put her in a tree of woe. Nikki ran over to the opposite side of the ring in order to presumably charge back after LeRae, but she was met with a spear from Kairi Sane, who had previously spent most of the match recovering at ringside after being beaten down by both women at the start of the match. Sane hit a double footstomp on as LeRae continued to hang upside down in the corner of the ring. She immediately then locked in her Anchor submission move before it was broken up by Cross.
Cross took Candice outside of the ring and dragged her by the hair over to the ramp, and she then gave her an inverted DDT right onto the steel. As Nikki made her way back over towards the ring, Sane suddenly leaped down onto her with the Flying Kabuki Elbow. Sane then got Nikki back in the ring and very quickly tried to end the match by teasing an Insane Elbow, but Cross was able to recover in time and prevent Kairi from hitting the move.
Now back in the ring and back in the fight, LeRae was able to toss both women off of the top of a ring post and down to the canvas. Now completely out of energy, the three of them exchanged blows to the head on the ring canvas as they tried to get back on their feet. An enzuigiri from Candice to Nikki was followed up by a backfist. LeRae locked Cross in a DDT before later getting Sane as well. She hit a double DDT on both women at the same time.
As Cross slid out of the ring, LeRae hit a springboard moonsault on Sane, which would have likely won her the match if Nikki didn’t break up the pin. Instead, Cross dragged Candice outside of the ring and gave her another inverted DDT. When she came back in the ring, she tried as hard as she could to finally end the match. Cross hit not one, not two, but three belly-to-back suplexes in succession on Sane, but this was still not enough to get her the win.
What Cross did end up getting was another springboard moonsault from Candice LeRae who reentered the ring and then went right for the pin. Just when it looked like LeRae had earned herself a championship match, Kairi Sane came down on her from out of nowhere with the Insane Elbow drop. Once she connected with that move, there was nowhere else for her to go and no other tricks that she could use, which led to Sane getting the win and a future shot at the NXT Women’s Championship.
Winner: Kairi Sane
Unlike next week’s NXT Championship match, it was confirmed on this show that Sane will indeed be challenging for the women’s title at NXT Takeover: Brooklyn, which makes Sane vs. Baszler for the first official match for the show. Of course, Sane defeated Baszler to win the inaugural Mae Young Classic tournament last year, and Baszler got a win over Sane on NXT television earlier this year. The rubber match will be for the NXT Women’s Championship, and it will be taking place at what has arguably become the biggest stage of the year for the NXT brand.
As for next week’s show, do not forget that it will feature a rare NXT Championship match between Tommaso Ciampa and Aleister Black. Could Ciampa take down Black already and become the 14th NXT Champion in history? It will be interesting to see for sure. There may also be a match between EC3 and Kona Reeves soon as well, and the hype for NXT Takeover: Brooklyn has now officially begun. We’ll have to wait and see what happens before NXT delivers what promises to be another exciting Takeover event in August. Until then, I’ll see you NXT time!