North American Champion Isaiah Swerve Scott arrives to the
building along with B-Fab and Top Dolla. Scott is wearing
headphones, so he is unaware when Legado del Fantasma jumped
Hit Row. Santos Escobar attacks Swerve, leaving him laying.
B-Fab and Top Dolla were then kidnapped by Legado del
Fantasma. I personally haven't hardly ever seen a wrestling
show open with a kidnapping.
Joe Gacy, sitting in a chair, cut a promo from the ring.
Using a lot of buzzwords like "safe space" and such, he said
a lot without really saying anything at all. Calling the
fans "snowflakes," he dedicated the match to them before
vowing to win. At least that's what I think he meant. The
announcers acted as if they had no idea either, so I don't
feel too bad being somewhat lost.
NXT Champion Tommaso Ciampa defeated Joe Gacy in a non-
Ciampa pinned Gacy clean.
While the match was decent enough, the first half wasn't all
that exciting either. Ciampa is a ring general, but Gacy is
able to cut him off several times. Ciampa was fired up after
the show returned from a commercial break.
After trading strikes, Gacy gets a near fall. Follows that
up by missing a moonsault. Ciampa looked to end it, but Gacy
counters him for a roll-up and a two count. Ciampa soon cut
off Gacy, and Ciampa delivers a Fairy Tale Ending. Ciampa
then covers Gacy for a clean pinfall.
Ciampa was attacked by Harland, who was sitting in the crowd
during the match. Gacy was grabbed by the throat, but he
stroked the Harland's face, and he let Gacy live. Zero time
to digest what just happened, because here comes the Toxic
Toxic Attraction enters the scene for an in-ring promo.
Mandy Rose challenges NXT Women's Champion Raquel Gonzalez
to a title match at Halloween Havoc. Rose called herself
"the baddest bitch in the game." Also, Gigi Dolan and Jacy
Jayne vowed to win the NXT Women's Tag Team Championship. As
soon as the trio was done speaking, the theme music hit for
the next match.
Xyon Quinn defeated Malik Blade
Quinn pinned Blade in a short match. Nothing bad, but
another unexciting match.
It was mostly all Quinn for much of the way, but Blade got
to shine just before the finish. Blade delivered a missile
dropkick, and he got a near fall after a roll-up. Quinn
again used the flying forearm for his finisher, and kind of
setting it up like Roman Reigns does the Superman punch.
Ciampa was doing a backstage interview when he was
confronted by Grizzled Young Veterans. They looked to bully
Ciampa, but Bron Breakker walked in to have Ciampa's back.
Breakker says he stands by Ciampa's side until Halloween
Havoc because he wants Ciampa at his best in their title
Ivy Nile (with Diamond Mine) defeated Valentina Feroz
Nile submitted Feroz in her debut match on NXT.
Not a particularly good match, but Nile looked impressive.
She did a lot of power moves, showing off her strength. Nile
won with a torture rack where Nile was squatting with Feroz
on her shoulders. Feroz tapped out.
Malcolm Bivens cut a promo after the match as Diamond Mind
flanked Nile. Bivens called her a pit bull on the loose.
Bivens also put over the Creed Brothers, claiming they are
the most dominate team in the promotion. Bivens then gave a
grand intro to NXT Cruiserweight Champion Roderick Strong.
Diamond Mine was interrupted by Ikeman Jiro, who is great by
the way. The heels cleared the ring, excpet for Julius
Creed. He got in Jiro's face and cut a promo on Jiro, so
Jiro kneed Creed in the face. The show cut to a commercial
break with a tease of a match between the two. Sure enough,
they were wrestling in the show returned from the break.
Julius Creed defeated Ikeman Jiro
Creed pinned Jiro after a sliding lariat.
Creed was manhandling Jiro as the match was joined in
progress. Jiro made a comeback. He and his suit jacket fired
up on Creed. No Place Like Home moonsault by Jiro for a
nearfall. Jiro followed up with an Asai moonsault. However,
Creed caught him on a springboard. Creed then nailed Jiro
with a sliding lariat, and Creed covers him for a pinfall.
Diamond Mine attack Jiro afterwards for a post-match
beatdown. Kushida ran down to make a save, except Kushida
was also on the receiving end of a beatdown at the hands of
A vignette highlighted Raquel Gonzalez, and she cut a promo
on Mandy Rose. Gonzalez upped the stakes, challenging Rose
to Spin the Wheel and Make the Deal.
Lashing Out with Lash Legend featured talk about the WWE
Draft. There was a Squid Game joke. Legend put over Hit Row.
Legend also wants nothing to do with Tony D'Angelo.
