WWE NXT 09/19/18 features the first ever “champion vs. champion” match when WWE UK Champion Pete Dunne faces NXT North American Champion Ricochet. Does someone leave a double champion? Or does the Undisputed Era create an expected “no contest” result? Also on tap for tonight? Deonna Purrazzo teams up with Dakota Kai to take on Lacey Evans and Aliyah. Lastly, will the Regal Commission continue the interrogations about the Aleister Black attack? Let’s find out!
WWE NXT 09/19/18 Recap
WWE. Then. Now. Forever. We open with a dramatic video package for tonight’s “champion vs. champion” match.
Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 08/23/18) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us to the show and the crowd chants “NXT” as they do.
Dakota Kai’s music hits and she’s out first for her team; Deonna Purrazzo entering last for the babyface team. Aliyah is out first for the heels and continues to get a heated reaction from Full Sail for whatever reason. Lacey Evans rounds out the entrances.
Match #1: Dakota Kai & Deonna Purrazzo vs. Aliyah & Lacey Evans
Relatively standard tag team action here. Aliyah and Evans do the “behind the ref’s back” double team spot and otherwise just work over Deonna to set up a hot tag to Kai. Dakota goes on a run, but the finish comes when Evans blind tags herself in, Kai rolls up Aliyah, and eats a Women’s Right from Evans. Lacey covers and picks up the win. The finish sequence looked great and is more proof that Evans is one of the more improved NXT talents of 2018. I still don’t know what Aliyah has done to upset Full Sail so much. Every time she’s in she gets a “Aliyah sucks” chant. Are they just upset she’s been there for so long and has never really done anything? This is like “Bo Dallas in 2013” levels of ire from Full Sail for no real reason I can find.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – Decent enough action and Evans is on a bit of a roll lately so I wasn’t too surprised to see her team pick up the win.
Meanwhile, Velveteen Dream is backstage being interviewed by “the press”. I guess he’s softened to giving interviews all of a sudden? Dream mentions the WWE Network and that he beat Gargano. They ask Dream about the person behind the Aleister Black attack and Dream calls them out for having access to the Dream but asking about someone who isn’t the Dream. More classic stuff from Dream.
Later tonight? Champion vs. Champion!
Up next? Jaxson Ryker of the Forgotten Sons debuts.
During the break, we get another episode of “Street Talk” from the Street Profits. I guess The Mighty store Ford’s chains. I thought it was the Solo cup.
Back from break, we see the finish of last week‘s main event.
Also, last week? We get this backstage interview with Bianca Belair where she reminds us she’s still undefeated. I guess a double count out isn’t technically “losing” so… sure.
Up next, some music hits and Humberto Carrillo is out. The Forgotten Sons’ music hits next and Jaxson Ryker is out alone.
Match #2: Humberto Carrillo vs. Jaxson Ryker
Absolute squash. Carrillo goes for a springboard, eats a punch, and Ryker puts him away with a slingshot powerbomb.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A “NXT debut” squash. They’ve been happening for years.
Meanwhile, the Regal Commission is interviewing Candice LeRae in Regal’s office. She maintains her alibi that she was with Ohno and Kairi and didn’t see anything. She infers that Ciampa is behind the attack, but Regal says they have no evidence to show that Ciampa did it. Regal asks if she can account for Gargano’s whereabouts and Candice says he went to clean up in the locker room after the show and then they drove home together. The plot continues to thicken.
Meanwhile, Dunne is backstage staring at the UK title and Ricochet is backstage staring at the North American title. We’re then sent to another hype video about tonight’s main event.
During the break, a Keith Lee hype video airs.
Back from break, we see archival footage of EC3 saying he thinks Lars was behind the attack on Black. We also see archival footage of EC3 being taken out by Lars.
Next week? Lars Sullivan “returns to action”. Uh, he wrestled last week, guys.
Also, next week? Otis Dozovic takes on Tommaso Ciampa.
Meanwhile, back in the arena, Ricochet is out first for the main event. Dunne enters last. The crowd seems very mixed on who they’re cheering for.
Match #3: Ricochet (c) vs. Pete Dunne (c) (Champion vs. Champion Match for the WWE UK Championship and the NXT North American Championship)
So, I went into this expecting no finish so I did not leave disappointed. These two guys left it all in the ring and, excluding the finish, this is definitely one to check out. Dunne works the mat effectively and we see Ricochet, largely known for his high-flying, taking to a mat based game to counter Dunne. Great spots abound as Ricochet is a next-level athlete and Dunne shows his prowess by hanging with someone the caliber of Ricochet. After a series of spots that would have ended a match with lesser men, Dunne and Ricochet are reduced to lying on the mat punching each other. Cue the Undisputed Era for the run in to save us from having to go to a place where someone is a dual champion.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I figured the one possible outcome that wasn’t a “no contest” would be Dunne beating Ricochet, but with the next TakeOver still so far out, Ricochet winning the North American title back at the next taping. There was no way Dunne was going to end his long reign on a weekly episode of NXT. But, I went in expecting a schmoz finish so the finish didn’t ruin the match for me.
Post-match, the Undisputed beat down occurs until the War Raiders run out and chase the Era to the back. The crowd chants “both these guys” as refs get each man their respective title belts.
We go off the air on both guys facing off across the ring while the crowd chants “NXT”.