WWE NXT 09/26/18 is headlined by NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa facing Heavy Machinery’s Otis Dozovic in the main event. That match came about due to Heavy Machinery’s insistence they believe that Ciampa is behind the attack on Aleister Black. Also, Lars Sullivan “returns to action” even though he’s already attacked Raul Mendoza in a segment that wasn’t a match, and then squashed Mendoza in an official match. But… yeah… Lars is “back in action”. Other than that, we’re into a new batch of tapings from Full Sail, but not the final ones before the next TakeOver so I imagine we’ll get some more random matches tonight that could wind up being pretty exciting. Let’s get to the recap!
WWE NXT 09/26/18 Recap
What’s this? A new signature open? Sure, it’s been nearly 5 years since they changed it, but this was jarring. It guess it’s now – Then. Now. WWE Forever.
Standard NXT opening credits and we’re taped (originally taped 09/20/18) from Full Sail. Mauro welcomes us to the show and William Regal’s music hits. He’s out to address the Aleister Black situation.
Before Regal can get very far he’s cut off by the Undisputed Era (sans Bobby Fish). Cole accuses Regal of not doing his job and playing “Sherlock Holmes” instead. Strong takes issue with the attacks from the “cosplay vikings” (aka – War Raiders) and Kyle adds that he feels “unsafe”. Regal finds it interesting they’re out interrupting him speaking on the Black investigation. Cole takes offense and shifts things to Regal refusing to reprimand Ricochet. Cole says that Ricochet has been “ducking” him and even Pete Dunne was granted a title match. Cole wants his rematch and he wants it “right-freakin’-now”. Regal says that Cole really wanted Dunne to just soften up Ricochet and it wouldn’t be fair for Ricochet to have to defend tonight. Just like it wasn’t fair for Cole and friends to ruin last week’s main event. Regal says he knows that Cole tried to put one over on him during the investigation but he failed. Cole will get his rematch… in two weeks… against Ricochet… and Pete Dunne in a triple threat match for the North American Championship. Regal adds that Kyle and Roderick have nothing to worry about because in three weeks they’ll be defending the tag titles against the War Raiders. Literal mic drop.
Next, we get a shot of the announcers discussing the bombs Regal just dropped.
“Earlier today”, “the press” are talking to Gargano while he’s outside… walking. Johnny says he’s sick of whining, crying, and complaining. Next week, when he faces Tony Nese, he’ll become the man he was meant to be. Apparently, Candice was walking with him as the crew acts like they’re “done filming” but we see Lacey Evans approach Johnny and Candice and they “keep rolling”. Lacey cuts a promo on Candice saying that a “good wife” would fight besides Johnny and defend him. Johnny holds Candice back and tells him that Lacey “isn’t worth it”.
Later tonight? Heavy Machinery’s Otis Dozovic takes on NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa in a non-title match.
Next, we see a Lars Sullivan hype video. He’s up next.
Back from break, we see Velveteen Dream finishing up a photo shoot. Cathy tries to get a word with him, but Dream mainly blows her off. He implies that Ciampa may be the one behind the attack on Black. When pressed for more information he just says he’s not a snitch and that the writing is on the wall.
Next, Lars Sullivan is out. Already in the ring? No clue.
Match #1: Lars Sullivan vs. Victor Orchant
Orchant has tights that say “Walker”. Okay. This is another Lars squash and right when I was thinking “they’re really doing this… again?” EC3 is out to save the segment. DQ.
Verdict: Thumbs In The Middle – The EC3 run in saved this segment. I’m officially bored with “Lars squash” now.
Post-match, EC3 gets the better of Lars and knocks him out of the ring. Lars heads to the back while the crowd chants “NX3” and EC3 tosses his shirt into the audience.
Later tonight? NXT Women’s Champion Kairi Sane is in action!
Up next? Street Profits vs. The Mighty
Back from break, Regal is heading to his office when he’s stopped by a voice off-screen asking him about the investigation. Nikki Cross emerges from Regal’s office and says she wants to “play” with Bianca Belair again. Regal says he’ll take under consideration. Nikki adds that she “knows” and repeats that a few times. The voice off-screen asks if that means Nikki knows who the culprit is. Regal says Nikki knows who the Loch Ness Monster and Bigfoot are – nobody knows what Nikki knows.
Next, the Mighty are out wearing the Street Profits’ chains and holding their Solo cup. I knew they took the Solo cup too. Street Profits are out next looking angry.
Match #2: Street Profits vs. The Mighty
A decent tag match. Montez Ford is crazy athletic and he does a dive to the ramp at one point that is just unreal. Ford gets rammed into the post, and then gets the steps kicked onto his leg. So, the rest of the match is him getting his leg worked over. The Mighty go over with a Figure Four Jackknife that looks pretty cool.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – I’m actually enjoying this feud, even if it’s really doing more for building The Mighty as heels than really helping Street Profits advance up the ladder.
Later tonight? Otis vs. Ciampa.
Up next? Kairi.
Back from break, Vanessa Borne’s music hits and she’s out. Kairi is out next.
Match #3: Vanessa Borne vs. Kairi Sane
Borne gets in a little heel schtick by wearing Kairi’s pirate hat and then kicking it out of the ring. From there it’s a “by the numbers” Kairi Sane squash.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – The squash is okay, but I’m more excited about the post-match developments.
Post-match, Sane celebrates until Shayna’s music hits. Baszler cuts a promo telling Sane to celebrate with title while she can because the clock’s about to run out on that. The loss in Brooklyn hurt Shayna, but she won’t take that out on Kairi tonight. She’s invoking her rematch clause and will drown Kairi, “drop anchor” on the championship reign, and take back the title. Kairi responds by granting Shayna a rematch at WWE Evolution. Finally, another match confirmed for that show! As Shayna leaves, Kairi adds that she will beat Shayna again at Evolution.
Meanwhile, Otis is backstage getting ready with Tucker Knight. Ciampa is backstage listening to the NXT Championship. They’re up next!
“Earlier today”, Keith Lee is walking. He mentions he’s currently undefeated and wants an opportunity at the NXT Championship. He walks into a room where Kona Reeves is sitting in a chair. They have a back and forth where Reeves doesn’t believe that Lee is “limitless” and Lee says Reeves has the “finest set of losses at NXT”. Keith challenges Reeves to a match and will give him an opportunity to bask in his glory. Lee leaves and Reeves says he’s not going to bask in “none of that”.
Next week? The Forgotten Sons will be in action.
Also, next week? EC3 vs. Lars Sullivan.
Meanwhile, Heavy Machinery’s music hits and Otis is out alone. Ciampa’s new music hits next and he’s out to boos.
Match #4: Otis Dozovic vs. Tommaso Ciampa
Wow, I didn’t expect a ton from this match, but it really delivered. They really emphasized the size difference between Otis and Ciampa and it paid off. Dozovic looked like a monster and Ciampa got in just enough offense to stay in the match. Ciampa eventually decides to bail and take the count out, but Tucker Knight is out to cut him off. Otis goes on another run that ends with him going up for a Vader Bomb, but Ciampa is able to counter that into a draping DDT that hits Otis’ head on the apron. Otis gets back up the apron and Ciampa is able to hit the draping DDT again, this time in the ring, to pick up the win.
Verdict: Thumbs Up – A really well executed match that had a few moments where it looked like Otis might pull off a non-title victory over the champ.
We go off the air on Ciampa celebrating on the ramp and heading to the back.