Finn Balor def. Trent Seven
Results: If it wasn’t made clear before, Finn Balor doesn’t like other people getting involved in his business. Following a confrontation with Trent Seven at Worlds Collide regarding Balor’s ongoing conflict with Johnny Gargano, the Prince of NXT took to making his message physical by attacking Seven in a parking lot. Suffering a bruised larynx as a result, the Big Strong Boi looked to even the score. However, not even the Seven Stars Lariat was enough to put Balor down, who promptly responded with the Coup de Grace and 1916 to pick up yet another emphatic win.
Analysis: Finn Balor’s initial return to NXT showed promise, and hopefully his match against Johnny Gargano in Portland will continue that. But this match was a step backwards.
Dominik Dijakovic def. Damian Priest after confronting both confronted NXT North American Champion Keith Lee
Results: Last week, Keith Lee made good on his promise to end the Undisputed Prophecy when he defeated Roderick Strong for the NXT North American Championship. So what’s next for the Limitless Superstar? If either man gets his way, it’s either Dominik Dijakovic or Damian Priest. As the new champion addressed his immediate future, the Archer of Infamy confronted Lee and laid claim to the first shot at the title. His bid, however, was cut off by Dijakovic, whose claimed laid in his previous battles with Lee. Sensing trouble, Lee quickly took his leave, leaving his two potential challengers to settle matters in an impromptu match. Both Dijakovic and Priest put everything on the line to prove why they deserved a shot at the North American Championship, but it was Dijakovic who got a leg up, putting Priest away with the Feast Your Eyes.
Analysis: Lee-Dijakovic is a more intriguing matchup for me. Priest is a great competitor, but I just haven’t seen enough from him to merit a title shot.
Tommaso Ciampa secured an NXT Championship match for NXT TakeOver: Portland
Results: Anticipation was high as NXT General Manager had promised to reveal who would face Adam Cole at NXT TakeOver: Portland for the NXT Championship. The answer was made clear almost immediately as a camera found Tommaso Ciampa wrapping up a backstage assault on Bobby Fish, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong. Irate, Cole confronted Ciampa in the ring, who was after more than just a title match. The Blackheart made it clear that he intended on putting the NXT Champion through a table. Clearly hoping to defuse the situation. Regal rushed out with the contract in hand and confirmed that not only was Ciampa the one to face Cole for the title, but Cole had already signed the contract, seemingly uncaring about his opponent. Regardless, Cole and Ciampa brawled, but by night’s end Ciampa made good on his word, putting Cole through a table and signing the contract.
Analysis: This was absolutely inevitable. Ciampa never lost the title and the Ciampa character would never just stand by and not pursue “Goldie” relentlessly.
Tegan Nox def. Dakota Kai
Results: Ever since her betrayal of Tegan Nox at NXT TakeOver: Wargames 2019, Dakota Kai has had to answer to several people, but until tonight, she never had to answer to Nox herself. That changed tonight, as the former best friends did battle. It was clear from the get-go that Kai cared less about the match itself as much as dealing as much damage to Nox as possible. She risked disqualification on several occasions, grabbing a steel chair. The second time Dakota tried this tactic, Candice LeRae rushed the ring to take away the implement. With the official distracted, Nox took to what could arguable be considered fair turnabout, cracking Kai in the face with her knee brace before striking her down with the Shiniest Wizard to pick up the win and a measure of vengeance.
Analysis: This is almost a combination of the brief Sasha Banks-Bayley feud last year and the current Liv Morgan-Lana feud, though this one is more complete and more intriguing.
Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne def. Grizzled Young Veterans (Dusty Rhodes Classic Finals)
Results: With a tag team championship match at NXT TakeOver: Portland on the line, the teams of Matt Riddle & Pete Dunne and Zack Gibson & James Drake battled in the finals of the Dusty Rhodes Classic. There was no clear advantage for the opening stages of the match as both team traded offense and defense. However, ill fate had it in for the Bruiserweight and nearly took the former NXT UK Champion out of commission. As a result, the Original Bro was forced to go it alone for quite some time, that is until Dunne came roaring back, blasting Gibson in the face with a kick out of Riddle’s popup to secure the win and title shot.
Analysis: The Portland card is absolutely stacked, but it also seems to be the end of the Undisputed Era’s dominance in NXT. With Ciampa set to face Cole and Riddle & Dunne set to face Fish & O’Reilly, the UE will have a hard time holding on to their hardware.