My God this was such a palate clenser after Dynamite
NXT was so refreshing compared to Dynamite this week
The Prince Is Back
NXT Champion Finn Balor opened the show with his return to NXT. Wearing a cool leather jacket and street clothes, he had the NXT Championship belt draped over his shoulder. Dude looked like a superstar.
WarGames is over and done. Balor declared the "the champion is back!" Some people love him and hate him, but if you want to know him then come see him in the ring. Cue Pete Dune, who entered stage right.
Dunne glared at Balor as he walked to the ring, and Dunne confronted Balor inside the squared circle.
Dunne said he and Balor are cut from the same cloth. He came from overseas and made a name for himself, just like Balor did. Dunne said it was about time they stand face-to-face, and he was glad Balor is back.
When Dunne vowed to take the championship from Balor, that brought out Kyle O'Reilly to interrupt them. He sarcastically addressed Dunne as "Peter-Peter-Pumpkin Eater."
O'Reilly bragged about Undisputed Era winning WarGames. Then he shifted his focus to the champion. O'Reilly reminded Balor that he broke his jaw, and O'Reilly said they have unfinished business.
Out comes Damian Priest to join the party in the ring. Priest confronted Balor, and he challenged Balor. Dunne stepped in front of Priest to ask, "Aren't you the geezer who couldn't beat Leon Ruff?"
Priest bickered with Dunne, and then O'Reilly started to bicker with them as well.
Balor quietly left the ring and walked up the ramp. Priest asked him where he was going. Balor said they need to learn manners. They cut Balor off before he could announce he is defending the title at New Year's Evil. Deciding who is not his job, that is for William Regal to decide.
As Balor was leaving the lights in the arena began to flicker. The theme music for Karrion Kross left Balor frozen in the place on the stage. Scarlett confronted Balor, and Balor said he had a message for Kross.
"When he is ready," Balor said, "Finn's ready."
Balor exited stage right, with the other three prospective challengers still in the ring. Priest referred to Scarlett as a "smokeshow" as he also called out Kross. Scarlett smiled with a sinister grin. And scene!
Pete Dunne was being interviewed during a commercial break when Killian Dain attacked him. They had a pull-apart brawl.
Jake Atlas defeated Isaiah "Swerve" Scott
Atlas pinned Scott in what was portrayed as an upset. Looks like Atlas is getting a push.
Grizzled Young Veterans (James Drake & Zack Gibson) defeated Ever-Rise (Chase Parker & Matt Martel) and Imperium (Marcel Barthel & Fabian Aichner) in a triple threat tag team match
Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Down
This was kinda boring
Shirai Brawls With Storm
Thumbs in the middle pointing up
Tommaso Ciampa defeated Cameron Grimes
This was like prorected af HHH or Super Cena the way Ciampa overcame distraction and interference to win
Celebration With New North American Champ Johnny Gargano & Company
Pete Dunne defeated Killian Dain
Dunne pinned Dain after outside interferance.
Raquel Gonzalez defeated Ember Moon
Gonzalez pinned Moon clean in a good match.
Thumbs In The Middle Pointing Up Show
Nothing was bad, but there were gaps of time that were boring
NXT is missing star power