5/2/18 WWE NXT Recap: Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong Main Event

May 2, 2018 - by Michael Riba

The show opens with The Undisputed ERA backstage. Adam Cole says they are a bunch of givers because he gave Oney Lorcan a shot at the NXT North American Championship last week. Kyle O’Reilly says they gave Danny Burch a beating for his trouble and Bobby Fish says his rehab is coming along nicely and he will be able to give soon, too. Roderick Strong says what he did to Pete Dunne at TakeOver will pale in comparison to what he is going to do tonight.

The opening credits roll and then Mauro Ranallo and Percy Watson welcome us to the show.

Match #1 – Singles Match: Kairi Sane vs. Shazza McKenzie
They shake hands to start the match and Sane goes for a quick roll-up, but McKenzie quickly kicks out. Sane sends McKenzie into the ropes and delivers a series of double chops. Sane spears McKenzie down to the mat and then connects with the Sliding D in the corner. Sane delivers an elbow shot from the top rope and then slams her down to the mat. Sane goes back up top and connects with the In-Sane Elbow and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kairi Sane.
After the match, Lacey Evans comes to the ring. Evans says it takes a real lady to admit when she was wrong and then she apologizes to Sane. Evans says Sane does belong in NXT and extends her hand for a handshake. Sane hesitates and Evans drops her with a right hand.

We take a look back at last week’s show and revisit Tommaso Ciampa’s beat down of Johnny Gargano. We see Cathy Kelly with Candice LeRae. LeRae says it has been a long year for them and she doesn’t understand why Ciampa is doing what he is doing. She breaks down and says she has to go get ready for her match. We are reminded that she will take on Bianca Belair later tonight.

Back from the break, we see a video hype package for Lars Sullivan.

Match #2 – Tag Team Match: The Street Profits (Montez Ford and Angelo Dawkins) vs. TM-61 (Shane Thorne and Nick Miller)
Ford and Miller start the match and exchange wrist-locks. Ford drops Miller with a spinning heel kick and Dawkins tags in. Dawkins drops Miller with a shoulder tackle and then Dawkins elevates Ford, who takes Miller and Thorne down with a double dropkick. Dawkins delivrs a bulldog to Miller and charges in the corner, but Miller moves and tags in Thorne. Thorne connects with a senton and then tags Miller back in. Miller and Thorne drop Dawkins to the mat and then Miller goes for the cover, but Dawkins kicks out at two. Miller applies a headlock down on the mat, but Dawkins gets free and they drop each other with a clothesline.
Ford and Thorne tag in and Ford takes him out with a back elbow. Ford chops Thorne from the apron and then kicks Miller in the chest. Thorne comes back and rolls Ford up with his feet on the ropes and Miller holds his feet there for the pin fall.
Winners: TM-61.

We see the tale of the tape between Heavy Machinery and War Raiders, which all started when the Raiders attacked Heavy Machinery a few weeks ago. We see that the match between the two teams will happen on next week’s show.

We see the video hype package for “The Finest” Kona Reeves, who returns tonight.

Back from the break, we see Cathy Kelly with Kassius Ohno. Ohno says he has known Johnny Gargano and Tommaso Ciampa for a long time. Ohno calls Ciampa a coward and says someone needs to make Ciampa feel as helpless as he made Gargano feel last week, and he is the person for the job.

Match #3 – Singles Match: Patrick Scott vs. Kona Reeves
Reeves backs Scott into the corner and then drives a knee into his midsection. Reeves delivers a forearm shot and slams Scott into the corner again. Reeves sends Scott to the corner again, but Scott comes back with a wrist-lock. Reeves gets free and drops Scott with a shoulder tackle and beats him down in the corner again. Reeves slams Scott to the match with a gut-wrench suplex and then delivers a reverse elbow from the middle rope. Reeves picks Scott up and plants him with the Hawaiian Drop and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Kona Reeves

We are reminded of tonight’s main event: Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong. Up next: Candice LeRae vs. Bianca Belair.

We see a video hype package for EC3. His NXT TV in-ring debut will take place on next week’s show.

We see an interview with Dakota Kai. She says the women’s evolution is growing starter than ever and says there are a lot of opportunities in NXT now and she wants to make her mark. Kai says she does not want to talk about the issues between her and Shayna Baszler. Vanessa Borne walks up and says the way Kai has handled Baszler is pathetic. Borne says if it were her, she would have slapped the hell out of Baszler because she is not scared of anyone. Kai says she may have issues with Baszler, but she is not scared of Borne. Borne walks away and Kai says she can take on Borne and isn’t afraid of her.

Match #4 – Singles Match: Candice LeRae vs. Bianca Belair
Belair takes LeRae down to the mat and then applies a side headlock. LeRae gets free, but Belair drops her with a shoulder tackle. LeRae comes back with a tilt-a-whirl neck-breaker and goes for the cover, but Belair kicks out at two. LeRae goes up top for a cross-body, but Belair catches her and slams her to the mat. Belair goes for the cover, but LeRae kicks out at two. Belair dead lifts LeRae and then connects with a military press slam into the top turnbuckle. Belair picks LeRae up and applies a Torture Rack submission. LeRae gets free and backs Belair into the corner and right hands. LeRae smashes Belair in the corner and goes up top. LeRae delivers a missile dropkick and goes for the tornado DDT, but Belair shoves her away. Belair connects with the Alley-Oop and gets the pin fall.
Winner: Bianca Belair.

We see that Pete Dunne will go one-on-one with Roderick Strong up next.

Back from the break, we see that EC3 will take on Raul Mendoza on next week’s show. Tommaso Ciampa has also accepted Kassius Ohno’s challenge and they will battle next week.

Match #5 – Non-title Champion vs. Champion Match: Pete Dunne vs. Roderick Strong (w/Adam Cole and Kyle O’Reilly)
Dunne takes Strong to the corner and beats him down. Dunne delivers a kick to the ribs and Strong rolls out of the ring. Dunne takes Strong down on the outside and then tosses him back into the ring. Strong comes back and delivers a back-breaker and then delivers forearm shots in the corner. Dunne comes back and slams Strong into the corner and delivers a forearm shot. Strong rolls to the floor and Dunne comes off the apron, but Strong counters with a dropkick. Strong slams Dunne back first on the ring apron and then tosses him back into the ring. Strong stomps away on Dunne and goes for the cover, but Dunne kicks out at one. Strong stomps down onto Dunne’s face and then goes for the cover, but Dunner kicks out at two again.
Strong applies a modified abdominal stretch, but Dunne gets free. Strong kicks him in the face and then stomps away on Dunne’s arms and legs. Strong delivers a back-breaker and then delivers another one from the middle rope. Strong goes for the cover, but Dunne kicks out at two. Strong goes for the Olympic Slam, but Dunne comes back with an enzuiguri. Dunne applies a sleeper hold down on the mat and then turns it into an arm-bar. Strong gets free and makes it to the ropes. Dunne tries to climb up top, but Strong cuts him off with a kick. Strong delivers an Olympic Slam from the ropes and goes for the cover, but Dunne kicks out at two. Strong delivers a few right hands, but Dunne fires up. Dunne blocks one of the shots and manipulates his fingers. Dunne beats down Strong in the corner and then delivers a release German suplex. Dunne kicks Strong in the face and then delivers the Bitter End and goes for the cover, but Cole and O’Reilly get into the ring and break up the cover.
Winner via disqualification: Pete Dunne
After the match, Danny Burch and Oney Lorcan rush the ring to even the numbers. Dunne, Burch, and Lorcan clear the ring of the Undisputed ERA and stand tall in the ring as the ERA backs up the ramp.

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