5/16/18 WWE NXT Recap: Burch, Lorcan, Dunne vs. Undisputed ERA Main Event
The opening credits roll and we go into the NXT Arena at Full Sail University where Mauro Ranallo, Nigel McGuinness, and Percy Watson welcome us to the show.
Johnny Gargano’s music hits, but Tommaso Ciampa makes his way to the stage and waves to the crowd. Ciampa says everyone keeps winning, but the fact is Gargano won the battle, but he won the war. Ciampa says Gargano is sitting at home in a neck brace that he put him in. Ciampa says he broke Gargano’s mind, spirit, and body and that Johnny Wrestling is gone. Ciampa says he wins. Candice LeRae walks to the ring and takes the mic from Ciampa. She says she used to think she knew who Ciampa was, but she doesn’t recognize who he has become. She says she doesn’t understand by Ciampa is obsessed with ruining their lives and says the only broken thing around here is him. She says she is done shedding tears and calls Ciampa a monster that she will never forgive. She says while her husband’s future is uncertain, Ciampa knows that Gargano is better than him. Ciampa says maybe Gargano was better than him, but they both know that Gargano is not half the man he i and that’s why Candice is confronting him instead of Gargano. Ciampa insults Gargano and LeRae’s wedding and she slaps him across the face. He drops the mic, smirks, and waves goodbye to her as he exits the ring.
Back from the break, we see that Ricochet will go one-on-one with The Velveteen Dream later tonight and see tonight’s main event will be a Six-Man Tag Team Match pitting Pete Dunne, Danny Burch, and Oney Lorcan against The Undisputed ERA.
Match #2 – Singles Match: Brandi Lauren vs. Lacey Evans
Evans slams Lauren into the corner and stomps her down to the mat. Evans delivers a bronco buster and then a slingshot elbow drop. Evans steps over Lauren and goes up top and delivers a moonsault from the second rope. Evans drops Lauren with the Woman’s Right and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Lacey Evans.
After the match, Kairi Sane attacked Evans and drops her with a forearm on the stage. Sane slams Evans into the ring apron and then tosses her into the ring. Sane goes up top and sets up for the In-Sane Elbow, but Evans rolls out of the ring.
We take a look back to last week’s show and the confrontation between Ricochet and The Velveteen Dream. We see Aleister Black arriving to the arena. He says he has learned a few things since becoming the NXT Champion. He says he has a bigger target on his back and he says it does not matter who steps up to face him, because they become the target. We are reminded that Ricochet and Dream will go one-on-one later tonight.
We see Dakota Kai outside the performance center. She says she doesn’t know what is up with Nikki Cross and calls her crazy. She says her focus at the Performance Center is strength and conditioning, but Nikki Cross runs up and interrupts. She asks Kai when she is going to fight Shayna Baszler and Kai looks perplexed. Cross tells her to get rid of her fear and fight. Cross then laughs and walks away.
Match #2 – Singles Match: The Velveteen Dream vs. Ricochet
They lock up and neither man gets the advantage. They lock up again and Dream applies a wrist-lock this time. Dream drops Ricochet to the mat, but Ricochet comes back and drops Dream to the mat and applies a wrist-lock of his own. Dream comes back with a side head-lock take down, but Ricochet counters with a head-scissors hold. Dream reverses and applies the headlock down on the mat. Ricochet fights out and applies his own headlock and takes Dream down to the mat. Dream sends Ricochet off the ropes and, after a series of reversals, sends Ricochet to the outside with an arm drag. Dream lands on the apron on a suicide dive, but Ricochet counters with a kick to the head. Ricochet springboards into the ring as Dream slides back in and they are at a stalemate.
Dream sends Ricochet to the corner and delivers a few right hands. Ricochet comes back and sends Dream across the ring. Ricochet charges and they clock heads. Lars Sullivan rushes the ring and attacks both men and the referee calls for the bell.
Match Result: No Contest.
After the match, Sullivan drops Ricochet and Dream with the Freak Accident and makes it known that he is coming after the NXT Championship.
We see that Kona Reeves will take on Raul Mendoza after the break.
Match #3: Singles Match – Raul Mendoza vs. Kona Reeves
They lock up and Reeves works over Mendoza’s arm. Reeves powers Mendoza down to the mat, but Mendoza comes back with a back elbow. Reeves applies a side-headlock, but Mendoza sends him off the ropes. Reeves runs over Mendoza with a shoulder tackle and then slams him into the corner and stomps away on him. Reeves delivers a suplex and then drops a fist to the face. Reeves delivers a back elbow drop from the ropes and then elbows Mendoza in the face. Reeves grinds Mendoza’s face into the mat and applies a rear chin-lock. Mendoza counters with a jaw-breaker and then a kick to the face. Mendoza chops Reeves and delivers a series of right hands. Mendoza sends Reeves to the corner with an enzuiguri and then delivers a flying forearm. Mendoza kicks Reeves in the face, but Reeves comes back with a big boot to ground Mendoza. Reeves delivers the Hawaiian Drop and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kona Reeves.