Kyle O'Reilly & Von Wagner defeated Ridge Holland & Pete
Wagner pinned Holland in a match that showcased Wagner. He
was made to look like a killer. It sort of worked out that
Focus was mostly on Wagner and Holland. O'Reilly and Dunne
were almost playing second fiddle to the big guys in the
match. It pains me to type that last sentence.
Wagner cleaned house before the show cut to a commercial
break. Holland is working over O'Reilly when the show is
back from the break. Ring is cut in half as the heels keeps
O'Reilly from making a tag. O'Reilly is finally able to make
it to his corner, but Wagner is not there because Wagner was
knocked off the apron.
Hope spot for O'Reilly, but he was soon mowed down by
Holland. Wagner made a save. Hot tag to Wagner, and Wagner
was a house of fire on Holland. Wagner yelled for O'Reilly
to "finish him." So, O'Reilly leapt off the ring apron with
a flying knee on Dunne. Wagner with a modified butterfly
suplex on Holland, and Wagner covers him for a three count.
In the second kidnapping of the show, Tony D'Angelo
apparently put a producer in the trunk of a car because the
producer big leagued D'Angelo.
Duke Hudson defeated Grayson Waller
Hudson upset Waller with a handful of tights. Okay match,
and the feud will probably continue judging by the finish.
Waller was made to look like a superstar, and he even got an
in-set promo where he talking about being a boxer. On the
other hand was Hudson, who got no entrance. Hudson was
introduced like he was The Gambler on an episode of WCW
Worldwide. That made Hudson's win all the more surprising.
Waller delivers a stunner leading into the finish. He tried
to follow up with a springboard, but Hudson tripped him up.
Hudson then covered Waller, hooked a leg, and held the
tights to get the pinfall.
A vignette highlighted Imperium.
Spin the Wheel Make the Deal was made an official
stipulation for the Women's title match at Halloween Havoc.
Indi Hartwell & Persia Pirotta defeated Sarray & Amari
So much for Sarray getting any sort of push as this was a
glorified squash match. Pirotta picked up Miller in a
fireman's carry, and Miller took a facebuster from there.
Hartwell then springboarded into the ring with a flying
elbow drop, and Hartwell covered Miller for a pinfall.
Pirotta after the match called out the NXT Women's Tag Team
Champions. Out comes the champs, Io Shirai and Zoey Starks.
Shirai rants in Japanese, and she doesn't like anyone. Toxic
Attraction interrupts them. Gigi Dolan and Jacy Jayne brawl
with the champs, and a melee ensues involving all three
teams.The champs cleaned house and stood tall.
Grayson Waller was backstage being a player. Cameron Grimes
talked to him, and Waller gave Waller advice on dating
women. Waller introduced Grimes to online dating apps.
Remember when Grimes was a featured star on NXT? Those were
NXT North American Champion Isaiah "Swerve" Scott defeated
Santos Escobar to retain his title
Scott pinned Escobar to retain, but that would not be
Scott's last title match before leaving for Smackdown.
In a receipt from earlier in the show, Scott jumped Escobar
before the bell. Escobar was on rubber legs as the bout
began. He took a powder, but Scott went out after him with a
Fosbury Flop over the ropes the floor.
Scott worked over Escobar, and Scott looked in complete
control. Escobar eventually countered Scott, and Escobar
soon flew through the ropes with a tope before the show cut
to a picture-in-picture commercial break.
Tide had turned when the show came back from the break.
Escobar was working over Scott. A comeback by Scott led into
him firing up. On a roll through, Escobar with another
counter cut off Scott. Frog splash by Escobar for a near
They fought on the apron, and Escobar is given a Death
Valley Driver on the ring apron. Scott follows up with a 450
splash, but Escobar gets his knees up to block the 450.
Raul Mendoza and Joaquin Wilde run in, and they jump on the
apron to cause a distraction. Camerlo Hayes and Trick
Williams run down to pull Legado del Fantasma off the apron.
Hayes and Williams beat up Mendoza and Wilde. Meanwhile,
Escobar hits an exposed turnbuckle, and Scott delivers a JML
Driver. Scott then pinned Escobar to retain.
Hayes after the match lifted the hand of Scott, but it was a
trap. Hayes leveled Scott with a short-arm clothesline.
Hayes is cashing in his Breakout contract.
Carmelo Hayes defeated NXT North American Champion Isaiah
"Swerve" Scott to win the title
Hayes quickly springboarded into a flying clothesline. Scott
kicked out at two and half. Hayes floored Scott with a
scissor kick, and Hayes climbed the turnbuckles. Hayes leapt
off the top with a guillotine leg drop, and he covered Scott
for a pinfall to win the title.