We see Cathy Kelly outside of William Regal’s office. Ricochet knocks on Regal’s door, but Kelly interrupts him. Dream walks up as well and asks Ricochet what he is doing here. Ricochet says he wants Lars Sullivan and Dream says they have something in common. They both go into Regal’s office.
We see that tonight’s main event, the Six-Man Tag Team Match, is up next.
We see Heavy Machinery cutting a promo from earlier in the day. They talk about their steaks and weights when TM-61 interrupts. Both teams argue a bit and then a match is made between the two teams for next week.
Match #4 – Six-Man Tag Team Match: Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan, and Pete Dunne vs. The Undisputed ERA (Adam Cole, Kyle O’Reilly, and Roderick Strong)
Dunne and Strong start the match, but Strong immediately tags in O’Reilly. Burch also tags in and he and O’Reilly lock up. O’Reilly goes behind and they exchange waist-locks. O’Reilly transitions into a knee bar, but Burch gets free and they lock up again. Burch applies a side headlock and takes O’Reilly down to the mat. O’Reilly gets free and they are at a stalemate. O’Reilly kicks Burch’s leg out from under him and Cole tags in. Cole decks Burch and then stomps him down to the mat. Cole delivers a forearm shot and then a knee to the midsection. Cole stomps Burch into the corner and tags O’Reilly back in. O’Reilly delivers a headbutt and then knees to the midsection. O’Reilly goes for the cover, but Burch kicks out at two.
Strong tags in and delivers a back-breaker to Burch. Strong goes for the cover, but Burch kicks out at two. Strong stomps down onto Burch’s arm and then mocks Dunne. Burch fights back and Dunne tags in. Dunne waylays on Strong in the corner and then drops Strong with a clothesline. Dunne drives Strong to the mat and punches him in the ribs. Dunne begins the joint manipulation and delivers more rib shots. Cole, O’Reilly, Burch, and Lorcan get into the ring and Dunne, Lorcan, and Burch send the ERA to the floor. Strong gets back into the ring as Dunne goes after Cole and O’Reilly. Strong takes control and stomps Dunne to the mat and tags in Cole. Cole beats Dunne down and then stomps away on him.
O’Reilly tags in and he delivers rights and lefts to Dunne in the corner and then tags in Strong. Strong applies a modified Cobra Clutch down on the mat and then delivers a back-breaker. Strong goes for the cover, but Dunne kicks out at two. Cole tags back in and drives his knee into Dunne’s back a few times. Dunne fights back, but Cole delivers a boot to the face. O’Reilly tags back in and works over Dunne’s arm. O’Reilly drives his knee into Dunne’s ribs and then delivers a sliding shin strike to the ribs. Strong tags in and applies an abdominal stretch down on the mat. Dunne fights back and levels all three members of the ERA and tags in Lorcan.
Lorcan drops Strong with a few clotheslines and then goes after O’Reilly as well. Lorcan sends O’Reilly to the outside and drops Strong with a gut-wrench suplex. Lorcan delivers a blockbuster to Strong and then Burch tags in and delivers an uppercut to Strong. Dunne gets into the ring and kicks O’Reilly in the back of the head, but Strong tosses Lorcan into Dunne and they fall to the floor. Strong delivers a back-breaker to Burch and then tags in Cole after a knee strike. Cole delivers a neck-breaker to Burch and O’Reilly tags in. O’Reilly delivers the Sick Kick and goes for the cover, but Burch kicks out at two.
Burch delivers a right hand to O’Reilly and then sends Cole and Strong to the floor. Burch grabs O’Reilly and applies a cross-fave and Lorcan applies a half crab to Strong. Dunne grabs Cole and applies a wrist-lock. Strong gets free and causes Dunne and Lorcan to fall into Burch to break all of the holds. Cole and Dunne take each other out and the other four brawl in the ring. Burch and Lorcan gain the upperhand and Lorcan drops Strong and O’Reilly with a double blockbuster. Burch drops O’Reilly with a hammer lock DDT and gets the pin fall.
Winners: Danny Burch, Oney Lorcan, and Pete Dunne.
We see that Lars Sullivan will take on Ricochet and The Velveteen Dream in a Handicap Match on next weeks show.